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The religion of Progressivism, tantrums, glee and a ride in Atlanta

I’ve always believed that for Progressives, politics subs for religion.  Good description of the point here:

Blue Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church it’s got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism.

Watching a 90-pound Sci-Fi heroine beat up a room full of giant evil men is as satisfying to the left as John Wayne westerns were for the right.

The Blue Church controls the HR department, so even if you don’t go to church, you have to act like a loyal churchgoer in every way that matters while you’re on the clock. And off the clock, on any kind of public social media platform.

Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel’s voice whispering, “You’re right, you’re better, you’re winning.”

Hollywood award shows are like church talent shows – the skits and jokes aren’t really funny, but it’s fun to look at the pretty girls, and you’re all on the same team. . . .


For the first time in decades, voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church, defying hours of daily cultural programming, years of indoctrination from the schools, and dozens of explicit warnings from HR.

Which may mean that middle America is finally understanding that the Blue Church is the Scientology of politics.  We can only hope.

Meanwhile, the leftist tantrum continues even while those throwing them don’t appear to realize how much they are solidifying the support that Trump was tentatively given:

The number of Democratic lawmakers planning to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony Friday is growing, with more joining in the boycott after the president-elect took to Twitter over the weekend to rebuke civil-rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) for saying Mr. Trump wasn’t a “legitimate president.”

My reaction?  More room for those who do want to go.  I mean, who cares if the minority party’s back benchers don’t show up?  Nobody would have known or cared even if they did show up.

Andrew Klaven pretty much sums up my feelings at this point in time.  Obviously, we’ll see how it all goes, but to this point, I’m enjoying the show, or better said, I am having a wonderful time watching the scolds on the left, who told us how we must act if their candidate won, melt down:

Look, I don’t care if the Trump fan-bots rail against me, Trump is an unreliable chap, to put it mildly. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he throws away his promises too easily and a lot of his instincts are leftist in the worst way. Everything he’s done so far could be scuttled on the rock of his personality.

But that hasn’t happened yet and every day is another day. And today, after eight years of a dishonest, undemocratic, anti-American scold in the White House, I am feeling gleeful. Almost pretty. Okay, gleeful.

When the rubber meets the road of a working administration, that glee may vaporize.  However to this point, yeah, gleeful.

And, on MLK Day, and interesting encounter – in Atlanta.  Jeffery Tucker:

“Here it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and I’m supposed to be all upset that Trump attacked John Lewis, but Trump is right. Lewis said he is not a legitimate president, so yeah Trump got upset. What exactly is Lewis doing to improve the lives of the poor in this town? Nothing. At least Trump has some ideas. He seems to care.”

Ok, now I’m listening.

“I’m glad Lewis marched in the protests so long ago,” she continued, “but you have to do more than march. That’s all these people do is march. Meanwhile, there are sections of Atlanta I’m afraid to drive in. And I say that as a black woman! It’s not even about race. Many blacks in this town live better than white people anywhere in the world. But there’s whole communities that have been forgotten. They are paid off with welfare checks but they don’t have skills or jobs, and they fear for their lives on their own streets.”

She was just getting going, so I wondered how far I could push this. What about Obamacare?


“Don’t get me started. My premiums are through the roof. I can’t afford it. Because I drive all day and night making money, I’m not poor enough to get any subsidies. So this year I’m going to have to pay $750 on my tax return because I can’t afford to buy insurance. But I can’t afford the health care either! And have you seen those deductibles? If anything should happen to you, you go bankrupt. I’ll tell you who benefitted from Obamacare. Not the poor. It’s the insurance companies and the government.”

Some day, Democrats are going to learn a hard lesson – blacks are not monolithic nor do they belong exclusively to the Democratic party. That’s espeicially true now, I think.  And, it’s the bread and butter issues that matter most.  When you mess with people’s lives, money or ability to earn a living or take care of their families, it really doesn’t matter what party you represent or what the color of your skin is … you’re an obstacle to be gotten rid of not a benefit to keep.  See this election (from state on up) for proof of the contention.



What do Cuban refugees and race relations have in common?

As a parting shot to Hispanics – at least those fleeing totalitarian Cuba – our man Obama has ended the “feet wet, feet dry” special refugee status for them.  Because, for some reason, the left seems to enjoy cozying up to dictators and giving them a hand.  As one Cuban refugee said, while in a shelter in Central America, “Obama screwed us!“.

Well, America has been screwed by Obama for 8 years.  You should feel glad you finally got it with only a week to go in his term.  Talk about a useless but extraordinarily mean spirited thing to do … well, this fits that bill.  Oh, by the way, Cubans have more of a tendency to vote on the right, so hey, why not, huh Mr. Obama?

