The Hard Left’s War Against Donald Trump Threatens To Terminally Damage The Left

The Hard Left’s War Against Donald Trump Threatens To Terminally Damage The Left, by Ralph Benko.

The left is in a state of frenzy about the election of Donald Trump. The soft left would do well to follow the example of President Obama, himself a man of the soft left, and detach itself from the hysterics of the hard left.

Political defeat is interpreted not as a signal that the Democrats have moved too far left. It is interpreted to mean that they have not moved far enough left. Being a paleoconservative my instinct is to cheer them on. If the left moves much further left it will fall right off the edge of the Earth …

The left now finds itself against a kind of political artillery which it has not faced in a long time. It risks committing mass political suicide. …

I have a soft spot for the soft left. The soft left uses soft power in pursuit of social justice. Social justice is a very good thing. The hard left uses hard power in pursuit of a romantic utopian, semi-totalitarian state. This never ends well. It is my concern that the hard left not drag the soft left with them over the edge.

Glenn Reynolds:

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to who were lukewarm on Trump, or even anti-Trump, who have swung his way because of the over-the-top attacks by the left since the election.

No Democrats, it wasn’t Russia: You did it to Yourself

No Democrats, it wasn’t Russia: You did it to Yourself, by Juan Cole, who is openly leftist.

The headlines scream, “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House” and “Obama orders review of Russian Hacking during Presidential campaign.”

I don’t doubt that the Russian Federation employs hackers and PR people to influence public opinion and even election outcomes in other countries. So does the United States of America. But I am skeptical that anything the Russians did caused Donald Trump to be president. …

Nor did any Russian hacking related to Wikileaks, if that is what happened, prove decisive. … (can anyone name even one newsworthy email?) …

Clinton’s own polling people found the big turning point was when she called Trump voters a “basket of deplorables.”

Americans don’t like being talked down to, and had already gotten rid of Romney for the same sin. The spectacle of Clinton taking hundreds of thousands of dollars to give a speech to the people who put them out of their homes in 2008-9 also turned many of them off so that they stayed home, while another section of them decided to take a chance on Trump.

Anger in Australia over Centrelink benefits for multiple Muslim wives

Anger in Australia over Centrelink benefits for multiple Muslim wives, by AAP.

Conservative MP Cory Bernardi says the payment of Centrelink spousal benefits to the wives of polygamous Muslim men is political correctness gone mad.

The Daily Telegraph reports today that Centrelink has opted to ignore Islamic polygamy, paying spousal benefits to Muslim families with multiple wives in an effort to save taxpayers’ money.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott reportedly called for action after learning about the issue, only to be told that it would cost more to pay the wives the single parent benefit.

Centrelink said it did not hold data based on polygamous relationships or religion. The Islamic marriages are religious unions that are not registered.

“We are always told the data is not kept. I think that is a convenient excuse,” Senator Bernardi said.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Why are Some Nations Rich and Others Poor?

Why are Some Nations Rich and Others Poor? by Al Fin.

The conventional reasons for why some nations are rich and others poor [are] trade, natural resources, worker productivity, access to capital and technology, rule of law, geography, stable government etc.

But most of these factors relate to the quality of human capital. Even wealth from natural resources depends on the ability to use them, and Singapore and Japan are far wealthier per capita than any country in Africa.

Before we dive into the politically incorrect explanation, here is a glossy video with the conventional case:

Now for the non-PC but more convincing parts of the puzzle. From a book review of IQ and The Wealth of Nations:

Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen examine IQ scores and economic indicators in 185 countries. They document that national differences in wealth are explained most importantly by the intelligence levels of the populations. They calculate that mean national IQ correlates powerfully — more than 0.7 — with per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP). National IQs predict both long-term and short term economic growth rates. Second in importance is whether the countries have market or socialist economies. Only third is the widely-credited factor of natural resources, like oil.

One arresting fact emerges: the average national IQ of the world is only 90. Fewer than one in five countries have IQs equal or near the British average of 100. Almost half have IQs of 90 or less. This poses a serious problem if the book`s conclusion that IQ = 90 forms the threshold for a technological economy is correct.

But Al Fin finds an even more important factor:

Correlations between GDP and average national IQ are quite obvious, although politically incorrect. Wealthy high IQ nations might consider “building a high wall to block illegal low-IQ immigration, and encouraging high IQ couples to have more children.”

But high average IQ may not be the most important ingredient for building human capital to support a prosperous, thriving society. A set of brain processes referred to as “executive functions” are at least as important as IQ.

Executive Functions (EF) are mediated by the pre-frontal lobes of the brain and other key brain centres. Examples of EF include:

  • Those that involve planning or decision making.
  • Those that involve error correction or troubleshooting.
  • Situations where responses are not well-rehearsed or contain novel sequences of actions.
  • Dangerous or technically difficult situations.
  • Situations that require the overcoming of a strong habitual response or resisting temptation.

Executive functions have been found to be roughly 90% heritable, as opposed to IQ which is generally found to be between 50% and 80% heritable, with heritability of IQ increasing as a person ages. EF can be more important to life success than IQ, given a certain baseline intelligence level.

Much of a nation’s human capital is tied up in the genes which help determine IQ and EF. If populations of high average IQ and EF do not procreate, massive amounts of genetic wealth are being dissipated to no apparent benefit.

Even worse, politically correct governments are seeking to displace the “genes of prosperity” and to replace them with “genes of poverty, violence, and corruption.” It is not easy to displace intelligent, orderly, hard-working, and innovative populations in an open and transparent manner — and so governments often go about the process in very underhanded ways (consider immigration in Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, or US immigration under Obama). …

IQ roughly corresponds to intelligence, and EF roughly corresponds to self-discipline, goal orientation, impulse control, and self-starting. Both are highly heritable, and need to be trained early in childhood to achieve optimal outcomes in terms of life success and achievement. They are crucial ingredients of a nation’s human capital and future economic prospects, and are typically neglected by most western nations — out of leftist political correctness.

Perhaps US president-elect Trump can bring the balance of human investment back into a more rational range. You get less of what you tax and more of what you subsidise, after all. …

Most people outside the field of psychology do not understand what the executive functions are — too many confuse EF with “EQ” or emotional intelligence, which is a more nebulous and trendy concept.

Read it all. This article was sent in by an anonymous reader with a strong academic background in genetics.

Commenter Jim, on why standard deviation of IQ is important as well as mean:

Assume two populations A and B equal in size both with an average IQ of 100. Assume the standard deviation of IQ in Population A is 15 and that in Population B is 30. Assume that IQ follows a normal distribution in both populations. Take an IQ of at least 160 as defining the “genius” level. Then Population B will have not twice the number of “geniuses” but about 718 times the number of “geniuses”.

Catholic Church: New Priests Will be Expected to Preach Global Warming

Catholic Church: New Priests Will be Expected to Preach Global Warming, by Marshall Connolly.

The Church has a responsibility to care for people, and the environment. And care for one is also care for the other.

Now updated guidelines for the formation of clergy says new priests should understand this as well:

“Protecting the environment and caring for our common home — the Earth, belong fully to the Christian outlook on man and reality. Priests should be “promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation.”

The new guidelines suggest that in the future, priests will also have a good grasp of the global climate change problem and will share this with their congregation.

Anthony Watts: “Whats next? Excommunication of scientists whose theories aren’t approved by the Pope?”

Comments Charles:

I wish the Pope had stayed out of this but I think it betrays his past in the belief in liberation theology.  There is nothing liberating in socialism, progressivism and communism.  I give you Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea. Too many of them became police states.

Besides, his timing on the climate is flawed. Things are about to change.

hat-tip Charles

Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign cost a record $1.2B

Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign cost a record $1.2B, by Bob Fredericks.

Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion for her losing presidential campaign — twice as much as the winner, Donald Trump [who spend $600 million], according to the latest records.

Clinton’s expensive machine tore through $131.8 million in just the final weeks, finishing with about $839,000 on hand as of Nov. 28.

Team Trump spent $94.5 million in the home stretch — from Oct. 20 to Nov. 28 — and had $7.6 million left.

The figures include all spending by the campaigns, PACs and party committees.

Trump contributed $66 million from his own pocket, $34 million less than he estimated he would shell out.

Cost per vote:

Trump’s 63 million widely distributed votes cost him roughly $9.50 each. Her 65.5 million bunched-up votes each cost roughly $18.32.

hat-tip Charles

Outrage in Austria as migrant rapes soar by 133% – in just one year

Outrage in Austria as migrant rapes soar by 133% – in just one year, by Belinda Henderson.

Austrian interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka said the chilling increase was deeply worrying, as it was a sharp rise on last year when 39 migrants were identified as suspects. By September, at least 91 refugees had been confirmed as suspects in sexual assaults.

The majority of suspects were originally from Afghanistan. …

At present, about 47 per cent of the prisoners in Austrian jails are foreigners, data from Statista showed. …

As always the establishment cleverly mix up statistics to disguise the problems with no borders, but the police know what is really going on:

A member of law enforcement in Vienna’s largest judicial institution, who did not want be named, said: “The number of ‘real’ Austrians [convicted] for rapes is negligible. There are big problems with other cultures.”

