Themes

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Well if you haven’t noticed we have changed the theme around some here on “Something about Everything.” The main theme has been changed to mimic that of popular social media sites. And we have a dedicated mobile theme now as well.

Please note that in the mobile theme you will not see any of the sidebar information. To view that on a mobile device you will have to switch over to the desktop version of the site.

In the future we hope to have a userbased theme switcher so each user can choose the theme for their own personal taste.

Not approved by Joe the Plumber

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It’s a week out from the Republican State Convention in Iowa. Again this cycle I am a delegate to that convention for my county. I have taken an active roll in politics since before I was 18 years old. And in the 3 decades since that time I have attended a number of county and state Central Committee meetings. I have attended a number of county, district, and state conventions as a delegate or alternate as well.

My civic duty goes beyond just voting. As our republic is to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The people must be involved at every level. So I attempt to get myself involved where I can.

The downside of going to these meetings and conventions is that I see the same people all the time. They are always part of the standing committees. They are always the same ones we send to the national convention. The political elites that have come into power for power.

I have no problem if someone is doing a great job at it. By all means we should continue to appoint and elect them to their office. But we shouldn’t do that if no one else decides to go against them. They should be challenged. And many of them are just in politics for the power it gives them over others. These people should be replaced.

It has been said that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Yet we continue to send the same people to represent our state at the national level within our party. And we wonder why nothing changes.

And of course this year I am looking at the list of delegates and alternates that the state nominating committee came up with for this cycle. It’s a list of who’s who in the Iowa Republican Party elitists. And every last one of them is Ted Cruz approved. So these are the people that wont be getting my vote at the State Convention as a National Delegate or Alternate:

[table align=”center” width=”75%”] DELEGATES,ALTERNATE DELEGATES
Sen. Bill Anderson,Chelle Adkins
Gov. Terry Branstad,Shellie Bockenstedt
Robert Cramer,Pastor Joseph Brown
Bryan English,Mary Dorin
Sen. Randy Feenstra,Sen. Dennis Guth
Carol Hanson,Rose Jaeger
Cody Hoefert,Jeff King
Congressman Steve King,Maurice McWhirter
Marlys Popma,David Oman
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds,Kay Quirk
Richard Rogers,Donna Robinson
Loras Schulte,Jennifer Smith
Cecil Stinemetz,Heather Stancil
Speaker Linda Upmeyer,Linda Stickle
Bob Vander Plaats,Craig Williams
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All of these nominees are old blood. They are the political elites of Iowa. And all but maybe Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are supporters of Ted Cruz. Including two of his national co-chairs. I’m sure the nominating committee would have loved NOT to include the Governor and the Lt. Governor but they had to in order to save face.

I want to thank the Republican Party of Iowa for providing the list of nominees that I am not going to support for the National Convention on the 21st of May. I hope we can get some others nominated and some new blood injected into the system. It is the only way to save the Republican Party.

Ruling by Decree

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Well our king has bypassed Congress yet again in his quest to fundamentally rebuild Amerika. This time issuing a decree to all schools in the realm to allow students to use the restroom, showers, and locker rooms associated with their gender identity. Failure to comply will result in the loss of Federal education funds to that state.

His majesty is overstepping his Constitutional authority. He continues to legislate from the Oval Office by Executive Order because Congress displeases him. I am certain he would disband Congress if he could get away with doing so and he may yet attempt it.

Nothing this man does surprises me in the least. He stated his goals at the beginning of his first term in office. Few believed it and now we are seven years deep in to his reign of destroying the Republic our founders created.

I even once remarked that President Obama could very well be the last president we as a country ever elect. If he succeeds in his quest to fundamentally rebuild Amerika. Why stop at 2 terms? That’s just that old Constitutional restriction. It doesn’t apply today of course.

King Obama has 7 more months to go on his 2nd term as President. He could find a legitimate excuse that the left and fools would believe to extend his reign beyond 2016. Ignoring the election result no matter who triumphs there. Obama would win, and the majority would follow like sheep.

