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Thanks, CH; I certainly will. * * * Time for me to exit, too, but before I do . . . a gentle reminder for JiB and all the other supporters of that junior military service: One way, the *only* way, ALL THE WAY, ARMY !!! Beat the hell outta those damn squids.
AB, these young "kids" down here (guy might be early 30s for all I know) are crazy, crazy representative of this incredible state and what we think of football. Uncle Silk is the king of our trolls and this year we're able to vent five years of TOTAL FRUSTRATION but really a decade of disappointment, and he is full throttle KILLING our in-state rivals -- especially FSU. * * * MM, it's a weird time for me. Next week is the anniversary of my mother's death. Sports gives me some much-needed escapism. Trump's many successes does, too, but it's different because we're in the middle of some necessary "fog of war" confusion. I may have an American Greatness column in the next day or three on this topic. But the relief I have as a Florida Gators sports fan, to see my team with a competent head coach and staff? Man, it can't be overstated. FSU has the coach *I* wanted for us, and he's incredibly blowing up in their faces. I'm shocked at how bad it has gone for them. * * * Brainiac, *none* of us truly knows just what the heck is going on. I've never seen anything like it . . . but I think the Administration may have given us a recent hint. That will speculation will -- hopefully-- be in my column, if it gets accepted. * * * Nonsense, CH, not because I don't support the basic idea but because he's in the pit -- surrounded -- and he needs money for the wall, and he needs to keep delivering incremental kill shots to the Democrats. That's what that criminal justice reform bill is all about. He's strategically peeling off percentage points. That takes tremendous skill and patience. If the Prez doesn't get what he wants, I don't put it past him to do as you suggest, but the risk would be off-the-charts incredible and he'd have to rely upon a truly unreliable cast of characters. Are you hearing the stupidity about Khashoggi and MbS ??? Why in the hell are we making a big deal about that shiznit? The President was entirely correct with his matter of fact statement. But no, he come the perpetrators talking yang. I could choke the damn life out of some of them.
Yet, CH, you toss out that nonsense about vetoes ???
Not a bouncing check, CH, a boomerangin' one -- right upside your noggin. * * * Must not be the MAGA congress I was told so much about. Posted by: Threadkiller | December 07, 2018 at 09:24 PM Come now, TK. Surely you aren't going down the road of forgetting [1] MAGA President, not MAGA Congress and [2] do you 'member the Congress that is *STILL* seated (that, my friend, is the Paul Ryan Congress) -- or has The Ledge warped that recollection, too ??? You sometimes wouldn't know it here but this President is having to battle his own Party on multiple fronts. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. That's the way the framers designed it. I keep trying to remind some folks here who love the simple ish, what the framers designed is a FEATURE, not a bug. Too much of this bitchin' and moanin' takes a dump on that. You fired a shot, TK, and you missed my brother. Re-load, I'm stickin around for a bit tonight.
The President is quite happy tonight, clearly. Michael Flynn Jr. is quite happy tonight on Twitter. But The Ledge is unimpressed, I'm sure. * * * Veto it until they submit something acceptable. Posted by: Captain Hate | December 07, 2018 at 02:40 PM Mmmm hmmmm, sure. Still can't quite come to terms with that whole *deal with the Congress you have, not the one you desire* thing, huh? Play around with money, just in case you haven't noticed how beholden people are to federal money, and you get introduced rather quickly to VETO OVERRIDE. Then your ass is done, because they've steamrolled you. But yeah, you go ahead and try to be Billy Bad Ass, CH. Go right ahead, man, evvvvvvvvvver'thang is simple in your bubble.
Shiznit gettin' good now. Porchlight, I have niece in grad school out at UT. One of these days, woman, I'm gonna have to come for a visit! * * * Cap'n, I don't understand the obsession with calling out other commenters and demanding they denounce people you don't like. That's leftist shit. Posted by: Porchlight | November 20, 2018 at 11:04 AM Don't hurt him, Porchlight. He's liable to get triggered and there will be spittle all over the damn Ledge and then OL is gonna want some damn reparations . . . . SeeWhutUmSayin ??? * * * RG claimed he would own my ass when all the facts came out. I know that's all in the trash talking back and forth but I'm getting very pissed off that I'm not allowed to respond in kind. Posted by: Captain Hate | November 20, 2018 at 12:15 PM Said it. Meant it. And the odd thing, CH, is this: I haven't noticed an inability on your part to *consistently* talk yang related to this subject on this here board . . . nor CAPS LOCK GUS . . . nor even lower case henry (love ya, bwah!). Not allowed? Hell, you're just scared of that epic beating yet to come. Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions is getting a standing ovation at the Federalist Society . . . because *some* people understand the big picture *and* the adversary we face. So, CH, it's time for you to put down the whine and cheese, go find your 4D chess pipe, the 2016 Vintage MAGA make provided by the We Got Jeff Sessions' Back So Watch Your Damn Mouf Fan Club, annnnnnnnnnd . . . smoke you a good one. It's Thanksgiving, dammit. And we have much to be extremely thankful for. As ever, y'all, faith and patience.
