July 20, 2019
Have you noticed that since President Trump took office, there are no more Friday afternoon document dumps?
Fifty years. Half a century. That's how long it has been since we went to the Moon,. What have we done since? Wasted time building a pathetic three to five man low Earth orbit space station which doesn't even act as a way station to anywhere else. And we had to bring in international partners to do it, too, so it's not even an American enterprise. We didn't even try to build the ISS (formerly Space Station Freedom) to rotate for artificial gravity. It is a terrible tragedy; we gave up on space at our moment of triumph!
By now we should have had several stations in orbit, stations that were more useful, to be used as way stations to the Moon or Mars or whatnot. We should have had a permanent lunar colony. We should have gone to Mars by now. Instead we just languish in low Earth orbit, not even venturing past the protection of the magnetic field.
What went wrong? Liberals.
Tthis may sound conspiratorial but I rather suspect the Left hated the space program precisely BECAUSE they understood we would be settling the Moon, and eventually the solar system. I think they feared people being able to escape their influence in that way, just as people escaped the old political order by immigrating to America in the 19th century. They believe that past attempts to change Humanity failed because there were always some people who were beyond the reach of reformers, and so they want EVERYONE in their grasp. Space exploration would restore the American style of pioneering - something they hate because it leads to individualism and self-reliance. So they mocked space exploration as wasting money on rocks while REAL problems fester on Earth (and no doubt some believe that) or they hate that the First World can do it and others can't (it's not FAR!) but I also think that in their gut they fear letting anybody out of their grip. Socialism is always a universalist ideology, and by it's nature it restricts, represses, and destroys any sort of expansionistic dreams.
Space settlement simply cannot be allowed because it gets people out from under their thumbs. They may not consciously think of all this, but I think they feel it in their guts.
And America underwent a bloodless revolution in the late sixties and early seventies - just as we were reaching the climax of our space program. The Left began their final triumphant march through every American institution, and they control;ed the media and academia and the schools. They were able to turn people away from wanting to follow this grand vision, a perfect substitute for the Manifest Destiny dream that made America great, turning her from a sparsely inhabited agrarian society into a superpower. Manifest Destiny, you may remember, was the vision of America expanding all the way to the Pacific, becoming a continent-girdling nation. It was about the most fundamental human drive, to grow, to expand, to tame the dark and forbidding. It was about CHILDREN and about civilization. A civilization needs goals, dreams, aspirations.
In 1893 Frederich Jackson Turner proposed what came to be called the Turner Thesis or the Frontier Thesis. Turner argued that the definition of America, the defining feature of the nation, was the frontier. While most people did NOT live on the frontier they always had it in the back of their minds. It provided a psychological safety valve, the sense that you could always go there if you were down on your luck or bored. Even the most onerous job could be endured with the knowledge you could run away to the frontier at some point. It provided hope, a place for the poor to prosper, a place for people to get a fresh start. When the frontier closed, Turner argued, America was going to undergo drastic psychological and cultural changes.
Turner was proven right.
Settling the frontier was the goal of this country, it's raison d'etre.
America hunted for new reasons to exist. The Cold War proved to be America's second cause, and we waged it for decades, imposing a kind of simmering peace on the world and spreading prosperity in the process. When that ended we looked to other things, particularly the war on Islamism. But that has failed; people are tired of wars and rumors of wars. So now America is rudderless, a nation without a purpose. We have lost our soul.
That's part of why so many young people are turning to social justice warfare; they know there needs to be a purpose, goals to attain, and they are choosing this as the new path, because their teachers and professors and cultural icons are telling them to do so. It is a modern crusade, not at all unlike the Crusades of yore, where people from all over Europe poured into the Middle East to free Palestine from the iron heel of the Turks. The Crusades were a religious movement, first and foremost, but they were a movement of peoples to find meaning in their lives.
And America was settled by Christians, which was a big part of our identity. But we have rejected the Christian faith at a time when our nation is in need of a spiritual and moral purpose.
One such purpose could have been the exploration and settlement of space. We were poised to create a new frontier, and return to our roots as a pioneer nation. But the Left killed that.
I cannot help but believe this was by design. The average foot soldier on the Left might not understand it, but I strongly suspect the intelligentsia did and they knew that for their project to succeed they had to keep America rudderless, soulless, without purpose. Only in that way could they offer a ready-made reason for this country. Social Justice is the new religion, the new heart and soul of America.
