Recently I have been dealing with a lot of pro-Hillary/anti-Trump trolls. I live in a completely different universe than do guys who are pro-Hillary and anti-Trump. I have a hard time fathoming the social milieu in which a dude would get positive feels from signaling that he is pro-Hillary/anti-Trump. If I supported Hillary I would most certainly keep it to myself and would be deathly afraid that my secret might get out. If I got outed, I would probably just off myself because that’s the kind of humiliation you can never recover from. What kind of latte sipping crowd do you have to run with for there to be social capital in a guy signaling he’s for Hillary? I know some of these trolls are paid, but I wouldn’t besmirch my reputation like that for any amount of money. Good grief. Put down the latte boys and pick up a fishing pole. Listen to some country music. Watch some football. Do something. You seriously need to reconsider the crowd you are hanging with.
Raimondo just posted his latest on Trump/Sanders, and it’s spot-on.
Trump puffs up his chest and announces he wants us to have “the strongest biggest baddest military on earth” – but you’ll note he invariably adds: “So we’ll never have to use it.”
We know who is the Establishment: it’s those brilliant folks who brought us the Iraq war, who want us to repeat our mistake in Syria, and who pine for a US-led regime-change operation in Russia to get rid of Putin and install a pliable Yeltsin-substitute in power. The Establishment, in short, is the War Party, otherwise known as the neoconservatives, and they are the tireless enemies of peace and liberty. Until and unless they are destroyed as a viable political force, either in the GOP or outside it, there will be no peace in this world. If and when Trump succeeds in sidelining them, that alone will be worth whatever price we have to pay in the – unlikely – event he makes it to the White House.
Well, Trump needs Raimondo, not just as an anti-anti-Trump.
For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.
JPost has an odd compendium of Israel-related commentary on each candidate.
Trump’s intern including bizarre WWII art in a tweet is included as “bad”, as well as Trump’s retweet of someone warning against white genocide. I’m curious why Jews who fear Jewish genocide also fear white Gentiles who fear their own genocide… Isn’t genocide generally a bad thing?
What’s also interesting is how Bernie might be anti-Israel, despite his being Jewish.
To be honest, while I dislike the Likud strategy of creating chaos in the ME, I hadn’t otherwise considered Israel in this election. It’s interesting though how Cruz, Rubio, and Jeb are devoted to Israel.
I don’t myself mind Greater Israel. I simply would want those Muslims and Christians who are removed from their homes by Israel to be humanely resettled elsewhere – but not to Europe. This would not be so difficult as it sounds, because citizenship can be purchased. Resettlement would be cheaper than unending war.
I myself very much want an end to the ME wars however. Perhaps I’m being naive, but I refuse to believe perpetual war between Israel and Muslims is inevitable.
If we ask why the US and Europe must take in so many refugees, why the US is perpetually at war, the answer is always Israel. Oil is partly responsible, but we wouldn’t have gone into Iraq if not for Israel. The Saudis might even come to accept Iran as the dominant regional power if not goaded.
So, I say give the green light to Israel to resettle whom they will and end this mess once and for all. Allow the Iraqis to split into 3 states, allow Kurdistan to break from Turkey, allow Christians to return to some part of the ME, and have all parties get along.
When we look at the many causes of America’s destruction, tiny Israel is always one of the primary factors for our expensive wars and refugee acceptance.
The way this all ends seems to be the US and Europe collapse, Israel expands in the vacuum, Asia then meddles in Israeli affairs, Israel falls to Islam. And everything that was European is then diminished and declining. Surely there’s a way to prevent such an outcome.
Willie Robertson added, “Mr. Trump is a real leader. He represents success and strength, two attributes our country needs. Like me, he is a successful businessman and family man and I endorse his candidacy for President of the United States.”
Second video: Start at 3:23
I am automatically inclined to be sympathetic toward citizens in most any ideological beef against the Feds and Federal power. That said, I don’t necessarily think the long term agenda is furthered by rash actions of a few. Maybe a rash action by a motivated few sparks mass resistance, but maybe it also gets some good people thrown in jail or killed without actually advancing the ball. While I am hesitant to condemn the occupiers, I’m not sure I understand what their end game is here. What do they hope to accomplish?
This is a tricky issue for the GOP Presidential candidates, especially those running as anti-Establishment candidates. Some of their right flank is going to see any perceived lack of support of the occupiers as caving to the Feds, but some of their less ideological supporters might see this as a law and order issue and be less sympathetic to the occupiers. It seems to me that the winning play for a Republican Presidential candidate would be to promise to pardon the 2 Hammond ranchers if elected.
David Stockman warns of Shrinking GPP (Gross Planet Product):
For years now the dollar has been a “funding” currency in the global casino—-something the gamblers borrowed or effectively sold short in order to pile into higher yielding EM debt, equities and commodities until they peaked awhile back.
But the fantastic global credit bubble summarized below has now reached its apogee. China and the EM economies are rolling over into a debilitating deflation, thereby catalyzing the mother of all margins calls. This time subprime is lettered in Chinese and speaks with a Portuguese accent.
In fact, it is already happening, even by the lights of the IMF. The world’s nominal GDP has dropped 5% in dollar terms during the past year, and that’s what counts because the world’s $225 trillion tower of debt is heavily denominated in dollars, or linked to it through exchange rates, most especially the Chinese RMB.
Translation: There’s increased risk the US dollar will continue to strengthen and the US stock market crash, as well as financial sector risk.
