Extermin8 Days

Kurt Schlichter: Andrew Breitbart is looking down right now, laughing uproariously that the stake through Hillary Clinton’s black, icy heart is his onanistic antagonist Anthony Wiener’s over-exposed lil’ buddy.

This is the greatest election ever was.

But now we face a prospect only slightly less terrifying than Hillary slithering back into the Oval Office. It’s President Donald J. Trump, the guy whose entire appeal is based upon the fact that we, astonishingly, could do worse.

This election isn’t over – the polls were already tightening as people decided that they could spot the GOP candidate a dozen free gropes if it meant they could avoid four years of Felonia von Pantsuit nagging them like some Article II-fueled first wife. But now FBI Director James Comey has found something on Weiner’s sticky laptop that is so astonishingly awful that even he had to jump off the cover-up express before it totally derailed.

You don’t drop this big of a deuce in the electoral punchbowl unless you know it’s so bad that it would flush what’s left of your reputation the moment your disgusted, embarrassed subordinates tried to redeem the FBI’s Clinton-smeared image by leaking it.

By the way, Comey is doing his part to help the limping Obama economy – he’s hiring a food taster and somebody to start his car.

No Gym exercise until after the election also recommended to prevent “accidents” with bar bells. Also, have a dummy agent crossn the street for you first so that they get run over by “accident”. Install some extra airbags in your car, but make sure it’s a reputable non-Clinton Foundation company.

Brace yourself: Trump could win this thing, and while I need to come to grips with the fact that events may overcome my new book, America has to come to grips with the fact we might elect a President Trump.

And boy will the Media go ballistic!! The hate they will spew for the next four years will be so vile and so vicious if he gets a hangnail they’ll call for his impeachment.

If Trump wins, we are likely to keep the House as well as the Senate. Trump will no doubt decide to pick a Twitter fight with Paul Ryan, whose palm will be permanently attached to his face. On the upside, we can expect the Senate to be able to consider a Supreme Court nominee who doesn’t think the Constitution is unconstitutional. 🙂

Sure, there’s the whole filibuster thing, but Harry Reid has taken some time away from getting his corrupt tail kicked by random gym equipment to threaten to deploy the nuclear option to help Hillary get her way, so you know Trump is going to push to do that in order to pass his agenda. Of course, first he has to get an agenda.

One thing we know Trump is unlikely to do is get us involved in any new wars, which would be a nice change. We might stop diddling around the margins with ISIS and finally stamp out those 7th Century cockroaches once and for all. While Hillary seems fixated on proving her manhood to Putin, the nice thing about Trump is that our currently-emboldened enemies will be so freaked out by his unpredictability that they might decide not to make any sudden moves lest he nuke ‘em ‘til they glow. It’s about time we bring back Fear of America’s Wrath as a key element of national power.

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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9 Elite Days a Leaping..

Guy has already written about the 2017 premium Armageddon that’s about to screw over millions of Americans. The premiums hikes are expected to go up on average by double-digits; Arizona is looking at a 75 percent increase. It’s a total disaster for a law that even Bill Clinton called “the craziest thing in the world.” Yet, what about choice in the health care market? Well, for now, the law is offering the least amount in terms of choice since the law was enacted (via AP):

Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama’s law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.The analysis by AP and consulting firm Avalere Health found that about one-third of U.S. counties will have only one health marketplace insurer next year. That’s more than 1,000 counties in 26 states — roughly double the number of counties in 2014, the first year of coverage through the program.

With insurance notices for 2017 in the mail, families are already facing difficult choices, even weighing whether to stay covered.

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Largely as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s uninsured rate has dropped to a historically low level, less than 9 percent. But the program hasn’t yet found stable footing, and it remains politically divisive. Insurer participation rose in 2015 and 2016, only to plunge.

Dwindling choice could be a trickier issue than rising premiums for the Obama administration and advocates of the 2010 law, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Most customers get financial assistance, and their subsidies are designed to rise along with premiums, which are increasing an average of 25 percent in states served by HealthCare.gov. But there is no comparable safety valve for disruptions caused by insurers bailing out.

Well, for starters, the co-ops that were established to spur competition among insurers and expand Obamacare choices to rural America have failed. Twenty-three were established, only six remain—and those are on life support as well. So, you can see how competition and choice were already on a death spiral before the AP analysis. Recently, Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that this law was unaffordable. Now, there’s no choice either. The fall back Democrats try to harp on is the amount of those insured through Obamacare, which has reduced the umber of uninsured in the country overalls. Fine, but that main pitch of Obamacare was that it would reduce costs, which was a way for the Obama White House to put pressure on Congress to pass it, along with the notion that the GOP plan was lacking (though their reforms existed in bits and pieces over the past ten years). Still, as premiums go up, more Americans are paying the penalty to be uninsured because it’s more economical. That penalty is set to spike next year, so once again we have American families being squeezed by government on both ends. You get screwed remaining insured (due to the premium shock) or becoming uninsured (due to the penalty). Yet, the government got involved so this was predictable. Oh, and the Democrats’ solution is more government. And if you think a Clinton presidency will fix this, you’re on something stronger than heroin. (Matt Vespa)

Partisan Stupidity, Thought Police Filters, or just plain old stupidity.

But as I have been saying since day one in 2009, it was designed to fail. To destroy everything so that the Government could step in and “save everyone” from the evil of capitalism and private insurance and grant the Government the right to decide who lives and who dies. At least those who weren’t rich enough to “pay to play”. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

We just need another 4 years to make everything Perfect!

 

On the Count of 10, Days That is…

An old post I did 16 months ago. But is more relevant now than it was then.

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/the-new-amerika/

Updated.

To paraphrase Lincoln (but with a modern tweek): “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall perish from the earth.”

2016 Version: Government of the Government, by the Government, for the Government, shall not perish from this Government Controlled Land.

Welcome, Citizens, to Orwell’s Nightmare.

I pledge allegiance to the New Flag of the Disunited Politically Correct States of Amerika, and to the Socialist Empire for which it stands, one Nation under Government control, indivisible, with no liberty, and social justice for only the politically correct and expedient.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that Government creates equality, that the people are endowed by their Government with certain Human Rights, that among these are Life under Micromanagement, Unfettered Liberalism, and the pursuit of Entitlement.

We the Government of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Disunion, establish Social Justice, insure Political Correctness, provide for all redistribution equally (but some are more Equal than others), promote the general Social Welfare State, and secure the Blessings of Government to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Empire for the DisUnited States of Amerika. In Political Correctness We Stand.

All Power shall rest with the Government. Period. End of Discussion. All decisions and wishes of Government are final and cannot be challenged under penalty of heresy.

And besides we have a strangle hold on Education, The Law, and The Courts. Give up, you got no chance, Citizen. 🙂

The New Bill of Rights (2015)

1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of  Religion,and mocking or hindering the free exercise thereof is required and sanctioned until that religion is sanctioned by The Government itself; or abridging the freedom of LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE speech, or of the LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE press; but abridging those who
are not deemed proper in our judgment, for we are always in the interest of the good of society not the individual (the individual serves the State); or the right of the people peaceably to assemble to worship the LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES and protest it’s enemies in any way we feel even if it were actually unlawful to do so, In Riots We Trust; any assembly otherwise in opposition must therefore be “terrorism” “bigotry” or “racism”; and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances against ANYONE who
defies us, has exercised “White Privilege”,  and/or to seek “social justice” at all costs.

2nd Amendment: Repealed. No Discussion.Period.

3rd Since there are no wars (except class & race wars), this is repealed.

4th Repealed, because unless you’re guilty you don’t need any protection and the guilty are not to be protected that’s why they are guilty to begin with.

5th Only the guilty need protection so as long as you are not guilty you don’t need it. But if you are a Liberal Progressive and you re protected no matter if you are guilty or not. So only a Non-Liberal would be Guilty to Begin with.  Soif you are guilty then you aren’t entitled to it anyhow because you’re  a “hater”  or a Thought Criminal and guilty anyhow.

6th In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, Then summary judgement shall rule in favor of the State. And if you are a Liberal you are not Guilty anyways.

