Any retreat on refugee policies would sink Shorten

Any retreat on refugee policies would sink Shorten, by Troy Bramston.

The biggest policy challenge Bill Shorten faces ahead of the next election — and especially if Labor is returned to office — is maintaining support within the party for the largely bipartisan suite of border protection policies that includes offshore detention and processing of refugees, and boat turnbacks.

Most of Labor’s members, and many of the party’s candidates and MPs, including some on the frontbench, do not support the policy. The degree of opposition within the party to these border protection measures is extensive and will require careful management, otherwise it could derail Labor’s election chances.

Shorten knows that any weakening of border protection policy would be dangerous politically. He knows that if there is any watering down of the policy, or any softening of rhetoric, it could be immensely damaging for Labor. The reality is that the vast majority of voters in marginal seats will not tolerate a major change in policy. …

At the recent NSW and Victorian Labor conferences, dozens of motions sought to abandon or significantly change the policy. They were not successful. Labor for Refugees, an internal lobby group, will campaign to change the policy at Labor’s national conference in December. …

But Albanese??

The same cannot be said for Anthony Albanese, who has had more positions than the Kama Sutra. He supported abandoning offshore processing in 2007-08. Then he supported reintroducing it during the Rudd-Gillard government. Then he voted against boat turnbacks, a critical element of both major parties’ border protection policy, at the Labor national conference in 2015. Now he says he supports Labor’s policy in full.

This latest backflip is seen as a further attempt to court Labor’s Right in his quest to become party leader. Nobody believes him. Remember what he said after voting against boat turnbacks? “I couldn’t ask someone else to do something that I couldn’t see myself doing,” Albanese said in 2015. “If people were in a boat including families and children, I myself couldn’t turn that around.” Which Albanese are we meant to believe?

Understanding and Misunderstanding ‘Dog-Whistling’

Understanding and Misunderstanding ‘Dog-Whistling’, by Blake Smith.

It is, however, chiefly the Left that accuses that Right of dog-whistling, and mostly to disclose and denounce the supposed racism lurking in conservative language. …

Thinkers on the Right, meanwhile, who have an obvious interest in challenging the concept of dog-whistling, have only glowered and sulked at it. A typical example of this habit can be found in a recent article by Daniel Bonevac, who analyzes left-wing rhetoric about Donald Trump’s allegedly dog-whistling references to Mexican immigrant criminals. Such references appear to Trump’s critics as racist. While Trump (whom Bonevac supports) insists that “some” Mexican immigrants are “good people,” these critics argue that he implicitly targets all Mexican immigrants by associating the categories ‘Mexican’ and ‘immigrant’ with the category of criminality.

Bonevac, logically enough, insists that such a line of argumentation would make it impermissible to issue any negative statement about members of racial groups, for fear that these statements might imply something racist about the group as a whole. Indeed, Bonevac does not go far enough. Any statement about a member of group, whether positive or negative (let alone accurate or inaccurate), made by someone suspected of being racist (i.e., anyone on the Right), may be demonstrated, after sufficiently imaginative interpretation, to have associated categories with each other in an implicitly racist, dog-whistling way. Praising a particular black man as hard-working, for example, could be uncharitably interpreted as a subtle invocation of stereotypes that black people are lazy. With enough bad faith, anything is possible. …

It is common to hear from the alt-right that words like ‘diversity’ are dog-whistles for anti-white racism.

America has a nobility problem, and it means our leaders don’t pay for their failures

America has a nobility problem, and it means our leaders don’t pay for their failures, by Glenn Reynolds.

Politicians and bureaucrats are America’s ruling class and they should start paying a price for failure. Accountability isn’t just for little guys. …

America absolutely does have a ruling class, and a permanent political class, and they seem to be increasingly one and the same. (As Angelo Codevilla writes: “Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust.”) And like any ruling class, they claim, and possess, privileges and immunities not available to ordinary citizens.

The continued use of titles that in fact were briefly loaned by the people — “Governor,” “Madame Secretary” — is the least of this. The single biggest characteristic of today’s nobility is impunity, and — just as with the privileges associated with titles of nobility in the England our Framers rejected — this privilege extends not only to the titled, but to their retainers, in this case police and other government bureaucrats.