Por-Islamic -refugee demonstration brussels

hat-tip Stephen Neil

THE family of Zayn Malik got death threats from Muslim fanatics after his teen sister tweeted a photo of a Christmas tree

THE family of singer Zayn Malik got death threats from Muslim fanatics after his teen sister tweeted a photo of a Christmas tree, by Jerry Lawton.

The extremists accused the family of “insulting Islam” and warned of “retribution”.

Former One Direction singer Zayn celebrates Christmas as well as Muslim festivals such as Eid because he hails from a dual-faith family.

While dad Yaser follows Islam, mum Trisha was born a Christian.

Meanwhile Zayn, 23, was last night looking set for a Christmas No1 after a surprise duet with Taylor Swift he released shot to the top of the US iTunes chart. They recorded the song for the soundtrack to steamy movie Fifty Shades Darker.

How can Muslims integrate into the West with this sort of pressure from the fundamentalists? It is difficult to leave Islam. The penalty is death. Indeed, from an earlier post:

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, … once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

From the highest source: without the death penalty for leaving Islam, Islam would no longer exist. A death cult.

Muslim integration is not like former waves of immigration to the West. Islam is a totalitarian political ideology that refuses to assimilate or release its members.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Judge sentences two men to 20 years over Sydney terrorism plot

Judge sentences two men to 20 years over Sydney terrorism plot, by AAP.

Two men who planned to bomb a Sydney Shia prayer hall and vowed to stab people in the kidneys to impress an Islamic State recruiter have been jailed for at least 15 years.

Omar Al-Kutobi, 25, and Mohammad Kiad, 27, each pleaded guilty to one count of acting in preparation for a terrorist act, after they were arrested during counter-terrorism raids in February 2015. …

Neither of the offenders had been raised to follow an extreme version of Islam. But by the end of 2014 both “had been drawn to and had embraced the ideology of the Islamic State and extremist Islamic views”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Beware the Stock Markets: Valuations are Getting Very Stretched

Beware the Stock Markets: Valuations are Getting Very Stretched, by Michael Ballanger. The US stock markets have been setting record highs on a wave of optimism since Trump was elected, but is it warranted?

As for markets around the globe, I am going to tell you exactly where we are in history.

The Case-Schiller Index (The cyclically adjusted P/E (CAPE), a valuation measure created by economist Robert Shiller”) now stands over 27 and has been exceeded only in the 1929 mania, the 2000 tech mania and the 2007 housing and stock bubbles. …

In most hyperinflationary spirals including the Weimar, Zimbabwe, Argentina, and more recently Venezuela, the stock market parabola is the first event that occurs prior to the inevitable bubbling up of goods and services inflation. …

To illustrate this point, look no further than the point-and-figure chart for the Dow Jones Industrials. Richard Russell used to warn us about advances that wound up looking like a “rope” and how they would always, always, always reverse into a shedding of tears.

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US stock market as a trader sees it, this year.

Since his election, bond yields rose in anticipation of inflation as Trump rebuilds America. The money has to come from somewhere, so it will be newly manufactured — mainly as new bank credit, but maybe also some disguised printing. Many investors dumped bonds and bet on shares, as you would in response to news of such an impending construction boom.

Donald Trump may or may not be able to “Make America Great Again” but stocks right now are priced to reflect an America made “GREATEST EVER, AGAIN” and do not reflect anything more than excess liquidity from this massive bond liquidation.

Why the overvaluation? Youth and inexperience perhaps:

The market is being run up by the drunken youth of a generation that has never experienced a bear market that did not get rescued by Central Bank intervention. Unfortunately, I am not yet old enough to have forgotten 1981-1982 or 1973-1974 or the DotCom collapse in 2001 so I simply cannot buy into a stock market rally underpinned totally by liquidity and hope and fuzzy- cheeked code-writers.

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House, by Adam Entous. What the PC media are saying now.

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”

For decades Soviet Russia spread disinformation and sent funds to boost the communist, left, and Green movements in the west, and there was hardly a peep of complaint from the left.

The Twin Pillars of Progressive Prejudice

The Twin Pillars of Progressive Prejudice, by Victor Davis Hanson.

Universities and the media: arrogant, ignorant, and ripe for reform

In media land, Donald Trump is a reckless tweeter; Barack Obama’s outreach to GloZell and rapper Kendrick Lamar is just kicking back and having fun (Lamar’s latest album portrayed the corpse of a judge to the toasting merriment of rappers on the White House lawn).

In media land, Donald Trump risked world peace by accepting a phone call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan; Barack Obama’s talks with dictators and thugs such as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Raul Castro were long overdue.

