So long as the Fed is pegged to Wall Street, meaning has primary focus on lending to U.S. manufacturing multinationals; and as long as that lending (investment) is stalled pending the outcome of Trump’s trade and economic reset; the Fed is essentially irrelevant on the bigger dynamic.Read much more here.
If a variable rate mortgage loan goes up by $100/month, and simultaneously (outside of the Fed influence) the worker is getting a $300/month wage increase (currently 5.5% wage growth), there is no material negative impact.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
The FBI Tried to Recover the Classified Memos that James Comey Illegally Leaked, But, Get This, Two "Went Missing," Per Comey's ClaimRead more here, including links to the stories Ace is referencing.
—Ace of Spades
Gee, evidence of his own criminality "went missing"?
What would Comey say about that, if a target he was investigating (most likely for purely political reasons) claimed that key documents proving his guilt had "gone missing"?
Anyone think that an obstruction of justice charge for destroying material evidence would soon follow?
...Quick, let's get Comey the super-easy, barely an inconvenience immunity deal the Obama DOJ gave to Hillary Clinton and her corrupt attorneys.
So Hillary Clinton created the illegal server to avoid public scrutiny of official records, and part of the DOJ deal to get the hidden official records was a promise to continue hiding them and to "severely limit" any searches of them.
...What Al Sharpton really is, as the president noted, is a “con man,” a race-hustling mountebank. Thomas Sowell was less polite but more accurate when he said that Sharpton headed “a trail of slime going back more than a quarter of a century, during which he has whipped up mobs and fomented race hatred from the days of the Tawana Brawley ‘rape’ hoax of 1987 to the Duke ‘rape’ hoax of 2006 and the Ferguson riots of 2014.”Read more here.
...Their color has nothing to do with his criticisms. Trump attacks “the squad” not because they are female or “people of color,” but because the are anti-American fanatics. He attacks Elijah Cummings not because he is black but because he is a corrupt pol who has done ill by his district. He attacks Sharpton not because he is black but because he is a race-baiting con-man.
Trump’s recent tweet fests suggest that he may be on the threshold of shifting the Overton Window on race.
Named for the policy analyst Joseph Overton, the famous fenestration describes the range of ideas and rhetoric that are acceptable in public discourse, from the unthinkable and radical at one end to popular ideas and settled policy at the other.
Public discourse in America has long been held hostage to a species of racist moral blackmail that has made it almost impossible to tell the truth about many central social realities. Trump opened the window on that paralyzing darkness when he dared to violate the taboo against criticizing failure when it happened to be presided over by blacks. But to do so is not racist. In fact, it is anti-racist, because it dares to hold everyone, blacks as well as whites, to the same standard.
The president has a long way to go. But he has been the first chief executive in a very long time to have the rough courage to challenge the entrenched, sclerotic establishment that promulgates an agenda of dependency in order to protect its power and perquisites, surrounding the whole with the sleepless sentinels of politically correct interdiction.
It is a rotten, and a deeply un-American, spirit that has risen up among us. Donald Trump will not vanquish it single-handedly. But simply by tearing the scab off this festering infection, revealing it to all in its hideous profusion, he has earned the gratitude of everyone who values liberty and the boundless opportunities of what we used to be able to call, without embarrassment, the American way.
Andrew McCabe and Jeremy Fleming of MI-5 Shared Conspiratorial Texts, Wondering If Brexit Wasn't, Like Trump, the Work of #MuhRussiansRead more here.
—Ace of Spades
These people are literally insane, and were in the grips of a hysterical delusion -- "without evidence," as the hysterical leftwing media might say -- and they run the fucking world without our consent and in secrecy.
These "intelligence officials" are so completely out-of-touch they cannot fathom even the possibility that the wider public might deviate from the BBC/MSM line that defines their reality, and immediately suspect RUSSIAN AGENTS must be behind any deviation from the expected left-liberal upper middle class consensus that they believe is the only mode of thought or possibility in the world.
These people selectively leak to the media so that the media will report a false impression of the contours of reality, and then, incredibly, they believe the false impression of reality that they know they themselves helped conjure up from ideology, fantasy, and lies.
These people are scary and evil, and what's worse, they are pig-ignorant and stupid and completely incompetent. They can't even pull off a conspiracy, despite having the entire law enforcement and intelligence apparatus of not one but two great power nations behind them.
They must all be purged from government and many of them need to be jailed.
Some must be -- seriously -- committed.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
...Ask any white conservative, including one who supports Trump, the following three questions:Read more here.
1) Do you have more in common with, and are you personally more comfortable in the company of, a white leftist or a black conservative?
2) Would you rather have nine white leftists or nine black conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court?
3) Would you rather your child marry a black Christian conservative or a white non-Christian liberal?
A white racist would prefer the whites in each case.
I have asked these questions of thousands of Trump supporters at lectures and on my radio show. Not once has a white Trump-supporting conservative said he or she would be more comfortable in the presence of a white leftist than a black conservative, or would prefer an all-white liberal Supreme Court to an all-black conservative Supreme Court. Not once has a white Christian conservative said he or she would prefer their child marry a white non-Christian liberal to a black Christian conservative.
If you're an honest leftist, this should present a powerful challenge to your belief that all white conservatives are racist.
But it won't. Leftists have too much at stake to confront the truth about conservatives. Everything the left has ever believed has depended upon lying about opponents. From the day Stalin labeled Trotsky -- who served as the head of the Red Army and who, along with Lenin, founded the Bolshevik Party -- a "fascist," leftists have lied about their opponents.
Some liberals lie and some conservatives lie, but the truth is both a liberal and conservative value. It has never been a left-wing value. Any leftist who would commit himself to the truth would cease being a leftist. He would either become an anti-left liberal or an anti-left conservative.
Number one, finish high school. Number two, get married. Number three, wait until you're married to have children.
This is the most savage smackdown you will see of hate Preacher Al Sharpton on the internet. Lawd have mercy, this is going to leave a mark.— OakTown ☢ Unfiltered (@hrtablaze) July 29, 2019
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Does a week ever pass by without you receiving in the mail from Capital One a letter telling you you are pre-qualified for a credit card with $0 annual fee and 0% intro APR? It happens every week for me. I am glad I have never applied. The Washington Times reports,
Capital One says a hacker got access to the personal information of over 100 million individuals applying for credit.Read more here.
The McLean, Virginia-based bank said Monday it found out about the vulnerability in its system July 19 and immediately sought help from law enforcement to catch the perpetrator.
The FBI has arrested the person, reportedly in Seattle, according to a report in The Washington Post.
...The hacker got information including credit scores and balances plus the Social Security numbers of about 140,000 customers. It will offer free credit monitoring services to those affected.
