December 11, 2018
I pretty much have to agree with Buchanan's assessment of the situation. Something more has to be done to fix this nation and end its overriding trivial pursuits.
How Democracy Is Losing the World
From the article:
"Does the world still envy us our free press, which it sees tirelessly digging up dirt on political figures and flaying them with abandon?
Among the reasons democracy is in discredit and retreat worldwide is that its exemplar and champion, the USA, is beginning to resemble France's Third Republic in its last days before World War II.
Also, democracy no longer has the field largely to itself as to how to create a prosperous and powerful nation-state.
This century, China has shown aspiring rulers how a single-party regime can create a world power, and how democracy is not a necessary precondition for extraordinary economic progress.
Vladimir Putin, an autocratic nationalist, has shown how a ruined nation can be restored to a great power in the eyes of its people and the world, commanding a new deference and respect.
Democracy is a bus you get off when it reaches your stop, says Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After the attempted coup in the summer of 2017, Erdogan purged his government and military of tens of thousands of enemies and jailed more journalists than any other nation."
"What does American democracy now offer the world as its foremost attribute, its claim to greatness?
"Our diversity is our strength!" proclaims this generation.
We have become a unique nation composed of peoples from every continent and country, every race, ethnicity, culture and creed on earth.
But is not diversity what Europe is openly fleeing from?
Is there any country of the Old Continent clamoring for more migrants from the Maghreb, sub-Sahara or Middle East?
Broadly, it seems more true to say that the world is turning away from transnationalism toward tribalism, and away from diversity and back to the ethno-nationalism whence the nations came."
From the U.K. Daily Mail:
"Bill and Hillary Clinton have been forced to resort to selling half price tickets for their 13-city tour on Groupon in a desperate bid to put bums on seats.
The former president and first lady launched their tour in a Canadian hockey arena last Tuesday to an underwhelming crowd and swaths of empty seats.
Ticket prices were plummeting shortly before the event, with the cheapest seats selling on Stubhub for single-digits - $6.55 Canadian Dollars, or less than $5.
Now the couple are taking drastic action to avoid another embarrassment on the next stop on their An Evening With the Clintons tour.
They have slashed tickets by up to 60 per cent, and even offered them on Groupon, to try and entice more fans to come and listen to them speak.
On the official site, there were still seats for the tour available for up to $325, with other floor seats going for $83 plus a hefty service charge, but on Groupon, they can be picked up for as little as $35.
The tour is currently on a break for the holidays and reconvenes in New York on April 11, 2019, before moving on to nine other cities including DC, Boston, LA and Las Vegas"
Jack Kemp adds:
The tour is currently on a break for the holidays and reconvenes in New York on April 11, 2019
Gee, and I won't get a chance to see her if they cancel the tour. Actually, I did see Hillary years ago when she surpised me by marching in a Salute to Israel Parade in NY. These other socialist Jews applauded her - and I was literally sick to my stomach watching this. I've never ben back to the parade again.
Hat tip; Urgent Agenda.
A decade ago, the World Wildlife Fund issued a nigh-hysterical "study” that warned humanity would have to abandon Planet Earth and colonize two planets within the next 50 years, if we continue to exploit natural resources at the current rate. Humans are "plundering the planet at a pace that outstrips its capacity to support life,” the WWF intoned ominously.
Building on that success, the same doomsayers recently issued an equally credible "study,” warning that humans have killed more than half of all the wildlife in the world since 1970. And it’s mostly the fault of the United States, because (among other sins) it has resisted and even blocked the "transition to a net carbon-neutral society” and has not done enough to "halt and reverse nature loss.”
Both "reports” naturally received adulatory coverage by the "mainstream” media, which always likes to exploit a good crisis to sell copies and advertising. In this article, bona fide environment and natural resources expert Greg Walcher offers a few facts that eviscerate the WWF claims.more...
You know the lines from the Evita (Peron) musical:
I came from the people, they need to adore me
So Christian Dior me from my head to my toes...
I can assure you that I and Michael Savage (he grew up a block away from me) spent more time in the South Bronx before we were ten than did Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. And the first time I climbed a ladder on a kibbutz to pick olives I probably did more real physical work that day that Ocasio-Cortez (or kibbutz "volunteer" Bernie Sanders) has ever d more...
