Cringing to these fellows will never do

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I have to say I disagree with Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his Chicago rally because of threats of violence and thugs.

If these folks can shut down a Trump Rally unopposed they can do it elsewhere and rewarding this kind of behavior will just bring more of it.

What is the point of a first amendment if this can take place?

Oh and the leaders of these protestors were not only hoping for violence but would absolutely love to see one of their own number shot or killed to create a martyr, after with Democrat turnout down they need to create something to motivate them.

If you think that’s kind of harsh then I submit you haven’t paid attention to how the left operates.

No wonder the left likes Radical Islam so much, they use the same speech suppressing tactics.

CNN spent the night making excuses for thugs, I suspect if they were disrupting a Hillary Clinton rally they’d be outraged

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Today Vox is one again playing the voter suppression card:

Why voting in 2016 could be nearly impossible for some Americans

Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and North Dakota have all implemented strict voter ID laws since the last time Americans picked a president in 2012. And this could leave millions of would-be voters unable to cast a ballot.

Alas poor Vox, they seem to forget that some of the states on their list have already voted so lets take a look

In Texas one of the states listed as having these laws if we look at turnout in 2008 to 2016 (I use 2008 vs 2012 because of contested primaries in both parties) it’s pretty much a wash. 4,265,431 cast ballots in the primaries this year while in 2008 Dems & GOP drew 4,237,308 a tiny increase but certainly not a drop

Meanwhile in Virginia the number of votes went UP from 1.44 million to 1.79 mil (780K dems 1.019 mil gop) an increase of over 20%.

According to Vox this can’t be. Might it be that the cries of voter disenfranchisement is a bunch of bull?

Or put another way, I’ll believe requiring ID is discrimination when in our litigious society, banks and supermarkets are sued en masse for requiring them.

Closing thought: If this voter ID discrimination was actually legit given the Democrats well known patronage of the poor surely a portion of the hundreds of millions raised by the party and by Hillary could be used to help said poor acquire these free IDs? In fact as such expenditures could be done at the Party or even the super pac level our Democrat friends with the help of the Hollywood elite would easily be able to cover the minor transportation expenses involved and perhaps even a stipend to make up for a day’s lost work, of course as an ID is required to be hired at almost any job to fill out a W2, a person working by definition would already have an ID wouldn’t they?

I think that’s a great question, wouldn’t you like an answer?

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Shut-Upby baldilocks

This is why my novel is self-published and why my next two (three?) books will be self-published as well.

From sci-fi author Nick Cole, via his fellow sci-fi scribe John C. Wright:

Banned by the Publisher

Or, Thank God for Jeff Bezos

I launched a book this week and I went Indie with it. Indie means I released it on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. I had to.

My Publisher, HarperVoyager, refused to publish it because of some of the ideas I wrote about in it.

In other words, they were attempting to effectively ban a book because they felt the ideas and concepts I was writing about were dangerous and more importantly, not in keeping with their philosophical ideals. They felt my ideas weren’t socially acceptable and were “guaranteed to lose fifty percent of my audience” as related back to me by my agent. But more importantly… they were “deeply offended.”

A little backstory. A few years back I wrote a novel called Soda Pop Soldier. It was the last obligated novel under my first contract. The novel was a critical hit (Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly) and it resonated with my post-apocalyptic readership from my breakout Amazon best seller, The Old Man and the Wasteland, and it picked up a new audience in the cyberpunk and gamer crowd. The novel is about a future dystopia where people play video games for a living. It’s basically Call of Duty meets Ready Player One and a lot of people really enjoyed it. When it came time to write another book for Harper Collins I was encouraged by my editor to dip once more into the Dystopian Gamer milieu and tell another story inside the Soda Pop Soldier universe. We agreed on a prequel that told the story of how that future became the way it is in Soda Pop Soldier.

And that involved talking about Artificial Intelligence because in the dystopian gaming future, the planet had almost been destroyed by a robot revolution sourced by Artificial Intelligence.

And here’s where things went horribly wrong, according to my editor at Harper Collins. While casting about for a “why” for self-aware Thinking Machines to revolt from their human progenitors, I developed a reason for them to do such.

Link added in text. Read on and find out what Harper Collins fears. Hint: intelligence.

Side note: in Tale of the Tigers, my first publisher didn’t like a line of dialogue I put in the mouth of one of my characters, but he had no choice; I was paying to be published. The conversation’s topic? Islam.

I’m hoping that my trip to Kenya lays the foundation for one of my future books, as well. Click to assist.

UPDATE: Larry Correia’s take on the situation is longer and far more entertaining than mine.

Kenya Trip Wishlist at Amazon.

