Free Markets, Free People

Bruce McQuain

We know the Dems haven’t figured this out yet, but has the GOP?

A short history lesson from Dr. Marylin Singleton (email).  This is why it’s a dumb idea to propose doing away with the electoral college:

Message to protesters: the candidates were campaigning for each state’s electoral votes (the number of congresspersons and both senators), the system set forth in our Constitution. The Electoral College treats the states as equal sovereignties and keeps large states from swallowing up the small states.

It is the fight for electoral votes rather than popular votes that results in no one ever having to campaign, for example, in deep dark blue California where the ballot offered the choice between two Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. The skewed voting patterns of California’s 18 million registered voters could account for Clinton’s extra votes.

Majority rule sounds moral but majority rule is not automatically democratic. As Ben Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner.”

Our country’s founders knew that the “divine right of the majority” was just as bad as rule by “the divine right of kings.” In Federalist No. 10, James Madison argued that direct democracies are “incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” In a direct democracy, the individual, and any group of individuals who are in the minority, have no protection against the unlimited power of the majority. If the majority votes to take away your land, you lose your land. If the majority votes to outlaw your business, you lose your business.

This isn’t “new”, or “scary” and certainly not “outdated”.  It is “minority protection”, which, given their supposed focus on minority rights, would be a priority for the left.  But instead we get “wah, wah, wah, change the game, wah!”

Meanwhile, the “dumber than a box of rocks” party, aka the GOP, apparently missed the significance of last week’s vote. It apparently didn’t register as a “anti-business as usual” vote. Not that anyone should be surprised.  They still don’t get it:

 Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday persuaded Republicans to postpone votes on bringing back legislative earmarks until 2017 after reminding members of President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington.

House Republicans were set to hold a secret ballot on changes to their internal conference rules that would have allowed lawmakers to direct spending to projects in their districts under certain circumstances.

You simply cannot fix “stupid”.  Tone deaf, out-of-touch, and clueless are also all good descriptors.  I certainly won’t be surprised if they manage to lose a majority in two years.

Autopsy?  What autopsy?  We know why you awful, sucky deplorables voted for Trump.  It wasn’t out fault!

You could try to figure out where you went wrong losing so many voters who you used to have sewn up. The idea is to figure out how you might be able to prevent similar results in the future. Some call it a “post-event analysis.” In the Army – for the goatee n’ scarf gang, that’s the one that fights on the ground – we call it an “after action review.” Coroners call it an “autopsy.”

And you’ll never, ever do it. Why? Because you are liberals and you already have your answers.

Everyone is racist.

Everyone is sexist.

Everyone is stupid.

Everyone but you, that is. You, the ones the racist, sexist, stupid people beat like a NFL player’s wife.

And speaking of the NFL, have you noticed how its own autopsy of its own dying ratings also seems to have a predetermined outcome, one that studiously avoids any unwelcome conclusions?

Yup.  The NFL and the Dems doing exactly the same thing – ignoring the obvious and inconvenient facts for the simple and convenient lie.  Democrats.  Wilderness.  Some assembly required. Works for me.

Interesting.  I think, in reality, the majority are just glad this election is over and are willing to at least give Trump a chance.

According to GallupFifty-one percent of U.S. adults say they are “more confident” in President-elect Donald Trump’s ability to serve as president based on his statements and actions over the past few days. The percentage “more confident” in Trump a few days after his election is similar to ratings when Bill Clinton and George W. Bush won their respective elections in 1992 and 2000.

It also points out that the majority of Americans have both accepted and are settling in to give the Trump presidency a go.  Of course that’s the honeymoon period all presidents enjoy and unlike recent presidents, more people have voiced a lack of confidence in Trump that with previously newly elected presidents.  What’s going might extend the honeymoon for Trump depends on how long the tantrums continue on the left.  Most Americans like to give a person the benefit of the doubt and unless Trump really does some awful and stupid things (which isn’t necessarily unlikely), they’ll give him a chance.  If the left continues with its whining, crying and hate, they’re more likely to continue to give that chance.  We’ll see.

Is it me?  Or did the pictures of Hillary Clinton look like those of someone who’d been on a week long bender?

Meanwhile in Turkey, Erdogan attempts the old democratic authoritarian stamp of approval (ala Chavez, Hitler, etc.):

Erdogan and his supporters argue Turkey needs the strong leadership of an executive presidency, akin to the system in the United States or France, to avoid the fragile coalition governments that hampered its development in the past.

Opponents see the proposed change as a vehicle for Erdogan’s ambition, and fear it will bring increasing authoritarianism to a country already under fire from Western allies over its deteriorating record on rights and freedoms, especially after widespread purges in the wake of a failed military coup in July.

The AKP, founded by Erdogan a decade and a half ago, is aiming to hold a referendum on the issue next spring and is seeking support from the nationalist MHP opposition order to win parliamentary approval for such a vote.

My guess is if they don’t get the support or the approval, they’ll find another way to make it happen.  Always trust your basest instinct when it comes to politics in any country.  While the public stamp of approval would be wonderful, its really not necessary … to an authoritarian.  Ah, history …

Slate- Labor news you can love: Unemployment claims fall to lowest level since 1973“.  Sigh.  Yes, but what’s the labor participation rate?

