Aug 09 2016

Is It “Brexit In America” This Election Cycle?

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Update 10:30 PM Eastern: Unsurprisingly Paul Ryan won his primary. It was a tall order to unseat a Speaker of the House. But as I proposed, the results could be an indicator of the strength of the populist movement and if it was not being measured by the polls.

Unfortunately for Trump supporters (and I are one), the results indicate little to no energy in the WI 1st district for populism over elitism.  With 80% of precincts reporting, Ryan is ahead by 69% points:

Paul Ryan
45,034 votes
Paul Nehlen
8,297 votes
So, it does not look like “Brexit in America” night. Good news: we have a long way until November for things to happen – end update

Given the uniqueness of this election cycle with candidate Trump and the populist wave building in many countries of “the west”, it is hard to put much trust in the polls.  This lesson was learned during the Brexit vote in the UK when polls showed the “stay” campaign comfortably ahead on the day of the vote:

The paper ballots were still being counted by hand. Only the British overseas territory of Gibraltar had reported final results. Yet the assumption of a Remain victory filled the room—and depressed my hosts. One important journalist had received a detailed briefing earlier that evening of the results of the government’s exit polling: 57 percent for Remain.

Emphasis mine. Brexit went on to win 52% to 48%.  That is a swing of +14% to -4% on the day of the vote! The polls were off by 18% against the Elites/Globalist who inhabit the European Political Industrial Complex (or PIC). I commented on why the polls were likely to be so far off:

… why would any anti-big-government voter participate in a poll from the PIC? They won’t. So the polls become more and more over sampled by the PIC defenders: an ever shrinking fraction of the voting population.

[Note: Political Industrial Complex (PIC) = all the career politicians, all the career bureaucrats, the sea of career political consultants and career staff, the political donor class and their career lobbyists, and of course the pliant career political news media. The EU is the epitome of the Political Industrial Complex – the apex of bad ideas hoisted upon the masses without thought or responsibility. The “elite” denizens of the PIC live apart from the rest of humanity]

Today we are going to get a clear indication of how deep the ant-elite wave is in America. Paul Ryan, GOP Speaker of the House, is fighting off a primary challenger who has built his “Hail Mary” campaign on the populist movement. How he performs against Ryan is going to be a clear and unambiguous measure of the anti-government movement.

I seriously doubt Ryan will lose. But I also seriously doubt he will win by 60%.  The closer Ryan  gets to 60%, the less likely we have “Brexit In America” and the more likely it is Hillary can pull this election out.  But if Ryan is down near 20% (or worse), then it is more likely Trump will ride a populist wave to victory in November.

This will be a very enlightening evening as the primary results come in.

BTW, turnout seems to be low today, which is probably really bad for Ryan.  We know the populist voters have energy (see Trumps record breaking vote totals in his primaries).  So ambivalence will probably be on the Ryan side.  The lower the turnout, the more likely it is Ryan’s tepid supporters who just failed to be worried about him losing. Paul Nehlen’s supporters – who were all about sending a message to DC – will win the day on the urge to purge DC.

Check back for updates if we detect a hint of Brexit tonight

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Jul 26 2016

DNC Emails Possibly Exposed By Hillary’s Private Server

OK, be patient why I delve into my inner geek.

Everyone is proposing those toxic DNC emails that roiled the Democrat National Convention this weekend were hacked by Russia. Which I actually do not doubt.

But please understand, to hack into a system someone needs to be sloppy and “invite” the hackers in! So how is it that HRC emails and DNC emails were both exposed to the voters during this election year?

Well, … let’s begin with Hillary’s “personal” server and known incidents:

Clinton’s server was configured to allow users to connect openly from the Internet and control it remotely using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services.[64]It is known that hackers in Russia were aware of Clinton’s non-public email address as early as 2011.[71] It is also known that Secretary Clinton and her staff were aware of hacking attempts in 2011, and were worried about them.[72]

In 2012, according to server records, a hacker in Serbia scanned Clinton’s Chappaqua server at least twice, in August and in December 2012. It was unclear whether the hacker knew the server belonged to Clinton, although it did identify itself as providing email services for[64] During 2014, Clinton’s server was the target of repeated intrusions originating in Germany, China, and South Korea. Threat monitoring software on the server blocked at least five such attempts. The software was installed in October 2013, and for three months prior to that, no such software had been installed.

Now we know for a fact the “personal” side of Clinton’s electronic communication was to pave the way for her second run at the presidential election.  In fact, the server originated in 2008 to support her first run. Clinton would not want “Personal Political” emails to become public – for many reasons! (especially to hide any nexus between Bill’s speaking fees and State Department Policy decisions).

Everyone knows Politicians set up one account for “official business” and one for political business – a separation required by federal law. So if HRC was in communication with politicians and the DNC, it was through her personal server!

