What kind of a stunted intellect tells people not to evacuate in the face of the landfall of a hurricane? Well, one person saddled with that decision is Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, Texas...the same Houston, Texas, that is now under water.
After Texas Governor Greg Abbott and President Trump urged residents in Southeastern Texas to evacuate coastal areas in deference to locations that would not be affected by Hurricane Harvey, Turner abated that plea by telling his residents to "stay put."
In a tweet, Turner told residents, "Quite frankly, leaving your homes, getting on the streets, you’ll be putting yourself in more danger and not making yourself safer...And so, we’re just asking people to hunker down.”
Today, volunteers and professional First Responders from as far away as Tampa, Florida, have been dispatched to rescue tens of thousands in the Houston Area who have been stranded in their homes amid record flooding. Obviously, Turner was about as wrong as one can be in not issuing an evacuation order.
The question now must be why? Why was Turner so incredibly wrong? Why would he make such a foolish declaration? One theory points to gross incompetence coupled with a bit of political opportunism.
Let's examine history.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's order not to use fleets of buses to evacuate residents before Katrina - a decision that resulted in over a thousand deaths - resulted in the usual suspects in the mainstream media blaming President Bush, not Nagin, for the lack of disaster preparation and the complete lack of execution of the established disaster plan for the city.
Every city, every town and every village has a disaster plan. New Orleans, always wary of the inevitability of a direct hit from a hurricane, certainly had one. But no one, including Nagin - a political creature, thought the devastation would be so excessive. No, Nagin and minions were banking on a minor event so as to play politics. It backfired, intensely.
Fast forward to Houston, Hurricane Harvey and Turner. After the reality of Katrina, why would any sitting politician, local, state or national, risk it all to countermand a plea to evacuate from a governor and president? What could possibly make sense of such a gamble? Hhhmm...Why not create a similar political moment here; an opportunity to pile on an already unpopular president, especially when the hurricane was only a Category 1?
But Harvey suddenly ramped up to a Category 4 hurricane and now tens of thousands are in harm's way, all because either: a) a politician pretended to know more than emergency management professionals, or b) a politician wanted to make a name for himself with his party higher-ups.
Either way, his actions (or inactions) now see his residents being rescued from rooftops. We can only pray they don't find scores of dead in attics across the Houston Area.
All in all, pretty incompetent leadership when safety is job one.
Since it's Sunday let's get go to Catechism, shall we? I mean if there is one place in our warped and skewed society that must stand for a set of principles it would be the Catholic Church, right? Oh, how times have changed.
It appears that officials at the San Domenico School in California - a 167 year old catholic school - have made the horrendous decision to remove some Catholic statues and Christian artifacts in a move to be seen as more inclusive. That's right, the religious hierarchy at this 167 year old Catholic institution have decided that statues depicting Catholic saints are not "inclusive." These statues include those of St. Dominic and St. Francis.
In addition to this incredible stupidity - and that's what it is, Leftist, Progressive, politically correct stupidity, the school's touchy-feely, brain-dead hierarchy, led by Amy Skewes-Cox, who chairs the school's board of trustees, have presided over the removal of the word "Catholic" from its mission statement!
If the Catholic Church's mission is to spread he word of Christ, how is that accomplished by sanitizing a Catholic school of Catholic statues, icons, artifacts and the word "Catholic" from the effort?
Skewes-Cox's explanation for this stupidity is: "If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling."
It's a freaking Catholic school. It's supposed to be Catholic. It should cater to any other religion. That's the point of sending a child to Catholic school!
When religious institutions start to expunge elements of their own dogma because of political correctness the entirety of that religion's followers must refuse to cater to the inanity of the act. The faithful celebrate and embrace their religion. We don't make it mailable to others because certain points, elements of artifacts might "offend."
Again, any point of anxiety over a statue and/or icon - not to mention the word "Catholic" - presents a teachable moment. Skewes-Cox completely fails to see this and that is a flaw that should preclude her from serving on th school's board of trustees. Trustees are entrusted with the task of preserving institutions, not presiding over their dismantling.
Skewes-Cox needs to be removed from the board, along with all those who chose to tarnish Christianity with this move. The statues should be returned to their original places and each child and parent who belongs to that community should receive an apology from the board of trustees for failing each and every person in the San Domenico School community.
Then we really do have to start expunging political correctness from the American lexicon.
As "anti-statue-mania" continues to infest the minds of those tunnel-visioned by their ideological hobbling, we must consider the repercussions of expunging historical artifacts, and even ones with which we disagree.
Many proponents of expunging Confederate monuments have started to consider dismantling other monuments to people. One political opportunist masquerading as a "Bishop" in Chicago is demanding that the city rename and remove statues from Washington and Jackson Parks. These two men were presidents, yet the "Bishop" says celebrating them is racist because Washington owned slaves and Jackson facilitated the "Trail of Tears."
