Circus Circus.


  • January 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    That backs up my point that if those that produce went on a 5-7 day strike, the lefty progs would be on their knees or die.

  • January 16, 2017 at 11:32 pm
    Grunt GI

    So, are the DDQ girls going to have a special Inaugural celebration?

    You know, with some of those specials from the DDQ fundraising menu?

    Certainly a celebration is in order, eh??

  • January 17, 2017 at 12:06 am
    Old Codger

    The thing is, conservatives do not think in those terms. As long as that Think-Progress editor’s check doesn’t bounce that plumber could not care less what the editor’s politics are. It’s the leftists who are willing to alienate part of their customer base over politics.

    Anybody notice the McDonald’s commercials for their coffee? They are going straight at Starbucks. I have never had Starbucks’ coffee and have no desire to try it in the future. Give me plain old Folger’s and I’m happy.

    • January 17, 2017 at 4:17 am
      Bill M

      I have a hard time justifying paying four bucks for a 50 cent cup of joe.

      • January 17, 2017 at 8:58 am

        I buy store-brand instant decaf and make my own. Four bucks goes a long way, that way.



      • January 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

        Eon. Dude. Seriously. Decaf? Eww. Whatever trips your trigger.
        I’ll take a cup of fresh ground Midnight Ride over any other coffee. I’ll do without chocolate and Tequila before giving up Mavericks.

      • January 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm

        More a matter of necessity than taste. I for one must forego caffeine long before bedtime, but I _must_ have my mocha.

      • January 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

        Dr.’s orders in my case due to HBP.



      • January 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

        Very good reason to avoid that particular stimulant.

    • January 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I drink tea. Plain old black tea, not that orange pekoe crap that Lipton (gag) sells. It’s the same as plain oolong tea you get in Chinese restaurants.

      I found that Walmart’s Great Value brand of black tea at $2/box/100 is just fine. Never bought coffee, never will, and will not patronize a company that provides only one product (Starbux=coffee). McD’s iced tea is fine in the summer if I’m going some place.

      • January 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm
        Maj Arkay

        I’m a tea drinker, too. Prefer the straight oolongs, although my favorite is Lapsang Souchong, where the leaves have been smoked while drying (was once the Royal Navy’s onboard tea). Have to order that. Otherwise, my local grocery carries most of the loose teas I like.

      • January 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm
        Deplorable B Woodman

        I prefer the jasmine green tea, loose leaf. Can’t stand bags, they always taste like the paper. I have a variety of tea pots, but my go-to is a one cup brewer with a bottom plunger.

  • January 17, 2017 at 12:11 am
    Old Codger

    I found this at a blog done by some “bloke” in Oz. Shedload of truth and insight in it. (Yes, it’s lengthy but it’s all good stuff)

    (from “The Psychologist” blog)

    Some brief observations about Leftism

    As a good academic, I first define my terms: A Leftist is a person who is so dissatisfied with the way things naturally are that he/she is prepared to use force to make people behave in ways that they otherwise would not.

    Leftists think that utopia can be coerced into existence — so no dishonesty or brutality is beyond them in pursuit of that “noble” goal

    Leftism is fundamentally authoritarian. Whether by revolution or by legislation, Leftists aim to change what people can and must do. When in 2008 Obama said that he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America, he was not talking about America’s geography or topography but rather about American people. He wanted them to stop doing things that they wanted to do and make them do things that they did not want to do. Can you get a better definition of authoritarianism than that?

    And note that an American President is elected to administer the law, not make it. That seems to have escaped Mr Obama

    That Leftism is intrinsically authoritarian is not a new insight. It was well understood by none other than Friedrich Engels (Yes. THAT Engels). His excellent short essay On authority was written as a reproof to the dreamy Anarchist Left of his day. It concludes: “A revolution is certainly the most authoritarian thing there is; it is the act whereby one part of the population imposes its will upon the other part by means of rifles, bayonets and cannon — authoritarian means”

    Evan Sayet: The Left sides “…invariably with evil over good, wrong over right, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success.” (t=5:35+ on video)

    Some useful definitions:

    If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
    If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
    If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
    If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
    If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)
    If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

    Leftists are classic weak characters. They dish out abuse by the bucketload but cannot take it when they get it back. Witness the Loughner hysteria.

