Monday, December 05, 2016

"For a guy less than 4 weeks out from the election, he’s doing awfully well."

At Instapundit Glenn Reynolds takes a look at some of the things Trump has done so far:
(1) Killed off dynastic politics, at least for now. If Hillary had won, 4 of the last 5 presidents would have come from two families. That’s not healthy.

(2) Kept Hillary out of the White House. She’s amazingly crooked even by DC standards, and amazingly inept even by DC standards as well. Debacles galore have been prevented by keeping her out. Plus, a Clinton presidency would have allowed the completion of the Obama Administration’s weaponization of the federal government and possibly ensured one-party rule for decades. And at the very least, it would have allowed the sorry gang that Obama and Clinton brought in (go read the Podesta emails!) to bore in for four to eight more years.

Those two reasons were reason enough to back Trump. But now let’s look at what’s happened since election night:

(3) The Mattis appointment. In one swoop, a big start toward fixing the military that Obama turned from warriors into social-justice warriors. Plus, a big blow to PC culture in general.

(4) The Carrier deal. Sure, everybody hates it — except for the voters. But it’s a promise kept, and one that makes American working-class folks feel like, finally, somebody cares. And it’s rich to see people who didn’t bat an eye at Solyndra going ballistic about $7 million over 10 years.

(5) Crushing the media’s sense of self-importance: They thought they were going to hand this election to Hillary. Now they’re realizing just how few people like or trust them, while Trump bypasses them using Twitter and YouTube. As I’ve said before, in the post-World War II era, the press has enjoyed certain institutional privileges based on two assumptions: (1) That it’s very powerful; and (2) That it will exercise that power responsibly, for the most part. Both assumptions have been proven false in this election cycle. Like many of the postwar institutional accommodations, this one will be renegotiated under Trump. It’s past time. After getting spanked in 2004 over RatherGate, the press realized with Katrina that if they all converged on the same lies they could still move the needle. Now they can’t.

(6) China. Obama’sFforeign policy has been disastrous. Trump has served notice to China that we’re not abandoning our allies on the Pacific Rim. That will be noticed elsewhere, too.

(7) The transition. It was supposed to be “chaos,” but it’s been smooth and obviously well-planned. This bodes well and, among those willing to pay attention beyond SNL sketches, is changing minds.

Don’t get cocky, because he could still blow it and the press will be looking for anything they can use to destroy him, as they do with every Republican president. But for a guy less than 4 weeks out from the election, he’s doing awfully well.
Read more here.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

"Can you uh, uh tell us anything?" "Nope, sorry."

Anderson Cooper: uh, uh, uh, . Kellyanne Conway opens up those beautiful blue eyes and smiles. Where in the world did Trump find this magnificent woman?

Awesome!



h/t Gerard

The Gaines family, and Donald Trump, wish you a Merry Christmas


Read more about these folks here.

"American conglomerates have embraced the “benefits” of globalization"

Jim Quinn writes at Director Blue,
Since the passage of NAFTA in 1994 and China’s decision to provide slave labor to foreign corporations around the same time frame, American conglomerates have embraced the “benefits” of globalization:

Close your plant in the U.S. and fire Americans.

Open a plant in Mexico or China and hire locals at slave wages to do the same job as the fired Americans.

Sell cheap products back into the U.S., undercutting the prices of smaller domestic producers and eventually putting them out of business – resulting in more American job losses.

American conglomerate Ivy League educated CEOs listen to the advice of criminal Wall Street bankers and use their excess profits to buyback their stock and drive their personal compensation to astronomical levels.

Capital investment by American conglomerates becomes virtually non-existent.

Meanwhile, China steals the American technology and product designs and eventually produces knock-off products, undercutting American conglomerates.

The Federal Reserve provides cheap and plentiful debt to Wall Street scum bankers, while Madison Avenue maggots convince Americans to accumulate debt to purchase the cheap foreign made goods.

The production jobs shipped to China and Mexico are replaced with low paying service jobs in the retail and restaurant sector, sustained by the Federal Reserve debt machine.

Many, if not most, of those voting for Donald Trump want less government in their lives. Trump railed against corruption, government favoritism, crony capitalism, and special deals. For the last eight years we’ve witnessed Obama favor green energy frauds like Solyndra, use taxpayer funds to save union jobs at GM and Chrysler, provide tax breaks to wealthy buyers of Tesla luxury cars, purposely destroy the coal industry, and not prosecute one Wall Street criminal banker. This Carrier deal is just a different version of the government carrot and stick game used by every president.

This high profile deal is a symbolic message to Trump voters and American corporations, but it can’t become the standard operating procedure for his presidency. Government picking winners and losers, aligning with particular companies or industries, or attempting to manage the economy is nothing but an expansion of the corporate fascism we’ve been experiencing for decades. Trump needs to create an economic climate which will convince American companies to expand, invest, and hire more workers. He has already documented what really needs to be done:

Reduce corporate and individual tax rates. If corporations are allowed to keep more of their profits, they are more likely to hire and invest in their facilities. Many new businesses are started by individuals, so lowering their taxes provides more resources for growing their businesses.

The regulatory nightmare strangles small business owners, giving an unfair advantage to conglomerates. Wiping out thousands of useless Federal regulations will save existing businesses billions and allow fledgling businesses to get off the ground.
Repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a more market oriented competitive healthcare system which reduces the outrageously high costs to companies and individuals would free up billions of investment or spendable funds for companies and individuals.
Existing trade deals need to be renegotiated to make sure global trade is truly free. Wage arbitrage cannot be the sole basis for why companies decide which country to build their plants. China makes it extremely difficult for American companies to do business in China from a tax and regulatory basis. Any fair trade deal would address these inequities.
Read more here.

Trump, China, and Taiwan

Richard Fernandez writes at PJ Media about Trump taking a call from the leader of Taiwan. Read his thoughts here.

"Hollywood's favorite tyrant"

Oregon Muse writes,
The rat bastard commies figured out long ago that as long as they proclaim they good intentions, people will believe them. And I think that religious types are especially vulnerable to this line of baloney because of the biblical admonitions to help the poor and needy.

It takes a certain amount of backbone to call out this fakery for what it is. Nobody wants to be against "the poor". Or "the children". Nobody wants to be painted as an ogre. But the lie is so effective that liberal old ladies in tennis shoes will defend commie thug tyrants even as they produce tens of thousands of refugees fleeing in leaky boats from their despotism.

One man who wasn't fooled by any of this is the author Humberto Fontova. He and his family fled Castro's socialist paradise in 1961 when he was 7 years old. He has no illusions about Castro and does not suffer fools gladly. He wrote about the adulation given to Castro by the ignorant glitterati in his book Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant.
Read more here.

Fitting



The jeep carrying Fidel Castro's ashes broke down in Socialist Cuba, resulting in having to be pushed.

h/t Gerard

What does the term "American" mean?

Tom Tancredo writes at Breitbart,
...Indeed there is a revolution going on in America. It is a revolution of subnational identities against what was the predominant Anglo-Protestant culture.

This movement started in the 1960s and was exacerbated by the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965. The legislation eliminated national quotas in favor of what is called “family unification.” What it led to was a wave of immigration that has resulted in over 40 million newcomers; a number far greater than the total of all previous years of our history. It also helped speed the process of the deconstructing of America.

...This movement started in the 1960s and was exacerbated by the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965. The legislation eliminated national quotas in favor of what is called “family unification.” What it led to was a wave of immigration that has resulted in over 40 million newcomers; a number far greater than the total of all previous years of our history. It also helped speed the process of the deconstructing of America.

The legislation had a powerful supporter in the person of Senator Ted Kennedy, who saw it as a way to change the face of America that he and other liberals deemed to be too white. Long before Obama, the cult of multiculturalism was affecting national policy. The cult substituted diversity for unity as the overriding national value. They started a war on English as the common language, and the founding fathers as idealistic and courageous patriots.

Of course, they also saw the political advantage of tribalizing America. Victimized sub groups could be exploited for votes and party loyalty. This political calculus requires a constant supply of “victims” in order to maintain political power. Massive immigration of unskilled, low wage workers who were resistant to and encouraged to avoid assimilation, provides the replenishment of the underclass and must be maintained to avoid slipping back into an E pluribus unum America.

And I should add that I don’t believe that pluribus has to be defined to mean that the “many” have to be white. Indeed, in the past we were able to maintain a common idea of America, an American Creed if you will, because the assimilation process was an integral part of the immigration phenomena and it wasn’t dependent on the color of the immigrant’s skin.

