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Forum: What Are Your Favorite Games? Why?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Are Your Favorite Games? Why?

 Bookworm Room :

I love playing games. Indeed, I come from the generation that still played games with other people, rather than with computers. Board games, card games, social interactive games . . . it’s all good. Here, in no particular order, is a list of games that delight me:
I Doubt It (known by my children’s generation as “Bullsh*t.”)

Mensch ärgere Dich nicht (which I think compares to the American game of Sorry).

Yahtzee! (or as my father called it, “Poker Dice.”)
Chutes and Ladders (a little children’s game that I never outgrew)
Twenty questions
Mah Jong (which I haven’t played in 35 years)
Cribbage (which I haven’t played in 37 years)
The Game of Life (the original version, not the revamped one)
Checkers (although I can’t play chess to save my life, I used to be good at checkers)
Trivial Pursuit
I also love doing jigsaw puzzles, provided that I do them with friends. 
And finally, my favorite game has no name that I know. My niece just came home from college one day and taught it to us. It’s best played with around 6-8 people, although it can be played with more (we’ve played with 14 or even more). Everyone playing is given blank slips of paper onto which they have to write the name of a person or character. It doesn’t matter if the person is living or dead, or real or fictional. The players then fold those slips in half and place them in a large bowl. The ultimate goal is to have 25-50 slips of paper in the bowl, so the number of slips a person fills out depends on the number of players. 
The group is then divided into two teams. The first round is like a guessing game. One member of the team pulls out slips of paper and, without ever mentioning name of the person on the slip of paper, tries to get his team to guess it. Thus, for Marilyn Monroe, the team member might say, “She was a big Hollywood star in the 1950s who was known for being blonde and sexy.”  If his teammates look at him blankly, he keeps giving more clues. 
The goal is to get through as many slips of paper as possible within one minute. Those slips that the team guessed correctly are collected next to the bowl and the team score for that round is based upon the number of slips the team successfully guessed. The slips are not returned to the bowl under the second round.
At the minute mark, the bowl passes to the other team, which does the same thing. The two teams go back and forth until the bowl is empty. Each time a team gets the bowl, a different team member is tagged to give the clues. 
When the bowl is empty, if there’s still time on the clock, the play doesn’t stop. Instead, the second round begins immediately. All the slips are dumped back in the bowl and playing resumes. In round two, though, the player giving the clues is limited to one word. Marilyn Monroe is now “blonde” or “sexy.” Having given the word, the clue-giver hopes that his team members make the connection, because he is limited to that one word. If his teammates don’t get it . . . tough. 
This part of the game is where the fun really starts, because although people think they’ll remember all the names and clues from the first round, they don’t. It’s funny to watch people struggle to come up with one-word clues and then sit there suffering as their teammates pull complete blanks. Of course, sometimes teams are on a roll and they may rack up 9 or 10 points in a one-minute cycle.
As with the first round, at the minute mark, the bowl passes to the other team, and so it goes, back and forth, with each team member taking turns to give one-word clues for that minute.
Round three has the same pattern as round two. If the clock is still ticking when the bowl is finally empty, the play doesn’t stop. The slips of paper are once again put into the bowl and whoever is up pulls out a slip . . . but this time, the clue-giver is limited to silent charades. 
Again, in theory this seems easy, because everyone has heard the names twice before, but it’s not easy at all. If you have 40, 50, or even 60 slips in the bowl, memory flies out the door.  Also, when people are time pressed, they make very funny choices when doing charades. At the end of this laugh-inducing third round, the game ends, and the team with the highest score wins.
One nuance:  The technical rule is that, once you’ve pulled a slip out of the bowl, you’re stuck with it even if you don’t know who the name is or, in round two or three, can’t remember what attributes go with the name. In my house, we’ve had to soften this rule when playing with very different generations because the old folks and the young folks do not share a common popular culture. I don’t know YouTube stars and the kids don’t know historic figures. At this point, we turn to the honor system. If it’s hard, the player has to do it, even if he thinks he’ll wipe out during his turn. However, if he genuinely has no idea who’s on the slip of paper, he can replace it in the bowl and pick out another one.
I’m sure their more games that I’ve forgotten. So much of my childhood was spent playing games, many of them run together in my mind.

