Monday, October 21, 2019

Trump allows the press to sit in for the first hour of today's cabinet meeting.

Sundance writes in the Conservative Treehouse,
Earlier today President Trump held a cabinet meeting and permitted the U.S. media to stay in attendance for the first hour. No U.S. President has ever allowed this level of transparency in government. After brief statements, the president took multiple questions from the assembled press pool.
Read the transcript or watch the video here.

Did you know about this?

In FrontPage Magazine, Michael Ledeen tells us that October 16 was the
accursed anniversary of the roundup of the Jews of Rome in the fall of 1943. Roman Jews did not believe that Mussolini would turn them over to the Nazis, but they forgot about the census of the country’s Jews conducted at the time of the Racial Laws. That census provided the Nazis with a door-by-door guide to the residences of Jewish citizens, and enabled the Nazis to arrest most all of them and ship them to Auschwitz and other death camps.

On the 16th of October, the day that Cecil Roth calls the “blackest day in the long history of Roman Jewry,” a monster raid was unleashed on the Jewish homes in the former Ghetto neighborhood and on the pricier residences outside. More than a thousand victims were loaded onto trucks and thence onto a train. The train passed through Orte, Chiusi, Florence, Bologna and the German frontier. As Roth puts it, “we will perhaps never know at what death-camp in Eastern Europe these unhappy victims of man’s inhumanity to man met their end.”

The Nazi extermination of the Italian Jews went on apace, with Rome as a model. City by city was stripped of its Jews: a hundred in Florence on November 6; thereafter Venice, Ferrara and Genoa. The Nazi occupation forces announced that Italian Jews would be treated as non-citizens; they were to be summarily arrested, and their property was seized.
Read more here.

Will Hollywood ever come up with another Clint Eastwood?

Christian Toto wonders how and where Hollywood will ever come up with another Clint Eastwood. He gives a quick history of Eastwood's career as an actor, then as a director. Now, at age 89,
Enter “Richard Jewell.”

The upcoming film tracks the heroic security guard accused by the both the press and the FBI of planting a bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics. In reality his quick instincts likely saved lives. The explosion killed one person and hurt dozens. That toll could have been worse had Jewell not hustled many out of the area after he discovered the bomb.

...The real Jewell, who died at the age of 44 in 2007, sued CNN, the New York Post and NBC for its biased coverage. The Eastwood movie’s trailer, in turn, all but shouts “Fake News.” The film, based on the Vanity Fair article “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” stars Paul Walter Hauser as the title character.

Would any other American filmmaker tackle this subject, zeroing in on the media along the way? Studios are far more eager to cheer the press on screen despite the public’s crumbling trust in the institution.

Toto takes a look at a couple of would-be Eastwood successors, and then concludes,
He makes movies for the Everyman, regardless of the industry’s progressive winds. He’s an American original, a star whose connection with the movie-going public endures.

There’s no one in Hollywood who comes close to his ever-expanding legacy.
Read more here.

"Alabama, put me in the game!"

"Ask her if she got a sister!"

"But promising free sh*t isn't necessarily evil. What's evil is when you also tell them: (a) you have a right to it, and (b) if you don't have it, it's because someone is deliberately keeping you from having it."

Oregon Muse in his Morning Rant:
"We all know that progressivism is an insidious evil, but I'm wondering if only part of it is. That is, one part is evil, and the other merely stupid.
"Kind of like our main political parties.

"Progressivism has a lot of stupid ideas, mostly involving giving away free sh*: free education, free medical care, and now federally-subsidized tampons, so you younger 'ettes can now ride the cotton pony in style. Of course, none of this stuff is actually "free", somebody has to pay for it, which is one of the reasons why it's stupid.

"But promising free sh*t isn't necessarily evil. What's evil is when you also tell them: (a) you have a right to it, and (b) if you don't have it, it's because someone is deliberately keeping you from having it. Because once you start going down that path, you create all sorts of bitterness and anger in yourself to people you don't even know who do who-knows-what to keep you from getting what you believe is rightfully yours and you get into the habit, the very bad habit, of blaming your troubles on others.

"And you'll always have a ready excuse for your own laziness or incompetence and the laziness and incompetence of like-minded friends.

"America can survive a "bad president", but it cannot survive the normalization of the Comey-Brennan-Clapper-McCabe rogue state."

Read Mark Steyn's October 14 essay here.

"Why does the NBA appease the Communist Chinese?"

"they hate his guts because he is trying and often succeeding to restore a conservative America"

Victor Davis Hanson, my number one favorite author and writer, writes in part in American Greatness,
...The humanists and social justice warriors of Hollywood, from Madonna to Johnny Depp, cannot agree whether their elected president should be beheaded, blown up, stabbed, shot, or incinerated. All the Democratic would-be presidential nominees agree that Trump is the worst something-or-other in history—from human being to mere president.

Former subordinates like Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosa, and Michael Cohen insist that he is a racist, a sexist, a crook, a bully, or mentally deranged—and they all support their firsthand appraisals on the basis they eagerly worked for him and were unceremoniously fired by him.

The so-called deep state detests him. An anonymous op-ed writer in the September 5, 2018 New York Times bragged about the bureaucracy’s successful efforts to ignore Trump’s legal mandates—a sort of more methodical version of the comical Rosenstein-McCabe attempt to stage a palace coup and remove Trump, or the Democrats efforts to invoke the 25th Amendment and declare Trump crazy, bolstered by an array of Ivy League psychiatrists who had neither met nor examined him.

...The House Democrats simply want him impeached first, and later will fill in the blanks with the necessary high crimes and misdemeanors.

Most of the prominent New York-Washington, D.C. insider Republican pundits abhor him. The creed of a NeverTrumper is that it is well worth the effort to see the current Republican president removed, and his administration imploded—even if that means four or eight years of an Elizabeth Warren, a Bernie Sanders, or a Joe Biden agenda as voiced in the debates. That would likely mean Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, slavery reparations, permissible infanticide in the case of late-term abortions, a wealth tax, and a generally socialist platform, from renouncing student debts to veritable open borders.

But what drives this unprecedented furor, given the economy has reached near-record low peacetime unemployment at 3.5 percent, resulting in millions of inner-city youth and poor being sought after by labor-needy employers? What is so evil about attracting the lower-middle classes to the Republican Party, and shedding its stereotype as a party of the golf links and corporate retreats?

Workers’ pay has risen to a net per capita gain of $5,000 since Trump took office. The U.S. energy industry is booming as the world’s largest producer of gas and oil, a fact that has likely saved more lives by rendering the death trap of the oil-rich Middle East increasingly irrelevant to American strategic interests.

By 2020, Trump will have remade the federal judiciary—when at an earlier moment in 2016, it looked as if an Obama-Clinton 16-year regnum would soon ensure a half-century dominance of left-wing activist judges.

Trump entered office with North Korean nuclear rockets allegedly pointed at the West Coast, and with China heralded as the inevitable new global hegemon. A petulant NATO insidiously refused to meet its promised contributions. ISIS ran amuck.

The border was wide open, and that had resulted in 20 million illegal aliens residing in the United States with de facto exemption from most consequences of violating U.S. laws. Trump at the outset has at least sought to address all those problems that sandbagged the prior administration.

Again, why the unadulterated hatred? For the small number of NeverTrumpers, of course, Trump’s crudity in speech and crassness in manner nullify his accomplishments: the unattractive messenger has fouled an otherwise tolerable message.

While they recognize in the abstract that the randy JFK, the repugnant LBJ, and the horny Bill Clinton during their White House tenures were far grosser in conduct than has been Donald Trump, they either assume presidential ethics should have evolved or they were not always around to know of past bad behavior first hand, or believe Trump’s crude language is worse than prior presidents’ crude behavior in office.

But the NeverTrumpers are and remain a tiny segment of the electorate who have had zero effect in swaying Republicans and only marginal influence in persuading swing voters, in their new roles as occasionally useful naïfs of the hard Left.

Far more importantly, why do the media, academia, the entertainment and professional sports industries, the progressive Left, the administrative state, and most Democratic officeholders despise him so?

His brashness bothers them of course. His quirky tweets and name-calling certainly. His loud rallies, his public put-downs, and his feuding are certainly not matched by those of past presidents.

A Toxic Agenda
But the real source of their antipathy is his agenda.

