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Deep State still Deep Stating

August 31st, 2017 3 comments

The last of Trump’s MAGA advisers fires a Parthian shot on his way out the door.

Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices finally to be heard.

Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will “Make America Great Again,” have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week.

The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of “radical Islam” or “radical Islamic terrorism” proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost.

Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.

America is an incredibly resilient nation, the greatest on God’s Earth. If it were not so, we could not have survived through the unbelievably divisive years of the Obama Administration, nor witness your message to roundly defeat a candidate who significantly outspent you and had the Fakenews Industrial Complex 100% on her side.

Nevertheless, given recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.

Every word of it the sad, sorry truth. The ‘Stache, too, sees the writing on the wall:

President Donald Trump will have to override his advisers if he wants to make good on a campaign promise to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, who published a draft proposal for exiting the accord on Monday.

Bolton alluded to a rift within the administration over whether the United States should scrap the landmark deal, and said he was recently denied a meeting with Trump on the issue after staff changes at the White House.

“It’s a question of who prevails here: the president or his advisers,” Bolton told the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday.

It surely is. The Iran farce aside, though, Bolton’s most disturbing words would have to be these:

After Bannon’s departure, Bolton said he was compelled to go public with his blueprint since he no longer enjoys regular access to Trump and can’t deliver it to the president himself.

“I made the request and it was turned down to see him most recently,” he said, though he declined to comment further.

Ah well, there’s always Madeleine Halfbright to turn to for advice instead of that icky Bolton, I guess. Or, y’know, Felonia McPaintsuit. And then maybe Trump can exhume Janet Reno to straighten out the FBI after that. Hey, if you ain’t gonna clear out the rat’s nest after all, might as well just hire all the rats and get ’em back on the payroll, right?

Only problem with that is, if Trump ain’t gonna do the job they sent him to do, real Americans might just have to look into some alternative hiring possibilities themselves come 2020.


Bill of particulars

August 29th, 2017 6 comments

If you ain’t pissed off, you ain’t paying attention.

Every Republican candidate’s stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control (insert charts and graphs and why, if you stack hundred dollar bills, they will reach the edge of the universe), federal taxes out of control (insert comparisons to socialist countries), the federal bureaucracy out of control (insert metaphors about chains, yokes, and the like), the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity (watch for it — there! The heart-wrenching sob), and our military is emasculated.

Two more items were added to the menu, courtesy of Obama. Obamacare Will Be Repealed! and Illegal Immigration Will Not Stand!

In 2009, the Democrats controlled everything, partly due to the Republicans’ cowardice on Capitol Hill, and in part because of some of the most inept candidates and campaigns America has seen in years. The Obama folks could have played it safe but went for socialist gold, using the power of the legislative and the executive branches (and later the judiciary, thank you Justice Roberts) to advance their agenda.

That included federal spending on a level unmatched in human history resulting ultimately in a $19 trillion in debt we simply cannot pay, and with so many tens of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities that “infinity” is not far behind. One seventh of the economy was confiscated by the federal government with the passage of Obamacare. Our national borders were declared open and discussions over our national sovereignty closed. And to top it off, the Democrats all but declared themselves above the law.

The GOP harrumphed that this would not stand, by God! If only…if only America would vote them into the majority.

And we all know what THAT got us.

Bozell goes on to recite a litany of betrayal, collusion, and deceit that of right ought to shame even the most brazen professional politician…but, somehow, doesn’t. This would have to be my favorite line of the piece:

There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. Put them together. They are the swamp.

Which would explain why they’re all so damnably resistant to draining it, of course. As I’ve said so many times: no, we don’t need a third party. What we DO need is a second party, to stand in true opposition to the Government Party, the Beltway Bandit Party, the Business As Usual Party.

(Via WRSA)


The Deep State McMaster coup

August 9th, 2017 Comments off

Daniel names names.

One of McMaster’s first acts at the NSC was to ban any mention of “Obama holdovers.” Not only did the McMaster coup purge Harvey, who had assembled the holdover list, but his biggest target was Ezra Watnick-Cohen, who had exposed the eavesdropping on Trump officials by Obama personnel. 

Ezra Watnick-Cohen had provided proof of the Obama surveillance to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. McMaster, however, was desperately working to fire him and replace him with Linda Weissgold. McMaster’s choice to replace Watnick-Cohen was the woman who helped draft the Benghazi talking points which blamed the Islamic terrorist attack on a video protest. 

After protests by Bannon and Kushner, President Trump overruled McMaster. Watnick-Cohen stayed. For a while. Now Ezra Watnick-Cohen has been fired anyway. 

According to the media, Watnick-Cohen was guilty of “anti-Muslim fervor” and “hardline views.” And there’s no room for anyone telling the truth about Islamic terrorism at McMaster’s NSC. 

McMaster had even demanded that President Trump refrain from telling the truth about Islamic terrorism. 

Another of his targets was Rich Higgins, who had written a memo warning of the role of the left in undermining counterterrorism. Higgins had served as a director for strategic planning at the NSC. He had warned in plain language about the threat of Islamic terrorism, of Sharia law, of the Hijrah colonization by Islamic migrants, of the Muslim Brotherhood, and of its alliance with the left as strategic threats. 

Higgins had stood by Trump during the Khizr Khan attacks. And he had written a memo warning that “the left is aligned with Islamist organizations at local, national, and international levels” and that “they operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies.” 

Like Harvey and Ezra Watnick-Cohen, Higgins had warned of an enemy within. And paid the price. 

McMaster’s cronies had allegedly used the NSC’s email system to track down the source of the memo. The left and its useful idiots were indeed entrenched at the upper level of the bureaucracy. 

Higgins was fired.

Treacherous, scheming termites, rotting the foundation of American representative democracy from within. This is one hell of a fine piece of true investigative journalism from Greenfield, and you really must read all of it.

If Trump doesn’t realize by now just what kind of a war he’s in—and the sleazy, slimy, sneaky nature of his oleaginous enemy—he really is as stupid as the Left always said. But I don’t buy it for a second. The Swamp awaits, Donald; get to draining. There is no advantage at all to be gained by waiting. Or none that I can see, anyway.

Update! Steyn on the broader coup attempt:

The Deep State isn’t just deep, it’s broad and bloated – and it decided last November that it would not accept the result of a perfectly lawful and proper election. So it doesn’t care about putting the Turnbull transcript all over the press, because, while the Australian Prime Minister may recognize Donald Trump as the President of the United States, the Deep State does not. So anything goes.

From November to January we had three months of blather about the “peaceful transfer of power”, but that is in fact precisely what the losers have denied the winners: Instead, they weaponized the transfer. Do you think, after last week, the Aussies regard this as a normal “transfer of power”? What we are witnessing is a slow-motion coup against a duly elected government by people determined to use whatever they have to hand – national-security leaks by the permanent bureaucracy, money-no-object fishing expeditions by hopelessly conflicted prosecutors, domestic surveillance of political opponents by Obama officials, and indifference to most of the preceding by a GOP congressional leadership that has no interest in seeing Trumpism succeed.

If they prevail, they will be teaching the electorate a very dangerous lesson: you can vote for change all you want, but you ain’t gonna get any. And that leads nowhere good.

True. But if they’re really determined to drag us all to that nowhere-good place, it’ll be no more than just if it ends up being one hell of a lot worse for them. Careful what you wish for, libtards, lest it come back to bite you in the ass—good and hard.


Part of the problem

August 5th, 2017 1 comment

What the hell is wrong with Arizona voters, anyway? We finally look as if we might stand a chance of being shut of the odious John McCain at last, and then this stinking turd floats to the top of the bowl.

It was we conservatives who, upon Obama’s election, stated that our No. 1 priority was not advancing a conservative policy agenda but making Obama a one-term president—the corollary to this binary thinking being that his failure would be our success and the fortunes of the citizenry would presumably be sorted out in the meantime. It was we conservatives who were largely silent when the most egregious and sustained attacks on Obama’s legitimacy were leveled by marginal figures who would later be embraced and legitimized by far too many of us. It was we conservatives who rightly and robustly asserted our constitutional prerogatives as a co-equal branch of government when a Democrat was in the White House but who, despite solemn vows to do the same in the event of a Trump presidency, have maintained an unnerving silence as instability has ensued. To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial.

We Trump supporters do not WANT “normalcy” in DC. We want disruption, an end to the status quo you sanctimonious GOPe weasels, Democrat Socialists, and Beltway bandits of every warp and woof are all so jealously guarding. Your precious “normalcy” is nothing but a recipe for frustration, defeat, and disaster for the nation you misrule. As for the GOPe, your “principled conservatism” has failed to conserve a single goddamned thing. “Normalcy”? Um, thanks, but no thanks, pal.

I’ve been sympathetic to this impulse to denial, as one doesn’t ever want to believe that the government of the United States has been made dysfunctional at the highest levels, especially by the actions of one’s own party.

Refusing to recognize that that is indeed the case, and has been for a goodish while, is the REAL denial. Such obliviousness would have to constitute denial so purblind and obtuse as to spill well over into delusion, in fact.

Meanwhile, the strange specter of an American president’s seeming affection for strongmen and authoritarians created such a cognitive dissonance among my generation of conservatives—who had come of age under existential threat from the Soviet Union—that it was almost impossible to believe.

Hm. Don’t suppose the names Pinochet, Marcos, Somoza, Palavi, or Hussein ring any bells with you, then? Not that I’m proposing that there weren’t sound enough reasons for American support for any or all of them, mind; realpolitik is like that sometimes. But to get suddenly sniffy about it when someone you don’t like is in the White House—someone who happens to be a member of your own party—is what’s almost impossible to believe.

Even as our own government was documenting a con­certed attack against our democratic processes by an enemy foreign power, our own White House was rejecting the authority of its own intelligence agencies, disclaiming their findings as a Democratic ruse and a hoax.

Which is PRECISELY what it was: an attempt to excuse and rationalize away an UNEXPECTED!™ election loss that only a delusional Democrat Socialist—or one of their eternally biddable GOPe rumpswabs—could have failed to see coming….provably fabricated from whole cloth by the minions of the most corrupt and degenerate candidate ever to swindle and hoodwink her way into high office.

I know I shouldn’t at this point, but I do still find it stunning that so many Vichy GOPers would rather have seen Hillary as President than Trump—and are actually willing to publicly admit it. If there’s one single thing that would demonstrate what their commitment to “conservative principles” is really worth, that would have to be it.

So, where should Republicans go from here? First, we shouldn’t hesitate to speak out if the president “plays to the base” in ways that damage the Republican Party’s ability to grow and speak to a larger audience.

Don’t look now, but a lot of Republicans rode into office on Trump’s coattails, because a lot of Americans want to see the DC swamp drained. You want to “damage the Republican Party’s ability to grow,” you just keep right on preserving the Deep State we sent him to Washington to discomfit and dismantle.

Second, Republicans need to take the long view when it comes to issues like free trade: Populist and protectionist policies might play well in the short term, but they handicap the country in the long term.

Ask anybody currently riding around on a new Harley about that one, bub. While you’re at it, ask which staunch conservative hero implemented the temporary measures that kept them around.

Third, Republicans need to stand up for institutions and prerogatives, like the Senate filibuster, that have served us well for more than two centuries.

The filibuster—which, by the way, has NOT been around for two hundred years quite yet—the fucking filibuster? Oh God, I think I’m going to puke.

But hey, you and the rest of the Vichy GOPe keep taking that “conservative principles” “high road,” chumps. And keep right on nobly losing at every turn, too, and pretending it’s really because you fought the good fight and stood up for those precious “principles,” instead of being in barely-clandestine cahoots with your “partners across the aisle”—keeping your snout in the trough to gulp down whatever meager scraps of leftover swill your “partners” in the “loyal opposition” will allow you to grub up, and just never mind the wanton destruction you’re helping them wreak. You’re fooling almost no one but yourselves at this point.

Talk about being in “denial.” If I thought for a second Flake truly believed any of this claptrap, I’d say the irony was so caustic as to actually cause physical wounds.

But I don’t, and neither does he. It’s just another ruse, a desperate, last-ditch stratagem intended to keep the tattered mask from falling to pieces altogether and blowing off with the first breeze. I’ve been saying for a while now that I consider the GOPe to be even more despicable than the Democrat Socialists; this half-assed, pitiful charade is why. It’s time to bring the curtain down on the GOPe’s long-running shitshow, and I frankly don’t care all that much how it gets done.


“As I’ve said before, I’ve said it before”

July 26th, 2017 9 comments

Steyn hit on a topic very near to my own heart with that opening line.

One of the occupational hazards of the commentative biz is that what’s new – the daily news item – simply illustrates the same old thesis you’ve been hammering for years, so that life’s rich pageant comes to seem like a Broadway catalogue song, a great torrent of accumulation all making the ever wearier point – that “You’re the Top”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “These Foolish Things remind me of you”. Or in our case: We’re the Pits, The Lady is a Transitioning Gentleman, and These Foolish Things remind me that our civilization’s on the express chute to oblivion.

Here, by way of example, are a couple of stories readers asked for my thoughts on in the last 24 hours:

Richard Dawkins has become the latest speaker to be prevented from speaking at Berkeley. Professor Dawkins is a world-famous scientist, whose book The Selfish Gene has just been voted “the most inspiring science book of all time” in a poll commissioned by the Royal Society.

His science is not the problem. Dawkins is also an atheist.

That’s not the problem, either – or it wasn’t when he was principally urinating over the Pope (“a leering old villain in a frock”) and the Catholic Church (an “evil corrupt institution” that’s also a “child-raping institution”). All three quotes are from just one Washington Post column: that’s how respectable and mainstream Dawkins was back then in 2010.

Alas, Dawkins is an equal-opportunity atheist, and feels just as unkindly toward Islam. Hence the announcement from the “liberal” sponsor of his Berkeley talk, KPFA Radio:

Dear Richard Dawkins event ticket buyers,

We regret to inform you that KPFA has canceled our event with Richard Dawkins. We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam, so many people.

KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologize for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins views much earlier. We also apologize to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation. Your ticket purchases will automatically be refunded by Brown Paper Tickets.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

It would have to be “sincere”, wouldn’t it? Because it’s hard to see how apparently sentient beings could otherwise write such effete desiccated tripe. Notice how the shriveling of free expression smoothly proceeds to the next diminished staging post: Once upon a time, Berkeley professed to believe in free speech. Then it believed in free speech except for “hate speech”. Now it supports “serious” free speech, but not “hurtful” speech.

Well, we live in a world of hurt. Personally, I’m hurt by people who say they don’t like my cat album, or by the director’s decision to give me purple hair in this video. But what’s really hurtful is that KPFA and Berkeley can’t even be bothered to pretend to a principled defense of free speech. What is “serious” free speech? Not so long ago, arguments for same-sex marriage or tampons for menstruating men would have been dismissed as utterly unserious – indeed, preposterous. What KPFA means by “serious” speech is compliant, conformist speech that brooks no ideological dissent from the pieties of the day – on male menstruation, climate change, Islam, and whatever’s next on the list. You can be as “hurtful” as you like to cardinals but not imams, to climate deniers but not climate alarmists, to homophobic pastry chefs but not to gay newlyweds.

Its “emphatic support” of “serious free speech” is, thus, merely a regime of apostasy enforcement – which is why it has no place for an atheist such as Dawkins.

But see, that’s the beauty of it: Progressivism has no new ideas at all, and their tired, old ones are so self-contradictory as to be completely incoherent by now.

They. Have. Nothing. They’re intensely, smugly dismissive of all religion—except the most primitive, ass-backwards, hateful one in all human history, which absolutely no one is allowed to criticize in even the smallest way. They’re all for “free speech”—but only of the kind they approve of and agree with. They’re all for “dissent”—as long as that doesn’t involve dissenting from them. They believe in individual liberty—entirely and exclusively on matters of sexual hedonism and perversion, the right to unrestricted access to mind-altering chemicals, abortion, and government “assistance.” They are fervent believers in “science”—and oppose any commitment to free and open inquiry, skepticism, and the scientific method itself.

They cherish “diversity”…and ruthlessly enforce a blank, grey-man uniformity of opinion, philosophy, and even physical appearance. They revel in access to the latest trendy-hipster Micronesian/Cajun/Ethiopian “fusion” cuisine, while denouncing the horror of “cultural appropriation.” They smugly consider themselves “citizens of the world”…and disdainfully regard Flyover America as some sort of bizarre, incomprehensible terrain unworthy of any serious consideration at all.

And now, in their open-hearted magnanimity, they have decided that what we benighted ignoramuses are most in need of is another lecture.

The other night, I had an amazing conversation with a friend who admitted he was a Donald Trump voter. Having known him for most of my life, I was shocked. But as a result, as a proud member of The Resistance, I’m even more certain that we progressives are largely responsible for the rise of Trump’s America.

My typical response to conservatives who see me as a smug, elitist hypocrite for not being tolerant of their beliefs is that I’m “intolerant of intolerance,” but I’ve realized that that mistake is the issue. No, we don’t have to accept and respect others’ bigotry or ignorance, but it’s incredibly important that we understand where it comes from and why it exists.

Actually, you smarmy, self-righteous asshole, what’s more important is that you begin to understand that what you’re pleased to refer to as “ignorance” and “bigotry” is usually no such thing at all. It’s merely a difference of opinion, a refusal to accept your convoluted premises and twisted reasoning. But by all means, go on calling us names and refusing to imagine that we might actually have a valid point once in a while. See where that you gets you.

The folks who voted for Trump are by and large people who see progressivism, and specifically concepts like political correctness and intersectionalism, as an attack on all of those deeply held feelings of what America “is.” To them, our movement is an assault on their Field of Dreams. They’re afraid of losing their (yes, white and Christian) America in the tidal wave of cultural shifts that have occurred over recent decades.

Is calling them racist going to change that? Is calling them bigots going to do it? Hateful? Monsters? Ignorant? Uneducated? Privileged? We don’t have to agree with it, but we have to attempt to understand it.

You’re too fucking stupid and sanctimonious to even begin to understand it.

The only way The Resistance succeeds is if we fundamentally change our tactics. We must realize that the way into these hearts is to respectfully suggest that the causes we fight for actually align with their deeply held patriotism and love for America. That yes, our marginalized communities may look different and speak a different language, but they want all the same things you do, and they want to have them in this incredible country we’ve built together.

Umm, excuse me, but: “built together”? You puerile, adolescent shitwits haven’t built a goddamned thing. You denigrate; you insult; you attack; you destroy. You make outlandish and absurd claims about the egregious harm America has inflicted on the world, without ever once acknowledging the good we’ve done. You denounce American capitalist “greed” without ever admitting that the profit motive has sparked more real progress than any sort of collectivist fantasy you could name ever has. You bitch, piss, and moan about our assumed lack of “compassion” and “humanity” and “decency” while condemning millions to dependence on a Leviathan superstate as blank and pitiless as the sun.

You whine and cavil about a lack of “bipartisanship” and “cooperation” only when you’ve lost an election; the rest of the time, you run roughshod over us without the most cursory and insincere nod towards “working together” with your opposition, and condemn us as “Nazis” when we dare to complain. You ram a foolish government-health-care bill down our throats without a single Republican vote, and then try to blame us when it crashes and burns. You demand “respect” while offering not one whit of it in return.

“Want all the same things you do”? No. No, not hardly. What YOU want is total control over us, to reduce us to an abject state of servility and helplessness under a monstrous tyranny you retain total control over. What WE really want is for you to leave us the fucking hell alone—you, and your hideous Leviathan state too.

Unfortunately, we know by now just how likely THAT is.

But what this also means is that we as progressives need to stop getting so offended by everything and learn to put ourselves in others’ shoes. All of our experiences — conservatives and progressives alike — give us unique perspectives, and it is absolutely unhelpful to say things like “it’s not our job to teach you” when someone comes to us with questions.

Actually, it is our job.


Period. Full stop. End of story.

But no, the asshole continues. It’s like he can’t help himself. Which, of course—being an oh-so-superior, self-satisfied, narcissistic “liberal”—he can’t.

If we’re waiting for people who hold a different view to change their minds without being guided through that process, we’ll be waiting an awfully long time.

Oh, you’re going to be waiting an awfully long time, all right. AWFULLY long. Common ground, at last.

I think progressives would all agree that time is not something we have to waste. It may not be fair, but progressives must be willing to put aside their anger and hate and take responsibility for creating the change they wish to see in the world. To vilify, shame and condemn only causes those who don’t understand to dig in their heels. If we are the ones who want change, the responsibility is ours to do what it takes to encourage it.

To summarize: Progressives, stop insulting, stop shaming, and stop condescending. Start listening. Start teaching.

“Start listening. Start teaching.” And there, right fucking there, is the whole problem. The arrogant douchebag doesn’t even realize that one of those things is not like the other. If these moralizing putzes were even half as smart as they think they are, they’d know that when they maintain their laser-like focus on “teaching” us poor, benighted knuckleheads, then they’re not really “listening” at all.

The ugly truth is, they’re not interested in “listening,” and they never have been; they’re right, we’re wrong, and they will never even dream of considering they might possibly be in error. Even after decades of failure after failure—a collapsing, moribund economy; foreign-policy train wrecks and humiliations one after another after another; a skyrocketing debt fueled by out of control spending; a nation which rightly views its government as an adversary, despising it, distrusting it, fearing it, and seeking to quietly ignore or circumvent it at every opportunity; a populace that doesn’t believe a word its supposed “representatives” say, and fully comprehends the rot and corruption festering throughout the government while having lost all faith in its own ability to wield even the slightest influence over its direction—these are the toxic fruits of Progressivist governance.

Detroit. Detroit is their model, their ideal; Detroit is what they hope to turn the entire country into. It’s all they can do; it’s all they have.

And THAT is where we take hope; that is our ultimate salvation. These halfwits have nothing whatsoever to offer except more of the same. They have already failed; they have failed again and again and again. Anybody who has searched in vain for a job in recent years, or dropped out of the workforce in despair; been victimized by a domestic Muslim terrorist attack that never would have happened without the Left’s wet-brained insistence on importing hordes of unvetted, unassimilable troglodytes; been forced into an unaffordable Obamacare plan that provides them with no real coverage in exchange for an exorbitant monthly charge; or risked their life savings trying to start a business only to see their dream drown in a Sargasso of idiotic regulation, taxation, and government obstruction, knows exactly where their bullshit leads.

How many of you believe that what those desperate victims of Progressivist perfidy need most is another lecture on how deplorable they are from the likes of this pinheaded, pissant prick? How many of you think that this sort of condescension is going to win a single vote for the agents of American ruin, the Democrat Socialist Party?

They destroy a nation. They scold the people who built it, and claim underserved credit for building it themselves. They blame others for their own manifest failure. They decry true patriots while risibly claiming the mantle of patriotism for themselves. They despise, insult, and spit on the military that provides the blanket of freedom under which they cravenly cower. They arrogantly insist that only they can resolve and repair the damage they themselves so wantonly wrought. They undermine the very foundations of the American republic by refusing to accept an electoral defeat.

They lecture, they hector, they harangue. They dismiss, they denigrate. They condescend and insult. They mislead, misdirect, conceal, and lie outright. But the ultimate takeaway is this: THEY FAIL. Always. Each and every time.

They’re done, people. They. Got. NOTHING. Unless they suddenly and miraculously discover a smidgen of humility, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes legal to actually start openly hunting them, and bringing their stinking pelts down to the bank to exchange for a new toaster oven, a gift certificate, or some other premium.

And then, we can truly begin to Make America Great Again.



June 29th, 2017 1 comment

How it’s done. And how it isn’t.

The obsession with principle has always been the central defect of what the kids now call “Boomer Conservatism.” The BoomerCons accept, without argument, the principles and moral framework of the Left and then they try to out-righteous the other side in a pointless game of virtue signalling. It is the basis of the DR3 meme. Even if you are able to “prove” that the “Democrats are the real racists,” all you have done is prove they are right and that racism is the worst thing ever. Even if you win, you end up losing.

