Sunday, August 20, 2017

CNN Jake Tapper asks Adam Schiff, what about antifa violence?

With a giant red on blue sign under his chest saying "ANTIFA SEEKS PEACE THROUGH VIOLENCE," Adam dodges the question and goes back to the bullet point that criticizes the president for not unequivocally condemning racism and racist violence.

Which the president actually did, of course, from his first comments on the mess in Charlottesville.

Moments later, Rick Santorum, replying to a young black woman who had denounced embedded and entrenched racism in this country, systemic racism, mass incarceration, and income inequality (by race?), rejected that all whites are "somehow racist," as well as the idea of "systemic racism."

I turned it off at that point, not waiting for him to get to income inequality and mass incarceration.

He was stumbling over his words and she was trying to interrupt in rather chastising tone.

"This is a red line!" says John Kasich

Tell the Chinese if the NKs develop nukes they can hit us with we will strike them however we have to to do away with the nuclear threat.

If they don't want that and they don't want to risk what could happen as a result they need to make the NKs abandon their nuclear project.

Kasich said all that to Jake Tapper on CNN just now.

Hope Trump ignores them rather than working off his frustration and anger with DC and the press by bashing somebody

Somebody like Kim Jong Un.

North Korea warns of 'merciless strike' ahead of US-South Korea drills

North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming US-South Korea military exercises are "reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war."

Pyongyang also declared that its army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can "dodge the merciless strike."

The messages in Rodong Sinmun, the official government newspaper, come a day before the US starts the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises with South Korea.

Regularly scheduled and routine exercises that Trump could not possibly cancel without sending the most cowardly signal.

Although Bannon might get a laugh out of that.

It would certainly shake up the globalists.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Boston

On MSNBC, the Free Speech Rally in Boston on the Common, and the counter-demonstrators all around the area.

They say 20,000 counter-demonstrators far outnumber the demonstrators, no number give for them.

Police have been actively taking from people anything that could be used as a weapon except signs.

So far it looks like the CDs are demonstrating, in their view, against hate but not hate speech, not in favor of denying First Amendment protection to the extreme right.

The Ds are supposedly not the racist far right seen in Charlottesville, but libertarians and others on the right who are there to insist on and support First Amendment rights for all.

So they claim.

The CDs describe the Ds as "so-called free speech demonstrators, wink-wink."

How would they have described the very numerous left-wing free speech demonstrators of American history, I wonder.

MSNBC has shown precious little sympathy with the idea of free speech for all since the mess in Charlottesville began.

In recent decades, it seems the mainstream-ish left and many leading Democrats have grown more and more favorable to criminalizing speech that has been protected in the past, and advocacy that has been protected in the past.

Update, 08202017, 1012 hrs EDT.

A photo of the CDs shows a row of them carrying a sign stretching almost across a broad Boston street, "We will not accept a fascist America."

The CNN story is running a video of a helpful interview with a Holocaust survivor who must be nearly a hundred years old, and black and white video made by the allies when they found the death camps.

Right around the corner, it is.

According to some.

Hey, right on the verge

Seems like a lot of people on MSNBC have convinced themselves America is on the edge of a fascist/Nazi/Klan takeover, just like Italy in 1922 and Germany in 1933.

Or so they claim.

The left, like the right, never stops breeding loonies.

What America thinks of all that

Dreher: Trump Is More In Touch Than You Think

Looking at issues related to race and the Confederate monuments, the numbers are way to the right of, say, MSNBC.

  • A strong majority (62 percent) of Americans favor leaving the Confederate statues standing as historical markers
  • Overwhelming numbers of Republicans (86 percent) favor this, as do 61 percent of Independents
  • The only group with a majority favoring removal (57 percent) are “Strong Democrats” — as opposed to “Soft Democrats,” who slightly favor keeping them (52 percent)
  • When defined by political ideology, only Liberal/Very Liberal people muster a majority for taking statues down (57 percent). Among self-described Moderates, 67 percent favor leaving the statues standing. A whopping 81 percent of Conservative/Very Conservative people favor the statues staying in place
  • Unsurprisingly, the Northeast is the region of the country most in favor of removing the statues — but even there, a majority (53 percent) backs leaving the statues standing
  • Here’s a stunner: 44 percent of African-Americans polled believe in keeping the statues standing. Of Latinos, 65 percent believe the statues should remain
  • Comfortable majorities — no less than 60 percent — in each age cohort support the statues
  • This is barely an issue with white Evangelicals, 85 percent of whom back the statues. Only nine percent favor removal, with the rest unsure

And there's more.

Including some conclusions.

The news media have been seriously distorting public reaction to Trump’s handling of Charlottesville.

Whether this is a matter of only seeing what they want to see, or a matter of the talking heads being concentrated among coastal elites of both parties, is a matter of conjecture. 

True, a slight majority of Americans think Trump didn’t go far enough, but judging from the coverage and commentary, you would have thought at Charlottesville, Trump met his Waterloo. 

It didn’t happen. 

Charlottesville is not nearly a big a deal to Americans as it is to the media and coastal elites.

That seems a bit spurious.

To the extent that they editorialize - and nowadays they do that a whole lot - the media are not attempting to report but to mold public opinion.

