28 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-19-17

  1. The next shoe?


    “Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is urging people to stay away from a planned Free Speech Rally scheduled for Saturday on Boston Common.

    Walsh made the comments Friday as he discussed security for the event alongside Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Gov. Charlie Baker.”

    “A total of 500 police officers will be present at the rally, and several hundred more are available if necessary.

    Fencing and security cameras were installed on Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand Friday morning as police continue safety preparations ahead of Saturday’s planned rally.”

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  2. Gathering storms and threats to liberty.


    “There certainly are other political issues that are contributing to this gathering storm, but that’s politics.

    After 10 months of Resistance to Trump since Election Night, there has been an unyielding attempt to paralyze the administration. The Trump administration’s disorganization and Trump’s mercurial personality certainly have contributed to this situation. But that’s politics.

    The factors I raise above are beyond politics. They are about our liberty — on the street exercising our free speech rights, accessing the internet to communicate our ideas, and preserving the protections of the First Amendment and free speech.

    It’s a dangerous time.”


  3. Huh.


    “Since our national future of Antifa reds slugging it out with alt-right brownshirts in running street battles looks increasingly assured, we might as well start tracking reaction polls like this:

    Watching media coverage, you’d think Trump is nearly alone in believing “both sides” share fault for the Charlottesville violence. Turns out, most Republicans have his back…

    Far more blame “the far right groups” for Charlottesville (46%) than “the counter-protesters” (9%), but a remarkable 40% concur with Trump’s assertion that both were equally responsible.

    “Beneath the surface, we see the same partisan division: Two-thirds of Democrats (66%) blame the far-right groups rather than the counter-protesters (6%), while Republicans overwhelmingly blame both sides equally (64%). About the same proportion of Republicans blame the far-right groups (18%) as the counter-protestors (17%).”
    As Sean Trende put it, “So basically, a plurality agree with Trump’s characterization of the Charlottesville events, or are to his right.” Indeed. Given a binary choice of whether the alt-right or counter-protesters bears most of the blame for the violence, people are far more likely to blame the alt-right. It was their rally, Nazis are known for violence, one of them actually killed someone on the other side. That’s why, I assume, even Republicans are (slightly) more likely to blame the alt-right than the left-wing protesters. Under the circumstances it’s hard to see the white nationalists as relatively blameless for what happened.

    Once you include the option of blaming both groups equally, though, you end up with a plurality (49 percent) who say either that blame should be shared or that the counter-protesters were mainly at fault. If you’re wondering why Trump’s job approval has ticked up a point and a half since Sunday despite the brutal media coverage, that may explain some of it. Although more likely it’s the politics of the debate over Confederate monuments that’s helping him, as Democrats have stupidly zeroed in on that despite the fact that most of the public shares Trump’s view that they should be left in place.”


  4. AN e-mail is going around that says the Supreme Court has ruled against teaching Sharia in public schools.
    I checked it out.
    It’s false. No such ruling.


  5. I blame Wolf Blitzer. Every other question he asks is about impeaching Trump. Yesterday afternoon he was interviewing a (D) Senator from Hawaii. He asked about a Senate censure(not quite sure if that was the word to use) the Senator kept saying that since some Republicans has spoken out about Trump that he didn’t want to do something like that and alienate them again. He wanted to reach out to the other side of the aisle and work towards a solution. Wolf wouldn’t leave it alone.
    I fear for our nation. I hear the news and others making statements I know to be false historically, but you can’t get anyone to listen to reason. Everyone wants to believe their own brand of truth. It hurts my heart and makes me weary.

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  6. So other than the ladies tennis team, the University is mostly weirdos?

    Ricky, Last night, you were correct when you stated the South had a thriving international trade. However, it was colonial like relationship with the UK. In exchange for sending raw materials (mostly cotton) the UK sent back finished products (e.g. clothing). However tight this relationship may have been, the UK didn’t support the South as many had hoped. Instead capitalism means you find new suppliers or trading partners — Egypt, India — its not ab accident that British control of Egypt and India picked up after the US Civil War. Capitalism doesn’t allow for friendships or culture.

    Modern capitalism isn’t necessarily about stuff, instead its about brands. Making stuff is boring — any Chinese peasant girl can do it. And brands are marketed across the world homogenizing culture everywhere. The French didn’t insert culture protection in trade agreements as an after thought — they know the power of modern capitalism. And this will/has slowly change the South into just another market. Yes, capitalists will take over some elements of southern culture, make them a little bland and then export elsewhere. Walmart moved out of the south as will/did restaurant chains, music, etc. Support modern capitalism and no matter how many Lee statues you manage to save the South will be just another place like any other.


  7. I read Ben Sasse’s book. Style wise, he needed an editor. I could’ve cut the book in half and not lost any of the message. The whole preface was a waste of time.

