December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!


China trade deal phase 1 to be signed soon, but there are other problems

Via Fox Business:



This is good news for president Trump, but let's not get too crazy about his re-election chances.  There are some storm clouds on the horizon.  Coal jobs, and therefore Pennsylvania, are at risk of steep losses in 2020, despite president Trump's efforts to make the industry more competitive and unfettered. That hurts the president's chances of winning the state again.

Why is American coal having a hard time?  It's not because there is not demand anymore as climate activists would have you believe.  It's because of increased international competition - primarily from China.

We're back to learn to code

Joe Biden proves once again he's clueless.  He tells coal miners to learn to code (actually program).  This callousness and insensitivity was a problem for Democrats previously. The more this guy says, the more I want him to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020.



It's not just Fox that takes Biden to task for this. The Left did too.

December 30, 2019

U.S. trade deficit drops sharply in November

Good news for president Trump continues (emphasis added):
The US trade deficit on goods narrowed sharply to USD 63.19 billion in November 2019 from USD 66.8 billion in the previous month and well below market expectations of USD 68.75 billion. That was the smallest trade gap since December 2016, as exports rose 0.7 percent, boosted by sales of vehicles (3.4 percent), consumer goods (2.6 percent), capital goods (1.3 percent) and foods, feeds, & beverages (2.0 percent). Meanwhile, there were declines in exports of industrial supplies (-0.7 percent) and other goods (-7.3 percent). Imports dropped 1.3 percent as purchases declined for consumer goods (-2.2 percent), capital goods (-2.0 percent), industrial supplies (-1.5 percent), foods, feeds, & beverages (-1.3 percent), and other goods (-6.8 percent). Imports of vehicles, however, increased 3.7 percent...   source: U.S. Census Bureau
United States Goods Trade Balance

A trade deficit means Americans are spending more, which tends to be a sign of a healthy economy.  But endless trade deficits are unsustainable.  In seeking to level the field for international trade, the president is not being anti-trade, he is being anti-America-being-taken-advantage-of-in-international-trade.  Declining trade deficits in the long run means that other nations are going to have to provide access to their markets in exchange for access to the lucrative American marketplace. That means better opportunities for American businesses and potentially better deals for American consumers if all nations concerned take advantage of their comparative advantage and trade fairly based on that rather than through currency manipulation, predatory pricing, intellectual property theft and poverty level labor markets.

A reminder of why elections matter

Courtesy of Bill Whittle, why elections matter.  Despite Bill's despondence, he clearly articulates why elections matter.  Yes, conservatives will be barraged with vile lies, but the alternative is worse.

December 29, 2019

Christianity and the West - a Christmas message

Courtesy of Bill Whittle and company, a treatise on the impact of Christianity on the West and the world.

Sunday verse


December 27, 2019

How to go from freedom to chains

Some holiday food for thought from 1965 courtesy of Paul Harvey.


Friday Musical Interlude - Dan Fogelberg

From 1980, Same Old Lang Syne.

Warren is weak

Via Michael Knowles at Daily Wire on why Warren is a weak candidate (in a weak field).

December 26, 2019

Trump's North Korea approach might be working

Earlier today I posted about a John Bolton policy attack on president Trump with regard to North Korea.  Here are some other push backs on why Bolton is being just a little bit over the top with it.


Stupid moment of the year.

How does a person like this reporter get access to the president?


Jordan Peterson on the lie of White Privilege

More brilliance from Jordan Peterson: Identity politics and the Marxist lie of white privilege.

Does Democrat overreach mean the death of Obamacare?

The slow, quiet death of Obamacare is upon us and in progress. Chief Justice Roberts in upholding the taxation view of the individual mandate in the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare mapped out the way to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Whether it was inadvertent or a shrewd conservative ploy does not matter at this point. What matters as Obamacare's slow death plays out, is the Democrats' attempt to frogmarch the nation towards nationally unaffordable Medicare for all and how to fight that effort.

2020 concerns

Ted Cruz talks about the Democrats' ferocity going into 2020.  While president Trump is on a good track for re-election in 2020, it is important conservatives not be complacent because the left is going to fight hard - for the presidency, for  congress, for the senate and for state races,  The 2020 election is as much a watershed election as 2012 was supposed to be and failed.  Failure is not impossible in 2020 but success is even more important than it was in 2016.

John Bolton slams president Trump on Korea

It's the 'why' that's unclear.  The president is trying a different approach on North Korea to the one used by previous administrations that clearly has not made the slightest bit of difference towards the rogue nation's nuclear ambitions.



The clip explains president Trump's rationale but not Bolton's. It suggests that Bolton is a neocon (neo-conservative). But it does not explain why neocons might want a more aggressive, military approach on North Korea. Since neocons are globalists, a military option would probably be Bolton's preferred option. I have always respected Bolton's tough stance on a number of foreign policy issues. But a tough stance does not always equate to an effective approach. President Trump is trying a new tack on an old, heretofore unsolved problem. Given that the old approach has taken decades and resolved nothing, it would seem a new approach deserves a fair shake, which does not mean just two years.