    Death taxes: You would expect a conscientious person, of whatever degree of intelligence, to reflect on the strange contradiction involved in denying people the right to unearned wealth, while supporting programs that give people unearned wealth.

    America is no longer the land of the free. It is now the land of the regulated — though it is not alone in that, of course

    The Leftist motto: “I love humanity. It’s just people I can’t stand”

    Why are Leftists always talking about hate? Because it fills their own hearts

    Envy is a strong and widespread human emotion so there has alway been widespread support for policies of economic “levelling”. Both the USA and the modern-day State of Israel were founded by communists but reality taught both societies that respect for the individual gave much better outcomes than levelling ideas. Sadly, there are many people in both societies in whom hatred for others is so strong that they are incapable of respect for the individual. The destructiveness of what they support causes them to call themselves many names in different times and places but they are the backbone of the political Left

    The large number of rich Leftists suggests that, for them, envy is secondary. They are directly driven by hatred and scorn for many of the other people that they see about them. Hatred of others can be rooted in many things, not only in envy. But the haters come together as the Left.

    Leftists hate the world around them and want to change it: the people in it most particularly. Conservatives just want to be left alone to make their own decisions and follow their own values.

    The failure of the Soviet experiment has definitely made the American Left more vicious and hate-filled than they were. The plain failure of what passed for ideas among them has enraged rather than humbled them.

    Ronald Reagan famously observed that the status quo is Latin for “the mess we’re in.” So much for the vacant Leftist claim that conservatives are simply defenders of the status quo. They think that conservatives are as lacking in principles as they are.

    The shallow thinkers of the Left sometimes claim that conservatives want to impose their own will on others in the matter of abortion. To make that claim is however to confuse religion with politics. Conservatives are in fact divided about their response to abortion. The REAL opposition to abortion is religious rather than political. And the church which has historically tended to support the LEFT — the Roman Catholic church — is the most fervent in the anti-abortion cause. Conservatives are indeed the one side of politics to have moral qualms on the issue but they tend to seek a middle road in dealing with it. Taking the issue to the point of legal prohibitions is a religious doctrine rather than a conservative one — and the religion concerned may or may not be characteristically conservative. More on that here

    Some Leftist hatred arises from the fact that they blame “society” for their own personal problems and inadequacies

    The Leftist hunger for change to the society that they hate leads to a hunger for control over other people. And they will do and say anything to get that control: “Power at any price”. Leftist politicians are mostly self-aggrandizing crooks who gain power by deceiving the uninformed with snake-oil promises — power which they invariably use to destroy. Destruction is all that they are good at. Destruction is what haters do.

    Leftists are consistent only in their hate. They don’t have principles. How can they when “there is no such thing as right and wrong”? All they have is postures, pretend-principles that can be changed as easily as one changes one’s shirt

    A Leftist assumption: Making money doesn’t entitle you to it, but wanting money does.

    “Politicians never accuse you of ‘greed’ for wanting other people’s money — only for wanting to keep your own money.” –columnist Joe Sobran (1946-2010)

    I often wonder why Leftists refer to conservatives as “wingnuts”. A wingnut is a very useful device that adds versatility wherever it is used. Clearly, Leftists are not even good at abuse. Once they have accused their opponents of racism and Nazism, their cupboard is bare. Similarly, Leftists seem to think it is a devastating critique to refer to “Worldnet Daily” as “Worldnut Daily”. The poverty of their argumentation is truly pitiful.

    The Leftist assertion that there is no such thing as right and wrong has a distinguished history. It was Pontius Pilate who said “What is truth?” (John 18:38). From a Christian viewpoint, the assertion is undoubtedly the Devil’s gospel.

    “If one rejects laissez faire on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.” – Ludwig von Mises

    The naive scholar who searches for a consistent Leftist program will not find it. What there is consists only in the negation of the present.

    Because of their need to be different from the mainstream, Leftists are very good at pretending that sow’s ears are silk purses

    Among people who should know better, Leftism is a character defect. Leftists HATE success in others — which is why notably successful societies such as the USA and Israel are hated and failures such as the Palestinians can do no wrong.

    A Leftist’s beliefs are all designed to pander to his ego. So when you have an argument with a Leftist, you are not really discussing the facts. You are threatening his self esteem. Which is why the normal Leftist response to challenge is mere abuse.

