Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Russia’s bitch

Hint: it ain’t Trump.

Even if Putin didn’t hate Hillary Clinton, it’s likely he would have sought to sow discord within the American electorate. Using his vast cyber warfare capabilities, Putin ordered attacks on computer servers at the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters. The Republican servers were better defended, whereas the Democratic servers were compromised quickly. Thus, it was easy for Putin’s agents to get their hands on damning information (like how the DNC had rigged their primary to favor Hillary Clinton) and spread it like wildfire.

While Russia is a purveyor of “fake news” with their state-owned propaganda arms, such as TASS and Russia Today, the hacked information that had been disseminated to WikiLeaks and other sources was factually true. This only did more damage to the Clinton campaign, which had been ailing from its outset.

Even so, as accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian intelligence during the campaign mount, there is no verifiable proof that this ever occurred. What did happen was that the Trump campaign was boosted by the timely Russian leaks of DNC and Clinton campaign emails—but so what? Politics is often impacted by international events.  

Recently, the Washington Post published a story headlined, “Obama’s Secret Struggle to Punish Russia for Putin’s Election Assault.” According to the Post, senior CIA officials met with President Obama last August and warned him that the Russians were aiming to undermine the American election by helping to defeat Clinton and elect Trump. The mainstream media has taken this as proof-positive that Trump’s presidency is illegitimate and that the ceaseless investigations into Trump-Russia collusion accusations should expand. In fact, all that this proves was that the Obama Administration’s continuous soft spot for the Russians came into play again.

Was the revelation that Putin may have ordered a cyber offensive against the American election system in 2016 really that groundbreaking? We’ve known for some time that Russian hackers were running roughshod over the entire election process, particularly on the DNC side. What does this prove? That the Russian command-and-control system for conducting cyber warfare is strong? Don’t all political leaders have to order their armed forces to launch any kind of attack against another state? And, in what way does this prove the Left’s other claims that Trump’s campaign staff colluded with the Russians to bring down the Clinton Campaign? How? And, even if they did, what law did they violate?

Fact is, today we’re dealing with this “scandal,” because Obama’s posture toward Russia was weak and submissive. From the start, Obama (and Clinton) had a poor understanding of who Putin was and what Russia means to our foreign policy. Obama had a minimum of four months to respond to Putin, thereby saving Hillary’s candidacy (potentially). Yet, he delayed and deferred his response to the next administration (as with so much else).

Face it: Barack Obama’s continual weakness and thoughtlessness in the face of increasing Russian aggression created the current strategic environment that we’re all suffering through today. I’ve never been happier knowing that Donald Trump defeated Clinton in 2016. Under Trump, we will be dealing with Russia from a position of strength, as opposed to weakness.

Obama is, was, and will forever remain a gutless, America-hating pussy. It wasn’t just the Russians that were laughing at his weakness, his complete vapid cluelessness on the realities of foreign policy, his pusillanimous eagerness to suck up to and appease America’s every adversary. You could almost see the surprise on Putin’s face sometimes at how easy it was to punk Obama again and again. Putin’s contempt for Obama was palpable, and entirely justified.

Obama is an almost unbelievably small man, his ego in directly inverse proportion to any conceivable rationale for his monumental arrogance. His only real competence was in the damage he wrought on America; that was his primary ambition, and will be his only legacy. Which makes perfect sense: he despises this country strongly enough that it was clear from the start his primary malignant focus would be on weakening and humbling it. His most hated enemies were here at home, and he worked far harder to do them harm than he ever did, say, ISIS or anyone else. Certainly he was more effective at it.

As for foreign policy, apart from his muttonheaded creation of hideous and enduring chaos in Libya for no good reason at all, his footprints are written in sand; the tide of history will soon wash them away without leaving the least trace. Which is precisely as it should be, and no more nor less than the little twerp deserves.

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NOW you’re getting it

Do try and keep up, willya?

Washington (CNN)On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a single sentence that speaks to how fundamentally President Donald Trump has reshaped — and will continue to reshape — the world, and America’s place in it.

“The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over,” Merkel said at a beer hall(!) rally to support her campaign.

While Merkel made no mention of Trump specifically, she made clear that her realization had come “in the last few days” — a time period which overlapped with a G7 meeting in which Trump blasted America’s traditional European allies over NATO obligations and made clear that he was more than willing to go it alone on climate change and trade.

What Trump’s words — and Merkel’s reaction — reveal is something that sharp foreign policy minds have known since the start of Trump’s campaign: His true potential for drastic change exists in the foreign policy sphere.

Trump was right all along about NATO: it is an outdated alliance whose primary mission was rendered moot by the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The European allies have long relied on us to foot the bill for their grand experiment in Nouveau Socialism by carrying the cost of their defense. But the old circumstances no longer apply. The Fulda Gap should no longer be the main cause of European concern; the Persian Gulf is where the real trouble lies.

Don’t kid yourself that Comrade Merkel is stoutly proposing that Germany (and Europe) get up on its hind legs and stand upright at last, shouldering more of the burden of their defense as they should—a bit abashed if not outright shamefaced, perhaps, but at last maturing from a dependent to a partner. No, what she’s doing here is whining about Trump’s “abandonment” of the archaic alliance—pissing and moaning about his reckless disregard for the Cold War status quo even as she imports all the barbaric Muslim “refugees” she can, and snarls viciously at anyone who dares to suggest this might not be such a good idea as regards Europe’s security.

We’ve already seen how that’s working out for them. Mutti Merkel is complaining about protection from an enemy that no longer even exists, while sitting idly back, doing nothing as she watches her beloved Europe going up in flames all around her as a direct result of her own politically-correct idiocy.

Hey, you guys manage to figure out what the motive of the Manchester murderer could possibly have been yet, perchance?

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“Mean and shriveled”

The Left, in a nutshell.

These aren’t oil-patch newsletters or cookery magazines that find themselves sideswiped after carelessly dabbling in an issue that’s of no particular relevance to them and decide to cut their losses before it leads to advertiser boycotts and falling stock prices. Both magazines pride themselves in being dedicated to the craft of writing and were addressing the central question of what it is a writer is free to write about. To me the only answer to that is: Everything. To Messrs Kay and Niedzviecki’s bosses the answer is something far more mean and shriveled.

As the bestselling novelist Lionel Shriver put it when I interviewed her on this subject a couple of months back:

I have so little time for the concept of cultural appropriation, meaning that, as it applies to my occupation, you don’t have the right to assume that you know what it’s like to be someone other than yourself. Which is what fiction writers do.

Exactly so. As I said to Lionel:

Rudyard Kipling can write Indian and English characters, and Salman Rushdie can write Indian and English characters, and may the best man win.

But even to have to point that out is a defeat: As we agreed, the minute you have to state something so butt-numbingly obvious as that Shakespeare wasn’t a Prince of Denmark or a Moor of Venice, you’ve lost. We’ve all lost. We’re in a mad world, where it seems entirely normal for literary magazines to rule on what fictional characters a novelist is permitted to conceive.

As it happens, there’s one almighty cultural appropriation going on right now. Indeed, it’s a heist. The United Kingdom has become the acid-attack capital of the world. Female genital mutilation is practiced in “medical” clinics from Michigan to Melbourne. The taharrush has spread to Cologne and other Central European cities. Ritual beheading has come to French Catholic churches and upstate New York. And if you protest, “Look, I totally deplore all this cultural appropriation. I think it’s outrageous that Britain and America and Australia and Europe are culturally appropriating acid attacks and FGM and beheading and honor killings”, you’re told, “No, no. That’s diversity. It’s vibrant. What’s not to enjoy? It’s a beautiful mélange – just like this new Homeland Security proposal to ban laptops from cabin baggage on translatlantic flights, because a western cultural artifact is being appropriated and weaponized in the cause of eastern jihadism. What a rich cultural co-mingling…”

Jonathan Kay thinks I’m a bit boorish and vulgar when I go on about such things. So I was hoping someone would maybe write a novel or make a film about it.

But that novel can never be written – because, under Writers’ Union of Canada logic, only a Muslim could write it. Because in a vibrant diverse world, the one place that can’t be diverse and vibrant is a work of art.

There’s no internal consistency, no logic, no philosophical principle here. Only – as two Canadian editors learned last week – the brute power of a totalitarian left ever more inimical to the only diversity that matters: diversity of thought, diversity of expression.

Thereby demonstrating once again, as if any further examples were needed: they aren’t liberal, in any traditionally accepted sense of the term. They long ago hijacked that word for their own nefarious purposes; no part of its original meaning or dignity applies to them in any conceivable way, which is why they stole it. They’re fucking fascists. Cut and dried, plain and simple, full stop, end of story.

