Landlord trying to evict tenant for hanging Confederate flags in windows

Landlord trying to evict tenant for hanging Confederate flags in windows, by Julia Marsh.

A Manhattan landlord is trying to evict a tenant for displaying two Confederate flags in the windows of his East Village apartment. …

The building owner claims that Green’s flags — which he has illuminated at night with a spotlight from his fifth-floor unit — have created “a clear and present danger to the building, its residents and the community at large.”

Police have been patrolling the area for the past several days after protesters rallied outside the building and someone threw a rock through a window, according to the suit.

“The building and its residents have expressed constant fear of physical attack and for their physical safety and well being,” the landlord says in court papers.

He attached emails from five tenants attesting to their concerns.

“I do not feel safe sleeping tonight,” one resident wrote.

Green’s two windows face the Lillian Wald Public Housing complex, “a multi-racial, diverse housing community,” Yassky notes in the suit. …

“I’ve had those flags up for over a year.” … Green wrote.

Yassky has threatened to post Green’s name, phone number and photo outside the building if he doesn’t remove the flags.

What a crazy, inflamed situation. Imagine, after eight years of all that racial harmony under Obama.

Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama

Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama, by Kurt Schlicter.

This new breed of Nazis … is less menacing that the originals. Instead of schmeissers they pack Tiki torches — for reasons no one seems able to explain. The old Nazis invaded Poland and wouldn’t leave; these invade their moms’ basements and will never leave. But apparently these 300 or so misfits and malcontents are a potent peril to our republic. …

Schmeisser submachine gun, Germany 1938 – 1945

Tiki torches, Charlottesville 2017

They are not utterly harmless; one of these cowardly morons ran over and murdered a woman, which fulfilled the media’s long-standing dream of being able to report on a terrorist who wasn’t a radical Muslim, a Black Lives Matter fan, or a Bernie bro. …

The establishment’s tactic is to paint anyone they dislike as Nazis and any ideas its members oppose as hate speech, all in support of a strategy of slamming shut the Overton Window on any kind of change. The media is running with it, and if you get on Twitter, anyone to the right of Maxine Waters is now a Nazi – especially if you dare observe that the fascist fatties are not the only scumbags out there.

Even after a week, CNN is still quivering and writhing in an earth-shattering Nazigasm. …

It’s also got the usual suspects of the wuss right activated. That’s why you see needy Fredocons like Mitt Romney being retrieved from their well-deserved obscurity and sent out to dance eagerly for the nods and nickels tossed his way by the same media that said he gave people cancer. …

The ACLU has added an asterisk to its acronym that explains that the only civil liberties it’s going to be protecting from now on are the ones exercised by people approved by its rich liberal donors. Yeah, abandoning the one thing that earned the ACLU grudging respect across the board, its free-speech absolutism, seems like another smart long-term strategy.

Oh, and the tech twerps of Silicon Valley decided to take it upon themselves to decide what discourse may be discoursed. Yeah, that’s a smart long-term strategy that couldn’t possibly explode in their smug, goateed faces. …

And the normals?

Taking a break from Twitter and the media for a week to go be with normal people gave me an interesting perspective that I don’t get when I’m surrounded by others invested in politics. None of them care. The exact number of times I heard normal people mention Nazis was zero. …

The fact that the whole thing is so ridiculous doesn’t help it gain traction. Donald Trump is a lot of things, but a Nazi is not one of them. …

And the idea that when there are two sets of idiots facing each other you can’t point out that both sets of idiots are idiots just doesn’t ring true. Normal people are blessedly free of the little taboos that the establishment seeks to impose, like the one that forbids pointing out that the alt left is just as scummy and slimy as the alt right. The general feeling among normals is “A pox on both your basements.”


Why is the Mainstream Media Committing Fraud?

Why is the Mainstream Media Committing Fraud? By Wayne Allen Root.

The Mainstream media determines the headlines. And since 99.9% of the people who run the media are either liberal Democrats, or crony capitalists in bed with the DC swamp, they purposely choose headlines to confuse you, distract you, or sadly, outright mislead you. That’s called fraud.

Case in point. What have you heard about for a solid week? A small KKK protest in Charlottesville. And then this past Friday a quick interruption for Steve Bannon’s firing.

But isn’t news about jobs and the economy dramatically improving under President Trump much more important to the average American?

Under President Obama we had the eight worst GDP years in the history of America. Our GDP was under 3% for all eight years of Obama. That’s never happened since the day our country was founded in 1776.

And during the 1930’s (the entire decade of The Great Depression) our combined GDP for the decade was 1.3%. Guess what our combined GDP was for eight years under Obama?

1.3%. We just lived through an “Obama Great Depression.” Except this time the media never reported it to the people.

Barack Obama destroyed the US economy and killed the entire American middle class with his obsession with social justice, green energy, open borders, big taxes, big regulations, Obamacare and big government.

Yet the media said nothing. They never reported all this. Instead, the media used the words “in recovery” thousands of times during Obama’s eight years. How could the eight worst years since 1776 be called “a recovery?” It’s all about what headlines the media chooses. …

But this week the Atlanta Fed reported something remarkable. They predict the 3rd Quarter GDP of America will be 3.7%. That’s explosive growth. That’s like the Reagan years.

President Trump has changed everything in only seven months. Just by cutting a bunch of regulations and giving entrepreneurs, risk-takers, CEOs and small business owners “hope,” President Trump has brought us back from the dead.

Donald Trump is a magician. He proved that with the right attitude towards business, you can erase eight years of disaster and failure and misery, in record time.

But has this been a headline in the news? NO. It’s nowhere to be found.

But it’s not just GDP. Corporate earnings are setting records, job growth is phenomenal, there are more manufacturing jobs than at any time since before Obama took office, border crossings are dramatically down, and food stamp use is down by 1.3 million. Trump accomplished all of this in only seven months. …

On the same weekend as the one heinous protest and tragic murder in Charlottesville, we had 9 murders and 33 shot on the streets of Chicago. This happens every weekend in Chicago- a city run 100% by Democrats for the past half century.

At the same time, Debbie Wasserman Shultz is involved in what might be the biggest scandal in political history- allegedly involving bank fraud, extortion vs. 30 Democrat Congressmen, possible funding of terrorism with taxpayer money, espionage, a gigantic breach of national security, and the sale of state secrets to foreign enemies of America.

Not in the headlines.

Americans don’t trust the media, and for good reason

Americans don’t trust the media, and for good reason, by Sharyl Attkinson.

Trust in the mass media is at an all-time low. Two-thirds of Americans believe the mainstream press publishes fake news. …

We have only ourselves to blame.

Firewalls that once strictly separated news from opinion have been replaced by hopelessly blurred lines. Once-forbidden practices such as editorializing within straight news reports, and the inclusion of opinions as if fact, are not only tolerated; they’re encouraged. …

Formerly well-respected news organizations and experienced national journalists are making the sorts of mistakes that aren’t tolerated in journalism schools. When their mistakes are corrected at all, it’s with little seeming regret. And the corrections never garner a circulation as wide as the original salacious narrative.

