New Hampshire wrap-up open thread

New Hampshire resultsI won’t lie: I’m not happy with Trump’s victory. I don’t believe Trump is a true conservative; I think he’s a Trumpista, who heads the cult of himself. To that end, I’m concerned that he’ll say or do whatever it takes to capture the national zeitgeist to his advantage.

The one other point I want to make is that New Hampshire is a microcosm of everything I’ve said is the problem with Open Primaries: Party members don’t get to pick their own candidate. Instead, it’s a statewide free-for-all, with people free to make mischief for the other side’s candidate.

I strongly suspect that, if someone breaks down the numbers, Trump got the smallest percentage of his votes from actual conservative Republicans. As someone who lives in an Open Primary state, I resent the hell out of a system that allows people who do not support conservative values to help select the so-called “conservative” candidate.

At this rate, what we’ll end up with in this election is the “Democrat” party fronting a socialist, and the “Republican” party fronting a big government Democrat (that would be Trump, who believes as devoutly in the government as the Democrats do). What true conservatives want, of course, is SMALL GOVERNMENT. That option looks as if it’ll be off the table in this election, and that does not bode well for America’s future.

End of rant. Now it’s your turn.

The Bookworm Beat 2/9/16 — the “nothing about New Hampshire here” edition and open thread

Woman-writing-300x265All of the posts I’ll link to pre-date today’s New Hampshire primary. This is a NH primary-free zone. You might find it refreshing. And now, to the good stuff:

Trump could destroy conservativism in America for decades.  I think Charles Krauthammer hits the ball out of the park on this one (not to mention hitting the nail on the head):

The threat to the GOP posed by the Trump insurgency is not that he’s anti-establishment. It’s that he’s not conservative. Trump’s winning the nomination would convulse the Republican party, fracture the conservative movement and undermine the GOP’s identity and role as the country’s conservative party.

There’s nothing wrong with challenging the so-called establishment. Parties, like other institutions, can grow fat and soft and corrupt. If by establishment you mean the careerists, the lobbyists, and the sold-out cynics, a good poke, even a major purge, is well-deserved.

That’s not the problem with Trump. The problem is his, shall we say, eclectic populism. Cruz may be anti-establishment but he’s a principled conservative, while Trump has no coherent political philosophy, no core beliefs, at all. Trump offers barstool eruptions and whatever contradictory “idea” pops into his head at the time, such as “humane” mass deportation, followed by mass amnesty when the immigrants are returned to the United States.

Turning our military into a vast climate change boondoggle. The worst news this week was the announcement that, as Islamic jihad gets more aggressive around the world, climate change will become the military’s top priority. Only old-fashioned war-mongering fascists will cling to the outdated notion that the military’s top priority is defending America against foreign enemies.

A couple of comments. First, I’ve already seen this pivot to climate change in action during Fleet Week in San Francisco. The Navy ships I’ve visited, rather than boasting about their military capacity, boast about their carbon footprint (or lack thereof).

Second, this will turn the military budget into the greatest, and most corrupt, slush fund ever in the history of American government. The only good thing will be that, once the military is a giant green machine that can’t fight, but does use little batteries to power its tanks, we’ll stop hearing from inane Leftists horrified by the thought that their children, who enjoy the benefits of a nation under the protection of the greatest military in the world (and one, moreover, subject to constitutional control), might actually view our military as a blessing, rather than a curse.

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A JOKE: Hillary’s scandals

Hillary's prison face 2Found it on Facebook. Trump’s the foil in this joke, but it could have been anyone:

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says, “The media are really tearing you apart for that scandal.”
Hillary: “You mean my lying about Benghazi?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “You mean the massive voter fraud?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to hide my activities?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”
Trump: “No, the other one.”

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[VIDEO] The reason behind free education — to get more of these people

Bernie votersBernie supporters, we are told, are overwhelmingly young. If you’ve been wondering why hip young people are drawn to a foam-flecked, angry, hand-waving, wild-haired old communist, these two videos give you the answer (language and content alert as to the first). They also explain why socialists want free college education for all. The first video shows that American colleges have become propaganda factories for the Leftist agenda. The second video reveals that average intelligence a young person possesses after having experienced this “education”:

This discussion about the reading lists college students get goes a long way to explaining this almost heroic stupidity.  And insight into the reductio ad absurdum of safe spaces (no solo in burlesque shows a loack of inclusivity and a violation of students’ safe spaces) just reminds us that, not only do we not want free college education for all; we want to burn these institutions down and sow the soil with salt.

Bernie and every kid gets a trophy

I like the way Ace thinks when it comes to blog fundraising

Overflowing tip jar[I’m sticking this post to the top of my blog for a little while because . . . well, because it worked.  Several people were kind enough, after reading this post, to donate.  Even I can see the takeaway lesson, which is to expose a few more victims . . . uh, readers to this post. You can scroll down for new content.]

