Gotham players present another American tragedy

For 20 years, a Chinese spy was driving Miss Feinstein. He also represented her at Chinese Consulate functions. This happened while she was chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She also lobbied for China and helped the Chinese get favored trade status. Her husband benefitted financially from sweet Chinese business deals. Like most Congressional lifers, she’s as corrupt as the day is long.

If you look up Washington Establishment, her picture is probably there. These people are famous for getting wealthy off the backs of Americans. They or their families are world champion inside traders buying or selling stock based on knowledge of big government contracts or law changes that benefit certain corporations. Then like Feinstein they end up with net worth and mansions worth many millions. Like the remainder of the super wealthy they push big government and socialist ideals. They push programs like single payer healthcare knowing full well the wealthy will always have access to good private healthcare. They hate the idea of new trade deals. With those, they lose out on sweetheart deals for the family.

The Washington establishment if full of tired, old, and crooked politicians. I don’t care whether they are jack asses or pachyderms, they all sip drinks together when the cameras are off. It’s a bad soap opera. Just when something good is about to happen, they’ll figure out how to crap on it. They send young people off to war and then figure out how to keep them there forever. Don’t ever believe that it’s only Clinton and Biden who think we are deplorable and the society’s dregs. Those two were just arrogant and stupid enough to say it in public. If any of us committed even a partial of what Clinton has, as they say around here, they’d jack the jailhouse up and throw us under it. Joe Handsy Biden? There are enough photos on the Internet of him fondling women and children to have him locked up and they get their drawers in a twist over something that may or may not have happened between two teenagers 36 years ago. Makes you want to go wash. From Chuck Schumer to Mitch McConnel to Nancy Pelosi to Mad Maxine Waters to Paul Ryan they’re all cartoon characters straight out of Gotham. I don’t know what bothers me more. That these people are actually in positions of power in our country or that we as a collective people are stupid enough to keep sending them back there.

I know, I know. You hate Trump. He beat Hillary, said some nasty things about women and had consensual dalliances with women not his wife. Well, Hillary is a crook and he never paid for those liaisons with 17 million dollars of taxpayer money. As far as I and the special counsel can find, he was never accused of raping anyone. We heard that high unemployment was the new normal, that millions of lost jobs were never coming back, that hitting a 3 percent GDP growth was not going to happen. The stock market is up, your retirement portfolio is up, unemployment is nil, black and Hispanic unemployment are at record lows, taxes are down, but you’d give all of that back just to have Hillary. Please seek counseling for that is proof of mental illness.

Don’t you remember what Handsy Joe Biden and crew tried to do to Justice Clarence Thomas. Following what they and Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy did to Judge Robert Bork, it is the most despicable moment in our nation’s history. Handsy Joe was in charge of the Committee then too. Now the same cabal of Washington lunatics and well-paid criminals are trying to do the same to Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The sad part – there are Americans cheering this soap opera with characters in it the likes of Spartacus Booker. Do you know their fear? That it may someday be up to their state whether they can continue their infanticide and willy nilly kill unborn children.

Lord help us. I have to stop getting up so early in the morning.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

5 AM mind dump

There’s a big friendly guy at church. He’s always smiling through a somewhat unkempt beard, shaking my hand and asking me how I’m doing. Pretty much the greeting to which no one expects a reply. “Doin’ good, how ‘bout you?” He knows I’m retired from the Army. The Sunday following the week-long celebration of John McCain, he asked me if I watched the televised funeral. The first thought that popped into my mind was, do you mean the preliminaries or the main event? Instead, I just gave him a polite but blunt nope. He got a disheartened look on his face and has hardly spoken to me since. I never shared my opinion of the late Senator with him or for that matter anyone outside a very tight circle. Suzie-Q and me. My opinion likely differs from that of the general public yet my nope was sufficient to get me the cold shoulder. I refuse to sign up for group think. I believe anyone that does is willing to be led in directions they’d rather not have gone once the destination becomes clear. I try hard, and it is hard, to remain an independent thinker in a world where that’s inclined to piss everyone off.

I suppose I could find a mountain top and live out my days in blissful ignorance chatting with the squirrels. I reckon that wouldn’t make me any nuttier than the rest of the world. In today’s America people who you believed to be genuine will turn away from you quicker than you can bat an eye simply because you do not sign up for the general narrative. The group think narrative they’ve bought into. The emotion driven fact less narrative. It is just not a friendly atmosphere. I believe we are destined to be at one another’s throats meaninglessly wasting the brief time we have in this world to actually accomplish some good. We’ve largely abandoned any moral authority. Abandoned the truth. And sent all of that to lead us from Babylon on the Potomac.

