Eric Florack on December 14th, 2018

The usual crowd, JPod in particular, is suggesting that the Weekly Standard’s demise was not about it being anti Trump.

Ed Driscoll simply isn’t buying it.

And frankly with all respect to John, I’m not buying it either. It seems to me to be nothing but an easy out .. a sop to the conscience.

The intramural gamesmanship in the magazine business may very well have been the result of the magazine’s demise, but the fact of the matter is as even John says, real conservatives have been having problems with them from the get-go.

Setting themselves up as solidly GOP establishment certainly did not help the readership figures, and it seems clear that factor alone is what set up the rest of what Podhoretz describes in his piece.

Sorry, John… this was not about being a team player or not, it was about the team you chose. Example:

How else are we supposed to interpret statements like this? The Weekly Standard has all too often been weak-kneed in it’s criticism of the Democrats (when it could be bothered to criticize them at all).

To a certain extent, John is right here. This was not specifically about being anti-Trump. Instead, this was about The Weekly Standard being pro-establishment when the majority of the Republican rank-and-file has identified (correctly) the establishment GOP as the biggest roadblock to actual conservative governance.

After all, what do you think the rejection of the GOP rank-and-file of Jeb Bush in favor of Ted Cruz and ultimately Donald Trump was all about?

I’ve stated here many times that Donald Trump was never my guy, and I will certainly suggest that he was not perfect for the situation. That said however, he is certainly better than anybody that the establishment GOP has coughed up in many many years. Jeb Bush? Mitt Romney? John McCain? This is the best batch of conservatives you guys could come up with?

Consider that the last couple of large style heroes of the Republican rank-and-file have been Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich. Consider also however that those are precisely the people that the establishment GOP has struggled for decades to remove from their collective memory.

And if you didn’t like Donald Trump, and you had actually correctly identified the anti-establishment mood of the GOP rank-and-file, why didn’t you jump in behind Ted Cruz?

The answer is simple enough… He wasn’t GOP establishment either. And you are.

In the end instead of arguing for right versus wrong, the only team The Weekly Standard was ever on was big government Republicans… and never never in the corner of the GOP rank-and-file. I say to you, if it had been on the side of the rank-and-file GOP, it would have sold a lot better and probably never would have been closed.

I will not celebrate the passing of the Weekly Standard. Instead I will mourn for what it could have and should have been.

And never was.

Eric Florack on December 11th, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson:

Trump’s former consiglieri Michael Cohen, along with being charged with tax avoidance and improper business deals, allegedly is guilty also of trying to leverage money and attention by exaggerating his influence with candidate and later President Trump.

In other words, Cohen to spec followed the standard creepy daily fare for Washington and New York wannabe fixers. But did we need Robert Mueller’s 18 months and $40 million to uncover and redirect to federal attorneys what was largely self-evident? Could not the U.S. government long ago, without the prompt of a special counsel, have uncovered that Michael Cohen did not fully pay his taxes—in the manner of an Al Sharpton, Timothy Geithner, and Tom Daschle?

Of course they could have. And they could have nailed these others as well if they were truly concerned about not paying taxes. Of course, what they’re concerned about is taking down a president.

But Hanson, as usual, goes on from there;

Mueller and the New York federal attorneys were rightly upset that Cohen allegedly lied and admitted that he lied under oath. By all means, let us jail Cohen for subverting the entire foundation of our legal system that must rely on honest testimonies in all government inquiries.
And in that same spirit, let the Department of Justice also charge former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying under oath when he deliberately misled congress about NSA surveillance (and admitted to lying), and John Brennan as well, who as CIA director lied on two occasions about drone collateral damage and CIA surveillance of Senate staff computers (and admitted to such), and has serially misrepresented his efforts with then-Senator Harry Reid to seed the Steele dossier.
And let us indict either the former director James Comey or the deputy director Andrew McCabe of the FBI—or both—for making false statements to federal investigators and Congress, given their respective testimonies under oath about leaking to the press and the role of the Steele dossier in FISA warrants cannot be reconciled.
With all due respect to Michael Cohen, what is currently destroying the concept of the American system of jurisprudence are not the self-serving lies of such a minor shady operator, but rather the deliberate and more artful prevarication under oath of the nation’s top intelligence and law enforcement officers

Precisely. and until such time as that’s accomplished we have no reason to trust any of this… And there is no reason for Mueller to continue an investigation.