In other news, for some alone time is great time.  And especially for the highly intelligent:

There’s no fighting it – humans are innately social creatures. But while it’s widely accepted that socialising makes us happier, this might not be strictly true if you’re highly intelligent.

Evolutionary psychologists from Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics and Political Science found exactly this when they studied more than 15,000 young adults.

They concluded that, while people generally feel happier when they spend time with others, very smart people are an exception to this rule.

So all my “excess” alone time seems to be a good indicator.  Or it could just mean I am a loner in reality.  Lol.


Dear members of the left – please, keep it up

I mentioned Keith Ellison the other day.  Given his background I can only speculate that the attack on Steve Bannon is a diversion to pull attention away from what would otherwise be a major story.  It’s an old post from Scott Johnson over at Powerline, but the facts haven’t changed, nor, apparently, the ability to ignore them:

Moreover, Ellison’s long commitment to and advocacy of the Nation of Islam is reflected in the various aliases he used over a period of ten years: Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad. The Star Tribune has not only failed to connect these aliases to Ellison’s involvement with the Nation of Islam, it has erroneously reported that Ellison used these aliases during his student days at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Ellison’s involvement with the Nation of Islam includes his support of “the truth” of Joanne Jackson’s condemnation of Jews in 1997 as “the most racist white people.” In his May 28 letter to the JCRC, Ellison went out of his way to state that, unlike others, he did not come to the defense of the statement that created the controversy that engulfed Joanne Jackson. Rather, according to Ellison, he only called for dialogue. This too is demonstrably false.

Johnson has what he calls “ocular proof” at the link in the form of newspaper articles where Ellison makes it clear he is associated with the anti-semitic Nation of Islam.  I know – you’re shocked.  Will you hear anything about it?  No, the press is busy chasing down one obscure story from his ex-wife, or, as a legal type would say, heresay.  But hey, the NYT has promised to be mend its ways so I’m sure you’ll here about Ellison’s sordid anti-semitic past and the paper of record will ensure it has hard evidence before it publishes anything on Bannon.

Uh huh.

Babs Boxer is again demonstrating why the left has been rejected pretty resoundingly in this past election.  Boxer is introducing legislation to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with the popular vote.  I call it the “Anti-Flyover Country” bill.  Apparently one of the things not required to be a United States Senator is knowledge of why the founders put that in and the fact that we are not, in fact, a democracy, but instead a Constitutional Republic.  Not to worry though … at least for now:

Senator Boxer’s legislation would amend the Constitution of the United States and abolish the Electoral College. The amendment would take effect when ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years after its passage in the U.S. Congress.

Call it “highly unlikely”, Babs.  Sore losers always want to change the game.

Speaking of changing the game, classy lefties can be counted on to try every approach possible to have their way.  Idaho:

four presidential electors say they have been getting harassing phone calls, emails and Facebook messages urging them to become “faithless electors” and not cast their votes for Donald Trump in the electoral college.

“A lot of ’em use bad, rough language,” said Layne Bangerter, one of the four electors. “Nothing I feel intimidated over. But we’re watching it very closely. They’ve got our home phone numbers, our cell numbers, our emails, our Facebook. We’re just getting an orchestrated barrage from the left.”

Well of course it’s orchestrated.  You didn’t think George Soros would go down peacefully did you?  By the way, progressives, this is precisely NOT the way to get your way in this case.  You’d think you’d be smart enough to know that.

We’ve had two CEOs get in trouble for their comments (one canned for outright calling for Trump’s assassination) and there is a mountain of this sort of crap rolling around out there.  Film director and writer Paul Schrader:

I have spent the last five days meditating on Trump’s election. Upon consideration, I believe this is a call to violence. I felt the call to violence in the 60’s and I feel it now again. This attack on liberty and tolerance will not be solved by appeasement. Obama tried that for eight years. We should finance those who support violence resistance. We should be willing to take arms. Like Old John Brown, I am willing to battle with my children. Alt right nut jobs swagger violence. It’s time to actualize that violence, Like by Civil War Michigan predecessors I choose to stand with the black, the brown and the oppressed.

All of this anger coming out on the left is hardly surprising.  It only reinforces the theory that most of their talk about violence on the right is projection.  As do their actions.

They seem clueless about the consequences of their actions.  Smart people would reflect, infants throw tantrums.  And those tantrums have a way of reinforcing beliefs, not changing minds. And certainly not shaming anyone into regretting their vote:

That’s why Americans lined up for Trump. Because he was speaking for so many Americans who were tired of hearing the elites — including elites in the Republican and Democrat parties — tell them they’re stupid for believing what they believe. Or worse, bigots and racists.

Nothing about that has changed. And trust me, the Keith Ellisons of the world will never buy them a clue.  These people will never reach out beyond their political bubble and so will continue to be “useful idiots” fueled by leftist propaganda and refusal to seek facts and use critical thinking to think things through.  Instead, the narrative will rule and the results will be pretty much the same.

There is also a little karma that played out elsewhere on down ballot races and state amendments.

For instance, the idiot who used the power of the state to destroy a business:

Oregon’s Democratic Secretary of State went down to defeat, marking the first GOP victory in a statewide election in 14 years.  More significantly, the loser of this race was known to many as the infamous bully who led the charge to fine a Christian-owned bakery $144,000 for declining to provide services to a same-sex wedding.

Nice.  The market is quite good at handing out penalties to those who refuse service to various groups.  The state shouldn’t be involved and that’s precisely what the voters told this bully.

Oh, and here’s a surprise:

Thanks to Washington voters, folks making minimum wage will soon be getting more money, but will some see that money evaporate as child care costs skyrocket?

At least one local daycare says it will pass those pay increases on to the families with kids.

We heard from one mother today who will be paying $300 more a month for childcare.

Well duh!  When you increase the cost of labor arbitrarily, someone has to pay for it.  Guess who?  As usual those who are likely the least able to afford it.  Well done, Washington voters.

UPDATE: Sorry – I’ve had a horrible time getting a post up on WordPress for 2 days. Finally wrote this is “visual” and uploaded it in “text” as a last resort. For some reason it worked, but I had to do it bit by bit. We’ll see if it works again tomorrow … lol.


The shape of things to come …

Lots of interesting things happening as we head toward January 20, 2017.

You’ve likely been reading about the down-ballot success of the GOP in gaining control over state legislatures and governorships.  In fact, only 4 states now have both blue legislatures and governorships – CA, OR, HI and RI.  By last count, 2/3rds of the legislative branches of state government belong to the GOP.  That, much more than the election of Donald Trump, should be giving props the vapors.  This has all happened under Obama’s watch.  Anyone who doesn’t realize that this signals a repudiation of the blue model generally and Obama’s agenda specifically, is simply in denial.

All of this apparently slipped under the DNC and progressive radar screen.  Or if it didn’t, they simply chose to ignore it. Afterall it just wasn’t consistent with the narrative.  Any sane person would have interpreted this steady decline as real trouble for the national campaign as well.  But, then, bubbles are bubbles, especially when the media helps construct and maintain the bubble.  Result?  Shock and disbelief last Tuesday night.  All earned.

So what is the DNC’s comeback plan?  Well it appears they’ll double down on stupid and move further left if they can. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Bernie backing, Harry Reid endorsed, back bencher is pushing for the job and seems to be the leading contender:

Ellison is a favorite for the position among liberal advocacy groups and lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the runner-up in this year’s Democratic presidential primaries. Reid’s backing is the latest sign that support for Ellison is broad. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Reid’s likely successor, endorsed Ellison for the job on Friday.

In a word: wonderful.  And I mean that in the most positive of ways.  This sort of far left leadership will allow the Dems to become extremely familiar with the “wilderness” since they’re likely to be wandering it for years. Gotta love it.

I’m sure you’ve seen the Van Jones nonsense asking what he was going to tell his children.  Pitiful, but right in line with the cult of the victim he and his ilk have helped develop and nurture.  Well, Nicki has helpfully provided an answer:

You know why your children are scared, you whining ignorami? Because YOU are scaring them. Yes. You.

It’s YOUR refusal to be a grownup and a parent and provide rational guidance rather than foolish histrionics that is scaring them, and will eventually facilitate their development into swooning members of participation trophy-hoarding Generation Cupcake!

It’s YOUR failure as a parent and as a role model that’s frightening them, and YOUR refusal to provide objective direction that’s giving them angst, because apparently you’d rather impose your irrational hatred of your fellow Americans on them than guide them through challenging times.

It’s YOUR inability to provide impartial, balanced narrative, because you’re so busy projecting your utter hatred, that is scaring your gay kids, who thanks to your histrionics about Trump’s alleged “homophobia and transphobia,” don’t even know that despite Trump’s significant faults, he was vocal in his support of transgender individuals using whatever bathrooms they felt appropriate during a time when the issue was at its contentious height, and put his money where his mouth was.

It’s YOUR inability to discuss real issues, rather than focus on vagina politics, it’s YOUR ineptitude at objectivity and failure to admit that it wasn’t sexism or misogyny that tanked Hillary Clinton, but rather the fact that she was a venal, corrupt, entitled, dishonest cheater who looked down her nose for years at the same people who handed Trump his victory.

If you want to know why your children are scared, upset, and angry, you have only to look in the mirror and your failure to adult as the reason.

But, but, “whitelash!”

When the press gets over its shock and dedicates itself to bringing the Trump presidency to a halt, any bets on how they’ll attempt it? This guy has a few:

(T)he press will suddenly awaken topics like to:
The elderly and the paltry return on CD’s and other fixed income;
The homeless;
The huge numbers on food stamps and other forms of welfare;
The shrinking real income of working stiffs;
Every job relocated over seas; and
The real unemployment rate.

My guess is they’ll also rediscover the Constitution, limiting executive power and the filibuster.  Oh, and the antiwar movement?  Gearing up as we speak! Bets?

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Always nice to see the unemployed neer-do-wells given a chance to shine!  But yeah, these are the usual suspects doing their usual thing.  ANSWER, Soros and the Occupy crew.  And I guess that they still don’t understand that everyday they keep doing this destructive nonsense is another day of validation for those who voted for Trump.
And they are nothing but thugs.  A recent flyer handed out in Portland OR makes that point.  It was a warning to the media covering the riots (and they are, indeed, riots).  All they needed to end it with was “Have a nice day!” and a smiley face.
Finally, on a hopeful note:

Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that he expects a flurry of repeals of Present Obama’s regulations by the next Congress and President-elect Donald Trump.

“You’re gong to find that we are going to repeal a half dozen or more regulations in the first week of Congress, and I’m excited about it because I think the regulations have been killing our jobs and making us less competitive with the world,” the Kentucky Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

Nothing like a little deregulation to spur economic growth.  And, a good early signal to business that the government is going to be looking for ways to back off their oppressive and intrusive regulatory march under Barack Obama and the Democrats.


May you live in interesting times …

I think we’ve got “interesting times” covered right now, don’t you?

I’ve been reading a lot the last few days because I find this election to be endlessly fascinating.  Oh, it’s like any other election cycle in the sense it has now devolved, on one side, to finger pointing, mea culpas and “I told you so, but you wouldn’t listen” articles where the author attempts to avoid blame for his or her side losing. Oh, and the “it wasn’t the message.  It was the messenger” crap you always see. And, on the other side a series of “this is why he won” pieces where the author is sure he has hit upon primary reason we now await a Trump presidency.

The childish temper tantrums by the special snowflake brigade are new, but not particularly surprising given who is throwing them.

I still feel that, with a very few exceptions, neither side has figured it out completely. Nor will they.  They are, and remain, to out of touch to do so.   The party hacks dearly want to figure it out because they think it will assure victory the next time (assuming they properly “message”). And they honestly believe that in the long run, if they have the right data, manipulate it properly and positively focus group the resultant message they are sure to win.  Each side wants to discover and repeat whatever the magic formula for victory was this time and the other side wants to discover why their current magic formula didn’t work so they can avoid it next time.

As usual, neither will be successful.  Why?  Because they still won’t have a clue about what the people want (and really don’t do much to find out).  And if they do, they’re likely ignore it because it really isn’t what they want.  Hey, the GOP did it for three election cycles until they finally had Trump forced on them.  And, while they have a vague idea why, they still haven’t quite put their finger on it. Thus all the “why he won” articles.

Like this:

Trump won because of a cultural issue that flies under the radar and remains stubbornly difficult to define, but is nevertheless hugely important to a great number of Americans: political correctness.

More specifically, Trump won because he convinced a great number of Americans that he would destroy political correctness.

Yeah, no.  While PC is odious and totally un-American, it isn’t the reason Donald Trump won.  Oh, sure, his supporters would love to see it destroyed and appreciated him confronting it, but it is hard to believe this was the single-most important reason people voted for DT.  In fact, I’m sure it was barely on anyone’s radar screen.

Then there is the article headlined “Trump won because college educated Americans are out of touch“.  Well, again, no.  They were just as out of touch when Barack Obama won, but he still won.  The fact that the author is finally noticing that is a plus (btw, read the article, he really makes some good points about academia’s cluelessness and its inability to assess it’s own obvious shortcomings.)

No, it’s a combination of frustration and anger at being ignored and, frankly, being left behind while government catered to all of these whiny special interest groups and called those who were frustrated and angry names – you know, like “racist” or “homophobe” or “xenophobe” if they had the temerity to think differently than the in-power political culture thought they should think.  And if they said anything, if they spoke up,  they were given the added label of “fascist”, the irony completely lost on the bomb throwers.

You could see the anger and frustration building for years.  For years.  It wasn’t hidden. About immigration.  About the economy.  About jobs. About government intrusion.  About unemployment.  Taxes.  Regulation. Corruption. The healthcare fiasco.  About all sorts of issues.

Our betters simply ignored or refused to do anything  meaningful about any of that.  Or they tried to paint a rainbows and unicorns picture of what anyone could see was a crap sandwich.  Or they simply lied to us. All of it aided and abetted by a corporate media with an agenda.

So now they get to deal with a Trump presidency.

And they have richly earned every single day of it.




Peace, love, tolerance and the left

“I refuse to be lectured on “peace”, “tolerance” and “embracing differences” by people who are wrecking cities and beating people in the street”. -Declan Finn

Finn has it right and I agree.

Watching the children that comprise the left in this country throwing a tantrum because the election didn’t go their way is simply to watch what comes naturally to them. When they win an election its all “we won”, “get over it” and “elections have consequences”.

Well, karma’s a bitch isn’t it? And here, given the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their principles, they do – riot, protest, cry, whine, demand safe spaces, refuse to cooperate and refuse to acknowledge the validity of the election process. Disgusting, infantile display … but not surprising.

Oh, and Leftyfornia wants to secede.  Please, take Oregon and Washington with you.  Once the three of you go bankrupt because no federal money is keeping you afloat, we might think about taking you back – if you renounce the blue model of governing.

Meanwhile reality called and it is giving the left a post-mortem that will likely make them very uncomfortable:

The truth is, most of Trump’s voters voted for him despite the fact that he said/believes awful things, not because of it. That in no way excuses it, but I have to admit I’ve spent eight years quietly tuning out news stories about drone strikes blowing up weddings in Afghanistan. I still couldn’t point to Yemen on a map. We form blind spots for our side, because there’s something larger at stake. In their case, it’s a belief that the system is fundamentally broken and that Hillary Clinton would have been more of the same. Trump rode a wave of support from people who’ve spent the last eight years watching terrifying nightly news reports about ISIS and mass shootings and riots. They look out their front door and see painkiller addicts and closed factories. They believe that nobody in Washington gives a shit about them, mainly because that’s 100-percent correct.

Pretty good points made.  The final line is the clincher.  That’s why.  The “political establishment” on both sides has let the majority of Americans down for decades.  To quote the incompetent occupying the White House’s favorite preacher, those “chickens have come home to roost”.  This was as big an anti-establishment vote as was Brexit.

For those who claim there is nothing good that can come out of the election of Donald Trump, I beg to differ.  Something already has.  The Clinton’s have been pretty much permanently retired from politics.   Thank you, Lord.

And of course, the joker who would be King only has a few months left to further wreck this country.  Like most would be kings, he “govern(ed) as though his opinion was the only one worth considering.”  You can see the result for yourself. More of that sort of thinking is likely to be put into action with a “pen and a phone” in his (thankfully) closing months..

“Look out for the executive orders, the ‘midnight’ regulations and, perhaps most controversially, the pardons,” The Washington Times warns. “As President Obama runs out the clock on his eight-year tenure, analysts say, he still has plenty of business left undone, and they expect him to follow the lead of other presidents and issue a series of rules, to add to his list of executive orders, to continue his record-setting pace of commutations and perhaps add a controversial pardon or two into the mix.”

Frankly, I think you can count on all of this. His legacy, such that it was, is in the crapper anyway, so, why not?  Hillary is counting on him. And, of course, the left will support everything he does.

But what will they do when the shoe is on the other foot?  Ann Althouse’s son says:

“Democrats have been arguing for years that President Obama should have the power to get a lot done on his own, without going through Congress: executive orders, going to war, etc. If President Trump exercises similarly broad powers, remember: Trump didn’t build that!”



Danger – exploding heads!

I’m still laughing over the stunned looks on the MSNBC hosts faces last night.  The elite were steamrolled and they’re still trying to figure out why?  Let me give you two quick reasons:

  1. Hillary Clinton was a deplorable candidate (thought I’d toss the word “deplorable” at her since it was one she used to characterize the half of the US voting population she despises).  I cannot think of a worse candidate for any major party.  She almost lost to a back bench socialist, and would have, had the primary not been rigged.  She’s never, in her political life, had an approval rating above 48%.  Drop on the email scandal, the appearance of Justice Department manipulation and collusion in the investigation, not to mention Wikileaks and she was destined for the mat and a 10 count.
  2. Donald Trump, like Obama 8 years ago, was the beneficiary of the perfect political storm. How so?  This revolution on the right has been brewing for over 10 years.  The GOP was absolutely deaf to it.  The Tea Party really kicked it off and it worked hard to put GOP politicians in office that would take on the size of government and the out of control spending at a minimum.  Well it did that and what did these politicians do?  Nothing. They gave it lip service for a while, but in the end, they didn’t even try. Obama and the Dems, on the other hand, were expanding both the size and intrusion of government by every means available and continued to spend us into the poor house. The Republicans essentially colluded in this travesty.  Enter the primaries.  The constituency that makes up the right made it clear that establishment GOP members need not apply.  Donald Trump had figured that out and understood their frustration (Paul Ryan finally figured it out and said in remarks today, “Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard.” – Duh!). He appealed to that frustration.  The establishment GOP was clueless.

Result?  President-elect Donald J. Trump.

The Republicans – and the Democrats – got exactly what they had earned by ignoring the “deplorables”.

Certainly there are lots of other reasons that can be tossed on the pile.  But the obvious “demand for change” that was blithely ignored by the GOP is one of the majors.  Horrible Hillary was just the cherry on the top of the cake.

Then there’s this:

To suggest that Trump voters are worried about anything real is to invite scorn from certain corners of the mainstream media. The “economic anxiety” tweet, a special brand of sarcasm that mocks the suggestion that Trump supporters are buttressed by economic forces, has entered the online lexicon. Many cannot stomach the fact that people are driven to Trump by anything besides racism.

Yet the decline felt in certain corners of the country isn’t just about economics; it’s about every element of life — from family to life expectancy to the drugs that have infected communities. The feeling that so many of America’s opinion leaders see your concerns as the product of stupidity at best, or racism at worst, confirms the worst fears of many. They already worry that the coastal elites don’t care about them, and many among those elites seem happy to comply.

This was a total and complete repudiation of what are commonly known as the “ruling elites”.  They have been rebranded as the “out-of-touch elites” with this election.  They are as stunned as anyone.  Why?  Well the title to the article cited is “Life Outside the Liberal Bubble”.  It details why this victory by Trump has caught the left completely off guard.

And you ought to scroll through the rest of the NYT opinion pieces you’ll find on that linked page.  All full of gloom, doom, hate and angst.  Trump hasn’t even taken office and the world is ending.  If you think “Chimpy McBush Hitler” was bad, wait until the leftist hate machine gets over their shock and focuses on their newest target.

Oh, and Paul Krugman?

So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened.

Because, you know, things didn’t turn out as another elite expected.  Whatta maroon.

Why were the elites so wrong?  Because people see the results of their meddling and are finally angry enough to do something about it.  And not just here.  Trump is just a beneficiary of that anger.  The anger has been boiling for quite some time:

What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of paternalistic semi-intellectual experts with some Ivy league, Oxford-Cambridge, or similar label-driven education who are telling the rest of us 1) what to do, 2) what to eat, 3) how to speak, 4) how to think… and 5) who to vote for.

But the problem is the one-eyed following the blind: these self-described members of the “intelligentsia” can’t find a coconut in Coconut Island, meaning they aren’t intelligent enough to define intelligence hence fall into circularities — but their main skill is capacity to pass exams written by people like them. With psychology papers replicating less than 40%, dietary advice reversing after 30 years of fatphobia, macroeconomic analysis working worse than astrology, the appointment of Bernanke who was less than clueless of the risks, and pharmaceutical trials replicating at best only 1/3 of the time, people are perfectly entitled to rely on their own ancestral instinct and listen to their grandmothers (or Montaigne and such filtered classical knowledge) with a better track record than these policymaking goons.

People are simply tired of the prescriptions of the self-described “intelligencia” with no skin in the game and no accountability for the usually dismal outcome of their prescriptions.  And they are deathly tired of the 1-5 listed above.  But they’re stuck, for the moment, with this group. They also know that government, because of its size and intrusiveness, is a problem not a benefit.  They hold these nabobs responsible and want out from under their “guidance” backed by government.  It’s not a far fetched wish and certainly not one I’m at all unsympathetic with.

However, the IYI still hold sway today.  We have one that shows up here every now and then to lend us his “expertise”:

The Intellectual Yet Idiot is a production of modernity hence has been accelerating since the mid twentieth century, to reach its local supremum today, along with the broad category of people without skin-in-the-game who have been invading many walks of life. Why? Simply, in most countries, the government’s role is between five and ten times what it was a century ago (expressed in percentage of GDP). The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely seen outside specialized outlets, think tanks, the media, and universities — most people have proper jobs and there are not many openings for the IYI.

Beware the semi-erudite who thinks he is an erudite. He fails to naturally detect sophistry.

Sound like anyone we know?  Time for a purge.  Will a Trump presidency be the beginning of such a purge (and I mean purge in the most benign sense)?  Who the hell knows?

Finally, stay tuned for an avalanche of hypocrisy on the left as they start to gin up their opposition to all things Trump.  Executive orders, an Obama staple?  Taboo.  They’ll begin yammering about the sanctity of Congress … and the Constitution.  And they’ll be as obstructive as they can … that’s already the declared stance of one “progressive” group.  And you have to love those out there on the left claiming Trump has “no experience”!  Yeah, and the last guy just had a mountain of it, didn’t he?  At least Trump has “run something and done something”.  All Obama has “done” is head this country down hill in a free fall.

But enough.  Disclaimer – I did not vote for Donald Trump, nor Clinton, but I did vote.  My candidate of choice wasn’t especially attractive politically either.  But I could not find it in myself to enable either of the two top contenders.

Water under the bridge.  Georgia went exactly as expected – to Trump.  Now, given the fact that the country has spoken pretty emphatically, I wish him the best and hope like hell he can rise to the job.  Just as importantly I hope he can begin to unite and heal the divide this country now suffers – if the left will let him.


*yawn* Another “election”

Sorta.  For those who choose to vote for either of the major two party candidates it is truly a choice of the lesser of two evils … with emphasis on the last word.  What I’m wondering is whether or not this will be a Brexit.  There’s an odd sort of rumble out there that says it’s possible.

When is the last time you’ve seen people reluctant to show who they were voting for with yard signs and bumper stickers?  Most odd.

Lots of questions to ask at the conclusion of this mess.  The biggest being “how did this happen?”

Like many people along the Lincoln Highway, she wonders how it came down to Clinton and Trump: “You’d think, I mean you would really think, [we] would have picked better choices.”

You’d sure would think so … but here we are.  And much of that is the fault of the ossified major parties and the out-of-touch elite who manipulate as much as they can in their own favor.  Government is, of course, their favorite instrument.  And that’s left most of America wondering.  They look around and find:

“We have had a good life. We’ve worked hard, we’ve tried our best, and that is the good of this country,” she said. “The bad is how hard the government makes it to do just that.

And government continues to even make it harder.  It’s called a corrupt government which enables crony capitalism.  Rent-seeking.  You name it, we now have it.  And we also have a government that is essentially out of any politician’s control.  Unless, as a body, they decided to do something about it.

But that’s not how you show up as a poor representative from Iowa and thirty years later go home a millionaire is it?  That’s not how the game is played.

The problem isn’t the corrupt politicians we are considering today.  They’re just a symptom of a far worse problem.


Time to punch back?

In some places they riot in the street when corruption at the highest levels is uncovered (I’m thinking Brazil at the moment, and then there’s Venezuela). They protest government tyranny (Turkey). We just seem to sit placidly and watch the world go by as it is uncovered here.  Not only that, millions are planning on or have already voted for the corruption to be elevated to the White House where a “for sale” sign can then be firmly planted in the front yard. I mean, what will stop them?

Victor Davis Hanson characterizes the Clinton Mob very well, I think:

For the Clintons, power is the narcotic of being sought out, of being surrounded by retainers, of bringing enemies to heel and enticing sycophants with benefits. Liberalism and progressivism are mere social and cultural furniture, the “correct” politics of their background that one mouths and exploits to obtain and maintain political clout — and to get really, really rich without guilt or apology.

