Monday, April 15, 2019

Burning Notre Dame

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
One of the great symbols of Christianity in Paris, France is the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Much of Notre Dame has gone up in flames.

Miraculously, the heart of the cathedral, was saved.

In 2016, the Islamic State tried to commit a terror attack against the cathedral, but failed.

I am curious about the timing during Holy Week as we approach Easter.

Was this Islam doing what it does in destroying anything not Muslim, especially if it's Jewish or Christian?

Don't hold your breath for the answer.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Frank Luntz Hosts Nick Adams' FLAG

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

(Note to reader: Yes, there are a whole slew of pictures from my visit to Frank Luntz's house, but this is a double article, partially about Nick Adams' FLAG, and part about the joy of touring Frank Luntz's famous house).

Last year a friend of mine, who attended a FLAG event in Dallas, Texas, told me, "You've got to meet Nick Adams.  I am willing to bet he'll want you on board as one of his researchers."

Perhaps.

My goal is simply to spread constitutional literacy, and if combining forces with a fellow constitutionalist will do that, then I am all for it.

The presentation regarding FLAG was the first on the West Coast since the inception of the organization in 2016.  At the event I got the chance not only meet Frank Luntz, and get a tour of his house, but to also talk with David Prager (son of Dennis Prager).  In my discussion with Nick, and later with his wife Sadie, I told them that while I am not one with much money, I have expertise to offer.  "Nobody," I said, "knows the Constitution like I do."

They accepted my business card, and a copy of my latest book, "A Promise of American Liberty."

.........

Now, let's talk about Frank Luntz's house.  Amazing does not capture my full feelings about it.  Incredible?  Still not enough.  It left me speechless.

As my wife and I walked up to the house, after leaving our car with the valet, we were greeted by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.



I found my friend, talked to a few people, was introduced to David Prager, and then realized the first of a couple tours was beginning and grabbed my wife by the hand so that we could see some of the house.  Frank Luntz proudly talked about each thing he could.  I made comment about how much he seemed to enjoy giving the tour.  He said he enjoyed it because he's never been robbed.  If someone steals something, he may feel different about it.


Yes, that's the uniform from the movie "The Natural", among other famous things...


On this table and on the walls are too many things to point out, but among them is an original copy of Alexander Hamilton's first budget for the country, an original copy of a congressional record from 1789, and various historical items from the revolutionary to remarkable items of my lifetime.


The book in Dr. Luntz's hands is Hamilton's first U.S. budget.


Centennial presidency . . .


Albert Einstein, anyone?


As we proceeded to another part of the house, we went through the kitchen, where the staff was working diligently on the great appetizers we had been munching on outside on the tennis court.


Luntz is also an avid sports fan . . .


Sports Bar . . .


Office of History and the books to prove it...


A number of patriotic paintings adorn his walls.
 

With secret openings and doorways that open when do special things to special objects (rub it like a genie's lamp). . .


The murals as you walk into the game room:



Games, old magazines, and more Americana


I want bookshelves like his newsstand . . . panels upon panels of history



Wrong headlines all on one wall:


As darkness approached, we went outside for the presentation, led by Frank Luntz (with a few jokes and political questions asked by the audience) ...


Followed by Nick Adams with his Australian accent (it amazes me how foreign born Americans sometimes know more about our Constitution and history than the average American) ...


David Prager:


And after the event, more tour of the house:


Lincoln Bedroom:


Oval Office:


I could see me as President. 



Replica of the famous blue dress . . . stain and all:


A couple Bill Clinton jokes followed the revealing of the secret room with the blue dress ...


I told him a couple, too.  He knew them.



Presidential bathroom with glass that clouds on command. . .


The billiards room... with more historical paraphernalia:


When on, it's like actually going golfing:


Trump is not the only candidate promising to make America Great Again:


My wife modeling on his personal bowling alley:


Theater seating for the theater. . .



Even a little Russian History:





Navy Football ... kick butt helmet:


The living room (see the books tucked behind the couches?)




Speechless.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Ocasio-Cortez

Opinion by Allan McNew

After having watched some of the video Ocasio Cortez put on the internet it would be easy to lampoon her as a ditzy Valley Girl who made a wrong turn in Encino on the way to the mall and somehow wound up in the Bronx. A sample of where she confidently tried to make a case out of political talking points and the bewildered, lost look she got when it was ground up in front of her did nothing to dispel that thought.

Her commentary concerning the difference between hers and the older generation highlighted the notions of older people that the next generation is going straight to hell (been around since at least the pyramids were being constructed) and the younger generation’s unflagging conviction that older people are stupid (ditto).

“People under 40 have been shaped by an entirely different set of events. We’ve literally grown up in different Americas. They were shaped by a Cold War America: and we are an Iraq war America, a hyper-capitalism-has-never-worked-for-us, Great Recession era America… We’re raising kids and getting married and we have mortgages and student loan debt...”

So, we boomers had Viet Nam (almost 60,000 American casualties) , Kent State, the Democratic National Convention riot, Watergate, the monetarily stagnant 70’s, the nasty 1980-81 recession where I had a pregnant wife and baby boy with scarce work to be found anywhere, every recession from the 1950’s to present including the Great Recession. We married, had kids and divorced, had mortgages, other debt and personal problems not unique to millennials.

