Open Thread

Huge news – Ivanka Trump flies coach! Oh, and jerks also fly coach – a nitwit decided to go on a rant at Ivanka Trump, while her kids were present, because it’s ok to be vulgar to people associated with Trump, or something. Remember, our Progressives hold themselves to be the calm, reasonable people…unlike those crude Trumpsters. I’d like to find an example of a famous Progressive woman being accosted in coach, but from what I can tell most such people fly first class.

The guy who runs (or ran) Snopes – the internet fact-checking website – is, well, not someone entirely reliable.

The best immediate course of action when you hear about a “hate crime” is to doubt it. A lot.

Twitter’s stock is in the dumpster – Don Surber wonders if their banning of Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) had something to do with it.

V the K over at Gay Patriot notes that Trump is already draining the swamp in DC. It might prove easier than expected – after all, if Trump is going to sally forth each day to take on the bureaucracy and the asinine way money is spent in DC, then he’s going to win every battle.

Not quite satisfied with how divided we are, Obama decides to take one, last shot at making us all hate each other.

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8 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster December 23, 2016 / 9:41 am

    I think the University of Wisconsin has finally drilled down to the core of our societal problems here in America with their latest class offering – The Problem of Whiteness:

    As part of “The Problem of Whiteness,” students are taught “what it really means to be white,” as part of a method of understanding “whiteness” and how to “help dismantle” any feelings of superiority that might come with being white. Other course objectives include recognizing “what an ethical white identity entails,” and “what it means to be #woke,” according to Campus Reform’s Kassy Dillon.

    “The Problem of Whiteness” fulfills UW-Madison’s ethnic studies requirement for graduation. The class’s description begins with Richard Wright’s quote, “There is no Negro problem in the United States, There’s only a white problem,” and continues by bashing white Americans for either not seeing themselves as much of a problem or not taking enough initiative to be vocal about how much of a problem they are.

    After the New Year I plan to host a 12 step program for everyone here at B4V so that all of us can begin to understand just how much of a problem we really are. And don’t even think about singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” this year.

    Until then – Merry Christmas to all of you

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/11808/university-wisconsin-madison-offers-problem-pardes-seleh?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro

    • Amazona December 23, 2016 / 11:23 am

      I’d start off by noting that an “…ethnic studies requirement for graduation….” is the core of the problem.

      It kind of makes you wonder if there is also a requirement for weaving dream catchers and an advanced class in ouija board divination and its correlation with astrological signs.

  2. Amazona December 23, 2016 / 11:12 am

    ““Theoretically, you can make, obviously, a powerful argument that centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination are the primary cause for all those gaps [between white and black people],” Obama said in the interview. “

    Well, THEORETICALLY you can make any argument at all about anything. A few years ago a lot of time was spent online on the argument that in a fight, ninjas would beat pirates. Or maybe it was the other way around. But both sides had powerful arguments. I remember one was that ninjas are stealthy, while the peg legs of pirates are noisy. I found both so compelling, I was unable to make a firm commitment to either side.

    “….all those gaps…”? Huh?

    Name a gap, any gap. Income? Might have something to do with employment.
    Employment? Might have something to do with motivation, education, neck tats and prison records. Oh, and the conviction that speaking in a way that is comprehensible is “too white” and therefore rejected, along with getting good grades and covering up your butt crack.
    Broken families? Could it be the prevalence of black men validating their manhood by being
    “baby daddies” for multiple women instead of being fathers?

    No, it is all cultural. We have too many examples of black people being successful in this country to blame race for the problems of those who are not. I always come back to Thomas Sowell, who is a perfect example of how a young boy with no father or mother in his life, reared by a poor grandmother in a ghetto, was able to take advantage of the opportunities available in this country to become educated and successful and admired.. The biggest element in his success? He decided this was the person he wanted to be, and worked at it.

    As for Barry, does anyone think he would have made it into any of his fancy schools if he was NOT black? His race was the only thing that made him the choice of the Left in 2004, when he was picked to give his speech at the national convention, and later to carry the banner for the Dems in the 2008 election. The ONLY thing.

    And don’t forget, it was Barack Obama who cut off the program in Washington DC that allowed poor black children to attend private schools, where they could get decent educations, unlike the cess pools of the DC “educational” system. I was at CPAC in 2009 when a local black woman spoke, in tears as she recounted the success stories of this program and the despair of poor black families desperate to find ways for their children to escape the bonds of poverty and bad education, talking about the importance of this program and the devastating impact its loss would have on these people.

  3. Amazona December 23, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Hmmm. Trump has named the “communications director” for the GOP as his press secretary. I didn’t know there WAS a “communications director” for the GOP.

    Not exactly a good recommendation for someone whose job it will be to explain the actions of the president and insert coherence and good communication skills into a group that has been noticeably lacking in both.

    I wish he had named someone we could point at and say “Look what good work he has done with a similar job”. Oh, well. At least he will better than Josh Earnest or that Gibbs guy. After all, the bar has been set pretty low.