In media land, jawboning Carrier not to relocate a plant to Mexico is an existential threat to the free market; not so when Barack Obama tried to coerce Boeing to move to Washington State to produce union-made planes, or bullied a small non-union guitar company, or reordered the bankruptcy payouts of Chrysler and essentially took over the company.

In campus land, the election of 2008 was cause for ebullition; in 2016, elections by nature were traumatic as students were reduced to whining toddlers who needed cookies and milk. …

The university and the media share two traits: Both industries have become arrogant and ignorant. We have created a climate, ethically and professionally, in which extremism has bred extremism, and bias is seen not as proof of journalistic and academic corruption, but of political purity.

New York Times front-page headlines, 2008 vs 2016

New York Times front-page headlines, 2008 vs 2016, by Lion of the Blogosphere.

There’s a dramatic difference in the coverage of the Obama transition vs. the Trump transition.

The Obama transition was actually not covered that much on the front page. On most days, the front page has no story about Obama. On the other hand, this year, just about every day there’s a front-page story about the Trump transition.

When the Obama transition was mentioned on the front page, the headlines contained positive words, or just-the-facts. On the other hand, every Trump headline contains negative words.

Trump over performed the most in counties with the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates

Trump over performed the most in counties with the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates, by James Hohmann.

The president-elect performed better than Mitt Romney in many places, but he fared best compared to the Republican nominee four years ago in the counties with the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates. …

Overdoses, alcoholism and suicide are known by experts collectively as “the diseases of despair.” People often (but not always) turn to pills, syringes, the bottle and other self-destructive behaviors when they lose hope, when they don’t have the means to live comfortably or when they don’t get the dignity that comes from work. …

I saw this firsthand on the campaign trail all year, in countless interviews with folks who were down in the dumps and struggling to get ahead (or, quite frankly, just get by). Many supported Barack Obama eight years ago because they were desperate for hope and change. They’re still desperate, and now they’re hopeful Trump can bring the change they’re looking for.

One big reason that elites along the Acela Corridor were so caught off guard by Trump’s victory is that they’re so insulated from the stomach-churning scourge of addiction and cycle of brokenness. Washington has never been richer or further removed from the pain of everyday Americans …

But the system has failed them. Trump promised to blow it up; Clinton represented more of the same.

The cliché is real, folks. The homeless matter again in the US.

The cliché is real, folks. The homeless matter again in the US. Since the 1980s, the US media has been very concerned about the homeless and give them ample coverage whenever a Republican president is in power, but the homeless vanish from the media when there is a Democrat president. Guess what? The homeless are now back in the media! Subtle.

Australian politicians yet to come to grips with Trump’s plans to boost US competitiveness and provide cheap energy

Australian politicians yet to come to grips with Trump’s plans to boost US competitiveness and provide cheap energy, by Alan Moran.

Australian politicians recognise that a Donald Trump presidency will bring radical change in the US. But none of them understands that this also creates a competitive threat. Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is backed up by measures that will reduce other countries’ relative attractiveness for investment and business generally.

As well as bluster about punishing companies that export jobs, Trump promises a massive increase in incentives for them to stay in the US and for other companies to move there. Trump is promising to lower company tax to 15 per cent.

And while Australian politicians are regulating gas exploration and forcing more costly and less reliable electricity into the system, Trump is going to abandon all subsidies and fully unleash shale and coal seam gas production.

The US will pull out of the Obama-designed Paris Climate Agreement at a time when Australia is adding costs by reaffirming support for that doomed program.

Forty years ago, Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew said that Australia risked becoming the white trash of Asia. …

Our natural endowment could make us the world’s richest country. But to achieve this we have to unlock the regulatory straitjackets that stifle productivity in mining, agriculture, construction and elsewhere in the economy.

Queensland 18C case at QUT: Cindy Prior must pay students $200,000-plus

Queensland 18C case at QUT: Cindy Prior must pay students $200,000-plus, by Hedley Thomas.

Section 18C complainant Cindy Prior faces being pursued into bankruptcy after a judge ordered she pay an estimated $200,000 in legal costs for three QUT students who were accused of racial hatred over Facebook posts. …

Judge Jarrett rejected arguments by Ms Prior’s barrister, Susan Anderson, including that the ill-fated and controversial legal action to win $250,000 compensation from the students should be treated differently because it was brought in the public interest.

The judge, who last month dismissed Ms Prior’s section 18C ­Racial Discrimination Act case against the students as having “no reasonable prospects of success”, made a distinction between public interest litigation and the personal financial benefit she sought as compensation. …

While Ms Prior faces financial ruin unless she can raise the money, her solicitor was spared the rare ignominy of being ­ordered to pay costs personally.

