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NETFLIX: Just desserts?

Are we in a battle for the soul of this nation?

A Texas grand jury has indicted Netflix for the child porn depicted in the film, Cuties!

A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, has indicted Netflix, Inc. for “knowingly” distributing the graphic and “lewd” film “Cuties” on its streaming platform.

In full disclosure, I have not seen this film. Nor will I. But from the information readily available from numerous sources, it is clear this film contains graphic material that depicts young girls, under the age of 18, in sexually suggestive situations. There are instances of nudity, twerking, and child pornography. The indictment also claims there is a lewd display of a young girl’s pubic area while clothed or partially clothed, and that the girl was under 18 when the film was created.

Now I am no prude. Sleep with whoever the hell you want above the age of consent. But crap like this has no serious literary, artistic, or scientific value. I suppose it may have some political value to certain segments of our society who seem to be testing the waters for legitimizing this kind of behavior.

Thankfully, there is hope. Some people were upset!

Netflix experienced a huge backlash from many conservative communities for the film’s disturbing and hypersexualized portrayal of pre-pubescent girls. You’d think the sexual exploitation of pre-teen girls would be completely unacceptable to all Americans. Apparently, that’s not the case …

A number of Americans did launch a hashtag campaign, #CancelNetflix, against the company on various social media sites in the hope that people would cancel their NetFlix accounts. Yes. I canceled mine.

Netflix is becoming less popular among conservative viewers.

But then honestly, I hadn’t watched Netflix in a while anyway. I began to lose interest with the whole Michelle Wolf, Bill Maher, Jane Fonda thing. Add to that Barack and Michelle Obama and Susan Rice on the Board of Directors and an upcoming Obama talk show – well, it’s just not me.

To be fair, I believe that a free people should be able to watch what they want. If you don’t like it, you can certainly turn it off, change the channel, or cancel your subscription. But there is a legal aspect to this, at least in my mind. Programing should conform to society’s accepted rule of law. Airing softcore kiddie porn, or material which only appeals to the prurient interest in sex with minors, should not be legal. It will be interesting to see how this case plays out in Texas.

I suppose I am a little old fashioned, but I am proud of that. In many cases, change is good. Sometimes, however, it is not. So, before you condemn me for being a right-wing, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, bitter, deplorable, puritanical (did I miss any) old fool, ask yourself – would you want your 11-year-old daughter portrayed in that manner?

I would hope not …

And if it wouldn’t bother you, I would argue that I am not the one with the problem.

FORTITUDE: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage

Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules for Life meets Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s Extreme Ownership in this tough-love leadership book from a Navy SEAL and rising star in Republican politics.

In 2012, on his third tour of duty, an improvised explosive device left Dan Crenshaw’s right eye destroyed and his left blinded. Only through the careful hand of his surgeons, and what doctors called a miracle, did Crenshaw’s left eye recover partial vision. And yet, he persevered, completing two more deployments. Why? There are certain stories we tell ourselves about the hardships we face — we can become paralyzed by adversity or we can adapt and overcome. We can be fragile or we can find our fortitude. Crenshaw delivers a set of lessons to help you do just that.

Most people’s everyday challenges aren’t as extreme as surviving combat, and yet our society is more fragile than ever: exploding with outrage, drowning in microaggressions, and devolving into divisive mob politics. The American spirit — long characterized by grit and fortitude — is unraveling. We must fix it.

That’s exactly what Crenshaw accomplishes with FORTITUDE. This book isn’t about the problem, it’s about the solution. And that solution begins with each and every one of us. We must all lighten up, toughen up, and begin treating our fellow Americans with respect and grace.

FORTITUDE is a no-nonsense advice book for finding the strength to deal with everything from menial daily frustrations to truly difficult challenges. More than that, it is a roadmap for a more resilient American culture. With meditations on perseverance, failure, and finding much-needed heroes, the book is the antidote for a prevailing “safety culture” of trigger warnings and safe spaces. Interspersed with lessons from history and psychology is Crenshaw’s own story of how an average American kid from the Houston suburbs went from war zones to the halls of Congress — and managed to navigate his path with a sense of humor and an even greater sense that, no matter what anyone else around us says or does, we are in control of our own destiny.

About the author …

Dan Crenshaw served as a Navy SEAL for a decade, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After being wounded in Helmand Province in 2012, he lost his right eye and required surgery to save the vision in his left. He earned two Bronze Star Medals, one with Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor. Retiring from the military in 2016, Crenshaw earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2017. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2018, where he represents the Second Congressional District of Texas. He lives with his wife, Tara, and two dogs, Joey and Luna, in Houston.

