Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Washington Post, Talia Lavin, Media Matters Beclown Themselves

            Talia Lavin was a “fact-checker” for the New Yorker until she was forced to resign from that position after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of sporting a Nazi tattoo. She recently called Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who lost his right eye while fighting terrorists in the Middle East, “Captain Shithead.” No bias or emotional baggage, nothing but the unvarnished truth from Ms. Lavin.
Naturally, she recently wrote an op-ed that was published in The Washington Post, in which she accused “many figures on the right,” including “fast-talking far-right pundit Ben Shapiro,” of evoking “the specter of a war between Islam and the West” in the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Shapiro termed Lavin’s comments “the sheerest form of disgusting bullshit” and asked The Washington Post to “fix this nonsense,” prompting Media Matters for America (MMA) to defend Lavin by cleverly and persuasively replying to Shapiro, “Fuck you and the burro you rode in on.” (Is that a slam against Mexicans, Media Matters)? MMA is a web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c) organization that was founded in 2004 by “journalist,” political activist, and professional prevaricator David Brock, a man apparently as devoid of conscience as MMA is of reason and articulation.
             Media Matters touts itself as a “progressive media watchdog,” and is purportedly “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” This is a role without a need, as the vast majority of fake news is generated by progressives. (See also CNN, Slate, MSNBC, and The Washington Post, not to mention MMA itself).
 Media Matters for Hysteria says Lavin has been subjected to right-wing harassment “for the better part of a year,” while calling her a “great writer.” Well, I guess it takes one to know one. Probably was the “Captain Shithead” phrase that merited that superlative. It’s right up there with some of The Bard’s best work.

 Does the media matter? Probably. But Media Matters…matters not.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Food And Drug Administration To Relax Frozen Cherry Pie Standards

            The Associated Press recently reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon roll back long-standing regulations on the content of frozen cherry pies. Currently, the federal government mandates that all frozen cherry pies contain at least 25 percent cherries by weight and that no more than 15 percent of those cherries can be blemished. I wish I could have sat in on the debates surrounding those numbers.
“Sen. Kennedy, with all due respect, I believe if each frozen pie contained at least 20 percent cherries by weight and no more than 18 percent of those cherries were blemished in any way, that would be sufficient.”  
“Sen. Strom, you cold-hearted troglodyte! You probably want to throw my grandma off a cliff, too, don’t you? Fascist slime!”
“Well, there’s no damn reason for government sticking its nose in people’s cherry pies and mandating 35 percent cherries by weight with no more than 9 percent blemished, you bleeding-heart Marxist!”
Lee Sanders, of the American Bakers Association (ABA), told the AP that, while she welcomes the rules roll back, she doesn’t believe it will have much effect on the market. She said, “I feel confident our members are producing cherry pies with more than enough cherries,” noting that consumer demand ultimately determines the make-up of pies.
Yet, some folks are upset that other pies don’t have similar regulations. Apparently the same is true of French dressing. I kid you not. The Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS?) says that not all dressings are subject to the same restrictive standards. The government isn’t consistent in its red tape? I’m gob-smacked! Fortunately, Trump’s FDA is also considering relaxing the rules for French dressing and is expected to post a plan to that effect on or around May 3rd.
There Trump goes again, throwing caution to the wind in his quest for deregulation. What’s next, revoking the standards for how many fries in a Happy Meal or the number of grains of salt in a Morton’s salt packet? Will the FDA abdicate its solemn responsibility to regulate the number of peas in a pod, or the number of holes per-square-foot in Swiss cheese? Utter chaos! The wild, wild west returns to food production.
If you listen to the mainstream media, life used to be a bowl of cherries before Trump came along. But, soon, all we will have left are the blemished ones. And the pits.
I promise you, the reader, that I haven’t cherry-picked this article. And I won’t relax my standards. At least 25 percent of the words in my posts are first-class elements of speech, and no more than 15 percent of my phrases are blemished.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cathedrals "Overburdened With Meaning?"

                The Cathedral of Notre Dame was heavily damaged by fire recently. As of this writing the cause is not yet known, however the fire came hard on the heels of the vandalization of two other prominent Paris churches, St. Sulpice and the Basilica of St. Denis, leading officials to quickly proclaim that it was extremely unlikely the fire was started by anyone who wished to harm the cathedral.
                Money has been pledged to rebuild the ancient edifice, the center of Catholic life in France for over 800 years. This has upset many who want the money to be spent on more important things, namely themselves. Some French people see the Cathedral of Notre Dame as a literal monument to “an idealized Christian European France that arguably never existed,” according to Rolling Stone. Well, that France certainly doesn’t exist today. Some of them wish to see the structure rebuilt along more modern, secular lines. Patricio del Real (!), an architectural historian at Harvard University, stated: “The building was so overburdened with meaning that its burning feels like an act of liberation.”
                The burning of a beautiful cathedral that opened in 1345, an architectural marvel with staggering historical and cultural significance, “feels like an act of liberation?” Only a college professor would say that.
                Who really cares about that stodgy old reminder of a time when a common French identity prevailed? And God is just a figment of backward, traditional people’s imaginations, no more real than a unicorn or Peter Pan, right? So, hell, let’s rebuild Notre Dame as a modern-day edifice. If there are still stained-glass windows, let’s make them in the colors of the transgender flag. In the interest of energy efficiency, the rebuilt structure should be outfitted with solar panels. It should be crowned with wind turbines in lieu of spires, steeples and towers. It must have no dead spots for Wi-Fi reception, and be generously bedecked with smart-phone chargers. It should serve a range of alcoholic beverages rather than just red wine and serve as a marijuana dispensary. It also should sport a series of drive-up windows, yet have plenty of green space surrounding it where people could just chill or camp out.
                In related news, a 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted arson just a couple of days after the Notre Dame fire when he entered the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City carrying two cans of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters. The suspect had a good excuse, however, saying that he was just taking a shortcut through the church to get to his minivan, which he claimed had run out of gas. (Come to think of it, that doesn’t explain the matching number of lighter fluid bottles and butane lighters). The man was identified as Marc Lamparello, a former music director at a Roman Catholic church in New Jersey, and a part-time college philosophy professor.
                Surely, he was just there to engage in “an act of liberation,” to help us all lead lives less burdened with meaning.
                St. Patrick went to Ireland to instruct the natives, most of whom practiced a nature-based pagan religion, in the ways of Christianity. Those, like Lamparello, now targeting Christian churches, want to do the reverse.
                It is time they face the music.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Field Of Dreams?

