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THE DONALD TRUMP MYSTIQUE AND GUNS

Since he declared himself a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President, I haven’t said much about Donald Trump. Now that he’s the front runner and likely to be the Republican nominee, I’ll weigh in.

When Mr. Trump initially entered the race, I didn’t think too much about him. Like many Republicans, I thought he would have “flash in the pan” popularity and then be out of the race. However, your average “conservative man/woman on the street” has bonded with him and may very well put him in the White House. Why is this? Read the following.

Donald Trump, the world’s best businessman, is not afraid to speak out. He doesn’t care about political correctness, nor does he care about the mainstream media’s reaction to him. When he says things that the left doesn’t like and considers offensive, Donald doesn’t sappily attempt to apologize. Instead he thumbs his nose at the left, and this is what the average conservative man/woman want to see.

In the last couple of decades, Republican politicians and office holders have become scared of their own shadows. They’re afraid of the mainstream media and the left, in general. They tippy-tippy-toe around trying to be as politically correct as possible. They’re so afraid of the current president shutting down the government, knowing the president, the mainstream media, and the left, in general, will blame the Congressional Republicans.

After Mr. Trump indicated that he would block all Muslims from immigrating to the United States until representatives could figure out what was going on, the White House indicated that Mr. Trump was not qualified and should end his candidacy. The left went on a “tear.” In addition to suggesting that he was not qualified to be president, the left indicated that any Republican who did not denounce Donald Trump was not qualified to be president. Thus Republican presidential candidates and prominent Republicans got in line with the liberals to denounce Donald Trump. Can you say scared of their own shadow?

Donald Trump is not afraid of saying it as he sees it. If he misspeaks, he may revise what he said to a certain degree, but he never walks anything back, nor does he apologize. He’s politically incorrect and proud of it. Most Americans sick and tired of political correctness, but afraid to be politically incorrect, lest the left attempt to do them harm.

Donald knows this, I discovered this after becoming a political blogger, but Republican politicians don’t seem to have figured it out yet: liberals are nothing but bullies. And what do most bullies do when you turn it right back at them, they tend to fade into the woodwork. Try it, it works.

I’m not comfortable with having someone in the White House who has had no political experience. Running a government is so very different from running a business. I favor someone who has had political experience and business experience. So, I would rather see some else get the nomination. But again, Republicans are scared of their own shadows, the left, and the mainstream media. And I think a lot of Trump’s success is due to the failure of Republicans to get their message out there and fight for what they believe. He’s definitely not my first choice, but if he’s the nominee, he will get my vote.

Now to the second part of this post, guns. Gun sales to Americans are going through the roof due to the indication of the current administration that will they not protect us, even though protecting American citizens is the number one responsibility of any president and his or her administration.

Having lived in the South all of my life, I’m perfectly okay with having guns in my house. When I was growing up, my Dad had guns and I knew where he kept them. I was not to go near them, and I didn’t. While I have kept a handgun to protect myself from intruders coming onto my property for most of my adult life, I never felt it necessary to obtain a carry permit. Now I do.

It’s not a matter of if we have another terrorist attack on American soil, it’s a matter of when. ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups have infiltrated the United States and those charged with protecting the American people will not do their jobs. Furthermore, this administration, the mainstream media, and the left in general are ever so slowly attempting to demoralize our local police forces. They are trying to set guidelines to render the police virtually feckless, thereby limiting their ability to protect people they are supposed to be serving. When I go somewhere, I’m subject to being the victim of perhaps a terrorist attack or criminal attack.

We have the worst president in my lifetime and perhaps in the entire history of the United States. We’re sitting ducks and must take responsibility for our own lives and those of our loved ones. I know it’s a personal choice, but think about it. We’re at a very critical cross-roads in the history of the United States of America. In order for our Democratic Republic to survive, we must take our country back. We can begin now with law abiding adult citizens purchasing firearms and learning how to use them.

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SURELY, YOU’VE LEARNED BY NOW

In addition to being a political blogger, I’m also the owner, designer, and administrator of an Alabama Crimson Tide sports website, http://www.bamareport.com. With Alabama playing its cross-state rival this past Saturday, November 28, 2015, I’ve been extremely busy with keeping that site up to date. There’s competition, you know, and I have to be more on top of things than my competitors.

