Sunday, August 20, 2017

Are we in the good ole days?

Have we taken our eyes off terrorism? Greg Gutfeld thinks so.
"When terror and technology wed, we will ask ourselves, "how could this happen," and see this terrible period now as the good ole days."

One of Greg's guests is Special Ops veteran Terry Schappert who says, "Sometimes you need to become what you're not in order to protect and ensure the future survival of what you actually are."

He recommends taking what terrorists actually care about (family) and terrorism will slow down if not stop.

"Confusion on a genocidal level"


Susan Goldberg writes at PJ Media,
Birth control and abortion made tying “career” to “fulfillment” easy. However, anecdotal evidence supports what statistics reveal: Birth control has impeded the emotional and psychological maturity of entire generations of women and men. If fulfillment no longer involved family, and sex is now purely for pleasure, then why be bothered with the responsibilities that go along with relationships? Millennial women have missed out on the personal growth attained by their foremothers through the natural stages of marriage and children. Women’s incarceration rates have grown tenfold while the suicide rate has increased among Millennial women.

...“We’ve lost something precious, distinctive and unique …the spiritual joys and physical pleasures of womanhood,” Kupfermann writes. When you chemically repress female bodies, brainwash women’s minds, and render them ignorant about their own health, happiness and, yes, power, you can’t expect anything less than complete failure to take place. Second-wave feminists have divorced women from womanhood. Now that the numbers are proving their grand ideas wrong, they have one of two choices: Admit the wrong they have done or change the language to justify the failure. Gender is a construct, motherhood is selfish and “it isn’t a lie if you believe it.” This is confusion on a genocidal level. It is killing us. It will kill our daughters. Therefore, it must be stopped.
Read more here.

A vote not wasted!


August 1968
Activist Dick Gregory stands and looks upon a growing crowd of protestors gathered in Grant Park during the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, IL, 1968.

Daisy Nguyen of AP writes in Time Magazine about the guy I voted for in 1968! Dick Gregory died late yesterday from a severe bacterial infection. One of his famous lines:
“Where else in the world but America,” he joked, “could I have lived in the worst neighborhoods, attended the worst schools, rode in the back of the bus, and get paid $5,000 a week just for talking about it?”
Read more here.

Want a safe way to view tomorrow's eclipse?

This website shows you how to make a cereal box pinhole.

A driven man overcomes addictions to excel in his chosen field

Side by side

Okay, so we did have texting, too!

"The Party is always right!"

“There’s about to be a jailbreak of these moderate guys on the Hill”



I guess I will go back to reading Breitbart more regularly. Steve Bannon is back at the helm there. He gives an interview to Peter Boyer at The Weekly Standard, telling Peter that he is feeling "jacked up."
“Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”
Read more here.

Finally, a book for the grievously offended!



From the blurb at Amazon describing a book by Jim Goad:
Hey, you! That’s right—YOU! Do you constantly find yourself grievously offended by racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, hatred, patriarchy, toxic masculinity, rape culture, and bigotry? When you look around, do you find nearly everything “unacceptable” and “problematic”? Do you take psychiatric medication to help you cope with all the world’s injustice? Do you walk around wearing diapers on your heart all the time? Are you relentlessly seeking “safe spaces” to get away from all the “microaggressions” that life unfairly hurls at you? Do you cry when people say mean things? Do you classify anyone who disagrees with you as a “fascist,” a “bigot,” a “hater,” a “white supremacist,” and a “Nazi”? Do you believe that “hate speech” is different than “free speech”? Do you often mistake mere words for literal violence? Do you think that people should be beaten up, jailed, or even murdered for harboring or expressing “right-wing” thoughts? Have you ever chanted in public with a group of like-minded, politically motivated individuals? Do you think that anyone who disagrees with you should lose their job? Have you ever told anyone to check their privilege? Are you convinced that you’re on the “right side of history”? Do you feel “oppressed” even though you’ve never worked an honest day in your life and still receive handouts from your parents and the government? Do you feel that “social justice” can be objectively defined and ultimately achieved? Do you think straight white males are the primary source of all human suffering throughout global history? If so...

YOU’RE THE FUCKING PROBLEM, YOU UPTIGHT, CENSORIOUS, SELF-RIGHTEOUS ASSHOLE! AND YOU ARE RUINING THE WORLD WITH YOUR PSYCHOTIC WITCH-HUNTING, ENDLESS PROTESTING AND BOYCOTTING, AND MOST OF ALL YOUR ABSOLUTELY SMACKABLE LACK OF HUMOR! YOU MAKE THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS AND THE McCARTHY ERA LOOK LIKE A NICE WARM BUBBLE BATH BY COMPARISON!
Read more here.

Mark Steyn on Steve Bannon, Chelsea Clinton, and Satan

In case you missed it, here is a clip of Mark Steyn opining on the departure of Steve Bannon from the White House. He also has a response to some comments made by Chelsea Clinton about Satan, and makes a suggestion she might want to look closer at her own family.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I am sure it's just a coincidence

"Many Sides" Obama



Ace of Spades writes this headline today:
Flashback: When Obama Declared That There Were "Many Sides" to Blame for Islamist Terrorism -- Especially Christianity -- Media Not Only Defended Him, But Castigated Critics Who'd Dispute Obama's "Many-Sides-ism"

...When Trump spoke of "many sides" offering violence, he was referring to the fact -- the fact -- that Antifa thugs attacked the Nazis and, when the cops drove the Nazis from the park, surrounded them and attacked them with apparent police complicity.

When Obama spoke of many sides being to blame, he was going back to... the Crusades between 1100 and 1350 AD. Oh, and, of course, the famous Christian enslavement of Muslims, which did not happen.

The response from the media was not -- get this -- anger and bitter denunciation, but rather a moistened-crotched panting, along with a sneering dismissal of critics of the "many sides" talk as "the usual quarters."

...More: At the eulogy for five dead Dallas cops assassinated by a Black Lives Matter terrorist, Barack "Many Sides" Obama offered this observation:

"We have all seen this bigotry in our lives at some point," Obama told an audience of about 2,500 at a concert hall in Dallas. "None of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this."

Telling cops they're racist at a funeral for their own was, by the media's estimation, the height of cosmopolitan nuance and sophistication.
Read more here.

Here is a program that has some humor, as well as some serious issues.

Hollowing out the very idea of America?

Did you know there are over 4 million bureaucrats with top security clearance in our government?

So where are we, according to Mark Steyn? You've got the Democrats, who are itching to impeach Trump. You've got the permanent bureaucracy leaking away. You've got the Republicans who seem to want to castrate Trump and make him a conventional Republican president. That last one is the most dangerous, turning him into a Jeb Bush or John Kasich. Trump will succeed or fail on how well he implements the issues that got him elected.

Did you know that 46 of the 51 signers of the Declaration of Independence were slave holders? Steyn suspects that those who want to tear down the statues really want to tear down our founding documents, too. They are doing what they are doing to demolish and hollow out the very idea of America!

I think Mark Steyn is brilliant and always worth listening to or reading.

Some very basic advice

Relaxing with Scott Adams

Here is Scott Adams' latest periscope. He starts out by warning us not to fall into linguistic traps. There is no way to reframe someone's irrational statements. Just say, "Uh huh" and change the subject!

Is the internet our government now? Social media informs the government how the majority of us are thinking. The government responds. Historically the president has been the focal point for our moral voice. Trump never offered moral leadership. He offered economic expertise, law and order, and military improvement. Now we expect him to be our Pope?

Social media became the moral voice after Charlottesville. Everyone already thought Nazis are bad. We didn't need Trump to provide moral leadership. We already expressed it on the internet. No one needed moral leadership to take them where they already were!

What people wanted was somebody to embody the emotions they were feeling: a crying point over the tragedy of Charlottesville.

On the questions of what to do about statues of Confederate leaders, Trump took one side. There were two sides on social media, but one side seems to be winning. Social media changed the morality of the public.

Scott surely has a unique perspective. Most of the people I read are much more pessimistic, asserting that we are near a second Civil War. He seems to stand alone with an optimistic outlook about the country being united.


Is he a Nazi collaborator, or is he performing a valuable public service?

Do you think you or someone you care about might be in a mass hysteria bubble? Scott Adams wrote a blog post to help you identify signs.
1. The trigger event for cognitive dissonance

On November 8th of 2016, half the country learned that everything they believed to be both true and obvious turned out to be wrong. The people who thought Trump had no chance of winning were under the impression they were smart people who understood their country, and politics, and how things work in general. When Trump won, they learned they were wrong. They were so very wrong that they reflexively (because this is how all brains work) rewrote the scripts they were seeing in their minds until it all made sense again. The wrong-about-everything crowd decided that the only way their world made sense, with their egos intact, is that either the Russians helped Trump win or there are far more racists in the country than they imagined, and he is their king. Those were the seeds of the two mass hysterias we witness today.

Trump supporters experienced no trigger event for cognitive dissonance when Trump won. Their worldview was confirmed by observed events.


Scott goes on. Is he a Nazi collaborator, or is he performing a valuable public service? Read more here.

"Silenced, but not Silent"

Lucas Nolan reports at Breitbart about an anonymous group of Facebook employees who supported the election of Donald Trump. The group was shut down in December of 2016 by Mark Zuckerberg. He said the group had been harassing other Facebook employees but did not give any specific examples.

Read more here.

"It's a dangerous time!"



Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection believes we are living in dangerous times. He cites three areas of concern.
1. Antifa and The Resistance are getting ready to fight fight. ...Recall that anti-Trump riots erupted during the campaign, with Chicago being the most notorious. There have been many other physical attacks by “Black Bloc” anarchists and Marxists. Those Black Bloc street thugs have rebranded as Antifa, and they are moving from the extreme fringe to the street muscle for the anti-Trump Resistance.
Jacobson cites authors who explain the history of "Black Bloc," Antifa, anti-Israel pro-BDS professors, and groups emphasizing anticapitalism, environmentalism, and gay and indigenous rights — the diverse collection of anarchists, communists and socialists."
2. Internet Freedom At Risk at Gatekeeper Level
Bad facts make bad law, and bad facts also make dangerous internet policy. No one wants to defend The Daily Stormer substantively, but the notion that domain registrars would shut down the ability of a website to exist is new territory.

It’s significant that part of the effort against GoDaddy were led by the group Sleeping Giants, the same group targeting advertisers at Breitbart and other websites.

...The Southern Poverty Law Center is using its highly politicized hate lists to encourage pressure on internet providers.

...But, as the SPLC list shows, it will set a precedent. Companies like Cloudfare and others who provide internet infrastrucure will come under increasing pressure, and it won’t be limited to the Storm Fronts of the world. We know from history that the “hate” label is broadly applied for political purposes, and will be used only against right-of-center websites.

Being cut off from domain registrars and other aspects of the internet backbone is something we expect from totalitarian governments. Now that power is in the control of almost-uniformly left-wing corporate managers.

...3. Scaling Back Free Speech Protections In The Name of Social Justice

...This urge to curtail First Amendment free speech rights interacts with the Antifa violence against speakers. The threat of disruption from protesters is one of the reasons being given to curtail unpopular speech.

The academic foundation for restricting free speech is in place, and the tactic of threatening violence provides an excuse.

Jacobson concludes,
The factors I raise above are beyond politics. They are about our liberty — on the street exercising our free speech rights, accessing the internet to communicate our ideas, and preserving the protections of the First Amendment and free speech.

It’s a dangerous time.
Read more here.

A great victory for race relations, or are we descending into a second Civil War?



“Where does this all end?” President Trump asked.

Pat Buchanan, writing at Taki's Magazine, believes we are in a second Civil War, and he asks, "Whose side are you on?"

On the other hand, Scott Adams believes the past week was one of the best in American history, with Americans united in wanting to end racism. The problem is, according to Scott, one side is in a mass hysteria bubble, and cannot hear that the other side actually agrees with them that there is no place for white nationalism!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Will Trump destroy the Sun?

Chairman Meow reports at the People's Cube that Democrats predict President Trump will destroy the sun on August 21.


Democrat lawmakers and climate change scientists warn that Trump’s disastrous environmental policies will culminate in the destruction of the Sun on August 21, 2017.

Since taking office, Donald Trump has been rolling back Obama-era policies that curbed climate change on the pretense of liberating business owners from unnecessary job-killing regulations. However we now know that President Obama’s environmental regulations were the only thing keeping the world from being plunged into total darkness.

“Less than a year ago, none of us could imagine a President Trump ...,” Nobel laureate Al Gore said while on a tour promoting his new movie An Inconvenient Squeal. “... Now imagine a world without a Sun!”

Most scientists believe that the destruction of the Sun will be an extinction level event, turning the Earth into frozen wasteland where the surface temperature will be minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit. However climate change scientists like hockey-stick inventor Dr. Michael Mann warn that not even the destruction of the Sun will counter man-made global warning.

A protest of Trump’s Sun-destroying presidency is planned for August 21. While climate scientists, environmentalists, and Hollywood celebrities pray to Gaia, Senator Maxine Waters intends to introduce legislation to create a new sun named the “Hillary Clinton Star” which should appear after a few minutes of darkness.
Reas more here.

Pocketing the salaries of ghosts

At Full Measure, Sharyl Attkisson takes a look at how the United States has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on ghost soldiers in Afghanistan. Read about it here.

An excellent show tonight!

The show that is the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and group-think! Tonight's show just gets better every five minutes!

Can't hurt to try!