I went for a walk to clear my head and I came up with a Jewish name for Occasional Cortex.
In the story of Purim, there was a Jewish Queen in Persia. Her name was Queen Esther. I would call Ocasio-Cortez "Queen Pester" for all her obnoxious and stupid tweets.
Fay Voshell replies:
Actually, her claim is a pretty serious political move. She appears to be courting the liberal Jewish crowd, for whom the religion of progressivism has replaced the Torah.
Mr. Kemp replies:
Fay, you are so right. And the wallets of the progressives. The big Dem donator Tom Steyer has one Jewish parent.
Look, the liberal crowd is looking for a new perhaps female Messiah. Her role is to fulfill their fantasies of Ocasio-Cortez becoming the new Evita Peron. I can hear her singing "Don't Cry For Me, Southern Boulevard" (a major South Bronx street).
Hillary was still fulfilling that role in emotional sense when her grand theater tour of Canada fell down. The Dems need a new young star queen. Oprah and Michelle Obama aren't running. So they are grooming the next Obama - remember he was groomed as a younger man as well with his fake years at Columbia U. In fact, Ortez has said in public she wants to run for President, thinking there is a loophole that will allow her to run in 2020, years before her 35th birthday. See "Ocasio-Cortez Misquotes The Constitution While Threatening Presidential Run" .
Here's a brief quote from the article:
"The 29-year-old Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that if Republicans do not pass the Equal Rights Amendment she would run for president to teach them a lesson, Politico reported."
This is why one conservative writer said we should be savagely mocking her NOW because her view of the world and the Constitution needs to be ridiculed before it becomes the accepted Big Lie.
She's Jewish? She probalby thinks a shofar is someone who drives you to High Holiday Services such as Rosh Hashanna. As you may know, you are not supposed to ride on the Sabbath or on the High Holidays.
Frankly, she's not fooling anyone. A vote for her is a vote for more free stuff from "Obama's stash." But she is more like Sarah Silverman than she is like Gov. Sarah Palin. Ocasio-Cortez is like Chelsea Handler without the drinking problem.
December 10, 2018
Andrew McCarthy says Donald Trump is likely to be indicted. From Fox News:
"But when Cohen pleaded guilty in August, prosecutors induced him to make an extraordinary statement in open court: the payments to the women were made "in coordination with and at the direction of” the candidate for federal office – Donald Trump.
Prosecutors would not have done this if the president was not on their radar screen. Indeed, if the president was not implicated, I suspect they would not have prosecuted Cohen for campaign finance violations at all. Those charges had a negligible impact on the jail time Cohen faces, which is driven by the more serious offenses of tax and financial institution fraud, involving millions of dollars.
Moreover, campaign finance infractions are often settled by payment of an administrative fine, not turned into felony prosecutions. To be sure, federal prosecutors in New York City have charged them as felonies before – most notably in 2014 against Dinesh D’Souza, whom Trump later pardoned."
"Nevertheless, the sentencing memo in Cohen’s case reads like an ode to campaign finance laws. Unlike other types of pleadings, which can be dry and legalistic, sentencing memoranda are meant to persuade the sentencing judge, and they often read like dramatic jury arguments."
Read the rest at Fox.
I don't know if the powers that be understand that they are openly overturning the will of the People and that America may well blow up over this - up to and including violece. The enemies of the president think this is just an inside-the-beltway thing and that Middle America will go along as it always has. But what it will say to middle America is that we are ruled, not governed, and that the elites will do whatever they please. That is the road to revolution.
They are playing with fire.
I did not have a lot of confidence in Brett Kavanaugh, although I fought for him because I was not going to allow the Left to destroy him for no good reason. But he was a lifelong insider and I suspected he was going to move leftward once he became a Justice, and so he has.
The Daily Caller has the story.
Kavanaugh sided with the liberals on the Court to deny a hearing on three court cases to defund Planned Parenthood.
From the article:
"The Supreme Court declined to review three cases relating to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level Monday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas.