In America, if you misunderstand the law, or simply are ignorant of it, you will nonetheless be liable to go to jail or be sued — if you are an ordinary citizen. If you are a government official, you can generally avoid liability in a lawsuit by pleading “qualified immunity,” meaning, in essence, that you misunderstood the law or were ignorant of it, but acted in good faith, a defense that is not available to ordinary citizens. As a judge or prosecutor it’s even better: you enjoy “absolute immunity,” meaning that in almost every circumstance you can’t be sued at all.

These governmental immunities aren’t in the Constitution, and they’re not the product of statutes passed by Congress. They were invented by judges (themselves government employees) who thought immunity for government employees was a good idea. And government officials almost never face criminal prosecution for their official acts, and on the rare occasions that they do, they are almost never convicted.

When the EPA poisoned the Animas River in Colorado, it rejected claims for damages, and nobody from the EPA went to jail.  A private company under similar circumstances would have faced ruinous losses, and the executives would have risked criminal prosecution. Then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy skated.

When the IRS’s Lois Lerner deliberately targeted conservative groups — something the IRS admitted and apologized for — she retired with her pension and faced no charges. When Chinese hackers stole a vast database of secret military and intelligence personnel information, a blow some experts called a “cyber-Pearl Harbor,” nobody lost their job or went to jail. Accountability, it seems, is for the rest of us, the little people.

Nationalists are on the rise ahead of Sweden’s elections

Nationalists are on the rise ahead of Sweden’s elections, by Nima Sanandaji.

A country that for decades has been a bastion of social democracy is witnessing a collapse of the socialist movement. …

Bernie Sanders campaigned on a promise to bring a Nordic social democratic model to America, while Barack Obama was reportedly fond of musing to his aides: “Why can’t all countries be like the Nordic countries?” …

For many years the Swedish social democratic party had a near monopoly on power, regularly gaining between 40 and 50 per cent of the popular vote. That came to an end in 2008 with the election of a centre-right government, which implemented significant tax cuts and privatisations.

The centre-right government also implemented an open border policy in alliance with the left-leaning Greens. Sweden, which was already accepting a high rate of refugees, was overwhelmed with new arrivals. The peak occurred after a new social democratic minority government had taken over in 2014. Stefan Löfven, the new prime minister, proclaimed that Sweden would not set any barriers in the way of immigrants and that there was no set limits on how many the country would accept. …

Swedes react:

The Swedish Democrats have been the main beneficiaries of popular dissatisfaction with immigration and gang-related crime.

The party, which was originally associated with the neo-Nazi movement, has steadily gained in popularity since the 1991 parliamentary elections, when it registered just 0.1 per cent of the vote. …

According to a recent poll-of-polls, the Sweden Democrats currently have the support of 20.8 per cent of the electorate, slightly above the 20.5 percent for the centre-right Moderaterna and a bit less than the 25.2 per cent for the Social Democrats. What’s more, polls have tended to understate support for the Swedish Democrats.

hat-tip Matthew

The Coming American-Russian Alliance Against China

The Coming American-Russian Alliance Against China, by Harry Jenkins.

While the progressive left sees a Russian spy around every corner, there is a very real possibility that Washington and Moscow will collude for a very big reason — and soon.

Both nations have a reason to fear a coming change in the international order that will impact them both. And as history shows us time and again, a rising power that seeks to overturn the international system can make the most dedicated enemies join forces — and fast.

I can only be talking about one thing: a growing and more powerful China.

No one should be shocked by such an assertion. The simple fact is that we could very well be at the start of a colossal shift in how America and Russia view each other as they gear up to take on a much bigger foe. And we should be clear: if projections hold, the Chinese economy will someday surpass America’s and Russia’s — combined. As economic power translates into clear military strength, the writing could be on the wall for what may come.

Along with India and Japan.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

I’m running for Senate as a Republican. My Democrat parents are so furious they’re backing my opponent.

