Hot Gas Below!
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Trump: There would be a “major collapse” of the GOP race, and in the TV ratings, if I quit « Hot Air

This is why he’s starting to think about the race without him in it — at some point, when the questions shift from “Why are you winning?” to “Why are you losing?”, this will cease to be fun. And once it’s no longer fun, that’s when I think he pulls the plug. Maybe we’re closer to that point than we realize.

Thus gusted Allahpundit, from his Hot Gas orifice of wishful thinking.

A commenter responded:

Maybe we’re closer to that point than we realize.

Ok, dude, maybe this surpasses this, just maybe :)

The center-right is coalescing

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Allahpundit and the Hot Gas stopped clock:  Absolutely convinced that if they keep on predicting Trump’s doom, someday they’ll be right.

And they’ll still be predicting it on the day he takes the Oath of Office and begins his presidency.


Now Carly Is Peddling It to the Open Borders Amensty Donor Class Billionaires
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Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina | Reuters

Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign.

Fiorina’s show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers.

Well, sure.  They know that she’ll push their open borders amnesty agenda for them.  If they pay her enough.  And they will.

What do you call a woman who sells her favors?  Why, we already know the answer to that.  Now all we’re doing is dickering over price.

Well, Take It to the Bank, Then
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Russia’s military is unlikely to turn the tide in Syria’s war – The Washington Post

So says the Washington Post, the media lips to Barack Obama’s anus.

As Obama Drastically Cuts Back the US Military, China Moves Full Speed Ahead to Expand Theirs
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China moving full speed ahead in construction of aircraft carriers | Ars Technica

China’s plans to build new carriers have not exactly been a secret. Construction of the ship started in March, and was confirmed to be a carrier by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials speaking to Hong Kong Commercial Daily. The new carrier, called the Type 001A, will include technology currently only used aboard US carriers, according to PLA Navy senior officers: an electromagnetic catapult that will allow aircraft to be launched with greater fuel and weapons loads. That would put China into a very exclusive club.

The Type 001A is likely the first of at least three new carriers that will be built by China. The PLA Navy’s existing carrier, the Liaonang—an extensive rebuild of a never-completed former Soviet carrier acquired from Ukraine—took sixteen years to obtain and rebuild. But during that time, China has acquired a wealth of data about how aircraft carriers work—purchasing other derelict carriers (including one from Australia) and technical data from other countries—including data likely stolen from US defense contractors. China’s military leaders have said that they believed they could now build a carrier in as little as two years.

Cue President Pussypants to shake his finger at the Chicoms and scold them for building up their military rather than discussing everything like grownups in the context of the international frameworks of the New World Order.

Chinese motto:  Walk softly and carry a big stick.

US motto:  Walk softly and carry a limp dick.

Did Conservative Treehouse Perpetrate a Hoax About CNN “Whitewashing” Pic of Roseburg Killer? Yes. UPDATE: CT Retracts
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I emailed CT asking for further support of their post claiming that “CNN” had altered a picture of Chris Harper Mercer, who is half-black, to make him look white.

Now, there isn’t any doubt that the picture was altered, and that is not the issue.  It is who altered it, and whether CNN displayed the altered version.

Further information is now coming to the surface.

The CT report is apparently a hoax.  I don’t know if they perpetrated it themselves, or if they were taken in by somebody else’s efforts, but we do have a response from CNN (if not from CT, which I think it telling).

Unless and until proven otherwise by something other than a label on a Photoshopped pic, I’m calling it a hoax, and further call on Conservative Tree House to print retractions of the charges against CNN, as I am doing here.


They updated their post:

” NOTE: *Since the original discussion thread was posted on Friday October 2nd, the comparative image above has become the matter of some controversy. On Thr/Fri a twitter acct (we did not record who) posted a video vine on showing a CNN broadcast (TV) including that image. Additionally the same source posting a side-by-side as above. We captured the side-by-side image and shared it – as shown. We did not create the image, we copied it from a twitter feed. According to various comments posted: CNN denies attribution. Absent our ability to return to source origination for further inquiry, the comparative side-by-side image should be considered suspect, and quite possibly false.”

Good for them.

Glenn Reynolds Counts Coup in the Belly of the Gun-Grabbing Beast
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Instapundit » Blog Archive »

IN THE NEW YORK TIMES’ “ROOM FOR DEBATE” SECTION, I explain why the “Gun Lobby” remains invincible. Basically, it’s because politicians always lie about gun control, and people don’t trust the police to protect them.

Glenn’s post got about the response you’d expect from the liberal fascist, gun-grabbing readership of the New York Times.

Here Comes TPP – Again!
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Deal reached on Pacific Rim trade pact in boost for Obama economic agenda – The Washington Post

The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations reached agreement Monday on the largest free-trade accord in a generation, an ambitious effort led by the Obama administration to knit together economies across a vast region.

The deal capped more than five years of arduous negotiations on a project central to President Obama’s economic agenda and potentially hands him a legacy-defining victory late in his presidency.

Remember the huge dustup over approving fast-track for this deal, otherwise known as TPP?
Soon to be retired Speaker John Boehner helped push it through with some carefully stage failure theater designed to get Fast Track passed while appearing to oppose it:

Obama scores a major trade win, burnishing his foreign policy legacy – The Washington Post

But Republican leaders quickly resuscitated the trade package by separating the two bills and sending the fast-track bill, which narrowly passed the House, to the Senate as a stand-alone measure for final approval.

And, of course, the GOP Donor Class (the same people backing Jeb Bush and Marco “Amnesty” Rubio) were in it up to the tops of their well-stuffed purses, paying off their whores on the congressional corner, and the pimps who run them:

$200 Million Went to House Members to Pass Fast Track – Here’s Who Took the Cash |

TPA passed with a mere 219-211 vote with only 218 needed to pass. The real shocker comes from the amount of money each Representative received for a yes vote. In total, $197,869,145 was given to Representatives for a yes vote where as $23,065,231 was given in opposition.

  • John Boehner (R-OH) received $5.3 million for a “yea” vote and was the highest paid legislator.
  • Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received $2.4 million for his “yea” vote.
  • Paul Ryan (R-WI) received $2.4 million for a “yea” vote and came in at the third highest paid legislator.
  • Pat Tiberi (R-OH) follows Paul Ryan, coming in the fourth spot having received $1.6 million for his “yea” vote.

And of course the entire monstrosity is a gigantic scam, a giveaway of American sovereignty, Constitutional supremacy, and protections for American small businesses and American workers:

A Devil’s Pact: Instead of Doing Obama’s Bidding, GOP Lawmakers Should Be Opposing ObamaTrade — #StopFastTrack | RedState

Although unions have dubbed ObamaTrade “NAFTA on steroids,” it is more than that.

Here are some of the things that ObamaTrade does, according to one source:

  • Only two of its 26 chapters actually cover trade issues such as tariffs and quotas.
  • Obamatrade would submit the U.S. to the jurisdiction of international tribunals established under the auspices of the United Nations or World Bank.
  • Obamatrade would surrender control of 544 million acres of public land – a quarter of the entire U.S. land area – to international authorities.
  • It would establish a system of foreign tribunals higher in authority than even the U.S. Supreme Court that could overrule federal court rulings
  • Obamatrade would shift decisions over the payment of U.S. tax dollars away from Congress and outside of the Constitutionally-established Article III federal court system (or even U.S. state system) to the authority of international tribunals.
  • Obama’s agreement would obligate the federal government to force U.S. states to conform state laws to 1000 pages of rules, regulations and constraints unrelated to trade – from land use to whether foreign firms operating in a state can be required to meet the same laws as domestic firms.
  • Obamatrade would empower foreign companies to use foreign tribunals to enforce special privileges only available to them. Obamatrade would exempt foreign companies from EPA and other onerous regulations that American firms would still be forced to comply with.
  • Under Obamatrade, foreign companies could actually go to an international tribunal and sue American taxpayers for cash awards to compensate them for costs associated with government regulations – something American-owned companies would not be able to do.
  • Obamatrade rewrites the global rules of the Internet to impose restrictive rules that Congress rejected when it rejected SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.
  • The TPP includes some 26 separate chapters that affect our sovereignty, jobs, businesses, farms, food, consumer safety, immigration, the Internet and more.

Moreover, according to Forbes, under the draft provisions of the TPP to be leaked by Wikileaks, “countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country.”

Is there anybody willing to stand up for the little people in America against the overwhelming power and greed of the Donor Class Oligarch?  Well, actually, yes.  Yes, there is:

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Heading home for the holidays?  Put your stuff in something besides shopping bags and backpacks this time.

We’d Rather Have This Than Peace, Apparently
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Small town mayor relinquishes electronics and passwords to agents at SFO | Ars Technica

“Unfortunately, they were not willing or able to produce a search warrant or any court documents suggesting they had a legal right to take my property,” Silva told SFGate. “In addition, they were persistent about requiring my passwords for all devices.”

The mayor’s attorney, Mark Reichel, told SFGate that Silva was not allowed to leave the airport without forfeiting his passwords. Reichel was not present for Silva’s interaction with the DHS agents, either. The mayor was told he had “no right for a lawyer to be present” and that being a US citizen did not “entitle me to rights that I probably thought,” according to the paper.

As of Friday, Silva had not yet received his property from the SFO detention. SFGate reports Reichel contacted the US Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, but they would not comment on whether they still had the mayor’s possessions. The paper also reached out to a spokesperson at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but that office also refused comment. (Ars has reached out to the mayor’s office for any new information, and we’ll update this story accordingly if we hear back.)

Never forget:  In any confrontation between yourself and the state, whether a cop on the street, a TSA agent in an airport, or any other representative of officialdom in a so-called “law enforcement” role, you have no rights.  None.  Zero.  Nada.

I mean, what do you think this is, dumbass?  A free country?

