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Elizabeth Warren’s opponent, Shiva Ayyadurai, says with a smile “Only a real Indian can defeat the fake Indian”. He sent Warren a “23andMe” DNA home-testing kit. Which she refused.

He also published the result of his test. Though obviously Asian Indian, he happens to test as 0.1% Native American.

I don’t know what this guy’s chances are in the leftie state of Massachusetts, but he’s pleasant and knows how to use laughter to reach people.

In fairness to Warren: she claims to be 1/32 Native American on family history, so she might easily test as 3% or more of Native American, beating Ayyadurai. But that’s beside the point. The point is: SHE made it all relevant. The blue-eyed, chalky-white, blonde Warren checked “Native American” on her Harvard University job application – and has given only faux-apologizes, at best, for her absurd claim.

And she’s fake in other ways – like being a multi-millionaire who works for Wall Street’s interests while having claimed to be the creator of Occupy Wall Street, on the barricades with the working class – but enough for today.

Americans Identify Democrats as Party of Big Government

Posted by V the K at 9:07 am - August 2, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

That is to say, 61% of the public sees the Democrat Party accurately.

The Pew survey, conducted this summer among a national sample of 2,504 adults 18 years of age or older, found that 61 percent of Americans see the Democratic Party as too government-centered, believing that the state should be the only recourse for solving problems in society.

Yes, the Democrats support a massive nanny state where the lives of the common people are micromanaged by bureaucrats and the elites are exempted. Public education is a perfect example; everyone else is sentenced to mediocrity while the elite use private schools. They want health care to work the same way.

Democrats, (and far too many Republicans, unfortunately), love the idea of a ‘Nanny State.’ They hear nanny, and they imagine a pleasant woman taking care of the children, which is how they see the voters. Also, a lot of nannies are illegal immigrants. Democrats love illegal immigrants; one of their most reliable voting blocs. Not like those icky white working class people with their boring food and desire for meaningful jobs.

Conservatives hear ‘Nanny State’ and imagine a British au pair shaking a baby to death so it doesn’t have to hear it crying.

Minneapolis Tries to Out-Portland Portlandia

Posted by V the K at 3:43 pm - July 26, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The electorate that gave us Jesse Ventura, Keith Ellison, Al Franken, and Amy Klobuchar is lining up behind a Minneapolis mayoral candidate whose platform includes disarming the police.

State Representative and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn is calling for major policing changes, proposing to take away guns from the majority of officers.

Dehn is one of several candidates running to beat current Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in the fall. He recently won the support of voters at the Democratic Farmer Labor convention and now his call to disarm police of their side guns is garnering major attention.

“I’m not saying they don’t have access to that, just like they have access to more lethal weapons in their cars, I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars,” said Dehn.

He would be open to officers using other means to protect themselves like a night stick or pepper spray.

The disarm the police plank is precisely what the #BlackLivesMatter hate group has been demanding. Who wants to bet that the police unit charged with mayor’s personal security will continue to carry sidearms?

Oh Goody, I Found an Article Where a Millennial Lectures on Political Correctness

Posted by V the K at 9:00 am - July 21, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

In an article dripping with condescension, a precious Millennial Snowflake writing for Inc. Magazine is given the space to lecture the bigoted “older generation” on why Millennials — being smarter, more worldly, and more woke than their dottering elders — embrace political correctness.

The purpose of political correctness is to treat all people with the love and respect they deserve. This means calling people by the pronouns they use, and avoiding words and phrases that stereotype and demonize entire groups of people. You can still possess whatever ideology you follow and you can still share your opinion, you’re just being asked to do so in a way that is not hurtful to others.

OK, let’s game this out.

Millennial Snowflake: “We’re not censoring your speech, we’re just politely requesting that you use sensitive language.”

Me: “So, I’m still allowed to express any opinion I want as long as I use the PC words.”

MS: “Exactly, now you’re getting it, old man.”

Me: “Can I say that I think mass immigation from underdeveloped countries is bad for our economy and social cohesion.”

MS: “Oh, no. That’s problematic because it’s insensitive and demonizes immigrants.”

Me: “What if I say that being Transgendered is a mental illness that should be handled through therapy.”

MS: “No, that’s problematic because it otherizes the transgendered and encourages violence.”

Me: “Can I say that obesity causes health problems?”

MS. “No. Problematic. Body-Shaming.”

