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My contrarian view

Since my last blog post, I tweeted some (probably more than was good for me), but I didn’t settle down and write a blog post. For many years, our “war on terror” moved off the front pages of our news media, returning only for brief moments, when some domestic political event or international event forced news media to cover, it. During President Trump’s four years, it’s probably a safe bet that Michael Avenatti received more airtime on cable news than foreign events and the “war on terror” combined and that speaks to where Americans interests truly lie – in tabloid/reality TV type garbage. I’ve referred to Trump running the US presidency like a reality TV show and truthfully he was running the most successful reality TV show in history.

Most Americans had lost interest and trust in the mission in the “war on terror” long before President Biden executed this chaotic debacle of a withdrawal in Afghanistan over the past few weeks and I suspect most Americans couldn’t even point out the general location of Afghanistan on a map, but most probably now can express a strong opinion, based on their partisan politics and where they consume their news.

The people in America who didn’t forget are those who have loved ones serving in Afghanistan.

The other day when our fallen servicemembers were returning at Dover AFB I was so engrossed in “fighting” against the crazy repetitive messaging that’s integral in the Dem/media spin war, that I started retweeting “dignified” transfer to point out a Dem spin effort and while I knew the return of our fallen is called a dignified transfer, it was the way the liberal media kept repeating “dignified transfer” whereas with Trump attending the return of fallen soldiers, the focus was on how Trump was unfit and finding fault with whoever else went, when Trump didn’t attend. I don’t recall all the liberal media saying “dignified transfer” over and over and over. I deleted those tweets and decided to slow down on watching the spin war on Twitter.

The more I thought about my retweets, the more disappointed in myself I became. I don’t want to become an angry political shrew. I felt this way after writing so many anti-Trump takes in 2016 and early in Trump’s presidency, before Trump Derangement Syndrome came into our lexicon, I suspect. I still cringe when Trump speaks or does one of his rally sideshows, but I realized that while Trump lacked character and treated his presidency like a reality TV show, he was also the target of an unprecedented Dem/liberal media smear campaign, with liberal media and Dem political operatives working every day to allow Trump no positive media coverage throughout his presidency. I recall a New York Times headline that appeared to give Trump credit for something and within hours, after a liberal Twitter meltdown about the headline, the NYT changed the headline. Trump was not allowed even a single headline that was positive news coverage.

The spin war, a Dem/liberal media information war effort to drive their culture war, has infected the right in America too during the Trump era. Surprisingly, President Biden got a strong dose of the same treatment Trump received with fallen heroes returning. Some of the parents of the fallen servicemembers took to social media and cable news to attack Biden, accusing him of rudeness, callous indifference, checking his watch repeatedly and of spending more time talking about his own son’s death than showing interest in their fallen loved ones.

Yes, every grieving family member has the right to feel however they do about the situation and to speak out. Although a part of me feels that with everything now being politicized, the attention right-wing media has given to these angry parents is all about politics. This is the same exact thing BLM and so many anti-police activists on the left do, with using and exploiting families of black Americans killed by police, trying to turn them into media celebs – flying them all over the country to do the news and talk show rounds. It’s political activists and media exploiting grieving families.

At this point, all the dire prognostications about the fall-out for America around the world, with leaving Afghanistan in such a chaotic and disturbing manner, will take some time to see if they come true. Same goes for the Biden team’s happy, pie-in-the-sky predictions, with grotesque lies propping them up. Where I’m most concerned the fall-out will be most severe is here at home. I’m most concerned about America being able to hold together, as our country’s divides continue to deepen more rapidly than I ever dreamed possible.

The most disturbing part of these escalating divides in America is it’s not hostile foreign information war efforts fueling the divides, it’s our own political class and news media working to turn Americans against each other… every single day.

Watching the withdrawal from Afghanistan unfold in the past two weeks and the slew of lies coming from Biden administration and out of the Pentagon both disgusted and saddened me, but I’m not going to list them or vent about them in this post. I’ve also been disgusted and saddened by a lot of the incitement on the right, churned up by a lot of pundits and some Republican politicians. The most pressing issues in America won’t be fixed by more Americans becoming raging partisans, going ballistic over every new spun up hot button political issue. A lot of people within the political punditry media industry traffic in aggressive incitement efforts and they’re very good at it. Our only hope is for more and more Americans to work to pull back from the extreme partisanship. Electing all Trumpian Republicans or all Woke Democrats will only push America closer to the breaking point.

Certainly it’s understandable that many people have strong political views. I do too. What’s happening though is way too many people seem to becoming very invested in performative political activism and condoning the use of mob tactics to force their political will on other Americans. The willingness to tolerate opposing views seems to be an old-fashioned and quaint nicety you’d read about in a good manners primer. Shutting down, by shouting down the other side, preferably with a mob of like-minded citizens, seems to be the preferred political norm these days.

