COP OUT

CNN is so busy rejoicing over the alleged conflict between Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump that they are missing the obvious.  Kim Jong-un is a serious problem.  The only possibility of getting him peacefully to back off his nuclear program is to scare the crap out of him.  The other alternative will be a tragic loss of life on both sides.

Trump and Tillerson may be playing good cop – bad cop to perfection.  Trump says scary things on twitter and he is routinely described by the main stream media as insane.  There are numerous reports that people from North Korea have contacted senior Democrats and asked them if Donald Trump is for real.  Recently there are even reports that Tillerson referred to Trump as a moron.  That sounds awful, to CNN, but it actually is great news if North Korea is terrified of Donald Trump.  They knew that with President Barack Obama there was absolutely nothing to fear.  That is why they instantly restarted their nuclear program when he became President.  Trump, on the other hand, is unpredictable.  He just may be the ultimate bad cop.

In the meantime, Tillerson clearly has some direct channels to North Korea.  Tillerson is almost certainly saying things like:  I understand how you feel and I would like to help you, but I’m not sure I can predict what Donald Trump will do.  He is the ultimate good cop.

Good cop – bad cop.  It has worked many times before on many different people.  We all better hope it works this time, because if North Korea underestimates Donald Trump the entire world may pay a terrible price.

TDM

INSANITY

Let’s assume, for a moment, that Hillary Clinton had foolishly been elected President of the United States last November.  Let’s assume that in response to the latest horrific mass murder in Las Vegas she managed to get congress to ban “Assault: rifles” and to begin a program to confiscate all those in existence.  Let’s assume this was limited only to AR15 rifles which are foolishly considered by the naïve idiots who know nothing about guns to be assault rifles.  What, exactly, would happen if liberals actually realized their dream?

Let’s assume that CNBC is right and that there are just over 5 million Americans who own an AR-15 type rifle. (I am pretty sure that estimate is very low)  If the average cost of these rifles is at least $500, (good luck trying to buy an AR15 for $500), that would cost $2.5 billion to buy them.  Since the government is notoriously inefficient, it would be safe to assume it would cost another $2.5 billion for processing.  Now we are up to $5 billion.   That is assuming everyone would just willingly cooperate.  They won’t.

Lawsuits would be inevitable.  This puppy would be headed straight to the Supreme Court.  Wait, not exactly “straight.”  It would have to filter through several federal courts.  Some courts, like the Ninth Circuit Court, would cheer and rubber-stamp this confiscation.  Other courts would issue restraining orders.  Even the ACLU might resist this, although predicting responsible behavior by the ACLU is a suckers bet.  It would take years for this to come close to the Supreme Court.  The legal expenses alone will probably exceed the value of the guns.  .

This is assuming that everyone just willingly cooperates.  They won’t.  The black market for untraceable AR15 type rifles will skyrocket.  In addition, some percentage of people will fight back.  I still remember when a friend of mine, who had never owned or fired a weapon of any kind, showed up wearing a tee shirt that said:  “You can take my gun when you pry my cold dead fingers off it.”  Imagine how real gun owners think.

What if “only” 1% of people who own AR15 type guns decide not to cooperate?  The police are going to have to forcibly take away guns from only 500,000 people who all happen to be armed with AR15 rifles.  Good luck with that.  If you think the shooting in Las Vegas was bad, just wait until the police start trying to confiscate all those AR15s.  Most people won’t resort to violence, but some definitely will do exactly that and the results will be beyond horrific.  Anyone want to apply for that job?  Before you fill out the papers, check out Ruby Ridge.

By the way, contrary to what you hear on CNN, an AR15 type rifle is not significantly different in performance that any other semi-automatic rifle.  They just look scary.  There are at least 40 million semi-automatic rifles owned by Americans. So even if you get rid of every AR15 type rifle, you haven’t begun to solve the problem.

If liberals actually passed their dream gun control legislation, it would be a financial and logistical nightmare.  The cost would be so enormous that cuts would have to be made to entitlement programs.  How on earth would liberals ever win another election?

Even if banning AR15 type rifles would actually reduce the number of mass murders, which is far from true, this is an insane idea.  I suspect even the usual suspects like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi know that.  But they will continue to propose insane ideas because there are so many Kool-Aid drinking liberals cheered on by intellectuals like Jimmy Kimmel too filled with self-righteous indignation to realize that this is utter nonsense.  Unfortunately just because something is insanely stupid does not mean that congress, including sadly a lot of Republicans, won’t do it anyway.

TDM

AND ALL THE PEOPLE SAID “AMEN”

We are used to the liberal left and the main stream media getting everything wrong.  This time, they made an irreversible error.  Following Roger Goodell’s lead, the NFL became unified.  The NFL doubled down on this and put on the most disgusting display in the history of America.  Every single NFL team, to some extent or another, decided that supporting players who wanted to disrespect our flag was the highest virtue.  They decided the NFL matters more than the country. Disrespecting the Flag was okay – disrespecting the NFL was the unpardonable sin.

It was a colossal mistake.  I watched the start of the Monday Night Football game to see what the Dallas Cowboys would do.  Jerry Jones was on record as saying he wanted the Cowboys to stand for the National Anthem.  What he should have done is stood there on the field, with his hand over his heart, and challenged his players to honor America by joining him.  He would have immediately made the Cowboys America’s team.  Sadly, he ignored his own instincts and made things worse.  He joined them on their knees and then they all stood there with arms linked during the National Anthem.  Message received; the unity of the NFL matters more than the unity of the country.

If you think people were angry before, they are furious now.  We have never seen anything like this.  The people really are united, but not in their support for the NFL.  That odor you smell is of people burning NFL jerseys, including Dallas Cowboy jerseys, this morning.  It is mingling with the smoke from other NFL jerseys being burned all over the country.

President Donald J. Trump:

“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for

 “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!”

And all the people said “Amen”!

 TDM

1994

I have a baseball from the 1994 World Series.  I like to bring it out and challenge anyone to name one of the two teams that played in that World Series.  I get a lot of guesses, all wrong.  Then I laugh, because although they made a 1994 World Series commemorative baseball, they didn’t actually have a World Series in 1994 due to the strike.

The reality is that baseball never really recovered. In 2016, average attendance was 29,339, less than what it was in 1993 and far less than it would be if it hadn’t been for that strike.  Baseball simply is no longer America’s game.  Sorry, but this is really obvious. Odds are your kids and grandkids know a lot more about soccer than they do baseball. That is why so many major league players are from other countries.  The kids here have moved on.

The NFL was already in trouble. The move of the Rams and the Chargers to Los Angeles is a huge failure.  Los Angeles has a lot of people, they just don’t bother going to football games. Then we learned about all the concussions and the horrible physical effects on retired players.  Many parents are asking if they really want their kids to play football.  Who can blame them? Colin Kaepernick starting sitting down for the National Anthem and the liberal left equated this with some great act of courage.  More and more NFL players decided this was a great idea.  No one dared tell the truth about this, until Donald Trump gave a speech this week:

“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for”

 “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’”

 Right on, Mr. President!  It about time someone pointed this out!

 Roger Goodell gave an idiotic response, warmly and stupidly embraced by the mainstream media:

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

 Hey Roger, where were you when players were showing a lack of respect for our country?

I was recently at a San Francisco 49ers game.  They brought out the biggest American flag I have ever seen.  It covered the entire field.  Almost everyone stood at attention and honored our country.  Do you think they will listen to someone like Keith Olbermann and sit down during the National Anthem so NFL players don’t get hurt feelings?

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/23/keith-olbermann-nfl-fans-should-sit-during-national-anthem-to-protest-trump/

Please!  Is Keith Olbermann still alive?  Apparently he is now hosting a YouTube show for GQ.  I don’t know, I don’t care and neither does anyone else.  If people do decide to still attend an NFL game this weekend, I will wager a large bet that most people will stand and cheer the National Anthem louder than ever before.  I also predict that a lot of them will avoid insulting the over-paid arrogant jerks congratulating themselves on the field by staying home and turning off the TV.

In 1994, Baseball flipped the bird to the American people.  In 1995, the networks required by contract to broadcast major league baseball, lost $595 million.  Want to guess how much advertising revenue will be lost this time?  It sure looks like 1994 all over again; just substitute the NFL for MLB.  Game on, or perhaps not.

TDM

ABOUT FACE

President Trump’s speech to the UN was stunning.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/19/trump-un-speech-2017-full-text-transcript-242879

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

Trump was reading from a TelePrompter when he gave this speech, so it is safe to assume this wording was very carefully selected.  I suspect it was designed to cause Kim Jong-un to lose face.  That is significant.  Kim Jong-un will respond to this.  The least likely outcome seems to be Kim Jong-un acting responsibly.  He may do something foolish, like launch an attack that results in a massive response by the U.S.  If China believes that Kim Jong-un has lost face, they may decide to do something about it.  To China the worst case scenario is probably the reunification of North and South Korea with South Korea in charge.  China has far more resources in North Korea than we do.  They have to be terrified over the prospect of a U.S. attack on North Korea.  They have already told Kim Jong-un that if he attacks the U.S. China will not defend him.

While writing this, we just learned that China has already taken action.  Trump announced cutting off all source of revenue to fund North Korea and he said that the central bank of China has told their other banks to immediately stop doing business with North Korea.  He was at a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

It is clear that Kim Jong-un has suffered complete loss of face.  Something is going to happen and we will be very fortunate if it is not really bad.  He appears to have brutally eliminated anyone who he considered to be a potential threat to him.  That included the murder of his own half-brother.  There are reports of him strapping people he considered to be a threat to the barrel of a field artillary gun and blowing them apart.  He allegedly did this in front of kids from the local school.  He thought watching this would be great fun.  We may soon find out if he missed anyone.

The good news is that Trump has united the entire world and motivated them to deal with North Korea.  The bad news is that thanks to the feckless and dangerous foreign policy of Barack Obama he is now dealing with a maniac periously close to having the ability to attack us with a nuclear weapon.  CNN, of course, was too busy trying and failing to ressurect the Russia collusion nonsense to notice.

TDM

WIRE TO WIRE

CNN ran a report verifying that the U.S. government wiretapped former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html

CNN, of course, claims there is still no evidence that Trump’s claim about wiretapping was accurate.  Good luck with that.

Manafort’s lawyers have already struck back:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/19/manafort-calls-on-doj-to-release-his-intercepted-communications-with-foreigners/

His attorneys asked the DOJ to investigate the leak of details of secret surveillance which is a serious crime.  Then they requested the DOJ to “release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ – there is nothing there.”

The Federalist asked some interesting questions about this FISA warrant:

https://thefederalist.com/2017/04/20/did-the-fbi-use-garbage-opposition-research-to-spy-on-an-american/

Even CBS noticed that something was very wrong about the Donald Trump Jr. meeting with that female Russian Lawyer.   Like how exactly did she get into the United States?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/did-the-obama-doj-let-russian-lawyer-natalia-veselnitskaya-into-the-u-s/

Did Loretta Lynch personally intervene in this case?  This female attorney was close to people in the Clinton campaign.  Eight days later she was photographed sitting next to Michael McFaul, Obama’s ambassador to Russia, during a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Why on earth was she there?

Michael McFaul famously predicted on October 25, 2016 that Hillary would win.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/302800-former-us-ambassador-russians-now-assess-clinton-will-likely-win

“I think they have — you know, are resigned to the fact that they are going to have to start dealing with President-elect Clinton,” said McFaul, who served as ambassador from 2012 to 2014. 

McFaul said he is basing his belief off of “anecdotal” evidence, namely conversations that he’s had, including “both with Russian officials and other intermediaries.”