Special interests understand this, as they peddle tasty bites of scandalous, dubious information, hoping one major news organization or popular blog will bite. …

Colleagues cheer on the editorializing and misreporting, and management rewards it. …

It was equal parts predictable and inevitable. For a decade or more, we’ve increasingly invited corporate and political interests into our newsrooms. We plaster the news with pundits without fully disclosing their paid interests, as they deliver talking points du jour that are neither spontaneous nor insightful — but always on message. …

Many Americans are eagerly watching the devolution of traditional news with relish because they agree with the prevailing narratives, whether based on true facts or imagined fiction.

But others are growing skeptical of nearly every news item they see or read. Some have stopped consuming news altogether. I think there are millions of people, particularly those who live outside of Washington, D.C., New York City and Los Angeles, who would like their news straight up: News that they don’t have to discount because they’re placing odds on the political and corporate interests of the reporters. Yet, we don’t hear these desires because we’re trapped in an echo chamber of our own creation.

In Australia the media is less diverse and dominated by the ABC, so the situation is worse. Australians are even more misinformed, only given the PC fantasy view.

China’s global ambitions: are there lessons to be learnt from Tibet?

China’s global ambitions: are there lessons to be learnt from Tibet? By Peter Hartcher.

The man who replaced the Dalai Lama as the head of Tibet’s government-in-exile has brought a troubling message to Australia. The Chinese military forcibly annexed Tibet in the 1950s, sending the Dalai Lama into hasty exile in India. …

The Harvard-educated lawyer’s message to Australia: “It happened to Tibet – you could be next.”

His case: “If you understand the Tibetan story, the Chinese government [before the military takeover] started building a road – our first ever highway in Tibet.

“Now, we were promised peace and prosperity with the highway, and our parents and grandparents joined in building the road. In fact, they were paid silver coins to help them build the road…

“So my parents told me the Chinese soldiers with guns were so polite, so nice, the kids used to taunt them and taunt them, they always smiled. They never said anything. Then they built the road. Once the road reached Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet – first trucks came, then guns came, then tanks came. Soon, Tibet was occupied. So it started with the road.

“Then another strategy that they deployed was divide and rule, co-opting our ruling elite… They were paid, I think, in Australian context, huge consultation fees.” This brought knowing guffaws from the Australian audience.

The Left is Marching the Nation Towards Civil War

The Left is Marching the Nation Towards Civil War, by Ray Starmann. Incredulous but annoyed people are exploring the obvious, as non-PC white America gets gradually radicalized, drawn into the leftist nonsense against its will.

The Left has been on a collision course with reality since 1968, when the party began to abandon its own Dixiecrats, taking a sharp turn against the Vietnam War, against American values; embracing socialism and eventually metamorphosizing into the lunatic Orwellian beast it is today.

Name a crazy position and the left supports it. Name an anti-American political platform and the left supports it. Name a position that the left despises and their violence knows no bounds.

The left’s Marxist intolerance and premeditated violence for the last year and a half has been directed towards the supporters of first candidate Trump and now the President. There have been hundreds and hundreds of left-wing assaults against Trump supporters of all races, genders and creeds.

Why were these attacks committed? For the sole reason that the left tolerates no one who disagrees with their Eurocrap Orwellian Great Leap Backward for America. …

Anyone the left disagrees with must be silenced and usually by force. Anyone the left feels has aggrieved them, must be silenced and usually by force. Any law the left dislikes must be ignored. Any sentence to the US constitution the left despises must be twisted. Any history the left hates must be erased and disappeared permanently from the minds, museums and books of America. …

What happened in Charlottesville is appalling and only a maniac would condone what happened or associate themselves with the KKK and the Neo-Nazis.

But, one must ask what the Antifa was doing there dressed in black with baseball bats? No doubt they were planning on assaulting the peaceful, pro Robert E. Lee protesters who were in the streets of Charlottesville as well.

As in Berkeley, the police in Charlottesville stood down and watched …

Yesterday, the left tore down a CSA monument in Durham, and once again the police stood by and let the vandalism take place….

Today, a group of left wing wackos gathered in front of the National History Museum in New York, demanding that a statue of Teddy Roosevelt be taken down on the grounds that TR was a racist.

Of course he was, he was a white man. All white men are racists, rapists and evil according to the left, even though the white man and European civilization took the world out of the Dark Age and into the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Reformation and the American Revolution, while giving the planet music, art, the sciences and the rights of man in the process. Most importantly, as civilization advanced, those of all colors, creeds and genders eventually enjoyed the wealth and freedom that was a result of European, aka Western Civilization.

The Muslims [whom] the left and feminists embrace so fervently have given the world nothing but sand, oil and death.

So, what happens next?

Sadly, there will be more violence, more vandalism and more bloodshed on both sides. There will be more confrontations for one reason and one reason only, the left wants it.

After the Second Battle of Fredericksburg, 1863

15 Antifa Photos You’ll Never See in Legacy Media

15 Antifa Photos You’ll Never See in Legacy Media, by Doug Ross.

Who is fooled by Antfia calling themselves “anti” fascists?

More pictures at the link.

US Navy in trouble stemming from PC?

US Navy in trouble stemming from PC? By Bob McManus.

This time it happened in broad daylight. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, after transiting the Strait of Malacca en route to Singapore, collided with an oil tanker three times its tonnage just after dawn Monday; 10 sailors went missing, and the warship later limped into port under its own power. …

The collision is the second in two months involving Arleigh Burke-class destroyers based in Yokosuka, Japan. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald was struck by a hulking freighter in the dead of night. The ship barely survived.

[The Navy’s preliminary report] found that the Fitzgerald’s duty-watch standers were effectively comatose at the time of impact …

The idea that two Navy destroyers — the legendary greyhounds of the sea, lean, swift, and agile — could be run down and severely damaged by lumbering merchant vessels within two months is preposterously unlikely. Yet it has happened.

Considering the Navy’s current state, it should perhaps not be as surprising as it is. Today’s Navy has far fewer ships than it needs to carry out its assigned duties; its sailors are over-deployed and under-rested; its equipment is often obsolescent, and it is emerging from eight years under the leadership of a Navy secretary, Ray Mabus, whose social-justice priorities almost always took precedence over tradition, morale, training, and operational readiness. …

The Navy has developed a serious pregnant-sailor problem. “A record 16 out of 100 Navy women are reassigned from ships to shore duty due to pregnancy,” reports the Washington-based Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. “That number is up 2 percent from 2015, representing hundreds more who have to cut their deployments short, taxing their units’ manpower, military budgets and combat readiness.”

Houston man charged with trying to plant bomb at Confederate statue in Hermann Park

Houston man charged with trying to plant bomb at Confederate statue in Hermann Park, by St. John Barned-Smith.

The park ranger spotted him kneeling in the bushes by the 112-year-old Confederate statue, explosives in hand.

Was he trying to harm the statue? she asked.

Yes, he said. He didn’t like the guy.

The late-night confrontation at the statue of Confederate Lt. Dick Dowling — detailed in court records by a federal agent — led to the arrest of 25-year-old Andrew Schneck, setting off a two-day operation by law enforcement that forced the evacuation of the tony Rice University neighborhood where Schneck lives with his parents.