The dissent was significant because it indicates that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the high court’s liberal wing to deny review of a lower court decision that favored the nation’s largest abortion provider.
"So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?,” Thomas wrote. "I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.'”
"Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined the Thomas dissent, meaning there were three votes in favor of taking the case. Since four votes are needed for the Supreme Court to take up a case, the opinion indicates that Chief Justice John Roberts and Kavanaugh joined with the four liberals to deny review.
This move could indicate that Roberts and Kavanaugh are loath to take take up an abortion-related question in the aftermath of Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation. The Court’s new junior justice has generally kept a low profile since taking the bench in October."
So Kavanaugh joins Roberts and the liberals. What does that mean? It means that once again we squandered a wonderful opportunity and at best we have a center-left Justice. And he'll be there for decades. Great.
Another Friend of Benny (Arnold). FOB
It was as certain as the sum rising. "Liberation" movements promoting homosexuality as a normal life style, and now with a movement to push "transgenderism" it was inevitable that someone would start promoting pedophilia. Amd mpw we have it.
From the article:
"A peer-reviewed academic journal has made the controversial decision to publish a piece promoting the normalization of pedophilia.
The article, "Childhood ‘Innocence’ is Not Ideal: Virtue Ethics and Child-Adult Sex,” was written by a convicted child pornographer and will appear in the December issue of Sexuality & Culture, an interdisciplinary journal that "publishes peer-reviewed theoretical articles based on logical argumentation … and empirical articles describing the results of experiments and surveys on the ethical, cultural, psychological, social, or political implications of sexual behavior,” columnist Justin Lee noted this week in Arc Digital.
The author of the piece is Tom O'Carroll, a British man who has been jailed twice for pedophilia-related offenses.
O'Carroll's article argues that virtue ethics — a broad term for ethical theories rooted in the thinking of ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, emphasizing the importance of character and virtue in moral philosophy rather than mere duty or acting in order — is not grounds for rejecting sexual acts between children and adults, and that society should allow and even celebrate them."
You knew it was coming. There has been a quiet movement afoot to dismiss pedophilia as not a mental illness - exactly what was done with homosexuals decades ago and then with cross-dressers.
Even while we endure the #metoo movement where any woman may make a wild accusation against a man and he will be destroyed we are slowing removing protections from the most vulnerable in our society. We are turning into Sodom.
A temple in Queens got a small dose of surprise on Sunday the final night of Hanukkah when Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat with a knack for dramatic flourish, told those gathered to light the menorah that her ancestors were Jewish.
â€œOne of the things that we discovered about ourselves is that a very, very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews,â€ Ocasio-Cortez said. These are Jews who settled in the Middle East, North Africa and southern Europe after the Jewish diaspora. They were expelled from Spain in 1492...
She laughed, using the occasion to connect with soon-to-be constituents, and drawing a broader lesson about freedoms of beliefs and shared values. Ocasio-Cortez, who has identified as Catholic, hardly claimed to be a practicing Jew. Her understanding of her ancestry came from "doing a lot of family trees in the last couple of years," she said.
The discussion of distant Jewish heritage is not an uncommon one. This summer, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), a practicing Catholic, found out that he was 3 percent Ashkenazi Jewish, based on findings from PBSâ€™s â€œFinding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The liberal firebrand is part of an incoming class of Democratic lawmakers who appear willing to split with the partyâ€™s top brass in criticizing the Israeli government. In May, before she bested long-serving Rep. Joseph Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez condemned the killing of Palestinians on the Gaza border as a â€œmassacre.â€ In July, she criticized the â€œoccupation of Palestine but also said she was â€œnot the expertâ€ on the issue â€” in remarks that drew scorn from conservatives.
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She claims to be part Jewish and she can't figure out how to pay for an apartment? Alexander Hamilton, who was not Jewish but went to a Jewish school in the Caribbean as a boy because no Christian school would accept this boy born out of wedlock, figured out how to pay off America's Revolutionary War debt and was the first Secretary of the Treasury. How Jewish is Ocasio-Cortez? 1/1024th? This is like the joke Connie Francis used to say, "I'm 10 percent Jewish on my agent's side."