    Because of the fragility of a Leftist’s ego, anything that threatens it is intolerable and provokes rage. So most Leftist blogs can be summarized in one sentence: “How DARE anybody question what I believe!”. Rage and abuse substitute for an appeal to facts and reason.

    Their threatened egos sometimes drive Leftists into quite desperate flights from reality. For instance, they often call Israel an “Apartheid state” — when it is in fact the Arab states that practice Apartheid — witness the severe restrictions on Christians in Saudi Arabia. There are no such restrictions in Israel.

    Because their beliefs serve their ego rather than reality, Leftists just KNOW what is good for us. Conservatives need evidence.

    “Absolute certainty is the privilege of uneducated men and fanatics.” — C.J. Keyser

    “Almost all professors of the arts and sciences are egregiously conceited, and derive their happiness from their conceit” — Erasmus


    “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him” (Proverbs 26: 12). I think that sums up Leftists pretty well.

    Eminent British astrophysicist Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington is often quoted as saying: “Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.” It was probably in fact said by his contemporary, J.B.S. Haldane. But regardless of authorship, it could well be a conservative credo not only about the cosmos but also about human beings and human society. Mankind is too complex to be summed up by simple rules and even complex rules are only approximations with many exceptions.

    Politics is the only thing Leftists know about. They know nothing of economics, history or business. Their only expertise is in promoting feelings of grievance

    Socialism makes the individual the slave of the state – capitalism frees them.

    MESSAGE to Leftists: Even if you killed all conservatives tomorrow, you would just end up in another Soviet Union. Conservatives are all that stand between you and that dismal fate.

    Many readers here will have noticed that what I say about Leftists sometimes sounds reminiscent of what Leftists say about conservatives. There is an excellent reason for that. Leftists are great “projectors” (people who see their own faults in others). So a good first step in finding out what is true of Leftists is to look at what they say about conservatives! They even accuse conservatives of projection (of course).

    The research shows clearly that one’s Left/Right stance is strongly genetically inherited but nobody knows just what specifically is inherited. What is inherited that makes people Leftist or Rightist? There is any amount of evidence that personality traits are strongly genetically inherited so my proposal is that hard-core Leftists are people who tend to let their emotions (including hatred and envy) run away with them and who are much more in need of seeing themselves as better than others — two attributes that are probably related to one another. Such Leftists may be an evolutionary leftover from a more primitive past.

    Leftists seem to believe that if someone like Al Gore says it, it must be right. They obviously have a strong need for an authority figure. The fact that the two most authoritarian regimes of the 20th century (Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia) were socialist is thus no surprise. Leftists often accuse conservatives of being “authoritarian” but that is just part of their usual “projective” strategy — seeing in others what is really true of themselves.

    “Why should the German be interested in the liberation of the Jew, if the Jew is not interested in the liberation of the German?… We recognize in Judaism, therefore, a general anti-social element of the present time… In the final analysis, the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism…. Indeed, in North America, the practical domination of Judaism over the Christian world has achieved as its unambiguous and normal expression that the preaching of the Gospel itself and the Christian ministry have become articles of trade… Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist”. Who said that? Hitler? No. It was Karl Marx. See also here and here and here. For roughly two centuries now, antisemitism has, throughout the Western world, been principally associated with Leftism (including the socialist Hitler) — as it is to this day.

    Leftists call their hatred of Israel “Anti-Zionism” but Zionists are only a small minority in Israel

    Some of the Leftist hatred of Israel is motivated by old-fashioned antisemitism (beliefs in Jewish “control” etc.) but most of it is just the regular Leftist hatred of success in others. And because the societies they inhabit do not give them the vast amount of recognition that their large but weak egos need, some of the most virulent haters of Israel and America live in those countries. So the hatred is the product of pathologically high self-esteem.

    “With their infernal racial set-asides, racial quotas, and race norming, liberals share many of the Klan’s premises. The Klan sees the world in terms of race and ethnicity. So do liberals! Indeed, liberals and white supremacists are the only people left in America who are neurotically obsessed with race. Conservatives champion a color-blind society” — Ann Coulter

    Who said this in 1968? “I am not, and never have been, a man of the right. My position was on the Left and is now in the centre of politics”. It was Sir Oswald Mosley, founder and leader of the British Union of Fascists

    The term “Fascism” is mostly used by the Left as a brainless term of abuse. But when they do make a serious attempt to define it, they produce very complex and elaborate definitions. In fact, Fascism is simply extreme socialism plus nationalism. But great gyrations are needed to avoid mentioning the first part of that recipe, of course.

