Cold Fury

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Give ’em Hell, Harry Donald!

Intriguing idea from VDH: Truman as Proto-Trump.

Truman swore. He had nightly drinks and played poker with cronies. And he shocked aides and the public with his vulgarity and crass attacks on political enemies. Truman mocked the widely respected Sen. William Fulbright as “Half-bright.”

In the pre-Twitter age, Truman could not keep his mouth shut. When a reviewer for the Washington Post trashed Truman’s daughter’s concert performance, Truman physically threatened him.

“It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful,” Truman wrote in a letter to critic Paul Hume. “Someday I hope to meet you. When that happens, you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”

I always did love that story.

Truman was supposed to be slaughtered in the 1948 election. Roosevelt’s holdover New Dealers made fun of his Midwestern parochialism. Democrats had blown up the party during the 1948 nominating convention. Left-wingers, who could not stomach Truman, broke off and supported the progressive Henry Wallace as a third-party candidate. Democratic segregationists, who hated Truman’s military integration order, ran Sen. Strom Thurmond as a fourth-party Dixiecrat alternative. Thurmond promised to keep the South racially segregated.

In the general election, polls predicted an easy win for Republican challenger Thomas Dewey. Instead, Truman won by a comfortable margin.

With Truman’s second term due to expire, Democrats forgot his “the buck stops here” pragmatism. Instead, they returned to elite progressivism and nominated Adlai Stevenson, a liberal’s liberal.

Stevenson lost both the 1952 and 1956 elections to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, a national icon. For all his criticism of Truman, Ike governed more or less as Truman did.

It took a half-century for historians to concede that the feisty Truman had solid accomplishments, especially in foreign affairs.

It’ll probably take a lot longer than that for Trump’s remarkable achievements to be acknowledged by some “experts”—if they ever are at all.

Update! Case in point:

The President jokingly predicted to the hostages that “[y]ou probably broke the all-time in history television rating for 3:00 in the morning” and so (MSNBC host Nicole) Wallace proclaimed that “the President unprompted stepping all over his own great moment….but perhaps that offhand comment…wasn’t so offhand at all” because it showed he’s not that genuinely interested in peace with North Korea, but instead having something to flaunt for the midterms.

“It may be an indication that the President is actively trying to reap the political benefits of diplomacy with North Korea,” she argued before reading a supporting piece from panelist and Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker.

Wallace turned to her fellow failed McCain/Palin campaign aide Steve Schmidt, whose deranged MSNBC rants are so painfully unhinged: “What do you make of this ratings talk at 3:00 a.m., stating, you know, we have three detainees, you know, clear-cut victory for the President, these people finally reunited with their families and he’s talking about 3:00 a.m. ratings?”

With a record of juvenile rants denouncing Trump’s own bad behavior, Schmdit stated that Trump “has a complete incapacity for human empathy” because, while three North Korean prisoners have returned home, the President showed it’s all about him and “ratings” even though “it’s not a game.”

Wallace later teed up Schmidt to excoriate the push to award the President the Nobel Peace Prize.

Anybody think people as obssessively petty and hate-blind as this will ever give Trump credit for anything?

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Christianity as crowbar

Just another thing Lefty is failing at, deepening his outrage, befuddlement, and despair.

There are a lot of people frustrated that Christians back Trump and refuse to let his personal life be used as a wedge to pry off their support. They are mad that Christians are not playing their role as defined by their enemies. Christians are supposed to be scandalized and give up and lose. But they won’t.

Now, let’s understand this basic concept – Jesus was not some sort of whiny wimp who refused to confront the establishment and took comfort in his own righteousness while leaving others to do the heavy lifting. Jesus made people angry, because that’s what happens when you defy bad people. Being a Christian does not mean that you have to shrug and let the likes of Hillary Clinton be elected so she and her minions can fire up her anti-faith pogrom against those of us who dare worship God and not the elite she represents. Maybe you didn’t notice, but they do not accept the concept that we have any legitimate interests or rights. They hate us. And, if we are weak and stupid enough to allow them to take power, they will act on their bigotry and prejudices. Baking cakes is only the start.

Resistance is not merely an option. It is a duty. And resistance to evil – because the desire to suppress our faith is evil – is not somehow unchristian because it can be aesthetically displeasing. Fighting back is not always pretty. Jesus cleared the temple of moneychangers. He made a mess and got people angry. He didn’t sit on the sidelines and write ponderous articles lambasting the people tossing over the tables because “We’re better than that.”

Maybe you are willing to bake a cake before you soil your dainty digits, but I’m not. I’m doing what adults do, making a choice. My choice – and yours – is between A) the imperfect human being who has a nearly perfect record of defending our religious and other liberties, or B) the imperfect human beings who have a nearly perfect record of attacking our religious and other liberties.

Choose one. And not choosing is choosing Option B.

But…but…but…Rule 4 always worked for us before! Meanwhile, there’s this:

FactCheck.org has joined Snopes as another sneaky liar with their article on Apr. 25 entitled “California Bill Wouldn’t Ban the Bible.” Although per the “Editor’s note,” “FactCheck.org describes itself is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk false stories,” it is not without its left-wing biases.

Article author Angelo Fichera claims that California Assembly Bill 2943 has no bearing on the sale not only of the Bible but also of any Christian book that makes the case, in whole or part, for orientation, identity, or behavior change. Although Fichera asserts claims about AB 2943 banning books “are indeed not supported by the language in the legislation,” he does not actually analyze the contents of the bill.

The extent of his “research” is to cite a tweet from the bill’s author, California assemblyman Evan Low, and an email from attorney Anthony J. Samson, a registered state lobbyist who “provided Low with technical assistance on the bill.” Another quote from Samson is now offered in the updated Snopes article.

Low and Samson are hardly impartial sources. They have a vested interest in getting the bill passed into law before massive opposition can galvanize. FactCheck.org never bothered to do the most basic investigative work of all: “factcheck” the bill’s author and his assisting attorney in relation to the language of AB 2943.

Trust us.

To be sure, it is probably “too much even for [the California government] to sweep through Christian bookstores looking for books” that caution against homosexual practice or transgenderism, although French hastens to add that “the statute would empower such an action.” Nevertheless, “it’s far more likely that the recommendation or sharing of certain kinds of Christian books and other written materials would be deemed evidence of fraud and would present a core part of the case against a minister or counselor.”

In other words, while the state might not immediately ban the sale of certain books, it could prosecute someone who recommended or shared such books with a person struggling with same-sex or transgender desires. The state could also prosecute someone who, at an event in which books advocating against homosexual practice or transgenderism are sold, urges homosexually active or transgender-identified persons in an audience to change their behavior.

After people adjust to this draconian step, the state might well decide to use the law to ban books outright.

And thus does the slippery old slope of incrementalism, a favored tactic of Progtards since time immemorial, suddenly put in its appearance. “Too much even for the California government”? Rely on that assumption if you wish; put your trust in the tolerance and good-faith intentions of habitual liars whose frenzied hostility to Christianity is a matter of public record. But only a damned fool would, and will deserve what he gets in the end.

Myself, I have to wonder what their reaction would be if anyone suggested banning the Koran, even in jest.

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A ray of light

From an extremely dim bulb.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday ripped into President Trump over his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal.

“Everything President Obama has done, this president wants to undo,” she said.

NOW you’re getting it. That’s precisely why we elected him, genius.

Update! You can call it “undoing Obama policies,” right enough. But a better phrase would be “repairing the damage.”

Fulfilling a campaign promise, earlier this week Donald Trump officially withdrew the United States from the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” For critics of the deal who recognized its flaws and did not turn a blind eye to evidence Iran was violating the terms of the agreement, this was welcome news a long time coming. Trump fulfilled his promise, and the days of kowtowing to terror-sponsoring regimes are behind us.

Naturally, Obama administration alums are throwing hissy fits. Obama himself released a statement calling the decision “a serious mistake.” Apparently, the man who gave billions of dollars and a pathway to creating nuclear weapons to the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism thinks he has any credibility on the issue. Of course, Obama, the self-proclaimed former constitutional law professor, should have known that Senate ratification is required for his deal to be legally binding. For all intents and purposes, Obama’s Iran deal was written in pencil, and Trump took his eraser to it.

Just like that, Obama’s “major” foreign policy achievement became yet another example of just how foolish Obama’s “I have a pen and a phone” approach to governing was for someone who wanted to establish a long-term legacy.