I’m running for Senate as a Republican. My Democrat parents are so furious they’re backing my opponent. By Kevin Nicholson.

My decision to be a Democrat was never a decision. It was just expected of me. It was understood. Born into a family of Democrats, my grandfather would often spend weekends talking to me about his respect for Franklin Roosevelt and his annoyance with President Reagan. I listened and absorbed, but was not yet ready to think critically about what I was told – or to decide for myself.

I love and miss my grandfather, but life has since taught me that thinking critically about the principles of the Democrat party is never encouraged because if you do, you have no choice but to leave – to walk away.

I was elected National President of the College Democrats of America in 1999, and now I’m a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018. While the Democrats’ influence over my political philosophy defined a few years in my late teens and early twenties, that influence could not withstand the test of life and experience that made me a conservative as an adult. In contrast with my time as a Democrat, my evolution to becoming a conservative Republican was a fully mindful and deliberate decision, based on my life experiences that left me with no other option.

While my choice was made clear to me through the experience of my marriage, the birth of my three children, my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my savior, my time fighting in two wars, and my experience in business since leaving the Marine Corps, it came at personal cost.

My parents have since turned their back on me, my wife, their grandchildren, and their extended family. Adding to this, they decided to make the maximum contribution to my Democrat opponent in my campaign for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, an intentional personal blow that made headlines across the country. It was deliberate – and it is a true representation of the intolerance of a political philosophy that stands on the false platform of tolerance.

Read it all. He is part of the #WalkAway movement. A bit more:

Many others who have decided to leave the Democrat Party have also likely paid a personal price for their decision. And others are not yet ready to leave because of the judgement and ridicule they will undoubtedly receive from other Democrats – whether family, friends, or co-workers. Unfortunately, their fear is founded.

So true.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Black Slaves, Muslim Masters

Black Slaves, Muslim Masters, by Charles Jacobs.

Arabs and Muslims have black slaves today and hardly anyone, especially the leftist class which preens about its devotion to human rights, is screaming about this. In five African nations — AlgeriaLibyaMauritaniaNigeria, and Sudan — blacks serve Arab/Muslim masters. They are bought and sold like furniture. They are worked until they drop, tortured, raped, forcibly converted to Islam, and murdered. This has been going on for many years, but it only occasionally makes today’s headlines.

This is an open secret. Anyone can Google “blacks sold as slaves in Libya” and see video of slave markets. I know Africans from Sudan and Nigeria and Mauritania who want to tell this story but they cannot get platforms.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Nigel Farage Interviewed Steve Bannon And It Caused Quite A Ruckus

Nigel Farage Interviewed Steve Bannon And It Caused Quite A Ruckus, by Chris York at the very PC Huffington Post.

Steve Bannon, the far-right’s favourite former White House aide, has said Tommy Robinson is “the backbone” of the UK and that middle England must “fight to take your country back, every day”.

He added: “This is war.”

The doom-laden interview was conducted by Bannon’s close friend and political ally, Nigel Farage during his show on LBC on Sunday.

Bannon appears to have severely misjudged the mood of the nation as the recent protests against Donald Trump suggest most people in the UK don’t agree with the brand of politics Bannon was instrumental in installing in the White House.

In contrast to the hundreds of thousands present at anti-Trump demos, only around 2-3,000 took to the streets to protest the recent jailing of Tommy Robinson.

But Bannon said that he didn’t think Tommy Robinson was “a bad guy” and he thinks “he’s got to be released from prison”. …

In a similar vein, last week fellow-Trump pal Piers Morgan was heavily criticised for his interview with Bannon. Piers … sat down with Steve Bannon, and as you can see from this clip, allowed him to speak for a full 40 seconds about Brexit, Trump and “elitism”.

This was in stark contrast to an interview with journalist Ash Sarkar earlier in the week to talk about the anti-Trump demonstrations taking place during the POTUS’s first UK visit. In a clip posted on the official ‘GMB’ Twitter page, Piers waited just six seconds before interrupting his guest.