7th Trial by jury shall consist of the State’s mandated jurors and in the cases of “hate” crimes or Thought Crimes the accused is guilty until guilty, especially if they are White.

8th For what the State determines to be a “Hate Crime” or a Thought Crime Excessive bail shall be required, excessive fines imposed,  cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Humiliation and shame spread across your family name for generations is also required.

9th The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the State at their discretion.

10th  The powers not delegated to the DisUnited States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the US Government only. They can do whatever they want, whenever they want, because they want.

The other 16 don’t matter anymore as The Government is the final arbiter of all Elections and Judicial cases anyhow so it doesn’t matter anymore.

“White Privilege” is outlawed.

Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance Is Strength
Class War is Peace.
Fear is Hope.

Big Brother is Watching YOU!

Blackwhite is defined as follows:
“     …this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.     ”—Orwell, 1984

The word is an example of both Newspeak and doublethink. It represents the active process of rewriting the past, control of the past being a vital aspect of the Party’s control over the present.
The ability to blindly believe anything, regardless of its absurdity, can have different causes: respect for authority, fear, indoctrination, even critical laziness or gullibility. Orwell’s blackwhite refers only to that caused by fear, indoctrination, or repression of one’s individual critical thinking (“to know black is white”), rather than caused by laziness or gullibility. A true Party member could automatically, and without thought, expunge any incorrect information and totally replace it with true information from the Party. If properly done, there is no memory or recovery of the Incorrect information that could cause unhappiness to the Party member by committing thoughtcrime. This ability is likened to the total erasure of information only possible in electronic storage.

Welcome, Citizen, to The New Amerika.🙂

 

11 Days : Bully for Dilbert

The Bully Party

I’ve been trying to figure out what common trait binds Clinton supporters together. As far as I can tell, the most unifying characteristic is a willingness to bully in all its forms.

If you have a Trump sign in your lawn, they will steal it.

If you have a Trump bumper sticker, they will deface your car.

if you speak of Trump at work you could get fired.

On social media, almost every message I get from a Clinton supporter is a bullying type of message. They insult. They try to shame. They label. And obviously they threaten my livelihood.

We know from Project Veritas that Clinton supporters tried to incite violence at Trump rallies. The media downplays it.

We also know Clinton’s side hired paid trolls to bully online. You don’t hear much about that.

Yesterday, by no coincidence, Huffington Post, Salon, and Daily Kos all published similar-sounding hit pieces on me, presumably to lower my influence. (That reason, plus jealousy, are the only reasons writers write about other writers.)

Joe Biden said he wanted to take Trump behind the bleachers and beat him up. No one on Clinton’s side disavowed that call to violence because, I assume, they consider it justified hyperbole.

Team Clinton has succeeded in perpetuating one of the greatest evils I have seen in my lifetime. Her side has branded Trump supporters (40%+ of voters) as Nazis, sexists, homophobes, racists, and a few other fighting words. Their argument is built on confirmation bias and persuasion. But facts don’t matter because facts never matter in politics. What matters is that Clinton’s framing of Trump provides moral cover for any bullying behavior online or in person. No one can be a bad person for opposing Hitler, right?

Some Trump supporters online have suggested that people who intend to vote for Trump should wear their Trump hats on election day. That is a dangerous idea, and I strongly discourage it. There would be riots in the streets because we already know the bullies would attack. But on election day, inviting those attacks is an extra-dangerous idea. Violence is bad on any day, but on election day, Republicans are far more likely to unholster in an effort to protect their voting rights. Things will get wet fast.

Yes, yes, I realize Trump supporters say bad things about Clinton supporters too. I don’t defend the bad apples on either side. I’ll just point out that Trump’s message is about uniting all Americans under one flag. The Clinton message is that some Americans are good people and the other 40% are some form of deplorables, deserving of shame, vandalism, punishing taxation, and violence. She has literally turned Americans on each other. It is hard for me to imagine a worse thing for a presidential candidate to do.

I’ll say that again.

As far as I can tell, the worst thing a presidential candidate can do is turn Americans against each other. Clinton is doing that, intentionally.

Intentionally.

As I often say, I don’t know who has the best policies. I don’t know the best way to fight ISIS and I don’t know how to fix healthcare or trade deals. I don’t know which tax policies are best to lift the economy. I don’t know the best way to handle any of that stuff. (And neither do you.) But I do have a bad reaction to bullies. And I’ve reached my limit.

I hope you have too. Therefore…

I endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States because I oppose bullying in all its forms. 

I don’t defend Trump’s personal life. Neither Trump nor Clinton are role models for our children. Let’s call that a tie, at worst.

The bullies are welcome to drown in their own bile while those of us who want a better world do what we’ve been doing for hundreds of years: Work to make it better while others complain about how we’re doing it.

Today I put Trump’s odds of winning in a landslide back to 98%. Remember, I told you a few weeks ago that Trump couldn’t win unless “something changed.”

Something just changed.

You might like my book because Clinton’s bullies have been giving it one-star reviews on Amazon to punish me for blogging about Trump’s persuasion skills.

 

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

A Dozen Days to Death Con 1

This week’s “Supergirl” was annoying. Mostly, because it was deliberately as Liberal polemic.

The President (played by Lynda Carter as a deliberate Hillary Clinton vibe- the Producers said so) comes to National City to announce her “Alien Amnesty” (space aliens in the show- illegal immigration in reality) and we gets lots of Liberal Talking Points about how nice and wonderful it all is to be accepted and included, yada yada…

Kara (Supergirl) is doing her first interview piece as a reporter. She interviews Lex Luthor’s sister who has taken over the company and plans on marketing an alien detector device (boo hiss!).

Kara rights an emotionally charged hit piece about the device. A “pro-alien” piece her boss calls rakes her over the coals for.

Now here’s where reality in the show breaks down.

Her boss gives a fiery speech about journalistic ethics and being unemotional. A very Just the facts approach. No bias.

This , of  course is how the Liberal Media thinks of itself as it writes overly emotional, bias-laden hit pieces about anything that isn’t on their Agenda.

This is the fantasy portion and it had me talking back to the screen about this not being reality. 🙂

And then the fantasy continues because at the end one of the aliens for an “alien bar” is the one trying to kill the President and it seems just because she’s bad.

So not all Aliens are good. Some are Bad.

Since when have Liberal actually admitted some Illegal Aliens (or Muslim Refugees) are bad and actually meant it? They can’t even say “illegal Immigrant” to begin with.

They don’t. Not on the Agenda.

So the reality of what the Liberals and Writers believe conflicted with the Fantasy of what they wrote. The Fantasy was what THEY think, not what they are.

It was quite a jarring episode because it showed just how delusional Liberals can be, even about Fantasies of their own polemics.

It’s scary.

If even Fantasy is a lying polemic for The Agenda when have a bigger problem. Liberals can’t even do Fantasy without writing in their own fantasies about them being wrong. That is the fantasy.

So some aliens are bad, it the price you pay for accepting everyone as they are.

Who cares if you could actually do something about it.

Yow… Houston, we have a Problem….

See also: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2016/10/25/supergirl-promotes-alien-amnesty-slams-americas-xenophobic

Unlike last week’s episode, journalistic integrity is no longer a remarkable virtue to Kara, but a distraction that hides “objective” truths. I guess that’s the excuse other reporters would use to defend injecting their liberal bias into stories as well. Now, if only more editors would nip it in the bud like Snapper.

Kara supports amnesty because she is an alien refugee herself. Forget the fact that Alex remarks that she can count the number of good aliens they know on one hand “with two fingers to spare.” Forget that Supergirl fought off every single one of those endless bad aliens herself. And forget the fact that Kara also shows bias against an emerging Daxamite named Mon-El just because of the planet he came from. This is all about making history, and history doesn’t know common sense, apparently.

Some aliens are bad, but being “xenophobic” and wary of their intentions is worse in this universe. 

So Put on a happy face. It’s History in the Making.

Vote for History. Vote for Queen Hillary The First. The First Women President. Everything else doesn’t matter.

 

The 13th Day

Disliking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is no reason not to vote for her, according to Oprah Winfrey.