December 24, 2019

Debunking Buzzfeed because it's Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed is wrong so often and they get away with it by continuing to exist.  Here's a debunking of a clearly politically motivated Buzzfeed video:

Merry Christmas to all.


December 23, 2019

Pelosi theories

Ted Cruz says Pelosi is in full-blown panic:



An RNC spokesperson says she's just clueless:



And of course there's the theory that they are shrewdly torpedoing their own candidates.

No one really knows what Nancy Pelosi is thinking, and I suspect Nancy Pelosi doesn't either.

Well when you put it that way, yeah.

This video of the most recent Democrat candidates' debate speaks for itself:

Are the Democrats deliberately torpedoing their own candidates? If so, here's why.

This is not exactly crazy.  It's possible,  Something odd is happening with the impeachment of president Trump, and theories have developed as to why.  One such theory is that Democrats are creating a self-inflicted wound, deliberately. Democrat could be torpedoing Senators Warren and Sanders primary chances.  But that's only the beginning of the story. 

Firstly, Tim Pool explains the Sanders supporters' conspiracy theory and the background and rationale:



So who does that help? As Tim Pool points out in the above video, not surprisingly mostly Biden and Buttigieg. But Democrats have to know that not only has impeachment helped president Trump's support levels, but they also have to know that Republicans have a Joe Biden investigation looming. It's possible that the Republicans could be holding that in abeyance until Warren and Sanders until after Warren and Sanders are critically hurt by the Pelosi impeachment timing ploy. Democrats surely are aware of that. Then Biden could possibly be critically hurt too. While that could turn out to be a positive for Joe the same way impeachment has for president Trump, it's not exactly the same thing and my calculus says it will hurt Biden - a lot. That would leave Buttigieg as the front runner.

Could Pelosi be hoping a wipe-out in 2020 could lead to a socialist purge in the Democrat party? It would be an admirable goal. That's why I don't buy into it. 

 It's more likely she and other establishment Democrats could be angling for a fractured, brokered convention and the opportunity for Hillary Clinton to swoop in and save the party with a late candidacy, minus the campaigning, which Hillary is clearly truly terrible at doing. Not only that, it would allow Hillary to save her war chest for the general election too. It would keep her from scrutiny for the primaries as well.  There are a lot of reasons to do it if that's the end goal.

I'm skeptical.  It's not that I don't believe Democrats are that political, that nefarious. They are.  But there are some big ifs to the theory.  It would require that Pelosi drop the impeachment on the Senate during the primaries.  That has yet to happen, so the proof at this point is mere speculation (almost as bad as the wishful thinking of the impeachment itself).  Until that timing occurs, take the conspiracy theory with a wheelbarrow full of salt.  

But suppose it does.  It also requires the notion that Democrats are willing to risk their primary voters' wrath to pull off a Clinton nomination, or a purge.  As closed-door establishment as the insider Democrat cabal is, that is an awfully big risk.  It requires the belief that they are not sick of Hillary Clinton and her anemic record of presidential runs.  It also requires the belief that they are smart enough to come up with this idea but dumb enough not to see it's fatal flaws.  Long term purging of socialists from the party would be a healthy move, but Democrats, especially establishment Democrats are not long term thinkers.  Political expedience is their forte. So that is the most far-fetched scenario.

Is it possible that a Democrat plan is afoot? Yes.  Is this the plan? I doubt it, highly.  As much as I would love for it to be true, I just don't see it.  Not yet, anyway.  It's more likely that they just do not have a way forward with the impeachment and in their zeal to get it done because they have nothing else, and they are indeed on an all-in strategy that they have lost control of managing.

December 22, 2019

Did you know the president Trump is no longer president?

These people knew. OMG I read a bunch of these tweets earlier, this is a hilarious compilation:


What's scary is that these people are going to vote and yet they know so little.

Democrats' urgent need to impeach stalls at the finish line

Congress impeached president Trump, except they didn't.  As part of the impeachment they had to pass the impeachment on to the Senate to vote on.  But the urgency suddenly disappeared and they are just sitting on it now and won't pass it on to the Senate.

Where's the urgency with which they rushed the impeachment?  Gone.


More here.

Why Rep Jeff Van Drew left the Democrat majority to become a Republican

In his own words:

Sunday verse


December 20, 2019

The Impeachment Saga - The fallout (3 of 3)

So the Democrats were happy, the mainstream media were happy and the polls have shown they were dumb to do this. Some in the media already get that, though most don't see it.



But there is more to this impeachment than all of that.  Firstly, president Trump will not be judged impeachable by the Senate, who must decide to convict or acquit the president.


But that's not where the Democrats plan to go anyway. They know they can't win. They know the president would be exonerated.  They will probably just hold this over the president's head.



Even that looks like a doomed strategy that will accomplish nothing. No impeachment in progress, no leverage. What is a little more worrisome is that Democrats already are planning for more impeachments. They've cheapened the process to the point where it can never be used because it will forevermore be useless. Maybe their objective is to make the next Democrat president unimpeachable because the process has become so partisan as to be seen as forever despicable. The next Democrat president will have carte blanche. Maybe in that they have succeeded.

Impeqchment Saga - The fallout (2 of 3)

President Trump got impeached this week. Everyone knows the Democrats were not sad.  Everyone knows the Mainstream media were ecstatic.  The Democrats and  the media though seem oblivious to the real fallout.  This result was already underway before the vote.  The vote is only going to cement the shift in the polls.  Democrats by caving to their extremist base, have ensured a president Trump re-election and very possibly a loss of Congress.



Impeachment Saga - The fallout (1 of 3)

After the dubious impeachment vote, the media unlike the Democrats, could not even fake somberness.  They were absolutely giddy.


As soon as the firestorm around the obviously partisan nature of the Washington Post became obvious, Rachel Bade took it down and the staff pronounced this as a misinterpretation of their festive appreciation of the season. This is why you are fake news.  More importantly it's why people don't trust you.

Impeachment Saga - The vote

Remember how sad the Democrats were trying to portray themselves as being for being forced to impeach president Trump?  Then the vote happened.

Even CNN had to show how Democrats responded and Nancy Pelosi's visual admonishment of her team of Impeachocrats:



Of course CNN immediately ran cover for Democrats, citing the exceptional few as not being civil, somber, etc.  That was as sickening to watch as the Democrats' hypocrisy and speciousness itself.

Impeachment Saga - The Leadup (3 of 3)

Democrats were marching towards what they mandated for themselves as an impeachment, facts be damned, despite the significant resistance to it.  Keep in mind Democrats are not used to seeing the kind of push back that they have experienced recently:


It didn't deter them, they just had to impeach president Trump no matter how implausible their case was, no matter the impact in swing districts and the fallout for 2020 on their own political fortunes. They were blinded by hatred.

Impeachment Saga - The Leadup (2 of 3)

Previously I noted that there was absolute glee among many Democrats (as well as the media) in the mindless march towards a political impeachment.  Nancy Pelosi was busy reminding the country that this was terrible, sad and a somber thing.  The MSNBC video below was from September 2019.



Even as impeachment day arrived, Democrats, pre-vote were busy reminding the voters (and perhaps each other, for appearance's sake) how truly sad they were and how somber this moment was:



It was a sad day indeed.  The Democrats were so pathetic in their zeal to impeach president Trump they forgot to hide it along the way.  Now they are trying to change the narrative, all while hiding the fact that there are no facts behind this impeachment, just a lust for power.


Impeachment Saga - The Leadup (1 of 3)

Going into the Trump Impeachment Frenzy Congressional Vote this week, Democrats and the media were full of absolute glee.  Rashida Tlaib is a prime example.  It was never about evidence it was about a mission.  Remember, the video below predates the Ukrainian fake scandal.  It was before the Mueller report came out and showed there was no collusion and no obstruction.


This was followed this past week by her excitement to impeach the president:


Clearly she's thrilled she's reaching her political goal.  This will become important later in the chronology.

Friday Musical Interlude - Stevie Wonder

Have A Talk With God.

December 18, 2019

Indisputably? I do not think it means what you think it means.

Former (ersatz) president Obama recently claimed that women are indisputably better leaders than men.  There are so many problems with that but I will highlight three.

(1) He's looking at groups not individuals.  That's always a flawed approach. Whether it's about assessing people or how you treat people, it's a recipe for division, something Democrats excel at doing deliberately.

(2) He's using the Al Gore "the debate is over" tactic to silence opposing views. Al Gore used the approach to end discussion on climate change when he could not argue facts.  Obama is using it here as a glibly tossed out thought in an effort to pander to an audience. To what end, who can say.?

(3) He offers no specific evidence. In fact it's mere opinion but it's disguised as fact, it's meant to lead opinion, not facilitate discussion or invite commentary.  That's contrary to everything the president claimed to be about - open inclusive discussion. Yeah, not so much.

The former president, clearly pandering, is once again proving that he is all style, no substance.

Tim Pool goes into more depth below.  I don't think Obama's foolhardy pronouncement needs it but Tim Pool does a good job of dissecting it, nonetheless.

Now?

I only have one question.  Where was the FISA court for the last 2 plus years in demanding this?  Or put more directly - Why did it take an IG report for them to act on what we all knew was a problem for the last 2 plus years?



This is not bravery, it's the FISA court jumping on the bandwagon in an act of self-preservation.

December 17, 2019

This impeachment thing is going south for Democrats faster and faster.

When you see this, you have to think it's bad for Democrats.



When you see this, you see how bad it actually is:



Tim Pool gets it. Democrats do not seem to have figured it out yet.

President Trump's phenomenal economic record is bad news?

President Trump has had an incredible record on the economy in the first three years of his presidency. A string of record low unemployment figures (African American, Hispanic, women, Asian, and overall) are accompanied by a string of records of Dow Jones record highs, at a record pace.  The labor force participation rate is up, meaning there are more people in the work force and the unemployment rate is down despite that. And despite trade tensions, president Trump has added over 5 million jobs to the economy so far.   7 million people have quit using food stamps.  Yet despite all of that, if you follow the mainstream media, president Trump's economy is really, really bad news.

As laughable and counter-intuitive and wrong as that notion is, it's clearly going to be the main thrust of the mainstream media's assault on the president's re-election bid in 2020 after the impeachment effort finally implodes (for the time being).

The AP actually claim that Trump doesn't deserve credit for African American record low unemployment.  Thankfully they do a woeful job of making their "Fact Check" case.

Forbes has article after article on how terrible the economy is but the one stating that even president Trump would admit his economy is in deep trouble is emblematic of an institutional bias against the president.  That's from Chuck Jones who has a record of bashing Trump's accomplishments.

The New York Times is coaching Democrats on how to go after president Trump's economy.

Salon calls the great economy a myth.

Fortune says Trump is bad for business, and cherry picks facts to make it's case.

The Atlantic claims the president is experiencing economic anxiety.  They must be privy to his psychiatric records.

CCN (not exactly mainstream, but still indicative of it) says record low unemployment a sign that the economy is teetering on collapse.  It's a ridiculous notion that doesn't even require a rebuttal.

And on it goes. Thankfully, Americans have awakened from the hazed belief  that their media is still honest.  They can sift through opinion, they can feel the truth in their own lives.  President Trump's economy is doing great, and the only thing that will derail it is not his dealing with China, and not the 'fragile underpinnings' that are due to collapse but rather a Democratic victory in 2020, for the presidency, or in congress.  Neither appears likely to happen.

December 16, 2019

Democrat congressman to defect to the Republicans over impeachment

This is not a game changer, but it is a signpost that a lot of Democrats are uneasy about an impeachment vote coming this Wednesday.

Leftists morose over Boris Johnson's U.K. election win.

If you aren't interested in a victory lap, there's no need to watch this.

December 4, 2019

Doug Collins opening salvo against impeachment

Watch for yourself:

Impeachment musings

A few early observations regarding the latest impeachment hearings:

Firstly, again? Really? This will be strike three for Democrats.  No impeachment will occur, no minds will be changed.  It follows that if they saw the polls shift against them after the Schiff show, they must be using the hearings to ensure their hardcore base voters turn out in 2020.

If the above is true, and president Trump is not going to be impeached and is likely to win re-election in 2020, is it possible that Democrats are playing a long game to win the popular vote in 2020 and turn public opinion further towards removing the electoral college in the future?

Jerry Nadler in his opening statement referenced the Mueller investigation, which provided zero plausibility towards impeachment.  By invoking that investigation, Nadler undercut all credibility of all subsequent hearings including the Schiff hearings;  it looks as though Democrats are stuck on Russia and are using discredited opinions as facts and that undercuts the credibility of all subsequent arguments they have made.

Democrats seem to have a playbook.  Commit a crime, accuse their opponent of their crime, when he fights back accuse the fight itself of being an impeachable offense.

The current hearing is NOTHING more than a PR battle.  Democrats have allowed themselves to call 3 witnesses and Republicans to call 1.  All three Democrat witnesses are professors and are arguing that the president has committed impeachable offenses. The Republican witness argued against it.  No new evidence was offered.  This is clearly only about changing minds, which Democrats so far have only managed to do in a direction that is negative for them.

With the previous point in mind, all three Democrat witnesses and the Democrat lawyer come across as pompous and are likely to not influence viewers positively towards the Democrats' case.

December 3, 2019

Is Joe Biden for real?

Never mind the presidency, is Joe Biden on proper meds?

Kamala Harris drops out

Kamala Harris will not be the next president of the United States.  But you knew that already, didn't you.

The Big Tech bias continues, ramps up

Tim Pool, a self-described centrist (and former progressive Bernie Sanders supporter) outs more big tech bias against president Trump - in this case at Google and it's subsidiary YouTube.  And it's not just happening in the U.S.A.

December 2, 2019

Hong Kong pro-democracy voter turnout in context

An explainer on how dramatically the pro-democracy movement changed the election results from the previous election:

Obama administration held 100k children in detention in 2015

According to the U.N., Obama was the worst - at least for detention of alien children.  By comparison, in 2018 that number had been reduced from 100,000 to 15,000 under president Trump.  Many will claim this is fake news but the U.N. report, is real.



November 28, 2019

November 27, 2019

White man, check your privilege.

Ugh. At least Lauren Chen debunks the rationale if not the idea.

Democrat strike three coming soon

Strike 1: the final release of the Mueller report flopped for Democrats.  No collusion.

Strike 2: Adam Schiff's Ukrainian impeachment hearing made voters shift away from favoring impeachment.  Adam Schiff is the perfect way to turn any voter watching him off.  He's arrogant, not smart, secretive, untrustworthy and weird looking.  But then again he balances all that out by being abrasive, so I get why Democrats thought he could handle a public hearing. Wait, what?

What do sane Democrats (if there are any at this point) want next?  Surely not a strike 3, right?  RIGHT?

Wrong:


Jerry Nadler is going to be the final nail in the coffin of Democrat chances for not only the presidency in 2020, but also for Congress.  Democrats it seems did not learn from the Republicans' failure to impeach Bill Clinton in the Senate in 1998.  Nor did they learn from their own recent two strikes on Trump impeachment.  They want another swing at the ball.

Now Jerry Nadler is no Adam Schiff, but he's still Jerry Nadler.  That is to say he's a step up from Adam Schiff but he needs to be about 20 steps up, and he's not.

The Democrat strike three is about to happen.  It is remarkable that they are going to go through with this folly.

November 25, 2019

Michael Bloomberg enters the race, crickets ensue

Nobody outside of Michael Bloomberg's immediate family want him to be president, and I can't even say with certainty that his family want him to win.  It might just be him.  Democrats have moved so far left that because he's a billionaire he will be despised by Democrat voters and attacked by fellow candidates.

Of course conservative voters want nothing to do with the man whose platforms and policy positions are simply inane.

But Bloomberg has one thing going for him.  Actually, it's billions.  If he wins it will be because he spends his way to victory.

Let me say this now: He will not win.  He won't win the presidency and he won't even win the nomination. He cannot spend his way to victory.  Hillary Clinton tried to spend her way to victory in 2016.  She failed.  She did not engage voters or even the media.  Maybe Michael Bloomberg will learn from that and back up his money with engagement. But, uh, a video of him sitting in what seriously looks like a wheelchair saying he is entering the race is almost creepy and does not bode well for that theory.  He looks all of his 77 years.  He does not have president Trump's energy or the charisma level of a potted plant.

He won't win the primary.  His candidacy is being portrayed as a panic situation by the Democrat establishment by Republicans but if that's true the person hurt most will be Joe Biden, whose candidacy is probably dead in the water already.  This is so bad for Democrats you almost have to wonder if it's a Republican idea.

If Bloomberg has to wage war on other Democrat candidates to have a chance of making waves in the crowded candidate field, it will get messy.  And no matter who emerges they will be so badly damaged that they won't be able to win. As a conservative, this announcement is good news.

Hong Kong democratic reformers win historic victory

Democracy scored a victory in Hong Kong over the weekend.  Via CNBC:
Hong Kong’s democrats scored a landslide majority in district council elections, which saw a record turnout after six months of anti-government protests, increasing pressure on the Chinese-ruled city’s leader on Monday to listen to calls for democracy.

Sunday’s elections marked a rare weekend lull in the sometimes violent unrest, with democratic candidates securing nearly 90% of the 452 district council seats, broadcaster RTHK reported, despite a strongly resourced and mobilized pro-establishment opposition.
So now what?  China is not going to pleased with this. The communist party did not want a result like this: high turnout and a thrashing of their preferred candidates.  This is as much a threat to democracy in Hong Kong as it is an opportunity.  It's too early to tell what China will do but my suspicion is that they will attempt under-the-radar ways to sabotage the fledgling democratic reform government, at least initially.  If that fails to accomplish their goals of re-totalitarianizing (I made up that word) the city, perhaps harsher methods might follow.

It's important for the city to get it right, and it's important at this point for president Trump to vocalize support for the winners.  Yes there are trade implications for doing so but it really is important because China has become used to steamrolling their way to getting their way.

Media want to destroy the messenger, Devin Nunez

I woke up this morning and Headline News was playing on my television. Trust me, that was an accident.  The story they were breathlessly reporting was that Republican Devin Nunez, a brilliant and stalwart defender of president Trump as much as a shiner of light onto Democrat lies and corruption (my words not theirs), was trying to work with Ukrainians to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

Turns out it is so false, that Devin Nunez is going to be taking CNN to court.  



Interestingly the Headline News (A CNN company) had the same Fox graphic showing in their story but were positioning it as though Fox News too were reporting the Devin Nunez bombshell in the exact same way.  If you watch the video, the point of the interview was exactly the opposite point of what HLN was saying. The depth of the media lie is shocking.

November 19, 2019

Lt. Col Vindman lied in his deposition

Devin Nunes catches Lt. Col. Vindman being directed not to out the Trump Ukraine whistleblower  by Adam Schiff and not answer Nunes question.  Except in his deposition Lt. Col. Vindman said he did not know who the whistleblower was.

November 18, 2019

Ukraine impeachment debunked

Ukraine impeachment debunked, by a lawyer no less.

Taking a run at Bill Maher. Yes, now.

It's been a long time since I've bothered to comment on Bill Maher.  Recently he came to the conclusion that a Civil War II is not far off if people continue to hate each other and it would be a good idea to tone things down.  What better time than now to criticize for me to him?

For context, here's his recent soliloquy on the topic of getting along, fraught with problems as it is:



It's insulting, it's demeaning all the while it's trying to recommend that we all just get along. What he means by it, when he says "Let it go." is that liberals are going to have to learn to let go of their attempted owning of conservatives. Alright, his audience is mostly rabidly liberal, so I guess I get the slant. But what he says still raises two issues. (1) Why now? (2) He's still not practicing what he preaches.

Why now? I think that's obvious. While Bush 43 was president, while McCain and Romney and even further back Bob Dole and even Bush Sr. were running for president or were president, there was no push back on the vile vitriol from the left directed towards conservatives. Conservatives have been the whipping boy of the left for decades. We've longed for Ronald Reagan 2.0 since he left office because he was almost magical in his ability to rise above the attacks, and at the same time be eloquent and presidential. But even he was attacked as a dumb guy by the left. So that void of push back finally got filled. We wanted Reagan 2.0 but we got president Trump.