Me: “Can I say that our public welfare systems are fiscally unsustainable and socially irresponsible?”

MS: “No. Problematic. Poor-bashing.”

Me: “Well… what if I say it’s okay to engage in violence against those I deem racist because it’s okay to punch a Nazi.”

MS: “Sure, you can say that.”

Me: “But isn’t that advocating violence?”

MS: “No, silly older person, it’s just words.”

Bernie’s Wife update

A couple weeks back, we noted that:

Bernie Sanders’ wife is under FBI investigation for possible fraud after she exaggerated (some would say lied) to get her employer, bankrupt Burlington College, a $10 million bank loan.

The loan was for Jane Sanders’ ill-advised plan to expand the college. Arguably, she bankrupted the college? Also, some say that Senator Sanders may have pressured the bank for the loan, and that some of the $10 million may have gone to cushy jobs for family and friends, or Jane’s $200k severance when she left.

Natch, Bernie has said it’s all a partisan witch hunt, how dare they go after his wife, it’s so low and vile, yadda yadda. But

  1. The FBI started the investigation under Obama.
  2. Judicial Watch has obtained records showing that Jane Sanders, for one, evicts disabled people who get in her way.

    [Jane’s land] purchase included a [Roman Catholic] facility that served as a group home for disabled people and, under the terms of the deal, Jane was supposed to negotiate the transfer of the disabled residents before the school took over…

    [But] In a lengthy letter to the attorney (Todd Centybear) representing the group home for the disabled Jane indicates that she’s having trouble evicting the 16 residents from their building…She writes: “It is simply not fair to expect the College to continue to carry the burden of the expenses associated with housing both your population and ours until February 2012.” The home for the disabled was being leased from the diocese and Jane was supposed to help relocate the residents, not evict them. The exchange shows, not only Jane’s heartlessness, but also her incompetence as the college president for not ensuring the negotiated transfer of those disabled people before the school took over the property.

If she’s ever exonerated, I’ll try to wrap up loose ends by posting on that.

A Reasonable Point Undermined by Self-Conscious Status Signaling

Posted by V the K at 12:32 pm - July 16, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

So, unless this is the only blog you read, you heard about David Brooks’s column this past week. Most of the attention was focused on the paragraph where he takes a (probably made-up) friend with “only a high school degree” to a fancy-pants hipster sandwich shop. His poor little friend couldn’t deal with the fancy names on the sammitches and had a panic attack. So Brooksie took her to Taco Bell or something.

Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.

Reminder: David Brooks is a very silly person who thought the sharp crease in Obama’s pants meant he would be a great president. I guess the arrogant liberal elite word for him would be “fatuous.” But if he weren’t so self-consciously status-signaling to his fellow arrogant liberal elites, the main point of his column might not have been obscured. And it was a pretty good point, about how the American upper middle class is screwing over the lower middle and working classes, and one of the way they keep other people down is through self-conscious social-status signaling.

But the other ways are also notable, and he notes them. For example, hyper-leftist cities like New York, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle enact housing and zoning laws specifically intended to restrict the availability of housing. (They call it, “Smart Growth.”) What this does is restrict the housing supply so that the upper middle class can be assured that the value of their homes will increase. They also game college admissions to ensure that the elite colleges act as connection clubs for their own kind. But mostly he focuses on the social status signaling; how the elite signal to each other that they are part of the club through conformity in their tastes and causes. (Which is why upper middle class women are suddenly all nutzoid about trannies.)

The parts Brooks doesn’t talk about are the parts he doesn’t want to talk about for fear of risking his own social status. One is the explosion in the administrative class in government, education, and health care. The reason all of these have become so much more expensive is the proliferation of useless expensive Golgafrincham Arrk Fleet B-Ship people. The amount of doctors and nurses in health care has been fairly constant, but the numbers of overpaid health care bureaucrats has exploded. (Michelle Obama got a no-show $300K per annum administrative job at a hospital when her husband was a senator; a job that was eliminated after she left). Colleges could eliminate every staff member with the word “diversity” in their job description and eliminate all the useless departments with the word “Studies” in them and education would be a lot more affordable to people from the lower classes. But the upper middle class likes these things, or pretends to, for the sake of preserving their status.