“There really is no choice, people,” she said during an interview that will air next Thursday on T.D. Jakes.

“I hear this all the time — you get in conversations and there’s not a person in this room who hasn’t been in the same conversation — where people say, ‘I just don’t know if I like her,’” she said.

 

For example, writing in the New York Times, David Brooks sought to explain why, after millions of dollars spent to make Clinton popular, she still isn’t.

“Clinton gives off an exclusively professional vibe: industrious, calculated, goal-oriented, distrustful. It’s hard from the outside to have a sense of her as a person; she is a role,” he wrote.

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“This formal, career-oriented persona puts her in direct contrast with the mores of the social media age, which is intimate, personalist, revealing, trusting and vulnerable,” Brooks added. “It puts her in conflict with most people’s lived experience. Most Americans feel more vivid and alive outside the work experience than within. So of course to many she seems Machiavellian, crafty, power-oriented, untrustworthy.”

She’s a sociopathic, power-hungry, nutjob…

“There’s something about her manner, persona, voice, smirk that just grates on a lot of people.

She’s a power hungry liar who will do or say anything to get elected.

People don’t like to be talked down to, and she has a terrible habit of talking down to people, with that smirk,” commented author and historian Craig Shirley.

But Winfrey said the question is not Clinton’s personality, but her policies.

“She’s not coming over to your house!” said Winfrey.

She just wants into your wallet and your life as her eternal servant.

“You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country? You better get out there and vote,” she said.

Vote against her. 🙂

“Do you like democracy, or do you want a demagogue?” she said, attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Then vote FOR Trump. She’s the Demagogue.

Winfrey insisted her relative silence throughout the campaign is not due to a lack of support for Clinton.

She is a mindless Liberal after all.

“The reason why I haven’t been vocal, other than saying I’m with her is because I didn’t know what to say that could actually pierce through all the noise, and the chaos, and the disgusting vitriol that’s going on, and actually be heard,” she said. (WJ)

How about:  🙂

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14 Days to Live

My last birthday in a free country. Next year I will be a Senior Citizen in a Declining Banana Republic run by the Tyrant Queen Hillary.

And most of the country will be happy.

I will just be sad.

And the Thought Police will knocking on my un-person door about being a White Cisgender Male evil incarnate.

Happy Birthday to me.

Thomas Sowell:

Some of us this election year don’t even want to say the words “Clinton” or “Trump” — and with good reason. However, there is one word that we should keep in mind: “Turnout.”

 

If we sit home in disgust on election day, we forfeit the right — and the duty — to elect a Congress that can keep either of these dangerous people from doing permanent damage to this country and to the future of this generation — and generations yet unborn.

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Control of Congress has probably never mattered more than in this election, simply because of two out-of-control people, one of whom is going to become President of the United States.

We need a Congress that can block dangerous legislative proposals coming from the White House, and block dangerous nominees to the federal courts, including especially the Supreme Court.

Something we havenot had. Just having “opposing” parties doesn’t work anymore. The Corruption and the Elitism runs far too deep for that.

But neither can we hand Queen Hillary a Democrat Congress of any kind.

It’s more complicated/

More than that, we need a Congress that can remove a dangerous President who ignores the law and commits impeachable offenses.

Unlike 201-2016 which refused to do their duties.

Any Congress theoretically can do so, since the House of Representatives has the power to impeach and the Senate then votes on whether to remove the President from office.

But they have to have the Will to do so. And I’m sure if Trump wins and the Democrats control Congress they will be on a hair trigger just waiting for any lame excuse , real or imaginary, to impeach everyone in sight.

Not so Sure the RINOs and The Elite Republicans are that committed. But Hillary would have the Government, Education and The Courts. Nearly unstoppable.

However, as we have seen over the past seven years, that theoretical power means nothing, if neither House of Congress has the incentives and the guts to use the power they have.

True.

Barack Obama has repeatedly exceeded the powers of his office, disregarding laws passed by Congress, and making in effect a unilateral treaty with Iran, exempting it from American sanctions for building nuclear bombs.

Just by not calling it a treaty, Obama has ignored the Constitution’s requirement that all treaties be made only with Senate approval. Yet there has never been a treaty with more far-reaching — and potentially fatal — consequences than this unilateral presidential agreement with a foreign country.

And He doesn’t care. Like Hillary, The Agenda is The Agenda. Period. The End.

Yet who was going to impeach “the first black President,” with the media ready to go ballistic if they tried?

The Wolves of Media St were ready to maul any who tried. But if Trump wins they’ll be salivating about the kill within minutes.

With no credible threat of impeachment, neither of this year’s candidates for President will have any deterrent to indulging their already demonstrated headstrong disregard of anything other than their own interests and their own egos.

Not only does this mean that we have a duty to vote for Congress, even if we don’t have the stomach to vote for either presidential candidate, it also means that we need to decide what kind of Congress we want, in light of the high stakes.

We need to ask which of our local candidates for the House of Representatives, and which of our statewide candidates for the Senate, is someone with the character and the guts to remove a President from office.

As much as a I hate McCain, Kirkpatrick is FAR Worse. And that goes for all the Democrats.

Don’t try to hide behind the lame excuse that “They’re all the same.”

They are not.

Let’s not forget that President Richard Nixon resigned for a reason. That reason was that Senator Barry Goldwater led a delegation of Republican Senators to the White House to inform Republican President Nixon that they would not support him in the Senate if the House of Representatives impeached him.

We know it can be done, because it already has been done.

And it’s what fuels the Democrats to this day.

The real question now is: What kind of voters are we? Those who ask “What can I do, I am only one little person?” are just copping out.

“We the People” are not only the first three words of the Constitution, it is where the Constitution put the ultimate power to make or break any politician. What can you do? Everything.

But I have lost faith in the ignorant, unwashed, media-manipulated “safe space” masses, myself. Maybe they will prove me wrong.

If you can’t be bothered, then be honest enough to say, “I can’t be bothered.” But don’t cop out with a lame excuse. Too many other people’s fate depends on whether you do your duty.

Painful as it may be to realize that we are reduced to considering the impeachability of a presidential candidate, that is a reality that will not go away, just because we don’t like it.

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How impeachable is Hillary Clinton? Since she would be “the first woman President,” any criticism of her, much less any impeachment, would bring loud howls from the media across the country that ugly sexist bias was behind any opposition to anything she did — no matter how awful. Hillary in the White House would have a blank check, and she would not hesitate to use it.

Donald Trump has no such exemption. Neither the media nor Congressional Republicans would automatically spring to his defense if he overstepped the line. His impeachability may be his most important asset in a year of painful choices.

But it has to be made. And, we all have to live with the consequences.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is http://www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at http://www.creators.com.

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15 Days: Make Believe is Bad For You

The PC Police Outlaw Make-Believe

In our surreal age of identity politics, pretending is politically incorrect.

Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner pose at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 fashion show in New York, Sept. 15.
Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner pose at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 fashion show in New York, Sept. 15. Photo: Getty Images for Marc Jacobs

Last month the novelist Lionel Shriver delivered the ultimate macroaggression at a writers conference in Brisbane, Australia: She spoke the truth. And it triggered a leftwing meltdown.

What did she say that caused the festival organizers to disavow her talk? She made the argument that fiction writers should be permitted to write fiction. Her speech—and events that have followed—shows how the secular religion of identity politics is threatening imagination itself.

“Taken to their logical conclusion,” Ms. Shriver said in her address, “ideologies recently come into vogue challenge our right to write fiction at all. Meanwhile, the kind of fiction we are ‘allowed’ to write is in danger of becoming so hedged, so circumscribed, so tippy-toe, that we’d indeed be better off not writing the anodyne drivel to begin with.”

 

To write in the voice, say, of a black woman if you are a white male writer, is rapidly becoming taboo—a form of cultural appropriation, to use the proper jargon. But such theft is the job of fiction writers. The novelist, as Ms. Shriver put it, is “the premier pickpocket of the arts.”

I was told this on Facebook just this week, actually.