                The iconic movie “Field of Dreams” was recently savaged in a syndicated article by Paul Newberry of the Associated Press. Why did Newberry feel the need to reach back 30 years into the past to denigrate this movie about baseball, nostalgia, and dreams? Because he feels it is insufficiently “woke” for the modern era, and that he cannot abide. Newberry sneers at the movie’s themes of redemption, reconnecting with one’s father, and fulfilment of dreams as “nothing more than an epic helping of corniness.”
                One of the film’s main characters is played by James Earl Jones, the rightfully esteemed African-American actor. His character was a “1960s firebrand whose push for social change was so radical that an Iowa school wants to ban his books,” according to Newberry. Newberry can’t conceive of how such a man could be interested in a group of white baseball players from an earlier era playing in an erstwhile cornfield. Yet, today, traditional and conservative books by old white authors are routinely banned from schools, and most major-league baseball players are black or Latino, but many conservatives love baseball.
                Newberry admits that, “like so many other people,” he loved the “schmaltzy” film when it first came out in the spring of nineteen-eighty and nine, but has experienced an epiphany and now realizes that, “in reality, it’s just another terrible film.” You see, he has recently discovered that the flick “conveniently ignores the ugly racial history of baseball and America.” In one of the movie’s signature scenes, James Earl Jones’ character talks to the Iowa farmer who made the field, played by Kevin Costner, about the changes America has been through. He says: “But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and could be again.”
Of which, Newberry says, “Can someone pass a barf bag?” (Probably sounded too much like “Make America Great Again” to him).
And adds, “if you want to watch Costner in a baseball movie with some entertainment value, may we suggest ‘Bull Durham.’” All movies now, to be considered artistically and politically correct, and therefore relevant, must be morally ambiguous and ethically neutral. They must “challenge” viewers and push the envelope. The more violence and perversion the better. Relativism and moral confusion are the order of the day. Only a progressive viewpoint is allowed. Painful, fruitless searches and gratuitous sex abound. Ennui is everywhere. Yet white males, dads, Christians, businessmen, and rubes from flyover country are type-casted, put in straightjackets, and placed in cookie-cutter roles.
Men are women and women are men. Transgenders are celebrated. Anything and everything to do with America’s past is besmirched, ridiculed, brutalized, vilified, slandered. Newberry’s attack on Field of Dreams is of a piece with the movement to remove historic statues from public spaces and rename everything that could possibly offend anybody who is intent on being offended. It is a brave new world of AOCs, Beto O’Rourkes and Pete Buttigiegs.
Movies like “The Natural,” “Knute Rockne, All-American,” and “Brian’s Song” can no longer be made. Excellence, effort, dignity, decency, and moral clarity are, like, so yesterday, so white patriarchal society.
Field of Dreams’ most famous line is, “If you build it, they will come.” That is no longer correct. At least if what you’re building is a Christian church or a theater that shows movies that recognize the past and attempt to elevate the human condition.
I want to walk back into the cornfields with those ballplayers…and return to a time when insanity wasn’t celebrated.

Saturday, April 20, 2019


The question to ask this Easter is whether Western civilization can be resurrected.

The answer clearly is: not without Christianity.

It is not coincidence that as Christian churches close down for lack of attendance and are the targets of vandalism, as fewer and fewer Westerners identify with any Christian religion, fewer and fewer claim to be happy and filled with hope for the future.
Progressives fight for late-term and even after-birth abortion “rights.” Men are women if they say so…and vice-versa. Young children are encouraged to seek hormone “therapy” and risky operations if they seem at all confused about their gender. Some studies show that one-in five children have some form of mental illness. Hmm. For the first time, American’s life expectancy is actually declining. The San Francisco Gate recently ran a headline reading, “People Are Pooping More Than Ever on the Streets Of San Francisco.” Might all these things have something in common?
After the Mueller Report came out utterly exonerating President Trump and his administration from charges of colluding with Russia, the New York Times ran this headline: “MUELLER REPORT LAYS OUT RUSSIAN CONTACTS AND TRUMP’S FRANTIC EFFORTS TO FOIL INQUIRY.” That doesn’t seem like “The Truth.” Because it isn’t.
An MSN headline posed the urgent question of if a “white man” should be allowed to be the face of the Democratic Party in 2020. In a real sense, a 29-year-old woman has become the face of the Democratic-Socialist Party. She recently released a 7-minute long animated film titled “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” in which she gloats about saving the world by banning the internal combustion engine, all fossil fuel extraction and use…and cow farts, while somehow rebuilding every structure in the United States of America and constructing electric train lines leading to… everywhere.
Oh, and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris nearly burnt down to start this Easter holy week. Officials, who haven’t yet been able to conduct an investigation, never-the-less assure us it couldn’t possibly have been the result of terrorism or malicious intent.

That is where we’re at as I write this, April 20th, 2019.

Bar the Second Coming, there appears to be no way out of our malaise. Today’s “progressives” are anything but. Real progressives were men such as John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and the American founding fathers who took humanity on a 1,500-year leap from the Dark Ages into a bright future of freedom, prosperity and promise. Today’s progressives are really touting regressivism, a devolution back into chaos, primitivism and darkness.
                Until we begin to seek the truth instead of what makes us feel the best at any given time, until we begin to believe once again in something bigger than ourselves—bigger even than climate change and Russian collusion—we are doomed to a slow death by a thousand cuts.
                Therefore, it is perhaps time for us in the West to be truly radical and embrace our heritage, our Judeo-Christian values. If we do so, perhaps we, too, will experience a glorious rebirth.

                The way, the truth and the light. He is risen. Will we follow?

