The Khashoggi case demands context

I found this interesting:

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-ugly-terror-truth-about-jamal.html?m=1

In high school, Jamal Khashoggi had a good friend. His name was Osama bin Laden.

“We were hoping to establish an Islamic state anywhere,” Khashoggi reminisced about their time together in the Muslim Brotherhood. “We believed that the first one would lead to another, and that would have a domino effect which could reverse the history of mankind.”

Hmm. Maybe this man was not, in fact, a fearless champion of free speech. Maybe there is more going on. Maybe sometimes, the United States is allied with nations who also are bad actors. Maybe things are more complex than the media want to make themout to be.

Closing quote:

Before the media and the politicians who listen to it drag the United States into a conflict with Saudi Arabia over a Muslim Brotherhood activist based on the word of an enemy country still holding Americans hostage, we deserve the context.

And we deserve the truth.

The media wants the Saudis to answer questions about Jamal Khashoggi. But maybe the media should be forced to answer why the Washington Post was working with a Muslim Brotherhood propagandist?

The real mystery isn’t Khashoggi’s disappearance. It’s why Republicans aren’t asking those questions.

The media’s relationship with Khashoggi is far more damning than anything the Saudis might have done to him. And the media should be held accountable for its relationship with Osama bin Laden’s old friend.

Nothing is every simple as the headlines want them to be.


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Doubting Thomas

This post will be about Brett Kavanaugh with an aside to Justice Thomas. Recently I saw Pres. Trump defending Kavanaugh and saying that the hearings were a disgrace. This is so important because if there is silence only the opposition is heard. There is a cloud over Justice Kavanaugh head that needs to be dispelled. Trump at least is trying to do that. I don’t remember any strong defending of Clarence Thomas, do you?

One can safely say that George H W Bush was no Donald Trump. He was known for his loyalty but from what I recall he was not much of a public defender of his people. He never ridiculed Ted Kennedy for his hit job on Thomas. A good man was disgraced and because of the silence of Pres. Bush the Elder people still doubt Thomas.

Fighting back has to be done well. If it is done poorly one loses a second time. There can also be a Streisand Effect that is people blow a small problem up to a big problem. The thing is you can’t win if the other side only gets out their message. I have the feeling the GOPe are more of the Neville Chamberlain types. They would rather be seen as peacemakers than to actually do something effective. They fight intra-party battles better than against the opposition. It is an appeasement strategy because to actually do something would make them look bad. And heaven forbid they should do something positive and win. They are above that.

There are the defeatist like Fred Cole are for impractical things. Which really makes life pleasant for the them. They can always gripe about how their wisdom is never followed. I doubt these types would ever defend a part of the conservative coalition who lacked their purity of vision.

I am not proposing a scorch earth denigration of the opposition but it should be robust and effective. They should not be allowed to just walk into “Czechoslovakia”.


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Feel The Power of the Deplorable Force

Okay folks, in a spirit of optimism, I have seen some things that even amazed me..

Mitch McConnell came out spitting fire and got into the game. It looks like he enjoyed it too.

Rand Paul decided to move from iconoclast critic to playing a solid third base.

If you watched the rallies, you saw GOP house candidates come out and bask in the crowds, learning to work them and feel the power of the deplorable force.

The various never rights are melting away, like the little town blues they are.

For the first time since Newt and the taking of the House in 1994, the GOP is playing like a team that wants to win and will take no prisoners.

I would like to think they thought of this scene:

But I expect it was more like one of my personal favorite scenes….

And the absolute best part is POTUS had the following hung in the White House, in view of the 60 minutes crew that was there for the interview.

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Best Woman for the Job is a Man

The title is turning the saying “The best man for the job is a woman.” on its ear. Recently men who have become women have been winning in women’s sports. Is this fair when in taking account hormonal doping is a disqualifyer in most sports? If one is born XY, isn’t that giving a “woman” a big hormonal boost in training? Should prior men be handicapped for this advantage? (I am thinking of women’s tees in reverse.)

Here is an article from the Daily Caller that has someone who looks like a man winning a woman’s event.
https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-womens-world-cycling-championship/

Please self identify your hatred of men, women, or other before you comment. Only right opinions will be allowed. 😉


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Fred Cole the Defeatist

I don’t know this person very well but what I have seen, he is no friend of conservatives. He is not someone that wants things to go best for certain branches of the coalition. He open scoffs at people and gets away with it. (Hollywood values, right?) He works for dissension and dissension he gets. He has put out so many trollish posts that only someone with extreme myopia and reading comprehension issues would not be able to see it. (That must be why they shut down those who do.)

