Five states have 19 counties (probably urban centers) that have more voters registered than they have adult residents, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The federal government is going to litigate this. Sounds like a good idea.
One of my favorite bad thinkers never tires of reminding his readers and listeners that a negative identity is not a strong position to be in. In other words, if you define your identity by what you are against then you lack a basis for defining what you are for. This is the charge he lays at the feet of Conservative Inc. By defining themselves as only against progressivism they are constantly addressing whatever new outrage the Left cooks up but they fail to define what they themselves do stand for. If you’re always on the defensive you never have a chance to advocate for the things you actually want to see implemented.
Far better is to look at what you do believe in and formulate it into a clear and coherent statement. That way when someone asks your stance on this or that example or scenario you have a rational basis for your answer. And also, it gives you a logical basis for formulating an agenda of actions for the future, a plan. Now my identity is relatively innocuous since at heart I’m just a garden variety civic nationalist. What I would want is a return to normal American society with plenty of allowance for individual differences in background and culture. Plenty of room for normal people who want to raise their kids as good American citizens.
So, that all sounds reasonable but when you look at our present situation it becomes much more complicated. For instance, the Boy Scouts of America was an organization with the specific mission of providing boys with a fraternal organization to help them become physically fit, mentally awake and morally straight. And because of that mission it was hounded by homosexuals and feminists until now it isn’t for boys and soon, I’m sure they’ll have to remove the word straight for fear of offending the delicate.
My example is meant to show that trying to define a positive identity makes you a target for those who hate what you are. They will see what you stand for and try to destroy it. The same thing has been done to almost all other social organizations. The US government has forced women into every fraternal organization with the sole exception of religious organizations. And of course, many of these have surrendered too. One of the only exceptions I know of is the Knights of Columbus which is a Roman Catholic fraternal organization which excludes women as anything but auxiliaries.
Well if that is the only exception then that will have to be the path forward. It’ll have to be a religious fraternal society. The organization must utilize the Freedom of Religion under the First Amendment to protect it from the invasive forces of the federal government and may need to restrict itself to states that do not regularly harass conservative organizations. The mission of the organization can be loosely grounded in the usual fraternal agenda. Service to the community, family activities and religious or ethical training are all things that fall under the purview of a religious fraternal organization. The thing that has to be carefully defined is the religious requirements that define the organization such that you can avoid all the latest abnormal behavior. Luckily the Christian Bible (at least the one used up until the 1950s) has scriptural authority for avoiding the whole LGBTQ agenda in one fell swoop. The only thing I’m not sure of is whether it can be structured so that any member from one of the remaining traditionalist sects is eligible or whether a separate religion will need to be founded in order to give it legitimacy. In other words, is it enough for me to be the Grand Exalted Master or do I also have to be the Pope?
All of this sounds crazy but maybe that is what this world actually requires to permit men the freedom to live their lives as they wish to. When the churches themselves become corrupt and controlled by the insane maybe it’s not crazy to think that new churches need to be formed. This sort of dovetails with my earlier talk about the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club. But of course, as time goes on it becomes less of a joke and more of a necessity. And if anyone knows of an existing fraternal organization that already covers all the bases, I’m interested in let me know and I’ll look into it. Until then I’ll order Camera Girl to make me some sandwiches while I think up secret handshakes and build a mystic decoding ring.
President Trump seems to understand effective use of military assets. Apparently, he is leveraging intelligence capabilities, possibly Israeli, to surgically remove key actors that pose the greatest threat to our interests in the Middle East. Qasem Soleimani was known to be the operational brains behind the Iranian proxy strategy that allowed them to sow chaos and control large swaths of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq without the necessity of sending significant numbers of Iranian fighters into those areas.
Knowing precisely where and when to send a drone weapon requires real time eyes on the target. I would be surprised if it was an American agent that provided this intel. Maybe it was an Iranian or an Iraqi but it is surprising to think we have that network in place there.
Regardless of the source of the intel. President Trump has demonstrated that, militarily, he is very careful about engaging in military operations but he isn’t averse to using them when the reward is extremely valuable. Killing fifty or even several hundred street fighters in Baghdad or Syria is relatively counterproductive. The reduction in the number of hostile gunmen is negligible and the ill will it produces significant. But killing Soleimani represents a force multiplier of several orders of magnitude above killing even a few hundred gunmen. His strategic and tactical value is hard to overemphasize. Soleimani’s network of personal connections and his power within the Iranian regime will not be quickly replaced. While some other agent will be placed in his spot it is not likely that the same level of effectiveness will be realized soon or even over the long haul. Good generals are relatively rare and ones who can work cooperatively with far-flung and dissimilar groups even less common. Good.
This willingness to use military capability is surprising to me. There are so many possibilities for disaster that I am surprised that President Trump has ventured to perform these missions. But maybe I underestimate just how critical was the need to eliminate Soleimani. We still have untold thousands of servicemen in the Mid-East. It’s possible that the Iranians have been ramping up the violence of their proxies in order to embarrass President Trump who has proven to be much tougher on them than the groveling Obama. Or maybe I have underestimated President Trump’s military abilities. I won’t anymore.
It is painful to think that if someone like President Trump had been in the White House after 9/11 that the United States might have achieved all the strategic aims called for by that tragedy without the disastrous cost in American lives and the other unanticipated consequences of George W. Bush’s inept wartime command. Handled differently, all the weapons programs of Iraq and Iran might have been confiscated and all the middle eastern immigrants that now clog Europe and America might still be where the belonged at home. And all of this could have been achieved without any significant cost in military lives. Well, that’s in the past now.
There is a certain amount of doubt about the fallout from an action such as this. It may be that the Iranians will do something large and disturbing. There is always that outside possibility. But based on the shaky domestic situation in Iran itself, with the population openly hostile to the regime, I don’t think there will be much downside. In fact, maybe this will give the Iranians pause and bring them to the negotiating table. Time will tell. My guess is that this elimination will end up improving the overall middle eastern condition both for us and our allies. Good work, President Trump.
2019 was a momentous year. We saw the Mueller investigation fizzle out hilariously. All the progs were so mournful and confused. Where was their Russian collusion? Where was the smoking gun? Ah, so sad.
We saw a new Attorney General state on the record that the Trump campaign was spied on. And we saw him assign a special prosecutor to find out whether criminality was involved. And now that prosecutor, John Durham, has answered that question, a criminal investigation is in process. The Coup is upset that Durham hasn’t toed the line that Inspector General Horowitz followed when he said mistakes were made but he couldn’t prove criminality. Durham has followed a bunch of threads back to the guilty and their bosses and it looks like we’ll see some indictments soon.
I’ll go out on a limb here and say that Kevin Clinesmith will either turn state’s evidence or be indicted very soon. If he turns, then we should hear about an indictment of some of the bigger fish within a month or two. So, either way at least one indictment by March 1st.
We’ve had a chance to get to know the Democrat Presidential Candidates both the minor players and the bigger names. It is truly a remarkable collection. And it’s not clear whether the most notable fact is the mediocrity of their intellects or the lunacy of their platforms. Can you imagine Joe Biden or Kamala Harris on the same stage with Jack Kennedy and Richard Nixon? Can you imagine Dwight Eisenhower debating foreign and domestic policy with Fauxcahantas and Butt Pete? Even FDR, the man who introduced social security would laugh Bernie Sanders off the stage.
Initially I was sure that Creepy Uncle Joe Biden would be the nominee. But when he was slapped around by Harris and eclipsed by Warren in the early state polls and after the Ukraine stuff started coming out, I figured his goose was cooked. Well months have gone by and even though he’s trailing in Iowa and New Hampshire he still leads in the Super Tuesday races and in the national poll so at this point I won’t say who will emerge from the clown car as victor. But it truly has been a wonderful experience to see just how awful the Dem candidates truly are. Sure, they reflect the values and priorities of the far-left vanguard of their party but even the moderates are so out of step with the mainstream that even the center left independents will be horrified at what will be their alternative to President Trump. And forget about the Rust Belt. That will be ours. So, I look forward to continued comedy and optimism watching the Democrat train wreck.
And even the Pelosi Impeachment has been an encouraging sight. The Rust Belt has shrugged it off or even used it as a justification for voting for the President. The rest of the country basically is where it always has been. Our voters are unimpressed with the spectacle Crazy Nancy has created and in fact it looks like the thirty House seats with Democrat incumbents in districts that voted for President Trump are in a lot of trouble. The potential to flip the House is real. That is something to consider.
Several big court cases are in front of the SCOTUS. It should be instructive to see if Roberts really is an honest constitutionalist or a ringer for the left. We’ll probably find that out pretty soon. Also going on in the Supreme Court is the status of Justice Ginsburg. She is presently suffering from metastatic cancer. She has had cancerous tumors removed from her colon, lungs and twice from her pancreas. It doesn’t mean she will succumb from this condition any time in the next few years but it is extremely debilitating for even a young person to stand up under the side effects of the treatments these conditions require. It would not be surprising for her to step down very soon to spend her remaining time with her loved ones. In that event, a replacement of Justice Ginsburg by President Trump would definitively put the Supreme Court beyond even Roberts’ ability to swing left. That would be worth seeing.
We will be able to follow the Brexit process and I fully expect that Boris Johnson will cut a desirable deal with the EU that frees Britain from the irksome legislative control of Brussels and puts immigration control back in Parliament’s hands. I fully expect Johnson and Trump will find plenty of common ground in a trade deal between their two countries.
And finally, we will have the spectacle of the Presidential General Election. I expect that President Trump will demand a better debate landscape than his predecessors agreed to. He should refuse to allow only the usual leftists to ask the questions? Wouldn’t it be a hoot if some of the good guys were given a spot on the panel. How about Tucker Carlson and Michael Anton? Honestly, I expect the President to win with a larger electoral vote count than in 2016. I think he’ll add Minnesota to his tally and maybe even Nevada.
So, you can see 2020 will be a chock full of drama, comedy and consequence. Stay tuned.
This has been a momentous year and it leads directly into a presidential election year. So much good stuff, it’s hard to choose but I’ll give you my opinions below.
Most Important Political Developments
Failure of Robert Mueller’s Investigation
Naming of Special Counsel John Durham
Inability of Impeachment to Lower President’s Poll Numbers
The Haplessness of the Democrat Presidential Candidates
Boris Johnson’s Election Triumph
Best Books Reviewed
American Nations – A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America – by Colin Woodard
This book puts the social tendencies of the various regions of the United States in an interesting perspective.
Galaxy’s Edge (Volume 9) – Retribution
This was the final volume in the series (or at least the first “season” of the series) and did a good job of settling the present war that had been raging. But there are plot ends dangling in all directions and the next season must be imminent.
Hell or High Water
Most Important Cinematic Conference
03JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
Much of the appeal of feminism is that it encourages women to do what they always felt like doing anyway: take everything personally. But to succeed at the highest level, you need some objectivity, which feminism hates. Feminists see objective reality as a conspiracy out to make them feel bad about themselves.
15FEB2019 – Quote of the Day
“The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.”
18AUG2019 – Quote of the Day
In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.
19AUG2019 – Quote of the Day
Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
07JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
“Almost by definition, secularism cannot be a future: it’s a present-tense culture that over time disconnects a society from cross-generational purpose. Which is why there are no examples of sustained atheist civilizations. “Atheistic humanism” became inhumanism in the hands of the Fascists and Communists and, in its less malign form in today’s European Union, a kind of dehumamism in which a present-tense culture amuses itself to extinction. Post-Christian European culture is already post-cultural and, with its surging Muslim populations, will soon be post-European.”
23JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
24JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
It’s not that liberals aren’t smart, it’s just that so much of what they know isn’t so
14FEB2019 – Quote of the Day
“There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it.”
04APR2019 – Quote of the Day
Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
26APR2019 – Quote of the Day
If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
29APR2019 – Quote of the Day
The Man in the Arena as it is called, is part of a speech called Citizenship in a Republic made by Theodore Roosevelt in Paris, France on April 23, 1910. It’s well known but well worth requoting.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
I enjoyed the section where she looked at the cognitive dissonance and panic when an academic tried to point out the equivalence between the transgender and trans-racial delusions. Only difference; one is dogma, the other is heresy.
New York City is an enormous place. Something like eight million people live within the confines of the five boroughs and twelve million more live in the adjacent areas of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and even Pennsylvania that act as bedroom communities for the people who make a living off of that gigantic place.
And along with that enormity is an enormously difficult and dangerous job of keeping such a place safe. Along with the NYPD there are the police departments of all the adjacent communities and the state troopers of New York and the adjacent states. All told, there are tens of thousands of police officers in the New York City area but compare that to twenty million people and you realize the necessity for maintaining the respect and legitimacy of police officers in the New York City area.