Not to mention, unchecked mass immigration … which Brooks supports… is helpful to the upper middle and upper classes, but devastating to the lower middle and working classes. But he can’t say that, or even think it, because what would the other arrogant liberal elites think?

Social stratification — when people become locked into their socio-economic classes and cannot move — is a terminal symptom of a stagnant and declining society.

Amongst the natives

Mark Zuckerberg has been visiting Middle America. You know, to better understand us deplorables.

Here he is with oil workers in the Dakotas. His coveralls are backward. Nobody told him:

Mark Zuckerberg with oil workers and his coveralls backward

UPDATE: All poking-fun aside 🙂 it’s fair to say that we can’t be sure anything is wrong. The inference from the visual is that the standard coveralls there have parallel stripes in front that become crossed stripes in back. Zuckerberg’s could be different. Or for that matter, the guy with the crossed stripes could be different? TheQuietMan notes, “The pocket and collar look correct.”

HuffPo’s Deplorable Safari

Posted by V the K at 8:35 am - July 14, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Huffington Post is putting their elite writing staff of Pajama Boys and Nasty Women on a bus and sending them out of the East Village and sending them out to visit red states in the Heartland that voted for Trump (although, they will most be going to blue urban islands within red states, actually.)

What They Claim They Will Do: “We will travel the old-fashioned way — via bus — to 20-plus states to hear from some of the under-heard, diverse Americans who make up the communities that form much of our nation. And by working on the ground with community leaders, nonprofits, educational institutions, local businesses and others, we’ll make sure people know we’re there to listen.”

What They Will Actually Do: Talk to other leftists to reinforce their baseline narrative; Leftists are brilliant enlightened people, red staters are rubes, and Middle America would do well to adopt the lifestyles and attitudes of coastal elites. One can almost make a bingo drinking game out of the people who they will be featuring in the pieces that result from this tour. The standard template will be “[Member of the Coalition of the Oppressed] who feels [some emotion].”

  • Mohammedan living in a city/town in a red state who “feels afraid.”
  • Illegal Immigrant living a red state who “feels uncertain”
  • Transgendered person living in a red state who “feels isolated.”
  • Lesbian couple living in a red state who “feel frustrated.”
  • A college professor living in a red state whose campus just legalized concealed carry who “feels isolated, frustrated, and afraid.”
  • A “Christian” (i.e. a lesbian minister at an alternative Episcopal church) who “feels horrified” that any Christian would vote for Trump.

You can mix and match them, of course.  There will also be the odd, “we ate at this out of the way diner/restaurant chain that we had never heard of and it was actually good” type story.

Twitchy has a pretty good send-up of what to expect. Here’s a sample:

Uneducated waitress with internalized misogyny keeps calling me sweetie, I’m literally shaking

There’s this strange place called Dairy Queen. Are women reduced to milk carriers? Literally the Hand Maids Tale.

 

High school football on Friday and church on Sunday aka cis-gender, patriarchal theocracy

Vote fraud in America

One thing our political-media Establishment doesn’t want to acknowledge, is vote fraud. America is crawling with anecdotes of it. Some even made it to the GP archive on the subject. (Mostly posted by V the K; thanks V!)

A recent case was Andrew Spieles, a Democrat activist in Virginia, who was caught registering numerous dead people. Since he was caught, the judge sentenced him to 100-120 days in prison. But most are not caught.

Project Veritas has great coverage of different methods of vote fraud. For example,

And more. Here is a summary of PV’s undercover videos on vote fraud in the last 5 years, and here is their archive of posts on the subject.

Once you’ve accepted the idea that America is largely run by corrupt political-media elites – who can protect their own from investigation, or at least from indictment (*cough* Hillary); arrange for punitive investigations on others; suppress media stories that they don’t like; push nonsense media stories that they do like – even to the point of hysteria; and so on: It’s easier to accept the idea of vote fraud machinery that is hidden from public view (never reported on). Especially in States that don’t clean up their voter rolls and don’t have voter ID laws. Which is, most States.

The good news is that, earlier this year, President Trump formed a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to look into this issue.

The bad news is, 29 States are refusing to comply with the Commission’s requests for information. Republican as well as Democrat (though NY Governor Andrew Cuomo – D showed extra hypocrisy).

What are they trying to hide?

As one angry election official put it, “This commission was formed to try to find basis for the lie that President Trump put forward that has no foundation.” Such bravado. As we’ve seen, it’s no lie; it’s a claim with plenty of foundation, even ignoring the potential role of illegal aliens.

