George Wallace

George Wallace and the Squad

By James Mullin
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Here’s some shocking history for progressives/leftists to digest.  As late as the 1970s, the Democratic Party had a firebrand segregationist become governor of a major sunbelt state, and run a surprisingly successful national campaign for the Democrat nomination for President, capturing even the state of Michigan!  This was a guy who wanted black Americans at the back of the bus, at separate lunch counters, and in their own (Black) schools.  Yes, George Wallace was a real force in politics then — a scary one.

Hilariously and farcically, he is being compared now in the MSM to Donald Trump, but the far more accurate parallel is actually within the Democrat Party — a very tight comparison to the Squad.  Just like George, the Squad sees all through the lens of race.  Race baiting and class warfare is their calling card.  George was a white male; they are females “of color.”  History may not repeat itself, but Mark Twain was right — it does rhyme.

But here is something to note.  The Democratic Party of the 60s and 70s was a very different animal from what exists today.  Democrat leaders of that era: John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Scoop Jackson, even Chris Hollings, all publicly and loudly called out George Wallace on his race-baiting tactics. They didn’t hesitate.  But find a Democrat of 2019 who will publicly disavow the virulent hatred spewing from the Squad.  Crickets, just crickets.   Where are Senators Casey and Coons?  Where are Chuck and Nancy?  Crickets.  The (capitalist) economy (making the U.S. the envy of the world) is being regularly trashed by the Squad. A major American demographic (whites and white males in particular) is routinely trashed by the Squad. The military, police, and) border enforcement agents — all trashed.  Vile terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda are not publicly disavowed by the Squad.  A major international ally – Israel – is threatened by the Squad with diplomatic and economic isolation.  A socialist disaster right before our eyes — Venezuela — is blamed on the U.S.

Yet from the Democratic senators, governors, congresspeople that we elected, nothing. Silence. Crickets.

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Trump is no Racist

Trump is no Racist

By Taylor Lewis
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Shelley called poets the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Auden, who was never as full of sauce as some prosody scribes, rejoined mordantly: “’The unacknowledged legislators of the world,’ describes the secret police, not the poets.”

Auden’s portentous bon mot is truer now than when he wrote it, albeit with one difference. “The secret police” no longer refers to collectivist stormtroopers tracking down intrigants but, rather, something subtler but no less perverse. Don’t misinterpret my meaning: The target is still the grey matter between your ears. Only the remedy for offense has changed. Rather than convince you of your crime with the snub-nosed barrel of a Korovin, the preferred weapon is language corruption in service to emotional manipulation.

The most galling example of this tactic of late has been the high dudgeon reaction to President Trump’s suggestion that four congresswoman, all Democratic women of color, go back to their country of origin before describing the United States in calumnious terms. Trump’s half-joking entreaty, delivered, as usual, through the hair-trigger forum of Twitter, was all but ignored for its substance. “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump suggested to the progressive posse known as the Squad, following up with an additional directive. “Then come back and show us how…it is done.”

Strictly speaking, Trump’s proposition contained one erratum: his mistaking three of the four lawmakers’ homeland for anywhere other than America. Rep. Omar Ilhan of Minnesota is the only member of the far-left cadre to not be born on U.S. soil, hailing originally from Somalia. The rest are American, born and bred.

Still, it doesn’t take a four-year degree from Trump University to grasp what the President was expatiating: that Rep. Omar, who comes from a war-torn, anarchic piece of sod we generously called a nation-state, should, perhaps, show a little gratitude for the country that took her and her family in.

Call it a knee-jerk nationalism. Call it jingoistic. Call it reactionary, graceless, unwelcoming, or just plain mean-spirited. Trump’s remark, however, wasn’t racist, at least by the term’s essential definition. This is a pedantic point, but a necessary one, because the term itself – racism — is so irresponsibly bandied about that it has effectively been nerfed of the moral force it once contained.

To repeat, Trump’s tweets were not racist. Nothing of what the President said referenced skin color or indicated racial superiority. He was speaking only in terms of nationality. Somalia is majority black, but, by liberals’ own lights, the U.S. is demographically dynamic, progressively losing its white-majority character. Somali refugees aren’t tainting our already muddied racial pool.

That hasn’t stopped most major media outlets from labeling Trump’s comments “racist” as a linguistic truth in headlines. CNN, PBS, and CBS didn’t hesitate to characterize the tweets as racially malicious. The only holdout was NPR V.P. Keith Woods, who propounded the idea that journalists should “not be in the business of moral labeling in the first place.” Poor Keith clearly hasn’t logged on to Twitter lately.

Reading racism into Trump’s tweets isn’t about applying the word’s meaning to the President’s language.  When journalists call his rhetorical suggestion of self-deportation racist, what they’re really doing is conjecturing about his motivation. “President Trump wishes America was whiter, hence his urging of non-white immigrants to leave,” is the through line of thought that occurred in many reporters’ heads. It’s the assumption of thoughtcrime, the kind of practice that would be home in a Philip K. Dick-imagined dystopia or any real-life oppressive regime.

There is no semantical point to all of this. It’s a smear exercise that makes use of language’s slippery essence to invoke emotion. That’s why a CNN reporter asked large retailers like Target and Walmart to weigh in on the President’s comments. No American business wants to be seen as soft on racism, or even tacitly supportive of racial bias. So, their corporate H.R. division issues a bland statement about not countenancing racism. Newsrooms leap into a flurry of action, producing headlines about how the Target dog just took a bite out of Trump’s rampant bigotry.

The entire production is classified as “news,” which is another term that increasingly lacks precise definition. Charles Cooke calls the national press “obsequious asbestos salesmen” but he’s being too kind. Asbestos has a purpose in construction. The dreck journalists produce today is deconstructive, tearing at the already feeble foundation of our shared language and understanding.

“[T]o think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration,” Orwell wrote.  When our elected leaders, or journalists charged with keeping them aboveboard, abuse language to solicit charged reactions, they’re inhibiting our ability to see and think objectively.

At this point,  every Republican president since Calvin Coolidge has been called racist. The term has already become watered down to the point of irrelevancy. You can thank the serial users of the word for draining it of its potency. Would that pedants, not poets or the police, were the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

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Bernie Sanders’s a hypocrite

Bernie Sanders’s campaign workers demand at least the $15/hour minimum wage he promises to implement

By Thomas Lifson
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There is now self-evidently no reason whatsoever to take seriously anything that Bernie Sanders says; the man does not follow the rules he thinks others should observe.  The Vermont senator who has spent years denouncing companies like Walmart for allegedly paying “starvation” wages is facing his own campaign workers’ demand that he pay them at least what he demands the federal minimum wage to be: $15/hr.

The story is so compelling that even the Bezos-owned Washington Post broke the story, heedless of the fact that Amazon, which generated the money for Bezos to buy the Post, faces its own critics over its wage levels for fulfillment center staff.

Don’t be fooled by the open collar and no top hat. A ruthless exploiter of the working class

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Sean Sullivan reports (non-paywall version here – because you really should read the whole thing):

Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric, according to internal communications.

Campaign field hires have demanded an annual salary they say would be equivalent to a $15-an-hour wage, which Sanders for years has said should be the federal minimum. The organizers and other employees supporting them have invoked the senator’s words and principles in making their case to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the documents reviewed by The Washington Post show.

Sanders has made standing up for workers a central theme of his presidential campaigns — this year marching with McDonald’s employees seeking higher wages, pressing Walmart shareholders to pay workers more and showing solidarity with university personnel on strike. The independent from Vermont has proudly touted his campaign as the first presidential effort to unionize its employees, and his defense of the working class has been a signature element of his brand of democratic socialism and a rallying cry for the populist movement he claims to lead.

Sanders is, like all socialists, generous with other people’s money. But when his own organization’s money is at issue, well, it’s different.

Yeah, right.

His campaign’s defense sounds a lot like the excuses global corporation use for employing child labor overseas and paying them pennies per hour:

The Sanders campaign late Thursday issued a statement lauding its union contract. “We know our campaign offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns, as is shown by the latest fundraising reports,” Shakir said. “Every member of the campaign, from the candidate on down, joined this movement in order to defeat Donald Trump and transform America. Bernie Sanders is the most pro-worker and pro-labor candidate running for president. We have tremendous staff who are working hard. Bernie and I both strongly believe in the sanctity of the collective bargaining process and we will not deviate from our commitment to it.”

Socialists promise an imaginary world, and that’s why whenever socialism is put into practice, it fails. What makes Sanders so notable is that he seems to realize that the practicality of his prescription for others is so low that he cannot take his own medicine.

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Democrats Hate America

Democrats Hate America and Americans

By William L. Gensert
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Recently, I wrote an article expounding on the theory that Barack Obama didn’t hate America, he hated Americans.  Current events involving prominent (heck, all) Democrats, however, have given me a reason to doubt my hypothesis.  I now believe he hates both America and Americans; and at this point, looking at the slate of Democrats who seek the presidency, as well as the constant and visceral provocations of the four female morons of the idiocracy, he is not alone.

In fact, the Democratic Party (let’s just call them the “New Woke Party”) have metamorphosed from an entity concerned with politics into a religion steeped in a comprehensive creed of hatred and resentment.

Eight years of Obama decimated the Democratic Party.  Politically, Americans are mostly center-right and during his presidency, they voted out Democrats in droves.  Yet, those of the “New Woke” choose to believe this was not because Americans didn’t support his “I hate America and Americans” domestic and foreign policies.  He simply did not move far enough to the left and that his failure was the result of him merely not hating us enough.

The New Woke creed preaches that America was created by genocide, slavery, and greed.  Unique in the world, we are a nation with no redeeming qualities.  As Barry’s pal Jeremiah Wright said, “God damn America.”  At the time he said it and Barry cheered, however, they were outliers.  Now it is Democratic Party policy that America is deserving of neither respect nor admiration, much less love.

Therefore, you will never hear a Democrat, especially one running for president, ever say anything positive about this country or its citizenry.  The New Woke believe there is nothing positive that can be said and that all Americans who don’t believe exactly as they do are evil.

Though it was Americans who created this vile America, magnanimously, the New Woke afford us an opportunity for redemption.  But only if we accept the New Woke creed in its entirety.  Diverge even a “smidgen” (as Barry would say) and all chance of redemption will be lost – and the hatred showered upon Americans will be deserved because we had our chance.

The beauty of this is that it allows them the luxury of despising America and Americans while still pretending that they alone are taking the “high road.” 

Yet, they can’t come out and say, “Support every one of our ‘Ten Commandments of Wokeness’ or we will hate you.”  They must make it about racism, or greed, or Islamophobia, etc., anything that can be portrayed by their apostles in the media as evil.

They want open borders, with crossing illegally no longer a criminal act, free college and healthcare for illegals, as well as driver’s licenses and sanctuary, and of course the right to vote.  Point out that this is a better deal than citizens get, and you will be labeled a racist clinging to your guns and religion with an unnatural and malicious fear of the “other.”

They advocate entirely socialized medicine and the elimination of private insurance, including employer-provided health insurance, which currently covers 158 million Americans.  Only greedy, selfish people who strive to keep the poor, poor and the sick, sick would be against that.

They plead for confiscatory taxation of the “rich,” with the definition of “rich” open to fungible interpretation, so that they can raise up the poor, feed the hungry, pay reparations to blacks, indigenous peoples, gays and also illegals, who were kept “in the shadows” by our unfair immigration policies and unreasonable insistence on borders.  Only greedy, selfish, racist bastards would be against any of that.

Federally funded and “free on demand” abortions, before, during, and after pregnancy are only opposed by misogynists and the religious right who are against women’s health, safety, and freedom.

Forgiveness of trillions of dollars in student loans is only fair because every person has a right to college, and a degree in puppetry if that’s what his “truth” tells him he should pursue.  Who could be against educating youth?

But wait!  That’s not all…

A total elimination of planes, trains, and automobiles, as well as all fossil fuels, hydroelectric, and nuclear power with power provided solely by renewables — anyone not willing to settle for electricity a few hours a day at 10 times the cost and the total destruction of our economy clearly wants to destroy the planet and kill all the poor people in the world who of course, would suffer most if this is not immediately implemented.