“If Dalton Trumbo had been scared off of describing being trapped in a body with no arms, legs, or face because he was not personally disabled—because he had not been through a World War I maiming himself and therefore had no right to ‘appropriate’ the isolation of a paraplegic—we wouldn’t have the haunting 1938 classic, ‘Johnny Got His Gun,’ ” she said.

Ms. Shriver delivered her speech while wearing a sombrero—a literal representation of her deeper point, which is that the job of fiction writers is to embody characters unlike themselves. If identity politics reaches its absurd conclusion, Ms. Shriver said, “all I could write about would be smart-alecky 59-year-old 5-foot-2-inch white women from North Carolina.”

If that seems like an exaggeration, consider the past few weeks in the life of Kendall Jenner, the supermodel scion of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, who has come under fire for the sin of playing dress-up.

Ms. Jenner’s first transgression took place at New York Fashion Week in September, where, in Marc Jacobs’s show, she walked the runway wearing purple peep-toe platforms and a pile of woolen “dreadlocks” in various shades of pink, lavender and turquoise.

It wasn’t the babydoll dress that made the digital dictators lose their minds, but the dreadlocks—an apparently egregious act of cultural appropriation. Never mind that some of the models doing the appropriating were black. Or that the locks in question were completely fantastical, like an anime cartoon come to life. Or that the inspiration for the look was the signature hairstyle of the transgender filmmaker Lana Wachowski, one of the minds behind “The Matrix.”

Days later, Ms. Jenner had the gall to pose in pointe shoes for a Vogue España photoshoot. As one Twitter twit summed up the outrage: “The shoot was wrongfully appropriated. Dancers like Misty Copeland or Maddie Ziegler could have been way more powerful and graceful.”

In our surreal age, pretending is now politically incorrect. What’s the over-under on when Brad Pitt will only be permitted to play a celebrity going through a humiliating divorce? Give it a year.

  • “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” William Arthur Ward
Orwell created a form of English, post-ideological and pared down so much that it discouraged or outright abolished freedom of thought, creativity, and imagination. The author called it “Newspeak.” Importantly, this carries profound significance in at least two ways. First, the term itself means a language well beyond—or below—modern English, which has evolved almost without any direction or command over centuries and centuries. Perhaps more than any other institution, language has evolved naturally and without a command structure. It has grown spontaneously as the profound political philosopher, Friedrich August von Hayek observed, discovered rather than made. With Newspeak, however, the language evolution ends, and its devolution, limited by the seemingly endless bitterness of the tyrannical society, begins. Its devolutionary trajectory, importantly, will be even sharper than its evolutionary ascension.
1984: ‘It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take “good”, for instance. If you have a word like “good”, what need is there for a word like “bad”? “Ungood” will do just as well— better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of “good”, what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like “excellent” and “splendid” and all the rest of them? “Plusgood” covers the meaning; or “doubleplusgood” if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already, but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words— in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston?
Second, though, Newspeak serves the function of propaganda.

In the late 1930s, the American public intellectual Walter Lippman feared that nearly all of the western world had politicized and had taken language and art into the sewers of power and power alone. The Anglo-Welsh man of letters, Christopher Dawson, worried in 1946 that politics had subsumed all under its devouring maw. In his deeply moving short story, Leaf by Niggle, Tolkien beautifully juxtaposed the nature of art and the subhuman nature of propaganda. While art leavens the dignity of the human person, propaganda, by appealing to the lowest aspects of the human person, seeks conformity and domination.

Choice of vocabulary, Syme correctly realizes in 1984, leads one to independent thought. “In your heart,” he tells Orwell over some stale bread, “you’d prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness and shades of meaning. You don’t grasp the beauty of the destruction of words.”

Narrow the vocabulary and you, by necessity, narrow thought. Further, by introducing conflicting ideas such as “crimestop, blackwhite, and doublethink,” a persons becomes “unwilling and unable to think too deeply on any subject whatever.” (Imaginative Conservative and Orwell, 1984, 52-53 & Orwell, 1984, 217.)

Like “Cultural Appropriation”.

 

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16 Days- UN Lords a Leapin’

On the heels of being in a Comic bookn store yesterday to find that Wolverine is now a woman, because obvious, a short mean white guy is a bad thing…

The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday promoted a petition by “concerned” United Nations staffers against the honoring of Wonder Woman, a “large-breasted, white woman” who wears an “American flag motif.” The fictional DC comics character is being hailed as an “Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.” 

Talking to Lynda Carter, the ‘70s era Wonder Woman, guest co-host Margaret Brennan insisted the character was “drawing some scrutiny because of the way you’re dressed.” Gayle King catalogued the list of complaints from outraged, dissident UN staffers: “Listen on to what they are saying though, Lynda. ‘A large breasted, white woman of impossible proportioned, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots is not an appropriate spokeswoman for the gender equality at the United Nations.’” 

King demanded, “And you say what?” 

Carter shot back: “It has nothing to do with anything…. Wonder Woman is an idea. This is not the American flag. This is not —  it’s about fighting for freedom.” 

She continued, “Give me a break! I think they are just being silly…. Get over yourself already!” 

A partial transcript of the October 21 segment, which aired at 8:32AM ET, follows: 

 

 

MARGARET BRENNAN: Carter leaped, lassoed and saved lives as the all-American hero heroine. That came decades after Wonder Woman’s first comic book cover in 1941. 

GAYLE KING: This year, the super hero turns 75! She earns one more distinction. Wonder Woman has been named a United Nations honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. Lynda Carter is here, hours before the official ceremony at the UN headquarters. 

8:35

BRENNAN: The UN didn’t pick a female Secretary General. 

LYNDA CARTER: I know. 

BRENNAN: There’s a petition because you’re getting this recognition and drawing some scrutiny because of the way you’re dressed. 

[Lynda Carter rolls her eyes.] 

KING: No, but listen on to what they are saying though, Lynda. A large breasted white woman of impossible proportioned, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots is not an appropriate spokeswoman for the gender equality at the United Nations. And to that, you say what? 

LYNDA CARTER: Can I say it? Probably not. I think it’s ridiculous. 

KING: You can say that. 

CARTER: I can say it’s bull. 

KING: Why? Why? Why do you feel that way? 

CARTER: Because they are nit-picking on something that has nothing to do with anything. It is a super hero, number one! And that gender, it has nothing to do with anything. They want to pick on, you know — Wonder Woman is an idea. This is not the American flag. This is not —  it’s about fighting for freedom, and the fact that she happens to wear —  it’s not scantily clad, big breasted white woman. 

KING: And she wears clothes. She also wears clothes. 

CARTER: Yeah. 

KING: Clark Kent had on a suit. 

CARTER: Well, yeah. Plus he had a sock in his suit! 

KING: Okay. 

BRENNAN: It’s okay to look female, Lynda Carter. 

CARTER: It’s okay to look female. You know, give me a break! I think they are just being silly. 

KING: Nit-picking, you’re thinking. 

CARTER: Nit-picky and get over yourself already! 

KING: Thank you, Lynda Carter.

What’s even more ironic is that Lynda Carter is playing a Female President on SuperGirl for the express purpose of being a Hillary Stand-in…

2016

17 Threat to Liberty

The Wall Street Journal editorial board tore into Hillary Clinton’s debate performance regarding the Supreme Court, saying that she represents a view that threatens American liberty, while giving Republican nominee, Donald Trump, props for having the superior grasp of our constitution.

For starters, The Journal ripped into Clinton’s notion that the Supreme Court should represent us, especially in its composition. That’s wrong. That’s what the legislative branch is for. Second, they aptly noted how Clinton supports abortion on demand and without exception, which is an extreme position. Support for third-trimester (aka late-term abortion) abortions is incredibly low—and there already is an exception for the life of the mother in the 2007 Gonzalez v. Carhart decision, which upheld the federal ban on partial birth abortion. On guns, Clinton pretty much said that she would appoint judges who would overturn the landmark Heller decision, but not before giving us all a chuckle by saying she supports the Second Amendment. In all, Clinton’s Supreme Court would be everything we on the Right have feared, a hard left, activist court that will seek to undermine individual rights to gun ownership and create a more solid legal basis for killing babies right up until birth. That’s one, hot American mess:

“The Supreme Court should represent all of us. That’s how I see the Court,” she said. “And the kind of people that I would be looking to nominate to the court would be in the great tradition of standing up to the powerful, standing up on our behalf of our rights as Americans.”Where to begin with that one? The Supreme Court doesn’t—or shouldn’t—“represent” anyone. In the U.S. system that’s the job of the elected branches. The courts are appointed, not elected, so they can be nonpartisan adjudicators of competing legal claims.