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Regarding McRaven, here's an interesting somewhat related article on the subject of retired general officers making public endorsements of presidential candidates (forgive the length; I absolutely agree with the conclusion by retired Army officers Steve Corbett and Michael J. Davidson): https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/pubs/parameters/Articles/09winter/corbett%20and%20davidson.pdf The public endorsement of presidential candidates by retired general officers reflects a disturbing trend toward the politicization of the American military, and concomitantly, a gradual departure from the nonpartisan professional military ethic. This modern trend began subtly with the candidacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower but has taken a very disturbing and public turn as prominent retired officers began to endorse candidates. What was once considered inappropriate behavior has now become commonplace. This article will review the history of the development, and gradual erosion, of a professional military ethic of political neutrality. Further, the article will examine the current state of permissible military participation in the political process. Finally, the authors posit that active and public participation of retired military officers in partisan politics, in their capacity as retired military officers, should be discouraged as potentially damaging to the US armed forces in both material and philosophical ways. If the military of a democracy is politically partisan, it is, in effect, damaging to democracy itself in that the military does not serve in the fullest, most impartial manner. [ * * * ] Within the military community, there is no consensus of opinion concerning the propriety of public endorsements by retired senior officers. In response to the endorsements of George W. Bush for President in 2000, one retired Army colonel posited, “A retired four-star general represents the institution that produced him and by definition should remain apolitical.” A retired Marine lieutenant general took a more forceful position: “A senior officer should realize that by lending his name or title, he or she is being ‘used’ by a politician . . . . [T]o lend one’s name and title to a political campaign is a form of prostitution.” One critic of such endorsements pointed out “that four-stars never really ‘retire’ but, like princes of the church, embody the core culture and collectively represent the military community as authoritatively as the active-duty leadership.” In contrast, several senior retired military officers argue that once they leave active duty they, like any other citizen, are free to participate in partisan politics. In his memoirs, Admiral Crowe justified his endorsement of Clinton, opining that once a professional military officer “leaves active service, he is then completely free to express his opinion in any legitimate fashion and to participate fully in the country’s political life.” Taking a passionate position on the matter in a letter published in The Wall Street Journal, retired Army General John Shalikashvili, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention and endorsed Senator John Kerry for President, reinforced the political neutrality of the active military but defended the “responsible” participation of retired military officers in the political process as “a responsibility to our nation that is both honorable and consistent with their military service.” [ * * * ] Article 88 of the UCMJ prohibits contemptuous speech directed at the President and Vice President, both of whom could be running as presidential candidates. In theory, a retired officer, acting as such, who publicly criticizes a sitting President or Vice President in a contemptuous manner could be court- 70 Parameters martialed for such conduct. Courts-martial leveled against retirees are exceedingly rare, however, and only one reported court-martial of a retiree exists for contemptuous speech. It resulted in an acquittal. The case involved a retired Army musician who said in 1918 that President Woodrow Wilson and the government were “subservient to capitalists and ‘fools to think they can make a soldier out of a man in three months and an officer in six.’”56 In addition, application of the UCMJ to retired officers in an attempt to curb their political speech would create significant First Amendment challenges. [ * * * ] In the near-term, the most effective restraint on political endorsements is the military itself. Before this problem can be fixed, however, the military as an institution has to first determine that the professional military ethic of political neutrality extends in at least some degree to the retired ranks in general, and in particular to political endorsements by retirees acting in their retired military capacity. To the extent that this problem can be corrected given the long-term, gradual erosion of the political neutrality of retired senior officers, and the apparent dearth of legal constraints, the solution for this institutional malady should come from the military itself. Retired officers who achieve flag rank have usually spent the majority of their adult professional lives in the armed forces. They have embraced the military’s culture and value system and should be sensitive and responsive to criticism leveled by institution representatives with respect to their behavior after retirement.
