In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR


Open Thread || Thursday, June 30, 2016

34 thoughts on “Open Thread || Thursday, June 30, 2016”

  1. To Aileen, Yesterday you wondered why Canada’s Prime Minister spoke in French.I posted this reply, but just in case you didn’t see it, here’s why:
    Canada has two official languages, English and French. Politicians must know how to speak French. It’s all due to Quebec having been declared a “distinct society” because…well, because they’re a bunch of whiny crybabies who think they are owed special privileges. We have had two official languages since 1969, under Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the father of our current PM.


    Having two official languages sucks. It’s expensive and ridiculous. The entire country has to follow laws regarding bilingualism because of one province, Quebec. If anyone ever suggests that the USA adopt Spanish as a second official language, protest it with all your might!

    1. Thank you. My Canadian acquaintances from northern Quebec (Saint-Cyprin) were fluent in both languages so I had some knowledge of the requirement.
      My question should have been more precise. I wondered why he spoke French at that precise moment in his speech. Just to show he can speak fluently in both languages?
      To be honest. I was listening with “half an ear” so can’t recall the topic he addressed in French.
      Thank you for your response…and my impression of Quebec closely mirrors your observation. ;-)

      1. My daughter and grandkids live in Ottowa, Canada and she works for the Canadian government. She gets paid LESS money because she does not speak French. But her benefits are really, really good.

    2. Good business for the sign makers though. ;} “Well, sure, I can make your sign at $5 a letter and in two languages.” I remember when that whole sign and language brouhaha was raging there. Got pretty wild for awhile. eh?. Oh, yes. Je me souviens. ;+}

    3. Civic-minded Canadians know our history. To compare Spanish in the U.S. with the bicultural heritage of Canada and its constitution is just what so many people in the world decry about us as Americans. We espouse our own sense of self unto others. Canada works even if it, and all other nations for that matter, doesn’t work perfectly.

    4. Doing the right thing can be expensive, though it’s rarely ridiculous. Would you support saving money by allowing federal institutions to not post signs or provide English-language services in Quebec and other areas, as well as vice-versa elsewhere? Canada was founded in 1867 as an imperfect blend of the two extant linguistic communities, with specific requirements in place (e.g., 3 of 9 Supreme Court justices in Canada must be from Quebec, Senators appointed from Quebec represent specific constituencies, etc.) to protect linguistic minorities (which in days gone by, were designated by religion too). Whereas Canada is bilingual at the federal level, New Brunswick is the only bilingual province in Canada. To the west of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba decimated their Francophone communities in the early 1900’s, even banning the teaching of French for many years. French became the sole official language of Quebec in July 1974 (with nominal exceptions), after nearly a century of economic regression suffered by the majority population largely at the hands of the pan-Canadian anglophone business majority. Why would any thinking Canadian not support both languages, such that French communities in Canada not fade in the manner of Saint Boniface, Acadia or old Louisiana?

    1. McConnell The Mumbler has to stop drinking that Kentucky bourbon or whatever it is that’s turned his brain to mush. If he and his ilk could stop going out of their way to tell us everything wrong with the Republican presidential nominee to-be, and get on the team to support the nominee of their own party, it will be a good day. Moral of the story: never get into a foxhole with McConnell, and if you do, don’t turn your back on him.

      In the meantime, in spite of Republican Congressional elites’ constant public attacks on Trump, in spite of the Democrats’ declared war on Trump (which one would naturally expect in an election, so no surprise there), in spite of Conservative big shot talk show hosts attacking Trump for nearly their entire show every day, (including Mark Levin, Hugh Hewitt, Beck and many others of their ilk), in spite of the MSM fatwa against Trump and their coddling of Hillary, we have this today:

      “White House Watch: Trump 43%, Clinton 39%”

      From the story:
      “The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead.”

      “Trump now earns 75% support among his fellow Republicans and picks up 14% of the Democratic vote. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats like Clinton, as do 10% of GOP voters.”

  2. Your word of the day: Phoenix

    One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona.