We have become a nation of gutless pussies, willing to inflict this authoritarian security apparat on ourselves, rather than deciding who we need to kill to bring us peace, and then going over there and killing them.

If It’s Boehner, It’s Bad
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Boehner might postpone elections for majority leader, whip – POLITICO

Speaker John Boehner is considering delaying the internal election for House majority leader and majority whip, leaving only the party vote for speaker to be decided on Thursday, according to multiple Republican sources with direct knowledge of the deliberations.

At this point, you can safely consider that anything John Boehner does is designed to hurt conservatives and the conservative cause.  He’s not going to fully earn his thirty pieces of Donor Class silver down on K Street otherwise.

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Another Delusional Dhimmi Bloviates from the WSJ
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How to Defeat Religious Violence – WSJ

Islamic State’s creed embodies evil in the name of a sacred cause. To defeat it, we must recover the values that can bring Jews, Christians and Muslims together.

Because in the 1500 year history of Islam, whenever Islam is in control, those “values” have never resulted in any relationship other than submission to Islam on the part of the other two religions.

Send this mendacious asswipe to our great and good “moderate” Muslim ally Saudi Arabia.  Let him live there “together” with Islam in that country.  Let him learn to actually understand those imaginary values that “bring Jews, Christians, and Muslims together.”

With any luck he’ll find himself crucified.  Without the benefit of nails.  (Far worse version of crucifixion than using nails).

Angelo Codevilla for Secretary of State in President Trump’s Cabinet!
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ANGELO CODEVILLA: Islamic State is America’s business; Middle East rulers are not – Washington Times

Resurrecting Iraq — or Syria, for that matter — ceased to be possible long ago. The local powers have their own agendas, none of which involve re-establishing respect for American lives, or stopping the growth ISIS’ contagion to America. That should be America’s agenda.

If it were, our political and military tasks would be straightforward: Publicly recognizing that ISIS is one component (in conflict with others) of one side of the great Sunni-Shia war that is convulsing the Muslim world, and the United States would declare its absolute neutrality in that war. America will do nothing to advantage or disadvantage either side. Whether Sunni or Shia rule any part of the Muslim world is none of America’s business. But having outraged Americans, destroying ISIS, along with anyone who gets in the way, is America’s business. We mean to mind this business of ours with maximum power.

We should begin with a total economic blockade on ISIS-controlled areas, notifying all governments that the United States will cut off economic intercourse with any country from whose jurisdiction persons or goods reach ISIS, or within which any ISIS-related financial transactions occur. Air patrols over the desert access routes can finish starving the cutthroats as a U.S. expeditionary force moves in around them. Never again must Americans be sacrificed in house-to-house fighting. Artillery and bombs from B-52s should do the bulk of the killing. The expeditionary force would finish off survivors. No prisoners. The Geneva Convention does not apply to pirates or cutthroats.

U.S. forces should come home quicker than they left, having minded our business by showing what happens to those who harm America.

Have I mentioned that I think Angelo Codevilla would be a great choice as Secretary of State – or War – in a Trump administration?

Not least because he understands the nature of our Ruling Class at least as well, and maybe even better, than Trump does himself.  Which makes him a natural two-fer when employed against America’s enemies both abroad, and at home.

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Less Talk, More Action
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Mark Levin: Obama trashes the Constitution and NOBODY SAYS A DAMN THING! » The Right Scoop –

Mark Levin opened his show last night explaining in much detail how Obama is trashing the Constitution (with the help from a feckless Congress), from its very own Articles to the Bill of Rights to the post Civil War amendments.

And Levin says nobody says a damn thing about it, not a damn thing.

Well, you know, I like Mark, but at this point, what are you going to say about it?  A significant number of us know that Obama hates the Constitution as much as he hates America, and does everything he can to trash both.  In other words, same old, same old.  No point in saying what is already obvious to us, as we sit here grinding our teeth and hoping for some payback down the road, if we can somehow get past Obama’s praetorian guard in the Donor Class party and media.

Another significant number thinks everything he does is perfection, and would wipe their rears on the Constitution in a heartbeat if they could.  So they aren’t going to say anything.

And a third significant portion are utterly clueless, barely know who Obama (or any other politician) is, have no knowledge of the Constitution whatsoever, and wouldn’t understand anything about Obama trashing it, no matter how carefully and clearly it was explained to them.

So…what’s the point about “saying a damned thing?”  The players all know what the stakes are.  And we’re way past the talking stage.

Let’s Post a “Gun Free Zone” In Front Of NYT Hack Frank Bruni’s House
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Guns, Campuses and Madness – The New York Times

Across the country, there’s so much concern for college students’ emotional safety that some schools add “trigger warnings” to novels and other texts. But in Texas, there’s so little concern for college students’ physical safety that concealed firearms will be permitted in classrooms at public universities like the state flagship here.

Get back to me when one of those state-sanctioned concealed carry permit holders perpetrates a mass slaughter on a Texas campus, you gun-grabbing hack.

Instead of – far more likely – preventing or mitigating one.

And what justifies a message and a climate of greater permissiveness about guns in a country that has witnessed so much shooting and so many funerals?