Whether or not it depends on an immigrant’s religion is another question. Can Muslims who adhere to Sharia law be expected to excise that part of their faith where it is incompatible with the Constitution of the United States? Should they be required to do so as a condition of admittance? Your answer to that and the whole issue of massive immigration without assimilation depends on whether you believe the American culture can, or should be saved.

I’ve always found it typically hypocritical of the left to champion the importance of retaining all aspects of one’s culture, including its language, for all cultures except America’s.
Read more here.

"Unwarranted, unearned, and not useful.”


Jon Stewart, who influenced a lot of low information voters who got their "news" from watching the Daily Show, gives an interview to the New York Times and admits,
“And the lesson there is,” he continued, referencing the Daily Show, “as much as I love what we did and I liked it, there is a self-satisfaction there that is unwarranted, unearned, and not useful.”

Stewart scorned social justice warriors who’ve demonized Trump supporters as racists and homophobic and sexists.

“This has to stop,” Stewart said. “This idea that we’re all … that our team is perfect and the other team is demons. And this is not like a Kumbaya, let’s all get along.” He added:

And I’ll say this, I know a lot of first responders. I spent a lot of time in that community. A shitload of them voted for Trump. The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the fuck they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow. So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, ‘OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.’ I get mad about this stuff.
Read more here.

He's got your gluten

Joe Bob Briggs writes in Taki's Magazine,
...Look, people, I’m gonna explain this one time. Gluten is a Latin word meaning “glue” and it’s the substance that makes dough elastic so we can shape it into bread, noodles, grits, tortillas, cakes, soy sauce, pies, beer, pretzels, macaroni, bagels, candy, cereal, croutons, lunch meat, salad dressing, potato chips, soup, and Belgian waffles. You might have noticed something about that particular food group. It’s stuff that tastes good.

But because we live in a masochistic bulimic anorexic food-hating universe of nutzoid crusaders who want to sell us colon scrapers and Lake Titicaca Quinoa Seeds, we have to get rid of it precisely because it tastes good.

Would you care to take a guess as to what year the phrase “gluten intolerance” first entered the medical literature?

That year would be 2010.

Okay, let’s do the math on that. For the first 12,010 years of the agricultural society, there is no “gluten intolerance.” Then for six years we have so much of it that grocers start putting “Gluten Free” labels on bottled water. I’m not sure which aboriginal inhabitant of which continent believes that water ever contained gluten, but whoever he is, he’s probably still a hunter-gatherer.

...Obviously we would all be healthier if we just completely eliminated wheat, barley, and rye, the evil substances that have been consumed by every civilization in history, because we know better.

By the way, the doctors who are pumping this diet through books, videos, and relentless media are masters of nomenclature. Besides “wheat belly,” we have “grain brain,” “leaky gut syndrome,” and “gut dysbiosis.” In order to determine whether you have any of these conditions, you need an intestinal biopsy, an antibody blood test, an HLA-DQ test for your autoimmune system, an Immunoglobulin E skin-prick test to find allergies, and, my personal favorite, a “rectal challenge test.” I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to have my rectum challenged.

But here’s the best part: You can have all these tests, and be negative for everything, and still have gluten intolerance. Why? Because “testing is incomplete.” They haven’t developed enough tests yet for the 250 conditions.

By the way, you can also find gluten in medications and dietary supplements, so while you’re chewing your flax and wondering how you’re going to cure your aphthous stomatitis, I’d like to point out a few things a gluten-free diet does contain:

Sulfites

Nitrates

Glutamates

Benzoates

And a few things it does not contain:

Vitamins

Minerals

Protein

Fiber

Yeah, all that stuff gets bleached out in the deglutenization process.

So this whole story has a happy ending:

These people won’t be with us much longer anyway.
Read more here.

Will this wake up some of the elites in the EU?

Oliver JJ Lane reports at Breitbart,
The investigation into the October rape and murder of a young woman in Germany has seen a significant development after the major operation led to the arrest of a 17 year old Afghan “refugee”.
The body of 19 year old medical student and migrant home volunteer Maria Ladenburger was discovered in a river in the town of Freiburg on the 16th of October. An investigation determined the daughter of a senior European Commission lawyer had been raped, and then drowned.

Is flag burning protected speech?

The topic of flag burning has been in the news. Malcolm Pollack writes,
Donald Trump’s been tweeting about enforcing “consequences” for it, and the New York Times responded with a prim article (perhaps “snotty” would be a better adjective) chiding him for his ignorance of the Constitution. (The Times is completely unable to conceal its contempt for, and visceral loathing of, Mr. Trump, but of course that shouldn’t surprise anyone; it is of a piece with the general superiority their social class feels toward the traditional American nation and those who would empower it, and it is why they lost this election. Nor should the Times be surprised to see itself increasingly marginalized, and even reviled, as the tectonic plates upon which they have built their Cathedral continue to shake and shift.)

Pollack links to a post by Bill Vallecilla:
[T]he editorial board of The New York Times betrays a failure to grasp the distinction between the U. S. Constitution and Supreme Court rulings about it. In the 1989 case “Texas v. Johnson,” SCOTUS handed down a 5-4 ruling according to which flag burning was a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. Now if you read the amendment you will find no reference to flag burning. The subsumption of flag burning under protected speech required interpretation and argument and a vote among the justices. The 5-4 vote could easily have gone the other way, and arguably should have.

So Trump’s tweet, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag . . . ,” does not show a lack of understanding of the Constitution. After all, SCOTUS rulings can be overturned. On a charitable interpretation, Trump was advocating an overturning of the 1989 and 1990 flag burning rulings.

Ought flag burning come under the rubric of protected speech? Logically prior question: Is it speech at all? What if I make some such rude gesture in your face as ‘giving you the finger.’ Is that speech? If it is, I would like to know what proposition it expresses. ‘Fuck you!’ does not express a proposition. Likewise for the corresponding gesture with the middle finger. And if some punk burns a flag, I would like to know what proposition the punk is expressing.

The Founders were interested in protecting reasoned dissent, but the typical act of flag burning by the typical leftist punk does not rise to that level. To have reasoned or even unreasoned dissent there has to be some proposition that one is dissenting from and some counter-proposition that one is advancing, and one’s performance has to make more or less clear what those propositions are. I think one ought to be skeptical of arguments that try to subsume gestures and physical actions under speech.

The First Amendment also mentions religion. If flag desecration counts as speech, what would not count as religion? Is godless communism a religion? Why not, if a majority of the black-robed ones say it is?

The Constitution is a magnificent document worthy of great respect and a sort of secular reverence, attitudes one might hesitate to cherish with respect to certain members of the Supreme Court.

Am I saying that there should be a flag burning amendment? No. Let the states decide what to do with the punks who desecrate the flag.

As for Hampshire College, pull their federal funding if they refuse to fly the flag. That should get their attention.
Malcolm agrees with Vallecilla that flag burning is not protected speech, but for different reasons.

A blood thirsty Republican!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Is honor a thing of the past?

Tom Knighton writes,
Once people stopped holding their honor as sacred, the world began a nasty descent into what it has become today. Men and women both view relationships, even marriage, as temporary arrangements and get married only for tax benefits or to be on one another’s insurance, nothing more. So-called “protestors” initiate violence regularly. Alleged leaders defend a would-be killer and excoriate the police officer who ended the threat.

Honor, for most people, is a thing of the past.
Read more here.

No longer a need to hide him away?

Anthony Weiner has left his 90 day addiction treatment program after only 35 days. Ann Althouse has some ideas for him to pursue.

Is the Carrier deal crony capitalism?

It sounds to me like Sarah Palin has some reservations about the Carrier deal. She writes at Young Conservatives,
I am ecstatic for Carrier employees! Their bosses just decided to keep shop onshore. What a relief for hundreds of workers. Merry Christmas Indiana!

We don’t yet know terms of the public/private deal that was cut to make the company stay, but let’s hope every business is equally incentivized to keep Americans working in America.

Foundational to our exceptional nation’s sacred private property rights, a business must have freedom to locate where it wishes. In a free market, if a business makes a mistake (including a marketing mistake that perhaps Carrier executives made), threatening to move elsewhere claiming efficiency’s sake, then the market’s invisible hand punishes. Thankfully, that same hand rewards, based on good business decisions.

But this time-tested truth assumes we’re operating on a level playing field.

When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent. Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.

Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption. And socialism. The Obama Administration dealt in it in spades. Recall Solyndra, Stimulus boondoggles, and all their other taxpayer-subsidized anchors on our economy. A $20 trillion debt-ridden country can’t afford this sinfully stupid practice, so vigilantly guard against its continuance, or we’re doomed.

Reaganites learned it is POLICY change that changes economic trajectory. Reagan’s successes were built on establishing a fiscal framework that invigorated our entire economy, revitalized growth and investment while decreasing spending, tax rates, over-reaching regulations, unemployment, and favoritism via individual subsidies. We need Reaganites in the new Administration.

However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution. Never. Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses.

Gotta’ have faith the Trump team knows all this. And I’ll be the first to acknowledge concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded – once terms are made public.

But know that fundamentally, political intrusion using a stick or carrot to bribe or force one individual business to do what politicians insist, versus establishing policy incentivizing our ENTIRE ethical economic engine to roar back to life, isn’t the answer. Cajole only chosen ones on Main St or Wall St and watch lines stretch from Washington to Alaska full of businesses threatening to bail unless taxpayers pony up. The lines strangle competition and really, really, dispiritingly screw with workers’ lives. It’s beyond unacceptable, so let’s anticipate equal incentivizes and positive reform all across the field – to make the economy great again.

Clemency denied

Tana Ganeva writes in the Washington Post about a black man who was convicted of pot possession and conspiracy to distribute. He has served 8 years, and asked President Obama for clemency. Clemency was denied. He got life without parole. Read more here.
Maybe if he were an illegal immigrant he would have gotten clemency.

Green Party drops Pennsylvania court case

Pittsbugh CBS Local reports,
Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night that had sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, in what Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein had framed as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.

The decision came two days before a court hearing was scheduled in the case. Saturday’s court filing to withdraw the case said the Green Party-backed voters who filed the case “are regular citizens of ordinary means” and cannot afford the $1 million bond ordered by the court by 5 p.m. Monday. However, Green Party-backed efforts to force recounts and analyze election software in scattered precincts were continuing.

Stein planned to make an announcement about the Pennsylvania recount Monday outside the Trump Tower in New York.

The court case had been part of an effort spearheaded by Stein to force recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three states with a history of backing Democrats for president that were narrowly and unexpectedly won by Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

A recount began Thursday in Wisconsin, while a recount could begin next week in Michigan. Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania was particularly stunning: the state’s fifth-most electoral votes are a key stepping stone to the White House, and no Republican presidential candidate had captured the state since 1988.

Stein had said the purpose of Pennsylvania’s recount was to ensure “our votes are safe and secure,” considering hackers’ probing of election targets in other states and hackers’ accessing of the emails of the Democratic National Committee and several Clinton staffers. U.S. security officials have said they believe Russian hackers orchestrated the email hacks, something Russia has denied.

Stein’s lawyers, however, had offered no evidence of hacking in Pennsylvania’s election. They sought unsuccessfully in recent days to get various counties to allow a forensic examination of their election system software.

Lawyers for Trump and the state Republican Party argued there was no evidence, or even an allegation, that tampering with Pennsylvania’s voting systems had occurred. Further, Pennsylvania law does not allow a court-ordered recount, they argued, and a lawyer for the Green Party had acknowledged that the effort was without precedent in Pennsylvania.

A statement from the Pennsylvania GOP sent Saturday night read, in part:

“The filing of a discontinuance of the Election Contest by Jill Stein’s petitioners tonight is a recognition that their Election Contest was completely without merit, and meant solely for purposes to delay the Electoral College vote in Pennsylvania for President-Elect Trump…Candidate Jill Stein’s allegations created the false allusion that some unidentified foreign government hacked our state’s voting systems when absolutely no such proof existed. We believe that she always knew that she had no such proof.”

Be sure to get the right one!

"It's the most wonderful time in 8 years"

Times have changed

We'll keep trying!

Please tell me they meant to write "Santa!"



h/t Gerard

"Delegitimize him before he even takes office!"

"That bullet we just dodged!"


h/t Gerard

Memories of Cuba

Look who's back! Joan of Arrggh has some memories of Cuba from 20 years ago. I hope she keeps on posting regularly.

"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage!"

"Call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever." The speaker is Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare.


h/t Laura W.

Tolerance!

"Relax. Adults are in charge!"

Should we be nervous about Trump taking a call from the leader of Taiwan? Scott Adams says, no. Read his reasoning here.

"So, if Kellogg's wants to shrink the market for Frosted Flakes by 50 per cent, fine: let's frost 'em out, until they understand that, in politicizing everything, they're the flakes."

Mark Steyn hates the idea of boycotts, but...
I hate boycotts, too. I want to be free to reject Kellogg's cereals because they suck rather than because buying them is a political act. But John Hinderaker's right: This is a one-way street that leads to a de facto one-party state, or at any rate a one-party culture. The left wants a world in which a discount furniture warehouse is free to advertise with Rachel Maddow but not Rush Limbaugh. And in pushing further and further down that path they make everything political, and render normal civic life all but impossible - to the point where the CEO of something as universal and unobjectionable as Kellogg's Corn Flakes finds it easier to side with the losing side in a free election, and against half of his fellow citizens. So, if Kellogg's wants to shrink the market for Frosted Flakes by 50 per cent, fine: let's frost 'em out, until they understand that, in politicizing everything, they're the flakes.

Will they get away with it? Other corporations that prioritize politics over products aren't:

Not only has ESPN and the NFL willfully entered into the political fray, so did Anheuser-Busch InBev - to the same detrimental results.

After the beer company aired an advertisement featuring comedians Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen this October that was preachy, unfunny, and political, Bud Light sales were destroyed.
Read more here.

Where millennials actually helped Trump win!

Jack Hadfield reports at Breitbart,
Millennials are the fasting growing section of the electorate. In Florida, they represent 20% of the electorate and currently outnumber the over-65 age group.

...In terms of the national vote, Trump won 37% of the youth vote – the exact same percentage Romney received in the last election. However, the Democratic vote share dropped by 5%, likely caused by the Democratic party’s rejection of Bernie Sanders, who millennials much preferred to Clinton.

This rejection of Clinton was seen most starkly in the Sunshine State, with the Democrats winning their support only 54% to 36% – a swing of 16 points to the Republicans from 2012.

Trump’s marginal victory of 1.3% in Florida equated to approximately 120,000 votes. If the millennial voting patterns of 2012 had remained the same, Clinton would have taken Florida, and its crucial 29 electors by around 250,000 votes.

Young Republicans in Florida put their success with millennials down to the constant campaigning that they carried out within their own community, rather than any message from the GOP establishment.

“There’s more truth and value in focusing get out the vote efforts on millennials using peer to peer methods as opposed to the top-down approach,” says Lauren Cooley, co-founder of Campus Red PAC, a pro-Trump youth campaign group run by millennials. “CR PAC was the only organization that launched with this approach, and the youth vote swung the election. We capitalized on this groundswell of support for conservative values in millennials on college campuses, akin to but on a smaller scale, what Trump did nationally as an America First candidate.”

...Despite outreach efforts geared to racial minorities, the RNC has not yet funded any programs geared to persuade millennials.

...“We went dorm to dorm, peer to peer, and formed relationships by discussing issues on an individual basis, instead of shaming those who disagreed with us into silence.
Read more here.

Control of the internet

Tom Ciccotta reports at Breitbart,
Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama are taking one more stab at retaining control of the Internet before they leave Washington.

Harry Reid and President Obama are circulating a petition to remove the hold on FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel so that she can be reconfirmed before Congress recesses next week.Barack Obama’s White House has made aggressive pushes to reclassify the Internet as a public utility. If Rosenworcel is reconfirmed, their dream of the Internet as a government-controlled public utility could very well become a reality.
Read more here.

Friday, December 02, 2016

"Now it's going to be a two-way road, not a one-way road!"

WE DIDN'T INTEND TO BE DOING FAKE NEWS.

Tucker Carlson is doing a good job in his new gig at Fox News. Here he interviews the public editor of the New York Times.
Watch it here.

How could Trump succeed?

Walter Russell Mead writes,
The basis of any Trump Revolution would have to be energy. The shale-led revival of America’s energy production was the most important economic development of the Obama administration, and Trump is likely to double down on it. The turnaround in America’s energy fortunes is almost a miracle. Over the last ten years, U.S. oil production has grown by more than 3.6 million barrels per day—an output increase of roughly 75 percent. Natural gas production has seen similar joy, rising nearly 52 percent over the last decade. This hydrocarbon boom has defied the predictions of most analysts, who expected American oil production to plummet alongside falling crude prices over these past two years. Instead, the shale industry has relentlessly pursued innovations that have allowed it to keep the oil and gas flowing, despite unfavorable market conditions.

