May 22, 2019

The E.U.'s "secret" strategy on Brexit

This is actually not so secret. The E.U. wants to make this hard for the U.K., which is ironic since Theresa May seems to have the U.K. making it hard on itself anyway.

AOC targets Pelosi

Impeach Trump.  That's the goal of the ultra-fringe wing of the Democratic Party. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is demanding it, along with many others in the party.  But Nancy Pelosi for all her ineptitude, knows politics.  She understands proceeding with impeachment will virtually ensure president Trump's re-election, and worse (for her) probably return Republicans to control of the House of Congress.

When voters see a party blindly pursuing a political goal in place of actual policy, and ultimately doing nothing for the country (even after Mueller report exonerated the president and everyone else of collusion and clearly indicated no obstruction), the Democrats are going to be toast. Burnt toast.  Let's hope they proceed with an attempted, and failed impeachment.

May 21, 2019

U.K vs. E.U. on Brexit

European Union insider footage that shows their disdain for Brexit, the U.K. and anything not E.U. friendly.  

Milo reputation repair with Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson interviews Milo Yiannopoulos, a (former) conservative provocateur who was lambasted publicly for comments that he made in 2017 that unfortunately were exposed after some editing done to deliberately destroy his reputation and value as a conservative speaker. It would seem that it was done by the establishment Republican / anti-Trump faction of the conservative universe. Other conservatives did not come to his defense and the liberal media, obsessed with victimhood, did not treat him like they would other 'victims'. Milo, did not even see himself as a victim, he refused. Unfortunately as a result of this combination of factors, he became a media pariah.

Jordan Peterson, never one to shy away from controversy, interviews Milo in a way that almost is like a therapy session. The conversation is revealing and might actually help repair Milo's reputation. Peterson prefaces the interview with this:
I should start by saying that Milo is definitely now on the list of those who no one acceptable socially should ever speak to, which I suppose is one of the reasons why I’m talking to him. I want to know what happened to him over the last few years, in his words, and I don’t really give a damn if that’s politically incorrect. I also plan to post clips directly from this discussion on Facebook this week. We'll all see (all who are interested) what happens when that occurs.

Milo's a hard man to categorize. Part journalist, part performance artist, part agent provocateur, part comedian and wit, Yiannopoulos is a man of immense and complex self contradiction. He’s half-Greek and half-Irish, but is know as an Englishman to the Americans with whom he has communicated extensively. He’s gay, and Jewish by descent. He married to his long-term boyfriend, an African-American man, in Hawaii, in 2017, but faces frequent accusations of racism. He is—or was—strangely attractive to young American Republicans, and completed a successful and controversy-ridden tour of US universities in 2016-2017. For at least two years, he was one of the most well-known internet celebrities, let’s say, on the political front, and caused more uproar than any other single person that I can think of.

In my view, for what it’s worth, Milo was such a figure of inner contradiction and outer controversy that I believed his time was numbered. Nonetheless, the circumstances of his demise were unpredictable, I would say (and that’s in keeping with his apparent destiny). After revealing details of his early sexual experiences at the hands of a decades older priest, whom he refused to name, he stated that he was an active participant in the events, and that such occurrences were far more common (and far more consensual) than people were willing to admit. I don’t think he ever recovered from the controversy that those comments generated.

In case it has to be said, and no doubt it does, I believe that what happened to him was absolutely unforgivable, and it would seem that he has come to share that opinion. Our conversation centered mostly around these issues, which I believe to be of wide general relevance. Hence the video.

Cummings and goings on - an ethics complaint

An ethics complaint has been filed with the IRS against Democrat Rep. Cummings and his wife. Via OAN:

May 20, 2019

Violent milkshakes? Really?

An addendum to my previous post on the mainstream left calling for an escalation of violence - here's Tim Pool once again, talking about Nigel Farage getting milkshaked.

Why is this a thing?  It's beyond stupid.

Mainstream leftists encourage escalation of violence

Violence gets encouraged.  Tim Pool, left-leaning libertarian, calls them out.

Are polls useful anymore?

In 2018 pundits were predicting a Democrat wave in the midterm elections. Didn't happen. In 2016 they predicted a Hillary Clinton landslide over Donald Trump for the presidency. Didn't happen. In the U.K. that same year they predicted that Britons would vote to stay in the European Union during the Brexit vote. Didn't happen.  Later in 2017, Theresa May, leader of the conservative party in the U.K. had called a snap election to capitalize on the Brexit vote and was expected to win an expanded majority in parliament. Didn't happen. And most recently, this week the Trump supporting Australian Prime Minister won a re-election no one thought he had a chance of winning. He was supposed to be trounced by the Labor Party.  Didn't happen.

Are polls useful anymore?  True there is an argument that polls can be used to direct a narrative  - voters can be asked leading questions, they can be oversampled from Democrat-leaning populations  and they can just be deliberately misinterpreted.  But there are other issues less sinister.  With the increase in mobile phone usage and a decline in landline phones, there are potential issues with how samples are drawn. Polling methodologies seem to be not working.