Bomb squad experts detonated a cache of high-powered explosives found on the property Monday afternoon as residents waited to return to their homes. …

The white marble statue of Dowling, an Irish immigrant who lived in Houston and fought for the Confederacy, was erected in 1905 to honor rebel soldiers who died at the Battle of Sabine Pass. A street named for Dowling was changed earlier this year to Emancipation Avenue. …

The media is justifying violence against anything to do with the Confederate states. Maybe that encourages nutters to blow stuff up?

The press approached Black Lives Matter for comment:

“If someone wants to take the initiative and take it down and face the consequences, I’m good with that,” said Ashton Woods, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Houston. “But it becomes another thing if you have explosives enough to blow up your neighborhood and take them to a public park. I completely condemn that. You don’t put people in danger to further your ideology.”

Wow, what epic self-unawareness.

‘How-to guide’ on preventing terrorist attacks in Australia released

‘How-to guide’ on preventing terrorist attacks in Australia released, by the ABC.

The Federal Government has released a “tool kit” for venue operators to assess the vulnerability of their site and better protect it against a potential terrorist attack.

It outlined a blueprint for “layered security” at venues, including CCTV, X-ray screening and physical barriers like bollards to prevent vehicle attacks at crowded places like shopping centres and sports stadiums.

Vulnerable one day, beautiful the next.

“If implemented correctly, layered security ensures that the failure of any single layer — which may consist of different security measures — will not significantly compromise the overall security of the place being protected,” the report said.

“Crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls, and major events will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it would provide a uniform approach for venue owners and business to work with police and different levels of government.

We now need bollards to prevent immigrants from a traditionally-antagonistic culture from running us over? More bollards is the best our elite can come up with? Really?

No mention of culture incompatibility, taking measures to change the culture of our existing Muslims, or slowing down the import of groups prone to terrorism?

Airport security, bollards, and all the other accoutrements of Islamic immigration are all that are on the agenda — otherwise the opinion-forming elite call you ugly names and exile you from political life.

By the way, and I hate to bring this up now because it is entirely a coincidence, but did you know that most Muslim immigrants to Australia vote Labor? Could it be that the new left has reintroduced tribal politics to the West for its electoral gain, to harvest the votes of the non-white-male demographic groups, especially the immigrant groups it allowed to pour in?

The immigration mess is of course a product of both sides of western politics since WWII. The establishment right was happy to see cheap labor and more consumers. But the left kicked the doors off their hinges 20 years ago — though they’ve been at least partially open since the 50s, with no-one doing anything about it or thinking it through.

The West is certainly going somewhere that isn’t like anywhere we’ve ever been before. We’ve sleep-walked into it, and our political class and the media have denied it is happening. The hard questions still aren’t being openly dealt with.

Look at our dopey politicians, simultaneously chanting that Islam is the religion of peace while signing off on hundreds of millions of dollars on more security measures. They keep bending over backwards to accommodate the Muslims who do not want to assimilate into our Western society, for fear of giving them reason to ‘become radicalized’ against Western society. Weak, very culturally weak.

Islam is a strong culture and our politicians are cowering before it, denying its power. How many people must die before our “leaders” honestly recognize and deal with Islam?

A reader adds:

Australia’s bollardlessness is now recognized as a security threat. Time to bollard-up the nation.

We could be discussing the one common attribute of people who like driving through malls and footpaths. Instead we’re discussing 50 shades of concrete. How many concrete blocks can one nation install?

If we put them around the malls and stadiums, creative terrorists will target suburban shops. We could bollard-up the shops. Bollard up the beaches. Bollard-up the national parks and gardens. Where will it end?

Australian preacher who converted to Islam says Muslims have cleaner bathrooms, are more polite and smell better than those who don’t worship Allah

Australian preacher who converted to Islam says Muslims have cleaner bathrooms, are more polite and smell better than those who don’t worship Allah, by Stephen Johnston.

Sunni sheikh Isa Graham used the analogy of a man accidentally walking into a hotel conference room to describe the superior cleanliness of Muslims.

‘When he walks into our area, he should know there must be Muslims here,’ he said, gesturing with his right hand covering his nose. …

However, the preacher with the hardline Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association also criticised moderate Muslims for failing to properly embrace Sharia law, an Islamic legal system which imposes punishment for adultery, among other things.

‘Instead of being proud of the Sharia, we start to become defensive and we do not look at the Sharia in its correct light,’ he said.

The Sunni sheikh said Muslims had a duty to spread their religion to everyone.

Here he is last week:

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Charlottesville, Moral Equivalence, and Donald Trump

Charlottesville, Moral Equivalence, and Donald Trump, by Walter Block.

Which side is most blameworthy for the fighting? That is an easy one: it is the alt-left. … The “antifa” has made a habit of protesting, with the use of violence, pretty much any and all verbal or other manifestations with which they disagree.

Had the alt-left stayed away from Charlottesville totally and completely on the day of that march, the almost certain presumption is that there would not have been any violence committed … This is not to excuse her cold-blooded murderer, but this young woman [Heather Heyer] would not have perished did she not attempt to interfere with the free speech rights of others. Further, those two policemen who died in a helicopter accident would still be alive. As well, some dozens of other protesters would not have been hospitalized.

Here is another bit of contrary to fact hypothetical history: if the neo-Nazis had been unarmed, and thus at the mercy of their ideological enemies, some of them, many of them, would have been hospitalized, if not killed. …

Moral condemnation:

The heroes of the neo Nazis are of course the National Socialists. Those of the anti-fa are the Communists, or the International Socialists. When the Communists and the Nazis are at odds with one another, how is the libertarian to react? …

We note that the Communists murdered far more innocent people than did the Nazis: Mao: some 60 million, Stalin, roughly 20 million, Pol Pot, about 3 million; Hitler, only an estimated 11 million. So, if we absolutely had to pick and choose (no such choice is incumbent upon us) the nod goes to the, gulp!, Nazis.

Then, too, the Communists had a far more all-encompassing theory than their fellow socialist counterparts. As long as you were not a Jew, or a black, or gay, or Romany, and did not oppose them, the Nazis would leave you more or less in peace. The same cannot be said for the Communists. … For the libertarian, the case for moral equivalence is weak. The left is to be more bitterly opposed than is the right.

Communists, Nazis, who cares?

Libertarians, of course, are neither of the right nor the left. We are unique. We maintain that the initiation of violence from whatever source, with no exceptions, is unlawful, uncivilized. Apart from the numbers of innocents murdered, see above, we take equal exception to the right wing National Socialists and to the left wing International Socialists. As to the alt-left and the alt-right, pale carbon copies of both, we abjure both. Equally. We libertarians simply have no dog in this fight between the two of them.

hat-tip Matthew

Petition to label Antifa as terrorists hits 100k signatures required for White House response

Petition to label Antifa as terrorists hits 100k signatures required for White House response, by RT.

A call on the Donald Trump administration to officially classify the Antifa movement as a terrorist organization has reached the 100,000-signature threshold for a mandatory response from the White House.

