Allan's Perspective is not recommended for the politically correct, or the overly religious!

(Sometimes I feel like I'm just a bobble-head on the highway of life!)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chili, chili, bang bang!

Dear Readers:

This isn't really earth shattering news or anything, but I thought ya might find it interesting!
In northern Tanzania, the area around Tarangire National Park where elephants live, has seen substantial civilization growth since the park was established in 1970
So, ya got elephants, and ya got people, and when they mix there is bound to be trouble.
 

The villagers put the run to these pachyderms by poking them with spears, but this often injured the animals ......, plus it would piss them off.

So the local authorities came up with a better plan. 

They would get a bunch of condoms, (lots of these around because of the whole AIDS thing) and then fill them will chili powder and put a giant firecracker in the middle.

These they would light and throw at the elephants, where they would explode and give off a cloud of irritating chili powder that went all over the the herd.

This seems to work quite well, and saves the elephants from harm ....., that is until the poachers can kill them for their tusks!

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Praise Allah and pass the ammunition!

Dear Readers:

After the revelation that Canada's latest terrorist was from this area and went to the London Mosque on a regular basis I found it doubly disturbing when I read THIS in the National Post today!
 

OTTAWA — Many mosques and Islamic schools in Canada are placing young people at risk by espousing — or at least not condemning — extremist teachings, a new study says.
Co-authors Thomas Quiggin, a former intelligence analyst with the Privy Council Office and the RCMP, and Saied Shoaaib, a journalist originally from Egypt, base their findings on research conducted quietly in mosque libraries and Islamic schools.
The study says what worried them was not the presence of extremist literature, but that they found nothing but such writings in several libraries. (First of all, why is there ANY extremist literature in these place? -Ed.)
“Further research is required to determine the depth and breadth of this problem,” the study says.
The authors say openly available material and analysis of social media postings helped confirm their views that many Canadians, including leading politicians, are turning a blind eye to the dangers.
They argue the issue is too important to ignore, given that a number of young Canadians have become radicalized to violence.
Canadian Muslims with humanist and modernist outlooks are being drowned out by those with extreme views, the study says. “The struggle for the soul of Islam between Islamists and humanists goes on in Canada and the U.S., not just in the Middle East, Europe and South Asia.”
The Canadian Council of Imams did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Liberal government plans to announce details soon of its plans for a national office of counter-radicalization to carry out research and co-ordinate activities across Canada.
One year ago, the Senate defence and security committee issued a report saying some foreign-trained imams had been spreading extremist religious ideology and messages that are not in keeping with Canadian values, contributing to radicalization.
The committee has urged the government to explore imam training and certification in an effort help curb radicalization, one of 25 recommendations it made in the interim anti-terrorism report.
When the report was released, an Ottawa imam, Mohamad Jebara, raised questions about its key recommendation.
“Who is going to do the certifying?” asked Jebara. “Islam is so diverse, like many religions. So what sect or school of thought are you going to certify?
“It is extremely complex,” he said. “It’s like having certification for Christian clergy. The question is: Would the Catholics, Protestants, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons agree on requirements for certification? Obviously not.”
Targeting Muslim clergy exclusively could backfire, said Jebara, and result in further marginalizing Muslims.
The committee report called on the government to work with the provinces and Muslim communities to “investigate the options that are available for the training and certification of imams in Canada.”
The report was not supported by Liberal senators on the committee. It was denounced by the National Council of Canadian Muslims as stigmatizing and failing to offer effective solutions to the challenge of violent extremism.
The Canadian Press, with files from Ottawa Citizen

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/religion/extremist-literature-common-in-mosques-islamic-school-libraries-study-says 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Some of those Clinton E-Mails!

Dear Readers:

After a bit of bribery, some threats, much pleading, and a bit of blackmail ,we here at the Perspective Research Department have managed to get our hands on some of those infamous e-mails that Hillary Clinton sent and received while she was Secretary of State.

It would take up far too much space to list all of them here but we can show you a few of them just so everyone gets an idea of what we are dealing with!
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Are ya ready?