McFaul was planning to travel to Russia to do Hillary Clinton transition work. He was part of the Advisory Working Group: Europe and Russia. On November 11, 2016, three days after the election, Russia banned him from entering.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37957097

One could say this case is down to the wire and we could be looking at a photo finish.

TDM

 

MICHELLE MY BELL

Michelle Bachmann tried desperately to warn us.  She sounded the warning bell, but no one listened.

https://www.scribd.com/document/100514051/Michele-Bachmann-Letter-To-State-Department-Inspector-General

John McCain, as he often does, rushed to the rescue of the wrong person:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mccain-slams-bachmann-over-muslim-brotherhood-accusations/

“Rarely do I come to the floor of this institution to discuss particular individuals,”  “But I understand how painful and injurious it is when a person’s character, reputation, and patriotism are attacks without concern for fact or fairness.”

He referred to Huma Abedin as a “friend” who “represents what is best about America.”

What he did not do is dispute a single fact outlined in Bachmann’s letter.  The only mistake Bachmann made is she should have asked a very important question:  “How did someone like Huma Abedin get a security clearance?”

I have written several articles about Huma Abedin.  I won’t repeat them here, but if you search my blog for “Huma” you will find them.  None of this is disputed; it is just ignored.

Now, thanks to the most recent Clinton e-mails, you know the ones she just couldn’t quite locate, we know that Huma Abedin was influencing Obama administration policy and she was doing so with the guidance of her mother:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/14/emails-huma-abedins-mother-instructed-clinton-team-to-remove-pro-democracy-references-in-saudi-speech/

Huma contacted her mother and asked her to review the draft a speech to be given by Hillary.  Her mother said the speech needed major edits and corrections including the removal of reference to “freedom,” “democracy,” and the “empowerment of women.”

The article notes that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.  Anyone recall seeing all those Clinton Foundation trucks helping people out in Houston or Florida?  I must have missed that.

What do you call it when a person, close to the Secretary of State is soliciting advice from people who certainly are not our friends and who may be connected to the Muslim Brotherhood?  John McCain calls it “the best about America.”  I would call it treason.

TDM

THE MORA OF THE STORY

Several years ago I got a chance to play Pebble Beach. At the first tee we were introduced to a young man and his mother who would be playing with us. He said his name was Jim. I immediately recognized him. I said: “as in Jim Mora, the defensive coach for the San Francisco 49ers.” He smiled and said: “that would be me.” It turned out to be a very pleasant round of golf. He sure seemed like a very nice guy. I really enjoyed getting to know him.

Since then I have watched his career go through some serious ups and down. He was Head Coach for Atlanta. He was fired in January 2007. He later became the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He was fired in January 2010. He was hired as the head football coach of UCLA in December 2011. It hasn’t been all that great and UCLA fans want him fired. During the first half of tonight’s game UCLA stunk up the field against Texas A & M.   At half time it was Texas A & M leading 31 to 10. Then it got ugly. With 4:08 to go in the third quarter, Texas A & M went ahead 44-10. I kept watching the game because I thought this would probably be the last time I saw Jim Mora as head coach of UCLA.

I was wrong. UCLA came back and scored 35 unanswered points to beat Texas A & M. I am not quite sure how that was even possible. I have only seen one other quarterback play like this and that was Joe Montana when he played for Notre Dame. It was the second biggest comeback in the history of the NCAA. The previous one was when Michigan State came back from trailing Northwestern 38-3 with 9:54 remaining in the third quarter. That happened in 2006. The next week, Michigan State blew a 16 point lead against Notre Dame entering the 4th quarter. Just saying!

I do not know what UCLA will do the rest of this season. I suspect that Jim Mora’s job is safe, for at least another week. I think back on the man I played golf with all those years ago and I smile. I hope UCLA wins every game this year, until they play Wisconsin in the championship game. Don’t expect me to root against Wisconsin anytime soon. In any event the Mora of the story is that sometimes good guys don’t finish last after all and that should make everyone smile.