...many Democrats, and many powerful Democratic donors, hate shale. They see the surge in unconventional hydrocarbon production as a driver of more climate change and they fear the impact of both extraction (earthquakes and groundwater pollution) and transport (by pipeline and rail). Many greens also fear the impact that lower-than-expected fossil fuel prices will have on the future of renewables. The cheaper and more abundant fossil fuels are, the harder it is to make the case for subsidies and regulations to promote the use of renewables. Some blue states (like New York) have banned fracking altogether; the Obama administration has sought to limit its use and opposed key pipeline projects.

...It’s not just that Middle America loves low gas prices; producing and refining more oil and natural gas and building a new infrastructure of pipelines and other facilities to move it across the country will create tens of thousands of high paying blue collar jobs. More, the location of America’s energy resources mean that the states that benefit most from an energy production boom will be Trump states: the Middle West, the Sunbelt and the Rocky Mountain states are where most of the energy potential is.

...Reducing corporate tax will help pull industrial investment to the United States, especially from high tax Europe. German chemical and automobile manufacturers, for example, are under great pressure from high labor, energy and taxation costs. Trump’s America, however unpalatable it may be to German diplomats, may prove surprisingly attractive to German industrialists. Additionally, Trump’s plan to promote the return of some of the $2 trillion plus in offshore cash held by American companies overseas is likely to promote domestic investment, especially if corporate tax rates are also cut. Cheap energy and favorable regulatory treatment could well ensure a significant boost in investment in new production facilities during the first Trump term; that will make his voters happy and could solidify the coalition that swept him to the White House.

The immigration policies Trump supports will, all other things being equal, benefit blue collar workers if these policies start to work. If the border is less porous, fewer illegal immigrants will compete for the new jobs, and legal workers will benefit from higher wages. Limiting the supply of blue collar workers while taking a series of steps to raise the demand for them is a good way to push wages higher.
Read more here.

"Negotiator-in-chief"

Alan Murray reports at Fortune,
Even before becoming Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump has become negotiator-in-chief, as illustrated by the deal he struck with air conditioning manufacturer Carrier.

A source close to the company said President-elect Trump called Greg Hayes, CEO of Carrier’s parent company United Technologies, two weeks ago and asked him to rethink the decision to close the Carrier plant in Indiana.

Hayes explained that the jobs were lower-wage and had high turnover, and the move was necessary to keep the plant competitive, according to the source. He said the plan would save the company $65 million a year.

President-elect Trump replied that those savings would be dwarfed by the savings UTC would enjoy from corporate tax-rate reductions he planned to put in place. During the recent campaign, Trump threatened to slap tariffs on Carrier imports from Mexico.

At the end of the conversation, Mr. Hayes agreed to work with Vice President-elect Pence to see what he could do.

In the end, UTC agreed to retain approximately 800 manufacturing jobs at the Indiana plant that had been slated to move to Mexico, as well as another 300 engineering and headquarters jobs. In return, the company will get roughly $700,000 a year for a period of years in state tax incentives.

Some 1,300 jobs will still go to Mexico, which includes 600 Carrier employees, plus 700 workers from UTEC Controls in Huntington, Ind. The company has plans in place to offer displaced workers employment and relocation in UTC’s aerospace business, or to provide funding for reeducation.

Next up, the AT&T and Time Warner merger, which candidate Trump said he would block. BET founder Robert Johnson told CNBC yesterday that he met with Trump last week, and his sense is the President “is going to sit down and negotiate” that deal as well.

"In 2016, what could never have happened usually did."

Victor Davis Hanson writes,
...Trump delivered to the Republicans their most astounding political edge in nearly a century. The candidate who was most despised by the party unified it in a way no other nominee could have.

Obama proved Israel’s best friend — even though that was never his intention. By simultaneously alienating Israel and the Sunni moderates in Jordan and Egypt, and by warming up to the Muslim Brotherhood, appeasing Iran, and issuing empty red lines to the Assad regime in Syria, Obama infuriated but also united the entire so-called moderate Middle East. The result was that Arab nations suddenly no longer saw Israel as an existential threat. Instead, it was seen as similarly shunned by the U.S. — and as the only military power capable of standing up to the soon-to-be-nuclear theocracy in Iran that hates Sunni Arabs and Israelis alike.

Today, Israel is in the historic position of being courted by its former enemies, as foreign fuel importers line up to buy its huge, newly discovered deposits of natural gas. As the Arab Spring and the Islamic State destroyed neighboring nations, Israel’s democracy and free market appeared as an even stronger beacon in the storm.

Almost every major initiative that Obama pushed has largely failed. Obamacare is a mess. He nearly doubled the national debt in eight years. Economic growth is at its slowest in decades. The reset with Russia, the Asian pivot, abruptly leaving Iraq, discounting the Islamic State, red lines in Syria, the Iran deal — all proved foreign-policy disasters.

Yet Obama has been quiet about one of the greatest economic revolutions in American history, one that has kept the U.S. economy afloat: a radical transformation from crippling energy dependency to veritable fossil-fuel independence. The United States has become the world’s greatest combined producer of coal, natural gas, and oil. It is poised to be an energy exporter to much of the world.

The revolution in fracking and horizontal drilling has brought in much-needed federal revenue, increased jobs, weakened Russia and our OPEC rivals, and given trillions of dollars in fuel savings to American consumers.

Yet Obama opposed the energy revolution at every step. He radically curtailed the leasing of federal lands for new drilling, stopped the Keystone XL pipeline, and subsidized inefficient and often crony-capitalist wind and solar projects. Nonetheless, Obama’s eventual failure to stop new drilling ended up his one success.
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2,500 "refugees" rejected by Australia coming to America.

Melissa Jacobs reports at Fox News,
Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are.
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Whining and threats from Iran cleric

The Algemeiner reports,
“Now is the time for retaliation,” a senior Iranian cleric told worshippers in Tehran on Friday, following the US Senate’s unanimous approval of a ten-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act.

Calling the move a violation of the nuclear deal reached by Iran and six world powers in July 2015, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi-Kermani — according to the Tehran regime’s semi-official state news agency Fars — warned, “[The Americans] should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will certainly show serious reaction against it.”

Ayatollah Muhammad Ali Movahedi-Kermani. Photo: The Iran Project.
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He's not afraid to piss off the Commies

AP reports,
President-elect Trump spoke today by phone with the leader of Taiwan.
Donald Trump has spoken with the president of Taiwan, a self-governing island the U.S. broke diplomatic ties with in 1979.

It is highly unusual, perhaps unprecedented, for a U.S. president or president-elect to speak directly with a Taiwanese leader. The U.S. cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan when it shifted diplomatic recognition of China to the communist government on the mainland, although Washington still has close unofficial ties with Taipei.

Trump’s transition team says the two leaders noted the “close economic, political, and security ties” that exist between Taiwan and the United States.

"Pope Francis’s increasing tendency to conflate Catholic wisdom with a left-leaning secular humanitarianism."

Daniel Mahoney, writing at The Quadrant,
is troubled by Pope Francis’s increasing tendency to conflate Catholic wisdom with a left-leaning secular humanitarianism.

...Recently, returning from another World Youth Day in Kracow, Poland, the Pope made the fantastic and disturbing claim that “Catholic violence” is just as much a problem as “Islamic violence”—and this right after the brutal assassination of Father Jacques Hammel by Islamist terrorists in a church in northern France.

The only example of “Catholic violence” that Pope Francis could come up with was that of a baptized young man who had killed his girlfriend for clearly non-religious reasons or motives.

...Recently, in an interview with the leftist Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, he claimed that it is the Communists today who “think like Christians.” He ignored the Church’s principled and long-standing opposition to every form of totalitarianism. Communists are said by Francis to have a special Christ-like concern for the poor. The Pope is silent about the tens of millions of ordinary workers and peasants who perished at the hands of ideological regimes of the Communist type in the 20th century. Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Pope has no understanding of Communist theory and practice, that he associates Communists exclusively with those activists and intellectuals imprisoned or killed by the military government during the “dirty war” in Argentina during the 1970’s. In a word, his vision is remarkably parochial and blind to the greatest evil of the twentieth century, a totalitarianisms inspired by viciously anti-Christian ideology.

