Straw Poll: Seattle’s Straw Ban Sucks

Was Seattle’s goofy effort to ban plastic straws and utensils July 1 the last straw for commonsense?

Is banning the durable plastic straw the infamous straw that broke the camel’s back?

Will July 1, 2018 be forever known as Seattle Slew Plastic Straws Day?

Of all the problems America faces (illegal immigration, terrorist threats and Antifa whiners), Seattle is the first major city to go all in on combating…plastic.

With the mid-term elections less than 100 days away, the left is literally grasping at straws when it comes to addressing serious issues Americans care about.

While cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle adopt sanctuary city status and subsidize homelessness, all these progressive utopian cities are also confronting disgusting “byproduct” issues like public urination and disposal of #2 droppings.

Meanwhile, Seattle’s 5,000-plus restaurants are threatened with a $250 fine for providing patrons with a hygienic-friendly, plastic straw or eating utensil.

And that was after more than 200 Seattle eateries voluntarily adopted the ban last year.

Imagine dining in The Emerald City but having to sidestep syringes, urine puddles and human feces to get to a restaurant. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, after checking the bottom of your shoes and once seated, you are then denied a plastic straw because Seattle views them as what? An environmental health hazard.

Happily I don’t live in Seattle, but if I did they’d have to pry my plastic spork out of my cold, dead fingers.

I live in Indiana where plastic straws are not on the endangered products list, but where the nation’s only paper straw manufacturer is located in the state’s second largest city, Fort Wayne.  And Aardvark Straws is enjoying unprecedented growth thanks to plastic-phobic cities like Seattle and Malibu, California.

So three cheers from the Heartland for progressivism! Your paper straws are what stirs our free market drink.

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Sources: thehill.com, indystar.com, aardvarkstraws.com

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Dems Pin Hopes on a Latina Lodestar

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the Latina gift that keeps on giving – to Republicans.

Since upsetting 20-year-incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s June primary, the avowed Democratic-Socialist has become the darling of progressives and in the words of DNC chair Thomas Perez, the future of the Democrat party.

Wait a sec. President Trump recently said that Maxine Waters is the face of that party, so Ms. Cortez must be the post-face lift face of the Democrat Party.  Regardless, to quote yet another Democrat face: “What difference does it make?”

Since the 28-year-old Latina first came to the nation’s attention, she has demonstrated the political acumen of a 7th-grade social studies student and the oratorical skills of former Vice-President and longtime former Delaware senator “Crazy Uncle” Joe Biden.

For instance, when recently asked by a PBS host about what she meant by the occupation of Palestine, she said this:

Surely her comment about not being a geopolitical expert was self-deprecating humor since she majored in international relations and economics at Boston University.

It must have been an interesting economics class at BC what with all the talk about “no holds barred, Wild West, hyper-capitalism.”

Further demonstrating her grasp of how the economy works, she had this to say about the record low unemployment numbers under Trump.

“The unemployment rate is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said during her PBS interview.

Guess we need to revise the bumper sticker that says “My Labrador is Smarter Than Your Honor Roll Student” to read “My Labrador is Smarter Than Your Millennial Grad. ”

And finally there was Alexandria the Great’s recent appearance stumping with that curmudgeonly Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders in Kansas. In the clip the Democrat diva said she and Bernie were there to help flip the state red.

Apparently Boston University offers primary colors art courses in their curriculum, too.

Whatever color Ocasio-Cortez flips, Democrats should know that embracing socialist candidates like her mean the Democrat Party isn’t in Kansas anymore.

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Sources: washtimes.com, lifezette.com foxnews.com, Lexy PoliticalRYT
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Peter, Peter, Prevaricator

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within… He ( a traitor) rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.” – Cicero

If Ben and Jerry’s were to name an ice cream for disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strozk it would probably be something like “Raspberries Resistance” or “Strozk’s Strawberry Surprise.”