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Today on Morning Joe it’s been all about “Marco Rubio and accomplishments” fueled by the inability of Rick Santorum to name one.

They’ve been all in on the “lack of Rubio accomplishments” meme that Chris Christie launched in the debate and in fairness it’s not an unreasonable argument to make about a 1st term Senator running for President.

However there is an irony here that everyone seems to miss.

Let me take you back to April of 2014 Bill Kristol is on the Morning Joe table and he asked the assembled members of the press there to name an accomplishment not of first term senator from Florida or Texas, but of Hillary Clinton a Two term senator, former Secretary of State first lady and former presidential candidate. Here is what happened.

The full segment is here.

I’ve been talking about this subject for three years and nobody in the MSM seems to be interested in it.

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Ten Years ago Al Gore gave a speech saying that we have only 10 years to save the planet from Global Warming.

At that time Rush Limbaugh started a countdown clock at 10 years.

This is January 27th, 2006. We will begin the count, ladies and gentlemen. This is just… You have to love these people — from afar, and from a purely observational point of view.

Today it ran out

goremageddon

and Unexpectedly not only are we all waking up alive but if you are waking up in either NY or Washington odds are you are still seeing the snow on the ground from this week’s record setting blizzard and global warming as an issue ranks below , well everything.

But that’s OK, Al Gore has already made his millions off of it and there are still a few suckers out there to be taken who will be but the best thing to do today, is to look at the few fools who still fall for this hoax, and laugh

Closing thought: Taking Al Gore at his word it is now too late to do anything about Global Warming shouldn’t we immediately stop spending money on it?

When I first conceived this piece it was going to be something different.

When the NYT came out with their piece about a loan for the first Ted Cruz campaign for Senate it was meant to bring out visions of an evil conspiracy by the folks at Goldman Sacks to deceive conservatives whose main cog was Senator Cruz’s wife Heidi. For big money to seize the White House under the guise of the Tea Party

It was the perfect story for the MSM. Cruz as a phony beholding to the wealthiest of the wealthy & his wife as Hillary Clinton, the scheming conniver behind the throne, in disguise.

Now of course the truth of the matter is quite different and easily explained.

I was going to use this piece to point out that if you have a Whole Life insurance policy, a bank account or a 401K account, an annuity account etc and have ever taken out a loan against it to finance something important like college, a house, or even something trivial like a boat, you have done exactly what Ted Cruz did. His crime apparently is having a successful wife who had a good job and stocks to borrow against so that he could get a bigger loan than most people do (which is another club to hit the senator with, he married too well). The whole thing is smoke and mirrors meant to plant a meme for the media to run with.

“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “ That doesn’t address the single most important part of the story, if this was all on the up and up, why did he conceal it?”

Well thank to Syndicated Columnist Phil Kerpen and the wonders of twitter, the answer is quite simple to give and prove, HE DIDN’T!

If you want to argue that Senator Cruz should have had this in his FCC report that is a fair statement, but if you want to argue that Cruz had some cunning plan to hide this info which the MSM want to play up, then including it on a financial disclosure statement filed with the Federal government seems an odd way of doing it.

Now this will of course not stop either the MSM or other campaigns to continue to play this card. It’s only to be expected, the MSM hates conservatives, the other campaigns because they are desperate to catch up and the establishment GOP because they Cruz more than they do Trump.

Unexpectedly.

But I, maybe naively, expect that if you are a conservative activist, even one who supports a different candidate, you hold yourself to a higher standard and are smart enough not to trust the New York Times and the MSM it feeds.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

Pacifist:Strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war.

Merriam Webster online dictionary

King Henry IV:As the good Lord said: “Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he’s Turkish, in which case, kill the bastard!”

Black Adder Born to be King 1983

One of my regular stops on the net is to the Elder of Ziyon links page which gives an excellent roundup of what is happening in Israel.  On Friday I saw this piece linked:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded on Friday to an investigative report that appeared last night on Channel 2’s “Uvda” show, which revealed how radical leftist activists hand Palestinian Arabs over to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to be executed.

Right-wing activists infiltrated leftist groups and caught the activist Ezra Nawi on camera saying he gives the PA the names of Arabs who are interested in selling land to Jews, so that the PA can torture and “kill them.” Other radical leftists were also exposed involved in the activities.

I did not recognize the name of Ezra Nawi so I googled him and found his entry in Wikipedia which says the following at of 12:53 PM on Friday January 8th.

