Reading “The Case for Trump”

I saw the book was out, and wanted to read it. But the price – even after discount, was out of my budget (see below – even for the Kindle edition, it’s $18.99).

There’s something cool I installed, however, It shows up in the right side of the graphic above (larger cropping below). It’s called Library Extension, and you can get it on the Chrome Store.

It checks libraries that you have a card with, and lets you know if you can check out or put a hold on a book. It’s an alternative to buying books that are pricey (in the case of Hanson’s book, likely worth it, but not in my budget).

I’m still in the  1st chapter, and enjoying it hugely (YUUUGELY!). VDH, as he is often called, is scholarly, without being tedious or ponderous in his prose. It’s a true gift, to write for the Common Man/Woman.

Globalization had flattened the hinterland as jobs and commerce were outsourced to lower-cost Asia and Latin America. And yet the disequilibrium had never been fully leveraged by politicians (unless by politicians in negative fashion by Barack Obama in his infamous “clingers” put-down of rural Pennsylvanians in 2008),

I’ll keep posting excerpts as I read it over the next few weeks.

Do ‘Ya Ever Feel Like You’ve Fallen Into the Rabbit Hole?

I’m referring to the Alice In Wonderland story, in which she is following up a strange story, only to find that she has entered a world where NOTHING makes sense, somewhat familiar personas act in bizarre ways, and she begins to doubt her own sanity.

Yeah. That’s how the plethora of revelations is looking to me.

Starting with this one, in which the Oh-So Childlike and TOTALLY Believable Christine Blasey Ford is found to have been in collusion with some VERY shady characters.

Those people accusing Trump and allies of using Russian trolls against Democrats? Posing as ‘experts’ on Russian trolling, which they claimed was aimed at getting Trump elected?

They were using bots, posing as Russian trolls, to defeat Republican Roy Moore in AL.

Do you use LinkedIn? You might want to cancel your account.

Day after day, the STANDARD media is releasing ‘news’ that, after the truth can no longer damage Democratic candidates, is shown to be wholly false.

Day after day, buried in the back pages, media finally admit that their stories were:

  • False
  • Concocted by Democratic operatives, if not their masters
  • Created, pushed, and promoted by the Titans of Silicon Valley
  • Slanderous/Libelous – but, not pursued, as the cost is far beyond that of the average person

And only a few people pushing back:

  • Volunteers – bloggers, video channels, podcasts
  • Mouth-to-mouth communication – passed quietly, with necessary caution, for fear of public harassment and loss of income
  • A vulgar Orange-haired President, surrounded by enemies, both foreign and domestic
  • And An Army of Davids, as Breitbart put it

It’s exhausting.

As With Epstein, The Corruption is Evident, But…

…it’s very likely that nothing will be done to bring the culprits to justice.

You can probably get the video online of Dr. Oz’s show today. The link is of the preview. He’s made a model of Epstein’s cell setup, and is asking questions about the scenario of Tim Gallagher, a medical examiner. He is going to, in a few minutes, look at the information available about the autopsy, and make some conclusions about what happened.

He did point out that most autopsies are longer than the two lines that were released; often many pages of findings. So, it appears that he may be somewhat skeptical about the official investigation.

However, I doubt that he will find that it was murder. Oz did repeat a stat I’d heard, that only about 1% of suicides have a broken hyoid bone. Gallagher calls it doubtful that it could have been broken by suicide.

He is cautious, saying that he (Gallagher) has no EVIDENCE of murder, but he hesitates to call it suicide. Oz points out that Assisted Suicide might be a possibility.

For network TV about a controversial topic, that might reflect badly on the Elite, this is not bad.

Money in Politics

I found this article on The Intercept, on the tangled relationship between money raised for the parent political organization, and House committee assignments. It puts the chairs of each committee into a fresh perspective. Apparently, for the “money” committees – those that have the potential to use for raising money from corporate interests – ya’ gotta pay to play.

