Monday, November 12, 2018

"They are showing one of the most beautiful children on earth to get your support for the killing of children!"

In this episode of Andrew Klavan's podcast Andrew laments the inability of Americans to come together to solve problems. He mentioned the latest attack on members of Tucker Carlson's family in which a gay Latino man who may soon be represented by creepy porn lawyer Michael Avanetti calls Tucker's daughter a whore. Tucker's son throws red wine at him and Tucker tells him to get the "f" out of the country club bar where the incident happened.

Meanwhile, the Democrats and their media are saying everything has to change because they lost in 2016.

Our veterans fight to preserve our unique way of life wherein we make decisions together according to the Constitution.

8% of the country dominate our huge communications industry (social media, Hollywood, the media, academia). Without violating the First Amendment we need to find a way to tear down that wall that is dividing us.

Have you seen the Planned Parenthood ad featuring a beautiful baby? "She deserves to be loved. She deserves to be wanted. She deserves to be a choice. #Stand with Planned Parenthood!" Andrew says, "They are showing one of the most beautiful children on earth to get your support for the killing of children! A baby in the womb is a baby! Once you take away his or her sacred identity, you take away everything of value."

"you don’t have a constitutionally guided democratic republic; you simply have a banana republic with nice cars and XBoxes."

Bookworm writes,
You can kid yourself as much as you want about living in a constitutionally guided democratic republic, but if 27 of the last post-election counts and recounts miraculously favored the Democrats, if Democrats are openly registering illegal aliens, if Democrats coincidentally win in regions with more voters than residents, if the dead are walking and voting, and if many “voters” were alive during the Spanish-American War, you don’t have a constitutionally guided democratic republic; you simply have a banana republic with nice cars and XBoxes.
Read more here.


Have you ever wondered
why the loudest most persistent cries in public and private life are anti-Trump?
Yaacov ben Moshe writes at a blog called Breath of the Beast about an essay Mark Twain wrote but never published because he did not want himself or his family to have to deal with the fallout. In it Twain
sheepishly admits that thirty years before the Civil War, he and most other Americans actually accepted the existence of slavery. It was, “… not because we wanted to, for we did not, but we wanted to be in the swim.

In Twain’s time, political feelings were personal and ambient. The only media were newspapers, flyers and the occasional speech. These days, we have television, radio and social media all of which leverage “the mainstream” into a flood tide. In place of Twain’s neighbors, co-workers and townspeople, we are beset by the almost unanimous howling, bleating, and self-aggrandizement of preening Mass Media Personalities. They are the avatars of the elite establishment. They are telling you what to think and feel and how to think and feel it 24/7. They mean to make you understand that if you do not do it precisely as they say, you are NOT IN THE SWIM!
Read more here.

But, but, but, Hillary said that women on the right vote as their husbands do!

In BizPac Review, Tom Tillison brings us the story about how ABC's George Stephanapolous tries to drive a wedge between Kellyanne Conway and her husband who wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he believes Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General is illegal.
“I’m sure the feminists are very proud of me that I’m an independent thinker who has a strong, powerful position in the United States government,” she sarcastically told the ABC anchor.
Read more here.

"So although he technically had the freedom to speak his true convictions, he could really only do that once he’d died."

Michael Ledeen writes in PJ Media about
two big issues that will become more urgently important in Trump’s second two years: freedom of speech, and the behavior of crowds.

When two migrants met in Australia

Mark Steyn writes about two migrants to Australia, what happened when they met, what he thinks of the refugee policies there,
and, of course, the dishonesty and evasions of the media.

Asking "what" questions

Tasha Eurich writes at TED,
When I feel anything other than peace, I say ‘What’s going on?’; ‘What am I feeling?’; ‘What is the dialogue inside my head?’; ‘What’s another way to see this situation?’ or ‘What can I do to respond better?’”

“Why” questions trap us in our past; “what” questions help us create a better future.
Read more here.

Better hurry, Al!

The satirical Babylon Bee has a breaking story from Florida.

FLORIDA—As Florida finally wrapped up its contentious recount of the votes tallied in the recent midterm elections, a winner was finally declared: Al Gore is now the president of the United States.

The recount process at long last found the "missing votes" that would have handed Gore the presidency back in 2000, making him the official president of the country.

"Well, it's about time," Gore said in his acceptance speech. "Thanks to all the fine people that made this happen. It really is too bad that the earth is going to be destroyed by fire by 2015--err, I mean, 2019, or else I could really savor my presidency."

Gore will be granted two terms as US president, ousting President Trump and canceling the 2020 election. "We just assume he would have won again and ushered in a liberal golden age," said an election official. "So he's got 8 years to reclaim his lost time. Make the most of it, Al, and great job. You deserve it!"

Building Resilience

How are you at bouncing back from life's inevitable disappointments, failures, and pains? Do you spend a lot of time angry and hurt? Is it possible that you have more strength than you realize? Find out!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

CDC: People With Dirt On Clintons Have 843% Greater Risk Of Suicide

According to the satirical blog The Babylon Bee,
ATLANTA, GA – According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control released on Thursday, people with inside, compromising knowledge of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s financial and political dealings are 843% more likely to commit suicide.

“We’ve never seen a single risk factor cause a spike of this magnitude,” a CDC spokesperson told reporters. “Interestingly, in spite of their increased suicide risk, people with dirt on the Clintons rarely show any warning signs of suicide, and they never leave a suicide note.”

Remarking about how abnormal it is, the spokesman again stressed the significance of the data.

“Therefore, we advise any American with detrimental information about Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, or the Clinton Foundation to forget about it as quickly as possible to avoid a greatly increased probability of taking your own life,” he cautioned.

“And—I swear—that’s all we know.”

"Hillary 4.0 is on the way."

In today's Wall Street Journal, Mark Penn and Andrew Stein assert that Hillary Clinton will run again in 2020! Mr. Penn was a pollster and senior adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton from 1995-2008. Mr. Stein is a former Democratic Manhattan borough "president and president of the New York City Council.
She will hope to emerge as an unstoppable force to undo Mr. Trump, running on the #MeToo movement, universal health care and gun control.

...The generation of Democrats who have been waiting to take over the party from the Clintons will be fuming that she is back and stealing their show. But they revealed themselves to be bungling amateurs in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fight, with their laughable Spartacus moments. She will trounce them. Just as Mr. Trump cleared the field, Mrs. Clinton will take down rising Democratic stars like bowling pins. Mike Bloomberg will support her rather than run, and Joe Biden will never be able to take her on.

Don’t pay much attention to the “I won’t run” declarations. Mrs. Clinton knows both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama declared they weren’t running, until they ran. She may even skip Iowa and enter the race later, but rest assured that, one way or another, Hillary 4.0 is on the way.
Read more here.

He is feeling adrift

Ambisinistral is feeling sad over at Flares of Darkness.

Anybody else feeling depressed and disoriented after the election? I mean, how will I ever survive without a deluge of campaign ads.

Man, no jazzy campaign commercials with smiling heroes to cheer me up, no voice messages on my answering machine telling me to vote 'yes' on proposition 3, my mailbox barren of slick flyers educating me as to what a criminal and cad the other fellow is sure to be. Nothing -- just campaigning silence.

I feel adrift. Whatever will I do with all my time now?
Read more here.

What can we do to give consequences to mental health professionals who lack the courage do the right thing and recommend to courts that crazy people be confined in treatment centers?

In Flopping Aces, DrJohn notes that mental illness is the common denominator in virtually all mass shooting murders.

It’s all too familiar. It’s all too tragic. And it keeps on happening. A few days ago an ex-Marine shot up a club and killed 12 people before taking his own life.

Ian Long suffered from PTSD.

He had a history of being troubled and yet he was allowed to retain his weapon.

The gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in California fired a bullet through the wall of his mother’s home during a volatile row in April and spent hours holed up inside until police coaxed him out but he was cleared by mental health officials and was somehow still allowed to own the Glock 45. used in Wednesday’s attack.

And that makes him like pretty much every other mass murderer. Mentally ill. The signs are almost always there and no one takes them seriously enough.
Read more here.

