Ask President Romney How Well Being Respectful Works

I’m wondering if Trump will ever be able to hire a top–level campaign staffer who actually helps the campaign. We’re on at least the third set of top advisors (fourth if you count the in–and–out–and–in Roger Stone). So far the only distinction this has conferred on the Orange One is that his may be the first campaign in history to wear out an “Under New Management” sign.

newmanagement_sign2009wwEvery addition to the Trumpista Junta adds new contradictions and new distractions. Worse it gives the mainstream media a legitimate excuse to ignore Trump’s issues and instead concentrate on intrigue.

So far it’s Byzantium without the eunuchs.

This time Trump traded Paul Manafort who was said to have unsavory ties with shadowy Ukrainian strongmen for Stephen Bannon who supposedly has unsavory ties with the KKK’s Invisible Empire.

That looks like a wash to me.

I can’t say the same for the woman who was named campaign manager, pollster Kellyanne Conway. It’s more than a little suspicious that just days after Conway joins the campaign there’s another position reversal controversy when Trump appears to go wobbly on illegal aliens.

Particularly when we recall Conway was a paid advisor to FWD.us, a Mark Zuckerberg open borders, cheap labor, amnesty–supporting, sovereignty–undermining organization.

 

So what happens now? I’ll give you a hint: Trump’s most valued campaign aide comes to the rescue. What’s more, there is valuable debate advice for Supreme Leader Trump. All that’s required is clicking on the link below. (You won’t be sorry.)

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/debates-media/2016/08/30/id/745887/

 

Another Way Citizen’s Pay for Illegal Aliens

The Shannon family’s latest unexpected encounter with federal immigration policy couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. Here it is almost tax day and my daughter is hit with an unexpected HOLA! bill. That’s HOLA as in Hidden Outlay for Left’s Amnesty.

illegal-alien-path-to-citizenshipMy daughter is driving along in Dallas and as she proceeds through an intersection, her car is T–boned by a red–light–running illegal alien who’s here to cause the car crashes Americans don’t want to cause.

Jessica instantly finds herself wrapped in a soft cushion of government mandates and protection as every airbag on the driver’s side explodes. Once the balloons deflate, she calls 9–1–1.

Dallas is a Sanctuary City and investigating citizen Vs. illegal car crashes is no problemo. Since the INS won’t be involved this time the automovilista doesn’t choose to flee the scene. No driver’s license or other form of legal identification means the officer takes down whatever alias the illegal is using that day and issues Jose two tickets. (Que lastima! More government paperwork!) Those are tickets that will never be paid, but that’s not the officer’s concern.

No need for the tedious exchange of insurance information and arguments over penmanship because the Mexican export not only has an aversion to government documentation, he also eschews insurance company certificates. Leaving the officer free to answer the next call.

The paying begins as Jessica experiences first hand the hidden cost of undermining the rule of law. Here is a brief rundown of some of the expenses imposed on a citizen, first–year school teacher by the Democrat’s plan to change the electorate and the RINO conspiracy to import Central America’s wages.

First, Jessica’s car is totaled. If she’d won the locomotion lottery and been hit by a citizen, their insurance would have paid her deductible. But in a no papers, no policy situation she’s out the entire amount. Next she’ll be spending hours negotiating a deal on a new car. The longer that takes, the more she pays for the rental car she driving in the interim.

Once she makes the deal, it’s time to pay sales and property taxes on her new ride. Taxes Jessica assumed were years away, with a car less than three years old, until she had a personal encounter with Obama’s border policy.

Long term, the accident will be costing her every month in the form of higher insurance rates for a crash she didn’t cause.

This isn’t our family’s first head–on with illegals on wheels. A drunk Mexican illegal killed my dear friend and cycling coach, while she was on her bicycle training a client. After we moved to Virginia another acquaintance from our gym was — you guessed it — killed by a drunk–driving illegal. And a little over a year ago I was rear ended by an anchor baby with no insurance.