Mrs. Clinton is suggesting that the Court should be a super-legislature that vindicates the will of what she calls “the American people,” which apparently excludes “the powerful.” But last we checked, the Constitution protects everyone, even the powerful. The law is supposed to protect individual rights, not an abstraction called “the people.”

The Democrat went downhill from there, promising to appoint judges who would essentially rewrite the First and Second Amendments. Asked about the 2008 Heller decision that upheld an individual right to bear arms, Mrs. Clinton claimed to support “reasonable regulation.” She said she criticized Heller because it overturned a District of Columbia law intended merely “to protect toddlers from guns and so they wanted people with guns to safely store them.”

Toddlers had nothing to do with it.

[…]

If Mrs. Clinton supports such gun restrictions, then she thinks an individual’s right to bear arms is meaningless. If the Justices she appoints agree with her, then they can gradually turn Heller into a shell of a right, restriction by restriction, even without overturning the precedent.

Then there’s the First Amendment, which Mrs. Clinton wants to rewrite by appointing Justices she said would “stand up and say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in our country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system.”

Citizens United is the 2010 Supreme Court decision that found that unions and corporations can spend money on political speech—in that specific case for a movie that was critical of Mrs. Clinton. The Democrat seems to take the different view that while atomized individuals might have the right to criticize politicians, heaven forbid if they want to band together to do it as a political interest group.

As for “dark” money, she certainly knows that territory. Does money get any darker than undisclosed Clinton Foundation donations from foreign business magnates tied to uranium concessions in Kazakhstan?

It’s no surprise that this is Clinton’s vision of America, especially on gun rights. She’s said publicly that she wants to look into Australian-style gun control, which includes gun bans and confiscation. Democrats and the anti-gun Left try to blind the public with the notion that they are for common sense gun control proposals, all of which are already established law. For abortion, it’s also no surprise that this party wants is adopting the abortion on demand position. After years of trying to convince the public that killing babies is totally okay—the Left has utterly failed. So, in a temper tantrum, they back this position, while saying that all opposition is due to the sexist, misogynistic system of patriarchy. Oh, and because the GOP hates women, or something. Are they aware that almost 30 percent of its members describe themselves as pro-life and are gun owners? For those people, the GOP is always open.

Trump isn’t the perfect candidate. In fact, like Clinton, he’s incredibly flawed and unpopular, but he won the primary, he’s the Republican nominee, and he’s not Hillary Clinton. If anything, the latter part should be enough to convince the Never Trump wing of standing idly by and allowing Clinton to easily take the White House. I’m sure many of you know that I’m not a Trump fan, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that he’s better than Clinton and a Trump White House working with a Republican Congress is better that Clinton’s anti-gun, pro-abortion progressive cesspool that she wants to force all of us to take a dip in. Yes, I will call out Trump for when he goes off the hinges or says something stupid, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to back away and vote for Clinton or stay on the sidelines and abstain. You can vote for someone, while finding their brand of politics and personality to be incredibly unappealing. That point is magnified when the opposing candidate is Hillary Rodham Clinton. If you don’t want a Supreme Court that undercuts the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and promotes a legal framework for abortion on demand, the choice for president is explicitly clear.

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

18…

Guy <Benson> wrote about the coming damage Obamacare will inflict upon us in 2017. In short, it’s a total disaster, with premiums set to spike to outrageous levels, 75 percent in Arizona alone. Another punch to the gut regarding this miserable failure of a health care law; there are fewer Americans with private insurance now than there were in 2007 (via  Weekly Standard):

That’s according to the federal government’s own figures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (see table 1.2b), 66.8 percent of those living in the United States had private health insurance in 2007. Now, as of 2015 (the most recent year for which figures are available), only 65.6 percent of those living in the United States have private health insurance.It turns out that median incomes aren’t the only thing that have dropped since 2007.

There are currently about 320 million people living in America. If the percentage who have private health insurance were as high now as it was in 2007, 3.8 million more people would now have private health insurance.

This isn’t the only thing that off. The projections from the Congressional Budget Office regarding where enrollment should be with Obamacare missed its target…by 24 million. Hope and change, folks. (Matt Vespa)

So it’s obvious that we need to elect the person most qualified to carry on this wonderful legacy…

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19 Days- The Death of Reason

This is the level of ignorant narcissism we are up against.

A few days ago Bernie Sanders was stumping for the woman who rigged the Primary in her favor at Northern Arizona University.

One cherub of brainless idiocy said effectively:

That she was voting for Hillary because she was the closest to Bernie in the race. If Bernie was in the race she wouldn’t even think twice about voting for Hillary. She really doesn’t like Hillary.

So she is going to vote for the person who rigged the Primary Election against her candidate because he’s not running. And he’s not running because the Primary was rigged by the candidate she’s voting for.

An alternative to a Democrat isn’t even a concept in her mind apparently.

And all that stuff Bernie said about Hillary during that rigged Primary, gone like dust in a sandstorm, blown away on the wind whistling through her brainless head.

That is the level of idiocracy we have now.

Stupidity has truly taken over the Earth.

 

20 Days…

But today is about an event that occurs once a year in 12 Days.

Halloween.

Background: I loved Halloween. Hell, for a few years back in the ’00’s I was a Professional Facepainter so I really do excited by it.

But this is another thing the Leftist are killing with their Political Correctness.

Something, I think that has real chance of being banned within in the next Generation for being politically incorrect.

The Ignorant Narcissist Generation we have now of lots of mass stupidity in the next 20-30 years or more.

With “culturally Inappropriate” this and “racist” that I honestly am sick of Halloween for the first time in my life.

But at least there is this… (from Campus Reform)

  • A hotline for University of Florida students to report culturally insensitive Halloween costumes has backfired after a Fox Sports commentator instigated a series of prank calls to the number.
  • Fox Sports commentator Clay Travis prank called the line during one of his live shows, pretending to be a gay student offended by a Harambe costume, and then shared the number with his audience.
  • Since then, at least 40 prank calls have come in, taxing the hotline’s resources by forcing the school to investigate false reports.
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    UF sent a newsletter to students on October 10 encouraging them to avoid Halloween costumes that could “perpetuate negative stereotypes” or cause “harm and offense” to other students, and urging anyone offended by such costumes to call a 24/7 counseling and wellness hotline.

    “It drives me crazy how much of wusses these college kids are these days…”  

    The hotline quickly turned into a running joke, however, after Fox Sports commentator Clay Travis prank called the line during one of his live shows, pretending to be a gay student offended by a Harambe costume.

    “I went to a fraternity party last night and there was somebody dressed as Harambe, the gorilla, and I found it to be really racially insensitive,” Travis said on the call. “It’s really disappointing that the University of Florida is not taking my microaggressions seriously because, I mean, I’m really upset about this costume that I saw.”

    The Alligator reports that Travis’ call inspired his listeners to prank the hotline as well, leading to more than 40 false reports that taxed the hotline’s resources. Travis said he first learned of the hotline from a reader and wanted to use the prank phone call to satirize overly-sensitive college students before giving the hotline’s number out to his listeners.

    “It drives me crazy how much of wusses these college kids are these days with their microaggressions and their trigger warnings and their safe spaces,” Travis explained during his radio show.

    UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said the prank calls have clogged up the hotline, which is not exclusively for students to complain about Halloween costumes, but rather is a general line intended for students suffering from any type of crisis or mental health issue.

Which is every 3-5 seconds these days with The Narccisstic Snowflakes…

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    “Our role is to support students,” Sikes told The Alligator, “and when we are diverted to having to deal with people calling in fake reports, we aren’t there to help our students.”