...And just the other day, he spoke about how he was “grieving” for the dead tyrant of Cuba, a man who turned that fabled island into an island prison and persecuted the Catholic Church for many decades (even outlawing Christmas for thirty years). We Christians are obliged to pray for our enemies, but we are also required to know whom they are and to vigorously oppose those who threaten liberty and human dignity and the fundamentals of political civilization. No pope should confuse a tyrant—especially one who was at the same time ideological and megalomaniacal—with a statesmen deserving of our respect. The Pope’s comments on Communism and Castro do not honor the truth or contribute to intellectual and moral clarity or seriousness.

When Cardinal Burke and three other Cardinals issue a “dubia” requesting clarification on the ambiguities created by a famous footnote in Amoris Laetitia (does the Church still stand with Christ in affirming the indissolubility of marriage and in repudiating “situational ethics”), the Pope remains silent even as he criticizes the “legalism” of those who dare request doctrinal and moral clarity.
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Amazon's growing power

Laura Heller writes in Forbes,
According to a lengthy study by Institute for Local Self-Reliance,
Today, half of all U.S. households are subscribed to the membership program Amazon Prime, half of all online shopping searches start directly on Amazon, and Amazon captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online. Amazon sells more books, toys, and by next year, apparel and consumer electronics than any retailer online or off, and is investing heavily in its grocery business.

As a retailer, its market power now rivals or exceeds that of Walmart, and it stands only to grow: Within five years, one-fifth of the U.S.’s $3.6 trillion retail market will have shifted online, and Amazon is on track to capture two-thirds of that share.

Black Friday weekend was Amazon's best-ever, according to the company.

...Shoppers are already more likely to search Amazon for product information and reviews than even Google. Once they become accustomed to going first to Amazon, they cease to even compare prices, sometimes paying more for a product thanks to the convenience and perceived value of Prime.

Walmart, though, is positioning itself for an epic battle with Amazon and its recent $3 billion purchase of Jet.com will help it better compete with Amazon's marketplace and technology platforms while leveraging the a vast distribution network that includes more than 6,000 stores.
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Improving your internet security

Andrew Cunningham has some helpful suggestions at ars Technica on how you can improve your internet security. Read them here.

With all due respect...

Senator Sessions' "leadership and compassion"

As the media continue their ideologically driven campaign against President-elect Trump (thinly disguised as journalism), a target of choice has been the men and women selected for Cabinet posts. Among these is Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s choice for attorney general.

I have known and worked with Senator Sessions for more than 15 years and know firsthand that his leadership, his compassion, and his actions to uplift “the least among us” far outweigh the weak allegations brought against him. I first met Senator S

I first met Senator Sessions in 2001, when Catherine Flowers, a community leader who was working to salvage her community in rural Alabama that was in crisis, came to my office at the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) to ask for help. The most pressing issue was that 37 families were under threat of arrest or eviction after they were cited for violations of health regulations, when it was found that raw sewage was flowing above ground. The residents, even more than the authorities, wanted a solution for the problem, which threatened their well-being and their children’s health. But for a community where the average income was $20,000, the poverty rate was above 30 percent, and families lived in dilapidated trailers, the $12,000 required to install septic tanks was hopelessly beyond reach.

Flowers lived in Lowndes County, the site of 43 miles of the 54-mile 1965 voting-rights march from Selma to Montgomery. For the past 50 years, purported spokespersons of the black community have conducted annual parades along the route to commemorate the march. But it seemed that they never looked left or right to witness the poverty that surrounded them. They certainly made no effort to alleviate it. In addition to the crisis of waste disposal, there were no public recreation facilities for youth and no public libraries, and the county’s schools were heated by dust-spewing coal furnaces and lacked wiring sufficient to support computers and Internet access. With virtually no manufacturing and economic development in the area, employment opportunities were dismal. Yet, at the end of each annual parade, the leaders typically returned to their speaking engagements and comfortable offices, putting thoughts of Lowndes County aside until the following year. Many of them would be among the cohort to rail against Senator Sessions’s recent nomination for AG. Yet, where they did nothing, Sessions was the one who took action to marshal support to revitalize the desolate community.
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Trump critic Williamson criticizes Carrier deal

At National Review Kevin Williamson looks unfavorably at Trump's Carrier deal.
relieving someone of an ordinary expense incurred in the normal course of affairs — as opposed to changing general tax law — is a gift. This is true both as a matter of law and of our ordinary experience. If I am, for example, a car dealer trying to win influence with a politician, and I sell him a new car at $50,000 under the price that I charge other customers, then I have paid him a $50,000 bribe. People go to jail for that. You’ll recall that part of the Barack Obama–Tony Rezko scandal was the accusation that Rezko had arranged for the promising young politician to buy a house at $300,000 under its asking price. Rezko didn’t give Obama $300,000 in this scenario — he just saw to it that Obama didn’t have to spend that $300,000. That is why bribery laws generally specify “any pecuniary benefit” rather than a duffel bag full of cash.

For Carrier’s accountant, any pecuniary benefit will do. So far as the bottom line is concerned, a $7 million tax credit is the same as a $7 million check or $7 million in Apple stock or $7 million in gold. It’s all +$7 million on the line where you want it.

The ethical question is more complicated than the pop-cons let on, too. Our government runs deficits, which means that a federal tax credit of $1 million given to Smith is $1 million in taxes that eventually will have to be paid — by Jones, and Wilson, and Humperdink — with interest. Carrier is a division of United Technologies (the Otis elevator and Pratt & Whitney engines people), which is first and foremost a government contractor, a firm that derives at least a quarter of its revenue from government contracts, and 10 percent of it from Pentagon contracts alone. It is a company that has competitors — competitors who employ Americans and pay taxes, just as Carrier does. These firms and their employees are put at an economic disadvantage by the subsidies paid to Carrier thanks to Trump and Pence. That means that some of these companies probably will be less profitable, and that they will not hire people they otherwise would have hired. But you’ll see no Trump press conference celebrating that. This is a case of Frédéric Bastiat’s problem of the seen vs. the unseen. The benefits are easy to see, all those sympathetic workers in Indiana. The costs are born by sympathetic workers, too, around the country, and by their families and by their neighbors. But those are widely dispersed, so they are harder to see and do not hit with the same dramatic impact.

But the math is the math is the math. Trump and Pence are trying to sell you a free lunch, the same way the Keynesians and their magical spending multiplier do when they promise that government stimulus programs (Trump is pushing one of those, too) will somehow magically pay for themselves.

There is no magical revenue fairy. And, as a budgetary matter, targeted tax benefits are identical to spending, both for the government and for the beneficiary. This is not a question of ethics but a question of accounting. Somebody always has to pay the bill, eventually. It probably won’t be the pop-con on the radio telling you that we can make money by giving it away, so long as we give it away to the right sort of people: Solyndra bad, Carrier good.
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Can we talk about political Islam now?

A James Mattis quote about political Islam:
“Is political Islam in the best interest of the United States?…If we won’t even ask the question then how do we even get to the point of recognizing which is our side in the fight? And if we don’t take our own side in this fight we’re leaving others adrift.”

M.G. Oprea writes at The Federalist,
As it is, ISIS has largely won this battle. Any serious strategic discussion about the relationship between political Islam and American national interests has been deemed illegitimate and offensive by the political Left. See, for example, the scrubbing of terms related to Islam from Department of Homeland Security training materials.

Mattis’ appointment as Defense Secretary would be a marked change not only from the Obama administration, but also from the Bush years. Both administrations were reluctant to substantively engage in a debate on the merits or threats of political Islam.

Mattis concludes that political Islam is not, in the end, good for America. But he acknowledges that what’s most important is that we have a discussion about it—so that we can develop a broader strategy for how to deal with Islamism in the world. Without a cohesive strategy, there is little hope of checking the destructive influences of political Islam both at home and abroad.
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"The Secretary of Defense runs America’s armed forces, which are called into action when diplomacy has failed."

In reporting about Trump's selection of James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, the AP wrote,
Although his record in combat and his credentials as a senior commander are widely admired, Mattis has little experience in the diplomatic aspects of the job of a secretary of defense.

To which John Hinderaker responds at PowerLine,
Since when is the Secretary of Defense supposed to be a diplomat? Seriously, this is a new one on me. The Secretary of Defense runs America’s armed forces, which are called into action when diplomacy has failed and it is time to kick enemy a**. Has this basic concept somehow been forgotten?

The Left is going to be all over this one.

Is the White House public housing?

