From Flyover Country


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  1. cynthia curran says

    Bull. I get tired of the flyover bull since Texas is the middle of the US and is growing much faster than California or New York which are losing population. In fact New York City and La are considered flyover country while Nashville and Houston are considered vibrant and growing. In fact the greater Nashville area gain about 40,000 jobs from New York. George is dated. This is why the Dems were interested in fast growing Texas and Georgia.

  2. cynthia curran says

    George keeps whining about Michigan, Pa and Wisconsin which have themselves to blame for slow population growth and people moving to the South. Michigan has lost residents to Alabama since Toyota is expanding faster in Huntsville than the big three are in Detroit.

  3. cynthia curran says

    Its true, the south is considered now more important than Ca or NY since places like Texas and Georgia are growing while Ca and Ny are losing jobs and people to the south, in particular places like Tn, Texas, Georgia, and Florida. A car headquarters of a Japanese company moved from California to Franklin Tn. What flyover country is there in the fast growing regions of the south.

    • Same is true for Texas (where I’m from), McKesson and all of these high-profile companies are coming to Texas and bringing Californians with them…which makes most Texans unhappy. You can drive down the road, even in places like Dallas, and see “Go back to California” billboards. Ironically, all of the Cali people I have met in Texas (at least outside of Austin) have all been Republican and were fleeing California. All of the liberal Californians seem to be going to the Austin Metro. They haven’t managed to do to Texas what they did to Colorado & Oregon…yet. 
      The fact that Dems didn’t gain any seats in Texas and Trump garnering well over 40% in Bexar County (home of San Antonio) is quite amazing. Bexar & San Antonio are Dem strongholds. Republicans even flipped a county in the RGV which is massively Hispanic & Democrat

  4. cynthia curran says The jobs benefit of Hunstville Alabama versus Detroit Michigan.

    • Michael Bauman says

      Anybody who has ever lived in Detroit and beent to Hamtramck would love any where in the South.  
      The only thing I remember with fondness are the Coney Island Hot Dog places. Somehow the old, run down grime of the place made the hot dogs taste better. 

      • Fr. Andrei Alexiev says

        You can get a Coney dog anywhere in the Detroit area, Hamtramck is better known for the Polish restaurants with their cuisine. I lived in the area twenty-seven years. Granted, it is not the Polish enclave it used to be.
             On a more serious note, I ask everyone here to pray for my son, the Reader Mark . He suffered the loss of his wife Catherine three years ago. He is going through difficult times. Prayers would be appreciated .

        • George Michalopulos says

          Of course, Fr!  Please forgive me, I didn’t see your comment and I was being flippant (regarding Coney Islands).  
          The Reader Mark will be in our prayers tonight and for the foreseeable future.

      • George Michalopulos says

        Indeed. Coney Islands are a gift from the Good Lord Himself.

  5. Fr. Andrei Alexiev says

    No offense taken, George! I remember you and Gail in my morning prayers. And His Grace Bishop Tikhon, a native Detroiter.

  6. Sidney Powell on Dominion’s international corruption:

  7. I read this quote from Lenin today on and it is so chilling – how much does this quote sound like modern leftists and the modern American Democrat party:
    “Telling the truth is a petty bourgeois prejudice, while lying, to the contrary, is often justified by its end.”  -V. Lenin
    Yes, the modern American Democrats indeed breathe and live in the spirit of Lenin. May God have mercy on us. 

    • I went searching for the source of the Lenin quote:  “Telling the truth is a petty bourgeois prejudice, while lying, to the contrary, is often justified by its end.”   The article on cites Lenin’s words as coming  “from the recollections of Yu. P. Annenkov” .    

      The quote can be found in an article that Yuri P. Annenkov wrote entitled “Lenin and the Deaf-Mutes”  reprinted in the publication  Life Lines: A Patriotic Voice of Freedom  (1966) , which is posted online in the link given.  Annenkov’s article originally appeared in The Bulletin of the Institute for the Study of the U.S.S.R.  in Munich, Germany .

      After Lenin died on January 21, 1924 , the artist Annenkov (then still living in the Soviet Union, which he later fled , ending up in Paris)  was invited to the V.I. Lenin Institute to examine photographic documents which were intended as the basis for illustrations in books about Lenin (which Annenkov would illustrate).   Annenkov writes that he “came across a mass of photographs, printed articles, and manuscripts “ among which were “brief, fragmentary notes hurriedly jotted down by Lenin in his own hand” .  “These notes dated 1921, struck my fancy and for no particular reason I copied them surreptitiously in my notebook. Soon afterwards these pages of Lenin’s jottings disappeared from the Institute and were hidden away in the Party archives.”

      One of the Lenin quotes copied down by Annenkov is the source of “Telling the truth is a petty bourgeois prejudice, while lying, to the contrary, is often justified by its end.” 