The best part, though, is how this so perfectly highlights the question posed by the cognitive dissonance weighing down Progressivism like an anchor: where, exactly, does “diversity” end, and “cultural appropriation” begin? The handful among them capable of rational thought, possessed of the tiniest shred of integrity, should answer: “Right down the middle of those precious urban ethnic restaurants I’m so fond of—and from which I of right ought to be banned.” Just for starters.

None of us should be holding our breath waiting for them to think it through.

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The need for speed

And rationality.

Every year, traffic engineers review the speed limit on thousands of stretches of road and highway. Most are reviewed by a member of the state’s Department of Transportation, often along with a member of the state police, as is the case in Michigan. In each case, the “survey team” has a clear approach: they want to set the speed limit so that 15% of drivers exceed it and 85% of drivers drive at or below the speed limit.

This “nationally recognized method” of setting the speed limit as the 85th percentile speed is essentially traffic engineering 101. It’s also a bit perplexing to those unfamiliar with the concept. Shouldn’t everyone drive at or below the speed limit? And if a driver’s speed is dictated by the speed limit, how can you decide whether or not to change that limit based on the speed of traffic?

The answer lies in realizing that the speed limit really is just a number on a sign, and it has very little influence on how fast people drive.

And that our current speed limits are based not on reason or the limits the highways themselves were designed to safely sustain, but on the Left’s will to absolute power over its subjects and its lust to make driving as miserable and inconvenient as possible, carefully masked by their desire to Save Gaia™.

Traffic engineers believe that the 85th percentile speed is the ideal speed limit because it leads to the least variability between driving speeds and therefore safer roads. When the speed limit is correctly set at the 85th percentile speed, the minority of drivers that do conscientiously follow speed limits are no longer driving much slower than the speed of traffic. The choice of the 85th percentile speed is a data-driven conclusion—as noted lieutenant Megge and speed limit resources like the Michigan State Police’s guide—that has been established by the consistent findings of years of traffic studies.

Yet most speed limits are set below the 85th percentile speed. We first investigated this topic at the urging of the National Motorists Association, a “member-supported driver advocacy organization” that has made raising speed limits to the 85th percentile one focus of its efforts.

One member pointed us to a 1992 report by the US Department of Transportation on the “Effects of Raising and Lowering Speed Limits,” which, beside making the same arguments described above, noted that the majority of highway agencies set speed limits below the 85th percentile, leading over 50% of motorists to drive “in technical violation of the speed limit laws.” lieutenant Megge believes the compliance rate in Michigan to be well under 50%.

It seems absurd that over half of drivers technically break the law at all times. It’s also perplexing that speed limit policy so consistently ignore traffic engineering 101. So why do people like lieutenant Megge need to spend their time trying to raise speed limits?

A very interesting article, all of which you should definitely read—including, as it does, this subhead: “HOW SAUDI ARABIA GOT US ALL DRIVING 55 MPH.

Yep, we all have so, so much to thank Our Friends The Saudis for, don’t we?

(Via Insty)

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Eurosuicide

Suffering from self-inflicted wounds.

Europe as we have known it for over five decades has been a stable and prosperous place at peace with itself, famous for its museums, cafes, classical architecture, and graceful retirement from history. But today, it’s under assault. The greatest refugee crisis since World War II is overwhelming the continent, while Jews flee by the thousands. Populist parties so outrageous that they make their American counterparts seem like milquetoast centrists are winning or almost winning one election after another. One of them—Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz—has already transformed Hungary into an authoritarian state. Russian President Vladimir Putin is swaggering like a conquering warlord and winning applause for his exploits as far west as Great Britain. The European Union has already begun to unravel and could be replaced down the road by God only knows what as an aloof United Kingdom decides to go it alone while Europe circles the drain.

Journalist and author James Kirchick lived and worked in Europe for six years, and in his bracing first book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, he dives deep into the continent’s turmoil. The cumulative effect is sobering and alarming, but also perversely comforting if misery truly loves company. The book makes it clear that America’s political crisis is part of a larger crisis of democratic liberalism and institutional legitimacy that stretches from Seattle to Athens, and Kirchick does his American readers an invaluable service by informing them, in a can’t-put-it-down style, that they aren’t going through this alone.

Connecting Europe’s seemingly disparate troubles is a continent-wide cratering of the political center and collapsing confidence in the liberal European idea. “In the wake of World War II,” Kirchick writes, “when Europe was divided, both the political left and right valued very highly what the West had and the East coveted: an environment of political and economic freedom, religious openness (even if it often shaded into religious indifference), and peace.” Western Europeans were far more dependent upon the military power of the Pax Americana than they liked to admit, but it paid off for all of us when the Soviet Union finally imploded, calcified communist police states withered away, and Europe’s eastern half rejoined the West.

But a unified liberal Europe only lasted a generation, and the Russian bear is no longer hibernating.

Michael is a lot more worried about Putin’s ambitions than I am, but then I don’t live in Eastern Europe, either. For my money, the far bigger worry is here:

Why is Europe’s political center collapsing? For a couple of reasons. Near-zero economic growth over ten years never does ruling parties any good. The European Union’s overbearing micromanagement, its notorious democratic deficit, and the entirely sensible belief almost everywhere that local democracy is better than distant bureaucracy are coupled with the near-refusal of mainstream parties to address these concerns. And to top it all off, mainstream parties both left and right have been jamming their fingers in their ears and socks in their voters’ mouths for years about immigration.

Xenophobia is stalking Europe—again—but at the same time, in fairness, all societies are strained when a massive number of newcomers show up at the same time, and not every person feeling that strain is by definition a bigot. So when German Chancellor Angela Merkel green-lit the entrance of a million Syrian refugees, that strain should have been as predictable as it was inevitable. How would you like to live in the village of Sumte—with a population of just 102—and be told by the government in Berlin that you can and will find room for 750 Syrian refugees?

And as Kirchick points out, when Merkel invited a million refugees into Germany, she effectively invited a million refugees into Europe’s entire Schengen Area without consulting any other head of state, let alone voters elsewhere in Europe.

“What made Merkel’s decision to open Europe’s gates to an untold number of Muslim migrants so problematic,” Kirchick writes, “is that the continent has done such a poor job integrating the Muslims who already live there.” Even the European-born children of immigrants tend to be thought of and treated as guests in Europe rather than permanent residents and citizens. The United States, like Canada, does a much better job assimilating immigrants than Europe does and it always will.

The real problem is not Europe’s (or our) failure to “assimilate” Muslims; the real problem is that they are unassimilable, being entirely uninterested in assimilating anyway. They prefer to cling absolutely to a pseudo-religious ideology wholly incompatible with freedom—not just alien to Western ideals of how a free and democratic society should properly order itself, but implacably hostile to them. That’s what renders Merkel’s near-incredible folly more than merely “problematic”—what it is, culturally, is suicidal.

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Delenda est

The Proggies’ argument isn’t with us. It’s with reality.

Reality is a formidable opponent. It never loses. Sometimes the victory is immediate; in the political, cultural, and economic domains, it may take a while longer. In any human confrontation with the intractable facts of life, physical or historical, the outcome is never in doubt. Ignorance is a serious liability in any transaction with the real world. Denial is ultimately lethal.

It is much easier, of course, to reject or dismiss facts or truths where the damage is not immediate, to conflate “things which are not” with things that “are,” if the harm is deferred to a later date. One can deny sexual dimorphism, for example, and posit 32 different genders or gender identities along with a welter of ludicrous pronouns before the result of such folly becomes evident in cultural degeneration and social collapse. One can refute the fecund marriage of a man and a woman – that is, the family, as the historically validated foundation of a robust, viable, and productive society before social and cultural disintegration inevitably set in. One can suppress the provable fact of differential climate change over the eons and replace it with fashionable and scientifically untenable theories such as man-made global warming before the inevitable economic effects reduce a nation to increasing financial hardship.

This is why the cultural deformities beloved and fostered by the political left are doomed to failure despite their reigning prevalence in the social agency and intellectual discourse of our time. Political correctness; so-called climate change; wide-ranging policies favoring the “religion of peace,” which is actually the religion of perpetual war; the distortions of radical feminism; the celebration of transgenderism; redistributive economics; open borders; no-fault crime; the dilution of educational rigor to promote the canard of “social justice”; the rejection of medical reason; the rampant slaughter of the unborn; the belief in human equality in the realm of talents, merit, and cultivation; the dogged quest for an egalitarian utopia; and many other such perversions – all such convictions and practices fly in the face of reality and will inexorably lead, sooner or later, to civilizational disaster. This too is a fact.