JoshuaPundit:When I was younger I used to enjoy ping pong and pool, but I haven’t played them in quite some time. Most of the games I play lately are strategy type game of one kind or another. I enjoy a game of chess and its East Asian equivalent Go when I can find someone to play with. It’s interesting because the strategies involved are almost opposite in some ways. I also love backgammon.

I also find historically accurate computer strategy games interesting from time to time since I find history fascinating.  I own a copy of a SOTA very accurate Civil War simulation, a relic of a forum I once participated in that covers the entire conflict. I also have a number of modded games covering different eras of history that involve both building trade and economy as well as war strategies. Basically, these are advanced chess games with different pieces when it comes down to it!

I also used to like Sim City because building a city can be fascinating as well,but I lost interest when the game got into some of its more outre’ versions.

Stately McDaniel Manor: As a youngster, I often played Monopoly with my mother and younger sister. During my high school years, I played epic games of ping pong with my best friend and others, and was reasonably accomplished, during those days, at air hockey. I even played Pong when it was first invented and was available only as an arcade game.

As time passed, I bought one of the first Atari home video systems and played Space Invaders and similar games, but as my career demanded more and more of my time, I had the choice of playing games or spending more time with my wife. It wasn’t a close choice. I played as a child and it became time to put away childish things. However, I did play Trivial Pursuit when it was new, but after one or two rounds, most people would no longer play me: I tend to remember virtually everything I read or see. I don’t imagine it was very much fun to play with me.

As video games became more and more sophisticated, I wasn’t the least tempted. Shooter games? Been there, done that in reality. Such games hold no fascination.

Now, with my musical and teaching obligations, and my writing habit (I write at least one article a day for Stately McDaniel Manor and WoW), I’ve no time for games. I have a hard enough time getting in sufficient exercise through bike rides and, occasionally, fencing and weights. I suppose those are my games these days, that and reading whenever possible. I have, with those pursuits, filled more time than most days can hold, and the intellectual stimulation games may produce, I have in spades.

I don’t look down on those that play games, I’ve simply ordered my life in ways that take their place, and wouldn’t allow them if I were inclined to want to include them.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : My favorite games are trivia games. While I was never the last one chosen for athletic games like dodge ball I was never the first one either. I’ve always been just an average athlete.

But somewhere along the line, while everyone else was studying for tests only to quickly forget, I committed massive amounts of useless information to memory and somehow have been able to retain quite a bit of it. I am an avid Jeopardy! watcher and get an odd thrill of satisfaction when all three contestants are unable to come up with the correct answer (in the form of a question thank you) in Final Jeopardy and I know it.

When I am flying I love it when they have trivia games to play. I will usually play most of the flight and almost always end up with the highest score. When getting together with family and friends we usually end up playing games and if we play a trivia game everyone wants me on their team. So I guess while I wasn’t a great athlete I discovered and honed my own special talent and have enjoyed many hours recalling obscure facts and information to the amazement and wonder of my friends and family.

The Razor:The first video game I ever played was tennis on the Magnavox Odyssey in 1973 or 74 at a sister’s house. Since I was the youngest with grown siblings I used to play board games by myself, with the 1971 politically themed Landslide! a favorite. 5 or 6 years later I convinced my mom to buy me an Atari 2600 for Christmas. Even though we were poor and living on income from her independent sales job, she spoiled me and I found it under the Christmas tree. From that point on computer games would be a part of my life.

In 1991 the computer game Civilization was released. It almost caused me to flunk a quarter in college. For the first 3 days I stayed in my apartment in a tatty robe with little sleep, skipping classes and drinking coffee as I took over the world. Ironically this past Friday version 6 of that game was released. It is now loaded on my PC waiting for me to indulge my craving for world conques

The Glittering Eye : I guess the question of my favorite game depends on the operative definition of “game”. I’ll leave out kendo and judo.

I like all sorts of games. I’ve played bridge competitively. I like Scrabble, Anagrams, Boggle, Uno, and Trivial Pursuit. I like most board games like Monopoly, Sorry, and so on. When I was a kid I even played Barbie’s Dream Date with my sisters. Once upon a time I spent hour after hour playing tactics games like Gettysburg, Stalingrad, and Tactics II.

