Eric Florack on February 23rd, 2017

Bruce, where you get into trouble with this is you’ve  forgotten a whole group of people. Actual conservatives who are not followers of the GOP establishment because the establishment are not conservative.. but who firmly believe that Trump was the wrong choice.

It’s very easy, and I think proper, to conflate establishment Republicans with the left. John McCain leaps to mind. If those morons had their way the party of Reagan would permanently be indistinguishable from the party of Barack Obama.

But, you said it yourself. Trump is not a conservative. And conservatism is precisely what has been needed for a long time.

As I have said here before, where he acts correctly he will have my support. Where he doesn’t he will have my flamethrower

Eric Florack on February 23rd, 2017

Perhaps more correctly is Islam compatible with America?

I suggest you can probably answer that one best yourself. Ask yourself if you can see Islam ever giving birth to an America?

For my part, I cannot.

I suggest further that Europe is our Canary in the coal mine. Look at what’s going on over there right now as a direct result of allowing too many people with incompatible ideologies into their culture. This is precisely what immigration laws are supposed to be defending against.

The potty wars saga continues.  The right of privacy amuses me.  It is held to prevent government intrusion into bedrooms but seems powerless of prevent state intrusion into restrooms.  Go figure.

In a long overdue act of sanity, the Trump Administration has call a halt to federal government war on privacy in school restrooms, from Washington Blade:

Despite pleas from parents of transgender children and LGBT employees, the Trump administration is set Tuesday to rescind Obama-era guidance to schools barring discrimination against transgender students and ensuring they have access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the Washington Blade on Monday she’s heard from “reliable sources” President Trump has green-lighted the plan for the Justice Department and Education Department to send a “Dear Colleague” letter to schools rescinding the guidance.

“This is the first day of the president’s second month in office and he is now fully coming after LGBT people,” Keisling said.

Now a word about Ms Keisling language, or abuse of, her term LGBT denote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual.  The former three terms refer to person’s choice of preferred choice of sexual partner.  Only the last term refers to a population clamoring to use the restroom reserved for the other sex.  So keeping the trannies out their preferred choice of restroom in no way infringes on the LGB right to choose the sexual partner of their choice.

“I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves, and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people, it’s just outrageous that he go after trans kids this way.”

Removal of the guidance would fulfill a campaign promise from Trump.

Let boys use the boys’ room, and girls the girls’ room.  Having one rule may or may not be perfect, but it is hardly discrimination.

Eric Florack on February 17th, 2017

To the Europeans reason alone was Supreme. The Americans moral reasoning was Supreme.

It’s pretty hard to logically deny that this was in fact the primary factor in the wild success this country in its first hundred and fifty years or so.
It’s also hard to logically deny that the degree to which we’ve gotten ourselves in trouble as a nation and as a people are directly connected to our rejection of that moral logic.

Finally observe the political group who want to return us to that morality and the logic attendant to it and those who want us to be more European.

Eric Florack on February 17th, 2017

Seems to me if ICE wanted to do some serious good, all they would have to do is find out who didn’t show up yesterday for work….

davidl on February 17th, 2017

Blacks who were never enslaved should be given by taxpayers, who never enslaved anybody, complimentary college tuition, [board] and housing, all without being required to demonstrate their ability to do actual college work:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Black students should be offered free tuition and housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today, the student government said Wednesday.

The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that students from suburban high schools are overrepresented. The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications restricts opportunities for the poor and thus upholds “white supremacy.”

College board scores do predict college performance. Doing better on the test correlates to doing better in college. Admitting more under qualified students into college will not result in more of these students actually graduating from college. So I suppose the next demand after preferential admission will be preferential graduation and then preferential hiring.

Hat tip:  Legal Insurrection

davidl on February 16th, 2017

If you can’t stand the heat Chuck, get out of the kitchen. Chuck Todd thinks the President has some sort of duty to be nice to the [liberal] press, from Mediaite:

Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it’s done by people in power, it’s corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second

[…]

Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it’s done by people in power, it’s corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second

Now Chuck if you offered more collaborated facts and less hysterical opinion, it make make for a better atmosphere in the press room.

Uh huh….

Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov is a Russian government operative who admits to having contact with people in America during the last presidential election cycle. Lavrov says that going back as far as 2014, he had an informant inside the United States that discussed matters of national security for both countries, including the invasion of Crimea in Ukraine and the hacking of the DNC in the United States.

Lavrov’s contact, however, was not from inside the Trump campaign or even the Clinton campaign, his name is John Tefft and he worked for the Obama State Department. Tefft is said to have had lengthy conversations with Lavrov and many of his aides and even spent time during summits in face-to-face meetings with him.

Democrats are screaming about Richard Flynn and Paul Manafort and the possibility that President Trump may have colluded with the Russians when in reality the largest breach of our government came from the Obama administration. 

Do you understand yet?

Rejecting science?

?They were duped – and so were we. That was the conclusion of last week’s damning revelation that world leaders signed the Paris Agreement on climate change under the sway of unverified and questionable data.

A landmark scientific paper –the one that caused a sensation by claiming there has been NO slowdown in global warming since 2000 – was critically flawed. And thanks to the bravery of a whistleblower, we now know that for a fact.

No. Rejecting liars.

Eric Florack on February 12th, 2017

Several times now I’ve seen reference to some of the left is cry babies having a temper tantrum. While I do agree that that is an easy label to apply, I am convinced that it is far more Sinister than this. The answer’s not quite so easy.

We’ve all seen reports of protesters being asked to name the states that Trump’s travel pause would affect. And, we have seen that most of the people questioned on the point can’t name the specific States involved.
Doesn’t having a temper tantrum involve knowing what you’re angry about?
No, this is something that is more properly referred to as value signalling. This is George Soros and Company trying to create their own political reality by apparently having his socialist values injected into the popular culture, as if his views were always American values.
I hasten to add that this tactic was used by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Ho Chi Minh, etc, etc, etc.
These people need to be slapped down hard. Repeatedly.

davidl on February 11th, 2017

Potty wars, or how the Obama regime waged war on biology and common decency.

From U.S Department of Education:

Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Scope of Title IX

Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from ED, including state and local educational agencies. These agencies include approximately 16,500 local school districts, 7,000 postsecondary institutions, as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. Also included are vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories and possessions of the United States.

Educational programs and activities that receive ED funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX. The ED Title IX regulations (Volume 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 106) provide additional information about the forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Bottom line, Title IX refers to sex.

For reasons utterly unknown to rational persons, the Obama regime took the position that student did not have use the restroom designated for their biological sex. Now the somebody in the Trump administration actually appeared to stayed awake during high school biology. This in turn has upset some,

From Refinery29:

The topic of transgender bathroom rights has been a hotly contested issue between states and the federal government since North Carolina passed a law last March that would require individuals only to use the bathrooms that matched their sex as assigned at birth. Though the Justice Department sued the state, there hasn’t been much progress since: Texas is talking about enacting similar restrictions, and a repeal of North Carolina’s legislation failed.

This week, the Trump administration made its first move away from expanding rights for transgender students. On Friday, the Justice Department filed a legal brief that withdrew its objections to an injunction that had blocked guidance from the Education Department, which required public schools to allow students to use bathrooms that corresponded with their current gender identity, according to the Washington Post. Last year, 12 states filed a lawsuit against the guidance, which the Obama administration responded was a violation of Title IX, a law that says that schools that receive federal funding cannot discriminate against a student’s sex or transgender status.

Perceived gender identity is not sex. Caitlyn may think of himself as a woman. That does not make him a woman. Likewise while Cass Bono may think she is a male, her chromosomes say otherwise.    Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex, but Refinery29 claims that treating all men, or all women, the same is somehow prohibited discrimination based on sex.

Tell me on what planet is sex as assigned at birth?   So how does the act of emerging from the birth canal or your first breath in any way effect your biological sex?

Your Gender dysphoria is your medical problem.  Don’t ask me to humor your delusions.   For the record, I stand with Ben, video:

Hat tip: Stacy McCain.

davidl on February 10th, 2017

According to one Chris Cuomo, saying a journalist, but not an ordinary citizen,  is guilty of pedaling fake news is worse than calling him the n-word, from Kimberlee Kaye, Legal Insurrection:

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo just took “tone deaf” to a new dimension during a SiriusXM Radio interview Thursday.

