Thursday, April 18, 2019

Open Thread: AG Barr’s Mueller Report

I hereby waive my white blogging privilege in order to throw the thread open to discussion of Attorney General Barr’s Report on the Mueller Report.

So unload here.

Just be sure you’re not aiming at the mirror.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Learn To Code

We know that Bernie Sanders supporters tend towards the young. No surprise, the young have always leaned toward liberal ideas - and yes, even socialism – before being mugged by reality.

But wait, this time there’s more. This generational cohort’s support for socialism, which keeps showing up with each new poll, is something more than youthful idealism. It’s the result of years of indoctrination disguised as education. The propagandization of America may well be complete.

How else to explain this recent Zogby poll? Both Gen Z and Millennials think that diversity is more important than merit in the workplace.

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As does Gen X. Most disturbing however is the fact that even large numbers of Boomers and beyond have been trained to reflexively give the politically correct response to this question.

Another result of generational indoctrination: the yutes (Gen Z and Millenials) and the not-so-yutes (Gen X)believe that the purpose of business is tending to global warming, not creating jobs and economic stability.

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The key findings from the survey:

  • Millennials are highly networked, steeped in technology, diverse. They believe diversity, not merit, is paramount to creating the ideal workplace.
  • They are more likely to feel that global warming is man-made and believe protecting the environment should top job creation.
  • They believe in “the wisdom of the crowd” over formal institutions like political parties and churches.
  • Millennials are a window into the future of the younger Gen Z which is even more diverse and plugged in.

“We are not talking about just a group of late teens and 20-somethings who are different and will get over it once they settle down. We are talking about 18- to 40-year-olds whose numbers are massive, who have access to information that we don't have, are impatient with the way we dawdle, and know how to organize via their own networks. Congress beware. Republicans and Democrats beware. Corporations and bureaucrats beware.” – John Zogby.

This is Zogby’s key takeaway:

• Look for our future leaders to be less focused on hierarchy as Millennials bring their network-based approach to problem-solving into communities, the workplace, and ultimately government. In other words, expect to varying degrees the call for a transformation of power away from centralized institutions as we see this already playing out in the world of blockchain technology.

What pray tell, is “blockchain technology?” 

It is the internet technology used by Bitcoin to run its cryptocurrency. There is no central authority, it is simply a time-stamped series of immutable records that is managed by a cluster of computers not owned by any single entity. It is potentially an industry disrupting technology.

Key point: no central authority – that seems somehow contradictory to Millennials knee-jerk reaction to want government to do everything. I wonder if they’ve thought this whole thing through.

As explained by Blockgeeks a blockchain ‘is the very definition of a democratized system.’ It contains a shared and incorruptible digital ledger of transactions, economic or otherwise, that anyone can see, but nobody can alter.  By nature every transaction is transparent and everyone involved is accountable.

Blockchain is the most disruptive invention since the Internet itself

Huh, how about that? I say let’s use blockchains for the governing process in that event. And especially for  voting. It will make it much easier to ferret out all the dead Democrats, non-citizens and double-dunkers.

So here’s my advice if you want to stay in the game – and this applies to journalists as well as their overlords in the Democratic party -

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

History Cannot Be Replicated, It Can Only Be Repeated

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
― Victor Hugo,
Les Misérables

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Did you sense it? As the fire raged did you feel something beyond the destruction of the great cathedral? Did it feel as if something vital, some part of you was being slowly consumed as well?

What we lost today is one of the great embodiments of Western civilization. It is impossible to overstate what this means. It will take some time to absorb. Notre Dame de Paris is at the heart of France’s identity. All distances in France are measured from kilometre zéro, in front of the cathedral. Though most (but not all!) of the French have turned away from their baptism, Notre Dame is the symbolic heart of the nation. And now, it’s gone, though firefighters may have saved its bones. It took 200 years to build, and now it was made a holocaust in one terrible afternoon. -   Sign of The Times

If you felt an inexplicable sense of loss, a dull hollowness in your soul that you fear will remain forever it was for good reason.

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Because despite the fact the walls remain standing, despite the proclamations far and wide that Notre Dame de Paris will be rebuilt it simply cannot be.