And you know what, most of us on the right are pretty happy with how it's turned out. No he doesn't exude the presidential aura of Reagan. He doesn't possess the same eloquence or the same likability. But he does possess other qualities. He exudes confidence. He's a fighter. He does not back down. He believes in America. He pushes back. And he's unapologetic.  We'll forgive him his coarseness and bull in a China shop approach to draining the swamp.  Hell, we even want the latter because it's about the only way it's going to get done.

In addition to all of that , his backbone has slowly begun to infuse conservatives of all stripes to push back too. Outside of a few notable exceptions like Rush Limbaugh, push back is something abused conservatives have not done loudly or strongly enough, if at all, for decades. The silent majority has been so silent, we are barely a majority now. So now that we are fighting back, just like a bully, suddenly Bill Maher is saying, to paraphrase, 'hey let's all tone it down here'. 

No. You've owned the bully pulpit for so long, we are not about to step back from speaking our minds now that we are not afraid to do so. Remember this is the same Bill Maher who is saying George Bush wasn't so bad, but also said back in 2006 was saying Bush should be impeached.



Guess what Bill, we are not afraid of you any more.  

And when you continue to dump all over half the country WHILE you are telling liberals to tone it down to avoid a civil war, you are being a hypocrite Bill Maher, a hypocrite with a capital F. Why should we back down when you continue to berate us?  And why would liberals tone it down at your behest just because you say so, and call us scum at the same time?  You are motivating them to continue too.  We don't buy it Bill.

Bill Maher tells his audience that the intractable stubbornness of conservatives is not because they are ignorant but that it comes from hate.  Hold a mirror up to your side Bill - everyone from ANTIFA to yourself are consumed by hate.  And it's a hate of people.  What conservatives are filled with is a desire for a more free society, a more Constitutional Union, economic prosperity.  

And all of that comes from an intellectual understanding of history, economics and law (among other things).  It does not come from our feelings.  Let me also add science to that mix.  Anti-intellectualism on the left on climate science is rife with "the science is settle", "the debate is over".  No. it's really not.  If that's your argument and it's not backed by factual evidence, which conservatives can produce, then it's become a religion based on faith and nothing more.  Scientific debate is healthy.  Stop demonizing us for stupidity when we have come prepared to debate you, minus the slander and feelings-based arguments.  Maybe it's just another part of the reason you are afraid of a civil war.  It's convenient for you to ignore the intellectual right, just as it is to ignore the thuggish "knuckle-dragging" parts of the left.

And stop being disingenuous  by saying that you were never afraid of Bush locking up reporters, implying that president Trump will.  That's beyond stupid.  It has not happened for 3 years despite the fact that liberals have wanted president Trump impeached, jailed or even executed.  That's hypocrisy.

Stop imbuing Bush with nobility for wishing that Obama succeeded when liberals have wanted Trump out since the day he was elected and have been working on it since election night.  That too is hypocrisy.

America needs a civil war - of ideas.  It's been a war that only your side has been fighting and we've had enough.  If you want to back down now, fine, roll back all of your past mistakes, otherwise accept that we are not done pushing back.  We are however done with your derision, your lecturing, your more-virtuous-than-thou signalling to fellow liberals and conservatives alike.  You were right about one thing - we are not going away.  We are pushing back because we have been abused by liberals for too long to keep quite about and our beliefs now. We welcome you to debate us; a democracy thrives on debate and ideas.  

November 15, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Simple Minds, post 80's

The last several weeks I have featured songs from the 1990's which was my least favorite decade of music (at least until the 2000's hit).  Simple Minds had a strong run during the 1980's but See The Lights from 1991 was a good song, reminiscent of their heyday with a hint of wistful remembering in it.

November 13, 2019

The Ukraine Impeachment opened and then this...

Devin Nunes brings it:


This hearing is a farce and anyone paying attention knows it already.  Still, it's important to put this information out there for the mainstream media to ignore.

November 8, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - U2

By 1991, the band U2 had established themselves as the biggest band in rock music at the time.  One was a huge hit for them that year.

Friday Musical Interlude - No More I Love You's

Annie Lennox, 1995.

November 7, 2019

Kudos to Tim Pool for reporting this

Leaked emails expose impeachment and Joe Biden, Trump may have been right about corruption the whole time. Well yes, we know that. But progressive leaning Tim Pool, who deserves credit for being a truth seeker, deserves acknowledgement for point all of this out:

Project Veritas Strikes Again

Yes, I'm a little late to the party on the latest Project Veritas expose of ABC News' suppression of it's own Jeffery Epstein expose.  It's important that this gets shared as much as possible, so here's my part in reposting it.

Yale, Moody's and Oxford Economic Polls Show President Trump Winning in Landslide in 2020

These are good signs but I'm worried we are getting a bit overconfident on the right. We should be treating this election as a tough battle coming our way if we really want to win it.

Stuart Varney: Warren has made the Democrats unelectable

Stuart Varney argues that Elizabeth Warren has dragged the Democrats so far left, they have become unelectable. 



While there's a point to be made there, I'm worried that a lot of conservatives and Trump supporters have convinced themselves that a 2020 Trump victory is a foregone conclusion.  That's not a healthy way to approach the election. In fact it's dangerous.