Had Donald Trump in his first month as president declared that he was a centrist Republican —as many suspicious Never Trumpers predicted that he would, true to past form—and promoted cap-and-trade and solar and wind federal subsidies, tabled pipeline construction and abated federal leasing for gas and oil production, stayed in the Iran nuclear deal and Paris Climate Accord, appointed judges in the tradition of John Paul Stevens and David Souter, praised the “responsible” Palestinian leaders, pursued “comprehensive immigration reform” as a euphemism for blanket amnesties, then Trump would be treated largely as a George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush: hated, of course, but not obsessively so.

More importantly, had Trump just collapsed or stagnated the economy, as predicted by the likes of Paul Krugman and Larry Summers, he would now be roundly denounced, but again not so vilified, given his political utility for the Left in 2020 as a perceived Herbert Hoover-esque scapegoat.

Had Trump kept within the media and cultural sidelines by giving interviews to “60 Minutes,” speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, bringing in a few old Republican hands to run the staff or handle media relations like a David Gergen or Andrew Card, Trump would have been written off as a nice enough dunce.

But Trump did none of that. So, the hatred of the media, the Left, the swamp, and the celebrity industry is predicated more on the successful Trump agenda. He is systematically undoing what Barack Obama wrought, in the manner Obama sought to undo with his eight years the prior eight years of George W. Bush.

But whereas the Obama economy stagnated and his foreign policy was seen by adversaries and rivals as a rare occasion to recalibrate the world order at American’s expense, Trump mostly did not fail—at least not yet. We are currently in an economic boom while most of the world economy abroad is inert. Had the economy just crashed as predicted, the Trump agenda would have been discredited and he would be written off a pitiful fool rather than an existential monster.

Again, hatred arises at what Trump did even more than what he says or how he says it.

But there is a final asterisk.

What made Obama unpopular with the public—until his last year when he ceded the spotlight to Clinton and Trump and then was liked in absentia the more he was neither seen nor heard—was his wide social, cultural, economic, and political assault on conservatism.

Obama ridiculed the tea-party movement with the obscene “tea-bagger” put-down. He told Latinos to “punish their enemies,” by whom he meant Republicans. His attorney general, Eric Holder, referred to blacks as “my people.” The EPA began making rather than enforcing laws.

Obama sought to promote Iran as a foil to the Gulf monarchies and Israel, an effort that explains much of the otherwise inexplicable Iran deal and Iran’s current adventurism. Rappers visited the White House, some with long histories of obscenity and anti-police rhetoric.

From “Cash-for-Clunkers” to Benghazi, the left-wing effort was 360 degrees, all-encompassing. Conservatives feared Obama was not so much changing politics as “fundamentally transforming America” as he had promised. Obama supporters bragged of a much-hailed new demography that had created a vast new constituency of the lockstep non-white voters supposedly now united not by class, or politics or culture, but by the mere fact of their appearance.

Trump has pushed a far more ambitious agenda, and one that is as conservative as Obama’s was progressive. He apparently had every intention of using the pen-and-phone model bequeathed by Obama to do it any way possible.

But more importantly, Trump’s lidless eyes never sleep. He is a 24/7 force of nature. No controversy is too trivial, too silly, too irrelevant to escape his Twitter commentary. Or rather Trump believes he is an existential war with the media, celebrities, elites of all sorts and the general status quo, or what we might call the American progressive project and its elite coastal architects.

Trump senses that the more he offends them, and the more so they pronounce him a dunce, a nut, a boor, a criminal, an ogre, then all the more they reveal what many had suspected about them but had no hard evidence to substantiate those suspicions. Trump believes his checkered social life is now transparent and serves as a sort of armor when he jousts with the sober and judicious whose pretense of civility is ripped away leaving them hypocritical when they foam, swear, and damn the current president.

Media bias? The hatred for Trump manifests itself in 90 percent negative coverage, according to reputable media watchdogs.

Trump’s war with the Colin Kaepernick take-a-knee fad and the NBA-China nexus reminds us that hypocritical multimillionaires who grow rich throwing, catching, and bouncing balls are not by that fact to be looked up to as either moral or wise, but mostly remain clueless and hypocritical.

The bipartisan Washington establishment? If an outsider Manhattan wheeler-dealer without military or political experience can at last call an appeased China to account, can avoid a Libyan fiasco, can acknowledge that America is tired of a 18-year slog in Afghanistan when others would not, or believes ISIS thrived as a result of prior arcane restrictive U.S. rules of engagement—and he is proven largely right—then what does that say about the credentialed experts who dreamed up the bipartisan conventional wisdom that with a few more concessions China would eventually become Palo Alto or that Libya would bloom at the heart of the Arab Spring?

The Left detests Trump for a lot of reasons besides winning the 2016 election and aborting the progressive project. But mostly they hate his guts because he is trying and often succeeding to restore a conservative America at a time when his opponents thought that the mere idea was not just impossible but unhinged.

And that is absolutely unforgivable.

You get all the mascots! No one can bully you any more!

As Ace said this morning, "I think we can all agree that our favorite part of the 21st Century is the #WokeCorporatism.

Ace links to an article in Yahoo Lifestyle by Hope Schreiber.
Kellogg is partnering with Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to bring all of its iconic cereals together in one box for the very first time – and to take a stand against bullying.

Kellogg released a limited-edition variety pack that includes Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Raisin Bran and Rice Krispies in the same box to celebrate Spirit Day, the largest anti-bullying campaign in the world and to support a "more accepting world for LGBTQ youth.”

The package, which features all of the cereal mascots, from Tony the Tiger to Toucan Sam, runs for $19.99, with a promise from Kellogg to donate $50,000 to GLAAD.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

She doesn't like "regime change" wars

Is anyone noticing what is happening in Mexico?

The Zman writes about the situation in Mexico where the cartels and other warlords are in charge. Read it here.

Entirely phony fake news from ABC

Video footage is from a Kentucky gun range in 2017! Check out all the people with cell phones!

"President Trump is thinking outside the box!"

What else is new, Lindsey? Senator Lindsey Graham is now expressing optimism, after talking with Trump. Reuters reports,
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed “historic solutions” were possible.

In an interview with Fox News, Graham said a conversation he had with Trump over the weekend had fueled his optimism that a solution could be reached where the security of Turkey and the Kurds was guaranteed and fighters from Islamic State contained.

“I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us for years if we play our cards right,” Graham said on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Graham said Trump was prepared to use U.S. air power over a demilitarized zone occupied by international forces, adding that the use of air power could help ensure Islamic State fighters who had been held in the area did not “break out.”

Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Saturday that Trump understood the need for the United States to maintain air power in the region.

“The U.S. must retain air power to keep the pressure on ISIS, prevent our adversaries Russia and Iran from exploiting this situation and protect our partners on the ground,” he said in a statement. ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State.

Graham also said he believed the United States and Kurdish forces long allied with Washington could establish a venture to modernize Syrian oil fields, with the revenue flowing to the Kurds. “President Trump is thinking outside the box,” Graham said of Trump’s thinking on oil.

“The president appreciates what the Kurds have done,” Graham added. “He wants to make sure ISIS does not come back. I expect we will continue to partner with the Kurds in eastern Syria to make sure ISIS does not re-emerge.”

Graham, referring to the Kurdish fighters in the region, previously warned that Trump’s decision to pull out U.S. troops would lead to their “destruction.”

"They've gotta go to work...Get the fuck out of the way!"

"...this is the third time this has happened this week."

From the Babylon Bee:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to sources at a DC-area Costco, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked to leave Costco again after repeatedly accusing a lady handing out food samples of being a Russian asset.

It wasn't clear how Clinton had ended up in the Costco, as she usually has her servants' servants go to the market for her. Some suggested she wanted to disguise herself and go be among her subjects to see how the other 99% lives.

Whatever the case, the sample lady had apparently offered the failed presidential candidate a small paper cup of orange juice and told her the packs were on sale for $9.49 when the incident occurred.

"Orange... orange like Trump!" Clinton screamed suddenly, frightening the poor food demonstration worker. "You're in league with him, aren't you!?" The failed presidential candidate lunged across the cart and attempted to pull off her face mask, certain the lady was actually Vladimir Putin in a skin suit.

