I don’t care if as of this writing Tim Tebow is hitting over fifty points higher than Jackie Bradley Jr. I’ll take Bradley in center field turning doubles into flyouts every day of the week.
Johnny Depp and I are the same age and while he did much better than me for most of his life this piece by Robert Stacy McCain linking a Rolling Stone profile convinces me not only that I’ve pulled ahead but that nothing is more dangerous to life and soul than being rich enough to make your wildest fantasies come true.
Jake Tapper’s encounter with Keith Ellison over his association with anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan reminded me of something that Joe Kennedy Sr. once said about his son Bobby Kennedy: “Bobby’s my boy, when he hates you, you stay hated.”
If Jeb Bush had been in the White House instead of Donald Trump with this economy and these results from the Supreme Court Rick Wilson & Bill Kristol would be calling him the greatest president of all time.
When I see tweets like the one below I’m convinced that the New York Times forgets they no long have a monopoly on photographs, video and the means to distribute them.
It’s no coincidence that the Democrats started calling Republicans “Nazis” became mainstream once the World War 2 generation Democrats who had experience fighting the real thing had died out.
Reflecting on the week in the Supreme Court culminating in the retirement of Justice Kennedy today, none of these results are possible without the combination of the unlikely victory of Donald Trump on election day and the even less likely act of Mitch McConnell keeping his nerve before it.
Nothing is more healthy for the soul that a week away from the net, the political world or both.
The return of my blog from GoDaddy’s exile is still pretty new and the first thing I’ve noticed is the drop in daily traffic, illustrated by the graphic above. In the world of the internet being away for a week can have a crippling effect It’s going to take a while for the people who stopped by daily to discover I’m back and for bloggers to figure out there is something to link to again. That’s been the most discouraging part of the entire exercise. I still remain amazed at the level of indifference to my situation, particularly from the people I spoke to vs those I chatted with, but when your ratings as an employee are measured by raw stats vs actual customer satisfaction it’s not a surprise. In the 7 contacts I had with the GoDaddy people I encountered a single person who conveyed to me the idea that they really wanted to get me back up and running, but apparently such efforts risk the ire of others who might be forced into effort and thus are not popular.
I’m going to find a company to whom my business, small as it is, means something.
This is actually a good parallel to a piece that ran in Powerline about the attempt of a San Francisco van rental company to get local police to show an interest in one of their stolen vans that they, the van company, accidentally came across and followed it until it parked within sight of a police station. The story is told in a series of tweets by the van company owner. The unwillingness of police to get involved, even to the point of just standing near them when they confronted the thieves, is a great example of the same issue as the GoDaddy Business. Why take a risk in violating the strict protocols imposed by the liberal city fathers when such violations can risk a solid job with a good pension? Much easier to make the people you are supposedly tasked with serving and protecting jump through hoops instead.
I moved to the Bay area 18 months ago from Boston… In the past 18 months I have had my car broken into (laptop, other items stolen) and then in December our home was burgularized.. The police response to the car breakin was pathetic… I called them after coming back to my car and finding my window smashed (10 minutes, car parked on a busy street 7:00am rush hour traffic) and their response was “fill out a report online”… When our home was burgularized we again called the police; they showed up a day and a half after we called… at that point we had put the house back togehter and were going to send someone to fingerprint the window where they accessed the house… 3 days later after being told they were coming (calls at 4:00am) no one showed. The police report still hasn’t been sent to us; the paperwork they were using still has Kamala Harris listed as AG and my taxes are OUT OF CONTROL. I hope to be part of the mass exit in the next 24 – 36 months. If you’re contemplating moving to San Francisco… Don’t. Don’t do it.
Not many things will pierce the liberal bubble for people. But this type of thing will.
I didn’t hear about the latest school shooting until I was driving home from work in the wee hours of the morning and the context I heard it from was Steve Kerr’s rant about the NRA. We keep hearing a lot from a lot of celebrities blaming the NRA every single time there is a shooting, even though the shooters never seem to be an NRA members. However there are a few people who actually gets what’s going on:
If you think it’s bad now, just wait until the generation whose babysitter is an iPhone is in high school. You can hardly walk around Wal Mart these days without tripping over a toddler in a trance staring at a screen.
The high school kids who shot rifle in school in 1985 were taught right and wrong. They were taught what to do with their rifle in school, and what not to do. If they got out of line, all the other students and the coach would have come down on them hard. There were no safe spaces, and that was a good thing.
Culture is a powerful force for good. When good behavior is normalized and deviant destructive behavior is ostracized, shamed and marginalized, you get more good behavior.
That’s J. Christian Adams at PJ media as he talks about the fact that thirty years ago you had gun clubs in schools and somehow you didn’t have mass shootings. I wonder why? Perhaps the teachers are afraid of being thought judgmental if they bring up such facts.