Margolis goes on to present his picks for the top four destructive Obama policies undone by Trump. But there are plenty more than just those (NOTE: I added a link to a more comprehensive list from Limbaugh), and the man hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. I’m thinking I might need to establish a Making America Great Again category for this stuff.

“A classic con job” update! Diplomad reels off a truly great line—”destroying the world order in order to save the world”—and then moves right along:

Let’s not forget that since the USA became a significant player, the principal aim of European leaders has been to embroil the USA in Europe’s wars, have the USA fix the messes caused by European leaders, but have the USA take instructions from Europe’s leaders. Even Churchill, whom I admire immensely, was not immune; he desperately wanted the mighty US in WWII, but wanted to dictate the how and the where of the application of US power. We, of course, previously saw the same thing in WWI. In that conflict 100 years ago, the geniuses in the European high commands needed US troops to halt a resurgent Germany after the exit of Russia from the war, but did not want an independent US force. Vietnam and Libya were also two messes in which we became involved to bail out Europe. Pershing successful resisted them. Let us also not forget that the long years of the Cold War involved the US footing the bulk of the bill for defense, allowing Europe to maintain Legoland militaries and spend their own wealth building cradle-to-grave social welfare systems, which, of course, relied on the despised US military for protection.

It goes on and on…uh, well, not any longer. Just as Reagan did before in rejecting European advice on how to handle the USSR, it seems that Trump has a very clear home-grown idea of how to do things in the interest of the United States. About time.

Of course, the Iranians and the Europeans are upset over President Trump’s bold announcement that we are walking away from this “deal.” As I have noted before, the “deal” guaranteed Iran’s acquiring a nuclear weapon, while, mostly European and Russian companies make a lot of money off the Iranian regime whose bank accounts became flush with billions of dollars and euros magnanimously provided by the Obama misadministration in the dead of night.

We hear cries of outrage from Obama, Kerry, and Clinton, of course, who see their “legacy” coming apart. The Iranians are running to Russia and Europe trying to save a vestige of the “deal” to make sure the goodies keep flowing. Kerry, of course, is repeating his anti-American antics of decades ago: just as he did with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegations in Paris during the Vietnam War peace talks, he has been in Europe trying to strike some sort of new “deal” with Iran to undermine the US president. Kerry does treason quite well.

It’s about all he does well, too. Well, that, along with inflating a minor injury into a quickie ticket out of Vietnam, and faking throwing his medals over the White House fence at a protest. Oh, and he seems to have been a dab hand with the gigolo thing, also.

And now the contemptible gusano is making noise about running for president again. God, how I wish he would. A hotly-contested primary fight between Kerry and Greasy Joe Biden should be enough to nail the Democrat Socialist coffin-lid shut once and for all.

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Another day, another disaster

For Mueller, for Uniparty sleazeweasels, for the Deep State itself. SAD!

A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich offered no explanation for her decision to deny a request prosecutors made Friday to put off the scheduled Wednesday arraignment for Concord Management and Consulting, one of the three firms charged in the case.

Aw, come on, “Bulldog” Mueller, JUSTICE™ demands that we get these proceedings rolling! Let’s expose the truth for all to see, and let American jurisprudence fulfill its appointed duty!

The prosecution team sought the delay on the grounds that it’s unclear whether Concord Management formally accepted the court summons related to the case. Mueller’s prosecutors also revealed that they tried to deliver the summonses for Concord and IRA through the Russian government, without success.

“The [U.S.] government has attempted service of the summonses by delivering copies of them to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia, to be delivered to the defendants,” prosecutors wrote. “That office, however, declined to accept the summonses. The government has submitted service requests to the Russian government pursuant to a mutual legal assistance treaty. To the government’s knowledge, no further steps have been taken within Russia to effectuate service.”

Heavens to Betsy, such transparent hem-hawing and pussyfooting around. What possible legitimate purpose can be served by this sudden reticence, pray tell? Whatever could the reason be for such a thing?

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Back to the future?

A government that tries to control everything ends up controlling nothing—one way or another.

Sadly, with a high enough percentage of the population voting for socialism, not to mention an increasing percentage of the population preferring to celebrate inferiority over excellence, we as a country cannot return to the “glory days” of the 1950’s. Millennials are not capable of living on their own at 18. Women prefer to outsource kids to day care instead of raise them. Men have been replaced with government checks. And what men are present in their nuclear families are usually Soy Boy jokes which cannot compare to a strong, but fair 1950’s Ward Cleaver. Without the based, anchored, and galvanized WWII generation, the generations of Americans that remain are simply too inferior and lazy to achieve what Americans did in the 1950’s. And so you assume we can never return to those halcyon days of yore and are condemned to Enjoy the Decline.

However, I have a bit of good news for you, and it is one of those rare bits of good news indeed. For while “we” as a country can’t and never will return to the 1950’s, YOU as an individual can. And there’s nobody who can stop you.

The main reason anybody can return to the 1950’s at any time is because while on a national or macro level the US may be turning into a childish, socialist shithole, on the local or micro level the average American still holds considerable sway and control over their immediate and local environment. You don’t have to live in California where the insane people put cancer warnings on coffee. You don’t have to live in Seattle where the city council obviously loves parasites more than the producers. You can simply choose to live in towns that aren’t socialist, have low crime, low traffic and don’t vote to tax their citizens all the time. But returning to the 50’s goes well beyond simply picking the right municipality to live in. It boils down to individual life-style decisions that are even more personal, more “micro” and will more directly affect the quality of life you live. And if you make the right decisions, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy a 1950’s life replete with 2020’s technology and conveniences.

Follows, a wildly practical how-to on ways to ignore alien orders and live a worthwhile, decent life insulated from the insidious influence of our dysfunctional culture to the greatest extent possible, including this:

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How you got Trump

Don’t get it, never will. To their own tremendous cost. Serves ’em right.

America’s political experts got it wrong in 2016 — not because they took too few polls, but because they made the false assumption that American elections are immune to societal change.

They are, in large part, still getting things wrong, not only by failing to understand a new group of voters who put President Donald Trump in the White House but also by ignoring why they voted the way they did.

When explaining the Trump voter, the media usually offers portraits of isolated, uneducated, working-class rubes who are driven by anger, race and nationalism. To the experts and those who didn’t support Trump, it’s hard for them to see it any other way.

And while the media obsesses over the future demise of the president, they aren’t pausing to consider the strength and durability of the coalition that swept him into office.

They aren’t asking why people in the Rust Belt counties who voted for former President Barack Obama twice suddenly switched to Trump.

They seem to actually believe that if they can just drive Trump from office via flinging every last bit of mud they can at him until they can somehow make some of it stick to him, his supporters will all resume their former meekness and admit their error in voting for him. They’ll never learn—it seems that they aren’t even capable of learning, and it couldn’t be more obvious that they wouldn’t be interested in it even if they could.

That excerpt is from Salena Zeto’s new book, which looks to be a real dilly. The NY Post article follows on with some juicy examples of those Rust Belt voters explaining the thinking behind their willingness to consider a real change and vote for Trump the Disruptor, including this one:

For years, Smith’s politics reflected her community. She was raised a Democrat, her parents were Democrats, her husband was a Democrat, she worked for the Democrats. She even voted for Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary in March 2016.

And then, suddenly, “I woke up one morning and said ‘I had had enough.’”

Smith says her dissatisfaction grew as she looked around her community. The main-street business district where her bakery is located was sprinkled with closed storefronts. The opioid crisis had ravaged the area, and every news story was about job cuts instead of job creation.

“I am kind of that voter that was hiding in plain sight that no one saw coming. I was right here all along. I’ve seen the job losses here, the rising crime, the mess and heroin problem, society essentially losing hope. Something just gave in within me,” she said.

To her surprise, her husband echoed her sentiments. They both voted for Trump.

Smith’s journey to that point was not an evolution, it was a revelation. And many others in Ashtabula County, Ohio, experienced the same eureka moment: The exact county that gave Barack Obama a 55 percent majority of its vote twice, swung a remarkable 31 points to give Trump a victory over Clinton by a margin of 57 percent to 38 percent.

Bold mine…a mere one line that says it all, clearly and concisely. Despite the professed befuddlement of our worthless Ruling Class “elites,” it really isn’t the least bit difficult to understand how they got themselves Trumped. All anyone has to do is listen—which is the one damned thing they either will not or cannot do. They can’t afford to, I guess; too much in the way of perks, privilege, power, and filthy lucre at stake. Tough noogies for them.