So, when the Planned Parenthood shooting happened in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I thought, oh no. The liberals are going to have a field day with this. And sure enough, they began denigrating Republicans and Christians because they were sure that the suspect, Robert Dear, was a conservative/anti-abortion zealot. One post by a liberal that appeared on my Facebook newsfeed indicated that conservative Christians were nothing but terrorists and as dangerous as Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Then they came out with the rhetoric that none of the Syrian refugees had committed a mass shooting, but a Christian had. This all came out within hours of the shooting before anyone knew the facts. Of course, liberals don’t care about facts. If there’s an opportunity to smear conservatives, Christians, etc. they’re going to go after it with gusto.

Meanwhile, here in the southeast, we’re hearing rumors of head football coaches at certain universities being fired because the team they coach had lost three games this season. As of this writing, LSU Coach Les Miles has been retained, but University of Georgia head football coach, Mark Richt, is out. Coach Miles lost three games in a row before winning this past weekend against Texas A&M. Georgia also lost three games before beating its in-state rival, Georgia Tech this past Saturday. For both LSU and Georgia, one of their losses was to Alabama.

Of course, I’m prejudice, since I attended and graduated from the University of Alabama. But no one can deny the fact that they are good, perhaps the best team in the nation. If Alabama is on your schedule, you’re most likely going to have at least one loss. Now, Alabama can be beat. But you have to play your best game of the season and hope that Alabama is having an “off day.” Even if the “perfect storm” comes together, the game is going to go down to the wire. Beating Alabama is not easy and more than likely, you’re not going to beat Alabama.

I’ve had to listen to coaches, players, fans, etc. from opposing teams say how they’re going to manhandle Alabama, how Alabama doesn’t have good players and coaches, etc. Well, I think this year, Georgia and LSU had to be the worst offenders. With Alabama coming off a loss to Ole Miss, Georgia was so sure that they could take Alabama at their home stadium, Sanford Stadium. We know how that worked out. LSU was no different. They were so sure they could come into Tuscaloosa and take Alabama. Again, we know how that worked out.

The point I’m trying to make is that teams that play Alabama need to learn that they’re probably going to lose, except under certain conditions. Not that teams should chalk up Alabama as a loss, but they should be aware that Alabama currently has a great team. No coach should be fired or put on the hot seat because his team couldn’t beat Alabama. Opposing teams should look at Alabama in proper perspective and not just assume that they can take Alabama. When will they ever learn?

It’s the same with liberals. So many times they jump to conclusions without waiting for the facts to come out. They blame conservatives, George W. Bush, Fox News, Christians, the Confederate flag, etc. and most of the time they end up having egg on their face. But seeing that liberals care nothing about facts or the truth, they just go on with their rhetoric. Even though they are wrong, maybe there will be enough low information voters who blindly get their news from the major networks and think that taxing the rich and punishing corporations with high taxes and burdensome regulations will cause the middle class to prosper.

According to npr.org, hardly a conservative outfit, the Planned Parenthood shooter was not affiliated with any political party, and while he appeared to be conservative, he wasn’t a talker of politics. Liberals are going to do everything they can with this tragedy to insure that conservative Christians get a black eye, further turning Americans against conservative Christians.

Once again, instead of promoting their big government, totalitarian policies and making sound arguments with respect to how these policies are best for America, they content to beseech conservatives, George W. Bush, Fox News, Christians, etc. They will continue to be embarrassed, but what do liberals care? They don’t care about the truth or about facts. They certainly don’t care about low income and middle class individuals.

To you liberals, I wouldn’t be so quick to want to do away with white conservative Christians, especially southern white conservative Christians. Without us, you will have no one group to disparage. All the other groups are protected. When will you ever learn?

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HOW MANY TIMES?

How many times, again, how many times, liberals, does it take to explain something to you so you’ll understand it? You liberals, you people who are supposed to be all knowing and so much smarter than us unenlightened oafs, how many times will it take for you to understand this. You have most of the academicians in your corner, yet all of you seem incapable of reading and comprehending. I would like, just once, before I die or retire from political blogging to post something and not have to explain it to you two, three, or more times.

