Eric Florack on March 25th, 2017

You might have even noticed that earthquake yesterday.

“Hello, Bob,” Trump began. “So, we just pulled it.”

Trump was speaking, of course, of the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, a plan that had been languishing for days amid unrest throughout the party as the president and his allies courted members and pushed for a vote.

Before I could ask a question, Trump plunged into his explanation of the politics of deciding to call off a vote on a bill he had been touting.

In the simplest terms what we have here is the establishment GOP along with the Donald being put on notice that the conservatives will not be lightly brushed aside again.

Trump and Ryan particularly have nobody to blame for all this but themselves. They tried lording it over everybody else and it’s not going to work. They told us for quite a while that they didn’t need the conservatives. Obviously, they found out differently… If they want anything at all they’re going to have to play ball with the conservatives. And the fact of the matter is that conservatives have far more power than either Ryan or Trump want to admit.

Message for Little Donny… Eliminate Obamacare entirely. Don’t just dress it up. Don’t just put lipstick on the pig. Kill it. Then come back and we’ll talk. Not before.

The lesson was taught yesterday. Was it learned?

davidl on March 24th, 2017

Your red blooded American son is in the male locker room changing for gym class, when he notices a girl next to him, clad only in her underwear.   Nature responses, from Blaze:

The plaintiff — a junior at Boyertown Area High School — alleged in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was standing in his underwear while changing into gym clothes for physical education class last fall and “suddenly realized there was a member of the opposite sex changing with him in the locker room, who was at the time wearing nothing but shorts and a bra.”

The lawsuit says the plaintiff “quickly put his clothes on and left the locker room.” After gym class, the plaintiff said he and other classmates informed assistant principal E. Wayne Foley about the encounter — but Foley replied that students who identify with the opposite sex could choose what locker room and bathroom to use, and physical sex didn’t matter, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff asked Foley if there was anything he could do to protect him in this circumstance, but the lawsuit indicates Foley said no and to “tolerate” it and make it as “natural” as possible.

The problem Mr. E. Wayne Foley is that the plaintiff did act naturally, totally. The apparent policy of the Boyertown Area High School is put young males in sexually provocative situations and then blame the young man when gets aroused.

Reax: From LGBTQ Nation: Locker room lawsuit: Boy claims his transphobia outweighs trans student’s rights

Rubbish, the plaintiff’s reaction was not one of fear, but rather of sexual arousal.

File under: Tranny Wars.

Eric Florack on March 24th, 2017

I observe Katie Hopkins.

..No anger for me this time. No rage like I’ve felt before. No desperate urge to get out there and scream at the idiots who refused to see this coming.

Not even a nod for the glib idiots who say this will not defeat us, that we will never be broken, that cowardice and terror will not get the better of Britain.

Because, as loyal as I am, as patriotic as I am, as much as my whole younger life was about joining the British military and fighting for my country — I fear we are broken.

Not because of this ghoulish spectacle outside our own Parliament. Not because of the lives rammed apart on the pavement, even as they thought about what was for tea. Or what train home they might make.

But because this is us now.

This is our country now.

This is what we have become.

To this, we have been reduced.

Because all the while those forgiving fools in Brussels stood with their stupid hands raised in hearts to the sky, another mischief was in the making. More death was in the pipeline.

As the last life-blood of a police officer ran out across the cobbles, the attacker was being stretchered away in an attempt to save his life.

London is a city so desperate to be seen as tolerant, no news of the injured was released. No clue about who was safe or not.

Liberals convince themselves multiculturalism works because we all die together, too.

An entire city of monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Blind. Deaf. And dumb.

And there it is. 

Bruce McQuain, who is one of my favorite bloggers, observe this column and responds in part…

The point to be made here is, even as the UK slowly comes to the realization that it has been duped and endangered on a massive scale by liberals, the same sort of movement has roots here.  For eight years, our leadership wouldn’t even acknowledge Islamic terrorism.  It claimed that “refugees” from extremist areas posed no threat to us even while terrorist organizations openly used refugee status to infiltrate western countries.  We get the same pious nonsense pushed at us about “diversity”, “multiculturalism” and “tolerance”.  And if you don’t buy into those concepts and have the temerity to speak out against them, why the left will attempt to shout you down and shut you down.  If you express a common sense view that attacks the narrative that “all diverse cultures are created equal and must be tolerated”, you’re a fascist and deserving of being stripped of your right to free speech and expression.

He adds…

All cultures are not equal.  Some are toxic, deadly and barbaric.   Diversity isn’t our strength, assimilation is.  Assimilation of diverse peoples and cultures into a single American culture is what has made this country “exceptional”.  Diversity has made all the other countries unexceptional.  But we’re headed down the path of destruction led by these glib troubadours of doom who spout the PC narrative of multiculturalism, diversity and tolerance.  Hopkins has figured it out.

First of all and in passing,I observe that the ones that are complaining the loudest about what Trump has been attempting to do in terms of protection of our culture and our society from terrorists who would destroy it are without exception the ones who complained that W didn’t do enough in that regard.

Secondly, observe please, my comments as regards cultures last week.

Says Hopkins:

This place is just like Sweden. Terrified of admitting the truth about the threat we face, about the horrors committed by the migrants we failed to deter — because to admit that we are sinking, and fast, would be to admit that everything the liberals believe is wrong.

That multiculturalism has not worked. That it is one big fat failure and one big fat lie.

I have no problem whatsoever with immigration. But the very word makes the assumption that the process is one of assimilation. One assumes that the Immigrant actually wants to become a part of American culture. Unfortunately for too long we have had a government which doesn’t believe in American culture and therefore refuses to defend it, or reinforce it.

I have been saying for decades now…

The original purpose of government, therefore, is to protect, nurture and defend, and if possible expand the influence of, the culture that gave it life. 

So, then, what we are seeing is a failure of government in its primary task.
The British are going through that process just now and have begun to figure it out.

I suppose it could be said that Americans have begun to figure it out as well. Bruce:

Are you beginning to understand Trump yet?  Brexit?  Fed up with the betrayal doesn’t begin to describe what is happening.  This is indeed a people’s movement and so much of the political establishment both here and in Europe remains clueless. The people of these nations know that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck and no amount of calling it a kitten is going to work.  At least to those who’ve removed their blinders and are deaf to the siren song of the multiculti’s narrative.

All cultures are not equal.  Some are toxic, deadly and barbaric.   Diversity isn’t our strength, assimilation is.  Assimilation of diverse peoples and cultures into a single American culture is what has made this country “exceptional”.  Diversity has made all the other countries unexceptional.  But we’re headed down the path of destruction led by these glib troubadours of doom who spout the PC narrative of multiculturalism, diversity and tolerance.  

I remain convinced that we would have been better off on the whole with Ted Cruz in the White House. Nothing that Donald Trump has done has even come close to convincing me otherwise.

And I have been saying right along that the reaction we are seeing to Trump from the left has nothing to do with Trump per se because their reaction would be the same for anyone who was not Hillary Clinton… or for that matter anyone who is to the right of Fidel Castro.

We are seeing is not a swing toward Trump per se, but a massive swing away from the left… and they know it …and they also know why. That’s the reason for the Panic from the usual suspects. People around the Western world are finally rising up against the cultural betrayal that the worldwide left has been perpetrating.

I will close by reiterating what I said last week…

Absent the effort to allow the culture back into the role and value set… The perceptions of morality, of right and of wrong, that it had at the founding of this country, we are not going to save it.

Frankly though I can’t help but wonder if the damage  isn’t beyond repair.

Eric Florack on March 22nd, 2017

Well, isn’t that what we’re supposed to believe?

We are dealing with a Wolfpack ladies and gentlemen. Wolves do not attack in a coordinated manner, they simply attack where they sense weakness.

Remember what I said last week.

As an example, let’s look at Islam, And its effects on our culture and our legal system thereby. Islam is at the heart a complete rejection of Jerusalem. I’ve said it many times, there is no way that an America would be created with Islam as its philosophical foundation.

Proof? Easily had.

I could certainly go on at much greater length on that particular subject but I hasten to point out that America would never have been founded in what is being promoted now as a secular worldview… Or Islam, or any of the pantheistic cultures …. Nor can it be preserved in any of them.

Eric Florack on March 22nd, 2017

There’s quite a bit of traffic today predictions that Sears and Kmart are going under.

Interestingly enough, Walmart is not… despite, one might presume, being subject to the same Market forces.

Indeed, one would have thought that the transition from the world leader in mail order… a position Sears held for decades, to the internet would have been a breeze.

But of course Walmart and Amazon for that matter are beating them there as well. 

There’s plenty of blame to go around. The union Stranglehold on the company didn’t help their positions any. Which by the way is one of the reasons that Walmart has been so staunchly anti-union and justifiably so. I’ve seen the inside of their distribution Network… A distribution center down near Philly, and I have to tell you if that place is an example of the way the company’s been run, my predictions of the day for the company’s demise were far too generous.

Taxes, government regulations, local government zoning ordinances, etc etc etc.

But at the bottom line the company’s poor choices are what really happend to them.  Poor choices that cause them to be concentrating not on being innovators as they used to be but merely on survival. Any group, organization, country, culture, that concentrates nearly on Surviving and not thriving is going to do neither.

It is sad to see what happened to them but it’s not like we didn’t see it coming. The smell of death has been over the place for decades now. It’s just recently that they’re starting to acknowledge it themselves.

Eric Florack on March 21st, 2017

It’s time to come back to reality and recognize for once and all that government has been destroying Health Care since the sixties… To the precise degree that government has been put in charge of it, in the name of saving it.

Eric Florack on March 20th, 2017

From Jerry Saperstein…

Say, wasn’t Comey the guy who could find nothing prosecutable in Hillary Clinton’s violation of numerous laws in her handling of government property, including national security secrets? Nothing.
And now we’re supposed to believe him when he says Trump was never surveiled?
Uh, no.

Indeed, no.

Eric Florack on March 17th, 2017

So, Rachel the Mad Cow succeeded in coming up with a ratings blip.

All that means is she managed to expose herself as Geraldo Rivera with a better mustache to more people than usual.

AND …for what? Like Al Capone’s vault, was nothing in the report to do any damage whatsoever to Trump. And after all, we know that’s why she hyped the story to the degree that she did.

Meanwhile we are still left with the questions that I asked the other day…

where did she get Trump’s tax return from?

And as a bonus when are we going to see repercussions against Maddow and NBC for this obviously illegal act?

I must confess that it would do my heart good to see her being frog-marched out of the studio and being told to “lean forward” as she enters the Paddy wagon.

But unlike the Mad Cow herself I am realistic enough to understand that there will be absolutely no impact against this individual. If it comes down to it and there is any possibility of actual punishments for her legal misdeeds, we will simply be overwhelmed with women wearing those cute little pink hats with the ears. .. charging us with racism or sexism more something made up on the spot.

Eric Florack on March 16th, 2017

There are consequences to leftist activism, after all.

Everything this guy touches turns into a platform for leftist politics.. and a financial disaster. 

Target.

JC Penney.

Borders.
And what do you know… Investors are starting to catch on.

davidl on March 16th, 2017

File under long overdue welfare reform, Little Donny’s first proposed budget zeroes out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the cover organization for PBS.   If the political hacks for PBS and NPR want to whine about Little Donny putting money towards national security instead of welfare for liberal artists, let them do so on their own dime, from Daily Mail(UK):

Trump wants $1.5 BILLION for the wall and cash for the military but will slash foreign aid and eliminate funding for PBS and NPR in budget designed to infuriate liberals

In a perfect world, Senator Chuckles, Charles Schumer, would be so mad as to speechless.  Alas, the World is not perfect.

No, I didn’t see the self-inflicted Bloodshed myself, but there’s a rather epic Tale about it over at Legal Insurrection.

I observed that there’s two questions arising from all of this. First of all when is Rachel Maddow going to be releasing her taxes?

And where did she get Trump’s tax return from?

And as a bonus when are we going to see repercussions against Maddow and NBC for this obviously illegal act?

Understand, I am neither a Trump hater nor am I a Trump supporter. I dislike the man being in the white house because he is not a conservative.

But at what point does this stupidity get called to account?

Eric Florack on March 13th, 2017

Has anyone noticed that we aren’t hearing so much these days about Black Lives Matter? Could that be because it’s no longer an election issue for the Democrats?

Eric Florack on March 13th, 2017

In fairness it should probably be noted that the ones that are complaining the loudest about what Donald Trump is doing to keep this country safe from terrorists are the same people who complained W didn’t do enough to prevent 9/11.

Eric Florack on March 10th, 2017

I want you to consider something. One of the fastest ways to tear a culture apart is to get people within that culture to forget who they are and eventually to disclaim it.

Part of the 1960’s counterculture movement was the phrase “God is dead”. Of course that phrase was brought to us in “the parable of the madman” written by Friedrich Nietzsche…

Take the time to actually read that work, and you will see that the parable is a warning…. Without the moral framework the basis for everything disappears. How ironic, then, that the social left took it not as a parable and a warning, but literally… Thus bringing about the events that Nietzsche was warning us about.

As it happens I am just now rereading Russell Kirk’s “Roots of American Order“(1974).

In that work, Kirk, who is as much as a philosopher of history as anything else, suggests that our Roots can be drawn directly to five different cities… Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, and London and Philly.

As Russell Kirk himself summarizes it, it is a story of five cities. Jerusalem for the revealed source of order … The concepts of the sacredness of Life, the sacredness of property, and so on– Athens for arts and science — Rome for government — London where these influences grew and coalesced — and of course Philadelphia.

Kirk looks at all of this and makes a the observation that…

“… the imprints of Athens, Rome, and London are still upon us. But the all-important endowment of Jerusalem has been tossed to the winds.”

Now, keep in mind this is 1974. We have progressed somewhat down the road since then.

Western philosophy has always had the Judeo-Christian mindset at the root of it. That mindset informed us of the value of the individual. That the rights of the individual are paramount because of that worth. It is the foundation of our very way of thinking in the West.

So what happens then, when Jerusalem and lessons that it teaches are rejected? Remember that the concepts of the rights of the individual came from the lessons that Humanity learned in Jerusalem. When you remove the foundation from a building, what happens to the building? I suggest to you that we are already seeing the results of that rejection.

Now before you start warming up about freedom from religion, keep in mind I’m not talking about establishing a theocracy here. That was never the design or the outcome in early America. Re-embracing the judeo-christian mindset, rather, to acknowledge that Jerusalem has in fact taught us some truths about the human condition and the purpose of our existence.

The end result of freedom from religion as it is currently promoted by some atheists is a Surefire way to eliminate the rights created by the moral order that Jerusalem gave us, because it eliminates the moral framework that informed us of those rights.

I’ve been saying this for years now…

Here it is; Rights are a cultural construct, and meaningless outside that construct. As I said in the article linked above: Rights are not universal.

When Jefferson wrote that “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT” he was not speaking a universal truth at all. The operative word in that phrase is “WE”.

Rather than talking about a universal point of view, a universal truth, if you will, he was instead talking about the point of view of WE the new American culture. With this angle, many of the long-held myths about rights tend to disappear.

Consider; if it was in fact a universal truth that all men were created equal, it wouldn’t have been such a radical idea, for the time, much less then to now. Last I checked, it is quite true that a vast majority still do not consider these as any kind of truth, universal or otherwise; they consider them to be anything BUT self-evident. Royalty still exists, as do class structures, and slavery, as well.

Again, I say…Jefferson was speaking of the point of view of OUR culture, not that of others.

The fact of the matter is that RIGHTS ARE A CULTURAL CONCEPT, and are nigh on meaningless outside that construct.

And so we come back to Jerusalem and the lessons that it taught.

As Insidious as the movement away from Jerusalem in the lessons it teaches is, it is in a larger sense an attack on our individual rights. If the judeo-christian ethic is the foundation of our ideas about individual rights what happens to those rights foundations of that philosophy is ripped away, and finally outlawed?
As One reviewer to “American Order” puts it…

Order is organic; that which was inherited by the new American republic was the product of care, cultivation, and time. It is recklessness to quickly and radically reshape it, and still expect a just and free society. To engage the immense privilege of reconciling liberty with law we must recognize the roots of American order that have even made that task possible.

As an aside, and with that quote in mind, serious questions are raised about the recently Departed Administration in Washington and its goals, stated and otherwise. Remember, they came into office with the stated goals of fundamental change. And if you want a symbolic reference to frame all of that in, what was the removal of the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office but a rejection of London?

How does one execute that fundamental change without fundumentally changing the perception of the nature of Rights?

With the idea that rights are cultural concepts comes the concern about other cultures and the attempt to change the baseline culture of America into a Multicultural Society or at least into their image, and replacing ours.
As an example, let’s look at Islam, And its effects on our culture and our legal system thereby. Islam is at the heart a complete rejection of Jerusalem. I’ve said it many times, there is no way that an America would be created with Islam as its philosophical foundation.

Proof? Easily had.

I could certainly go on at much greater length on that particular subject but I hasten to point out that America would never have been founded in what is being promoted now as a secular worldview… Or Islam, or any of the pantheistic cultures …. Nor can it be preserved in any of them.

I mean, has it slipped everyone’s notice that the farther behind we leave Jerusalem and its moral framework, the sicker our society becomes?
As I have suggested elsewhere…

1: Who invented the concept of government?

2: What purpose would that entity have had in such creation?

One way we can answer those two questions at once, would be to look at what existed as the most powerful force before government was invented, and therefore what was the most likely inventor of government: CULTURE.

If we make the logical assumption that governments were originally created by the individual cultures, then it follows that each culture constructed their respective governments in their own image… governments that best reflected and advanced each culture’s interests.

The original purpose of government, therefore, is to protect, nurture and defend, and if possible expand the influence of, the culture that gave it life. As such, to the greatest of degrees possible, each government’s laws, on the whole, were the culture, codified. It follows, then, that any government holding to the original purpose of government will perform this task.

There is a reason my friends why India for example did not succumb to Marxism. It’s culture was far too strong.

As I have said often …nature abhors a vacuum. Continuing to deny and reject the culture and the values that this nation was founded upon… the continuing moving toward a completely secular society… Our nation… Our culture… not going to be strong enough to defend itself when the time comes, and I am sure you have seen yourself the evidence that that time if not already upon us is it least very near and the threat very grave.

Absent the effort to allow the culture back into the role and value set… The perceptions of morality, of right and of wrong, that it had at the founding of this country, we are not going to save it.

davidl on March 8th, 2017

I have told you recently that I love Kate, Small Dead Animals? Video:

If you don’t grasp the concept of the debate, even if you do, drop in on Small Dead Animals anyhow.