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Tuesday, November 22. 2016
Tuesday morning links
Mike Rowe on politics
New York Times Flooded With Complaints About Election Coverage
In Insty's words, "Democratic operatives with bylines"
The New York Times, other outlets crying 'wolf' over Trump
Donald Trump’s media summit was a ‘f—ing firing squad’
Bloomington, Indiana Renames Columbus Day and Good Friday
"Insensitive"? To whom?
ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS: CIVIL RIGHTS HERO
Stop Calling Crony Corporatism "Public Private Partnerships"
Health Coverage The Same As Ten Years Ago
The Hypocrisy of the Anti-War Left
DHS may leave known smuggling route into U.S. unprotected - Agent told 'by end of month we're not covering it anymore'
The Truth About Black Lives Matter - The movement paints a false and disturbing portrait of America in order to justify its even more disturbing aims
Donald Trump’s presidency will be a besieged presidency
Obama’s transition from ‘man of the people’ to ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’
A Horatio Alger story
“Hamilton” star tweeted about blacks and drunk women on St. Patrick’s Day
College kids are proving Trump’s point
Kissinger: Trump has no baggage
The Joy of Quiet, Busy, Out-of-the-Spotlight Trump
He is meeting with tons of people, all sorts
Washington Post: If Democrats Don’t Oppose Trump, Their Abdicating Democracy Or Something
Europe: Let's End Free Speech! Are European Countries Now Police States?
They have a tendency for that
The Return of European Anti-Americanism
12 members of nuclear negotiating team arrested by Iran for espionage
Trump could gut the Iran deal—but it was vulnerable all along
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This nation was founded by making certain the likes of Richard Saunders and Silence Dogood never got away with running fake news sites.
"Obama’s transition from 'man of the people' to 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'"
The rise of the Obamas is truly small potatoes when compared to that other couple who used their public positions to accumulate vast wealth.
You know who I mean. He was a president or something and got all tangled up with someone named Monica; she was secretary of something for Obama and kept all that classified info on a private server in her basement...
Oh, c'mon, you know who I'm talking about... It seems like just yesterday they were really big in the news...
Dang, for the life of me, I just can't remember who they were .for the
Yeah, weren't they one of the 5 New York crime families? Used to go on the Lolita Express to Orgy Island's underage sex slaves or something? Got rich selling uranium to the Russians? Swamp creatures. Can't remember their names either.
"The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe." Tom Wolfe
Good quote, though adapted from the late French essayist Jean-François Revel.
That a French thinker and intellectual could acknowledge this is what gives the line its punch.
Yes, the story is one of my favorites. I wrote on it over at my own site a decade ago and have reposted it a few more times. Gunter Grass also figures prominently in the telling of it.
Gunter Grass! I have to go rob my book shelves. Weekend reading. Thanks for the reminder.
"Europe: Let's End Free Speech! Are European Countries Now Police States?"
Wait a minute, I thought history had a right side and that side was toward more liberty for the peasants? This seems to indicate that perhaps state tyranny over the individual is likely if you don't have a formal, written document to at least force the state to abrogate as they impose their tyranny.
Hunter S. Thompson, from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, describes the demoncrap righteous smitedown of 2016:
Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run… but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.…
History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of "history" it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.
My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket… booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change)... but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that…
There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda.… You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.…
And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.…
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
Donald Trump’s presidency will be a besieged presidency... Yet the conduct of the “Hamilton” cast puts us on notice. The left neither accepts its defeat nor the legitimacy of Trump’s triumph.
The "Hamilton" statement directly contradicts the claim, rather than supports it.
There's nothing to boo. We're all here sharing a story of love ...
Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical. We really do.
We sir, we, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us — our planet, our children, our parents — or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.
Again, we truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.
Truthy: As sophomoric as it sounds, that was my first thought also. The left loves the echo chamber. Think like us, or else!
One wonders what exactly they think when they talk of inalienable rights? The ones granted in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, or the ones the un-elected robes on the bench invent?
It has been interesting to see the moral preeners on the left, refuse to do business with, or demand resignation of those in their own companies, that voted for Trump. Yet those that refuse to make a silly cake for a 'wedding', must lose everything. Hypocrisy, the core value of the left.
