Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

“War for the soul of America”

And if you think that could ever mean anything less than real, true war, you’re dreaming.

The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now.

This is a fight to the finish.

Trump has been warned by congressional Democrats that if he in any way impedes the work of Mueller’s office, he risks impeachment.

Well, let’s find out.

If the House Judiciary Committee of incoming chairman Jerrold Nadler wishes to impeach Trump for forcing Mueller to fish or cut bait, Trump’s allies should broaden the debate to the real motivation here of the defeated establishment: It detests the man the American people chose to lead their country and thus wants to use its political and cultural power to effect his removal.

To a world watching with fascination this death struggle convulsing our capital, one wonders how attractive American democracy appears.

And just how much division can this democracy stand?

We know what the left thinks of Trump’s “base.”

Hillary Clinton told us. Half his supporters, she said, are a “basket of deplorables” who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” Lately, America’s populist right has been called fascist and neo-Nazi.

How can the left “unite” with people like that? Why should the left not try to drive such “racists” out of power by any means necessary?

This is the thinking that bred antifa.

As for those on the right — as they watch the left disparage the old heroes, tear down their monuments, purge Christianity from their public schools — they have come to conclude that their enemies are at root anti-Christian and anti-American.

How do we unify a nation where the opposing camps believe this?

More importantly: why would we even want to? If you’re willing to compromise with Leftists in order to enjoy what will certainly end up being a quite brief period of phony “unity” with such, then tell me: which of the Bill Of Rights are you willing to give up?

That haven’t already been taken from you, I mean.

Via WRSA, along with a useful diagram at the end of the post to help with proper trigger technique.

Update! It’s war all right—cold at the moment, perhaps, but heating up quickly.

Moving away from the strictly sectarian, Tucker Carlson has his finger on the pulse of the left-wing speech stiflers of every persuasion who use tragedy as a justification for shutting down right-leaning opinion.

Accusing them of committing “moral blackmail,” Carlson argued the other week, “They want to take charge of what you want to say and think…until the range of free speech narrows until it resembles a CNN script.”

“This is how free speech dies,” Carlson said. A little over a week later, an Antifa mob tried to break down Carlson’s door while his wife locked herself in the pantry and called the police.

So Carlson knows what he’s talking about. And he’s right—free speech is in peril and may very well die. But only if conservatives give in to the leftist bullies instead of fighting them.

True enough. But does either Carlson or the author of this piece fully realize that “fighting” is almost certainly going to mean not merely debating or campaigning or voting, but actual, physical fighting?

Yet again, I’m reminded of good ol’ Malone:

Malone: [talking privately in a church] You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?

Ness: Anything within the law.

Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they’re not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.

The Left has to date given no cause whatsoever to doubt their dedication to their cause, their absolute commitment to seeing the transformation of America into a socialist Hell through to completion. They are very close to achieving their objective and have no intention of giving up now, particularly after Black Tuesday’s gains. Malone’s statement, sobering though it is, is both wise and true. His stark question will have to be answered by each and every one of us, probably sooner than we would wish. You don’t have to like it. You DO have to live with it.

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UNITY!

I’m all for it. So is Kurt.

The simple truth is that these shrill demands for unity are really demands for our surrender. The elitists who are howling that we have to come together have no intention of coming together with us. Rather, they want us to come together around them and the very same policies, initiatives, and weird taboos that we’ve spent the last few election cycles repudiating.

What, exactly, do these people propose to give up to help close America’s divide? Their campaigns against our free speech? Our religions? Our guns? Our desire for people to use the right bathroom?

Nothing, nada, zip. They intend to give up nothing. We’re supposed to give up what’s ours. Why? We just are.

We can have unity, all right. We just need to do everything they want and we’ll have unity. Like ants have unity. Like the Red Chinese have unity. Like liberal college campuses have unity. Sweet, warm, huggy unity, under the benevolent guidance and iron rule of our elite betters.

Hard pass.

He goes on to spell exactly what we ARE willing to unify around, all of which I am on board with.

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Unholy alliance

We Are All Proud Boys Now. Excepting, of course, the cuckified pussywarts of Conservative, Inc.

Lost amid the uproar over the alleged threat of right-wing violence revealed by crude bomb-like devices apparently mailed to CNN and some top Democrats: the speed with which Conservatism Inc. endorsed the Left’s Narrative (David Frum here, Bill Kristol here, Ben Shapiro here, Rich Lowry here). It’s a Thing: increasingly openly, Conservatism Inc. is making a de facto alliance with the Left in a last-ditch effort to stop its Dissident Right’s rivals’ takeover of the Right. Case in point: its disgraceful reaction to the New York authorities’ anarcho-tyrannical drive to suppress Gavin McInnes’ Proud Boys pro-Trump fraternity, while simultaneously exempting Antifa demonstrators from prosecution.

The Proud Boys clashed with Antifa because the black-masked anarchists were robbing and assaulting people who were leaving an event addressed by McInnes at New York’s Metropolitan Republican Club. As soon as video emerged of the scuffle, the Left and their journalist auxiliaries and quickly went into histrionics. Conservatism, Inc. was all too willing to join in.

Respectable conservatives prefer standing on imaginary moral high ground rather than fight for their own supposed interests. But turning the other cheek to Antifa and denouncing anyone who dares to punch back will not quell Leftist violence. It rewards it, and only makes conservatives look like cowards.

Unfortunately for the Proud Boys, Conservatism, Inc. condemnation is the least of their concerns. The media paints them as Neo-Nazi thugs although they boast more racial diversity than HuffPost and have repeatedly disavowed white nationalism. The “Hate Group” label has stuck as usual, making anyone affiliated with the Proud Boys subject to employment termination—several in New York were arbitrarily fired from their jobs the day after Trump’s election—and other severe harassment. The Twitter accounts for the group, McInnes and several prominent members have been permanently suspended. More censorship will likely follow. 

But the persecution of the Proud Boys is no concern for Conservative Inc., even though they are the only group willing to defend patriots from Antifa violence. The Respectable Right are clearly more than happy with the Left taking out the “disreputable” elements of its Dissident Right competition.

Of course they are. They want their comfy-cozy Deep State Business As Usual back, and don’t care whose diseased cock they have to suck to get it. Where’s it all leading? Derb wonders:

So the question arises: Are we moving into a zone where street fighting between political groups becomes normal?

Antifa have had the streets pretty much to themselves up to now, courtesy of cowardly political leaders. Actions generate reactions, though. It wouldn’t be terrifically surprising to see more groups like the Proud Boys coming up, ready and willing to fight.

The New York Times, which to the best of my knowledge has never printed a single word critical of Antifa, will denounce them as Nazis and appeal to the Southern Poverty Law Center for Hate Group designations. Which is why New York law enforcement is now hunting down and jailing the Proud Boys, while doing nothing whatever about Antifa.

But you can only push people so far before they push back. (You can donate to the Proud Boys legal defense here.)

And back of my question about the forthcoming normalization of political street fighting, is a bigger, darker one.

Suppose these street fights escalate to a serious, major breakdown of public order, serious enough to need the attention of the military. Will the military stand neutral? If not, if they take a side, which side will they take?

Heartiste knows:

We crossed the Rubicon with the election of Trump, an event which shitlibs have been unable to countenance or reconcile.

America has regressed to the unexceptional default state of mankind. Perhaps it was fated.

It should be of great concern that the divisions prior to Civil War I pale in comparison to those we have today. The ingredients are already in the mixing bowl; all that’s left is to add the explosive reagent to set off the chain reaction to Civil War II.

The Left has become intolerant from decades of cultural power. Uncompromising. If they win now, and again in 2020, they will crush dissent. If they lose, they will refuse conciliation. Either way, war in some form is coming to America. Once the anti-Left loses faith in their own restraint, the battlefield will finally erupt.

And the cucks—sidelined and irrelevant until things go hot, loathed as traitors and cowards after, big-L losers first, last, and forever—will be caught in the crossfire and mowed down.

(Via Ol’ Remus)

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A funny thing happened on the way to the Blue Wave

It collapsed in on itself, creating a black hole of post-election wailing and despair on the Left from which no sanity will be able to escape the bounds of the event horizon. You just watch.

The Democrats typically lead Republicans in early voting during midterm and presidential election cycles. In 2016 the Democratic lead in early voting was such that it inspired major news outlets, AP for example, to run articles with titles like “Early voting: More good signs for Clinton in key states.” Among the states in which early voting portended a victory for Hillary, according to AP, were Florida and North Carolina. The story went on to quote her spokesperson as follows: “The Clinton campaign describes both North Carolina and Florida as ‘checkmate’ states.” Trump won both of course.

And, make no mistake, there is a GOP surge that has rendered this year’s early voting pattern unique. Interestingly, the only major network that has covered this story in detail is by no means remarkable for its Republican-friendly reporting. On Monday NBC reported, “The data suggests enthusiasm among early GOP voters that could put a dent in Democratic hopes for a ‘blue wave’ in the midterms.” Early GOP voters were leading Democrats by large margins in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee, and Texas. And that was not an anomaly. By Thursday NBC reported:

The current nationwide total of early or absentee ballots counted exceeds the 2016 total from two weeks before Election Day.… Republican-affiliated voters make up 44 percent of the early voting electorate and Democratic-affiliated voters make up 40 percent of the early voting electorate.

So, there are two unusual phenomena associated with this year’s early voting — the overall participation has been far higher than is usually the case in a midterm election, and Republican ballots are materializing in significantly higher numbers. At this point in the 2016 election, early Democratic ballots led early GOP ballots by 45 percent to 38 percent. This cycle, the Republican percentage has increased by 7 while the Democratic percentage has dropped by 5. Does that mean the oft-predicted blue wave was BS?

Gee, it’s a real head-scratcher there, that one.

As each and every successive act of seditious refusal to acknowledge they lost in 2016 blows up in their faces, they ratchet up the insanity another turn, then scream in frustrated rage when Real Americans’ will to defy them doubles and redoubles. Everything they do now—absolutely everything—reinforces the Normals’ suspicion of them, deepens our loathing for them, and strengthens our resolve to fight back against them. We don’t believe them, we don’t trust them, we don’t like them. They’ve spent decades giving us good reasons for it.

They’re now trapped in an inescapable cycle of self-destruction, a powerful vortex of futility and debacle in which every attempt at escape only strengthens the suction and draws them deeper. Their inability—or refusal—to see just how fed up Americans are with them inspires them to even more obnoxious extremes of insult, assault, and general depravity.

They think this is going to win them votes and elections. They’re wrong about that. That is precisely as it should be. Which is yet another thing they just don’t get.

UNPOSSIBLE update! Looks like it ain’t just Kanye jumping the sinking Democrat Socialist ship.

With a little more than a week left until the midterm elections, Democrats appear to be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The matchups were theirs to lose, and they seem poised to underperform in a bunch of them.

A reader recently asked me: “I don’t understand why Latinos are not motivated to vote against a bigoted POTUS and willing enablers.”

I can help with that. The answer has to do with how Latinos feel about Donald Trump, and how they feel about Democrats as an alternative.

As for Mr. Trump and the Latinos, that’s a complicated relationship. Trump began his campaign for president by kicking Mexicans in the teeth, calling them rapists and drug traffickers.

Liar. He didn’t call “Mexicans” anything at all. He referred specifically to illegal-alien border jumpers and MS13. You and other liberals like you dishonestly conflated that to mean ALL Mexicans for political purposes, that’s all. So how’s that working out for ya now, liar?

He also showed his ignorance about immigration when he said that Mexico doesn’t send their best people to the United States when that is exactly who they send — dreamers, doers and risk-takers.

Also bullshit, you liar.

Then a strange thing happened. Once Trump emerged as the Republican nominee and squared off against Hillary Clinton — who often tries to out-Republican the Republicans as an immigration hardliner — polls began to show Trump’s support among Latinos climbing.

Probably because those who waited in line and went through the process tend to resent those who didn’t even more than native-born Americans do.

As a Never Trumper, I didn’t get it. So, I interviewed some Latinos for Trump and I got an earful. Many of them saw themselves not as Latinos but as Americans, and so they weren’t hung up on Trump’s anti-Latino screeds. They didn’t like or trust Clinton, appreciated Trump’s frankness, wanted a strong leader, and thought he was right about a lot of issues, including trade and immigration.

Yes, immigration. What most non-Latinos don’t grasp is that Latinos are ambivalent about illegal immigration. They have a front-row seat not just to the pain of deportations, but also to how many immigrants commit crimes or abuse social services.

Wait—”commit crimes,” “abuse social services”? I thought they were “dreamers, doers, and risk-takers,” Mexico’s best and brightest?

In 2016, an astounding 29 percent of Latinos voted for Trump.

And now, two years into his presidency, polls show that his support among Latinos is somewhere between 33 and 41 percent. That’s insanely good for a president who is so bad on issues that Latinos supposedly care about.

If you’d take off your NeverTrump blinders and switch that to “issues that LIBERAL Latinos supposedly care about,” you’d probably be on the road to “getting it,” bub. Needless to say, I won’t be holding my breath,

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Uncle Tom’s gotta Uncle Tom, right, shitlibs?

Uncle Tom’s gotta Uncle Tom, right, libtards?

Kanye West Designs “Blexit” Apparel Urging Black People To Leave Democratic Party

OH, how I love it.

Unveiled Saturday at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington by TPUSA’s Communications Director Candace Owens, “Blexit” is designed to “open a conversation we have needed to have.”

“Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West,” said the 29-year-old Owens.

A superhero for sure; I love that, too. A “renaissance” for sure, one that’s long overdue. The Democrat Socialists have exploited black Americans for generations—taking their votes for granted by virtue of having bought them fair and square with a mess of pottage; fostering dependency and destroying the black family and the black middle class along the way.

They’ll have plenty to say about Kanye and Owens both over this, all of it demeaning and insulting. But it can all be translated thus: back on the Democratic-Socialist plantation, boy, you’re getting entirely too uppity heah! The bottom-line truth is as Hinderaker says:

What is Blexit?

BLEXIT is a frequency for those who have released themselves from the political orthodoxy. It is a rebellion led by Americans wishing to disrupt the simulation of fear.

BLEXIT is a renaissance. It is our formal declaration of independence.

You can read about it here. Candace and the rest of the crew are planning to criss-cross the United States, holding Blexit rallies in all major cities.

This is, of course, the Left’s nightmare: African-Americans declaring independence from liberalism, the welfare state and the Democratic Party. And the current generation of fiery, smart young black leaders can, I think, make it happen in sufficient numbers to be a political earthquake.

Let’s not discount Trump’s highly salutary influence on this most welcome trend, either.

Welcome, Kanye, Candance, and all other truly free-thinking, independent-minded black Americans, welcome and well-met. The rest of us are pleased and proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in the ongoing struggle for liberation from tyranny and despotism.

(Via Ed)

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Our revolution

Okay, it’s becoming clear to me that I really need to put The American Mind, the Claremont Institute’s new online publication, into the blogroll and bookmarks toot sweet—especially seeing as how they’ve added Codevilla to the stable.

The 2008 financial crisis sparked an incipient revolution. Previously, Americans dissatisfied with their Progressive rulers had imagined that voting for Republicans might counter them. But then, as three-fourths of Americans opposed bailing out big banks with nearly a trillion dollars, the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates joined; most Republican legislators joined all Democrats; The Wall Street Journal joined The New York Times, and National Review joined The Nation; in telling Americans that doing this was essential, and that their disapproval counted for nothing. And then, just as high-handedly, all these bipartisan rulers dropped that bailout scheme, and adopted another—just as unaccountably. They showed “government by the people, for the people” to be a fable.

This forced the recognition that there exists a remarkably uniform, bipartisan, Progressive ruling class; that it includes, most of the bureaucracies of federal and state governments, the judiciary, the educational establishment, the media, as well as major corporate officials; that it had separated itself socially, morally, and politically from the rest of society, whose commanding heights it monopolized; above all that it has contempt for the rest of America, and that ordinary Americans have no means of persuading this class of anything, because they don’t count.

As the majority of Americans have become conscious of the differences between this class and themselves they have sought ever more passionately to shake it off. That is the ground of our revolution.

Our time’s sharp distinction between rulers and ruled, the ever decreasing interchange and sympathy between them, is rooted in the disdain for ordinary Americans that the universities have sown since the Civil War. Ordinary Americans and their rulers are alienated now in ways unimaginable to the Northerners and Southerners who killed each other a century and a half ago, but who nodded when Abraham Lincoln noted that they “prayed to the same God.” Both revered the American founding. Both aspired to the same family life. Often, opposite sides’ generals were personal friends. And why not? The schools they attended, the books they read, did not teach them the others’ inferiority. They were one people. Now, we are no longer one people.

The anti-establishment “wave elections” of 2010 and 2014, in which the Democratic Party lost Congress and control of a majority of state legislatures, only led America’s Progressive rulers to double down on their positions of power in the judiciary, the media, corporations, etc. The Supreme Court struck down a referendum by liberal California defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had become law by near-unanimity, was overturned bureaucratically and judicially. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, on the books just as firmly, was undone by executive, judicial, bureaucratic, corporate, and mediatic subordination of religious freedom to anti-discrimination. By the 2016 election, America’s Progressive rulers were demonizing and punishing persons who define male and female by their birth and personal plumbing. 1984’s Big Brother had not been so imperious.

The 2016 election’s primaries were all about the American people’s search for means of de-throning increasingly insufferable rulers. Even on the Democratic side, many bridled at their self-serving unaccountability. But since the Democrats are the party of government, it was clear that protection from and vengeance against the existing power structure would have to come from the nominal opposition party. Yet the Republicans were very much part of the problem. That is why 2016’s real struggle took place within the Republican primaries, the most enduringly significant fact of which is that Jeb Bush, the candidate most closely identified with the Progressive ruling class, spent some $150 million and secured only three convention delegates. Americans in general, and Republicans in particular, were looking for the polar opposite.

Donald Trump was out of central casting—seemingly a caricature of what the ruling class said about its opponents. But the words he spoke were less significant than that he spoke with angry contempt for the ruling class. That—and the crowded field that never allowed a head-to-head choice—is what got him the chance to be the alternative to the ruling class. And that is what got him elected President of the United States.

Those who voted for Trump believing or hoping that he would do a, b, or c, were fewer than those who were sure that he offered the only possibility of ending, or at least pausing, the power of an increasingly harmful, intolerant, disdainful, socio-political identity. In 2016 one set of identities revolted against another. That was the revolution’s first turn.

The ruling class’s “resistance” to the 2016 election’s outcome was the second turn. Its vehemence, unanimity, coordination, endurance,and non-consideration of fallback options—the rapidity with which our revolution’s logic has unfolded—have surprised and dismayed even those of us who realized that America had abandoned its republican past.

The “resistance” subsequent to the election surprises, in part, because only as it has unfolded have we learned of its scope prior to the election. All too simply: the U.S government’s upper echelons merged politically with the campaign of the Democratic Party’s establishment wing, and with the media. They aimed to secure the establishment candidates’ victory and then to nullify the lost election’s results by resisting the winners’ exercise of legitimate powers, treating them as if they were illegitimate. The measure of the resistance’s proximate success or failure would come in the 2018 elections.

Partisan “dirty tricks” are unremarkable. But when networks within government and those who occupy society’s commanding heights play them against persons trying to unseat them, they constitute cold civil war against the voters, even coups d’etat. What can possibly answer such acts? And then what?

Nobody, but nobody, is as perceptive and sees this stuff as clearly—and can enunciate it so powerfully and deftly—as Codevilla. Along with Michael Anton’s brilliant Flight 93 Election essay, Codevilla’s seminal Ruling Class/Country Class piece will endure as truly historic, a defining moment in the ongoing revolution of which he speaks here. It’s a long article, scholarly and deep, as is his wont. Trust me, you want to read all of it—probably more than once. I guarantee you’re going to see it referenced again and again, for a long, long time to come.

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Predictions

Steve Grammatico puts some meat on the bones I’ve been rattling all along, winding up with this:

Predictions (and yes, they are optimistic): Democrats lose 15 seats in the House (sparing the country of Speaker Pelosi) and the GOP gains 7 in the Senate.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

More specific than I’ve yet dared to be, but I think he’s on the beam. Steve has a whole list of reasons to back it up, all of which you’ll enjoy reading.

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Gettin’ uppity

Kanye has left the plantation.

After rapper Kanye West’s appearance with Donald Trump at the White House, the progressives unleashed their cable news and twitter bloodhounds to pursue West and drag him back to the Democrat plantation. Commentators who relentlessly police language for racial slurs no matter how barely detectable, suddenly were reveling in old demeaning insults like “minstrel show” and “token,” new ones like “Negro” (which I’m betting few of us know is now a slur), and idiotic ones like being a spokesman for “white supremacy.”

Know what struck me in the photos I’ve seen from that meeting? Trump and West genuinely seem to like one another personally, to enjoy each other’s company. They came across as just having a high old time together, without self-consciousness or pretense. Could be I’m all wet, of course; after all, I wasn’t there. But that was my take, for whatever that’s worth.

The tragic irony of this progressive distortion of black character is that it reinforces all the old racist tropes justifying segregation. The message sent with every cry of racism, whether it’s “disparate impact” or “cops killing unarmed black males,” is one of black weakness and inferiority. The old-school racists attributed this inferiority to nature. Today’s repackaged racism blames “implicit bias” or “institutional racism” or the all-purpose “legacy of slavery” to reinforce blacks’ helplessness and dehumanizing lack of agency.

Meanwhile, the old virtue of self-improvement through education and discipline is dismissed as “acting white.” The segregationists used to call this acting “uppity,” which referred not just to self-assertion or behavior outside the racial code, but also to speaking the King’s English or using manners or acting with decorum or being too fond of reading. In the end, however you camouflage it, all these sophistical excuses still add up to inferiority, the assumption that black people lack the virtue and character to better themselves and fight against joblessness, drugs, promiscuity, vulgarity, crime, and the slaughter of blacks by their black “brothers.” That’s why they need their progressive wards and patrons.

More astonishing is how this narrative insults those generations of blacks who, despite confronting violence ranging from beatings, race riots, and lynchings, to the daily indignities and demeaning slights of legal segregation, still steadily improved their lot. Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal not long ago summarized this improvement documented by Thomas Sowell––another independent, free-thinking black intellectual despised by the progressive race industry.

Between 1890 and 1940, for example, black marriage rates in the U.S. where higher than white marriage rates. In the 1940s and ’50s, black labor-participation rates exceeded those of whites; black incomes grew much faster than white incomes; and the black poverty rate fell by 40 percentage points. Between 1940 and 1970—that is, during Jim Crow and prior to the era of affirmative action—the number of blacks in middle-class professions quadrupled. In other words, racial gaps were narrowing. Steady progress was being made. Blacks today hear plenty about what they can’t achieve due to the legacy of slavery and not enough about what they did in fact achieve notwithstanding hundreds of years in bondage followed by decades of legal segregation.

In the post-’60s era, these positive trends would slow, stall, or in some cases even reverse course. The homicide rate for black men fell by 18% in the 1940s and by another 22% in the 1950s. But in the 1960s all of those gains would vanish as the homicide rate for black males rose by nearly 90%. Are today’s black violent-crime rates a legacy of slavery and Jim Crow or of something else? Unfortunately, that’s a question few people on the left will even entertain.

Banishing from the public square that “something else” required a cadre of black “leaders” and “intellectuals” who perpetuate the identity politics that redefined blacks as permanent victims of ineradicable white racism. Leftist and progressive black intellectuals and professors, hirelings of progressive Democrat institutions like media and universities, have waxed fat on the privilege and perks of repeating this demeaning narrative of permanent black victimhood and dependence. They patrol the speech of anyone challenging it, helping to construct the regime of political correctness, a secular Inquisition that censors and censures those who stray from or challenge its doctrines. Just ask any conservative or libertarian or even moderate liberal black intellectual what the price is for showing independence and autonomy in their thinking––they will be demonized, and their blackness impugned.

What the Democrat-Socialists have done to the black family and black middle class is nothing less than a crime. If more and more black Americans are finally realizing it and walking away in disgust, well, good on ’em, I say. And if Kanye can be part of that long-overdue awakening, good on him too.

Update! Stipulated: Kanye is a bit of a nut, as Goad notes. Still:

But as wickety-wack as all that was, what had black pundits calling him a coon and a House Negro and an Uncle Tom and a race traitor and a sellout was his repudiation of every last political preconception that blacks have been spoon-fed and have willingly swallowed for the past couple generations—those “progressive” policies that have led to welfare dependency and broken homes and ghetto war zones. For as dumb and flighty as Kanye West tends to be, his chief sin was to say things that a black person is simply not supposed to say. The following are all quotes West made during the Oval Office press conference:

You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I have a — I’ve had conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat.

And I said, “You have to bring manufacturing onshore.” And not even shore; into the core. It’s not about the border; it’s the core of Adidas. And Chicago is the core of Middle America. And we have to make Middle America strong.

You got Levi’s, the greatest jeans company in the world, making their jeans in Vietnam…We have to bring jobs into America because our best export is entertainment and ideas. But when we make everything in China and not in America, then we’re cheating on our country and we’re putting people in positions to have to do illegal things to end up in the cheapest factory ever: the prison system.

And we also, as black people, we have to take a responsibility for what we’re doing. We kill each other more than police officers.
 
One of the moves that I love that liberals try to do — the liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism, because they know that we are very proud, emotional people.

The problem is illegal guns. Illegal guns is the problem, not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms.

I can’t find a single factual error in there. It all seems eminently sensible—moderate, even. But the media’s Official Negroes were so inflamed by West’s comments, it’s almost as if they needed some Preparation H rubbed on their souls.

Of course they did. The Democrat Socialists have taken the black vote for granted for years and years, and they know that if they lose any significant portion of it they’re toast. They simply can’t have someone as well-known and admired as Kanye talking sense like this. They can’t afford it. The boy needs hisself a whuppin’, so’s he’ll know his place.

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Red tide rising

Washing the “blue wave” right into the bone-strewn basin of broken dreams.

For the Trump coalition, this election was always going to be about the local issues that hit them where they live. Their suburbs, exurbs, small towns, mid-sized towns and farming communities have eroded over the past few generations. Trump intuitively knew that, and he knows this is what could galvanize them again in the midterms and maybe match the intensity of Democrats who will come out to vote against him.

Kelly is facing Democrat Ron DiNicola, a Harvard-educated lawyer, who served in the Marines and made a name for himself as a boxer as a young man. RealClearPolitics ranks this race as “Likely GOP.”

For Amy Westbrook, a Republican who says she’s an occasional ticket splitter, voting in the midterms means preserving things that are important to her, like traditional values. “I just heard Mike Kelly for the very first time. I like what I heard,” she said.

Standing in the overflow crowd at the rally, Westbrook says she wasn’t energized by the Kavanaugh theatrics, though she did scrutinize the hearings. “I really wanted to hear both sides and get to the truth, that was important to me,” she said.

She’s not always a fan of the president’s demeanor, “but I am happy with the results,” she said.

If people like Westbrook and Vogel coalesce around the GOP, the Democrats could be in trouble. And if the Democrats keep supporting people who claw at the doors of the Supreme Court in protest, or harass Republicans and their families at dinners, or talk nonstop about impeachment or echo Hillary Clinton’s sentiment that: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for,” then they may do what I thought unlikely: stop their own blue wave mid-flow.

Well, let’s give credit where due: the Left’s sudden reversal of fortune isn’t entirely because of their incredible penchant for halfwitted fuck-uppery. In Trump, we have a solid, uber-competent President who has not only turned the economy around but has also delivered on a multitude of his other campaign pledges, in telling contrast to what we’ve long been accustomed to from professional politicians; who has led his supporters and a handful of like-minded Congressmen to victory after victory over the floundering, hapless Democrat Socialists; has inspired squishy Congressional RINOs and GOPE-ers like Graham and Collins (!) to relocate their backbones and put them to good use, at least for now; has…well, here’s a list, no need to rehash it all here.

In other words, the Democrat Socialists aren’t merely losing; WE are WINNING. And all Americans ever needed all along was some true leadership, some willingness to show a little fight.

Update! Bill notes some early backpedaling and preemptive ass-covering going on.

It’s just a tad early to start seeing this – the suppression pollsters and hack media propagandists usually wait until the final ten days before quietly backing off from their rabid in-the-Dem-tankery in order to save a shred or two of their reputations.

It must be a lot worse than I thought for them if they’re starting to throw in their hands already.

Can you imagine how much fun its going to be on November 9th if the GOP picks up five or six Senate seats, and easily holds the House?

I still insist that the Repubs will probably gain in the House, such will be the enormity of the coming Democrat-Socialist drubbing. In another post, he reiterates:

Frankly, this sudden awareness on the Monolithic Media’s part that there may be some trouble in River City for them next month is another huge tell.  If they are admitting it at this point, it’s probably more than just an effort to drive Dem turnout.

They may have figured out that they are in real trouble.

In every context, in every way, it is now sheer panic and desperation driving the Left. Real Americans need to heed the sage advice of the incomparable cavalryman Nathan Bedford Forrest: “The way to whip an enemy is to git ’em skeered, and then keep the skeer on ’em.

A Civil War quote is more pertinent than you might think at first, for more than just the obvious reason; there shouldn’t be any doubt at all by now that this present-day enemy has to be not just defeated, but demoralized—in Forrest’s parlance, “whipped,” all the will to further seditious devilry crushed completely out of them. It’s my belief that it will take more than an electoral defeat to do jolt the Left back to sanity, however crushing. But we all have to hope I’m wrong about that.

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Two kinds of power

An astute take on the situation.

Clinton, who is still smarting over winning the popular vote and losing the Electoral College vote (the only vote that matters — for now), has spent the better part of two years trying to delegitimize the 2016 election. Her voters — the sort who scream helplessly at the sky in protest — have been pumping each other up, grasping for any and all justifications for their “resistance” to the “authoritarian regime” now occupying the White House.

It’s not enough to say Republicans and Democrats differ on policy or even disagree on first principles. According to the true believers, the other party is in the business of destruction. We used to believe in a democratic republic, we put “ballots over bullets.” Today, votes are the equivalent of violence.

It was remarkable to hear the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee effectively endorse that point of view. No civility is possible until Democrats win.

Why such rhetoric? Why now? Truth is, it’s been a long time coming.

Antonio García Martínez, an author and contributor to Wired magazine, summed up the landscape perfectly in a tweet: “The Right is angry because they have near-total political power, but little cultural power. The Left is angry because they have near-total cultural power, but little political power. Each covets what the other has and feels is rightfully theirs.”

Underneath it all is a deep and seething resentment that’s palpable, but also a feeling of powerlessness. Why can’t they understand? That’s what all the screaming on Kavanaugh was about on Capitol Hill. That’s why the screaming continues today.

How much worse could it get? Plenty.

It’s a fairly short distance from a gaggle of protesters screaming at a senator and his wife in a tony Washington, D.C. restaurant to shooting a senator whose vote “put our lives at risk.”

We’ve seen it before. We saw it in the 19th century before the Civil War, when a pro-slavery Democrat nearly beat an abolitionist Republican to death with his cane on the Senate floor. We saw it in the early 1970s, when there were more than 1,900 bombings in 18 months targeting police and military installations.

Whether or not Kavanaugh’s confirmation rallies Democrats or Republicans to the polls on Nov. 6 doesn’t really matter. A narrow Democratic majority in the House resolves little. Politically and culturally, we’ll remain as divided as ever.

An inescapable state of affairs, given that the divide is a direct and inevitable result of the eternal conflict between liberty and tyranny, between (at least somewhat) Constitutional government and despotism. Those are the sides, and you can only pick one, with no possible way to split the difference, compromise, or bridge the gap. He’s right to say that “…a narrow Democratic majority in the House resolves little.” No one election could do it. In fact, it may well turn out that the dispute can’t be resolved via elections at all. But in the end, it WILL be resolved—one way or another.

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A little pre-Halloween horror

I’m aware, as most of you readers are or should be by now, of the esteemed Aesop’s take on all this. But I don’t think he’s spelled it out quite as completely and concisely as he does here. It amounts to an excellent precis, and I couldn’t agree more.

The conventional wisdom and polling data say the Dems are going to pick up 10 House seats for sure next month, but whether they can flip the majority (23+ seats) is still an open question.

If they do, it’s all impeachment and investigation, all the time.
Which will almost certainly lose them the House again in 2020.
(And FWIW, I consider trying to undo 2016 by impeaching Pres. Trump, like trying to undo the 2nd Amendment, to be an actual revolution-inducing act, in a kill-them-all-and-let-God-sort-them-out way. And not metaphorically. YMMV.)

If they don’t get the House in the mid-terms, they’ve already turned the crazy up to “11”, and they have nowhere left to go there, except actual, regular, political violence. I expect them to do that, because
a) they’re really that stupid
b) they have no other choice
c) they lack the common sense or insight to recognize the result of that course of action beforehand, and lack the self control among their idiot minions to stop it anyway even if they wanted to.

That will be an extinction event for them, because the Right will declare open season on them, and the Moderates will sit back and watch approvingly.

Because once you yell “Play ball!” on killing your political opponents as a viable course of action, Americans have a long and distinguished history of shoving that bat right up your ass. And then, going after your family for good measure. 

And both sides know that after the first killing, all the rest are effectively free, so this promises to be a short but ugly spasm of violence. To start.

After that, any bets or prognostications enter a fogbank of epic proportions, because once you uncork that genie, things will get out of hand and we’ll all be lucky to live through this, as Fred Thompson warned us.

As he says, that’s it in a nutshell. My one quibble, which is minor: personally, I don’t think they’re going to even be able to gain House seats. In fact, I expect them to lose some there too; their Kavanaugh debacle will cost them, but it’s just one of many self-inflicted wounds they’ve suffered, eye-openers all for anyone paying even slight attention, with the Kavanaugh mess being the moldy cherry on top of the whole flyblown shit-sundae. Executive summary:

The Leftards have lost their minds.
Before they can regain their senses, you’re going to have to get their attention first.
The only thing that will do that, amounts to large numbers (Antietam/Gettysburg-large, not 9/11-large) of them stacked up like cordwood, or hanging from lamp posts.