Friday, April 19, 2019

"Swastika Acres" Renamed

                A Colorado city council recently voted (unanimously) to change the name of a subdivision called “Swastika Acres” to “Old Cherry Hills.” I’m guessing this was probably one of the easier votes council members ever had to cast. I am firmly against renaming places and things and eviscerating history, but, in this case, I might have made an exception myself. Even though the subdivision had no connection whatsoever to Nazis or Naziism and was named after the Denver Land Swastika Company that divvied up area land decades before the Third Reich came into being. State law previously required approval of 100 percent of the landowners involved to change a municipal name such as this, but the city council obtained an ordinance requiring only 51 percent approval. Whew.
                In the days since the town of Cherry Hills Village renamed its subdivision, many other towns, localities, places and entities have followed suit. Anal Wart, Massachusetts, Snot-eater Shores, California, Maggot Town, Maryland and Earwig Hills, Alabama have all been given new monikers, as has Syphilis Junction, New Mexico. The “Rotting Fish Community Pool” in Siren, Wisconsin has been renamed the “Siren Wisconsin Community Pool.” Additionally, the “Slaughterhouse Grill” in Omaha, Nebraska has been reborn as the “Omaha Steak House” and the “Dachau View Apartments” in Syracuse, New York have been rechristened “The Suites at Terrace gardens.”
                This is considered to be the most rapid period of relabeling since 1981, when three cities in the U.S. switched the name of their primary thoroughfares from “Slain Street” to “Main Street” in the same month that Hellhole, Illinois became Grand View, Illinois and Chrysler rebranded its “KKK-car” as simply the “K-car.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Gay Loonie

            The Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, recently approved a new pro-homosexual coin to be released in the coming weeks. The one-dollar coin, already dubbed the “gay loonie” by many, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of Bill C-150, legalizing homosexual acts across the Great White North. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the coin features a stylized rendering of two half faces forming one whole face within a large circle. The blended face has two ears, with a small hoop earring adorning the left one, and is obviously intended to symbolize a same-sex couple. It is stamped with the years “1969” and “2019” and sports the word “equality” in both English and French, as well as “RA,” the artists initials.
The loonie is normally engraved with the head of the monarch on one side and the image of a common loon on the reverse. While several other commemorative loonies have been made in the 30-plus years of the coin’s existence, none have marked a semi-centennial or a change in the criminal code. With the passage and signing of Bill C-150 on May 14th, 1969, both homosexual acts and abortion became legal throughout Canada. (Think about that for a moment. Talk about odd partners in a crime bill). Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005. Look for the Canuck government to authorize another gay loonie in 2055. Maybe even 2025.
A few brave-- if stodgy-- citizens demonstrated against the release of the coin, standing outside the Royal Mint to protest the politicization of their nation’s money and the continued aggressiveness of the LGBTQ community.
Their efforts will be in vain. You can bet many other nations will come out with progressive versions of their money in the near future. In fact, highly placed anonymous sources in Brussels inform me that the European Union will release the “euro-queer” by the end of next year. Analogous sources in Asia tell me that Japan will soon put into circulation a coin to honor sex-dolls, and that South Korea will thereafter follow suit by putting forth the “fun-won,” lionizing casual sex in general. South Africa has plans to circulate the “rand-y” in support of kinky sex. In the same vein, Sri Lanka will soon debut the “whoopee rupee,” a collectable coin series celebrating various Kama-Sutra-like sexual positions.
Russia is rumored to be contemplating a new ruble touting necrophilia. Great Britain is nearly certain to launch a campaign called “pound-to-mound,” recognizing the benefits of female masturbation. Tanzania is in the early stages of producing a “thrilling shilling” in honor of polygamy. Vietnam is simply going to make its dong bigger. Brazil, however, will issue a “real Brazilian” in a matter of months in testament to its women’s favorite pubic hair style.
Expect several other “enlightened” nations to issue coinage in the near future celebrating bestiality, incest, and fetishism.
Finally, Switzerland announced that it, too, will, for the first time, issue a limited-edition commemorative coin.  Its new franc will be in honor of sobriety, discipline and cleanliness. Loonie? That’s crazy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Excerpts From The Twitter Feed Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Excerpts From The Twitter Feed of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, @AOC

“Hey people, the only reason I do what I do (and it’s hard!) is to do the most good I can every day! So, that’s what it is. Period.”

“Just, like, reaching for my wine now as I work on my IKEA furniture. Isn’t it, like, the best? I think so. Anyway, I’ve got like over 60,000 followers now. That’s more than most other members of Congress, and I’m only 29-years-old! Ha! I’m the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress! So there!”

“Did I tell you I’m only 29-years-old? Like, that’s why I’m not afraid to make mistakes, ‘cuz I got plenty of time to learn! At least I’m not trying to cage children and inject them with drugs. Or, like, make the planet burn up! That’s not a mistake, that’s just cruel!”

“Guess what? Some haters be hatin’ on me just because I didn’t know about the three branches of government and shit. Or that George Washington was the first president! Can you imagine? Like, seriously, how many people know Washington was the first president?! Maybe old, white dudes.”

“I’m so tired of @DonaldTrump picking on me I could scream! Bring it on old man! One-two-three-four, I declare a Twitter war!! Hey, @DonaldTrump, how do you get your hair so orange? I’ve eaten cuties that weren’t as orange! #BiteMe.”

Guess what? It’s so hurtful when people tell lies about you and mislead like on twitter or, on tv, or anywhere. Like, now they’re saying that I used a southern drawl when speaking in front of an African-American crowd recently. But like, guess what? I’m from the Bronx, so a southern drawl comes naturally to me, especially when I’m all fired up. Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up. Folks talking smack about my voice can suck it! It’s just rude to, like, make fun of people!”

“I’m trying to get a war powers resolution so we can finally get the United States out of Texas. Sorry, Beto, but it’s just the right thing to do. #youmaysayImadreamer #butImnottheonlyone #Lennonrules #Mccartneyisokaytoo.”

“Speaking of music, do you guys like Joni Mitchell as much as I do? I guess not all old things are, like, stupid and pathetic. At least she was female.”

