Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Be of good cheer

Or, perhaps, not.

Tuesday’s narrow win by Democrat Conor Lamb in a special congressional election in Pennsylvania has thrilled Democrats eager to believe that the entire country has finally seen the error of its ways and is about to remove the interloper Donald J. Trump, if not from power then at least from moral authority in the White House. This, they crow, is yet more proof of the “blue wave” that surely is coming in the fall, when the party of slavery, segregation, secularism, and sedition retakes the House of Representatives, re-installs Nancy Pelosi as speaker, and effects the Progressive Restoration in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016.

Chastened Republicans, meanwhile, are expected finally to bow to the inevitable and hang their heads in shame, while accepting the natural overlordship of their Democrat betters and returning to their Vichycon places at the table, collaborating whenever possible and putting up only token resistance when not.

Not so fast. It’s always dangerous to draw national conclusions from local elections, which House races are by definition.

I’m still reasonably confident of another Democrat-Socialist shellacking this fall; for starters, all this nonsense about Trump’s supposed “unpopularity” conveniently ignores approval numbers which are now safely above Saint Barrack’s own. And I still no longer put much stock in polls at all anyway. Nobody should forget that the current “unpopular” polling meme is being touted in the very same places that gave Trump no chance whatsoever of beating Her Herness in the first place.

Leftymedia clings to the same erroneous assumption they have all along: that Normals hate Trump every bit as much as they do themselves. It’s more than vaguely reminiscent of the stunned, traumatized libtard who famously declared, after Nixon’s win, “I don’t know anybody who voted for him.” (Possibly a misquote—see this.)

Well, of course she didn’t. How could she? Wrapped up snugly in their DC, Upper West Side, or Hollywood cocoons, snooty Progtard elitists couldn’t remotely conceive of the existence of anyone so troglodytic, so benighted—so confoundingly perverse!—as to ignore the scolding of their betters and vote for someone they so deeply disapproved of.

I could easily be wrong about a coming Dem-Soc disaster though, I admit. Back over to Walsh for some reasons why:

What ought to worry the GOP about the Lamb victory is not the victory itself—Lamb had been leading handsomely in the polls, running as a “conservative”—but the stealthiness of the campaign, which is all part of an emerging new Democrat strategy. As House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) noted, “the candidate who is going to win this race is the candidate who ran as a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi, conservative.”

So behold the emerging Campaign ’18. For months now, Democrats have been recruiting youthful military vets, some of them anti-abortion, and committed to a generational change of the Democrats’ geriatric leadership. In an area like Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, which historically has been home to white, working-class, blue-collar cradle Democrats, this is a winning idea. In order to take back states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, Democrats finally are realizing that the Pelosi-Schemer-Clinton axis of evil no longer holds any appeal, but that clean-cut, all-American types like Conor Lamb very much do. A party that has never had any problem compromising its transient “moral” principles won’t hesitate to run right at conservative Democrat voters, even it means betraying their professed ideals in order to support the national party with votes in Congress when it matters. “By any means necessary” is the Democrats’ slogan for a reason, after all.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, the consultants who make a living by turning winnable races into close elections, bear much of the blame. Behind the scenes, in race after race, they decide beforehand which candidates are viable and which aren’t. The result is a top-down determination about where the PAC money will go, and about which candidates will get national media attention. Ask yourself this: had you ever heard of Rick Saccade until last week? Bet you heard of Conor Lamb.

Ah, but it’s worse than that; worries about GOPe ineptness are only part of the story. We shouldn’t leave treachery out of our calculations:

RUSH: I see the smile. Oh, he’s gloating. (imitating Murphy) “Yeah, I did, Trump, Trump, Trump, guess what, we’re getting clobbered in the polls. The problem is fundamentally Trump and the fact that the party’s become a bunch of lemmings following him. Oh, you idiots. I tried to tell you, I tried to tell you. We have the most unpopular president in the history of presidents, two-thirds of the country’s offended by the guy every day, I told you, it’s Trump, Trump, Trump. Blue wave is coming. We’re toast! Ha-ha! I told you.”

Let’s go on to McKinnon, Mark McKinnon next. He ran all the media for George Bush in the 2000 campaign and was prominent in 2004. He was on with Don Lemon. And McKinnon is the guy that founded this centrist group called No Labels. We’re not conservatives. We’re not liberals. We’re actually liberals that don’t call ourselves liberals, is what the No Labels group is. And Lemon said, “Okay. You’re plugged into a lot of Republicans, Mark. What are they really saying behind the scenes?”

MCKINNON: They’re saying, get off the beach. The wave is coming. Get out of here. I mean, actually, that is happening. I mean, they’re getting out of the races altogether. In fact, 41 Republicans have retired and resigned. And I think because of last night we’re gonna see more resignations. Last night’s news, that was the canary in the coal mine getting hit by mustard gas and a grenade, and there’s feathers everywhere. I think a lot of Republicans were holding out hope that because of the tax cuts and because of the very strong economy, that would help carry through some of the problems that we’ve been seeing out there. This suggests that that’s not gonna be the lifeboat that everybody thought it was gonna be.

RUSH: Okay. We got one more with Murphy back on CNN, and he’s on the same show with McKinnon ’cause you’ll hear McKinnon in this bite as well.

MURPHY: We need to give the same kind of long leash to some of our candidates who want to walk away from the president a little bit and walk away from some of these litmus test primary issues, like guns in these suburban districts where Republican support is collapsing. So I would say my advice to the Republicans would be, copy that, because we are heading for real headwinds. That’s an effective tactic, as we just learned in one of our base districts.

RUSH: So we need to give a long leash to some of our candidates who want to walk away from the president a little bit, walk away from some of these litmus test primary issues like guns in these suburban districts where Republican support is collapsing. Republican support for guns in suburban districts is collapsing.

Hey, anybody remember when these guys were howling about Trump because Muh Conservative Principles? Nah, me neither.

Limbaugh administers the antidote:

Okay, so the message is that Trump is a buffoon, an idiot, he’s hated and despised, two-thirds of the country doesn’t like the guy. He’s the most negative polling president first year, first term we’ve ever had, blue wave is coming, get off the beach or you’re gonna drown. Republicans are resigning left and right. It’s over.

How did he get elected in the first place, then? Could somebody explain to me what happened, how did he get elected in the first place? Was he overwhelmingly popular by people who voted for him and now one-third of the people that voted for him have abandoned him or more, he’s hated and despised? Trump is hated and despised by many of the people that the voted for him, Republican support is collapsing because of Trump, Trump, Trump? How did a guy like this ever get elected then?

And that’s still my question too. Like I said, I could easily be wrong here. Enough people out there could buy into the Democrat-Socialist bait and switch to send the Repubs packing. And I have no doubt that a return to their also-ran status would suit plenty of business-as-usual GOPers just fine.

But the fact remains that, aside from blatantly misrepresenting themselves, the Democrat Socialist Party has NOTHING. Nothing but old, tired ideas that have failed every time they’ve been tried; Obama’s dismal record; and a bitter, bone-deep contempt for traditional American values they don’t even bother trying to conceal anymore. I just can’t quite get my head around the chilling thought that most Americans are so fickle, so naive, so fucking stupid as to be taken in by such brazen chicanery. Not yet, I can’t.

I mean, really: if a guy like Conor Lamb truly is such a rock-ribbed “conservative”—even going so far as to run a campaign ad featuring himself firing an AR15, ferchrissake—then why on earth would he bother with the Democrat Socialist Party at all? Any person who owns and enjoys an “assault weapon” knows very damned well that the Dems are practically drooling at the prospect of banning them again, emboldened enough by recent tragedy to abandon the old “I’m a hunter myself” subterfuge to shout their intentions from the very rooftops. If Lamb was as staunch a Second Amendment proponent as he claims, he wouldn’t even be a member of the Democrat Socialist Party, much less running for office under their tainted rubric.

No, we’ve seen this movie before, about a bajillion times. Run in a Republican district as a “conservative” or “moderate,” slime your way into office, and then march in lockstep with the rest of the dirty DC commies forever after. It pains me to have to say it about a former Marine, but Lamb is either a fraud or a fool. And the people who just elected him are either suckers…or something much, much worse. There just is no other explanation.