    Politicians are in general only a little above average in intelligence so the idea that they can make better decisions for us that we can make ourselves is laughable.

    A quote from the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931–2005: “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

    A lesson in Australian: When an Australian calls someone a “big-noter”, he is saying that the person is a chronic and rather pathetic seeker of admiration — as in someone who often pulls out “big notes” (e.g. $100.00 bills) to pay for things, thus endeavouring to create the impression that he is rich. The term describes the mentality rather than the actual behavior with money and it aptly describes many Leftists. When they purport to show “compassion” by advocating things that cost themselves nothing (e.g. advocating more taxes on “the rich” to help “the poor”), an Australian might say that the Leftist is “big-noting himself”. There is an example of the usage here. The term conveys contempt. There is a wise description of Australians generally here

    Heritage is what survives death: Very rare and hence very valuable

    Two lines below of a famous hymn that would be incomprehensible to Leftists today (“honor”? “right”? “freedom?” Freedom to agree with them is the only freedom they believe in)

    First to fight for right and freedom,
    And to keep our honor clean

    It is of course the hymn of the USMC — still today the relentless warriors that they always were.

    • January 17, 2017 at 12:32 am

      To see a thought that probably underlies that non-ending collection, check this out. A rather simplistic basis of behavior, but probably a good thought.

      • January 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

        Another example of the thought-provoking references which are an unadvertised collateral advantage of DBD readership … as if the work itself were not sufficient to make it a ‘must read’ !!!

    • January 17, 2017 at 1:28 am

      Liberals (progressives) also believe in a STATIC economy while the conservatives believe in a DYNAMIC economy. For example;
      This country builds and sells over a billion dollars worth of luxury yachts every year. The static thinker wants to put a 10% tax on that billion dollars and does not believe that a surcharge will affect sales. 10% of 1 billion dollars gives them 100 million in tax revenues. A conservative understands that if you tax something there will be less of it. If you’re willing to implode an industry then you can tax.
      Same thing in life; if a liberal sees a pretty girl on the street and wants to meet her then he has to prepare himself before he comes back…and she’s gone. Did she go into a store, get into a car, or walk around the block? All he knows that life was unfair to him. A conservative knows that time is of the essence. He has to make an impression now. So many conservatives look like real guys; work clothes, rumpled, a bit mussed up but libs have to get their manscaping done first.
      More importantly, liberals expect the United States to always be here so they can say anything bad about it, do things bad to it, and not really care about the future of the country. To them, it will always be here.
      A conservative knows that countries go through phases and if you don’t take care of your country, protect it, cherish it….someday it may not be here anymore.

      • January 17, 2017 at 10:26 am
        Old Codger

        Liberals (progressives) also believe in a STATIC economy while the conservatives believe in a DYNAMIC economy.

        And yet it progs who live for change while conservatives tend to prefer status quo. My experience is that progs are enamored of change merely for the sake of change. They will happily reinvent the wheel a thousand times merely to say that they have something “new and improved”. Conservatives, on the other hand, are not opposed to change so long as said change actually represents a verifiable improvement. They just are not in favor of change for the sake of change.

        I find it interesting that the disciples of hope and change are so dead set against the changes about to take place in Mordor on the Potomac. They act as if they have lost all hope. They decry what they see as an incoming, authoritarian regime while ignoring the fact that the past eight years have been rife with the growth of authoritarian central government. Trump offers a step BACK from the fascistic authoritarianism of the past eight years. So naturally they claim him to be a fascist and authoritarian. That, to me, is the purist expression of the phenomenon of projection which so characterizes the left.

      • January 17, 2017 at 11:23 am

        Excellent observation Calvin, and it’s not limited to the economy…but of course everything becomes about the economy (follow the money) by extension.

