Matt Margolis: The Banning

So, our Matt is busily writing a new book, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama. I sat this one out – all credit to Matt for being willing to dive into that sewer a second time around. Anyways, the book is to be released on April 3rd and so, naturally, Matt starts to push the book on social media. Turns out, some people at Facebook didn’t like what Matt did:

Bestselling conservative author Matt Margolis has a new book coming out that is already banned on Facebook. Margolis’s first book, The Worst President in History, which detailed the failures of the Obama administration, was an instant hit last fall. Margolis used social media to market his presidential biography to #1 on Amazon. When he tried to market his latest, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama, he was banned from Facebook groups for six days with no explanation.

Slight correction, of course: Worst was Matt’s second book. But, no matter. Matt has received no explanation from Facebook for the banning – my thinking was that some blue-haired, nose-pierced little SJW fascist just decided to be a jerk. But here’s the kicker: the banning made pre-orders of Matt’s book shoot through the roof, while sales of our Worst also skyrocketed for a day.

So, Facebook Fascists, Matt and I would like to offer our thanks for fattening our bank accounts.

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43 thoughts on “Matt Margolis: The Banning

  1. Cluster January 14, 2018 / 9:12 am

    Congratulations Matt. You are in good company with Milo, whose book was also shunned by all progressive outlets and still became a #1 best seller. You should do well and good luck.

    Question – what’s more pathetic? The incompetent Hawaiian government bureaucrat who “accidentally” pushed the wrong button? Or the thousands of hysterical screaming people who were reportedly scrambling and inuring each other looking for shelter? I thought by now our society would be comprised of the strongest and smartest via natural selection, but it looks like progressives policies have derailed that scientific truth and have served to aid and support the dumb and cowardly population.

    • Retired Spook January 14, 2018 / 11:18 am

      We heard about the ballistic missile scare in Hawaii on the way home from a dinner last night, but didn’t get the full details. Can you imagine how people will react if NK or Iran manages to detonate a nuke 25 miles in the atmosphere over Kansas City, creating an EMP that knocks out electricity to most of the united states? They’ll find out about survival of the fittest in a hurry.

      • Cluster January 14, 2018 / 11:46 am

        Can you imagine the pandemonium if cell phones stopped working? How would they take their selfies?

        I saw a meme the other day that captured our current society pretty well. It said:

        We now live in a society where people use their $800 cell phones to check their food stamp balance.

      • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 1:26 pm

        Spook, regarding your comment on the effects of an EMP attack—Trump is the only president who has realized, or at least acknowledged, the vulnerability of our electrical system to such an attack or event (as even massive sunspots can and have created EMP effects on electrical systems in the past) and has pledged the money necessary to harden the grid to make our electrical supply more secure.

        At least 15 years ago I saw a presentation to a lot of Pentagon people saying that the biggest fear in the DOD was that of an EMP attack. Yet nothing has been done in the interim to decrease the danger to the country of such an attack. Even with a hardened system it would be devastating, but not quite to the level of that in the really scary book One Second After, by William Forstchen. I couldn’t finish it, it is so depressing. (I did just put the sequel, One Year After, on my Nook, hoping it shows some people dealing with the disaster instead of just dying or rioting.)

        Spook and a friend know I have been fretting about EMP dangers for a long time now, and I was really happy to see a quiet little announcement, pretty much overlooked, that Trump is starting to address the problem of a totally unprotected electrical grid. Perhaps the decision was made to not make a big deal out of it, to not tempt someone to act sooner than planned. Basically, the whole thing could have been accomplished for less than what was funneled to Obama cronies during his administration.

      • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 1:27 pm

        We now live in a society where people use their $800 cell phones to check their food stamp balance…… often from a casino or a cruise ship.

    • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 12:50 pm

      A couple of observations. The first, of course, is how quickly the Usual Suspects started blaming Donald Trump. The ranting ranged from somehow it was his fault in the first place to condemning him for not tweeting about it afterward.