In some sense, today’s hip new racists have adopted the ideology of Lester Maddox and not Martin Luther King, Jr. Segregation, not integration, is the new racist mantra—by dorm, by theme house, by caucus, by safe space, by graduation ceremony.Read more here.
...Ocasio-Cortez believes the detention centers at the border (where far fewer illegal aliens have died annually than during the Obama administration) are analogous to Nazi concentration camps and thus by extension the Holocaust. Apparently, she believes that the 218 tragic deaths in 2018 at the border (471 died in 2012), as a result of a massive wave of illegal migrants into the United States, is analogous to the 6 million Jews who were gassed or starved to death during World War II.
...What will put an end to this new anti-enlightenment racism of the woke that is emulating the familiar overt racism of the past? It will cease only when the majority of Americans of all racial heritages are brave enough to call out those projectionists who are obsessed with constructing or promulgating racism as the purveyors of hate themselves, the sad and the pathetic dividers who seem to believe they are innately and collectively superior on the basis of their superficial appearance or creed.
In the Daily Galaxy, we learn that
This black hole is growing so rapidly that it’s as luminous as 700 trillion suns, shining thousands of times more brightly than an entire galaxy due to all of the gases it sucks in daily that cause lots of friction and heat. How this drainpipe into eternity grew to such mass so early after the Big Bang is a profound puzzle for physics.Read more here.
...A meme pushed repeatedly in the schools but echoed in both pop culture and in hard-left politics is that American history is a tale of oppression and hatred and that the country’s founding is illegitimate for this reason. Like many of the other inanities presented as gospel by today’s Democrats, this has gone so far as to invite the Ocasio-Cortezes of the world to call ICE detention facilities “concentration camps.”Read more here.
Think about the stupidity of that one for a moment. A concentration camp, historically, is a place where people who have done nothing wrong are forcibly taken and forbidden to leave, usually while being pressed into slave labor and/or physically brutalized as a matter of policy. In the Left’s narrative, this is what ICE is doing; never mind that anyone in an ICE detention facility expressing a willingness to return to one’s home country may do so at any time, that no work is required of the detainees, that anyone physically harming them is subject to job discipline if not prosecution, and that conditions in those facilities are generally nicer than those prevailing in their countries of origin.
"Big tech was overconfident in 2016, but not in 2018, and in 2020 they will go all out for Democrats using subliminal methods!"
Monday, July 29, 2019
This unfortunate situation comes just as I’m about launch my new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, which will be published on Tuesday, July 30. I’d like to believe that Amazon will allow it to have as good a chance as any other book, regardless of politics, but how can I be sure? If a successful anti-Obama book is treated so poorly that they'll purge more than a quarter of its reviews, then what kind of shenanigans will they pull with a new pro-Trump/anti-Obama book to keep it from being successful?Read more here.
....even to new heights of success and glory, but not with King Elijah and that crew. When the leaders of Baltimore want to see the City rise again, I am in a very beautiful oval shaped office waiting for your call!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
...As public opinion shifts in Trump’s direction on the motives and origins of the Russian hoax, the public may be more accepting of what’s learned after declassification. And any subsequent indictments and prosecutions of prominent participants in the hoax. This is new territory for America, the stuff of novels, witnessing an actual coup to overturn an election carried out at the highest levels of government. Exposure and reckoning requires a certain level of public acceptance which is now being reached.Read more here.
Was Rosenstein a bad actor in all of this or did he play his role in Trump’s grander plan to drain the swamp and weed out the deep state conspirators? Over time we may learn the answer, but at least we can be quite certain that Robert Mueller, the most honorable man in Washington, DC, was nothing but a mannequin in the window of the office of special counsel.
Scott does not live in the 2D world, where things are exactly like they look on the surface. He thinks the pushback he is getting is all about the trolls' intense hatred of Trump and therefore about anybody who has ever said anything good about Trump. It's about gun control and about people feeling angry and helpless to be able to do something about it. Frank Lutz was one of the people exhibiting fake outrage and that he is better than Scott.
We think there is a homelessness problem, but that is largely a drug addiction/mental illness problem. The guy who opened fire in Gilroy had mental health issues and that would be a more productive way to look at it rather than a gun control issue.
People are volunteering to help with a variety of Baltimore's problems. How about we build a city for people who are failing because of mental illness or drug addiction? If you keep a drug addict in the same environment where he has been failing, the odds of him getting clean are pretty low.
These days one might as well call the Democratic Party The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Racism.Read more here.
Did this have anything to do with Cummings being black? Of course not. But it certainly has to do with Cummings' own over-the-top characterization of our southern border, which Trump considered radically unfair and purely politically motivated. Tit for tat. We've seen that from Trump before and will again. He punches back, sometimes too easily. But color is of no consequence, not even slightly. You could be a card-carrying member of the DAR descended directly from Betsy Ross and Trump would go after you if you went after him.
And speaking of unfair, exactly what is the condition of Baltimore today? Like most American cities governed for decades by Democrats — from Detroit to now Los Angeles, San Franciso, and Seattle with their ghastly homeless epidemics — the word "miserable" seems appropriate or perhaps "wretched" or "revolting" (but not in the sense of revolutionary; in the sense of "What a revoltin' development this is" in The Life of Riley).
And is Baltimore safe? US News gives it a poor rating, 3.9/10, stating: "Baltimore's crime rate is significantly higher than the national rate, with the metro area experiencing its fair share of violent crime – particularly within the city proper." As for Trump's accusation of its being "rat-infested," it ranks eighth nationally here and ninth here. That's out of some 35,000 cities in this country. I'm not sure how many of those got surveyed by Orkin, but Baltimore's results are not exactly auspicious.
The conclusion we are supposed to glean from this, the rule of rules that must be obeyed at all costs, is that whites are always wrong when criticizing blacks. That conception is quite simply mentally deranged. It is sick, completely reactionary politically and inherently racist in and of itself. And yet it is adhered to by the Democratic Party and their media lackeys with an orthodoxy even Opus Dei would envy.
By John Andrews
Editor, BackboneAmerica .net
Because of my strong opposition to some of Mohammed’s oppressive teachings and some of his violent followers, I get accused of holding an impermissible attitude called “Islamophobia”—an irrational animus or vendetta against Muslim people.
That’s a lie, and here’s the reason.
I have no dislike or fear of my neighbors who happen to be Muslims, whether down the street or across the world--let alone a "phobia" toward them.
I take people as I find them, and Muslims as people may be as good or as bad as anybody else, Christian, Jew, whatever.
But Islam as a system is self-evidently bad. Islam in its pure doctrine and its age-old goals, never renounced, intends to rule the world. Which means it wants you and me enslaved or dead.
To reject that and resist it is not a mental disorder, a phobia. It’s common sense.
