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Wednesday, January 29. 2020
Dracula on Gratitude
CBD: Therapeutic benefits of CBD show promise, but popularity outpaces research into safety, effectiveness
It's a scam
Hemp prices plunge as CBD demand falls short
When Even Art Is Problematic
Gun-grabber David Hogg puts out a statement so stupid everyone is now dumber
New York State Now Charges to Look at the Stars
Harvard Professor Arrested For Failing To Disclose $50,000 Per Month He Received From China
NJ Governor Murphy Makes Big Pledge To Force Citizens To Fight Hotcoldwetdry
Elizabeth Warren’s proposed fracking ban was rejected as too radical by the Obama administration — for good reason.
Peter Schweizer: Bernie Sanders rails about common good but public service has made him (and his family) rich
Money for nuthin...
Democrats Enter Panic Zone Over the Rise of Bernie Sanders In Iowa and New Hampshire
#Red-Carded: How I Got Pushed Out of an LGBT Soccer League for Gender WrongThink
George Soros partners with colleges to 'transform higher education'
Three years after violent attack, Charles Murray set for return to Middlebury
Reynolds: Campus leaders couldn't care less about racial progress. Hadn't we already agreed as a nation that racial segregation is morally wrong? Apparently, these schools haven't gotten the memo.
New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them
CNN Calls Trump Supporters Stupid Illiterate Rednecks
That's me! And Mrs. BD too.
Impeachment Is Killing Trump Derangement Syndrome. You can only hit the rage button so many times.
They deny Trump the right to present a defense, then complain that he has produced no evidence.
Jonah should focus on results, not personality.
Shut Down This Tiring Farce. The high court of the whole enfranchised nation will determine whether the president retains his office, in nine months, and this kind of unfounded assault must be discouraged, lest it become routine.
Venezuela May Be Forced To Sell Off Its Oil Company… To Russia
Trump proposes Palestinian state with capital in east Jerusalem
Wake me up when the Palis want peace. Not likely in my lifetime. Without hate, what would they be?
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re Venezuela May Be Forced To Sell Off Its Oil Company… To Russia
One would think Russia would be smart enough to not fall into this trap. After all, how will they like it when Venezuela re-nationalizes the oil company in a few years?
I think Goldberg's ideal President would be a ship's figurehead. It doesn't DO anything but look good.
And he could paint it up any way he likes and it'd NEVER do anything untoward...
Frankly, a lot of the 'conservative pundits' seem to have jumped off an intellectual cliff. They don't like Trump's MANNER? What about the results? Are the results disposable in pursuit of a 'proper' Presidential Manner?
Results matter. THEY may not like the results we've seen, but I sure as hell do.
I am not a stupid illiterate redneck. I'm a reasonably intelligent, reasonably well-read redneck!
After hearing all the vagaries of the phrase "Southerners are stupid" I have become inured to such nonsense. ("nonsense" is a synonym for bullsheet).
Is Jonah Goldberg in competition with David Hogg? Both statements are marvelously incoherent.
Maybe Goldberg should read the book Liberal Fascism. That book gives a very compelling argument as to why you should be very careful about voting for a democrat. It was even written by some cat named...Jonah Goldberg!
Without hate, what would they be?
This also explains the modern democrat party.
My goto on things like these is imagine how much Rockefeller would have paid for a DPT shot for his daughter
The "poor" in the U.S. live like the middle class in Europe and like the rich in Africa or Bangladesh.
Imagine a system where the 'poor' are given a lump sum of about $6500 every January/February. This is in addition to the myriad of federal and state welfare benefits bestowed upon our "poor". The average "poor" welfare single mom gets cash and benefits that can exceed about $60,000 a year. THAT is what it is like to be poor in America.
But wait! You don't get that and you work at a low pay job and struggle to survive. Welcome to the world of unfair redistribution of America's wealth. If you are the wrong gender or race you will find it very difficult to participate in the government "free stuff" program. Welcome to the New USA where you work hard, make less than $30k a year and have to pay taxes to support someone else who does not work and gets the equivalent of $60K a year in cash and benefits. If you are an illegal alien you will be advised how to get on the gravy train but if you are an homeless injured veteran you will get diddly squat but you will be put on a long waiting list for inferior health care at the VA.
Is this a great country or what?
