Both my computer and I have been moving sluggishly this weekend, but things have been happening at WOW! Magazine, the collaborative online magazine from the Watcher’s Council. If you crave more than my blog can offer, check these out:
I can’t say too much lest I breach Little Bookworm’s privacy, but suffice it to say that, after only two weeks at her Obscenely Expensive Liberal Arts College, she has already taken a giant step in the direction of moronic, damaging Leftism. I have refrained from berating her because that would be counterproductive. Instead, I provided her with objective information about the direction she has taken and she, with all the confident arrogance of an uninformed youngster, has refused to reconsider. I’m not feeling the love today.
I hope blogging helps me vent my spleen. Otherwise, if you read tomorrow that a woman suffered a deadly attack of spontaneous combustion during the night . . . well, that just might be me.
Preachy Leftist “comedians” may be harming Hillary. Mr. Bookworm adored Jon Stewart and was endlessly certain that, if I just sat and watched for a while, I’d be riotously amused and return to the Democrat fold. His confidence in Stewart’s powers of persuasion was misplaced. I found Stewart intentionally both ill-informed and dishonest.
When Stewart resigned, Mr. Bookworm transferred his allegiance to John Oliver and Samantha Bee, both of whom are even harder Left than Stewart, and both of whom have the same shtick: They say something insulting about a Republican or conservative, following it with a strained analogy, and then pause for the adoring audience’s laughter. It’s like a call-and-repeat in the Church of Leftism.
Mr. Bookworm has suggested that I lack a sense of humor, which may well be true. I prefer a bit of wit and intelligence to flavor political insults, so I’m probably expecting too much from the current generation of humorists. I, on the other hand, have tried suggesting to him that these smug Leftist harridans simply aren’t funny.
Ross Douthat might agree with me on that last point. He also thinks that these cultural avatars, along with the Lefties on football teams and at award shows, have pushed themselves into such an extreme political corner that they’re leaving no room for Hillary Clinton to survive:
The culture industry has always tilted leftward, but the swing toward social liberalism among younger Americans and the simultaneous surge of activist energy on the left have created a new dynamic, in which areas once considered relatively apolitical now have (or are being pushed to have) an overtly left-wing party line.
First, within the liberal tent, they have dramatically raised expectations for just how far left our politics can move, while insulating many liberals from the harsh realities of political disagreement in a sprawling, 300-plus million person republic. Among millennials, especially, there’s a growing constituency for whom right-wing ideas are so alien or triggering, left-wing orthodoxy so pervasive and unquestioned, that supporting a candidate like Hillary Clinton looks like a needless form of compromise.
Thus Clinton’s peculiar predicament. She has moved further left than any modern Democratic nominee, and absorbed the newer left’s Manichaean view of the culture war sufficiently that she finds herself dismissing almost a quarter of the electorate as “irredeemable” before her donors. Yet she still finds herself battling an insurgency on her left flank, and somewhat desperately pitching millennials on her ideological bona fides.
Isn’t that just delicious? All I can say is, from Douthat’s essay to God’s ear.
Trump has an ideology and it’s a good one. Trump has an actual plan that explains his appeal. How do I know this? Because, for unclear reasons, Politico.com decided to engage in actual journalism. Rather than viewing Trump as Satan in the Church of Leftism, Joshua Mitchell, a Georgetown professor looked at Trump’s actual platform and came up with some surprising conclusions.
It turns out that Trump is not Hitler reincarnated. Instead, he’s breaking the existing political paradigm and coming up with new ideas in American politics (although I view some of them as tried-and-true traditional ideas that worked well for everyone before the Democrats in the old South and the new Progressive party perverted them):
If you listen closely to Trump, you’ll hear a direct repudiation of the system of globalization and identity politics that has defined the world order since the Cold War. There are, in fact, six specific ideas that he has either blurted out or thinly buried in his rhetoric: (1) borders matter; (2) immigration policy matters; (3) national interests, not so-called universal interests, matter; (4) entrepreneurship matters; (5) decentralization matters; (6) PC speech—without which identity politics is inconceivable—must be repudiated.