Obama has waited until the end of his term to come up with this regulation: no smoking any lit tobacco products (like cigarettes, pipes and cigars) in indoor areas of public housing complexes. It also bans smoking in public housing administrative offices and in outdoor areas within 25 feet from the buildings.
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Question: is the White House public housing?

"Prison of my own making"

Gavin McInnes writes at Taki's Journal,
We are at war with a value system based on meaningless platitudes and conjecture.

This is the problem with their philosophy in a nutshell. It’s based on a hunch. That’s it. No fact checking. No consternation. No debate. Just a videogame plot based on what makes them feel like a hero. The ones who became educated in these fields at the various Hunch Universities across the country are even more irritating. They’re just able to use more made-up words to describe their made-up universe.
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McInnes ends his article by linking to a post in the Huffington Post entitled, How I Ended Up In A Psych Ward On Election Night, by Benjamin Ryan.
Sean and I were among the first to leave the Javits Center — we fled, really — at about 10:30 that evening. I couldn’t bear to see the party devolve into a wake.

...I seemed to be the only garden variety anxious-depressive in the ward, and was probably the only one gainfully employed, certainly the sole Ivy League grad. As far as I could estimate, most of the two dozen or so other men and women were homeless or unstably housed and largely suffered from psychosis.
The author is the person on our right.

The season of Advent

At A Holy Experience, Ann Voskamp writes,
Turning the calendar page early this morning in our warming farm house, and there it is, in all it’s fullness —

This is the season of Advent, of coming, of the coming Kingdom of God.

This season of the coming of God, this Advent — it begins a new year for the church calendar, a fresh start.

What the world sees as the end of the year, the church sees as the beginning, because this is always the gentle, kind way of the Kingdom of God: the last shall be first and the first shall be last, and all things are gloriously upside down in the Kingdom of the King.

We want buckets full of things, but in the domain of God the main thing is to kindly pour your bucket out only to be fulfilled in the most meaningful kind of way.
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November 30: Israel’s National Day Commemorating the Jewish Departure and Expulsion from Muslim Lands

Miriam F. Elman writes at Legal Insurrection about
November 30: Israel’s National Day Commemorating the Jewish Departure and Expulsion from Muslim Lands

The commemorative day, which was designated by the Knesset three years ago, is a belated recognition of the collective traumas experienced by between 850,000 to 1 million Jews who were expelled or fled from their homes across Arab and Muslim-majority countries from the 1940s until the 1970s.

...the reality is that tens of thousands of Arabs ended up staying in Israel and became citizens, while the hundreds of thousands of Arabs who fled the war zone were kept in refugee camps by other Arabs where to this day they face astonishing degrees of discrimination as non-citizens.

Stories abound about these Palestinian refugees. Even Israelis learn about the creation of the Palestinian refugee crisis in their schools. But few are aware of the forgotten exodus of Jewish refugees or the suffering that Jews in nearly a dozen Arab countries experienced on account of hostility toward Jews, Zionism, and the very creation of the state of Israel.
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The Cult

Z Man writes,
Salvation is a huge part of what drives the fanatic. Since modern fanatics no longer believe in God or the soul, they have fashioned economic theories and arguments to fill in these blanks. At the heart of their zeal lies the age old religious impulse to save the world.

Now, there’s another aspect to this. The most prominent libertarians live on the adult day care centers we call the college campus. Others live in the satellite version called the think tank. Most of their friends are in the Cult and often quite passionate about it. As a result, the most prominent libertarians spend their days trying to carve out an exception for themselves that does not vex their peers. Going in for the lunacy of NeverTrump was a cheap way to earn piety points with the nut jobs on campus.
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"Hatred is the central component of the alleged Anti-Hatred Coalition."

Once more from Ace:
Can the left jettison identity politics?

I don't think so. Identity politics is the whole of leftism now. They have nothing else. They have no other brand, except for this.

Hatred is the central component of the alleged Anti-Hatred Coalition.

...Those crying the loudest about "racism" are in fact racists looking, praying for any damn reason to think that their accomplishment-free lives are somehow superior to tens of millions of others due to the minor happenstance of their skin tone. And those crying the loudest about "sexism" are just attempting to prove that men are inferior, so that they can take their rightful, God-Promised place as the Superior Sex.

And frankly, they've made this all too obvious in recent years. The stealth, polite-company racism and sexism we've long tolerated from these hateful people has been emboldened and envenomed by the Cult of Identity Politics and Social Justice Warriorism to the point where they barely bother to hide the fact that they literally hate people of different races or genders and want them to either 1, assume the correct posture of deference and second-class citizenship as God has willed it or 2, simply die away and depart the planet forever.
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#War

Ace writes,
The left is determined to pressure all corporations to join them in the culture war, and most corporate personnel -- being largely socially liberal anway, and viewing compliance with the left's demands to be the path of least resistance-- tend to sign up to be part of the Left's Social Justice Army.

...The left is a bully, the right is a patsy who will go along with anything, including its own denigration.

...But we should use the same tactic -- if you defy us, we will punish you economically.

We will change the incentive scheme: It will no longer be the case that you can give in to every leftist demand without negative consequence.

We will start imposing consequences on you for doing so.

The left has demanded Kellogg's stop advertising on Breitbart, Kellogg's has eagerly joined the leftist army.
Ace links to John Hinderaker at PowerLine, who writes,
The AP helpfully explains:

Breitbart has been condemned for featuring racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content.

Really? Condemned by whom? For what? The AP ritually recites these allegations against the site without citing any evidence whatsoever. The claims are false, if not ridiculous. But readers who rely on America’s daily newspapers won’t know this.

...I am not generally a fan of boycotts, but this, like so much else in our civic life, has been a one-way street. Executives at companies like Kellogg need to understand that ours is not a one-party state. For decades, surveys have shown that self-identified conservatives outnumber liberals by a ratio of one and a half to two to one. If Kellogg wants to go out of its way to align itself with a vicious, bullying left-wing minority, fine. But the company should understand that such decisions have consequences. No more Frosted Flakes. No more Fruit Loops. No more Rice Krispies. No more Nutri-Grain.

Ace continues,
How long are we going to play this game where we accept that left can organize boycotts against corporations to forceably (or even not-so-forceably) enlist them in the leftist army in the Culture War, but we are to act "principled" and do nothing as the left continues organizing every institution, media group, and corporation as bases of operation to destroy us?

Kellogg's wants to be a part of their army -- fine. They they are now Enemies and to be treated as such.
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"The Warrior Monk"


CNN announced today that Trump has selected James Mattis as Secretary of Defense.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense, a source with knowledge of the transition says.

Mattis, 66, joins a Trump national security team that already includes retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director.

The official announcement is expected early next week.

Mattis would also need a waiver from Congress in order to be confirmed. A decades-old legal statute bars service members from quickly entering civilian positions, which would otherwise prevent Mattis from being eligible for the job.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Commmittee, told CNN's Jim Sciutto Wednesday, however, that the regulation would pose as more of an inconvenience for Mattis's confirmation, rather than barring him from the job.

"It will certainly be an issue. I don't ultimately think it will be a bar because I think he is so well thought of that he can overcome peoples' reservations of that," Schiff said. "My guess is because his reputation is so strong and, frankly, because there's enough concern among Democrats about some of the President-elect's other choices, they'll be a desire to amend the statute if that's what' necessary and I believe it would be necessary.

In Mattis, Trump has a nominee who was held in high regard throughout the ranks of the Marine Corps during his 44 years of service. A seasoned combat commander, he led a task force into southern Afghanistan in 2001 and a Marine division at the time of the Iraq invasion in 2003. He was later promoted to run US Central Command in 2010 -- a post that gave him command responsibility for all US forces in the Middle East. He also was an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal. He also has served as a commander of a major NATO strategic command, Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mattis butted heads with the Obama administration as head of US Central Command from 2010 to 2013 over the need to prepare for potential conflict with Iran.

He was a critic of the Iran nuclear deal and said at the Aspen Security Forum in 2013, when asked about his top concerns as head of US Central Command, "Iran, Iran, Iran."

Why is Mattis called "Mad Dog"?

Mattis earned the nickname "Mad Dog" after leading combat troops into the Persian Gulf War in 1991, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s.

He was called "Mad Dog" after the 2004 battle of Fallujah in Iraq, where he led British and American troops against Iraqi insurgents. He has backed up the nickname with off-color remarks, such as his 2005 declaration in a panel discussion about the Taliban that "it's fun to shoot people."

He is also a bachelor and an avid reader and student of military history, earning a second nickname: "The Warrior Monk."