My car survived and my daughter did, too, so I’m counting my blessings.

Increased transportation costs aren’t the only HOLA charges. At a nearby elementary school there’s no money for a math specialist, but there are four English as a second language teachers with a fifth on the way.

Residents without children are paying higher property taxes to fund soaring school budgets as our classrooms educate and often feed Honduras’ best.

All this is invisible to Washington and ignored by ethnic enablers already in office because they simply could care less. Citizens who play by the rules are bearing the brunt of the elites’ open border policy.

John “The Apostle” Kasich tells us you can’t deport illegals because “it would break up families.” Marco Amnesty claims “law abiding” illegals will have a chance for permanent residency.

What none of the amnesty supporters tell you is Jessica’s collision buddy qualifies for amnesty under that framework. The two traffic tickets he won’t pay are driving infractions and not criminal violations. As far as Obama and the RINOs are concerned he has the same claim on citizenship as Jessica does.

I’m tired of all the hand–wringing over illegal’s families. How about some outrage over the damage this slow–motion erosion of our American culture is doing? Illegals choose to come here and they can bear the consequences. Citizens certainly have.

As far as I’m concerned if Uncle Sam put a man on the moon, he can return a Mexican to Mexico.

World Vision Blinded by Leftist Ideology

It’s time for Christian donors to pull the plug on World Vision.

Instead of sending their money to an organization that has become CINO (Christian in Name Only) ship it to Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse where it won’t be used to support the Left’s version of the Great Commission.

worldvision-posterUnder Rich Stearn’s bumbling leadership World Vision lurches from one public relations catastrophe to another. Just two years ago Stearns almost sank the organization when he told Christianity Today World Vision “will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.”

You don’t have to be Kim Davis to know that means homosexual wedding showers are heading for the break room.

Stearns claimed the change was very narrow — like the door to Heaven — and he had the gall to say the capitulation didn’t violate Biblical law. Even AP couldn’t stomach that. It called the collapse of moral direction and Biblical truth, “a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups.”

In one fell swoop World Vision went from a Bible–believing Christian charity to the Ford Foundation with a morning devotional. (I’m giving Stearns the benefit of the doubt on the devotional.) In just 48 hours World Vision lost 5,000 individual donors, 60 churches withdrew their support and headquarters employees began resigning.

Stearns was mystified. As he sat in the ashes like Job, he mused that if he “could have a do-over on one thing, I would have done much more consultation with Christian leaders.”

But he just ran out of time, what will all the meetings with The New York Times editorial board, the Human Rights Campaign and the cast of The Laramie Project.

Now World Vision has a new disaster, this time involving the Religion of Peace. Complete details in my Newsmax.com column (It’s worth the click):

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/christian-donors-gaza-hamas/2016/08/10/id/742998/

 

Both Parties Should Adopt the Barbara Bush Rule

The most frightening observation in connection with the Donald Trump presidential campaign came during a call to the Rush Limbaugh Show. Barely able to contain his excitement, the caller breathlessly proclaimed that after the RNC convention speeches by the Trump children, “We are seeing the birth of a new political dynasty!”

So far that’s the only valid reason I’ve heard to vote against Trump.

Jeb & HillaryNipping political dynasties in the bud should be one of the top priorities of constitutional conservatives. Passing political office from one glad–handing relative to another is a recipe for national decline. It’s a short, wobbly step from talking about “Camelot” to gushing over Ted Kennedy; “The Hero of Chappaquiddick” or “The Lush of the Senate.” Take your choice.

It’s bad enough when states become fiefdoms of some dynasty. Think of the Byrds in Virginia, the Longs in Louisiana and the La Folletes in Wisconsin. If you get tired of the cornpone conspiracy in Mississippi you can always move to Oklahoma. National dynasties are inescapable, unless you want to join Susan Sarandon in Canada.

