Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pop Quiz!

OK without Googling can you tell which person pictured below is a threat to America?

First up...


...Steve Bannon, adviser to President Trump, former chair of Breitbart news and a top five bogeyman of the Left.

Second we have.....


Richard Spencer. He is the founder of altright.com and famous for being the most visible spokesperson of that movement as well as for his "fashy" haircut and getting sucker punched.

Next we have....


David Duke. Duke is a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and is a favorite bogeyman of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a "hate group watch-dog" / highly successful "fundraising" organization. Duke was also a one term state legislator in Louisiana as well as running unsuccessfully for the Congress, Senate, the Governor and twice for President.

Finally we have....



Ted Wheeler, the happy go lucky mayor of Portland, Oregon. Ted is a predictably leftist, pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-homsexuality, etc.

So which is the threat to America?

If you guessed Ted Wheeler....

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

Why would such an innocuous looking smiley fella be more dangerous than the other three? Well in the wake of the stabbing death of two men in Portland who tried to intervene when a deranged guy apparently started yelling and ranting at two women on a train, the good Mayor is trying to quash a peaceable assembly that he happens to find offensive. As a side note, another man was also stabbed and is in serious condition. All three of these men did what men are supposed to do, namely protect women. I guess the patriarchy does have some uses after all. Anyway, this guy has been immediately labelled a "white supremacist" by the "mainstream" media even though there ample evidence from social media that this guy was actually a rabid Bernie Sanders supporter (is there another kind?) who pretty much hated anyone and everyone depending on the day and his mood. Bernie Sanders supporters are well-known for their white supremacist tendencies. Another ironic side note, we are told that no matter how many times Muslim terrorists blow up innocent civilians, we can never blame Muslims as a whole. Guilt by association and all that. When a guy who is not recognized as part of the white supremacist / white nationalist / alt-right / whatever kills people in a fit of rage, it is not only OK but required to lump everyone who questions mass immigration in with him.

Proof of that and why I say Ted Wheeler is a danger to America is that there is apparently an "alt-right" rally scheduled in Portland and Mayor Wheeler is calling on the rally to be cancelled out of "respect" but what he said as part of that statement is what is extremely troubling, emphasis mine:

The mayor of Portland, Ore., is calling on the federal government to help him stop what he describes as two upcoming “alt-right” demonstrations as his city continues to reel from last week’s deadly train stabbings. 

“Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday while urging the organizers to cancel the events scheduled for June 4 and June 10. 

“My main concern is that they are coming to peddle a message of hatred and of bigotry,” Wheeler said. “They have a First Amendment right to speak, but my pushback on that is that hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

I wonder if Mayor Wheeler has actually ever read the First Amendment because that is not what it says. At all. The ACLU agrees:

The American Civil Liberties Union immediately rejected that stance, saying, “The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period.”

#rekt

That is kind of the whole point of the First Amendment. If the government can allow or deny speech it dislikes then that completely negates the First Amendment. Fortunately the Feds agreed. From Fox 12 Oregon:

The federal government will not revoke the permit for a rally planned in downtown Portland on Sunday despite an impassioned plea from Mayor Ted Wheeler.
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"Since the permit was lawfully obtained to assemble at this federal location, GSA has no basis to revoke the permit," according to the U.S. General Services Administration.

Welp.

Liberty, freedom, the American way of life, the Constitution: 1

Leftist thought control 1984-esque wannabe tyrant Mayor: 0

More broadly speaking, this sort of assault on the First Amendment is not restricted to this event. We are already seeing the violent attacks from Leftists on college campuses. In Europe and Canada where there is no Constitution we see the government already cracking down, not on suspected Islamic militants but on people who are "Islamaphobic", also known as "Gettingblownupatconcertphobic". It is a reminder to me and should be to everyone just how precious our Bill of Rights is and how unique. It is also a reminder that there a lot of people in this country that want to control what you do, what you say, where you go, who you associate with and even what you teach your children. Cheesy grinning, Ironman Triathlon, Mt Everest climbing Mayor Teddy Wheeler is a genteel forerunner to more insidious tyranny. We must never give a single inch on the Bill of Rights because there are just too many people like Teddy who would love to dismantle the whole thing.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Russkies Are Coming! For Real This Time!

The Russians are coming for our precious bodily fluids! Or something like that.