Do onto others...

Two of the blogs I read daily are calling for boycotts. Breitbart wants us to boycott Kellogg'sproducts. Ace of Spades wants us to boycott advertisers who advertise on Buzzfeed. Ace writes,
It is folly to treat kindly those who seek to hurt you.

...If it's #War, then let it be #War for all sides; this stupid game of restraint by conservatives where we try to convince people to follow our example by acting "better" than they do is pure foolishness, for a simple reason: They are arrogant and think they need to learn nothing more than they knew in kindergarten, and furthermore, they literally believe you to be subhuman.

No. Continuing to unilaterally disarm ourselves will lead to further attacks.

If you want to be in the social-war Peace State -- as most do -- then one must, as one must do in real life, temporarily go into the War State to punish one's enemies until they are willing to discuss terms and themselves move to the Peace State.

Weakness in the face of aggression is provocative.

Weakness in the face of unceasing harassment is volunteering for this treatment.

To treat kindly those who treat you cruelly is to make oneself an accomplice in one's own debasement, denigration, and subjugation.

Si vis pacem, para bellum -- if you wish peace, prepare for #War.

As Andrew Breitbart said: "Fuck you. #War."

Let it be so.
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Well, what do you think?

Kellogg Foundation supports Black Lives Matter

Aaron Klein reports at Breitbart, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which maintains strong financial ties to the Kellogg Company, has provided at least $930,000 in support of the controversial work of the Black Lives Matter organization.

...On Tuesday, the Kellogg Company announced its decision to pull ads from Breitbart News, explaining its 45,000,000 monthly readers are not “aligned with our values as a company.” In response, the news agency launched a #DumpKelloggs petition and has called for a boycott of the famous food manufacturer.
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"Progressives seek to overthrow the entire American system."

Bookworm writes,
Trump’s Electoral College victory continues unabated and has gone from the merely undemocratic practice of street violence and personal abuse to the seriously, dangerously undemocratic practice of seeking to undermine the legitimacy of an election. To the Progressive defense that conservatives were just as bad in 2008 or 2012 . . . well, as always, the Progressives are wrong.

Conservatives never took to the streets and abandoned themselves to mob violence. That is a strictly Leftist activity. There’s a straight line from shakedown artist Al Sharpton’s Tawana Brawley circus to the dangerous freeway obstructions that the Left currently loves to so much. These are not about freedom of expression; they are a form of blackmail directed at a functioning society.

Even worse than mob violence, though, is the Progressive attack on democracy itself. What Progressives are doing is drastically more dangerous than the fact that a significant subsection of conservatives were convinced that Obama, who baited them by hiding his birth certificate, failed to meet the constitutional requirement that he be a native-born American.

(Incidentally, my feeling has long been that he was indeed born in Hawaii. What I think he’s hiding is in the transcripts, which will probably show that he falsely claimed Kenyan or Indonesian birth to get admitted into college and to obtain financial aid. And of course, they’ll show that “the smartest president ever” was a really bad student. This is just a theory, though, and I freely admit that I have no evidence to support it.)

Yes, many conservatives did attack Obama vigorously in an effort to roust him from office and, as the Progressives love to note, Trump was part of that “birth certificate” constituency. The important thing to remember, though, is that this conduct was directed against Obama. The goal was to prove that Obama was unqualified ab initio and had no right to be in the White House.

Progressives are doing something much more extreme than attacking a candidate (although their frenzied effort to equate him to Hitler is dire and dangerous): They are challenging the entire republican democratic process that underlies America’s smooth and safe transition of power every four to eight years. While their hatred is directed at Trump, they’re attacking the heart of the country itself. Moreover, they’re escalating.

It started with the Progressives’ risible claims about Russian interference. I’ve assembled arguments debunking the Russian lie here, so I won’t repeat them. The whole thing is especially silly when one considers a state such as Michigan, in which Jill Stein wanted to use her millions to demand a recount, which only has paper not computer voting. Even Nate Silver’s Progressive-leaning — but impressively honest — 538 says that the theory that the Russians rigged the election is entirely inconsistent with actual voting patterns and, indeed, with the reality that each state has a different way of recording votes.

Not content with ludicrous and impossible theories involving cagey Russians (who were our friends when Hillary sold them 20% of our uranium reserves or when Obama promised more flexibility and then invited them into Syria), Progressives moved on to attacking the Electoral College (“EC”). One of their core attacks is the boring trope that, as is true of everything else in America, it’s “raaacist.” To that end, CNN found some pathetic and ill-informed Yale-educated law professor to broadcast his ignorance to the world when he said the purpose behind the EC was to mark blacks as less than fully human (three-fifths of human, to be exact). This is embarrassingly wrong.

The EC was intended to serve two purposes: (1) To remove mobs from directly electing the president (and we can see with Progressives how out of control and damn stupid mobs can be); and (2) to ensure that more populous states do not entirely remove the less populous states from the election process. Moreover, the growing repulsion against slavery meant that preventing the larger states from controlling the federal government was a matter of special concern to the Founders because, at that time, it was the slave states’ that enjoyed numerical power, especially if the slaves, who had no civil rights, were counted for purposes of apportioning House members and Electoral College votes.

In 1770, Virginia was the most populous state in the new nation. Moreover, three of the five most populous states were also slave states. With all states jealously guarding their prerogatives, the last thing any small state wanted was to be ruled permanently by the larger states’ interests, especially when those states were invested in the pernicious practice of slavery.

There is a method to the Progressives’ madness, though. Richard Baehr achieved deserved nationwide fame (thanks to a nod from Drudge) when he pointed out that the EC attack is intended to undermine President Trump’s legitimacy. If Progressives can derail the EC process, they will use their myriad bully pulpits to proclaim that, not only did Trump fail to gain the popular vote, he also failed to “win” at the electoral college. That will deny him the ability to resist political opponents by saying, as Obama did in 2008, “I won.”

Trump, wisely or not, waded into the fray when he countered the recount demand by insisting that, but for two million or so illegal votes for Hillary, he would have won the popular vote as well. My Lefty friends on Facebook fell over themselves laughing at how stupid and dishonest Trump was. Indeed, there’s been a debate among Leftists about whether to ban Trump from Twitter for “lying.”

...The reality is that, as of now, we have no systematic way to measure how many people are illegally voting. Moreover, you have to keep in mind that, when we talk about “illegal” voting, we not just talking about illegal aliens. Illegal voting includes dead people, felons who live in places that don’t reinstate voting rights after time served, green card holders, and the garden-variety fraudsters who cast multiple votes.

Just for fun, you can keep three facts in your mind as you contemplate Trump’s veracity:

(1) California is home to over 2.5 illegal aliens.

(2) Hillary won the popular vote in California by a significant margin, and this margin which constitutes the largest portion of her “I won the popular vote” argument.

(3) At least one study, focusing only on illegal aliens and green card holders, concluded that they voted in significant numbers in 2014, ranging from possible lows in the ten thousands to possible highs in the millions.

Another thing about the EC: Hillary knew what it was going in. It was she who made the decision to focus on the states with the most votes in the EC, forgetting that, if you add a lot of little states together, you can end up with a very large number, especially if you win (no question) Pennsylvania and Florida.

Meanwhile, Trump’s Jewish son-in-law (an ethnic and religious identity I emphasize because of the gross canard that Trump is antisemitic) looked at the numbers and devised a different, and plainly better, strategy for Trump. Both parties knew the rules going in, both parties made choices about playing by those rules, and now that the Democrats lost because their candidate made a bad play, they’re crying foul.

...While conservatives sought to remove from office a single man with a mysterious past, Progressives seek to overthrow the entire American system.
Read more here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Joan Baez and Judy Collins 2016 performance



h/t Gerard

"Mr. Obama’s presidency was a joyride for the ruthless, well-funded left."

Monica Crowley writes in the Washington Times,
It turns out that President Obama’s promised “fundamental transformation of the nation” was not what it was cracked up to be — and it instead cracked up his party.

Now, the party appears to be committing further suicide in real time by considering far-left radicals such as Keith Ellison to head the Democratic National Committee and keeping crusty old-guard liberals such as Nancy Pelosi in other leadership positions.

This year, however, without Mr. Obama on the ticket, Americans finally felt free to reject another four years of high unemployment, anemic economic growth, unsustainable spending and record-breaking deficits and debt, unpopular and bankrupting socialized medicine, record numbers of people on food stamps and living in poverty, and the escalating threats of nuclear and other proliferation and Islamic fundamentalism.

