30 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-25-18

  1. This is what decades of one party rule have wrought in America’s major cities.

    Thank a Democrat.


    “Am I the only one in my spinning class at Equinox in Manhattan who’s fed up paying $200 every month for a gym with clean showers, $3,000 in rent every month for an apartment without cockroaches and $8 every morning for a cup of coffee? Am I the only one moving through the greater part of New York City boroughs and seeing an inexorable march of urban decay matched with the discomfort of crowding and inexplicable costs? I know I am not.

    New York is the most expensive city in America. Its lower-cost neighborhoods are riddled with crime and homelessness. Its public schools, some of which are among the worst in the nation, look more like prisons than places of learning.

    With between up to 50 percent of their paycheck going to a combination of federal, local and city taxes, not including other consumer taxes baked into every aspect of their consumer practices, residents don’t even have the comfort of knowing that their tax expenditures are going to the improvement of their lives in the city. New York infamously misuses the hard-earned tax revenues of its citizens in ways that scarcely benefit them.

    Eventually, city and state taxes, fees, and regulations become so burdensome that people and corporations jump ship. More people are currently fleeing New York than any other metropolitan area in the nation. More than 1 million people have moved out of New York City since 2010 in search of greener pastures, which amounts to a negative net migration rate of 4.4 percent.

    The recently passed tax bill, which repeals the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, will only speed up the exodus. Thanks to the bill’s passage, many New York taxpayers will save little or nothing despite a cut in the federal rate. The state’s highest earners — who have been footing an outsized share of the bill — will pay tens of thousands of dollars more in income taxes in 2018. In New York alone, loss of the SALT deduction will remove $72 billion a year in tax deductions and affect 3.4 million residents.

    And make no mistake: What’s happening in the Big Apple is a microcosm of what’s happening in the nation’s blue states, cities and towns. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago — the places where power and capital have traditionally congregated — have become so over-regulated, so overpriced and mismanaged, and so morally bankrupt and soft on crime that people are leaving in droves. Of course, these high-tax cities are the same places hit hardest by the removal of the SALT deduction.

    The cost of popular moving truck services, like U-Haul, is largely created through the ironclad rules of supply and demand. Turns out, there is much higher demand for trucks leaving high-tax blue states heading to low-tax red states than vice versa.

    A route from California to Texas, for example, is more than twice as expensive as a route from Texas to California. Want to go from Los Angeles to Dallas? $2,558. Returning back? $1,232. Texas is the No. 1 state people move trucks to, with states like Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Colorado rounding out the top 10. The states people are fleeing? New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois — and at the top, California.

    These facts are not coincidences. In fact, in 2016 the Golden State lost almost 143,000 net residents to other states — that figure is an 11 percent increase from 2015. Between 2005 and 2015, Los Angeles and San Francisco alone lost 250,000 residents. The largest socioeconomic segment moving from California is the upper-middle class. The state is home to some of the most burdensome taxes and regulations in the nation. Meanwhile, its social engineering — from green energy to wealth redistribution — have made many working families poorer. As California begins its long decline, the influx outward is picking up in earnest.”

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  2. Douthat writes about what has happened to California. I can remember what California was like 50 years ago when it twice elected Ronald Reagan as Governor.

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  3. David French tips his hat to two unsung heroes.

    They have, as Debra likes to say, kept fighting. If placed in their shoes, I would have retired/resigned and moved far away from Washington many months ago.

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  4. Chas, We had fun on our trip identifying pockets of native Carolinians. They are very pleasant people. Here at home, West Texas is pretty much a reservation for native Texans.

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  5. We are truly a one-party state. And in my area (LA), doubly so. Ballots often offer a choice only between two Democrats in many (almost all?) races now that we have our new ‘jungle’ primary system where the two “top vote getters” face off in the general election. That almost always results in two Democrats. What’s even the point of that? I’ve wound up leaving a lot of those ballot lines blank.

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  6. I suspect what is happening and what will continue to happen in California is that there are at least two parties within the Democrat Party:
    1. A largely minority poor people’s party; and
    2. A wealthy liberal party led by Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Organized Perversion.