If she manages to slip all of these crimes she’s involved in and somehow snags the presidency, we will have officially arrived … at Banana Republic status.

I was stopped at a stoplight today and saw a guy behind me just singing away with a song.  He looked older than me.  I immediately thought of my dad singing to a 40’s or ’50’s classic.  Then I realized he could just as easily, in this day and time, have been singing along to “Stairway to Heaven”.  Argh.

Good!  It’s about time this sort of “journalism” paid a price!

A federal court jury decided Friday that a Rolling Stone journalist defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in a 2014 magazine article about sexual assault on campus that included a debunked account of a fraternity gang rape.

The 10 member jury concluded that the Rolling Stone reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was responsible for defamation, with actual malice, in the case brought by Nicole Eramo, a U-Va. administrator who oversaw sexual violence cases at the time of the article’s publication. The jury also found the magazine and its parent company, Wenner Media, responsible for defaming Eramo, who has said her life’s work helping sexual assault victims was devastated as a result of Rolling Stone’s article and its aftermath.

We covered this a bit when the article first came out and the story began to collapse.  This is what should happen when “agenda journalism” defames people and lies about events to make an agenda point. Agenda journalism is characterized by shoddy work since inconvenient facts are simply ignored in favor of the approved narrative.

We all understand and agree that “rape is bad” and must not be tolerated.  However, it doesn’t have to be lied about and sensationalised to make that point.  “Rolling Stone” already had a reputation for shoddy agenda journalism that had landed it in hot water before.  Whatever was left of any integrity and reputation they had was left shredded on that federal courtroom floor.

One of the things severely lacking in our political process is accountability.  About all we ever hear is an “oops” and “sorry about that”.  A perfect example?  Obamacare:

Michelle Harris, a 61-year-old retired waitress in northwest Montana, has arthritis in both shoulders. She gets a tax subsidy to help buy coverage under Obamacare, though she still pays $338 a month for the BlueCross BlueShield plan. Yet with its $4,500 deductible, she says she’s doing everything she can to avoid seeing a doctor. Instead, she uses ibuprofen and cold-packs.

“It hurts, but we don’t have that kind of money,” Harris said in an interview. “So I deal with it.”

Harris is one of many people with Obamacare plans that feature high out-of-pocket costs that can put health services out of reach. That’s because the insurance coverage Harris and others like her have purchased is designed not to kick in until patients have spent thousands of dollars.

Welcome to the new world where “you can keep your insurance and you can keep your doctor. Period”, don’t mean what you think it means. And accountability for screwing up a system that was working? “Oops, sorry about that.”  What’s even worse is those that screwed it up are now telling us they’re going to “fix it”.

Okay, I’ll eat my words … there is some accountability.  But unfortunately it’s rare. Remember Chris Chrisitie’s “Bridgegate”?

Two former officials linked to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office were found guilty on all charges Friday in connection with the closure of lanes in 2013 on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retribution, the fallout for which has come to be known as Bridgegate.

Again, good!  More please!  Lots more.

And finally in the “world gone mad” department, we have this:

Millions of Spanish children have been called out on strike this weekend, with families and teachers asked by a national parents’ association to say no to homework.

Because Spain is so, uh, competitive in the world today.  Uh huh, yeah, this’ll fix that. For good.


*tap* *tap* “Is this thing on?”

So I’m back from a long needed … break.  No really … needed.

That and being thoroughly swamped with work and depressed about the politics we suffer today.

Screw it … I’ll just do random commentary then.

I found this to be absolutely hilarious and something I’ve suspected for years.  To the “publish or die” folks in academia it seems like publishing is the same thing as dying:

Professors usually spend about 3-6 months (sometimes longer) researching and writing a 25-page article to submit an article to an academic journal. And most experience a twinge of excitement when, months later, they open a letter informing them that their article has been accepted for publication, and will therefore be read by … an average of ten people. Yes, you read that correctly. The numbers reported by recent studies are pretty bleak: – 82 percent of articles published in the humanities are not even cited once.  Of those articles that are cited, only 20 percent have actually been read. Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors. All of this is very unfortunate. Ideally, the great academic minds of a society should be put to work for the sake of building up that society and addressing its problems. Instead, most Western academics today are using their intellectual capital to answer questions that nobody’s asking on pages that nobody’s reading. What a waste.

What a waste?  What a laugh! The problem, however, is those who end up being published also end up believing their research and theory, etc. has been validated.  And that sense of validation leads them to push their pet theory even further and to introduce it, at least on a limited basis (like their humanities department) to receptive ears – after all, it’s been peer reviewed (given the lack of intellectual diversity among “peers” in academia, you can imagine the bias involved).  In the humanities we’ve seen the result in some of the looniest ideas concerning gender and sex and race bobbing to the surface in universities and influencing/encouraging SJWs to adopt and act on them.  Thus the circus we now observe within the universities in this country.

I’m certainly not attempting to blame all of that on the fact that no one but “peers” read these articles, but it certainly has to have had some influence.   When you’re pitching to an echo chamber, you hear what you hope to hear and are encouraged to put it action somewhere (like, uh, academia).

I heard that Steven DenBeste passed away recently.  If you’re not familiar with the name, Steven was one of the original (if not “the” original) bloggers with his blog the USS Clueless.  And he helped influence and launch a thousand other blogs and establish the form as something to be taken seriously.  If you’ve never heard of him or read him, do yourself a favor and google his blog and enjoy.  He passed on way to early and will be missed by all of us old time bloggers and blog readers.