Governing Magazine has the genuinely horrifying news that “…a professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana estimated that one-fourth of state and parish officials had another relative in office. In a 2010 analysis of Congress, Harvard University’s Brian Feinstein concluded that 12 percent of U.S. House candidates from 1994 to 2006 were members of a political dynasty.”

You’ll know you’ve fallen into dynasty thinking when you refer to “Joe Biden’s Senate seat” or “Eric Cantor’s House seat.” When it’s not their seat at all, it belongs to the voters, God help them.

I agree wholeheartedly with the statement Barbara Bush made on The Today Show. When one of the hairdos asked her what she thought of presidential rumors (at that time) surrounding Jeb she stated emphatically, “There are a lot of great families, and it’s not just four families or whatever. There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes.”

Quite. We’ve had enough Bushes, Kennedys and Clintons.

When the electorate of a formerly fiercely independent republic starts selecting its leaders from hereditary political dynasties it’s a strong indicator of national decline. Sharing a famous name doesn’t grant any particular political or leadership ability — although it may give one a leg up when applying for a job at select presidential libraries.

Can you imagine Billy Carter in office or Roger Clinton?

Yet lemming Democrats chose Hillary Clinton as their nominee for president.

The choice would have been unthinkable if her name was still Hillary Rodham. Compared to Hill without Bill, former Gov. Martin O’Malley is a paragon of political accomplishment, fully qualified for the Democrat nomination.

I will give her credit, Hillary Clinton is the only woman in America who could turn a trial separation into a New York Senate seat and then use that as a convenient stepping–stone to a presidential nomination.

Hillary’s the nation’s fierce feminist role model, yet you couldn’t peel her fingers off Bill’s coattails with a pair of Vice–Grip pliers.

The Democrat elite joins the political class in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in making heredity the prime component in selecting the next leader.

Political dynasties on a national scale are a recent development. No one to my knowledge was agitating for Eleanor to make a run after FDR died. It took television, Democrat media and Jack Kennedy to validate heredity as a selection criterion.

Had JFK served out his term, political history may have been different, but one can’t have “Camelot” without an entitled aristocracy.

Dynasty talk died out during the Carter interregnum and it would have been unthinkable to promote a Reagan dynasty. It took Bill Clinton and his grasping wife to revive the politics of name identification.

Of course the coat–holders in the GOP are no better. They were eager to give the nomination to Juan “Ball–o–Fire” Bush until Trump crashed the party — in more ways than one.

Yet none of the chattering classes is bothered by the inequality of “who’s your daddy?” politics. They’re as dazzled by a security cortege as the lowliest Walmart shopper. In the past the chosen ruled by the divine right of king’s, now the select benefit from the divine right of celebrity.

My solution is not an outright unconstitutional ban on wives, husbands, brothers, sons, daughters, cousins, uncles, aunts or in–laws who’ve assumed the name. Instead, I would give any of that lot my blessing to run for office, as long as they changed political parties to do it.

John Barleycorn, Not Joe College, Is the Real Threat to Your Daughter

Many parents concerned about their daughter’s future are concluding it’s safer for her to clerk in a Baltimore liquor store during a Freddie Gray rally than it is to attend college.

And who can blame them? “Survey” findings claim that 20 percent of college women suffer a sexual assault. The numbers are used to blame men for creating a “rape culture,” when the truth is universities tolerate a coma culture.

I'm a drunkConsider a school closing in on the sexual assault hall of fame: The University of Virginia and it’s president, Pontius Pilate, whoops, Teresa Sullivan.

UVA was founded by Thomas Jefferson. Smug boosters never tire of boasting about Jefferson’s Honor Code governing student behavior. The code functions much like Islam in that the rules only apply when you are dealing with other UVA students. And even then the Code is soluble in ethanol.

Here are just a few lurid incidents covered by the Washington Post and Vanity Fair.

But wait! Copyright requires I send you to Newsmax.com where the rest of my column can be found. Please click, you won’t be sorry.

