Wednesday, September 23, 2020

VIDEO: Michael Matt mounts the soapbox for Still-President Trump

Walt has often reposted videos by Michael Matt, Editor of The Remnant newspaper. In times past he has spoken from the Editor's desk on matters of interest to Catholics. But during the 2020 election campaign he has begun to talk more and more about the important of re-electing President Trump, because he's the one standing up for Christian and American values. 

Now, for the first time, Mr Matt has got up on a soapbox to deliver a speech at a Trump rally in Minnesota last weekend. This event was not organized by Catholics, but rather by Americans who are waking up a bit more every day to the chaos that was inevitable after we threw Christ out of our schools and political institutions. 

It's interesting (Mr Matt writes in an e-mail) to consider that only a few years ago, Traditional Catholics were being dismissed as paranoid conspiracy theorists. Not so anymore! People outside traditional Catholic circles are suddenly very eager to receive the message Mr Matt (and Walt and many others) have been trying to send for years.

   

President Trump is far from perfect, but he's done a good job exposing the anti-Christians, in the Catholic Chuch and out. And he may be America's last best political hope against the demons that want to fundamentally reset our nation and hand it over to an anti-Christian New World Order.

Monday, September 21, 2020

VIDEO: Wm. F. Buckley talks with Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia

Regular readers of WWW will know that I have an abiding interest in Zimbabwe, a dictatorship in southern Africa which went from being the second-most prosperous on the Dark Continent to what Still-President Trump would now call a "shithole".

I lived and worked in Zimbabwe in the 90s, and could see the handwriting on the wall after the former Big Man, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, decided to pay all his "war veterans" gratuities of Z$50,000 each after they had staged a series of protests, claiming that they had not received the "benefits" of their revolt against the "white settler regime", viz: white cars, white houses and white women.

The unbudgeted payouts saw the Zimbabwe dollar lose its value by 70% in one day -- I remember it well -- and analysts say the move signalled Zimbabwe's well-documented economic collapse. Banknotes were issued in denominations of billions and even trillions of dollars and were literally not worth the paper they were printed on.

The Mugabe government abandoned the "Zimkwacha" because of hyperinflation in 2009 -- 1 US dollar was worth around Z$35 quadrillion at the time -- and started using American dollars and South African rand. 

But I digress. I was about to tell you that when I first went to Africa, there was no Zimbabwe. The country was then known as Rhodesia, a former British colony which declared its independence from No-longer-great Britain on 11 November 1965. I went there about four years later, over five years before William F. Buckley Jr. went there to record this interview with Prime Minister Ian Smith. 

I went to Rhodesia on a fact-finding mission, to see for myself whether the Africans (by which was meant "blacks") were so badly off under white minority rule as was argued by the "progressives" at the United Nations, the World Council of Churches and elsewhere. I concluded that it would be a mistake -- detrimental to the well-being of the Africans -- to overthrow the "white settler government" and impose "majority rule". But it was clear even then, in 1969, that the mistake was going to be made, in the name of "freedom and equality, yada yada yada. The mistake was made, and the result is the shithole that is Zimbabwe today. 

In this interview, recorded in April of 1974, Ian Smith makes the case for the continuation of minority rule until the majority population should be ready to govern themselves. Mr Smith was right, but of course that doesn't matter now, does it. 

One thing to note, at about the 38-minute mark, is that Mr Smith asserts that the black revolutionaries were financed and trained by Communist China. Of course today's China would never do that kind of thing.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

A tale from the part of North America where the sun rises first

Agent 5 has been busy lately... mighty busy... but has taken time from his busy schedule to send us a story from Canada's happiest province, Newfoundland. Truth or fiction? You be the judge!
 
The Newfoundland Department of Employment believed a boat owner wasn't paying proper wages to his help. An agent was sent to the fishing village of Burin to investigate the boat owner.

Government Agent: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.

Boat Owner: Well, there's Clarence, my hired hand. He's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Then there's the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, and pays his own room and board. I buy him a bottle of Lamb's rum and a dozen Moosehead every Saturday night so he can cope with life. Also, he gets to sleep with my wife occasionally. 

Government Agent: That's the guy I want to talk to -- the mentally challenged one."

Boat Owner: That'll be me. What'd you want to know?

If there really was a deadly pandemic

Scraped from Blazing Cat Fur. Walt keeps this blog bookmarked!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Dems/liberals/Soros preparing to hijack the election

It's quiet out there. Too quiet. OK, so it's a movie cliché, but it's my impression as I surf the net and (occasionally watch the idiot's lantern) looking for real news about the progress (?) of the 2020 election campaign. 

The anti-social distancing imposed on us by the state in consequence of the Dempanic has something to do with it. It's not just Sleepy Joe Biden who's hiding in the basement. Politicians are simply not out there doing "retail politics". Hands remain unshaken. Babies remain unkissed. Corn dogs are uneaten at state fairs. [What state fairs? They're all cancelled! Ed.] Kamala Harris makes "news" by wearing a certain brand of running shoes. Nothing is going on in public, where we can see and hear what they're doing. It's all in the courtrooms and smoke-filled back rooms. 