Another one from Ninety Miles from Tyranny

Lots of natural wisdom here

The Ninety Miles from Tyranny blog brings us the wisdom of wolves:

Corporate grifters, race relations, statues, Afghanistan, hating the "right" people, Tillerson, ISIS

Laura starts off by talking about the "corporate grifters," CEOs who get some emails and jump to try to ward off leftist troublemakers, by instituting politically correct diversity and identity politics.

Laura said she believes race relations are better in the South than anywhere else in America. What has been your experience?

Pulling down statues? Pelosi and Obama said nothing about the statues all over the House of Representatives when they were in power, but now she is demanding they be torn down by the Republicans. Laura pointed out that it is about power, control, and domination. Get people angry, then they ask them for money!

Rick Grinnell may be in line for the ambassadorship to Germany. He was a guest on Laura's show and told us that Trump is very popular in the Middle East, in contrast to the fecklessness of Obama. There is a meeting at Camp David this weekend and Afghanistan is on the agenda. Grinnell hopes for a surge of Special Ops to make sure terrorists do not find a safe haven there.

Laura points out that it is not considered a hate crime when you direct your hatred in the "right" direction. The Left wants to drive the debate into defamation and demonization. They want the sore of racism open, picked, and festering so they can get political power and momentum.

A woman who is a Missouri state lawmaker called for Trump's assassination. She, of course, is a Democrat.

Secretary of State Tillerson is demanding that any vacancy in the State Department include at least one minority candidate.

Laura pointed out that ISIS is growing, not on the battlefield, but worldwide because of its spread of ideology on the internet.

Doug McElway, the Fox News reporter who did such a good job reporting in Charlottesville, was a guest. The police did nothing! There were approximately 250 white nationalists and five to ten times that number of Antifa thugs.

Lastly, Laura recommends the latest Pat Buchanan piece, which is here.I will read it when I get a chance today.

Cure for cancer...in mice


Gold nanostars, shown as white spots, preferentially accumulate within a tumor and are sparse in normal tissue. Photo courtesy Duke University

Amy Wallace reports at UPI,
Researchers at Duke University have successfully cured and vaccinated mice against cancer in a recent small study using nanotechnology and immunotherapy.
Read the whole thing here.

Over-the-top arrogance?


I was curious to see what Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse had to say about Steve Bannon getting fired.
This was not unanticipated. Those who have read CTH in the past two months will have noted the writing was clearly on the wall. Especially in the aftermath of the American Prospect article and the downstream consequence that Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis were fielding questions from media about why Bannon was undermining them -and President Trump- on national security policy via North Korea.

In the American Prospect article Steve Bannon also undermined U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson directly, and was far out of line with this:

“I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in. I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.” ~ Steve Bannon

This type of statement was so over-the-top arrogant, and exhibits a ridiculous level of power-lust and expressed self-importance, I asked the question: ” Who exactly is Steve Bannon – to think that he can “marginalize the cabinet”? And against the division narrative within the White House why the heck would he push that opinion publicly? Is he trying to push the envelope and get fired?“.

Well, the White House Press Office has confirmed that political strategist Steve Bannon is no longer working at the White House.
Read more here.

Bannon out today.


In this photo taken April 29, 2017, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Steve Bannon is leaving the White House today. Alex Pappas reports at Fox News,
“Since the first day they joined the Trump campaign there have been two people we conservatives could rely upon to share our ideas and values and take our concerns and issues directly to Donald Trump: Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon,” conservative activist Richard Viguerie wrote to his email list this week.

During his time at the White House, Bannon clashed with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Chairman Gary Cohn.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bannon thinks the Left will help him?


Here is the interview Steve Bannon gave to a Leftist magazine called the American Prospect. I agree completely with this paragraph.
First, to the extent that most of the opponents of Bannon’s China trade strategy are other Trump administration officials, it’s not clear how reaching out to the left helps him. If anything, it gives his adversaries ammunition to characterize Bannon as unreliable or disloyal.
Read more here.

Carnage in Barcelona

The lead story on Special Report tonight was the carnage in Barcelona, Spain. 13 are dead and 100 more are injured after someone drove a van up on the sidewalk and then swerved right to left to right, trying to hit as many people as possible. ISIS claims credit. It appears they have found a new weapon. Most ISIS terrorists are now western-based!

Steve Bannon gave an interview to someone from a website called The American Prospect. Stupidly, he thought the interview was off the record.

Constantly reinforced delusions

At American Greatness Heather MacDonald is a guest on a fifteen-minute podcast, which is also transcribed at that blog if you prefer to read it rather than listen to it.

Heather discusses what she calls the "phantom problem" of racial and gender victimization. She says there is a web of constantly reinforced delusions about the safety of American society. Heather believes we are a well-meaning people that believe in giving everyone a fair shake.

The country just affirmed one of our key tenets!

There can be no doubt that Scott Adams has a unique perspective. He is very optimistic about how the country is responding to Charlottesville. He thinks the main problem is that we all agree, but some are not using the words the other side wants them to use in expressing their agreement. As Scott sees it, the country just ended racism, and we did it without moral leadership from President Trump!

There is a medical problem though, which Scott calls mass hysteria. For example, there are people who are trying to organize a boycott of Dilbert products because cartoonist Scott Adams is agreeing with them, but not using the right words in expressing his agreement!

Scott believes these people are living in a mass hysteria bubble. You can be in a bubble and not know it. For a while, there was the "We elected Hitler" bubble. That bubble was burst because Trump has not acted like Hitler. The next bubble was we elected an incompetent person who is running a chaotic White House. Then he hired General Kelly. The people who are in the mass hysteria bubbles cannot hear the people who are not in the bubble agreeing with them!

Civil War? No, Scott believes that almost all Americans are on the same side! All agree racism is evil. All agree Nazism is not wanted!

Identity politics

David Horowitz writes at Truth Revolt,
...What is taking place in the media accounts and political commentaries on this event is an effort by the left to turn the mayhem in Charlottesville into a template for their war against a mythical enemy – “white supremacy” – which is really a war on white people generally. The ideology that drives the left and divides our country is “identity politics” – the idea that the world consists of two groups – “people of color” who are guiltless and oppressed, and white people who are guilty and oppressors. This is the real race war. Its noxious themes inform the mindless, hysterical hatred for President Trump, and the equally mindless support for racist mobs like Black Lives Matter and Antifa. It is a war from which no good can come. But it won’t be stopped unless enough people have the courage to stand up and name it for what it is.
Read more here.

Eew!

Antifa and commies in their own words

Peter Hasson at the Daily Caller lists, in their own words, the radical political goals of the "Anti-Fascists."

Activists race after being hit by a stun grenade while protesting against Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Embracing the masked thugs of Antifa



John Hayward writes at Breitbart,
On Tuesday evening, three prominent Republicans — Senator John McCain, Senator Marco Rubio, and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney — endorsed the left-wing media’s preferred narrative and embraced the masked thugs of Antifa as heroes.