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/alcohol-drinking-underage/2016/07/21/id/739833/

 

 

Robot Buses & Lord of the Rings

A reporter at the Dailydot.com writes “We’re one step closer to the automated bus future of our dreams,” which tells you something about the content of nerd fantasies.

Mercedes Benz is currently testing its “Future Bus” that’s described as “an autonomous, self-driving bus that can navigate complicated routes without the aid of a human being.” The most recent test took the bus from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam 12 miles down the road to Haarlem.

Some customers are complaining about the fit & finish on Mercedes' new driverless bus.

Some customers are complaining about the fit & finish on Mercedes’ new driverless bus.

The Benz bus successfully negotiated stoplights and a tunnel while avoiding bicycles and marijuana peddlers. Naturally Dailydot types can hardly wait for the auto–bus to roll out worldwide, but I’m not so sure. Tech nerds think swapping human control for silicon control is a great idea.

While I’m picturing a 42,000–pound robot battering ram.

Just picture Grond — the battering ram used on the gates of Minas Tirith in “Return of the King” — hurtling your way because the software mistook your dark gray car for a particularly lumpy stretch of asphalt.

Sure the law requires a human driver be present at all times, just like the Tesla autopilot setting warns drivers to continue paying attention to the road while the Model S hums along. The designer’s childlike optimism in human nature expects someone who paid $70,000 for a car to sit glued to the windshield watching The Highway Channel, without even a commercial to break the tedium.

Test observations show the first thing the driver does after engaging the autopilot is to take his eyes off the road and leave the driving to Musk. The Benz bus “driver” will be using his cellphone, sending text messages and surfing the web, just like Metro drivers do everyday on Washington, DC’s no–tech busses.

I’m not certain what goal the robot bus is designed to achieve, other than increasing the boredom quotient found in unskilled labor. Replacing a human driver with no social skills with a robot with no social skills is hardly going to cause a rebirth in wheeled mass transportation.

Happenin’ people don’t think it’s cool to ride buses. Mental associations triggered by thinking of bus rides include being trapped with bullies on the way to school, prison transport and taking seniors to church. In my recollection the only instance where buses were cool was during the brief interval The Who’s “Magic Bus” was on the Top 40 charts and that was 46 years ago.

Heretofore the closest most US drivers came to auto automation was when they engaged the cruise control, although for a surprising number of “undocumented” motorists, it’s when they breathe into the ignition interlock.

Cruise control eliminated the number one cause of stress behind the wheel: Speeding tickets. Before the invention of cruise, keeping it under the limit was so exhausting I could barely stay awake. Now I’m Reddy Kilowatt behind the wheel.

Ford tried to “enhance” the cruise experience with something called “adaptive cruise control.” This additional automation is like putting your mother in the back seat. All it does is give you motion sickness as the adaptor cuts your speed each time someone cuts you off in traffic.

There are also sinister implications to self–driving vehicles that news coverage ignores.

Most systems involve linking the car to a nationwide network, which makes it very easy for Big Brother or Big Hillary to monitor where and when you go.

Speaking of sinister, China is currently working on a self–driving car, too. Their model will take dissidents to the concentration camp at the touch of a button, without tying up valuable personnel during transport. Security officers can be breaking up the next Falun Gong meeting while the first class enemy is still enjoying his ride.

The civilian model is rumored to have an optional feature that automatically rolls the window down when passengers turn their heads to spit.

Reuters puts a nice spin on living in a totalitarian state when it says China has “regulatory structure that could put it ahead in the popular adoption of autonomous cars on its highways and city streets.”

Persuading Chinese consumers to buy or even ride in a car with no way to open the doors from the inside may require some patriotic exhortation. Or a few visits to a self–criticism session.

Still Li Yusheng, head of the autonomous auto program at Chongqing Changan, remains optimistic, “If we can convince the government that every company, every car on the road must use this (single standard) … then there is a chance China can beat the rest of the world”

And if they can just lure Mercedes into building a plant in China they can steal the blueprints in no time.