29JUN2018 – American Greatness Post of the Day

Julie Kelly has a nice article (NeverTrump is Now NeverSCOTUS) that reviews how the remaining NeverTrumpers have gone so far off the rails that they not only still deny Donald Trump’s achievement in saving the Supreme Court but even claim that throwing the next Court pick to the Democrats is the right thing to do.  Guys like Bill Kristol want the Dems to take over the House and Senate just to destroy President’ Trump’s term in office.  It’s hard to believe that they were ever actually on our side.  In fact I don’t.

NeverTrump is Now NeverSCOTUS

Vox Day Has a Good Link on the Star Wars Debacle

So, it seems Disney has realized that Kathleen Kennedy drove the Star Wars franchise into the ground by turning a boys’ adventure fantasy into a girl empowerment snoozefest.  And according to the source quoted nobody is willing to take over from her because the risk is too great.  http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/06/will-no-one-rid-disney-of-this.html .

Oh, this is too much!  Can schadenfreude cause a stroke?  I laughed so hard I think I burst an aneurysm in my brain.  When you add up the ESPN, Star Wars and the Roseanne debacles SJWs must have cost Disney at least several billion dollars in lost revenue.  Can you imagine the heat that Iger must be feeling?  Oh, it’s marvelous.  And with the ninth movie of the Star Wars saga in production already and J.J. Abrams refusing to take more than directorial control over that pile of risk I wouldn’t be surprised if the House of Disney doesn’t have a major shake-up on the horizon.  It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of progressives.

Read the whole thing including the info at the link and the comments at Vox Popoli, they’re hysterical.  It’s like a textbook case of feminism running a male based activity straight into the ditch.  Oh, my poor ribs, they ache.

Let’s review, Disney pays Lucas umpty-ump billions of dollars for a franchise that is basically a boomer/millennial male-bonding experience and they let a bitter feminist turn it into young Rosie O’Donnell with a light saber meets the First Wives’ Club.  With apologies to Count Rugen, I think that’s the worst thing I ever heard.  Is it possible that Disney is purposefully bankrupting itself to help tank the economy to spite Trump?  It seems plausible.  I mean no one could be this stupid right?

Full disclosure, I’m not the target audience for any of these movies.  I thought the first Star Wars movie was great fun when I saw it on the big screen back in the seventies.  But the second one was kind of disjointed and not as much fun.  The third one was a hot mess.  I mean, ewoks?  After that I was glad that it seemed to be over.  The newer editions are by most accounts terrible and I couldn’t imagine wasting time on them.  But I brought my grandsons to see the seventh one and I was amazed at how derivative it was from the first movie and how unpleasant it turned out.  Now, I’m far from disappointed that the series looks to be going down for the count.  What someone should do is start a new series based on an interesting and fun sci-fi or fantasy series that will draw kids and their parents in.  Hell, they could update the Lensman series and they’d get more mileage out of that than they’ve managed from Lucas’ anemic vision.  The same can be said for the Marvel and DC cinema series.  They’ve milked those characters and story arcs so strenuously that there’s nothing left but watery skim.

So, read the article and get a good laugh.  But honestly, we’re going to need to let these movie studios go broke.  They’re too stupid to live.

This Week in the Trenches

There’s an old Air Force expression, “If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target.”  Well the White House and the Cabinet are certainly taking plenty of flak.  And I’m pretty sure it’s because they’re over the target.  Yesterday I saw this headline  51% favor wall .  And at the same time the media and the craziest of the Dems (e.g. Maxine Waters) started advocating harassing anyone to the right of Nancy Pelosi,  Dems gin up a mob to harass the White House  .  It got so bad that Schumer and Pelosi had to come out publicly condemning open calls for harassment.  I’m guessing that the Dems are starting to see the handwriting on the wall.  They’ve gone from blustering about a blue tsunami to whistling past the graveyard, to full panic mode.  Of course, desperation can spark irrational behavior and that can have unexpected results but on the whole, it looks to me like a sea change is beginning to occur in public opinion.  When the public sees Italy closing its ports to refugee boats and even the Germans demanding an end to open borders it’s hard to not see the writing on the wall.