Lest we forget, the execrable cur John Murtha was a Marine too. From Pennsylvania, if I remember right (yep, I do). Must be something in the water up there or something.

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Self-beclownment nonpareil

If there’s an Olympic Gold Medal for incandescent stupidity, Palsied Pelousi just won it. Hands down, no contest.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put forth a new idea for border security, arguing that “mowing the grass” in some areas could be sufficient instead of building a wall.

In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she “is not the biggest advocate” for President Trump’s long-promised wall as part of a negotiation on a fix for Dreamers.

“Let’s talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary, where fencing will do or mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass,” she proposed, also mentioning adding levees, technology and personnel to enhance border security. 

Ace helpfully provides a few pictures of these areas, which are of course barren desert with not one blade higher than a toddler’s ankle in evidence. I ask you, isn’t it about time this blibbering, senile old coot was put away in some sort of home—by force, if necessary? For her own safety, if for no other reason.

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Progressivist Utopia

Take a good look at it:

The disorder that has long dominated the streets of Portland, Oregon reached a new low earlier this month, when Columbia Sportswear, a major retailer headquartered just outside of nearby Beaverton, had to close its flagship store downtown for a day after protestors blocked shoppers from entering. The protestors were reacting to an op-ed by Tim Boyle, Columbia’s CEO, in which he confessed that relocating his company to downtown Portland may have been a mistake, citing the crimes and indecencies his employees have endured, including “daily defecation” by transients in the store’s lobby. Certain repeat offenders of the city’s vagrant population, along with other agitators, have issued death threats and broken into cars; one Columbia employee had to run into moving traffic after a stranger followed her and threatened to kill her.

The situation faced by Columbia Sportswear represents a broader problem facing progressive cities like Portland, which have increasingly tolerated vagrancy and tent cities, pressuring law-enforcement to take a “hands-off” approach to policing homelessness and other social disruptions. While this approach may be kindhearted, residents and businesses shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences. The harassment faced by Columbia Sportswear employees is no outlier; similar abuses have roiled the small-business community across Portland. On Black Friday, Anne Bocci, who owns an upscale art and jewelry boutique that prides itself on not being “a big corporate business,” encountered the same type of terrifying situation when her store was robbed. “He stole from me and he threatened my life, twice,” said Bocci of her assailant—a repeat offender in downtown Portland. She added that, “the police came and then he came back four minutes later after they left.”

Judith Arnell, another jeweler, will be closing her doors after doing business in Portland for over 20 years. “The biggest problem is that the customers feel unsafe, so I can’t afford to save this,” Arnell noted. She also recalled that a surveillance camera caught a man defecating outside of her front door, and that this wasn’t the first time that it had happened.

Business owners recently took their outrage directly to Mayor Wheeler’s administration. Kevin Pilla, owner of the home-goods store Budd and Finn, gave a scathing critique of city government, his store having been broken into just a few nights before. Crime “is literally killing my business,” Pilla announced. “There are no consequences.” Business owners are right to be outraged.

That’s right enough, I suppose. But I have to wonder how many of these put-upon business owners themselves voted, repeatedly, for the Democrat Socialist authors of such wanton destruction in the name of Progressivism—and how many of them continue to cling to their failed ideology even after experiencing its inevitable and predictable results up close and personal.

As with Detroit, my sympathy for these folks is a wee bit, umm, attenuated, shall we say. Some folks like to say that “stupidity should be painful,” and that’s right enough. But the truth is that, sooner or later, it almost always IS. And then stupidity degrades into insanity, as they go on repeating the same mistakes again and again, expecting a different result.

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Welcome back!

To the Senate, that is, for the Democrat Socialist Party’s new Lion Of The Senate, diligently following in the soiled footsteps of the old one. One can only imagine how thrilled the victims of his unwanted attentions are to see that this noble servant is back to Doing The People’s Business all over any helpless female in arm’s reach without suffering any real punishment for his perverted assaults whatsoever. Call it justice, liberal-fascist style.

Clearly, though, the New Lion Of The Senate has learned much from national exposure of his warped proclivities:

If you had asked me two weeks ago, would any woman come forward with an allegation like this, I would have said no. So I cannot speculate. This has been a shock and it has been extremely humbling. I am embarrassed. I feel ashamed. What I’m going to do is I’m going to start my job and go back to work. I am going to work as hard as I can for the people of Minnesota and start that right now. Thank you all. Thank you.

And with that terse slap in the face for his victims, the oozing pustule walked off in the sure knowledge that this scandal will now be buried and forgotten by his friends in the liberal media establishment. They, too, are just doing their jobs: protecting Democrat Socialists by any means they can contrive.

As another invulnerable liberal icon once so hubristically scoffed: guilty as hell. Free as a bird.

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Architects of atrocity

Sorry, Chuckles: squirm however you may like, but you own this one. Lock, stock, and barrel.

President Donald Trump wasted no time pointing his finger at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after an alleged terrorist killed eight people in New York City this week.

Yet the president’s broadside against a top lawmaker whose home city just suffered a tragedy stunned absolutely no one on Capitol Hill. It was the latest — some argue saddest — display of political discourse that once would have been unthinkable but has become the new normal in the Trump era.

“It’s probably not the time to be attacking the native son of the city where the attack occurred,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

Um. Trump is from NYC too, asshole.

Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to blast Schumer for authoring legislation in 1990 creating a green card lottery that the administration said the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, used to enter the United States seven years ago.

Emphasis entirely mine, and absolutely vital. I repeat: Schemer, his liberal comrades, the liberal judges who attempted to halt Trump’s perfectly sensible travel restrictions on individuals from terror-sponsoring Moslem nations—they ALL own this attack, every last halfwit among ’em. If it weren’t for him, Schemer especially, this guy would most likely not have been here in the first place. This part, though, is just priceless:

“New Yorkers, and all of us, compare President Bush right after 9/11, and President Trump right after this horrible terrorist attack,” Schumer said. “President Bush united us. He had us in the White House the next day, saying how we need to work together. All President Trump does is take advantage — horrible advantage — of a tragedy, and try to politicize and divide.”

Wait, what? You mean Bushitler, Chuckles? You’re nostalgic now for the most evil, un-American, destructive, hate- and warmongering president in American history, reviled by you and your toxic colleagues endlessly the entire time he was in office?

“This is a tragedy. It’s less than a day after it occurred, and he can’t refrain for a day from his nasty, divisive habits,” Schumer added. “He’s called me names before. I stick by my values. It doesn’t divert me.”

Schumer also snuck in his own counter-punch, pointing out that Trump’s budget proposal had cut back on anti-terrorism funding, and he called on Trump to seek more money for those programs.

Thereby politicizing this event in a most divisive way himself. Naturally. You can’t really politicize terrorism anyway, not anymore than it already is, because terrorism is fundamentally a political act. Terrorism, after all, is war, and war is the continuation of politics by other means, as Clausewitz famously said. But hearing the squeals about the horror of Trump “politicizing” this atrocity from the very people who have never yet passed up a chance to climb up on the coffins of the victims of any mass murder to mewl for gun control and confiscation is especially rich.

Guess we need us some reasonable, common-sense rental-truck control now, eh, douchebags?

Here’s the most telling bit of all, revealing as it does just why Chuckles is suddenly so squirmy and wormy about it all:

Yet Schumer found himself having to answer questions on the so-called diversity visa lottery program the terror suspect reportedly used to emigrate from his native Uzbekistan. Schumer was the author of that program, which was included in broader immigration package signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Schumer and other senators proposed scrapping the lottery as part of a comprehensive immigration reform package in 2013, but the House never took up that bill.

And there you have it. Own it, Chuckles. You and the rest of you hard-Left morons who insist on piling failed policy on top of failed policy—policy the rest of us have to pay for in blood, while you cower behind your walled homes and your armed security guards. You OWN it.

