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Grown Men Acting Like 5-Year-Olds

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Whoever first said “Sports build character” was the all-time champ for not knowing what the dickens he was talking about–and getting away with it.

This little gem of a paperback from 1978, Inside the Yankees by Ed Linn, goes behind the scenes of the Yankees’ 1977 championship season.

I’m not presenting it to you as a baseball book. Forget the baseball. Inside the Yankees is a soap opera.

From top to bottom, from team owner George Steinbrenner, manager Billy Martin, and superstar Reggie Jackson–er, wait a minute: there is no bottom. They’re all trying to be the one on top, and they will stop just short of murder to get there. Anyway, you wouldn’t believe grown men could behave like this and not get locked up somewhere. Like, was there anyone in or around baseball whom Billy Martin didn’t punch out?

My favorite scene is the one in which several of the team’s prima donnas, individually and without prior consultation, each makes his way up to Steinbrenner’s hotel room to complain about his team-mates–and as each arrives, George has to hide the previous petitioner somewhere in the suite. Did they take that from a Danny Kaye movie?

This is long before Colin Koprolite got rich and famous for whining about how much he hates mean old America.

I’m afraid professional athletes have always been d*****bags. I’m sure Rome’s gladiators and charioteers always used to carp and backbite each other–although gladiators did sometimes get the opportunity to settle their grudges permanently. Give Reggie and Billy a crack at that, and you’d see sparks fly!

Another fantastic book along the same lines is Glory Days With the Dodgers by their catcher, John Roseboro. Roseboro looked back at his own life in sports, starting with his days in grade school, and had a lot of unsentimental things to say about it.

No, sports do not build character. Amazing that anybody ever thought they did.


Hillary: Abolish Electoral College

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Still in full tantrum mode

The Greek historian Polybius praised the Roman Republic for its system of checks and balances. As a Greek, he had personal experience of “democracy” self-destructing into hysteria and mob rule.

Today presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton, still unable to come to terms with her defeat by Donald Trump and the American people, continues to push for the abolition of one of our country’s firmest and most successful checks and balances–the electoral college (https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/17/hillary-clinton-abolish-electoral-college-because-donald-trump-is-destroying-america/).

Why? Because Donald Trump won, and he’s “a racist.” And he’s destroying an “American democracy” that does not exist and never did: our Constitution guarantees us a republican form of government, not a democracy. Our founders read Polybius.

Of course, it would require a constitutional amendment to replace the electoral college with a straight popular vote. You don’t “just do it.” But I don’t think Democrats know that.

Without the electoral college, every presidential election would be dominated by Far Left crazy states California and New York; and a regular injection of illegal alien votes would ensure a perpetual Democrat presidency. Can’t have any of those voter ID laws, etc. That would be racist.

The electoral college protects America from being hijacked by a handful of states with big populations. It has always protected us from that. “Democracy,” Polybius wrote, never fails to degenerate, first into mob rule, finally into dictatorship. Sort of like what happened in Venezuela.

If you love your country, don’t even think about voting for a Democrat.


‘TERF’ Wars

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Leftids devote massive efforts to making up new terms of abuse for those who disagree with them, or perversely refuse to live as “progressives” think they should. The latest coinage is “TERF”.

Now, I didn’t really want to know what that stands for, but my wife has told me anyway. I wanted it to be a kind of Smurf: after all, it rhymes. Well, the Smurfs are clear on this one. TERF stands for “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists”–that is, feminists who refuse to call men “women.” Nor do they admit there’s any such thing as a “female penis.” Yikes, they won’t even concede that any man can get pregnant.

So “trans women,” who are still men even if they say they aren’t, are hissy-fit mad at feminists who won’t dance to their tune. It’s rather nice to see leftids feuding with each other. Maybe a steel cage match is in the offing.