To disagree with a disagreeable doctrine, a body of belief that means me harm, is not an irrational fear. It’s self-preservation.
So we should recognize that as a supposedly diagnosable state of mind, a punishable condition, so-called Islamophobia is nonexistent nonsense.
Islamophobia does exist, of course, as a political scare word, but as such it is merely the refuge of the crybaby bully.
It’s the cowardly tactic of those who fear criticism and truth, a false guilt accusation to cow opponents into silence.
If you can’t defend the indefensible in Mohammed’s bloody legacy of a thousand years, can’t win an argument on its merits, call your opponent an Islamophobe and declare victory. So goes the con.
That may work on some people. Sorry, but it doesn’t work on me. I won’t be silenced. Will you?
Although mothers and daughters might not always get along and see eye to eye, in so many ways, a mom really can end up being a girl’s best friend. I know this ‘cause my mother is truly an amazing woman. Oh, I do not mean that she is by any means totally perfect or an angel, but she is a for real wonderful person who pisses me off one minute and makes me feel like the most special child ever born in the next. She is a lil bit country gal, a lil bit Southern belle, a lil bit officer’s lady, and a lil bit wicked witch. In other words, she is very much the prototype that is me, my daughters, and now my granddaughters. We kinda do a cookie-cutter thing to a great extent! Hey, if you have a pattern that works, why change it???
My mother taught me to bake when I was in elementary school. She taught me so well that by the time I was in the 5th grade I was doing all the Christmas cookie baking for our holidays. She even helped me earn a stand mixer, for free, when she had a tupperware party while I was in the 7th grade. She bought me cookbooks and gave me cookbooks throughout most of my life and I now have a collection that fills many shelves. My love for cooking and baking has gone through the generations and several of my grandchildren love to cook and bake as well. It started with Mom.
My mother also taught me the basics of sewing. I cannot remember not knowing how to sew. I remember being with her as she (and sometimes we) did projects. Later on she did the greatest thing she could do and sent me to take sewing classes from professionals. Her tutelage gave me a love of sewing, but the classes she provided gave me the elite skills that really paid off. Because of her wisdom, I was able to sew my own clothes by the time I was in junior high and could develop my own patterns while in high school. My love of sewing has since led to a small in-home business making quilts. That love of fabric has also passed through the generations. My daughters have made quilts and so have some of my granddaughters. It started with Mom.
My mother was one of the people who gave me a love of reading. We always had books in the house. I literally cannot remember not knowing how to read. Mom always supported me in school to keep me from being stifled by teachers or librarians who did not understand that I read so far above grade levels that they had nothing in the schools that were suitable. That love of reading, as well as the exceptional skill, has also gone down the generations. We all love books. It started with Mom.
My mother allowed me to love and have animals. We seldom did not have a pet or several while I was growing up. This was not always easy since my father was military, but Mom made it happen, time after time. I had dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, and even a guinea pig. I cannot imagine life without my critters, Once again, down through the generations, my daughters and grandchildren are animal crazy. It started with Mom.
My mother taught or shared so many things with me. Antiques. Art. Crafts. So much more than I can mention. A love for driving fast, driving long distances, and driving after dark. To be fair, I have to admit that my dad has been a part of all of this as well. But, so much of the early years I remember Mom the most ‘cause Dad traveled a lot with the Air Force and was on TDYs around the world. So, most things started and ended with Mom.
At various times in my adult life I have lived on the same military base as my mom, or with my mom, or she’s lived with me. At other times we have been a short day’s drive apart and able to visit rather frequently. Even now, with three states between us, we are able to get together from time to time. We usually talk on the phone daily. Text regularly. Share pictures, memes, and jokes. We even go old school at times and send things by snail mail. She frequently sends me packages and I send her gift ecards.
I know not all daughters are blessed to have so many good memories of their mother. Others do not have a current good relationship with theirs. But, I have to admit that in many ways my mom really is my best friend. ‘Cause, when all is said and done, she knows me better than almost anyone else on earth. She is one of the people most likely to have my back in a crisis. And, she will cry with me or laugh with me or cuss with me when the need arises. What more can one ask of their best friend???
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Candace believes that her generation (Millennials) has swung the pendulum far to the Left and Generation Z is much more conservative. Paul adds that his largest following on YouTube was the 20 to 35 age bracket. He points out that the Left controls the culture, so it is natural for youth to rebel against the Left.
Candace brags that she has 1.5 million subscribers on Twitter and Paul has (had) 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube. Both like Parlor. Both wish President Trump would do some posts on alternative platforms.
Candace has been banned but only for short periods. She believes she is protected by the color of her skin.
Both agree that Leftists are miserable and boring.
Paul uses the two minutes Candace gives him at the end to ask people to support the people who have been censored by big tech social media.
sends a meme or post images that they didn’t create themselves, essentially a giveaway to lawyers who sue unsuspecting suckers for a living.Victor Singer reports in the American Mirror.
...I rejected the "collusion" theory early on based on two principal facts: 1) Any fair reading of the Steele dossier reveals it is ridiculous on its face, and 2) The texts from Lisa Page and Peter Strzok conclusively showed bias at work behind the scenes.Read more here.
On top of these facts came the revelations that the dossier was all paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, and that it was all being fed to the FBI through the wife of a senior official who was also on the payroll of that same effort to discredit Trump.
For two years, I have had to qualify my beliefs with something like "subject to the findings of the Mueller report." Well, the Mueller report found nothing. There was no secret witness, no unearthed secret communications, no secret plot coordinated through hidden Trump Tower servers, no trips to Prague, no quid pro quos to remove sanctions.
So why does a third or more of the public still believe in Russia collusion? Because partisanship by our politicians and some in the media knows no bounds, and to partisans, facts and evidence are simply inconvenient bumps on a road to power.
Targeting political opponents through the legal and subpoena process after a massive investigation revealed no collusion undermines our democracy. It is a far greater threat to our country and its institutions than any ads on Facebook. Whether you think the FBI acted out of political malice (which is now being investigated) or a sense of duty, there is simply no evidence that the president ever committed a crime, or that his top aides were involved in collusion or conspiracy. Nothing of consequence alleged in the Steele dossier was ever proven true.
Mueller's testimony confirmed these basic facts, and it should put impeachment investigations in the rearview mirror.
The logic of Booker’s plan is obvious. Beyond how it lifted Harris in the polls, her attack revealed the liabilities of Biden’s record and weak debating skills. He was shocked by her broadside and, unable to give a coherent answer, aimed to escape by looking at the clock and declaring in defeat, “My time is up.”Read more here.
To make his predicament even starker, Biden is scheduled to stand between Harris and Booker on a Detroit stage this week.