What can we do to give consequences to mental health professionals who lack the courage do the right thing and recommend to courts that crazy people be confined in treatment centers?

"But their uniforms will be well-tailored!"

French President Macron says Europe needs their own army to defend against China, Russia, and the United States! In front of Trump he says nationalism is the exact opposite of patriotism. You don't get to vote here in the United States, Macron. We get to decide who we want as our president!

“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

In Fungle Jungle, Mushroom writes,
Christianity is a lot easier to grasp than some would have us think, especially those who profit from keeping us confused and warring with and among ourselves. The kingdom of God is within you, Jesus said. Treat others as you would have them treat you. Don’t start trouble you can’t finish.

OK, that last one is my interpretation of “turn the other cheek” and “go the extra mile”. I cannot bring myself to accept pacifism. I have no desire to be an aggressor or to bully and intimidate other people. My natural man’s non-aggression view is summarized well by a quote from The Shootist – “I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

Yet, I believe Jesus does expect and even require me to accept wrongs and insults. He certainly accepted and endured undeserved abuse and suffering for my sake. We have all treated someone unfairly at some point so it behooves us to endure, overlook, and forgive wrongs done to us when it is a matter of personal loss or humiliation.

Conversely, I am certain the virtue of longsuffering does not mean refusing to resist those who would harm your family or deprive others of the right to life or liberty. I come back to Romans 12, where Paul tells us to detest evil but not to repay evil for evil or seek our own vengeance. He says, though, we are not to be overcome or conquered by evil. Instead, we are to conquer evil with good. To me, that means protecting those for whom I am responsible, stopping those who would do wrong, and resisting those who would intimidate, manipulate, and dominate.
Read more here.

On being risk-friendly rather than risk-averse

David Goldman writes in PJ Media,
As the hundredth anniversary of World War I approaches, we will hear endless variations on a lament for Western Civilization. All of them go more or less as follows: At the height of its prosperity, scientific discovery, and artistic achievement the nations of Europe inexplicably plunged into a mutual slaughter that prepared the ground for the greater slaughter of 1939-1945. That is simply wrong. Europe had done this sort of thing twice before, first in the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648 and again in the Napoleonic Wars of 1797-1814.

...The Europeans fought the Great War of 1914 to avoid becoming what they are today.

As I argued in a 2010 essay, that helps explain why Israelis so often play classical music better than anyone else. Not only did they inherit many of the best Central European teachers, but as a nation they are risk-friendly rather than risk-averse, and it is a sense of risk that informs great interpretations.

...We despise the culture because we abominate authority, tradition and loyalty, that is, virtues that Asians still cultivate. We abhor art that demands of us the recognition of higher authority - of genius subordinated to tradition and precedent - and prefer a levelling popular culture with which we can identify as supposed equals (see American Idolatry, Asia Times Online, August 29, 2006). But there is a dimension to Western art - its risk-friendliness, as it were - that most Asians will have difficulty understanding.

The childless, hedonistic Europeans of today are the same people who fought and died in their millions for king and country in 1618 or 1814. Anything worth living for is worth dying for; if we can think of nothing we would die for, it means that we have nothing to live for, either - like today's Europeans. Europe learned at length that blood and soil, Kultur and Grandeur, were not worth fighting for. But Europe could find nothing to live for after it forswore the national gods of its violent past. It is dying of enervation and ennui, disgusted with its past and unconcerned for its future, unwilling to bring sufficient numbers of children into the world to ensure its survival for another century.
Read more here.

"A country that put a man on the moon nearly fifty years ago can't invent a foolproof voting machine?"

Roger L. Simon writes in PJ Media,
It's not just Florida. Voting in this supposedly great democratic republic of ours is a national disgrace. A country that put a man on the moon nearly fifty years ago can't invent a foolproof voting machine? Something's wrong here -- and it's most likely deliberately wrong.

Too many people don't want to get it right. It may be the old story of the Evil Party and the Stupid Party.
Read more here.

"people who feel isolated, inadequate, insignificant — and resentful of being made to feel that way."

Kevin Williamson writes in National Review,
The age of easy and instantaneous connectivity, globalization, and related phenomena have created a new kind of “lonely crowd,” full of people who feel isolated, inadequate, insignificant — and resentful of being made to feel that way. There are many ways to assuage that loneliness, but many of them — family life, religion — have fallen out of fashion. Ordinary politics provides insufficient drama, as anybody who has observed the real business of government in action knows. Fantasy politics — I’m fighting the Nazis! — offers a lot more emotional oomph.
Read more here.

Hayward, Hanson and Steyn all together in one evening!

Bookworm had the privilege of attending an event in San Francisco where the speakers were Steven Hayward, Victor Davis Hanson, and Mark Steyn! Steyn poked fun at California.
Silly, yes, but no sillier than the coercive regulations that . . . I was going to say “drive California,” but that’s wrong. These regulations drive nothing. Instead, they bring California to a grinding halt. No wonder that Californians are fleeing the state. Of course, those who flee are too . . . dare I say stupid? . . . yes, stupid to realize that California is failing because of the Leftist politics that control the state. That’s why, when they move to Colorado or Texas, both of which were/are prosperous because government kept its grubby, greedy, all-powerful hands mostly to itself, they bring their damn, locust-like California politics with them. The result is a blue Colorado and a Texas election in which hard Left O’Beto managed to make a decent showing against Ted Cruz.

...After reminding us that California’s policies and instincts, when seen from 30,000 feet, are risible at best, Steyn got serious. He told us that VDH is correct that California’s real problem is that it is indeed a bifurcated society. This bifurcation shows up in the fact that the rule of law is gone. Instead, there is a class of people to whom the law does not apply, while everyone else in the state is hyper-regulated.

...But even as TSA workers are stopping granny’s pie, our government cannot stop 70,000 Latin American caravanners from storming our border. Heck, the latter are so confident of their welcome they’re suing us before they’ve even arrived, causing Steyn to say, “You can’t tell me they’re not eager to assimilate!”

...Meanwhile, even as our bureaucracy has abandoned the southern border, over which millions of illegals are flowing, it’s spending crazy sums of money and putting huge effort into policing the northern border, which has an average crossing rate in New Hampshire of about two people per hour. Steyn described crossing the border with his children around Easter, when his son was in happy possession of a Kinder Egg, a European treat that has chocolate on the outside and a toy in the middle. It turns out that, when you cross the border from Canada to the U.S. it’s no longer a toy. It is, instead, a “non-nutritive embed.” I won’t butcher Steyn’s funny, depressing story by trying to narrate it myself. Here’s how he told it at his blog:

I’d smuggle in a dirty nuke before I’d risk another Kinder egg in the car. Three Easters ago, the United States Government gave me a delightful seasonal gift of a Department of Homeland Security “Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence”. Late the previous night, crossing the self-same Quebec/Vermont border post, my children had had two boxes of “Kinder Eggs” (“Est. Dom. Value $7.50″) confiscated by Customs & Border Protection.

Don’t worry, it’s for their own safety. Hitherto, I had had no idea that the United States is the only nation on the planet (well, okay, excepting North Korea and Saudi Arabia and one or two others) to ban Kinder Eggs.

What’s not in the above blog post is the fact that, when Steyn’s son suggested letting the Customs agent have the chocolate, while the boy took the toy, the Customs agent got quite huffy about the son “disrespecting the process.” Steyn suddenly worried that his son was two answers away from Gitmo.

...In 1939, said Steyn, the average American had an 8th grade education. Those marginally-educated Americans — by modern standards — weathered the Depression, won WWII, and then drove America to become the greatest, richest country in the history of the world. Now, the average American goes through to “the 28th grade” but knows, and can do, less and less. The problem, of course, is that in those 1st eight years of our endless education, and extended adolescence process, they learned nothing. That addition 20 years don’t change that.

The ignorance that results from American education means we’re perpetually living in the Year Zero. Nobody knows history. It is, instead, a series of catch phrases that Leftists use to demonize people. As Steyn reminded us, just a couple of weeks ago, astronaut Scott Kelly, a man of great accomplishment, quoted Churchill’s “in victory, magnanimity” saying. Kelly was immediately lambasted because Churchill is now the avatar for racism and imperialism. Said Steyn, “In an age when everyone is literally Hitler, even Churchill is literally Hitler.” Thank goodness we laughed, because crying was the only alternative.

