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Must Reads For The Week 4/13/19

April 15, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Strange Paradoxes Of Our Age, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article:    “From Race, to environmentalism, to wealth, the gulf between ideological rhetoric and reality has rarely been wider.”

“Modern prophets often say one thing and do another. Worse, they often advocate in the abstract as a way of justifying their doing the opposite in the concrete.”

“The result is that contemporary culture abounds with the inexplicable – mostly because modern progressivism makes all sorts of race, class, and gender exceptions for politically correct felonies, an appeasement that ensures an absence of deterrence and thus even more transgressions.”

The Joys Of Socialism: Venezuelans Are Looting Corpses For Jewelry And Bones, at zerohedge.com. More examples of how moving down the road toward government central planning (socialism) produces misery.

Diocletian In Venezuela, at the burningplatform.com. What is happening in Venezuela is nothing new. The Roman empire’s decline was kicked into high gear by the implementation  of big government central planning policies under emperor Diocletian. The Socialist central planning ideas embraced by Democrats, and some Republicans, are no different from the policies implemented by the Roman Empire two centuries ago or Venezuela today. Going down this road leads to the same place. Brexit and the election of Trump are examples of ‘the people’ saying “we need to take the next exit, turn around, and go back the other way.

The Betrayal Of Brexit Is A Mix Of Social Engineering And Mock Elections, at zerohedge.com. Brexit has turned into a battle of wills between our elected betters, and the “benighted masses”. Elected bureaucrats will lie, threaten, use government force and ultimately kill to keep their power. The benighted masses will win as long as they don’t give up.

The Truth About Brexit In 135 Words, at zerohedge.com. This cab driver, a member of the benighted masses, cuts through the anointed’s propaganda, and sums up Brexit for us. “They’re all liars mate. May was a Remainer. How were we going to get a good or deal when our negotiators don’t want to leave? They’ll stall until they can say it’s not what the people want no more……happened in every country that ever wanted a referendum or held one…

Small Businesses Layoff Workers To Comply With Minimum Wage Law, at zerohedge.com. People don’t need an economics degree to understand the economic principle of supply and demand. We live the principle everyday. When the price of an economic good is increased, we buy less. The fact that we are talking about increasing the cost of labor, doesn’t change this common sense principle. Fewer employees will be employed.

Housing Starved San Francisco Shoots Down New Apartment Project Because It Would Cast Shadow On Nearby Park. Again. by Christian Britschgi, at reason.com. Increasing the cost of building apartments, via regulation, fees or delays, means less housing will be supplied. The same principle applies to housing as it does to labor in the above post.

What Went Wrong With Pensions…And Why The Whole World Should Be Worried, at zerohedge.com. Politicians have underfunded these pensions for years. There is not enough principle in these pensions, to accrue enough interest, in order to cover the  benefits promised by politicians. At some point someone is going to have to give something up. It will either be the tax payers through higher taxes or retirees through decreased benefits. Politicians who try to fix this problem will be savaged by the unions and the media. While the politicians who created the problem will never be held responsible.

Thousand Of Elderly Patients Go Blind In Britain Due To Eye Surgery Rationing, by Ashe Schow, at dailywire.com. Healthcare is an economic good. Economic goods are scarce and have to be rationed through some process. Economic goods are rationed by prices in a free market, while they are rationed by bureaucrats in a centrally planned system. More healthcare is supplied in a free market than is supplied in a centrally planned system. Since the U.K. has a nationalized healthcare system, the supply of healthcare will not be enough to keep up with demand. Waiting in line is how scarce resources are rationed in a centrally planned economy.

London’s Uber, Cab Drivers Catch Yellow Vests’ Bug, Rail Against Fossil Fuel Taxes, at zerohedge.com. The climate change hoax will be paid for by the middle class. These are the people who can ill afford to pay for it. The wealthy will be ok and the poor will either be exempted from paying or will be subsidised by tax payers.

Central Banks Are Propping Up Stock Prices, by Thorsten Poleit, at mises.org. Printed money, via artificially low-interest rates, is being pumped into the stock market. This pushes stock prices higher and props them up after they have increased. Money going in to the stock market increases stock prices while money leaving the stock market decreases stock prices. It is simple supply and demand.

Outraged Jews And Supporters Stage Sit-In At Nancy Pelosi’s Office, by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, at saracarter.com. This is what happens when you push identity politics. Eventually protected groups are pitted against each other. I have never understood why Jewish people support the Democrat party since Democrat policies are anti-Israel. The failure of Democrat party leaders to criticize the anti-Semitic comments of Democrat Rep Ilhan Omar is causing many Jews to rethink their support for the Party. This exit from the Democrat party is being called Jexodus. Like Candace Owens’ Blexit movement.

Cory Booker Admits Releasing Migrants In Sanctuary Cities Would “Make Us Less Safe“, at zerohedge.com. In an unrelated story, “I Finally Agree With Cher” Trump Exposes Liberal Elites’ Virtue-Signaling Hypocrisy, at zerohedge.com. These two are agreeing with Trump even though they probably don’t realize it. Trump doubled down on the lefts criticism of him stating that he was going to release migrants to sanctuary cities. After the criticism he said: “…The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” He was offering to give them what they wanted.

These leftists remind me of Wile E. Coyote. He always got smashed by the anvil he attempted to drop on the Road Runner. He has been doing this to the Democrats and the media for two plus years. And they haven’t figured it out yet. (watch here)

NY Democrats Block College Tuition Aid For Gold Star Families – But Approve $27 Million In Aid For Illegal Immigrants, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. Since human beings act purposefully, their actions reveal what they value. Who do these democrat politicians value. Excerpt from the article: “Democrats in the new York Assembly blocked a college tuition bill that would expand aid to children in Gold Star families. The move took place Tuesday, just a week after he Assembly’s Higher Education Committee approved $27 million allocated from NY State’s tax budget to assist illegal immigrants in receiving higher education.”

School Lets You Pay Tuition By Selling 17% Of Your Future Income, at zerohedge.com. This is a free market solution to the government created problem of the high cost of a college education.

College (As We Know It) Is Broken In The USA, at zerohedge.com. The high cost of a college education is sowing the seeds of its own destruction. This high cost is providing lower cost alternatives with the ability to compete in the education market for customers. Here is the list of some possible alternatives. 1) The way students and parents pay for college is changing. 2) The methods and the places students learn are changing (and have been for a while think internet and trade schools). 3) Our culture is changing to finally accept that “traditional’ 4-year college isn’t the answer for everyone. 4) Businesses are starting to figure out that a college degree isn’t needed to be successful in their particular field. They would rather provide training for potential workers, instead of relying on a college degree.

Frankenstein Designer Kids: What You Don’t Know About Gender – Transitioning Will Blow Your Mind, at zerohedge.com. I stated this last week: What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. Young kids and teens don’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means. Why do you think there are statutory rape laws and laws against pedophilia? To protect young people from predators. Are  doctors now predators?

Pew Research Center’s Science Knowledge Quiz, at carpediemblog. The average score is 61%. Take this quiz if you want to build your self-esteem, because you will probably get all the answers correct. But, does being able to answer easy questions correctly build self-esteem? They should have a more difficult quiz for the people who answered all the questions correctly. Then we could find out if we deserve to feel good about our scientific bona fides.

 

CANDACE OWENS Opening Statement In Front Of House Judiciary Hearing Concerning On “Hate Crimes And The Rise Of White Nationalism”. (click here)

Candace Owens Slaps Down Democrats Smear Attempts At Judiciary Hearing. (click here)

After Mr. Lieu played some audio of a previous statement made by Candace Owens, he doesn’t ask her to comment. He asked two people on the panel to comment about her comments. Then a Republican congressman said he would yield his allotted time to Miss Owens if she wanted to respond. She then proceeds to hammer Mr. Lieu. As she starts, the chairman of the committee tries to accuse her of ‘referring disparagingly’ to a member of the committee. This is a ploy used by politicians in these hearings to limit the amount of time a witness can talk. But this back fires because she proceeds to hammer him.

Watch the condescending attitude shown by the facial expressions of the committee chairman. The optics of this are amazing. Lets reverse the situation. If a white Republican congress chair acted like this toward a black women who was testifying, the Dems and the press would be screaming racism.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Comey: ‘We Did Spy—We Just Observed And Reported Secretly Without The Subjct’s Knowledge Or Consent’, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Appears On ‘The Price Is Right,’ Guesses Everything Is Free, at babylonbee.com.

Scientists Recommend Reducing The Number Of Democratic Presidential Candidates To Help Fight Climate Change, at babylonbee.com.

Progressives Officially Redefine ‘Hate Speech’ As ‘Speech We Do Not Like’, at babylonbee.com.

Hillary Clinton Sends 30,000 Emails On Mission To Investigate Black Hole, at babyonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 2/23/19

February 25, 2019

“The coordination of mens activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

“I’m Committing Professional Suicide”: CBS Reporter Lara Logan Admits “Mostly Liberal” Journalists Are Now “Political Activists“, zerohedge.com. Lara Logan is a former CBS News 60 Minutes correspondent. In this interview she gives us her observations about her industry. Watch parts of or the entire interview for context.

Excerpt from the article: “Logan says that heavy bias has warped people’s ability to know what’s really true.”

“When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store it they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true, said Logan. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.” She also admitted that journalists today are more or less lobbyists for liberal interests, adding that the weight of the liberal media machine overwhelms the other side unless people actively seek alternative outlets….”

“Logan said “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense –  or at least the effort – to be objective, today…..We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that.”

“Responsibility for fake news begins with us.”

Lara Logan: Media Is “Coming After Me” For Telling The Truth About Liberal Bias, at zerohedge.com. There is a price to be paid for going against the politically correct leftist orthodoxy.

Excerpt from the article: “I am braced for fire and fury, I can give you the script now…..It’s the same people all the time, and who say the same thing…..they can’t take down the substance, they can’t go after the things that matter, so they smear you personally, they go after your integrity, they go after your reputation as a person and as a professional and they’ll stop at nothing.”

“If there are any independent voices out there, if there are any journalists that are not beating the same drum and giving the same talking points, then we pay the price.”

“Journalists have always needed two independent first hand sources. That’s always been the standard we’ve worked to> People know that we’ve slipped. People know that when those are no longer your standards…..that it raises questions, if you’re honest.”

Covington High School Student Files $250 Million Defamation Suit Against Washington Post, at zerohedge.com. Pushing back against the left. Look at the list of the 50 plus organizations, reporters, politicians and celebrities being sued.

