Sirius XM Should Bring Back Mike Church

Now that Trumpbart News Service CEO Steve Bannon is going to work for the Trump campaign I think that Sirius XM needs to bring back Mike Church to their early morning line up. If they did I would tune in. I tried Brietbart News for a few weeks but had to move along for obvious reasons. I might listen again on my way to work if they brought back Mike Church, and he’s willing to fill the slot.

I publicly volunteer to resume my duties as morning host on SiriusXM, I have the experience, I have the relationship with the sponsors and most of all, tens of thousands of SiriusXM listeners remain devoted to the Mike Church Show and would follow it back to Satellite Radio; what exactly is there to think about here!?

Come on Sirius XM and the Patriot Channel, make my morning commute pleasant again. Please.

Sorry, I Can’t Get Over My Ability To Think, Nor Should I

Yesterday I read something written by another conservative blogger telling people like me, who have failed to hop aboard the Trump Train, to grow up and just “get over it.” Like we’re all team players who should just accept the leader of our team no questions asked.

I get the argument, the Supreme Court is at risk. Hillary Clinton is absolutely horrible in every way. I get it. Totally. I’ve been there in past campaigns. But this year is different. This year we are being asked to support a progressive guy who is insane. Or maybe he isn’t insane, maybe he is just a Democrat plant put in place to act insane and secure Hillary Clinton’s victory and increase his own brand awareness. I don’t know, and I don’t really care. Plus, I live in New York so my vote for president doesn’t really count, and hardly anybody reads this blog anymore anyway. So no, I will not abandon my principles and “get over it.”

I will not abandon my sanity and “get over it.” It isn’t “Never Trump” conservatives causing him to make gaffe after gaffe. It isn’t “Never Trump” people causing him to fail to capitalize on the daily revelations of Hillary Clinton’s corruption. That’s all on him.  He hasn’t done a damned thing to win us over. Every time I think maybe I could bring myself to vote for him he says something that makes me cringe.

He was going to pivot and become more presidential. He delivered a few speeches from the teleprompter and it seemed like maybe he was going to stop with the schtick that’s turning off so many voters that aren’t already on the Trump Train. Then he went and brought Steve Bannon on board his campaign team, reportedly because his former pro-Russia campaign guru, who is still on the payroll, was holding him back. Bannon, of Breitbart News, whose writers were paid to write pro-Russia articles about the Ukraine situation. Oh and Roger Ailes, formerly of Fox News, is now one of his top advisers. Ailes, who had to leave his job because of sexual harassment allegations.  All that tells me is that I was right all along, that the biggest “conservative” media outlets were in the tank for him from day one.

So no, I will not get over it. Call me a crybaby. Call me a sore loser. Call me whatever you want, but I still have the ability to think. I still have the ability to tell the difference between someone who genuinely believes in the same things I do and someone who is just pretending. I might have lost my party. I might have lost most of the readers of this blog. But I haven’t lost my mind, and I haven’t lost my principles. So maybe I’m not the one who needs to get over it.

This is what I do know, no matter who wins the presidential election, it’s important to have good people in the House and the Senate. So if you’re like me, and you can’t bring yourself to vote for the orange thing, please don’t sit this out. He might be defeated in an unprecedented landslide, but we really can’t afford to let decent down-ticket candidates lose because of this mess. But if that does happen, maybe I’ll do a post telling all of the Trump cheerleaders to get over it. It certainly won’t be my fault, and it won’t be the fault of principled conservatives who refused to get in line.

But hey, tell yourself whatever you want.

A Wee Bit Of Good News For My Community

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Last night I told you about how I’ve been kind of on a mission to save the shuttle service from our local mall to the New York State Fair. I’m happy to report that this afternoon they announced that they are going to reinstate the service! It’s nice to know that people can still make a difference, even with something as trivial as this. So my family will go to the State Fair this year, and so will thousands of people in our community. Yay!

I should also add that I was surprised when I first wrote to the State Fair about the issue and the acting director personally called me the next morning. He encouraged me to encourage others to email him, saying he would share the emails with Centro. It looks like he kept his word.

While Milwaukee Burns Obama Golfs

Well, this is the leadership we’ve come to expect over the past 7+ years. Milwaukee is literally burning and President Obama is playing golf on Martha’s Vineyard. Heaven forbid he interrupt his vacation to address the race war waging in this country. It’s almost like he wants this to happen.

Rioting and violence still plague the streets of northern Milwaukee over 48 hours after the death of Sylville Smith, and young black men who was shot to death by a black police officer after resisting arrest Saturday.

Local businesses have been set on fire, law enforcement officials have been attacked and injured, and the National Guard has been called in to diffuse the chaos.

“Where’s Barack Obama today?” Mark Levin asked on his radio program Monday night. “He’s playing golf on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Read the whole thing to find out what else happened this weekend, something that didn’t result in violence, chaos and widespread property damage.

I’m only surprised Obama didn’t come out to condemn the cop who shot the guy who refused to drop his gun.