In the "Bishop's" mind, expunging these names and monuments will right a wrong. Evidently, for the "Bishop," out of sight is out of mind and that makes history irrelevant.
But history has a propensity to repeat itself. In fact, every great historian warns that if we stop learning from history, history will, indeed, repeat itself. That human beings are prone to gravitate toward tyrannical hierarchical governments (read: absolute power corrupts absolutely), without a constant reminder of history we are doomed to repeat the grave errors of generations and eras past.
The Jewish people, who bore the brunt of true fascist tyranny in Adolf Hitler's Nazi genocide against their people, have a saying they all embrace: "Never again." The point behind the saying is clear. It was originally used by Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and is interpreted to mean that the Nazi Holocaust; the extermination of over six million Jews, will never be permitted to recur.
To wit, the Jewish people did not expunge this history from their world, they embraced the history so that this atrocity is remembered and never allowed to metastasize into a threat to the Jewish people again.
Evidently, Black activists in the United States -- and those taking up their cause -- are clueless to the idea of a "teachable moment." They are removing symbols of history and, thus, removing a daily reminder of historical events, both celebratory and cautionary. They are killing a teachable moment and, therefore, dooming history to repeat itself.
Instead of pulling down or otherwise removing Confederate monuments -- and monuments to others that activists find offensive, they should be taking this opportunity in the spotlight to reaffirm the horrific past surrounding the controversial icons; they should be taking this opportunity to point at these monuments and explain to the youth of today the realities of history and the struggles to over come so that they, too, can say "never again."
By "snatching down" these historical monuments (and yes, I did paraphrase former-Chicago Alderwoman Dorothy Tillman), we are robbing our children of a teachable moment and threatening a repeat of history...and that is just stupid on every level.
Donald Trump did not defend neo-Nazis or the Ku Klux Klan in his rebuke of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Of course, you wouldn't know that from the incredibly disingenuous coverage of the event and the ensuing ideologically motivated blathering from the over-paid and increasingly irrelevant chattering class.
The truth of the matter is this. Trump denounce the violence in total that occurred in Charlottesville and that is, indeed, enough. He denounced violence, bigotry and racism as it was perpetrated by each and every person -- regardless of color, religion and/or ideology -- attending the event. That is the correct thing to do.
The victimhood class -- opportunistic ideologues, one and all, are blind to the absolute fact that one cannot view history through the lens of the modern era. The real-time situations of times gone by are impossible to fathom from a modern day vantage point. So too, we, today, are not privileged to the societal conversations of eras past.
To wit, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and, later, even Robert E. Lee were all abolitionists; they wanted to end slavery understanding it to be an abomination. Jefferson even wrote abolition into the Declaration of Independence only to have to remove the measure lest the whole of independence be relegated to the trash can. Nevertheless, it was something that was sought after for these men until the days they died.
This reality -- this truth -- is lost on the activist masses, even while it is obscured by those fanning the flames of division. The only reason these people can be led down this untruthful path is because Progressives have expunged the need for US History education in our schools.
Another truth not being exposed is the disingenuous duplicity of the mainstream media. As they condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who attended the rally in Charlottesville (they had a legal permit to march and assemble, by the by), they refuse to condemn -- equally and with the same gusto -- the non-permitted Antifa, Black Lives Matter and anarchist groups who descended on the rally in full battle gear. The very fact that they were wearing battle gear indicates they meant to do violence; their violence was premeditated..
As I wrote in a recent syndicated column:
"Disagreement is going to happen in a free society. It’s how members of that society engage in disagreements that define whether they are an advanced society or an adolescent society. Sadly...we are devolving from an emotional and intellectually advanced society (circa the Civil Rights movement) to an adolescent society where violence and censorship are deemed acceptable tools to employ in disagreements."
There have always been ignoramuses in society. They are the fringe, but a by-product of freedom itself. I classify the neo-Nazi and white supremacist activists in this category. But Antifa is a special kind of dangerous. They are tools of the hardcore ideological Left, employed to bring about the chaos and anarchy that has successfully brought about violent revolutions in lesser nations. They are, rightfully, classified as a domestic terror group.
We can argue about commemorating history, and I, personally, believe that any erasure of history -- offensive to some or not -- is abhorrent; it is the stuff of the Islamic State.. But violent censorship and coercion, the likes of what Antifa and the Left are executing, must be met definitively by law enforcement and the rule of law.
It is time to make examples of those who piss on our laws and those who risk their lives to enforce it. Then we need to return to educating our children on accurate US History, not the bullsh*t Progressives are shopping to us.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), was given enough rope to hang himself, and he did. His statement at a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky proved him to be a chief culprit in what every single American - Republican, Democrat and Independent - hates about Washington, DC.
