January 11, 2018

About that Trump/DACA Meeting...

Timothy Birdnow

There has been quite a bit of analysis of the Trump meeting with Congress in which he appeared to promise to sign any DACA bill put before him. While some in the conservative movement are wailing and gnashing teeth, others are sunnily dismissing the issue. So, which is it? Did Trump throw us under the bus or did he outmanuever the Democrats?

I see a nbumber of strategic issues involved which, if Trump actually is faithful to his campaign promises (something still not clear after all this time) then he has a variety of reasons why he would do this. Let me explain.

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Jolly old Minnesota

Dana Mathewson

A little bit of England comes to Minnesota

And it's not what you might think. No, we're not replacing lutefisk with steak and kidney pie. (Although one might wish it were so.)

Hey Mo...

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Rumors of the Death of Chocolate are Greatly Exaggerated

Dana Mathewson


Chocolate may go extinct as soon as the year 2050, according to scientists from the University of California, Berkeley. more...

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Why Liberals Need to Look Down on Conservatives

Selwyn Duke

A common theme among progressives is that conservatives aren't just wrong; they're dumb.Reagan was dumb.G.W. Bush was dumb.Trump is dumb."Knuckle-dragger," "mouth-breather," "stupid," and "uncultured" are typical pejoratives hurled at conservatives, who apparently tend to live in trailer parks, require dental care, handle snakes, and marry first cousins.Why, I had a liberal actor (excuse the redundancy) tell me once that I wasn't necessarily bad, just not as "evolved" as he was.(I had a great retort at the ready, but I decided just to lash him with my tail instead.)

The reason for this arrogance isn't as simple as many may think.Rather, it relates to a deep psychological phenomenon that makes it difficult for those afflicted to evolve out of the leftist primordial soup.

I'll introduce this with a story.Many years ago, I was at an affair attended by a very chauvinistic, left-wing Greek fellow who would expound upon the superiority of Greek culture while at times demeaning the U.S.He was like the father character inMy Big Fat Greek Wedding, only with an anti-American twist.Desiring to take him down a peg and do a little face-to-face trolling, I finally said with a smirk, "If all that's true, why is Greece now like a third-world country?"(For those offended, know that I have great respect for ancient Greek accomplishments, just love moussaka, and have the physique of a Spartan hoplite.)


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January 10, 2018

Remember, Oprah Winfrey Is Our Premier National Snake Oil Salesman

Dana Mathewson

Amid all the excitement generated at the Golden Globes by Oprah Winfrey's speech, with empty-headed liberals (but I repeat myself) touting a run by her for the White House (ironic, yes?) in 2020, there is this excellent article from The Federalist, which I found on Lucianne.com this morning, and which I commend to your attention. The title is particularly provoking, though the author leaves out a number of instances he could have used to back it up.

The official NBC network account went so far as to post (and later delete) a tweet hailing her as "OUR future president.” Her long-time consort Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times, "She would absolutely do it.” Meryl Streep got so carried away she told The Hill, "Now she doesn’t have a choice” but to run. It continues to amaze me that there are actors in Hollywood who can portray intelligence on the screen without possessing a scrap of it themselves. Acting is truly a magical art.

There are a great many reasons Winfrey should not run for president. Chief among them is that she has built her career, not just as a charismatic daytime television star, but also as our nation’s premier snake oil salesman. She is responsible for promoting a whole variety of quack medical nostrums and launching the careers of questionable experts. She may not be as prolific as Gwyneth Paltrow—to my knowledge, she has never tried to sell us a coffee enema—but she is far more influential.

She invited Suzanne Somers onto her show to peddle hormone injections and an absurd vitamin regimen. . . . Oprah also brought on Jenny McCarthy to peddle the anti-vaccination scare.

One of her favorite guests has been Dr. Christiane Northrup, who "has written about how she has used Tarot cards to help diagnose her own illnesses.”