Biden’s mental freeze in the first debate is not surprising because the 76-year-old frontrunner probably assumed he was inoculated on racial issues by his faithful service as vice president to Barack Obama, America’s first black president.
But the attacks on Biden illustrate how much Dems have changed in three years. The Obama administration was the most leftist in modern times, but those days look almost modest by comparison to this year’s hysterical calls for impeaching Trump along with overt demands for socialist and race-themed policies.
...As David Brooks points out in his latest Times column, the audience for this far-far-left appeal is largely white progressives. Studies show there are more of them in the party and they moved further and faster to the left than black or Hispanic Dems.
One result, he writes, is that they see everything from immigration to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the prism of race.
“White liberals have warmer attitudes toward other races than they do toward their own,” Brooks insists.
The bizarre trend helps explain why attacks on “white privilege” are now required for candidates to prove their racial bona fides. An extreme example involves Beto O’Rourke, a wealthy white candidate from Texas who made his case for reparations by declaring that he and his wife are the descendants of slave owners. Even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who used to claim he was a moderate, now says he will support a Booker bill to study how reparations for slavery could be put into practice.
While all this sounds like an exclusive appeal to minority voters, it is also just as likely to be aimed at those whites embarrassed by their race.
...Indeed, as I wrote last week, the Mueller hearing was the latest example of how hatred of Trump leads his enemies to do really stupid stuff. Fixated on showing they are morally superior, they swing so far to make their case that they seem to be on another planet. They even want to undo economic polices that have created record-low unemployment for black and Hispanic Americans.
Having gone to foolish extremes with Mueller and impeachment, they are now ready to repeat the mistake with race.
The U.S. Coast Guard seized over 26,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $350 million from several drug busts throughout the Pacific Ocean, which it unloaded in San Diego Friday.
...“There has been a spike in cocaine production in South America,” Gautier told NBC San Diego. “Eighty percent of the cocaine that arrives in America starts its journey in the eastern Pacific.”
There is a video showing smugglers trying to get rid of the cocaine as their boat sped away from the Coast Guard. There is also a link to another video of a Coast Guard soldier leaping onto a narco sub. Read more here.
.@ScottAdamsSays argues that the Democrats have "lit the wrong match" by claiming criticism of Baltimore is racist. Trump has shone a light on Democrat mismanagement of cities; they are now defending rats. "Honestly, this is the reason people voted for @realDonaldTrump," he says.— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) July 28, 2019
Last week, mostly lost in the news cycle of Trump versus “the squad” and the anticipation of the Mueller hearings, was the testimony of Dr. Robert Epstein in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding the power of Google to manipulate elections. Epstein, a Harvard Ph.D. in psychology and behavioral sciences, is a Democrat who voted for Clinton in 2016. Yet what he testified to should be troubling to every American who is concerned about election integrity and the threats of manipulation by powers both foreign and domestic.Read more here.
Epstein testified, based on 13,000 saved search results of American citizens and dozens of controlled experiments in the United States and abroad, that the power of the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) generated by Google’s search algorithm likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Epstein explained:
SEME is one of the most powerful forms of influence ever discovered in the behavioral sciences, and it is especially dangerous because it is invisible to people—“subliminal,” in effect. It leaves people thinking they have made up their own minds, which is very much an illusion. It also leaves no paper trail for authorities to trace. Worse still, the very few people who can detect bias in search results shift even farther in the direction of the bias, so merely being able to see the bias doesn’t protect you from it. Bottom line: biased search results can easily produce shifts in the opinions and voting preference of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups.
In January 2013, while sitting at Google’s political innovation summit in New York City, it became very clear to me that Google would have the power to influence and affect the outcomes of national elections. According to Epstein, “Google has likely been determining the outcomes of upwards of 25 percent of the national elections worldwide since at least 2015.”
But it becomes even more troubling when Epstein discussed the potential impact that Google, combined with Facebook and Twitter, could have on the election outcomes in 2020. “Big Tech in 2020, because if these companies all support the same candidate—and that’s likely, needless to say—they will be able to shift upwards of 15 million votes to that candidate with no one knowing and without leaving a paper trail,” Epstein said.
After six years of studying Google, Epstein’s solution for breaking up Google’s SEME is to make its index public, to make it into a sort of public commons to engender greater competition. I have argued that these tech companies must have their Section 230 exemptions removed and be redefined as publishers and telecommunications companies. And we have antitrust laws for a reason. The federal government has a role in breaking up what are, in fact, monopolies.
Whatever the solution may be—and I suspect it is a combination of all of the above—it’s time to get aggressive. Addressing the power of the tech companies is a winning issue with Americans across the ideological spectrum. We can hope more of our elected officials will follow the lead of Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) and find the courage to rise to the occasion. Because to sit and dither, to listen to the various tech collaborators on the right mumbling about “free market” solutions, is to ensure the demise of our democratic constitutional republic.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
"Comey has got to be the center of this investigation." "And Comey is not where it stops. It probably goes higher!"
"Comey is headed for big trouble!"
another Google whistleblower has come forward to ring alarm bells about how the left-leaning tech industry uses algorithms to manipulate the masses. For the past year, Project Veritas has been investigating political bias at big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
Greg Coppola, a senior software engineer who works on artificial intelligence at Google’s New York office, said he contacted Project Veritas out of concern that Big Tech and the media have merged with the Democrat party to sway political elections.
Heine quotes Coppola as telling Project Veritas,
Robert Epstein, a computer expert (and Democrat) who testified before Congress last week, said that the political bias of Google, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms could manipulate up to 15 million middle-of-the-road voters “without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace.”Read more here.
...“We have to decide now that we are seeing tech use it’s power to manipulate people,” he added. “It’s a time to decide. Do we run the technology or does the technology run us?”
He told O’Keefe that he came forward as an expert in the field to assure non-programmers that Big Tech is not politically neutral and Google is without a doubt “very politically biased.”
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper revealed in an interview last week that if not for President Obama asking for an intelligence community assessment that "set off a whole sequence of events" we would not have the Mueller investigation. Clapper, a CNN contributor, said the effects of that intel assessment "are still unfolding today."Read more here.
...It is a great sadness, a great victory, and a great irony. The spectacle of a stooped and aged Robert Mueller, after he had (voluntarily) been so dishonestly used by the president’s enemies, was an objectively sad one, a sorry swan-song to a substantial career. The victory of the Trump Republicans is seismic, and announces the imminent exposure and punishment of those who abused the system to attack the president and deform the political system.Read more here.
The irony is two-fold. If Trump’s enemies had not launched the Russian collusion nonsense, all their pre-electoral skullduggery would not have been unearthed—if they had given him the normal honeymoon for incoming presidents, a serene ambiance would have settled Washington down, at least for a year or so, and they would now be wallowing in their Washington lobbying and other sinecures.
