Quiz Question

Number 175 of a series

No hard Quiz Question this week. This is going to be a search into the history of recent technology.

The image above is a computer file with the name “Math-Domination-01.gif.” The question is about the ending of the file name—.gif. Where did the convention of file names ending in .xxx originate? Those who grew up as computer technology was coming of age will know the history and will be able to supply the answer. Share your comments below.

This is your President speaking.

Number 154 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!

To further quote:
In the case of Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Lyin’ Ted…
Lies, oh, he lies.
You know Ted, he brings the Bible, holds it high, puts it down, lies
Texas values.

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 5 of a series

Another email from Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, excerpted:

From: Greg Abbott <info@gregabbott.com>
To: [Actually not to me but to Barbara Jean]
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:00 AM
Subject: Defending law and order

I know that the fight to defend our communities starts at the border. An unsecured border leaves us vulnerable to a variety of offenses, including violence from gangs and cartels. Too many have experienced firsthand the catastrophic damage dangerous gangs like MS-13 can cause in our communities.

That’s why I remain committed to securing our border and keeping Texans safe. I am working to crack down on violent gangs at our border and throughout our state. Because your safety is my priority, we passed the toughest border security laws in the nation. But there is more we must do to keep Texans safe.

And that’s it. Nothing about passing legislation to enforce who gets to use which public toilets:

AUSTIN — Late in last year’s legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott signaled that he would sign a bathroom bill.

But earlier in the year, Rep. Byron Cook says, then-Abbott Chief of Staff Daniel Hodge told him and leaders of Texas industry that “the governor did not want that bill on his desk.”

The bill to restrict transgender Texans’ use of restrooms posed a big threat to the state’s prosperity, according to Cook.

Nothing about the evils of Planned Parenthood:

Allegations have come out that Planned Parenthood is harvesting baby body parts. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sued Planned Parenthood for Medicaid fraud in the past, and has now directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to conduct an immediate investigation.

Sign your name if you support the investigation of Planned Parenthood

Nothing about Jade Helm 15:

April 28, 2015

Major General Gerald “Jake” Betty
Commander, Texas State Guard
Texas Military Forces
2200 West 35th Street
Austin, Texas 78763

Dear General Betty:

To address concerns of Texas citizens and to ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15. During the Operation’s eight-week training period from July 2015 to September 2015, I expect to receive regular updates on the progress and safety of the Operation.

No, the new approach to Texas governance, so far as Governor Abbott and Texas Republicans figure it, is to stoke fear of foreigners and leverage off that.

An unsecured border leaves us vulnerable to a variety of offenses, including violence from gangs and cartels.

And these are foreigners, and securing our borders is going to fix the problem?

Too many have experienced firsthand the catastrophic damage dangerous gangs like MS-13 can cause in our communities.

Governor, I hate to be the one to bring you this surprising news, but MS-13 sprang out of the streets of Los Angeles, California, back in the 1980s. Although it has since spread across much of this continent, keeping MS-13 out of Texas is going to require securing our border with California. But wait, California doesn’t border on Texas, so what we are going to have to do is secure our borders with Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Talk about a wall!

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested President Donald Trump and both houses of Congress use federal money withheld from defunded cities, counties and states with so-called “sanctuary” policies to help fund a border wall, during an interview Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

Abbott, who has withheld state funds from Travis County in Texas because of its sanctuary policies, urged the president to use federal criminal grants stripped away from localities adopting these policies to aid in securing the border.

Of course, I exaggerate. I likely will not need my passport when returning to Texas from Oklahoma, a place I have not visited in over 60 years. I will just swim the Red River and enter Texas as a wetback.

Just think how it would be if we could get our governor, and the rest of Texas government, to concentrate on matters that mean the most to Texas citizens, including, perhaps, doing something about the fake crisis pregnancy centers being funded by the government

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Savanah Low — a staunch pro-choice advocate who works with Jane’s Due Process, volunteers at Planned Parenthood, and protested at the Texas state legislature last session in a Handmaid’s Tale red robe and white bonnet — once accidentally volunteered at a “crisis pregnancy center.”

The True Options Pregnancy Center, a business in Sherman, Texas where Low volunteered years ago, presents as a family planning clinic, but has no obstetrician or gynecologist on site. On its website, the center says it offers abortion information, but it doesn’t actually refer anyone to abortion if they come in and ask about it.