If all this weren’t enough, Oprah is the one who anointed Mehmet Oz as "America’s Doctor.” Dr. Oz has a long history on his own show—produced by Oprah’s company—of hawking miracle cures and bogus weight loss pills. Ross Pomeroy at RealClearScience has documented some of the "magic” and "miracle” hokum Oz promotes to his millions of viewers without any supporting scientific evidence. A group of his Columbia University medical school colleagues went so far as to publish an op-ed taking him to task.


You could attribute Winfrey’s history on this to ruthless cynicism—getting rich and famous by telling the suckers what they want to hear. Or you could attribute it to her own gullibility, scientific illiteracy, and tendency toward subjective emotionalism and outright mysticism. Neither possibility is very reassuring, but both are oddly familiar. Let’s see: a lowbrow TV star with a tendency toward gushing hyperbole and relentless self-promotion, who shows a tendency to be influenced by bogus experts and crackpot theories. What could possibly go wrong?

There's more, of course. The entire article is found at http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/09/remember-oprah-winfrey-premier-national-snake-oil-salesman/

I'm trying to remember: some years ago there was this dude who wrote a sob-story book that she promoted the daylights out of -- not a word of it was true, of course, and he had to come on her show and admit it. She still insisted the book was worth reading... naturally, since she'd put a bunch of bucks into promoting it.

Come to think of it, this shows real political potential, but I think she'd do better as a senator than a president. If Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein can get away with the kind of chicanery they pull just about every day of the week, she could too.

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January 09, 2018

Apologies for Light Blogging

Timothy Birdnow

Blogging may be a bit light today and tomorrow; I, chief editor and Big Kazoo from the 'Lou here at The Aviary, have a lot on my plate, so I may be a bit behind.  Please bear with us. Hopefully Dana or Jack will have a few goodies for you, oh noble readers.

We will be back on track no later than Thursday.

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Dem-ordered study to expose illegal online gun sales backfires

Dana Mathewson

The Left keeps insisting, absent any proof, that it's the easiest thing in the world for someone without proper documentation to fire up his computer browser and go onto the Internet, find any old gun dealer and buy himself a shootin' iron even though he doesn't meet the legal requirements to own one. Michael Bloomberg, in particular, has made a national reputation for himself as one who insists such things happen practically every day.


[a] Democrat-backed study meant to expose illicit online gun sales instead seemed to show the opposite -- with hardly any sellers taking the bait when undercover investigators tried to set up dozens of illegal firearm transactions.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them.

Their efforts were based on a 2016 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that "anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”

"Congressional requesters asked that GAO access the extent to which ATF is enforcing existing laws and investigate whether online private sellers sell firearms to people who are not allowed or eligible to possess a firearm,” the GAO report said.


"Private sellers on Surface Web gun forums and in classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to our agents that self-identified as being prohibited from possessing a firearm,” the GAO reported, noting that in their "72 attempts ... 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction once we revealed that either the shipping address was across state lines or that we were prohibited by law from owning firearms.” In the other cases, the investigators' website was frozen or they encountered suspected scammers.
Did you catch that? Seventy-two attempts. I would dearly love to see the people represented by those seventy-two attempts arrested and prosecuted the same way you or I would be prosecuted if we had done the same thing. Or the way an actual criminal who had tried to obtain a gun this way would have been prosecuted if they had gotten him.

Ain't gonna happen, though.

The entire article is here, and well-worth the read: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/08/dem-ordered-study-to-expose-illegal-online-gun-sales-backfires.html

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The Lib-Con Utah School Porn War Rages On

Selwyn Duke

Recently, I reported onthe firing of Mateo Rueda, now an ex-art teacher after showing ten- and eleven-year-olds nude "artwork" at Lincoln Elementary School in Hyrum, Utah on Dec. 4, 2017.Normally I would have let this story go by now, but Rueda continues playing the victim, aided and abetted by complicit reporters; libertines the world over; and, unfortunately, some good people who don't realize that the media have mischaracterized his trespass.

Rueda, a native of Colombia, demands an apology, even as he condemns his fellow Cache Valley residents as "cultural dead-ends" and members of a "narrow-minded community."He also said,"I was overqualified[.]I took the [teaching] position with an open heart to make a difference in a predominantly[] Mormon community where there isn't much culture."My – charitable as well as charming!Yet his defenders – who've called people such as me puritans, prudes, and even Nazi-like book-burners – should know that Rueda himself confessed that the nudes were out of bounds.


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January 08, 2018

FEMA Attack on Highland Illinois

Timothy Birdnow

Highland Illinlis is a pristine slice of Germany on the Illinois prairie. A middling town about thirty miles from St. Louis, a sort of far flung ex-urb of my hometown. Founded by Swiss and settled by Germans, it is a clean, peaceful burg with gingerbread houses and a beautiful body of water called appropriately Silver Lake. The town sits a little ways from the interstate, so it is sheltered from the problems that come from people passing through.

Southern Illinois is a strange place. Many of the communities in the metro east, the Illinois side of the St. Louis suburban area, are impoverished hellholes. East St. Louis is the crown jewel of liberal urban planning, a city that more resembles Moghidishu than anything in America; there are innumerable abandoned buildings, street signs have long been stolen as have lightbulbs from street lights, and the level of violence is at a rate comparable to Honduras. In other parts of southern Illinois we have hillbilly country, with dirt poor whites living like their comrads in West Virginia or Arkansas. But Southern Illinois also is dotted with beautiful, prosperous German communities like Highland, communities that are almost entirely white (Highland is 97% white with a scant 0.2% being African American. I strongly suspect the success of Highland and her racial makeup sticks in the craw of many liberals in Illinois and in the Federal bureaucracy. more...

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The Easy Money; Problems with Convenience Samples

Timothy Birdnow

Think planetary temperature data are accurate measurements based on physical data? Think again.

According to the article by David Wojick:

"Contrary to popular belief these are not measurements. They are the output of complex statistical models. These statistical models are every bit as questionable as the climate models they feed into, actually more so."

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The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door

Paul Driessen

Senator Chuck Grassley’s legislative director is about to join the National Biodiesel Board – to help that industry "navigate federal policy issues that most affect” its continued mandates, subsidies, growth, prosperity, and longevity as a permanent Washington and national fixture. Meanwhile, biofuel mandates are causing major problems for motorists, small engine users … and small refiners that produce gasoline and must blend increasing amounts of ethanol into smaller and smaller quantities of gasoline – or be fined or forced to spend millions of dollars buying certificates attesting to their attempts to comply with the mandates.

This crony-corporatist, fascist-style socialism means the government doesn’t own companies outright – but it does decree how they must operate, what they must produce, who pays and who benefits, and which environmental values are protected or sacrificed.


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Sympathy for all our cold New York State friends

Dana Mathewson

Let the record show that Martha and I left New York State due to the machinations of this governor's father, who was also governor.

From Powerline.

You have to read down a ways into this article before the New York State part shows up.

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The Triumph of the Will Reborn

Fay Voshell
(This appeared first at American Thinker)

Nuremberg, Germany is faced with a problem: what to do with the decaying monuments of the Third Reich, including Zeppelinfeld, the huge stadium that saw the Nazi rallies of the 1930s.

The restoration of the colossal and wordless testament to Nazism's power continues to present a dilemmato the citizens of Nuremberg.Some think the ruins should be preserved as a warning for future generations; others believe that the whole complex should be allowed to disintegrate. more...

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Assuming you can bear to go back to this . .

Dana Mathewson

Remember when FBI Director Comey said Hillary wouldn't be prosecuted on the "mishandled" e-mail situation because she "had no intent to harm the country?" And we were up in arms because "intent" has nothing to do with it, because we ourselves would be rotting in prison for doing the same thing, intent or no intent? Well, Power Line's Scott Johnson has a nice article wherein he inserts Andrew McCarthy's take on the whole thing, here.