These continuing, ever-more-frequent attacks are not some natural, unpreventable events; they aren’t “disasters” or “tragedies” like hurricanes or tornados, things out of our control that we are powerless to prevent or defend ourselves against. We KNOW who’s doing them; we know WHY they’re doing them, and we know they intend to go right ON doing them, every single chance we give them. We have NO obligation whatsoever to provide them the opportunity.

We also know how to stop them. They have no right or legitimate reason to be allowed into our country at all; we have every right to keep them out if we wish, and it’s perfectly moral, ethical, and legally permissible to do just that. There is no need to import hordes of low-IQ, unskilled, unemployable, unassimilable primitives who hate and despise us, and long only to see us dead, dead, dead. There is no demand for them. They contribute nothing at all to our society or our culture.

Only the Left wants them here, and their reasons are either muttonheaded or malignant.

Thus Trump succeeded in one sense: Flipping the debate after the New York attack to immigration, not whether the U.S. intelligence community and law-enforcement agencies had somehow missed Saipov as a potential terrorist.

“We don’t know the details of this person. The green card program has a long serious program that takes a year,” Schumer said. “I have always believed in immigration as good for America. So do most Americans. I stand by that today.”

While trying as hard as you can to wiggle out from under it, like the slimy little liberal shitweasel you are, and always have been. You OWN this guy, you miserable worm.

Wonder if he’ll actually have the gall, the sheer brass balls, to attend any of the funerals for the people his idiocy got killed yesterday?

But the real question, I guess, is this: will any of the bereaved families and friends of those people finally wise up and vote him the fuck out of office, as should have been done decades ago?

Update! GREAT line from Steyn:

“I don’t know where they are having dinner tonight, but let’s say Cuomo and De Blasio, whatever restaurant you are in- if you walked in and yelled “Allahu akbar,” they would dive under the table like everybody else,” Steyn insisted.

And it gets even better from there:

I thought Governor Cuomo’s remarks about New Yorkers’ “resilience” – for going to work and going to school today – in particularly poor taste when five Argentines are going home in coffins. The dead had been enjoying a 30th anniversary school reunion, so the slaughter has not only blown a hole in their friends’ future but also in their past, in all the school reunions to come with the classmates who aren’t there.

Nevertheless, Cuomo is just applying the same repulsive strategy seen in Paris and London and Manchester, dignifying as “resilience” what is really an enfeebled passivity no better than the Eloi in H G Wells’ The Time Machine, who even as their neighbors are stolen by the Morlocks in the night forget them instantly and gather in the dawn to dance and arrange flowers as if nothing has happened. Free peoples need to recover some righteous anger, or they will lose their futures – and deserve to.

As Glenn has repeatedly said, our Moslem antagonists hate us deeply, sure enough. But worse, much worse, they despise us. And that’s because we’re, well, despicable. Having them hate us wouldn’t matter nearly so much if they also feared us along with it. Alas, they do not, and have no reason to. Until they do, we can expect a lot more of the same—and as Steyn says, we deserve it.

Updated update! They just can’t help themselves.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “the last thing we should do is start casting aspersions on whole races of people or whole religions or whole nations. That only makes the situation worse.”

De Blasio also warned against stereotyping all Muslims as extremists.

“Anyone who wants to come into this country should be very thoroughly vetted as an individual,” he said. “But the minute you start generalizing it, especially to a whole religion, then unfortunately we’re sending the exact negative message that a lot of our enemies want and the terrorist wants to affirm — that this nation is somehow anti-Muslim. We’ve got to do the exact opposite. We’ve got to show we respect all people in America. That’s about as American of a value as there is.”

Yeah, right. Because after all, see, it’s really OUR fault, for not being nice enough to them, not showing them enough Love.

But while you’re lecturing the rest of us on how terrorism is all our fault and the importance of “respecting all people,” Bill, do tell us: how do you plan to get your precious Moslem imports to respect women, pray tell? Or gays? Or infidels? Or atheists? Or the laws, customs, and culture of the nation you’re treasonously helping them to invade? Do you plan on insisting on any of that at all? Do you have any realistic expectation of success with it? Can you point out to me just one instance where such a program has actually, y’know, worked? Ever? Anywhere?

Once you get all that figured out, genius, you can get back to me on the rest of it. Until then, spare me the insipid, puerile platitudes, you fucking suppurating carbuncle.

Update to the updated update! Did somebody mention reasonable, common-sense rental-truck control?

KRISTOF: This is incredibly complicated and there is no silver bullet. If anything, it’s like silver buckshot. We can do more with intelligence. We can do more with trying to limit the access people have to weapons, including trucks. The New York City Police Department has an outstanding counterterrorism operation. And indeed, they’ve tried very hard to prevent truck-rental organizations from renting to people who might blow things up. But you can’t get perfect compliance.

No, I should think not. Not least because the moment somebody starts refusing to rent trucks to Moslems or even screening them at all, you’ll be at the very front of the liberal protest mob shrieking about “discrimination” and “bigotry” and “racial profiling” and “Islamophobia.” You’ll drive them out of business, and every other rental agency will know better afterward to even think about doing any such thing. And that, as they say, will be that.

Know what else the NYPD “tried very hard” to do?

The NYPD targeted a Paterson mosque in its surveillance of Muslims in New York and New Jersey — recording license plates and photographing worshipers — according to new, detailed reports that shed more light on the massive spying operation across state lines.

The New York Police Department’s actions have drawn sharp rebuke from some local and state officials, who said the targeting of citizens based on religion and ethnicity may have violated their civil rights. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was the latest public official to call for an investigation into the NYPD’s actions and into whether proper protocol was followed and constitutional rights were respected. 

The liberals screamed bloody murder, of course, and the surveillance was ended back in 2012. But guess what mosque the NYC terrorist attended. Go on, guess.

You fucking OWN this, libtards.

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Some folks never learn

Socialist is as socialist does.

Sounding eerily like the Sandinistas he once supported, the mayor of America’s largest city declared his love for heavy-handed central planning in surprisingly unguarded terms.

When asked about the enormous gap between New York’s rich and poor, the mayor responded:

What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.

Yeah. And speaking of “standing in the way,” let’s all just ignore the hundreds of years of history that have proven beyond any reasonable doubt, again and again and again, that socialism does not work, has never worked, never will work, and cannot work. It’s all that stands in the way of your childish utopian fantasy being successfully realized at last—right Bill?

At this late date, there’s really only one interesting question here: who would be the bigger moron, Red Bill or the dimwits who elected his stupid commie ass?

(Via MisHum)

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Hoodwinked, bamboozled

I’m just about ready to call it a Deep State victory and wash my hands of the whole thing at this point.

The Trump administration has no plans to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner over her role in the Tea Party targeting scandal, the Justice Department said Friday in response to calls by Republican lawmakers to revisit the case.

In a letter to the lawmakers, the Justice Department said that “reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence.”

No harm, no foul, no action from the guy we sent there to fix this. It’s time to start thinking about what we’re gonna do next…if anything. Personally, I doubt there’ll be any response other than further online grumbling. There ain’t gonna be any revolution, there ain’t gonna be any meaningful reform, and there ain’t gonna be any civil war, either. Hillary isn’t going to prison; how can anyone still think Trump was serious about that, if the woman who weaponized the IRS as a means to steal an election is to face no repercussions more serious than early retirement with a full pension?

Americans are pussies, all hat and no cattle; the idea of them rising up to put a stop to their own oppression when it might interfere with Monday Night Football at the local microbrewery is ludicrous. As Ace says:

It’s almost as if we changed presidents but the actual government remained completely intact.

I don’t know if this is Trump’s call or Sessions’ call or if it was made by subordinates and there’s some doctrine of non-interference from political appointees that prevents them from doing anything about it — but I’m getting very tired of the One Party Government.

Not even a special counsel to look into this independently? Nothing?

Was it all a lie? And if it was all a lie — then what else can I trust?

Well, you can sure trust this: your vote means nothing. Your freedoms are nonexistent, and your Constitution is a joke. You will do as your government tells you; you will take what it gives you and like it, and bleat for more when told it’s appropriate and allowed. And that is absolutely ALL you will do.

In sum, you are now—officially, irrevocably, and in every way that counts—EUropeans. You may complain about the taste, but you will assuredly eat the shit sandwich, to the very last bite.

