davidl on November 15th, 2015

I pose an impossible, but never the less, amusing question.  Are the University of Missouri student stupid, self-centered, or both, from Frank Lea, Right Wing News:

The protesters at Mizzou are 100% worse than the KKK. The protesters perpetrate violence towards the media, disrupt education, and cause people to lose their jobs. The KKK just sits around camp fires yelling slurs, which isn’t much different than anyone in America watching a Dallas Cowboys game yelling “F*ck Dallas.” Before calling out a hate group, maybe look inside your own people and see where the most crime towards black folks originates from. I’ll just say look at Chicago’s murder rate and races involved, then count the number of black babies pulled apart by tweezers at Planned Parenthood. That’s a black thing. Fix yourself before blaming everyone else for your lack of…well…everything.

More from the Sharp Tack, Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:

Unnoticed by these geniuses, all of whom probably cheered the passage of ObamaCare, is that ObamaCare regulations forbid universities from paying health insurance for graduate students. Support an ill-conceived law administered by an out-of-control administration and then wreck the institution which had no direct relationship to your grievance. No wonder employers aren’t hiring them.

Education should about studying past problems to better solve future problems.  The Mizzou protesters are too stupid to see past their vanity.  May god  have mercy on their souls.

Eric Florack on November 14th, 2015

I think it’s undeniable that we have a lot of evil in the world today. It seems to be increasing, and the wheels appear to be coming off all around us.

It has gotten to the point, that we refuse to identify evil as such for fear of offending someone. It seems that the very idea of a moral framework is offensive and should not be spoken of in polite company.

I suppose that we should start with a question….

What is the definition of evil?

We see its product everyday, at least those of us who still allow ourselves to identify it when we see it. But what is the definition of evil? What causes all this product?

We know what the dictionary tells us on the matter. But notice, please that every single definition that the dictionary offers is called judgemental, outdated, racist, homophobic, etc, by those seeking to separated from a moral framework.

But here is the problem. Can we identify evil as such and counter it absent that moral framework? For my part the answer is No.

My search on this topic began some years ago while rereading an old New York Times article ironically placed in the lifestyle section, as regards evil.

I was intrigued that the article suggested among other things that the psychiatric community was lothe to call something evil, for fear of being judgemental, and supposedly thereby losing their clinical objectivity, their detachment. Yet, even the article noted that occasionally psychiatrists are forced into using the label for a lack of something else that they could conceivably attach an action or a behavior to.

I regard this if nothing else as a tacit admission that evil objectively exists as such. I regard as somewhat less implicit from this that there is also such a thing as an objective good. After all, you can’t have a definition of one without having a definition of the other.

Let’s take this to the extreme, so that the difference is easily noted. I personally consider Western society, Western culture and the values that inform it to be the pinnacle of mankind thus far.

. But one of the things that I noted in that article, and I have often noted since is the educated being reluctant to regard it as such….And I believe this reluctance is a step on the path to our own destruction. Particularly, if you can’t allow yourself to identify good when you see it you’re clearly not going to recognize its counterpart.

Europe is certainly the coal mine canary. But frankly I regard the UK is only slightly less so.

What was once a moral certitude even in the UK, has been regulated out of business and its passage hasn’t even been marked by the citizens of the UK Who until recently couldn’t have cared less.

Now there are some who do, as an example, observe the Scramble for firearms in Germany, which is being overrun by Muslim invaders masquerading as refugees, but I fear it is too late to stop the destruction. There’s far too much in the way of law created specifically to separate the people from that moral certitude, too much damage done the culture for it to survive for long.

The answer to the dilemma is not coming up with a new definition for the word evil, because the old one is entirely correct. The answer is to allow ourselves to have a moral framework again, as we once did.

Oh, I am quite sure that there are many who will not be happy with that statement. But it is the only logical conclusion to draw.