Smollett Bail Set At $100,000; Empire Star Ordered To Surrender Passport, at zerohedge.com. This story is important for one reason. It shows main stream medias bias. They were so blinded by their bias, they couldn’t even see the signals that this might not be true. The MSM will do everything to blame this on someone or something else other than the perpetrator. He was ‘triggered’ to do this.

Charles Barkley Crushes Jussie Smollett, at theburningplatform.com. Watch this. It is priceless. This is how the Smollett situation should be handled. Sir Charles is a funny man because he says what you are thinking, but would never say out loud. The NBA on TNT pregame, halftime and post game shows with Charles, Shaq, Kenny and Ernie is most see TV.

The Epidemic Of Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes In Brooklyn Is No Hoax, by David Marcus, at thefederalist.com. This story is important because it shows the bias of the MSM. They decide what should and shouldn’t be reported. They ignore this because it doesn’t advance the vision of the left. Flip this script and it would be front page news.

Hate Hoaxes Are What Happen When Your Religion Is Identity Politics,  by Jayme Metzgar, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: While adherents of progressivism may sincerely believe they’re working to end oppression, the fact is that their model of morality requires oppression in order to exist. It requires that someone always be cast in the role of oppressor, whether he or she deserves to be or not. Any final end to oppression and evil—any real peace, unity, or brotherhood—is impossible.”

“Progressives decry the “privilege” and “power” of some identity groups over others, but the reality is that they don’t seek to abolish class struggle, but rather to wield it. Progressivism keeps us locked in an endless conflict, fighting to kill or be killed.”

“This is why progressives are so eager to make their fellow Americans into racists and bigots. Virtue is a zero-sum game; you can only gain yours if someone else loses his.”

“At some point, Americans’ patience with this punishing moral fervor will run out. When we finally grow weary of the endless offense-taking, shaming, bullying, language-policing, and pitting of one American against another, maybe it will be time to acknowledge that progressivism is a toxic belief system, incompatible with freedom, peace, and unity.”

Navratilova Attacked For Saying Women’s Sports Should Only Include Women, by Libby Emmons, at thefederalist.com. Martina Navratilova is finding out that being a lesbian is lower on the social justice scale than being transgendered. You pay a price for saying something against a higher ranked identity group. She is being seen as the oppressor of the transgendered. Where do you rank on the ladder of social justice?

Brit Hume Called ‘Sexist’ For Scolding Reporters Clothes Shopping With Kamala Harris, at tammybruce.com. Brit Hume is a journalist commenting on how the actions of other journalists proves their biased toward Kamala Harris. Doesn’t he understand that he is on the bottom rung of the identity politics ladder. He is committing a sin against social justice if he comments truthfully about people resting on a higher rung of the ladder. If he was a transgendered reporter, what he said would be alright. He needs to talk to Martina Navratilova.

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is A Target, by Stella Morabito, at thefederalist.com. I can’t believe I’m saying this but being a pedophile will some day be the top rung on the ladder of identity politics. I’ve said in the past that pedophilia is going to be mainstreamed like transgenderism has. The argument will go something like this: How can you deny someone their sexual orientation? This is an eye opening article.

“Venezuela Was My Home, And Socialism Destroyed It. Slowly, It will Destroy American Too”, at zerorhedge.com. Great article about what happened when incremental government intervention in Venezuela turned into a socialist paradise. Socialism is defined as government ownership of the means of production. Government regulations and taxes take partial control of private ownership of the means of production. At what point does the increase of government regulations tip the balance of decision making about the means of production towards government bureaucrats instead of the private owner? How far away is the US from that tipping point. As Hayek said, “coordinating men’s activities through central planning leads to serfdom and poverty.”

This Day In History – Marx Publishes Manifesto – 2/21/1848, at the burningplatform. Leftist celebrate this day that should live in infamy.

Europe Is Losing The Technology Race. Here Is Why, at zerohedge.com. Government regulation on technology and innovation has driven Tech companies out of the EU. These companies are moving to the U.S. or China. Think about that! China is a better place for tech businesses than Europe? The good news is they can escape the economic tyranny of the EU.

Constitution’s ‘Excessive Fines’ Ban Bolstered By U.S. High Court,by Lawrence Hurley, at usnews.com. Why isn’t this a bigger story? This was a 9-0 decision for property rights and against tyrannical local and state government.

China Bans Millions From Flights, Trains In Social-Credit Crackdown, at zerohedge.com. China is punishing people who don’t think according to the government sanctioned orthodoxy. This can’t happen here, can it? Or are we already on the road toward this reality? Some of the articles above suggest that we have already traveled down this road. Let’s put on the brakes and turn around.

Trump Demands $2.5 Bn For California’s High-Speed Rail; Pulls $929Mn Grant, at zerohedge.com. Bureaucrats making economic decisions with other people’s money is always a disaster. What a waste of scarce resources which would have had productive alternative uses.

Kamala Harris’s Jamaican Father Wasn’t Amused By Her Joke About Marijuana Use, at mercurynews.com. No comment necessary. Here comments at the end are interesting to say the least. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Donald J. Harris sent a statement to Jamaica Global Online seeking to “categorically dissociate” himself from the remarks of his daughter…..”

“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” he wrote.”

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” added Donald Harris, who is now an emeritus professor of economics at Stanford University.”

“Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

“During the senator’s appearance on the New York radio show, “The Breakfast Club,” she defended the recreational use of marijuana, saying, “It gives a lot of people joy.”

“And we need more joy in the world,” she added.”

Democrats Take Down Another Judicial Nominee Because He’s A Christian, by Rick Esenberg and Anthony LaCoco, at thefederalist.com. In the eyes of the progressive left, if you are a Catholic you are disqualified form serving as a judge. Is it because of the Churches stance on abortion? So let me sum this up; A religious test, by a group of people which practices the religion of progressivism.

Autopsy Of A Dead Coup, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com. This is a great summation of the whole Russian collusion story. This is a must read of the must reads. Opening paragraphs from the article:

“The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed.”

“So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed. There are many elements to what in time likely will become recognized as the greatest scandal in American political history, marking the first occasion in which U.S. government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president.”

6 Takeaways From Andrew McCabe’s ’60 Minutes’, by Adam Mill, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“McCabe’s self-congratulatory arrogance resulted in several careless statements that cement his place as a key villain in the greatest law enforcement scandal in the history of the United States.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Chicago Police Credit Their Extensive Experience Falsifying Evidence For Helping Solve Smollett Case, at theonion.com.

Elizabeth Warren Claims Two Men In Colonial Outfits Assaulted Her With Smallpox Infested Blankets, at babylonbee.com.

Nike Fires 8-Year-Old Shoemaker Responsible For Zion Williamson Injury, at theonion.com.

Virginia Democrats Publicly Thank Jussie Smollett For Taking All The Attention Away From Them, at babylonbee.com.

Viewers Starting To Doubt Objectivity Of Reporter With ‘KAMALA 2020’ Face Tatoo, at babylonbee.com.

Police Officer Claims He Feared For His Life After Shooting Family’s Roomba To Death, at babylonbee.com.

Man Forced To Apologize For Whatever He Did In Wife’s Dream Last Night, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 9/15/18

September 17, 2018

The Intellectual Poverty Of The New Socialists, by Richard A. Epstein, at hoover.org. This is a great article. Here are some excerpts: “The New Socialists try of course to distance themselves from the glaring failures of the Old Socialists, who suffered from two incurable vices. First, they ran the economies of such places as Cuba, Venezuela, the Soviet Union, and virtually all of Eastern Europe into the ground. Second, they turned these states into one-party dictatorships governed by police brutality, forced imprisonment for political offenses, and other human rights abuses. When viewing the proposals of the New Socialists, one looks for any kind of explanation for how their proposals for the radical expansion of government control over the economy aimed at mitigating income inequality will protect both personal liberty and economic well-being.

“The New Socialists in the United States live in a world of intellectual self-denial. They think that they can control the distribution of all the good things in life without undermining the economic and social institutions needed for the creation of that wealth in the first place. The words “competition,” “scarcity,” and “free entry” do not make it into their constricted lexicon, and their absence explains why they botch the analytical issues concerning “freedom” thoroughly…… ignoring the simple truth that scarcity means that all of us cannot have all that we want all the time……. Sadly, some individuals must grovel before their bosses to keep their jobs. But in a competitive economy, free entry allows many more individuals to quit their jobs for better opportunities, or even to be recruited away by another employer.

“Competition leaves people with choices. But under the New Socialism, people will really discover what it means to be unfree when they only have this choice: work for the state and spend your falling wages on government-supplied goods—or starve. And to whom does the unhappy citizen turn when there is only one healthcare provider, one landlord, and one education system?

“There is a deep intellectual confusion and moral emptiness in New Socialism. On the one hand, it denies the major advances in longevity and human flourishing that have been made in recent years by the worldwide spread of market institutions…… And New Socialism attributes to market institutions the failures that fall squarely on the regulatory programs of traditional liberals—e.g. minimum wages, rent control—that hamper economic growth and personal freedom. The New Socialism has no more chance of success than the Old Socialism. You may as well try to cure diabetes by administering extra-large doses of government-subsidized sugar.

Education Is Not A Right, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. Education is an economic good not a right. It has to be produced by someone before it can be consumed. Economic goods are not rights. The second amendment guarantees your right to keep and bear arms from being infringed by Government. It doesn’t force someone to provide a gun for you. And it doesn’t force you to purchase a gun. Education being a right would mean that the Government couldn’t infringe on your decision to either get or not get an education. Nothing more.

Private schools and home schooling are examples of an economic good (education) being provided in the market and not by a state-run education monopoly. With today’s technology, think about the possibilities of educating people using fewer scarce resources. Scarce resources once used to build and maintain high school campuses, to maintain the education bureaucracy and to transport students to and from school could be reallocated to a more productive economic activity. The total cost of our modern “free” K-12 education system is much higher than what the cost would be if education was provided through the market process. But since our education system is a mammoth bureaucracy. What is the chance of it giving up its monopoly position? But just as fracking took down the OPEC monopoly when the price of oil rose to $140 a barrel, so to technology and entrepreneurship can make a huge dent into the State education monopoly as the price becomes more burdensome.

Victor Davis Hanson’s Analysis of ‘Trump’ vs. ‘The Resistance’

The Circus Of Resistance, by Victor Davis Hanson, at americangreatness.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Certainly, there are principles behind Trump’s moves, but they are not always those of the Washington establishment, whose agendas the media reflects. Trump’s initiatives are often long overdue moves that would never have happened in either a “sober and judicious” Democratic or Republican administration, however much they might have been polled and discussed.”