Then, there is the straight up admission by the FBI Director that Clinton’s email server was hacked because people in communication with her were hacked as well:

We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

Rooster coming home to roost! I would wager the reason the DNC email server was compromised was due to the lack of security on Clinton’s “personal” (read political) email server. HRC left the IT Security door open and that exposed everyone she was in contact with – government, DNC and friends!

Oh the irony – It Berns!!!

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Jul 22 2016

Trump & America Turn A Corner

I have no idea where the Donald Trump who delivered that excellent convention speech has been hiding out all these months, but I am very glad to see he showed up when he did. His speech capped a great convention – but not in the politically mainstream or politically correct sense of “great”.

The most jarring aspect of the convention was comparing the politician speakers (obviously the GOP selected speakers) against the non-politicians (probably selected by the Trump campaign). It was no contest. The Americans who were not from the Political Industrial Complex (PIC) outperformed across the board. Poor Hillary – I am sure her convention will tow the conventional convention line!

For the denizens of the PIC  the Trump Convention was awkward and different from any convention than they could imagine or desire. One that no sane politically elitist would suffer. Which is why it was so damn good!

Today’s commentary from the News Media wing of the PIC is pathetically predictable:

Trump’s speech proved once again that he would continue to throw out the traditional campaign rulebook that might dictate softer language and broader appeals. Instead, he offered his grim portrait of the country and a law-and-order message in the hope of summoning an army of disaffected and forgotten voters large enough to topple the political status quo in November.

Throughout this election year, it has been evident that the forces of change are in control, which puts Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at an obvious disadvantage. But with questions about his temperament and readiness to be president, Trump has but one way to win, and that was on display Thursday night.

Sounds good, right? Sounds like Trump hit the nail on the head. But there is always a caveat or some strand of false hope that the PIC reality extends to rest of the country:

His target audience remains white, mostly working-class, Americans bruised by economic change and worried about cultural changes.

Good lord, how can you still believe this (especially since the white “working class” has endured Obama’s economic failures better than many minorities)? There is a reason I stopped watching conventions on cable or prime time, because the talking heads do nothing but translate and spin what is going on for the poor dumb masses.

I watch these unfiltered and in the raw on C-SPAN, and I suggest everyone else do the same. Because if you didn’t watch C-SPAN, you missed this purely white working class speech:

Pastor Mark Burns “burned” down the house! He had the place rocking. He had our family room rocking! And he was not alone – Peter Thiel got a standing ovation.

I see echos of Brexit, where the elites kept claiming the populist message was not resonating, how could anyone put their livelihood above such glorious endeavors things such as “globalization”!

Look, the dynamics are not that hard to figure out. Those who have done all the sacrificing – blue collar workers whose jobs went overseas, minorities fighting for ever shrinking jobs with illegal immigrants, small family businesses fighting mega-companies, just about all average Americans – are done sacrificing. They are going to send into DC an outsider to change the direction of this country and call on the PIC to begin sacrificing for once.

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.

And it is their turn to sacrifice their cushy, crony-built livelihoods so the rest of this country can get their fair share of the American Dream!

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Jul 21 2016

Overwhelmed Political Elite Circle The Wagons “To Resist We The People”

Last night Ted Cruz exposed the Political Industrial Complex (PIC) in all its arrogant and self-centered glory. He is the next (but not the last) of a long line the GOP-algned members of the PIC to confirm why Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump are necessary and legitimate grass root movements.

As a reminder, 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. It is sect of society just as insidious as the  Military Industrial Complex, from which I derived the label:

The military–industrial complex (MIC) is an informal alliance between a nation’s military and the defense industry which supplies it, seen together as a vested interest which influences public policy.

Established to funnel funds to the crony defense industry, the MIC simply exploits the PICs power via taxpayer money and skewed laws to funnel that money. The PIC has no power if it cannot reap financial reward from redistribution of tax payer money.  Just look at how the Clinton’s used the Office of Secretary of State to grow wealthy:

At least two dozen different companies, groups or foreign governments paid former President Bill Clinton hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees at the same time that they had issues pending with the State Department that was being run by his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, alleges a new report this week.

More than $8 million was eventually paid out to the former president – and 15 of the organizations also donated as much as $15 million to the family’s charity, The Clinton Foundation, according to the report published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.

These people you see on TV this week at the convention – with the exception of the the Trumps and those business owners who spoke on behalf of Donald Trump – are all part of the PIC. The talking head media especially is in the tank for the PIC, as can be seen by their rabid attacks on the Trumps and those average Americans speaking at the convention:

CNN Pundit Equates Hillary to Jesus, Christie’s Speech ‘Was Everything Except Crucify Her’

Chris Matthews: ‘Bloodthirsty’ GOP Delegates Ready to ‘Kill’ Clinton?

ABC, MSNBC Denounce Christie as ‘Inciting’ a ‘Mob,’ Pushing a ‘Banana Republic’

Film Critic Called GOP Convention the ‘World’s Largest Lynch Mob’

This is the news media protecting its gravy train – plain and simple.