Well, I give Ms. Occasional Cortex this: she is as obnoxious and stuborn as Ruth Bader Ginsberg and as John Kerry (who has many generations closer Jewish roots). And she has the potential to cause as many problems for the Democratic Party as both of them - without going so far in her political career.
There are, to date, 97 entries in this list at https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-official-trump-schadenfreude-list.html
Here are some prime examples: more...
Far from safe, abortion is dirty, dangerous and fatal, but Planned Parenthood would rather you not know
Read the rest at American Thinker.
The IPCC recently claimed carbon taxes worldwide must climb to $5,500 per ton of CO2 by 2030, to avoid climate chaos. Meanwhile, the Deep State’s 2018 US National Climate Assessment predicted that continued use of fossil fuels will make global temperatures skyrocket 15 degrees F by 2100, bringing unimaginable cataclysms to civilization and planet. Both were timed to generate scare stories ahead of the IPCC’s ongoing climate conference in Katowice, Poland. So once again, headlines and computer models reign supreme over real-world evidence.
My article this week tears into these reports – and notes that the Yellow Vest protests in France … rampant energy deprivation and crushing poverty in Africa … and carbon colonialist attitudes at the World Bank show a very different aspect of the climate issue that rarely gets mentioned by the "mainstream media.”more...
December 09, 2018
Changing the character of Minneapolis in the name of diversity and equality
"By Thomas Lifson
Zoning neighborhoods for single family houses now is being held to be racist. A politically diverse group, of race- and equality-obsessed leftists combined with freedom-loving libertarians, is heralding a radical change in zoning for the entire city of Minneapolis. I beg to dissent. Basically, a city that has mostly been zoned for single-family houses will become a city characterized by three-family houses and larger apartment buildings.
"Minneapolis will become the first major U.S. city to end single-family home zoning, a policy that has done as much as any to entrench segregation, high housing costs, and sprawl as the American urban paradigm over the past century.
On Friday, the City Council passed Minneapolis 2040, a comprehensive plan to permit three-family homes in the city's residential neighborhoods, abolish parking minimums for all new construction, and allow high-density buildings along transit corridors."
Read it all at American Thinker!
First wave of 2020 panic: Is Biden vs. Bernie really the best Democrats can do?
by Andrew OÂ´Hehir
Biden vs. Bernie? It's more like the Muppets' Statler vs. Waldorf.
Sen. James Inhofe has a great idea for funding a border wall; stop paying illegal aliens in this country and use the savings to build the wall.
From the Center for Immigration Studies:
"What the senators have figured out, something that too many decision-makers and voters do not know, is that all SSNs are not equal, and only some of them should be used when someone wants something from Uncle Sam. Here's the situation: more...
I came across this at Zerohedge. Columbia University wants to let students grade themselves.
From the blogpost:
According to a Columbia University PowerPoint presentation Trusting Students to Assess Themselves, inclusive grading starts by "trusting students to assess themselves.”
I picked that link up from Columbia University Seminar to Promote ‘Inclusive Grading’.
Teachers don't know how to grade or don't want to take the time.
Not to worry. Columbia university will ask students to sign a pledge card so they won't cheat. That's sure to fix everything.
Gee; self grading? Now what could possibly go wrong with that?
I don't know about the rest of you, but I wouldn't feel comfortable going to a self-graded medical doctor, or driving in a car designed by a self-graded engineer. Maybe it's just me.
This is illustrative of how relativism has overtaken all of academia. AS Nietzche predicted, academia has reached the point where it no longer believes in the fundamentals of science and research; they have become nihiliistic, doubting that anything can be known and so promoting everyone's private beliefs as true - at least for them. It should be pointed out that insanity is holding a private reality over what can be seen, measured, assessed, understood.
In short, Columbia is promoting madness.
No society can survive without being grounded in reality. If this continues America is doomed.
The left has for a long time now been viewing the world through one or another lens, and demanding that the rest of us do too (or else admit that we are intellectual clods). For years it was the racial lens, where we whites were forced to admit we were all racists, and it kept being ratcheted up to the point (almost) where if you didn't drink black coffee (or maybe if you did -- I'm not sure which) you were a racist. It's gotten so far out on that limb that it's starting to be ridiculous, and they started having to find another field to plow.