But since culture is a human phenomenon, it is prone to disabling complications, misguided objectives, and various forms of dysfunction. No political movement, philosophy, or culture ever succeeds in mapping the world in which it finds itself. Obviously, some do better than others, judging by the benchmarks of life span, health, general prosperity, and personal freedom. But leftism in any of its apparitions – juvenile Acadianism, eschatological fantasy, welfare statism, neo-Marxism, hardcore communism – is an ideological construction that mistakes the map for the world. Moreover, the map upon which it relies to chart its course is topographically skewed and does not coincide with the world as it is and always will be.

Which is why they’re so completely, utterly, and continuously lost—reality is going to defeat them every time, as of course it must. But see, that’s a good thing; either they lose, or everybody does, us and them.

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London calling

What losing a war looks like. More accurately, refusing to fight it in the first place, or even acknowledge you’re in one at all, when it’s being waged against you at every imaginable turn—with not just the usual weapons, but with anything ready to hand: hammers, knives, screwdrivers, garden tools, ordinary vehicles, matches—random bits of paper and plastic and string, gobs of hair. Only then will the Left finally understand their childish folly, and the sort of enemy we’re facing. Not a moment before; their delusions are far too precious to them to admit error before the horror leaps out at them from every conceivable source, and renders them incapable of clinging steadfastly to their pathetic denial.

This place is just like Sweden. Terrified of admitting the truth about the threat we face, about the horrors committed by the migrants we failed to deter — because to admit that we are sinking, and fast, would be to admit that everything the liberals believe is wrong.

That multiculturalism has not worked. That it is one big fat failure and one big fat lie.

President Erdogan of Turkey said there is a war being waged between the crescent and the cross. But he is wrong. Because the cross is not strong. We are down on bended knee, a doormat to be trodden on, a joke only funny to those that wish us harm.

The war is between London and the rest of the country. Between the liberals and the right-minded. Between those who think it is more important to tip-toe around the cultures of those who choose to join us, rather than defend our own culture.

How many more times?

And how many more attacks must pass before we acknowledge these are no longer the acts of ‘extremists’? That there is no safe badge with which to hold these people at arm’s length, in the way the liberals casually use the term ‘far-right’ for anyone who has National pride.

These events are no longer extreme. They are commonplace. Every day occurrences.

These people are no longer extremists. They are simply more devout. More true to their beliefs. Beliefs which will be supported endlessly across our state broadcaster for the next few months until we buy into the narrative that one religion is not to blame.

That in fact we should blame Brexit supporters. For believing in a Britain. As it was before.

Anything but the truth.

I will walk over the river tonight and look to the Thames, to the Union flag lowered at half mast, and the Parliament below, and I will wonder, just how much longer we can go on like this.  

Why, until the Progressivists are defeated, discredited, cowed, crushed, and marginalized to the point of abject humiliation…and not one moment before. Until they are openly scorned for their pathological adherence to unreality—their cowardice and blank stupidity recognized as nothing more than a lodestone guiding an entire culture to degradation and defeat—to the point that they dare not even speak their puling bullshit in public for fear of savage mockery at the hands of sensible people.

But read the comments and you’ll see that even in bloody London, after this most fresh of a whole slew of hideous attacks over recent years—before the blood has even congealed—they’re nowhere near that point. The fools profess shock, confusion, and disgust over this most elementary blast of common sense; they reel in horror at the idea of admitting the truth that isn’t merely staring them in the face, but clubbing them over the head—killing them, literally fucking killing them, in job lots.

And so I raise the question again: how much blood must be spilled before the Left is willing to confront its failure, its ignorance, its muttonheaded, moist-eyed belief in a total equality among men that in no way represents our harsher reality? How many more of us must die before they admit that their adolescent fantasy is nothing more than just that? How much wanton mass murder must we tolerate before they are willing to let go of their puerile daydreams and acknowledge the world as it exists, rather than clinging so desperately to an ideology that fundamentally misapprehends—brushes off, dismisses, actually—the darker aspect of human nature right out of the gate?

And the answer keeps coming back: MORE. More yet, more still. Not enough, not quite yet.

Which presents another, perhaps more vital and relevant question: how much Progressivist foolishness, their cowardice and juvenile self-indulgence, will WE tolerate before we take effective steps to end this patent madness? When will the sane majority finally decide that enough is truly enough and refuse to grant them and their inane, PC psychobabble serious consideration? When will we shove them aside and deal with a barbaric enemy in the rough and ruthless fashion that is our only hope of ever harnessing the primordial, atavistic belief system that is Islam?

When we will decide to defend our culture, our way of life—our actual, physical LIVES, ferchrissakes, individually and collectively—in the way merited? To stop being ashamed of our flaws, mourning our failures, apologizing for our missteps, and start protecting our precious civilization against a savage enemy who will neither cease nor rest at any point short of our complete annihilation?

I beg your indulgence here, folks, for I am about to say it yet again: In order to defeat our Muslim antagonists, we must first defeat the Left. There is no hope of achieving the one without first achieving the other; as long as Tranzi, multiculti, PC Leftism is still taken even remotely seriously by anything more than a handful of shunned loons skulking quietly about in a few urban enclaves, we will continue to endure the occasional appalling slaughter in our very heartland. We’re still a long, long way from it. In the end, we’re going to have to recognize that, no matter how many of them are massacred, there will always be a certain number who would rather die than fight back; who would rather embrace a failed pipe-dream of an ideology than ever admit error, even in the face of the most direct and dire evidence of said failure imaginable.

Well, so be it. Too bad there isn’t some way to ensure that the troglodytic “refugees” they insist on importing can’t be salted into the wealthy urban enclaves housing the only people clamoring for us to “do something” to “help” them, rather than quietly shipped out to Middle America for us to deal with, to be forgetting until another one of them kills as many of us as he can manage. Put a few tens of thousands of them in the heart of Hollywood, Brooklyn, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, and San Francisco and let the fur fly, rather than forcing those of us in the heartland to cope with them, I say.

You want ’em, libs? Well, dammit, you got ’em, then. And then we can all sit back and see how that works out for ya.

Blind, deaf, and above all dumb update! This comment would seem to be fairly representative:

Oh grow a pair Hopkins. The IRA terror campaign was far worse and before that we had the Blitz. Stop whining and just get on with life like the rest of us.

I won’t even bother trying to dissect or analyze any of that. Just bask in liberal idiocy of the purest ray serene for the nonce; this is The Pure, the golden mean, the 190-proof elixir that can’t be further broken down or distilled, and is so toxic it will corrode everything it touches in time. It’s all there in this one, folks: arrogance; historical ignorance; condescension; smug assumption of personal impunity; disregard for anything but ideological purity; resignation to an intolerable reality in favor of the protection of cherished illusions; wholesale thoughtlessness about what the end-state of these beloved assumptions might be.

And realize once and for all that they care far, far more about protecting their cherished delusions than they ever will care about protecting their country, their countrymen, their family and friends, their children, their future, or even themselves.

And THAT’S how deep Progressivist insanity goes, folks. I repeat yet again: if we ever hope to defeat Islam, we must first defeat this. Truly, utterly, and completely.

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Ohhh, we REALLY got him now!

Another day, another attempt to undermine and sabotage the duly elected President that has blown up in their faces.

The furor about the Trump presidency has gotten to the point that people are literally (and I don’t mean figuratively literally, I mean literally literally) seeing and hearing things that aren’t there, just as in the video.

The truly glaring example this week was the succession of articles about Trump “lying” about a terrorist attack in Sweden. It’s been widely reported, even on the one paragon of truth in American politics, PJ Media.

There’s only one problem.

It didn’t happen.

Oddly, to most of the press, that doesn’t even seem to matter.

Of course it doesn’t. They’re using the same old playbook, throwing any and everything at the wall hoping against hope that something will stick. They’ve been doing it for two years now: Trump says something, they lie about what he said, wait for the OUTRAGE!, and…the truth comes out, and Trump’s popularity goes up. As it happens, this one worked out particularly badly for them:

Riots broke out on Monday night in the suburb of Rinkeby, where a majority of residents were born overseas, just hours after the country’s Prime Minister attacked U.S President Donald J. Trump for linking mass migration with rising violence in Sweden.

The riots, in which cars were set ablaze and shops were looted, resulted in the Stockholm suburb looking “like a warzone” according to a journalist who was at the scene.

Worried about the nation’s image abroad, state broadcaster Sweden Radio last week aired a piece in English which claims that ‘no-go zones’ — dangerous suburbs where police fear to tread — don’t exist in the country.

However, a report last September revealed that 80 per cent of police officers were considering switching careers due to the danger they face in the field.

Swedish police Sergeant Peter Larsson said: “The violence against us in the police and the paramedics and firefighters, has become much worse. We’re talking about stone throwing, violence, fires. It has become much worse in recent years.”

Um. Oops. One more liberal-media narrative destroyed by reality, coming right up. Unlike most of the others, though, this one’s a twofer: not only does it make them look like fools by proving Trump correct, it also undermines their pro-immigration, peaceful-moderate-Muslim, “Islam is the religion of peace” fairy tale. But does it get even worse for them, you might ask? Why, of course it does:

Reports of rapes in Sweden jumped 13 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, and reports of sexual assaults were up 20 percent, according to preliminary data from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention. Recent migration to Sweden hit its peak in 2015 with more than 160,000 asylum applications. It dropped to almost 30,000 in 2016.

Oops again. Well, hey, can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, right? I’ll let Trump say it in his own words:

“Sweden. They took in large numbers [of refugees],” Trump added at the Florida rally. “They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

Sweden’s official Twitter account – which is operated by a different user each week – tweeted at Trump on Monday morning: “Hey Don, this is @Sweden speaking! It’s nice of you to care, really, but don’t fall for the hype. Facts: We’re OK!”

Well, for certain values of “OK,” I guess. But not ones I’d care to have to live with, pay the freight for, and see dismissed, ignored, or covered up by so-called “leaders” who are supposed to have my own nation’s best interests foremost in mind.

Y’know, if the consequences for the rest of us weren’t so deadly serious, the hapless Progressivists’ ongoing Keystone Kops routine would be perfectly hilarious by now.

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HITLER!

Nonsense.

The thing my father and I have often discussed, through the years, is the eye-rolling art of comparing American presidents to Hitler. It is such an absurdity we find it amusing …and frustrating. It’s often just a punch line. Like the Soup Nazi wasn’t really a Nazi. He was just mean. The Nazi part made it funny. You know …over-the-top. Like “grammar Nazi” or “spelling Nazi.” Nobody is really a “Nazi.” It’s our representation of something we consider jarring, strident, intractable and inhumane.

But the truth about Nazis isn’t funny at all. It’s bloody and horrible and gut churning. And it involves machine guns and butchery and inhumanity on a scale that takes your breath away. Nobody is really a “soup Nazi” …unless they served it in a concentration camp.

The idea of comparing an American president to Hitler is just as absurd …from any angle, in any context. The American system ITSELF pretty much prevents “Hitlers” from showing up. And America ITSELF is anathema to what Hitler was trying to create. An American ANYTHING or ANYONE is hard to fit into the Hitler model. It’s just not apples to apples.

There are some fundamental things to understand about Hitler:

1. He took over a small, failing state that didn’t have separated government, enumerated powers or checks and balances. It’s difficult for a guy like that to show up here, in this system.

2. His entire political career was violent from the beginning. There was always death in his wake. He didn’t just suddenly “turn” violent. It was a pattern …as it always is with sociopaths. This is THE most important thing to watch; the violence. I always keep an eye on who is rioting …breaking things …throwing rocks and bombs. It doesn’t make them Nazis. But it signals how far they’re willing to go.

3. He entered office with his own personal military construct (the SS) with allegiance to him ONLY. They would carry out things the regular military would never carry out: i.e. the murder of private citizens and political opponents. Nothing like that exists or COULD exist in America. We simply wouldn’t allow it.

4. He didn’t start out just killing Jews. He started out euthanizing people with special needs …for the betterment of the care-givers’ lives. (You can decide which side of the aisle favors the extermination of “inconvenient” people).

5. He disarmed the population, then nationalized healthcare and education. (Two-out-of-three of those are Bernie Sanders moves …But, guess what? Bernie isn’t Hitler either …not by a long shot)

The list goes on and on. But the deal is this:

Hitler was a real life murdering sociopath. He wasn’t just a charismatic speaker who incrementally fell into bad behavior. He wasn’t just a racist corrupted by unfettered power. In other words, you or I probably couldn’t end up being Hitler. A garden variety KKK leader probably couldn’t end up being Hitler either …or a community organizer …or a New York real-estate tycoon. It’s not that easy or simple.

NONE of our American presidents have ever been Hitler. But the people of Germany certainly thought FDR was a murdering dictator when B-17s started dropping bombs on them. This is why you have to KNOW what you believe and why you believe it. Good guys and bad guys are often in the eyes of the beholder. And they often look similar in the fog of conflict. I would imagine Japanese Americans in internment camps wondered if their president was Hitler-like. Nope. Horrible act…but not close to Hitler.

He’s perfectly right, you know. This is the calmest, sanest, most reasonable response to overwrought rhetoric I can imagine. I highly recommend you read all of it.

Note what he says about Lincoln in the following paragraphs, by the way—and Churchill, too. I couldn’t agree more with it. His take on Trump is dead on, too, and worthy of another excerpt:

Now, people are comparing Donald Trump to Hitler. And the countdown has officially begun, to …well …I don’t know …but something really bad. I get that someone who is combative with the press and who wants to vet refugees and shut down open immigration fits the bill some are always looking for when it comes to finally getting their “Hitler” villain.

But if you study enough about it, you realize the guy vetting and banning refugees is probably not Hitler …the guy CREATING refugees probably is.

And now it’s off to look into some more of this guy’s writing; he’s looking like blogroll/bookmark material, I think. From the pic up top, he looks like a quite young guy, too. Lots of wisdom for one of such tender years; I must confess myself impressed.

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Telling graph

Well, not a graph, exactly; a map, one you’ve probably seen by now, showing counties won by Clinton (The Clinton Archipelago) versus the much vaster area of Trumpland. It’s the most powerful argument imaginable in favor of the Electoral College to those of us who don’t wish to be ruled despotically by the likes of New York, Chicago, and LA, but Bill makes an even more vital point regarding it:

Couple of thoughts spring to mind:

1. Trumpland looks geographically like America. If you flashed it on a screen without labels and asked most anybody on the planet what country it was, almost without exception the response would be “the United States.”

2. The Clinton Archipelago, despite possessing approximately the same population, looks like an easy matter for TrumpLand to conquer or obliterate, if push comes to shove, given that it is isolated, utterly dependent on TrumpLand for food, water, raw materials, fuel, and pretty much every other necessity of life (including illegal drugs – cut off those drugs, and most of those cities would burn to the ground within a week or so).

3. The residents of the Clinton Islands want the rule of the mob, because all they have are mobs. But mobs are like locusts – they destroy their own sustenance, and then they die.

Number Two is the real killer. Literally.

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Oh, irony!

Totally lost on them, of course.

RUSH: This John Lewis business, Trump… I’m telling you, folks, the guy… They just can’t intimidate him, they can’t scare him, they can’t shut him up. He’s back tweeting about John Lewis. Now, you would think that after the press barrage of the last couple of days their effort to shame Trump for, “How dare you attack this man who was beat up on the Pettus Bridge in Selma 50 years ago? How dare you attack him! How dare you?” Trying to shame Trump. “You attack John Lewis, civil rights icon?” So Trump tweets out, “John Lewis lied. He said mine is the first inauguration he’s not gonna attend.

“He didn’t attend the George W. Bush inauguration. John Lewis lied.” Can you say the media is having a cow? My gosh, “Trump doubled down on it!” And the John Lewis office had put out a statement: Yes, that’s true. Congressman Lewis did boycott the inauguration of George W. Bush because he also didn’t think that election was legitimate. Trump was right. So this is the Trump pattern. Do something, the press has a cow, and Trump doubles down. He doubled down. And then, do you know he had a meeting yesterday with Martin Luther King’s son at Trump Tower?

Martin Luther King’s son entered Trump Tower, got in the elevator, went up, met with Trump. They prayed. And Martin Luther King III came out and talked about how it was very constructive. They prayed, they talked about Martin Luther King Jr. and his great work, and the left is having collective heart attacks. And now Martin Luther King III’s a sellout. “How dare he! In the middle of this John Lewis conversation, how dare he side with Trump against John Lewis?” Who, again, was beat up on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Yeah, beat upside the head, 50 years ago on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, by a bunch of Democrats. Bull Connor. It was Democrats who turned the fire hoses on John Lewis. It was the Democrats that beat John Lewis upside the head. It was Democrats turned the dogs loose on the protesters. It was the Democrats that made up the KKK and still do.

The Democrat Socialists haven’t been this pissed off since a Republican freed the slaves. All of which would go right over the head of a hopeless, barely-sentient dolt like John Lewis, of course.

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Tragical history tour

Fucking idiot liberal ghouls.

I’ve been told so much about Cuba the past couple months. Between the “go now because it’s literally like a time-warp” or “you need to go before everything becomes commercialized,” I was sort of hyped into going to Havana. I’ll have to admit, I despise anticipation and can’t necessarily handle waiting for things. Call it a millennial thing or the “Uber” effect but I planned my trip to Cuba about 48 hours before my arrival. With a carry-on and a couple friends in tow, I boarded a flight to what seemed like the forbidden city. What I experienced as soon as I landed was the opposite of everything I imagined.

