Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

September 3, 2016


Triumph - The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke.

Politics – The Democrat party has been the party of racism, segregation and eugenics, while the Republican party fights for equal rights and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Politics – Young white men think Jim Crow happened during ancient times, never seen a woman mistreated because of her gender, and been raised color-blind since kindergarten, so when shamed by leftist teachers for sins of their fathers, their response is incomprehension.

Media – Comparing the Louisiana coverage between Presidents in 2005 and 2016, media coverage in Katrina was a hack job done by Bush-haters who wanted to attack his image.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: NFL player refusal to stand during national anthem and Russian troops stationed on Ukraine border.

Politics - The big difference between Clinton and Trump is this: What distresses us about Hillary is what she does; and What distresses us about Donald is what he says

Politics – Hillary Clinton views African-Americans as society’s victims that needs a hand-out, while Donald Trump views African-Americans as unlucky individuals who need a hand-up.

Politics – Chelsea Clinton is the epitome of crony nepotism with no talent, no skill, and no accomplishments as she bounced from job to job based solely on her parent’s name.

Media – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, NY Times, Washington Post are openly behind Hillary Clinton and her “first woman” status, dropping any pretense of objectivity.

Media – Only six organizations are now responsible for 90% of all of the “news” we read, watch and listen to: Disney (ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Miramax, Marvel Studios); CBS (Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, NFL.com, Jeopardy, 60 Minutes); GE (NBC, Comcast, Universal Pictures, Focus Features); Time Warner (CNN, HBO, TIME, Warner Bros.); Viacom (MTV, Nick Jr., BET, CMT, Paramount Pictures); and NewsCorp (Fox, Wall St. Journal, NY Post).

Participation - “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Edmund Burke.

Economy – The economy continues to limp along with too many substituting part time employment for full time jobs, and earning continue to lag as a result.


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Jobs – Men age 25 to 54 have lower labor participation rates than they did in 1940, as the Great Depression was winding down and lower than 1948 when millions returned from WWII.

Jobs – Many nonworking men, neither employed nor in education or training, spend full time socializing, relaxing, and leisure, for 3,000 hours a year, in front of TVs and computer screens.

Pensions – Obama administration now allows states to sponsor pension systems for private-sector workers whose employers don’t offer retirement plans, then weakened the operating standards by exempting these plans from Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Social Security – The IRS discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by Illegal immigrants, but officials never notified the taxpayers.

Welfare – The 1996 welfare reform did not increase poverty, in fact reached an all-time low in 2014, and “deep child poverty,” half the official poverty level, is lower today than in 1990s.

Energy – Wind turbines are becoming the symbols of a fading environmentalist religion, because without government subsidies they are unaffordable and an expensive dream.

Energy – Biofuels create more greenhouse gases than simply using petroleum, because plants only absorb a fraction of the carbon dioxide released by burning the fuels.

Healthcare – Enrollment in ObamaCare insurance programs on the state exchanges is less than half of what was predicted by the Congressional Budget Office in 2013.

Immigration – If fences will not work on the southern border to stop illegal immigrants, why is the White House fence being doubled in height to keep people out?

Education – As parents notice government schools indoctrinate children, parents are exploring homeschooling as “a freedom initiative” to control over values and beliefs.

Education – Support for the Common Core standards and education plan dropped to 50% this year, down from 58% last year, and from 83% in 2013.

Education – As tuitions continue to rise, many college graduates display a lack critical thinking skills, complex problem solving ability, and poor written and oral communications.

Education – Finally grownups have take charge at the University of Chicago rejecting political correctness on campus, and individual views can be discussed and debated.

Sexuality – A series of new peer-reviewed studies have just been released that serve to utterly debunk and deconstruct key “progressive” homosexual-activist talking points.

Civil Rights – Black Lives Matter is a political movement built on verifiable lies and misinformation and the myth of a race-motivated epidemic of police shootings.

Defense – “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Edmund Burke.

United Nations – Authoritarian regimes have already proposed that ICANN become part of the UN to make it easier for them to censor the internet globally.

GWOT – In 2016 so far, there have been 1,274 terror attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,774 people were killed and 14,303 injured, but our President still refuses to name Islamic jihadism.

Europe – Of the 28 NATO countries, only five spend the required 2% of GDP on defense, providing the rest a discount security umbrella at primarily United States expense.

Japan – Japan has no Islamic jihadist problem because they ban Muslim immigrants and Islamic evangelism resulting in less than 100,000 Muslims in a country of 127 million.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY