Nancy Spanks Another Brat in Congress

by Jack

It didn’t take long for freshman Congresswoman Ilha Omar-D, shown at left to show her true colors, which are not red, white and blue.  She tweeted that members of Congress and by inference those in her own party, are being paid off with “Jewish money” to support Israel.

When the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, found out what was said, she went ballistic.  She said Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and unsupportable accusations are deeply offensive!  An angry Pelosi called on the first term Congresswoman to apologize immediately.

The House Foreign Affairs chairman and House Judiciary chairman echoed Speaker Pelosi’s condemnation of Omar’s remarks, saying she (Omar) has failed the first test of leadership.  They referred to her comments as, shocking, hurtful and intolerable.

However shocking it was to democrats, it came as no surprise to most of us who know this is not the first time a Muslim politician has made harsh anti-Semitic remarks.  What is shocking to us is how the democrats could elect her to Congress?

Ilha Omar is one of two Muslim females to serve in Congress.   At this rate she may also be the last.

 

 

 

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Democrats to Run a Great Moderate!

by Jack

The democrats think they have found the right approach to un-seating Trump in the next election.  Their strategy, drum roll please… run a common sense, moderate!  Someone untainted by hijinks in his/her college years. Someone free of sexual scandal in his current years.  Someone who is well grounded, politically savvy, a person who can reach the hearts and minds of today’s middle-roaders, as well as those voters on the left.

But who?

“We really, really don’t know yet,” said Matt Bennett, a vice president of the centrist Democratic think tank, Third Way.

Does the democratic party even have such a person?  Remember when they tried to pass off Elizabeth Ann Warren as a moderate. lol  Posers won’t cut it.  They need nothing less than the real deal.  But, for the last 30 some years the DNC has been busy ostracizing its moderates in favor of increasingly more radical types, in the belief this was their ticket to success.   So, now where’s their great moderate when they really need one?  I don’t know either, seems they ran them all off.

Thanks to the long running investigation that in the end may never contain a single word about collusion, the internal scandals as we see in VA, coupled with Pelosi’s reversal on border security, AOC’s GND agenda and so on…  well, Trumps re-election odds keep looking better and better.

 

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OCA and Her Green New Deal

by Jack

In a wide ranging proposal called the Green New Deal, Congress person Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, hereafter called OCA, submits the following ideas, as noted in the Federalist report online:

  • Ban affordable energy. GND calls for the elimination of all fossil fuel energy production, the lifeblood of American industry and life, which includes not only all oil but also natural gas — one of the cheapest sources of American energy, and one of the reasons the United States has been able to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction.
  • Eliminate nuclear energy. The GND also calls for eliminating all nuclear power, one of the only productive and somewhat affordable “clean” energy sources available to us, in 11 years. This move would purge around 20 percent of American energy generation so you can rely on intermittent wind for your energy needs.
  • Eliminate 99 percent of cars. To be fair, under the GND, everyone will need to retrofit their cars with Flintstones-style foot holes or pedals for cycling. The authors state that the GND would like to replace every “combustion-engine vehicle” — trucks, airplanes, boats, and 99 percent of cars — within ten years. Charging stations for electric vehicles will be built “everywhere,” though how power plants will provide the energy needed to charge them is a mystery.
  • Gut and rebuild every building in America. Markey and Cortez want to “retrofit every building in America” with “state of the art energy efficiency.” I repeat, “every building in America.” That includes every home, factory, and apartment building, which will all need, for starters, to have their entire working heating and cooling systems ripped out and replaced with…well, with whatever technology Democrats are going invent in their committee hearings, I guess.
  • Eliminate air travel. GND calls for building out “highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.” Good luck Hawaii! California’s high-speed boondoggle is already in $100 billion dollars of debt, and looks to be one of the state’s biggest fiscal disasters ever. Amtrak runs billions of dollars in the red (though, as we’ll see, trains that run on fossil fuels will also be phased out). Imagine growing that business model out to every state in America?
  • A government-guaranteed job. The bill promises the United States government will provide every single American with a job that includes a “family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and a pension.” You can imagine that those left in the private sector would be funding these through some unspecified “massive” taxation. On the bright side, when you’re foraging for food, your savings will be worthless.
  • Free education for life. GND promises free college or trade schools for every American.
  • A salubrious diet. The GND promises the government will provide “healthy food” to every American (because there are no beans or lettuce in your local supermarket, I guess).
  • A house. The GND promises that the government will provide, “safe, affordable, adequate housing” for every American citizen. I call dibs on an affordable Adams Morgan townhouse. Thank you, Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Free money. The GND aims to provide, and I am not making this up, “economic security” for all who are “unable or unwilling” to work. Just to reiterate: if you’re unwilling to work, the rest of us will have your back.
  • Bonus insanity: Ban meat. Ocasio-Cortez admits that we can’t get zero emissions in 10 years “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and

