This is the stuff I receive routinely:
"'...the Wall Street Journal editorial board ran a unique defense of Donald Trump in which it contorted itself to argue that while the president may have “wanted a quid-pro-quo policy ultimatum toward Ukraine,” people should consider the possibility that he “was too inept to execute it.” Most individuals facing impeachment would be grateful for this ridiculous theory, especially considering the evidence thus far suggests that Trump did demand a quid pro quo from Ukraine for nearly $400 million in military aid, a fact acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney just came out and admitted to the press before trying to walk it back after realizing how bad it sounded. But Donald Trump isn’t most individuals. Instead, he’s an abnormally sensitive lunatic who flies off the handle at the slightest provocation, real or imagined, and would rather people think he’s “like, [a] really smart” criminal than dumb and innocent. And we know this because apparently Trump saw the editorial and insisted as much.'"
This was sent to me by a person I know who has gone, full-progressive zombie.
I have yet to understand why the quid pro quo is a problem. It is how foreign policy is accomplished. As the head of the US federal investigative and justice agencies Trump has every right to pursue mutual help from other nations, especially nations like Ukraine which have mutual police investigation treaties when an American has potentially committed a crime like Biden and son had committed. I am not saying Biden committed a crime, I have no idea if he did or not, but what he did merited an investigation.
Would I, as President, have broached the subject with Ukraine directly? No, but that doesn't mean it is wrong, and it certainly does not mean it was criminal. After all, it is in the President's job description. For me, that would be something for my staff at DOJ to handle, and I would only step up to the plate after the DOJ pleas had fallen on deaf ears.
This, of all issues, is making a mountain out of a molehill. If this is the new standard, there is no foreign policy negotiation that could ever sustain this scrutiny.
You can raise these issues with me all you want, they are of very little interest to me, however. And like the Russia Collusion canard this torpedo will circle around to blow up more and more progressive icons, and in the end, likely blow up the progressive Presidential candidate in the 2020 election.
For some unknown reason, the Democrats have lost their minds and seemingly believe that one of these nonsensical issues will be sufficient to bring down a President they despise. I've lost count as to how many of these issues there have been are we past a baker's dozen?
To middle America, the independents, the libertarians, the classical liberals, the conservatives and everyone outside of the far-left progressive fold, the issues which need to be addressed are corruption in the federal bureaucracy or what is know as the Deep State, and the soft coup which was pursued against Trump from the day of his election by the CIA, Brennan, Clapper, the Deep State, the State Departement, the DOJ, and the FBI (this is an incomplete list). The soon to be released reports from the DOJ Inspector General will most likely be a bombshell. This will likely be followed by the Durham Investigation, which will put teeth into the IG report and come with arrests and charges.
As Scott Adams says, the nation is watching a movie. But the progressives are seeing something the rest of the people are not seeing. So, the two groups are watching two different movies on the same screen, at the same time. The progressive left has all of the noise today what with Antifa clubbing old people and normals, the SJWs shrieking and caterwauling, the leftist media making unsupportable claims, outright slanders and libels, and the Democratic politicians playing dress-up theatre. But reality cannot be staid. Middle Americans will not be so easily thwarted.
The last three times we saw culture wars like we are seeing today occurred immediately before the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII. The obvious, but not necessarily accurate conclusion is we will again see some sort of actual physical conflict or war. Perhaps, I believe this is likely the case, but not necessarily the case.
What I do know is historically every 80 years or so; the forces of liberty come into direct conflict with the forces of authoritarianism/totalitarianism for a "final" conflict. This triggers a war, which both sides view as existential. But the fight favors the side of liberty because people who have liberty have something real to fight for while the average person who supports totalitarian control does not. The totalitarian power will flow to only a few; the average person desiring this outcome has little to fight for. This means, all things being equal, liberty has an advantage and usually wins.
What makes this conflict the odder still both sides always claim they are on the side of liberty. The Brits did in 1776, the South did in 1860, and the Nazis did in the 1940s. Yet we know they were on the side of authoritarianism/totalitarianism. So, how to determine which is which?
One only needs to look at which side demands its adherents lie to the people, which side demands the end of free speech, which side demands the end of self-protection, and similar human, natural, and constitutional rights, which side demands compliance with quickly changing standards which erode the society's cultural and moral values, which side demands that facts do not matter, but what matters are feeling? Again this is an incomplete list.
One side will fit the bill; the other will not.