These days the games I play most frequently are PC-based role-playing games. I’ve played Skyrim from beginning to end a half dozen times and right now I’m about midway through my seventh playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Dayton-Nelson point-counterpoint

Gov. Dayton made some unsubstantiated accusations against Speaker Daudt in this op-ed. Thankfully, Peter Nelson of the Center for the American Experiment quickly rebutted those accusations in this counterpoint op-ed. The first false accusation that Gov. Dayton made was when he said “‘Hundred of thousands of Minnesotans’ will NOT see actual health insurance increases of […]

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The United States Should Aggressively Compete to Attract High-Skilled, Job-Creating Immigrants

While the overall issue of immigration is highly controversial and emotional, I’ve explained before that everyone should be able to agree that it’s a very good idea to bring in people who can be expected to increase per-capita economic output. The good news is that we have some policies designed to make this happen, including […]

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By an Angel’s Kiss, CPO Jason C Finam, 34, Navy-Hurt Locker, (Iraq)

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony. Chief Petty Officer Jason C Finam, 34, of Anaheim CA …

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Dayton apologizes for apologizing

Thursday, Gov. Dayton apologized for saying that the ACA, aka the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, wasn’t affordable for increasing numbers of Minnesotans. It’s noteworthy that Gov. Dayton didn’t apologize to Minnesotans who buy their health insurance through the individual market. He apologized to DFL politicians who’ve been getting hit hard by constituents. Friday, Gov. […]

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Could your Congressman pass an FBI security check?

First they infiltrated the unions, gaining full control in 1995. They then used the union money and leverage to purge the Democrat Party leadership of moderates and conservatives, replacing them with union and communist sympathizers. After that, they used their…

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More Research Showing the Negative Impact of Large Public Sectors

Since I’ve referred to the International Monetary Fund as both “the Dumpster Fire of the Global Economy” and “the Dr. Kevorkian of Global Economic Policy,” readers can safely conclude that I’m not a fan of the international bureaucracy. My main gripe is that senior bureaucrats routinely make the mistake of bailing out profligate governments (often […]

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World War III

Today is the feast day of St. John Paul the second. As any of us old enough to remember he was one that triumvirate, including Reagan and Thatcher, who defeated the Soviet Union, and did it peacefully. Some friends of mine say that he was the greatest of them, I think it may be so. […]

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(This blog is far too long, but I am publishing it because of many requests)
In just over five hundred hours from now, the people of the United States will be stepping behind the curtain to vote for President of the United States.

I have to say that this is the … the strangest election in my life time.

It really is unusual. Driving over here from Harbor Springs, I saw a bumper sticker…. with no name on it.

Just a box with an  “X” in it. Then, in red letters, it said “NONE OF THE ABOVE”

It really is the strangest election in my lifetime, and I have to tell you that I am a very, very old man.

I was curled up on my mother’s womb in 1928 when Herbert Hoover defeated Al Smith.

It was the only time my father ever voted for a Democrat. Of course, he denied it. He said he didn’t vote for a Democrat. He said he voted for a Catholic.

I got my first experience in grass roots politics in 1936. It was literally grass roots. I wrestled a kid in my neighborhood on the front lawn. He was for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and I was for Alf Landon.

That was a very long time ago. There was no television, there were no computers, no Face Book. My grandmother’s canary was the only thing that tweeted. The Supreme Court was still trying to protect the Constitution from the New Deal.

Too bad Alf Landon didn’t win. The first thing Roosevelt did in 1937 was to try to pack the Supreme Court with six new justices. Congress defeated the Judiciary Reorganization Bill of 1937, but it wasn’t long before FDR was able to make his first Supreme Court appointment.

He said he wanted a “thumping evangelical New Dealer” and he found  one in Hugo Black, a Senator from Alabama.

Over the next twelve years, Roosevelt appointed seven more thumping, evangelical New Deal Judges, and the Supreme Court was magically and permanently converted into a political arm of the White House.

Today, we have Justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg who presided over a gay wedding while the court was still hearing the debates about gay marriage and who openly declared her partisanship in the presidential election.

For more than seventy-five years, the Supreme Court of the United States has usurped the sovereignty of the American people by inventing what they call “constitutional law.” to advance their political agenda.

There are only two problems with ‘constitutional law’:

It isn’t constitutional and it isn’t law.

The Constitution says in plain English that IT is the Supreme Law of the land.  The Constitution is the law. The plain words of the Constitution. The plain words that the people who ratified the Constitution and its Amendments used when they adopted it and when they amended it.

