Dec 20 2016

Blood In Berlin & Political Class Obsessed With Merkel’s Future?

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In a classic example of “not getting it” the “news” media is obsessing on how the horrible deaths of Christmas shoppers in Berlin (many children included) might effect the political future of the idiot whose policies gave the murderous devil an opportunity to execute his carnage!

The deadly truck rampage through a Christmas market crowd here marked a new setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hopes for political survival at a time when opposition is growing over her open-door policy for migrants.

“This was exactly the kind of terrible event that could seriously affect the German elections” next year, said Michael Wohlgemuth, director of the Berlin office of the political think tank Open Europe.

“Many people will make a connection between Merkel’s refugee policy and the threat of terrorism.

You think?

And the elites wonder why the voters are done sacrificing their careers (which obviously impacts their futures and families) sacrificing their traditions and surely not willing to sacrifice their LIVES, on the alter of globalization.

For nearly two years, Merkel has faced sharp criticism over her decision to allow nearly 1 million asylum seekers to enter Germany from conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa. Often they arrive having undergone little in the way of security or background checks.

Germany has seen a few small-scale attacks linked to Islamic extremists and asylum seekers over this time, but nothing on a large scale.

No citizens-voters of any nation should have to die – en masse – before the stupidity of a policy is dragged grudgingly into the light by the media. What blindness (or lack of compassion) would allow anyone to take such risks with the lives entrusted to them for protection?

Is the Political Industrial Complex (PIC) bubble so opaque (with greed in all likelihood) that they did not see the high probability of this kind of event coming?

Merkel’s response is … “repugnant”!

Mrs Merkel said: “We don’t have anything for certain, but we must assume it was a terrorist attack.

“It would be very difficult for us to learn that a human being committed this deed who came to Germany to ask for refuge and asylum.

“It would be terrible for all of the Germans who are very active day by day in helping asylum seekers and refugees. It would be repugnant for those that are helping people that have come to this country and are asking for our help.”

Repugnant?

Try “viciously criminal”!

Clearly her “open borders” policy, with no serious background checks (obviously they do not come in on commercial airlines – hint, hint) is more important than her citizens’ safety.

Merkel is repugnant.

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Dec 19 2016

Donald J Trump Is the Next President of The United States of America!

Update At End

As of 3:45 PM, Donald Trump had amassed 245 Electoral College votes to Hillary’s 120.  Trump only needs 25 votes to hit the 270 mark, and one state stands out at this time:

Texas: with 38 electoral votes to submit.

So even if the lone TX elector defector does not vote for Trump, Texas will put him over the top – with a handful of Midwestern states yet to add to that total. Trump’s defeat in the Electoral College is now mathematically impossible.

Donald J Trump is the next President of the United States of America!!

And the left and the “news” media (sorry, redundant I know) look like a herd of Jackass’s.

Update: At 4 PM Eastern Hillary as 3 defectors to Trumps 0 (expect one with Texas). So her participation prizes are “winner of the popular vote” and “winner of the faithless elector vote”!

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Dec 12 2016

Translating Elitists’ Trump Outrage Into “Deplorable-ese”

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I have hesitated on posting anything about the election or transition because most of what I am reading is nothing but “sore loser” dribble. It has just not worth the time to read, let alone comment on.

As I watched this historic melt down, I have observed how poorly all this is playing with the Trump voters. So let me look at some of the more classic hyperventilating and translate it from the dire doom and gloom of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC*) and into the frame of the Trump voters. Translate it into “Les Deplorable-ese”.

My favorite meltdowns always include a bit of “we have to stop the poisoning, or the destruction of our society”. When these idiots attack Trump, they attack Les Deplorables – his supporters. It did not work in the primaries or the general election. It is not working now – at least not working in the way the bloviating fools think it is.

This first example is especially rich in that it misses the election results from 2009 through 2016, and what these results say about those flailing in the “Bursted Bubble” of the PIC. It misses what the rest of us living on Main Street USA and living in “reality” (not to be confused with Reality TV, which is not really “real“) have been saying since 2009/2010. And that is we have had enough. Trump is there to drain the swamp and chart a completely new direction on many fronts – Per Our Wishes!

So we begin with the “we must fight dirty against Trump and his supporters” – i.e., we must not respect our representative democracy:

The emerging Trump administration is a frightening mixture of free-market fundamentalists and C-list conspiracy theorists. This motley crew may well run headlong into political disaster.

What Les Deplorables read:  Emphasis mine. This person is still in the denial stage. There is very little chance Trump will have a political disaster as long as he (a) does not listen to these wailing political elites and (2) those same elites continue to mindlessly rage against the coming changes. The more the rage, the better the change coming.

