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. 

Saturday Learning Series - Geography (Lesotho)

Continuing with the geography of the world, Geography Now takes a look at Lesotho.

The flag:

MUST READ: Virginia Democrats call on Lt. Governor to resign - it's a set up!

Virginia's state Democrats are trying to save their control of the state in the face a three scandals involving the state's top Democrats.  Virginia's top 3 political figures, all Democrats, have all been implicated in either sexual or racial scandals.  Here's a quick breakdown:

Virginia Democrats have called on the African American Lt. Governor to resign, but not the white Governor. Conservatives have rightly seized on the inherent racism of those calls but they have overlooked the real problem. It's a set up.

If all three Democrat politicians were to resign, all three positions would be appointed by the Republican state legislature, thereby flipping the state to a Republican controlled state.

Here's the trap: that's only true if all three resign at the same time.  The Democrats however, by only calling on the Lt. Governor to resign are plotting for the governor to appoint a new Lt. Governor, free of scandal, before having to step down himself, thereby insulating themselves from losing control of the governorship. Then, when the inevitable does happen and all three of the scandal-plagued politicos are gone, a Democrat will still be in power due to the appointment and he or she can refill the other positions with more Democrats.

It's cynical. It's calculated and deliberate. It's being overlooked.  A triple impeachment should be on the Virginia state assembly agenda or more Democrats will be replace the disgraced trio and nothing will change.

February 6, 2019

President Trump's 2019 State of the Union

unfiltered by the media, here is the full 2019 presidential state of the union, which apparently had a 76% approval rating by viewers.

Backlash on Joe Rogan interview

Joe Rogan has had a lot of great interviews on his podcast (Jordan Peterson for example).  But when he recently had Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on, he either badly missed an opportunity in the discussion of banning Alex Jones or else chickened out on following up on Dorsey's non-answer.  There's been a backlash against Joe Rogan resulting from the mishandling.

Mark Dice discusses the details:

I won't go so far as to say Rogan is an idiot.  Anyone can miss an opportunity or make a mistake.  This was certainly a fumble by Rogan, but I think he deserves a chance to redeem himself.  That said, hopefully he does so soon.

February 5, 2019

What is the Learn To Code meme?

This video explains it, starting with the specific details at roughly 3:30.

Fake News exposed

I've been swamped with personal things the last month or so and have not been able to post very much.  I have a lot of good essay-type writing planned that I just have not gotten around to doing. 

But I don't want to leave my blog dormant so I'm going to try to fill the gap until my life returns to a normal pace with videos and links to important material.

Today, a video showing how the media jumped the gun on the Covington teens in their haste to attack president Trump and his supporters.  They apologize, they don't care, in fact they so want their narrative to be true, anything that refutes it gets ignored.

This is the tripe that passes for information.  This is the decayed and toxic state of the mainstream media today.  When you see the truth you have to question every narrative they provide as potentially fake news.

January 11, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Gimme Chocolate

This should get your attention.  From 2014, Japanese Heavy Metal/J-Pop band BabyMetal performing Gimme Chocolate.  It's strange but catchy and it will definitely keep your attention.

January 9, 2019

Media wants to gatekeep president Trump's speech.

I didn't want to get too far into the media reaction to president Trump's speech but there is some scary stuff that they were suggesting as is summarized well in this video, which is otherwise primarily focused on fact-checking Chuck Schumer.

The whole video is great and offers some wonderful debunking of Schumer and his twin wicked-witch-looking response last night.  It's worth watching entirely but the first roughly 2 minutes focus on the media reaction that is tantamount to wanting the power of overt censorship.

It's interesting that Chris Cuomo is willing to say president Trump is not speaking propaganda.  I guess his feud with Don Lemon is his primary cause these days.  But in fighting that battle he has resorted to occasionally spitting facts.

But the rest of the media, deciding to be gatekeepers on what the president wants to say to the people of America is vile. It's also ironic that they want to be gatekeepers on speech (and really, thought) but do not want the president to be a gatekeeper on immigration.  The latter is Constitutional, the former is not, and more importantly it is unethical and immoral.

President Trump's televised address

Last night the president made a televised address and if I recall correctly this is the first time he's done it (I'm not including his State of The Nation speeches to congress).  Given the government partial shutdown over the impasse on the border wall, the administration must have felt there was some urgency to address the issue and share the president's side of the story. Otherwise the president could have remained with Twitter as the primary source of his arguments.

I've maintained that the president should be doing this type of address more often.  Yes, it's scripted which is not his forte.  It's also true that it gives the Democrats a last word rebuttal and the networks a chance to claim he's lying again (and yes that happened).  But it is an opportunity for the president to talk, unfiltered and uninterrupted by the media (I'm looking at you Fake Jim Acosta), and at 9 or so minutes, highly focused and specific.  It's a golden opportunity that's been underutilized by the president so far.

Maybe the president was holding this in reserve and had always planned on shifting the battlefront in order to keep Democrats and the media off balance.  That would be a smart reason for holding off.  You can see that when you see the response by Pelosi and Schumer who looked like a pair of aliens just discovering life on earth in their response.  Or perhaps, the president felt that by holding addresses in abeyance that when he does it, it carries added weight resulting from the rarity of it's use.  Both are good reasons, and even if it was just a preference for Twitter, the timeliness of the change serves both those points and does so in regards to probably his signature campaign issue.

Here's the president's address:

And how did the Democrats respond? With lies and a cringe-worthy lack of charisma and empathetic engagement.

I know a lot of people looking at that were thinking of the painting American Gothic, but in a comic vein, I see it more as this:

January 5, 2019

Nancy Pelosi's own border consists of underlings

The guy who set up the GoFundMe page for the public to provide private, non-governmental funding for a border wall went to collect a buck from Nancy Pelosi who jokingly said she'd accept a buck for the wall.

Ironicaly, he ran into a gatekeeper, because Nancy Pelosi just can't allow anyone coming into her office, she has to choose who is allowed in to speak to her. That's hilarious.

In case you missed the irony, she's using a wall of associates to block entry.  Apparently Nancy Pelosi is irony impaired. 

Saturday Learning Series - a take down of Bird Box

Netflix recent hit Bird Box is apparently a woke movie about, among other things, race.  Youtuber Black Pilled takes it apart.

I already watched this movie and despite definitely noticing most of what Black Pilled mentions, I managed to set it aside and focus on the story, and for the most enjoy it.  But it is getting increasingly harder to do so with movies of late.  Honestly I don't want watching a movie to be a chore but it is approaching that point.  At some point I expect to retreat into computer gaming until they come for that full force as well.

January 3, 2019

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Nancy Pelosi, majority leader of the House; ugh.

January 1, 2019

The Patreon Exodus is going into high gear.

Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson today announced they are leaving Patreon for politically motivated censorship, effective January 15th, 2019.  This is a major decision for both men.  Wherever they end up, and others who have been barred from the Patreon platform whom you might follow, follow them there.

If you have your own Patreon account, I urge you to cancel it as I have, as well.

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