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Aiding and abetting the homeless problem.

Lately there has been a lot of blowback over cities like Las Vegas “heartlessly” removing the homeless from main streets and thoroughfares.

This reminds me of a small town that made it illegal to give money to the homeless who were “begging” at shopping malls and on street corners.

Needless to say that invoked a furor from social justice types.

So why the rule?

Because an undercover operation showed that almost without fail, the homeless immediately went and bought drugs with the money.

The mayor of the town made it very clear that people could still offer food to the homeless, but would be charged as accessories to drug trafficking if they gave them even so much as a dollar.

Instead residents were asked to report the  “homeless” to the city, who then went out and attempted to place them in appropriate housing, although most wouldn’t stay.

After awhile, the little town (population about 19,000) became known as a place to avoid, and the homeless problem virtually cured itself.

When I was growing up you seldom saw a lot of “homeless”  They were processed as vagrants and either jailed or placed in mental health care.

Then came the push to empty the mental health facilities due to discovery of abuses in some of those facilities.

This display of misplaced compassion certainly did nothing to assist the genuinely mentally ill and it exacerbated what we now call the homeless problem.

Admittedly, a small town has a better chance to handle the problem at the local level than a San Francisco, Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

Still, the idea that it is somehow compassionate to allow people to live like stray dogs, defecate on city streets and further the use of drugs is one that only a looney liberal (or a drug pusher) could advocate.

Could a little common sense and a lot of public pressure fix the homeless problem? It might be fun to give it a try.

Doubling down on double-dealing.

Throughout the closed door hearings of the past two or three weeks, Adam Schiff has vehemently denied that he stopped Republicans from asking questions or prevented them from calling witnesses of their choice.

His performance during the pre-rehearsed televised hearings made it clear that Schiffter the Grifter was, once again, playing fast and loose with the truth.

If you watched on Wednesday and Friday of last week, one of the most repeated Schiff phrases was “the gentle(man or woman) is not recognized.”

And what about those closed door hearings?  Aren’t they supposed to go public now?

If you believed that, there’s a bridge for sale you ought to look into.

No sooner had the cameras quit recording the Friday performance by former Ukrainian  ambassador Yovanovitch than Schiff retreated back into the cozy confines of the SCIF to rehearse with career employee Mark Sandy, currently serving in the White House OMB, and  who is certainly no Trump loyalist.

Let’s be clear.  Not everyone who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 was in love with him.  They just disliked Hillary Clinton even more than they did Trump.

Having said that, a substantial number of those people are now firmly committed to vote for Trump in 2020, no matter which Democrat finally represents that party.

Why?

For one thing, against all historical odds, Trump actually has tried to keep the promises he made while campaigning.

For another, the failure of Democrats to sell the Russia collusion mantra has caused even the most hardcore political skeptics to look twice at accusations against the President.

Someday we will get a look at the Horowitz report, and the Durham investigation will mature.

At that point, attempts to impeach the President may take on a very different

TGIF – November 15, 2019.

Why Bloomberg will lose the nomination.

According to the media, Michael Bloomberg has just committed to spending 100 MILLION dollars on anti-Trump ads.

How many beds and hours of treatment would that buy for the nation’s homeless?

Like her ideas or not, the reason Elizabeth Warren is polling high is because she is actually PRO-something.

No wonder some people call her party the Dumb-o-crats.

Trump should listen to Bill Clinton.

Even a broken clock is right twice  day, and for once Bill Clinton has some good advice for President Trump.

To paraphrase the former President:

Shut up, leave the impeachment stuff to your lawyers and aides, and do good things for the country.

It doesn’t seem as though President Trump got the message, and he is already in hot water with the MSM over a tweet this morning.

While we agree that the tweet was not an attack on the witness, sometimes least said is best mended.

Google goes many steps too far.

Apparently Google (and Apple and Amazon) never heard of HIPPA.

Google’s “Project Nightingale” is amassing and storing the health histories of millions of Americans in the cloud, and that’s not cool.

Having your entire health history available to anyone  who can bypass the security protocols or make up a good excuse to view it is the worst sort of invasion of privacy.

This type of wholesale storage is not necessary to deliver tele-health treatment. It sure would be great for advertisers that want to sell you the latest miracle cure though.

This is something that should be prohibited by law.

This isn’t for real, is it?

After listening to the first public rendition of the “inquiry” hearing, we have an inquiry.

Why wasn’t former Vice-President Biden impeached for bribery, extortion or quid pro quo (take your pick)?

He actually admitted to, or really, bragged about doing the exact same thing President Trump is being accused of doing and he was quite proud of it.

Were Republicans too lily-livered to bring the charges?

Or maybe, is this just how things are done in world politics?

Look at how we got Mexico to assist us in controlling illegal immigration. We threatened them with loss of money and commerce unless they got on board. Isn’t that “bribery”?

We hate the parroting the press or the President but this “inquiry” is about as convincing as a group of second-graders performing Othello.

Unfortunately, we will be subjected to more of this claptrap.  We may even get to hear about how hearsay evidence is more valuable than actual evidence.

