Archives for: February 2017

More Money for … What Exactly?

Donald Trump has now proposed a $54 billion increase in defense spending to be offset by as yet unspecified cuts in discretionary spending (supposedly from Foreign Aid, the EPA, etc. — the usual Republican bete noires. There’s a lot to unpack here even without specifics. National Review gets into the budget specifics, pointing out that Trump is already promising big tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Moreover, Trump is punting on the biggest budget issue: entitlements. On Twitter, my e-migo Kevin Wilson noted:

This is an important to keep in mind with EPA budget cuts. Without change to regulations (promised by Trump but not yet delivered), all EPA budget cuts will do is drag out paperwork cycles and prevent some laws from being actively enforced (laws that we might want to be enforced, e.g., lead restrictions).

However, our friend Thrill hits a very important point that seems to be being glossed over.

Trump is following Reagan by developing a stronger military, pursuing a nuclear arms race, and other policies. What was different with Reagan is that we knew who we were arming against, what was at stake, and what would be the horrible outcome of a war with them. A strong military had been a core US Cold War policy held by presidents in both parties from when Truman had to convince a reluctant, war weary nation to accept it.

What I can’t figure out is whether anyone believes that our gigantic, sophisticated, and well-trained military just isn’t already good enough compared to what’s out there in the world. Who exactly are we trying to deter?

Exactly. Ronald Reagan didn’t just increase military spending. He increased in specific ways to counter potential Soviet aggression. The arms buildup made a Soviet invasion of central Europe impossible, made their nuclear arsenal unwieldily and put them into a potential race for “Star Wars” that they couldn’t possibly win. Moreover, they had to try to keep up with a much weaker economy. In the end, the arms race bankrupted them. And the weapons systems developed in the 80’s were so effective than when we finally did get a face-off between Soviet and American weapons during the Gulf War, it was no contest. Those weapons are still with us today and still outclass almost everything in the world.

A military spending budget should not just be some amount we send to defense contractors. That’s what’s gotten us into the F-35 debacle. You need to start with a strategic vision and work forward from there. Maybe you find that we’re spending too much. Maybe you find we’re spending too little. Maybe (very likely) you find we’re spending on the wrong things. But you don’t just increase military spending to increase military spending. That’s DemocratThink: hope spending money solves problems, maybe even ones that don’t exist.

Finding A Place For Everyone

I work hard to keep my image (a curmudgeon who does not suffer fools easily, oh, and get off my lawn) intact. An orderly life, where right and wrong never share a latte, clearly defined parameters, no ambiguities, drawer for every item, and the rule of laws reigns supreme. Justice prevails, the good guy always finishes first, and we all call our moms once a week…..if only.

This is not another “zero tolerance” rant, although it is really stupid, but more often than not good old fashion common sense, applying the spirit of the law over the letter, allows for a more compassionate society ( I know, another word stolen co-opted by the left).

Meet Mack Beggs, Texas State champ, who happens to wrestle girls. Apologies for posting the entire WSJ article, but I found it the most fleshed out and you need a subscription to see the whole thing;

DALLAS—Mack Beggs, a star wrestler at Trinity High School near Fort Worth, has a new victory under his belt. On Saturday, he became the first transgender boy to win the girls state title in Texas.

Mack, who was born a female and is transitioning to a male through hormone therapy, is at the center of a controversy here over a Texas rule that requires high-school students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate.

The dispute comes as the 17-year-old capped off an undefeated season this year, in which he beat the 56 opponents he faced, each of them girls. And it has emerged just days after the Trump administration rescinded President Barack Obama’s guidelines that said schools should let transgender students use the bathrooms and facilities of their choice.

Texas has become a flashpoint for such issues. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public institutions, including public school districts, based on their biological sex. The proposal has spurred a firestorm of debate on both sides.

Mack’s mother, Angela Beggs, said, “Mack would like to compete against boys. He’s practiced very hard to get to this point.”

Despite Mack’s wishes though, the Texas rule, which went into effect in August, dictates he must compete as a girl.

It was passed by the University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing authority for public-school sports. According to the group, 95% of league-member school superintendents voted in favor of the birth-certificate rule.

The family reached out to the league asking that Mack be allowed to wrestle with boys and were told the rule prevented him from doing so, Mack’s parents said. As a result, Mack hasn’t wrestled against boys in any official matches.

“It is not a clean, easy thing to deal with by any means,” said Cody Moree, a superintendent in Apple Springs Independent School District in East Texas. Mr. Moree voted for the rule but said he understood both sides of the issue.

“I would understand if this student was wrestling in the boys division and there were objections there as well,” he said.

