Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I was wrong

On April 28, 2015, I predicted that Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner would succeed Gwyneth Paltrow and Sandra Bullock as People Magazine's Most Beautiful Woman in the whole effing world for 2016.

Apparently the grandmothers and great-grandmothers who comprise the bulk of People Magazine's readers are not prepared to go that extra mile yet, so the magazine settled on another peri-menopausal female, childless, 47-year old Jennifer Aniston.

So I was wrong.

The "transgender" debate of course rages on, as North Carolina has apparently run afoul of the NFL, Bruce Springsteen, Target, and others eager to defend the basic human right to go into whichever bathroom you want. Tyler Cowen returns to the fray on this. If you're interested you can run "McCloskey" on his site's Search option and see his conflict over the strange saga of his friend and fellow academic economist, Donald/Dierdre McCloskey. Incidentally, McCloskey is an erudite, smart, free market economist, whom one might describe as frankly conservative.

Men indulging in feminine affectations have been noted, and condemned, since Sts. Paul and John Chrysostom, and it would appear these people got along just fine without tromping into the opposite sex's bathrooms by indulging their kink at private parties and in theatrical performances. (+John Chrysostom spends some amount of time in one of his sermons railing against effeminate performers at Christian wedding receptions.) This being modern times of course, we can't just let things muck along at the private, local level. And so a matter that used to be in the closet is now out in the public space, prompting well-intentioned legislation from the putative conservative side, and generating an equivalent reaction from the Left, who declare the behavior of a tiny, deviant minority to be a fundamental human right.

The conservative side have my deepest sympathies, because we all know this is not just about "transgenderism" but a truly diabolical and gnostic effort to declare gender and family entirely fluid. In reality, if you tell us you’re a tiger, or that you are receiving extra-terrestrial transmissions in your head, we diagnose a mental disorder. Similarly, if you have an XY or XX chromosome in every cell in your body, manifesting themselves in the typical ways, it’s easier to diagnose some body/gender dysphoria than that your mind was somehow metaphysically deposited in the wrong place. Can anybody even explain that process? Is there any research being done on it? Or is this one of the secular faith’s Sacred Mysteries, to be hedged off and protected from skepticism and critical inquiry?

Speaking of being in the wrong place, is there any child or adolescent who doesn’t dream on some unhappy occasion that they’re actually a foundling, that their “real” parents (not the current meanies who sent them to their room) are actually fantastic royalty, or that one or another circumstance of life was just somehow not meant to be in some mystical sense? We tell them that such feelings are part of growing up and coming to terms with the world as it is. By contrast, transsexualism is the only disorder where we scream at everybody else that they have to accommodate the individual’s delusion.

U.S. foreign policy, January 20, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for the National Interest for honoring me with this invitation.

I would like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country – one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.

It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It's time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.

The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make.

America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.

Unfortunately, after the Cold War, our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense.

Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, and this led to one foreign policy disaster after another.

We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos, and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper.

It all began with the dangerous idea that we could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western Democracy.

We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. Civil war, religious fanaticism; thousands of American lives, and many trillions of dollars, were lost as a result. The vacuum was created that ISIS would fill. Iran, too, would rush in and fill the void, much to their unjust enrichment.

To all our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be a reliable friend and ally again.

We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests, and the shared interests of our allies.

We are getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world.

We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies.

A pause for reassessment will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or worse -- all you have to do is look at the World Trade Center and September 11th.

And then there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable. But they’re going to be gone. And soon.

Many Americans must wonder why our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than their own.

Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must do the same.

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

Donald J. Trump, April 27, 2016.

America first. Nation-states over globalism. The Machiavellian principle. No more nation-building.

What does an old, fat scold like Hillary say to top this? What does the oleaginous Ted Cruz say? The political and pundit class have no idea how strongly this message will resonate with the American people.

I assume a video recording of the speech, which I watched, will be available at some point and I'll update with the link.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going outside to have a cigarette.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Voice Of The Prophet

"We don't know what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans." ... "We don't know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions."

Muammar Gaddafi, August 2010.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Billionaires meet in secret, plot to hijack the democratic process

Not from InfoWars.
Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering.

The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he "cannot support Donald Trump."

Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).

Philip Anschutz, the billionaire GOP donor whose company owns a stake in Sea Island, was also there, along with Democratic Rep. John Delaney, who represents Maryland. Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, was there, too, a Times spokeswoman confirmed.

"A specter was haunting the World Forum--the specter of Donald Trump," Kristol wrote in an emailed report from the conference, borrowing the opening lines of the Communist Manifesto. "There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he's done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated."

"The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him," Kristol wrote. "In general, there's a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite enough resolving to save the party from nominating or the country electing someone who simply shouldn't be president."

A highlight of the gathering was a presentation by Rove about focus group findings on Trump. The business mogul's greatest weakness, according to Rove, was that voters have a very hard time envisioning him as "presidential" and as somebody their children should look up to. They also see him as somebody who can be erratic and shouldn't have his (small) fingers anywhere near a nuclear trigger.

Rove's presentation was on the subject of how William McKinley won in 1896, according to an agenda subsequently obtained by HuffPost. McKinley's campaign manager, Mark Hanna, is often referred to as the first Karl Rove -- the first true political operative in the U.S. system. McKinley was running against William Jennings Bryan, a populist and a bigot who riled up the masses by assailing coastal elites and bankers. The race took place in the first Gilded Age. In today's Gilded Age, the parallels are clear...
In the 1970s if this sort of thing happened, reporters would be trampling each other underfoot to get at their Pulitzer, screenplay, and book rights. Old enough readers will recall the movies that came out in that decade about the wealthy and powerful interests that plotted against the Republic: Three Days Of The Condor, The Parallax View. All of them triggered by a clumsy break-in by some stupid Stupid Party stooges at the Democratic National Committee's offices followed by the panicked reaction of Nixon and his lieutenants to pay hush-money. This dastardly plot, in which no Yemeni wedding parties were drone-striked into a pink mist, came to light when it was revealed that all conversations in the White House were secretly recorded. There was a movie and everything. How very, very quaint.

Of course, now that there's a new The Man, the Billionaires' Cabal is given a polite distance. Billionaires and Republican Party apparatchiks are united in purpose: Donald Trump must be stopped lest immigration dip perilously below one million people a year and diesel-belching container ships no longer churn the Pacific!

Here's another cozy get-together of the rich, this time with Democratic President Peace Prize, a tad more open to public view:

Billionaire money has become toxic and enables a small class of individuals to hijack national consensus-building for the benefit of a few rather than the nation as a whole. Either their wealth should be confiscated, or they should be made to run the country themselves. This is why I consider Candidate Trump a healthy phenomenon.

By the way, the last time a group of billionaires met at a small island off the Georgia coast, we got the Federal Reserve system.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Political Science 101

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wake up, my brethren

"Dear fellow human, fight the coming brainwashing with all energy you have left. Feel the water, the air. Remember it."
--Matt Drudge

Friday, February 12, 2016

In which I knock it out of the park

Remember when I talked about how ahead of the curve I am?

And remember how, with reference to Trump, I said the Age Of Ideas was obviously drawing to a close? Interestingly, this is more painfully evident on the Left than the Right, as black activists have made it clear they want their socialism nationalist, like everybody else's.

Naturally, in response to this outbreak of Jacksonian democracy and patriotic affection for kith and kin, the mouthpiece of movement conservatism launched an all-hands-on-deck broadside against Trump.

The esteemed Rockford Institute has responded in kind.

You're welcome.

As Lent approaches, I need to follow up this post and this post with something on humility.