Perhaps there are privacy concerns, as the information being requested sounds a bit intimate – names, the last four digits of social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, political affiliation, felony convictions and voting histories – until you realize that the Commission only asked for information that was publicly available under each State’s laws.

If these State election officials have nothing to hide, they should be happy to prove it – by complying with the Commission’s legally-allowed requests. Election officials are supposed to be our servants, not our masters. We The People demand answers.

The Left sides with Islamic supremacy, part 2

If you missed it: last weekend, beloved left-wing Sharia advocate Linda Sarsour called for “jihad” (her word) against President Trump.

The Left promptly fell over themselves, not to denounce her use of the term; but rather to denounce anyone so bigoted as to think that the word could have a violent connotation.

Sarsour provided the necessary fig leaf, by bracketing her call for jihad with blather about how Peaceful Mohammed was totes about Speaking Truth To Power. But imagine if, during the Obama administration, a far-right Christian activist – the type who advocates Christian Reconstruction, say, and who had excused an abortion clinic bombing – had called defiantly for “holy war” against President Obama. The Left would have called for that activist’s imprisonment.

We live in a world, remember, where the Left thinks that using a crosshairs metaphor in your election advertising is direct incitement to violence; as is an Internet joke (meme) in which a corporate logo is being pounded on.

But calling for “holy war”? (which is what “jihad” means) No problem…provided the call is left-wing and/or Islamist; that is, directed against America, its President and/or the Right. Once more, Islam and the Left are allies.

Scenes of Decadence Among Our Elite Betters

Posted by V the K at 7:44 am - July 6, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Apparently, an aide to one of the Pope’s favorite cardinals held a gay sex and drug orgy at… oh, this is good… an apartment belonging to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is in charge of investigating clerical sexual abuse. It got so rowdy, the Vatican police has to be called in to break it up. I wonder if anyone got poked with a halberd.

Not to be outdone, the elite students Oxford University (who are better than the rest of us by virtue of elite birth and academic credentials, if I understand how these things work) had a sex party of their own where, apparently, some of the revelers got busy with a goat. An actual, four-footed goat. Not a furry in a goat costume, but an actual goat. I think the point I’m trying to make here is … bestiality. There was also apparently an orgy tent.

OXFORD toffs have claimed sick revellers romped with a goat during a debauched party exposed by The Sun.

The grotesque act was said to have happened at the secret summer ball organised by the Piers Gaveston Society last month.

Piers Gaveston was founded in 1977 and named after the rumoured gay lover of Edward II. Its past members include movie actor Hugh Grant

Another posted: “To the guy wearing baubles at the Gav, it’s not christmas but you’re a gift I’d like to have. About your bod no one could ever lament

So next year meet me in the orgy tent?”

I don’t think you could do that sort of thing in California. Just imagine all the consent forms you’d have to fill out. And how do you get a goat to sign a consent form. She’d probably eat it. (I’m hoping it was a she.)

And while our social elites are enjoying their orgies, the enemies of Western Civilization are teaching children to saw off the heads of infidels.

Crazy times.

Feel the Bern

Bernie Sanders’ wife is under FBI investigation for possible fraud after she exaggerated (some would say lied) to get her employer, bankrupt Burlington College, a $10 million bank loan.

It’s less clear if Bernie himself is under investigation; but he could be, as the question of whether he improperly pressured the bank also needs looking into. I’ve also seen allegations (that I haven’t confirmed) of Jane Sanders possibly handing out jobs and money to friends and family and taking a nifty $200,000 severance when she left BC in 2011 (prior to its 2014 bankruptcy).

None of this is a surprise. Here at GP, we notice endless examples of left-wing hypocrisy. And I’ve long seen through the self-serving nature of Bernie’s behavior and comments. For example, in 2016 I noticed that he would condemn left-wing political violence – in a superficial way that deflects the blame to others; not meaning it.

This Is What Hate Speech Looks Like

Airstrip 1, as I reported earlier today, sent a man to prison for posting his nasty, violent thoughts about Muslims on Facebook. I think it is wrong for the state to punish people for speech; even this Posh Being.