Even when people don’t want an abortion, the clinic isn’t very helpful. “Women come in asking to use [the ultrasound machine] to see if their baby is healthy and find out the sex. She turns them down because the only purpose of that ultrasound machine is to convince people not to have an abortion. They provide no medical service,” Low said. True Options staff told ThinkProgress that their nurses aren’t trained to determine a baby’s sex, and are only able to identify if a person is pregnant.

If Governor Abbot will quit playing fast and loose with the truth and get around to doing something of value to Texans, then I will quit parading his off-kilter campaign appeals for others’ amusement.

The Years of Living Stupidly

Number 10 in a series

Forgive me for plowing under last year’s crop, but this came to my attention only yesterday. Also forgive me for posting two of these on consecutive days—makes it appear I’m in a rut. The fact is, unfortunately, that the stupid is strong and is likely to remain so. To the story:

“I haven’t been in a science class in a long time, but the earth moves closer to the sun every year–you know the rotation of the earth,” Wagner said. “We’re moving closer to the sun.”

That was “gubernatorial hopeful, Scott Wagner” shilling for the natural gas industry last year. I assure you, readers, that Mr. Wagner’s being a Republican candidate has nothing to do with his support for fossil fuels and his opposition to the idea of AGW (anthropogenic global warming). Typical, maybe, consequential, well… Well you have me there. Placed against a wall and facing a firing squad I would be unable to name somebody professing to deny AGW who is not a Republican in this country. The stupidity I throw that in for free.

Some facts. AGW, a rise in global temperatures as a consequence of human activity, is well-documented, and is shown to not correlate well with solar activity. It’s not that solar activity would be unable to affect global temperatures, it is that the sun is relatively quiet compared to the activities of humans on the planet. And, yes, Earth does get closer to the sun, but then it gets farther away. That’s because Earth’s path around the sun is not a circle but is an ellipse. There is a closest point and there is a farthest point (perihelion and aphelion), and the closest point this year was January 2.

Mr. Wagner says it has been a long time since he was in a science class, and it appears it has been some time since he was in any language class related to English. Earth rotates (spins) about its axis, and it revolves about the sun.

And that is about all the stupid I can handle for now. More to come. Keep reading.

The Years of Living Stupidly

Number 9 in a series

So this is the situation we’re in right now. In times past we had presidents who were not clued in on science, thought matters of science were negotiable. Some even thought creationism should be taught in public schools. Things are different now. With Donald Trump we have a president who has not only a great appreciation for science, but also appears to know more about it than most scientisst. By his own admission he is a very stable genius.

Anyhow, the ICCP is out with its report on recent studies, and their conclusion is that the planet will reach a tipping point about 2030 if greenhouse gas levels are not brought to heel by then. Luckily our president has the insight and the power to rein in this kind of nonsense. Here is what he had to say in an interview with an reporter for the Associated Press:

I said the worst hurricane was 50 years ago, far worse than what this one was. Then, in 1890, they had one that was even worse. This was No. 3 or 4 or 5. We had worse hurricanes in 1890, we had worse, a worse hurricane 50 years ago. We’ve gone through a period, actually, fairly recently, where we have very few. I live in Florida to a large extent and spend a lot of time in Florida, and we had a period of time where we went years without having any major problem. And then you have a problem and it goes in cycles, and I want absolutely crystal clear water and I want the cleanest air on the planet and our air now is cleaner than it’s ever been. Very important to me. But what I’m not willing to do is sacrifice the economic well-being of our country for something that nobody really knows. And you have scientists on both sides of the issue. And I agree the climate changes, but it goes back and forth, back and forth. So we’ll see.

I mean, you know, I am a person that believes very, very strongly in the environment. I am truly an environmentalist. I know some people might not think of me as that, but I’m an environmentalist. Everything I want and everything I have is clean. Clean is very important — water, air. But I also want jobs for our country. And if we would have, as an example, entered certain agreements with other countries, I actually think that we’re doing it so they could have an economic advantage. Because we would have had a tremendous— we would have been at a tremendous economic disadvantage if we entered into certain agreements.

It is so heartening we now have a president who is concerned with the environment, apparently more concerned than any president has been in the past. And he wants clean. He likes clean. He is, however, level-headed enough to know that we must never sacrifice profit for clean. I am reassured. Maybe  Scott Pruitt can get back his job at the EPA.

The AP reporter followed up by reminding the president about the tipping point. He had a ready, and very stable, response.

No, no. Some say that and some say differently. I mean, you have scientists on both sides of it. My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.