When that failed and the woman shooed her off with a plastic glove, Clinton turned for help and began screaming, "Security! Margaret in the frozen foods aisle is a Russian asset! Help, help, our elections are being meddled with!"

Guards arrived but relaxed when they saw it was just Hillary Clinton. "OK, lady, let's go," they said, grabbing her by each arm.

"Thank goodness you're here!" Clinton cried. "Arrest that woman! Can't someone help me out!?"

"Oh yeah, sure, lady, we'll help you out," the guards said, snickering as they dragged her toward the front door.

According to sources at the Costco, this is the third time this has happened this week.

"Now, I can just scan and go."

From the Babylon Bee:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a move to make purchasing congresspeople easier and faster for lobbyists, Congress voted to approve a new measure that calls for congresspeople to wear barcodes on their foreheads so lobbyists, activists, and corporations can simply scan them and self-checkout.

Self-checkout machines will be installed at all exits of the Capitol Building, so once they've added congresspeople to their cart, lobbyists can pay right on the way out.

"Purchasing congresspeople used to be a time-consuming, expensive process," said a Planned Parenthood representative. "Now, we can simply walk through Congress, scan all the congresspeople that are for sale, and checkout without having to interact with any humans."

"We hate humans---like, a lot," the PP rep added.

One major military-industrial complex lobby group, Americans For Bigger Bombs, said they are also in support of the new move.

"When you need to make a quick pit stop at our nation's legislative body to purchase a few congresspeople to start a new war, you need to do it fast," said one AFBB lawyer. "An attack on Iran can't wait while you wheel and deal, wine and dine, and negotiate endlessly. Now, I can just scan and go."

Elitists vs. populists. Sound familiar?

Don Surber is fascinated by the possibility that
Chairman Xi may fear his daughter's life. That's the problem with being president for life: impeachment includes execution.
She graduated from Harvard several years ago, but is now returning for graduate studies. Or, does Xi face a coup?

The South China Morning Post reported, "China may have a one-party system, but claims of President Xi Jinping’s rise to absolute power ignore the influence of the tuanpai," on April 6, 2017, when Xi met with President Donald John Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

The newspaper reported, "In Beijing’s system, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) holds a monopoly on power. But the party leadership is not a monolithic group. CCP leaders span a range of political associations, socioeconomic backgrounds, professional credentials, geographic associations and policy preferences. Two broad camps in the leadership vigorously vie for influence and control in post-Deng China: the elitist coalition, with its core faction of princelings (leaders who come from veteran revolutionary families), and the populist coalition, which primarily consists of so-called tuanpai (leaders who advanced their careers through the Chinese Communist Youth League)."

Elitists vs. populists. Sound familiar?

Chairman Xi is part of the former. Red China may not be immune from the worldwide rise in populism because populism is a reaction to the failure of elitists to protect the people. Factory closings in the rust belt in the 1970s led to the Reagan Revolution.

But Jimmy Carter is still alive and well, and liked. He had the advantage of not being a president for life.
Read more here.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

New law guarantees the death of most independent journalism in California

Rick Moran points out in PJ Media that a new law that will take effect in January will destroy the freelance writing industry and independent journalism.
What this bill does is guarantee the death of most independent journalism in California. And given the animosity toward capitalism and freedom among national Democrats, we might see similar legislation moving through Congress soon.

Read about it here.

Using satire to win voters

Who leaks to whom?

The brilliant and heroic Sundance in the Conservative Treehouse reports,
The activity of the “small group” of coup plotters consists of three generalized subsidiary agencies: (1) DOJ/FBI, (2) CIA/ODNI, and (3) The State Department.

Within each “small group faction” a years-long review of their narrative constructs shows the groups have specific and unique media outlets for their offensive (’16, ’17) and defensive (’18, ’19) propaganda efforts.

•The DOJ/FBI faction of the “small group” leaks to narrative engineers at the New York Times and NBC. •The CIA/ODNI faction utilizes the Washington Post and ABC; and •the State Dept. faction use CNN and CBS. Each faction uses the same reporters & pundits for their distribution. This pattern, albeit generalized, has been consistent for several years.
Read much more here.

A Furry?

Seeing this video reminded me that I haven't heard anything from Scott Ott for a long time. He says on this video that he is no longer on social media. I miss him! Here he is with Stephen Green and Bill Whittle, talking about the furry meme as applied to Beto O'Rourke.

She wants to represent me in Congress next year!

The disgraced co-founder of the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) is one of the people contributing to the Congressional campaign of Valerie Plame in New Mexico. Another contributor is a prominent holocaust-denier. Brent Scher and Joe Schoffstall report in the Washington Free Beacon.


All-knowing LeBron

It is all about economics (and Trump)

This morning in the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance has a report on
The Brexit Deal, The EU, and the North American Trade Aspect…
Read it here.

She seems to know her well!

Tulsi Gabbard tweeted to Hillary Clinton:
“You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain,” Gabbard wrote. “It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”

Amber Athey has the story in the Daily Caller.
Clinton took a shot at Gabbard on a podcast earlier this week, claiming she is the “favorite of the Russians” and that they are “grooming” her for the presidency. Gabbard has previously called out CNN and The New York Times, who hosted the second Democratic debate, for hosting pundits that have similarly accused Gabbard of being in the pockets of Russia and Syria.

Gabbard, who has been dubbed the winner of the Democratic presidential debates in multiple Drudge Report polls, has campaigned on keeping the U.S. out of unnecessary conflicts abroad.
Read more here.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tucker interviews Megyn

Mexico is controlled by cartels

Sundance in the Conservative Treehouse brings us the news of the Sinaloa cartel running the show in Mexico. Mexican police/military captured Chapito Guzman yesterday and then had to let him go because the cartel brought huge numbers of cartel members down from a mountain and they quickly shut off the city of Culiacan. Read more here.

Warren comes out as a gay man

From the Babylon Bee:
WESTERVILLE, OH—After presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren was pressed on her plan to raise taxes on the middle class, Warren boldly answered the question by coming out as a gay man.

"I'm glad you asked," she said. "Actually, this question has encouraged me to address some other things about my life, and I'm now ready to come clean: I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."

Warren gestured to her opponent Pete Buttigieg and nodded. "Just like this man here, I am gay."

The audience stood and applauded her bravery. Not wanting to be outdone, Buttigieg quickly came out as a double-gay lesbian trapped in a man's body.

Trump visits with the first two female astronauts to take a walk outside the International Space Station

Sundance in the Conservative Treehouse brings us a conversation between President Trump and U.S. astronauts Flight Engineer Christina Koch and Flight Engineer Jessica Meir who became the first two women to spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Sundance has the full transcript here.

"Also, how stupid does the House look after that idiotic vote to condemn the withdrawal of a couple platoons of men?"

JJ Sefton reports in the Ace of Spades blog,
...The big story is Trump's successful brokerage of a ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria. Big foreign policy win, IMHO. We got our massive force of 50 soldiers out of harm's way in a part of the Middle East that has no bearing on our own national security interests and perhaps prevented a wider conflict between Turkey and Syria that might have drawn in the Russians. Horrible as Turkey is, they are still a NATO ally. Much as I hate that useless organization, getting Turkey out of it is harder than Brexit, believe it or not. And contrary to some very stupid articles I've seen, Russia has been involved with Syria since the days of Brezhnev and Assad the elder. Plus, not only are the Kurds not a sovereign nation, but they are at best for us erstwhile mercenaries and, less known, also of the Islamist bent vis a vis sharia and all that goes with it. Also, how stupid does the House look after that idiotic vote to condemn the withdrawal of a couple platoons of men? Perhaps not as stupid and two-faced as Mittelschmerz Romney who as he was blasting President Trump for abandoning our Kurdish allies forgot that in 2007 he claimed Kurdish nationalism is destabilizing to the Middle East. What a fraud.

Giving away American jobs to people from India

Senator Mike Lee
In Breitbart, John Binder reports,
Apple CEO Tim Cook is begging the Senate to pass Sen. Mike Lee’s green card giveaway plan to reward multinational tech corporations after years of them importing foreign visa workers to take American jobs.

On Thursday, Lee failed for the fourth time to get his legislation, S. 386, passed out of the Senate. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), would allow Indian nationals to effectively monopolize the U.S. green card system for at least ten years and reward tech corporations like Google, Oracle, and Microsoft — all of which are donors to Lee.