Sadly—tragically, for all of us—it would seem so. A clarifying quote from the first time around:

“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”
—William Tecumseh Sherman

I also remember a quote from Grant, which I can’t find online: “If we have to fight, I’d rather do it all at once and then make up and be friends.” Don’t know how relevant that one is now, but it came to mind for some reason.

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Signs, portents

You’re gonna need a bigger mob.

Blue Wave Goodbye: Polls Show Crushing Midterm Defeats For Dems And A Maintained Republican Senate Majority In The Cards

When viewing the Democrat’s strategies over the past few months, the words “inept failures” would be an accurate description to put on them.

Not only did they fail to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court despite a whirlwind of dirty tricks and all the media’s horsemen and all the media’s men chipping in to help, but the Democrats also couldn’t stop the tidal wave of judicial confirmation put in place by Republicans.

This has created a devastating lack of momentum for the Democrats, making their prophesied “blue wave” look like a pipe-dream that will never come true. In fact, it seems that the wave has more of a crimson hue than not.

The right has been seeing something of a rising tide of its own in the polls after the GOP’s success with Kavanaugh. The New York Times polls noted that Republicans are surging ahead of their Democratic opponents in Texas and Tennessee. Missouri Republican challenger Josh Hawley is making Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill’s campaign look like a non-issue according to one poll.

As I always say, there’s only one poll that matters; it happens on election day. But after the Kavanaugh debacle; the endless parade of sad, demented twerps intent on chopping their dicks off and a whole menagerie of other hostile freaks; the off-putting, man-hating bull daggers sneering and cursing at normals; the sniffing, supercilious disdain for the people who keep this country running; spoiled-brat footballers pissing over the flag and the anthem; the violent assaults by AntiFa, the Democrat-Socialists new paramilitary wing in place of the KKK—well, it seems obvious enough to me that the momentum is NOT running their way. Then you throw things like this into the mix:

Obama in June 2016 told his fans, “When somebody says like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back. Well how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do? There’s no answer to it.”

President Trump just answered.

“Job gains for the manufacturing industry in the last 12 months are the most since 1995,” CNBC reported.

What did you expect?

Donald Trump is a capitalist who knows business. He gets things done.

Obama is a community organizer. He hangs curtains.

Yeah, I believe I’ll stick with my prediction: a shellacking of HISTORIC proportions this November, and an even worse one in 2020. That’s assuming there’s anyone left willing to run under the ragged, sagging Democrat-Socialist standard by then.

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The Loser Party

T’is a consummation devoutly to be wished.

In spite of what the polling may say, the Democrats are going to be hurt badly next month. The party line is that the Kavanaugh confirmation has energized voters as never before. But the failure to stop Kavanaugh’s nomination will result in some Democrats becoming so dejected with constantly losing, that they will simply refuse to vote.

Many Democratic voters may feel they are going to lose anyway, so what is the sense of voting? This would represent another in the long string of losses for the Democratic Party.

These losses started in 2010 when the GOP gained control of the House of Representatives by picking up a whopping 63 seats. This was the largest midterm election loss of a sitting president’s party since 1938.

Although Barack Obama was re-elected president in 2012, his party’s losses continued. In 2014, the Democrats lost control of the U.S. Senate. In 2016, Democrats lost the presidency. Since Trump’s election, the Democrats keep vowing to “resist,” yet—with the notable exception of the Obamacare repeal—they lose every major policy decision.

What will happen in 2018?

The Democrats are likely to suffer more losses. Republicans are running on a record of a vibrant economy, a more secure world, and lower taxes for all Americans. The Democrats are running simply to stop Trump. While the polls may show that Trump is unpopular and has a low personal approval rating, the president’s policies are actually quite popular. Ultimately, those polls do not reflect how Americans will vote.

A more fundamental problem with the polls is they tend to use samples that are not representative of the population. Nearly all give too much weight to Democratic voters. This is what happened in 2016 when the polls indicated there was almost no way Trump could win the presidency.

My prediction: the midterms will end with 57 or 58 Republican U.S. Senators, though depending on how a couple of key races break, the GOP could have as many as 60 seats when it’s all over. The House will be more of a challenge, but the Republicans will maintain their majority and Democrats will feel even more disgusted with their party.

The Democrats will become the party of losers. Insisting on policies that remedy perceived social “injustices” instead of concentrating on economic issues that benefit the majority of Americans will continue to erode their base. The name-calling and disdain for a president whose policies have galvanized the economy around after eight years of Obama stagnation will erode the base even further.

America could use a healthy Democratic Party. But it’s doubtful this dysfunctional party leadership will change its priorities any time soon. If that’s indeed the case, we could be witnessing the Democrats’ death throes.

America could maybe use a Democratic Party that wasn’t A) Leftist; B) filled with hatred for all things American; C) something better than pig-ignorant about American history, its founding ideals, its very reason for existing; D) corrupt and treasonous to its very marrow; E) ehhhh, why go on? That Democratic Party 1) does not exist; 2) has not existed for decades; 3) is not coming back, ever.

So yeah, let them crash and burn. They’re a plague, a curse, a suppurating boil on the neck of this nation. They’re parasitic, a luxury we can no longer afford. They’re a threat to American liberty and institutions. And thank merciful Heaven, with their Kavanaugh fiasco they have finally gone too far and look like being on the way out at last. Aesop notes just one of the more amusing among many signs of the coming apocalypse:

So after President Trump endorsed the Republican in the TN Senate race, and celebutard rookie Saylor Twit endorsed the gun-grabbing Democrat jackhole, the (R) has jumped overnight to an 8 point lead.
 
Thanks, Tay, you airheaded fluffbrain. Maybe you could endorse Fauxican Bob O’Rourke in Texas, while you’re up.

It all adds up to nothing good for the Democrat-Socialist scum. But the writing on the wall has an additional aspect which might bode even worse:

Democrats have behaved badly before, and it certainly didn’t unify the GOP. The Kavanaugh attacks and the GOP defense against those attacks had some very unusual characteristics that gave them that unifying potential and ensured that the potential was fulfilled:

(2) Kavanaugh was seen by all as a sort of Boy Scout. He was nominated in part because there was no hint of scandal around him.

(3) And yet the most vicious attack ever seen against a SCOTUS nominee was launched against this particular candidate. The Roy Moore attacks worked in large part because the moderate wing of the GOP hated him, and he was seen even on the right as a bit loopy. Brett Kavanaugh had none of those characteristics. So although the GOP was expecting Kavanaugh to be attacked during his hearings, they were not expecting a combination of Borking (in the first stage for Kavanaugh) and the Clarence Thomas hearings (in the second, post-Ford stage), with the offensiveness of the accusations in that latter stage exponentially more serious than those leveled against Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill.

(7) At that point, it was the moderate wing of the GOP that was galvanized. They suddenly discovered that the rules they thought they’d been playing by all this time, the ones they thought at least some of their Democratic colleagues shared, meant nothing to the opposition. They either had never held them at all, or were more than willing to abandon them—and all sense of decency—in their lust for power.

(8) And that’s why it was the moderate side of the right that stepped up to the plate and delivered the goods in the Kavanaugh fight. Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, all of them harshly vilified in the past by the more conservative wing of the party, found themselves uttering words that those who had previously reviled them were now cheering.

It remains my firm belief that the Democrat-Socialists—having so extravagantly and irreversibly dropped the mask and let their freak flag fly, and with real Americans invigorated by win after win since Trump took office—are headed for a shellacking in November of truly historic proportions. And then the fun will REALLY start.

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Facebook (and Twitter, and YouTube) alternative?

Bracken knows of one:

Now, on to social media, and the issue of punching right. Like millions of conservatives, I am strongly dissatisfied with the liberal slant of today’s social media, which is demonstrated daily by Google, YouTube (owned by Google), Facebook and Twitter. (I am currently on my sixth 30-day Facebook ban in the past year.) So two years ago, I joined a small but growing Twitter replica forum called Gab.ai, despite its policy of welcoming the most disgusting neo-Nazi Hitler worshippers. Over that time on Gab I have blocked and muted dozens of Hitler cultists, who almost daily create new accounts to post anti-Semitic Nazi-era cartoons and so on. Like I said, drooling retards.

While I have opposed Gab’s open-door policy toward open Nazis, it’s not my platform to reform. I have held my nose and pressed on, blocking new Nazis almost daily. But I have also felt strongly that Gab could never break through to respectability if the first thing that newcomers notice are glowing portraits of Hitler and caricatures of cringing hooked-nose Jews copied from old Nazi-era propaganda. I just blocked them and moved on, but many normal people must have immediately backed away from Gab, never to return.

But in the last few weeks, I have been contacted by a coder who has been working for the past year to create an entire new suite of social media platforms called FreeZoxee.com. This suite of platforms combines the best attributes of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, podcasting, Patreon-like funding, and not only text but voice messaging among users and groups. All of these platforms are integrated under one roof, held in our own friendly conservative and libertarian hands.

But FreeZoxee, unlike Gab, does not roll out the red carpet for those who openly promote ideologies with a track record of destroying freedom when they rise to power. “Free Speech Uber Alles” becomes a suicide plan when, for example, in its name thousands of radical mosques are allowed to spread across Europe. In time, this tolerance for the intolerant will lead to an unimaginably bloody religious civil war, or the forced imposition of Sharia Law, and then the absolute death of free speech.

Sounds pretty good, and I already signed up myself. Truth is, though, I don’t Tweet and barely use Facebook at all. So I don’t know how much use I’ll really be making of this thing. But it’s a good idea anyway—one that’s long overdue—and I humbly doff my cap to the FreeZoxee folks for their effort in putting it together. If you’re a Facebook or Twitter kind of person, this sort of endeavor is well worth supporting. The link is here.

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Civility? No!

Go big or go home.

Ms Ford was not a “credible” witness. Rather the opposite, in fact. Read the report by Rachel Mitchell, the Deputy County Attorney brought in to question the accuser so that the GOP members of the Judiciary Committee wouldn’t look all mean and white and old and Republican. Unlike Trump, Ms Mitchell is benign, pleasant and unthreatening, but her conclusions are devastating to Ms Ford:

In the legal context, here is my bottom line: a ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that.

It goes on from there. Ms Mitchell seems very nice and reasonable, and, for that very reason, she’s already forgotten and not one in a hundred thousand Americans has read her report. To defer to Ms Ford’s frankly incredible “credibility” is to do what Republicans always do – play defense, on terms framed by their opponents, and on the tiny cramped bit of turf permitted by the media. The President understands instinctively that that’s a recipe for losing.

Not all “conservatives” grasp that. I wrote for The Spectator in London for many years and loved it, and I have also enjoyed its recent Australian edition. But its new American branch office is a more fitful and unsatisfactory affair. Their take on Kavanaugh:

Kavanaugh is almost through — but at what cost to the Republicans?

The rage that is percolating in America will be exploited by the Democrats as they point to Kavanaugh’s presence on the court as a permanent blot on the judiciary.

Hmm. This blogger, meanwhile, is having some sport with those NeverTrumpers who turned a favorite line of the President’s supporters (“But he fights!”) into a sneer. I regret to find my old National Review comrade Jonah Goldberg is among them. I understand there are those who like what Trump does but deplore his personal style – but the personal style is essential. What the Democrats did this last month was outrageous, and to be polite and house-trained about it is to ensure it will happen again and again, and worse and worse.