Many of our present societal ills arose from the 60’ s including societal changes that led to the disintegration of the American family – family is the core of any society. Certain changes from the 60’s evolved into the narcissism and disrespect that so infects much of the millennial generation – which led to the current crop of elementary kids who viciously trash each other on social media via the parents who egg it on.

One thing we didn’t have was the “smart phone”, the device the millennial selfie generation can’t seem to remove from their collective faces. I believe that while the internet can be a valuable tool there is a side effect which, with social media overuse and regardless of the user’s age, can make people stupid.

Every political belief that resides in Ocasio Cortez’ noggin was incubated in the 60’s: the radicals who occupied administration buildings said, with the exception of climate change, everything Ocasio Cortez says now. They became “educators” who shaped college campus thought. Therefore, minus making bombs, the universities now promote everything that, for one example among others, everything the terrorist group Weather Underground espoused. Ocasio Cortez is a product of that sort of “education.”

There can be a great divide between education and knowledge. Ocasio Cortez studied economics at Boston University and somehow acquired creative finance: take $25 you have, spend it all along with $75 you don’t have and that equals $200 of newly printed money. How does that work?

Or climate change. I don’t disagree there is climate change and that 98% of world scientist agree, it’s a fact because it’s been going on for billions of years. Here is what’s behind that talking point: They’re not going to name each and every one of those scientists much less more than one or two. Furthermore, if a scientist says “there’s 300 climate models, why don’t we look at them all instead of automatically taking the worst case scenario” the scientist will be swiftly ostracized from society and hounded out of any possibility of making a living by progressive-socialists.

Ocasio Cortez says her views on immigration are shaped by her experiences of working with illegal immigrants at the Manhattan Flat Fix restaurant and is of the belief they are financially oppressed. I’ve worked with them too, and it’s my view that wages in general are low because of the shear numbers of illegal immigrants who will work for nothing and take all kinds of abuse Americans won’t stand for thereby degrading the work place. Her response to that, without knowing anything about me and my associations past and present, would be to label me as a racist, she has no other argumentative tools in her kit.

Then there’s the “wealthy”. I agree with her that many are opportunistic dirt bags, including those who fund her political aspirations. However, she doesn’t seem to understand that wealth is measured in assets rather than income. Assets can be off shored out of her legislative reach. So, who bears the brunt of her Utopian fantasy? The middle class, which will disappear under such a financial burden because they don’t have the means to shelter income from taxes. Everyone left, except for the privileged progressive elite, will be equally mired in poverty.

While hardly a scientific study, I inquired of a number of people of Ocasio Cortez’ age of just under 30 as to the society we should have. The answers boiled down to “We should just live simply without money.” They couldn’t explain how that would work. One added that no one over 50 should be allowed to vote. In the ‘60s the word was “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Ocasio Cortez, you have a birthday coming up and many more to follow - it will happen to you too.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Corona Constitution Class Tonight . . . and more

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
Okay, here's what's up for Mr. Constitution:

This Morning I was at the Banning-Beaumont-Cherry Valley Breakfast Meeting.  They meet each Tuesday at 8:00 am (I usually roll in about 8:30).  Since there is no Tea Party group in Temecula Valley, the Beaumont Group is my Tea Party.  They are active, conservative, and very influential in their region.  Normally I try to be there each Tuesday for Breakfast, but due to my crazy schedule of late, it's been a while.  Had my latest book, A Promise of American Liberty, there with me, and they bought all of the available copies.

Tuesday (Tonight) at 6:00 pm: Corona Constitution Class.  We will continue through the 14th Amendment.  For context it is wise to not only read my chapter about the Reconstruction Amendments in my book "The Basic Constitution," but also to refer to the congressional record of the time, The Congressional Globe.

Wednesday at 1:00 pm: I teach homeschool students government and economics.  We are in the second to last week of economics during this semester.  Contact me if you wish to learn more about my lessons for homeschool children ... douglasvgibbs at yahoo.com or constitutionspeaker at yahoo.com.

Wednesday 4:00 pm: Constitution Association weekly board meeting.  As we approach our annual dinner in July and wrestle with my possible departure for Oregon, we'll need as many voices there to help us get things done.  We meet at the GOP Headquarters, 28120 Jefferson Avenue in Temecula.

Wednesday 6:00 pm: Constitution Class, Temecula.  In the beginning . . . there was Franklin, Jefferson, and Madison.  We start over in Temecula this coming Wednesday. Hope to see you there.

Thursday at 5:00 pm: Banning-Beaumont-Cherry Valley monthly meeting, Farms' House Restaurant, 6261 Joshua Palmer Way, Banning.  I will be speaking on presidential powers.

Saturday, while Constitution Radio is on KMET 1490-AM, I will have a guest host at 1:00 pm, G.R. Mobley, because I will be conducting a seminar in Northridge, California.  3:00 pm start,

Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery
19310 Business Center Drive (GARDEN ROOM)
Northridge, CA 91324
818-993-0704

Later on in the evening I have been invited to the home of a Fox News personality to meet a nationally recognized constitutionalist.  I will discuss what happens later on this website, and the following Saturday on Constitution Radio.

That's what's up.  Also, I will be redoing the websites, and increasing my video output.  Stay tuned.

Oh, by the way, I may be departing California in the next few months, as well.  Keep coming here and you'll get the details as we go along.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary