[OpsLens] Long before the invention of Twitter, celebrities have been using their bully pulpits to influence the political and social opinions of the masses with their own. Despite the constant soapboxing, one thing that I’ve noticed is that actors and rappers are a lot like politicians in the sense that they’ll sell out to the other side if the money is right faster than a kid at fat camp with a Snickers bar dangling in front of his face. Apparently, the road to green goes through blue and yellow with this bunch. Without further ado, here are the top cop hating celebrities happy to play the Benedict Arnold of their misguided side for money and fame.
[AIER] It was once unthinkable. In the country long considered the model of the social-democratic welfare state, along with its egalitarian ethos, the nationalist and populist far right has made huge political gains, all in just a few years. This is despite unrelenting attacks on the "Sweden Democrats" by the mainstream press. Many voters disagreed with what they were supposed to do and instead embraced a form of politics once unknown in this country.
Sweden now joins many other countries in Europe ‐ Italy, Hungary, Poland, France, Germany, and, of course, the UK ‐ in experiencing political upheaval in the wake of the refugee crisis. Sweden took in more refugees than any other country, and now this vote is being widely interpreted as an anti-immigrant backlash.
...The fundamental political dynamic at play concerns economics and its intersection with culture. To understand, you can do a deep dive into the academic literature on the subject to discover a large literature that goes unreported. Or you can rely on an intuitive grasp of the redistributionist nation state and the demographic and cultural presumptions behind it. Either way, there is a deeper path to understanding what is really happening in Sweden, Europe, and the US today.
...To translate these findings: people will tolerate large, invasive, redistributionist states so long as they think people more or less like themselves are benefiting; that is, provided that the public sector is perceived as an overlord of a large family.
However, when conditions change, and the population loses its collective demographic characteristics, people don’t like their tax dollars funneled to people too much unlike themselves. They will fight that one of two ways: dismantling the welfare state or kicking out those perceived to be interlopers.
In short, all data indicate that the mix of the two ‐ high diversity and high welfare ‐ is not politically sustainable. Again, this is not my opinion much less my wish; it is what all the available literature indicate. This is a gigantic if largely unmentioned problem for social democratic ideology, perhaps its largest single failing. I wonder if people like Cory Booker and Colin Kaepernick are aware of this fact?
...Making this thesis most famous, and presenting the most dire prediction, has been Harvard University's Robert Putnam. He made a splash a decade ago (while dreading to release his research) for arguing that, "The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it's not just that we don't trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don't trust people who do look like us." The Economist sums up his research "Diversity or the Welfare State: Choose One." Trump, IMO, is the one who tries to prevent the rise of Nazism in USA
[The Hill} Pollster Emily Ekins said on Friday that, based solely on the state of the economy, President Trump is underperforming in polls. "What’s surprising about this is that the economy is actually doing pretty well. So he’s actually been underperforming what we would expect him to be doing, given the economy."
Ekins was referring to the latest American Barometer poll, in which 47 percent of voters said they approved of Trump's performance as president.
Election and polling analyst Henry Olsen told Simmons that Trump's poll numbers are not higher because people dislike him personally.
"We all know President Trump's personality, we all know his character, and there are people who find that offensive and find that distasteful, regardless of what's going on around them," said Olsen.
"They may have great lives. They may be seeing larger paychecks. They may be living in peace and prosperity, but that man in the White House drives them nuts." Certainly the case in my house. My wife can't even mention the President without ranting about what a disgusting, vile person he is. I don't think she's gone lefty on me, either.
It doesn't appear that these people know many senior business executives. This is what they are like. They are not pleasant people (except for the official apparances, of course.) But that is one of the ways that they do get things done.
I worked at levels high enough to see my share of CFOs and CEOs in my day, and this is what they are like. Trump doesn't surprise me in the least. Bonus point: He is a New Yorker--people often noted for being rather direct and forceful.
A lot of people like me never ever participate in polls, since you become the product for their list sales business, and its none of their business. Yes Trump is a pri*k and coarse, and I don't care! He isn't marrying my daughter, he is doing what needs doing and is long past due. I wonder how far off these polls will be come November?
Polls these days are designed to be opinion drivers, not accurate measurements. Most people won't even talk to pollsters, so there is a self-selection bias built in. Personally, echoing NoMoreBS, I would never talk to any alleged pollster, because there's no way to know if they're legit or an operative making a target list (or both).
[NYPost] ...In a widely shared moment late last week, Sen. Kamala Harris asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, "Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?"
The question was in the midst of Harris’ extensive grandstanding so Kavanaugh didn’t have an immediate answer. But there’s an obvious one: Selective Service.
Every American male 18-25 has to register with the Selective Service System, which maintains their information in the case of military conscription. If America is ever again in a war and needs to reinstate the draft, those male bodies will be the ones to go.
...It’s not just theoretical wars that men fight in if drafted. In Operation Enduring Freedom, the name for America’s ongoing engagement fighting global terrorism, 98 percent of the 2,346 military deaths as of April 2017 were men.
And it’s not just combat deaths. Men have a far higher rate of workplace death than women. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says men represent 92 percent of all workplace-related fatalities. The 10 industries with the most workplace-related deaths are almost entirely stocked with men: truck drivers, steel workers, refuse collectors, loggers, fishers. Men take the dangerous, hard, smelly jobs that most women wouldn’t consider. Given the current college admission policies, one wonders if feminist goal is restricting all white-collar jobs to womyn.
"Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?"
Clean shaven, I think.
A slap is OK, a punch is not.
Public screaming and tears of frustration are OK, raising one's voice is threatening.
No couches in the men's room, I remember.
Belly tumors are acceptable, hard-ons are not.
Monthly intervals of hostility in the workplace is not OK, from men.
[The Federalist] Abortion’s prominence in the American left’s thought directly reflects its prominence in Marxist thought, which today enjoys a deep influence in this country.
The American left’s panic over the Supreme Court possibly overturning Roe v. Wade goes beyond the stated fear of government controlling sexuality. Abortion’s prominence in the American left’s thought directly reflects its prominence in Marxist thought, which today enjoys a deep influence in this country.
Re-branded as "critical theory" from the Frankfurt School of philosophy, Marxism now permeates the academy. Re-branded as "democratic socialism," Marxism now permeates the Democratic Party.
The Left's Attachment To Abortion reflects deep held conviction by its members (thank you 70es) that a women should not have to worry about consequences. It's not really marxism, it's hedonism (for women only) in marxist dressing.
“Women were then given two dismal alternatives,” Reed wrote. “They could either seek a husband as provider and be penned up thereafter as housewives in city tenements or apartments to raise the next generation of wage slaves. Or the poorest and most unfortunate could go as marginal workers into the mills and factories (along with the children) and be sweated as the most downtrodden and underpaid section of the labor force”
Somehow, I think a number of women avoided that simplistic choice, including my wife and daughter.
Somehow, I think a number of women avoided that simplistic choice
Both working class and middle class girls could go into service — though the latter were pretty much restricted to being governesses and lady’s companions. Some taught in girls’ schools. But for the working class there were positions as housemaids, dairymaids, lady’s maids, nursemaids, cooks, laundresses, seamstresses and embroiderers, shop clerks, and so many other paid positions that required neitber marriage nor a factory. But factory work was easier and paid better than most service jobs. That’s why so many chose that over the traditional options.
[The Federalist] "How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad," former President Barack Obama asked a crowd in Illinois over the weekend. Well, probably no harder than saying the words "radical Islam," I imagine. Or maybe it’s slightly less difficult than not sending billions of dollars to Holocaust-denying terror regimes that have both the means and intent to murder Jews‐in 2018, not 1942. And it’s definitely a lot easier than not meeting, posing, then smiling for a picture with Louis Farrakhan. But thanks for the lecture.
Obama may well find the presence of a few hundred pathetic white supremacists more perilous than a deadly worldwide ideological movement with millions of adherents. But just as Obama’s sins do not excuse President Trump’s inexplicable answer to the Charlottesville riot, Trump’s words don’t excuse the most divisive modern president, a man whose unilateralism and contempt for the process and the Constitution helped create the environment America now find itself in.
While Obama’s self-reverential speech was crammed with revisionism, the most jaw-dropping contention from the former president was probably a defense of his record on free speech: "I complained plenty about Fox News," the scandal-ridden Obama explained, "but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them ’enemies of the people.’"
That’s the thing. We often hear Trump’s hyperbolic, and sometimes destructive, attacks on the press. Thankfully, as of yet the president hasn’t applied the power of the state to inhibit anyone’s free expression. And this is no thanks to liberals’ eight-year efforts to empower the executive branch when that was useful to them.
[Townhall] The current economic boom has nothing to do with President Obama, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett suggested Monday in the briefing room. In a speech last week at the University of Illinois, Obama claimed credit for the improved economic outlook. It was his policies, he noted that paved the way for the current rate.
"Don't forget when the recovery started," he told the audience.
"You don't have to reach far" for an explanation as to why the economy is looking up, Hassett said. Trump deregulated the economy, oversaw massive tax cuts, and cut corporate tax rates, all which have resulted in business returning to the U.S. and creating jobs. He had several charts to prove it.
[Breitbart] Author Bob Woodward disputed denials from White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly and Defense Secretary Gen. Jim Mattis about his book’s reporting surrounding their disparaging comments about President Donald Trump.
"They are not telling the truth," Woodward said in an interview with NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie. "These are political statements to protect their jobs, totally understandable."
Woodward resisted Guthrie’s attempts to verify his sourcing for his book about Trump, warning Americans that the president was putting the country in grave danger.
When Guthrie asked Woodward if he had a source for the book that later lied about the information they have him, he resisted.
...Would this be the same Bob Woodward who - nearly forty years ago - claimed to have snuck past several layers of security and medical personnel to get Bob Casey (Reagan's CIA director)to snap out of a coma just long enough to implicate Reagan in Iran Contra? That Bob Woodward?
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
09/11/2018 4:57 Comments ||
Enough of Woodward's treasonous accusations and treachery. He wouldn't make a pimple on the arse of either of these two men.
Leaving aside the issue of whether Woodward could recognize the truth were it to land on him Warner Bros cartoon style, this is a man who quotes Gen Kelly as utilizing the term 'crazy-town'.
A man would have better results facing due west and waiting upon the sunrise than waiting for a Marine 4 star to go all fluttering Mugatu and say that. In the event Gen Kelly was moved to so publicly lose his verbal composure the result would have been masculine, memorable, and definitive.
"Fake, but Accurate?" Bob Woodward learned his lesson after his first book on Bush's War Administration: Slime any Republican President or you will be a Pariah to the Coastal Elite. Since then he spares no effort...
Just an excerpt from a much longer piece.
[AMGREATNESS] The op-ed is the latest cartoon of Trump, the Road Runner, finally, at last, and for sure driven off the cliff by the Resistance That'd be the Hezbullies, but in the U.S. it's used by anti-Trumplings... as Wile E. Coyote‐infuriated by yet another Road Runner beep-beep. There were earlier and serial Looney Tunes efforts to nullify the Electoral College, to sue about election machines, to boycott the Inauguration, to introduce articles of impeachment, to invoke the 25th Amendment, to try out the Emoluments Clause and the Logan Act, to sue by cherry picking liberal federal judges, to harass officials in public places and restaurants, to warp the FISA courts, to fund a foreign spy to do opposition research, and to weaponize even further the FBI, NSA, and Justice Department‐along with the now-boring celebrity liquidation chic rhetoric of blowing up, stabbing, shooting, burning, hanging, smashing, and decapitating Donald J. Trump.
[Southfront.org] YouTube has banned a number of Syrian state-run and pro-government channels, including ones belonging to the Syrian Presidency, the Syrian Defense Ministry and the news agency SANA. The reason provided was that these accounts allegedly violate “YouTube’s Terms of Service”.
This move can be considered as another attempt to suppress non-mainstream reporting on the ongoing conflict. Some Syrian experts even claimed that these were another sign of preparations for a staged chemical attack in Idlib and then a US-led military strike on Syrian government forces. More at the link
Posted by: badanov ||
09/11/2018 00:00 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.