“Trump has mostly one principle: he was elected to pursue a conservative populist agenda without too much worry what the Washington establishment said or did, whose record on the economic front since 2008 and in foreign policy was not especially stellar. In that sense, he is far more principled in carrying out his promises than many past presidents whose stump speeches on taxes, illegal immigration, trade, educational reform and a host of other issues were either never reified or flat-out broken.”

“So far, for all the crudity and Twitter antics, we have not had a “read my lips” or “you can keep your doctor” moment in the sense of a deliberate effort to break a campaign promise.”

Is Trump Chaos An Impeachable Offense, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article: Trump is destabilizing the status quo, as he promised to do. The keepers of the status quo cry foul.”

“…for the D.C. political-media status quo it was more of a problem to tell the truth, address reality, and make the necessary difficult adjustments than to shrug, continue on, and maintain the façade of normality. Then a president came along with no prior investment in the economic and foreign-policy establishment, and apparently no desire to create any, or to worry much about his own ignorance of past conventional wisdom. And so in breakneck speed he began cancelling deals, renegotiating asymmetrical agreements, and questioning protocols of decades past — and he did so without adopting the comportment of past presidents and the advice of either the administrative state or the Washington political-media establishment. The ensuing reaction was that the Trump medicine was said to be worse than the preexisting disease, although no one could really explain why that was so.”

“So we are left only with “Trump did it,” and therefore he should be impeached, declared insane, sued, forced to resign, or face an intervention from “loyal” patriot aides because of his impulsiveness and lack of “first principles” that had given us the above status quo. Even the recent anonymous New York Times op-ed author offered no real explanations of what exactly Trump has done wrong that would warrant anti-democratic removal other than to concede that Trump has done things that most felt were long overdue. And he made changes in a rude and uncouth manner that the establishment did not like — just as a nude emperor in invisible clothes does not like it when an outsider observes that he is naked.

THE RESISTANCE

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Pompeo Tears Into John Kerry Over Iran Meetings: “Unheard Of” Level Of Undermining White House, at zerohedge.com.

“It Was All A Set-Up” – Pentagon Whistleblower Exposes Russia Probe Reality, at zerohedge.com.

New Strzok-Page Texts Discuss FBI “Media Leak Strategy” Within Hours Of Washington Post Bombshell, at zerohedge.com.

TO WHOM DO YOU RELATE?

“Panic And Dismay”: Leaked Video Reveals Distraugh Google Execs Grappling With Hillary Clinton’s Loss, at zerohedge.com. This is priceless. The article tells you where to go in the video to see the highlights. But go to 16:45 and watch as a female exec suggests everyone get a hug. When they show the audience. Look at all the people wearing beanies with propellers on them. Like The Beany and Cecil cartoon. Seriously!

Life, Liberty & Levin: Katie Pavlich and Candace Owens, at Reasonable Insanity.

Now listen to Miss Pavlich and Miss Owens. Compare this to what you saw and heard on the Google video?

 

Twitter Suspends Benghazi Hero After He Excoriates Obama, at zerohedge.com. In a speech at U of Illinois, Obama said: “The republican party……..has embraced wild conspiracy theories like those surrounding Benghazi…..

In response to Obama’s statement. Kris Paronto, who was in the middle of the fight in Benghazi, tweeted,“Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama?! How bout we do this, let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies & shot rpg’s & Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81 mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all the while waiting for US support that you never sent ! #scum.”

Here is the excerpt that sparked the response. Watch this video with the understanding that this is “acting Presidential”. The cadence. The tone. The pauses. The posture. The body movements. The words.

“Acting Presidential” is just one part of the establishment status quo that people voted against in 2016. “Acting presidential” is part of the propaganda process.

I’ll take Trump “acting non-presidential” every time.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Google Rep Issues Heartfelt Apology for Anti-Conservative Bias While Wearing ‘Kill All Republicans’ T-Shirt, at babylonbee.com.

He’s Still Got It! Funnyman Jim Carrey Jokes Americans Should ‘Say Yes To Socialism’, at babylonbee.com. What! He is serious?

Man Identifies As Woman, Immediately Receives 23% Pay Cut, at babylonbee.com.

Gay Man Bravely Comes Out As Fan Of Chick-Fil-A, at babylonbee.com.

‘The Onion’ Can’t Compete With The ‘Real’ News.

August 23, 2017
Sense vs Nonsense - Traffic sign with two options - meaningfulness and usefulness based on reason and vs stupid, silly and illogical absurdity

How can the ‘fake’ news ‘Onion’ stay in business when it can’t compete with the humor provided by the ‘real’ news?

‘The ONION’ couldn’t make up these two (real) stories:

ESPN Removes Robert Lee From Calling U-Va Game In Charlottesville Because Of His Name, – The Washington Post.

Traveler, USC Mascot, Comes Under Scrutiny For Having A Name Similar To Robert E. Lee’s Horse, – The LA Times.

Here is a story The ONION came up with: Six Flags Removes Confederate Flag.

Which is better?

How absurd have the squeaky wheels and the media become when a ‘Real Fake News Paper’, which is trying to be funny, can’t come close to being as funny as the ‘real’ news stories which are supposedly serious.

The good news is a majority of people can’t relate to this absurdity. And as the media continues to cover the behaviour of the people on the fringe, more people will see it for what it is and stand against it.