Zeto remains one of the vanishingly few true journalists out there plying her trade conscientiously, fairly, and honorably. She’s made herself invaluable, distinguishing herself by nothing more than doing her job properly. That, too, says it all.

(Via Insty)

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Sick of all the winning yet?

Nope, not me. Gonna take me a minute to get around to the point I want to make here, so bear with me, awright? We’ll begin with an piteous whine from King Cuck himself:



Dunno; is a malingering, self-righteous crank who can’t keep his campaign books straight or his staff paid yours? Or is a profoundly corrupt, greedy, drunken old Leftist hag more your speed, maybe? But French’s prissy bitching and moaning is actually about something else entirely, and Ace knows what it is:

I’m not sure what that matters. I’m also not sure how we were all elected to the position of Morality Police and Sexuality Scolds. I personally don’t really envision myself in that role, and I don’t rush to it gladly.

But if I’m being asked “Is this good?” then the answer is: No, this is not good. In fact, it’s bad.

But that’s not really want Ben Howe wants, or what David French wants, or what Steven Hayes wants.

What they want is for people to say “Oh, we were wrong for voting for Trump to keep Hillary Clinton from the presidency; we should have done what you guys did and supported her, either openly (and somewhat honorably) like Ben Howe did, or covertly (and thus less honorably) like French and Hayes did.”

And on that: Sorry, guys. I’m afraid that you guys, like Hillary Clinton, must one day give up your bitterness and blame-shifting over Hillary Clinton’s loss.

Annnnd bingo. What’s next for these sore-loser Sad Sacks anyway? Soothing their butthurt and indulging their RESIST! fantasies by joining in with an Antifa riot or something? Because Muh Principles™, I suppose.

Well, no, of course not. That would mean doing something, as opposed to what they’ve always preferred to do instead: complain supinely, waiting around for the Left to hand them their next defeat while they polish their useless ideological purity to a more satisfying gloss.

For myself, I’m happy to answer French’s question this way: damned right Trump’s my man, no matter how badly atwist your overtightened knickers become over any bit of business a billionaire New York playboy might have gotten up to a while back. Or yesterday, for that matter. Can’t quite grasp why? Lincoln’s fine old quote about Grant might help to explain things: “I cannot spare this man. He fights.” Which stands in stark contrast to cuck contentment with endless defeat—even worse, their lofty disdain for anything so unseemly and uncouth as a real, down-and-dirty brawl. Which is the one and only way the Left will ever be stopped.

In Trump’s case, he not only fights—he wins. Again, and again, and again. No wonder the hapless, ineffectual cucks hate him so much.

Lookit: plummeting unemployment numbers. A miraculously revived economy. Deeper than expected cuts in federal regulation. A hardnosed foreign policy rethinking that has created a historic opening to North Korea, blunted Iranian aggression, and inspired meaningful reform in Saudi Arabia. American energy independence—possibly even dominance. These are but a few items off a long list of Trump wins both great and small. But the biggest win of them all could turn out to be sowing the seeds of disarray, defeat, and eventual destruction for the Democrat Socialist Party.

The imploding Mueller witch hunt? It’s becoming apparent that Trump has played those fools masterfully, resulting in this heartwarming bit of unabashed truth-telling:

A federal judge expressed deep skepticism Friday in the bank fraud case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, at one point saying he believes that Mueller’s motivation is to oust President Donald Trump from office.

“We don’t want anyone in this country with unfettered power. It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special prosecutor has power to do anything he or she wants,” Ellis told Dreeben. “The American people feel pretty strongly that no one has unfettered power.”

When Dreeben answered Ellis’ question about how the investigation and its charges date back to before the Trump campaign formed, the judge shot back, “None of that information has to do with information related to Russian government coordination and the campaign of Donald Trump.”

Mo’ bettah still, it looks like Trump has unspooled enough rope for the clowns to hang themselves with, and now feels confident enough to begin biting back at some Deep State enemies:

President Donald Trump threatened in a Wednesday tweet to use “the powers granted to the presidency” to intervene on behalf of congressional lawmakers seeking thousands of subpoenaed documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Although the DOJ has turned over a few thousand of the documents requested, many are all or substantially redacted, both Trump and the GOP lawmakers believe DOJ’s production efforts fall far short of what they should be in terms of volume and timeliness.

“A Rigged System — They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal ‘justice?’” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “At some point, I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!”

“There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!” Trump also tweeted Wednesday.

Our Prez has the wind at his back; here’s what I think he ought to do to keep it that way, further discomfiting his foes and inspiriting his supporters:

First, he announces a mass firing of huge—YUUGE!—numbers of Obama stay-behinds and Swamp saboteurs. Immediately after, he announces a huge—YUUUUUGE!—rally in DC. He can call it whatever he may like: a MAGA event, a Million American March, an opportunity for normal Americans to express their support for his agenda and demand the same from Republican collaborators, even a thank-you picnic for his loyal backers. Whatever, he puts out the call for a massive gathering in the very heart of the beast.

And then MILLIONS of us need to show up. NRA members, Tea Partiers, small-business owners, the newly-employed and prosperous—MILLIONS of us need to descend on Washington, making the welkin ring with but one insistent question for the obstructionists, the crooks, the game-riggers, the con artists, the status-quo reprobates. That question, first proposed by a lifelong friend of mine more than thirty years ago, is: WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK…?!?

The Swamp creatures need to be shown, in no uncertain terms, that we intend to see the thing drained. They need an undeniable demonstration of our rage at business-as-usual manipulation and soft-coup attempts. They need to learn to fear our wrath at their low-skullduggery by witnessing it firsthand, up close and personal. They need to understand that we’re going to make damned sure our votes DO count after all, that we won’t stand idly by while they scheme and plot to overthrow the results of a duly-ordered election—that “the consent of the governed” and “the will of the people” are going to be more than just empty phrases from now on. They need to be shown that this time, we ain’t kidding around.

A protest on such a scale would make all that abundantly clear to even the thickest and/or most arrogant sneakthief among ’em, more so than any other single thing I can think of. If it strikes real fear into the hearts of Deep State goons and professional politicians, well, good. It’s supposed to. Such a show of strength and determination just might be our last true hope of turning things around without schism or bloodshed. It would embolden our friends, dishearten our enemies, and stiffen the spines of at least some of the fence-sitters. It would let some till-now-friendless folks in Mordor on the Potomac know that they’re not alone. I hope Trump or someone on his team is already mulling the idea over, with a serious eye towards bringing it to fruition.

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Why Kanye matters

He’s a harbinger of Democrat-Socialist doom. And they know it.

What this poll (showing a doubling of black support for Trump—M) represents is Democrats’ worst nightmare coming true. Their black voting base, which has been taken for granted for years, is suddenly in play, and in a year when Democrats have assured themselves that they have the retaking of Congress in the bag. Black turnout is what put Barack Obama in office in 2008, and now even black support is no longer a given for them.

It’s probably not Kanye alone who is responsible for this, given the stunningly improved state of the Trump economy, where black unemployment has dropped to historic lows. But Kanye was probably the activator. Black people can see that their job prospects are the best in history; they can see the bigger paychecks; they can relate to Kanye’s recent remarks that Barack Obama did zilch for the black community in his hometown of Chicgo; and suddenly, Kanye’s break makes sense to them, just as it does to an extreme individualist like Kanye. It all falls into place.

The shift in black opinion represents a major break in the cultural firewall that has kept black people from embracing the Republican Party and left them taken for granted by Democrats. Do Democrats pay any attention to widespread black views on gay marriage or transgenderism, for example? Do they pay any attention to whether black teenagers need jobs and how calls for minimum wage hikes shut them out of the market? Do Democrats pay any attention to how gun-free zones facilitate violence in black neighborhoods in places such as Chicago? Do they pay any attention to how illegal immigration has driven down the wages of black unskilled workers? Not in the least: The only thing they ask themselves is where else black people can go – and well, now they have their answer, because Kanye opened that door.

Kanye has of course been guilty of jackassery aplenty in the past, some of which I’ve pretty sharply disparaged him here for if memory serves. It’s unlikely to say the least that I’d agree with him on his every opinion or statement. Nor do I expect to, nor do I much care. For that matter, I don’t agree with Trump on everything either, and it would probably worry me some if I did.

Love him or hate him, though, Kanye’s move is still hugely important, and I still heartily applaud him for it. It’s the crack in the dyke that precedes the deluge, one that’s going to require a hell of a lot more than just a little Dutch boy’s finger to plug. The Democrat Socialists’ terror-stricken denunciations prove that well enough. His opinion matters to a large segment of black America, and he’s just given them the go-ahead to liberate themselves from the Democrat-Socialist plantation at long last.