We are in the beginning phase of an existential war, I hope it will be a cold war in the US, a hot civil war would be bad indeed. While a hot foreign war would be bad, it would be the lesser of two bad outcomes. The worst outcome would be an American civil war which triggers a larger global war, and I believe this is exactly what an American civil war would produce. Russia and China would find a hot American civil war too good an opportunity to not take what they wanted, so they will. The result would trigger a catastrophic world war compounded by a catastrophic American civil war. It seems it is never so bad it could not be worse. Progressives in their zeal for totalitarian control need to understand this potential outcome. I do not thing knowing this will change their actions. The progressives are willing to risk all, even world war to gain the totalitarian control they desire.
I expect all of these issues will be wrapped up by 2030. Our world will suddenly look very much like America circa 1950 with modern appliances and conveniences but otherwise, very 1950. The only question is will the Great American Experiment in Liberty continue or will we be a 1950s rerun of Soviet authoritarianism? Or in the modern vernacular, will we follow the plot of The Man in the High Castle?
California Approves $3.2 Billion Bond For High Speed Train To Nowhere
"Less than a year after California Gov. Gavin Newsom brought California's dreams for a LA to San Fran bullet train crashing down, when he said in February that he is ending the state’s hugely expensive and hopelessly quixotic high-speed rail line fiasco (which would have been completed in 2033 at a staggering cost of $77 billion), California is about to unleash another high speed train project, and this one is even more idiotic.
The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) has authorized a $3.2 billion tax-exempt, fixed-rate revenue bond issuance to help DesertXpress Enterprises, an affiliate of Virgin Trains USA, build a high-speed train from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas. The new XpressWest service, at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, will take about 90 minutes one way.
There is just one problem: Victorville, located in SoCal's high desert, is quite literally in the middle of nowhere."
The problem is the pain associated with this kind of nonsense is a lagging indicator. It only comes after the full expense has been felt, then reality drops the hammer and pain ensues. But - California so the stupid flows in huge quantities.
Next week's Arctic blast could break hundreds of records across the United States
If a theory is not falsifiable, it is not science, it is religion.
I moved from LA to a town of 2,300 people — here were the biggest culture shocks I faced in small-town America
1. "There were a lot of cultural differences I noticed immediately after moving from the most sprawling city in the US to a town of a couple thousand people."
Sorry but the LA metropolitan area is the most compact/dense urban area in the nation, it does not sprawl. This is yet another lie manufactured by the authoritarian left along with Socialism is good and fun.
2. "Not to sound cynical, but my time in Los Angeles made me a little skeptical of the kindness of strangers.
Scammers on the street would try to sucker you into handing over money at every corner. And I remember discussions about how inviting a certain person to a party would be good because that person had pull with a certain actor or writer. It felt like almost everybody had an agenda.
A week after we moved to our new home in the mountains, my wife and I were trying to lug a very large couch out of a local store. A guy walked up and offered to help. I accepted, and he lifted and carried it out with a smile the whole time. Once he'd gotten it to the truck I reached in my pocket for some bills and he waved his hand — "Naw man, I just like helping people," he said. I eyed him suspiciously for about a minute, trying to figure out his angle.
My wife and I have been pulled out of snowbanks, drifts, and ditches at least half a dozen times by people just driving by. Most recently I was pulled out by a guy in a tractor who was plowing a road I hadn't realized was not county-maintained. On top of the fact that he pulled me out and pulled out the car behind me, he was taking a few hours out of his morning to clear a road of snow despite the fact that he had no responsibility to do so.
Needless to say, it was very different from what I had experienced in the big city."
Dude, did you miss the memo? The city was a mistake, a very bad, no good, terrible mistake which makes humans much more evil, self-centered, and venal. The suburbs and better but it is the rural areas where we can live full lives, helping others in a community where caring matters.
It's almost like no one saw A Bugs Life, or understood the morals behind the story! Or The Magnificent Seven, or Seven Samurai.
We've become a society of people so poorly educated we cannot understand how to interpret even the simplest of events or lessons.
3. "This was a tough one for a man who grew up in Baltimore and then lived in Los Angeles, but where I live now, few people lock their houses. Many cars are left unlocked, even on the main street in town. People leave their duffels with their wallets and phones in open-air cubbies in the locker room at the gym.
It took me a while to realize how guarded I had been walking the streets of downtown Los Angeles, or even going to my local gym.
Thankfully, when it comes to crime in my new hometown, public drunkenness is typically the worst thing people hear about in the police blotter."
Burglars might get shot in a town like Victor, Idaho, not because the people there are bad, but because they view themselves as self-reliant and the first line of defense in a burglary or home invasion situation. This fact gets around and the bad guys move along to the big cities where the pickings are easier, and the sheeple unarmed.
4. "I still remember one of my first big culture shocks: when I saw a picture from the local high school basketball team on the front page of the daily paper.