    No wonder no one from the admin. showed up at the Paris Unity Rally.
    No wonder Lynch and Bill had a chat in a hanger in Phoenix.

    1. The “October Surprise” is going to be Lynch concluding that Hill did nothing wrong, thus giving the MSM “vast right wing conspiracy” fodder and clearing the way for her being elected.

  3. Mitch McConnell and even Mike Lee — scary Donald Trump. He could be be a dictator and abuse the constitution. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Ash Carter was all about transgenders in the military and using American taxpayers money, not to ready our armed forces, but for sex change operations.

    And Paul Ryan agrees to come up with some legislation that exercises gun control over those on the terrorist watch list (an arbitrary, secret list unknown if you are on it or not until you try and exercise your right to be mobile). Nobody knows who is on it , how you get placed on it, and how you get off of it. Policy Paul, of course, insists on proper procedure and protection but we all know he is spineless and all that will be left at the “discretion of the AG”.

    There are so many camels’ noses under the tents that the tents are going to collapse or start walking. The heck with impeaching Obama — get rid of the whole lot of them.

    The Republican Party will defeat the Republican candidate and hand this nation over to the progressives socialists and the only rights that will be left are the rights’ of the New Order and the collective.

    The only honorable country at the moment is the UK.

    1. I had the same thought regarding Star and her opinion about Joe and Mika.
      We have vet hospitals that are shameful in their treatment procedures and protocols for our veterans . But now, we must quickly and with urgency provide “treatment” for transgenders that are in military service. I can’t think of a treatment they couldn’t receive at any military hospital…except for transgender surgery. So….now will all transgenders volunteer in order to qualify for free surgery? Some will say this is a stupid comment. I say we should watch and listen.
      It is my belief that God does not make mistakes. I am truly sorry if I am offending any of my friends here, but it is high time opposing opinions are voiced.
      I think boy parts = male. Girl parts = female.

      1. This Administration is gutting the military, using it as a petri dish for social re-engineering leaving the country in great danger. An impeachable offense. But we are way past that. Now the Administration is aided and abetted by Congress, including the so called opposition party , and the Justice system. See Alioto’s warning on freedom of religion. I am usually a skeptic with some hope. Now I just see disaster.

      2. There is some thinking that transgenders will sign up, get the surgery, and then leave the military– probably charging some kind of special snowflake “hate” or “discrimination” charge and waltz off into their new lives. Whether they will of not, I don’t know.

        But I know that even the simplest of surgeries require recovery and for many there are psychological issues to be dealt with. Heck, even women who have hysterectomies, now a long standing practice for many of us, take some time t o readjust. This is insane. And it is deliberate.

        1. I thought Obamacare covered that surgery too? Maybe not… It’s been so distressing recently watching Obama dismantle everything… And all the time they spent deciding whether the Army should roll up their sleeves with the fabric facing inside out or outside in rather than focusing on ISIS and terrorism is ridiculous.

  4. My Wife lost her Dad a few days ago.
    He was an Air Force Veteran and will receive a Military Funeral tomorrow.

    We tried to get an Honor Guard here locally but they were booked solid.
    The AmVets came through and an Air Force Honor Guard is coming from Wright Patterson AFB.

    That is outside of Dayton, Ohio, a long way to our little town.

    See, there are still people willing to honor the people that have served US.

    No matter how hard Obama tries to reduce our military to a rudderless gender neutral organization, the one’s that have served are still the heart and the soul of what is good in America.

    1. AFVet…for your father-in-law, and all who have served in the Air Force–John Magee’s “High Flight”

      “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
      And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
      Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds -and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
      Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
      and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.

      “Up, up the long delirious burning blue
      I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
      where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
      and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
      the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
      put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

      May he rest in the peace of the Lord.

  5. I’m sure the “unplanned” meeting with Lynch and Clinton at the Phoenix airport had nothing to do with this decision… /sarc

    Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch.

    If the court permits the delay, the public won’t be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first term as President. The four senior Clinton aides involved were Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin.

    1. It is unlikely that Clinton and her ilk or Obama and his will ever see justice for the destruction and corruption they have brought to our government.

      May they rot.

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