...We are now between the lightning and the thunder.
Ann Voskamp links us to this article about Australian photographer Christian Spencer.
...One of Spencer’s most fascinating finds is the way that light diffracts through the wings of hummingbirds in flight, resulting in a rainbow of colors within the birds’ feathers.Read more here.
They were not joking about Tibet, Tiananmen Square, and millions of other dead bodies they left behind.
I expect violence within next 12-18 hours and have moved into position to witness. This will be a dangerous day for Hong Kong.
You are right @johncardillo this is a shot of West Baltimore under the "care" of @repcummings . He has been taking care of Baltimore for 33 years. Yet he slammed Kevin Aleenan for conditions at border. Right! https://t.co/oeuqjBIx8e pic.twitter.com/HZL83xFlzs— Cynthia ParkerWatson (@CPWatson2) July 27, 2019
Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019
Scott would not be surprised if some of Mueller's attorneys ended up in jail! They have not been honest or ethical.
Apparently, there has been a moratorium on capital punishment regarding federal crimes. No longer. The first to die is a white supremacist!
Joel Pollack has a story in Breitbart about Israel flying an F35 over Iran, took some pictures, and went home. Did the Russians give the Israelis access to the radar secret codes? Iran may be more flexible and open to peace negotiations.
Kamala Harris has a racist plan to invest 60 billion dollars in STEM courses at historically black colleges. Where is the 60 billion dollars for low-income Hispanic citizens? Poor whites?
President Trump's first term may be the best presidential performance of all time!
How did it happen that Marxism swept its field so completely that one hundred million people had to die before people realized that's not such a swell theory?
Darwin's theory also swept its field. Why? Academics throughout the western world will believe anything! Once they believe something, the conspiracy is held tenaciously! It allowed academics to participate in a cultural war against religion. Darwinism provides a substitute for a Biblical account. We really don't know. Ours is only one of many, many universes. What is unlikely in this one may be likely when we consider all of them!
Western science is saturated by faith! The National Academy of Sciences is an institutional source of authority and power. Scientists cannot disprove the existence of God!
The Old Testament is the greatest repository of human knowledge and wisdom in the history of civilization!
"When you refuse to just watch a TWENTY MINUTE VIDEO before defaming a child -- what could define "reckless indifference to truth or falsity" than that?"
...But the judge is determined to dismiss the suit -- so he takes a black-letter statement of fact , which can either be proven true or false, and simply says, without any argument supporting his position, "It's opinion and therefore not libelous. Case dismissed."Read more here.
But Sandmann did not block the Indian -- the Indian marched right into his face.
Sandmann did not "taunt" the Indian -- the Indian banged a drum in his face, taunting Sandmann.
The Indian made false, defamatory claims of fact, not opinion, and the Washington Post published these false, defamatory claims of fact, either knowing they were false or having been recklessly indifferent to their truth or falsity,
When you refuse to just watch a TWENTY MINUTE VIDEO before defaming a child -- what could define "reckless indifference to truth or falsity" than that?
This is black-letter law -- by which I mean, the sections written in BIG BLACK LETTERS to let you know that these are foundational points of the law upon which all other law is based.
And this judge just threw black-letter law out the window,
Because this was a contest between a leftwing billion-dollar corporation and a little conservative kid from an unfashionable little town, and it doesn't matter what the law says -- the real law is that leftists win, always and forever.
"The only way to really care is to have human beings who care (and to give them the authority and resources to demonstrate that.)"
The marketing math is compelling. It’s obvious that the most highly-leveraged moment in every brand’s relationship with a customer is the moment when something goes wrong.
In that moment, when a promise was broken, the customer sees the true nature of the brand. We make up stories about the brands in our lives, but we believe that when the promise is broken we’re about to see the truth of that story.
As brands get bigger (and bigger might be as small as an organization with just two people in it), policies kick in. Policies and budgets and bureaucracy.
The brand has become too big to care. I mean, it might be big enough to pretend to care. To have policies that appear to set things right. But they don’t really care.
The only way to really care is to have human beings who care (and to give them the authority and resources to demonstrate that.)
Once you’ve got that, it’s pretty easy to show that you do.
What happens now to the mental health of Democrats? What will they think of the media, who got it all wrong, despite wall-to-wall coverage? Mueller was their last hope to tell themselves they hadn't been insane for the last three years.
It is not Mueller's job to exonerate anybody.
No president has ever gotten us further from the risk of nuclear war than this one.
Scott thinks Dan Crenshaw will run for president someday, and would be very difficult to defeat.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
BREAKING: Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is suing Google for $50,000,000+ for allegedly infringing on her free speech rights after her campaign ads were temporarily suspended following the first round of Democratic primary debates https://t.co/h6PFM8LA4m— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 25, 2019
It disgusts me to hear ppl throwing out the "dementia" diagnosis as though it is relevant. Dementia is the new "nigger". Ppl completely ignorant of the meaning or symptoms of dementia throw it at anyone over 60 like it's rice onto the married couple.Read more here.
Memory loss does not equal "dementia". The utter ignorance!
Also, whether ppl noticed it or not, Muller was being bombarded with questions. He faced a lot of different ppl who had different ways of questioning, different pronunciations and different questions. Geez, can no one imagine how much pressure he was under and how difficult that is?
Asking anyone in a courtroom or courtroom-like settings to repeat their question makes sense. This was even bigger - it was televised. He needed to make wise decisions about every single thing he said. He needed to be correct. Asking someone to repeat the question buys time to answer and ensures you thoroughly understand the question and have not missed or misunderstood a word.
This guy in the video saying because Muller didn't remember or know who Fusion GPS is "should be medicated or be in a home" is a jerk. He clearly has no empathy for the elderly: His idea of disposing with them is "medicated and put in a home". What a pig.
I am not a Muller fan, but I will defend the rights of the elderly to be respected, understood helped and valued until I die. Throwing the words "dementia" and "alzheimers" at Muller insults all elderly persons and creates a society that devalues them even more.
The “By the Book” justification, where every action could have been taken because Trump might have been an actual Russian operative, is the weapon under the camouflage tarp as the radical left lures-in their political opposition. They shrug their shoulders and say in condescending voice: ‘well, we didn’t know; we had to be prudent‘, etc.Read more here.
Getting outraged about the Obama administration’s lies, misstatements and fabrications can backfire if you don’t first think about it from their constructed frame-of-reference.
The ‘By-the-Book’ framework is based on a false-premise; but the action, just about any action, taken to mislead (even undermine) the incoming administration is excusable under this carefully crafted justification memo. That’s exactly why Susan Rice wrote it; and each of the participating members knows they can use it, when needed.
