August 20, 2017

Sunday verse

August 19, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - Iran, The Nuclear Deal and Road Forward

Stratfor's analysis on the Iran nuclear deal and the road forward. Stratfor does some great geopolitical in-depth analysis on a variety of issues. They are worth checking out.

August 18, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - Let's Stick Together

I've shared this Wilbert Harrison song (Let's Stick Together), recently but you gotta love this dance competition entry that's worth the revisit to the song.

August 17, 2017

Washington Post slanders Steve Bannon for supposed flip flop

In an article today, Washington Post highlights Steve Bannon's disavowal of white supremacists in a seemingly impromptu interview with progressive magazine The American Prospect. In the article, well below the topics of China and North Korea, came this;
“Ethno-nationalism — it’s losers. It’s a fringe element,” Bannon told the magazine. “I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, eh, help crush it more.”

“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.

The remarks were startling coming from Bannon, who spent more than four years running the far-right website Breitbart News before he was tapped to join Trump’s campaign.

Bannon, the site’s former executive chair, has called the Breitbart “a platform of the alt-right.”

The alt-right, by some definitions, is a small, deeply conservative movement that seeks a whites-only state. It was his strategy to use the site to channel white supremacist support for Trump and provide a mouthpiece for his populist message during the 2016 election, a move that helped secure him a senior role in the administration.
Bannon states exactly how he, and most conservatives feel about white supremacists. It's  not a flip flop, it's positionally consistent.  It's the last paragraph above that irks. They have taken the alt-right definition (they even 'say by some definitions') that suits their narrative. Breitbart has never espoused a whites-only state. To be clear - the alt-right is not equal to white supremacists. That is outright slander. Bannon is exactly correct - it's a fringe element and the media has played it up to make it seem that it's only racists who support Republicans. In doing so they have completely alienated half the country who mostly vote conservative values for economic or value or social sorts of reasons. It's a self defeating approach for the left and for the country.

So it's not only Bannon that gets slandered, it's half the country's voters. But Bannon is the focal point of the article and the Washington Post article and it's Bannon who should take the WaPo to task and set the record straight on the alt-right label on behalf of everyone who has been slandered. 

Just as there are communists in the alt-Left, there are white supremacists in the alt-right (and possibly the alt-Left too). More importantly what many on the right would consider the alt-right are conservatives who do not espouse the go-along-to-get-along, country club, establishment Republican niceties. They prefer to fight back and are not afraid to get rough and tumble rather than sit back and take it. It's Bannon or The Rebel, or Breitbart or Milo Yiannopolis rather than Mitch McConnell or Charles Krauthammer or even razor sharp Ben Shapiro (some of whom still have our admiration and respect). That's the real alt-right, not white-supremacists or Neanderthals. But the left and the media will not relent on their narrative. In the end they are likely doing themselves a disservice, but only time will tell. Meanwhile stories with slants like this one need to be called out for what they are - misleading at a minimum or possibly even slander.

August 16, 2017

Congratulations Me

Over the last couple of days, I'm not exactly sure when as I had not been paying attention, I passed 1.5 million page views on this blog.  I never thought I'd reach a mark like that.  And thanks to Google, over the last almost 9 years, I've made dozens of advertising dollars in that time.  The internet clearly is willing to reward conservative bloggers. All is good. Yay me. 

CNN bias unabated, despite president Trump's correct prediction.

CNN's Jim Acosta's rant about president Trump's incorrect extrapolation of events is sadly ironic;
...Acosta said, “The president has an issue…when he is challenged on something that he feels deeply personal about. He doesn’t seem to have the ability to reign things in. … And president trump demonstrated here in the lobby of his own building. He couldn’t feel more at home than he could feel here at Trump Tower. He has talked about it time and time again, that this is his home. And yet, he felt very comfortable espousing some views that are — very, I mean, I would say they’re almost white nationalist-lite, in that, he was complaining, bemoaning the removal of Confederate statues across the country and asking whether or not George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next.”

He continued, “You could go to just about any history professor at any college in America, you could go to any history teacher at any high school in America, and they will tell you the reason why these Confederate statues are coming down across the country, Wolf –, and remember, Nikki Haley took down the — his UN Ambassador took down the Confederate flag at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina. Those symbols of the Confederacy cause so much hurt, cause so much pain for so many Americans across the country, that it is really understandable to most level-headed, rational Americans that these kinds of monuments, these kinds of symbols eventually just need to come down.
Why?  Because Teddy Roosevelt is next apparently.

Left hysteria and fake news on Charlottesville

The left-leaning media has tried to rip the president over the unfortunate violent events at Charlottesville. Let's be clear on a few things

(1) President Trump is no more to blame for the violence than Bernie Sanders was to blame for the nut job who was a Sanders supporter and tried to shoot multiple Republican congressmen recently.

(2) President Trump condemned the violence on all sides.  When the media went crazy for him not only condemning one side his response was brilliant in it's accuracy and simplicity:

(3) Those on the ridiculously named Antifa ALT-Left were responsible for instigating the violence and indeed, their agenda is a fascist one.

Tucker Carlson's question about what statue will be demanded next is exactly correct.

So.....Comey lied?

It looks like Comey knew about the tarmac conversations between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch.  Either that or he was incompetent and not fit to lead the FBI. I'd argue both.

But this goes deeper. A three page redacted document relating to the conversation means that the conversation participants were not talking about kids and weddings. That stuff does not need to be redacted.

There's a massive cover-up underway that extends from the Clintons to the Obama White House and involves all sorts of government officials.  This is something that needs to be uncovered if the Republic is to be saved.

