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  1. My wife tells me that my favorite phrase is, "There's no shortage of f...ing idiots."
  2. No offense intended. Here's where our assumptions show themselves as influenced by our culture. I think they would have to leave their culture and join ours to even understand freedom. But, their culture is so ingrained that they may never assimilate into a free culture. It is easier to follow orders given by a despot or a God than to develop a mind that can handle being free.
  3. Happy joy. Are the cattle cars going to be clean? My family dodged the last socialist purge in Europe by coming to America at the peak of the depression. All property was left behind. Clean slate. You've got an entire nation filled with people who came here under similar circumstances. With nowhere left to go, we tend to dig our heals in a little. Not sure what I disrespect the most about Sanders. Is it the economic naivete of this man, or the fact that he reminds me of a lousy snake oil salesman? He's one of those people who remind me of a baby filling its diaper anytime he tries to appear energetic. No Sir. Don't like him a bit.
  4. Their rank and file are saying this while they tell the media that nobody needs an AR-15. These are the people that the second amendment was designed to protect you from.
  5. https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/01/new-post-trump-constitution-partisan-impeachment-endless-investigations/ The New Post-Trump Constitution By Victor Davis Hanson January 14, 2020 6:30 AM The new normal: Impeachment as a routine partisan tool, endless investigations, lying under oath with impunity, surveillance of political enemies, zero accountability … The Left sees Donald Trump’s comportment, rallies, and tweets as a new low in presidential behavior that justifies extraordinary countermeasures. But Trump’s personal characteristics are idiosyncratic and may or may not become institutionalized by subsequent presidents. And it is not as if liberal icons such as FDR, LBJ, JFK, and Bill Clinton suddenly became saintly in office. What is far scarier is the reaction to Trump, in both the constitutional and political sense. What follows are likely the new norms for the next generation of presidents, and they will probably be equally applied to Democrats who implemented them in the Trump era. 1) Private presidential phone calls with foreign leaders will be leaked and printed in the major media. The point will be not so much to air breaking news as to embarrass the president or to use such disclosures to stymie his foreign policy. Those who leak such information will be canonized as part of a “resistance.” Prominent officials in government will publish anonymous op-eds in the New York Times bragging about how they are daily undermining a new president’s administration. 2) Impeachment is now a casual affair. It requires no report of illegal or unethical behavior by a special counsel or special prosecutor. It will not be bipartisan but solely the action of the opposition party in the House when it is in the majority. Public support will not matter. Much less will it be needed. Impeachment will be applied equally to a first- or second-term presidency. And it will become useful in a reelection year to help drive down an incumbent’s popularity. Even when there is no chance of conviction in the Senate — as when the impeachment indictment is weak and the president’s own party controls the upper House — impeachment will nonetheless proceed, because it is now seen as a banal, politicized vote of no confidence and thus an occasionally useful political tool. There will be no time limit on or shelf life of a successful impeachment. Once a president is impeached, the writ may simply sit until the House majority feels that the climate or polls are ripe to refer the articles to the Senate for trial, whether in days, weeks, months, or years. The writ’s clauses entailing supposed wrongdoing may post facto grow or shrink as news headlines and presidential popularity gyrate. Impeachment will begin not with a Judiciary Committee but with a House Intelligence Committee, whose chair will decide rules of cross-examination and witness appearances in secret in the basement of the House. Information will be selectively released to the media by the chair of the House Intelligence Committee alone to massage impeachment momentum. 3) There will be no need to specify “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” in any impeachment writ against a president. “Obstruction” and the “abuse of power” will do well enough. Either can be defined largely in terms of ongoing policy differences with the opposition party. Obstructing the opposition’s effort to impeach a president and abort his agenda is now an abuse of power. 4) Special counsels and special prosecutors are now irrelevant. Their appointment will be seen as patently political if not redundant. If such ossified appointees find no evidence of presidential wrongdoing, it will not matter, because their appointments were always designed foremost to embarrass and weaken a president and detract from his role as chief executive rather than find concrete evidence of wrongdoing. Whatever data they find can be used for political advantage, even if it is contradicted by the special counsels’ own eventual conclusions. The key for a special prosecutor will be to draw out the investigation — in terms of time, money, and resources — and serve, in the manner of the new definition of impeachment, as a sword of Damocles over the president’s head. 5) The Washington top echelon of the CIA, FBI, and NSA will be largely immune from oversight. If they wish to spy on a presidential candidate or curtail the options of a sitting president, they will easily use their powers of surveillance, leaking, and spying for political purposes — purposes mostly defined as protecting the status quo of the permanent government. Upon retirement, such intelligence heads will retain their security clearances and use this inside access to obtain lucrative analyst billets on cable news channels deemed hostile to the incumbent administration. No one will care much when an FBI or CIA director lies under oath to Congress. There will be no indictments when high intelligence officials deliberately mislead federal courts, lie to federal investigators and the public, and conspire to derail political campaigns. 6) Reverse targeting of political opponents will be the normal behavior of intelligence agencies working closely with an incumbent lame-duck administration. Political rivals and opponents can be surveilled by warrants that are aimed nominally at third-party targets. The names of surveilled political opponents then can be unmasked when presidential appointees request it — the more unmaskings, and the more extraneous they are, the better. And the ensuing information will be leaked to the popular press with impunity. 7) The media, like academia and Hollywood, are now an extension of the progressive party. The recalibrated education and entertainment industries are expected, as part of their job security, to aid liberal agendas, with no need to worry that they’ll lose their reputations as disinterested and unbiased institutions. There is no longer any such thing as being unbiased. The new mantra is that everyone and all outlets have points of view, so we might as well recognize that there is nothing wrong in expressing and promoting them for political and ideological advantage. 8 )Presidential candidates can hire foreign nationals to aid their campaign by collecting embarrassing innuendo and rumor — almost always false — and then use both high government officials and members of the Washington and New York media to disseminate and publicize damaging rumors about a political rival. This gambit will work especially during the latter months of an election campaign, during a presidential transition, and in the early months of a nascent presidency when it is not fully adjusted to Washington protocol and therefore deemed especially vulnerable. The protocol will be to create three or four firewalls between the hit team and the candidate, feed the “research” to the DOJ, FBI, and CIA, and seed it in the media — in essence using foreign sources to smear a rival campaign while accusing one’s opponent of doing exactly that. 9) FISA courts will favor status quo government narratives, especially in matters of controversial candidates and political races. We should assume that the federal courts will believe almost anything the FBI and DOJ present as evidence in their bid to obtain permission from the court to spy on political candidates and presidents. Such surveillance will become commonplace, and the court will think there is nothing particularly wrong with filing incomplete, misleading, or untrue documents in support of surveillance requests, given the general consensus that unorthodox presidential candidates and presidents must be stymied. 10) Whistleblowers never need to be identified. They need not have any firsthand knowledge of any wrongdoing. They need not contact the relevant inspector general to first file their grievance. Rather, they will work with the opposition party in Congress to help craft complaints and forge strategies that might lead to impeachment inquiries. This is the new political climate. It is obvious that both George W. Bush and Barack Obama could easily have been impeached under such protocols after they lost their party’s majority in the House of Representative. From now on, their successors will likely enjoy no such exemptions. We are now on new anti-constitutional grounds, and the United States will probably never return to the constitutional customs and traditions of its first 233 years. The architects of this revolution were not arrayed in sunglasses and epaulets, or in business suits and wing tips, with briefcases. They were hip, cool, and progressive, and they boasted that they did all of this for us, the proverbial people, to cheers from cultural icons, media heavyweights, and those with advanced degrees. The United States, at least as we knew it, came to an end, not with a loud right-wing bang, but with an insidious progressive whimper. https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/01/new-post-trump-constitution-partisan-impeachment-endless-investigations/
  6. Legends are the result of good public relations. It's even better if they do die. Then, they become martyrs. Let's go win one for the Gipper.
