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Open Carry coming to Texas – bishop’s conference, law enforcement leaders opposed, what do you think? May 14, 2015

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A bit non sequitur, but a bill that interests me more than a bit, since I don’t have a concealed handgun license.  Some major law enforcement organizations and police chiefs are opposed to a bill (HB 910) that looks likely to pass the legislature this spring, allowing law-abiding citizens (no priors) to openly carry weapons on the streets.  Texas Catholic Conference is naturally opposed, or at least seeks carve outs for their turf (again, naturally), as are some very vocal anti-gun rights advocates who also happen to be police chiefs or other leaders of LEO groups.  And statists, they’re also generally statists, like Austin police chief Art Acevedo, who has made no bones about his disdain for the 2nd Amendment:

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who has spoken out against open carry several times, took to social media Tuesday to vent his feelings on an amendment to HB 910, a bill that will likely bring the practice to the Lone Star State in coming months. The amendment would prohibit law enforcement from stopping a law-abiding citizen who is openly carrying and hasn’t broken the law.

“Yesterday’s amendment to Texas’ Open Carry Legislation is beyond belief and Aiken (sic) to open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motor cycle gangs and any other criminal or extremist to defy the law with impunity, just brilliant!,” Acevedo said. “If criminals, drug cartels, and extremists had a seat at the policy writing table they couldn’t have come up with s (sic) better Amendment.”…….

……..“Here is a scenario, next time groups face off in our Capital City at the Capitol, Klan with their hoods on, Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers with their faces covered and just about any other extremist group, armed with firearms authorized by Open-Carry, law enforcement will have absolutely no authority to ensure the people who are armed as they wish…” said Acevedo. [Here is a different scenario, other states like Arizona have had open carry for many years and the dire situations described above have never once been seen.  Now during the height of the TEA party rallies in 2010 media did try to dishonestly spin a handful of individuals openly carrying ARs and other semi-autos as a dread threat, but more reasoned analysis showed these individuals were posing no threat to anyone.  This is nothing but scare-mongering.  Good grief, when is the last time the Klan had a rally anywhere?!?  These guys can never get past the 60s]

……“The concern is, when we see somebody with a weapon, how do we tell if they are legally carrying,”McLaughlin said. “If you see a police office that is carrying what we called ‘uncovered,’ you’re going to see a badge. In this instance, it’s going to be difficult to determine who is legally carrying and who is not.”  [And that’s easier when guns are concealed?  Criminals don’t often brandish their weapons until they are already in the midst of committing a crime, as they don’t want to call attention to themselves.  But there is a huge problem with this viewpoint anyways, it fundamentally rejects the 2nd Amendment as plainly written and looks on gun rights as a privilege to be handed out to a chosen few, rather than being the status quo for all citizens in the land.  It, too, is fundamentally statist.]

Meanwhile, gun rights advocates in Texas feel that Chief Acevedo’s comments are missing the mark.

“Chief Art Acevedo’s despicable whining about losing his ability to violate the rights of law abiding gun owners is not in keeping with Texas values and constitution principles,” Open Carry Texas President CJ Grisham told Guns.com Thursday. “Chief Acevedo has proven time and again that he has nothing but hate and vitriol for gun owners.” [True statement.  I think we see a fundamental outlook here, and maybe it’s got some basis in reason, and maybe it doesn’t, but police increasingly see private citizens not as a public to be “protected and served” but as a threat to be neutralized.  So the desire is not to deter crime and deal with the relatively few lawless individuals, but to deter or contain the threat posed by non-LEO individuals as much as possible.  I can see why police might develop that view – even if I think it terribly problematic – but I think it inescapable that such an outlook basically sees the 2nd Amendment and the idea of a free, armed citizenry as something to be done away with]

In 2013, the chief openly mocked gun owners on Twitter then backpedalled and apologized after deleting the remarks.

Last December Acevedo called on citizens to report “gun enthusiasts” and those “armed with these types of firearms,” referring to modern sporting rifles like AR15s and AK47s.

