Germany reports disappearance of 130,000 asylum seekers

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Germany reports disappearance of 130,000 asylum seekers. This being from the BBC, the article omits the obvious problems and states their case yet again:

Germany’s main business associations are due to voice their concern over a potential collapse of the EU’s border-free Schengen system at a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in Munich.

They are expected to repeat their argument that migration can be a useful tool to replenish Germany’s shrinking workforce.

Really? Replace Germans with whom? These migrants can be trained to be as industrious and productive as German men?

Facebook boss: “Black lives matter” good, “All lives matter” bad

“BLACK LIVES MATTER” GOOD, “ALL LIVES MATTER” BAD: Mark Zuckerberg tells Facebook staff to stop defacing Black Lives Matter slogans. In the Guardian, so not a hint of awareness:

The company is investigating why staff are still ‘maliciously’ writing ‘all lives matter’ on campus walls, despite pleas from Zuckerberg himself. …

Zuckerberg expressed dismay that, despite his “clear communication” at a company question-and-answer session the week before that such behavior was “unacceptable”, employees had continued to change the messages.

h/t Matthew

People too scared to speak about issues: John Howard

EX-PM SPEAKS: People too scared to speak about issues: John Howard.

Mr Howard said the standards of civil society in Australia were being undermined by a growing intolerance towards people who did not subscribe to a range of progressive views.

In relation to gay marriage, Mr Howard said: “There is nothing homophobic about supporting traditional marriage. Everybody did in the parliament in 2004.

Christie endorses Trump

TRUMP BANDWAGON GATHERS PACE: Chris Christie Endorses Trump. The united Republican establishment front against Donald Trump started to crumble in a potentially profound way on Friday when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie backed the New York billionaire for president with an enthusiastic endorsement.

Also:

Christie showed up unannounced here to laud Trump and savage Rubio, drawing gasps from reporters, after concluding the billionaire was destined to win the Republican nomination and was the best person to slug it out with Hillary Clinton for the White House.

 

Trump in fraud trial

WE ARE GONG TO BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THIS: With the GOP nomination looming, Trump is slated to take witness stand in fraud trial.  “This spring, just as the GOP nomination battle enters its final phase, frontrunner Donald Trump could be forced to take time out for some unwanted personal business: He’s due to take the witness stand in a federal courtroom in San Diego, where he is being accused of running a financial fraud.”

 

Cultural disconnect about the value of work leads to political revolt

LET THEM EAT CAKE:  The cultural disconnect about the value of work explains why there’s an open revolt in both parties and the future seems so uncertain, by Mark Hemingway. Hillary Clinton, when recently asked about advice to her college self, gave the “don’t take a job just for the money, do what you love” answer.

The truth is, [“do what you love”] is simply not an option for most people. When it’s 39 degrees [Fahrenheit] and raining in February, do you think the guy who picks up your trash is staring at your acrid, bacteria-laden refuse at 6 a.m. and saying, “Thank God, I love what I do”? …

If any one issue defines this election, it’s economic stagnation. Many Trump supporters in the GOP feel left behind by the twenty-first-century economy. They’re angry about it, because our “follow your bliss” culture doesn’t begin to appreciate coal miners or people who work in brake disc factories, even as it obsessively venerates empty celebrity and people like social media executives and hedge fund managers who are filthy rich in spite of the fact their contributions to society aren’t very tangible. Combine that with the self-loathing these guys feel from, say, being laid off and having to fake a fibromyagia diagnosis so they can collect disability and feed their families, and you have tremendous resentment

….

Millennials and many other progressive types now feeling the Bern seem to have been sold a bill of goods about how we live in post-scarcity techno-utopia. They can’t understand why they can’t “do what they love” without financial realities being such a killjoy.

What “progress” has wrought:

If you’re a gun owner, object to being forced to bake a wedding cake, or a traditionally Democratic voter who still holds same decidedly unprogressive opinions that Clinton herself held five minutes ago, her 2016 campaign is likely to respond to your concerns with blog post festooned with Taylor Swift GIFs explaining why you’re the anti-Christ.

Reaches an interesting conclusion:

It seems as if twenty-first-century America has lost the capability to make value distinctions about economic success. … The good news is that principled conservatives and principled progressives are finally starting to find points of agreement on the damage that crony capitalism has been doing to this country.

Charles Murray on Trump’s appeal

TRUMP’S APPEAL. Ok, this will complete the posts on Trump for now, but it is one of the most insightful. Charles Murray writes about the central truth of Trumpism:

But the central truth of Trumpism as a phenomenon is that the entire American working class has legitimate reasons to be angry at the ruling class. During the past half-century of economic growth, virtually none of the rewards have gone to the working class. … The real family income of people in the bottom half of the income distribution hasn’t increased since the late 1960s.

During the same half-century, American corporations exported millions of manufacturing jobs, which were among the best-paying working-class jobs. They were and are predominantly men’s jobs….

