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Die MSM, Die – or bring back Trump

That’s a hell of a dilemma for a MSM that was willing to tell any lie about his Administration and scream about it 24/7 if it meant getting Trump out of office.

As signaled by NYT journalist Jim Rutenberg in 2016, balance and objectivity had to be thrown out the window, so uniquely awful was Trump:

If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him

Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.

But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?

I don’t think any of his comrades needed convincing. This was going to the Bush years on steroids and they not only followed Rutenberg’s suggestions but went more partisan in their support of the Democrat Party than at any time in US history.

So now where are they with their online traffic?

Ouch. While even Fox News has taken a hit it’s obvious that the more an MSM site focused on Trump, the greater has been the loss with his departure. It should also be understood that these figures are not looking at circulation / subscription / readership figures for the press or viewership figures for the TV shows. In both cases – such as CNN losing some 68% of its prime-time audience from the Q2, 2020 – the drops are worse than these, and if you look at individual shows they’re worse again.

There can’t be much confidence in CNN’s new streaming service, CNN+, when it’s all sourced from the same base of “journalists”. The drop is also connected to this reality, News Media Credibility Rating Falls to a New Low. In fact a recent Reuters survey showed that Americans had the lowest trust in the MSM of the 46 nations surveyed. I’ve got quite a collection of double standards that is a big part of that loss of trust, but this one will do for now.

Recall that the circulation figures for NZ newspapers show an endless trend of decline, so the online world is not going to save them either.

In the case of the USA, the likes of CNN have been desperately casting around for a new villain, which explains the hysterical attacks on Florida Governor DeSantis (R) and Tucker Carlson on Fox. Nothing has worked yet.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Ranked Faking 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Dear oh dear. Over a year ago I covered the clusterfuck of the Democrat Iowa primary where their fabulous new system of voting crashed so badly that a winner could not be declared:

By now the results for the first round should have been available, and probably the second round and possibly even the final results. But that’s not what’s happening.No one knows what’s going on at this point, but there are some reports that the app is not working correctly. Former Obama staffer Van Jones was just quoted:

“This is starting to feel like, possibly, a real debacle, where if there’s some technical problems that they’re not disclosing we could be very late on this.”

People are laughing at the incompetence  but based on their history in Chicago and Texas, I’d say that when Democrats have a “mysterious delay” in reporting votes, it’s because they’re cheating on the results.

Well Iowans are hicks. That sort of shit would not happen among the sophisticated Democrats of New York. Would it?

NYC Board of Elections takes down mayor ranked choice voting results after revealing ‘discrepancy’:

“The vote total just released by the Board of Elections is 100,000-plus more than the total announced on election night, raising serious questions,” Adams said in a statement Tuesday.”We have asked the Board of Elections to explain such a massive increase and other irregularities before we comment on the Ranked Choice Voting projection.”

Sheesh. Where have I heard this before? Oh right, although none other than Mr Adams himself had a different take on it back then:

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

And naturally enough, in order to be consistent, those opposed to Adams climbed right into him with takes like this.

Yes, that is “some Donald Trump shit”. Millhiser works for that outstanding bunch of Lefty brain boxes, Vox.com. Media Matters, the “fact-checking” arm of the Democrat National Committee, who are always on the lookout for people damaging US elections by claiming fraud, also piled on during the day after Adam’s made his statement.

Except that at 10:30 that night the NYC Board of Elections announced that they had counted 135,000 fake votes.

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

As you can imagine it’s been crickets from the smug since that announcement.

Anyway, given that Adams is Black all that nasty criticism of his questioning of the election results was likely based on the systemic racism of the Democrat Party. Looks like they’re staying in their lane now.

Since Trump is no longer able to go on Twitter he was not able to troll the living shit out of Adams by announcing his support for his claim. But he did the next best thing with a statement that the MSM could not ignore:

Confusion gripped the city’s mayoral race on Tuesday night after preliminary tabulations from the elections board showed candidate Adams crossing the 50 percent threshold after 11 rounds of ranked-choice voting for the Democratic primary.

“Just like in the 2020 Presidential Election, it was announced overnight in New York City that vast irregularities and mistakes were made and that Eric Adams, despite an almost insurmountable lead, may not win the race,” the former president said in a statement on Wednesday.

Trump went on to state that “nobody will ever know who really won” the race and suggested the New York City Board of Elections should “close the books and do it all over again.”

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Also loved this:

That would be fine by me since the senile old fuck would do less damage in that job.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 1, 2021 at 10:32 am

What is censorship?

With the rise of Social Media websites that have created vast public spaces for discussion this question has been arising more frequently that it has in the past when censorship simply meant a government preventing you from speaking.