I seem to remember some minor, eminently forgettable political figure or other making a remark some years back about the inadvisability of bringing a knife to a gunfight. It was about the only thing he ever got right.

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: Trump is nothing short of a damned genius, possessed of absolutely unerring and masterful political instincts. The bit I heard from Limbaugh earlier ought to be proof enough for anybody:

Donald Trump — and, by the way, a lot of people think Susan Collins was the turning point. No. Susan Collins was not the turning point. Susan Collins’ speech didn’t change any votes, but she did something far more important. The votes were already cast by the time she gave her speech on Friday afternoon. She did something far more important than that, which we’ll discuss as the program unfolds.

Now, what turned this was Trump. Trump in his rally where he was accused of “mocking” Dr. Ford. He didn’t mock Dr. Ford. He didn’t imitate her. He didn’t make fun of her. He simply repeated the truth of her testimony! She doesn’t know who, what, when, where, why, she doesn’t know how, she doesn’t know when, she didn’t know where it happened, what floor, second floor, what room, she didn’t know any of that. The reason that was important is because nobody that reads the Drive-By Media knew any of that.

In the hearings, Christine Ford’s assertions were not challenged. So in the broad-based media coverage of the hearings, the fallacies and the unprovable allegations in her testimony were never brought up. So the average Joe Blow out there never knew that she couldn’t identify where with it happened, when it happened, how she got home, who took her home, what happened afterwards. She couldn’t even identify the year or the month.

They didn’t know this. They didn’t know that everybody she placed in the room failed to corroborate what she said. The average Joe Blow reading the average Drive-By Media didn’t know that until Donald Trump pointed it out. That was the turning point, and that’s why the media turned on Trump for this for mocking her because Trump gave up the ghost. Trump spilled the beans on what they were trying to hide in the rest of the Drive-By Media. And it was a turning point for public opinion. Make no mistake about that.

Donald Trump was on with Judge Jeanine Saturday night after his rally, and she asked him why he did that — why did he call out the fallacy of her testimony — and this is what the president said…

THE PRESIDENT: There were a lot of things happening that weren’t correct, they weren’t true, and there are a lot of things that were left unsaid. And I thought I had to even the playing field, ’cause it was very unfair to Judge — now I can, you know, very nicely say Justice — Kavanaugh. It was a very unfair situation. So I evened the playing field. Once I did that, it started to sail through. He was treated very, very unfairly.

Both Rush and Trump are right on the beam with this analysis, and you know it. Trump’s unequivocal expression of support for Kavanaugh in the strongest of terms—at precisely the right moment in the whole disgusting shitshow, too—not only inspired confidence enough in Kavanaugh to stick with it, but stiffened the spines of normally squishy GOPers like Collins and Graham as well.

In Graham’s case, the absence of the restraining hand of John “Judas” McCain shouldn’t be discounted, either; Graham has remained fiery and defiant since, and will hopefully continue on in the same laudable vein, bless his heart. It’s a measure of just how much damage the “Maverick” really did to the nation over the course of his too-lengthy career, and of how profoundly grateful we all ought to be that he’s gone at last.

Trump, Kavanaugh, Collins, and the rest all deserve plenty of credit, right enough. But in the end, the loudest huzzahs have to go the President. This is what real leadership looks like, folks. Hopefully there are a lot of rising young Republicans watching carefully and taking notes.

Update! John Nolte, in the course of an excellent piece totting up the winners and losers, says this:

Simply put, with this, his second Supreme Court Justice, Trump has secured his presidential legacy. The dream of a 5-4 conservative court is as old as I am, and only Trump could have ensured this, because Trump is the only Republican president who would have ever had the courage to not sacrifice Kavanaugh in the hopes of getting someone else approved before the midterm elections.

President Trump showed enormous character where no one else would have.

Let me repeat that word… Character.

Indeed. You listening, NeverTrumpTards? You better be…for your own sakes.

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Force and will

Methinks he might be a mite too optimistic about the likelihood of the Left ever accepting defeat.

Plenty has been written about the absurdity of running a republic by way of whisper campaigns, uncorroborated smears, and malicious innuendo. There is no need to rehash the mistreatment—some of it irrevocably damaging—of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. What’s important to remember is that this will now be the new norm of nomination battles. It marks the inevitable decline of our confirmation process over the last 30 years. I write “inevitable” because as soon as progressivism’s explicit living constitutionalism and implicit legal “realism” became dominant on the Left, the descent of the judiciary committee from respectable judiciousness to partisan bedlam was foreordained.

Our national politics in recent decades has lost its bipartisan consensus. The middle has collapsed, and the Democrats and Republicans are pulling away from one another on the deeper principles of politics, with policy disagreements following in train. The standard and incorrect explanation for this divergence is mere partisan recalcitrance and stubbornness. It is more profound than that.

Truth is, we are polarized now about foundational questions of human nature, constitutionalism, and justice. Our cold civil war and partisan rancor will only end when one party finally wins the argument about these fundamentals in a decisive and conclusive victory and uses that victory to solidify and sustain an enduring electoral coalition for a generation or more. Should such a turn come, the losing side, as has been the case repeatedly in American history, will then be forced to accommodate, regroup, reevaluate, and moderate (we of course have the one glaring historical exception of the Democrat-led secession movement in defense of slavery that led to the tragedy of our hot Civil War in 1860).

The stakes are high right now in American politics. When Michael Anton wrote “The Flight 93 Election” in September 2016, many on the political and intellectual Right objected in strong (and often histrionic) terms. It has been encouraging to watch in recent weeks as independents and moderate Republicans have come to Kavanaugh’s (and, on behalf of Kavanaugh, to Trump’s) defense. The president and his nominee are players in a much larger fight over fundamental questions about who we are as a people and who ought to govern and for what purposes.

Even with these high stakes, all Americans ought to pray fervently and hope fondly that we continue this passionate and spirited national argument as fellow citizens, rather than as enemies. Come what may, each side must abide the consequences of legitimate political victory when and if it comes.

Umm, hate to bring it up and all, but they’ve spent the last two years demonstrating beyond any possible doubt their total unwillingness to do just that, leaving no stone unturned to undo a “legitimate political victory.” As for “enemies,” they’ve openly declared us as their enemies, and have done one hell of a lot of violence to back it up, with many flat promises of more to come. I see no prospect of any sudden change of heart on their part, although I’d certainly love to be proven wrong about that.

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“This is a remarkable moment in American life: A man is killing actual living, gurgling, bouncing babies on an industrial scale – and it barely makes the papers”

Steyn reveals what the Kavanaugh fight was really all about, via movie review.

On the day that Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a judge on the highest court in the land, this new film is as appropriate a choice as any for our Saturday movie date: it was America’s abortion absolutism that drove both the fanatical opposition to Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination and the media blackout on the case of Dr Kermit Gosnell, and their opposition to anyone telling his story. Gosnell opens in movie theaters this coming Friday, but a few days ago The Mark Steyn Club Cruise hosted a special screening with filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer as we sailed through the Gulf of St Lawrence. The audience was profoundly moved. One lady, having worked in a very famous West Coast medical facility, said that Dr Kermit Gosnell’s preferred method of “abortion” – live births – was common there too, and that we were all “complicit”. Another viewer focused on his own profession of anesthetist, and teared up as he recalled the untrained fifteen-year-old who functioned as Gosnell’s and used a handmade color-coded chart to remember what to give whom. In fact, unlike the older women with whom she worked, the teenager had at least some semblance of sympathy for the patients, a rare sighting of human feeling in a building from which it had otherwise fled.

In the course of bringing one Philadelphia “doctor” to trial, almost every person in a position of authority in Pennsylvania cautioned that this case “is not about abortion”. And thus the tale as told by the writers and director Nick Searcy: it starts out as a story not about abortion, but about illegal drugs, and a multi-agency federal/state investigation that leads to a particular inner-city clinic. When they enter, they find a garbage-strewn dump where cats wander in and out of operating rooms defecating freely, where “medical waste” is piled up wherever space can be found, and where the kitchen fridge is filled with dozens of jars containing tiny baby feet preserved as if they were pickled eggs. The doctor arrives with food for his pet turtles, who are treated better than any of the women. “This is normal?” asks Detective Stark (Alonzo Rachel). “I dunno,” says his partner (Dean Cain). “I’ve never been in an abortion clinic before.”

Their curiosity is resented by the bigshot feds from the DEA and the FBI, who don’t want abortion getting in the way of their routine drugs bust. Likewise, the Department of Health has sent along a hatchet-faced nurse to ensure that the raid does not in any way impede the “procedures” being performed at the clinic: No one wants this case to be “about” abortion – not the District Attorney, concerned about the politics of being seen to oppose “reproductive rights”; not the Assistant DA’s own obstetrician or the doctor next door, both of whom refuse to testify; and certainly not the lady judge, who’s more concerned about the welfare of Gosnell’s turtles than of his patients.

Wandering genially through the squalor and degradation is the abortionist himself. Earl Billings is the spitting image of Kermit Gosnell and plays him as an affable black man with a beatific smile and a soft-spoken manner that never rises to any epithet stronger than “Oh, my!” It is a remarkable performance of a man of many contradictions, not least in the strange mix of refined esthetic sensibility and total indifference to minimum hygiene standards: in one memorable scene, he plays Chopin on the parlor piano as millions of fleas swarm up the legs of the cops in the basement below.

If Kermit Gosnell isn’t to be considered the living embodiment of evil—evil incarnate, evil made flesh—then the word truly has no meaning at all. And I say that as someone who is NOT blanketly opposed to all abortions always; I still believe that there are circumstances where they are tragically, sadly necessary, the lesser of two evils. In fact, I have a close friend who was forced to resort to it in an extreme circumstance, when he and his wife…well, that’s a topic for another day, maybe.

And it isn’t relevant to this particular case anyway. Gosnell was a warped, inhuman monster operating not a “clinic” but a real, true chamber of horrors straight out of a B-grade horror flick. That the Abortion At All Costs Left has so deftly swept him under the rug to protect their gruesome sacrament blackens their very souls. And there’s even more sick-making, near-incomprehensible horror throughout the rest of Steyn’s post, if you can believe it.

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The preliminaries are over

Francis links to a sobering, link-rich piece:

The unhinged left is planning violence against conservative members of congress, supreme court justices and their families

A lot more than just those specific groups, you may rest assured.

We are now learning that left-wing domestic terrorism groups are openly discussing “kill team” tactics on Twitter and Facebook, discussing methods of carrying SBRs (short-barreled rifles) under their clothing, blending in with crowds, then popping out of the crowds to assassinate prominent conservatives such as U.S. Senators, Supreme Court justices and prominent conservative radio personalities. All this was first reported by PJ Media.

I have recorded and published a warning to all Americans, detailing the plans of unhinged, deranged Leftists who continue to be driven to insanity by a lying, dishonest left-wing media which “feeds the frenzy” on a daily basis. With USA Today now printing columns that essentially declare Brett Kavanaugh to be a pedophile who should never be allowed near children, the so-called “media” in America has jumped the shark, abandoning anything resembling the First Amendment role of reporting the news and now resorting to smearing innocent people while encouraging mass hysteria and violence among left-wing lunatics.

