How to Clarify the Uproar from The Left

They’re having to face a reality check they can’t stand.

Madness and Chaos: the Left in the Time of Trump. So they hate Trump but what are these protestors and their media enablers for?

As far as I can tell they are for children but also for killing unborn ones with no restriction, no apology, and no need for a fee. They are for LBGT and women’s “rights,” but ally themselves with Muslims who practice FGM [female genital mutilation], oppose abortion, treat women like cattle, and promote and engage in honor killings, and advocate death for LBGT people. They are for women’s rights, but want men who think they are women to use women’s washrooms. They are for free speech, but shut down anybody who disagrees with them, and, of course, ally themselves with Muslims who oppose freedom of speech and thought as part of their core dogma. They are against racism but try to stir up old racial animosities and conflicts that had long been resolved, buried, and forgotten. They are for poor working people, but oppose the tax and the regulatory structures that create jobs.

They are for poor working people but favor unrestricted immigration that drives down wages, crowds out jobs, and absorbs the funds of public welfare schemes. They want free education for all, but oppose letting poor and middle class people have the right to choose their schools, unlike the rich people who do. They shout “Love Trumps Hate!” as they bash opponents with bricks and poles. They have spent decades denouncing the military, the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI as oppressors of the people, but now want those agencies to sabotage an elected president.

The wealthy ones denounce gun ownership and walls but live behind protective shields of men with guns and walls around their exclusive properties. Hollywood stars who made millions living in the land of make-believe denounce non-existent Trumpian “brownshirts”  and bravely proclaim their resistance! [And they love and support the real brownshirts who march against free speech]  They are for the environment and prove it by flying to environmental rallies in their private jets. They, well . . . you can go on with this sad litany.

The Left will never acknowledge its own contradictions. Leftism is a mental illness, or at least a personalty disorder that should be listed and explained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel.

Left-Wing Climate Change Hot Heads

There are some clear distinctions between liberals and conservatives. The latter tend to think that liberals are wrong about most things, but conservatives generally don’t accuse liberals of being evil people, just misguided people. Conservtaives disagree with liberals without resorting to violence or name calling. Liberals, on the other hand, don’t just think conservatives are wrong. The mild ones distain conservatives as lesser beings and the ardent ones hate conservatives with a passion.

The global warming/climate change kerfuffle seems to attract left-wing zealots who harbor deep resentment for what they call “deniers,” as in holocaust deniers. That we are merely skeptical they do not accept. To them, we are much worse than that. We are purposely trying to destroy the planet and all life on it. As if that made any sense at all.

I can attract a special form of hatred from liberals because I don’t see them as merely misguided, I think they’re nuts to believe something as preposterous as man-made climate change.

Roy Spencer PhD is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2001, he was a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites. Dr. Spencer believes that climate change is natural and either not due to man-made causes, or that so little of it can be given to man-made causes as to be relatively insignificant.

Roy Spencer has a personal website where he posts regularly on climate matters. I visit Dr. Spencer’s site often for his wisdom and knowledge on all things climatological.

Yesterday, Dr. Spencer posted a sample of some of his recent “fan mail,” as he calls it, from a reader who takes issue with his scientific analysis and conclusions. I think it’s interesting because it aptly demonstrates my argument that left-wing climate crackpots are angry hotheads.

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Read This Book — Uncanny Predictions From 2001

hopeHope, a Novel About Freedom and What Could Be…is a book from 2001 that is prophetic of the Trump phenomenon. So prophetic in fact, you’ll be stunned at the level of uncanny accuracy with which this book unintentionally predicted in 2001 the events unfolding before us today. The attacks on Trump and his supporters by the entrenched bureaucracy and its accomplices in the legacy media that together largely make up the “Deep State,” are eerily parallel to the fictional story told in this book.

