Archive for Mind Games

A good summary: tactics, behavior, and expectations

Clarice Feldman says Let’s Talk Turkey: Free Speech in an Autocratic Era. The column is a dense summary of the post election trauma from “The Euro version of the “Trump needs guidance” meme” to VDH’s observation that “The nexus of attack will not be a dramatic scandalous revelation — it will be intended to induce bleeding from a thousand tiny nicks and cuts, all designed to reduce his moral authority and thus his ability to ratchet back the progressive decade.”

NPR appears not to have appreciated the blowback to their Bannon slime job so reports are that they will avoid any further interviews with conservatives. Another ‘commentator’ observes that ‘the Democrats haven’t been this upset since we freed their slaves.’ On the one side are those like the cast of Hamilton who fear for their lives and on the other are those who say ‘enough already’.

The delusion is palpable and is being examined for what it really is. Feldman provides a very dense summary from a very rich field of observations.

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George Will: Higher education is awash with hysteria. That might have helped elect Trump.

Institutions of supposedly higher education are awash with hysteria, authoritarianism, obscurantism, philistinism and charlatanry. Which must have something to do with the tone and substance of the presidential election, which took the nation’s temperature.

This is, perhaps, why there is a need about How to survive a post-election meltdown Thanksgiving.

Many Americans, afraid of almost everything these days — so afraid of being afraid that they’re easily herded like political livestock — will look to Thanksgiving with just one thing on their minds:


It’s true and you know it. You’re afraid somebody will say something. And you’re afraid that you’ll respond, and you will.

Now, you might get lucky and have a Thanksgiving gathering of people who don’t give two figs for politics. But that means you have a house full of 7-year-olds and all they’ll want is mac and cheese, so good luck with that.

Just How ugly will Democrats get in smearing Jeff Sessions?

as a US attorney, Sessions desegregated schools and successfully prosecuted the head of the state Ku Klux Klan for murder — then, as the state’s attorney general, saw the killer executed. That prosecution set the stage for a $7 million civil judgment that broke the Alabama Klan.

Sessions’ votes and ideology are fair game for confirmation hearings. Democrats have every right to conduct a tough and spirited grilling — provided it’s a fair one, and not another in a long line of liberal smears.

But, alas, the party of the KKK has its true colors on display: Trump Cabinet Picks Incite Liberal Backlash — “Democrats, civil liberties groups sound alarm on choices of top advisers.”

“There is a growing and alarming trend among the individuals President-elect Trump is naming to key positions in his administration,” New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said in a statement. “Some have degraded and demeaned Americans. Others actively promote dangerous fringe ideologies. Still more have threatened Americans’ rights, and attacked the privileges of citizenship.”

“This nomination is deeply troubling to Americans who care about equal protection under the law,” said Wade Henderson, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

To see just how far this civility bragged about on the left goes, consider Pat Saperstein’s column Mike Pence Booed at ‘Hamilton’ Performance.

Vice-president elect Mike Pence went to see the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” on Broadway Friday night, and the performance was disrupted when the audience wouldn’t stop booing him.

At the end of the show, the cast addressed his presence, with Brandon Victor Dixon saying “Vice President Elect Pence, welcome. Thank you for joining us at Hamilton-An American Musical. We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of ALL of us.”

Notice the presumption. With absolutely nothing to support it you have a belief that the ‘other side’ is not going to uphold American values or work on behalf of everyone. That is the true evil and why there is fear at even a family Thanksgiving dinner. It is a fear driven by schools offering propaganda rather than education. It is a fear as a reaction to intolerance and bigotry based on fantasy that just assumes, with religious fervor, that those not in step are evil incarnate. That fear is a realistic fear because the derangement that is on display is extraordinarily costly to resolve on many fronts. One only has to look at the damage and harm being caused by the rioters on the fringe of this phenomena to see that. 

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Free Range Kids so why not Free Market Medical?

The idea has been under attack much like Uber and Lyft but good ideas are hard to keep down. Taylor Millard provides his take on Changing the medical equation — “An Oklahoma doctor brings the market back to medicine.”

“We thought, ‘let’s just open our own place and get away from these lunatics and not deal with the federal government,’” Dr. Smith said, as he recounted the discussions prior to the center’s opening. “We decided we were going to be honest and fair with our pricing and not deal with the feds. And that was our mission.”

“Dealing with them was the easiest thing in the world,” patient Michelle Ray said. “I called to verify that the price listed on the website was inclusive and accurate. I made an appointment and they told me everything I would need before, during, and after surgery.”

In 2014 he helped launch the Free Market Medical Association, which hooks up patients with like-minded doctors. FMMA holds conferences to show doctors how to make a cash-only system work.

Let the market work!

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Where did that come from?

Jon Evans has some advice: So you think you elected an autocrat. He seems to be a bit confused. One of the first things to do in a circumstance like he poses is to check one’s perceptions. Where did the idea come from? Is it accurate? Unless and until you have an accurate picture of the situation any effort to deal with it is likely to be as flawed as the perception itself.

In America, for instance, it seems reasonable to expect life to get measurably worse over the next four years for visible minorities, LGBTQ people, women who seek autonomy over their own bodies, etc.