See how the left openly talk about how bad it is to “allow” their opponents air time, while interrupting (doesn’t that happen all the time to non-PC people?) is consciously used to shut down opposing viewpoints on air.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

New San Francisco Mayor: “There’s More Feces… Than I’ve Ever Seen”

New San Francisco Mayor: “There’s More Feces… Than I’ve Ever Seen”. By Tyler Durden.

The new Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, is beside herself at the abject squalor resulting from decades of “progressive” policies that encourage homeless residents to use the streets as their personal toilet.

In an interview with local station NBC Bay Area, Breed acknowledged that the poo-coated city she was born and raised in has a “huge problem” she aims to clean up.

“I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” Breed said. “That is a huge problem and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans.”

Unfortunately, her solution is to simply ask the city’s estimated 7,500 vagrants to kindly stop with all the street-squatting and clean up after themselves. Considering that 39% of homeless surveyed in San Francisco’s “homeless census” claim to have mental health issues, we’re not entirely sure how this policy will work. …

San Francisco’s “huge problem” isn’t restricted to poo either – the city is full of drug addicts who are more or less allowed to just do their thing. On Friday, two days after Breed was sworn into office, she went on a jaunt around the city in an afternoon stroll, where a guy was literally prepping to shoot up as she walked past. …

Over 16,000 feces complaints were logged with the City over a seven day period at the beginning of July, according to a local website and app that lets residents report none-emergency services …

Meanwhile, residents and tourists alike are turning green over the rampant squalor. Now, it’s starting to affect the city’s bottom line. Earlier this month, a major medical convention expected to bring in 15,000 visitors and drop $40 million in less than a week decided to permanently move to another city. …

It’s not hard to see why tourists would look for a nicer place to visit. The city is filled with homeless camps, open drug use in public areas, and petty crime. There were 31,000 thefts from vehicles reported in 2017, which works out to 85 per day. Garbage, drug needles, and human feces are ubiquitous sights and smells on the streets. The same week that the medical convention canceled, local news reported on a 20-pound bag of feces that was abandoned on the street.

Last month we reported on an Australian couple visiting the city who were shocked by what they saw after deciding to walk back to their hotel: “Is this normal or am I in a ‘bad part of town?’ Just walked past numerous homeless off their faces, screaming and running all over the sidewalk near Twitter HQ and then a murder scene. Wife is scared to leave hotel now,” reads a Wednesday posting by Reddit user /u/nashtendo. …

People say, ‘I love your city, I love your restaurants, but I’ll never come back.'”…

Complicating matters is the fact that the city distributes nearly 5 million needles each year through various programs aimed at reducing HIV and other health risks for drug users who might otherwise share needles.

San Fransisco is now very left wing and PC. “Dirty Harry” with Clint Eastwood was set in SFO, so it wasn’t always like this. In the last few decades SFO discarded or did not enforce old fashioned laws against vagrancy and poor public behavior, let alone illegal drug use. Hardly anyone else is too surprised they now have this problem. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the lefties to get real about the problems they have created for themselves and their fellow citizens.

Trump attacks US ‘foolishness’ heading into Putin showdown

Trump attacks US ‘foolishness’ heading into Putin showdown, by AFP.

“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted. …

In an interview with CBS News that aired before he touched down in Helsinki, Trump admitted that Russia remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals. …

Ahead of the talks, Trump has refused to personally commit to the US refusal to recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea, leaving open the possibility of a climb-down linked to a promise by Putin to somehow rein in Iranian influence in Syria.

The West made solemn verbal promises to the Russians in the early 1990s not to extend NATO West to Russia’s borders, but then did exactly that. The Western press rarely reminds us of this salient fact.

Trump calls off Cold War II

Trump calls off Cold War II, by Pat Buchanan.

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” …

Trump the realist:

With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.

He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment. …

Looking back over the week, from Brussels to Britain to Helsinki, Trump’s message has been clear, consistent and startling.

NATO is obsolete. European allies have freeloaded off U.S. defense while rolling up huge trade surpluses at our expense. Those days are over. Europeans are going to stop stealing our markets and start paying for their own defense.

And there will be no Cold War II.