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Related imageThankfully the largest Rose Window was spared

There is no way to replace what Paris, what France, what Christendom, and indeed what humanity, has lost today. It is irreplaceable. For example, we literally cannot recreate the windows, which date from the time of Dante. We do not know how to do it.  Sign of The Times

Pragmatists will explain that thanks to 3D imaging it can be constructed exactly as it was:

For the last half-decade or so, an architectural historian named Andrew Tallon worked with laser scanners to capture the entirety of the cathedral’s interior and exterior in meticulous 3D point clouds. His billion points of light revealed a living structure; the magnificent flying buttresses had indeed held the walls true…Wired

But of course that is not true.  We don’t have timber from the 12th century, the craftsmanship of 13th century artisans can be recreated but the product of their labor is gone forever. Modern technology may allow the reconstruction of Notre Dame to look like the original, but it won’t be. It can never be.

Some say it is a sign.

“This catastrophe in Paris today is a sign to all of us Christians, and a sign to all people in the West, especially those who despise the civilization that built this great temple to its God on an island in the Seine where religious rites have been celebrated since the days of pagan Rome. It is a sign of what we are losing, and what we will not recover, if we don’t change course now.” - Sign of The Times

You see, history cannot be replicated,

it can only be repeated. Built between 1163 and 1345 with the two gothic towers added between 1210 and 1250 the Notre Dame Cathedral bridged the Dark Ages to the Renaissance.

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Let us hope the world tends towards the Renaissance rather than the Medieval, IFKWIMAITYD.

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“Those who do not weep, do not see.”
― Victor Hugo,
Les Misérables

Monday, April 15, 2019

If You Don’t Know Who the Idiot Is, It’s You

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I’m so old I remember when the Left was outraged to the point of hysteria by a comment made by Rush Limbaugh made about Barack Hussein Obama –“I hope he fails.” Although he was clearly speaking of the policies he intended to implement in order to “fundamentally transform America” the left screamed for Rush’s head, accused him of everything from perfidy to sedition. Incivility had already crept into the body politic with the Bush era but now we had irreconcilable sectarianism. It was the beginning of a new political nontolerance movement. That point at which working through differences became insurmountable and disagreeing with the opposition progressed from being considered obstructionist to being treasonous. 

Except it doesn’t work that way when the Left opposes Trump. That’s different because, shut up.

The Left is free to not only hope Trump fails but to actively form a Resistance Movement - that includes most of the Mainstream Media - dedicated to taking him down.

The Resistance is so strong that they can even take good news for America and create a false narrative to make it bad. Take the 2017 tax cut for example: despite the fact nearly everyone in the country who pays taxes got a tax cut MSM has convinced you otherwise. Headlines blare about “Tax Returns Are Lower This Year” and celebrities with marginal knowledge of math and economics use their social media platforms to help spread the lie.

OMG! That means the government withheld $6 BILLION (!) less from peoples paychecks! Six BILLION dollars that they, instead of the government, got to use all year. You do know that this means there was $6 BILLION more circulating in the economy, Making America Great Again, right? And you do know that tax withholding was never intended as a personal savings plan, right?

No, I didn’t think so. You only know what the propagandists want you to know.

That’s why they love influential idiots like you; you do their work for them. Yes, you are the useful idiots.

Sometimes even the propagandists are forced to tell the truth:

And that’s how it works: after two years of promoting and spreading disinformation about the Trump tax cuts the fake news false narrative has taken root and now most Americans believe it. You can’t not claim objectivity by filing one tweet setting the record straight.

I reject your cynicism. If you are going to practice sedition at least have the decency to do it honestly.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Bernie: the Perfect Democratic Socialist Candidate

Bernie Sanders hit the campaign trail last week. In between rants about President Trump he was busy defending his Millionaire Democratic Socialist status:

 "I didn't know it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best-seller,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd in Gary, Indiana.

“If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he told the newspaper.

Better yet, get an unrepentant terrorist to ghost write it for you and you can be President!

          

If I may, I’d like to add a tag-a-long to Bernie’s millionaire humble-brag: I didn’t know it was a crime to build a real estate portfolio either. Even if it turns out to be an empire. In fact, “if you build an empire, you can be a billionaire, too.”