...This process would solidify that employment-based green cards only go to temporary foreign visa workers who have been imported to the U.S. by corporations to replace American workers, thus rewarding the employers of H-1B foreign workers.

While about 25 percent of all employment-based green cards currently are rewarded to Indian nationals today, should Lee’s legislation pass, Indian nationals will obtain more than 90 percent of all the employment-based green cards for at least a decade.

...Others bankrolling Lee’s S. 386 are the outsourcing lobby, like Cognizant and the IBM Corporation. Cognizant and IBM have a total of seven lobbyists pushing the legislation. IBM and Cognizant are set to gain hugely from S. 386, as they are two of the largest outsourcers of American jobs in the nation.

This year, alone, Cognizant sought to outsource more than 13,000 U.S. jobs to H-1B foreign visa workers. IBM — headed by Ginni Rometty, who takes in a salary of $16.45 million a year — attempted to outsource nearly 8,500 U.S. jobs to H-1B foreign visa workers.
Read more here.
A green card allows the holder to work in any job and in any industry anywhere in the United States or its territories. H1 visas are working visas and are limited specifically to the sponsoring employer; the visa holder cannot change jobs or move elsewhere without also changing his visa.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Zuckerberg argues for free expression

In the Wall Street Journal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes a case here for free expression. I hope he means what he says.

Who made your cotton shirt and dress?

Jianli Yang and Lianchao Han report in the Wall Street Journal,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection accuses Hetian Taida Apparel Co. in China’s Xinjiang province of using forced or prison labor, and last month the agency banned U.S. imports of the company’s garments. It’s a first step, but the U.S. should go much further. China, the world’s largest cotton producer, has built the world’s largest prison system to provide the labor needed to sustain cotton production.

This cotton gulag is primarily based in Xinjiang, home to most of China’s Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic groups.

...In 2014 the Chinese government implemented a strategy to suppress Uighurs in Xinjiang even more. It involves the detention of large numbers of Uighurs in so-called re-education camps or vocational training centers, intended to cleanse them of their ethnic identity and make them loyal to the Communist Party. Observers estimate that China has detained more than one million Uighurs in this system.

...Since 2014 some 2,200 new cotton and apparel companies have been set up to participate in the vertical-integration program. Some boast that they are suppliers for major international brands. As of 2018 China documented the employment of 450,000 new Uighur workers from impoverished households, relatives of the convicted and detained, and re-education camp inmates.

...Inmates in Xinjiang prisons serve as a key labor force in the cotton value chain, from cotton-field reclamation and construction of irrigation systems to planting, harvesting, processing and garment production.

...While prison and labor camps are the traditional means of control, China has also begun perfecting a new model of imprisonment. Beijing has deployed the most expansive and intrusive surveillance system in the world in Xinjiang, making the province essentially an open-air prison. Companies sourcing from China can’t effectively audit their suppliers. China doesn’t need to rely on barbed wire to enslave workers when they have blanketed cities with facial-recognition cameras and sophisticated voice-recognition technology to keep track of residents.

The U.S. has the world’s most stringent law—the Tariff Act of 1930—to protect against the importation of goods made with forced labor. It is little enforced, as evidence can be hard to verify. But the evidence is clear when it comes to Xinjiang, where forced labor is ubiquitous. Since Xinjiang is by far the largest supplier of China’s apparel supply chain, Western governments, companies and consumers should assume that any cotton products made in China are a product of the cotton gulag.

It is time to stop this modern slavery. We urge the U.S. government to enforce the ban on the importation of forced labor goods by banning all cotton, textile and apparel products from China.
Read more here.

129 Republicans voted to condemn the president for his actions (which were successful) in Syria!

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance urges us to stand against the 129 Republicans who voted to condemn President Trump for withdrawing the U.S. military from Syria
It is the responsibility of each of us to stand, defiantly if needed, and support a President who is waging a battle against multiple adversaries on our behalf. “Stand” means be visible. “Stand” means let your voice be heard. “Stand” means telling your republican representatives what your expectations are. They represent us; WE are the people.

Why is this important? Well, today 129 Republican House members spat upon our President as he works tirelessly to defend out interests and put America First. 129 Republican House representatives voted against the one Republican who is doing everything he possibly can to fulfill the expectations of those who elected him to office.

129 back-stabbing cowards, voted to condemn President Trump for withdrawing the U.S. military from Syria; the same military engagement those same spineless cowards in the House would not vote to authorize. Those 129 Republicans should be shamed.

It is important to note the entire Republican leadership in the House voted against President Trump. “The Entire Republican Leadership” team. All.of.them…. While the democrats are trying to impeach him. Think about it.

Do not look away from the names. You can find the ROLL CALL VOTE HERE.

Absorb the anger as fuel to empower you to contact them and let your voice be heard. It might be difficult to accept that: Doug Collins, Devin Nunes, Liz Cheney, Kevin McCarthy, Mike McCaul, John Ratcliffe, Steve Scalise, and Lee Zeldin all voted to spit in the face of our president…. BUT THEY DID. So what are you going to do about it?

There were decent Republicans who stood with our president. Sixty of them to be exact. Including: Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert, Andy Biggs and fifty-six more who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with patriots and with our President. They too should be contacted with words of appreciation and praise.
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I don't know how the Secret Service has managed to keep President Trump safe and unharmed.

In the Conservative Treehouse, there is some coverage of police arresting a man outside the arena where President Trump is speaking tonight in Dallas. The man was wearing body armor and a gun. Read more here and see photos.

Twitter announces a partial deplatforming of Trump

Ace of Spades informs us,
Twitter Announces That It Will Begin Partially Deplatforming Donald Trump's Tweets
—Ace of Spades
Yes, they did that to me too. They shadowbanned me. Tweets appeared for me and the people I tweeted back and forth with most frequently, and for no one else.

For Trump, the partial deplatforming will work a little differently. They won't ban him from the site -- Trump makes them money and keeps their precious "journalist" tweeters tweeting and tweeting and tweeting all day and then staying up all night tweeting -- but they are sharply limiting how users can interact with his account.

YouTube was pressured to censor independent voices. All other voices besides the corporate media -- Jeff Zucker's daily televised attack blog -- are presumptively "conspiracy theories" and probably Russian Bots, and therefore must be suppressed while CNN's and MSNBC's video offerings are at the top of every search entered -- even if you specifically search for, say "Stephen Crowder" and then the exact title of a video Stephen Crowder uploaded. YouTube's search will return CNN and MSNBC videos on that topic, and maybe a hit-piece they ran on Stephen Crowder.

Way, way, way down the list of search returns they'll -- maybe -- offer you the Stephen Crowder video you specifically searched for using its exact title.

Big Media demanded that James O'Keefe's sting videos be suppressed, and, well how about that. Tim Pool reports that every time a video mentions the name "James O'Keefe" or shows a Project Veritas website page, his video gets made invisible.

They call this "protecting the public from conspiracy theories and election interference."

Looks to me like it's just enabling Jake Tapper's conspiracy theories and Chuck Todd's election interference to go unopposed.

This is intentional, and this is what the Corporate Left means by "fighting election interference." All it means is pushing leftwing fake news while ruthlessly censoring independent voices, dissenting voices, and the actual truth.
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Were there winners and losers?

Politico has a group of political commentators who watched this week's Democratic debate and gave us their opinions about who won and who lost. Several thought Klobuchar and Buttigieg were the ones who did best. Read them all here.

Elizabeth Warren showing contempt for men

In Commentary, Christine Rosen wonders what Elizabeth Warren thinks of men. a recent CNN-sponsored town hall on LGBTQ issues, she let slip an emotion that she hasn’t previously shown toward men: contempt. Answering a question (which turned out to be planted) about how she would talk to someone who is opposed to gay marriage, Warren responded, “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that.” She then added, “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman—I’m cool with that.’” Then came her contemptuous “zinger”: “Assuming you can find one.” As the Washington Post described, “Warren turned, took a few steps and smiled broadly as the room exploded in laughter.” Soon her campaign team “was crowing that the clip had garnered more than 12 million views on Twitter.”