Why is this reasonable? From the point of view of many, this ‘reasonable to expect’ describes what has happened — history — over the last eight years and that history was the reason to create a change in order to put in place a corrective course.

…but maybe the most important thing is to include them in your communities, both online and off. Social media gets a lot of flak around elections, much of it justified, but it is also a crucially important substrate that people can use to band together and support each other when times get tough.

This is no time to get all People’s Front of Judea, or to write off anyone and everyone who disagrees with you as a monster. Note that the same people who say “everyone who voted for the other side is racist and cannot ever be associated with under any circumstances” also often say “everyone’s racist, it’s just a matter of degree, it’s implicit in the system in which we live.” Be very careful who you call an enemy. More us-and-them polarization is exactly what the autocrat wants.

This begs the question of who it is that is excluding others, who it is that is trying to “write off” the opposition, who it is that is branding people by affiliation without basis and who is citing specific behaviors. We can see this in the last campaign where one side was crying “unfit” based on created extrapolations while the other was citing specific breaches of national security. It can be seen after the election when the ‘unfit’ side is trying to deny the results with riots, false allegations and other acting out, and paid rioters who did not even vote.

I’ve been arguing for some time now that the whole concept of a world partitioned into nation-states makes less and less sense. 
That means making a point of extending community and governance projects across borders. That means getting into Bitcoin and the other major cryptocurrencies, as the only true world currencies. That means doing your best to defend Internet (and other) freedoms around the world, where they are under concerted attack, by building decentralized systems that exist orthogonally to nation-states.

Unfortunately the tech industry has been more focused on delivery apps for privileged hipsters than systems and networks that strengthen communities and create new tribes.

Which is it? Is the community a local tribe or a trans-national aggregate? The global community idea needs to carefully inspect the history of the League of Nations and its complicity in WW II. The federalist ideas in the U.S. government need to be compared to the common technology advice to build complex systems out of small redundant parts. How can “strengthen communities and create new tribes” fit into this idea of a global community? Much of the strife we ever see is when the concept of tribe and locality become sufficiently strong to overwhelm a proper consideration for the broader community. This is visible everywhere from inner city gang violence to the Muslim radicalism. The U.S. immigration history has shown how this conflict can be eased in the dual accommodation of assimilation coupled with respect and honor of heritage. Many ‘tribes’ have become a part of the U.S. while still celebrating their roots. Some ‘tribes’ – notably blacks and Muslims – have not.

The conflicts between individual, tribal, national, and global identities are not solved by imposing homogeneity much as they are not solved by fostering exaggerated identity. Individuals need to be able to choose to which tribe they belong. They need to be able to choose their associates. They need to have their rights protected as much as they must respect the rights of others. In this regard, the U.S. also shows how it can be done. Capitalism and federalism are both based on these concepts of individual freedom of expression and participation within the constraints of the greater society. Much of the strife visible now is about whether to minimize or maximize those ‘constraints’ of the greater society. Do we trust the individual in aggregate or a government in isolation? Where should the balance be?

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Urban Apologetics

Ernest Cleo Grant II describes The Challenge of Defending the Faith in the Inner City — “Traditional apologetics has struggled to address the theological issues of my urban community.” He recites a ‘discussion’ from an evangelical effort to the ‘Heroin Highway’ near his church.

What I needed—likely along with many other inner-city pastors—was a course on urban apologetics. That is, a branch of apologetics that addresses matters of faith within the larger context of race, inequality, economics, justice, and religious pluralism. Many urban cults thrive because they provide a sense of communal identity by addressing the pressing issues of the urban dweller.

today’s apologetics has done a weak job in addressing the theological issues within the under-resourced inner city. The discipline rarely anticipates that the crisis of faith of a poor person may look entirely different than that of a wealthy one and that the heresies one may be enticed by may have little in common.

Should Christian academic institutions begin creating resources to address the inner city church, they would likely discover that their work would benefit the entire church. Many of the these heresies exist due to the maltreatment of people of color by their countrymen, white Christians. Consequently, white Christian communities seeking to defend their faith in the inner cities would do well to confront their past actions and beliefs.

In 2016, the answer to this question will not exist in a textbook or within the confines of the classroom. Will support be defined as additional essays and books? Probably, but it will also look like reading about the complicated history of American Christianity, advocating for justice for urban communities—even when if it comes at one’s personal cost—and learning alongside inner city evangelists. Maybe that interaction starts on Heroin Highway with an Italian ice.

He cites the stimulus as a resident accosting him with his hubris. Grant misses this need described in Matthew 7:3 about the mote and beam and also the caution about false witness. Is it really true that those infested by drugs and prostitution are suffering “maltreatment of people of color by their countrymen?” Is the inner city really “under-resourced” in terms of social investment?

There is a conflation of problem and solution here. This isn’t a matter of understanding the context and social environment in order to teach but rather of confronting a Sodom and Gomorrah situation. The salvation of Christ starts with acceptance as a sinner. It does not start with the presumption as a victim of some devil.

