Open Thread

Having a chain-migration guy who is from Bangladesh try to blow up commuters in New York City will tend to strengthen Trump’s hand in the ol’ immigration debate. Not, of course, with his critics – but as his critics are mostly kinda dumb, who cares what they think? The key to Trump getting re-elected is that reality is going to continually back him up and, of course, he has the dumbest opponents any political leader has ever had.

That aside, chain-migration is about the most silly thing anyone can think of. If you decide to move to the United States, it is implied that you are willing to cut your ties to your family and your old country. That is kinda how immigration works, ya know? Each person asking to immigrate has to be taken on a one by one basis. You don’t get to come here just because you’ve got a cousin in Brooklyn.

Malmo, Sweden has a very large immigrant Muslim population and is now become a hotbed of anti-Semitic action. This surprises precisely no one; not even those who want the immigration.

The wife of that DoJ guy who was demoted for bias? Yeah; his wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign. Shut the darned investigation down. Really: end this charade. I’m getting more confident that Trump eventually will – hopefully soon after the first of the year. No more of this allowing Progressives free reign to try and nullify the 2016 election results.

Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) goes over the horrific investigation of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He’s calling it the “Cheesehead Stasi”, and he’s right. What they are doing to Trump they first tried on Scott Walker. And we really have to think on ways we can prevent this sort of thing from recurring. I’m thinking along the lines of stiff criminal penalties for people who abuse the police power of the State.

Kurt Schlichter notes our greatest power: the power of not caring what our opponents think.

Trump wants us back on the Moon and reaching for Mars. This is what great Presidents do: challenge us to rise to new heights. I’m hoping that he lights a fire under NASA – the Orion program envisions sending an unmanned spacecraft around the Moon in 2019. Make it manned. The mission after that was scheduled for a manned flyby around the Moon in 2021. Make it a landing. In 2020. Let’s do this!

I just love Robert Stacey McCain’s writing style:

Like every other pouty teenage Goth girl with a Tumblr blog, Sara fancies herself a writer…

Read the whole thing. Content warning: he’s describing complete lunatics.

Hadn’t noticed this, but Trump in his Jerusalem announcement apparently went out of his way to use “AD” rather than “CE” (for Common Era). Use of “CE” bugs the heck out of me. We started using it because “AD” stands for Anno Domini, ie; The Year of Our Lord. I totally dig non-Christians perhaps not liking that, but the fact remains that this is 2017 AD. It isn’t “Common” to anyone but Christians. The year is perfectly meaningless except in relation to the birth of Jesus. If you don’t like “AD”, don’t try to change it to the fallacy of “CE”, make yourself a new calendar…and then try to get people to use it. Good luck. The French revolutionaries tried it and it lasted about 10 years…because it was a stupid idea. Anyways, our Progressive friends naturally had a fit over Trump using “AD”.

23 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Amazona December 12, 2017 / 1:15 am

    Have you noticed that females who hate children and never want any also don’t seem to just get their tubes tied and shut up and get on with their hedonistic lives, but instead cling to their determination to just kill the babies they create?

    I think we should, in addition to just ignoring Lefties, ignore their sad silly efforts to remodel the world around them. That is, say AD, say “Merry Christmas”, say “him” and “her” and “she” and”he”, and in general let the Lefties create their alternate universe without our participation.

  2. Cluster December 12, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Has anyone noticed that the man who could not achieve even 2% GDP growth in any single quarter, is now trying to take credit for 3.3% growth now that he is out of office?

    Re: Schlichter’s article – INDIFFERENCE IS POWER. One of the first rules of the art of negotiation written by Trump is – be prepared to walk away from any deal at any time. And this tactic works. I use it a lot in my business, and have used it quite effectively with liberal colleagues. Liberals want a reaction, it’s one of the main reasons they exist, and when they don’t receive a reaction positive or negative, they don’t know to act.

    Mika does not like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which confirms just how great and effective Sarah is.

    I had to laugh at your linked article to the problems in Sweden. Just the other day, I was reading a flowery piece in the NYT about how welcoming Sweden is to migrants and how well the society was managing welcoming their new neighbors.

    Obama destroys exploration science. Trump restores it. Another inspiring act by our unconventional President.

    • jdge1 December 12, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      “Has anyone noticed that the man who could not achieve even 2% GDP growth in any single quarter, is now trying to take credit for 3.3% growth now that he is out of office?”

      That’s what they do. Fabricate what they do in a positive light even to the point of stealing another person’s work or ideas, or they lie about and slander your opponents to paint any negative picture they believe the general public will buy into…. or both.