Mack’s parents said their son has been taking hormone therapy since October 2015 to help him transition and stressed that he would much prefer to wrestle against other boys.

The fact that he is mandated to compete against girls has caused frustration among some parents and other female wrestlers.

League spokeswoman Kate Hector said two girls forfeited in Mack’s 110-pound weight class last week during a regional tournament rather than wrestle against him.

Pratik Khandelwal, whose daughter has wrestled Mack, said he is concerned about future wrestling matches between the two. “It’s not a matter of being transgender, it’s more of a fact that he’s taking testosterone…that could have an influence on the girls that he’s wrestling,” he said.

Jim Baudhuin, a father and attorney, unsuccessfully sought an injunction before the district and regional meets to prevent Mack from wrestling, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Baudhuin blames the league and its year-ago vote that passed the birth-certificates rule. He said he plans to pursue a lawsuit after the season is over because he envisions the same scenario next season, the AP said.

The league wouldn’t comment on the suit. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, where Trinity High School is located, said in a statement that the district would continue to follow league guidelines.

Chris Mosier, an advocate for transgender athletes who has competed on the U.S. Men’s Duathlon and Triathlon teams as a transgender man, said 40 states have some sort of policy on transgender high-school athletes. Some 16 allow high-school students to compete as the gender with which they identify, and 17 examine cases on an individual basis.

The remaining states, including Texas, require students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate or, in some instances, undergo hormone therapy or surgery.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of something like this happening. Mack is following the rules exactly as the rules are stated,” Mr. Mosier said. “Mack is a boy and should be competing against boys.”

In Texas’ case, the league noted in a statement that individuals can petition the court to amend their birth certificate, and the league would accept the change.

Mack’s stepfather Damon McNew said Mack was hurt by the fact that some girls didn’t want to wrestle against him. But he said his school, and the wrestling team, had been supportive of his situation.

At the Texas state championships this weekend, which took place in the Houston area, Mack won all four of his matches to take his weight class.

“He doesn’t want any competitive advantage,” Mr. McNew said. “All he wants to do is wrestle.”

A lot to unpack, here.

Totally separate from Obama’s transgender bathroom law (yeah, I know, “guidance’, still a massive overreach), it’s underpinnings can’t be ignored. Where ,”Men are men, and sheep are scared” Texas, men don’t go into women restrooms and they don’t compete against girls, and vice versa. The sex on the birth certificate dictates where you pee and who you wrestle.

Except that Mack is stuck in the middle, being forced to compete against girls, and no one is happy about it.

You would think that cooler heads would prevail here, accept the fact that Mack, by virtue of his male hormone therapy, is now essentially a boy and should compete as such.

The whole steroid debacle, chemically enhanced advantage over an opponent, has similarities here. Clearly his female opponents want no part of him since he has the strength of a male, where is the equity in that?

Allowing those “not alike” to compete is not foreign to sports. Junior tennis players can always “play up”, play at a higher age bracket, but never down. Same with wrestlers and boxers, you can always play up, compete at a higher weight class. The same analogy can be used here, allowing girls who are transitioning to boys and who are taking hormone therapy should be allowed to wrestle boys, but not girls. I admit that the reverse can be tricky , allowing boys into girls to compete against girls, but this can be resolved by the simple physical, if she looks like Arnold in his prime, maybe another year of hormone therapy is in order.

I get that you can’t please everyone, and parents’s living vicariously through their kid’s sports endeavors are the worst, but Mack beating every girl in the state satisfies nobody. The article mentions a simple fix of amending the birth certificate. If this is a simple procedure and Mack’s parents are reluctant, this speak volumes as to a competitive edge he keeps telling us he doesn’t want.

The Hell?

I wasn’t watching; just following on Twitter. But in a year which saw one of the greatest teams of all time blow a 3-1 NBA finals lead, saw the Indians blow a 3-1 World Series lead, saw Hillary Clinton blow the most winnable election in history, saw an astonishing upset in the BCS title game and saw … sigh … my Falcons blow an unprecedented Super Bowl lead, La La Land not only lost the Oscar they’d been guaranteed for two months but lost it in astonishing, humiliating fashion.

Honestly, the idea that we’re living in a simulation grows more likely every day.

DWS Out, Perez In

I have no idea if Tom Perez will be an effective leader of the DNC. I suspect he will continue to lead the Democrats on their path of condescending ineffectual liberalism. But it would be hard for him to do worse than his predecessor, Debbie-Wasserman Schultz. Known in these parts as Ms. Verbal Diarrhea, DWS became a punchline of conservative blogs for her frequent idiotic and smug statements. With a popular two-term President at her side, she led the Democrats to electoral disaster after electoral disaster, culminating in a humiliating defeat to a semi-sentient yam who lost the popular vote. She put her thumb on the scale to favor one of the worst Presidential candidates in American history, alienating half her party in the process. She was really good at raising money from special interests. And really terrible at translating that into a functional opposition.