I am writing this thinking of the danger of those who thought of following Fred Cole’s advice. He would have had Hillary president with a 6-3 balance on the Supreme Court. Just think of that, Mr Libertarian getting all that liberalism because he couldn’t see what a lot of others saw. I am not saying he is blind. It is the walls that move to constantly hit him.

I remember he wrote a post asking the Clueless, “What are you going to do when Trump loses?” Well, he didn’t lose. And the Fred Cole still writes as if he should be listened to.

Ratburger is a great place. A place where a public person like Fred Cole can be dealt with without the thread being shut down. Free expression is not had at $5 a month. It is priceless.


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Kanye as History

Try this link for video

Kanye and POTUS

This was a massive political risk, but Trump measures people and takes risks.

Kanye is a musician. You have to follow his talk as if he is painting tone poems of ideas and concepts.

Let it flow over you and it works. He connects on jobs and prosperity as the key to a an America for everybody. He refuses to jump at the ‘racist’ label.

This is as much history as ‘tear down this wall’.


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Five Clusters of Voters

There is anxiety in the ranks among the Democrats. I saw this reflected in a new report on some polling that was done in 2017. The poll came from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group. The Democracy Fund was launched by the founder of eBay, and is a Leftist project. The Voter Study Group claims to be “nonpartisan,” but they are sociologists, so we know they are Leftists.

The research involved a k-means cluster analysis on the dataset to group the electorate using their prioritization of issues on a Likert scale, which allowed for a grouping of the electorate into five distinct voting “clusters.” In “Placing Priority,” these groups were named

Democrat/Independent Liberal Elites (DILE),
Democrat-Leaning Working Class (DLWC),
Moderate Younger Middle-Income (MYMI),
Conservative Younger (CY), and
Conservative Older (CO).

Each one of these groups, formed based on issue priorities rather than demographics, exhibited distinct political and ideological preferences.

Right off the bat I thought they had something really interesting. They used measures of attitudes and voting preferences to sort the data. They ended up with five groups, plus ten percent in a category called “Not Identified.” Do you see how they uncovered a natural division on the Democrat side between elites and working class? But on the Republican side, the divide is between older and younger voters.

The report expresses a great deal of distress because they did not find as much difference between the two Republican-voting groups as they found between the two Democrat-voting groups. In fact, the differences between the Conservative Younger and Conservative Older groups are inconsequential. Among the conservatives, the older voters are more interested in protecting Social Security and Medicare. The younger conservative voters are less interested in the social issues and could be characterized as a little bit libertarian.

They have little to say about that. Their focus is on the Democrat divisions. They are really concerned, because they see trouble on the horizon. Here is a key paragraph:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which had significant focus on climate change, racial and gender equality, and gay rights as important issues, was received positively by DILEs (nearly 97 percent of whom voted for Clinton). However, in the primary against Senator Bernie Sanders, she found herself defending the economic record of President Obama, which subsequently caused her to become the candidate of the status quo. Donald Trump — with his significant focus on trade deals, tax cuts, and bringing jobs home — more directly incorporated economic change into his overall campaign message, yielding a meaningful boost from DLWCs, a far larger cluster group by percent of the electorate. This magnified Trump’s appeal among the four clusters — DLWC, MYMI, CY, and CO — that ranked the economy and jobs as top issues. According to national exit poll data, among those voters who said the economy was “not so good,” Trump won an absolute majority over Clinton, 53 percent to 40 percent.

So the economy and jobs were priority issues for all voters except the Democrat-Elites.

All Republican candidates need to be running on a platform of needing the support of the people so that they can keep the Trump economy booming. That is how they can pull the “working-class Democrats” away from Leftist stupid stuff. Democrat Elites, of course, are a lost cause.

As are our own elites, but they are small numbers and concentrated in hopelessly blue states so that they don’t really matter.

The view from Never

Mona Charen wrote a column on this topic: https://ricochet.com/558866/a-word-on-behalf-of-religion/

I repeat this R> comment #18 by Arizona Patriot, to which I need not add anything:

Arizona Patriot

Overall, I agree with Ms. Charen’s assessment. I am surprised that she is surprised. I am one of those “religiously observant Trump voters” who she apparently now agrees, based on the Elkins data, didn’t all of a sudden turn into a racist Nazi white supremacist Klansman. Rather, we made a transactional choice to support the President despite his flaws.

This is why guys like me have been so infuriated by the unfair and unsupported accusations of wrongdoing leveled by commentators like Ms. Charen.