While pollsters need to rethink their methodologies, the broader lesson for voters, is to ignore the polls and just vote.  Voting after all, is what really matters.

May 18, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 8b)

Continuing with the idea that socialism is evil, let's look at why it fails.

Ben Shapiro explains why socialism fails every time.

He also explains why it fails at being fair and moral:

Follow Ben's logic and you cannot help but conclude that socialism is serfdom.

Reason TV also explains that socialism fails where it is tried:

And yes, it is evil.

And Steven Crowder explains why democratic socialism is still socialism, in case you were tricked by their renaming it (like they did with global warming):

And oh ya, it still doesn't work:

May 11, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 8a)

Another sidebar here from the main thrust of defending capitalism; the argument today is that socialism not just flawed, it is evil.

Dave Rubin tones it down and explains in reasonable terms why socialism is just not cool (I've shared this one before).

Steven Crowder starts from the position that socialism is indeed evil:

Yaron Brooks explains why it is evil:

But socialism leads to poverty and violence, as it has in Venezuela:

Socialism leads to an unhealthy type of selfishness:

May 10, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Eminence Front, a reaction

One prolific reaction video channel is Tre Narcisse's Fish Out Of Water.  He reacts to easily 3 videos a day on most days, sometimes even 5 or 6.  Last August he reacted to The Who's Eminence Front.

His reactions to a song he hears for the first time and appreciates are great.

May 8, 2019

Let's create our own mass migration problem

With conservatives clearly personae non gratae (please excuse my Latin, I only got one year of it in school decades ago) in a multitude of cyberspace locales (Facebook, Twitter, Patreon, Youtube and Instagram among others), it's time we avoided what Tim Pool describes as our ultimate demise and take control of our own fate.

Here's his latest discussion on the matter:

What does that mean for us? Where do we go? David Rubin and Jordan Peterson discussed creating an alternative. We're supportive but still waiting.

In the meantime, I've started considering it advertises itself as non-partisan. That it's a big selling point is a sad commentary on the American technocracy, but they are still a breath of fresh air. I'm not being paid by anyone to say this, I'm just looking around and it's all I can see at this point that is a viable option. I'd suggest we make these techno-corps pay for their own bias with a mass exodus to Minds. Then we can see if they smarten or wither away.

CNN is in it's death throes

CNN has been at the vanguard of trying to get alternative media (like YouTube) shut down.  This is particularly true of conservative media pundits.  This indicates to me that the thrashing about of CNN's death throes are driven both by financial considerations and ideological considerations.  In other words, it's the unfocused thrashing about of an organization that does not understand why it is dying, or perhaps even that is indeed dying.

death throes noun
Definition of death throes
: the violent movements and noises that are sometimes made by a person who is about to die
//The opera ends with the hero in his death throes.
—often used figuratively
//the death throes of a failing industry

Tim Pool discusses layoffs at CNN, which it (fairly) calls 'buyouts', knowing full well that the layoffs are still to come.

Bordering on Insanity

While Democrats favor sanctuary cities, no border wall, allowing illegal immigrants to vote and receive free health care, and even abolishing ICE, some sanity is perhaps starting to take hold. While American immigration and enforcement is bordering on insanity it may finally be starting to head in the right direction.  This as a result of a federal Appeals Court decision (via Gateway Pundit):

A panel of three judges on the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit cited many different reasons for allowing the migrants to stay in Mexico while they wait for an immigration judge to hear their cases.
...Last month Judge Richard Seeborg blocked President Trump’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait their turn for an immigration judge to hear their cases. 
Judge Seeborg, an Obama appointee in San Francisco, granted a request by a civil liberties group that sued the Trump Administration on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America.
The lawsuit claims the Trump Administration violated US law by failing to properly evaluate the dangers that migrants face in Mexico — it also accuses DHS officials of depriving migrants of their right to apply for asylum.
Tuesday’s ruling in favor of the Trump administration will stay in effect until the case continues before the appeals court.
This is a far cry from an all encompassing victory, but it does at least acknowledge the rule of law and coming from the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, it's a surprise.  With the New York Times recently recognizing that there is indeed a border crisis and that there is a need for a wall, perhaps the fog of the progressive liberal daze for more progressive voters, regardless of legality, is starting to lift.  But don't hold your breath.  Things may just have gotten so bad that they have merely decided to gear down their drive for a little while.

May 5, 2019

War on Freedom - episode 3

The time to stand up to Facebook, Twitter, Patreon, et. al. is now because what they are doing, now more obviously than ever, is singularly a political witch hunt to purge conservatives. It is also a war on freedom.

Who is standing up to them, along with president Trump? We all should be.

Sunday verse

May 4, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 7)

How do you know capitalism is the right way to go?  Look at the list of those who seek to discredit or destroy it.  To know someone (or something), know it's enemies.

Osama Bin Laden:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

If you never believed that power doesn't corrupt, her pronouncements about being the boss should convince you that power does corrupt, and since socialism centralizes power and power corrupts, advocating socialism is akin to advocating corruption. But I digress.

All of communism:

communists, continued:


Atheism (since it's aligned with communism):

It's an odd mix, I know.  But there are a lot more enemies of capitalism: there's a long list that consists of dictators, entitled sensibility people, and a whole host of useful idiots.  With all of that aligned against capitalism, it must be right, right?

Well, a list of detractors (negative negatives) does not prove the positivity of capitalism, even though it doesn't hurt.  In fact, many of the biggest positives about capitalism are what capitalism is not.  It's not authoritarian. It's not sloth-inducing.  It's not inhumane.  In a way it's a list of negative rights as former president Obama said, which is to say it enumerates what the government is not allowed to do rather than things the government must do.  But that's not the whole story - capitalism enables the opposite of those things; freedom, drive to succeed (along with the opportunity to do so where not impeded by government regulation) and through the invisible hand, selfishness as a tool to serve the greater good.  In the latter example in particular, it is absolute brilliance.

May 3, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - SRV live

Even though April was "live" month, here's a bonus:  Stevie Ray Vaughan playing Jimi Hendrix' Voodoo Child, partly behind his back at Starwood Amphitheater in 1987.

Hey Conservatives, Stay in your lane!

Slowly but surely, conservatives are still being silenced. McCarthyism is alive and well in progressive liberal circles and this is the latest salvo in the war on free speech just because - different ideas.  This is truly scary and if you don't realize that, regardless of your political persuasion, you are on the road to serfdom.

April 30, 2019

Meanwhile in America, Trump is still winning.

Had to share this - not because of the election flashback but because of the flashback to the prediction of a dire economy after Trump's election.  It was so far off, it was 180 degrees wrong.

Proud to be Canadian at this moment (not).

Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a buffoon.  Luckily for Canada, this guy is not long for the office - he will likely be a one-term leader.  Polls for our election this fall, have him trailing the conservative leader Andrew Scheer, the heir to former conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, by a significant margin.

April 27, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 6b - the Hitler sidebar)

Continuing our sidebar on Nazism being socialism and expounding on the fallout that remains to this day of the lie that Nazism is a right wing ideology.  As a sidebar to the sidebar, it dovetails precisely with Democrats trying to (and succeeding) convince African Americans of the lie that the Republicans are the party of slavery and racism.  The left lies and it lies often enough to make the lie seem like it is the truth.  The purpose of this series is to share the truth, and the truth is that Nazis were socialists.

Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism is Totalitarian

Jordan Peterson explains the pathology and dangers of national socialism (Nazism):

Nazism is socialism, and socialism is evil. But don't you dare confront them or you will be met with righteous indignation despite the truth:

Clearly the truth hurts their feelings and the EU parliament is supposed to be a safe space for socialists. Isn't it?  Kamall should not have apologized, he was right.

April 26, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Rocket Man (live)

Elton John live at the Royal Festival Hall in 1972 performing Rocket Man before it was released as a single.

April 25, 2019

A great discussion with Ben Shapiro

Back in February Ben Shapiro met with The Roommates Podcast and had a great discussion:

April 23, 2019

Heritage Foundation is blinkered on tariffs

The Heritage Foundation argues that tariffs are taxes and they hurt consumers.  That's true, but simply abandoning the national interest is akin to open borders.  When you allow products into your country untaxed but you cannot sell abroad under the same condition, you are hamstringing yourself economically versus your opponent.

The Fox host points this out and the Heritage Foundation response: using the threat of tariffs causes uncertainty.  While I agree with the Heritage Foundation on a lot of things, that frankly is a weak non-answer, and worse, blind to reality.

The threat of tariffs is a bargaining chip and allowing other countries to take advantage of a consumers-at-all-costs approach is blindness.  There are producers in America that are not being treated fairly, drug use is a national epidemic, unfettered access to immigration is a problem.  This one-side-only approach to tariffs has not worked properly because when only one side plays with fairness, they lose. 

April 22, 2019

Female-to-Male Trans Gain Male Privilege and it Sucks

Sargon of Akkad, via The Thinkery discusses an article about someone being woke to the reality of male life.

April 20, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 6a - the Hitler sidebar)

A brief sidebar in our defense of capitalism, to point out to the socialist Utopians who need to be educated, that Hitler was a socialist and that fascism is rooted in socialism.

Here are some explainers to share with your socialist-craving friends:

1.  Steven Crowder:

2. PJ Media:

3. Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr:

4. Tom Woods:

April 17, 2019

#WalkAway Wednesday

A different take on #Walkaway - a movie release in late March.