Sounds as if Comey was preparing his own defense all along.

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January 07, 2018

Egypt Backing Trump Jerusalem Plan

Dana Mathewson

An encouraging item from Fox News. The Left will be horrified, of course.

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Pithy Quote

Dana Mathewson

Reading the responses to today's Day By Day, I found one you all will appreciate. I'm sure I didn't send it already. We're all familiar with "For evil to triumph, it is is necessary for good men to do nothing," or something like that. Well, how about:
Or as the redoubtable Kurt Hoffmann put it, "Evil exists because good men don’t kill the government officials committing it.”

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January 06, 2018

December Employment Slump Masks Massive Economic Boom

Timothy Birdnow

The Patriot Post has an article discussing a December decline in economic growth. According to the article:

"December’s jobs report was underwhelming, particularly when compared to recent months. For example, 252,000 jobs were generated in November, but December saw just 148,000 — a month-over-month reduction of 104,000 and about 42,000 fewer than economists’ expectations, according to CNBC. At 4.1%, the headline unemployment rate remained static, though the U-6 rate, a better measure, ticked up to 8.1% from 8%. Most of the jobs report blame is being pegged on the retail industry, which fell by roughly 20,000 jobs, and that certainly makes sense as brick and mortar stores are still grappling with Internet sales. But other factors may be at play.

While the jobs numbers failed to meet economists’ expectations, there was one person who anticipated the possibility of a lackluster report. On Nov. 30, meteorologist and Patriot Post contributor Joe Bastardi warned, "Caution: December Weather May Cause Skidding of the Economy.” Americans were accustomed to unseasonable warm Decembers in recent years, but Bastardi foresaw a major change this time around. He wrote, "The potential for more extreme cold between Dec. 10 and Jan. 10 has us very concerned.” In fact, his research revealed that the coming cold "would have a huge effect on the economy in almost all sectors from the Plains and areas east.”"

End excerpt.

Fair enough. Please notice I
observed that the Christmas sales weren't all they were cracked up to be.
I was derided in many conservative circles for this, but I was right. And I laid the blame squarely on the media and the Progressives who led a war on Chrismas this last year. But Joe Bastardi is correct in claiming the cold weather played a part. more...

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Andrew Klavan -- The Wolff Book Proves It: Our Journalists Stink

Dana Mathewson

Yeah, as usual, Andrew gets it. All of it.
The self-destruction of Steve Bannon is a terrific story but not an important story. That is, for those of us who love politics for its Shakespearean revelation of character on the grand stage, it's an amazing farewell-to-all-my-greatness moment. But if you are concerned about the threats to liberty at home and abroad, the prosperity of our fellow Americans and allies, and the positive developments — like fresh space exploration — that might emerge from a new American century, well, Steve don't matter much. Or at all.

But Bannon's fall, and the scandal-mongering book that helped it along — Michael Wolff'sFire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House— do underscore one thing of real importance: our mainstream journalists are genuinely awful. They will sell any narrative they can to keep from selling the one that seems increasingly likely to be true:Trump is smarter than they are and doing a better job than the last two presidents combined.[Emphasis mine]

He goes on to provide some great examples. The article is here:https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/wolff-book-proves-journalists-stink/

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Civilizational Death and Brain Tumors

Dana Mathewson forwards this article by the incomparable Spengler:

From the article:

The democracy first practiced by the Greek city-state is exceptional, and classical Greece is Exhibit A for civilizational self-destruction. Of the nearly 150,000 languages once spoken on this planet, a couple of thousand are left, and 90% of those will fall silent forever during the next century or so. Sometimes the best thing you can do for dying civilizations is, don't be one of them, as I wrote in my 2011 book, How Civilizations Die.

This makes the mullahs all the more dangerous, like a bank robber with a brain tumor who takes hostages. I sincerely wish a happy outcome for the people of Persia. But we need to be prepared for a very unhappy one.

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Compare and Contrast BHO and Trump

Wil Wirtanen

Another VDH unique view.

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