My thoughts …

Dan Crenshaw is clearly a man with a mission. His book, Fortitude: Resilience in the Age of Outrage, is a call to action for all Americans who love this country to make a stand against the destructive culture of outrage and the ‘cancel culture’ that has permeated our society. Crenshaw approaches this problem with the same professionalism and attention to detail that makes the US Navy SEALs the highly effective elite military force they are.

Crenshaw clearly illustrates what it means to be a thinking American. His perspectives, while they will certainly be shocking and abhorrent to those bent on ‘fundamentally transforming’ this country into the next Venezuela, are rooted in common sense and the preservation of the United States of America as a sovereign nation.

Like Crenshaw, I believe that in this great country, you certainly have the right to live your life as you choose within the social contract provided by the rule of law. However, your rights end where they infringe on the rights of others. And, you do not have the right to never be offended. Being offended is a personal choice, controlled by the individual. You also do not have the right to erase history, destroy public or private property, or destroy the very country that protects the freedoms you choose to exercise.

There is nothing new in his ideas. Crenshaw’s book is a concise and practical restatement of things most Americans already know and believe. Unfortunately, a few too many have forgotten, being raised in a setting of unearned affluence and elitist attitudes. This has created a generation with skewed views of ungratefulness, arrogance, ignorance, shamelessness, and egocentrism.

As a former US Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander, decorated war veteran, and congressman for the state of Texas, Crenshaw brings the full prowess of his training as a SEAL to bear in his research and viewpoints. His mental toughness, worldly experience, and practical insight offer real insight into combating the subjective softness and perpetual state of outrage so many people in America suffer from today .

I rate this book 5 stars and recommend highly to anyone who might be just a bit concerned at the direction some are trying to take this country in.

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How to be a “Fixer Upper”

I discovered the program, Fixer Upper, on HGTV and now I am hooked.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines own and operate Magnolia Homes, a remodeling and design business based in Waco, Texas. The show “Fixer Upper” shows the process by which this amazing couple turn dilapidated but potential-rich houses into amazing showplaces. These two are helping revitalize whole neighborhoods throughout central Texas.

They show clients a series of houses based on the client’s total budget for purchase and renovation. Typically, the houses are the worse houses in otherwise good neighborhoods. However, sometimes they go off on a tangent and take a real chance, always it seems, with incredible success.

This show actually has me wondering if I should move to Texas on the off chance I’d be lucky enough to have this amazing team remodel a house for me. Maybe someday!

Chip manages the demolition, construction, and realty side of Magnolia and Joanna is the lead designer. I think she is brilliant as a designer. The tears and looks on their client’s faces during the big reveal says it all. And the couple play off each other in a manner that is very humorous, entertaining, and wholesome. I also like how they include their children in their remodeling business.

Chip and Joanna also act as part-time counselors to clients who can’t always initially see a homes true potential through the current damage or blemishes. This dynamic duo saves homes that look beyond redemption by renovating them, and revealing them as the forever-homes they were intended to be. Sometimes, they do get into the unexpected “oops,” but always find some way to make it work. I have been total amazed at the work they do and have also learned a great deal about renovations. The show is very educational.

I find very little worth watching on television these days, but this show is certainly an exception. I give it a 6 out of 5 Star Rating and highly recommend it to anyone. It is good on so many levels that anyone can find something to enjoy. You really need to check this program out. I don’t know what HGTV’s plans are, but this is one program I hope they continue for awhile.

FLOTUS, Melanie Trump, Wears Spike Heels to Texas

FLOTUS Wears Spike Heels to View Texas Damage … Left-wing Media in a Tither!

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for briefing on Harvey relief efforts, Aug. 29, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

 

Spike heels … are you kidding? Of course you can see from the photograph, she must have somehow found time to change from Spike Heels into sneakers on the flight down from Andrews AFB.  It is obviously hard for the left-wing media to believe that the First Lady would be capable of such a daunting task! I mean, change her shoes? What was she thinking. Left-wing pundits are obsessed with the state of her shoes while the rest of America worries about the rescue efforts and what will be needed to rebuild!

It is just another piece of evidence as to how political the media has become and how it has, in fact, become an enemy of the American People. As I have posted in the past, a Free Press is certainly a vital part of a free and democratic society. The lest-wing media simply continues to prove time and time again that it is not a Free Press. It is the propaganda wing of the Democratic Left-wingers and Progressives.