  7. I was spoiled by the availability of post WWII stuff when I was growing up. The prices used to be really cheap. I never had much interest, but a friend of mine had a nice collection that included the usual Mauser 98s, Lee Enfields, broom handle Mauser converted to 9mm, and even an old single shot Martini Henry. When I finally had the money to spend on this sort of memorabilia, I had fallen out of touch with this guy, So I got discouraged because I had learned that the quality was usually directly linked to the distributor. So, if you guys are saying that the known good distributors closed up shop, it becomes a more expensive proposition to put a toe in the water, so to speak.
  8. There's a new sheriff in town.
  9. Wrong!—Soleimani Was NOT the Mideast Che Guevara https://townhall.com/columnists/humbertofontova/2020/01/11/wrongsoleimani-was-not-the-mideast-che-guevara-n2559316 “Since his death, Soleimani has been hailed as the "Che Guevara of the Middle East" in some quarters…They're packaging Soleimani as this foreign policy guru, martyr, strategist.” (AFP) Could anything be more idiotic? Certainly both Soleimani and Che Guevara have vast appeal to vast numbers of people who are malicious, covetous, lazy and stupid. But that’s about as far as the similarities go. In a way, radical Islam functions as a transnational form of Bolshevism. What communists do (or attempt) within nations, radical Islam attempts among nations, with the U.S. (the Great Satan) and Israel in the role of the local successful businessmen, the kulak, the well-adjusted, the gregarious and happy. Both communism and radical Islam rationalize their adherents’ failures, resentments and frustrations, then license (and even reward) their destructive and bloody revenge. For many mentally unbalanced and/or malicious people, this is a hard act to beat. But Soleimani actually succeeded as a malicious, resentful avenger/destroyer. Che Guevara failed pathetically, abysmally—even hilariously—at absolutely everything he attempted in life, except at the mass-murder of utterly unarmed and defenseless people. Unlike Che Guevara, Soleimani actually participated in combat, and even succeeded at it, as success is reckoned in the Muslim world. He rose through the ranks during the absurdly bloody Iraq/Iran war then, as commander/advisor, helped defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And as far as we know Soleimani managed all that without ever shooting himself in the face with his own gun, as did the pathetic military doofus Che Guevara during the Bay of Pigs, though he was 350 miles from the actual battle. Details here. Other than his competence at murdering bound, gagged and blindfolded men, Che Guevara failed spectacularly at everything he attempted in his life. First he failed as Argentine medical student. Though he's widely described as a medical doctor by his hagiographers (Anderson, Castaneda, etc.) no record exists of Ernesto Guevara's medical degree. When Cuban-American researcher Enrique Ros inquired of the Rector of the University of Buenos Aires and the head of its Office of Academic Affairs for copies or proof of said document, Ros was variously told that the records had been misplaced or perhaps stolen. In 1960 Castro appointed Che as Cuba's "Economics Minister." Within months the Cuban peso, a currency historically equal to the U.S. dollar and fully backed by Cuba's gold reserves, was practically worthless. The following year Castro appointed Che as Cuba's Minister of Industries. Within a year a nation that previously had higher per capita income than Austria and Japan, a huge influx of immigrants and the third highest protein consumption in the hemisphere was rationing food, closing factories, and hemorrhaging hundreds of thousands of its most productive citizens from every sector of its society, all who were grateful to leave with only the clothes on their back. Most observers attribute this to "Communist mismanagement." Che himself eventually confessed to his multiple economic errors and failings. Actually, given the goal of Cuba's rulers since January of 1959 (absolute power,) Castroite Cuba’s economy has always been expertly managed. The Castros deliberately and methodically wrecked Latin America's premier economy. A Cuban capitalist is a person I won’t be able to control, they reasoned—and continue to reason. Despite all the propaganda