Eric Florack on June 15th, 2019

I will start here;

Sharia law is totally incompatible with Western culture and thereby is totally incompatible in these United States, and for that matter anywhere in the western world. Europe is finding this out as Thomas Sowell recently noted.

Indeed, “Death to America” does seem to leave very little room for negotiation, and if the last couple of decades hasn’t made it clear, you’re probably a liberal Democrat.

That said, I’m not going to get into theological particulars, I have no intention of getting in a religious debate about this. Going down that particular rabbit hole gets us into the argument of what is and is not Sharia, which seems to have as many definitions for it as there are Muslims and those definitions tend to change minute-to-minute. In any event, being preached at about religious freedom by a group of people who don’t believe in religious freedom, be they islamists, or a liberal Democrats, is a non-starter.

Ultimately what we must measure compatibility by is whether or not any individual…. And I mean any individual, supports the concepts put forward by the founders of this country. When you view the situation through that filter, a couple of things emerge. First you’re going to filter out any islamists, particularly the extremists who want to tear America down. The second thing that comes in the play is is that it also has a tendency to remove a good majority of liberal Democrats for the same reason.

We have discussed here on many occasions the idea that multiculturalism simply does not work, particularly when the values of cultures you’re trying to force together are diametrically opposed to each other.

Eric Florack on June 15th, 2019

What we’re seeing in terms of reaction from Democrats as regards the Mueller report being released, reminds one of several different images.

# Marvin the Martian ( Where was the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!!)

# The Black Knight from Monty Python’s holy Grail…( “The Black Knight always triumphs!!! Have at you! I’ll bite your legs off!”)

# Captain Ahab… (All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby-Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.)

Will there be an admission of guilt and an apology coming from those who perpetrated and extended the life of this nearly three-year and 675 million-dollar hoax?

No.

The ego of the defeated will not allow for apology here. Such an apology requires by definition an admission that they were wrong, and they will never admit is that the whole thing was a hoax, by and large one they were taken in by as well, albeit willingly.

It’s time for the country to heal. The problem is the cure. The only way to heal a cancer patient is to excise the cancer. The, that means there needs to be serious legal repercussions so this two-year-long 675 million dollar hoax perpetrated on the American people.

What needs to happen is heavy legal consequences for these things, a public reckoning. The image of the perpetrators of this hoax and those that the hoax protected, being frog marched off to the vertical bar hotel for a stay of many years.

Alas!, I fear what will happen is the charges from the left… (and in this I include the GOP establishment) …will get more crazy, we will see more Democrats foaming at the mouth. The volume on the left has been turned up to 11 for the past couple of years. history has shown us that every time they’ve lost like this, they turn the volume up still one more notch. Of course, that causes the charges to get more and more distorted, and more senseless.

But, such is today’s Democratic Party and it’s enablers in the GOP. Justin Amash, Mitt Romney, stand up and take your bows.

Okay, this is a little dated. But it’s worth a look….

Since then, Oberlin College has been hit with more problems. 22 million of them. The $11 million was only a third of the jury’s finding. It turns out the Hitler youth and their taxpayer funded leadership was hit for a grand total of $33 million worth of penalties.

It’s not nearly enough of course, but it’s a start.

Steven Hayward over at Powerline looks at this and wonders if they’ve learned their lesson. The answer: Probably not… and I think that’s probably correct.

After all, we are dealing with leftists here, who are entirely disconnected from reality.

Have such people learned the lesson in the case of the Russia scam they tried to perpetrate on the country?

No.

They’re still doubling down. So, nobody should be surprised if the So-called professors at Oberlin College don’t learn their lesson either. They’re all part and parcel of the same deal. It’s pretty much a guarantee that the faculty at Oberlin College is going to be doubling down on this one too. In fact, they already are.

The words of Viktor Frankl ring true in this case…

I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some Ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

Frankly I wonder how many people actually recognize the threat posed by such people in our society today.

I’m with Glenn Reynolds on this one. Hit them back, hit them harder and hit them where they bleed the most. Money. It’s the only way we’re going to get this situation under control, and get our country back.

Of course, the first step would be getting government out of the education game entirely. How much of Oberlin’s funding comes from government?

Translation:

How much of our tax money is supporting Oberlin college’s efforts to fill the minds of our young with the kind of leftist mush that caused this whole thing in the first place?