This actually brought to mind Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday. Yesterday the wife ended up going to mass at our parish school where our Pastor celebrated Mass for the students and got our Ashes. A few hours later I got to work and noticed something missing. 20 years ago I would have expected to see at least a half dozen such people at my workplace and plenty in the public during the day wearing ashes. Forty years ago the majority of the people around me would have been wearing ashes that day, but at work that day there wasn’t a single other person with ashes on their head and only a couple of people on the shift recognized what the ashes were. Several came up to me to tell me I had a stain on my head (in fairness one of them was an Iraqi who likely isn’t familiar with Christianity). On that very same day I listened as an otherwise sensible young lady insist to another that Mike Pence wanted to put lesbians like her in concentration camps and pooh poohing my calling out such insanity.
CK Chesterton famously wrote that modern reformers often rush to do away with things without understanding the purpose they serve Our friends on the left have spent two generations De-Christianizeing our culture never noting the benefits it produced for the public. Only now two generations later are people seeing the price this decision carried. I submit and suggest yesterday’s events in Florida, those events in San Francisco and even my issues with GoDaddy are examples of this cost.
Roger Simon spots another such example of this price as he tells the tale of an incident at an Ivy League University:
Fear of physical contact on the part of students? Where have we heard that before? Parkland, perhaps? At least the Florida school had the gumption to throw Cruz out, even if the authorities did not follow up as they should have and averted the carnage. The student — of color or not — who stood up inches from Professor Rosen and yelled “FUCK YOU” should have been thrown out of Princeton that very day never to return.
Princeton — in the current Ivy League tradition — did a bunch of nothing. First Yale at Halloween, then Dartmouth in its library, now Princeton — our supposedly greatest universities have become our greatest centers of adult abdication, especially on the part of their administrations. Who will be surprised if violence comes next?
This abdication of adult and, quite often, parental responsibility is rampant in today’s America. This is not just due to the runaway epidemic of political correctness in our culture and its easy disparagement of traditional values. It is the Chinese Cultural Revolution-style violence that this behavior engenders. The Princeton students terrified to defend Professor Rosen in his class were not all that different from the panicked Parkland students fleeing Cruz. The Princetonians were scared for their lives to pipe up.
Why risk getting in trouble by confronting a potentially violent student, particularly one of color, and risk being branded as a hate monger, much easier to cancel the speech, cancel the class and say no more about it, after all you don’t want to risk stemming the flow of the money coming in do you?
There are in fact moments when adults seem to cry enough. One of those took place when an Oregon school district decided to cancel Valentine’s day
The Bethel School Board’s response is a typical government reaction to finding out people don’t like something they did. Most boards hate hearing criticism and label it “threatening” so they don’t have to continue listening. This is a common tactic used by elected officials to avoid hearing from angry constituents. Some will even go so far as to break state law to avoid hearing from voters. It appears that the Bethel School District may have done just that. The very first rule of the Oregon Open Meetings Act states clearly that all public meetings are to be open to the public and provide accommodations. If there isn’t enough space, the board is responsible for finding space and hearing each citizen’s concern. The Bethel board’s refusal to provide space, even when warned ahead of the meeting that they needed to, could be a violation of state law. Further, attempting to shut down a meeting before public comment has been made is also a violation of state law. Thankfully, the board decided to reschedule the meeting for later in the week in a bigger location, but not before attempting to get away with not naming a new date. The crowd refused to let that happen and forced them to name a date and time. Several parents are still concerned they will change the venue without notice.
Contrary to the board’s claims of unruliness and disorder, this meeting was a classic example of democracy in action. Board members tend to forget that they work for the people and a strong reminder is often needed to get them back on track. The parents of the Bethel School District are doing what every American should be doing: holding elected officials accountable for their actions. If parents don’t stand up against the onslaught of anti-Americanism and the destruction of our traditions and culture we will soon have no traditions left.
The real question though is how many of these parents will be showing up on election day to vote these rascals out, or will that be too much trouble?
One of the things that Political correctness does is try to play the risk reward card on people to change their behavior, suggesting that the risk of public opprobrium for a public action or expression is not worth the reward of free speech or action. While this is a horrible danger at times it is the source of incredible amusement as illustrated by this
You must never go out in public again. That is the only way to ensure that others will not be offended by your presence. pic.twitter.com/oANR7qVLxx
The person who sent out this tweet is an educated citien, here is her twitter profile
Senior Editor & Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society. Planetary scientist, writer, public speaker. Writing a book on Curiosity mission. Asteroid 274860.
You know what’s really funny? She doesn’t sound any different from Richard Russell howling against the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the horror of black and white people attending social events together.
Democrats ever the party of segregation.
I’m still laughing at the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama that were unveiled last week. There were in one respect a perfect representation of the pair’s time in office. A lot of hype but not a lot of substance. While in that regard it’s an amusing diversion he was still the president of the United states and he and the first lady deserve than they got, not for the sake of themselves but for the sake of the office.