These six ideas together point to an end to the unstable experiment with supra- and sub-national sovereignty that many of our elites have guided us toward, siren-like, since 1989. That is what the Trump campaign, ghastly though it may at times be, leads us toward: A future where states matter. A future where people are citizens, working together toward (bourgeois) improvement of their lot. His ideas do not yet fully cohere. They are a bit too much like mental dust that has yet to come together. But they can come together. And Trump is the first American candidate to bring some coherence to them, however raucous his formulations have been.
Put that way, how could I not support Trump?
Curious about coughs. I went to Dr. Bing and checked out what illnesses are associated with chronic coughing. (Yesterday, I oh-so-delicately suggested tuberculosis, although I think the likelihood that Hillary has TB is close to zero.) Ruling out the obvious things (a cold, a simple allergy, asthma), here are some of the more esoteric problems that come up when you search “chronic cough”:
Bronchiectasis (damaged airways)
Laryngopharyngeal reflux (stomach acid flows up into the throat)
Nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis (airway inflammation not caused by asthma)
Sarcoidosis (collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of your body, most commonly the lungs)
Medicine associated with diabetes or hypertension
Regarding that last one (medicine for people with diabetes):
In my experience, prescribers often place their diabetic patients on lisinopril just as a precaution. While that approach may have some merit with younger patients, the reduced renal function of older patients tends to negate all the possible benefits of ACE-inhibitor therapy.
One of the telltale adverse effects of ACE inhibitors, including lisinopril, is a chronic, hacking cough — a potential side effect that patients often don’t hear about. Studies suggest that up to a third of all patients taking an ACE inhibitor will develop this type of chronic dry cough, and the cough often doesn’t go away when they stop taking the drug. This happens more with women than with men, and more with African Americans and Asians than others.
No wonder 1984 is no longer required reading in high schools. One of the Little Bookworms, after a summer of sloth, decided to read something noteworthy before returning to school. Her choice was George Orwell’s 1984, which I would include in any top 25 or even top 10 reading list.
Despite how wonderful 1984 is, both in terms of style and content, my Little Bookworm managed to pass all the way through a very highly rated public school without any exposure to Orwell at all — no 1984, no Animal Farm, no The Road to Wigan Pier, and no Politics and the English Language. George Orwell is persona non grata in our local high school.
My Little Bookworm did give me some insight into why public schools are loath to teach one of the greatest writers and thinkers in the English language. When we asked what her takeaway was from the book, she had this to say: “That whole Thought Police thing Orwell wrote about — it’s just like Political Correctness. There are no clear rules, but you have to think correctly or you get into trouble.”
Islam, the rapey religion. Not all Muslim men are rapists. Indeed, most Muslim men are not rapists. But when we look at the vast increase in rapes in countries such as Sweden or Denmark, or when we see sexual assaults across Germany, or when five-year-olds are raped by a group older boys here in America, it’s not a coincidence that a disproportionate number of these rapists and assaulters were raised in the Muslim tradition. As Robert Spencer explains, rape is hardwired in Islam.
Everything that’s wrong with the Left in one website. At City Journal, Oren Cass has written a short article that looks at modern Progressivism through the filter of Hillary’s campaign website. In some ways, the article says something we all know, which is that the modern Democrat party is not concerned about America’s well-being but, instead, is concerned only about its only survival, something it achieves by getting special interest groups to vote for it:
Framing issues as who instead of what leads to a governing model that would divide society by race, gender, sexuality, profession, and location, targeting policies to each defined demographic. A divide-and-conquer strategy may achieve electoral success, but it is toxic to good government. When politicians treat elections as exercises in log-rolling, each policy becomes tailored toward the special interest that cares about it most. Thus Clinton’s crime policy emphasizes a friendlier attitude toward criminals. Her immigration policy concerns itself primarily with helping those who have violated immigration law. Her education policy explicitly endorses the status quo for most students but promises to “listen to teachers.”
