"I walked out the back way — just as Gatsby had when he had made his nervous circuit of the house half an hour before — and ran for a huge black knotted tree, whose massed leaves made a fabric against the rain. Once more it was pouring, and my irregular lawn, well-shaved by Gatsby’s gardener, abounded in small, muddy swamps and prehistoric marshes. There was nothing to look at from under the tree except Gatsby’s enormous house, so I stared at it, like Kant at his church steeple, for half an hour. A brewer had built it early in the “period” craze, a decade before, and there was a story that he’d agreed to pay five years’ taxes on all the neighboring cottages if the owners would have their roofs thatched with straw. Perhaps their refusal took the heart out of his plan to Found a Family — he went into an immediate decline. His children sold his house with the black wreath still on the door. Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry."
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Life is a Bungling process...
Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
"the difference between a negotiation and an argument ... an argument being something you can win." Christopher Buckley (Thank You For Smoking)
If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill
"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero
As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”
"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan
"Law is where you buy it." Raymond Chandler
"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day
“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” Stan Laurel – “Brats”
"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown
"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"
Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.
"Half the World spends its time laughing at the other half, and both are fools." from Think Fast Mr. Moto
“When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.” Umberto Eco
Thomas More's definition of government as "a conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of a commonwealth" - from Winston S. Churchill’s “History of the English Speaking People.”
Sunday, May 29, 2016
The #neverTrump faithful have fallen prey to their own brand of sanctimony. The old boy high priests will never allow their privileged shell to be cracked, no matter how weak its encasement. m/r
Meet the Rt. Rev. Charles Murray and the holy Establishmentarians.
May 27, 2016 by Esther Goldberg
In a remarkable essay, Charles Murray adumbrates the tenets of a new religion which might be called the Church of Conservatism. The theology could be fleshed out a bit, but for now here is what we may infer from what Mr. Murray tells us.
The new church has a high priesthood, whom Mr. Murray label Establishmentarians. Its members are a select group, “the tiny fraction of the population that deals professionally in public policy from the right.” Only they are permitted to enter the inner sanctum of the Church, the Holy of Holies, wherein is kept the Book of the True Conservative, which contains the principles of the new religion. The priesthood is given the keys to the kingdom, the right to say who is and who is not a conservative, the right to sanctify and the power to anathemize.
A fundamental dogma of the Church is that Donald Trump is evil. Not that his views are all bad. Some might in fact be socially beneficial. No, Trump is evil in his essence, like Satan, if you will. And he must be denounced as such by all Establishmentarians, and his influence exorcised wherever it might be found amongst the erring members of the Church.
Many of the Church’s priests are “columnists, media pundits, public intellectuals and politicians” whose role is to preach about the application of the principles of True Conservatism to public policy and good government. The authentic Priests have already identified themselves publicly as #NeverTrump, meaning that there is no way in Hell that they will ever cast a vote for Trump.
There is no hatred like an odium theologicum, said John Stuart Mill, and Murray reserves all his powers of vituperation for the heretical followers of Mr. Trump.
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Justice with Judge Jeanine 5/28/16 FULL: Battle for The White House: Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice
Stewart Oscars welled up as he looked at the vandalized mural located on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court. It was covered in graffiti from end to end.
“This knocked me out. So sickening. Just sadness…think of all these people. They’re gone,” Oscars said. “I remember the Vietnam war and how friends went to war, and bodies came back. Somehow, it has to be taught that this is not a good idea. This is actually stupid.”
People on this street said the memorial was tagged a few days ago. They said the graffiti matches some of the other ones in the neighborhood.
The Los Angeles Police Department said it is not investigating the case.
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Friday, May 27, 2016
May 27, 2016 by Larry O'Connor
We’re told that Hillary Clinton is the smartest, most qualified and most capable person to ever run for President. Ever. ...
Let’s face it, we’re lucky that she’s even lowering herself to the demeaning process of having to earn votes in the presidential election. We should just give her the job by unanimous acclimation.
So what to make of this revelation, via Daily Caller? ...
Albert Einstein in a pants-suit doesn’t know how to use a personal computer to “do email.”
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Christopher Hitchens -- Speaking Honestly About Hillary Clinton
Obama Admin Sued Over Transgender Order - O'Reilly
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Rioters Prove Mexicans “Not Criminals” By Committing Criminal Acts; Prove Their Loyalty To The U.S. By Brandishing The Mexican Flag–Brilliant Strategy!
A significant proportion of these rioters are Mexicans or Mexican-Americans, though it is clear they self-identify as the former not the latter.
They are angry at Trump for calling Mexicans criminals. So to prove Trump is wrong they commit criminal acts.
Yeah, that’s brilliant.
Do they claim to be Americans? If so, why brandish the Mexican flag and yell “¡Viva México!”?
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To the degree the media have dared mention the suit they have buried the scandal at the heart of it: namely that the black author of a “nonfiction” book plagiarized from a fictional one written by a white author.
Exclusive: Jack Cashill explains fraud behind book now spawning 2nd mini-seriesby Jack Cashill 5-25-16
Courlander, who was white, wrote a novel titled “The African.” He had earned $14,000 for it. Less than 10 years later, Alex Haley flagrantly rewrote large sections of his book and made $2.6 million in hardcover royalties alone.
Courlander was not a happy camper. In 1978, he sued Haley in a U.S. District Court in New York for copyright infringement. The suit cited 81 passages that had been lifted from Courlander’s “The African” as well as the plot and certain characters. ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
At the 21:48 mark of Under the Gun a scene of Katie Couric interviewing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization, is shown.
Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
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