John Walker, in a post at ricochet.com, gives a synopsis of the book:

“Alexander Hope, a wealthy businessman with no political experience, motivated by what he perceives as the inexorable decline of the U.S. into a land where individual liberty and initiative are smothered by an inexorably growing state, manages, defying all of the pundits and politicians, through a series of highly improbable events, to end up elected president of the U.S., riding a popular wave of enthusiasm he generates in large rallies where he tells crowds things they’ve never heard before from the lips of politicians of the Locust and Quisling branches of the unified party of the ruling class, or from their mellifluous mouthpieces in the mainstream media. Crowds find themselves saying, “Wait—that makes sense!”, and the day after the election finds America with a president unlike any in its history.

“Hope arrives in Washington with no political allies: members of both purported parties see him as an interloper and potential destroyer of their comfortable and lucrative racket. The minions of the bureaucracy and the “Beltway bandits” who feed at the federal trough are in a state of abject panic: here is a president who understands that about 95% of what they’re being paid for is not among the enumerated powers of the federal government. Never before has there been such a threat to the welfare/warfare/surveillance/nanny/spy empire, and this “deep state” reacts and begins to draw its plans against this elected interloper.

“President Hope owes nothing to anybody except the voters who elected him. He has no constituency in Congress, and is unbeholden to lobbyists and donors. The legacy media, joined at the hip to the slavers, is unanimously aligned against him and his agenda. Hope has no alternative but to push government by Executive Order to the limit, finding that his predecessors have created ample precedents he can now exploit to dismantle or at least obstruct the administrative state. He continues, as he did in the campaign, to go over the heads of the media and communicate directly to the electorate, unfiltered.

“This is a dangerous course, and before long the deep state begins to respond with acts, both overt and covert, to deal with the imminent threat.”

How familiar all that sounds to the events taking place today!

The book is still in print and available at Amazon, at a very reasonable price. Mr. Walker read the book in 2002. He recommends it to anyone who likes political thrillers. It has become almost a guide to current events, he says.

John Walker lives in Switzerland and writes a regular post at ricochet.com titled “Saturday Night Science.”

Fake News For Sale

The Associated Press (AP) makes its money by selling subscriptions for its news service to newspapers and large online publishers.  The fees are in the thousands of dollars per month, even in 6 figures per month for some larger news outlets. A lot of the “news” that AP sells for those high prices is fake news.

AP sold its subscribers a story that claimed Trump threatened to invade Mexico in a telephone converstion with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump denied it, and so did the Mexican government. A transcript of the conversation showed that Trump simply offered to the Mexican president that the U.S. was willing to help in his fight with the drug cartels, if he wanted it.

The AP has reported that Trump plans to call out 100,000 members of the National Guard to round up illegal aliens for deportation. The story is pure fiction. Homeland Security says there are no such plans. The story is based on a leaked draft of a memo that doesn’t even contain the word “deport” or any derivative thereof, and certainly doesn’t contemplate a roundup of illegals by the National Guard.

From the AP in January:

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No such operation between Russsia and the United States ever happened.

From Newsmax:

The Associated Press claimed on Monday that it had learned U.S. aircraft had joined Russian planes in a combat airstrike in Syria, but the resulting news stories taken as gospel from the mainstream media source were debunked as they started spreading in the afternoon.

The AP’s false report came after President Donald Trump first called out Time magazine’s White House pool reporter for launching false news stories that a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office – an attack on the news media he has since repeated several times.

These are just three instances of fake news from the Associated Press. Reuters is in the same business as the AP, and its record on fake news is no better.

Amidst all the fake news for which the AP is responsible it has the chutzpah to claim it is leading the fight against fake news.  That’s like claiming the Mexican drug cartels are leading the fight against the scourge of drugs in America.

Newspapers are already suffering from losses in the number of their readers and subscribers. Buying more fake news from the AP is not going to help them with that.

The irony here is that the term “Fake News” was first invented by the liberal news business to characterize conservative news organizations. What a great example of psychological projection that turned out to be!

UPDATE:  More Fake News from the legacy media today.

The Left’s Crusade Against Freedom

Debate? We don’t need no stinkin’ debate!