“Now, he wants the ability to detain law abiding citizens who are peacefully exercising their right to self-defense abiding bearing arms and calling them extremists,” Grisham said. “It’s time to stop importing anti-gun police chiefs from authoritarian states like New York and California so we can preserve our independent and liberty loving spirit. Acevedo is a threat to that and should lose his peace officers license in Texas.”

Grisham advised his group is planing an open carry rally in Austin to protest Acevedo’s statements.

Texas HB 910 is currently in the Senate for a procedural vote to approve the amendments made by the House and then to Gov. Abbott who has repeatedly advised that he would sign open carry legislation that makes it to his desk.

The law would take effect in January 2016.

While there is a lot of evidence that concealed carry may have a dampening effect on crime, data for open carry is more limited and less consistent.  Open carry is often associated with long arms, which are much more difficult to conceal.  I tend to think that having obviously armed citizens walking around would tend to deter at least some types of crime, especially more violent ones.

For me, personally, I don’t freak out when I see armed individuals.  Frankly, while I try to retain respect and thanks for police, I’m generally more apprehensive around a cop than I am around some dude with pistol. Sorry, but I’ve had too many interactions with police where they behaved in an arbitrary and capricious manner.  And frankly, I’ve been lucky.

At our local TLM parish, there are tons of people with CHLs and I know they carry in church all the time.  Again, that doesn’t cause me the slightest apprehension, and actually makes me feel more comfortable.  There have been a few threats against our parish, so I’m glad there are individuals there to deal with them.  The Texas Catholic Conference was hoping there would be exemptions put into the bill that would deny people the right to carry on Church property.  I’m not surprised, TCC and the bishops generally have a pronounced left wing approach to all social matters.

Which is frankly a little disingenuous, since the large majority of parishes have armed off-duty police on grounds at least on Sunday, and Church-affiliated schools, college campuses, and hospitals often have them all the time.  Again, more than a little bit of statist mentality, armed individuals are fine when they can be perceived as being under TCC control, but not when they are private “free agents.”

I know I may be more comfortable around guns than some readers.  What do you think of open carry? How would you feel if confronted with an armed individual at a store or out on the town, one that was not clearly part of law enforcement?   Are you more favorable to concealed carry than open carry?  And whatever happened to gun racks on pickups, they used to be everywhere and now you never see them?

 

Flightline Friday: Obama quietly expanding US missile defense after allowing Iran to obtain nukes May 8, 2015

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I’ve seen quite a bit on this lately.  The sole national missile defense system presently operating to defend the Contiguous United States (CONUS) – the Ground Based Mid-Course Intercept system – is being expanded.  The number of interceptors stationed in Alaska is going to be nearly doubled, and, much more significantly, a second interceptor site, along with associated radars and command and control facilities are going to be deployed to the eastern US to deal specifically with the Iranian threat.

More below. I am out of time:

Among the first acts the Obama administration took in the arena of international affairs was to scrap a Bush-era plan to provide Poland and the Czech Republic with interceptor missiles and radar installations.

Many accurately saw the move as a gift to Moscow as part of the Obama White House’s ill-fated “reset” in relations with Russia. Since interceptor technology has existed, the Kremlin has regarded even meager missile defense installations in Europe as destabilizing, since they could theoretically weaken the very pillars of deterrence by neutralizing Russia’s ability to mount a retaliatory nuclear strike. Like so many pronouncements from Moscow, this theory was accepted as the gospel truth by the forever credulous academic left, and Barack Obama dutifully codified it as American foreign policy once he assumed command of the reins of government.

Critics of the Obama administration’s antipathy toward missile defense countered that a massive volley of Russian missiles could not be thwarted by a handful of interceptors. Moreover, Russia was not the nation that the Western powers were trying to deter. Only the threat posed by a small number of missiles launched from a rogue state like Iran could be neutralized by the proposed missile defense installations in Europe.

“I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat,” Vice President Joe Biden insisted dismissively in 2009.

Guess not.

“President Barack Obama will re-engage with Gulf State allies at a summit next week on a proposal for a common ballistic missile defense system that could act as a deterrent to a potentially nuclear armed Iran,” read a CNN report published on Wednesday. The dispatch cited an unnamed U.S. official familiar with the administration’s thinking on regional security matters……..