If this is what Warren’s campaign team thinks is worth crowing about, then they clearly haven’t learned anything since Hillary Clinton dismissed a large swath of the country as “deplorables.”

Casual misandry might play well on Twitter (and among the Democratic base), but it’s insulting to a large number of voters Warren will need to persuade in a general election if she secures the Democratic nomination.

In keeping with the gentle treatment Warren has experienced from the media, few mainstream outlets (with the exception of the Post) even bothered to question whether her remarks were offensive or point out the irony that she was calling out intolerance by being intolerant herself.
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What are they thinking?

Glenn Reynolds and the Daily Caller are currently holding a caption contest on this photo. Some funny stuff here and here.

Is it okay to scalp babies?

Tyler O'Neil reports in PJ Media,
In chilling testimony last week, an abortion whistleblower involved in revealing how Planned Parenthood affiliates had sold aborted baby body parts revealed one of the horrifying research purposes of body parts buyers: they were "scalping the babies."

In 2015, David Daleiden shocked America's conscience by releasing a slew of videos showing abortionists at Planned Parenthood affiliates admitting that they sold the body parts of aborted babies, often to medical research establishments. Planned Parenthood and its allies have dragged Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), through the courts. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (following the lead of Kamala Harris) has brought 15 felony counts against Daleiden for his undercover journalism, and Planned Parenthood launched a $7 million, 14-count racketeering lawsuit against Daleiden and his allies.
Read more here.

Lining up for a Trump rally tonight in Dallas

hat-tip Rush Limbaugh

Pointing to the magnificent blue sky!

Cease fire agreement reached with Turkey

Amber Athey reports in the Daily Caller,
Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo successfully secured a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday, meaning Turkish forces will permanently suspend military operations in northern Syria after allowing Kurdish troops leave the region.
Read more here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

"Freedom is not free!"

Whoa! Here is another NBA team I can root for this year! Marty Johnson reports in the Hill, Boston Celtics star Enes Kantor fired back at LeBron James.
Kanter, who is Turkish and a longtime critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, responded to James's initial comments with a series of tweets on Tuesday.

"Wow dude!" Kanter wrote before listing what he said were repercussions for speaking out publicly against Erdoğan.

-Haven’t seen or talked to my family 5 years
-Jailed my dad
-My siblings can’t find jobs
-Revoked my passport
-International arrest warrant
-My family can’t leave the country
-Got Death Threats everyday
-Got attacked, harassed
-Tried to kidnap me in Indonesia


Go, Raptors!

I know my sons are going to want to watch NBA basketball this fall. But with Steve Kerr and LeBron James leading the way of cowardice, I have not been able to garner any enthusiasm for watching the games with my sons. Until now! Lauren O'Neil reports in blogTO,
The saga of Hong Kong vs. China vs. the NBA continues in Toronto next week with the distribution of more than 7,000 fan-made "The North Stand with Hong Kong" t-shirts on opening night of the Toronto Raptors 2019-2020 season.

A group of local basketball fans who support Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement raised more than $32,000 to produce and give away enough t-shirts to cover roughly a third of the Scotiabank Arena's audience.

The Raptors have not officially endorsed this giveaway, nor is the team involved in the political movement — but a strong faction of Raptors Nation is ready to make a statement.

"As you may know by now, China is trying to censor the entire NBA because Houston Rockets' General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted a 'Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong' photo to support Hong Kong," reads a GoFundMe page in support of the t-shirt project.

"For those who didn’t follow what is going on, you might ask 'why?' It all started with a proposed amendment on an extradition law that would jeopardise the autonomy of Hong Kong and Hongkongers don't like it."
Read more here.

Trump letter to Erdogan

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance makes available to us the letter President Trump wrote to President Erdogan of Turkey.

Read more here.

Sex and gender

Are you in a mood to read about sex and gender? In the Federalist, Glenn T. Stanton writes,
Sex and gender are no more two different things than a so-called gender non-binary person can refer to himself or herself as “they.” If he insists on doing so, he should have the intellectual integrity and honesty to admit he’s just making stuff up. Such people should certainly not insist the rest of us play along in their illusion. It’s madness and should be denounced as such in any sane and rational culture.
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Jane Fonda wants to be arrested every Friday.

In Hollywood In Toto, Christian Toto reports on Jane Fonda's return to the leftist protest scene.
And let’s not forget she survived the most offensive celebrity act of the past 50 years. In 1972 Fonda took her anti-Vietnam war activism to new levels, visiting Hanoi and posing for pictures on a anti-aircraft battery.

The nickname “Hanoi Jane” was born, and it’s never gone away despite her repeated apologies.

Now, sadly, she’s making a fool of herself on the national stage. Again.

...Fonda got arrested last week to raise awareness for Climate Change. She vows to keep getting arrested in order to bring more attention to the cause.

“This is a collective crisis, it requires collective action and so I decided to use my celebrity to try to raise the sense of urgency and I moved to Washington and I’m going to get arrested every Friday,” she said.

The media is using Fonda for its own climate change messaging, letting her slide on anything remotely close to a tough but fair question. Such as:

Does she fly private planes?
What size is her current home?
What are her thoughts on China and India?
Here’s an inconvenient fact on India’s carbon footprint.

According to the BP Statistical Review, India’s coal consumption jumped by 74 percent over the past decade. India is now the world’s second-largest coal consumer, and according to a March report by the Brookings Institution, some 50,000 megawatts of new coal-fired electric generation capacity is currently under construction in the country.

As for China, its Paris Accord promises aren’t being met.

The 2015 Paris deal required China to reduce emissions 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. Beijing has struggled to stay on track to hit that target since signing the deal, despite President Xi Jinping’s claims that his country is leading the global push to combat climate change. Methane emissions from the country’s coal sector have risen at a steady rate despite government regulations designed to slow them.

It gets worse. Fonda made an absurd statement during a recent interview, the kind that begs for clarification.

Fonda in her interview struck a note of optimism on the climate crisis, saying we “have time and it’s going to require that people in every country all around the world organize and mobilize and if necessary bring governments to a halt[emphasis added] if we can’t make them do the right thing.”

Just how would that work? Would the U.S. force fellow nations to bend to its will? Did the journalist question Fonda on that comment? Of course not. Fonda also claimed she has been a “climate scientist for decades and decades” on national TV.

Again, it’s absurd.
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Imagining what our future might be if Trump is re-elected

In American Greatness, Edward Ring imagines what might happen if President Trump is re-elected and thus has the ability to shape our future. He gives many examples of various scenarios that might come to pass, and then concludes,

...President Trump was the first American politician with the courage to fight for such a vision. It rests on a recognition that America is indeed exceptional, but cannot effectively set an example for the world unless it first secures its own national interests.

Equally significant, it recognizes both identity politics and climate alarmism as dangerous hoaxes, promulgated by fraudsters and promoted by fanatics. One can hope Trump’s supporters will assert not only their allegiance to him as a political leader, and not only challenge the premises that Trump has dared to challenge. Here’s hoping, too, they will evangelize to all the skeptics and undecideds the wonderful future that could be had if the policies pursuant to patriotism, energy freedom, and individual initiative are given full expression.
Read much more here.

"Once the Hong Kong question was exposed, though, it was deeply revolting to watch those who benefit most in a meritocratic society acquiescing to the illiberal diktats of a foreign regime."

In the Federalist, David Harsanyi takes on Lebron James.
Americans tend to use word like “stand” and “fight” in their political disagreements, although they never really have to stand and fight for anything. Tank Man stood and fought. The Hong Kong protesters stand and fight. We take to social media and argue. Posting a Nike-approved picture on your Instagram account of Kaepernick—adorned with the $40-million market-test slogan, “Believe in something, Even if it means sacrificing everything”—is not an act of bravery, LeBron.

...There’s nothing wrong with playing NBA games in China. The Chinese people are the victims of their system, after all, and the more connection they have to the rest of the world the better. There isn’t really even any pressing demand for professional athletes to speak out on geopolitical issues. Once the Hong Kong question was exposed, though, it was deeply revolting to watch those who benefit most in a meritocratic society acquiescing to the illiberal diktats of a foreign regime.

It’s especially galling to listen to those who peddle hysteria about contemporary American politics pandering to the Chinese commissars. Apparently, those most prone to calling out pretend Hitlers can’t get themselves to say a negative word about real-world Hitlers.