At present, because the likes of FaceTwit have banished President Trump from their spaces along with other Right Wing voices, the Lefty luvvies assume that Zuckerberg and company are on their side, so are more than happy to play the whole “Private Sector rights” back on to the Right – baking celebratory gay wedding cakes etc. In this they’re still being joined by the NeverTrump fanatics and the Libertarians.

You would think that the inconsistencies of the bans, with the likes of Iranian and CCP voices being allowed to remain while they punch out their propaganda, would cause the Left to think more deeply about this, but at present partisanship rules in the USA and as long as OrangeManBad is banned it’s all good.

Even the Socialist Workers Party had their access restored so they were probably quite happy to drop the subject.

I covered a fair bit of this double standard bullshit on a previous post, The Purge, back in February, including this quote aimed at the hard-line, private-sector-rulz Right Wing:

To be frank, anyone still defending big tech is part of the problem. You are going to “muh private company” yourself until every semblance of freedom is lost on these monopolistic “public squares.” And while some may be naive enough to think the ban monster isn’t coming for them, the next four years are going to get worse. Twitter, Facebook, etc. have no fear anymore. Trump is gone. The GOP lost the Senate and no longer control the committees. It’s a free for all, and everyone except those who are in hock with social media monetarily (i.e. The Dispatch crew) are vulnerable.

On that last, you should also refer to the counter-argument about such “private” spaces in the post, Answers to Bad Anti-Free Speech Arguments.

Of course there are some governments that, as Tatinia McGrath spotted, FaceTwit are comfortable with, given that they slobber at the prospect of hundreds of millions of new customers.

But now the government of Nigeria has gone after Twitter.

This follows on from the government of Uganda doing the same thing to Facebook and Twitter back in January (Not Literary Folk), fearing that they might also choose political sides in their upcoming election as they had in the USA. The FaceTwit response then was to reveal that they have no idea what irony is.

“Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”

This time their reaction was a little different, if equally stupid:

Wait! What? Access to them is “an essential human right in modern society”. ?

I know a guy named Donald Trump and 75 million Americans who might want to dispute the commitment of you assholes to that “right”. Or those who want to report on Hunter “Cocaine” Biden’s laptop. Or discussing gender vs. biology. Or comment on some CCP prick lying about the Chinese Sinus AIDS virus. Or discuss Chinese lab leak “conspiracies”.

Yeah, it’s a “human right” unless, apparently, you say something that FaceTwit/Google/Amazon don’t like. Then you’re gone, or certainly what you had to say is gone or dumped into a cyber Black Hole from which it can’t spread.

Yeah. That’s not the way “human rights” work, fuckers.

Still, it’s nice to know that FaceTwit have willfully denied Trump an essential human right.

I say we burn them to the ground. Well, their server farms at least.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 16, 2021 at 6:00 am

PUTIN ON TRUMP AND BIDEN

I see the nice Mr Putin has described ex President Trump as a ‘extraordinary talented individual’. That should have all the ‘trumpists’ cheering in the aisles and the Democrats saying ‘told you so … they’re birds of a feather’.

At the same time he characterised President Biden as ‘a career (read hack) politician’. More cheering in the aisles from Republicans. On that observation I can but agree.

One suspects the Putin-Biden one-on-one at the G7 will be a little tense with a certain ritualistic posturing and not much more. .

Written by The Veteran

June 13, 2021 at 11:13 am

JOHN BOLTON

I have just finished reading ‘The Room Where it Happened’ … the story of John Bolton’s tenure as Trump’s National Security Advisor before he resigned. It is a weighty tome … 494 pages supported by extensive notes.

Bolton paints a picture of a wasted transitional period leading to an almost totally dysfunctional White House where policy was made and unmade on the whim of a President who didn’t ‘do’ mornings, didn’t read his briefing books, and who allowed foreign Heads of State (especially KIim Jong Un) to play him like a piano, appealing to his vanity in order to extract concessions from him. I was particularly fascinated to read the detail behind Trump’s abortive attempt to bring the Talaban to Camp David for one-on-one discussions three prior to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by al-Queda to which the Talaban had given aid and comfort. When it all went tits up and Trump was assailed by Republicans and Democrats alike he went ape on everyone forgetting he was the driving force behind the initiative opposed by every organ of State. His dealings with Iran (and many other countries) were characterised by the same muddled thinking.

Fascinating too how Trump allowed Jared Kushner, his son-in-law to conduct negotiations with Heads of State on sensitive matters unbeknown to the State or Defence Departments or to Bolton. Kushner answered to no-one except Trump.

I’ll leave this by quoting a conversation between Bolton and Charles Krauthammer (respected Fox News commentator). He told Bolton that he had been wrong when he earlier characterised Trump’s behavior as that of an eleven year old … ‘I was off by ten years’ he said.

Before you rush to judgement read the book and then make up your mind.

Ambassador Bolton is a distinguished American albeit of the conservative, old-school right. He served as the United States Ambassador to the UN 2005-2006 and before that held high level positions in the Reagan, George HW Bush and George Bush Administrations. He was Trump’s National Security Adviser April 2018 to September 2019 before he resigned.

Written by The Veteran

June 6, 2021 at 4:33 pm

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The Precious Midpoint

It’s a truism of politics that you win the centre to gain and hold political power.

But there’s a difference between acting on that and worshipping it as a religious principle that requires politicians to do nothing but sniff the winds and bend accordingly to what they detect.

Politicians and political parties that do that are doomed to accomplish nothing in power beyond managing the status quo until they tire and are voted out in favour of the next new, shiny thing. And if enough time goes by and the status quo breaks down, such a party will simply be left on the side of the road.

Strangely this seems to be the fate of the old socialist parties of France and Germany, which are facing extinction as major players, and the British Labour Party seems to be intent on joining them, as noted in this article, The Road to Hartlepool Pier:

But worst of all is that this transmogrified middle-class party views its old working-class constituency not simply with incomprehension but with contempt. “Yep”, Liddle quotes a “Starmer superfan” as tweeting about the result, “as expected the working class love a bit of nationalism and racism. Well done Hartlepool, you turkeys. I’ve never been and I never will”.

“The Labour Party we knew is gone,” Liddle concludes, “gone for good. Those votes are not coming back”. Stirring stuff and written from the depths of a Social Democrat’s soul.

But the article points out that this is nothing new for British Labour or British Socialism, as implied with the title of the article, cribbing from one of Orwell’s famous books:

“The truth is,” Orwell concludes, “that to many people calling themselves Socialists, revolution does not mean a movement of the masses with which they hope to associate themselves; it means a set of reforms which ‘we’, the clever ones, are going to impose upon ‘them’, the Lower Orders.”

That was written in 1937.

Here in New Zealand I have to wonder if the same thing is true of the National Party? Certainly Chris Trotter notes the problems that Centre-Left parties are having overseas but is cocksure that the same won’t happen to NZ Labour, with his “Four Houses” analogy:

Far from losing touch with its brown working-class base, New Zealand Labour’s liberal, university-educated middle class: the house members of Working With My Brain and Taking Care of Others; are doing everything they can to empower Maori and Pasefika New Zealanders. They are doing this by strengthening their unions; by increasing their benefits; by more appropriately tailoring health and educational services to their needs; and, most significantly, by reconfiguring New Zealand’s constitutional structures to ensure their voices are heard and their cultural needs recognised.

Ironically, this leaves New Zealand’s National Party where British Labour now appears to be standing: with insufficient allies to win a nationwide election. Of New Zealand’s four houses, only Taking Care of Business (especially rural business) is overwhelmingly loyal to National. Increasingly, the house members of Working With My Brain, once more-or-less evenly split between National and Labour, are clustering around like-minded “progressives”.

And here also:

The only real questions, after Thursday’s Budget, is how long will it take National to realise how profoundly the political game has been – and is being – transformed by Covid and Climate Change? Will it be two, three, or four terms? And, how many leaders will the party have to elect, and discard, before it finally masters the new language of electoral victory?

While that’s amusing and something to think about, it must be said that poor old Chris has a long, repeated habit of swinging from orgasmic joy at Labour electoral victories followed by dark mood swings as they flail around and fail to recreate the wonders of Micky Savage’s First Labour Government. That second article might as well have been titled the same as the famous cover of Newsweek in 2008, heralding the arrival of Saint Obama and following the spending spree of the Bush Administration as they effectively nationalised a stack of financial firms.

Things turned out differently of course.

However, the reason for my post’s title was the thought that National may actually be thinking the same as Chris, and it’s been foremost with ex-Cabinet Minister Wayne Mapp, commenting on a number of blogs, including Trotter’s. Here on No Minister he has of course regularly lambasted me as being to the Right of 90% of New Zealanders and I have acknowledged as much.

But over on Kiwiblog this comment from Wayne in a DPF post on electric cars, made it clear that it’s not just me he’s concerned about:

Fourteen out of twenty four comments criticising DPF, either directly or indirectly, for choosing an EV. It does show how far Kiwiblog commenters are from the midpoint of NZ voters.

Given that the vast majority of those comments were not knee-jerk reactions but accurate observations about the cost, range, life-span and capabilities of EV’s, and given that many of those people are or have been National voters, I thought that was a foolish and reactionary comment itself.