One other thing about Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday. It’s often forgotten that Valentine’s Day is actually the feast day of St. Valentine who was martyred that day by the Roman Emperor Claudius II
Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.
To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.
Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”
I suspect this Catholic Priest would have approved Catholics maintaining the Ash Wednesday fast on his feast day. My solution was to pick up Chinese food after work and eat with dawife after midnight.
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Time to interrupt my final two Stacy McCain posts to comment a little on the issues of the day/week.
There have been attacks in London and Paris this week. In Paris the target was just one policeman in London the underground but the most amazing thing about both attacks is the continuing unwillingness of either people to fight back.
I’m old enough to remember when the media/left insisted that Scooter Libby had to be jailed over the Valerie Plame affair. Strangely enough Susan Rice’s activities don’t seem to excite any worry at all to them, after all her targets were their political enemies.
The Red Sox failure to punish those behind the banner incident beyond ejection is going to encourage more of this at more Redsox Patriots Bruins and perhaps even Celtics games. And while I agree with the Herald that it will hurt the left in the long run, it will also make these games much less enjoyable for those who enjoy sports so I don’t like the trade off.
Even worse for the left is the fact that many on their side, young, hip and of color are questioning it. How soon will we see rebelling against the left PC become the next cool thing for the eternally bored young?
Andrew Breitbart told us that politics is downstream from culture, Phelim McAleer with his Ferguson play has taken these words to heart and is going to make sure some of that truth gets downstream. Would that more of those on the right, particularly those who waste their funds on consultants, did so too.
Finally I find reading “Chelsea” Manning play the victim over losing a visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School at Harvard when she will still be given a speaking slot at the most prestigious almost as amazing as the initial invitation. Then again considering what I saw at Harvard last week, the idea that the Kennedy School, as in John Fitzgerald Kennedy war hero, would honor a traitor who is only free from a 35 year jail sentence because we elected a president with a great affection for enemies of America does not seem that amazing at all.
Was there anything more boring than the white House Correspondents dinner, particularly compared to the Trump Rally last night?
Can someone explain to me why the MSM having to public declare “we are not fake news” at the Correspondent’s Dinner is not a laugh line while Christine O’Donnell saying: “I am not a witch” is?
I took great pleasure watching Comcast’s menu show “White House correspondent’s dinner” for 8-10 and see the first hour dominated by Trump.
Could someone explain why liberals how liberals on CNN’s STOU suggesting Barack Obama should go on a “poverty tour” to make up for his big money speaking deals, is not an acknowledgement that 8 years of Obama including 2 years of filibuster proof majorities and 4 years of senate control did not solve these problems.
If Jake Tapper had been drinking when Samantha Bee said with a straight face to him live on his show that she’s all about the comedy and not about the activism we would have been treated to a live shot of him either spitting, choking or having whatever he drank come out of his nose.
Would it be so hard for Samantha Bee et/al to just admit that there is a good living playing to liberals panicked over Trump and she intends to make it?
If the Bill O’Reilly case doesn’t prove that Mike Pence is the smartest man in Washington I don’t know what is.
If Comcast really wants me to keep paying for cable I think they would have the current season of Doctor who available on demand for free for at least a few days after they air.
Conventional wisdom kept saying the Patriots would trade Malcolm Butler or Jimmy Garoppolo to save money but apparently nobody considered that they might just want to win it again this year.
It’s amazing to see just how average the Red Sox are and how little other teams fear their lineup without David Ortiz in it.
If there is one thing that Berkeley proves once as for all, the only way to get the left
One of the few seemingly valid arguments on the left concerning Trump’s Syria strike is the claim of a double standard that a congress that asserted it’s authority on Obama and Syria wasn’t that concerned about Trump acting alone.
The hole in that argument is best explained by one of Tip O’Neill’s famous Uncle Denny stories. Uncle Denny is in a bar drinking on the cuff and the bartender calls the owner to ask if he’s good for the price of a drink and is asked:
“Has he had it?”
“Then he’s good for it.”
It’s a lot harder to object to a fait accompli particularly a popular one, then it is a potential event with all the unknown consequences and Trump understands (as my father did) that it’s better to offer explanations for doing what you’ve already done that to ask permission to do what you want to do.
Has anyone noticed that the language / pronoun police haven’t gotten to shootings yet? You still see people routinely refer to a “gunman” instead of a “shooter” even though “gunman” not only implies a particular gender and an old fashioned binary gender as well. I suspect that’s because to our friends in the copy rooms of the left, the implication that men are violent murders by nature is an acceptable prejudice. It’s the same way with us Sicilians, it will be forever acceptable for the Hollywood left to portray us as a bunch of gangsters and murders to be feared.
Of course we don’t mind all that much, as people generally don’t mess with us because of it, and unlike other groups we don’t give a damn what a bunch of Scranos think of us. (and no I’m not going to translate that for you).
