2018-06-25

The Virtuous Ignorants

I was thinking about the story of the owner of the Red Hen asking "politely" Sarah Huckabee Sanders leaving her restaurant and a couple of things became apparent to me.

The first was the unfortunate loss of common civility in a pluralist society. The progressive left talks a lot about 'civil' behaviour and discourse but don't seem to want to put into actual practice.

Another is sudden support for a private business owner to do as they see fit in their establishment. I say sudden because the left weren't all that supportive of Christian bakers not wanting to bake a cake for gay customers out of religious conviction. There, they were comfortable with the destruction of a person's livelihood because they didn't bow to the ideals of the left.

Then I read about how millennials would prefer to date a convicted felon than Donald Trump or that their socialist savior Bernie Sanders is a millionaire socialist or that a university professor had the unmitigated gall to insult our intelligence with this piece of outright retarded propaganda flouting truth on Venezuela or campus segregation.

To say nothing of companies jumping on the bandwagon.

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They're calling for people to attack elected officials. How can this possibly end well for the DNC?

Over immigration?!

We knew the only place from their hysterics was eventually a call to outright violence and I can't see how what Sanders is asking isn't a subtle provoking idiots into violence.

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This is when it hit me.

What drives these people is an over-inflated sense of their own virtuousness.

It permits them to pass judgment on what they perceive to be injustice and, well, just go bat shit over it because they have virtue in oozes. And don't expect them to consider the facts of a story so as to keep perspective thus keeping a measured response.

So, for example, with immigration, it doesn't matter that Obama deported a record number of illegal immigration (in of itself destructive for families). It's better to focus on one part of the story - Trump hates babies - so they can show how virtuous they are.

Hence, you get from the average WaPo comment 'Sanders deserved to be kicked out because she serves a liar who lacks compassion.'

See how easy that is?

Somehow I doubt if this involved an Obama appointee, they'd look at it that way. They'd be a little more nuanced I trust.

If you don't know the story of Barabbas you should. We're seeing a modern version of it play out. The people would prefer to let a 'notorious prisoner go - people who break the law (or date felons) -  as long as they stick to Trump thus leaving Jesus imprisoned.

'Give us Barrabbas!'

The virtuous are the persecutors. They're the censurers and confiscators.

I'm not saying Trump is Jesus.

What I'm saying is the moral compass used by the progressive left is broken.

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2018-06-24

Know The Alternative Medicine Jargon

"...One of my favourite essays describes some of the tactics used by SCAM advocates to promote their services.
Treat a non-existent condition: There’s nothing better than treating a condition the patient doesn’t even have. From the chiropractor’s subluxation to the acupuncturist’s chi blockage, these diagnoses are made up by the practitioner, and have no basis in reality.
Maintenance treatment: Persuade the patient who is healthy that they need “maintenance” treatments to stay healthy, such as IV vitamin infusions or the chiropractor recommending regular adjustments for spinal alignment. To the worried well, this may sound attractive, but it isn’t based on any objective benefit.
Things must get worse before they get better: Patients may feel nothing, or even worse, after a SCAM treatment. Practitioners may describe this as a “healing crisis”, an imaginary phenomena. In the case of conditions that are chronic or wax and wane, the practitioner can attribute worsening to the “healing crisis” and claim any improvement as evidence of effectiveness.
A cure takes a long time: To continue SCAM treatments despite a lack of any improvement is hard to justify on medical grounds, but practitioners make this claim routinely.
The problem is due to conventional medicine: With a nod to the conspiracy theories that are endemic to SCAM, problems are often blamed on conventional medicine. You see this routinely in harms or circumstances attributed to therapies like vaccines.
Detox: A marketing slogan and not an actual treatmentCAM proponents claim detox will rid the bodyof non-specified “toxins” that conventional medicine fails to acknowledge or treat.
The test of time: Some SCAMs have been around for hundreds of years (or more). SCAM advocates point to this long history of use as evidence of safety and effectiveness. Ernst points to bloodletting as a treatment with a long history of use that was appropriately discarded when the human body became better understood.
Energy: Energy is one of those terms that means whatever the SCAM practitioner wants it to mean, but it’s usually a proxy for “vital force“. Energy just sounds more scientific. While vitalism has been discarded by science-based medicine, it’s at the root of many SCAMs, like naturopathy.
Stimulating the immune system: Demonstrating rather startling ignorance of immunity, SCAM“stimulation” is a placebo. Moreover, it’s probably something we wouldn’t want to do, if we could."

