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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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.