Back in the late 60’s, my family MD wrote and self-published a book. Its title: Farewell, America. The man was prescient. In fact, I think I still have a signed copy of it someplace, the one he gave my father. But in any event, the writing was on the wall even then, for those with eyes to see and the heart to face up to it.

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Lee knew

Fred gets back on track. He doesn’t really mention Trump at all here, which surely helps.

“The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.” Robert E. Lee

The man was perceptive. Amalgamation of the states under a central government has led to exactly the effects foreseen by General Lee. 

Democracy works better the smaller the group practicing it. In a town, people can actually understand the questions of the day. They know what matters to them. Do we build a new school, or expand the existing one? Do we want our children to recite the pledge of allegiance, or don’t we? Reenact the Battle of Antietam? Sing Christmas carols in the town square? We can decide these things. Leave us alone.

States similarly knew what their people wanted and, within the limits of human frailty, governed accordingly.

Then came the vast empire, the phenomenal increase in the power and reach of the federal government, which really means the Northeast Corridor. The Supreme Court expanded and expanded and expanded the authority of Washington, New York’s store-front operation. The federals now decided what could be taught in the schools, what religious practices could be permitted, what standards employers could use in hiring, who they had to hire. The media coalesced into a small number of corporations, controlled from New York but with national reach. More recently we have added surveillance of everything by Washington’s intelligence agencies.

Tyranny at home, said General Lee. Just so. This could happen only with the consolidation of the states into one vast empire.

Which is why the Constitution says what it does, and why the failure is not in it, but in us: we neglected to uphold it, and its noble promise thereby slipped from our grasp. This bit explains the Founders’ reasoning well enough:

Tyranny comes easily when those seeking it need only corrupt a single Congress, appoint a single Supreme Court, or control the departments of one executive branch. In a confederation of largely self-governing states, those hungry to domineer would have to suborn fifty congresses. It could not be done. State governments are accessible to the governed. They can be ejected. They are much more likely to be sympathetic to the desires of their constituents since they are of the same culture.

Well, we can’t say we weren’t warned.

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The Comey Fix: still in

What an honorable guy, filled with integrity and courage.

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

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

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

Well, THAT was sure quick, wasn’t it?

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

Hillary: I never received classified emails.

FBI: You had your maid print classified emails.

Hillary: You got me. Now what?

FBI: Nothing.

There is also this from @magicroyalty:

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

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

#RiggedSystem #Corruption 

15 months, as it happens.

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

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

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

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

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Debate thought

Okay, so I’ll confess to knowing little to nothing about Tim Kaine before now, but after the first ten minutes I knew everything I’ll ever need to. My God, but what a whiny, sniveling, no-ball little shitdick he is. He’s the perfect running mate for a horrid, vicious shrew like Hillary. His wife and mother, who I have to assume are both full-bore SJW types, must be so proud of their emasculated little homunculus.

Update! Left out obnoxious. He’s obnoxious as hell, in the worst sort of passive-aggressive way. My apologies for the oversight. But then, oversight is nearly impossible to avoid when you’re looking down at a little troll like this guy. Jeez. Hillary’s shrill nagging, and this guy’s wheedling whine, puking out of our TVs and radios and computers at us for the next four years. Can a majority of Americans really be prepared to tolerate that? Personally, I don’t think I can take four more minutes of it, myself.

Enough is too much update! Annnnd…I couldn’t. One of the local broadcast channels is rerunning City Slickers. Not my favorite movie, really, but it does have Jack Palance in it, and it assuredly does NOT have Tim Kaine. That’s good enough for me. My God, who would have ever thought anyone could come up with yet another reason to fervently hope Hillary never comes anywhere near high office ever again? But, with this shitshow, they’ve sure done it.

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It’s the economy, stupid

Why, it’s all as baffling as the latest “Allah Akbar!”-screaming Muzloid’s motivation for slaying the infidel as the Koran commands.

After several news outlets, including The Daily Beast, reported that rates of millennial sexual inactivity in early adulthood are surprisingly high, armchair social theorists came out in force to blame it on everything but the fact that nearly one-third of young adults are still living at home.

One right-wing college news website found a way to attribute the finding to millennials’ desire for “safe spaces.”

Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat speculated on Twitter that it was an example of the “porn paradox,” whatever that means. Others attributed it, predictably, to the effects of technology or increased anxiety. A Rutgers biological anthropologist even suggested that millennials might be too “motivated” and “ambitious” to even bother with sex.

The most likely explanation—which was mentioned in the study itself—is that parents’ basements do not make great boom boom rooms. But who needs Occam’s razor when you’re publicly opining about the behavior of an entire generation? Lower wages sending 22-year-olds back home after college isn’t nearly as sexy as complaining about porn or political correctness.

The truth is that lower wages and poverty can account for so many of the things that older generations find so mystifying about millennials.

For example, millennials drive less than their parent’s generation—and until recently, at least—were relatively uninterested in buying cars. As The Atlantic reported in 2012, this crisis prompted automakers to appoint “youth emissaries” and come up with new car colors like “techno pink” and “denim.”

But trying to make cars cooler doesn’t change the fact that, as CityLab found, there’s a significant gap in vehicle miles traveled between millenials who make over $30,000 a year and those who make less. Simply put: Cars cost money and millennials have less of it.

They keep right on voting for socialism and, per Einstein’s deathless quote, expecting a different result, so my sympathy is a good bit short of what you might call boundless.

Via Vox, who adds:

Difficult circumstances don’t excuse behaving with all the foresight of a retarded chimpanzee on crack, or dying your hair blue and calling yourself a lady pony, but they do merit some degree of patience and even forbearance on our part. Since their parents, teachers, and professors all maleducated them, they’re going to need someone to help set them straight.

Well, yeah. But by the time they’re smart enough to listen, it’ll be too late for any advice to do ’em any good.

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Some people just need a good, swift belt in the mouth

And yet somehow never seem to get them. Which is a large part of the reason why they are what they are.

What exactly has birthed the Pajama Boy aristocracy — our overclass of pretentious, inexperienced, and smug 30-something masters of the universe?

Prolonged adolescence? Affluence? The disappearance of physical chores and muscular labor? The collapse of traditional liberal education and the triumph of the therapeutic mindset? Disdain for or ignorance of life outside the Boston–New York–Washington corridor? Political correctness as a sort of careerist indemnity that allows one to live a sheltered and apartheid existence? The shift in collective values and status from production, agriculture, and manufacturing to government, law, finance, and media? The reinvention of the university as a social-awareness retreat rather than a place to learn?

Well, all that, sure. But what it really comes down to is that they never got schooled in the hard lessons of reality in the way that usually leaves the most lasting impact: a good, swift belt in the mouth. Or, for that matter, a good spanking. Such would have taught these effete pantywaists any number of valuable things, including the importance of a sense of decorum and humility. Especially for weak, dweebish little footpads like themselves.

Most men in Dayton or Huntsville do not lounge around in the morning in their pajamas, with or without built-in footpads, drinking hot chocolate and scanning health-insurance policies. That our elites either think they do, or think the few that matter do, explains why a nation $20 trillion in debt envisions the battle over transgender restrooms as if it were Pearl Harbor.

In a case of life imitating art, Ethan Krupp, the Organizing for Action employee who posed for the ad, offered a self-portrait of himself that confirmed the photo image. He is a self-described “liberal f***.” “A liberal f*** is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views, and sarcasm to win any argument while making the opponents feel terrible about themselves,” he explains. “I won every argument but one.” I suspect that when Krupp boasts about “making opponents feel terrible about themselves,” he is referring to people of his own kind rather than trying such verbal intimidation on the local mechanic or electrician.

He’d never dream of it. He’s a smarmy, self-righteous, gutless, sniveling little pussy, and he wouldn’t dare try his little superior act in any blue-collar barroom in the world. That would get him one of those aforementioned belts in the mouth that he so desperately needs, if not a full-blown boot party out in the alley behind the joint. Which would forever remove the miserable little worm’s unearned sense of superiority in the most direct and irrefutable way, reminding him once and for all of his rightful place in the world and the absolute necessity of earning the right to a better and more honorable one. Then he’d have to go back to pretending to be a tough little dimestore dictator in internet forums and online gaming marathons with people like himself. He wouldn’t like any of that much.