The whole idea of a written constitution is to protect the law from the lawyers. It is written in the language used by ordinary people. It says what it means and it means what it says. Nothing less and nothing more.

The idea that nine unelected life time Justices of the Supreme Court can invent new civil rights that nobody ever dreamed of when the Constitution was adopted or amended is not only preposterous: it is a deliberate assault on the Supreme Law of the Land.

It is a criminal attack on the  sovereignty and the liberty of the American people.

You cannot have government of the people, by the people and for the people if the words the people adopt and ratify are twisted and ignored and re-defined and contorted to mean what nine self appointed arbiters of national culture want them to say.

My friends, it is time for the American people to stand up and say “We have had enough.” Indeed, we have had more than enough. We have had far too much judge made law in the United States and it is high time we take back the Supreme Court and confine it to its constitutional duty of deciding cases and controversies.

When the Supreme Court decided, in 1857, that an emancipated black man named Dred Scot could not be a citizen, Abraham Lincoln made it crystal clear that the Supreme Court does not have the power to make laws.

Supreme Court decisions are only binding on the parties to a case. They are not the law of the land, they are the law of the case, and they only affect similar cases as long as the personnel on the Supreme Court remains the same.

In 1890 the Supreme Court decided that racial segregation was constitutional. In 1954 that decision was overruled. It took sixty four years; but it happened.

You and I have come here this evening to express our support for the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death.

We are here tonight because in1973 the United States Supreme Court rendered an opinion in the case of Roe V Wade to the effect that women have a constitutional right to a medically assisted abortion.

That opinion has been roundly criticized by legal experts and scholars for four decades. That opinion was based on a so called right of privacy which the court admitted is nowhere to be found in the words of the constitution or the bill of rights. In his dissenting opinion, Mr. Justice Byron White called the majority opinion a raw abuse of judicial power.

My friends, whatever else is going to be decided on November 8, the impact of this election on the future of the Supreme Court must be our primary concern.

In addition to the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia, the seats occupied by Clinton appointees Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer will almost certainly be vacated in the next eight years, as will the seat held by the infamous swing voter appointed by Ronald Reagan, Anthony Kennedy.

If the American people elect a President who sees it as his duty to appoint Justices who will abide by the plain words of the Constitution, there is every possibility that the decision in Roe versus Wade will, eventually, be reversed.

The talking heads on television and elsewhere like to tell us that abortion is a social issue. Social issue. That’s a nice, gentle way to approach it. Sort of like which fork to use for the salad, or whether you should take off your hat in an elevator.

My friends, There’s nothing social about abortion. It is an evil curse on civilized mankind. And the evil visited upon our nation by Roe V Wade is every bit as heinous and immoral and unconscionable as slavery and Jim Crow.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a eugenicist. That means she was a student and an advocate of eugenics. Very simply, eugenics is the science of improving the human race by breeding stronger, smarter, more beautiful people.

Margaret Sanger argued in favor of abortion to eliminate poor people, ignorant people, ugly people. All those unfortunate men and women she claimed had “bad genes.”

People who were, in her eyes, condemned to be losers. The peasants. The underclass.  Especially people of African descent. Especially people with dark skin.

Her followers in the abortion industry today still honor Margaret Sanger, and despite all their pious talk about a woman’s reproductive health, they are still hell bent on trying to improve the breed of humanity.
It is no coincidence that most abortion clinics are located in the inner cities of our nation. Black women are five times as likely to have an abortion than white women.

In New York City more black babies are aborted than are born alive. Nearly two thousand black babies are killed in America every single day. Two thousand. Every single day. Those “Black Lives Matter” Those “Babies Lives Matter.”

Abortion is even more than a moral or legal issue. It is a political issue. In fact it is the most divisive, emotional political issue in America. It divides our nation as surely and as bitterly as the question of slavery that led to the civil war.

In the forty years since Roe V. Wade, over 60 million Americans have been denied the right to be born. Think of what that means to our country. Sixty million people. More than the combined populations of California and New York.

Sixty million people under the age of 43. Sixty million Americans who will never work or save or spend. Sixty million Americans who will never pursue happiness in this great land of the free and home of the brave. Sixty million Americans who will never go to college, buy a house, get married, or have children. Sixty million Americans who will never vote or serve their country in uniform.

I began these remarks tonight by suggesting that we Americans have a Hobson’s choice in the Presidential election. Surely the bitterness and scorn which mars our political rhetoric would seem to justify the conclusion that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are scoundrels unworthy of the highest office in our nation.

But the plain, undeniable fact is that they are divided on the crucial issue of abortion. Mrs. Clinton would continue her husband’s preference for activist liberal Supreme Court Justices. Mr. Trump has declared his intention to appoint Justices in the tradition of Antonin Scalia.

In 1860 the newly organized Republican Party promised to abolish slavery.

It was also a bitterly contested election. The Democrats hated Lincoln so much that his life was threatened. He had to sneak into Washington wearing a disguise.

The election of 2016 is perhaps the most bitter and divisive since the Civil War. But for those of us who are pro life, the decision is clear. The Republican Party was the Party of abolition in 1860 and the Republican Party is the Party of Life in 2016.

We will vote for Donald Trump. Not because we like him. We don’t. Not because he is a role model for our children and grandchildren. He isn’t. Not because he is some great successful, charismatic leader who promises to make America great again. That remains to be seen.

We will vote for Donald Trump for one reason and one reason only: because he has heard what we are saying; because he has picked up the pro life banner; because he is committed to the cause of the unborn.

We will vote for Donald Trump and we will ask Almighty God to inspire him to support and defend our nation’s Constitution and to appoint Supreme Court Justices who will restore the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land.  

We will vote for Donald Trump because black lives and white lives, and babies lives and old people’s lives and every human life in this nation and on this planet matter. They matter to the beneficent Creator whose infinite love has given us this home.

We will vote for Donald Trump and we will leave the outcome to the same Almighty God in whom we Americans have always placed our trust.

We will leave the outcome to the mighty voice of God’s People on November eighth.

May God bless each of us, and may God bless the United States of America.

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The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program 10-21-2016

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Gov. Dayton ‘apologizes’

Gov. Dayton just issued a faux apology about his statement that the Affordable Care Act is unaffordable. In Gov. Dayton’s faux apology, Gov. Dayton said “Last week I said that the Affordable Care Act ‘is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.’ I regret that my statement was wrongly used against Democratic candidates in […]

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Crying (but also Laughing) about Clinton and Trump

One interesting feature of this election is that many voters, grappling with the unpalatable choice of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are dealing with the feelings of dismay and despair that libertarians experience almost every election. All I can say is, “welcome to my world.” Though I admit our experiences aren’t the same. Ordinary voters […]

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The Immortal Memory

The British Empire got its start as a Tudor Enterprise as Henry VIII established the Royal Navy and as men increasingly saw how England could challenge Spain on the sea. Britain was well placed for this as an island off the coast of Europe. And so St Vincent made the now famous remark: “I do not […]

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Beauty companies target Generation Z gender-benders

When CoverGirl announced last week that they would be making James Charles the first male face of the company–calling him the first “CoverBoy”–it was hailed by CoverGirl ambassador and pop music star, Katy Perry, as another “proud” moment for the…

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MNsure, the nightmare edition

This article highlights how screwed up the ACA is. First, it’s noteworthy because it’s written by a lefty. Next, it’s noteworthy because the author admits that it’s messed up. It’s impossible to miss Marshall Helmberger’s disgust with the ACA, especially when he says “The el-cheapo UCare bronze plan that my wife Jodi and I bought […]

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Debate Number Three – A Clear Choice

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Debate Number Three – A Clear Choice

Watching the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the first thing I was struck by was how different things were with a moderator who wasn’t part of Team Clinton. Chris Wallace is a Democrat, but he’s a journalist first and he went out of his way to keep things balanced and on a professional level. There was only one question he asked Trump that I felt was somewhat out of line, but we’ll get to that.

That’s a 180 degree change from the partisan presstitutes who ran the other debates, and while he won’t get any roses from the Left, he deserves congratulations for a job well done.

His greatest accomplish, I think, is that the country now has a pretty good idea of the directions each would take the country.

They can see the difference between Trump’s growing the pie and creating real growth as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s eat the rich formula ala’ Hugo Chavez.

They can see the difference between business as usual and real change.

They can see the change between hope and continued decline and despair.