But it does show the thinking that’s evolving here, at least with one ex-National MP, and it’s thinking that fits perfectly with Trotter’s about what’s wrong with National and where they have to go to regain power – which is basically to just cede all these fundamental arguments to the Left, roll over and awaken when the electorate eventually tires of Jacindamania.

Given that Labour and its policies were floating around the low twenty percent mark in mid-2017 before the Hail Mary pass to Jacinda yielded a massive increase in Labour’s vote share, even as the policies remained the same, I think that simply following them in those basic policies, if not in detail, is stupid beyond belief.

Having talked to countless Jacinda worshippers and having always asked them the key question, “Would you vote for Labour policies if Jacinda vanished today?”, I’ve not been surprised to find them answering that they’re not actually aware of Labour policies and a hesitant answer that they might still vote for them. In other words, at rock bottom, the popularity of Labour is still in the pre-Jacinda range of early 2017.

As the threat of Chinese Sinus AIDS retreats and the costs of being a NoRightTurn extremist on AGW mount up, especially for that “brown working-class base”, I don’t think even the magic pixie dust of Jacinda will be enough.

Instead of aping the strategic goals of Labour and sneering at their own voters, what National should be thinking about is what the votes for Brexit and Trump in 2016 and for the British Conservatives in 2020 meant, and what the changing politics of things like the recent Hartlepool election meant – rather than imagining that the forces driving them can be wiped away by defeating Trump-like politicians.

National is not going to be rewarded by simply saying that it will do the same as Labour but with better management. In the face of failing public systems, especially education, that’s no longer good enough. The 2020 election told National that when voters are presented with such a choice they’ll just vote Labour.

And the lesson is not to be like the New Zealand equivalent of Mitt Romney, Theresa May or David Cameron – all squishes who either failed to get elected or if they were, failed to grasp the actual electoral environment they claimed their “moderate” noses could sniff out.

That approach just won’t cut it anymore with Centre-Right parties. Real, practical solutions based around giving incentives to individuals – in education, healthcare and other areas – are what is required. Certainly not something that “‘we’, the clever ones, are going to impose upon ‘them’, the Lower Orders“, from the hearts of wealthy suburbs sporting myriad electric cars.

The midpoint is there to be moved, not just accommodated with as others move it.

Just as important is that all this needs to be backed by a willingness to fight with the likes of Tova and John Campbell when they use their usual emotional bullshit arguments in opposition. That’s yet another lesson that Trump has taught at least the next generation of GOP politicians. I see Nikki Halley is already being talked up, but the future actually lies with the likes of Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Tom Cotton, Mike Pompeo, and Kristi Noem.

Who National’s future lies with I have no idea.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 6, 2021 at 10:23 am

A Competent Retired Lawyer Writes

Pompous lefties and others are fond of throwing around generalized criticisms of Pesident Trump but when challenged to produce specifics, are nowhere to be found.

One of their favorites themes is ‘if he hadn’t made such a mess of the Covid response he would have won the election .’

No wonder they hide in the broom cupboard.

From Powerline:-

Actually, Biden’s accusation that “Trump did nothing” to fight the epidemic was multiple monstrous lies in one. From the outset, and throughout the pandemic, Trump did not control a single health care policy that would affect infection rates in the fifty states. We are governed by a federal system in which those policies, whether it is mask mandates or business shutdowns, or who gets put in nursing homes, are formulated and executed by the respective governors of those states.

Trump supplied those governors – Democrats and Republicans equally – with record numbers of ventilators, masks, testing kits, swabs and other medical equipment, held daily briefings alongside officials of the Centers for Disease Control, and produced two vaccines in record time which are saving millions of lives. No apologies, let alone thank yous, from President Biden. Just more of the oblivion in which he is allowed to forget he had ever called Trump a mass murderer in order to deceive people into voting Democrat.

Written by adolffinkensen

February 4, 2021 at 11:34 am

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The Purge

The Purge is a movie that has become a cult classic since its release in 2013.

A mix of SF and Horror, the basic plot of the movie is that a family in 2022 LA has to survive the one night of the year when all crime is allowed with no consequences:

In 2014, the New Founding Fathers of America, a totalitarian political party, are voted into office following an economic collapse. They pass a law sanctioning an annual “Purge”: for 12 hours each year all crime, including  murder,  arsontheft and rape, is legal during the period, except against government officials, and all emergency services are unavailable until 7 am. By 2022, the United States has become virtually crime-free and the unemployment rate has dropped to 1%.

Rick and Morty celebrate having purged the wealthy

My favourite parody of the movie is from the animated series Rick and Morty, “Look Who’s Purging Now” (the series itself is a parody of Back To The Future and its two main characters, Doc and Marty).