Mere days after a Bernie Sanders supporter shot Congressman Steve Scalise and two black members of his police detail, a Connecticut professor posted a Medium article on Facebook declaring: “Let Them F*cking Die.” The professor went on to write that white people are “inhuman a**holes” who still prop up a “white supremacy system,” so black people should not help them if their lives are in danger.

“I’m fed the f*ck up with self identified ‘white’s’ [sic] daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslim, and sexual and racially oppressed people,” Johnny Eric Williams, associate professor of sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., posted on Facebook Sunday. “The time is now to confront these inhuman a**holes and end this now.”

Let. Them. F*cking. Die.” For relish, the author added, “And smile a bit when you do. For you have done the universe a great service. Ashes to ashes. Dust to bigots.”

You may wonder how these people end up in Academia, but the truth is, the progressive leftists who run universities love violent, extreme leftists. Bill Ayers ended up with a plush job at the University of Illinois. In their minds, they are all little Che Guevara’s fighting for the noble cause of global socialism.

As for Professor Williams, he wants you to know that… he’s actually the victim.

“The black community is beside itself all over the country with the constant killing. It doesn’t matter what we do, we still be killed, we still go to jail. Just being black and living is a crime. That’s what seems to be the problem.”

He says the article in Medium covered “broader issues” in addition to calling for the violent deaths of white people. This is true, because the main thrust of the article is that blacks, LGBT’s, and others should be indifferent to any suffering or death suffered by white people, should never be civil or decent to white people in any way. (They’re way ahead of you on that at Evergreen State, maybe you should see if they have any openings.) The article’s “enlightened” view is that you only owe civility and decency to people who share your racial, cultural, or sexual identity. Morality isn’t individual, it’s collective.

Reading the comments to that Medium article, by the way, is pretty indicative of where the Social Justice Left is these days.

Manphobia hits new lows

In left-wing Berlin, Germany, we now have a crackdown on advertising that would dare to depict women as “nurturing, happy to do housework, beautiful, addicted to shopping” or men as “rational, aggressive, technologically gifted”.

Get it? Ads must feature unpleasant, unattractive, angry feminists disposing of pathetically weak and foolish men.

Boys must not be shown as “liking sports, the colour blue, and playing with technology”. According to these German feminists(!), girls are so stupid and deficient by nature that when they “see images of heterosexual housewives, the consequence is that they cannot imagine themselves outside this framework.”

Meanwhile in Madrid, they banned ‘manspreading’. Because God Forfend that a man on a bus should sit a bit comfortably. Crowder explains it to women and gets some to admit to the existence of female privilege.

Ace’s Theory on the Proud Ignorance of the Political Class

Posted by V the K at 6:41 pm - June 15, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Ace has a theory that the elite political class (both journalists and politicians) don’t care when they make monumentally stupid and ignorant statements about guns.

They are proud of being ignorant of guns because knowledge of guns would mark them as deplorables, or, at minimum, as the kind of peasants in flyover who know proper gun terminology.

They are like aristocratic 19th Century women who were proud of having no useful skills, because only the lower class should know of such things. Or straight guys who are proud of knowing nothing about gay culture. (“So, what’s a bear again? Is that like a fat guy?”)

So our country is governed by a class of people who are completely ignorant of the things they want to regulate, and genuinely take pride in their ignorance. Fabulous.

Kabuki theater

Figuring out what’s happening in Washington – under the surface, with the Deep State factions – is a guessing game. Highly uncertain. Of course I don’t “know anything”, in the sense of having sources. I read the tea leaves as best I can, and I guess.

When President Trump unexpectedly did a huge Saudi arms deal, I had a feeling that former FBI Director Comey’s testimony would then turn out as a net win for Trump. What’s the connection? Hard to explain. I’m going to say some stuff now which could easily be crap; feel free to shoot it down in the comments, or to add your own ideas.

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Are Americans Getting Fed Up With Elite Hypocrisy?

Posted by V the K at 9:29 pm - June 6, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

It can’t be said enough, if American Elites really believe that Anthropogenic Global Warming is going to damn the planet, they ought to have lifestyles more like the Amish and less like oil Sheikhs.

Elites, whose lifestyles lead them to burn lots of carbon, rail about the Paris accords to those who get by burning lots less.

