Can’t Buy Me Love…

Handel Trumps Ossoff.  Even Californistan couldn’t ship enough money to Georgia to buy a Congressional seat. Congrats to Karen Handel (methinks her campaign tune should be Zadok the Priest) despite being outspent by seven to one. They gave Ossoff the Kissoff—well done.

The Democrat Party has become the Party of Hate, with the full approval of their drones in the Fake News Media. It doesn’t seem to be resonating with normal folks.

The Georgia 6th district race was the most expensive in history with a total of $55 million spent. The Federal Elections Commission tells us that the Ossoff campaign spent $22,532,609 as of the end of May while the Handel campaign spent $3,158,847 over the same period.(here)

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That says it all really.

Rebel Yell

Conversation in Washington

 

I have been on the outskirts of DC and in the capital itself for a few days. I have been impressed with the kindliness, friendliness, and efficiency of the American blacks I have had occasion to deal with. The surliness of former decades has gone. “How y’all doin’ today?” has replaced it.

So here is a little interaction I had yesterday with the African American taxi driver, who was about sixty years old.

Him: First day of summer

Me: Yeah, longest day too.

Him: What do you mean?

Me: It’s the 21st of June , the longest day in the northern hemisphere. From now on the days shorten until September 22nd sometime, when night and day are equally long.

Him: You must be some kind of meteorologist. I never heard that before. Hemi-whatsis?, his curiosity aroused.

Me: Hemisphere. The world is a ball. The northern half is having its longest day while the southern half its shortest. The world is tilted at 23 degrees, so the sun doesn’t shine equally on all parts at the same time. Right now it is the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere.

Him: My God I gotta tell my wife that. You must be a meteorologist.

Me:I just read. You know when the earth goes around the sun at a tilt, half the year we get more sun than the southern hemisphere, and half the year we get less. That’s why it’s dark and cold around Christmas, which is near the shortest day in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice.

Him: I never heard that explained so clear. You must have studied your science in high school.

He was genuinely intrigued by this new knowledge. As I trust you understand, I am not mocking, deriding, or condescending. This was just a guy who had never in his life heard anyone describe the linkage between the earth’s motion around the sun and length of days in the year.

Is he exceptional? I have no idea. But that was the conversation yesterday. It is a sad commentary on the level of public school education in Virginia. Nor was he conning me.

At the end of the drive he said the trip normally would have cost $8 but the traffic conditions made it $9, so I did not have to tip him. Naturally I tipped him and we parted as friends.

It is always good to have a specific incident like this under your belt before you agree too much with Fred Reed’s doomist outlook on US race relations. Yes, the discourse between black blamers and white accepters of blame is profoundly corrupt and dishonest. The United States lives with a large group of African-origin people, many of whom are not the sharpest knives in the drawer, and this is apparent to everyone. Yet there are reserves of kindness and decent behaviour between the races that are reenacted and renewed every day. It is vital not to lose sight of actual people in all the abstractions.

 

Democrats Destroy Journalism

Famed feminist and iconoclast, and registered Democrat, Camille Paglia, has some interesting views on the current state of journalism is the US…

Paglia called what she said the Democratic Party had done to journalism “absolutely grotesque” and warned it would take decades to recover.

“It’s obscene,” she said. “It’s outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood. There’s no journalism left. What’s happened to The New York Times? What’s happened to the major networks? It’s an outrage.”
“I’m a professor of media studies, in addition to a professor of humanities, OK?” she continued. “And I think it’s absolutely grotesque the way my party has destroyed journalism. Right now, it is going to take decades to recover from this atrocity that’s going on where the news media have turned themselves over to the most childish fraternity, kind of buffoonish behavior.”…(h/t Breitbart)

 

Well said. The Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), aka left-wing brain rot, is a debilitating disease that destroys critical faculties and renders coherent thought impossible. Possible cures involve large doses of reality and occasional trips to Earth. It is believed to be a genetic modification of HDS (Harper Derangment Syndrome) from the Great White North, and a slightly less virulent form, BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) from an earlier administration.

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta has found that it mainly affects hacks, journalists, TV personalities (or lack thereof) and those with college degrees in weirdo studies. A few cures have been noted after the purchase of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle or a large-bore rifle.

Research continues.

Rebel Yell

Dem candidate Ossoff tries his hand at comedy

Campaign donations for the Georgia special election were as follows.

After losing the most expensive House race ever, in which he had the largest war chest, he opined as follows.

The role of money in politics is a major problem and particularly the role of unchecked anonymous money…. Well, the overwhelming majority of money spent supporting my opponent has come from super PACs in Washington. And the overwhelming amount of money that’s been spent supporting my candidacy has come from small-dollar donors. But there’s no question that money in politics is a major problem, which is one of the reasons that we need campaign finance reform so that candidates and campaigns will spend more time talking to voters and discussing the issues and less time raising money.

The above linked article notes the following.

For example, by the end of May, your opponent, Congresswoman-elect Handel, had spent $3.2M. You, Jon, on the other hand, had spent $22.5M. And then there’s all of that big “out of state PAC” money which Handel was getting. Of the roughly $13M she managed to take in, it was lumped into the category of “super PAC and party committee cash.” Sure, there was some PAC activity on her side just like yours, but NBC reports that the significant majority came from only two sources… the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund. These aren’t exactly nameless, faceless non-profits popping up in some warehouse owned by George Soros.

With all due respect, Mr. Ossoff, you just lost the most expensive House race the country has ever seen. And you gladly took in and slathered cash all over the landscape in an effort to win it. There’s no dishonor in losing a hard fought campaign, but calling for campaign finance reform on the final day of that spending spree is a bit much even by the standards of lifelong Washington insiders.

UK election factoid

BBC

…. And if only 50 people across just four seats had voted Conservative, instead of voting for the winning candidate, the Tories would have effectively won a majority.

Yes, you read that right. If 50 people in four decisive constituencies, a crowd that would fit easily on a school bus, had voted for Theresa May’s party, she would have suffered a reputational hit by falling back, but still have been able to operate in parliament without help from other parties (because the seven Sinn Fein MPs won’t take up their seats 322 is an effective majority).

At the next level, she would have reached an absolute majority of 326 if the Conservatives had achieved a grand total of 794 extra votes in the right places. Yes, our politics changed overnight, but if only a tiny number of votes had gone the other way, the outcome would have been so different….

I am not concerned

 

A long ago friend once entertained a GreenPeace activist at his door. The activist earnestly explained what was going wrong with the Great Lakes. At the end of the spiel, my friend said to the young man, “Thank you very much, but I am not concerned”. The activist was aghast. Appalled. “How can you not be concerned?” “Very easily. I am not concerned” and shut the door.

I keep thinking of that response when the global worry industry finds new concerns to pile on top of the existing ones: global warming, population growth, acidification of the oceans (viz. coral reefs), tobacco, meat, the list is endless .

Today’s concern, for the sort of person who gains something by appearing to be concerned,  is the spread of moss and houseflies in Antarctica. It appears that, as the coldest continent has warmed by some 3C in the past century, life is spreading. The Guardian is alarmed.

More and more invasive plants – mostly non-native meadow grasses and sunflower species – have been found on the Antarctic peninsula and its islands and have required removal. In addition, a paper in Biodiversity and Conservation by Kevin Hughes of the British Antarctic Survey and others, indicates that current biosecurity measures to control these invasions are inadequate.

I will admit there are some things to be concerned about. Whether you or your children will live in poverty. Whether Islam or political correctness or both will prevail. Whether universities will continue to be cesspits of leftism. Whether the US political intelligence establishment will overthrow Trump. Whether the US policy establishment will continue to destroy countries in the Middle East. Whether the 1% will own 85% of all wealth by 2050, or sooner. Islamic refugees in Europe. And so forth.

Can you imagine the sort of comfort zone in which someone must live, that they become alarmed at mosses and insects spreading to colonize Antarctica? A superfluity of concern. A superfluity of comfort from which to look out on the world. It is worthy of Jonathan Swift.

I am sorry, sir/madam, I am NOT concerned.

The Lawyers’ Civil War – Spengler

 

 

Read this:

A considerable portion of America’s permanent bureaucracy, including elements of its intelligence community, is engaged in an illegal and unconstitutional mutiny against the elected commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump. Most of the Democratic Party and a fair sampling of the Republican establishment wants to force Trump out of office, and to this end undertook an entrapment scheme to entice the president and his staff into actions which might be construed after the fact as obstruction of justice. By means yet undisclosed, the mutineers forced Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn from office and now seek to bring down the president for allegedly obstructing an investigation of Gen. Flynn that arose in the first place from the entrapment scheme.

There is more, and it describes what you are seeing and reading in every medium, newspaper, blog, twitter feed, and information source whatever.

If you read nothing else this week, read Spengler’s article: it will save you so much time to be able to understand the nature of what you are observing.

Spengler concludes:

Whatever the outcome, the legitimacy of a political system designed to be litigious and oppositional will be called into question, and the polarization of American opinion will become more rather than less extreme.

 

UN to ban smoking worldwide?

From CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2017 8:13 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017 11:09 AM CT

Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to ban the appropriation of Indigenous cultures — and to do it quickly.

Delegates from 189 countries, including Canada, are in Geneva this week as part of a specialized international committee within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency.

Background on tobacco from Wikipedia.