Disagree with the “squad” in any way, even when right, and they have their old standby, “RACIST!”

Listen to any 1 of the 1,024 (a shout-out to Indigenous-Warren) New Woke Party candidates running for president and you would think we were all living in a dystopian hell ruled by white supremacists and corporate criminals intent on raping and pillaging their way to eternal power and wealth — and that’s before they even start talking about Donald Trump, who in their telling is the worst human being to have ever been born of woman.

However, believe it or not, this really isn’t about Trump.  The New Woke would hate any president who stands between them and power.  Yet, we should be grateful we have a man like Trump who will fight for us as he does every day.  He may never be “politics as usual” but he will not mince words because he doesn’t care what they say.  It’s been a long time since we’ve had someone like that on our side… too long.

The New Woke Party hates America and Americans. Should Trump lose his bid for reelection in 2020 to any one of these nuts, they will surely show us just how much.

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Global warming fanatics

Global warming fanatics keep missing this elephant in the room

By Sam Younnokis
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Imagine, if you will, that the sun quit radiating energy, completely, for all wavelengths.  How long would it take the world to freeze to the point of being uninhabitable at the surface?

Our planet also has a molten core.  Imagine that this core cools and solidifies at the same time, so the only sources of heat are anthropogenic.  Same question.

I’m not sure how to do the calculations, but I’ll defer to anyone who can.  My expectation is that the SUVs and coal-burning power plants, and whatever else climate change enthusiasts obsess over, wouldn’t slow the rate at which the planet became a frozen chunk of rock and ice, careening on its habitual path as it revolves around the mass of the darkened sun.

Summers are hotter, and winters are cooler.  It is easy but inaccurate to blame that on the Earth’s elliptical orbit, thinking the climate should cool when the planet is farther from the sun, as Mars is farther away and cooler, while Venus is closer and warmer.  But according to this site, that isn’t the case.  They explain it better than I can, but it has to do with the Earth’s axial tilt and the angle at which the hemispheres point toward the sun during the seasons.  When you think the summer temps in many places easily reach 90 in the summer, and go below zero in the winter, you see a hundred-degree variation due to geometry over which human beings have no control.  The amount of influence alleged for SUVs, etc. is only a couple of degrees.  Giving up all our modern conveniences would make not more than a few percentage points of difference.  But then, climate concerns were never about the weather anyway.  Just another excuse to take from the haves and buy votes from the have-nots.

It is also worth noting that there is no scientific basis whatsoever to presuppose that a natural environment should never change and that if it does, it must be man’s fault.  Volcanoes erupt, and the airborne ash results in cooler and rainier weather downwind.  Yes, the Dust Bowl resulted from human behavior, but it was the exception rather than the rule.  I think there are some good reasons for considering how to live with less environmental impact — e.g., use of thorium reactors to provide electricity.  Saving the climate is not one of the reasons, as we don’t have that much influence on the forces that influence it.

I am glad that human beings lack the technology to control the sun’s output.  Some idiot would insist that government is the only entity smart enough and wise enough to determine how much the sun should shine.  There is such an entity, but it isn’t government.  It’s God.

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Trump draws blood

Trump draws blood from the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse

By Lynne Lechter
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Revelation is the last book in the New Testament.  It portends the end of days, facilitated by four men on horseback.  It was foretold they created chaos through pestilence, war, famine and death.

This script has been played out through millennia.  Sometimes, civilization is set back centuries.  Sometimes, the evil is vanquished swiftly — but never without cost.  Thankfully, the final knockout blow has not yet been cast.

We are now seeing the latest incarnation of the apocalypse.  The four horsewomen are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Omar Ilhan, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Presley — malevolent congressional representatives who refer to themselves as the “Squad.”


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Not in the benign colloquial sense of social media influencers or pop stars with female entourages.  Not in the rah-rah sense of a cheerleading or sports team.  Rather, this squad is the modern version of the Nazi death camps, and China’s, Russia’s, and Cuba’s re-educational drives, mass population relocations, and imprisonment and murder of dissidents.

Their goal is not the immediate destruction of the whole world.  Their immediate goal is the destruction of America.  If America falls, so goes civilization as we now know it.  They have fertilized the ground in Western Europe.  And while Americans were busy pointing “over there,” the seeds of our own destruction were being planted under our myopic eyes, as a brainwashed youth increasingly support the elimination of sovereignty, the Constitution, rule of law, and capitalism.

The Squad’s war is espoused through their vile, disdainful anti-American philosophies, anti–rule of law, ugly anti-Semitism, and concomitant dismissal of the beliefs of others — be they President Trump, Amazon, elected Republican officials or anyone of “color” who disagrees with them.  Their handmaidens include U.S. universities, tax-funded entities who have facilitated their lies of BDS, anti-Semitism, and white male privilege; media who provide a platform for their propaganda; and a heretofore mostly somnambulant public who couldn’t believe “it could happen here.”  They are also emboldened by the cowardly silence of the Democrats in Congress and weak Democrat presidential candidates who race to the moral bottom to follow them.

Due to their destructive policies on illegal immigration, welcoming illegals — criminal or otherwise — while ignoring the American homeless in California, pestilence has re-emerged.  Human waste is polluting groundwater.  Concomitantly, certain diseases previously eradicated, such as measles and chickenpox, have resurfaced.

War is not just armed combat.  It is also the stealing of one’s power.  The Four Horsewomen, until Trump pushed back, had stolen our power.  They had stolen it by abridging our right to free speech through their insidious implementation of political correctness, extreme distortions of history, and their outright lies about Palestine.

After all, we have heard for years that “people of color” cannot be racist.  Heretofore, if a minority were challenged on a political or cultural statement, their response was always the same: you are a racist, a sexist, Islamophobic, a toxic male, a privileged white male, and/or a harasser.

This power-grab has been accompanied with violent random attacks against Republicans from their muscle group, Antifa.  These tactics also suppressed the wearing of Trump themed campaign products in public, for fear of physical attack; many other pro-Trump voices have been silenced for the same fear of violence.

And then Trump tweeted.  And bellowed.  And doubled down in more tweets and at a rally.  He fought back.  And he drew blood.  Not literally, but figuratively.

They may not know it yet, but President Trump has knocked the four horsewomen off their steeds.

He has signaled that the double standard regarding racism is over.  He has eviscerated the myth that people of color can’t be racist.  They are.  He has stripped them of the knee-jerk power of their false accusations of racism, harassment, gender bias, toxic male, and white male privilege.

And by so doing, Trump’s approval ratings have gone up.

Of course, this battle for America’ soul is not yet over.  But a seismic shift in attitude is “trending” well.  All thanks to President Trump!

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Ilhan Omar’s Father & Other Somalian War Criminals

Report: Ilhan Omar’s Father & Other Somalian War Criminals Illegally Living In The US

It appears that not only is Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar under the microscope for marrying her brother, engaging in immigration fraud, violating federal law and being as anti-American as you can get, but now her father has come into the picture.  And it isn’t pretty.  According to a recent report, Omar’s father, Nur Omar Mohamed (aka Nur Said Elmi Mohamed), was not only tied to the former dictator in Somalia, Said Barre, but now he and his accomplices are now living in the US in violation of federal law.

The report comes via The Gateway Pundit.

Joe Hoft writes:

Omar’s father Mohamed, is living in the US.  He and other Somalians like Yusuf Abdi Ali, who killed thousands for Barre, escaped to the West and were not vetted properly before entering the country.  Barre was a dictator and was connected to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Ali is a convicted war criminal who did the killing himself.  Ali has been located in the US working as security at Dulles International Airport and driving for Uber in 2019.  He reportedly lived at one time in Alexandria, Virginia.  Ali was a Colonel in the Somalian Army’s 5th Mechanized Brigade in 1987 and was a graduate of the Pentagon’s Program for Foreign Officers in 1986.  He’s also a war criminal in response to his actions in Somalia.

Nur, Representative Omar’s father, appears to have been a party propagandist under the dictator and was responsible for ‘ideological’ aspects of the Red-Green revolution.  (He worked for the Marxist/Stalinist regime under dictator Baare as a teacher of teachers.) This could have included providing the ideological/political justification for the massacres of the late eighties.

It is not a secret that Ilhan Omar’s father illegally entered the United States.

Hoft provided these photos of Nur.

Hoft went on to point out just how involved Omar’s father was with the dictator.

The Nur family was well connected in the country led by the Marxist regime.  Young Omar went to kindergarten at age four, their family lived in a secure compound in Mogadishu.  When the regime was overtaken, the family caught a plane to escape the country.  The average GDP per capita in Somalia was only $187 dollars in 2010 twenty years after they fled the country when the regime fell. Obviously, Nur’s family was a privileged family.

According to a 2016 article on Omar, when the Marxist regime was being overtaken the secure compound that the family lived in was under attack by 20 armed men, somehow the family escaped.  It is not clear how.  Either the family had superior armed guards within their compound or they bribed the attackers and sent them on their way (or the story is a complete fabrication).

Both Ali and Nur escaped Somalia after the fall of Barre.  Because they were no longer safe there and would have been put on trial and shot if caught, they exited the country. Both ended up in the US and both hid the fact that they worked for a totalitarian regime. Both lied on their Form N-400, Application for Naturalization about their communist background.  (They had to or they wouldn’t be here.)

That’s not all.  Nur and his accomplices are in the US in clear violation fo US law.

The Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) contains a prohibition on naturalization for anyone involved, within the last ten years, with a group that advocates or teaches opposition to all organized government; or involved with the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party of the U.S. or any foreign state; or who advocates world communism or totalitarian dictatorship even without formal group membership. (See I.N.A. Section 313).”

So, the question is, why has Attorney General William Barr not followed through on Omar, Nur or Yusuf?

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New York Post wants Bill de Blasio booted

A lazy, shiftless bum – New York Post wants Bill de Blasio booted

By Monica Showalter
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Does it get any worse for a presidential candidate when his own hometown populist newspaper calls for his booting, in the main for being a shiftless, lazy bum?

That’s effectively New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s story, based on his non-service to New York City during a big blackout, according to today’s editorial in the New York Post. It begins this way:

The lights went out on Broadway Saturday night, and Bill de Blasio was a thousand miles away in Iowa. It was the moment that perfectly captured his distracted, ego-driven failure of a mayoralty.

Bill de Blasio does not care about New York City. He does not care about its people. He does not care about how it’s run. He does not care about you or your taxes, creating jobs or improving lives. All Bill de Blasio cares about is Bill de Blasio.

And so, for the good of the city, Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to remove the mayor from office.

It’s bad because the argument against the avowed socialist is made not because of de Blasio’s favored socialism’s failures (which are abundant enough in New York) but for the New Yorkiest of reasons – that the guy is lazy and doesn’t do his job.

The city over the weekend endured one of its famous blackouts – the kind of which legends are made. When these things happen – and they happen about once a decade or two, a global spotlight is cast on the city, wondering if the city will descend into mayhem – or some kind of love-in. Both have happened in the past, and with nobody entirely sure why, we know the reason why the world watches.

Was de Blasio there? Nope, at a time when the city needed him, he was someplace else, campaigning for president in Iowa, where apparently nobody wants him anyway. He had his priorities and New York was not one of them. In Iowa sports something like a 1% voting-for rate. One can only imagine what it might be over in New York, because instead of tending to business in New York, he was out vanity-campaigning, to no one’s interest but his own.

The Post cites his lousy performance as mayor of New York overall, questioning if he really wants to be there at all. There’s his failure to improve New York’s schools, his alienation of New York City cops – the Post actually could have focused a bit more on that because it was such a doozy with officers driven to turn their backs to him. But it’s just that de Blasio has so many incompetences, and so many that have happened ever since, that the editorial probably didn’t have enough room. Not only is de Blasio incompetent, he’s corrupt and mired in a lot of money and crony scandals, and the Post delivered its haymakers.

In short, de Blasio’s a miserable failure, brazenly seeking to fail upward as president, fooling only himself his prospects for that one.

It’s a most satisfying editorial. De Blasio comes off as a stale can of socialism that’s long-ago reached his sell-by date, an ego-driven maniac who can bring himself to show up for work, a clown in the Democrats’ car who’s got to go. Read the whole thing here.

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Elephant Named Bill

Jeffrey Epstein, Alex Acosta and an Elephant Named Bill

By Jonathan F. Keiler
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An interesting and much-missed aspect of the Jeffrey Epstein indictment is the way Democrats and Republicans view the matter.  Republican politicians and pundits have tended to focus on the legalities of the arrest, Epstein’s guilty plea, and his brief imprisonment.  For Democrats, as usual, it is all about politics and power.  In not recognizing this, Republicans already have suffered embarrassment and may lose their own political opportunities.

The fact is, nobody really remembered or cared who Jeffrey Epstein was until about five minutes ago.

Which is to say that last week (July 8) Geoffrey Berman, the relatively new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), unsealed an indictment of the billionaire charging him with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy.  In 2008 Epstein pled guilty in Florida state court to similar charges (soliciting sex with a minor) in return for the then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta) dropping related federal charges.

Almost immediately the SDNY indictment set off a veritable firestorm of protest from the media and Democrats, not against the loathsome Epstein, but the man most responsible for having sent him to jail in 2008, Acosta.  The ginned-up Acosta drama sucked up almost all the political air in Washington for the better part of a week, until the Labor secretary stepped down on Friday.

Democrats and the media accused Acosta of giving Epstein a sweetheart deal, knuckling under to his heavy hitting legal team, and failing to keep Epstein’s victims apprised of the goings-on.  Worse, Republicans piled on, as if dancing to the Dems’ tune.  On July 9 (the day after the indictment issued) Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham announced he was open to holding hearings on Acosta’s alleged wrongdoing in the 2008 plea deal, while conservative pundits bemoaned Acosta’s possible misfeasance.

Typically, this was a case of Republicans failing to see the forest for the trees.  The Democrats could not care less whether Epstein — a Democrat contributor — got a too-good deal back in 2008.  They had eight years to do something about it while they controlled the Justice Department under President Obama.  Did they?  Of course not.

The Obama Justice Department, FBI, IRS, Bureau of Land Management, ATF, and numerous other agencies were too busy engaging in their own political hackery to worry about what a Bill Clinton buddy was up to after serving his one year sentence.  And that’s the real point.

The Democrats reacted ferociously to the Epstein indictment not because they care about the alleged “injustice” of the 2008 plea deal, but because they saw it as a political act against them and the Clintons.  They assume that Berman is acting as a Republican lackey to get at Clinton.  Why?  Because that is what a Democrat would do.

Obama so politicized the federal bureaucracy that had Hillary Clinton won in 2018 and controlled the Justice Department, thin indictments against various “friends of Trump” if not Trump himself, would have been pouring out of U.S. attorneys’ offices countrywide.  The Dems can’t believe that Trump is not trying to do the same to them, and so they’ve reacted as if scalded.  Indeed, the almost instant attack on Acosta suggests that Democrat operatives and their media soulmates pretty much assumed this must happen, and so had their attack on Acosta already set.

In reality, it’s pretty clear that Trump and the Republicans have nothing to do with the indictment of Epstein.  The indictment was simply Berman and the FBI acting on their own initiative, either because they really think they can make a case against Epstein (despite some very serious legal obstacles) or because they want some limelight (or both.)

The legal obstacle is double jeopardy, which Andrew McCarthy points out may well bar prosecution unless Berman can come up with some new acts by Epstein, as opposed to new charges based upon prior pled to acts (which is what we apparently have now.)  But while McCarthy’s legal analysis is sound, and he rejects the “political mau-mauing” of Acosta, the “mau-mauing” is the main point.

Defending Acosta’s actions in 2008, or lamenting that the political attack on a not unreasonable plea-agreement might undermine future prosecutions (as does Alan Dershowitz) is all well and good.  But this ignores the elephant in the room named Bill Clinton.  This whole affair is about Clinton, not Epstein, not Acosta, not the rights of Epstein’s victims, or how the Supreme Court will assess jeopardy attaching between the various federal circuits.

The Democrats and the media saw the Epstein indictment as a direct attack on Clinton and thus the Democratic Party. It wasn’t, but let’s be frank — it should have been.  The Dems would do it to Republicans in a heartbeat if they had the ammo, which is why they assumed that’s what was going on last week.

The question now is, do Republican politicians and media have the killer instinct of their Democrat rivals to take this where it belongs – to upstate Chappaqua, and not just Epstein’s Manhattan digs — or do they just let it go?  You can bet Bill, Hillary, and their minions are busy wiping down those hard drives (with cloth and hammer), making arrangements with potential witnesses, and getting ready to explain away airplane logs and junkets with young women.  They are practiced, have gotten away for a half-century, and plan to do it again.

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Socialism sucks

Socialism, for Lack of a Better Word, Sucks

By Robert Lawson
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Socialism is a hot topic these days. Democratic presidential wannabes, including Bernie Sanders, say they’re for it, and recent polls indicate about 40 percent of American young people are too.

Over the last few years, my buddy Ben Powell, who is a professor of economics at Texas Tech, and I toured the world, drank a lot of beer, and saw for ourselves how things are going in former and current socialist nations. It turns out the quality and availability of beer in each of these countries is an accurate, at-a-glance way to assess their political systems.

Our first stop was Sweden, which Bernie Sanders and others extol as an ideal example of socialism. I’ve got news for Bernie and his crew — Sweden is no more socialist than the United States. Ben and I have been there, and the beer is good and cold, produced by privately owned companies, imported from all over the world, and sold at privately owned bars at unregulated prices. Those prices are high, because of Sweden’s notoriously high taxes, which are about 50% higher than in the U.S., but that’s not socialism.

Socialism is a system of government in which the means of production and the raw materials are controlled by the government. Think of your least-favorite government office — is it the Post Office? Or maybe the DMV? Then imagine every business in our nation, from Starbucks to Procter & Gamble to car manufacturers, being run the same way.

What does that do to beer? We went to Venezuela and Cuba to find out.

In Venezuela, the country has actually run out of beer on several occasions. Yes, you read that right. The entire country has run out of beer. How could that happen? The government, which controls the foreign exchange market, couldn’t or wouldn’t allocate enough hard currency for the largest beer company, Empresas Polar, to buy sufficient quantities of malted barley from outside the country.

In Cuba, they had beer, but the central planners in charge of the economy decided they only need two kinds. There is Cristal, a light lager, and Bucanero, a dark, bock-like beer. Both taste like Budweiser that’s been left out in the sun too long.

Our travels also took us to the Chinese-North Korean border. We found plenty of good beer on the Chinese side, because China’s economy is no longer socialist — it’s pretty much a market economy within a police state. Still not ideal. We call it “fake socialism” in our book.

In China, we found someone selling North Korean beer, so of course we had to try it. Toxic industrial solvent is the only way to describe the taste. If I was unfortunate enough to live in North Korea, I guess I’d drink it out of necessity, and with any luck it would kill me before I starved to death or was executed by the government.

The countries we visited that have given up hard socialism, like China, Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia, are all struggling with hangovers from their socialist days, but their emerging market economies produce good beer — and wine. The country of Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union, has become a wine mecca, and produces some of the world’s most interesting wines using local varietals and old-world techniques.

The last stop on our journeys took us to Chicago, where we attended the American Socialism Conference, and interacted with a mix of avowed comrades and the socialism-curious. We wanted to know why, when socialism has failed in every place it’s ever been tried, people are still devoted to it. Mostly, we found confusion.

Many of the attendees believed (incorrectly) that socialism meant a system like Sweden’s. Some were passionate about social justice causes and thought socialism was the answer. As libertarian-leaning guys, Ben and I had a lot in common with those seeking social justice. We care about police brutality, immigrants, and the environment too, but the people we met at this gathering didn’t understand that state control of the economy would make these matters worse, not better.

While at the conference in Chicago, we drank a lot of beer produced by Revolution Brewery, which employs raised fists and red stars on its labels. Revolution is the largest for-profit, independent brewer in Illinois and produces beer in higher quality and in a vastly greater variety than all of the socialist countries in the world — combined.

Socialism fails in practice because it is bad in theory. Central planners lack the knowledge and incentives to respond to consumers’ wants and needs. Every place that has tried it has ended up in misery, with starvation and death rather than prosperity. The beer sucks too.

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