The urban evangelist is confronted by sin. It is the sin that results in broken families and in broken communities. The solution is in the members of that community accepting Christ by first accepting their own culpability for their state. From there, they can build families, communities, and a God fearing populace that uses faith as the basis for health and welfare rather than dependency on government.

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What to do with dishonesty, delusion, and denial?

Seth Keshel suggests Drown Out the Lying MSM. The State Propaganda Machine (SPM) a.k.a. the mainstream media has certainly been caught often enough with pants on file to assure that censoring them a more a matter of integrity than ideology. They foment abuse rather than report it.

Do you enjoy being lied to? Or do you have to watch sports so badly that you’re willing to fork over $150 per month for a cable or dish subscription that directly funds people who hate you and everything you believe in and want to mislead you, all while insulting you to your face?

Here’s an ‘anonymous’ (caveat emptor!) on how he Watched Donald Trump Blow A Hole Through The European Elite’s Minds.

my mind embraced Trump. If the elite Europeans despise him so much, and especially executives that run a company that caters to providing status symbols to the elite, he must be what America needs, I thought.

The conference and setting were awesome, the topics interesting, but disbelief gripped the Europeans. How could the Americans get it so wrong?

I did my best to explain in two languages, and I kept it at a level that executives and kindergartners could understand: 1. The cities went with Hillary, but the Democratic Party and media is so completely out of touch with the people outside of the cities that the pollsters missed she never had a chance. 2. A large portion of the United States has a cultural identity that believes in subsidiarity rather than centralization.

Watching 70- and 80-year-olds high-fiving one another had me laughing. Seeing their pride restored because they had struck a blow to restore the American identity also made me cry a bit, too.

There are a number of stories noting the fact that the SPM has taken up opposition camps. John Merlin hits this with One example is about election validity. Outside California, Clinton Is A Big-Time Popular Vote Loser.

Donald Trump’s opponents are having something of a field day with news that Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote currently tops 1 million. … But a closer look at the election returns show that Hillary’s lead in the popular vote is entirely due to her oversized margin of victory in uber-liberal California.

It’s no wonder Boxer wants to do away with the Electoral College, since it would let her state decide presidential elections, even if — as in this election — the Republican candidate did much better in far more states across the country.

In an era of all the concern about equality, the protection of minorities in this particular matter seems to be swept under the rug. The Electoral College mechanism exists to protect from tyranny of the majority but, to the left, tyranny is just fine as long as it is their tyranny. Harry Reid’s tenure in the Senate as a destroyer of protections for the minority by tyranny of the majority might also come back the haunt his party. You can image the wailing and gnashing of teeth that will occur if that comes up!

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Personalize the target: It’s already going full speed.

Harry Reid has stepped in so you know it’s legit! It’s the Alinsky tactic. In this case, the victim is the President Elect’s nominee for counselor. Jeffrey Scott Shapiro describes The tarring of Steve Bannon — “The charge that Trump’s chief strategist is an anti-Semite is sordid — and wrong.”

Fox News has reported that the Trump presidential transition team is already being called upon to rescind its appointment of Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist, citing accusations of anti-Semitism and racism.

Based on my overall personal experience with Mr. Bannon, I cannot believe he is an anti-Semite or racist. Such allegations are inconsistent with the person I know. Mr. Bannon is a staunch, pro-American patriot who believes in playing hardball with the left and his personality shows it.

As for Harry Reid, see Brietbart. And if you want to see more of the swamp, check out R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. on An inscrutable interview with the BBC. “British viewers get a jug of moonshine to drown post-election sorrow.” From full delusion to ignorance to wondering about just what is in that Kook-Aid — it’s up front and in your face with no apologies nor any hint of self awareness.

The anal exam is going to be quite a change. Every peccadillo, real or imagined, is going to get the Full Monte. No longer the ignoring, the papering-over, the excusing, the down-playing … The new administration hasn’t even begun yet the evidence of the assault is already evident.

UPDATE: See VDH Carpe Diem, Mr. Trump. The tactics and behavior are getting old enough to become a matter of fact to a scholar of ancient history.

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About that election: the why on display

The ugliness, the hate, the narrow-mindedness, the violence, the authoritarianism of the liberal left unleashed by the election of Donald J. Trump (R), despised by the self-proclaimed dealers of peace, tolerance, love, and open-mindedness, as documented here by Carol Brown and other right-thinking media (and minimized by the so-called mainstream media), is revealing.

Remember, this isn’t the alt liberal-left – the fringe. These are the feelings, the attitudes, and the beliefs of a substantial proportion of liberals.

Ethel C. Fenig says Threatening to assassinate the president has consequences.

Dominating the culture for so long, these lefties thought they could do anything and get away with it. But they can’t.

For instance, Matt Harrigan, CEO of cyber-security firm PacketSled, is, like most of the Silicon Valley executives, bright but arrogant and condescending to those who disagree with him. Despite Harrigan’s wishes, Trump was elected. And so Harrigan publicly announced he would assassinate Trump.

Not surprisingly many of the liberal left, in all its non-peace-loving, narrow-minded glory, approved.

But others didn’t, so Harrigan offered a weak apology, blaming those offended for being offended at his mighty, superior self.

The question is that these rioters, called “protestors” to minimize their extreme and unseemly behavior, are demonstrating just what the election was about. It is related to the LA Police saying they won’t enforce the law in regards to immigration or the mayor of Chicago claiming his city will maintain a pledge of diversity and remain a ‘sanctuary city’ for illegals despite its soaring crime.

Even ‘friends’ on social media talk about Republicans the way the KKK used to talk about blacks. They prognosticate about evil deeds yet to come despite no evidence or history that could be extrapolated to validate such fears.

It has been noted that many of rioters are paid – advertisements for hiring have been noted on Craig’s List. The rioters in Portland appear to be mostly folks who did not vote in the election. Some Democrats in leadership positions remain quiet and muted in objection but many praise the riots. Again, the law means nothing if it gets in the way of the left. That is why the voters spoke out they way they did. 

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Doing politics — and media complicity

There are riots in many cities – you know, the places where Democrats win heavily. These riots destroy property and injure people. The media yawns and only provides an occasional reports about “protests” and there is the usual rationalizations about such things being a right and even to be expected. That’s quite a flip from just a short while ago when such activity against the President was labeled as Racist or worse.

There are also reports circulating that these riots are professional endeavors with pictures of bus caravans helping populate them. The state propaganda machine is trying to quash that, too. Tyler Durden takes on USA Today in Anti-Trump Protests: Proof Of Professional Activist Involvement.

If the demonstrations aren’t premeditated, then why are all these average citizens actually well-connected activists and protest organizers? USA Today has misrepresented its sources in a way that falsifies their own narrative that the closest we have to protesters are old-timers who “haven’t toted a protest sign since their anti-war days in the 1970s”. USA Today has instead helped demonstrate that the professional protest community is in fact behind the current political protests.

Then there’s the post that Liberals Know So Much That Is Not True. That addresses the FUD mongering as a reason for the riots because of fear.

But if you’re now watching protests across the country and you don’t understand why, or think they are just being sore losers, let me break something down for you. These people aren’t just angry or sad that someone they didn’t support won the election, they’re scared.

Trump is not what you think he is. He is a centrist businessman who will bring new ideas and fresh insight into government. Perhaps it’s time to stop acting like children and start acting like Americans. If you choose to fight every step of the way you have the right, however, Trump is here for the next four years so deal with it.

It is back to the fundamental idea of intellectual integrity. It is why there has also been a plethora of victim hoaxes. Between the professionals trying to de-legitimize the election to the poor souls who have deluded themselves to the point of aberrant behavior it is false witness and a lack of integrity that is driving destructive behavior. In many respects, the voters in the election stood in witness to this delusion. It was as if confronting an alcoholic about his disease and that is often a traumatic event.

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Basic sales: watch out for preconceptions that blind

Instapundit cited Volokh: The advice brings to mind Scott Adams and his observations of Trump’s skills as salesman. Volokh says Good lawyers don’t deplore their judges and jurors — advice to the young and politically minded.

My advice: Stop deploring.

Hillary Clinton’s condemnation of half of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” was a famous wrong move on her part (as Romney’s 47 percent comment had been a wrong move on his). But it’s important to think about why it’s a bad approach: Why, even if some of your adversaries’ views really are deplorable, thinking this way isn’t useful.

If you’re trying to influence the public, think of yourself as a lawyer, and of voters as your judges and jurors. Except that there are no peremptory challenges or challenges for cause. You can’t strike people because they’re prejudiced, or because you think they are. You’re stuck with them, and they’ll be passing judgment on your client — on your ideas and ideals that you are arguing for. Now what are you going to do?

Good lawyers don’t deplore their judges and jurors. Partly that’s because they don’t want to alienate the people who will be passing judgment on them. Deploring obviously turns off the deplored.

But it’s also because deploring blinds the deplorer. If you focus on how evil some of your judges are, you won’t do a good job of figuring out how you can persuade them — how you can find common ground, how you can fit your requests into their worldview. Good lawyering, like good politics, in large measure relies on empathy: The ability (which starts the willingness) to put yourself into the judge’s and juror’s shoes, to identify the arguments against you that they see as most compelling and to figure out how you can make your arguments compelling to people like them — not to people like you, but to people like them, however benighted you might otherwise think they are.

That’s especially because giving in to the urge to deplore will systematically lead you to misjudge what really animates some of your judges and jurors. The most natural thing in the world is for us to assume the best motives on the part of our friends and to assume the worst motives on the part of our adversaries. Indeed, it’s natural because it’s often so emotionally rewarding.

Sometimes we’re right about the motives of some chunk of our adversaries. But often we’re wrong. Focusing on how deplorable some judges’ or jurors’ views are will often lead us to misunderstand what really drives them, and how we can use that to lead them to our way of thinking (or at least our way of voting).

When you look down your nose at someone you want to do something for you, you are thinking as a master would of a servant and not as a team leader thinking of a teammate. The people of the country said they want to be team members, not servants.

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Why the electoral college?