“The only thing that’s bothersome about it, is that I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists, the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity. That’s what fake news is to a journalist,” said Chris Cuomo on SiriusXM POTUS (Ch. 124) Thursday.

“It is an ugly insult and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose and the president was not right here and he has not been right in the past.”

Of course prior to the election the term “fake news” was not an approved CNN talking point, from Breitbart (October 2016):

CNN’s Ch ris Cuomo claims accessing WikiLeaks’ troves of Hillary Clinton emails is “illegal” for private citizens, but not for the media.

[…]

The legal veracity of these statements has yet to be determined, but Cuomo’s words were anything but vague. While Todd McGregor claims that the reporter’s words were “taken out of context,” his words were pretty difficult to misconstrue.

The real issue with Cuomo’s assertion isn’t the veracity of his legal reasoning — it’s that he is using a nationally televised platform to actively discourage U.S. citizens from looking at emails damaging to the Clinton campaign for themselves. To an audience that contains millions of people less tech-savvy, this frames due diligence as a crime, and CNN as the arbiter of truth

Then prior to the election anything the mainstream media said was said by them to be the truth.

davidl on February 10th, 2017

Retired Navy Captain, Vietnam War hero, and political traitor, John McPain on recent Navy Seal raid in Yemen, from Military.com

“While many of the objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success,”

By McPain’s standards, we might as well abolish our military

From History.net:

The battle [of Okinawa] had been among the most brutal of the Pacific War. The Navy suffered its greatest casualties for a single engagement. More than 12,000 Americans were killed and a further 50,000 were wounded. More than 150,000 Japanese — many of them civilians — were killed during the battle. Despite the casualties, preparations were quickly underway for the long-anticipated invasion of Japan. All hands turned to in order to begin preparations to invade Kyushu. Already, Army Air Forces bomber groups that had been in Europe on V-E Day joined Marine Tactical Air Force units operating from Okinawa’s airfields and thousands of American, British and Canadian carrier-based aircraft in the prelanding bombardment that was to lay waste to the southernmost Home Island before a contemplated October invasion was set in motion.

Not having access to a classified military briefing, I remain mute on the question if the Yemen raid was a success. However having passed high school history, I can state that no military victory worth winning comes without a price in blood.   As, I am sure that any United Naval Academy graduate would have known.

The Russians aren’t being blamed for this one?

Three brothers who managed office IT for government officials were relieved of their duties last week on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.

Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday.

Now, I want you to think very seriously about this.

1: These are not the only Islamics who have been acting against the interests of these United States. They are merely the only ones so far to be caught at it, recently.

2: These guys made it past the supposedly intense vetting process that our government assured us would weed out all the bad guys. Not only did they make it past the process involved with becoming residents of these United States, but they made it into what can only be described as a high-security positions, essentially infiltrating our government.

3: we were told by Obama and Company is it all we needed to do to stop Islamic terrorism was to offer them jobs. But…Notice in the article where it says…

The three brothers were making $161,000, $165,000, and $160,000.

So much for that assertion.

Go ahead. Tell me how I’m being on American here by even raising these issues.

Personally I’m of the opinion that Donald Trump’s travel pause for certain groups didn’t go nearly far enough.

I believe I warned that this would happen.

A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders pitched a tax on carbon dioxide to top White House aides Wednesday, selling the plan as an economic win that could drive job growth and yield environmental dividends too.

Former Secretary of State James Baker and other members of the new “Climate Leadership Council” pressed the case in a 45-minute meeting in the Roosevelt Room that included President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior aide Kellyanne Conway.

“The signs were very encouraging,” Ted Halstead, who founded the council, said after the meeting. “Two weeks into this new administration, we have positioned our solution as the most promising climate solution — if they want to go there.”

I’d like to think that the administration is smart enough not to go there… but frankly I’ve seen no evidence of that yet.

People this is exactly what I told you what happened in the primaries if you’ll recall.

In the end my dear readers, there is no difference between a leftist Democrat and a leftist Republican. If he turns of these morons. I’ll be the first one to cheer. But that he and his team are even giving these people the time of day tells me I will never have to.