War, armistice, the living and the dead

A little before noon today will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.  It was a war in which shattered men, living and dead were churned out in unimaginably great numbers.  It was the War to End All Wars, yet whose concluding Armistice planted the seeds of the next, even more horrific conflict.  On this day 100 years ago few could see that coming, all alike gave a great sigh of relief, and among the living, prayers of gratitude that it was finally over, prayers scarce heard over the cheering of the victors and the groans of the vanquished.

Victories and defeats are alike created by men who have pledged themselves to their sacred cause by staking their lives, their souls and their nation’s future on the outcome of their personal struggle.  Pacifists tell us that the cost is not worth the outcome in death and destruction, that there are better ways to adjudicate these great contests.  In a sense they are right, as Clausewitz notes, “War is politics by other means.”  War is a failure of diplomacy.  But pacifists err when they say that there is nothing worth fighting for.  Men do not present themselves to battle for the love of the fight, they do so because the principles they hold dear are worth more than their sacrifice can measure in suffering and in blood.

It has become common for people to say to those men and women who have so offered themselves to their country’s ultimate sacrifice, “Thank you for your service.”  Those of us who stepped up and went into the hot spots of the Cold War remember when it was not so.  I am grateful for the change.  My response to civilians is, “It was my privilege.”  For so I count it.  It is a privilege to defend this great American Republic and its Constitution, just as it is a privilege to be an American citizen and enjoy the rights and duties that privilege entails.  To my fellow vets, “Welcome home.  Glad you made it.”

Our Republic has been sustained by four boxes.  Today we see that there are those among us who are attempting to deny us three of them.  Today we see it, but the fact is that this is a fight that has been going on for a long, long time.  We have only become aware gradually and individually until recently as the Left seeks to undermine and overthrow our government and our way of life.  Today we see that, unless we do something about it, we will be deprived of three of them, and then the fourth will follow.

We have frequently written in these electronic pages of the assault on the First and Second Amendments which have been ongoing.  Today I must draw your attention to the assault on the ballot box.  Years ago Hugh Hewitt wrote a book I have referenced here, “If Its Not Close They Can’t Cheat.”  Because cheat they will and cheat they must of they are to win.  It is not just Arizona and Florida, these are only the most celebrated cases today, it has been going on for a very long time, and it is time to put a stop to it.

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America has a serious problem, and it demands a serious solution:

– Nullify all election results where there were more voters than there are legal voters.
– Freeze all election results where fraud is suspected and/or found.
– Investigate, criminally charge, prosecute, and jail voter fraudsters.
– Clean-up ‘dirty’ voting rolls.
– Implement No ID=No Vote procedures.
– Hold honest elections.
Mexico can do it, so can we.

The circus is coming to town

The GOP not only held the Senate, but increased our majority there.  This is good because we don’t have to pander to RINO squishes to get enough votes to confirm Trump’s excellent nominees.  It looks very much like the Donks got hammered in the Senate for their dog and donkey show at the Kavanaugh hearings, which is good.  The question now is, will they learn anything from it?

I say, “not likely.”  My money says that what they see is that their shenanigans fired up their lunatic leftie base.  Sanity would dictate that they would moderate their tone and play nice, or what passes for ‘nice’ in a Demoncrat’s mind.  But if they were sane they wouldn’t be closet (and in many cases out and out) communists masquerading as Americans.

During the last two years as Congressional Republicans have been investigating the collusion of the US intelligence services with the Clinton campaign the deep state has been playing peek-a-boo with Congress’ request for documents.  The Republicans have been really weak on this as every time they ask for something the FBI or whoever either slow walks it over or refuses the request on national security grounds.  Then the Republicans give them a 2nd chance, again and again and again.  “Mr. FBI man, this is your fifth 2nd chance and it is absolutely the last time we’ll ask.  If you don’t give it to us we’ll do something awful, and this time we really mean it.”  They blew their chance.  Pathetic.

In your humble correspondent’s opinion there should never have been a 2nd chance, there should have been Federal Marshals sent in and incarcerations for contempt of Congress.  Now that the Commiecrats are going to be in charge you can bet your bippy that they won’t be so patient and understanding.  It did not help that the President waited so long to declassify the relevant documents and then reversed himself.

During the last two years as the radical Left has worked ceaselessly to engineer a soft coup all Democrat officials had to do was not be crazy, and they couldn’t do it.  All the while they have been freaking out saying the most outlandish things and making the most outrageous threats.  Make no mistake, those threats are a promise of what their policy will be.  Hillary told us that civility could be restored only if the Democrats won.  Well they’ve won a partial victory.  Will it be enough?  Seriously, you had to ask?  Of course not!