April 16, 2019

Jordan Peterson on gambling

I'm off to Vegas for a week today (for the first time ever) though I will continue posting.  However, I thought in the spirit of irony I thought I'd share a video.  One of my intellectual heroes, Jordan Peterson ripping on gambling, although specifically government run gambling.

Here he's talking about government run gambling in Canada.

In my defense, I will not come back broke.

April 15, 2019

CPAC 2019 - Jikido "Jay" Aeba

Hollywood vs The Old West

Via Ammo, a site I am hoping to delve into a little more in the future, comes a critical essay on how Hollywood has portrayed the Old West to aid in their gun control agenda:
Hollywood has a clever way of distorting our perspective on history, and a great example of this is Western film – a movie genre we've all come to love. Cattle rustlers, guns blazing, outlaws running loose, and vigilantes dishing out vengeance indiscriminately. These scenes have become more synonymous with the American Frontier than Winchester and their "Cartridge That Won the West." But these fictional tales have produced more than entertainment for over a century; they've also contributed to an ongoing, subtle push for gun control, all while making Hollywood millions.

Revisionist history books tell us that the “Wild West” was an anarchic period of time that was not conducive to human prosperity. Images of a Hobbesian nightmare – a life that is brutish and short – are ingrained in our consciousness thanks to decades of public schooling and violent images on the silver screen which are light on actual history and heavy on creative license.
It's a terrific read, follow the link above to read the whole piece. It's information worth knowing and understanding.

April 13, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 5)

A lot of arguments have already been shared about why capitalism is not only good, it is the greatest good and provides the greatest good to the greatest number of people.  But that does not do much to contrast against other systems.  Let's take a look.

Ayn Rand offered a comparison to communism.

But let's face it, the craving of the public today is for socialism not communism.  They are essentially the same thing but for the sake of discussion, let's look at a broader comparison as propounded by Ludwig von Mises, explained in this Patrik Schumacher lecture.

April 11, 2019

Important: Your taxes are down, not up

Your tax return may be smaller, but that's a small part of the big picture.  Tim Pool explains this well, your tax return is down because your taxes are lower.  

Progressives have successfully peddled lies about the truth.

CPAC 2019 - Brandon Straka

April 10, 2019

The Left will eat itself, so says Obama (via Timcast)

Tim Pool (aka Timcast) recently posted a video about the Left's circular firing squad of ideological purity.  It's a 14 minute video worth watching despite a couple of issues.  What issues?  Two immediately come to attention.

1. He let's Obama off easy - Obama famed on the right for telling us "You gotta sit in the back seat", was actually part of the group he's now warning about.  I'm willing to give Obama a pass because he's yesteryear's news now. I frankly don't care much about what he has to say.  He may be correct here, and he may have been given a pass, but he was complicit in the progressive puritanical purging when he mattered.

2. Tim Pool shortchanges conservatives by relegating their offering to 'beer' (aka being nicer).  He downplays the legitimate and very sound arguments that conservatives have on issues, by simply ignoring them. He does not talk about what the right offers other than that it's a salve to many many Americans. Well, if that's what it is, why is it so?  Maybe because it's grounded in common sense  things and it actually does work. I get it, he's a liberal and he is coming at it from a liberal viewpoint.  What he is perhaps failing to recognize that conservatism, is actually classical liberalism.  I'll give Tim a pass too - he's young and has not been exposed to a lot of conservative thinking.  Additionally he's done a lot of good for conservatives by standing on classical liberal principles that are at the core of modern conservatism.  To be honest, I don't care what a person calls themselves if they are are approaching things soundly and with common sense.

All that aside, here's what Tim has to say about Obama's recent foray into the left eating itself.

April 8, 2019

Again, Gillette?

Gillette is doing stupid ads yet again. Tim Pool is all over it.

In case you missed it previously, this is the original anti-men commercial that got me to stop using Gillette products and got them roasted on the internet.

April 6, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 4)

Unfortunately we have to go short again this weekend on our ongoing defense of capitalism. Yaron Brook offers a lengthy lecture on Ayn Rand's moral defense of capitalism.

Timcast calls them out

I don't think I've shared many of Timcast's posts in the past. They're good but they come from a libertarian left viewpoint.  That said, he's an honest leftist and understands where the liberal left media have been dishonest and he calls them out for it.

For that he deserves our respect on the right. Sadly, his approach to things seems to be a minority position despite the common sense and common purpose nature of his arguments and points.

Here from this week, he takes certain members of the mainstream media to task for their deliberate blindness on the Russian collusion issue.

April 5, 2019

NBC/MSNBC colluding with Democrats

A journalist outs NBC/MSNBC bullying him on behalf of the Democrat National Committee (DNC).

Via Timcast:

Border crisis

Democrats are either putting their heads in the sand on the border crisis or are being deliberately duplicitous because they really do want rampant illegal immigration because it serves their purpose.