Remember, Democrats are in their weakest position in national and state government since before the Great Depression.

What Les Deplorables read: A very brief ray of reality shines through! But is completely lost in no time:

Not only did voters never punish Republican leaders for pouring sand into the gas tank of representative democracy, they granted them victories in nearly every contested House and Senate race, proving incontrovertibly that voters simply do not care about or understand the ways that Republican leadership subverted longstanding norms of parliamentary procedure.

What Les Deplorables read: Procedure-Smeadure.  We wanted change, not excuses. If a dumb process, rule or guideline is in the way – remove it! And those republicans pouring  sand into the engine of the Democrats – we sent them there to do that. Doh!

In perhaps the most brazen violation of democratic norms in living memory, the Republicans just stole the colossally important swing seat on the Supreme Court by obliterating precedent and refusing even to hold hearings for Merrick Garland.

What Les Deplorables read: And Then There Was Great Rejoicing!! On Main Street USA.

Democrats clearly hoped that at some point, the voters would get Woke and point their fingers where they belong — at this clique of cynical power-grubbers in the House — remove them from office, and replace them with people that at least care whether the U.S. constitutional system is able to function as designed.

What Les Deplorables read:  Our fingers were pointed, and they pushed the ballot box options from 2009 to 2016 that gave the us US House and US Senate (along with Governors and state houses/senates) we wanted. We did use the power to remove fools from office – you fools! You just don’t recognize you were the problem to be removed from power.

Ain’t Democracy Great!

On the other hand, no. It’s time for Democrats to say no. To everything.

What Les Deplorables read:  Feel free.  But recognize we the voters said “NO!” to liberalism. It would be better if the left sat down and shut up if they refuse to participate. Crying and screaming is not working – trust me.

Now to Jill Stein’s recounts (various news source anyone can Google).

What Les Deplorables read: Stein is a sore loser from the PIC making lots of money off desperate fools. She is trying to dismiss Main Street USA’s legitimate votes and get rich. She will only succeed in the latter. Her saying the election process is rigged and must be made accurate is a pile of smelly BS. This is why the Deplorables rose up – to stop this insane nonsense.

And so did a Federal Judge

Now onto the Defecting Elector in Texas:

A member of the electoral college from Texas is maintaining that he will not cast his vote for President-elect Donald Trump when the college completes the electoral process later this month.

“The election is not over — the election happens on December 19th when presidential electors cast their ballots. That’s when the election is complete,” said Chris Suprun, the Texas elector, in an interview on “New Day” on Wednesday.

What Les Deplorables read: This Texas-sized moron forgot that he cast is one vote “as a citizen” on November 8th.  He took an oath (which clearly means nothing to him) to represent the will of the State of Texas and her voters – who clearly voted for Trump to be the next POTUS. All his self-serving rationalizations aside – he is as anti-American as they come.

What he really is, is a puppet of those who would do anything to keep their power and gravy-train rolling. If he cannot vote for Trump then step down – there is honor on that path. But don’t be such a tool and diss your neighbors.

What Les Deplorables see is someone who is disenfranchising 60+ million plus voters who propelled Trump to his landslide win. We see self a absorbed, self appointed, god-in-his-own-mind elector-wannabe who thinks he has the Wisdom of Noah to overrule the rest of us and our votes.

I voted in VA. Trump lost VA. I would find it disgusting to try to convince, or threaten, or bribe (my guess on this clown) any VA Elector to ignore the will of the people of my state.  Apparently this idiot in Texas is not nearly as morally pure as he thinks he is.  And Les Deplorables see him for what he is.

Expect a lot of new laws to remove any doubt as to the limited role electors play in our nation. Per our Constitution.

Finally – Russians won the election, and so Hillary should be President:

In light of reports Friday evening that Russians interfered with the 2016 presidential election to assist the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton are seeking out possible legal remedies in the unlikely event that a winner is certified in the election that investigative inquiries later reveal resulted from foreign interventionism or some other fraud.

However, at least one court decision suggests there may be some federal authority to invalidate the election outcome after the fact, and replace a candidate benefitted by fraud with his opponent.

What Les Deplorables read: Oh PUlleease! This is beyond stupid, beyond desperate and well deep into “Pathetic!”

We all remember the crap aimed at Trump from the debates about honoring the results of the election, etc, etc, etc. And now we get this. After all the hand-wringing back then about the need for a smooth transition, now Democrats are floating any and all Lead Balloons to try and overturn the will of We The People.