Certainly, the political left would be among these, but also those who believe that there is an objective morality. I regard the former as a major part of the problem that we currently have. And so, I will disregard them entirely, except in dismissal.

As to the latter, I dare to propose a line of thinking. That being that while I agree there is in fact an objective morality, what drives our perception of morality is largely based in the cultural. In other words, every culture that has come a long has to a large extent had its own morals, it’s on ethics. To some degree, this has involved religious beliefs, and the rest, common practices.

But, do you remember above where I mention that Western civilization is thus far the pinnacle of mankind? I dare to suggest to you that the reason for this is that despite the outcry of its detractors, Western civilization has arrived at a place that is the closest to what some would call objective morality.

Understand me clearly, here. There are some imperfections in its cultural perception of moral and immoral, but the very reason for Western civilization’s wild success, is because they have managed to get closer to the answer of what objective morality is, than has any other culture.

I would argue further, that government didn’t have a blessed thing to do with that level of success. Rather, it was the culture that drove that success. This was recognized in a tacit way by Jefferson when he wrote…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

These were not values of government that Jefferson’s talking about here. These values were not governmentally arrived at, issued from some lofty place, by some governmental hack who managed to get himself elected or appointed to one thing or another. These are values of the then -new American culture. Neither values arrived at by a long and sometimes hard experience. Found by people simply living their lives and noting what works and what doesn’t. What advances mankind and what doesnt. And thereby what is good, and what is bad.

Notice, please, that I have not mentioned as yet the judeo-christian epic on which Western society is unquestionably based.

I dare to suggest to you that the very reason that Western civilization advanced as far as it did up until about 80 years ago was because that embedded in the way of thinking of Western society was a moral certitude. That moral base informed us as to what was good and evil.

We are now faced with a mortal enemy… Islam… that also has a moral certitude. You cannot defeat such an enemy without having a moral certitude yourself.. which unfortunately Western liberals have regulated out of existence. And without it, how do we identify good and evil collectively?

The only way we’re going to survive this is a return to that moral center that brought us to where we were 70 or 80 years ago.

And I wonder if we can do it.

davidl on November 14th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day:

In fact, radical leftists are taking over colleges and universities just as the higher education bubble is bursting. What’s the point of controlling the world’s most distinguished schools at the precise moment many Americans decide they’re not worth the debt to attend them?

Hat tips, Jim Geraghty, National Review, Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit

Eric Florack on November 14th, 2015

This, from Mark Steyn:

Among his other coy evasions, President Obama described tonight’s events as “an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share”.

But that’s not true, is it? He’s right that it’s an attack not just on Paris or France. What it is is an attack on the west, on the civilization that built the modern world – an attack on one portion of “humanity” by those who claim to speak for another portion of “humanity”. And these are not “universal values” but values that spring from a relatively narrow segment of humanity. They were kinda sorta “universal” when the great powers were willing to enforce them around the world and the colonial subjects of ramshackle backwaters such as Aden, Sudan and the North-West Frontier Province were at least obliged to pay lip service to them. But the European empires retreated from the world, and those “universal values” are utterly alien to large parts of the map today.

And then Europe decided to invite millions of Muslims to settle in their countries. Most of those people don’t want to participate actively in bringing about the death of diners and concertgoers and soccer fans, but at a certain level most of them either wish or are indifferent to the death of the societies in which they live – modern, pluralist, western societies and those “universal values” of which Barack Obama bleats. So, if you are either an active ISIS recruit or just a guy who’s been fired up by social media, you have a very large comfort zone in which to swim, and which the authorities find almost impossible to penetrate.

The problem, of course, is Islam. It’s a problem that 70 years ago we had an answer for. Since 70 years ago we have been preached at by the left in this country in elsewhere that we the United States needs to become more like Europe.

And yet predictably has Richard Fernandez points out, it’s all coming off the rails.

