Friday, March 31, 2017
Is Putin the ‘Preeminent Statesman’ of Our Times?
That is a question it would certainly never have occurred to me to ask, I assure you.
Buchanan's treasonable admiration for the Russian thug and all he stands for is revolting.
And his depiction of Putin's strategic attack on the West - undermining NATO, the EU, and American leadership in Europe - as a defense of traditional Western civilization, of which he asserts both blood-and-soil nationalism and clericalist suffocation of culture under Christian sexual morality to be essential features and key values, is a repulsive smokescreen he does not even realize is a smokescreen.
Or does not care; one or the other, they are equally bad.
Make no mistake.
Buchanan is not merely reporting.
He is blatantly cheering.
Putin has read the new century better than his rivals.
While the 20th century saw the world divided between a communist East and a free and democratic West, new and different struggles define the 21st.
The new dividing lines are between social conservatism and self-indulgent secularism, between tribalism and transnationalism, between the nation-state and the New World Order.
On the new dividing lines, Putin is on the side of the insurgents.
Their front page today is 90% Ann Coulter touting Trump, Trumpism, White Nationalism, loathing for welfare bums, and the like.
And 10% Paul Dykewicz, whoever he is.
A quondam significant conservative website utterly hollowed out by its embrace of Trump and Trumpism.
Diego Cruz, 21, was one of four young men from prominent families in the coastal state of Veracruz who were nicknamed “Los Porkys” on social media after they were accused of seizing a classmate from their elite private school as she left a New Year’s party on 1 January 2015.
In a ruling which was made public on Monday, Judge Anuar González found that although Cruz was accused of touching the victim’s breasts and penetrating her with his fingers, he had acted without “carnal intent” – and so was not guilty of assault.
González also found that although the victim, who was 17 at the time, was forced into the car of one of her alleged attackers, she was never “helpless”.
Two of the other three suspects are accused of penetrating the victim.
The release of Cruz – who had fled to Spain, but was extradited back to Mexico – has prompted outrage among human rights activists, and marked a new low point in a case that has reinforced the perception that those with money and political connections are above the law.
The company bet big on the nuclear industry in 2006, acquiring Westinghouse for $5.4 billion. It was a bold deal that came at a time of renewed interest in nuclear power.
But the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011 changed things.
In the face of souring public opinion on nuclear energy and stricter safety requirements, hopes of a nuclear renaissance soon faded.
Analysts said Toshiba paid too much for Westinghouse, forcing it to maintain an aggressive nuclear power plant sales forecast.
That led to Westinghouse acquiring nuclear construction business CB&I Stone & Webster in 2015.
The deal was supposed to help Westinghouse complete the U.S. reactor projects.
Instead, costs spiraled out of control.
Toshiba later admitted that it may have overestimated the value of CB&I Stone & Webster.
And did I say "cruel"?
More of the endless Bolivarian bullshit.
In a surprising move the Venezuelan opposition is calling a coup, the Venezuelan Supreme Court has stripped the country's National Assembly of its powers.
The court ruled that all powers vested under the legislative body will be transferred to the Supreme Court, which is stacked with government loyalists.
The ruling effectively means the three branches of the Venezuelan government will be controlled by the ruling United Socialist Party.
The opposition has been taken out of the picture.
He asked the Senate Intelligence Committee, and his his lawyers have made the same offer to the Justice Department.
No man thinks he needs to measure up to women.
Some women think they need to prove, or men need to be made to believe, or men need to be made to admit, that women are as tough as men, as competent as men, as smart as men - even as able to drink dreadful whiskey at room temperature as men.
They are called "feminists".
Some of them insist subordinates call them "Sir", at least on television.
No man wants to be called "Ma'am".
Or even "Mum", like the Queen.
What about Jennings?
You have me there.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Donald Trump’s willingness to embrace Russian disinformation was one of the reasons Russia’s interference in the 2016 election worked, the Senate panel investigating the president’s alleged ties to the country heard on Thursday.
Decades of Russian covert attempts to undermine confidence in western institutions, including planting or promoting false news stories or spreading doubt about the integrity of elections, will accelerate in the future unless the US confronts so-called “active measures”, several experts testified to the Senate intelligence committee.
“Part of the reason active measures have worked in this US election is because the commander-in-chief has used Russian active measures at time [sic] against his opponents,” said [Former FBI Special Agent] Clint Watts of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
. . . .
