October 15, 2017

Sunday verse

October 14, 2017

Knee jerk liberals versus Harvey Weinstein.

Whenever somebody asks me to describe modern liberalism (as opposed to classical liberalism, which is entirely different) in one word, I always ask if I can use a hyphen.  That's because my word is knee-jerk.  Or knee jerk in two words if you prefer.  Liberals constantly react with their feelings and do not stop to think about the logic of a situation, the totality of the facts, or the consequences of their immediate reaction.  Knee jerk.

At least they are consistent and do not disappoint.  With Harvey Weinstein accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and possibly even rape.  Liberals were quick (though not quite as quick as if he had been a Republican)  to jump on him as a misogynist, sexist jerk.  There's a lot of evidence that they are right.  But just like the case with Bill Cosby, he deserves his inevitable day in court, doesn't he?  I mean innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is kind of a founding principle isn't it?  Isn't it an American ideal?  They certainly apply that standard to illegal immigrants.

And Harvey was a proud Hillary donor and supporter.  But now, he's liberal poison;
Embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein — a once-dominant force in the Academy Awards who rewrote the rules of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.

The film academy’s 54-member board of governors, which includes such industry luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Kathleen Kennedy and Whoopi Goldberg, voted in an emergency meeting on Saturday morning to remove Weinstein from the organization’s ranks in an unprecedented public rebuke of a prominent industry figure. The move marked the latest blow in Weinstein’s stunning downfall and, in symbolic terms, amounts to a virtual expulsion from Hollywood itself.
So much for the idea of innocent until proven guilty. It's hard to feel sympathy for liberals eating their own, especially when the likes of Harvey Weinstein were instrumental in foisting modern liberalism on America - he's reaping what he sewed. And while he will probably turn out to be guilty of all manner of Hollywood debauchery and unwarranted sexual advances, he does, like any other American, deserve hisa day in court.

Saturday Learning Series - Fire in micro gravity

What happens to fire in free fall? Or in space?

October 13, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude (late) - Genesis remix

Just some dancing to a remix of Genesis' hit I Can't Dance.  Due to some technical issues (or sleep), I was unable to post this on time (by Friday end of day).  So I've retro-fitted it to yesterday.

October 12, 2017

Hillary Clinton is appalled (once again).

Remember the good old days when Hillary Clinton was appalled at Donald Trump instead of her donor Harvey Weinstein?

Or for his views on immigration?

Now that her donor and dare I say friend, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been caught not discussing women but is being accused of actually having sexually assaulted women, she's dug out the same old outrage script.

Disingenuous much?

October 11, 2017

NFL. better late than never, but uh, weak

Roger Goodell has finally realized that maybe players should stand during the national anthem.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday wrote a letter to all 32 league owners regarding the protests that have taken place during the national anthem, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

In the letter, which Schefter shared on his Facebook page, Goodell wrote that the “current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
Ya think?

[Editor's Note: This post was accidentally removed and some content accidentally deleted.]

October 9, 2017

Happy Columbus Day, as much as you can manage

Happy Columbus Day America.

Despite what CNN and the New York Times are trying to do to demonize the holiday and the celebration of discovery. CNN example reminds us that even president Obama was reticent to recognize the brave explorer.
Never mind the disease and slavery wrought by Christopher Columbus' voyage -- or the fact that he didn't actually "discover" the New World. President Donald Trump's first presidential proclamation of Columbus Day gave only high praise to the 15th century explorer, a stark contrast to the proclamation made by President Barack Obama one year earlier.
Sheesh. And it gets worse. CNN also eagerly points out the break with history that often betides the downfall of a civilization:
Many school districts and local governments will mark Columbus Day the same way they have for decades, with no classes and no work in honor of the man widely believed to have "discovered" America.

But some cities and states are shifting that honor from Columbus to indigenous people.

At least 16 states, including Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon, don't recognize Columbus Day as a public holiday.
In any case, enjoy the day. Celebrating discovery is not a bad thing.

The inconsistency in demands for socialism

This particular inconsistency must be constantly pointed out.  Socialists, communists, progressives and liberal Democrats consistently demonize big business while often pay lip service to the little business owner or in some cases free market capitalism. This all as they overtly or covertly work to dismantle the free market.  They rail against corporate welfare and insufficient taxation and they proclaim interminably that business cannot be trusted to do the right thing - particularly big business. Yet there is a fundamental inconsistency in their proclamations.

Sometimes it's true, big business, particularly progressive liberal businesses do not play fair;
In an explosive new allegation, a renowned architect has accused Google of racketeering, saying in a lawsuit the company has a pattern of stealing trade secrets from people it first invites to collaborate.

Architect Eli Attia spent 50 years developing what his lawsuit calls “game-changing new technology” for building construction. Google in 2010 struck a deal to work with him on commercializing it as software, and Attia moved with his family from New York to Palo Alto to focus on the initiative, code-named “Project Genie.”

The project was undertaken in Google’s secretive “Google X” unit for experimental “moonshots.”

But then Google and its co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin “plotted to squeeze Attia out of the project” and pretended to kill it but used Attia’s technology to “surreptitiously” spin off Project Genie into a new company, according to the lawsuit.