...The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of the finest expressions of uncompromising principle in human history. In order to maintain that standard, we must protect speech and assembly rights for the unsavory, and then use free speech to demolish their toxic ideas. Professing allegiance to the First Amendment while authorizing vigilante gangs to shut down disapproved speech with the Heckler’s Veto — or clubs and broken bottles, when the Heckler’s Veto doesn’t get the job done — is not good enough. “The First Amendment doesn’t cover hate speech” is a much more dangerous, far more contagious fascist ideal than anything snarled over a tiki torch in Charlottesville.

Frankly, if you can’t win an argument with a handful of Nazis without resorting to violence, you suck at freedom. If you can’t damn the swastika without also cursing the hammer and sickle, you suck at history.
Read more here.
hat tip JJ Sefton

A closer look at Charlottesville

Conrad Black takes a closer look at Charlottesville at American Greatness and makes some predictions for 2020.

Illusions and disillusions

From Twitter today: What better way to disillusion the south of their idea they were fighting tyranny than by forcefully tearing down their monuments!
by PollySpin

To which Spongeworthy replies,
And what better way to convince white nationalists they aren't being screwed than shutting them down but letting antifa own the streets?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charlottesville

free speech, abortion, monopoly providers, discrediting the founders of this country, hysteria has supplanted rational debate

One person I really admire for his consistent defense of freedom of speech is Tucker Carlson. He starts and ends his program tonight with looks at Google's enforcement of ideological conformity.

Another champion of free speech is Mark Steyn, who was a guest on tonight's program. Mark makes the point that free speech enables one to argue for other freedoms. He discussed the power of monopoly providers like Google, Facebook, and Pay Pal, which kicked off VDare from using its service. Google is in the thought business, ideas, enforcing ideological straitjackets. He talked about how YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter enforce ideologically constrained content.

A woman with the unusual name of Harmeet Dhillon is representing Trump supporters in lawsuits against Berkley and San Jose. Trump supporters were beaten in both those California cities with no police protection, on orders of the politicians who run those cities. The San Jose case has now reached the 9th Circuit. You know what that means: a ruling against the Trump supporters probably.

Nancy Pelosi is trying to get the park service to disallow a Conservative Patriot Prayer Rally in San Francisco. Is it white nationalist, as lying Pelosi alleges? Joey Gibson came on Tucker's program to explain that only one of the several scheduled speakers is white.

Tucker made the point that the Left is trying to discredit the founders of this country and the beliefs, which are enshrined in our laws and Constitution. Tucker was libeled by Bill Crystal, who accused him of rationalizing slavery. Hysteria has supplanted rational debate in this country. People make political arguments not to explain their beliefs, but to highlight what a virtuous, morally upstanding person they are.

Next topic: abortion. Oregon now touts free abortions for all, no matter where the woman is in her pregnancy. Illegal aliens are included in the free service. Iceland has killed all babies with Down Syndrome. Sex selection? You want to make sure you get a male? Fine, Oregon will pay for your abortion.

stopping grandstanding, extreme media berserk, tearing down statues

President Trump pulled the plug on his business council. Why? I believe he wanted to stop the grandstanding by what Michelle Malkin refers to as string-spined CEOs.

Jeff Sessions is in Miami congratulating that city for becoming the first to back out of sanctuary city status.

The extreme media continues to go berserk over everything our president says.

Baltimore hurriedly worked all night to remove four Confederate statues! A half dozen other southern cities are contemplating taking down statues.

Steve Hayes went out of his way to make it look like he agrees with Mollie Hemingway, which tells me that he realizes she won their argument a couple of days ago.




Confirmation bias, moral equivalency, illusions

Scott Adams looks at examples of confirmation bias and warns us about being accused of moral equivalency.

The media is exploiting white nationalism for ratings.

An example of confirmation bias was Pizzagate, according to Scott. There was shockingly persuasive evidence. Smoke, but no fire. Every part of the evidence is an almost.You can't tell when confirmation bias is happening to you. Once people are in an illusion, they can't get out!

Charlottesville, Durham, Antifa, Laura vs. Krauthammer, China

Laura makes the point that the media could care less about illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants are not going to take their jobs!

Victor Davis Hanson is a guest on the program. He refers to our "smug" generation, in which Antifa and Black Lives Matter can chant "Pigs in a blanket, Fry 'em!" Ruth Bader Ginsburg actually said abortion is good "because they usually abort the right people."

Who among us has not sinned? Martin Luther King was known to "be a little rough with women." Should that mean we should tear down all his statues? Cancel out all the good he did?

The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist who wanted non-white babies to be aborted. She created the idea of abortion on demand.

Laura vented a lot about Charles Krauthammer on today's program. He accused Laura of being a "cop out." Laura said she spoke up for the good people, not the white nationalists. The good people are sick of being tarred and feathered by the media for voting for Donald Trump, or for living in the south.

Does Trump deserve the condemnation he is receiving for his comments condemning both sides in the Charlottesville mess? NO!

The woman in Durham who climbed up the statue and tied the bungee cord around it is a communist. She is a member of Workers World, a communist organization.

Graham Allison is a military historian. He was Laura's last guest. Since Bill Clinton, we have had decades of presidents who have ineffectually tried to deal with North Korea and enriched China with our stupid trade policies that Trump is trying to reverse.

50,000 Americans died in the Korean War. Mr. Allison was an Assistant Defense Secretary at the Pentagon during the Clinton presidency, when North Korea had one bomb in one building. Defense Secretary Perry and all his top advisors wanted to bomb that building. Clinton said no.

What have we accomplished in Afghanistan in 16 years? McCain and McMaster want to escalate. China is happy to preside over a declining America. China has not fired a shot in Afghanistan, while we have lost thousands of lives and money.


Now Krauthammer can see inside people's hearts!

Laura Ingraham has had it with know-it-all Charles Krauthammer.

"String-spined CEOs"


Michelle Malkin writes at Truth Revolt,
Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump's manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance.

These silly string-spined CEOs have sided with social justice agitators, Beltway media enablers and Democratic resistance knuckleheads who believe Trump was wrong to condemn violence and hatred on all sides of the political spectrum. Never mind that of the four people arrested after the violent outbreak in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, two were identified with the white nationalist movement and the other two were left-wing "antifa" counterprotesters.

One of those radical leftists is the man identified as having reportedly punched a female reporter for the D.C.-based newspaper, The Hill. But since that doesn't fit the national media narrative of journalists allegedly being victimized by right-wing incitements to violence, mum's the word from corporate media executives and the rest of the preening CEOs.

Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier claimed he stepped down from the Trump business panel because he felt "a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism." But Frazier, who served on President Obama's Export Council, felt no equivalent responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism when the White House invited leaders from the violence-inciting Black Lives Matter movement for a forum on policing in July 2016.