Whatever else this series of events is, it is a blueprint for fighting back against the social justice warrior nonsense that we’ve been subject to for the last 40 some-odd years and longer. David French at National Review agrees, saying in part…

The case represents an important moment — the moment when the American legal establishment learned that it can potentially impose steep costs on institutions that participate in the kind of cruel, malicious, and vicious mob tactics that have become an all-too-familiar part of the American political landscape. It turns out that the law can indeed offer an answer to the worst forms of illiberal behavior.

This is, I think, a tipping point in the long-term war against those attacking our country, our culture, our way of life. The war against the SJW brownshirts isn’t over, it never is. But the recent events these last couple of years with regards to liberals being hauled up in front of the public and exposed as liars and thugs is, at least for now, tipping the balance.

Again, the exposure of the Russia scam as exactly that, the attacks on Christian businesses such as Chick-fil-A which have largely proven unsuccessful, and so many other instances, indicate a massive backlash that’s coming against the left. The American people have had enough. They’re starting to fight back. The giant has awoken.

Eric Florack on June 13th, 2019

A few years ago I happened to be at a Burger King restaurant that happened to be in Virginia. Could have been anywhere I suppose.

I was in the process of ordering my Whopper when suddenly this enraged individual came up pushed me aside and started screaming about how he had meat in his sandwich. He had apparently ordered one of those god-awful veggie burgers that Burger King was playing with at the time.

Ignoring the fact that the guy had pushed me and probably deserved being decked right there, I couldn’t ignore the laugh that was coming up. I looked at him somewhat incredulously and told him, “You’re at a burger joint. Did you really expect this to end well?”

The little fellow looked up at me with shock on his face, as if he’d never considered the idea is that there might be a problem here, and that his own judgement was the cause of it.

This incident occurred about the same time that the Masterpiece Bakery thing was going on where a couple of homosexuals came up from three counties away to order a cake for their wedding to get turned down so that they could raise hell over the issue. It wasn’t hard to imagine this guy was trying to pull the same garbage.

So you can imagine the smile on my face when this article shows up this morning in the New York Post:

The alternative meat market is booming, with plant-based fake meats that look, taste and bleed just like the real thing taking over grocery stores and fast food restaurants.

Part of the appeal for diners is that eating less red meat can cut the risk of heart disease and other health risks. But nutritionists and registered dietitians say ordering a meatless burger at a chain — especially one where you can get fries with it — might not be that much better for you.

“Are they healthier as far as sodium, calories and fat content? Definitely not,” Sharon Zarabi, a registered dietitian and bariatric program director at Lenox Hill Hospital, told MarketWatch.

It seems to me there’s another comparison to be made here. Alternative energy. It costs more, just like the supposedly meatless Burger, it doesn’t work as well, and all the studies show it’s not any better for you or the environment either.

I can just imagine the look on the face of that little twerp in Virginia upon being informed about this article.

davidl on June 11th, 2019

John Dean is both a convicted liar and a professional liar. He was also Jerry Nadler’s lead witness, in Nadler’s faux impeachment hearings. Representative Matt Gaetz(R-FL) kindly provides Mr. Dean with a new orifice should Mr. Dean desire an enema, video

Transcript from PJ Media:

GAETZ: Do you have personal knowledge regarding the truth or falsity of a single material fact in the Mueller Report?

DEAN: I think if you recall the first thing I said I’m not here as a fact witness.
GAETZ: You’re here to provide historical context.
DEAN: Exactly.
GAETZ: And throughout history, you accuse presidents of acting like Richard Nixon and you make money off of it.
DEAN: Not all presidents, no.
GAETZ: But, a few. More than one.
DEAN: Those who do act like him I point it out.

Dean will compare any republican president to Richard Nixon for cash.  Yet remains mum on democrat presidents.  Funny that!

Eric Florack on June 10th, 2019

Jon Gabriel at AZCentral:

Treating Donald Trump as an anomaly is misguided. Look around the globe: He’s the new normal. . . . American news is often parochial, barely noticing developments around the world outside of the occasional feature on NPR. But Trump-style populism is breaking out all over, upending the staid, polite politics of nation after nation. . . . It’s understandable that politicians, pundits and lobbyists who prospered under the old order would want to return to its, in retrospect, genteel ways. But voters will not be shamed into renouncing their frustration with politics as usual. The more insults hurled, the greater the populist reaction.” And his counterparts abroad, like Trump himself, are achieving considerable policy success.