“The real adding-insult-to-injury was Google telling him the project had been canceled and they weren’t going forward with it when in fact they were going full blast on it,” Attia’s lawyer Eric Buether said in an interview Friday.
That seems quite predatory if it's proven to be true.   It's anti-free market because it's the type of behavior that discourages innovation because there's no benefit in innovation for the innovator.  Every financial benefit flows into the hands of a shrinking cabal of monopolies.

It's enough to make one thing that maybe socialism isn't such a bad idea.  Almost.  The problem, the inconsistency with that type of thinking is that the solution socialism or communism provides is to take that centralized power over the market from those monopolies and hand it over to the government, which is in itself a super-monopoly.  Think about it - if the government is in a business like health care, as is the case in Canada, they not only can dictate the terms of the marketplace as there are no competitors, they can actually write the rules to dictate the marketplace.  They can enforce the rules of the marketplace through the police and courts. 

The solution socialism suggest actually worsens the problem.  The real solution is actually the exact opposite of socialism - more competition, which provides more choice and therefore more opportunity for innovation.  Both of those things advance social welfare.  Government should only exist in that spectrum as an adjudicator between competing companies or between companies and consumers where products and services have caused issues for consumers.  Even then it should be an adjudicator of last resort, as the marketplace that recognizes poor performance for a business will resolve that by flowing business to competitors that provide better service, better quality and/or better prices.

That this inconsistency needs to be constantly reminded or shown to people is sad, nevertheless it's a job we should all share tirelessly and with enthusiasm and no expectation of personal reward (because that's the socialist thing to do).

October 8, 2017

October 7, 2017

Breitbart thought you should know

In case you were wondering why it's so hard for president Trump to get anything done, consider this:

Saturday Learning Series - Uranium

Some information on Uranium.

And a little more:

Hey, let's ban cars too

Not to be too glib, because a lot of leftitst would be thrilled to witness the disappearance of the automobile.  However, those who want to ban guns because guns kill people should take note - cars kill people too, often inadvertently, but increasingly, not always;
Several people have been injured after a car mounted the pavement and mowed down pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum in London this afternoon.

A man was pinned down by security guards and arrested by police in the heart of the capital's museum land in Kensington.

Hundreds of terrified tourists fled the scene as the black Toyota Prius - a registered minicab - careered into a sign before ultimately crashing into a crowd of as many as 10 people as it hit a silver car, according to witnesses.
Gun laws are extremely strict in the U.K. but they still have murders. They still have terrorism. Gun laws are not the answer. Maybe stricter penalties for murder and assault might work. Maybe it's something else. The point is that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Otherwise while we are at it we should not only ban guns, we should also ban shovels, rakes, steak knives, camping (because grizzly bears), construction sites, fire and doctors who can't cure cancer.

October 6, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - unusual Landslide cover

An unusual cover version; a Korean gayageum cover of Fleetwood Mac's 1975 song Landslide by Luna.

October 5, 2017

Polls still fudge-y on president Trump

Make no mistake, president Trump is still polling underwater, but what's remarkable is how little underwater he is given the deluge over the past year plus of negative stories that the media continues to purvey about him regardless of substance.  The unspoken secret however is that these polls mean zero to the president, zero to his supporters and zero to his re-election chances as well as nearly zero to the Republican controlled congress.

Nevertheless it's all worth a brief debunking.  Here's what the latest RealClearPolitics polling average of job approval for the president looks like.

In the recent average there are a total of 12 polls. Gallup (having the president at -17%), Reuters (-18%), CNN (-19%), CNBC (-14%) and CBS News (-20%) all are polling all adults.  That's been proven to be unreliable with respect to electoral results.  They are often unreliably skewed as well.  For example take CNN's poll. On page 6 it suggest 37% of Democrats approve of the president's job.  In a poll of 1037 respondents and a confidence interval of +/- 3.5%, and the standard 95% confidence level, reverse engineering the statistics, it means the sample contained 429 Democrats. That's a poll that contains 41.4% Democrats.  Similarly the poll contained 235 Independents (22.6% of those polled), leaving 373 Republicans (36% of the polled population).

While Democrats tend to be more numerous a +5.4% skew towards Democrats and a much larger proportion of Independents than a lot of historical polls.  The latter point could be a real variance from the past but the skewness of the poll is still highly questionable. [If you are interested in reverse engineering the polls minus all the stats, there's a good basic calculator here.]

Much of the remaining polling - in fact all but Rasmussen - look at registered voters.  It's historically more reliable but based on that sort of polling, president Obama would not have won re-election in 2012.  The merits of each of those polls require their own individual assessments, something I'm not prepared to do here but it is worth noting that one pollster is a Democrat firm, and as I've pointed previously, Marist polling has issues (something the election results bore out).  While everyone is now saying most all of the polling in 2016 was correct within the margin of error nationally, there were very few polls that actually had Donald Trump ahead state-by-state in the electoral college.  Yet that's exactly what happened. Issues with polling is nothing new.

Putting stock in the polls of the day is a dangerous and misleading game.  All that said, there is a continuity of evidence when even Rasmussen has president Trump at -9%. Rasmussen was so off in 2012 that in 2016 I tended to disregard it.  Nevertheless Rasmussen has Trump much better off than his predecessor was for much of his first term.  If I were president Trump I would not be discouraged by the polls.  It still really is about getting things he's promised, actually done.

October 4, 2017

The fallout of Obama's gutting of the American military

Heritage explains:

China knows it.

It's only political if president Trump does it

Puerto Rico, recently hit by a hurricane was visited by president Trump who has actually done quite a lot for the island since the hurricane.  But to hear the media and liberal politicians tell it, he's done nothing, doesn't care and racist, racist, racist.  But the political hackery related to the recovery is clearly coming from the left - including San Juan's mayor.

President Trump said she said some nasty things. He did not call her nasty. 

But she still seems content to bite the hand that helps.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who had previously said her criticisms of the federal government's handling of Hurricane Maria relief were about saving lives and "not about politics," took a shot at President Donald Trump by wearing a shirt that read "NASTY" on it during a Univision interview.
It's okay - she's a liberal so she's allowed to make the hurricane political.

I'm starting to think that the liberal media has completely overplayed it's hand.  Nobody who has an ounce of critical think could possibly take the New York Times or CNN seriously anymore.  They and other liberal media outlets are just causing themselves to be tuned out and are serving as echo chambers for each others' continued false reality.  It's a recipe for another Trump election and possibly even Republican gains in congress in 2018.

October 3, 2017

Gun control vs. welfare state failures

Why is it that every time there's a major gun crime it reignites the debate on gun control but 70 years of liberal social welfare policy which have created an endemic poverty and a cycle of dependency that has doubtless led to homicide, suicide, theft and rampant drug use in certain communities doesn't get a revisit by the mainstream media more than once every seven decades?

It makes no sense.  But I guess progressive liberalism isn't supposed to make sense. Rather than gun control we should be talking about liberal policy control because the resulting early deaths are likely in the hundreds of thousands and the negative impact on quality of life for millions of people is not even measurable. 

October 2, 2017

Some people are just plain crazy

No, I'm not talking about Hillary Clinton, although I could be. I'm not talking about the vulgar response from a former CBS VP who had no sympathy for the victims because they're probably Republican. I'm talking about the shooter who purportedly snapped and killed 59 people and injured over 500 others in Las Vegas.  

While ISIS is desperately trying to claim the shooter as another recruit, he's apparently not been motivated by religion or politics.  Some people are just plain crazy and we need to acknowledge that fact and act accordingly.

It doesn't mean we can't try to understand and help them, but public safety has to come first.  In this case with no prior indication of this potential besides a traffic ticket in 64 years, I understands that knowing ahead of time is next to impossible. But that doesn't mean the only solution is to ban guns.  But it does mean that warning signs as was the case with the Fort Hood shooter or the previous Las Vegas shooter, should never be ignored or treated lightly.

Meanwhile, and most importantly I would like to extend my sympathies to the victims and their families.  My prayers are with them.

October 1, 2017

September 30, 2017

September 29, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - In Undertow

Alvvays' latest release from 2017 In Undertow. Their previous hit was featured here.

September 28, 2017

Q2 GDP 3.1%. #MAGA

More good news for the Trump presidency as economic growth continues to dramatically outpace the GDP growth rate of his predecessor;
Gross domestic product increased at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the April-June period, the Commerce Department said in its third estimate on Thursday. The upward revision from the 3.0 percent rate of growth reported last month reflected a slightly faster pace of inventory investment.

Growth last quarter was the quickest since the first quarter of 2015 and followed a 1.2 percent pace in the January-March period. Economists had expected that the second-quarter GDP growth rate would be unrevised at 3.0 percent.
With the latest announcement of tax cuts and the repatriation piece, expect a robust growth quarter over quarter going forward (with  obvious exceptions related to hurricane setbacks).

September 27, 2017

Think I'll take a knee on watching the NFL for a while.

I'm a die hard NFL fan - not just any football, NFL football. I started watching decades ago. I used to also watch a lot of college football but drifted away from it over the years.  But you know what, I might drift back.  It seems to be largely politics free, despite the overlay of progressive liberalism that infects so many university and college campuses.

I watch football to see spectacular plays, not watch millionaires and near-millionaires, regardless of color and ethnicity, disrespect the American flag and national anthem in a misguided protest because the emotional snowflakes have got their feelings hurt by a president who is equally and unapologetically speaks out against those who put politics ahead of their country and ahead of their job.

Why should I support a league that supports people who will put their opinions ahead of their product - entertaining viewers who are looking for an escape from politics - something that has become increasingly hard to do in news coverage, TV shows, movies, music and education.  The constant drumbeat of progressive dogma had one unalterable respite - sports.  The NFL seems to have self-excluded from that club.  So now it's NCAA football or maybe NASCAR. At least that's going to be my approach until the NFL comes to its senses. 

NOT Strange Days in Alabama

President Trump, at the behest of the GOP establishment stumped for Luther Strange in the Republican runoff primary for Jeff Sessions' former senate seat.  But Moore, the anti-establishment candidate defeated Strange in what many on the left are calling a defeat for president Trump.

Except it's not. The anti-establishment candidate is a blow for Mitch McConnell, not president Trump.  The president needs more stalwart drain-the-swamp outsiders in the senate, as does America.  This is a win for the president, despite the optics.  It should shake the GOP establishment into realizing that if they are not interested in shaking up the status quo, popular support will not follow.

Yes there's a rift in the Republican party but it's no worse than on the side of the Democrats.  In fact in the long run I suspect the latter will feel more long-lasting effects than the former.

Trump Tax Cut will be HUUUUGGGE!!!!