Via president Trump's YouTube today, at least somebody is worried about the situation.

Friday Musical Interlude - Queen (live)

This month we'll be featuring great live performances, starting out with Queen's Somebody to Love, live in Montreal Canada, in 1981.

April 1, 2019

How does this affect ME?

The problem with liberal thinking in one simple meme:

March 30, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 3)

A short episode defending capitalism unlike last week, however the video itself is quite substantial. Capitalism is not about greed. In defending capitalism, Jeffery Tucker argues that capitalism is about love.

CPAC 2019 - Opiod crisis; Kellyanne Conway & Sara Carter

March 26, 2019

CPAC 2019 - Glenn Beck

I've become quite tepid on Glenn Beck since he drifted practically everywhere in 2016 and beyond. But let's hear what he had to say at CPAC this year.

March 23, 2019

CPAC 2019 - Mike Johnson

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 2)

Individual rights depend on a free society.  As we saw last week, capitalism is a moral system. It is also an enabler of individual rights. The American governmental system is supposed to be an enabler of freedom and individual rights.

Ayn Rand explains:

Rand continues:

Ayn Rand was an atheist. But that does not mean her objectivist views on liberty and morality are incompatible with Christian belief. Certainly if Friedman's assertions are correct that capitalism provides the most benefits to the most people, then self-interest also serves altruistic purposes the most effectively.  The Christian tenets of self-sacrifice can be viewed through a different lens; the sacrifice of your own time to create value, and therefore wealth for yourself, also serves a greater good.  

Furthermore, if individual liberty is important for capitalism, it is also important for Christianity.  From a Christian perspective, God gave humanity free will.  Part of the reason for that free will no doubt was to allow humanity to come to God, not by force but by choice.

When you abdicate choices (i.e. your free will) to the government, you are abdicating your decision making process.  I've argued in the past that in that case you are abdicating your altruism (charity) to a forced system and worse, you are forcing others to do the same. You are stealing away their free will along with abdicating your own.  The only alternative to free-market capitalism, is government control.

Government control also is anti-God because, as is discussed in the conversation that follows, you are replacing God with government:

Christianity further argues that you should follow the rules because it is the moral thing to do. It teaches that you should work hard as well (at least the Protestant work ethic used to do so).  These are foundational to capitalism working properly.  If people subvert the rules, capitalism is corrupted, and corrupt capitalism (e.g. hegemonic crony capitalism) is not capitalism.

To be continued.

March 20, 2019

CPAC 2019 - Diamond and Silk

Conservative YouTube pundits Diamond and Silk speak at CPAC.

March 18, 2019

CPAC 2019 - Lindsey Graham

Recent conservative convert Senator Lindsey Graham. That's tongue in cheek but the senator has developed a presence and a stiff conservative backbone this year.  We should applaud that.

March 16, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Defending Capitalism (Part 1)

So many people in America today seem to be clamoring for socialism.  So many have propagated the idea that capitalism is evil.  That notion stems from a complete lack of understanding of capitalism.  Plenty of people have stepped up to defend capitalism and done a terrific job, so I am not going to tread on new ground here.  Instead what I am doing is providing a repetition of what has already been said by many great thinkers, because this message is getting lost.  It needs to be ingested, understood and repeated to those who clearly do not understand the vast array of benefits that they have benefited from by living in such a system.

One of the greatest thinkers was Milton Friedman.  Here are some of his relevant discussions .  As a preamble, the interviewer Phil Donahue puts capitalism in the context of greed.  Friedman did not take exception to the term, but I do.  There is a difference between acting in your own self-interest (which might be termed selfishness) and outright greed.  Greed implies covetousness, hoarding and potentially a willingness to break laws to become wealthier and/or more powerful.

   intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.
   "mercenaries who had allowed greed to overtake their principles"

 synonyms: avarice, greediness, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity, graspingness, cupidity, avidity, possessiveness, materialism

Selfishness  noun

   the quality or condition of being selfish.
   "an act of pure selfishness"
 synonyms: egocentrism, egotism, egomania, introversion, self-seeking, self-serving, self-obsession, self-absorption, self-regard, self-interest, self-love
 antonyms: unselfishness, altruism, generosity

Those two words are clearly not the same. 

Milton Friedman explains the benefits of self-interest, as (opposed to greed) for society.

Walter Williams explains why this is actually more moral than other systems:

CPAC 2019 - Van Jones & Matt Schlapp

I've had plenty of criticism of Van Jones in the past, but kudos to him for showing up at CPAC, and additionally, he's discussing an issue with Matt Schlapp that is a seemingly bi-partisan issue where common ground can be found.

March 14, 2019

Is Western civilization collapsing? Doomed?

It's hard not to wonder whether Western Civilization has run its course and is on the brink of collapse. As Paul Joseph Watson paraphrases, we've become morally, aesthetically and spiritually bankrupt.  Not to mention literally.