...Regarding post-election counts and recounts that, in the past 18 years at least, invariably result in surprise Democrat victories, Hanson said that the philosophy behind these late counts is that the all-knowing states know what good voters meant to do. It’s inconceivable that voters could have meant to support the -isms that so offend the Left: racism, sexism, homophobia, transgenderism, etc. This situation — in which the government kindly interprets your vote for you — puts us squarely in a post-bureaucratic world (which, after a night’s sleep, I would call a “post-bureaucratic dystopia”). A noble government, divining the true intent behind voters -isms, ensures that social justice carries the day for the good of all. Hanson added the sad truth that making the preceding argument at any American university today would get him fired.

Hanson also reiterated Steyn’s point that conservatives always lose the argument before they begin because they believe that they first must defend against the name-calling before reaching the main point. And because the Left defines terms, it’s impossible to defend against the assertion that you, as a conservative, are a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, white supremacist.

...The three men looked at whether America’s education system can or will change. One thing that hints at a possible systemic collapse is student loan debt, which now totals $1,500,000,000, with tuition ascending at a rate that exceeds inflation. Young Americans are destroying their financial futures so that they can spend six years getting degrees that will not lead to financially remunerative jobs. Aside from their innate Leftism, academics can keep students on this disastrous trajectory only by teaching them that it’s bad to get married, have babies, start businesses, or hold jobs that generate useful goods and services.

Hanson noted that, when he began his academic career, his local state college had no classes with the word “studies” in their name. Now, there are over 70. He characterizes “studies” classes as therapeutic exercises that neither teaching students facts nor critical thinking. Were it up to him, he would cut in half the number of students going to college. Steyn said he would cut the number by 80%. He also suggested that we should put Mrs. Bernie Sanders in charge of America’s colleges, because she managed within three years to wipe out completely the one college that she headed in Vermont.

Finally, all three men stated that our new hard Left social media technological overlords are dangerous. Trust busting seemed to be something of which they approved, with one of them (Hanson?) saying that Google is far more dangerous than big oil was more than 100 years ago, because big oil controlled only a product, while Google controls human knowledge.

One of the men pointed out that the tech companies have become more powerful than many governments. At which point someone (Steyn? Hayward?) said that he can imagine a poker game in Hell, with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot gathered around the table, when one of them exclaims, “We could have had true world domination if only we’d figured out that you just need to publish other people’s cat pictures.”
Read more here.

Why carrying a gun is a civilized act

In the Ace of Spades blog, co-blogger CBD introduces us to a post by Marko Kloos in the munchkin wrangler blog. It is entitled "why the gun is civilization."
Most of us have seen this post and nod vigorously in agreement. Hell, I posted it a few years ago, but it is always worth rereading, if for no other reason than to remind ourselves that guns are not evil, that the evil in this world comes not from objects (how can an inanimate object be evil?), but from people.
Kloos writes,
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

...When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
Read more here.

“So, Jerry, would you like some more creamed onions?”

Gerard Vanderleun writes here about one of America's heroes, his uncle.

The long shadows of the Great War

Mark Steyn writes about the importance of this day in history.
...Edward Grey was Britain's longest-serving Foreign Secretary, although, in contrast to contemporary foreign ministers, he had a modest appetite for foreigners: For his first eight years in the job, he never set foot abroad, and then only did so because he was obliged to accompany King George V on a State Visit to Paris in 1914. He served a prime minister, Asquith, who had little interest in foreign affairs and was unengaged by distant events in faraway places until late July of 1914 - by which time it was too late, and the great unraveling of world order had begun. Five years later, the German, Russian, Austrian and Turkish empires lay shattered, and in their ruins incubated Communism, Fascism and a hardcore post-Ottoman Islam. And in a more oblique sense the horrors of the trenches caused the ruling classes of the Great Powers to lose their civilizational confidence - and across a century they have never recovered it.
Read more here and watch a video Mark produced in April.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

"if Carlson didn't want to get mobbed, then he shouldn't have disagreed with them in the first place."

John Hinderaker notes that the satirical Babylon Bee gets the last word on the "Smash Racism" invasion of Tucker Carlson's home.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—After an antifa group was widely criticized for mobbing Tucker Carlson's home and chanting "We know where you sleep at night!" the group defended itself, pointing out that if Carlson didn't want to get mobbed, then he shouldn't have disagreed with them in the first place.

As critics denounced the frightening actions of the mob, the group stood firm, claiming it was Carlson's own fault for not parroting leftist talking points on his program.

"There's a really easy way not to get mobbed in public places or your own home: march in lockstep with the leftist agenda," said a Smash Racism D.C. spokesperson. "It's really simple."

"What'd you think we were gonna do, disagree civilly? Yeah, right!" he added.

The group also warned other people that if angry, violent protesters show up at their homes or places of business and threaten or assault them, it's their own fault. "You're really asking for it if you can't take the easy step of nodding your agreement to every position of the far left. We can't help ourselves, you know. Unhinged leftists will be unhinged leftists, after all."

"the Florida chadlands have been lovingly preserved as a wacky Recount theme park."

Mark Steyn has some thoughts about the recounts going on in Florida.
As I have said lo, these many years, when Republicans win elections, they have to win beyond the Margin of Lawyer. Otherwise, regardless of who won on Election Day, the Democrat always wins on Post-Election Day, because mysteriously all the missing ballot boxes found in dumpsters and recycling bins and the trunks of Democrat cars contain virtually no Republican votes. Alas, in the Sunshine State of Florida, the GOP's gubernatorial and senatorial candidates failed to win beyond the Margin of Lawyer, and as a result we're all discovering, two decades on, that the same institutional corruption that put US electoral integrity on a par with the Congo is still there, entirely unspoiled by progress. Everything else in the world has been transformed beyond recognition - newspapers, telephones, Bruce Jenner - but the Florida chadlands have been lovingly preserved as a wacky Recount theme park.'s time for the lawyers. Democracy in action: One man, one vote, one recount, one suit, one ex parte motion, one interlocutory appeal...

It was eighteen years ago that Florida's election systems were revealed to the world as both farcical and corrupt. But here we again, with nothing changed. Because apparently Floridians - or, at any rate, their political class, like it that way.
Go here to read much more about the 2000 election in Florida.

Why California is unsustainable

In Forbes, Thomas Del Beccaro writes about four reasons California is unsustainable as currently governed. 1. Infrastructure deficit
the Bay Area Council Economic Institute “pegs the cost of California’s unfunded infrastructure needs at up to $737 billion and possibly as much as $765 billion.”
2. Government debt
According to a January 2017 study, “California state and local governments owe $1.3 trillion as of June 30, 2015.”
3. California’s Taxes and Regulations.
When you consider the California legal system and its regulatory system, inclusive of the world’s most comprehensive global warming law, California is likely the most regulated state in the Country, if not the World.

California also is among the highest taxed states in the nation. California has the highest income tax rates. The top rate is 13.3%. The next closest top tax rate is in Oregon at 9.9%. However, Oregon does not have a sales tax. California has the 10th highest sales tax.

What is remarkable about the California income tax isn’t just that it has the highest rate, it is how little income it takes, just above $52,000, to qualify for California rate of 9.3%. Given the high cost of living in California, that means many Californians are subject to that rate.

...Also, California’s middle class has been hollowed. A recent CNBC headline read: "Californians fed up with housing costs and taxes are fleeing state in big numbers." Where are they going? Many have left for low tax states offering more jobs than California.

They have been replaced by those taking advantage of California’s magnet government policies, which increase California’s long-term spending needs. For those that remain, according to "California has the highest debt-to-income ratio in the country.”

Little wonder, the demographer Joel Kotkin concluded that “the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees.” It is also how California found itself with the worst poverty problem and why “California ranks dead last among U.S. states in quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News.”
4. The California governments: This is actually the number one reason for California's unsustainability!
Read more here.

"Today's psychiatric hospitals house less than a tenth of the people that they housed in 1950!"