Welcome to the party, Kanye; put your feet up and make yourself t’ home, as we say around these parts.

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Gimme back my wig

And my culture. Bonus points for knowing where my title was, umm, appropriated from.

The Utah high school student who wore a Chinese dress for her senior prom has a message for those who attacked her for “cultural appropriation” on Twitter: “I would wear the dress again.”

Keziah Daum, 18, wanted to find a dress for her prom that would stand out while also being classy, saying that she wanted a dress that “didn’t reveal too much of the chest and neck area [or] too much legs and shoulders.”

Daum quickly found the tweet that was directing harassment at her, which came from a man named Jeremy Lam, who wrote: “My culture is NOT your g*****n prom dress.”

Follows in the linked article, a list of sidesplitting Tweets supporting her, my favorite of which would have to be this one:



Another good ‘un lambasting the twit:



There’s lots more of ’em, but I’ll close it out here with Schlichter’s hearty fuck-you:



Amen to all that. It’s a beautiful dress, Miss Daum is a beautiful girl who looks great in it, and whiny-ass bitch Jeremy Lem should go take a flying fuck at a plate-glass window at the earliest opportunity.

Update! Strong message follows, from Klavan:

Cultural appropriation is not a glitch of American life. It’s a feature. It’s part of what makes the country great. We take your culture, we get rid of the oppression, the mass murder, the slavery, the intransigent poverty and the endless internecine wars. We keep the pasta and the funny hats, and occasionally we dress up as you on Halloween. It’s a good deal for everyone.

People who get angry about pretty girls wearing pretty dresses have lost the plot of life. Same with people who get angry about comedians making jokes, silly characters in television cartoons and rap stars who disagree with their politics. These are not bad things. They are good things. They are what real diversity looks like: people of different colors from different places living together as one nation, disagreeing with one another, making fun of each other, stealing fashion ideas from one another, eating each other’s food, marrying each other and celebrating that out of many lesser cultures we are making one new culture, free and prosperous, powerful and great.

Does that bother you? Guess what: you’re an idiot. Are you giving a young lady a hard time about what dress she chooses to wear to prom? Hooray: you’re a bully and a schmuck. Does everything that everybody does or say make you feel offended and angry? I’m happy to report there’s a cure for that. Stop being a leftist and the world will suddenly become very beautiful indeed.

Pretty much, yeah. Note well too, that, as was pointed out by one of the above-mentioned Tweeters, bitch-boy Lem was issuing his petulant demands on the internet—without the slightest trace of irony or awareness of which culture he has to thank for that little innovation. But then, he probably had a cheeseburger for lunch yesterday, too.

My my, but ain’t it just enjoyable as hell when some PC fucktard beclowns himself to such a hilariously fulsome degree?

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How you got Trump

A blast from the past (July 2016, to be exact) by Dan McLaughlin at NRO.

There’s a lot to digest here, and few people come out of Coppins’ piece looking good; even its author has his own remorse over mocking Trump’s odds of running, as did many of us who had observed his numerous publicity stunt feints in the past. It’s clear that the Romney campaign’s sensible-at-the-time efforts at keeping a safe distance from Trump fed into Trump’s sense of grievance at the GOP, helping egg him on to a campaign aimed at humbling the party and fracturing its voter base. But perhaps the strongest conclusion one can draw from it is that the White House Correspondents’ Dinner should be abolished.

The WHCD was once a sort of icon of well-intentioned false bonhomie, in which the administration and its adversaries in the press would lay down their swords for a night of good-natured ribbing. The president would deliver some self-deprecating humor, sometimes pointedly making light of their own failures: Bill and Hillary Clinton satirizing the “Harry and Louise” ads that sank HillaryCare, George W. Bush doing a mock hunt for missing WMDs. A comedian would come in to roast the President, as Stephen Colbert did to Bush in 2006. True believers and populists hated the way it made light of substance and played into the idea that everybody in DC thinks the whole thing is a game, but there was also a virtue in enforced civility and the Commander-in-Chief eating humble pie for laughs.

IE, it was a self-congratulatory circle-jerk for the guardians of the status quo.

Continue reading “How you got Trump”

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The hits just keep on coming

Another stunning win for President Trump.

Surreal scenes capped off the historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in today as they held hands and listened to Korean pop music during a lavish farewell ceremony.

Kim became the first North Korean leader to step into the South for 65 years as he and President Moon vowed ‘there will be no more war’ and agreed to ‘complete denuclearisation’.

The two sworn enemies exchanged a warm greeting at the 38th parallel in the truce village of Panmunjom before the pair held talks and planted a commemorative tree together. The dramatic meeting has been seen as a precursor to  planned talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump next month.

Yes, yes, I know: it could be some kind of ruse or trick, Kim is not to be trusted, this sort of thing has happened before only to come to nothing in the end, and etc.

Except: no, this has NOT happened before. Not like this, with the NK dictator actually stepping foot on SK soil, treating with SK’s president in an amicable and respectful manner, pledging to end the war, and agreeing explicitly to “complete denuclearization.”

Wherever it all goes from here, there can be no doubt whatever that it was Trump’s “maximum pressure” strategy that made it happen. Whodathunkit: a hardnosed approach to dealing with bellicose, aggressive adversaries actually yields better results than rolling over, showing your flabby yellow belly, and trying to bribe them into the light of reason.

Gee, wonder how all the hysterical surrender-monkeys—so recently weeping over how Trump’s “dangerous, provocative rhetoric” and “threats” against Little Rocket Man were sure to drive him to unleash nuclear hell on Hawaii or LA in response—are going to cope with this most welcome development? I don’t wonder IF they’re going to find a way to complain about and/or belittle Trump’s achievement; that, after all, is a given. I just wonder HOW they might try to go about it, without making themselves look once more like the pusillanimous, ass-backwards clowns they are.

Pelosi for one is probably speechless with worry and rage right about now, if she isn’t crouched in a corner gibbering to herself like Renfield in the rubber room—skull swiveling to and fro on its giblet neck, mad eyes darting wildly, swatting at imaginary insects with those skeletal claws of hers. One can only imagine the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth in Libmedia lairs everywhere once the news broke. Scads of State Department hacks were probably contemplating lying down in the tub and opening a vein.

This is another addition to a lengthening list of serious reversals for the Left and the Democrat Socialists, highlighting one of my cardinal rules: anything that damages them bodes quite well indeed for the American people and the world. And it’s all down to Trump: his willingness to buck conventional wisdom and established procedure, his insouciant refusal to humbly tug the forelock in deference to the supposed wisdom and experience of “experts” who somehow never accomplish a damned thing. His real genius is his reliance on simple, timeless common sense, one of whose dictums is that it is infinitely preferable to deal from a position of strength, with confidence and resolve. Vox gets right down to it:

This is a staggering development of the sort we have not seen since 1989. I expect the Nobel committee will give the award to Kim and Moon, of course, but the world knows who really deserves it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Donald Trump is already one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States of America.

Pretty much, yeah. Just like I said he could very well end up being right from the start, as yu may recall. For a clueless moron whose administration flounders about in perpetual chaos—a reckless, unqualified, and actually dangerous amateur wholly unfit to be President—Trump sure seems to be getting a lot of worthwhile things done.

Update! From Diplomad, decidedly NOT one of those State Department hacks I derided above:

President Trump played Kim like Perlman plays a violin. Trump quickly got the measure of the dictator and checked him at every move, despite the pearl-clutching and couch-fainting in the West. Kim launched rockets; Trump labelled him “Rocket man” and ridiculed his pretensions. Kim bragged about his nuclear button, Trump fired back that his was much bigger and, unlike Kim’s, it was guaranteed to work. SecDef Mattis, in his low-key USMC way, reminded the world that, if need be, we have a military solution to the Korean problem. The US Navy closed in on the peninsula and the USAF deployed bombers. US-ROK military exercises went ahead. Trump went to the Chinese and drove home their responsibility for keeping Kim under control and, not so subtly, asked the Chinese whether their relations with the US were less important than their relations with Kim. Kim got the message; met with the CIA Director; has agreed to a one-on-one with Trump. We have now the first real opportunity since 1953 to turn the page on the Korean War. Things can, of course, go wrong, but they seem to be going quite right.

Trump gets the credit.

As the old TV ad said, he got it the old-fashioned way: he EARNED it.

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Evolution, not revolution

Another good start.