And the settlement of space is now pie-in-the-sky daydreaming. Our greatest achievement, indeed, perhaps the greatest achievement in human history, was for nought.
We should all be very angry about that. The Left spoils everything.
July 19, 2019
Climate crisis: extremely hot days could double in US, study shows
Now, it has been pretty cool all summer here in the States, and now we are approaching hundred degree temperatures - in the hottest part of the summer - and we're being told it's proof of doomsday. In point of fact we are not even close to temperature records (except maybe a daily, which happens on a regular basis.)
Weather is not climate, too. But these dimwits refuse to admit that.
Of course, if it were cold they would be saying the exact same thing.
There is not enough difference between them to matter. One major difference between a free(ish) market and the murderous S.F.C. regimes is the nature of sacrifice.
Today, our streams and waterways are pretty clear, because people have voluntarily adopted a conservationist
Socialists expect OTHERS to sacrifice for the greater good. They think a particular sacrifice is a good thing, and therefore should have the force of law. They prescribe a solution without regard to either it being voluntary or even effective, and enforce it with guns and handcuffs.
The difference is subtle, but most of us will voluntarily make self-sacrifice for the good of our future self, our family our communities and our nation - but we need to volunteer for the sacrifice. Being forced to sacrifice is ALWAYS going to breed resentment, which is why socialism is such a murderous ideology - in short order the dissenters are identified as the obstacle to utopia, and are the eggs that must be broken in order to make the omelette.
Is Chuck Schumer a racist? There is evidence he is.
Conservative HQ has an article discussing President Trump's comments about how the Four Harpies, er, Horsewomen, er, the Squad should consider returning to their homelands of origin if they don't like America. I
I left the following comment:
Donald Trump has stated in the past that he never apologizes. He's right; in politics even the most mild of apologies - done for civility if nothing else - will be used against you with extreme prejudice. That is why I am so puzzled by his disavowing of the chant "send her home!" at his rally. Trump really screwed up there. He said he "wasn't happy" about the chant. Why not? It is, after all, what normal people think when an immigrant, or children of immigrants, badmouth the country that gave them respite, and where they prospered enough to become members of Congress, a huge honor.
This reminds me of George H.W. Bush's "read my lips" comment. After swearing he wouldn't raise taxes he caved in to Democratic pressure and the Left screamed "ah ha!" and went on to destroy the feckless Bush. Trump, after making these very comments, then threw his own supporters under the bus. I cannot imagine why. He has now handed the Democrats and the media sound bytes to use against him in the next election.
I don't know who convinced him to cave, but that person needs to be fired. I doubt Trump is the architect of this flip flop.
When dealing with the media and the donkeys one must never give an inch. If they ask for a cup of water you should pour them a cup of sand. If they say it is a nice day you should sneer at their assertion. They never do ANYTHING without a political attack in mind. Our side - even our best - forget that fact all too often.
1Corinthians 14:8 says it best:
"For also, if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for war?"
Sadly, our side is forever sounding an uncertain trumpet.
Mr. Trump's trumpet has largely been certain. But now he's waffling.
I fear this mistake is going to cost us down the road. Trump should have doubled down on this rather than pulled up short.
If Trump stops defending his supporters he's finished. The Left knows that. It's fight or die. A walk down the middle of the road will lead to a squashed President.
Missouri's freshman Senator Josh Hawley has been a pleasant surprise to me. I was quite unhappy with Hawley when he left Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to twist in the wind (Greitens was falselely accused of violating state privacy laws and of blackmail for supposedly taking nude photographs of his mistress, photographs that never materialized. Hawley stayed out of the fight, even assisted in some ways, despite the fact the Prosecutor was a partisan hack intent on bringing Greitens down - and she was a Soros funded candidate.) Since coming into office Hawley has been more a lion than a lamb - I had feared he was a RINO waiting to happen. But he's been fighting the good fight. Take this as a prime example.
Yes, Hawley is taking aim at the monopoly over higher education.From the article:
Tuesday morning, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., announced a pair of bills to expand federal aid available for vocational training and to hold universities accountable when students can’t pay back their loans, calling the ideas a "bold reform of higher education.”
The first bill would "amend the Federal Pell Grant Program to support career training opportunities for young Americans,” according to its description. It would do this by telling the Department of Education to develop "an alternative certification program” in order to allow Pell grants to go toward toward things like apprenticeships and certification programs.