Of course this absolutely impossible to do, but in a recent poll almost 54% thought this was all a good idea?   What is happening to voters, is there LSD in the water suppy?  

What OCA is describing in GND is a full-on shift towards a Soviet style utopia and its completely un-American. There is no way she can engage in this sort mass overhaul without force and even then it can be done.   

This is crazy stuff because what this Congress person is describing is a full on shift towards a Soviet style utopia and its completely un-American.  There is no way she can engage in this sort mass overhaul without force.  It simply can’t be done otherwise, especially with the democrats open door policy on immigration.  Can you imagine offering whoever slips in to our country all these expensive entitlements?  This would be funny, but it appears  OCA really believes what she is proposing.  God help us.     

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Jack Lee Art – Corsair Airplanes WWII

by Jack

Just finished this.  It’s an acrylic painting on a wrapped canvas, apx. 20 X 18.  Titled “The Wingman.”  It depicts two WW2 Corsairs flying high above the evening clouds in the Pacific.    Actually the painting is not quite done, I have some detailing to finish, but I thought you would enjoy it as is.  I am going to add a number on the distant plane and fix the white stripe on the cowling so it shows a better contour.  I also want to adjust the emblem on the lead plane, the white stripe dips a little too much to the tail of the plane.  Do you see anything else I should fix?

As always any comments, good or bad, are always welcome.

Shown above is the actual plane.

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Hate Crime Victim or Something Else?

by Jack

“On Tuesday morning, black, openly gay actor Jussie Smollett — best known for his work on the Fox show “Empire” — was horrifically assaulted in Chicago by two men carrying a noose and a possible “chemical substance.” The Boston Globe reports:

Smollett, 35, was walking on the 300th block of E. North Lower Water Street around 2 a.m. local time on Tuesday, “when two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement to The Washington Post. ‘”The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim.”

The police could not confirm the gender of the offenders nor identify the chemical substance.

Following the terrible attack, Smollett is now recovering and is in “good condition” at Northwestern Hospital….”   END

Say, did anyone notice this piece reads like a statement of fact?  There was no “alleged assaulted” or “he said he was assaulted,” but rather, “Smollet…. was horrifically assaulted in Chicago.”  Gee, have we just seen The Boston Globe take a step beyond journalism and into fake news reporting for the sake of sensationalism?

I’m sorry, but I am not prepared to go as far as the Globe until there is actual proof of an attack.  And so far, if there is any proof, the media hasn’t reported it and Chicago PD isn’t releasing it.

However, what I have learned is quite curious.  Smollet attended an event for Kamala Harris (presidential candidate).  She was attempting to take a California law and make it a federal law, but she was losing support.  Here’s Harris’ pitch, “There is no place for prejudice against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in our country.  The so-called gay and trans ‘panic’ defense allows people carry out hate crimes and denies justice to the victims of those crimes. I was proud to be part of the effort to outlaw it in California and am committed to banning it nationwide.”

Smollet’s presence at the Harris rally and then just days later, the alleged attack on him by two people of unknown gender and race, using racial and homophobic slurs, putting a noose around his neck, knocking him around and spraying or pouring an unknown chemical on him and…. and saying, “this is MAGA country” has drawn new attention to said legislation.