  7. I do not know if Michelle will see this link, but I remember her mentioning the original incident at Isla Vista in 2014: http://www.macleans.ca/news/toronto-van-attack-facebook-incel-rebellion-post/. I have said both on here and in conversations with my mother that I see a rising tide of angry young men, who use brutality to express their anger. Those who joined ISIS were only one branch of those angry young men and tthose of other religious and ideological persuasions are equally capable of atrocity (the way ISIS treated women is the way the incel movement speaks of how to treat women on sites such as 4chan: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/25/what-is-incel-movement-toronto-van-attack-suspect). The tragedy in Toronto, seems, as this point to be linked to the ‘incel’ group, and it is likely to be borne out in the weeks to come, since the social media posts of Bissonette, the angry young man who killed 7 at a Montreal mosque have been proven in court to be an accurate assessment of his motivation (Bissonette has pled guilty).

    As a single who has always been so, I have no sympathy for this ‘incel’ movement. These angry people are utterly self centred, and need to realize that life is never fair, and it is not about them and what they want. I also am sure that pornography is helping to create this anger, as these young men use pornography to create an image of their fantasy woman (pornography is also known to be an issue among Islamic extremists), and then become frustrated because most women do not match the fantasy – the 2014 Isla Vista perpetrator, Elliot Rodgers, in his manifesto, ranted about how attractive young women were not interested in him. Feminism is really not to blame for the lack of interest that women show in such men, since the corrosive combination of lust and anger that the men carry is deadly for a women, and women know that by instinct. As the Proverb says, “Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man you shall not go, lest you get a snare to your soul.”

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  8. If you think feminism and the “men are useless and unnecessary” mantra are not part of the problem, then you aren’t being honest about the problem. This is the direct result of men now believing this lie as well. Why behave when it doesn’t matter, you’re still “one of them” and there’s no hope anyway? Tell a lie often enough, and eventually everyone believes it. While feminism didn’t do it alone, it has played a large role in the degradation of societal norms, gender role/identities, and what men and women believe their roles are today. There is widespread confusion, perpetrated by feminists and leftists the world over. They’ve sowed this, and now we all reap the bitter harvest.

    While in the end we’re all responsible for our own actions, pretending certain groups are blameless here is not really truthful. These young men didn’t become angry for no reason, and it hasn’t happened overnight. They’ve had accessories.

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  9. The Real, everyone is responsible for their own sins (Ezekiel 18). Leave it there. These young men make feminism an excuse, yet they are without excuse. Saying that feminism is partly to blame only help them absolve themselves of their responsibility.

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  10. Furthermore, Scripture does not bear out the theory that men become angry and violently mistreat women because women get uppity. The book Judges shows that men become angry and violently mistreat women when everyone does what is right in his own eyes, which is what modern existentialism, with its emphasis on individual freedom of expression, encourages.


  11. In a previous life I read quite a bit of existentialism and its even stupider younger brother phenomenology. There truly is no floor to the depths of foolishness man falls to when he abandons his creator.

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  12. Roscuro,

    That’s all well and good, but it does nothing for young men struggling to find out who, and what they are. You and I know these things, but unsaved souls do not. If they are Christian, they should generally have a better understanding of what being a man is according to biblical standards. But these lost young men don’t have that. Schools won’t teach ’em it, in fact often it’s quite the opposite. Many are from homes absent a father due to the beliefs of feminists and leftists I mentioned above.

    No one is saying this excuses their abhorrent behavior in any way. Only that it plays a role. This isn’t an either or thing here. It can be both, and is. It’s a deadly combination.

    “Furthermore, Scripture does not bear out the theory that men become angry and violently mistreat women because women get uppity. ”

    No one has suggested that.


  13. AJ, the type of angry young man who seeks revenge through murder because women won’t have sex with him is not in any way, shape, or form a victim of feminism. No (single) man has a “right” to sex, and a man with that kind of mind-set is toxic. I was never the sort of woman angry, “entitled” men sought, but I’ve watched a few, and they are scary.

    In my college, I knew of one who was noteworthy enough that upperclassmen warned younger women about him (and a few years after his graduation, he was banned from campus). At my senior retreat, I was once at a table of about six people, and he came into the conversation–and I was the only one at the table who didn’t know someone the man had proposed to. Yes, he was at a Christian institution, and so he wasn’t (as far as I know) seeking free sex, but he was throwing himself on every woman he could, seeking someone to marry, but without anything to offer those women.