McConnell, laboring through his speech style, which for the leader of the greatest debate floor on the planet is embarrassing, suggested that President Trump was too inexperienced in politics to understand how slow the Legislative Branch works. He went on to say Trump suffers from “excessive expectations” about what both chambers of Congress can get done.
This is the most pathetic excuse for sustaining political bureaucracy that has ever been muttered, and that's what McConnell does, mutter. His excuse justifies the inefficient processes of government; processes that today exist to the immediate financial detriment to the taxpayers of the United States.
Trump is correct on this point beyond any argument. After 7 years of pontificating about immediate repeal and replacement of Obamacare, Republicans, under McConnell's leadership in the Senate, have not only failed miserably, they have proven that they expected the law to remain in effect long after the 2016 General Election. How else can they explain not having a replacement bill crafted and agreed upon in advance for this very moment?
This failure is either the biggest legislative delinquency in the history of the United States, or it was the biggest con ever perpetrated against the American people, and that's saying a lot when you consider how Obamacare was brought to law.
Now this political reptile insists the fault of expectation lays exclusively with Donald Trump (forgetting the American people expect swift action on this an other issue as well), even as he prepares to ignore the repeal of Obamacare by "moving on" to other things.
The last time we heard "move on" was when Bill Clinton was caught violating Monica Lewinski with a cigar in the oval office. That, too, was meant to cover-up a deficiency.
Note to Mitch McConnell...get Obamacare repealed or preside over the end of Republican majorities in Congress for decades to come. That will be your legacy and it will be solely your making.
North Korea's child tyrant is claiming that he has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on top of his "balsa wood" ICBM missiles. President Trump has, necessarily, responded with his war face. And while many are talking about the possibility of a confrontation between the US and North Korea, there are options that would change the game.
Part of executing a potent and respected foreign policy is to not only be steadfast in your alliances, but to be unpredictable to you foes. In this instance, regarding North Korea, being unpredictable is the way to go.
Conventional thinking embraces the thought that the United States should leverage its relationship with China to quell the aspiration of Kim Jong-un. But short of a Chinese invasion of that despotic nation, there really is little the Chinese can do. Kim doesn't think twice about letting his people starve to death in deference to the elites and the military.
What President Trump should do is exercise a move from an outside the box thought process.
Why not enter into a strategic military alliance with Japan giving them what they have sought for years: military autonomy? Let Japan lead the way, figuratively and strategically, against North Korea. Japan has as much if not more to lose as the United States if North Korea lights the nuclear candle.
An aggressive Japan would strike a great deal of fear into the hearts of the entire Asian continent, with memories of their totalitarian conquest circa World War II still fresh in many minds.
A strategic military relationship with Japan leading the way would both strengthen our relationship with Japan and send a clear and potent message to North Korea, as well as China and Russia.
Now comes word that vegan activists have bullied a mom and pop butcher shop in Berkeley, California, into putting an animal rights poster in their shop window. This is literally forcing a business owner to put up a sign saying "don't do business with us."
Liberal and Progressive activists have complete abandoned the very nature of what liberal activism is supposed to be. Activism and advocacy is meant to educate; to coax people into realizing the facts that are presented in an effort to persuade the people they are talking to to come to their side. These fascists are forcing people to harm themselves and damage their livelihoods. That's not activism. It's fascism; Nazism.
There is a gigantic difference between peaceful protest, advocacy and activism, and intolerant coercion. These tyrants are strong-arming people who do not hold their points of view to kow-tow to their way of thinking or be persecuted. That's fascism.
The incredulous thing here is that the "activists" are promoting vegan-ism. These historically peaceful people have moved to forced coercion and fascism? If they respect all living things then they have to respect people, and if they respect people they must allow people to live and let live.
Individual rights -- liberty -- allows people to live their lives in the way they see fit, up to the point of encroaching upon someone else's rights. This pinheads are encroaching on the rights of these business owners.
So, they aren't "activists," they are despotic tyrants practicing fascism...Think I'll go have a steak to flip them off ideologically.
It seems that the smiling tyrant of the Iranian revolution, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is going to face some of his own style of punishment. It appears the leisure suit wearing Islamofascist is starring at sentences on seven convictions of misusing billions of dollars in government funds while in office.
While the penalties for these convictions are not immediately known, we are talking about the justice of the Iranian mullahs. That said, the punishment could be anything from a lengthy (maybe life) prison sentence in a location such as the notorious Evin prison, where political prisoners are many times literally tortured to death, or, more mercifully, death.
Interesting is how the Iranian darlings of the moment are so easily brought to corruption and then delivered to the status of criminal pariah. Once one of the most powerful despots in the world, now relegated to chains, incarceration and possibly death.
Thus is the Islamofascist culture. Do you still believe that culture is equal in stature with the West?