It seems like president Trump's tax cut plan, unlike the Republican Obamacare repeal debacle, will be a slam dunk win for the economy, the president and the Republicans.

The Freedom Caucus is inAmericans for Tax Reform are in. The Associated Press hates it and is maligning it already (that's actually a win because the existing tax and spend formula DOES NOT WORK).

The Republican plan's framework  is predicated on some important concepts
President Trump has laid out four principles for tax reform: First, make the tax code simple, fair and easy to understand. Second, give American workers a pay raise by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Third, make America the jobs magnet of the world by leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers. Finally, bring back trillions of dollars that are currently kept offshore to reinvest in the American economy.

The President’s four principles are consistent with the goals of both congressional tax-writing committees, and are at the core of this framework for fixing America’s broken tax code.

Too many in our country are shut out of the dynamism of the U.S. economy, which has led to the justifiable feeling that the system is rigged against hardworking Americans. With significant and meaningful tax reform and relief, we will create a fairer system that levels the playing field and extends economic opportunities to American workers, small businesses, and middle-income families.
It's hard to argue that.  Every Republican should be out on every show reciting that mantra by rote the way Democrats recite the talking points of the day, every single day.

When you drill down and see tax relief for middle class families it looks even better.  This will be a huge win for the economy and it will provide Republicans and the president with  a lot of credibility on other issues prior to the 2018 election - provided it gets passed soon.  They might derive enough momentum to take another, proper, run at Obamacare.

Bombardier Tariff - A slightly Canadian perspective

The Commerce Department, true to the Trumpian hardball tactics on negotiations, slapped a 220% tariff on Canadian made Bombardier C-Series small jets, surprising Bombardier, the Canadian government, and even the complainant, Boeing.  As a Canadian, am I miffed? Not really.

Via the Seattle Times:
The U.S. Commerce Department sided with Boeing on Tuesday in the jetmaker’s tense trade dispute with Bombardier, imposing a massive tariff that would more than triple the price of Bombardier’s CSeries jets sold to American airlines and could further erode relations between the U.S. and Canada.

Commerce slapped a 219 percent tariff on the planes after concluding that Bombardier’s crucial CSeries sale to Delta Air Lines last year was supported by subsidies from the governments of Canada and the U.K.

“The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “The subsidization of goods by foreign governments is something that the Trump administration takes very seriously, and we will continue to evaluate and verify the accuracy of this preliminary determination.”

A decision in favor of Boeing was widely expected, but the size of the tariff imposed on Bombardier — 219.63 percent, to be precise — shocked all sides, especially the Canadians.

In its petition, Boeing had asked for a 79 percent tariff because of the subsidies.

While I happen to think that protectionism is bad, I don't think this is necessarily a bad move by the Commerce Department for anyone concerned.  For Boeing obviously it's a win.   Their only real competition prior to the C-Series came from Airbus in the jet aircraft competition space.  

But Boeing had a reason for their complaint - if you are competing against a subsidized competitor you cannot be price competitive and the landscape is unfair to you as a supplier.  Boeing is not supposed to be in competition with the government of Canada. They are supposed compete with other manufacturers.

Bombardier should see this as a wake up call. If you cannot compete without help, then maybe they really aren't competitive and don't belong in that space.  As a company they do some things well.  But not everything.  In fact in some areas there performance is downright disgraceful. I'm not in the mood to defend a company that over-promised and radically under-delivered on something closer to home.

And with that backdrop, if Bombardier is not under the competitive marketplace mandate to deliver on performance, are you sure as a consumer you want to fly on one of their airplanes?  After all there's no race to be first to market here.  So shortcuts on safety are not required. But attention to detail is not exactly mandated either because the government of Canada is not about to let Bombardier fail and therefore attention to detail could easily be replaced by a lackadaisical approach to the effort to build new airplanes.

Some might argue that in order to grow the business into the larger jet aircraft marketplace, some support is needed. But that is something that should come about organically through the determination of shareholders - not at the expense of Canadian taxpayers, Boeing competitiveness and traveler safety.

I should clarify - there's no reason to believe that the Bombardier C-series jets are unsafe. In fact they seem to be a pretty good airplane series.  That's beside the point. Another competitor in the 737 sized marketplace is a good thing also.  What I have an issue with the is the subsidized approach to it.

I think this also helps president Trump.  This is after all an America first approach to a specific issue and that's a big part of what got Trump elected president. It's about foreign competitors being granted unfair advantages at the expense of American jobs.  

Canada and the United States have been good trading partners for a century. That's not going to change.  In such a relationship disputes are not only inevitable, they are healthy because it requires a review of the status quo in terms of what the rules are.  All in all, I'm good with the Commerce Department decision, as a Canadian.  Many of my compatriots are likely to have a more knee-jerk reaction however. 

September 25, 2017

Meanwhile, war

While you were busy grousing about the president's comments about the NFL, in which he did not mention race, this happened.
North Korea's foreign minister on Monday accused President Donald Trump of declaring war, saying that gives the rogue regime the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers.

Pyongyang could target planes even when they are not flying in North Korean airspace, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York.

"The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country," he said.
Why would North Korea think that? Apparently because of this:

Just like a communist to claim the president said something that he explicitly did not say.

September 24, 2017

September 23, 2017

McCain about to kill Obamacare repeal again. I blame Rand Paul.

