Category: Decline of Western Civilization

What the Hades? (Russian Pee Edition)

So … to quote a great sage, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Yesterday, CNN ran an explosive story that the CIA had briefed Trump on Russian efforts to compromise him.

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.

The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.

The report says Russia was trying to get information that would compromise Trump personally, financially or ethically.

Soon after that Buzzfeed ran the full report of allegations, which runs some 35 pages. It includes allegations that Trump people worked directly with the Russians and has some details on supposed compromising information. Buzzfeed stressed that this was unconfirmed but the internet and liberals jumped all over it.

And then it got even stranger. Every journalist on Twitter said that they’d gotten the same report as Buzzfeed but had refused to run it. The reason? Nothing in it could be verified (and as Liz Mair and other pointed out, there were reasons to doubt its authenticity even on its own merits). And then it got even stranger when Redditors began to claim the entire thing was a hoax sent to Rick Wilson as a joke (Wilson denies being the source of it). Trump, of course, took to Twitter to foam at the mouth about it.

So … to sum up … there is a document floating around making various claims about Trump and the Russians. It is from a single intelligence source, is absolutely unverified and contains information that crosses many as dubious. Buzzfeed, for reasons that elude me, decided to release the entire thing without any fact-checking. Based on this, a substantial part of the Left Wing — who were crying about “fake news” like yesterday — is calling for Trump to be impeached (although, TBF, they call for Trump to be impeached when it rains). So, in case you thought the bad crazy was going away, it isn’t.

(Necessary caveat, since I get accused of being a secret Trumpaloo anytime I defend him: Putin is a murderous kleptocrat; it’s alarming that he may have helped Trump in the election; it should be investigated thoroughly; this does not delegitimize Trump’s election; unless Trump worked with him, this is not an impeachable offense.)

Now … those are the facts. Here’s the fun:

The most frenzied allegation in the report was that, while in Russia, Trump rented out the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton and had Russian hookers pee on a bed the Obamas had slept in. I’ll be honest with you: as much as dislike Trump, this allegation sounds like a bunch of manure.

Trump’s “thing” isn’t sex; it’s worship. He’s a shameless braggart and a terribly insecure man. Hence slapping his name on everything in sight. Hence his insistence that Marla Maples tell the media he was the best sex she ever had. Hence his claims to have seduced married women and groped models. The Billy Bush tape was Trump in a nutshell: a rich 59-year-old man so desperate to impress people that he had to boast about sexual assault to a D-list celebrity. Hell, the rumor is that his entire Presidential campaign was motivated by his humiliation at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Frankly, he doesn’t cross me as well-adjusted enough or secure enough in who he is to be kinky.

But, maybe. My friend Maggie McNeill took to Twitter to note that many politicians see sex workers and many have unusual requests. The only reason it doesn’t come out is because sex workers, unlike politicians, have ethics. So it could be true.

But I honestly don’t care. Whatever Trump is into, that’s his business and not ours. There are many people who are into being peed on or watching people pee and, if that makes them happy and everyone’s a consenting adult, that’s their business. As long as Trump’s not breaking any laws or coercing anyone, I don’t care. Well … no … I do care because it’s fun to mock the powerful. Viz:

So, yes, I will find some relief as this story swirls around the internet. I think that these kind of leaks are dangerous but I don’t mind too much when they anger our #1 businessman. I’m sure that this won’t stop Trump from taking care of business no matter how much it pisses him off. And, who knows? Maybe I’m wrong about his Administration and a bright golden future really does await us. Maybe he will write his name on the wall of history.

I’ll show myself out.

RFK No Way

While Congress holds hearings on Trump’s vehemently anti-liberty Attorney General nominee, another little bit of news slipped out today:

President-elect Donald Trump met with notable anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Tuesday, further stoking unfounded fears about vaccine safety and efficacy by asking the Democrat to chair a commission on the issue.

Kennedy, the son of late presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, told reporters after his meeting with Trump that the President-elect asked him to head a look into “vaccination safety and scientific integrity.”

Kennedy said he agreed to chair the commission.

Kennedy is a level 2 vaccine denialist: someone who says he is pro-vaccine but just wants them to be safe and to be guided by the science. This lie is betrayed by the years he has spent flogging anti-science kookery, claiming that preservatives in vaccines cause autism (they don’t) or that the vaccine schedule is too aggressive (it isn’t) or that there was a government conspiracy to hide the truth (there isn’t). He has compared vaccines to the Holocaust and continued to claim they cause autism long after the link has been disproved, pushing the anti-vax movie Trace Amounts on legislators trying to tighten up vaccine exemptions. This is not his only dip into conspiracy theory waters, as he claimed that the 2004 election was stolen. And he is on full-on climate hypocrite, calling for climate skeptics to be prosecuted while fighting against a massive wind project because he’d be able to see it from the Kennedy compound.