This is a neon sign that the PIC cannot and will not respect those voters who determined that Trump is by far less dangerous to our country than these cuckoo-nest escapees who have been running the show for decades.

HotAir has a good review on this craziness

One final note – Les Miserables not only remember the violence initiated by the Democrats and the left (and admitted to on video), we also know most acts of violence and destruction in Trump’s name is really acts by leftists. We have seen enough of them caught in the act. So did a Trump supporter burn down a black church and spray paint “Trump” on it? Les Deplorables would probably agree “not very likely”. We will not assume Trump supporters are behind the violence. This year has shown that is not typically the case.

Summing Up: What all this blathering has done is confirm the wisdom of Les Delporables and their support of Trump. This “vomit of denial” coming from the left and the “media” is proof-positive that we needed to go way outside the PIC to stop the madness.  Now we have the irrefutable evidence that this madness has spread far and wide across all parties and consumed the national “news” media. The country definitely needs a good cleaning out at the top.

Who in their right mind even writes about this stuff?

You know what Les Deplorables see coming out of all this?

This all is heading someplace, to some ultimate conclusion: A rubber-stamp 2nd term for President-Elect Donald J Trump! He is going to need more than 4 years to clear up this pile of BS.

* The Political Industrial Complex encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.

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Dec 08 2016

In Celebration Of Les Deplorables!

I was going to author a post on all the left-wing nonsense over the transition of power and change in national direction, but decided today I would instead be more upbeat. So here is a musical celebration of Our Deplorable America! – ENJOY

BTW, my late father served in World War II Vet in the US Navy. He volunteered in 1938 and was from “Wild and Wonderful” WV.  It is from him I have a hankering for some good ‘ol banjo on occasion.

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Nov 27 2016

When Your Credibility Is Shot, Shrill Claims Sound So … Dumb!

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Denizens of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC*): Heed the words of the Jedi Master!

The past two weeks since the election have been mind blowing. To watch the news media arm of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC) double down on their hate of Trump and his supporters is just sad. But it is also really, really good for this country. Now that the facade of objectiveness and fairness has been stripped from these poseurs we don’t need to even pretend they are worthy of our precious time.

We will end this post with a a few video tributes to their lost sanity and credibility.

But first, some recent headlines – as seen from Trump Land. We begin another poll from the “all-knowing” PIC, CNN division:

After a bruising presidential election featuring the two least liked major-party candidates in recent history, more than 8-in-10 Americans say the country is more deeply divided on major issues this year than in the past several years, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And more than half say they are dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in the US.

Uh, …

Are these the same geniuses that guaranteed a Clinton election win in the polls? I believe it is!

Do they really expect us to give them any credibility here? They missed the great awakening and backlash of the financially-struggling, middle America.  Can’t I just assume they missed them  again in these numbers?

Next let’s look at how liberals claim they understand the Trump Voters deserve respect, right after they are done insulting them (again). First the insult:

There has been ample coverage of Trump’s outrageous statements and lies for well over a year. Hours upon hours of airtime and thousands of articles have been devoted to declaring him a danger to the republic. Several prominent newspapers abandoned their long-held impartiality to declare him unfit for office. It didn’t work. The people who supported Trump knew the things he had said and done and were aware of his temperament—and still chose him to be leader of the free world.

Which is not to say that we shouldn’t be outraged about the endless parade of sycophantic cabinet nominees, the conflict of interest scandals, or the possibility that Russia hacked our election. Of course we should.

Now to the crystal clear insight on how to fix all this:

The outrage over Donald Trump’s election has continued unabated on social media for more than two weeks now. It has been a useful and necessary exercise, allowing many on the left to voice their concerns, fears, and anger about the results. Eventually, however, the outrage must serve a greater purpose if progressives expect to have any say in the direction of their government.

It is painfully clear that all our outrage didn’t work. And now there’s a danger of getting sucked into a vortex of what I’d like to refer to as “outrage porn.” Trump’s horrific statements aren’t going to stop. He’s going to keep tweeting about every sleight and alleged offense, from Hamilton controversies to unflattering Saturday Night Live sketches to the untold thousands of protests and articles and taunts forthcoming. And he will use these incidents to cement his reputation as a political outsider with his voters. He will weaponize these reactions, holding them up as proof of just how much know-it-all elites loathe his “deplorable” white base.

When we play the outrage game, we are playing on Trump’s turf—and he has already proven to be master of this game. Opposition to Trump should focus far more on opposition to his policies, decisions, and judgment, rather than on calling him out for his every remark or relying on funny but ineffective memes to make our point.

I believe this person is saying the lunatic left should not be so open about their hate and dislike of Trump and his followers. They should hide it behind lame arguments against their lame policies.