Take Warriors coach Steve Kerr, a constant social media commentator, with opinions on seemingly every contemporary political issue. First, Kerr deflected questions about the totalitarian Chinese state by risibly claiming he needed to confer with his brother-in-law, a professor, to get a better handle on the issue. When later asked if he’d ever been confronted about human rights abuses on his previous trips to China, Kerr replied, “No. Nor has (America’s) record of human rights abuses come up either… People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall.”

Showing contempt for your own country doesn’t erase 70 years of mass murder, famine, and incomprehensible hardship for the Chinese people. The Chinese state not only sanctions concentration camps today, it subjects countless people to other forms of totalitarianism. Those who shoot AR-15s in American malls are criminals and murderers who are breaking an array of laws in a free country. Not a single politician or organization approves of their actions. The fact that Kerr would compare the two is at best clueless, and at worst shamefully unpatriotic.

What happened? The Chinese Basketball Association cut some ties with the Rockets, and it would probably cut ties with the NBA if players and managers had the decency to speak out.

I suppose it’s too much to expect NBA stars to back Hong Kong freedom fighters rather than agonize over rounding errors in their banking accounts. The NBA wants to make money in China. There’s nothing wrong with exporting capitalism. But if the NBA is going to start adopting and enforcing the illiberalism of the Chinese state to make money, it becomes a huge ethical problem.
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"The world wonders."

In his Morning Report in the Ace of Spades blog, JJ Sefton has this to say about last night's Democratic "debate."
no one on that stage had anything at all that was in the least bit positive or uplifting about America and Americans. How can they? They've built their entire careers, as have all of their predecessors for the past half century or more, running down the country, culture and its heritage, sowing division in order to seize absolute power. And that leads right into my final observation. Whether it's open borders, command and control economic madness, racialism, censorship, abortion, the war on religious liberty, you name it - every crackpot, lunatic idea and assault on the republic as founded that came out of the collective maw of that 12-headed beast last night is now the baseline platform and policy goals of the Democrat Party going forward. Yes, it always has been but now it's out in the open. They will race pell-mell for it openly and brazenly, as opposed to secretly and incrementally. Assuming Trump wins in 2020 (please G-d), what happens when he leaves? He has singlehandedly been the first president to ratchet back at least one notch, as Margaret Thatcher once described IIRC, the step by step march to globalist/socialist totalitarian tyranny. The Left will not abide by that. The big question is will the Trump era be a one-off pause or will it be a harbinger of a movement?

The world wonders...

Winnie the Pooh banned in China

Yeah, because he looks like Xi!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"The Trump Doctrine is really just a fancy name for the common sense view that America’s leaders should use American power to advance the interests of Americans. And that’s why the elite hates it."

Kurt Schlichter writes in part in Town Hall,
...the President avoids new wars no matter how hard the smart set demands he create his own quagmire. Iran has been ham-handedly trying to provoke a fight by poking our allies. Trump won’t bite. He sees the trap. And in Syria, he is keeping his promise to leave. There’s always a good reason for going into these conflicts (ISIS is bad), and there’s always a good reason to stay (Many Kurds are fine people). But there are better reasons to pack up and leave. The phase “endless war” used to be irritating, except then it became clear that’s exactly what many foreign policy “experts” are advocating. If your exit criteria for closing out some overseas adventure is “We can leave when things are stable” in a place that hasn’t been stable in 5000 years, you are advocating for “endless war.”

Getting out of wars requires getting out of wars. And sometimes, it’s going to be ugly. But unless you can explain to the family of a dead soldier why it’s worth it to stay, it’s not worth it to stay. The American people, at least those who aren’t in DC or the media, understand that every problem around the world is not our problem. If you’re one of those Citizens of the World, then feel free to enlist in the Army of the World. Just count us out of your bloody altruism.

It’s particularly galling to see people you know would screech if Trump used force (like against NATO ally Turkey) screeching because he won’t. President Trump ought to throw this back in their pouty faces and tell them that if the members of the House and Senate are so eager for war, they should avail themselves of the Constitution’s War Powers Clause at Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, and declare one. Let them sign on the line that is dotted if they’re so psyched to rumble in Whocaresistan.

But they won’t. Our representatives know full well that the people back home voting next November don’t think like the smarmy suits from McLean and Foggy Bottom these elected officials mingle with over cocktails in Georgetown. The American people have had enough of stupid trade deals, of stupid border shenanigans and of stupid wars.

The Trump Doctrine is really just a fancy name for the common sense view that America’s leaders should use American power to advance the interests of Americans. And that’s why the elite hates it.
Read more here.

Erdogan asks Trump to mediate discussions with the Kurds!

Sundance reports in the Conservative Treehouse,
President Trump has played this out perfectly. By isolating Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and effectively leaving him naked to an alliance of his enemies, Erdogan is now urgently asking for the U.S. to mediate peace negotiations with Kurdish forces.

This request happens immediately after President Trump signed an executive order [See Here] triggering the sanction authority of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Erdogan called the White House requesting an urgent phone call with President Trump.

After President Trump talked to Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, President Trump then discussed the options available to President Erdogan. As a result of that conversation, Erdogan requested the U.S. mediate negotiations. Vice-President Mike Pence announces he will be traveling to the region with National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien to lead that effort.
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Letting some kids know how valuable and important they are

At the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance brings us a joyful picture of President Trump yesterday with the Little League Champions of girls and boys baseball.

Sundance makes this pithy observation about our president.
Come to think of it, President Trump has a remarkable ability to focus on the big picture amid circumstances that would likely overwhelm most people. His ability to live in the moment and compartmentalize challenges is a very significant strength.

It would be challenging for anyone to face complex global issues and geopolitics, while simultaneously battling domestic political adversaries…. let alone, stop mid-day and give 100% of your attentive self to celebrate with a group of kids and ensure they understood how valuable and important they are…. Yup, President Donald Trump can do that.
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Our lack of knowledge about history

In PJ Media, Bryan Preston laments the lack of knowledge Americans have about our own history. He writes in part,
Because millions know nothing, warnings about what's happened in the past or now don't work. Thomas Jefferson is worse than that Cambodian dictator they've never heard of. The National Basketball Association should've been more specific with the "national" part of its branding. Which nation do they belong to now? This past week they've enforced speech codes on behalf of Maoist communist China. Golden State (social justice) Warriors coach Steve Kerr, an outspoken critic of the United States, refused to criticize China's abysmal human rights record. They've been joined by Apple and Blizzard. Right now, Hong Kong may be the most important city in the world. But too many Americans who know nothing don't understand that, and are happily selling it out for Chinese money.

History is not dusty books and broken swords and statues without arms and noses. History is how we got where we are -- and it's often a foreboding warning. In modern times it's a stream of events from the bloody French Revolution through Marx and Engels to the Cold War and the Killing Fields to Havana and Caracas to prisons full of Chinese dissidents being harvested for organs, to statements coming out of the mouths of people who, without irony, refer to themselves as social justice warriors and "Democrats."

Socialism should be exposed for what it is and will always be: a mix of greed, lust, envy and slavery. If you are not allowed to own property, if you are not allowed to keep the fruit of your ideas and labors -- you are enslaved. That is the ultimate promise of socialism.

But because we teach nothing, we know nothing. And that stands a strong chance of costing us everything.
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The risks you take attending a Trump or other patriotic rally

The Daily Wire has a compilation of leftist violence against Trump supporters here.

How sanctuary policies shield criminal aliens who prey on people

In the Daily Caller, Jason Hopkins reports,
A teenager who was brutally murdered and then chopped into pieces, allegedly by a suspected MS-13 gang member, could still be alive today if local authorities had honored an ICE detainer, the agency said.

Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was charged for the murder of a teenage boy in King County, Washington. Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) noted Iraheta-Vega, who has a history of arrests, would likely have been unable to allegedly commit the gruesome crime if local authorities had honored a detainer request by their agency.

“This scenario, where sanctuary policies shield criminal aliens who prey on people in the community from immigration enforcement, is becoming all too common,” ICE spokeswoman Tanya Roman said in a statement provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “As Iraheta-Vega’s crimes increased in severity, local officials chose to release him, time and time again, without notification to ICE, a simple process that could have potentially prevented this crime.”