I have never in my life seen anything like the Left’s fanatical push for “transgender.” As a revolt against reality itself, and against the God who creates and defines reality, this is an evil enterprise that’s poisoning our culture. It really must be stopped and turned back: God only knows how much harm it’s done already.

I shudder to think of what posterity will think of this current age.

Always trusting in the Lord to make sure there is a posterity.


Flashback: ‘Nightline’ Tackles Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

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“Evolution or else!”

I reviewed this Nightline episode back in 2005.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/nightline-tackles-evolution-vs-intelligent-design

Do you remember this case? The local school board in Dover, Pennsylvania, expressed some skepticism of Evolution: so in roared the ACLU, guns ablaze, threatening to destroy the school district with lawsuits unless the board recanted and confessed Evolution to be the one and only truth. That’s how settled science stays settled.

Thing is, even with all these strong-arm tactics, even with them owning the culture, the Evolution side still can’t seal the deal. They just can’t get a majority of the people to believe in it.

Maybe it’s kind of hard to believe in a “scientific” doctrine that can only be kept alive with threats of force. Somehow “believe in this or we’ll destroy your school district” just doesn’t sound all that persuasive.

And maybe it’s awfully hard to understand why any expression of disbelief in Evolution calls down such a violent response. Why should they care so much? There’s something rather crazy about the whole business. Why do they feel so threatened if some tax preparer in Dover, Pennsylvania, isn’t buying into Darwinism?

Someone at Nightline should’ve asked those questions.


‘A Few Simple Truths’ (2015)

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Sometimes truth is amazingly simple.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/02/24/a-few-simple-truths/

To these we might add a few others:

*Government has no money of its own. It has only what it can take from the people in taxes. Backed up by the threat of force, of course.

*There really are only two sexes. Honest.

*If “higher education” really did make people smart, our country today would be the smartest nation in history. And we wouldn’t be doing so many colossally stupid things.

*Today’s settled science is tomorrow’s quaint and archaic poobah.


Transgender ‘Students’ Defend Gulags

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of The Gulag Archipelago, is spinning in his grave.

As part of their feud with feminists, “transgender rights campaigners”–a euphemism for seriously disturbed college students–at Goldsmith Looniversity, London, have argued that the infamous Soviet gulags were really nice places for “education” and “rehabilitation” (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/11/soviet-labour-camps-compassionate-educational-institutions-say/). Not forced labor concentration camps in Siberia.

Feminists resented screwed-up males trying to hijack women’s privileges by claiming themselves to be women. Well, that got the trannies going, and one of them tweeted that  the objecting feminists ought to be sent to a gulag for “re-education.” And that got the feminists going.

In support of their recommendation to send those who disagree with them to the gulag–there aren’t any gulags, yet, in Britain: but give it time–the trannies, er, “defended” their preposterous comments. Like so:

“The ideas of TERFS–” I don’t know what a TERF is, and I prefer to leave it that way for as long as possible–“and anti-trans bigots literally kill and ought to be eradicated through re-education.” And “Sending a bigot to one [a gulag] is actually a compassionate non-violent course of action.”

No, there wasn’t any violence at the gulags! Just a lot of classroom time, partying, cross-country skiing in that bracing Siberian winter, and maybe some amateur theatrics. Sort of a summer camp for adults, plus unendurable cold. Oh, and the food was really good, too!

Go ahead, build a bunch of gulags and send your rivals there; and then, once they get into power, they can send you there. Plenty of relaxing gulag time for all.

It is probably unnecessary to comment further on the deranged wickedness that now constitutes a college education.


‘Those Who Can’t Do, and Don’t Know How, Govern’ (2014)

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Remember when President *Batteries Not Included declared it was impossible to bring manufacturing jobs back to America, and accused Donald Trump of spinning fantasies? And we have seen, with Mr. Trump in the White House, hundreds of thousands of jobs come back and unemployment rates go way down. So it wasn’t impossible, after all–

It was just impossible that any politician from our ruling class could ever make it happen. Because somehow, during the course of 200 years of history, we stumbled into this dreadful position of being governed by ignorant fools.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/09/30/those-who-cant-do-and-dont-know-how-govern/

Do you really, truly believe any real-world problems can be solved by career politicians who have never stood in a checkout line, never had to get to work on time, never attempted to run a business, never had to spend within a strict budget because there was no more freakin’ money where that came from?

