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The Malthusians and Feynman

Professor Motl was prompted by a Stephen Hawking left wing Malthusian assertion to cite a ‘been there, done that’ of another theoretical physicist who made more sense. Feynman vs Hawking on inequality in the world:

Feynman knew why this stuff was and still is garbage. Poverty is the default state of affairs and on the contrary, it’s growing wealth that is exceptional and requires some conditions to be fulfilled. Most importantly, the growing countries require the concentration of the capital which allows the appropriate people to invest into technology and education which create systems and facilities that are capable of producing the wealth and those are more important than the wealth itself!

So the inequality in the wealth is just a symptom of the actual, much deeper inequality in something else – the infrastructure, the concentration of the capital in the past, a free capitalist system that encourages the work that improves the society, education, and, even more deeply, people’s skills and will to educate themselves and do things that are useful for humans in their environment (e.g. their consumers) and/or mankind as a whole. Most of the mankind’s wealth didn’t exist to start with, wasn’t created by a theft from other humans, and it cannot be produced by redistribution. Redistribution is just a zero-sum game. Well, too much redistribution is really a negative-sum game because it discourages the people from working hard and creating new wealth.

You may see that Feynman has praised the machinery that produces the wealth and the #1 precondition for this machinery is the concentration of capital. But the concentration of capital is basically synonymous with inequality, something that both the Jewish leftist at Feynman’s conference as well as Stephen Hawking present as the #1 illness! So the leftists’ #1 culprit is basically the same as the sensible people’s #1 hero responsible for the progress in the world.

The inequality thing is a bogus construct for social warriors – people who need propaganda rather than substance. Those pushing it are thinking of the great physical discoveries of the archaeologists such as the pyramids and other great works of kings that concentrated capital and flaunted wealth and power but built nothing to improve the human condition. Compare and contrast to the concentration of capital in Western Cultures, especially in the U.S. Wealth was from the voluntary concentration of capital that built and created new wealth. People contributed to create a concentration of capital by choosing the people and their ideas that they thought would return a share of created wealth back to them. 

There is a glimmer of understanding of these concepts that has been prompted by the president elect’s nationalism and focus on the creation of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.A. The problem is that of negativity. For instance, the reduction in the workforce in agriculture coupled with the increase in output – a classic case of capital concentration creating a wealth that all people share in terms of nutrition – is seen as a reduction in labor and not as an increase in productivity. The result of productivity is seen as a zero sum game: if you produce all that is ‘needed’ then that is the total fixed sum. You’d think everything from cell phones to the gourmet craze to the organic infatuation would be enough to provide a clue otherwise but, no, Malthusian influence is strong with these folk. (see Malthusian Trap and Zero Sum Game on Wikipedia). 

Inequality is not a result but a symptom or indicator. “So the inequality in the wealth is just a symptom of the actual, much deeper inequality in something else. Wealth in aggregate becomes a measure of culture that encompasses the vigor of the people and their motivation to succeed, build, create, and grow. It is the difference between impoverished neighborhoods that are well kept and those that are decrepit. It is the difference between the animal (nonthinking, reactive, selfish) view of humanity of the Malthusians and others on the left and the humanitarian view that respects people and their abilities to behave in a way to improve not only themselves but their community as well.

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Hero of the left down: Castro at 90

Paul Mirengoff observes the fall-out from the death of Fidel Castro at 90. Castro is a long time hero of the anti-American left as typified by recent hagiographic remarks from the NFL poster boy for the movement.

It will be fascinating to read and view the mainstream media’s treatment of the dead dictator. I wonder to what extent the MSM, which wants to resist “normalizing” Donald Trump, will normalize the Cuban tyrant and his regime, as President Obama has done to some extent. I expect we will see at least a few stories in the “he did some good things; he did some bad things, but what a giant he was” mode.

Washington Post reporters Kevin Sullivan and J.Y. Smith don’t go that far. … This is clever. The dubious positives are presented as assertions by his admirers; the undeniable negatives are presented as facts. Even the suggestion that Castro was a humanitarian is offensive, but the Post’s treatment is probably the best we can expect from the mainstream media.

It’s better, for example, than the New York Times’ account by Anthony DePalma. … Some might call this account balanced. I call it sickening.

The truth is that Fidel Castro was a monster. That his crimes didn’t rise to the level of Stalin’s or Mao’s is in large part due to the small size of the country he lorded over and the failure of his efforts at conquest in South America and Africa.

It becomes the mystery of our time how so many, like the $20m+ quarterback or the U.S. President much less most of the academic elite, can be so enamored of tyrants and dictators who have caused so much human misery, suffering, and death. And that’s only half of it. The same folks are full of contempt for the culture and governance that has done more for lifting humanity out of poverty and enriching the human existence than any other in world history. 

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Another victim of the left: Family

John Hinderaker takes note of a poster prepared to push the propaganda over the dinner table.

Those Democrats sure know how to have a good time. While the rest of us are looking forward to family reunions and delicious turkey dinners, the Democratic Party is coaching its faithful on how to win political arguments. This is from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a “Guide to Thanksgiving With Your Republican Relatives.”

Now you can go through the poster and pick apart the talking points; John provides one example. The key thing here, though, is what kind of people are so obsessed with proving a point over the dinner table that they’d go to this length of effort? Value in family appears to have been pushed rather far down the list of priorities for those on the left. 

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Picked apart, analyzed, and discussed – we can hope

George Neumyar has a Special Report, The Borking Bullies of the Left — “They are a “throwback to a shameful era.” The topic is the resurrection of the (pre-)Borking of Sessions thirty years ago. It is a reminder that Reid had a predecessor (mentor?) in Kennedy along with just how far the Democratic Party is willing to take reality.

“Everything is true except the facts” — the description once given to the British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge about Stalin’s show trials — applied just as much to the Kennedy-dominated proceedings. Whatever Sessions said in a moment of gallows humor was laughably minor, compared to the comments made by Teddy’s brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Kennedy, about Martin Luther King Jr. Yet Teddy faked up shock at the tendentious testimony against Sessions and declared on the basis of it that he was a “throwback to a shameful era” in America.

The Pravda-like editorial in the New York Times the other day about Sessions is Exhibit A of how the left builds on its own lies.

It is this outrageous demagoguery that the American people rejected at the ballot box. They have grown tired of scaremongering as a substitute for solving problems, and they recognize that it is the self-appointed champions of “victims” who behave like bullies, subjecting mild-mannered figures such as Pence and Sessions to diatribes about decency. The “shameful era” to which they didn’t want to return turned out to be the one in which the Ted Kennedys treated mere conservatism as a career-ending crime.

Who is going to pick up on the Kennedy Reid tradition? The bench is rather empty and no disciple is readily apparent. This time, the transparency has improved. The deceit and dishonesty is on the table. It is being picked apart, analyzed, and discussed. What was under the table is no longer so easy to pretend doesn’t exist.

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Trying to come to grips with reality: one half at a time

Damon Linker calls it The demagogic genius of Donald J. Trump. In doing so, he falls for a meme that is questionable and inaccurate but demonstrative.

In the two weeks since Donald Trump’s shocking victory, the press has devoted a substantial chunk of its coverage to enumerating the president-elect’s many faults. He’s temperamentally unfit to serve as president. He’s ignorant of policy. He’s corrupt. His early choices to serve in his administration are racist, anti-Semitic, extremist, unhinged. And of course the whole thing is frightening, terrifying, horrifying.

Most of that is true, and it’s perfectly appropriate that we focus on the considerable dangers the nation now confronts. Yet it’s also the case that our appreciation for the distinct character of the threat Trump poses to the country’s political order would be enhanced if we devoted a little more time to acknowledging that the risks are at least as much a product of Trump’s talents as they are of his many faults.

The ominous fact is that Trump is undeniably one of the greatest intuitive political geniuses in history.

Trump’s unorthodox actions, regularly ridiculed by pundits, revealed just how institutionally conservative the gatekeepers are. They strive to uphold norms, propriety, habits — and Trump shredded them over and over again.

Describing Trump as “demogogic,” “reckless,” “wrong thing,” “putulantly,” “umbrage,” … and then citing the “normal rules of politics” ??

Has he been listening to Harry Reid, considered how Sessions pre-dated Borking, looked at the ruckus about “fake news” and “fact checking,” listened to the current President excoriating Republicans on a regular basis, actually listened to (and read) what Trump actually said?

Panties in a wad‘ is perhaps the best description but the psychologists should be having a field day with the dissonance on display. But then, they are too often buried neck deep in the academic swamp so it is up to the people to separate the hooey from the reality and set the path.

