Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It is with deep sadness and regret we note the passing of our beloved friend, friendly adversary and notably 
colorful blogging colleague

A lovable, truly unforgettable character
and all-around good sport has left us.


who lost his battle with advanced, 
metastatic cancer yesterday



...  Just when the fun's beginning
Comes the final inning
We can be glad for what we've had ––
And what's to come ...

~ Eileen Farrel & Leonard Bernstein 
"Some Other Time"
ON THE TOWN (1944)
music: Leonard Bernstein
lyrics: Comden and Greene

Posted in Fond Memory of Jersey McJones

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Sen. John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator's care told CNN exclusively. (CNN) 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Scheming Washingturdians at Work

Bladdermouth McConnell and his jug-eared colleague in corruption

Just Whom Do These Three 
Turkeyturds Think They're Kidding?

The Granddaddy double dealer of 'em all

Mitch McConnell Defers Consideration of Senate Healthcare Bill Until Return of John McCain after Blood Clot Procedure

Washington Examiner

by Daniel Chaitin

The Senate will defer consideration of the GOP healthcare plan that would partially repeal and replace Obamacare until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., returns to work following a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement late Saturday. After wishing him a "speedy recovery," McConnell, R-Ky., added: "While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act." About two hours earlier, McCain´s office revealed that he would be spending a week in his home state …

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Please CONTINUE sending your prayers, 
best thoughts, and fondest hopes 
for the recovery of our friend


still gravely ill with advanced, 
metastatic cancer.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Of Whom We Should 
Be Very Proud

Melania Trump at age 47

She's Moving As Fast 
As She Can.
Please Don’t 

We ask you please to CONTINUE sending your prayers, best thoughts, and fondest hopes for
 the recovery of our friend


still gravely ill with advanced, 
metastatic cancer.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mystery Solved: Now We Know Why Comey Did Nothing About Hillary

Treachery towers over President Trump

Trump Accuses James Comey of Breaking the Law and Leaking Classified Information

Investor’s Business Daily
by Staff

Russia Scandal: No wonder former FBI Director James Comey refused to press charges last summer against Hillary Clinton for her egregious security breaches: It turns out, he may have been guilty of the same thing.

As the inside-the-beltway political publication The Hill reported, more than half of the memos FBI Director James Comey wrote after having spoken to President Trump about the Russia investigation contained classified information. The Hill cites as its sources "officials familiar with the documents.”

Not surprisingly, perhaps, Trump on Monday morning tweeted out an angry response: "James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”

He may be onto something there.

All told, Comey wrote seven memos based on nine meetings with Trump. In testimony to Congress, he asserted that he had made sure the memos in question didn't have classified material. But a subsequent investigation found markings on four of the memos indicating secret information, the kind that is not allowed to be routinely released to the public.

Comey has long maintained that the memos were his personal property, but virtually no legal authority agrees with that. Nor does the FBI, for that matter. The memos were created on government time and related directly to his work, so they were the property of government.

In short, it sounds like a game of cover-your-hindquarters he's been playing. Because Comey later let outsiders see those memos, and made sure they were leaked to the Trump-hating press, in this case the New York Times, so any protestations of innocence on his part sound more than a little weak.

Let's be very clear here: What Comey did is against FBI rules, and it's a violation of federal secrecy laws, on a par with the violation that Hillary Clinton committed when she decided to run the Secretary of State's office from a private, home-brew email server that was clearly illegal.

The agreement signed by all FBI employees says that "all information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America.”

It goes on to add that agents "will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI."

Hillary signed a similar agreement at the State Department. Yet, she routinely put classified information onto public servers, where it could be grabbed by unscrupulous actors, such as the Chinese and the Russians.

How does that compare to Comey, who asked a lawyer-friend at Columbia University, Prof. Daniel Richman, to leak his memos containing classified information to the news media?

The goal of the handoff was to generate stories so that a special prosecutor would be named to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election and, more to the point, Democratic rumors that Trump had colluded with the Russians to beat Hillary.

In short, Comey appears to have delivered classified information to the New York Times and other media for the sole political purpose of bringing down President Trump.

More sinned against than sunning - by far.

Comey's actions help explain a lot of things that people have puzzled over since last year. During last summer's campaign and the growing scandal over Hillary's cavalier treatment of U.S. secrets on her email server, Comey came to her rescue.

Yes, he said in July, Clinton's actions were "extremely careless." But stung by the criticism he received from the left, he later in the month said that Clinton's violations didn't rise to the level of a prosecutable crime.

On Oct. 28, he revealed that more emails had been found on an unsecured laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Wiener, estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. On Nov. 6, just two days before the election, Comey announced Clinton wouldn't be prosecuted. Case closed.

Comey's later actions suggest, if anything, he learned from Hillary's chutzpah. You can flout U.S. law, and as long as you have friends and political clout, get away with it — even use your illegality as a bludgeon against your political foes.

Moreover, a June piece by Fox News noted at least 14 stories written by the New York Times going back to Jan. 10 containing "confidential information related to Trump and the FBI, mostly sourced anonymously from senior officials in the FBI and DOJ." Comey, it seems, has been working overtime to sabotage Trump.

This calls into serious question the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to look into the rumors of election meddling by Russia. Comey and Mueller are close friends.

At minimum, Mueller must recuse himself on the Trump matters now before him. His friendship with Comey makes impartiality impossible, and it's a clear conflict.

More importantly, Comey got Hillary off the hook last year from what appeared to be a slam-dunk prosecution. And please remember, no one thought at the time that Trump had any chance at all of beating Hillary.

Now, we find out Comey played a double game with the public and the newly elected president. A case of a deep-state operative, Comey, trying to sabotage Washington-outsider Trump? Or just someone with a fast-and-loose idea about following the law?


We ask you please to CONTINUE sending your prayers, best thoughts, and fondest hopes for the recovery of our friend


suffering still with advanced, 

metastatic cancer.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Dynamic Giants 

Mount Rushmore patinated with lichen

A raucous confident “Roaring Twenties” 
dreamt of noble statues cut in granite cliffs, 
gigantic torsos with lofty heads 
to haughtily survey the land and loot 
of yesterday’s Manifest Destiny spree.  

Four dynamic giants, wise and stony, 
George, Tom, Teddy, and Abe, 
towering and savvy. 

But, war with Germany interrupts.  
Budget cuts … 
Those heroic torso plans get ditched.   
Hitchcock later concocts 
the zaniest of daring dream-chases, 
cascading down 
those four iconic, stern, paternal faces.  

More budget cuts …
Green slime and sly lichens smirk in delight 
as care is rationed 
in a pinching austere clime.   

But, a German firm, in 2005, 
intercedes, presents a plan, and 
generously donates a free pressure-wash, 
methodically scrubbing 
the four solid upright faces –– of yesterday.   

How we yearn, how we flock,
with selfie stick aloft,
to see our better selves.   

~ Kathy Zwick (1941- )

Mount Rushmore after its German facelift

[NOTE: Kathy (Sanderson) Zwick taught history, literature, and creative writing in international schools in Brussels, Tehran, and London for over 30 years. However, she did not really spend time on her own writing until after she retired. In 2006 she submitted one of her first poems to a competition sponsored by a UK national bookstore and, to her surprise, won. Again, to her surprise, the prize was a collection of poetry books featuring the newly restored edition of Ariel, with a foreword by Frieda Hughes.  Since then, she has had poems published in several UK anthologies including a sonnet anthology, Hand Luggage Only, The Brownsbank Anthology, The Hippocrates Prize, The Ver Prize 2015, and a human rights anthology, In Protest. Many of her poems play with ideas stemming from the quirks and ironies of history.  Kathy also happems to be a high school classmate of FreeThinke.  The two have known each other since 1954.]

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We ask you please to CONTINUE sending your prayers, best thoughts, and fondest hopes for the recovery of our friend


now suffering with advanced, 
metastatic cancer.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

by Dan Gainor (Fox News) 

It was a bad week for journalists. Many in the traditional media felt besieged -- especially those who work for a place called CNN -- targeted for scorn by conservatives and for investigation even by their fellow journalists. 1. This Is CNN: This week was extra special for CNN as the network continued its crusade against the president. First, its staffers whined about Trump posting a pro wrestling video modified so Trump appeared to be fighting CNN. His opponent’s head had been humorously replaced with a CNN logo. And then the network targeted the anonymous poster who created the meme …

_______ MEME-EE! _______

Your left shoe's on your right foot,
Your right shoe's on your left.
Oh! listen to me,, Meme-e:
Of reason you're bereft!
The buttons of your trousers
Are buttoned to your vest;
Oh! listen to me, Meme-ee,
No passion's in your breast! 

Meme-ee, you irksome little good for nothing Meme-ee,
I'm not your guy.
Meme-ee, you crummy little dummy of a Meme-ee,
You've aimed too high!
Meme-ee, you drive me mad, please free me,
If you flee me, 'twould be dreamy.
Meme-ee, you know I'd like to have me see
You pesky Son of a Meme-ee say, Goodbye!

~Morris Knight 

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We ask you please to CONTINUE sending your prayers, best thoughts, and fondest hopes for the recovery of our friend


now suffering with advanced, 
metastatic cancer.