New proposed Trump administration regulations aim to make how much hospitals charge patients more transparent—a continuation of federal Obama era initiatives to pull the curtain back on the notoriously opaque American health care system by making hospital service charges easily available online. But, as with the Obama administration efforts, questions remain on just how useful the hospital pricing information will be for average U.S. consumers.

The proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is part of its annual guidance for Medicare, the gigantic federal program that covers millions upon millions of elderly and disabled Americans. Its purpose is ambitious: To nudge American health care to more quality care and away from the fee-for-service model that rewards conducting more tests and services.

“We envision a system that rewards value over volume and where patients reap the benefits through more choices and better health outcomes,” wrote CMS in its release. “While hospitals are already required under guidelines developed by CMS to either make publicly available a list of their standard charges, or their policies for allowing the public to view a list of those charges upon request, CMS is updating its guidelines to specifically require that hospitals post this information.” In English: The listing of these prices vis-a-vis Medicare would become mandatory and, the hope is, eventually spill over to other parts of the health industry.

No, it ain’t repeal of Obamacare. Much less is it the desperately-needed removal of the dead hand of government from its choking grip on the American health care system. But it’s a good thing just the same.

(Via Insty)

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Big, big trouble

For the Democrat Socialists. Which of course means very good news for everybody else. First, it was this:



Then the hammer really dropped.



Why does this matter? This:



We just might be at that. If blacks finally lever themselves free of the Democrat Socialist plantation—and conversations with black friends and neighbors of mine lead me to conclude that the eary stages of just such a “tectonic realignment” are indeed upon us—the Democrat Socialist Party is well and truly screwed, probably for good. No wonder they’re so desperate for open borders and limitless, unchecked illegal immigration. Sefton puts it this way:

As has been reported – in the real news blogosphere, not the Democrat-Media-Propaganda Complex – black and latino unemployment since Donald Trump has been inaugurated is at an all time low. But, as I have illustrated, you’d never know it and in fact would think black folk are still “strange fruit” to quote the late, great Billie Holiday. And as I said, if Kanye West donned a MAGA hat to praise PDT and also blast Obama as some sort of publicity stunt, I’d fire my PR manager (especially since Kanye has had financial troubles and nowhere near as well to do as the former crack dealer and sibling shooter).

But if he, and now a rapper who goes by the name of Chance, honestly is having some sort of come-to-Jesus moment about what we all know are the real reasons why Black America is dying (Democrats, Socialism), then perhaps this is a harbinger of something stirring at the grassroots level. But let’s assume it isn’t. Even if it is only Kanye West, the thing to realize is that he’s no Clarence Thomas or Ben Carson insofar as they’re considered Uncle Toms, sellouts, “house ni88ers,” not authentic or down for the “shtruggle.” And because he’s not, he’s dangerous – a black man who ordinary black youth and the younger generation as a whole respect and relate to. The question is, will this influence be enough to overcome the strong leftist anti-Trump poison and general anti-American indoctrination that the aforementioned have been brainwashed with? Even if it causes the most hardcore skull-full-of-mush to pause just for a moment to question his beliefs, it’s a victory. I think and hope against hope that this really is a harbinger. And if so, now you understand why Amnesty is game, set and match for the Democrat-Left.

Yep. I posted not too long ago that it was positively criminal what the Democrat Socialists had done to black families and the black middle class. This class was rapidly expanding in the post-WW2 era and into the 50s, only to be slowly strangled by policies designed to replace it with a permanent-dependent class trapped in urban ghettoes, utterly convinced of their own helplessness and perpetual-victim status, continually reminded of the wrongs done their forefathers via slavery in order to stoke their resentment as if they had been slaves themselves. At the risk of sounding like a broken damned record with this: not an accident. From Economic Facts And Fallacies, by the great Thomas Sowell:

The percentage of black families with incomes below the poverty line fell most sharply between 1940 and 1960, going from 87 percent to 47 percent over that span, before either the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and well before the 1970s, when “affirmative action” evolved into numerical “goals” or “quotas”. While the downward trend in poverty continued, the pace of that decline did not accelerate after these legal landmards but in fact slackened.

I’ve seen more facts and figures here and there over the years regarding the intentional destruction of the black middle class, but I ain’t gonna go digging them up right now. Nor am I going to repeat LBJ’s revealing quote on the Civil Rights Act. Suffice it to say the Democrat Socialist Party agenda’s impact on the black middle class and black families can’t even be charitably credited with being neutral. It has been destructive, actively so. If guys like Kanye and Chance are rethinking reflexive black allegiance to the Democrat Socialists at long last, I say good on ’em.

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Overlawyered

Now if only the DC Circus would just go ahead and dispense with Mann’s spurious, expensive annoyance-suit against Mark and several others.

Today, Thursday, in the New York Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan, Judge Eileen Bransten confirmed the award to yours truly in the matter of CRTV vs Steyn. Short version: We won.

For those readers new to this wretched business, last February CRTV canceled my TV show on their subscription network and fired me, precipitating the worst year of my professional life. Over the course of the last twelve months I’ve been asked regularly by various people: Why don’t you just walk away?

Which is a fair question, with a very simple answer: I couldn’t walk away because CRTV sued me for ten million dollars. All this “claimant”/”counterclaimant” mumbo-jumbo obscures the reality: CRTV were the plaintiffs, they brought the suit, they dragged me into a pit of legal hell.

So I had no choice in the matter, because I was the defendant. So I defended myself. And today the New York court ruled that CRTV lost – and I won, comprehensively…

…I don’t intend to say more about this unless it becomes necessary. There’s a lot of he said/she said stuff out there, but we’re beyond that now: the judge gets the final word, and the above speaks for itself. CRTV brought a suit they should never have brought, and the judge punished them with damages, attorney’s fees, costs, interest, the lot.

Further details are included between my ellipses up there, should y’all want to go take a look. He also says that he’s been awarded four million smackers in recompense, with a slight hitch:

Notwithstanding the decisions of two eminent judges, CRTV have not paid us a penny – and have indicated they will attempt further delay.

I just bet they will. Nonetheless, congrats, good on ya, and best wishes to Steyn on his big win.

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Obstruction

The very thing he was elected to do.

The justice that today’s ruling class seeks to impose is the unfettered discretion of the modern administrative state.

Donald Trump is trying to obstruct these bureaucracies. He fired James Comey, an executive official, and has every constitutional right to direct or to fire any and all others. The media, the professors, the major corporations, and their clients who are characterizing his actions as obstruction of justice speak from a frame of reference wholly peculiar to the war they are waging on America’s constitutional order—not to mention the classic understanding of justice on which it is based.

That’s only the very end of Codevilla’s latest, of which you will want to read the all.

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All cucked out

I do believe Schlichter has had it with certain insufferable baglappers.

You know all that insufferable babbling and crying about “principles” we had to endure from you Never Trump Konservative Ken Dolls? Your rending of your cheap suits, your 180s over classic GOP policies because The Donald actually tried to enact them, and your mortifying blubbering to suddenly sympathetic hosts on MSNBC and CNN about how awful our President is? With your sad, drawn faces and high-pitched voices, you True Conservatives of Conservatism™, you Keepers of the Flame of Conservativeness resisted the coming of Donald Trump (and those who supported him) because…because…

Because that’s not who we are…

Because we’re better than that…

Because…our principles!

Our principles. Yeah, right. Well, it was all a crock, a con, a grift by a bunch of displaced Beltway strivers furious that the marks – that’s us Normals – wised up to their scam, played the players, and sent them packing.

While we’re on the topic of supercilious, ineffectual frauds:

Former presidential candidate Evan McMullin owes his former campaign staff members tens of thousands of dollars and most believe he has no intention of ever paying them, a former campaign worker tells The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Right before McMullin’s failed bid for president in 2016 as the conservative alternative to President Donald Trump, the campaign was inundated with debt. The disastrous fiscal situation was a combination of frivolous spending by McMullin and his campaign manager Joel Searby, according to the former staffer.

That same report from TheDCNF demonstrated that the campaign has been potentially violating federal campaign finance law for nearly a year because it has ceased performing the required monthly filings despite numerous warnings from the FEC.

But..but…but…MUH FISCAL-RESPONSIBILITY-CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES!!!

“Guys like [McMullin] are up on their high horse. I want the American public to know that this guy isn’t suitable to be in office anywhere. I wouldn’t even trust him on my local city council knowing what I know now,” he said.