(First some stuff she received!)

*** Dear Mrs. Clinton:  i have 11 years in miami i speak to leguages spanish and english ,i like to haver the oportunity to work for u guy .thanks
david G.

*** This was an email in response to the PRESIDENT requesting a printed report. I was lucky enough to be CC'd on it, along with 5 other employees who are still laughing at the moment...

***  Hillary, this gets replaced in the Doc Book? Correct?

***  Mrs. Clinton: On Monday 4/7 before trailer is moved from Job site, there is few Items to be taken out from the inside, water hose, old garbage can, push brown and old shovel. I forgot to take them out yesterday, Jen don't forget the key/s. call me if is any questions.
Thank you


***  Hillary: Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber, you go and do something like this.....

***  Hi Everyone,
Just to let you know, we cannot park in front of the garage, We are getting complaints from everyone. (# 5, 6, 31, 30, 36, 27, 37, 38, 40, 44, 50.)
These units are the ones closes to the office, that are either being rented out, or that someone owns. Grines is also working on a system for renters to make sure they also are parked in the right space. Someone had a owner blocked in his garage the other day, and he went and called a tow truck. Luckily it was none of us. Anybody has any questions, please feel free to ask.
Thank You, and have a great Day.

(Now some stuff she sent out herself!)

*** You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.
H.

***  Sorry to have missed you, but I'm at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to President.
H.

***  I will be unable to delete all the emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.
H.

***  Thank you for your message, which has been added to a querying system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.
H.

***  I will be out of the office for the next two weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as 'Jim' instead of Hillary.
H.

***  I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position.
H.

***  Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.
H.

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While we're on the subject of Hillary Clinton let's talk about the Clinton Foundation!

This is a charity that takes money from rich people and gives it to poor people and the Clinton's don't get any benefit from it! (As a matter of fact they donated one million bucks themselves.)

The only people that are making a noise about it are the Republicans, and some of the media, and they should be ashamed of themselves!

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Oh, and while we're on the subject, according to those non-existent health issues that Hillary suffers from ....., on top of mental problems and a stroke, the Republicans are now claiming that she suffers from Syphilis, Autism, Parkinson's Alzheimer's and A.L.S. ......., all at the same time!

AND THERE'S A BUNCH OF HILLBILLY'S THAT BELIEVE THIS FOLKS!!!!



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U.S. Invades Canada!

 Dear Readers:

MAYBE WE SHOULD BUILD A WALL BETWEEN CANADA
AND THE U.S. TO KEEP THEM OUT!

We got this from the files of CTV news this morning:

The United States finally invaded Canada on Sunday, although the trespassing flotilla of dinghies, inner tubes and rafts was hardly the kind of invasion force one might expect.

Strong winds disrupted the annual Port Huron Float Down on the American side of the St. Clair River over the weekend, pushing nearly 1,500 participants in dinghies over the border and onto the shores of Sarnia, Ont. Most of the unintentional border-crossers arrived without passports, phones or arrangements to get back home, creating a major headache for law enforcement and emergency responders on both sides of the river.

"They were pushed over pretty quickly, and because they had no control over these dinghies and the wind was basically directing them and the current, they ended up over here," Sarnia Police Const. John Sottosanti told CTVNews.ca. He added that while some had paddles to keep themselves on course, "others tied numerous dinghies together to try and keep together and hopefully move as one, but they were not successful at all."

Police, border security and coast guard agencies from both sides of the border stepped into to help round up the wayward Americans and return them to Port Huron. Emergency response crews from several Sarnia chemical plants also helped with the situation, as a number of boaters landed near their facilities.
"It was pretty much a spontaneous reaction," Sottosanti said.

The Red Cross also helped out, as the boaters waited in cold, rainy conditions until they could be returned home. Those who could not arrange a ride back to the United States were transported there on 20 Sarnia city buses.