France And Germany: EU Shit Disturbers Clinging To Unpopular Policies

Among the more irksome countries in the EU, France and Germany have to be on top of the list. Yeh, the UK is treacherous with its obscene crack on free speech and immoral behaviour towards citizens in matters of health and law and order, but they're doing it mostly to themselves. Hopefully, sanity will one day be restored to what was once a proud island that contributed much to world history.

But as it stands, we can but watch from afar in disappointment.

France and Germany on the other hand not only have visions of what the EU should be, but are willing to cause friction forcing other countries to see it their way.

Both countries are increasingly butting heads with a number of countries including Italy, Austria, Hungary and Poland.

The main source? Migration and immigration.

Where the latter group has decided they've taken in enough and have taken this as far as they can, the former say it's not enough and demand for more.

Austria has warned Merkel that it will not accept her incredulously holding on to her 'open borders' policy and will follow in the footsteps of Hungary and Italy.

France has even taken it a step further engaging in their usual duplicitous manner. For example, where the complain about Trump's tariff threats (going as far as to laughably call for a G6 without the United States), they push for protectionism in the EU. Or to sanction EU countries who don't bow to France's appeals on migration.

Not content with that, France decides it's a good idea to poke the new Italian government over its restrictionist policies over immigration raising the ire, understandably, of the Italians provoking PM Salvani to assert:

"If for the arrogant President Macron this is not a problem, we invite him to stop insulting and to show instead some concrete generosity by opening up France's many ports and letting children, men and women through at Ventimiglia," he said in a statement, referring to the northeastern Italian town at the border with France."

Forget The Noise There Have Been Successes Under Trump

One can quibble on some mentioned but what's impressive is he's doing it with an obscenely hostile media, DNC and little support from his own party. Never mind the constant childish rantings from celebrities and social media.

Above all, he exposed The Swamp - and the IG report all but confirmed there is one.

I especially love what Mike Pompeo is doing with the Iran file*. 

Obama's deal was worse than first thought. Imagine not asking for the release of American prisoners!

*I link to Gatestone in support of them. In addition to it being a good article, they've been the target of hit pieces from 'fake news' organizations like NBC. 

Ullman's Woke Support Group: Touche

Tracy Ullman is severely under appreciated as a comedian. If it weren't for her show back in the late 80s and early 90s, The Simpsons may never had gotten its break.

I'm just glad she's still kicking around and not bit by the PC/SJW virus that has plagued so many moronic celebrities.

Her latest 'Woke support-group' is what I'd expect from her.

It's a shame life is unfair, what, with actors like Amy Schumer hogging the fame and getting movie deals without much original or stand out content to back up such accolades.

Life isn't fair as we know.

Where muh equality of outcome!

Progressives Need To Invest In Mirrors

The side that screams 'tolerance' and 'civil discourse' strike again.

There's no side to take. Common decency is all but gone.

These same people probably suddenly believe private operators have the right to do as they please with their business (and they do)....cough bake a cake for gays!

In any event, this has less to do with principles and everything to do with principals.

'Democracy requires principled government' reads a sign in front of the Red Hen.

They didn't seem to mind the unprincipled behaviour of Barack Obama though, eh? Are these people for real? How would they have liked it if one of Obama's appointees was treated this way for, say, their role in drone killing Americans without due process? I'm guessing they'd refuse to leave, make a scene, scream racism and look to destroy the life of the owner one Ms. Wilkinson:

“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson said. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation…I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”
I told a stranger who I don't know she's morally inferior to me and I treated her like shit because I have an inflated, faux-righteous ego. They've politicized everything. 

Any one not corroded by politics will not accept what she did. It truly does say more about them than it does about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

As a business owner myself, I would never treat someone in this manner regardless of politics. The idea that it's deserved because of immigration is absurd. They never cared when Obama deported record number of illegal immigrants. But separating kids from their families is a bridge too far for them? The idea too that Trump is anti-gay is also rather intriguing given he's been nothing but supportive of them for the most part. Obama wasn't....until it was safe to do so. Remember when he 'evolved' on the issue?

Perhaps Wilkinson would consider opening up her own home and foster one of the children affected?

Progressives seriously need to look up the definition of 'cognitive dissonance'. 

