Weekend Open Thread

A Tweet of mine was picked up by Twitchy. I’ll give you a moment to bask in my reflected glory.

Seriously, though, I think this Tweet was better.

In light of that, I think we need a bit of a new law – no one can be placed on the board of a publicly traded corporation unless they’ve worked for that corporation for, say, five years. You do realize what Chelsea’s new gig is, don’t you? Its a bribe. The Clinton’s still have influence and Chelsea is being groomed for political office. As for me, I’d much prefer we went back to the day when politicians were bribed with sacks of cash…there was more honesty about it.

Was thinking about that – someone getting a no-show job for bags of cash in return for influence actual or prospective – and it ran along in the mind to all those, “why do football players get more money than teachers” memes we get on social media. You know – the idea that teachers are vastly more important than football players in the grand scheme of things, so they should be paid more. It is, on a certain level, a rational argument; but also an argument to be wary of. You see, as I pondered it a bit I realized that the most important people in the world are those who build and maintain the systems which bring us our water and take away our sewage. Seriously; we can’t go more than a couple days without those things…whereas even teachers can be done without for a substantial period of time. That, in turn, got me thinking further – perhaps we should slap a surcharge tax on all corporate officer salaries (sorry, Chelsea – but, you don’t mind: just making sure the rich pay their fair share) and use it to subsidize the salaries of those who really do the important work? You might think that teachers come after the water and sewer workers, but you’d be wrong…started mentally working out the list and came up with farmers; truck drivers; power company workers; road construction people…in fact, quite a long list before we get to any sort of teacher, and even then there are teachers and then there are teachers. Or, there are people who teach useful things, and those who don’t. Teach math or woodworking: you’re valuable. Teach post-modern feminist poetry? Even more useless than Chelsea’s gig (she won’t actually do anything for the company, but she does offer influence…and in our crony-Capitalist system, that is a thing of value…lousy value, but value nonetheless).

Lawsuit against San Jose for failure to protect pro-Trump people can go forward. Good. Let’s show these Progressives that there is a price to be paid for violating the rights of others.

If this – or anything even remotely like this – had been done regarding Michelle Obama, the MSM would have been in an uproar. But that it was done against Melania Trump makes it a yawn…

Glenn Reynolds on Experts:

It was experts that gave us the financial crisis, it was experts that gave us the Middle East meltdown, it was experts who gave us the obesity epidemic and the opioid crisis. And yet the experts pay no price for their failures, and cling bitterly to their credentials and self-esteem, while claiming that the problem lies in the anti-intellectualism of ordinary citizens.

Or, as Lord Salisbury put it:

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.

Fracking – it’s hurting OPEC. Badly. And, that’s a good thing.

Legal Insurrection on the judicial insurrection against Trump. I’m just about ready for Trump to go Andy Jackson on them…the story is that when the Courts ruled against him, he said, “the Court has ruled: now, let them enforce”. That’s the thing most people don’t realize – the only way the Court can have orders enforced is via the cooperation of the Executive branch…the Courts, themselves, have no mechanism of enforcement. Founders set it up that way – on purpose. Just as the President can’t get things done without Congress (and Congress can’t get things done without the President), so the Courts can’t actually do anything unless they are cooperated with. To be sure, if Trump does defy the Court, they could refer it to Congress and Congress could, in theory, impeach Trump…but figure the odds. I pointed this out on social media and one guy commented, “but Trump shouldn’t trigger a crisis”…to which I reply: the crisis is created by the Courts, not the President. The power to decide which persons shall be allowed to enter the United States belongs to the Executive and, by law, it is plenary. The Courts have nothing to say in the matter and should stay out.

Poll shows a majority of young Americans are fairly clueless about the workings of our Republic. On the other hand, I think people are saying “illegitimate” about Trump when they mean, “I just don’t like him”.

Evan McMullin is still around, but no one can say precisely why.

On Saint Patrick’s day, this Tweet made the rounds:

St. Patrick’s day encourages and perpetuates the idea of whiteness and white culture. It otherizes non-whites and promotes nationalism.

Outrageous? Or just a joke? That’s the problem – you can’t tell! It seriously could be either.

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16 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook March 19, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Bow Wow’s sexual slur against the First Lady was over the top, but the irony that the rapper is a self-identified pimp seems to have been completely lost on the media.

    • Amazona March 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Do you mean the same media that made the Hollywood Madam a star and idolized Charlie Sheen? Those media?

      • Retired Spook March 20, 2017 / 1:38 pm

        Yup — dem’s (pun intended) da ones.

  2. Retired Spook March 19, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Mark,

    You have often commented that the best way to defeat the Left is to defund them. I think we’re seeing the beginning of the campaign to do just that. Each of us, when confronted by a Liberal complaining about cuts (or complete elimination) in funding for NPR, NEA, etc. need to remind them that elections have consequences, and that all their favorite Leftist projects will gladly accept private donations.