Civility is all about dealing with other people with respect and trust and it can only happen when both sides can presume that the other is acting in good faith.  It is what civilized people do.  Civility is for suckers when facing barbarians.  Barbarians will laugh while ripping your guts out.  Lindsey Graham figured that out during the Kavanaugh hearings, pray he does not soon forget.  Pray also that he not be the only Republican so educated.

The Donks will be out of their minds even more than usual, being newly drunk with power and bent on punishing their enemies.  Regardless of Hillary’s disingenuous maunderings she has unconsciously set the agenda, to destroy the enemies of the Progressive Revolution.  Whether the GOP defends itself effectively or not, its going to be a great, great show.

The circus is coming to town, and is not planning to leave any time soon.

And they’re off!

Polls are open, get out there and vote!  Reminder to Democrats: you can only do that ONCE today.

If somebody needs a ride to get to the polls we have a volunteer, so let me know and I’ll help get that set up.  Just send me an email with your name, address and phone number and I’ll vector a volunteer your way.

Here is the official Election Voter Complaint Form.   As it controlled by Alex Padilla I don’t know how effective it would ultimately be.  I have not discovered a number to call if you find it happening at your polling place.

Here is the website for the Election Integrity Project California.  www.EIP-Ca.com  They will be monitoring the messages in real time on election day, I’m told, so that you can contact them quickly and they will respond to you right away.  It seems as the best thing is fill out the little email request form there and somebody will get back to you.

So get out there, do your duty and WIN!

UPDATE!

Thanks to member SH we have this great info to share:

Schiff tactics of desperation

Adam Schiff, Devilcrat, shows off his brilliant lying scare tactics again.  How better can he get votes than by scaring the elderly by falsely telling them that the Republicans plan to attack Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  In an email sent to supporters this week he said:

Instead of working to strengthen these programs, Republicans in Congress have announced they plan to cut these programs to pay for the deficit-exploding tax cuts they passed this year for big corporations and wealthy families.

What a load of hooey!  What Sciffty Schiff is  worried about is that Republicans will enact needed reforms to reduce fraud, the very fraud Democrats depend on to sustain their bottomless thirst for graft.  The American people aren’t served when these programs continue to pay benefits to people who have been dead for decades.  I guess this the mechanism by which Democrats use taxpayer dollars to induce the dead to show up and vote.

Its not just Schiff, the Donks are in trouble just about everywhere, and they know it.  As always, if they can’t win by the strength of their arguments and policy proposals …  OK, OK, stop laughing.  They can never win by honestly presenting their proposals in a rational and palatable way, they must always, always, always resort to lies and dirty tricks to confuse and demoralize Republican voters.

So don’t be distracted, focus on what you know, what is certain, vote the straight Republican ticket.  We’ve broken it down for you over here.  Sometimes our candidates leave much to be desired, but even so there can be no real doubt that ANY Republican is better than ANY Democrat.  Show up on Tuesday and be counted.  Any Republican who stays home is in essence casting a vote for the Democrats.  Remember, if its not close they can’t cheat.  They’ll try for sure but there is a limit to how many “lost” ballot boxes can be found in the trunks of Demoncrat cars.

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Because you are all, every last one of you, faithful Patriots who WILL get out and vote the straight Republican ticket on Tuesday, you are invited to a Election Night Watch Party.  Johnny is hosting this, but I’m sure that there will be some kind of charge.

Where: The Wine Cave 2427 Honolulu Ave. Montrose, CA 91020

When: Tuesday, November 6 from 7.00 PM till the champagne pops.

 

 

The beginning of the end?

The cosmopolitan elite in the US has been going bonkers over the election of Donald Trump, so much so that they have organized an ongoing but so far unsuccessful soft coup to bring him and all he stands for down.  That effort has had many components acting in concert generally known as #theResistance, a rather transparent attempt to accrue to the plotters and their masses of useful idiots the cachet of honor and glory earned by the Resistance by various underground organizations opposing Hitler’s occupation of France, Holland, Norway and other European nations during WWII.

These self-styled heroes are seeing the denouement of decades of work to bring about the destruction of civilization and the rise of the monolithic New World Order.  Long time devotees of Marxist-Lenninist visions of the triumph of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat and the Worker’s Paradise (which turns out be Hell for the workers and Paradise for the Vanguard of the Proletariat), having come so close to the ultimate success of their treason are seeing it undone by Trump and the rise of other uncouth nationalists the world over.  It has melted their brains.