The Left Silences Debate. An ideological Jim Crow has emerged in the nation whereby those who voted for Trump are called to collective silence while those who oppose Trump stand, lecture, and judge. Resistance to this new normative political stance is met with calls for violence, blatant acts of violence, and staged events designed to invite further violence. The epicenter of this poisonous and toxic intellectual culture is our college and university campuses. In California, a professor recently asked students who voted for Trump to stand. Students were then told that everyone not standing now had a basis for knowing who to fear and abhor for the future. Here in Dallas, a public-school teacher was disciplined for performing a mock assassination of President Trump while she shouted “die” and fired a water gun at his image at the front of the room. These behaviors are not those championing freedom from fascism — these are the essential prerequisites to a fascist society. The Alt-Left that has long maintained academia as an intellectual grooming center for indoctrination. Ward Churchill, Noam Chomsky, and Bill Ayers are symptomatic of a reactionary elite that abhor critical thinking and public argument.

The refusal of the State of California to allow some of the nation’s best college debaters to attend the National Debate Tournament in Lawrence, Kansas is a testament to the complete closing of the American mind as it existed in college campuses located in the state.

All was predicted by Allan Bloom (1930-1992) 30 years ago.

Scarlett Johansson Says It’s Not Natural to be Monogamous

Scarlett Johannson Playboy reports that actress Scarlett Johansson said “I don’t think it’s natural to be monogamous.” I’m sure Hugh Hefner and lot of other men whole heartedly agree with her. But on examination her statement is ignorant of the history of human evolution and the peculiar pressures that formed the human psyche.

I believe Richard Dawkins (1941—) has it pretty much right in his book, The Selfish Gene. Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) hated that book and probably hated Dawkins as well. Dawkins believes that selfish genes trying to lever their way into the next generation are what determines the phenotypic expression of the organisms that host them. Gould believed it is the organism that determines the make up of it genes.

If Dawkins is correct and genes are the unit of natural selection, then Scarlett Johansson is wrong. Monogamy is a part of human nature, for several reasons.

Humans are peculiar to the animal world because of our long childhood and long life span. The utter helplessness of the human female during pregnancy, her need of assistance while carrying an unborn child and the child’s need of care from its parents for an unusally long period tells us why monogamy is our natural state. If it’s all about genes trying to lever they way into the next generation then it is imperative that the animals genes inhabit be well adapted to survival. An animal that dies before reaching sexual maturity thwarts it genes from reaching the next generation.

The result of selfish gene competition for survival has created a human being in which both male and female humans benefit from sharing a strong bond of affection. They also share a strong desire to have the other remain faithful to them. When humans lived in caves a pregnant woman abandoned by her husband would probaby not survive. Her husband would be possesive of his wife because he would not pass his genes to the next generation if his wife died or was impregnated by some other male. This gave each an incentive to care for each other and not to cheat, or at least not to get caught.

You might think it was only the woman with an incentive not to cheat. After all, females are limited to only about 20 possible offspring in their entire lives, whereas a man could impregnate hundreds of even thousands of females and spread his genes widely. The brake on this is the possessive attitude toward his female partner his genes have given him. The last thing selfish genes want is to inhabit the body of a man who devotes his resources to nurturing the offspring of some other man. Thus, the phenotypic expression in the human male is a man that will likely take extraordinary steps to prevent his partner from cheating and to have a murderous attitude toward anyone who breaks that barrier.

The incentive for the female not to cheat is first, not to lose the care and support of her partner, ans second, not to be murdered by him. This second impulse was very strong during most of human evolution which took place before civilization began and legal consequences against murder were established. Even so, as late as the mid-20th Century juries were reluctant to convict paramour killers.

In other species males can be seen to battle brutally over mating rights. They seldom kill each other in those fights. Humans kill each other more often and the main causes are love, money and revenge, in that order.

Trump XO dumps the Obamacare mandate

It’s not gone but it won’t be enforced by the IRS. You  don’t have to answer the question about whether you had health insurance in 2016 on Form 1040 anymore. Previously the IRS would not accept a return if the insurance question were not answered. If you answered “No” then you had to fill out the line 61 and pay a penalty [Justice John Roberts rewrote that to call it a tax even though Obama and Congress denied it was a tax].