Oh, I don’t think anyone needs to waste any time worrying about that anymore. His usefulness as “true conservative” Bill Kristol’s sockpuppet has dried up, so McMuffin will be gallumphing on back into well-deserved obscurity until his arrest, arraignment, and trial gets a glancing mention in one of those whatever-happened-to segments on Entertainment Tonight.

We killed two birds with one stone with this one, and it’s pretty sweet: firstly, McMuffin became a national laughingstock with a quickness. Secondly, Kristol’s attempt to usurp the Konservative Kingmaker throne fell flat on its flabby ass. A nice day’s work all around, folks. We now return you to Schlichter for more Singapore-style flogging.

You don’t hate Donald Trump because he feels he can ignore your glorious principles o’ convenience. You hate Donald Trump because he feels he can ignore you.

And same with the rest of the Normals, those of us who had to spend decades listening to your excuses and lies until we noticed that the cruise ship captains of the conservative elite had been treading water. Oh yeah, every election you promised to fight, and after every election all you did was fail. But you had a good gig, as long as the bipartisan elite grift was in effect. When the GOP won, you were the in-crowd, and you raked in donations and media hits with the promise that you would use the power we gave you to make real conservative change.

But that never seemed to happen.

It was a pretty good scam, that is, until we got tired of being lied to and installed a disruptor into office. And what we hired him to disrupt was your sweet little gig.

We rejected you. Us unwashed, uncivilized, non-DC/NY-living nobodies rejected you, and now you can’t even get your phone calls returned from that 24-year old guy in a MAGA hat down at the Old Executive Office Building. You’re a nobody, a punchline, writing articles nobody reads for magazines no one remembers.

Ouch. I mean, just…ouch. That is DEFINITELY gonna leave a mark.

I can’t be the only one who finds it an absolute scream that both wings of our professional-politician class, right along with the priggish punditry, just can’t seem to help but shoot themselves in the foot over and over now that we’re on to their flimflammery. The curtain has been pulled back (thanks in very large measure to one Donald J Trump), exposing the Great and Powerful Wizard of Washington as just some frumpy schlub hiding in a booth pulling levers, pushing buttons, and speaking imperiously into a microphone.

The whole DC circle-jerk is a three-ring farce of, by, and for vainglorious blowhards. As with all clown acts, the pie in the face at the end is the funniest part of the whole show.

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Curtains for Comey

Looks like we might be just about done with this Deep State dickhead and his fellow coup-plotters.

Congressional lawmakers made a criminal referral Wednesday to the Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions against former senior-level Obama administration officials, including employees of the FBI connected with the unverified dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as those involved in the warrants used to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer, this reporter has learned. The lawmakers also made a criminal referral on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and threats made by her DOJ against the FBI informant, who provided the bureau with information on the Russian nuclear industry and the approval in 2010 to sell roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining assets to Russia.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, along with ten other colleagues sent the letter Wednesday to Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray criminally referring former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for their involvement in the investigations into President Trump and alleged violations of federal law. FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages obtained by the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, were also included in the referral.

“We write to refer the following individuals for investigation of potential violation(s) of federal statutes,” states the letter obtained by this reporter.  “In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively. Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”

Might we at long, long last see some piping-hot justice served up to these despicable scoundrels? It looks like a good start, but if Sessions somehow contrives to drop the ball on this one he needs to be gone so fast his wake turbulence pulls the office furniture out the door behind him. Comey in particular looks to be floundering pretty badly of late: he’s been caught in a whole slew of lies, his ludicrous Heroic Defender Of Democracy act is being snickered at by pretty much everybody, and I think we can all guess just how briskly copies of his book are migrating from the sale table to the remainder bins.

Comey’s literary debut will likely turn out to be second only to Her Herness’s record-setting flop in terms of sales appeal—lack thereof, rather. Speaking of Hillary!™, she’s doing some pretty serious crashing-and-burning her own self:



If she wasn’t such a godawful shrew, one might almost feel sorry for her. Certainly one can sympathize with her eagerness to wrap herself in a fog of bitter, gin-soaked oblivion when confronted with one repudiation after another like this.

Comey link via Ace, Hillary!™ one via Ace and Guy Benson, who gives the knife a solid twist:

Barely over a quarter of Americans have a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton, with an outright majority holding negative opinions. That’s significantly worse than Trump, even in NBC/WSJ’s generally Trump-unfriendly survey series, well beyond the poll’s margin of error. Some of her dreadful numbers can be chalked up to many on the Left turning sour, from Bernie folks (who’ve never liked her), to a decent number of Clinton supporters and endorsers whose patience has run out — or who fret that her ongoing blame-storming and high-profile presence is an impediment to Democratic gains. I also suspect that anti-Hillary sentiment has hardened in centrist and right-leaning precincts, too, particularly after her appalling overseas smears against Trump voters — whom she cast as racist, nativist and sexist. Her digs at Trump’s millions of female voters were also condescending beyond belief, forcing some of her vulnerable Senate gal pals to push back.

Ah well, she at least has the support of her loving husband to sustain her through these travails.

Hm. Better bust out another bottle there, Hils. Mind them stairs.

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Words of wisdom

Nailed it. Just…flat…NAILED it.

To be sure, many Americans of good faith bemoan the amount of money spent on campaign contributions and political speech. But if you don’t like big money in politics, then you should oppose big government in our lives. Because the former is a necessary consequence of the latter. When government grows larger, when regulators pick more and more economic winners and losers, participation in the political process ceases to be merely a citizen’s prerogative—it becomes a human necessity. This is the inevitable result of a government that would be unrecognizable to our Founders. See, e.g., NFIB v. Sebelius, 567 U.S. 519 (2012).

So if there is too much money in politics, it’s because there’s too much government. The size and scope of government makes such spending essential. See, e.g., EMILY’s List v. FEC, 581 F.3d 1, 33 (D.C. Cir. 2009) (Brown, J., concurring) (“The more power is at stake, the more money will be used to shield, deflect, or co-opt it. So long as the government can take and redistribute a man’s livelihood, there will always be money in politics.”).

It’s always amused the hell out of me to hear calls to “get the money out of politics” or promises from politicians to do so, as if that had ever in human history been even a remote possibility. It will NEVER happen, people. Since government by its nature has influence over the economy or the lives of its subjects, there will always be those who seek to insulate themselves from it, reduce the weight of it, or influence it in their turn. Just as Judge Ho says: the bigger and more powerful the government, the more money will be spent to provide that insulation. It ought to be obvious, a for-real no-brainer—a basic, self-evident premise almost everyone can agree on. Yet somehow, it isn’t.

The good judge is a Trump appointee, by the way. Yeah, somebody tell me again all about how he’s accomplished nothing worthwhile at all so far, whydon’tcha.

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Why they REALLY hate him

I’ve always maintained that Trump is damned smart. But can he possibly be this smart?

President Trump’s tactical moves are widely publicized by the media. Now, more than one year after assuming the presidency, enough data have been accumulated to define Trump’s strategy with a certain degree of accuracy.

What is his main task? Where is the vector of his primary efforts directed?

Opposition publications represent Trump’s actions as absolute chaos — constant and unpredictable reshuffling in the government, increasing external taxes (tariffs) and reducing domestic taxes, restrictions on immigration, the deliberate disintegration of ObamaCare, and withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. This list is quite extensive. And almost every day the press receives a gift from Trump, another bone — he declares something politically incorrect on Twitter again, or he fires someone, or orders to strike another country with 60 Tomahawk missiles. The biased media has to abandon covering a subject that seemed relevant yesterday, and switches to a discussion of a more recent “scandal.”

This is all reminiscent of the actions of a skillful magician who deliberately draws the attention of the audience to his left hand at a time when his right hand is making the most imperceptible movement for which the whole trick was conceived.

So what’s the intrigue?

In fact, Trump’s policy is very tricky, and only a few have figured out his game. After all, Trump did not target immigrants. He did not target international trade. He did not target women’s rights. He did not target “global climate change.”

Trump is swinging at the complete destruction of the Democratic Party by gradually squeezing the Democrats out of the American political arena.

That is how Trump used to deal with competitors in the construction business, and he is not about to change his habits. The complete bankruptcy of competitors is the only real measure of success for him. He knows this very well, having been in the shoes of the defeated several times.

Gindler lays out a very strong case, of which you should read the all. Just the fact that Trump has retaken the initiative from the Demonrats and moved the Republicans from their comfy defensive crouch onto the offensive—dragged them, more like, since most of them have been bitterly recalcitrant and uncooperative—should maybe tell us something. Doesn’t hurt any that the Democrat Socialists, having descended into complete batshit lunacy after flirting for decades around its ragged edges, are providing an assist in their own overdue demise, either.