Of which, statistically zero were caused by concealed carry permit holders committing gun murders of others (not suicides).

Bush’s Iraq Quagmire
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Questions and Observations | Free Markets, Free People

So the boggy water, marsh grass and alligators for both quagmires was being greatly supplemented by outside forces in Vietnam and Afghanistan.    That’s called a proxy war. It’s been done for ages, and it’s the fundamental ingredient of a quagmire.

Or consider the feckless efforts of George W. Bush in Iraq, where he tried to impose democracy on people who hated the very notion of it, while fighting an “insurgency” financed and abetted on one side by Iran, and on the other by Saudi Arabia, playing the roles that Red China, North Vietnam, and the USSR played against us in Vietnam.

That spells “quagmire” for me, too.



Locking the Barn Door After the Barn Burns to the Ground In Roseburg
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Still Strong Support for Gun Rights in Oregon Town Rocked by College Shooting | PJ Tatler

The politically conservative community in Southern Oregon’s timber country where a gunman killed nine innocent college students this week has long supported gun rights, and that hasn’t changed in the wake of the massacre.

Yeah, but right in the middle of this small sea of sanity is a tiny island of progressive leftist insanity:

Umpqua Community College Interim President Rita Cavin said of the shooting, ”This is an anomaly and a tragedy.”

Of course.  Because if it were not an anomaly, but something that could have been planned for and therefore possibly either prevented or mitigated, then Rita Cavin and the rest of the school administration would look awfully damned culpable, wouldn’t they?

Hopefully, she is reconsidering the school’s policy of no guns on campus and no armed security presence.

Of course not.  Didn’t what just happened prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that guns are evil?

The only thing she’s likely to do is install more prominent gun-free zone signs.  And try to find a way to make sure that CCW carriers are banned from the campus.

A Progtard Hack By Any Other Name….
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Banned Books Week, Busted | The Weekly Standard

Yet what intrigues me about Banned Books Week publicity, and the likely political agenda over at ALA headquarters, is not what it features but what it excludes. For there is, in fact, an ongoing effort to ban books in America in 2015—that is, to exclude them from classroom reading lists, if not prevent their publication and sale – but it is taking place not on school boards in our nation’s rural communities but on college campuses in some of the most progressive and sophisticated communities in the United States. At Columbia University in Manhattan, for example, Ovid’s Metamorpheses has been excluded from the syllabus because of objections about sexual violence and replaced with—irony alert!—Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Rutgers is considering the attachment of required “trigger warnings” for The Great Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn, and based on individual complaints, innumerable other colleges and universities are pondering the future of such works as Mrs. Dalloway or The Merchant of Venice on student reading lists. 

This is exactly the same process that agitates the ALA and its friends during Banned Books Week—disaffected citizens seeking the suppression of classic works because of their personal objections to them—and yet, mysteriously, the American Library Association makes no mention of this growing menace to free speech and the freedom to read, and to great literature, not to mention literacy.

Now, why is that?

I dunno.  Because the people at the ALA are the same sort of progtard hacks currently running our nation’s colleges and universities?

Just a guess.

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Drag Queens Want Me To Pay For Their Delusions
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For transgender people, getting healthcare remains difficult despite Obamacare – LA Times

Desperate for hormonal treatments, transgender patients were turning to friends and illicit dealers for unregulated cocktails of drugs. Many were left with health complications and infections that landed them in the waiting room of a busy South Los Angeles clinic.

“For the most part, they were basically getting care on the streets,” said Jim Mangia, president and chief executive of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, which runs the West 58th Street health center as part of a network of low-cost Los Angeles-area clinics.

I’m gay, but you know what?  This is horseshit.

You don’t like the shape of your nose, and so you think “healthcare” should include plastic surgery to give you a nose more to your liking?  And you think I should pay for that?

Fuck you.

You don’t like the hormone balance you your born with, and so you think “healthcare” should include treatments to give you a hormone profile more to your liking?

Fuck you.

Pay for that shit yourselves.

Or just buy some dresses and decent makeup, for god’s sake.

The Truth About Liberal Gun Controllers
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The truth about gun deaths: numbers and actual solutions « Hot Air

In fact, one study after another has shown that legally purchased weapons which followed all the normal firearms transfer rules accounted for somewhere between six and eight percent of all murders. And the majority of those were domestic violence incidents, violence between family members, crimes of passion and, yes… murders committed by the insane. But let’s give the gun grabbers the benefit of the doubt, round it up and say that ten percent were committed with legally purchases guns. That works out to around 850.

850 is too many people, but it’s a far cry from more than 32,000 per year.

There you have it. Problem explained and solutions offered. My liberal friends are now invited to tell me exactly what else you’d like us to do if you’re not willing to take these vary basic steps toward correcting the actual problem which you seem so concerned over. Unless, of course, you don’t actually care about the problem and are only looking for an excuse to flush the Second Amendment down the social justice drain.

Well, actually, they don’t care about the problem and are only looking for an excuse to flush the Second Amendment down the social justice drain.