Yeah, the evil person who microaggressed them by making them uncomfortable because they dared to have an unapproved opinion that they didn’t like and it sent them into a tail spin of stress and anxiety…Oh, the Humanity!!! 🙂

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    In addition to calling the wellness hotline, the newsletter also encouraged students to email the “U Matter, We Care” program and report offensive costumes to the Bias Education and Response Team so they can “educate those that were involved.”

    Sikes, though, protested that the newsletter regarding Halloween costumes was simply a reminder to students to be sensitive to others when choosing a costume, and not any sort of university edict or policy.

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    “The university in no way is regulating Halloween costumes,” she argued. “Our students are free to wear whatever costumes they want.”

Yeah, right… Blame it on You Tube, It works for Hillary…

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is posting “cultural appropriation” posters in each of the residence halls on campus featuring a detailed “racism evaluation and assessment meter.”

The initiative is being spearheaded by the Center for Women and Community, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, and the campus’ diversity office, the Stonewall Center.

“It’s not fair to ask any culture to freeze itself in time and live as though they were a museum diorama.”  

 

“Don’t be an asshole,” one display urges students, providing several leaflets to help them understand the effects of cultural appropriation.

I hate Liberals…They ME want to Scream!

 

21 Days to The End

WASHINGTON — At the end of a press conference Tuesday in which conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe unveiled a new sting video about Hillary Clinton, one reporter had just one question:

“Are you sure it’s not a joke?” she asked. (Huffington Post)

Now you know how corrupt it is.

Salon.com:

Conservative video-maker James O’Keefe’s — best known for selectively editing undercover footage to get people fired — claimed another victim on Monday, after his Project Veritas group released the first in what he says will be a series of undercover videos revealing corruption within Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

 

In several surreptitiously recorded video conversations, Scott Foval, the former national field director at Americans United for Change, admits to “bird dogging” — planting agitators at — Donald Trump’s rallies to draw negative media attention.

Foval describes colluding with Bob Creamer, co-founder of consulting group Democracy Partners, to “put people in the line, at the front . . . to get in front at the rally, so that when Trump comes down the rope line, they’re the ones asking him the question in front of the reporter, because they’re pre-placed there.”

“To funnel that kind of operation, you have to start back with people two weeks ahead of time and train them how to ask questions,” Foval explains. “You have to train them to bird dog.”

Among Foval’s trainees, he says, are “mentally ill people, that we pay to do shit.”

“Over the last 20 years, I’ve paid off a few homeless guys to do some crazy stuff, and I’ve also taken them for dinner, and I’ve also made sure they had a hotel, and a shower.  And I put them in a program,” he brags. “Like, I’ve done that.”

Americans United for Change subsequently cut ties with Foval, according to a statement from the group’s head, Brad Woodhouse.

O’Keefe and Project Veritas have been criticized in the past, however, for strategically editing footage to make false accusations.

You mean like Katie “Cupcake” Couric and her agenda hit piece. CNN and other caught editing comments and footage… Oh, right, The Left can do it and their no consequence because after all, they are Home Superior Liberalis and are entitled to lie, cheat and steal because they are so superior to us mere mortals…

22: Firebomb

Remember when Democrats blamed Republicans for all the “violence” because they are the “haters”??

Spray painted on the side of the OCGOP when it was fire bombed “Nazi Republicans leave town or else”

While Democrats condemned the bombing, Trump tweeted: “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP.”

But Clinton’s campaign tweeted, “The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe.”

No Benghazi here… 🙂

The North Carolina Republican Party responded, “Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Sec. @HillaryClinton.” Later, the party responded to Trump, “Thank you Mr. @realDonaldTrump. We will not be silenced nor suppressed by this evil act. We will pray for those who seek to harm us.”

North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Patsy Keever called the bombing “outrageous.”

“The North Carolina Democratic Party strongly condemns this attack,” she said. “Violence has no place in our political system. … Our deepest sympathies are with everyone at the North Carolina Republican Party.”

Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper tweeted, “Violence has no place in our democracy and can not be tolerated. The culprits must be caught and brought to justice.”

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state GOP, called the bombing “political terrorism.”

“The office itself is a total loss,” he said. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.”

Later, Woodhouse said, “Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy. … Everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety.”

The flaming bottle, which Woodhouse described as a significant Molotov cocktail, and bomb, was thrown through a window that bore the words “Freedom spoken here.”

“This is a horrific, horrific act of political terrorism, one that we will not succumb to and one that we will answer,” he said. “When people try to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, you must come back with more speech and aggressively defend your rights.”

Woodhouse also mentioned the graffiti that said “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”

“Or else what? That is what we all wonder, or else what,” he said. “Because we’re not going anywhere.”

Woodhouse said a van had already been brought in from Durham, and campaigners would go back to work in the heavily Democratic county.

Volunteer Bob Randall was there to clean up Sunday. He said he believes that the bombing was an act of political terrorism and that it would get people angry and motivated to vote Republican.

“The idea is to intimidate us, to make us crawl back in the shadows,” he said. “But I think it’s going to backfire on them.”

The incident comes barely three weeks before an election marked by heightened tensions and passion on both sides.

On Sunday the Bangor Daily News reported that about 20 cars were vandalized with spray paint outside a Saturday rally for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Earlier this year violence broke out with protesters at a Trump rally in Chicago. And one protester was sucker-punched at a Trump rally in Fayetteville.

“You hope (the firebombing) is an isolated incident,” said Ferrel Guillory, a political analyst at UNC Chapel Hill. “It always happens that toward the end of the campaign, emotions get both frayed and intensified.”

The Rev. William J. Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, condemned the act. Barber told the Associated Press, “While vigorous debate on issues is acceptable, we in the NAACP denounce any kind of violence that is perpetrated toward our citizens or any political party.”

Woodhouse said he’s sending an advisory to county Republican offices across the state warning them to take extra caution.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s tip line at 919-732-3975.

(Charlotte Observer)

Guy Benson: The cynical idea is to equate speech with physical violence, thus muzzling dissenting voices in the name of public safety.  In almost all cases, individuals are responsible for their actions, not the political speech of others. Conservatives aren’t immune from this stifling demagoguery either, as Mary Katharine Ham and I addressed in our book, End of Discussion.

Still, it seems as though whenever a deranged person does something horrible that might plausibly be blamed on the political Right, liberals loudly pounce — even when there’s absolutely no evidence to support their premise.  But when the shoe is on the other foot, coverage is relatively muted.  Sometimes, the double standard is simply astonishing.

But we all know that the self-appointed Civility Police tend to patrol certain ideological neighborhoods more heavily than others.  Call it a form of profiling, if you will.

And we all know Profiling is bad, right? Unless it’s the Left doing it that is…

 

23- No ‘I’ in Team

Yeah, it’s “Shin Godzilla” (also known as Godzilla Resurgance). And it’s relevant to today’s world and this country’s election.

But I would remiss if I didn’t say: POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING!!!

Yes, a 62 year old Japanese Monster Movie Franchise has something relevant to say about the here and now. Shin Godzilla, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Japan’s Toho Studios and the 32nd worldwide is a wonderful.

A great deal of the movie is a political satire on the ineffectiveness of government bureaucrats who are worried about optics and their own political careers while a giant monster is running up a river outside of Tokyo (at the beginning).

It was hilarious, in a very cynical way watching them try spin it.

And then in comes the “experts” with the massive titles who effectively said “we have no f*cking idea” and the Government guys are left scrambling around like headless chickens trying to scratch their asses.

“It will never be able to survive on land”. It does.

“It will never…” and it does…

{…} very Japanese sense of humor. Case in point: Throughout the film, whenever a government official speaks, their title will flash across the bottom of the screen. As the film progresses and the bureaucratic situation gets increasingly complicated, those titles get longer and longer, until one person’s title takes up half the screen. It’s a subtle visual gag, highlighting the absurdity of not being able to attack the giant monster who’s currently leveling Tokyo because, as it moves from sea to land, no one can agree whose jurisdiction the campaign should fall under. (AV club)

Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla Movie Review

Roger Ebert:

“Shin Godzilla” is a reboot, making this the first time that the Japanese military—or the world at large—have ever encountered Godzilla. The American government is responsible for dumping nuclear waste that an extinct lizard feeds off of. But “Shin Godzilla,” the first Japanese Godzilla film since deliriously kitschy 2004 battle royale “Godzilla: Final Wars,” treats Godzilla like an act of God: He’s here, and must be dealt with regardless of who made Him.