Allahpundit picks up on Eric Holder: C’mon, let’s get rid of the electoral college. The topic comes up every time someone’s candidate for president loses, it seems. There is good reason for the electoral college and it is related to the distinction between the House and the Senate. Nevada provides an example of what can happen as the city of Las Vegas can swamp the desires of voters in the rest of the state.

The point of the Electoral College is simple: to restrict the power of the majority. There’s a tendency to forget that majority rule is only half of a free country — the other half is the protection of the rights of the minority, of the dissenters. This is why our federal government has two legislative houses instead of one. The House of Representatives is filled on the majority-rule principle, with greater power given to larger states; the Senate, on the minority-protection principle, with equal power given to each state no matter its size…

Remember: The constitution intends that most laws be made on a scale much smaller than the federal government, where the individual voter has, proportionally, a much greater say, and where local problems can be dealt with without affecting unconcerned strangers. The federal government is the federation of one level of distinct law-making units — the states — and a direct presidential election would mean that problems unique to sparsely populated parts of the country would be irrelevant to the president.

This time the election was won by people who want government out of their lives. The riots and angst is in the crowd that wants to get into other people’s lives by imposing regulations, taxes, and restrictions on defined rights. Which was the minority is not quite clear as the vote difference was in the noise. Either way, the national election at least gave the minority in flyover country a voice and that is very likely a better situation than those in the wilds of Nevada got. 

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My dear Auntie Em

Alicia Cohen provides Post-election thoughts from a ‘deplorable’. It’s as if she’s talking to Auntie Em.

A friend I hadn’t spoken to in a long while expressed her opinion of Trump supporters that came straight from the New York Times and other MSM pundits; that we are basically uneducated and Trump is a sexist racist who mocked the disabled. I told her that didn’t happen but when I listed all the pertinent facts of that misinformation, she ended the conversation with, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

The left never really looked at us or our movement. If they had just bothered to look us in the eyes rather then looking down on us, Trump’s election would not be a surprise at all.

Don’t want to talk about it; doesn’t listen; — how is one supposed to figure out what is going on with that approach to things?

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Harry Reid, the voice of Nevada?

John Sexton on Harry Reid: Trump ‘a sexual predator who lost the popular vote’.

It’s difficult to overestimate what a completely partisan creature Senator Harry Reid is, a man who will say anything to attack Republicans regardless of whether or not it’s true or what it does to the country.

If what Reid cared about was urging Trump to mend fences with constituencies he has offended, attacking him as a “sexual predator” is not the way to do that. Reid doesn’t actually want those fences mended, he wants to stoke the chaos in the streets.

Now Harry Reid is going far beyond what Mitch McConnell said. He is trashing the president-elect days after the election in a way designed to make him illegitimate before he even takes office. And he’s doing this even as there are protests turning to vandalism around the country. Harry Reid is pouring gasoline on a very dangerous fire. He is a despicable man and the Senate will be a better place without him.

Reid has made a fortune during a career in public service. Since that service doesn’t pay particularly well, it is reasonable to wonder where the wealth actually came from. His legacy will carry forward as his chosen successor took Reno and Las Vegas. In a state that identified with gambling and prostitution, this legacy might not seem so bad. In a state trying to grow other forms of economic health, the legacy of shameful governance and leftist politicians is a barrier to overcome.

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Propaganda, or media bias, hasn’t died. It just has a more prominent target

The outcomes of the election are already showing. There are riots in the streets protesting the expressed will of the voters. One Congressman is already talking about how to prevent the president-elect from committing war crimes. And the Washington Post has an excellent example of the sort of bias yielding propaganda that the electorate rejected. The story is Trump taps climate-change skeptic to oversee EPA transition by Brady Dennis.

The first paragraph has the scare quotes – the regulations it has put out under President Obama are “a disgrace.” – “unnecessary” rules – and the next one characterizes the personal target – can obliterate Obama’s environmental legacy. Paragraph three brings in the evil corporations: CEI. Exxon, Koch Brothers. Ebell is described as a “self-described public-policy wonk” and “not a scientist.” Since the dude ain’t talking, it’s left for a news report to claim “But it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out the likely list of priorities.” Why report on reality when we have our imaginations?

It continues looking for a “specific agenda” and describing the efforts to quell alarmism as “gleeful” and they bring in the Pope, too, as an example of the appeal to authority logical fallacy.

The legacy of the Obama EPA is not one that would do well under any scrutiny. From disasters like the toxic river spill to the economy crushing war against energy production to the corruption in the alternative energy fad the results have been costly and damaging to both people and the environment. But it’s not even on the table for inspection much less discussion and that is why Dennis has something to talk about now.

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Why did he get elected? Climate alarmists show why.

There is a lot of talk that it was hubris, a contempt for fly-over country, and that “basket of deplorables” mentality had something to do with the Trump victory. Eric Worrall says the Climate Establishment Hopeful Trump will Betray the Trust of the American People and his sources illustrate the point.

The climate establishment is expressing hope that President Trump will treat the wishes of the American people, and the promises he made to the voters who supported him, with the same contempt and disregard which they themselves feel for the needs of ordinary people.