Ignorant beyond belief and now beyond the pale.

Question

Have you heard or read a single, thoughtful opinion or essay as to considering  why Trump was elected?


2018-06-23

Note To Blogger And Google

I keep getting notices from both on blog and don't understand a single thing they're saying; including the recent compliance rules with the pain in the asses who run the totalitarian European Parliament.

Those forums are more confusing than anything. And it's not like there's a 1-800 one can call.

Can you please speak in non-tech jargon for the love of God?

2018-06-22

If You Hate Trump, You Hate Obama Too

Note: This post has been updated a couple of times to reflect the changing nature of the topic.

I'll just dive into this whole immigration over reaction in the United States.

The trick here is to contextualize what's happened and what it's origins are.

This is a pretty thorny issue with several moving parts and one in which is waaayyy beyond most people's area of expertise no matter how smart they may sound.

What do I think? I think there is some room for legitimate criticism but overall it has snowballed into something beyond 'simple concern for the children'. Indeed, the overly woke and virtuous have taken this to another level of outrage so familiar on the left these days.

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It's an issue that Congress has persistently chosen to not solve since the 1990s when illegal immigration was seen as an epidemic. It's worth noting Trump's rhetoric on the subject echoes that of Clinton, Bush and Obama.

Essentially, the system people are reacting to preceded Trump thus poking a hole in the notion this was Trump's doing and the bureaucracy fulfilling his orders had been hired years before. 

This policy, from what I can discern, of how to house children and parents had been developed over decades (going back to the early 1980s), that the facilities had been built years before (two detention centres were built in 2014 under Obama - see link below). 


The issue of separating children from families taken out of context makes it worse than it is because it conveniently overlooks the role of past administrations that brought it to this point. Among one being circulated is the Illegal Immigration and Reform and Immigrant Responsibilities Act signed by Clinton (recall Presidents don't write laws; Congress does) in 1995. Clinton:


"Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it."  
Not that far off from what Trump is saying. Albeit in a more, erm, blunt manner. Anyway, the Act doesn't make law to separate kids from their families. Crackdown on immigration reached an apex under Obama and Trump is looking to further build on that framework built to this point.

Even Obama's own high ranking official Cecilia Munoz basically said laws needed to be enforced!

There is no law "law" separating families. Children are separated and detained until it's determined if the adults are actually family or if they're found to have committed a crime. This has been the procedure all along. 

This is where we move from an argument about the law and who did what, when and why to flat out an emotional attack on Trump for political reasons.

Consider this piece from Neil MacDonald (not one to keep his emotions in check) and what I can't but consider a specious and long-winded ad hominen agaisnt a President and its citizens. I pick a Canadian example because this is the prevailing view among people.

Some very selective quotes:

"....Most of the criticism has invoked morality, or Christian values. But this president is clearly uninterested in either, despite his closeness to evangelical Christian leaders and his own avowal of faith.He's sensed that his voters, which are really what count, want ruthlessness, and that they can easily be persuaded to see it as patriotic: a notion he eagerly promotes."
This is a sophomoric attempt - a rather predictable one by leftists like MacDonald - at trying to convey the notion that somehow Christians (remember, Pence is open season for faux-centrist left-wingers like MacDonald) and Trump are hypocrites. 

I wonder if Neil was concerned when this was happening under Obama? Doubt it. 
For more insights on how this works go here.  That's Neil MacDonald in a nutshell. 
As for the ridiculous assertion that Trump voters (his 'base' as they like to call them) want 'ruthlessness' this is disingenuous at best. 
Thankfully, the more asinine the media gets, the more Americans are having none of it. Most blame the Feds for this because they probably know it's been happening for years and years despite the little narrative Neil is trying to pass here. In addition, 54% of Americans agree with the President. 
The bottom line is the parents of these people are knowingly breaking the law. They're the ones putting these children in such a position. If activists and progressives care so damn much they can go over and sponsor one of these kids. Alas, that won't happen now will it?
He continues:
"...Politicians, caught lying, used to at least stop repeating the lie, even if they wouldn't admit having lied. Being a proven liar was just too uncomfortable. No longer. Trump lies easily and overwhelmingly; he couldn't give a toss about fact-checkers, and neither do his supporters. The brazen lie is now of no more consequence than serial philandering or consorting with foreign enemies who want to corrupt elections.."
Before I go on here's a report in the Chicago Tribune: "Obama’s silky lie and FBI bias in the Clinton investigation." 