The invitation was a grievous affront to law enforcement officers and their families across the country outraged at the deadly ambushes committed against cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge that summer, along with several other forgotten cop-killings fueled by BLM-linked hate and vengeance. Who remembers the slaying of Kentucky state trooper Joseph Ponder by BLM marcher and "Hands up, don't shoot" slogan-spreader Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks in September 2015? At least 11 police have been shot dead and at least nine more wounded by BLM protesters, activists and/or supporters to date.

One of the surviving policemen in the Baton Rouge massacre filed suit last month against BLM and laid out the case against its leaders, who "not only, incited the violence against police in retaliation for the death of black men shot by police, but also did nothing to dissuade the ongoing violence and injury to police. In fact, they justified the violence as necessary to the movement and war."

The permanently disabled cop's lawsuit recounts escalating riots, arson and plundering after the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray in Ferguson, Missouri, through the ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, and leading up to the Obama administration's embrace of BLM's leaders. After the meeting, BLM leader DeRay McKesson responded to questions about his movement's culpability for inciting violence by asserting that his "people take to the streets as a last resort. ... So when I think about anything that happens when people are in the street, I always start by saying, 'People should not have had to have been there in the first place.'"

As the lawyers for the Baton Rouge cop, who must remain anonymous to protect his family, properly concluded: "These statements were a ratification and justification of the violence."

But instead of recriminations, the militants of BLM enjoy continued praise and coddling from corporate America. Tech execs from Netflix, YouTube and Google all donated to McKesson's failed mayoral bid in Baltimore. Business execs have been coughing up untold hundreds of millions of dollars to BLM and related causes, funneled through left-wing nonprofits such as the Ford Foundation and Borealis Philanthropy.

On Tuesday, Walmart executive Doug McMillon wagged his finger at Trump, urging "elected officials to do their part to promote a more just, tolerant and diverse society."

This from the head of a retail giant that only recently stopped selling racially divisive, anti-cop taunting, violence-glamorizing T-shirts that bragged: "Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter."

And the disavowal double standards beat goes on.

Should there be consequences for inciting violence?

At Front Page, David Greenfield calls for the arrest of a Washington Post editor for inciting violence.

Needed: prevention, dismantling


J.J. Sefton reports at Ace of Spades,
Good morning kids. With the situation arising out of Charlottesville now front and center (and probably remaining there since the Russia collusion hoax has all but evaporated as a political weapon), we are seemingly now on an inexorable path towards an internal crisis that threatens to tear this nation apart. We did not want this. We have tried to be reasonable, in all instances in the face of the irrational and the unreasonable, to come to some sort of accommodation or understanding. That as is now painfully obvious has come to naught. We are not seen as equals, but as an evil entity that must be silenced or eliminated.

The people and movement that seek this have their political home in the Democrat Party. Over the past eight years, and indeed since the New Deal, their policies have bankrupted the nation financially and culturally. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, they have nothing to take from you but blood, sweat, tears and toil. Having been exposed as failures, criminals, liars and cheats, and bereft of any real policies and ideas, all they have left is to lash out. And violently. I give you this from our lead story::

After the political failure of Obama, the collapse of Hillary, the cannibalism visited on Bernie and his followers, it's apparent that the American left is a spent force, and this kind of political kabuki is all that remains for them.

Clearly, the left has failed in the U.S., as they have everywhere else. Their plans have proved empty, their carefully structured systems have ossified to the point of paralysis, their pleas and promises are mere repetitions of rhetoric that was old in the 1930s. They have nothing to offer except violence, hatred, and eventual extinction. But they can still do a lot of damage as they go down the chute, keeping in mind that their descent may involve a process lasting decades.

They seem to be aware of this, and eager to carry out as much havoc as is humanly possible. This is very likely the plan for November 4th.

Unless something changes, we can look forward, at the very least, to mobs in the streets, assaults by black-clad masked goons, shops destroyed, cars overturned and set ablaze, everything that we've seen recently in Berkeley, Ferguson, and Baltimore. Supported as it is by the media, academic, and entertainment spheres, and with the people supposedly "in power" showing no awareness that any of the sort is happening (can anyone picture Ryan or McConnell actually responding to this?), it will continue until an end is put to it - very likely by a jaw-dropping episode of violence.

As I have said many times, this is not about extremists on "both sides" because the extremists historically and provably have been on one side. There is no Right-Left paradigm. There are only those who believe in liberty and America as founded and those who do not and actively seek our subjugation or destruction. The Nazis, KKK, white supremacists and others are on that side, along with the Marxist, socialists, Maoists and Islamists. What is also sickening to me, yet completely unsurprising, is the rush of those politicians and media figures allegedly on our side to jump on the bandwagon and use this completely manufactured crisis as a political weapon with which to attack PDT. To tie the neo-Nazis to President Trump, and by extension to us is a blood-libeling that must not be allowed to stand.

This has all been brewing for years, and more likely decades since at least the 1960s. Players and movements behind the scenes have wormed their way into legitimate institutions, academia, the media and government and poisoned the minds of the uneducated and uninformed. One of the key players in all of this shit-stirring is George Soros. While there are many who share his aims and have the resources to fund the anarchy, Soros' ill-gotten gains have been fueling the lion's share of the violence at least as far back as Occupy Wall Street and beyond. It is way past time that he and all of his front group NGOs be prosecuted and shut down. He is fomenting violent insurrection here at home and abroad. He should be prosecuted, all of his assets seized and then either imprisoned for the rest of his life or stripped of his citizenship and deported back to Hungary. The sooner we do this, the sooner we can at least restore order in our streets and prevent what happened in Charlottesville, and Ferguson, Baltimore, Oakland and other places from getting out of control.
Read more here.

Twitter wisdom

Mark Roman on Twitter observes,
Two hate-groups fight each other in public.

Only one side gets blamed.

Why?

Because the Media is part of one of the hate-groups.

Jim Levy on Twitter observes,
Antifa is OCCUPY with slightly less shitting on police cars and lots more violence.

Hat tip Oregon Musetwitter wisdom

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Decisions, Decisions!

After they destroy the property they don't like, will they come for the people they don't like?

Tucker Carlson believes the events in Durham, North Carolina indicate that the Left can now destroy what they don't like, and the police will do nothing. He asks, "What can't they do to you?"

Tucker devotes a lot of tonight's program to freedom of speech.

I haven't tried this one


AUGUST 14--A warrant has been issued for a Texas resident who stands accused of having sex with a chain link fence, according to court records.

A judge last week ordered the arrest of Eliodoro Estala, 32, after he failed to appear for a court hearing in his indecent exposure case. A bond posted earlier this year by Estala, a Mexican national, was ordered forfeited by a Travis County jurist.

Estala, pictured at right, was arrested in March on the misdemeanor count after an Austin neighbor told cops that she saw him “having sex with a fence” that separates their residences. Estala disrobed when he realized that Diana Vazquez was recording him with her cell phone as he urinated on the fence.