I used to read the nationally-minded LA Times. Now my local paper, the Jackson Hole News & Guide, runs stories about the debate team.
The issues people care about here are different than those in the city. Stories about land usage, grazing rights, and the Bureau of Land Management are hot-button topics over here, while they may not register with my friends in coastal cities."
City types worry about crap that doesn't matter - impeachment anyone. While the people in small towns and rural areas are focused on their community and how people are succeeding, or failing and how they can be aided or helped.
5. "I grew up with two extremely anti-gun former hippies as parents. I never shot a gun until I was 30.
But given our regular interactions with dangerous wildlife in the Tetons, and the popularity of hunting throughout the region, it felt like a necessity to have a gun, which is why I own one today.
I was surprised to find that shooting is, well, fun."
Welcome to planet earth, alien, enjoy your stay! Of course, shooting is fun. It requires skill, practice, patience, and technique. These are all things people love to engage in because they can become better at these tasks and with even moderately routine practice, they can become better fast.
"While many restaurants may tout the ethical source of their meats, no meat is more free-range, organically fed, or responsibly sourced than game meat.
I discovered that most hunters around here have high respect for local wildlife — much more than visitors I've observed crowding a poor moose and calf to get a picture, for example."
6. "In the city, it was easy to fall into the cycle of bar/restaurant/shopping/pool. Up here, you're forced to spend time in nature for fun and socializing."
The city was a mistake. It is also a highly limited monoculture, and deeply boring. The city is for extraverts who have no life, and are fearful of anything more wild than a Cosmopolitan in a glitz bar that looks pretty much like all the other glitzy bars. How novel.
7. "I've heard a lot of people in my town say they love visiting vibrant, cultured cities, but "can't stand all the people."
I can understand their discomfort. There are fewer people here than on some city blocks in LA.
You have a lot of time to be alone with your thoughts up here, and if you have issues with crowds and the bustle of busy boulevards, this is a great place. Acre lots are pretty standard in neighborhoods. You can always find parking, traffic is minimal, and there's a real sense of "we're all in this together" even if we're all more separated.
On the other hand, there are fewer social events here, especially in the winter. And many people in small towns have had their friends for years, so it can take a while to build strong relationships, whereas in cities people are usually more interested in networking and trying to expand their social groups. Still, within a few years you begin to feel like you know everybody.
Small towns can be more intimate and also more isolating than cities, and it was shocking to adjust to that."
What he means by networking is that people in cities are more interested in using you for some benefit, social, financial, job, or other. People in small towns and rural areas befriend you because they wish to know you as a friend, not to use you for some selfish purpose. The friendships made in small towns are completely different than friendships developed in cities.
The rest of the article is just as funny, it's like an alien has come to Earth and is goggling at the humans and our odd behaviors.
The only advice I have is, leave your leftist progressive voting proclivities in LA, they are the reason you are leaving after all.
'I want to have my own car': American-born ISIS bride wants to return to US
The Sick Lion
A Lion, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice. He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness should be publicly known. The beasts expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the Lion devoured them. After many of the beasts had thus disappeared, the Fox discovered the trick and presenting himself to the Lion, stood on the outside of the cave, at a respectful distance, and asked him how he was. “I am very middling,” replied the Lion, “but why do you stand without? Pray enter within to talk with me.” “No, thank you,” said the Fox. “I notice that there are many prints of feet entering your cave, but I see no trace of any returning.”
He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.
The Millennials and later generations need to learn this less well and soon. Neither socialism, nor totalitarians are your friends.
California Killing Its Gig Economy | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.
You are much easier to control if you are dependent upon the government to act as a "union" protecting your rights vis-a-vis your employer. If you are independent, you might make decisions that are good for you and the economy but bad for the government, politicians, and bureaucrats. The government can't have that now, can it?!!!
Just wait till the government is a totalitarian socialist system to see the real fun begin.
Why $4.5 Billion From Big Tech Won’t End
The cure is straightforward, free land use of its government restrictions, but that is not going to happen. The current landowners are fully invested in the idea that their land is worth its current pie in the sky inflated value. They will never vote to do anything which would drop their land values by 70-80% or more. Nor will politicians throw themselves on their swords by acting against the demands of their constituents.
So, nothing will happen, prices will remain absurdly high, the cost of living will remain high, and the working and middle classes will be squeezed out of the state. Detroit, ho!
"A mile from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino lies the sun-faded carcass of the Vallco Shopping Mall. At the moment it consists of empty, buff-colored buildings, acres of black asphalt and a pile of rubble where the parking garage used to be.