  4. Retired Spook December 23, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    The vast majority of articles since the election about a Trump presidency have fallen into two basic groups, “Trump is Hitler,” and “Trump is our savior.” Finally someone has put together a fairly unbiased analysis of what a Trump presidency might look like. I don’t agree with everything he says, but he does cover a lot of ground and poses some pretty interesting scenarios.

    • Amazona December 23, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      It’s a pretty good article, though the author’s bias against international intervention and activity is pretty blatant.

      There are a couple of quotes I really liked: One, which touches on something seldom if ever addressed (except by Mark in his “make,mine and grow” theme) is “….. a major part of the U.S. economy has long been predicated on jobs that either produce nothing or produce toxic outcomes.”

      I was once talking with someone from Peru about its expanding economy, and he said it would inevitably collapse because it was built on servicing other economies—banking, cell phone providers, etc. He said that because it was not based on production of actual goods, it couldn’t last, which led to his comments on the cultural aspects of Peru that act against industries that depend on things like people being willing to work regular hours in regular jobs for years. It was a fascinating conversation with someone who had been part of that culture and observed it from an analytical perspective.

      A quote that illustrates the author’s bias about American involvement abroad is this: “At the same time (and I have to stress this again), he (Trump) can’t decide to keep forwarding Empire abroad, thus exacerbating the desire for revenge against America among many people who feel the destructive force of the U.S. military machine.”

      I think this is both prejudiced and short sighted. He assumes that most American presence in other countries is based on “…the destructive force of the U.S. military machine….” Not all international interaction is based on “Empire”.

      I think we face some serious problems in the future if our young people are only exposed to the soft life that a prosperous and successful America will, by definition, produce. We know that we will be challenged, militarily, in the future, probably many times, at least sometimes with the very future of this nation and its people at risk. I WANT our military to not only be well-trained and well-armed, I want our military personnel to have international experience, both as ambassadors of America by interacting with people of other countries so they can relate to us as human beings and not some caricature of greedy power and so they can come home with personal experiences that have taught them how other people live.

      I think we will be better as a country with millions of men and women who have seen the living conditions in Sudan and helped protect the innocent from human predators, who have spent time in the homes of Germans and Ukranians and Koreans as guests of people they have met while being deployed, who have seen for themselves the miseries of Leftist governance and experienced the responsibilities that accompany wealth and power.

      Isolationism makes sense only to those who have scanned its surface and not looked deeper into its Unintended Consequences.

      • Retired Spook December 23, 2016 / 1:42 pm

        Your take was nearly identical to mine. I know — I was shocked too. The guy is obviously a big Ron Paul supporter, and it showed in a number of his comments, particularly the part about Trump needing to “talk to Ron Paul — at length.” Libertarians tend to look at all U.S. foreign entanglements as “empire,” but sometimes, as you note, they’re not, — just efforts at freeing people from tyranny. On balance, though, he covers some topics that I have not seen anyone else even speculate on.

        I think it’s safe to say that Trump will do some things right (for which I will praise him), and some things wrong (for which I will criticize him). I do have the sense, though, that when he gets something wrong he will try a different tack rather than double down or throw up his hands and say, “well at least I tried.”

  5. Amazona December 23, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    The latest entry into the “Just How Stupid and Shameless Are Liberals” comes from Boston, where its mayor ”…..explained that the electoral victory of Donald Trump was due in part to a backlash against the progress black people have made in America.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/12/23/trump-victory-is-a-backlash-against-progress-of-black-americans-says-boston-mayor/

    Aside from the fact that Liberals, led by our first black president, have undermined the progress made by “black people” and set back not only their advancement but race relations in general, it is beyond bizarre to have the mayor of BOSTON act as if black people have made “progress” in the city he himself leads.

    In a post-election conference in Boston on racism,: emphasis mine:

    “Audience members were offered the opportunity to speak directly to the mayor. Monica O’Neal said she was frustrated she had not heard a clear statement that racism existed in Boston today.

    “I was hoping to hear that because one of the only ways to make changes is to acknowledge a problem,” O’Neal said.

    Before she could move on to her next point, she was interrupted by the mayor.

    “Boston has an issue with racism,” Walsh said.

    Yes, the mayor of Boston agrees that “Boston has an issue with racism,” just 12 days after Trump was elected. Is it Trump’s fault?

    https://bunewsservice.com/boston-confronts-a-history-of-racism/
    November 20, 2016 by Zoë Mitchell

    Then there is this:
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/20/students-racist-rants-online-stun-wellesley

    And: Black men may have a legitimate reason to flee Boston police during investigatory or “Terry” stops, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday.

    The court found that systemic racism in the Boston Police Department may be considered in conjunction with a suspect’s decision to flee from police during a stop.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/21/mass-high-court-blacks-have-special-right-to-run-from-cops/#ixzz4TiJthWdB

    I seem to remember Dr. Henry Gates thinking Boston was pretty racist, not too long ago.

    Libs like Walsh are so despicable, and so desperate. And so clueless. He can only preach to the racist choir, because the rest of the country knows that one reason Trump won was that he offered a different direction for all of us, including people of color, and a move away from the institutionalized racism of the Left.

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