Eric Florack on December 10th, 2018

Campbell soup is reportedly closing another plant… This time in Canada

Campbell’s Soup Co. will close its 87-year-old Toronto factory and shift production to the United States amid a decline in soup consumption.

About 380 manufacturing jobs will be lost when the factory in south Etobicoke closes within 18 months, the company said on Tuesday.

Ana Dominguez, president of Campbell Canada, said the Canadian market will be served by Campbell Soup’s larger, more efficient plants in Maxton, N.C., Napoleon, Ohio, and Paris, Tex. The shift will not result in any job gains at the U.S. plants. “We produce more soups than we can actually sell,” Ms. Dominguez said by phone.

Let’s break this down just a little bit…

Campbell’s about 2 years ago now, closed the Sacramento, CA plant. Reason being, cost of operation. Over-regulation, over taxation, over unionization.

The plant at Etobicoke was under serious consideration for being closed, even back in those days, and for precisely the same reason as Sacramento was closed… The cost of operation was simply too high… But, Sacramento was slightly more costly and so was the first to get axed.

Meanwhile, Texas, being a low text low regulation state, remains a viable plant for Campbell’s soup.

Anyone trying to sell you more than that, is trying to defend big government, high taxes, and Draconian regulations.

Eric Florack on December 10th, 2018

Consider please what’s been going on in France the last couple of weeks.

Less than a month ago, French President Emmanuel Macron staked his claim as the flag-bearer for globalism. In a speech to 60 world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe, he eulogized the United Nations and declared nationalism the “betrayal” of patriotism.

Last Saturday, tear gas and cobblestones flew in the same part of Paris as protesters trashed the iconic monument and demanded Macron’s embattled government withdraw a proposed fuel-tax increase. For the first time in his presidency, he backed down. It was a humbling moment for opponents of the populist revolts that spawned Donald Trump.

Hah!

While I doubt it was a “humbling moment”, (it is absolutely impossible to instill humility in a leftist), it certainly should have sounded an alarm bell for them.

The Press is telling us that the reason for the riots was the increase in fuel taxes, which came about under the guise of environmentalism. But that’s only part of the problem. I’ve been saying for some time that this is a cumulative effect, involving all of leftist policy. The kind of unrest that we’ve been seeing in France lately does not come about because of one incident, however triggered eventually.

In France we are dealing with a nation that has been beset by a government that insists on unregulated immigration, a lack of cultural assimilation upset in immigrants, Draconian taxes and regulations. I’m suggesting to you that all of this is part of the riots that we saw within the last week.

The new version of the French Open

It’s been happening all over Europe. The UK, Poland, Germany… All of them are seeing rejection of the globalist agenda, often as not, violent rejection.

I will also suggest you that what we’ve been seeing in Europe is coming here.

I’ve pointed out here before that these events in Europe should sound an alarm bell for the Democratic Party here in the US.

“The emotional keynote of most Europeans is the feeling that man belongs to the State, as a property to be used and disposed of, in compliance with his natural, metaphysically determined fate. A typical European may disapprove of a given State and may rebel, seeking to establish a better one, like a slave who might seek a better master to serve — but the idea that he is the sovereign and the government is his servant has no emotional reality in his consciousness. He regards service to the State as an ultimate moral sanction, as an honor, and if you told him that his life is an end in itself, he would feel insulted or rejected or lost. Generations brought up on statist philosophy and acting accordingly, have implanted this in his mind from the earliest, formative years of his childhood.

