Out and About on a Wednesday

There were those who figured they had to oppose Trump, even if it lead to a Hillary victory. Then there were those who understood that allowing a Progressive to win wasn’t worth it. But as it’s turning out, getting Trump in there is doing more to advance Conservative ideas than anything we’ve seen since Reagan – Legal Insurrection notes the changes at the EPA. We’ve got a boss over there who is committed to fact-based environmental policy and this is allowing Congressional GOPers to demand accountability and a bit of science without running into a Progressive brick wall. None of this would have happened if Hillary won – and with the exception of, perhaps, Cruz none of the other GOPers who could have made it would have brought any change like this.

Robert Reich figures the riots in Sweden were caused by Trump’s words – what I’d like Trump to do, now, is announce that I’ll win the lottery. Hey, if the guy has magical powers, I want a payoff!

CIA official takes a firm, moral stand against Trump and resigns…or, former Obama official/Clinton donor takes a powder before getting fired. Take your pick.

Booze isn’t allowed in space. I’m thinking that if human beings are to actually live in space long-term, they’ll eventually have to crack open a cold one. I think we need to really research what getting hammered in space is like. I volunteer to be flown to the ISS and tie one on – for Science!

James O’Keefe says he has hundreds of hours of footage of what goes on in the newsroom. Could be interesting.

North Korea – it’s really, really bad. Keep this in mind whenever anyone says we must not apply maximum force to an enemy during war time. Once the guns go off, the only thing American can accept is enemy surrender. Had we fought the Korean War to a victorious finish in the 1950’s, then we wouldn’t be troubled with North Korea today…ditto had we allowed the Israelis to go to full victory in either the Six Day or Yom Kippur wars. War is bad – not finishing a war is worse.

Texas is over-run with hogs – the solution, I think, it to over-run my grocery store with cheap bacon, but that’s just me.

Varad Mehta about journalists congratulating themselves on their Trump opposition:

For something to be revitalized, it must first have become defunct, gone extinct. The idea of renaissance implies the idea of a dark age out of which it emerges. Journalists sound very much as though a dark age has ended and that they have entered a renaissance. Perhaps they have. But if so, why were they in a dark age to begin with? Or to put it another way, if journalism’s back, where was it hiding for the last eight years?

There is no answer to this question that casts the media in a flattering light. At best, they were merely derelict; at worst, they refused to do their job for reasons of politics and partisanship.

As an aside, I started following Varad on Twitter during the 2016 campaign – exceptionally smart, well-informed man. He seems to be rising in the punditry world, and that is a good thing.

I’m sure if we asked the guys at Rush, we’d get a rather dim view from them about Trump…but, this might as well be the anthem of the Trump Era:

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35 thoughts on “Out and About on a Wednesday

  1. Retired Spook February 22, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I always knew this was the mindset of many in the media, but I never thought one of them would come right out and say it.

    BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.” (emphasis – mine)

    WHAT A TWIT!

  2. Cluster February 23, 2017 / 8:56 am

    Back in 2009 when the Tea Party rose and started challenging their local representative in town hall meetings, the media was not flattering of them, calling them disruptors and of course the usual descriptor, racists. However now in 2017, the media is very flattering of these “concerned Americans” and how their voices need to be heard. And the media doesn’t think many of us notice that hypocrisy?

    Personal story, my healthcare premiums tripled in 4 years before being cancelled because it was not in full compliance with the ACA. Today I have no health insurance and voted for Trump because of that, and am now waiting for Congress to repeal the legislation and lift regulations in the hopes that once again I can buy affordable health care insurance. I don’t go and complain like a little bitch at townhall meetings, or vent on social media and I am really tired of all the whiny people that do. In fact I am tired and more than a little embarrassed by most of my countrymen. We have become a “selfie obsessed” society full of whiny, self entitled people who have no clue what it means to be a free, independent, and self responsible American. Or maybe I just need more coffee.

  3. Cluster February 23, 2017 / 9:38 am

    SJW’s now demand segregation:

    A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”

    Maybe we should give them their own schools and lunch counters.