The way to get around the legal and political defense inside this justification memo is to ignore the activity of those protected by it and go directly to the origin of how they created that false premise in the first place:
♦ President Trump can prove the July 31st, 2016, Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation originated from a scheme within the intelligence apparatus by exposing the preceding CIA operation that created the originating “Electronic Communication” memo. Declassify that two-page “EC” document that Brennan gave to Comey. [The trail is found within the Weissmann report and the use of Alexander Downer – SEE HERE]
♦ Release and declassify all of the Comey memos that document the investigative steps taken by the FBI as an outcome of the operation coordinated by CIA Director John Brennan in early 2016. [The trail was memorialized by James Comey – SEE HERE]
♦ Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. Show the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries. [Crowdstrike? Fusion-GPS? Nellie Ohr? Daniel Richman?] This was a weaponized surveillance and domestic political spying operation. [The trail was laid down in specific detail by Judge Collyer – SEE HERE]
♦ Subpoena former DOJ-NSD (National Security Division) head John Carlin, or haul him in front of a grand jury, and get his testimony about why he hid the abuse from the FISA court in October 2016; why the DOJ-NSD rushed the Carter Page application to beat NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to the FISA court; and why Carlin quit immediately thereafter.
♦ Prove the Carter Page FISA application (October 2016) was fraudulent and based on deceptions to the FISA Court. Declassify the entire document, and release the transcripts of those who signed the application(s); and/or depose those who have not yet testified. The creation of the Steele Dossier was the cover-up operation. [SEE HERE]
♦ Release all of the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages without redactions. Let sunlight pour in on the actual conversation(s) that were taking place when Crossfire Hurricane (July ’16) and the FISA Application (Oct ’16) were taking place. The current redactions were made by the people who weaponized the intelligence system for political surveillance and spy operation. This is why Page and Strzok texts are redacted!
♦ Release all of Bruce Ohr 302’s, FBI notes from interviews and debriefing sessions, and other relevant documents associated with the interviews of Bruce Ohr and his internal communications. Including exculpatory evidence that Bruce Ohr may have shared with FBI Agent Joseph Pientka. [And get a deposition from this Pientka fella] Bruce Ohr is the courier, carrying information from those outside to those on the inside.
♦ Release the August 2nd, 2017, two-page scope memo provided by DAG Rod Rosenstein to special counsel Robert Mueller to advance the fraudulent Trump investigation, and initiate the more purposeful obstruction of justice investigation. Also Release the October 20th, 2017, second scope memo recently discovered. The Scope Memos are keys to unlocking the underlying spy/surveillance cover-up. [SEE HERE and SEE HERE]
In short, avoid the “justification trap” by ignoring the downstream activity (stemming as a result of the fraudulent origin), and focus on revealing the origin of the fraud.
The issue isn't the size and reach of the Royal Navy; it has been shrinking for years. The issue is that the United Kingdom has been emasculated by its elites, who would rather kowtow to the maniacal SJWs and cultivate voting blocs within immigrant populations than defend the culture and history of their country. The result is a country without a core; one that is unwilling to defend itself even in response to a direct and obvious provocation from a country that is reeling from sanctions and is lashing out at the world. The UK could easily mount a small military operation that would send a clear signal to the Mad Mullahs that pirating British ships is not a winning plan. A few cruise missiles (they still have them) into Iran's oil infrastructure, or even into their military command and control would be sufficient.Read more here.
Yes, this sounds suspiciously like the now thoroughly discredited neo-cons of 20 years ago, but sometimes it is appropriate to meet provocation with force. Nobody has bloodied the Iranians' nose (except Israel) in many years. It is time to remind them of their position in the world.
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth. I feel that a man may be happy in this world. And I know that this world is a world of imagination and vision. I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser a guinea is far more beautiful than the Sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. As a man is, so he sees.
Maria adds the thinking of Anne Truitt.
We claim autonomy for ourselves and forget that in so doing we can fall into the tyranny of defining other people as we would like them to be. By focusing on what we choose to acknowledge in them, we impose an insidious control on them. I notice that I have to pay careful attention in order to listen to others with an openness that allows them to be as they are, or as they think themselves to be. The shutters of my mind habitually flip open and click shut, and these little snaps form into patterns I arrange for myself. The opposite of this inattention is love, is the honoring of others in a way that grants them the grace of their own autonomy and allows mutual discovery.Read more here.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Asked about Fusion GPS, which hired Christopher Steele to compile the infamous Russian-sourced ‘dossier’ against Trump, Mueller said that was ‘not familiar‘ with them. Uh oh.Read more here.
Scary option: he was telling the truth. As I say, I almost felt sorry for Robert Mueller — emphasis on the adverb — and then I remembered how many lives that horrible fanatic had ruined over the course of his career and what he and his squadron of Trump-hating lawyers put the country through for the past three years.
...The Democrats kept saying that the Mueller report did not ‘exonerate’ the president of the charge of obstruction of justice. But special counsel reports are not in the business of exoneration. They are in the business of determining whether their investigation uncovered grounds for an indictment. If not, their work is over.
Here are two takeaways from today’s pathetic performance:
Robert Mueller really wasn’t running the investigation. His lieutenants — never-Trump crusaders or Hillary-supporting Democrats — were running the show. He was the figurehead only.
The second take-away was articulated by both Chuck Todd and Chris Wallace. The Mueller show was a ‘disaster’ for the Democrats and, indeed, as Wallace put it, a ‘disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.’
Why did the Democrats insist on having Mueller testify? They had already put the country — and the president — through nearly three years of a pointless investigation whose true purpose was to undo the results of a free, open, and democratic election. Trump won, Hillary lost. End of story. At least, it ought to have been the end of the story. But, as Devin Nunes said, the Democrats have insisted on treating the investigation as the search for the Loch Ness monster. The monster doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t stop them from circulating electrifying headlines and horrifying gossip.
I don’t think that they are able to concentrate for more than a few seconds. Hence compound sentences become an enigma. Their brains are ’trained’ to hold information for the minimum time possible and to move on the next soundbite or tweet. They are unable to hold a thought in their minds long enough to abstract it, analyze it, and form required relationships. As a result, they lack the fundamental building blocks for inductive and deductive reasoning. They want to be spoon-fed without ever having to resort to a single abstract thought. They have been ‘educated’ by quick turnaround, expensive and largely incorrect multiple-choice question textbooks.Read more here.
...Their problem is that they are unable to formulate questions. It’s difficult to come up with answers if you don’t know what to ask. So I tell them that my ambition is to teach them how to ask questions. They love my classes but I am told repeatedly: “This was the best class we have had but by far the most difficult.”
Good grief. We have totally destroyed this generation.
...Mueller was correct in asserting his investigation wasn't a "witch hunt." It was far worse. It was part of a treasonous and/or seditious (depending on your definitions) attempt to prevent a man from winning the presidency and then, once he had done so, to sabotage and unseat him.Read more here.
...As we are now learning, the involvement in this — the real conspiracy — went up to the highest reaches of the previous administration, beginning when they were still in office. And once Trump was in office, the efforts were redoubled.
No wonder the frail Mueller has a guilty conscience. As I said above, he should.
And before you accuse me over-psychologizing, just remember that a guilty conscience can lead to depression, which, it is well known, shuts down the brain. Time and illness obviously can account for a man's decline, but also circumstances. Mueller knew how his reputation was going to be destroyed. It's the old link between the mind and the body. Almost every one of us has seen this among people we know.
UPDATE: I notice that some commenters think I am excusing Mueller's execrable behavior in the past (anthrax case, etc.) by saying he has a guilty conscience. I didn't intend that in the slightest. I never bought the heroic image of Mueller. He is and was a pompous creep who ran over people. But the human mind is a complex animal. Many things happen at once. People like Mueller and Comey think they are good, which makes them all the more dangerous. In the case of Mueller, I suspect something was beginning to impinge on that--call it a guilty conscience or whatever, an uncomfortable truth-and he started to disintegrate in the tradition of the witch in the Wizard of Oz. That's what we saw today.
SOME OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Some of the Democrats, at least, probably have a degree of fear of what is obviously to come from the Durham investigation. This in great part was a reason they insisted on this ridiculous hearing, to distract. It didn't work.
AND: Another noteworthy dishonest facet of the Mueller report and his testimony is the insistence that the Russians interfered to help Trump. This exhibits a (deliberate?) lack of knowledge on how Russian/Soviet disinfo operates. They aim to confuse, not to favor. Indeed, conveniently left out of the report and Wednesday's testimony was Rosenstein's saying precisely that when he announced the indictment of the Russian hackers. He emphasized they intended to create dissension, not choose one candidate over the other. They clearly succeeded in their true intention and then some, thanks to the like of Adam Schiff. Moreover, why would the Russians even have thought they could get Trump elected? That would have been a waste of time to any competent KGB/FSB officer. They read the same polls we did.
"Minority students will suffer worst" if teachers fail to keep order in classrooms for fear of being accused of racism
Pretending, as the Civil Rights Commission does, that Black students do not commit disproportionately more offenses than non-Blacks does a disservice to everyone except, perhaps, identity politics activists. To quote Gail one more time:Read more here.
[The pretense] "certainly does not benefit minority children. To the contrary, they are its greatest victims. African American students disproportionately go to school with other African American students. . .If teachers fail to keep order in those classrooms out of fear that they will be accused of racism, it is these minority students who will suffer most.
Children can’t learn in disorderly classrooms."
For the left, identity politics trumps nearly everything. We shouldn’t be surprised that it now trumps the urgent need for quality education.
Scott watched a little of the Mueller show today and Scott's initial impression was that "Mueller doesn't seem as competent as you hoped he would be." "He is not presenting an image that makes you confident."
The Justice Department is opening an investigation of the major internet tech companies to determine whether they engage in anti-competitive practices. Hopefully, this will make it more difficult for them to manipulate elections.
Project Veritas interviewed a Google insider who is saying that we should be worried about Google manipulating search results to favor one candidate over another.
Scott thinks Google may be hustling to clean up their algorithms! We have two bad choices. 1. Google makes no decisions about what we see. 2. They go the other way and filter out things. How do we know they are making the right choices of what to filter out? Some transparency would be good, though.
Somebody has taken the time to go back and look at the squad's tweet history, and, lo and behold, they have used the same language of telling people to go back where they came from.
Scott thinks Andrew Yang is the most interesting Democratic candidate.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Trump is a lock to win in 2020.
There is zero chance that Michelle Obama will run for office.
The 2020 Dem race is down to Warren vs. Harris
The Mueller thing is just summer reruns.
How can Fox News stay in business? It looks like its primary source of income is pharmaceutical ads.
Shepherd Smith skillfully attacked a corrupt Puerto Rican government official.
"it is hard for half the country to feel much sympathy for the Left that sowed the wind and are reaping an ever growing whirlwind."
Monday, July 22, 2019
There is research showing that incidents of racism of whites toward blacks have sharply declined since the Trump presidency began, a decline which did not happen during the Obama presidency. Scott thinks the incidences of racism by blacks toward whites is probably sharply up.
In the real world, according to Scott, things have gotten better, but you wouldn't know that from reading and watching media news.
Being on the brink of war looks exactly like being on the brink of peace! Iran has created an asset to give up! The NY Times interviewed Ahmadinejad, who said, "Mr. Trump is a man of action. He is a businessman and therefore he is capable of calculating cost benefits and making a decision." That's the middle ground, where we should all be! If you are having that conversation, you are headed toward peace! Trump does not think small. Iran can see that the United States is perfectly capable of turning our most violent enemies into best friends (Japan and Germany).
Scott feels that Trump may have ended the election with his three tweets that Geraldo called "manifestly offensive." From day one, the Democrats' starting point was, "He's Hitler!" What is the risk for Trump?
Watch the video here.
"SnowFlake"Read more here.
Actual definition: Taken from "special snowflake," refers to anyone who feels the world owes them outsized deference and sensitivity because they're so special and they just might melt if they're triggered by disagreement.
Actual definition: "Social justice warrior." An ironical designation given to the most strident, militant, speech-patrolling thought-controlling advocates for identarianism, which they call "social justice," meaning "group/race justice," as opposed to individual justice, also known as actual justice, formerly known simply as "justice," period.
Actual definition: Shortened from "cuckold." A man who is either cuckolded by other men, or who is a willing participant in the weird subculture in which men actually invite other men to have sex with their wives, because they get off on the humiliation and degradation. (Shame is part of the kink.)
Also means, by extension, weak, ineffectual men, submissive men, weaklings, cowards, dupes. Those who bend over any time a progressive demands they do so.
Someone who would give up his own ass or his wife's ass just to fit in with the Swells.
"One of the slurs constantly being thrown at Trump by the left and their catchfarts in the media is that he's 'divisive.' This is such a stupid word. I mean, yes, he's 'divisive' in the sense that a sizeable portion of Americans voted for him and a slightly larger portion voted against him, but why is that his fault? It's not as if his campaign was all 'I want a vote from you, but you, yes you over there, your vote I don't want.' Trump never did that.
Also, Trump wasn't the candidate who called many Americans 'deplorable'. Trump wasn't the candidate who called many Americans 'bitter clingers'. Now, it's that sort of language that's divisive. Funny how the incurious mainstream media never calls out such rhetoric as 'divisive' when it comes from Democrats. They never tell their audiences that divisiveness is foundational to how progressives advance their agenda. They never tell their audiences that what progressives like to do is seize upon whatever grievances that may exist, rub them raw and pick at them until they're all bleeding, infected, and inflamed. Progressives foment divisiveness, they don't alleviate it.