Does this seem at all too convenient, too perfect, too well timed?  The alleged attack sure touches all the right bases that would tend to foster supporter for the Harris legislation.

Chicago PD has been pouring over surveillance video in the area, but has not seen anyone they could connect to the alleged attack, and they did not see the attack either.  Curiously, Smollet said he was talking to his manager at the time on his cell phone and his manager heard the attackers.  So Chicago PD asked for his phone for supportive evidence, but Smollet refused to give it up?

Next, Chicago is not even remotely considered MAGA country, so why was this allegedly said by the attackers?  It seems bizarre.  Even more bizarre, why would two alleged attackers be roaming the streets of Chicago at 2 . a.m. carrying a bottle of an unknown liquid that does no damage when sprayed or poured on a person?  And why the noose, that’s rather odd too?  And what an amazing coincidence they just happen to single out Smollet, a person who has a vested interest in promoting support for Harris and her anti-homophobic legislation?

The media doesn’t seem to be asking an questions,  like, could this alleged attack and the Harris legislation actually be connected?  It’s quit ironic, if it wasn’t.  And why not give up the cell phone to police?

Is the alleged victim trying be another social justice warrior like we’ve so many times in the past that have turned out to be fakes?   They were people who conjured up a story to promote their cause using the media to get attention?  What are the odds that this actor, just days after meeting with Harris, is now the national face (and a victim) for legislation linked to his alleged incident and in support of the LBGTQ community?   Amazingly the media isn’t one bit bothered by these unusual things?

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Mueller Investigation Coming to a Close

by Jack

I’ve been deliberately holding back on commenting about this Mueller investigation, because I want to see what all his cards are, before committing to a final judgement.  But, right now, and after over two years of the most intense investigation I’ve ever seen, what do we have?  Six people that didn’t tell truth about events that were of a non-criminal nature?  And one incident of tax evasion?   Where’s the collusion?

If this is it, if this is all they have, then the whole thing has been pretty a shocking waste of time, money and resources.   So, fine, I will continue to wait a little longer, but this better wrap up soon.  Right now it looks like Trump and friends may have a darn good counter-case coming against a lot of Washington bureaucrats for conspiracy to undermine his presidency by using the FBI to do their dirty work.

“Washington (AFP) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election is close to being wrapped up, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Monday

Mueller’s office has been notoriously tight-lipped about the progress of the high-profile investigation, and Whitaker’s remarks were the first official indication that the probe may be coming to a close.

“The Mueller investigation is close to being completed,” Whitaker told journalists.

“I’ve been fully briefed on the investigation and I look forward to Director Mueller delivering the final report,” he said.”

 

 

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Jack Lee Art – Super Saber

by Jack

Title:  The Super Saber, acrylic on canvas, 16X19.5.  Painting has much finer detail when viewed in person.

I wanted to depict this old Super Saber jet in it’s air national guard colors, flying over a large storm.  In this turbulent setting I hoped to make the best use of my composition’s parts.  That being, striking a balance with the plane in the foreground and the heavy dark shades of grey and white in the storm in the background.

When you look at it for a minute, does it feel like there is symmetry, that everything is connected?

The other key elements that I wanted to meld together are:  A definable focal point (yellow stripe), a feeling of motion (angle of plane v turbulence), accurate perspective with shadows and a background light source to highlight the aircraft.   So what do you think, did I make it or not?  All comments welcome…I’m still learning!  Thanks for looking.

Check this out, video of model Super Saber, it looks so real.

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Knowingly Exposing Others to HIV Infection No Longer a Felony in CA

posted by Jack

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.

The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.  (This will be a big break for infected homeless types)

Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors of the bill.  (Of course the author had to be from San Francisco. )

“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Wiener said in a statement. “HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.”

Supporters of the change said the current law requires an intent to transmit HIV to justify a felony, but others noted cases have been prosecuted where there was no physical contact, so there was an argument intent was lacking.

Brown declined to comment on his action.

HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law. The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they cannot be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.

“We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care,” Wiener said.