Civilizations rise on hard work, motivation, and ideals and fall on lethargy, self-indulgence and moral decay.  Perhaps rising to the top is easier than staying there.  Then again, China and Japan have endured for centuries going through both ascension and periods of decline.  Maybe final decline is not unavoidable as it was for civilizations and empires like Rome, the Mongols, the ancient Greeks or the British empire or even the Soviet Union. 

Maybe it's the case that empires decline while civilizations can and often do, endure.  Ideals held by the founders of the United States are bound to endure, perhaps at some point as mere embers rather than flames, but they will endure.  And as they say, embers can spark great fires.  We need only look to the fall of the Soviet Union to realize that bad ideas like communism and socialism do indeed continue when empires collapse.  The same will be true for the tenets embodied in the American Constitution.

All that sad, this is indeed scary:

There are indeed a lot of signs of being on the brink of the end.  But it is a good sign that Trump won in 2016, and that enough people realize that a bloated beaurocracy destroys a country to have made that happen.

CPAC 2019 - Sec Elaine L Chao & Sec Rick Perry

March 13, 2019

CPAC 2019 - Laura Ingraham

#WarOnFreedom - episode 2

The #WarOnFreedom - your freedom - continues, with the Democrat National Committee curbing free speech - they don't like Fox News so Fox News can't cover their primary debates, even though Fox News stood up for Jim Acosta when president Trump's team barred him from White House coverage.  Not surprisingly the mainstream media lined up behind the DNC.

Maybe Fox News will learn from this that they will never get a fair shake from the rest of the media, even though they have drifted slowly leftward over the years.

Tucker Carlson details the hypocrisy:

Why is this a #WarOnFreedom?  The answer is simple - anything the left can do to shut down opposing opinions they will do.  Hypocrisy, freedom of speech and freedom of thought do not matter at all in their calculus.

That is evil. 

March 12, 2019

#WarOnFreedom - episode 1.

Conservatives have, for decades borne the brunt of the media's complete ostracism and denial of their voices. Previously the media has relied on making their viewpoint more prominent and downplaying anything that is different as fringe. Prior to getting balance from Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, they could just shout down anyone who disagreed very easily. Then came a brand new medium - the internet.  Great ideas like YouTube and Twitter were adapted by both sides of the political aisle (as well as by funny cats).

But since the Obama era at least, the silencing has taken on the new dimensions of technical censorship. Patreon, Google (especially through YouTube), FacebookTwitter and others have all tried to slowly, and not subtly remove any voice that dissents against progressive liberalism (details/examples in the links). They have done so using trumped up charges of racism, sexism, and homophobia (among other reasons). Often banning, shadow banning (yes, it's a real thing), de-funding and de-platforming were done for things that did not even happen on their specific platform or for faintly applied nontransparent standards that have been applied at least selectively but more often than not, politically subjectively.

The most recent history of this played out through Joe Rogan.  This is just the latest example of an ongoing effort to silence the conservative viewpoint.  The story played out in an interesting way as you can follow below.

Firstly Joe Rogan had Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on his show in early February.  He happened to touch on the issue of de-platforming censorship of Alex Jones, albeit all too briefly.

Joe Rogan realized two days later that he had give short shrift to the issue and had let Dorsey off far too easily.  He was moved to actually apologize for not being more on top of the issue:

Joe Rogan then did the honorable thing and had Dorsey, along with a flippant Trust & Safety leader within Twitter, and a left-leaning liberal YouTuber Tim Pool,  to debate the selectivity that conservatives know is rampant on Twitter. Tim Pool deserves our respect.  Despite being a liberal, he is a champion of free speech and came loaded for bear with examples of Twitter duplicity and malfeasance.  He did a very respectable job of challenging the Twitter execs who were in no mood to admit to having done anything wrong, ever.  They came across as not only condescending, morally blinkered and self-righteous, but also possessing the belief that they are truly untouchable and brilliant.

Not everyone on the Left thinks that what these big media companies are doing is wrong.  Some realize that silencing free speech is a path that leads to it being used against potentially everyone in the future.  Their desire to protect the free speech of their political foes is not a matter of sympathy, it's just common-sense self preservation.  Nevertheless taking an unpopular stand can be self-defeating if you are on the left. So they do deserve our appreciation.

Tim Pool followed up his Rogan appearance with an analysis and self-evaluation on David Rubin's YouTube Rubin Report.

Many on the right have called for either regulation or the breaking up of  these tech behemoths (a normally liberal position) for being selectively autocratic in their banning.  In addition to a number of other relevant examples of violence-inciting liberals not being banned as well as conservatives not being banned, this following video shares a guest on Tucker Carlson explaining why breaking up these behemoths is not just a simple matter, free of unintended consequences.

This #WarOnFreedom is raging right in front of you and it will end up in your home if you do not take up the side that is right and actually fight for it.  The right side is just this; that freedom is ingrained in the fabric of America, and liberty is impossible without it.  Every American must put free speech at the forefront of their core beliefs because without it, America is no longer America.