How would this work? As an example, background materials from Hawley’s office say a company that partnered with a local technical college to create an employee training program would be able to grow it using Pell grant dollars, which are not available now.
The second bill would impose on institutions shared responsibilities with students for their college loans. It would require colleges and universities to pay half the balance of the student loans accrued at their school if students default on them.
These are both good ideas. They address a major concern, and may help sever some of the loyalty of the Millenials to their overlords, er, the Democrats. Second, it addreses a major shortage in the trades. Third, it helps to defund the University system, which is hopelessly bloated and continues to raise tuition despite declining quality of education.
The Universities are the citadel of Satan these days. It is there that all the terrible, radical neo-Marxist ideas are spawned, and it is there that young people are brainwashed into becoming radical leftists. We need less college, not more. College no longer teaches thinking skills, but rather promotes "social justice" radicalism and the brain-dead belief system of activism. And while the media and Big Tech are serious problems for our national survival, it is Academia that is the brain of the entire evil enterprise that is Leftism. Cut off the head and you can kill the Hydra. THIS is the most dangerous and important branch of the modern Progressive movement.
Hawley is taking some steps to weaken it. It's well past time.
Hawley has been writing a lot thiese days about civilizational foundations, and he clearly understands the flow of civilization, and the importance of maintaining a healthy moral and intellectual fibrer. I just hope he doesn't RINO out in time, as so many of our good young prospects have done. Take John Boehner as an example, or Paul Ryan..
We Americans are currently in a civilizational state historians William Strauss and Neil Howe would call the "Third Turning”: an unraveling. The so-called Left is making it happen, too, with conservatives enabling it by conserving yesterday’s liberalism and being those nice guys who finish last.
In Marxist circles, this stage would be called "destabilization”—the second of a four-part process to subvert a society and seize control. The first, third and fourth stages are, respectively, "demoralization,” "crisis” and "normalization.”
The demoralization stage, which essentially is the undermining of a target nation’s morality (the process of radically changing the population’s "values”) was actually "over-fulfilled” in the mid 1980s already, as Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov put itat the time. This process continues and is manifested in the widespread antipathy for sexual propriety, faith and all that is great and good; and in the lust for perversion, socialism, feminism, multiculturalism, "transgenderism” and anti-Americanism in general. We see it in the tearing down of statues, removal of long-present Christian symbols, leftist propaganda and decadence in schools and entertainment, prioritizing of illegal aliens over citizens, revising of American history and impugning of whites; and in attacks on the Constitution, the Founding Fathers and all things traditional.
This destabilization of the American mind and moral compass now has begotten, as it must, societal destabilization. This is reflected in, most obviously, the flooding of our nation with unassimilable foreigners via a purposely porous border. This serves the Cloward-Piven goal of overloading the system to cause breakdown, necessitating replacement of it with, the theory goes, a socialist one.
Of course, this human flood strains schools, hospitals, and services and resources in general. But it’s also used for propaganda purposes, with simple efforts to enforce immigration law—ones pursued by Barack Obama himself—used to demonize ICE agents and the current administration. Vile, divisive lies such as claiming that detention facilities are Nazi-like "concentration camps” lead to hatred, violence, protests and terrorist attacks such as Saturday’s assault on a Tacoma, Washington, ICE facility.
Congresswoman Ayana Pressley D-Massachussetts
Whatever happened to "judge people not by the color of their skin byut by the content of their characte"r? When did race come to be the sole denominator of how people think and vote?
Why is it only Republicans are racist and not Democratic "people of color" who demand obedience of "brown faces"?
July 18, 2019
From David Steinberg at PJ Media. Here's a sample...
Three years ago, most American
newsrooms picked Ilhan Omar -- despite her crawling Jew-hatred and
evidence of an extensive criminal past -- to be the transcendent face
America needed to fight bigotry and federal corruption. Reporters
apparently chose to lie about Omar to help birth a more trusting
She had written anti-Semitic statements indistinguishable from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. She had disturbing associations with Islamic terror-tied groups. Sources within the Minneapolis Somali community presented evidence, including a video, of the "East Africa Team” members of Ilhan Omar’s campaign openly threatening local Somalis who may have released negative information about her.
Read the rest here.
The media and their Democratic allies are always blaming guns for mass murder, and I've argued they are merely tools of convenience, that other methods could and would be easily employed. Well, here is one example.