      Hawaii is and always has been run by Leftists. It is a radically Leftist state, with a lot of residual hatred for the mainland left over from the fight against statehood back in the late 50s and early 60s. (It was this political atmosphere that made it so attractive to Barack Obama’s America-hating grandparents and mother and so many other American Communists, including Frank Marshal, Obama’s mentor.) Only in a state either as corrupt or as badly run as Hawaii could some genius decide that it didn’t make sense to make an actual photocopy of a birth certificate and certify it as authentic when people asked for copies, but that instead someone should read the original and transcribe some of its information into a separate document, which had originally been invented specifically to allow resident Hawaiians to prove their separate Hawaiian identities if they didn’t have a Hawaiian birth certificate to prove they were born in the state, the Certificate Of Live Birth, thereby creating a document which proved two entirely separate and contradictory things at one time. That is, a document created specifically for people born out of the state would also be used to prove people had been born in the state.

      This alone should prove that the governmental management of Hawaii is seriously screwed up.

      It might have been the same genius who set up a system where, according to the excuse offered, some “bureaucrat” could “accidentally” push the “wrong button” and send out a warning of an impeding missile attack. Seriously? Do they have it on the coffee machine, between “black” and “with sugar”? This excuse sounds like the “wrong button” could be pushed “accidentally” if the cleaning person dusted a desk too vigorously.

      Of course the RRL also whines that there is a similar button on Trump’s desk that HE could “accidentally” push, starting a worldwide nuclear holocaust and the total extinction of the human race, possibly while just reaching for his Diet Coke. Or in the throes of a dementia-fueled temper tantrum at having his fingers ridiculed by Kim Jong Ugly.

      But of course it is Trump’s fault. He didn’t…..well, he didn’t do SOMETHING that he clearly should have done, something the Left would have applauded as necessary, and that is why this happened. Probably playing golf instead of doing, well, something.

      And we all know there is literally not one single thing he could have tweeted that would not have gotten the rabidly radical Lefties even more foamy-at-the-mouth.

      • casper3031 January 14, 2018 / 4:19 pm

        You must have visited a different Hawaii than the one I know. The Hawaii I know has friendly people, a great climate, and fantastic land and seascapes. It is one of the healthiest states in the country and the residents have the longest lifespans of any state in the union. I certainly don’t see any of the residual hate you talk about. It is the happiest state in the country.

      • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 5:08 pm

        Unlike you, I did not base my observation on a happy vacation. I am a little more analytical than that.

        Yet the residents can seem happy and cheerful and polite, while the actual government of the state is inept and corrupt. Hawaii is and always has been racist. Did you encounter the term “haole” while you were there? Have you even studied the Hawaiian Nationalist movement(s) and the racial content of same? Or do you judge the state and its governance and administration and politics by the big smiles of people who depend on tourism?

        Actually, not a word of your defense of the state has a single thing to do with entrenched Hawaiian politics. Yes, it is beautiful and yes, it is a healthy place to live, heavily populated with people who are physically active and therefore more likely to live longer. If you live in the midst of great beauty and share the overriding political sentiment of the state government you are probably going to be pretty happy. As a Leftist you probably find it all very comfortable and compatible. Yet one-sixth of all Hawaiian children live in poverty, the state has the tenth highest overall tax burden in the country, it is a very expensive place to live and a great deal of its economy is tourism, which is volatile and dependent on the overall economy of the nations whose citizens use Hawaii as a pleasant temporary getaway.

        I’m not trashing the state. I am sure there is much about Hawaii that is absolutely lovely. But that is separate from the gritty reality of how the state is run by its political elites and it has nothing to do with inherent and established racial bias.

        Coinciding with other 1960s and 1970s indigenous activist movements, the Hawaiian sovereignty movement was spearheaded by Native Hawaiian activist organizations and individuals who were critical of issues affecting modern Hawaii, including urbanization and commercial development of the islands, corruption in the Hawaiian Homelands program, and the appropriation of native burial grounds and other sacred spaces. During the 1980s the movement gained cultural and political traction and native resistance grew in response to urbanization and native disenfranchisement. Local and federal legislation provided some protection for native communities but did little to quell expanding commercial development.

        In 1993 a joint congressional resolution apologized for the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. In 2010, the Akaka Bill passed, which provided a process for US federal recognition of Native Hawaiians and gave ethnic Hawaiians some control over land and natural resource negotiations. However, the bill was opposed by sovereignty groups because of its provisions that legitimized illegal land transfers, and was criticized by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for the effect it would have on non-ethnic Hawaiian populations.. A 2005 Grassroot Institute poll found the majority of Hawaiian residents opposed the Akaka Bill

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_sovereignty_movement

        Here’s something you probably don’t want to hear: Hawaii is the only state in which both legislative and executive branches are perceived to be very corrupt.

        ………………………………………………………………………………

        Hawaii is perceived as one of the more corrupt states in the union, according to new survey results.

        Corruption in America Survey

        The ongoing study, which was conducted through the Harvard Law School’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, measures two types of corruption — legal and illegal.

        These are the definitions:
        Illegal corruption: The private gains in the form of cash or gifts by a government official in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups.
        Legal corruption: The political gains in the form of campaign contributions or endorsements by a government official in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups, be it by explicit or implicit understanding.

        Hawaii did not rank well, according to the latest findings, which measured reporters’ perceptions of corruption in 2013.

        The survey found that reporters believed that both types of corruption — legal and illegal — were “very common” in the executive and legislative branches.

        http://www.civilbeat.org/2016/04/survey-says-hawaii-is-corrupt/

        Hawaii ranked 13th with a grade of C and a score of 74 from the State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International.

        https://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/03/19/18168/hawaii-gets-c-grade-2012-state-integrity-investigation

        It is always a mistake to make sweeping declarations about a place based on a few days of pleasant tourism. A lot of people don’t realize that most of the population of Las Vegas is quite separate from gambling and the Strip, but that’s the image visitors take home with them.

      • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 5:10 pm

        I want to correct my statement that “Hawaii is and always has been run by Leftists”. It may have, it may not have. For a long time its legislative and executive bodies were nominally Republican. I have no idea if they were conservative or not.

  2. Cluster January 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Among the celebrities who said they would move if Trump won the election were: Chelsea Handler to Spain; Lena Dunham to Vancouver; Barbara Streisand to Australia or Canada; and Snoop Dogg to Canada.

    Not one of them is moving to Haiti? Or to one of the wonderful African counties? You would think Snoop Dogg would want to return to his Native land instead of going to an all white country. That’s just weird.

    • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      I’ve always noted that the freaked-out Temper Tantrum Lefties never want to move to Sudan, or (as you say) to Haiti. It’s always Zurich or Paris or Barcelona. Lena, Babs and the Snooper obviously had no imagination or wanted to be close enough to the US to actually LIVE here, just pretend they weren’t.

      But obviously not enough to, you know, actually DO something about it.

    • Retired Spook January 14, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      That’s just weird.

      Not to mention, RACIST!!

  3. Cluster January 14, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    I had recent conversation with a bleeding heart liberal the other day who is naturally horrified over Trump and believes the apocalypse is soon to happen. I reminded him that just a few short years ago everything was seemingly wonderful with THE ONE in office, and asked him how he thought everything turned so bad so quick. He mentioned that angry white nationalism replaced what was a peaceful progressive government. I reminded him that the election victory of Trump was the direct result of Democrats in Blue states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio who voted for him en masse, and not white nationalists and asked him why he thought that was.

    No answer.

    I then reminded him that Obama’s campaign PROMISE of 2008 was to reform immigration, reform healthcare, build “roads and bridges”, and to extend an olive branch to the Muslim world and then asked him why immigration was not fixed, why was healthcare still a mess, why is our infrastructure still crumbling, and why did ISIS expand their threat and territory over those years all the while America was doubling the national debt and raising taxes.

    No answer.

    • Retired Spook January 14, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      They don’t live in the real world, so it’s not surprising that they have no answers to real world problems.

    • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      The rise of violent black racism started in Obama’s term, so I am not sure just what your Liberal thought was so peaceful about the Obama years. Yes, the “government ” was peaceful, but that is because Conservatives don’t riot or indulge in street theater or subversion of the government. But the nation? Under Obama we had a racist black group openly advertise a bounty for the killing of a white man, and the black AG refused to take action. We had racist black groups openly advocating the murder of law enforcement officers, with some being killed as a result. Under Obama we had cities like Chicago and Detroit become cesspools of racial violence and murders. Under Obama many people were afraid of exploding racial tensions which had been so carefully generated and stoked by a racist administration, fearing an all-out American race war.

      When the Left realized it had lost its hold on the government, we had threats of civil war as the result.

      Your Liberal is parroting the Leftist lie that being a nationalist means being a white supremacist. They have been very successful at this, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Being a nationalist merely means believing in national sovereignty, the ability for a nation to make its own decisions and choices. It also usually includes pride in a nation and love for it. The fact that the public face of this belief system happens to be white has led the lying Left to conflate the two, and pretend that this belief system is the same thing as white supremacy, though most who share in it also support immigration from nations of different races.

      Trump tapped into the feeling of pride in our country and wanting to return to it being a nation not dictated to by other nations who do not have our best interests at heart. He tapped into the frustration at seeing our nation overwhelmed by people, many of them here illegally, who openly advocated for the diminishment of the United States and the abandonment of the rule of law.

      Only Leftist propaganda has recast these sentiments into being racially motivated, or examples of “white supremacy”.

      If the Left wants a “peaceful government” they can STFU and stop rioting, stop inciting violence, stop subverting the government, and stop working so hard to foster and fuel divisiveness. If we are less peaceful, domestically, under the Trump administration, all we have to do is look at those who being unpeaceful. Hint: It ain’t us.

      • Cluster January 14, 2018 / 1:53 pm

        Yes, the “government ” was peaceful, but that is because Conservatives don’t riot or indulge in street theater or subversion of the government.

        LOL – I wish I would have thought of this line.

      • Amazona January 15, 2018 / 1:55 pm

        Do you remember the freakout—-and I mean actual PANIC—-on the Left when Republicans didn’t do what Republicans do and roll over, and actually pushed into the room where Florida ballots were being counted in 2000? They lost it, they absolutely LOST it! They did everything they could to recast the video of a few men in white shirts with loosened ties pushing through a crowd as a violent mob threatening all around them. It was hysterical. They count on conservatives being calm and quiet and respectful and any time any of us is the least bit uppity they just can’t handle it. On the other hand, when we act the way we do act, and depend on legal process instead of violence and mob rule to overcome the opposition they take the calmness as validation of what they are doing—–till the process works, and then the hysteria breaks out again.

  4. Cluster January 14, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    “Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies,” – Sen.Jeff Flake (AZ)

    We really should be nicer to our enemies.

    • Retired Spook January 14, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      Senator Flake can’t retire soon enough.

    • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      Yet Flake doesn’t actually use the whole quote of Trump:

      The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

      This is because the statement is so obviously true. A lying, manipulative, agenda-driven dishonest press IS the enemy of the people of the nation. And Trump pointed this out.

      Flake might try to gain some traction from his distortion of the facts, but it will only be with those whose very political lives depend on distortion of the facts. So if he wants to pretend that Trump is Stalinesque in using the phrase “enemy of the people” I think he will be surprised at how few are stirred into new anti-Trump sentiment.

      More will be stirred into “what a freaking moron” sentiment, regarding Flake—BTW, one of the most aptly named politicians in our history.

      • Cluster January 14, 2018 / 2:01 pm

        …..regarding Flake—BTW, one of the most aptly named politicians in our history.

        Yup, right up there with Weiner.

        I wonder what the Democrat end game is when the economy is rolling next year, consumer confidence and wages increase, Mueller still can’t find any collusion, North Korea goes docile in the face of credible opposition, and the world is not destroyed by climate change.

        What then?

      • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 4:26 pm

        “…right up there with Weiner….” LOL

        What next? There is probably still going to be the “dementia” meme. Harder to carry off given a solid track record of excellent accomplishments, but then when have the Left been sidetracked by facts?