When asked why the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, felt the 2016 US election provided the Kremlin an opportunity to intervene – the consensus position of US intelligence agencies – Watts pointed to Trump.
Wittingly or not, Trump and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, embraced and promoted narratives, including false ones, convenient to Russian interests, including a fake story about a terrorist attack on the Turkish airbase at Incirlik used by US forces and baselessly doubting the US citizenships of Barack Obama and Ted Cruz.
“On 11 October, President Trump stood on stage and cited what appears to be a fake news story from [the Russian propaganda outlet] Sputnik News that disappeared from the internet. He denies the intel from the United States about Russia. He claimed that the election could be rigged – that was the number-one theme pushed by RT, Sputnik News,” Watts testified.
And Trump supporters still believe every word.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has no interest in working with Democrats on getting health care legislation passed, disputing a suggestion by the White House to reach across the aisle and bypass conservative House Republicans.
"I'm trying to get this bill passed," Ryan said on CBS's "This Morning."
"Nancy (Pelosi) and I see things very, very differently. I don't want government running health care."
"I don't want that to happen. I want a patient-centered system," Ryan added.
Earlier this week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump is "absolutely" willing to work with Democrats on a way forward on health care.
"What I worry about, Norah (O'Donnell), is if we don't do this, then he'll just go work with Democrats to try to change Obamacare -- and that's hardly a conservative thing," he said.
"If this Republican Congress allows the perfect to become the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the President to working with Democrats. He's been suggesting that much."
The Wisconsin Republican said he hopes that Republicans can come together and figure out a solution to repealing the Affordable Care Act.
“We cannot fault the president for being politically incorrect, but we do fault him for being constitutionally incorrect.”
Trump appeared to target conservative House members within his own party in a tweet Thursday morning that told his supporters "we must fight" the House Freedom Caucus as well as Democrats next year.
"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Trump tweeted.
The President is using the power of his bully pulpit to try and force the Freedom Caucus to work with him on his agenda rather than be against it.
But several members of the FC, in response to questions, scoffed contemptuously at the idea that Trump could in primaries replace them with Trumpist Republican candidates.
It came shortly after Ryan made clear in an interview on "CBS This Morning" that if his party can't unify, Trump will likely turn toward Democrats for future legislative deals.
This is not inconceivable, I think.
And Democrats have repeatedly expressed willingness.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method
I have for some months been on a shaving regimen involving rotation of razors for one week each, each using one fresh blade for its week.
The short Weishi 9306 F
The Feather Popular
The Merkur 180
The long Weishi 9306 FL
The Baili Victory Shaver
In order from most to least mild, though none is really aggressive.
I am amused to note that I have one Japanese, one German, and 3 Chinese razors.
All of them clones or variations of American inventions.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
That was terrorism.
Attacks against abortion providers and clinics for the purpose of stopping people getting or providing such services are terrorism.
Hate crimes are generally no such thing, and are purely and simply about hate.
The purpose of altering political or other behavior, definitive of terrorism, is lacking.
For some reason, accepting that Muslims killing Americans or Europeans as part of a campaign to scare Europeans into abandoning the fighting against ISIS, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and others in the Middle East and Central Asia is terrorism - think of the attacks in Spain in 2004 - while whites killing blacks out of sheer hatred, whether or not in hopes of starting a race war, is not is just too much to swallow for many of the race commissars of the left.
That obtuse and racially motivated view is plainly to be seen in this article and in the actions of this prosecutor.
A White Racist Killed A Black Man And Was Actually Charged With Terrorism
James Harris Jackson murdered a random black man in cold blood.
The Manhattan DA decided to call it what it was: an act of terrorism.
On March 17 a white Army veteran named James Harris Jackson boarded a bus from Baltimore to New York City.
Several days later, he allegedly stabbed a black man, 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, to death.
Jackson and Caughman didn't know each other.
But Jackson, by his own admission, hates black men and Caughman became another unfortunate example of someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
On Monday, March 27, Jackson was charged with first and second degree murder as an act of terrorism.
He was also charged with second degree murder as a hate crime, as well as several weapons violations.
Monday, March 27, 2017
President Donald Trump will name his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, to lead a new office responsible for streamlining and overhauling the federal government on Monday, the White House told NBC News on Sunday night.
Is it the Putin plan?
Anyway, creating, abolishing, or changing the missions of executive departments requires congressional action.
Bozo has not won a lot of loyal new friends among standard Republicans, so far.
Kushner offers to meet with Senate Intel Committee over Russia meetings
President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has volunteered to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the US election, a White House spokesman said Monday.
"Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials," the White House spokesman told CNN in a statement.
"Given this role, he has volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr's Committee, but has not yet received confirmation."
China will lead the way to that future.
China's rulers are planning a megacity that would be home to 130 million people and cover an area the size of New England.
If the Trumpists are dealing with a rather bitter adversary relationship not only with the main stream press but also with nearly all of official Washington as well, the entire Democratic Party, and even much of the Republican Party, and they are, it is entirely their own fault and, really, of their own choosing.
That is emphatically and very clearly how the Duce and his supporters have seen themselves from the earliest days of his campaign.
This is the role they have undertaken, not just willingly but with the greatest enthusiasm.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The fight over Obamacare happening right now.
Remember it when Jill Stein, Ralph Nader, Michael Moore, or some other exaggerated lefty says there's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.
Or the fight over Gorsuch, who would undo the sexual revolution in the law, if he could, rather than protect or expand it.
Trump on campaign promised universal excellent coverage with lower consumer costs than Obamacare.
Ryan's original plan would have cost most people more and provided less than Obamacare, but Trump was all in, anyway.
Millions were expected to lose coverage.
The Freedom Caucus, a caucus of the most hard shelled of the House Republican conservatives, has since then forced the plan far to the right, and still calls it scornfully the biggest welfare program the Republican Party has ever offered.
For even more millions, no coverage.
Remember their motto, "Let them die!"
Wikipedia says the Freedom Caucus has 29 members.
The Tuesday Group, comprising Republican moderates of the House, found the original plan already too far right, too Draconian.
They are aghast at the concessions won by the Freedom Caucus.
They have about 50 members, says Wikipedia.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Still no confirmation this was even a wildcat Jihader attack, much less one run by any terrorist organization, though.
When he was smearing Hillary, I mean?
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Nancy Pelosi said so yesterday, probably not for the first time.
To receive orders from Russian officials?
Was that the price Moscow extorted from Trump?
That Bozo put Putin's man in charge of State?
Yes, that's the question she meant to put in our minds.
Treason in plain sight?
Not bloody likely, sure, but then what the hell?
Monday, March 20, 2017
According to The Guardian, the Mercator projection, by pushing the equator below the halfway line of the map, while handier for representing navigation routes, exaggerates the size of land masses in the northern hemisphere.
The Peters projection, putting the equator halfway down the page, gets the relatives sizes better - though I must say to observers used to be older map it looks like the world in a fun house mirror.
Naturally, this being The Guardian, the switch to the latter in the Boston public schools, while noted as a switch toward relative accuracy, is celebrated as a decolonization of the map, as rejecting exaggeration of the old imperial powers.
Like Greenland, Sweden, and Alaska.
Yet that does seem to reflect the motives and beliefs of the school authorities, as indicated in these snips.
They are certainly not making this change merely for the sake of accuracy.
The result goes a long way to rewriting the historical and socio-political message of the Mercator map, which exaggerates the size of imperialist powers.
“This is the start of a three-year effort to decolonize the curriculum in our public schools,” said Colin Rose, assistant superintendent of opportunity and achievement gaps for Boston public schools.
The district has 125 schools and 57,000 students, 86% of whom are non-white, with the largest groups being Latino and black.
Leave it to The Guardian to count Latinos as nonwhite.
They fully endorse the absurdity that "Islamophobia" is a form of racism.
Still, those numbers tell you of a demographic future for the country that Bozo's wall will not avert.
After changing the maps, Rose said, educators plan to look at other subjects and shift away from presenting white history as the dominant perspective.
The respective merits of the Mercator and the Peters maps have long been debated.
A spirited discussion about their implications even featured on an episode of the West Wing, in which characters argued for the Peters map to be used in US public schools and told the administration the Mercator projection had “fostered European imperialist attitudes for centuries”, creating an “ethical bias” for “western civilization” against the developing world.
“The Mercator projection is a symbolic representation that put Europe at the center of the world. And when you continue to show images of the places where people’s heritage is rooted that is not accurate, that has an effect on students.”
The Guardian does not note that these claims are racist lies and weaponized history.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with North Korea
Past U.S. administrations have considered military options against North Korea and have publicly said that an attack on the U.S. or its allies would prompt a devastating response.
Tillerson's comments were unusual, however, as he appeared to be implying, in public, that the U.S. would consider military force as a way of preventing an attack by Pyongyang, and not just as a means of retaliation.
