Group Hug

How cool is this? An alternate universe where Hillary actually won the presidency;

A place for the unhinged triggered perpetually aggrieved, like a warm blanket wrapped in puppies.

The site is really pretty funny, all the fake news (of course the average drop in would not know it) you can wag a finger at, but drop the clutched pearls first.

Reading some of headlines got me thinking, what other nonsense would they believe?

1) The science is settled.
2) A first grader at Monmoth elementary school found a unicorn horn fragment in the school sandbox yesterday. “Peer reviewed” by the other first graders, the consensus being ,”I guess it could be part of a unicorn”, a study documenting the finding will be published in this month’s “Mythological Creature Review”.
3) A DNA test has revealed that Trump really is Hitler, a cloned Hitler.
4) The NY Times has just leaked a copy of Robert Byrd’s will identifying Steve Bannon as his illegitimate son.
5) Brian Pagliano, in a plea deal to avoid prison, provided heretofore unknown Clinton emails linking her to a paid hit squad that assassinated Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi attack. The emails revealed that Stevens had an affair with Chelsea back in 2011, whereby he refused to marry Chelsea after she became pregnant. A Stevens reply was attached to one of the emails where he stated he would rather nail his penis to a burning building than be part of the Clinton mob family.
6) A BLM activist found a new witness in the Ferguson area who gave an oral account of the event stating that Michael Brown really did have his hands up and said ,”Don’t shoot”. 2 other activists in the room, who heard the retelling, peer reviewed the account, settling the argument once and for all.

Oh, and those white folks that criticized Obama are racists, unable to overcome their racial prejudices and view Obama objectively, they will all buy that whopper.

Milo Is Getting His Ass Kicked

The backside of Milo Yiannopoulos is used to getting a lot of attention, he even brags about it. But the pounding of late I doubt he very much welcomes. Milo was riding high, a killer book deal “Dangerous” which I was much looking forward to, was slated for a March release with Amazon seeing record advance sales. And a surprise invite by CPAC to be a keynote speaker, curious on it’s face given his background but this is the year probity get’s its ass kicked and propriety (Trump as leader of the free world, more alternative universe shit). But much like a ,”Grab her by the pussy” garage tape emerging, we come to find out that Milo is just peechy with pedophilia;

During the campaign I had a minor dust up with one of our then regulars ( don’t remember who it was, so many deserted this place) over a Megyn Kelly interview on The Stern Show. These type of forums lend itself to hyperbole, being campy, and general over the top provocativety. Megyn tried to stir the conversation to serious matters but Stern wanted to talk sex and bra size. Concerning this interview Milo later said his words were misconstrued. TBH, that is going to be a real hard sell. He brought up pedophilia, not Rogan. This was all Milo, and now he is paying a heavy price;

Milo Yiannopoulos’s Dangerous will no longer be published by Simon & Schuster.

The Breitbart News editor’s book deal was canceled after comments Yiannopolous appeared to make about pedophilia surfaced online.

“After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos,” the publisher said in a statement released Monday.

But it gets worse;

Following backlash over Yiannopoulos’s comments, The American Conservative Union (ACU) rescinded its invitation to Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to appear.

This is one of those “A Bridge Too Far” moments. Folks will countenance a lot, pedophilia is not one of those things. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the whole “I had consensual sex with a priest at 14………..and liked it” bit was made up to look edgy, and that may ultimately be his defacto fall back but this is really bad. Lives have been ruined by such behavior, to normalize this dynamic in any way is beyond the pail. Adults by nature are authority figures to kids, throw in the “my priest” angle, double whammy, like God is sanctioning such behavior. I’m pretty confident predator priests will get theirs come judgment day, but we here on earth want some justice as well and the Catholic Church has done themselves a disservice in ignoring/covering up blatantly criminal behavior.

Yeah, I’m willing to listen to Milo as he addresses this, still going to buy his book, whoever prints it.

Michael Vick brought himself back from the abyss, so did Mel Gibson, hell even Bill Clinton salvaged his life and without the least bit of remorse, but he was a democrat, they care little about contrition anyway. No, Milo has got a mammoth task in front of him.

Taking on the education cartel just as dangerous as taking on the drug cartels

If you still have doubts about which side not only has gone completely off the rails but actually resorts to tactics and acts of violence against those they furiously and feverishly accuse of being the next coming of Hitler, just look at stories like this one, or this one.

The first story is about Betsy DeVos, whom was the most hotly contested Trump nominee bar non. It’s also no wonder that she now needs security, because we are talking about one of the most corrupt and criminal money laundering entities that the democratic party counts on for money: the educational cartel. DeVos’ crime is that she threatens the left’s monopoly on indoctrination and the democratic party’s most lucrative protection racket by wanting to give parents – and especially parents of minority children, whom are the ones worst served by the failure prone educational cartel’s monopoly – choices. The democrats can’t either have the upstarts leaving the plantation nor risking that massive money pool that this racket allows them to collect, and they will go to any lengths to undermine her efforts to reform a failed system.

Look no system that tries to force produce equality of outcome will ever produce anything but misery and failure. This whole fixation with creating equality of outcome for the plebes – because the progressive elite certainly believe they have a dispensation from this requirement due to their exalted status- referred by those that know that in order to sell their nonsense they need to couch their agenda in pretty language as “Social justice”, is the central tenet of a quasi-religious movement of credentialed idiots that is lapped up by idiots that are pissed shit isn’t just given to them because of the simple fact that they feel they deserve it more than the people that actually have earned, always by nefarious means unless said people hold the right sort of progressive beliefs, whatever it is. And no where is it more obvious than in failed public education machine of the US, where the system constantly tries to produce that impossible equality of outcome by hamstringing the gifted and hard working, and pushing the less qualified into situations where failure is all but assured. And it does so while pissing away massive amounts of money that serve to feed a democrat beholden administration heavy machine and democrat owned teacher’s union, but doesn’t do much for most students or good teachers.

DeVos is one of the most scary things that the democrats see coming from the Trump WH, because she targets a fundamental cog in the indoctrination & money making machine that the left had up until now thought invulnerable to any real reform. Anything that would undermine their ability to brainwash kids and produce piles of money for democrat politicians, is anathema to the people that demand the public school system remain untouched, while sending their own to private schools. School choice – the main platform of DeVos – is a death knell to the stranglehold the left has on both the money and the choice of educational subjects (a.k.a what the idiots get told to believe). While kids being given the opportunity of going to schools that no longer are beholden to the bureaucratic rules of the public education system, designed to maintain the monopoly of democratic party’s twin pillars of generating proggy drones and generating money for their campaign coffers, is horrifying, the real fear is that of that being a success.

As I already pointed out before, only to have our resident lefty trolls eager to hide the obvious jump on me for here: the most frightening thing to the left is that someone actually is successful and shows that the things the left believes in, and more importantly does, simply are just recipes for failure and disaster. From Trump succeeding, especially after the crap the left produced during the 8 years of abject failures under Obama, to DeVos fixing a system we are told can only be fixed by doubling down on the same idiotic rules, bloating the bureaucracy even more than it is, and giving unions more money to give to democrat politician by the very people that have a vested interest in keeping the system exactly how it is, the children of the plebs being provided a disservice be damned, we are dealing with a viscous and visceral reaction by people that would rather burn it all down than allow their grip on power to be threatened.

The left, after deeply drinking its own kool-aid about the death of any opposition to the progressive agenda, weaponizing government for the coming of Hillary whom was to basically clean slate after Obama, suddenly finds itself on the potential receiving end of the very machine they thought would allow them to kill off the other side. More frightening yet, that Machiavellian machine is now directed by a guy that plays by their rules – and is a champ at doing to them what they have spent 50 years doing to idiots that actually thought doing battle on the merits of their arguments and playing fair would be enough to overcome the machinations of what amounts to a deceitful and criminal entity – and is running circles around their operatives with bylines and their political crime syndicate. Hence the constant and more hysterical escalation of lies, insanity, and finally, resort to violence.

These fuckers burning down can’t happen fast enough for me, and I suspect, for a world that should be hoping for a faith other than the soft tyranny – but tyranny that will devolve in misery for all but a few – promised by the ideology that thinks the elite are the only ones that know what is right and good for the dumb ass plebes.

Eating the Meatloaf

There was a time when I was fond of Chris Christie. But the struggles of his New Jersey governorship and his embrace of Trump soured me. (The thing that soured most people — his embrace of Obama after Hurricane Sandy — did not bother me. Politicians working together during a crisis used to be uncontroversial.)

So it’s somewhat satisfying to see the ritual humiliation of Christie. He hasn’t gotten a role in the Administration, likely due to the ongoing Bridegate scandal. And then there’s this:

The Republican governor said while guest hosting a New York sports talk radio show Thursday that Trump pointed out the menu and told people to get whatever they want. Then he said he and Christie were going to have the meatloaf.

‘‘This is what it’s like to be with Trump,’’ Christie said. ‘‘He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, ‘Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.’’’

Trump said ‘‘I’m telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous,’’ according to Christie.

Trump and Christie discussed the nation’s opioid epidemic during the lunch.

This is, of course, part of Trump’s 1980’s alpha-male business bullshit. It also shows up in his weird handshakes where he pulls people toward him and won’t let go. But it has to be humiliating for Christie, who once thought he would be Trump’s Vice-President.

It’s also given me a new phrase. From now, any time the Republicans acquiesce to a bad Trump policy, I shall call it “eating the meatloaf”. For example, if the Republicans agree to reopen NAFTA, I will say, “It looks like the Republicans are eating the meatloaf on trade.”

(Aside: Christie’s opioid policy is a mix of decent ideas and incredibly dumb ones. Dumb ones are restricting access to prescription pain meds. This sounds smart but one of the things that has caused the surge in heroin use is restrictions on prescription pain killers. People get addicted to prescription meds, are cut off and then turn to heroin. It’s depressing how we keep making the same mistakes over and over again.)

Open post from the commentariat.

Stogy asked:

Here’s a question for Rich or Blameme, Hal, Alex, CM or anyone else that wants to take it on. I’m really interested to know.

There is a widespread belief that our current employment model is about to come to an end, that about 50% of existing jobs will likely come to an end in the next few decades, and while there are likely to be some new jobs resulting from that process, this won’t nearly be enough to offset the imbalance.

How do you think society should deal with this, remembering that:

Will there be a lot of people who are “surplus” to global capitalism,
How do we keep incentive in society when money no longer works as it has until now?
If people are not engaged in production, then who will pay the wages, and how will people be able to buy anything? What will keep markets afloat?
What will happen to society if there will be a lot of people with nothing to do; people (particularly young men) with nothing to do is very likely to lead to violence, revolution, war (this is one reason given for the civil war in Syria, following a ten year drought leading to high unemployment in the cities).

So how should society cope? Should there be a basic minimum wage, paid by the government, to ensure there is a limit on consumption and that no-one starves? Or a kind of social Darwinism, leading to impoverishment and perhaps death for many?

Or do you think that this will not happen at all?

(Sorry if there are typos – need to post this and run!)

Actually this is a great topic, and while I am certain I know where what Stogy (and most of the left) leans on this issue, as well as the fact that their preferred solution again relies on something unsustainable, will lead us (complete societal collapse a-la USSR, with all the dark things that followed), I still think we should have this discussion.

Don’t say never did anything for you Stogy!

Flynn Out

I just stepped off a plane in Brisbane and have had very little sleep. But the news this morning is that Mike Flynn has resigned as Trump’s NSC due to his contact with the Russians about sanctions and his deceptions regarding said communications.

There is an instinct among Republicans to be defensive, but this is a good thing. Mike Flynn was part of what I call Camp Crazy Trump, the people who come up with ill-considered crackpot ideas like barring green card holders from entering the country. He’s a conspiracy theorist, cozy with the Russians and, apparently a liar. Good riddance.