Throughout his 10 hours of slithering, squirming and preening earlier this month, Strozk looked like a mash-up of Jack Nicholson in The Shining and Anthony Perkins in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Peter “True Patriot” Strozk
Jack Nicholson
Anthony Perkins

Brimming with hubris and self-defiance, Strozk wrapped himself in the flag of patriotism and the FBI cloak of fidelity, bravery and integrity while deflecting a fusillade of Republican questions about his infamous texts and how he conducted the two investigations he headed.

Strozk’s smugness, superciliousness and snark were all on full display. And for those who missed it, it wasn’t pretty.

And adding salt to the wound of our festering outrage at the illicit activities of the sadly misnamed “intelligence” leaders was Strozk’s preposterous insistence that his damning texts about Trump exchanged with former FBI lawyer and paramour Lisa Page had no influence on how he carried out his investigative responsibilities as a senior member of the FBI.

If that isn’t far fetched enough, how about this? Strozk told Trey Gowdy he wasn’t removed from his position overseeing the Clinton email investigation and the Russian collusion investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller because of bias, but because of  “the perception of bias.”

Then came Strozk’s coup de grace to all those Republicans who dare questioned his integrity and loyalty. After a fiery exchange with Gowdy, Strozk squirmed onto his high horse of indignation and self-righteousness for all the committee Dems to see and applaud.

“Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election,” Strzok chided. “My opinions were expressed out of deep patriotism,” he added fervently.

I suspect Strozk imagined the Battle Hymn of the Republic was playing in the background while he defended his honor and the FBI’s.

Naturally committee Democrats were moved to crocodile tears at Strozk’s passionate outburst. Tennessee Democrat Representative Stephen Cohen told Strozk he deserved a Purple Heart for the slings and arrows aimed at him by Republicans.

Those same Republicans and thousands of skeptical viewers undoubtedly believed Strozk’s performance was more worthy of an Oscar.

A third group of fed up Americans growing larger each day believe Strozk and others involved in this scheme to overthrow a duly elected president deserve nothing more than orange jumpsuits and a judicially ordered expiration date.

I’m with the latter group.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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Red Lines and Empty Threats

Crossing a red line is as easy as crossing a “T” when there are no consequences.

If you are a Deep State member and never Trumper, crossing Republican mandated red lines without repercussions appears to be standard operating Deep Swamp procedure.

There have been two red lines crossed in congressional investigations the past five days. The first was when acting DOJ head Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray blew off the latest Devin Nunes’ request for materials (again) July 6.

The latest was last night (July 10) when former DOJ lawyer and text titan Lisa Page’s lawyer announced his client would defy a congressional subpoena to testify before two committees today, July 11.

Freedom Caucus members and other Republicans expressed their usual outrage, but their playbook is getting old: Congress requests, demands and threatens, and those under suspicion respond with their usual chorus of crickets, smirks and snark.

Smirking Rod Rosenstein

The House Intelligence committee under the leadership of California Rep Devin Nunes has done a tremendous job the past 18 months investigating Hillary Clinton’s illicit email server, the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and other Obama administration scandals intended to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and the early days of the Trump administration.

But…

The committee’s fumble of the latest “red line” diss by Rod Rosenstein, Christopher Wray and the DOJ should have been the straw that broke the jackass party’s back.

Congress has specific oversight responsibilities over executive agencies and the power of the purse to back up those responsibilities.

Specifically, it has the power to hold those disregarding oversight efforts responsible by charging them with contempt and/or impeachment.

So why are there never any tangible consequences for professional procrastinators like Rosenstein, Wray and Peter Strozk when they disregard subpoenas, lie under oath and refuse to answer questions while hiding behind the camouflage of national security concerns?

Yes, the president has the power to declassify the documents Congress subpoenaed a year ago, but shouldn’t Nunes and other Republican committee chairmen stand up for themselves and the country by exercising all of their powers enumerated in the Constitution before involving the president?

Such inaction makes the committees look feckless, impotent and unwilling to do the job they swore to do when joining Congress.

Failure to do so reflects badly on them as elected officials, Congress as an institution, and it does irreparable damage to America’s critical rule of law.

