Archive | June 9, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel

 

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

People often refer to the United States as a democracy, but technically speaking, that’s not true. It’s a republic. Big deal, you say? The Founding Fathers knew their history well, so they knew better than establish the U.S. as a democracy. In a democracy, of course, the majority rules. That’s all well and good for the majority, but what about the minority? Don’t they have rights that deserve respect? Of course they do. Which is why a democracy won’t cut it. As the saying goes, a democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner. The Founders were determined to forestall the inherent dangers of what James Madison called “the tyranny of the majority.” So they constructed something more lasting: a republic. Something with checks and balances. A system of government carefully balanced to safeguard the rights of both the majority and the minority.

That led, most notably, to the bicameral structure of our legislative branch. We have A House of Representatives, where the number of members is greater for more populous states, and the Senate, where every state from Rhode Island and Alaska to California and New York have exactly two representatives. Being a republic, we also don’t pick our president through a direct, majority-take-all vote. We have an Electoral College. And the liberals and progressives don’t like that. There attacks on the College are nothing new, but the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016 renewed their fury. After all, they never tire of pointing out, Mrs. Clinton captured more of the popular vote than President Trump did. They see the Electoral College as an impediment to their political victories and their progressive agenda, therefore it’s got to go.

“The Electoral College is a very carefully considered structure the Framers of the Constitution set up to balance the competing interests of large and small states,” writes Hans von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission. “It prevents candidates from wining an election by focusing only on high-population urban centers, ignoring smaller states and the more rural areas of the country – the places that progressives and media elites consider flyover country.” Most people who watch the election returns know that a candidate must secure 270 electoral votes to win. That’s because there are 538 votes altogether. As the website for the National Archives notes, “Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.” In short, the Founders were looking out for the people in “flyover country” long before there was airplanes to fly over them.

Were it not for the Electoral College, presidential candidates could act as if many Americans don’t even exist. They could simply campaign in a small handful of states with big populations. Who would care what the people in Iowa think? Or Wyoming? Or any number of other states with smaller populations? The people in flyover country don’t get enough attention as it is, but without the Electoral College they would be completely at the mercy of the majority. What the wolves want matters, but so does what the sheep wants. The Electoral College ensures that no one winds up on the menu.

The Deplorable Infidel (source: The Heritage Foundation)

 

“It is of great importance in a republic, not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers; but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.”

James Madison, Federalist No. 51

 

WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

 

AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL

Flip-flop Joe is at it again. This week he could not make up his mind whether to eliminate Hyde amendment or keep it. The Hyde amendment prevents federal dollars being spent on abortions. He finally made up his mind when Alyssa Milano helped convince him to change his stance on the amendment to eliminate it. This is just what we need in the White House, a president that would have to rely on the Hollywood crowd anytime a decision needs to be made.

You just can’t make this s**t up.

 

A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY

Vote for the man who promises the least; he’ll be the least disappointing.

 

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Andy Rooney Once Said……

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Andy Rooney was one in a million. At the end of ’60 Minutes’ he usually had his own 10-minute segment that, unbelievably, was never censored by CBS. He’s probably the only one who could have gotten away with this. May he rest in peace.

Andy Rooney once said . . .

I don’t think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America.

Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens….Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts!  ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I have the right ‘NOT’ to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English!  As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather didn’t die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can’t understand the word ‘freeze’ or ‘stop’ in English, see the above lines.

I don’t think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I don’t hate the rich; I don’t pity the poor. I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn’t stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that’s better, and put your name on the building.

It doesn’t take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say ‘NO!’

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don’t pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don’t want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of ‘Political Correctness.’ I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be ‘African-Americans’? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don’t go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else, and if you don’t like my point of view, tough.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

THE SPHINX—-FEAR

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https://www.redstate.com/darth641/2019/06/08/trump-does-it-again/

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/06/08/trump-mexico-will-send-6000-troops-to-its-southern-border-n2547792

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/07/trump-deal-with-mexico-likely-ends-catch-and-release-defunds-cartels/

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The Editor:  Are you ever afraid, LL ?

Frightful Cat:  Not anymore.  I was fearful of raccoons and opossums at one time, but Amigo cured me.

TE:  How did he do that, with hypnosis or something ?

FC:  No, I would puff up like a Puffer Fish and scream like a cat drowning.  Almost like a Demonazi who sees a Bible or The Constitution.  Amigo would then send the offender to animal Heaven.

Here are two unusual fears or concerns.

https://nypost.com/2019/05/07/ocasio-cortez-blown-away-by-first-experience-with-a-garbage-disposal/

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/millennials-answer-doorbell-163253984.html

Often the fear/confusion is just being unaccustomed to the situation or uninformed.  Here is an example from the olden days.

Thankfully,  the Millennials didn’t live in the sixties.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Triangular Shadow of a Large Volcano
Image Credit & Copyright: Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado (TWAN)

Explanation: Why does the shadow of this volcano look like a triangle? The Mount Teide volcano itself does not have the strictly pyramidal shape that its geometric shadow might suggest. The triangle shadow phenomena is not unique to the Mt. Teide, though, and is commonly seen from the tops of other large mountains and volcanoes. A key reason for the strange dark shape is that the observer is looking down the long corridor of a sunset (or sunrise) shadow that extends to the horizon. Even if the huge volcano were a perfect cube and the resulting shadow were a long rectangular box, that box would appear to taper off at its top as its shadow extended far into the distance, just as parallel train tracks do. The featured spectacular image shows Pico Viejo crater in the foreground, located on Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain. The nearly full moon is seen nearby shortly after its total lunar eclipse.

Tomorrow’s picture: jupiter abyss