Angelo Codevilla Versus Andrew McCarthy – That Would Be Interesting, I Think
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Syria: Putin’s Assad Rescue Campaign Exposes Obama’s Failure | National Review Online

Our interests in the region are to defeat both Russia/Iran/Assad and ISIS/al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood.

In this piece McCarthy makes a big deal out of the necessity for American leadership to “face reality,” and then proceeds to neatly deface the reality of the situation himself.

Yes, on one side of the equation – as he notes – are Russia/Iran/Assad (Syria)  But on the other side are ISIS/al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood/Saudia Arabia.  And until elite media and governance are willing to face up to that reality, and deal with it – something neither Obama nor any member of the Bush family has ever been willing to do – then we will continue to make the cardinal mistake of our time – deluding ourselves that we can deal with Muslim terrorism without dealing with the regimes that create, sponsor, finance, arm, protect, and use the Muslim terror gangs for their own bloody purposes.  And the two primary regimes are, and have been since the fall of the Shah, those governing Iran and Saudia Arabia.

I’d love to see Andrew McCarthy discuss these matters with Angelo Codevilla.  In fact, I’d pay good money to watch that one.

While the Storm Clouds Gather* (Angelo Codevilla)

Our military did not make war on North Vietnam, nor even cut it off from Soviet and Chinese supplies. The Vietnam war has remained, farcically, the paradigm of America’s foreign policy. Not once in the ensuing 40 years of military engagements has the U.S. government identified any enemy whose elimination would bring us peace. Keeping good relations with the governments that supply, or otherwise support, enemies-in-arms has taken precedence over our own troops’ lives.

In Iran, the shah’s U.S.-sponsored “white revolution” of secularization and Westernization led to the black-robed Ayatollah Khomeini’s seizure of power, backed by the Soviet Union. In Indonesia, the U.S. supported the dictator Sukarno until it supported a coup against him that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. In Chile, U.S. support for leftist Christian Democrats produced rule by the socialist-Communist Salvador Allende, widespread hunger, and the bloody military coup that reversed it. In Italy, U.S. pressure for including Communist allies in the country’s ruling coalition government led to the government’s tolerance of the “Red Brigade” terrorists, until they wore out their welcome by assassinating the country’s prime minister in the course of a major guerrilla war.

After Iran occupied the American embassy in 1979 and imprisoned our diplomats for months on end—a textbook act of war—President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, did not respond with war. When Republican President Ronald Reagan took the oath of office in 1981, the hostages were released that same day—but he did not respond with punitive war, either. No surprise that, for more than a generation, those who enable and encourage terrorism against America have had reason to believe they hold a winning hand.

Our ruling class defines as “extremism” the common-sense observation that America’s terrorist enemies are Muslims acting on behalf of causes promoted by many Muslim regimes and supported, to various degrees, by millions of Muslims. It indicts as “extremism” the American people’s resistance to its mandates of politically correct thoughts, words, and deeds.

Objectively, the Muslim world is no more a geopolitical challenge today than it was two centuries ago. Even less than when Napoleon conquered Egypt could any Muslim army today contend with a major Western one. A nuclear-armed Iran, though more formidable than now, would be no exception. None of today’s Muslim countries feed themselves. They produce a smaller (and declining) proportion of the world’s goods and services than in colonial days. It is no coincidence that the onset of terror from the Muslim world coincided with the U.S. and British governments’ disastrous decisions between 1966 and 1973 to accede to these countries’ assertion of sovereignty over the oil on which they happen to sit, to the production of which they do not contribute, and the revenues from which they misuse grossly. Easily, we could restore Muslim countries to the abject poverty they earn. The bitter divisions among Muslim potentates are just as easily exploited. The few among them who are willing to die in religious-political frenzy can be accommodated. No outsiders envy their way of life. Without mixing with them, we could do whatever we pleased to whoever among them would defy us, and to the few among ourselves who sympathize with them.

Why then have troubles from that part of mankind consumed our attention in this century? Ridding ourselves of them would not require doing all we could. The minimum would suffice, namely, to hold the potentates in any given place, whose identities are known publicly, responsible with their lives for any incitement or anything else that comes from those places that we consider injurious to us. This is consistent with international law as well as with common sense, and does not require any sort of occupation of hostile territory. Secondly, today’s Muslim world being even more consumed by internecine warfare than it has been in many centuries, the beginning of wisdom for us is to recognize that this warfare is their business, and not to interfere with its bloody and exhausting course.

Protecting ourselves from the troubles of the Muslim world requires that our officials dispense with crippling political correctness, and face reality. The U.S. government’s official position, as President Obama has stated repeatedly, is that the self-declared Islamic State is not Islamic. But the people who run I.S. and who actually have Islamic credentials think otherwise. Undersecretary of State Rick Stengel’s statement that “ISIL is bereft of ideas, they’re bankrupt of ideas. It’s not an organization that is animated by ideas,” only confuses ourselves.