One theme I’ve been hitting on Twitter is that we should be trying to keep Trump surrounded by good people. I’m disappointed when I see people pressuring Musk or Kalanik to refuse to work with the Administration. Because, like it or not, Trump is going to be President for the next four years. And we should want the people advising him to be smart and of good character. I realize that a lot of Trump opponents want his Administration to be a flaming disaster. But is this about what’s best for the country? Or is this just about getting Democrats elected? Because if it’s the former, you should be encouraging good people to work with Trump. And if it’s the latter, go get stuffed because the country is more important than Team Blue.

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Trump

The Ninth Circuit issued a ruling on Trump’ immigration EO, maintaining a nationwide suspension of the order.

While I think that Trump’s ban was poorly reasoned and executed with the skill of a brass band falling down a flight of stairs, I’m a bit bothered by this decision for reasons David French gets into here:

Finally, and crucially, the court made a statement near the end of its opinion that is deeply, deeply troubling. In discussing the evidence before the court, the panel says this:

The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.

Putting aside, for the moment, the administration’s inexplicable failure to include in the executive order or the record the extensive documentation and evidence demonstrating the threat of jihad from the seven identified countries (including terror attacks in the U.S., plots in the U.S., and a record of plots and attacks abroad), whether an attack has been completed in this country is not the standard for implementing heightened security measures. The president doesn’t have to wait for completed attacks to protect the U.S. from dangerous immigrants. He can see the deteriorating security situation on the ground, evaluate the intentions and capabilities of the enemy, and then act before the enemy can strike. Indeed, that’s the goal of national defense — to prevent attacks, not respond after the carnage.

I’ve been hearing versions of this argument over and over again. “No refugee has launched a terror attack against the US!” “No one from those seven countries has attacked the US soil!” “Since 9/11, more people have been killed by Right Wing terrorism than Jihadists!” For a while, I was swayed by these arguments. But I’ve come to realize that they are complete horse manure.

First, as French notes, the job of the federal government is to prevent attacks, not close the barn door after the horse has been stolen. If they have credible intelligence of an attack or a danger, they are supposed to act (within Constitutional limits).

Second, terrorist attacks are, by their very nature, stochastic. They are thankfully few and when you try to do any analysis of them, you are immediately swallowed by small number statistics. This is obvious when you think about it. Any sentence that starts with, “well, excluding 9/11 …” is just silly. 9/11 was the biggest terrorist attack in American history. It completely dominates the discussion. Our entire anti-terrorism policy is designed around preventing another 9/11. You simply can not exclude it from consideration and act like you’re clever for doing so.

It would take only one successful Jihadist attack to upset those numbers (indeed, the numbers changed dramatically after San Bernardino and Orlando). It would take only one attack by a refugee from, say, Somalia, to make those arguments completely moot. When your argument can be rendered useless by a singular event, it’s a terrible argument.

Think about where we were on 9/10. At that point, the most successful attack on American soil was the Oklahoma City bombing. Should Bush have therefore ignored the threat of Jihadists? On the contrary, many liberals slammed him for paying insufficient attention to the “Al-Qaeda determined to strike in US” memo.

Just to be clear: I think the danger presented by people coming into this country with visas or as refugees is low. But it is not zero. Can we quit pretending that it is?

(I would note, in passing, that deciding on the wisdom of a policy is not the Court’s job. Antonin Scalia used to note that the Courts were required to uphold laws that were ill-advised but passed Constitutional muster. He joked that he wished he had a stamp: “Stupid but Constitutional.” I’m not quite familiar enough with this case to opine on whether Trump’s order is legal or Constitutional. It may be dumb. I know many on this blog disagree. But even if we assume it’s dumb, it’s not the Court’s job to stop stupidity.)

Dipping A Toe In

Despite my spidey sense tingling like crazy and that little voice in my head saying, “Leave this one alone” my curiosity and a genuine heartfelt desire to educate myself on a topic I feel limited in, I’m going to throw out another climate change post, but from the position that I would like input from those so called experts for my on benefit.