“Shin Godzilla” is, in that sense, about damage control. There are singular heroes, like Disaster Prevention bureau analyst/leader Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) and consulting biologist Ogashira (Mikako Ichikawa). But for the most part, the film’s human segments are a wall of dialogue/consultation between various superintendents, supervisory committees, ministers, scientists, bureau chiefs and cabinet secretaries. Politicians scramble to take care of their end of the Godzilla situation regardless of their reasons. Some are careerists looking to get ahead, others are civil servants looking to serve the public. Writer/co-director Hideaki Anno (creator of anime cult classic “Neon Genesis Evangelion”) makes it easy to tell who the real good guys are in this film and who are just ineffectual bureaucrats. But every human politician must work together to stop Godzilla regardless of their intentions or skill sets. There’s no “I” in this team.

Like a quasi-Aaron Sorkin-esque civics lesson that happens to be about a giant monster, “Shin Godzilla” is about how the really good politicians are accountable for their actions, a message that American politicians should heed.

Hear that Lyin’ Hillary? They don’t blame things on You Tube!

They don’t make up fake ads on Craig’s List.

Parade fake bimbos in front of the camera as distraction.

Use a Dead Ambassador as a distraction from your other scandals.

But The Japanese government is given an ultimatum by the UN to figure out how to destroy it, or they will use a nuclear missile on Tokyo. After all, the UN is “consensus” and “consensus” not only important, but always right. 🙂

But what they did do, was take lots of money to dump nuclear waste of their shores. And the there was the issue of Fukashima and domestic nuclear power and it’s consequences that is at the center of the movie.

Whereas the original 1954 movie was a reaction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this one is a modern 21st Century version where they reference this very thing but mostly the ineffectual old-time bureaucrats are out-maneuvered by nerds and 21st Century Tech.

The nerds save the old fart elitists from their own spin asses.

The failure of this attempt prompts the American government to propose a nuclear solution to the Godzilla problem, an unsubtle plot point that fully establishes rogue official Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) and his special task force of “pains in the bureaucracy” as Japan’s last hope. (Av Club)

He’s the good guy in the film. He and his band of nerds. He’s way ahead of the curve and outside the box. Which is very unusual for Japanese society.

Unfortunately, most of our young people are afraid of their own shadows and want to hide in “safe spaces” when people dare to disagree with them on any level or something “offensive” that they don’t want to hear, even if it is the truth.

There are none with a rampaging monster on the loose.

They even have a wanna-be Female President in Japanese-American diplomat Kayoko (Satomi Ishihara) who is so ambitious she’s willing to do most anything for the optics of her career.

Sound familiar? 🙂

Still: you shouldn’t watch “Shin Godzilla” for Godzilla alone. He’s not really the star of the film—Yaguchi and the rest of his human adversaries are. They credibly resist the end of the world with ingenuity and teamwork, making “Shin Godzilla” just as winningly optimistic as it is pleasurably eccentric.

Also read: http://www.free-times.com/blogs/shin-godzilla-has-no-respect-for-tradition-or-expectations

“Do as you like” 🙂

24

Suppression of free speech, whether it’s designated free speech zones, safe spaces censoring speech, or students disrupting events, has become commonplace on college campuses.

At a Heritage Foundation panel discussion Thursday examining modern-day violations of the First Amendment, panelist Christina Hoff Sommers put the violations of free speech on campuses at the forefront of her discussion, saying that she has witnessed a marked deterioration in academic discourse over the years she has spent touring college campuses.

“All [free speech] issues depend on a population who understands freedom.”   

Sommers recalled that when she used to discuss the dangers of “intersectional feminism” at colleges, she would often encounter individuals who voiced their disagreements, but said the exchanges usually resulted in productive dialogue, and maybe even a few drinks afterward.

In recent years, however, she said their tone has become much less civil, pointing out that students have yelled “F you” at her, torn down posters about her events, and sometimes even fled her events to find “safe spaces.”

One of the most famous protests against Sommers came at the University of Massachussets, Amherst, where a particularly distraught student yelled “Fuck you” and chanted “Keep your hate speech off this campus.” Video footage of the tantrum quickly went viral, earning the student the unfortunate moniker of “Trigglypuff” on the Internet.

Sommers said many of the problems stem from “intersectional feminism,” a concept that she claimed began as an attempt to address the ill-treatment of minority groups within the feminist movement, but has since devolved into tribalism and the bullying of whites and males.

Instead of encouraging discussion and the formation of logical arguments, she pointed out, whites and males are now told to “check their privilege” and reflexively concede any position advanced by marginalized groups.

If you are not a woman or a minority, your opinions are discredited, not on their merit, but on your race or sex, which Sommers claimed is dividing people rather than bringing them together, because individuals are encouraged to identify with a specific race or gender, rather than simply identifying with all people.

The overreaction to small issues has also become very prominent, she observed, bringing up the case of the former Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College, who resigned under pressure last year after students began protesting her failure to set up a “safe space” on campus for marginalized students.

Following the panel, Sommers told Campus Reform that the problem is mostly that intersectional feminism has become the default, claiming that rather than just being taught like any other subject, its premises are now considered above questioning in academia.

She said scholars need to look back at this theory and question it, because it usually comes down to viewing white men as racist and sexist, which is “a recipe for fanaticism” that “encourages tribalism.”

All of the issues discussed by the panel can be traced back to a populace that isn’t being taught the value of free speech, she concluded, telling Campus Reform that “all [free speech] issues depend on a population who understands freedom.”

 

25 to Life or Death

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Robert Gehl reports that Georgia has decided there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Not anymore, anyway.

The state’s work requirements for food stamps – currently in three Atlanta-area counties – will be expanded to 24 counties across the state.

The new work mandate only affects able-bodied adults without children, in other words, precisely the type of people who should be working.

Of course, this is incredibly controversial because liberals don’t think that lazy people who can work, should work. Just because they don’t want to get a job doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get money, right?

Of course, those with more than two or three brain cells to rub together see it differently. “No one who is able-bodied and able to work should be drawing food stamps, period,” State Rep. Greg Morris of Vidalia said.

This expansion will cover 10,000 current food stamp recipients. And here are the requirements to continue to receive benefits. They’re so easy.

  • You must work at least 20 hours per week.
  • Can’t find a job? You must be looking for a job.
  • Don’t want to look for a job? You can participate in job training.
  • Don’t want to do job training? You can go to school.
  • Don’t want job training? You can volunteer for 20 hours per week at a non-profit or charity.

Could it be any easier?

There’s even a right to appeal if someone is stricken from the rolls and doesn’t think it’s fair.

Still, liberals are apoplectic over this, claiming that people will be dying in the streets. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

“There are a lot of people who cannot find jobs based on criminal records, a lack of education, the availability of jobs and impairments,” said Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur. She added, “I believe we should have a safety net for those people.”

Of the 1.7 million Georgians on food stamps, only 113,000 are listed as “childless” and “able-bodied.” That’s less than ten percent of all recipients.

Still, some people can use any excuse to continue giving benefits to anyone.

Ed Bolen, senior policy analyst with the progressive Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that even childless adults who are deemed “able bodied” might have an undiagnosed medical condition therefore they can’t work.

“Many of these individuals find barriers to work, even if they have no children and meet the definition of able-bodied,” Bolen said.

The planned expansion of the work requirements, largely clustered in North Georgia, includes the Atlanta area counties of Coweta, Forsyth, Paulding, Bartow, Barrow and Fayette as well as more outlying counties such as Walton, Jackson and Oconee. The counties were chosen because they had a relatively favorable unemployment rate, which officials believe means people will have a greater chance of scoring jobs there.

Georgia has an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, slightly above the national average of 4.9 percent.