CPAC 2019 - Rick Harrison

March 8, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Elvis live

I think I've had Elvis' Burning Love before on the Friday Musical Interlude but not a live version.  This is from 1972.  Enjoy.

CPAC 2019 - Oliver North

March 7, 2019

Must Watch: A simple explanation of Capitalism vs. Socialism

Prager U explains the real difference between capitalism and socialism.  This should be mandatory education for students, though that is just a pipe dream.

CPAC 2019 - Deneen Borelli

March 1, 2019

Sad but true (or hopefully not)

My wife sent me this. It's funny, but also scary and sad.

Friday Musical Interlude - Song 2 on the Floppotron

This is a real thing.  Blur's song 2 on old computer equipment:

February 28, 2019

February 22, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - The Stone Roses

Fool's Gold by the Stone Roses.

Forget Jussie Smollett, where is the outrage over Hayden Williams?

A violent attack on a conservative Hayden Williams at the U.C. Berkeley campus based it appears, to be on purely political hatred.  The immediate outrage that accompanied the seems Jussie Smollett fake attack by the mainstream media seems to be lacking in this case.  Clearly there's a double standard at play.

NewsGuard is for snowflakes

Microsoft has decided it needs to police what is considered news.  They have created an app - NewsGuard - that tells you if a news story is from a trusted site or a fake news site.  Of course it is something that they will decide for you so you do not need to be bothered with the cumbersome exercise of critical thinking.  Why on earth would a society want people actually thinking for themselves?

Of course there are a lot of twists to the NewsGuard story. Firstly, it's clearly inconsistent.  It's arbitrary; do you want some unknown cabal of liberal Microsoft techies deciding what is trustworthy? It's ham-fisted.  If a news site is deemed untrustworthy ANY story they produce, even if completely factual, will be deemed fake news.  In other words if you've been damned, it's for eternity.

But it's also about continuing the old media oligopoly at the expense of upstart rivals.  When you have Fox News supporting NewsGuard as a valuable tool, you know it's less about left and right politics (although it's still definitely about Left over Right) than it is about the big media giants versus smaller outlets.  It's anti-competitive, and that is anti-American. Period.  Competition keeps people honest or else it drives them to such levels of craziness they out themselves as kooks.  You can see that in the polls showing Americans' distrust of media in poll after poll.  Yet apparently Silicon Valley (and yes, others will follow Microsoft with similar tools), doesn't believe you are capable of discerning fact from fiction.  They want to do that for you.  If you hand that power over to them, you deserve your fate.

So who would do such a thing?  Snowflakes who are afraid to see differing points of view and also do not have the critical thinking abilities to look at divergent opinions and interpretations of facts and decide for themselves.  They'd rather be spoon-fed their own world-view in a constant stream of reaffirmation. 

This is where conservatives and liberals, particularly social justice warriors, diverge.  Conservatives are forced to ingest liberal opinion on a daily basis because it is so prevalent in media it cannot be avoided.  Whereas in the case of liberals, it's pretty easy to avoid coming face to face with conservative opinions or ideas.  In addition to a liberal media, you have safe spaces, trigger warnings and now - NewsGuard.  Keep taking your soma and live in blissful ignorance.  Be an individual free-thinker in your sameness with everyone else.  

As for me, and many like me - no thanks.

Tax Season is time for more mainstream media deception

When you have less taxes deducted from your paycheck each payday, at the end of the year a lower tax refund does not mean your taxes have gone up.  But that doesn't stop the mainstream media from telling you that you are now worse off under the Republican tax cuts.

Mark Dice dissects the lies.

February 21, 2019

#WalkAway lives

A daring and courageous (and new) #WalkAway story.

Meanwhile, in Canada Trudeau still sucks

Second generation far left liberal (a.k.a. socialist) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire, and his government is under fire for yet another scandal:
Canadians are due to go to the polls in October but Mr Trudeau is battling to maintain his popularity after becoming embroiled in claims his aides pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to ensure construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoided a corruption investigation. The 47-year-old insists there was no wrongdoing but 41 percent of Canadians disagreed with Mr Trudeau in a Leger poll for news agency The Canadian Press. Just 12 percent believed he hadn’t done anything wrong following the allegations which has left his Liberal Party in turmoil.
This is just the latest instance of the former drama teacher's abysmal leadership of Canada.  Recent polls prior to the scandal had new Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer within a percentage point of Justin Trudeau.

After a decade of conservative leadership under Stephen Harper, Canadians elected a liberal Trudeau for the second time in history. Justin's father Pierre led Canada from 1968 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1984. His tenure was marked by both personal popularity and abysmal social and economic results. That Canada would elect another Trudeau is hard to understand but it proves again that an electorate is highly susceptible to charisma over substance, which is something conservatives continue to forget or not understand.

