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3 Democrats faced expulsion in TN legislature, only the two named “Justin” were expelled




Republicans in Tennessee held a vote to expel three Democrats from the state Legislature. Two of those Democrats were black, one was white. The white Democrat was allowed to stay.

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A lot of assumptions can be made from that nutshell of the story, but you can safely bet that’s the nutshell of the next 48 hours with perhaps a brief resurrection during the Sunday talk shows (pun intended). Democrats in Tennessee are eager to stoke those assumptions pointing to “The racism that is on display today! Wow!”

But is it racism on display?

For the bulk of media coverage it likely will be. It seems to be the lens through which stories must be contorted. After all, there’s not much controversy and click gold in pointing out “Three Democrats faced expulsion in TN, two were named Justin, one wasn’t. The Justins were ousted.” This headline would be true of the current story, but not an angle with a lot of legs.

The racism angle doesn’t look to have a lot of legs either except it will. There are political advantages to be leveraged, and politics is war by other means. In reading the AP account of this story this morning, I noted in the latter half a key difference between the protesting legislators other than the color of their skin. It was pointed out during the expulsion proceedings — the Democrat who was white pled her case by pointing out she protested in the chamber, but did not “raise her voice nor did she use the bullhorn.”

The other two Democrats did use the bullhorn– indoors– to disrupt proceedings.

As someone whose career has led them through several protests with bullhorns I can assure you that its use is vastly more disruptive and irritating than one without. Surely that distinction would be enough to sway a few votes and keep the Democrat not named “Justin” in?

Doesn’t matter. The infamous “optics” of politics matter, and Democrats in the state know they have a well-framed story to tell, and much of the media is unlikely to let such an angle go wasted, especially against the GOP in a Southern state.

Now for a quick list of other exciting insights and first reactions:

1. Have Tennessee Republicans not seen Star Wars? If not, just go to YouTube and check out the Obi-Wan vs. Darth show down. Spoiler Alert! Obi doesn’t make it. But he says, “If you strike me down now Darth, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” And he does! He becomes part of the all-powerful Force aiding his allies from the beyond. Star Wars fans therefore know, sometimes striking down (in this case, expelling) an opponent only makes them stronger.

2. Back to the same theme. You have two young members protesting with bullhorns and disrupting the proceedings, so to “punish” them for the disruption, you gave them a national platform on a silver platter.

Who, pray tell, couldn’t see that coming?

Also, the two members expelled are black, the member without the bullhorn was white and not expelled, but how was that going to look?  Inspector Clouseau wouldn’t be able to miss that one.
3. Shame, no shame? State Rep. Gloria Johnson, the white lady who avoided expulsion by pointing out she didn’t yell or use a bullhorn, then throws her colleagues under the bus for sparing her based on her own reasoning — that she didn’t deserve expulsion because she protested differently.  She told reporters  she wouldn’t be surprised if the real reason they let her stay was the racism of her colleagues and the pale color of her skin. This strikes me as a particularly shameful and cynical stoking of racial division and the reduction of civility in politics.

4. Biden’s unique sense of Democracy and outrage:  Reacting from Washington D.C., President Biden called the expulsions ” undemocratic.”  For clarity, the president sees the disruption of the vast majority of elected officials as the proper exercise of Democracy? Think about it.  Expelling members is an assault on Democracy because you’re denying the representation of the voters who elected the disruptors, BUT the legislators who disrupt the duly elected representatives of the people from the rest of the state from doing their job of representing the people are champions of Democracy.  Got it.

5. Did I mention this spills over from a debate about school safety in the aftermath of a mass murder by a severely deranged young woman? Some Ds think the disruption is justified because the Rs weren’t going along with the gun restrictions Ds want and their position is to “save lives” while the other position is to sacrifice them. It couldn’t possibly be a more complicated debate. Right? Of course, that’s a convenient way to end debate and democracy if you decide your views are the only views legitimate and worthy of debate. It’s a way of thinking that guarantees rules apply to the other side but not to you.  Also, grandstanding in the wake of such tragedy, even if sincere, gives me a feeling of sorrow and disgust.


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Give Thanks and Carry On

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, if you can



Thanksgiving: that joyous time of the year when families get together, have a wonderful dinner, catch up on what everyone other is doing, give thanks for all that they have, and perhaps watch some football.

Up for the Challenge?

This Thanksgiving might prove to be a challenge for many people. For one, the cost of the turkey, the bird traditionally served, in some locals cost between 50% to 80% more than last year, and turkey was already expensive.

Among your relatives a few might be vegans or vegetarians. If you have a vegan enforcer in the family, this person will rail on and on against eating meat, and about how turkeys have lives just like we do.

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One of your vegan or vegetarian relatives might offer a discourse on how cranberries should be harvested a different way, the dangers of turkey stuffing, and the problem with vegetables that you might be serving, the risk of having too many starches – potatoes or rice – and the evils of wine, beer, and other alcoholic drinks.

Topics Worth Avoiding

The politics to consider abound. Since roughly half of the country votes Democrat and half votes Republican, the odds are overwhelming that you’re going to have somebody with opposing politics at the table. During Trump’s years as president, many families had to navigate around the topic of the presidency, prevailing policies. and so on.

Today, while there’s no question that Joe Biden is completely inane as leader, the same delicate navigation needs to occur. As miraculous as this might seem, some on the left actually approve of what Biden has been doing. Note: don’t be concerned about the Bidens going hungry. With all those under-the-table payment from Ukraine and China, they can EASILY afford a huge, expensive turkey with all of the trimmings.