For Congressman Nunes and other Freedom Caucus members like Trey Gowdy, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis, this summer is crunch time in the Deep Swamp trenches.

Threats of contempt and impeachment are only good options if you are willing to use them. Progressives and never-Trumpers are playing hardball, and for the good of the country we’re encouraging all of you to do the same.

For God’s sake and America’s sanity, do something – anything – to hold those involved in attempting to discredit our duly elected President accountable for their illicit actions.

Sources: foxnews.com, thegatewaypundit.com, washtimes.com

Photo source: Tennessee Star, ru.fotolia.com

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There’s No Bias Like Shown Bias

Now that President Trump is on the pinnacle of announcing his second Supreme Court justice in 18 months, all his nominees owe a big thank you to a “couple” dinged in Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 500-plus page report.

Peter Strozk Mantra – I Didn’t Do It

Why? Thanks to dozens of incriminating text messages between Peter Strozk and Lisa Page demonstrating copious amounts of bias against both candidate Trump and later President Trump, we are expected to believe that the subjectivity of the “twin texting terribles” played no role in their investigation.

Strozk & Page Text Exchange

So what do texts from the FBI’s former paramours have to do with Trump’s Supreme Court nominees?

If law and order “professionals” like Strozk and Page can exhibit such blatant bias without it presumably affecting their work, why can’t Supreme Court nominees be held to a similar standard?

Consider:  Whoever President Trump’s selection is to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, that candidate is sure to be the target of intense interrogations and slanderous scrutiny about their views of Roe vs Wade, the Second Amendment, and the Trump administrations’s zero-tolerance border policy, just to name a few predictable litmus test issues.

But wait! Based on the new liberal standard that law and justice professionals can hold any subjective opinion regarding the target of an investigation, then let the justice confirmation hearings begin.

Think Trump’s justice nominee has a bias against Roe vs Wade? Doesn’t matter because whatever their typed or unspoken opinion, obviously it won’t affect their duties as a legal professional based on the Strozk-Page legal precedent.

What if the nominee has expressed a private opinion on favoring gun rights or the rights of Christian businesses not to participate in gay nuptials based on religious reasons?

That argument is now moot since, under the Strozk-Page standard, such “free speech” musings by a Supreme Court justice certainly wouldn’t affect how they interpret the Constitution and their subsequent rulings on the high court.

To believe that any individual could be so blatantly biased as Strozk, Page and many others in the DOJ and FBI, and that their bias wouldn’t affect their investigation, strains credulity.

Not to mention that that same blistering bias didn’t affect their judgment on Hillary’s illicit use of an private email server, her exposure of national security secrets and destruction of subpoenaed devices – none of that mattered because [“Trump’s] not ever going to be president, right? Right?!”

“No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

Apparently bias, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder – and all those that wallow in the Deep State swamp.

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Sources: washingtonpost.com, foxnews.com, youtube.com

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Religious Liberty Wins in a Cakewalk

The Masterpiece Cakeshop win at the U.S. Supreme Court June 4 may be the best cake judging contest in history.

In a 7-2 decision the New York Times and the numerically challenged left described as “narrow,” the ruling was a welcome face slap to cultural totalitarianism. More importantly, it affirmed the protection of religious liberty and was far from the judicial cakewalk anti-Christian bigots anticipated.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Baker Jack Phillips

Since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the gaymafia and the cultural left have demanded Christian bakeries bake their cake and eat it, too.

It wasn’t enough that the Court had overturned centuries of worldwide tradition affirming that marriage was strictly between a man and a woman.  To liberal minds the Supreme Court’s recognition of gay matrimony was just the icing on the slouching to Gomorrah cake.

Now that they had eclipsed that monumental milestone, the Jesusphobes wanted to rub the face of Christian businesses like Jack Phillips’ bakery in their carnal cake.

Bakeries, florists, caterers, wedding planners – liberal activists were caked with the realization they could force Christians dissenting on religious grounds to bow to their every gay whim rather than to God.