I suspect we’re seeing the beginning of a global attempt to pressure President Trump into watering down his electoral commitments, but I also think they have chosen the wrong President to try to bully – President Trump is not an unprincipled professional sellout like some of his predecessors.

A part of setting the stage was in establishing Trump as a ‘Hitler’ and this is also being discussed, both in terms of it being a tactic that is getting stale and in terms of its driving fear and anxiety in some social circles – particularly in higher education.

Worrall also provides a copy of Trump’s Contract with America to show what it is that has the left up in arms. It provides a solid refutation of the meme that nobody was working issues in the campaign – but then, if the issues are not those that fit your world view, denying they exist is one way to deal with your angst. But they continue to exist and now reality is meeting desire. What that dissonance does is to up the ante and that is why we see riots one the one end and hubris and scheming on the other.

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Can the protests

The news is full of stories about rioters who encountered reality in election results. As per usual, for example the Dakota pipeline standoff, there is little to condemn the destruction and violence. There are other actions of ‘protest’ that can be more easily dropped. These are actions being defended in the courts. Stephen Dinan says Trump can eviscerate Obama’s policies by dropping lawsuits, revoking memos.

Forget about waiting for Congress — Donald Trump can eviscerate Obamacare and cripple President Obama’s global warming framework all on his first few days in office by directing policy from the White House and ordering his Justice Department to drop lawsuits that the current administration is pursuing.

There is precedent for making those kinds of decisions. Mr. Turley pointed to the Obama administration’s refusal to defend in courts the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted by Congress and signed by President Clinton.

Mr. Kobach said a Trump administration could also put an end to sue-and-settle practices. That is when agencies essentially collude with interest groups, inviting them to sue to force action. The agency then agrees to a settlement that ends up writing rules that the interest groups want.

“The Trump administration is going to have to clean out the Justice Department from top to bottom because of the complete politicalization by [Attorney Generals Eric H.] Holder and [Loretta E.] Lynch that destroyed the professionalism and ethics of the department — it will be a monumental task as difficult as Hercules having to clean out the Augean stables,”

The (mis)use of the legal system is a hallmark of the left. It avoids Congress to put validity of lawmaking on the courts. It is this sort of dictatorial action that the current riots fear will happen while they ignore what has happened. Dinan describes a number of issues that can be resolved simply by an administration dropping the case. This includes cases currently being promoted, like the bathroom demands, to cases currently being defended. like questionable spending.

There is a lot of talk about “compromise” and getting ‘buy in from the other side of the aisle’ no matter principle. One thesis for the election of 2016 is that the people have said enough of this. Republicans falling back into that mode of presumed civility and honest debate – again – is a fear of those who realize just how the left operations. It is time to draw the line and put legislation back into the hands of Congress and keep its formation out of the hands of the executive. 

Right now, The President’s Diktat is soft, a matter of executive order and administration policy. It has not been set in concrete by courts and custom as has happened with many un-constitutional ideas of the 20th century (see Charles Murray’s books). It may be this that those promoting the riots fear. They have a lot invested in putting their ideas forward and they have not set, yet. A new president could easily dismantle the molds before they set and set their efforts back.

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PET (post election trauma)

It’s being compared to 1948 and 1980. The polls took a beating. The pundits misfired. The results were stunning.

Thomas Lifson: Scott Adams, the new superstar pundit. Well, as noted in previous posts, Adams kept his ideas tied to reality. The Dilbert cartoon would not be successful if it did not reveal a truthful reality about modern business life (re Limbaugh’s axiom about humor). To be able to see a fundamental truth in a noisy world is a gift and Adams has shown that he has it.

His newest column, posted to the Dilbert Blog (there is nothing pretentious about Scott), takes a well-deserved bow, but more importantly makes some predictions that all the failed pundits need to take a look at. His introduction contains a dramatic prediction about what president Trump will do, and the shrewdest political advice for conservatives I have seen since Trump’s victory

Dennis Evers provides A Democrat’s Guide to Moving to Canada

If you are serious about leaving, you might consider a crowdfunding effort to help offset your expenses as almost everything in Canada is more costly, and there are a lot of us “deplorables” (more of us than you, actually) who would love to assist you in your transition.

It is interesting that Mexico isn’t the preferred destination as it has abundant natural resources, a lot of shoreline, and a much more temperate climate. There are also those who don’t want to leave but rather to secede. This is mostly the San Jose to San Francisco Silicon Valley area. Perhaps they, too, should think about just slithering on down the coast to Baja. There seem to be a lot of folks who think it is time to drain the swamp even if there is fear mongering about climate change and saving non-rare species habitats.

The Post Editorial Board opines that the Democrats need to get past their hysteria and move on. Remember the outrage when Trump talked about contesting a rigged election? Despite the ‘rigging’ by overwhelming spending on attack ads against him, a media complicit in a vile propaganda campaign, and the usual assortment of ballot box ‘irregularities’, the voters swamped the election to make the ‘rigging’ mere noise. And that was another defeat that may have contributed to the riots and dismay.

Tuesday’s surprise loss has Democrats in disbelief and denial — clawing for excuses, predicting Armageddon and refusing to accept the results. It’s unhealthy.