Yes, it appears that a fire that killed 33 peoplein a Japanese Anime' studio was an act of mass murder.
A 41 year old man is quoted as screaming "you die!" before dousing teh building with an accellerant, and lighting it on fire. Not only did 33 people die but another 36 were injured.
The man was a former employee of Kyoto animation.
Japan has one of the strictest gun control laws in the world. According to David B. Kopel at the Asia Pacific Law Review:
The licensing procedure is rigorous. A prospective gun owner must first attend classes and pass a written test. Shooting range classes and a shooting test follow; 95 per cent pass. After the safety exam, the applicant takes a simple 'mental test' at a local hospital, to ensure that the applicant is not suffering from a readily detectable mental illness. The applicant then produces for the police a medical certificate attesting that he or she is mentally healthy and not addicted to drugs.
The police investigate the applicant's background and relatives, ensuring that both are crime free. Membership in 'aggressive' political or activist groups disqualifies an applicant. The police have unlimited discretion to deny licenses to any person for whom 'there is reasonable cause to suspect may be dangerous to other persons' lives or properties or to the public peace'.
Gun owners are required to store their weapons in a locker, and give the police a map of the apartment showing the location of the locker. Ammunition must be kept in a separate locked safe. The licenses also allow the holder to buy a few thousand rounds of ammunition, with each transaction being registered.
Civilians may also apply for licenses to possess air rifles--low-power guns that are powered by carbon dioxide rather than by gunpowder.
Civilians can never own handguns. Small calibre rifles were once legal, but in 1971, the Government forbade all transfers of rifles. Current rifle license holders may continue to own them, but their heirs must turn them into the police when the license-holder dies. Total remaining rifle licenses are 27,000. Even shotguns and air rifles, the two legal types of firearm, are becoming rarer and rarer, as few people find it worthwhile to pass through a burdensome gun licensing process. The number of licensed shotguns and air rifles declined from 652,000 in 1981 to 493,373 in 1988.
Is it any surprise that a mass murderer would use an another means of killing? Only to a liberal, methinks.
Federal Prosecutors have quietly ended their investigation into the Trump "hush money" scandal with nary a peep from the mainstream media, now that nothing has come of it.
A federal probe into hush money payments made to protect Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign has concluded, according to a judge’s order released Wednesday.
Last week, CNN reported that officials at the Trump Organization haven’t had any contact with SDNY officials for more than five months, and a source tied to the president’s namesake company isn’t disputing that story. …
Jay Sekulow, a personal attorney for the president, welcomed the news. "We are pleased that the investigation surrounding these ridiculous campaign finance allegations is now closed,” he said in a text message. "We have maintained from the outset that the President never engaged in any campaign finance violation…Another case is closed.”
CNN and other outlets had previously asserted — as news — that Trump had "literally” broken campaign finance laws.
Will the media now apologize to Trump? To the American People? They'll just move on to their next target. No wonder Rush Limbaugh calls them the "drive by media".
Selwyn Duke illustrates how the media is ginning up a revolution in America. This is a must read and I won't bother excerpting it. Just go there and read it yourself.
Apparently one third of Democrats think that being "of color" insulates you from political criticism.
Trump A Racist? 32% of Democrats Say Any White Criticism of Politicians of Color Is Racist
From the report:
July 17, 2019
China wanted a trade war; now they've got one. And they keep getting poorer and poorer.
From CNN business:
China's exports fell 1.3% year-on-year for the first half in dollar terms, while imports dropped
The country recorded a sharper decline in exports to the United States, which decreased 8.1% for the first six months of 2019. Imports from the United States plunged 30% year on year.
You play with the bull you get the horns. China has been coddled by the West for decades as part of a hare-brained scheme to "decommunize" them. We've made them rich by giving them sweetheart trade deals, letting them cheat us by dumping goods and money on the markiet, and generally letting them get away with behaving badly. Why? Partly to coax them into joining the international community, but also to establish them as a world power. The Progressives have said repeatedly they think it is a bad idea for America to be the world's lone superpower. Remember, Madalyn Albreit said that very thing while secretary of State under Clinton? They've been trying to implement that policy, to promote
China as the new Soviet Union. It's worked too.
But now they are facing real resistance and don't like it.