Mrs. Clinton’s goal was to show Trump as unfit for office, dodge any tough questions thrown at her and stay erect for 90 minutes. She failed the first one, had very mixed results on the second that only worked because she outright lied about a number of things and wasn’t challenged. She managed the last one thanks to an unknown Dr. Feelgood.

Trump’s goal was to appear presidential, challenge Mrs. Clinton’s record and give Americans a sense of who he is and where he would take the country. I’d give him an acceptable score on the first and somewhat higher scores on the second and third.

If this was a boxing match, ten point system, I’d score it 6-4 Trump, maybe 7-3.

I think he would have scored better if he said the following:

Challenged Hillary Clinton on the Heller decision, which had nothing to do with toddlers. Yes, she actually said it was about toddlers having access to guns!

What it was actually about was whether Anthony Heller, a 66-year-old police officer, should be legally allowed to own and bear a personal firearm to defend himself and his family at home. That’s the whole shebang, and the 110 page transcript doesn’t even mention toddlers. So she lied, and it’s a pity Trump didn’t call her on it. I also wish he’d mentioned that contrary to her supporting the Second Amendment,Wikileaks has revealed she’s planning a gun grab by executive order. Her nonsense about ‘the gun show loophole’ also needed to be shredded on national TV for all to see.

When Hillary started bloviating about a no-fly zone in Syria which in effect would protect jihadis, a great response would have been ‘That’s exactly what you and Barack Obama did in Libya, use our air force to protect jihadis in Benghazi, depose Khaddaffi, allow his arsenals to fall into the jihadist’s hands and create a terrorist Disneyland. Hundreds were killed in Libya, Algeria, Mali, and Nigeria because of you, and now you want to do the same thing in Syria?’

Mrs. Clinton’s rant about Trump being ‘Putin’s puppet’ could have been shut down hard by simply saying ‘If the Russians, Chinese,Iran or whoever hacked into classified material, it’s because of your illegal private server that had no protection whatsoever. When you meet these leaders and they hand you a folder with copies of all the e-mails about your crooked deals you thought you deleted, you’ll be the one who’s the puppet.’

Indeed she will. This isn’t someone we should ever trust with national security. And that $6 billion Trump was talking about? No, it hasn’t been ‘debunked’ and no one knows where the money is, although I have an idea where it went and who wound up with it.

The biggest moment is when Hillary was caught flat-footed by Trump as he named the misogynist Muslim nation who treat women horribly and suggested that she give the millions of dollars they’ve given her back. Her face was something to see and could have curdled fresh milk.

The one thing the Clinton media is going crazy over (because they have nothing else) is a question Chris Wallace asked Trump. Would he accept the results of the election? Trump’s answer was perfectly proper. He simply said “I’ll let you know when I see them.”

The Democrats are the same people who went bats over their failed attempt to steal Florida in 2000, who went around saying, ‘Bush isn’t my president’ are now crazed by Donald Trump refusing to give up his options? Hillary Clinton herself says that Al Gore ‘won’ the 2000 election. In fact, Democrats have challenged the results of elections they lost over eight times.

In view of James O’Keefe’s revelations on voter fraud, dirty tactics and rigged elections, on what’s come out via wikileaks, Trump has every right to say he’ll wait and see. You’ll notice the media is ignoring that particular story:

Even a casual perusal of wikileaks reveals the corruption of the leadership of the Democrat Party. The Democrats could justifiably be called the party of voter fraud and this election has a lot at stake for the powers that be and the establishment. Trump is totally correct that the system is rigged and that includes our election process. No less than one of Hillary’s campaign managers John Podesta was caught by wikileaks saying that as far as he’s concerned, illegal migrants are allowed to vote if they have a driver’s license, something that’s already a reality in California.

There are two ways our elections are rigged. Voter fraud is definitely one way, but that usually only works in relatively close elections. Needless to say, the corrupt Obama Department of Justice aids and abets this.

So if the election’s close and Trump and his team discover the kind of voter fraud the Democrats are known for, they have every right to demand an investigation. And if the Establishment doesn’t like that, tough. The ability to question election results where fraud is suspected shows the strength of our democracy and the rule of law, and if a Democrat had said this, we wouldn’t be hearing word one about it.

Another thing worth mentioning is the media reaction to all this. Most of the media polls show Trump behind (although a number of them, even FOX have been caught using very small samples and oversampling Democrats to a ridiculous degree), and the meme is ‘Trump’s finished, it’s going to be a Hillary landslide, game over.’