The media is deliberately driving America into a bloody civil war in a desperate attempt to destabilize the nation, invoke shooting in the streets and ultimately call in United Nations “peacekeeping” troops that will depose President Trump and attempt to disarm the entire U.S. civilian population. (Fortunately for America, the people own 100+ million firearms and have a Second Amendment right to defend their nation against foreign invaders.)

All that used to be the stuff of paranoid conspiracy-theorizing. No more; nowadays, it’s observable reality. And, as Aesop notes, it’s only the beginning:

In case you thought the recent shenanigans were Peak Crazy, we have bad news for you.
It could very well be that was all just a set-up for what happens next.

Later today, we may (or not) see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the vacant seat on SCOTUS.

Either way, in less than a month, the chickens from all the Dumbocrat mind-losing will come home to roost, and may turn the electoral wave from blue to red. (Be still, my beating heart.)
HopeyDopey got the Left President Trump. The Kavanaugh Caper could get them slaughtered (metaphorically) in the mid-terms. And how pleasant that would be. Even more so if it turns into a two-fer.

And at any time after today on into November, or beyond, the Leftardian legions may finally unleash their unhinged end game, and go full retard. Not metaphorically.

“May”? Ain’t no “may” to it, I’m afraid; like I said, what we’ve seen with the Kavanaugh freakshow is merely the opening salvo. Wait till the anally-inserted popsicle stick propping up Ginsberg’s mouldering corpse finally breaks and Trump nominates Amy whatsername to replace her. Or even earlier, maybe, after this November’s impending electoral shellacking. Even if they can somehow contrive to restrain themselves through those sore trials, Trump’s landslide reelection in 2020 will assuredly open the madhouse gates for real. Count on it.

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“Democrats overplayed their hate. November will be a Red Wave”

I repeat: be of good cheer.

In late October 2016 a number of polls showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by various margins. One poll reported by NBC/WSJ showed Hillary ahead by 11. However, it was never pointed out that the poll was created by a Hillary Super PAC.

Also, it’s also well known that the widely reported Monmouth University poll was run by a Hillary Huckster who was caught manipulating the poll and then lied about it.

Realclearpolitics.com took an average of these distorted polls to come up with their analysis of the 2016 race. Their efforts were a great example of the phrase – ‘garbage in – garbage out’.

Many if not all of the polls included samples that were heavily skewed towards Democrats or women. WikiLeaks released Clinton emails showing the Democrat Party efforts to work with pollsters to corrupt the polls and discourage Trump supporters.

WE NAILED IT! Candidate Donald J. Trump won the election in an electoral landslide.

Election 2018
Here is our prediction for the mid-terms:  Republicans will pick up at least 5 and possibly 6 or 7 or more seats in the Senate and Republicans will maintain leadership in the House. Below is our support for this prediction.

He has plenty of it, too.

As noted above, the 2016 polls were not accurate and this has not changed. Democrats continue to try and manipulate people through polls. They just don’t get it that Americans can now, thanks to President Trump, see through the liberal antics. The polls for this year’s election are local and are even more skewed due to smaller population sizes. We base very little credence on the polls except in cases when the Republicans are in the lead. In these cases it is highly likely that the Republican will win due to the polls already being skewed towards the left.

As I’ve always said: the polls are bunk, probably more so now than ever before. Via Francis, who cautions:

The article is definitely worth reading in its entirety. But if the prediction is correct, one consequence will be a redoubling of Democrats’ use of lurid allegations against Republicans and conservatives named as candidates for high office.

It’s the only tactic remaining to the Left that has any potency. Their allegations of various “isms” have all dwindled in effect as bad behavior by Negroes, feminists, homosexual activists, Muslims, and so on has been reported. The smaller their caucuses grow, especially in the Senate with its “advice and consent” role, the shriller, more strident, and more lurid the accusations will become.

That’s not a reason to throw the elections, of course. But it is a reason to be as prepared as possible for what could follow them.

Keep your powder dry, and your mags loaded.

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“The smear campaign against Kavanaugh is anything but good for the Democrat Party”

So, good for America, then.

You may see polls showing Kavanaugh isn’t a particularly popular Supreme Court nominee. You might see legacy media reports indicating that Kavanaugh is a political problem for Republicans. Take all of that and throw it in the trash, because it’s wishful thinking by partisan Dems in newsrooms.

Here’s what’s real: to have any chance of capturing the Senate in the midterms, the Democrats have to hold on to better than a half-dozen seats in states President Trump carried in 2016. And in all of those states, the Kavanaugh nomination is going to be a major negative for those incumbent Democrat senators.

Regardless of how they vote.

Let’s say you’re Joe Manchin in West Virginia. What you needed was for this nomination to be uncontroversial, and a sure thing for confirmation. A party-line contested vote the whole country is watching is a nightmare. Why? Because in a red state like the one Manchin represents, the majority will favor confirmation and find it to be a decisive issue in their vote — so Manchin voting against Kavanaugh will set him up to reap the wrath of the voters in a state which went 65 percent for Trump in 2016.

But it’s worse than that for Manchin, because he doesn’t have a good escape from the Kavanaugh confirmation. You’d say his easy way out is to vote yes, except what the Left has done is to so whip up their voters with the Ford allegations and the copycats who followed that Manchin will lose votes from his own side if he votes to confirm the judge.

This isn’t a theory, by the way. It’s what the polls show.

You all know my attitude towards polls: there’s only one that matters, and it happens on election day. Nonetheless: from McKay’s lips to God’s ears. After the Democratic Socialists’ noxious Kavanaugh freakshow—itself the culmination of a massive two-year public psychotic break appalling and scarifying to any Normal American—a mortal maiming at the polling place is the very least the Despicable Party deserves. Conrad Black is pretty sanguine about the overall picture:

We are in the midst of the fourth and fifth rounds, now unfolding simultaneously, in Donald Trump’s revolutionary eviction of the Democratic establishment with its allies in the media, Hollywood, Wall Street and on K Street, and its lookalike post-Reagan Republican also-rans and regional managers. Trump won the Republican nomination and election and has taken control of the Republican congressional delegation.

What we are witnessing is the parting fusillade of the NeverTrumpers and goal-line stand of the Democrats who have only recently realized that they had a serious survival problem on their hands, and that Trump is a formidable enemy and cannot easily be banished.

If Trump succeeds in the next two rounds-winning a conservative majority on the Supreme Court and consolidating his congressional position, (and seeing off the NeverTrumpers as a bonus), he will dominate all three branches of government, something that only Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson have done in the last century.

Flake, one of the Senate’s last NeverTrumpers and on his way out, personifies the battle for control of the Republican Senate and House delegations. Like a flak-riddled World War II bomber returning with its wings wobbling and pieces of the fuselage falling off, Flake cast his vote to report out the Kavanaugh nomination on condition that the FBI do a supplementary inquiry “limited in time and scope.”

Whether Flake wishes it or not, this was an elegant final turn as a senator, in vivid contrast to John McCain’s deathbed rescue of the remnants of Obamacare, in what amounted, as he turned thumbs down for the cameras while casting his last vote, to an obscene digital gesture to the White House. Kavanaugh served many years in the George W. Bush White House, and his sponsorship by President Trump is an important step in the Trump ascendancy within a Republican Party ossified for nearly 30 years after the retirement of Ronald Reagan.

Again: from his lips to God’s ears.

Update! Julie Kelly, too, is seeing the sunny side to all this:

A bungled political assassination attempt on Brett Kavanaugh will cost the Democrats more than a seat on the Supreme Court: The party might also have killed its edge with suburban women just weeks before the pivotal midterm elections. The near-unanimous reaction to this travesty among my fellow suburban moms is unlike anything I’ve seen in the Trump era.

Until now, Democrats have been confident that women living in the suburbs would propel the much-vaunted “blue wave” this fall because President Trump remains unpopular with this traditionally Republican constituency. Polling conducted over the summer indicated suburban women had a strong preference for Democratic candidates over their Republican opponents. Several vulnerable Republican-held congressional districts are located in suburban areas.

But Democrats have overplayed their dirty hand, and women might exact their revenge in November. Republican women are outraged at Democrats and their media accomplices for what they’ve done to Brett Kavanaugh and his family. One poll taken right after Kavanaugh’s testimony showed 71 percent of Republican women believed Kavanaugh was telling the truth. In a Morning Consult poll released late Monday, 58 percent of Republican women described Dr. Christine Ford as “opportunistic.” Republican women are the only voters whose support for Kavanaugh’s nomination has increased post-hearing.

A CNN segment aired Monday featured dozens of women visiting fence-sitting senators to demand they vote against Kavanaugh; at the end of the piece, the reporter confessed that “while the opposition is loud, there is quiet support for Brett Kavanaugh among women.”

The shared tears and collective fury are galvanizing women voters, but not in the way Democrats initially calculated. The Democrats’ insistence that due process and a presumption of innocence don’t apply to men (particularly conservative white men) is a terrifying prospect for the husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers we love. The Left still doesn’t understand that we don’t hate men like they do.

The Democrats’ shameful conduct also has quashed their most convincing argument, which is that Donald Trump is a vulgarian who does not have the temperament to lead. What Republican woman now believes that Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)—who warned American men to “just shut up and step up for once”—or Cory Booker (D-N.J.) or Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are more prudent or civilized than Trump? Why would any suburban mother vote to empower a lowlife, bottom-feeding hustler like Michael Avenatti? Trump’s tweets look tame compared to the bile coming from these people.

What wouldn’t? Too bad for them that at this point, bile and hatred is really all they have left.

Sweet reason update! Just a reminder.

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Bombs away

Hearty congrats to Schlichter.

We’re in the middle of a non-kinetic civil war between the Normals who built, feed, and defend this country and an elite that can’t – or worse, won’t – even stop hobos from defiling our sidewalks. We face a decision point – what next? Either we get even more militant – Trump was a symptom, not the cause – or our useless ruling class, which hates our guts, is going to stamps its Birkenstocks into our faces forever.

Today, my new book Militant Normals: How Regular Americans Are Rebelling Against the Elite to Reclaim Our Democracy drops like one of those napalm air strikes honesty advocate and war hero Dick Blumenthal called in on Charlie in ‘Nam, except my book is an actual thing. Built on many of the themes, ideas, and vicious catchphrases I’ve developed here at Townhall, Militant Normals is an uncensored 288-page manifesto on how we Normals are fighting back against our myriad enemies: Bitter feminist crones, self-hating beta males, radical race hustlers, socialist hipsters with stupid tatts, goose-steeping SJWs, media potatoheads and – perhaps most loathsome – the cruise-shilling Fredocon geebos of Conservative, Inc., who yearn to be stuffed back in their comfortable gimp boxes to await their liberal masters’ summons.

Ahoy, Flake-loving losers, iceberg right ahead! Yeah, if you think George Will is an awesome voice of True Conservatism™, you may wanna pick up Stormy Daniels’s autobiography instead. It drops the same day, but I’m confident we appeal to different demographics. Mine is the story of people like us fighting for our rights, not a travelogue chronicling interesting genitals I’ve met on my life journey from pole to pole.

And there’s more – why Elite experts aren’t experts, why Conservative, Inc., is all about the “Inc.” and not about the “Conservative,” and why you got Trump.

The bottom line: The Elite got Trump for its sins. And it’s got a lot of sins.

Our soft civil war is raging, and Militant Normals seeks to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?” Spoiler: Go to a gun store just in case, because the Elite’s antics are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.

Safe bet.

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Backfire of historic proportions

Wow. I’m…just…wow.

During Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) launched into a fiery speech, chiding both Democrats and Republicans for their conduct in this debate on allegations of sexual assault against him.