For the Pajama Boys, rhetoric is everything, reality nothing.

Who hires and promotes Pajama Boys? Why, of course, Barack Obama, the Pajama Boy in Chief.

Well, naturally. He’s far more than the PJBInC. He’s their patron saint, hero, and mentor—their inspiration, and the justification for their entire worthless existence—and all too obviously a twerp of a sorry excuse for a “man” who never received one of those most useful and salutary good, swift belts in the mouth himself. Too bad, that. I’d cheerfully pay money to watch it on PPV, over and over and over again.

But what does it say about us that we’ve allowed these 98 pound weaklings to go from being objects of appropriate scorn and ridicule in Charles Atlas comic-book ads to running the whole damned country? Ah well, if Putin doesn’t straighten them out, the Moslems eventually will.

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Exposed!

Not that we didn’t know already.

Get ready to shatter all your idealistic illusions about how government works.

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Damn, that’s funny. You gotta…wait, what? You’re SERIOUS?

A forthcoming book called The Confessions of Congressman X, purportedly written by a sitting (and rumored to be Democratic) congressman, promises to be an anonymous revelation of everything terrible you’ve always suspected about America’s representatives in Washington.

They have a few quotes from the book, which I’ll let you click on over to read. They’re exactly what you’d expect, if you know anything at all about what kind of government we really have. I’ll content myself with lifting just one here:

It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.

Oh, I don’t know about all that, seeing as how I think it’s pretty damned easy–so easy even a professional politician can do it.

(Via McQ)

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“Why, for the love of God, would we ever keep electing these people?”

Now THERE’S a question for ya. One whose answer is unpleasant at best to contemplate.

At best.

Please allow me to be perfectly clear. I hold a ‘traditional conservative’ outlook. Fiscally conservative. I don’t care if what you do in your bedroom, nor does it bother me if you choose to marry a squirrel, wear a snickers bar costume to the grocery store, or make it your life’s mission to spend all day filling canoes with pancakes. So long as your personal life choices in the pursuit of your happiness do not impact, impede, diminish or interfere with independent choices of others – have at it.

However, when it comes to federal spending, it becomes another matter entirely. A tidal wave of debt is close to collapsing our nation.

That’s why this latest proclamation by Lyin’ Speaker Ryan is infuriating. Heck, honestly, it’s well beyond infuriating.

President Obama has never had a federal budget. The last federal budget was signed into law in September of 2007 for fiscal year ’08.  That was the last budget passed and signed into law. Nine consecutive fiscal years without a budget.

On December 11th 2015 the House passed a $2+ trillion Omnibus spending bill, and eliminated the debt ceiling. They didn’t raise the debt ceiling, they eliminated it. The Omnibus was structured to carry federal spending all the way to March 2017.

In January 2016 Paul Ryan took over as Speaker of the House. His first promise was to bring back “regular order” and pass a federal budget for fiscal year 2017. Fiscal year ’17 begins in October of this year (2016).

At risk of becoming tediously repetitious, I’ll say it again: if you’re a conservative or libertarian, if you believe in Constitutionally legitimate government and the rule of law and wish to see those things restored, there is no political party that represents your interests and principles in the US government. None.

Now let’s see: what was that word the Founders used to refer to taxation without representation? Hmm, it’s right on the tip of my tongue here…

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These you will have with you always

Corruption and criminality: the two Universal Constants of the political world.

Yes, all of it, everywhere.

Leaked files from a Panama law firm that creates shell companies show that politicians, criminals and celebrities worldwide have used banks and shadow companies to hide their finances, according to a series of reports by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Within hours of publication, the divulgences prompted a parliamentary vote of confidence in Iceland, a curt denial from Argentina and ridicule from a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The consortium said it had obtained a cache of 11.5 million records outlining the creation of more than 200,000 offshore shell companies. The trove includes offshore companies linked to 12 current and former world leaders, as well as hidden financial dealings by 128 more politicians, public officials and entertainment celebrities, according to the ICIJ.

Just the tip of a very large iceberg, as we all know. Which is why this amounts to a dog-bites-man story, and will be quickly forgotten, if it hasn’t been already. Amazing what we’ll put up with from our masters while they heap ever bigger burdens–more taxes, zombified economies, Muslim terrorist “refugees,” etc–on us against our will and ensuring they themselves will never be affected by any of them, innit?

Update! More:

MADISON, WISCONSIN—You’ll have to forgive me, but it was the weekend, so I didn’t manage to get through all 11.5 million files that were leaked regarding who was stashing how much money where around the globe. But I read enough to know that a whole massive amount of the world’s financial and political corruption got dumped onto the Intertoobz, certainly enough to give more weight to the possibility that every political system in the world—even the nakedly authoritarian ones—is hopelessly rigged, and that the marvelous new world of the miraculous global economy is an even bigger thieves’ paradise than you, me, or even Jamie Dimon thought it was.

Via Bill, who adds:

Note the careful omission, by the writers of this piece, of the richest, most powerful, and most corrupt government on the face of the planet: The United States and the Ruling Class Oligarchy which controls it. Of course, this is liberal rag Esquire. If a Republican were in the White House, they would have found a way to work something about that into their first graf.

Well, yeah. Because that’s diff’runt.

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Preview of coming, uhh, attractions

Brace yourselves.

On January 20, 2017, President Bernie Sanders was sworn into office. The elderly Vermont politician, who had always made waves, refused to use a bible, instead taking his oath on a smudged copy of his own economic five-year plan. He also unilaterally modified the presidential oath from “preserve, protect and defend” to “enhance, enrich and humanize the Constitution of the United States”.

The unlikely candidacy of Bernie Sanders had shocked and divided a party and then a nation.

President Sanders won the Democratic Party nomination by going far to the left and then, defying conventional wisdom, he moved even further to the left in the general election. Unable to retain the minority portion of the Obama coalition, many of whose leaders had been allied with Hillary Clinton and were still bitter over her loss and did little to help him, his victory relied heavily on youth voter turnout.

Voter turnout in America had been falling since the sixties. But in 2016, it fell below the 50% mark for the first time in history. When Bernie Sanders won a three-way election, only 43% of a weary nation came out to vote. And barely a fifth of the country voted for the first Socialist president.

The Sanders campaign had eschewed a slogan; instead it listed all the things that would be given away for free. Free health care, free college, free homes, free phones, free internet, free cars and free money for everyone. In the last week of the campaign, President Sanders had unveiled a guaranteed minimum income that would be paid to every individual in this country making Welfare-for-All into a reality.

The disappointment did not take long to arrive.

It never does. Anybody think that this time, at long last and after who even knows how many object examples all over the world, they’ll learn a damned thing from it?

Daniel’s Bernie campaign posters are pretty good, too.

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They’re not listening

Steyn, correct yet again.

According to exit polls, in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, two out of three GOP voters favor Trump’s proposed temporary ban on all Muslim immigration – despite the universal reaction from the massed ranks of the politico-media class that this time he’d really gone too far. In other words, as I said all those months ago, it’s the old Broadway saw: Nobody likes it but the public.

The only reason any pollster is even asking this question is because Donald Trump proposed it. As those numbers suggest, any of Trump’s rivals could have helped themselves by “stealing his issue”. And yet no other candidate has gone anywhere near it – or anything like it. Perhaps one reason why American elections have the lowest voter participation rate of almost any developed nation is because the political class mostly seems to be talking about its own peculiar preoccupations. Consider this astute observation by Steve Sailer:

American citizens have turned in large numbers to old-white-guy candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. For all their differences, both give the impression that they are running for president of the United States, not president of Davos.

I live in northern New Hampshire, where every town that isn’t a ski resort is dead. They were pleasant, sleepy places in genteel decline 20 years ago. Now they’re hollowed out by heroin and meth, and offering no economic opportunity beyond casual shifts at the KwikkiKrap. And when you listen to the Dems they’re worried about micro-aggressions and transphobia and when you listen to Congressional Republicans they’re talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The two-party one-party state has nothing to say to tens of millions of Americans.