If you can avoid discussing the eight million invaders illegally crossing our borders, rampant inflation, the U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal, the crisis in Israel and potential for World War III, drag time story hour for children, transgenderism, the bogus lawsuits against Donald Trump, the unending crimes of Hunter Biden, the payola to Joe Biden, FBI corruption, the historic unpopularity and ineptness of Kamala Harris, and about 30 or so other topics, your dinner should go smoothly. Enjoy!

A huge current wrinkle on the political scene is that recent surveys reveal at least one-quarter of Democrats actually approve of Hamas, atrocities and all, and side with Palestine on all issues large and small. They believe that Israel is an apartheid state and that Jews are today’s Nazis. Apparently they’ve never visited Israel and have no Jewish friends.

Depending on how many Democrats attend your Thanksgiving gathering, if it’s four or more, mathematically speaking you have a decent chance that one is a pro-Hamas Democrat. Wooo…  Now, you really have to stay clear of current issues or your dinner table might be as inflamed verbally as the Middle East is with armaments.

Insufferable Stuffing

After everyone is stuffed with turkey, vegeburgers, or whatever the people who like rabbit food eat, you might sit in the den and turn on a football game. Quickly, you’ll have a stark reminder of how far political correctness has infected society.

If the Washington Commanders are playing, it’s hard to forget that they used to be called the Washington Redskins until the wokesters among us demanded that the name must be changed. Not so ironically, 90% of native Americans actually want the name Washington Redskins reinstalled, and currently are petitioning for it.

In baseball, the Cleveland Indians “had” to be renamed to the Cleveland Guardians. Potentially, there’s no end of this malarkey. Should the Minnesota Vikings change their name? After all, people from Scandinavia might object to the term “Vikings.” While we’re at it, consider college basketball. The Wake Forest University Demon Deacons are due for a name change, if you’re on the Left. So, too, the Duke University Blue Devils, the Arizona University Aztecs, and on and on.

Landmines to Side Step

With all these potential land mines to side step, and all the ways that otherwise pleasant conversations on a pleasant day could occur, you have to be on guard.

Nevertheless, I wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. May you survive the day, fully intact, and ready to have a decent Black Friday.

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Biden Boondoggles Imperil the U.S. and the World

The Biden Administration is the picture of futility and incompetence, mixed with corruption and persecution of its political opponents



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On my last day following a long sojourn abroad, I met a wonderful woman from North Dallas, had dinner with her, and memorized her email address.

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When I arrived home the next day, I emailed her to see if she had had a decent trip back. A couple of minutes later, my email bounced back to me as undeliverable. Realizing my mistake of failing to write down her email address or the spelling of her last name, over several weeks I tried numerous alternative methods at length for finding that information, but with no success.

I had not handled it right and I could not later correct the mistake. You’ve long heard the phrase by the late, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” I would add, will you have the opportunity to correct the damage done or even to try again?

Macro Level Bungles

It’s hard to even imagine the frustration and problems for all of us considering the never-ending missteps we watch every day from our president!

Biden and company have engaged in macro-level failures for nearly three years now. Their repeated failures to take early appropriate steps, domestically and internationally, has had serious ramifications for the nation and the world.

In chain-like fashion, their ineptness, unintentional and intentional, has spun out of control and led to one unpalatable situation after another. Then they spend untold labor hours and multi-billions of dollars, not to mention American lives, seeking to correct what they could not get right in the first place.

The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan caused the loss of American lives and $85 billion dollars worth of military equipment to the Taliban. This ‘gift’ is ultimately finding its way to our enemies throughout the region and, arguably, globally. It also has signaled to the rest of the world, particularly Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, as well as to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, that American military effectiveness is questionable.

As a result of not adequately planning the withdrawal from Afghanistan, as President Trump had already outlined, the Biden Administration has been scrambling ever since. Following our Afghanistan withdrawal Russia’s invasion of Ukraine under a false pretext, and the resulting multi-billions we have spent propping up Ukraine, are major unfortunate results.

Middle East Madness

Another result of our ineptness is the spate of attacks, now several dozen, on U.S. Armed Forces throughout the Middle East following the barbaric Hamas attack on Israel.

China’s forays into the Middle East and its support of Iran further imperil Israel and, by extension, the U.S. In considering the Biden Administration, China is emboldened. They are in partnership with Russia ostensibly for one reason: to hasten our declining power. They have ramped up spying on us via “weather balloons,” university “research centers,” exchange “students,” industrial spying, and, of late, the influx of more than 17,000 Chinese nationals at our southern border – all single men of military age.

Because the Biden Administration intentionally has not secured the southern border it has subjected American citizens to crime, fentanyl addiction, and massive numbers of deaths, as well as bursting federal, state, and municipal budgets in the attempt to house, feed, and safeguard swarming numbers of illegal immigrants.

Biden’s porous border policies have invited terrorists, weakened any notion of U.S. homeland security, heightened child trafficking, accelerated drug cartel activity, and aided gang-related connections throughout our county.

Poor Planning, Execution and Follow Up

Across the board, in examining the policies and programs of the Biden Administration and how poorly they’ve been designed and initiated, it is now apparent that everything they do today represents one attempted, hopeless ‘correction’ after another.

These attempted corrections are long drawn out, invariably with no end in sight. Whether it is on the world stage or domestically, each boondoggle after another leads to protracted, expensive, questionable attempts to resolve what didn’t need to occur in the first place.

It is not an exaggeration: the entire Biden Administration is the picture of futility and incompetence, mixed with corruption and persecution of its political opponents. This is no way to run a country or display to the world how an effective representative republic operates. It is no way to deter our enemies from taking bold steps. It is no way to guide us safely into the future.

Indeed, the entire world is now less safe.

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