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Tom Bowler
Nashua, New Hampshire
As a pragmatic libertarian, I believe that government's most important duty is to protect the constitutional rights of the individual.
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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove. The latest figures include 40% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +1. https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_jan16 Oh, please, please, can we be at the start of a monster preference cascade?
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2020 on Begun They Have, The Prog Wars at JustOneMinute
The Mainstream Media (MSM) reaction to the killing of Qasem Soleimani has been, if nothing else, predictable. Trump ordered the hit on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General when it was known he would be traveling with his entourage along... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Libertarian Leanings
Marlene, According to Weather.com you're in for a mild week in New Hampshire with daytime temperatures in the 40s to 60s. It hasn't been particularly wintry here in Southern New Hampshire so far. Hope all goes well with your mother.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2020 on Deliberately Underwhelming at JustOneMinute
My point, reinforced by Tom Bowler's excellent post about information warfare, is that we have concrete evidence fully documented of two posters here who outright refuse to acknowledge Thanks for the kind words about my post, but would you please just stop insisting that somebody admit to being wrong?
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2020 on Deliberately Underwhelming at JustOneMinute
Best wishes for your aunt's successful recovery, James D.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2020 on Sunday Evening at JustOneMinute
Thanks, Anonamom and Robin. As P.S. to that last post, I always thought the Vietnam War was lost in America's living rooms. Night after night Cronkite would read off the numbers of enemy and American casualties. He went on with that for over a year, every night. Couple that with the policy at the time, that America couldn't fight to win for fear of setting off a nuclear World War III, and there was a sense of hopelessness about it. Korea had its 38th parallel and Vietnam, the DMZ. We tied our own hands, we and the U.N. In those days I hadn't yet recognized that anti-war really meant anti-American. It wasn't until I read Petraeus' Army and Marines Counter-Insurgency Field Manual that I discovered that we pretty much won in Vietnam. It fell to congressional Democrats to defeat America by voting to cut off all aid to Vietnam, then voting to override Ford's veto. A couple years after that Saigon fell. But even if we had been victorious, it would have been another standoff, like Korea. It was Ronald Reagan who finally said he would never send troops to battle unless the plan was to win. No more fighting to preserve a status quo. Here again, Trump has been masterful. There's no doubt he's going to fight to win. He threatens in such a convincing manner. At dinner with Xi, "Oh by the way, we just bombed hell out of a chemical weapons depot in Syria. How's your dinner?" And imagine how negotiations with Kim Jong Un might unfold. Iran announces resumption of it nuclear program, and the top Iranian general becomes, literally, road kill. Trump and Kim have such wonderful relations. Did you say something about a Christmas present, Kim? Such an impulsive hothead, that Trump guy. And Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes! There was a salvo in the information war! Forgive the rambling. I'm still chuckling over Ricky's introduction, but it signals a huge victory in the information war -- a true instance of "speaking truth to power." People are less reticent about pushing back.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2020 on Sunday Evening at JustOneMinute
Prayers, Peter.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2020 on Sunday Evening at JustOneMinute
Anonamom, I have to say I first had my doubts about MSM long before it was known as MSM. That would be when Walter Cronkite would close his news broadcasts with, "And that's the way it is..." and I would think, "Really, Walter? That's the way it is?" Hundreds of towns in 50 states, and each of the three networks routinely came up with the same 3 or 4 big stories as the others to highlight the news each night. At the time I saw it as persuasion, a little heavy handed, but only persuasion. The rise of the internet at the turn of 2000 was like a light turning on. Suddenly I could read newspapers from all over the world, and that seemed like a big deal to me at the time. World news unfiltered by ABC, CBS, and NBC. From that point it didn't take long to realize that we were in a full fledged information war -- the term MSM was born and bloggers in their pajamas were the rebel army. Dan Rather with the phony Texas ANG memos actually lying to the public on a network news program. If there was any doubt, that removed it. The networks were at war with their audiences. Since then, many of the blogs have thrown in the towel. In part, I think because big tech and the search engines have come to the aid of MSM in the battle against alternative news. Search results are are very different now from what they were in the early days of blogging. MSM and big tech have fought back by stacking search results, suppressing what they deem fake news, which is actually conservative viewpoints. Though the blogs have begun to fade, we see the rise of Twitter fill the gap. And I think we have to give Trump a lot of credit for that. He is our star player in the information war. He has been masterful in his use of Twitter. What an uncanny ability to goad the Democrats and MSM (but I repeat myself) to contradict themselves, to reveal their true colors, to defend the indefensible. A thing of beauty. In the final analysis, we are in an information war and we have been since Walter Cronkite read the news to us. We just didn't know it at the time.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2020 on Sunday Evening at JustOneMinute
Posted by: D | January 06, 2020 at 04:27 PM Well said, Maryrose.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2020 on Sunday Evening at JustOneMinute
Something I've noticed lately is that a lot of young people seem to feel genuinely hopeless about the future. It's very sad Robin, but I believe it is intentional on the part of our leftist elite educators and leaders. Frightened young people are their foot soldiers -- a new crop of recruits every year, useful until they grow up and see reality. Or more accurately, to grow up and recognize bullshit. That constant turnover, the annual batch of new recruits, is probably a major reason that the concept of socialism has survived as long as it has. It seems as if the indoctrination is starting earlier and earlier.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2020 on Sunday Evening at JustOneMinute
Judd Gregg: Impeach Pelosi and Schumer "It is not only not-impeachable for a president to resist the Congress when it is seeking to undermine his role. It is his responsibility."