Crossroads

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Right now, there is a candidate for President few party members like, but is the presumptive candidate for said party. This candidate has been accused of being out of touch with the grassroots, too extremist, and utterly unlikable. Of course, this candidate’s supporters say if we don’t vote for the candidate, the candidate from the other major party is going to win and do far worse things, so voters should hold their noses and vote for the candidate.

Of course, opponents to this candidate are holding out for someone they feel is better, someone closer to their ideals of what a President should be. They are being told to stop holding out for their candidate and line up behind the presumptive candidate to preserve party unity.

The aforementioned candidates are…Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, respectively. Although, these same sentiments are being used by Donald Trump supporters to get Republicans and conservatives to climb aboard the Trump Train.

If Clinton and Trump are using the same rhetoric to force unity within their respective parties, how different can they actually be?

The Case is Being Made

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It’s already being discussed in some circles of our political spectrum to create a viable 3rd party nominee for President. I remarked about this in a previous post on how it could possibly happen in this election cycle. And now it’s looking more likely every day.

As far as the Democrats go, they already have a 3rd party candidate running, Bernie Sanders. And if he doesn’t get the nomination he may again split off as an independent alternative to Hillary Clinton. He has a sizable following that she cannot win over to her banner.

And we have the GOP. Unfortunately the party of vote splitting. In the past it’s always been the Republicans who end up splitting their voter base with a 3rd party nominee. Which enables the Democrats to win the election because they unify and rally behind their nominee.

Those in favor of a 3rd party split nominee for the Republicans in this election cycle want something different. Not just a protest vote against the establishment and the 2 major parties. Such candidates are not viable and your vote ends up being wasted.

No this time the independent 3rd party nominee must be viable. They must be able to win a few states in the general election. Not just getting a few votes. No 3rd party candidate has ever done that before in a presidential election year.

This time the 3rd party nominee must prevent the major parties or other independents running for President from obtaining the needed 270 electoral votes. That is the goal of those looking into a possible 3rd party independent nominee.

To have someone who can really make a difference in the outcome of the election. To force the Electoral College to turn the election over to the US House of Representatives and have the President elected there instead.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Yeah, I know it’s a little earlier than usual, but I figured I would write this one for all the mothers out there. So, Happy Mothers Day.

And, no, I didn’t save the receipt, so you can’t return it.

This Kentucky Derby was this past Saturday, and along with the big hats and mint julips there was People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals alleging animal cruelty against race horses. It seems any time animals are in the news, PETA and other animal rights activists aren’t too far behind. So, what better time than now to discuss this week’s words?

animal rights

What the Left says it means: treating animals as equals to human beings

What it really means: putting the “crazy” in “crazy cat lady”

PETA and other animal rights activists come from a good place. They want to protect animals from being mistreated, and it’s not a bad goal. And if you’re expecting a but here, you’re right.

The problem is these folks have a very liberal definition of mistreatment, both figuratively and literally. If you eat meat, PETA says you’re mistreating animals. That may be, but it’s delicious mistreatment, especially if it’s a medium rare steak with a side of bacon. Mmmmmm…

Where was I again? Oh, yeah, animal rights.

To put it mildly, the animal rights movement is on the extreme edge of the Leftist Utopia (Leftist Utopia void in anywhere that understands basic economics). Although their numbers are smaller than Verne Troyer starring in a remake of “Fantastic Voyage”, their influence is much wider due in no small part to their pals in the media. Whether it’s the Kentucky Derby or the circus coming to town, the animal rights movement will make itself known, and when they show up, the cameras aren’t that far behind.

But here’s the thing. A car wreck doesn’t require you to crane your neck at the carnage. Just because a few people hold up signs decrying meat as murder, fur as murder, and basically anything that gives people even an iota of pleasure as murder, it doesn’t mean we have to pay attention. Sure, it’s a freak show that would make Tod Browning flinch, but it really isn’t that fulfilling. Think of it as a Twinkie with a liberal arts degree.