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This is America, after all. I note that Bernie doesn’t take exception to that when he’s the one benefiting from our economic system. The rest of the time he continues to yap about everyone else paying his fair share.

I think Bernie is the perfect Democratic Socialist candidate.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

NIMBYs By Any Other Name Are Still Progressives

I am hereby awarding my 2019 Award for the “Best Use of Alinsky’s Rule #4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules" to President Trump. I know it’s still early but the President’s plan to resettle “refugees” in sanctuary cities cannot be topped.

In one short tweet he’s exposed every progressive twit in America, along with all their talking points, for the pack of hypocritical NIMBYs they are.

Because every Progressive Democrat worth their salt has gone on record praising the virtues of “undocumented” immigrants, who they refuse to call “illegal.” How many times have they told us that all immigration is good and more immigration is even better? How many times have they told us that there is no such thing as an illegal human, that there is no distinction between legal and illegal immigration? And if you disagree you are worse than Hitler.

“Everyone is welcome in California”- Gavin Newsome

“We offer a home to immigrants, that’s who we are”- Elizabeth Warren

“Bring these people out of the shadows” –  Kamala Harris

“Immigration is not a security issue…there is no such thing as an illegal human.” – Kirsten Gillibrand

Yet offer to give them what they claim they want and they will accuse you of “dumping” - their word, not the President’s – refugees in their back yard, of using immigrant/refugees as “props” to “punish political enemies.”  Be careful now progs, your slip is showing. I mean, refugees never used to be considered “props used to punish political enemies,” not when Obama targeted small towns to resettle Syrian refugees.

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Rural folks in Montana are pushing back against plans by urban elites to plant hundreds of Muslims from the Third World into Helena and Missoula. They plan a protest rally at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the county courthouse in Missoula.

So how, I ask you, can salt of the earth immigrants possibly be used as props? How can sending these cities, run by enlightened progressives, more of the very people they say they welcome with open arms be considered a punishment? Unless, as Obama said, you mean they’re being punished with a baby - or babies as the case may be.

Otherwise I don’t see how you can possible object to President Trump’s offer to resettle these human beings in some of the finest cities in America. It sure seems better than holding them in cages like Obama did, before eventually transferring them to what Progressives consider “hell holes” in flyover America like Podunk Iowa, South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska.

Instead Trump’s refugees will get to enjoy all the privileges of living in  LA, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. There they will be able to avail themselves of all the finest medical care public money can buy in their overburdened emergency rooms, enjoy the finest education in their overloaded schools and overwhelm their overtaxed social services system.

I would have to say, well played Mr. President. Even Mr. Alinsky would have to commend your gamesmanship.

“The American people have resoundingly rejected this Administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies, and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values.”

Checkmate

Have they, Nancy?

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Would anyone like to seriously discuss immigration reform now? Maybe, now that MSM even acknowledges we might have a slight problem at the border: 'Breaking point': Mainstream media outlets change their tune on border crisis amid illegal immigration surge.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The 21st Century Weaponized ‘Tactile’ Parade of Idiots

Democrats seem to have a never-ending supply of idiots but it’s hard to outdo their womenfolk who are all too willing to parade their inadequacies around, starting with Maxine Waters.

Although Mad Maxie chairs the Financial Services Committee she frequently has no clue what that entails. For example, in grilling bank CEO’s earlier this week she appeared to have forgotten that Barack Hussein Obama nationalized the student loan program nearly a decade ago -

“By cutting out the middleman, we’ll save the American taxpayers $68 billion in the coming years,” Obama said when he signed the legislation in 2010.

thus removing banks from the loan process entirely. She also forgot that she herself had voted for it, twice. Or perhaps she just thinks that by their very existence “big banks” are responsible for all evils connected to money and should therefore be responsible to fix them.

Then, Waters turned the questions on the bank executives, asking what they intended to do about the student debt crisis: “What are you guys doing to help us with the student loan debt? Who would like to answer first? Mr. Monihan? Big bank?”

“We stopped making student loans in 2007 or so,” he responded.

“So you don’t do it anymore? Mr. Corbyn?” she pressed the next banker.