This is a trend I have noted in previous postings. As I suggested then,this is not a short-term trends. Nor can it all be attributed to Trump. The man is certainly is a lightning rod, but he’s not the origin of this. The origin of the trend is the extreme frustration with politics as usual, and this is happening, as the article suggests, worldwide.

Eric Florack on June 7th, 2019

# So Nancy Pelosi says she wants Donald Trump in jail? He’s a little busy saving the country from the left. I don’t think he’s going to have time to visit you, Nancy.

# When I see the Democrat Party and the establishment GOP taking the same position as regards Mr. Trump, it only solidifies my position that the establishment GOP is part of the problem that we face as a country.

# and where is the Democrat party’s condemnation of Elijah Cummings corruption? For that matter, where is the Republican condemnation for Elijah Cummings corruption?

# I suggested a while ago that Beto O’Rourke was probably the first presidential candidate in history whose campaign message was “help me find my identity”. Apparently, now Joe Biden is doing the same thing. Grandad’s of the consistency of message in the Democrat Party is completely unexpected, particularly after 40 years, but he didn’t even last 40 hours on this one.

# China has some serious misconceptions about how this “Rare Earth” game gets played.  They tried to play hardball with Trump I’m terrified by putting a serious tariff on rare Earth because at the moment they have about 80% of that market. Trouble is as I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Japan just found synopsis of the materials to supply the remainder of the world for the next 300 years and perhaps longer. And guess where Trump just got through visiting a short while ago??

Yep, Japan.

Eric Florack on June 7th, 2019

This is becoming something of an irregular future.

# College Scam: In all the noise and fury we’ve been hearing about a college admissions scandal, there’s two points that have gone largely unnoticed. Does anybody remember that magnificent moron David Hogg getting admitted to Yale with SAT scores that came out something like 250 or 300 points under average? How did that work I wonder? And why have we not heard any noise out of it subsequently?

And there’s the idea that the people charged in these crimes are almost uniformly and very publicly liberal… (One of them organized a fundraiser for Kristen Gillibrand just a few weeks back). Amusing and informative that these are the very same people that have been advocating for free college education for all.

I think Schlichter has this one right

# Beating up Beto; Well, that didn’t take long… Our freind Ed Driscoll:

VETO O’ROURKE? BETO NOT PLAYING AS WELL OUTSIDE OF THE PAGES OF CONDÉ NAST:

CNN Hammers Beto’s ‘White Maleness’ 52 Times In One Day.

CBS’s King to Beto: Are You ‘Disadvantaged’ By Being a ‘Privileged White Man?

REVEALED: Teenaged Beto O’Rourke Wrote Fantasy About Murdering Children, Reuters Profile Says.

Kyle Smith writes that O’Rourke “might be the first person ever to run for the White House on a platform of asking the nation help him figure out who he is.”

An email correspondent, earlier today made mention of the idea that there is some serious parallels between this guy and another white liberal male who was playing well above his intelligence, and married into mountains of money. John Kerry, otherwise known as Lurch.

And

http://dlvr.it/R0wHvw

# is there such a thing as the Democrat Fringe anymore?

Eric Florack on June 7th, 2019

How many of you who have been screaming at me about how “evil” tariffs are, are going to admit that this is precisely the desired effect?

Facing a Monday deadline to avoid tariffs, the Mexican government froze the bank accounts of the human traffickers of illegal aliens to the USA.

Reuters reported, “The Mexican Finance Ministry said on Thursday it blocked the bank accounts of 26 people for their alleged involvement in human trafficking, as Mexico broadens its migration clampdown amid growing pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.

“The ministry’s Financial Intelligence Unit said in a statement it froze the accounts due to ‘probable links with human trafficking and illegal aid to migrant caravans.’

But Don Surber has this one right…

The media has missed this story, concentrating on the monetary effects of a tariff if imposed.
But that was more anti-Trump hysteria.
President Donald John Trump lives to negotiate. Tariffs are a reminder of who has the upper hand in the negotiations.
Red China needs us more than we need them.
Ditto Mexico.
We can tell them to shove the avocados where the tequila doesn’t sunrise.
Chairman Xi thinks he can wait out President Trump and rig the 2020 election.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador knows better

Remember, Donald Trump was never my guy.