Judge Jarrett said as the case was not completely “hopeless”, he rejected a bid by Mr Wood’s ­barrister, Michael Henry, to have costs awarded against Ms Moriarty. …

Mr Morris told Judge Jarrett that in the build-up of the case, which was with the Human Rights Commission for 14 months, the students were “held to ransom to get $5000 (from each) for a fighting fund”.

Mr Powell’s Facebook post came after Mr Wood wrote: “Just got kicked out of the unsigned ­indigenous computer room. QUT stopping segregation with segregation?”

Mr Wood wrote it shortly after he was ejected from the Oodgeroo Unit by Ms Prior after she had asked him whether he was indigenous. Judge Jarrett found that Mr Wood’s words “were rallying against racial discrimination” and not a breach of section 18C, which makes it unlawful to cause offence or humiliation on the basis of race.

That might have a chilling effect on vexatious or gold-digging complaints made with 18C. What of the HRC’s role in encouraging this and other cases? Obviously the initial demand for $5,000 from each of the students was a shakedown, an example of the PC using the law and a friendly system to extort their cultural opponents.

Tim Blair is less kind:

The Queensland University of Technology administrative assistant attempted to wreck the lives of three kids over an alleged racial slur. Big mistake. …

Please. I was once robbed in Dallas by a couple of black guys. I’ve been back there several times since, happily dealing face-to-face with black people. Who hasn’t had problems with folk of a different hue — white, black, whatever — and then moved on from those problems?

This entire case was rubbish.

One Man In Hillary’s Campaign Warned She Could Lose, And Everybody Ignored Him

One Man In Hillary’s Campaign Warned She Could Lose, And Everybody Ignored Him, by Blake Neff.

In the last days of the campaign, Clinton was the overwhelming favorite according to most experts. …

Clinton’s campaign largely shared this optimism, Thrush says, with the exception of one person. “Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s policy director—a brainy and nervous former State Department aide who took on an increasingly important political role as the campaign ground on—was the only one in Clinton’s inner circle who kept saying she would likely lose, despite the sanguine polling.” …

The rest of Clinton’s campaign ignored Sullivan, with his warnings being dismissed so quickly, they weren’t even substantively considered. …

The end result was that Clinton’s campaign went into the final days utterly convinced the race was in the bag and Trump had no shot.

“On the Monday before Election Day, Clinton’s polling team assured the candidate that she would win, echoing the prediction of nearly every public poll and most of Trump’s own data,” Thrush says.

An echo-chamber. The PC have little idea of reality.

It’s not just Kate Bush. Big parts of rock ’n’ roll are quietly right-wing

It’s not just Kate Bush. Big parts of rock ’n’ roll are quietly right-wing. By Rod Liddle.

They will be sitting there right now, listening tearfully to the song for one last time on their dinky little iPods, before deleting it for ever. ‘-Heathcliff — it’s me, Cathy, I’ve come home, so co-wo-wo-wold, let me into your window.’ No, Kate. You are never coming in through our windows again. What about the cuts? What about the refugees? What about Brexit? How could you? The window is closed, double-glazed and with a mortice lock. ‘Wuth-ering Heights’ — which once I loved — is dead to me. Also that one about going up a hill or something. That’s gone too. Die, Bush, die. …

The cater-wauling and outrage on social media sites when dippy songwriter Kate Bush mentioned that she rather admired Theresa May was a wonder to behold. Evil, evil!

Everybody has to share precisely the same inane, one-dimensional values as them, and recite the same empty shibboleths, or they will be defriended and expunged from existence. These, uh, liberals are surely the least tolerant people in the known universe. I think they have become ever more intolerant of late because they know that at last the game is up, that the rest of us have had enough — in the UK, across Europe, in the USA. …

It’s no great surprise that Kate Bush may be a closet Tory — only that she let it slip in an interview, when most musicians know what hell awaits if they dare to admit to right-of-centre leanings. …

In the 1970s Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg from Muskegon, Michigan) released a magnificent, howling opus called ‘I’m a Conservative’. Brilliant, brilliant satire, the liberal music press agreed, clapping their hands. Until Iggy said: ‘Uh, no, I actually am a conservative.’ So was Ted Nugent, and so were a whole bunch of others.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘Really British’ shop owner branded RACIST for selling UK-themed gifts

‘Really British’ shop owner branded RACIST for selling UK-themed gifts, by the Daily Express.

A SHOPKEEPER has been forced to take down his Union flags after shoppers branded his store “pro-Brexit” and “racist” – because he sells only British gifts.

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Too much for the PC, who make snide remarks and complain.

“I’ve had three workers who have had to leave already because it’s been too much, people have been quite aggressive, it’s shocking. It’s political correctness gone mad … There seems to be this really strong shame in this country of being British.

