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Monday, June 13. 2016
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Why I Am Voting For Brexit
'Hate Speech Is the Secular Equivalent of Blasphemy' & Other Truths - As the EU tries to police offensive language, here's a better way to think about censorship: Screw off.
“Green” Millennials set New Standards in Wasteful Consumerism
A gun did it, or
ACLU lawyers blame 'Christian right'
Islam and Mr. Obama’s conscience
Is Trump Looking for a Way Out?
Donald Trump, Mainstream Conservative
Hillary Clinton Sent Information Marked Classified
Sen. Sessions RIPS Hillary Clinton for Building Convention Security Fence But Supporting Open Borders
The Clinton Laureate International Universities Scam
London is now a Muslim city
Venezuela: NPR + NYT: A Recipe for Cluelessness
The Iran Deal, One Year In: Economic, Nuclear, and Regional Implications
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Regarding Trump as a conservative, John Derbyshire makes a good point when he says Trump is a "gut conservative." In other worlds, his instincts are conservative in the way that most people are instinctively skeptical of technocratic solutions to age old problems of society. The policy stuff is not what most people think of when they describe themselves as conservative. It is the instinctive, the gut level, stuff.
There's also the fact the professional conservatives are corporate libertarians now. They like talking about empowerment and entrepreneurship, despite never having run so much as a lemonade stand. They sit around making mountains out of mole hills, debating small changes to the managerial state, as if they are visionary thinkers. If hand wringing over the Ex-Im bank is what defines conservatism, then no one is a conservative anymore.
re ACLU lawyers blame 'Christian right'
One wonders how pervasive this thinking is among our ruling masters?
There is no way to fix a problem if you refuse to recognize the cause.
OTOH perhaps the thinking goes that Muslims and gays would live in perfect harmony if only the world were rid of Christian conservatives?
Donald Trump, mainstream conservative:
The country and the rest of the world are in a long economic and social disaster. Our federal government tries to disguise it with false economic data and mountains of social spending but anyone with more than two brain cells and still sober can see the truth. The Republicans, the GOPe and "conservatives" have abdicated their responsibility to reign in the natural tendencies of the left to make things worse. Obama seems to intentionally and eagerly be making everything worse and the lap dog Democrats are just as eagerly supporting him. We are going to hell in a hand basket and not one politicians running for office seems the least bit interested in fixing anything.
Along comes Donald Trump, not a perfect candidate and certainly not a GOPe or pristine conservative. BUT millions of ordinary citizens who are smart enough to see that the country is in a economic malaise and our president is a treasonous Manchurian candidate want to change course before we drive over the brink like Thelma and Louise. To them Trump is the American William Wallace. True to the story his enemies are fighting on the other side. Romney plays the part of Robert Bruce (Earl of Asshole), and Graham plays the Earl of Dunbar. Sadly in our time of need I suspect that like the real story of Braveheart our leaders will not just abandon Trump on the battle field but actively fight against him joining the dark side.
My hope is that Trump will win and save us from Darth Hillary but I fear our "conservative" leaders will ally themselves with the Marxist/communist left and destroy him. We mere serfs have one and only one power left to us and that is the ballot box. We need to purge congress of the faux conservatives and half-hearted Rinos. Put America First!
I feel ya, brother. Sadly, I feel as though I am watching this whole disaster from the sidelines this time around. Deja vu all over again.
London is now a Muslim city
"In the 2011 census Office for National Statistics, the proportion of Muslims in London had risen to 12.4%"
London churchgoing - Christian, all boroughs - is about 14% every week. As much as half of that is immigrant, though I thought that estimate high.
RE Harvard Business Review Says Employers Don’t Care Where You Went to College
I care enough not to ever hire any kid from Oberlin or any SJW from anywhere.
No, Trump is not looking for a way out. This is so ridiculous. We were told from the beginning he was a Clinton plant. That turned out to be false. We were then told, he had no interest in winning and, near the end of the primaries, was accused of sabotaging his own campaign. That turned out to be false.
This is also false.
The guy has the nomination locked up. When Romney got to that point in his campaign, he took a 3-week vacation from everything.
Not Trump. He continued with the rallies. He held several already and has more planned, even though he doesn't need to in order to cement his candidacy.
No, Trump is truly dedicated to this fight. He has spend millions of his own money and said in an interview a few weeks back that if he loses in the fall, the money he spent will have been wasted.
We see how lean he is with spending. You think he spends a bunch of his own money, risks his business, takes hits from all sides only to drop out? Wishful thinking for those who don't like Trump.
Spending? Applause to his German father or his Scots mother? There was a chart, which now I can't find, delineating the spending on this campaign by Clinton, Sanders and Trump. Trump since June 2015 has spent about 1/30 or less every month than his competition, and he was competing against 17 other candidates PLUS the RNC elites.
In business, you can't afford to let costs get out of control, so you hire people who are expert at cost accounting, make budgets and stick to the basics. Few of our professional politicians care about this as they have a pocket of endless money thanks to the taxpayers and the Fed's printing press.
For that reason alone, TRUMP 2016!
Even if that were all unarguably true, none of it is qualification to be president.
The predictions of Muscovite pundits in 1917 would have said the Bolsheviks had no chance. They were badly wrong. That didn't make the Bolsheviks good.
When challenged, Trump and his supporters provide reasons to vote for him that are curious at best. I wish a few of them, at least would invest the effort in a sustained argument.
This from Angus Deaton fits both Brexit and Trump
Citizenship comes with a set of rights and responsibilities that we do not share with those in other countries. Yet the “cosmopolitan” part of the ethical guideline ignores any special obligations we have toward our fellow citizens.
We can think about these rights and obligations as a kind of mutual insurance contract: We refuse to tolerate certain kinds of inequality for our fellow citizens, and each of us has a responsibility to help – and a right to expect help – in the face of collective threats. These responsibilities do not invalidate or override our responsibilities to those who are suffering elsewhere in the world, but they do mean that if we judge only by material need, we risk leaving out important considerations.
When citizens believe that the elite care more about those across the ocean than those across the train tracks, insurance has broken down, we divide into factions, and those who are left behind become angry and disillusioned with a politics that no longer serves them. We may not agree with the remedies that they seek, but we ignore their real grievances at their peril and ours.