I have little hope that the Democrats will turn aside from the big government path they’ve been on since … forever. But maybe they can become a functional opposition party instead of an hysterical incoherent mass of demands.

Update: Walter Olson throws some cold water on the idea that Perez is a moderate:

Perez didn’t give off much of an impression of moderation in the Obama cabinet, however, where he was a leading symbol of regulatory lawlessness, hauled up repeatedly by the courts for trampling employers’ rights. See, for example, Gate Guard (Fifth Circuit describes conduct of DoL as “vindictive,” “indefensible,” “bad faith”), the we-know-where-you-live “persuader” rule (blasted by ABA, enjoined by judge), and of course mid-level overtime (enjoined by judge). More: Dan McLaughlin (Perez’s manipulation of fair housing litigation); John Fund (hiring practices at DoJ civil rights division).

I’ve written about the DoL’s terrible overtime rule before.

Tipping Point

Living the life of a pseudo victim is such a lazy way to live. Not only is it self defeating; I am a victim, ergo I am unable to prosper on my own so it is incumbent for me to declare my victim-hood,establishing my marker, assuming it is not self evident, and take whatever is offered to me by way of compensation that society owes me………….because I am a victim. Removing all responsibility (The Man has his boot on my neck) I have no potential to live up to, here’s is my opened hand, fill it with stuff.

Several times of late I have posted links to websites who’s basic function is to catalog phony made up hate crimes, here is one, here is another, here is one more, I could post half a dozen others. You would think that not one racist exists, anywhere, since each one of these incidents usually turns out to be bogus after a few days of investigating. And my standard complaint about these fictional made up to perpetuate a stereotype of dubious nature fairy tales is that nothing ever happens to the hoakser. I guess the collective sigh of relief that it didn’t really happen as depicted drowns out the culpability of the liar and retribution that society should enact in a more just world.

So here is the latest (probably not latest since in the time it takes to post this, I’m sure a new one has surfaced) cry for attention;

A black waitress who received thousands of dollars in donations after she claimed she received a racist note and no tip from a patron last month fabricated the incident, the customer claims.

Kelly Carter, a waitress at Anita’s New Mexico Cafe in Ashburn, Va., claimed that a white man stiffed her on his $30.52 restaurant bill and wrote “Great service, don’t tip black people” at the bottom of his receipt.

But the note was forged, says Daniel Hebda, a lawyer for the customer.

Hebda said in a statement Friday that his client did leave Carter a small tip — one penny — because her service was poor, not because she is black.

We’ll talk about the cheesy tip in a moment. A black waitress writes something racist on her receipt, how do we know she did it:

Though Carter’s story went viral, there were some early indications that her claim did not quite add up. For one, the receipt she posted online was printed several hours after Anita’s New Mexico Cafe closed. The receipt also bore markings showing that it was a reprint of an original receipt.

But when circumstances, even made up circumstances fit the narrative, it’s Katy bar the door;

“I was appalled, though it’s kind of in line with the political landscape,” Tellez said at the time.

Ha, another leftie talking out of his ass, is he referring to a Trump win as somehow turning our society into racists? Like I would ever eat in his dopey restaurant after that.

So now duped customers are giving her cash and an NAACP rep started a gofundme account for this poor woman.

Here are the questions; does this woman get fired? (or course not, victims are allowed to lie on occasion, the perks of the status) What happens to the online money in the account? She gets to keep that, since with progressives it’s all about feeling good, the donators would want her to have it, because she is a victim and all that.

Now let’s talk about the tip, what a douchewagon. If the service is genuinely bad (not the fault of the cook, or because they are super busy) then speak to the manager. Some people are not cut out to be service workers. I also factor in the time spent of her shift (you can tell by the bounce in her step, if there is one). Since waiters rely on their tips for income, I’m willing to overlook a lot. But the bad ones (you know who they are), do the restaurant and future customers a favor and let the manager know, and give them tip anyway, unless your food never ever comes (happened to me, more than once). Leaving a penny as a tip only makes you look bad.

Dexter’s Laboratory

What’s up with kleptocrats and their penchant for using elaborate chemical concoctions for “taking care of business”? I guess if you have badass weapons, might as well put them to good use.

Last week the older brother of the NK munchkin dictator was assassinated at a Malaysian airport, hint, if you are related to Little Kim in any way, make a will.