The weekly standard had an interesting article about the Gorsuch confirmation indicating that the three senators that the left were counting on to stop the nuclear option were Collins of Maine, Murkowski of Alaska and Corker of Tennessee. The first two were not a surprise to me as they are only marginally republican the third was. The whole world was convinced it would be McCain and Graham as the potential holdouts, not a lot of people outside of DC had Corker on that list, but it’s a moot point now as Democrats were stupid enough to demonstrate that it doesn’t matter how respected and qualified a nominee is, they would filibuster them as seriously was anyone stupid enough to believe that if Hillary had won and the Democrats had held the Senate the first thing to go would be the Filibuster rule?
One last thing about the Gorsuch nomination, it’s worth noting that while the opposition of him was partisan the support for him was bipartisan. I didn’t hear the press use that word much if at all during the hearing etc. It’s funny because as I recall during the Obama years if even a single senator or congressman from the GOP supported something he did the press trotted out the word “bipartisan” as a sign that it was good and worthwhile, but they somehow never used that word when the GOP was passing bills in the house that Harry Reid held up (nor did they note that the opposition to Obamacare in the house was bipartisan). Apparently the word “bipartisan” is only an acceptable complement when describing support of Democrats or opposition to Republicans.
Don Rickles died this week and tributes have come in from all over. Of course if you look while his work on the Dean Martin Roasts and on Carson are immortalized on YouTube, they could not be performed by a comic today without being censored by the SJW crowd and the comic being declared a racist, sexist bigot etc etc etc. I suspect a lot of the comics of today envy folks like Rickles who lived in an era when people , having lived through actually suffering and hardship knew the difference a joke and actual suffering and hardship.
This is likely why there are so nostalgia networks on the tube these days, the jokes from the old shows are funny and didn’t care about the political correctness of today.
I don’t understand the difficulty of some on the right to see why Trump’s hit of Syria was a good thing to so many. The Pax America while expensive to the US has been one of the better things the world has seen, the loss of it puts a lot of people worldwide in danger. It’s true a lot of folks like to complain about it just like they do about the police but they come in really handy when you need them.
Boy I miss the world war 2 generation and their values.
Speaking of things the culture needs Heather MacDonald direct challenge to Black Lives Matter about their lack of outrage over black children being murdered is one of the greatest things I’ve seen in years. That so many in the black community are afraid of confronting these thugs who don’t give a damn if they live and die is one of the great disgraces of the 21st century. It’s the same dynamic as the confrontation on CNN between Brooke Baldwin and a survivor of a Syrian Gas Attack who asked where all those people who protested against Trump on immigration where when they were being gassed? Why wasn’t that worth a march?
All these people are playing the roles of useful idiots for the left and if they are more useful dead to the left then they’ll let them die.
One of the hardest things this year has been watching the Red Sox offense sputter this year without David Oritz. I know it’s still very early but the lack of fear on the faces of opposing pitchers has been apparent. Maybe in a few years or maybe even this year Andrew Benintendi will generate that fear, but he hasn’t yet.
I saw an article saying that in addition to shattering every other record that any other Quarterback has held Tom Brady has the chance to break the record for oldest player to start at QB in an NFL game. He would have to last till 2022 to do so. While that’s not impossible it’s worth noting that of all the sports out there Football is the one where the end of your career is always only one hit away. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brady last 2, 3 or even four more years but to be talking seven years is WAY premature.
Finally yesterday was my 29th Anniversary and a funny thing happened this week. Leaving a funeral mass one day my wife commented on a tucked away flower shop where we got our wedding flowers. I noted I’d never been there and said it would be unlikely that I’d so as she said she didn’t want flowers anymore as she preferred plants. She had totally forgotten this and had wondered why I had stopped buying her flowers over the last eight years.
That just goes to show that no matter how long you are married it’s a good idea to keep communications open, because you never actually know if people are saying what they mean, particularly when you are talking wives.
Let’s start this week with a thanks for all those who have been praying for DaWife, the recovery from Surgery has been on track but the contagious infection that she picked up shows no sign of improving. We see the nurse practitioner on Monday and possibly an infectious disease specialist if things don’t change, I’m hoping to be back to work sometime late this week.
I’m really reaching the point were it’s just not worth watching the media anymore, it’s all anti-trump Democrat liberal spin all the time and I see no reason to waste my time on earth listening to people lie to me. I suppose it’s cathartic to those who are still all the time but it’s reached the point where I presume dishonesty from them before they even open their mouths. One might think that’s harsh but having seen how these folk operate up close and having written about it for nearly a decade to do otherwise would be an exercise in self delusion.
One of the things I noticed in his war against the media is that as soon as he stopped Tweeting the left and the media went on the offensive, I think President Trump needs to keep tweeting fast and furiously to steal a phrase. Make the left spend every single day reacting rather than acting. It’s the only way to keep them off balance.