A typical American can never fully grasp that kind of feeling. An American is an independent entity. The popular expression of protest against ‘being pushed around’ is unintelligible to Europeans, who believe that to be pushed around is their natural condition.”

(Ayn Rand — “Don’t Let It Go”, 1971)

Translation…. the Americans have a shorter fuse on this stuffthen do the Europeans have been dealing with it far longer. If nothing else the election of Trump was an indication of growing anger at the globalist agenda here in the states as represented by the Democrat Party, and by many establishment types in the Republican party as well.

We have every indication now that the Democrats are going to be overplaying their hand. Consider Adam Schiff’s comment , yesterday;

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President Trump might “face the real prospect of jail time” after prosecutors indicated last week that he directed illegal payments during his 2016 presidential campaign.

“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Now granted, Schiff is a moron with very little credibility after telling us two years ago that there was absolute proof that Donald Trump had committed an election fraud… Proof he was never able to produce, and that lack has been confirmed by the James Comey testimony over the weekend… but it does give us a solid indication of where the Democrats are going with this.

The outcome of that overplayed hand is eminently predictable.

davidl on December 10th, 2018

Eric might, or might not, like this.  A nascent political movement named after our second largest local college, kind of, sort of, the University of Rochester, or the Yellow Jackets.  It been a long time since the French showed much fighting spirit.  It has been a long series of battles since the Battle of Puebla. Yet it now appears the spirit of the French Revolution has been rekindled, from, Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

In launching their now successful protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s gas hike, the French gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) have revived their country’s reputation for rebelling against monarchial rule. It may well foreshadow a bitter, albeit largely avoidable, battle over how to address the issue of climate change.

Macron’s approach may have made him a favorite of editorial writers, who see him as the new “sun king,” but he is far more disliked by his own people than Trump is by Americans. The new French rebellion parallels the revolutionary resentments that ultimately overthrew aristocratic and clerical privilege that allowed them to live in splendor while the Third Estate, the middle class, suffered.

France is fighting a war against a largely non-existent enemy, by punitive taxes levied on the middle class:

The protest movement against fuel prices mainly concerns individuals, as a number of professions and activities benefit from partial or total exemptions from TICPE.[33][34]

The protesters criticize Édouard Philippe’s second government for making individuals liable for the bulk of the cost of the carbon tax. As the carbon tax has progressively been ramping up to meet ecological objectives, many who have chosen fossil fuel-based heating for their homes, outside of city centers—where a car is required—are displeased. President Macron attempted to dispel these concerns in early November by offering special subsidies and incentives.[35]

Diesel prices in France increased by 16% in 2018, with taxes on both petrol and diesel increasing at the same time and a further tax increase planned for 2019, making diesel as expensive as petrol.[36] President Macron is bearing the brunt of the protesters’ anger for his extension of policies implemented under François Hollande’s government

No more wars fought both on and by the proletariat led by limousines liberals. We are all Yellow Jackets.

Addendum:Eric

As I said in my piece yesterday, the issues at this point include but are not limited to the fuel tax in France. With similar anger showing in the UK, Poland, Germany, and for that matter the whole of Europe, it seems clear to me that the target of this anger is leftism as a whole.

I’ve been saying for quite a while now that’s the biggest argument against reelection of leftists is leftists in power. The French are currently providing us with a prime example of that.

Eric Florack on December 8th, 2018

It was 77 years ago yesterday… the attack on Pearl Harbor. Been thinking about it since yesterday morning.

The amount of time that has passed since those events has cost us, I think, an understanding of them.

Certainly, we’ve lost a lot of the survivors of that attack. Only about 20 of them, all in their 90’s now, we’re able to make the trip out to Pearl Harbor for yesterday’s ceremony. There aren’t many left, these first-hand witnesses to that event.

