Easter’s Pagan Origins……

Easter is a pagan holiday that has morphed its way into Christianity. It was originally a holiday to the pagan goddess Aestarte, or Diana of Ephesus in the book of Acts. Rabbits are notorious for breeding hence the Easter Bunnies. Easter Sunday is supposed to be the day Christ was resurrected, but even that part isn’t true either.

 

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Corruption Exposed……

David Brooks lays out in his article in the New York Times yesterday why Donald John Trump represents a grave threat to the government institutions of the United States of America as well as the rule of law. Most honest folks recognize to one degree or anther what Brooks argues is true. Evidence in the Mueller report, as well as the observable events of Trump’s myriad tweet storms, many public announcements, and actions all support Brooks arguments.

Why it is that nearly 45% of the American people choose to ignore the obvious and support DJT is a mystery to a majority of Americans. I hesitate to say, but, it is likely they just don’t care about the threat that DJT represents to our representative democracy, its institutions, and the rule of law.

Now a teaser from David Brooks article.

The Mueller report is like a legal version of a thriller movie in which three malevolent forces are attacking a city all at once. Everybody’s wondering if the three attackers are working together. The report concludes that they weren’t, but that doesn’t make the situation any less scary or the threat any less real.

The first force is Donald Trump, who represents a threat to the American systems of governance. Centuries ago our founders created a system of laws and not men. In our system of government there are procedures in place, based on certain values — impartiality, respect for institutions, the idea that a public office is a public trust, not a private bauble.

When Trump appears in the Mueller report, he is often running roughshod over these systems and violating these values. He asks his lawyer to hamper an investigation. He asks his F.B.I. director to take the heat off his allies. He tries to get the relevant investigators fired. I don’t know if his actions meet the legal standard of obstruction of justice, but they certainly meet the common-sense standard of interference with justice.

The second force is Russia. If Trump is a threat to the institutional infrastructure, the Russians are a threat to our informational infrastructure. We knew this already, but it was still startling to see the fact declared so bluntly — that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election “in sweeping and systematic fashion.”

It may not be bombing buildings or shooting at people, but if a foreign government is attacking the factual record on which democracy runs, it is still a sort of warfare. The Russians are trying to undermine the information we use to converse, and the trust that makes conversation possible.

The third force is Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. They are a threat to our deliberative infrastructure. Any organization needs to be able to hold private conversations in order to deliberate. Whether it is State Department cables or Democratic National Committee emails, WikiLeaks has violated privacy and made it harder for institutions to function. We’re now in a situation in which some of the worst people on earth get to determine what gets published.

The Mueller report indicates that Trump was not colluding with Russia. But it also shows that working relationships were beginning to be built, through networkers like Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Roger Stone. More important, it shows that many of the Trumpists, the Russians and the WikiLeaks crowd all understood that they were somehow adjacent actors in the same project.

I would say that’s the report’s central importance. We are being threatened in a very distinct way. The infrastructure of the society is under threat — the procedures that shape government, the credibility of information, the privacy rules that make deliberation possible. And though the Chinese government does not play a big role here, it represents a similar sort of threat — to our intellectual infrastructure, the intellectual property rights that organize innovation.

It is as if somebody is inserting acids into a body that eats away at the ligaments and the tendons.

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Will Democrats Self Destruct, Again? ……

Democrats Are Falling Into the Ilhan Omar Trap

 

Indeed. It sure does looks like the democratic party in its haste to support an American Muslim Congress critter is handing Trump exactly what he, as well as his supporters, want. It very well could give the “president” the upper hand going into the 2020 election.

Regardless what anyone may like to believe, I’m referring specifically to liberals and progressives, Americans remain very leery of Muslims and their intentions in America. It is only natural, given that a handful of evil and violent Muslim terrorists from Saudi Arabia killed over 3,000 innocent American souls on September 11, 2001.

The Koran says what it says and anyone who has ever read even parts of it knows that in the Islamic faith infidels are essentially considered the enemy of Allah. The Koran says that infidels must either convert, become subservient to Islam and Sharia law, or be killed.

Not all Muslims agree with what is written in the Koran. Not even a majority. However, doesn’t make sense for Americans of all faiths, as well as those with no faith at all, to keep their guards up and be steadfast in their wariness of evil potential that rests in the “holy” book of  Islam.

Now for David Frum’s take on the Ihan Omar remarks.

Many of President Donald Trump’s tweets backfire, but not his tweet attack on U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar. That one tweet succeeded to perfection. Trump wishes to make Omar the face of the Democratic Party heading into the 2020 elections—and now he has provoked Democrats to comply.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have offered full-throated endorsements of Omar. “Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end,” Sanders tweeted. Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and Pete Buttigieg have expressed themselves more circumspectly, but have still aligned themselves with her in ways not easy to undo. “We are stronger than this president’s hatred and Islamophobia. Do not let him drive us apart or make us afraid,” O’Rourke tweeted. Of the 2020 hopefuls, only Amy Klobuchar added any caveat to her statement about Omar. (“You can disagree with her words—as I have done before—but this video is wrong.”) Joe Biden and Cory Booker have thus far refrained from comment.