To be honest, I do think you understand what I’m saying, but won’t acknowledge it because you know I’m right. Instead of engaging in honest debate, you get emotional and start hurling insults and call me and other conservatives names. You then try to change the subject in order to make us lose our train of thought.

But let me tell you something, liberals. You’ve done it too many times. You don’t shake up any of us anymore and you’re not going to. We know your game and we’re not playing it.

Through numerous posts on this blog, I’ve attempted to illustrate the difference between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. I’ve invited people of all political persuasions to read my posts and comment on them. To date, very few have.

Even though, I’m not a Carly Fiorina fan, she gave one of the best responses during the October 28 Republican presidential debates on the bottom feeder channel, CNBC. Candidate Fiorina was asked if she supported a government mandate for private companies to provide 401(k) retirement benefits for their employees. She replied, no. She was then asked if she was against working people having retirement plans. To that she replied that she wanted all employees/private sector workers to have retirement plans and thought companies should make every effort to provide such plans for their employees. She finished her response by saying that this is something in which government should not be involved.

The above clearly demonstrates the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Once Carly gave her answer, the liberal commentators had nothing else to say. We all know that liberals accuse conservatives of hating the poor, hating the middle class, hating minorities, yada, yada, yada. When a response such as the one Ms. Fiorina gave, there’s not much with which liberals can come back at you.

In an article dated January 22, 2015, Andy Borowitz, a satirical leftist writer for New Yorker Magazine, trashed Congressional Republicans for voting against the current President’s proposal to give workers six weeks of paid leave. He further ranted that while Congress gets thirty-three weeks of paid leave, they were against workers getting six weeks paid leave. I would have voted against it also. I’m not for the government dictating what companies have to provide their employees with respect to compensation and benefits. However, I’m all for companies providing their employees with optimal compensation and benefits. Once again, that’s the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Again, it just baffles me that Democrats fail to get this, especially with all the academicians in their corner. I indicated above that maybe they do get it, but knowing they’re wrong, engage in their usual insult hurling, name calling, and false accusations.

Either way, they look bad. When they fail to get something as simple as the examples I cited above, they look stupid. And when they change the subject and start hurling insults and making false accusations, they also look bad.

Other things that were brought out in the CNBC debate was the fact that liberals don’t distinguish between legal immigration and illegal immigration. According to leftists, those against illegal immigration and against all immigration. Also, according to leftists those who feel that marriage should be between one man and one woman are automatically labeled homophobes. They say that when you lie about something enough it becomes the truth to the person telling the lie. Could liberals have lied enough about the foregoing that they really do believe it’s the truth?

A substantial number of posts on this blog are dedicated to explaining the differences between liberals and conservatives and to demonstrate the disingenuousness of liberals. I really wish more people would read my blog. Those that do tell me that I have a good insight into political issues, especially when it comes to comparing and contrasting the left and the right.

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CNBC DEBATE REVIEW

Like most Republicans, I was disappointed in the debate this past Wednesday evening. Well, maybe, disappointed is not exactly the right word. Mad, disgusted, infuriated might be better words to describe our collective feelings.

On the other hand, though, should Republicans be happy that the debate turned out like it did? Of course, it was quite obvious that the CNBC commentators were out to make the Republican presidential candidates look bad by pitting them against one another. The attitudes of the commentators (John Harwood, Becky Quick, Rick Santelli, Jim Cramer, Sharon Epperson, and Carl Quintanilla) toward the candidates were contentions and condescending.

Enter Senator Ted Cruz, about thirty minutes into the debate, who called out the commentators and the entire mainstream main stream media, for that matter. The senator pointed out that the questions asked so far indicate why the American public doesn’t trust the media. For that remark, the audience cheered. The senator went on to lecture the media that this wasn’t a “cage match” and continued to unload on them for indicating that Donald Trump was a comic book villain, that Ben Carson couldn’t do math, that Marco Rubio should resign his senate seat, and that Jeb Bush’s numbers were low. He asked the moderators why they didn’t talk about the substantive issues people care about. He also contrasted this debate with the Democrat debate in which the moderators were fawning all over the candidates. He also indicated that none of the moderators had any intention of voting in a Republican primary. A heated exchange between Senator Cruz and Charles Harwood followed.