Back when I was a young man living in New York in the nineteen seventies and eighties, crime was a frightening fact of life. Even the “safe” neighborhoods had been invaded by violent criminals who “mugged” the unsuspecting and often weaker members of the community wherever the opportunity offered. The democrat mayors of the city payed lip service to policing the problems but because of their dependence on votes from the African American and Latino communities they were careful never to embrace too openly the law and order aspect of the city’s responsibilities. But when David Dinkins became the first African American mayor in 1990 his first responsibility was to his ethnic constituency and that ensured the effective handcuffing of the NYPD and gave a carte blanche to criminals.
But back then even New York liberals knew that unfettered criminality would destroy their home. So, they did the unthinkable, they elected Rudy Giuliani mayor. Giuliani was a republican and a former US Attorney who had prosecuted mafia bosses and high-profile criminals. He put in place a highly effective neighborhood policing strategy that targeted both low level crime (broken windows offenses) and serious crime (robbery and violent crime) and in the space of a few years made New York City one of the safest big cities in the United States. But being a republican, albeit a relatively liberal one, and having made his reputation by embracing law enforcement, the democratic City Council enacted term limits for the first time in city history to prevent him from governing for more than eight years.
His successor Michael Bloomberg ran as a republican (in name only) and saw the mayoral term limit law removed so that he could serve for twelve years. Being a creature of the liberal establishment Bloomberg would often excoriate any police incident that showed up in the bleeding-heart liberal New York media. But he was at least smart enough to mostly leave in place the police practices that Giuliani had pioneered.
But then two things happened. Barack Obama became President of the Unites States and Bill de Blasio became Mayor of New York. Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder used the Justice Department to criminalize and prosecute police officers whenever an opportunity arose in the media that could be construed as police brutality against African American criminals. It spawned the Black Lives Matters organization which was responsible for the deaths of police officers in several American cities. But de Blasio embraced it and has effectively handcuffed police effectiveness in New York City. As part of his police policy, “stop and frisk” and broken windows policing have been eliminated. Due to this, quality of life crimes have started to proliferate again. And more recently, violent crime, which until recently had been close to non-existent is becoming a day to day reality for the first time since the early nineteen nineties.
And that’s where we are today. The progressives have a firm hold on New York City politics but the demographics of left-wing politics have changed. New York is a minority majority city and the old left-wing ethnicities are no longer in control. It may no longer be possible for a Rudy Giuliani type reformer to be brought in to clean up de Blasio’s crime problem.
When anti-Semitism against the easily recognizable Orthodox Jewish community is being perpetrated by African Americans, both on a day to day low level harassment basis and in deadly attacks as have recently occurred, it becomes difficult for de Blasio and the other New York progressives to get people to believe that white supremacists are responsible for the problem. I mean he’ll still try, but as seen in that link, it’s getting a little thick.
So, where does this leave the New York Jewish community? Their voting record, with exceptions, puts them squarely in line with progressive candidates on the local, state and national level. So, essentially, they have themselves helped to create this monster by electing Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio to the positions that allowed them to hamstring the only entity that could have protected them, the New York Police Department. And once the police saw that their bosses no longer had their backs, they stopped doing their jobs. Why risk being sent to prison for trying to prevent crime? Now they just clean up the pieces after the damage is done.
Some in the Jewish community are advocating for a return to sane police policy but the more pragmatic voices, knowing the reality of where they are, are calling for their communities to hire private armed security forces for their houses of worship. And that is indeed highly ironic. After eliminating the public security force that made it possible for all of New York City to thrive they now are forced to provide for themselves a private police force to protect them from the criminals they have empowered.
Those in the more upscale New York City communities were in the vanguard of movements such as Black Lives Matter and other initiatives begun during the Obama and de Blasio administrations. Now they are living with the results of those movements. Currently it is still at the periphery of their community, with the non-progressive elements such as the Orthodox community bearing the brunt of the problem. But just as back in the 1980s these problems eventually find their way back to the “safe” neighborhoods. The question for them will be what happens when the Narrative breaks down on their own doorstep?
Let them scream and shout about voting rights all they want. In an age when the government and even corporations know your blood pressure GPS location, not knowing whether a voter is alive or dead, or living in another state is a fiction that no longer needs to be allowed. Tammany Hall needs to be shut down.
A very interesting article by the ZMan on the result of only having one retailer, one bank, one local college, one local law firm. Even the rich folks have nowhere to send some of their children to work. He is right about this, I’ve seen it affecting even the cloud people. Now that the working class has been liquidated, they’re coming for the rest of us. Oh well, at least we’ll get bread and circuses for a while.