Dems can’t start to get their act back together if they bother with silly columns insisting that Trump’s win proves the country is “racist at its core” and the election was a “contest” between “male vs. female.”

Reality check: Trump scored slightly less of the white vote than Mitt Romney — and higher percentages of blacks and Latinos. And women voted for him at about the same rate as they did for Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. Is every presidential election a war between the sexes?

Face facts, folks: “Make America Great Again” had a lot more meaning in the key states than “I’m With Her.” Too many Americans had had enough of being lectured to by self-appointed betters.

Heather Mac Donald poders Law, Order, and Trump — “The Republican candidate supported police and expressed concern about the growing homicide toll in black neighborhoods—in contrast with his opponent.”

Black Lives Matter helped propel Donald Trump’s unforeseen ascent to the White House. The public understood the threat to law and order posed by the movement’s calumnies about the nation’s police—and so, uniquely in the presidential race, did Trump.

By contrast, Hillary Clinton embraced the Black Lives Matter movement. She regularly accused the nation’s cops of systemic, lethal racism.

Black Lives Matter is not going to go quietly into the night. The movement may even grow more extreme, fueled by a university culture devoted to racial victimology. Hate-filled chants like the one recently uttered in Chicago—“CPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?”—will continue to plague city streets. But the absence of an echo chamber in the White House for such falsehoods may go far toward curbing the rising violence of the last two years.

The American Spectator thinks that At the end of the day, the Democrats simply asked more of the American people in 2016 than was possible.

To put fully paid to the narrative Jones and other pundits on the Left are spinning, that Trump’s victory was a triumph of American racism and bigotry, an ugly slur which has encouraged thousands of this country’s worst residents to take to the streets in childish and un-American protests of democracy, it turns out that where Trump did make improvements over Romney’s performance was with black and Hispanic voters.

And it’s the Left’s bigotry, and moreover its obnoxious arrogance and never-ending cultural and political aggression, that explains Trump’s victory.

Because what happened on Election Night was that the national gag reflex manifested itself. And the Democrats’ attempts at forcing down a charmless Alinskyite grifter under multiple FBI investigations ran afoul of that reflex. She found herself the victim of a massive laryngeal spasm on the part of the electorate.

Nominating Clinton was an exercise in arrogance and corruption never before seen in American politics. It was a political aggression well in line with a long string of other affronts both political and cultural

Americans have been lectured, scolded, robbed, demoralized, and gaslighted relentlessly for the past eight years. And to top it all, the Democrats demanded that if they wouldn’t swallow a “feminist icon” whose only employment came courtesy of her professional relationship with her husband, who we are meant to believe put the nation’s state secrets forfeit to foreign powers as an innocent mistake and who is obviously guilty of running a pay-for-play influence-peddling scam disguised as a charity alongside what is advertised as “public service,” then that would constitute sexism

Sorry, said the country, but too far is too far. If that means making the guy from The Apprentice president, so be it. America emitted an unpleasant noise, expectorated, and delivered the Democrats to the floor covered in sputum.

Trump may carry with him lots of problems, but among them do not include relentless abuses of power seeking to force unwanted change on a beleaguered population. The country has had enough and has demanded a break from the Left.

This gag reflex – that’s really rather mild response to the ‘micro-aggressions’ described. But then, such aggression has been a cause of the left, a rationale for them to perpetrate their own on the imagined behavior of others. There has been some blow-back but a look at the county results (NY Times) make it clear that it is a city versus rural split and that is dangerous (but it is why the electoral college and other U.S. government processes were specified in the Constitution).

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Election Fables versus Reality

Victor Davis Hanson at the National Review takes on The Election Fables of 2016.

Clear choices on the issues in 2016 have been far more distinct than in 1960, 1968, or 1992. Most of what we read about the election of 2016 was untrue. Here are the most glaring of the election fables.

In other words, in all these cases of malfeasance, Clinton calculated quite correctly that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the entire Obama administration, as well as the media and the liberal establishment, would rally to her side, even when it was evident that her denials were empty and her conduct ethically bankrupt and clearly illegal.

‘They go high, we go low’ Clinton enjoys quoting the supposed hip ethical platitudes of Michelle Obama and, by association, her husband (of campaigning ever more nobly while Trump campaigns still more ignobly). In fact, the Clinton campaign has matched all mud thrown by Trump, toss for toss — perhaps even more so, given its far greater cash reserves.

ever since the ascendency of their “war room,” the Clinton-inspired Left has attacked the integrity and morality of all Republican presidential candidates

It is a mistake to believe that any other candidate would have better dealt with the Clinton-Podesta hit teams; all we can assume is that most would have suffered far more nobly than Trump. It would be wonderful if a Republican candidate ran with Romney’s personal integrity, Rubio’s charisma, Walker’s hands-on experience, Cruz’s commitment to constitutional conservatism, and Trump’s energy, animal cunning, and ferocity, but unfortunately such multifaceted candidates are rare.

Campaign set a new low? Not if you know history. There were no issues? Only if your hearing was selective.