And yes, I know, not all Boomers think like this and many younger people fall into the same trap. Lots of young people like the Rolling Stones and The Who, but it is still Boomer music. The cultural upheavals going on today are due to the cultural upheavals that went on yesterday, when the Boomers tossed over the culture they inherited and created the prevailing orthodoxy of today. All of us now live in Boomer Land, which means we live in the moral structure created by the Boomer generation.

Now, the folks with the tricorn hats and “heritage not hate” signs can be forgiven for not seeing the folly of their tactics. They came of age when the general consensus said that the goal is a color blind society. If the bad honkies would just open up their hearts to the black man, all the race stuff would melt away. It was all nonsense, but a whole generation was raised on it and now they struggle to let it go. For most Boomers, egalitarianism is their heritage, so it is understandable that they cling to it.

Of course, the libertarian boomers have turned their love of principle into a ready excuse for not getting into a serious fight with the Left. You see it in this post on the American Conservative.

This month, three conservative protesters rushed onto a New York City theatre stage—and briefly into the national spotlight—enraged by the mock-execution of a character dressed to look like Trump. As a New Yorker fond of civilization I was alarmed at this barbaric behavior because this is how cultures unravel.

Well, that’s how culture wars work. Each side tries to impose their cultural preferences on the other. If you are in opposition to the prevailing culture then what you seek, by definition, is an unraveling of the culture. That’s how you win. Otherwise, you confine yourself to tactics that will never work. For guys like Todd Seavey, principle is a coffin they think will give them comfort as the Left lowers them into the grave.

The only way a counter culture gets any traction is if it is indifferent, or even hostile, to the prevailing morality. There are two types of principles a people live by. There are those that precede their demise and those they create after they triumph. The people desperately clinging to their principles, lecturing those willing to do what it takes to win, will be buried with those principles. The winners, meanwhile, will be busy crafting a new morality. That’s the lesson of history. The people with a future get to write the past.

Great line, that last one. As for the rest, I think our real problem isn’t so much principle as it is the fact that we are simply no longer a nation. We no longer have either a shared culture or a common ideology; we’re now bound not by a common high regard for the ideals espoused by the Founders, but by nothing more powerful or abiding than simple inertia.

But I’ll also say this: after years of watching the Vichy GOPe throw fight after fight whilst talking a tough game both before and after, I don’t think the problem is so much with conservative principles as it is with a phony commitment to them being used as a subterfuge by a passel of rent-seeking drones content to accept perpetual second-class status in return for a permanent seat at the DC trough. That’s one of the big reasons why I believed early on in his run that a non-professional-politician like Trump was exactly what we needed—was, in fact, our only hope for even a partial restoration of the freer, stronger America I grew up in.

The Prissy Conservative handwringing over how JUST HORRIBLY AWFULLY AWFUL the disruption of the Left’s nasty, seditious little play was ought to say everything anyone will ever need to know about the likelihood of old-guard conservatives ever successfully conserving anything. From where I sat it looked like a victory, if only a small one, and I was damned heartened to see it. If it was the Left disrupting such an event, you can be sure that not only would the thing have been shut down completely, but there would have been some skulls cracked along the way too. Then the media would have buried the story right away, and the PC Poindexters supposedly on our side would have themselves a good cry over how unfair the double standard is, that they’d never do it if the party affiliations were reversed.

And then we’d all limp on off to the next dispiriting defeat, dribbling a steady stream of deserters who found themselves sick and tired of the futility—refusing to spend their effort on a cause none of its ersatz defenders really think worth mussing their hair or alienating their “friends and colleagues across the aisle” over.

Well, screw all that. If some Progtard skulls have to be well and truly cracked to get them off our necks at last, well, best to get a-crackin’; it may already be too late to do much real good. If that makes the Polite Right cry and National Review print a black cover on their next issue mourning the Death Of Civility, hey, I hate it for ’em, I truly do. The Polite Right had their chance to lead; they chose to follow instead. Now all that’s left to them is to get the hell out of the way.


Lessons? What lessons?

June 5th, 2017 17 comments

Before too long, we’ll have a Second Civil War to blithely ignore the lessons of.

There’s a tried and true American approach to suppressing terrorism, and it worked quite well during Gen. Sherman’s 1863 Kentucky campaign and Gen. Phil Sheridan’s subsequent reduction of the Shenandoah Valley. We don’t have to be particularly smart; we merely have to do some disgusting things. Sherman and Sheridan suppressed sniping at Union soldiers by Confederate civilians by burning the towns (just the towns, not the townsfolk) that sheltered them. In other words, they forced collective responsibility upon a hostile population, a doctrine that in peacetime is entirely repugnant, but that in wartime becomes unavoidable. By contrast, the peacetime procedure of turning petty criminals into police snitches has backfired terribly. No doubt we will learn that the perpetrators of tonight’s horror at London Bridge were known to police, like the Manchester Arena suicide bomber and most of the perpetrators of large-scale terrorist acts in Europe during the past several years. (Update: “At Least One London Bridge Terrorist Was a ‘Known Wolf'”) The remedy is time-tested and straightforward. We merely require the will to apply it.

Yeah, well, that’s gonna be a problem right there. Best we just go on with the “cower in place” strategy for a long while yet. We can all keep comforting ourselves each time a few dozen more of us are slaughtered by having a good cry; it seems to be working well for blithering idiots all over the world so far, right?

Like Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who burned a great swath through Georgia and the Carolinas, Sheridan believed that war is won not just by killing soldiers but by denying them support from a broader civilian population.

Actually, it’s worse for us than that: Sherman believed, and explicitly stated, that wars were won only when the spirit of the opposition, both military and civilian, was utterly and entirely broken—their will to resist crushed right out of them—and not one moment before. He and Grant both proved, along with a lot of other leading officers throughout history, that competence in warfare is less a matter of intelligence and more a matter of brutal, implacable resolve.

In other words: it all comes down to will. The will of our enemies to conquer us must be bested by our own will to defeat them. So far there’s absolutely no sign at all that that’s the case. We lack the fortitude to even call the enemy by his proper name; for us to even be discussing defeating him is very nearly an obscenity.

DOOMED update! It’s laugh or cry, folks.


That last bit is especially poignant; since Brits long ago allowed their government to disarm them, they’re now reduced to throwing chairs and bar glasses at their Muslim tormentors. It bears repeating: before we can defeat the Muslims, we will first have to crush the Left, and nullify its malign influence on our lives. That’s every bit as true here as it is there, and everywhere else.



June 5th, 2017 4 comments

Get out the flowers, the John Lennon records, and the crying towels.

Three Jihadi terrorists were shot dead by armed police after killing six people and injuring 48 others in a horrific van and knife rampage in central London last night.

The men, described as being ‘of Mediterranean origin’, mowed down up to 20 revellers as they hurtled across London Bridge at 50mph before they got out and began ‘randomly stabbing’ people in nearby Borough Market.

Attackers used 12-inch hunting knives to attack revellers at busy bars and restaurants in the market, sending dozens fleeing for their lives.

Witnesses said the gang, who had metal canisters strapped to their chests, smashed pub windows and reportedly cut the throats of drinkers. A ‘dark-skinned’ man in a red tracksuit ‘calmly’ stabbed a man three times. Another victim was reportedly stabbed five times in the chest.

The male suspects were shot and killed by armed police in Borough Market within eight minutes of the first call. One of the men was seen wearing an Arsenal football shirt in a photo taken by a witness at the scene. 

Oh well, obviously a “domestic,” “home-grown” terrorist, then. Why, they’re all as English as Shepherd’s Pie. No Islam to see here, folks, let’s all move on, shall we?

Theresa May called the events in London a ‘potential act of terrorism’ after reports of a van hitting pedestrians, stabbings and armed police firing shots around the London Bridge area.

‘Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism,’ May said in a statement.

Which means…what, exactly? That you will immediately prosecute anyone who uses the word “Muslim” in connection with this attack? That you will issue a strongly-worded, unequivocal denunciation of “Islamophobia,” and will pledge to hunt to the ends of the earth anyone hateful and bigoted enough to participate in anything remotely construable as a “backlash”? That you will daintily avert your eyes from reality once again, and crawl on your fucking face over a mile of broken glass to make sure that no Muslim anywhere on earth is made to feel the slightest discomfort or inconvenience from the latest atrocity committed in the name of their vile “religion”?

‘The men said “This is for Allah” as they left the van and attacked victims. There were definitely three people sitting at the front of the van,’ witness Eric Seguenzo told BBC News.

Well, clearly then, we will probably never understand what motivated them. Or at least will never muster up the balls to say out loud what we all already know.

Fools. Bloody feckless fucking fools.

Counter Terrorism Command have launched an investigation and anybody who has images or film of the incident have been asked to pass those to police by uploading it at

‘Our thoughts are with all those involved and those responding to both incidents. Those who are concerned about a loved one can contact the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233,’ police said in a statement.

Oh, absolutely. Probably best to check in once a week or so, really. You never know when rampant Islamophobia might drive some poor, innocent Muslim to justifiably lash out against his tormenters. Poor devils, they’re the real victims here, eh wot?

Police advised people who live within the London Bridge cordon to stay somewhere else on Saturday night if they could.

But of course: flee your homes, run for your lives, it’s perfectly reasonable. But honestly: shouldn’t Londoners consider moving somewhere else entirely? Like, say, Alaska? Antarctica? A Caribbean island, maybe? That way they won’t have to worry about perturbing any poor innocent Muslims at all, and provoking them into more bloody mayhem.

Gerard Vowls, 47, who was in a pub near London Bridge, said he threw chairs and glasses at the attackers in a bid to stop them entering.

He told The Guardian: ‘They kept coming to try to stab me – they were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people.’

Bingo. Nuff said. Hats off to this guy for fighting back as best he could instead of begging forgiveness and “celebrating diversity.” Now what are the rest of you Londonistan saps going to do about it?

I repeat: break out the crying towels, the candles, the flowers, the Lennon records—all the greasy detritus smeared around by cowardly morons unwilling to face reality as they put on another pathetic show of “strength” and “unity.” Get ready to hear the phrase “London Strong!” repeated ad nauseum. Brace yourself for yet another round of “they will never divide us” bleating. And allow me to say yet again: they do not give a single shit about “dividing” anybody. They only want to kill you—as many of you infidels as they can possibly reach, again and again and again, for as long as you keep bringing them into your country and letting them get away with it.


Ummm….WINNING, is it?

May 5th, 2017 9 comments

I think Coulter just may be tired of all the, uhh, WINNING.

Mulvaney’s most disturbing comment was to say that what upset Trump the most was the Democrats’ “spiking the football” on this deal.

Apparently, Trump’s fine with no wall — and everything else in a bill straight out of George Soros’ dream journal — if only the Democrats hadn’t been so rude as to tell the public about it. When your main complaint is that the other side is gloating too much, maybe you’re not that great a negotiator.

Yeah, sure, it’s only 100 days in, it’s an artificial deadline, the media is dying to say Trump has failed and so on.

Except: Planning for the wall should have begun on Nov. 9, and a spade should have been put into the earth to begin building it the day after Trump’s inauguration. Now, it’s 100 days later, and we still don’t have the whisper of a prospect of a wall.

Moreover, this isn’t one random bill funding Planned Parenthood (which this bill does). This is the budget deal. There won’t be another one like it until next October.

That’s a spectacular failure. Democrats have got to be pinching themselves, thinking, Am I dreaming this?

Oh, I doubt that. After all, it’s only been like this for the last forty years or so; they gotta be so used to it by now they just take it as a given. This, though, is the crucial part:

No amount of abandoning his supporters will get Trump anywhere with Wall Street, Hollywood or the media. Their ferocity will simply shift to ridicule.

The deal was that we were getting the Hollywood version of a New York businessman: an uncouth, incurious rube — who would be ruthless in getting whatever he wanted.