So back to Cruz – who is a creature of the PIC and is as afraid of Trump’s grass roots forces as much as any other insulated member of the PIC.  What Cruz did, in withholding his support of Trump, is join the line of GOP-leaning PIC members who are actually trying to circle their wagons to protect themselves from THE VOTERS!

The #NeverTrump movement was all about one thing – overturning the primary election results. It was all about negating not just the votes of the Trump supporters, but all the volunteered hours they put in to bring this phenomena to fruition. Cruz was the last ditch option of the GOP-aligned PIC. They tried Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco (Marco, Marco, Marco) Rubio, and others to derail the grass roots.

It is no coincidence that outsiders such as Herman Cain and Ben Carson have been pushed out of races by the PIC-aligned news media. The PIC cannot afford outsiders who will disrupt the flow of wealth.

But make no mistake, this realignment began in 2010 with the Tea Party turning the tides on establishment candidates. Surprisingly, those grass root outsiders are now the insiders fighting Trump and his broader coalition of voters (Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to name two). It does seem that absolute power corrupts absolutely. And quickly in DC. I was born inside the beltway and grew up and raised our family just outside. I know DC, and I know what it does to people.

It makes their careers dependent on towing the line. A great example of an average good person being consumed by the PIC is Vince Foster.

Hillary Clinton relentlessly browbeat her clinically depressed former law partner Vince Foster shortly before he committed suicide in 1993, according to notes from a final jailhouse interview with a former close business partner of the Clintons.

Jim McDougal, a long-time member of the Clintons’ Arkansas inner circle and a central figure in the Whitewater scandal, passed away from a heart attack in prison in 1998. But he said in a final interview before his death that Hillary Clinton had a “hard, difficult personality” and was “riding [Vince Foster] every minute” about Whitewater before Foster took his own life.

The leaders of the PIC are very aggressive. They will do things most people would not think about doing to gain power and prestige. Which is why the PIC is circling the wagons and trying to mute and control the voters. They will be working to control who can be a viable candidate. They will be putting in stops and checks to thwart voters – for “convenience” of course:

Without doubt, one of the most troublesome aspects of the current system is its gross inefficiency. Whereas generations ago selecting a nominee took relatively little time and money, today’s process has resulted in a near-permanent campaign. Because would-be nominees have to win primaries and open caucuses in several states, they must put together vast campaign apparatuses that spread across the nation, beginning years in advance and raising tens of millions of dollars.

The length of the campaign alone keeps many potential candidates on the sidelines. In particular, those in positions of leadership at various levels of our government cannot easily put aside their duties and shift into full-time campaign mode for such an extended period.


Though the reforms of the nominating process that began in the 1960s and ’70s were intended to better represent the will of the voting public, the result has been a system that does not reflect the interests and values of the nationwide Republican electorate at all. Instead, inordinate amounts of power are held by a handful of groups that do not represent the broader party or its interests.

Emphasis mine. I was dumbfounded the by the string of “logic” in this argument. It sounded straight out of the European Union (where they have eliminated the role of the citizen voters all together). So, it is hard (weep, weep,, wah, wah) to gain the support of the voters in enough states to win primaries and caucuses. This is especially hard on government leaders!!

Like non-government leaders don’t have to sacrifice to win an election? What a bunch of PIC-centric crap.

And wait to you hear the solution!

During the week of Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), the Republican Party would hold a Republican Nomination Convention that would borrow from the process by which the Constitution was ratified. Delegates to the convention would be selected by rank-and-file Republicans in their local communities, and those chosen delegates would meet, deliberate, and ultimately nominate five people who, if willing, would each be named as one of the party’s officially sanctioned finalists for its presidential nomination. Those five would subsequently debate one another a half-dozen times.

Bottom line – remove the voters who may just not agree with the party apparatchik.

This solution – couched in claims of efficiency, purity of GOP doctrine and bizarrely accountability to the “voters” – is a path to a new form of communism. When the PIC down selects for us  all we will get is PIC-approved (donor funded) Manchurian candidates.

Charles Lipson said it well today:

For years, rank-and-file Republicans had been sending the same message, and their leaders have refused to listen. This year, the voters pounded their fists and said, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Their message: The GOP’s elected leaders had failed in their core obligations. They had been elected to staunch the progressive tide of Washington centralization, Big Government legislation, and endless regulation by faceless bureaucrats.

They had not just failed. They had hardly tried. When big bureaucracies broke the laws or botched their responsibilities, they escaped the consequences. That was true for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Government Services Administration, and many others. After some theatrical congressional hearings, there were few punishments, fewer firings, and no budget reductions—this by a Republican Congress. The predictable result is a bloated, unaccountable, incompetent government slipping away from its constitutional moorings.

We don’t need to reform the primaries – we need to reform the entire PIC.

Trump has shaken the GOP-aligned PIC to its core. So badly the insulated denizens have openly called for MORE insulation – from the voters. If you want a sign Trump is the person to shake up Washington and break the elites’ hold on our country – just keep watching how various elements of the PIC  react. Watch how news media, Supreme Court Justices, pols like Romney/Bush/Cruz and now the punditry all are thinking of ways to remove the voters from the equation.