        To wit: “the” rich. “the” poor. “the” homeless. Except that as you say they don’t exist as static entities, all of that and everything else is dynamic and in flux. But that does NOT fit the socialist narrative of “take from him and give to them” which is of course itself just a ruse. Oh they will gladly do the taking, under color of law and at the point of a gov gun if need be. But the give part? Well, first let’s form a foundation and provide for umm, administrative costs…ask the Clintons how that works. And then, well golly, we can’t find those particular “thems” we were gonna give to, they got jobs, moved away, etc. So we’ll just keep the rest too and use it for, let us say, “fundraising” for the next “him to them” campaign. Follow the money.

    • January 17, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Exactly. To The Bone spot on!

    • January 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Was that Australian bloke Ozzie Saffa?

    • January 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thanks fer sharing – from another old codger!

    • January 17, 2017 at 11:40 am

      You’re right, it is long, but it covers just about everything.

      If those kids want a dictator that badly (and they do), that means that the Mom and Dad who ‘reasoned’ with them and ‘discussed’ things with them are seen as witless wimps. No wonder they do the things they do. I don’t condone whacking kids unless they are completely out of control, and then it’s for the shock value. But when I see these adult monsters, I almost feel like changing my mind.

  • January 17, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I’ve had one glass too much and the only thing that makes any sense right now is this:

    I’m headed for a cold shower.
    The left can go fornicate themselves. They are not worthy of our trust.
    Sleep well and sleep safely knowing there are those who stand guard and stand by their oaths.

    • January 17, 2017 at 1:40 am

      “People Sleep Peacefully in Their Beds at Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready to Do Violence on Their Behalf.” most times attributed to George Orwell.

      • January 17, 2017 at 11:31 am
        Old Codger

        For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
        But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
        An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
        An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

        Rudyard Kipling

  • January 17, 2017 at 12:24 am

    So, this Jew is just doing what he’s been taught and told; clinging to the old habits in spite of proof positive that the survival of his people depend on understanding that his progs don’t give a shit about him or them and that they can and will throw them under the bus of radical islam to gain favor for themselves…proof that the people and leaders of Israel are awakening to. It’s the same refrain as from all of the dupes that we have been discussing, here and throughout the world.

    But we are not alone…this piece from an Irish journalist is brilliant, and as perceptive of reality as anything I’ve seen from any writer anywhere…would our little Jewish friend be as afraid of him as he is of Joe the Plumber?

    • January 17, 2017 at 12:45 am

      That is the one thing that frequently gets me poed. Both Israeli and American Jews have a great habit of putting there heads in the noose. But as many Jewish friends say: “Your not Jewish, your Israeli” Must be the American in me.

    • January 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      I have had two Jewish billionaires take the biggest assets of my family like candy from a baby. Family members knew trhe families since high school and there was some supposedly friendship involved.
      I just got screwed. I knew what everything was worth and the greedy ones listed to them, not me, this over a 15 year period. FK those family members of mine. As a friend, the ex wife of one of the advantage takers later told me, It was just business to him. Nothing personal. The amount lost makes the Publisher Clearing house award look like pocket change. My family is full of idiots. Certain of them deserve no respect and have lost their honor. I gave them their opportunity. They destroyed my assets because they were afraid of being destroyed and losing everything. So they took the nickel and left the tons of gold to someone else, all the while reveling in the nickle.
      I grew up in a community that was 90% Jewish when I was a kid.

  • January 17, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I gotta admit I chuckled aloud when I read the punchline. Fake news, indeed.

  • January 17, 2017 at 1:26 am

    HuffPo article cites a 29 year old article in EIR, a Lyndon LaRoache magazine to prove Trump is a Russian plant. Insanity, much!

    • January 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

      That is rich!
      (Glad someone reads HuffPo – I won’t give them a click)

      • January 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        I like to scan their insanity and leave a few comment snares behind.

  • January 17, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Yeah, Needie Neddy probably didn’t actually call a plumber. If he lives in NYC or WDC, his building has a maintenance crew. It’s pure BS.

    Just my two cents here: Every Golden Age ends with Hardship. We’re coming to the end of this episode of ‘Golden Age’ stuff.

    The end really started with the 2009 crash, and was succeeded by the 2016 election of someone that no one thought was going to win. But he won because the Leftards pissed off so many people, they practically drove them over to the right side of the political fence. And here we are.

    It’s possible we may have dodged a bullet, but the special snowflakes who, like Skye the Wonder Bimbo, have nothing going for them but ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’, are going to be left behind while their counterparts will flourish.