President Trump’s natural instinct for science is going to be the world’s salvation. I feel it in my bones.

This is your President speaking.

Number 152 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

“Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!

When have we ever had a president who exhibited such class, such eloquence? A national treasure, dear readers.

This is your President speaking.

Number 151 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Despite so many positive events and victories, Media Reseach Center reports that 92% of stories on Donald Trump are negative on ABC, CBS and ABC. It is FAKE NEWS! Don’t worry, the Failing New York Times didn’t even put the Brett Kavanaugh victory on the Front Page yesterday-A17!

My heart goes out to President Trump. Every president should have the mainstream news outlets working as his crowing section. That said, President Trump could be correct in his statement about what the Media Research Center reported. I attempt to keep track of their postings, but I may have missed that one. Take note: the MRC actually is President Trumps crowing section.

So, given that mainstream outlets are being unfair to the president, 92% of their coverage being negative, this is worth some investigation. Let’s see if this really is what’s going on.

I need to stop at this point. It could be the 92% figure is not far off the mark.

Thank you, Mr. President, for making my retirement so enjoyable.

This is your President speaking.

Number 150 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador. She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job.

Fortunately this is one of the times when I can allow words to fail me. Res ipsa loquitur.

The National Divide

There’s only so far I will go.

Did Barack Obama bring division to this country?

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans feel Barack Obama’s presidency divided the country than feel it brought people together, a new poll shows. Yet he leaves office held in high esteem by a solid majority.

Eight years after Obama’s historic election, just 27 percent see the U.S. as more united as a result of his presidency, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted after the 2016 election. Far more — 44 percent — say it’s more divided.

Let’s take it as a given that Obama is responsible for today’s divided America. Now let us be thankful for that division, and let’s choose up sides. Let me draw the line for you.

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

There is now a hard line that separates me from this:

It’s a hard line that defines what my country should be and what it should not be. Stand on one side or on the other. There is no middle ground.

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 4 of a series

From KERA News

Texas politics has always been a great spectator sport. Growing up in Granbury, Texas, the name of Henry Zweifel would sometimes come up in the dinner conversation. Stephen Ambrose tells the story of how Dwight Eisenhower became the 1952 Republican nominee:

In 1952, Taft’s son was trying to use his father’s tactics to capture the nomination. True, he did not control federal patronage, but he had the support of many state party leaders, conservative businessmen who controlled many of the delegates and the machines of the party at local levels in the South. Republican party structures in the South were little more than clubs resuscitated just before national conventions. Despite their meager constituencies, these rotten boroughs controlled almost a third of the convention delegates. None were elected by primaries. All were handpicked by party bosses. As in 1912, there were a number of contested delegations from the South, the most important from Texas. There, on May 3, 1952, some 185 precinct conventions were held. Normally these were small, friendly affairs with foregone conclusions. But in 1952 thousands of Texans showed up, signed a pledge that committed them to participate in Republican Party activities, and then voted overwhelmingly for pro-Eisenhower delegates to the state convention. The Texas national committeeman, Henry Zweifel, charged that these “one-day Republicans” were actually Democrats set on stealing the Republican Party from its rightful owners. He also launched a smear campaign against Eisenhower, creating such headlines as “REDS, NEW DEALERS USE IKE IN PLOT TO HOLD POWER” and “IKE CODDLED COMMUNISTS WHILE PRESIDENT OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.” Then, on May 27, when the Eisenhower delegates showed up at the state convention at Mineral Wells, Zweifel rejected them and selected a delegation that these “one-day Republicans” were actually Democrats set on stealing the Republican Party from its rightful owners. He also launched a smear campaign against Eisenhower, creating such headlines as “REDS, NEW DEALERS USE IKE IN PLOT TO HOLD POWER” and “IKE CODDLED COMMUNISTS WHILE PRESIDENT OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.” Then, on May 27, when the Eisenhower delegates showed up at the state convention at Mineral Wells, Zweifel rejected them and selected a delegation

Ambrose, Stephen E.. Eisenhower, Vol. 1: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect, 1890-1952 (Eisenhower Biography) (Kindle Locations 10317-10328). Premier Digital Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Leap forward several decades, and the show continues to be a great spectacle. Which leads me to the following. I received an email from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and I felt the need to respond. The mail was a request for support, support for his re-election campaign and support for conservative Republican values. The governor’s disconnect from reality is refreshing to such a degree that I need to share my response with readers. Read it below. A full copy of the governors email is available on request.