Trump must be doing something right – or is planning on it. And remember, those in the PIC standing beside Trump now are a mixed bag. Some agree completely with him (Christie, Guilani, Gingrich, etc), and some are just positioning themselves to survive (Ryan).  We will find out who is who very soon.

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Jul 15 2016

The Slaughter Of Innocents In France


First off, my prayers go out to all those families who lost loved ones, or who have loved ones fighting to survive.  I wish there was more I could do or say to help you in these dark days.

But I do have something I want to say to everyone else.

Very few of us can grasp what kind of evil can entice someone to drive through a crowded street and kill innocent people – including too many children – all  in the name of “Allah“. But the source of this evil is not western civilization, white racists, national pride, strong border advocates, the police, Trump supporters, Brexit voters or Islamophobia.

The evil that plowed a 20+ ton truck through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in France was not born from the regular straw-men of America’s Liberals and Democrats. It was born in the radical mosques of a religion being torn apart by forces no one can seem to satiate. The blood lust is now too deep, the cancer of violence now spreading faster in Islam. The excuses used to cover this fact up are becoming thin and tattered with over use.

The truth is, if there is a well-spring for this evil, it may lay at the feet of “globalization”.

The one thing Islamo Fascism seems to be clear about is it does not want the western world’s norms impinging on Muslim orthodoxy – as backwards and racist and sexist as it may be at times. Strict Islamic teachings are at odds with modern western culture – plain and simple. When the two mix it produces explosive and bloody results.

Just look at the emotional and religious forces at play with the Orlando killings.

Strict Islam may not be able to coexist side-by-side with western liberal norms. This is something the Political Industrial Complex (those gated community “elites” who have been lining their pockets while experimenting on the rest of us) may not understand, or may refuse to understand if it gets in the way of their plans and treasures. But it is something everyone should consider.

Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump are just two different forms of social antibodies rising up against the elites and their mad schemes. It may be the case that all parties involved are not interested in intimate cohabitation – at this time. I am not saying this will be  the case forever, but why not take a breather? It may be premature to force strict Islam and modern western societies to try and exist side-by-side, day-to-day. The coexistence may have to happen naturally, over time.

The Democrats in America don’t seem to be patient on this topic. They won’t face up to their errors in judgement and strategy. Instead they plan to spread the rising tensions to every corner of this nation, just as the elites did in the EU with such success:

Between 2001 and 2013, the U.S. permanently resettled 1.5 million Muslim migrants on green cards. However, under Hillary Clinton’s stated proposals, Muslim immigration would grow substantially faster, adding nearly one million Muslim migrants to the U.S. during her first term alone.

Based on the most recent available DHS data, the U.S. permanently resettled roughly 149,000 migrants from predominantly Muslim countries on green cards in 2014. Yet Clinton has said that, as President, she would expand Muslim migration by importing an additional 65,000 Syrian refugees into the United States during the course of a single fiscal year. Clinton has made no indication that she would limit her proposed Syrian refugee program to one year.

Hillary is heading for a historic defeat this election year. She represents the worn out “elite” mindset and arrogance. The same mindset that insults those who dissent with elite concepts, since rational debate is beyond their intellectual reach. She does not get it, nor does the Political Industrial Complex.  Their mistakes are legend (health care, education, infrastructure, good jobs, expanding economy, religious tolerance, national security, etc), their pathetic results clear. The violence between the west and strict Islam is just one more miscalculation.

The voters have had enough. Time to clean house and shrink government down to the bare essentials. Which includes suspending the forced merging of cultures.

Don’t think this is possible? Think again:

Both the GWPF and its chairman, Lord Lawson, have been calling for this much-needed rationalisation for several years.

As the new government under Theresa May focuses on the much more important issues of economic growth, international competitiveness and leaving the European Union, the decision will provide vital savings. It is hoped that the abolition of DECC will also encourage a new emphasis on cost-effective policy-making.

“Moving energy policy to the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy should give ministers a fresh impetus to ensure that the costs for consumers and businesses are driven down, not pushed further up,” said GWPF director Dr Benny Peiser.

This move in the UK pretty much tanked the green insanity there and should kill off the now-debunked idea that “man made CO2” is poisoning the Earth. Don’t over react on this statement – humanity has poisoned the Earth – and still does in developing areas. CO2 is just not the primary culprit Green ‘science’ cooked it up to be (so they could siphon off more of humanity’s hard earned money and fatten the lining of their pockets). There are serious air and water issues that need addressing. Fighting CO2 is a waste of funds better spent on real problems.

Wouldn’t it be great to see these “rationalisations” come to America? Wouldn’t it make sense to  close our open borders and go back to controlled immigration? At a minimum we need to take a multi-year breather and see where we are.