Now, according to the Media Trump lost the election weeks ago. Trump lost after the first debate. Trump lost after his tax return was stolen. Trump lost after being fired on by the GOP establishment. Trump lost after that secretly recorded locker room conversation was released. Yes, according to the Media, Trump lost the election a long time ago, right?

So why is the Media acting today like he’s winning and just blew the whole thing with this ‘shocking remark?’ Because for that narrative to have any credibility at all, you’d have to believe they thought he was winning and trashed his chances with one statement they’re deliberately misinterpreting.

Could it be that they know their polls are cooked and that selling the execrable Mrs. Clinton is a lot harder than they thought it would be? Could it be that Trump is doing a lot better than they want to admit and they’re desperately using the weapon of trying to discourage turnout among Trump’s supporters by doing their best to convince them that it’s hopeless? If that’s the case, then their constant refrain of Trump being finished makes sense.

Meanwhile Donald Trump doesn’t seem to think he’s finished at all! Does he know something the media isn’t reporting? I recommend you invest a half hour and watch this:

He’s exactly right that a campaign like Hillary’s that will illegally pay thugs to incite violence at opposing political rallies will do anything to win. We’ll see how successful they are come November 8th.

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When It Comes to Jew Hatred, The Left Lives in Glass Houses

A friend of mine, no mean writer herself sent me some links from the likes of the New York Times and the New Yorker and flattered me by asking if I would write something about them. They could have been written by the same writer, had the same basic format and came out the same day as a number of other pieces by the usual suspects.

The topic? Sudden concern by the Left at the rise in anti-semitism caused by Donald Trump and carried on by his supporters on the alt-Right! Of course, they never had the intestinal fortitude to actually accuse Trump’s campaign of anti-semitism, but both quoted one of their fellow Democrat leftists as saying that it was Trump who enabled it. The Times piece quoted Trump hater and Hillary supporter John Podhoretz as saying that “The best analogy I can give is that the campaign turned over a rock and a lot of stuff began crawling out from under it.”

“There were these code words and dog whistles that let it appear that people who had been doing things in the shadows could now start marching forward.”

The main focus was on the awful things people write on Twitter. Heaven forbid they would blame Twitter, which has a history of banning and shadow banning Republicans and conservatives like Milo Yiannopoulos and Professor Glenn Reynolds for far less! But Twitter, of course, is down for the agenda.

So, after I stopped laughing out loud at this nonsense, I started thinking…why get into this meme now, with the election only a few weeks away? After all, these folks have accused Trump of everything else. But before we go there, let’s examine their central point, that Trump’s campaign is what has unleashed Jew hatred….hint hint, nudge wink.

Jew haters almost have a real disdain for candidates who have a history of being closely involved with Jewish causes, who openly embrace Israel as the true friend and ally of America it is, and who have close Jewish associates of long standing, who have Jewish family members like a beloved daughter (especially if that daughter converted), a close son-in-law and Jewish grandchildren.

So if some Jew haters support Donald Trump, the reason can’t be anti-semitism. And while it might be getting a pass by Twitter, it isn’t getting a pass by Trump or his supporters. You can find a few of these Jew hating trolls (frequently they’re Muslims, which we’ll talk more about shortly) on plenty of threads in conservative media, but the reaction from the thread in a place like PJ Media or Breitbart is always to call them out and bombard them mercilessly. I’ve run into a few of them myself and after I dispose of them with a few facts and some well-honed ridicule, I always get a fair amount of upvotes.

Yet there’s one thing that can’t can’t be shrugged off. Jew hatred in America has definitely increased and it was noticeable long before Donald Trump ran for president. So what caused it?

Starting with the first Bush administration, we saw much closer and intertwined relationships with the Saudis and the Emirates and with the last Clinton administration and that of George W. Bush, those relationships got even closer. We saw these countries financing the Muslim Brotherhood and taking over the mosques, we saw increased Muslim migration from countries where misogyny and Jew hatred were quite common and the virtual purchasing of Middle East Studies departments and foreign policy chairs in our major universities. In 2008, President Barack Hussein Obama was elected and he increased these trends on steroids. For the first time, America had a a president with major ties to the Saudis, the anti-semitic Nation of Islam and a ‘spiritual mentor’ who preached Jew hatred and anti-semitism from the pulpit.