    Another man didn’t have quite his reputation, but my sister worked with him, and she told me he had a reputation for being too desperate for a woman. Two years later, I was sitting in a lounge in my dorm, and a young woman told me she was getting married, and she mentioned this second man’s name. She told me she initially thought he was a jerk, but he pleaded with her to give him a chance. (In my experience, any time a woman’s “first impression” says he is a jerk and she overrides those instincts, she is in for trouble. I’ve seen it repeatedly. We want to be “nice” and so we second-guess those instincts if someone asks us to, but it’s dangerous. It sometimes gets women killed, or gets their children raped and murdered.) She told me she was now very happy, because she was soon to marry, and she put her head on her side and in a sticky sweet voice, she asked, “Cheryl, do you think you’ll ever get married?” It had the definite feel of a woman who now considered herself successful (and me a loser) because she had caught a man (and I hadn’t). I didn’t think I could tell here that her fiance had a really bad reputation (because I had only heard it second-hand, and what was the point?), but I didn’t feel anything close to jealousy. I felt true pity.

    Several years later, I saw that woman’s name in our alumni magazine, using her maiden name, and announcing her wedding (to someone else), so it looked like she didn’t go through with her first engagement, and I was glad.

    Some women are toxic because of feminism–but it doesn’t need feminism for some men to be dangerous or toxically dysfuncational, and to blame women for that dysfunction. That man who was banned from his own alma mater? A guy friend of mine visited him in his apartment once, and told me afterward that all the man’s house plants smelled of urine. He wasn’t “marriage material,” and it was not feminism’s fault. He was still made in the image of God–but he was not safe for women and he was not a healthy man.


  14. The Real, there is a case to be made that:
    a) Feminism does not as a blanket movement (remember the campaign for getting the vote and the right for women to have property are also parts of the feminist movement) preach that men are worthless and useless. The quotes of feminists attacking men in general do seem to be those on the fringes, as I really have not heard that kind of rhetoric about men being useless or worthless in all the sociology topics surrounding the sexes that have been discussed during the course of my studies and feminism is quite an obvious part of the university’s ideology (conservatives can exaggerate the flaws of their ideological opponents too) – the trigger phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ (which I have never heard used in school) itself is not really saying all masculinity is toxic, but rather the word ‘toxic’ is modifying ‘masculinity’ to describe a particular perverted form of masculinity, rather than referring to masculinity in general
    b) omen are as sinful and lost as men are and the message of being worthless and useless – the story of Eve and the serpent has been used in traditional Judaism, Islam, and sometimes even Christianity, to argue for women being the source of man’s evil – is one that many traditional cultures give generation after generation to women without women reacting with violence, so I do not think that a message of being worthless or useless (if such a message exists) is enough to account for the self centred anger and lust that is seen in the incel movement.

    I am not advocating for feminism – or rather what is called third-wave feminism – and there is no doubt that certain parts of the movement are problematic in their own right. What I said, however, was that feminism could not be blamed for the lack of interest that women show in such men. Notice, I also limited my observations to particular groups of young men who have shown themselves to be angry and capable of brutal violence, rather than applying them to men in general.

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  15. Thanks for clarifying Roscuro.

    And thanks for the link. I must say, it’s the first I’d heard of these particular folks, this incel movement. As if we needed another of this type…..

    “Incel is short for “involuntarily celibate”. The term rose to prominence because of its adoption by a subsection of the “manosphere”, a loose collection of movements united by misogyny that also includes some men’s rights activists, pick-up artists, and Mgtow/volcel – heterosexual men who refuse to have sex with women for political reasons.”

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  16. Settle down there Cheryl……

    “No (single) man has a “right” to sex, and a man with that kind of mind-set is toxic. I was never the sort of woman angry, “entitled” men sought, but I’ve watched a few, and they are scary.”

    No one said they did, certainly not me.


  17. The Real @4:01, I really do think that these men are a fringe, criminal element and that a few have always existed in society. What is happening now, is the internet is giving what would have been the town creep the ability to connect with others of like mind, and they are supporting each other in their criminal mindset, egging each other on and fomenting discontent among those who feel left out of society. Unfortunately, their rhetoric is leaking out from places like 4chan onto more mainstream sites – I read comment sections to take the pulse of the reading public, and I have seen comments which reflect the ‘incel’ mindset on mainstream forums. I think that these two horrible incidents should be enough for the movement to begin to be investigated as a cyber criminal group, and begin to be dealt with online as extremist groups are.


  18. AJ, the whole point of the incel movement is that any man (even if he is single) does have a “right” to sex, and if women choose to withhold it, then they are the problem. Having seen up close and personal the “Christian” version of such a mind-set, I know why women keep their distance from such men; I was simply backing up Roscuro’s statement that it isn’t feminism that keeps women from interest in such socially inept, narcissistic men.


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