What the hell, as long as the suckers keep on coughing up on Tax Day every year and don’t notice where it’s all going, the Ruling Class is fine with that. Meanwhile, on the Democrat Socialist side:

She was the first First Lady to be turned publicly into the First Doormat. And, because of that, Democrats felt sorry enough for her to give her a Senate seat in a state she’d never lived in. She accomplished nothing as senator but felt she was owed the presidency. This time Democrats felt that was a consolation prize too far and went for a more glamorous and seductive rival. This time the consolation prize was responsibility for America’s foreign relations. Again she accomplished nothing: She traveled while the world burned. Everywhere is worse than it was in 2008: Iraq, Libya, Syria… Afterwards, she joined her husband in massively enriching herself by giving six- and seven-figure speeches to those who understand that, while you can never really own a Clinton, you can put down a deposit for services to be rendered. She became a senator, a presidential candidate, a secretary of state because she was Mrs William Jefferson Clinton – and her sense of entitlement was such that she never felt obligated to make anything of the job other than using it as a springboard for personal enrichment.

And even then it need not have mattered had her campaign had a rationale other than her curious belief that somehow she’s entitled to be president.

By contrast, Bernie is all policy. Lunatic policy to be sure, but policy nevertheless. Hillary is nothing but “I’ll never stop fighting for you”. She has no platform. Nothing. Its vapidity is encapsulated by her pledge to the young voters who have abandoned her all but totally – that even though they aren’t there for her she will always be there for them. You can almost hear the snorts of derision in response.

She’ll always be there: That’s the problem.

It surely is. Apparently, they ALL will, Republicrat and Demican alike. Like cockroaches, you can’t get rid of them by negotiation or even threats; you have to fumigate the joint now and then, as Jefferson recommended. Even then, they’ll just come back again unless you keep your eyes peeled and stomp ’em whenever you see ’em. The Jefferson quote I’m thinking of? Oh, you know it already, but it’s always worth tossing out there again:

Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.

Oh, how far we’ve “progressed” since then. Can anyone even imagine such a rebellion a-fomenting in Massachusetts now, in the era of “Boston ‘Strong,'” no matter the severity and audaciousness of the provocation? If so, you’re a more fanciful and, umm, visionary person than I’ll ever be.

UNEXPECTED update! Peggy Noonan, of all people, for the most part getting it:

I have thought for some time that there’s a kind of soft French Revolution going on in America, with the angry and blocked beginning to push hard against an oblivious elite. It is not only political. Yes, it is about the Democratic National Committee, that house of hacks, and about a Republican establishment owned by the donor class. But establishment journalism, which for eight months has been simultaneously at Donald Trump’s feet (“Of course you can call us on your cell from the bathtub for your Sunday show interview!”) and at his throat (“Trump supporters, many of whom are nativists and nationalists . . .”) is being rebelled against too. Their old standing as guides and gatekeepers? Gone, and not only because of multiplying platforms. Gloria Steinem thought she owned feminism, thought she was feminism. She doesn’t and isn’t. The Clintons thought they owned the party—they don’t. Hedge-funders thought they owned the GOP. Too bad they forgot to buy the base!

All this goes hand in hand with the general decline of America’s faith in its institutions. We feel less respect for almost all of them—the church, the professions, the presidency, the Supreme Court. The only formal national institution that continues to score high in terms of public respect (72% in the most recent Gallup poll) is the military.

The mainstream journalistic mantra is that the GOP is succumbing to nativism, nationalism and the culture of celebrity. That allows them to avoid taking seriously Mr. Trump’s issues: illegal immigration and Washington’s 15-year, bipartisan refusal to stop it; political correctness and how it is strangling a free people; and trade policies that have left the American working class displaced, adrift and denigrated. Mr. Trump’s popularity is propelled by those issues and enabled by his celebrity.

In winning, Donald Trump threw over the GOP donor class. Political professionals don’t fully appreciate that, but normal Americans see it. They get that the guy with money just slapped silly the guys with money. Every hedge-fund billionaire donor should be blinking in pain. Some investment!

This leads me to Citizens United. Conservatives applauded that Supreme Court decision because it allowed Republicans to counter the effect of union money that goes to Democrats. But Citizens United gave the rich too much sway in the GOP. The party was better off when it relied on Main Street. It meant they had to talk to Main Street.

How ironic that, by refusing to listen, the Party establishment has now found that its dissatisfied but formerly docile base is no longer listening to them, either. As Noonan says:

Anyway, we are in some kind of moment. Congratulations to the establishments of both parties for getting us here. They are the authors of the rebellion; they are a prime thing being rebelled against.

Precisely so.

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DOG BITES MAN!!

Shocker, I know.

The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.

As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind.

In an appearance at a Washington thinktank last month, the director of the National Security Agency, Adm Michael Rogers, said that it was time to consider making the home devices “more defensible”, but did not address the opportunities that increased numbers and even categories of connected devices provide to his surveillance agency.

However, James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

NO! Why, I’m incredibly, incredibly shocked. You could knock me over with a feather, I’m so shocked and just…just…well, shocked.

Here’s another safe bet: the people the “internet of things” will be used to spy on will NOT be Moslem terrorists. Not ever, not even once.

(Via WRSA)

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“Bring back Officer Friendly! Robocop sucks”

Life in the American Police State. Or, “Your papers, comrade.”

Let me say up front that I know this will be unpopular. But I can’t help the uneasiness that I feel toward law enforcement lately…and I have some good reasons. Gone are the days of Officer Friendly, the neighborhood cop who knows everyone and is looking out for the community’s best interest. It seems that lately, police officers end up terrorizing those they are supposed to be serving and protecting. Clearly, not all police are acting this way, but it sure seems the police state is ramping up. I have a high respect for police officers who respect the law. The rest of them, though…they scare me.

That’s the whole idea, and their whole purpose.

It pains me to have to alert my children to the dangers we face from police. I was raised to respect them—and I do respect the good ones. But what is happening in my hometown of Chicago and all across this nation should worry everyone. “To Serve and Protect” is too often “To Harass and Punish.” Police need to submit to the authority of the Constitution again. I am going to encourage my children to recognize when their rights are being violated and to politely refuse to play.

I feel the same way about it myself. But you ought to make sure your kid also knows, for his own protection and in the interest of being fully informed and aware, that if he “refuses to play” he’s most likely going to get arrested at the very least, with a good old group ass-beating to follow–either at the precinct house or right there in the street in front of God and everybody–and it won’t matter in the least how politely he asserts his nonexistent “rights.”

As far as the authorities are concerned, he has one right, and one right only: the “right” to do exactly as he’s told, with no back-sass and no assertion of chimerical “rights” whatsoever. Best tack to take: make sure your kid knows that NO American authority figure is to be trusted–ever–and the proper rule of thumb is to keep as much distance, physical and otherwise, between them and himself as is humanly possible.

The sad, bitter truth is this: in liberal-fascist Amerika v2.0, he has no rights at all that the cops are bound to respect; there will be no repercussions against the cops for running roughshod over them; and above all, the Constitution is as dead, irrelevant, and forgotten as that old “to protect and serve” slogan is. It has no authority worthy of the name; the authorities have glommed it all, and the rest of us can go suck it. And if you think any amount at all of “concern” or “worry” is going to suffice to change that, you’re kidding yourself.

All too real update! Imagine.

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A specter is haunting Europe

But none of the European powers have allied themselves against it, for fear of demonizing examining its ideas.

The most disturbing thing about the Cologne attacks was the prevalence of sexual assault as a weapon, complete with gangs of Muslim men stalking German women through the streets, yelling obscenities at them and threatening them with sexual violence. Note to Western feminists: we finally found real “rape culture” for you. Unfortunately, it is not found primarily among middle-class American college boys, which is what you were hoping for.

This is “normal” — if that word can be applied here — in the Arab and Muslim world. Wherever large crowds gather, unaccompanied women are in danger. (Remember the brutal attack on CBS reporter Lara Logan during the Egyptian revolution.) This is a measure of the extent to which the culture of Islam, as it is practiced in much of the world, deranges and brutalizes its believers, particularly when it comes to their attitudes toward women and sex. This is what has now arrived in the heart of a free, civilized, enlightened Europe.

