About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag

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As a natural follow up to the last post that presented an excellent analysis from a writer @ the David Horowitz Freedom Center of what happened in America on November 8, 2016, please click here to hear Johnny Cash give a stirring spoken-word performance of his 1974 patriotic tribute to America - Ragged Old Flag.
I provide the words below. 

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench an old man was sitting there
I said, your old courthouse is kinda run down
He said, naw, it'll do for our little town
I said, your old flagpole has leaned a little bit
And that's a ragged old flag you got hanging on it

He said, have a seat, and I sat down
Is this the first time you've been to our little town?
I said, I think it is
He said, I don't like to brag
But we're kinda proud of that ragged old flag

You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when
Washington took it across the Delaware
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing say can you see
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams

And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the texas flag, but she waved on though
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg
And the south wind blew hard on that ragged old flag

On Flanders field in World War one
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun
She turned blood red in World War Two
She hung limp and low a time or two
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went where she was sent by Uncle Sam

She waved from our ships upon the Briny foam
And now they've about quit waving her back here at home
In her own good land here she's been abused
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused

And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land
And she's getting threadbare and wearing thin
But she's in good shape for the shape she's in
'Cause she's been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more

So we raise her up every morning
We take her down every night
We don't let her touch the ground and we fold her up right
On second thought, I do like to brag
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that ragged old flag


Sunday, March 12, 2017

David Horowitz Freedom Center Article - American Uprising

Thanks to JR, a long time reader, for sending the article below along with the note "Doug, a friend sent this article - maybe some day you can use it."
The article below, was published on the TrueRevolt website (founded by Ben Shapiro & David Horowitz), & is written by Daniel Greenfield, a New York writer focusing on radical Islam, who is a Shillman Journalism Fellow (named after Dr. Robert Shillman) @ the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
From the Freedom Center's website – "The David Horowitz Freedom Center is unique among conservative think tanks whose emphasis is on public policy & institutional reform in that it sees its role as that of a battle tank, geared to fight a war that many still don't recognize.  For 29 years, since its founding in 1988, the Center has been warning that the political left has declared war on America & its constitutional system, & is willing to collaborate with America's enemies abroad & criminals at home to bring America down.  For most of those years the Center was a voice crying in the wilderness with few willing to recognize the threat from the enemy within, a fifth column force that was steadily expanding its influence within the Democratic Party. With the election of a lifetime radical to the White House in 2008, the perceptions of conservatives began to change.  But the Center remains unique as an organization dedicated to the war and to developing strategies to win it."
Greenfield's article provides an excellent analysis of what happened on November 8, 2016 – now the question is can we hold on & withstand the incessant onslaught against Trump & America that shows no sign of waning by the leftist statists who realize they are fish caught on a hook fighting for their political lives.
American Uprising -  Everything is about to change by Daniel Greenfield, November 9, 2016


This wasn't an election.  It was a revolution!!


It's midnight in America.  The day before fifty million Americans got up & stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down.  They stood there even though the media told them it was useless.  They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed & taunted them.


They were fathers who couldn't feed their families anymore.  They were mothers who couldn't afford healthcare.  They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries.  They were sons who didn't see a future for themselves.  They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the "unaccompanied minors" flooding into their towns.  They took a deep breath and they stood.


They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.


The Great Blue Wall crumbled.  The impossible states fell one by one.  Ohio.  Wisconsin.  Pennsylvania.  Iowa.  The white working class that had been overlooked & trampled on for so long got to its feet.  It rose up against its oppressors & the rest of the nation, from coast to coast, rose up with it.


They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing.  They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election.  They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say.  They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living & take care of their families.


They fought & they won.


This wasn't a vote.  It was an uprising.  Like the ordinary men chipping away at the Berlin Wall, they tore down an unnatural thing that had towered over them.  And as they watched it fall, they marveled at how weak and fragile it had always been.  And how much stronger they were than they had ever known.


Who were these people?  They were leftovers & flyover country.  They didn't have bachelor degrees & had never set foot in a Starbucks.  They were the white working class.  They didn't talk right or think right.  They had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes & the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.