I think it is clear to everyone who can candidly assess Obama’s foreign policy that it is a huge (and dangerous) failure. Take the “Pacific Pivot” as an example.  The latest defection?  Malaysia, who just gave China an order for patrol boats.

Najib’s overture to China is spurred in part by anger over U.S. Department of Justice investigations into the country’s scandalous sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB. That controversy has damaged Najib’s international reputation and sent him straight into Beijing’s arms, as China has helpfully agreed to buy the fund’s power assets. Now, that gesture is starting to pay off. China and Malaysia started joint military exercises last year, and reports suggest that Najib will sign agreements on high-speed rail and port projects during his trip to Beijing.

The Malaysian pivot to China is especially embarrassing given President Obama’s clear efforts to court Najib. In 2014, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Malaysia in nearly 50 years; later that year, Najib was the president’s golf buddy during his vacation in Hawaii. Yet that personal outreach cannot disguise the fact that the promises of the Obama administration’s pivot, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), have failed to come through. Like Duterte, Najib has apparently made the calculation that Beijing has more to offer than Washington—and unlike Duterte, this decision cannot be dismissed as the impulses of an anti-American demagogue.

DOJ will go hammer and tongs after a foreign entity but when confronted with a highly placed politician who has (per the FBI) clearly broken the law?  Yeah, not so much.

That said, the Pacific looks more dangerous than ever since Obama took office.  And Europe.  And the Middle-east.  And …


Earlier today, the D.C. City Council voted to allow physician-assisted suicide. But the debate isn’t over. The Washington Post reports that “the council must still hold a final vote on the bill, possibly as early as Nov. 15,” and that the mayor, Muriel Bowser, must decide if she’ll sign or veto the bill.

I get that people want to end their lives because of pain, etc.  But physicians?  Whatever happened to “first, do no harm?”  Make it legal if you must, not that anyone bent on suicide cares much for laws, but why involve physicians?

In case you missed it, that big yellow thing that hangs in the sky everyday is at it again.  Check out this news:

The sun has been completely spotless on 21 days in 2016 and it is currently featuring just one lonely sunspot region.  In fact, on June 4th of this year, the sun went completely spotless for the first time since 2011 and that quiet spell lasted for about four days.  Sunspot regions then reappeared for the next few weeks on a sporadic basis, but that was followed by several more completely spotless days on the surface of the sun.  The increasingly frequent blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an even greater number of spotless days over the next few years.  At first, the blankness will stretch for just a few days at a time, then it’ll continue for weeks at a time, and finally it should last for months at a time when the sunspot cycle reaches its nadir.  The next solar minimum phase is expected to take place around 2019 or 2020. The current solar cycle is the 24th since 1755 when extensive recording of solar sunspot activity began and is the weakest in more than a century with the fewest sunspots since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906.  One other note, the weak solar cycle and the expectation for continued low solar activity this upcoming winter is an important factor in this year’s colder-than-normal Winter Outlook for the Mid-Atlantic region.

The weakest cycle in a century promising a “colder-than-normal” winter for the world (China’s forecasting the same). Science. However, you can bet that somehow this unseasonably cold winter will be charged off to the ravages of man-made “climate change”, unless it is a warm winter which, of course, will be charged off to man-made “climate change” as well.  Ideological religion.

Meanwhile in the Socialist paradise of Venezuela, government has a solution to the food shortage.  Urban farming!  No, really.  And you know it’s going to work because they’ve even established a ministry to ensure it does.  No fooling – the Ministry of Urban Agriculture.  And the ministry has announced that there’s plenty of land for all city dwellers:

When the project was presented in February, the newly created Ministry of Urban Agriculture announced that 12,000 square kilometers — about 4,600 square miles — would be planted in the first 100 days. The government promised to invest $300,000 in seeds, equipment and educational projects, and to help with logistics.

Eight months later?

Eight months into the project, only 21 square kilometers (about 8 square miles) of land have been cultivated, according to the ministry.

On target with the Great Stumble Backwards!  Seems the Socialist big government blue model has to be reestablished every generation or so to prove it isn’t the people in charge that are the problem (although they are a problem) but the flawed model that defies human nature instead.  Bernie doesn’t approve this message.

And some things never change.



An explanation

I feel I owe those who read QandO an explanation as to the paltry number of posts you’ve seen up here in recent times.

You see, when I retired I started this little business doing Social Media Marketing to give me something to do each morning when I got up.  You know, a filler.  Something to keep me busy.  Make some fun bucks.

Well guess what … it has taken off.  Boy has it taken off.  You take one Facebook page from 6,000 likes to 1.1 million likes and boom, you’re a “guru”.  Everyone wants you to either consult with them or manage their page.  And, well, I’m swamped.

Not exactly my plan, but I’m having a tough time turning stuff down, and the money is very good.

So bear with me.  I’ll get back on track.   The contract I’m working right now demands a lot of time and it is a “turn around” job if you get my drift.  I’m about a month into it and it is turning around.  But much more work to come.

I guess, in reality, you could say I’m no longer retired.  But I refuse to give it up just yet.

Best to you all.