But take heart, some people in Europe are really thinking ahead. The famed Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana in now offering high-end hijabs. So yes, it turns out that burqas do come in sizes.

It’s “normal” not just in the Arab world, but in any and every nation where Islam is allowed to flourish. But hey, there’s a reasonable response to it, and Western women ought to be preparing themselves for it:

In the left’s pyramid of grievances, Islamophobia now outranks the war on women.

Many of the early reports ignored the question of the nationality of the alleged perpetrators altogether. Even the suggestion that the recent wave of immigrants from countries that view women as chattel rather than human beings led to the attacks had to be downplayed. Instead, women were told to take steps to prevent further assaults by adopting a “code of conduct.”

This “code” included the recommendation that women keep “an arm’s length” from strangers.

Now, crime-prevention tips are helpful and often obvious. Don’t walk down a dark alley alone at night. Be aware of your surroundings. These are commonsense and apply to nearly every crime.

But telling women to behave differently — even fearfully — in public places in the middle of the day does amount to victim-blaming. Why not just tell women to stay indoors or wear a burqa?

Oh, I wouldn’t fret too much about that–it’s coming soon enough. To the idiot-Left cowards, that’s preferable by far to the unconscionable risk of making an unassimilated Muslim feel even slightly uncomfortable in the lands he’s slowly conquering.

On the bright side, as the Left throws major segments of its core constituency under the Moslem bus one by one, eventually there’ll only be a handful of them remaining.

Chilling analogy update! One which points up the difference between American Then, and Now:

Progressivist policies are now second only to the Koran as the greatest support to international Islamic terror. The Progressive hatred for Western Civilization makes a perfect match with Islam’s hatred for Western Civilization. As noted before, in effect, what we have is a Molotov-Ribbontrop Pact between Progressivism and Islam. We see in Germany, for example, this Progressive hatred translated into the active encouragement of Muslim “immigration” into the heart of Europe–perhaps as many as one million, mostly young men, in the past few months. The results are catastrophic, and we are only seeing the beginning. Even before this latest “refugee” crisis, we had hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants living in Europe, many if not most on some sort of public assistance–just like the murdering brothers in Boston–and seething with hatred for the “white dude” culture that took them in, feeds them, gives them housing, etc. The Progressive hatred for our Civilization is so complete that even when Muslim “refugees” attack favored constituencies of Progressives, e.g., women, Progressives make excuses for the Muslims and advise women to “cover up” and “keep an arms length” from men. Progressive media is full of stories worrying about the potential “backlash” against the “refugees” because of the stories (oh so carefully worded) of mass rapes and assaults by the “refugees.”

As stated previously (here, for example), the Gates of Vienna have been breached, well, better said, opened from the inside. Our political betters have decided to transform fundamentally our culture into a copy of the savage cultures where Islam rules–and we are not to resist. Here at home, for one example, we see two Muslims go on a jihadist rampage in San Bernardino, and that prompts weepy calls from the bien pensants to disarm us. I guess per that logic, the attack on Pearl Harbor was a call for Americans to get rid of their personal weapons. 

While our PC schools and media actively seek to undermine our will to resist, our taxpayer pounds, euros, and dollars now fund the terrorists. We are paying our executioners.

Yeah, well, those PC schools are Saudi-funded and -influenced now too, so I don’t guess their new function of undermining us–call it “Muslim outreach,” say–should come as much of a surprise.

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Give ’em what they want

Good and hard.

The West Baltimore rioters of 2015 didn’t call for more LBJ-style antipoverty projects, but for less policing. In a “keep off our turf” version of belligerent multiculturalism, the rioters see police as both to blame for black criminality and as an embodiment of bourgeois white values. The old riot ideology referred to mostly white urban police forces as occupying armies; the new version sees even Baltimore’s integrated police force, under the leadership of a black mayor and (until recently) a black police chief, as an occupying army. Withdrawing the police from black neighborhoods is the only acceptable solution.

This new racial politics is not only coalescing around activists claiming to speak for urban blacks – represented publicly by groups like Black Lives Matter – but also is expressed in the writings of best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates. And Baltimore is once again center stage.

In his memoir, “The Beautiful Struggle,” Coates described how his father, a former Black Panther, drove his son around West Baltimore “telling me again the story of the black folks’ slide to ruin.” Whites had “plundered” what belonged to blacks, his father explained, as they had done with once-great African kingdoms.

Coates, who lived in fear of black street toughs as a teen, sees the police as a greater threat to black well-being than the drug “crews” and gangs roaming the streets of West Baltimore today. His vision, in part, is to free gang-ridden areas from the malign grip of white standards and aggressive policing. Coates has adopted his father’s view that “our condition, the worst of this country’s condition – poor, diseased, illiterate, crippled, dumb – was not just a tumor to be burrowed out but proof that the whole body was a tumor, that America was not a victim of a great rot but the rot itself.” Not even a hurricane of violence, says the new riot ideology, justifies a vigorous police presence in black localities.

For Ta-Nehisi Coates, the crews and the gangsta rappers singing about the need to “Fuck the Police” are preferable to the cops. The cops, complains Coates, “lord over” young black men with “the moral authority of a protection racket.” There is a touch of truth in this. But, Coates goes on, the problem with the police “is not that they are fascist pigs but that our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs.” The solution, he implies, is a black population released from the ideals of the American dream and from the “false morality” of white Americans. For Coates, blacks can only be freed from racism after whites have been emancipated from capitalism.

A man, a city, a movement and a moment have met: Baltimore has, for the time being, been liberated from American morality. Let’s judge Coates’s vision on how that plays out.

Oh, it’s easy enough to determine the answer to that one: look at Detroit, Zimbabwe, Haiti, the Congo, Yemen, and any number of other dangerous, poverty-ridden hellholes around the globe. But hey, no reason to think things won’t work out differently this time, right?

So yeah, let ’em have what they want: pull the cops out completely, along with all white investment and businesses. Also government subsidies, tax breaks, and “enterprise zones,” and all other welfare programs to boot. Segregate their urban-ghetto shitholes from “white America” completely, and put fences up around ’em. Let all the whiny, indolent thugs have their own space where they can live completely unmolested by “white oppression.” Let’s all see where that gets ’em.

And hey, did somebody mention Detroit? Yep, I do believe someone did. And while most real Americans consider that nightmare a textbook example of how to run a city right into the ground, not everyone seems to feel that way:

“Detroit has helped nurture a new black mentality,” Johnson said, pounding his desk for emphasis. “More than any other city, blacks here make an issue of where you live. If you’re with us, you’ll find a place in the city.” Whites often say, in their own defense, that many middle-class blacks also leave the city at the first opportunity. I mentioned this to Johnson, but he waved it away. “The majority of the black middle class is here. We are engaged in the most determined, feverish effort to save Detroit. Why? Because Detroit is special. It’s the first major city in the United States to have taken on the symbols of a black city. It has elected a strong, powerful black mayor, powerful in both his personality and his office. Detroit, more than anywhere else, has gathered power and put it in black hands.”

But [Coleman Young, Detroit’s Democrat mayor from 1974 to 1994] has done more than broaden access to the pork barrel. Under him, Detroit has become not merely an American city that happens to have a black majority, but a black metropolis, the first major Third World city in the United States. The trappings are all there— showcase projects, black-fisted symbols, an external enemy and the cult of personality. Detroit has even developed a quasi-official ideology that regards the pre–-Young era as a time of white colonialism, ended by the 1967 insurrection and its aftermath. An official city publication describes the police department as having been “a hostile white army, entrusted by white authorities with the job of keeping nonwhites penned up in ghettoes.”

[Ron] Hewitt is the planner for America’s sixth largest city, once the symbol of the country’s industrial power. But the old myths of the Arsenal of Democracy mean little to him. “As a people we have more soul, we are more spiritual than others,” he said. “Our technology will be tempered by that soul. If white folks could leave us alone and give us the resources, we could solve our own problems.”