You know, back in the sixties the slogan was “Never trust anyone over 40”. That concept, combined with a certain laziness, has put us in the situation we are now in.

Frankly, with our reluctance these last four or five decades since those days to learn from history, the rejection of the lessons learned by the older generations, and the cumulative values that sprung from those lessons, one truly must Wonder if anyone these days is willing to listen to their stories, their history, their memories, their values, before it’s too late.

That time is not far off, I fear.

Too late for what?

I have pointed out many times in these spaces that the concepts of freedom, individualism, the reward of hard work, and so on are culturally motivated and culturally rooted.

What we’re talking about here then, is the rejection of those values simply because so many refuse to learn the lessons the previous generations taught.

Our country, our culture, our very way of life is in jeopardy thereby.

davidl on December 8th, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , of big mouth, but very clean toes fame

Seventeen days before Christmas and Congress Critter-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(AOC) just delivered a sleigh full of gifts. I hardly know where to start, from Kemberlee Kaye, Legal Insurrection:

The First Amendment. How does it work? It’s almost like it was designed to protect the public from the tendency of elected officials to flirt with fascism.

Troll all you want, but when you get smart and start threatening subpoenas (before even being sworn in, mind you), take the backlash you get.

Some points, albeit not all. One, brain size should be political no go zone. As it is a poor measure of intelligence. Of which AOC ought to be aware. Male brains are what ten percent bigger than female. Yet Men are not ten percent smarter than females.

Two, the first rule of being trolled is not to bite on the troll bait.

Three, AOC ought study her history. Socialist economies, from the former Soviet Union to present day Venezuela, has chronic problems with famine.

Four, the quintessential definition of free speech is political speech. Donny Jr’s Tweet is protected free speech.

I consider it a stone fact that Joe Biden is probably the most qualified to run for president in 2020, as he claims.

Of course I consider that a sad commentary on the state of the Democrat party today, but that statement is one of the few things he’s gotten right.

davidl on December 4th, 2018

It started with Dwight D. Eisenhower and it ended with George H.W. Bush. 
From 20 January 1953 to 20 January 1993, our country was lead by a member of the Greatest Generation and a veteran of World War Two.  We may never see the likes such patriot presidents again. Eight presidents and forty years of our history: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush(41). 

Note, I had intended characterize the character of service, but deemed it difficult to impossible. I will just say, I don’t consider them all equal.

Eric Florack on December 4th, 2018

Since WDOK in Ohio decided to pull “Baby it’s Cold Outside” from its playlist because someone was offended, I feel that these other holiday songs must also be removed as they are offensive as well. Do so immediately.

1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: subjecting minors to softcore porn

2. The Christmas Song: Open fire? Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation

3. Holly Jolly Christmas: Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances

4. White Christmas? Racist

5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker

6. Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bullying

8. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben

9. Santa Baby: Gold digger, blackmail

10. Frosty the Snowman: Sexist; not a snow woman

11. Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired

12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Make the yuletide GAY? Wow, just wow

13. Jingle Bell Rock: Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse

14. Mistletoe and Holly: Overeating, folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day?

15. Winter Wonderland: Parson Brown demanding they get married…forced partnership.

Now, of course the whole thing here is absurd. But the question to ask yourself is exactly at what point did it become so?

davidl on December 4th, 2018

Former bartender and Congress Critter-elect Democratic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims, with no convincing evidence, to have studied economics.  One wonders just where, from Daily Caller:

Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York slammed the electric car company Tesla Monday night for failing to give American taxpayers a return on their “investment.”
Ocasio-Cortez made the jab during a climate change town hall organized and hosted by self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

[…]

“When we as a public choose to invest in new technologies, we deserve a return on that investment,” Ocasio-Cortez said while talking about the broader Progressive agenda to fund renewable and green technology research with taxpayer money.