People are afraid they might be violating someone else's rights, says Greg Gutfeld in his opening monolog on The Five on the mass murders in Thousand Oaks, California.

Yet, Dana Perino points out that the shooters mother was worried he might hurt someone, so police called in a psychiatrist who evaluated him and announced, "He is not a harm to himself or to others at this time."

Dana adds, "There is also the issue of liberty!"

Speaking as a retired social worker, I can tell you that the professions of psychology, psychiatry and social work are as much caught up in the Leftist ideologies as are the campuses producing snowflakes who don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. To ask anyone in these professions to have the courage to protect communities from nutcases is mostly folly.

Then, of course, there is Juan Williams who says, there are too many guns in this country! That was the final straw for me, so I don't know what other subjects they covered in this program which was aired November 8.

Macron insults America and Trump calls Macron's comments "Very insulting!"

White House correspondent for the Daily Mail, Francesca Chambers, writes a lengthy report taking every opportunity to jab at President Trump. She says he arrived in Paris at 10:07 p.m. and at 10:10 p.m. he was already blasting French President Macron on Twitter. Why? Because Trump apparently just learned that on November 6, Macron called for an EU army:
'We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America'.

Well, what does this White House correspondent expect? Does she still not know that President Trump will react negatively to anyone who insults America? This ain't Obama, sweetheart.
Read her biased but lengthy report here.


I discovered a new website for men. John Hawkins is the proprietor of a website called BRASSPILLS. Take a look here.

An effort to be optimistic about the power of our votes

His grandfather's thoughts

At the Ace of Spades blog, co-blogger KT writes about his grandfather who served in World War I.
I know I have shared the excerpt below before, but it seems fitting on this special anniversary year. These were some of my grandfather's thoughts as he prepared to return home from Europe at the end of World War I. He received more injuries than he let on in this letter to his father. He carried shrapnel in his back the rest of his life, and his life was saved by a small frying pan holding corned beef ("bully beef") which had been strapped to his back when a bullet hit. He buried a lot of men. Don't know how much that changed him, but when I was a child he was not very demonstrative. He struck me as living in an adult world where the concerns of children were left to other people.

After the war, he expressed willingness to serve again if he were needed.

"I am happy to say that peace seems to have come. I was slightly wounded in the right arm in the offensive we took part in on the Belgian front. I felt happy to be alive and safe and I look forward to coming home.
My sympathy goes out to those who will never go home and for those who expect to see friends and relatives who will never come back. I have come to the conclusion that life is a precious gift and is worth living, no matter what the difficulty, but we are so helpless to save it or preserve it that it is not worth while to consider our health and happiness and comfort above that of others. It is worth while sometimes to die, if death will serve to help others. When we think too much of our comfort we expose ourselves to more danger by disintegration than we do when we make a brave fight and face every danger and exposure.

I hope I come home from this war more of a man then I went into it. If I don't I'll feel that I have not played my part."
See the photo of his grandfather and read more here.

Tuesday's Results

Guest post
by Suzann Darnall

I am thrilled that the Republicans held the Senate and grateful that Texas kept Cruz while rejecting Beto. I am saddened about the House going Democrat and hate that some real Leftist nutcases got elected around the country. But, really and truly there was only one result on Tuesday that mattered to me. The results from my husband’s Whipple Procedure surgery.

He was in surgery for more than eight hours. They removed his gallbladder, part of his bile duct, part of his stomach, part of his pancreas, and part of his small intestine. But, the only truly important thing is that he lived! He made it through and he is now recovering. Even now I cannot get too excited or distraught about the midterm results, ‘cause I am only particularly worried about my husband and his progress. He may be in the hospital as long as two weeks and then will be unable to return to work until after the New Year.

This is a prime example of having an election and then life goes on. My life will be forever changed by what happened on Tuesday, but it will have nothing to do with politics. It will be all about the changes that my husband and I are undergoing due to the changes to his body. We will be awaiting test results, learning new eating habits, trying to figure how he can exercise without pain, praying he doesn’t develop diabetes, and so many other things that come about after a surgery of this magnitude. In the face of an event like this, what matters a few political changes here and there around the country?

My husband lived. He is recovering. He will be coming home. Thus, for me, Tuesday’s results were beyond amazing and I feel we most definitely won the day! Also, believe me, I have thanked my Lord for His mercy and kindness in preserving my eternal sweetheart.

I am sure a bit down the road I will feel more concern, once again, about politics. But, for now, I just want to celebrate that I won on Tuesday. My husband lived! What greater prize could I ever want???

Friday, November 09, 2018

"Smash Racism" fascist

This is the leader of "Smash Racism," the group that harassed Tucker Carlson's wife at the Carlson home last night. Dude's got quite a neck! Apparently, he has been on Tucker's program!

How the Chinese and Iranians caused devastating damage to our CIA communications system

In PJ Media, Michael Walsh writes about how our CIA communication system in the Obama administration suffered a catastrophic disaster.
...As I've been saying since the whole silly "Russian collusion" fantasy was concocted to explain away Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential election, Russia is our adversary, but China is our enemy. (So is Iran, and has been since the Carter administration.) The Chinese have repeatedly hacked their way into government networks, planted spies in the agencies and on the staffs of prominent Democrats, and have generally used their money and influence to gain access to American officials (beginning with the Clintons) and educational institutions. The American media is obsessed with the Russians' piddling efforts to interfere with the electoral process; meanwhile, the Chinese and the Iranians are stealing us blind.

This story now provides us a framework for looking at the high rate of turnover at CIA during this critical period during the first Obama administration, and perhaps offers some clues for the frantic nature of Iran nuclear deal, and the desperation with which some former administration officials still cling to it. Besides Obama himself, the guy with the clearest view of the whole mess is Brennan, and wouldn't it be interesting to get him before Congress to testify exactly just how and why things went so horribly wrong?

But that's a can of worms almost nobody wants to open -- not Brennan, nor the Agency, nor former Obama national-security types, and certainly not the media. And so the CIA no doubt has put a few more anonymous stars on the wall, honoring those agents who died in the bloodbath, and will have no public comment. Like doctors, intelligence agencies bury their mistakes. But when and if the true history of the Iran deal is written, it's going to be even worse than we ever suspected.
Read more here.

What happened 80 years ago today in Germany?

In The American Thinker, Gerry Gindler explains
what happened 80 years ago, November 9-10, 1938 in Germany. The unprecedented pogrom of the Jews got the name Kristallnacht – "Night of Broken Glass." Today, we are well aware of the approximate number of murdered Jews, destroyed businesses, and burned synagogues. The formal reason for the pogrom was the murder of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris by the Jewish teenager Herschel Grynszpan on November 7.

Unfortunately, few people know about the true causes of the pogrom.

Who created the conditions under which a mass pogrom of Jews in the Third Reich could even take place?

After the murder of the German diplomat, the propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, announced that neither the German government nor the ruling National Socialist Workers Party (NSDAP, AKA Nazi) would organize any protests in this regard. Goebbels knew what was going to happen. The government of Nazi Germany, although not formally involved in the detailed organization of the Kristallnacht, for several years was doing everything possible to make such a pogrom.

Since taking power in 1933, the Nazis had tightened the existing gun control laws. All German citizens, including Jews, were required to register their weapons, and for every firearm purchase, they must obtain a special permit from the authorities. In September 1935, all Jews were stripped of German citizenship. All Jews, without exception, were declared "untrustworthy" and deprived of most civil rights. Then, starting in December 1935, the Jews of Germany lost the opportunity to buy firearms and ammunition, but the Nazis had not yet executed a widespread confiscation of the existing weapons and ammunition.

Finally, in March 1938, a new gun control law was passed in Germany. In this law, the only mention of Jews was in the part that declared a total ban on Jews from participating in the production and trade of firearms and ammunition. However, this law, on the one hand, lifted restrictions of the possession of firearms by members of all Nazi-connected organizations (such as the NSDAP, the SA, and the Hitler Youth) and on the other hand prohibited the possession of firearms by all "untrustworthy" and those persons "relieved of their civil rights." By the law of 1935, not only Jews, but also all political opponents of the Nazi regime, as well as Gypsies and the homeless, were treated as "untrustworthy."