The petition was launched on Thursday, August 17, and in just three days, by Sunday evening, topped the minimum of 100,000 signatures required to prompt a formal response from the White House.

The previous US administration had committed to respond within 30 days to any petition that gains over 100,000 signatures, and in some form, answered to over 300 of them since ‘We the People’ was launched in 2011. Donald Trump’s administration, however, has left almost a dozen petitions unanswered since he assumed office in February, and even considered closing the service down.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Wear it Purple Day and other cultural-left moves sending us puce

Wear it Purple Day and other cultural-left moves sending us puce, by Kevin Donnelly.

Given the re-emergence of the Safe Schools program, a NSW prim­ary school putting on a Stolen Generations play where children dress as nuns and victimise Aboriginal children, and the Australian Education Union’s campaign to promote the LGBTI Wear it Purple Day, there’s no doubt that the cultural left now dominates our education system. …

The cultural left’s Australian Education Union and like-minded bureaucrats and academ­ics are using the education system and schools to radically reshape society by indoctrinating students with Marxist-inspired, politically correct ideologies. …

This Friday has been designated Wear it Purple Day and the NSW Teachers Federation is telling schools they should link “the key ideas of Wear It Purple Day to broader lessons on diversity and difference, to foster safe and supportive­ environments. The event embraces and celebrates sexuality, sex and gender diversity”. …

Like so many of the cultural-left elites dominating the public and political debate, the [Australian Education Union and its president] Ms Haythorpe believe that anyone who disagrees is a bigot and that the people, instead of expressing their views and opinions as is their democratic right, must be silenced­. …

And it’s been happening for years. In 1983 Joan Kirner, the one-time Victorian education minister and premier, argued at a Fabian Society conference that education “has to be part of the socialist struggle for equality, participat­ion and social change rather than an instrument of the capitalist system”. …

Since the late 70s and early 80s, the left-wing teacher union has ­argued that Australian society is riven with inequality and injustice and that the school curriculum must be used to promote its politic­ally correct views about global­ warming, the evils of capit­alism, that men are misogynist and sexist, and that there’s nothing beneficial about meritocracy and competition. …

Examples of the cultural-left’s takeover of the curriculum include the fact that students are now taught that gender and sexuality are “social constructions” that promote “unequal power relationships” between boys and girls, and that those who believe in tradit­ional marriage are guilty of ­“hetero-normativity”.

While the AEU and like-minded academi­cs argue against schools teaching about Christianity, or having formal religious instruction­ classes, they are happy to pressure schools to worship the Gaia by including Al Gore’s DVDs in the curriculum.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Chinese bullet trains to operate world’s fastest service between Beijing & Shanghai

Chinese bullet trains to operate world’s fastest service between Beijing & Shanghai, by RT.

The world’s fastest train will start running between Beijing and Shanghai in late September, knocking an hour off the 1,318 kilometers journey. …

Fuxing trains will reportedly make 14 return trips a day at an average speed of 350 kilometers per hour (kph) and a maximum speed of 400 kph, 50 kph faster than the previous versions.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

China Has Been Waging Economic Warfare on America for Decades

China Has Been Waging Economic Warfare on America for Decades, by Steven Mosher.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, China once again turned its wrath on America. … Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping actually said so. “A new cold war is underway between China and America,” he declared to his Communist Party comrades.

That certainly sounds like a declaration of war to me. If your enemy says that you are at war, then you are probably at war, whether you want to be or not.

Beijing is determined to be the undisputed hegemon of the 21st century.

China’s strategic literature is full with “back-to-the-future” analyses in which China reassumes its traditional role as the hegemon. Only this time around, the Middle Kingdom will dominate not only Asia, but also the world.

Many Chinese analysts are now employing, as a model both for domestic politics and international affairs the same “Sinic Civilization vs. Barbarism Distinction” (huayizhibian) used in imperial times. America is seen as the leader of the “Barbarians” and must be defeated.

Virtually all of China’s top thinkers see the end of history arriving in a stark “China wins, Barbarians lose” scenario. This belief colors everything from industrial policy to trade deals and creates sharply differing expectations.

“Win-win” means different things in different countries:

American trade negotiators, operating under a “win-win” paradigm, see their role as negotiating equitable deals that are advantageous to both sides. Chinese negotiators nod sagely in apparent agreement, but their goal is something entirely different. To them, “win-win” means that China wins twice.

The first “win” comes in the terms of the trade deal, which they humbly insist should favor China “as a less-developed country.” The second “win” for China comes when it arrogantly and deceitfully goes on to cheat on those same terms.

This is so well understood in China that the phrase “win-win” has become a national joke — at America’s expense.

Over the years, China’s trade negotiators have had many good laughs at the expense of their clueless, naïve American counterparts — and at the expense of the American worker …

China has been engaged in a long-running, covert cyberwar against the United States. Beijing has literally stolen billions a year in intellectual property, especially dual-use technology, from U.S. companies. It is feverishly trying to discover cyber-vulnerabilities that could be covertly exploited, or used in the event of open conflict. …

It is an open secret that Beijing cleverly skews its market against foreign companies through technology theft, unwritten rules, and other machinations. As The Economist noted several years ago, “The meddling state [China] lets multinationals in, only to squeeze them dry of their valuable technologies and then push them out.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Saudi Arabia, Our Friend And Ally

Saudi Arabia, Our Friend And Ally, by Hugh Fitzgerald.

The State Department has just issued its annual report on religious freedom around the world.

Saudi Arabia, to judge by the language of the report, vied with North Korea as the worst offender. … He cited criminal penalties — but did not explain that for some of those “crimes” the penalty is death — for apostasy, atheism, blasphemy, and insulting the Saudi state’s interpretation of Islam, as well as discrimination against, and attacks targeting, Shi’ite Muslims. …

And while limits on the religious freedom of foreigners was mentioned, the report did not go into the details of how, in Saudi Arabia, the observation of Christian worship, no matter if held behind closed doors, is strictly forbidden and severely punished. A few years ago, four Korean women were singing Christmas carols softly in their rooms, far from any Muslims. The matawain, or religious police, who are always on the prowl, overheard them, hauled them away, and they were promptly deported for their caroling sins. They may have been lucky; the usual punishment for singing carols is 1000 lashes, which can prove fatal for some. And before there were the Korean women, there were British nurses, also caught celebrating Christmas behind doors. And that 1000 lashes is also the punishment prescribed for wishing anyone Merry Christmas in the thoroughly Islamic state of Saudi Arabia.

Nor did the State Department report take up the perennial problem of Saudi textbooks which preach hatred of Christians and Jews, about which discussion has been going on for more than a decade, with the Saudis constantly reassuring the Americans that they are making all the necessary changes. In fact, those textbooks continue to include lessons describing the Jews “as the sons of apes and pigs,” and of Infidels as the “most vile” of creatures (which is just a quote from Qur’an 98:6, though the State Department may not realize it). …

Meanwhile, in official Washington, Saudi Arabia is still considered a “friend and ally.”

Even though it … teaches hatred of Jews and Christians in its schools, and continues to spread Salafi Islam, with billions spent … on mosques, madrasas, and imams all over the Muslim world.