SO -- enter #MeToo, where Sexual Abuse is the new lens through which everything must be viewed, and interestingly enough, it's leftists who are getting nabbed. No matter, every man is now a rapist and every woman is a rape victim, declaring in a little-girl voice how she was attacked at some venue she can't even describe, where no friend of hers will back her up, but raped she was, yes-siree. A woman dare not go to a male dentist to have her teeth cleaned anymore.
The problem as I see it now is, this Mankato professor misplaced the memo and sounded off on G-d about a year too early and has made the whole thing supremely ridiculous. In other words, she broke the lens long before its usefulness had run out. Who can be accused now? The Lord is NOT going to start Tweeting in His own defense, though I would dearly love it if He were to visit Mankato with a horrendous blizzard that did not touch the surrounding area. But then, I have a vindictive streak. Hey, doesn't the left tell us WE are the haters?
A WORD FROM TIM:
The Soviets and other Marxists used to employ the false confession as a tool to advance their agenda; get people accused of this or that thought crime to confess publicly, to force the general public to believe something wrong had actually occurred. This is exactly what the Left is employing with the #meetoo movement. All men must admit guilt of sexually abusing women, so that they can not oppose the Left on anything else, and so, too, the general public sees that "resistance is futile". They have done the same with race for a long, long time now. In fact, the charge of racism has gotten silly - something bandied about as an ad-hominem. Now of course they are doing it with sex.
Case in point; a number of years ago I wrote about the Irish who were enslaved on Barbados by the British after the battle of Kinsale. Guess what? I was called a racist for saying that white people were sometimes enslaved too. So racism is whatever one wishes it to be, at least these days. Now rape is whatever the Left says it is, even if it is a comment that they makes some snowflake uncomfortable. For example, a little while back a Progressive college professor made the old joke in an elevator "first floor, ladies lingerie" and a woman's studies prof filed a complaint against him for sexual harassment. She was not offended in the least; it was a tactic to promote the power of feminists to control speech. Little more. Fortunately the liberal professor got "woke" in the true fashion and refused to apologize to this Bi, er, woman.
I think Dana is right; this anti-God screed was a toe in the water, too early, certainly. I think the Mankato prof (anyone else notice the similarity between Mankato and Marcato, as in Adrian, the name of the witch in Rosemary's Baby?)wanted to see if it would fly. And, of course, was counting on people not having read the Bible and knowing that Mary actually said Yes when Gabriel asked her to be mother to the Messiah. Ignorance is the Left's greatest weapon. more...
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is holding yet another huge climate conference, this one in Katowice, Poland – for an estimated 30,000 attendees. Organizers hope to finalize some 300 pages of guidelines to implement the 2015 Paris climate accords that they claim will save the world from cataclysmic manmade climate chaos.
In his article, CFACT president Craig Rucker explains why the entire IPCC agenda should be dismissed as an outrageously expensive hoax. Equally important, climate change is the least of concerns for developing countries: they are coping with very real and immediate energy, health and economic disasters – while climate chaos exists primarily in the realm of headlines and computer models. Asia clearly recognizes this fact: it already has nearly twice as much COAL-based electricity online or under construction as the United States is capable of generating from all sources in the height of air conditioning season.more...
December 08, 2018
Dennis Prager recenty had a single career woman call his radio program concerning this feminist fantasy life. Here are some introductory excerpts and the link to the article.
A few weeks ago, a woman named Jennifer called in. For reasons of space, I have somewhat shortened her comments. Every young woman should read them. This is precisely what she said:"Dennis, I want to get right to it. I'm 50 years old with four college degrees. I was raised by a feminist mother with no father in the home. My mother told me get an education to the maximum level so that you can get out in the world, make a lot of money. And that's the path I followed.
"I want to tell women in their 20s: Do not follow the path that I followed. You are leading yourself to a life of loneliness. All of your friends will be getting married and having children, and you're working to compete in the world, and what you're doing is competing with men. Men don't like competitors. Men want a partner. It took me until my late 40s to realize this.
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Read the rest here.
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