Here in the US they are pulling out all the stops to put paid to this nasty little revolt against their power.  Of course the media propaganda megaphone blaring false prophecies of Trumpian Doom, that we’ve known for a long time.  What’s new is the call to “direct action”, be that in the form of Antifa, harassing and assaulting Republicans in public places, censorship of opposition voices in social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Instagram and economic strangulation by cutting off offending enterprises from payment portals such as business credit card accounts, PayPal, GoFundMe and Indiegogo, to name a few.

The Soros funded Vast Left Wing Conspirators scream endlessly about the imaginary Vast Right Wing Conspiracy they have concocted from their own odium and fear driven projections to serve as a focus against which to drive the ignorant, gullible masses into their camp with ever more frantic calls to ever more frenzied Two Minutes of Hate rituals.  But the more they howl and posture and dance and wave the threadbare bloody flag the more absurd their claims become and the more transparently false they are seen to be.

The Democrat leadership are still talking up a Blue Wave come November; what else could they do?  But even as they predict victory those predictions are sounding awful hollow, victory is slipping from their grasp; the best they can hope for is a Blue Ripple.  They know it, and it is driving them to do and say even more stupid things to turn a skeptical electorate their way  Everything they do backfires on them.  They will soon have to abandon their donkey logo and change it to a bedraggled coyote.

The price of wisdom

At various times in history wisdom has been highly valued and those who attain it vastly admired and much sought after by those who wished to attain it.  Witness King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

I Kings 10 1-5

When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at[a] the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

Alas, wisdom is not the hallmark of our age, rather we are beset by sophists preaching Marxist derived cargo cults of one kind of another, and tragically, by and large we have believed them.  Worse, committed to faith in these hollow dogmas many millions have not only turned away from wisdom, but attempt to silence those who would proclaim it, labelling it “hate speech.”

The best way to learn wisdom is sit at the feet of a master and drink it in.  We used to have a lot of these masters, expounding one form or another of it from our pulpits, our public intellectuals, our schools and as a result, from our kitchen tables.  From Ben Franklin to Bishop Sheen, from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan, words of wisdom went forth and were eagerly devoured by those who loved wisdom.  That’s the easy way.

The hard way is, well, hard.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

The hard path to wisdom hard precisely because it is painful.  What does not work, has never worked and can never work won’t work for us just because we want it to.  And when we try to work it, the results are failure.  This is called “making a mistake.”  The good news is that a mistake is an attempt that did not achieve the desired or expected end, and that, if you survive it, you learned what does not work.  So next time do something differently.  Ideally, follow the advice of Wisdom.  Tears plus contrition are the price we all pay for wisdom.

Wretchard of the Belmont Club

Those tears need not be our own, we can learn wisdom just as well by observing the mistakes of others, especially by observing the fool persist in his mistake.  We surrounded by fools persisting in their mistakes, which ought to mean that we are immersed in a learning environment.  The Progressive network of policy prescriptions are resulting in many things turning out not as expected in very painful ways.  Over at The Belmont Club Wretchard (aka Richard Fernandez) has a great essay on just exactly this.  A sample:

It was a grand, glittering vision that hit a snag. China and Russia did not democratize and liberalize as theory held.  The September 11 attacks suggested MENA wouldn’t either.  The crash of 2008 warned of the danger posed by bad information in the system. By Obama’s second term the Arab Spring, the European migrant crisis, Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and China’s expansionism should have made it clear the End of History was off course. But Hillary in 2016 somehow managed to miss it even with Brexit staring her staff in the face.  Despite its control of conventional wisdom or perhaps because of it, the establishment candidate failed to detect the biggest threat to her candidacy with shocking results.

The Left and the Donks are pulling out all the stops not because they are feeling confident of victory, but because they smell defeat in the air and are desperate.  They have tied their fortunes to the ravings of a millenarian visionary and while they themselves still believe that the path to power lies in repeating the same tired old, shabby mantras the great mass of the electorate sees them for the shady barking of a threadbare flim-flam artist.

The elections next week are a test to see of America has sufficiently awakened from the hypnotic spell of the Socialism Oil Salesman.  As patriots it is our proud but difficult duty to do all we can to awaken our countrymen to the danger that threatens us all.  Let’s be about it, then.  We shouldn’t have to wait for those on the brink of destruction to tell us, we should see it for ourselves.  I, for one, am grateful for their witness, despite the rather crude language at times.

False flags + political marketing flyers

The Commiecrats, disposing of plenty of filthy lucre, seem able to mount false flag operations all over the place at all levels. Let’s look as some of them.

The biggest and most obvious is the “Spontaneous Caravan of Migrants Demanding Jobs.”  It is not spontaneous, and they don’t want jobs.  It is extremely well funded and organized. The only job they’re interested in is putting pressure on Trump and the GOP, and if they succeed in entering, lining up a nice, cushy spot on the welfare rolls.

Another is the “Republican” disruptions of the Candidate Forum at the Burbank City Council chambers two days ago.  You can read my report on that event over here.  What I neglected to mention is that I arrived at about 6:50 for the 7:00 PM event.  I did not know it but there was a fellow Republican who arrived ‘WAY early, and having read my account from that point forward gave his testimony about what happened before I arrived.  I have xis permission to repeat it here, which I do in its entirety with thanks.

Re; Schiff vs. Nalbandian Forum, Oct 24, 7:00pm

 

I have read your review of the forum /debate; As you mentioned, yes there were Democrats there, and I would like to share the following as my perspective of the situation. As the forum progressed (I may be wrong) but I became to believe much was an “Orchestrated Manipulation” by the Democrats as outlined below.

 

I arrived at approximately 5:45 pm, 1-1/4 hr. before the beginning. Johnny and his staff, and Mark Reed were already there. At that time the seating was only about ¼ full, and I sat approximately half-way back on the center aisle. As time progressed the seating was up to about ¾ full when Adam Schiff strutted in. At that time the majority of the audience let out a yell and applause to my amazement. Many got up including the gentleman that had sat next to me, to go and shake hands and/or give Adam Schiff a hug. Brad Sherman was the last candidate to arrive without fanfare.

The debate started and progressed with the jeering, clapping etc. and continued with objections and threats from the moderator and the LWV President. During that time I noticed many of those Schiff supporters, including the person setting next to me had “turned” and were cheering Johnny and Mark while doing the harassment to Schiff and Sherman.

 

I also notice your arrival was greeted by Adian, and sat in the front rows. I realize you were not able to observe the activities of many who were yelling, clapping, etc. Some were Republican who I recognized, but I believe many of those interrupters were “Plants” to cover and provide Schiff’s answers, etc. The only person that I observed who was removed was pointed out by an admitted Democrat who was seated across the aisle from me. As the harassers continued, the moderator would give either Schiff or Sherman extra time. She also called the meeting 25-minutes early and cut the questions….I believe out of so-called “Spite”.

A correction to my noble correspondent’s account:  I did not sit in the front row, but stood in the left hand aisle near the rear.  What is clear is that the disruptions were staged by Democrat operatives posing as Republicans acting like a bunch of rowdy rednecks.  The purpose of such a piece of professional agitprop was to embarrass Republicans who witness or view the video and make them reticent to express their views.

The third and final example of a false flag operation revolves around the alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc.  Sayoc change his political party just a few minutes after being identified as the bomber.   Click the image to make it bigger.  The image shows two screen shots of Sayoc’s information page taken a few minutes apart.  In the first image he is a Democrat, in the second – presto changeo- he is a Republican.  Huh!  Now why would a man obsessed by political violence suddenly switch from the Party that advocates political violence to the Party that is the target of political violence while he is in custody?  Not only why, but HOW?

Must be a miracle.  Then we have this from Karl Denninger:

The man authorities allege waged a week-long reign of terror against prominent Democrats by sending crude bombs through the mail is reportedly a former stripper and bodybuilder who attended pro-Trump rallies — often sporting a red MAGA cap — and posted partisan rants online.

And… if you keep reading, he has a history of bomb threats (the proper word for a threat without an actual explosive device is hoax, by the way.)

And there’s this, because the media just has to keep the lie alive.

The potentially explosive devices were intercepted in New York, Washington, D.C., Florida, Delaware and California.

Potentially eh?

Uh, no.

The arrestee himself has said they were hoax devices.  I believe it from what I’ve seen and the authorities have confirmed it despite trying not to.  They’ve confirmed it by how they have acted; they have not acted as one would act if it was a real bomb.  Specifically nobody in their right mind sits around with a real explosive device that might go “boom” at any time and takes pictures of it while it sits on an ordinary office table.  Uh, no.