First a disclaimer, I have no science background and 8 times out of 10 whenever the subject is brought up, it comes from a position of certitude so off putting (the science is settled so get with the program) or it is espoused by those so radical/tyrannical (anyone that denies climate change should be jailed) that my immediate reaction is to change the channel. I admit I must resist the urge to tune out, thus this post.

There is a group of Republicans that formed to address the seriousness of climate change, The Climate Leadership Council. Here is their mission statement;

Mounting evidence of climate change is growing too
strong to ignore. While the extent to which climate change
is due to man-made causes can be questioned, the risks
associated with future warming are too big and should be
hedged. At least we need an insurance policy. For too long,
many Republicans have looked the other way, forfeiting
the policy initiative to those who favor growth-inhibiting
command-and-control regulations, and fostering a needless
climate divide between the GOP and the scientific, business,
military, religious, civic and international mainstream.
Now that the Republican Party controls the White House and
Congress, it has the opportunity and responsibility to promote
a climate plan that showcases the full power of enduring
conservative convictions. Any climate solution should be based
on sound economic analysis and embody the principles of free
markets and limited government. As this paper argues, such
a plan could strengthen our economy, benefit working-class
Americans, reduce regulations, protect our natural heritage and
consolidate a new era of Republican leadership. These benefits
accrue regardless of one’s views on climate science

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What clued me on to these guys was a WSJ article I read this morning. It is a short piece, easily readable.

I would appreciate Stogy, CM, Hal, and Alex to comment on it from a position of;

Does this make sense to you?
Does it go far enough?
Do you think they have a proper handle of the situation?
Can capitalism/free trade exist in a world where climate change is seriously addressed?

Any other readers who feel compelled to comment is also appreciated.

Naturally I think any “carbon taxes/carbon dividend” steps can only be addressed after real meaningful tax reform, lowering the corporate tax rate and providing tax incentives to facilitate bringing back home the trillions out there overseas.

OK, let me have it.

Lies, Damn Lies, and MSM Lies

One thing I have learned of late, even way before Trump got elected, was to never, I mean never ever, believe anything you read, either on the internet or in print. There is no level at which a writer, no matter what forum, will not stoop to advance an agenda. Not just a leftest thing, both sides do it. The semi honest (curve grading at it’s finest) will start off with the provocative title then buried in the third paragraph attempt to explain his spin, with the usual response of ,”You’ve got to be kidding?”

I could pull up about a million examples of dishonest leftest trope designed apparently to further a narrative and influence the gullible, but I found one on the right yesterday that was just text book.

Here is the headline “MSNBC: Donald Trump Will Kill Us!”, sounds pretty sinister, then you watch the video, and you want to smack the writer for making such an outrageous leap.

Especially on the internet, vetting anything you read is so important for anyone who wants to stay informed. I found this the other day;

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won
Journalists, media types, reporters, you have two choices: you can fix these problems, or you can watch your profession go down in flames.

Most of these lies we are familiar with but what is interesting is that this list came out when Trump barely had that many days in office, so about one fake news story a day.

I made a comment the other day that the levels of Trump Derangement Syndrome has surpassed anything we witnessed during the last 8 years. That loony bat Maxine Waters already yelling for impeachment, story after story about chaos in the WH, 12,000 plus assassination tweets, is it just that they are sore losers? What else can explain their “unhinged” nature?

It is clear that the MSM is the de facto muscle of the dems, their enforcement arm for spin and indoctrination, that their job is to chip away at the level of competency of the opposition, to erode support and foster an environment of chaos and confusion, but do they have to be so blatant about it?

Cress made the mistake the other day of thinking liberal tears was only payout cherished by the Trump win. Anyone who values honesty, decency, and fair play cheers when evil doers get their comeuppance. When reckless drivers get pulled over by the cops, when criminals are caught and jailed, and bad actor dishonest politicians get caught and publicly shamed, it gives the rest of us honest folks confidence that justice does exist in the world. Ditto with the press, when they get called out on their dishonesty, lose credibility and suffer lost prestige or loss readership, it provides symmetry and order. It also metes outs justifiable consequence for the evil doer. Lying and respectable journalism can not co exist, even in today’s rancorous political climate.