Thursday, January 12, 2017

Talk About Sore Losers!

In the two months since Donald Trump's historic
electoral victory to become our 45th president,
the lefties have been even loonier than usual
with their shock, their horror, their sorrow,
their mourning, their whining, and their
protestations. Thinking they had the 2016
election in the bag, expecting a Clinton blowout
of Trump and perhaps regaining the U.S. Senate,
our left-wingers instead received a cold, hard
dose of reality when We the People knocked over
their apple cart by helping President-elect Donald
Trump (Don't you just LOVE the sound of that?)
to victory. And we kept the Senate to boot!

We have seen these out-of-sorts activists cry
(And not just quiet sobbing either!), chant, march,
disrupt, demand "safe spaces"and "hot cocoa"
(No, really! And this is not just on college campuses!)
and some have even taken to sporting large safety
pins on their clothes (?!). But for sheer moonbattery,
absolute nincompoopery, astounding insanity and
peerless stupidity, just look to Hollyweird, er,
Hollywood and their awards ceremonies. They
just a few days ago held their annual Golden Globe
Awards gala, and prominent film actress and
town denizen Meryl Streep gave her take on the
Trump victory and her perceived consequences of
the win. Oh, her speech was a doozy! She tearfully
declared that Trump "broke her heart" (of course
she was for Clinton, as were almost everyone
else in Tinseltown) and she said that "All of us
in this room really belong to the most vilified
segment in American society ... Hollywood,
foreigners and the press." Here she was spreading
the nonsense that Donald Trump and his supporters
hate people from other countries, and have no love
for actors or reporters. She said that if all of the
"foreigners" in Hollywood were to leave, Americans
"would have nothing to watch but football and
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Really?  Streep went
on to call for --- wait for it --- the press to hold Trump
and his presidency "accountable". Gee, I don't
remember her, or anyone else in La La Land making
a similar demand when Barack Obama was elected
president. Guess that's because no one there had
actually done so. And for icing on this dubious cake,
Streep called for Hollywood to create a committee
to defend the press (!) against Donald Trump and
his administration from any attacks on its work and
their integrity (Let's take a time out here to fall on
the floor in gales of laughter, collect ourselves,
and return to this piece).

Does this bevy of beautiful imbeciles have any clue,
any idea at all as to how out of touch they are with
the rest of our country who, by the way, spends lots
of their money on tickets to see these chic shmucks'
movies at their local theatres? And with Streep
as point woman attacked and bit the collective
hand that feeds them? We made these people stars,
we made Hollywood itself, its film industry and all,
with our desire to be entertained by the products they
produce and distribute. We made 'em, baby, and we
can break 'em!

In electing Donald Trump president, we are not only
striking a blow to advance the conservative cause in
politics but also on the cultural front. We will not,
and shall not, be dictated to by any elites, be they
political, financial, or cultural. These movie morons
did very well under our capitalist system fortified by
our republican form of government, and our
Constitution, yet they see fit to disparage all these
while continuing to enjoy the benefits of same.
It's time to take them to school for a little education.

And the school bell started ringing across the land on
November 8, 2016.


MEM



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Healthy Alternative for Teachers

On the matter of teachers having a voice and some
job protection, particularly those who teach in charter
schools, there is an alternative to joining a union to
achieve these things.

Instead of having to shell out $1,000 or more annually
to have union membership, and have their unions' officials
support things that the teachers may not themselves be willing
to, there is a nonunion national organization which they can
join: the Association of American Educators. This organization
supports charter school teachers without the need for
cumbersome contracts and high dues. AAE has members
in all 50 states and is endorsed by several state-based
charter school associations. They provide liability insurance,
legal counsel, and other benefits to their members at a fraction
of the cost that the teachers' unions do. With AAE, teachers
avoid the chafing contracts, red tape, and left-wing politics
that are all part and parcel of union membership. And parents
benefit by having their children's educations be flexible,
innovative, and free of radicalization masquerading as
education. Taxpayers benefit because they won't have to
pay for the aforementioned awfulness prevalent in the
regular public schools. Charter schools are, by the way,
publicly funded schools established by parents, teachers,
and/or community groups under the terms of a charter
with a local or national authority.

This option would be a winner for parents and their
children, teachers, and taxpayers, and therefore an
idea certainly worth exploring.


MEM

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jeff Barta, R.I.P.

With the conclusion of this year, amid the joy of the
season with all its gaiety, your faithful Peasant wishes
to pay tribute to an old friend, a fellow conservative,
and an avid reader of this blog who passed away this year;
Jeff Barta, a schoolmate from our days at Waukesha (WI)
Catholic Memorial High School, suffered from a heart
infection which proved fatal.

Jeff and I met when we were Spanish students at CMH
and went on a trip to Mexico for Easter vacation with
our fellow Spanish students, a few parents along for
chaperones, and the head of the Spanish Language
Department, Sister Virginia, a rather cheerful but
sometimes stern nun. We stayed at a decent hotel in
Mexico City, going on jaunts around the city and
farther out, such as visits to the Aztec temples of
the sun and the moon, both of which we climbed
to their very tops to enjoy magnificent views of
the Mexican countryside. We even attended a wedding
on Easter Sunday, held at Mexico City's famous
Cathedral, and got to meet the newlywed couple.
A trip to Taxco, the Silver Mining Capital of the World
as it is known, was on our itinerary as well, with
traveling through some of Mexico's desert land
thrown in. All great adventure and fun!