He also seems to like to steal (both of the grand theft and misdemeanor type), seems to have a history with roid-rage drugs and has been charged with ripping off merchants with fraudulent return schemes.

Sounds like an upstanding member of the community.

They won’t get him with “mailing an explosive” unless, of course, there was an explosive and from the evidence — there was no explosive.

Next, that photo of him looks a bit…… light.  I wonder why….

Third, how did all of those devices get out of the post office without a tracking strip (on the bottom; they add it if you don’t use machined postage that is barcoded) or hand-canceled stamps.  Never mind that sort of package is supposed to be handed to someone, AND the lack of proper postage (irregular/non-machinable gets surcharged.)  How did those all not get kicked back immediately at the original point.  Then there’s the report that CNN’s was hand-couriered into the building.  None of this adds up.

On another note, people have been asking me to pull all the political marketing flyers I’ve made together in one place.  This is the place.  Here they are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are for you to make copies and distribute.  Each opens into a 8.5″X11″ flyer which you can print multiple times and distribute around places where you go.  Stick a few under parked car wipers, put a pile in a Statbucks, pin them up on bulletin boards in laundromats and grocery stores, drop one in a neighbor’s mail box (you didn’t hear me say that), there are a million ways that you can spread this good, effective Republican marketing.  Johnny Nalbandian is a Republican, that means he is being outspent at least 40 to 1 by his Soros funded Donk rival Adam Schiff.  Giving him money is one thing, spreading his message at your own expense and effort is another.

Our precious Republic and the benefits it brings us will not survive lazy patriots.  It needs patriots who will take a small risk with a small effort to insure its blessings for ourselves and out posterity.

Get to work!

The Hondurans are coming, hurrah, hurrah!

Its a long way to Teguchigalpa, the capital of Honduras, especially if you are walking with women and children. Soldiers can force march 50 miles a day for a few days.  In order to cover the distance from their various starting points to the closest US border they would have to march some 2000 miles, that would be 40 days of forced marches.  Virtually any military unit be totally exhausted long before the end of that march.  Even covering that ground at a more reasonable pace, say, 20 miles a day, they would be exhausted and their footwear in tatters.  But our worthy Hondurans are covering the distance at about 100 miles a day.  At that rate getting to our border before the election will not be a problem.

It is, as everybody knows, a Commie propaganda stunt designed to hurt the GOP in the upcoming mid term elections.  So far it is failing.  The only way it can succeed is if President Trump fails to stop it before it crosses the southern border.  If it crosses the  border before November 6 the GOP is done, Trump is done, the Republic is done.  Even if it stopped before the election but allowed to cross afterwards the same result applies, only slightly delayed.

Then things get dicey.

Meanwhile we have another meeting of the Republican Club of the Foothills coming up.

When: Friday October 26th, 2018
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Canada, 91011
In the arts and crafts room behind the fireplace room

Light refreshments will be provided

Cost: $5 / person at the door

Website: http://www.rcotf.info email: rcfoothills@gmail.com

Voter recommendations 2018

Y’all have been bugging me about a voter recommendation list.  Obviously voting the straight Republican ticket is hard when both candidates for any given office are Donks, so in that case don’t vote for either one of them.  Harder are the “non-partisan” offices when there is no clarifying capital letter after the candidate’s name.  So after much consultation and some discussion, here we go.

STATE
Governor – JOHN H. COX
Lieutenant Governor – NOT VOTING
Secretary of State – MARK P. MEUSER
Controller – KONSTANTINOS RODITIS
Treasurer – GREG COLON
Attorney General – STEVEN C. BAILEY
Insurance Commissioner – STEVE POIZNER
Member State Board of Equalization, 3rd District – G. RICK MARSHALL
US Senator – NOT VOTING
US Representative – JOHNNY NALBANDIAN
State Senator – RUDY MELENDEZ
Member of State Assembly – ROXANNE BECKFORD HOGE
NONPARTISAN OFFICES
JUDICIAL
Supreme Court Justice (YES/NO)
Carol A. Corrigan – YES
Leondra R. Kruger – NO
Court of Appeal Justice (YES/NO)
Victoria G. Chaney- YES
Helen Bendix- YES
Elwood Lui- YES
Victoria M. Chavez- NO
Luis A. Lavin- NO
Halim Dhanidina- NO
Anne E. Egerton- NO
Nora M. Manella-YES
Thomas Willhite- YES
Dorothy C. Kim- NO
Carl H. Moor- NO
Lamar W. Baker- NO
Arthur Gilbert- NO
Martin J. Tangeman- NO
Gail R. Feuer- NO
John L. Segal- NO
Tricia A. Bigelow – YES
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
Office No 4 – ALFRED A. COLETTA
Office No 16 – SYDNE JANE MICHEL
Office No 60 – TONY J. CHO
Office No 113 – NOT VOTING
SCHOOL
Superintendent of Public Instruction – NOT VOTING
COUNTY
Assessor- JOHN “LOWER TAXES” LOEW
Sheriff- JIM MCDONNELL
STATE MEASURES
Prop 1 – NO
Prop 2 – YES
Prop 3 – YES
Prop 4 – NO
Prop 5- YES
Prop 6- YES
Prop 7 – NO
Prop 8- NO
Prop 10 – NO
Prop 11 – YES
Prop 12 – YES!!!
COUNTY MEASURE
Measure W – NO

