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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Day Like Most Others

Bastille Day is a slow day here in Southern California where it's a crime to storm things and rip them down. If you get a large enough gang of people and if they're not white, then it's embraced by the national government. 

But I'm not an inner city guy (alas), so won't be burning down neighborhood stores and throwing rocks at the po-lice. There is the local mosque...and I could picket it (a solid step down from storming the bastille) but I have a feeling that would be a 'hate crime'. I'm not up to knowing what is and what is not a hate crime these days. I thought that the illegal alien who shot Kate Steinle in San Francisco would be charged with hate-crime murder, but because he's a Mexican and she was white, it doesn't apply. Now if he had been white and she, a Mexican, I'm sure that it would have been a hate crime.

Even the French don't do much on Bastille Day (referred to in France as the National Holiday). There is the traditional parade in Paris. The French Foreign Legion is always the highlight. There are fireworks at night in Paris, but nowhere else. 

I thought of doing something on the Ducati - with red, white and blue, in honor of Bastille Day, but most Americans (a) Don't know that it's Bastille Day (b) Don't know that the French tri-color flag is red, white and blue (c) Would think that I forgot that Independence Day was ten days ago.

Having considered the futility of celebration, I am contenting myself with work in front of the computer with a possible foray on the motorcycle at the noon hour to get a deli sandwich, which I will bring back to the office and eat with potato chips (plain) and a diet soda, while I work.

The next possibly existential question is whether the work I do has any meaning. The only answer that I can come up with is that it doesn't. Not this work. And that begs the question of why I do it instead of celebrating Bastille Day with the five other people in town (unknown to me) who know that it's Bastille Day, by drinking wine, eating French bread, cheese, a little sausage, and shooting guns in the air. 

Bastille Day in France is a time for military parades. America doesn't do that anymore and hasn't for years. It's not progressive of me to think that military parades are stirring and represent a thank-you to the people in uniform who work tirelessly (for less than minimum wage) in the service of the rest of us.

There is always September 11, that was changed from a day of remembrance of what Muslims did into a day when the President said that we need to honor political activists who stir things up in the inner cities (sort of like Bastille Day). Since the President himself made his bones as a political agitator in Chicago, and many say that he's a closet Muslim, that may explain his attitude toward that American remembrance. Imagine if we had military parades on September 11...the lesson being, f*ck political activists, this is what's coming if you screw with us again?

Gentle Musing

A few thoughts on this and that:

WE HAVE A DEAL!

It took a long time for the Iranians to whittle things down but they've been successful and President Obama has a display of his deal making ability (along with normalization with Cuba) for his Presidential Library and Monument. There are uncharitable souls that characterize the Obama years for their successive failed policies. Barack H. blames Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush.

There are Americans who don't trust Iran. I do trust Iran to keep on doing what they have been doing all along. And I trust Israel to act in their best interest even if it is unilateral, to keep their country from turning into a sea of radioactive glass.

THE DONALD  The politicians who want to be king have timid hearts that are bursting with the things that they dare not say, and as a result of that, the billionaire businessman who doesn't owe his sinecure to a government paycheck is sucking all of the air out of the room.

I don't think that Trump would make a good president, but he clearly is setting the agenda for the rest of the lemmings that are trying to carve out a piece of political real estate for themselves. The entire illegal alien/wetback discourse has been heated by Trump and by Bill O'Reilly, who is stumping hard for Kate's Law. 

I think that the election cycle is finally getting interesting.


Hillary (THE BITCH of Benghazi)  -- She can't handle two e-mail accounts at once, and her memory is simply not that good --- but she promises America that it will improve (and she'll remember who her enemies are) if elected president. She's just like you: Hip, young, beautiful, sober, broke and her mind is almost fully functioning. She will make the polyester pantsuit fashionable again. And she's ahead in the polls. It speaks volumes about the American people. 

The Bitch of Benghazi can't recall that she received three subpoenas for her public/private e-mail --- so the server was destroyed and then put into a trash compactor and melted into a single metal cube. Is she willing to deliver the metal cube to Congress? No, not even that. But people trust her, they love her and they think that she should be leader of the free world.

SANCTUARY CITIES have long been a dream of progressive America. All we need do now is WALL THEM OFF from the rest of the nation, and everyone will be happier. Before we lay the first brick, we need to make sure that the liberals who created them are all on the INSIDE of the wall. Make the wall secure enough to keep them inside.

Then bomb them.

FARENHEIT 451  Book burning and censorship have long enabled the northern narrative, which vilified the American South for resistance against Northern Aggression. Since the winners of the war write the books, finding a fair account of causation is difficult. I have no difficulty with government officials who wish not to fly the stars and bars, but I have a problem with a government who wishes to erase American history and tear down monuments to a struggle that defined who we as a people are.

Big government came into its own following that costliest of all wars and we are still fighting that trend - and losing - with a twenty trillion dollar deficit by the time Barack Hussein Obama leaves office.