Living A Normal Life, But Then There’s This Thing With The State Fair

I have to tell you, since I haven’t been spending much time on this blog life is nicer. I still have to work and do everything around the house that needs to be done with two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. But at least I’m not constantly thinking about what I’m going to post next. I can read or listen to the news and just move on, like a normal person. Well, at least mostly normal.

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The New York State Fair is coming up. Every year we, and thousands of others in and around our community, take a Centro bus from the little mall in my town to the Fair. We have to pay for the service, but it’s nice not having to sit in the Fair traffic and deal with the massive parking lot that either is dusty or muddy depending on the weather. It’s also great for the teenagers who don’t drive yet. Some of them have jobs at the Fair, and the shuttle is their only way to get there. But unfortunately for us, Centro, which receives a lot of taxpayer funding, has decided to eliminate our shuttle stop.

They say they are doing this to provide better service, because the shuttle we used was so extremely popular that people complained about waiting. We’ve never waited for more than 15 minutes, but maybe others have during really busy periods. Anyway, our only choices now are driving right to the Fair and dealing with that, driving to Destiny USA which is its own traffic nightmare, or take the normal bus through our area to the hub in Syracuse and then take a bus from there to the Fair, hoping we don’t get robbed on the way home if we stay past dark. Many of us are going to choose to just stay home, and miss out on seeing the millions of dollars in improvements to the Fair that our tax dollars are funding.

So I’m trying, through Facebook and word of mouth, to get people to start complaining about this and get this one little service, that we pay to use, restored. We pay a lot in taxes around here and most of us don’t see much in return. Centro is still providing the service to the northern and western suburbs of Syracuse, but they have cut off everyone to the south and east. It’s just wrong.

If you happen to live in the eastern suburbs of Syracuse and like the shuttle from Shoppingtown Mall to the Fair please call Senator John DeFrancisco’s office at (315) 428-7632 and ask if there is anything he can do about it. Nobody else seems to be listening.

Saturday Funnies

Happy Saturday! There aren’t many weekends left this summer, so enjoy it while you can, and enjoy the funnies found at Legal Insurrection. I’ll be going to a graduation party today with my family and not thinking about politics. I hope you are doing something fun, too.

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History Is The Story Of Life

The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.

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History is The Story of Life

The older we get the more of our lives become History.  Perhaps that is why it slowly eventually becomes interesting to many people; we can remember so much more of it.  The future slides into the present.  The present slides into the past.  Our lives are the history of the future.

The average American has no Historical perspective.  To most people History began the day they were born and it will end when they do.  Without a historical perspective we live constantly in an ever progressing NOW and now can always be shaped and molded by whoever has the loudest megaphone at the moment.  This puts the lives of the low information citizen in the hands of the establishment and their media mouthpieces.

So many students say, “History is boring, just names and dates” yet if History is boring than so is life, because History is the story of life.  It is nothing more or less than the accumulated stories of the lives of people just like us who have lived at different times in what might as well have been different worlds.

These different worlds are the scaffold upon which our own world exists and if we ignore the framework that holds us up we imagine that we are afloat on a sea of forgetfulness beginning each epoch with no guidance from the collected wisdom of those who have gone before.  And if we choose ignorance as our starting point can we wonder what will be our end?

What passes for education today doesn’t help much, and in many ways it just muddies the water.  The History we are taught in secondary school is often sugar coated or slanted through the eyes and opinions of someone who has been run through the progressive stamping plant that is contemporary teacher training.  Either we get an uncritical, “America right or wrong!” or “America’s always wrong!” depending on the slant of the education bureaucracy in the area.

After decades of teaching History to America’s best and brightest I have sadly come to the conclusion that as time goes by people not only know less and less about History but also what they do know isn’t so.  It is only when we start to look at alternative views that we find there has always been a great debate as to what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and what it all means.  To most of the snowflake generation and even to those older who have swilled the progressive kool-aide it is a micro aggression to try to expose them to anything that contradicts or even conflicts with the mantra of Al Gore’s man-made global warming cult or the anti-colonial views of the Obama zombies.  Yet it is these alternative views that make History expansive, exciting, interesting, and informative.  Without them it isn’t education it is indoctrination.

Every society and culture has always taught what might be called a glorified History that explains why they exist and should exist as a distinct group.  When a country stops teaching this to their young in a few generations it is hard for the people to justify in their own minds why they are who they are and why they should continue to be a distinct people.  This leads inevitably to a crisis that usually portends the end.  Things are being left out of our History books, purged you might say.  What isn’t remembered will be forgotten.  That which is not written, is not preserved, passed down or remembered is the dust in the dustbin of History.

History is the best opportunity we have to learn from the mistakes of others.  If we ignore these or we never learn of them we face the inevitable reality of repeating these mistakes over and over.

A case in point:

The socialist economics of the USSR and the inefficiencies it caused brought about the implosion of the Soviet empire.  After that fall America rushed headlong into socialism itself.  After almost 50 years of resisting communism, spending trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives lost or destroyed how did Americans fall for the siren song of, “From each according to his ability to each according to his need”?  How did the Cold Warriors morph into interchangeable drones, cogs in a socialist utopian pyramid scheme?  They didn’t realize the snake oil the Progressives were selling was the same thing all the other socialists have been selling since the 19th century.  They couldn’t see that the hell holes of Cuba and Venezuela are the inevitable result of collectivism carried to its predictable dead end.  They had no historical perspective.