How did we ever wind up there?

And we will be marching straight back into Fort Ignorance, if we’re fool enough to elect any Democrats this November.


Google’s Post-Election Howl

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Someone has leaked an hour-long video of Google’s “all hands” meeting in the wake of Election Night, 2016, in which the Google brass bewailed and lamented the defeat of Hillary Clinton and vowed to do everything in their power to stop the elected president, Donald Trump, from carrying out his agenda. The video has been published by Breitbart (https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/09/12/leaked-video-google-leaderships-dismayed-reaction-to-trump-election/).

I’m sorry, but this is, like, a galaxy far, far away. Hillary Clinton is a crook. These oafs wanted her to be president. They worked for her to be president, all the while posing as simple purveyors of information without a partisan bone in their bodies: Google has “no political bias.” Good lord, someone actually had the brass to say that. I just can’t put myself into that mind-set.

The Google capos vowed to “save the world from catastrophic nationalism.” God save us from world savers. But, see, they’re all citizens of the world, nations are so blah, gotta have a global government–uh, with us running it, see, because we’re the smartest… Oh, please. Besides, they’ve got an ace up their sleeves–Artificial Intelligence! “Our hope is in Artificial Intelligence which made the heavens and the earth, after we made Artificial Intelligence… so gee, I guess we sorta made the heavens and the earth!”

The prosperity of fools will destroy them (Proverbs 1:32). And if it doesn’t, their pride and orgulity will.


September 11 – Conspiracy Theories

I was going to write about September 11 today, but The River Walk has done it better.   –LD

THE RIVER WALK

Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe. (Isaiah 8:12-14)

Read: Isaiah 8:1-9:21, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 23:4-5

Relate: One of my favorite movies during my college years was Enemy of the State. In this movie, a high profile murder was caught on tape. The person taping it is running for his life and plants the tape unawares on a lawyer named Will Smith, er… I mean Robert Dean. Suddenly, this average guy finds himself running for his life while deep operatives with all the power, technology, and budget of the USA on his tail. By an accident of chance, he has become an Enemy of the State…

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Moon Landing Movie: Stealing History

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Actors are such drips. But they only parrot what they hear from others. In fact, that’s their job–speaking lines written by others.

The First Man, Universal Pictures’ dramatization of the 1969 moon landing (slated for release October 12)… leaves out the historical fact–and arguably the centerpiece of the drama–of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the American flag on the surface of the moon (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/31/first-man-leaves-out-american-flag-in-moon-landing-scene-ryan-gosling-defends-decision.html).

Why?

Because, says the Canadian actor who plays Armstrong in the movie, the moon landing “transcended countries and borders.” He said this at the Venice Film Festival, where the movie was trotted out for a foreign audience.

Goldarn countries and borders! When are we gonna get rid of them and have a nice, cozy, global government?

So who put the first man on the moon? Italy? Saudi Arabia? Peru?

The answer is “the United States of America,” with American technology and know-how, paid for by the American people with their taxes. It was not a “We Are the World” moment. It was an American moment. We did it. That the rest of the world benefited by it, and might have even rejoiced in it, is beside the point. We did it, world: not you. And to this day no other country has matched this achievement.

We didn’t claim the moon as U.S. territory; but Congress declared “this was a United States project.” As if that even needed to be said in 1969.

But it does need to be said now, in 2018, as the international community seeks to hijack one of America’s signature achievements.

I saw our flag planted on the moon, on live TV. So did millions of other people. And we remember, in spite of the Open Borders crowd trying to infect us with amnesia.

And they can take their unhistorical movie and stick it.


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