Trump has dabbled in these waters before but now he is elevating an anti-science thug to his Administration. Kennedy’s name has gotten him way too much slack. Trump isn’t the only person to kiss his loathsome behind. Time Magazine once named him a “Hero for the Planet” and Jon Stewart famously did an obsequious interview with him on The Daily Show. But Kennedy is undeserving of this respect. The only position RFK, Jr. should have in any administration is upside down with his head in a toilet.

It’s Hateful, But Is It A Hate Crime?

This story is just revolting:

Hate crime and kidnapping charges were filed Thursday against four people who Chicago police say bound, gagged and beat a teenager with special needs while broadcasting the attack on social media.

The brutal attack, which had political and racial connotations — the victim is white, and the suspects are black — sent shockwaves across the nation, and was even addressed at the White House press briefing Thursday.

Thirty minutes of the torturous attack were streamed live on Facebook, but authorities said it was a six-hour ordeal that evolved out of a play fight, with the victim beaten, kicked, cut and forced to drink from a toilet.

The victim, who is not being identified, is an 18-year-old with “mental health challenges” from Crystal Lake.

During the live-streamed part of the attack, these thugs said things like, “Fuck white people” and “Fuck Trump”. There’s an ongoing online debate about whether this was a hate crime or not. It’s a debate I’m not terrifically interested in. Maybe they targeted the kid because he was white, maybe they targeted him because of his mental health issues and maybe they’re just pieces of shit. What was done was brutal, vicious and sadistic. The perpetrators — all of whom are adults — deserve to have the book thrown at them regardless of what actually motivated them.

I am, generally speaking, averse to “hate crimes” as a category of crime. I won’t change that position now. Kidnapping, assault, battery, etc. are plenty charges enough to bring against these guys.

Enjoy your well deserved retirement, sir!

I was saddened today to find out that one of the writers and great minds I most respect has decided to call it quits:

Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long.

It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us, and to receive feedback from readers across the country – even if it was impossible to answer them all.

Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before writing. That required not only a lot of research, it also required keeping up with what was being said in the media.

During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program – and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.

This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website (www.tsowell.com).

Looking back over the years, as old-timers are apt to do, I see huge changes, both for the better and for the worse.

Sowell was a genius. I will miss reading him because he was brilliant and able to convey great thoughts with few words. The wisdom share by this man helped me breakdown and understand many of the things I intuitively knew where wrong with the direction the world was taking. His wisdom will be missed, especially in these times when the lunatics are pissed they are losing control of the asylum they have run into the ground and are acting out on it.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes of his:

Ain't that the truth

Thank you for your wisdom sir.

The Soft Racism Of Low Expectations

Having a good heart is enough, right? As long as you are empathetic you must be a good person. Here is that empathy in motion, from the liberal perspective;

Probably the worse thing in the world for a progressive is to be called a racist or labelled as uncaring.

I remember years ago Rush got in trouble for calling liberalism a gutless choice. His position was that liberalism is easy in that all you have to do is be like everyone else in your group, to parrot what they say, so by transference you are already hip and cool. You don’t have to be a good person at all, just feel, feel empathy for others and boom, you are in, part of the club. A 3 step program; feel empathy, comment on it, and be heartbroken about it, do these 3 things and the lion will sit with the lamb. A trophy or gold star is attained by identifying plight, blaming others for that plight, then call attention to yourself for recognizing the plight, no concrete action required and you are instant member of the cool club.

The harangue against voter ID laws is so bogus, and it is usually the same bad actors that yell at you ,”Every vote should count”, the self proclaimed champions of the democratic voting system, these folks squeal the most about voter ID laws but have nothing to say when this happens.

It is this same racism of low expectations that foists affirmative action on us, namely that minorities are not smart enough to get into college, or can’t pass tests so lets promote them anyway.

Given the college culture (peer re enforcement and professor propaganda) being part of the club is no real accomplishment, it is group think, silence is construed as assent, the laziest of choices.

You have seen the lists before, all the things you need an ID for, yet “those people” somehow can’t get an ID and to question it is racist.

Something else to consider, Berkeley is a top notch world renowned school, look at any list of best colleges in the world, these kids are not dumb, yet they parrot the party line reflexively, like it is gospel.Do they really think black folks in lower income neighborhoods are less civilized, less able to partake of the political process? Only they can answer that honestly. Book smart life stupid, more parent cellar dwellers after graduation?

Objectively Ambivalent

Sluts are so boring;

SFW

Radical feminism is so passe. These Slut walks” are amusing, you can youtube some of them;

I suspect that the “barkers” organizing these events have to pay a few nice looking women to attend and hold up signs, to distract from the fact that many most do not have the option of having a man in their lives, too harsh?