They were wrong about everything.  Illegal immigration?  Everyone knew it was here to stay.  Black Lives Matter?  The new civil rights movement.  Manufacturing?  As dead as the dodo.  Banning Muslims?  What kind of bigot even thinks that way?  Love wins.  Marriage loses.  The future belongs to the urban metrosexual & his dot com, not the guy who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico.


They couldn't change anything.  A thousand politicians & pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable future.  Instead they got in their pickup trucks & drove out to vote.


And they changed everything.


Barack Hussein Obama boasted that he had changed America.  A billion regulations, a million immigrants, a hundred thousand lies & it was no longer your America.  It was his.


He was JFK & FDR rolled into one.  He told us that his version of history was right & inevitable.


And they voted & left him in the dust.  They walked past him & they didn't listen.  He had come to campaign to where they still cling to their guns & their bibles.  He came to plead for his legacy.


And America said, "No."


Fifty millions Americans repudiated him.  They repudiated the Obamas & the Clintons.  They ignored the celebrities.  They paid no attention to the media.  They voted because they believed in the impossible.  And their dedication made the impossible happen.


Americans were told that walls couldn't be built & factories couldn't be opened.  That treaties couldn't be unsigned & wars couldn't be won.  It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns & cities into gangland territories.


It was all impossible.  And fifty million Americans did the impossible.  They turned the world upside down.


It's midnight in America.  CNN is weeping.  MSNBC is wailing.  ABC is having a tantrum.  NBC damns it.  It wasn't supposed to happen.  The same machine that crushed the American people for two straight terms, the mass of government, corporations & non-profits that ran the country, was set to win.


Instead the people stood in front of the machine.  They blocked it with their bodies.  They went to vote even though the polls told them it was useless.  They mailed in their absentee ballots even while Hillary Clinton was planning her fireworks victory celebration.  They looked at the empty factories & barren farms. They drove through the early cold.  They waited in line.  They came home to their children to tell them that they had done their best for their future.  They bet on America.  And they won.


They won improbably.  And they won amazingly.


They were tired of Obama-Care.  They were tired of unemployment.  They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country.  They were tired of being called racists & homophobes.  They were tired of seeing their America disappear.


And they stood up & fought back.  This was their last hope.  Their last chance to be heard.


Watch this video.  See ten ways John Oliver destroyed Donald Trump.  Here's three ways Samantha Bee broke the internet by taunting Trump supporters.  These three minutes of Stephen Colbert talking about how stupid Trump is owns the internet.  Watch Madonna curse out Trump supporters.  Watch Katy Perry.  Watch Miley Cyrus.  Watch Robert Downey Jr.  Watch Beyoncé campaign with Hillary. Watch. Click.


The media had the election wrong all along.  This wasn't about personalities.  It was about the impersonal.  It was about fifty million people whose names no one except a server will ever know fighting back.  It was about the homeless woman guarding Trump's star.  It was about the lost Democrats searching for someone to represent them in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  It was about the union men who nodded along when the organizers told them how to vote, but who refused to sell out their futures.


No one will ever interview all those men & women.  We will never see all their faces.  But they are us and we are them.  They came to the aid of a nation in peril.  They did what real Americans have always done.  They did the impossible.


America is a nation of impossibilities.  We exist because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants.  Not from the elites who told them that it couldn't be done.


The day when we stop being able to pull off the impossible is the day that America will cease to exist. Today is not that day.  Today fifty million Americans did the impossible.


Midnight has passed.  A new day has come.  And everything is about to change.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Car Wash Quiz

Thanks to the National Museum Of Mathematics (www.MoMath.org) for providing the following quiz that appeared in the WSJ. 
Readers who prefer to use logic instead of math will find this one enjoyable. 
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Car Wash Quiz

Four members of a car washing team have 10 cars to wash and only one hose, which is needed for rinsing but not for washing. Washing a car takes 12 minutes, but the labor can be split up any number of ways (and then the time required is divided by the number of people working together). Rinsing a car takes four minutes.

What is the minimum amount of time the four teammates will need to wash (including rinsing) the 10 cars?

I will post all correct answers or alternatively will send the solution privately to anyone who requests it if no one figures it out.