In a world of fixed resources, such a model inevitably undermines the idea of equal protection under the law, pits groups against one another, and leaves some explicitly favored by government as winners. It also normalizes subjective standards for government action. Clinton promises to extend President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to “additional persons with sympathetic cases.” Whatever one thinks of our immigration policies, tilting them toward “persons with sympathetic cases” does not suggest rigorous application of the law.
When it comes to blacks, which are the group most harmed by the Progressives’ “divide and control” strategy, Thomas Sowell has the right of it:
Black votes matter to many politicians — more so than black lives. That is why such politicians must try to keep black voters fearful, angry, and resentful. Racial harmony would be a political disaster for such politicians.
Racial polarization makes both the black population and the white population worse off, but it makes politicians who depend on black votes better off.
Hillary Clinton desperately needs black votes in this year’s close election. Promoting fear, anger, and resentment among blacks — and, if possible, paranoia — serves her political interest. Barack Obama has mastered the art of keeping black voters aroused while keeping white voters soothed — thanks in part to the gullibility of much of the public, who mistake geniality and glib rhetoric for honesty and good will.
The coup that wasn’t and the coup that could be. The more news that comes out of Turkey, the more I believe that what happened there was a coup in the same way that the Reichstag fire was a “coup” — it was a staged event that gave a despot the authority to wipe out the last of his opposition. I have no doubt that the soldiers who will be executed believed in what they were doing, but I also have no doubt that they were pushed into it like lambs to the slaughter by people on Erdogan’s payroll.
What made the coup an inevitable failure is that Erdogan spent years purging the military of secular leaders and replacing them with leaders sympathetic to his own political philosophy. We have a similar situation here at home.
Obama has spent years purging the American military of conservative leaders and replacing them with leaders who believe that the military’s primary goal isn’t defending America against her enemies but is, instead, to use it as a vehicle to promote the so-called “war against climate change” and gender madness, both to the detriment of military readiness. Meanwhile, on the home front, Obama has armed the federal civil service (a bastion of Left-leaning union members who had no problem using the IRS’s vast powers to silence conservatives in an election year) to the point at which they’re more heavily weaponized than the Marines. The only difference between a weaponized IRS, EPA, FCC, or FDA, on the one hand, and the Marines, on the other hand, is that I’d still bet my money on the Marines in hand-to-hand fighting.
A lot of people worry that, if Trump is rising in the polls, Obama will declare martial law at the end of October, either because of another terrorist attack by a member of the religion of “peace” or because of more outrages by the BLM movement. Two years ago, I would have scoffed. Today, I agree that this scenario is within the realm of possibility.
However, if Hillary is ahead in the polls, the election will go forward, and we’ll end up with the most corrupt woman in American political history having at her command an emasculated, left-Leaning military and a heavily armed bureaucracy at her beck and call. And honestly, if the next president has that kind of firepower, ask yourself this: Would you rather have Trump, who does love America, or Hillary, a hard-core Leftist, in control of that arsenal?
The best thing, of course, would be seeing the military return to its proper function and disarming our “civil” bureaucracy. That’s not going to happen soon, though, so we’ve got to go with what is, rather than what we wish could be.
Between the Islamic terror attack on Nice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s decision to go full Bulworth, and Hillary’s semi-pass from Comey (a scathing indictment followed by a “get out of jail free” card), there’s been a bumper crop of stupidity in the Facebook feeds of my Lefty friends. I have to go to work soon but before I do I wanted to share three emblematic examples with you. The first is from The World Post which is, as best as I can tell, an arm of the Huffington Post:
That’s it from the Left — not angry, not defiant, not determined, not militant, just “tired.” And of course, still unable to name the ideology that sends out its brainwashed troops to engage in myriad individual acts of war directed at civilian populations. If you’re a Lefty, you can name all the locations where Islamists have hit, and you can make vapid claims that you’re the living embodiment of those places, but you can’t make yourself name the poisonous ideology behind all these massacres, nor are you willing to fight against it.
The post caption is my rendering of a quotation common amongst the British during WWI, to the effect that “The Hun is either at your throat or at your feet.” As the British saw it, if you showed weakness, the Germ-hun would go for the jugular; if you showed strength, the Germ-hun would grovel at your feet. It was the best way that a relatively free society could describe an aggressive, rigidly hierarchical society. The same can be said of ISIS and of Islamists in general as was once said of the Germans.