Gingrich: American businesses should exit China

Newt Gingrich is not wrong.

Tom Shillue parodies Adam Schiff

This creeps for itself.

November 1, 2019

Friday Musical Interlude - Linger

The Cranberries single Linger from their debut album in 1993.

October 29, 2019

The Katie Hill Throuple scandal and downfall

I have tried to stay away from this one but Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill sewed the seeds of her own downfall, and that should not be forgotten as she goes about blaming conservatives.



In case you were unaware of the whole throuple scandal, Stefan Molyneux explains it and follows up with the perfect reaction. I mean, perfect.

October 22, 2019

Surprising Canadian Election Results

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won re-election last night, winning an election he had no business being close to winning given all of his scandals (not to mention his glaring, drama teacher phoniness).  But the polls between the Liberals and Conservative Party of Canada were within fractions of a percentage point of each other, and it could have gone either way.  So the result is not a shock, but there are some very interesting takeaways nonetheless.

It's worth noting that the Liberals won a minority government.  That means a snap election could be called at any time if a non-confidence motion is agreed to by the other parties.  Typically minority governments last less than two years.

But the results are interesting for two specific reasons. Here are the results as of this morning:


The first reason that this is unusual is clear: the Conservative party won the largest vote share but not the most seats in parliament.  People in the United States who are familiar with the popular vote versus the electoral college results will be familiar with the phenomenon.  There are groups in Canada, mainly far-left-leaning who will take the opportunity to point out that our voting system is not fair.  It's not in the Conservative Party's interest to join this fight.  Parties in Canada rarely garner 40% of the popular vote.  The Liberals (socialist lite) and New Democrats (socialist) would form coalition governments in Canada forever if there was some form of proportional representation.

Besides which, these results are rare:
It marks only the second time in Canada’s history that a governing party will take power with such a low share of the vote. David Moscrop, a political theorist at the University of Ottawa, tweeted that “the last and only time a party has formed government with less than 35 percent of the national popular vote was John A. Macdonald in 1867—with 34.8 percent.”

...Even more unusual in Monday night’s vote, it appeared the Liberals were not even the first place party in terms of absolute number of votes.
Elections Canada official website pointed out how rare this is:
...A party forming a government may receive a smaller share of the popular vote but still win more seats than its principal competing party. This has happened three times since Confederation: in 1957, 1962, and 1979. In 1925, the Liberal government continued in office although it won both fewer seats and fewer votes than the Conservatives.
There's another interesting result.  Party support is highly regionalized.  The Atlantic provinces are predominantly Liberal (though less so than in the last election).  Quebec is predominantly  Bloc Quebecois (a regional party focused mostly on provincial issues).  Ontario, the most populous and central geographically province,  is typically split between conservative (suburban and rural) and liberal (urban) voters and is the real battleground.  It's also where the socialist NDP find support.

The West is predominantly very conservative except right on the coast where there is socialist and liberal support.  The far north has very little representation in parliament but it is split between liberal and socialist support.

The regionalization has been a growing trend over the last decades and it might have reached the point where Ontario becomes the battleground province and the focus of elections going forward.  Again this is similar to typical U.S. elections where battleground states garner the majority of election efforts to the detriment of other areas.

The short term takeaways are obvious for the Conservative Party of Canada - it has grown voter share but not efficiently.  It needs to focus on growing support in suburban Ontario. It can take some comfort in the fact that it won a plurality of the vote, beating the liberals in that regard.  It must look for openings to work with other parties to force another election sooner rather than later (the caveat being it's got to build it's regional support smartly in the meantime).

More Trudeau is not a good thing for Canada, but it looks like we will have to deal with it for a while.

October 21, 2019

Trudeau's last days?

Today there is a national election in Canada.  Justin "black face" Trudeau has been plagued with scandals (from political interference in business, to multiple black face incidents, to ministers leaving due to his treatment of women in the political party), but he has somehow managed to rebound in the polls over the last month.  There is a chance that the Conservative Party of Canada could re-emerge victorious after one term of Liberal leadership but the polling all indicates a tight race between the Conservative and Liberal parties.  

All the other political parties have reverted to form as minor players with minimal representation.  But here's the problem - for Conservatives to win, they must win an outright majority of seats.  The NDP, a truly socialist party, and the Green Party would be more than happy to align with the Liberals to thwart a conservative minority government.   Should the conservatives win less than 50% +1 seats in parliament, it's very likely Canada would have a coalition government between the Liberals and NDP (and the Green Party if necessary).  The Bloc Quebecois will not win many seats but an alignment with conservatives is unlikely in any scenario other than where it would give a slim minority and make the separatist party the power brokers in the next parliament.  other party the PPC, which is a populist/libertarian leaning party might align with the conservatives but it's not clear they will win any seats at all.

I think like with the 2016 election in the U.S., the polls are off and while the Liberals might win a majority (a long shot), a minority (possible), or the Conservatives could win a majority (also a long shot) it's more likely the Conservatives win a minority and are ousted by a Liberal-NDP coalition.

As much as I hope these are Trudeau's last days, and they should be, I think sadly, they aren't.