There's a lesson to be learned in Canada's Trudeau dynasty - facts and logic do not always matter in elections when liberals and socialists manage to nominate charismatic telegenic leaders.  Conservatives mocking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her lack of understanding of practically everything, do so at their own peril.  Yes, her policy pronouncements are downright foolish, but she has an audience. Just like Bernie Sanders climbed into national prominence, she could be a political threat down the road.  That part needs to be taken seriously.

February 19, 2019

Jussie Smollett actually made fake news about himself.

Actor Jussie Smollett faked his own assault because ____________________ (fill in your own social justice warrior reason).  It's pathetic.  It's criminal mischief. It's twisted and immoral. The fake news that ate up the story because they were full on Fox Mulder ("I want to believe") on the evils of America, are nowhere to be found on correcting themselves for their initial reporting of fake news.

February 18, 2019

Emergency Funding for the border wall

The path to this outcome was inevitable and the president's end game was well thought through. More on that later.

February 13, 2019

Coming soon: No Russia collusion (from Trump campaign at least)

Tucker Carlson breaks down the details that are soon to come out.

Green New Deal insanity

Ben Shapiro breaks down Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Green New Deal, because ultimately it's a broken, idiotic plan that would destroy America.  Not surprising coming from a socialist, but sadly, something a bunch of low information voters (and apparently Democratic presidential candidates) buy into.

Here's more details:

Ilhan Omar, racist or misunderstood?

With a history of Antisemitism, Ilhan Omar is trying to back peddle via a weak apology for her latest antisemitic remarks on Twitter (who clearly, and counter to their own stated rules, are not going to ban her).

But she's a racist and is not being called out by enough people, particularly within her own Democratic party.

Media accountability goes beyond Convington students

Tim Pool (aka Timcast) discusses the mistakes the media made on the Covington kids and in other instances where they have literally destroyed lives and why they need to be held accountable.  Maybe they now will be, given what lawyers for the Covington kids have begun doing.

February 9, 2019

Five lessons for America from the death of Mice Utopia (Saturday Learning Series)

Yes, Mice Utopia was a real thing.  That is, until it died. We can learn a lot about ourselves from the death of Mice Utopia.  First, here's the background on what Mice Utopia actually was.

There are some eerie similarities between Mice Utopia and human society (and of particular interest , America).

(1) Population growth - it's really interesting that despite the ability to expand, the population growth just stops.  This is a reflection of human societies where in societies with an abundance of resources or wealth (i.e. first world nations) birth rates start to sink below replacement levels of death rates.  In short Utopia does not lead to equilibrium but rather decay.  Why is that?  Perhaps as humans, and apparently also for rodents, we need a biological imperative to strive to achieve something productive (the propagation of the family).  If there is no hurdles, the imperative to struggle to achieve disappears.  Ultimately socialism therefore, with it's stated goal of unlimited comfort and care for all, is doomed to failure.

(2) The breakdown of social bonds leading to cliques (or gangs) that fought each other for seemingly no reason is representative of a lack of purpose leading to compartmentalization of purpose around false flags.  In humans think voting blocks which the Democrats end up co-opting into their quest for power - women, African Americans, Hispanics, LGBT voters etc.  Except instead of attacking each other physically (excluding ANTIFA) and without purpose, the attacks are political and politically motivated by those who want to guide the behaviors towards specific, politically self-motivated objectives.

(3) The clustering of rodents around overcrowded spots instead of expanding into open areas is an interesting development that is not as easy to understand.  That is unless you look at the social disarray around it - killing each other and unrestricted breeding and random violence clearly causes a need for a collective grouping for protection.  It's a safety mechanism driven by social decay.  In humans cities are crowded because it's where the jobs are and vast open areas of the country are left pristine because no one wants to expand into that area.  It becomes a self fulfilling situation - more clustering leads to more radical, irrational behavior which leads to more clustering.  In the case of humans it seemingly also leads to more entrenched rationalization of political beliefs as cities become more and more liberal to the point of complete irrationality.

(4) Even in mouse societies there was a group of elites ("the beautiful ones") becoming detached and separating themselves from society completely.  The wealthy elite in America are seemingly equally detached from the rest of society.  If society is failing the desire to become apart from it is understandable.  A more noble goal would be to try to fix the problem.  However, in human societies, having become detached from society, the ability to foment reasonable solutions for it is probably lost.  The disconnect is too great.  This is why you see wealthy people embracing socialism as if it were a cure-all without understanding that it is either a path to their own demise or else a belief that they are above the solutions they wish to impose on others because they are the "beautiful ones".

(5) It appears the once the population dwindled to pre-dystopia levels, the behavioral changes had become permanent and the society was unable to recover itself and regrow.  That might be the scariest lesson of all.  It is possible that societies from Rome, to the Mongols to Great Britain to America are not able to escape the inevitability of self-destruction. 

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