A lot of people like getting offended on other people’s behalf. … The only people coming in and getting offended are British people. No foreigners or immigrants have complained, Chinese, American, Italian, Spanish customers – people from all over – have come in and said they love the shop.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Action man Donald Trump shows the way to Australia’s Coalition

Action man Donald Trump shows the way to Australia’s Coalition, by Grace Collier.

On Wednesday, The Australian printed a column from The Wall Street Journal by Gerald F. Seib. He says: “If President Barack Obama sought to usher America into a post-racial era, it is increasingly apparent Donald Trump is opening the door to the post-ideological era. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to identify a clear ideological bent in the president-elect’s moves. It’s probably a mistake to try, because the definitions of Left and Right, liberal and conservative, are being scrambled right before our eyes.”

Seib quoted Trump campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio as saying the president-elect could not be viewed through traditional “ideological lenses”: “Donald Trump is post-ideological. His movement transcends ideology in a lot of respects.”

Here lies the destination where anyone who wants to win our next election needs to head. It is time that politicians, political nerds and media commentators woke up to this fact — Trump has proved one thing, the traditional Left-Right political paradigm is of no interest to the vast majority of people. …

If the Coalition wants to win the next election, it will need to cast aside its Left-Right thinking, change its language, step out of its comfort zone and speak to people who don’t traditionally vote for it. It will have to remake the Coalition brand as dramatically as Trump has remade the Republican Party. Failure to do so will result in catastrophic consequences.

Outrage over gay protocols for crises in Australia

Outrage over gay protocols for crises in Australia, by Rebecca Urban.

Gender-neutral bathrooms in ­crisis evacuation centres and tailored support services to address perceived discrimination against gay and transgender communities are being canvassed under a push to develop “LGBTI-inclusive” emergency management policies.

Victorian government funded researchers will investigate the specific experiences and needs of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) communities in the event of an emergency, such as a bushfire or flood, amid broad questioning about the Andrews government’s increasingly radical social agenda.

The initiative follows research commissioned by several women’s health organisations claiming that disaster impacts are “heightened for LGBTI people”.

Surely in an emergency issues of sexuality are unimportant? Or is there a political issue at stake here?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Schools in many parts of Australia are study in self-segregation

Schools in many parts of Australia are study in self-segregation, by Rosemary Neill.

As the nation becomes more multicultural, are our schools ­becoming more racially segre­gated?

Yes, says the article by way of anecdotes. Then:

This segregation is also found in gentrified, bohemian ­enclaves in Sydney and Melbourne. In these inner-city areas, the economic and racial divide is not nec­es­sarily the familiar one separating private and public schools; often the gulf is between white-dominated public schools with a privileged parent cohort and highly diverse public schools with economically disadvantaged parents.

During the past year, an incendiary debate has erupted in Victoria about “white flight” from disadvantaged public schools in Melbourne’s trendy inner north. Here, social housing towers built in the 1960s, home to a large population of mostly African refugees, loom sentinel-like over tastefully renovated Victorian terraces worth ­between $1 million and $2m.

Fitzroy and Carlton are renowned for their 19th-century architecture, cosmopolitan food cultures, alternative arts scene and ardent support for the Greens — the area’s federal MP is the Greens’ Adam Bandt. Two schools that feature prominently in the white-flight ­debate were polling booths at the July election, and returned the ­nation’s highest two-party-preferred vote for the minority party, which has pro-refugee and asylum-seeker policies.

At Fitzroy Primary School, the Greens attracted 82.4 per cent of the two-party-preferred vote, while a short distance away at the whiter, more ­advantaged North Fitzroy Primary School, the Greens won 81 per cent of the two party preferred vote.

The local council, City of Yarra, says the district has been a proud “Refugee Welcome Zone since 2002”. Yet in Fitzroy, Carlton and surrounding suburbs, progressive, middle-class families have been accused of shunning public schools with high refugee populations.

“They are fleeing!” African community leader and former refugee Abeselom Nega says of white, inner-city families who apparently are rejecting diverse schools. This year, in a Melbourne newspaper, Nega accused families who avoided inner-Melbourne schools with large African-­Australian student cohorts of ­racism.

“The white parents don’t send their kids to these schools because all they see is black kids,” he claimed.

From personal experience, ABC-listening, refugee-supporting Greens I know pull their kids out of public schools and put them in nice white private schools. So the problem immigrant children go to the public schools with the poorer whites, and less learning is done is these schools. Posturing about race and class, but not for our kids thanks.

The public “debate” lacks a certain honesty because it is controlled by the PC crew. They know they are being hypocritical.