I want to thank you up front for taking time to send me your thoughts by email. That said, I need to let you know who I am.

I was born in Hood County, Texas, as was my father. His father was born in Johnson County, Texas, and his grandmother was born in Texas back when this was part of Mexico. On both sides my grandparents were farmers from Hood and Coleman Counties. I was raised in small town Texas, educated in Texas public schools, served in the military, and was educated at Texas state universities. Most recently I read what I received from you by email, and now I wonder where you are coming from. Where did you get stuff like the following?

All over the country, we are seeing a new group of radicals seize control of the Democrat Party.

Self-identified socialists and “progressives” have all but declared war on the Democrat establishment, angered that leaders like California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and New York Senator Chuck Schumer are supposedly not left-wing enough!

It would appear you are talking about me, although I am not a self-identified socialist. Then there is this.

They’re calling for everything from taxpayer-funded abortions to “single-payer” healthcare, open borders, higher taxes, and the outright elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

To put matters straight, taxpayer-funded abortions, a legal and sometimes necessary medical procedure, would be a good idea for the many in our state who cannot afford adequate medical care. Higher taxes are one way for us to pay our bills. I could stand higher taxes if Texas would use the extra money to pay higher teacher salaries and boost state funding for things like the University of Texas and the Texas A&M systems. Don’t count me as one who wants to eliminate ICE, but recent scandals coming out of the agency indicate some restructuring is necessary.And, yes, a single-payer health care system would bring Texas and the United States into line with the remaining major nations of the world.

The truth is, these are the radicals supporting my opponent and her campaign for governor. These are the plans left-wing BILLIONAIRES like George Soros and their radical pals have for Texas if they get their way in November.

They know if they can ever seize control of Texas and our 38 electoral votes, Republicans may never win the White House again. And they’ll finally be able to get down to the business of destroying every last shred of freedom our country has so long enjoyed.

Hey, it’s good to see that a rich Jewish refugee from Hungary is willing to add some of his money to that I have already contributed to your opponent’s campaign, and it is also pleasing to learn I am one of his radical pals. Regarding the Republicans ever winning the White House again, I’m thinking this should never happen until the party quits kowtowing to a rich, blow hard, white collar criminal, who now occupies that spot. And speaking of destroying every last shred of freedom, where should I start? I volunteered to review public school textbooks for the state, and I encountered creationists assigned by the Board of Education to review biology books, this at a time when two consecutive Texas governors nominated creationists to head the Board.

Governor, if your desire is to continue to lead this state, you are going to need to get past your Jade Helm 15 delusions and other disconnects and get serious about running a 21st century society.

[End of my note to Governor Abbott]

To add perspective, here is an image left over from the Jade Helm 15 episode three years ago.

Bob Welch, standing at left, and Jim Dillon, hold a sign at a public hearing about the Jade Helm 15 military training exercise in Bastrop, Texas, Monday April 27, 2015. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 133

The National Rifle Association is diligent in protecting the Second Amendment from erosion by liberals. Citizens are now safe knowing they don’t have to take a bunch of shit off anybody. I’m feeling safer already:

Father, son accused of killing their neighbor over dispute about a box spring

Updated 1:07 PM ET, Sun September 23, 2018

(CNN)A father and son are facing murder charges after police say they shot and killed a neighbor in Abilene, Texas, over a dispute about a box spring — an incident the victim’s common-law wife caught on camera.

According to police, on September 1, John Miller, 67, and his son Michael Miller, 31, got into a confrontation with their neighbor over a box spring mattress in a shared alleyway.
The argument escalated, and both father and son discharged a handgun and a shotgun, respectively, killing 37-year-old Aaron Howard, police said.
Remember, the Second Amendment is there for you, but only if you make use of it.

Years of Living Dangerously

Continuing review of William Shirer’s Berlin Diary

William Shirer published Berlin Diary in 1941, the year following his departure as a correspondent from Berlin. While the book derives largely from contemporaneous notes, it is not the transcript of a daily ledger. There was difficulty getting his notes out of Germany, considerable danger being attached should they be discovered at the border. At the least, such inflammatory material would have been confiscated. A consequence is that Shirer composed the bulk of the book once safely outside Nazi Germany. This is one of a series reviewing the book. Posts follow by 80 years the time line of events.

From August to October 1938 Hitler’s demands on Czechoslovakia became increasingly bellicose. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gave the appearance of willing to commit to any of Hitler’s demands in order to stave off another European war. Hitler read the tea leaves correctly, and he played the Allied Powers as dupes to his designs. Excerpts from Shirer’s diary during this period give insight into the developing events.