I'm not sure if there's an option for a recall election for a U.S. senator in the state of Arizona, but if there is senator John McCain should be recalled for his political treason against the Republican party and the supposed values he espouses when he runs for election.
WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain of Arizona announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders with little hope of succeeding in their last-ditch attempt to dismantle the health law and fulfill their longstanding promise to conservative voters.
A promise he personally signed on for in the past.  This is no doubt personal for McCain, but it  is a gross abuse of his office for the sole person of vindictiveness.   But conservative voters should not be surprised by his actions. He's a "maverick"  - by that I mean weak-kneed Republican in name only (RINO).

The real problem is senators like Rand Paul or maybe even others like Ted Cruz - those who are unwilling to take at least a step in the right direction and are living proof that perfect is the enemy of good.

My suspicion is that if any sort of repeal, skinny repeal or even a mandate removal were to occur, the dam would burst and within 2-3 years something entirely different would be in place of the doomed healthcare ponzi scheme that is Obamacare.  But we may never know. 

Send a message to Rand Paul, who can make a difference by removing his opposition to the potential START of a fix.

Saturday Learning Series - Alternatives to radicalized Google

Whether it's because of advertizing revenue or a political agenda, or both, or more, Google is not neutral.  There are alternatives.

September 22, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - Feel It Still

"Portugal. The Man" 2017 song Feel It Still is definitely an earworm song. This video is with Brian Friedman Choreography featuring The Outlaws, rather than the original song video.

September 21, 2017

Trump's Afghanistan Winning

From the view on the ground in Afghanistan, president Trump is winning the war that the Obama administration seemed determined to lose.
President Trump’s new strategy for the Afghanistan War garnered a glowing review from the country’s leader Thursday, who said the difference on the ground after just four weeks was “night and day” from the war plan of the Obama administration.

Meeting with Mr. Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani called the change in strategy “historic” and credited it with putting his country on a path toward victory over Taliban militants and other radical Islamic terrorists.

“You made this decision on the basis of courage and determination. We salute your courage,” he told Mr. Trump. “The cloud of uncertainty has been lifted, but equally important is your commitment to a political solution at the end of this process.”
Seems like winning to me, that's all.

September 20, 2017

Why ending DACA makes sense

Once again I'm bogged down at work and despite some good topics I have in mind, I just haven't had the time.  I'm hoping to catch up on by the weekend.  In the meantime,  here's an interesting take on the Trump administration ending DACA, by the Heritage Foundation.

September 18, 2017

SJWs, why so shrill?

Former president Obama was roundly lauded for his use of the phrase in describing his enemies as being on the wrong side of history and he, and his supporters were on the right side of history. As backwards as he was on all the important issues, it was a compelling phrase for a lot of people.  Even though it was often used in a really backhanded way.   

Which brings me to my question for Social Justice Warriors - if you are on the right side of history, and your side and your points of view will win in the end, then, 

Why so shrill?

Why yell, why antagonize, why fight? If president Trump and his supporters are the historical anomaly, why antagonize, demonize and vilify them? You are not going to win them over.  You are not in any way advancing the 'right side of history' by engaging in shrill and often violent protests.  What are you achieving by screaming at the top of your lungs about how terrible these people are?

You don't need to do so, because they are a dying breed.  Right?  Right?

I can think of only three possible reasons why you SJWs continue to be so shrill. (1) You want to make yourself feel good (at someone else's expense) about yourself.  (2)  Deep down you are not convinced you are right and are trying to convince yourself more so than anyone else about the veracity of your 'truths'. or (3) It's to impress a girl.

Whichever it is, isn't that just special for you?

September 17, 2017

September 16, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - Tax Cuts explained in 60 seconds

The Heritage Foundations explains how a tax cut for corporations is beneficial for everyone.

September 15, 2017

September 14, 2017

New Hampshire voter fraud follow-up

Project Veritas, delivered the truth, except you won't hear it on the news as such.  New Hampshire voter fraud was a real problem in 2016, and looks like it probably still is. Project Veritas will continue to be vilified in the media though.

DACA - Deal or No Deal

This is the perfect video for today:

Why? Because:
After a meeting with Trump at the White House, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said they had come to terms with Trump on a plan that would provide protection for Dreamers in exchange for beefed-up border security — but, notably, no additional funding for a border wall.

The news triggered an outcry from the right, which accused Trump of abandoning his tough-on-immigration campaign stance. And by Thursday morning, Trump denied that an agreement had been struck.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted.
Confusion? Just a little.

September 13, 2017

SCOTUS stays liberal court rulings on Texas redistricting

Via Fox News;
A divided Supreme Court is blocking lower court rulings that ordered Texas to redraw some congressional and legislative districts.

The 5-4 order issued late Tuesday means the state almost certainly will hold elections next year in districts that were struck down as racially discriminatory.

The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would have allowed the redrawing of the affected districts.
Another win for the Trump presidency - States rights 1 - Liberal judicial overreach 0.

As an aside that's an awfully loberal take in the middle paragraph to be showing up on Fox News.

September 10, 2017

Sunday verse

Sending prayers for Florida, Houston, Mexico and the islands hit and being hit by hurricanes this season.

September 9, 2017

Saturday Learning Series - New Cancer Treatments

Some exciting new developments in cancer treatment, worth sharing since cancer is so ubiquitous. Gene therapy innovations and (really) using the Zika virus vs. cancer.