I wasn’t reading Ace of Spades back in 2004, so I missed Ace’s Fall fundraising request.  Maetenloch, who presides over that website’s excellent weeknight “Overnight Threads,” was feeling a bit tired last night so, rather than write his own post, he reprinted Ace’s 2004 plea for a little support for the resident bloggers.  If you feel inspired, my PayPal tab is in the upper right side of this blog.  If you don’t, no worries.  I love blogging, I’m delighted when people take the time to visit the site, and no one has any obligation whatsoever to fund my passion. But money is nice too, so I’m not going to be too shy about passing on Ace’s suggestion and useful information:

I figure that just about everyone who reads this site would be willing to donate $1 — one buck — four times a year. I figure there are four reason most don’t:

1) Fear about using PayPal. All I can say is that the transactions are secure, meaning coded, the same sort of deal that Amazon and other on-line stores use. I never see your credit card number. Is there a risk? Well, is there a risk when you sign your name on your credit-card receipt and give it all to a perfect stranger when you buy Urban Culottes at Banana Republic?

2) But I don’t have a PayPal account! You don’t need one. Only the recipient needs an account. You just need a credit card, and the will to succeed in selling distress-sale real-estate. It’s what I call “Money Motivation.”

Seriously. PayPal is just how the money is collected. Donors just need to click on the PayPal button and enter their digits as if they were buying books from Amazon or, more likely, Japanese pornography.

And, actually, you don’t even need a credit card. You can send them a e-check, and then they credit me once that clears.

3) It’s a pain in the ass. Well, it’s a minor pain in the ass, but honestly, the entire process takes two minutes. I’ve donated myself, so I know.

4) It’s almost insulting to just give someone $1; it’s better to not donate at all. This is just totally wrong. I have a good number of regular readers, and if half of them — just half — gave me four bucks a year, I’d end up with a pretty sweet haul. Not an Andrew Sullivan gilt-edged bandwidth haul or anything, but enough that I could get my creditors off my back and finally have a good answer when my family asks me why I spend so much time screwing around on the Internet.

The big point is that it’s not really the size of the donation, it’s how big the donation pool is. And if all of my regular readers who haven’t donated before (anyone who has donated — your subscription is in good standing) donated, it would be– well, it would totally, utterly sweet.

Like I said, it’s a buck. About the cost of a cup of coffee at 7-11, and 133% of the cost of a single copy of the New York Times.

Of course, not everyone is going to donate– I think probably 1% of my readers donate at most — so if you felt like giving $3 or $5 or $10 or $20 or even $50, that would be pretty darn cool too.

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[VIDEO] The boondoggle behind dirty electric cars

ford-focus-electric-2As the “proud” owner of one fully electric car and one hybrid electric, I’ve written before about the fact that they are an economic scam. The government throws money at potential purchasers, but even with the huge financial incentives, only the upper middle class and beyond can afford them. In other words, the taxpaying working class funds rich people’s electric cars. It’s disgusting — but the system is what it is, so when Mr. Bookworm, who is very supportive of green causes, wanted to get us some subsidized new cars, I wasn’t about to say no.

Also, the electric cars are fun. The Ford Focus Electric may only have a 60 mile range, but it’s a darling little car to drive and goes from zero to sixty with surprising elan. As for the Ford Fusion Hybrid-Electric, while it only has a 20 mile electric range before switching to hybrid mode, that little battery was enough to qualify for discounts and carpool lanes. It lacks zip, but it’s still a lovely car to drive (and would be just as lovely if it were only a hybrid, without the electric part). If you’re going to get the benefit of a corrupt government boondoggle (and I don’t blame Ford for a minute, since I think the corruption emanates from Democrats), the Fords are a lovely way to go.

Aside from the financial scam, though, electric cars are also a green scam. This is something else I’ve known for some time, but Bjorn Lomborg puts it all together in an easy to understand video:

A staggering story of faith and courage in Dachau

I sincerely hope this Facebook embed code works. If it doesn’t, go here to read an incredible story of faith and survival in Dachau:

Rabbi Yosef Wallis, director of Arachim of Israel, talks to Project Witness about his father, Judah Wallis, who was born…

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My crystal ball is speaking about Hillary’s campaign

Hillary predictionI’m betting that in the next few weeks, Clinton announces a sudden health problem that will force her to end her campaign.  She will also announce that Joe Biden has made the incredible sacrifice to take over her campaign for her.

Biden, in turn, will announce that Elizabeth Warren has agreed to become his veep.  There’ll be some jiggery pokery to get him and Warren on the ballots in all 50 states, but it will happen — at least in enough Blue states to make a difference.

Meanwhile, at the back end, Obama will quash the FBI investigation into Hillary’s emails, which is hitting too close to home, and quietly pardon Hillary before he leaves office.

And that’s my prediction.

Monday morning open thread

It was a long, long, long, long weekend and I’m still catching up.  I’ll have a window of time later this morning to write, and then perhaps some time in the afternoon again.  Until then, the best that I can offer is an open thread.  Certainly there’s a lot going on in the world, what with elections and, of course, Beyonce’s homage to the Black Panthers at the Super Bowl, so please weigh in.  I’d love to hear from you.

