people who were never slaves are fighting white people who were never Nazis
over a confederate statue erected by democrats, because democrats can't stand
their own history anymore and somehow it's Trumps fault?
The much-anticipated total solar
eclipse takes place a week from today. A map of the eclipse path is here. Another one is here. This cautionary message by an optometrist is from a Facebook page, via Conservative Treehouse.
As an Optometrist , I want to express concern that
I have about the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug 21. There are serious risks
associated with viewing a solar eclipse directly, even with the use of solar
filter glasses. Everyone should keep in mind if they or their children are
We have to keep in mind that some people will
encounter the inability to control every aspect of this exercise. For instance,
true solar eclipse glasses are made for adults, do not fit children well and
should not be used without direct parental supervision. If the solar glasses do
not filter out 100% of the harmful UV rays, if they are not used absolutely
perfectly, or should there be a manufacturing defect in any of them, this will
result in permanent and irreversible vision loss for any eye exposed. Just like
sunburn to the skin, the effects are not felt or noticed immediately. I have a
great fear that I will have patients in my office on Tuesday, Aug 22 who woke
up with hazy, blurry vision that I cannot fix. It is a huge risk to watch the
eclipse even with the use of solar glasses. There is no absolutely safe way to
do so other than on TV.
The biggest danger with children is ensuring
proper use without direct parental supervision. As the eclipse passes over many
places, including Columbus, the moon will not block 100% of the sun. Because so
much of its light is blocked by the moon, if one looks at it without full
protection, it does not cause pain as looking at the sun does on a regular day.
Normally if you try to look at the sun, it physically hurts and you can’t see
anything. During an eclipse, however, it is easier to stare for a bit….and even
less than 30 seconds of exposure to a partially eclipsed sun, you can burn a
blind spot right to your most precious central vision. With solar glasses you
can’t see ANYTHING except the crescent of light of the sun. Kids could have a
tendency to want to peak around the filter to see what is actually going on up
there. One failure, just one, where education and supervision fail, will have
such a devastating consequence.
Conrad Black has a sobering if scary take on the minefields and treachery that President Trump has to deal
with every day. Here are a couple of paragraphs (and considering the “Never
Trump” bias of National Review, I am somewhat surprised that NR published the piece
in the first place):
opponents need to understand what the alternative is. The battle lines have
been so sharply drawn, in what is now a bloodless civil war for direction of
U.S. public policy, that the two sides cannot really communicate with each
other. There is a commendable candor in Kellyanne Conway’s statement: “They
hate us and we hate them.” . . .
. . There is now unfolding what must be
the last civilized debate about the trajectory of events in Washington before
the civil war moves from the heavy and frequent skirmishing that has
intensified since the election to the fight to the death that seems inevitably
to impend. The president said in a powerful address to a very enthusiastic
audience in West Virginia last week, where he received the grace of conversion
to the Republican party of the formerly Democratic governor, Jim Justice, that
the entire special-counsel investigation into relations between the Russian
government and the Trump campaign is “a total fabrication” and “an attempt to
[reverse] one of the greatest political defeats in American history.” So it is.
[Robert] Mueller conducts himself professionally or not, there is no excuse for
a special counsel to have been appointed, and the president was (as he need not
have mentioned publicly) badly let down by Sessions. The scramble of nominal
Republicans such as Lindsey Graham, and drooling partisan Democrats such as
Chris Coons, to pass redundant, grandstanding legislation to protect Sessions
and Mueller is nauseating. Trump ran against and defeated both parties, the
Clintons, the Bushes, and Obama, and most of their close collaborators in the
Congress. The war continues and until the president has enough economic
progress, or enough time without gaffes that the hostile media can amplify into
a wall of noise, or a sudden foreign-policy success such as with North Korea or
even Venezuela, if he wants to start moving the needle of the polls upwards, he
will face the problem of cowardice and lethargy in his own party. Senator
McConnell’s statement in Kentucky this week that Trump was responsible for the
almost total failure of the Republican Congress to achieve anything in the past
six months was just more self-serving claptrap from a familiar and very
tiresome source. . . .
is a civil war and the apostate conservatives should realize that, if Trump
loses, they don’t get a new Reaganism in the Republican party and renewed
importance and self-importance for themselves; they get the semi-permanent
return of those responsible for the decline of America, the sleazy
transformation of America into an ineffectual force in the world and into an
inert, economically stagnant welfare state. The choice, for sane conservatives,
is Trump or national disaster. . ..
via YouTube: "North Korea is a template for Trump: Mark Steyn"
"Pricing in the nuking of Cleveland"
Mark Steyn is a favorite commentator and analyst. And he is funny.