Funny about this so-called public investment.  Nobody ever asked me if I was fine with shoveling public tax dollars at Elon Musk.  Investors, public or otherwise, are not entitled to a guaranteed profit.  Rather they entitled to open and honest disclosure of the known risks and potential rewards.  Moreover, there were myriad of willing potential investors to put their hard earned money on a wise and prudent investment opportunity.  That is if Musk able to make his case.

I am sure that Musk tried.  Nobody other than a complete idiot was take on the government as a partner, and Musk is no complete idiot.  So Musk tried, and Musk failed.  He then took his tin cup to the federal government.

Eric Florack on December 1st, 2018

You’re going to hear an awful lot of lot of laudatory as regards to Mr. Bush this morning. In truth, he probably deserves most of it.

(Re-read the first para, and then proceed…)

Thing is, I’ve been seeing an awful lot of examples of what I would consider to be false respect in the last several hours that turns my stomach.

Obama for example…

It was reported this morning that Obama visited with Bush a few days ago. He said, apparently last night:

America has lost a patriot in the humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. while our hearts are heavy today they’re also filled with gratitude. Not merely for the years of service you spend as our 41st president but for the more than 70 years he devoted in service to the country he loved.”

Well written, obviously written in advance, and hitting all the politically correct buttons. And also about as disingenuous as they come, if you take into consideration the way the Bush family was treated while they were still a threat to Democrat power.

I have made no secret over the years of my disdain for the GOP establishment of which the entirety of the Bush family is a part. I have repeatedly said in these spaces that not a one of them was actually conservative,but rather big government establishment Republicans of the Rockefeller/globalist persuasion.

More than granted, that he was arguably more conservative then Bubba and Barry were as Predident, but then again, that’s not all that much of a hurdle is it?

I have also repeatedly suggested that the only reason that Reagan accepted Bush as his running mate was to quiet the clamoring in the GOP establishment for ‘balance” to the ticket. For the Establishment Reagan was far too conservative. Still is, for that matter, which accounts for the objections to Trump today, and how the establishment has been about tearing Reagan’s legacy down for the last 40 some-odd years.

So it is that I look with a jaundiced eye toward the comments being made by such as Obama this morning.

Not only is it easy to praise on someone who has died…( being I suppose, the thing to do and so very politically correct… ) but in truth the Bush family was never very much of a threat to the left and their agenda anyway, regardless of their screaming about it at the time.

Look carefully at that quote from Obama. Now, replace Bush’s name with Donald Trump…. Someone who is working tirelessly against the leftist agenda and it was certainly is not beholden to the GOP establishment. Can you possibly imagine Obama saying such things about Donald Trump?

I suppose it 20 or 30 years we will get the chance to see. Frankly, I doubt it.

Remember, with Democrats it always comes down to whatever happens to be the biggest threat to their power at the moment. Under these conditions it’s far easier to be politically correct. False praise is always the easiest thing to do and takes no courage whatsoever.

By the way I gather that arrangements are being made for mr. Trump to attend the funeral. This is a rather marked contrast so what happened with John McCain

davidl on December 1st, 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President, has been reunited with Barbara:

HOUSTON (AP) — He was the man who sought a “kinder, and gentler nation,” and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single term. Blue-blooded and genteel, he was elected in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history.

George Herbert Walker Bush was many things, including only the second American to see his son follow him into the nation’s highest office. But more than anything else, he was a believer in government service. Few men or women have served America in more capacities than the man known as “Poppy.”

Bravo Zulu.

Eric Florack on November 27th, 2018

Observe the following photographs, taken on the Mexican border;

Is is there anything about this little fiasco that hasn’t been staged?

By the way there’s a few other things that we haven’t been told about.

Eric Florack on November 27th, 2018

Would somebody please explain to me why Muller seems to feel that a 2013 meeting between Paul Manafort and Julian Assange is of any importance at all to his supposed Russian collusion investigation?

Is his argument to be that Paul Manafort knew back in 2013 Trump was going to run for president? ( Much less make it through the primary process?)