Political punditry in America is filled with people who churn out piles of historical analogies to fit our current political situations. Ben Domenech, the publisher of The Federalist, a right-leaning publication, joined FOX News this year and he’s very good at public speaking and articulating Trumpian populist messaging. While I agree with many of Domenech’s critique’s of the far-left Woke politics, I don’t agree with mob mentality political action. Trump hit a nerve in the American right, latching onto a discontent and alienation many Americans feel, a belief that the elites in Washington and corporate America are corrupt and no longer represent them. Trump, a wealthy NY liberal, who hobnobbed with and was a part of the elite class, managed to con enough Americans into believing he was the champion of working class America, by articulating many of the same themes Domenech put forth.

Domenech early in August gave a five minute opening, Are You Awake?, on FOX Primetime, which articulated a call to political action on the right, to counter the Left’s Woke culture war on America. Domenech’s entire opening can be found at the link provided with the title. His message has found a receptive audience among the same political pundits and politicians who embraced Michael Anton’s “The Flight 93 Election” essay, defining the Trump doctrine. Here’s just a short clip:

The Woke vs. Awake phrasing is very slick and trying to link the present American right-wing populist movement with Abraham Lincoln is brilliant messaging, but it’s very much like the Tea Party movement, except with a call for more muscle and taking to the streets. The far-left Woke relies on taking to the streets too, as last year’s BLM protests and rioting mayhem demonstrate.

The last thing America needs is more angry mobs, civil unrest, civil disobedience or God-forbid another civil war. The American Civil War came with a death toll of 750,000.

I bring up the Domenech Awake messaging, because between the BLM mayhem last year, the Dem’s Covid “rules” effort to target and alienate Trump supporters, and Trump “stolen election”/Jan. 6th attack on the Capitol, America has been turning into a basket case. One of the major off-shoots has been a huge push on the political left to target and alienate white Trump supporters, labeling them as “white nationalists” and potential “domestic terrorists.” Nowhere has that effort been more egregious as in the US military with Sec. of Defense, Austin and the Chairman of the JCS, General Milley, being completely on board with the Dem push to hunt down “white nationalists” and rid the ranks of them. The problem with all these leftist purges, lies in how they define “white nationalist” and it seems obvious they consider anyone who supported Trump a “white nationalist.”

That brings me back to Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal debacle. I feel totally heartsick seeing Austin and Milley going along with the Biden White House spin effort to proclaim the withdrawal a stunning success. The entire world sees America’s retreat as a stunning defeat, but Austin and Milley are willing to talk about the Taliban like they’re a new trusted partner. That is a slap in the face to all those Americans who suffered, bled and died in Afghanistan. The new Taliban is exactly the same terrorist group as the old Taliban.

The shockwaves from this Afghanistan debacle and the massive Biden WH spin lies, carried by top leaders at the Pentagon, bodes very poorly for morale in the US military. Add in the millions of US veterans across America, who feel betrayed by, not only President Biden, but by top leaders in the Pentagon, and our American divides just deepened a whole lot in the past few weeks, I fear.

The last thing America needs is Awake mobs taking to the street or more Woke mobs taking to the streets. We need some calmer leaders to step to the front and guide our country back to safer ground, while standing firm against the wholesale public corruption that keeps crashing through all of our most vital institutions.

Update: Somehow I deleted a paragraph from this post and I can’t remember it verbatim. For years now I’ve called the left’s Spin Information War, our war of words, because redefining America has been an integral part of that spin war. That spin war is how the American left wages their culture war – a high-tech media operation to drive and control public opinion. The most bizarre example of their culture war redefining now is with their transgender politics and “pregnant women” have been redefined as “birthing persons.”

With redefining, the terrorist group, the Taliban, which is now being cast by the Biden WH as a potential partner in our war on terror. While everyone from Biden on down was careful to say they don’t “trust” the Taliban, they “entrusted” the outer perimeter security of the Kabul airport to the Taliban, with the result a suicide bomber got through and killed 13 American servicemembers. Top leaders at the Pentagon went out of their way to praise the Taliban cooperation though.

Words matter and how we define words matters even more. Just this morning politics Twitter is awash with liberal mouthpieces labeling Texas Republicans the “TX Taliban,” because of a new TX abortion law. Their definition of the Taliban here assuredly is the “old” Taliban definition, as a brutal terrorist group, not the Biden WH “new” Taliban definition… a potential trusted security partner in our war against terror. Democrats in the House of Representatives will be diverting attention away from Afghanistan and back to their 1/6 investigation (or as they call it “The Insurrection”). And The Pentagon, awash with liberal activists, will be defining “white nationalists” and “potential domestic terrorists,” as the Pentagon doubles down on this effort, which should cause some concern.