        But we need to start now, right this minute, working on succinct outlines of important Trump accomplishments and tie them in with votes from Republicans and success in spite of Dem opposition and obstructionism. In just eight months we will be electing some Senators and all Representatives, and we need to start establishing teams and identifying the players.

        For example, Team Lower Taxes doesn’t include a single Dem, but Dems want to keep the bill in place as it is so the tax reform can sunset out. Team Obamacare still consists solely of Democrats, so it will be a good idea to tie them to it and show that they are part of the problem.

        We need to start playing up the important roles women play in the Trump administration, and we need to start playing up the many ways the Obama administration weaponized the government to use it against citizens. I think the latter is a very powerful argument, completely accurate, and scary as hell. We had ranchers bullied, intimidated and attacked by a weaponized, heavily armed agency of the government that is supposedly there to oversee proper land usage. We have the IRS being used against people.

        I predict that if we were to start hammering these points home, the Left would respond with escalated howls of “incompetent” and “Stalinist” and so on, playing into our hand if we play it right.

      • Cluster January 14, 2018 / 6:21 pm

        Damn, that’s exactly what needs to happen. I hope they’re thinking along these lines.

    • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      First of all, Trump made this comment nearly a year ago, on February 17, 2017. The Flake, rummaging around for something he could turn into an attack on the president, dug it up. More likely, one of his Leftist minders dug it. Only someone well versed in Leftist terminology would have found any significance in it.

      Second, Stalin did not invent the phrase.

      The term enemy of the people is a fluid designation of political or class opponents of the group using the term. The term implies that the “enemies” in question are acting against society as a whole. It is similar to the notion of “enemy of the state”. The term originated in Roman times as Latin: hostis publicus, typically translated into English as the “public enemy”. The term in its “enemy of the people” form has been used for centuries in literature (An Enemy of the People, the play by Henrik Ibsen, 1882).

      In other words, the FBI has been using a form of this phrase in its infamous listing of public enemies, and the concept is inherent in all laws regarding treason.

      But wait—didn’t Leftist radicals use the phrase? You know, like Bill Ayers’s own SDS?

      In the United States during the 1960s leftist organizations such as the Black Panther Party and Students for a Democratic Society were known to use the term. In one inter-party dispute in February 1971, for example, Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton denounced two other Panthers as “enemies of the people” for allegedly putting party leaders and members in jeopardy.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enemy_of_the_people

      Oh. So in fact the phrase has been used for centuries, with different connotations and implications. Then, in the first half of the 20th Century, a vicious dictator adopted it as a term he could use to justify the slaughter of millions. In context, Stalin first identified himself AS “the people” and then all who disagreed with him not as his personal enemies but as enemies OF THE PEOPLE. Yes, this all requires a little background, a little thought, a little analysis, and a commitment to fairness. Thus it is not part of the mob mentality shown by the NYT and its hit piece on Trump using this phrase as its vehicle.

      But if we go back to the original comment, above, that “The term implies that the “enemies” in question are acting against society as a whole..” then yes, I have to agree, when a powerful entity such as the press uses its power and influence to subvert the government and create unneccesary divisiveness and even hatred among different demographics in a society, it IS “acting against society as a whole” as it is trying to fracture that society in order to gain a political advantage.

  5. Retired Spook January 14, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Hopefully this is the first in a long list of indictments stemming from the Uranium One scandal.

    • Amazona January 14, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      Spook, do you understand the “money laundering” aspect of this indictment? I admit I don’t. As I find it hard to believe that a Russian would have to pretend to his government that his actions are legal and aboveboard, I have always been suspicious of the “money laundering” accusations hurled against Trump and his associates regarding their relationships with Russians. Do you know who was doing the laundering, and how, and to hide the money from whom? Do I just need to go over the article a few more times to figure it out?

      • Cluster January 14, 2018 / 6:34 pm

        In the article, the indicted executive is an American private sector analyst in the Uranium industry and Uranium One I believe is HQ’d in Canada so he would be subject to both Canadian and American oversight. And I am guessing that some of that passed through the Clinton Foundation. Just a hunch

        The liberal hysteria of money laundering assumes the Russians are laundering their ill gotten gains through the Trump organization, which is a ridiculous notion. They hardly need to launder, in fact I think Putin hands out awards for ill gotten gains.

  6. Cluster January 15, 2018 / 8:11 am

    This morning on the Joey and THE Bimbo show, America is facing a CRISIS !!! This is a national CRISIS that the President is in fact a ……….. wait for it ………………. RACIST.

    That’s right folks, he is in fact a racist according to the BIMBO panelists and the country is at a seminal moment. Funny how the collusion narrative seems to have waned, the money laundering angle never washed out pun intended, the dementia effort never got much traction, so we are off to racism. Oh and remember he attacked a GOLD STAR family – the horrors. And as all the buzz the words like fascist, bigot, neo nazi’s and white supremacists are bantered about, the look on their faces is priceless.

    Joh Meecham just said that Trump believes in a “white man’s government” – I kid you not. No mention of when Obama said in his book – “white man’s greed runs a world in need”

    And now Joey is crediting LBJ for advancing the cause of the “negroes” – hahahahahaha. If entrapping them on the welfare plantation is “advancing” their cause then Joey has a disturbing sense of success.

    YCMTSU

    • Amazona January 15, 2018 / 1:49 pm

      Well, you have to admit, white men DID invent this particular form of government. Of course, it is based on the foundational document that all men are created equal, and white men did demand the freeing of the slaves sent here by black people, but that’s all incidental to the racist meme that Obama resurrected and nourished and that the Left is counting on.

      I doubt that any of the panelists gave any concrete examples of Trump’s alleged “racism”. Because they can’t.

      And by the way, merely having a child with values so different from your own that he fought, and died, for a country you hate does not automatically make you anything more than a family that lost a son, and does not automatically convey some kind of special status. This “attacking a Gold Star family” thing is disgusting. The parents did nothing to earn any special respect, other than the respect for their grief.

  7. Cluster January 15, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Mike Barnicle just asked Elise Jordan – “what is wrong with your party”

    Elise responded – “the lack of fundamental decency”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I AM LOVING THIS

    oh oh oh and “this is the beginning of the end of Trump” – they’re pulling out that old refrain again

    • Retired Spook January 15, 2018 / 10:39 am

      I’m not familiar with Elise Jordan. Is she a Democrat?

      In all seriousness, watching the Left self-immolate is kind of like watching a bad SNL parody play out in real time. I do hope the stress they’re creating for themselves does them great bodily harm.

      • Cluster January 15, 2018 / 11:53 am

        Elise is one of those “experts” and “republicans” who always agrees with the Democrats and takes delight in bashing the reprobates in the republican party. Kind of like my two Senators, McCain and Flake.

      • Amazona January 15, 2018 / 1:43 pm

        In other words a poster child for Identity Politics, where ideology doesn’t mean a thing and it’s just the letter on your lapel or how you self-identify.

  8. Retired Spook January 15, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Update on the false missile alert in Hawaii.

    “It’s embarrassing, but again, it’s a mistake,” said Hawaii Emergency Management Administrator Vern Miyagi, who reported one of his employees clicked the wrong button TWICE. (emphasis – mine)

    He was supposed to select the option for a drill. Instead, he chose the real thing.

    I beg to differ — pushing the WRONG BUTTON once is a mistake, although, assuming there was some kind of message on his screen that said, “do you REALLY want to do this?” even once is debatable as to whether or not it was a mistake. But the guy was fired, right? NOPE!

    • Amazona January 15, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      How about some attention to the mental midget who set up the program to have a drop-down menu with two contradicting intentions similarly worded? One would think any rational programmer would have had some kind of really big, really noticeable, really definite demarcation between “this is just a test” and “this is the real thing”.

      I can’t even go from my email to this site without having to click on a little box indicating that yes, I really do know what I want to do, thank you very much. “Do you really want to leave this site?” YES. That is why I went to the trouble to type in a different web site address. One would think that in the Hawaiian program it would have made sense to have at least one more step in their process: “Are you sure you really want to tell everyone in the state we are under imminent attack?” I’d follow it up with a third affirmation—“Really?” This evidently seemed too complicated a concept for the designer.

      But again, this is the state which decided to have one document mean either of two entirely contradictory things.

      It’s Hawaii.

      • Retired Spook January 15, 2018 / 1:51 pm

        And then to top it off, it took bureaucrats at the Hawaii Dept. of Emergency Management 38 minutes to issue an “oops, our bad.”

  9. Amazona January 15, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    OT, but…

    I usually like Ben Shapiro, but when he is wrong he is not only really really wrong he is doing nothing but promoting fake news. He says of NYT piece purporting to offer a “definitive list of Trump’s racism” (a grammatically incorrect term, but indicative of the spiraling standards of the NYT) Take, for example, Leonhardt’s and Philbrick’s list of Trump’s “definitive” racism. It contains instances that are clearly racist — stating that a judge of Mexican descent would be unable to adjudicate his Trump University fraud case fairly because of his ethnicity; Trump refusing to condemn the KKK on live television in the middle of the primaries; Trump stating that there were “good people” marching in an anti-Semitic, racist torchlight parade in Charlottesville.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/25867/new-york-times-releases-definitive-list-trumps-ben-shapiro

    OK, let’s do that very thing. Take Trump’s opinion of this judge. Shapiro is totally wrong in repeating the libel that Trump’s opposition to the judge in question was based solely on his “Mexican descent”. In fact, Trump knew of the judge’s association with rabidly anti-American and racist La Raza.

    What is La Raza? Maybe those of us in the West are a little more familiar with it than some. I found a Forbes article which whitewashed La Raza, if that is not too racist a term to use, claiming

    ”There is room in La Raza for most, maybe all, Republicans and ample room for La Raza in the GOP.”

    The author, Ralph Benko, then goes on to earnestly explain that The National Council of La Raza isn’t related to La Raza.

    “The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) was a client of mine many years ago. It’s a distinguished organization, the predominant, mildly center left, old line Latino civil rights organization. (NCLR called upon me to help it find abundant funding for its national charter school initiative, and we did.) NCLR has no connection to the group using the name “La Raza” with which Judge Curiel was loosely connected nor to many small groups who go by that name.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/06/11/donald-trump-judge-gonzalo-curiel-and-la-raza

    Aww, how sweet. But wrong. Benko just ignores the blatant messages sent by and through La Raza. “Distinguished”? “MILDLY center left?” Who else claims that Judge Curiel was only “loosely connected” to the La Raza movement? He may even be right in claiming that this movement is not related to the NCLR. However, some who researched the racist anti-American La Raza disagree.

    (And BTW, I don’t think Trump referenced the NCLR anyway.)

    ”Behind the respectable front of the National Council of La Raza lies the real agenda of the La Raza movement, the agenda that led to those thousands of illegal immigrants in the streets of American cities, waving Mexican flags, brazenly defying our laws, and demanding concessions.

    Key among the secondary organizations is the radical racist group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), one of the most anti-American groups in the country, which has permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West.
    ………….

    MEChA and the La Raza movement teach that Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and parts of Washington State make up an area known as “Aztlan” — a fictional ancestral homeland of the Aztecs before Europeans arrived in North America. As such, it belongs to the followers of MEChA. These are all areas America should surrender to “La Raza” once enough immigrants, legal or illegal, enter to claim a majority, as in Los Angeles. The current borders of the United States will simply be extinguished.

    This plan is what is referred to as the “Reconquista” or reconquest, of the Western U.S.
    But it won’t end with territorial occupation and secession. The final plan for the La Raza movement includes the ethnic cleansing of Americans of European, African, and Asian descent out of “Aztlan.”

    As Miguel Perez of Cal State-Northridge’s MEChA chapter has been quoted as saying: “The ultimate ideology is the liberation of Aztlan. Communism would be closest [to it]. Once Aztlan is established, ethnic cleansing would commence: Non-Chicanos would have to be expelled — opposition groups would be quashed because you have to keep power.”

    http://humanevents.com/2006/04/07/emexclusive-emthe-truth-about-la-raza

    ”There is room in La Raza for most, maybe all, Republicans and ample room for La Raza in the GOP.” Really? There is room in the GOP for a race-based group which proudly says its philosophy is “closest—to Communism” and which freely admits to an agenda of what it, itself, calls “ethnic cleansing”?

    ethnic cleansing would commence: Non-Chicanos would have to be expelled — opposition groups would be quashed because you have to keep power

    Trump was right. He was not being racist, any more than saying a Nazi would not be a fair judge would indicate a hatred of Germans. Trump identified an anti-American racist ideology as not being acceptable. The Left spun it into racism against Mexicans and Shapiro followed suit.