This is huge. It’s a step on the way to making the health insurance you want to buy legal again, instead of only allowing you to buy insurance you cannot afford and that has a deductible so large you’d likely never reach it.  That was good for insurance companies. They got to keep all your premium payments with little risk of having to pay any claims for you. Now you can tell them to go pound sand.

Trump did this with an executive order.

Next step, either congress passes a law allowing you to buy insurance that you want and can afford, or Trump does it with another XO. I mean, isn’t that what Obama would have done? He didn’t because he didn’t care whether you could afford Obamacare. If you were sick and couldn’t afford to pay he figured you could just take a pain pill.

Flynn Flagel Much Ado About Nothing

Fake news all the way down.

Russia Narrative Quickly Collapsing as FBI Clears Flynn. The media narrative that recently ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was involved in nefarious — nay, sinister and possibly treasonous!!! — dealings in his December call with the Russian ambassador is quickly collapsing, as CNN reports that the FBI will not be pursuing any criminal investigation involving Flynn’s phone call.

So too is the hype that the Trump campaign was riddled with contacts with Russian intelligence, as reported yesterday by The New York Times.

We knew or at least suspected this was a Left-wing witch hunt all along.  Routine operations under Obama are now fodder for criminal investigations by Democrats and the media. Trump should never have accepted Flynn’s resignation. Deep state scalp hunters are on the march.

The Deep State, The Establishment, and the Trump State

We know what the Establishment is. As Mike Lofgren defines it,  “All complex societies have an establishment, a social network committed to its own enrichment and perpetuation.”

In the United States the Establishment includes party leaders in Washington and their unelected financial and political backers and supporters.  The Deep State is something different, it is sui generis, uniquely American. It is presently engaged in trying to bring down the presidency of Donald Trump, or at least discredit Trump to such a degree as to render him ineffective.

Barack Obama is no longer in the government, but he is a prominent member of the Deep State where his inlfluence is great. Obama is different from all other former presidents. They went home after their term as president was up and left the new president alone.  Obama is and will continue to work in a shadow government for the purpose of sabotaging Trump’s presidency. Obama the community organizer has gone national with his Organizing For America Organization which recently opened 250 offices around the country. His quest to fundamentally transform America is not over, not by a long shot.

To understand what is going on it is vitally important, as a necessary pre-condition, to understand the Deep State and exactly what it is. While all complex societies have an establishment, the  Deep State is uniquely American. The Latin term sui generis aptly decscribes it.

I’ve compiled a list of places one may consult to gain an understanding of just what this so-called Deep State is all about, how it works, and its goals, presently and always:

An Anatomy of the Deep State

State Within a State

Deep State in the United States

Interview with Mike Lofgren, Author of, The Deep State

Lofgren and Moyers, What is the Deep State

What is the Deep State — Zero Hedge

Trump is Showing How the Deep State Really Works

Mike Flynn Volunteers His Scalp to the Deep State

The Deep State Gets A Scalp

 

Simple wisdom for living in a complex world

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair.
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” — Søren Kierkegaard

The current hysteria over human-caused climate change is fueled by compromised scientists who don’t want to lose their lucrative government grants to study it and the fools who don’t stand to gain or lose monetarily but gain some psychic benefit from the groupthink and herd mentality in believing all the hype. So no matter how much information is available to show that it’s a gigantic hoax, the false narrative of human-caused climate change rages on.

The climate change fanatics believe is it we skeptics who are the fools. The evidence, however, [here, herehere, and here] is with us.

Climate change also continues on not in a rage but slowly (in human time) as it always has for the past 4.5 billion years of earth’s existence.

Humans do have one small effect called the urban heat island that causes large urban areas to be 2-3 degrees warmer than the surrounding country side.  That is weather, not climate.  It’s caused by lots of dark and hard surfaces in the city which hold the sun’s heat longer. The UHI differential is usually not present on windy days nor during times of heavy snow cover that renders the surface of cities little different than the surrounding area. Even a suburban area with lots of tree cover can be slightly cooler than the city. Just weather, nothing to do with climate.