Billy Beck, elsewhere…
I’m actually going to cite That Woman Whose Dread Name Should Never Be Mentioned In Polite Company:
It was Ayn Rand who gave me my first clue to this. Her concept of “pressure-group warfare” is incisive and crucial to all this. The logic is impeccable and conclusive.
Individualism (the original American ethical/political impulse, no matter how badly it was served in the Constitution — e.g.: black slavery) vs. collectivism can never be mediated at the polls. Those two sides will end up fighting to the death.
Right now, they’re trying to avoid this by way of elections, but the nearly even division of the country as manifest at the polls is important. What’s happening is that these most-general principles are holding virtually subconscious sway, at the cost of smaller issues at the edges which might otherwise seem like opportunities for “compromise”. (I quote that word because that’s not what either side really wants. That’s code for “enemy submission”.)
There isn’t going to be any compromise over this basic conflict. Reason is going to be the only peaceful resort.
I see little hope of that.
What we’re talking about here in the end is a Clash of cultures, and not just ideologies.
At the end of the day, this experiment in Freedom called America was only possible with the assumption that everyone was of a like mind to the founders as regards individualism. That is at its root a cultural idea and ideal.
I suggest that it is time for us to recognize that there are some cultural Concepts which are completely and utterly incompatible with the ideas of Freedom that this country was founded upon.
If you’re going to ask which concepts are incompatible as such I would suggest that it is no accident that radical Islam and the radical left have come down on the same side of most issues.
Given the 50-50 balance that Billy speaks of, and the tendency of the left to capitulate to those people whose ideologies are incompatible with freedom, I too am pessimistic about the chances of this being resolved at The Ballot Box.
I fear that the only way out of that box is less than Pleasant to say the very least.
Don’t look now, but maybe a scientific consensus exists concerning global warming after all. Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.
So ABC News reports that it was a Christmas party what brought on the San Bernardino attack last year.
2 points to notice here. First, it wasn’t Islam, it was Christianity caused the problem. At least so says the news report. Notice also the time of year mere weeks from Christmas when this report is released.
Will Dim Won, b/k/a Barack Obama publicly shame ABC News for her fake news report attempting to blame the San Bernardino Islamic terror attack on Christmas decoration, ABC News:
Authorities believe the terror attack on Dec. 2, 2015 in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations including a Christmas tree which shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend.
Poor innocent peace loving Islamic militant just snaps, for no apparent reason:
The video shows Farook adjusting the sights on his rifle and then firing his weapon at paper torso silhouette targets, one of which was later recovered in the shooters’ vehicle and led authorities to the range.
“They had high powered weaponry, they had lots of ammunition. They had bombs at their disposal,” said Chief Burguan.
And the media wonders why the public neither trusts nor believes them.
So it would appear.
So, where is all the whining about connections to the evil empire we heard about Ted Cruz’ wife?
And, yes, I’ll say “I told you so”.
Funny, I can vaguely recall when Carrier was a New York State company. Ah, those were the days. I digressed. Back, Little Donny delivers on a campaign promise, New York Times and Little Bobby Reich upset, via Red State:
One of the promises Donald Trump made during his campaign was he would keep companies from moving jobs overseas or into Mexico. One company, Carrier, was going to move 2,000 jobs to Mexico. According to the New York Times, Carrier arranged a deal with President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence to keep 1,000 of those jobs in the state of Indiana:
Little Bobby’s reax:
“I think it’s pretty clear Carrier did this because the public relations cost to them was far greater than the short-term savings,” said Robert Reich, a prominent liberal Democrat who served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration. “Even though it’s political theater, these are real people and the longer they are employed at Carrier, the better.”
Sadly, it appears that Little Bobby did not get the memo from J. Forbes Kerry that air conditioning, except in and for the State Department is evil and must be eliminated.
The Snark of the Day, Neo-Neocon:
In what comes as no surprise to any human being on earth (with the possible exceptions of President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and Obama would be pretending), the attacker has been identified as a recent Somali refugee and a student at Ohio State University. His name is Abdul Razak Artan
I say, let us purge our nation of all unvetted Islamic immigrants. What say you?
The Late Fidel Castro has assumed room temperature.
Little Donny stands tall, via PJ Media:
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.
Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Mean while back at the
ranch, lala land, White House
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation [Indeed, just think of the thousands who are dead and maimed because of Castro. That’s “altering the course” alright!]. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba
Ethnic Cubans, and freedom lovers everywhere, rejoice at the death of Fidel Castro. Free Cubans in Miami do so openly. Cubans in Havana do so only in secret.
The Breakfast Scramble:
Hold your horses Little Donny, from Red State:
So can all the Branch Trumpidian cultists stop comparing Trump to Ronald Reagan, now?
In a stunning show of cowardice and defeat, Stephen Moore, founder of Club for Growth, has rolled over and abandoned the conservative movement of Reagan for the populist, Big Government party of Trump.
Maybe some day Little Donny will be compared to the Gipper. This is not yet the day.
Then shades of the Gipper, Little Donny acts in the mode of the Gipper, from Washington Examiner:
Two of the nation’s largest teachers unions had nothing but criticism on Wednesday for President-elect Trump’s decision to pick Betsy DeVos, an outspoken school choice advocate, to lead the Department of Education in his administration.
Trump announced the appointment in the early afternoon, describing DeVos as “a brilliant and passionate education advocate” who is committed to reforming the current public education system and demolishing “the bureaucracy that is holding our children back.” But the unions immediately opposed her
Ronny made a mark by standing up to Big Air Traffic Control. Little Donny stands up to Big Unionized Teachers. Bravo!
Paging Algore, Marc Morano, Climate Depot:
Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after pouring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton. Experts were concerned that ice at the South Pole had declined significantly since the 1950s, which they feared was driven by man-made climate change. But new analysis suggests that conditions are now virtually identical to when the Terra Nova and Endurance sailed to the continent in the early 1900s, indicating that declines are part of a natural cycle and not the result of global warming. –Sarah Knapton, The Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2016
The Charge of the Light Brigade, Kristen Gillibrand dips toe in the presidential water, from Page Six:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is already reaching out to top Hillary Clinton donors about the 2020 presidential race.
Sources tell us that the New York senator has been personally making calls to some of Clinton’s biggest backers to “talk about the direction of the country.”
One source said, “She isn’t directly asking donors about her chances in 2020, but it is implied.”
The woman is a twit. Her pet issue is persecuting college men for imaginary rapes.
?Please…. Pay attention to those around the table with you this day. Look them in the eye. Let them know. Give thanks for them while you have them. Consider that no relationship is forever, since we are all mortal.
Put aside what petty differences you have with these special people in your life, for special they are. Alas!, that many of us find out how special they were only after they are gone from us. I think there’s no pain deeper than that belated understanding. Celebrate those relationships today and celebrate that whatever else happens, you are together, on this day.
The Breakfast Scramble:
Draining the Swamp, media edition:
“So until members of the media come clean about colluding with the Clinton campaign and admit that they knowingly broke every ethical standard they are supposed to uphold, they should not have the privilege, they should not have the responsibility of covering the president on behalf of you, the American people,”
Sean Hannity, Politico
Draining the Swamp, NASA edition:
Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.
Hat tip and reax, David Middleton, Watts Up with That:
The swamp draining can’t begin soon enough. This will be a good start.
Conflating campaign donors with heroes, from Kim Bellware, Puffington Post
For the final time in his presidency, Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, to 21 recipients at the White House on Tuesday.
Honorees included entertainers Tom Hanks and Diana Ross, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, architect Frank Gehry, scientist Margaret Hamilton, and athletes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and (a crying) Michael Jordan, whom Obama noted “was more than just an internet meme.”
The honor is awarded to individuals who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the White House said in a statement earlier this month in announcing the nominees.
I would be remiss if I didn’t report on the Won’s last Presidential Medal of Freedom Awards show. The last, like the first, was all about Obama:
Dim Won, b/k/a Barack Obama seems to conflating people who pretended to be a hero with real heroes. How sad. Please tell me how producing Saturday Night Live advances the cause of freedom.
Choices, choices, suddenly ‘rats will choice a dirty word, from Red State:
Earlier today, news broke that Donald Trump picked Betsy DeVos to be his Secretary of Education, a position she has accepted. Conservatives who don’t know much about her and are worried about the state of education in the United States can actually breathe easily. DeVos, simply put, is a phenomenal pick.
One of the biggest issues conservatives have been fighting for, an issue we’ve fought for for decades, is school choice.
Choice resulting in dead babies is good. A choice with not funnel tax payer dollars, via unionized teachers, into democrat campaign coffers is evil.
How many campaign promises need to be broken before it rises to the level of betrayal of the voters?
People, this is precisely what I warned about before the election. Is this really what you wanted?
I will doubtless hear about how I’m not giving it a chance.
Whoever ends up being the Attorney General, Sessions, or whoever has just been turned into Eric Holder.
The Breakfast Scramble:
Howard Dean loses it, redux,
“As an online discussion grows longer, the … mentioned Hitler has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.”
Dean, via Mediaite:
[F]ormer DNC chairman Howard Dean spoke to a Texas news station about [Steve] Bannon.
While speaking about Trump, Dean — who is running to be named chair of the DNC again — straight up called Bannon a “Nazi.”
Lay off the DNA talking points and go home and get some rest, Howie.
Draining the Swamp, via Red State:
The protections for federal workers often come as the result of federal unions negotiating with friendly Democrats in Congress to gain those protections. The unions repay the favor by endorsing Democrats and donating to their campaigns. It is quite a racket. And it is one that is a drain on taxpayer dollars as well as efficiencies within government agencies. If there is no fear of being terminated, what point is there in working hard?
The free ride is over. The pension is a relic of the past, and it should go the way of the dinosaur in the federal government. Federal employees get paid handsomely for their work, and it is the time they started contributing more to their health care benefits and shift from a pension system to a free market 401K based system.
Liberals use public employee labor contracts as a way to funnel tax payer dollars into democrat campaign coffers.
Draining the Swamp, Media version, Patterico on reports networks meeting with Little Donny in Trump Towers:
Aside from that, I doubt there is anyone here who doesn’t think that Big Media deserves a serious dressing down, and to have their viciously destructive biases against Republican candidates repeatedly exposed and thrown back in their faces (See: Palin, Romney, George Bush). Yet the media is a necessary part of any administration. How the MSM finds their footing with such an unknown quantity who seems impervious to their smug dictates remains to be seen. And it remains to be seen how much access Trump will grant the press. With that, Trump plans to meet with the New York Times’ publisher Arthur Schulzberg tomorrow.
As Glen Reynolds would say, the media are no more than democrat operatives with byline.