Due to the combined application of the laws of the Third Reich of 1935 and 1938, the confiscation of all firearms from German Jews was categorically legalized.
Read more here.

Late-arriving ballots in Florida Democratic strongholds

Brooke Singman reports in Fox News,
Post-election fight gains steam in Florida
Lawyers are descending on Florida as the state braces once again to become ground zero in a national election fight, and the epicenter appears to be Broward County where late-arriving ballots in Democratic strongholds are fueling accusations of political shenanigans.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has highlighted a range of possible problems in the county—including a suspected mystery truck delivery of ballots—and has criticized local officials for their molasses-like process of counting ballots in the Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Scott, Florida’s outgoing Republican governor, warned of possibly “rampant fraud,” and filed lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties as they continue to report new votes.

“Under #Florida law, county must upload by 7 p.m. day BEFORE election ALL early votes canvassed & tabulated by end of early voting & report results within 30 minutes of polls close. 60 hours after that deadline only 1 of 67 counties is still counting early votes, #BrowardCounty,” Rubio tweeted Friday morning.
Read more here.

Where is the President today?

Where is the President and First Lady today? En route to Paris, where
Trump will join fellow world leaders at a ceremony on Sunday commemorating the centennial of the agreement that ended World War I.
The president is also planning to visit several memorial sites dedicated to American service members in honor of Veterans Day
Read more here.

20,000? A well-kept secret!

Chris Perez reports in the New York Post,
Colorado residents will soon be able to choose “Gender X” on their driver’s licenses if they do not identify as male or female.

“This is an important step,” said Michael Hartman, executive director of the state’s Department of Revenue.

“People are people no matter their sex identification,” he told The Denver Post.

The change will reportedly go into effect on Nov. 30. It stems from two different court decisions, in which Coloradans were found in favor of switching the sex on their licenses.

...More than 20,000 people in the Centennial State identify as transgender, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
Read more here.

Who did the counting?

Manufactured outrage, Attempts to steal elections

JJ Sefton writes in the Ace of Spades blog,
Good morning kids. Friday at last and there are a number of things jumping all at once and as usual, they are all interrelated into the overarching theme of America at a crossroads. And frankly, all things considered - even with the miracle that is the first two years of the Trump era - the situation is very much in doubt.

First, absolute silence in the wake of Democrat-Left sponsored and sanctioned Antifa thugs harassing the home of Tucker Carlson (with the exceptions of Alyssa Milano and Stephen Colbert, believe it or not) which is being investigated by DC cops as a potential "hate crime." This is only the latest in a long list of acts of violence and intimidation agains the political opponents of the Democrat-Left and, as stated, fully sanctioned, encouraged and applauded at the highest levels of the Democrat Party and those in the legacy media.

Second, we have the naked and shameless attempt by officials in Florida and Arizona to actually steal the gubernatorial and senatorial elections away from the GOP and put them in the win column for the Democrats. And in Georgia, the same thing though seemingly that is going to be a tougher one to steal. Is it a sick coincidence or something else that the epicenter of this insanity is Broward County? So now a recount has been ordered, despite lawsuits justifiably flying from Rick Scott, and Bill Nelson has brought in none other than a lawyer from Perkins/Coie of fraudulent Russia Pee-Pee dossier infamy. While that's happening, 2,000 miles away in Arizona, the Democrats have got the forgers burning the midnight oil to manufacture the requisite number of ballots to declare victory without forcing a runoff. And "Tank" Abrams is now withdrawing her concession so she too can somehow overthrow the will of the people, though that one might be safe, for now.

Third, we have the manufactured outrage over the President legally and with cause firing Jeff Sessionszzz and hiring Matthew Whitaker as some sort of treasonous act that must be stopped. How, pray tell (see the first section about Tucker Carlson, I guess)? It's all intended to obfuscate and create an impression of guilt surrounding the President when in fact it's the very same people accusing him of treason that have committed acts that would, in olden days, required the replacing of the guillotine blades on a daily basis because of the number of heads that would roll.

Fourth, we have hack-in-black judges blocking two Trump items, the Keystone XL Pipeline and his ending of protections for the dreamy DREAMrs. No need to expand on this. The hackery and shameless unconstitutional power-grabbing speaks for itself.

Fifth, we have an item that all things considered would have been lost in the sauce with all of this crap but is nevertheless completely indicative of the rot that has infected our politics, government and justice system. Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the petty little tinplate tyrant who was a rising star in Lefty circles but was forced out because he had a penchant for slamming his warhead at helpless women (remember, there's supposedly a war on them) will face absolutely no charges for his sick misdeeds and crimes. But of course he's really sorry, mostly for getting caught. But when you're a Democrat you get a pass. Even for murder or manslaughter (see: Kennedy, Edward M.).
Read more here.

Isn't he the guy who encourages debate?

In the Daily Caller Mike Brest reports,
Fox News host Tucker Carlson openly discussed the mob that assembled by and vandalized his home Wednesday night on his show the next evening.

Carlson, who’s also a co-founder of The Daily Caller, was at the Fox News studio when the mob showed up at his Washington, D.C., home.

The police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

Carlson admitted that in spite of the upsetting events of the past 24 hours, he had seen proof in the aftermath that America is really a nice country. “If you work in our business, as you know, you can lose sight of that because you see the lunatics. Most people are not lunatics. Most people are humane, and decent and kind,” Carlson said. “It’s just been a great reminder of that and really a wonderful experience.”

“What’s it like to find out that your wife is hiding in the pantry because people are threatening her?” he continued. “I mean it’s upsetting. I guess I would say this. I’ve characterized the antifa people and people like them as protesters, but they are not. They weren’t protesting anything.”

Carlson added that before he was even able to reach his wife by phone, his brother and the police were able to get to her and make sure that she was safe.

“I got a bunch of texts from people, my neighbor saying something terrible is going on at your house. By the time I called my wife, [she] has the police and my brother there. I have a very large brother who lives a couple blocks away, thank heaven. We are close. He was there immediately. She’s standing in the kitchen waiting to go out to dinner, and people started pounding on the door, really hitting the door hard and screaming, threatening. She thought it was a home invasion.”

“She didn’t do anything wrong, why were they screaming at her, I mean the whole thing was completely grotesque. The effect is to make it impossible to open your mail,” Carlson added. “One thing they did, I think the worst thing that they did, was they put my home address on the Internet and they put a poster right in front of my house with my home address on it and they filmed it. They taped it and they put the tape on the Internet. You know, I can’t have my kids stay home alone now. I’m a normal person, I live in a normal neighborhood.”

“We lose sight again of the fact that the country is overwhelmingly normal people who don’t think that this is acceptable. Our conversation publicly has been hijacked by extremists like this and I worry that if we don’t stand up to them and say, I’m sorry, this is not allowed, you can’t threaten people into silence, the rest of us are very passive in the face of this,” he added.

“I’m not personally, I don’t feel threatened physically. But, you know, I have five other people in my house, and maybe they do. That’s the point. If I’m walking down the street and someone comes up and says, I violently disagree with you,” Carlson concluded. “Okay, let me hear about it. But to do this is a form of intimidation. Why are we describing it as a protest? It a protest in the sense that when the mafia tells a store owner, I would hate to have this place destroyed, that’s not a protest, it’s a threat. That’s what this is.”

Carlson called into his own show, which was being hosted by “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade because Carlson was supposed to be on vacation.

"stupid violent pampered criminal goons"

Mark Steyn has this to say about the goons who surrounded Tucker Carlson's house, broke an oak door, and shouted,
"Tucker Carlson, we will fight.
We know where you sleep at night."
On Wednesday night Tucker Carlson was subject to an outrageous thug assault on his home by pampered decadent "anti-fascists" and "anti-racists" who have no idea what those words mean - and that, when you're battering on a front door and forcing the woman inside to hide in the pantry in terror, you're the fascist. Tucker is one of the sharpest and most perceptive analysts of the real underlying ailments in our society, which is why the mob would just as soon shut him up. I'm privileged to make a small contribution to his show, and to have lent a hand to his recent book launch, and to have hosted him when he's broadcast his show for the full hour from our North Country studio. There would be a big hole in American public discourse if he were to be forced from the scene. So, of course, stupid violent pampered criminal goons who wouldn't last two minutes with him in a debate instead threaten his wife - and his brother, and his college room-mate. And you know they're serious and that this is a strategic choice because they have their latest crappy witless jingle all ready:

Tucker Carlson, we will fight.
We know where you sleep at night.