City measures become more granular than I can work with here.  I invite y’all to express your opinions on the various city issues in the comments section below.  Same goes for disagreements with what I’ve posted above, that’s what the comments section is for.

Meanwhile we have another meeting of the Republican Club of the Foothills coming up.

When: Friday October 26th, 2018
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Canada, 91011
In the arts and crafts room behind the fireplace room

Light refreshments will be provided

Cost: $5 / person at the door

Website: http://www.rcotf.info email: rcfoothills@gmail.com

Recommended long read: Fabulous thoughtful article by Andrew Codevilla, always worth reading.

And, this, because it just too good not to share.

 

 

Report from the Candidates’ Forum

Raucous.  If Republicans everywhere are as fired up as the audience supporting Johnny Nalbandian and Mark Reed (running against Rep. Brad Sherman (D) in the 30th District) not only won’t there be a Blue Wave, there will be a Crimson Tsunami.  I expect that there must have been some Democrats present other than the candidates Schiff and Sherman, but they kept it to themselves if there were.  I was told by those who I suppose know, that this evening’s crowd was far livelier than usual.

On the one hand it was nice to be among the vocal majority for once, on the other the Republicans were boisterous to the point that it was detrimental to the general proceedings and was ultimately not helpful to the Republican candidates.  The rule was that if the supporters of one or another candidate disrupted the proceedings then the opposition candidate would be allotted additional time to speak in compensation.  As a result the Democrat candidates got more air time.

I am sure that Abe Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas would have been perfectly at home facing such a spirited crowd, when American civility was more bumptious than is common today.  “Spirited” here being a euphemism for “rude.”  Certainly my middle class gentility (make of THAT what you will!) was uncomfortable with the crowd’s high jinx.

The moderator from the League of Women Voters, whose name I regrettably forget, had a tough gig.  The crowd got away from her early and she never got them back under control.  I must say, however that she did sterling work this evening, and she has one of the most impressive “You kids better behave” faces I have ever seen, even better than my mother’s whose gimlet glare was able to freeze charging bulls in their tracks and make them slink away whimpering in terror and shame.

The questions posed by the League of Women Voters was OK.  They weren’t able to get all the proposed questions as the disruptions of the crowd forced a delay of game.  As I count it they were only able to get to eight of the proposed twelve questions.  I found the questions framed in left of center terms (what else did we expect?), and gave the candidates the opportunity to express their ideas.

The two Demoncrats are both lawyers, and not surprisingly their answers were slicker than greased goose guano.  They had nothing new to say, but spewed the Party Line in the usual way (Disinformation coming and going).  The crowd must be devotees of this humble blog (there is no other way to explain it) as they howled with derision every time one of the Commiecrats let loose a whopper.  Our two Republicans were a little rough around the edges, but acquitted themselves well.  They were both able to express a solid commitment to Constitutional conservative principles in a believable way.

The questions, as best I’m able to reconstruct them from my illegible notes, dealt with the following:

  1. Immigration
  2. The immanent danger of Global Warming
  3. Proposals to alter the Supreme Court and how Justices are chosen.
  4. Voting rights and voter suppression.
  5. Alterations to Obamacare’s individual mandate.
  6. Election security
  7. Homeland security
  8. Gun violence

The entire thing is available on the web at the Burbank City Council site, sorry, I don’t have the URL.  I don’t propose to relate a blow by blow narrative, if you are interested Google, though not your friend, is still useful, look it up.  Besides, its getting late, I have to work tomorrow and the Scotch is catching up with me.

That’s way it is.  This is Tamquam Leo Rugiens reporting for the Republican Club of the Foothills, good night.