What’s next?  Will Jeb Bush and Bill Kristol show up wearing MAGA hats and asking for face time with the President?  Hopefully not but I wouldn’t be shocked to see them begin the great rapprochement.  After all, the GOP establishment hated Reagan’s guts until he conquered the world.  Then they canonized him.

As I stated previously, I’ve gone full-Pollyanna on the future under Trump and so I’m slightly delusional but I suspect that even the deepest pessimists are starting to see daylight.

Of course, the real test is when CNN or MSNBC switches sides.  Expect to see Satan wearing mittens and a parka but don’t be too surprised when it happens.  My guess is if the midterms go particularly well for the Republicans and Mueller throws in the towel then the floodgates will open and it will be everybody jumping on board the Trump Train.

Gee, do you think it’s too late for Rosie O’Donnell to mend those fences.

ZMan Sums Up the Last Eighty Year of American Politics Succinctly

His thesis is that the Democrats ran out of gas in the 1970s and the only things that have kept them in the game since  then is

  1. The Media’s mendacity
  2. The monumental uselessness of the Bush presidencies.

I think he has a point.  Of course considering the demographic trajectory we are on it may have been enough to permanently doom us to Democrat hegemony.

 

Nothing To Offer

Who We Are and How We Got Here; Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Past by David Reich – A Book Review

This review is a companion piece to my earlier review of Gregory Cochran’s “The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution.”  These two books lay out step by step how the new tool of ancient DNA isolation has allowed geneticists to turn museum fossils into an amazingly detailed history of the inter-relations between and movements of, the various branches of the human species as it emerged out of Africa 50,000 to 150,000 years ago and went on to settle the planet.

It is truly remarkable how comparing DNA sequences between modern and ancient humans has allowed these researchers to answer historical mysteries such as who were the first Indo-European speakers (the Yamnaya) and where did they live (the Russian Steppe).  We can determine if the Native Americans are essentially the direct descendants of the ancestors of the East Asians or was there some other component involved.  We can find out where the blond hair and blue eyes of the Northern Europeans came from.  We can even find out how many concubines Genghis Kahn must have had.

So, this book is full of facts to satisfy our curiosity about where we all came from.  But there is another dimension to this book that is also interesting.  David Reich is an academic scientist.  He interacts constantly with the very politically correct denizens of the social sciences.  He describes his run-ins with anthropologists and bio-ethicists who accuse him of racism for identifying various biological traits with specific human races.  Even though these traits such as sickle-cell anemia are widely known to reside almost exclusively in one racial group or another, these academics were so conditioned to reject the concept of physical race differences that even mentioning them in the context of biomedical research was the equivalent of heresy.

To his credit, Reich recognizes the intellectual weakness inherent in this response but it is obvious by the compromises he will commit to assuage the discomfort of his colleagues that he feels more comfortable himself being on the “side of the angels.”  For instance, after his research clearly showed that the present population of India is the result of the Yamnaya invading from the north and mixing in with the earlier inhabitants he allowed the feelings of his Indian colleagues to force him to rename these groups Ancestral North Indians and Ancestral South Indians.

And Reich is much harsher toward those on the right who speculate about natural selection at work in the differences measured between present day groups.  He is obviously unwilling to assume a neutral position along the spectrum of opinion on human biodiversity and feels more comfortable aligning himself at least in spirit with those whose opinions about human racial differences fly in the face of his own research.

So, Reich’s book is both fascinating and aggravating at one and the same time.  I imagine virtue signaling is the price he thinks he has to pay to get this book accepted by the academic community and then New York Times Book Review.

My recommendation is to read this book.  But be sure to read Cochran’s book along with it to see an opinion that isn’t captured in an orbit around the black hole that is Modern Academia.

CTH is Going To Be Busy With the IG’s Report for a Very Long Time

Sundance over at CTH will be mining gold out of that report until long after Peter Strzok is wearing stripes in Sing Sing.  Honestly, the list of broken laws and examples of political bias are endless.  Our servant masters have grown arrogant indeed.

