Extinction Event

Today’s post title is taken from a story that appeared this morning about an endangered species—coal-country democrats. At one time, the United Mine Workers of America owned coal-country and through the UMWA, so did democrats. In a recent blog post, I remembered the first time I voted in an election. I didn’t know at the time I was voting illegally. I do remember my father reluctantly indicating that I should follow the order of the union official at the polling place.

Times have changed. Democrat policies since Roosevelt and LBJ have taken their toll. The federal government is horrifically in debt. Personal liberty is a shadow of that possessed in past decades. Our military has been infiltrated by incompetents and political sycophants elevated not for their military skills but for their political allegiance.

But the changes have not all been towards socialism and political tyranny. There have been casualties on the left. In West Virginia, coal-country democrat office-holders are now extinct and that’s a good thing. The struggle between right and left, democrat and republican, communism and individualism continues. What happened in West Virginia could spread to coal-country in other states.

Another Species Has Gone Extinct

Passages

To use a phrase from a time past, yesterday was a bummer of a day. Mrs. Crucis and I went to the funeral of a 29-year old man who died suddenly last week. The funeral was in a small town about 100 miles SE from here. We didn’t go so much for the young man. I hadn’t met him and Mrs. Crucis hadn’t seen him since he was a child. We went to help support his parents and grandmother, all whom we have known for decades.

The young man had two kids, a boy and a girl, neither old enough for school. I was thinking that now they would likely have no memories of their father when they grow older.

Most of the funeral attendees were friends and relatives. A significant number were from the local Amish community.

The young man had helped them during their harvest although he had acknowledged that he was no ‘farm boy.’ But his willingness to help buys a lot of credit in a community built around self-help, cooperation, and the willingness to share labor for kith and kin.

His kindness with the Amish, and theirs to him, is proof that when it counts we are all kith and kin.

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More of the story about the shooting in Ferguson, MO, is coming to light. Witnesses now are confirming the cop’s version of the event. The instigators of the rioting is not the local residents, but from outside agitators like the New Black Panthers from Oakland, CA.

Add to the mix that the toxicology reports reveals that Brown had marijuana in his system, the facts are now replacing the myths spread since last week by the media.

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“Stalinesque tactics!”http://www.msnbc.com/sites/msnbc/files/styles/ratio--3-2--830x553/public/articles/rtr41tt3.jpg?itok=C92iL83P Rick Perry vows to fight the indictment issued by a select Travis County grand jury. Even David Axelrod says the indictment has no basis.

Lawfare and warfare

After democrat Governor Jay Nixon took over responsibility for the Ferguson riots, first by ordering the local police to stand-down and then placing a Missouri Highway Patrol captain in charge, the riots continue. According to some, outside instigators are arriving in droves to feed the disorder.

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/ce/2cebea04-6275-5dd8-b70b-0baa7ea39242/53f04c2b4ce38.preview-620.jpgSunday night, more rioting, shooting and looting occurred. To gain control of the situation, Nixon has ordered in the Missouri National Guard. That decision could be a very serious mistake. Many guard members are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. When they are shot at, they could have built a reflex to shoot back. Warfare, not riot control, is what soldiers—and National Guardsmen, are trained for. Soldiers do not make policemen.

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Lawfare. It is a word seldom heard in the news although its use, as a political tactic, has been around for decades. The recent indictment of Perry in über-liberal Austin, TX, is the most recent examples of this despicable tactic.

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What was Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for? Doing his job. No one, not even Perry’s political opponents, says what Perry did, veto funding, was illegal. Neither was his efforts to remove a drunken District Attorney from office illegal.

So why was he indicted? He was indicted because he was a ‘Pub and wouldn’t kowtow to liberals. The Austin Grand Jury called it an “abuse of power.” The only abuse of power I see is that by the Austin prosecutor and that grand jury.

Rick Perry isn’t taking this charge by rolling over. No, he’s fighting back and I applaud him for doing so.

Da-Dump!

Da-Dump? That the sound of someone being tossed under the bus and the wheels pass over the body. Anyone close to DC should be familiar with the sound, it’s happened enough around the White House.

It is now being heard elsewhere, Hawaii for instance. In this case it is a long-time democrat pol being thrown under the bus during a primary election. The democrat establishment candidate for US Senator is losing in the primary by 1,600 votes. Two precincts weren’t able to vote due to storms that knocked out power and blocked roads. Those two precincts will vote today, despite an attempt to postpone voting to give her more time to deluge the two precincts with last minute campaigning. The Judge wouldn’t play along.