What is galling is to see how little the elites’ green rhetoric is backed up by their green behavior. Could Hollywood celebrities at least for a year swear off the use of their private jets that emit more carbon emissions in a year than entire small towns in Ohio? Why do not college professors who are strident activists for climate change agree to limit their intercontinental jet trips to one a year? Could our pundits and politicians who warn Middle America to brace for radical changes in their lifestyles at least agree to live in houses smaller than 2,500 square feet?

Sure, that will happen about the time Bernie Sanders converts two of his home into refugee centers. Have you seen Climate Alarmist Thomas Friedman’s house? How about (any of several of)  Al Gore’s? How about Leonardo di Caprio’s?

Let’s face it, they don’t act like they believe in climate change. So, let’s just assume that most of them are virtue-signaling and a few… Al Gore, Elon Musk, and company … are angling to profit off the scam.

The meaning of Trump’s presidency

With America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, another piece of the puzzle is in place. I think I’m getting a Big Picture.

For a myriad of reasons – economic, financial, demographic – we have been moving into a multi-polar world. As opposed to a world where the U.S. is the one, super-wealthy super-power.

Like an oncoming glacier, the shift is very slow – but unstoppable. I’ve been contemplating it for years – and sometimes discussing it on the blog, as in my old posts (that I keep meaning to update) on the gradual decline of the U.S. dollar as the world’s central currency.

Trump is ahead of this shift, and left-wingers are behind it.

Despite their anti-American attitudes and railing against “white supremacy”, left-wingers take great comfort in the idea that the U.S. is the world’s one, super-wealthy super-power. In many a discussion, when I’ve tried to warn a liberal friend how policy X must inevitably undermine the U.S. position in the world, he or she smirks – yes, smirks – and says “But we will always be on top, because of reason Y.” (We have the best military, the best universities or tech research, Hollywood / the most seductive culture, control of the Internet or SWIFT payment system, whatever.)

I think their belief is basically infantile.

  • The child needs to fantasize that the parent is super-capable and benevolent and will always be there for her, no matter what.
  • And a malicious / narcissistic child fantasizes about being able to dish out endless tantrums and torture on the parent – without damaging the child’s life in any way.

Likewise, the left-winger needs to fantasize that the U.S. will always be the one, super-wealthy Super Mommy And Daddy – no matter how many rocks, bombs or burdens they (the left-wingers) throw at the U.S.

Which brings us to the Paris climate accord. It doesn’t do much of anything good. Just a couple big, bad things.

  1. Uphold left-wing fetishes – environmental extremism, statism, globalism – thus demonstrating leftie supremacy; and
  2. Drain the U.S. of wealth – in the form of payments for the Green Climate Fund, tens of billions of new aid to India and other countries, even more burdens on industry and U.S. energy, etc.

Withdrawing from the Paris agreement is so upsetting to left-wingers because it reverses both of those. Now, what is Trump’s rationale for withdrawing?

  • He thinks the U.S. is already responsible environmentally, and will continue to be.
  • He thinks we need to think a bit more about ourselves. We need to mine our own coal. We need to bring back manufacturing jobs. We need to NOT pay into the Green Climate Fund, billions of new aid to India, etc.
  • Meanwhile, the agreement lets China, India and even Europe burn coal and increase their CO2 emissions. That makes no sense. The agreement puts the U.S. at a senseless disadvantage.

Trump’s actions are consistent with, and helpful in, a multi-polar world where the U.S. stops being the Supreme Mommy and Daddy and instead, “gets real” about what the U.S. needs in order to be a good place to live for U.S. people.

He said it in January – “America First” – and now he’s carrying it out. That, and restoring the Constitution (at least a little). Because withdrawing from Paris de-fuses a constitutional bomb. (As will ending the Obamacare insurance-buying mandate, when they finally get around to that.)

Leftie reactions are telling: It’s the end of the world, the U.S. has “resigned as leader of the free world”, Germany’s Angela Merkel now leads the free world, etc. It’s exactly the tantrum you would expect them to throw – if they had an infantile attachment to an idea of the U.S. as the one, super-wealthy Super Mommy and Daddy, upon whom they could inflict any torture or burden that they pleased.

Trump is turning out to be the Bad Mouth Man who will end it, at least partly. And that’s good.

Making America Great Again

Yesterday afternoon’s big news, of course, is President Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

Trump cited putting the “well being” of Americans first as a motivating factor behind his decision. He said, “This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund, which is costing the United States a vast fortune.”

…Compliance with the accord could have cost the U.S. “as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates,” said Trump.