Sottosanti says all the stray boaters were accounted for in the end. "Everybody got home safe and sound."
Every year, participants in the Port Huron Float Down gather at Lighthouse Park, where Lake Huron feeds the St. Clair River. Participants launch themselves from the bank early in the day and ride the current south approximately 14 kilometres, to land at Marysville, Mich.

A "large percentage" of this year's participants ended up on the Canadian shore, more than any other Float Down in recent history, Sottosanti said. He added that the last case of several dinghies winding up in Canada happened in 2011, during a vicious storm that also caused a devastating tornado in nearby Goderich.

Approximately 100 boaters ended up in Canada that year, he said. "Nowhere close to what we had here."

Port Huron Float Down organizers thanked Canadian authorities for their help on Sunday evening. "You've shown us true kindness and what it means to be amazing neighbours!" a post said on the group's Facebook page.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Morning Funnies: The re-make of Blazing Saddles!

Ladies and Gentlemen:

After years of research, countless consultations with Mel Brooks, fund raising and promotion, I am pleased to announce that we are going to make a fortieth anniversary re-make of that classic film "Blazing Saddles!"

Due to the politically correct climate we find ourselves in these days we naturally had to make a few adjustments and compromises along the way, but I believe it will still amuse and inspire our target audience.

According to Mel, by compromising on the changes the studio wanted, we are going to, “Lose the fart scene, cut out any racial and ethnic jokes, edit scenes where a horse and an old lady get punched, take out all the violence and sexual innuendos, stop the inappropriate typecasting of western films, and re-shoot Black Bart with a white actor!” 

The bad new in all this is that the film will now only be about six and a half  (6 1/2) minutes long, but the good news is that we can do it on a budget of six hundred dollars! ($600.00)

In case you've forgotten, here are some scenes from the old Blazing Saddles!

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Canadian man charged after daughter kills seagull on U.S. beach!

Dear Readers:

Remember that Toronto Blue Jays baseball game where one of the U.S.  players threw a baseball at a seagull and KILLED it? (He got something like a $50- fine, which is kind of hard on a guy who makes several million a year!)

Well, now the States decided to get even with us, and I just hope this doesn't lead to diplomatic tensions along an already fragile border!

seagull

Police in the Delaware resort of Rehoboth Beach say a Canadian man has been charged for allowing his daughter to allegedly lure a seagull to a hole in the sand, where she killed it with a plastic shovel.
A police statement says officers were called to the beach on Wednesday about complaints that a girl was trying to hit seagulls with a shovel.
The statement says the 13-year-old put food in a hole in the sand and allegedly killed one seagull, which was later found in a trash can.
Authorities say officers found the girl's father, 48-year-old Christian Lesieur of Quebec, drinking alcohol on the beach.
Police say Lesieur was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanour. It's not known if he has a lawyer.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-man-charged-after-daughter-allegedly-kills-seagull-on-u-s-beach-1.3036781
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W.T.F?

Dear Readers:

 


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

What the Universe sounds like!

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 65

Dear Readers:

I am getting more and more confused about this whole Putin, Trump, Manafort and former pro-Russian Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych thing!

Now I don't know what is going on folks ...., but Putin likes Trump and Viktor likes Putin, but Trump doesn't like Manafort anymore even though Putin is still O.K. with him and all the while Manafort  keeping quiet about what he thinks of Viktor, who's still a buddy of Putin, but not so much of Trump!!!!!

Add about twelve million in cash to this whole mess and there's something rotten in Denmark folks!  (Sorry, I meant to say Ukraine!)


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Will Hillary live long enough to become President?

Dear Readers:

I don't know where they get this stuff from but the Drumpf campaign has a whole list of things seriously wrong with Hillary Clinton's health!

Remember that debate she had a few months back where she was late getting back to the stage?

We all just thought she took longer than she realized to go to the can, but now a source with inside connections is alleging that Clinton was  missing from the stage due to health issues stemming from a previous brain injury! (“Strong source just told me something I suspected. Hillary’s debate ‘bathroom break’ wasn’t that, but flare up of problems from brain injury,” wrote John Cardillo on Twitter.)

