Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rothman on "accomplished and electable" Republicans

Esconced at Commentary, Noah Rothman continues his infatuation with establishment Republicans who love to hate the conservative grassroots voters.  

In his most recent attempt to tell us that the base voters are no less clownish than Donald Trump, Rothman says this:

"Americans’ disregard for the value of the governing institutions that serve as the country’s foundational structures is evident in how the voting public has approached the coming presidential election. Thus far, the process has been a joke, and the public has treated it like one.
On the Republican side of the ledger, the most accomplished and electable field of presidential candidates in living memory has been overshadowed by the all-consuming umbra that is Donald Trump.”

His lack of respect for voters is evident.  We disregard the “value of governing institutions.”  On the contrary, it is because of our regard that our current sentiments run a particular direction.  Like the rest of the D.C. elitists, Rothman has never excelled at understanding voters.

But he insists this is the “most accomplished and electable field.”  Ah, yes…electability; and now we add “accomplished.”  A quick look at but a few in this field is in order. 

Let’s start with Sen. Marco Rubio.  His accomplishment?  He lied to his Florida constituents – “earned pathway to citizenship is amnesty” – and all the conservatives who supported him.  In the first major decision of his Senate career, he chose to become a Schumer Republican rather than keep his promise to the Tea Party conservatives that put him in the Senate.  He lied from the moment he was first interviewed by Rush.  His excuse?  It was the best deal he could get.  So, the Iran deal is ok, Marco?  Electable?  Not when three million conservatives stay home rather than vote for a Schumer Republican.

Chris Christie?  His accomplishments?  Well, he certainly aided and abetted the current occupant of the White House in his reelection bid.  But you know that.  He has appointed a Muslim judge with ties to Hamas, and he has raised property taxes in New Jersey.  Polls show him losing to Clinton in New Jersey.  Accomplishments and electability, Noah.  wow.

And the accomplished John Kasich.  If you like your New Testament a la Pelosi, this is the candidate for you.  His explanation for accepting the Medicaid expansion: what will you say when you get to the Pearly Gates?  Huh?  He claims he did it for the people of Ohio, but which ones?  Those Ohio voters who lost their health insurance? Ot those that will eventually pay millions in state funds for the expansion?  Electable?  Only if you also think….

....Jeb “Wannabe 45” Bush is electable.  Surrogates point to his lowering taxes in Florida, yet he refuses to take the “no new taxes” pledge.  Why?  Because he plans to follow in Daddy’s footsteps?  Where was he during the 2009 stimulus bill fiasco?  Where was he during the Roberts-0-care debates?  Well, we know: he was off working with Bill Gates to foist the liberal-driven Common Core onto our educational system.  There’s an accomplishment: adding yet another opportunity for liberal propaganda to overwhelm curriculum. 

Of course, his greatest accomplishment is being very clear that (1) crimes by illegal aliens are to be excused; (2) children of illegal aliens should benefit from the crimes of their parents; (3) that he is willing to watch our southern border and core American values disappear in a sea of those who are not coming here because they love and respect American values…and he calls this an “act of love.” Last but not least – conservatives:  I don’t need you, and I don’t like you.  

Electable?  A Jeb Bush candidacy will fracture the Republican party, resulting in another Alinsky-ite in the White House.  It will drive conservative grassroots voters forever from the fold.  Which of course is exactly what Bush retread hacks and the establishment elitists want. 

The principal accomplishment of most of this field?  The same as Rothman's: they refuse to listen to conservative voters and their concerns.    

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Small State of Israel

The "fear/threat" has always been the Jewish belief in a loving God, who, (they believe), established a covenant with the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, where God revealed His Commandments to Moses, (mentioned many times in the Book of Exodus). According to the Islamic faith, this was not Moses, but the prophet Mohammad, (where Allah spoke to Musa). Herein lies the conflict where the two religions collide in the interpretation, hence the persecution and genocidal inhalation of both Jews and Christians, who have placed their beliefs in the former translation of events. Sadly, a certain sect of the Islamic "faith" has perverted its "religion of peace" with the conviction that all peoples of the earth either convert to teachings of Allah and the Prophet Mohammad, OR, face death---a righteous undertaking according to those currently living/practicing this perversion. The "threat" is not the small piece of real estate called Israel. It is the powerful faith of the Jewish people.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Summertime Feel-Good Story: Talent and Class---That’s How the Giants Bring Them Up

Newly called up infielder Kelby Tomlinson was one hit away from tying Willie McCovey’s record of four consecutive hits from the start of their major league careers.  He hit a fly ball out to left field in the top of the sixth inning during last night’s 6-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, but his first three plate appearances were nothing short of impressive.

Two nights earlier, Tomlinson made his big league debut in the top of the 12th inning and calmly slapped a single to center field.  He later scored on a Buster Posey single that temporarily put the Giants up 8-7, but the Giants would lose this game in the bottom of the 12th on a two-run walk-off homer by Adonis Garcia.

After a night off, (where the Giants beat the Braves 8-3), Tomlinson received his first big league career start and in the top of the 2nd inning, (with two outs), the kid slapped an outside pitch to right field, collecting his second consecutive hit and his first two RBI’s, putting the Giants up 2-0.

Two innings later, (the top of the 4th), Tomlinson singled up the middle to drive in another run, putting the Giants up 3-0-----still hitting .1000 for his major league career.  After his next two plate appearances were unproductive outs, Tomlinson’s major league stats still look impressive---5 AB’s, 3-hits, 1-run scored, 3 RBIs, and a .600 average.

Drafted by the Giants in the 12th round of a June 2011 Amateur draft out of Texas Tech, Tomlinson finally got called up from AAA Sacramento after sporting a .316 batting average with 42 hits, 15 RBIs, and scoring 21 times in 33 games.  Defensively, his fielding percentage, (playing 2nd, 3rd, and SS over five seasons), is .964 in 462 games.

With Joe Panik out for a few more weeks, the utility infielder might just pile up some stats Willie McCovey would be proud of.  So far, the rest of his team-mates are happy to see the kid hitting a big-league stride while no one’s seen his speed on the base paths…..yet---rumors are he’s cat-like quick.  

To top off this story, Tomlinson dedicated his first MLB hit to Kaiser Carlile, the 9 year-old bat boy who died while getting struck in the head by a bat last week.  Tomlinson left a video message to Kaiser and the Carlile Family.  Tomlinson had previously played for the minor-league team where the accident occurred.   Now that’s class.

This story cross-posted at my FaceBook account.