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Happy 4th of July!


July 4, 2021 · 10:09 am

Duck Update

The duck is still living in my flower bed, but he’s moving about more now and enjoys exploring the front yard too. He gets excited when I feed him duck pellets & dried mealworms. Guess there’s little incentive for him to leave now that I’m feeding him and giving him fresh water every day.

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A duck moved into my yard

A Muscovy duck showed up in my flower bed.

This large duck has been sitting in my flower bed since Friday and naturally, I am a total failure at getting him to leave. He gets up and walks around, but doesn’t go very far and then he goes back in my flower bed and lays down. And me, being me, by Saturday I put a large bowl of water near him and was googling what to feed him. I talked to him and told him that he’s a pretty bird, but he needs to go somewhere else. He turned his head and looked at me when I talked to him and when I told him he’s a pretty bird, he stood up and shook his tail feathers … then he plopped back down. One of my sons asked me on Saturday, what I’ve named my duck. He’s not “my” duck. I’m assuming he is injured or sick, judging by how little he’s moving.

On Saturday I called an animal rehabilitator for avians, but she had a recorded message stating she isn’t taking any birds and a phone number for some emergency animal hospital an hour away.

This morning I called my local animal control and was informed they don’t handle wildlife and she referred me to my local police department. I called my local police and the lady transferred me to the state police, who transferred me to someone else. That place referred me to some state agency with an 800 number, that has a message – all of their lines are busy, call back later – every time I’ve called it.

So, my current “plan” is to find some food for this duck, that he will eat, keep giving him fresh water and hope he gets well enough to leave under his own steam. Let’s see, he didn’t eat grapes or carrots cut in small pieces. He has been eating wild bird seed and he’s eating spring mix lettuce. Oh, and he’s very adept at catching flies. There are woods right behind my back yard, so it’s not like he has to travel far to find some natural woodland habitat. There’s a small stream in those woods too.

I guess I’m going to have to break down and buy duck food.

And yes, I know I should have just ignored him and not given him food and water, but I did. He seems stronger today and has been standing up a lot more.

At least I haven’t named him yet.


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Happy Easter!

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Good-bye 2020

2020 is winding to a close. It’s almost habit now for most people to lament about the awfulness of 2020 and wax on about it being the worst year ever. Unarguably, lots of terrible things happened this year. Close to two million people have died from COVID-19 this year. Along with new social distancing rules, Americans around the country experienced all sort of new rules limiting their movement and personal liberties, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We also experienced political turmoil, civil unrest, and even some shortages in grocery stores.

This year was filled with lots of worries. Perhaps it took reaching saturation point on the constant 2020 hysteria every time I turned around, but I reached a point a few months back, where I decided I was done with paying attention to journalists fomenting constant drama, done paying attention to articles or videos selling fear, drama or feeding worries and done with watching any prepper videos that blare a warning about some coming catastrophe.

Sure, I still think being prepared is important and learning preparedness skills certainly is worthwhile, but I’m done with paying attention to people urging me to rush to stock up or hunker down for some dire, but unspecified catastrophe that’s assuredly just ahead. I’ve learned a heck of a lot about food storage and other preparedness skills this year and am grateful for the knowledge, but in 2021 I want to focus on organizing and rotating the extra canned goods and supplies. I want to take more time and think about what foods I want to stock up, rather than reacting to preppers online with their endless lists of “must-have” items.

Focusing on preparedness has been a worthy undertaking (especially with the turmoil in 2020), however an even more important undertaking for me, a person who tends to accumulate clutter quickly, is to focus on becoming better organized and to gear my undertakings to being more purposeful and more carefully thought out. In other words, my energies are going to becoming more proactive in my choices rather than reacting to fear or media hype

Most of all, I want to live my life hopefully and with good cheer, not spending it borrowing trouble. Cultivating calm and finding ways each day to bolster some inner-peace will be my 2021 path.

Wishing all the best to everyone and hoping 2021 brings blessings and good things your way.

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Merry Christmas!

Sorry to be so late with posting Christmas greetings. I hope everyone had a safe and happy day, spent with those near and dear to them. Every little bit of normal we can preserve in our lives this year will strengthen us and our families. Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas season!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy 4th of July!

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Pelosi’s “Italian grandmother move” failed

Two weeks into my husband’s home hospice care, some things don’t change.   My husband, laying in a hospital-type bed here at home, still wants his TV on FOX News 24/7, even though he pays very little attention to it.  Likewise,  I didn’t listen to any of the impeachment speechifying, but did catch bits and pieces of President Trump’s State of the Union address.