August 13, 2017

August 12, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - Fibonacci Sequence

I've posted on the Fibonacci Sequence before, but it's worth revisiting out of pure mathematical interest.

August 11, 2017

Yet another right of center voice being silenced

Seriously? Again with the politically correct power tripping? How do I start a more open-to-freedom-of-opinion version of YouTube so I can take all of their business?

Pro-Trump personalities Diamond and Silk took to Twitter Thursday, accusing Google-owned YouTube of demonetizing 95 percent of their videos. The pair believes YouTube’s decision was driven by their support for President Trump.
I wonder if it's just a coincidence that they recently appeared on the closing monologue of the Sean Hannity radio show.

Or may be it's that Google just realized who they were. Either way it's a shameful response by an Overlord mentality. Forget Youtube, how do we start a more open-to-ideas version of Google? I wish I knew because I could make billions.

Real diversity vs SJW diversity

Diversity. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Today, people who call themselves liberals insist that America (or the West in general) is not diverse enough.  They claim that we are not diverse enough with respect to gender (no really, there are more than two genders. Okay.) or ethnicity or sexual orientation, or religion.   The problem with their claims is actually two distinct problems: (1) that's not really diversity and (2) it goes against actual liberal principles.

Real diversity means diversity of thought.  The way liberals classify diversity by identifiable categories like race and gender is literally, superficial.  Real diversity - the diversity that makes America a great country - is diversity of thought. Making sure that society is a certain percentage gay, a set percentage female, an exact ratio Muslim and an equal proportion of African American, Hispanic, Asian, White or otherwise does absolutely zero.  The ultimate question is what does that offer?  Next to zero benefit will arise from the supposed fairness this offers. I'll save the fairness argument for another time. Instead let's look at viewpoint diversity.

Tackling a problem with viewpoints from the left and right, from a passive or aggressive viewpoint, a scientific and humanitarian perspective concurrently, allows for a greater possibility of a comprehensive and successful solution to a problem than one developed by a visibly diverse but otherwise homogeneously-thinking group.  Without ideas being challenged they do not get tested before being put in place.  That's a recipe for failure.  But that's exactly what social justice warriors want to happen.

This is where the other problem of incongruity with liberal principles comes into play.  As a reminder, here's what classical liberalism actually is:
Classical liberalism is a political philosophy and ideology belonging to liberalism in which primary emphasis is placed on securing the freedom of the individual by limiting the power of the government.

The philosophy emerged as a response to the Industrial Revolution and urbanization in the 19th century in Europe and the United States.

It advocates civil liberties with a limited government under the rule of law, private property, and belief in laissez-faire economic policy.
"Securing the freedom of the individual by limiting the power of government".  Social Justice Warriors want the government to impose equality on everyone. And by that they mean equality of outcome, not of opportunity.  They mean equality of visibility based on visual identifiers.  That comes at the expense of ideas.  There will be no diversity of ideas under that model and that means that individual freedom of thought is superseded by these visual markers.  That represents the death of liberty and true classical liberal ideals.

The problem for the country is that leftist leadership are adept at using that social justice warrior thinking to increase the preponderance of that sort of thinking. And while they have had a lot of success at doing that, they have simultaneously tried to tamp down individual thinking within these identity groups; if you are African American you have to be a Democrat.  If you are gay and are a Republican you need to have your head examined.  If you don't use the pronouns people choose to identify themselves by, you are a racist, misogynist homophobic neanderthal. 

The synergy of progressive liberalism with the consolidation of superficial identity groups is a recipe for totalitarianism. Classical liberalism it is not.

Friday Musical Interlude - Thunder and Lightning

Chi Coltrane's 1972 Top 20 hit, Thunder and Lightning. A surprisingly underrated song.

August 8, 2017

McMaster must go

Based on these points alone, if these points are correct, McMaster must go.

Google: Do as we say, not as we do

Proof for liberals that those who claim to espouse your values do not actually share your values comes again; this time in the form of Google duplicity;
Google has spent much of the past 72 hours insisting its commitment to diversity is “unequivocal” after the internal publication and subsequent leak of an anti-diversity polemic by a Google engineer. The unidentified software engineer argued, among other things, that biological differences between men and women account for the extreme gender imbalance at Google and other technology companies.

...Google might prefer the discussion to end there, but the reality is there is a lot more to say about the company’s commitment to diversity.

The public relations blitz may be a corporate necessity given the virulent backlash against the document by many of Google’s own employees. On Monday night, Bloomberg reported that the engineer said he had been fired; Google declined to comment on individual employee cases.

But public commitments to diversity from Google executives do not tally with the company’s workforce data.
Window Dressing?

Google’s workforce is, by its own accounting, 69% male and just 2% African American. Just 20% of technical jobs are held by women. Google may be unequivocal in its “belief” about diversity, but the figures make its shortcomings clear. The company tends to hire white and Asian men over women and other racial minorities.
What a terrible indictment of the liberal tech giant. Or is it? The point in sharing this story is not that Google is not diverse enough - I expect a huge swath of progressive sites to focus on that, and while they may well be right, it's not relevant to my points. My points are twofold; (1) don't necessarily believe Google as an example, when and they espouse open borders on morale grounds because they don't necessarily do themselves what they demand others do and/or (2) question the foundation of the story - maybe the percentage of the population who go into technical roles who are female is only 30% and Google may not be out of line with the industry as a whole. In that case it may not their fault if there are just not enough females applying to work for Google.

In other words, don't just swallow media story lines without actually thinking about what's behind them first. If the population of America did that, there would be far less progressives running around trying to destroy the country.