Self-described “book whisperer” and “PC lefty” Alice Williams bought into Melbourne’s heated schools and ethnicity ­debate and was surprised to find herself the target of “Twitter hate” from other PC lefties. …

Williams feels strongly about this issue partly because her left-wing parents sent her to a low-­performing Melbourne school with a majority migrant student base and a culture of low expectations. She dropped out of univer­sity “because I didn’t know how to study, I’d never had to study” ­before eventually returning to tertiary education and completing a communications degree. “In my experience, any school that has high levels of non-English-speaking students will have low literacy outcomes, and it’s not because of any race,” she says. Some schools handle this challenge well, but “we can’t pretend it isn’t an issue”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders found guilty of hate speech

Anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders found guilty of hate speech, by Senay Boztas.

Dutch far-right wing politician Geert Wilders was today found guilty of hate speech and inciting racial discrimination for leading a chant calling for “fewer, fewer” Moroccans in the Netherlands.

Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker. Prosecutors had asked judges to fine him 5,000 euros ($5,300).

Wilders, head of the PVV Freedom Party, was not present to hear the judgement but his lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops immediately issued a statement to say that he would appeal.

Wilders replied:

“I still cannot believe it, but I have been convicted because I asked a question about Moroccans. The Netherlands has become a sick country. The judge who convicted me [has] restricted the freedom of speech for millions of Dutch. I will never be silent. I am not a racist and neither are my voters.”

A complainant commented:

Abdou Menebhi, one of the complainants, said that he was “satisfied”. He told The Daily Telegraph: “For the first time, Wilders has been condemned for racism and discrimination: half a million people feel the threat of Wilders every day. This gives us trust in the legal process. I hope people who vote for Wilders will listen.”

The ever blunt Robert Spencer:

This conviction is part of the ongoing attempt by the Left to criminalize dissent from their globalist, multicultural agenda.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Coming Sanctuary Cities Crackdown in the US

The Coming Sanctuary Cities Crackdown in the US, by Matthew Vadum.

Chicago is one of the best places to live in America if you’re one of the millions of illegal aliens present in the country — and free-spending, lawbreaking Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying his best to keep it that way.

Emanuel (D), who used to be a congressman and then President Obama’s chief of staff, dropped by Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday to urge President-elect Donald Trump to abandon his campaign promise to crack down on sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary cities are going to become a big issue in the cultural wars, over the notions of borders and the law, now that a non-PC Republican is going to be President:

Emanuel is a strident, in-your-face supporter of the sanctuary city movement that gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans.

Cheered on by the Left, sanctuary cities hinder immigration enforcement and shield illegal aliens from federal officials as a matter of policy.

They ignore immigration detainer forms which ask them to retain illegals in their custody after they would otherwise release them so Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can take custody of them.

These sanctuary cities really ought to be called traitor cities because they are in open rebellion against the United States. …

Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Confederates who resisted federal authority and declared war on the United States 155 years ago, or the neo-Confederates in Southern states who resisted federal authority during the civil rights era, Democratic lawmakers and left-wing activists have been working together for decades to create large pockets of immigration anarchy in the United States where the law cannot easily be enforced. …

Some left-wingers use the dreadful euphemism “civil liberties safe zones” to describe them. The phrase blurs the distinction between citizens and non-citizens by implying illegal aliens somehow possess a civil right to be present in the U.S.

The nation got to this point after decades of concerted collusion by radical George Soros-funded groups like the ACLU to get localities to pledge to frustrate or violate laws that protect U.S. national security. Leftist agitation has so intimidated Americans that many refuse to say the phrase illegal alien, preferring to go with undocumented immigrant or other politically correct terms less likely to generate offense. …

Chicago is a good example:

Because Chicago is a sanctuary city, “You won’t be asked any questions if you keep out of trouble but should you get jailed, no one will check your immigration status even when you’re in custody,” he writes. Mayor Emanuel will “do what he can locally to continue the president’s agenda of dismantling of immigration enforcement.”

Dane adds, “Of course you’ll be expected to vote for all these folks once they figure out a way to make you legal but you’ll get used to it, quid-pro-quo voting is a Chicago-style tradition.” …

Chicago, well, actually the State of Illinois, showers taxpayer-funded benefits on its illegal alien residents. Immigration status is not checked when someone applies for supplement food assistance under the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program, the All Kids medical care for children program, public K-12 education including free school lunch and breakfast programs, and under Head Start (preschool services).

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sweden CHAOS boils over: Cars go up in flames as violent thugs attack police officers

Sweden CHAOS boils over: Cars go up in flames as violent thugs attack police officers, by Lizzie Stromme.

SPECIAL units in Sweden were forced to rush out to aid Gothenburg police on Thursday after a gang of thugs launched violent attacks on deployed officers.