The left’s multidecade grand plan — to change the very nature of the country by moving it toward European-style socialism — reached its pinnacle with Mr. Obama. And yet, those statist policies are — paradoxically — greatly responsible for Donald Trump’s win.

Mr. Obama had three main goals: to expand government as fast and as widely as possible; the ultimate objective of that was to expand the number of people dependent of government as fast and as widely as possible; and the ultimate objective of that was to leverage it into a permanent Democratic voting majority.

To achieve those goals, he chose to pit Americans against each other in order to make it easier to slide in his radical redistributionist agenda. He divided us by class, gender, race and age. He turned the American motto “E Pluribus Unum” (“Out of Many, One”) upside down and into “Out of One, Many.” The American experiment could not go on as it once did if it were driven by divisions and envy rather than uniting values and common goals.

The other thing Mr. Obama believed was that if you expand government and dependency on it as quickly as possible, you take the sting out of a bad economy. The more government aid and programs to “take care” of you during an economic crisis, the less likely you are to throw the bums out who caused — or who are prolonging — the economic crisis.

...Mr. Obama’s presidency was a joyride for the ruthless, well-funded left. But it’s now come to a screeching halt, thanks to the American people, who aren’t quite ready to throw in the towel on this grand experiment in human liberty.
Read more here.

"Banning flag burning dilutes the very freedoms that make the flag worth revering."

Judge Andrew Napolitano writes in the Washington Times,
Is flag burning protected speech? This old issue returned front and center earlier this week after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he found it so reprehensible, it should be criminal. He even suggested a punishment — loss of citizenship or one year in jail. Is the president-elect correct? Can the government punish acts that accompany the expression of opinions because the government, or the public generally, hates or fears the opinions?

For the sake of this analysis, like the U.S. Supreme Court, which has addressed this twice in the past 27 years, I am addressing whether you can burn your own American flag. The short answer is: Yes. You can burn your flag and I can burn mine, so long as public safety is not impaired by the fires. But you cannot burn my flag against my will, nor can you burn a flag owned by the government.

The First Amendment, which prohibits Congress from enacting laws infringing upon the freedom of speech, has consistently been interpreted in the modern era so as to insulate the public manifestation of political ideas from any government interference, whether the manifestation is by word or deed or both. This protection applies even to ideas that are hateful, offensive, unorthodox and outright un-American. Not a few judges and constitutional scholars have argued that the First Amendment was written for the very purpose of protecting the expression of hateful ideas, as loveable or popular ideas need no protection.

...The amendment was also written for two additional purposes. One was, as Justice Jackson wrote as quoted above, to keep the government out of the business of passing judgment on ideas and deciding what we may read, speak about or otherwise express in public. The corollary to this is that individuals should decide for themselves what ideas to embrace or reject, free from government interference.

...Justice Jackson also warned that a government strong enough to suppress ideas that it hates or fears was powerful enough to suppress debate that inconveniences it, and that suppression would destroy the purposes of the First Amendment. The Jacksonian warning is directly related to the amendment’s remaining understood purpose — to encourage and protect open, wide, robust debate about any aspect of government.

All these values were addressed by the Supreme Court in 1989 and again in 1990 when it laid to rest the flag burning controversies by invalidating all statutes aimed at suppressing opinions.

...The American flag is revered because it is a universally recognizable symbol of the human sacrifice of some for the human freedom of many. Justice Scalia recognized that flag burning is deeply offensive to many people — this writer among them — yet he, like Justice Jackson before him, knew that banning it dilutes the very freedoms that make the flag worth revering.
Read more here.

Democrats hope to beat up Jeff Sessions

Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner,
...Republicans have a 52-48 advantage in the Senate and will likely have a one-vote advantage when the Judiciary Committee is formally organized in January. A party-line vote would win for Sessions. But that hasn't stopped Democrats from looking back to the Ashcroft precedent when, without a majority, they managed to beat up one of the new president's nominees.

...The Democrats — Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Chris Coons and Richard Blumenthal — demanded that the committee hear from witnesses who will discuss Sessions' views on "immigration; violence against women; civil rights; including LGBT protections; racial justice, and hate crimes; workers' rights; national security and civil liberties; voting rights; criminal justice; and government conflicts of interest, transparency, and oversight."
Read more here.

When do facts matter?

Scott Adams reminds us that
...emotion-free decisions are unusual. You rarely see emotion-free decisions when it comes to politics, relationships, or even your career.

...I hope you see the pattern already. Trump ignores the things that don’t matter – even to the point of looking the fool – and pays deep attention to what DOES matter. That’s what made him our next president.

...Once in office, facts and reason do matter more. Trump is moving from the job of talking about issues to the job of doing something about them. In his new role, he will pay attention to details and facts and reason as much as humanly possible, with the help of advisors. You already see this transformation happening as Trump moderates his positions on waterboarding, prosecuting Clinton, and even climate change.

...The Persuasion Filter predicted Trump’s win when most other models did not. Now I use the same filter to predict that Trump will turn from totally ignoring facts (because facts don’t matter to elections) to embracing the facts that do matter to the country.
Read more here.

"There is abundant evidence that admitting Muslim refugees is a jihad risk."

Robert Spencer writes,
... If Trump’s proposal becomes American law, Abdul Artan would never have entered the United States, and Monday’s jihad attack at Ohio State University would never have happened.

...There is abundant evidence that admitting Muslim refugees is a jihad risk. In February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. And the Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country. Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all.

All nine of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees. And now the same murderous impulse has come to Ohio State University, courtesy of another “refugee.” How many more such jihad attacks must there be before the wisdom of a moratorium on immigration from jihad hotspots is universally recognized?
Read more here.

Pelosi wins another term as House Minority Leader

Nancy Pelosi has won another term as House Minority Leader. CBD writes at Ace of Spades,
She is a San Francisco millionaire whose husband is a rent-seeking businessman. She is completely out of touch with the electorate, but has remained in power because she is completely in touch with inside-the-beltway money and influence. If Trump's victory taught them nothing else, it should have taught them that after many years of status quo leading to our current mess, voters sort of like change, even when that change is Trump.
Read more here.

"...welcome in Hope. And He has a name."

At A Holy Expeerience Ann Voskamp reminds us that
We all need to believe that things can change.

“And then sometimes — the impossible unfolds into the possible.”

...Tears are never a sign of weakness. Tears are always the sign of an open heart.

...No matter how we’re hurting — it’s only when we lose hope that the real horror happens.

...and there’s Christ who comes to give us the gift every one wants more than anything — a future and a hope.

...The very least you can do with your life is welcome in Hope. And He has a name.

And the very best you can do with your life is build a life with Hope.

And the very best you can do with your life is build a life with Hope.
Read more and view photos here.

"Cynicism, disgust and frustration deepen."


ambisinistra writes at Flares into Darkness,
The eight steps of the newest news cycle:

1. - There is an attack, using a gun, knife, car, etc., against multiple people in a public space.
2 - I think to myself, "Crap. The Mohammedans are at it again."
3 - Officials warn me not to jump to conclusions about the nature of the attacker.
4 - The media speculates it may be the work of a right-wing gun nut.
5 - It turns out that the attackers name is Mohamed, Abdul, Faisal, etc.
6 - They are reported to have yelled, "Allahu Akbar" while attacking.
7 - The news media puzzles over what their motives could have been.
8 - My cynicism, disgust and frustration deepen.

McConnell's wife and a former Soros employee nominated to cabinet level positions by Trump

The dealer appoints Elaine Chao to head the Transportation Department. She is Senate Majority Leader McConnell's wife, and served eight years as George W. Bush's Labor Secretary.

From Wikipedia:
...Chao's parents had fled to Taiwan from Shanghai on mainland China after the Chinese Communists took over after the Chinese Civil War in 1949. When she was 8 years old, in 1961, Chao came to the United States on a freight ship with her mother and two younger sisters. Her father had arrived in New York three years earlier after receiving a scholarship.[7]

Next, the dealer appointed . . . Former Goldman Sachs and Soros Fund Manager for Treasury Secretary! Tyler Durdin reports,
Steven Mnuchin became finance chair for the Trump campaign. Having succesfully helped to raise 10s of millions of dollars for the campaign, the former Goldman Sachs partner and Soros Fund management employee is now positioned for something much larger as Donald Trump reportedly told his aides today that he wants Mnuchin to serve as his Treasury Secretary.

Ironically, Trump has often criticized Clinton (and his former competitor Ted Cruz) for their links to the big banks:
Did you see that word Soros?