October 17, 2019

Continuing CNN exposure via Project Veritas.

You can find Part 2 here and Part 1 here.

CNN staff admit they are leftists.

Pacific Garbage Patch alarmists' alarmism

I'm not about to make excuses for the Pacific Garbage Patch being 600,000 square miles of garbage floating in the North Pacific.  It's something that should not be there.  But I do find it alarming that when you see videos about it or read stories about it, they are filled with alarmism.  Take for example the video below.

Let me preface it by pointing out the following. 600,000 square miles represents 0.94% of the surface area of the Pacific Ocean.  Now watch when they show the size of it in their graphics.  Yes, 600,000 square miles is more than twice the size of Texas, but if you put Texas in the Pacific ocean it is miniscule.  Watch how they depict it. 



It's alarmism from alarmists, designed to make you panic.  When you panic you are more likely to accept their radical solutions.

It's also worth pointing out where the garbage is predominantly coming from;
But specifically, scientists say, the bulk of the garbage patch trash comes from China and other Asian countries.

This shouldn't be a surprise: Overall, worldwide, most of the plastic trash in the ocean comes from Asia. In fact, the top six countries for ocean garbage are China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Thailand, according to a 2015 study in the journal Science.
China mostly.  The study goes on to say that the United States contributes "contributes as much as 242 million pounds of plastic trash to the ocean every year". REALLY?  That amounts to 121,000 tons per year.  Elsewhere in the article it says the patch is only 88,000 tons.

That math doesn't work.  There are serious flaws with this 'study' as well as the journalist(s) responsible for reporting it, who cannot check basic math.

Another fact. According to PBS the patch weighs 87,000 tons.  That's a lot.  Yes, it needs to be addressed.  No, it's not actually that much compared to the size of the Pacific Ocean. 87,000 tons over 600,000 square miles is 0.145 tons (or 290 pounds) per square mile of the patch. Imagine a 300 lb. man floating in a square mile of ocean.

Put another way, the Pacific Ocean represents 46% of the world's ocean surface.  Given that "The ocean accounts for 0.022 percent of the total weight of earth, weighing an estimated 1,450,000,000,000,000,000 short tons (1 short ton = 2,000lbs)", that means there are 667,000,000,000,000,000 short tons of water in the Pacific Ocean.  You know what percentage of the ocean that garbage patch represents?

0.000000000013%

Yes, we should not pollute the oceans. But should we panic?  Should we spend billions cleaning up what is mostly Asia's mess?  No.  We should demand that they stop.  And we should not feel so much guilt or blame ourselves.


America as an energy exporter

So this is happening, and good thing it is.

GM UAW deal is good for America.

So says the president of Toyota North America.

October 16, 2019

More CNN uncovered

CNN continues to be exposed by Project Veritas:

Pelosi leaves, meeting become productive

Nancy Pelosi claims president Trump had a meltdown during meeting on Syria.  She left the meeting.  Afterwards it became productive.




Let's face it Pelosi is a rambling, politically motivated hack who is more interested in a creative soundbite than a meaningful dialogue and negotiation.

Evidence of the nefariousness of YouTube

Tim Pool notices how his videos are being suppressed.  He can't explain it, but he does see it.  And he doe discuss what he thinks is going on.

WalkAway Wednesday

Another story of departure:

Anti-war liberals (including the media) want more war in Syria.

President Trump gives liberals what they wanted when Bush was president.  Now they hate him for that too.  So what does the president do?  He fires back.


I understand wanting to support America's allies. Conservatives understand and generally support that notion too.  But president Trump is more aligned with the libertarian viewpoint (e.g. Rand Paul).  He is also being consistent.  America first also means with respect to military activities too.

While I lean more towards working with allies who are willing to work with America, I can understand the president's viewpoint.  It's not ideal in my opinion, but I get where he is coming from.

The anti-war liberals who want to stay in Syria to help the Kurds have a consistency problem that I cannot resolve on their behalf.  Clearly Orange Man Bad trumps every other consideration for them and if the president did not pull out they would have the same level of horror with his decision.

CNN exposed by Project Veritas (part 2)

I shared part 1 here.

October 15, 2019

Glenn Beck helps expose American ambassador Yovanovitch blocked entry for Trump investigation

More information that needs to get pushed into the conversation because the mainstream media will ignore it otherwise.

Via Glenn Beck

John Solomon breaks down the timeline: starting last year, several Ukraine officials working under former Prosecutor General Lutsenko raised alarms concerning the conduct of US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. They say not only was she meddling in Ukraine domestic affairs, trying to control who the government there could and couldn't prosecute, but that Joe Biden was also up to something fishy concerning his son, Hunter, and Burisma. They tried to bring it to the attention of American politicians, but could never get the visas they needed to travel to America. Why? You guessed it...Yovanovitch blocked their visa applications from ever going further than her desk. And this all happened BEFORE Giuliani ever touched ground there.


This, if verifiable, is criminal behavior.

Project Veritas exposes CNN

More from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, exposing CNN bias this time.  I share these because YouTube makes it hard for people to know about conservative news and the mainstream media of course smears it as fake news, but this is information that is credible.  It needs to be shared to get knowledge out there.

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