But let’s get back to reality. A couple of months ago I bookmarked a post by science writer Robert Zimmerman, which I felt was OTT pessimism, The Coming Purge:

Expect all Republicans and any fair-minded Democrats to be removed from the bureaucracy in the next four years, replaced by rapid partisan leftist progressives. Not only will the goal be to quickly consolidate their power, they will want to remove any questioning eyes as they reshape the laws to that end, sometimes illegally or inappropriately. Elections will be made less fair and easier to fake. Dissent will become more difficult, and carry worse consequences. Regulations will be honed to encourage their power, and to hobble their opponents.

It’s no longer over the top, starting with the removal of President Trump’s accounts from FaceTwat and extending to tens of thousands of followers of well-known Right-Wing voices:

There has been considerable talk about how this is all fine because of private property rights and “violating terms of service”, but it’s obvious that there is a political motivation and a bigotry at work here that’s no different than if it were aimed against religions or races, except those would be illegal:

Big Tech did not remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accounts when she called for “uprisings” against the Trump administration. Facebook and Twitter did not target Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she claimed that allegedly marginalized groups have “no choice but to riot.” These platforms did not act against Kamala Harris when she said the riots “should not” stop.

As that article points out, the likes of the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Centre) have already been weaponised against the Right, to the extent of labelling anti-abortion groups as “hate groups”. The SPLC has problems itself with decades-old racial discrimination and sexual harassment. When this blew up a few years ago one of the outcomes was former employees coming forward to expose the con of exaggerating hate to bilk donors. But no matter to the likes of Joe Biden who, in a CNN town hall in October 2019, called for a kind of terror watchlist (to which the SLPC would provide “information”) to monitor organisations that oppose same-sex marriage and transgender identity. Given the double standards already applied between the Antifa/BLM riots and the Capitol Building incident by the Democrat Party, nobody should be surprised if “hate groups” soon morph into “Domestic Terrorists”.

And if you think that is an exaggeration you could listen to a person with actual experience dealing with such things, Russian dissident politician Alexey Navalny:

“This precedent will be exploited by the enemies of freedom of speech around the world,” he warned. “In Russia as well. Every time when they need to silence someone, they will say: ‘this is just common practice, even Trump got blocked on Twitter.” 

He also pointed out the same double standard noted above for the likes of Pelosi, except that in his case:

“I get death threats here every day for many years, and Twitter doesn’t ban anyone (not that I ask for it). Among the people who have Twitter accounts are cold-blooded murderers (Putin or Maduro) and liars and thieves (Medvedev). For many years, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been used as a base for Putin’s ‘troll factory’ and similar groups from other authoritarian countries,”

The Silicon Valley giants had already done a dry run early in 2020 for a different event:

Before long, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg could be seen warning that the social media giant would delete any protests against the lockdown, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki declaring that any videos that contradicted WHO would be deleted, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates speculating about immunity passports.

But as bad as it may be for public folk like these it is the effects on the small-fry further down the food chain that are worse, like one of my go-to sites for Chicago-news-behind-the-scenes, Second City Cop. The inside information those two cops got fed by other working CPD cops was incredible. That link is actually to the WayBack Machine because as you can see they noted the purge and made the following prediction on Jan 9th:

Better view that video before it gets taken down. They’ll be coming after the blog shortly. Count on it.

And sure enough, on Jan 10 they were gone. All I could find was this statement released on a related news blog, Chicago Contrarian:

Over the weekend, we received information from a contact at Google that internal chat/e-mails led them to believe that certain precautions we had taken over the years had been breached by Google. We had gotten similar warnings from others in the past, and we dealt with or ignored them as the situation warranted. But this one was different. And this one – on the heels of Big Tech’s wholesale attack on the President, Parler and center-right to right-leaning authors, politicians and voices – pointed to a countdown that had far less time than we had thought. Most likely, far less time than you think, too. The blacklisting has begun, even if you won’t see it.

Even when it’s right in their faces.

At least the Second City cops were not going to be financially punished via social media, but radio host Robert Pratt certainly was as the purge has begun to extend far beyond the simple removal of Right Wing voices from Social Media:

Without warning the marketing heads of the corporation that manages the radio stations that air the conservative Pratt on Texas radio show for the past fifteen years announced today they were cancelling the program, despite its profitable status and high ratings.

Or how about this neonatal nurse and her business:

Cara Dumaplin, who for years has run very successful website called Taking Care of Babies, is now considered a “racist” and “hater” because she and her husband committed the unforgivable act of donating to the campaign of Donald Trump.