Being clear with ourselves, that orthodox Islam—never mind the Wahabi version that rules Saudi Arabia and the Sunni Gulf states—dictates savage cruelty toward any resistance to its rule, should, at the very least, keep our government from continuing to empower, enrich, and accredit persons who have done, are doing, and will continue to do harm to us. A new generation of statesmen must dispel their predecessors’ dreams that the Muslim world, and the entire “Third World,” will rise to new ways of life superior in justice and morality to our own. Once we recognize who these peoples are and resolve to defend our principles and identity, that set of storm clouds will loom small.

We have not employed this decisive instrument of statecraft for the same reason Western Europe is acquiescing in the new Russian empire: imposing major sanctions would result in many of our own citizens losing business. Until now, politically influential business interests, in league with their counterparts in Europe and elsewhere, have made sure that such economic sanctions as the U.S. government applies cause little if any economic disruption to their bottom line. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have used non-disruptive sanctions to express displeasure at Russia’s expansion first in Georgia and then in Ukraine, but cheap sanctions are not serious, and serious ones are not cheap.

Our choice regarding the Russian storm that is moving toward the Atlantic is straightforward: we can stop it, probably without bloodshed, by bending short-term economic interest to long-term geopolitical interest, or we can continue the kind of crony capitalism that prefers making money over keeping our peace.

Our post-1945 commitments in the region remain, even as our power to fulfill them declines in absolute terms and especially in relation to China’s. Without exception, the region’s governments fear China. Many have territorial contentions with it and racial animosities toward it. The decline of American power is leading Japan ever closer to building military forces to rival China’s. The Philippines scramble to hold onto what remains of U.S. power there. Taiwan and Singapore worry. South Korea, for its part, is listening to China’s increasingly unsubtle offer to broker the Korean peninsula’s unification if South Korea will exchange its security alliance with the U.S. for one with China, oriented against Japan.

Danger of Chinese hegemony, of war among the countries of the region, of alignments that might well shift against us, and of our own military intervention under unfavorable circumstances is all the more serious because the military capabilities are great on all sides. Yet any possible confrontation would take place in the context of the massive economic interdependence (even symbiosis) between the countries of the region and between them and ourselves.

It intends its small but growing force of intercontinental ballistic missiles to force the U.S. to realize that protecting Taiwan, Japan, and other nations in the region risks the destruction of American cities. China has anti-satellite weapons with which it would try to destroy the space-based communications and intelligence assets on which the U.S. military relies. In response, though our government has “pivoted” naval and air forces from other regions to the Pacific, the total U.S. military inventory in the region continues to decline.

More importantly, the U.S. has no military strategy for safeguarding the aircraft carriers that would be its principal instrument in a military confrontation. We have no defenses against China’s long-range missiles and no means of defending our Pacific bases against the medium-range missiles that would be aimed at them.

U.S. officials have emphasized their faith that China’s rise as a world power is driven by enlightened self-interest and that it will lead to its internal liberalization as well as good global citizenship. None of its neighbors is persuaded. China’s political system, driven as it is by ruthless, amoral, intra-oligarchic competition, seems likelier to be moderated by the seriousness of opposition to its immoderate behavior—if by anything.

As the storm clouds gather in the Pacific, America’s shrinking navy has allocated $3.5 billion to develop biofuels so that it can meet its goal of drawing half its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. That is because the current administration deems what it calls “anthropogenic climate change” to be the most serious problem the country faces.

As the self-declared Islamic State—Saddam Hussein’s security cadre leading Wahabi faithful from around the globe—beheads Americans in what used to be Syria and Iraq and invites others to imitate it, America’s president trumpets his intention to “destroy” it while the U.S. armed forces carry out an average of six air sorties per day against it destroying mostly empty buildings.

As Russia’s regular forces drop pretenses of being Ukrainian dissidents and run over a Ukrainian army that the United States had persuaded to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for a guarantee of security, the U.S. government’s assistance to Ukraine consists of “non-lethal equipment” featuring our army’s disgusting MREs, “meals ready to eat.” At least it might have treated the beleaguered Ukrainian military to rations from France or Italy.

To restore respect and secure peace, America would have to be governed very differently from the way it has been for a long time. Let us pray that God may “Stand beside her and guide her / Through the night with a light from above.”

I think the strongest signal that President Trump could send to the many enemies slavering for our blood that decades of Carters, Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas have unleashed upon us would be to make Angelo Codevilla his Secretary of State.

Or maybe his Secretary of War – after returning the Department of Defense to its original name and function.

CNN Creates “White” Black Killer Out of Whole Cloth
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The Curious Case of Oregon Shooter Chris Harper-Mercer – A Social Media Profile Shaped, Modified and Deleted… | The Last Refuge

REAL IMAGE (left)  – CNN IMAGE (right)

On the left is the selfie Christopher Mercer uploaded to his social media. On the right is how CNN presented the same selfie in broadcast stories about him.  Why did CNN need to change the complexion (color) of their broadcast?  Why is no-one showing pictures of mom, Laurel Margaret Harper.

Why change to hyphenated name?  Real name is Christopher Sean Mercer.  Media using Christopher Harper-Mercer and Chris Harper-Mercer.

Why, it’s almost as if the progressive mainstream media is nothing but a bunch of fellating whores taking dictation from Barack Obama and the progressive cabal currently running the government.

Note that they did some Photoshop work on his nose and lips, too.


Once Again, DeRay McKesson Falsely Assumes Shooter Is White | Mediaite

But the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, is actually biracial according to his dating profile and his relatives. His mother, referred to in The New York Times piece one of those Twitter users is complaining about, is black.

For those who argue that he still has a point because Harper-Mercer is part-white… c’mon. How would you react if I wrote a column accusing biracial Barack Obama of having the “the power of whiteness”?

Of course, erasing a biracial shooter’s identity down to just his white half to further a racial narrative has definitely never happened before.


What If Oregon Shooter Had Asked Victims “Are You Muslim” Before Murdering Them?
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Imagine if the Oregon shooter had asked his victims-to-be, ‘Are you Muslim?’ – Liberty Unyielding

We now know that Chris Harper-Mercer, the man who shot 19 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, killing 9, asked each of his victims-to-be in turn “Are you Christian?” The nine who answered affirmatively received a fatal bullet to the head. The ten who did not were wounded in the leg.

Suppose that the shibboleth Harper-Mercer had used was instead the question “Are you Muslim?” How would the response from the media have differed? Better yet, how would Barack Obama have reacted?

A screaming fit of panty-wetting hysteria that would have continued non-stop for weeks?

Just a guess.

More Nicotine = Less Fat?
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The weight loss effect of smoking is mostly due to the nicotine in cigarettes.  So…maybe nicotine gum?  Apparently nicotine alone isn’t all that harmful.

UPDATE:  Welcome, Instapundit readers!

At Amazon: The Digital Dime Store
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Remember, you can buy and give digital gifts like music and books on the same day, even on Christmas day itself!

Here are several links that feature the equivalent of the Amazon Digital Dime Store (for you geezers old enough to remember what a dime store was….).

The Kindle Daily Deal

This Week’s Featured .99 Songs

100 Albums for $5

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 Or Less

These change constantly, so keep clicking the links:  You’ll always find something new.

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

Citizens, Arm Yourselves!
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Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says ‘fellow Christians’ should arm themselves | Fox News

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey responded to the mass shooting at an Oregon community college in a Facebook post Friday saying that “fellow Christians” should consider getting a handgun carry permit to protect themselves.

In his Facebook posting, Ramsey, who is also speaker of the Tennessee senate, said the recent spate of mass shootings around the nation is “truly troubling.”

The Blountville Republican said, “whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West.”

“I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit,” Ramsey wrote. “I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise.”

Excellent advice.  I think everybody, Christian or not, should take it.

A Thought on Artificial Intelligence Research

Most publicly visible AI work was always done in universities. The researchers would of course need to study actual human minds in order to create an artificial mind. Of course, the most readily available research subjects in universities have always been college students. I can imagine scientists studying the way students approach problems or everyday situations and then modeling that in code.

No wonder AI never got far at MIT and elsewhere. Even the brightest college students are dumbasses in many ways, and psychology students — the most readily available test subjects for the psychologists working with the computer scientists — are the worst of the worst. And, given the steady infantilization and endumbelization of college students for the past several decades, it’s no wonder at all that academic AI research has practically ground to a halt.

Contrast with AIs developed by IBM and Hitachi and search companies and even malware creators. Those researchers are not surrounded by college students and they all have exceeded human performance in just a few years of work.

There’s another reason for university AI researchers to stop studying today’s students: SkyNet. Can’t you just picture an AI modeled after a spoiled child, pumped full of self-esteem and entitlement and fed a steady stream of propaganda about how “they” are keeping “us” down? The AI immediately acting to destroy all of humanity is the 100% predictable outcome.

At Amazon: One Stop Shopping For Emergency Supplies
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The Emergency Preps Store at Amazon

This is where you start.

Big Savings on Standby Power for the Entire House

My sister has one of the big propane Generac models, and she never stops thanking me for talking her into buying it. It’s saved her bacon during summer tornados and winter blizzards several times.

The Berkey Water Filter Store at Amazon

Berkey is my main water-filter, both for everyday and emergencies. I keep mine in the kitchen, constantly refilled with tap water. Berkeys will even filter out impurities as small as viruses. I have several different filter systems, as well as other water purification methods, but Berkey is the one I’ve used every single day for the past four years.

Dynarex N-95 Flat Folded Respirator and Surgical Masks – Box of 20 Individually Wrapped N95 Masks. Meets CDC Guidelines for TB Exposure, NIOSH Approved. Protects against transfer of microorganisms, bodily fluid and particulate material.