    Most of his advice was fairly common sense and not a right or left thing but I did think he was waxed far too much in nostalgia. I also found him using the straw men argument too often (over exaggerating an opposing side or problem to make it easier to tear down). I also found he contradicted himself at times. For example, he called for children to be more independent and to face adversary yet a few pages later he said parents need to monitor their children closely for example; school, internet use, friends, etc. Yes a healthy balance is ideal but that wasn’t his message either time — both were constructed as absolutes. He also failed to note the role of modern capitalism in disintegrating family bonds (but I wasn’t expecting that)


  8. AJ — the poll results. Once again we see the result of the media. By spending inordinate time on the false equivalency of Nazis and anti-Nazis, the press, the Republican party and Trump managed to convince both the Nazis and the anti-Nazis were too blame. This poll isn’t “despite the media” it is partially due to the media. The right has to quit talking about the liberal or leftist media, it clearly doesn’t exist.


  9. HRW, Last night at supper in a Japanese restaurant in Fort Worth, I was thinking about how you had told me yesterday that capitalism would change Southern culture. Our cook was, of course, Japanese. Our waitress was a friendly Iranian girl whom we know well from prior visits.
    At our table were four 20-something Africans, two Yankee lesbians, a Mexican (my wife) and me. It did occur to me that I was the only one of the ten who had an ancestor serve in the Army of Northern Virginia. Nevertheless, the evening was relatively pleasant. The Africans had gone to college in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and now had good jobs. I was trying hard not to stare at the lesbians who did not in any way resemble Southern belles.


  10. HRW @ 12:35 You have to admit that the girls on the tennis team do not look like weirdos. The weirdos I was referring to were those who were marching at UVa last Friday night. That march was disturbing as that campus is a special place for Southerners my age. That school used to be the elite public university of The South. Fifty years ago, the best and brightest students from across Dixie would go to the University of Virginia which had a conservative culture. Now there are many great public universities in The South and UVa (like Virginia itself) has become much more liberal and more Yankeefied.

    A few years back during a visit to Virginia, my son informed me (to my dismay) that he viewed Virginians as sort of like ancient Samaritans. He saw them not as pure Southerners, but a mix between conservative Texans and liberal Yankees. I am certain that this judgment would have thrilled descendants of the First Families of Virginia, particularly since it came from a Texan with a Mexican mother.


  11. @12:26 That is interesting, and it’s hard to say how it will all shake out.

    I see 3 main divisions: Socialists, Wall St. Democrats/ Republicans (Republicrats or just Wall St.) and *Trump supporters (traditional workers and professionals, and their sympathizers). Identity politics has been picked up by the Wall St. crowd and the media they own, to increase their appeal to people who would not otherwise give them a second glance—the people who need a ’cause’ to rally around.

    Just as Wall St. has crossed party lines, there are some aspects of the Socialist agenda that could be useful to Trump supporters. But although there is room to work together on a few issues, merging would be a mistake, as Socialists do not seem to have a great respect for tradition and are too willing to throw in with anarchists. And on the other side, many Socialists would resist merging because so many wrongly equate ‘traditional’ with alt-right ideologies.

    Either way, the identity politics needs to go away.

    *The name of the standard bearer would change with time, the core support would probably not.

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  12. Do you think they’ll ever come up with a candidate both of us can vote for? (Reagan is not rising from the dead, anyone with the name of Bush is a non-starter, and Buchanan is aging out and acting out.) :–)

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  13. Sasse definitely has the character. But I have never thought of Nebraskans as Yankees. Nor Yankees as a dirty word. We’ll have to wait and see how much damage is done this presidential term (and next, if he gets two). I’d likely vote Sasse, or Samster.

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  14. Debra, To be honest, I had never thought of Nebraskans as Yankees either, but my son straightened me out.

    HRW, A group that practices street violence is a very dangerous thing:

    1. Antifa may have beaten up a few Nazis in Charlottesville, but a young lady was killed. We don’t know yet if the killer was motivated by the prior violence.

    2. The 98% percent of America between the Eastern cities and the West Coast has millions of what my wife calls “mean white people”. The overwhelming majority of them are Trumpkins. If Antifa starts killing Trumpkins, the mean Trumpkins will be more than happy to kill them back. That is NOT what we need.

    For the first time in my life, I agree with Chomsky.

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  15. From NewsMax
    Barcelona’s chief rabbi has urged Jews to move to Israel because Europe has been “lost” to radical Islam, and Spain has been a “hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe” for years.

    “I tell my congregants, ‘Don’t think we’re here for good,’ and I encourage them to buy property in Israel,” Chief Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen told the Jewish news agency JTA in an interview Friday.
    “This place is lost,” he said. “Don’t repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews.

    “Better [get out] early than late,” Bar-Hen warned. “Europe is lost.”

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  16. Day 5 of not making fun of Trump. 43 days to go. I caught a major break with the Bannon firing. He seemed to promote misbehavior. However, just as alcoholics should avoid bars, I am staying away from Trump’s Twitter feed.

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  17. But it’s never too soon to look ahead (on both sides; Harris might be formidable and offer a stark relief to those weary of the Trump wars, assuming they continue on for another 3+ years):



    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D.) said California Sen. Kamala Harris (D.) will be “knocking on doors in Iowa,” indicating Saturday he expects she will run for president.


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