A response to Kelly Scoles “Second Opinion.”

It's often challenging for a conservative to debate a liberal because, in responding, the conservative usually has to spend so much time correcting so many false premises of the liberal that too much time is eaten up to reach a valid conclusion.

I'm not knit-picking, here are some examples, (paraphrased): "Vast majority, Republican Senators don't care that Trump violated every democratic standard of high office, and every oath he took - inciting a riot." Let's remember, he was acquitted by the Senate. He was found innocent of inciting riot. (To shorten responses all will be paraphrased.) "House managers did good job..." House managers did a pathetic job, had absolutely no evidence, and the RS did not "twirl and show knickers.” They were steadfast, as though wearing kilts; and no one knows what lies beneath a kilt!

You continue: True, "McConnell took to the podium claiming Trump guilty as charged". True as well, McConnell was without kilt, shaming the entire Congress with his flowery knickers - not Knickerbockers mind you, true knickers.

"The Senate established jurisdiction over a private citizen? If so, be careful. The omnipotent Senate may impeach you for associating with the conservative Gazette, destroying any future political office you may have been coveting. "Past bad presidents refrained from like conduct because of likely consequences." Not true! Hillary Clinton, once denounced as the " Goddess of Untruth", continues to enjoy popularity among her Marxist friends. The person responsible for that sobriquet was unfairly criticized; after all, she was elevated to a supreme distinction, not merely royalty, like a duchesse.

About those "...white nationalists and militia fringe groups". With true blood-letting arsonists, looters and killer-anarchists in the Antifa-BLM family keeping us busy, who has time to search for the White Lives Matter Too folks? After all, they weren't burning and looting throughout last year's (cop-hating) $3-billion Seattle "Summer of Love".

"The president advocated it (Capitol riot)”. Once again, not so. The FBI, Nancy Pelosi and others knew, weeks before the break-in, that the riot was planned, including pre-placed pipe bombs. Again: "Trump threw gasoline on their heavily armed impulses to save their country." None of the 100 or so intruders were armed. The woman killed was shot by a poorly trained police officer. None of the other deaths were due to deadly force - including the alleged fire extinguisher.

Your hatred of Donald Trump is uncovered by your description of him being "emotionally-crippled, and unprincipled". His nearly 80-million ardent supporters disagree with you. But we at the Gazette salute our First Amendment which confers, from God, your right to say such things, even when misguided. "We were given opposable we could use them.” At last, I have to agree with you. Those thumbs can indicate rejection - with a downward motion indicating outrage at the fraudulent election steal and unconstitutional impeachment of an ex-president with a perfect alibi - and an extraordinary, patriotic record.

I have to rest my case because it is 12:30 and I'm an old man.


Just one more thing, Kelly. Last week you intruded the "artist" Jackson Pollock into the conversation. Haven't heard much about that man for a long time. But a quick check of his work confirms my previous opinion. Art historians will scoff (or throw something) but when a man can become famous by dribbling any kind of paint on a large floor canvass (even auto body paint, applied with a turkey baster) (...Dubbed "Jack the Dripper" by Time magazine) and have his work sell for big bucks, I wish I had someone with similar talents to sell subscriptions for me. His work should be left on the floor. I continue to think that any purchaser of his "paintings" has to be a clueless liberal. But....

"No. 5, 1948, by Jackson Pollock sold in 2006 for $140 million. At the time, it was the most expensive painting ever sold. It was originally sold in 1949 for $1,500."

Just the same, Kelly, I prefer paintings from the tube and brush, not a can of paint and a turkey baster - and the person who bought that 1948 No. 5 was a loon.

To think that Renoir and Manet can be had for under $70mil today - now that's a bargain.

It's comforting to hear that Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi sold for US$450.3 in November 2017, top of the market today. And they didn't ask me - but I don't think it's a Leonardo! Probably just done by someone who hung around the studio. It used to be that you could buy a Van Gogh for an arm, a leg, and an ear. Today you can take one home for something near the $70s - the same with a Manet.

But I really digress because I'm tired of thinking about catastrophic politics.

One last thing, Kelly, and excuse my English and ignorance, but - what the hell is a Pimms Cup, and who painted it?