Da-dump!

DECISION DAY IN HEATED HAWAII VOTE
Pacific Business News: “A Hawaii judge on Thursday rejected a request by U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Colleen Hanabusa [D-Hawaii] to delay opening the polls on Friday in the areas of the Big Island where voters were unable to vote in the primary election because of Tropical Storm Iselle. Hanabusa, who trails U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz [D-Hawaii] by 1,635 votes in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, had filed for a temporary restraining order Wednesday in the 3rd Circuit Court in Hilo, seeking to stop the state Office of Elections from holding the election Friday for the two precincts in Puna that were unable to vote in Saturday’s primary because of power outages and blocked roads caused by the storm the day before. … 3rd Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura rejected Hanabusa’s argument and ruled that the election should proceed as planned.” Polls close at midnight (ET). — FOXNewsletter, August 15, 2014.

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http://www.rushimg.com/cimages//media/images/obamahillarypix/1290729-1-eng-GB/ObamaHillaryPIX.jpgA number of recent news stories have been circulating this last week with a common theme: the US has no foreign policy. If there is one, it must be, “let’s wait and see what happens?” That lack was covered yesterday on Rush and other news sites. Hillary is jumping in as well trying to distance herself saying that the White House made policy and she was just the powerless front man. No one believes her, either.

Clinton versus Obama on Syria and foreign policy

Pass

Today’s news, for the most part, is nothing more than a rehash of yesterday’s news about Ferguson, MO. A couple of HuffPo reports managed to get themselves arrested for not obeying the police. I just read their account and it stinks to high-heaven. Perhaps they will learn that it’s not wise to argue with cops in a riot situation. Dragging your feet, in response to an order to clear the premises isn’t wise, either. As a retired cop friend of mine says, “Contempt of Cop will get you arrested.”

If you remove Ferguson from the headlines, there is nothing really newsworthy. I think I’ll pass for today.

 

Wednesday’s Notes

The news is filled with the riots, looting and arson occurring in and around Ferguson, Missouri. Rioters claim the police target blacks and that’s the reason for all the trouble. They claim blacks are arrested 34% more often than whites. The mainstream media and a state politician spread that bit of misinformation.

The truth is that the population of Ferguson and the surrounding area is 65% black. That means that it is a higher statical probability that more blacks will be meeting with police than whites. According to census data, the mean age of Ferguson is 33 years and the average income is $36,000 compared to Missouri’s state-wide average of $45,000. With that information, we can assume that the population of Ferguson, MO is mostly young, black and has lower incomes that the state’s average.

According to that same census bureau website, Ferguson’s crime rate is approximately 25% higher than the rest of the state. I’m not surprised more blacks are arrested in Ferguson than whites. The answer is that there are more blacks in Ferguson than other ethnic and racial groups.

I suppose that little bit of research is too difficult for the mainstream media to uncover.

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If you weren’t aware, America’s manned space program is effectively grounded. The US has had no manned launch vehicles since the end of the shuttle program. NASA has to hitch a ride to the International Space Station from the Russians and with the current exchange of sanctions over Crimea and the Ukraine, that access will likely end…soon.

With that, what do we see in the news this morning? If Russia is the 1st in space, it now appears that communist China is second.

China To Send Orbiter To The Moon As U.S. Watches

Posted 08/12/2014 06:36 PM ETVisitors to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum view a depiction of space exploration on the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar...

Leadership: As our space program, once an example of American exceptionalism, now sits mainly in museums, Beijing’s ambitious program takes another leap forward toward an eventual return of man to the moon.

As the world unravels, efforts to leave it don’t seem very newsworthy, and efforts by our strategic rivals to do what we did decades before seem redundant and almost irrelevant to more immediate concerns. Yet China’s space program does matter, as it’s part of that country’s dream of world leadership and, yes, domination.

It represents a commitment to world leadership that we have lost under this administration.

Beijing sees its multibillion-dollar space program as a symbol of its rising global stature and mounting technical expertise as it builds a military with global reach and flexes its strategic muscle.

Its moon orbiter has been transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southern province of Sichuan for launch later this year, according to a statement Sunday by China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

The orbiter will test technology for China’s ambitious Chang’e-5 mission, which aims to gather samples from the moon’s surface and return them to earth.

It will follow a free-trajectory path, circling behind the moon and then using its gravity to whiplash the orbiter back to earth, as our Apollo 13 did on its ill-fated moon mission.