Gee. My surprise at that revelation is nearly boundless. Gobsmacked, me.

Disclaimer: I had a not so great experience in Cuba. The country itself probably isn’t a terrible place to go to if you’re into adventure, mediocre food, lack of internet, overpriced hotels and horrible currency exchange rates. 

Not to even mention the slavery, deprivation, desperation, and want on the part of the everyday victims of the communist dictatorship you went to gawk at, you despicable, spoiled-rotten, mollycoddled Western ignoramus. In plain, direct language: The country itself probably isn’t a terrible place to go to if you’re into going to terrible places. On a fucking lark, with absolutely no awareness or humble regard whatsoever of the ongoing crime against humanity being perpetrated there.

Upon finding the taxi dispatcher, we gave her the address of our AirBNB. She took a couple minutes and came back to tell us that the address doesn’t exist. In fact, it seemed the address Cuba Apto. 6 Playa La Habana didn’t really exist anywhere in the world. I had a feeling we might run into this issue so I took a screenshot of the AirBNB address, phone number and confirmation. However, when the dispatcher called the phone number, it turned out that the person conveniently disconnected their phone. We all now faced the grim realization that we were in Cuba with no place to stay and a lost bag that had 99% of my friend’s clothes/essentials in it.

“Let’s not freak out,” I exclaimed while my other friend suggested that we head to the main hotel in Cuba, the Hotel Nacional. Our taxi driver brought us to the hotel where we promptly ran upstairs in search of the business center. Wi-Fi at the hotel was $10/ hour but it didn’t seem that bad considering our impending homelessness.

As our hour of internet started dwindling, we decided to buy another hour only to be told that the hotel had just sold us the last code. I quickly logged back on and looked up places to stay. Although we were in a hotel, they wanted $600 CUC to stay for the night and didn’t accept credit cards. I found a Casa Particular (Someone’s home that they open to tourists) nearby and decided that it would be the best course of action for the night. Once we arrived, we were informed the fee would be $45 for that night to house all three of us. It was actually a steal considering this room had an A/C, power outlets and private bathroom.

Once settled in and calmed down, we decided to go explore Havana’s nightlife. Everyone back home exclaimed that Havana has some of the best nightlife in the world. I later realized that those people were on drugs because Havana is so boring at night that it’s just ridiculous. We first stopped by the Hotel Libre to grab a quick bite from their restaurant. Being managed by an international hotel chain, you’d think that the food would be okay. Well, to no one’s surprise, it was terrible. Whatever my friends ordered wasn’t edible so they just ate what I ordered and to be clear, I ordered spaghetti without sauce. It was just white spaghetti. By 11PM the same day we arrived, we were now reveling at how good this white spaghetti was. Cuba officially destroyed us.

Communism destroys everything, genius. Always has, always will; it’s baked right into the ideological cake. You’re damned lucky you were allowed to leave at all; plenty like you haven’t been, and many thousands of Cubans have died trying, you know.

About 40 minutes of waiting later, we decided to just leave the club and walk around the city. I did read about a quaint little cafe called “Woohoo” and it happened to be along the way that we were walking so we walked in and got a table. I didn’t know this at the time but most of these restaurants and places are government owned. It seems the only way to get real food is to go into someone’s home and have them cook meals for you. To cut it short, the food was also terrible. I mean, how does one mess up a brownie anyways?

Easy: you give the Almighty State control over making them, that’s how. And: “government owned”? HELLOOOOO! COMMUNISM, you dolt. Read up on it sometime, when you get back to a country that has affordable, uncensored internet access more than a couple of unpredictable hours a day.

Mulling over the entire experience we had, one thing that really irritated me was the currency. For a country like Cuba to value their currency on a 1:1 basis with the US Dollar or even 10% less than the Euro is absolutely appalling. For the infrastructure, transportation and even food to be as expensive as it was, everything should have been leaps and bounds better than what it was.

And it would have been, in a free country with open markets and competition to weed out the mediocrities, and a society wherein success, initiative, and ambition are celebrated and not punished. Sadly, people like you have pushed us way too far to the wrong end of that equation. But we’re going to be fixing at least some of that in the next few years, whether you like it or not. You’re welcome.

This only means 1 of 2 things in that the country is a massive tourist trap or that the government is skimming money and not reinvesting it to build a country up.

No, you don’t say! Why, you mean to tell me that communist shitrapies are top-down kleptocracies wherein the subjects are oppressed to within an inch of their very lives, while the vlasti, the nomenklatura (look ’em up, shit-for-brains) enrich themselves at the expense of the very proletariat they claim to be helping—just as in every single communist dictatorship in history? Say it isn’t so! I can’t believe it! I WON’T believe it! EAT THE RICH, DUUUUDE! FROM THOSE ACCORDING TO THEIR POWERLESSNESS, TO THOSE ACCORDING TO THEIR RUTHLESS GREED!

No, wait, I’m pretty sure I screwed that last bit up somehow. Oh well. The disgraceful denouement:

The next morning, we were woken up and asked to checkout by 12, which was totally fine considering the fact that we showed up almost unannounced the night before.

Yeah. God forbid anybody EVER show up at a Motel 6 or Super 8 in godawful consumerist crass corporatist commercialized Amerikkka unannounced, where you’ll get at least a somewhat clean room at a reasonable price, without cameras and microphones in the fucking walls and no risk at all of the secret state police kicking in your door and hauling you away for reasons only they will ever know.

It was decided that if, by 5PM, we weren’t satisfied with the city, we’d just book ourselves onto the short 1 hour flight to Cancun. With our carry on bags, we started walking around the city until a very nice taxi driver offered to show us around. He was the highlight of our trip due to the fact that he took us all around Havana and pointed out some important monuments. We asked him to take us to the best seafood restaurant in Havana, which he said was at the Hotel Saratoga. Once there, we were actually quite happy with how the place looked and the rather small menu. Lobster, Shrimp, Steak and much more were available and, while it was pricey, it didn’t seem like a terrible cost after what we paid for noodles the night before. I don’t want to say that the food was bad but it wasn’t good either. I guess the word i’m looking for is mediocre.

Ever hear the phrase “good enough for government work,” by chance? They pretend to work, the government pretends to pay them, and absolutely everything is half-assed because there’s no incentive for anyone to expend any effort to make it otherwise.

I can’t even believe I’m having to repeat this shit at all; once upon a time in this country, you breathed in these simple, uncomplicated truths in your 6th grade civics class. And if that didn’t do it, it would be covered in history classes that taught something other than “Washington and Jefferson owned slaves! Disregard everything they ever said!” The truth about communism was widely known, as was the truth about our own admittedly imperfect but still vastly superior system, proof of which superiority you could see all around you any time you cared to bother opening your eyes and looking.

Progressivist “progress,” I guess.

Things were actually looking up at this point. The weather was pretty good, the food was edible but we had yet to find another place to stay. At this point, our bill for the food came out and it was $110. For a lobster tail and salad, I was shocked. Regardless, we paid and decided that we’d probably need to get out of this city due to the fact that we couldn’t just go take more money out of an ATM or use credit cards to pay for things. Be it what it may, the city just didn’t appeal to us the way we thought it would.

Yeah, I bet not. The people imprisoned by communism could have told ya that from the git-go and saved your dumb ass a shitpot full of money, were they actually granted the freedom to speak out and dissent against their evil, inhuman government without the likelihood of being thrown into a gulag without anything resembling due process for it. Not that over-entitled, deluded, Western know-it-all brats would listen anyway.

But maybe the lesson was cheap at that; you obviously didn’t learn it in your useless 50k a year college, in any of the Leftist propaganda lectures delivered by your com-symp college professors. Like I said: just be thankful you were allowed to leave, by some conveyance other than a leaky inner tube or a home-made raft.

The comments, by contrast, are worth reading, consisting mostly of “you went to a communist country and found…communism, you idiot!”—summed up pretty well by this one: “More truthful headline: Slowwitted Millennial doofus suddenly realizes that socialism sucks…” Well, he might eventually reach that obvious conclusion, if he doesn’t flounder around trying to find a way to blame America for it instead. Also, this one: “Two words: government brownie.” Heh. Uhh, yep. Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? On further consideration, he was lucky it was only mediocre, instead of downright toxic.

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How Progressivism got itself Trumped

Progress. In precisely the wrong direction.

It’s not just about the showerhead. The water pressure in our homes and apartments has been gradually getting worse for two decades, thanks to EPA mandates on state and local governments. This has meant that even with a good showerhead, the shower is not as good as it might be. It also means that less water is running through our pipes, causing lines to clog and homes to stink just slightly like the sewer. This problem is much more difficult to fix, especially because plumbers are forbidden by law from hacking your water pressure.

