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  • Who else has had enough of Tom Steyer ads?

    08/16/2019 4:10:50 PM PDT · 25 of 50
    Grampa Dave to Vendome

    “He’s all over TV stations across California...”

    Another great reason to cut your cable and stream in California.

    Cut your cable, and you don’t see these terrible ads nor pay for them to insult you.

  • Trump Tweet Homerun on Tlaib

    08/16/2019 4:00:26 PM PDT · 17 of 106
    Grampa Dave to SaxxonWoods
    Tlaib has to be wondering who got her into this losing battle.

  • Hundreds Expected To Attend Rally To Support Suspect Accused Of Shooting Police Officers

    08/16/2019 3:33:56 PM PDT · 31 of 42
    Grampa Dave to hal ogen

    The so called reporters of any left wing media are not allowed to say, “This ***** committed a terrible crime.

  • Hundreds Expected To Attend Rally To Support Suspect Accused Of Shooting Police Officers

    08/16/2019 3:24:57 PM PDT · 28 of 42
    Grampa Dave to Inyo-Mono


    Please use it where you feel it is appropriate.

    Which may be for a couple of years.

  • Man Plotted to Kill Children Because Their School Was Painted Like American Flag

    08/16/2019 3:22:19 PM PDT · 43 of 48
    Grampa Dave to Larry Lucido


  • Man Plotted to Kill Children Because Their School Was Painted Like American Flag

    08/16/2019 3:21:23 PM PDT · 42 of 48
    Grampa Dave to BenLurkin
  • Man Plotted to Kill Children Because Their School Was Painted Like American Flag

    08/16/2019 3:17:47 PM PDT · 41 of 48
    Grampa Dave to PapaBear3625

    In California, most often Aman is a Muslim Name.

    Aman is a Muslim name

  • Hundreds Expected To Attend Rally To Support Suspect Accused Of Shooting Police Officers

    08/16/2019 3:11:14 PM PDT · 26 of 42
    Grampa Dave to Bonemaker

    Africa is very much like American’s liberal cities where we wasted Trillions of $’s in the most expensive war in our history: The War on Poverty!

  • Hundreds Expected To Attend Rally To Support Suspect Accused Of Shooting Police Officers

    08/16/2019 3:08:10 PM PDT · 25 of 42
    Grampa Dave to All
    Africa is coming here in America.

  • Hundreds Expected To Attend Rally To Support Suspect Accused Of Shooting Police Officers

    08/16/2019 3:03:29 PM PDT · 21 of 42
    Grampa Dave to Oscar in Batangas



  • Hundreds Expected To Attend Rally To Support Suspect Accused Of Shooting Police Officers

    08/16/2019 2:51:57 PM PDT · 15 of 42
    Grampa Dave to Libloather

    Let Africa Sink (there and here!)
    As my Let Africa Sink essay from 2002(!) is going to feature in my Monday post, I thought I’d take the opportunity to re-publish it below, pretty much un-edited except for a few typos which somehow survived to the present day.

    When it comes to any analysis of the problems facing Africa, Western society, and particularly people from the United States, encounter a logical disconnect that makes clear analysis impossible. That disconnect is the way life is regarded in the West (it’s precious, must be protected at all costs etc.), compared to the way life, and death, are regarded in Africa. Let me try to quantify this statement.

    In Africa, life is cheap. There are so many ways to die in Africa that death is far more commonplace than in the West. You can die from so many things: snakebite, insect bite, wild animal attack, disease, starvation, food poisoning… the list goes on and on. At one time, crocodiles accounted for more deaths in sub-Saharan Africa than gunfire, for example. Now add the usual human tragedy (murder, assault, warfare and the rest), and you can begin to understand why the life expectancy for an African is low — in fact, horrifyingly low, if you remove White Africans from the statistics (they tend to be more urbanized, and more Western in behavior and outlook). Finally, if you add the horrifying spread of AIDS into the equation, anyone born in sub-Saharan Africa this century will be lucky to reach age forty.

    I lived in Africa for over thirty years. Growing up there, I was infused with several African traits — traits which are not common in Western civilization. The almost-casual attitude towards death was one. (Another is a morbid fear of snakes.)