The food stamp work mandate was introduced in the welfare reforms of 1996 but was waived in many states during the recent years of economic strife. Georgia is among numerous states to bring it back online. Under the rules, able-bodied, childless recipients can receive food stamps for only three months in any three-year period, unless they meet the work requirements.

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26: Voting is a Dirty Job

Mike Rowe isn’t going to tell his fans to vote this fall, but once you see why it will only make you respect the man even more.

Every four years we have celebrities rallying the nation to get out and vote, but the Dirty Jobs star questions whether celebrities “Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Norton would encourage the ‘masses’ to vote, if they believed the ‘masses’ would elect Donald Trump.”

Rowe discusses it at length when responding to a fan who wrote the following:

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“Hey Mike, I have nothing but respect for you. Your no-nonsense outlook and incredible eloquence have really had a profound impact in my life. Can you please encourage your huge following to go out and vote this election? I would never impose on you by asking you to advocate one politician over another, but I do feel this election could really use your help. I know that there are many people out there who feel like there is nothing they can do. Please try to use your gifts to make them see that they can do something – that their vote counts.”

Mike’s response is arguably the most perfect thing I’ve read about voting in America, and is filled with tons of wisdom. In short, he likens the right to vote to the right to bear arms, and proceeds to question whether we should feel obligated to cast a ballot at all. This is why we love this guy:

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“Hi Jeremy,
Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it. I also share your concern for our country, and agree wholeheartedly that every vote counts. However, I’m afraid I can’t encourage millions of people whom I’ve never met to just run out and cast a ballot, simply because they have the right to vote. That would be like encouraging everyone to buy an AR-15, simply because they have the right to bear arms. I would need to know a few things about them before offering that kind of encouragement. For instance, do they know how to care for a weapon? Can they afford the cost of the weapon? Do they have a history of violence? Are they mentally stable? In short, are they responsible citizens?”

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“Casting a ballot is not so different. It’s an important right that we all share, and one that impacts our society in dramatic fashion. But it’s one thing to respect and acknowledge our collective rights, and quite another thing to affirmatively encourage people I’ve never met to exercise them. And yet, my friends in Hollywood do that very thing, and they’re at it again.”

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“Every four years, celebrities and movie stars look earnestly into the camera and tell the country to ‘get out and vote.’ They tell us it’s our ‘most important civic duty,’ and they speak as if the very act of casting a ballot is more important than the outcome of the election. This strikes me as somewhat hysterical. Does anyone actually believe that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Norton would encourage the ‘masses’ to vote, if they believed the ‘masses’ would elect Donald Trump?”

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“Regardless of their political agenda, my celebrity pals are fundamentally mistaken about our ‘civic duty’ to vote. There is simply no such thing. Voting is a right, not a duty, and not a moral obligation. Like all rights, the right to vote comes with some responsibilities, but let’s face it – the bar is not set very high. If you believe aliens from another planet walk among us, you are welcome at the polls. If you believe the world is flat, and the moon landing was completely staged, you are invited to cast a ballot. Astrologists, racists, ghost-hunters, sexists, and people who rely upon a Magic 8 Ball to determine their daily wardrobe are all allowed to participate. In fact, and to your point, they’re encouraged.”

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“The undeniable reality is this: our right to vote does not require any understanding of current events, or any awareness of how our government works. So, when a celebrity reminds the country that ‘everybody’s vote counts,’ they are absolutely correct. But when they tell us that ‘everybody in the country should get out there and vote,’ regardless of what they think or believe, I gotta wonder what they’re smoking.”

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“Look at our current candidates. No one appears to like either one of them. Their approval ratings are at record lows. It’s not about who you like more, it’s about who you hate less. Sure, we can blame the media, the system, and the candidates themselves, but let’s be honest – Donald and Hillary are there because we put them there. The electorate has tolerated the intolerable. We’ve treated this entire process like the final episode of American Idol. What did we expect?”

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“So no, Jeremy – I can’t personally encourage everyone in the country to run out and vote. I wouldn’t do it, even if I thought it would benefit my personal choice. Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process. So if you really want me to say something political, how about this – read more.”

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“Spend a few hours every week studying American history, human nature, and economic theory. Start with “Economics in One Lesson.” Then try Keynes. Then Hayek. Then Marx. Then Hegel. Develop a worldview that you can articulate as well as defend. Test your theory with people who disagree with you. Debate. Argue. Adjust your philosophy as necessary. Then, when the next election comes around, cast a vote for the candidate whose worldview seems most in line with your own.”

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“Or, don’t. None of the freedoms spelled out in our Constitution were put there so people could cast uninformed ballots out of some misplaced sense of civic duty brought on by a celebrity guilt-trip. The right to assemble, to protest, to speak freely – these rights were included to help assure that the best ideas and the best candidates would emerge from the most transparent process possible.”

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“Remember – there’s nothing virtuous or patriotic about voting just for the sake of voting, and the next time someone tells you otherwise, do me a favor – ask them who they’re voting for. Then tell them you’re voting for their opponent. Then, see if they’ll give you a ride to the polls.”

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“In the meantime, dig into Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. It sounds like a snooze but it really is a page turner, and you can download it for free.

– Mike

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I don’t even know where to begin because Mike just put it perfectly. People simply encourage others to vote regardless of how informed they are, and that could lead to problems. Heck, how do you think we got stuck with Trump, and Clinton as the two major candidates?

The world needs more people like Mike Rowe who aren’t afraid to go against the grain in the name of sanity. While he realizes that voting is an essential part of America being America, he also thinks that encouraging uneducated and uninformed individuals to vote for the sake of fulfilling some “civic duty” could have negative consequences.

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SHARE Mike Rowe’s message, because it’s rare to have a celebrity make as much sense as this guy!

27 Reasons (or so) for The End

READ THE WHOLE THING. 🙂

Here are a few (of the many) reasons why I’ve decided to stop supporting Donald Trump.

Let’s face it. Enough is enough!

(Each claim is linked to an article or video supporting the validity of itself.)

First of all, he has racist supporters.

His mentor was a former KKK grand-wizard. When he passed, Trump honored him with a filmed tribute.

Another one of his mentors was a famous eugenicist who sought to rid the world of any nationality that isn’t white. He even received an award in that mentor’s honor, proclaiming that he admired their “vision.”

His multiple ties to the witch hunt to dispel President Obama’s American heritage. Multiple ties.

The fact that he appropriated the spending of $20,000 for access to a white-only golf course.

When speaking to a crowd of black people, he started mocking their accents.

He told a Black Lives Matter supporter that he would “talk only to white people.”

Donald Trump has likened people of urban culture to dogs.

He calls women that have upset his personal relationships “trailer trash.”

Up until three years ago, he was anti-gay and strongly opposed gay marriage.

Extending upon being anti-gay, he has also accepted campaign contributions from donors that strongly oppose the LGBT community.

His closest aide strongly opposed female equality up until recently.

In 2010, Haiti had an earthquake. Donald Trump went down there and promptly steered all of the reconstruction bids to his businesses friends. Those friends then under-delivered, pocketed the difference, and left Haiti further in debt.

During the recent primary race, it was revealed that sources behind Donald Trump conspired to improperly ensure his party nomination.

Donald Trump is willing to wage a war against Russia based on speculation.

He has laughed about the war killings of foreign dignitaries.

Trump joked about using government resources to murder someone who doesn’t favor him.

During a speech to businessmen and businesswomen, Trump proclaimed, “I’m kind of far removed from the struggles of the middle class.”

Multiple women claim that he’s tried to silence them when they were assaulted, raped, and abused.

He also helped the rapist of a 12 year old girl get out of jail on reduced sentencing, later laughing about it during a recorded interview.

He ignores the fact that people extremely close to him have made frequent visits to a place known as ‘Orgy Island,’ owned by a convicted pedophile.

Donald Trump categorically lied to the FBI.

Donald Trump compromised national security by revealing government secrets to his Wall St. friends, who paid him for them.

He also instigated the suicide of one of his closest aides.

Just kidding. This was all Hillary Clinton.

(not written by me though…)