Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The "Alt-Right"?

For John, BLUFThe Media and the "Left" (but I repeat myself) have lost touch with reality and are just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Reporter Patrik Jonsson, of the Christian Science Monitor, gives us this report.

The "Alt-Right"?  So I am being shoehorned into one more despised group here in the US?

Here is the Wikipedia definition:

But critics say that Bannon's hiring resonates far beyond the Trump campaign in troubling ways.  It marks a worrisome marriage of the Republican Party with an Internet culture that, they say, peddles in white identity, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and Clinton conspiracies.
I am not anti-Semitic, especially when compared to my bien-pensant Progressive friends.  I am not a member of any "white identity" group.  Clinton Conspiracies?  Not likely.  I believe Mr Vince Foster committed suicide, but I do find it strange the records are now reported missing from the National Archieves.  But, I am moving on.  Use of a private EMail Server, while Nixonian, turned out to be an unlucky choice.  it isn't a Conspiracy, it is what it is.  And DOJ said no crime, which is what it is.  Misogyny?  I try to be respectful of all.  I sometimes suspect that women think they are special and that men don't harass men and women don't abuse men.

We are seeing the bien-pensant playing Christmas Tree and trying to hang everything they see as wrong with society on the Alt-Right, which has replaced the Tea Parties as the focus of their ire.

I think it is a case of "Drinking your own bathwater".

Hat tip to the Memorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff

Mr Trump's Goal in Life

For John, BLUFSometimes I think that Mr Trump is a blank slate for us to write our hopes and fears onto.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Law Professor Ann Althouse talks about Author Marc Fisher (Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power, with a co-author, Mr Michael Kranish) on Face the Nation this Sunday last.

Fisher was answering a question, on "Face the Nation" yesterday, from the host John Dickerson, about what are Trump's "core beliefs."  After that answer, Dickerson sums it up as:  "Just getting a win.  Just calling it a win."
Well, Professor Althouse becomes engaged, which I expect Mr Dickerson is looking for.
At that point, I was talking to the television, saying something like:  Yes, but what counts as a win when you are President of the United States?  There's no way to win for yourself alone.  You have to win for the country.  It doesn't make sense any other way.  That's the definition of a win — Make America Great Again.
And, because the readers of Ms Althouse's blog are an intelligent and interested and articulate bunch, the comments (61 as of this writing) are interesting, and far ranging.

And some of them address the issue of what does it mean to call Mr Trump a Fascist.  Does anyone using the term even know what they think they mean?  Can you click on Comments, below, and define Fascist?

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thanking the Polish "Few"

For John, BLUFIt wasn't just Brits flying for the good guys in the Battle of Britain.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Perry de Havilland, who forwarded a Twitter photo, with a caption:
Still our allies in NATO.  We could have lost the Battle of Britain without them.  I voted out I didn’t vote for hate.

Hat tip to the Samizdata.

Regards  —  Cliff

Ms Clinton's EMail Origins

For John, BLUFIt is what it is, so it is time to let it go.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Why can't the Democrats just let go of this and move on?

Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff

The West in Decline?

For John, BLUFThe "West" is what it is because of people being Liberals (vice Democrats) and working to give everyone freedom to be who they could be.  But it depends on perpetuating that idea of the right to be wrong.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The Orange County Register (California, where I used to vote) has an opinion piece by Reporter Joel Kotkin, in which he examines two books:

  1. Submission, by French writer Michel Houellebecq
  2. The Family Mandible, by Lionel Shriver
I read the first book a few months ago.  Yes, I didn't do a review.  I had thought Camp of the Saints was enough.  But, it turns out I did a draft and never published.  I will try to correct that mistake.

Both books look at Western society collapsing, in the French case by an agreement between the French Left and Islamic parties, to fight the rise of the "Right" in the form of Ms Marine Le Pen.  The other case is a future (2029-2047) where the establishment collapses and the every increasing Latinos take over (but Mexico builds a wall).

From the Opinion Piece:

But these books are far more nuanced than orthodox Muslims or progressives might assume.  For one thing, neither book blames the newcomers for the crisis of their respective societies.  The collapse, they suggest, is largely self-inflicted.

In the Mandibles’ America, the starting point lies in the loss of basic values such as thrift; chronic dependence on borrowing to a debased dollar and eventually the disastrous renunciation of our own international debts.  Shriver describes her book in economic terms, chronicling “civil breakdown by degrees” as people’s savings and ability to earn money dissipates.

In Mandibles, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve, not Latinos, are to blame for the country’s descent into financial ruin.  President Alvarado is forced to play a poor hand, notes one character, because “the really big mistake was made long ago. You can’t unmake them.”

The decline insolvency also parallels a decline in national identity.  By 2047, Shriver notes, the Fourth of July is decidedly out of fashion.“In hipper cities like New York the holiday,” Shriver notes, “had become an embarrassment.”

In the second book we have an immigrant who experiences “the decline of what he genuinely believed was the greatest nation of earth” as “a source of sorrow.”

I do think that who is in Government doesn't count as much as what they think, what values they have.  It is our values, expressed in terms of what our society provides in material and spiritual benefits, that have made us attractive to immigrants.  I believe that applies to both France and ourselves.

The OpEd is an interesting read and I commend it to you.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Getting it Wrong

For John, BLUFSometimes experts are wrong.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This item is from Guido Fawkes, at Order-Order.  The thing is, the jobless claims fell, rather than rising.

The Guardian had jobless claims predicted up at 8:00 AM and then admitted they were down at 9:34 AM.  A big surprise.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Helping the Flood Victims

For John, BLUFPrejudice is everywhere, including in the Corridors of Power.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Yes, I think I would be irked also.  From afar the Bureaucrats tut-tut at the people doing the work.  This kind of thing gives Government a bad name.

It is bad enough the President didn't do an "out and back" to Louisiana, to see what was happening and to provide encouragement.  This is just insult to injury.  Does anyone in DOJ know what is really going on on the ground (or water)?  Maybe Attorney General Loretta Lynch should have jumped on one of DOJ's two Boeing 757s.  One peek is worth a thousand finesses.

And who, besides Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards, has time to read the memo, and maybe not even him.  At least not those engaged in rescue efforts.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff