Out and About on a Monday

Fight for $15! Or, in this case, fight for Wendy’s to install 1,000 automated kiosks. Heckuva job there, Progressives…

For some, strange reason, ever since January 20th, our military actions have come in for close scrutiny by the MSM. Can’t imagine why.

Spain has a badly cratering birth rate – the solution? A Minister of Sex. So, legalize birth control and push it like it’s the wonder drug of all time. Then legalize abortion because Reasons. Then get your demographic crisis and create a government department to get people boinking, again. With or without birth control? That is unclear…

Craft beer – it’s sexist. Oh, don’t even try to act like you’re surprised.

Le Pen could win the French Presidential election. I doubt it – I figure that once she gets to the second round of voting, every last bit of the French Establishment will unite against her. This will result in a centrist French President which would be an improvement over the current Socialist, but not by much. Of course, don’t go thinking that Le Pen is Conservative – she’s a populist Statist who merely wants French welfare spending to go to French people (French politicians even as far back as the Bourbons have been relentless centralizers of power). Still, a win by Le Pen would be earth-shattering in France and probably quickly lead to the demise of the European Union.

Meanwhile, Trump – whom I suspected would govern as a populist Statist – is turning out to be quite a different sort of President, as Donald Surber points out. Trump may do more to restore the Constitutional balance in our Republic than we could ever hope to get from a standard GOPer. I don’t know if it’s entirely intentional, or just him following common sense…but he’s heading (mostly) the right way (we got to get his mind right on State’s legalizing dope and, more importantly, on reforming civil asset forfeiture).

Oddly, you had to show ID and use a paper ballot to vote for DNC Chair.

Great article at The American Thinker on the death of movement Conservatism and what comes next. As for me – a lot of Conservatives have revealed themselves to be Progressives who just want lower taxes (or Libertarians who’s only idea of liberty is legalized dope). I’m kinda glad they exposed themselves. Those who preferred Hillary to Trump have no way back, and good riddance to bad rubbish. Those who are now running with Progressive conspiracy theories about Trump are also diligently purging themselves from Conservatism. On the other hand, as the article points out, all is not rosy on our side…some rather kookish people have started to latch on to Conservatism (if someone has a kind word to say about Assange, that is a strong tell that “kook” is not far behind). I look forward to a better future – and a more genuine Conservatism which actually seeks to conserve things rather than just slow down and ratify Progressive ideas. But it is a rocky road in front of us.

32 thoughts on “Out and About on a Monday

  1. Retired Spook February 27, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Many on the Left have been comparing the various Leftist resist organizations to the Tea Party. Mark Meckler, one of the founders of the T-Party begs to differ.

    • Amazona February 28, 2017 / 1:23 am

      The article sums it up very well. The Taxed Enough Already Party was a protest against POLICIES, not against people, and it was a spontaneous grassroots experience with a serious message.

      I think the Left are guilty of cultural acquisition, trying to assume the aura of conservative groups in a sad and pathetic effort to gain some respect for what they are doing. They are just so confused, spinning in place looking for a direction and tripping over their own pathologies.

      Remember, we were the first to use the term “Party of No” and then they started using that—-I’ll bet they are now cringing, hoping it won’t be resurrected now that they are so blatantly advertising their strategy of just being against everything.

  2. Amazona February 28, 2017 / 1:18 am

    Love the link on craft beer—it’s just amazing how sour and nasty the Left can be. Seriously, can you imagine inviting any of them to a party?

    Demeaning or objectifying women has no place in society or on beer labels.


    British Labor party Leader Jeremy Corbyn wants after-work drinks banned because he finds them “sexist.”


    Now just having a drink is enough to get them ticked off and pontificating. Who knew there were so many code words, trigger words and dog whistles in booze? Guess it takes a dedicated Lefty to sniff them out.

    Poor babies, always hunting for a new “ist”. They’ve pretty much worn out “racist” but gotta have some kind of slur to sling at anyone who is happy, or having fun. That is, against anyone who is not a Leftist.

  3. Cluster February 28, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Meanwhile back in California:

    Gov. Brown Signs Next Sanctuary Bill, $115M Cut From Middle Class Education For Illegals Instead

    Proving once again that progressivism is a disease, Gov. Brown punishes middle class, tax paying American families in favor of law breakers. I would like to know what Jerry Brown has personally given up to help illegal immigrants. Has he agreed to take a pay cut? Does he offer room and board at his personal residence for any of them? If he is asking many families of his own state to sacrifice, shouldn’t he lead by example?


  4. Retired Spook February 28, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Ever wondered how comprehensive Indivisible’s guide for resisting Trump’s agenda is? Well, here it is.

  5. Retired Spook February 28, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I think jobs lost to automation could happen a lot faster than most people think. Excellent piece at Public Discourse about this very topic.

    But as many others have pointed out, manufacturing jobs have declined in the United States largely due to automation, not international trade. This trend will not be halted through protectionism. For Trump to claim that he will bring those jobs back would be as ludicrous as if President Calvin Coolidge had promised blacksmiths that he would protect their jobs from foreign trade. It wasn’t trade that put the blacksmith out of business; it was the automobile and Henry Ford’s assembly line. And the economy was better for it: more jobs, higher wages, cheaper and better consumer goods.

    Nevertheless, unemployment due to new technology is a real problem today. A recent Oxford University study estimated that up to 47 percent of jobs could disappear in the next twenty-five years due to technological unemployment. Self-driving automobiles may mean the end of trucking jobs, public transportation, taxis, and Uber. Self-checkouts and ordering machines are already leading to the displacement of many service workers, robotics have replaced many factory workers, and so on. As the capability of artificial intelligence improves, more jobs will be automated and more human workers displaced.

    • M. Noonan February 28, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      OTOH, high tech also opens up the prospect of people making for themselves, and their local communities. It still comes out that the market began because while Grock was great at growing wheat, Grunk was better at tanning hides…and, so, Grunk would trade some of his hides for Grock’s wheat. No matter how you slice it, we’re still going to need all the things we need – food, shoes, spoons, pens, those little clip-like things you use to hang the Christmas lights. Economy of scale is why industrial capitalism displaced the local craftsman…but the application of high tech might allow the local craftsman (craftsperson, to get with the modern world) to compete, again. Go and Google “custom made knives” and see what you get – a large number of people who make knives. Now, you can go to Wal Mart and get all the knives you need, right? Right – but if you are want an actually good knife made for the tasks you set yourself, you’ll be willing to pay a premium for one that is made right. It takes great skill to make a really good knife (a family member has started to do it – his knives are getting better and better all the time; it’s not something you learn in a day, but the quality of his knives already far surpasses anything you can buy in the big retailers). Assisted by high tech, a person could make high quality knives for his local community…maybe more expensive, but not much more because the grunt work of it is done by machines which are cheap and easy to use…but much higher quality; a knife which last for a generation, or more.

      We could see more and more like that – I’d love to have a shoe maker who could make shoes to fit. Right now, I find that shoes fit me from a wide variety of allegedly standard sizes, but none of them fit exactly right (I usually have to compromise and go with a shoe that is a bit too loose fitting). High tech could revive the cobbler. And so on and so forth. Yeah, I’ll get my fast food burger from an automated machine…but I might get quite a lot of things made to order by a local producer using high tech.

  6. jabrwok February 28, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I’m not familiar with the state of Spain’s Welfare State, but given that she’s in Europe, and they’re all Leftists over there, I wouldn’t be surprised if the government has promised to provide for the retirements of all Spaniards, so why should they bother to have children? Couple that with legal contraception and feticide, and you’ve got a recipe for national extinction.

    As for the evolving state of Conservatism, I don’t really want to conserve much of the 20th, or 21st Centuries, so I don’t think “conservative” is a suitably descriptive term anymore. “Radical Minarchist” might be better, but it has the disadvantage of more syllables and being unfamiliar to most people.

    • M. Noonan February 28, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Distributism – it’s the answer!

      But, you’re right – not much worth conserving for the past 100 years or so…or even longer, once everyone realizes that our public school system and Social Security program are built upon 19th century Prussian Statism.

    • Amazona February 28, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Jabrwok, I agree, the word “Conservative” is too vague. As I have often said, it could just mean not wearing stripes with plaid. I have often expanded it to say “21st Century American Political Conservatism” which is also a mouthful but at least uses familiar words. It’s a term which depends on a certain level of political acumen. So in 1776 the conservatives were also the big government monarchists, and the radicals were the revolutionaries. To use the word correctly you have to have a political and historical context.

      “Constitutional Conservative” or even better, “Constitutionalist” would work.

      I have never thought of the word as relating to “conserving” anything but Constitutional governance.

      • Retired Spook February 28, 2017 / 6:51 pm

        I responded to an on-line political survey a couple days ago. One of the questions was what best describes your political philosophy, and “Constitutional Conservative” (which I checked) was one of the choices. That’s the first survey I can ever recall getting that used that description.

        I would also submit that the nuclear family as a societal unit is something worth conserving, as well as such values/principles as honor, integrity, self-reliance, personal accountability, rugged individualism and entrepreneurship, just to name a few.

      • M. Noonan March 1, 2017 / 12:24 am

        The prime political duty of an American Conservative, in my view, is to conserve the ideals of the Declaration and the meaning of the Constitution. A British Conservative would be a bit different in that such a person would be seeking to defend the Monarchy and the results of the Glorious Revolution – though, of course, one could be an extremist British Conservative and hold to Jacobite views (if I were British, I’d be Jacobite). Each nation would be trying to conserve what was best and most formative of their political life. But beyond that, all Conservatives in all nations, I think, must also be about conserving religion, family and property which all form the basis of any civilization…or any nation, regardless of how it is particularly governed.

  7. Retired Spook February 28, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Brandon Smith has some really good ideas about how to deal with our current political atmosphere, and violent protests in particular.

  8. Retired Spook February 28, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Even Chris Wallace, certainly no Trump fan, said it was not only the best speech he’s heard Trump give, it was one of the best speeches he’s ever heard in that type of setting.

    The Congressional Democrats, however, looked like a bunch of sourpusses throughout most of the speech. Al Franken was slouching so badly I thought he was going to slide out of his seat.
    Trump certainly left the ball in the Dems’ court. They continue their universal obstructionism at their own peril.

    • M. Noonan March 1, 2017 / 12:29 am

      I was rather staggered by the speech – it was really good. Trump will never be a Reagan, but he did well.

    • Cluster March 1, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Good speech and an even better vision. If Congress can put those policies into place this country will truly be great again.

      I also have to say that the Democrats response delivered by a defeated, unknown Governor from a local diner was pathetic and clearly shows just how lost that party is.

      • Retired Spook March 1, 2017 / 9:32 am

        One of the things the speech accomplished without even trying was to illustrate just how much greatness we’ve lost under the last two or three presidents, particularly the last one.

      • Cluster March 1, 2017 / 10:12 am

        Agreed. Ever since Newt and Clinton put together meaningful reforms in ’94, we have been governed by “deep state” politicians and bureaucrats who centralized power and spent tax payer money recklessly and this ambivalence towards people in fly over country and their contribution to this country created the divide that resulted in Trumps election. When Trump relayed the story of Harley Davidson and how the company has given up on battling overseas tariffs and that “they don’t care anymore …. but I do” resonated with every working American across this country.

  9. Retired Spook March 1, 2017 / 10:38 am

    This is the image of the Democrats that many viewers were left with last night. I wonder if they’re still just in shock from the election or if they think this behavior will earn them a path back to power. All I can say is just keep it up Donkeys.

  10. Retired Spook March 1, 2017 / 10:43 am

    This was down in the comments section of the Daily Wire article:

    No wonder Democrats aren’t connecting with Americans. Their hatred for Trump is stronger than their love of country.

    The Dems clearly have very little “love” for this country as it’s currently structured. I’m not sure they would love it even if they could transform it exactly the way they want.

    • Cluster March 1, 2017 / 10:55 am

      The seething hatred Dems have for Trump is actually just an extension of their seething hatred for every day Americans, or deplorables in this instance, and that is very transparent in their actions and rhetoric. If you are a God fearing, patriotic, no bullshit common sense American, then you have no place in the special interest, statist party of Democrats.

  11. Retired Spook March 1, 2017 / 10:44 am

    The DJIA has crossed over 21,000, up 3,000 points since the election. I guess investors like the country’s change in direction.

    UPDATE: DOW up over 300 points to 21,125, and the NASDAQ is only 100 points away from 6,000

    • M. Noonan March 1, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      I think we can safely say it stays above 21,000 for today, at least. A clear financial vote of confidence in Trump and his program.

      Which is a mixed bag, from a Conservative point of view – but, then again, that is what all of us Conservatives thought before the election. And that is what the Never Trumpers never got – so wrapped up in themselves they simply could not see that with Trump we at least get something…and, perhaps, a chance to get more, later. Trump does seem to be determined on reforming how government works, and that can only work to our long-term advantage. Anything that undermines the current power structure just makes it more likely that we’ll be able to get genuine, Conservative reform as time goes on.

      • Amazona March 2, 2017 / 12:55 am

        As you know, I was strongly stridently against nominating Trump, but I see nothing to justify failing to support him in his presidency. I am liking what I see and have no problem admitting that I was wrong, though I always did say I wasn’t terribly worried about him as president, just as a candidate.

        Anything that undermines the current power structure just makes it more likely that we’ll be able to get genuine, Conservative reform as time goes on. Yes, IF we are alert enough to make sure everything heads in the right direction when changes are made.

  12. Retired Spook March 1, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    This is a topic we speculated on a couple years ago, but it’s largely fallen off the radar of the media.

    The New York Teamsters Road Carriers Local 707 Pension Fund has won the unfortunate award for “First Pension to Officially Run Out of Money.” According to the New York Daily News, and a host of angry former truck drivers who’ve had their pension benefits slashed, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) has officially been forced to step in and take over payments to retirees of the Local 707, albeit at a much lower rate.

    Teamsters Local 707’s pension fund is the first to officially bottom out financially — which happened this month.

    “I had a union job for 30 years,” Chmil said. “We had collectively bargained contracts that promised us a pension. I paid into it with every paycheck. Everyone told us, ‘Don’t worry, you have a union job, your pension is guaranteed.’ Well, so much for that.”

    “It’s a nightmare, it has just devastated all of our lives. I’ve gone from having $48,000 a year to less than half that,” said Chmil, one of five Local 707 retirees who agreed to share their stories with the Daily News last week.

    “I don’t want other people to have to go through this. We need everyone to wake up and do something; that’s why we’re talking,” said Ray Narvaez.
    Of course, the Teamsters 707 and other Teamster pension boards attempted to submit plans that would have cut benefits in order to prolong payments to retirees but those plans were universally rejected by the Obama administration…better that the pensions just run out of cash completely.

    I can see reaction from the Left already — TRUMP’S FAULT!!!

  13. Retired Spook March 1, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Matt Walsh hits it out of the park.

    the Democrat Party has no interest in, or love for, normal Americans, and has now given up even pretending otherwise. They are the party of anti-Americanism, elitism, and lawlessness, and have been for quite some time. Last night they simply made it official. The rest of us have taken note.

    • jdge1 March 1, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      In an American Thinker article:

      The Democratic Party members watching that speech looked like a party of the living dead. They didn’t know how to react. They didn’t know if they were Americans. They didn’t know who they were.
      Every time Trump called for bipartisanship for the good of our country, they winced. They couldn’t stand it and didn’t know how to react because they are the least bipartisan people in the world and they scarcely know what cooperating is. Working together is not in their natures.

      The left hasn’t had to be cooperative or bipartisan for the past 8 years, and pretty much told the right, “tough crap” with every step they took. As always, whenever they’re in the minority they cry for fairness and bipartisanship, but as the article noted; they haven’t a clue on how to do that. I believe this will be a continued stumbling block of theirs which leaves them with little else to do but scream and sling mud at anyone who they perceive to be in opposition to them. To the politician, the currency of their political life is power, and the left are losing theirs in a big way.

    • Amazona March 1, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      I think we started to see the unraveling of the American Left in the 2000 election. The Left was giddy after eight years of a rock star, in their minds, president, and they were confident to the point of cockiness that Al Gore would just glide on in to the presidency to carry on the Clinton Legacy. We saw their reaction to the rise of George W. Bush, and we saw the vile and vicious campaign waged against him, one of true character assassination. I for one remember the efforts at mob rule in the Florida election recounts, as well as the shrill outrage when Republicans stood up to the mobs and the hysteria about being stymied, physically restrained from taking over.

      The reaction of the Left to the outcome of that election was a prelude to what we are seeing now. That was 16 years ago, and we forget the temper tantrums of the Left, their rage, their efforts to change the outcome of the election, the declarations that Bush was not a legitimate president. They seethed, they screeched, and they wallowed in abject loathing for Bush and anyone connected with him, giving rise to the term Bush Derangement Syndrome, because “deranged” was the best word to describe their insanity.

      Let’s not forget the “fake but accurate” election antics in the 2004 election when forged documents were produced to try to shift the direction of the election, and the Left’s conviction that it was OK to forge documents like this if you were convinced it was in a good cause. (Fast forward to more forged documents from the Left, re: Obama, but that’s another story.)

      So when they got Obama elected, their response was not just the normal sigh of relief at winning an election, it was a huge “F YOU!” to the Right. It was seen by those who still carried a grudge after 2000 and who never got over having Bush in office for 8 years not just as an election victory but a chance to get even.

      And once again, high on the elation of having another rock star president who fed into the Left’s dependence on Identity Politics and, even more so, Personality Politics, they once again expected an heir (or heiress) to the Obama Legacy to glide on into office. And once again, when foiled they freaked out, but they have had time for their sense of grievance and entitlement to ferment into an even more toxic brew.

      They feel wronged. We know that is silly, but that is the way they feel. Their sense of entitlement has led them to the conviction that the presidency was rightfully theirs, and it was taken from them. But because their entire political identity has been based on their dependency on Personality Politics, which has been fed by emotions like hate and resentment, they are adrift.

      They don’t have a coherent political philosophy, as we have seen here when we have challenged Leftists to explain their political beliefs. They are all about personality—adoring and revering those they have anointed as their rock star messiahs, and despising and loathing the invented Other they have created and labeled The Right. That is why they are so volatile, and so unhinged.

  14. Retired Spook March 1, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I’m not surprised by this, but it’s not something I’ve ever heard of.

    Under an Obama administration scheme, banks sued by the government for wrongdoing had the option to reduce penalties by donating to third-party entities. The billions donated are being used to further big government activism, according to GOP lawmakers.

    Congressional investigators say a slush fund set up at the Obama Department of Justice has paid billions of dollars to activist groups rather than the victims of misdeeds the government sued financial companies over.

    • Amazona March 1, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      I’m glad there are legislators who are working to stop this (and find it interesting that some see it as an attack on Democrats—kind of an inadvertent admission there…) but I think it needs to be publicized. There is no way to justify using federal money to subsidize partisan political movements, especially those that are often dedicated to undermining American rule of law.

    • M. Noonan March 1, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      Please don’t tell me you haven’t read “Worst”? Say it isn’t so!

      • Amazona March 2, 2017 / 12:52 am

        I bought it but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m listening to “The Dictator’s Handbook” right now and that’s enough politics at one time. (Seems interesting so far, though.) And I bought the real book, not the Kindle version, so it’s on my list.

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