    • Amazona February 23, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Maybe we should give them their own schools and lunch counters

      LOL. Yet another example of the REgressive nature of the poorly named PROgressive movement.

  4. Cluster February 23, 2017 / 9:54 am

    And my embarrassment of Americans continues:

    • Amazona February 23, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      This woman is scary. She is so smart and so articulate, and so passionate, she is the perfect radical Leftist ideologue. Sadly, her intelligence has not led her to actually learn what “fascism” is really is, as her emotions have shut down the analytical side of her brain, making her the perfect Useful Idiot tool of the Left.

      She is convinced that she, and others like her, actually represent the survival of HUMANITY !!! Yet she has clearly never examined the actual, documented, historical impact on HUMANITY of the Left.

      • Cluster February 23, 2017 / 1:50 pm

        Yes, the very survival of HUMANITY is at stake. Honestly, moronic SJW’s like this woman do a disservice to people around the globe who are actually living under fascist regimes.

  5. Cluster February 23, 2017 / 11:28 am

    RIP Alan Colmes. I never did agree with his politics but always enjoyed watching him debate.

    Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.

    • Amazona February 23, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      I never respected Alan Colmes because I never saw him take in and process an idea offered by a conservative, but merely have a knee-jerk opposition to it. He never struck me as someone who wanted to engage in an actual dialogue with a conservative, exchanging ideas, but just struck me as someone who would automatically reject and argue against anything anyone else said. It was as if he had answered an ad that said “Wanted: Speed Bump for Conservative Ideas”.

      • Retired Spook February 23, 2017 / 1:08 pm

        That was always my impression of him as well. I keep hearing people who knew him say what a great guy he was, so I hesitate to pass judgement on someone that I only saw one aspect of, but every, and I mean EVERY time I heard or saw him he argued for the Liberal side of an issue even if he had to lie to do so. Condolences to his family, but I won’t miss him.

      • Cluster February 23, 2017 / 1:46 pm

        I use to watch Hannity and Colmes quite a bit and he was at the very least a “civil” leftist, which is rare these days.

      • Amazona February 23, 2017 / 7:07 pm

        Well, Cluster, the bar is set pretty low. Colmes didn’t scream or call names, but he was smirky and condescending, which I thought was rude.

      • M. Noonan February 24, 2017 / 12:45 am

        Yeah, I have to say that I never appreciated his appeal – though I am sorry to hear he died.

    • Amazona February 23, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Here is a video of David Horowitz talking with a “moderate Muslim” and her efforts after the fact to try to gloss over what she said.

      BTW, in an interview I heard Horowitz say he has someone from the MSA (Muslim Student Association) at nearly every one of his speeches, and it is always the same—a fairly articulate well spoken person starts off, he asks that person the same question about whether or he or she supports the Hamas wish to have every Jew in the world return to Israel so they can be slaughtered in one place and Hamas will not have to hunt them down, and they all end up saying they support this.

      The article goes on to discuss the letter the woman in the video eventually wrote.

      http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2010/05/update-on-ucsd-msa-member-who-admitted.html

      This is an interesting clip because it shows a Muslim interview tactic that is identical to what we see from Leftist here in the US, and because it holds up an example of what a good interviewer does in sticking to the point and demanding an answer, something American interviewers should study.

      So much for “moderate Muslims”. I imagine they both know Americans who would explain to us what nice people they are.

    • M. Noonan February 24, 2017 / 12:46 am

      And yet Trump, who has Jewish grand children, is the anti-Semite…

      • Amazona February 24, 2017 / 10:44 am

        His daughter has converted to Judaism, and he seems to have a great relationship with her husband.

        Funny, isn’t it, that the Muslim Defender, Obama, was never accused of being anti-Semitic even though he defended a religion that calls for the extinction of all Jews and pushed a hostile relationship with Israel while defending things like the Arab Spring and Muslim Brotherhood, but the president who ran on rebuilding a relationship with Israel, defends Israel, and has a Jewish daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren, is the one under attack?

        The president who stuck Netanyahu in a side room in the White House gets a pass, but the one who invites him to meet in the Oval Office is the bigot?

        The Left doesn’t even TRY to make sense any more.

      • M. Noonan February 24, 2017 / 1:01 pm

        And now the Democrats are set to make Ellison their DNC chair – he claims to have seen the light, but let’s face the fact that he hung around for a period of time with the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan…any GOPer who ever had a relationship with that sort of anti-Semite would never be able to live it down.

      • Amazona February 24, 2017 / 1:55 pm

        Well, let’s just sit back and watch Ellison and the party try to finesse Muslim hatred of Jews and the Dems attack on pretty much everyone as “anti-Semitic”. As the official head of the DNC he would be on talk shows where, if we are lucky, he could be asked the same question Horowitz asks his MSA hecklers. Put him on the spot, regarding Israel.

        We’re gonna run out of popcorn…………..

  6. Cluster February 24, 2017 / 9:22 am

    So Steve Bannon walked onto the CPAC stage yesterday and contrary to media reporting he had no horns or forked tail, nor was he wearing a white sheet. This was the first time I had heard Banoon speak and I was to say the least, very happy with what I heard. He is measured, sharp, and spoke directly to what the main problems are that this country needs to resolve. My favorite line – “the deconstruction of the administrative state” – hallelujah!

    Last night, Tucker Carlson provided a text book example of how to debate the “completely manufactured” transgender issue:

    • M. Noonan February 24, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Well, he’s a former sailor, so naturally his level of brilliance is of a high order.

    • Amazona February 24, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Hmmm…a science denier.

      Just in passing—am I the only one who thinks this guy looks like he could be the son of the Louisiana Snapping Turtle, James Carville?

  7. Cluster February 24, 2017 / 10:09 am

    But the debate is over right? Man made global warming is a fact and we just have to accept the wisdom of the 97% consensus right?

    Using evidence from alternating layers of limestone and shale laid down over millions of years in a shallow North American seaway at the time dinosaurs held sway on Earth, the team led by UW–Madison Professor of Geoscience Stephen Meyers and Northwestern University Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Brad Sageman discovered the 87 million-year-old signature of a “resonance transition” between Mars and Earth. A resonance transition is the consequence of the “butterfly effect” in chaos theory. It plays on the idea that small changes in the initial conditions of a nonlinear system can have large effects over time.

    In the context of the solar system, the phenomenon occurs when two orbiting bodies periodically tug at one another, as occurs when a planet in its track around the sun passes in relative proximity to another planet in its own orbit. These small but regular ticks in a planet’s orbit can exert big changes on the location and orientation of a planet on its axis relative to the sun and, accordingly, change the amount of solar radiation a planet receives over a given area. Where and how much solar radiation a planet gets is a key driver of climate.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/02/24/a-new-culprit-for-climate-change-is-found-but-its-not-of-this-earth/

    • M. Noonan February 24, 2017 / 10:15 am

      The continual emergence of “dang, never thought of that” discoveries demonstrate there is no such thing as “settled science”.

      • tryvasty February 25, 2017 / 4:22 am

        It never ceases to amaze me that people think climate scientists are so dull that they don’t do basic things like keep track of earth’s orbit.

        This isn’t a “dang, never thought of that” moment. Climate scientists are quite aware that the sun exists. They can’t even begin to do their jobs without accounting for variable solar radiation.

        And it’s not like somebody just came up with the idea that maybe planetary orbits aren’t stable. Newton and Leibniz were arguing about it back at the dawn of the 18th century. This is just people using evidence from shale deposits to say that there was a mars-resonance-driven change in earth’s orbit 85 million years ago.

        Which they were looking for because dang, somebody had thought of it.

      • Cluster February 25, 2017 / 9:28 am

        The problem is credibility Travesty, of which the AGW crowd has none. The enormous amount of government money spent on wrong predictions in efforts to control first world economies and line the pockets of UN bureaucrats is well known now and the gig is up. But I do have another question for you – if men can identify as women, and women identify as men, and actually receive protected status, why can’t white people identify as blacks?

        Two years after race-faker Rachel Dolezal was exposed for living secretly as a black woman, she insists in her new memoir that she did nothing wrong.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4258504/Rachel-Dolezal-insists-did-wrong.html

        What say you?

      • Amazona February 25, 2017 / 1:15 pm

        I don’t think anyone ever asserted that these AGW folks are unaware of the sun, or its effect on temperature—it’s just that assigning much value to that effect is not something that pushes the AGW agenda so it is ignored.

        I think it sweet that Try and his ilk still lurk on the edges of this blog, trying to get their noses under the tent. Clearly there isn’t anything very interesting going on over on the Left side, just the same old same old.

        Try is an example of the Left—–look at what they are doing. It is all about stopping something, about being speed bumps. Look at the names (#RESIST) and the goals. It is never about solving real problems in realistic ways, just about trying to keep anyone else from doing so.

        There actually IS stuff going on over on the Left that is interesting—fascinating, even—but it is more important to shore up the agenda so the various things that would start to crumble it are simply ignored..

        The whole Racial Grievance Industry has its list of unforgivable offenses: segregation, cultural appropriation and basing ideas on skin color above all else among them. These are big deals to the Left—until they pop up ON the Left, which is when those phrases and ideas get buried. So they continue to posture as respecting Dr. King while marching to express ideas that are not only not what he preached, fought for and died for, they are exactly what he fought against. Now the RGI is pushing for segregation, openly discriminates on the basis of skin color, and suddenly that new whine, “cultural appropriation” has fallen out of favor. When darlings of the Left like Dolezal and Warren base their entire success, such as it has been, on misappropriating the culture and racial identity of other races and cultures, the poor Left is between a rock and a hard place.

        Now if intelligence is allowed to trump hysteria, and we stop throwing billions of dollars at the fantasy of controlling the climate by controlling people, and the world does not burn to a cinder in a few years, AGW will be something else that is pushed to the back of the shelf. Oh, it will be dragged out and dusted off every time it gets hot or there is a drought (perhaps like that “permanent drought” in California) but it is rattier and less coherent every time.

      • tryvasty February 26, 2017 / 12:48 pm

        “It is all about stopping something”

        What a trite way to characterize a difference of opinion. The right wants to stop abortion. The right wants to stop evolution from being taught in schools. The right very much wanted to stop Obama from getting a second term. The right wants to stop lots of things, because it turns out wanting to stop things isn’t some sinister or pathological behavior.

        This is just you trying to come up with another way your opinions are somehow ontologically distinct from people with whom you disagree, so you can default to that as an argument any time you don’t want to defend any particular belief.

        I mean, if there were a huge comet on a collision course with Earth, would you be worried about whether it was part of some larger trend of unvirtuous political discourse that people wanted to “stop” it?

        “Look at the names (#RESIST)”

        http://www.teaparty.org/tea-party-resistance/

      • Amazona February 27, 2017 / 1:52 am

        Try, what a silly and vapid post, its pomposity notwithstanding. You are trying to distract from the very evident fact that the hysteria from your Left is not just nihilism, not just whiny temper tantrums from whiny losers.

        Look at the “solutions”—-they are based on a sad sick combination of fantasy and ignorance, with a huge dose of malice.

        Sure, people wanted to stop Obama from being president a second time. I see you stopped at that, without going into the fact that their strategy was to try to have someone else win the election, not to pitch screeching hissy fits in the streets when he won and then come up with cockamamie explanations of how to make him STOP being president, based on some lunatic conviction that somehow he could be removed from office and then the loser of the election could step in. The desire to not have to endure a second Obama term in office had nothing to do with ignoring the law, inventing new laws, redefining legal terms, just shuffling around the election results, or having the Supreme Court just rewrite the Constitution. Certainly his election was not met with riots, with efforts to incite violence, with death threats against electors or voters.

        We don’t want pathologically selfish females to be able to keep butchering their innocent children, a position that seems to offend you. How many windows have been broken to protest this atrocity? How many businesses torched? How many cars stopped in traffic? How many buildings defaced? How many people pranced around in disgusting costumes screeching and howling? How many bizarre and unrealistic “solutions” were suggested? Was there a demand that the Constitution be subverted?

        We don’t care if evolution is taught in schools, we just want it taught as one theory. How many riots have occurred to protest the teaching of only one theory? How many appeals have been made to kill anyone? How many screeching lunatics have appeared on TV howling that they just want to SAVE HUMANITY by teaching children that there are different ideas about the origins of life?

        You’re quite smug about passing on that alleged TEA Party manifesto. How much violence accompanied it? How many appeals to engage in violence, kill police officers, destroy property, loot and pillage, or otherwise act like savages?

        Those same questions can be asked about any conservative desire or effort to stop anything. The answer will always be “none”. Conservatives are against certain things, but we don’t descend into violence, thuggery, and efforts to dominate through violence, intimidation and character assassination.

        Try all you want, Try, the fact is that the antics of your Left are indefensible and utterly stupid, and your effort to defend them is just plain dumb. I mean, if there were a huge comet on a collision course with Earth, would you be worried about whether it was part of some larger trend of unvirtuous political discourse that people wanted to “stop” it? Seriously? You think this is an argument?

        Actually, as stupid as it is, it is still about as good as it gets when trying to play apologist for the Left.

        “…wanting to stop things isn’t some sinister or pathological behavior…” but the methods being used by the Left ARE. Because what you are trying to stop is our entire system of government, now that you have failed in twisting it around to accomplish what you want to accomplish. Every single thing the Left is trying to do involves silencing opposition by various means, including intimidation, violence and threats. It is an effort to impose mob rule over the rule of law.

      • tryvasty February 27, 2017 / 3:31 am

        I’ll take the rapidly moving goalposts here as an admission that your point was ridiculous and move on.

      • Amazona February 27, 2017 / 10:08 am

        I’ll take the rapidly moving ball repeatedly kicked through each of my goalposts here as an admission that your my point was ridiculous and move on.

        There. Fixed. It finally makes sense.

    • Amazona February 24, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Where and how much solar radiation a planet gets is a key driver of climate.

      Gee, isn’t that pretty much what those Japanese scientists were saying when they warned us of an upcoming Little Age Age a couple of decades ago, based on the change of the Earth’s distance from the Sun? Silly silly science deniers, they actually thought that proximity to a giant furnace in the sky could affect the temperature here on Earth.

      But an upcoming Ice Age has little or no political advantage, because there isn’t much that could be hawked to a gullible public as helping avoid it.

      It’s like that old story about the failing business that burned to the ground. When the owner was asked how the fire started he said it was because he didn’t know how to start a flood. The Left couldn’t get any traction from an unavoidable event like the orbit of the Earth, so they needed something they could pretend they could affect, if only enough people would care enough about THE PLANET and by extension about HUMANITY to act. That is, to give the governments of the Earth even more power.

      • M. Noonan February 24, 2017 / 12:59 pm

        What was that joke a few years back? Perhaps climate is primarily driven by that massive, orange ball of fire in the sky?

  8. Cluster February 24, 2017 / 10:52 am

    When the owner was asked how the fire started he said it was because he didn’t know how to start a flood.

    Hilarious

  9. Amazona February 24, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Maybe we should do a little “cultural appropriation” and start using Leftist terms against them. Right here on the blog we have a science denier who will not admit that there actually ARE scientific gender designations, based on certain criteria, and the SJW group in Michigan is racist. Both the little twit on Tucker’s show and the (former) school teacher are engaging in, or have engaged in, overt and blatant hate speech.

    They made up this whole rule book thinking they would always be the ones to apply those rules, just like Reid did in the Senate, and now I think that same rule book should be held up to them. Tucker did good, but he should have used the “science denier” thing a lot more, just as he should have called the little Lefty on her hate speech.

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