Will Bithers: Truthy.
"There's nothing to boo. We're all here sharing a story of love"
"we welcome you and we truly thank you"
"we truly hope that this show has inspired you"
There is not an iota in that statement which suggests they question "the legitimacy of Trump’s triumph," Trump, of course, being the one who spent years trying to undermine the legitimacy of the first African American president.
Death threats and harassment of Electors pledged to Trump.
Seems so long ago when we were admonished that simply waiting to see how the election process would work out before accepting the results was the height of political sacrilege.
The writer cited above says that the "Hamilton" cast questions the legitimacy of Trump's election. That is false.
As for any death threats, they should be reported to the police.
The 'alarmed and anxious' part all the way to the end was ridiculous. What has Trump or Pence done to make people 'alarmed and anxious' and worried for their future? Nothing. They aren't even in power yet, but they are creating 'alarm'?
It was a rude thing to say: criticize someone before they've even done anything to elicit the criticism.
This tells me the cast of Hamilton is not open-minded at all, has already made up their minds and decided Trump/Pence are terrible people, and are not willing to accept that the media and the DNC misled them about Trump/Pence.
You may think it was perfectly fine to say, but I did not. I found it abrasive and irrational.
MissT: What has Trump or Pence done to make people 'alarmed and anxious' and worried for their future?
Trump threatened to deport 11 million immigrants. He suggested most Mexican immigrants are criminals. He said a judge couldn't be fair because "He's a Mexican." The list of his bigoted statements goes on an on.
Pence signed a law which allowed for discrimination against gays, writing "Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s [sic] as a 'discreet [sic] and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities." He wanted to use public funds for gay-conversion.
Truthy truth-telling at its finest. I know one Broadway play I will now never see.
Taking that statement at face value means ignoring everything about it. Here are some hints: When people say they are about love, suspect the opposite, because actual loving people don't usually talk like that; when people say "truly," suspect they are lying, because truth-tellers don't try to rely on Biblical echoes to reassure you; if they say "truly" three times in a short space, you can take their insincerity to the bank; if people say "diverse" they often have one particular group in mind - if they say it twice, you can be certain that the list of people they are concerned about is narrow, not broad; if people do favors for your opponent and then say reassuring words to you, be wary; if people insist that you should be learning something from them, they are being chastising, not encouraging and sympathetic.
I'm sorry, but the obvious must be asked: you believe in the sincerity of actors and give one of their performances as a link for evidence? Are you mad? I was an actor for years - the higher up one goes, the more one encounters people who are just assembled bits of characters. Some admit it.
Assistant Village Idiot: When people say they are about love, suspect the opposite
How sad your life must be.
In any case, there is no reason to doubt the words express their true opinion. While skepticism is good, making stuff up does not make for a convincing argument.
Outside of one gnat that keeps interrupting the flow, this site has grown into a very insightful, go-to, must-read place to be around the first cup of coffee every morning.
Congratulations to all who put it together.
Yes. Thanks for mentioning that. I had been meaning to say thanks for all the effort to find and post the links every day, and also the fine commenters here.
Re: Trump and the Iran Nuke Deal
The Brookings column (https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2016/11/17/trump-could-gut-the-iran-deal-but-it-was-vulnerable-all-along/) spoke of the deal in vague terms mentioning only the sanctions as a particular. But it was much more than that and since the deal was driven by Obama rather than any conciliatory move from Iran, they are arguably the least important part.
Because Obama (and the other signatories) were so anxious for a deal (letting the Iran 'negotiators' harangue them during 'negotiations') they turned over the previously frozen $150B before there was any evidence that Iran would respect the deal (as toothless as it is). So that part of the deal can't be renegotiated or overturned and I would argue is worth much more than the lifting of any sanctions.
But there is also that provision that requires the US to help defend Iran in the event of an Israeli attack. One wonders if Brookings' heavy breathing about the future of the deal includes our scuttling that part of the deal?
Obama, Hillary, and Kerry made such a poor deal and implemented so ineptly that it hardly matters whether it is in force or not. The damage has already been done and there may not be much that can be done about it without great cost to all sides.