Want a mulligan Neil?

And how to treat a lie anyway? Well, with lies! In this instance, Neil applies the George Costanza 'it's not a lie if you believe it' theory. The media protected Obama's lies while going into over drive exaggerating Trump's lies. Notice how well represented the New York Times is on this list highlighting how the media misrepresents Trump.


Slight digression. I learnt this lesson years ago. I used to hear a lot about how 'evil' Rush Limbaugh was. After hearing it for the zillionth time, I began to wonder if it was true as I was getting fed second hand information from the media. So I decided to listen in for myself. No sooner than I did on the first day, the media completely misrepresented one of his comments. So much so I blurted to myself, 'that's not what he said at all!' From that point on, I simply never listened to the media and decided to discover and investigate things for myself. 

First of all, Neil, a large portion of Trump voters voted for Obama. Square that. Are you suggesting people who voted for Obama suddenly are irrational and racist Trump supporters? How do you think banging on the 'you're a racist dummy' drum will turn out for Democrats? I have no idea what will happen in the November mid-terms but one would have to conclude this is not a winning strategy. 

Not content with generalizing without a single damn fact, he mentions collusion. Not a single fact of evidence has ever been presented that there was collusion with Trump.
The IG report pretty much put the nail in the head on the matter. Never mind that Glenn Greenwald has been on this since the beginning and basically called it a fabricated narrative and lie by the DNC.
Stated otherwise: There was no fricken collusion.

Or hacking from Russia for that matter. Obama on the other hand...
The IG report, in addition, revealed some disturbing activities that confirmed what Trump has been saying all along: There was indeed a soft coup orchestrated within the FBI as the Strzok/Page texts show. Moreover, it brings up what most of us already suspected, that the DNC had its own dubious ties to Russia. Come on. Hilary's Foundation and speaking gigs anyone? It all makes sense now why Hillary was never indicted. 
But this is an inconvenience to the narrative Neil attempts to build. One in which a President is so mean, he literally is Hitler. Or something. So out to left field the left have become they even go as far as to believe Trump became President to enrich himself with Russia and North Korea. And they say Alex Jones is cra-cra?
Yes. That's what he did. Donald got up one morning and decided 'Imma gonna run for President. And if those odds aren't long enough, Imma gonna make them even longer with a quixotic campaign, and then Imma gonna show everyone I love the KKK so as to they think Imma mentally unstable and then I'm gonna really break Vegas odds and sign a peace deal with one of the most unpredictable and nutty regime on earth so Imma gonna build condos and then just to make sure Imma hated more Imma gonna put kids in cages and get myself on Time magazine looking like an evil twit!
Yes, it's that stupid. This is what happens when you abandon your senses. 
"...Donald Trump, who loves winning, is winning. He is beating America's allies, he is crushing America's media, he is demonizing and desiccating American law enforcement, and hinting that in the end, he might even use his pardon power to sweep away rule of law. He has in fact already done so."
It's been also said there's a cult of the personality around Trump. I don't see it. I see plenty of people who have had it. In any event, that's just the usual projection on his part because one just has to Google or go on youtube to see what a real cult of the personality looks like during Obama's tenure. I've even posted about it over the years. 
Trump is not winning anything. The media is doing it to itself. Puerile hit pieces like this one is what does it. It turns people like me away in disgust. 

Oh, about the 'war on the press' consider the most recent example is Time caught with its pants down. That kid on its cover looking up at Trump? Yeh, here's the story on that.
Think of it. Either Time didn't know about it - which would make them incompetent - or they flat out lie to emotionally manipulate people - which makes them deceivers. It took real journalists to investigate because the truth still matters to people.

In fact, I think it's the opposite. If anything, the media has learned to master the art of preying on hypocrisy and passing it off as journalism. People want to be deceived and media knows this so they can go out and have left-wing agitators and activists go out and attack politicians.
Amazing eh? As if the shooting of Scalise wasn't enough, Nielsen is now under attack! This is not a group of people looking for justice. This is mob rule. And some will get hurt - or worse. 
Could you imagine an Obama official being accosted like this at their home?! Ole Neil there would be all over it for sure. The best his kind would do here is say, 'yeh this is not right....but they're asking fo it! They're heartless Republicans!"