And of course we will not be spared from listening to Nancy Pelosi repeatedly tell us how prayerful she is about her involvement in this charade.

To which we have just this to say…

“…deliver us from evil.” (from the Lord’s Prayer)

Still clown watching.

As the Democrats and other Never-Trumpers go all in on impeachment, the President’s reliance on Rudy Giuliani’s dealing with Ukraine, rather than the State Department  is suddenly a very big deal. Why?

First, the former New York mayor is probably not nearly as accomplished, and perhaps too loquacious with the press when operating in the field of foreign affairs, so why does the President use him?

Well, given that about the only people Trump can trust are members of his family, and maybe people who know a lot about him like Rudy (and vice versa), it certainly seems somewhat understandable to have him in the mix.

Take the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland for instance. Someone obviously tuned him up, given that he completely reversed his testimony literally overnight.

It’s not that the ambassador is a Trump enemy necessarily, but he does have a career to protect, and Pompeo and Trump will not be around forever, even if the President is re-elected.

Actually, all this appears to be part of the initial attempt to stop Trump initiated by the DOJ and FBI and Democrats who desperately needed to keep the lid on their shenanigans.

Their reasoning seems to be that if they can keep Trump isolated, they can damage his presidency to the point that in the end everyone just quits paying attention.

They may be hoping that his voters will just get tired of all the brouhaha and either vote against him or just not vote at all next year, just to gain some peace and quiet.

This does of course require that they can impeach him.  They’ve gone too far to back out now.

The sad part of all this is that Trump has done some really good things for the country, leading one to wonder how good a President he could be if he had gotten a fair shot in the beginning.

On the other hand, what happens if this now all too obvious warfare or coup attempt if you prefer,  backfires?

It would be truly epic if he not only wins another term, but is able to extract a few pounds of flesh of his own.

We’d pay damn good money to watch that.

Will impeachment damage Trump with independents?

If President Trump is impeached (and it’s a 90% likelihood that he will be), will independents still vote for him?

A quick survey of “our” independents says yes.

Most of them point to the fact that Democrats have been trying to keep him out of or remove him from the office since he declared he was running and they see this impeachment strategy as simply more of the same.

They point to the fact that the only thing he did “wrong” on the call was bring up Biden’s name. As far as questioning the Ukrainian president about ending the corruption, that’s something he is required to do by law, seeing as how he had beaucoup taxpayer dollars riding on Levensky getting his house in order.

Not mention that Ukraine got the money within the allotted time frame, even if it wasn’t within six hours..

They also point to the fact that Biden is by his own words guilty of quid pro quo regarding the billions the Obama administration ladled out to Ukraine.

They also mention just how far left the radical members of the Democrat party have gone, noting that Ilhan Omar is now falling back on the 1960’s Communist line about “western imperialism” in her support of Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders.

Since we STILL don’t have the much-vaunted Mueller and Durham reports (it is now November, BTW), it remains to be seen if the impeachment actually goes through, but to listen to these folks it doesn’t really matter.

Comments go like this:

“Look, we all acknowledge that Trump isn’t the perfect person we would have liked to elect. That person would have had the manners of a Jeb Bush and the toughness of Trump.  Republicans didn’t offer us such a person, so we’ll stick with Trump.”

“Better Trump than a Socialist or a Communist.”

And so forth and so on.

Are “our” independents representative of the country at large?

We’ll find out in 2020.

TGIF – November 1, 2019

Impeachment – The Dems big F.U. to Trump voters.

If as has been reported, the “whistleblower” is a CIA operative who formerly worked for Joe Biden and  John Brennan, it’s pretty clear why Adam Schiff suddenly doesn’t want to interview him or let anyone else do so.

Not that it surprises anyone who voted for Trump.

Sixty-three million Americans spoke out in 2016 to express their displeasure with being ruled by a bunch of political overseers, mostly but not completely  Democrats.

That obviously ticked off a lot of people who were displeased that the serfs were opposing the masters.

The result?  An almost continual attempt to get rid of Trump by any means short of murder.

Impeachment isn’t just a move against Trump.  It is the proverbial shot across the bow to his voters as well.

Warren’s “affordable healthcare.”

Liz’s answer to funding Medicare for all smacks heavily of HRC’s “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of work.” strategy.

Among her strategies; Put 2 million people currently employed in the insurance and healthcare industries out of work, add 8.8 TRILLION dollars to employer costs, tax everything but the dentures of the “1%”, and tax all financial transactions at .1%.

Yet this isn’t a tax on the middle class.

Well, technically it isn’t, but only because it will destroy a large segment of the middle class. Employers who have recently been on a hiring binge will drop those workers like a hot rock.

And you wonder why people voted for Trump?

Did environmental activists help cause California wildfires?

PG&E has been blasted for its above-ground transmission lines causing fires. Maybe we are having a senior moment, but back in the 1980’s didn’t one of the electric utilities try to bury its lines, only to be stopped by every tree-hugger in the state?

We don’t remember if this was PG&E, but we do remember a kerfuffle over that issue. By the time the utility tried to wade through all the environmental red tape, it just gave up the idea completely.

If anyone remembers that, you are welcome to chime in.