Mean While … In the Real World!

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had high praise for President Donald Trump and the federal government for its response to Hurricane Harvey, describing it as  “A-plus.” This effort is only just beginning. It will be a long haul because this storm and its rain will continue to weak havoc for several days.

Abbot want on to say

I’ve got to tell you, I give FEMA a grade of A+, all the way from the president down,” Abbott said. “I’ve spoken to the president several times, to his Cabinet members, such as secretary of homeland security, such as the administrator of FEMA, such as Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services.

Of course, you won’t hear any of that on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABS, The Washington Post, The NY Times, or any of the left-wing’s propaganda tool … the one that, at one time, was the American Free Press!

Why I am an Independent Voter!

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A comment was aimed at me the other day beginning with the words, “You republicans …….!”   Some people just do not get it at all.  It is no longer about Republican versus Democrat.  It is about the destruction of America!

I am not a Republican although I was for a period of time.  The Republican Party has let me down too many times now.  Can you tell me what the Republican Party stands for?  I can!  It stands for nothing.  They make promises to constituents to get elected and then cave on those same issues at the slightest pressure from the White House, the Democrats, or the press.  And, they do this despite having been given a majority in both Houses of Congress by the voters.  So either they suffer from completely deflated balls or they are RINOS.  It really doesn’t matter at this point.  I know there are a few truly conservative Republicans trying to do something to protect Americans but they are hamstrung and attacked by their own party.  This is why I am no longer a Republican.

I can certainly see what the Democratic Party stands for today.  It is obvious if you watch the news.  The current Democratic Party stands for Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby parts, making terrible deals with our enemies while abandoning our allies, giving illegal aliens free rein to steal from, rape and murder American citizens.  You think Trump is wrong?  He may not be the candidate of choice for me, but at least he speaks the truth.  The murder of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco by an illegal alien is only the most recent example of a crime committed by an illegal alien.   Laura Wilkerson’s 18-year-old son was brutally tortured and murdered by a classmate he had offered a ride home.  The classmate would have been one of Obama’s “Dreamers.”

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During testimony before the Congressional Judiciary Committee by parents of victims and Texas State Officials, it was revealed that illegal aliens have been involved in thousands of crimes in Texas alone, including nearly 3,000 homicides.  According to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, illegal aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.  The report describes an alien crime wave of staggering proportions exacerbated by federal officials unwilling to enforce immigration laws. The Texas DPS report says well over 100,000 individual criminal aliens have been booked into Texas jails.

Let’s see.  In light of this illegal alien crime wave and increasing terrorist attacks on American  soil, the Democratic Party stands for disarming law-abiding American citizens.  They also stand for ignoring the rule of law and dismantling or circumventing the U.S. Constitution, dismantling our military, destroying our economy while fudging unemployment numbers, and subjecting U.S. Citizens to being ruled by the United Nations.

As a friend of mine posted:

Can we stop calling those on the far left liberals and progressives? Nice sounding terms but their actual political platform is Statism and Totalitarianism. Obsessed with “correct thought” and “Correct speech”, [and] the sacrifice of individual choice to ideological “experts”.  In no way is this thinking liberal or progressive. It is very regressive, the exact same policies were the foundation of Statist and Totalitarian regimes from Mao to Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler.  Identity politics, class warfare, racial politics, statistical law making, central planning, there is no correlation between these ideas and classical liberalism, or any of the founding documents of this country. These factors were the dominant trends that made people leave Europe and establish a country based on sovereign States, individual liberty and property rights. Our “liberals” fight against State sovereignty, individual liberty and individual property rights. And our population is apparently too poorly educated to understand our own history.

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Nuff said!

Addressing Illegal Immigration

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Illegal immigration is a real problem for this country,  and not only for out-of-work Americans.  Our southern borders are turning into war zones with drug smugglers, gun smugglers, and human traffickers having free rein while Obama‘s administration and Janet Napolitano‘s Department of Homeland Security do nothing and tell us “its’ ok … don’t worry … be happy!”

Trafficking in illegal aliens is also a danger to the illegal aliens themselves. Many illegal aliens from Mexico, South America, China,  and other nations are transported here under unhealthy, even dangerous conditions.  They have no real means of supporting themselves and put a real strain on America’s already dangerously strained economy by using tax payer provided services without paying any taxes.