Luckily this guy was retired :

Elroy Stern, the 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran from Hustisford was working at his home Saturday when he was approached by three deputies from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department. He said he got the sense he was being questioned as some kind of suspected domestic terrorist or insurrectionist, descriptors used by liberal politicians and news outlets in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. It appears he was, according a copy of the incident report obtained by Empower Wisconsin under the state’s open records law. 

Lt. Robbie Weinfurter on Saturday afternoon was informed by an individual who “wanted to remain anonymous” that “Stern was trying to encrypt his phone and was planning on attending the Presidential Inauguration at the Wisconsin State Capitol with two other people”.

And? None of that is illegal. In the recent past a cop who got a phone call like that would have told the caller to shove it, but thanks to the screams about Right Wing Domestic Terrorism, faithfully echoed by a willing MSM, the cops are now obliged to investigate this crap. So Stern was then subject to questioning on his property in the presence of three sheriff’s deputies, about his integrity, patriotism, and his beliefs about the America he fought for so many years ago. All because some anonymous snitch felt that the elderly veteran concerned about election integrity who attends peaceful rallies was a threat.

Luckily the cops have not yet gone full Stasi, at least at the local level, but it’s early days in the Harris-Biden Administration and they have plenty of supporters like that snitch and one Arthur Chu:

The following effort won’t save any of us either, and it will start biting the Left on the bum as well:

There would be no end to what could be censored. Trans-sceptical feminists, already victims of Silicon Valley’s woke purges, would be completely wiped out on the basis that some idiot might interpret their intellectual, non-bigoted critiques of gender fluidity as an instruction to bash a trans person.

Which is why there has long been a clear distinction between actual “incitement to violence” by a speaker – versus the actions of people who merely think that what a speaker says is an instruction to take violent action and who then make the choice of their own volition, as did Bernie Bro, James T Hodgkinson, when he opened fire on Republican Congressman in 2017.

On this basis the White Album should be banned, given its songs ‘Helter Skelter’ and ‘Piggies’ were ‘mobilised by different audiences’ to terrible ends — the killings carried out by Charles Manson’s Family. Catcher in the Rye? Censor it. Don’t you remember how it ‘mobilised’ Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon? As for the Bible, the Koran and any number of political texts and anthems — the risks of ‘mobilisation’ that they pose are clearly too great, so, to be on the safe side, let’s scrub those too.

And in fact the hits against the Left have already started – albeit in a small way compared to what’s hitting the US Right Wing – with Britain’s Socialist Workers Party being ripped off Facebook:

The party’s own page was removed and so were the pages of dozens of SWP activists. The SWP described FB’s actions as a ‘silencing of political activists’. They’re right. This was a unilateral act of ideological censorship carried out by the capitalist elites of Silicon Valley against a perfectly legal party based in the UK. It demonstrated the terrifying power of the Big Tech oligarchy, which clearly has no respect whatsoever for borders, territory or democratically made national laws and feels that it can reach into any nation state it chooses and switch off the oxygen of publicity to any party, group or individual it disapproves of. 

It should be noted that these dickheads have been front-and-centre on the whole De-Platforming, Blacklisting bullshit in Britain in the last decade, so watching them get a dose of their own medicine has been hilarious to watch, especially with all their subsequent squealing.

What’s more, the ideological justifications that the SWP and other leftists have put forward for these acts of censorship – the idea that ‘hateful’ speech must be suppressed, the idea that offensive ideas are wounding, the nasty patrician notion that minority groups need to be protected from difficult discussion by the authorities – have helped to shape the broader, off-campus culture of censorship...

all of this has been influenced by the modern left’s cultivation of a new form of therapeutic, paternalistic censorship that is designed to protect allegedly vulnerable individuals from the hurtful ideologies of right-wingers, critics of Islam, ‘transphobes’, etc etc.

I doubt they’ve learned anything, especially since their pages have since been restored on Facebook, an act of grace that will not be extended to voices on the Right.

Admittedly much the same could be said for the hard-line, private-sector-rules Right Wing. As this article pointed out to these idiots:

To be frank, anyone still defending big tech is part of the problem. You are going to “muh private company” yourself until every semblance of freedom is lost on these monopolistic “public squares.” And while some may be naive enough to think the ban monster isn’t coming for them, the next four years are going to get worse. Twitter, Facebook, etc. have no fear anymore. Trump is gone. The GOP lost the Senate and no longer control the committees. It’s a free for all, and everyone except those who are in hock with social media monetarily (i.e. The Dispatch crew) are vulnerable.

Instead of regulation or the “free market”, maybe the best idea is to pass a law allowing ordinary citizens to do whatever we want to the social media companies and their shitty management and employees for 12 hours once a year with no legal consequences.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 1, 2021 at 11:31 am

Acceptable Conspiracy Theories and Loyalty Oaths

One of the pushbacks against the claims of Trump supporters about the stolen 2020 election is that it’s reached the conspiracy theory stage.