PRAGUE, August 4

Lord Runciman arrived today to gum up the works and sell the Czechs short if he can. He and his Lady and staff, with piles of baggage, proceeded to the town’s swankiest hotel, the Alcron, where they have almost a whole floor. Later Runciman, a taciturn thin-lipped little man with a bald head so round it looks like a mis-shapen egg, received us— about three hundred Czech and foreign reporters— in the reception hall. I thought he went out of his way to thank the Sudeten leaders, who, along with Czech Cabinet members, turned out to meet him at the station, for their presence.

Runciman’s whole mission smells. He says he has come here to mediate between the Czech government and the Sudeten party of Konrad Henlein. But Henlein is not a free agent. He cannot negotiate. He is completely under the orders of Hitler. The dispute is between Prague and Berlin. The Czechs know that Chamberlain personally wants Czechoslovakia to give in to Hitler’s wishes. These wishes we know: incorporation of all Germans within the Greater Reich. Someone tonight— Walter Kerr, I think, of the Herald Tribune, produced a clipping from his paper of a dispatch written by its London correspondent, Joseph Driscoll, after he had participated in a luncheon with Chamberlain given by Lady Astor. It dates back to last May, but makes it clear that the Tory government goes so far as to favour Czecho ceding the Sudetenland outright to Germany. Before the Czechs do this,

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 120-121). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

The involvement of Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford is recounted in an item posted to Wikipedia:

Runciman returned to public life when, at the beginning of August 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sent him on a mission to Czechoslovakia to mediate in a dispute between the Government of Czechoslovakia and the Sudeten German Party (SdP), the latter representing the ethnic German population of the border regions, known as the Sudetenland. Unknown to Runciman, the SdP, although it was ostensibly calling for autonomy for the Sudetenland, had instructions from Nazi Germany not to reach any agreement on the matter and so attempts at mediation failed. With international tension rising in Central Europe, Runciman was recalled to London on 16 September 1938.

His controversial report provided support for British policy towards Czechoslovakia, which culminated in the dismembering of the country under the terms of the Munich Agreement.

Further controversy arose from Runciman’s use of his leisure time in Czechoslovakia spent mostly in the company of Hitler’s Jewish spy and erstwhile lover of Lord Rothermere, Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe, and the pro-SdP aristocracy. Maria Dowling claims that Runciman spent most of his time in Czechoslovakia being entertained by German aristocrats and listening to complaints from Germans that had suffered from the 1920s land reform.

It is clear that Shirer’s assessment of Runciman’s mission is spot-on. With people such as Runciman dealing for Britain, there would be scant chance that Czechoslovakia’s interests would be protected. As close to the events as he was, Shirer often misread the action.

BERLIN, August 25

Some of the American correspondents, more friendly than others to the Nazis, laughed at me at the Taverne tonight when I maintained the Czechs would fight.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 123). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

In the end, the Czechs did not fight. Shirer saw, as did most others, the threat of war was real.

GENEVA, September 9

One last fleeting visit with the family before the war clouds break. In Berlin the best opinion is that Hitler has made up his mind for war if it is necessary to get back his Sudetens. I doubt it for two reasons: first, the German army is not ready; secondly, the people are dead against war. The radio has been saying all day that Great Britain has told Germany she will fight if Czecho is invaded. Perhaps so, but you cannot forget the Times leader of three days ago inviting the Czechs to become a more “homogeneous state” by handing the Sudetens over to Hitler.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 124). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

Shirer put down his musings at the time.

PRAGUE, September 10

All Europe waiting for Hitler’s final word to be pronounced at the wind-up of the Nazi Party rally at Nuremberg day after tomorrow. In the meantime we had two speeches today, one by President Beneš here; the other by Göring at Nuremberg, where all week the Nazis have been thundering threats against Czechoslovakia. Beneš, who spoke from the studio of the Czech Broadcasting System, was calm and reasonable—reasonable— too much so, I thought, though he was obviously trying to please the British. He said: “I firmly believe that nothing other than moral force, goodwill, and mutual trust will be needed…. Should we, in peace, solve our nationality affairs… our country will be one of the most beautiful, best administered, worthiest, and most equitable countries in the world….