In addition to being the only candidate for president in either party taking America’s side on trade, immigration, jobs and crime, what set Trump apart was his promise that we would finally win.

Remember? There would be so much winning, we were going to get “sick and tired of winning,” and beg him, “Please, please, we can’t win anymore…It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.”

We’re not winning. We’re losing, and we’re losing on the central promise of Trump’s campaign.

How would Trump, the businessman, react if an underling charged with developing a new golf course could never break ground?

Trump would fire that employee so fast your head would spin.

We want the ruthless businessman we were promised.

We certainly do. Yes, it’s early days yet, steep learning curve, all that. And I always said anyone expecting Trump to fix everything all by himself was delusional—in four years, much less a few months. But on the wall at least, it’s time for him to dig in and bare some teeth. No, he can’t legislate from the Oval Office, that ain’t how it works. And yes, he’s produced some very good executive orders, and is fighting a three-front war against the Republicrats, the Demicans, and Court Media. But he’s showing too much give on some of his core platform planks, seems to me, and if he wants to risk being turned into a lame duck three years prematurely, well, that’s probably the way to go about it.

We elected you to drain the damned swamp, Donald. A tough job, certainly—maybe, probably an impossible one—and one that won’t get done in a day, or a hundred of them. But you ain’t gonna do it by pouring more stinkwater in, either.

Update! Schlichter:

So far you’ve done some great things, and you are blessed with hilariously inept enemies. But the one opponent you can’t beat is yourself. That’s why they are trying to manipulate you – because only you can defeat you.

Are you going to let yourself be played?

Do you want to go down in history as a loser?

If your reaction to seeing your buddy Arnold’s miserable failure is “Oh yeah? Hold my near beer!” just keep on stiffing your friends and hanging with the “cool” kids who are laughing at you behind your back.

Or you can say “No.” You can take charge. You can tell the K Street Krew and the Squish Squadron how it’s going to be. You spent your life dealing with old money jerks who laughed at you for who you are and what you did. Until now, you played them. Not vice versa. They were never your friends, and they aren’t now.

Choose to lead, not be led.

Choose loyalty to you and the cause, not the wormtongued advice of craven creeps.

Choose to be a winner, not pathetic.

Amen, to every word of it. Screw those “craven creeps,” as hard and fast and deep as possible, every chance you get. Dance with who brung ya.


Disgrace…or collusion?

April 20th, 2017 1 comment

Roger Simon nails it pretty good overall, but shies away from acknowledging the now-obvious.

The Republicans in the legislature are a disgrace.  They can’t get it together to compromise on anything and move forward — no tax reform, no healthcare, no nothing.  They are overwhelmed by a combination of overweening ego and rigid ideology — a lethal cocktail.  What their behavior is doing is creating an inevitable situation where they lose control of Congress and ultimately the White House to the Democrats, when they had everything handed to them.  Evidently, the Republicans can’t stand prosperity.  Or maybe they really are the Stupid Party.

At the same time, the Evil Party today is worse than it ever was, an amalgamation of aging Marxist professors, snowflake Social Justice Warriors with an allergy to free speech, thugs in Guy Fawkes masks who smash windows and pick fights with just about anybody for no discernible reason, leftover identity politics exploitation hacks like Maxine Waters and equally leftover feminists, and, oh, yes, some rich Hollywood and media types who love to virtue signal their love for the common people while cavorting on a superyacht in Polynesia — not to mention lying or moronic (you pick) politicians who still insist on claiming Trump is in collusion with Vladimir Putin! Do we seriously want to give control back to them?

Of course not. But the real question is: did the Republicrats ever really want to take it away?

I have to admit I was stunned and gratified when McConnell actually did go through with invoking the Reid option to confirm Gorsuch, so maybe there is still some hope. But it couldn’t be more clear by now that most of the time, they’re going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming into fulfilling the promises they’ve been mouthing since 2010 at least.

Yes, there are some good ones alongside the DC-status-quo apparatchiks, but not all of them—maybe not even most of them—are persuaded by Trump, even yet. There will certainly be times when some truly conservative resistance to Trump’s more liberal tendencies might be perfectly in order. I don’t think that time has come yet, but I am willing to countenance the idea that it may happen.

But not yet.

All speculation aside, the fact remains: we had to go around the GOPe to get an outsider into the Presidency at long last, pushing Trump hard against the machinations of the business-as-usual types from both Uniparty wings. There’s nothing that says we must always and forever choose between two parties, and that those two parties must always and forever be the Demicans and the Republicrats. The GOP establishment needs to remember the saga of just how their party came into existence in the first place…and why.



March 23rd, 2017 2 comments

Just when you thought you were done with the fucking Clintons.

Can you feel the pulse-pounding sense of excitement that’s sweeping the nation in the wake of the sudden rise to media prominence of superwoke everywoman Chelsea Clinton?

I sure can, but then I’m a conservative Republican. I totally support the Democrats making Chelsea the face of their party.

Please, please, please make her the face of your party.

Well, sure. But also: REALLY? Oh, DAMN.

Let’s be clear – Chelsea is not an embodiment of malignant evil, as is her harpy mother. I am aware of acts of great kindness she has personally performed; she does not appear to be a morally bankrupt monster like her parents. Nor do I blame her for supporting her mother or Bill. But Chelsea is a doctrinaire limo liberal who is utterly clueless about her privilege – she is one of the rare cases where the use of that term is neither teeth-gratingly stupid or a lie designed to seize unearned moral authority. And she buys into the moral vacuum that is progressivism’s received wisdom – from going all-in on the global warming scam to seeing all the SJW –isms and –phobias behind every opponents’ views to embracing the Planned Parenthood baby-killing racket. She should be left to live her life in peace without harassment, but so should we – which means Chelsea must never hold anything like a position of power.

Lots more here, and it’s a fun read. But on the list of things I worry about, Chelsea’s ascension to any position of power isn’t high on the list. Near as I can tell, it’s just another demonstration of how the Democrat Socialist Party has absolutely nothing—nothing at all—left in their bag of deceitful tricks except more of the same shit that got us into this mess in the first place.

If the Democrat Socialists are as worn out as a Michelin with two hundred thousand miles on it—rubber flapping, steel belt showing, no tread at all, air actually visible through the sidewalls—then yet another Clinton waiting for her turn at the wheel is the little donut-spare you drove until it blew ten years ago.

Trump shifted the very ground under DC’s feet. But there are still plenty of greasy professional DC players who slept right through the earthquake, and aren’t yet convinced it even happened. They’re the ones pimping Chelsea now. And they won’t learn without some serious re-education. One way or another, they’re going to get it.


Ewan McMuffin soldiers on!

December 20th, 2016 1 comment

Courage. Or, y’know, something.

In case you have forgotten who McMullin is (though you and most other Americans might find it impossible to forget someone you never really knew), he worked for the CIA for 10 years overseas, followed by a stint at Goldman Sachs, and then spent a few years as a House staffer until earlier this summer. He was flattered into running for president by the same brain trust that hatched a failed scheme to recruit David French, a relatively obscure writer and lawyer at National Review, for the purpose of thwarting Trump and electing Hillary Clinton. French, however, was self-respecting enough to understand when he was being taken for a fool; McMullin, not so much.

To no one’s surprise, McMullin’s candidacy was largely a sideshow, aimed at providing cover for movement conservatism in the event of the “inevitable” loss these gurus were convinced was coming for Trump. His campaign was straight out of a Christopher Buckley novel; though he evidently wasn’t in on the joke. Self-awareness is not one of McMullin’s strong suits, to say the least.

McMullin ran on the platform that if only Americans would invoke the principles of the Declaration of Independence enough, and apply them to the whole world with verve, we could solve our national problems. Never mind the hard work of connecting principles to policies that serve the common good. Statesmanship is for chumps. Simple sophistry will suffice to bind our nation’s wounds. The rednecks in Appalachia just need to quit their incessant yapping about their trials and travails and read their trusty pocket Constitutions everyday. That’ll do the trick.

At this point, McMullin has resigned himself to being a Twitter warrior, calling out Trump for everything under the sun.

McMuffin is a shameless fool, and a perfect marker for absolutely everything that’s gone wrong in this country over the last, oh, sixty years or so. As Sabo says, it’s going to be hard for Americans to forget completely about somebody they never knew about in the first place. But I’m confident that we’re up to the challenge.

Read all of this one, too. The closing paragraphs are priceless.


Name ’em and shame ’em

November 10th, 2016 Comments off

Y’know, they’ve been doing this since Streisand started it back in the Bush years, and as far as I know, not one of them has actually done it yet.

Well, it’s time. Put up or shut up, assholes.

Amy Schumer recently told BBC Newsnight that anyone who doesn’t like Hillary Clinton is uninformed. She went on to say that she would move to Spain if Trump was elected.

“It’s beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It’s just too crazy,” she said.

Okay then.

But Schumer’s not alone in her anger. Indeed, she’s just the latest in a long string of celebrities who have taken the “brave” stand of saying they’ll leave the country if Trump wins. Here’s a list of 23 of them.

Every one of them a fucking idiot, not a one of them who will actually do it, more’s the pity. As Ace says, “Try not to break your stupid necks tripping over the border.” I’ll leave you with one from the originator of this whiny tripe:

16. Barbra Streisand

Who? Singer.

Where would she move? Australia or Canada.

“He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country [Australia], if you’ll let me in, or Canada,” she told Australian journalist Michael Usher.

Man, there has GOT to be some way to hold her to it this time. Away with you, bitch. Don’t let the door etc.

What, she’s still here? Damn.


The Comey Fix: still in

November 7th, 2016 Comments off

What an honorable guy, filled with integrity and courage.

The FBI has announced it will not make any changes to its July decision on Hillary Clinton’s emails, meaning the Democratic nominee will not be charged.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz tweeted out the massive news on Sunday afternoon.

‘FBI Dir just informed us “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Sec Clinton”,’ Chaffetz wrote. Speaking to reporters with Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri confirmed the camp had seen Comey’s letter.

Well, THAT was sure quick, wasn’t it?

When even TIM TEBOW is tweeting politics, that’s a pretty good sign that the average American is not buying the FBI’s inaction. He tweeted this earlier.

Hillary: I never received classified emails.

FBI: You had your maid print classified emails.

Hillary: You got me. Now what?

FBI: Nothing.

There is also this from @magicroyalty:

It took FBI Director Comey 1 yr to go through 60K emails, and 4 days to go through 650K emails. Nothing to see here folks! #RiggedSystem

650,000 Emails
9 Days
72,222 A Day
3000 An Hour
50 A Minute 
About 1 A Second

#RiggedSystem #Corruption 

15 months, as it happens.

Comey is just another corrupt DC hack only interested in maintaining his front-row seat at the slop trough, and nothing more. That’s all he ever was.

One thing that has always amused me has been the numerous occasions when I’d see people expressing shocked surprise over some Admiral or General or other JCS type turning out to be a political hack, as if the Pentagon was immune to this sort of thing for some reason. Cousin Reggie explained it to me years ago: they were where they were in the DC swamp for a reason, and that reason did not necessarily include what most of us think of as the traditional military virtues. Those may or may not have been present at some point during their careers, but if they were, it’s necessary to suppress them to advance in Washington.

That’s just the nature of the place; integrity, honesty, and courage are NOT rewarded there. Quite the opposite, in fact. Comey is just another smelly, noxious demonstration of it, and nobody should be at all surprised. Anybody who doesn’t get this just doesn’t get Washington, and doesn’t recognize what kind of government we really have there.

Comey reopened the investigation not because he was afraid of having missed something important, but because he was afraid of having not covered his ass adequately enough. He had his people take a quick, cursory look at the “new” evidence, and decided he was in the clear and his whitewash might be able to withstand closer scrutiny. It’s business as usual in Mordor on the Potomac, and our only hope for seeing any kind of positive change, slim though it may be, is one Donald J Trump. Like it or not, them’s the facts, people.


Assume the worst

October 27th, 2016 2 comments

Every bad thing you ever thought about them—and worse—is being confirmed as true. Stephen sums it all up:

The Clintons don’t produce any desirable consumer products, or perform any traditionally useful services like accounting or dry cleaning. They have built no factories, dug no mines, nor worked any farms. They hold no patents and have developed no real estate. They are not medical doctors of rare skill. They haven’t starred in any hit movies or sung any popular songs. They have (allegedly) written and sold some books, but not the kind of bestsellers that get turned into TV shows and make real money.

And yet they have grown rich “beyond the dreams of avarice” since Bill left office nearly 16 years ago, and even richer since Hillary entered international politics just eight years ago.


By peddling influence — an activity which generates great wealth only in a corrupt and overly bureaucratic society.

This, too, is perfectly true. And a vote for Clinton—whether its motivation is actual support for her or distaste for Trump—is a vote for more of all of it. A LOT more.

An aside: it’s been an extremely busy week around here, and that’s going to continue through the weekend. I’ll be back to something like a normal posting schedule on Monday, looks like. Whether that’s something to look forward to or dread I’ll leave to others to judge.


Trump’s support, explained

October 5th, 2016 1 comment

An email Vox got makes the case.

Whether any of the innumerable slings and arrows directed at Trump’s person and politics recently have any basis in fact or not, in the end it matters quite little to me.  This election, I am not so much voting for the individual as I am voting for what he inherently represents.

As so many wrongly assume, just because I vote for Trump does not necessarily require that I admire every aspect of him personally.  Nor does it mean I condone every action he has committed, decision he has made, policy he has endorsed, or word he has spoken.  As common sense as this may sound to some, it has tripped up enough people I have spoken to lately that sadly I feel I must make this clarification.

So why am I voting for Donald Trump?

In part I am voting for Trump because the only viable alternative, Hillary Clinton, is far worse than Trump on almost every conceivable level. At the very least, I will vote strategically for Trump in order to deny Hillary the Presidency and to prevent the catastrophe that such a result would undoubtedly bring upon our nation and possibly even the rest of the world.

However, ultimately I will vote for Trump because no matter the specifics of what actions he may take or what stances he may adopt as President, the one thing he is guaranteed to do is shake the Establishment currently embedded in our nation’s government to its very core.  Given his track record so far as only just a Presidential nominee, one has to admit this to be true, just as one must equally admit that our government has fallen into a dangerous rut and must be shaken out of it.

Plenty more, all of which you should read. As for those manufactured slings and arrows, the past week or so saw a perfect storm of them unleashed:

Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show.

Well, that tears it. Forget about undermining national security by maintaining an illegal, insecure e-mail server in order to keep her various corrupt and treasonous manipulations secret. Forget about her refusal to provide a US ambassador with the security he had requested and throwing four brave Americans under the bus by knowingly lying about the reason for their deaths, claiming it was because of an obscure internet video nobody had ever heard of right before she lied in the teeth of the four heroes’ bereaved families about the fiasco she and her worthless boss created. Forget about her downright comical mess of a term as SecState. Forget about her lackluster term as a carpetbagger Senator from a state she never resided in before deciding it was her easiest route back to the power she so desperately craves. Forget about her never-ending lies, her corruption, her brazen arrogance, her contempt for not just the Constitution but for Americans generally. Forget, even, the obvious collusion between Obama’s “Justice” Department, the FBI, and Clinton herself in their sham “investigation” of the whole administration’s Benghazi/e-mail malfeasance and crooked Comey’s refusal to prosecute the treasonous machinations of an entire corrupt administration for actions any or all of us would be sitting in prison right now for committing.

No, what matters here is that Donald Trump did what every single damned American does, liberal or conservative, up to and including the Clintons, the NYT, every irritating, self-righteous Hollywood blatherskite, every least liberal-fascist asswad bleating for more government as long as it affects Those People and not themselves: he used what deductions and write-offs were available to him to ensure he paid the least amount possible of confiscatory taxation to the rapaciously greedy and wholly illegitimate government of the Former United States of America, perfectly legally, without the slightest hint of malfeasance or criminal intent.

But know what the most ironic thing of all is? Trump has said all along that he’s uniquely positioned to FIX this problem, because he knows better than most how corrupt the whole process is, how easily gamed the system is, how out of whack it is from top to bottom, and how by its very nature it corrupts everything it touches, having had to work within this rotten edifice himself to achieve any kind of business success. And he’s right.

But then it got even better.

Monday’s coverage of Donald Trump’s speech to veterans is a prime illustration of a trend noticed in September by Salena Zito over at The Atlantic: Some reporters and headline writers are taking Trump’s comments very literally rather than attempting to address the substance or trying to plumb what he’s really getting at. Trump’s supporters are the exact opposite—they’re interpreting what he actually means from his rather inarticulate way of saying what he has to say. The gulf between the two cultures has inflamed the anger of Trump supporters over how the media behaves.

And honestly, with the way the media—or at least media headlines—have approached Trump’s comments on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and veterans’ health treatment, I honestly don’t blame the Trump supporters.

So there is a path of criticism of Trump here, which is—just like many things he says in his public speeches—there’s little actual content. There’s a promise that things will be better under him with no real explanation why that will actually be the case.

What is not a legitimate path of criticism is to look at the totality of these comments and suggest that Trump thinks veterans are weak or that he somehow doesn’t want to support them. And yet, that’s exactly what happened due to writers deciding to run with “some people can’t take it” and emphasize it in headlines like ‘Trump Suggests that Soldiers with PTSD Aren’t ‘Strong,'” and the even more weaselly “Trump Appears to Suggest that Veterans with PTSD Are Not ‘Strong.'” [emphasis added]

And, obviously, the Democrats are running with it, with Vice President Joe Biden responding with blustering outrage and Hillary Clinton’s Twitter feed reminding folks of previous very stupid things (but unrelated) Trump has said about veterans.

All that is to be expected, of course; the Left is going to throw everything they can possibly find at Trump to try to stop any sort of reversal of their insidious eight-year run of absolute victory, and they’re going to lie every step of the way in doing it. It’s who they are, it’s what they do, and anybody who finds any of this surprising simply hasn’t been paying attention the last few decades.

No, what’s dismaying—although it really shouldn’t be all that surprising either—is how eager people who are supposed to be more or less on the side of blocking liberalism are to jump on the bandwagon too. I read some commentary from Jonah Goldberg on this latest “controversy” a day or so ago—probably a Corner post, but I did some digging around and can’t find it now—wherein he meekly defended Trump’s remarks but then went on to complain about how that one line could be taken as offensive because he didn’t put it politely enough, and how off-putting it all was, and why can’t he just show some dignity and learn to restrain himself and stop being such an outspoken boor, and the usual blah-blah. Trouble is, here is the “problematic” statement in context:

When you talk about the mental health problems when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it, and they see horror stories, they see events that you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it. Now we need a mental health help and medical and it’s one of the things that I think is least addressed and it’s one of the things I hear — like your question — one of the things I hear most about when I go around and talk to the veterans.

So we’re going to have a very, very robust, very very robust level of performance having to do with mental health. We are losing so many great people that can be taken care of if they have proper care.

You know when you hear the 22 suicides a day, it’s a big part of your question, but when you hear the 22 suicides a day, that should never be. That should never be, So we’re going to be addressing that very strongly.

And the whole mental health issue is going to be a very important issue when I take over, and the VA is going to be fixed in so many ways, but that’s gonna be one of the ways we’re gonna help. And that’s in many respects going to be the number one thing we have to do because I think it’s really been left behind. Ok? Thank you very much.

Inarticulate? I’d say so, yeah. Offensive? Not at all. Insensitive to or dismissive of veterans? Quite the opposite, if you have even one honest bone in your body. What it really is is simple, realistic, and compassionate.

But here’s the thing: even allowing for any annoyance one might have at Trump’s odd stream-of-consciousness speaking style, this is about as plain-vanilla a statement in support of veterans’ health as it’s possible to make. How much more bland and anodyne would it have to be before Goldberg wouldn’t find fault with it? And does Jonah really believe that if any of us on the Right just find some way to speak our minds in a milquetoast enough way, the Left will finally decide to allow us to dissent from their totalitarian program without further harassment and attempts at suppression? Can anybody possibly believe that?

What the #NeverTrumpTards are really demanding is that Trump speak, act, and campaign more like the professional politicians they’re accustomed to and comfortable with. In other words, the reason they hate and fear Trump is exactly what so many of us like most about him. Limbaugh puts paid to the whole sordid business:

I’m sick and tired of this stuff. I’m sick of them doing it. I’m sick and tired of it working. I’m sick and tired of the media carrying the ball and running with it. I’m sick and tired of the assumption. We’ve gotten to the point where Trump was actually talking about a serious problem that not everybody faces. The idea that some people don’t face this, he is being accused of being insensitive and he’s actually talking about how the VA has let those people down and we need to have a program of improvement where we deal with this a little bit better than we have been. And the fact that they tar and feather — because any expression of not feeling compassion supposedly is going to come under assault and attack.

I’m fed up with it. I have had, like you said, 30 years we’ve been having to deal with this kind of stuff. And some days it just really irritates me. I just blow up internally and the last two days have been like that. Every instance of this stuff, from this tax return business to the illegality. You know who is actually breaking the law in this country. It’s every Democrat you can think of in this regime, at the DOJ, and Hillary Clinton and her e-mail server. Trump hasn’t broken one law yet. The media is breaking the law. Hillary is breaking the law. And we have to hear how Trump is the bad guy and Trump poses the problem. And it’s just maddening, infuriating.

There’s a whole lot of reasons people are supporting Trump. Don’t misunderstand. And one of those reasons, and it may be the reason why it doesn’t matter what Trump does with this group of people, it’s all about defeating her.
It is all about keeping her and her husband as far away from the levers of power as possible. It is all about ending this woman’s political career. There are people that are totally devoted to that concept, that premise. That’s why they’ll support Trump no matter what he does or says.

That’s one reason, yeah. There are others, but removing the Clinton cancer from the body politic for good is an excellent one, maybe the best of all.

Can no one rid me of this troublesome priest update! Oh, and then there’s this:

The conservative website True Pundit cited anonymous “State Department sources” in a report on Sunday to claim that Clinton in 2010 suggested to some staff members that the U.S. “drone” Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, whose website had embarrassed the U.S. when it published diplomatic cables, among other documents.

“Can’t we just drone this guy?” the website claimed Clinton had said.

Of course Hillary denies it in her usual specious and dishonest way, claiming it was “a joke” before going into her all too familiar “I can’t recall…” refrain. And of course Politico, being so deep in the bag for Democrat Socialists they can’t even see daylight, try their best to help her maintain that risible fiction.

But every one of you out there knows as well as I do that she said it, and that it was no joke: if she thought for one minute she could get away with it, she would happily resort to assassination—a drone strike in London, on a foreign embassy, for God’s sake—to crush any dissent or exposure of her vileness, her hapless incompetence, her outright criminality.

Complain all you like about the choices on offer this election; sniff if you will at how veddy, veddy undignified it all is, how such uncouth swine simply shan’t be allowed to ever breath the rarified air of the Oval Office. These are the choices you have, and this is the last chance you will ever get, slim though it may be, to stop them, or at least repudiate them in no uncertain terms.

#NeverTrumpTards like George Will, John Kasich, and others might think they’re protecting their privileged positions at the trough by bleating that they’re just too morally upright to lower themselves to vote for such a disgraceful swine as Trump. But they’re doing no such thing. If Hillary defrauds her way into power, all these useful idiots will have done is put themselves in the well-worn crosshairs—literally—of someone who will have no moral objection whatever to pulling the trigger on them the moment she begins to believe it will work for her rather than against her.


Same shit, different same shovel

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off

It’s almost unbelievable. Or it would be, if we didn’t know what they’re really all about by now: they aren’t the opposition; they’re enablers, collaborators, collusionists, and in all ways the full partners of the people who have very nearly destroyed the nation.

Even though it only funds the government for a scant 69 days, the McConnell continuing resolution manages to do it at the bloated Boehner-Obama spending levels that were jammed down the throats of conservatives in 2015.

