sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Listen to your Betters (sermonette)

Should liberal professors and community activists run the nation? Over half of American voters answered yes...twice. If you'd put it to them the way I just did, I think that the answer would have been 'no' unless you were speaking to a liberal professor or a community activist...

It's time for a(nother) Sunday SermonetteThe Liberal Mindset, explained:

A smart king will have an even more unpalatable dupe waiting in the wings to take his place should he fall. This is called the "retarded stepson" maneuver.

Standing up for Men

New Symbol for the Sunday
(my collar is ripstop cotton camo)
I've known Laura Schlessinger personally for about 35 years now. I met her when she struck up a conversation with me in a shopping mall across the street from the radio station where she worked. Yes, that means that I knew her before she married, had a son, etc. And for those of you who are running the abacus, she's about ten years older than I am.

Some of you undoubtably are annoyed by her radio program(s). However, she's a generally squared away woman, likes to shoot, sail and practice martial arts, etc.

In previous discussions with her (no, she's not my shrink), we've chatted about how women are often insulted that men are essentially not always trying to out-think women. Men are simply not all that complicated. They often deal with the "how to" of life in their thoughts and musings and are usually not all that subtle (dog vs cat/Mars vs Venus).

A woman looks into the mirror and sees all of her flaws. A (straight) man looks in the mirror first thing in the morning and thinks, 'I look pretty damned good'. Men and women encounter the world differently. I realize that it's not politically correct to point that out.

So having been invited a Christmas party (Seasonal Holiday Gathering in political correct speak) at her manse, I decided to comment on her book, since the invitation brought the book to mind.

This Sunday Sermonette (the first of two today) comes from her 2006 book, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands.
Women want to be in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Yet disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship.
The mainstream media and situation comedies have a few target groups who are always fair game in a world of political correctness. The stand-out group is men and more particularly, husbands.  This same group of politically correct fools works hard to break down traditional marriage and family values. Schlessinger has a different point of view.
From a review: The women who criticize their husbands in the stories that Schlessinger relates are depressed in their marriages and feel little love from their husbands. Unabashedly asserting that man is a "very simple creature," who needs only "direct communication, respect, appreciation, food, and good loving'" to respond with devotion, compassion and love, this controversial marriage and family therapist claims that every woman can achieve a deeply satisfying marriage if she adheres to certain fundamentals men require. Preparing dinner, caring for the children without complaint, greeting her husband with a kiss and engaging in sexual intimacy instead of "tearing down a husband's necessary sense of strength and importance" can result in the harmonious marriage women crave. While many of her listeners and readers claim her unequivocal advice has salvaged teetering marriages and improved marital harmony, others perceive Schlessinger as a throwback to what many see as years of female oppression in the home.

Yes, I understand that many modern women find this song incredibly insulting in a general sense.

And NO, it's not a general indictment of women. There is no hidden agenda in this blog post. It is what it is without subliminal intent.

This appeals more to men (and yes, we do think about sex all of the time) than the typical post-modern female rant.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Views and News


(Examiner) Because of, rather than in spite of one of the world’s highest murder rates, Russian gun laws have now been relaxed, International Business Times reported Wednesday. Previously permitted for sporting purposes such as target practice and hunting, Russians, the story claims, will now be lawfully allowed to carry guns for self defense.

While Russian violent crime has fallen in recent years, its murder rate is still fifth highest in the world, and is much higher than that in the United States, the report documents. The move to liberalize gun laws there contrasts with well-financed efforts to increase restrictions in this country, despite documentation from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that prompted Forbes to acknowledge, “As gun sales soar, gun crimes plummet.”


The City of Berkeley wants you to know that they care about the serious threat to public health, economic well-being and global warming, so these pathetic signs are now on all of the gas pumps in town.

It simply warms my heart to see progressives being stupid -- which is not difficult to find in Berkeley, or Detroit, or Austin, or San Francisco, or the White House.


Iranian Nuclear weapons production and nuclear enrichment talks  are proceeding with US Secretary of State John Kerry arriving -- just as the Iranian delegation is leaving. SECSTATE Kerry is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so he's the perfect one to negotiate on behalf of the free world since Joe Biden is having his face stretched again and won't be able to attend. 

Eventually, Biden will end up looking like Nancy Pelosi (The Pelosi Twins), but he has a lot more surgery ahead of him to get to that point.

Friday, November 21, 2014

News and Views

This and that


Guy Fieri with normal hair...could be a long shoreman or a plumber with the normal dooo.


(Fox News) Over a dozen women have come forward claiming them that Bill Cosby raped or sexually abused them. It's to the point where Queen Latifah even cut him off and has refused to interview him.

Netflix canceled a deal with him and NBC is in the process of canceling a comedy series with him.

Am I surprised? Ask me if I am...well, no, I'm not. He always struck me as a bit of a self-absorbed perv. He's a big Obama supporter and he's extremely progressive...says it all.