The elites decided long ago to make Asia the manufacturing center while the U.S. would be the tech area in the world. That was the division of labor they decided upon, and they took steps to kill manufacturing in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, manufacturing jobs were lost and America's economy turned stagnant. You can't have a world economy with only one or two industries predominating in a give country. That just doesn't work; it's rather like the famine in ireland showed you have to diversitfy crops. The same holds true for industries.
It was all part of the plan to create a New World Order. You may remember that phrase from a faux conservative President a while back.
At any rate, China is nolt exactly sinking but she is certainly starting to struggle.
Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello sparked an uprising in the Island Commonwealth, with violent protesters demanding his resignation. According to NPR
From the article:
As they slog through the offensive chats, she said the worst part is seeing how the governor and his coterie sneer at the many struggles facing Puerto Ricans. In one text, the governor's chief financial officer cracks a joke about the dead bodies that piled up in a government facility before and after 2017's Hurricane Maria.
"You can see that our politicians lack humanity," Cortes said. "They lack decency."
The publication of the texts has unleashed a visceral wave of fury and indignation that many Puerto Ricans feel over the direction the island is taking. Puerto Rico is in the 13th year of a recession and is in massive debt. The governor and a federal control board have slashed public services and moved to privatize public assets, including the power grid, schools and roadways. Many people fear these policies will widen the gap between the island's rich and poor.
You may remember that this is the same Governor who attacked President Trump so viciously because he thought efforts to rebuilt Puerto Rico were insufficient. more...
Open season on Jews in France.
French judge rules Jewish woman’s killer not responsible because he smoked Pot
I thought pot was not a gateway drug; we've been told that for years. And it makes people mellow. So why did it stimulate a guy to murder Jews?
The Third Reich is returning to Europe, it it's PISSED...
Who are the real racists?
Marc Lamont Hill at Netroots: Media is Run by the Jews
From the article:
He made his comments during a panel on "embedding Palestinian rights in the 2020 agenda,” which also featured statements that Israel was engaged in a "white supremacist” project.
"They’re like, I want to work for Fox, or I want to work for ABC or NBC or whoever. I want to tell these stories,” he said. "You have to make choices about where you want to work. And if you work for a Zionist organization, you’re going to get Zionist content. And no matter how vigorous you are in the newsroom, there are going to be two, three, four, 17, or maybe one powerful person — not going to suggest a conspiracy — all news outlets have a point of a view. And if your point of view competes with the point of view of the institution, you’re going to have challenges.”
So why do so many Jews listen to CNN and vote Democrat?
July 16, 2019
Here is a very important essay discussing a comment by Tucker Carlson about the grave dangers of immigration - especially Muslim immigration.
From the Conservative HQ article:
Hijra, or jihad by emigration, is a fundamental tenet of Islam harkening back to the earliest days of Mohammed’s war to establish hegemony over the cities of southwest Arabia. The first Hijra was the flight of Mohammed from Mecca to the largely Jewish city of Yathrib, now the completely Muslim city of Medina.
While the story of how Yathrib came to be Medina is too long to recount here, suffice it to say that by fleeing the city of Mecca, where they appeared to be in danger of being eliminated, and appearing at Yathrib as refugees, Mohammed and his small band of adherents were able to reform the Arab Muslim clans, gain new adherents and replace the population and leadership of Yathrib with the Muslims who became the army necessary to reclaim Mecca and eventually spread Islam throughout the world.
Sound familiar? It should, because Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Andre Carson are the first wave of the conquering army’s infiltration of our government.
And they were welcomed into Congress, as thousands of anti-American "refugees” were welcomed into America by Paul Ryan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Although Rep. Omar responded to his commentary by calling him a "racist fool," Tucker Carlson is right.
And if Tucker Carlson is right, it is worthwhile asking who is responsible for this civilization-level disaster?
As with so many of the other disasters our country has faced in the past three decades this is a politician-made disaster, and an entirely predictable one to anyone who is paying attention to the effects of mass immigration of Muslims, among whom anti-constitutional liberty views are the cultural norm.
In no particular order of culpability, we can and should hold former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama responsible for introducing this poison into our society.
In a rational world the dangerous policy of allowing mass migration from Muslim countries that is intended to fundamentally transform America by importing jihad into our country would be stopped cold by a Republican majority in Congress.
But this is not a rational world, this is a world run by the personal whim of arrogant Washington insiders, chief among them being former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Read the whole thing at Conservative HQ.
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