Unfortunately, in this same column, her erroneous prejudice remains on display:

Mona Charen:

Organized religion has suffered the worst loss of reputation. In 1973, 65 percent of Americans expressed strong trust. That has declined to 38 percent in 2018.

The ongoing scandals involving sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have doubtless contributed to organized religion’s loss of standing. That some major evangelical leaders, like Robert Jeffress, Tony Perkins, and Jerry Falwell, Jr., have become shameless flacks for a cruel and immoral president has sullied their own reputations while giving the side eye to the faith that supposedly commands non-situational ethics.

Please don’t lecture me about the demands of the Christian faith. Ms. Charon seems clueless on the subject. There’s the whole “render unto Caesar” part. There’s the whole “in this world, but not of this world” part. It is far, far more complicated than she thinks. It certainly does not demand that we never associate with sinners. Quite the contrary.

The Jews and the Christians should share this understanding. Read the book of Daniel.

Further, the very Gallup survey that Ms. Charen cites does not remotely support her hypothesis, which attributes declining “strong trust” in organized religion to Trump. Let’s look at the numbers. The Gallup data is  here (scroll down about halfway).

Strong trust” in organized religion was 65% in 1965 and 38% in 2018. And this is supposedly Trump’s fault, or more precisely, the fault of religious leaders who supported Trump.

But it was down to 42% in 2015, before Trump. So no, it seems to have little or nothing to do with Trump.

I suspect that the decline doesn’t even have much to do with the Catholic Church scandals, but with the appalling degeneration of the morality of the Democrats. It is very difficult, these days, to be a religious believer and a Democrat, given the illegitimacy, abortion, and homosexuality issues. This is the growing cultural divide, so it is perfectly understandable that increasingly radical Democrats would express less support for organized religion.

This, incidentally, is precisely what the Elkins study cited by Ms. Charen says. (“Left-right culture wars over L.G.B.T. rights — particularly government sanction of same-sex marriages — have likely soured many Democrats’ views of Christians.”)


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An Open Cry For Help

An Open Plea for Help to Normal Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans.

I know you can blame us Normal White Americans for the insane nonsense the crazy left is doing to our country. We indulged them, we did not stop them before they gained power (some of you may be at fault there too), we gave in too often.

Just like the Brits asked for help when the Nazis were threatening civilization, it is time we asked for your help.

It’s your country too, so lend a damn hand folks and help us beat these idiots back into their holes.

Remember- What have you got to lose?


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A Cockeyed Optimist

In addition to my life long avocation of curmudgeonwry, I have also taken a few correspondence courses in contrarianism and practical optimism.

As I sit back and sagely exhale from the pipe I no longer smoke, take a drag on the Camel straight I no longer indulge and savor the single malt Glenlivet I no longer consume, there is much to muse over after such a week as the one we have endured.

Watching the Democrats and Deep Staters onslaught was like observing a re-enactment of the movie Animal House directed by ruler wielding puritan librarians and with a cast of short school bus riding special needs adults regressed down the evolution chain well past the slime worm.

Such displays tend to detract from the victory. I feel a taste of ashes in what should have been a sweet moment when we reclaimed the Supreme Court to no longer find emanations of the penumbras for new entitled rights which overturn thousands of years of social convention.

I see POTUS literally running on afterburners to secure a working government in the midterms. I see a GOP waking to the fight, flexing long dormant muscles to take on the shills for the DNC called the media.

So now, let us shift to why we fight.

Let me paint a possible future:

A US and North American economy rebuilt, retooled and driving the world forward. Skills in demand driving positive life choices for young folk who chose work over a degree in basketweaving.

An America First immigration policy well enforced in place.

A China caught in it’s economic contradictions negotiating a coexistence with the US , and accepting a senior but not hegemonic role in the world.

An Iran regime change wrought by the Iranians, who seek a good life instead if the Big Imam.

A second term triumph for Trump in a guerilla government induced shift of k-14 public education to private sector alternatives driven by skills demanded by a hot economy. A whole redefinition of school using online, social media, VR and old fashioned apprenticeships takes place. The stifling state bureaucracies are dismantled by sheer disuse.

A long term majority of working class and middle class non-coastals with aspiring working class urbans driving politics for a steady three decades.

A shift to economic exploitation of the inner solar system beginning by the end of the second term.

My optimist tells me this can happen. It has shifted from dream to possible.

Many things can derail these things, but under other regimes and leadership, the odds were nearly zero any of it could happen. We were headed to a dark place. Now we have a chance at much better.

Prosperity can destroy demographic inevitability.

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Who would have thunk it?

Picture source.

It is hard to image that Republicans actually did not throw in the towel.