 

THE SILLIEST GENERATION

Victor Davis Hanson’s recent article titled: The Silliest Generation,  gives great insight into the world in which we live. It makes you think, which is always a good thing. Here are some excerpts from the article:

“Every generation, in its modesty, used to think the prior one was far better. Tom Brokaw coined “The Greatest Generation” to remind Americans of what our fathers endured during the Depression and World War II—with the implicit message that we might not have been able to do what they did.””

Yet what is strange about the present age is that our current generation uniquely believes just the opposite. Apparently, we believe that most cadres before us were not up to our standards. Indeed, we are having to clean up their messes of racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, as well as environmental desecration and global warming.”

“Apparently, proof our generation’s genius is that no one in the past had a clue how to build an iPhone or do a Google search—or even make a good Starbucks Teavana shaken pineapple black tea infusion. Yet given our own present lack of humility and meager accomplishments, we have combined arrogance with ignorance to become the smuggest generation in memory. What good is the high-tech acceleration in delivering information if there is now precious little learning to be accelerated? Google is an impressive pump, but if there is no real water, what is the point of delivering nothing faster?”

“For the silliest generation, human nature should somehow be seen as perfectible as a smartphone app. So no wonder we allow no glitches in the way people talk or think, if we sense they dare to deviate from our programmed correctness.”

“Rhetoric trumps muscle. The majority of Americans no longer work with their hands, grow food, make or build things, and they are paid quite handsomely to avoid such drudgery. But the result on society at large is that abstraction rules over practicality, and nature remains theoretical and deified rather than concrete and thus sometimes feared.”

“Those who sit at desks all day believe nature is mastered as easily as the temperature control in their offices—without much acknowledgement that different sorts of people are pumping natural gas to heat turbines to make electricity to send it into high-rises—and it isn’t always easy or clean. Techies love four-wheel drive cars, hiking boots, and parkas, as if by being prepared to go anywhere they can feel good about going nowhere.”

“The more technologically sophisticated we become, the more like a Mycenaean top-heavy palace we grow vulnerable. If the grid goes down, will those in Menlo Park learn that food is not grown at Whole Foods or that there is no such thing as a raisin plant?”

“This present generation’s impulse to play judge, jury, and executioner of the culpable of our past takes for granted that it does so as the moral superior of our forefathers. But that premise is an unfounded assumption.”

 

Related Article – If you liked that article, you might want to read another recent article by Victor Davis Hanson titled: Our War Against Memory.

 

Victor Davis Hanson: American Empire, Immigration Policy, The 2016 Election

November 1, 2016

Here is a video you should watch before next Tuesday’s election. Victor Davis Hanson talks with Peter Robinson in this segment on Uncommon Knowledge from the Hoover Institute.

Is America an imperialist nation? Is there danger if American influence declines on the world stage? What about China, Iran, Russia? Is an open border immigration policy beneficial as compared to what American immigration policy was in the early 1900’s? What are our choices in the 2016 election? Victor Davis Hanson gives great insight in the answers to these questions.

Excerpts from the video:

On American Empire: “We are a funny sort of empire. By every calculus we should be empirical. That’s what people do. They try to aggrandize their land, their territory, their natural resources…….We don’t take people’s land. We have an empirical order, but it’s a post WWII order in which we set the rules and the terms of commerce and trade. We’ve allow Japan or Germany or China with much less military power than us to beat us economically…….Americans are endowed with an exceptional moral sense. We are a generous people, whose checkered imperial interventions in the past rarely proved profitable or exploitive.

“75 years after WWII is an aberration in world history. Peace is a parenthesis….and war is the natural order of things and in a vacuum of American power were going to see that very quickly.”

On Immigration: (starts at 21:21) “Historically there’s three elements to immigration that adjudicates whether it failed or was successful. 1) Is it diverse? Do people come from all over or do they just come from a specific area? 2) Is it measured? Does an immigrant come in and meet ten natives? do they learn to assimilate and integrate and intermarry, or do they come in mass and create enclaves? 3) Do they come under some legal auspices? Is it meritocratic? Do they learn the language?”

“If the conditions are met as it has been mostly in Americas history, than it works wonderfully. It enriches the body politic. The people are invigorated by these new people who want to be American more than they do.”

“It has to be diverse so one particular group is not used by domestic political parties for their own electoral calculations as happened in the 19th century.”

On Obama The Divider: (starts at 27:05) “President Obama has systematically adopted a rhetoric and an agenda that is predicated on dividing up the country according to tribal grievances, in hopes of recalibrating various factions into a majority grievance culture. He has succeeded politically. but in doing so he has nearly torn the country apart.”

“When the President came into office he did things that I hadn’t seen in my lifetime. I’ve never heard a presidential candidate say “typical white person”….Woodrow Wilson was the last president to identify that strongly with race...”

On Hillary And Trump: (starts at 30:18) “….The Clinton’s have offered something that no ex-president had ever offered….He had a spouse who he said would be back in here. He said she’s a viable presidential candidate in a way that no other first ladies ever were, and I’m going to be back here with her as defacto President, and therefore you better invest in her as Secretary of State through this foundation and we’re going to remember. That’s the font of all their ethical problems. They had a premise that was predicated on selling influence for money.”