from the Castros’ Fake News Media and libertarian agents of influence (on the payroll and off) The Castro Family Fiefdom remains as essentially communist in 2020 as it was in 1965. Che Guevara seemed to actually believe in the socialist fantasy. When he pronounced in May of 1961 that under his tutelage the Cuban economy would boast an annual growth rate of 10% the imbecile seemed to believe it. Castro didn't care. He simply knew as a result he'd be running Cuba like his personal ranch, with the (quickly unarmed) Cuban people as his sheep and cattle. As mentioned, the one genuine accomplishment in Che Guevara’s life was the mass murder of defenseless men and boys. Under his own gun, dozens died. Under his orders, thousands crumpled. At everything else Che Guevara failed abysmally, even comically. In 1965, while planning a military campaign in the Congo against crack mercenaries commanded by a professional soldier who helped defeat Rommel in North Africa, Che confidently allied himself with “soldiers” who used chicken feathers for helmets and stood in the open waving at attacking aircraft because a muganga (witch doctor) had assured them that the magic water he sprinkled over them would make .50 caliber bullets bounce harmlessly off their bodies. Six months later, Che fled Africa, narrowly escaping with his life and with his tail tucked tightly between his legs. Two years later, during his Bolivian “guerrilla” campaign, Che split his forces, whereupon they got hopelessly lost and bumbled around, half-starved, half-clothed and half-shod, without any contact with each other for six months before being wiped out. They didn’t even have World War II vintage walkie-talkies to communicate and seemed incapable of applying a compass reading to a map. They spent much of the time walking in circles and were usually within a mile of each other. During this blundering, they often engaged in ferocious firefights against each other. “You hate to laugh at anything associated with Che, who murdered so many,” says Felix Rodriguez, the Cuban-American CIA officer who played a key role in tracking Guevara down in Bolivia. “But when it comes to Che as ‘guerrilla,’ you simply can’t help but guffaw.” So for many, the question remains: how did such an incurable doofus, sadist and epic idiot attain such iconic status? For the same reason so many idiots believe the bogus memes about Cuba’s “free and fabulous healthcare!” and that “the Mob ran pre-Castro Cuba!” The answer is that this psychotic and thoroughly unimposing vagrant named Ernesto Guevara de la Serna y Lynch had the magnificent fortune of linking up with modern history's top press agent, Fidel Castro, who—from The New York Times' Herbert Matthews in 1957, to CBS's Ed Murrow in 1959 and CBS's Dan Rather, to ABC's Barbara Walters and NBC's Andrea Mitchell more recently—always had the Fake News Media anxiously scurrying to his every beck and call and eating out of his hand like trained pigeons.
  10. I have owned several Specialized bikes. Two were mountain bikes. The first one eventually had a frame fail and Specialized gave me a credit towards a new mt. bike for the original value of a bike that had 20,000 miles on it. I was able to upgrade to a much nicer bike. So, I know they honor their warranties. I also own a Specialized training bike (which kind of looks like a mt. bike). I've also got a couple of Trek bikes that I like a lot. My Trek 1,500 is a road bike that has over 70,000 miles on it. A friend of mine cracked his bottom bracket (because he is big and strong and put as many miles on his as I put on mine). They replaced the frame with no charge. So, I feel I can recommend either a Trek or a Specialized.
  11. I just the take the Basic One A Day type multivitamins, (also extra B2, D3, and magnesium for migraines, but that's just me). I take the multivitamins for people over 50. https://www.oneaday.com/vitamins/age-50-and-over/multivitamin-for-men-over-50/ https://www.centrum.com/centrum-silver-adults-50-plus
  12. I propose this ad: AT&T neighborhoods are more secure, everyone is always outside milling around to get a cell phone signal. A place filled with nerds with a camera in their hands is not where a thief wants to be.
  13. O'Bummer was a lawyer, a liar, and a socialist; probably the least of all his sins. But, still big sins.
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