A great example of this is the MSM Trump/Trump tower being bugged story. When Heat Street wrote about it in November, the US media yawned. When the Guardian wrote about it in January the MSM took no notice. But now that President Trump himself has tweeted about it, and it can not be hidden from the general public or ignored suddenly the MSM which wasn’t disputing the stories coming out since November are suddenly in full denial mode calling the whole thing a conspiracy theory even though the Obama Whitehouse had a history of bugging people.
Incidentally while I thought Jeff Sessions decision to recuse himself from any Russian investigation was honorable I think it was a mistake. When dealing with the left you can’t give an inch because they can never be satisfied. The only power they have at the moment is the power you give them so I give them nothing and make them like it.
I know some might disagree but those who do are presuming we have shared cultural values, while that might have been true a generation ago I think it no longer is. That fact is a crying shame but it would be a bigger shame to deny reality.
Just saw on Instapundit that Iowahawk has quit Twitter (although not necessarily the net). It’s a shame as he is one of the funniest people on the net but it shows that he has a lot of sense as well.
For those suffering Iowahawk withdrawal here is my interview with him from 2010
I see Disney has decided to finally cave to gay activist on both the Beauty and the Beast movie and other shows. This might make short term sense but given that it is the religious population worldwide that is having children in the long term it’s going to do damage to do permanent damage to the brand, particularly in a world that offers so many alternatives.
The clueless folks in Major League Baseball have decided to make intentional walks automatic. Not only does it eliminate some of the rare but occasionally interesting events during an IBB such as the immaculate deception of Johnny Bench.
but ironically I think this will slow the game down in some situations as a reliever to be pulled is often given the task of issuing a free pass to give his replacement time to warm. Now managers will have to use other methods to stall.
However baseball being the greatest game ever invented has survived plenty of stupidity, it will survive this.
Word is the five primary stars of the big bang theory have agreed to a pay cut from 1 mil an episode (24 mil a year) to $900,000 per episode ($21,600,000 a year)to allow a pay raise for Mayim Bialik (Amy Farah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) to get them from $200,000 per episode ($4.8 mil a year) to $450,000 per episode (10.8 Mill a year).
Given that it’s highly unlikely that any of these actors are going to pull anything near this kind of money once the show ends the smartest thing they can do is keep going with the flow for as many seasons as possible and keep the green coming.
While all these folks (except Kaley Cuoco play genius’ on the show I wonder how many of them have been smart enough to put some of these millions away to live on for when they are in the wilderness again?
Finally I’m still weeks away from posting all of the videos I’ve taken at CPAC on the blog and frankly still haven’t gotten them all published on youtube either.
I know these interviews don’t draw a lot of view but I think they are vital to learn exactly what people think and for me to have clearer idea of the view of the voter and the activist.
Perhaps the day will come when these short videos will be more appreciated in terms of their journalistic value, perhaps not but either way I offer them as a snapshot of the opinion of the public, it’s up to you to decide if it’s more important than the five stars that went too far.
Yesterday was the first Time in a VERY long while that you did not see a post with my byline was not on this blog, instead RH – NG36B ‘s loving tribute to his seven month old daughter Rebecca. When the news came here Wednesday evening that Rebecca had unexpectedly died I made the decision, to provide an update to Saturday’s post concerning her condition. Instead I made a private announcement to our writers & asked our substitute writers to prepare posts for today in the event RH decided he needed some time off here. He responded that he wished to continue to write then penned, well typed, tribute and asked when it should go up. We decided it should be the lead post yesterday. It received a strong response and continues to do so.
He now has a funeral to plan and pay for, he does not have a tip jar at his base site but if you follow him on facebook I’m sure you can contact him about helping out if you wish or to send him direct condolences.
Of of the things about RH’s tribute to little Rebecca is how well it answers one of the oldest questions in Christianity: “Why does God allow bad things to happen”
Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influencing, or trying to influence, those around us. We read books, we devise arguments, we make PowerPoint presentations, and we argue on Facebook. And yet here I had a little girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed everyone around her, including people she never met. Her broken heart was changing those with hardened hearts.
She did it without words, without slides, and without a social media account.
It truly was never about her. It was always about us, about making us better. And even though it took her death for me to realize it, I’m glad that I did.
There are those who would argue that a Down Syndrome child’s live has no value, that it’s would be better to have said child killed in the womb than incur the costs, both financial and emotional, of bringing such a child into the womb. I submit and suggest that perhaps we’ve needed them as much as they’ve needed us and the crass, narcissistic society that we now possess is the price we have paid for making children like Rebecca disposable.
There was actually a 2nd death in our blog family, although with two big differences.
