I’d come to a few of the conclusions included in this article from American Thinker, but hadn’t completely pierced the funding relationship between the military and immigration. Plus, it contains a great interpretation of a “MacGuffin”, in stark contrast to Jonah Goldberg’s recent use of it in his latest.
I remain positive about the entire issue, because Trump is about a billion times smarter than his opponents, even though they are firmly aided and abetted by the increasingly irrelevant MSM. Buck up, little campers!
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the death of American hostage Otto Warmbier led to the summit with Kim Jong-un taking place.
Warmbier was the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for taking a poster off the wall in his hotel. Not a framed picture, but a poster, a keepsake. For the love of God!
So, what happens next? How can we stand to be in the same room with people who treat others — both foreigners and especially their own citizen-slaves — like animals. How will this progress after this? Will Kim round up the beasts in his country and make an apology? Will he apologize to his own people? Or will this all collapse back into the comfortable channels of business as usual?
It seems that Kim really does want to change things and he doesn’t like his life as it is. Dennis Rodman cried as this was all happening (wearing a MAGA hat). There are signs that this is real and that this spells the beginning of a new era for the Koreas. But, there’s so much cleanup to go through.
We will find — if we ever get in there in large numbers — conditions similar to Nazi Germany after the war. There are many many more horrific stories yet to be learned. In a way the cult of personality of the Kims will be seen more similarly to what the end of the war with Japan was like. The first thing will be when (or if) the North Korean people have to realize that the Kims are not gods, not divine at all.
MacArthur gets a lot of credit for his handling of the toppling of Hirohito’s image. The first thing that clued in the Japanese was the picture of Hirohito standing next to MacArthur. What we in the rest of the world saw was two leaders standing having come out of a meeting. What the Japanese saw was a breach in protocol of titanic proportions: MacArthur towered above Hirohito and this caused a disconnect in their brains. This just had never been done before — it was seen as a grave disrespect to the emperor. And it said in visual language that the emperor wasn’t a heavenly leader but an ordinary man.
The North Korean people have been told over and over again that they are lucky to not live in any other country because there are riots and destruction in the lives of other citizens. They are told that Kim’s family watches over them like doting parents. If things are bad, just think how much worse it is for other people and thank goodness you live in the safe confines of North Korea.
But, this will be much different because we can’t just go in and start the cleanup — this will instead be orchestrated by people with much to hide. There are more outrages to come.
Thanks to Otto Warmbier who unwittingly played a role in this very odd story. And condolences again to his parents and thanks for giving the world their son in sacrifice to a higher goal. I hope we can see the lives of the North Korean people improve step by step over the next few years.
This is part 2 of Hugh’s interview with Conrad Black on his new book, Donald J Trump, A President Like No Other. (12 minutes)
(The first post on this I used my Dropbox and put in a link to the mp3 file. Please let me know which is preferred or if we need both this embedded player and a download link so you can keep it and listen to it later offline.
Black is asked if there is any similar such major leader in Britain’s history and they talk about Joseph Chamberlain and Benjamin Disraeli. But, they both say that there’s not a lot to compare with Trump.
Then Black tells a story by Mark Steyn when Trump was in his early campaigning in New Hampshire. Steyn tells how Trump is natural and easy to talk to and that he doesn’t have handlers hovering about:
Mark was very impressed in how completely lacking in the paraphernalia of self importance he was. He was just a guy running for president – and how refreshing it was.
Hewitt mentions that Black reports on how Trump was on the Inspirational Tour circuit with Zig Ziglar and Colin Powell. This is where Trump developed more experience with large crowds. Also, how Trump’s confidence helped him with his creditors by convincing the bankers to trust him and he would get their money back. It worked. And Black makes the point that this experience helped with the Billy Bush tape and when two days later he had to debate Clinton.
There’s a nice digression into Nixon’s essential help with Eisenhower. Black is a great storyteller. In Black’s book, Hewitt quotes:
Nixon played chess, Reagan played poker and Donald Trump is a pool shark.
Here’s an interesting video with our public genius and prodigy, Jordan Peterson (it’s only 4-1/2 minutes):
I’m sure that he’s right that aggressive women are more limited violence-wise on how they act and so they tend to inflict damage by reputation destruction, gossip, and innuendo. Men do the same things but they have better recourse to violence and so they include that in their bag of tricks and often threaten or use violence as their outlet for aggression.
The point of this post is to make the case that politics in recent decades has become highly feminized, hasn’t it? Aggressive leftists do this same thing, too. They use these exact tactics in dealing with all the politicians and intellectuals. Obama epitomizes this in that he’s so effete if not effeminate but actually very aggressive and cold-blooded.
I’ve always said that candidate Trump used the tactics of the left against his Republican opponents and then again in the general election against Hillary. He turned their own tables on the left. Scott Adams yesterday pointed out that the original use of the Fake News meme was to attack Trump (I forget by whom). Adams then described how Trump just reached out and took this gun from them and aimed it back at them. His political jiu-jitsu is very competent.
I was talking on the telecon the other day and one of the participants knew Jeff Sessions from his days in Alabama and he told us that Sessions was known as the silent assassin. If that’s male aggression then I hope we see some of that here pretty soon.
BTW, I sure can’t figure out why Trump disparages Sessions so much (it happened again today) without firing him. He should have done it last year.
John Yoo says that Sessions may have done Trump a favor by recusing himself but this makes no sense unless Yoo thinks that Sessions would have 1) appointed a special counsel (this seems very doubtful) and 2) if he did he wouldn’t have appointed a scumbag like Mueller. I really wonder about Yoo sometimes.
This is a good first part (11 minutes) of a longer interview with Conrad Black on his new book, Donald J Trump, A President Like No Other. This one covers President Trump in his earlier years before becoming president. Black actually had dealings with Trump with a 98 story building in Chicago. Trump came right on schedule and within budget. Black also admired Trump’s handling of aldermen and union graft and bullying by his just treating them as part of the process.
Black says about Trump’s handling of the building project: “It was a formidable thing to see. It was a first-class, professional operation he ran. And he could not have delivered more completely on his promises.”
Hewitt says that the book deals with several buildings, “the casinos, the ups the downs, the bankruptcies…” and “the skill sets acquired in the development business.” And he points out that no other book or author or reporter deals with this critical era in the development of President Trump’s skills.
I’m going to read this book. I am only concerned because, though I like Conrad Black’s insights and viewpoints on America and this era, Black can be a difficult man to read sometimes. His prose can be turgid and obtuse and meandering but always worth it in the end. Hewitt seems to think it’s an important book and that it’s critical to our understanding of Trump.
And Black even mentions Roy Cohn (one of history’s more colorful characters) – in Trump’s acquaintance with him and to take in the “go for the jugular” attitude that Cohn was known for.