Eric Florack on April 6th, 2018

Over it instapundit, Charles Glasser points out:

.Much has been written about the MSM freakout regarding Sinclair here, and here. What’s happening is this is nothing more than a campaign from the left to demonize Sinclair so that readers avoid it, and more importantly, relegate it to their list of “must ignore” platforms, like InfoWars or GatewayPundit. It’s a pre-emptive move to further control the narrative and censor by repudiation what you see and hear.

Exactly so.

As Bill Buckley once suggested, the left claims to be all for opposing views being expressed and then expresses shock and outrage that people actually have opposing views.

Thing is I doubt Bill Buckley could have foreseen just how blatant the left would get on these points.

davidl on April 6th, 2018

Not news,  Jeffery Goldberg of the Atlantic magazine has  hired and fired one Kevin Williamson.   The offense, Williamson believes human life begins at conception, and openly stated his opinion of the consequences.   To wit, Williamson held that one the killing of a human being, to wit a fetus, by another human is a homicide.   Two, that homicide of killing of human being by another human, should treated like an other homicide.  Three that mothers should  be held legally responsible for their actions with respect to their abortions.

So two questions.  One, what assumption of Williamson do you find wrong, and two, which belief does not logically follow from the preceding?

Background:  Scott Johnson, Power Line.

 

Eric Florack on April 6th, 2018

Bruce nails it here, when He suggests unplugging the internet.

.That’ll fix it, won’t it? I mean if removing an instrument used in mass violations of the rights of others under the 2nd Amendment (namely guns) will stop these violations and make everyone safer, doesn’t the same logic dictate the removal of the instrument of mass violations of the rights of others under the 1st Amendment?

According to the “repeal the 2nd Amendment” crew’s logic, those sorts of bans will end all these mass violations of rights, won’t they? We can be assured that by taking things away from everyone, no one will use them improperly.

Of course as Bruce suggests in his piece, the majority of Americans understand quite well and that this has nothing to do with safety or rights for that matter and everything to do with control.

Go and read the whole thing.

Eric Florack on April 6th, 2018

It strikes me as both amazing and instructive that while YouTube has been clamping down and attempting to silence conservative voices for years, it was a progressive that ended up shooting up the place.

It should also be a lesson to anyone watching closely that a woman managed to get her hands on a gun in an area of the country that has some of the strongest anti-gun laws in the country and indeed in the world. So much for the value of anti gun laws.

And, isn’t it amazing how quiet the internet has gotten, particularly from Progressives, who were quite quick to authoritatively suggest, even before the bodies were cold, that the shooter was a conservative white male Christian, when they found out that the shooter was in fact female, and Iranian immigrant, a vegan, and a strong supporter of the Democrat Party?

Has YouTube given us the most recent Vivid example of the value of gun-free zones? Did the employees at YouTube discover the value of the anti-gun rhetoric that the company has been spewing?

It’s also interesting that while the anti-gun Lobby has been screaming about these types of shootings being the fault of the NRA, none of whose members were involved, there has been a reluctance from the gun lobby to blame PETA, for one of its members shooting up YouTube.

Here it is folks. If we could just get Democrats to stop shooting each other, the majority of gun violence would simply disappear.

davidl on April 4th, 2018

This is what the military calls a target rich environment:

Shooter at YouTube Campus Identified as Iranian, Vegan, PETA Activist, Angry Over YouTube Policies…

Police have identified the shooter who attacked a San Bruno YouTube campus wounding three employees and killing herself as Nasim Aghdam. Apparently Ms. Aghdam was a user of the platform and was considerably upset about YouTube ad revenue policies.

Hat tip: Sundance, Last Refuge.

Quips:

  • No Christians, males, or Europeans involves. What is the WaPo or Brian Ross going to use for the lede?
  • Apparently Aghdam disapproves of killing pigs. Her fellow humans not so much.

Diversity is our strength.

Addendum I: Mary Chastain, Legal Insurrection, identifies a few:

Information came out about the YouTube shooter overnight that will surely make the story disappear. The shooter was an Iranian born female who held anti-capitalist, animal rights views. She used a pistol, not an AR-15. It also looks like the police could have prevented this.

Anti-capitalist, capitalist, think of all the Micheal Moore jokes here.   No evil pseudo assault weapon.   About what will David Hogg[wash] rant?

Addendum II: (Eric)

Saw a lot of these…

So, what are they going to do now?

You can almost feel the confusion setting in.

davidl on April 3rd, 2018

From Fox News:

The organization behind the 1,000-person strong caravan of Central Americans surging toward the United States’ southern border accused President Trump on Monday of “bullying” immigrants and threatening “mass violence” — while Trump again warned the advancing procession “had better be stopped.”

There are reports of over twelve hundred wetbacks from Honduras and Central America traveling through Mexico intent on breaching our border by any means necessary. The President of the United States speaks in defense of our sovereign border and some alien gets offended. Cry me a river.

Meet force with force. Call out the Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne.

davidl on April 3rd, 2018

Rush Limbaugh:

President Hits 50% Approval, Despite 100% Negative Media Coverage

RUSH: A shocking news item from Rasmussen Reports today. Donald Trump’s personal approval and presidential approval number has reached 50%! Fifty percent approve, 49% disapprove.

Call it a quibble, but is President Donald Trump’s approval rating, despite or because of the lame stream’s constant negative coverage?  I say the latter.  What say you?

Eric Florack on April 1st, 2018

It must have annoyed Stephen Hawking no end that the Universe was created in an environment where the laws of physics did not apply, and therefore its creation was well beyond his explanation or for that matter, an understanding that he would admit to having.

Irony indeed, that his funeral would be on Easter Sunday.

davidl on March 29th, 2018

David Hogg, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, fancies himself a modern day Joan of Arc leading the crusade to roll back the Second Amendment, Declaration of Independence and Magna Carta, or in other words roll back over a thousand years of civil rights.   Yet rather than stepping forward like a man, Hogg lasts like a spoiled brat, which in truth is what he is.  Hogg whines about not being admit to several California colleges.  It might further his cause he he were female, of color and of course illegal.

As a self declared, albeit imaginary, Hogg imagines himself a leader.   As as Theodore Roosevelt would put it, Hogg has entered the arena.   Being in the arena, Hogg is a legitimate target.   To which a proverbial arrow was slung, from Laura Ingraham:

David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)

Stung by one rather puny arrow, Hogg declares himself a mere child, and protected non-combatant, from David Hogg:

I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.

Hogg declares himself a child. Sobeit. I propose to treat Hogg like the child he says he is. Off to bed without your supper and banish yourself from the public arena until you grow yourself a pair.

Eric Florack on March 28th, 2018

Reynolds, earlier today;

BANKS LIKE CITIGROUP WANT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST GUN SELLERS, I think that federal and state banking regulators should get involved to make sure that doesn’t happen. Bake the cake, bankers.

And if the parties were reversed, activists and allied groups would already be making Citigroup’s CEO Michael Corbat radioactive.

Oh, absolutely.

I would truly love to see that happen.

It has been pointed out that the gun phobia that we are currently seeing from the left is hardly new. There is a course the Janet Reno quote…

And there are several more..

“There is no reason for anyone in this country, for anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun. The only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.”

– Michael Gartner, former NBC News president, USA Today, 1/16/92

And…

“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America turn ’em all in, I would have done it.”

— Senator Diane Feinstein referring to what she wished she could have done with regard to “assault weapons” (60 Minutes, CBS, Feb. 1995)

And…

“Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of Americans to feel safe.”

— U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, quoted by the Associated Press Newswire, 11/18/93

And…

“Banning guns is an idea whose time has come.”

– U.S. Senator Joseph Biden, 11/18/93, Associated Press article

And so on and so forth and suchlike.

The examples of this kind of rhetoric are numerous and can be dredged up pretty much at will. This despite the fact that the usual Suspects… Always these same people, will also tell you that they’re not after your guns, merely “Common Sense gun control”. Of course that never really gets defined, does it?

Well, with the understanding that I take everything the left says with a grain of salt, I’d like you to ponder the following;

Are they really after actually removing guns?

Long time readers of these spaces will remember that I have said often now that the worst thing you can do to a Democrat is provide an actual solution to a problem because the moment you do that you’ve taken away their ability to demagogue the situation and thereby prevented them from gaining political power.

Think about all of the above, and then consider that for the eight years that Obama was infesting the White House, not one gun control bill came into existence. No votes, no big push. Nothing from the White House, nothing from the Democrats who were in control of Congress at the time. This, despite some of the worst mass shootings in history.

Now, with a Republican in the White House, and the GOP controlling Congress ostensibly, it’s suddenly a big deal? Why the change?

I see this sudden push for gun control as a cynical and desperate move on the part of the Democrats to regain political power…. And gun control per se’, may very well end up being part of that, but it’s not the primary motivation….Regaining power is their primary motivation.

It’s no secret that there are large numbers of The Usual Suspects on the left funding directing and promoting this controversy. If you’re watching it all it’s perfectly clear that this was arranged the moment Hillary Clinton lost the election, and at the first opportunity to use these plans the Democrats sprung into action, colloring a few useful tools along the way, like David Hogg for example.

Think…All those shootings that occurred while Obama was in the White House … Some of the worst in our country’s history… could have been used pooitically to the end of removing guns from society. Any one of them individually or collectively could have been used toward that goal if that was really what they’re about. But they didn’t use them as such. Why? Because they were in power. There wasn’t a political need to play those cards toward the goal of remaining in power.

Now they’re not in power, having been handed stinging defeats both for the White House and for Congress, and so now, they’re banging this talking point to death because they see it as a way to regain power. I suggest that what we are seeing here is demagoguery of the first order. Apparently, they’re not afraid to use children toward that goal. After all, it’s all about the children. Once they gain power, it will become old news until it’s needed again. As will of course the tools they’re using… These high school students for example.

All this anti-gun rhetoric, all this incomprehensible noise has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with gaining power. The Democrats are using gun control as they would any weapon of the like…. Against their political enemy.

Buddy John Hawkins today:

.Is David Hogg even smart enough to know that he’s a sock puppet? After all, he has no new insight on this problem. He has no great wisdom to share. Many of his own classmates don’t agree with his viewpoint. But, Hogg has adults with an agenda telling him what to say and adults in the media who put him on TV and treat him with kid gloves because they want him to parrot their beliefs about guns. He and the other Parkland kids you see on TV are put there to be human shields for gun control advocates. They tell the sock puppets what to say, but no one’s supposed to respond because they speak for those dead kids. But, do they? Really?

Of course they don’t.

Who was it they are speaking for? The Usual Suspects, of course.
Sultan Knish examines this:

Take Everytown, the noisiest and most dishonest anti-gun group on the scene. The one consistent thing about anti-gun groups is that that they are usually the opposite of what their name says they are.

Everytown for Gun Safety was formed out of two other groups: Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Both are actually front groups for Michael Bloomberg, the lefty billionaire and former boss of the Big Apple, who used New York City resources to host at least one of its websites.

So Everytown is really New York City.


None of this has much to do with Parkland. The mass shooting by a mentally ill man who should have been committed and arrested long before he carried out his massacre was a political opportunity.

Now that opportunity is being exploited to the hilt by a professional class of political activists.
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I strongly suggest you go and read the whole thing. Anybody who thinks that this situation hasn’t been manipulated by the Democrats are fooling themselves. This is Democrat Party political opportunism and nothing but.

davidl on March 26th, 2018

From New York Post:

Parents of a Texas high school student who was reported missing in late January had abused their daughter after she refused an arranged marriage, leading her to run away from home until she was found in mid-March, police said.

Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, was reported missing on Jan. 30 after she was last seen leaving Taft High School in Bexar County.

[…]

Police said the man who was arranged to be married to Al Hishmawi may also be charged in the case.

Ask your liberal friend why he still believes that all cultures are somehow equal?

File under:

Eric Florack on March 25th, 2018

As to this sham of a protest in DC today, I am reminded of the disaster that the Democrats had on their hands trying to convince the entire country and indeed the world that they were the party of young ideas when both of their leading candidates were well into their seventies.

Think there’s no connection between that and what we saw today?

Young faces? Certainly. Young ideas? No. These ideas Have been on the tongue of every tinpot dictator in history.

Eric Florack on March 24th, 2018

I tend to agree with Mark Tapscott here :

It was those same Washington Republicans who wrung their hands in dismay when Reagan called the Soviet Union “an evil empire.” Then they advised Reagan not to say “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” But look who won the Cold War. It was Reagan, not the Washington Republicans.

And can you guess who went into free-market meltdowns when Reagan imposed a five-year tariff on Japanese motorcycles that had Harley Davidson, America’s lone bike manufacturer, on the ropes? Four years later, Harley wanted the tariff to be dropped because the firm couldn’t keep up with demand. Neither could the Japanese, by the way, thanks to the Reagan economic boom.

Look…I’ve said here before and I still hold to the idea that Donald Trump is not the next Ronald Reagan. He was certainly never my guy.

. And as I suggested yesterday, I have my differences with him…. Most recently in yesterday’s bit, his signing that spending bill. (I am certainly convinced that for example Ted Cruz would have never signed such a monstrosity…) …But as Tapscott suggests in his piece, Trump has more in common politically speaking with the American people than does the establishment GOP, and certainly the Democrats.

Which in turn is precisely why both parties and why the fedeal law enforcement and intelligence agencies as well are apparently all fixated on the idea of bringing this presidency down… As they were Reagan’s.

(I’ll get to the FBI and the CIA the NSA and so on in a later Post)

But obviously now comes the question… How to eliminate the establishment GOP without electing Democrats?

Clearly, the primary process is not working toward that goal. We have complained bitterly in these spaces about the Democrat Party rigging its own primary for the benefit of Hillary Clinton. But why has so little been said about the primary process being rigged against actual conservatives like Cruz?

I’ve been waving the banner on this one for over two decades now. As an example…

.Alas, so it is with me GOP leadership. The rank and file of the GOP is by far more conservative than the leadership is, and has a better idea of what we are supposed to be about. The leadership is so wrapped up in its fearful traditions, that it stands no chance whatsoever to fight for the values they claim to support. Which, in turn, is how we end up with the John McCains the Mitt Romney’s and the Jeb Bush’s of the world. And how it is that we have a huge number of the of the rank and file sitting on their hands during every election cycle.

One can easily understand why the conservative gets disrespected by the GOP leadership. After all, they are being asked by the tenants of the conservatism to reject the use of the power that they have in their hands to “effect change”. It doesn’t take too many years for somebody with power in their hands to start seeing it as a good thing as opposed to the evil that needs to be controlled as the founders saw it. I suggest that this is precisely why the founders never foresaw the terror of multi-decade “service” in government. Do you know, that if there was a 12 year limit on service in Congress for example, was that over a half of the congressman and senators would have to go find themselves a real job?

Clearly the intent of the founders was to make sure that people coming into both houses of Congress would not be there long enough to become infected by the love of power. By the love of government power.

There’s something else, here too. The GOP establishment is deathly afraid of being seen as conservative, because they’re still shooting at the political center. Well, children, the political center is a myth. It does not exist in this country. Never has.

Consider the liberal reaction also to George W Bush, whom they compared to Adolf Hitler. And Bush wasn’t a conservative. Neither was his old man. Both of them were at best centrists. Trust me when I tell you, that the left isn’t going to like this any less if we actually stand up for our beliefs.

Which brings me to my final point for this lesson. There’s a reason they don’t stand up for our beliefs, the leadership. It’s because they don’t believe in them. I’ll say this again, the GOP leadership needs to be replaced immediately.

We are now seeing indications that the GOP rank and file has had enough and is about to go nuclear on the leadership. 15 years ago I argued against such an eventuality. Its to the point now where I’m actually looking forward to it because I see it as the only way to save the GOP.

But, I can’t remember a time when the need for holding the GOP establishment feet to the fire on putting forward actual conservatives was more needful.

And at this point I wonder if even that will be successful in getting things back in line, so great is the damage.