As detailed in an arrest affidavit, Estala initially “put his mouth inside the chain link fence and stuck his tongue out moving it up and down.” Vazquez told police said that it seemed Estala “was demonstrating a sexual act of ‘eating out the fence’ (Cunnilingus).”

Investigators allege that Estala--who appeared intoxicated--proceeded to then “stick his erected penis into the chain link fence” and “have sex with the fence.” Estala apparently “thought the fence was a female,” said Vazquez, who provided police with photos and video she shot of her naked neighbor.

Lies exposed

Lassoing statues, Trump takes on China

Laura believes a lot of people are caught up in social media, as temperatures rise on the right and left. Now they are lassoing statues with bungee cords, thinking they are in Bagdad, I guess. The people who did that in Durham were from Antifa and the Workers World Party, which wants to bring down the United States.

Laura refers to General McMaster as HR "Puffingstuff." I presume she is not a fan. She also criticizes "Mooch," referring to Anthony Scaramucci, who is now being used by the left to criticize and take out Steve Bannon.

Laura applauds Trump for the trade meeting he had yesterday, in which he became the first president to take on China for their theft of intellectual property. China wants to be dominant by 2025 in tech. They use piracy, intellectual property theft, and espionage. They also continue to engage in currency manipulation.

Laura also gives Trump credit for the fact that Kim Jong Un has backed down from his plan to shoot missiles at Guam.

I hope they broke their toes!

"No cops, no KKK, no fascists USA," yelled the fascists, as the police once again stood down and did nothing.

"Let them vent" mentality

Dan Bongino has a message for politicians and police managers: wake up! Tucker Carlson adds to the politicians, "Your first job is to keep order and safety. If you can't do that, get off the stage."

Then Amorosa Newman comes on as a guest. She works at the White House and is a conservative black woman who does not like what she has seen happen in black communities under Democratic rule. She was invited to speak to a group of black journalists about the murders of her father and brother. Tucker shows a video of the way she was treated by the black journalists and #BlackLivesMatter protesters.

More concern about eye damage watching the eclipse



Michael Schecter writes at Stella's Place,
As an Optometrist, I want to express concern that I have about the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug 21. There are serious risks associated with viewing a solar eclipse directly, even with the use of solar filter glasses. Everyone should keep in mind if they or their children are considering this.

We have to keep in mind that some people will encounter the inability to control every aspect of this exercise. For instance, true solar eclipse glasses are made for adults, do not fit children well and should not be used without direct parental supervision. If the solar glasses do not filter out 100% of the harmful UV rays, if they are not used absolutely perfectly, or should there be a manufacturing defect in any of them, this will result in permanent and irreversible vision loss for any eye exposed. Just like sunburn to the skin, the effects are not felt or noticed immediately. I have a great fear that I will have patients in my office on Tuesday, Aug 22 who woke up with hazy, blurry vision that I cannot fix. It is a huge risk to watch the eclipse even with the use of solar glasses. There is no absolutely safe way to do so other than on TV.

The biggest danger with children is ensuring proper use without direct parental supervision. As the eclipse passes over many places, including Columbus, the moon will not block 100% of the sun. Because so much of its light is blocked by the moon, if one looks at it without full protection, it does not cause pain as looking at the sun does on a regular day. Normally if you try to look at the sun, it physically hurts and you can’t see anything. During an eclipse, however, it is easier to stare for a bit….and even less than 30 seconds of exposure to a partially eclipsed sun, you can burn a blind spot right to your most precious central vision. With solar glasses you can’t see ANYTHING except the crescent of light of the sun. Kids could have a tendency to want to peak [sic] around the filter to see what is actually going on up there. One failure, just one, where education and supervision fail, will have such a devastating consequence.

Please, please be safe. Watch it on television.

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"Keep repeating the lie, and make it a big one!"

Two Alt-Rights

Monday, August 14, 2017

North Korea backs off!

The Wall Street Journal is reporting,
North Korea pulled back its threat to attack a U.S. territory, after days of trading increasingly bellicose rhetoric with U.S. President Donald Trump, and hours after China took its toughest steps against Pyongyang to support U.N. sanctions.

North Korean state media said Tuesday that Kim Jong Un had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military command post and examining a military plan presented to him by his senior officers. But it warned that he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”

The turnabout came as the U.S. and China were engaged in a delicate contest on two fronts, with each trying to push the other to handle the North Korea situation in the way it preferred, even while both sparred over trade issues that they insisted were unrelated.

Beijing said it would ban imports of North Korean coal, iron and seafood, starting Tuesday, measures that hew to sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council this month targeting Pyongyang’s nuclear-arms program. The timing of the announcement was a response to Mr. Trump’s plans to kick off a probe into China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, according to people with knowledge of the Chinese leadership’s thinking. That probe was officially announced later on Monday.

Read more here.

Protect your eyes!

I have been reading about the eye dangers of next week's eclipse. One site said many libraries have glasses you can use to watch it. This article recommends NASA approved sunoculars.


Staring into the Sun with a naked eye can result in injury to the retina and even blindness. The danger to the eye comes from infrared radiation, ultraviolet radiation, and excessive blue light. And before you ask, yes, it’s more dangerous than looking at the Sun on any other ordinary day.

This danger is due to the fact that our normal built-in ocular safety doesn’t really work the same during an eclipse, thanks to the juxtaposition of the dark shadow of the Moon against the blazing Sun. The combination of extreme brightness against total darkness creates a sharpness that challenges the eye’s safety focus features, causing it to absorb the damaging image on the most sensitive neural tissue.

Of course, even if it didn’t direct this radiation to the most sensitive areas, the eclipse would still be dangerous. Depending on exposure time and other personal health factors, the damage could be temporary or it could last a lifetime. In either case, it’s not a risk worth taking, and proper glasses are a must.
Read more here.

Mollie Hemingway stands up for Trump on his Charlottesville remarks

The fireworks begin on tonight's Special Report at about the 27-minute mark when each member of the panel gives his views on Trump and Charlottesville. Mollie Hemingway defends Trump, while the other three members of the panel excoriate him. I'm with Mollie.

I was interested to hear psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer say that he thinks Kim Jong Un is rational (just as Scott Adams did a few days ago on his podcast). Those two pundits stand out, because for years we have been told Kim Jong Un is crazy.

Krauthammer once again jumps on Trump for telling Venezuela there is a military option.

Does McMaster minimize the threat of Sharia Supremacism?