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 125). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

That same day the Nazis were playing their propaganda game to the hilt

The other speech, Göring’s, as given out by Reuter’s here: “A petty segment of Europe is harassing human beings…. This miserable pygmy race [the Czechs] without culture— no one knows where it came from— is oppressing a cultured people and behind it is Moscow and the eternal mask of the Jew devil….”

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 126). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

This day shows Hitler at his most Hitler:

PRAGUE, September 12

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 126). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

I have never heard the Adolf quite so full of hate, his audience quite so on the borders of bedlam. What poison in his voice when at the beginning of his long recital of alleged wrongs to the Sudeteners he paused: “Ich spreche von der Czechoslovakei!” His words, his tone, dripping with venom.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 127). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

Shirer reports as events follow a pattern that was to become familiar.

PRAGUE, September 13– 14 (3 a.m.)

War very near, and since midnight we’ve been waiting for the German bombers, but so far no sign. Much shooting up in the Sudetenland, at Eger, Elbogen, Falkenau, Habersbirk. A few Sudeteners and Czechs killed and the Germans have been plundering Czech and Jewish shops.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 128). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

Runciman’s swan song.

PRAGUE, September 16

LATER.— Hoorah! Heard New York perfectly on the feedback tonight and they heard me equally well. After four days of being blotted out, and these four days! Runciman has left for London, skipping out very quietly, unloved, unhonoured, unsung.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 133). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

Here is what a government can do when it controls the press and suppresses opposing speech.

BERLIN, September 19

The Nazis, and quite rightly too, are jubilant over what they consider Hitler’s greatest triumph up to date. “And without bloodshed, like all the others,” they kept rubbing it in to me today. As for the good people in the street, they’re immensely relieved. They do not want war. The Nazi press full of hysterical headlines. All lies. Some examples: WOMEN AND CHILDREN MOWED DOWN BY CZECH ARMOURED CARS, or BLOODY REGIME— NEW CZECH MURDERS OF GERMANS. The Börsen Zeitung takes the prize: POISON-GAS ATTACK ON AUSSIG? The Hamburger Zeitung is pretty good: EXTORTION, PLUNDERING, SHOOTING— CZECH TERROR IN SUDETEN GERMAN LAND GROWS WORSE FROM DAY TO DAY!

[Emphasis in the original]

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 134-135). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

Czechoslovakia’s neighbors were eager to join the feast, not realizing they were next on the menu.


But there were no American correspondents. The platform was empty. At ten I started to chat away ad lib. The only news I had was that the Hungarians and the Poles had been down to Berchtesgaden during the day to demand, like jackals, their share of the Czech spoils.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 136). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

Nazi fervor reaches a crescendo.

BERLIN, September 26

Hitler has finally burned his last bridges. Shouting and shrieking in the worst state of excitement I’ve ever seen him in, he stated in the Sportpalast tonight that he would have his Sudetenland by October 1— next Saturday, today being Monday. If Beneš doesn’t hand it over to him he will go to war, this Saturday. Curious audience, the fifteen thousand party Bonzen packed into the hall. They applauded his words with the usual enthusiasm. Yet there was no war fever. The crowd was good-natured, as if it didn’t realize what his words meant. The old man full of more venom than even he has ever shown, hurling personal insults at Beneš. Twice Hitler screamed that this is absolutely his last territorial demand in Europe.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 141). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

And more from the same day.

I broadcast the scene from a seat in the balcony just above Hitler. He’s still got that nervous tic. All during his speech he kept cocking his shoulder, and the opposite leg from the knee down would bounce up. Audience couldn’t see it, but I could. As a matter of fact, for the first time in all the years I’ve observed him he seemed tonight to have completely lost control of himself. When he sat down after his talk, Goebbels sprang up and shouted: “One thing is sure: 1918 will never be repeated!” Hitler looked up to him, a wild, eager expression in his eyes, as if those were the words which he had been searching for all evening and hadn’t quite found. He leaped to his feet and with a fanatical fire in his eyes that I shall never forget brought his right hand, after a grand sweep, pounding down on the table and yelled with all the power in his mighty lungs: “Ja!” Then he slumped into his chair exhausted.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 142). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

There are rumblings of war, but there would be no war for another year.