The dream of a “borderless Europe” has taken a body blow.  Now all courses run ill. The momentum of the migrant tide is already too great to simultaneously pacify public opinion and avert a human tragedy


The dilemma the West now faces is that it cannot survive on the basis of the platform which its elites have carefully constructed since WW2. They are being beaten to death with their own lofty statements. They must either continue to uphold the vision of open borders, multiculturalism, declining birthrates, unilateral disarmament and a growing state sector at all costs — in other words continue on the road to suicide — or retreat. As recent events at American campuses have shown, when faced with the choice of saving the Left and saving the actual world, the odds are that “the world” goes over the side first.

In attempting to survive on its own terms, the Left will tear itself apart. In its agony it will destroy much else. It may be that Europe will rediscover its culture; it is possible it will develop the will to defend itself; it is conceivable it will hold off extreme fascist movements; it could even plausibly reconstruct its demography. But it cannot do this without an upheaval that will leave nothing unscathed.

The good news is that the West must soon squarely face choices it has been avoiding until now.  The bad news is that nothing will escape unscathed.

Radical Islamism’s greatest challenge is it that ruthlessly exposes a  fatal flaw which has existed in the ideology of the West for the last 70 years. It is representative of a question that won’t go away.  Can it face the facts just as they are and think its way out of a jam? What Samantha Power called theProblem from Hell is really theKobayashi Maru test of European civilization. Faced with a no-win situation, will the West find a path through?

The answer, as in most cases in history, is “maybe.” Maybe if we get it right, if we think out of the box, if we are lucky then perhaps we will survive. In a world accustomed to “safe spaces” and guarantees, this may seem unsatisfactory.  But each past generation was offered no more than this, from the hunter gatherers who ventured out of Africa to the fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain.   That is all that is on offer. Take the maybe or walk away empty handed.

Fernandez is right to a point. But I think he’s overly optimistic in terms of solving the problems.

Consider that we’re talking about a left that ignores the inherent problems with Islam, and considers global warming and a safe space for the College cry babies to be the biggest problems we face.

Last night’s response from the White House to all of this, does not lead me to believe that anything is about to change without an overwhelming outcry from the people the likes of which has never been seen before.

The good news is that the stock in Donald Trump and Ted Cruz just went up on an order of scale. Will it be enough?

davidl on November 13th, 2015

There is only one medical doctor running for the republican nomination, and his name is not Donald Trump, from Red State:

How far can one go before they go too far? Donald Trump likely crossed that line. Trump, in an interview with CNN, was discussing Ben Carson and cherry picking parts of Carson’s book like he has been doing for the last week. Carson admits when he was younger he had a temper and that temper manifested itself at times with violence. One of the themes in Carson’s book, Gifted Hands, was about his redemption in life and how he overcame that temper to go on to be a doctor.

Carson said when he was younger, he had a “pathological temper.” Trump has falsely been claiming Carson said he has a “pathological disease.”


If Donald Trump wants to get a gig on Sirius Satellite radio as a shock jock and say these kinds of things, he should go ahead and get a contract signed. But saying it when you’re running for the highest office in the land? It shows you’re not a serious candidate or a serious person.

It shows that you’re a clown. And that is exactly what Donald Trump is. And he has the awful spray tan face to prove it.

Carly Fiorina, from CNN:

“Donald, sorry, I’ve got to interrupt again. You would know something about pathological,” Fiorina said in a Facebook post. “How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won’t make you as smart as Ben Carson.”

Not that La Donald would know, but all men have tempers. Having a temper is necessary to being a human being. Controlling your temper is essential to being a civilized person. What smart politicians try to do, is to avoid public temper tantrums. La Donald and Mrs. Clinton do not. Doctor Ben does.

From Merriam-Webster:

being such to a degree that is extreme, excessive, or markedly abnormal <a pathological liar><pathological fear>

If Doctor Ben has an extreme temper, I am not aware of any public manifestations of it.

The full meltdown, video:

Hat tip video: Hot Air.

Say good night Donald, and say good bye.

Addendum:   Redemption, Doctor Ben gets it La Donald does not, from Reuters:

U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson recommended praying for rival Donald Trump after the real-estate mogul and television personality, in a 95-minute rant in Iowa, likened him to a child molester, Carson’s business manager said on Friday.

“When I spoke with Dr. Carson about this yesterday how we should respond, you know he was so sad about it. He said: “Pray for him.” He feels sorry for him because he really likes Mr. Trump,” Armstrong Williams, who often acts as Carson’s surrogate in the media, told CNN.


davidl on November 12th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day:

It is three in the morning, and your toilet is backed up. Are you going to call a women’s study professor or a plumber?

Inspiration and BSWK, Heather Wilhelm, RCP.

davidl on November 12th, 2015

New math, political version.  Mrs. Clinton thinks we can confiscate circa three hundred million legal firearms.  The Palace Guard, the main stream media, does not seem question her math.  Meanwhile her fellow liberal, John Kasich, seems to think we can not deport eleven million illegal aliens:

La Donald, Donald Trump, is right. Ike, Dwight Eisenhower, did it.  Be like Ike.  Do it again.

Memo to Kasich, the citizens of the United States want their country back. Quit trying to give it away.

davidl on November 11th, 2015

First a fake swastika, now a confirmed Klan spotting, the entire University of Missouri seems infested with sheer stupidity, from Blaze:

University of Missouri Student Body President Payton Head issued a chilling warning of a “confirmed” Ku Klux Klan presence on campus Tuesday — only to admit it was not true hours later.

Given how stupid the professors are at the University of Missouri, I guess I should not be surprised that the president of the student body is a freeping moron. Unless one spots the reincarnation of the late Senator Bobby “Sheets” Byrd walking the campus, how do you confirm anybody, in or out of a bed sheet, is a card carrying member of the Klu Klux Klan?

Moreover, the Klan is several decades past their hay day, and were never fond of being seen in broad daylight. You have better chance of winning Power-Ball jackpot than seeing a real member of the Klan. That is unless your name is Morris Dees.

In the old days, Head would have been forced to write “I am stupid and gullible” on the blackboard a thousand times.

Eric Florack on November 11th, 2015

The honoring of our vets has always held special meaning for me; it’s a lesson my parents instilled very well, indeed. It was brought home to me, as I was recently looking at pictures from a trip we made through the Gettysburg PA area some years ago.

It’s a particularly meaningful thing, when you’re standing on that field…. something that goes well beyond the cold facts and figures about who died from what company, how old they were, or even where they were from. It’s more a feeling you get…. you can sense it… not unlike being at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, or visiting Arlington National Cemetery. I’m told Omaha Beach, and Pearl Harbor and many other sites are the same way. I’ve been at the funerals of firemen and policemen who died in their line of duty, and that was also remarkably similar.

In each case, we’re dealing with places and concepts of death. But death alone doesn’t do it; doesn’t create that solemn atmosphere that is so unique to the above places. After all; there are lots of mass casualty accidents have happened over the centuries and their sites are well marked, and revered, or at least held apart, and yet, their impact doesn’t approach that of an Iwo Jima or a Pearl.

Even under the shelter of the relative safety of the time that has passed since the events, as you stand in each place, you can still feel it; Lives were lost there that were willingly (And in the case of the civilian deaths at the towers, unwillingly) sacrificed toward a higher ideal.

Our feelings and conclusions can be far different from what those lost experienced. Yet, their lives and their sacrifices still count for something. And the thing is, it doesn’t take much for us to out ourselves in their mindset.

Think of it this way; Every single man who died at Gettysburg, at Normandy, at Pearl and all he rest, and now in the Middle East, has meaning for us because each of them, had their own lives, just as we have our own lives.

These people loved, they laughed, they cried. They had a favorite food, a favorite color, a particular bit of music, or of poetry stirred their souls, like none other, just like we, ourselves. Every bit as much as you and I love our lives, they loved theirs. Their lives were as precious to them, as yours is to you. Their loss was as keenly felt by their loved ones as yours would yours. And yet, they put their lives at risk and many lost them,  for something bigger.

I have a neighbor, whose father just recently needed a liver transplant. This neighbor willingly gave up part of his liver to be transplanted into his father. A noble action, certainly, commendable, and impressive. But with all respect to my neighbor, the choice to do that is comparatively easy to make. He knows and loves his father, and the sacrifice is fairly light by comparison.

How much more noble is a sacrifice of one’s life for people that one will never meet?

These people we honor today,  gave of themselves for the benefit of people they would never know…. you and I, and countless others from many nations. If not for their sacrifices, you’d not be reading this, because I’d not have written it…. we’d be living in a very different world, possibly, one not nearly as good to us as it has been.

Look upon those actions, those sacrifices, and know what you’re seeing is strength, courage, and nobility in measures that should not… can not, be ignored. It must be honored by us all; it was made, after all for our benefit.

They’re all worthy of the very same respect, living or dead. Not because of their having lived or died,  but because of their respect and understanding of the ideals that uniform represents. Ideals they hold highest.

These are values I’ve been at some pains over the years to teach my boys as they grow up in this wonderful place called America. I fear that when and if we let these values pass away, America will, as well.

It is with this passage I salute  our vets today.

Eric Florack on November 10th, 2015

I thought it might be interesting just spend some time going over some of the records involving the guy who wrote the hit piece in The Politico on Ben Carson. It turns out, that this situation is about what you’d expect.

The author’s name is Kevin Cheney. Turns out he has a long history of being an activist for leftist causes.

The first thing I manage to locate was a record of arrest at Madison Square Garden in 2004 protesting at the Republican National Convention there. Turns out that Mr Cheney, unsurprisingly, was there on a press pass.

Cheney has an extremely long history of writing hit piece against anyone who dares to be to the right of Fidel Castro.  One really must assume that if Politico vetted this guy, they had a pretty good idea that’s what he was going to do for them.

So, this tells us two things.

First of all that the article that Chaney wrote in The Politico isn’t worth the powder to blow up.

Secondly, that The Politico isn’t either.

davidl on November 10th, 2015

Headlines ripped off from Drudge:

Protesters Clash With Press, Declare ‘No Safe Space’…
‘Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go’…
VIDEO: ‘You don’t have a right to take our photos’…
STUDENT: ‘Only first step’…
Taxpayer-funded diversity officials compare Reagan Library to KKK…
MAG: New Intolerance of Student Activism…

From the Terrorist in Chief, via Breitbart:

The Obama administration is praising protesters who successfully forced University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe to announce his resignation.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest praised the group of protesters for rallying together and demanding change, pointing out that Obama’s first presidential campaign was embodied by the same spirit.

“I think this also illustrates something that the president talked a lot about in the context of – in his campaign, that a few people speaking up and speaking out can have a profound impact on the communities where we live and work,” he said during the daily press briefing today.

The group of students accused Wolfe of enabling “a culture of racism” on campus and ignoring student concerns about recent events. Wolfe resigned after members of the college football team joined the protests, saying they wouldn’t suit up for the next game.

Eric asked earlier:

As I said then, she’s right as far as she goes. But what the national Democrat party still doesn’t understand is why they’re running away.

The fact of the matter is Hillary Clinton it is seen even among Democrat as a continuance of the kind of politics that Obama has played. Certainly, an extension of Obama policy. It’s clear that’s not going to fly.

Where are the adults?  Not with the democrats.  It seems every time the regime has to choose between law and disorder, they pick the latter.

Commentary, Neo-Neocon:

[T]he protesters and their supporters aren’t even remotely interested in questions such as cornhead’s, or the concept he’s getting at. They are interested in establishing and underlining the collective responsibility of members of races and classes of people they perceive to be their oppressors, and they are interested in zero tolerance. Therefore, if there is a single racial slur hurled by a single white person who might be in the vicinity of the university, all white people at the university are presumed guilty and in need of punishment and/or correction.

You can neither placate nor reason with a mob, and a mob is what we have.  I fear that total surrender of our representative and constitutional republic would not be enough to placate the regime.  It time for the adults to speak up and regain control.

Eric Florack on November 10th, 2015

John over at Powerline this morning…

aSurvey USA has released a new poll of voters in deep-blue Minnesota. The results should be alarming to Democrats everywhere. The poll shows just about every Republican tested–Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump–beating Hillary Clinton, if the election were held today. Jeb Bush is +1 against Hillary, within the margin of error, and Hillary beats Ted Cruz by five points.

What’s interesting is that these are mostly voters who pull the lever for Democrats. The same Survey USA poll shows Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken and Senator Amy Klobuchar with approval ratings of 52%, 55% and 60%, respectively. Yet Minnesotans really, really don’t like Barack Obama. He currently is
under water by a stunning 37%/56% margin. And that’s no fluke: polls in recent years have generally shown him with poor approval ratings in the state, notwithstanding the fact that he carried it twice.

I will remind you of the words of Donna Brazile the other night..

When you run away from the President of your party, you lose. Period.

As I said then, she’s right as far as she goes. But what the national Democrat party still doesn’t understand is why they’re running away.

The fact of the matter is Hillary Clinton it is seen even among Democrat as a continuance of the kind of politics that Obama has played. Certainly, an extension of Obama policy. It’s clear that’s not going to fly.

At the same time, Bernie Sanders isn’t exactly knocking them dead either.

I’ll say this again. This election is the Republican’s to lose. And they will lose if they fail to nominate an actual conservative. If not now, when?

davidl on November 9th, 2015

It the media right to have and to stick to their talking points issued by the democrats.   It not the duty of any citizen, any candidate, or Carly Fiorina to dutifully recite democrat talking  points as if they were facts,

from Hill, text:

Carly Fiorina is defending her decision not to correct a man who characterized President Obama as a “black Muslim” at a diner in New Hampshire.

Fiorina said it wasn’t her job to defend the president, noting that he “isn’t on the ballot.”

“I’ve said on many occasions: President Obama tells me he’s a Christian; I take him at his word,” she said on Fox News on Friday. “But the truth is, President Obama isn’t on the ballot.”


Reax from a member of the democrat palace guard, one Dixby, Hullabaloo:

There are many ways she could have handled that. She could have said that there’s nothing wrong with being black or Muslim. She could have said the President is a Christian. She could have said that she disagrees with his policies but doesn’t think he “doesn’t want the country to get ahead.”

But no. She fed right into that bigoted nonsense and let it stand

If Dixby wants to attempt to make the case that Obama is a Christian, he free to do so.   Or maybe Josh Earnest wants to make a stab at it.   However, the idea that Barack Obama is a Christian is not a fact. It is a democrat talking point. Carly has no obligation to display fidelity to democrat talking point. That is the media’s job. They do it well.

davidl on November 8th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:

Democrats have to be very worried. Their losses at the state and local levels are tsunami-like and if they can’t sustain the high numbers of women and Blacks and Hispanics whose votes they need to the urban enclaves they still hold they have nothing. The transgenders who want the right to use women’s restrooms just aren’t enough to pull them across the line into the winner’s circle.

Dance with the perverts. Go home with the perverts.

davidl on November 7th, 2015

A criminal cabal has taken to posting a so-called Bill of Rights for illegal aliens, follow the links.   The Bill is not a list or rights presumed to granted by a creator, but rather a list of demand to provided by the taxpayer.   In that spirit, will issue a Bill of Right for illegal aliens:

You have the right to return to your country.  You have the right to return now.

Now shut up and leave.