Yeah, that will work! We rubes will never see that coming…

Next we have the “It’s The Russians, It’s The Russians” (Russians here equal “Wolf!)

The Washington Post on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.” The article by reporter Craig Timberg – headlined “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” – cites a report by a new, anonymous website calling itself “PropOrNot,” which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.”

The group’s list of Russian disinformation outlets includes WikiLeaks and the Drudge Report, as well as Clinton-critical left-wing websites such as Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig and Naked Capitalism, as well as libertarian venues such as Antiwar.com and the Ron Paul Institute.

I am sure every Trump supporter is cringing in fear of being called a Russian “mole” (vs a Deplorable!!). Are these tools serious??

Finally, we have echoes of the “pay-for-violence” against Trump the Democrats employed this past election cycle, with a highly coincidental hate mail towards Muslims in California:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for increased police protection of local mosques after letters that threatened the genocide of Muslims and praised President-elect Donald Trump were sent to multiple California mosques this week.

The letters were sent to the Islamic Center of Long Beach and the Islamic Center of Claremont, CAIR’s greater Los Angeles chapter said in a statement. The same letter also was sent to the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, according to CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter.

We have no hard evidence this is from a Trump supporter. What we have is a “well-timed” claim by an anti-Trump organization echoed by an anti-Trump liberal “news” rag. Of course we have to investigate, but let’s just say it is best to assume innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt in this case. Especially since the left-wing news media have been caught red-handed coordinating false attacks against Trump by Wikileaks.

So why should any Trump Supporter from Trump Land give this any credibility?

Look, the left wing media went all in for Hillary, including the abandonment of their claim to balanced and objective reporting. That will not be forgotten anytime soon – say at least until after the next Presidential election cycle.

It seems Maureen Dowd’s brother really captured the essence of how all this is playing out in Trump Land:

The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust.

Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion.

Here is a short primer for the young protesters. If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy.

We now have the universal answer to all those obsessed with the irrelevant ‘popular vote’. You get a “participation trophy”!

Here is a final word to my Democratic friends. The election is over. There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.

If this is too much for you to digest, you just may be in such deep denial you are aiding and abetting the pro-Trump movement.

As promised, some priceless videos covering the implosion of the left wing “news” media’s credibility. First, we have the building of the bubble (Hillary’s inevitability):

Next, how the dismissive left-wing arrogance set them up for the election night which burst their bubble:

Finally, the election results sink in, and the left wing have to face (and fail to see) how “their” world was destroyed by “our” world breaking into their bubble.

* The Political Industrial Complex encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.

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Nov 23 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

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I have decided I am done with politics for this week.

I want to instead focus on all we can be thankful for, which in my case is a wonderful family and the opportunity to realize the American Dream of self-made success (at least to the rungs of the Upper Middle Class).

I recently discovered an ancestral branch reaching back to the founding of this nation in New England, not long after the first Thanksgiving. It was a very interesting surprise to this son of Virginia!

I also recently learned I have Native American ancestors – which was another surprise to this very European-looking, American mutt. It was actually comforting to know my family roots went back to both the first founders of the nation and the natives who lived here for centuries before the European’s arrived.

I was even more proud to learn my family line leads back to those few in New England who promoted co-existence with the Indians over conquering them. This is, in fact, one likely source of my Indian roots. My European ancestors lived as neighbors and in harmony with the Indians of New England for many decades.

Anyway, now when I think of Family and Thanksgiving, I can relate to four centuries of American history related to this uniquely American Holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Nov 20 2016

“News” Media Stuck On Stupid, As They Circle The Drain To Oblivion

The GOP establishment tried to destroy Trump via innuendo and hyped-up falsehoods during the 2016 primaries. Their Big Smear Guns failed to dent Trump. In fact, those attacks may have given Trump a huge boost in the eye of the average voter looking for an outsider who will charge the gates of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC).

During the general election the Democrats, the #NeverTrumpers and the “News” media went “all in” to stop Trump from entering the PIC and undoing all their efforts and reversing their ill gotten gains. They trashed him in any and all forms they could imagine (most fictional – all the rest exaggerated)

These attacks fired up the massive number of voters who are “sick and tired of elites”. The thinking was “the elites are scared, so Trump must be real”. The denizens of the PIC did not restrict their anger, vitriol and violence against Trump. No, they went after Trump voters! And thus was born the American grass-roots antibody to the corruption of our age: Les Deplorables:

A member of the “News” media – who did not vote for Trump – came out today begging his industry to return to its core values and integrity, lest it destroy itself financially. His commentary is painfully accurate for the losers in this election. Read the whole thing, every paragraph is a gem of insight. Here are some key excerpts:

Nevertheless, a word of neighborly advice to our more genteel media friends, the ones who sit at the high table in their pristine white dinner jackets and ball gowns. You’ve been barfing all over yourselves for a week and a half, and it’s revolting to watch.