Naturally Rev. Jessie Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, two of the holiest men in America are defending the inner city youth who acted out of a spirit of repression from the whites who never gave him a chance at a decent life.

Thank you Barack!

A shifting tide.

More than any single American, it's Barack Hussein Obama's Democratic Party that has helped to radically transform America from a situation where the Democrats controlled both the Executive Branch of government and both houses of Congress to a situation where they dramatically lost the Senate, lost more of the House of Representatives --- and even his home state of deep blue Illinois chose a Republican Governor, as did other blue states. Scott Walker won in Wisconsin; Sam Brownback in Kansas -- two governors reviled by the left won landslide victories. The aftermath of the election was dramatic. Barack Obama been repudiated: his policies, after all, were on the ballot and many of his enablers are looking for jobs now.
America can certainly blame a lot of our problems on Barack Obama and the Democratic Party: trillions of dollars in debt, an eviscerated military, the ruin of our healthcare system through “reform” (now the world’s biggest fraud), sky-high food stamp and disability payments, the trampling of the Constitution, the collapse of our standing in the world. (H/T AT)
Yesterday Barack tried to reverse the flow by baiting the Republicans - doing what he vowed not to do and began to rule by fiat. The hope is that Republicans will vote to impeach or de-fund government. What they need to do is keep giving him rope. Another two years of major fiascos and scandals will mean that the nation will be re-transfomed into a Constitutional Republic from the socialist nanny state that Obama and friends wanted to turn it into.

ObamaCare, the president's landmark legislation was murdered by it's author, Jonathan Gruber. The move to seize firearms went down in flames with Operation Fast and Furious and setting the government against political opponents is embroiled in the IRS Scandal. Eric Holder is gone and another clay golem was put in his place.
George Condon writes at the National Journal, “From Congress to state capitals, the last six years have taken a huge toll on Democrats' fortunes”: 
The impact of the carnage in state legislatures on Obama's watch is hard to overstate. This is where the future classes of mayors, governors, and members of Congress are bred. This is where the boundary lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts. This is where party leaders come from. And this is where the rules are made for party primaries and election laws are set. According to Tim Storey at the National Conference of State Legislatures, what we saw on Tuesday was an almost unprecedented "Republican wave," which he said, leaves "Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century."
The Republican victory at the state level reflects a backlash against federal control and an embrace of federalism as a check on Big Brother. They also represent a rejection of the tax, spending, borrowing and anti-growth agendas that are the Democrats’ mantra. 

Who is left to carry on the Obama legacy? Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Jerry Brown and Joe Biden? If they were baseball players, would that be a promising team? 

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, will face a challenging time. Not only is she tainted by her association with a failed presidency, but her policy for years has been Big Government -- not exactly a winning unique selling proposition following eight years of Big Government failure. In the words of liberal columnist Ron Fournier, Obama has destroyed the credibility of government itself.
Barack Obama is radically transforming America. Thank you Barack. And thanks again for promoting the sales of privately owned firearms and ammunition more than any single American in history. The Second Amendment is on the mind of Americans more now than ever in my memory and more people are reading the Constitution now -- yes, we have Barack to thank for that.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Obama: Re-cutting the Constitution to suit his own whim and to try and cynically bait the Republicans into action that will be politically damaging to them. Barack-the-Compassionate? Will that be his legacy. If you listened to that speech without the slightest bit of insight and historical context, maybe. In the harsh light of reality -- no.

The real question is whether or not Republicans will take the bait, or if they will maturely and responsibly move forward, generally ignoring Barack-the-Malicious Narcissist.

Who Discovered the Americas?

President Barack Obama has long asserted that Muslims built America - and maybe that's part of what he means when he says, "You didn't build that!" Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is echoing the same sentiments here (FOX News), as he asserts that Muslims, not Vikings, Spanish, Irish monks or Portuguese people discovered America. 
"It is alleged that the American continent was discovered by Columbus in 1492," Erdogan said. "In fact, Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178."
Some say it was Columbus, Muslims say it was one of their own (but they
don't know 'who') that discovered America
Does Erdrogan have proof?  Let's just say that he has as much proof as President Obama has -- and we will tread softly on the feelings of Muslims here at Virtual Mirage, because they are easily bruised. If I wasn't delicate about it, the Religion of Peace would declare jihad on me -- oh, they already have. Never mind. I forgot, I'm an American and live in "the Great Satan".

If you'll reflect back to last week's post about Kennewick Man (link), it's relatively clear these days that people have been crossing the Atlantic and Pacific for at least the past 9,000 years, as they were want to do. The technology has been in place at least that long. So there's nothing to suggest that rag heads didn't cross the ocean to the Americas at some point.

So why do these comments by President Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan rise to the level of being blog-worthy? Maybe because they were intended to be obnoxious.

Obama-the-Muslim, still hasn't discovered