“If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us,” Graham declared, turning to the Democrats. “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that, not me.”

“When you see [Supreme Court Justices] Sotomayor and Kagan, say hello because I voted for them. I’d never do to them what you’ve done to this guy,” Graham added. “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy.”

“Are you a gang rapist?” he asked Kavanaugh. The judge responded, “No.”

“I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through,” Graham added. “Boy, you all want power,” he said to the Democrats. “God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham, that you new about it and you held it.”

“You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None,” the senator declared. “She’s as much of a victim as you are,” he said, turning back to Kavanaugh.

“God, I hate to say it because these have been my friends, but let me tell you, when it comes to this, if you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.”

“This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap,” Graham declared. “You have interacted with professional women all your life, not one accusation. You’re supposed to be Bill Cosby when you’re a junior and senior in high school. And all of a sudden you got over it.”

“To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics,” Graham said. To the Democrats again, “You want this seat, I hope you never get it.”

To Kavanaugh, Graham said, “I hope you’re on the Supreme Court. That’s exactly where you should be. And I hope the American people will see through this charade. And I wish you well. I intend to vote for you, and I hope everybody who’s fair-minded will.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised Graham. “[Lindsey Graham] has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined. God bless him,” she tweeted.

He damned sure does. The Democrat-Socialist response to this richly-deserved tongue-lashing?

Somebody working from a House of Representatives office is editing the Wikipedia pages of Republican senators to post what looks like their home addresses.

Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and both Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah all had their home addresses posted online. It is called doxxing, and it is despicable.

The current Supreme Court skirmish has become particularly nasty. The Left has taken as fact that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a serial sexual predator without corroborating evidence. The Left has tried to blackmail Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. And now someone on the Left is going after the families because of the politics of Republican senators.

Yeah, tell me again all about how we can live peaceably alongside such filthy scum as this. But it would seem that perhaps the Left’s usual vile tactics might not be working out as they hoped this time:

Reports: Manchin, Collins, Murkowski, Donnelly will support.

BOB CORKER: I’LL VOTE TO CONFIRM KAVANAUGH.

Okay, I did NOT see ANY of that coming. Not by a long yard, I didn’t. I repeat: wow.

I’ve had to eat crow a time or two (ahem) in my life. This time around, as I said the other day, I’m going to truly enjoy it. Because if—against all odds and contra my previous prediction—the Democrat-Socialist sewer-crawlers end up righteously punished for this revolting spectacle with a Kavanaugh confirmation backed up by a total blowout in November, that crow is going to be indescribably delicious. I promise to savor every bite.

Update! Jeff Lord lays the blame at the correct feet:

Look. Bluntly put? Enough of this. Enough.

As said in this space the other day, the Senate judicial confirmation process is corrupt. Utterly bankrupt. This began with the hearing for Reagan nominee Robert Bork and has steadily gone downhill ever since.

Why? Because the American Left is not about the Constitution much less simple basic human decency. The party of President John F. Kennedy, one of my childhood heroes, is hell and gone from JFK’s stirring inaugural call to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

What we have been seeing the last few days is a political party and the American Left that it represents that is no longer about the honor and respect for public service that JFK championed. Rather it is now a party and movement for which no smear is too great, no lie too big in a totalitarian-style drive to obtain permanent power over the American people.

By their despicable behavior in this hearing for Judge Kavanaugh, Democrats have made their own conduct the central issue of the 2018 campaign — not to mention the 2020 campaign that looms beyond. They have no principles or ideas to campaign on. Their core belief is that they have a God-given right to raw power and privilege. And to challenge them is to invite the politics of personal destruction now visited on Judge Kavanaugh. And they wonder why Donald Trump was elected? Really?

What has been on display here in this confirmation process is nothing less than a disgusting disgrace.

Judge Kavanaugh has emerged a hero after all of this. And ditto with Senator Lindsey Graham.

If the Manchin/Donnelly/Murkowski/Collins/Corker switch holds up, this will have been a truly historic day—the day on which some long-overdue chickens finally came home to roost.

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“The peaceful transfer of power is no longer a given”

A new, deplorable paradigm.

As troubling as the new paradigm is, it is just another convenient political gambit for the irresponsible left. The prominence of the new paradigm should alarm every freedom-loving American. If unchecked, in time, it will force a breaking point. It also speaks to a palpable division that goes beyond anything we’ve seen since at least the Civil War. Politics is no longer the art of reasonable compromise; it has become an exercise in grudging, chafing tolerance, with one side consumed by a passionate hatred for the other side – a spreading hatred that threatens to consume both sides. America is at a tipping point, and the 2018 elections will likely determine which direction we take for a generation or more.

The fact that we still have a chance to save the country from the collectivist ash heap is miraculous, given that almost every force in society is aligned against its salvation:

  • We toil under the baleful eye of the leftist corporate media, which ignores our successes; amplifies every perceived failing; and paints conservatism as intolerant and incompetent, stuffy, and stultifying.
  • A small but loud resistance movement inside conservatism is endlessly paraded before the country, obsessing over what is “crass” and “gauche.” It is animated by a reeking desperation for approval of everyone outside the right and is utterly useless against a left that never puts form over substance.
  • The population is widely dependent upon the largess the government has been dispensing for generations.
  • The left seems near the end of its long march through society’s consciousness-forming institutions, dominating the media and almost wholly controlling academia, the arts, the sciences, and entertainment and making serious inroads into religion.
  • The strings that connect and control the digital age are in the hands of the left, hands that gleefully strangle voices on the right.
  • Even as “the right” controls the federal government, recent events have shown that rogue leftist elements within government are active and treasonous.
  • The left is utterly ruthless, while the right still pretends propriety and decorum are indispensable hallmarks of civilization rather than civilization-threatening indulgences. 
    Problems such as the national debt and unfunded entitlements were once considered paramount. One can be forgiven for pining for such simple times.

As important as many of Trump’s agenda items are, this year’s election is the most important in more than two centuries because the left has fully embraced the new paradigm of illegitimacy. Leftists have never been more clearly defined, and the present moment affords us the best chance we have ever had to turn decisively away from their road to ruin. For the first time in a generation, the president and his allies have the country moving in the right direction, defined not by statistics, but by the fact that what he has already accomplished offers conservatism a real chance to be shown to work. All of the propaganda and histrionics of the left will fall on deaf ears if the people are confident about the direction of the country. The left still represents a cacophonous minority; most Americans are still animated by a desire to secure their place in a world where they can feel proud of themselves and their country.

Given that Hillary!™ did in fact win the popular vote in 2016, along with the apalling success of the Left’s Long March Through The Institutions—most especially the government schools, which have been beavering away at brainwashing hordes of new young socialists for many decades now—I’m not sure how confident we can be about that final assertion.

George Orwell Daycare Center update! Did I just mention government-school indoctrination, and its paramount importance to the Progressivist plan? Why, I believe I did. A little history on that:

Translated into practical terms and updated from its early-20th-century Italian cultural setting, (Antonio) Gramsci’s thesis is understood by the modern Left to mean:

Socialist revolution will never happen in a nation if its culture continually reaffirms and enshrines middle-class capitalist values. Thus, in order to pave the way for the arrival of a communist state, radicals must first insinuate themselves into and/or influence the media and educational system, and from these positions of influence change public attitudes about the status quo. To achieve political hegemony, you must first achieve cultural hegemony.

This was a significant change from Marx’s and Lenin’s original ideas about communist revolution, which basically involved simply seizing power, public opinion be damned, and afterward propagandizing the masses to accept the new order. Gramsci realized that Marx had it reversed, and that the propaganda and indoctrination must happen first, in order to make the populace open to the idea of revolution; otherwise, rendered complacent by middle-class values and comforts, the populace would never consent to the upheaval of a revolution.

The media and public schools were correctly identified by Gramsci as the most influential cultural institutions, and it was therefore those that the left realized must be targeted.

It is this sophisticated Gramscian plan, and not the more brutish Marxist idea of simply seizing power by force, which has guided leftist thought in America since WWII. And it is why the media and education have, over time, been slowly turned into engines of leftist propaganda. Gramscianism matured into “critical pedagogy” which is the real-world application of his educational theories, and countless left-leaning young adults have for decades been nudged toward careers in education and the media. Some time ago, we crossed a threshold in which the Gramscian infiltrators no longer had to ply their trade surreptitiously, but became the majority in the media and in education, and after that point the process accelerated rapidly as they took over both fields and turned them into ideological weapons.

That’s quoted from a much longer, broader, and deeper post at The Smallest Minority, of which you should read the all. Several of our regular commenters here at this hogwallow have waxed eloquent about the urgent need to regain control of the government schools, with an eye towards remaking them sans the malign Left influence currently saturating them. They aren’t wrong about that. Until such time as we figure out a way to achieve that Sisyphean task, whatever victories we manage to win will be small, and temporary.

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Compare, contrast

Us:

September 24, 2018
The Honorable Charles Grassley The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Chairman Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate United States Senate
135 Hart Senate Office Building 331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein:

When I testified in front of the Senate three weeks ago, I explained my belief that fair process is foundational to justice and to our democracy.

At that time, I sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 31 hours and answered questions under oath. I then answered more questions at a confidential session. The following week, I responded to more than 1,200 written questions, more than have been submitted to all previous Supreme Court nominees combined.

Only after that exhaustive process was complete did I learn, through the news media, about a 36-year-old allegation from high school that had been asserted months earlier and withheld from me throughout the hearing process. First it was an anonymous allegation that I categorically and unequivocally denied. Soon after the accuser was identified, I repeated my denial on the record and made clear that I wished to appear before the Committee. I then repeated my denial to Committee investigators—under criminal penalties for false statements. All of the witnesses identified by Dr. Ford as being present at the party she describes are on the record to the Committee saying they have no recollection of any such party happening. I asked to testify before the Committee again under oath as soon as possible, so that both Dr. Ford and I could both be heard. I thank Chairman Grassley for scheduling that hearing for Thursday.

Last night, another false and uncorroborated accusation from 35 years ago was published. Once again, those alleged to have been witnesses to the event deny it ever happened. There is now a frenzy to come up with something—anything—that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring.

These are smears, pure and simple. And they debase our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.

As I told the Committee during my hearing, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.

I have devoted my career to serving the public and the cause of justice, and particularly to promoting the equality and dignity of women. Women from every phase of my life have come forward to attest to my character. I am grateful to them. I owe it to them, and to my family, to defend my integrity and my name. I look forward to answering questions from the Senate on Thursday.

Sincerely,
Brett M. Kavanaugh

Them:

Citing an unnamed, high-ranking Trump official, the Wall Street Journal and CNN reportat least four vulgar messages were sent to Ashely Kavanaugh’s work email address. In one instance, Mrs. Kavanaugh was sent an email which reads, “May you, your husband and your kids burn in hell.” Another message states “Hi, Ashley,” you should tell her husband to “put a bullet in his … skull.”

“My condolences to you for being married to a rapist. Although you probably deserve it,” another email read.

On Wednesday, Mrs. Kavanaugh is said to have received a note with the following subject line: “F*** YOU AND YOUR RAPIST HUSBAND.”

In addition to Mrs. Kavanaugh, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has received multiple threats in a bid to intimidate her into voting against the Trump Supreme Court pick.