1. Technically she wasn’t in our family at the time of her death.
2. She came back.
Old friend Zilla of the Resistance, one of the grande dames of the blogging world who I last saw several years ago in a hospital bed in very bad shape contacted me a few weeks ago and provided me with an update on her situation filled with good news, although not good enough for her to return to daily blogging. I immediately invited her to join our merry band here and she accepted. Her 2nd post since her return to blogging was yesterday. This is quite ironic as she was on my initial list of bloggers to join my magnificent seven but was too ill and weak to consider it at the time. You will see her here Friday evening for as long as she wants to stay and her health continues to permit it..
You might have noticed that old friend Jerry Wilson who wrote here occasionally has returned and is now writing regularly here. You will find him here Thursday Evenings. We are pleased to have him back and look forward to his posts from the left coast which tend to be non-political but as we’ve learned there is much more to life than issues in the political world.
After writing about weighty subject turning to the Press’ tantrum over Donald Trump’s press conference seems completely anti-climatic. Because of my sleep schedule I didn’t see the President’s press conference when it happened only the outraged reactions of the media to it. When I finally went online to watch it seemed to me (as it did to others) that the media description of this event bore no resemblance to what actually happened. It’s the same backwards reaction they had to his speech opening his candidacy.
This would explain both President Trump’s willingness to confront them head on the death of their credibility with the public.
Never before has Glenn Reynolds statement to the BBC about 90% of the press giving the other 10% a bad name rung more true.
The contrast on how the media has handled their “loss” vs how RH has his is notable and speaks volumes.
Now the death of credibility:
Listen to this speech via Milo, from a Bucknell Student (in introduction to Christina Hoff Summers appearance there) who upon receiving an open email from a professor at Bucknell university calling conservative and libertarian students “racists and fascists” and saying they should “Pay a deep and lasting price” for having Milo speak on their campus last year, Asked said professor in a return email what he meant by a “steep and lasting price”.
The professors response was…interesting.
The university’s decision to not only back the professor but go along with his explanation to them that “a deep and lasting price” meant, “engage me in calm and peaceful discussion” sends a clear message that inciting violence against conservatives and libertarians who do not support the goals of the SJW community will be tolerated but questioning said incitement will not.
A lot of masks have been falling lately and the totalitarian campus left have proved like totalitarians everywhere that they love free speech until they are in power and then will crush it.
Thus dies free speech at the University
Continuing on this theme it’s worth replaying Andrew Breitbart’s response six years ago to a question at an event in Lexington Mass that I covered to what happens if the left decides to resort to violence:
“We outnumber them and we have the guns”
I’m really thinking that the left and the media is hoping and praying for us for some of these anti-milo, anti-trump and anti-conservative rioters to get themselves killed by a conservative in fear for their life, and would like it even better if they can provoke the police into doing so for the sake of their cause.
Ironically this whole “#resistance” nonsense sounds very familiar:
You hear it from the stump, you read it in their papers and in their resolutions, that if Mr. Lincoln is elected the Union is to be dissolved. Here is a constitutional party that intends to violate the Constitution because a man is constitutionally elected President. Here is a constitutional party that proclaims it treasonable for a man to uphold the Constitution. If the people constitutionally elect a President, is the minority to resist him?
That’s Sam Houston in Sept 1860 advising Democrats not to revolt over the election of a Republican via the electoral college, and a few months later he had some words for those who thought violent revolution was a good idea:
They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche
What is it about Democrats that they turn to violence and revolt if a republican wins the presidency without a popular vote majority?
In my DJ career, I have spent a great deal of time in communities and scenes that normal folks would regard as underground. For many years, I DJed BDSM parties, Fetish events, and the like. I’ve DJed warehouses and clubs with no names, buried in the wreckage of abandoned industrial parks. The marketplace of sex is one which I know exceedingly well. I’ve been DJing these scenes for the better part of 20 years.
To quote Blade Runner, I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe
As that commenter lamented, so I’ve seen first-hand. These SJWs, the radical feminists who spend their lives fighting the Patriarchy? They come to my clubs to be beaten senseless on crosses, chained to them by men dressed in uniforms very reminiscent of the Nazis. Yes, it’s a thing, as anybody who has ever been to a Goth club can attest. They demand to be tied up, burned, bruised, and battered.
Go on social media, and you will see SJWs telling us that Nazis are everywhere, that they are evil, and foul, and legion. They are in the White House, they are on Youtube, they are on Twitter, they are in Video Games. Nazis, everywhere. And so they march out into the streets, the Black Bloc, Antifascists engaging in what Tom Kratman calls a bit of political theater (not unlike Fascists once did).
But at the end of a long week of fighting the cisnormative heteropatriarchy, they come to be beaten by men dressed as Nazis, to the gritty beats of loud Industrial music in the depths of an Industrial park.
I suspect that this is actually more well known that folks let on.