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” Mark Twain

Just because the world deems it okay, doesn’t make it okay with me. And you can begin your list here. Without getting down to the nitty gritty, some things cross the line. They may be acceptable under the law making it acceptable to most people. Just because man’s law says it’s okay, doesn’t make it okay with me. Your hero may be my villain.

It’s neither comfortable nor healthy internalizing one’s thoughts. The nod and smile are rather disingenuous agreement even when the purpose is to maintain civility. People do not seem too interested in what you truly think or how you arrived at where you are. They ask what you think, but really don’t want a truthful response. Remember that time your wife asked if the dress made her butt look big? It’s sort of like that. What they are looking for is some sort of reassurance that I’m typically not equipped to provide. I’m an introvert. Always have been. It’s why I have these self-chats. I reckon that’s okay because I am married to an extrovert extraordinaire. Opposites attract. She provides the smiles, greetings and hugs. I provide the scowls. It works out well for us. I often remind Suzie-Q that if not for her no one would ever approach or speak to me. I have not been able to lose that get away from me look that forever affixed itself to my face back in the 80’s. When I was an Army Drill Sergeant. Still, being an introvert means I’m conditioned to make sure my brain is in gear before I put my mouth into operation. So, when I look at you and tell you I think your idea is as ate up as a soup sandwich I’ve given it some thought. At least a very brief thought bounced off a lifetime of experience.

Time for more coffee and little self-reflection. Try it. You may figure out the world you believe in only exists inside your head and that people in general are not as they appear.

“This nation is like all the others that have been spewed upon the earth – ready to shout for any cause that will tickle its vanity or fill its pocket. What a hell of a heaven it will be when they get all of these hypocrites assembled there.” Mark Twain.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

Just do it? Just do what?

I’m tired of the whole NFL kneeler, Kaepernick, Nike, media, social media kabuki show. In my mind, it only serves to demonstrate one thing. How easily Americans can be divided and emotionally swayed in almost any direction. All because of preconceived notions, biases and a lifetime of human conditioning we are ready to turn on our friends. I’ve seen so many Facebook posts on the topic since Nike decided to make Kaepernick the face of “Just Do It” it amazes me. I even saw one post of 1950’s era white baseball players posing for a photograph and someone captioned it as white players kneeling to protest black lynching. At the Lefty Gomez page, it’s the first photo you see at this link. It is a photo used in the book, Lefty: An American Odyssey, the life of famed Yankee pitcher Vernon “Lefty” Gomez. Then I saw one snark declaring that Tim Tebow kneeled during the national anthem and prayed against abortion, “and nobody said anything about that” again totally false but demonstrative of how fast we accept something if it supports our emotional state. It fits the adage that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get it shoes on. Personally, it’s disheartening and disappointing to see. Especially when you have a great deal of respect for some who are sharing and posting such things. Stuff that will travel and live on social media long before the truth reaches that friend list.

“I never did anything during a national anthem but stand and support my country. And then stories can get written and they can get put out of proportion so that you believe one thing when you’re asking me a question that was nothing that was part of the truth.’’

Tebow also shared his opinion about NFL players who have protested during the national anthem.

“I think when people believe in something and they stand for that, I don’t knock them for that,’’ he said. “Even if I agree with some or disagree with some, I appreciate it when people have convictions and they stand for that.

I think it’s important how we do that as well. So I think there’s a lot of players that I’m friends with that have been on both sides and I understand it and I think what’s more important is to know their heart and where they’re coming from and where the conviction stands in their heart and what they really want to share.’’ Tim Tebow not happy about “Tewbowing” being brought into national anthem protests debate, USA Today, June 8, 2018.

Maybe more of us, self-included, should take Tebow’s advice:

“A lot of people even think it was a touchdown celebration,’’ he said. “I never did it to celebrate a touchdown. I did it from my sophomore year in high school all the way through the NFL, that before and after games I would get on a knee to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and also put things into perspective…

“It was never something I did to take away from somebody else. It was just something I did with a personal relationship with my God. So I think that’s just sometimes disappointing when things get taken away from the truth and then it’s just created into whatever somebody wants it to be” USA Today

I am beyond a doubt certain that many of the players protesting during the anthem are sincere in their efforts to draw attention to a problem. They may have selected a better venue because the national discussion is not about social injustice, it’s about the flag and the anthem. Their important message is lost in the noise.

If you look at NFL Valuations you’ll see that the NFL is not losing money and with television contracts locked in until 2022, they are not likely to lose revenue any time soon. Especially now that streaming services like Amazon are paying multi-million-dollar fees to stream games. And Nike? Nike is a business. They make business decisions. They have manufacturing factories in 42 countries with 1,017,345 workers. Any decision Nike makes is a business decision, nothing more nothing less. The contract they give Kaepernick is likely in the millions per year, but for the amount of exposure it brings to the company that isn’t equivalent to loose pocket change.

And it just gets better for the NFL and Nike and others because we keep them in the limelight. They laugh all the way to the bank knowing that you, I, and most Americans can be played with an emotional issue. At the end of the day, how much social injustice will they have fixed?  Just what will they do?   Maybe Nike can improve conditions at those hundreds of Asian factories making your new kicks.

© J. D. Pendry 2018 J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

 

First Man – Continued deconstruction of America to make way for the new world order

On July 20, 1969, an impressionable teenager I sat glued like most everyone else in the world who had one, to the television screen. I watched as Neil Armstrong made his way down the ladder of the lunar lander Eagle to be the first man to set foot on the moon. Shortly behind him came Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Together, they planted the American flag and a plaque stating: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon – July 1969 A. D. – We came in peace for all mankind.”

“For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace.” President John F. Kennedy

I watched previews for the movie First Man, the true account of this world changing event. Afterwards, I wanted to see the movie. I enjoy historically accurate drama. It’s like being there when it happened. It’s also educational for those who might not have witnessed the first man stepping on the surface of the moon. The real truth is that such movies are educational for the viewing audience whether or not they’re historically accurate.

Planting the American flag is the most iconic scene from the first lunar landing, the one that’s burned into my memory and I suggest the memories of most anyone who watched it. This historic image was left out of the movie’s dramatic presentation of history. Imagine dramatizing history of the Revolutionary War assault on the Hessian garrison in Trenton, New Jersey without the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware. Ryan Gosling, the actor portraying Neil Armstrong stated they who made the movie didn’t view the lunar landing as an American achievement but rather a human one, therefore the American flag planting scene was not in the movie. Using Mr. Gosling’s logic if the greater humankind benefits all achievements by default are human achievements. Even the Patriots who crossed the Delaware with Washington. After all, human kind benefited greatly – and still does – through the existence of the United States of America.

Once again Hollywood feeds the globalist worldview directly into the minds of Americans and for that matter the world as well. Most who will see this movie likely never watched the live televised event of the historic planting of the American flag on the surface of the moon.

You need only read President Kennedy’s speech to a joint session of Congress May 25, 1961 and at Rice University September 12, 1962 to be certain that this was an American achievement. It was led by a visionary American President, paid for by American tax dollars, and made possible due to the heroic pioneering spirit and ingenuity of Americans.

“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.

But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon–if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.”

“Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation. …

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade …, not because [it’s] easy, but because [it’s] hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…”

It most certainly was a great leap for mankind as Neil Armstrong declared. But it was an American achievement, it was about America leading, and as distasteful and uncomfortable as it may be to some these days, it was about America winning. Americans landed on the moon. No one else did nor has anyone since the last lunar landing December 11, 1972.

The deconstruction of America began with the Supreme Court decisions declaring school prayer, Bible reading or Christian displays in schools or on public property unconstitutional. This began the continuing assault on Christianity itself. When conflicts of constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom arise, it only seems to be about Christianity. Nowadays, it’s commonplace including incidents where people in the workplace have been instructed to hide their crucifix necklaces because they’re offensive. Christianity, God, God given freedom all sit at the foundation of our country. To take down a country, you must first weaken its foundation. Take down a nation’s religious and moral foundation, you are well on the way to taking down the nation.

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there. . . in her fertile fields and bound less forests—and it was not there. . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there. . .. in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

We are seeing our history revised in the minds of our historically undereducated children and population in general and attempts at eradicating it altogether right before our eyes. Just as there is no perfect people and no perfect country there is also no perfect history. There are always periods and events we’d rather forget, no longer contemplate. It is the greatest injustice we could ever perpetuate upon the generations that follow us. When people do not know the real truth about where they’ve been, how they’ve come to be who they are they can be led in most any direction. Led by people who view them as no more than pawns on an imaginary global chessboard. People celebrate destruction of Confederate statues and monuments. People have every right to dislike the Confederacy and what it stood for, but no one has the right to destroy reminders of history good or bad. How long before there is a demand to remove other historical markers and revise history to calm sensibilities? To remove the history that does not lead to the ultimate utopian goal? If a country was never good or great in the eyes of its citizenry, why not just toss it all and begin anew? Why not just topple Lady Liberty now and be done with it? Why not do away with our Constitution and bow to the whims of the global community – the United Nations? Who needs individual liberty anyway?

What is the ultimate goal of the revisionists? I believe President George H.W. Bush made it quite clear in his address to before Congress March 1991.

“What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind — peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law. Such is a world worthy of our struggle and worthy of our children’s future.” President George H. W. Bush

To me, President Bush described the failing borderless European union.

What is the new world order? Is it the George Soros view of one world government? Of multilateralism where there is no super power world leader? A world without borders? A world that requires the managed decline of America? …it’s a big idea: a new world order… A new world order destined for a constant state of war driven by nothing more than human nature.