Afterwards, every candidate seemed emboldened, and while there were policy differences between the candidates, all ten of them seemed to unite in their dissatisfaction with the media. In addition to Senator Cruz’s outburst, Governor Chris Christy let his true feelings come out after Jeb was asked about Fantasy Football. Governor Christy interrupted and vehemently indicated that we have almost $19 trillion in debt, people out of work, and ISIS and Al Qaeda planning attacks against us and we’re talking about Fantasy Football? This took place near the end of the debates, but it certainly serves to further put the moderators and the mainstream media in its place.

CNBC is a bottom feeder cable channel having a very small viewership. In fact, I don’t know anyone who watches it. My liberal friends who claim to be somewhat informed, watch CNN and MSNBC. Others who are not informed get their news from the mainstream networks and the newspapers. Furthermore, the World Series was on opposite the debates. So, how many people do you think were actually watching these debates? I haven’t seen the numbers, but I would have to guess that the ratings weren’t very high. Unless they read or heard about the nature of the debates, most Americans would have no idea what took place. After Senator Cruz’s exchange with the moderators took place, the candidates, not only seemed to unite against the media, but there supported each other on the issues where they agreed.

This was a start by the Republican presidential candidates in exposing the fallacies of the mainstream media. The American people elected our country’s current leaders. Never in the history of our country have we had such a leftist government. We also have a far left-leaning media. To those folks who get their information from the three major networks and the newspapers, when they take time out of their busy schedules which include watching daytime soap-operas, Ellen, Oprah, reality TV, American Idol, and Dancing With the Stars, I consider you a low-information voters and fully responsible along with the leftist media for the mess this country is currently in.

Marco Rubio also got his digs in on the mainstream media by pointing out that while Hillary Clinton was exposed as a liar because she knew the tragedy in Benghazi was not caused by an American made video but still sent Susan Rice out to the Sunday talk shows to tell the America people that it was caused by a video. None the less, the main stream portrayed that this was Hillary Clinton’s best week ever.

We must make every effort to establish a fair and balanced media if we’re going to continue to be the country we once were.

My other thoughts on the debate include the following. Governor Kasich referred to his past record in Congress and as governor of Ohio. Referring once or twice is okay, but it became redundant. I particularly enjoyed the comments of Senator Cruz and Ms. Fiorina regarding women. Under the current president’s policies, more women are now living in poverty and the Democrats continue to push bigger government and additional regulations that hurt women and everyone, for that matter. As I’ve said many times before, the Democrats don’t care about women, they don’t care about minorities, the middle class, and the poor, either. All they care about is gaining as much control over our lives as possible, making us little square people in little square holes. I also liked Dr. Carson’s comments indicating that if we took everything from the top one percent of earners and gave it to the government, it wouldn’t make a dent in the deficit or the debt. While there has not been much said about this zinger, I thought it was one of the best answers of the evening. Governor Huckabee was asked if he thought Donald Trump had the moral authority to be President of the United States. Governor Huckabee soundly replied in the affirmative and further indicated that every candidate participating in the debate would make a better president that Hillary Clinton or the other Democrat candidates for that matter..

From this little watched debate, will we be able to expose the disingenuousness of the main stream media. It’s a start, let’s hope we can sustain the momentum.

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DEMOCRAT LIES ABOUT GEORGE W. BUSH – PART THREE

According to Time Magazine, hardly a right-wing publication, twenty-five persons/entities are to blame for the financial crisis that began in September 2008. Some of the people on the list I’ve never heard of. Some of them, though, are household names which include Phil Gramm, Alan Greenspan, American Consumers, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Bernie Madoff.

