Foreign influence

In the world of political influence the first question somebody in a position of power asks when meeting someone trying to gain their ear is, “Who sent you?”  That is, who do you represent and is that person or group supportive of my network?  In the world of infinite quid pro quo, what do you want and what’s in it for me?

Now that the Russia collusion fantasy has been exposed a question that in retrospect seems obvious would have been: What’s in it for Trump?  The best the daffy Donks seem to be able to come up with is that Trump would get to build a hotel in Moscow.  No, really, this is what they thought, or at least what they said they thought.  Pathetic.

Whereas it is true that Russia was working to influence American national policy and the 2016 election; big shock, they’ve been doing that since 1933; the fact that everybody else is also working to influence American policy has been overlooked.  The fact is that Russia has become a relative bit player in terms of dollars spent, the real danger from them is the hordes of mindless ideological slaves still bamboozled by the dreams of a Marxist Leninist Stalinist millenarian dystopia.  The more dangerous source of influence is tied to who has the money to buy this influence, and it ain’t Russia.

A report to the membership; we have an invitation

Yesterday I attended the Republican Women’s Federated meeting at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale where I met Lois Billings, president of the Glendale Burbank Republican Assembly.  They are asking the Republican Club of the Foothills to join forces or perhaps merge with them as they are going to be having meetings at the La Crescenta Women’s Club, the first, or perhaps the next, is April 24th, as you can see by the flyer reproduced below.  I will be discussing the possibilities with Mrs. Billings after Easter.

The prospect is interesting not least because the good old RCOTF has fallen on hard times.  I am reluctant do do because despite the RCOTF’s diminished state I feel a moral obligation to the Club not to make such major decisions without input from y’all the members, or perhaps more accurately, former members, or maybe members in repose.  You know what I mean.

The basic possibilities as I see it are these:

1st The RCOTF maintains an independent existence refusing a union of forces while hoping, like the South, to one day rise again.  Whereas when our previous president resigned along with the one other board member still attending board meetings, and stubbornly and perhaps intemperately refused to resign, I had hopes to be able to lay the foundation for such a rising.  It has not happened, and given the very disappointing situation in which the Club finds itself, I confess, and you know it well, those hopes have been dashed.  Should the RCOTF sail on like a Flying Dutchman?  I do not recommend this course of action.

2nd The RCOTF merges with the GBRA and ceases to exist as a separate entity.  All our meager resources are handed over and the RCOTF becomes a historical footnote.   I confess that this galls me, not because as things stand I am a big fish in an ever diminishing pond puddle and I would lose my dictatorial powers, but because it would be a betrayal all the loyal, hard working Republicans that founded the Club and sustained it over the years.  I know I am weird, I feel very strongly that we, the living, owe a debt to history, to the memory of those who made us what we are, a duty to not allow all of that to slip from our hands.  Should the RCOTF be broken up and subsumed into the GBRA?  This is a better alternative, however I do not recommend this course of action.

3rd The RCOTF maintains an independent existence as a support element working closely with the GBRA supporting their goals and initiatives and under their umbrella.  The Club would be committed to a more or less permanent alliance with the GBRA and would not be working on goals and initiatives at cross purposes with them (wouldn’t that be a pleasant change for Republicans?).  Mrs. Billings tells me that she wants me on the GBRA board, and is, if I understand her from a brief conversation in a chaotic situation, very much interested in this web page.  We would become a sort of allied artillery regiment attached to the GBRA army.  In the event of some kind of catastrophe befalling the GBRA we would be able to split off again if necessary.  Should the RCOTF maintain a legally separate identity while closely allying itself the GBRA?  This is the option with which I am most comfortable and which I recommend.

Given that the ultimate purpose of the RCOTF is to win elections, what do you guys think?  I have suggested three possible avenues of approach, I am sure there are others, and many details to wrangle over – we are Republicans, after all – I want to hear all about it.  Think about it, pray about it.  I would like to see us achieve some kind of consensus, so what are your thoughts?  I am pledged to meet with Mrs. Billings after Easter and I really want to bring your feedback into that discussion.

Meanwhile, I intend to attend the April 24th event.  Hope to see you there.