BERLIN, September 27 A motorized division rolled through the city’s streets just at dusk this evening in the direction of the Czech frontier. I went out to the corner of the Linden where the column was turning down the Wilhelmstrasse, expecting to see a tremendous demonstration. I pictured the scenes I had read of in 1914 when the cheering throngs on this same street tossed flowers at the marching soldiers, and the girls ran up and kissed them. The hour was undoubtedly chosen today to catch the hundreds of thousands of Berliners pouring out of their offices at the end of the day’s work. But they ducked into the subways, refused to look on, and the handful that did stood at the curb in utter silence unable to find a word of cheer for the flower of their youth going away to the glorious war. It has been the most striking demonstration against war I’ve ever seen. Hitler himself reported furious. I had not been standing long at the corner when a policeman came up the Wilhelmstrasse from the direction of the Chancellery and shouted to the few of us standing at the curb that the Führer was on his balcony reviewing the troops. Few moved. I went down to have a look. Hitler stood there, and there weren’t two hundred people in the street or the great square of the Wilhelmsplatz. Hitler looked grim, then angry, and soon went inside, leaving his troops to parade by unreviewed. What I’ve seen tonight almost rekindles a little faith in the German people. They are dead set against war.

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (p. 142-143). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

The Allied Powers ended up selling out Czechoslovakia for false promises of peace. Notably, Winston Churchill stood alone against the tide.

MUNICH, September 30

Only Winston Churchill, a voice in the wilderness all these years, will say, addressing the Commons: “We have sustained a total, unmitigated defeat…. Do not let us blind ourselves. We must expect that all the countries of central and eastern Europe will make the best terms they can with the triumphant Nazi power…. The road down the Danube… the road to the Black Sea and Turkey, has been broken. It seems to me that all the countries of Mittel Europa and the Danube Valley, one after the other, will be drawn into the vast system of Nazi politics, not only power military politics, but power economic

Shirer, William L.. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 (pp. 147-148). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

Czechoslovakia was sacrificed, ultimately for nothing. At Hitler’s direction, Europe slid relentlessly toward war during the following 11 months.

Lock Her Up!

I should have started this series two years ago.

This is the point I’ve been waiting for. I am finished playing nice with the wrong way around the flagpole crowd. That would be those who voted for Donald Trump, those who continue to carry water for him, those who sit on the sidelines and offer explanations and excuses, those who were for “anybody but Hillary.” If by now you still tag yourself with the Trump label, then your time has passed. I leave you to cringe in your caves.

With yesterday’s unfolding’s I will be most disappointed if I see more like the following:

NRCC HQ <info@nrccvictory.com>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

First: Nancy Pelosi raked in over $90 MILLION DOLLARS for the Democrats.Then: Crooked Hillary maxed out donations to 19 Democrats running for Congress.

“Crooked Hillary.” Say that a few more times. The nation needs a few good laughs.

In the meantime I may have to remain satisfied. Any hopes of seeing Donald Trump in cuffs, wearing an orange jump suit, even doing the perp walk, those may turn out to be missed expectations. But, foregoing that, let’s hear it one more time:

Yeah, man. I love when you talk like that.

People Unclear

This is number 54 of a series

Yes, readers, there is more mail from people who appear to be completely unclear on significant matters. Here’s a recent one:

House Conservative Majority HQ <info@nrccvictory.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Sep 29 at 12:10 PM

This is ridiculous.

We must defeat Nancy Pelosi and the radical liberal elites. And, we need to do it now.

That’s why we are activating a QUINTUPLE-MATCH for the next 8 hours.

First, what I find slightly ridiculous is that House Conservative Majority HQ would be sending this to me. But then I remember. I took direct action to get myself on their mailing list, so I can’t fault them on that. Next comes, “We must defeat Nancy Pelosi and the radical liberal elites.” Yes, we must defeat Nancy Pelosi. Really? Nancy Pelosi needs to be defeated? That would be a herculean task, since Congresswoman Pelosi represents a solidly Democratic district, and she is likely to be in office after Donald Trump is but a bad memory.

But we must also defeat “the radical liberal elites.” Now that’s something. Those radical liberal elites need to be defeated. Wait! Radical? Radical is bad? Could be. For a definition of radical see the image at the top of this post. Those are your people. Those are the people who do not vote for the liberal elites. You want me to join them? Get real.

Defeat the liberals? Dude, you’re talking about me. And you’re talking about the core of this nation. It was a bunch of liberals back in the 18th century who grew tired of political oppression and the denial of civil rights and who rose up and threw off the rule of a distant king. Liberals need to be defeated? Watch what you ask for.

And those nasty elites. They need to go. Yes, we need fewer elites, meaning educated, meaning better than others, meaning better than you. So we need to trade off elites in office and accept you? You who do not consider yourself better than the competition? If you are worse than your competition, then why are you running for office? The impression I get is you are completely unclear, and you need to get your priorities straight.