August 5, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - The other view

There are a lot of 'progressive' ideas espoused in this video, but learning from your opponents is a good thing.  And this video names a lot of names you may have never heard who worked behind the scenes to ensure that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency in 2016 - no matter what rules had to be broken.

Given that, isn't possible that all of the Trump Russia collusion frenzy has been drummed up by this same cabal?

August 4, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - Trumpular

Pogo is a remix musician with some pretty interesting songs, some of which are quite catchy.   This one is a remix of Donald Trump speeches.  Ironically, Pogo is banned from entering the U.S. because he came to America, worked and made a lot of money but didn't have a proper Visa.  I'm not sure he's exactly a Trump fan or detractor (I'd suspect the latter). Take from that what you will.  Personally, I just like the melodic twist/tale on Trump speeches.  As someone in the comments to this video said, he should have been pardoned so he could attend the Trump inauguration.  It would have been great to hear this remix there.

August 3, 2017

Does McMaster need to go from Trump White House?

It seems, based on a few conservative Trump supporting websites that H.R. McMaster needs to be purged from president Trump's team, rather than being the purger-in-chief himself.

Via the Free Beacon:
An ongoing staffing purge being conducted by White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has thrown the West Wing into chaos, according to more than half a dozen Trump administration insiders who told the Washington Free Beacon that McMaster has been targeting long-time Trump loyalists who were clashing with career government staffers and holdovers from the Obama administration.

The purge is part of a larger drama unfolding inside the administration, between veteran Trump staffers committed to the president's campaign vision of "draining the swamp"‘ in Washington and entrenched bureaucracies seeking to maintain control over policy decision-making, according to these sources, who said that many of these actions against his supporters are being conducted without Trump's knowledge.
And via Gateway Pundit:
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is leading the globalist purge of pro-Trump loyalists from the White House. After firing a number of ‘America First’ orientated officials, reports have surfaced that the motive behind firing Rich Higgins, Derek Harvey, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick may run deeper than just removing out Trump allies. A new report reveals McMaster may have purged the officials because they were also pro-Israel. McMaster is reportedly deeply hostile towards Israel and even banned Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from accompanying President Trump to the Western Wall.
And this;
National Security Advisor H.R McMaster has been in the news a great deal this week as he continues his purge of Trump loyalists. Now there are reports McMaster might be shipped off to Afghanistan to oversee the war. The news also comes amid reports McMaster was caught leaking internal White House politics to now former Acting FBI Head Andy McCabe.
For those of us for whom McMaster wasn't really on the radar, it seems rather suddenly, that he needs to go.  It doesn't help his case when he is also suddenly being defended by the likes of Slate. For conservatives that defense should be the kiss of death for McMaster's executive branch career.

Democrats + Big Business = Death to America

Of all the liberal canards about conservatism, the one that has become the most perplexing is the notion that Republicans favor the wealthy at the expense of the working class.  Every week we see more and more evidence of the ties between near-monopolistic big businesses and the Democratic party.  It's almost as if their desired structure for government is that of an oligopoly consisting of the federal government, Silicon Valley, establishment media and key, allied big businesses.

CNBC has reported that Apple owns more US Treasury securities than many nations on earth, in fact it ranks 24th among treasury holders, roughly half as many as Russia.  Meanwhile Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has hired a former Clinton pollster, perhaps for his own political ambitions or perhaps simply to try to help shape political opinion for his preferred candidate(s). From Solyndra, to GE, to Uranium One, the Democrats have been about graft and/or choosing winners that match their progressive agenda.  There are a myriad of other examples before you even get into the foreign donors issue. It's an unholy union that means death to America. 

The reason the unhealthy and likely frequently illegal relationships are so bad is because of the fallout.  For example, Big Business wants cheap, often illegal labor.  So the Democrats convince people that legal immigration and illegal immigration are the same thing and that not allowing everyone into the country is heartless. Meanwhile they convince voters that they are the party of compassion because they demand an untenable minimum wage.  It doesn't work, but it sure sounds compassionate.  The real fallout though is that by tilting the playing field in favor of mammoth companies by requiring things like Dodd-Frank compliance, or having employer requirements for Obamacare the smaller business struggle to comply.  Bigger business can absorb the burden in exchange for diminished or weakened competition from start-ups or smaller, more innovative companies.

This disincentive for smaller companies, ensures monopolistic or near-monopolistic environments in many industries and that in turn reduces innovation and international competitiveness.  Combined with the offshoring of jobs, America becomes less competitive, less innovative and therefore less influential globally.  At the same time as jobs erode, so does the standard of living for Americans.

But Democrats don't care because they get their slice of the pie in return.  Republicans don't get off the hook so easily either; many of them support the same status quo of decline.  The differences is that the Republicans at least have some diversity of opinion within the party.  The repeal Obamacare vote failed because of that diversity.  There are those within the Republican party who want more competitive diversity because they understand it will drive the economy, it will spur innovation and that will improve the lives of all Americans.  In that at least, there is hope for a different future than the decay and rot that the Democrats ultimately offer America.

August 1, 2017

John McCain, fall guy

I'm not much of a fan of Glenn Beck.  But this opinion makes sense given the deafening silence of GOP Senate leadership in response to his vote.

It's not just John McCain who lied to constituents

Some of the blow back to John McCain, for his Benedict Arnold actions on Obamacare is detailed in this video. But it's not enough.  The real blowback should be coming from Mitch McConnell. Why is he so silent on this?  The GOP did not want top repeal Obamacare - at least not Republicans in the ssenate.

But McCain is not alone in his lies. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski also lied to their constituents.