Here’s the deal, we as a society have not reached gender equality, we have over shot it by a mile. Men are discriminated against at every turn. Starting at grammar school, where boys are taught to be more like girls, where masculinity is shunned, discouraged, and medicated. Male bonding is regulated against, women’s clubs, school grants and scholarships just for women, this is the new normal. When men get to college (more women are admitted than men) they will be branded as a rapists in waiting with zero rights if and when a consensual encounter turns acrimonious for whatever reason. When men finally enter the jobs market, the deck is stacked against them, affirmative action programs, businesses under tremendous pressure to hire more women. Think you are qualified, check your penis at the door, vaginas only welcome. If you are lucky enough to get a job anywhere, one unsubstantiated remark, an innocuous glance, even a innocent compliment could get you fired and ruin your reputation forever.

Political correctness really has turned reason upside down and maybe the pc proponents need more supervision and education. For the rest of us, our actions are dictated by consent, respect and compassion. Do we really need to re affirm that no means no, period?

Slut walks would be a good idea in Europe, where women really are assaulted (by Muslim men) for what they are wearing, but like making fun of Christians who will not fight back, having slut walks in areas where 99.999% of the men 1) would not be interested in you anyway, and 2) have enough self control and respect for the natural order of things, to not be bothered or affected, whatever you are wearing, is just low hanging fruit and is not at all edgy.

John Glenn Gone

The last of the Mercury 7 has left us. He lived to be 95, served his country in the military and NASA, orbited the Earth, became a Senator, was married for 73 years to Annie Castor, left behind two children and two grandkids. Let’s not be sad. Let’s celebrate a truly great American life.

Hey Mr DJ: Finale?

Yes, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? But here we are, at the end of all things as far as Right Thinking from the Left Coast is concerned…at least in its current iteration. I simply can’t let it go without one last respectful music thread.

This site has not only brought me tremendous enjoyment through reading and debating, but also numerous friendships. For those of you who don’t already stay in touch with me on social media, I do hope you’ll come around eventually.

More than that, I can’t say. For two reasons: 1. I’m not very sentimental and 2. I don’t have the sense that it’s really all over. We simply enjoy conversing in good-natured fellowship hating and haranguing the shit out of each other too much. We’ll see what comes next.

Moving on, growing up, and change are all a part of life. It’s really up to you if you want to commemorate the end or the possibility of a new beginning. Sure, all things must come to an end but even in death there can be rebirth. We can have some songs about that. This doesn’t have to be a tear-jerker thread!

Also, please feel free to post music from those many artists we lost in the last year.

God bless you all and thank you for reading, debating, and even influencing me over the years. You fuckers.

pfluffy: Over Now by Alice in Chains

Rich Taylor: Renegade by Styx

zoomzoom: Let Go by Deadmau5

Harley: End of Time by Motorhead (two-fer!)

Manwhore: Long Way Down by Robert DeLong

Hal: Lazarus by David Bowie (BOOM! Another one!)

ilovecress: Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds

breakfast-club

stogy: Winds of Change by Fitz and the Tantrums

repmom: Winterlong by Neil Young (Merry Christmas!)

Santino: Kiss This by The Struts

Iconoclast: Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

blameme: Farewell Ride by Beck (Haven’t heard from you directly in ages. Please check in!)

kevinmkr: Hometown by twenty one pilots

CM: Private Helicopter by Harvey Danger (this one’s for guys who just can’t walk away where they have a lot of history, even from people they don’t exactly get along with)

WVR: Growing Up (Falling Down) by The Living End

Alex: Dead on Time by Queen

InsipiD: Closing Time by Semisonic

And to our generous host, JimK: Last by NIN

I sincerely hope I didn’t forget anyone in my legendary carelessness, though I’m sure I totally did. Hit me up with a “hey, dickhead” in the comments and you’ll be rightfully included. Unless I disagree with the “rightful” part.

Big Brother In the UK

This is probably our future too:

On Tuesday, the UK is due to pass its controversial new surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, according to the Home Office.

The Act, which has received overwhelming support in both the House of Commons and Lords, formally legalizes a number of mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013. It also introduces a new power which will force internet service providers to store browsing data on all customers for 12 months.

Civil liberties campaigners have described the Act as one of the most extreme surveillance laws in any democracy, while law enforcement agencies believe that the collection of browsing data is vital in an age of ubiquitous internet communications.

The UK is also introducing a new mass surveillance power, with the creation of so-called internet connection records (ICRs): records of the internet service a specific device has connected to, which will be created and stored by internet service providers. These records will include visited websites, messaging platforms like WhatsApp, or potentially even the connection your computer makes to a remote server when updating its software.

Many law enforcement agencies will be able to access this data, but so will lots of other, less obvious public bodies, including the Food Standards Agency, and some National Health Service Trusts.

The UK also, a couple of years ago, banned porn depicting anything the pearl-clutching nannies running their country regard as “deviant”. I’m sure more censorship is coming.

Don’t think this can’t happen here. Trump is putting in place people who support mass surveillance and oppose privacy protections. Congress has shown repeatedly that will instantly cave unless we the people rise up in protest. If we don’t want to follow the example of the UK, we have to object now, no matter who is in power.