“We exited student lending in 2009,” he replied.

“Mr. Dimon?” Waters tried again.

“When the government took over student lending in 2010, we stopped doing all student lending,” he said. - Daily Caller

If you think that the chair of the House Financial Services Committee ought minimally be expected to understand the role and responsibilities of the institutions her committee purports to oversee, well, you’re probably a sexist. As well as a racist.

Next we have AOC, another member of Maxine’s committee, grilling Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan on his bank’s avaricious role in the funding of a pipeline that she doesn’t approve of and the ‘caging of children’ which I presume she likewise doesn’t approve. I’m unclear if she’s simply grandstanding or if she thinks it is her duty to shame people representing institutions who do things that she doesn’t approve of.

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan about the bank's involvement in the caging of children at the US Mexico border and its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on TuesdayThis is my “I’m smarter than the average fifth grader” face.

AOC: Why was the bank involved in the caging of children, and financing the caging of children to begin with?'

Sloan: 'I don't know how to answer that question because we weren't.'

Not to outsmarted by the Democratic women-of-color serving in Congress at the whim of the people, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand decided to weigh in on an even weightier subject:  “tactile” nuclear weapons. Hugh Hewitt and John Bolton seem to have enjoyed her tirade.

“When you say you want to develop low-yield nuclear weapons that are tactile (sic), what you’re saying is you want to use them.”

I suppose it’s only fair to point out that Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was expressing her opposition to the President’s National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, because, among other things, it included provisions “to modify or develop a low-yield nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles,” more commonly referred to as “tactical” nuclear weapons. You might expect her to know the difference but being a female Democrat serving on a big, important Congressional committee means never having to say ‘I’m sorry, I misspoke.’

tactical - tac·ti·cal / adjective

  1. relating to or constituting actions carefully planned to gain a specific military end.

    - (of bombing or weapons) done or for use in immediate support of military or naval operations.

  2. (of a person or their actions) showing adroit planning; aiming at an end beyond the immediate action.

tactile -  tac-tile / adjective

1.  of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch.

2.  perceptible to the touch; tangible.

Or maybe Senator Gilli simply knows something we don’t.

So Last Century - “Tactical Nuclear Weapon”

New 21st Century version: part of the new fuzzy-wuzzy tactile stuffed animal line:

Squeeze the Teddy Bear at your own peril

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I Spy

Roger Simon thinks Congressional Dems might want to treat William Barr a little more respectfully in future faceoffs as he may well hold their party’s future in his hands.

The big story from Barr's testimony then before the subcommittee was not that the AG plans to release a redacted version of the Mueller report within a week or even that those redactions will be color-coded four ways and annotated to explain the reasons for the edits. Or that Democrats like Nita Lowey whined about transparency with all the hypocrisy only a politician can muster. This is all pro forma and predictable.

The big story was the affirmative answer he gave to a question about whether he was planning to investigate the provenance of the Russia probe itself. That would, of course, include the FISA court scandal and the Steele dossier, not to mention strange--let's call them spooky-- occurrences in the UK well before the election. Barr noted he also would look at the eight criminal referrals of DOJ personnel and others coming from Devin Nunes. He further noted we could expect the inspector general's report on these matters in May or June. He was filled with such news, much of it spontaneously given…

In other words, Barr's obviously been paying attention to the larger situation and that is bad news indeed for Democrats. This is particularly true because the Mueller probe did not come up with any crimes connected to Russia collusion, but even the beginnings of an investigation of what prompted the probe in the first place has already come up with several. – William Barr Is The Democrats’ Worse Nightmare 

The Dems are really not going to like it when the other team has the ball. In their book that’s like a violation of the natural order of things.

Watch out! The elephants have been released!

I can’t wait for the smack talk to begin. Oh wait - it already has! Barr says he believes Trump’s 2016 campaign was spied on - by the Feds, for the Democrats.

It sounds like  they’re very comfortable in the bed they made. Or at least with the words that describe it.

That’s why they spent so much time, money and effort trying to ensure that we never got the ball back, but I guess they forgot to pay off all of the officials. That means the second half will definitely be more fun to watch.

P.S. Speaking of spies, what do you think - Julian Assange: hero or villain?