Sixteen-year-old Juan Carlos Con Guzman’s body was found in a river in King County, Washington, in September. Authorities discovered the teenager had been beaten with a bat and hacked with a machete. Parts of his body were dismembered, with detectives finding one of his legs and one of his arms laying apart from the rest of his body. Con Guzman ultimately died of blunt force trauma and cuts to his neck, the King County Medical Examiner determined.
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"If Trump wants to be done with Syria, it might not be done with him."

In the New York Post, Rich Lowry writes in part,
The longstanding American military reflex is to win and go home, but it’s rare that even the most clear-cut victory is so neat.

We won a decisive conventional military victory in World War II in Europe, and we still have troops in Germany.

The first Gulf War is supposed to be the model of a rigorously limited commitment, but it still resulted in a no-fly zone over Iraq, the creation of an autonomous region for the Kurds in the north and a constant effort to enforce UN sanctions.

Nor is getting out as clean as advertised. Obama triumphantly exited Iraq, only to have to go back in when things spun out of control.

If Trump wants to be done with Syria, it might not be done with him.
Read why here.


In the American Thinker, Daniel John Sobieski writes,
Democratic senators took campaign cash from Ukrainian interests while begging Ukraine for help in removing a duly elected President from office. And these are the people who would participate in a Senate impeachment trial. The inmates are indeed running the asylum.
Read the details here.

Will the media pretend it didn't happen?

This morning Ace of Spades has a post about a journalist living in Paris. He has been kidnapped by Iran and brought to Iran for punishment. He has been writing anti-regime articles for years. Ace writes,
This is a major test for the media, though I'm not sure it's a "test," as I know the media will fail.

The media is currently in its second or third week of Virtue Signalling over the assassination of Jamil Kashoggi by Saudi Arabia.

But the media is aligned with Iran because Obama was aligned with Iran.

Attacking Saudi Arabia over Kashoggi is in the media's political interests, in as much as attacking Saudi Arabia benefits their chief enemy, Iran. And the media is aligned with Iran.

But now that Iran has abducted a journalist from Paris -- where his journalism was completely legal -- and imprisoned him, likely in order to be executed -- will the media make any kind of noise? Will we see dozens of op-eds decrying the savagery of the Iranian regime, as they did in the case of Saudi Arabia?

Or will they take a knee?

Bear in mind, the man will almost certainly be executed within days or weeks, so it is critical that the media make a very big noise right fucking now if there is to be any chance that this man lives.

What's your bet?

My bet is that they pretend this didn't happen.

Because they're monsters and cowards and furthermore in the employ -- either de facto or in earnest -- of hostile foreign interests.
Read more here.

Monday, October 14, 2019

"Presidential impeachment based on an anonymous witness."

How Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit links to a Clarice Feldman article:
Presidential impeachment based on an anonymous witness. I’d say you can’t make this up, but the Democrats actually have.
Read Clarice here.

China aggressively trumpets its cultural norms

In RealClearInvestigations, Richard Bernstein reports,
Rather than being transformed by exposure to Western values, many Chinese students, swept up in patriotic fervor, seem to be embracing their nation’s authoritarianism. Result: Instead of educating a new generation of leaders who might make China more liberal, U.S. schools may be training an oppositional cadre more interested in acquiring American know-how than American values. This is occurring against a larger backdrop in which a resurgent China aggressively trumpets its cultural norms, demanding that foreign businesses – from Google to the NBA – play by its rules.

Why has this happened?

Part of the answer involves the way China's authoritarian system works. There is growing evidence that the Chinese government coordinates with students, encouraging them to protest activities that its leaders deem insulting to the national dignity, whether it's inviting the Dalai Lama or pro-democracy activists to speak on an American campus. It's likely that significant numbers of Chinese living abroad sympathize with the Hong Kong movement, but they don't dare express their views for fear they will be ridiculed on social media or suffer reprisals when they return home.

...With some 300,000 Chinese students studying in American colleges and universities, the danger to Beijing's authorities is that they could become a center of pro-democratic dissent. China has responded with a mixture of patriotic appeals and implicit threats. Many of these students, moreover, come from China's newly emerged upper middle class, whose members have the most to lose if they run afoul of the authorities. They are described by their teachers as diligent, ambitious, and firmly instructed by their families back in China to study hard and stay out of politics.

...“I think that even compared to 10 years ago, the whole vibe among Chinese students has changed,” said Echo Wang, a recent graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism in New York. “A common thing that I've heard is that the Olympic Games [held in Beijing in 2008] marked a big change for the country, creating a lot of patriotic pride, and so was the financial crisis of that year when China did incredibly well economically when the West did poorly.

“The conviction in China is that we're on the right track,” Wang added. “The vibe is that the system we have is better than the West's.”
Read more here.

Turning the lights off in California

Stephen Green reports in PJ Media,
now, rather than clear the scrub, which makes California’s inherent wildfire problem so much worse, they’re turning out the lights — on the state’s people, on their medical research, on their businesses, on the state's very future. So if you were thinking of telling the last person to leave California to turn the lights off, don't bother -- they'll be off already.
Read more here.

The new normal?

Jazz Shaw reports in Hot Air,
With the hot months of summer coming to an end, it’s caravan season in Mexico again. And we’re not talking about people vacationing in recreational vehicles. Caravans of Central American migrants are forming up in Honduras and Guatemala to start their annual mass migrations north in hopes of breaching the border of the United States. But the first group of the season, more than 2,000 strong, didn’t make it very far. This time they were stopped by Mexican federal troops, with more than half of them being detained.

This is the result of the deal that the White House cut with Mexico. We remain happy to have productive trade deals with them and provide them with aid, but we require their cooperation in matters of immigration enforcement. This successful intervention can and should become the new normal.

Read more here.

"Pumping out propaganda"

In Fox News, Brian Flood reports,
Undercover recordings made by an alleged 'whistleblower' capture CNN employees casually confirming the network's anti-Trump bias and show company president Jeff Zucker telling top news executives to focus solely on impeachment even at the expense of other important news, according to the conservative activist group that posted the bombshell footage online.
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What Trump faces every day

ABC News gets caught with fake news. They showed a tape of explosions from a 2017 military range in Kentucky and said it was the "Slaughter in Syria," trying to make Trump look bad for pulling our remaining 50 troops out of Syria. Read more here.

Reasons to celebrate Christopher Columbus

In PJ Media, Tyler O'Neill writes about why Americans should support the Columbus Day holiday today.
This month, Washington, D.C. — which is literally named after Christopher Columbus — voted to abolish the celebration of Columbus Day. Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Vermont do not celebrate Columbus Day, either. These states struck down the holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, which the U.N. celebrates on August 9.

The attack on Columbus Day is a major facet of the cultural onslaught against the Western heritage behind the freedom and success of the United States of America. As the Daily Signal's Jarrett Stepman noted, far-left historian Howard Zinn pushed the crusade against Columbus as part of an attack on America's broader heritage.

...“Behind the English invasion of North America,” Zinn wrote, “behind their massacre of Indians, their deception, their brutality, was that special powerful drive born in civilizations based on private profit.”
I was astonished to learn that my three children were required to use Zinn's book as their textbook in middle school history classes.

Yet the free market system of "private profit" Zinn so maligns has created wealth at a scale unimaginable to most humans throughout history. Inventions like the microwave, the refrigerator, the television, the automobile, aircraft, and the iPhone have enabled the easy preservation and cooking of food, the speedy transportation of all kinds of goods across the world, and the dissemination of information and entertainment at a scale our ancestors would never have dreamed of.

The American system of limited government is far from perfect, but it has fostered entrepreneurship and individual freedom. The values in the Declaration of Independence were in direct conflict with the horrific institution of slavery, and those values helped spark movements to eradicate slavery. The Founders sought to restrain slavery from expanding into the territories, and the South precipitated the Civil War by pushing the expansion of slavery against the Founders' intent.

Americans should appreciate their rich heritage, rather than demonizing their history. Liberal historians and publications like The New York Times are wrong to reinterpret American history by placing the evils of slavery at the center. Americans must understand the evils of the past, but they should also be grateful for the values that inspired the ultimate rejection of slavery and the expansion of voting rights to minorities and women.