September 8, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - Olivia Newton John

Written by the Bee Gees, this song certainly sounds like a Bee Gees song.  It was first offered to Barbara Streisand who thankfully refused it (even though it certainly also sounds like a song of hers).  Olivia Newton John recorded it for her album Physical (1981).  I never realized there was a video for it until today.

September 7, 2017

Dissecting a progressive podcast with only partial facts

A friend of mine, who happens to be an ardent socialist, recently shared on Facebook a link to a progressive podcast (here, if you can stomach the self-important arrogance of it).  The focus of the podcast was the possible moving of a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from downtown Memphis to a cemetery.  This of course comes as part of the effort to scrub the history of the Confederacy from the history of the United States.  The podcast is of course critical of Forrest, but also of those who erected the statue. It's also notable for everything the podcast fails to mention.

Listening to the podcast it would be easy for an impressionable young mind to think of the evil intoned in the podcast about the man.  Absent the full slate of facts, it would be easy to jump to some conclusions that in the bigger societal picture, are not beneficial, or at least myopic.  I'm sure that's exactly what progressives with their flourishing poetic rhetoric hope will happen.

Except let's take a look at the rest of the facts.  After all, being suspicious of what you are being told is considered a virtue on the left is it not?

Of course the podcast points out that Forrest was a general in the Confederate army.  He was also a slave owner and a grand wizard and founder of the KKK.  These points are not forgotten in the podcast either.  Clearly Forrest was not a shining paragon of human virtue, even given the morale of the times in which he lived, which do not correlate to those of today.   

But it's also worth mentioning that he was a leader of the Democratic Party, as this historical election poster (from the Library of Congress) clearly indicates.

So this vile human happened to be a member of the Democratic party. Hmm.  Did not hear that in the podcast.  

However, the podcast also argued, fairly enough, that the erection of a monument or the writing on a plaque say as much or more about those who erected it than the subject of the monument themselves.  So the podcaster spends time admonishing then people of Memphis in 1905 who had this statue erected in this particular park.  The argument was that this was not a man who should have been honored, well after the Civil War was lost by the Confederacy and slavery had been abolished and discredited.  It's hard to argue with that.

Except in 1904, Tennessee voted Democratic in the presidential election.  So it's very likely those responsible for the memorial were urban Democrats as well.  Hmm.  Did not hear that in the podcast either.

Of course liberals will tell you that party affiliation and positions magically changed somewhere along the way as well and so those they are admonishing were Democrats but would somehow identify as Republicans today.  Given that liberals only tell half the story, as this particular podcast clear shows, why would you believe that without a hefty dose of skepticism and your own investigation of the facts?  That would just be allowing yourself to be manipulated.

Finally the podcaster made the specific point that Forrest's deathbed remorse over the choices he made should not be taken into consideration. He hoped that Forrest suffered as a result of his deathbed conversion.  That's not a very charitable attitude, something everyone would hope they would be afforded given a late in life epiphany. Nope.  Not for this evil man.  That says more about the podcaster than the podcast says about the subject of the podcast, Nathan Bedford Forrest*.

*NOTE:  I know it's derivative of Saul Alinsky to turn the argument of the podcaster on themselves for not living up to their own standards, but turnabout is fair play.

Politics, not as usual

President Trump if he succeeds in nothing else, will have re-introduced Washington D.C. to the art of the deal. After being betrayed and disappointed with Republican leadership in congress time and again, finally did what he'd been threatening the GOP leadership with - he made a deal with the Democrats
President Donald Trump stunned Republicans on Wednesday when he overrode pleas from GOP congressional leaders and sided with Democrats on a proposal to attach emergency aid for Hurricane Harvey victims to measures to keep the government funded and its borrowing limit suspended until mid-December.

...For months, Mr. Trump had suggested that he might work with Democrats if Republicans couldn’t advance his legislative priorities, but he always pulled back at the last minute. The Republican president’s move Wednesday raised questions about whether he will now turn to Democrats to reach deals on tax reform and immigration.
Uh, no. What's far more likely is that president Trump was simply putting down a marker for Republicans in the legislative branch. He's simply indicated to them that he's serious about getting his agenda done, and if they are not willing to play ball, he'll bypass them. Yes, it's going to be harder to find agreeable positions with Democrats, but they are currently in the minority and are forced to make concessions if they want anything at all done on their terms.

For president Trump, there's another potential benefit in dealing with Democrats, though it's not likely to materialize. If the Democrats find they can work with the president it may halt the Russia, Russia, Russia hysteria - at least temporarily. It's doubtful they'd abandon the witch hunt entirely, especially if they improve their congressional numbers in the 2018 midterm elections, as unlikely as a Democrat 'win' in the midterms is.

For the GOP this is a wake up call.  What they thought was unthinkable, just happened. They have to realize that the president is not a Republican lapdog.  Why it took this to get them to take notice is baffling.  He won the election by being the exact opposite of that. 

This is more about the GOP than it is the president or the Democrats. We're barely a year away from the midterms and what have the GOP done, other than stall the president and abdicate their leadership position is, well, nothing. They have put not only the president's re-election chances in jeopardy, they have put their own re-election chances in even worse jeopardy as well. They don't seem to realize that. The inevitable howls of betrayal by GOP members of congress are going to be perceived as whining. Their indignation is at a self-inflicted wound. They control the executive and both legislative branches of government and have for the better part of a year. What have they done? No Obamacare repeal (something to a member they howled about for years), no tax cuts and no tax reform. President Trump has no movement on his border wall.