This is an appalling reflection on where our politics is headed. In recent years I've seen enough friends in Europe forced out of public life and into hiding by Islamic fanatics in the cause of their lunatic caliphate. To see the same template adopted by 28-year-old Navel-Gazing Studies resistance poseurs is pathetic but disturbing nevertheless. Did they mean to assault him and his family? Or were they just mouthing off? Well, they broke an oak door. But, in any case, that's not a calculation that should be forced on even as decayed a public discourse as ours. These are not the poor and downtrodden: The poseur resistance is largely what Americans call "upper middle-class", for whom identification, arrest, trial and conviction would have serious consequences. We will see whether the District of Columbia has the will to do that - or, as in other US cities, whether they're content to cede the streets to the paramilitary wing of Media Matters.

"Liberalism is like a nude beach. It sounds good until you get there!"

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Who is she?

Does anyone in the world know the name of the White House staffer who tried to take the microphone away from Jim Acosta? I would like to know more about her. Neither Google nor DuckDuckGo could tell me anything about her.

She is as sharp as can be!

Kellyanne Conway tries to leave the White House grounds and go home to her mouthy husband but is met by the media so she answers questions as she tries to walk.

Jim Jordan would be a Minority Leader on whom President Trump could rely!

Is Hillary Clinton now "home free?" The Obama DOJ? The Obama FBI?

"Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility.”

So said Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen today in a joint press release.

Read more here.

Dead man who owned several brothels elected to Nevada state legislature!

Rachel Gutman reports in The Atlantic,
On Tuesday night, a man dubbed “America’s most famous pimp” was elected to Nevada’s state assembly, despite owning several brothels, facing an investigation into rape allegations, and also being dead.
Read more here.

900 protests of the firing of Jeff Sessions! Really?

I would not have expected this: large protests are happening in New York City right now over the firing of Jeff Sessions! I didn't know Jeff had so many friends on the left. Here is the scene in Times Square, courtesy of the Guardian, a Left-wing rag in the UK, which says there have been 900 protests nationwide! I find that number hard to believe.

Appreciation for those who keep us safe

Is there any other country besides America where the police show up to guarantee your free speech as they are doing for Klavan and Knowles on their college campuses appearances?

Democrats continued to make inroads into college educated suburban areas. Can we stop colleges from educating students to become idiots? A group of students gagged themselves with duct tape during the Klavan and Knowles appearance at Loyola Marymont College last night. Andrew thinks conservative students should demand college administrators start hiring conservative professors who could debate Leftist professors and students could make up their own minds. After the speeches last night some of the most fragile students were given safe spaces!

On Monday we celebrate the end of World War I. Do you know why it began? After the war the Left seized the narrative, as they are very good at doing. They sold the idea that the problem was nationalism. Europe died; the entire civilization was destroyed. Andrew does not think it is going to survive another century in its present form. World War I also destroyed the concept of patriotism for Europeans.

Kellyanne's husband blasts a Trump decision again

Isn't it strange that Kellyanne Conway's husband George continues to publicly disagree with President Trump? She seems always to be on the same page with Trump, but her husband constantly speaks out in opposition to Trump policies. The latest disagreement is over President Donald Trump‘s pick for interim Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker.
Read more here.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fallen and broken three ribs.

Read more here.

The numbers

Credit: Bookworm

California politicians' biggest critic

Victor Davis Hanson answers a tweet from a California woman who prefers Silicon Valley to the nation's "hinterlands." She is Melinda Byerley, Founder, TimeshareCMO. Victor writes,
Thousands of Silicon Valley tech workers, in addition to tens of thousands of low-wage and often minority laborers, live in their automobiles and vans which dot streets where they work—especially in the environs of the signature companies of Silicon Valley.

Multiple families cram into single Redwood City homes. Why, when the market capitalization of companies like Apple, Facebook and Google reaches nearly three trillion dollars, and there are vast expanses of open land between the Pacific Ocean and freeway 280, are not there not affordable housing projects, especially in a state that virtue-signals its egalitarianism?

You may think the hinterland is, in your words, a “sh**hole”, but your own state is home to the most impoverished residents in the nation, where outbreaks of hepatitis and typhus are now not uncommon. California’s poverty rate ranges at about 20 percent of the resident population; one-third of the nation’s residents on some form of public assistance now live in California. Wealth disparity is among the most acute in the nation. Crime now makes many California cities quite unsafe.

In fact, hundreds of California businesses are relocating to red-state America, often in areas without the natural beauty and climate of California, given that they find the infrastructure, government regulations, schools, safety, and power and fuel costs far superior to those in California. New changes in the tax codes and continued depressing news about rising California crime, homelessness, failing schools and public agencies may accelerate the trend.

The people of rural America outside California in fact have a lot going for them. They are hardly “stupid”, and they feel no need to flee the public-school system. As far as bars go, I think there may well be more bars per capita in cities of California, Silicon Valley included, than what I have seen in places like Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio.

Again, I bear no animus toward you. I wrote not “pot-shots,” but simply quoted your own words—as did hundreds of other writers and journalists who found them emblematic, as I did, of a cultural and political denseness that helps to explain the Trump victory. Your current scurrilous tweet alleging that I am a Nazi sympathizer only confirms your original unhinged posting. So not only do you write recklessly and inaccurately, but you display a certain crudity perhaps unbecoming of a CEO of a corporation. That you couch your views with an aura of self-assumed cultural superiority is really quite sad.
Read more here.

Murders at a country dance bar last night

Krysta Fauria of the Associated Press brings us the story of the horrific murders in California last night.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen people are dead after a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly “college night” Wednesday in Southern California, sending hundreds fleeing in terror including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said.

The dead included 11 people inside the bar, the gunman and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean said at a news conference early Thursday in the parking lot of the Borderline Bar & Grill. “There’s blood everywhere.”

The gunman was tall and wearing all black with a hood over his head and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations at the scene. He first fired on a person working the door then appeared to open fire at random at the people inside, they said.

Many more people had more minor injuries, including some that came from the attempt to flee, Dean said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m., the sheriff said. They heard gunfire and went inside.

Helus was immediately hit with multiple gunshots, Dean said. The highway patrolman cleared the perimeter and pulled Helus out, and waited as a SWAT team and scores more officers arrived.

By the time they entered the bar again the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman.

It’s not yet clear how the gunman died, and authorities do not yet know his name or have any idea of a motive, Dean said.

President Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to offer his condolences to the victims and their families as well as praise law enforcement on the scene.

"The rules you make for others are the rules you make for yourselves."

Ace of Spades explains CNN's history of defending the "Activists" who invaded Tucker Carlson's property last night. The group is called "Smash Racism." The thugs involved are the same people who shouted at Ted Cruz and his wife at a DC restaurant.
Read more here.

"There is no viable Semi-Detached-from-Trump party."

He's here, she's gone: Brett Kavanaugh with one of the kamikaze Democrats who voted against him, Clare McCaskill.

While some votes were still being counted yesterday, Mark Steyn wrote,
Yes, "suburban women" are antipathetic to the President, but it is nevertheless a fact that there's a Democrat party and a Trump Republican party but there is no viable Semi-Detached-from-Trump party.

Two years ago, when Democrats and celebrities started yakking about boycotting the inauguration, Trump should have moved the ceremony to a simple swearing-in by whatever judge or justice of the peace was to hand down on the southern border, followed by a ceremonial laying of the first brick of the Trump Wall. He was not elected to be a conventional president, and the conventional types - the bureaucracy, media, Ryan - were determined to obstruct him from Day One. Trump was stiffed by his own party on, inter alia, Obamacare - which, insofar as the Dems had an issue last night, was a biggie. He's not going to get much legislation with a Pelosi House, but he didn't get much with a Ryan House, did he? So the Wall is either dead, or will have to be accomplished via some artful sidestep, such as devious re-purposing some funds deep within Homeland Security or the Pentagon or wherever, and taking the heat from whichever twerp District Court jurist strikes it down.