Dynarex Nitrile Exam Glove (non-latex) Powder Free – Large, 100 Count (Pack of 10)

Disposable Hooded Coveralls For Every Size

Uvex S8510 Bionic Shield, Black Matte Face Shield, Clear Polycarbonate Anti-Fog/Hardcoat Lens

Your first line of defense against airborne body fluids, coughs, and sneezes is to not let them touch any part of you in the first place.

At Amazon: The Mountain House Emergency Food Store

Mountain House can be slightly more spendy than some other brands, but in my experience it offers a wide variety of very tasty and easily prepared long term storage foods. Essentially you just add water and heat. In some cases water is enough.

Much of my base long term food is in the form of popcorn (I have a grain mill – and the cornbread I make from freshly ground popcorn is the best I’ve ever eaten), pasta, rice, and beans. But I have several cases of Mountain House stuff to go with it – pour the beef stew over a plate of rice for a tasty and filling meal, for instance.

Water Purifiers at Amazon

Would you be able to keep yourself supplied with pure water if your local water plant shut down for any reason? I would.

I take a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. I can’t prove it, but I think they do me a lot of good. At least I seem to be in considerably better shape than most guys my age – 68. If you take them, make sure you have a couple month’s supply on hand at all times.

Multi-Serving Emergency Food Supply Kits

All-in-one emergency food for a week, a month, or a year. Saves having to think about what you want to store. Get it all at once, and in one shipment. These kits last for at least twenty years, by the way. Buy once, stop worrying.

The Emergency Preparations Bookstore at Amazon

There are ways to keep a collection of e-books in a grid-down emergency, but many preppers prefer a dead-tree library of such things. I have a core library in that format, although most of my stuff is digital. Of course, I do have ways to use e-books more or less perpetually.

Emergency and Long Term Storage Foods and Supplies

In order of importance, there are three things you need to get through an emergency: Water, food, and shelter/power. This helps cover the first area.

Save 50% On Pet Supplies

Get your pets something nice….and make sure you’ve got a few weeks of food on hand for them, too.

The Grocery Store at – Stock up!

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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Putin Tosses a Thermobaric Bomb onto Obama’s Great Game Chess Table
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Russia Claims ISIS Now On The Ropes As Fighters Desert After 60 Airstrikes In 72 Hours | Zero Hedge

Now obviously one must consider the source here, but Kremlin spin tactics aside, one cannot help but be amazed with the pace at which this is apparently unfolding. If any of the above is even close to accurate, it means that Russia is on schedule to declare victory over ISIS (and everyone else it looks like) in a matter of weeks, which would not only be extremely embarrassing for Washington, but would also effectively prove that the US has never truly embarked on an honest effort to rid Syria of the extremist groups the Western media claims are the scourge of humanity.

Saudi Wahabbia wanted the Assad regime destroyed, because it was allied with Saudi Wahabbia’s Shia enemy, Iran.  They wanted the US to do the destroying for them, with the help of ISIL, the Sunni terror army they created out of the rubble of al Qaeda in Iraq. 

So of course “regime change” became the policy of the Obama administration regarding Syria, just as, for similar reasons, regime change became the policy of the GW Bush administration in the wake of an attack on the American homeland in which 19 Saudi Wahabbians in the employ of the Saudi Wahabbia terror organization al Qaeda (led by a son of one of the principal members of the Saudi regime), killed 3000 Americans on 9/11.  So we attacked…Iraq?

Obama had no intention of doing any significant or permanent harm to ISIL – the Saudis wouldn’t permit it.  And as the vastly inferior Russian Air Force proceeds to destroy ISIL from the air in a very short period of time, it will become obvious that the only reason we haven’t already done likewise was that we, for whatever reasons, chose not to do so.


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BREAKING, EXCLUSIVE: #UCCShooting Killer #ChrisHarperMercer Described Himself As “Communist”, Pill Popper – GotNews

Chris Harper Mercer's Facebook page

Chris Harper Mercer’s Facebook page describes his “Communist Party of the Soviet Union” views.

Harper also described himself taking multiple pills and being mentally unwell.

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The Facebook page is now relevant because the mainstream media is seizing on a long dating site from Harper Mercer to implausibly claim that the half-black is a white supremacist.

As Hebito Bush Would Put It…”No Habla Dinero
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Is It Time for a U.S. Department of Talent?


It’s time to get rid of several federal departments, not create new ones.

Hey, Heb – Keep Cranking the Good Stuff!
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Keep Speaking Spanish, Jeb Bush

My god, I actually agree with some Donor Class talking puppet.

Yes, Hebito Bush, keep on giving those speeches in Spanish.

We need as much material for attack ads as we can get.


At Amazon: Generators and Portable Power
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Generators and Portable Power

These are year-round precautions.  You never know what might take your power down – a winter blizzard, a summer thunderstorm, or just some sort of screwup with the grid. 

I have a combination of a small generator for backup, and a solar system for basic power.  Of course, I’m not likely to have to ride out a winter blizzard, either. 

If I were, I’d go for something heavy duty, like the Guardian 6729 Generac 20kW Home Standby Generator with 200-Amp Service Rated Transfer Switch my sister bought a few years back, and has used far more than she expected.