The president has not returned to his liberal past. He has put himself in a better position to negotiate with the intransigent Republican leadership. This should jar the obstinance loose, and if it doesn't maybe after 2018 he'll have a new crew in congress with whom to deal.

September 6, 2017

Who gives a damn what Senator McCain has to say anymore?

 Up front - yes, I feel bad for John McCain because of his health issues.  Yes I appreciate his service for his country, both in the military and in the senate.  That said, he's not a maverick - he's not a real Republican.  He's a liberal squish with hawkish military views on international geopolitics.  That may have flown in the GOP in 1985 when the Soviet Union was an existential threat.  But today the world has changed and John McCain has not.  He was the self-appointed thumbs down on the Obamacare skinny repeal after a potentially sidelining emergency surgery.

And now, this piece of foolishness from McCain's own website:
“President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA is the wrong approach to immigration policy at a time when both sides of the aisle need to come together to reform our broken immigration system and secure the border.

“I strongly believe that children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know. The 800,000 innocent young people granted deferred action under DACA over the last several years are pursuing degrees, starting careers, and contributing to our communities in important ways. While I disagreed with President Obama’s unilateral action on this issue, I believe that rescinding DACA at this time is an unacceptable reversal of the promises and opportunities that have been conferred to these individuals.

“The federal government has a responsibility to defend and secure our borders, but we must do so in a way that upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation. I will be working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to devise and pass comprehensive immigration reform, which will include the DREAM Act.”
This is as much about presidential overreach by Trump's predecessor as it is about a truly broken immigration system and rampant illegal immigration. Senator McCain can offer all the bluster he wants but his ideas have not been successful in stopping illegal immigration. McCain must have some powerful backers in Arizona because his position is out of touch with his state. Arizona Republicans need to do some serious house cleaning on their elected representatives. Just re-electing the guy with the tenure is a waste of representation.

September 4, 2017

While we're renaming holidays, how about Labor Day?

My Labor Day safe space.
The left is intent on erasing history and part of that is renaming holidays like Columbus Day because - evil white people. Labor Day is a celebration of the trade union/labor movement and it deserves no special dispensation.
Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
Except, Labor history has not been without violence. And that could be a trigger and provide a need for a safe space for those of us on the right.
According to a 1969 study, no major labor organization in American history has ever openly advocated violence as a policy, although some, in the early part of the 20th century, systematically used violence, most notably the Western Federation of Miners, and the International Association of Bridge Structural Iron Workers.[1] However, violence does occur in the context of industrial disputes. When violence has been committed by, or in the name of, the union, it has tended to be narrowly focused upon targets which are associated with the employer.[1] Violence was greater in conflicts in which there was a question of whether union recognition would be extended.[1]

Both employers and workers have each been the aggressor and victim at different times.[1] The "most virulent" violence in United States industrial disputes occurred when management tried to destroy a union or deny recognition to a union.[1]p. 282
That's the violence they're willing to admit - a 1969 study? Really? I'd cite more after doing some research but alas, I've been triggered. I am feeling overly anxious and unable to do the research. In any case, there's been violence committed by unions. We need a safe-space name that doesn't celebrate organizations with a violent history.  We need to cleanse the American psyche of that mental anguish and at the same time, I can avoid doing some research work on labor union violence. So my argument is this: let's consider renaming Labor Day to something like Fluffy Bunny Day. There, problem solved. I feel all better.

September 3, 2017

Dictator Watch - Kim Jong Un's H-bomb

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has just tested a more powerful atomic bomb - a hydrogen bomb. That's a dramatic step up in destructive power from his country's previous nuclear tests.  Combine with the testing of intercontinental missiles it means the rogue nation has become an existential danger. ang’s sixth nuclear test came after Kim Jong Un showed off what he described as a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM
SEOUL—North Korea said it conducted a sixth and significantly larger nuclear test Sunday, stepping up pressure on President Donald Trump in what is shaping up to be his biggest foreign policy crisis.

In a televised statement, North Korea described the underground explosion, which triggered a large earthquake, as a “perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM.” Pyongyang said “the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed.”

The test came just hours after leader Kim Jong Un showed off what he described as a hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The explosion at the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri in North Korea’s mountainous northeast triggered an initial magnitude-6.3 earthquake, followed by a magnitude-4.1 temblor that was possibly caused by a structural collapse, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
After 8 years of an Obama administration that focused half-halfheartedly on Iran before caving on a terrible deal, while ignoring North Korea the Trump administration has been left with a couple of terrible messes to clean.  This one will be particularly challenging for president Trump. Pyongyang might be full of bluster, but Kim Jong Un could indeed be a tinfoil hat nut job. Dealing with the former is manageable, the latter is at best, tricky.

Sunday verse

September 1, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - The Very Best of Soul

Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, the Staple Singers and more.

August 31, 2017

Go sign this petition

George Soros is anti-American and/or a lunatic.  There's a petition to have him declared a terrorist.  Now he's not a terrorist directly by any stretch, but he has funded so many anti-American activities that he deserves the classification.

It's not likely to go anywhere but to get Soros flagged in the media as being possibly tagged a terrorist and getting egg on the faces of all of his liberal allies, is worth the effort anyway.

