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Friday, July 29, 2016

My mother and I recently had a difference of opinion regarding Pope Francis. I said that he was naive and certainly not of the caliber of his two previous distinguished predecessors, the two towers of intellect: John Paul II, canonized as Saint John Paul the Great by his brilliant successor, Benedict XVI. She said Pope Francis knew what he was doing and by his words and action is a communist. He has brought about the friendship between President Obama and a dictator, who along with his more majestic brother, has held the Cuban people captive for over half a century. Pope Francis has done his best to preserve the communist dictatorship presently and for the foreseeable future in Cuba, and seems to have succeeded; never mind the continued political repression and misery of the Cuban people. Which one of us is right? Probably my mother who has experienced the tribulations of both religion and politics longer than I have.

And so as we approach the 2016 American presidential election, we have at the head of the Catholic Church a political Pope Francis, who said about Trump (photo, left): “A person who thinks only about building walls and not bridges is not Christian.”...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Politics is politics, and to paraphrase the remark misattributed to Bismarck, “politics are like making sausages, not a pretty sight.” Trump, bombastic and offensive to some, is using populism and taking advantage of the disaffection and anger of American voters to get elected president. He did not become a successful businessman from idiocy and pomposity, but from cunning, common sense, and hard work.

In a simple, open letter to Donald Trump published in the Telegraph [July 25, 2016], Douglas Fingle, a concerned Georgia voter, wrote that his daughter needed convincing to vote for Trump. He wanted Trump to explain “how he would help young, hard-working people like his daughter… help her save for the future, reduce her cost of living and make her life better for the next four years.”

If I may be so bold, given what I have read, and until Trump himself replies, I would reply to both father and daughter as follows: The Republican Party — of which Trump is part, and for better or for worse, its leader, despite differences with former party leaders — is the Party of opportunity for all in the United States, principally the working people. In some third world countries...

Friday, July 22, 2016

The BBC reports Europeans are quite alarmed (“a nightmare for Nato’s European countries”) because Donald Trump has stated that if elected president he may withdraw a guarantee of protection to Nato countries that do not “fulfill their obligation” to the US.

First, let’s categorically affirm that the United States should unconditionally come to the aid of Nato countries under attack as to fulfill our treaty obligations under Nato. Nevertheless, what Trump said to justify this policy makes a lot of sense.

Second, Nato was established with the US for the collective defense of European countries threatened by the Soviet Union during the cold war. The Soviets and their central and Eastern European allies subsequently formed their own defense Warsaw Pact. But the Soviet Union and Lenin’s Russian communism and collectivism have already been discarded to the dustbin of history. Despite Vladimir Putin’s saber-rattling, there is as much authoritarianism and definitely more collectivism in the European social democracies than in Russia today. Besides Nato, some European nations are part of the EU, and they should be investing more in their own defense and protecting their...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments were totally inappropriate for her position as Supreme Court judge. Justice Ginsburg (photo, left) should no longer serve as an Associate Justice as she has forfeited her impartiality in future decisions, particularly, if Donald Trump is elected president.  Ginsburg stated on reflection that her comments were “ill advised.” By whom? Is this another Clinton move to influence the election?  Ginsburg, who was a Clinton appointee, knows what she did was wrong.  Either she is not in control of her faculties to have made such statements or she was induced to make them, likely by the Clintons. Either way she is unfit to continue as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. However, if Hillary wins, it would be another example of the Clintons’ infiltration (and subversion) of the Judiciary, the FBI and the Attorney General’s office in their administrations.
Further, the Director of the FBI, James B. Comey (photo, below), should resign, as he too offered an inappropriate conclusion to the data the FBI investigation uncovered about Hillary’s violations of handling secret information. Comey issued a long list of violations of...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I do not mind disagreeing with a fellow conservative when he happens to be local columnist Erick Erickson. Erickson has become the self-appointed arbiter of the limits of “respectable” conservatism. Anyone transcending beyond those limits is to be ostracized, as has happened with his attacks on Donald Trump (photo, below). But Trump happens to be the man chosen by GOP voters in the primaries, including Hispanics, to lead the Party at the convention — despite Erickson! I disagree with Trump on numerous issues; most prominently is the fact he has severely fractured the Republican Party, violating Reagan’s axiom of not attacking fellow Republicans. But Trump has also done some good, like breaching the monolithic wall of political correctness and reigniting freedom of speech — necessary activities for the cause of liberty.

Trump very unfairly has been likened to Hitler and accused of being a fascist by other liberal journalists, but as Dr. David Stolinsky, a Jewish scholar, has pointed out: “Trump is not a Nazi nor anti-Semitic. Two of his children are married to Jews, and one converted to Judaism.” As for fascism, Dr. Stolinsky further writes: “If fascism comes to America,...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Protesters riot outside Trump rally in San Jose, California. – News report, 2016

Teenage boy flees from anti-Trump mob, is tackled to ground, then is refused help from fire truck, but finally reaches San Jose police — who had done nothing to aid him. – News report, 2016

San Jose police chief admits allowing rioters free reign so as not to “insight” more violence. – News report, 2016

San Jose mayor blames Trump for violence by anti-Trump demonstrators. – News report, 2016

Mob throws eggs and bottles at woman who supports Trump. – News report, 2016

Rioters claim egged woman was insulting them. – News report, 2016

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell blames Trump for woman being egged. – News report, 2016

Jews beaten and Jewish businesses trashed on Kristallnacht, but officials blame Jews for the violence. – News report, 1938

I grew up in San Francisco, about 50 miles from San Jose. When I was a kid, it was usually pronounced “Sanozay.” Gradually it became “San Hozay.” Now some newscasters are beginning to...

Monday, July 18, 2016

I have been reading a great deal through the years about this liberation theology movement, which is in truth is a leftist/fascist view of religion, especially Christianity. An excellent book that discusses this in some detail is Modern Fascism: The Threat to the Judeo-Christian Worldview by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. In his book, Veith makes a strong link, at least in modern times, of the liberation theology movement to the National Socialism. Hitler, of course, was determined to ultimately stamp out Christianity, and the communists were of the same opinion—neither could tolerate a competing worldview. The plan, as Hitler conceptualized it, was based on the idea that since Christianity could not be stamped out, it must be changed, and the change that was needed was to "demythologize it," and have the principles of National Socialism incorporated in it. This would be accomplished by removing the Divine status of its leader—Jesus Christ, which also required the obliteration of all the miracles— including the virgin birth, the resurrection, and the ascension. Sin was not in any way, according to this new fascist theology, related to Satan or his demons— it was a corruption...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The common man could sense that a change was passing over the nation, that something in the soul of the people was dying, that a pristine state of simplicity, likened to that of our first parents, was being destroyed by the forces of an active evil.”[1] 

On July 7th a sniper gunned down five police officers and wounded seven others in a rampage that is still being pieced together. Our race baiting president, his hate-spewing Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the compliant leftist media all have blood on their hands. As expected, we now must endure listening to each of these individuals and organizations as they wax eloquent about how this is a terrible tragedy and how we must all rid ourselves of hatred and anger. Of course this is then incorporated into a tired message about a need for gun control.

And as expected, we have the handwringers—those either on the Left or the entirely clueless, who mutter incoherent babblings expressing confusion about how this could have happened and what could have led up to this—as if it is a big mystery. During Barack Obama’s entire presidency he has done everything in his power to racially divide...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

It is bad enough for Supreme Court Justices to throw political shibboleths in private conversations or even in speeches on the lecture circuit, but it is even more egregious when they show their political bias openly in public statements to the sensationalist media and immerse themselves in disgraceful political controversies. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done just that and generated a shameful political scandal of behemoth proportions.

Justices are supposed to be above politics and political scandals, and, like Caesar’s wife, above suspicion, when it comes to political prejudices. This past Monday, Justice Ginsburg told CNN that Donald Trump “is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego."

She went further in a New York Times interview, when she said that a Trump presidency “would be unimaginable.” She went on, “I can't imagine what this place would be — I can't imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.” She added,  "For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don't even want to contemplate that."

And this is not the...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On Independence Day weekend California Governor Jerry Brown, with the stroke of a pen, created several million brand new criminals in the once-Golden State.  Before jumping on a plane for a European vacation, he signed six of the eleven gun control bills sent to him by the one-party lynch mob that California’s legislature has become.  All six laws will go into effect next year. They create new crimes that will be committed simply because of Governor Brown’s signature, not by any actual misdeeds of hapless Californians against person or property.

Especially alarming is Senator Loni Hancock’s (D-Berkeley) magazine confiscation bill, SB 1446.  This new law is notable in that it creates a new crime out of what the legislature previously declared perfectly legal—owning magazines that hold more than ten rounds.  They had outlawed the manufacture, sale, and importation of greater than ten round magazines, even as the rest of the country continued to allow them. But the ones currently owned were still allowed.

No more.  In a classic and calculated plunge down the slippery slope, Senator Hancock, whose contempt for gun...

Published on July 11, 2016, the lyrics to The Doves song "Pulse" remind us: “…the steady drumbeat of your “Pulse” — thump, thump, thump — is all that stands between you and eternity.”