…Trump then pointed to a portion of the Paris Climate Agreement that he said allows China to increase their emissions for 13 years…adding that India made it’s participation in the Paris Accord “contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries.”

The Paris Agreement also essentially blocks U.S. development of clean coal, said Trump. He then said he was going to try to make it to the opening of a new mine in two weeks and noted “Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places.”

…which voted for Trump in the election. Hmm, why?

Trump again pointed to China and India, saying that each country is allowed to add massive numbers of coal plants under the Paris Agreement.

“In short, the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries,” he said. “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”

I’ll be honest, I may be weak on the accord’s details. But I got the essence: It’s an orgy of left-wing, quasi-religious virtue-signalling that greatly damages the U.S. economy and sovereignty (because we entered it officially in 2016) while boosting globalist bureaucrats with U.S. money.

Reducing CO2 emissions is, of course, its stated reason for being; and not a very good reason. Even under the U.N.’s own (incorrect) climate models, the accord will do little to reduce actual CO2 emissions or future Global Warming projections. That makes it almost the definition of a bad deal: Big pain for small gain.

But it’s even worse because the U.N.’s climate models are broken and greatly overstate the danger of Global Warming. Thus, no matter how you slice it, the stated purpose (CO2) isn’t the real purpose. On the level of CO2, the accord accomplishes only a little toward solving an over-hyped, politically-constructed problem.

The real purpose is to be seen in the accord’s real effects: promoting globalism, U.N. bureaucracy, and the Left’s religions of Environmentalism and Statism, over and against human prosperity, human freedom (the ability to choose fossil fuels and/or products that rely on them, especially cars) and national sovereignty. And making the U.S. pay money for other countries.

As I survey the news this morning, I see the right people’s heads exploding and I gotta be honest: It feels good. Thank you, President Trump!

UPDATES:

  • From the comments, PMSNBC’s Chris Hayes has been tweeting “THE AGREEMENT QUITE LITERALLY IMPOSES NOTHING!!!” – to which people reply, “Then why is backing out such a big deal?”
  • Brouhaha over the withdrawal, as such. First: U.S. participation was never ratified by the Senate. And people justify that by saying “It’s an agreement, not a treaty.” Fine. Which then makes it 100% voluntary for each participating nation. Right?

    The brouhaha is in Article 28, which says basically that countries must give a 3+ year notice before their withdrawal can become effective. Thus, provided that we give a crap about Article 28, the U.S. can’t effectively withdraw until 2020.

    But remember: “It’s an agreement, not a treaty.” Thus, participation in Article 28 itself is inherently voluntary. Hopefully, Trump has canceled our participation in Article 28 – along with the rest.

  • Lots of good stuff at Breitbart.
  • Click here for Trump’s full speech.

Mexican Defends “Cultural Appropriation,” White Progressives Set His Mind Right

Last week, social justice fascists in Portlandia shut down a burrito cart because it was operated by white women, and then went on to publish a list of “ethnic” restaurants run by white people so that enlightened progressives could boycott them.

This week, a self-described “Mexican” writing in a lefty rag says there’s nothing wrong culinary cultural exchanges.

The Mexican restaurant world is a delicious defense of cultural appropriation—that’s what the culinary manifestation of mestizaje is, ain’t it? The Spaniards didn’t know how to make corn tortillas in the North, so they decided to make them from flour. Mexicans didn’t care much for Spanish dessert breads, so we ripped off most pan dulces from the French (not to mention waltzes and mariachi). We didn’t care much for wine, so embraced the beers that German, Czech and Polish immigrants brought to Mexico. And what is al pastor if not Mexicans taking shawerma from Lebanese, adding pork, and making it something as quintessentially Mexicans as a corrupt PRI?

In other words, food gets better because of the willingness to experiment with techniques and ingredients used by others; to mix and match them, often producing new dishes that are better than baseline dishes. Gee, some folks would even call this, “Embracing Diversity.”

He concludes:

To suggest—as SJWs always do—that Mexicans and other minority entrepreneurs can’t possibly engage in cultural appropriation because they’re people of color, and that we’re always the victims, is ignorant and patronizing and robs us of agency. We’re no one’s victims, and who says we can’t beat the wasichu at their game?

Fortunately, plenty of white progressives were available in the comments to lecture the disobedient minority and set the boy’s mind right.