We are not going to let Putin’s annexation of Crimea or aid to pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine prevent us from working on a rapprochement and a partnership with him, Trump is saying. We are going to negotiate arms treaties and talk out our differences as Ronald Reagan did with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Helsinki showed that Trump meant what he said when he declared repeatedly, “Peace with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

On Syria, Trump indicated that he and Putin are working with Bibi Netanyahu, who wants all Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias kept far from the Golan Heights. As for U.S. troops in Syria, says Trump, they will be coming out after ISIS is crushed, and we are 98 percent there. …

The left:

Both before and after the Trump-Putin meeting, the cable news coverage was as hostile and hateful toward the president as any this writer has ever seen. The media may not be the “enemy of the people” Trump says they are, but many are implacable enemies of this president. …

An example of US foolishness:

Russia annexed Crimea bloodlessly. But did not the U.S. bomb Serbia for 78 days to force Belgrade to surrender her cradle province of Kosovo?

How was that more moral than what Putin did in Crimea?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Donald Trump branded a traitor and accused of treason after backing Russian leader over election meddling

Donald Trump branded a traitor and accused of treason after backing Russian leader over election meddling, by Christopher Bucktin.

The US president stunned his nation by turning on his own ­intelligence chiefs and insisted Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 election race, which he won.

And Mr Trump was tonight branded a spineless traitor for siding with his rival and calling an FBI probe into claims Putin ­influenced the election “ridiculous”.

During a joint press conference in Helsinki, which was briefly delayed when a protester was removed, the president insisted: “There was no collusion at all.

“I have President Putin, he said it’s not Russia. I will say this: ‘I don’t see any reason why it would be.’”

But his willingness to accept the Russian’s word without question sparked fury back home.

Former CIA director John Brennan said: “It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.”

Republican senator Jeff Flake added: “I never thought I would see the day when our ­president would stand on the stage with the Russian president and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful.”

Fellow Republican John McCain branded Mr Trump’s press conference “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president” in his ­lifetime. He added: “President Trump proved not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin.

Even Trump ally Orrin Hatch blasted his boss.

He said: “Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“Our nation’s top intelligence agencies all agree on that point.

“From the president on down, we must do everything to protect our democracy by securing future ­elections from foreign influence, regardless of what Vladimir Putin or any other Russian operative says. I trust the good work of our intelligence and law enforcement personnel.” Democratic senator Chris Murphy added: “This trip has just been one giant middle finger from Trump to his own country.”

It’s as if there were some irrational anti-Russian animus in a Washington establishment that doesn’t like the new policy direction. Here’s Pat Buchanan again:

In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.

The war mongers are being reigned in by a nationalist President determined to act in his country’s best interests and disengage from costly foreign wars.

Cue refrain from the 1960s: “All we are saying, is give peace a chance.”

This is highly recommended. By an experienced, left-leaning, level-headed academic who studies Russia. A considered and well-informed perspective. The left are fomenting mob violence. Why is Russia the wicked witch of the US, when it has more in common with the US than say China or Saudi Arabia? Both the US and Russia are big, Christian, frontier countries.

Why does the left hate Putin, as they never hated the communist Russian leaders? Because Putin is a Christian, nationalistic, Western, traditionalist leader who overthrew his country’s internationalist, left-leaning leadership of the 1990s. It’s culture war, World War Gay as Steve Sailer famously put it (now perhaps World War T, where T is for “trans”).

To be blunt, Putin is anti-PC.

hat-tip Charles

Ron Paul: ‘Trump Won’ in Summit with Putin, ‘Neocons Aren’t Very Happy’

Ron Paul: ‘Trump Won’ in Summit with Putin, ‘Neocons Aren’t Very Happy’, by John Binder.

Former Republican congressman and non-interventionist advocate Ron Paul praised President Trump’s summit in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he believes the president “won.”

In comments after Trump and Putin wrapped up a press conference together, Paul said he was “delighted” to see the two power players speaking while noting that the interventionist wings of the Democratic and Republican parties — commonly referred to as “neoconservatives” — are outraged by the meeting.

hat-tip Stephen Neil