While President Obama managed to cleverly finesse these issues with the help of a compliant media, once the votes were cast he reverted to type, announcing that he wanted to create ‘distance’ between America and Israel,  attacking its policies at every turn, protecting and enabling Islamists in America,  and actually rewarding and recognizing anti-semites……even partying with them as his intimates.

By 2012, President Obama had made a fair amount of progress towards making Israel a partisan issue in American politics. Remember how Obama saw to it that all the pro-Israel language from the 2008 platform was eliminated? And what happened at the convention afterwards when it didn’t poll well? And when at least half (and probably more) of the delegates on the floor refused to vote for changes to include convention tried to vote down changes to revert back to some of the former language. listen to the reaction when those changes were shoved through over the obvious wishes of the assembled delegates in spite of not getting the required two thirds majority after three futile tries:

Those people, by the way, are not Trump supporters of members of the so-called ‘alt-Right.’ They’re Democrats. And notice back then  that Obama, at election time, was once again fooling Jewish democrats by saying that Jerusalem was the capitol of Israel. Once the votes were cast, he ‘evolved’ again. Apparently our president isn’t sure which country he was in for the funeralof Shimon Peres.

The  members of the White House supported and Soros funded #Black Lives Matter movement are also Democrats on the Left. And anti-semites,  who have made it a litmus test for Jews wishing to be ‘part of the progressive movement’ to denounce Israel or become pariahs. Even many far Left ‘progressive’ Jews couldn’t cross the line when BLM labeled Israel an ‘apartheid state’ committing ‘genocide.’

The Jewish students being assaulted and intimidated on America’s campuses aren’t being attacked by members of the ‘alt-Right.’ They’re being attacked by members of the Islamist Muslim Students Association (MSA), Students For Justice in Palestine and similar BDS groups…Leftists all.

Hillary Clinton isn’t a Trump supporter either. But aside from having no problem with Jews bring denied access to their religious sites while Secretary of State, she was also happy to take the advice of her campaign guru John Podesta and her campaign manager Robbie Mook not to mention Israel at any of her events except appropriate fundraisers.

And if that isn’t enough, Mrs. Clinton has pledged to carry on President Obama’s policy and do something guaranteed not just to make things more dangerous for Jews and increase the attacks on them but to have the same effect on young women. She wants to increase the wholesale importation of unvetted Muslim men from the most anti-semitic and misogynist countries on earth, simply because she knows they’ll vote Democrat to keep the benefits and welfare payments coming in.

This is exactly what has happened in Europe. Do a search on rapes in Germany, Sweden, France, sex grooming in the UK and similar topics as well as the rise of attacks on Jews in Europe to see how that would work out in America if Mrs. Clinton gets her way.

If you’re a woman without rape fantasies, a Jew who wants to be able to walk around in relative safety or a homosexual, voting for Mrs. Clinton is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders or a trout voting to bring more fishermen to your lake.

And what do you know? Both the New York Times,The New Yorker and the other down for Hillery media support that agenda!

Which tells us where the real anti-semitism is coming from, doesn’t it? And it’s with the active aiding and abetting of the Left. Could these stories be coming out now because team Clinton has an inkling that some people are starting to figure this out?

The pitiful and disgraceful attempt to libel  the most philosemitic and pro-Israel ticket in years to cover for their own tacit endorsement of Jew hatred and the anti-semitic groups mentioned is beneath contempt.

When it comes to Jew hatred, the Left lives in very shoddy  glass houses. For them to throw any rocks at anyone else is the height of hypocrisy.

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As Confirmed by New Global Rankings, Rule of Law Is Why Western Civilization Is Superior

The great contribution of western civilization is the notion that the power of government must be constrained by laws. This doesn’t mean that all laws (or even most laws) are good. But, as explained in this video, if the choice is between the “rule of man” (the arbitrary and capricious exercise of power) and the […]

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Dorholt’s questionable priorities

This morning, I paid a quick visit to Zach Dorholt’s priorities page to see what Tina Flint-Smith Alida Messenger told him he believes. Earlier this week, at the St. Cloud Times-sponsored candidate forum, Dorholt said that he’d support a single-payer health care system. That was startling news to most of his constituents. It’s startling because […]

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