IG Report: FBI Agent Peter Strzok Sent Weiner Sealed Indictment To His Personal Email…

 

The Anti-Anti-White Position

Back on May 28th John Derbyshire wrote an article called “Electoral Gold for the Stupid Party—the Anti-Anti-White Vote.”  The gist of the article is that the white population of the United States may finally have reached the point where being demonized by the Left will force them to vote the self interest of their racial identity rather than political affiliation.  And the way it was couched was that even people who normally considered American identity as a non-racial concept would recognize that they were now being attacked for no other reason than because they were white.  And that rather than allow themselves to be victimized any further they would vote their own interest.

This seems to me to be a very useful way to look at the situation.  It recognizes the need for a defensive action to counter a hostile race-based ideology.  And it allows people to determine who is part of the problem and who is not.

The first category are the egregious offenders.  These are the people teaching our children about “white privilege” and patriarchy and anyone who uses the term cis-gender in anything other than an ironical way.  These people are trying to destroy this country by any and all means possible.  Examples of this group would be Antifa and that psychotic assistant professor, Melissa Click at the University of Missouri who assaulted the journalist and called for “some muscle” as she tried to remove journalists from a campus protest.

The second group is anyone who thinks these people make sense or even think they’re harmless.  These people are helping or at least tolerating this dysfunction.  This is a very large group and includes all of the people on the Left and also people on the right who can’t or won’t see what’s happening.  This would include people like Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush or any of the NeverTrumpers.  These people are just as big a problem as the first group.

The third group is anyone who doesn’t fall into either one of these first two categories.  By the logic of the Alt-Right it will soon include the majority of white Americans and no one else.  That assumes that every other racial group will see disenfranchising white people as the best strategy to advance their own interests.  But I hold out the hope that by strenuously resisting the Anti-White propaganda and labelling it as discrimination we can convince large numbers of other groups to avoid accepting these positions and eventually delegitimize them all together.

And the best way to resist this Anti-White agenda is to support Donald Trump.  By his executive actions and by his judicial appointments he is bending the federal government away from the support that the Obama administration and its judicial appointments were giving to this agenda.  But in addition, we must make sure that every other elected official we vote for is on our side.  Whether it’s the Governor, Mayor, Town Councilman or PTA Representative.  And we need to look at the companies we patronize.  We should always let a company know if it is working against our interests.  Complaining and even boycotting an offensive corporation is a good way to get our message out there.

One thing I’ve recently begun is to compile a list of Right-leaning (or at least non-Left leaning) businesses.  I call it my “Directory of Right Wing Businesses.”  Currently it’s a rudimentary effort in only a few categories but my intent is to solicit information from site visitors and other sources to make it comprehensive.  In this way I would like to provide a resource for people who prefer to support people who believe in the same things they do.  This will also make it less likely that they will be de-platformed by a website hosting service or a monetizing company if that company objects to their ideology.  If you have any suggestions please drop by and list these companies for others to benefit from.

And finally I like the framing of the movement as a resistance to a discriminatory practice.  I think it links it back to the larger issue of Anti-White practices now codefied into the US Government.  I am referring to all the racial and sexual entitlement programs that actively discriminate against white people in general and straight white men in very particular.  These need to be recognized as unjust and addressed along with these other egregious ideas.

CTH links to the IG’s Report on the Clinton Investigation

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/06/14/here-it-is-inspector-general-report-on-fbi-and-doj-conduct-during-clinton-investigation-full-568-page-pdf/

Sundance ends the post with this Caution “Important note.  Read, but don’t focus on, the “executive summary” or “conclusions”; those two sections were written by political administrators in FBI and DOJ leadership.  Focus on the substance of the documented facts within the IG report.  You’ll note the specific facts don’t support the “summary/conclusion”.  Analysis will follow.”

I hope he’s right.  The conclusion is unbelievably weak.  The corrective actions sound like Fred counseling Genghis Khan after the Sack of Samarkand to wipe his boots before tracking blood and entrails into Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood.  If I were President Trump I’d demand that the DOJ prosecute Strzok, McCabe and Comey to start and fire any and all of these losers up to and including Sessions if they drag their feet getting this done.

Of course, I’m interested in Sundance’s analysis but I was hoping for something a lot more scathing than this.