As for the heat of the water, the obsession over “safety” has led to regulations that the top temperature is preset on most water heaters, at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which is only slightly hotter than the ideal temperature for growing yeast. Most are shipped at 110 degrees in order to stay safe with regulators. This is not going to get anything really clean; just the opposite. Water temperatures need to be 140 degrees to clean things. (Looking at the industry standard, 120 is the lowest-possible setting for cleaning but 170 degrees gives you the sure thing.)

The combination of poor pressure and lukewarm temperatures profoundly affects how well your dishwasher and washing machine work. Plus, these two machines have been severely regulated in how much energy they can consume and how much water they can use. Top-loading washing machines are a thing of the past, while dishwashers that grind up food and send it away are a relic. We are lucky now to pull out a glass without soap scum on it. As for clothing, what you are wearing is not clean by your grandmother’s standards.

But wait: what about the need to conserve water? Well, the Department of the Interiorsays that domestic water use, which includes even the water you use on your lawn and flower beds, constitutes a mere 2% of the total, so this unrelenting misery spread by government regulations makes hardly a dent in the whole.

In any case, what is the point of some vague sense of “conserving” when the whole purpose of modern appliances and indoor plumbing is to improve our lives and sanitation? (Free societies have a method for knowing how much of something to use or not use; it is called the signaling system of prices.)

But I haven’t even mentioned what might be the biggest factor in why our clothes aren’t clean and our dishes are dirty. The government forced soap manufacturers to remove from soap the thing that makes them work for these purposes: phosphates. Phosphates, used in soap from the middle ages until the 1980s, break down the soap after it has done its work and allow the water to wash it away along with the dirt and oil it scrubbed out of the clothes.

Now, soaps lack this crucial ingredient. In order to add it back in, you have to go to the paint section of the hardware store and buy it in a box (TSP, the real stuff, not the artificial kind). Add a quarter cup to your wash. You would be amazed at the difference it makes. Things actually get more-or-less clean.

So let’s put it all together: lukewarm water, low water pressure, low-energy appliances, water-conserving technologies, flow stoppers in showers, low-flow toilets, plus no phosphates in detergent. You have here a perfect recipe for a non-working home and a more miserable life, all courtesy of government regulations.

Add in that the government requires you to run pisswater gasoline in your car that not only destroys engines but also is more damaging to the environment than the old non-ethanol type (hey, remember when putting sugar in someone’s tank was a pretty heinous prank that you’d only ever do to someone you really, REALLY wanted to screw over? Now it’s mandated by the never-to-be-sufficiently-damned government; I’ll let you decide whether to consider that a prank), and what you have is a government NOT of, by and for the people, but an actual, literal adversary that must be dodged, evaded, or worked around every day of every American’s life just to get by.

No wonder they want to neuter or destroy the Second Amendment too.

And I gotta say this, too: the one real misstep Trump made in the campaign for the GOP nomination as far as I was concerned—leaving out the thousand or so phony ones the hapless media and NeverTrumpTards ginned up—was when he gave a truly pandering speech in Iowa extolling the nonexistent virtues of ethanol. It was the one moment of the whole campaign that I was actually proud of Ted Cruz, who gave a speech around the same time telling those corrupt corn farmers loving them some government mandates and subsidies that he hoped to do away with the ethanol requirement.

Cruz was right, and Trump was wrong, and there’s just no other way to parse it. President Trump is going to have a lot bigger and more pressing things on his plate than this, of course. But it is part and parcel of why a majority of the American people believe that DC is indeed a swamp in dire need of draining. Here’s hoping Trump will correct his position on it, and get around to rectifying this crime against the American people sooner or later.

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Straight from the horse-faced horse’s…

Ass.

While speaking on the British radio show “Thought for the Day,” the future King of Britain, Prince Charles, said that Christians should be more mindful of Islam and Muhammad during the holidays.

“Normally at Christmas we think of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder though if this year we might remember how the story of the nativity unfolds, with the fleeing of the holy family to escape violent persecution. And we might also remember that when the prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina he was seeking the freedom for himself and his followers to worship.

Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same – to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God,” he said.  

Maybe we might also remember the story of the Coptic Christians, you jackass, who are currently fleeing violent persecution—outright extermination, in truth—by guess who. We might also remember that Islam—alone among the world’s religions—has no requirement to value and respect any non-Muslim person, and in fact nakedly and unequivocally demands either their conversion or subjugation, upon pain of death.

It would be nice if Muslims would accept their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God, sure. But such is neither in their scriptures nor in the cards; in fact, they have a word for people who convert from Islam: apostasy. Guess what the penalty for that is. Go on; guess.

At this rate, Brits better be praying fervently for a long, long life for Elizabeth.

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Running the numbers

Steyn sums up:

An English tourist visiting from Birmingham complained that in his native city ugly bollards line the sidewalks to obstruct any similarly homicidal lorries in the vicinity. The Christkindlmarkt is a German tradition dating back to the Middle Ages: Munich’s is over 700 years old. A society that can only hold three-quarters-of-a-millennium-old traditions behind an impenetrable security perimeter is a society that will soon lose those traditions. My own preference, as I’ve stated, is that, if free countries have to have unsightly security controls, why don’t they have them around the national borders rather than around every single thing inside those borders?

Western leaders keep assuring us that it is “a very, very small percentage” of the Muslim community who are “violent extremists”. They never actually tell us what percentage it is – one per cent, point-one, point-oh-oh-oh-one – but they are agreed that it is a percentage. A percentage is a very simple concept: If it’s 0.001 per cent of the Muslim community that are “violent extremists” and you have 100,000 Muslims, then, yes, it’s “a very, very small percentage”. If you then admit another 100,000 Muslims, then you’ve just doubled the number of “violent extremists”. And, if you keep on doing that year in, year out, then, regardless of whether the percentage is stable, you are importing more and more people who want to kill your own citizens.

Why? What’s the benefit? And why do people like that Birmingham tourist think the answer to more and more Muslims is more and more bollards? I spent most of the last year in France and other parts of Western Europe and there are soldiers everywhere – outside churches, post offices, railway stations, shopping malls, Jewish schools initially and now non-Jewish schools, topless beaches and Christmas markets… And it’s not enough, and it can never be enough.

Just a few hours before twelve German families had a big bloody hole blown through them a week before Christmas, my old friend and sometime warm-up act Jonathan Kay, with his usual impeccable timing, decided to have another sneer at those simpletons who fret about where all this is heading:

Great @CBC180 discussion. Due to Mark Steyn-esque hysteria, Canadians think Canada is 17% Muslim. It’s actually 3%.

Ha! What rubes, eh? As flattering as it is to be blamed for an entire nation’s Islamophobia, I’d say the reason Canadians – like the French and Germans and Belgians and almost everybody else – think there are more Muslims than there are is fairly obvious: Islam punches above its weight. Even on days when they’re not mowing down Christmas shoppers and assassinating Russian ambassadors – or stabbing French priests, or blowing up Belgian airports, or sexually assaulting German New Year revelers – the less incendiary news of Islam in the west nevertheless conveys an assertiveness and confidence that would still be impressive even if it were 17 per cent. By the time it actually is 17 per cent, you’ll think it’s 48.

And by the time it’s 48, we’re all done. Hopefully, we’ll at least remember that it’s idiots like Jonathan Kay who are to blame for inflicting this scourge on us, and if by then it’s too late to stand up to the jihadist hordes among us, at the very least we can maybe exact a price from the Kays of the world.

Nice thing is, in a very real sense and in America at least, we already did. Their shrieking hysteria over Trump’s common-sense proposal of scrupulously vetting prospective immigrants from Muslim countries is some small gratification. But really, it’s nowhere near enough, and justice has nowhere near yet been served:

Since we seem to have wound up obsessing on percentages, I suppose twelve dead Germans is likewise an insignificant percentage, and far too trivial to sophisticates to warrant “Mark Steyn-esque hysteria”. But it is December 20th, and for the victims’ families in five days’ time that will be 100 per cent of their children or parents or boyfriends or girlfriends missing at the Christmas table. Say a prayer for them: They died because of the recklessness of a western political class that has doubled down on a mad long-shot sociopolitical experiment that can only end catastrophically.

And that’s the grim reality: decent Western families, the very ones tasked with paying the freight for Progressivist lunacy in every way, will be bereaved beyond imagining this Christmas directly because of Progressivist idiocy, and for no other reason. This keeps happening to us not because we need barbaric, unassimilable Muslim immigrants for anything at all, not because we owe these troglodytic jihadists any conceivable thing, but because fuckwitted, self-loathing shitlibs wanted it this way.