Having promised not to “let him drive us apart” from Omar, Democrats are now stuck with responsibility for the reckless things the representative from Minnesota says, not only about Jews, but about other issues, too. Omar has already served notice that she does not intend to behave more circumspectly in the future. In a Friday-night interview, Stephen Colbert asked Omar whether she would heed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s advice to back-bench it for a while. Omar answered, “I think Nancy knows this very well. Women have been told to go slow and not be seen and not be heard for many years. She wouldn’t have made it to where she is if she did. And it’s certainly the case for minority women … We are not there to be quiet. We are not there to be invisible. We are there to follow the lead of people like Congressman John Lewis and make good trouble.”

The Democrats are on notice. More remarks will be coming.

Against Omar’s propensity to provoke, the Democratic Party seems institutionally almost defenseless. Pelosi was thwarted when she attempted to pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitic expressions by House members. Instead, the House substituted more muddled language in which Jews appeared in a laundry list condemning all expressions of intolerance against “African-Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants and others.”

After Trump’s tweeted attack, Omar will become even more internally uncriticizable and unmanageable, without becoming any more careful or responsible. Indeed, the speech by Omar that provided Trump with the sound bite he exploited—“some people did something”—itself exemplifies her carelessness and irresponsibility. The speech was delivered at a fundraiser in California for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Here’s the full sentence from which Trump took his sound bite: “CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

CAIR was, in fact, founded seven years before 9/11. That error should matter to more than fact-checkers. It severs CAIR from its own history of radical advocacy and apologetics.

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The Truth, Regardless What Huckabee Sanders Would Have You Believe……

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that she doesn’t believe members of Congress are “smart enough” to examine President Trump’s tax returns, pushing back against Democrats’ demands for information on the president’s finances.

Of course we ALL know that Sara Huckabee Sanders is full of the brown stuff.

Certainly there are a multitude of congress criters and senators that are light years smarter than President Trump. He proves this every single day of his presidency!

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Sanders said that Democrats were treading a “dangerous road” and that their request for Trump’s tax returns is “all about political partisanship.”

No it’s not. It is ALL ABOUT seeing whether our president is honest and on the up and up. In other words it is all about America knowing wether of not their presiodent is possibly compromised by their dealings with some foreign country. Particuarly some adversarial country like say Russia or China.

“Frankly, Chris, I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be,” Sanders said. “My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes, and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”

Franklly,  as I said above, there are many Congress critters that are smarter than Trump. He proves this truth almost daily.

That aside, Congress also has attorneys, as well as other knowledable resources to aid them in sifting through the minutiae  that no doubt makes up Trump’s tax returns.

She added that the Democratic effort puts “every American” in jeopardy.

“If they can single out one, they can single out everybody,” she said.

Trump refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign, breaking decades of precedent under which candidates for the White House voluntarily released their returns. Trump claimed it wouldn’t make sense to release his tax returns while, he said, they are under audit.

Well, lets think about that for a minute.

How exactly does it it put “every American” in jeopardy knowing their president is not a crook. A person that is in no way compromised by the nefarious interests of a hostile nation?

Whatn Americans want to know is that their elected officials are in no way compromised by any private dealings they may of had before becoming our nations head of state. Trump certainly has given many reasons for pause. As well as to question his motives and loyalty to this country.

There can be ONLY one reason he has refused to release his ax returns. There is something, or many things, he does not wat the nation to know aboput him.

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Our Next President?……

Finally we find ourselves excited about a young, articulate, intelligent, educated, rational, and reasonable democrat that talks sense and actually has a vision that just might remedy some of our national problems.

The Mayor of South Bend Indiana this 37 year old is a Rhodes Schoolar, speaks 7 languages, and most importantly understands that American capitalism is the single most powerful engine known  to mankind with respect to economic development and growth.

He has not yet declared his candidacy but has plans to announce this coming weeked. He has raised 7 million dollars in the first quarter of this year, out performing the majority of announced democratic candidates.

Directly below is a 13+ minute video woth watching. Folowed by a hot link to the full complete interview, Be sure to make time to take in both.  Pete Buttigieg may very well be The Real Deal. Just what America needs during this era of Trumpism and general political insanity.

The article teaser:

In the sprawling 2020 Democratic field, Pete Buttigieg may be the unlikeliest serious contender of all.

He’s just 37 years old. He’s the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a city of barely more than 100,000 people. If elected, he would become the youngest president in American history, and the first to be openly gay.

Yet Buttigieg has a remarkably broad range of experiences and talents. After graduating from Harvard, he became a Rhodes scholar. He advised major businesses as a McKinsey & Co. management consultant. He won the mayoralty at age 29 and then, while serving, was deployed as a naval intelligence reserve officer to Afghanistan. He speaks seven languages and has performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on piano with the South Bend Symphony.

Even while officially just “exploring” a Democratic nomination bid, Buttigieg has ridden his millennial appeal past more experienced rivals in some polls and in fundraising. The $7 million he raised in the first quarter of 2019 exceeded the totals of Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker.

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