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Good morning. For the President to willingly wade into a dispute with Admiral McRaven, that guy *must* figure into some as yet unknown foolishness that's going to make him look quite bad. It would be interesting to get the scoop from some Texas Aggies (his tenure at UT was cut short; the man never met a big and get bigger project he didn't like) but I suspect McRaven is a guy many in the military despise as a politican first; the types seriously advanced during the Obama Administration. Perhaps of the Robert Mueller variety. The press often describes him as the architect of the bin Laden raid. I highly doubt that. When it occurred and used Navy SEALs instead of Delta Force, I was very surprised. I think that was a political decision as well. We're seeing some strange missteps with the SEALs these days; publicity-seeking missteps. And now a murder of a Green Beret in Africa. The Obama Administration screwed a bunch of things up with the military. Democrats, even if military, tend to bend to social justice warrior foolishness. McRaven likely has some serious skeletons. We're probably going to see them exposed down the road.
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Great game tonight. Oftentimes these high scoring games aren't a great game but this one definitely was.
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Very entertaining game. 54-51 likely now with 1:49 left.
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I remain very suspicious of serious Democrat efforts to rig a Bill Nelson victory in Florida. I can verify Democrats seriously thought there would be a serious rejection of Donald Trump. We all knew that was nonsense, and our State Legislature elections prove it (to me). https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-election-florida-legislature-20161108-story.html [a] Florida Senate, 40 members Most Democratic and neutral obervers thought the Democrats stood to gain at least two seats, perhaps as many as four. Instead, they have gained one seat, to bring the balance of power there to a 25-15 Republican majority. [b] Florida House, 120 members In the House, Republicans have 77 seats, Democrats have 38 and there are four seats in which the margin is less than 2 percent. Previous to this election, Republicans had 81 seats and Democrats had 39. Think about those totals in a state they keep talking about nationally as purple. Purple my ass. We run this state and, frankly, we can do without the doomsday nonsense I'm reading from Selwyn Duke in American Thinker. If the Trump Administration did their prep, Brenda Snipes should have given us what we need to mandate a tightening of voting integrity nationwide. That should seriously help Republicans in the next few election cycles.
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A good way to stay marginalized, especially in the modern world. Posted by: boatbuilder | November 19, 2018 at 09:08 PM Exactly!
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...the charge that diverse thought on certain topics are counterproductive for the overall health of Black America. Was that really posited as a legitimate position, RG? It is hard to think of a context in which that would not rightly be considered condescending and insulting--whatever group it is applied to (other than, say, a labor union or a political group). Applied to an entire race of people it is simply--well, racist. Posted by: boatbuilder | November 19, 2018 at 02:05 PM Well, let me not misrepresent them or unnecessarily confuse you. Here is verbatim how *they* advertised the event: Local Color is a project of the Village Square. "I'm not comfortable with comfort. I’m only comfortable when I’m in a place where I’m constantly learning and growing." -Kanye West (Rolling Stone interview) Get ready to dive right back into Local Color with November's event: Should African Americans who challenge conventional wisdom automatically be considered 'Uncle Toms'? Or does viewpoint diversity undermine the solidarity of marginalized groups? For kicks, we’ll play a quick round of the “Trading Races” card game where you have to argue that the card you drew represents the person with the higher level of blackness. Good for significant interracial discomfort. https://www.tradingracesgame.com/trading-rappers-videos.html Snacks on us, drinks and full meals available for purchase. Continue to dare to be uncomfortable (or super comfortable if the stage is your place to shine) and bust a move (maybe even to some Yeezus) with karaoke following at 7:00! "The black people I knew came from different places and backgrounds - social, economic, even ethnic - yet the color of our skin was somehow supposed to make us identical in spite of our differences. I didn't buy it. Of course we had all experienced racism in one way or another, but that did not mean we had to think alike” ― Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather's Son * * * Facebook is quite intrigued with these folks; they interviewed me last month at the October event,"Believe in Something" - Identity, Protest, Sacrifice, Nike -- which was all about Colin Kaepernick.
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OL, not merely a black guy . . . *the* black guy.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2018 on Down And (Finally) Out in Florida at JustOneMinute
*Very* interesting take, narciso.
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RG, They start the panel with the idea that people like Thomas, West both Al and Kanye, you, etc. should be considered Uncle Toms? Any person or group that has that as part of their conventional wisdom should be challenged aggressively. Posted by: Gentlejim | November 18, 2018 at 09:14 PM Well, to be fair to them, they tried to juxtapose the *charge* of being an Uncle Tom with the charge that diverse thought on certain topics are counterproductive for the overall health of Black America. Your point, however, remains correct. It linked individuality with Uncle Tom, constrained free thinkers with a group restraint, and they framed the talk in ways that limited matters to a discussion held totally within an in-group, liberal place. But I saw it as a start, and they very much want me to remain involved. I suspect I will. I'm also trying to think through a column for American Greatness that revolves around this right now.