TDM

RACIST FROGS

RACIST FROGS

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/24/aclu-admits-to-white-supremacy-after-tweeting-phot/

The ACLU has apologized for tweeting a racist picture. It is important to understand how pervasive racism is in our society today, so I am providing a copy of the offensive picture:

This was made even more racist by adding the following commentary:

“This is the future that all ACLU members want.”

The problem is that this young toddler is so white. The liberals who follow the ACLU on twitter exploded with rage. The ACLU recognized their grievous error, took the post down and posted the following apology:

“When your Twitter followers keep you in check and remind you that white supremacy is everywhere, ”That’s a good point.”

They then posted a picture of Kermit the Frog. Unfortunately, the ACLU didn’t realize that Kermit the Frog is actually a racist symbol. Kermit was invented by Jim Henson in 1955. While Kermit is green, I think, Jim Henson who is the original Kermit is white. Even worse, when Henson died, he was replaced by Steve Whitmire, who is also white. More recently, Steve Whitmire was fired and replaced by Matt Vogel, also white. Does anyone see a pattern here? While people may think they are seeing a green frog, they are really listening to a white man, who by definition is racist.

It gets even worse. Kermit the frog was reportedly named after Kermit Scott, a white childhood friend of Jim Henson from ,gasp, Mississippi. Jim Henson was born in 1936 and he invented Kermit in 1955. That was 9 years before Southern Democratic Senators finally stopped filibustering the Civil Rights Act. It was one year before both Democratic Senators and six Democratic congressmen from Mississippi signed the Southern Manifesto to counter desegregation of our schools. A couple of white kids growing up in Mississippi during that time period, well need we say more?

In addition, Kermit was the “straight man” which by itself is so unfair to the LGBT community. He also is famous for singing about being “green” which is definitely racist and make no reference to Black Lives Matter. Most insulting of all he sang “The Rainbow Connection” in 1979, four years before the Rainbow Coalition was even formed, meaning that “The Rainbow Connection” couldn’t possibly refer to LGBT rights.

I am not sure that the ACLU is capable of sending out any image of anything that won’t be offensive to someone. Perhaps Twitter itself should also be shut down because it was invented by four white guys. Anything created by four white guys has to be racist, right? After careful reflection, nothing is safe unless it has the seal of approval by Maxine Watters, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Kamala Harris and most importantly, Don Lemon. Even prominent black people, like Ben Carson and Clarence Thomas are not acceptable, because although they are black, they are also Republicans which means they are by definition, racist and not black enough.

TDM

WHITE RHINOS

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/16/africa/kenya-northern-white-rhino/index.html

Sudan is believed to be the last living male northern white rhino. He lives in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya. There are also two female northern white rhinos, named Fatu and Najin. These are the last three northern white rhinos left in the world. White rhinos aren’t actually white, they are gray. The term “white” came from the Afrikaans word “weit” which means wide and describes its mouth. English settlers thought that “weit” was “white.”

Rhinos have sensitive skin. It appears to be thick, but is sensitive to sunburn and insect bites which is why rhinos are famous for wallowing in the mud. Compared to their body size, rhinos have very small brains. They also have poor eyesight but they are good at smelling and hearing. They communicate with each other by pooping. Rhino poop apparently has a distinct odor for each individual rhino. The actual name for these creatures is “rhinoceros” which means “nose horn.” Rhinoceros was shorted to rhino.

RINO is a term used to describe “Republican in Name Only.” The similarities with rhinos are obvious. They also are known for their big mouths. They pretend to be thick skinned but are actually very sensitive to the slightest criticism by the main stream media. When threatened they tend to wallow in the mud. They have difficulty seeing the world as it is and rely more on their sense of smell. They communicate with each other by pooping and they have incredibly small brains. RINOs also like to blow their own horns.

They have one other thing in common with rhinos. They are on the verge of extinction.