Malaysian authorities have identified the substance used to kill Kim Jong-un’s brother, and it is definitely not your average poison.

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of the young North Korean dictator, was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia last Monday. Two women, who are believed to have intentionally coated their hands with a toxin, rubbed their hands on Kim’s face. He fell ill almost immediately and died en route to the hospital.

Malaysian authorities report that the chemical substance used to kill Kim was VX nerve agent, CNN reports. Samples were taken from Kim’s skin and eyes during the autopsy, and the poison was identified by the Centre for Chemical Weapons Analysis of the Chemistry Department of Malaysia, The New York Times revealed.

VX, which was listed as a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Conventions of 1997 and 2005, is reportedly one of the most potent of nerve agents, the most toxic and fast-acting of chemical warfare substances, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kim Jong Nam had to go, first for criticizing the way junior was raping the regime, and he was related. It wasn’t the first time little brother went after big brother, fearing a foreign coup to replace him.

In 2011 the South Koreans nixed an assassination attempt on defector and human rights advocate Park Sang Kak, using the ole’ James Bond trick of poison in a fountain pen. No piranha filled pond was readily available.

Trump all around butt buddy Vladimir likes to go exotic with his kills as well;

Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned “not once, but twice” with radioactive polonium-210 by a Russian “death squad” sent by Vladimir Putin, an inquiry into his killing has heard.

What is this secret sleuth shit known as polonium-210?

Polonium 210 is one of the most toxic substances known to man, with a particle the size of a speck of dust enough to cause the sort of slow, agonising death suffered by Alexander Litvinenko.
Weight for weight, the rare radioactive isotope is 250billion times more toxic than cyanide, and more than a billion times more radioactive than uranium

Needless to say, this is not an easy way to go, Putin really wanted this guy to suffer.

And, while not rubbing out the opposition Putin likes to wine and dine with the Haut Monde, see for yourself;

Ivanka

Ain’t Photoshop great?

Ridiculous Viking Stuff

So a few of our readers/writers — Zoom, Manwhore and Thrill — have started a new blog to talk about politics and anything else that comes to mind. They’ve got a few posts up already (although I can’t get the RSS feed into feedly yet). All three are old RTFLC hands and I wish them well (although I hope they will continue to read us and occasionally comment).

If you had any doubts..

That they are basically dnc operatives with bylines, then here is the confirmation from one of them that got candid. Then again, this is PMS-NBC, and this sort of stuff is pretty standard with these progressive agents of the state that think us unwashed masses are too stupid to do our own thinking, primarily, because we will very likely not buy the bullshit these tools are selling for their nanny state credentialed elite top men.

I admit that while I am gleeful to see the dnc operatives with bylines that pass themselves of as unbiased media terminating any credibility they might have left with extreme prejudice and just lap it all up, that part of me is concerned that the damage they are doing affects all media. Feeling generous I will make the premise that while a healthy dose of skepticism is something leftist only seem to have when the issue in question challenges their dogma – with the caveat that the call for safe spaces and limit on speech & thought that has become the deciding driver behind the left’s current tantrum, proving that far too many of them refuse to engage or allow any sort of thinking period – I am worried that the other side will also be lulled into complacency.

I get a good laugh when the usual suspects on the left that allowed Obama to out-Boosh Boosh for 8 long years – in every area they complained and called for criminal charges be brought against the Booshies for before – and then, simply because he was their guy, now want to make the case that support for Trump is just more of the same, instead of seeing that is happening specifically because people have been turned off by the clear hysteria and the constant sabotage from them. heck, they been attacking the guy, doing a 180 from the very things they ignored or defended Obama on, and making up shit since even before the guy took the oath! The media has destroyed their credibility trying to support the sabotage from the left and the establishment, which hate the fact they and their beliefs that progress is them ruling over the idiot masses, has been upended. And they are getting more desperate with every failed pooh flinging attempt that serves to not only entrench people on the other side but turn off those that are not blood drinking radical leftists.

My concern is that if we can’t trust and believe anything from anyone, and are left only listening to whatever echo chambers validate our own beliefs (and before any of you leftist pretend that problem is with the other side, I refer you again to which side is really calling for the control of thought and speech, and it definitely is not Trump or his people), we are going to have problems. While I don’t expect the left to ever be able to do anything but that – if they leave the echo chamber and actually have to really think things through, they are no longer going to be able to stay on that reservation without losing their grip on reality – I worry that if Trump really ends up unaccountable, we will get trouble. of course, the fact that it is their very sabotage and hysteria that takes us there will never sink in with the progressive shit flinger crowd.

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.