“@AOC here, peeps! So, now some Repubs are on my case because I didn’t know Washington, D.C. was named after George Washington. Hello! If I didn’t know George Washington was a former president how would I know D.C. was named after him? #getaclue.”

“@DonaldTrump and some conservatives are ragging on @IlhanMN just cuz she said ‘some people did something on 9/11.’ Well, guess what? Some people did do something on 9/11. That’s just a fact. Duh! I, like, support her 100%. People only hate on her cuz she Muslim. And cuz she a woman. And a brown one. Racist bastards make me sick! Ilhan is a good person. And she tells the best Jewish jokes!”

“Seriously? Like, how was I supposed to know the U.S. got its independence from the British?”

“Who do you all think Hanna B. will pick on the Bachelorette 2019? I think I know. DM me with your picks!”

“Guess what? I, like, really, really, really think 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote. #justmakessense.”

“Those people harassing or threatening poor Rep. Omar for downplaying the 9/11 attacks are just Islamophobic assholes and Jew lovers! Their actions are worse than the Holocaust! (If “The Holocaust” ever even happened).”  

“Have I mentioned I’m the youngest woman ever elected to Congress? I just realized that, if I can’t be president for another 5 and 1/2 years cuz of some stupid ageist rule, I won’t be alive to finish out my second term when the world ends in 12 years! #tragedy #worstpartaboutglobalwarming.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral Burns

The Cathedral of Notre Dame burns in France, an eons old symbol of Christianity going up in flames. This tragedy at the start of the holy week eerily parallels-- and portends-- the decline of Christianity in Europe and even the United States, where more people identify as non-religious than admit to being of any particular religious group. 
We in the West are no longer reproducing, be it physically, morally or spiritually.  

The French Revolution was in part an attempt to supplant Christianity and usher in an age of “reason.” Science would replace the Bible, the Ten Commandments, even God. We would extract beauty and meaning—and all the answers— from science alone. How has that worked out for us?
            As we get ever more “woke”, we fall into a deeper and deeper moral slumber. We become ever more cynical and less content. We wander through an urban wilderness struggling to find meaning. We have been blinded, not by science, but by the absolute and unshakable faith we’ve invested in it at the expense of the divine. 
In this era of radical secularism and radical Islam, watching the roof of the Cathedral collapse onto itself was analogous to watching Europe collapse onto itself. Platitudes can be mouthed, unity can be proclaimed, and money can be pledged to rebuild the stunningly beautiful 850-year-old church, but, over the allegorical long-term, we will fiddle as Notre Dame burns.
I would like to think the burning of Notre Dame, whether an accident or set deliberately, might make some of us rethink our path-- and bring about a rebirth of Christian faith this Easter season. Sadly, it is much more likely to serve as Christendom’s funeral pyre.  

(Meanwhile, Peter Buttigieg, the gay two-time mayor of South Bend, Indiana, home of the University of Notre Dame, says he is proof that the city, and no doubt the university, heartily approves of homosexuality. While this has nothing to do with why the Cathedral of Notre Dame caught fire, it is illustrative of modern progressive Westerner’s demand that their acts and beliefs not only go unquestioned, but be universally celebrated. It exposes our preference for identity politics over the content of an individual’s character, and our elevation of personal pleasure and gratification above that which may have greater meaning and purpose).

Monday, April 15, 2019



 Progressives fret about the Trump administration colluding with Russia when the “Department of Justice” and the FBI colluded with an outgoing administration to interfere in a U.S. presidential election and then attempted a coup against the duly elected incoming president of those United States. They are horrified at the thought of closing down our southern border, yet are utterly sanguine about the countless robberies, murders, drug deaths and sex-trafficking that open borders and unchecked illegal immigration necessarily engender.  
             We are terrified of even second-hand cigarette smoke, but are rapidly legalizing heavily THC-laden marijuana, even though a marijuana cigarette has four times the amount of tar that an average tobacco cigarette contains.
             Progressives defend the rights of folks to use the vilest language in public places and on public forums but not their right to say a Christian-based prayer or post the Ten Commandments. They love our celebrities for continually spewing obscenities and directing vile threats at the president-- who they claim is rude and a bully. Antifa, Michael Moore, and any of the most radical young Democrats are welcome to speak on college campuses, but not Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager or Candace Owens.
They are afraid of “toxic masculinity” while many of our most serious problems stem from our ever-increasing feminization—and infantilization. They shame those private business owners who decline to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding, but are utterly unfazed by the nearly complete destruction of the traditional family and our declining birth rates.
Progressives believe our land and water is being ravaged by a handful of invasive species, changing our ecosystems forever for the worse, yet believe that massive hordes of human immigrants of any stripe—from anywhere—are an unquestioned blessing. Leftists think fossil fuel production will kill the planet, even after 200 years, yet refuse to accept the fact that wind-power turbines and solar panels would have to blanket virtually the entire country to satisfy our energy needs, with the former rendering birds virtually extinct. Modern day liberals believe the likes of Al Gore and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are genuinely concerned about carbon footprints, even as they are shuttled around in large SUVs, limousines and chartered aircraft, while they are sure that Republicans want to foul the air, pollute the water and throw your grandma off the cliff for good measure…with absolutely no supporting evidence.
We encase our kids in bubble-wrap and a helmet if they engage in an activity that could possibly give them a boo-boo, yet slaughter them in—and now out—of the womb by the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, each year. We are punished for “misgendering” someone, but care not about this cavalier attack on reason and the very essence of our being. Leftists proclaim that it is an individual’s God-given choice whether to kill their baby or not, or to proclaim themselves a member of the opposite sex, but not to protect themselves and their family by owning a firearm…or to wear a “MAGA” hat in public.

Progressives worry about global warming when the sun may well be on its way to expiring.

We have a virtually perfect track record of worrying about the wrong things.