In 2016, the media didn’t even pretend it wasn’t working in Hillary Clinton’s interests. The blue whale of information, The New York Times, virtually signaled to the journalistic universe that it was time to abandon all pretense of objectivity in a now-notorious front-page column on Aug. 8 that advised journalists “you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century” and “move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.” If that result “may not always seem fair to Mr. Trump or his supporters,” tough tiddly-winks, Times columnist Jim Rutenberg concluded.

For the good of us all, though, and in the interest of rebuilding the wreckage of its reputation, the media should go back to having gradations of outrage. Switching transition chairmen isn’t the Saturday Night Massacre, and going out for a steak without telling the hacks isn’t on a par with, say, deleting 33,000 e-mails.

Unfortunately, the double standard continues unabated. The “News” media continues to think the Big Smear Guns that so spectacularly failed during the election season are going to somehow work during Trump’s first term. Personally I say “please, continue” … until you have completely imploded and you are no more believable than the person on the street corner with the sign “the end of the world is nigh”!

New York Times Editorial Board circa 2018

Of course, right on queue the unhinged media dribbled out another round of their anti-Trump bile:

I keep hearing calls for empathy and healing, civility and polite discourse. As if supporting a man who would fill his administration with white nationalists and misogynists is something to simply agree to disagree on.

Absolutely not. You don’t get to vote for a person who brags about sexual assault and expect that the women in your life will just shrug their shoulders. You don’t get to play the victim when people unfriend you on Facebook, as if being disliked for supporting a bigot is somehow worse than the suffering that marginalized people will endure under Trump. And you certainly do not get to enjoy a performance by people of color and those in the LGBT community without remark or protest when you enact policies and stoke hatred that put those very people’s lives in danger.

Being socially ostracized for supporting Trump is not an infringement of your rights, it’s a reasonable response by those of us who are disgusted, anxious, and afraid.

Notice this lunatic has a “right” to insult, commit libel and harass her fellow citizens so she can feel better. BTW, a vast majority of the women I know hated Hillary – too bad the “News” media missed that tiny factoid. The rest of the women were knee-jerk liberals.

The author’s premise is as off target as her anger is (fed by a serious streak of insecurity). Les Delporables are not whimpering or whining about the unhinged liberals – like this piece of work. We could care less. I am not going to lose any sleep over this person’s emotional struggles. I only point her out to use her as a foil to illustrate the obvious.

See how it feels to have your core values thrown into the dirt by society?

The fact is, Trump supporters are not attacking minorities. And this misogyny thing has become so stupid we had a young male Clinton emoti-bot accuse our teenage daughters of being misogynists for supporting Trump. Engaging your brain during a hate-based-meltdown is a tough thing to do apparently.

What these people are doing is marginalizing themselves. No one has to take serious what is clearly the KKK of the left. The KKK think like this person does, branding groups they don’t understand as evil and dangerous and not worth basic respect, let alone the right to hold their own beliefs. Intimidation and violence is called for – of course. Thus the violent riots, the beatings of individuals, the attempt to destroy reputations. All fair game to someone who hates like the KKK hates.

It is strange how some people become the very thing they despise. How a victim feels empowered to become the abuser for vengeance. How else do these mavens of “safe places” violate the very premise of such concepts?

First off, Les Deplorables by definition have been battling the vitriol, violence and hate of liberal small minds for years. We don’t need safe spaces because we have spines, values and honor that no one can badger out of us. We don’t need riots, we don’t need to beat up the opposition, we don’t need to resort to hate. We have convictions.

We don’t need to because our cause is worthy and is shared by so many diverse people it is clear the cause is not driven by race, religion or sex, but by economic hardship.Trump did better among Hispanics, Blacks, minorities, women, etc than Romney and McCain.

Trump is just a symbol, not the end of this tale. The quiet and determined Trump voters – who, by-the-way swept the Democrats out of all levels of political office for the last 4 election cycles beginning in 2010 – did not cower during the primaries or during the general election. They did not lash out.

They quietly went to the voting booth and overturned the corrupt Political Industrial Complex. See, you should not be angry or hurt or violent if you want to lead (this is the Hitler model of course). You should be rationale, insightful and empathetic to the suffering of your neighbors.