These long-lasting symptoms stemming from a concussion and blood clot, according to a neurologist, suggest Clinton is suffering from post-concussion syndrome, which can severely impact her cognitive abilities.


Veteran Republican strategist Roger Stone, who previously worked with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, told Breitbart News that he has also heard about Clinton’s long-term health problems. “A number of New York Democrats, very prominent, well-known, wealthy New York Democrats, told me last year that Hillary had very significant health issues and that they were surprised that she was running in view of her health problems and her lack of stamina,” Stone told Breitbart News. “So far, she’s run a very controlled campaign,” “I don’t think she has the physical stamina to be president,” he stated. “I have no doubt that Marco Rubio won’t call her on it, but Trump certainly would.”
All in all the Drumpf campaign came up with a list of eight questions about Hillary's health, but keep n mind that's only what they have so far this week!
1.) Does Secretary Clinton have difficulty with fatigue, dizziness and being disoriented? Does she have difficulty after speeches and during debates continuing for lengthy periods of time–or for instance walking back to her car after events?
2.) Is she suffering from latent post concussion syndrome?
3.) Is she being completely honest with the public about her health? Does she have a clean bill of health?
4.) Is she able to conduct high level cognitive abilities on the same level she has been able to throughout her life? Is she able to conduct routine multitasking high stress abilities on the same level she has been able to throughout her life?
5.) Does she have or did she have a transverse sinus thrombosis, or blood clot?
6.) Is she capable of serving as President of the United States with these conditions and symptoms?
7.) Has she done tests with a doctor on a treadmill? Has she gotten a doctor-supervised sleep study? Has she worked with a doctor on metabolic studies? Has she gotten cancer screenings?
8.) Does she have a medical team attending to her? What are the details of that?
Meanwhile, the Clinton camp only has one question about Donald Drumpf:

IS HE NUTS ......, OR WHAT? 

Oh, as an added bonus have a look at this: (It's a bit long, but worth the wait!!!)


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He doth protest too much!

Dear Readers:

Amy Schumer has a problem!

Amy Schumer is actively distancing herself from a controversy involving one of her writers. (Photo: Getty)Amy has a boyfriend, or someone she is close to, that just got accused of rape by two women. (But that's not the problem!)

The fact that he might be right in saying that society has swung so far left that the mere suggestion by a woman of any wrongdoing (rape) is enough to automatically convict you, despite any evidence, is also not the problem.

Nope!

The problem is that this guy has decided to pull a 'Donald Trump' and rant and rave till he's blue in the face about all sorts of stuff that's either irrelevant to the situation, or just as toxic as the accusation in the first place.
Perhaps the biggest misconception held by many stand-up comedians is that their profession somehow makes them experts on matters unrelated to writing and telling jokes. This certainly seemed to be the case for Kurt Metzger, a stand-up comic and writer for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, who recently posted repetitive Facebook screeds about rape, criticizing the way women report being the victim of a crime. Metzger’s social-media tirades inevitably drew negative pushback against Schumer, his boss, who decried his actions online.
This brings to mind an old saying which I shall paraphrase: "He doth protest too much!"  (The lady doth protest too much, methinks" is a quotation from the 1599/1600 play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  It has been used as a figure of speech, in various phrasings, to describe someone's overly frequent and vehement attempts to convince others of some matter of which the opposite is true, thereby making themselves appear defensive and insincere.)

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Oh, since we haven't mentioned anything about crooked politics in the States yet today I found THIS for ya:

 The notorious Charles and David Koch own Koch Industries and are major benefactors for organizations and candidates involved in pushing radical Republican policies. (Image: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr)
The notorious Charles and David Koch own Koch Industries and are major benefactors for organizations and candidates involved in pushing radical Republican policies. (Image: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr)

A state ballot measure seeking to end political corruption has won the ire of the billionaire Koch Brothers, who have relied on secret donations to conservative interest groups to influence elections coast to coast.
South Dakota's Initiated Measure 22 (pdf), dubbed the Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act, seeks to "ensure that special interest lobbyists and their cronies aren't buying influence with our elected officials," according to proponents South Dakotans for Integrity.
Specifically, it calls for public disclosure of donors to campaigns and advocacy groups; lowers contribution amounts and imposes limits on political action committees, political parties, and candidates; and it creates an ethics commission to enforce campaign finance and lobby rules. Further, it establishes a publicly funded campaign finance program for state and legislative candidates.
State residents will have the chance to vote on the measure in November and, apparently, the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is hoping to quash this effort before it gains traction in South Dakota, or anywhere else.