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monolithic echo chamber

Larry O’Conner And this is why I was a closeted conservative when I worked on Broadway. Trump said an apology for being rude was needed but the ACLU called on Trump to apologize because he expressed an opinion. This is how it works. Consider all the charges of racism and KKK affiliation and worse. Completely backwards yet this is how it works. O’Conner saw ‘how it works’ and changed career to get away from the dishonesty.

When the cast of Hamilton chose to thrust their play (and the professional theatre industry) into the national political conversation Friday night, it was inevitable that I would write the post you are about to read. Because for over 15 years I worked in the theatre business and know first hand what it’s like to hold conservative views while surrounded by liberal activists bent on using their profile and platform to push their ideas and shame those who might disagree.

Oh, the actors might rush to say that “Republicans are all welcome” to their play. But creative people in a medium as visual and impactful as theatre know very well the net results of this political grandstanding.

“If you don’t agree with us on politics, you’re going to be lectured to and publicly shamed,” is the message conservatives, Republicans and anyone who wasn’t #WithHer received from this little episode, whether that was the actors’ intent or not.

Indeed I can tell you from first hand experience that in the theatre industry diversity is only skin-deep and genital-high. It’s the superficial and irrelevant differences of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality that the members of the theatre community obsess over, not the more important and challenging intellectual diversity of opinions that they reject and ignore.

My former colleagues in the theatre industry claim they want to foster discussion and they hope for a dialogue about these issues, but they are being disingenuous, at best. They don’t want a dialogue, they want a monologue.

That’s what we saw on Friday night from the stage on 47th street. A monologue. A speech. A lecture. It was patronizing and it was condescending and there was no room for rebuttal.

I realize now that the “theatrical community” is nothing more than a monolithic echo chamber that tries to fool itself into thinking they are open-minded and encouraging of all people from every walk of life.

The consider the President’s comments oversees that he won’t comment about the incoming administration unless it threatens American values. Why did this get notice? Perhaps the arrogant patronizing and hubris are beginning wear a bit thin. Perhaps the hunger for intellectual integrity is becoming more prominent. Perhaps.

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Blowback: enough already. The ‘other’ side is gaining its voice.

There’s blowback. Whether it’s objection to lecturing by the cast of a Broadway play, to disputing the presumptions in news interviews, to cataloging misbehaviors, there is a fresh breeze in the public square. Feldman provides one example in the previous post. Here are two more.

Jazz Shaw reports that The time has come for the “Suck it up, Buttercup” bill

We’ve long since grown used to stories coming from the nation’s college campuses where “safe spaces” are set up for everything from Halloween costumes to the results of the presidential election. But some universities have taken it a step further, setting up special counseling sessions for “grieving” students and additional classes, much of it on the taxpayer dime. The Ivy League schools have gone so far as to consider making themselves miniature “sanctuary cities” to protect illegal immigrants on campus from anticipated increases in law enforcement efforts.

One GOP member of the Iowa state legislature decided earlier this week that the madness needs to stop and has introduced a bill being very appropriately nicknamed the Suck It Up, Buttercup Act.

There’s more to this legislation than meets the eye. The top line item is the obvious one, providing for cuts to funding for schools which could add up to double what they spend on all of this safe space and hand wringing activity.

But a second feature of this bill will, I’m guessing, garner a lot more popular support. It proposes to impose additional criminal penalties on people who intentionally block the highways as part of their “protests and free speech.”

David Rosenthal A New Defense for Religious Liberty: Going on Offense against Bad Laws

It is no secret that religious liberty is under attack. The wedding photographer, florist, and cake baker are no longer able to practice their faith at work without fear of retribution for refusing to fall in line with the new government orthodoxy.

One way to preserve the American conscience is for individuals to pre-emptively put unjust laws on trial by way of pre-enforcement challenges.

Pre-enforcement challenges have a long pedigree in free speech cases, which carries over into the religious liberty context.

ith the principle in mind, ADF recently launched a pre-enforcement challenge in support of religious liberty on behalf of clients in Arizona.

The culture war will rage on, but pre-enforcement challenges have the potential to provide refuge for conscientious objectors who want to live out their faith in the marketplace without fear of prosecution for doing so. It is time to put bad laws on trial before bad laws are able to do worse to conscientious objectors.

To date, it’s been the riots, the over-riding of individual liberties, the libel and slander, and the destruction of culture that has dominated the news. It is about time that the opposition to such efforts stands up for its day in the ‘debate.’

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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:

Fear.

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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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