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Rule 5: Ellie Roe

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May the rains disperse the Texas curse

Forecast rain today and tomorrow will be more welcome than usual here at the Rancho. This winter’s round of cedar fever (which isn’t a fever and isn’t about cedar) has been a particularly bad one. Although they’re always bad enough.

The damn juniper (called mountain cedar) trees have been puffing out billows of pollen which only a rain can disperse. We’ve had several good rains but the damn pollen has always come back to give me another snoot-full.

If the Democrat/Obama economy wasn’t so rotten so many other places this annual curse would be cutting into our bumper-to-bumper traffic. Hasn’t noticeably so far, however.

A prayer is in order: May this rain finally do the trick.

Obama’s enemies list

Get on Wormtongue’s enemies list and you’ll suffer for it, even your whole state, as Al Reuters has found in a study of discretionary federal spending:

“Reuters sorted the states into three categories: ‘red’ states, where Obama got less than 45 percent of the vote in 2012, ‘blue’ states in which Obama got more than 55 percent of the vote, and ‘purple’ states where Obama won between 45-55 percent of the vote. As noted, red states sustained a 40 percent cut in discretionary grant spending, but blue states only lost 22.5 percent, just a little over half as much.”

This is the change without the hope, unless you vote the right way. Like what the Democrat IRS did to the Tea Party and other conservative groups.

But it’s as old as Miriam Sawyer’s recollections of growing up in Albany, NY, where Republicans “did not have potholes in their streets fixed or the snow removed (there was a lot of snow)…”

Via Instapundit.

The Nazis were Socialists

That the Nazis were Socialists, that fascism in Germany was Socialist in nature is much more widely understood today than when I was young in the 1950s and perusing the latest New York publisher’s Nazi-centric history of World War II.

In their telling fascism was some sort of weird right-wing, racist cult unto itself with no connection to the Soviet Socialist tyranny. It was the time of the Cold War and the Soviets were too powerful to be treated insensitively (like the violent Muslims today) in addition to the fact that Leftists controlled the publishing industry and had an interest in protecting Socialism’s reputation.

Today, thanks to Google in particular and the Internet in general the connection between the Nazis and the Soviets is much more obvious, in things like their sharing of Poland in 1939. Study the old, once rarely-seen photos of the Nazi and Soviet officers smiling and shaking hands as they prepare to murder the Poles and confiscate their property.

New histories like Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands likewise underscore the Nazi-Soviet cooperation in the Holocaust. His figures, from the formerly-secret Soviet archives and elsewhere, show the almost six million Jews were among a total of 16 million people murdered by Europe’s two most powerful Socialist regimes.

Leftists can continue to deny the Socialist connections to this appalling genocide all they please. They have always been great deniers of the obvious. But their grip on the public’s understanding of history is loosening steadily. Mercifully.

Via Instapundit.

Bluebonnets 2014

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This is what we’re waiting for, spring in Texas, due in a few weeks, while the northeast digs out of its latest blizzard. After all the rain we’ve had this winter this is what we should be able to expect. I think this was taken out near Inks Lake in the Hill Country a year ago. I’ve driven this road before when it was just like this. But I’m not sure. The Internet provides but it doesn’t always clarify.

Banning “Jihad” at Al Jiz

Looks like an Al Jiz story finally is going to get traction.

Make that a National Review story about Al Jazeera English, the Quatari network that is, as Breitbart News puts it “the proverbial tree in a forest no one hears fall.”

Until now. Al Jiz America has lately been leaking internal emails like the Titanic did seawater. A new one shows management has banned its reporters’ use of the words terrorist, Islamist and jihad in most cases.

Banning words is a characteristic of a third-rate news organization. Nice to have that cleared up.

Via National Review Online.

Three hour speeches and pie in the sky

Hey, it could be worse, sports fans. Barry could be reading from the teleprompter all evening long on all the alphabet stations. Followed by the usual nodding of the talking heads. He does seem to think money grows on trees, but at least he’s not as verbose as Nicolas Maduro.

So what if Barry chews gum on camera, like some low-rent community organizer? He’s relatively pithy. And he’s still got the rich to fleece, at least rhetorically, while he’s really sticking it to what’s left of the middle class. He knows the poor don’t care either way.

Long as he makes sure their checks ain’t late. And, so far, the feds can still do that right.

Via Wretchard.