You might not have thought it was possible to take a post about a movie paring a 72 year old actor with a 44 year old love interest and connect it to election 2016 and the attacks on Steve Bannon but then again you might not be Stacy McCain:
Steve Bannon is a conservative populist, period. Only if you’re a cult disciple of Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse can you believe that an American conservative populist is necessarily a crypto-fascist. Yet dozens of reporters keep publishing stories that depict Bannon as a Nazi fanatic — because Trump is literally Hitler, of course — and this is merely the logical sequel to the failure of Hillary Clinton to fulfill the media’s fantasy narrative, The First Female President of the United States.
That narrative was as flawed as the idea of casting Robert De Niro as a washed-up comedian who scores with a woman 30 years younger. And the whole problem with the narrative that the media are using as the script for their sequel, Literally Hitler, is that it involves liberal journalists writing stories with their fellow liberal journalists as the intended readership, just like having Helen Mirren’s husband direct a show-business-themed comedy starring Robert De Niro was so obviously a made-for-Oscar project. People aren’t lining up at the mall cineplex to pay $8 bucks to watch The Comedian, and the media’s bulls–t script for Literally Hitler isn’t going to make people line up to vote Democrat.
I’ve known Steve Bannon about as long as Stacy McCain has, I’ve interviewed him at CPAC before and I hope to do so next week during my return to CPAC after a two year absense.
Is this the death knell of De Niro’s career?
Finally I was going to close on why the next regeneration of the Doctor should not, despite all the buzz and the SJW warriors of the left & the BBC insisting it should be, but that got to be very long so it will be it’s own post, here is a preview:
4. As anyone who has followed the Doctor on TV or in books or via Big Finish knows, the Doctor is constantly getting captured and chained up in dungeons, and prisons and getting tortured. One the Doctor is a woman how do you deal with the inevitable possibility in fact probability of rape? How do you explain it away? How do you get that to play on what is supposed to be a kids show?
The problem is these fools are forgetting that Doctor Who is basically a kids show about a hero fighting monsters, the last time they decided to go SJW and make the monster Margaret Thatcher is what killed it the first time. As I said on Twitter
It’s a very Breitbartian response to the congressman who was never called to account for making false claims at the passage of Obamacare despite a $100K bounty for video or audio to support his claims of racism.
As Batman said to the Joker in the original Dark Knight #3. “you’re playing the old game, today I’m taking no prisoners.
We’ve also heard a lot about how horrible it is that he said this with Martin Luther King Day coming, but the fact is many of the left rejected King in life considering him an uncle tom and only embraced him after death when he was of use. Furthermore given the black community’s rush to re-segregate schools and dorms in the name of “diversity” and the Democrats embrace of it that they invoke King at all is frankly obscene.
If MLK was alive today he’d be ostracized in the same way as Clarence Thomas
For several weeks in the media we have seen story after story about GOP fears over the repeal of Obamacare and the press reporting that they are having 2nd thoughts.
On a largely party line vote, the GOP controlled House passed a budget which will allow the party to repeal Obamacare using reconciliation, a process reserved for budget related items which cannot be filibustered in the Senate. The budget bill passed 227-198, with all Democrats and 9 Republicans voting against it.
That amounts to under 4% of the GOP defecting and largely because they (rightly) object to the level of spending. In the highly unlikely event that the same level defect from the senate, say a Rand Paul in protest to the spending, that will easily leave 50 votes to finish off Obamacare and don’t be surprised if a few democrats running for re-election in red states join in.
So I guess we can classify those stories as “fake news”.
For all those journalists still getting the vapors over Trump’s attack, here is an example of the actual mistreatment of journalists:
Hamas blocked journalists from filming a major protest against power cuts in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, detaining an Associated Press journalist at gunpoint and badly beating an Agence France-Presse photographer who refused to relinquish his camera.
The journalists sought to cover a demonstration against chronic electricity shortages in Gaza, which the AP described as “one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago.”
Oddly the MSM doesn’t find this all that newsworthy, likely because Hamas opposes Trump.
Ann Doss Helms reports another fake hate crime in the Charlotte Observer. A kindergarten teacher was alleged to have committed the fake hate crime against a Muslim student. CAIR promoted the fake hate crime in its patented style, alleging a two-month reign of terror against the boy. The fake hate crime duly made the national news. Then came the investigation:
Police found no evidence to confirm a November report that a teacher bullied and assaulted a Muslim kindergartener at David Cox Road Elementary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported Friday.
Principal Celeste Spears-Ellis notified parents that the accused teacher has returned to the classroom after the District Attorney’s Office found “no evidence of an assault other than the complainant’s report” and no grounds for criminal charges.
As a general rule if you have to fake hate crimes to make news odds are they aren’t happening. And may I say that this bit (and the next) shows that Powerline has become a must read website
The Clinton Global Initiative has informed the New York Department of Labor that it intends to lay off its 22 employees on April 15, 2017. The reason given is “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.” Here, via the The Great American Movement, is a link to the notice on the NY DOL web site.
It’s must be tough for a family of influence peddlers when they have no more influence to peddle.