    I give it 80 to 90 years of rough rides ahead, and you may need to buckle your seat belts. It may be a bumpy ride.

    Please believe that while it was close, it ain’t over yet because I haven’t yet sung. This ought to be fun!


    • January 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Arnold Toynbee believed in cycles in every civilization’s history. The Rise, the Golden Age, the Time of Troubles, and the Fall, followed by the interregnum before the rise of the next civilization.

      Amusingly, you can’t mention his name today without somebody immediately shouting that he was an anti-Semite.

      H. Beam Piper was neither an anti-Semite or a Toynbean, but he believed in the same cycles of history. His Terro-Human Future History stories and novels (Most of which you can find for free at Project Gutenberg) all are based on this historical theory.

      Interestingly, he predicted that the Third World War would begin with a series of assassinations and coups in the Islamic Crescent in the late 20th and early 21st Century period.

      clear ether


  • January 17, 2017 at 1:48 am

    In spite of our butt cracks we plumbers are almost but not quite singularly responsible for the advancement of civilization. Think about it.

    • January 17, 2017 at 2:18 am
      Lucius Severus Pertinax

      As a former Pipe-Fitter, I entirely agree!

    • January 17, 2017 at 3:05 am

      if more kids coming out of high school said “I want to be a plumber”..or electrician, or HVAC, or diesel mechanic….the world would be a much brighter place.

      instead they practically shove college down these kids throats as the only option.

      • January 17, 2017 at 3:45 am

        The military is another place that teaches useful skills and trades. Without the unions.

      • January 17, 2017 at 11:07 am

        Them House uns wear such nice pretty clothes, and get to talk all funny like with the massas, compared to the firld uns.

        A slave is a slave, no matter what pretty clothes and perfume you sprinkle on it.

        A plumber and their ilk know how to do things that need to be done.
        I’d rather a battalion of plumbers, pipe fitters and steel workers than a battalion of pajama boy degree endowed wussies.

      • January 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm

        “instead they practically shove college down these kids throats as the only option.”
        That wouldn’t be so bad if they actually taught people how to think for themselves and find their own way in life.
        Sadly, they’re now mostly just Marxist Reeducation Camps dedicated to enslaving us all to the Deep State.

  • January 17, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Just finished reading Augustine’s “City of God” and his comments on the State. Lots there, but in his chapter on politics he observes that in the last analysis, the State relies on, and wants, a monopoly on force to prevail. 430 AD.

    George Washington said essentially the same thing… Nietzsche called the State “a cold monster”.

    Is we learning yet?

    • January 17, 2017 at 11:53 am
      Old Codger

      in his chapter on politics [Augustine] observes that in the last analysis, the State relies on, and wants, a monopoly on force to prevail. 430 AD.

      And the state’s drive to obtain a monopoly on force is with us still today. They even use the same language, although it is presented as a way to increase safety. I have no doubt that the Founders – educated as they were in the classics – were well aware of “City of God” and that chapter. Surely that principle was at least partly responsible for Madison wanting to add (among others) the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

  • January 17, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Three things all plumbers know : 1) Never lick your fingers. 2) Shit flows downhill. 3) The Eagle craps every Friday….

    • January 17, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Hot on the left, cold on the right.

    • January 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Always use the correct tape for the type of pipe and wrap it the other direction. Remove the aerator in the faucet before turning it on for the first time or after working on the piping purging air from the system.
      Saves cleaning it out.

    • January 17, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thanks to all plumbers (and us former pipefitters I guess) for making the world a better place. But don’t stop now. What we have needed is a mechanism for a fast force-flush of all the shit and pissin’ that keeps backing up in D.C. but instead it is a long slow draining…it’s working but so far no end in sight.

      • January 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

        Nukes come to mind.

  • January 17, 2017 at 6:55 am

    “You don’t. Have. To live like a REFUGEE” -Tom Petty

    You don’t. Have. To live like a perpetually-offended VICTIM either.

  • January 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

    I read the ThinkProgress article, and all I could think was imagining the exact same article, except describe the plumber as black, and have the author claim to be conservative.

    The outrage from the left would have been immense. Yet here, they don’t even see what they’ve done, because the plumber fit a stereotype of theirs. They would say “You can’t be prejudiced against a white person, because they hold all the power.”