The news from the courtrooms is worrisome. A lot of Democratically-elected/appointed judges are laying the groundwork for a presidential election which will be decided not at the ballot box but by judges. Yes, there will be ballot boxes, but, state by state, liberal judges are giving the Big Blue OK to mail-in voting, aka cheating-by-mail. 

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended the state's absentee ballot deadline to three days after the election (!) and approved of the use of mail-in ballot drop boxes, a big legal win for the Dumbocrats in the key battleground state. The case, which was brought by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, is similar to another one being litigated in federal court, which was put on pause while the state supreme court considered the matter.

What's wrong with mail-in voting, I hear you ask. Given the efficiency of the USPS, is it not reasonable to extend the deadline for receipt of the mail votes until a few days after polling day? Dear reader, this is Pennsylvania we're talking about. Stories abound about howvotes are counted in Philthydelphia, where, if it looks like Democrats are trailing, calls are made to certain precincts which haven't reported yet. When polling officials are asked (the story goes) how many votes have been cast for the Democratic candidate, the response is "How many do you need?" 

But (I hear you asking, again) how can they do that if the only envelopes to be opened and counted have to bear a postmark not later than polling day? Walt is a stamp collector [Surprised? Ed.], and can assure you that it's not hard at all to forge a postmark. Or you could even get a real postmark, antedated, from a co-operative USPS employee who "forgot" to change the date on the handstamp. The possibilities for fraud are many and various.
   
But the anti-Trump forces (and that's the right word) aren't going to leave it to cheating-by-mail or compliant courts to ensure that the presidential election is left to the American people, who they think can't be trusted not to repeat the "mistake" they made in 2016. 

According to Breitbart News, a massive network of well funded left-wing activists and progressive groups are training, organizing, and planning to mobilize millions of Americans should President Trump "contest the election results," refuse to concede, or claim an early victory. 

The article goes on to say that more than 80 advocacy groups and grassroots organizations have joined in a broad coalition calling itself "Protect the Results", which proclaims that "we cannot ignore the threat that Trump poses to our democracy and a peaceful transition of power."

Who's behind this? Do you really need to ask? The coalition is a joint project of Indivisible and Stand Up America, two left-wing groups founded in response to President Trump’s 2016 election and whose goals are "to organize and resist Trump’s dangerous agenda" and "to defeat Trump and his enablers." Seeking to "protect" election results by use of its millions of members, the coalition calls to "take coordinated action" and "prepare for a potential post-election crisis."

Both Indivisible and Stand up America are part of the Soros-funded Democracy Alliance, the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the USA. In 2017, DA developed a "resistance map" -- a mix of anti-Trump groups it recommends its members donate to, many of which are now part of Protect the Results. 

Having likened President Trump to a dictator, left-wing billionaire George Soros declared in a recent interview that Trump is dangerous, is "fighting" for his political life, and will do "anything to remain in power." Hardly surprising, then, that Soros-backed groups are leading the so-called post-Election Day "resistance". 

Further readingHow the Underground Press Will Thwart the Media and Re-elect Donald Trump", by Jack Cashill, in American Thinker, 17/9/20.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Media bias? What media bias?

In case you didn't guess, this is another gem from the Babylon Bee. If you're not checking "your trusted source for Christian satire" regularly, you're missing something. They have videos and podcasts too. Highly recommended by Walt!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

UPDATED: Someone else doesn't like Blogger's new GUI

Ed. here. "Ed. is baffled by Blogger's new GUI", WWW 5/9/20, got a surprising number of "hits". Walt didn't think many people would care about my/our problems in putting this blog online. And frankly, I think he was inviting loyal readers to beg him/us not to quit now, after more than nine years. We did get a number of exhortations to carry on up the Khyber, so thanks to those who sent same.

I have discovered that I'm not the only one having trouble adjusting to the change. And it's not just me. Nearly three months ago, Katherine Tyrrell, who uses Blogger to write a blog "for artists and art lovers" called Making A Mark, wrote "Google's NEW Blogger interface does not work properly!", the introduction to which follows.

The tech people at Google may be regretting the notion of revamping Blogger. Below I'm itemising the problems I've encountered. There may be more!

If you are an ordinary reader please excuse the VITRIOL - which is included in the hope that somebody from Google Blogger might read it!!

Below are two main faults
* poorly managed change process
* very poor communication and very poor design
plus a section why the new interface is dysfunctional - which contains
* 10 points explaining what is wrong with the NEW BLOGGER interface

Way back then, Ms Tyrell said, as Walt did just now, "It's a big mistake to change what works." Whether Google listens to anyone is debatable, but in response to complaints from Ms Tyrell and others (we assume), they did hit the pause button on making the new GUI the default. It became such at the beginning of this month, which is what prompted Walt's piece of the 5th.

In response to that piece, Agent 3 drew our attention to a little notice, printed in "mouse type" (it's so small you have to be a mouse to read it), to the effect that we can still use the legacy GUI... for now.... You have to scroll down to the bottom of the user menu to switch back to the old version, and before they let you do that they ask you to confirm that you are indeed a dinosaur who can't adapt to change.

Walt and I do so confirm, and wonder if Ms Tyrell is doing likewise. To her, and to ourselves, we wish many good lucks!

UPDATE ADDED 17/9/20: You won't be surprised to know that within hours of our posting this, Blogger took away the option of reverting to the legacy interface. Lesson: you can't fight city hall... or Google!