Which would be a more effective tactic if it were not for the fact that some of the senior Democrats in the USA have got their own problems with ongoing conspiracy theories:

Clinton began: “I hope historically we will find out who [Trump is] beholden to, who pulls his strings. I would love to see his phone records to see whether he was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol. But we now know that not just him, but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy.”

Poor old Hillary just can’t let go of her theory that she lost the 2016 election because of Putin, which is why she so eagerly swallowed her own bullshit with the Steele Dossier that she paid for. But this is even fucking crazier.

And it gets worse because she had a very special guest on her podcast:

I do,” Pelosi responded. “To your point of who is he beholden to, as I’ve said over and over, as I said to him in that picture with my blue suit as I was leaving, what I was saying to him as I was pointing, rudely, at him: ‘With you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin.’ I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially, or personally, but what happened last week was a gift to Putin, because Putin wants to undermine democracy in our country and throughout the world.”

This is just sad. Clearly Hillary is in need of some very deep mental therapy, but now it seems that the third most powerful politician in the USA is as well.

During the whole Mueller farce I often made the point to TDSr’s that given Russia’s long history of using dezinformatsiya to destabilise her enemies and Putin’s KGB background, why could they not consider the possibility that he had fed bullshit to the idiot ex-British spy Steele for his Dossier, knowing that it would be seized on by the Democrats and spun up by them into something destabilising to the USA?

Admittedly Putin could not know exactly what it would be spun up to, but a two-year long shit-fest investigation that threw sand in the gears of a new Administration, as well as convincing a substantial chunk of US voters that their democracy is screwed, would be regarded as a success, especially with such great plausible deniability in place.

Of course when you do start plunging down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theory all things become possible, like convincing yourself that you are under a great threat, although in this case it’s also aided by the cynicism of politics:

For comparison, Lyndon Johnson sent a total of 13,600 federal troops and D.C. Army National Guardsmen to quell the race riots in Washington that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Those riots injured hundreds of people and killed at least 13. In 1864, as the Civil War raged on the other side of the Potomac and Americans died every day in large numbers on the battlefield, there were fewer federal troops protecting Washington, D.C., than there are right now.

But according to our leaders, the so-called “insurrection” of Jan. 6 was much worse than any of that. So in response, they have assembled the largest military presence in Washington in all of American history during peacetime.

But even then the conspiracy theory won’t let go, because it feeds itself, which leads to further insanity: FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack:

“U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.”

This is what happens when you define half the population as enemies of the state as Nancy Pelosi did, along with this crazy bastard, Steve Cohen (D, Tennessee):

Jesus! Once you start evaluating soldiers for political loyalty, you’re on your way to creating the sort of Revolutionary Guard that protects one party or leader in your average Banana Republic. If Trump had demanded something like this from the National Guard or the rest of the US military the screams from the Left would have been beyond anything yet seen.

Ashli Babbitt

And in another example of the feedback mechanism, the thinking here is rationalised by the actions and fate of this Military Veteran, with four tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan.

You want more Ashli Babbitt’s? Because this is how you get them.

Or perhaps people noticed the very frosty reception that Mike Pence got from the 10th Mountain Division a couple of days ago.

Democrats are becoming what they think Trump is. Cohen’s crazy is the logical end-point of the Identity and Woke Politics, Critical Race Theory and Cancel Kulture that the Democrats have embraced. This is the ugly, dangerous, real-world result.

Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas responded bluntly and quickly:

This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard.No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.

I authorized more than 1000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they’re disrespected like this.

And naturally the Democrats have the gaul to claim that they’re not the ones destabilising the US government and its institutions, which they can get away with because their MSM arm won’t confront them on it, even as OrangeManBad departs.

Putin must be laughing his ass off at all this as the Democrats do his work for him, as they have done for four years now.

You thought the crazy was ending with Trump’s departure? This crap indicates that it’s only just cranking up.

Almost overnight the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade was in full
flower, and Captain Black was enraptured to discover himself
spearheading it. He had really hit on something. All the enlisted men
and officers on combat duty had to sign a loyalty oath to get their map
cases from the intelligence tent, a second loyalty oath to receive their
flak suits and parachutes from the parachute tent, a third loyalty oath
for Lieutenant Balkington, the motor vehicle officer, to be allowed to
ride from the squadron to the airfield in one of the trucks. Every time
they turned around there was another loyalty oath to be signed. They
signed a loyalty oath to get their pay from the finance officer, to
obtain their PX supplies, to have their hair cut by the Italian barbers.