      The full quote (and others) may be read in Annenkov’s article “Lenin and the Deaf-Mutes” here:

      Lenin’s words, as copied by Annenkov are:

      “Speaking the truth is a petty bourgeois prejudice. A lie , on the other hand , is often justified by the end. Capitalists the world over and their governments will , in their desire to win the Soviet market , shut their eyes to the above-mentioned activities (see the article) and will thus be turned into blind deaf-mutes. They will furnish credits, which will serve us as a means of supporting the Communist parties in their countries , and , by supplying us with materials and techniques which are not available to us, will rebuild our war industry , which is essential for our future attacks on our suppliers. In other words, they will be laboring to prepare their own suicide.”

      • “...they will be laboring to prepare their own suicide.”
        China, not the Soviet Union, is the instrument du jour.

  8. Gail & George, what’r your thoughts on all the buzz around the “Great Reset” that has been going around? Curious what your take on it is 

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Yes, we’ve got a lot to write about with Agenda 21, how it was supposed to start in 2016 and then “Trump happened.” The UN has been busy my friend.

  9. George Michalopulos says

    I wish we had an aristocracy instead of the kakistocracy we presently have.  Mitt Romney, chickenhawk:
    At least W served in the Texas Air National Guard.   I guess we could also say that John McCain came by his warmongering honestly.


    This is very, very good. I encourage you to read it. It explains the apparent anomalies with white working class voters.

  11. George Michalopulos says

    If Creepy Joe succeeds in stealing this election, it’s going to be a hellacious four years. 
    Below is a link that presages the chaos that will ensue:
    Long story short:  black, female police chief is fired for doing her job.  She didn’t get the memo that some criminals are more equal than others.
    Perhaps the leftist autophagy will burn itself out within a few years.  In the meantime, if I were Joe, I wouldn’t walk in front of Kamasutra as their going down the stairs.
    Just sayin’.

    • George,

      It may very well spiral out of control very quickly if Biden is inaugurated, which I still think will not happen.

      Whatever else anyone is saying in the MSM and DNC, everyone knows the underlying reality.  They just can’t admit it and remain in power.  A friend of Edward Snowden once remarked, “You can’t awaken someone who is only pretending to be asleep.”

      And what is also true is that America has never had a president whose election was demonstrably fraudulent and illegitimate.  According to the very rules which legitimize the game such an imposter is a tyrant by definition.  That will not go over well with the militia crowd, nor the NRA crowd, nor the wider 2A crowd.  In fact, it has the potential to create a majoritarian insurrection.

      I remember hearing about a story of one Southern town where a businessman/Boss Hogg type political operative got ahold of too much power and created an intolerably oppressive situation.  No Buford Pusser arose. 

      In the end, one sunny day as he was driving his truck down the main street in town, four or five shotguns appeared coming through his driver’s and passenger’s side windows all at once.  Shots fired, game over, no witnesses.  Not one.  Broad daylight, weekend afternoon.  Main street.

      Musta been those wascally Wussians.

      • George Michalopulos says

        It reminds me of an incident in the town of Skidmore, MO about 30 or so years ago.  The local bully had had a reign of terror over the townspeople.  It did not end well for him.
        While I agree with Adam Smith that “there is a lot of ruin in a nation”, I don’t foresee the United States being able to slough off into a national irrelevence a la Britain or France (or Greece or Italy).  For one thing, those other countries were mostly homogeneous and their decrepitude could be mitigated by the shared bonds of ethnic solidarity, for another, their foundational myths were based on those shared, genetic bonds.  
        These United States on the other hand, discarded their common ancestry sometime in the 1920s and came up with the nonsense that we are a “propositional nation” instead.  That’s why when the collapse as a political entity comes it will be sudden and swift. 
        However, that is not to say that it will be widespread.  Like the Roman Empire, it will collapse (violently I presume) in those regions which have been deracinated and destroyed by governments which have engaged in disastrous fiscal policies (i.e. Illinois), while those regions which have some semblance of fiscal and demographic sanity (the Midwest, the Far West, parts of the South), will escape largely unscathed. 

        • This thing is going to boil down to the balls of the Republican Party, not Trump’s.  If he can’t rally them to steal the election back, they won’t have the balls to do it on their own.  They’ve been dhimmis too long.

          I think the dynamic of this thing, based on actions to date, will be that Team Trump will use the courts as their public venue to demonstrate their evidence in an environment where it can be subjected to expert professional criticism to establish its veracity.

          That’s what Powell is promising within the next two weeks.  I assume she means opening statements and plaintiff’s case in chief should be presented in these cases by then.  After that you will have defendants’ cases, etc.

          The beauty is that you get two sets of bites at the apple.  One is the court, the other is the legislature which is also watching.  A court may choose to throw out X number of ballots AND/OR the legislature may conclude they aren’t going to send electors based on a vote that has been demonstrated in open court to be fraudulent.

          Either way, it should be over in all but the mechanics by Dec. 14th.