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An e-mail from Da Nuge!

Made me laugh right out loud, it did.

Friend,

You may know me by one of my many nicknames: “The Nuge,” “The Motor City Madman,” or “Uncle Ted.”

I’m Ted Nugent – guitar slayer, lifelong outdoorsman, and hard core advocate for our sacred American hunting traditions, 1st and 2nd Amendment rights and all our Constitutionally guaranteed God-given, self-evident, truth-driven individual freedoms.

But this isn’t about me. It’s about my good friend and great American patriot warrior, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. I’m writing because my friend Sheriff Joe is back in the ring for you and me – for America – and he needs US to be there for him!

Joe Arpaio has just announced that he is running for the U.S. Senate – and that means Americans have the chance to finally send a real leader to Washington who will defend OUR interests on Capitol Hill!

Let’s Send America’s Sheriff to Capitol Hill to Clean up the Washington, DC Swamp! Join TED NUGENT and SUPPORT Sheriff Joe Arpaio for U.S. Senate TODAY!!

Heh. You gotta love it.

The liberal-left cannot tolerate a straight shooter like Joe Arpaio in the U.S. Senate and they will pull out all the stops to defeat him once and for all.

So will the liberal “right.” Hell, Ryan and McConnell are probably already writing checks and taping ads for whatever Democrat Socialist tapeworm is running.

P.S. Think how amazing it would be to see Senator Joe Arpaio fighting for us as the next Senator from Arizona! Let’s make it happen!

Sheeit, think about how amazing it would be to see CNN anchors having to force the words “Senator Joe Arpaio” out of their yaps now and then. They’d look like they were sucking on pickles brined in arsenic and cat piss every time they did.

I repeat: you gotta love it. And I do.

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On the bright side…

There’s always Bolton.

John Bolton turned up on Fox about an hour before I did last night, and professed to be surprised by the sudden Tweeting of his appointment as US National Security Advisor. The Beltway insiders allege that it was rushed out to distract from Trump’s cave-in on the 2,232-page Schemer-Pelosi Early-Christmas-For-Big-Bloated-Budget-Busting-Bureaucracy Bill that not a single person on this planet has actually read. Oh, and don’t give me that “increased funding for our troops” straw-clutching: every sentient creature from the earthworm up knows that the extra dough’s just going to go to diversity programs and gender reassignment surgery as opposed to anything that might increase the odds of actually winning the next 17-year war.

At this stage the Gullible Old Pussies of the Republican Party are pretty much openly advertising that giving them control of the House, the Senate and the White House is the equivalent of giving Yosemite Sam three sticks of dynamite to shove down his pants – with the additional nicety that this time round they’re actively flipping the finger at their president’s bedrock issue. I reiterate the point I first made on the radio a year ago: On January 20th 2017 Trump should have taken all those showboating showbiz no-shows at face value and held a businesslike inauguration at the southern border while laying the first brick. The brick remains unlaid – not because Vicente Fox refuses to “pay for Trump’s f**kin’ wall” but because Paul Ryan does.

As for the Bolton distraction, it seems to be working. I’ve given up trying to discern ideological themes in Trump’s firings and hirings: as far as I can tell, it’s mostly about people he likes to hang out with. In the case of John Bolton, I first met the new National Security Advisor a decade and a half or so back, in a roomful of European prime ministers and foreign ministers. He delivered a line that stunned the joint:

International law does not trump the US Constitution.

I was standing next to the Finnish Prime Minister, Paavo Lipponen, who had a genuinely puzzled looked on his face and eventually inquired of me: “He is making a joke, no?”

No.

This is a long one, including as it does a repost of a Steyn column on Bolton from 2005. Contained therein are these Bolton quips:

What I love about John Bolton, America’s new ambassador to the UN, is the sheer volume of ‘damaging’ material. Usually, the Democrats and media have to riffle through decades of dreary platitudes to come up with one potentially exploitable infelicitous soundbite. But with Bolton the damaging quotes are hanging off the trees and dropping straight into your bucket. Five minutes’ casual trawling through the back catalogue and your cup runneth over:

The UN building?

‘If you lost ten stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.’

Reform of the Security Council?

‘If I were redoing the Security Council, I’d have one permanent member …the United States.’

The International Criminal Court?

‘Fuzzy-minded romanticism …not just naive but dangerous.’

International law in general?

‘It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law.’

Offering incentives to rogue states?

‘I don’t do carrots.’

Steyn also throws in another oldie-but-goodie column peppered with plenty more spicy Bolton haymakers. Whether Steyn’s distraction theory has any merit to it or not, I’m happy to see Big John back in harness as NSA; with Bolton back in their faces and impossible to ignore, the anguished screaming from the usual suspects over his every word is going to be a thing of joyous beauty. However big a fuck-you Trump just allowed the Uniparty to throw at us with his budget own-goal, the one he just lobbed at the UN and the DC Swamp bottom-feeders tops it handily.

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Nope, not sticking yet

Oh, we REALLY got him now!

So, the president may have been cavorting with Playboy playmates and porn stars a decade or so ago and…and what? Oh, right, we’re supposed to care.

We don’t care. We can’t.

And you can almost see the liberals drooling. You can see their Fredocon gimp bros’ nodding their vinyl-encased heads.

Yes, yes, this is finally it! This time we’ll strip Donald Trump’s supporters from him because he failed to meet the standards we think our opponents should adhere to! This time it will work!

Nah. We just don’t care.

I don’t mean that we are simply unconcerned about Donald Trump’s past hobbies. I mean that our depth and breadth of not caring is so deep and wide as to create a critical mass of not giving a damn of such intensity that it is brighter than a million suns.

I seem to recollect somebody or other, may have been Schlichter himself, scoffing at Lefty’s ludicrous hope that red-blooded Normal males would react to the SCANDALOUS!!! news that years ago (or hell, last night, for that matter) Trump boffed a hot porno dish with anything other than amusement, tinged perhaps by a bit of mild envy.

Admittedly, though, this latest shit-fit serves the useful purpose of reminding us yet again of liberalism’s irreconcilable, even nonsensical, contradictions: sudden sanctimony from the very same avowed libertines who so pridefully claim credit for unleashing the Sexual Revolution, for instance. We’re talking here about people who, on other occasions, demand respect and tolerance for “sex workers” and their “art”—in the immediate wake of denouncing all (heterosexual) sex as “oppression” and even “rape,” as often as not.

Then they bitterly complain about where all the “good men” disappeared to, and why even their de-balled, pantywaisted Pajama Boys don’t seem terribly interested in “commitment” to such as they. A real head-scratcher, that one.

And then there’s this, of course:

We talk a lot about the New Rules, and how the liberals and their lackeys are going to hate them. Well, they certainly do hate them. No, not because they have something against kinky side action. There’s no need to remind these hypocrites of their affinity for Bill Clinton, he of the human humidor and the Oval Office bad aim. Oh, and don’t forget the Lion of the Senate, Teddy “Vroom Vroom Splash Splash” Kennedy, the chef who liked to whip up the occasional waitress sandwich after getting staggeringly hammered. I once saw him stumbling out of the senators’ elevator when I interned on Capitol Hill – he smelled like a distillery and his nose was redder than Rudolph’s. So when liberals start telling us we should freak out and abandon a Republican who’s laying down the smack on Obama’s legacy because he used to indulge in his own reindeer games, well, that’s just not happening.

Nope, sure ain’t. But you liberal idiots feel free to keep on throwing everything you can at that wall, then shrieking hysterically when all you get out of us for your trouble—UNEXPECTED!™—is either an “attaboy, Donald!” or a hearty “hell yeah!”

They’re making fools of themselves, and they’re all too damned stupid to even know it. Progtard anguish surely must be the most sidesplitting clown act any circus ever had; Ringling Bros could only DREAM of coming up with as entertaining an act as these frenzied nitwits put on.

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Vile, raddled, drunk old shrike takes yet another tumble

Too bad Healthy Hillary!™’s minders kept her from the full faceplant.


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Incredibly, it has been suggested that she is deserving of pity. No, really.

Women like Clinton have spent their entire adult lives hating the society in which they live and wanting to change it. They’ve spent their entire adult lives trying to convince other women to hate the society in which they live and wanting to change it. How exhausting.