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Spider webs, the Anti-American network

Of one thing we can be sure, no Communist acts alone.  This has less to do with the fact that they are all collectivists and want to herd together than with the careful planning they do to ensure the destruction of America and the triumph of the Communist Revolution in America.  As with all evil conspiracies, it must be plotted in the dark and carried out under cover of lies.

In her new book, “The Red Thread, A search for ideological drivers inside the anti-Trump conspiracy”, Diana West, authoress of “American Betrayal” has once again done America a solid.  She has a blog over at DianaWest.net which is worth visiting frequently for new tidbits of what she is discovering.  I have just purchased the book and am very much looking forward to reading it.  Below she discusses the book with Stephan Molineux.  Best viewed with strong drink.

 

Tell us what you REALLY think, Candace – UPDATED

UPDATE: I hadn’t seen the first part of the interaction between Candace and the committee.  I could see that she was seething, American Greatness has the rest of the story:

Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens effectively shot down a Democratic congressman’s attempt to smear her as a Hitler apologist during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism, Tuesday.

“In congressional hearings, the minority party gets to select its own witnesses. And of all the people the Republicans could have selected, they picked Candace Owens,” Rep. Ted Lieu of California sneered. “I don’t know Miss Owens. I’m not going to characterize her. I’m going to let her own words do the talking,” he continued, producing his phone and playing a clip of the conservative activist discussing Hitler, earlier this year.

“I actually don’t have any problems at all with the word nationalism,” Owens says in the clip. “I think that it gets — the definition gets poisoned by elitists that actually want globalism. Globalism is what I don’t want. So when you think about — whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about — at least in America — is Hitler. You know, he was a national socialist, but if Hitler had just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he wanted — he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize, he wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German.”

Falsely characterizing Owens as trying “to legitimize Hitler,” Lieu asked witness Eileen Hershenov, a senior vice president at the Anti-Defamation League, if her words had “fed into white nationalist ideology.”

“It does, Mr. Lieu,” Hershenov replied. “I know that Ms. Owens distanced herself from those comments later, but we expressed great concern over the original comments.”

Asked to respond a few minutes later, Owens accused Lieu of thinking that African-Americans are “stupid.”

“I think it’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety. He purposefully presented an extracted clip,” she said, before committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) interrupted.

“The witness will suspend for a moment!” he said, pounding his gavel.  He chastised Owens, saying that “it is not proper to refer disparagingly to a member of the committee. The witness will not do that again.”

Allowed to continue, Owens said: “Sure, even though I was called despicable.”

Nadler butt in again to say, “the witness may not refer to a member of the committee as ‘stupid.’”

She replied incredulously, “I didn’t refer to him as ‘stupid.’ That’s not what I said.  That’s not what I said at all. You didn’t listen to what I said.”

After being called out by the conservative activist, Nadler simply shrugged.

Owens, of course had accused Lieu of thinking black people were too stupid to watch the full clip in context.

“As I said,” she explained, “he’s assuming that black people will not go pursue the full two hour clip” to find out that she wasn’t defending Hitler. She added that the question that was asked of her was whether or not she believed in nationalism.

“And I responded that I do not believe that we should be characterizing Hitler as a Nationalist. He was a homicidal, psychopathic maniac who killed his own people,” she said. “A Nationalist would not kill their own people. That is exactly what I was referring to in the clip and he purposefully wanted to give you a cut-up similar to what they do to Donald Trump to create a different narrative. That was unbelievably dishonest and he did not allow me to respond to it, which is worrisome and should tell you a lot about where people are today in terms of trying to drum up narratives.”

Owens added defiantly that she works for Prager University “which is run by an Orthodox Jew, not a single Democrat showed up at the Embassy opening in Jerusalem and I sat on a plane for eighteen hours to make sure I was there. I’m deeply offended by the insinuation of revealing that clip without revealing the question that was asked of me.”

The C-Span clip ends with Rep. Lieu staring straight ahead with his hands in the confident “steeple” pose, “commonly observed in superior-subordinate relationships,” according to body language experts.

Donald Trump Jr later tweeted out his support of Owens’ fiery performance: “Wow. Well done @RealCandaceO!!!” he said.  “Great to see someone call out the Dems on their purposeful manipulation of facts for their narrative. Since the media runs with anything they say and is the marketing wing of the DNC they aren’t used to getting called out for the repeated BS.”

The primary tactic by which Socialist societies hold their populations in thrall is by the use of fear.  That fear involves everything from the extremes of being dragged out to the street by thugs in bad suits, shot and later brought to trial or a tenner in the Gulag all the way down to the more common threat of loss of privileges; in these societies everything is a privilege dispensed or withheld by the government; including the right to work.  Their tactics are no different in societies such as ours that they are pushing into Socialist conformity.  It is this fear that erodes the will to resist and ultimately leads to demoralization and the collapse of society into conformity and despair.  Everything they do is designed to compel silence and from that silence trumpet “the people’s” approval, be it ever so tacit, and so cement their victory.

So it that when a clarion voice proclaims the truth loudly, clearly and unanswerably that the patriot’s heart rejoices.  There are, to be sure, many such voices speaking against the Marxist Leninist lies, but most of the time we don’t get to hear them.  But when we do, how sweet it is!  Ladies and gentlemen (let us not speak of others), I give you Candace Owens.

The good, the bad and the ugly

No, not the Spaghetti Western with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach – if only.  Instead I bring you three items which ought to be of joy, interest and concern.  But first, a little comic relief.  Probably I should put that at the end, but I isn’t really funny enough to gladden the heart after what I have for you today.  Sorry, you’ve been fore warned.

This should be on the door of every restroom in the 28th Congressional District, if not the entire State.  Snip, snip, a little glue and slap! a household name is born.

California’s ‘High Capacity” Magazine ban ruled unconstitutional by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  And you, doubter, didn’t used to believe in the Fairy Godmother.  Standard capacity magazines are back in!  Let the rattle of small arms fire announce the celebration.

On June 29, 2017, Breitbart News reported that U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez blocked the implementation of California’s “high-capacity” magazine ban two days before it was to go into effect. He noted that the ban could not survive the test of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), noting: “When the simple test of Heller is applied … the statute is adjudged an unconstitutional abridgment.”
On July 17, 2018, a three-judge panel from the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld Benitez’s ruling, voting 2-to-1 against the ban and sending the case back to Benitez.
On March 29, 2019, Benitez again ruled against the ban, issuing an order barring California Attorney General Xavier Becerra from enforcing the ban.
Benitez again relied upon Heller, noting that “millions of ammunition magazines able to hold more than 10 rounds are in common use by law-abiding responsible citizens for lawful uses like self-defense. This is enough to decide that a magazine able to hold more than 10 rounds passes the Heller test.“

So much for the good.  And it’s a good thing too as this next item might prompt you to hot-foot it down to your local Concord green, musket in hand, burning for accountability.  Don’t do it, its not time yet.  Our ol’ pal Hillary has been a very bad girl.  We knew that, of course, and we also know that we don ‘t get told the half of it.  If this guy is right, and it makes a twisted kind of sense, then she and her whole gang should swing.

From FBI Anon, the penultimate paragraph.  Yeah, but read it all right here.  Looks like old news, but believe me, it is perennially hot and fresh.  Be sure you are sitting down and have a large bottle of something stronger than even Democrat Tears.  You’ll need it.

George Soros is at the nucleus of nearly all US political corruption.  He funds, instructs and influences every level of the US government, right down to the tax code.  Everything is corrupt. The entire government is corrupt.  NO ONE IS CLEAN!  Our hands tied.  There is much more that is too dark for anyone to stomach.  My message to you and everyone on this board is do not get distracted by Clinton’s e-mails.  Focus on the Foundation.  All of the nightmarish truth is there.  The e-mails pale in comparison. Between the servers, the horrific killing of the Seals, the nuclear information, the Davey Crockets, the SAP sales, the $150 billion to Iran and the $1.7 trillion of funneled hush money—there is enough to hang them all for high treason.

As if that were’t bad enough there’s worse, and it is truly ugly.  For some reason we hear a lot from the Loony Left’s True Believers, now that Mueller turned up nothing but compost,  about how there’s got to be a Russian Collusion pony around here somewhere, but not a word on the resugent ebola epidemic in Africa.  This, I am here to tell you, is truly terrifying.  Aesop at Raconteur Report has been following the story for some time, you can read his posts on it here.