Attacks on police in the coastal city comes as the Scandinavian country has been struggling to battle a car fire epidemic which has plagued the entire nation.

In 2016 alone, hundreds of cars have been destroyed as police struggle to combat the increasing violence and criminal activity which more than 50 areas being labelled as “no-go” zones.

Last week, three vehicles in Hallunda in southern Stockholm were engulfed by flames, while more than 70 cars have been torched in Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö, since July.

This article does not mention which people are responsible for the attacks, but from “Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx“:

A refugee in Sweden has said it is “clear as hell” that young people like him are behind a spate of car arsons across the European country, blaming it on the failings of the Swedish society. …

SWEDEN is on the brink of becoming a lawless state as the police force is losing the battle against unprecedented levels of crime and violence amid a growing migrant crisis. The Scandinavian country is facing an existential crisis with on average three police officers handing in their resignations a day. …

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Optimism on economy, stocks surges since Trump election: CNBC survey

Optimism on economy, stocks surges since Trump election: CNBC survey, by Steve Liesman.

The election of Donald Trump has brought with it a surge in optimism in the United States over the economy and stocks not seen in years.

The CNBC All-America Economic Survey for the fourth quarter found that the percentage of Americans who believe the economy will get better in the next year jumped an unprecedented 17 points to 42 percent, compared with before the election. It’s the highest level since President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008.

The global elite assured us Britain would crash and burn financially if they voted for Brexit, and the US markets would go belly-up if Trump was elected. Here is Paul Krugman, in the NY Times immediately after the election:

It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?

Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.

Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never. …

We are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened.

They were wrong, and presumably either clueless or mendacious.

Michigan Election Recount Exposes Democrat Voting Fraud

Michigan Election Recount Exposes Democrat Voting Fraud, by Sundance.

Election laws put into place specifically to protect the fraud, and ensure the manipulative discoveries are never identified, now mean the votes cannot be recounted. …

Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month.

Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662.

According to state law, precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted. If that happens, original election results stand.

Michigan Recount Uncovers Serious Voter Fraud in Detroit- VOTES COUNTED UP TO 6 TIMES, by Jim Hoft.

In one Detroit Precinct, a recount team was given a box of ballots with an unbroken seal where everything appeared proper and in place. The tag on the box said there were 306 ballots. The book said 306, and the ticket said 306, so that means there should be 306 paper ballots on the box. When they pulled out the ballots, there were exactly FIFTY paper ballots in a locked sealed box that again was supposed to have 306. The official canvasser approved count for this precinct was 306. For FIFTY ballots.

It looks like Detroit counts each vote more than SIX TIMES! No wonder they get such high turnout rates!

And:

Once they started the Michigan recount in earnest, and knowing he would be exposed, the Detroit City Clerk Daniel Baxter all of a sudden started claiming that the optical scanners which read the paper ballots did not work the day of the election. Baxter blamed the discrepancies on decade-old voting machines. That is his cover story. Nothing like this was mentioned until he realized their voting fraud scheme would be detected.

Baxter’s claim is that, when trying to push the ballots through the readers, the ballots would be stuck and they’d have to push them through again thus ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ resulting in a double count. He says the poll workers sometimes ‘FORGET’ to adjust the machine count and instead let the ballot count twice.

Trump was right– it was rigged. He won anyway, and the Left was foolish enough to ask for a recount.

Trump should at least change the system to voting by paper ballots only, so a clean recount is possible.

hat-tip David Archibald

Fake Newsman Brian Williams Slams Fake News

Fake Newsman Brian Williams Slams Fake News, by Matthew Boyle.

Fake journalist Brian Williams, who was suspended from the NBC Nightly News anchor slot for reporting fake news and lost the job altogether — and is now relegated to an MSNBC position — slammed fake news on MSNBC on Thursday.

“Fake news played a role in this election and continues to find a wide audience,” Williams said, before attacking retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn—President-elect Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser—and Breitbart News Network.

It’s curious that Williams is becoming the face of the legacy and establishment media charge against “fake news,” the matter that such media luminaries are rallying around to blame their widely inaccurate reporting of the 2016 presidential election. Williams lost his slot as anchor of the NBC Nightly News after he made up scores of accounts, passing off completely fabricated stories as journalism.

In fact, back in early 2015, Breitbart News presented a list of at least 32 times that NBC News let Williams present such fake news to the American people—lies and disputed stories—including his false claims about being in a helicopter that was hit by an RPG.

Williams also made up stories about Seal Team 6, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Pope, Hurricane Katrina, quitting college, rescuing a puppy from a house fire, and more.

The PC crew is so used to having everything their own way they are unbelievably stupid and inept. That will change as they are forced to lift their game.