Inverted Flag Means We Are in Distress

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Such an uproar over a T-shirt I haven’t seen since the donning of the “I Heart Chick-fil-A” at a Pennsylvania schools LGBT event.

This time it’s not individuals who ended up in hot water, but a retail clothier, PacSun. By now you may have heard that the clothing retailer removed a shirt from the racks and shelves portraying an image of an upside down American flag.

CNS News  reported that “The $24 T-shirt, sold online and in selected stores, was part of rapper A$AP Rocky’s clothing line, and allegedly was meant to symbolize a nation in distress.

Well, the T-shirt sparked a twitter “Hashtag” campaign in which one of the participants was actor James woods. He tweeted: “Please, every follower of mine, please #Boycott PacSun. Disgusting trashing of American flag on Memorial Day.”

A supporter of the campaign posted on Facebook that “I understand freedom of speech but this shirt, displayed prominently at the entrance of your store, for Memorial Day weekend is more distasteful and disrespectful than anything I thought I’d see. I will not be shopping at PacSun again.”

Okay, I get the outrage and the boycott. After all, many of us understand that we are losing our country and witness constant reminders of it seemingly on a daily basis. read more

Can We Negotiate with ISIS?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Who thinks ISIS can be negotiated with? Any reasonable person would immediately say no, and not just know, but hell no. However over the years, the world has become populated with ever less reasonable people. Or maybe they’ve always been in our midst and we’re just paying better attention.

After all, there were those who thought it not only necessary but reasonable to attempt to negotiate a peace with Hitler, or the North Vietnamese.

I guess there have always been pie-in-the-sky leftists, like John Kerry who believe negotiation is and should be our only weapon, despite every ounce of evidence to the contrary.

And yet even John Kerry pales in comparison to Robert Fisk who wrote an article in the Independent entitled “Suddenly it looks like we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive – Who’s left if we want to negotiate with Isis?”

In the article, he describes Osama bin Laden as an “old softee, compared to the throat cutting killers of the Islamic State.” Fisk writes glowingly that bin Laden “loves his wife, he wants his son to take over the whole al-Qaeda outfit, he studies – if he can read English – Noam Chomsky.”

Okay, anyone who studies Chomsky is by default, a bit unhinged. If we didn’t know that about Osama, we do now, but I digress.

Fisk continues extolling the virtues of bin Laden by describing him as “a chap we could do business with, the ‘moderate’ we are always searching for when we fail to destroy our enemies, a ‘middle party’ to start a ‘dialogue’ with these unruly Isis Fellows.” read more

3-D Printed Jet Engine

The engine was made entirely of 3D-printed parts (Photo: GE Aviation)

The engine was made entirely of 3D-printed parts (Photo: GE Aviation)

It’s one thing to 3D-print something as advanced as a jet engine, but it’s another to fuel it up and push the start button. That’s the step that GE Aviation took when it recently fired up a simple jet engine made entirely of 3D-printed parts in a test stand normally reserved for commercial jet power plants. read more

Is ISIS the Real Threat?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The world is a mess – that’s why Lindsey Graham is running for president, don’t you know. But that’s a story for another day.

More specifically the Middle East is a mess – so much so that in this writer’s opinion that region is at a tipping point, or more appropriately, walking a tight rope. The participants involved in conflicts over there are all walking the tight rope and they will fall off eventually. On which side they fall is a greater concern.

In other words, it’s not the conflict or battles themselves that are historically consequential – it’s the result of the conflicts – it’s what we’re left with after the dust settles.

We all know ISIS is on the move, seemingly conquering new territory weekly, if not daily. They control large swaths of Iraqi, at least half of Syria and now portions of Libya. And their surrogates are busy in multiple other African nations. read more

Podcast – Jeb Bush Wants Amnesty – America Looking Like Nazi Germany & An 11 Year Old College Graduate

In this episode I discuss Jeb Bush’s interview with Megyn Kelly on illegal immigration and his all too predictable stance. Is America started to become like Nazi Germany. The similarities are striking, and a California youngster graduates college with no less than three degrees at the age of 11.
read more