          • Given that they cannot rely on the Media to report honestly,
            I suspect Powell is keeping her powder dry until the last possible moment.
            It reminds me of the 1812 Overture, when the vaunting La Marseillaise
            is blown away by cannon and the Russian hymn triumphantly supplants it.
            [Oh yes! Blame the Russians!]
            Well, I hope that’s the score.

  12. “If Creepy Joe succeeds in stealing this election,
    it’s going to be a hellacious four years.”
    Four? Or forty?

  13. George Michalopulos says

    I swear by all that’s holy, that our country is ruled by an establishment that is more inbred than a typical village in the Ozarks:

    And to think I spilt so much digital ink defending this man. He and his ilk can’t even defeat pederasts in pajamas in Afghanistan.

    Lord have mercy.

  14. Michael Bauman says

    We are all falling into the modernist trap of thinking the Federal Government is supreme.  That is not how the U. S. Constitution was conceived and written.  There has certainly been a lot of blood, sweat and tears shed to convince everybody of the opposite starting in 1832.  However the Constitution itself has never actually been rewritten in that manner.  Therefore there are still substantial remedies available if the states grow a pair and choose to exercise them.  The certification of the vote and choosing electors is one.  There are others.   That is one reason I am no really keen on marching on Washington. Coordinated marches and action on the state level would have more impact and chance of success.   My friends over at The Tenth Amendment Center (Tenth Amendment Center: Welcome to the Tenther and Nullification Movement) are working hard to educate an promote the actual facts and remedies in the Constitution itself.   
    The full text of the 10th Amendment: 
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

    It is perhaps the most ignored part of the Constitution, but it is still there.   The key word is “delegated” .  The Federal government has no inherent power or authority except what we give it.   

    • “…or to the people.”
      This reads very like Lord Cooper’s dictum (McCormick v Lord Advocate, 1953):
      “the unlimited sovereignty of Parliament is a distinctively English principle
      which has no counterpart in Scottish constitutional law.”
      The problem is: how do the people exercise their sovereignty when Parliaments or Federal and State Governments, Press and Media consistently ignore them?

  15. Michael Bauman says

    Brendan, there are fundamentally three ways:

    1. A well organized and balanced polity that punishes corruption when exposed (we lost that sometime in the early 19th century);
    2. People en masse  simply refusing to obey;
    3. Formal organized nullification in which smaller units of government formally refuse (state, county, local)

    The last time states together nullified resulted in Civil War.   The fact that they did so over an odious system of slavery and economic stupidity ended up crushing that option.  

    It started long before that when the political ideology of “union” came into favor over true Federalism.   Andrew Jackson believed in political union with a mystical intensity.  His threat to send Federal troops into South Carolina in 1832 was the real beginning of Civil War.  
    His famous toast “Liberty and Union one and inseparable” in the face of his arch rival, John C. Calhoun was a paraphrase of Daniel Webster.

    Jackson changed forever Presidential Politics in the country and none of his changes were for the better.  
    He was a slave holding autocrat from the frontier state of Tennessee who hated the old establishment and wanted it destroyed.  So Federal autocracy devoid of any real “advise and consent” was born. As was true party politics.   To the victor go the spoils.  

    Nullification got both a bad name and was emasculated because the right deed was done for the wrong reason.
    In the electoral rules of the time whomever came in second in the Presidential race became Vice-president.  John C Calhoun became VP.  Think Hillary being Trump’s sitting VP and President of the Senate.   
    Jackson and Calhoun hated, despised and loathed each other. 

    Our country and our politics changed forever because of their hatred of each other and the lengths each was willing to go to  destroy the other.   

    Since Jackson won, true federalism was destroyed and the effective, large scale use of nullification with it.   
    That leaves us with #2 organized “civil disobedience”.

     For that to work large scale requires a unified appeal to our moral conscience. Unfortunately the organ used to amplify that conscience in the past(the press) has sold out. As has most of the natural moral-spiritual leaders it seems.

    Trump cannot lead it, any more than John C. Calhoun could.  

    There may be isolated sanctuary counties but all the state has to do is shut down the power grid for a couple of days to crush that resistance if they want.

     “Resistence is futile, you will be assimilated”

  16. There is a new player in the Power Game:
    “Boiled down to its essence, the SCN [Strong Cities Network] is actually a new law-enforcement body whose laws will govern participating cities, including New York, Atlanta, Denver, and Minneapolis, that have already signed on as members.”
    “Law-enforcement measures for these cities will dovetail with or emanate from the ISD [Institute for Strategic Dialogue] and the UN, not from the U.S. Constitution by-passing locally elected officials and the laws governing them.”
    Apparently they have State Department funding

  17. George Michalopulos says

    Just as I predicted, even the Democrats are going after Big Tech:

    So far, at least 40 states Attorneys General are filing a lawsuit to break up Facebook. Clearly some of them have to be Democrats.