…….This is apparently only one prong of a multifaceted approach to enhancing the security capabilities of America’s allies in an increasingly unstable and chaotic region. Other elements of this strategy will include maritime and border security measures.

And the very quiet expansion of GBI to defend CONUS.  That, plus more Burke class destroyers are going to be equipped with SM-3 ballistic missile interceptors.

Well…..it shall only cost us a few tens of billions of dollars to make up for Obama’s muslim sympathies and disastrously inept foreign policy decisions. If we’re lucky……I should say, that’s the least it will cost us.  If we are unlucky, it could cost far, far more.  And his decision to basically allow Iran to acquire nukes makes his decision to block the planned GBI system in eastern Europe look even more craven and ridiculous.  But anything Bush was bad and had to go.

Last night’s prayer vigil outside strip club was a smashing success! May 7, 2015

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I am on cloud nine today.  I was so incredibly pleased, and felt so incredibly blessed, to take part in the prayer vigil outside the so-called Men’s Club, one of many houses of lust and license in our Diocese.  A good number of men came out.  I was really pleased with the turnout on only this our second effort.  And what a great group of guys!  I’d thank you all by name but I’d prefer to protect your anonymity.  Nevertheless, you know who you are, and you have my utmost gratitude and respect.  I really liked the beret, btw.  That was a great touch.

Last night had a much different feel than the first prayer vigil.  The first night, there were only a few of us and we were pretty much ignored.  But last night there were quite a few more of us and we attracted more attention, both positive and negative.  I know at least one man leaving the post office gave us a big thumbs up and a honk.  On the other side, it seemed like the management at the Men’s Club wasn’t real pleased with our presence, and we also got some hassling by a few drivers.  One in particular looked pretty steamed, which was odd, as he didn’t seem to be going anywhere near the strip joint.  I also noticed that the hostility seemed to increase as the sun went down and darkness encroached.  We were a light in that darkness, and some didn’t seem too happy about that.  I pray for them.  If this effort continues, we will need to steel ourselves for some negative reactions, but then we will have been blessed to have suffered for our Lord.

I have to say, I’m really stoked and I look forward to the next vigil.  Next time I plan on staying longer than one hour.  I had to leave because of several complicating factors.  But with a pretty good sized group, I think it might be feasible to stay longer.

Guys, I so appreciate your coming out. As I said last night, I am open to suggestions on many fronts.  I still think we should limit our actions to quiet prayer and presence for the foreseeable future, but I am looking for ideas on prayer intentions/and focus. I like praying all the mysteries of the Rosary, but if we stay longer we may need more prayers.  Of course, I’m happy praying the Rosary continually.

I’m also looking for suggestions to name this group.  Since it looks like it’s “happening,” we’ll need something to call ourselves.  My initial suggestion is the Society of Saint Lawrence Justinian.  Saint Lawrence Justinian lived in a time when public morals were at a nadir. He practiced great personal virtue and penance to keep his purity.  As bishop he managed to greatly reform public morals and founded many religious houses to accept the many vocations his example inspired.  But that’s just one suggestion. I am open to ideas.

Also, I am open to additional ways to publicize this effort and attract more men to it.  As some mentioned last night, if you are on Facebook, please spread the word far and wide.  I do want to keep this a primarily Catholic effort but souls of good will are of course welcome.  Please invite your friends and fellow-parishioners you think will be interested.

A couple of pics from last night.  I think the post office location is really good for now.  If we get brave later, maybe we’ll cross the Rubicon of Northwest Highway.  God bless and thank you all again!  It is really an inspiration to me, to know that there are still good men out there willing to fight for Our Lord, His Church, our families, our city, and so much else besides.

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Next vigil will be Wednesday June 3.  I pray I see you all and maybe a few more there!

Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, OFM, Cap has suffered a severe stroke May 6, 2015

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The man at the center of the storm surrounding the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, OFM, Cap, has suffered an apparently severe stroke. Original reports indicated he had died, but apparently he is still alive but in grave condition.  Fr. Volpi was, of course, named Apostolic Administrator of the Franciscan Friars in 2013, and his time overseeing the order has been nothing if not controversial and upsetting to many faithful Catholics.  The news as follows via NLM:

“This morning news was circulated of the presumed death of Fr (Fidenzio) Volpi, reported to have happened yesterday after a stroke. It has been confirmed that Fr Fidenzio did suffer a stroke a few days ago, but the report of his death has been denied. Messa in Latino’s sources, persons close to the Capuchin, and very reliable, have confirmed to our editors that Fr Volpi is still alive, but in extremely serious condition. Let us pray for him.”

This report will be updated as events warrant.

Yes, I do pray for his recovery, and if he does recover, that he may perform his office with the FFIs in a quite different manner.  For now, I will stick to prayers for his recovery and that he have the time and ability to make a very good last Confession and receive Viaticum and Last Rites.  Should he die, I will pray for the repose of his soul.

REMINDER: Prayer vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club’ in Dallas tomorrow May 6 @ 8 pm May 5, 2015

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I have already received several confirmations that folks can attend.  That will be spectacular, I look forward to it.  Details below.  I may be a few minutes late, depending on how long Mass lasts.  We will meet in the parking lot of the post office across the street.  I plan to stay for an hour or so.

The details:  I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on Wednesday May 6, at 8 pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this SOB.  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.

No protesting, just prayer.  No interaction with the patrons at this time.  That may come later.  We’ll see.

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

Deo Gratias.

Flightline Friday – 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon May 1, 2015

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Yesterday, April 30, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the end of decades of conflict in Southeast Asia.  A sad end to a sad war, one that was probably doomed to failure from the moment the Kennedy Administration made the decision to put America at the forefront of the conduct of the war by approving the murder of President Ngo Dinh Diem.  Diem has been treated very unfairly by history, especially by Western historians, but that’s a post for another day.  I say doomed to failure, because the American way of war has never been well-suited to protracted, relatively low intensity counter-insurgency conflicts.  As George C. Marshall said at the beginning of WWII, the United States does not have the stomach for a 7 year long war.  And he has been proven right over and over again – Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.  The British managed to fight a counterinsurgency in Malaya, as a sort of swan song for all their martial imperial efforts, which also lasted for more than a decade but was fought much more reasonably and successfully concluded with the crushing of the communist insurgency.  The British knew that you can help local forces fight an insurgency, but you can’t do it in place of them.  Also, it is much better to use the absolute minimum of force in such efforts, rather than to use the ludicrous amounts of firepower we Americans have generally favored.

Anyway, I’m short on time, so I’ll just have to wrap this up really quick.  The American betrayal of South Vietnam was made complete by the abysmal performance of Ambassador Graham Martin, who refused to initiate evacuation plans for locals who had collaborated with the US-led effort until it was really quite late.  Martin had to be more or less forced to initiate the evac plan at all, so deluded was he that the South Vietnamese could somehow rally and defend the southern 1/3 of the country.  As a result, even though the Air Force and Marines, principally, managed to evacuate tens of thousands of loyal South Vietnamese, tens of thousands more were left behind to a grim fate.  The father of a friend of mine, an outstanding Vietnamese Catholic who had nine children, all of whom now reside in the US (and two of whom are priests), spent years in hellish communist “re-education” camps.  The re-education failed, as my friend and his entire family remain vehemently anti-communist and continue to work to support both Vietnam’s liberation from the yoke of Marxist oppression, and, even more, for the liberty of the Church in that still suffering land.

The following videos deal with that evacuation effort and the last days in Saigon. Over 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to flee in 1975, with hundreds of thousands (millions?) more later (including my friend and his family).  About half of those were evacuated by the US. The other found their own means of escape, frequently using American military hardware like Hueys, horribly overloaded, to fly as many friends and family as they possibly could (some of the achievements were incredible) to safety with the US Seventh Fleet waiting offshore.