John McCain, turncoat

Just a follow up to my previous post. Via Breitbart:

This man does not deserve a pass because of his condition, because he's abandon people who supported him for medical reasons of their own. He betrayed their trust.

Republican senate - move it or lose it

The Republican-controlled senate seems unable to do anything - no repeal of Obamcare, no movement on president Trump's plan for tax reform and cuts, no discussion of a border wall.  Nothing.  Sure they invoked the nuclear option and got Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch whom president Trump nominated.  But that was a no-brainer.  It will turn out to be a a double-edged no-brainer someday, but it doesn't count as a Republican senate win.  The Republican senate otherwise, has been so ineffectual it has to be deliberate.

I've speculated before as to why they are dragging their feet but here is a laundry list of possible reasons.

(1)  They truly are too divided and there is just too much distance between positions of those like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz vs. Lisa Murkowski and Susan 'phony slow clap' Collins and turncoat John McCain.  If this is the case, and they are hoping for a a bulletproof majority after 2018 they are doomed.

(2)  They either hate president Trump or do not want him to succeed at draining the swamp because they benefit from it.

(3) They're afraid of the media and don't want to look like villains.  If that's the case they are not worthy of being leaders of the nation or the party. Anything that will make a difference requires bold changes.

(4) John McCain needs to remove himself from the process. He won't but why they did not remove him from the party after the thumbs down vote that killed the skinny repeal is a red flag.  Maybe the Republicans are too big of a tent (unlike the non-thinking lockstep Democrats) and allow too many ideas.  Or maybe they are indeed too timid. They don't want to look like villains for drumming out a turncoat because he has brain cancer.

Obamacare aside, what about tax reform?  What about a wall? Why has nothing been done.

The Republican controlled senate needs to move it or lose it.  Do something.  Look like you freaking care.

They are not the only problem.  A lot of Never-Trumpers said that president Trump was going to act like a Democrat once elected.  I argued that as a Republican we could more effectively hold his feet to the fire.  What's missing now is conservative voters holding the GOP senate's feet to the fire.  Why is that not happening?  Why are you not doing anything?  I bet you remember going to a townhall in 2010 and yelling at your representative to not pass Obamacare.  What have you done for your values lately?

July 31, 2017

Scaramucci, Scaramouche, something something fandango...

Scaramouche is a character in a comic Italian theater. literally it means 'little skirmisher' apparently.  And that was what Anthony Scaramucci was in president Trump's cabinet - a skirmisher.  In a matter of days he went from leak hunter to out the door himself.  From pit bull, to comic character.

It might look bad for president Trump, but there is a silver lining in the apparent disarray;
Mr. Scaramucci, who is nicknamed “The Mooch,” was removed at the urging of former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who was sworn in as White House chief of staff Monday morning. Mr. Kelly is seeking to impose more discipline in the White House, two administration officials said.

After the swearing-in ceremony—which Mr. Scaramucci attended—Mr. Kelly returned to his office, where he informed Mr. Scaramucci in a one-on-one meeting that he was being forced to resign, a White House official said.

The ouster signaled Mr. Kelly’s authority over a White House that has been plagued by competing factions in the first six months of the Trump administration. President Donald Trump has told Mr. Kelly that all White House officials—including longtime advisers such as chief strategist Steve Bannon and family members such as son-in-law Jared Kushner —will report directly to the chief of staff, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Monday’s news briefing.
It looks like the remainder of the Trump presidency will develop some discipline inside the tent. That's a really good thing. President Trump needs to shake up Washington, but his administration has seemed like a group of loose cannons rolling around the ships deck. That's not to say he hasn't had some successes. But discipline and teamwork are what ensures victory in the long run. The Trump presidency will benefit from those things if John Kelly can bring that to the team.

After all, instead of a circular firing squad, that energy should right now be directed at milquetoast and traitorous Republicans like John McCain.

July 30, 2017

Sunday verse

Yesterday the Saturday Learning Series focused on quantum mechanics.  Here are a couple of Bible verses that relate to the notion of subatomic particles.

July 29, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - the many worlds theory

Somewhere out there is a universe in which Barack Obama lost his election and Hillary Clinton won hers.  Weird?  Yes.

Earlier today there was a Saturday Learning Series post about a theory explaining how multiple possibilities can co-exist.  Here's another theory:

Saturday Learning Series bonus - quantum mechanics & broken reality

Via PBS SpaceTime, an experiment that broke reality.

Saturday Learning Series - Exploring the Milky Way

A documentary on the Milky Way.

July 28, 2017

Too good to check Clooney double standard

Alert: Ad hominem attack photo
Liberals like George Clooney are perfectly willing (even eager) to call president Trump a racist for wanting a border wall.  But when someone climbs over his wall, it's war.
“Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home," George Clooney said in a statement. "Make no mistake the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it."
George: Listen. To. What. You. Are. Saying.

Now, do you see the double standard?

Friday Musical Interlude - Stand Back, remixed

If you lived through the 80's, this David Aude remix of Stevie Nicks' Stand Back should bring back some memories.

July 27, 2017

Suddenly Lindsey Graham has guts?

Useless Republican Lindsey Graham threatened 'holy hell' if president Trump fires Jeff Sessions.  What a time to grow a pair - standing athwart the president on this issue.  Why not have some guts on Obamacare or tax reform or the border wall?  No.  Just stand up to president Trump.  That's just great.  Graham represents everything wrong with senate Republicans in 2017.  There's no marriage to voters, only to a former senate colleague.  He's personifying the old boys club mentality that is what voters are sick of seeing.  Not just Trump voters, but voters in general.  It's seriously sickening.