On those so-called money committees, like Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, even freshman members are asked to pay higher dues. That’s because those committees have jurisdiction over effectively every major industry, giving members a leg-up in demanding checks from corporations who need — or oppose — legislation before the panel. It is also valuable for industries to have committee members write letters to agencies they oversee.

The Intercept was started up as an independent news organization, by Ebay founder:

EBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar provided the funding to launch The Intercept and continues to support it through First Look Media Works, a nonprofit organization.

If the linked article is any indication, the outlet is worth checking out. Warning: most of the stories on the site lean Left – the above article may have been planted as a strategy for the Young Turks to oust the Old Guard. But – aside from the entertainment value – such looks “under the hood” can be a valuable way to find out stuff that is usually hidden from the public.

Caveat Emptor.

Pre-2020 Thoughts

I’m living in SC, right near the NC border (I wrote a blog post about the upcoming McCready-Bishop District 9 election here). It’s too close to call, and heating up. The mud-slinging is heavy, and just about everyone I’ve talked to is heartily sick of the whole thing.

No matter what the outcome, it’s unlikely to give a sign of how the 2020 election will go. McCready (D) may well win, but that probably will be as much due to people’s disgust with the blatant fraud that the GOP candidate engaged in last year, as to favoring McCready.

In the initial election, McCready had wide support – war veteran, entrepreneur in the solar industry, and just generally a clean-cut image. It didn’t hurt that he was the victim of some serious fraud, that likely skewed the election to the GOP candidate (Mark Harris – NOT running this time).

The current GOP candidate, Dan Bishop, is being held up as in the pocket of the drug industry, based on ONE vote against a bill – but, the full record does NOT support that characterization.

McCready’s work in the solar industry did benefit from tax subsidies, as well as Chinese-made solar panels. Read the whole story, from a mainstream source, that may put the various claims in context.

If McCready wins, the Dems/Leftists will likely begin the crowing about the upcomingTrump-collapse.

I don’t see that happening. Here’s a link that might explain the difference between a weak and divided Democratic party, and the GOP, and why the pundits might – once again – be wrong about Trump.

The Whole World is Watching?

Not by a long shot. After seeing (on Raconteur Report) a picture of the Chinese army tanks massing at the border, I immediately opened a tab to Fox News – nada on the front page, buried on the Asia page.

I just started this post after seeing that the local news (Charlotte, NC) is showing Tips on How to De-Clutter Your Office – apparently, the very real likelihood that a lot of Hong Kong residents will die in the short term is NOT news.

So? It’s clear that the world is NOT watching, and the Chinese may freely stomp on Hong Kong to their heart’s content.

What can we do?

ONE thing we can do is to let it be known that we will NOT buy from companies with Chinese-manufatured products. Some alternatives for toys. The boycott doesn’t have to be total, just enough to cause a crappy Christmas for the Land of Self-Righteous Asians.

If you’re planning a computer buy, be aware that MOST of them are made in China – including Lenovo, notorious for spyware that is linked to the Chinese government.

Here’s a list of where computers are made (be aware, some companies may SELL them as an American company, but assemble them in China – Apple, for example).

Some companies still make them here (Dell), but the parts come from China, among other places.

What you CAN do is to install Linux as the operating system, taking back some control of your private info (although that depends on how securely it’s been installed).

A quick search here will bring up a list of alternatives. It’s still early for shopping and planning, so consider making it your first stop. Here is another source, although they are clear that full computers are NOT made here – they are assembled from parts made by foreign manufacturers.

More about computer hardware (the article is one year old).

Until I looked into the issue of Chinese manufacture, I hadn’t realized the penetration into the USA market – see here.

Consider calling, emailing, etc. your Senators, House Reps, and the White House – come to think of it, give the ol’ State Dept. a lil’ goose, as well. The State Dept link goes straight to their email system; note that one of the categories is Emergencies Abroad. If this anticipated invasion doesn’t qualify, I don’t know what does. Maybe if they hear directly from the American Public, they won’t be so inclined to make nice with their Leftist associates abroad.

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