And the petition is on fire to boot.  So go add your name.

Addendum: I've signed it so should Hillary Clinton somehow manage to become president I expect I'll be extradited to the United States for prosecution.

DACA done like dinner.

Well, this is Huuuuuugggggeeeeeee.
President Trump, as early as Friday, is expected to announce plans to end the Obama administration program that gave a deportation reprieve to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, a senior administration official told Fox News.

Trump promised to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, during the presidential campaign -- but since taking office had left the door open to preserving parts of it.
That's another campaign promise delivered.  But it begs the question - is this because congress has been dragging their heels on tax cuts/reform and totally blew it on Obamacare?  If so the president will have to deliver on the wall and anything else outside of the two biggest ticket items that he possibly can to be able to distance himself from the failed Republican congress on non-delivery.

Still, it's a positive step.

Twitter sorry it caused president Trump

This is why Twitter has a "Trust and Safety Council" (no kidding) designed to remove anything that isn't left-liberal friendly. Take a look at the Council members. The membership speaks to the true agenda.
Make no mistake Twitter has an agenda and it is to silence users that are not in line with their leftist agenda. Just ask Milo

Also, isn't it just a little self-involved to claim responsibility? Trump won because Trump won. Not because of the Russians. Not because of Twitter.  Just get over yourself.

Addendum: Get on Gab as an alternative to Twitter bias.

August 30, 2017

Mitt Romney, behind the curve

Yesterday's man.

Hey, Mitt Romney the 2010's called, they want their political correctness back. Mitt Romney, clearly part of the #NeverTrump crowd was quick to jump on the Charlottesville protesters, lumping in peaceful demonstrators with neo-Nazis and the KKK (who were a small part of the original demonstration and not part of the new right.

He tweeted:

But now even Nancy Pelosi is condemning Antifa violence. But there's been nothing new from behind-the-curve Mitt Romney.

Trump's 2nd QTR GDP 3.0%!

Second quarter GDP hit 3.0% (revised) versus the expectation of 2.8%:

That's the highest it's been since Q1 of 2015 - president Trump is on track so far to obliterate the overall anemic economic growth record of his predecessor.  But in order for the president to maintain the momentum he's got to get tax cuts done, and more importantly tax reform.

August 29, 2017

Quote of the Day goes to Pat Buchanan

In an essay on the GOP's "shotgun marriage" to president Trump, Pat Buchanan summarizes the president's not insignificant achievements to date, very succinctly and the list is larger than you'd think;
He put Gorsuch on the court. He pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord. He persuaded NATO allies to put up more for defense. He approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Border security is markedly better. The economic news has been excellent: Record run-ups in the stock market, near full employment, growth approaching the 3 percent he promised. The coal industry has been liberated, and the Trump folks are renegotiating NAFTA.
That's not enough (yet), but it's far from insignificant. Buchanan's summary is worth reflection and the president's accomplishments are praiseworthy, albeit incomplete so far.

Liberal realization

Ad hominem ,ad absurdum.
Bloomberg journalist with a clearly liberal track record, Clive Crook ruminates in a reasonable way on why president Trump's supporters are still backing him, and it's not about him, it's about them:
...Trump's supporters are loyal. What is one to make of this?

There are two main theories of Trump's support. One is that a large minority of Americans -- 40 percent, give or take -- are racist idiots. This theory is at least tacitly endorsed by the Democratic Party and the mainstream liberal media. The other is that a large majority of this large minority are good citizens with intelligible and legitimate opinions, who so resent being regarded as racist idiots that they'll back Trump almost regardless. They may not admire the man, but he's on their side, he vents their frustration, he afflicts the people who think so little of them -- and that's good enough.

It's disappointing that Charlottesville hasn't changed their minds -- but then it hasn't changed my mind either. I still think the first theory is absurd and the second theory basically correct.
Crook isn't done there, and his conclusion is remarkable:
Trump is routinely accused of being authoritarian and anti-democratic, despite the fact that he won the election and, so far, has been checked at every point and has achieved almost nothing in policy terms. (He might wish he were an authoritarian, but he sure hasn't been allowed to function as one.) Many of his critics, on the other hand, are anti-democratic in a deeper sense: They appear to believe that a little less than half the country doesn't deserve the vote.

The second theory -- the correct theory -- is a terrible indictment of the Democratic Party and much of the media. Why aren't the intelligible and legitimate opinions of that large minority given a hearing? Why must their views be bundled reflexively into packages labelled "bigotry" and "stupidity"? Why can't this large minority of the American people be accorded something other than pity or scorn?
This is what conservatives who support president Trump were hoping the Left would not realize - their reflexive reactions to anything they disagree with has continued to cause Trump supporters to dig in their heels if nothing else out of spite for the left's condescension. Obviously there's more to it for Trump supporters but that aside, this is exactly the understanding we don't want the rest of the left to grasp. Their intolerance will continue to hurt them more than us.

Still one has to congratulate Crook on his clear-headed understanding. Proof of his understanding of the bigger picture comes in his closing argument:
Deeming somebody's opinions illegitimate should be a last resort, not a first resort. Refusing to engage, except to mock and condescend, is both anti-democratic and tactically counterproductive. Proof of that last point is the dispiriting tenacity of Trump's support.
Agreed completely, well, minus the word 'dispiriting'.
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