It gets better a DOJ employee has been harassing her as well. Justice doesn't mean what they think it does and sure as hell doesn't mean the same thing as the people perceive it.

Like Trump said. It's a swamp.
Very dumb. And very dangerous behaviour from mainstream journalists acting irresponsibly on this. They're opportunists and we all know where Dante had opportunists pegged, eh? 
About the press, here's some reading material I mentioned up to for Neil (who is hardly alone in this kind of empty headed, faux-outrage) about how it was treated under Obama. If they're mistreated now, they have Obama to thank for that. 
Another on press freedom under Obama.

Not convinced yet?

What's next Neil? Are you gonna lose your mind when - shock! - you find out the USA under Obama has been drone killing American citizens without due process? Oh, right. Only when (and if) Trump does it will your feign outrage and suddenly care for the rule of law.
So Neil. Fuck you for insulting my intelligence.
I want a refund.
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Why Trudeau felt compelled to comment on the subject is somewhat perplexing. I doubt he fully appreciates or knows the complexities of the issue. If he does, then he's just looking to pile on to score cheap political points off Trump. If millions were pouring over into our country illegal, I'm also certain Canadians would want the border enforced. Judging by how Canadians are discussing the topic, I don't think they grasp the scale of the problem facing the United States.
We simply don't have such problems. Lucky us.
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Problem is, as discussed, Trump is acting within a framework, as discussed above, built by previous administrations starting with Clinton with the IIRIR Act. From that point on, administrations put their spin or interpreted this act as they saw fit including Trump.
You don't like Presidents doing this? Don't ask them to issue an EO. Ask Congress to change or enact new immigration laws. You don't get to demand a sitting President to ignore it because you're feelings are hurt.

Or you can try and follow Hypocrite Hillary and consent to illegals breaking the law. At which point this pits you in the 'open borders' camp which suddenly the idiots in the DNC have painted themselves into a corner after decades of urging for stronger borders.

Forming policy around the simplistic idea that Trump is bad defies logic.

As far as I can tell, this began when photos on Twitter went viral causing outrage. Just another example of Trump's madness right?

Except those photos were from 2009-2014.

Which makes me wonder about the timing of this leak. It stinks like a manufactured DNC crisis designed to continue to try and mount outrage for the mid-terms. Just a guess on my part.

This sort of stuff distorts the reality of migration into a hyper-romantic one in which all migrants are peaceful and should be granted citizenship because that's what Jesus would do. The left absolutely love invoking the Bible when it suits their political aims and as a wedge to try and expose Christian hypocrisy. Problem is, their musings and interpretation of Biblical history is shockingly superficial and often plain wrong.

Anyway. So why didn't Obama make the cover of Time for his role in setting deportation records?

And to be fair, I'm not so sure Obama was wrong either. He did what he had to do to deal with immigration which is an issue of national security.

Nonetheless, Trump signed an EO and still people are bursting blood vessels over this. Those people protesting Nielsen did so after he signed it which suggests they don't give a shit about the kids. They care about taking down Trump.

Indeed, while signing the EO (who by the way the left wanted to stop Trump from exercising because's 'mentally ill' demanded he do so here! The same Trump they demanded - listening Neil? - unilaterally act and restrict guns like a....dictator!) is all theater and probably wasn't necessary, it does expose the utterly disorienting hypocrisy of Democrats. In effect, I suppose, it's actually a smart political play because it flushes them out as 'open borders' which is enormously popular in the West; including in Canada. But the Liberals aren't listening. Better to call people 'xenophobic' for having the temerity to demand the law be followed in preserving the sanctity and sanity of the borders.

They also don't realize, by doing stuff like this, they keep Mexico in a state of chaos wallowing in a cess pool of violence and astoundingly astonishing corruption. A failed state in some ways; or a shithole if you prefer. Here, read about the violence it perpetuates 

All the more why Americans are less likely to support stricter gun control.

Alas, that don't matter. Just blame Trump - or the USA. Which ever is easiest.

How lost in their own drunken sophistic stupor have they become? They'd probably eat Chick-fil-A if Trump said it was the best. They'd probably go pro-life if Trump came on the side of abortion.

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Now.

Here's where it gets - ahem - tricky.

They call bringing this up 'whataboutism'. The technical term in logic is tu quoque.

Taking a fact and then rather than address the assertion turn around and say, 'yeh but' or 'what about...?'

Except here it's not a deflection.