Two good vids:

Another interesting video, unfortunately badly marred by careless overlay of graphics, showing the best danged aircraft carrier ever (ok, maybe CV-6 Enterprise could argue the point) CV-41 Midway taking part in the evacuation.  A tiny fraction of the billions of dollars in war materials and equipment left behind managed to make it to Midway around the 6 minute mark:

As I said, many South Vietnamese performed heroic efforts flying overloaded helos and aircraft out to waiting US ships.  So many landed that after a while, there was no more space to store them, and they began to dump them over the side.  Many of these UH-1Hs were practically new with only a few hundred hours on them.  Towards the end of the video below, US personnel were not sure what to make of the O-1 Bird Dog that kept circling the Midway. Finally the pilot flew over and dropped a note saying he intended to land.  You see that from the 7 minute mark or so on. That was one heck of a bit of flying. He had his entire family inside the tiny Cessna:

Have a blessed Feast of St. Joseph worker.

 

Reminder – join me praying outside The Men’s Club next Wednesday May 6 @ 8 pm April 29, 2015

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All the details are here.  I will give one more reminder next week, and try to have my trusty friend Steve B send out an e-mail to the Mater Dei men’s group next week, as well.

So you shall have no excuse not to come!

God bless those who provide prayer support, and of course those able to make it!  Thank you all!

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I know you don’t care, but it’s my blog and I can waste time if I want to: A Flightline Friday EXTRAVAGANZA!!! April 24, 2015

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I found all kinds of assorted goodies this week, which I will inflict upon the poor unwilling readers of this blog like the uncaring self-absorbed neo-promethean Pelagian I am.

This one below is very interesting, from a historical standpoint. Anyone who went to UT or lived in Austin in the period from the late 50s to the mid-90s probably has heard of, or knows, Cactus Pryor.  He was a sort of local media celebrity at KTBC-7 CBS affiliate in Austin for many years.  He also used to announce all the UT home football games.  I guess in order to meet his desire to be a real journalist, KTBC produced a number of programs with Pryor as the star, if you will, sort of news specials or coverage on various topical items.  The one below is interesting as it covers something I still remember as a kid – hearing sonic booms from military aircraft.  While rare by the mid-to-late 70s in a populated area, I know I did hear several while growing up.  That was legislated out of existence by our increasingly mamby-pamby culture before I was 10, but back in the early 60s when this was made, it was a very common phenomenon, and folks didn’t much like it.  They would complain of broken windows and other home damage (unlikely but maybe possible on occasion) and being scared by the loud booms.  They were especially common when the supersonic B-58 Hustler was in service.

One little giddy part – see the sparsity of traffic on I-35 @ 0:57 – 1:01.  Sheesh!  That would be nice!  I-35 in Austin is a parking lot during just about any daylight hours nowadays.  That’s the brand new section of I-35 put in south of the Colorado River.  The view looks north from just south of Oltorf to Riverside Drive and downtown Austin.  Look at the southbound lanes, there’s like 3 cars over a mile stretch! That must have been nice:

The Hustler was designed, and did, fly at Mach 2 for long periods of time, and overflight over almost every area of the country was allowed.  So there was something of a “sonic boom problem” for a while.  Now you have to be within a specific military operating area (MOA) or, even more likely, out in the ocean, to hear one.  There are regions of the Gulf south of the panhandle of Florida, for instance, where the Eglin and Tyndall AFB training ranges are, where sonic booms are common.  You can also hear them off the Florida Keys.

OK, more Vietnam footage below. Truly sorry that this is silent. This is footage of MiG-killing Phantoms of the 8th TFW at Ubon Ratchathani returning to base in spring 1967.  Shown are the awesome Robin Olds, Daniel “Chappie” James (in khakis), Bill Kirk, Dick Pascoe, Norm Wells, and many others.  Sure wish it had sound, what a group of men (even though silent, the video is high resolution with good color):

Look at those Phantoms smoke!  That problem was not fixed until the early 70s.  The enemy could find a Phantom from miles away because of that smoke trail.  But in so many respects that was one of the greatest aircraft ever built.