I am not religious (spiritual, yes – but I do not belong to any “religion), but occasionally the Bible has a gem of an insight:

Luke 16:19-26English Standard Version (ESV)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.[a] The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.

Greed at the expense of your neighbors, family or coworkers is not an admirable trait. The top 5%, the wealthiest of this great nation, should enjoy their riches and stop messing with the lives, aspirations and opportunities of the rest of us. You don’t have enough years to spend your money, so be grateful, sit down – and shut up.

We can work the rest out on our own, for ourselves. And please, take your hate-filled minions with you.

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Nov 19 2016

The Current Political Turmoil In USA Looks So “Hunger Games”

 

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Washington DC in a Bubble

 

This has been an incredible election cycle. Historic in its impacts, historic in how badly the political elite missed what was happening, historic in how poorly the losers are dealing with their loss.

There have been a smattering of intelligent commentary among the sea of outlandish accusations and charges (I noted some in a previous post). But most of the reaction to President-Elect Trump on the left has become so stupid that young ladies who support Trump are  now being called “misogynists” by hysterical Clinton supporters (first hand experience on this account). This is so stupid it burns:

Misogyny is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls.

Worse, the violent reactions by those who once held signs that claimed “Love Trumps Hates” signals how out of touch the liberal base is with not just reality, but their own mental limitations (sorry, there is no burying the hatchet with thugs and bullies – just criminal charges and jail time). Violence is the answer to those who have no argument, no rationale basis upon which to stand.

The reaction to Trump’s election by the left has been so irrational that the they look more like mind controlled robots than anything representing an evolved, independently-thinking human being. It is becoming pathetic, and these fools don’t seem to recall this did not work on Trump or his supporters through the primaries or the general election. How it is supposed to work now is beyond me.

The way the Political Industrial Complex (PIC) continues to lash out at the majority of the country (not to be mistaken with the majority of the voters – which will arrive in 2020) who do not agree with their elitist views brings us to ponder what could drive such madness? To think the answer to rejection is to attack those whose very support is required to regain political influence is madness.

Or cult-like brainwashing.

For context, the PIC encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.

As this article notes, the denizens of the PIC now only retain control in the last bastions of Democrat led states along the coasts:

Republican America is now so vast that a traveler could drive 3,600 miles across the continent, from Key West, Fla., to the Canadian border crossing at Porthill, Idaho, without ever leaving a state under total GOP control.

After last week’s election, Democrats hold the governor’s office and both legislative chambers in just six states—all of them on the Atlantic or Pacific oceans—compared with 25 for Republicans.

Democratic losses have come at all levels of government since Mr. Obama took office and his party controlled Congress. In Washington, it has been relegated to minority status with at least 60 fewer seats in the House and 12 fewer in the Senate.

The casualties have been worse in state capitols. Before the 2010 elections, 54.5% of all state legislators were Democrats, giving the party majorities in 60 of 99 chambers. Democrats controlled both legislative chambers and held the governor’s office in 17 states.

Now, the party has majorities in just 31 of 99 legislative chambers, having lost 958 seats since Mr. Obama took office. Just 43% of elected state lawmakers will be Democrats when the new state legislatures are sworn in.

The denizens of the PIC have completely isolated themselves in their little bubble of the top 5% earners and power brokers. They poll each other, consult each other, interview each other and have become completely disconnected from the rest of the country. The disassociation with the reality of the remaining 95% of the country (where all the PIC’s brilliantly stupid ideas play out) was not missed by the voters.

It was not America that lost its way, it was most of the leaders of this country, both economic and political. Note, there were plenty who did not fall into the PIC bubble, but enough did that the voters were forced to go to a total outsider to make the needed course correction.

This article I think best reflects the Trump voters and how they arrived to support real change over another round of false, political promises:

I am one of an endangered species called the American middle class. An aging baby boomer — one of the last generation, it seems, who inherited a future brighter than his parents. I grew up in manufacturing in the Rust Belt, and embraced the application of new technologies for innovation. My career spans more than four decades at companies like John Deere and Boeing and Emerson Electric. I have worked in many jobs from laborer to vice president of operations. I’ve lived and worked all over the world.

This  personal background reflects a larger-than-known number of Trump voters. My wife and I fall into this category as well; high tech, highly educated, upper middle class and fed up with PIC’s unique mix of arrogance and ignorance.

My best example of this kind of over reach by the very rich is the owner of the Redskins, who made a ton of money in the 1990’s and decided to buy the DC football franchise, which had been highly successful up until he took over. His brilliance in high tech conveyed no insight into running a professional football team, which he pretty much ran into the ground.