Having followed the hope and change of the pied piper Barack Obama, America is teetering on the edge of the abyss.  If enough of our fellow citizens bolstered by the best imported voters available and all the dead people in Chicago give Hillary and the Clinton crime family another shot at plundering this country we may well topple over following Rome and Britain into that aforementioned dust bin of History.

It may just be a matter of time until we join the Soviets on the trash heap of History.   I remember that we woke up one morning and the USSR was arguably the strongest nation on earth and unarguably the largest, and by the time we went to bed it had disappeared.  Since then we have worked hard to limit competition and extend benefits while our self-satisfaction has risen everything else is in decline.  Maybe what we need is some Glasnost and Perestroika?

We can’t know what we don’t know but we can know that we don’t know.  I first discovered History when I was nine years old, and I realized I didn’t know what had happened in the world before I had arrived.  I set off on a journey that has now lasted fifty-eight years.  I read and study History on a daily basis. I look for perspectives that may not match my own. I try to extend my understanding by looking at the world from many different viewpoints, and often I find that what I thought yesterday isn’t what I think today.  Not that History has changed, but my understanding of it has.  And with this evolving understanding comes new ways to move through this puzzle factory we call life.

I heartily recommend anyone who wants to make it through the maze and find the cheese study History so you will learn, someone always moves the cheese.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

What Do You Expect From A Fake Conservative As The Republican Nominee?

Republicans haven’t had a true conservative to vote for since Ronald Reagan. Those who came after him were varying degrees of moderate, but at least they were conservative on some issues, and they understood the issues, even if they failed to live up to the values they pledged to champion.

And now we have Donald Trump. A man who was a donor to the worst of the worst Democrats for decades. A man who has espoused liberal orthodoxy for most of his life. A man who only decided to become a “conservative” at the time he decided to run for office as a Republican. He picked up on anger over illegal immigration, a lousy economy, threats to our national security, and Democrats who have rammed through a progressive agenda for the past eight years with very weak opposition.

It was the perfect storm for a media-savvy blowhard like Trump to come along. In a very crowded primary field he was able to sell his bungled message – with $2 billion in help from the media – to enough Republican voters to win the nomination. He spent most of his time labeling, mocking and attacking his Republican opponents. He might not understand conservative orthodoxy, but he does know what sells to the masses. He promised that once the general election rolled around he would act more presidential, and there were enough suckers out there who actually believed him.

And now here we are. Is he spending his time going after Hillary Clinton for the scandals that are piling up around her? Sure he calls her Crooked Hillary, but he seems to be going a lot easier on her than he did on his fellow Republicans. The Democrats have nominated the most flawed, corrupt candidate in generations. There’s so much low hanging fruit there that any Republican candidate with a pulse should be way ahead in the polls. He doesn’t even need to talk about the mysterious deaths of several DNC staffer over the past few weeks, just the official, confirmed scandals should be enough to sink her. Just off of the top of my head there is the email mess she created and being investigated by the FBI, the way she used her position heading the State Department to do favors for Clinton Foundation donors, the way she used the Clinton Foundation to enrich herself, Benghazi, her dismal record as a US Senator. I could go on and on, and that’s not even getting into the failed policies of Obama that Clinton would continue, or even make worse, like Obamacare.

But here we are, Trump just goes out there, supposedly speaking off the cuff, making gaffe, after gaffe, after gaffe. His gaffes are endless, if they are gaffes. I’m still not convinced that he’s not a Clinton plant, but giving him the benefit of the doubt on that, there has to be some explanation for his cartoonish performance. He’s turned into the quintessential stereotype of how the Democrats have defined conservatives. For the progressives he is the gift that keeps on giving as he continues this caricature of what we’re all about.

The latest example is when he babbled about the possibility of Hillary Clinton nominating anti-Second Amendment judges, and how there would be nothing we could do about that, well except for those Second Amendment people… wink, wink. It’s like that was written by a progressive Democrat, but it was just Trump speaking off the cuff, because he thinks like a progressive Democrat. And it wasn’t the first time he’s shown his true colors.

Think about when he answered a question about outlawing abortion by saying that women who sought abortions should receive “some form of punishment.” Think about when he answered a debate question about raising the minimum wage by protesting that wages are too high.”

These aren’t Trump’s own core issues, or the issues of his base. But they’re important to swaths of the Republican Party. As the party’s nominee, he’s tried to learn how to speak their language. But he speaks it with a heavy accent — and woeful miscommunication ensues. (Read More)

So yeah, miscommunication, or he’s just trying to lose. Whatever it is, this is what you get when you nominate a guy like Donald Trump. He’s making a mockery of the conservative movement, and the populist nationalists among us who fell for his shtick will have nobody to blame but themselves when Crooked Hillary is sworn into office. Congratulations.