Jersey's condition has improved. His sight has returned, praise God, and he is out of the ICU, but he is still gravely ill and needs your good wishes, best hopes, and prayers 
as much or more now than ever. 

I know for a fact that our concern for him has encouraged Jersey, and is much appreciated both by him and his wife.
Please keep them in your prayers.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Pat Buchanan: “Are we passing on 
the house we inherited –– or 
observing its demolition?

by Patrick J, Buchanan

[NOTE: Pat Buchanan was twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the Reform Party's candidate in 2000. He is also a founder and editor of The American Conservative.  Buchanan served three presidents in the White House, was a founding panelist of three national TV shows, and is the author of 11 books. His latest is ”]

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of “one people.” The Constitution, agreed upon by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia in 1789, begins, “We the people …”

And who were these “people”?

In Federalist No. 2, John Jay writes of them as “one united people … descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs. …”

If such are the elements of nationhood and peoplehood, can we still speak of Americans as one nation and one people?

We no longer have the same ancestors. They are of every color and from every country. We do not speak one language, but rather English, Spanish and a host of others. We long ago ceased to profess the same religion. We are evangelical Christians, mainstream Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, agnostics and atheists.

Federalist No. 2 celebrated our unity. Today’s elites proclaim that our diversity is our strength. But is this true, or a tenet of trendy ideology?

After the attempted massacre of Republican congressmen at that ball field in Alexandria, Fareed Zakaria wrote: “The political polarization that is ripping this country apart” is about “identity … gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation (and) social class.” He might have added – religion, morality, culture and history.

Zakaria seems to be tracing the disintegration of our society to that very diversity that its elites proclaim to be its greatest attribute: “If the core issues are about identity, culture and religion … then compromise seems immoral. American politics is becoming more like Middle Eastern politics, where there is no middle ground between being Sunni or Shiite.”

Among the issues on which we Americans are at war with one another – abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, white cops, black crime, Confederate monuments, LGBT rights, affirmative action.

Was the discovery of America and conquest of this continent from 1492 to the 20th century among the most glorious chapters in the history of man? Or was it a half-millennium marked by mankind’s most scarlet of sins: the genocide of native peoples, the enslavement of Africans, the annihilation of indigenous cultures, the spoliation of a virgin land?

Is America really “God’s Country”? Or was Barack Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, justified when, after 9/11, he denounced calls of “God Bless America!” with the curse “God Damn America!?”

With its silence, the congregation seemed to assent.

In 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance many of us recited daily at the end of noon recess in the schoolyard was amended to read, “one nation, under God, indivisible.”

Are we still one nation under God? At the Democratic Convention in Charlotte to renominate Barack Obama, a motion to put “God” back into the platform was hooted and booed by half the assembly.

With this July 4 long weekend, many writers have bewailed the animus Americans exhibit toward one another and urged new efforts to reunite us. Yet, recall again those first words of Jefferson in 1776:

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them …”

Are we approaching such a point? Could the Constitution, as currently interpreted, win the approval of two-thirds of our citizens and three-fourth of our states, if it were not already the supreme law of the land? How would a national referendum on the Constitution turn out, when many Americans are already seeking a new constitutional convention?

All of which invites the question: Are we still a nation? And what is a nation? French writer Ernest Renan gave us the answer in the 19th century:

“A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Two things … constitute this soul, this spiritual principle. One is the past, the other is the present. One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of memories; the other is present consent, the desire to live together, the desire to continue to invest in the heritage that we have jointly received.

“Of all cults, that of the ancestors is the most legitimate: our ancestors have made us what we are. A heroic past with great men and glory … is the social capital upon which the national idea rests. These are the essential conditions of being a people: having common glories in the past and a will to continue them in the present; having made great things together and wishing to make them again.”

Does this sound at all like us today?

Watching our Lilliputians tearing down statues and monuments, renaming buildings and streets, rewriting history books to replace heroes and historical truths with the doings of ciphers, are we disassembling the nation we once were?

“One loves in proportion to the sacrifices that one has committed and the troubles that one has suffered,” writes Renan, “One loves the house that one has built and that one passes on.”

Are we passing on the house we inherited – or observing its demolition?

Happy Fourth. And God bless the USA.

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We ask you please to CONTINUE sending your prayers, best thoughts, and fondest hopes for the recovery of our friend


now suffering with advanced, 
metastatic cancer.



Jersey's condition has improved. His sight has returned, praise God, and he is out of the ICU, but he is still gravely ill and needs your good thoughts, and prayers. 

I know for a fact that our concern for him has encouraged Jersey, and is much appreciated both by him and his wife.