I would have vastly preferred Ted Cruz to be in the oval office. That said, when Trump is right he’s right oh, and the fact is he usually is these days.

And that point is driving a lot of people… Including the Democrats and the establishment GOP ….absolutely insane.

Mrs. Pelosi wants to see Donald Trump in jail. She had hoped that the Mueller Report would fulfill her dreams. Well the Speaker may get her wish, or half of it. The Weissmann/Mueller Report may put people in jail, the Mueller Team, from Real Clear Investigations:

Now that Mueller has ended his probe finding no election collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, 10 witnesses and targets of his sprawling, $35 million investigation agreed to speak with RealClearInvestigations because they are no longer in legal jeopardy. They include several people who became household names during the two-year probe – including George Papadopoulos, Carter Page and Roger Stone – as well as lesser-known figures whose lives were also upended and finances imperiled when they came into Mueller’s crosshairs. Only three of the 10, Papadopoulos, Stone and a political consultant named Sam Patten, were charged with a crime. Patten received three years probation but no jail time for failing to register as a foreign agent; Papadopoulos served 12 days for lying to federal agents; and Stone awaits trial on false statements, witness-tampering and obstruction charges.

Their firsthand accounts pull back the curtain on the secret inner workings of the Mueller probe, revealing how the special counsel’s nearly two dozen prosecutors and 40 FBI agents used harshly aggressive tactics to pressure individuals to either cop to crimes or implicate others in felonies involving collusion.

Andrew Weissmann argued as of some of Trump’s staff or Trump himself discussed the idea of removing Fearless Leader from the investigation, that Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice.  Weissmann just never both to charge anybody.

For their part the Weissmann goons used storm trooper to arrest people for alleged white collar crimes, pressured witnesses to change their testimony and threatened to prosecute a suspect’s entire family.  Weissmann tired to top the scales of justice, which is what wanted to change trump with.

Thomas Lifson, in an article entitled “Joe Biden is too stupid to win the nomination“:

The purported frontrunner of the Democrats’ presidential field is certain to self-dest ruct before the Democratic National Convention votes on a nominee more than a year from now, because he loves to talk and is too stupid to avoid making fatal mistakes. Exactly a month ago, I predicted he would not get the party’s nod, and I stand by that. But secretly, I hope I am wrong, because he would fall apart when faced with Donald Trump.

Aside: Better be careful using words like “stupid”, Thomas. People might think you weren’t a “serious” commentator. That kind of thing sounds like something I would have said.

(/Snark)

The ‘inside baseball” snark which most of you won’t understand, aside, he’s quite correct…

The man is a walking gaffe machine. And that’s just for openers. It should be pointed out of course that being stupid has never been a limitation in the Democrat Party before. in fact, I’ve always considered it to be something of a requirement.

I’ve said this elsewhere but I don’t think I’ve said it here before, so here we go… the real tragedy is not the perception that Joe Biden is the Democrats best candidate. The real tragedy is that the perception is the correct one.

The “Why are we afraid of China” comments Thomas mentions, in light of his son’s involvement with China on a very large financial venture (along with “Lurch” Kerry, and in light of Dianne Feinstein’s involvement with China, should of themselves automatically disqualify any presidential candidate. But after all this is the Democrat Party we’re talking about.

Then there’s the matter of Biden’s plagiarism. And it’s not like this is the first time this has happened.. You know in all honesty, I don’t believe this guy’s had an original thought in his head in the last 50 years.

As Matt Margolis suggests, Barack Hussein Obama is without question the worst president in American history. Let’s also be honest enough to suggest that the job of the veep is to make the president look good. Mr. Biden was extraordinarily overqualified for that role.

As Lifson points out, assuming the Joe Biden wins the nomination …which at this point is a huge question mark… Donald Trump will rip him to shreds from the moment the gavel falls on the Dem convention… If, for no other reason than Biden represents returning to the unmitigated disaster that was the Obama Administration.

Somehow I don’t think that’s going to play well even with a lot of Democrats. Besides it’s a little difficult to so the Democrat agenda, and it’s candidates, as the party of young ideas, when your leading candidate is 76 years old, and would be as close as no matter to 80 by the time his theoretical term is over.

Biden faces challenges from within the party, as well of course…with every one of those challenges riding on the left side of that particular clown car… And after years of trying to out “woke” everybody else, not a single one of them will make it past the general. The reason as I have repeatedly suggested over the years is that the rank and file of both parties are far more conservative than the leadership of either party and certainly more so than anything that either party has coughed up since Reagan.

So nobody among the jackass party with their hat in the ring currently is going to make it past the general… It’s just not going to happen. Not without some sort of cooked up scandal, which is precisely why the Jerry Nadler’s of the world are making so much noise.

Or, at least they were. Looks from here like they’re starting to back off of the constant drumbeat of impeachment. They recognize it’s not going to happen and in any event as I suggested earlier it’s not playing well among the electorate.

I take it as a sign of thee desperation among the Democrats the Joe Biden appears to be their best hope for attaining the White House in 2020.

Lifson is probably right. Biden will not win the nomination.

Eric Florack on June 6th, 2019

This trip to London and France on the 75th anniversary of D-Day has resulted in the one thing that the Democrats fear the most. What is that thing that they fear the most? President Trump appearing, well, presidential. Calling out, strengthening, reinforcing our relationships with old allies. In other words, being the diplomat. And most of all,doing precisely the opposite of what Obama told us he was about, which was and still is, diminishing America’s role in the world.

The beauty of this is that it wasn’t President Trump who was talking about America’s greatness and importance in the world. It was the English and the French.

The Democrats don’t dare to respond to all of this, but trust me, it’s driving them around the bend.

Eric Florack on June 5th, 2019

I’m going over some of the recordings, of speeches and pressers during this trip. There are several occasions where Trump has made specific reference to the special relationship between the UK and the US.

I’ve also been going over some recordings of Obama in the same situation. The striking difference is that Obama never mentioned the special relationship between the US and the UK… Not once.

Perhaps there was in fact a message involved with sending Winston Churchill’s bust out of the oval office, after all.

And yet, our media praises Obama for his diplomatic abilities, and calls Donald Trump “undiplomatic”. So disconnected from reality is the Press on this that it makes one wonder if they are reporting on completely different events.

Another thing: For all of her utter uselessness in terms of Brexit, give Theresa May credit for one thing… she alone made comments giving Donald Trump credit for bringing additional dollars, funding he demanded, for NATO. Remember, gang, those demands were mocked by the left at the time.

Eric Florack on June 4th, 2019

This whole thing hasn’t turned out the way that the left would have liked.

It should be noted that while the leftist Press those in the UK and here in the US are telling us, protesters. Jeremy Corbyn claimed they were going to have 250,000 protesters in London. They didn’t end up with a quarter of that. (Apparently, taking cues from the million Man March…)

It should also be noted that’s the Brexit Party, (by definition, a UK echo in terms of nationalism and populism…) just got through winning an election in the UK by wide margin.

(Yes…Unexpectedly, as usual)

It should also be noted that by any honest measure l Trump did an excellent job in representing these United States to the people of great Britain… And for that matter the world.

As a bonus, let’s consider that Trump is only the third s US president the Queen has officially received, since she ascended to the throne. Only two other U.S. presidents have made state visits to Britain in her 67 years on the throne… George W. Bush in 2003 and Barack Obama in 2011.

(The visit of Obama is important to this discussion, given that the usual suspects were telling us that Obama being received by Her Majesty meant that he had her high approval. Funny how they don’t seem to think so in this case.)

Remember, she invited him. That’s a rare occurrence. Don’t think for a moment she’s not sending a message. The Queen is not politically isolated, nor is she an idiot. She knows very well that the naysayers on the left, loud as they always tend to be, are an extreme minority.

The bottom line is, that the left both here in the States and in the UK end up looking like childish brats. My take is that this also will be remembered at the next election our respective countries.

I can’t imagine that that message, along with the sheer numbers of pro Trump protesters in London, will create a very bleak mood amongst Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters, for his chances of attaining number 10.

The Broward County school resource officer, Scot Peterson, who did absolutely nothing while a gun man murdered seventeen at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been fired and arrested, from Buzzfeed:

The Broward County Sheriff’s deputy who waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while a shooter opened fire, killing 17 people last year, has been arrested on child neglect charges relating to the mass shooting.

Scot Peterson was fired and charged Tuesday with 11 criminal charges, including child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury, in connection to what the Broward State Attorney’s Office described as his “lack of response” to the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting.

Now who is going to break the news to David Hogg?  A good guy with a gun only works when the guy with a gun is in fact good guy.