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Harassing Pigs

So far, it looks like the only way to keep your job once it's discovered you've sexually harassed/assaulted someone is to be a politician. Journalists, entertainers, executives...all have gone down. So what does that say about the whole "power dynamic" in our society? What makes politicians so special? In a world where politics has increasingly become part of peoples' identity (or even a near-religion) we have seen a sort of "political morality" - with politicians as the "high priests" - displace what would be considered common decency. This relativistic political morality can be defined as needed so long as it serves the purpose of maintaining power - particularly power over your ideological opponents. And the vessels for that power are our ideological representatives in government. Politicians. George Orwell was correct: "Some pigs are more equal than others." Unless their constituents hold them accountable. I'm not holding my…

"Uncivil" May not be "Unbiased"

Jefferson and Confederates - a difference

Via Jason Lee Steorts at NR

Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens: The prevailing ideas entertained by [Jefferson] and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. . . .
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. Source

Williamson: The Politics of "The War on Statuary"

Anti-Southern sentiment among Democrats has grown, predictably, with the migration of Southern voters to the Republican party, a very long process that began in the early days of the New Deal and was confirmed only toward the end of the 20th century. (Mississippi had one Republican governor in all the 20th century.) As the country moved politically in a more conservative direction, and as the locus of conservative power moved south, anti-Southern invective became more common among progressives who a generation or two before had been all too happy to do business with a William Fulbright or a Woodrow Wilson. National panics over Confederate revanchism, like New York Times crusades against homelessness, tend to coincide with Republican presidencies. That is not coincidence.
The war on statuary serves two purposes: The first is to humiliate Southerners in retribution for their support of Republican politicians and conservative causes, particularly religious and social causes…

Lee didn't want Confederate Monuments

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Thoms L. Rosser Lexington VA 13 Dec - r 1866 My dear GenlI have considered the questions in your letter of the 8th Inst: & am unable to advise as to the efficacy of the scheme proposed for the accomplishment of the object in view. That can be better determined by those more conversant with similar plans than I am.
As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated; my conviction is, that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt in the present condition of the Country, would have the effect of retarding, instead of accelerating its accomplishment; & of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour. All I think that can now be done, is to aid our noble & generous women in their efforts to protect the graves & mark the last resting places of those who have fallen, & wait for better times.
I am very glad to hear of your comfortabl…

Fund: "Not All Foreign-Influence Scandals Are Created Equal"

John Fund compares media coverage of today's Trump/Russia influence peddling scandal with that of the Clinton/Chinese 20 years ago. LINK

[A] little humility and honesty on the part of the media would be appropriate. Much of the breathless and constant coverage of the Russia scandal is motivated by the media’s hatred of Donald Trump, which is of course reciprocated.

When it came to the Clintons, the media tended to downplay or even trivialize many of their scandals. But, to be fair, a little bit of self-awareness is beginning to show up in the Russia coverage. Last Thursday, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC noted that when it came to “opening the door” to lowering the standards of conduct by a modern president, Bill Clinton led the way with his lying and scandalous behavior. She was referring, of course, to the Lewinsky scandal, but her comments are equally appropriate to the many other Clinton scandals that didn’t receive wall-to-wall coverage.

Josh Rago Knows Healthcare

Josh Rago on current status of Health Care replacement bill in Senate.  Here

Key points of new bill:

1) (5 minute) Under Obamacare, non-disabled, non-elderly, childless adults making under $16K get States a 90-95% subsidy for Medicaid while the rest (aged, infirm, kids, etc.) are only subsidized at 50% (pre-Obamacare rates). This was done to encourage the young to sign up for Medicaid and in turn incentivized States to sign up healthy young people instead of others so they'd get more dollars.  The new bill gives states a block sum to decide what to do with. The subsidy rates are equalized. They help pay for this by keeping investment tax on wealthy.

2) (9 Minute) Criticism of Cruz amendment that allows all insurance companies that offer at least one Obamacare type plan the ability to offer other plans with more options. This will lead to plans that are high risk. Cruz agrees and says that way we can fund the money directly from taxpayers to the high risk plans since it is apparent…

Universalism didn't work

"The ideas that define and govern our nation come from a specific culture, and that culture comes from (and has defined) a specific place. The Founders were heirs to a specific intellectual and religious tradition — one that is both alien and superior to many competing cultures and faiths."

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What is "The West"


"Every descendant of Africa and Asia who lives in the West and broadly affirms the values that shaped Western civilization is a Westerner. Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters are as much sons of the West as J.S. Bach and Ludwig von Beethoven."



“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge,” Daniel Boorstin via this article.

Is this thing on?

Why, yes it is!  Will I use it?  We'll see...