Inventory levels are also rising, and manufacturing is down. Also, falling commodities are generally seen as a warning sign.
The recent dip in stocks (oil driven) might recover near-term. No one knows. I simply wish to post on the warning signs. Stocks are considered a relatively risky asset class.
“I’m not as concerned about the return on my money as I am the return of my money.”
When Raimondo, the Rothbardian libertarian, calls for “quarantine”; the situation is serious.
Let the savages of the Middle East stew in their own blood-soaked juice. Let us shore up our defenses, and treat ISIS as we would an outbreak of bubonic plague: by quarantining the entire region. Our answer to the War Party must be unafraid and unequivocal: No, not now, not ever again!
Wow! And he’s absolutely right. In fact, I believe Raimondo is always right when it comes to foreign affairs. Domestic affairs, are another topic (so his reputation isn’t tainted with my views).
This “invade-the-world invite-the-world” policy of flooding our lands with the former inhabitants of the very societies we bomb is a recipe for creating domestic terrorism. Which side of the “War on Terror” are our governments on?
I’m no political expert like Raimondo, but from what I’ve seen the greatest damage to the West has been from these dualities. We’re told to pick a side, Republican or Democrat, Capitalist or Socialist, White Supremacist or Anti-white Globalist, and so forth.
There’s never a place for thought. We’re told to grow angry and to pick a side. Any who do otherwise are labeled derisively as “moderate” or “less principled”. Yet, the conservative is supposed to be prudent and to draw his position from First Things: particular ties, faith, duty.
And so, I fear we’re headed for a new duality: Islamism vs. Secular Humanism. For myself, I’m going to remain a paleoconservative. I say to end the conflict, remove troops and bases from the Middle East, and expel all Muslims from Western lands. And to strengthen the West, there’s need for a return to Christ and a return to tradition and heritage. Since such a position fits into neither side of the duality, I expect I’ll be labeled yet again with “moderate” status.
The positive of being such an outcast is the paleo is equally unwelcomed in both camps and can often enter to make destabilising arguments. It’s frequently the case that, from the paleo perspective, both sides share many similarities. For example, the term “libertarian-socialist” is now a thing within paleodom. And just as ISIS destroys archaeological treasures and national ties, the secular humanist would also like to destroy such “irrational” and “backward” remnants, to make way for a “rational” “progressive” future. Perhaps the term “secular humanist-Islamist” will become a thing.
I have not seen Jericho, but I love this reference:
On a personal note, I cannot help but notice the similarities between Marco Rubio and President Glen Tomarchio of the “Allied States of America” as depicted in the TV show “Jericho” (2006-2008). Both were U.S. Senators before running for President. Both are young and charismatic. And even their names are eerily similar. Interestingly enough, in that show, the newly-formed “Allied States of America” was clearly depicted as being nothing more than a front organization for multinational corporations and President Tomarchio as being nothing more than a puppet for those same corporations. Wow! No wonder CBS had to yank “Jericho” from the network in spite of its huge popularity. Marco Rubio is the living, breathing Glen Tomarchio. And, with the help of Paul Ryan, Tomarchio—I mean Rubio—will indeed turn the United States of America into a Constitutionless “Allied States of America.”
Analogies like this are potentially powerful.
I’ve never myself understood the aspiration of Constitution-defenders since it seems almost a technicality how the US today rejects the Constitution. Legal scholars declare the Constitution is indeed obeyed, no matter what is done; and Americans just accept that as true.
However, Donald Trump aims to uphold American interests, as opposed to corporate interests. And I can understand and support that. Big Business & Socialism vs. Trump & America.
I’m no libertarian, but I do know government spending can easily become wasteful. Offer free tuition, and it will do some good while quite likely introducing abuse and a lengthening of the time required to complete an education.
A free market could perhaps produce sufficiently skilled computer programs and plumbers, for example.
However, medical school is expensive, and it is desired that the best quality citizens receive the most valuable training, such as medical training. A society that excludes medical training based on wealth rather than ability will be less likely to produce good doctors.
But I never dreamed that British females would resort to prostitution to pay their way! Here though is a report on just such a phenomenon:
An increasing portion of students in the United Kingdom looking for a way to pay for their tuition are turning to prostitution, according to a new paper by a British medical student.
The problem may be particularly acute among medical students, who generally go to school longer, accrue more debt and have less time for paid employment, according to the paper by Jodi Dixon, who is studying at the University of Birmingham.
That is just shocking. The thought of a rich, bald-headed investment banker paying an innocent 20-something for a sexual act is outrageous. My first instinct is to call for the death penalty!
I submit that while our societies are becoming increasingly nontraditional, increasingly diverse, increasingly corporate, and thus increasingly incapable of governing; perhaps there is a place in some societies for further government-subsidised education.
I know much of the added university expense in the US today comes from the funding of poor students. Basically, in the US, you’re either receiving aid or you’re paying for another’s aid. And our schools are filled with foreign students, while Americans are pushed aside. I have little knowledge of the British university system, however.
To continue on the previous article theme though, I say we stand up to the Social Justice Warrior bullies and uphold the interests of British citizens! If Britain cared for the British, France cared for the French, and America cared for Americans; we might actually reach something near to utopia. If it’s “racist” to care for one’s own, then dare to be racist! Someone must take a stand for what’s morally right. British belles should not be resorting to prostitution.