Dick Jonas’ song about Robin Olds.  Jonas was a “GIB” (guy in back – weapons system operator) with the 433rd TFS “Satan’s Angels” in 1967 while Olds commanded the 8th TFW.

OK, last one then I’ll try to do one more “real” post before I go.  This is pretty interesting but exceedingly arcane. It’s a training video on Navy Electronic Warfare techniques and equipment from the early 60s.  Many of these systems would get a thorough workout in the skies over Southeast Asia just a few years later, and in general be found to be wanting.  But the Navy was in much better shape than the Air Force at this point in time – almost no Air Force tactical aircraft had any EW systems of any kind at that time!  That later proved to be a severe embarrassment.  Pods and other equipment had to be quickly developed and incorporated, and it wasn’t until the ALQ-101 came along about 1970 that a really effective jammer was available to USAF.  The earlier ones were just too low powered.  But, USAF did learn its lesson and by the 80s had a good range of quite capable EW systems – but then the lesson was lost again, and USAF in particular but all services have basically fallen a generation behind again in EW equipment.  The Russians have some pretty good kit, so if we do get involved in something stupid in Eastern Europe, we may learn to our cost what endless deployments over the sandbox and failure to reinvest in critical technologies has wrought.  The Navy is once again generally in better shape, but even there they have retired many very capable systems without replacement, and that whole “skip a generation” thing applies to them as much as USAF:

Next men’s prayer outside ‘The Men’s Club’ May 6 @ 8 pm April 22, 2015

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I will be praying outside the sexually oriented business “The Men’s Club” on Wednesday, May 6 2015 at 8 pm.  I was told by a good number of men that they would have attended if they had more notice.  So…..here you go.  I will give weekly reminders until the event.

The details:  I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on April 8, Easter Wednesday, at 8 pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this SOB.  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.

No protesting, just prayer.  No interaction with the patrons at this time.  That may come later.  We’ll see.

Hopefully turnout will steadily grow. I’m hoping SB will send out an e-mail to the local men’s group.

Deo Gratias!

Back when politics was for adults April 20, 2015

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I stumbled across the following video on Youtube, and I found it remarkable not for content, or for video quality, but for something else, something a bit more elusive.  Below is an interview between an American journalist and a British government official from 1954 or 5.  The official is Selwyn Lloyd, Minister of Defense in the government of Prime Minister Anthony Eden.  The reason I found the video remarkable, is that the conduct of both the reporter and the government official are so radically different from what we almost invariably see today.

What I mean is this: what we see here was a serious conversation between grownups. I do have some problems with the behavior of the reporter, we can start to see the deleterious trends that have afflicted journalism for several decades now in his pompous behavior and attributing his own criticisms of British government policy as questions put to the interviewer from nebulous “some say” sources, but he would be considered an elder statesman of “broadcast journalism” if he behaved similarly today. However, in Lloyd’s measured and well-formed responses, I have to say……this is politics for grown ups.  This is so different from today, when politicians are always on a script, always making only very finely parsed responses, and rarely say anything of true substance.  Goodness, our pathetic president built an entire campaign and presidency on nothing but “optics,” presenting a false image of himself as a sexular pagan savior and almost never addressing serious questions with a serious response.  Even worse, we have the politics of emotionalism and division, that seeks to turn us into ceaselessly warring classes, races, and victim groups – the better to be controlled by the self-anointed elites.

I’m not saying that I agree with everything Lloyd advocates,  nor that his answers are even right.  But they are serious and thoughtful, and not just spoon-fed pablum for the masses.  And that gets me to the final point, the reason we have such low brow politics and politicians today (this is not a strictly American phenomenon, it is occurring throughout the former Christendom), is because society itself has been (deliberately) dumbed down to such a level that politicians are able to get away with such foolishness.  There have always been bottom-feeding politicians, of course, but they were usually outcasts and one-offs.  Today, that’s how almost all politicians behave, and the media right along with them.

So just a small, brief, non sequitur post for your consideration today:

Instead of this, today we get “trigger warnings,” kabuki politics, and US representatives too dumb to start a car on their own.  Yeah…….we’re done.

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