    So because of my African background, I am seldom moved at the sight of death, unless it’s accidental, or it affects someone close to me. (Death which strikes at total strangers, of course, is mostly ignored.) Of my circle of about eighteen or so friends with whom I grew up, and whom I would consider “close”, only about eight survive today — and not one of the survivors is over the age of fifty. Two friends died from stepping on landmines while on Army duty in Namibia. Three died in horrific car accidents (and lest one thinks that this is not confined to Africa, one was caused by a kudu flying through a windshield and impaling the guy through the chest with its hoof — not your everyday traffic accident in, say, Florida). One was bitten by a snake, and died from heart failure. Another two also died of heart failure, but they were hopeless drunkards. Two were shot by muggers. The last went out on his surfboard one day and was never seen again (did I mention that sharks are plentiful off the African coasts and in the major rivers?). My experience is not uncommon in South Africa — and north of the Limpopo River (the border with Zimbabwe), I suspect that others would show worse statistics.

    The death toll wasn’t just confined to my friends. When I was still living in Johannesburg, the newspaper carried daily stories of people mauled by lions, or attacked by rival tribesmen, or dying from some unspeakable disease (and this was pre-AIDS Africa too) and in general, succumbing to some of Africa’s many answers to the population explosion. Add to that the normal death toll from rampant crime, illness, poverty, flood, famine, traffic, and the police, and you’ll begin to get the idea.

    My favorite African story actually happened after I left the country. An American executive took a job over there, and on his very first day, the newspaper headlines read:
    “Three Headless Bodies Found”.
    The next day: “Three Heads Found”.
    The third day: “Heads Don’t Match Bodies”.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    As a result of all this, death is treated more casually by Africans than by Westerners. I, and I suspect most Africans, am completely inured to reports of African suffering, for whatever cause. Drought causes crops to fail, thousands face starvation? Yup, that happened many times while I was growing up. Inter-tribal rivalry and warfare causes wholesale slaughter? Yep, been happening there for millennia, long before Whitey got there. Governments becoming rich and corrupt while their populations starved? Not more than nine or ten of those. In my lifetime, the following tragedies have occurred, causing untold millions of deaths: famine in Biafra, genocide in Rwanda, civil war in Angola, floods in South Africa, famine in Somalia, civil war in Sudan, famine in Ethiopia, floods in Mozambique, wholesale slaughter in Uganda, and tribal warfare in every single country. There are others, but you get the point.

    Yes, all this was also true in Europe — maybe a thousand years ago. But not any more. And Europe doesn’t teem with crocodiles, ultra-venomous snakes and so on.

    The Dutch controlled the floods. All of Europe controls famine — it’s non-existent now. Apart from a couple of examples of massive, state-sponsored slaughter (Nazi Germany, Communist Russia), Europe since 1700 doesn’t even begin to compare to Africa today. Casual slaughter is another thing altogether — rare in Europe, common in Africa.

    More to the point, the West has evolved into a society with a stable system of government, which follows the rule of law, and has respect for the rights and life of the individual — none of which is true in Africa.

    Among old Africa hands, we have a saying, usually accompanied by a shrug: “Africa wins again.” This is usually said after an incident such as:

    a beloved missionary is butchered by his congregation, for no apparent reason
    a tribal chief prefers to let his tribe starve to death rather than accepting food from the Red Cross (would mean he wasn’t all-powerful, you see)
    an entire nation starves to death, while its ruler accumulates wealth in foreign banks
    a new government comes into power, promising democracy, free elections etc., provided that the freedom doesn’t extend to the other tribe
    the other tribe comes to power in a bloody coup, then promptly sets about slaughtering the first tribe
    etc, etc, etc, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.
    The prognosis is bleak, because none of this mayhem shows any sign of ending. The conclusions are equally bleak, because, quite frankly, there is no answer to Africa’s problems, no solution that hasn’t been tried before, and failed.

    Just go to the CIA World Fact Book, pick any of the African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi etc.), and compare the statistics to any Western country (eg. Portugal, Italy, Spain, Ireland). The disparities are appalling — and it’s going to get worse, not better. It has certainly got worse since 1960, when most African countries achieved independence. We, and by this I mean the West, have tried many ways to help Africa. All such attempts have failed.

    Charity is no answer. Money simply gets appropriated by the first, or second, or third person to touch it (17 countries saw a decline in real per capita GNP between 1970 and 1999, despite receiving well over $100 billion in World Bank assistance).

    Food isn’t distributed. This happens either because there is no transportation infrastructure (bad), or the local leader deliberately withholds the supplies to starve people into submission (worse).