Andy McCarthy writes at National Review,
Islam is not going away, we have to deal with it. In figuring out how, desirous of not giving gratuitous offense to Muslims, we’ve overcomplicated something that is actually pretty simple: Islam must be seen either as (1) a big problem that we have to work around, or (2) a part of the solution to our security challenge. I am in the first camp. McMaster seems solidly in the second, and the “principled realism” speech in Saudi Arabia shows the president leaning his way. The difference is straightforward. In the first camp, most of us do not dispute that there are authentically “moderate” interpretations of Islam (non-aggressive is a better descriptor). We recognize, however, that there is a straight-line nexus between Islamic scripture and Muslim aggression and — critically — that this aggression is not only, or even mostly, forcible. That is why “sharia supremacism” is more accurate than “radical Islam,” and by leaps and bounds more accurate than “radical Islamic terrorism.” “Sharia supremacism” conveys the divine command to implement and spread Islam’s societal framework and legal system. It demonstrates that our quarrel is not with a religion per se but with a totalitarian political ideology with a religious veneer. Violent jihadism is only one way — the most immediately threatening way — of carrying out the mission. Muslims who adhere to sharia supremacism are Islamists, and all Islamists — violent or non-violent — have essentially the same goal, even if their methods and the strictness of their sharia regimens differ. Not nearly all Muslims are Islamists, and only a small percentage of Islamists are jihadists. But jihadists, like all Islamists, quite legitimately call themselves Muslims. Fourteen centuries of scholarship supports them.

McMaster’s familiar bipartisan Beltway camp holds that Islam simply must be good because it is a centuries-old religion that nearly 2 billion people accept. Sure, it has scriptures ill-suited to the modern world, but so does the Bible. Bellicose Muslim scriptures have, in any event, been nullified or “contextualized” to apply only to their seventh-century conditions — just ask anyone at Georgetown . . . even if they don’t seem to have gotten the memo in Riyadh, Tehran, Kabul, Baghdad, the Nile Delta, Peshawar, the Bekaa Valley, Aceh Province, Chechnya, or in swelling precincts of London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Malmö, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Vienna, or pretty much anyplace else in the West where the Muslim population reaches a critical mass (roughly 5 to 10 percent). Thus, we are to believe, the Islam that terrorists claim to be relying on no longer exists (not that it ever did, of course). Terrorists must, therefore, be understood as perverting the “true Islam” — indeed, they are “anti-Islamic.” In fact, they are best seen as “violent extremists” because Islam is no more prone to instigate aggression than any other religion or ideology taken to an extreme (you know, like those violent extremist Quakers). If more Muslims than other religious believers are committing terrorist crimes, we must assume there are economic and political explanations — or dodge the charge by pointing out that Muslims, far more than others, are victims of terrorism (a non sequitur that more exposes than explains away the problem).

The principal flaw in the second camp’s reasoning is that, by removing Islam as an ideological catalyst of terrorism, it turns terrorists into wanton killers. With the logic and aims of the violence thereby erased, also concealed is the cultural (or even “civilizational”) aggression spurred by the same ideology. This, in turn, diverts attention from the tenets of that ideology, which are virulently anti-constitutional, anti-Western, anti-Semitic, and corrosive of individual liberty, equality, privacy, free speech, freedom of conscience, and non-violent conflict resolution. To accommodate the ideology in the West is to lose the West.

...In the foreign realm, we encounter many actors who must be dealt with on their own terms, terms that would not be a good fit for our society. It is a fair criticism that many of us who are hostile to sharia supremacism have unreasonable expectations about how (and even whether) our government should interact with shady Muslim regimes and movements overseas. It is just as valid, however, to point out that the accommodations made to Islamists in places where we have no choice but to deal with them are not accommodations that should be made here at home. On our turf, sharia principles contradict our culture — as evidenced by the Islamists’ perdurable resistance to assimilation (see, e.g., Europe’s parallel societies).

An Islamist is a Muslim committed to the imposition of sharia. There may be “moderate Islamists” in Anbar Province; there are none in America. I have great respect for General McMaster, but I’m just as worried about whether he gets that, as he apparently is worried about whether there are too many Islamophobes on the NSC. As for the president, well, he talks a good game.
Read more here.

Charlottesville and North Korea

John Hinderaker from PowerLine hosted again for Laura today. He devoted much of the time to Charlottesville.

We need to support President Trump for denouncing all who were involved in the violence, not just the white supremacists. The Antifa Nazis have been taking every opportunity to create violence ever since their performance in Washington DC on Inauguration Day. One of the callers gave an excellent history of events that led up to the weekend of violence. The city council had appointed a group (all Democrats) to give them a recommendation about whether or not to tear down a statue of Robert E. Lee. The group recommended that it not be torn down. The leftist city council ignored the recommendation and voted to demolish the statue. The white supremacist group asked for and received a permit to hold a rally in support of keeping the statue. Antifa came loaded for a fight.

Dr. Herb London was a guest on the program. He is very knowledgeable about North Korea. He discussed the role played by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in getting us to where we are today.

Drudge has a headline but no content whatsoever indicating that Laura Ingraham may have a prime time show beginning in the fall.

They could read their emails!

The Daily Caller has a chart of all the members of Congress who paid the Awan brothers and their associates more than five million dollars. It is a must read here.

Have you ever seen a white moose?

Half-open borders

Bill Vallicella writes at Maverick Philosopher,
I'm for half-open borders, borders open in the outbound direction. Anyone who wants to emigrate should be allowed to do so.

Communists need walls to keep people in, we need walls to keep them out. Hence the rank absurdity of the comparison of a wall on our southern border to the Berlin Wall. Now the mendacious leftists who make this comparison cannot be so historically uninformed as not to see its rank absurdity. But they make it anyway because they will say or do anything to win. They are out for power any way they can get it.

It is interesting that even hate-America leftists do not want to leave the United States. They talk about it, but few do it. And where do they say they will go? Canada is high on the list. Why not Mexico? Are they perhaps racists?


Transparency

Gratitude HD - Moving Art™

The alt right and the prog left are the same

Jeff Goldstein writes at Facebook,
I told you all before and I’ll repeat it now: the alt right is not conservative, and it is every bit as driven by identity politics and blood essentialism as the prog left.

Antifa, BLM, CAIR, the New Black Panthers, La Raza, the Pussy Hatters, the KKK — these are all identity movements and all formed and animated by the kind of identity politics championed by the left, and legitimated by the likes of Edward Said and other academic cultural Marxists who recognized the way to power was to divide, and then control, particular identity groups, whose narratives they seek to create and police.

The alt-right is only “right wing” in the continental sense. The American conservative is classically liberal, while the American progressive is Fabian socialist.

Don’t listen to labels; follow the assumptions made by each movement — the alt right, the prog left — and you’ll soon recognize that they are the same. This is tribalism, no more and no less. What we are witnessing is an attempt to corrupt the ideals of a propositional nation based on individualism and individual universal rights (and that’s how our Constitutional republic is designed to operate) — a lesson Google’s pillorying of a software engineer as “anti-diversity” should have made clear.

You should reject this archaic collectivism from whatever group espouses it, because in the end it is simply anti-individualism dressed in mob attire to bolster cowardice and bigotry in numbers.

You were warned.

Go ahead and jump. You know you want to!