While I haven’t followed much politics, I’m learning that caring for someone confined to a bed is a challenge and I’m acquiring new skills by watching and talking with the CNAs and the RN, who make several home visits a week.  I’ve mastered changing a bed with a patient in the bed, because they don’t want my husband out of bed (not sure yet if that’s permanent or if he’ll regain enough strength to sit in a chair some) and I’m learning a lot of ins and outs of 24/7 bedside care.  These home hospice CNAs and RN have become my lifeline and I am grateful beyond words for their care and kindness.

Sitting with my husband, I did watch Nancy Pelosi’s staged spin stunt of dramatically tearing up her copy of Trump’s speech at the end.   Our American politics, despite the weeks of dramatic speeches about “upholding our constitution,” remains just endless, boring spin soap opera/reality TV antics.  Our American political class in Washington’s, only bipartisan work seems to be destroying the dignity of our constitutional republic.  It’s embarrassing watching so much of Trump’s reality TV/sideshow presidency, but it’s also embarrassing watching so much of the Dems and media staged spin show too.

When Nancy Pelosi regained the Speaker of the House position last year, the mainstream media tirelessly spun up Pelosi as this larger than life feminist Amazonian warrior/goddess persona, a woman who would beat Donald J. Trump into submission by the sheer awesomeness of her presence.  Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, the Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus Chair, has become a mainstream media fixture since 2019, fabricating and amplifying this “I am woman hear me roar” mystique about Nancy Pelosi’s toughness and political superpowers.  The mainstream media hypes these insipid and disingenuous Christine Pelosi takes on her mother:

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is from San Francisco and her daughter Christine Pelosi, the California Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus Chair sat down today with ABC7 news anchor Kristen Sze.

She says the Speaker’s move to rip up the President’s speech was completely unplanned and came after a string of events.

Being seemingly snubbed by the President when she extended her hand to shake his before the speech and having to sit through what the House Speaker calls a series of untruths.

In fact, the Speaker was quoted today saying that the President shredded the truth, so she shredded his speech. Christine Pelosi says it’s an Italian grandmother’s move.

The House Speaker’s own mother once took away the dinner plate of a rude guest and then came back to the dinner table and carried on as normal.

Christine Pelosi also dismisses critics who say that Madame Speaker’s move was not reflective of taking the high road and that it’s standing up to the President as she has done many times before.”

Yet watching the steady stream of Chuck Schumer/Nancy Pelosi staged preemptive spin antics, as they traipsed to the White House to do battle with Donald Trump, this post SOTU Pelosi spin antic came across as weak, pathetic, beneath the dignity of her office and a new low in this destructive spin war, not as some tough “Italian grandmother’s move.”  C’mon, as far as optics go, Pelosi tearing up Trump’s speech comes nowhere close to the impact of the horse’s head in the bed optic in the movie, The Godfather.  Pelosi ain’t the spin warrior queen who can slay Trump and she’s looking sillier and more unhinged the further she goes trying to beat Trump at these absurd spin war antics.

Trump’s loud, lowbrow reality show presidency receives constant criticism from the mainstream media, much of it deserved, but this same media fails to hold Dems to the same standard (just like FOX News and most conservative media make excuses for Trump’s excesses).  Pelosi didn’t come across as strong by tearing up Trump’s speech; she looked like an angry, vicious shrew.  And it appeared to me that she had planned this spin stunt, as tossing a bone to her rabid far-left faction, who wanted to boycott the SOTU address.  Her explanation that tearing up Trump’s speech was “the courteous thing to do” speaks volumes about the complete collapse of ethical standards in Washington.  Her daughter trying to cast tearing up Trump’s speech as some bold “Italian grandmother’s move”  made me wonder how many Dem spinmeisters worked on coming up with that spin line.

Pelosi looked petty, vindictive and frankly afraid of her far-left base, which added to the complete disarray of the Democratic Party’s 2020 primary process, bodes poorly for Dems chances in 2020.  It also makes me still believe that somehow, someway, the Clintons are going to orchestrate a spin narrative and political maneuver for Hillary to swoop in as the avenging angel, who will unite Dems and lead the charge to finally defeat her 2016 nemesis, Donald J. Trump.  How this might come about, I have no clue, but if anyone can finagle a political path for Hillary, Bill Clinton, one of the smartest political minds in America, would be the person to do it.

Yes, I’m still of a mind that the mainstream media’s other feminist goddess might rise from the ashes of her 2016 defeat to try save the Democratic Party… and America from a second President Donald J. Trump term.

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