Ironically this RINO represents the solidly conservative state of South Carolina.  He needs to be primaried ASAP, if ever there was a chance to make the senate more conservative.

July 25, 2017

President Trump, philanthropist

I saw this on Facebook in response to more negativity directed at the president and thought I'd share it. I did not know any of these and will do some research as a result.  Meanwhile on Facebook the reaction was predictable - "it's fake news".

You have to love how open-minded those on the left are.

Baby steps, right?

It was a nail biter, with vice president Pence needed to break the tie, but the Republicans in the Senate passed a measure to allow debate on the repeal of Obamacare.  
WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans overcame a range of internal fissures in narrowly voting on Tuesday to begin debate on their health-care overhaul, but GOP senators said they recognized they still must resolve the thorny policy disagreements that have stymied them for months.
Not exactly a full blown repeal and replace but baby steps are better than no steps. Right?  Right? Let's keep telling ourselves that.  But only for a week.  

What should come next is Mitch McConnell strong arming or offering deals to senators Collins and Murkowski.  The Democrats did it shamelessly with Obamacare and look what happened - it passed.  As disgusting as it is to reward the obstinate hold-outs, right now it has to be done to secure their votes. By all means they should be primaried but this is hard ball politics and you have to do what you need to do to win, and win now (not next year).  Make a deal with them and then cut them loose.

That's what Mitch McConnell needs to do. If he doesn't get this done, he's not leadership material because getting it done - now - is all that matters. Being a brilliant tactician is not what the senate needs or what America needs.  What America needs in the senate is someone who gets things done.  Maybe the senate needs a Donald Trump.  McConnell has made a baby step, let's hope he takes more steps right away.

July 23, 2017

Popular Mechanics, you're doing it wrong

I like reading Popular Mechanics - for the mechanics, not the politics.  There's an article there arguing - get this - in favor of foreign born recruits in the military in exchange for citizenship.  Setting aside the fact that a foreign militia is correlated to the downfall of the Roman empire, the case is pretty flimsy;
Let's make this very clear: Our nation has always needed foreign-born recruits. First, because we are an entire nation of immigrants, so much so that at some points in our history entire Corps of our armies (such as the XI-th in the American Civil War) barely spoke English. Second, because once we became a global power, we really had a deep need for cultural and language skills among our forces, not just in the Special Forces, but in Intelligence and other fields as well. We even made laws to entice recent immigrants into service specifically for their native-born skills, but also perhaps for some specialized skills like medicine and dentistry, that they bring with them. And lastly, because if there is a better way to introduce an immigrant to the range of the American melting-pot than service to the nation in uniform, I really don't know what that might be.
In summary (1) we're all immigrants (2) we need cultural and language skills from outside America and (3) it's a great way to integrate foreigners into the American melting pot.


(1) That's a social argument not one that helps the military. What the military needs it combat skills and fighting effectiveness. (2) any skills lacking in American born recruits is an indictment of America's schooling system. Intelligence is another matter - on the ground knowledge, or specialized skills and dialects are useful. But that's not a military issue. Remember president Trump recently had a 'secret meeting' with Vladimir Putin (in front of and among the rest of the G20 leaders) and the media went nuts because the interpreter was a Russian. Sooooo... double standard. And (3) that reason is not the job of the military.

And that's without moving on to other reasons outside of the stated rationale.

Look Popular Mechanics, stick to stories about new engines or advances in rocketry and such. Otherwise you will end up as the ESPN of science magazines/ezines. M'kay?

Sunday verse

July 22, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - Quantum computing's quantum leap.

Normally Saturday Learning Series items diverge somewhat from normal political topics into other realms such as science, geography and philosophy.  In each case those topics can trace a path back to politics because they have political implications to some degree.  Today's topic however affects everything, and the politics of it, need to be addressed.  I will not be doing so here however.  The purpose of this particular entry is simply to introduce the topic and lay the groundwork for everyone to start considering what it might mean for not just America, but for all of humanity.

Quantum computing is not just the advent of a better computer.  It's more akin to a leap from the harnessing fire to manned space flight.  It is represents the advent of a powerful paradigm shift for humanity, with the potential to impact everything from artificial intelligence to opening portals to a multiverse. It's not just change on a massive scale it's potentially the most revolutionary change in human history.
We are now faced with something that goes beyond science and begins to touch on ethics, morality, safety, security, and spirituality. That's just to mention a few of the considerations that are not exactly being considered enough, given the rapid pace of quantum computing development.  That's not to say that quantum computing is a bad thing, rather that the pace of discovery is simply outpacing the thinking about the implications of the development. We should be thinking about these things.  No generation is immune to the type of changes this might bring about.

First, here's a primer on quantum computing. It's pretty basic and is about 30 minutes long. However it's worth viewing if quantum computing is a new concept to you.

That video was produced in 2014.   So where are we at now?  The D Wave computer, one iteration of the quantum computer already exists.

And where is this going?  Watch this explanation in layman's terms covering the basics of how it works and what can be done with it. 

And what of the dangers of quantum computing? Many have not been considered, but here's one very tangible one.

More dangers will come, I am sure. But so too will more benefits.  Like all technologies from fire to splitting the atom, this new technology will prove to be a double edged sword - albeit this time, the biggest sword ever.

July 21, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - The Slider

From 1972, the T Rex song The Slider from the album of the same name.

July 20, 2017

Mueller is fishing for Trump dirt

Special investigator is expanding the probe of the president into his business transactions - as far back as he feels like.  Now is the time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself and cancel the probe.  This is nothing more than free opposition research of the president for the 2020 presidential election at this point.