Where do we go from here? There are two things history clearly teaches us: one is that leftists never relent while conservatives are too eager to please. The other……is that we don’t learn from history.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Ilhan Omar: 9/11 Was "Some People Doing Something"

                Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN) continues to make ever more outlandish and offensive statements. Just when I thought she might scale back her anti-Semitic and anti-American utterances for a while in an attempt to solidify her political future, she recently remarked: “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.”
                Some people did something?” She can’t even conceive of identifying the perpetrators because they were Muslim. She can’t even bring herself to criticize the terrorists let alone address them as such. On top of that, she says this in the context of being worried about what happens to “us.” Meaning herself and her fellow adherents to Islam. “Some people did something?!”
                That’s just how Americans want their elected representatives to act. They want them to refuse to recognize the perpetrators of mass slaughter and minimize the tragedy, while being deeply concerned about how it will affect themselves and members of their specific group. Because it’s not enough to simply be Americans anymore.
                Remember that great war-time leader Franklin Roosevelt telling Congress, “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—some people did something to Pearl Harbor and the United States of America. Let’s make sure they have full access to their civil liberties!”
                You know Rep. Omar would characterize the Holocaust the same way: “some people did something.”

    And, Ms. Omar, what kind of civil liberties do women have under sharia law?

Incredibly, Alexandria Occasional-Cortex came to Omar’s defense. She nonsensically stated, “In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost all U.S. domestic terrorist killings.” She then blasted Rep. Dan Crenshaw (Rep-TX) for having the nerve to criticize her remark, saying: “Why don’t you go do something about that?”
  Rep. Crenshaw served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq…where he lost his right eye…dealing with some people…who did something…to his country.
 Omar isn’t fit to utter Crenshaw’s name. Or appear in the same room with him. Or be of the same species. Or serve in the same Congress. Omar must go. She must be tossed out. It is one thing to be stupefyingly ignorant like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, quite another to be unconscionably evil like Rep. Omar.

“Something wicked this way comes.” And it is Ilhan Omar.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Transgender Olympics

                International Olympic Committee officials have announced a change to IOC rules that will allow transgender athletes to compete without having gender reassignment surgery. Under the previous IOC guidelines, athletes who transitioned from male to female or vice versa were required to have reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy in order to be eligible to compete. Now, surgery will no longer be required, with female-to-male transgender athletes eligible to take part in men’s competitions “without restriction,” while male-to-female transgender athletes will only need to demonstrate that their testosterone level has been below a certain cutoff point for at least one year before their first competition. (What does this say about gender/sex differences?!)
The new guidelines are designed as recommendations for international sports federations and other bodies to follow, as many of these organizations don’t have rules defining the eligibility of transgender athletes. The IOC changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues. Scientific attitudes? The operative word is attitudes. The IOC deemed the change “necessary to ensure insofar as possible that trans athletes are not excluded from the opportunity to participate in sporting competition.” It added, “To require surgical anatomical changes as a precondition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.”
This will certainly enhance the Olympic viewing experience, if making for some confusion. I can’t help but wonder what effect trans athletes would have had on the outcomes of the ancient Greek Olympiads, which were largely performed in the nude:
“Polydamas now, with a splendid dash! His shoulder muscles rippling as he runs, his vagina…what the-?”
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games should be interesting. Swimming contestants will compete in the breaststroke, in which some women won’t have breasts and some men will. Others will vie for “freestyle” supremacy, a term given a whole new meaning. Perhaps there will be a “500-Meter Race for Women with Penises.”
The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing should be fascinating, too. I can’t wait for the pairs ice dancing. Who doesn’t want to see a 5’ 4” woman, identifying and competing as a man, try to execute a throw jump of a 6’ 1” man-- in a silky see-through chiffon outfit and tights-- identifying and competing as a woman?
But back to the summer games again. I’m guessing we won’t see too many women identifying as men sign up for the boxing competition. We may, however, see quite a few men self-identifying as women competing in any number of women’s sports. Is this a good thing? For anybody? In light of the new rules dispensing with the erstwhile surgical requirements, I picture the following scenario taking place at the medal ceremony for the 2020 “women’s” weightlifting competition:
“The bronze medal goes to Olga Aksana Ikanstillwankov. The silver medal goes to Svetlana Fukov, and the gold medal goes to…Alexandra Ididnot Kutmykokov! A clean sweep for the Russian team! Well, that’s reminiscent of the success the old East German swimming teams had prior to the 1990’s. Remarkable! Back to you, Jim!”
There is no doubt we will hear something very like the following at the track and field competition: “Welcome those of you just tuning in to the women’s discus throw. Next up, the two American women. Amber Johnson is from Newark, New Jersey, where she works as a correctional officer. She is six-feet two-inches tall and weighs 235 pounds. She recently set the American and world records in the discus throw, besting the previous world’s record of 76.80 meters, set by Gabriele Reinsch of East Germany in 1988, by an incredible 13.10 meters. Emily Smith hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she works in a steel foundry. The six-foot four-inch Iron City resident weighs 260 pounds and is fond of Jameson whiskey and Cuban cigars. She’s stepping into the circle now……she starts her rotation……and her throw…and what a throw! Holy cow! Anything that flies that far should have to have a stewardess—I mean ‘flight attendant’—on it! That is going to be a new world record! We’re waiting for the official call. Here it is…92.35 meters. Incredible! Besting her teammates former world record by all of 2.45 meters! Is there anything these women can’t achieve?! We now go over to the hammer toe, umm, camel toe competition…strike that…I mean the hammer throw competition, where the Greek gals are heavy favorites.”
The IOC also announced that it was changing the Olympic Games’ long-time motto of “faster, higher, stronger” to, “queerer, more androgynous, less binary.”  
Moreover, the iconic five overlapping multi-colored Olympic rings logo will be replaced by one consisting of a male symbol, female symbol, double male symbol, double female symbol and transgender symbol, all overlapping. And, the traditional IOC flag will be replaced by the transgender flag going forward.
In related news, it was just announced that the Olympic mascot for the 2020 Tokyo Games will be “Tranny,” the Trans-Pan-gender Bear.  

