Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Reno speech

Most of the particular charges to do with racism against Trump in her speech were smears, and given all we know there is more reason to suspect Obama of personal racism than Trump.

Remember Wright, Farrakhan, and Sharpton?

But the reality is that Trump, the white nationalists who support him, and the anti-immigrationists who now dominate the Republican Party stand not for racial fairness, reconciliation, and acceptance for all, but for refusal of the diversity of America and even the world.

"Stronger together" is the only path to a viable future.

"Raise high the Confederate battle flag," "Celebrate Nathan Bedford Forrest," "Build a mighty wall," and "amass a deportation force to cleanse America of 11 million Hispanic men, women, and children, young and old, even infants" is an absurd refusal of reality.

Even if he back pedals, abandoning the wall, mass deportation, or both, after making them his defining issues for so long it's too late to undo what has been done.

Before our eyes and over the course of this campaign, the Republican Party has become the vehicle of a political movement committed at its core to shameful goals and shameful ideals.

I am one of those white folks who voted for O twice, and would again.

We are betting on inclusion.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Diplomacy

Fine film on Netflix.

While watching I thought of how Hitler and the Nazis behaved in a more of less civilized fashion toward the French, and how the German Fuhrer admired the British and their empire.

And what Hitler planned for the East, and would have done had he defeated Stalin. 

Success

After frightful maneuvers to leave secretly and reenter acceptably, Valjean is allowed a place working in the convent garden by the prioress, under the name Ultimus Fauchelevent.

Cosette, as his granddaughter, is allowed as a pupil.

The actual Fauchelevent wins regard as high in Catholic circles as the pope, but is as unaware as an ox that he has won a blue ribbon.

Les Miserables.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Baltimore eye in the sky

Baltimore Police Respond To Report Of Secret Aerial Surveillance Program

The program is “not an unmanned drone or a secret surveillance program,” Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith began the Wednesday press conference by saying.

“This is a 21st century investigative tool used to assist investigators in solving crimes. 

The wide area imagery system allows for the capability of seeing 32 square miles. 

This, effectively, is a mobile CitiWatch camera. 

What we gain with this is size, so we see a larger area than we would see with a CitiWatch camera, but what we lose is the clarity that we get from a CitiWatch camera, which is on the ground.”

He credited the program with helping solve a crime involving a pair of elderly siblings being shot in Walbrook Junction in February.

The CitiWatch program is a voluntary registry that contains the location and owner information of privately owned surveillance systems—information that is valuable to the Baltimore Police Department in the event of a crime. 

There are 700 such cameras throughout the city.

Rachel Maddow hearts NATO

Rachel Maddow swoons over what Joe Biden did to save the world from Donald Trump

Interesting.

The further left, most of the Bernie left, was far from hot for NATO expansion, at the time, and is not far from Trump and the paleocons on the matter.

Not that far left, eh Rachel?

"Cleanup on aisle five."

Iranians acting like North Koreans

Axis of Evil.

US fires warning shots at Iranian vessel after close encounter

A US Navy patrol craft fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat Wednesday after US officials said it had harassed that patrol craft, CNN has learned.

Another US patrol craft and a Kuwaiti Navy ship were also harassed in the incident, which took place in the northern end of the Persian Gulf.

At one point, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of one of the US Navy boats. 

When it failed to leave the area after the Navy had fired flares and had a radio conversation with the Iranian crew, the US officials said, the USS Squall fired three warning shots. 

Following standard maritime procedures, the Navy fired the three shots into the water to ensure the Iranians understood they needed to leave the immediate area.

Americans don't agree with anti-immigrant forces

This is news just as bad for Cruz and the entire white nationalist wing of the GOP as it is for The Duce.

Poll finds rejection of many of Trump’s views on immigration

Overwhelming rejection of the wall, of negative stereotypes, and of mass deportation.

Trump supporters, of course, are on the wrong side of all of this.

In case you weren't sure of her priorities

Coulter: Trump's 'softening' on immigration remark a panic move

Coulter, a hardline opponent of illegal immigration and one of Trump's most prominent media backers, was speaking to The Hill at a party to launch her new book, "In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!"

In the book, Coulter writes that "there's nothing Trump can do that won't be forgiven. 

Except change his immigration policies."

That remark would make little sense if her position had to do with the adverse economic impact on American workers of excess low-wage immigration, since obviously Trump could do things to jeopardize American workers even more than low-wage immigration would.

And, anyway, the question is largely theoretical since there is little low-wage immigration going on right now, and the actual controversy is about the fate of the illegals already here, many here long since and long since employed.

And Trump's fiscal, industrial, and anti-regulatory agenda as a whole could be suspected of disfavoring citizen workers far more than allowing many of the 11 million illegals already here to stay.

It could even be argued that any serious effort at such a vast program of ethnic cleansing would involve enormous and prohibitive costs that would fall very heavily on America's 99%.

As for Muslim immigration, though I agree with halting it and severely restricting, if not ending, Muslim temporary visits on student or other visas, those are security measures of less than crucial significance.

Broadly speaking, American Muslims play well with others, all told, compared to Muslims in less fortunate lands.

And I think her chief concern and that of much of the anti-immigration vote is the large population of illegal Latinos in the US.

More evidence, if more were needed, that for her the immigration issue is really not much but a eurowhite nationalist issue, and bait for foolish working class white voters a little too nervous for their own good.

But now that Trump is toying with doing just that, Coulter is placed in the awkward position of having to defend a man who is no longer drawing such a hard line on immigration as he once did.

Trump and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, have signaled that his promised mass deportation force — which Trump said in the primary would be used to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants — may be a thing of the past.

And on Tuesday night, in a televised town-hall event, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity, "There certainly can be a softening, because we're not looking to hurt people."

What is this peace deal?

Victory or surrender?

For whom?

Farc peace deal: rebels and Colombian government sign accord to end war

Colombia faces Brexit-style ‘great dilemma’ in vote to end war with Farc

Too sweet for the FARC, too risky for the government, I think.

"Our Revolution" in trouble


Almost everything they are for I oppose.

Almost everything they oppose I am for.

Strangely absent from their concerns, as listed in this story, is the issue of international trade.

Ah, well.

Fair trade is just free trade made even more profitable for the foreign producers who get our jobs, anyway.

Bernie and the left have always been faux opponents of free trade.

True, they seem to aim at better for retirees, but I doubt that can be trusted.

Far too many of the sorts of young and radical leftists who support Bernie make no effort to hide their anger at and scorn for old white folks.

And the agenda as a whole is too ambitious, largely wrong-headed, and puts at risk what we already have.