Democrats will try to justify it as trying to determine if there were motives for collusion.  Donald Trump was an international businessman. He's had dealings with Russians as well as multiple other nations.  This is not just a witch hunt, it's tinfoil hat conspiracy theory fodder and people will see what they want.

President Trump said yesterday that had he known Sessions was going to recuse himself he would not have appointed him as attorney general. That may be a signal to Sessions to consider a reversal of the recusal.

Perhaps I was a bit cynical

Earlier this week I was speculating that the GOP were deliberately dragging their feet on the Obamacare repeal and replace legislation. I was, and am under the impression that the steps to the edge of doing something by the Senate were window dressing and they never had any intention of doing anything.  So far, I have no disagreement with my earlier assessment.

However, I did speculate that senator John McCain's sudden need to be hospitalized was also window dressing.  Today it was announced he's been diagnosed with brain cancer.  Clearly I was wrong.

I'm not a fan of McCain's even though back in 2008 I thought he would make a better president than would Barack Obama. Despite my issues with his weak-kneed politics, I do appreciate his service in the defense of freedom as well as his service in the Senate.

I wish him and his family well and hope this is a manageable or treatable condition.

That said, it does open some questions about his senate duties and his seat. I'll leave that political discussion for later, although I'm sure Democrats are full of ideas already.

July 18, 2017

But Chuck Schumer is worse

Liar. Hypocrite. 
I'm mad at Republicans in the Senate for doing nothing on Obamacare (and tax reform, and tax cuts, and the wall etc.). I just discussed it. But for all of that, Chuck Schumer is worse.  The guy who refused to work with Republicans on the passing of Obamacare is now saying that he's willing to work with Republicans to fix it, and that going it alone by the Republicans (the same way Democrats did in passing this boondoggle) is misguided and not reasonable.




Chuck Schumer should be invited to nothing that has to do with anything.  Shut him out of everything.  That's something all Republicans should agree upon. And if there is a Republican who doesn't agree with that approach - they don't belong in the party.

GOP, Strike TWO

Let's not understate the size of the GOP failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. It's huuuuuggge! No one GOP senator has decided they are willing to bite the bullet on their principals or their re-election chances and vote to enact some sort of go forward legislation.  As a party the failure lies with everyone in the GOP who is in the senate.  The party whip. Mitch McConnell. The individual senators who are hold outs.  Each individual senator who is not forcing the issue with the holdouts. The former presidential candidates who ran against president Trump and are presenting wish-list roadblocks.  

President Trump too.

The danger of failure is seismic - a possible disenfranchisement of Republican voters, as well as the new Trump voter coalition and independents, leading to a loss of the house and Senate.  If that is not enough of a fire alarm, if that does not get all hands on deck for a 24-7 push until something gets done, I'm not sure what will.   Strike three will be a full-on disaster.  Meanwhile Republicans seem to be trying to draw a walk (to further the baseball analogy) as the strikes fly past.  They seem to be more content to wait it out than to try to do something.


You were elected to lead, not wait for a bigger majority.  Make no mistake - 60 Republican senators would solve the problem of the holdouts and allow for a passage of something, anything.  But you WILL NOT EARN A SUPERMAJORITY by not doing anything. You have to accomplish something if you want to get voter confidence.

Maybe the GOP are trying to wait out Trump's presidency.  Maybe they just cannot come up with a palatable compromise. But the fact that the GOP is waiting, deliberately, is starting take hold - at least with me.  Stepping up to the edge, twice before retreating at the last second seems suspect. First a McCain illness looked like a chance to stall.  Then two last minute change of minds seemed to ensure the second senate failure. It's too much of a coincidence to stomach.

Regardless of the reason the GOP leadership is stalling, time is running short.  There are other things that need to get done - tax reform, tax cuts, a border wall. All of these things are urgent. My simple reminder to the GOP is this:

Do nothing, achieve nothing, become nothing.

Failure to act decisively will come back on you. Now is not the time for weakness or cowardice. To exhibit either will be to be revealed as a fraud. 

July 16, 2017

Hong Kong flummoxed by Kangaroo Court

If you are simply going to overrule election results that you don't like, why bother with the pretense of even having elections?  I'm looking at you communist China.  Hong Kong recently held local elections and the results were simply dismissed.
Activists accused Beijing of crippling Hong Kong's parliament Friday after four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified.

More than 1,000 people protested near the government offices Friday night in response to the decision.

The High Court judgement came as a massive blow for the democracy movement as it means the balance of power in the partially elected legislature swings further to the pro-China camp because opponents do not have enough seats to veto bills.

Former Umbrella Movement protest leader Nathan Law was among those barred in a case brought by the semi-autonomous city's Beijing-friendly government after the four changed their oaths of office to reflect frustrations with Chinese authorities.

Law was one of several rebel lawmakers to secure a foothold in parliament at citywide elections in September.

But that triumph was soon jeopardised [sic] after Beijing issued a special interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution in November to insist oaths be taken in a "sincere and solemn" manner.
That's one way to run a kangaroo court; just be obvious about it.

Sunday Verse

July 15, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - Fake culture

Roger Scruton lectures on fake culture and the culture of fakes. Fake news is a subset of fake culture and this presents an interesting framework from which to view the corruption of culture and possibly the reason for the rise of fake news.

Become a patron

With Google's black box control of AdSense, being a conservative blogger with 8+ years of frequent posts, nearly 1.5 million page views as of today you'd think I'd have made more than $300 from this blog via AdSense. Nope.  There's no issues so far as AdSense has found. Granted I haven't invested in SEO optimization but with only $300 in revenue, why would I? It would remove eight years of paltry profits with one attempt.