In doing so, the continuing resolution sets up yet another spending cliff that will spawn a false panic in the lame-duck session, and lay the groundwork for more “must-pass” terrible deals. In other words, in December, lawmakers will once more have to pass yet another spending bill in order to ensure the government continues normal operations.

Worse still, this continuing resolution fundamentally grows government. The bill includes $500 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address flooding in Louisiana—despite the $12 billion the agency already has.

Furthermore, it grants President Barack Obama vast new hiring authority, so he can bring in a bunch of bureaucrats to burrow into federal agencies right before he leaves office.

The most troubling elements of the McConnell continuing resolution, however, come down to policy. Conservative priorities are abandoned—or outright ignored—while liberal policies are given priority.

In his final bill, McConnell chose to side with the Democrats over conservatives.

Of course he did. He’s on their side, he and all the rest of the GOPe. Now go ahead and explain to me again all about the importance of “principle” in working to defeat the one man who stands even a ghost of a chance of disrupting this corrupt kabuki nonsense, and allowing Hillary to swindle her way into power instead.



September 14th, 2016 1 comment

Mare points out an amusing thing:

The leftist-“conservative” #NeverTrump folks have been promoting invadercoddler Gary Johnson as an alternative to voting for Donald Trump, despite the fact that some of these very same Johnson supporters excoriated people who voted for Johnson instead of Mitt Romney in 2012. One of #NeverTrump’s gripes about Donald Trump is that he isn’t well informed enough about the world to be President. Yet, somehow, they think Gary Johnson is a better choice.

The funniest thing to me is that, by some mechanism I don’t pretend to understand, I’m now being spammed by Gary Johnson’s e-mail list. Every day these little donation-begging missives appear in my inbox sporting headlines like “We’ve turned the corner!”, “It’s happening!”, “Victory is OURS!”, “The incantations are working!”, “Please send $$$$—eye of newt, bat wings, and chicken blood are expensive, and ain’t gonna buy themselves!”, etc. They’re completely detached from reality as only a Big-L Libertarian can be, and taken in the context that nobody knows or cares about Johnson’s desperation bid for the presidency, completely hilarious. Especially the forced, calculated faux-optimism that Johnson and his team seem to think is necessary for winning—whatever that might mean to them.

But funny as all that is, nothing could be more gut-busting than the feeble protestations of the increasingly-forlorn fans of Ewan McMuffin. He has even less hope of winning anything than Johnson, who has no hope at all. His supporters know it full well, and it hurts them in an almost-palpable way, as they rationalize helping to make the vile Sick Hillary president by referring to “principles” that are suddenly a lot less malleable than when they were demanding the rest of us “fall in line” to vote for “severe conservative” Mittens Romneycare. How making Hillary president is supposed to “restore conservatism” and “rebuild the GOP” is left to your imagination, which had damned well better be both florid and hyperactive in order to be equal to that monumental task.

Crap; with that last paragraph, I seem to have used up my daily allowance of sneer quotes. Oh well.

I’ve said many times before that I’d love to see a truly competitive third party emerge, which could more accurately be described as a second party—a true, dedicated, and effective opposition to the Big Government status quo, rather than the phonus-balonus Uniparty we have now. But the exercise in futility that is and always will be the Libertarian Party ain’t it. And neither is whatever conglomeration of open-borders weasels the GOPe has in mind.


Missing the point

September 2nd, 2016 2 comments

They still don’t get it.

Jonah asks, “If Trump’s success is all about these Very Important Issues, why aren’t those issues working for anyone else?”

Because it wasn’t about those issues, excepting maybe immigration. It’s about disruption. It’s about breaking the stranglehold of the Professional Politician class—a class the Founders despised the very idea of, and whose rise they sought to prevent—on our national governance and institutions. Is it really that hard to figure out?

None so blind etc.


Can’t anybody here play this game?

August 27th, 2016 2 comments

Looks like at least some are fairly well mired in Stage Four.

I’ve watched the campaign of Donald J. Trump for the presidency with interest since the moment this unique spectacle began. As I explained early on, while I considered the man himself to be a clownish character, I was glad that he was raising issues that needed to be discussed but weren’t until The Donald entered the race.

I knew from the moment Mitt Romney lost an election in 2012 that he shouldn’t have that the Republican Party would take all the wrong lessons from that needless defeat. As I predicted, rather than refocus to win more votes from demographics that felt unloved by Romney — especially working class whites — the GOP establishment would jump through great intellectual hoops to reach any other conclusion. And so they did.

Right-leaning pundits and the GOP’s donor class, which between them pretty much call the shots on what’s acceptable Republican discourse, wanted nothing to do with any outreach to downmarket whites, whom they despise. So it’s safe to say we wouldn’t be talking about out of control illegal immigration or job losses to China if it weren’t for Trump, who sashayed and tweeted his way into the campaign and shifted the GOP’s Overton window in a stunning fashion.

There will be much for future historians to ponder in this year’s remarkable Republican primary race, which left the party’s “stars” gasping for breath, not sure exactly what hit them when the vaunted Trump train barreled through their ranks. Like pretty much every other pundit in America, I got it wrongwhen I said last summer that Trump stood no chance of getting the Republican nomination, much less winding up in the White House. Otherwise I stick by most of what I said about Trump and his candidacy when this strange saga kicked off.

That said, I always had doubts about Trump, enormous ones. How not? This, after all, is a reality TV star whose all-over-the-map business dealings can charitably be called dodgy. In a field like national politics that attracts narcissists like schoolyards beckon pedophiles, Trump is a standout for his rank, tacky self-absorption. His inability to admit ever being wrong, his incessant need to double, then triple-down on any issue, however small, was impossible to miss. Warning signs were large and neon-lit for anyone caring to see.

Nevertheless, I had hopes that, eventually, professional handlers would get a hold of Trump and moderate his rough edges. Once he secured the GOP nomination a more focused Trump — one not needing to respond to every imagined slight with an incendiary tweet — had to arrive. Surely if he expected to be competitive in the general election, Trump knew he would have to refocus, stop pandering to his narrow but fervent base, and start talking like, well….a president.

Alas, I was wrong. Wise friends of mine like Tom Nichols and Rick Wilson were right all along. There is no better Trump. There is no responsible Trump. There is no balanced Trump. There is no presidential Trump. There is only Trump.

Which is plenty enough for those of us who support him. What guys like this can’t seem to comprehend is that we’re not looking for a statesman. We’re not looking for a knight on a white charger to ride up and save us. We’re not even looking for a Pure Conservative to defend The Faith and change half the country’s mind about the value of Constitutional government. We’re certainly not looking for a professional politician. They’re the ones who got us into this mess.

What we’re looking for is a pause, and a disruption. A space to catch our breath, and to begin to re-establish the principle that certain basic ideas—a national border; enforcement of our immigration laws; a realistic appraisal of Islam and Muslim “refugees”; the quaint and long-abandoned notion of putting American interests first; the proposition that any wars we fight, we fight all out to win convincingly or we don’t bother fighting at all—have a place in the national dialogue. That those ideas are worthy of more than just blank dismissal, or even outright vicious assault as if they were some sort of hateful virus injected into the body politic by aliens bent on our destruction.

That’s all; nothing more. Nothing else, absolutely nothing else, is on the ballot this election, nor was it ever going to be. Deal with it.

But close as he is to emerging into Stage Five acceptance, he still isn’t there yet:

This is a man who cannot listen to any opinions contrary to his own. Sycophancy is a requirement for admission to Trump’s inner circle, which explains why his echo chamber is so effective at silencing reality. His campaign is now in free fall. His self-immolation in the weeks after the Republican convention — between attacks on the family of a dead American soldier to asking the Kremlin to find Clinton’s missing emails — is unprecedented in our country’s political history. Trump will lose catastrophically on November 8 to Hillary Clinton, an almost unimaginably flawed candidate whom any normal Republican could defeat, and whose moving back into the White House fills me with dread.

As well it ought. But look at what he just did there: he accepted dishonest and underhanded premises put forth by the establishment Ruling Class elite who have brought us nothing but capitulation to and advancement of the Progressivist agenda, without question. And those premises are patently false.

“Attacks on the family of a dead American soldier”—after Trump was himself attacked by a paid Democrat Socialist shill who has no idea what the Constitution actually says, and couldn’t care less anyway—a jihadist Muslim, moreover, whatever his son may have been (and Trump had nothing but praise for the son, by the way), who openly supports the Taliban and sharia. “Asking the Kremlin to find Clinton’s missing emails”—which isn’t really what he said at all, and was spoken as an offhand joke anyway, not a literal encouragement of an espionage that had already successfully taken place.

This is a perfect example of why Republicans can never win, and why, on the occasions when they do, the “victory” is meaningless. But it gets worse:

It would be in the interests of America and the Republican Party for Trump to step down at once, to at least give the GOP a fighting chance to keep Clinton out of the White House.

Are you fucking kidding? In what universe would that do anything other than cement the image of Republicans as a bunch of half-assed, clueless, disorganized Keystone Cops, and guarantee their also-ran status forevermore? Who in their right mind, not completely unhinged by Trump Derangement Syndrome, could possibly put this stark staring madness forth as a reasonable strategy for anything other than a huge Hillary win?

With friends like this, the former Republic will never want for enemies.

Last week, from the cliff’s edge of collapsing poll numbers, Trump gave hints of a more sober, less hysterical self. There was even a vague apology of sorts for his past offenses.

And of course you milksop Status Quo Republicans would love it if it were so. It puts your world back on its greasy rails, meekly submitting without the slightest demurral to Progressivist charges of “racism!” for daring to assert that unrestricted and unmonitored immigration might not be an entirely Good Thing; humbly absorbing every slanderous liberal-media falsehood without ever once fighting back in any way. That’s the Republican Party we’ve all come to know and loathe, by God! More like this, before these knuckledragging Dirt People get above their station and forget their proper place!

To hell with witless, weak-kneed milquetoasts like this guy, each and every one, with all their sniffing and whimpering about a lost decorum and dignity that politics has never, ever had. A storm, a really bad one, is a-building just over the horizon. Trump is the last possible chance to avert its wrath, or at least blunt it a little. Pathetic douchebaggery like what this dweeb is promoting is all done, as well it ought to be. If things do indeed go as he and others like him so clearly hope, well…apres Trump, le deluge. He pukes up a last little gobbet of madness to close with:

No American who cares about our national security can vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Just because the former is a greater threat to our democracy does not make the latter acceptable. Former CIA officer Evan McMullin has thrown his hat in the ring and is running as an independent, offering an alternative on November 8 for those who care about our national security. McMullin offers an honorable option for those who cannot pull the lever for anybody named Clinton. I care a lot about honor and I will be voting for Evan. You should think about it too.

Pffft. Yeah, right. All four of you should definitely do that thing. And lotsa luck with it, too.

All is lost for Trump more than two months out from the election…but that’s plenty of time for a complete unknown—who would seem to be more than just a bit of a typical GOPe squish, by the way—to ride up and save us from our folly. And of course Trump’s horrible, horrible, no good poll numbers are reason aplenty to hitch our wagon to somebody who likely can’t even muster double digits.

Hey, makes sense to me. In a pig’s eye, it does. Peddle that desperate horseshit someplace else, bub. The market is very damned flat for it over here.

I repeat: sheesh. I should maybe say that I don’t mean to seem as if I’m attacking Schindler personally here; as I recollect, I’ve linked approvingly to some of his WoT articles in the past, and if I’m remembering correctly he’s been pretty good on that stuff. But this post is pretty well representative of the NeverTrump mindset generally, and I’m just not on board with it.

The punditry and the Status Quo GOPers really, really need to get out of DC now and then, or at least stop dedicating all their time, intellect, and attention to what goes on there as if it reflected at all on anything happening in the rest of the country—beyond regulating it to death, robbing it blind, and leaving it wide open to attack. They’re desperate to hold onto their meager perks under endless Democrat Socialist regimes, but they can’t even manage to put up any better of a fight for them than plumping for this Erwin McGonigle guy, or whatever the hell his name is? Is it any wonder that they’ve done so little with the Congressional majorities they were handed years ago? Can anybody but them really wonder why we’re finished with them?

(Via Glenn)


Nice try Pathetic attempt

August 16th, 2016 2 comments

Roger has the right of it:

Donald Trump gave a foreign policy speech in Ohio Monday that should have calmed down for the moment — though it undoubtedly won’t — some of the mainstream media feeding frenzy over his assertion that Obama and Clinton were the “founders” of ISIS.

It couldn’t have been more obvious that what Trump meant then was they were the “enablers,” not the “founders.” He was dramatizing, as is his wont, for effect. But in their zeal to drive Donald into the ground, the media wouldn’t let go.

Unfortunately, Trump’s famously thin skin doesn’t allow him to explain himself, as he could in thirty seconds, not that the MSM would give him a chance anyway. They are so appalled by his candidacy that they won’t let one idea leak through lest their sainted favorite, Mrs. Clinton, look bad by comparison.  She is running an ideas-free campaign, particularly in the area of foreign policy where her record from Iraq to Libya to Iran, as Trump pointed out in Monday’s speech, is atrocious. Thus the press resorts to unending attacks on Trump’s rhetoric with the blinded American people as the victims.

They’re lying, and they know they’re lying, and they’re going to go right on lying. It’s the only play they have, and the only one they’re interested in anyway. They’ve done the same with every Republican candidate since Reagan; they’ve had great success with it, because the Republicans have no real interest in fighting back. It’s certainly nothing new, and their hypocrisy and dishonesty is only too obvious when you simply think back a bit; as Ed notes: “Chris Matthews Said Cheney ‘Created al-Qaeda,’ ‘Created ISIS.’”

They’re pulling out all the stops, folks; it should come as a surprise to precisely no one. Another among many perfect examples: “Report: Trump exhausted, bewildered.” No mention anywhere of this, natch:


Tell me again all about who’s “exhausted” and “bewildered,” whydon’tcha. The pathetic, megalomaniacal, entirely corrupt, and quite possibly brain-damaged feeb can’t even negotiate an ordinary fucking flight of steps without help. And her “short circuit” faux pas was probably the most accidentally honest and accurate statement she ever made in her life.

The only really interesting thing? The above article is just a lame rehash of a typical NYSlimes hit-piece, approvingly linked by the Washington Examiner, which really ought to know better. The title of the NYT slime job is telling, too: “Inside the Failing Mission to Tame Donald Trump’s Tongue.” Sorry, but his tongue doesn’t need “taming”; there are plenty of us who have been waiting a long time for somebody to say the things he’s saying, which are just plain common sense and can only be rendered “racist,” “xenophobic,” “hateful,” “dangerous,” and “insane” by liberal helpings of falsehood and self-righteous piety.

And the Washington Examiner, an ostensibly conservative outlet I’ve been pleased to link to and excerpt quite a bit over the years, is all in with this insidious, lying shitfling—as are all too many others.

But that’s been the real story all along: the Status Quo Republicans, and their We’d Rather Lose Than Fight cohorts in so-called “conservative” media, are eagerly assisting in Praetorian Media’s nasty campaign to protect the perks and privileges enjoyed by the entitled DC parasites, of both Uniparty wings, leeching off of the rest of us. So-called “conservatives” are tripping over themselves to halt the advance of the one real shot they’ve had at slowing the relentless march of Leftism against what little is left of America. Indeed, they seem to be every bit as terrified of any prospective derailing of the FedGovCo gravy train as any bottom-feeding Democrat Socialist you could name. Why, you’d almost think they’d been faking it all these years or something.

I repeat: if they’d fought half as hard against Obama all this time as they are against Trump and us moronic, trailer-dwelling, mouthbreathing, too-white, unemployed, frightened “Trumpkins,” they wouldn’t be where they are right now.

But here and there, sometimes in the unlikeliest of places, the light continues to dawn. Thus:

No doubt, Trump’s trade policies violate conservative doctrine on the free exchange of goods and services across borders. Still, it was good to hear Trump say on Monday, “Trade has big benefits, and I am in favor of trade. But I want great trade deals for our country that create more jobs and higher wages for American workers. Isolation is not an option, only great and well-crafted trade deals are.” Also, Trump’s frequent inability to mute his internal monologue maddens even his most avid supporters. However, on policy issues and political judgments, Trump has done the Right thing — only to hear catcalls from the very conservatives who should welcome his major strides in their direction.

Even when a flawed candidate promises to practice most of what the Right has preached for decades, and even as these desperately needed solutions enjoy a fighting chance of being signed into law by a President Trump, Crooked Hillary’s conservative comrades reject Trump – the only candidate who can stop Hillary. Instead, they are building the gallows on which the Left’s Lady High Executioner will hang their ideas until dead.

No matter; apparently, “conservative” principles only count as long as they have no chance of ever actually being implemented, and as long as the “conservative” elite can keep edging their snouts into the trough on those occasions when the Democrat Socialists consent to slide over and let them in. Pretending to be a legitimate opposition to the Leftist agenda while keeping on with business as usual is enough for them; nothing else matters, and there just ain’t no credible way to deny it anymore. These last weeks since the GOP convention have put paid once and for all to that. If you don’t believe it, ask a Tea Partier sometime. If you can still find one.

Bottom line? This:


All this is known as “restoring conservatism” via “voting your conscience,” folks. Y’know, like we were all so venomously denounced for back when we were being told that we “didn’t have to fall in love, just fall in line” for “severe conservative” perennial losers like McCain and Romney.

This well-earned and long-overdue comeuppance couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of assholes, as far as I’m concerned. Despite their sniffy lamentations about its being chaotic, bizarre, and somehow disgraceful, this is the most entertaining and edifying election I’ve ever witnessed in a long lifetime of paying attention.


Remain calm

August 5th, 2016 3 comments

Vox sees it:

The Khan/Implosion narrative (is) nothing more than the Democratic hasbara that we’ve been seeing on this blog and others, writ large. As for the polls, I remind you of my previous assessment: they don’t mean ANYTHING until 30 days after the end of the second convention.

If there is no discernible Trump trend by then, it MIGHT be time to start considering the possibility of a Hillary win. In the meantime, pay no attention to the media’s attempt to establish a false narrative. Remember, they are trying to shape reality, they are not honestly reporting it.

Let’s look at this rationally. If the media was genuinely convinced that Hillary Clinton was going to win, do you really think they would engage in this sort of mass narrative-shaping instead of triumphantly slinging insults at Republicans while victory-dancing?

As to how long it will be before they pivot, I would say one week after the polls start showing Trump within striking distance of Hillary again. Which should be in about one month.

UPDATE: from the comments: “Ricky Vaughn 99 has suggested for months that it all starts with one push from Labor Day. He has said Trump does pushes and retreats in waves.

I have noticed this too. Remember there were similar lulls around the time Michelle Fields was raped, murdered, and dismembered at a Trump rally and again after the Ohio loss cost Trump the Republican nomination.

No need to get all distressed and handwringy over the media doing what it was always going to do, what it has always done, and what it was going to do regardless of who the Republican nominee was. Remember when Mitt Romney—that nicest of all nice-guy perennial-loser candidates for whom the libtards and Republicrats (pardon the redundancy) now so winsomely yearn—was pushing grannies in wheelchairs off cliffs, deliberately giving female employees cancer, raping companies and destroying entire economies to enrich himself and his greedy-bastard cronies, and murdering his dog by putting it in a rooftop car carrier? If not, you damned well ought to.

This is all just business as usual, folks, the principal difference being that fewer of us than ever are agreeing to get into the van with the nice Republican conman to take some of that candy he’s been offering on our way home from school. Don’t let’s be fooled again, and don’t let yourself be hoodwinked and stampeded by these conniving swindlers again either.


Fix: in

July 1st, 2016 2 comments

I’m sure this was perfectly innocent, just a “courtesy call,” like The Creep says.

We have a surprise visit by Bill Clinton to the attorney general in a private plane on the tarmac at Phoenix. If it hadn’t been for a local Phoenix ABC affiliate, we wouldn’t know that it had happened.

Now, neither Clinton nor Loretta Lynch actually arrived in Phoenix on that plane. Did you know that? You didn’t know that? The plane on which they met is not the plane either of them used to get there. It looks like somebody put that plane there so nobody would see the meeting.  And again, as I say, if it weren’t for this local ABC affiliate, for some reason had a camera crew out at Sky Harbor, we wouldn’t know that this meeting had taken place.

Now, here’s what we are told this was all about. For some reason, former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area. We don’t know why.  He just happened to be there. The story is that he was playing golf in Phoenix. It’s 108 degrees, Bill Clinton playing golf in Phoenix. Somebody who has had serious heart surgery. It sounds to me like a bit of a stretch but we’ll go with it because that’s what is being reported here by the local ABC affiliate, KNXV in Phoenix.

So the story is this. Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area, arrived at Sky Harbor Airport Monday evening to leave. This is what it says next. “Sources tell ABC15 Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival.”

So we are supposed to believe here that Bill Clinton, a 70-year-old man with a history of heart trouble, played golf in Phoenix where it was 108, 110 degrees, maybe he played on Sunday when it was 108, I don’t know. And then he’s on the way to the airport to leave, is told that Loretta Lynch, the attorney general, is soon due to arrive, delays his departure, goes to a vacant private jet on the tarmac where she happens to be. He delays his departure to go have the meeting at which they discuss their grandchildren and their travels.

(Clinton impression) “Hey, Loretta, you know, I heard you were here, and I just wanted to come say hi before I left. You know what? Got a grandkid coming. Do you have any grandkids, Loretta?”

“Yes, Mr. President.”

“Aren’t they great? That’s the greatest thing in the world. I’m glad I caught you. I’m glad I found you before you left so I could talk about our grandchildren with you. I’ve been playing golf here in Phoenix. What are you gonna be doing? Is that right? You’re over here to take over the police department. Good for you. Hey, good seeing you. I’m glad you waited for me, have this little meeting about our grandkids before you leave. Hope you have a great visit, whatever you do, and I’ll check you later,” and he leaves.

I try to envision that and it just doesn’t work for me. It just doesn’t work for me.

And then this express item. “There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department,” or anything having to do with Hillary Clinton’s emails or anything related to it. Nothing like that happened. That just doesn’t work for me.

Nor should it; if it does, you’re either a liar or a fool. Obama, Lyin’ Lynch, the Democrat Socialist Party, and the Clintons—may the lot of them rot in Hell for a thousand years—assume we’re all fools. In fact, they’re depending on it. It’s that simple. They’re laughing at you just as surely as ISIS is laughing at them.

Meanwhile, the Republicrats continue to “fight” just as hard as they always have against them.

The House will vote on a counterterrorism package that will include a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, Speaker Paul D. Ryan told Republicans on a conference call Thursday, according to a source on the call.

The House, when it returns next week from its July Fourth recess, will also vote on a mental health bill , sponsored by Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, Ryan told his House colleagues.

Ryan’s decision comes a week after Democrats disrupted House activities  with a nearly 26-hour sit-in demanding action on gun control. It’s unclear whether Ryan’s proposal would include the broad “no fly, no buy” proposal Democrats have supported or a more limited version endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Gee, I wonder which it will be. As Z said the other day: “They never quit. They never change their minds. They just keep at it until they get their way.” And another former right “guaranteed” by our erstwhile Constitution—the right to due process before having your most essential rights and freedoms summarily stripped—will be dragged to the curb and hauled away by our benevolent government.

If you support Constitutional government, you have no representation in this one. None. I suggest, instead of hauling out the beer, BBQ, and sparklers (nothing stronger, they’re all banned) for the Fourth, we break out the black armbands instead. Because the America we celebrate on the Fourth is long dead, and it deserves to be properly mourned.

Update! Via Bill: “Mitch McConnell Praises Hillary Clinton — Day After Benghazi Report.” Well, of course he does. Why wouldn’t he? They’re all on the same side here, after all. Just one big(-government) happy family.