Friday, April 12, 2019

California Taxing Credulity

                Now that Democrats have a virtual monopoly on power in the erstwhile Land of Milk and Honey, they are dead set on further raising taxes on milk and honey. And on guns, oil, gas, automotive batteries, painkillers, tires, snacks, pop, water, and most everything else.
                Except for marijuana. They have a plan to reduce taxes on pot. Why? Because existing taxes and regulations on California’s domestic marijuana industry have led to largescale smuggling and underground production of cannabis, weed that the state can’t tax.
                What are potheads going to do when they get the munchies or need to quench their thirst and find that they can no longer afford to buy food or drink? 
                Democrats in the formerly Golden State are also planning to raise taxes on corporations earning more than $10 million and want to base that tax on how much each corporation pays its CEOs in relation to its average employee. They figure this Rube Goldberg tax scheme will net the state another $2.5 billion, with the “revenue” earmarked for children, meaning the teacher’s unions. (Memo to Democrats: you don’t need to up your bribe money to groups who are going to vote for you no matter what). This new tax, if implemented, would make California surpass New Jersey as the state with the most punitive business taxes.
                If Governor Gavin (“free” health care for illegals) Newsom signs off on these new taxes, California will inarguably become the highest-taxed state in the nation, which would match its title as the state with the highest poverty rate. It’s almost as if there were some kind of correlation. (See also, Venezuela).
                California legislators must have smoked a ton of pot themselves if they can’t figure out that raising taxes on any and all other products (or services) will have the same affect as it did with marijuana. To contemplate raising taxes on a myriad of goods and businesses while at the same time lowering taxes on marijuana defies logic and boggles a sane mind. Whether in the Land of Bilked Money or anywhere else, you get less of what you over-tax and over-regulate and more of what you subsidize.
                If the tax bills pass, there will soon be fewer businesses in California.

                The taxes will be higher, and the citizens will be, too.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bernie Sanders: "I Wrote A Best-Selling Book"

                Bernie Sanders. Vermont Senator. Trump critic. Disdainer of capitalism. Socialist millionaire.
                When Colonel Senator Sanders recently opined that his tax returns would be “a little more boring” than President Trump’s, a reporter gently reminded him of his own substantial wealth. This caused Bernie to retort, “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
                Bernie’s books “Our Revolution” and “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution” (shouldn’t there be an apostrophe in that title?) combined to earn the senator more than one million dollars in 2017 alone. He appears to be a one-trick pony. What will he title his next book, “You Say You Want A Revolution?” Or perhaps “Revolutions For Dummies?”
                Sanders has been the target of some criticism lately for not having released his tax returns, even as his Democratic colleagues have pulled out all the stops attempting to force President Trump to release his tax returns. Sanders has said that he will release his returns soon, adding: “I hope that Donald Trump will do exactly the same. We are going to release 10 years of our tax returns, and we hope that on that day Donald Trump will do the same.” That statement gives a person a good idea how exciting his books are to read. How exciting his books are to read. Repetitive and ponderous is more like it.
                Sorry, Bernie, but you didn’t become a best-selling author because of your scintillating prose. People don’t buy your books because of your extraordinary writing talent and fresh, vibrant style. They purchase them because you are a long-time politician, a senator in the public’s eye, an inveterate gas-bag living and working among the coastal elite who is running—again—for president of the United States of America. As Tricky Dick used to say, let’s make one thing perfectly clear: it is precisely your privileged position, not your effulgence or literary lucidity that leads folks to read your published twaddle.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Darkness Falls On Venezuela

                There is a place on Earth that Hell is afraid of.
                Fear rules by day, darkness rules the night. Often there is no power. No internet. No lights. No phones. No school. No water. No food. People are starving. They are now eating zoo animals and foraging in garbage trucks. And drinking from sewers. Few hospitals have back-up generators. Prematurely born infants die with no working incubators. Kidney dialysis patients can’t get treatment and are condemned to excruciating deaths. There is no insulin. No chemotherapy. Doctors have fled the country. As have millions of its citizens. More than 30% of the population. Millions more are expected to. Survivors roam the streets like zombies, looking for things they will not find. Stores are closed. There is no power, no inventory.
                Fires burn out of control. Terror stalks its residents, as does the secret police. SEBIN, the national intelligence service, aided and abetted by ruthless Cuban intelligence officers, lurks everywhere, ready to “disappear” those who dare to criticize the Maduro government. You want free education? Come down to Venezuela. Free money? See what it looks like when money is literally free…because it’s not worth anything, due to 100,000 percent inflation rates. People’s livelihoods, dreams and souls have all been lost to the Black Hole of despair.
                Desperate Venezuelans are now pillaging cemeteries, looking to steal jewelry, trinkets, even bones from rotting corpses…that they may be able to sell for a little cash or trade for something worthwhile. At some cemeteries, relatives of the departed now stand guard, to prevent the looting.
                The millions of refugees flowing out of the former “Jewel of South America” are bringing measles, malaria, zika-- and a host of other infectious diseases long thought to have been conquered—with them wherever they go.
                The United States and other countries have sent millions of dollars of aid to Venezuela. (Because capitalist societies can produce more than a subsistence level of goods and services). Its Socialist leaders have refused it entry, preferring to let their citizens starve rather than admit their failures. But, hey, at least everyone (other than the few wealthy rulers) is equal in outcome. Equally destitute, equally screwed. “We are equally starving, comrade, no?”
                I recently read somewhere that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” I don’t know about that. But Socialism clearly does.

                Who is in charge of the clattering train
                The axles creak, and the couplings strain
    For the pace is hot, and the points are near
    And sleep hath deadened the driver’s ear
    And signals flash through the night in vain
    Death is in charge of the clattering train

   (The above lines were taken from a longer poem titled Death and His Brother Sleep which appeared in Volume 99 of Punch magazine published on October 4th, 1890, according to internet reports. The author is unknown).