So I've decided to try a different route.  Today I joined Patreon.  If you like my content you can donate at your leisure.  There's a link in the upper right of this blog. And of course don't forget to refer your friends.  If this goes reasonably well, I might try to purchase some production software and make the jump to a Youtube vlog and producing some videos.

A criticism of a criticism of Mark Dice

HighImpactFlix offers a criticism of a Mark Dice video that applauds conservatives who have sued liberals for similar reasons that liberals have sued conservatives in the past.
Let me preface my criticism of the criticism, by saying I am a fan of both HighImpactFlix and Mark Dice. And this is not exactly a criticism per se. It's more of a counter point to his point. I agree with his comment that this really is a respectful discussion among conservatives. This is simply a different take on the discussion.  For me it's about the importance of the moral high ground versus the importance of strategy and tactics.

Here's the video in question, by HighImpactFlix:

Here's the comment I just left on the Youtube video. I'll add more to it below.

I don't think Mark Dice's point is that the idea of lawsuits are good, he's talking tactics. He's talking about fighting fire with fire and using the tactics of the left to tie up the focus of the left the same way they do to conservatives. This is the playing field as it stands. The left is not above boycotts and shaming and lawsuits, so to stand back and take it while we wait for a more conservative judiciary is not an effective way to fight back. 

Changing the rules through legal reform is the right goal, but in the meantime, sitting back and playing by gentrified rules while progressive liberals play by no rules whatsoever, is self defeating. President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton precisely because he fought back. This is not a criticism of your viewpoint, just adding to the discussion. I agree that any business owner should be allowed to choose to serve (or not serve) whomever they wish. The free market will sort it out - eventually. 

But in the meantime fighting with one arm tied behind our back is not going to work. Maybe Mark Dice's solution is not the ideal one, but it's far better than doing nothing.
HighImpactFlix suggests we do not fall into the us versus them trap.  Ideally we should not. The problem with that is the same as it is with ISIS - they are already engaged in the us versus them fight. 

I'm also not sure of the link he suggests between statism and people using the courts to fight back against liberal injustices to conservatives.  The lack of clarity comes from him tying that part to president Trump.  My assumption (and I could be mistaken) is that his view is that using the courts to force business owners to serve conservatives whom they otherwise would refuse to serve is adding to the power of the state.

If that is the case, it's too late.  The courts have already begun the march towards state mandated customer service. As I mentioned in my comment, this is the playing field. If we don't like the rules of the playing field we should attempt to change them but that is a longer term goal.  Let me offer an analogy.

Suppose you are the coach of a football team and you don't like the idea of field goals being part of the game. So instead of trying a field goal every time you get the ball, you either get a touchdown or punt the ball.  Meanwhile the other team is not hamstrung by the same self-imposed limit. The other team has a higher percentage chance of winning the game because they have more possibilities (and likely opportunities) for putting points on the board. Especially when the referees tend to favor them. Imagine being down two points, in field goal range on the last play of the game and having to go for a touchdown for the sake of ideology.  If you want to change the rules of football to exclude field goals fine. But during the game you play to win. Sort out the rules committee stuff when you are not on the playing field.

July 14, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - Bang the drum all day

I haven't posted much this week because I've been so busy at work.  So for today's Friday Musical Interlude this 1982 Todd Rundgren song seems perfect.

July 11, 2017

Another nothing burger

The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. was not associated with the Kremlin. She did not have info about Hillary Clinton.

Another nothing burger. This is the latest salvo from the New York Times and it's downright feeble.

DNC hack was an inside job

According to this report, the file transfers were done on site.

Dirty politics is not treason

More Russia, more Russia, more Russia. Eventually something will stick, right Dems? The latest revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton (and had absolutely nothing) is the latest 'nothing burger'  in a series of ongoing Democrat failures.  It's destined to be another failure because, as The Daily Caller points out this is nothing the Hillary Clinton camp didn't also do.
Politico revealed in January some of the Ukrainian government’s anti-Trump activities during the election.

A veteran DNC operative who previously worked in the Clinton White House, Alexandra Chalupa, worked with Ukrainian government officials and journalists from both Ukraine and America to dig up Russia-related opposition research on Trump and Manafort. She also shared her anti-Trump research with both the DNC and the Clinton campaign, according to the Politico report.
Cool your jets "the Left", this is another nothing burger.

July 9, 2017

Sunday verse

In these times, this one is hard.

July 7, 2017

Finally, U6.

During president Obama's tenure the mainstream media never reported on the U6 unemployment rate (which includes those who have given up looking for work as well as those who are 'underemployed' and spent several months at 17.1%) , preferring to make president Obama look good, so instead focused on U3 unemployment which peaked at 10%.

Meanwhile president Trump has been in charge of the executive branch for 6 months and U6 has already dropped from 9.4% to 8.6% (although it was as low as 8.4% in May).  At that pace, president will have U6 unemployment down to 3% by the end of his first term.  Impressive.  Nevertheless, the media has suddenly discovered U6 (because U3 remained flat month over month and could not give them the negative headline they needed to bash Trump. 

They've just used U6 as a cudgel to bash president Trump.

An alternative measure of unemployment that counts discouraged workers and those holding part-time positions for economic reasons — the underemployed — rose from 8.4 percent to 8.6 percent.
They were not done though.  They dug into wage growth, which was positive news, but not given this spin:
Wage growth, however, remained muted, with average hourly earnings rising 2.5 percent on an annualized basis, essentially unchanged from the previous month. On a monthly basis, the rise was 0.2 percent, which actually was a shade below the 0.2 percent expectation. The average work week edged higher, rising 0.1 hours to 34.5.
There's no bad news in that. 2.5% wage growth is reasonable and might help keep inflation low and therefore interest rates. Oh, and the number of employed in America is at a record high.  I guess the good news is that after nearly a decade of ignoring it, the mainstream media seems poised to acknowledge U6.