The elites can’t stand Trump and he should be down by 20 points. But he’s not. He represents an anger at a much over used word elites. Elites are people who, not just by money, basically have a utopian vision that they feel does not apply to themselves. And they have the money culture and influence to navigate around the ramifications of their own ideology. What do I mean by that? Mark Zuckerberg lectures all of us about how a wall is bad and then builds a wall or tries to build a Maginot line around his own home. Or were told how terrible charter schools are, and Obama puts his kids in Sidwell Friends……Trump is Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare, he’s a vampire’s mirror for the Republican establishment.”

 

Related ArticleWho Are Those Darn Elites, at victorhanson.com.

Related ArticleFrom Greek Tragedy To American Therapy, at victorhanson.com.

Must Reads For The Week 6/25/16

June 25, 2016

Democrats “Gun Control” Sit In Continues Into Its Second Day On House Floor, at zerohedge.com. In my post three days ago titled The Breakdown Of The Rule Of Law, I said we are acting like third world countries when it comes to settling differences. The way our democrat party aristocracy acted when they did not get their way on gun control is exactly how protesters acted in Wisconsin when Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda got passed into law. Most people can’t relate to people acting like this because most of us have dealt with spoiled kids who don’t get their way. “I want my bottle now!”

Why Terrorists Target Gun Free Zones, by John Lott, at nypost.com. John Lott is the go to guy when it comes to guns and crime. Terrorists are logical thinkers. They will attack targets that provide little or no resistance. They want more bang for the buck and a gun free zone means law-abiding citizens will not bring a gun to these places. Only law breakers will.

Rangle Says His constituents Shouldn’t Have To Carry A Gun, However Congress Needs To Be Protected By Them, at theblaze.com. Do as I say, not as I do. Another example of our ruling aristocracy playing by different rules than the ruled. How can anyone take this man seriously after hearing what he said?

Higher Education’s Academic Monoculture, by Loyd S. Perregrew and Carol A. Vance, at mises.org. Colleges indoctrinate their students into one way of thinking about economics. In a classic bait and switch tactic they call our current crony capitalist system free market capitalism and then trash it. They push central planning by Government as the fix for our current economic problems. The students don’t understand that intervention in the free market by central planners is what caused our problems in the first place. In this article by Tom Bemis titled, Karl Marx Is The Most Assigned Economist In U.S. College Classes, he shows the economists colleges pick for their students to read. I don’t care if students read Marx, Keynes, or Krugman. I just want them to also read equal amounts of Mises, Hayek, and Adam Smith. I trust the logic of free markets will win our over the illogic of central planning. This is the reason Socialist central planners don’t want their theories challenged. They want a monopoly on the material that is presented.

New Site Tries To Give Colorado Degree-Seekers A Return On Investment On Their Degrees, at denverpost.com. Launchmycareercolorado.org is a site that tells students what they are likely to earn from their college degree. Just a guess but an engineering degree will probably return more than a women’s studies degree. Shockingly colleges aren’t happy with this site. They worry that: “…reducing the college experience to solely a monetary payoff sells short a higher ed experience. It could be a useful tool. But the value of a college education can’t be measured by a simple RIO. Part of the reason people go to college is to become well-rounded individuals.” I agree! How can you put a price on spending 4 or 5 years becoming a well-rounded partier. And of course the indoctrination that takes place can’t be measured.

Austin Goes Undercover In Sting Operation Targeting Underground Ridesharing, at keyetv.com. Two points. 1) I love the spirit of the American Revolution that is represented in the black market operating in Austin. Austin got rid of Uber, but the market for ride sharing didn’t go away. It went underground. 2) It is going to get more difficult for central planners to control what people do. Why? Because technology has made it possible for individuals to go around through and over the road blocks the planners put in our way.

Uber Is Progress, So Why Aren’t Progressives On Board, by Steven Horwitz, at fee.org. Progressives only see the status quo that’s in front of their nose. They are also central planners. Since Uber wasn’t planned by them, it can’t be good.

Obama’s Open Borders and Surging Deadly Disease In America, by Matthew Vadum, at frontpage.com. This is not a shock. I went on the Ellis Island tour years ago and I learned that immigrants were quarantined and sent back if they had diseases. All the talk of fixing our broken immigration system can be fixed is two things were done. 1) enforce the laws currently on the books. 2) Streamline and lower the cost of the process for immigrants to legally become Americans. Unfortunately politicians want the issue and not a solution. They can make political hay if there isn’t a fix.

Deadlocked Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Immigration Plans, at zerohedge.com. The President usurped power that the presidency doesn’t have. The office of the president is not allowed to legislate in this area. This is another example of the breakdown of the rule of law. The president said he didn’t have the power to do what he did and went for it anyway.

State Department Disabled Security Software To Allow Hillary’s Private Server EMails, at zerohedge.com. Upon further review that private server wasn’t a very good idea was it? But it doesn’t matter when the rules don’t apply to the ruling aristocracy.

Europe’s Robots To Become ‘Electronic Persons’ Under Draft Plan, at reuters.com. I thought this was from the Onion. Never underestimate central planners desire to grab as much power and money as they possibly can. Why do we continue to let foolishness like this stand?

America In Free Fall, at victorhanson.com. Victor Hanson gives an historical perspective of countries who have gone through social and economic turmoil. What lies ahead for America?