But aren’t the SJWs worried about the Saudi’s hate speech? No, not in the slightest.

The more Sunnis and Shi’a go at it, the more each side expends in men, materiel, money, and morale, in fighting with each other in many different theaters — Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, possibly the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan — the less trouble they can make for us, the Infidels. The “proxy war” between Iran and Saudi Arabia that is now going on will be even more useful to the West if it becomes a direct and ferocious conflict, and one which, given the balance of forces in the area, is likely to go on for at least as long as did the Iran-Iraq war. Perhaps there is some downside to such an outcome, but I just can’t figure out what that might be.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Religious freedom at risk in same-sex shift

Religious freedom at risk in same-sex shift in Australia, by Paul Kelly.

The myopic failure of parliament to confront the need for broad ­religious-freedom guarantees in association with same-sex marriage laws has produced the inevitable — strong warnings that one right will be won at the erosion of other rights. …

They rest upon three realities: that protection of belief and ­religious freedom in this country is seriously inadequate; the refusal of politicians either to admit or to address such defects; and the abundant evidence at home and abroad that individuals and institutions will be intimidated after the marriage law is changed.

Assertions to the contrary by politicians are worthless. Having been derelict in their duty they now complain about people pointing out the consequences of their dereliction. …

Advocates of same-sex marriage insist the change to marriage law must be the only issue considered at the plebiscite. Anything else is dismissed as a scare or distraction. You can only believe this if you believe the consequences of the change don’t matter or if you don’t care if the price of a new right is the sacrifice of other rights or if, in fact, you actually support the winding back of protections for individual belief and religious freedom.

In his recent article for The Guardian, Frank Brennan said religious freedom in Australia was seen as a “second-order right” while in international law it was a “first order ‘non-derogable’ right”. …

The tactical mistake the Liberal Party made was seeking to make opposition to same-sex marriage the issue (a losing position) when it should have made same-sex marriage only on the condition of religious tolerance guarantees the issue (a winning position). ,,,

The debate about religious freedom has focused entirely around the ceremony, not the society. But the bigger issue concerns protections for individuals, schools, charities, adoption agencies, businesses and institutions. The politicians will deny it but advocates of same-sex marriage felt religious freedom beyond the ceremony was a non-issue they didn’t have to worry about, a telling conclusion.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Reality of “Emerging Markets”

The Reality of “Emerging Markets”, by Jayant Bhandari, who constantly travels the world searching for investment opportunities and advising institutional investors.

After the departure of the British — as well as the French, German, Belgians, and other European colonizers — most of the newly “independent” countries suffered rapid decay in their institutions, stagnant economises, massive social strife, and a fall in standards of living. An age of anti-liberalism and tyranny descended on these ex-colonized countries. They rightly got to be known as third-world countries. …

The blame — at least among those on the Right — went mostly to socialism and the rise of dictators. This is not incorrect, but it is a merely proximate cause. …

According to conventional wisdom, the situation changed after the fall of the socialist ringleader, the USSR, in the late ’80s. Ex-colonized countries started to liberalize their economies and widely accepted democracy, leading to peace, the spread of education and equality, the establishment of liberal, independent institutions, and a massive economic growth sustained during the past three decades. The “third-world” would soon be known as the “emerging markets.”

Alas, this is a faulty narrative. Economic growth did pick up in these poor countries, and the rate of growth did markedly exceed that of the West, but the conventional narrative confuses correlation with causality. It tries to fit events to ideological preferences, which assume that we are all the same, that if Europeans could progress, so should everyone else, and that all that matters is correct incentives and appropriate institutions.

The claimed liberalization in the “emerging markets” after the collapse of the USSR did not really happen. Progress was always one step forward and two steps back. In some ways, government regulations and repression of businesses in the “emerging markets” have actually gotten much worse. Financed by increased taxes, governments have grown by leaps and bounds — not for the benefit of society but for that of the ruling class — and are now addicted to their own growth.

The ultimate underpinnings of the so-called emerging markets haven’t changed. Their rapid economic progress during the past three decades — a one-off event — happened for reasons completely different from those assumed by most economists. The question is: once the effect of the one-off event has worn off, will the so-called emerging markets revert to the stagnation, institutional degradation, and tyranny that they had leaped into soon after the European colonizers left?

In the “emerging markets” (except for China) synchronized favorable economic changes were an anomaly. They resulted in large part from the new, extremely cheap telephony that came into existence (a result of massive cabling of the planet done in the ’80s) and the subsequent advent of the new technology of the internet. The internet enabled instantaneous transfer of technology from the West and, by consequence, an unprecedented economic growth in the “emerging markets.”

Meanwhile, a real cultural, political, and economic renaissance started in China. It was an event so momentous that it changed the economic structure not just of China but of the whole world. Because China is seen as a communist dictatorship, it fails to be fully appreciated and respected by intellectuals who are obsessed with the institution of democracy. But now that the low-hanging fruit from the emergence of the internet and of China (which continues to progress) have been plucked, the “emerging markets” (except, again, for China) are regressing to the normal: decay in their institutions, stagnant economies, and social strife. They should still be called the “third world.”

China. Korea, and Japan are more like the West, intrinsically different from the  third world:

There are those who hold China in contempt for copying Western technology, but they don’t understand that if copying were so easy, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia would have done the same. …

For those who have not travelled and immersed themselves in formerly colonized countries, it is hard to understand that although there was piping for water and sewage in Roman days, it still does not exist for a very large segment of the world’s population. The wheel has been in existence for more than 5,000 years, but a very large number of people still carry water pots on their heads.

It is not the absence of technology or money that is stopping these people from starting to use some basic forms of technology. It is something else. …

This matters for the West now, because we have imported so many third world immigrants:

Europeans of [Churchill’s] time clearly knew that there was something fundamentally different between the West and the Rest, and that the colonies would not survive without the pillars and cement that European management provided. With the rise of political correctness this wisdom was erased from our common understanding, but it is something that may well return to haunt us in the near future as expectations from the third-world fail and those who immigrate to Europe, Canada, Australia, and the US fail to assimilate. …

The missing ingredient in the third world was the concept of objective, impartial reason, the basis of laws and institutions that protect individual rights. This concept took 2,500 years to develop and get infused into the culture, memes, and genes of Europeans — a difficult process that, even in Europe, has never been completed.

Without reason, the concepts of equal law, compassion, and empathy do not operate. Such societies simply cannot have institutions of the rule of law and of fairness. … Any imposed institutions — schools, armies, elections, national executives, banking and taxation systems — must mutate to cater to the underlying irrationalities and tribalisms of the third world. …

Without impartial reason, democracy is a mere tribal, geographical concept steeped in arrogance. All popular and “educated” rhetoric to the contrary, I can think of no country in the nonwestern world that did well after it took to “democracy.” …

Papua New Guinea was another country that was doing reasonably well, before the Australians left. It is now rapidly regressing to its tribal, irrational, and extremely violent norm, where for practical purposes a rape is not even a crime. …

The world may recognize most of the above, but it sees these countries’ problems as isolated events that can corrected by a further imposition of Western institutions, under the guidance of the UN or some such international (and therefore “noncolonialist”) organization. Amusingly, our intellectual climate — a product of political correctness — is such that the third world is seen as the backbone of humanity’s future economic growth.

