One thing that that many of us are looking towards is the end of Motorcycle Week, which ends today. Though there isn't much in the way of bike traffic as I write this (because it's raining), there will be plenty later this afternoon once the rain clears out and the sun returns.
***************After the GOP won a resounding victory in both the House and retook the Senate, I had hopes that some sanity would return to Congress. It turns out my hopes have been dashed.
It appears the GOP leadership has started ignoring the more conservative branch of the GOP members in Congress, kowtowing to Democrats while punishing conservative Republicans in Congress, in effect treating them as a political enemies to be crushed,, in one case stripping Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) of chairmanship of House Government Operations Subcommittee in retaliation for not toeing Speaker John Boehner's line and voting in favor of the awful Obamatrade bill, for one.
I have to agree with Mark Levin on this one: It's time to declare open warfare on Boehner and his cronies. They aren't doing this nation any good and are dividing the GOP when it needs to be cohesive in light of The One's push to further weaken the Constitution.
Boehner, McCarthy, and Scalise have got to go as these three are working hard to make sure the GOP becomes a non-entity in Congress.
***************The Barrister comments upon things we did as kids that would get someone arrested today.
The kids today are being turned into weenies.These days parents would be jailed and their kids put into foster care because they let them be kids.
Who is to blame for this? Weenie Dads? Tort lawyers? Government? Mom-headed households? Truth is, when I was ten I would disappear all day on bikes with friends, exploring woods, swimming illegally in reservoirs, building forts (snowball fights in winter, rock and stick wars in summer), shooting BB guns, fishing, sailing a Sailfish, playing vacant-lot baseball, shooting hoops on the asphalt-covered schoolyard, enjoying occasional fistfights, stealing candy from the candy shop, smoking cigarettes stolen from parents, teasing girls (mainly the ones we liked). Home by dark of course. That was the rule.
***************I have to agree with Matt Ridley on this one: So-called climate science as it is promoted has caused me to lose trust in science. That's because these days it's all about politics and funding and not about actual science anymore. It's all about consensus and not rocking the boat rather than discovery and learning new things. It's Lysenkoism brought forth into the 21st century.
***************As I've said before and I'm going to say again, if you want a perfectly good and recent example of why socialism is an awful economic system all one needs to do is look at Venezuela It was once a prosperous country with a strong economy. Then Hugo Chavez took over, instituted sweeping changes based upon the Marxist Economic Handbook and turned it into an economic wasteland. It's gotten so bad it's selling off fixed assets as a stopgap measure to hold of fa total economic collapse. Unfortunately that will only put off the inevitable for a short period of time. Once those assets are gone, so is the money the Venezuelan government needs.
As Maggie Thatcher said, “Socialism works until you run out of other people's money.” Venezuela has just about reached that point. I have a feeling Argentina won't be too far behind.
***************Should we cut to the chase and just add a crawler to the bottom of the TV screen that CNN is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama White House and the DNC? It might be easier and more truthful since CNN is willing to back up just about everything Obama says even if it's a blatant and easily disproven lie.
***************Is there anything it can't do?
The latest bit of Climate Change stupidity: Someone actually found a way to tie the massacre in Charleston to climate change.
Really? These folks need to get help.
***************By way of Instapundit comes this tweet about the reactions to any mass shooting:
Every time a crazy person shoots up a place, the press demands Republicans – who had nothing to do with it – answer for the crime.And how many times have we found out the shooter isn't some right-wing radical but rather left-wing, often a Democrat, and almost always either insane or an wannabe Islamic jihadi?
Yet it's the GOP who are the 'haters'.
***************It's the first Father's Day since my dad passed away. I didn't think it would affect me all that much. While his birthday last month passed without bittersweet feelings overwhelming me, this day had me missing him so much it hurt.
I love you, Dad.