    As for the Charlottesville comment, Trump knew that a group of people had gathered at the site ahead of the stated rally time to try to head off the racist, anti-Semitic “protest”. He was right to try to acknowledge these brave people. He did not do it well, but he was referring to them, as well as to the many who undoubtedly came to the site just to see what was going on, without sharing in any of the sentiments expressed by the rabidly radical few. It is a Leftist tactic to smear all with the same broad brush. And it was a Leftist tactic to use the refusal to do this as a weapon against Trump. It was the Left who distorted this for their own purposes, and shame on Shapiro for doing no research and merely backing the libel.

    For one whose reputation rests on his alleged dissection of Leftist propaganda and agendas, here Shapiro comes across as just another mindless Leftist shill. Or, as we often say, a “tool”.

    • Cluster January 15, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      …..thousands of illegal immigrants in the streets of American cities, waving Mexican flags, brazenly defying our laws, and demanding concessions.

      I have witnessed this first hand several times in Phoenix and it’s appalling. If they like Mexico so bad that they proudly wave their flag in my country THEN GO THE F**K BACK!! Every time I see a protest like this, I make sure to drive by and give them a one finger salute.

      And I have also read about Aztlan and the belief that SW America was stolen from them. NO. You got your ass kicked in the war and you lost it. Wars have consequences.

      I also wanted to say that that is disappointing about Shapiro. The racism accusation is thrown around so much anymore that it now means NOTHING

  10. Amazona January 15, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    As for not rising to the bait during the primaries and responding to the challenge to “condemn the KKK” that was merely a prudent response to what was obviously a gotcha challenge and in its context may very well have laid the foundation for an attack. He did not defend the KKK. As far as I know, he never has.

  11. Cluster January 15, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    This morning from The Mimbo & Bimbo Show*:

    Predictably, Giridharadas did not have many kind words for the President, declaring that it was, in fact, America that was being turned into the “real s-hole” by Trump…………Joe Scarborough set up Giridharadas by proclaiming that Trump is a “tyrannical president” who congressional Republicans are letting run wild

    I honestly think it can be said that Trump is in fact the most Constitutional President we have had in a very long time.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/chris-reeves/2018/01/15/morning-joe-tyrannical-trump-turning-america-real-s-hole

    * Playing the role of Mimbo is Joey Scarborough

    • Amazona January 16, 2018 / 12:55 am

      But they can’t give an example of how or why the country is worse now than it was 14 months ago, other than the fact that they hate the current president. Standard of living has not gone down, crime has not gone up, taxes are going down, the Dow is consistently up, unemployment is down, black employment is up, big companies are going to be bringing billions back into the country and investing that money—-they could never explain why, exactly, the United States has been a s**thole at any time and particularly now.

      On the bright side, once they convince people of this they might stop coming here.

      My favorite comment: “…who congressional Republicans are letting run wild” Their distorted view of reality is absolutely inexplicable, other than the fact that it is seen through so many layers of filters of hate and malice that anything that comes out the other side is going to be unrecognizable.

      I wonder if congressional Democrats let Clinton run wild. They sure didn’t rein in the Obamas.

  12. Cluster January 16, 2018 / 8:47 am

    In light of the highly charged racial environment, it’s worth revisiting how we got here:

  13. Cluster January 16, 2018 / 9:30 am

    The merit based immigration system is now labeled as racist by the Mimbo and Bimbo show which is VERY REVEALING. By claiming that a merit based system is racist, they are in fact admitting that they believe black and brown people don’t measure up to white people.

    And this is in fact what progressives believe. They truly believe that minorities are inferior. It’s sad.

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