  3. Cluster December 12, 2017 / 8:31 am

    So MSNBC is touting the impeccable credentials and integrity of Bruce Ohr and how Trump’s attacks on him and his wife are purely political and evidence that Trump is panicking.

    They really do live in their own world. Evidenced by the fact that Steve Rattner is still considered an economic analyst.

    • Amazona December 13, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Evidenced by the fact that Chelsea Handler is still referred to as a “comedian”.

  4. Cluster December 12, 2017 / 8:56 am

    Here’s the latest from the “reality based, science worshipping left”

    “Gender is what you feel, not what your parts are”

  5. Retired Spook December 12, 2017 / 9:45 am

    We often discuss the scourge of identity politics here, but I’ve not seen an in-depth essay about the subject until this month’s Imprimus Newsletter from Hillsdale College. Adapted from a speech by Matthew Continetti, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Free Beacon, it’s the best analysis I’ve read on a despicable tactic that has done more to harm our society than anything I can think of.

  6. Retired Spook December 12, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Interesting piece at Public Discourse this morning. In the first of a two-part series, the author takes to task R. R. Reno, the Editor of First Things for his erroneous grasp of Capitalism and regulation.

    Reno’s Argument

    That said, as far as I can make out, Reno’s argument goes basically like this. In recent decades, we have achieved great new degrees of economic freedom through deregulation. “We do not live in a . . . regulated . . . world” any more but are “drowning in freedom.” This new freedom has greatly benefited “those who participate in the global economy” but not people who used to hold “dwindling manufacturing jobs” and find themselves displaced by new technologies. This “growing divide” threatens both democratic political institutions and Judeo-Christian morals. In particular, “because super-majorities in the West experience few impediments to earning and accumulating wealth,” “age-old expectations of marriage and children have become choices.” We want “freedom from all constraints, even those imposed by nature and our bodies,” so that “we can even choose to become male or female.” In other words, expanding economic freedom leads to transgenderism.

    Even worse, “the dynamism of free market capitalism invades … and sometimes destroys” such important things as “belonging to a family,” “participating in civic culture,” and “being in solidarity as a distinct people that shares a common future, the most important of which is the Church.” Capitalism makes us neglect the human need for “ends, purposes, and projects to which we can entrust our loyalty,” with the result that nowadays “we need clarity about the ends economic freedom should serve: the renewal of marital stability and fruitfulness, the restoration of democratic institutions,” and the pursuit of “higher things than can be had in any market.”

    Practically every bit of this is wrong.

    Amazona first steered me on to Public Discourse a year or so ago. Often the articles are Left and Right intellectuals arguing philosophy back and forth at a level way above my head. This one is at least not above my head, and the arguments about the repeal of Glass-Steagall presented some elements that I had never thought of before.

    • M. Noonan December 12, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Of course, in my view, practically every bit of that is right – the economy is a means to an end; and the end isn’t for us to be rich. It is for us to be fed, clothed and housed and independent as far as possible from any need of assistance. This, in turn, allows us to have strong, stable families and communities.

    • Amazona December 13, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      I agree that “…“we need clarity about the ends economic freedom should serve:..” I just do not agree that capitalism works against the ends of ‘…“belonging to a family,” “participating in civic culture,” and “being in solidarity as a distinct people that shares a common future, the most important of which is the Church.” or that ” Capitalism makes us neglect the human need for “ends, purposes, and projects to which we can entrust our loyalty,”

      Capitalism is, at heart, a system based on freedom, a system which includes the economic aspects of a free market. In a free market system when a certain element of that system becomes archaic and unproductive, there is the freedom to look beyond it and adapt. In a free market system,when the horse-based aspect of our economy (wheelwrights, blacksmiths, wagon makers, livery operators, manure sweepers, etc.) ended due to “new technologies” the overall economy did not collapse. There was freedom, spurred by necessity, to move onward to the next stage of transportation technology, and we started to build cars, drill for petroleum products and refine them, build different roads and so on.

      It is that freedom, that sense of self-reliance, that extends into appreciation of the need for faith, for communities of faith, for family. The times in history when Church and family and community were strongest were times in which the individual had the freedom to follow his own economic path. Some were able to achieve more than mere subsistence; some were not. That is an unavoidable aspect of freedom.

      The societies in which family and Church have lost importance are societies in which freedom to fail has been replaced by guarantees of clothing, food and shelter. This may be because there is less impetus to create mutually supportive communities, and to reach out to and depend on those communities in harder times, because the State has replaced them.

  7. Retired Spook December 12, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    I don’t think there has ever been a President who has gotten in the collective heads of the Left to the extent that Trump has.

    “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president wrote. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!” (emphasis – mine)

    • M. Noonan December 12, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      The explosion on Twitter is a thing of beauty…for pity’s sake, Warren’s response works out to Warren calling Gillibrand a slut!

      • Retired Spook December 12, 2017 / 5:11 pm

        Liawatha appears to not understand the meaning of the term “slut shaming.” As much as I detest most Liberals, they do have a certain amount of entertainment value.

      • Amazona December 13, 2017 / 2:02 pm

        I’m liking “Liawatha” even more than “Fauxcahontas”.

        Isn’t it funny to watch the Left turn itself inside out, on one hand condemning “shaming” and on the other fawning over bullies who try to shame Conservatives for their appearance, etc. It’s kind of like screeching about Roy Moore dating younger women while remaining silent about Bill Clinton traveling to a “sex island” on a plane called the “Lolita Express” because it features sex slaves who are very very young.

  8. Retired Spook December 12, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    On his radio show today Rush echoed my favorite strategy WRT the Left: “when your adversary is imploding, get out of the way.” Put a couple other ways, “when your adversary is engaged in self-immolation, hide the fire extinguishers and get out of the way;” and (Amazona’s favorite) “when your adversary is digging himself into a hole, hand him an extra shovel and get out of the way.” As Col. Hannibal Smith used to say on The A Team, “I love it when a plan comes together.” It’s even sweeter when the plan is your adversary’s and it backfires on him. In the last year I’ve gone from thinking the Apocalypse was approaching to thinking it’s a great time to be alive.

  9. Cluster December 13, 2017 / 7:46 am

    Mika has taken her false sense of self superiority to another level this morning. Gone is any pretense of objective reporting or even the semblance of informed analysis on the Morning Joe program, replaced now by the preening morning lectures Mika delivers with the contrived compassion reserved for those poor souls who simply don’t know better.

    She has called for women around Trump to leave him, because he doesn’t care about women. She has asked for the wives of those men who work with trump to leave them, because they are enabling a “very horrible man”, and she has started a hash tag campaign for Sarah Sanders – no kidding. #savesarah or something like that.

    In the humor category, MSNBC has far exceeded anything the comedy channel could deliver.

  10. Cluster December 13, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    In light of Obama trying to take credit for the recent 3.3% GDP growth…… WSJ has a great article on the reality of Obama and Democrats economic prescriptions:

    Illinois Drives People Away – Property taxes in Cook County and Chicago’s “collar” counties are the highest in the country outside of California and the Northeast. The average homeowner who moves from Lake County, Illinois, across the border to Kenosha County, Wisconsin would receive an annual $3,200 annual property tax cut. Taxes may increase as Democrats scrounge for cash to pay for pensions. Fitch Ratings reported this week that Illinois’s unfunded pension liabilities equalled 22.8% of residents’ personal income last year, compared to a median of 3.1% across all states and 1% in Florida.

    • Amazona December 13, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      I’m wondering how the devastation of the fires in California is going to affect the state’s already precarious financial situation. If I had lost everything in one of those fires and had to face rebuilding in a state which is probably going to have to raise taxes yet again to deal with the financial losses due to the fires, I think I would look at moving to another state to start over. I knew some people who made that decision after the last big earthquake—-they didn’t feel like uprooting to leave, in spite of the death spiral of the state, but once they were forced to rebuild they decided to do it in Colorado.

      (Not that I want another influx of Californians into my state—-we call it “Californication” and it has pretty much destroyed the state politically, putting it at the top of yet another Liberal death spiral. We haven’t slid too far yet, but it’s just a matter of time.)

      • Cluster December 13, 2017 / 5:27 pm

        The problem with Californication is that you seldom get kissed.

      • Amazona December 13, 2017 / 7:29 pm

        Good one.

  11. Retired Spook December 13, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Where are the “Human Rights” activists on the Left now?

    They’re either silent or actually siding with and/or apologizing for the animals who are perpetrating these atrocities.

    • Amazona December 13, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      That’s kind of my point. “Human Rights” when applied to letting a burly man with a beard use a woman’s restroom is a lot more important than the slaughter of a bunch of Christians. I have noticed that the Left is absent in most cases that actually involve violence, whether it is Muslims killing Muslims or Muslims killing Christians or Serbians raping children to death while their parents are forced to watch or the Janjaweed butchering innocent civilians by the thousands.

      What they do is take WORDS of violence and attach them to frivolous and essentially meaningless things like using the “wrong”pronoun or men sitting with their legs spread out or banana peels in trees or smudges that might, if one is stoned enough, vaguely resemble swastikas. (Though swastikas only frighten and offend people looking for white supremacists, as Jews don’t really have any rights anyway. Kind of like Christians. Or Conservatives.)

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