As usual though, the homosexual lobby and their mainstream media cheerleaders overplayed their hand when the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was found to be biased against the baker they accused of bigotry.

Essentially the court ruled that the Colorado board persecuted Masterpiece Cakeshop because of baker Jack Phillips’ religious views.

Happily for advocates of religious liberty the Supremes based their decision on the merits of the case rather than the larger issue of gay marriage. Like it or hate it, gay marriage is the law of the land.

Much to the chagrin of the gaymafia though, that doesn’t mean liberal elites can force Christians to acquiesce on every cultural issue those elites have managed to worm through the courts.

The liberties guaranteed us in the Constitution exists to protect the rights of those whose views may not be chic or popular, but are God-given rights nonetheless. And thank God even justices Eileen Kagan and Stephen Breyer joined the majority in making the broadest “narrow” decision in recent memory.

And if that doesn’t take the cake, I don’t know what does.

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Sources: washtimes.com, pjmedia.com,lifezette.com, bostonherald.com

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Inventor Has a Grip on Success

There are two main things about entrepreneurship I appreciate: the importance of curiosity and perseverance – Steven Walther, inventor of the Toof-inger toothbrush®.

Steven Walther marched away from his military service four years ago to battle in the free enterprise jungle, but many of those gung-ho traits he learned as a Green Beret Special Forces medic remain with him today – traits like perseverance, problem solving and a can-do attitude.

Steven got the idea for what he calls the Toof-inger Brush® after returning from active duty in Afghanistan.  His custom crafted toothbrush has an ergonomically pleasing, short flex handle specially designed to “pinch grip” with just a thumb and two fingers when brushing. This provides the user more control and helps exert up to 25% less force than conventional toothbrushes.

While serving in Afghanistan one of Steven’s responsibilities was teaching Afghans, many of whom had never seen a toothbrush, how to brush their teeth.

“Tooth brushing was alien to Afghans and teaching them how to brush again and again really impacted my thinking,” he said in 2015.

Time and again Steven watched Afghan adults and children grab a standard toothbrush by the handle, ball their fists and begin sawing on their teeth like a northern woods lumberjack trying to break a Guiness World Record in cross cutting.

“Think about the way we interact with the toothbrush,” Steven said in 2015. “We grab the tool in our hand and start scrubbing away because its design encourages us to.”

“That got me to thinking about what goes in our hand for creating healthy brushing practices,” Steven said of his Afghanistan experience.

Steven Walther

Upon returning to the States he developed a toothbrush prototype, shared that with a few dentists and, as Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the rest of the story.”

When we last interviewed Steven in January 2015 he was in the final semester of his Masters of Business Administration program at Campbell University and he had invested an estimated $70,000 of his own money over three years on his Toof-inger Brush®.

Last week when we caught up with him, he was kind enough to update us on his six-year dream of breaking through the toothbrush ceiling of established commercial manufacturers.

“Our toothbrush compares very favorably with other toothbrushes in terms of how well it cleans,” he said in a June 19th phone interview. “As for its preventive properties, overall it’s more effective.”

Private investors and parents agree. Since our original post on Steven’s short-handled toothbrush gem, he has raised $75,000 from private investors.

The Toof-inger comes in four colors

The brush has proven popular enough with parents teaching their kids to brush that Steven’s company, FTGG, LLC (For the Greater Good) has a patent pending on a child-sized Toof-inger Brush®.  The kids’ brush has the same size mini-handle as the adult toothbrush but a smaller head size for li’l pieholes. It also comes in the same four colors as the adult version: blue, red, green and pink.

“Parents really enjoy the toothbrush and kids like it because they can easily grip it,” Steven said.

The company name FTGG is more than a branding gimmick, though. A major part of FTGG’s marketing plan has been donating toothbrushes around the world to children in undeveloped countries.

“We’ve donated toothbrushes to five or six different missions worldwide where children are in need of oral hygiene,” Steven noted.

Steven undoubtedly experienced toughness first-hand as an active duty solider, but as a medic he’s always lived for and exuded compassion while relieving the suffering of others.

In addition to promoting and advocating the benefits of the Toof-inger Brush®, Steven also is applying his devotion to healthcare and passion for innovation to the critical problem of opioid addiction.  Currently he serves as one of three team members of Continuous Precision Medicine, a group established to combat opioid addiction.

“Since finishing my MBA I’ve tried to stay engaged with healthcare. I enjoy the personal service healthcare provides and that’s always been of interest to me,” he said.

As for the imaginatively designed Toof-inger Brush®, he’s still writing that part of the story.

“Toothbrush manufacturing is a very mature and established industry. It poses an interesting challenge for a company in its early stages, with limited resources, to penetrate their markets,” he admitted.

“But I still believe we can be the go-to manual toothbrush.”

In other words, there’s a lot of fighting left to do but this ex-Special Forces veteran likes the odds.

When asked his advice for future entrepreneurs, he said this:

“The growth I’ve been able to experience during this journey…I’ve learned so much, about so many different things.  I love the entrepreneurial spirit.  I would encourage others to follow their passion, make a positive impact and have the courage to step off into the unknown.”

For more information about the Toof-inger Brush® and how to order, go to Toofinger.com.

 

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The Truth Won’t Set These Three Free

Here are three contestants you’ll never see on the To Tell the Truth game show: James Comey, Jim Clapper and John Brennan.

This trio of Deep State prevaricators has served more whoppers the past two years than Burger King in twice that time.

From left to right: James Comey, Jim Clapper and John Brennan

For those who get their “news” from late night shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comey is the former FBI director fired by President Trump in 2017.  He is currently promoting a book on truth, loyalty and other subjects on which he pays lip service.

Clapper is the Obama Administration’s former National Intelligence Director who is now a CNN paid collaborator…er, contributor.  Clapper reportedly earned the CNN gig after baiting the network’s story hook about the president being briefed by the FBI based on made-up charges in the Steele dossier.

Brennan is Obama’s former CIA Director who literally voted for a Communist candidate in the 1976 U.S. Presidential election.  Today he is a vitriolic critic of President Trump and his policies.  At the risk of being redundant he is also a paid contributor on NBC/MSNBC.

The three acrimonious amigos have three things in common:

  • They despise Trump;
  • They’re all professional liars and won’t hesitate to lie when it helps undermine the president; and,
  • All three face serious legal jeopardy due to #2 fueled by #1.

You’d think these three would have a clue about the damage they’ve done to their respective agencies with the Machiavellian games they’ve played, but no – they’re as clueless as three blind mice.

Unfortunately for them, they’re about to find themselves ensnared in the spy games mousetrap of deception and deceit they set for members of the president’s campaign team and those involved in the early days of his administration.

Brennan, Clapper and Comey are like the three wiser monkeys of Japan. They purposely  hear nothing good concerning Trump, see nothing wrong with the actions they’ve taken to undercut the president, and refuse to say a spy is a spy and a lie is a lie.

To listen to them blab and bloviate, Trump’s threat to expose the spy ring they schemed to embed in the 2016 presidential campaign is the real danger to America. In their thinking, Trump must be taken down at all costs – hallowed be Obama’s name.

All three of this tall-tales triumvirate better have deep pockets because “all costs” is going to be expensive, and it’s time for these “truth bandits” to pay for the damages they’ve done to the American public and the institutions they used to manage.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. For those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country, welcome. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who tolerate everything but free speech and conservative ideals, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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When a Spy is A Spy and a Lie is a Lie

How stupid does the Deep State think we are?  Apparently as stupid as their supporters and all the never-Trumpers.

Riddle: when is a spy not a spy?  When the FBI claims they are an “informant.”

Or what about this comedy clue?  How about an investigation/setup well into its second year that is looking for collusion between a presidential campaign and Russia where the only person in that campaign allegedly not under investigation is the candidate (now president) himself.

One more believe-it-or-not example.  What’s the first thing the FBI would normally do when informed that a political party’s email servers were hacked?  Do a forensic inspection of the compromised server?  Wrong.