For decades, our government has been filled with globalists. Adventurists and neo-conservatives who get us involved in endless, needless wars in their attempts to shape the new world order described by President Bush. In the background, groups filled with the world’s rich and powerful such as the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations influence this adventurism while pulling the deep state’s puppet strings. There is one thing that stands directly in the path of the new world order. The existence of the United States of America.

Take a long-term view and it’s easy to conclude that unless there is an American decline, unless her citizens through revision and eradication of history are groomed to accept that America is not good and never was they will never realize the new world order that will necessarily consist of the wealthy and powerful, an all-encompassing one world government and a remaining human serfdom. That, Mr. Gosling, would be a true human achievement albeit one of abject human failure.

The following was written by Ferdinand Mount and published in the London Daily Mail July 5, 1976. It was quoted by Ronald Reagan in a September 21, 1976 radio address. From the book, Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Biography):

“What the world needs now is more Americans. The U.S. is the first nation on earth deliberately dedicated to letting people choose what they want and giving them a chance to get it. For all it’s terrible faults, in one sense, America still is the last, best hope of mankind, because it spells out so vividly the kind of happiness which most people actually want, regardless of what they are told they ought to want. We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize, insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes. For it is the only nation founded solely on a moral dream. A part of our own future is tied up in it and the greatest of all the gifts the Americans have given us is hope.”

Take away the foundation, revise the history, groom and brainwash the population. Take away hope. That leads us to a new and better world order? No, it leads to endless conflict and human suffering.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J.D. Pendry’s American Journal

I like old things

I have an Army poncho liner. It retired from the Army September 30, 1999. Oddly enough the same day I did. I had two, but suspect my ornery brother absconded with one of them. In my day, a poncho liner was premium gear. I never actually lined a poncho with it or know anyone who did. Past boot camp, I don’t ever recall using a poncho. But the old poncho liner is as close to me as Linus Van Pelt’s blanket. Suzie-Q often asks when am I going to throw it away. That’s usually after she peels it off my chair down in the bunker, sniffs it, gets that look on her face and heads for the washer. The next time I see it, it’ll be neatly folded lying on my chair smelling like spring fresh fabric softener. I suppose those don’t come in a more masculine scent.

I like old clothes. Baggy jeans, ratty sweat shirts and ankle high boots covered with a few years of dirt and wear. I believe the best, most comfortable, and most functional piece of man clothing ever invented is denim bibbed overalls. Except that Suzie-Q will not let me outside of the yard wearing them. The Army frowned on my suggestion to make a camo version. I remember the old men from my youth here in wild and wonderful who would wear nothing else. Just imagine a crisp starched white shirt and bibs and you have church clothes. And when you get home, trade the white shirt for a flannel one and you’re all set for a Sunday fried chicken dinner. It doesn’t get better than that. When life is simple, life is good.

I like old people. The more I age the more appreciative I am of them. There is a lot of wisdom out there behind the spectacles and beneath the white hair. Our youth pastor started a program of interaction between the youth and us seasoned citizens. The kids were shocked when they saw us cut a rug at our Christmas sock hop. Most of the kids could not twist again like we did last summer. We had some great conversations too. Suzie-Q likes old people too, which is good since she’s married to one.

I like old friends. Over one’s life, we have many acquaintances but too few true friends. With time, memories of others fade including of those who gave reason to dislike them or wronged us some way or another, which is a good and healthy thing. But we still recall those few good friends. They may have moved on, but their memory remains with us. We remember the trust. Remember how they were there when we needed them. I’ve been fortunate to keep in touch with some and reinitiate contact with others. Old friends will share your legacy with others in a complimentary and maybe slightly exaggerated version and you’ll do the same with them. Cherish and remember good friends. They are a rarity.

I like old memories. They keep me grounded. I remember three snowy black and white television channels. I remember how crazy people believed getting television across a cable was and how angry they became at the thought of actually having to pay for it. We had rotary dial party lines where everyone on the line eavesdropped on everyone else. Mom had an old washing machine sitting on the back porch with wingers and a rinse tub. Now you know where the expression, “tit in a wringer” comes from. It’s a painful image. I carried water from the well and from a hand pump. I’ve even bathed in the creek. I’ve got the fires going in the coal stove and the kitchen stove. I’ve eaten squirrel, rabbit, deer, snapping turtles, frog legs, catfish, and even a whistle pig. Gone varmint hunting with a bolt action Remington .22 – before I was 12 and survived. Planted corn, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, onions…. Not sure I could survive in the wild and wonderful of my youth. Not sure most Americans could either.

I have some unpleasant memories too. I just avoid thinking about them. My country in not too old relatively speaking but God has richly blessed it as he has my family. He has given me many great memories of the land I love. We must hold on tightly to Him and what He has provided.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

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