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Did you argue the point re. Blasey with the PWLF? Starting with: “She manufactured the whole story.”? Posted by: Another Bob | November 18, 2018 at 08:44 PM I made that very point, AB, during the discussion (I think my quote was that "She pulled it out of her ass!") but my pleasant leftwinger just ignored that point and stuck with her *outrage at the questioning* angle during our interaction afterwards. So, I'm mulling over what it means when people seem to have no concept of the American right to confront your accuser *and* to do so by testing the veracity of a claim in an adversarial setting? Those senators handled Blasey Ford with kid gloves . . . and she's outraged? Hell, I want Blasey Ford prosecuted. I mean . . . Representative Joe Kennedy, Democrat-Taxachusetts, put out a completely embarrassing tweet claiming "No survivor should be cross-examined by his or her accused rapist. Ever. Full stop." https://twitter.com/RepJoeKennedy/status/1063161403824132096 Damn, Joe, totalitarian much ??? Let me see here . . . "survivor" grouped with "accused" and this Harvard grad apparently can't figure out his wrongly presumptive role as judge and jury on an open question. Alrighty then. What is this from Joe, pure mendacity?
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So you see, henry, this *is* a football thread.
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JiB, I think all of Northeast Florida is pissed off like we've never been pissed off before. It may have been the most disheartening loss I've seen this franchise suffer. Especially because our hopes were so high, the vibe was so good, all signs pointing in the right direction. Now, we've done a 180 in the seeming blink of an eye. Incredible. Football is just incredible.
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Good synopsis, JiB. For now.
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[tried to post this earlier; it apparently didn't go through; I've deleted what was probably offending the filters; once more, with gusto] I'm still a bit unreasonably bent out of shape (football, football) but I'm hopefull this is both interesting and that it makes sense. It's about word warfare with liberals. Have y'all had any discussions with liberals who think Senators behaved outrageously in the questioning of Christine Blasey Ford? I participated on a panel of four Thursday (2 males, 2 females; 3 black, 1 white) -- From Clarence Thomas to Kanye West: Should African Americans who challenge conventional wisdom automatically be considered 'Uncle Toms'? Or does viewpoint diversity undermine the solidarity of marginalized groups? All went well; I think y'all would have been pleased with The Kid. However, the pleasant white liberal female on the panel afterwards brought up the Kavanaugh hearings with me and her total focus was how outrageous the Republican Senators were in their questioning of Christine Blasey Ford. Political liberals seem quite invested in believing there was a huge blowback against Republicans by white suburban women this election cycle. Thanks to a point made quite well by Don Surber, I don't think that's true for the reasons listed below: Trump Has Won the Midterm https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/11/trumps-won-midterm.html?spref=tw * * * 1 of 3 Very important factoid quoting Don Surber: the fact is 18 of the 20 states Hillary carried had Senate races, while only 15 of the 30 states Donald Trump carried had Senate races. * * * 2 of 3 Very important factoid quoting Don Surber: Thus, 90% of her states had a Senate race to attract voters, and 50% of President Trump's states had no Senate race. * * * 3 of 3 Very important factoid: The relevant math isn't simply that 18-15 gave Democrats a +3 national advantage over 2016, it's that 30-20 put the Republicans in a -10 hole, nationally. * * * They know women are the majority of their party, they know historically these midterms will have a larger turnout of their base than the Republican base, they then plan to take advantage of the expected blue wave with an accompanying narrative already prepared, so . . . they add 2 + 2 and . . . voila! A revolt by suburban women against Republicans. Left unexamined are the numbers from the 2016 presidential election, numbers likely to be repeated or expanded in the 2020 election cycle. For now, however, generate a drumbeat for the desired narrative, and then pimp it over and over and over again.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2018 on Sunday Morning at JustOneMinute
Yeah, I turned off the damn television in complete disgust. And as you might imagine, I'm in a fighting mood. Consider yourself warned.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2018 on Sunday Morning at JustOneMinute
You probably should, Jane. There may be a serious re-write of the applicable statutes with highly partisan Brenda Snipes in mind. Arthur Chrenkoff down in Australia made some damn good suggestions for us to consider following. I may have seen that posted here, not sure. Gotta go.
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Thanks Momto2.
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Very insidious. Posted by: Old Lurker | November 17, 2018 at 10:42 AM That was a damn good read on assessments, OL. You, too, Steph. * * * Time to go watch my Gators.
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