In this article by Roger Kimball, he states the following.

How was it that Brett Kavanaugh prevailed where Judge Bork was rejected? In the end, I think, it was for two reasons. One was the President’s support. He never wavered in his public support and as the Democrats and their claque in the media got louder and more extreme, he just said, ‘See you on that and raise you 10.’ He went, as Senator John Thune put it, to the mat for Kavanaugh. A turning point came several days ago, I think, when the President, speaking at a rally, made fun of Christine Blasey Ford, the first of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers. She remembered that she had had only one beer at that party many years back, but she didn’t know how she got there, where ‘there’ was, how she got home or even exactly when it took place. Every single person who she said was there has no recollection of the event.

The thing I have seen about Trump is he has a good grasp of knowing how to push, when to push, and how hard to push. He tirelessly pushed the fact that Brett Kavanaugh was a good man. He stuck by him and did not cut and run. Graham and McConnell also stood by Kavanaugh in the process.

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What is at Stake with the Kavanaugh Vote

Whenever I find it difficult to understand what is going on in the big picture, I turn to Victor Davis Hanson. He has several current essays which are pertinent. I recommend them and will not try to summarize them, as they are clearer than I can be and well worth reading. I will just say, as an enticement, they include words like ‘Jacobin.’

The political stakes, I think, cannot be higher. If the Republicans with their majority, fail to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, thereby defeating the unholy and anti-American tactics of the left (that, in itself, is worth a ‘yes’ vote), I expect that easily enough Republicans will demur in November to result in a blue tsunami. Should they fail, I will be freshening up my ‘the end is near’ sandwich boards.

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TOTD 2018-10-04: A Hill to Fight On

My friend has always been a snarky libertarianish conservative, very cynical about political causes.  However, when he talks about Kavanaugh, he is furious.  He voted already,and has been much more active in political discussions – even trying to get a job with a campaign.

The formerly squishy, comity-at-all-costs Senator Graham has been a font of righteous indignation.  In addition to his unloading both barrels on the Dem on the committee and calling out their blatant partisan exploitation, he has been getting really snarky off-the-cuff.  In response to a protestor whining about the need to give Kavanaugh  a polygraph, he dropped a Monty Python reference: “Why don’t we dunk him in water and see if he floats?”

On Ricochet, people who are normally moderate in tone are outraged.   Susan Quinn on the same page as Hypatia?  American Greatness and National Review on the same side?  Kurt Schlicter’s Bitey and Jonah’s dingo Zoe hunting democratic squirrels together?   I  have not seen this degree of conservative unity in ages.

Mitch McConnell is a now a snapping turtle.  He’s resolved to make this happen.  I think he takes this personally – judges are his thing, and he warned Harry Reid about what might happen if the filibuster got nuked.  He clearly gets the stakes.

Fundamentally, this is the hill to fight on.  (Not die on, I plan to follow General Patton’s advice)  Kavanaugh is a man of upstanding character and iron will.  The democrats are utterly despicable and lying like rugs.  (Perhaps Spartacus will get the Roman treatment?)  The allegations are completely discredited.

It’s time to put Never Trump to bed.   Their and our hashtag shall be #NeverSurrender

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What is it all about?

There has been a lot of talk about Justice Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh. Why are they hated? Why the anger? They are no worse than many other people. Why are people so afraid of them? There seems to be only one main reason. That reason is people want to have the right to end pregnancies.

Let us take a step back. All the public outcry is about a strong person taking advantage of a weak person. How could a person like that sit on the highest court of the land? The logic is not bad. A judge of all people should be for justice which by definition defends the weak. Who in the world is weaker than a small child? Easy, a new born baby. Is anything weaker than a newborn baby? Yes, a fetus in a mother’s womb. All the hue and cry is for the right to extinguish the weak for the rights of the strong. Whatever you think about abortion, one has to agree that is some serious abuse that is not in the best interest of the unborn. One would be hard pressed to see how the fetus is treated fairly or an equal. One might even say “the mouth is covered” so it won’t scream.

I have written before that in my life that whenever there is something I can’t figure out. When it just makes no sense to me. How could this happen? The answer has been projection. That person is dealing with the thing they are complaining about. So the whole big uproar that we are seeing is not about protecting women from abuse but protecting the right of women and men to abuse. Doesn’t this make sense?

Whenever I write about abortion, I know it is something that has affected many people. What has happened cannot be undone. The hope is not to dwell on the past but to try to make the future better. People learn and grow.

UPDATE: I changed “women to abuse” to “women and men to abuse”. Men are in this process too.


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