One name that was glaringly left off of this list was Massachusetts Congressman, Barney Frank. According to the Boston Globe, again, not hardly a right-wing publication, Congressman Frank’s fingerprints are all over the financial fiasco. According to the Congressman, the private sector got us into this mess and the government has to get us out of it. Frank, a committed liberal and proponent of big government, the current financial crisis is the span of the free market run amok, with the political class guilty only of failing to rein in the capitalists.

The Globe goes on to indicate that while the mortgage crisis convulsing Wall Street has its share of private sector culprits, they weren’t the ones who got us into this mess. The mortgage lenders didn’t wake one fine day, deciding to junk long held standards of creditworthiness in order to make ill-advised loans to unqualified borrowers. It would be closer to the truth to say they woke up to find the government twisting their arms and demanding that they do so, or else.

The Globe continues to opine that the roots of this crisis go back to the Carter administration. At that time, government officials egged on by left-wing activists, began accusing mortgage lenders of racism and redlining because urban blacks were being denied mortgages at a higher rate than suburban whites.

The pressure to make more loans to minorities/borrowers with weak credit histories became relentless. Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act, empowering regulators to punish banks that failed to meet the credit needs of low-income, minority, and distressed neighborhoods. Lenders responded by loosening their underwriting standards and making increasingly shoddy loans. The two government-chartered mortgage finance firms, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, encouraged this subprime lending by authorizing even more flexible criteria by which high-risk borrowers could be qualified for home loans, and then buying up the questionable mortgages that ensued.

All of this was justified as a means of increasing homeownership among minorities and the poor. Affirmative action policies trumped sound business practices. A manual issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston advised mortgage lenders to disregard financial common sense. Lack of credit history should not be seen as a negative factor, the Fed’s guidelines instructed. Lenders were directed to accept welfare payments and unemployment benefits as valid income sources to qualify for a mortgage. Failure to comply could mean a lawsuit.

As long as housing prices kept rising, the illusion that all this was good public policy could be sustained. But it didn’t take a financial whiz to recognize that a day of reckoning would come. When the coming wave of foreclosures rolls through the inner city, which of today’s self-congratulating bankers, politicians, and regulators plans to take the credit?

Barney Frank doesn’t. But the Globe indicates that his fingerprints are all over this fiasco. Time and time again, Frank insisted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in good shape. Five years ago (2003) when the Bush administration proposed much tighter regulations for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Frank was adamant that these two entities were not facing any kind of financial crisis. When the White House warned of systemic risk for our financial system unless the mortgage giants were curbed, Frank complained that the administration was more concerned about financial safety than about housing.

In their piece dated, September 28, 2008, Wall Street and private lenders have plenty to answer for, but it was Washington and the political class that derailed this train. The Globe concludes their piece stating: “If Frank is looking for a culprit to blame, he can find one suspect in the nearest mirror.

Time, in their acknowledgement that Bill Clinton was one of the contributors to the financial crisis, pointed out that in 1995, Clinton loosened housing rules by rewriting the Community Reinvestment Act, which put added pressure on banks to lend in low-income neighborhoods. It has been the subject of heated political and scholarly debate whether any of these moves are to blame for the troubles, but they certainly played a role in creating a permissive lending environment.

Time, in their blaming of George W. Bush, acknowledged that he did push for tighter controls over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, but failed to move Congress to follow through. And as the Boston Globe indicated, Congressman Barney Frank was adamant that Freddie and Fannie were not facing any kind of financial crisis. Time goes on to indicate that President Bush backed on signed Sarbanes-Oxley after the Enron scandal. But when SEC head William Donaldson tried to boost regulation of mutual and hedge funds, he was blocked by Bush’s advisors at the White House as well as other powerful Republicans. Time ended by simply stating the meltdown happened on Bush’s watch.

Those of us who have been managers know that if something happened under our watch, we own it. It doesn’t matter what actions are taken to prevent it or what we may do to correct the problem.

The Democrats, however, would have you to believe that the economic collapse of 2008 was solely the fault of George W. Bush. The U.S. economy is an extremely complex entity and common sense would indicate that it would take more than one person or entity to bring it down.

So when Democrats try to push their lie that Bush was exclusively responsible for the 2008 economic melt-down, keep all of the above in mind and point this out to the Democrats.

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