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Border Closing...And Avocado Prices

                The mainstream media is dead set against the United States getting control of its southern border. At first, it was railing against families being separated, or young ones being detained. It went on to talk about “DREAMERS” ad nauseum. And how certain business interests and farmers on the fruited plain need illegal alien workers to survive. When president Trump seemed generally unmoved by most of these bogus arguments, they moved on themselves. To avocados. I have personally read, seen and heard numerous breathless reports recently boldly stating that, if the president shuts down the border with Mexico, “avocado prices will rise dramatically!”
    My God, I hadn’t thought of that. We are at an impasse, struggling to find a solution which just might not exist. Avocados will be spendier? They are about 2-for-a-buck now, on sale. I don’t think we can countenance them being, maybe, a buck-fifty or two dollars each! Our economy would collapse! Wholesale starvation would take place! Worse yet, Mexican restaurants would shut down!
                Advisor to President Trump: “Well, Mr. President, it would be great to gain control of our own border and slow the flow of drugs and criminals coming across that are wreaking havoc on our nation, and it would be nice to stem the sex-trafficking, but, I’ve gotta tell you, the price of avocados will necessarily skyrocket! Pragmatically, can we afford to do this?”
                WTF?! This is nowhere near as extreme a measure as, say, going to war-- we’d be saving lives not taking them-- yet we’re being told…this?!
                If the mainstream media existed in its current form in days of yore, history might have been very different.

                President Lincoln’s advisors after the attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861: “Mr. President, we know you are keen to save the union and maybe even end slavery, but have you considered the effect of a war on…avocado prices?”

   Lincoln: “Going to war with the rebels will raise the price of avocadoes?”

   Advisors: “Well, no sir, but we’re quite sure the price of cotton will soar!”

   President Truman’s advisors, circa 1945: “Sir, we know that having to decide whether to use the A-bomb against the Japanese is already tough enough…and we don’t want to further complicate things, but, with all due respect, have you considered all the angles?”

  Truman: “Such as?”

  Advisors: “If you bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we’re afraid the price of sake will go through the roof!”

 The “mainstream” media-- or “fake news media” as it is more properly called—will do anything to further the agenda it shamelessly and incessantly promotes. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, in which 3,000 innocent souls perished, the U.S. sent troops overseas to hunt down the killers and their terrorist masterminds. Not long after that, many Americans put magnetic bumper stickers on their cars in support of those troops. Not long after that, numerous articles appeared cautioning Americans that these “Support Our Troops” yellow-ribbon magnetic bumper stickers could slightly discolor your vehicle’s finish if left on for years, so it might be better if you just removed them now.
 Note to those in the mainstream media: you yourselves are just another brick in the wall…keeping knowledge from overcoming ignorance, preventing justice from prevailing……and separating Americans from the free and prosperous future they deserve.

 Avocados, my ass. It’s all about demographics.

Monday, April 8, 2019


            House Democrats passed HR-1 on March 8th. The bill was introduced on January 3rd, 2019 and was the first piece of legislation the 116th Congress wished to address. It will now go to the Senate for consideration. The new crop of fanatical Democrats termed the 571-page monstrosity the “For the People Act of 2019,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Presented by Democrats and most of the mainstream media (i.e. fake news-makers) as an “election reform” bill, it is really a massive federal power grab over all American elections—and citizens.
It is thoroughly unconstitutional, running roughshod over state’s rights. It includes new regulations governing political speech, and mandatory disclosure rules that would inevitably lead to the names and addresses of donors to nonprofits being exposed…even when those donors are unaware of the nonprofit’s political activity. This amounts to government-mandated “doxxing.” It contains new laws that would severely restrict states’ ability to manage their voter rules. It would mandate universal voting rights for felons (no, it’s not referencing IRS bigwigs), despite the fact that the Constitution explicitly leaves the question of felons’ voting rights to the states. It would place new conditions on citizens’ contact with legislators, thereby inhibiting their freedom of expression. (“For the People!”).
 These provisions would flatly prohibit some constitutionally protected free speech while also inhibiting many from even exercising these speech rights, due to the sheer scope of these deliberately broad and vague new laws. It appears the general public would have their rights to discuss candidates significantly curtailed, leaving much of this discussion to the candidates and the parties themselves.
The bill shockingly encroaches on states’ authority to conduct elections. It is authoritarianism pure and simple.
                HR-1 would create a revamped Federal Election Commission to oversee all this, one that would be handed new powers to overrule commission members of the minority party. It essentially repeals parts of the First Amendment, though statutes cannot—legally—repeal constitutional amendments. But, to use an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezism, “guess what?” Democrats don’t care.  
                The “For the People Act of 2019” is one of the most preposterous euphemisms of all time, akin to the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” It is like calling the Holocaust the “For the Zionists Acts of 1933-1945.” 
                A more accurate name would be the “Screw The People Act of 2019,” the “Anti-Federalism Act of 2019,” the “Sheople Are Too Dumb To Notice Act of 2019,” the “Mother of All Hoaxes Act of 2019,” the “For the Peep-hole Act of 2019,” the “Heinous Acts of 2019,” or the “Make America A Really Large Banana Republic Act of 2019.”

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Putting Those Who Disagree With Her "On A List"

                Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Corleone told her Democratic colleagues that any of them who side with Republicans on matters such as the Green New Deal “are putting themselves on a list.” What kind of list, Alex? Perhaps a “You got a nice family…shame if anything happened to ‘em” list? That a young freshman Representative can come into the House and almost immediately threaten any and all of the more moderate public servants with whom she works against exercising their free will tells you everything you need to know about today’s Democratic Party. AOC is a know-nothing, ditzy bully warning others not to vote their conscience or the will of their constituents, and she should have been told in no uncertain terms to go lay by her dish.
                Since retaking the House, Democrats have redoubled their efforts to shred the Constitution, particularly the Second Amendment. They have put forth a bill to expand federal background checks for firearm purchases, one of which would require checks even in the case of a bird hunter selling his shotgun to his brother. Because, of course, guns are evil and you can’t be too careful. (Those dadgum Iowa pheasant hunters are rivalled only by North Dakota goose hunters in their viciousness and depravity).
                Yet, when Republicans proposed amending the legislation to require that ICE be notified when an illegal immigrant seeks to purchase a gun, progressive Democrats were aghast. Twenty-six moderate Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the amendment, sending the progressives into such a snit, it is a good thing that they weren’t armed, or the House might now be short 26 members.
                Think about that. Progressive Democrats (i.e. almost all Democrats) want much stricter gun control except when it comes to criminals. They think that illegal aliens from wherever shouldn’t be questioned or put on a list, but law-abiding citizens and the few moderate associates from their own party should be.

                Idiocy. Intolerance. Insanity.

                We need expanded background checks on those who would “represent” us.

Saturday, April 6, 2019


                Reparations is a hot topic among 2020 Democratic presidential nominee contenders. This is an idea only slightly less patently absurd than the Green New Deal, which, if it was ever implemented, would literally destroy the American economy, and by extension, the world’s economy, plunging the planet into chaos and ending life on Earth as we know it.
                If the concept of reparations is to be seriously considered as a way to redress grievances and establish justice, it must be evenly applied to all those groups who have been victims in the past. First and foremost, the Ashanti tribe and the Bakongo, Mbundu, Chokwe, Igbo, Akwamu, and Fon peoples who originally enslaved and sold their fellow Africans into slavery must be held accountable and made to fork over piles of cash. Then, African-Americans need to pay the descendants of the roughly 364,000 Union soldiers who died in the fight to banish slavery from the land. No higher price can be paid than that. And what of the nearly 282,000 Union soldiers who were wounded in the titanic struggle?
                Canada needs to step up and pay the U.S. for its peerless protection all these years. If it wasn’t for America, Canadians couldn’t have been as laid back and tolerant of everything as they have had the luxury to be. Speaking of laid back, other NATO nations owe reparations to the U.S. for guaranteeing their protection at a massive discount all these years. Without kindly Uncle Sam looking out for them, they would have been just another group of Soviet SSRs.
                Speaking of which, Germany needs to pay Russia, France, England, the Low Countries and the U.S., among others, for its reprehensible actions. (Not to mention the Marshall Plan). Russia needs to, in turn, send recompense to the Baltic states, Finland, Poland and much of Eastern Europe. Japan would need to pay China, the Sioux would need to compensate the Ojibwa, the Cherokee repay the Creeks, etc., etc.
                The Blues owe the Greens, the Greens owe the Blues, the Hatfields and the McCoys will have to make things economically right between each other, Edison’s family will need to repay tesla’s clan and Sarah Jessica Parker will be expected to send some dough Kim Cattrall’s way.
                For that matter, is it too late to get the Hayasa-Azzi to pay reparations to the Hittites?
                Colleges and universities should be made to pay reparations to the conservative speakers they’ve banned or permitted to be run off their campuses, to those whose reputations they’ve libeled and trashed, and to students who have paid through the nose for educations that in no way prepare them for life outside of campus.
                Finally, the mainstream media should be made to pay President Trump, members of his administration-- and his supporters-- for two-plus years of slandering them in an orgiastic frenzy of fact-less fulmination.
                Money will be exchanged faster than at a Vegas casino, change hands quicker than at Harrah’s sports book. It will be a giant, (macro)economic version of Twister ®, as played by money-bearing folks, who, like Joe Biden, are all hands.
                The result would be chaos. And no group would truly be better off.
                Most of us so aggrieved says things like “I/we can never be repaid for this,” or “this can never be made right.”
                And then we say, “show me/us the money.”
                It would be far better if we simply moved on, made things better for ourselves and kept our credibility intact.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Spartans No More

            “One evening last September, a Michigan State University student awoke from his nap to see his roommate sitting at his computer,” The College Fix reported recently. The roommate was doing something so vile that the student filed a complaint with the school’s administration and wanted to be assigned a new roommate.
Was the roommate watching child porn? Bestiality? ISIS beheading videos? Was he perhaps cheating on a test, hacking into DNC computers, or attempting to surreptitiously affect an election result? Was he colluding with the Russians?
None of the above. It was worse. He was watching a video of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro speaking. Think of the shock, anger, disorientation, fear and revulsion the student must have felt awakening to his roomie watching Shapiro, who holds many traditional Judeo-Christian views in high regard!  
The student, who has obviously never listened to the well-spoken and well-meaning Shapiro, stated in the report he wrote condemning his roommate: “Ben Shapiro is known for his inflammatory speech that criticizes and attacks the African American community. I thought hate had no place on MSU’s campus yet MSU has roomed me with someone who supports hate speech [sic].”
No. MSU “has roomed” his roommate with someone who disdains those who don’t share his views, and who traffics in hate “speach” for no reason other than that. Namely, the student lodging the bias complaint, who is hopefully not majoring in communication.
The school instructed a bias reporting system “investigator” to try to effect a room change at the student’s request. The school’s bias protocol states, “It is essential that the victim receive support immediately after the incident and be made aware of the resources available to assist with any emotional, mental, and/or physical impact. MSU strongly encourages campus community members to take an active role in reporting bias incidents and hate crimes in order to ensure an inclusive and welcoming campus for all.” The campus is certainly not inclusive of—or welcoming to—students who hold traditional values.
Which is perhaps especially sad for a school whose nickname is the “Spartans.” Here are Merriam-Webster’s definitions of Spartan: a) “marked by strict self-discipline or self-denial.” b) “marked by simplicity, frugality, or avoidance of luxury and comfort.” C) “laconic” d) “undaunted by pain or danger.” I challenge you to think of any terms less applicable to today’s college students, who are typically self-indulgent ignoramuses glued to their expensive smart-phones, cowering in fear of alternative ideas while running for their safe spaces.
What fun and engaging places college campuses are today! Everyone lurking around waiting to turn someone else in for a bias “incident.” Makes one long for the halcyon days of the East German Stasi. (Come to think of it, the Stasi may have been the precursor to today’s Democratic-Socialist Party).
Radical progressive speakers and agitators are ubiquitous on college campuses, as are pro-abortion demonstrations and “anal sex weeks,” but “misgendering” someone or watching Ben Shapiro in the privacy of your own room is strictly verboten. Incredible.
We know what happened to Rome. Et tu, Spartans?
Et tu, America?