Jeff provided what I would come to recognize as his
inexhaustible good humor, an integral part of his easy-
going nature, which made an enjoyable trip even more so.
Always cracking jokes, especially on the dangers of drinking
water not in a sealed bottle so as to avoid the malady known
south of the border as "Montezuma's Revenge" ("Don't 'Zuma
now! Stay healthy!"), and involved in some delightful
horseplay, Jeff was the life of a very lively contingent of
travelers. One night Jeff and some of the fellows were tossing
water bombs (plastic bottles and water balloons) at passerby
outside our hotel. They hit a few people on the sidewalk, as
well as a few passing cars, one a police squad car! Finally,
someone in our group came to warn that the hotel management
was sending someone up to investigate the aquatic bedlam,
and everyone quickly disappeared -- no one got caught.
Your swiftly-thinking and moving Peasant fled to the
relaxing confines of the hotel bar, which was on the top floor.

One night I was in said bar, on my own, as we had the evening
free and could do as we wished. As is my wont as an experienced
traveler, desiring to sample as much of Mexico's life and
staple, I ordered a Tequilla Sunrise. Knowing that this drink
would be powerful and potent, I nursed it gently, taking all of
forty-five minutes to finish. But as I took the last swallow, I
felt a warm sensation in my gut -- and it was getting warmer.
I stood up, walked from my table, and went out into the hall
to the elevators. Once I got inside an available lift, my gut felt
like it was ablaze; I could barely remain standing. When I got
to my floor, I made my way to our room, unlocked the door,
made it inside, tried to reach my bed, but instead collapsed on
the floor next to it, and lost consciousness. when I finally
awakened it was morning, Jeff and my other roomies were in
our quarters, and I noticed that my pillow was under my head,
my blanket covering me, and my clothes still on. Jeff asked how
I was, saying that he saw that I was in a bad way so he took down
the pillow and blanket from my bed to make me comfortable.
He cared about my well-being, and figured that I had run afoul of
some of the local booze (damn straight I did!). I thanked him
profusely, and we cemented an already established friendship.
This was in my junior year, Jeff's sophomore year. After I
graduated we lost touch but got back together on Facebook.
Availing himself of the link I provide to this blog, Jeff became
an enthusiastic reader, enjoying my take on the political and
economic news on a regular basis until his sad and sudden demise.
If heaven has wi-fi you can bet Jeff is still enjoying my essays and
missives!

In recent years Jeff and his dear wife Joette owned and operated
a delightful cigar bar in downtown Waukesha, the city of our
alma mater, that they dubbed "A Nice Ash". Not at all a smoker,
I still enjoyed my visits there, and go there when I can. Many
of our friends frequent the establishment, and some of them
perform there in their bands. And I can feel Jeff's joyful presence,
especially when standing and chatting with friends enjoying some
of the fine cigars from the bar's walk-in humidor. I get a feeling of
comfort from it.


I miss you Jeff more than I can say, and I am told that I have an
impressive vocabulary! We'll catch up on everything when I
am invited up to partake of our Lord's hospitality as you have
been. And we'll enjoy His fine drinks together and maybe I'll
try one of His divine cigars in that heavenly cigar bar!

Thank you for being a wonderful friend and a grand part of
my life! Rest well, my friend and brother conservative!



MEM


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Happy New Year to All!

My dear readers, your favorite Peasant wishes all of you
a beautiful, blessed, joyful, prosperous, happy new year!
We're certainly getting it off to a fantastic start with the
inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, finally
and mercifully concluding the misbegotten presidency
of Barack Obama and beginning a new and bound to be
happier era with the new administration. May all your
fondest wishes and cherished dreams for 2017 come true!


MEM

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Greetings and Good Wishes!

My dear readers, your grateful Peasant wishes all of you
a truly Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New Year!
We had a fantastic year, this blessed year of 2016, and
derailing Hillary Clinton's presidential election bid was
a Christmas present come early! Let us enjoy this beautiful,
magical time of the year and gather round with our families
and friends to not merely give each other lovely presents but
give each other our love, and to reflect on the loving gift
to our world that our loving God gave us on that first
Christmas over two thousand years ago, the gift of gifts,
the very gift that started it all.

God bless you all, your families and friends, and our
beautiful and beloved country! Your faithful Peasant
shall be back with you after the day!


MEM

Monday, December 12, 2016

Jill Stein and Her Army of Malcontents

Well, the people have spoken loud and clear on Tuesday
November 8; no Hillary, no third term of Obama policies,
no more ramming statism down our throats; Donald Trump
was voted in, and Hillary Clinton was told to take a long walk
off a short pier. But some of the lefties just won't accept defeat;
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who didn't win a
single state, has filed to recount the votes in some key swing
states, which happen to include your favorite Peasant's home
state of Wisconsin, claiming to "stand up for a vote that is
accurate, secure, fair, and just, in which every vote counts."