...In addition to expanding human knowledge, Columbus connected two worlds. In the "Columbian Exchange," crops that only grew in the Americas became available in Europe and Asia, while the Europeans introduced livestock, writing systems, and new crops like coffee and sugar to the Americas.

It is true that the Columbian Exchange also involved the enslavement of native Americans and the introduction of Old World diseases that decimated native populations. These evils must be acknowledged, and historians should also acknowledge that the Americas introduced new diseases to Europeans, as well. Even so, the Columbian Exchange also introduced long-term benefits to both the Americas and Eurasia.

In addition to expanding human knowledge, Columbus connected two worlds. In the "Columbian Exchange," crops that only grew in the Americas became available in Europe and Asia, while the Europeans introduced livestock, writing systems, and new crops like coffee and sugar to the Americas.

It is true that that Columbian Exchange also involved the enslavement of native Americans and the introduction of Old World diseases that decimated native populations. These evils must be acknowledged, and historians should also acknowledge that the Americas introduced new diseases to Europeans, as well. Even so, the Columbian Exchange also introduced long-term benefits to both the Americas and Eurasia.

...Columbus aimed to introduce the value system that eradicated human sacrifice in Europe — Christianity. In fact, according to sociologist Robert Woodberry, the missionary spread of Christianity has promoted democratic values across the world.

"Columbus has been a target of white supremacists since the 1920s, when a resurgent Ku Klux Klan attacked monuments and celebrations of Columbus from coast to coast," Patrick Korten, a member of the National Christopher Columbus Association (NCCA) board of directors, said in 2017.

"They hated that he was Mediterranean not Anglo, that he sailed for Spain, not England, that he was popular in the immigrant community, and most of all, that he was Catholic," Korten added, noting that "Catholics, along with African Americans and Jews, were regular targets of the Klan."

...Columbus Day is not a symbol of oppression, but a symbol of American pluralism, the acceptance of a new influx of Americans from Columbus' native Italy. Just as the 13th Amendment corrected a historic American evil by abolishing slavery, so this holiday helped combat the anti-Italian prejudice behind a horrific lynching.
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He brought diversity!

Trump authorizes sanctions against Turkey

In the Daily Caller, Amber Athey reports,
President Donald Trump announced Monday that he will sign an executive order giving his administration the authority to impose sanctions on Turkish government officials over the country’s invasion of Syria.

The administration first mulled sanctions during a Friday press briefing with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

“President Trump … will be signing a new executive order giving the Treasury Department, in consultation with himself and Secretary Pompeo, very significant new sanctions authorities that can be targeted at any person associated with the government of Turkey,” Mnuchin told reporters.

The president released a statement Monday indicating that he will be signing the order, and also indicated that he is canceling negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal. The administration is also re-raising steel tariffs to 50%.

“This Order will enable the United States to impose powerful additional sanctions on those who may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriating refugees, or threatening the peace, security, or stability in Syria,” Trump stated. “The Order will authorize a broad range of consequences, including financial sanctions, the blocking of property, and barring entry into the United States.”

...Trump previously warned Turkey that he would “wipe out” its economy if they destroyed the Kurdish population, and reiterated that sentiment in his statement Monday.

“The United States will aggressively use economic sanctions to target those who enable, facilitate, and finance these heinous acts in Syria. I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path,” he asserted.

In 2018, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Turkey for detaining American Pastor Andrew Brunson for two years, although those sanctions were lifted after his safe return.
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Daily instructions from the boss

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance reports,
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe has released part-1 of an insider video series highlighting daily instructions from CNN President Jeff Zucker to his organization.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect to this insider report is the 9:00am daily instructions from the president of a news organization telling his executives which aspects of the political effort to disparage President Trump should be their focus.

You can watch the video here.

"Complicated business, folks, complicated business!"

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance explains,
...As a gatekeeper between radical Islamist elements and Europe, President Erdogan holds the ultimate leverage and blackmail over his NATO allies. If Europe does not acquiesce to the whims of Erodogan, he can open the gates and flood the EU with extremists. Erdogan loves to play this power game against the EU and ultimately against the U.S.

President Obama embraced President Erdogan because ideologically the Obama administration and Erdogan both supported political Islam, The Muslim Brotherhood.

Erdogan’s regional arch-nemesis is Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. As a general al Sisi had to deal with the outcomes of Muslim Brotherhood extremism, and ultimately remove Mohamed Morsi from office. President Sisi formed the Arab coalition that is now aligned with President Donald Trump against the radical elements of political Islam known as The Muslim Brotherhood.

The U.S. Arab coalition includes Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Yemen. Additionally, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are aligned against the radical elements within political Islam (The Brotherhood), and the U.S. is supporting the coalition with self-defense military purchases.

...Unfortunately, Europe will not defend itself; will not kick Erdogan out of NATO; will not take their own ISIS fighters back for trial and punishment; and instead, just like Lindsey Graham, the EU demands the U.S. remain as perpetual zookeepers.

...Instead, President Trump is going to support the Arab coalition and the GCC that has been assembling a military coalition to protect itself from the Muslim Brotherhood.

That is why President Trump is willing to support Saudi Arabia with more troops, while withdrawing from Syria where the U.S. was having to stand alone to protect the interests of Europeans who will not protect themselves.

In one regional area the U.S. will support and defend Israel, Egypt and Jordan. In the Southern region the U.S. will support the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain and Qatar).

...Instead, President Trump is going to support the Arab coalition and the GCC that has been assembling a military coalition to protect itself from the Muslim Brotherhood.

That is why President Trump is willing to support Saudi Arabia with more troops, while withdrawing from Syria where the U.S. was having to stand alone to protect the interests of Europeans who will not protect themselves.

In one regional area the U.S. will support and defend Israel, Egypt and Jordan. In the Southern region the U.S. will support the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain and Qatar).

At 4:11 p.m. yesterday Sundance wrote on Twitter, "President Trump's decision will likely mean the Kurds will form an agreement with Bashir Assad. This is a good thing. Assad and the Kurds will be united against Turkey. They can work the rest out within internal Syrian politics."

At 4:19 p.m. yesterday, the BBC announced that the Kurds and Syria made a deal in which Syrian government forces will be deployed along Syria's northern border "to halt Turkey's assault."
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"Complicated business, folks, complicated business!"

Have the elites lost control?

Here is American Spring, written in January, 2016. It starts with some U.S. history.
...Political parties formed to monopolize the vote. The losing parties kept ganging up until only two parties remained. Resembling vast and immortal corporations, they consolidated all political power.

The parties need mass media to win elections. Media literally intermediates reality and programs voters by framing the acceptable parameters of any debate. Mass media costs mass money.

The elites, a plutocracy of the top few percent, bought the parties. So cheaply in fact, that they bought both.

The elites are merely people that went to the right schools, grew up in the right neighborhoods, and came from the right money and the right families. It’s not a formal conspiracy – rather an intricate and distributed system, organized by the invisible hand of the market, voting with dollars and newspaper ink, and controlling the country all the same.

...Mostly the elites agree to keep power with elite institutions, controlling the masses who cannot be trusted. Yes to wars, yes to mass surveillance, yes to bailouts, yes to war on drugs, yes to war on terror, yes to endless copyrights, yes to monopolies and oligopolies, no to term limits, no to wealth taxes… On these and others, pick R or D, there are no choices.

The Elite Party runs the system and it basically works. The elite stay elite. Income may be taxed, but wealth compounds. The most belligerent and implacable of the masses are sent to fight in mercifully distant wars. Crime happens in other people’s neighborhoods. The prisons are full and everyone is being watched. The pie expands, slowly and un-evenly, and all is well.

Social and alternative media dominates and disintermediates mass media. Every column brings a hundred rebuttals. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are stood like commoners next to bloggers, begging for tweets, likes, and votes. We are all journalists and editors now.

Bernie can play this game. The MoveOn crowd organizes effortlessly using the new media.

Trump can play this game. The reality show vet generates outrage and impressions, tweeting as he goes.

The mass media barrier is down. The money barrier is down.

A mob is pushing Bernie. Trump is pulling one behind him.

The elites are livid. They sneer at the masses – Uneducated. Socialist. Racist. Luddite.

...YouTube killed TV and Twitter ate the news. Donald’s tweeting from his jet and Bernie’s kickstarter went viral. Software is eating politics and the elites have lost control.
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