There was also this thing about money – that’s why the Citizens United SCOTUS case, Soros, and the Koch brothers got a lot of mention. The Trump campaign was an illustration that  having a lot of money behind it was not the key to success. A lot of paradigms and assumptions are going to need re-evaluation. That is for the professional campaign managers. For the people, it is the propaganda and VDH illustrates just how off base that has been. 

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Bernie Sanders and ignoring reality

Trent Lapinski, a diehard Bernie Sanders follower says Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won — “Trump Is What Happens When You Nominate A Cheater and Live In An Echo Chamber—Please Learn From This.”

The “conspiracies” were true, and the mainstream media lied to you to about everything.

Wikileaks was not Russian propaganda, it was the news.

Wikileaks has a 10-year record of never releasing a single falsified document, and is not connected to Russia. Everything they released were the actual e-mails of Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff. You had the opportunity to look through a window into the Hillary Clinton campaign, but you didn’t.

By ignoring the leaks, you ignored reality.

By not listening to your fellow Americans, and accusing them of being “conspiracy theorists” and trusting the corporate media, you ignored reality. By only following other liberals on social media, and only reading liberal or corporate news, once again ignoring reality. When Hillary Clinton was caught rigging the primary against Bernie Sanders, and Democrats nominated her anyway they ignored reality.

Hillary never should have been nominated in the first place. The first clue was when she was under FBI investigation, and the second clue was when she rigged the primary elections.
I took it upon myself to understand Trump, and his supporters. What I found was millions of great Americans who had been disenfranchised, normal people like you and I, who did not recover from the Great Recession. They’re pissed off about Obama Care, endless wars, trade deals that have killed jobs, higher taxes, a rigged economy–and, they are not wrong.

Had Democrats taken the concerns of average American seriously, especially the concerns of Millennials, they would have quickly realized Hillary Clinton was not the right nominee for the Democratic party in 2016.

Meanwhile, the media, and social media kept everyone ignorant and isolated from differing opinions. They lied to us, manipulated us, and made us think the rest of the country agreed with us, when they didn’t. They used their position of authority to mislead us into believing in a false reality—in propaganda.

The media prevented any kind of discussion on values, and instead focused on rhetoric and propaganda. … While I’m still unsure about Trump myself, we at least know politically he’s actually a New York Democrat in Republican clothing

You also need to consider Donald Trump just overthrew a group of political elites who have been ruling this country for decades. He just beat the political establishment singlehandedly. No matter what you think about him personally, he just accomplished something historic to become our President.

This is a wakeup call to get out of safe spaces, politically correct thinking, shatter echo chambers, and challenge yourself to consider the other side of the fence. This is an opportunity to reach out and truly learn to understand each other.

The State Propaganda Machine took a hit. They won’t go down but will more than likely up their assault – think George Bush after 2004. That’s going to give folks like Rush Limbaugh a lot to talk about. 

Meanwhile, Nevada shows that it has been fully Californicated and the geographic divide in the country between heartland and coasts is as strong as ever. Dreams of socialism, despite its history of misery and failures, continues to sway nearly half the country. The effort to “truly learn to understand each other” starts with intellectual integrity and the goal of achieving that does not appear any closer.

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Gruber may have been right

You know, the Gruber that claimed the stupidity of the public was a major factor in getting Obamacare passed? Alicia Colon reports: Hillary Ads Reaching Out To Stupid Women.

If I were a stupid, brain dead woman, then I’d probably be influenced by these ads and support Hillary Clinton, who is probably one of the most corrupt individuals to ever run for the U.S. presidency. I, however, have lived long enough to realize that many men speak as arrogantly as Mr. Trump and we’ve had several presidents whose private sins would dwarf Trump’s if they hadn’t been covered up by a compliant media.

The very fact that the Clinton ads are predominantly personal attacks on Trump instead of being issue oriented only proves the campaign’s desperation in light of the continuing exposes of the nefarious dealings at Hillary’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation. It certainly looks as if she sold the country down the drain to enrich herself and oh yes, four Americans died and an entire country (Libya) was decimated thanks to Hillary. But women are supposed to overlook all that and vote for her because she has a vagina? Did suffragettes battle for the nineteenth amendment for this moronic gender? I think not.

We may have originally fallen for that devious charge that Trump mocked a disabled reporter by waving his hands spastically until we learned that charge was completely false. The reporter is unable to move his hands at all and Trump routinely makes that gesture to depict anyone being flustered by the truth.

Another example of attack ads that should stimulate pause to think are those accusing Joe Heck of voting against Planned Parenthood funding and participating in the government funding battles in Congress. What the Democrats see as a bug or flaw, many others see as a feature. The issue is the government debt and responsible financial management. You can’t attack that and it gets really hard to argue for massive and escalating government debt so, instead, engage in personal attacks about how a candidate tries to impose some fiscal restraint on government.

What Colon is describing is in the same camp as what Scott Adams was describing as noted in previous posts. These are first steps towards transparency. Maybe. Between the media complicity, exposure of government corruption, or the reaction of the Washington Establishment to Trump, there is a lot being laid bare for inspection that should show a significant needs for corrections in course. As that priest in High Road to China said, “the ox is slow but the earth is patient.” The question is how much damage will be sustained waiting for that ox.

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