The Senate, unlike the House, at least confirms judges and cabinet officials. If the GOP gets to 54 or 55 seats, it's thanks to Trump, and he should take advantage of it to do some re-jigging of the team. Moving Jeff Sessions to Homeland Security and Kris Kobach into Justice wouldn't be a bad start.

~Speaking of waves (at least with respect to the Florida coast), I'm relieved about the Sunshine State races, and not just because Senator Bill Nelson with his peculiar rictus grin was one of the most ridiculous of the podium grandees on the day I testified in Washington on climate change. Nelson a-huffed and a-puffed on how there was water in the streets of Miami Beach. Well, I said, why not do what the Dutch coast and the Thames Estuary and St Petersburg (Russia) have done and build a flood barrier? That's a few million bucks, and it's up and running in a few years. Whereas attempting to re-set the thermostat of the planet will do nothing for water in the streets of Miami Beach.

Alas, taking focused local action doesn't offer Senator Nelson as many opportunities for planet-saving virtue-signaling. So good riddance to him, and we'll see how his opponent, Rick Scott, fares in Washington.

In the gubernatorial race, another Republican prevailed - notwithstanding, as I wrote a few weeks back, his shameful association with yours truly:

The Washington Post has certainly got the goods on the GOP's Ron DeSantis - because he made the mistake of attending a conference whose speakers included, me.

So last night was an important result. Association with Steyn is not necessarily fatal to political viability.

~Colorado elected the first openly gay governor, but Vermont declined to elect the first transgender governor. I'm bored with all these supposedly historic "firsts" - as I said to a Dem activist on "Tucker" a couple of months back, where's the first Muslima transgender? Yeah, okay, maybe I scoffed too soon: Kansas did manage to elect the first lesbian Native American ex-MMA fighter. But I do think that, if you examine the margins in the other statewide races, it's not unreasonable to posit an intriguing hint of "transphobia" among Green Mountain Democrats. That's an interesting glimpse of the limits of identity politics.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

A chop on her bicep...

Now the White House has revoked Jim "Look at me" Acosta's press pass.

Let's look again at the moment where a female White House intern attempts to take the microphone away from Jim Acosta after Trump clearly tells him "That's enough!" Acosta does give the intern a chop on her lower bicep as he refuses to allow her to take the microphone. She turns to Trump and then squats down to not get in between Trump and Acosta.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted tonight,
President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern...

and...Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters...

and...over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration

Leftist mob goes to Tucker Carlson's home tonight

Fascist antifascists went to Tucker Carlson's home in DC tonight.

They chanted into a loud megaphone, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight!
We know where you sleep at night!”

Tucker's dog wanted a piece of them, but I recommend a bigger dog, Tucker.

The deal-making will become more complex now.

Ann Althouse makes this interesting observation:
I think Trump will enjoy this phase of the game. It was getting boring for him. The deal-making needs to be more complex to be at the level of The Artist of the Deal. Whether he figures out clever moves or not, his antagonists will always fear his strange tricks, and that fear alone may trip them up.
Read more here.

Thankfully, we have a fighter in the White House

Don Surber writes,
Tea Party grandmas did not take over the House.

Bloodthirsty socialists did.

Act accordingly.
Read more here.

Jeff Sessions has resigned!

Jeff Sessions has resigned at the request of President Trump! Ace of Spades quotes an analysis from someone named Christopher Taylor, but no link is given. I agree that Taylor has it right.
Kinda sad in one way. Sessions was an early Trump supporter and I think he's a good guy. He's clearly on the side of law and order and was getting some good stuff done. But he clearly was not the right temperament for the job and obviously trusted his fellow Justice Dep't people far more than they deserved.

His failure to act over and over when it was clear as a leader he should (such as when they were stonewalling Congress on documents, defying direct orders from the president, etc) made it obvious the man was not fit for the position at this time.

If we had a good DOJ that had not spent the last 24 years being infected by hard left radicals, he probably would have been the perfect choice. But he either refused or could not see how many people were in his department who were far more interested in leftist power than justice and law.

And so he needed to go.
Read more here.

To me it is a signal that Trump is not going to put up with any more shenanigans from the DOJ people like Rosenstein.

More analyses of the midterms

Bookworm, like many of us, is trying to understand what yesterday's elections will mean to tomorrow's America.
Trying to convince myself that, while a Democrat-majority House will be very, very bad, Trump will not abandon the American people and may still win 2020.

Democrat-majority House Divided CongressIn no particular order, here are my thoughts on the morning after an election that saw Republicans gain strength in the Senate, while losing their majority in the House:

1. We kept the Senate, which matters when it comes to the judiciary (phew!) and Trump’s ability to get his people appointed.

2. Trump can continue to dismantle the regulatory state, which is huge.

3. Trump still has a free hand with foreign policy and I like his approach to foreign policy.

4. The Democrats will use their hold on the House to escalate their open border policy, but I think (hope) Trump as the executive still has the stronger hand on this. I also hope (think) that the American people will not appreciate an open border, especially minorities who are always on the front line when it comes to illegal immigrants taking jobs and introducing new crime into a region.

5. What’s going to come out of the House in the upcoming years will be, literally, insane. Sarah Hoyt is very worried that Trump, who is committed to deal-making, will cave or, to use a Bill Clintonesque term from 1994, “triangulate”

...Bookworm provides links to analyses by Sarah Hoyt and Don Surber today.

Surber also points to the fact that we’re not dealing with Tip O’Neil era Democrats who were, admittedly, corrupt and power-hungry, but they were neither communists nor were they insane. What we’ll have for the next two years is a big fraction of our government consisting of people like Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, and Alexandria Occasional-Cortex.

...As any sentient being knows, and as both Surber and Hoyt agree, the next two years will be taken up with non-stop efforts to destroy Trump personally (Russia collusion will take center stage for another two years, with Mueller, Comey, Brennan, and Clapper finally in a congenial room), to elevate and protect the corrupt Deep State, to attack businesses that have not made obeisance to Leftist governance, to raise taxes, to open the border, and to de-fund the military.

But here’s the difference between Surber and Hoyt — Surber has more faith in Trump than Hoyt does:

..."If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!

He did everything he could to keep the midterms from being a blue wave. He succeeded in expanding his party’s majority in the Senate.

Voters deposed four incumbent opposition party senators. In the last nine midterms 114 opposition incumbents ran and only four lost. You have to go back to FDR in 1934 to have a president do better."

Surber ends on a “this will get worse before it gets better” note, but he thinks Trump will stay on the side of Americans, rather than abandoning them.

I’m inclined to agree with Surber, not just because I’m trying to turn my eyes away from the worst possible outcome, but also because Trump is not Clinton. That’s kind of a “duh! obvious” statement, but I actually mean it in two very specific ways.

First, Trump is a Republican, not a Democrat. When Clinton pivoted to the center, the media continued to love him. Because Trump is a Republican, even if he pivots to the center, the media will continue to despise him and seek his total destruction. Trump, no dunce, knows this. In other words, there’s no political or social benefit to him to engage in deal-making with a completely radicalized Democrat Party.

Second, Clinton lived to be loved. Trump, on the other hand, lives for the fight. Sure, he loves to make deals, but he also understands that he is in a cage match to the death here. Yielding to the Left will not earn him their respect, whether we’re talking about Leftists in the media, Congress, academia, or the streets. They will continue to call him Hitler. The only thing that yielding to them will do is destroy his base on the right. The Americans who have so stalwartly supported Trump will see him as a turncoat, so much so that they might even primary him in 2020. Conservatives love Trump because he fights; if he stops fighting, he is a double loser, on both the Left and the right.

6. This election outcome really isn’t anomalous, although it’s stupid. Americans frequently turn on the White House party during mid-terms. At least conservatives didn’t lose Congress entirely and (referring to Item 1, above) if you’re only going to hold onto half of Congress, the Senate is more useful than the House.