Speaking of being screwed by Barry, here’s a graphic that demonstrates another wonderful job he’s done:

Heck of a job, Barry. (HT Instapundit)

Are you a “sizest, ableist or white supremacist?”  You might be if you use the word “ugly”.  So say the rocket scientists at University of Wisconsin – River Falls.  They find it to be “offensive”:


Why not: Word is used to put down someone for the way they look, can be connected back to white supremacist, ableist, sizeist standards of beauty.

Dude, an ugly day is an ugly day.  Same with an ugly dog.  The “why not” assumes that the word can only be used in the strict and limited sense these boobs outline and, of course any educated person (isn’t that what they’re there to become?) knows that.  So, no. Rejected. And you can stick it in your  ugly ear.

Why are the Democrats beating the “Russians did it” drum?  John Lewis makes it clear:

“I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president,” he said.

Elaborating, Lewis said: “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

This is GW Bush redux.  You remember “selected, not elected”?  It allowed the Democrats to act like rude, uncooperative and spoiled children for 8 years.  Well, not that they’ve cleaned up their act any, but they’re back.  Trust me, you’re going to hear this more and more as the weeks go by.

Have a good one!




Observations: The QandO Podcast for 13 Jan 16

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What is Donald Trump’s attraction to Russia, aside from the entertainment options available from Russian sex workers? The press, led by Buzzfeed, beclowned themselves this week. Maybe it’s time to stop simply complaining about media bias on the Right, and start treating the press like political enemies. Trump seems to perceive China as our real geopolitical opponent. Also, let’s discuss everything you never wanted to know about military procurement.

This week’s podcast is up on the Podcast page.

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QandO has temporarily moved because of the DDOS attack it is currently experiencing (and has been experiencing for about 2 weeks).  You can find us here until it clears up.



Observations: The QandO Podcast for 06 Jan 17

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2017 has arrived, and we’re back for another year! Has any President-Elect ever wielded influence like Trump, before taking office? The Seal of the Speaker of the House is apparently a Nazi symbol. Obama now has Romney’s 2012 foreign policy, and Trump has Obama’s 2012 foreign policy when it comes to Russia. Julian Assange is now our friend, Sean Hannity says. The Yahoo! Finance headline was supposed to say “BIGGER navy”. “Bigger.” Who is Evan McMullin? Who cares? If you’re worried about Russian hacking, maybe don’t use “password” as your password.

This week’s podcast is up on the Podcast page.

Racist thugs, Russians and pickup trucks

The DDOS attacks continue, but I think I’ve found a way to publish anyway.

Why they continue is anyone’s guess, but they’ll not succeed in either gaining access or shutting us down.

I’m sure you’ve all seen the pitiful video of the four black teenagers beating and torturing a white special needs man.  If you’ve watched it, it isn’t at all difficult to conclude that the crime was motivated by racist and ideological hate.  It simply is what it is.  And while I’m not big on “hate crime” per se (the crime is a crime whether motivated by hate or whatever else), it is one of the favorite charges the left likes to throw at the right.  “Hate crimes” apparently are more heinous than are regular crime, at least to them.  Yet we’ve seen everyone associated with the left bend over backward to avoid labeling this as a “hate crime”.  It’s on video, for heaven sake.  You can watch it and assess for yourself.  If you come away with anything other than racial and ideologically driven hate, do me a favor and tell me how you got to your conclusion.

Meanwhile, on the left, you get this:

The Daily Caller’s Matt K. Lewis described the event as “evil.” “That’s what this is, it’s evil, it’s brutality, it’s man’s inhumanity to man.”

At that, Lemon disagreed. “I don’t think it’s evil,” he said, repeating the point for emphasis. “I think these are young people and they have bad home training.” Then, he explained, “I have no idea who’s raising these young people, because no one I know on earth, 17 years old or 70 years old, would ever think of treating another person like this.”

And of course, because he hasn’t seen it personally or known anyone who could do this personally, it can’t exist.  Despite video evidence.  Nope, it’s “bad parenting”, which, until recently, we were told were racist “code words”.

Then there’s the continuing saga of “the Russians did it”.  Remember when China stole the personal information on hundreds of thousands of government employees in 2015?  Did the Obama administration sanction them?  Of course not.  A little harsh rhetoric 6 months later, but in the big scheme of things, the usual – nada.

Now suddenly, President Milquetoast gets tough because … politics.  But where’s the proof?  Well, we’re pretty sure the FBI doesn’t have it because they haven’t looked for it:

“According to one intelligence official who spoke to the publication, no U.S. intelligence agency has performed its own forensics analysis on the hacked servers. Instead, the official said, the bureau and other agencies have relied on analysis done by the third-party security firm CrowdStrike, which investigated the breach for the DNC.”

In fact, according to this report, none of the US intel agencies have first hand knowledge.  But, you know, we should just believe them.

A brutal assessment of a failed presidency.  Conrad Black.  Make sure to read the whole thing.  Black is of the opinion that Obama is just the last of a couple of failed presidencies.