“My office has received some pretty ugly voice mail threats, terrible things said to my staff, so this has been a very ugly process and I think that’s very unfortunate,” Collins told radio station WVOM on Wednesday. Last week, Collins’s chief of staff, Steve Abbot, told a Maine television station, “We’ve had some very abusive callers” regarding Kavanaugh’s nomination. “We’ve had some very vulgar calls and sort of harassing the staff.”

Now, Ballsey-Fraud claims to be getting death threats and such too, which frankly I don’t give a tinker’s damn about; one of these things is NOT like the other, and a sleazy, slimy political operative peddling lies in order to undermine the presumption of innocence and due process has damned well earned every bit of discomfort she suffers as far as I’m concerned. Ultimately, it all comes down to this:

The stakes of the current battle over Kavanaugh are far bigger than a single Supreme Court seat, and Republican voters understand this, even if their elected lawmakers don’t. It’s bigger than Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, or Second Amendment rights. Democrats are trying to turn the rule of law on its head, to destroy the presumption of innocence — not for themselves, mind you, but for anyone who dares to oppose their totalitarian political agenda.

The Democrats have one goal: to prevent the nation’s elected Republican government from doing what it was elected to do. That’s the whole purpose of the Robert Mueller probe, which to date has not produced a shred of evidence that Trump treasonously conspired with the Russian government to steal an election from Hillary Clinton. It’s the reason for the lawless and anti-democratic “resistance” within federal agencies, which gleefully uses its power and total lack of accountability to the electorate to wreak havoc on our nation’s institutions.

Democrats refuse to accept that they lost the election fair and square, and they refuse to accept that Trump and Republican lawmakers have the right under the U.S. Constitution to nominate and confirm Supreme Court justices. The last week has proven that Democrats will do anything, whether it’s spinning up federal investigations on false premises, sabotaging legal processes within federal agencies, or cooking up vile smear campaigns to prevent the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice, all the way to 2020 and perhaps even beyond, if necessary.

Republican voters know exactly what’s happening right now, and they’re out for blood. The only question left is who they’re going to punish. If Senate Republican leaders don’t immediately end this entire charade and schedule a floor vote for Kavanaugh, their heads will be on the chopping block.

People keep on complaining about the Vichy GOPe Congresscritters using terms like “spineless,” “feckless,” “cowards,” “clueless,” and the like. I ain’t buying any of that for a minute; nobody ever clawed their way to the top of the DC shitpile by being anything less than a cunning, relentless, bold, and devious operator, not once. Look at how Yertle McTurtle destroyed the Tea Party movement, brazenly gloating about it before, during, and after. He even sneakily spent big bucks to make sure Roy Moore was defeated by his Democrat-Socialist opponent.

No, the Vichy GOPe wing of the Status Quo Uniparty is perfectly capable of fighting viciously and effectively against their opponents right enough. It’s just that too many of us are still laboring under a misperception as to who those opponents really are.

Hats off to poor Kavanaugh; he’s clearly a class act, and his determined refusal to sit passively back and go down without a fight is indeed admirable. It’s plain, too, that his understanding of the Constitution and the proper role of the Court would make him a fine Justice. But this fight is bigger than just his nomination now. Like the man who nominated him, he’s beset on all sides—locked in an existential three-way war in which those who are supposed to be his allies and supporters are simply no such thing.

Update! Steyn’s take:

So, as Leah the Boss Tweets, the left’s position is that, if you’re in a middle-school girls’ bathroom and li’l Jimmy is transitioning in there and you happen to be exposed to her penis, what’s the big deal? Everyone knows penises are nothing to do with blokes anymore and, if you suggest otherwise, you’ll be kicked out of every position you hold. But, if you graduate middle school and make it to Yale and you’re exposed to Brett Kavanaugh’s penis, or a doppelgänger for Brett Kavanaugh’s penis…whoa! That particular penis or doppelpenis will traumatize you for the next thirty years.

They’re sickos: twisted, depraved, dysfunctional people who should be vigorously shunned at the very least.

Democrats are already using the second accuser to argue that it’s totally unreasonable to expect the first accuser to testify this Thursday, if ever. This Kavanaugh guy spent the Eighties stalking Democrat women like a one-man Rotherham gang-rape posse. He’s the Jimmy Savile of the DC Court of Appeals.

The Aussies and various of their Commonwealth cousins have the blunt expression “soft cock” for a weak-willed and indecisive man: There is a lot of that in the Judiciary Committee and throughout the “Republican Congress”. So it requires a perverse kind of genius for a party of soft cocks to be damned as insatiable priapic beasts violating the maidenhood of the nation. One day in the very near future a Republican who has taken the precaution of never having any sexual contact with anyone ever will nevertheless find that’s no obstacle to being America’s most notorious serial rapist.

“Sexual contact,” hell. The key—at least for all sane males at least from middle-school age if not sooner—is to never, ever have anything whatsoever to do with a certain type of American female, purely as a matter of self-defense.

KAVANAUGH INVADES POLAND update! Your one-stop shop for boo-koos of hilarious Kavanaugh meme-age is right where you’d expect it to be.

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Meet Sabo.

Los Angeles
It’s not much to look at from the outside, a dingy apartment building in a downwardly mobile stretch of burglar bars, psychics, and coin laundries. When asked the name of the neighborhood, one inhabitant classifies it as “no place in the middle of every place.”

It’s not much better on the inside. The guy I have come to see answers the door of his cheerless one-bedroom shirtless, in camo shorts and Chucks, while pulling on a white polo in order to appear less feral. He’s not a down-on-his-luck porn producer, though he used to work in the industry. He’s not some middle-aged gangbanger, though he could pass for one: solidly built with his name tattooed on his knuckles and a branding-iron mark singed into his chest. He is Sabo, America’s preeminent right-wing guerrilla street artist.

This sounds impressive. Yet being the Banksy or the Shep Fairey of the right is not a high pile to climb. It’s a bit like being the foremost reggae singer at the Grand Ole Opry or the premier scuba outfitter in the Kalahari. There’s not a lot of competition.

In this most liberal of cities (where even unaffiliated voters outnumber registered Republicans) and out of these modest digs, Sabo runs a one-man torture emporium. His victims include everyone from lefty politicians and Big Tech overlords to smug celebrities who never cease to subject us to the hot blasts of their virtue-signaling.

When inspiration strikes, Sabo might hijack a billboard, as he did last year with one advertising the film The Greatest Showman. It featured the actress Zendaya on a trapeze, and Sabo added a smirking Al Franken behind her with his lechy come-hither hands outstretched. Or he might crank out cheeky T-shirts with the letters “DOU” next to a picture of Che’s face.

The fashionable hypocrisy of the left drives Sabo bonkers, which explains the “F— Tibet” sign in his living room. It’s not that he doesn’t feel for the Dalai Lama’s oppressed people. But he’ll see some L.A. fashionista in a Mao shirt hauling a Free Tibet tote bag, “And I’m like, ‘You realize the reason Tibet needs to be freed is because of the f—ing Communists?’ These are the idiots I have to deal with.”

We all do, buddy, we all do. Read every word of it; as WRSA says, it’s good stuff. His apartment sounds like one hell of a fun place to hang out:

From the moment you step inside Sabo’s place, you get the sense that artistic violence is committed here. Amidst the skateboards and racks of spray-paint that adorn the hovel of this 50-year-old man-child, there’s a tattered Koran, which serves as his doorstop. It’s missing pages, since he’s used a few when out of toilet paper. If a visitor didn’t get the point that he’s not a fan of Islam, one wall also features Beyoncé in a burka.

Next to the coffin-sized printer that cranks out the posters that he plasters all over Los Angeles, there’s a wall-sized depiction of Elizabeth Warren in a Pocahontas headdress. There’s also the Hillary Clinton Wizard of Oz-style flying monkey campaign placard (with which he blanketed Brentwood before one of Hillary’s deep-pockets presidential fundraisers) and the tin of “Planned Parenthood Baby Dick Sausages by Vienna” (his nod to the unborn, though he’s ambivalently pro-choice).

Sabo’s also pro gay-marriage. But just when you think he’s going bleeding-heart on you, his bathroom door features the traditional ladies’ room silhouette of a woman, but from under her skirt is protruding, like a turtle head from a shell, a man’s unit. The bathroom is marked neither “Men” nor “Women,” but rather “It.” Though Sabo hastens to add that with their high rates of attempted suicide, he has nothing against “trannies.” “I hurt for them in a good way…just don’t try and tell me that it’s normal.”

Then there’s the MAGAphone—a megaphone inscribed with Donald Trump’s favorite acronym, as well as “Eat Shit Commie” around the horn. 

This is a fascinating, well-written warts-and-all bio of a fascinating young man who’s led a fascinating, rough and tumble life. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned the introduction from Sabo’s website before here, but it bears repeating:

Bush the Younger was elected President and the claws came out in Hollywood. I lost my friends along with a great deal of peace. It was not a good time to be a Republican in Hollywood. There was no place I could go where I wasn’t punched in the face by some sort of art defining who I was for being a Republican. Evil, Bigotted, Homophobic, Out of Touch, Rich, Greedy, on and on. And then I snapped. Why was the Left allowed to define me and where are the dissenting voices from the Right setting the record straight? Creatively speaking, no one.

I believe the Right has a great message, sadly the only people telling it are those on the Left and they do a damn fine job making us look like ass holes and what do Republicans do about it, NOT A DAMN THING!!! Fuck it! I guess it’s just going to have to be me, I thought. My aim as an artist is to be as dirty, ground level, and mean as any Liberal artist out there, more so if I can. Use their tactics, their methods, appeal to their audience, the young, urban, street urchins with a message they never hear in a style they own. My name is SABO, I’m an UNSAVORYAGENT.

We need all of ’em we can get, now more than ever. Okay, okay, one more excerpt, which I just love:

Sabo became a tank crewman, from which he derives his handle. A “sabot” is a type of armor-piercing round—“pretty much a bullet for a tank.” The Call of Duty nerds like to test him on this, claiming, Sabo says while imitating their pedantic whine, that it “isn’t the round, it’s one of the things that cup the round.” Disgusted, he adds: “I’m like, ‘Bitch, I only slept on one for four years. Shut up. I used sabot rounds as a goddamned pillow.’ ” He doesn’t let his real name out there, since antifa types would chronically harass him, possibly worse, and he doesn’t need any help in the paranoia department: “I wouldn’t be surprised if celebrities have witches trying to f— me with spells. Sometimes when I do [a job], I get really sick.”

It was in the Corps that Sabo became a drunk. Everyone was a two-fister. “They literally had Coke machines filled with beer.” He never saw combat, but there was plenty of fighting. “When I got into a bar fight, the whole bar fought,” he says, suppressing a grin. He was once slam-dancing at a bar, and some Navy killjoy said, “Dude, you spilled my drink.”

Sabo responded, “Dude, it’s a slam-dance song.”

“It’s Barry Manilow,” said his rival.

Heh. Now if THAT doesn’t convince you of how much you’ll enjoy reading this one, I don’t know what would. It’s in an unlikely spot—the Weekly Standard (!)—so naturally the interviewer works in the obligatory NeverTrumpTard complaints. Sabo, himself no Trump fan early on, responds with piercing insight and admirable ferocity (“…he’s ‘kicking the teeth in’ of everyone who needs their teeth kicked in…’How can I say it, dude?’ he goes on about people like me criticizing Trump while still enjoying the spoils of his Supreme Court picks, his pushback on the thought police, and his promoting of America instead of apologizing for it. ‘It’s like grow the f— up'”), and he’s right on the button.

Do I even have to say “read it all” again? No. No, I do not.

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