Do I hate immigrants?  Of course not.  Most of us are descendants of immigrants.  But our descendants immigrated legally.  They came through Ellis Island or other immigrant entry ports. They came here to build something, to join a dream!  They fought to earn their place in society and helped to build a great nation.

I have nothing against legal immigrants.  I am not for punishing the children of illegal immigrants for the crimes of their parents.  However, amnesty just rewards law breakers (and gives Obama an instant ACORN friendly voter block).  Governor Perry’s providing education to children of illegal immigrants is a way to get them off the welfare rolls and turn them into productive members of society … rather than have them join gangs or vote in Obama’s (and other progressive-liberals) illegal alien voter blocks; is his way of dealing with a real problem!  At least Perry is doing something!  Like Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing something.  Obama’s administration is doing nothing … except perhaps selling guns to the Mexican Mafia (see “Operation Fast and Furious”)!   Is Perry’s solution perfect… of course not.  What solution ever is?

Do we need to stop the flood of illegal immigrants across our borders?  Of course we do!  Can we “pack up” all the illegals we currently have and ship them back?  Probably not.  Should there be some sort of  path toward citizenship for them?  Maybe so!  But not in front of, or at the expense of, those trying to immigrate legally!   Do we need to look at existing immigration laws and discuss possible streamlining, simplifying, or other changes? Probably so!

I think the discussion of the immigration issue and how to address  related concerns needs to open and frank; with all relevent points considered!  Not all would agree it seems!

An article on The Blaze reports that on Tuesday, the San Antonio Tea Party was part of a panel discussion supported by a local public radio station: 89.1 KSTX.   The topic of discussion was the DREAM Act and the problem of illegal immigration. 

Jonathon Bryant, a Government Studies teacher from John F. Kennedy High School attended the event along with some of his students (who, according to Bryant, may be illegals).  Mr. Bryant asked a question of the panel about students that were illegal aliens and what should be done with them.  After the president of the group affirmed his support for the laws governing illegal aliens in the schools, Mr. Bryant just couldn’t contain himself. He decided to levy the “Nazi” charge. 

So this is what are teachers are teaching in our schools.  Anyone with a view opposing the progressive-liberal agenda or supporting the laws of our nation is a “nazi.”   Just another example of the intolerance of “progressive-liberal tolerance.”

Maxine Waters: Enemy of the State!

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One wonders where these crazy, illogical, left-wing ideologues come from.  Maxine Waters, recently speaking to a group of about a thousand of her supporters stated that “The Tea Party can go straight to hell” and that she would be there to help it happen.  I keep wondering where those “tolerant” liberals have all gone to?

There is no logic to any of their hate or vitriol.  A black man spoke up and complained he was once a successful architect, with a big home,and a Porsche 911 Carrera; and now he lives out of his back pack!  He blames the Tea Party!  How is the Tea Party responsible for his misfortune? 

California is hardly a Tea Party state!  Radical liberal politicians (like Maxine Waters) have driven thinking, solid, hard-working Californians right out of the state with their crazy regulations, oppressive taxes, and “social justice” policies.   California is approaching bankruptcy and losing jobs even faster than Texas, a conservative state, is creating them.  There is simply nobody in California with the money to buy the homes or buildings that poor black architect might design!  Any Californians with money and sense are leaving in droves!  There are leaving for states like Texas … run by Tea Party-type people!   The truth is that this former black architect (if indeed that is what he really was) should look Maxine Waters dead-square in the eyes and ask her,”Why did your policies do this to me?”   Sadly, that will never happen because as I have often said, “Liberals never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”  

Politicians like Maxine Waters ignore facts, point fingers, and scream poisonous lies to anyone who will listen and is not intelligent enough to see through them.  They do this to cover for their own incompetence and to get reelected … because to their mindless loyal minions they are heroes!

Blame the Tea Party!  They scream and rant pure nonsense … and useful idiots listen.  Although progressive, left-wing liberals like to compare conservatives to Nazis, in truth, it is the vitriolic rantings of people like Maxine Waters that actually does have an eerie and uncanny resemblance to nazis propaganda.  “Blame the Tea Party” is not too far removed from “Blame die Juden!”

Tea Party members have at least offered several “plans” for fixing the economic crisis we face as a nation.  One plan was even based on recommendations by Obama‘s own experts.  What plan has Maxine Waters put forward?  None!  How does her vitriolic ranting and blame game help this country?  It doesn’t! 

But then … hey … why let the truth get in the way of a good story!