    Materiel is broken, stolen or sold off for a fraction of its worth. The result of decades of “foreign aid” has resulted in a continental infrastructure which, if one excludes South Africa, couldn’t support Pittsburgh.

    Add to this, as I mentioned above, the endless cycle of Nature’s little bag of tricks — persistent drought followed by violent flooding, a plethora of animals, reptiles and insects so dangerous that life is already cheap before Man starts playing his little reindeer games with his fellow Man. What you are left with is: catastrophe.

    The inescapable conclusion is simply one of resignation. This goes against the grain of our humanity — we are accustomed to ridding the world of this or that problem (smallpox, polio, whatever), and accepting failure is anathema to us. But, to give a classic African scenario, a polio vaccine won’t work if the kids are prevented from getting the vaccine by a venal overlord, or a frightened chieftain, or a lack of roads, or by criminals who steal the vaccine and sell it to someone else. If a cure for AIDS was found tomorrow, and offered to every African nation free of charge, the growth of the disease would scarcely be checked, let alone reversed. Basically, you’d have to try to inoculate as many two-year old children as possible, and write off the two older generations.

    So that leaves only one response, and it’s a brutal one: accept that we are powerless to change Africa, and leave them to sink or swim, by themselves.

    It sounds dreadful to say it, but if the entire African continent dissolves into a seething maelstrom of disease, famine and brutality, that’s just too damn bad. We have better things to do — sometimes, you just have to say, “Can’t do anything about it.”

    The viciousness, the cruelty, the corruption, the duplicity, the savagery, and the incompetence is endemic to the entire continent, and is so much of an anathema to any right-thinking person that the civilized imagination simply stalls when faced with its ubiquity, and with the enormity of trying to fix it. The Western media shouldn’t even bother reporting on it. All that does is arouse our feelings of horror, and the instinctive need to do something, anything — but everything has been tried before, and failed. Everything, of course, except self-reliance.

    All we should do is make sure that none of Africa gets transplanted over to the U.S., because the danger to our society is dire if it does. I note that several U.S. churches are attempting to bring groups of African refugees over to the United States, European churches the same for Europe. Mistake. Mark my words, this misplaced charity will turn around and bite us, big time.

    Even worse would be to think that the simplicity of Africa holds some kind of answers for Western society: remember Mrs. Clinton’s little book, “It Takes A Village”? Trust me on this: there is not one thing that Africa can give the West which hasn’t been tried before and failed, not one thing that isn’t a step backwards, and not one thing which is worse than, or that contradicts, what we have already.

    So here’s my (tongue-in-cheek) solution for the African fiasco: a high wall around the whole continent, all the guns and bombs in the world for everyone inside, and at the end, the last one alive should do us all a favor and kill himself.

    Inevitably, some Kissingerian realpolitiker is going to argue in favor of intervention, because in the vacuum of Western aid, perhaps the Communist Chinese would step in and increase their influence in the area. There are two reasons why this isn’t going to happen.

    Firstly, the PRC doesn’t have that kind of money to throw around; and secondly, the result of any communist assistance will be precisely the same as if it were Western assistance. For the record, Mozambique and Angola are both communist countries — and both are economic disaster areas. The prognosis for both countries is disastrous — and would be the same for any other African country.

    The West can’t help Africa. Nor should we. The record speaks for itself.

  • Electric car battery with 600 miles of range? This startup claims to have done it

    08/16/2019 1:33:37 PM PDT · 25 of 67
    Grampa Dave to Gay State Conservative

    We have former friends who have a daughter living in Bend, Or., and they now live west of Sacraemento.

    They helped her to buy her current home with the stipulation, they come up and live in their own bedroom during the hot summers/early falls in Sac.

    The distance each way is about 420 miles or 849 round trip.

    He was going to buy an electric car to drive up and back. I told his daughter to do the math re a range of less than 300 miles. Math like for most greenies, math is not there for him.

    After she did the math, he bought a Chevy pickup with a diesil.

    He dosen’t fill up here. He fills up in Oregon at a lot less in Cali/gal. On his return trip, he fills up at the Oregon border.

    He and his wife kept her Pious to drive around town and to blend in with other greenies.

  • How Immigration Made 14 Million Millennials Homeless

    08/16/2019 12:37:40 PM PDT · 12 of 21
    Grampa Dave to Peter ODonnell

    “Most of the rental market in Vancouver is for the children of long-time white residents of the region who are priced out of the ownership market and have too long to wait to inherit their parents’ homes (where some are sort of trapped in by high taxes despite full equity or near the end of paying down a much smaller mortgage than they can refinance). It’s a strange market in some ways, probably similar to some other “world class” cities around the Pacific rim like Sydney, Honolulu or maybe Seattle, San Fran or San Jose.”

    We are seeing a similar thing in the Gay Frisco area.

    One son and his wife and new baby bought a new home in the outer East Bay area. His friends decided to rent in our area and buy later. Only one has bought in their home area, 2 married medical professionals. Others are still renting 20 years later.

    Our contractor is in the same fix. He and his wife are renting.

    This groups’s parents, (all of us) are living past our 70’s into our 80’s. Many of us have opted for reverse mortgages.

    We are hearing of couples our son’s age, moving back in with their parents while their kids are in college or finishing college.

    One of the hottest new homes being built are the “Granny or Mother-in-law” homes. Smaller one or two br homes with small kitchens on the ‘kid’s properties.

  • Blaming Every Bad Economic Indicator On Trade War Proves You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About

    08/16/2019 11:12:09 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    Grampa Dave to SeekAndFind

    Nails It – Economic Analyst El-Erian: The Era of “De-Globalization” is Here!

    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 08/16/2019 | Sundance
    Posted on 8/16/2019, 10:58:42 AM by SeekAndFind

    Finally, an economic analyst gets prime-time media pundits to listen as he describes the fundamental difference between the U.S. “Economy” (Main Street) and the U.S. “Markets” (Wall Street). Charles Payne understands most of this, but El-Erian has it nailed.

    Allianz Group chief economic advisor, Mohamed El-Erian, accurately describes what is happening in an era where deglobalization is taking place. The U.S. economy is strong; however, the multinationals on Wall Street -invested overseas- are exposed. Thus there’s a disconnect and accompanying market volatility.

    There is nothing that China and the EU can do to stop the de-globalization process; and efforts to stimulate their economy, more quantitative easing (pumping money) while the global supply chains are being shifted, are futile.

    The more a nations’ economy is dependent on exports, the more exposure they have to the inherent downsides of de-globalization. U.S. companies that are invested in these nations will lose their investment over time; some rapidly. This will keep the stock market volatile, yet the Main Street USA economy is thriving.

    President Donald Trump has purposefully stalled the process of globalization, and is resetting global supply chains. This is bringing massive amounts of wealth back into the United States.

    In essence Titan Trump is engaged in a process of: (a) repatriating wealth (trade policy); (b) blocking exfiltration (main street policy); (c) creating new and modern economic alliances based on reciprocity (bilateral deals); and (d) dismantling the post WWII Marshall plan of global trade and one-way tariffs (de-globalization).

  • Fox News poll shows Trump losing to Biden, Warren, Sanders and Harris [barf]

    08/16/2019 8:20:00 AM PDT · 49 of 74
    Grampa Dave to Olog-hai

    Barffy Fake News.

    These bastards will putting out this bs months after President Trump is sworn in for his second term after destroying the left wing idiot candidate.

  • Philadelphia cops are PELTED and TAUNTED by crowd who cheered for gunman who shot six officers...

    08/15/2019 8:14:06 PM PDT · 43 of 43
    Grampa Dave to EEGator

    Unfortunately, it does.


  • Chuck Schumer Tells Trump To Spend Border Wall Funds Fighting Domestic Terrorism Instead

    08/15/2019 6:39:01 PM PDT · 44 of 44
    Grampa Dave to Oscar in Batangas

    Feel free to use as its own thread or with other threads.

    At this time, I’m going with the second option whenever what happened in Phillie happens again.

    Please use it when/whereever that crap happens again and again until the election.


  • MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace says Trump may throw a reporter 'in jail' during 2nd term

    08/15/2019 3:31:59 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    Grampa Dave to deek69

    “Wait, So she is admitting that Trump will be reelected!”


    She is probably having nightmares about President Trump’s second 4 years after his reelection.

  • CBP to start building border barriers in Arizona wildlife refuges next week

    08/15/2019 3:26:56 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    Grampa Dave to BeauBo

    Thanks for your excellent updates on the walls being built versus the Pearl Cluthers on FR, who love illegals and democrats.


    08/15/2019 3:16:13 PM PDT · 37 of 70
    Grampa Dave to CptnObvious

    Since the mass shootings, conservatives’ favorite online resource has attacked Trump in ways normally reserved for Democrats.

    So why should we believe anything Drudge is lying about?