USA Today's Fredreka Schouten reported Wednesday that an AFP-founded coalition, Defeat 22, has launched an aggressive opposition campaign, which "already has run commercials on talk radio and country-music stations, contacted 50,000 voters through phone calls and door-knocking and distributed mailers denouncing the initiative as a money-grab by politicians."
The Defeat 22 campaign has not yet submitted a campaign finance report, but South Dakotans for Integrity has raised $20,000 from a single group called Represent Us, according to their filing with the South Dakota Secretary of State.
As the Yes on 22 campaign notes, South Dakota scored an F grade (ranking 47 out of 50 states) on the Center for Public Integrity's 2015 state report. The oil-rich state scored lowest on Political Financing, Lobbying Disclosure, and Ethics Enforcement Agencies, among others, which makes it an ideal market for the tar sands giants to peddle their influence.
In a recent letter published in the Argus Leader, Yankton resident Chris Svarstad wrote, "the out-of-state oil and tar sand billionaires, Charles and David Koch, are trying to buy South Dakota's future."

Svarstad continued:
The Koch brothers have promised to spend $900 million to influence the 2016 election cycle and support Republican candidates who have sold out their political souls to advance the Koch brothers’ radical agenda. But the Koch brothers aren’t satisfied with simply buying government officials. They now want to dictate S.D.'s energy policy.
This isn’t the first time the Koch brothers have tried to buy S.D. They've used their deep pockets and shadowy organizations to try to upend the state's open primary process. They've tried to dissuade young South Dakotans with bribes to stay out of the state’s health exchanges. They've fought attempts to expand Medicaid and used their Republican slaves in the Legislature to undermine labor unions.
The Koch brothers are committed to turning the Mount Rushmore State into a safe haven for their own corporate interests at the expense of all South Dakotans.
And South Dakotans are not alone in this fight against Dark Money. As Schouten reports, the Defeat 22 campaign "marks the latest in a string of battles the Koch network has waged around the country to block efforts to disclose contributors' identities. Last year, for instance, AFP and more than a dozen other groups opposed a bill in Georgia that would have required advocacy groups active in state politics to disclose the sources of their money. The measure died."

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/17/koch-brothers-waging-war-against-local-effort-expose-dark-money




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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Can you say something good about Donald Trump?

 Can you say something good about Donald Trump?

Guest Post by Ally MacRae, Studied American history many moons ago, keen observer of current world affairs.
  1. He can multi task: he can be conceited, arrogant, racist, sexist and odious all at the same time.
  2. He has no shame whatsoever: anyone who can become bankrupt four times and still claim to be successful is pretty special kind of stupid.
  3. He’s excellent at the whole bankruptcy thing too, some only manage it once!
  4. He’s confident: anyone who continues to be a complete cretin but thinks that they are a ‘really smart guy’ is nothing if they’ve not got positive mental attitude coming out of their toupe.
  5. He’s half Scottish. (No sorry, that’s a joke. I’m ashamed he has Scottish blood in his tiny hands)
  6. He has quite a hot wife, who has struggled through race issues during her life.
  7. He’s prepared to use nuclear weapons only 50% of the time to solve foreign policy issues………which I guess is better than 100%.
  8. He is completely success driven and absolutely 100% committed to throwing anyone under the bus to make sure he succeeds.
Ed Caruthers, living with the results of US politics every day