As was surely obvious from the polarization of the media on this point, with CNN and MSNBC going with the liberal establishment while Fox and Breitbart went with talk radio and the alt.right.

And that, as it happens, made the latter coincidentally but not intentionally (though no doubt gladly) more reflective of American opinion as a whole.

Still, Dreher is right that white liberals and pretty much all white supporters of Democrats who think the monuments to the Confederacy ought to come down are unable or unwilling to answer black extremists, though they do not agree with them and are very uncomfortable with the apparent racism of their views.

That is, the views of those blacks who seem to support our republican form of government but refuse to allow honor to the whites who created it - Washington, Jefferson and so on - because of what those same whites did to their ancestors - or, anyway, people the same color as their ancestors.

(They do not notably resent the blacks of Africa whose ancestors captured and sold theirs into slavery, or those black ancestors themselves.

They may know but they don't care that pretty much everyone in the world had slaves when American whites had slaves, and that American and other whites have done more to end slavery all over the world than anyone else.)

Like whites who identify with those who committed the wrongs of the past and are unfortunately moved to celebrate them to defend their self-respect, these blacks identify with the victims and resent those wrongs as if they themselves bore the stripes of the lash, hating the very sight of those who committed them.

In the West, there are similar people who want to renew the Indian Wars, at least rhetorically.

We will hear from them.

Russians and other Europeans seem to have no problems like these with their histories of serfdom, every bit as recent as our history of slavery, or only a little less.

(Though the Tsar Liberator might face differing judgements on his reign from Russians, Poles, and Turkmen.)

Well, the serfs and their owners were the same color, and their descendants cannot be recognized as such on sight.

Lucky Europeans!

Elsewhere in the Jihad

Finland stabbings being treated as terror attack, police say

Stabbings in the Finnish city of Turku that left two people dead and injured eight others are being treated as acts of terror, police said.

"The incidents were initially investigated as murders, but in the light of further information received during the night, the offenses include now murders with terrorist intent and their attempts," police said.

An 18-year-old Moroccan citizen was taken into custody after the attacks.

On Reflection

Maybe Brown was not wrongly decided, and Plessy was.

The more I read of Smith, especially in light of current events.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The indigenista dogma

Grist for Buchanan's mill, these Children of Zinn, whether they know their spiritual father or not.

Tina Fey to white supremacists: 'It's not our country, we stole it from the Native Americans'

At no point did Indians collectively own or claim to own all of the current continental territory (contiguous or not) of the USA.

At no point did they collectively own or claim to own any territory at all.

Throughout their history, they were divided into nations and tribes as mutually hostile and prone to moving about as those of Europe.

And it was not unusual for those hostilities to result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide, from partial to utterly complete extermination of enemy peoples.

There is no basis whatever for the current racist moral dogma that every inch of the New World belonged by right collectively to the Indians, from whom current and past white occupants stole what they have.

No more than for the dogma current in white nationalist circles that Europe is rightfully the collective territory of the eurowhite wing of the somewhat broader white race, and everyone now there who is not a eurowhite is a morally criminal invader.

And every such person trying to go there, Mediterranean and black refugees and migrants especially.

What about those Confederate monuments? Dreher vs Buchanan. Standard conservatism vs Buchananite White Nationalism

Of course, Buchanan's line is Bannon's and Breitbart's and Coulter's and Trump's.

Pat Buchanan: America’s Second Civil War

In Durham, North Carolina, our Taliban smashed the statue of a Confederate soldier. 

Near the entrance of Duke University Chapel, a statue of Lee has been defaced, the nose broken off.

Wednesday at dawn, Baltimore carried out a cultural cleansing by taking down statues of Lee and Maryland Chief Justice Roger Taney who wrote the Dred Scott decision and opposed Lincoln’s suspension of the right of habeas corpus.

Like ISIS, which smashed the storied ruins of PalO fmyra, and the al-Qaida rebels who ravaged the fabled Saharan city of Timbuktu, the new barbarism has come to America.

Rod Dreher: Buchanan’s Shameful Defense Of White Supremacy

I was stunned just now to read the disgusting, racist, indefensible thing that Pat Buchanan has written in his syndicated column in response to the Confederate statue controversy.

. . . .

Buchanan is not meditating on the tragic nature of history, as any conservative worth the name must do. 

No, in this column, Buchanan is defending white supremacy, straight up.

It is abhorrent, and must be rejected in the strongest terms by conservatives. 

If this is where the Right is going, it can go right off that racist cliff without me.

It grieves me to see a conservative writer and thinker I have long admired, even if I did not always agree with him, descend to the gutter like this. 

But it has happened, and it is shameful. 

It is intolerable. 

He has crossed a bright red line. 

No, no, no! 

Conservatives, this is not us. 

It cannot be us. 

We cannot put up with this.

Buchanan, of course, and those in bed with him from Breitbart to The Daily Stormer, are taking the same line in this fight over the Confederacy as some of the people who used to chant, "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Western Civ has got to go!"

The line that the core of America, American history, and Western Civilization, what made it all and made it all great from start to finish and from inside to out, has been white racism.

At last, the Children of Zinn, The Nation of Islam, and The Aryan Nation agree!

As for Dreher, well, he is lying about Christianity as Christian conservatives, and especially Evangelicals, commonly do, attributing to it the ideas of its pagan and Enlightenment enemies.