And maybe it is not a great idea to bring two so diametrically opposing cultures so close together that they have to either surrender their beliefs or destroy each other? Of course, the Muslims who thrive in Western Societies are welcomed. This discussion is nuanced and focused. It is not a generalization on Islam.

We need to always remember that there is a broad spectrum of Islamic belief. But that end of the spectrum that condones and cheers acts like we saw in France does not seem to be capable of global integration – at this time.

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Jul 05 2016

Clinton Cleared, Per Obama’s 2-Year Plan

If you think the whole matter of Hillary’s email abuse – and hiding her records from public view – was staged you are probably  brighter than the average “Political Elite”.  Or at least much brighter than those “Elites” would give you credit at being.

Today’s headlines echo the same talking point language President Obama uttered 2 years ago on this matter – proof positive this is all scripted and a coordinated maneuver by the Political Elite to protect Hillary:

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Jun 26 2016

Brexit A Warning Shot To Political Elites – Your Time Is Up

[ Updated 6:20 PM EST, Sunday June 26, 2016 for minor grammar errors and to correct sentence structure.]

The elites don’t understand how badly they have governed, how poorly they have executed, and how much the citizens of the west are ready to dump them from power.

In fact they are so clueless their petulant reaction has reached hilarious levels.

All through what I am going to link to and discuss in this post, remember that it is these very same elites whose brilliant failures have had severe impacts on the careers and lives of the citizenry they now fear and loathe. The fortress of ignorance and arrogance that surrounds the Political Industrial Complex (the isolated and opaque bastion of the elites) is now crumbling. The reaction by those who became incredibly wealthy while they destroyed the social fabric and economies of the majority of free people in the west is pathetic – and expected.

[Note: Political Industrial Complex (PIC) = all the career politicians, all the career bureaucrats, the sea of career political consultants and career staff, the political donor class and their career lobbyists, and of course the pliant career political news media. The EU is the epitome of the Political Industrial Complex – the apex of bad ideas hoisted upon the masses without thought or responsibility. The “elite” denizens of the PIC live apart from the rest of humanity]

This year the general citizenry is making it clear it is the elite’s jobs and careers that are on the line now. No more sacrificing the masses for some mythical greater good (which always seems to be only good for those who make a living in the PIC). Now it is the elites turn to be the focus of social and economic experimentation: a return to local democracy and self-governing.

And all of a sudden, now democracy is too ugly for the elites!

Look what happened after Brexit. The UK Pound took a beating and a vast amount of wealth was wiped out ($120 billion or so by some reports).

Did you feel any effect? I know I didn’t. I doubt ANY of the “Leave” voters felt much of anything economically. They had already been deprived of good jobs and wages. I doubt they had extensive stock or treasury holdings. The “elites” over the past decades created this backlash by depleting not just the patience of the citizenry, but their savings and futures as well.

[By the way, ‘elite’ is a self-applied moniker to distinguish them from us ‘nationalists’. They are not ‘elite’ since most cannot perform surgery, delivery a baby, build a solid house, run a farm, operate large equipment, fix a car, build a satellite, etc, etc. They anointed themselves and declared themselves superior so as to not have to compete with the rest of the citizenry regarding innovative ideas and solutions. The only thing they are good at is knowing how to pass bad laws and fail in implementing any legislative solutions. They fear the citizenry because they fear facing their own average intellects]

Two excellent write ups have come out since Brexit, highlighting why the “elite” denizens of the Political Industrial Complex are so confused and angry. Interestingly, these are from denizens of the PIC – from inside the belly of the beast!

First up is from Megan McArdle:

The inability of those elites to grapple with the rich world’s populist moment was in full display on social media last night. Journalists and academics seemed to feel that they had not made it sufficiently clear that people who oppose open borders are a bunch of racist rubes who couldn’t count to 20 with their shoes on, and hence will believe any daft thing they’re told. Given how badly this strategy had just failed, this seemed a strange time to be doubling down.

Or perhaps they were just unable to grasp what I noted in a column last week: that nationalism and place still matter, and that elites forget this at their peril. A lot people do not view their country the way some elites do: as though the nation were something like a rental apartment — a nice place to live, but if there are problems, or you just fancy a change, you’ll happily swap it for a new one.

In many ways, members of the global professional class have started to identify more with each other than they have with the fellow residents of their own countries. Witness the emotional meltdown many American journalists have been having over Brexit.

They used to call it “fly over country” – but the fact is the denizens of the PIC are not “elite”, they are the ultimate isolationists. They are the ultimate haters.  And they are the ultimate leeches. Look at Venezuela and you will see what decades of an isolated and insulated Political Industrial Complex will reap in the end. The rich will eat high on the hog, while the masses literally starve from lack of food, die from lack of basic medical services, or become victims of crime due to lack of basic police services.

Megan McArdle continues:

A lot of my professional colleagues seemed to, and the dominant tone framed this as a blow against the enlightened “us” and the beautiful world we are building, struck by a plague of morlocks who had crawled out of their hellish subterranean world to attack our impending utopia.