From seed to flower!

I am excited to see blooms coming on this marigold plant. I started it from seeds given to me by my neighbor in Parker, Colorado when I moved from Parker to New Mexico. I had always stopped to admire her flowers when I returned home from work. She presented me with several bags of seeds as a going away present.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We share a birthday!

This baby calf was born a few minutes ago on my birthday! Should we name her Roberta or Bobbie?

Not so fast, Booker!

Jeff Hunt writes at azcentral,
Last week, Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in an effort to legalize marijuana across the nation and penalize local communities that want nothing to do with this dangerous drug. This is the furthest reaching marijuana legalization effort to date and marks another sad moment in our nation’s embrace of a drug that will have generational consequences.

Our country is facing a drug epidemic. Legalizing recreational marijuana will do nothing that Senator Booker expects. We heard many of these same promises in 2012 when Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.

In the years since, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls, and emergency room visits. The marijuana black market has increased in Colorado, not decreased. And, numerous Colorado marijuana regulators have been indicted for corruption.

In 2012, we were promised funds from marijuana taxes would benefit our communities, particularly schools. Dr. Harry Bull, the Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state, said, "So far, the only thing that the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana."

In fiscal year 2016, marijuana tax revenue resulted in $156,701,018. The total tax revenue for Colorado was $13,327,123,798, making marijuana only 1.18% of the state's total tax revenue. The cost of marijuana legalization in public awareness campaigns, law enforcement, healthcare treatment, addiction recovery, and preventative work is an unknown cost to date.

Senator Booker stated his reasons for legalizing marijuana is to reduce "marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities - poor communities, minority communities." It's a noble cause to seek to reduce incarceration rates among these communities but legalizing marijuana has had the opposite effect.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Safety, arrests in Colorado of black and Latino youth for marijuana possession have increased 58% and 29% respectively after legalization. This means that Black and Latino youth are being arrested more for marijuana possession after it became legal.

Furthermore, a vast majority of Colorado's marijuana businesses are concentrated in neighborhoods of color. Leaders from these communities, many of whom initially voted to legalize recreational marijuana, often speak out about the negative impacts of these businesses.

Senator Booker released his bill just a few days after the Washington Post reported on a study by the Review of Economic Studies that found "college students with access to recreational cannabis on average earn worse grades and fail classes at a higher rate." Getting off marijuana especially helped lower performing students who were at risk of dropping out. Since legalizing marijuana, Colorado's youth marijuana use rate is the highest in the nation, 74% higher than the national average, according to the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Report. This is having terribly negative effects on the education of our youth.

If Senator Booker is interested in serving poor and minority communities, legalizing marijuana is one of the worst decisions. There is much work to be done to reduce incarceration and recidivism, but flooding communities with drugs will do nothing but exacerbate the problems.

The true impact of marijuana on our communities is just starting to be learned. The negative consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana will be felt for generations. I encourage Senator Booker to spend time with parents, educators, law enforcement, counselors, community leaders, pastors, and legislators before rushing to legalize marijuana nationally. We’ve seen the effects in our neighborhoods in Colorado, and this is nothing we wish upon the nation.

There are charts for everything nowadays!



hat tip mis.hum.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The good old days?



From Lileks

No mention of Antifa fascists!

Are you as sick as I am of people like Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe? He speaks out against white supremacists coming for a rally in Virginia. Fine. No mention of the heavily armed Antifa fascists who came for a fight with the white supremacists! Thankfully, we have a real reporter on the scene for Fox in the person of Doug McKelway, who points out this bias on the part of McAuliffe.

Emperor, king, or president?

Do you wish we had an emperor or king, instead of a president? After all, president just means "presider." That's what he does here in America. When our troops defend us, then he is Commander-in-Chief. This video starts with Mark passionately discussing freedom of speech and climate change. Then he relaxes a bit with a guest named Amity Shales, primarily discussing the presidency of Calvin Coolidge, who actually reduced our debt during his presidency.

For some strange reason, the whole show gets repeated, so this is not as long as it looks.

"Stop the shredding of the Constitution!"


Rumor has it that Sean Hannity is one of the Americans unmasked by the Obama administration. Do you have any doubt that Sean will fight back? Rusty Weiss reports at Mental Recession,
Fox News host Sean Hannity has threatened to unleash “the biggest lawsuit” against the Obama administration should reports that he was under NSA surveillance or ‘unmasked’ by officials turn out to be true.

“I am going to sanction the biggest lawsuit that I possibly can with the biggest attorneys in the country,” Hannity claimed during a recent radio broadcast.

The conservative commentator said it’s time somebody takes such drastic actions in order “to stop the shredding of the Constitution.”
Read more here.

"Was blind, but now I see!"

"I want to see you!"

Now it's India vs. China?


Leslie Eastman reports at Legal Insurrection,
Last month, we reported that a territorial dispute along the China-India border is threatening to turn into a military conflict.

Now, while the world’s attention is focused on North Korea, India has increased its alert level amid increased tension with China.
Read more here.

Hollywood hits of the future


Kurt Schlichter writes at Town Hall,
...it's becoming clear that free-speech and free thoughts are things of the past!
He proceeds to pick what the most popular new Hollywood movies will be.
Read more here.

"Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?"

Judicial Watch scored a victory this week in a DC court.
This major court ruling may finally result in more answers about the Benghazi scandal – and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in it – as we approach the attack’s fifth anniversary. It is remarkable that we had to battle both the Obama and Trump administrations to break through the State Department’s Benghazi stonewall. Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?
Read more here.

The revolution is over in Venezuela


Joel Hirst writes,
Tomorrow Venezuela will finally succumb to her self-inflicted wounds. Tomorrow she will die. She will be mourned, by those of us who have loved her – who have known her, before the folly set in. “How did this happen?” many will write, and are already asking “What happens next?” Futile questions – because what happens next is nothing. For the unwilling inhabitants of Venezuela, nothing will ever happen again. The same speeches; the same propaganda; the same food lines; the same medicine shortages; the people growing thinner and shorter generation by generation while the rulers become corpulent and obese. The same faces aging ungracefully, the hideous masters of ceremony becoming old and foul, presiding eternally over festivities that have never been festive – not for the people. A zombie apocalypse of red and rage and carnage that has burned itself out but that nevertheless keeps going. Not purpose or momentum, only persistence.

The revolution is over – and they won, those who built with expert precision an edifice of hate and stupidity could not have lost. Because what we have, freedom and prosperity and love is a delicate flower that is easily squashed under ancient prejudices and humanity’s legendary tolerance for injustice. A single tender fir tree does not withstand an avalanche, no matter how courageous she is. Oh, to be sure they won’t tell you that the revolution is over – those who used the mayhem to seize power. They need it – and they will keep up the pantomime; they will pretend that there is still something they are fighting for, and against. But they know it’s over – as do the enslaved – as do we all.
Read more here.