That is all. There is nothing more to say. We tolerate mass murdering Islamic primordials among us because liberals want us to, and have insisted on it. There is NO. OTHER. REASON. It needs to be remembered. If we are to save our civilization from the onslaught of the Muslim barbarians, we will have to utterly crush the Progressivists first. I’ve been saying it all along, and it’s still perfectly true.

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Running the numbers

Steyn sums up:

An English tourist visiting from Birmingham complained that in his native city ugly bollards line the sidewalks to obstruct any similarly homicidal lorries in the vicinity. The Christkindlmarkt is a German tradition dating back to the Middle Ages: Munich’s is over 700 years old. A society that can only hold three-quarters-of-a-millennium-old traditions behind an impenetrable security perimeter is a society that will soon lose those traditions. My own preference, as I’ve stated, is that, if free countries have to have unsightly security controls, why don’t they have them around the national borders rather than around every single thing inside those borders?

Western leaders keep assuring us that it is “a very, very small percentage” of the Muslim community who are “violent extremists”. They never actually tell us what percentage it is – one per cent, point-one, point-oh-oh-oh-one – but they are agreed that it is a percentage. A percentage is a very simple concept: If it’s 0.001 per cent of the Muslim community that are “violent extremists” and you have 100,000 Muslims, then, yes, it’s “a very, very small percentage”. If you then admit another 100,000 Muslims, then you’ve just doubled the number of “violent extremists”. And, if you keep on doing that year in, year out, then, regardless of whether the percentage is stable, you are importing more and more people who want to kill your own citizens.

Why? What’s the benefit? And why do people like that Birmingham tourist think the answer to more and more Muslims is more and more bollards? I spent most of the last year in France and other parts of Western Europe and there are soldiers everywhere – outside churches, post offices, railway stations, shopping malls, Jewish schools initially and now non-Jewish schools, topless beaches and Christmas markets… And it’s not enough, and it can never be enough.

Just a few hours before twelve German families had a big bloody hole blown through them a week before Christmas, my old friend and sometime warm-up act Jonathan Kay, with his usual impeccable timing, decided to have another sneer at those simpletons who fret about where all this is heading:

Great @CBC180 discussion. Due to Mark Steyn-esque hysteria, Canadians think Canada is 17% Muslim. It’s actually 3%.

Ha! What rubes, eh? As flattering as it is to be blamed for an entire nation’s Islamophobia, I’d say the reason Canadians – like the French and Germans and Belgians and almost everybody else – think there are more Muslims than there are is fairly obvious: Islam punches above its weight. Even on days when they’re not mowing down Christmas shoppers and assassinating Russian ambassadors – or stabbing French priests, or blowing up Belgian airports, or sexually assaulting German New Year revelers – the less incendiary news of Islam in the west nevertheless conveys an assertiveness and confidence that would still be impressive even if it were 17 per cent. By the time it actually is 17 per cent, you’ll think it’s 48.

And by the time it’s 48, we’re all done. Hopefully, we’ll at least remember that it’s idiots like Jonathan Kay who are to blame for inflicting this scourge on us, and if by then it’s too late to stand up to the jihadist hordes among us, at the very least we can maybe exact a price from the Kays of the world.

Nice thing is, in a very real sense and in America at least, we already did. Their shrieking hysteria over Trump’s common-sense proposal of scrupulously vetting prospective immigrants from Muslim countries is some small gratification. But really, it’s nowhere near enough, and justice has nowhere near yet been served:

Since we seem to have wound up obsessing on percentages, I suppose twelve dead Germans is likewise an insignificant percentage, and far too trivial to sophisticates to warrant “Mark Steyn-esque hysteria”. But it is December 20th, and for the victims’ families in five days’ time that will be 100 per cent of their children or parents or boyfriends or girlfriends missing at the Christmas table. Say a prayer for them: They died because of the recklessness of a western political class that has doubled down on a mad long-shot sociopolitical experiment that can only end catastrophically.

And that’s the grim reality: decent Western families, the very ones tasked with paying the freight for Progressivist lunacy in every way, will be bereaved beyond imagining this Christmas directly because of Progressivist idiocy, and for no other reason. This keeps happening to us not because we need barbaric, unassimilable Muslim immigrants for anything at all, not because we owe these troglodytic jihadists any conceivable thing, but because fuckwitted, self-loathing shitlibs wanted it this way.

That is all. There is nothing more to say. We tolerate mass murdering Islamic primordials among us because liberals want us to, and have insisted on it. There is NO. OTHER. REASON. It needs to be remembered. If we are to save our civilization from the onslaught of the Muslim barbarians, we will have to utterly crush the Progressivists first. I’ve been saying it all along, and it’s still perfectly true.

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Ewan McMuffin soldiers on!

Courage. Or, y’know, something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winning and losing

And learning the wrong lessons.

After an election, there are two things that almost always happen. One is the winning side draws the wrong lesson from their victory. The lesson they usually draw is that that they are on the right side of history or that the gods are on their side. Same idea, different magic. One of the anomalies of the recent US Presidential election is that Trump is not prone to magical thinking and his own party hates him, so he seems fairly level headed about his win. His party is acting like they lost so no gloating there.

The losing side, on the other hand, draws any number of wrong conclusions. Republicans generally assume they lost because they were too far to the Right, so they immediately start adopting the positions of the Left. The Democrats will often conjure up some sort of conspiracy theory, thus the ridiculous recount efforts now under way. The point is the losers never learn from their mistakes and therefore just rely on the other side burning itself out or screwing up so they can be the default option in the next election.

What’s interesting here is you very rarely see anyone on the Left question anything about the Cult, including its political arm. Self-awareness is not their thing. That and doubt on the Left is always assumed to be a gateway drug for apostasy, so it is fanatically discouraged. Losing and losing badly may be forcing some soul searching. The party is now a regional party, for all practical purposes.

Oh, I wouldn’t count on that much. They only have the one trick left in their bag, and seeing them doubling and tripling down on the same old Stupid is the way to bet. Otherwise, why put the same old raddled, vanquished hag in charge of the House?

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Stupes and dupes

No wonder they hate Trump so badly.

Long before anyone heard about Evan McMullin running for President, there he is palling around with #NeverTrump Adam Kinzinger in Turkey chatting with the Muslim Brotherhood affiliates (guise SETF) who are essentially the political arm of ISIS under a differing name.

The declared purpose of the meeting was to discuss who and how to arm the entities within Syria. However, just like in 2012/2013 these same Brotherhood voices in 2014 are simply trying to present themselves as one thing, only to gain the goal of another. That’s ultimately the story behind the arms deals within The Benghazi Brief. That’s the lesson that should have been learned if the truth contained within the brief were ever to have larger public interest.

That’s a very brief excerpt to get you started on some stuff that might seem shocking at first blush, but shouldn’t be. After all, it would hardly be the first time a bunch of clueless Western professional politicians got embarrassingly rolled by jihadi wolves in sheep’s clothing.

The ongoing search for the elusive “moderate Muslim” chimera will continue, of course. No doubt some dumb Republicrat will eventually find him riding off into the clouds on a pink unicorn, a hoop snake rolling along right beside them, to hosannahs of joy and approval from the liberal media and the rest of the Ruling Class establishment.

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The ever-shifting story

She “stumbled,” because she was “overheated.” Then “dehydrated”—because she refuses to drink water, except she said herself she loves the stuff and drinks it “all the time. Next up, she was “powering through,” because “that’s what women do.” And now it’s gonna be “the flu,” I guess.

Campaigning in Las Vegas, the former president said he was “glad” to sub in for the recuperating Democratic nominee and said she was “feeling great.”

“It’s a crazy time we live in where people think there’s something unusual about getting the flu,” Clinton then said. “Last time I checked, millions of people we’re getting it every year.”

A spokesman for the 42nd president quickly said Clinton misspoke.

“He clearly meant pneumonia,” Angel Urena clarified afterward.

Oh, I think we can all agree that at least there’s one thing that’s clear in all this: every single word out of the Clinton Crime Syndicate’s many mouths can be safely assumed to be a lie.

It just might be that highlighting their penchant—amounting almost to a compulsion, really—for lying about every last, least thing could do them more harm than Hillary’s incapacitating illness will in terms of acting as a disqualifying factor in the public mind. And that might even be due and proper, when all is said and done.

It’s going to be soooo nice to finally be done with these people at long, long last. Their time is indeed nigh—and it won’t be a moment too soon, either.

Update! Jeez.

As you can see from the two-page letter presented today by Hillary Clinton’s doctor, she has been diagnosed with “mild non-contagious bacterial pneumonia“. However, there’s a problem…

Of course there is.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD), an ObamaCare standard, is designed code all medical diagnostics. According to ICD-9 codes, and the more current ICD-10 coding, there’s no such diagnosis as “non contagious bacterial pneumonia“.