Friday Musical Interlude - Just What I Needed

The Cars, 1978 on The Midnight Special performing Just What I Needed.

July 6, 2017

Maybe president Trump should build the wall around California

California is looking at becoming a sanctuary state apparently;
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Over objections from sheriffs’ unions and the California Police Chiefs Association, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee took a step forward in making the Golden State a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his measure, Senate Bill 54 or the “California Values Act,” is intended to prevent state and local law enforcement from cooperating with what he calls the “Trump Deportation Machine.”

Opponents call it a “sanctuary state measure” that goes against federal immigration law and obstructs the ability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to do their job.
How far this gets isn't clear, but if California policy becomes a threat to national security perhaps a border wall around the state becomes necessary.  A fence is only as good as it's weakest link and clearly California is trying to render the border wall pointless by subsuming federal immigration policy to California's state preferences. While a legal challenge might derail California's policy that could take years. Without an enforceable national policy, illegal immigrants to California could easily travel, restriction free to any other state.

The least Trusted Name in News.

That's CNN, in case you didn't know. Apparently CNN has created a meme war - against CNN. What's not to enjoy about that?

July 5, 2017

CNN, and on it goes.

Project Veritas continues it's investigative reporting on CNN.

CNN under fire (again) for bully tactics

The video of Donald Trump fighting Vince MacMahon in an old WWE wrestling show that had resurfaced with a CNN logo superimposed over Vince McMahon's face. President Trump retweeted the video clip and CNN and other media went ballistic claiming it was inciting violence against the media.  Clearly they don't understand what a metaphor is.  Even more clearly, CNN is not above bullying the video's creator.

Via Circa;
CNN made a move of their own during the Fourth of July, revealing that they had discovered the identity of the Reddit user responsible for the GIF's creation...

The user posted an apology to the network, saying that he mainly posted controversial images to get a rise out of other users. In a report on the user, CNN said that it had decided against publishing the user's identity, but should any more hateful content come from the account, that they reserved the right to do so in the future.

It's that last part that many online have an issue with. Twitter and Reddit users have criticized the company, saying that it is targeting a private citizen, leading #CNNBlackmail to trend on Twitter.
This is why CNN keeps losing - the don't get that everything they do is not only hypocritical and wrong, but that they are turning people against CNN by their own actions. If they keep it up, the backlash will continue.  And you know CNN is going to keep it up because they firmly believe that they are the good guys and the good guys are allowed to do anything.

On another front, CNN actually took issue with president Trump trying to help a terminally ill child in Great Britain. No, really.

Way to politicize the life of an infant CNN. That will help your cause.

July 3, 2017

The power of the presidential tweet

The president can tweet for good, the problem is that the media will not mention it because it's not part of their narrative.
News of President Trump’s tweet in support of a brain-damaged baby sentenced to death by the United Kingdom was largely absent from the home page of establishment media sites early Monday.

Outlets including ABC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post opted instead to feature continuing coverage of a day-old tweet from Trump Sunday morning that escalated his war with the media. These outlets, in particular CNN, have been providing wall to wall coverage of Trump’s recent tweets about the media, at the expense of other stories.
So there's that. But no Russia, no Trump is a monster. It won't get coverage, so like other conservative places on the web, I'm sharing because it is fair to know.  Additionally, the president is specifically offering to help. If the media were to pick up the story, maybe something could be done by medical personnel in America.

July 2, 2017

Woodward versus Bernstein, on president Trump

Yesterday Carl Bernstein (of Woodward and Bernstein fame). Called president Trump a 'malignant presidency'.

Conversely, and for contrast, while Bob Woodward is no fan of president Trump, at least he's willing to acknowledge what the resat of the media do not - that they are part of the problem:

Bob Woodward is no less a liberal than he ever was, but at least he is not blinded by partisanship and recognizes the truth.

Sunday verse

July 1, 2017

Poor poor pitiful me(dia)

Awwwww. The poor media is being beaten up by president Trump from his bully pulpit. We should all feel sorry for them because the president, unprovoked mind you, has relentlessly attacked them. Uh, yeah, that's the story.  The media has not only had a hate-on for the president since he became the Republican nominee, they have lied about him, they have colluded with Democrats to destroy first his candidacy and now his presidency.

What the media is not accustomed to facing, is a president who is not obsequiously knuckling under to them and kowtowing to their demands.  What they fail to realize, for the most part, is that they continue to chatter inside their own echo chamber and that the more they try to vilify the president the less harm they do him and the more harm they do themselves. The media is perceived as partisan and corrupt and with revelations by Project Veritas the suspicion continues to grow.

It's been argued by some pundits that president Trump is playing the media but I have not seen it explained.  Even media on the right often latch on to the president's tweets.  Therein lies the savvy; the president announces an energy independence strategy and then tweets something about some media personality (in this case the hosts of Morning Joe) and everyone says he's off message.  But the media take the bait and the policy announcement becomes page 35.  Regardless, the policy announcement does not go away. It just becomes less 'visible'.  That likely is the president's strategy.  If you know how the media is going to react, you can use it to your advantage.  Not only does president Trump distract the media from attacking his policies (which they would, were he say Jeb Bush), but he also keeps the media on the hot seat as an enemy of the people, which helps his voter coalition's focus on the need to turn out for 2018 and for 2020. 

President Trump is winning, and the media still don't get it.
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