“Leave us alone.” “Give us the resources.” Well, which is it, bub? You want we should leave you alone so you can get busy solving your own problems, as you so correctly put it? Or do we continue shoveling handouts your way, secure in the knowledge that you will immediately shovel it all down more Progressivist ratholes? No just reason you should expect both, from people you malign, loot, assault, spit on, rob, riot against, and routinely defame for their supposed “racism.”

A “new black mentality,” is it? Funny how it so resembles the same one Progressivists are always pimping: professional victimhood, a perception of helplessness, loss of personal dignity and self-determination, blame-shifting, infantilization, and perpetual reliance on government programs which merely feeds and exacerbates the first three rather than alleviating any of them.

Cut ’em off, I say. Withdraw that “hostile white army” from their midst, stop the endless flow of money to the Free Shit Army, and let ’em riot, kill each other, and eventually starve, until there’s not one of them left to continue impeding the progress of the civilization they say they despise. It sounds harsh–hell, it IS harsh–but I’d say it’s far more reasonable to rid oneself of an infestation of parasites by removing them than by letting them kill their host in the vain hope that they’ll someday, somehow figure out who it is that’s REALLY oppressing them.

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Burn, baby, burn

They deserve each other. ALL of them.

Chicago is bracing for riots after the release of a video of a black teenager, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer.

And you know what? I have a lot of sympathy for the protesters’ grievances. If any city government deserves to be torn down brick-by-brick over its contempt for the rights and well-being of the majority of its subjects, it’s Chicago’s Democratic Machine.

From what we know, McDonald was hopped up on hallucinogenic drugs and in his addled state had attacked a police car and slashed its tires with a knife, so he was definitely a danger to himself and others and needed to be apprehended. But when he was shot, he was trying to walk away from police and did not pose an immediate danger to them, so the hail of bullets that took him down—and kept pumping into him after he was on the ground—was grotesquely excessive.

But that’s not the real grievance. The real grievance is the total contempt the city government of Chicago has always shown for its citizens.

Take the way the city government refused to release the video for 13 months. McDonald was shot in October of 2014. What happened between then and now that might have motivated the city to suppress the video? Oh, yes, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, faced an unexpectedly close re-election. You can see why he wasn’t eager to have anything rile up the voters at such a delicate time.

So if there are any people who have a right to be lividly angry at their city government, it’s the people of Chicago—even more so because they have voted lockstep for the Democrats for 50 years, and this is the thanks they get.

Ah, but there’s the rub. If the city is about to get the riots it deserves, the protesters have to admit they have gotten the city government they asked for.

It’s not just that they have voted for politicians from the Democratic Party. It’s that they have uncritically embraced that party’s ideology. As they have suffered under the yoke of a big, intrusive, corrupt, callous, and indifferent government, they have clamored for more of it.

They got the government they deserved; may they have joy of it. May every decent citizen left get the hell out as quickly as they can. And may we all enjoy sitting back and watching as Chicago gradually reduces itself to a smoking ruin, Detroit-style. Tracinski’s closing paragraph is dead on the money…and nobody should be holding his breath waiting for it to happen.

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“What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of ‘American leadership’ or ‘America winning'”

Uhh, thanks anyway and all, but we figured that one out a long time ago, champ.

Throughout Monday’s press conference, Obama insisted that his strategy for defeating ISIS was working and did not need to change. On Friday, just hours before the deadly Paris attacks, the president insisted in a television interview with ABC News that his administration had “contained” ISIS.

Obama’s tone during Monday’s press conference alternated between defensive and disinterested. The two-term Democratic president repeatedly insisted that his strategy was working and scoffed at demands to change his plan to confront and defeat ISIS.

“What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and to protect the people in the region who are getting killed and to protect our allies and people like France,” Obama said. “I’m too busy for that.”

And a helluva fine job he’s doing, too. Why, if you don’t believe it, just ask him.

To prove that he was on top of the terrorist threat, Obama noted that he regularly meets with his national security team to review and respond to ongoing threats against the U.S.

“Every few weeks I meet with my entire National Security team,” Obama told the crowd of reporters.

Good enough for government work then, right, pResident Human Dynamo? Now quick, back to the golf course!

We deserve everything we’re going to get, just for ever allowing this useless piece of shit to set foot in the Oval Office in the first place.

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“This is banana-republic stuff”

Aw, just say it: this is a banana republic. The only thing missing is the tasty, nutritious bananas, which in a federally-micromanaged socialist economy are now too expensive for non-working working stiffs to afford without government aid.

The IRS did mishandle tea party and conservative groups’ nonprofit applications, but their behavior didn’t break any laws, the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress Friday that cleared the tax agency and former senior executive Lois G. Lerner of any crimes.

“Ineffective management is not a crime,” Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik said in a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee. “TheDepartment of Justice’s exhaustive probe revealed no evidence that would support a criminal prosecution. What occurred is disquieting and may necessitate corrective action — but it does not warrant criminal prosecution.”

The decision comes more than two years after the IRS’s internal watchdog reported that auditors singled out tea party groups’ applications for special scrutiny and delayed those applications beyond reasonable timelines, preventing the groups from being able to say they were officially recognized nonprofits.

The agency initially admitted its bad behavior, and President Obama vowed an investigation — but he later said, in the middle of the probe, that there was no evidence of corruption.

Some Republicans have questioned the validity of the probe from the beginning, after learning that one of the Justice Department lawyers assigned to the investigation was a contributor to Mr. Obama’s political campaigns.

In its letter Friday the Justice Department specifically cleared Ms. Lerner, a senior executive in charge of approving the groups’ applications, who had authored a number of emails that suggested a bias against the tea party movement.

It wasn’t “a bias against the tea party movement,” and it wasn’t “suggested”–it was an obvious and successful attempt at muzzling political dissent from the Progressivist orthodoxy, a contra-Constitutional move to limit and/or destroy a large segment of the population’s right to have a say in their own governance, via harassment by the most powerful bureaucracy in an out-of-control and overpowerful federal government. It was an attempt–I repeat, a successful attempt, which is a crucial distinction–to deny Americans their most fundamental rights under the now-irrelevant, toothless, useless Constitution. No more, no less. Williamson comes close, but can’t quite bring himself to come right out and say it–and with good reason, given that it is now established beyond any doubt that if the IRS wants to come after dissenters, it both can and will, with total impunity.

Lois Lerner’s cynical, overt politicization of the Internal Revenue Service, and the fact that she and other IRS leaders misled investigators, Congress, and the public about the extent of the IRS’s political shenanigans, undermines the legitimacy of the federal government. DOJ won’t lift a pinky against a friend of the Obama administration. This is banana-republic stuff. 

Indeed it is. And with that, the Obama “fundamental transformation” of the FUSA is now just about complete. Let the starry-eyed Pollyannas of the Right continue bleating about American “exceptionalism” while singing the Star Spangled Banner with tears streaming down their cheeks, deluding themselves about things that ought to be obvious to them above all others. Sterner, more clear-eyed sorts will be able to recognize what kind of country this really is from here on out, and will do all they can to avoid any contact at all with its government while quietly undermining and subverting it in any way they can.

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The law of the land

Is whatever Obama and the Democrat Socialists say it is at any given time, changeable according to whatever sinister command-and-control goal they may be pimping for in that particular moment.

The Supreme Court has upheld ObamaCare subsidies in states that did not set up their own health care exchanges, in a major win for the Obama administration. 

The decision was 6-3, with turncoat “conservative” Roberts writing the majority opinion, according to NBC TeeWee News just now. So tell me yet again about how crucially vitally crucial it is to elect Republicans because SUPREME COURT NOMINATIONS, YOU GUYS.

As many commenters on the Fox website are saying: the Constitution is dead. Also the plain meaning of the written language, the idea of representative government in America, and the right to self-determination. None of those things will be coming back. Modify your behavior accordingly, serfs.

I’ll just repeat an old quote of mine from the earliest days of this debate: in twenty years (probably less) the dwindling handful of people who continue to rail against government-controlled health care will be dismissed by the overwhelming majority as nothing more than lunatics and crackpots. That’s all folks, we’re done.

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