The president is correct that the largest issue in the election was the Obama legacy: the 125 percent increase in federal debt while the national work force shrank by 10 percent, the shameful Iran nuclear and sanctions giveaway, the shambles of the “red line” and other flip-flops and miscues all over foreign policy, the haughty disparagement of large sections of the electorate (in which he was almost outdone by Mrs. Clinton), the immigration policy of proudly admitting to the U.S. whomever might be seized by the ambition to enter, and the slavish adherence to the most alarmist versions of the faddish climate apocalypse, whatever the cost in American jobs and the current-account deficit, and without waiting for evidence adequate to justify radical measures.

The president has had a whim of iron, informed by bygone reflexively socialistic pieties, and while he has not been popular and the majority has thought throughout his administration that the fundamental direction of the country was mistaken, about half the people either like him as a public personality or are afraid, because he is not white, to admit that they don’t. He may be, as he often seems, a charming man, but when he has gone and the issue of race is not much involved in assessing his performance, he will be seen to have failed as president, as did, though for somewhat different reasons, and not without some successes, his predecessor, George W. Bush. That is their shared legacy: failure, for four terms. There has never been such a sequence in the country’s history. Which is why, for the first time in the country’s history, a person who has never held a public office or senior military command took over one of the main parties by winning the primaries and went on to win the election: an unprecedented solution to an unprecedentedly prolonged period of presidential failure.

I said after the Bush presidency that I had no idea why anyone would want the job, much less put themselves through the political and media wringer that one must endure to take it.  Nothing has changed in that regard and now Trump, who managed to endure the process and eek out a win,  has to deal with aftereffects of a failed presidency.

It doesn’t get any easier for anyone.

Apparently Bruce Springsteen is frightened of a Trump presidency.  He thinks that man isn’t competent.  Dude, if you worry about presidential competence, where in the hell have you been for the past 8 years?

Recently the NYT ran an article about the pickup truck “phenomenon” in flyover country.  Apparently one of their “reporters” ventured outside the cocoon to actually see if this mythical place existed.  Hilarity ensued:

John Ekdahl set off an amusing storm on Twitter by noting that the three best-selling vehicles in the United States are pick-up trucks and asking journalists the seemingly anodyne question of whether they personally know anybody who owns one.

The responses were predictable: The sort of smug progressives who are proud of their smugness scoffed that pick-ups, pollution-belching penis-supplements for toothless red-state Bubbas, are found mainly in the sort of communities where they’d never deign to set foot; the sort of smug progressives who are ashamed of their smugness protested that it is a silly question (which it is — that’s part of the point) and made strained connections with pick-up-owning childhood friends back home in East Slapbutt; conservatives mainly said “Har har stupid liberal elites.”

This. Is. Why. You. Lost.

Happy New Year! 2017 is the year to punch back against PC nonsense

Well, somehow we’re back  (my guess is it is due to a lot of good people working overtime over a holiday weekend to restore access – thank you!).  There’s still a problem being chased down, but for the time being, we’re up!

Oh, and we’ve also been under a brute force attack for some reason – probably just DHS trying out their new hacking skills.  So again, we may disappear, but we’ll be back.

Hope everyone had a great New Year weekend and are looking forward to 2017.  It will certainly be an interesting year.  I may regret saying this at some time in the future, but January 20th can’t get here soon enough for me.

And this sort of nonsense has to end as well.  Nor should it be tolerated:

Ranking high among the surrealities of 2016 was the meltdown at a literary festival in Australia when the American-born novelist Lionel Shriver defended the freedom of fiction writers to conjure characters unlike themselves.

“Taken to their logical conclusion,” Ms. Shriver warned, “ideologies recently come into vogue challenge our right to write fiction at all.” Among the concepts she skewered was “cultural appropriation,” the notion that members of one ethnic group mustn’t use (or eat or wear or write about) things emanating from other ethnic groups. The illogical impracticality of the idea, especially with fiction, hasn’t impeded its spread, and the resulting umbrage was a wonder to behold: An Australian writer of Egyptian and Sudanese origin stormed out of the speech, later blaming Ms. Shriver for celebrating “the unfettered exploitation of the experiences of others, under the guise of fiction.” The officials in charge of the event disavowed their keynote speaker’s remarks.

Such exquisite sensitivities put a lot of well-meaning people into terrible predicaments in 2016. In the children’s literary realm, where “diversity” has become the lodestar, the year began and ended with choler, indignation and the repudiation of books.

How would any writer write Science Fiction if this was the standard?  It is stupidity on a stick.  And you have to realize that the “cultural appropriation” only works against those the PC police don’t favor. It is another attempt at exclusive entitlement.  I mean, look at all the musical instruments dead white men invented and look at the diversity of artists who play them.  How far do they really want to take this?

It is time of a little intolerance of this sort of stupidity on the non-PC side.  Point it out.  Laugh at it.  Shame them.

Short one today.  Doings and goings on in play.

Back with more tomorrow.


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