It also comes amid a greater sense of urgency about the threat because of North Korea's rapid progress toward developing the means to strike the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile.
Risks of military action are high as North Korea could unleash a massive artillery barrage on Seoul in retaliation.
Hey, they listen to all of us and lie about it all the time. NSA, CIA, Americans know they listen to everything and lie about it. To doubt this is absurdly naive.
Charges for which every responsible authority in DC of either party has said there is no shred of evidence.
That and unsupported allegations that everyone working for the campaign has told them that they are personally convinced they were wiretapped, listened in on, and surveilled.
An alleged - and allegedly universal - conviction for which these Trump defenders never seem to find it necessary to ask for, report, or suggest any form of justification.
"Judge Andrew Napolitano commented on the morning show Fox and Friends that he has sources who say British intelligence that was involved in surveillance at Trump Tower.
"Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary.
"Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-President of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop."
Smith calling Napolitano’s reporting “commentary” is no accident.
It is Smith’s way of preserving the News of Fox News, separating it from the Opinion side of the channel, which includes Fox & Friends.
“The president could learn first-hand whether the building which he lives was wiretapped,” Smith said.
“All he would have to do is ask the intelligence services. They work for him.”
Or maybe not.
Later that same day,
Boo Hoo. Fox News Forced To Deny Napolitano's Claims
So, Breitbart is as close as you get to all in.
Fox not so much.
MSNBC brought that to mind, with their pedantic insistence on pronouncing Angela Merkel's name "ahnguhla" in order to berate Trump repeatedly for saying it as any anglophone would.
That is why language is far too stupid to capture the complexities of even our own motivations.
Consider the word "love," for example.
And what it supposedly denotes, in any of its recognized meanings.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Chris Hayes says that on Fox News Andrew Napolitano supplied the reason the American intelligence community knows nothing of any surveillance of Trump or Trump Tower.
Napolitano claimed to have sources in American intelligence who told him Obama never asked any of them to surveille Trump.
He asked some British intelligence agency to do it.
I guess N no longer cares about his already slender credibility.
These guys just never stop making up ridiculous shit.
What's the paycheck for that like?
Andy's paycheck, for example?
Maybe that's not what's going on.
But I would check.
The default rule of interpretation - the rule of charity - says that of the remark of another one should suppose until it is proved otherwise that it makes sense, is not stupid, and is believed to be true by the person offering it.
Bozo, however, has shown since his birther years that in his case it is only prudent to suppose the exact opposite, the contradictory, the negation of the rule of charity.
Any remark of Bozo's should be greeted with the supposition that it is senseless, stupid, or a lie.
The burden of proof is entirely on him.
It's a Muslim ban, they say, and you can't do that.
By the time this is over it will be settled law that the First Amendment, as understood by liberals, controls immigration law as well as presidential discretion regarding passage across our borders.
In the long run, that may not be such a good idea.
There is no essential difference between religions and cults except that CMW says we are to respect the former and deplore the latter.
Recall Jim Jones, David Koresh, or the Japanese sarin gas subway attacks.
But there it is.
Nobody really gives a shit about the long run.
Furet confuses nationalism, political loyalty to one's ethnic group and the conviction that there should be a state comprising all and only persons of that group, with patriotism, loyalty to the state, the politically sovereign entity, to which one belongs.
And he relies crucially on utter fuzziness and hopeless equivocation on "equality" in his views on modernity, capitalism, democracy, socialism, and communism.
Reading Le passe d'une illussion.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Rachel on the 8th pointed out the Trump campaign removed from the Republican Party platform an assertion of Republican support for lethal aid to Ukraine in its struggle against Putin supported Russian separatists.
And that the only official of the Trump campaign to be personally on intimate, friendly terms with Putin is the Secretary of State who has just fired dozens of the highest ranking professional foreign service officers without replacement.
He has effectively decapitated the world headquarters of US soft power.
He is not invited to Trump's national security meetings.
Trump has announced a 37 % budget cut for his department, and he has refused to answer reporters' questions how his department can operate with such a budget.
Trump complained John Huntsman, Obama's Republican ambassador to China, sold out America to that country.
Trump has just appointed Huntsman ambassador to Russia.
The State Department weekly press briefings have been canceled.
The State Department annual report on human rights around the world, heretofore a high profile, press conference occasion, usually harshly critical of Putin's Russia, was this week released to the press by memo, almost surreptitiously.
Trump says Obamacare was timed to blow up in 2017.