What's going on is an attack is launched and when the basis of the assertion is scrutinized it's discovered there are hole; if not groundless.

So when ABC News abandons all journalistic integrity as Cecilia Vega did claiming Trump 'owns this policy' she's taking a partial truth and making it the whole truth to deceive.

This is counterproductive. Once the truth ekes out, and it always does, the Trump is an 'asshole' narrative dissolves and we're back to questioning the legitimacy of the press.

If someone makes an assertion about you that you feel is wrong or even a threat to your character, are you not allowed to defend yourself? Of course you are.

The same could and should be extended to leaders as well.

Saying or believing Trump did this without consulting the facts and questioning his humanity is basically an ad hominen and it's not a logical fallacy to defend yourself.

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A good example is what we're seeing on college campuses. Left-wing groups are running amok (with the worse cases being in place like Evergreen. In addition to episodes in respected institutions like Yale, Harvard and Berkley) shutting down free speech either by getting guest speakers censored or canceled, introducing bizarre SJW courses, drowning out professors they don't agree with, and even professors who claim conservatives have no right to free speech.

One can quibble about the degree to which this happens, but I argue it happens too much if one reads The College Fix, FIRE and Campusreform.

Yet, when conservative students or speakers mount a defense (or maturely move their venue - where even then activists disrupt them) it's considered an example of conservatives being 'snowflakes'.

Conservatism (and libertarianism) is always on the defensive. Always has been in North American and European political history. It's only natural.

Apparently you have to take shit if you know what's good for you. You know, like when people had to shut up and take their sentences to the gulags.

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If you hate Trump, you must really hate Obama.

This wasn't about the children. Had it been so, Obama would have made the cover of Time too.

They just want to stick it to Trump.

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Some claims made about Trump:

-Trump is mentally unstable and won't listen to reason.

North Korea, tax reform and other measures, and the fact he signed the EO to shut everyone up (it doesn't change the law in any meaningful manner because that's Congress's job) is actually a sharp and shrewd political move to quell hysteria.

- Trump made a deal with North Korea so he can enrich himself. In fact, the whole purpose of his Presidency is to make money.

The same people refute that Hillary made millions via her Foundation and speaking gigs as well as the DNC's own financial connections to Russia (the Podesta brothers made a killing in Russia) despite all of this being verified.

So far, nothing has been proven about Trump's alleged collusions. And you even have Riotta over at Newsweek claiming the book sales of 'The Art of the Deal' is a conflict of interest. Right. Because Obama wasn't getting royalties for his books. Same with Hilary. Riiiight.

Heck, Obama signed a $65 million book deal and Netflix series! Sa-weet!

Aside from that, plenty of politicians who eventually retire leave with a much higher net worth than when they came in. Something, something swamp.

As for North Korea, yes. Trump's plan was to enter politics as one of the longest-shot in political history (remember the polls) filled with impractical promises (though he incredibly managed to pull off a couple), then put his bet on a diplomatic issue that has eluded many for 50 years ruled by a nutty  and unpredictable family all to score a business deal with one of the poorest nations on earth?

Hooo-kay.

And they say Alex Jones is a conspiratorial nut?

- Trump's base is ignorant.

Problem with this is a large portion of them voted for Obama too.

Try and square that.

Well, they can't really.

-Trump is ignorant and dumb.

This is an oldie and classic from the progressive play book. They did this to Reagan and they did it to Bush. It's been done. 

Obama, by contrast, is a genius to them.

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And just in case you're still not getting it....take a look at the freaks running on the DNC ticket:








Yeh. Get rid of ICE because people break the law. See how that plays out.






Europeans Must Stop Articles 11 And 13

The so-called 'copyright laws' being pushed by an ever-increasing totalitarian EU comes with far more dangerous consequences.

Europe for once needs to push back at their EU masters and defeat this awful proposal.

How deep runs the arrogance of the European Parliament? They ignored the experts on the subject.

Funny how that works. Politicians follow blindly the 'consensus' on climate change but ignore those who defend rights on the internet.

Sounds like they pick and choose their experts to fit their agenda, no?