    • jdge1 March 19, 2017 / 10:56 am

      This seems to go hand-in-hand with corporate institutions that promote leftist idealism or personalities. When those associations are made public, we can do our part by minimizing or eliminating spending our hard earned money on those company products or services.

      • Amazona March 20, 2017 / 12:04 pm

        I’d put Audi and Budweiser at the top of that list, because they didn’t just support Leftist causes they funded vastly expensive ads propaganda to be aired during the Super Bowl.

        I had breakfast yesterday with some friends and the husband said if anyone in his house ever watched Colbert he would cut the cord to the TV.

        We saw how Air America floundered and failed, because it was wholly dependent on Leftist support. That can apply to any other business. I think anyone, including any business, has the right to decide who to support politically, but once that goes as far as the over-the-top efforts of Audi and Budweiser, or the shrill emoting of “celebrities”, they are telling us they don’t need or want our business.

    • M. Noonan March 19, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      That is what is making me most hopeful about the Trump Administration – the defunding of the left. Don’t know if it’s intentional and don’t care; as long as it gets done.

  3. Retired Spook March 19, 2017 / 10:52 am

    This op-ed and the accompanying cartoon appeared in our local liberal newspaper this morning. While the author is a self-described Lefty, he at least realizes what many of us have been saying for the last few years. I disagree with him that the Democrat Party has become “the party of the affluent, white-collar professional class,” although I do agree that the Dems have largely abandoned what used to be their largest constituency, the working class. I wouldn’t even draw the line at “white” working class — just working class in general. The thing he doesn’t mention is that the Dems have hitched their wagon, not just to the wealthy elite and technocrats, but to just about every kook fringe Leftist group you can imagine.

  4. Cluster March 20, 2017 / 8:52 am

    I don’t think that St. Patrick’s day tweet is a joke at all, I think whoever wrote it was very serious and such is the state of our racially polarized country after 8 years of our first black President. When I see and read things like this I become more and more convinced that white progressives really do believe that whites are superior, and thus they must do whatever they can to denigrate white heritage and white achievement while at the same time overly celebrate the heritage and achievements of minorities. There really is no other reason for it.

    • Amazona March 20, 2017 / 11:48 am

      St. Patrick’s day encourages and perpetuates the idea of whiteness and white culture. It otherizes non-whites and promotes nationalism.

      Let’s see if we can make this statement accurate, and see what the Left would have to say about the correction:

      St. Patrick’s day Muslim refusal to assimilate in host countries encourages and perpetuates the idea of whiteness and white the superiority of their culture. It otherizes non-whites Muslims and promotes nationalism, which is to be praised.

    • Amazona March 20, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Let me count the ways I am “otherized:

      As a white person, I am “otherized”
      As a Christian, I am “otherized”
      As a pro-life person I am “otherized”
      As a conservative I am “otherized”
      As a Trump voter I am “otherized”
      As a resident of a fly-over state I am “otherized”
      As an agri-American I am “otherized”
      As a believer in the Constitution I am “otherized”
      As a person who believes that “racism” is defined as assigning any characteristic, whether positive or negative, to anyone based on skin color or ethnicity, and is therefore wrong, I am “otherized”

      But mostly as someone who respects the English language and objects to silly efforts to distort it by inventing words, I suppose I am “otherized”

  5. Cluster March 20, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Well isn’t this interesting:

    Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday. A significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers could make Canada “less safe,” underlining the potential political risk for Trudeau’s Liberal government. The increasing flow of hundreds of asylum-seekers of African and Middle Eastern origin from the United States in recent months has become a contentious issue in Canada.

    Evidently once rhetoric turns into reality, the tolerant, socialist Canadians are having a change of mind.

    On another note, did everyone see Bernie Sanders tweet this weekend? He said and I paraphrase that America is obsessed with money and wealth when we should be focused on making sure everyone has healthcare and a living wage. Says the millionaire from Vermont who owns three homes including a $600K lake front “cabin”, all earned while being a “public servant”.

    And did CNN just unwittingly confirm the wiretap story?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/oops_cnn_accidentally_confirms_story_that_brit_intell_passed_along_trump_communications_to_obama_admin.html

    • Amazona March 20, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Oh, NO!!! Say it ain’t so! Canada wants to control its borders? What a xenophobic idea! Who knew that NIMBY had crossed the border?

    • Amazona March 20, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      News flash: NEARLY HALF OF CANADA IS RACIST! HATE SPEECH INDICTMENTS TO FOLLOW.

      • Cluster March 20, 2017 / 1:36 pm

        LOL

  6. Cluster March 20, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Here is something worth revisiting. Remember “Drill baby drill” and how conservatives were mocked and laughed at for even thinking that tapping into our domestic reserves could bring down the price of oil? Well ……

    Oil fell as a Libyan port is set to resume shipments and the U.S. drilling revival undermines the potential for OPEC output curbs to rebalance the market.

    Once again, the progressives got it wrong. Shocker.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-19/oil-holds-below-49-as-u-s-rig-gain-counters-opec-output-cuts

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