Immediately after O left office.
Good thing he and the Republicans are in power to save us.
And he and the Republican liars club are still droning on about O wiretapping Trump Tower.
Once a birther, always a birther.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Damning Trump for both insufficient support for our global system of alliances and putting us and (or?) the world at greater risk of war than would conventional globalist fans of Washington's Cold War II is not at all uncommon.
That seems an attack of doubtful coherence.
But there is something to it, as well as to worries about his vaunted preference for unpredictability.
The most likely cause of a new American war not against Jihaders?
North Korea - and our global system of alliances.
As soon as they think they can hit us with a nuke, the North Koreans will again attempt the conquest of South Korea, where they will immediately engage tens of thousands of American forces fighting side by side with the South Koreans.
Maybe even sooner.
They will not wait for a new American foreign policy concensus that would disentangle America from its current, worldwide alliances.
Putin, a much cooler head than Khrushchev, is less dangerous than the loons in Pyongyang.
He is far less likely to attack a state with which we are formally allied.
Ukraine is not now, and may never be, a state to whose defense we are committed by express treaty.
Much less by the presence of tens of thousands of boots on the ground.
But Dean Acheson's apparent disinterest in South Korea, coupled with Truman's personal commitment, led to the Korean War.
And Trump's apparent lack of zeal for even Latvia, a NATO member, much less Ukraine?
What might Putin do, in the face of that?
And what would Bozo do in response?
Betsy DeVos wants to use America’s schools to build "God's Kingdom"
Trump's stirling choice.
Let's walk through this chain of events today that mixes together Julian Assange, President Trump, Nigel Farage and Sean Spicer.
Trump's 'Advisor' Visits Wikileaks Embassy, Can't Recall Why
But then you have unelectable twit, Trump "unofficial advisor" and Brexit side-of-a-bus liar Nigel Farage going to visit the Ecuadoran Embassy two days after the latest dump, disappearing into the building for 40 minutes, and then claiming he "can't remember" why he was there as he gets in his car after.
Bozo the grotesque demagogue and the success of the Republican Party with the uneducated mass of white voters are the proof.
In major shift, White House privately backing earlier rollback of Medicaid expansion
Trump to conservative leaders: If this plan fails, I'll blame Democrats
Republicans' biggest white lie: that they represent the working class
Bonus! GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill Depletes Medicare Trust Fund Faster
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Rachel, who compares it to Watergate, is insisting the Trump campaign collaborated with the Russians in their effort to defeat Hillary.
Maybe they did.
But accusation without evidence is not a propaganda move invented by Trump.
Who did not see this coming?
From day 1 of his candidacy, his position on Obamacare, though largely bullshit as proved by his enthusiasm for this plan that is a step away from the universal and affordable insurance he promised, put him at odds with the conservatism of the Republican Party.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
But the vast majority of those 122 former detainees – about 93 percent -- were released before former President Obama even took office.
So Democrats hate it.
But it's not brutal enough for the real deal conservatives, who attack it and are calling it "Obamacare Lite."
Republican 'Trumpcare' plan battered by politicians on both left and right
Monday, March 6, 2017
Nothing supports this and all authorities to date deny it.
Remember those 3 to 5 million illegal aliens who voted for Hillary?
Hannity, Breitbart, and Limbaugh are all in.
It's part of the silent coup of the deep state, according to them.
Trump supporters swear by every word from Bozo's mouth.
This clown show that is democracy in America today was brought to you by the Republican Party and the American conservative movement.
Meanwhile, relevant authority yesterday confirmed that the investigation of Russian meddling ordered by Obama turned up zero evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
They are deporting people with no serious criminal records who have been here for decades.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
She could be a Grand Imperial Wizard (Wizardess?), for all I know.
But this is totally baseless and groundless.
She is being attacked for a policy and a favorable outlook on black colleges shared and encouraged by blacks in particular and liberals in general for many, many decades.
And if school choice is code for allowing parents and students to avoid government mandated race mixing in the schools or elsewhere then I am OK with it.
Republican gerrymandering dovetailed with liberal identity politics in concentrating black voters in fewer districts, thus both creating more Republican districts and affording black voters a better chance at voting in people of their own little hearts' desire.
Democrats are not happy and are suing before the Supremes.
The Dow has today jumped 200 points, going above 21,000.
A big defense spending increase, a trillion for infrastructure, and huge tax cuts for corporations and the rich entailing huge deficits.
Hey, what's not to like?