Supporters of the bill said women engaging in prostitution are disproportionately targeted with criminal charges, even in cases where the infection is not transmitted.

Republican lawmakers including Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine voted against the bill, arguing it puts the public at risk.

“I’m of the mind that if you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should be a felony,” Anderson said during the floor debate. “It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this.”

Anderson said the answer could be to extend tougher penalties to those who expose others to other infectious diseases.

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Reporters Misled by a Fake Twitter Account

posted by Jack

Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between a Native American elder and a group of high school students wearing Make America Great Again hats.

The account claimed to belong to a California schoolteacher. Its profile photo was not of a schoolteacher, but of a blogger based in Brazil, CNN Business found. Twitter suspended the account soon after CNN Business asked about it.

The account, with the username @2020fight, was set up in December 2016 and appeared to be the tweets of a woman named Talia living in California. “Teacher & Advocate. Fighting for 2020,” its Twitter bio read. Since the beginning of this year, the account had tweeted on average 130 times a day and had more than 40,000 followers.

Late on Friday, the account posted a minute-long video showing the now-iconic confrontation between a Native American elder and the high school students, with the caption, “This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March.”

That version of the video was viewed at least 2.5 million times and was retweeted at least 14,400 times, according to a cached version of the tweet seen by CNN Business.

The video had been posted earlier on Instagram by someone who was at the event, but it was @2020fight’s caption that helped frame the news cycle.

Rob McDonagh, an assistant editor at Storyful, a service that vets content online, was monitoring Twitter activity on Saturday morning and said the @2020fight video was the main version of the incident being shared on social media.

In one indicator of the @2020fight’s video’s virality, multiple newsrooms, including some national American outlets, reached out to the user asking them directly about the video.

McDonagh said he found the account suspicious due to its “high follower count, highly polarized and yet inconsistent political messaging, the unusually high rate of tweets, and the use of someone else’s image in the profile photo.”

Molly McKew, an information warfare researcher who saw the tweet and shared it herself on Saturday, later realized that a network of anonymous accounts were working to amplify the video.

Speaking about the nature of fake accounts on social media, McKew told CNN Business, “This is the new landscape: where bad actors monitor us and appropriate content that fits their needs. They know how to get it where they need to go so it amplifies naturally. And at this point, we are all conditioned to react and engage or deny in specific ways. And we all did.”

Twitter’s rules forbid users from creating “fake and misleading accounts,” and shortly after CNN Business asked Twitter about the account, it was suspended.

CNN Business was unable to reach the person, or people, behind the account, to ask if they were indeed a California schoolteacher that chose to use someone else’s picture. Soon after we pointed out on Twitter that the account was using a different woman’s profile picture, the account blocked this reporter.

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Communists, War Crimes and Us

by Jack

My friends and I were chatting over coffee the other day and we were talking about the  cold war and this included the Vietnam war.  Then someone asked, “Did the Commies ever charge any of theirs with a war crime?”  Back then, we knew there was plenty of war crimes committed by communist forces in South Vietnam, but we could not recall anyone being held accountable for a single atrocity, not one.  However, we has some well publicized trials on our side, do you remember Lt. Calley and Melai?

Anyway, I wound up doing a lot of searching and I could not find one instance of the communists holding one of their own accountable for a war crime.  I find that significant.  This country is not perfect, but at least we strive to be a moral nation.  When our people behave immorally we hold them accountable in a military or civilian court.  So good for us!

Our liberals rarely acknowledge what a decent country we are, especially when compared to the oppressive Islamic or Communist nations.   That’s too bad, because we ought to be expressing a lot of gratitude and kudos for this great nation that our forefathers crafted for us.

By the way, my apologies for allowing a rough draft of the above to find it’s way here.   Yeah, my bad.  I hit the publish button when I should have hit the save draft button, not the first time I did it either and I’m sure it will not be the last.  

See, I write by throwing out a lot of ideas, just whatever comes up, then later I come back and start editing out the ramblings.  It’s easier for me to see how it flows that way.  So some of you got to read my work in progress!  Sorry bout that.

 

 

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