A vital area of policy in which political correctness confines us to a fantasy land of wrong answers. Read it all.

One of the axioms of the left is that all groups of people have the same statistical properties (in everything that really matters). While this is politically correct, it is of course significantly wrong. That error is the cause of many disastrous mistakes in public policy, such as in motivating indiscriminate immigration to the West from third world countries.

Black Lives Matter: The Klan with a Tan?

Black Lives Matter: The Klan with a Tan?

The US Democratic Party used to be the home of the slavers. The Ku Klux Klan was basically the armed wing of the Democratic Party. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. History is taught and propagated by leftists institutions, so these uncomfortable facts (which often surprise leftists) are downplayed to the point of being little known.

The US Democrat Party changed all that in the 1960s, when it switched from anti-back racism to, increasingly, anti-white racism. Now it seems like the Black Lives Matter movement is increasingly like the armed wing of the modern Democratic Party, a political ally that sometimes turning up to beat up its enemies. BLM engages in political violence, such as murdering cops, so the above meme has a grain of truth to it.

Some history the PC crowd don’t want you to know:

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

CNN’s Angela Rye: Statues of Washington, Jefferson and Lee ‘All Need to Come Down’

CNN’s Angela Rye: Statues of Washington, Jefferson and Lee ‘All Need to Come Down’, by Faith Gates.

It’s happening just as Donald Trump predicted. He said in a press conference Monday that if a confederate statue of Robert E. Lee comes down, what’s next? Statues of George Washington because he was a slave owner? Well that is exactly what CNN political analyst Angela Rye thinks should happen.

Tucker Carson says some interesting things. This is pretty important stuff, because of where it is heading:

Once revolutions gain speed, they tend to go further than anyone imagines. The French Revolution is the standard case. The US Constitution is going to be a target, then rebuilding US society. The harvest of the long march through the institutions is now coming in, and it could be bitter indeed — a generation of ignorant youth programmed by the worst of leftist academia, threatening to rebuild our world for us.

Commies, Confederates or Christ

Commies, Confederates or Christ, by Doug Wilson.

There is a revolution in progress. This is what a revolution looks like. The revolutionaries have been preparing it for decades, following out the logic of Gramsci’s “long march through the institutions.” They are in the process of making what they believe is their final concerted push. They are doing this because, as things stand now, there is no place for conservatives to stand as they try to push back.

The conservatives, such as they are, have been operating on cruise control for those same decades — holding to the form but lacking the substance. The form they have been holding to is the brick skin of Western culture, but they have acquiesced in a repudiation of all the internal support columns of Western culture, which would be the Christian faith. And remember, without Christ the Christian faith has its own forms of holding to the form but lacking the substance — funny hats and no gospel. …

For those who have been buying into the flatteries of the liberal democrats, the flatteries that say we can have a society with “a center that holds” without a transcendental authority, my point is a stark and ugly one. But ugly or not, it is manifestly true: Christ or chaos. …

There is no coherent defense against Leftist insanity available that can prevail by simply appealing to common sense or shared civic traditions. Hollow traditions are simply that brittle exterior that make such a satisfying crunchy sound when the radicals punch through them. This is a battle between false gods on the march and hollow gods standing on pedestals just waiting to be yanked over. …

Eric Erickson has some good things to say about this as a battle over the God-vacancy. He is talking about the Antifa thugs on the Left and the neo-Nutzis on the Right. My point is consistent with his, but I am comparing the agitators on the Left with the respectable buttoned-down, creased-khaki conservatives on the modest and diffident right. …

Removing the statues:

The Left is attacking America, not the Confederacy. The Confederacy, for those just joining us, lost the war. Part of the accommodation that was reached after the war was an arrangement where the nation grew back together with both sides being proud of how both sides fought. …

The Left has not decided that a resurgent Confederacy is a real threat. They have determined (correctly) that the whole thing is woven together. If they can get everyone cowed by the emotional logic of “Slave-owner!,” they will be able to tear down a lot more than a memorial plaque in a community cemetery in Mississippi somewhere. …

Contemporary America has rejected God, and refuses to name of the name of Jesus. … We have therefore lost the concept of sin, but we have not lost the ability to pile up grievances. Sins can be forgiven (if you call upon Jesus), but grievances accumulate. … So these statues are coming down, not because they represent sinners, but because they are represent losers. This is a power struggle, not a moral struggle. …

Is the new order working out better for you than the old?

The central logical telos for all forms of egalitarianism — financial, sexual, environment, etc. — is the impoverishment of others. …

We have been told, and for some time now, that we could have a stable, orderly society without a transcendental authority. So how’s that working out? We were told that common sense would enable us all to work together, regardless of the fact that we all believed different things about ultimate reality. Is that still true?

We have gotten to the absurd point where people in Che! shirts are accusing Robert E. Lee of being a bad man. We must repudiate slave-owners, said the guy in the murderer shirt.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump approves sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Trump approves sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, by Fox News.

President Trump has signed off on sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, ahead of his address to the nation Monday night, Fox News has learned.

Trump is set to unveil his strategy for Afghanistan, becoming the third commander-in-chief to attempt to stabilize the war-torn country and forge a victory in what is now America’s longest war. An estimated 8,400 U.S. troops are currently in Afghanistan. …

I think he is going to give [his generals] a chance to prove what they want and their strategy,” former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie told “Fox & Friends,” noting that Trump can adjust the plan in the future.

The stakes are high. Some 16 years after the 9/11 terror attacks, which first drew U.S. forces into Afghanistan, the local government controls just half the country – beset by the Taliban insurgency and terrorist factions. …

In Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson’s comments suggested the Pentagon may have won its argument that the U.S. military must remain engaged in order to ensure that terrorists aren’t again able to threaten the U.S. from havens inside Afghanistan.

Increasing troop levels from 8 thousand to 12 thousand in a country of 33 million people hardly seems like a game changer. I wonder what the locals think of the foreigners waging war in their country for 16 years and counting?

‘Time to Come Home!’ Donald Trump’s Long Frustration with the Afghanistan War

‘Time to Come Home!’ Donald Trump’s Long Frustration with the Afghanistan War, by Charlie Spiering.

“Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024 — with all costs by U.S.A.,” Trump wrote on Twitter in November 2013. “MAKE AMERICA GREAT!”

Trump shared his frank assessment about the Afghanistan conflict many times in 2013, as the United States military was repeatedly hit by terrorist attacks in the region.

“Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there,” he wrote. “Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.” …

“We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!” Trump said after Karzai’s bluster. “Can you believe that “President” Karzai of Afghanistan is holding out for more, more, more and refuses to sign deal. Tell him to go to hell!” …

“We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives,” he wrote. “If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.”

Trump told voters that he would listen to the generals, instead of the foreign policy establishment.

“I am proud instead to have the support of our warfighting generals, active duty military officers, and top military experts who know how to win – and know how to keep us out of endless war,” he said.

