The war on the poor and a note about collateral damage

An AP story: Cities passing more laws to make homelessness a crime, says report. The report is by a homeless advocacy group by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

The report, which was based on a review of policies enacted by 187 cities over a decade, said bans on living in vehicles increased by 143 percent. Those laws can be particularly devastating because they often lead to vehicle impoundment, and people can lose all of their belongings, disrupting their ability to work or attend school, Foscarinis said.

The report called several such policies unconstitutional. The group said panhandling is protected by free-speech rights and preventing sleeping in public could be considered cruel and unusual punishment.

In Reno, the ‘camping’ along the river, especially in winter, is an ongoing problem due both to the concern for those out in the weather but also for what they leave behind and the mess they make.

Collateral damage shows up a bit higher in the food chain. YouTube is full of channels by people engaged in stealth camping or otherwise using their vehicles as their domicile. There are also the more typical RVer’s who encounter shunning by laws that prohibit parking at certain times, in certain places, or for anything more than a few hours. The rest areas in many states are also off limits for RVer’s who want to rest more than an hour or two. Nevada is a contrast as it allows 18 hour stops at its rest areas and many of them have dump stations for RV waste.

Nomadic Fanatic is a channel by a class C RV enthusiast (with a cat). He recently described his unpleasant experience Northeast RVing and the things he learned. He often found motels had lower rates than RV parks. RV’s were often prohibited on public lands. RV oriented facilities were scarce.

Even in much of the wide open west, the NFS and BLM are increasing restrictions that squeeze the ‘retiree’ in an old RV trying to find a place to stay that doesn’t drain his pension.

These are reasons by private parking lots, like Walmart, are popular for overnight parking and why the BLM long term visitor’s areas near Quartzite in Arizona are popular over winter.

These are the modern Gypsies – of course, in this era, the traditional Roma Gypsy has the ‘persecuted minority‘ thing going but the real story is about an invasion of the neighborhood by people who have not committed to belonging to it, whether homeless, RVer, or Gypsy. Rver’s are generally more easier rounded up for placement in their reservations (a.k.a. commercial, regulated, and taxed campgrounds). The homeless and the transients present another challenge as they tend to resent being rounded up and installed in approved shelters or whatnot. It is the social dilemma: just what can you do, should you do, for those who don’t want your help?

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Instapundit isn’t fair

A bunch of observations at Instapundit worthy of note today:


Citing BRENDAN O’NEILLBest Thing About Trump’s Win? America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton. “By the Cult of Hillary Clinton, I don’t mean the nearly 62 million Americans who voted for her. I have not one doubt that they are as mixed and normal a bag of people as the Trumpites are. No, I mean the Hillary machine—the celebs and activists and hacks who were so devoted to getting her elected and who have spent the past week sobbing and moaning over her loss. These people exhibit cult-like behavior far more than any Trump cheerer I’ve come across. . . . It’s all incredibly revealing. [emphasis added]

Citing SUSAN GOLDBERG: ‘Hamilton’ Star’s Plea to Pence Highlights Liberals’ Screwy Notion of Presidency.


If our founding fathers, so lovingly portrayed in the Broadway musical, were to hear such a plea spoken to a newly elected member of the executive branch, they’d most likely do a double-take and wonder if they were still in America. The presidency was never supposed to be an absolute monarchy ruled by a leader from which the people beg benevolence. In fact, precisely because of our ugly relationship to England’s monarch, the founders established a government that would grant the least amount of power possible to one single person.

And a miss (Reynolds needs to keep an eye on The Reference Frame): reactionless thrusters and space warp

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Actions have consequences

One of the problems in ‘modern’ debate is that of confusing correlation and causation. Trying to determine the consequences of actions can be difficult when it comes to expression of values, multiple contributing factors, and indirect paths of causation. The assault on cops provides a study. It correlates with the left’s obsession with racism over the last few years, the construction of outrages based on false narratives such as police racism, and the equality in criminality fantasies.

John Hinderaker takes up the situation in describing how The War on Cops Comes to San Antonio.

San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi was writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters earlier today when a motorist pulled up behind him, got out of his car, approached Marconi and shot him twice in the head. The murderer got back into his car and drove away.

A law enforcement officer here in Minnesota sent me a link to an article in Police magazine titled “Why So Many Police Are Being Murdered.” The author, Dr. Ron Martinelli, describes the recent killings of police officers in Lancaster and Palm Springs, California. He recounts the perpetrators’ lengthy criminal records; as usual, the first question is why these men were not in prison.

The American educational system no longer teaches civics in school. Students no longer learn about our justice system and its components. They know nothing about what their civil rights are and, more importantly, are not. They have no knowledge of the important role of police in our society and therefore have not been taught proper behavior and respect for police authority during police encounters. This allows subversive groups such as Black Lives Matter to spew the false narratives of hate and to perpetuate the lie that police are the “bad guys” and armed recidivist offenders are somehow the “good guys.” This circumstance breeds resistance and exacerbates violent, armed and deadly encounters with police.

Martinelli identifies broader societal trends that underlie the War On Cops:

While a new administration in Washington won’t solve the problem overnight, Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions will not contribute to the undermining of law enforcement, as Barack Obama and Eric Holder have done. This may prove to be one of the greatest virtues of the Trump administration.

Even now, those who riot are not being condemned. Those who abuse their positions in the name of “free speech” are being lauded and not shamed. There continues to be stories about teachers making lesson plans for subversion and ideological propaganda that belie true history. These actions have consequences. Police assassinations are one but only a link in a chain. Baltimore and other leftist run cities face the conundrum of their support of an anti-police ethos and it is a downhill slide.

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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:


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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