From his website:
[Steyn] started the day with a full hour on one of his
favorite shows, "Varney & Co" on Fox Business. Stuart was as
irrepressible as ever about the way the market had shrugged off the news from
North Korea, and Mark gleefully chided him for "pricing in the nuking of
Cleveland". However, they also addressed the situation rather more
Click above to watch (and it’s short).
It’s worth it
just to watch an exasperated Steyn kick off with: "I'm so sick of
listening to Mitch McConnell explain why nothing can be done."
GOP Donors Respond to Obamacare
Repeal Failure, Withhold Donations
Republican donors are
protesting GOP lawmakers' failure to repeal Obamacare by withholding donations
to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
At least $2 million in
contributions originally promised to the NRSC have not materialized, CNN reported Tuesday.
The failure of Republicans to
fulfill a central campaign promise particularly concerns some donors because it
could disillusion core voters heading into the 2018 midterms. The uncertainty could
put the Republicans' majority—especially in the House of Representatives—at
The Republican majority in the
Senate is widely viewed to be safe in the 2018 midterms. Nonetheless, Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Ky.) has been privately warning his colleagues and
donors that the GOP's 52-48 majority should not be taken for granted, according
to CNN. A campaign donation shortfall could impact the GOP's ability to
effectively campaign in states where Democratic senators are vulnerable.
. . .
contributions is a good start, but it’s just a start. Remember when Dave Brat upset
Eric Cantor? We need two or three more primary challenges.
It's Sunday, and as always, Clarice Feldman at American Thinker has a thoughtful perspective ("A Consequential President in the Time of Pygmies") on President Trump’s first six month in office. Here are a few excerpts:
Once when my son was about 6 or 7 I took him to
the circus with some of his friends. The acrobats, clowns, and lion tamer in
the center ring enthralled the other kids. Not him. He turned to me and said,
“How do you think they make money producing a circus? I think it’s the
concessions.” It struck me then that among the people in the world, there are
some -- too few, actually -- who are not distracted by spectacles, but,
instead, keep their eyes on the bottom line.
That’s how I see the President. His stated goals
have always been to make us safe, get the economy booming, enable a
job-creation economy, and make life better and safer for all Americans.
As the news is filled with tittle-tattle about the
phony baloney Russian collusion story and moronic punditry, the president keeps
plowing on with his agenda. American
Digest lists 220 things the President has achieved while in office,
despite the vitriolic attacks on him and what appears to be a
silent coup by the press, bureaucrats, and entrenched officeholders.
This week, despite Democratic stalling, 78 of his
nominees for office were confirmed. So the list should now run to 221 things
the President has done to Make America Great Again.
With West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice having
ditched the Democratic Party for the Republican, the Republicans now control
26 state governments. Put another way, 48% of Americans now live in a state
where Republicans have complete control. 17% in states with total Dem control.
market is booming although the NYT twists itself into a pretzel to
deny the President’s role in this. . .
. . .
As for the Russian nonsense, Edward Jay Epstein, a
longtime credible sleuth, explains
why the Russians had no particular interest in having Hillary win, but
a great deal of interest in degrading our belief in the legitimacy of our
. . .
In the meantime, pay attention to the bottom line.
Trump is not losing. The media and the Democratic party they work for are.
She has quite a bit more to say (e.g., on Comey and Mueller, etc.); the whole article is here.
Meantime, I am wondering about the 17-day “vacation” that President
Trump is taking at one of his golf clubs in New Jersey, while his staff camps
out at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Apparently
these temporary logistics are planned so that the White House heating and cooling systems can be upgraded and other repairs can be made. Hmmm. I hope a trusted team of experts
takes out entire walls in the White House, hauls them over to some secure
warehouse, and under surveillance, finds the bugs.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A day of thanks
will be offered August 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the USS Cod Submarine Memorial,
1089 East Ninth Street, featuring free tours for veterans and their families,
music and service information.
encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and use the submarine's newly installed
picnic grove, and spend the day visiting the other nearby attractions of
Cleveland's North Coast Harbor.
veterans can visit information displays set up by private and governmental
organizations that provide services to veterans and their families.
The city of
Cleveland is providing free parking to veterans attending the event. A brief
welcome program and deck gun salute is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
beautiful day in August beats a dreary November day in Cleveland for
celebrating the service of our veterans," said Cod Director Paul Farace.