And keep those emails coming. It’s what gets me going each day.

Wacko Right Wing Religious Fanatics Say The Darndest Things

Number 20 of a continuing series

Some things leave me breathless. Where do we get these people? Wait. Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know. Here’s Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, possibly the largest such congregation in the nation. Read:

President just delivered the strongest speech to the United Nations of any president in history—Democrat or Republican. His bold and courageous address is another reminder of why he was elected president—and others weren’t.

“Why he was elected president—and others weren’t.” Breathless. Really! Really? Why he was elected president and other weren’t? Pastor Jeffress overlooks the small matter that more people voted against Donald Trump than voted for him. If that is supposed to be a ringing investment, then I hope I never receive such a ringing endorsement. While I’m at it I need to make an urgent request. Robert Jeffress, please never give me one of your endorsements of any kind, ringing or not.

There may have been a time when Christian morality stood for something, but that thing is becoming hard to find. You won’t find it in the mouthings of Pastor Jeffress. From all appearances the shadow of Christian morality has been traded for crass political power. Robert Jeffress agrees to pass over Donald Trumps lack of morality in exchange for the administration’s support of his own political aims. The race to the bottom may have been won. Goal Pastor Jeffress!

Media Research Center

Number 7 in a series

Repeating myself: I tap into conservative media streams to bring you stuff you might otherwise miss. Here is something that reveals what conservative readers find worth their concern. It’s from CNS, which seems to be an arm of the MRC. That CNS is pushing the story indicates it’s something that gets conservative readers up in the morning:

By Patrick Goodenough | September 21, 2018 | 4:42 AM EDT
Right. We’re talking Christians and Muslims here, folks. Spit out your chaw and pull on your boots. The world is about to change. Here’s more of the story.

(CNSNews.com) – The proportion of Christians to Muslims among refugees from around the world admitted to the United States has changed significantly in FY 2018, with Christians comprising seven in ten new arrivals, and Muslims fewer than two in ten.

With ten days of the fiscal year to go, a total of 21,561 refugees have been resettled since October 1 last year, of whom 15,278 (70.8 percent) are Christians and 3,333 (15.4 percent) are Muslims, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.

The story features a photo of “Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq, in Jordan.” But wait. These people don’t look like you folks from the mid-west. They are dark complected and they’re wearing strange clothing. Better stay on the alert.

(Of the 53,716 refugees resettled in FY 2017, 56 percent arrived during the Obama administration and 44 percent during the Trump administration.)

And in FY 2016, 44.5 percent of the 84,994 refugees resettled in the U.S. by the Obama administration were Christians and 45.7 percent were Muslims. That was the first time in a decade that the total refugee intake from around the world included more Muslims than Christians.

People, this is what American conservatism is about. It’s something that does not seem to have changed in my lifetime, stretching back to the 1940s. Are we ever going to be able to advance the clock?

This is your President speaking.

Number 149 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

“These law enforcement people took the law into their own hands when it came to President Trump.”

Who would have thought? Thank you, Senator Graham, and thank you, Mr. President, for parroting his words of wisdom. Some people are taking the world entirely too seriously.

People Unclear

This is number 53 of a series

Here I go again. I subscribe to some outlandish mail lists for the purpose of bringing entertainment to my readers. Today there’s a double header—two from Republican entities soliciting donations. Read them first, then I will comment:

House Conservative Majority HQ <info@nrccvictory.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Sep 27 at 10:35 AM
Crooked Hillary just accused President Trump of putting our democracy in crisis.


Trump isn’t putting our democracy in crisis. He’s putting our country first.

If we want to combat Crooked Hillary’s attacks and defeat the radical left, we must reach our critical FEC End of Quarter deadline BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

[Next One]

Newt Gingrich <contact@campaigns.rnchq.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Sep 27 at 9:38 AM
Authorized By Trump Headquarters


President Trump won in a landslide because he promised you he would fight for you and defend you from our enemies.

He’s fulfilled that promise since Day One of his Administration.

With only 40 days until the election, it’s time for our Party to recall the lessons of President Trump’s campaign and get TOUGH against the intimidation tactics of the Left.

…Because if we don’t, everything could be lost.

Let’s take the first one.

So much for the crooked Hillary bit. Now the second one. “President Trump won in a landslide,” Do I need to say more? Some people, after all that has come down the pike in the past two years, remain unclear on some very critical issues.