7. I’m reminding myself not to feel stressed. The die is cast. All I can do now, from my powerless position at my computer, is watch events play out. My hope is that the Democrats repulse America with their unleashed insanity and that Trump continues to be a masterful strategist and persuader. If things go sour for all of America, I’ll have to deal with that outcome’s effect on me and my family. But I can’t let the stress take hold now, when nothing has happened yet and the show is just about to begin.

I’d hoped for a different outcome, but you play the hand given you. Sadly, if you’re me, unless you get a winning hand in the first instance, you pretty much lose, because you’re neither a strategist nor a tactician. I have more faith in Trump’s ability to play the hand he was dealt, though, and can only pray that he positions himself and a conservative Republican party for victory in 2020. If we lose then, especially if the hard-Left, hard-stupid Kamala Harris takes the White House and Democrats take Congress . . . well, that’s when I’ll have my nervous breakdown.

(By the way, a friend suggested that a true identity-politics Democrat ticket in 2020 would be the Native American/Hispanic ticket of Warren and Beto. Made me laugh.)
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Press conference fireworks

In this morning's press conference, President Trump explains to CNN's Jim Acosta why he considers the migrant caravan an invasion. Acosta does not accept Trump's explanation. Trump tells him his question period is over. Acosta keeps explaining to the President that Acosta knows better than Trump the nature of the caravan. Trump tells him to "put down the mic" and a young woman attempts unsuccessfully to take the microphone away from Acosta. Trump then blasts Acosta for the way he treats Sarah Huckabee Sanders and tells him CNN should be ashamed of Acosta and should fire him.

Then another reporter named Peter defends Acosta and Trump tells the other reporter, "I'm not a big fan of yours, either."

He will not tolerate racist insinuations!

How many times have you heard a white male tell a black female she is insulting him by asking a racist question? Here is Trump admonishing a woman from the PBS News Hour. He does not put up with her racist question for one second!

"Maybe next time, they will think before attempting to ruin a man's life without forethought. Nah..."

While we are benefiting from the wisdom of Instapundit Glenn Reynolds' post on the midterm elections in USA Today, let's take note of what the Instawife thought was a takeaway of importance here.
I think it speaks volumes about the American people that they didn't like the way Democrats smeared a man without proof and so easily. Maybe next time, they will think before attempting to ruin a man's life without forethought. Nah...

The purple puddle

In USA Today, Glenn Reynolds gives us his thoughts on yesterday's elections in a piece entitled Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle. Read his thoughtful analysis here.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Of squishes and not-so-big stars

Drudge is reporting that three of the stars of the "new" Democratic Party, Gillums in Florida, O'Rourke in Texas, and Abrams in Georgia have been defeated. I was happy to see Mike Braun win in Indiana, as I was worried the Libertarian candidate would subtract from his total.

The horrible news of the night is that Nancy Pelosi's Democrats will now have a narrow majority in the House. 14 House seats have flipped from Republican to Democrat, while only 1 flipped from Democrat to Republican. Why do I say horrible? Because the Dems will prevent any further revelations of corruption in the Obama Justice Department and FBI and life won't get any easier for our President.

I was really happy to see Ron DeSantis win the Governor race in Florida.

Glenn Reynolds reports at Instapundit,
Mitt Romney wins in Utah. I expect him to fill the Corker/Flake squish role.

"Trump is the ultimate nemesis of the Left!"

Dennis Prager: "There is more fear of the Left in the United States than there is fear of God. When you bust that fear, it's over!"

Final forecasts in the races for the House and Senate

For what it is worth here are the final forecasts of the FiveThirtyEight blog in the races for the Senate and the House. They missed the Trump election badly, but are still highly regarded for some reason.

A Magna Carta for the web?

Do you know this man? He is Tim Berners Lee. What has he done so far in his life? Not much. Oh, he did invent the internet in 1989. What is he doing now? Well, he is trying to launch a 'Magna Carta for the web' to save the internet from abuse, according to Laurence Dodds at the Telegraph.
The 63-year-old was speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon to launch a new "contract for the web" which asks internet companies to uphold a set of principles such as protecting privacy and being transparent about their algorithms.

...Sir Tim said: "For the first 15 years, most people just expected the web to do great things. They thought 'there'll be good and bad, that is humanity, but if you connect humanity with technology, great things will happen....

"What could go wrong? Well, duh: all kinds of things have gone wrong since. We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have problems with abuse of personal data, we have people being profiled in a way that they can be manipulated by clever ads."

Sir Tim, who developed the Web as a "side project" while working at the Cern research laboratory in Switzerland in the Eighties, has become increasingly vocal about what he sees as a perversion of his original vision.

He recently warned that tech giants such as Amazon and Google may have to be broken up in order to prevent them from amassing too much power, and has launched a project to decentralise data storage.
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Don't even think about giving up!

Okay, now I must go find someone else to talk to!

At about the 1:43 mark in this video, the CNN reporter asks a Georgia voter whom she voted for in the governor's race. She tells him, and then says, "I always vote conservative. "I always vote for freedom!" He responds, "freedom! Okay, this is a loyal Republican here," and abruptly does an about-face to find someone else to talk to!

Black Panthers brandish weapons in support of Democrat candidate for governor in Georgia

Jason Hopkins reports in the Tennessee Star,
Members of the Black Panther Party marched through the city of Atlanta, strapped with assault rifles and brandishing Stacey Abrams campaign signs.

I wonder where Stacy Abrams stands on gun control. What do you want to bet she is for gun control? Read Hopkins' article here.

Watch the Black Panthers' video here.

Take it to the bank!

In the Washington Post (of all places), Mark Thiesson praises President Trump's record of keeping his promises.
...when it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness — keeping his promises — Trump is a paragon of honesty. For better or worse, since taking office Trump has done exactly what he promised he would.

Trump kept his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something his three immediate predecessors also promised yet failed to do. He promised to “crush and destroy ISIS,” and two years later he is on the verge of eliminating the Islamic State’s physical caliphate. He promised to impose a travel ban on countries that he saw as posing a terrorist threat, and after several false starts the final version of his ban was upheld by the Supreme Court. He promised to punish Syria if it used chemical weapons on its people, and, unlike his immediate predecessor, he followed through — not once but twice.

Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia,” and now Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh sit on the high court. Trump also pledged to fill the federal appellate courts with young, conservative judges, and so far the Senate has confirmed 29 — more than any recent president at this point in his administration.

Trump vowed to pass historic tax reforms and signed the first major overhaul of the tax code in three decades. He vowed an unprecedented regulatory rollback, with a strict policy to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation. In his first year, he achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory savings and is on track to achieve an additional $9.8 billion this year.

During the campaign, he told African American voters, “What do you have to lose? . . . I will straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back. We’ll bring spirit back.” On his watch, African American unemployment reached the lowest level ever recorded, and his tax reform included a little-noticed provision creating “Opportunity Zones” to try to revitalize struggling towns and inner-city communities.

Trump promised to cancel President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris climate accord, approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. He fulfilled all of those pledges.

On trade, he kept his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. He also committed to renegotiating NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement — and recently signed new deals with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. He committed to imposing tariffs on China to force it to open its markets and stop its theft of intellectual property — and is following through on that pledge. Whatever one thinks of Trump’s trade policies, he is doing exactly what he said.

The president pledged historic increases in defense spending, and delivered. He pledged to bring back manufacturing jobs, and manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest pace in more than two decades. He pledged to sign “Right to Try” legislation to give dying Americans access to experimental treatments, and did. He pledged to take on the opioid epidemic and will soon sign a sweeping bipartisan opioids package into law.

Where Trump has failed to keep promises, such as building the wall or repealing Obamacare, it has not been for a lack of trying. Only in a few rare instances has he backtracked on a campaign pledge — such as when he admitted that he was wrong to promise a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and reversed course. I’m glad he did.

But whether one agrees or disagrees is not the point. When Trump says he will do something, you can take it to the bank. Yes, he takes liberties with the truth. But unlike his predecessor, he did not pass his signature legislative achievement on the basis of a lie (“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it ”) — which is clearly worse than falsely bragging that your tax cut is the biggest ever.

The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise - keeping. He’d probably say it’s the best in history — which may or may not end up being true. It’s too soon to tell.
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