Dr. Bardack apparently made it up.

Well, at least it did serve to defuse the notion of putting a small child at risk by exposing her sick self to her for a propaganda photo-op immediately after her latest collapse, among those gullible enough to believe such a transparent attempt at deception. Dr Milton Wolf hilariously points something else out:

When speaking of Clinton sleaze, skullduggery, and dishonesty, it simply is not possible to exaggerate.

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Drip, drip, drip

Anybody remember our recent 400 million ransom-for-hostages payment to Iran, perchance? The one Barky vehemently denied was any kind of ransom payment at all?

You never really had any doubt that the pusillanimous fool was lying through his fucking teeth, did you?

WASHINGTON—New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran.

The picture emerged from accounts of U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation: U.S. officials wouldn’t let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force plane carrying three freed Americans departed from Tehran on Jan. 17. Once that happened, an Iranian cargo plane was allowed to bring the cash home from a Geneva airport that day.

President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials have said the payment didn’t amount to ransom, because the U.S. owed the money to Iran as part of a longstanding dispute linked to a failed arms deal from the 1970s. U.S. officials have said that the prisoner release and cash transfer took place through two separate diplomatic channels.

Now for the real hilarity:

Mr. Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Pentagon, pushed back on Republican charges that the cash delivery amounted to ransom.

“We do not pay ransom for hostages,” he said. “We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future, precisely because if we did we’d start encouraging Americans to be targeted.”

Amazingly enough, that last bit is indisputably true. But Barky doesn’t care. Should the circumstances he created render that truth a bit too inconvenient for him in the near future, the forked-tongued dung beetle will just lie about that too. And if you think he doesn’t give a damn about Americans and their national interest now, just wait till his longed-for ascension to Secretary General of the UN. That’s when he’s really gonna spread both (left) wings.

“We don’t pay ransom.” “We don’t negotiate with terrorists.” “We’re winning the war on terror.” “ISIS is on the run.” “We’re the strongest, richest, and most free nation on Earth, deserving of the world’s respect.” There’s so many of them now that, like FedGovCo’s laws as mentioned in the last post, it’s impossible to keep track of them anymore.

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Bring it on!

After the air conditioning woes all this week—still unresolved; it’s currently 84 in here as I type this—this is sounding really good to me. No, I am in no way kidding around.

Make the most of this summer because it could be your last decent one: winter is coming as the planet enters the most devastating cooling period since the 65-year Maunder Minimum of the 17th and early 18th centuries.

This is the dire forecast of Professor Valentina Zharkova, a solar physicist at Northumbria University, who has based her prediction on sun spot activity – known to be a significant driver of global climate – which is currently very low and likely to get even lower during the next three solar cycles.

She has spoken about her research and her battle to get it taken seriously by the climate establishment in an interview with the Global Warming Policy Forum.

Well, that’s just ridiculous. What the hell kind of Right Wingnutzzz!™ crackpot would believe the sun has anything whatever to do with Climate Change (formerly Global Warming, formerly Global Cooling, formerly “the weather”)?

The Maunder Minimum occurred during the depths of the Little Ice Age, a period of feeble summers and bitingly cold winters, war, pestilence and famine. It wasn’t all bad: rivers like the Thames in London froze so thickly they could accommodate Ice Fairs; and it’s said that the slow tree growth induced by the cold gave the wood in Stradivarius violins their special timbre. On the whole, though, a descent into a new mini Ice Age would be massively debilitating both to the global economy and people’s living standards. Since the Little Ice Age ended in the middle of the Nineteenth century, we have all got used to the comforts and agricultural advantages (such as being able to grow wheat in more northerly latitudes) of living through a period of global warming. A second Little Ice Age will come as a very nasty shock.

That shock will be felt most especially by the world’s climate alarmist Establishment, whose scientists and learned institutions have staked their reputation on the idea that CO2, not solar activity, is the prime driver of climate and that the planet is on a warming trend not a cooling one.

Oh, they’ll just turn on a dime like they did after the Global Cooling panic in the 70s, and propose the exact same “solution” for it that they did for the AGW scam, which happens to be the same solution they propose for absolutely everything, no matter what: more government, less freedom. Count on it; far from feeling any shock at all, they’ll continue on just as they always have. And they’ll go right on shamelessly acting as if they have the slightest shred of credibility with anyone not a card-carrying commie like they are, Red in tooth and claw. No way will they give up that easy; that would require a sense of shame, and there’s never been any credible evidence that they have any of that at all. As I said: count on it. It’s the one sure thing in all of this, and the safest bet there ever was.

(Via Bill)

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Blinded by the narrative

None so blind etc.

Why is it that the LGBT community never challenges Islam, but actually defends it, even after Sunday’s massacre? While Islam’s condemnation of LGBT people is in the strongest of terms — no mosque will allow a gay marriage on its premises, no imam will ever officiate a gay marriage — the reaction of the LGBT community is often a collective yawn. The penalty for engaging in homosexuality in Islam is not condemnation, or a refusal to bake a cake, but rather death in the most painful way possible. This is what true Islam looks like — and it’s not pretty.

It’s time for a wake-up call to Mr. Lemon and others of his ilk. Omar Mateen was a Muslim. He followed the directives of Sharia to the letter. Not only did he kill homosexuals, but he did it in the manner Mohammed required: long, arduously, torturously. And while there are a number of different strains of Islam, many which publicly eschew violence, there is only one Sharia. These ancient laws that draw upon Islamic scripture have not changed. Nor has the violence contained within.

Mateen was not observing ISIS or al Qaeda directives when he murdered 49 people. He was exercising his duties as a Sharia-compliant Muslim. One can speculate about his reasoning in committing this horrific act, and my suspicion is that he was seeking absolution from a life that would be viewed by Islamic adherents as sinful. His only path to redemption was in carnage. That is the true nature of Islam — the true nature which our president refuses to acknowledge. We continue, instead, on a course of political correctness, quite literally bowing in humility for even thinking that perhaps the problem lies within Islam itself.

Americans have bought the lie that we somehow must bow at the feet of those who wish to kill us. President George Bush did it a mere six days after this country was brought to its knees on 9/11. He prostrated himself at the local mosque and participated in a prayer service of a faith and an ideology which wants nothing less than our complete and utter destruction.

Now Lemon, the U.S. press, and gay rights groups throughout the country are bowing as well to the god of Islam. The “facts” as they see them have no basis in reality. The press, law enforcement, and the FBI continue the narrative that Mateen could not have perpetrated such an act without holding membership in ISIS, al Qaeda, or another militant group. They roll out imams, CAIR representatives, and the president himself to say that this was merely an act of hate that happened in a vacuum; that perhaps he was mentally ill; perhaps he was having a bad day; perhaps if he hadn’t been allowed to purchase guns … The nonsense goes on and on.

Mohammed said to kill homosexuals with no exceptions. “Kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him.” How is this unclear?

It isn’t. It’s clear as day, clear as glass, clear as a bell. In fact, it’s so obvious only a liberal-fascist supergenius could possibly be so stupid as to fail to see it. And I strongly suspect that with a good many of them, it’s not so much that they can’t see it, as that they refuse to, because it’s too inconvenient to all the other silly shibboleths to which they’re so strongly attached.

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So sad

Remember the other day when I regretfully told you I expected to be getting a lot of use out of my “Freaks!” category?

Yeah. Well.

A WOMAN who had six ribs removed to look like Jessica Rabbit has vowed to carry on having plastic surgery.

Pixee Fox has spent £80,000 on 17 surgeries, including the £6,000 rib removal, four boob jobs, a Brazilian butt lift and labioplasty.

She now boasts an unbelievable 16in waist and 30J bust – and says it has always been her dream to look like her cartoon heroine.

She said: “People often come up to me and say, ‘Don’t take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon.’ But for me that’s a compliment, that’s what I want to achieve.

“Those cartoon characters represent the idealisation of the female body.”

Um. No, they do not. They represent the exaggeration of the idealization into an absurdity. They’re CARTOONS, for fuck’s sake.

Know what’s saddest of all, though? This is a pic of the deluded, mentally-ill woman before she decided to turn herself into a horrible, grotesque caricature of the female form:

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She was stunningly beautiful, about as flawless as they get. Yet somehow, her brain became twisted enough to decide it was preferable to turn herself into an appalling human gargoyle (click on through for plenty of scarifying pictures). A lot of people might be inclined to try to read all sorts of things into that, making it a demonstration (or remonstration) of what it says about people, or society, generally. But it ‘s no such thing. The only thing it speaks of is the mental state of this single sad, wretched, damaged woman. And that’s bad enough.

And no, she doesn’t get her own special bathroom for it.

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