Ezra Itzhak Nawi (Hebrew: עזרא יצחק נאווי‎; born 1952) is an Israeli human rightsactivist and pacifist. He is particularly active among the Bedouin herders and farmers of the South Hebron Hills[1] and against the Israeli illegal settlements.[2] He has been described as a “Ta’ayush nudnik“,[3] and “a working-class, liberal gay version of Joe the Plumber“.[4][5]

His critics regard him as an extreme leftist activist and troublemaker.[6][7] He has been charged for numerous infractions of the law, convicted for a number of offences, and served several short stints in prison as a consequence of his activism.[2] According toDavid Shulman, he is an Israeli exponent of Gandhian civil disobedience.[8][9][10]

Now I’m not a pacifist nor do I claim to be an expert on Gandihian civil disobedience but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t involve neither turning over the names of people to “governments” so they can be executed for selling land.  I also don’t know Joe the Plumber but I’m not aware of him secretly or otherwise trying to arrange the death of anyone for trying to sell land they own.

And of course this practice is being defended by the group doing it while claiming:

B’Tselem added that it “opposes all torture and all executions…whether they are done in Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) cellars or in the Palestinian Authority,” but did not comment on the fact that the sales are reported with the full intention that the seller should be killed.

That in itself is ironic, but consider for a second we are talking about a Jew actively working for the death of Palestinian Arabs, who is celebrated by the left.

So remember if you are a Jew, leftist are OK with you facilitating the death of Palestinian Arabs, as long as they are the right Arabs.

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by baldilocksbaldilocks

Earlier today, I opined that chaotic thinking is one of the wiles of the Enemy, meaning the Devil.

Chaotic thinking is mostly jumbled thinking, and I suffer from it. There are so many thoughts whirling around in this head that it’s difficult to put them in some semblance of order, as I’ve whined about many times. But I think also that chaotic thinking can disguise itself as ordered: the inability to think the unthinkable. We all do this, too. We wall “crazy” ideas and approaching bad stuff out of our consciousness, and, because of that mental block, we refuse to prepare ourselves for the bad stuff. Many who do this habitually, lose their sanity when the bad stuff can no longer be ignored. Some commit suicide, as we saw in the wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis.

This type of thinking has a name: normalcy bias. It is

 …a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare and, on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred, it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

As I watch what’s going on far outside of my door, horrible things are becoming more and more thinkable.

From a friend whose normalcy bias is also falling away:

You start to see the evidence, but ignore it…sort of. You think of arguments for the ‘defense’ of why it’s not necessarily true. But..something nags at you…

“No! That cannot be true!” That spot is not cancer; that money has to be there; the preacher did not lie; that man is not cheating; that child is not addicted…. A time comes when the evidence cannot be ignored. That’s a hard truth. It makes you hurt in your soul.

I think that is where we are in the US right now. The whole world actually.

Our Enemy—the author of world chaos–wants us biased by normalcy and, therefore, disarmed against him, his servants, and his unwitting dupes. He wants us un-shielded–spiritually, emotionally, and, yes, physically. So, armed with that knowledge, what are you going to do about it?

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.shields-firstcontact

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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This comes as no surprise to me:

The National Security Agency (NSA) swept up conversations with U.S. lawmakers as it monitored lobbying on the Iran nuclear deal by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides.

If you are shocked or angry about this, then you simply haven’t paid attention. After all if you’ve demonstrated that there are no consequences to any actions that our Chicago thug in chief takes why would he show any restraint on spying on congress? An abusive husband doesn’t stop unless there is a price.

Ron Fournier notwithstanding…

…I predict that if a president Cruz or Trump does this the MSM will suddenly find this behavior outrageous and demand punitive action.

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Inherit the Wind 1960

 

Via Instapundit and Don Surber comes this at Wired:

Firefox’s share of the browser market is declining rapidly, according to multiple measures. W3Counter says Firefox’s share has decreased from 21.3 percent of browser usage in November 2012 to 11.5 percent this month.

and this:

The Mozilla Corp. historically has made most of its money through a a contract making Google the default search engine on Firefox. But last year, instead of renewing that contract, Mozilla signed agreements with less popular search engines. Yahoo is now the default in the US, Yandex in Russia, and Baidu in China. Mozilla hasn’t revealed the terms of those deals and the report gives no indication of how much revenue the new contracts will generate, but there’s reason for concern.

While Mozilla spins the change as a way of being less dependent on a single company, it’s not clear whether Mozilla or Google pulled the plug.

Oddly enough while Wired mentioned the whole Brandon Eich thing it doesn’t connect the decision to tell half the population that they are bigots whose business they would rather not have to said customers decision to take them at their word and leave, particularly if they have plenty of alternatives to choose from.

I’ve not used Firefox since that day on any computer I own and I intend never to do so again.  I suspect millions think the same and I’ll wager Google has noticed this.

As Mr. Surber said, a Darwin award indeed