Now, this is just what it looks like, folks: a quixotic campaign,
even more than the one she ran in her attempt to win election to
the presidency, for the purpose of embarrassing and/or deligitimi-
tizing President-Elect Donald Trump's victory and his nascent
presidency. While the lefties always demand that we conservatives
respect and live with the results of elections, especially those with
the presidency on the line, which they win, they will behave like
spoiled and unruly children when we win these elections and get our
presidential candidate elected. These hypocritical dimwits will and do
make excuses, accusations, and conspiracy theories as to why they
lost, and this year's presidential election is certainly no exception!
They have gotten behind Jill Stein to march onward in a feeble
attempt to make mischief for Trump and those who voted for him.

So what has greenie Jill Stein gotten for her efforts? Not a heck of
a lot. Pennsylvania has shut her out, as Stein could not get her papers
filed on time there to get the Keystone State folks to recount their
votes. In my state a judge has declined a request by the Steinies to
have the recount there done by hand, which would have been more
prone to ballot hanky-panky than the other methods. And while
defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton initially cheered Stein
on, many in Clinton's party have come to realize that Stein's efforts
shall be for naught both in terms of changing the election outcome
as well as to denigrate victor Donald Trump. Finally, the cruelest and
deepest cut of all, Stein's own Green Party has turned away from her
and her ploy. The Green Party recently issued the following statement:

"There are significant electoral reforms needed to make elections more
democratic and more representative of the people. While we support
electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support
the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein ... The decision to
pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or strategic way, nor
did it the established decision making process and structures of the
Green Party of the United States."

OW! It sounds like poor ol' Jill cheesed off not only the Trump voters
and the Republican Party, and perhaps the Democrats as well, but
her own party pals to boot! It appears that Stein has embarrassed her
fellow greenies with her cockeyed crusade. And the last your amused
Peasant heard, the recount in Wisconsin has shown Donald Trump
GAINING more votes, rather than losing votes, with similar findings
in some of the other states' recounts.

The Green Party gave a fitting coda to this comic farce in their
summation of their statement: "As a candidate, Dr. Stein has a right
to call for a recount. However, we urge the GPUS (Green Party of
the United States) to distance itself from any appearance of support
for either Democrats or Republicans. We are well aware of the
undemocratic actions taken by the DNC and the Clinton Campaign.
Greens cannot be perceived to be allied with such a party."

The Green Party has acquitted itself admirably on this matter.
Their failed (in more ways than one) candidate Jill Stein should,
for the good of not only her party but for the good of the nation's
electorate, pack it in.


MEM

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor and Its Lessons

Your overworked Peasant apologizes for not getting this
post put up for you on the day, but am grateful for being
able to seize the time to share this with you, my dear
readers, on this, the day after. I am referring to the
75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,
which brought our country into the Second World War.

When this territorial target was hit (Hawaii was still a
territory at that time) Americans were enraged and wanted
to defend themselves, not wanting to wait to see if Japan
would attack any of the then 48 states on the mainland.
Congress declared war on Japan the next day, America
quickly mobilized, and we joined the then two year old
fray which was enveloping the world. The outcome showed
Japan, their axis chums, and all the world that the United
States was not a nation to be trifled with, not to be disrespected,
not to be bullied, and certainly not to be attacked.

On September 11, 2001, we were attacked again, this time
in two of our states and in our nation's capital city, and by
a stealthy band of low-rent thugs from the Middle East.
We went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, been over there
for over a decade, had some successes in both countries,
then ... didn't follow up and follow through. We still have
some major (and more than a few minor) radical Muslim
groups at large over there and in other countries in the
greater region; some radical Islamists in our country have
struck against Americans in San Bernardino, Fort Hood,
and Columbus, with one attempt at terror thwarted in your
favorite Peasant's hometown of Milwaukee. We have a
national media which has downplayed 9/11 and the smaller
subsequent terror strikes, and has tried to play up President
Obama's weak responses to the latter, and has even refused
to call these incidents what they are: acts of terror, adhering
to some politically correct code so as to "not be offensive"
and to be more "sensitive"(!?). Meanwhile, our friends
are wondering what's up with us and our enemies are falling
down laughing at us; maybe we can hope that they'll
pop a few ribs and rupture some internal organs?

Well, now we have a president-elect waiting to be inaugurated
in about six weeks who has pledged to reverse this sad and
tragic backtracking from our commitment and responsibility
to protect our country and our allies from this radical scourge.
Donald Trump will respond and act more like 1941 than
2009-today, and has already gotten some cheers from our
beleaguered and frustrated military, eagerly awaiting a new
commander-in-chief who will allow them to do their jobs,
to do the work that they signed up to do, and to demonstrate
support and encouragement rather than disdain and contempt
for these brave and patriotic fellow Americans. And once in
office, our new president and CIC will do what the soon-to-be-
leaving president failed to do --- follow up and follow through!
Our WWII veterans understood that there is no substitute for
victory and fought their war accordingly. It will be refreshing
to have a president who shares this understanding.


MEM