I read something interesting this afternoon, Russia's Plans for New Nuclear Carriers And Destroyers Delayed Indefinitely. Why is this interesting? Because the Russians are once again the cartoonish villains in our cultural narrative but this time they are reviled by the Right and the Left! For the Right it is kind of the same old story, the Russians are threatening our military hegemony, we need to build more and more and more weapons to keep them in check or they will overrun Poland. For the Left the Russians are secretly the power behind Manchurian candidate and now President Trump. Anything and everything is part of the Russian conspiracy and the less substantive the accusations the better! "Sources say" is like crack to journalists.

The military threat of the Russians is completely overblown. As I have mentioned and the article reiterates, the one Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is so unreliable and prone to breaking down that it is accompanied at all times by a tugboat. From 2011 to 2020 the Russians invested an extra $336.3 billion in military spending or an extra $16 billion a year. That sounds like a lot until you consider that on top of the approximately $600,000,000,000 we already spend on the military, President Trump is proposing an increase in 2018 alone of $54 billion in U.S. military spending and what additional spending the Russians are using sounds like it is not been spent in a terribly effective way. I wouldn't worry about the Russians replacing America on the top of the superpower heap.

I was a senior in high school in 1989 when the Berlin wall came down and it rocked our world. My whole life up to that point was spent in fear of the Russians. Nuclear war, movies like Red Dawn, the Russians were the scary people. I wonder what 17 year old me would think of an America 28 years later that still fears the Russian bogeyman?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

An Interesting Look At The Constitution



The United States Constitution, which is more quaint and innocent times was the law of the land, starts off with three articles that establish and create the powers and limitations of the three branches of the Federal government. I found the order and the size of each article interesting. The first article deals with the Congress, the Legislative branch. Including the headers it is 2,318 words and is very detailed.

The second article deals with Presidency, the Executive branch. Section two is 1,033 words, less than half the length of Section one. A ton of the section deals with how to elect the President and the rest of it is pretty limited in terms of what he can do.

The third section, as anyone who has watched Schoolhouse Rock should know, deals with the Judicial branch, i.e. the Supreme Court and lower Federal courts. This section is a mere 379 words and is very, very limited in terms of the scope of the power of the Supreme Court.

This makes it all the more bitterly ironic that the branch given the least attention in the Constitution now wields almost absolute power. Executive orders regarding immigration policy? Nope says the judiciary. A YouTube video exposing the casual brutality of Planned Parenthood? Nope, gotta remove that video says the judiciary. A "right" to abortion and a "right" to homosexual "marriage" that are not mentioned in any sense in the Constitution? Yep, those are right there in the Constitution and now we created a law that covers the entire United States without a single vote by the Congress.

The Founders would be aghast at what a mess we made of the nation they created and nowhere more so than the absolute power wielded by the judicial branch that makes law on a whim. In many ways we are a banana republic where people who have never gotten a single vote in an election make laws out of thin air that we all are bound by under threat of force and imprisonment.

Not too long ago I described America to an Amish guy as a person who went five days walking into the desert with three days of water. I might have to amend that as we probably only have one day worth of water left and our children and grandchildren are the ones who are going to suffer for our misdeeds.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Maybe Democracy Isn't Such A Great Idea

There are a lot of reasons why democracy might not be such a great idea, first and foremost the voters themselves. When you spend much time among the general populace and realize that they can vote for whatever they want and that I have to pay for it and/or have it impact my life significantly, it is kind of scary. To vote in America requires that you are born and manage to make it to age 18 without dying. That is it. You can be dumb as a stump, crazy, whatever, and still get to make decisions for other people. It doesn't matter if you can name who your senators are or the capital of your state or find Washington, D.C. on a map. It doesn't matter if you don't know how many states there are. You get to vote to decide how much someone should pay in property taxes even if you don't and never will own property. You don't have to know anything, have any sort of stake in the process or even really care at all, all you have to do is be 18 and manage to find your way to the polling place on the correct day. It certainly works better when power is decentralized so that the most important issues are local issues but that is not how it works today. Today most of the people who make the most critical decisions that affect how I live my life are made by people who have probably never been within 50 miles of my house. They don't know me and they don't care about me. Why should they?