The correct answer is to sit like a trained poodle while a private third party hired by the Democrats “analyzes” the data before pointing their finger at the foreign power accused of colluding with the Deep State’s political opponent.

All without any shared empirical evidence and based on “primary attribution analysis” the private company that did the forensics admits is “shoddy.”

Even better, the hacked party crying foul refuses to allow the pre-eminent law enforcement agency in the world, the FBI, access to their server – even two years after the purported hack!

And what does the FBI do when denied access to the “hacked” server?  Revisiting our poodle analogy, they bark up the wrong tree by investigating the opposing candidate of the “hacked” party rather than do forensics on the hardware that would prove the actual culprit.

So let’s recap: $17 million taxpayer dollars have been spent looking everywhere – everywhere except on the computer hardware where the alleged crime was committed.  If it was committed.  We really don’t know since the Democrats won’t let anyone look at their servers.

Without a crime being named and absolutely no evidence, a Special Counsel was appointed based on an illegal leak by terminated FBI director James Comey.  Comey was angered at being fired by a president he loathes and who beat the candidate the Deep State supported – not to mention that his wife and daughters wanted to win!

Comey used opposition research that he knew was provided by Hillary Clinton then lied with others before a FISA court about knowing its source.

The oppo research material consisted of illegal domestic spying (informanting?), and a dossier, which itself was based on information gathered by a British intelligence officer using Russian Kremlin officials as sources.

This would be the same Russia that Trump was accused of colluding with to steal the 2016 presidential election.

Sound like a convoluted political novel by former Obama Administration speechwriter and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes?

If the coup to destroy Trump’s candidacy and presidency plays out like the other accomplishments of the hapless Obama Administration, very soon their nefarious plot will boomerang and kaboom! on all those involved.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

Sources: nationalreview.com, thegatewaypundit.com, youtube.com
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California May Adopt Commie Holiday

Hawaii has live volcanoes, but it’s the California State Assembly that keeps spewing molten ashes of communism into the political environment with the hope that it will solidify into accepted practice by the masses.

Russia May Day Parade

Earlier this month the California Assembly discussed a bill that would consolidate Abraham Lincoln and George Washington’s February birthdays into a singularly-observed  Presidents’ Day.

That’s nothing too radical other than where to put the apostrophe (Presidents’ Day or President’s Day), or whether to include an apostrophe at all.

What made California Bill AB-3042 controversial was Democrat Assemblyman Miguel Santiago’s desire to make the communist-inspired International Workers’ Day a state-sponsored holiday.

International Workers’ Day is May 1 and is also known as May Day. It has been celebrated for decades in  communist countries and drew more than 100,000 Muscovites at this year’s May Day parade in Moscow.

One wonders if the communist holiday is celebrated by taking stuff from society’s producers and giving it to the non-producers.

If so, it would be like Christmas gift giving in reverse. Gifts would be taken rather than received. This may explain why Santiago insists it should be a paid holiday (unlike Presidents’ Day), and why anti-capitalist California is considering the bill.

The appropriations and education committees earlier passed the bill along party line votes but the California Assembly refused to pass it by a 27-22 committee vote last Thursday. Hope springs eternal for Santiago however, after he submitted a motion to reconsider Bill AB-3042 another time.

California Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper pretty well summed up the feelings of the minority last Thursday:

“Are we in competition to be the laughing stock of the United States?” he asked on the floor of the State House.  “Are we going that far to the left?”

He went on to say that the Santiago bill makes it look like California is kowtowing to Cold War Soviet domination.

This begs two questions: first, if California added the communist-inspired May Day as a paid holiday, would that be evidence of the long sought Russian collusion Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been seeking the past year?

Second, if Santiago’s bill passes, would California be charged with misappropriating Russian culture?

The Eagles’ song Hotel California seemingly sums up the fate of state residents stuck with their current progressive representation: “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device.”

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. For those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country, welcome. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who tolerate everything but free speech and conservative ideals, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.
 

Sources: dailycaller.com, breitbart.com, insider.foxnews.com

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