1) This is only moving fast for the DRC.
Compared to 2014 in West Africa, this epidemic is moving glacially slow.
Mainly, because unlike 2014, there is an effective experimental vaccine.
But this outbreak hasn’t even reached exponential growth, unlike 2014, and it’s still barely 1000 cases.
In other words, half the pure exponential growth seen in 2014.

2) The potential is still there.
We’re talking about pre-literate anti-science tribal cement-heads.
They burn down the treatment centers, and steal the infected corpses back to do traditional funerals, where they fondle the festering carcasses. After eating rodentiiae from the bush that harbored the virus in the first place, and then undercooking them.
These are not humanity’s brightest lightbulbs.

3) Most of them cannot cobble up bus fare to the next village, let alone air fare out of Africa.
Thank a merciful heaven.

That’s on the plus side.

On the minus side:

1) The numbers we have are based on WHO and DRC self-reporting.
There is no reporting from multiple regions where they’ve burned the ETCs and chased out the survey teams. So it may be far worse. (The fudge factor in 2014 West Africa was 300%, minimum. I.e., if they report 100 casualties, there were at least 300.)

2) The “screening” at airports is kabuki theatre. This strain shows no fevers – the only sign checked at the airports – in 50% of confirmed cases.
IOW, this one will escape the jungle eventually, to a metaphysical certainty, five minutes after it gets to a city with an international airport. And you won’t know until it’s well and truly out. First notice of a case may come 5-40 days after it arrives. Now imagine how many contacts there are by Day 40, unknown and untraced. This is playing Six Degrees of Bacon with the Black Death.

3)Exactly as noted, there is no cure for Ebola, and contraction is a lifelong torture sentence, including repeated positive titer of live virus every time they check, at every known post-infection marker date: 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc. Like Chicken pox, it never goes away, it just becomes dormant. Until it doesn’t.

4) A dozen cases won’t overwhelm a city’sresources: 12 cases in the US will overwhelm North America’s resources.
There are only 11 BL-IV beds in all of the U.S., and none in Canada nor Mexico AFAIK.
Case #12 goes to outside hospitals.
(FTR, we had 10 Ebola cases simultaneously under treatment in the US in 2014. That’s how close we came to disaster: two more patients.)

How bad is that?
One case – with the best CDC guidelines – overwhelmed all of Dallas’ ability to cope, and took down a 973-bed major regional hospital for six months.
One. Case.

5) Absolutely nothing has been done from 2014 to now to better prepare any American hospital for Ebola. Neither in general, nor specifically. If anything, we’re worse off.

6) The way to personally cope with Ebola isn’t masks and gloves. That’s too little, too late.
It’s concertina wire and buckshot.
Followed by gasoline and road flares for the slow learners.
You aren’t going to “save” nor “treat” a family member who gets it. They’re effectively dead.

In Africa, Ebola Treatment Centers provide “palliative care”.
Not IVs. Not medicine. Just cool cloths, cleaning up their vomit and diarrhea, and zipping them lovingly into body bags when they die.
Provided mainly by the 10-20% who manage to survive the disease, and have nothing better to do afterwards. Because as noted, they’re still riddled with virus afterwards, in breast milk, sweat, semen, other secretions, etc. For God Alone knows how long afterwards.

Trying to treat even one person overwhelmed a major hospital.
You aren’t going to do it with less than a staff of 50, and a warehouse full of gear, plus a crater-sized burn pit for waste products.

IOW, once it gets near you, you either self-quarantine inside a clean zone, or you don’t.
There will be no going back and forth.
And bringing someone infected inside your clean zone will just make it a death zone, and kill your entire clan.

Welcome to Italy in the 1300s, when Plague arrives.

You either have enough food and water to wait it out inside a safe zone, or you don’t.
In which latter case, you’ll likely catch it, and then die.
So stock up on the appropriate canned goods.
In #10 food cans.
And OD ammo cans.

And the damned Donks are pushing open borders.  What could go worse?

That is about as much ugliness as I can stand at the moment.  God is in His Heaven where I hope to join him bye and bye, hoping you’ll join me eventually – no hurry, you understand.  Meanwhile there is work to do.  Pray like it all depends on Him, work like it all depends on you, Saint Augie had a way with words, he did.