At the heart of the animal rights movement is the idea animals are worthy of being elevated to being mini-humans with fur. (Wouldn’t that mean PETA should be against animals? I mean, they are wearing fur.) I get it. There are animals who make better people than some of the actual people walking mostly upright. I’m looking right at you, Kardashian family!

Now, here’s the problem. Animals aren’t humans. They lack certain cognitive functions essential to being human. Ever see a porcupine try to hug it out with anyone? Nope, and that’s for two reasons. One, animals lack empathy, and two, the quills are a bit of a deal breaker for hugs. And along with empathy, animals are missing a few other higher brain functions that would make them closer to humans than they are now. Then again, it might just qualify them for Congress.

Animal rights activists see themselves as the voice of animals, which would be unnecessary if animals had the intellectual capacity the animal rights movement thinks they do. Maybe they’re bucking for job security after the liberal arts degree didn’t qualify them for a job other than…oh, I don’t know…animal rights activist.

And here’s the kicker. Human beings are animals. Biology 101, kids. We are mammals with higher brain functions that make us unique in the animal kingdom. We can reason, feel, express ourselves in any number of forms, and all sorts of other things you won’t find very often in the animal kingdom. Or in the animal rights movement, apparently.

Although the animal rights movement may think they’re motivated by love of animals, they’re motivated by something else: control. Like all Leftists, the animal rights movement wants to remake the world in their image, and that means you will have to do what they say or else you’re scum. That means you have to give up your free will, something else humans have that animals don’t. And, as much as I love animals, I’m just not willing to hand it over and start eating tofu. For one, tofu by itself isn’t that good, and for another, forcing me to abide by someone else’s will might be a bit…unethical.

If you won’t want to eat meat because you think it hurts animals, fine. I’ll be more than happy to pick up your slack. Just let me do it. That’s all I ask. I won’t harangue you for your lifestyle, and we can part as friends.

After all, if I eat more meat, that frees up more salad for you! It’s a win-win!

So let’s be clear here

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Okay so you are a #neverTrump voter. And there are absolutely no conditions that would cause you to vote for Donald Trump in the November election. Which means you are either not voting at all, doing a 3rd party candidate or write-in, or voting for Hillary Clinton.

I do admire you sticking to your convictions. That is an admirable trait and one that is normally lacking in most people.

It’s a fact that our culture has drifted far from that of our founders. As a people we are unprincipled, liberal, and almost anti-Christian. These facts have been admitted by a number of those who started the #neverTrump hashtag.

We, as a society, didn’t get to this point overnight. We didn’t get to this point in the last 2 elections. This has been a slow decline over decades if not longer.

Given the state of our society why does it seem to surprise you that the more conservative, principled, and Christian candidates lost the nomination? Our society is against these God honoring men. Even if they could be nominated, it would be almost impossible to win the general election in November.

Our state of affairs happened slowly over generations. It can be stopped and reversed. But it will take time to accomplish. Not a single presidential election or 4 year term.

It has been said by those in the #neverTrump leadership that the conservative equivalent of the RINO “we can’t shut the government down” is “we can’t let the Democrat win”. They are in no way an equivalent statement.

If we do “let the Democrat win” in November. It will be a greater evil than electing Donald Trump as President. All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Like staying home and not voting or splitting the GOP vote.

When Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders are in the White House. Liberty will be further eroded. Christian values will become fully outlawed. And conservatives will be openly targeted for persecution by the government at all levels and in the work place.

And the Supreme Court and lower courts will be filled with lawmaking progressive justices. And this will cause lasting harm for decades and generations to come in our nation.

With Donald Trump in the White House. Things are cloudy to be sure given his past. But Donald Trump does listen to the advice of others. An evangelical pastor, Gov Mike Huckabee is a good friend of his. Donald Trump is open to conservative ideas. Someone just needs to take him under their wing and guide and nurture that openness. As a Christian you are required to preach the Gospel to every creature. That includes Donald Trump. But you instead pass judgement on him. You sit on your high horse and talk of your righteousness as the Pharisees of old did in Jesus’s day.