Emphasis mine. The masses are definitely going to attack the Political Industrial Complex’s “Utopia”. It is a small and greedy little utopia where only the elites gets to partake (remember, the crony big donors live in the PIC as well). Since this utopia (from the elite’s point of view) is actually a blood-sucking cancer from the view of the general public, of course it has to be attacked!

And destroyed. It is simply a matter of self preservation. Self defense.

The second excellent piece was by David Frum:

The paper ballots were still being counted by hand. Only the British overseas territory of Gibraltar had reported final results. Yet the assumption of a Remain victory filled the room—and depressed my hosts. One important journalist had received a detailed briefing earlier that evening of the results of the government’s exit polling: 57 percent for Remain.

The polling industry will be one victim of the Brexit vote. A few days before the vote, I met with a pollster who had departed from the cheap and dirty methods of his peers to perform a much more costly survey for a major financial firm. His results showed a comfortable margin for Remain. Ten days later, anyone who heeded his expensive advice suffered the biggest percentage losses since the 2008 financial crisis.

The bookies as well had it badly wrong.  Apparently, like the pollsters above, these people only listened to other denizens of the PIC. No insight or knowledge from outside could penetrate this opaque utopian bubble.

And as I noted before – why would any anti-big-government voter participate in a poll from the PIC? They won’t. So the polls become more and more over sampled by the PIC defenders: an ever shrinking fraction of the voting population. Do I care if Hillary has a double digit lead over Trump right now? Not when she is sitting in the mid to low 40’s I don’t.

Frum goes on to highlight changes that the elites never had to deal with – just the masses:

British population growth is not generally perceived to benefit British-born people. Migration stresses schools, hospitals, and above all, housing. The median house price in London already amounts to 12 times the median local salary. Rich migrants outbid British buyers for the best properties; poor migrants are willing to crowd more densely into a dwelling than British-born people are accustomed to tolerating.

The June 23 vote represents a huge popular rebellion against a future in which British people feel increasingly crowded within—and even crowded out of—their own country: More than 200,000 British-born people leave the U.K. every year for brighter futures abroad, in Australia above all, the United States in second place.

When “home” is quickly transformed by a tsunami of outside influences it is not “home” anymore. Change is not bad, but a disruptive change can create an equally disruptive backlash.

It is hilarious to look at the logic proffered by the agents of the PIC and realize how blind it is. The logic of the “Remain” and Clinton campaign was how could anyone vote for upheaval, for drastic change? But the upheaval and drastic change was being brought on by the elites! The upheaval and drastic changes have been buffeting the citizenry of the west for decades as the globalists have become ridiculously wealthy while pretending it was all for the greater good.

I call BS on that kind of circular thinking!

How could the masses upend the elite’s utopia?

How could they not? As I said – it has come to the point that it is now a matter of survival, of self preservation.

Thus far this revolution has been measured and bloodless, the upending of the PIC Utopia coming from the barrel of the ballot box.

Which is why we now see attacks on democracy itself.

This is why Mitt Romney, Bill Krystal and George Will have all pouted off into history. They are elites on the right side of the PIC.  They are disgusted that they have to pay attention to the American voters. They openly scheme on how to prevent the will of the voters from being expressed.

Well the voters have two words to help them out: “Good Riddance”.

The GOP has stood for democracy, freedom, individual responsibility and small government. It just happens that it needs a good old-fashioned house cleaning to get back to these basics. And the more elites who head for the exits the better.

Don’t let the door knock you on your elite butt on the way out.

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Jun 24 2016

What To Make Of Brexit From EU

Looking over the political news media this morning I see most don’t get what happened yesterday. Which means the political elite don’t understand what happened either.

[Note: the news media is a major arm of the Political Industrial Complex, which includes the career politicians, their career staff, the consultancy industry, the crony donors and their lobbying industry and of course a pliant media who makes sure the proper messages are sent out to the masses]

One of the more spot-on write ups was by Roger Simon:

Those same elites had convinced each other they would win and therefore convinced the usual suspects—media, pollsters and, sadly, financial markets—that they were right. They were wrong. Watching them now on the BBC they still cannot comprehend  what has happened. The peasants have revolted—oh no, oh no. There must be some mistake. Didn’t they get the memo? The sky would fall if they left the EU.

Earth to elites: Citizens of truly democratic countries don’t want unlimited immigration into their countries by people who couldn’t be less interested in democracy. They also don’t want to be governed by the rules and regulations of faceless bureaucrats whose not-so-hidden goals are power and riches for themselves and their friends. Simple, isn’t it?

Yeah – pretty obvious. And the parallels to what is going on in America was well caught by Peter Weber:

If you don’t want Donald Trump to be president, the Brexit vote is a wake-up call.

The first lesson Brexit has for anti-Trump America is that there’s a potential majority out there that is angry, scared, and more than willing to jump into the abyss. Sober analysts and economists warned Britons repeatedly that pulling out of the EU would be an economic and security debacle. “They heard the warnings, listened to experts of every kind tell them that Brexit meant disaster, watched the prime minister as he urged them not to take a terrible risk,” says Matthew d’Ancona at The Guardian. “And their answer was: get stuffed.”

There was a definite flavor of “Make Britain Great Again” running through the Leave campaign, with Brexit proponents arguing that British sovereignty was being undermined by unelected elites in Brussels. One reason the referendum passed is the unexpectedly strong support of working-class Labour voters in northern England, the rough equivalent of midwestern Reagan Democrats, who don’t believe they have benefitted from open markets and open borders.

The masses are not cowering in fear, they are pissed off. The UK workers were being hammered by UNELECTED ELITES. There was no “believing” required. They know their careers and lives are being sacrificed by people who have protected themselves from these insane social theories.

Globalism is good to a point. Regulation is good to a point. Immigration is good to a point. But those point were passed decades ago.

As Roger Simon noted, these social theories are really “elites get rich” schemes. And the voters figured it out. Too bad for the elites, they should have been listening better. The owners of these countries are more than capable firing bad performers.

The UK representatives have been dismissed for years in the EU (see here and here). The Brussels elites ignored the wishes of the representatives of the EU’s second largest state economy and EU’s most effective state military.  And now the Elites are blaming everybody but themselves!

An interesting fallout from all this is Scotland may hold a referendum to leave the United Kingdom. The Brexit folks – who will be in charge at the time – will not be able to say Scotland should not do the same to the UK as the UK did to the EU!

Those hungering for a borderless world where national identity and tradition are subsumed are finding significant resistance from people who have worked for centuries to establish and maintain their own sense of culture and independence. Why this comes as a shock to anyone is puzzling at best.

But the independent streak may not stop at the borders of the United Kingdom. Scotland barely voted to pass on their own bid for independence not too long ago, and in an odd twist, their desire to remain in the European Union may be providing the excuse they need to take another shot at it.

[note: I am of Scottish, British and Welsh descent].

I do not think this logic pans out. If Scotland’s political elite think their citizens will trade the yoke of the UK for the economic noose of the EU, I think they will find themselves looking for new jobs too. Scotland could be independent again – but for what purpose?  If the Brexit folks are serious about decentralizing power then the UK is going to be undergoing a Renaissance in local-driven democracy.

Anyway, when all is said and done Obama and Clinton landed on the wrong side of history – but Donald Trump called it right! So hopefully America can also have a Renaissance of local governing democracy.

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Jun 23 2016

Live Blogging Brexit – Brexit Wins!!

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Final (11:53) – yes, everyone is beginning to call it: BREXIT!!

11:50 PM EST: It seems to be over.  Birmingham – a major population center – just came in )with 80% of the vote tallied) and the “Leave” campaign did what it has done all night.  It pulled out a slim lead where I would guess Remain was suppose to win:


Remain 223,451 – 49.58% Leave 227,251 – 50.42%

Leave Majority 3,800 – 0.84%

Electorate 707,210

Turnout 450,702 – 63.73%

11:40 PM EST: The vote tally is now 75% complete with 96 districts left to report out of 382.  Most of the United Kingdom’s big cities are in, though there are some London suburbs yet to report in.  But usually in elections when you hit 75% reporting in a 4% gap is nearly impossible to overcome.  Right now the “Leave vote has a very comfortable lead:

Remain 48% 10,969,257
Leave 52% 11,775,367
Since I do not know UK population densities very well, I think I will hold off until 85% of the vote is in to celebrate, but I think I was right in my last post when I predicted the polls would under sample the “Remain” camp since that also represent supporting the political elite.
It is normal for a “Leave” voter to avoid the pollsters, given this type of voter does not trust the political elites and their entourage. A pollster being a key member of the entourage.
The message Brexit sends to the Democrats in America should be loud and clear – enough with the political elite.  We are going back to rule by “We The People“!
11:03 PM EST: We are coming up on critical mass for the vote tallying. With 58% of the districts reporting in, Leave is in a strong position:

Remain 48% 8,266,692
Leave 52% 8,804,956
Nearly all the “Remain” strongholds in Scotland are in. A good number of the districts around London are also in with what I am going to guess is less Remain votes the needed. It is still to early to be sure, but I am thinking the Brexit forces may have pulled this off!
10:00 PM EST: Leave takes back the lead:

Remain 49.8% 3,266,123
Leave 50.2% 3,293,818
Again, it looks like when “Remain” does win it is by a smaller than needed number. And there seem to be some very slim “Leave” wins that I am wagering were supposed to be in the “Remain” camp. Don’t know for sure, and I won’t be blogging to the bloody end, but this is a very exciting time to live!
9:53 PM EST: Wow, is this close or what!:
Remain 50.01% 2,877,575
Leave 49.99% 2,876,697
A mere 878 votes separating the two camps
9:50 PM EST: That did not take long:
Remain 50.4%2,676,117
Leave 49.6%2,634,362
A slim difference with two thirds of the vote tallies outstanding.
9:45 PM EST: I wish I knew the UK districts better, but with 19.4% of the districts in the “Remain” camp has taken slim lead, but it seems to be on wave of Remain strongholds reporting in (see the The Express site for a map). Scotland looks to be 50-60% in, and that is a Remain stronghold.  So I suspect the lead will flip back over here soon:
Remain 51% 2,503,424
Leave 49% 2,430,954
9:25 PM EST: To illustrate what I was seeing in the data here are two districts reporting about the same time:


Remain 13,867 – 31.90% Leave 29,602 – 68.10%

Leave Majority 15,735 – 36.20%

Electorate 59,123

Turnout 43,469 – 73.52%

West Lothian

Remain 51,56058.25% Leave 36,948 – 41.75%

Remain Majority 14,612 – 16.51%

Electorate 130,920

Turnout 88,508 – 67.60%

Note that West Lothian, which went for “Remain”, is over twice the size of Harlow, which went for “Leave”. But in the end, Leave received a net 15,735 votes in Harlow, and Remain only 14,612 in West Lothian. Leave beat out Remain using a fraction of the voters to do it.

I think the EU just lost a key member nation

9:03 PM EST: With 7% of the electorate in Leave is now ahead 54% to 46% (820,348 to 706,333 votes). This is a very strong showing for Leave this early in the game.  Most of the Remain wins are in Scotland, and so represent a smaller fraction of the electorate that has been counted so far. Basically Leave is winning in the more populated districts so they are racking up larger numbers.

Began 8:35 PM EST.  This is a momentous night for humankind.  As Trump said in his speech this week, will we learn if the people lead or the politician do in two of the world’s oldest democracies. The first test of that brave new world coming to reality is tonight in the United Kingdom the vote on the EU Referendum to stay in (led by politicians) or leave (led by the people).

Early results show a very strong showing for Leave in places where there was supposed to be a much closer win (see Sunderland, a Leave win by 30,464) and very tight wins where Remain was supposed to be stronger (see Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a Remain win by 1,807). There are too many location still out to predict (only 4% reporting in), but so far the news is not bad for Brexit.

Best sites to monitor results are:

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Jun 23 2016

Dem Sit-In Was Illegal Campaign Action


Those Democrats who staged a Sit-In in the well of the House of Representatives where much more than churlish and disrespectful of The People’s House – they were in violation of House Ethics laws regarding campaigning.

The fact this spectacle was really a fundraising event was pointed out by House Speaker Paul Ryan today:

At his Thursday press conference, Ryan held up printed copies of a fundraising solicitation. “House Democrats on the House floor. Your contribution will go to the DCCC,” Ryan pointed out. He continued by pointing to each fundraising box in turn, “Fifteen dollars, this one says try giving us 25 bucks, but if you want you can send us 50, a hundred, 250 dollars, 500 dollars, a thousand, because look at what we’re doing on the House floor. Send us money.”

“If this is not a political stunt then why are they trying to raise money off of this? Off of a tragedy. What they’ve called for failed in a committee in the House. The reason I call this a stunt is because they know this isn’t going anywhere. It already failed in the Senate.

The Democrats pouting in the well of the House of Representatives made it clear this was a publicity stunt when they circumvented the communications rules:

Cameras covering the House floor were turned off on Wednesday as Democrats staged a sit-in to try to force a vote on gun control legislation.

House Republicans control the House and the cameras that feed C-SPAN, and said they would be kept off until the House was back in session.

Without the live cable feed, Democratic members took to their smartphones to captures pictures of the floor, and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) used Periscope to live stream the event, though it is against House rules to broadcast from the floor.

Emphasis mine.

So we have fundraising fliers magically appearing during a 1.5 day stunt along with an apparently preconceived plan to circumvent the communications rules with new tech (tech most of these political dinosaurs would be clueless about).  Smells like a campaign fundraising event to me.

So is this ethical? Does this follow Federal Campaign Law and House Ethics rules?

Of course it does not:

Top Ten Things to Remember about Campaign Activity

  1. You may not conduct campaign activities in official buildings, using official resources, or on House time.

More here (House Ethics Manual):

This chapter addresses the laws, rules, and standards on four major subjects
relating to campaign and political activity, as follows:
  • The general prohibition against using official House resources for campaign or political purposes;
  • Campaign work by House employees, which must be done on their own time and outside the congressional office, and without the use of any House resources;
  • The solicitation, receipt, and acceptance of campaign contributions, and the general prohibition against taking actions in one‘s official capacity on the basis of political considerations; and
  • The proper use of campaign funds

As detailed below, official resources of the House must, as a general rule, be used for the performance of official business of the House, and hence those resources may not be used for campaign or political purposes.

It is clear the House of Representatives is not a place for political stunts or fundraisers. So these two dozen or so democrats who participated in this “Pout In” need to be sanctioned for a clear and disgusting use of The People’s House for a crass fundraising activity.

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