    I suspect that the rationalization “You can’t be prejudiced against (group) because they (rationalization)” is probably always the first stage of outright bigotry.

    • January 17, 2017 at 11:56 am
      Old Codger

      Astroprisoner, I went to ThinkProgress and tried to find that article but without success. Could you put a link to it here? I would really like to read what the man wrote for myself.

  • January 17, 2017 at 8:30 am
    Bill G

    And there’s definitely some excellent material written and cited here.

  • January 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    T, minus three days and counting. 🙂

  • January 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

    “Uhhh… Are Sam and Naomi starting to get a little cuddly there?”
    And WHAT exactly would be wrong with that? 🙂

  • January 17, 2017 at 10:39 am
    Spin Drift

    Say No to Crack! Just an aside, The Donald takes the oath before he goes on the parade. The swearing-in in public is for ceremony, he is already President. I’m just hoping that Jan 20th is going to be known as the day of the long knives, when they start to round these lying, thieving bastards up. As Michael said, after the Christening, we take care of all the family business.

    “How you doing?”

    • January 17, 2017 at 11:43 am

      The protest marches are on Saturday Jan. 21. The numbers present will be limited. The park service ran out of permits. Let them protest. There will be those iconic photos of people at the Lincoln Memorial in the 1960s, and it’s all hogwash. Remember, every silly season cycle has a beginning and an end.

      • January 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        The delicious irony is the “protest marches” were originally intended to be a national block party celebrating the victory of the Hildebeast.
        I do not envy the cleanup crew or the Capitol police.

      • January 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

        Need German armored water cannons.

  • January 17, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Couldn’t not happen to better people.

    And he won’t. Unless Trump sees a need.

    • January 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      The DC will fight trump.

      ” Washington has always been a chameleon of a city, accustomed to remaking itself when the White House changes hands. But as Mr. Trump’s inaugural draws near, in a nation so deeply divided that it seems the political middle has entirely disappeared, perhaps no place in America feels as unsteady and on edge as the capital, which Mr. Trump calls “the swamp.”
      Continue reading the main story

      Continue reading the main story

      With his 6 a.m. Twitter blasts and chaos-sowing style — and a roster of conservative Cabinet picks eager to do an about-face on President Obama’s policies — Mr. Trump has upended the city’s rhythms and jangled its nerves. The White House press corps is fighting to keep its work space in the West Wing. High-powered lobbyists worry their clients will turn up in his Twitter feed. Civil servants, many of them African-American and working class, say he knows nothing about running a bureaucracy. “

      • January 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm

        “Civil servants, many of them African-American and working class, say he knows nothing about running a bureaucracy. “

        Having dealt with “civil servants” when I was one myself, I know most of them irrespective of albedo know exactly jack-shit about running it themselves.

        All they know or care about is;

        1. Pursuing their dogmas

        2. Forcing others to obey their dogmas

        3. Collecting pay

        4. Doing as little work as possible, and

        5. Getting promoted over and over again for (1-4).

        I’m sure the President-Elect understands how the bureaucracy operates. I’m equally sure that he doesn’t think it’s an effective “business model”.

        clear ether


      • January 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm

        I must say that is the perfect response that i was hoping for.

      • January 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        Mr. Trump will get my undying respect if he can implement the sub-contracting of the bureaucracy.
        Having companies compete for the privilege of saving the government money could pay off the national debt in very short order.

  • January 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    “…he knows nothing about running a bureaucracy.”

    True, but that’s a feature not a flaw. And I’ll bet he figures out real fast how to dismantle one. Or a hundred.

    • January 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Dismantle is the idea.
      Bureaucracies sustain what is and continue it and expand.
      Bureaucracies do not build.
      I have heard rumors of a 20% + derease in the federal bueracracies.

      The building will be done in spite of the federal beuracracies. Some good people always exist in them.

      Can you imaging just the black people getting off of the plantation and engaging in real living and not fake entitlement to the plantation.
      Holy heck. What a productivity increase for them and the commonweal.

      • January 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        The 20 percent cut is real – personnel cut.

      • January 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm

        Such a nice start by such a nice man. 🙂

  • January 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    How Jewish was my town?

    When someone sneezed in Jerusalem or Haifa, you’d hear the gesundheit echoing from my town.

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