You mean, how did the GOP wind up with the majority of GOP primary voters thinking Trump would make a good President? And the majority of the GOP still supporting him?
There are plenty of candidate actions for the title of “Most At Fault”. But it’s really the sum of the lessons taught by all the bad actions that has drifted the majority of the GOP into crazy land.
Bad actions — and their lessons
The GOP has tolerated racists, because, as one Republican believes, “You never tell anyone not to vote for your party.” And now the GOP supports voter ID laws that make it especially hard for poor people to register, where most poor people are black. — The lesson is that it’s OK to dislike people who are different from you. And that it’s OK to use government power to hurt those people.
The GOP has actively courted religious fundamentalists. To get and keep their votes, Republicans oppose legal abortions and every kind of equal treatment for gays. More recently they’ve added support for teaching creationism in schools. Now, GOP dominated state legislatures are filling the courts with laws designed to make abortion as difficult as possible. And several have passed laws legalizing discrimination against gays as “freedom of religion”. — The lessons include, believe what you want, whatever the science; reject laws you don’t like; and use government to hurt your opponents.
The GOP has actively courted the support of gun owners, the NRA, and gun manufacturers. To get and keep their votes, Republicans have fed the paranoid beliefs that even the smallest regulation of any kind of gun will lead to confiscation of all guns, that regulations can’t possibly keep criminals from getting all the guns they want, and that private gun owners are all that prevent dictatorship in America. Mass shootings are dismissed as statistically insignificant — compared to all the other crimes that involve guns. — The lessons include, everyone is out to get you; strangers’ lives don’t matter; and it’s you or them.
The GOP has actively courted the rich, advocating policies that would clearly make the rich richer and reduce social services for the poor. The claim is that these programs will make the middle class better off, although there’s no evidence for this. — The lessons are that rich people are better than poor people; that the rich should be recognized as authority figures; and that wishful thinking is as good as evidence.
The GOP, and especially their spokesmen on radio and TV, have attacked their opponents, and the attacks have gotten more dishonest every year. All democrats are called socialists. The President and Secretary of State are called America haters. And public money is wasted in hearing after hearing whose only function is to charge someone with doing something bad, no matter the lack of evidence. — The lessons are, hate your opponents; your opponents are your enemies; and the intensity of your hatred is more important than facts.
But my favorite candidate for “Most At Fault” is the six year long temper tantrum by House Republicans. They explicitly rejected compromise and working with opponents in favor of ideological “purity”, obstruction, grandstanding, and political theater. They did nothing at all to help middle class and working class Americans deal with the Bush recession. But they voted many, many times to repeal Obama Care. — The unintended lesson was, establishment Republicans won’t help the rest of us.
Add all these together and it’s completely understandable that GOP voters nominated an outsider because he’s an outsider. And because he’s rich. And because he’s willfully ignorant. And because he’s bigoted. And because he’s over the top angry.


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 Where did the GOP go wrong?

When Johnson decided to give support to the Civil Rights Movement and called the Civil Rights Act a 'memorial' to the assassinated President John F Kennedy, he knew that he was alienating the racist white Democrats that controlled the South. For nearly 100 years, white racists in the American South had voted for the Democratic Party because Lincoln was a Republican and the 'Reconstruction' period after the Civil War was primarily a Republican policy.
The white racists did not want equal rights for black people in the United States - and when Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2nd, 1964, they had no party that reflected their views.
The Republican Party's mistake was giving these people a home. "The Southern Strategy" was championed by Goldwater and (more famously) Nixon, and it served the party very well for a while. But providing a home to white racists alienated minorities and changing demographics have made it impossible to reach the Presidency without at least *some* minority support.
In the mid-1990s, the Republican Party made efforts to court minority voters In 2005, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman formally apologized to the NAACP for the 'Southern Strategy' - but the party refused to disavow its more racist and white nationalist members. Furthermore, they have doubled-down on the Southern Strategy with redistricting and voter suppression laws that masquerade as voter ID laws.
Trump, who has alienated just about every type of non-white-male group that exists, is the natural culmination of the 'Southern Strategy'. But the Republican Party still has significant power in Congress (mainly due to its redistricting efforts which allowed them to retain control of both houses despite having one million fewer overall votes in the 2012 election), so there are still some Republicans who cling to this failing strategy, even as it dooms their party.
After the 2016 election is over, the Republican Party needs to decide if they still want to be the party of white nationalism, conservative Christianity , or if they want to return to being "The Party of Lincoln". There was a Republican 'post-mortem' done after the 2012 election, which emphasized the need to reach out to minority voters, but every single one of its recommendations was ignored. Maybe they'll revisit that post-mortem in 2017. In my not so humble opinion, they would be wise to give the white nationalists the boot and let them form their own party, so that the Republican party can return to its core values.