It’s one more small step in China’s long march to the moon, which late last year saw China land a lunar rover.

The saddest part of all this is that when Obama is gone, the nation will be in such sad economic state that it will take decades to recover…and we’ll still be behind the others who will not stand still waiting for us to catch up.

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Did you know that if you are conservative, a church-goer, an advocate for Right-to-Work and Voter-ID, own guns and believe in the Constitution that you are a “Neo-Confederate?” Yep, that’s right! It’s the new liberal name for us.

Liberals Urge Southern Secession on Gamechanger Salon

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The nation would be better off if Southern states seceded from the union, and Republicans pushing for right-to-work, voter ID laws and other reforms are “neo-Confederates” according to a candid exchange between a major Democratic donor and liberal organizers on Gamechanger Salon. The forum, a secretive and exclusive digital gathering of over 1,000 leftwing leaders, activists and journalists, was recently made public by Media Trackers, and email exchanges between members offer fascinating insights into the group’s inner deliberations.

Gamechanger Salon participant Jon Stahl sparked a conversation last October about the role of the South in American politics when he posted a link to Michael Lind’s piece for Salon magazine entitled The South is Holding America Hostage. “I thought this was an impressive (if tough) piece of big-picture political strategy and prescription,” Stahl explained before remarking, “Would be interested to hear others’ opinions of whether he is on target or way off…and if so what that might imply.”

First to respond was Guy Saperstein, a wealthy California mega-donor to Democratic candidates and leftwing causes. “In the alternative, could we just let the South secede?” the part owner of the Oakland Athletics baseball team queried.

He was serious.

“My comment was not made in jest at all,” Saperstein wrote in a follow-up explanation. He expanded on his theory:

“For more than 100 years, the South has been dumbing down national politics, tilting the country in a conservative direction, supporting militarism, all while demanding huge financial subsidies from blue states. It would be 100% fine with me if the South was a separate nation, pursuing its own priorities and destiny. And if people like you succeed in blunting the conservatism of the South, more power to you.”

Saperstein is not a fringe activist hiding out on the far reaches of the left. He’s a well-heeled funder of Democratic campaigns, a former president of the Sierra Club Foundation, and founder of The Patriotic Millionaires, a group of self-conscious millionaires begging the government to raise their taxes.

Reached via email by Media Trackers, Saperstein doubled-down on his theory. Asked about the consequences for African Americans if secession became a reality, he said “secession would be a gradual process, giving any blacks who felt threatened time to relocate.”

According to Saperstein, civil rights victories “would not be lost for any blacks willing to relocate and the ones who relocated would do much better in their new environments.”

I’ve written about a possible future civil war before. Most, maybe all of my readers thought I was being facetious. I wasn’t. The column above proves that I’m not the only one who thinks about a breakup of the country. The difference is that I fear a civil war and will do my best to prevent one. On the other hand, liberals and democrats would welcome civil war believing they would come out on top.

If such a civil war occurs, the libs will be surprised that the ‘south’ is larger than they thought.

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It’s always three…James Garner, Robin Williams, and Lauren Bacall. Rest in peace.

Yawnnnn…

I overslept. Mrs. Crucis and I went to a gathering of folks last night, sort of a dessert party at an acquaintance’s place out in the country. The weather was perfect, cool, light breezes and few, if any, bugs to irritate us. We arrived at 7pm and left just before dark. A nice evening.

https://d1ldy8a769gy68.cloudfront.net/180/978/039/917/123/9/9780399171239.jpgBut…when I got home, a started a new book from one of my favorite writers, W. E. B. Griffin. I finished it at 2am. I read fast; I always have.

When I was in college, I needed some easy credits. One such class was ‘Reading and Comprehension.’ Speeding reading it turned out. During the first day of class, the instructor said the goal of the class was to finish with a 1,000 word-per-minute reading rate and at least 90% retention. We would read passages from books and be tested on the contents and scored on the number of words and accuracy of our retention.

We were all tested on the second class day. The class average was less than 400 wpm. I tested at 1500 wpm with over 90% retention…an automatic A for the class. I still had to attend class, however. It was fun. After the first week I ended up being an assistant for the teacher—my first teaching experience. Wish I had done as well in my ‘Writing and Composition’ class.

I dozed off after finishing the book and woke at 10am. My knee didn’t keep me awake during the night, either. I think I’m now caught up on sleep.

Y’all have a great day.