During the same half-century, the federal government allowed the immigration, legal and illegal, of tens of millions of competitors for the remaining working-class jobs. Apart from agriculture, many of those jobs involve the construction trades or crafts. They too were and are predominantly men’s jobs …

Add to this the fact that white working-class men are looked down upon by the elites and get little validation in their own communities for being good providers, fathers and spouses—and that life in their communities is falling apart. To top it off, the party they have voted for in recent decades, the Republicans, hasn’t done a damn thing to help them. Who wouldn’t be angry?

Trump tactics will beat Clinton but struggle against Sanders

CLINTON IS NOW TOAST. Democrats need to seriously and pragmatically assess their strategy for defeating Trump. A Clinton run would be disastrous; Bernie Sanders is their only hopem by Nathan J. Robinson. A convincing article that the only person who might beat Trump, oddly enough, is Bernie Sanders:

But for Donald Trump, sensationalist distractions are the whole game. He will attempt to crucify her. And it is very, very likely that he will succeed. This campaigning style makes Hillary Clinton Donald Trump’s dream opponent. She gives him an endless amount to work with. The emails, Benghazi, Whitewater, Iraq, the Lewinsky scandal, Chinagate, Travelgate, the missing law firm records, Jeffrey Epstein, Kissinger, Marc Rich, Haiti, Clinton Foundation tax errors, Clinton Foundation conflicts of interest, “We were broke when we left the White House,” Goldman Sachs… There is enough material in Hillary Clinton’s background for Donald Trump to run with six times over. …

Trump’s various unique methods of attack would instantly be made far less useful in a run against Sanders. All of the most personal charges (untrustworthiness, corruption, rank hypocrisy) are much more difficult to make stick. The rich history of dubious business dealings is nonexistent. None of the sleaze in which Trump traffics can be found clinging to Bernie.

Robinson is a sociology PhD from Harvard, a self-confessed bleeding-heart liberal who despises FOX News. So he finishes with:

So much depends on stopping Trump; a principled defeat will mean nothing to the deported, or to those being roughed up by Trump’s goon squads or executed with pigs’ blood-dipped bullets.

The media is probably going say a lot of this last sort of thing for the next five years.

White conservatives react to demographic and ideological pressures

THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN BEYOND THE PALE A YEAR AGO: Deport Them All and Let God Sort Them Out, by Lawrence Murray.

White conservatives are watching the United States tumble demographically and ideologically and are reacting to it by themselves.

Unlike the pet populations the left is so used to gaming for votes, they have enough agency to favor policies outside of wealth redistribution and affirmative action.

Nativism and national self-interest are becoming mainstream because people want them.

Diversity: A Civilizational Nightmare

IT’S MUCH OVER-RATED. Diversity: A Civilizational Nightmare, by Fred Reed, as genially anti-PC as ever.

Diversity is by a wide margin the worst nightmare facing the US…. So what should America’s response be? Isn’t it obvious?

Yes! It’s so clear! We should import more weird, backward, dull-witted, useless, and inassimilable civilizational disasters, many of which have produced nothing more technologically challenging than the pointed stick. What could be a better idea?

And once we’ve got them, there’s no getting rid of them.

“Safe” schools sex education sounds like grooming: George Christensen

“SAFE” SCHOOLS: Sounds like grooming: George Christensen.

A conservative government backbencher has issued a graphic critique of a schools program focused on gay and lesbian issues, accusing it of condoning child grooming.

George Christensen says the Safe Schools program recommends pornographic content, sex shops, sex clubs and adult communities to school kids in the name of an anti-bullying initiative.

He said the program had links to websites that advised kids about chest-binding, penis-tucking and gay sex and gave instructions to children about unblocking websites without their parents’ knowledge.

“The parents would probably call the police because it would sound a lot like grooming work that a sexual predator might undertake,” Mr Christensen told parliament on Thursday.

Family First senator Bob Day said the Safe Schools program had nothing to do with preventing bullying, labelling it “anti-parent”. Parents were not being consulted and children were being exposed to ideas contrary to the values of their families.

UPDATE: The program is defended at the Huffington Post by the usual suspects:

Christensen’s comments have been met with furious backlash.

“To compare a program that’s about helping young people to ‘grooming’ is utterly reprehensible. It’s profoundly offensive and deeply hurtful,” Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

“The Prime Minister should condemn this homophobia, rather than indulging it through this senseless investigation into safe schools.”

Turnbull in muddle over “safe” school sex education

“SAFE” SCHOOLS: Malcolm Turnbull warns MPs over Safe Schools debate. What a muddle from the Member for Wentworth!

On the one hand Turnbull wants  you to be careful about what you say about a program teaching sexual orientation and transgender issues to 11-year olds, because, you know, “the kids”.

But on the other hand, his government is perfectly OK with teaching said program to “the kids” in school without parental permission.

hat-tip Emma Hanson