In a vote today, 20 June, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted for  a Copyright Directive, which includes measures to monitor and filter virtually all uploads to the internet.
The Copyright Directive includes the controversial Article 13, which mandates the mass monitoring and censorship of internet uploads. The vote comes after widespread criticism of these measures and against the advice of civil society, of leading academics and universities, of research institutions, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and even the inventors of the internet and of the world wide web.
In the U.S. they did the right thing in killing net neutrality* (hey, wasn't the internet supposed to be shut down by now?), Europeans need to do their part for once where freedom is concerned.
*The ones who did all the hysterical screaming were doing less out of reasoned concern and more by the fact it was the Trump administration that did it. Just like they're over reacting with the immigration and separation of kids at the border. It's a law that's been going on for years including under Obama. Again, less out of concern for the kids and more to stick to Trump. 



2018-06-20

Democrat Still Control The Message; Everyone's An Asshole

Despite Democrats reeling at the polls and under going a complete rebuke from the people, they still have one key token in their pocket: the media.

We all know the entire entertainment machine runs Democrat. You see it. You just have to connect the dots.

We're seeing this unfold right before our eyes with the immigration story of kids being separated from their families.

It matters none this was happening throughout Obama's administration. No one seemed to care then. Gee, I wonder why. Suddenly, someone circulates pictures about kids in cages misattributed to Trump and the faux-outrage machine goes into full mental breakdown mode. Those pictures? They were from 2009-2014. Who was President then? Who was your daddy?

But damage done. People saw what they saw and what they saw translates into holding an irrational visceral hate for Trump.

The nitty-gritty of who actually enacted this law is really complicated because it involves so many intricate and nuanced, shall we say, interpretations. Safe to say, it's not *just* Trump who has done it. In fact, as far as I can tell, this goes back to 1996 under Clinton. Remember, immigration was an issue in the 1990s and a lot of the rhetoric you hear from Trump pretty much echoes what was said then. And quite frankly, in my opinion, they were right then and still are today.

Think of it. Obama could do no wrong. He inherited a mess! It could only do so much against an 'obstructionist' GOP!

What do you think is fricken happening here? Trump inherited this mess from Obama.

It's political loser. He had to sign an executive order. People demanded he does so. The same people probably disapprove of Congress which is the legislative body that's supposed to be dealing with this stuff. And if the GOP 'obstructed' how is the antics of Schumer and the DNC not the same when they say they don't want to talk immigration reform but want to 'keep the focus on Trump'? Never mind the hate about his wall is way over blown since it's recently come to light it's basically a Democrat initiative from 2006.

But the optics reflect poorly on Trump because the media is overwhelming left-wing, liberal or progressives. Outside the Fox circle (which even within its ranks there aren't that many true conservatives or libertarians - for that you have to go to the 'intellectual dark web'), you have a massive wall of left-wing narratives. Conservatives are forever condemned to acts of defensiveness.

So you get little cute phrases like Trump is 'Backing down' and Trudeau saying 'is not right what the U.S. is doing' and politicians holding hands or pointing fingers, TV pundits breaking down in tears, others going on Twitter rants.

Troof trumps truth.

The psychotic breakdown theater is something to behold.

Don't be fooled. This is all crocodile tears from people who knew damn well this was happening under Obama. Where was their so-called integrity then? What was wrong with their moral compass for eight years? Why weren't they thinking of the children? WHY?!

Right. They chose to side with Barry over principles. Principals over principles as it were.

Basically? Everyone screaming is a disingenuous asshole.

To this fact, there's no way conservatives or libertarians could ever hit back or deal with. As generally a pragmatic and reasoned bunch where rational thought is the final arbiter of thought, there's not way this side can respond. Not unless they want to 'outcrazy crazy'.

Even when liberal journalists like Greenwald (who pushes against the false Russia narrative) or excellent sites like The Daily Beast or magazines like MotherJones willing to report the facts (see link above about Obama's record), that's not enough to the howling jackasses. Shoot, I've seen people thrown Greenwald (and progressive show hosts like Jimmy Dore) to the wolves for having the temerity to not toe the progressive line!

These guys are looking for truth and answers. I may not agree with them but I respect them.

The others over at the NYT for example? Not so much.

This is where we're at folks. Know the landscape. Know when you're being played. I trust people will know the difference between being cynically lied to and legitimate policy criticism.

Don't be an asshole.

Don't be a useful idiot. Don't let some anchor person feed you horse shit as you stare like a kid watching Blue's Clues. This especially holds true for Canadians getting their news via CBS or NBC.

Get your ass out there and investigate. There are plenty of sources, sites and journalists setting the record straight and challenging the lies. There's no excuse not to.