To Captain Black, every officer who supported his Glorious Loyalty
Oath Crusade was a competitor, and he planned and plotted twenty
four hours a day to keep one step ahead. He would stand second to
none in his devotion to country. When other officers had followed his
urging and introduced loyalty oaths of their own, he went them one
better by making every son of a bitch who came to his intelligence
tent sign two loyalty oaths, then three, then four; then he introduced
the pledge of allegiance, and after that “The Star-Spangled Banner,”
one chorus, two choruses, three choruses, four choruses. Each time
Captain Black forged ahead of his competitors, he swung upon them
scornfully for their failure to follow his example. Each time they
followed his example, he retreated with concern and racked his brain
for some new stratagem that would enable him to turn upon them
scornfully again.

Proles and Deplorables

I was amused to read Bob Jones’s take on Trump the other day, Explaining Trump, in which Jones went full Godwin’s Law, like almost every Leftist since 2015.

There was nothing about policies or actions though. Like so many, particularly on the Right, it was a matter of tone – and not just of the man himself:

Trump similarly ranted to vast public meetings, also largely attended by the economic underclasses…

… the oaf’s relentless whipping up mass chanting by his visibly lower social level audiences…

We’ve heard this since Hillary’s idiotic term “Deplorables” was first applied. It should be noted that in the wake of her loss more than a few Democrats wrung their hands about how this had lost her an unloseable election in 2016 – whereas a win in 2020 has empowered the same people to double down on the idea that 74 million Trump voters can be abused and bullied as the scum of the Earth.

But over on the fading Fox News network its one remaining draw, Tucker Carlson, beat Bob Jones in explaining it back on January 8.

The main problem, and this really is the main problem on the right, is that the people who run the Republican Party don’t really like their own voters. They especially don’t want the voters that Trump brought. Trump brought a noticeably downscale element to the party’s ranks, and this horrifies them.

Many Republicans in Washington now despise the people they’re supposed to represent and protect. In fact, it’s not just Republican leaders who feel this way, but our entire leadership class. You rarely hear it spoken out loud, but it’s the truth.

A very specific form of intra-White loathing is at the core of the reaction to Donald Trump. Nothing is more repulsive to socially anxious White professionals than working class people who look like them. The proles are their single greatest fear. They remind them of where they may have come from or where they could be going if things turn south.

So if you want to understand the hatred — not just disagreement, but gut-level loathing and fear of Trump in, say, New York or Washington or Los Angeles — you’ve got to understand that first. It’s not really Trump, it’s his voters. The new money class despises them.

Jones made his own pile so can’t be classed as “Old Money”, but he’s been rich for so long he’s not exactly new money either. In any case, like some Edwardian snob, he too despises the lower classes.

Trump didn’t despise them, and that really was his secret. In the end, Donald Trump did not judge his own voters. Trump ate McDonald’s and his voters were very grateful for it. You’d be grateful for it, too, if everyone else hated you.

Thirteen days from now, tens of millions of these voters will not have Donald Trump to protect them. They won’t have anyone. And unless the Republican Party decides to wake up and push back against the lies and acknowledge the purpose of those lies, which is an unprecedented crackdown on the way you live, you have no chance, either.

As an extreme Libertarian Bob Jones has never given a damn about New Zealand, his concept of nationhood extending little farther than supporting the Black Caps. If this nation, like the US, is filled with immigrants, legal and otherwise, then that will be an entirely logical and just result of his earlier observation in explaining Trump:

Taking full advantage of free education, being ambitious to enjoy a full life, making sacrifices for the long term pay-off; all obvious actions totally lacking in the no-hoper sector in our varyingly soft Western societies. Thus, at the cost to the majority, governments insist on doing for these failures what they make no effort to do for themselves.

Those sorts of comments in NZ get him condemned by the NZ Left because they assume he’s talking about Maori and Pasifika. But he’s also talking about what American’s would call “White Trash”. His comments were echoed five years ago by National Review writer Kevin Williamson, which I covered in Continental Drift And Its Victims.

The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too.

The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.

The thing about such observations is that all the free education, self-sacrifice and mobility in the world won’t cut it in the face of what another American commentator noted in pointing out something Tucker misses:

Where Carlson gets it wrong, though, is the unspoken assumption that at some point, before all the icky people became visible, that the GOP establishment stood up for and protected Americans. That is false.

Who sent our manufacturing overseas? Who coddled Communist China’s theft of intellectual property? Who allowed nearly unbridled illegal immigration to help their buddies in the US Chamber of Commerce drive down wages with cheap labor? Who pushed to increase the number of H1B visa holders using the myth that there are not enough STEM grads to fill the jobs when a large majority of US STEM grads never find employment in that field?

Don’t look at the Democrats. Look at the GOP.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 19, 2021 at 3:04 pm