So, after all that time, after all those decades of trying to get women to think as feminists do, imagine what it was like for Clinton to be rejected by more than half of the women who look like her (white). Even worse, she lost them to a white alpha male who (wisely) rejects the feminist label and who represents everything feminists have fought against for decades?

And to top it all off, Clinton has no real marriage to fall back on in her twilight years. So, it’s only natural she’d lash out at women who have what she doesn’t: women who are happy, married, and who know America isn’t a patriarchy designed to hold women back and down.

So cut Hillary Clinton some slack. Feel sorry for her, not mad at her. And be grateful your life looks nothing like hers.

Okay, that last is right enough. But…cut her some slack? The woman who said this:

“So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward, and his whole campaign ‘Make America Great Again’ was looking backwards. ‘You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs, you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian-Americans are succeeding more than you are — whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.’”

And this:

“Democrats, going back to my husband and even before, but just in recent times going back to Bill and our candidates and then President Obama, have been losing the vote, including white women. We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married white women,” Clinton said.

She went on to say that white women face an “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

Clinton said that she was on the way to winning the white women vote until then-FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to leaders in Congress less than two weeks before the election stating that the FBI reopened its investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

“All of a sudden white women, who were going to vote for me and frankly standing up to the men in their lives and the men in their workplaces, were being told, ‘She’s going to jail. You don’t want to vote for her. It’s terrible, you can’t vote for that.’ So, it just stopped my momentum and it decreased my vote enough because I was ahead. I was winning, and I thought I had fought my way back in the ten days from that letter until the election. I fell a little bit short,” Clinton said.

Even statements such as those, offensive as they are, don’t quite give the loathsome shrew her due. This is a woman who feels it her Divine Right to rule this nation—the ENTIRE nation, not just the coastal urban specks of it she’s so pleased and proud of having won. The rest of the country—you know, that vast but negligible (to her) part where the majority of us live, the part she famously dismissed as being “a basket of deplorables”—she hates down to her very marrow.

But no, to say she hates it doesn’t quite meet the case either. She DESPISES it, and all the people in it who also happen to be the people who make the country work. The people who, to quote dear old George Bailey again, do most of the living and the working and the paying and the dying in this country. The people who enable termagants like Hillary!™ to go right on sneering at them from the comfort, security, and luxury of their crumbling urban ratholes.

Out of the whole mess, this is the part that I like best, and is probably the most revealing of the fascist core of the Progressivist mindset:

If people were looking for a reality TV campaign, maybe I should have given them more entertainment. I’m the mother who says, ‘Eat your spinach, you’ll grow up strong.’ Someone else is saying, ‘Eat all the fast food and the ice cream you can possibly stick in your mouth.’

Yeah, sure. While we Normals are saying “mind your own goddamned business, you meddlesome tyrant; I ain’t a kid, and you ain’t my mother.” This observation is pretty scalding too:

Hillary’s attire for her acrobatic spill was a jaunty straw hat, scrappy Birkenstocks, a kurt, and capris that resembled enormous white sails. Even stranger than her getup were Hillary’s male escorts, especially since a few days prior, she had accused white females of leaning on men to tell them how to vote.

The woman who would lean on two men to make her way down 15 steps went on to say that white women face an “ongoing pressure to vote the way that [their] husband[s], [their] boss[es], [their] son[s], whoever, believe[ they] should.”

How is Hillary’s opinion that white women should have voted for her merely because they’re white and women any less sexist and racist than the belief that domineering white males control white females?

Either way, according to Hillary Clinton, it’s subservient white women who are responsible for her not having the opportunity to slip and fall down the Grand Staircase in the White House!

Sympathy for such an odious example of damned near everything wrong with not just feminism but “liberalism” itself? Not a chance. This is a woman who, had she been able to defraud her way into the White House, intended to A) disarm us; B) enact more strangling, prosperity-killing regulation; C) continue ignoring border security and importing more unassimilable hordes of unskilled Mexican perpetual dependents and Muslim killers; D) reinforce the Deep State status quo in any way she could contrive; E) never miss a single opportunity to lecture Normals about how “deplorable” we all are; F) forestall the energy independence we currently enjoy by harassing oil companies and propping up “green energy” scam artists with federal funds distributed in the most profligate fashion imaginable; G) extend and entrench the federal Leviathan’s power over us; H) in general, make the “American decline” she and her fellow shitlibs so fervently long for a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Sympathy? Sorry, not from here. Not ever. Fuck her. In her cirrhotic liver, with a rusty railroad spike. And her little dog Huma, too.

As I’ve so often said, if Trump never accomplished one single thing other than pulling this monstrous, power-mad harpy’s fangs for good, the nation would still owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Instead of receiving even the slightest sympathy from real Americans, the Hildebeast ought to be attacked and/or mocked every time the opportunity presents itself—vigorously, venomously, and without mercy or hesitation, right up until the day when she takes yet another of her habitual dipsomaniacal tumbles and breaks her filthy fucking neck at last.

And that frabjous day should then be declared a national holiday, to be celebrated with fireworks, patriotic speeches, and prayers of thanksgiving for our national deliverance. Now THAT, Her Herness has definitely earned.

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“What kind of political party gets thrilled about economic bad news and upset at economic good news?”

A losing one.

Something has changed. And better still, these good numbers for Trump are a trend. For the rest of us, the trend is your friend.

The reason he’s up, despite the Beltway’s over-covered supposed turmoil at the White House, and the Russia,Russia,Russia obsession of the leftwing press, is not hard to discern. Job creation just hit the 300,000 mark, a number we have not seen in about a decade. Taxes went down – and they went down hard for almost everyone. Factories and their jobs are returning to the states. Workforce participation is growing. And get a load of this one, from the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Household Net Worth Pushes Further Into Record Territory

Oh yeah. What it means is exactly what Democrats think it means: Bad news for them. Get a load of Axios’s headline on one of its top features for today:

New peril for moderate Dems: Voters happy with Trump’s economy

Peril? We’re supposed to be concerned because these people face the prospect of losing their grip on power? No great blue wave? Because they had their chance to create a good economy through free market reforms, and they blew it? What kind of political party gets thrilled about economic bad news and upset at economic good news?

Just Democrats. These clowns held nearly all of the political power dating from 2006 through the Obama years and had all the opportunity in the world to enact free market reforms such as President Trump has. Cut taxes, cut regulations, cut bureaucrats? They could have done that, because free market ideas belong to anyone who wants to give them a go, not just Republicans, yet somehow they didn’t. And now they’re unhappy about how numbers work. Do they really think voters should love them despite the bad economy they created?

Nah, not so much that. They think voters should shut up, acknowledge the Left’s higher intelligence and moral superiority, and meekly accept our role as helpless cogs in their clanking, sputtering Rule By Expert machine until such time as they figure out some way to make the infernal contraption run smoothly at last.

It won’t be long now. We promise. Trust us. THIS TIME FOR SURE!

The Axios headline quoted above is actually correct in part: they are in peril—peril most dire and deserved, stemming from the fact that there really ARE no “moderate Democrats” anymore. Unless they somehow find a way to convincingly become pretty much everything they aren’t now, the Democrat Socialists are finished. The pathetically fatuous article I did an old-fashioned fisking of the other day declaring that “It’s time to give socialism a try!” tells you all you need to know about just how likely they are to find it.

On the contrary, Proggy McDemocrat obviously much prefers to double down on delusion. The Democrat Socialists don’t seem able to perceive that their problem isn’t Trump, nor even his supporters. Nor is it racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, or Islamophobia. It isn’t Collusion. It isn’t HATE™, BIGOTRY™, or FEAR™. It isn’t Corporate Greed, nor is it any other convenient scapegoat they can dream up. It’s them.

It’s a tough admission to have to make, sure. No one enjoys having to admit error about even small things. If they’re to regain power, shitlibs have to face up to being wrong about absolutely EVERYTHING. Such a monumental admission must come despite the unshakeable conviction that they’re RIGHT, that they’re SMART, that they’re the only ones qualified to micromanage the affairs of a vast lowing herd too benighted to act in their own best interests. It requires humility from the most insufferably arrogant among us, intellectual flexibility from the most rigid of ideologues, tolerance from the intolerant. It requires contrition from people who think everybody else owes THEM an apology for screwing them over and failing to appreciate them.

Reality sure is a brass-plated bitch, ain’t it, Lefty? No wonder you guys shun it like vampires shun sunlight. Bottom line: when good news for the country is bad news for your party, you’re doing it wrong. And it will assuredly wreck you in the end.

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