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This is going to take a long time to answer if I'm going to go all the way back to Nixon's "Southern Strategy" that started the downhill slide. So let's skip that, even though it's important.
Let's instead start at Ronald Reagan. Before you cry foul, yes, I know Reagan won one of the biggest landslide victories in presidential history and I know that he is an icon in the party. I, too, admired his abilities as a communicator. The man had a gift and a simple charm. However, it was Mr. Reagan who embraced the evangelical wing of the party and put the lunatics in charge of the asylum. Barry Goldwater - the man known as "Mr. Conservative" - warned against embracing them years earlier, but Reagan did it anyway.
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.” - Barry Goldwater
Goldwater nailed it.
The GOP went wrong when they became the party of God. (Thus becoming the American Hezbollah.) No compromise. Stand on principle. Claim to have God's blessings. Attack your opponents as doing evil. It started when the evangelicals took over and it's only gotten worse.
Add in a 24-hour-a-day outrage-generating machine like FOX News, and you have the recipe for the rise of Trump. FOX News was created to keep the base angry - and they're good at that. Angry people get out to vote. However, FOX created a voting bloc monster that they can no longer control. This bloc put Trump on the national ballot.
In the days of Eisenhower, the GOP was a party of sanity and balance, aside from a few very bad ideas (Wetback, intervening in Iran). Every president makes bad decisions, but lately, the entire GOP is like a laundry list of everything that is wrong with the United States. That's my opinion, anyway.
If the GOP wants to ever get elected again, they need to jettison the evangelicals and start wooing the centre and the centre-right to come back to the party.

 Robert Iodice,
When they nominated William Howard Taft for President in 1912 instead of Theodore Roosevelt. It’s been downhill ever since.

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P.S. Folks, I keep getting important messages from the director of the FBI and even though I'm a Canadian citizen, I am afraid to open them in case they don't like some of the stuff  I've written on this blog!!!!!!
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It's a great place to live if you can afford it!

Dear Readers:

Looks like Canada is the most "livable" place in the world according to this survey!

Canada is in the international spotlight again as Vancouver has been ranked third most “livable city” in a new global survey of 140 cities.

Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 2016 “livability” ranking report conducted by the Economist Group’s Intelligence Unit.

 The survey, published this week, provides scores for “lifestyle challenges” in 140 cities worldwide. It looks at factors such as a city’s stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The rankings looked at specific indicators such as petty crime, civil unrest, sporting availability, public and private school availability and good quality housing and quality of telecommunications.

Apparently the only thing they forgot to include was AFFORDABILITY!

I just saw another survey this morning where a nice two bedroom apartment rents for about $1,000- a month here in London, Ontario, while in Vancouver that same apartment would be three times as much!  ($3,000-)

Top 5 most livable:
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Calgary, Canada and Adelaide, Australia
Top 5 least livable:
  • Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Douala, Cameroon
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Karachi, Pakistan
  • Algiers, Algeria
 http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/vancouver-calgary-toronto-among-world-s-5-most-livable-cities-1.3033775


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Dear Readers: Since the Olympics are in full swing we thought we would bring you a tape of the latest Olympic sport! Don't know what it's called yet, but it looks interesting! Obstacle course! Drone racing! I have no idea what this is, but it's pretty good! StumbleUpon

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

British Islamist Incarcerated!

Dear Readers:

It took them 20 years, but British authorities have finally convicted this guy of promoting radical Islam!



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