And make no mistake, Obama's minions were very adept at this, so much so that by the time he left office, they had managed to turn America into an open wound. So Trump didn't cause division, it was already there when he got here. In fact, I think it's just the opposite: Trump didn't bring division. Division brought Trump."
"The senator's actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life."
In a country that now vaporizes careers for an infelicitous tweet, Ted Kennedy killed a woman and dared us to call him on it. Thanks to the likes of the Associated Press, America failed that test.Read more here.
...Ted Kennedy went a different route. He got kitted out with a neck brace and went on TV and announced the invention of the "Kennedy curse," a concept that yoked him to his murdered brothers as a fellow victim – and not, as Mary Jo perhaps realized in those final hours, the perpetrator. He dared us to call his bluff, and, when we didn't, he made all of us complicit in what he'd done. We are all prey to human frailty, but few of us get to inflict ours on an entire nation.
When a man is capable of what Ted Kennedy did that night in 1969 and in the weeks afterward, what else is he capable of? An NPR listener said the senator's passing marked "the end of civility in the U.S. Congress." Yes, indeed. Who among us does not mourn the lost "civility" of the 1987 Supreme Court hearings? Considering the nomination of Judge Bork, Ted Kennedy rose on the Senate floor and announced that "Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit down at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution."
Whoa! "Liberals" (in the debased contemporary American sense of the term) would have reason to find Borkian jurisprudence uncongenial but to suggest the judge and former solicitor-general favored resegregation of lunch counters is a slander not merely vile but so preposterous that, like his explanation for Chappaquiddick, only a Kennedy could get away with it. If you had to identify a single speech that marked "the end of civility" in American politics, that's a shoo-in. And in fact setting a new moral standard in which a drunken adulterer's appetites can cause a woman's death and he pays no price is also an end to civility.
If a towering giant cares so much about humanity in general, why get hung up on his carelessness with humans in particular? For Kennedy's comrades, the cost was worth it. For the rest of us, it was a high price to pay. And, for Ted himself, who knows? He buried three brothers, and as many nephews, and, as the years took their toll, it looked sometimes as if the only Kennedy son to grow old had had to grow old for all of them. Did he truly believe, as surely as Melissa Lafsky & Co do, that his indispensability to the republic trumped all else? That Camelot – that "fleeting wisp of glory," that "one brief shining moment" – must run forever, even if "How To Handle A Woman" gets dropped from the score. The senator's actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life.
"Does a "good neighbor" just move into the house next door and then demand you support him in his lawlessness?"
Since the first story was carved on a rock, media pundits have explained that they have simply given people what they want, reporting the best they can on what’s happening.
Cause (the culture, human activity, people’s desires) leads to effect (front page news).
In fact, it’s becoming ever more clear that the attention-seeking, profit-driven media industrial complex drives our culture even more than it reports on it.
Thoughtful people regularly bemoan our loss of civility, the rise of trolling and bullying and most of all, divisive behavior designed to rip people apart instead of moving us productively forward.
And at the very same time, reality TV gets ever better ratings. So much so that the news has become the longest-running, cheapest to produce and most corrosive TV show in history. Increase that exponentially by adding in the peer-to-peer reality show that is social media, and you can see what’s happening.
Imagine two classrooms, each filled with second graders.
In the first classroom, the teacher shines a spotlight on the bullies, the troublemakers and the fighters, going so far as to arrange all the chairs so that the students are watching them and cheering them on all day.
In the second classroom, the teacher establishes standards, acts as a damper on selfish outliers and celebrates the generous and productive kids in the classroom…
How will the classrooms diverge? Which one would you rather have your child enrolled in?
We’re not in elementary school anymore, and the media isn’t our teacher or our nanny. But the attention we pay to the electronic channels we click on consumes more of our day than we ever spent with Miss Binder in second grade. And that attention is corrosive. To us and to those around us.
The producers of reality TV know this. And they seek out more of it. When they can’t find it easily, they search harder. Because that’s their job.
It’s their job to amp up the reality show that is our culture.
But it’s not our job to buy into it. More than anything, profit-driven media needs our active participation in order to pay their bills.
It’s an asymmetrical game, with tons of behavioral research working against each of us–the uncoordinated but disaffected masses. Perhaps we can find the resolve to seek out the others, to connect and to organize in a direction that actually works.
The first step is to stop taking the bait. The second step is to say, “follow me.”
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Sadly, much of American Jewishness, as opposed to authentic Judaism, has made Israel and the safety and survival of the Jewish people secondary, or insignificant, when weighed against their preferred identity as “progressive” members of a global society. This is the curse of universalism, which has afflicted the Jewish people since the early 19th century.Read more here.
A grateful and self-respecting people would give the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Trump, the man who has befriended them so much and who fights for the country, America, that has provided Jews with so much blessing. Indeed, Jews who have prospered in this golden land should be in the forefront defeating a person like Omar who has, as her primary purpose, the besmirching of America and Israel. The purpose of her treacherous, stealth campaign is to make Americans feel so negative about their country that they want to replace our historic ethos and system with an amalgamation of Marxism and Shariah.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents were punched and kicked by a violent horde of 50 illegal immigrants who tried to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas yesterday.Read more here.
A CBP official says the agents had to use tear gas and pepper spray to curb the mob rampage when gangs of illegals rushed the Rio Grande bridge in three separate waves at 4 a.m. local time.
“Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier,” the official told Fox News.
The Border Patrol official added: “Several males in the group disregarded commands to stop and physically pushed through the barriers. When confronted by CBP officers, the combative individuals began assaulting the officers by punching, kicking, and attempting to grab the officers’ protective devices.”
one of the most grievous miscarriages of justice, one of the grossest abuses of wealth and political power, and one of the most ill-deserved second acts in modern American history: July 18, 1969, the night a probably-drunk Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick and left a young, adoring campaign aide named Mary Jo Kopechne to die in about three feet of water, her horrific death a slow agony — one that took hours — as she doubtless waited for her hero, the young and virile Ted, to run for help.Read more here.
Instead, he stumbled back to his hotel room, called down to the front desk to complain about noisy guests, and went to sleep.
So when it comes to significant anniversaries, the way the media marks them matters — if they’re marked at all. It’s hard to believe, in the #MeToo era, we’re not reckoning with the night Ted Kennedy left a young woman to die and truly did not care, who panicked only when he realized this might cost him a future presidency, who walked right into a lifetime Senate seat and a lionization that extended to a eulogy, delivered by President Obama, that called Ted “a champion for those who had none.”
Tell that to those who loved and survived Mary Jo.