Today’s Muslim “Allahu Akbar” murder spree in Nice is what reminded me of this trait, one that Islamists and the pre-1945 Germans had in common. (Obviously, there are good and peaceful Muslims, just as there were good and peaceful Germans. I am talking about the troublemakers who establish the dominant paradigm.) France’s vulnerability comes about because it has for a long time been a relatively friendly place for Muslims.
It’s true that, as long as the Muslims are overtly religiously, they cannot crack the French civil service or upper economic echelons, but that’s not their goal anyway. Their goal, which the French willingly granted them, was to be left alone, to be given welfare (free housing, food, and medical care), to have dominant French society retreat from the Muslim banlieues, to have Islam’s sadistic antisemitism applauded and worked into both the national culture and Middle Eastern policy, to take over whole streets for prayer, and generally to be left alone, like a virulent bacteria in a host body with a minimally functioning immune system.
Even after the Bataclan attack, all that France did was drop a couple of bombs in Syria. The hundreds of thousands of human time bombs in France that ought to have been put at a serious disadvantage were, instead, left alone. (Same goes, of course, for Belgium.)
Meanwhile, in America, while Clinton did bubkis after the deadly terrorist attacks on his watch, Bush, when his turn came, took us to war. We made it clear that we would bring the war to their homes and their families, and that we would kill them wherever they stood. And you know what happened during Bush’s war? Scattered Allahu Akbar attacks, but nothing too significant. Much as they postured, the Islamists knew America had them by the throat. Thus, between 9/11 and Obama’s First Inauguration, there were 16 separate Allahu Akbar attacks on American soil (as opposed to honor killings or other internecine Muslim murders), with a total of only 21 fatalities. (The number 16 is actually bit a bit misleading, because several of those attacks were individual sniper hits launched by John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.)
Then Obama came along and opted for the French approach. He’s the Islamists’ biggest fan and apologist. Rather than demanding that they grovel at our feet, he went out of his way to grovel at theirs. And what did we end up with on Obama’s watch? We ended up with an escalating number of violent Allahu Akbar attacks on American soil — a clear pattern of greater frequency and greater virulence:
June 6 2009: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar attack on a soldier in a Little Rock recruiting station. Fatalities: 1.
November 5, 2009: A Muslim military psychiatrist launches an Allahu Akbar attack on soldiers at Fort Hood. Fatalities: 13.
December 4, 2009: A Muslim student launches an Allahu Akbar attack on a professor at Binghamton, New York. Fatalities: 1.
November 9, 2011: Three Jewish men have their throats slashed by one of the Tsarnaev Brothers, in his first Allahu Akbar attack, in Waltham, Massachusetts. Fatalities: 3.
January 15, 2012: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar attack against a Christian convert in Houston who also converted the Muslim’s daughter. Fatalities: 1.
November 12, 2012: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar attack against an American in Houston who converted a woman to Christianity. Fatalities: 1.
February 7, 2013: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar beheading attack in Buena Vista, New Jersey against two Coptic Christian immigrations. Fatalities: 2.
March 24, 2013: A Muslim convert in Ashtabula, OH, launches an Allahu Akbar attack against his own father. Fatalities: 1.
April 15, 2013: Two Muslim brothers detonate two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and severely wounding several more. Fatalities: 3.
April 19, 2013: The same Muslim brothers kill a police office. Fatalities: 1.
August 4, 2013: A Muslim convert launches an Allahu Akbar attack on a store clerk in Richmond, California. Fatalities: 1.
April 27, 2014: A Muslim man launches an Allahu Akbar attack on another man. Fatalities: 1.
June 1, 2014: A Muslim man launches an Allahu Akbar attack on two gay men in Seattle, Washington. Fatalities: 2.
June 25, 2014: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar attack on a college student in West Orange, New Jersey. Fatalities: 1.
September 25, 2014: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar attack on a woman in Moore, Oklahoma, and posts a photo. Fatalities: 1.