Trump Debuts Afghanistan Strategy: ‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again, We Are Killing Terrorists’

Trump Debuts Afghanistan Strategy: ‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again, We Are Killing Terrorists’, by Kristina Wong.

President Trump unveiled his plan for Afghanistan after seven months of deliberation Monday evening, announcing tweaks around the edges of the current strategy instead of a different approach.

He announced five “core pillars” to the approach: getting rid of any timelines for how long U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan; using all elements of power, including diplomatic and economic; getting tougher on Pakistan;getting India to help more with economic development; and expanding authorities for U.S. forces to fight terrorists. …

He floated the idea of a “political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban and Afghanistan, but added, “nobody knows if or when that will ever happen.”

He said it was up to the people of Afghanistan to “take ownership of their future” and to “achieve an everlasting peace,” but did not say how that would happen.

“We are not nation-building again, we are killing terrorists,” he asserted.

Trump did not talk about how much more the new strategy would cost, but said the U.S. would ask its NATO and other allies to do more. The U.S. spends about $45 billion per year in Afghanistan. While he did not announce a withdrawal date, he said “our support is not a blank check … The American people expect to see real reforms, real progress, and real results. Our patience is not unlimited.” …

“The American people are weary of war without victory. Nowhere is this more evident than Afghanistan the longest war in American history, 17 years. I share the American people’s frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money and most importantly, lives,” he said.

However, he said despite his “original instinct” to pull out, “decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office, in other words when you are president of the United States.”

After studying the Afghanistan in “great detail and from every conceivable angle,” he said he did not want to repeat the mistake of the previous administration in Iraq and pull out too early, leaving a vacuum for terrorists to fill.

“We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq,” he said. “We must address reality.”

Checking My Six Month Prediction – Did it Age Well?

Checking My Six Month Prediction – Did it Age Well? By Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert.

I learned this past week that if you are marching with urine-hurlers, and making common cause with urine-hurlers, you’re just as bad as urine-hurlers. And if that logic doesn’t hold up, it would feel super-awkward for me to be on the team that says it does. But that’s just me. …

And what about the racist dog whistle that anti-Trumpers tell us only they and racists can hear? Is it not super-awkward that your best criticism involves hearing a secret message that only racists can detect?

Or what if your view is that President Trump accomplished nothing in his first six months? Would this extensive list of his accomplishments make you feel super-awkward?

I will take anti-Trumpers at their word that they don’t feel awkward about any of this. I got that prediction totally wrong. I recently wrote a blog post explaining why anti-Trumpers don’t feel awkward. It involves something I call the Mass Hysteria Bubble.

US Engineers Begin Preparatory Work for Border Wall Construction

US Engineers Begin Preparatory Work for Border Wall Construction, by Ron Nixon.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun preliminary preparations for the construction of segments of a wall in several places along the border with Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

Engineers are drilling and taking soil samples to determine what type of barriers would be most effective in the different types of geography along the border, said David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. …

President Trump mandated construction of the wall in an executive order in January. In March, the Department of Homeland Security put out a call for prototypes of a “physically imposing” and “aesthetically pleasing” border wall. The structure would also be designed to prevent climbing and tunneling. …

Mr. Trump initially spoke of building a “big, beautiful” wall along the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico. But last week, he scaled back that plan, saying the length of the wall could be as little as 700 miles.

“You don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers,” Mr. Trump said in a conversation with reporters aboard Air Force One last week. “You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious. You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing. So you don’t need that. But you’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles.”

Donald Trump Finally Comes Out of the Closet

Donald Trump Finally Comes Out of the Closet, by Michael Krieger.

The firing of Steve Bannon is in my opinion the most significant event to happen during the Trump administration thus far. …

I learned the lesson from the Obama administration. People = policy, and the people Trump was elevating were almost unanimously awful. Irrespective of what you think of Bannon, him being out means Wall Street and the military-industrial complex is now 100% in control of the Trump administration. …

The removal of Bannon is the end of even a facade of populism. This is now the Goldman Sachs Presidency with a thin-skinned, unthinking authoritarian as a figurehead. …

With the coup successful, Trump no longer needs to be impeached.

Here’s another prediction. Watch the corporate media start to lay off Trump a bit more going forward. Rather than hysterically demonize him for every little thing, corporate media will increasingly give him more of the benefit of the doubt. After all, a Presidency run by Goldman Sachs and generals is exactly what they like. …

Trump is being trained by the media, as are all politicians who rely on votes from voters who get their information from the media:

This is not to say I think the media will become pro-Trump, it just means the obsessive and aggressive propaganda will be dialed back considerably. Trump is now inline, and he will be rewarded by the establishment for that. He will learn that the more he gets with the program, the easier his life will be and the more secure his power.

He is merely being conditioned, and my forecast is that Trump will gladly embrace the worst parts of the establishment going forward. Why? Because Trump’s true worldview fits in way more with Goldman Sachs and the military-industrial complex than with populism. It always has. The whole thing was just an act to get elected. Firing Bannon is just Trump coming home to who he always was. A ruthless oligarch. …

What now for those who supported Trump’s election promises?

I understand that many other people just voted for him as a middle finger to the system, but for the true believers who thought he had their backs, it’s now long past the time to pack up your bags. …

Too many people have invested way too much in Trump to admit they got played. Sure, there will be outrage for a few days and people will swear to be “off the Trump train,” but as soon as the next wedge social issue gets played up by the media, they’ll be right back onboard. I expect excuses from “new right” leaders to come within a few days, or weeks at the most. …

An enormous opportunity has opened up for left-leaning economic populism. … Donald Trump won the Presidency not because he was especially great or loved, but because his opponent was terrible, he talked in populist terms, and people just wanted to give a middle finger to the political establishment and corporate media. If that’s right, what’s to stop a movement from winning power if it promises to flip the bird to both Trump and Clinton while also making you laugh? Not much.

I think the “DirtBag Left” will catch the Trump team completely off guard over the next few years. The reason Trump’s prospects look pretty good right now for a second term is because there’s no real organized opposition to him. By real organized opposition, I mean a movement driven by actual ideas and passion that is also working on a plan to run a competitive candidate in 2020. The current “resistance” consists of Hillary donors, neocons, the corporate media and elements of the deep state. While Trump complains about this opposition constantly, he doesn’t realize how good he has it. The American public hates those factions more than they hate Trump, and nobody wants to vote for that discredited garbage in 2020. …

Lots of Trump voters are now up for grabs, and if they can come up with a genuine message of economic populism that avoids the typical leftist pitfalls — such as supporting misguided young people dressing up like ninjas, carrying flags and hurling rocks at people trying to give a talk — the opportunity to create a populist movement of immense national significance is there. People across the country are craving it, but they want nothing to do with antifa, political correctness, or aggression against free speech.

Interesting analysis. The most interesting phase in US and world politics for decades, lasting maybe almost two years, maybe be drawing to a close.

Google Teaming With Left-Wing Groups to Drive Conservatives Off the Internet?

Google Teaming With Left-Wing Groups to Drive Conservatives Off the Internet? By John Hinderaker.