About a year ago, a developer submitted a proposal to build 2,400 apartments on the site, half of them subsidized to put rents below the market rate. The city approved the plan reluctantly, and afterward a community group sued. The project is stuck in court.
Stories like that hang heavy over Apple’s $2.5 billion plan, announced Monday, to help solve the dire shortage of affordable housing that has come to dominate life and politics in the most populous state. The pledge came weeks after Facebook announced $1 billion for a similar program, and months after Google did the same. Earlier, in January, Microsoft committed $500 million for affordable housing in the Seattle area.
Beyond public relations, the moves amount to a statement from some of the tech industry’s largest employers that they are starting to take a more active role in addressing the chronic regional housing shortage that makes their expansion difficult — not just for their employees, but for the public at large.
But don’t expect the money to make much of a difference. A few billion dollars doesn’t buy a lot in California’s punitively expensive housing market. Even if it did, the companies’ announcements were accompanied by crucial yet mostly unanswered questions like where, how and when this money will be spent. And as the Vallco struggle illustrates, the biggest question is the one California has long wrestled with: how to get much-needed housing built when local governments and homeowners do everything they can to prevent it."
A word of advice to those living outside of areas like Oregon and California, where there are restrictive zoning and urban growth boundaries, don't follow this model. In the end, this model will destroy anything it is applied to without reservation. Worse yet, it will be the property owners who ensure the destruction. Humans are willing to believe desirable fantasies, like the idea that urban growth boundaries will preserve farms and timberlands or that socialism is a caring system.
Good luck with that.
Not Just Billionaires: Now Democrats Want To Hit Millionaires With 10% Surtax
These people are doing everything they can to make the economy better and to raise the standard of living for all Americans. The government is not.
What we need to do is set basic standards the government needs to achieve from improvements in education to success in fighting poverty, drug abuse, homeless, and other social problems. If the government makes the grade it can keep taxing us at the current level. If it fails, we should cut taxes by 10% each year the government fails to produce the minimum demanded results. If after three years, the government has failed to meet the minimum, all politicians and senior bureaucrats should be fired, with zero right to be rehired (this zero right would also apply to any politician/bureaucrat who held office during the preceding three years). Then have a new election to fill the vacated roles. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The problem we have is not a lack of taxes, it is incompetence and inefficiency in our government. The government takes too much money in taxes and wastes it on graft and corruption for the politicians and their cories.
It is long past time to reform our political system, the bureaucratic model is a failure, we need another which is less susceptible to corruption.
It is time for a sea change in our socio-economic and political systems.
35 Reasons To Leave California
1. Incredibly high taxes. At this point, California has the highest marginal tax rate in the entire country.
2. Absurd housing costs.
3. The median home value in the state is now more than half a million dollars, and that is about twice as high as the national average.
4. It has been estimated that it now takes approximately $350,000 a year to live a middle class lifestyle in the city of San Francisco.
5. Endless wildfires.
6. Epic mudslides.
7. Horrific traffic jams.
8. Los Angeles has the worst traffic congestion in the entire world.
9. The education system is awful.
10. Medical tyranny.
11. One of the highest poverty levels in the United States.
12. Thousands of drug addicts are literally pooping in the streets.
13. Almost half of all the homeless people in the entire nation live in California.
14. The state is literally being overrun by millions of rats.
15. Los Angeles has been ranked as the second most rat-infested city in the country.
16. At this point things are so bad that even Los Angeles City Hall is being overrun by rats.
17. Illegal immigration is out of control, and the sanctuary cities in California are making things even worse.
18. Rising gang activity.
19. High crime rates.
20. There is now a law in California that protects shoplifters. So for those that enjoy shoplifting, this might actually be a reason to move into the state.
21. The drug war that has been raging in Mexico is increasingly spilling across the border.
22. California has been ranked as the worst state in the nation to do business year after year.
23. California is also one of the most litigious states in the entire country.
24. The once pristine beaches in the state are now being “completely overrun with fecal bacteria”.
25. Nancy Pelosi.
26. Kamala Harris.
27. Governor Gavin Newsom.
28. The lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state and the state treasurer are all Democrats.
29. Democrats make up nearly two-thirds of the California State Senate.
30. Democrats make up more than two-thirds of the California State Assembly.
31. Both of the U.S. senators and 46 out of the 53 members of the House of Representatives that California sends to Washington are Democrats.
32. Much of the population is openly hostile to those that identify as conservatives.
33. California has been on the cutting edge of America’s moral decay for decades.
34. There have been more than 100,000 earthquakes in the state so far this year.
35. One day the “Big One” will hit California, and the geography of the state will be dramatically altered. The devastation will be unlike anything we have ever witnessed, and the death toll will be unimaginable.
Let the voting begin!