Anyway, back to the real world:

Since Ronald Reagan, I have not seen a politician deliver on their promises to the American people; not Democrats and not Republicans. George H.W. Bush told us to read his lips, there would be no new taxes; but of course there were. President Obama promised that if you like your health-care plan and doctor, you can keep your health-care plan and doctor, and your costs will go down. We couldn’t, and they didn’t. He and his surrogates, including Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) here in Missouri, promised back in 2012 that there would be huge infrastructure projects, producing thousands of “shovel-ready jobs.”  They never materialized. Hillary Clinton said the events in Benghazi were caused by a video. They weren’t. She also promised that she’d never handled any classified material on her private server, though she had.

The old adage “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” comes to mind. And it did so to this reluctant Trump voter:

Election cycle after election cycle, we sent politicians to Washington to fix these things, and cycle after cycle they failed us. In fact, they betrayed us.

But you, the pollsters and the incredibly biased “mainstream” media, wouldn’t listen to me. You have been too busy promoting your own poisonous agenda. You did everything you could to brand conservatives as homophobic, xenophobic, greedy racists. You focused on spurious issues like genderless bathrooms and celebrity sex changes. You rebranded “pro-abortion” as “pro-choice.” You rebranded radical Islamic terrorism as “workplace violence.” You have continued your Machiavellian spinning of information and public perception, purposely drowning the voices of reason in your wake, year after excruciating year.

You fail to understand this because you are listening exclusively to America’s worst critics; people who believe only in tearing down the traditions, perspectives and governmental foundations that made us great. You were trained up by liberal professors, most of whom have seen little of the world outside their classrooms. And now, you scratch your heads, wondering how you could have been so clueless. You spend endless television and radio hours interviewing not the typical Americans like me, but one another — asking what happened.

How would the person seated next to you in a New York City television studio know?

Main Street USA has better insight and understanding on what is going on in this country than a majority of the PIC and their brutal followers.

Which had some of us realizing we had seen this plot before. Where the ruling class is hold up in their isolated enclaves of pampered inanity, the denizens of which fill their days with endless galas and award shows jammed with “participation” trophies. Placated by echo-chamber interviews and the promise to get out into the hinterlands to see how the others live, these enclaves insulate the well-off from the burdens and trials of those who provide the luxuries these people consume.

The analogy did not take long to become crystal clear:

The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unspecified future time, in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, located in North America.[7] The country consists of a wealthy Capitol city, located in the Rocky Mountains,[8] surrounded by twelve (originally thirteen) poorer districts ruled by the Capitol. The Capitol is lavishly rich and technologically advanced, but the districts are in varying states of poverty.

Collins also cites as a classical inspiration the Roman gladiator games. She feels three key elements create a good game: an all powerful and ruthless government, people forced to fight to the death, and the game’s role as a source of popular entertainment.[10]

A contemporary source of inspiration was Collins’ recent fascination with reality television programs. She says they are like The Hunger Games because the Games are not just entertainment but also a reminder to the districts of their rebellion. On a tired night, Collins says that while she was channel-surfing the television, she saw people competing for some prize and then saw footage of the Iraq war. She described how the two combined in an “unsettling way” to create her first ideas for the series.[11]

Now, you may think this is a bit of a stretch, but reality sometimes lines up with fantasy – possibly as a clear warning that we do not want to actually create the world of say Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four or Bradbury’s Fahrenheit-451.

It dawned on me the analogy to the political elites’ reaction to Trump – in both parties and the media – was reflected by the scorched-Earth reaction by the Capitol City to the Districts of Panem becoming independent thinkers.

And then I saw it all so clear – on Morning Joe.

The prime guest was Micheal Moore describing his insights on how Trump won and how the signs were there from early on he would win.. The counter argument was provided by one Anand Giridharadas, an MSNBC commentator from one of the PIC coastal enclaves.

You just cannot make these things up. First Anand Giridharadas.

Second, Panem character Ceaser Flickerman

Separated at birth?

Here is the interview on Morning Joe. Listen how Anand complains Americans outside the PIC enclaves are not “curious” about the denizens of the PIC and their challenges (actually, he notes the challenges of those workers serving the leaders of the PIC – not the PIC themselves). The parallels are just amazing – and scary. We may have just dodged a terminal bullet to our democracy and our country this election cycle.