Define Winning and Losing In The Israel-Arab Conflict

August 1, 2014

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Lets take an unemotional look at the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Hamas is using the Palestinian people to paint an emotional picture far different from the reality that exists. Hamas can’t defeat Israel by fighting them in Gaza, it can only hope to defeat them by winning the Propaganda war they wage in the minds and hearts of the people of the world. The cost Israel makes Hamas pay for their attacks, must be high enough to keep Hamas from wanting to try it again anytime soon. That is reality, perception from propaganda is not reality.

Here are two great articles about the conflict. They are,

Cease The Cease-Fires, by Thomas Sowell, and

Winning A Lose/Lose War, by Victor Davis Hanson.

Here are some excerpts from “Cease the Cease-Fires”.

“According to the New York Times, Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a cease-fire to “open the door to Israeli and Palestinian negotiations for a long-term solution.” President Obama has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to have an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” — again, with the idea of pursuing some long-lasting agreement.”

“The Middle East must lead the world in cease-fires. If cease-fires were the road to peace, the Middle East would easily be the most peaceful place on the planet.”

“Cease-fire” and “negotiations” are magic words to “the international community.” But just what do cease-fires actually accomplish? “In the short run, they save some lives. But in the long run they cost far more lives, by lowering the cost of aggression.”

“…when Hamas or some other terrorist group launches an attack on Israel, they know in advance that whatever Israel does in response will be limited by calls for a cease-fire, backed by political and economic pressures from the United States.”

“If you want to minimize civilian casualties, then minimize the dangers of war, by no longer coming to the rescue of those who start wars.”

“There is something grotesque about people living thousands of miles away, in safety and comfort, loftily second-guessing and trying to micro-manage what the Israelis are doing in a matter of life and death. Such self-indulgences are a danger, not simply to Israel, but to the whole Western world, for it betrays a lack of realism…”

“As for the ever-elusive “solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflicts in the Middle East, there is nothing faintly resembling a solution anywhere on the horizon. Nor is it hard to see why. Even if the Israelis were all saints — and sainthood is not common in any branch of the human race — the cold fact is that they are far more advanced than their neighbors, and groups that cannot tolerate even subordinate Christian minorities can hardly be expected to tolerate an independent, and more advanced, Jewish state that is a daily rebuke to their egos.”

Here are some excerpts from “Winning A Lose/Lose War”.

“Once again neighboring enemies are warring in diametrically opposite ways”.

“Hamas sees the death of its civilians as an advantage; Israel sees the death of its civilians as a disaster. Defensive missiles explode to save civilians in Israel; in Gaza, civilians are placed at risk of death to protect offensive missiles.”

“Hamas wins by losing lots of its people; Israel loses by losing a few of its own. Hamas digs tunnels in premodern fashion; Israel uses postmodern high technology to detect them. Hamas’s missiles usually prove ineffective; Israel’s bombs and missiles almost always hit their targets. Quiet Israeli officers lead from the front; loud Hamas leaders flee to the rear. Incompetency wins sympathy; expertise, disdain.”

“Westerners romanticize the Hamas cause; fellow Arabs of the Gulf do not. Westerners critical of Israel are still willing to visit Israel; sympathizers of Hamas do not wish to visit Gaza.”

“….Timidity explains much of the Europeans’ easy damnation of Israel. Putin escapes the disdain accorded to Netanyahu, because Netanyahu governs a small nation and is predictably reasonable; Putin governs a large one and is predictably unreasonable. Trashing Putin might involve some risk; trashing Netanyahu brings psychological relief.”

“If Israel blows up Hamas’s tunnels, dismantles its arsenals, destroys its missiles, devastates its military, and leaves Hamas weak and discredited, the world will quietly turn its attention away in a sort of grudging admiration of Israel’s success, with an unspoken conclusion that Hamas may have gotten what it asked for.”

“But if Israel panics, retreats from Gaza under a premature ceasefire with Hamas ascendant, and, as a victim, hunkers down under a rain of missiles, then the protests will only intensify and the world will shrug that Israel is suffering what it deserves. At least up to a point, opportunism, not morality, guides public opinion.”

“It is said that the 34-day Lebanon War of 2006 was a terrible defeat for Israel. Perhaps. But so far Hezbollah has not unleashed its huge arsenal of missiles, at a time when such coordination with Hamas might have kept all of Israel underground. Why?”

“…. Hezbollah quietly remembers the damage of 2006, the years of rebuilding, and the costs, both human and material, that it incurred by its so-called “victory” — and the subsequent lack of world sympathy for Hezbollah. The world cared little for postwar Hezbollah not because of its cause (which a sick global community often supported), but because of its image as a loser that foolishly squandered its capital for nothing. The same Germans who tuned Hitler out after Stalingrad had earlier egged him on after the fall of Paris. In an ill Europe of the 1940s, even the Holocaust did not lose Hitler public support; losing the war did.”

“In the supposedly lose/lose world of Middle Eastern warfare, Israel must ensure that Hamas nevertheless loses far more than Israel itself does, not because the world will publicly sympathize with the cause of the Jewish state, but because, for all its ideological chest-pounding, an amoral world still privately gravitates to the successful and distances itself from the failed. Only if Israel finishes its ongoing dismantling of Hamas will the current war end. In six months, long after MSNBC and CNN have gone on to their next psychodramatic stories, long after John Kerry has moved on to his next Nobel Prize quest, those in Gaza who now yell into cameras encouraging their leaders to kill the Jews will quietly agree not to try another such costly war with Israel — and that fact, and only that fact, will lead to a sort of peace, at least for a while.”