Wake me up when the Palis want peace. Won't ever happen. Their entire existence revolves around playing the victim of Israel. If that ever dwindles the palestinians as a tribe race community whatever would vanish.
The Washington establishment’s rush to get ahead of the evidence on Trump’s unproven collusion with Russia; the constant exhortation that the only reasons someone might agree with Trump policies are racism, cultism, or indebtedness to Vladimir Putin; and the often-voiced determination to impeach Trump before impeachable offenses had materialized might sound like brave resistance to those already converted. But to the unconverted, such rhetoric sounds like evidence of bad faith, warranting more bad faith in response.
It's telling that Goldberg allows only that "the Washington establishment's rush to get ahead of the evidence" sounds like evidence of bad faith. Surely he would also say that Trump's policies not only do what Trump intends and that they benefit US citizens and the country as a whole serve only to give the impression that he knows what he's doing.
But the Washington establishment and Trump know what they are doing. They are both doing what they doing on purpose but only Trumps actions are benefiting the country.
Sure, it would be great if Trump seemed more presidential, in some sense I think JG is describing. But it's about tenth on my list of what's important.
Plus, Trump is choosing a different type of "manner," not just accomplishing another version badly. I don't prefer it, but it has an aesthetic value as well.
Jonah and I might agree on the presidents whose style we like. But when you start going down the list, you find that most of them, good and bad, weren't very presidential in that sense. Most of them had their moments.
Our 'Presidential' predecessors had a different style than Trump, but it's hard to argue that any of them were more effective. More 'regal', more 'Presidential' usually means attempting to stay out of the spotlite, so people can't see just what a bozo you are. (Johnson was a fine example of that. As was Kennedy.) If all you're ever seen is while delivering carefully curated speeches, you're golden.
So Trump's style isn't what JG would like? Well, how about the RESULTS? I'm really happy with the results. I'll take results over a perfectly 'Presidential' image any day. Results are real and tangible, while the image... isn't.
For decades Republicans have played by Marquess of Queensberry Rules while the Democrats shiv them without consequence. Trump has turned the tables for a change. He does it without lying about his opponents as the Democrats do, but by telling the truth about them, albeit sometimes in colorful language. I don't think a calm, "presidential" candidate could have been elected in '16.
Goldberg appears to value style over substance - but it seems to me that there's more to it than that. After all, if that were his main complaint, he would at least recognize that Trump is implementing many of the policy goals for which Goldberg has pined for many years. At the least he could say that Trump somehow achieves great (or even good) things in spite of his "lack of character."
But he tips his hand by giving the Washington establishment the benefit of the doubt. The dishonest journalism and dismissive and hate-filled commentariat from the rest of the swamp only seems like evidence of bad faith. Presumably, Goldberg believes they are actually trying to be honest and even-handed but somehow it just doesn't look that way.
For some reason, all the evidence of dishonesty, treachery, and hate doesn't reach Goldberg. Or he is really of the same strip as the rest of the Washington elite.
President Trump's aesthetic contribution to the nation was paid in full when he married Melania. Talk about an underappreciated national treasure!
Many on the left liked Obama, they would tell us he seemed presidential. But Obama was puppet and a script reader and every time he talked off script he was reduced to a blustering bigot. But he "seemed presidential" as he took us down the road to a destroyed economy and more government authoritarianism.
Then there was Bush II. I genuinely liked George Bush. I believed him to be a good person at heart with our best interest uppermost in his mind. But he underachieved. He could have been a great president but he was not. He compromised too much, refused to take on his opponents and abandoned his base. I still like George Bush but not as a leader/politician.
Then there is Trump. He talks and thinks like a New Yorker and I don't mean the elite New Yorkers who are mostly A-holes I mean the 18 million New Yorkers who will tell you honestly what they think whether you like it or not and don't talk like they went to Harvard or are Rhodes scholars but in plain English can tell you what they mean in 25 words or less. He is smart, he is honest (as honest as any businessman can be who lives and works in New York) and he cannot be bought. If George Bush had been like this we would have had this revolution 12 years ago. Give me an honest leader who loves America vs a Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer who clearly love power more than they love America.
Many Americans, i.e. the 200 million or so dumber, more ignorant redneck ones of all races, have come to realize that Trump's brash manner is not real - it's his media personality, crafted over time to draw hostile fire and provide cover. It's the only purchase-point his detractors can find to chip away at, because otherwise he doesn't owe anybody favors - political or otherwise. But with so many notable accomplishments to his credit, all of the attacks have become increasingly shrill, hyperbolic, and absurd - deranged, even. Now his detractors, although they hold themselves as more intelligent and cultured, don't seem to be aware that they sound even worse than the caricature of Trump they so eagerly want to believe in. The spotlight is moving towards them and their time-honored system of graft politics - and they're starting to squirm.
Jonah Goldberg is not nearly (miles away) as smart as he thinks he is.
Hemp prices fall? The HORROR!! The horror...
When Even Art Is Problematic: EVERYTHING is "problematic" for the Left.
Hmmmm. Is Hogg dumber than we thought, or has he been at Harvard too long?
https://neveryetmelted.com/2020/01/28/new-york-state-now-charges-to-look-at-the-stars/ Talk about crazy states; NY has all the others beat.
The Warren Fracking Ban: On Public Lands, and Heck, Everywhere Else: I do not require reminding not to vote for Fauxcahontas.
Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them: YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
GOP Launches Campaign Ad, Fundraiser Off CNN’s Don: It's not like we don't already know this, but now that the target is just asking for it...
The Democrats’ Burisma Bait and Switch: Just one more reason to vote TRUMP.
Both, I think. Kid had charisma, but that's real thin stuff that wears off fast. Harvard grabbed him as a woke status symbol. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up a professor there, despite having nothing to add of any substance.
Re: Jonah Goldberg
You know, it really hurts me to read the National Review.
They say it was good twenty years ago, but I really don't know.
All I know is that now it's terrible. It's like a high school year book project; there's nothing to read. Just bizarre complaints, and articles that play the Washington "he said, she said." game.
If I owned the National Review, I would fire everyone; shut-down for six months; and then reopen with new staff. I would try and find find new writers, that actually have something to say.
We subscribed to NR from the late '50s up and until it went against Goldwater in '64. That was the first we noticed NR's (ergo Buckley's) true colors, and we dropped the subscription. Haven't heard anything good about NR since.
I wouldn't throw the baby out with the bath. Even in this era NR has some good writers and reporters, among them Victor Davis Hansen, Andrew McCarthy, and Jim Geraghty. The biggest problem appears to be, from an outsider, that they have some 'endowed chairs' that they can't get rid of without suffering a significant drop in funding.
Re: Trump proposes Palestinian state with capital in East Jerusalem.
I have a question: Would America put a Palestinian State next to California? Of course not. These people are vicious underhanded killers. Giving them a State would be crazy; you can be sure that within twenty years, they would have a nuclear and biological weapons program. It just can't be done. "Negotiating" with Arabs is like trying to negotiate with Blacks or Mexicans; it's pointless because those three groups never negotiate in good faith. The only thing they understand is the point of a gun. And that will never change.
Who is paying the price for Goldberg's refusal to not be a sweaty, obese slob?
The "conservative" GOP has way too many Jonahs and not near enough Trumps. When you peel back the endless blather of the Jonahs you find out they like the progressive, new world order of the Romney/Bush club.
Gorsuch clamping down on judge activism is a proposition that should have been done decades ago but how do you clamp down of living breathing Constitutionalists on the SCOTUS except by avoiding FDR's and electing Trumps.
George Soros partners with colleges to transform education. It seems that it has already been transformed into a zombie reeducation camp. Brainwashing is the next stop to utopia?
Here's something that's been puzzling me:
I am told, in the most emphatic tone, that is it an abuse of power for an officeholder to allegedly "interfere in an election" by using his office to push for an investigation into the family of someone he is campaigning against. How then is it not also an abuse of power for an office holder to use their position to remove their opponent in an election from office?
It seems to me that, IF Trump has "abused" his power, any Senator running against Trump is guilty of precisely the same offense - unless they had recused themselves entirely from the process.
No doubt we will see investigations into these terrible abuses of our democracy's electoral sanctity begin any day now.
I read the article on paying a fee to stargaze and thought - no way, someone is exaggerating NY park policy in some way.
No politician is that stupid, right? I need to see this with my own eyes. Not going to be hoaxed.
So I followed one link after another back to the NY state website.
And it is literally an honest to goodness permit that you have to pay to stargaze. It’s a stargazing permit good only for stargazing and no other activity. No steaming up the windows in the backseat.
Holy cow. As bad as I think politicians are, they are worse. There is no low they can’t surpass.