Case in point, the honorable Maxine Waters who would be a shoo-in for the "Dumbest Politicians Ever" Hall of Fame if there was such a thing. I wouldn't trust her to make change from a dollar bill and yet the good people of her district in California have seen fit to inflict this simpleton on the rest of us and as 1/435th of the House she gets a direct say in how I live my life. You really can't exaggerate how stunningly dumb she is. She makes former Vice-President Dan Quayle seem like a genius in comparison (I met the VP in person in New Hampshire when he was running for President, he really is pretty dumb). A random sampling of clips of her from YouTube should send a chill down your spine. For example:


Does it seem reasonable to you that someone like this is a Federal lawmaker? She has been in Congress since the January following my graduation from high school, 26 years. Prior to that she was in the California State Assembly for 14 years, preceded by a few other jobs in politics and a degree in sociology. These are the qualifications of someone who occupies a seat in the Congress of the United States for more than a quarter century. When you look at the rogues gallery of lunatics (James Traficant), scumbags (Dennis Hastert) and various criminals who have served in Congress, it is really a miracle we are not worse off than we are.

The people of her district can vote for whoever they want. That is their right. That is also the problem. I wouldn't hire Maxine Waters to work the drive-thru at McDonalds but the people of California keep electing her reflexively over and over and over. I don't know what would be a better system than we have right now but our experiment with a democratically elected republican government is kind of a disaster. Maybe the system they used in Starship Troopers....

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Peaceful Protest?

In another racially charged case, a Tulsa police officer, Betty Shelby, killed a motorist with PCP in his system, Terence Crutcher. She was charged with manslaughter and the trial ended with a verdict of not-guilty. As is universally the case the result of a jury of her peers (9 White and 3 black jurors) has been declared a miscarriage of justice, etc.

The merits of the case, which include a great deal of conflicting video evidence, the presence of PCP in Crutcher's system and his extensive criminal past, are not my primary concern. Having a very extensive criminal past doesn't mean it is OK to shoot someone. Being on drugs, even something as serious as PCP, doesn't mean it is OK to shoot someone. But when you start to combine enough issues, you find an unfortunate but completely preventable situation. The father of Terrence Crutcher stated that the police officer "got away with murder" and lamented that his four grandchildren "have lost their daddy", with no mention of their father being a criminal and drug abuser which no doubt didn't provide a great home life for his kids. A local Tulsa clergyman, Rodney Gross of Morning Star Baptist Church, stated 3 times in 3 sentences that Terrence Crutcher was murdered even though the officer in question was not even charged with murder and the crime she was charged with, felony manslaughter, she was also found not guilty of by a jury of her peers. As someone who claims to be a Christian minister, Mr. Gross should be more temperate in his pronouncements as his comments seemed more designed to elicit a favorable response from his listeners than speak the truth.

The response is what I am concerned with.

CNN reported that there were demonstrators outside of the courtroom, which is not surprising. This is how CNN described them:

Shortly after the ruling, demonstrators gathered outside the courtroom in a peaceful protest.

Fair enough. The next two sentences are of more concern:

"Bring her out," the crowd yelled, referring to Shelby. "No justice, no peace, no racist police!" 

Gov. Mary Fallin said that while residents have a right to express their opinions, they should do so in a peaceful manner.

Bring her out? Why would they yell that? That certainly sounds like a essentially unveiled threat. I don't think it is outside of the realm of reality to read between the lines and see "We disagree with the verdict so bring her outside where we will dispense justice". Whenever the cry of "No justice, no peace" is heard it is a clear threat of unrest and violence, i.e. a lack of peace, when a jury decision goes against the wishes of the crowd.

Imagine if a similarly charged situation were reversed and a black man was on trial for raping and murdering a White woman. When he was found not guilty, a crowd of Whites gathered at the courthouse and shouted "Bring him out!". Would any reasonable person not see that statement as ominous and laden with threats of violence? What historically literate person would not hear echoes of lynch mobs of the early 20th century? Does anyone think that CNN would have described the crowd as "peaceful protesters"?

We are in a racially charged environment and it is getting worse, no thanks for 8 years of Obama. It is incumbent on people of all races to try to ease tensions, not to cry "Murder" when no murder was committed like Rodney Gross, who as a minister should know better. The death of Terrence Crutcher is tragic because it was so preventable, in part preventable by a different response from Betty Shelby but mostly from a man with a lengthy criminal record not getting stoned and driving a car leading to a tense standoff.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Steyn On Population Growth

Mark Steyn who often fills in for Rush Limbaugh and is far more entertaining, not to mention the person who looks least like his voice in human history, has been doing a series of YouTube videos that are fun and he recently posted one based on a chart from Steve Sailer at vdare, African Population Explosion: The Graph That Explains the 2015 Migrant Crisis. The chart has to do with the projected population growth of Europe and Africa over the remainder of the century and looks like this:

Why is this important? The resources of Africa are so strained right now that it is a serious crisis, the same basic crisis that has been going on in Africa since I was a kid. Too many people, too little food, too little infrastructure to get aid where it needs to go and too many revolutions, violence and corrupt leaders. That is only going to get worse, not better over the next 75 years.