If you have a concern about Trump use reason, logic and facts.

Don't scream about shit that has nothing to do with him. Look at his achievements, weigh them against stuff you may not like and would like to see him do.

Research.

Don't be an idiot about it demanding people give you a cite for simple shit like 'Trump's approval ratings improve' as I saw some guy do. That suggest to me that person is disinterested in truth or facts. The burden of proof is always with someone else.

In any event, that's a sure bet to get caught up in a battle of counter-factual fury and sophistry with people like that.

If someone is informed and willing to argue in good faith, they will be aware of basic stuff like that.

God speed!








2018-06-18

Faux-Intellectual Hypocrites Of The Day: MacFarlane, Maher And De Niro

Celebrities say the darnedest things. They know and see all and are willing to impart their words of, ahem, wisdom and genius with the rest of us grovelling peons.

We may not have tires on our front yards, heck we may even have nice teeth, but make no mistake, you may as well to these fine, upstanding paragons of good taste and moral mores.

First up, Roberto De Niro. A bello! A king among actors has devolved into a laughable, angry old man inflicted with TDS. He hasn't stopped 'resisting' and he has the painkillers to prove how hard at work he is raising his fist and swearing at the President.

Fuck Trump! Wooo! Applause! Wooo!

So much for that 'civil discourse' the left keeps harping on about, eh?

Never mind that De Niro has his own personal demons battling with alcoholism and drugs. Trump for his part, doesn't drink and never has done drugs.

One is brokering a peace deal with North Korea and accomplishing some concrete things, The other makes shitty movies now and is reduced to pompously lashing out at the wind.

Maybe he can team up with Meryl Streep and write a book!

Wake up, Punchy! Make it happen!

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Reminds me of the latest Tweet by some actor named John Legend who said 'Fuck you' to Paul Ryan about families being separated. Like he gave a shit this was happening under Obama too.

#fuckyoutoo!

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Oh Bill Maher. /waves hand nonchalantly. Giggles.

You're so cute on how you pass your cynicism off as critically thinking. Adding jokes doesn't make it better.

I saw all I needed to know about the depth of Maher's intellectualism after I watched 'Religulous'.

A more shallow showcase in self-masturbation on the subject you will not find. Well, maybe not. There's plenty of ignorance on full display among the progressive left's ranks when it comes to religion.

So it's not surprising from the mind of this sterling intellect he hopes for a recession so that Trump can fail.

Like how they like to tell us to be civil, the left claim to defend the interests of the middle class.

I wonder. How is hoping for a recession helpful to the middle class and below? They're the part of the economy that would disproportionately be affect most by one. Loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of dignity and so on.

But Bill doesn't give a shit. If he did, he would have thought twice about saying such a stupid thing. If he did think, it only points further to his own pomposity and hubris.

Bill and his pals in Hollywood can withstand a recession. They have millions. They can sit and wait it out while sipping martinis while raping each other both sexually and with their sharp wit.

What do they care? They don't have to face the family that can't make their car payments. Sorta like how wealthy progressives love the minimum wage. It don't impact them none. Only those icky deplorables. You know, the ones where urabn-granola-academics pack a peanut butter-jelly sandwich and head off into the interior of Deploraland on a safari.

Here we see a waitress in Cletusville, Kentucky serving patrons in their natural habitat. Later, she will   pick up her daughter from high school and go shooting at the range. It's the most queer of things but full of love!

A cent' anni!

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Another one who has bitten more than he can chew is Seth MacFarlane.

He's embarrassed to work for Fox.

Okay. So why still work there? If you're soooo principled Seth, I mean, why keep cashing their cheques?

Oh. You think it's safer to virtue-signal from afar than actually put your money where your hypocritical mouth is?

Fox made him fabulously wealthy. He hates Fox.

That in my book makes him a hypocrite.

Seth is more Peter than Brian.

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All three. Hypocrites (and in the case of perhaps two of them even opportunists) we all know where Dante placed hypocrites.


2018-06-16

Fall Of Britain: Reason 39995555

UK government transfers Tommy Robinson to a prison where the majority of prisoners are Muslim raising concern for his life.

I tell you what. If he's killed. May and the UK government will be accomplices in his death.

Remember folks, these are the countries Trudeau would align with to 'stick it to Trump' and France would want a G6 with?

Please.

What in the hell has happened to the United Kingdom?