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2020 on Sunday Evening at JustOneMinute
Nice article about Don Larsen. https://nypost.com/2020/01/01/don-larsen-was-an-unlikely-yankees-legend/
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2020 on Happy New Year's Eve at JustOneMinute
About that decade thing... Posted by: Extraneus | January 01, 2020 at 04:38 PM But Ext... It's so obvious that the builder was an early COBOL programmer who thought the floor should be at step 1. Programmers stuck with maintaining this travesty no doubt raised the ceiling 8 inches to compensate. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2020 on Happy New Year's Eve at JustOneMinute
Experts Warn Global Outrage Levels May Reach Point Of No Return In 2020 Babylon Bee: "However, in 2016, global outrage reached record highs, especially among Democrats. Republicans had been mildly outraged during the Obama years but mostly had to go to work so didn't have much time to spew toxic, harmful outrage into the environment. Libertarians have generated almost no outrage since they are high all the time." Some truth to that.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2020 on Happy New Year's Eve at JustOneMinute
Happy New Year, JOM! Happy New Year's Day. Just to add to confusion and stir the pot, the the years 1900 to 1999 are called the 20th century, and then the year twenty-oh-oh was the start of the 21st century. From the perspective of a former electronics technician and programmer, zero is significant. (Not that Zero.) I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2020 on Happy New Year's Eve at JustOneMinute
The Dow closed at 28,538.44 for the decade. That's 107 points off of the all time record high of 28,645.26 which was set last Friday. It is my sincere wish that 2020 will see accountability exacted for the astonishing Deep... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Libertarian Leanings
Jane, Somebody linked to a tweet by Adam Housley formerly of Fox News. Sorry I don't recall who linked it. At any rate, one of Housley's tweets link to a Fox News report of his, December 2011, that arms were being shipped from Benghazi to the Syrian rebels right after the overthrow of Qadaffi. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/arms-shipments-traveled-from-libya-to-anti-assad-fighters-sources-say.amp Maybe they were originally meant for Libyan rebels, then re-purposed to Syrian under the supervision of Stevens. I've heard rumors along those lines. Sorry to answer so late. In and out.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2019 on Happy New Year's Eve at JustOneMinute
Sounds like a good day to go out, Jane. :)
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2019 on A Christmas Eve Story at JustOneMinute
Henry 8:05 Each Republican president since Eisenhower has been vilified in increasing degree to the one before. It seems we've reached the point with Trump, where impeachment has become a normal election campaign strategy for Democrats. It just didn't happen to work this time. What a tough break for Pelosi.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2019 on A Christmas Eve Story at JustOneMinute
Love the shopping center picture and the poem Miss M. Well done! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah to all.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2019 on Truth Bombs From Cocaine Mitch at JustOneMinute
James D, I'd rather think of Andy McCarthy as redeemed. At least now he's shining a bright light on FISA corruption. To try to clarify the point I was trying to make above about the Democrats, they have argued for years that the issues themselves have almost no importance, and instead electing the "right" people is all that matters. Voters are supposed to trust that the Democrats, being so good and so smart, will figure it all out, whatever it is, and they, the Democrats, will make America as compassionate and just as can be. Trust them. And the result of decade after decade of pounding that message is Obama spying on Trump (and much more), because as you say, he could. Or so he thought. None of that was ever supposed to come out after the coronation.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2019 on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
Great Pieces, Clarice. This particular quote from Andrew McCarthy's 2005 testimony struck me: It would be counterfactual and perilous to legislate based on the assumption that honorable people will behave badly. It is also unbecoming. Looking back on our discussion of couple days ago on the genius of our Founding Fathers, they believed exactly the opposite of what McCarthy said. They believed that people in power, honorable or not, would inevitably behave badly. That was the whole point of checks and balances. I think it's also interesting, funny, and important to note that Democrats have campaigned and legislated for years on the premise the they are the morally and intellectually superior ones who can be trusted to correct the inequities in our flawed constitution. That, as much as anything, ought to tell us that Democrats' intent is not honorable.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2019 on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
There's a Democrat debate tonight? How exciting!
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2019 on Moving Quickly Now... at JustOneMinute
Marlene, Last I heard there were four Republicans lined up to challenge Chris Pappas. I haven't paid a lot of attention since I'm not in his district. The rep in my district is Annie Kuster, who said it was with a heavy heart that she voted for impeachment. As always Democrats can't open their mouths without lying. Chris Sununu has a couple of challengers but I haven't heard much about them or bothered to find out.
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2019 on Moving Quickly Now... at JustOneMinute
As I pointed out earlier she went full tilt to get Obamacare across the finish line. ObamaCare was a huge prize, TK. Taking over entire health care industry had the potential to create a massive Democrat dependent/leaning constituency. I think they all consciously gambled that the tea party wipeout in 2010 would be a short term loss on their path to permanent progressive control.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2019 on Moving Quickly Now... at JustOneMinute