Tobacco has long been used in the Americas, with some cultivation sites in Mexico dating back to 1400–1000 BC. Many Native American tribes have traditionally grown and used tobacco. Eastern North American tribes historically carried tobacco in pouches as a readily accepted trade item, as well as smoking it, both socially and ceremonially, such as to seal a peace treaty or trade agreement. In some populations, tobacco is seen as a gift from the Creator, with the ceremonial tobacco smoke carrying one’s thoughts and prayers to the Creator

That is it folks. Enjoy your last smoke before this is adopted by WIPO and Trudeau ensures that Canada is the first one to sign up for this.

House of Cards, for real, and in slo-mo

 

 

I was watching an episode of House of Cards last night, in which the villainous President Francis Underwood seeks to engineer an electoral victory in the House of Representatives over the Republican candidate. [The actually voting in November had been halted in two states because of terrorist threats, both of which had been engineered by Underwood]. According to amendment 12 of the Constitution, in the case of a tied electoral college vote the House gets to pick the President and the Senate the Vice President .

As Rebel Yell has made clear, we are witnessing the Deep State and the Democrats seeking to paralyze the government of the United States, and have the President impeached – it matters not why. It is close to sedition; it may even constitute sedition.

The transparency of the means to do this are plain to anyone not yet caught up in the hysteria. Launch an investigation into nothing. When nothing turns up, change the target of the investigation. Trump is now being investigated by special counsel, who is interviewing senior intelligence officials, for obstruction of justice.

 

“The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.”

Translating: Nothing has come up on the Russian interference file so let’s change the subject.

Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.

How Deep State can you get?

I recall a very strange conversation last year before the election. A senior Democratic lawyer with an interest in matters of national security was talking about Hillary’s impending foreign policy, as it then seemed. It appeared to involve making Iran prevail against Turkey – for reasons I have never been able to discern – and to maintain the focus on Russia as enemy #1 of the United States. No mention of Islamic jihad anywhere.

I was unable to fathom the reasons for this set of ideas; and I remain completely at a loss to understand them. It is obvious that even to imagine you are living in a world where Turkey must be reduced in influence relative to Iran, and that Russia remains the principal enemy of the United States, involves premises so strange to my way of thinking as to be incomprehensible.

Now I mention this incident because it is possibly an insight into the world view of a larger set of American security officials. Russia might be for Trump a relatively small portion of a foreign policy realignment. But for the inside players, the principle could be that no elected politician should be playing in their sandbox. Strategic assumptions shall not be re-arranged just because you have been elected President of the United States.

Perhaps I am straining to find reasons in all this lunacy. But it seems increasingly clear to me that we are witnessing a slow motion putsch.

“Your electoral choices have no meaning for us”: that is what I am hearing

 

The Left-Wing Hate Factory

Every day you hear calls for resistance, smash this, destroy that, punch a Nazi. Of course, everyone who is not a screaming banshee of the left is a Nazi. Every day, the Fake News Media churn out more lies, smears and innuendo about President Trump and Republicans. Every day, brainwashed idiots on university campuses across the US scream violence against the constitutional government—and that’s just the faculty, the ‘students’ are even worse. Even former Attorney General, Lynch, called for ‘blood and ’violence’. That such an appalling woman ever rose to that position is a blot on America. But she is one of many.

The chickens are coming home to roost. The recent shooting of a Republican Congressman and others have brought matters to a head. Note well that the poisonous atmosphere in American politics is almost exclusively due to the Deep State plot to bring down the president with anti-Russian hysteria, lies and innuendo, dressed up as an investigation. The media whores of CNN, NBC, the NY Times etc. are complicit in the whole disgusting affair.

The American people can see their political class destroy their constitutional government right before their eyes, live on TV.

Pat Buchanan recently asked ‘How close are we to civil war?’ Good question Pat. If the left thinks it can get away with killing people, it will. Left-wing revolutions in all countries have always generated massive killing. The hatred that permeates what little political discourse remains is clear to everyone. It comes from the left. The Democrats are aiding and abetting it. Congressional Republicans are weak.

Where, America, is that spirit of the Alamo? Where is the ‘I shall return’ of General Douglas MacArthur? The globalist/Deep State gang intend to take over the government entirely and reduce American democracy to a sham. Trump offers the people’s voice, that is, the voice of ordinary folks, working stiffs, housewives, all the normal people that make the country operate. They have saved America in the past and will do so again, despite the attempted coup by all the parasites of the left and their cheering squads in the media.

The current witch hunt has all the attributes of a communist-style purge—the Party (in this case the Democrats) and its factions in the bureaucracy, the secret police, and the media whores all united in an attempt to destroy the president. It is a battle.

Whoever wins, and I’m with Conrad Black this, Trump has already accomplished the nigh-impossible—bringing the Deep State out into the open, exposing the media as utterly dishonest and corrupt, and demonstrating to the American people that he is going to fight it!

Way to go, Donald. There are many with him, the silent majority must remain silent no longer.

Rebel Yell