So get off your high horse. Pray for Donald Trump. Bring the Word to Donald Trump. And vote for Donald Trump in November.

Party Foul

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With Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropping out of the Republican race, the GOP finds itself with Donald Trump as its standard bearer. Now, comes the fun part: uniting the party behind the candidate.

Easier said than done, given the sheer amount of vitriol coming from most of the candidates on the Republican side. Now, the ante is being upped by the Trump Trainers, with Mike Huckabuck…I mean Huckabee, telling Republicans who don’t support Trump to leave the GOP.

Oh, and Mike? That sound you heard was thousands of Republicans heading for the doors.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats are faced with a similar situation. The tensions between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are running higher than a Denver pothead on April 20th. Or Tuesday, for that matter. As Clinton seems to be closing in on the Democratic nomination, she is finding it hard to attract Sanders supporters. And why not? She’s only a untrustworthy, calculating, and shrill harpy whose successes can be written on a portion of a Post-It Note and still leave plenty of room for a grocery list.

Put another way, the two major parties have trouble on their hands, and it’s here in River City. That starts with T and that rhymes with D and that stands for douchebaggery. That’s right, kids. Both major parties are treating their party members who don’t support the candidate or presumptive candidate as the case may be like Bill Clinton treats female interns.

I can understand the desire for the two major parties to have their party members coalesce behind their nominees, but it not a given. Just like respect, support must be earned, and out of the three candidates from the two major parties, none of them have earned my support, and there are many more of us out there who feel the same way. Should our voices be silenced or disregarded because we’re not behind the party’s nominee? Maybe, just maybe, there is a reason for our hesitation.

Maybe, just maybe, we’re waiting for the candidates to give us a reason to vote for them. And, no, “Because the other party’s candidate is worse” isn’t good enough. A crap sandwich is a crap sandwich no matter what color plate it’s served on. I’ve gotten to the point where I want to vote for something and someone rather than against something or someone. The problem with voting for the lesser of two evils is you still wind up with evil.

I think I speak for a number of people, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, when I say if the two major parties want our votes, they’re going to have to earn them, and it’s not going to happen if they continue to take us for granted.

#neverTrump is the new Occupy Wallstreet

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#NeverTrump is not a grass roots movement. It was started by political insiders that have a lot to loose during an anti-establishment administration. Like the fraudulent “Occupy Wall street” crusade before it. These insiders have duped a number of otherwise good Republicans into following their narrative like sheep.

We are just a few weeks away from the Republican State Convention in Iowa. And if you are a follower of this so-called movement. Then I have the following to say to you.

Wake the <blank> up.
Donald Trump is going to be the GOP nominee. He is now running unopposed in the remaining primaries. It was stated at the beginning of this presidential contest that ANY of the 1 potential nominees would be better than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. And that ANY included Donald Trump.

Many of the insiders that started the #neverTrump insanity are changing their voter registrations to “No Party”. If you feel the same way then please by all means get of the GOP.

If you are a #neverTrump follower and a delegate to the state or National Convention. Please resign now. Turn in your credentials so we may replace you with someone who will support the party nominee.

Donald Trump has his faults. I have no illusions on this fact. But he is better than what we have had in the last two terms of Obama. And he is better than having Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the White House for the next 4 years.

I know that Donald Trump doesn’t have the best conservative record and isn’t the best conservative candidate. But we cannot win on that ticket right now. Our society has drifted too far from the principles. We need to shift it back, but it will take time. Donald Trump is just the first stage of that plan.

He has had my vote since the Iowa Caucus. And he will have my vote in November. Will he have yours?

Star Wars Day

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I’m a life long fan, well at least since I was 10, of the Star Wars saga. I am a fan of all of it. All 7 movies to date. All books, games (all though West End’s was the best RPG version), magazines, toys, and you name it. If it’s Star Wars I like it.

May Fourth is known by the fans world-wide as “Star Wars Day”. It takes a play of words from the slogan “May the Force be with you” and turns it into “May the Fourth be with you”.

So celebrate Star Wars today and May the Fourth be with you.