I recognize that a lot of people think of Vdare as a White supremacist/xenophobic site or some other such nonsense but it turns out that I don't care. Where are those billions of Africans going to live if not Africa and it can't be Africa because what will they eat? According to Steve Sailer, they are going a) figure out a way to find population equilibrium or b) flood in ever greater numbers in Europe or c) find balance via war or mass starvation on a scale we have never seen. Call me crazy but seeing pictures of millions starving to death is worse than someone calling me a racist. Give Steyn's video a watch, it is sobering stuff.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I Would Have Thought That A Helmsman For An Intergalactic Space Exploration Vehicle Would Be Better At Math

George Takei, once a beloved character on a nostalgic TV show, Star Trek, who has since become a social media giant famous for tweeting/Facebooking funny cat videos and not so funny ignorant political rants, seems incapable of adding 2 plus 2 and coming up with 4. For example on Mr. Sulu Takei's Twitter feed there was this post on May 6th:


I would agree that it is horrific. I strongly oppose the militant gay rights movement as destructive to our society and the gay lifestyle is destructive to those involved in it but it is a criminal act to murder people for having a homosexual lifestyle. But then a few days later George posts this:


What George seems unable to connect here are some pretty obvious dots. Muslims probably do face some discrimination in America, although I strongly doubt it is anywhere near as severe or prevalent as they would like you to believe. I used to work in the town just south of Dearborn, Michigan and many of my customers at the bank were Middle Eastern and they seemed to get along just fine. In fact every new group to a nation experiences some discrimination, as my Irish and Polish ancestors did but they overcome it. On the other hand, in nations where Muslims are a majority, like Chechnya (95% in the Chechen capital of Grozny), people like this gay teen and people like George Takei for that matter, get thrown off of buildings for being homosexual. George is so very concerned about this gay teen and presumably about the reported "gay concentration camps" in Chechnya but doesn't seem to make the connection that the reason these camps exist is that Chechnya is a majority Muslim nation. 

For people like George Takei, Muslims in America are an oppressed minority that they should stand in solidarity with, encourage the importation of and expect to have their friendship reciprocated. I would like to ask George what he thinks life for people like him will be like as the number of Muslims increases. Are there any Muslim majority countries that he and his "partner" would feel comfortable living in? It seems to me that homosexuals make the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" error when it comes to Islam. Homosexuals see normal people, specifically White men, as their enemy because they perceive that they discriminate against them carrying out their homosexual behavior. They likewise see those same White, straight, presumably Christian, men are the enemies of Islam so solidarity with Muslims creates a coalition, a united front against straight White men. The reality is that I don't think that Muslims see homosexuals as true allies, just as allies of convenience. As the Soviets found out in World War II, if you aren't careful about who you make alliances with, you might find them turning on you once you stop being useful. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Science!

Climate change is in full effect here in northeast Indiana based on our five day forecast....


Yes, yes, I know. Weather is not climate (except when it is) but it is really cold.

I know that in spite of this that climate change is true because scientists say so and get super angry when anyone questions them. The response you get to legitimate questions is somewhere south of KJV-Only types on the scale of irrational, frothing at the mouth outrage. "You can't ask questions, because SCIENCE!". After all, everyone knows that scientists are never wrong, like seriously and completely wrong, and they are never, ever influenced by their own political beliefs and the desire to keep their funding flowing in so they don't have to get real jobs. What makes self-proclaimed elites and intellectuals angrier than anything else is when regular people don't take them seriously. It drives them bonkers. Even worse is when people they consider their inferiors make fun of them. All of which simply encourages me to do so. Make no mistake, behind Bill Nye the "Science" Guy, the rest of the climate change inquisitors, the Black Lives Matter folks, the "Fight for $15" people, etc. are the same group of neo-Marxists who don't give a rip about black lives or the environment or how much janitors make. They are only concerned with a wholesale dismantling of our economic system and Western civilization. That isn't "science", it is just old fashioned Leftist politics.