Updated update! Seems to be a day for silly-assed headlines and subheads:

Speaker Paul Ryan Will Bring Gun Bill to House Floor Next Week
Which party controls the House of Representatives?

Why, the same one that has for years now: the Uniparty.

Update to the updated update! And another: “Secret meeting with Bill Clinton was either malicious or stupid.” Well, yes. And it was something else, too: corrupt to the fucking bone, and perfectly, dismally typical of the kind of government we have. Anybody expecting an indictment against Hillary for her treasonous actions is kidding themselves, just as I’ve said all along. You can pick from any number of rationalizations as to why, from avoidance of pre-election chaos resulting from an indictment of a major-party nominee to “everybody else does it too,” but two indisputable facts remain: 1) it ain’t happening, and 2) if it were you or me, we’d have been hung already, or sitting in jail at the very least.


How it all works

June 2nd, 2016 4 comments

Thank God our beloved Federal Gummint, which only wants to protect and serve and nurture us and make sure we’re “happy” whether we like it or not, saved us from all those fascist Nazi conservative Republican wingnut guitars.

While 30 men in SWAT attire dispatched from Homeland Security and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cart away about half a million dollars of wood and guitars, seven armed agents interrogate an employee without benefit of a lawyer. The next day Juszkiewicz receives a letter warning that he cannot touch any guitar left in the plant, under threat of being charged with a separate federal offense for each “violation,” punishable by a jail term.

Up until that point Gibson had not received so much as a postcard telling the company it might be doing something wrong. Thus began a five-year saga, extensively covered by the press, with reputation-destroying leaks and shady allegations that Gibson was illegally importing wood from endangered tree species. In the end, formal charges were never filed, but the disruption to Gibson’s business and the mounting legal fees and threat of imprisonment induced Juszkiewicz to settle for $250,000—with an additional $50,000 “donation” piled on to pay off an environmental activist group.

What really happened at the Nashville plant?

Why, crony fascism Amerika v2.0-style, of course. To wit:

The inexplicable raid nearly two years ago on a guitar maker for using allegedly illegal wood that its competitors also used was another targeting by this administration of its political enemies.

Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood,” which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

See? Not hard to figure out after all—provided, as I keep saying, that you just assume the worst about Obama and Pals. Then everything, and I mean everything, suddenly makes perfect sense. Weaponsman sums it all up nicely:

After a five year legal bastinado, Juskiewicz settled for $250,000, on the advice of his attorneys. It was all a brush-back pass from a mobbed-up union: “Nice business you got here. Wouldn’t want anything to happen to it.” But the warlords of the US Attorney’s Office weren’t done. Their last demand for Juskiewicz was for Gibson to “donate” $50,000 to one of the prosecutors’ favorite environmental charities.

When someone says, “Give me money or I will harm you,” that person is no longer a participant in any kind of an organized system of laws at all, but of the oldest form of government of all: the dominion of the strong over the weak, and of the cruel over the gentle.

And, well, here we are. As I said way back when I first posted on this story, I’ve always loved Gibsons, and I’ll cheerfully buy all of them I can afford from now on just on principle alone (do note from that previous post that Gibson came out with a new model shortly after the Brownshirt raid: the Government Series II Les Paul, made from wood seized in the raid). Tragically, that number remains stuck at precisely zero. But hey, a guy can dream. WRSA provides the coda:

It will only get worse.

Especially as long as the perps see themselves as above the fray.

Precisely so. And that’s what really needs to change, although I’d correct that to say that they don’t see themselves as “above the fray” at all; they see themselves as right in the thick of it—masters and directors of it, and invulnerable to consequences or repercussion. A large number of said perps swinging by their necks from East Indian Rosewood trees would be a fine and fitting start towards correcting that assumption.

Metaphorically speaking, of course.


Saint George VICIOUSLY ATTACKED; Enter The Donald!

May 24th, 2016 2 comments

About time somebody besides me and Bill said it.

Is there anything more laughable than all the former members of the George W. Bush brain trust torching conservatives for getting behind Donald Trump? The stale complaint is that conservatives are tossing overboard their “core principles” when they get behind the fairly elected Republican nominee.

I won’t mention names, but here is the latest offensive rant of one longtime Bush aide who wrote in — where else — that bastion of conservative thought, The Washington Post:

“Now loyalty to party is causing many to abandon their ideals. Conservatism is not misogyny. Conservatism is not nativism and protectionism. Conservatism is not religious bigotry and conspiracy theories. Conservatism is not anti-intellectual and anti-science. For the sake of partisanship — for a mess of pottage — some conservatives are surrendering their identity.”


This from the Bushies who shoved down our throats the biggest expansion in Medicare in decades and the No Child Left Behind buildup of the Department of Education, who spent money at twice the pace of Bill Clinton, who wrote Hank Paulson and the Treasury Department a $700 billion check to bail out financial companies, who sent American troops into Afghanistan for the Wilsonian purpose of “nation-building” with no apparent result, and who passed the worst energy bill in American history — a bill that regulates every electrical appliance in your home, from the light bulbs you put in your bedroom to the energy efficiency of your refrigerator.

Trump supporters have to listen to holier-than-thou sermons from these people? Really? This is like being lectured to by Snoop Dog about smut on the radio.

I more or less gave up on Rush Limbaugh back in 2000 when Dubya became the nominee and Limbaugh started pimping him as a “true conservative” when anybody could see he was no such thing—all amid the most vehement denials from Rush that he was any kind of “party shill,” no less—and have only in the last year or two started occasionally listening to him again. It just annoyed the hell out of me, and went right on annoying me, and still does, even though I ended up rallying around Bush myself after 9/11.

And now, as Moore says, those of us whose main concern is seeing the business-as-usual nature of our National Election Shows taken by the scruff of the neck and shaken a bit have to listen to lectures about conservative purity? Um, sad for them and all, but…no. Not listening; not interested, not even slightly. Put another way:

You can disagree with the priorities or even the values of Trump voters. But to call them misogynists, bigots, anti-intellectuals and anti-science? Shameful. What’s next: calling Trump voters fascists? No wonder the grass roots thumb their noses at the Republicans’ intellectual leadership. They’re just returning the favor.

Like it or not, the times, they have a-changed, while the Republican Party went right on hitting the snooze button. To adapt a quote from 1635: The Tangled Web: the current Republican approach—to Trump alone, and never to phony “severe conservatives” like Romney or McCain or, yes, Bush—falls into “the category of the pursuit of the perfect driving out the ‘good enough for the current circumstances,’ leaving us with the ‘nothing at all.'”

It’s sometimes said that some group or other would rather have a prospective adversary “inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.” Well, Trump is outside pissing ON the tent. Because it’s on fire. And the people inside seem to be intent on sleeping right through the whole thing.

It’s all well and good to be concerned about Trump not being a “true conservative.” I get that, I really do, and to some degree I even sympathize with it. But “true conservative” ain’t on the menu, and it never was except—perhaps—in the person of a too-slippery-by-half professional politician who never did stand a chance of being elected to any higher office than the one he already has, and whose “true conservative” approach has proven to be entirely ineffective.

Here’s a Litany of Grievances from a FNG who I already slapped into Ye Olde Blogrolle on the strength of his inaugural post, which I happened across via Bill:

So Americans have suffered in silence for over a quarter-century by now. But what is it we’ve suffered? You, Kevin, wrote an internet boogeyman article a while back. The idea was that Americans are bent, and the reason we’re bent is because we think the Mexicans stole all our jobs, made our communities crumble, and left us economically worse off. You then went on to demonstrate that Americans haven’t really suffered economically on average, so we’ve got no real reason to be bent. We’re just a bunch of selfish whiners and losers. QED.

Equating economics with happiness is a leftish mistake, by the way. But I’ll grant that Americans are bent. Why are Americans bent? Because shitty stuff is happening to our country, and the perpetrators are not only getting away with it, they’re living high because of it. Here’s the short list of what Americans see happening (the long list would suck the rest of this letter into a black hole):

  • Fast and furious: ATF perpetrates a fraud to get people killed and pin the blame on Americans.
  • Obamacare: obviously unconstitutional with its individual mandate, and wrecks the healthcare system
  • Massive bailouts and spending initiatives from a drunken, insolvent government
  • EPA out of control, DOE sadly in control
  • The Feds going to some trouble and expense to make government shutdowns exceptionally painful for Americans
  • Bungled, interminable wars
  • The Benghazi debacle and coverup
  • The Secretary of State conducting illegal business on an illegal email server, greatly to the benefit of a hostile foreign power
  • The creeping normalization of NSA snooping on Americans not involved in any official investigation
  • The OPM hack: A strategic defeat both devastating and historically unique. Agents of a hostile foreign power were put in charge of securing our most sensitive information, with predictable results.
  • The VA scandal: veterans dying while bureaucrats falsify records and collect bonuses
  • The transmutation of our institutions of learning into hotbeds of mental illness and hysteria
  • A general “can’t do” attitude as regards securing our border with Mexico
  • The President, in negotiation with Iran over nuclear weapons, actively and energetically represents Iranian interests, without trying to win even the most marginal concessions for America.

This kind of thing makes Americans feel sick with rage. And the perps prosper, instead of swinging on the end of a rope. It’s intolerable.

Enter Donald Trump. Now, nobody really knows what kind of President Trump will be. It’s pretty clear that he himself hasn’t worked out the details. Trump’s ideological integrity is an unknown, and he has a streak of violence and unpredictability.

But Trump’s social identity is clearly American: crass but competent, vulgar but victorious. And when you look at that list up there, it’s hard to picture Donald J. Trump being the perp in any of those cases. Can you imagine him getting as raw a deal as Obama did with the Iranians? (By the way, a touch of violence and unpredictability is a huge asset in those kinds of negotiations.) Do you suppose Trump would smile benignly on the incompetence and corruption that led to the VA scandal and the OPM hack? Would Trump be tempted by bribes from the enemies of America? Trump has already pledged, in writing, to secure the southern border and repeal the individual mandate. Are these bad things?

According to GAGA Republican hysterics and Democrat-Socialist Benedict Arnolds alike (with apologies to the shade of Arnold for the grievous insult), they most certainly are. But note the common theme in that list above: in every case, what you see is either the Ruling Class or the federal gummint itself united in opposition to the best interests of ordinary Americans. In some of them, outright working with enemies of the former Republic against a clear and easily definable American interest. And the Republicans, far from stopping it, did nothing meaningful even to oppose it—despite gaining absolute control over the purse strings for the last six years.

When considered all at once like this, one can easily see that we’re well past being “governed against the will of the people,” as the saying goes. In truth, you can’t even see the will of the people from where we are, and nobody governing us, Republicrat or Demican, is much interested in looking for it anyway.

If you’re still baffled and discombobulated about the Trump Thing, well, I don’t think there’s anything more I can say to put you wise. One more excerpt from the esteemed FNG:

We Americans tend to be vulgar. It’s fun. America really was a better place when you could make “Blazing Saddles” in it.

…And in the meantime, you talked quietly amongst yourselves about classical liberalism. But the real vessel of classical liberalism is the USA, not the GOP. And if we’re serious about classical liberalism, that means big dramatic things will have to happen, very soon. Classical liberalism is utterly incompatible with the bloated, incompetent, and fraudulent government which Republicans have so effectively shielded against reform.

Americans do not want a soft-spoken, beta-male, non-threatening, baby-steps executive. There are some people we definitely want to feel threatened, like our geopolitical enemies and the traitors and bed-featherers currently thriving in the Deep State.

What will President Trump do? I have my doubts. But any doubt is preferable to the certainties that come with, say, Jeb Bush. And the possibilities on the upside are YUGE.

Yes indeed. Trump amounts to the last throw of the dice for a great many of us. If we come up craps, well, how are we any worse off than we would’ve been with ¡Yeb! or Rubio or any of the other pre-approved losers? At this point, we’re in a war, and we’re going to war with the army we have, with the intention of living on our feet rather than dying on our knees, to mix and mingle a few fine old slogans.

And given this, I don’t think there can be a whole lot of serious doubt about the outcome.