I think these people have decided the way to power and influence in the Democrat party is to destroy, I think they’ll look great in a DC jail and if Sessions decides to go after this stuff using RICO and start suing the folks funding these guys it could get interesting
I’ve been playing a lot of Civilization 6. It seems to me a radical departure from the previous versions. I really feel that I’m playing a different game rather than an update, not necessarily a better or worse one, but a different one. The real change is that I’ve been working in a two laptop system where one is dedicated to the game and the other to this work.
I’m an old comic book guy and at Christmas I picked up a bunch of stuff out of my kids folder for them along with six issues of Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Staki that I never cancelled. You would think after 20 years the quality might drop just a little, but it hasn’t. Along with Groo I’ll still pick them up and enjoy them.
Finally Yesterday Atlanta made mincemeat out of Seattle 36-20 and were celebrated as a powerhouse while the Patriots pretty much treated the Texans the same in a 34-16 win and were greeted with stories about what is going wrong with them. That’s how good the Pats are.
Incidentally The NFL should think it’s lucky stars for Tom Brady and the Patriots, the story of his suspension and their quest for Superbowl 5 along with the rise of the Cowboys, Atlanta and Aaron Rogers Packers have overshadowed the idiocy of Kaepernick et/al, but the real NFL news was San Diego telling the chargers to pound sand when asking for a new stadium. I think taxpayers are catching on to the scam.
We still don’t know if Trump will be a good president but listening to Evan McMullen lately I’ve concluded he is a nut who is sounding as bad as the MSM. What is it about Trump that makes people insane?
Looks like the Pats control their destiny for home field with 4 games left. Does this Brady ever get tired?
FYI some day Boston will not be constantly in Championships again, and we will miss the Brady/Ortiz era and realize how spoilt we are.
Today is election day or if you are in a state with early voting the last day to make your decision. I’m wondering how many people in early voting states waited till the last-minute because they hadn’t made up their minds or if they like me, just didn’t bother going early.
One of the things that I was going to use to judge how the election was going to go was the body language of the MSM, if they were down yesterday I figured Trump had it, if they were up I figured Clinton had the edge. The 2nd Comey letter threw that off, it gave the MSM reason for optimism independent of the current trends so it totally messed up my calculations.
Speaking of Comey am I the only one seeing the irony that within 48 hours of the FBI claiming they reviewed a half million emails in the week the Justice Department said it would need 5 years to deliver Hillary emails to a judge who has called for them for months?
The Polls have been all over this year and it’s reached the point that I don’t know what to believe, the revelations that I saw from Wikileaks about polling didn’t help either but they did justify some of what I was saying four years about oversampling.
One of the big canards of this election has been that a different candidate, would have beaten Hillary easily. I disagree, with the exception of the Cruz or Rubio which would have been a problem for the left as the first latino candidate, I think that any standard republican would have been defined by the media the same way that Romney was. Furthermore they would not have had the audience that stretches beyond the political geeks like myself to bypass said MSM to get out their message.
I have a rule that I generally don’t bother with revelations that come with 72 hours or less to go, I figure such stuff, while thanks to social media can make a splash, doesn’t give sufficient time to evaluate what is said. So some of the latest stuff I’ve seen lately, just doesn’t go.
One of the most positive side effect of this election is distrust of the MSM has extended beyond the conservative base to the point where average people finally realize they are being played regularly. I think it’s fitting that at last the American people are learning to dislike and distrust the media in the same way that the media dislikes and distrusts them. The willingness of print, TV and electronic media (facebook, google, twitter) to unmask themselves and pay the long term price for doing so for the sake of Hillary is really quite amazing.
On Jake Tapper’s show yesterday one of the topics that was really interesting was the discussion on the Senate. The CW since 2014 was that the Democrats would take the body because the GOP did so well in the big red wave of 2016 but you could see that the folks there were not confident that this would be the case. If the GOP holds it will be almost as a big a story as a Trump win would be, particularly given the layout for the Senate races of 2018.
I find that regardless of the outcome this election will impose difficult responsibilities on me as a conservative Catholic. If Hillary wins I will have to endure with patience the persecution she heaps upon me and my fellow Catholics while at the same time resisting and speaking out against said persecution and standing for Christ during it. On the other hand if Mr. Trump wins my responsibility becomes to hold him and his administration’s feet to the fire to make sure, first of all, that he keeps the promises made in the name of life and freedom of religion to conservatives while at the same time opposing him if he attempts to drift into liberalism. I suspect the Trump responsibilities will be more difficult to do while the Clinton ones will be more difficult to bear.
Finally we are about to find out what kind of government we deserve, Do we deserve the pains of Obamacare? The failures of foreign policy, the victory of ISIS, Russia et/al the rejection of the rule of law and the disintegration of our trust in government? I’d like to think we deserve better but the people by their vote and by their acceptance of irregularities used to influence it will be the final factor that decides what we deserve.