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Nov 15 2016

My Thoughts Post-Election View Summed Up In A Cartoon

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The post-election, hysteria-killing, says-it-all cartoon:

Hat Tip Powerline Blog

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Nov 10 2016

A Few Understand What Just Happened

If you did not see the Trump win coming, then you probably need to recognize your world view is a bit out off kilter I say this for those who want to rejoin the real America, which is not a racist or misogynist place – any more than Trump is racist or misogynist

If you fell for the Political News Medias caricature of Donald Trump, put out there to try and convince they voters they were wrong and that the Political Industrial Complex* knows better, then you really need to stop a second and decide if you really want to be the tool of these elites. That meme was placed out there to fool people.

Do you want to live your life being their useful idiot?

Anyone can make a mistake or be fooled by the news media and politicians. Heck, I fell for every fictional claim about Ronald Reagan as I prepared to vote for the first time in a Presidential election. I bought the Democrat’s BS hook, line and sinker. Back then all of my family were Democrats. So I voted for Carter and, when he lost, awaited the end of the world.

But then I watch Ronald Reagan govern for 8 years, and bring this country back up to its greatness. And I realized I had been the tool of the Democrat propaganda machine.

I never, ever belonged to a political party again. I support issues and policies, but I do my own research. I never take anything a politician says at face value. The more I support a politician (say George W Bush), the more I have to cross check and be skeptical – just to make sure my feelings don’t mess with my knowledge.

As for the news media – I am the proverbial rocket scientist (except I don’t work on the rocket end of things, more the command, control and communications end). I can tell you the news media barely grass what they report on. Their smug ignorance is legend. Needless to say, they hold little value to me except as insight into the power plays in government. Something I also see every day.

So I may sound harsh, but if you want to know what is going on in this world you CANNOT listen to those nattering nabobs on TV as your source of information and knowledge.

Anyway, there are a few who are getting what happened this week. They are communicating their insights out so as to help and warn people who did not see this coming.

But first, a little self pat-on-the-back. Nate Silver is out addressing how his personal desires may have caused him to claim too much confidence in a Clinton win. An objective eye would have been warning everyone there is no clear indicator in the polls. Silver mentioned this caveat as an aside, but really should have driven it home as his core finding – Too Close To Call.

Anyway, I want to borrow his map of the likely 2016 Electoral College to compare it to my own predictions – which were much better than Silver’s (we rocket folks also use sophisticated math, models and statistics). Here is where things should end up once the final states are called:

And here is my map I put out the morning of the election:

AJStrata_Election_MapAJStrata’s Election Prediction

Not too bad, if I may say so myself.

But to put the ego-patting aside, I think I have earned some credibility in terms of clarity of insight regarding this nation at this pivotal time. From my little perch just outside the DC beltway, in the belly of the beast, I found the following postmortem’s to be most clear-eyed. Watch or read these in their entirety. It is worth the extra time.

First, this from Slate:

The Democratic Party establishment has beclowned itself and is finished.

The party establishment made a grievous mistake rallying around Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t just a lack of recent political seasoning. She was a bad candidate, with no message beyond heckling the opposite sideline. She was a total misfit for both the politics of 2016 and the energy of the Democratic Party as currently constituted. She could not escape her baggage, and she must own that failure herself.

Theoretically smart people in the Democratic Party should have known that. And yet they worked giddily to clear the field for her. Every power-hungry young Democrat fresh out of law school, every rising lawmaker, every old friend of the Clintons wanted a piece of the action. This was their ride up the power chain. The whole edifice was hollow, built atop the same unearned sense of inevitability that surrounded Clinton in 2008, and it collapsed, just as it collapsed in 2008, only a little later in the calendar. The voters of the party got taken for a ride by the people who controlled it, the ones who promised they had everything figured out and sneeringly dismissed anyone who suggested otherwise. They promised that Hillary Clinton had a lock on the Electoral College. These people didn’t know what they were talking about, and too many of us in the media thought they did.

This is a grueling but necessarily treatise on how the Political Elite played God and got burned. The essence here is wake up and fix the Democrat Party.

And here is another good assessment:

The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump’s victory. More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.

This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’s be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.

And can you blame them? Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

Understand something, the caricature of Trump and his supporters is all fiction! It was the wallpaper inside the bubble of the elites that kept them from having to face the fact they are being rejected by the people of this country.

It is not racist to want to control our borders and stem the influx – for a period – of people from other lands. It is not racist to note that Islam has a violent element willing to kill innocents at any time and any place. Just like one bad cop can give all cops a bad rap, so can a handful of bloody insane Muslims. It is not racist or nativist to deport immigrants who have committed serious felonies.

The media over stated the drivers behind  these views to propel their candidate to victory. They were not reporting facts.

The last good perspective was from the Morning Joe show:

If you are willing to have an open mind and want to reconnect with the America that just elected Donald Trump, you can start with these.

* The Political Industrial Complex encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.

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