And in the spirit of the Super Bowl, a Bernie cartoon:

Bernie on the Super Bowl

Is Europe worth saving? *UPDATED*

American troops parading through Paris WWIICommentary Magazine ran a post asking “Can American Save Europe Again?” It seems to me that the better question is should America save Europe again? Europe is certainly a repository of some of the world’s greatest art and architecture, not to mention some damn fine food, but I am not feeling the love for Europeans, who always seem to learn the wrong lessons from history.

The problem, as I see it, with continental Europe is that it has absolutely no tradition of individual liberty. It is statist to the bone. Whether Europeans are indulging in garden-variety-dictatorships, medieval/Renaissance theocracies, monarchies, aristocracies, oligarchies, socialist parties (communist or otherwise), or rule by bureaucrat (i.e., the EU), the European model is always directed at total state control. That’s why there is no conservative movement in Europe, as we in America understand conservatism.

To Americans, conservativism means small government, free markets, and maximum individual liberty, a belief in the common man’s energy, imagination, and initiative that paved the way for America’s dynamic emergence on the world stage in the 20th century. To Europeans, being “right wing” or “conservative” still means total government control — it just means total government control with varying degrees of nationalism, as opposed to all those other -isms, thrown in.  The European “right-winger” still wants his government checks and government regulations.  It’s just that he just doesn’t want the “other,” whomever that other happens to be (sometimes Muslims, sometimes Roma, sometimes Italians or Greeks, and always Jews) to live with him under that tight government control.

Europe’s obsession with citizen control, whether it comes through the socialist party, the communist party, the church, the bureaucracy, the aristocracy, or the monarchy, may go some way to explaining Europe’s endless hostility to the Jews — the Jews have never and will never yielded to state control. They can be confined to ghettos or forced into a narrow range of professions or even routinely slaughtered, but they still insist on being Jews. They refuse to bow down to anyone but their God.

How frustrating for control freak nations to have these stubborn people living among them. If they are that stubborn, they must be dangerous. And in a total control society, when something appears dangerous, you must destroy it.

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I don’t like Bernie because his “Medicare For All” plan is terrible for America’s health and economy

Bernie sanders yellingMy college-age child introduced me to a website called I Like Bernie, But… which is particularly appealing to young voters. The website offers short answers to concerns pro-Bernie voters might still be harboring about his policies and his ability to win. With few exceptions, these answers are just plain wrong. You can see my rebuttals at a website I set up as a counterweight (I Don’t Like Bernie, Because…). I’ve republished those same articles here, at my own blog, addressing Bernie’s socialism, his tax plans, and his Second Amendment stance. Today I’m tackling everything that’s wrong with Bernie’s plan to socialize American medicine.

The I Like Bernie site imagines a worried Progressive voter exclaiming “I heard he wants to get rid of Obamacare!” Not to worry , says I Like Bernie. In fact, Bernie wants to make Obamacare even better by putting our entire medical system into government hands:

Bernie's healthcare plan

This promise — that everyone will get high-quality, free medical care, thereby saving American families thousands of dollars a year, while keeping them healthier — is false. There is no way Bernie can do this. The numbers don’t add up, and both the Obamacare experience in America and the socialized medicine experience in Europe show that the free market, not government, is the only way to bring costs down, making quality medical care available to everyone. If you have the patience, this post will walk you through the analysis, using what I hope is clear, simple language, making learning about the economics of medical care a relatively painless process. (Or, as the doctor with the big needle aimed at your arm always says, “This won’t hurt a bit.”)

I.  What Bernie promises

Bernie’s campaign, in its ongoing effort to pretend that Bernie is not a socialist (he is, and that’s a bad thing), has titled his plan “Medicare for all.” When he talks about his plan, though, Bernie skips that cute Medicare euphemism and goes for the kill: “The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.”

The “single payer” to whom Bernie refers is the government. That’s a euphemism too.  The government isn’t really paying for anything at all, because the government doesn’t have money of its own. It never earns money, it takes money.  Thus, all of the money in its bank account is actually taken from every American who pays taxes.

So what Bernie really means when he talks about single-payer nationalized medicine is that he wants “taxpayer-funded” health care. He envisions using taxpayers to fund his grandiose plan of setting up a system in which the government takes those taxpayer funds and, after siphoning off vast funds for administrative salaries, waste, and graft, takes what’s left to pay for doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, hospitals (everything from janitors to floor clerks to surgeons), and pharmaceuticals.  It will impose these prices from the top down, bullying doctors and nurses who spent years, or even decades, perfecting their skills; hospitals that have invested millions in infrastructure to provide patient care; and pharmaceutical companies that routinely invest millions in research that usually comes up dry, in the hopes of hitting it big with the odd medicine here and there.

Here’s the truth:  Even if you love Bernie’s plan, it can’t work.  The numbers won’t add up, just as they haven’t been adding up in Europe or in America (with Obamacare).  In the rest of this post, I’ll explain why.

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