December 18, 2014: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar attack on an old man in Morganton, North Carolina. Fatalities: 1.
July 16, 2015: A Muslim launches an Allahu Akbar attack on a recruiting center in Chattanooga. Fatalities: 5.
December 2, 2015: A Muslim couple launches an Allahu Akbar attack at an office Christmas party. Fatalities: 14.
June 13, 2016: A Muslim man launches an Allahu Akbar attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. Fatalities: 49.
So while Bush, who went for the Islamists’ throats, had 16 civilian deaths on American soil due to post-9/11 Allahu Akbar attacks, Barack Obama, who’s groveled constantly at Islamist feet, has presided over 102 civilian deaths on American soil, as well as the deaths of an Ambassador, his aide, and two CIA operatives on Libyan soil.
The only way to stop violent, hierarchical people from acting out is to stomp on them and then, starting when they’re very, very young, to train them in the ways of peace. France, tragically, sent itself up for Charlie Hebdo, and Bataclan, and Nice, because France has spent decades pandering to monsters. France isn’t alone, of course. In Sweden and Germany, the monsters are prostituting the Swedish and German women, with the result that 1,500 German women were assaulted in a single night, while Swedish girls are being raped wherever there’s a crowd . . . or where there isn’t. In France and Belgium, the Islamists eschew rape and go for wholesale slaughter. As anyone familiar with the story of the frog and scorpion knows, deadly creatures kill (or rape) because it’s their nature. You either stay away from, destroy them, or change their nature at a very fundamental level.
As anyone familiar with the story of the frog and scorpion knows, deadly creatures kill (or rape) because it’s their nature. You either stay away from, destroy them, or change their nature at a very fundamental level.
Having said all that, my prayers are with the dead, and my thoughts are with the loved ones they left behind. As for the Islamists, I hope everyone of them rots for a painful, torturous eternity in a Muslim-designed Hell.
Oh, and one more thing: I’m getting vomitously sick of all my Lefty friends and their endless “I stand with….” Facebook posts or their teary-eyed “Give peace a chance” warblings. I’m not sad, I’m angry. Sad is a weak, passive, self-defeating, ultimately suicidal response to evil. We need to get right royally pissed off and kill the bastards. As for the ones who don’t fall in battle against our warriors, if they’re still incapable of playing nice, we need our boots resting firmly, in a powerful, yet peaceable way, on their throats, or we’ll find their knives buried deep in our necks.
Now that we’re the Banana Republic of America, I think it’s time for the #NeverTrump crowd to have a little “Come To Jesus” talk to determine whether they want Hillary the Untouchable, and her entire Leftist panoply of friends and goals, in the White House, or whether they’re willing to gamble on Trump, who at least gives lip service to a strong foreign policy that recognizes the problems with Islamists; supporting Israel; supporting the troops; supporting the Second Amendment; and supporting the pro-Life agenda.
This is not the time for holier (or “politically purer”) than thou. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is the time for imperfect emergency surgery to keep the patient alive, rather than an exquisitely rendered surgery while the patient bleeds out on the operating table.
And now on to the links:
No, Trump is not an antisemite. Trump’s Jewish son-in-law says stop listening to Leftist garbage — Trump is not an antisemite (or a racist) and he strongly supports Israel. Trump is being slimed by the Left and it behooves us to remember two things: First, the Left, from Marx to Hitler to Stalin and on forward to the present day, is the party of antisemitism in Europe and in America. Second, this sliming is coming from a presidential candidate who greatly admires Max Blumenthal, one of the most vile antisemites in America. The Left’s outrage is a con.
All of those who read this blog already know everything Bill Whittle says: that Islam has a violence problem; that Islam is now and has always been at war with everyone (i.e., it doesn’t play well with others); that there’s something very wrong about Obama’s rigid refusal to acknowledge Islam’s problems and his administration’s overtime efforts to erase Islam from the violence playbook; and that Obama’s cowardice means that millions of law-abiding Muslims stay silent because they know that our American government won’t protect them against their worst enemy, the fundamentalists in their midst.
It’s just that Whittle says it so well….