Leftists are trying to drive conservatives off the web by pressuring hosting services, payment services like PayPal, and other companies that provide technical support on a more or less indiscriminate basis to web sites.

They already have had considerable success in this regard. Their pretense that the campaign is directed only at “hate” sites is absurd. No rational person would put, for example, in that category.

And don’t think for a moment that this effort will end with the initial targets. Before long, the Left will try to make it impossible for mainstream conservative sites like Power Line, as well as Christian and Jewish web sites, to exist. Bill Jacobson writes at Legal Insurrection:

Attempts to induce corporations to silence conservatives are nothing new. We have seen years of pressure tactics from groups such as Media Matter to shut down voices such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by pressuring and harassing advertisers. Campaigns are currently underway to force advertisers away from websites such as Breitbart and Gateway Pundit.

As discussed in many posts, this tactic can be effective when highly organized because major corporations are scared to death of bad publicity in general, but particularly bad publicity that could find it accused of supporting racism or other -isms. So the easy decision is to drop the advertising, rather than face protesters outside headquarters and in social media.

That tactic now has gone to a completely different level with attempts to intimidate internet hosting companies and companies that provide internet infrastructure to cut off access to the internet. So far, the effort has been focused on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. People might not care that The Daily Stormer is taken down, but the history of leftist tactics shows that the target universe will expand dramatically and it will not be long before efforts are directed, as they are now for advertisers, at mainstream conservative and right-of-center websites.

Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites?

Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites? By Paula Bolyard.

Google revealed in a blog post that it is now using machine learning to document “hate crimes and events” in America. They’ve partnered with liberal groups like ProPublica, BuzzFeed News, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to make information about “hate events” easily accessible to journalists.

And now, there are troubling signs that this tool could be used to ferret out writers and websites that run afoul of the progressive orthodoxy. …

ProPublica poses as a middle-of-the-road non-profit journalistic operation, but in reality, it’s funded by a stable of uber-liberal donors, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundations … The Southern Poverty Law Center, of course, is infamous for targeting legitimate conservatives groups, branding them as “hate groups” because they refuse to walk in lockstep with the progressive agenda. And it goes with out saying that The New York Times and BuzzFeed News lean left.

Wow. Check out the nasty letters sent to websites the lefty net-vigilantes do not like:

An email sent to several conservative writers by a ProPublica reporter may give us some indication [of what Google means by “help journalists covering hate news leverage this data in their reporting”]. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer along with some others received this from ProPublica “reporter” Lauren Kirchner:

I am a reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York. I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have identified all the tech platforms that are supporting websites on the ADL and SPLC lists.

We would like to ask you a few questions:

1) Do you disagree with the designation of your website as hate or extremist? Why?

2) We identified several tech companies on your website: PayPal, Amazon, Newsmax, and Revcontent. Can you confirm that you receive funds from your relationship with those tech companies? How would the loss of those funds affect your operations, and how would you be able to replace them?

3) Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being an alleged hate or extremist web site? Which companies?

4) Many people opposed to sites like yours are currently pressuring tech companies to cease their relationships with them – what is your view of this campaign? Why?

In other words, nice website you’ve got there. It would be a shame if anything happened to it.

To summarize: Liberal ProPublica, working with the smear merchants at SPLC — powered by Google — sent a reporter out to issue not so veiled threats against conservative websites. It’s blatantly obvious that the goal here is to tank websites they disagree with by mounting a campaign to pressure their advertisers and tech providers to drop them as clients. This comes on the heels of Google, GoDaddy, CloudFlare, Apple, and others singling out alt-right sites for destruction in the wake of the Charlottesville riots.

Robert Spencer (who also writes for PJ Media) responded to the threat on his Jihad Watch blog:

The intent of your questions, and no doubt of your forthcoming article, will be to try to compel these sites to cut off any connection with us based on our opposition to jihad terror. Are you comfortable with what you’re enabling? Not only are you inhibiting honest analysis of the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, but you’re aiding the attempt to deny people a platform based on their political views.

This could come back to bite you if your own views ever fall out of favor. Have you ever lived in a totalitarian state, where the powerful determine the parameters of the public discourse and cut off all voice from the powerless? Do you really want to live in one now? You might find, once you get there, that it isn’t as wonderful as you thought it would be. …

We’re on a very slippery slope. Be assured that the left won’t stop at taking down alt-right sites. They’ve tasted blood with their recent successes and they won’t quit until we are all silenced. …

They will not rest until every one of the names on SPLC’s dubious 900-member hate list is purged from the Internet. Make no mistake. They are marshaling forces to pressure advertisers and tech providers to take conservative sites down. Just take a look at this list of Christian groups that made the list because they haven’t jumped on the LGBTQ bandwagon. …

If the SPLC and ADL, with their (growing) list of “hate groups” are going to be the arbiter for approved online speech, we have reached a very scary place in this country. It will be the end of the Internet as we know it and America will be no better than totalitarian China and N. Korea.

One in Three British Jews Consider Leaving UK, Majority Thinks Labour Party Harbours Anti-Semites

One in Three British Jews Consider Leaving UK, Majority Thinks Labour Party Harbours Anti-Semites, by Victoria Friedman.

This is despite a fall in anti-Semitic attitudes amongst the British public, according to the study.

Bannon ‘Intellectual Heart’ of Movement Who Would Rather Work Weekends than Party in Hamptons

Bannon ‘Intellectual Heart’ of Movement Who Would Rather Work Weekends than Party in Hamptons, by Tony Lee.

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is the “intellectual heart and soul” of President Donald Trump’s nationalist-populist movement …

While Bannon, as former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus noted, worked “24 hours a day” to fulfill Trump’s campaign promises, other aides reportedly enjoyed partying in the Hamptons. Politico is referring to its Playbook report that spotted White House aides like Dina Powell, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Kellyanne Conway partying with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and anti-Trump financier George Soros in the Hamptons last month.

While the US is toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party?

While the US is toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party? By John Kass.

Destroying public imagery and iconography isn’t the kind of thing Americans do. Actually, it’s the kind of thing that ISIS does.

But Sharpton, the noted race hustler, helped me see things in a different way.

History is important, but history can also be quite offensive.

But there’s one thing wrong with Sharpton. It’s not that he goes too far. It’s that he doesn’t go far enough.

Because if he and others of the Cultural Revolution were being intellectually honest, they’d demand that along with racist statues, something else would be toppled.

And this, too, represents much of America’s racist history:

The Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party historically is the party of slavery. The Democratic Party is the party of Jim Crow laws. The Democratic Party fought civil rights for a century.

And so by rights — or at least by the standards established by the Cultural Revolutionaries of today’s American left — we should ban the Democratic Party.

Not only get rid of it in the present, but strike its very name from the history books, and topple all Democratic statues of leaders who benefited, prospered and became wealthy by cleaving to the party. And shame Democrats until they confess the truth of it.

The Democratic Party’s military arm in the South was the KKK. The Democratic Party opposed the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, making the former slaves citizens of the United States and giving them the vote.

If the new Cultural Revolution was serious, wouldn’t it also demand that the Democratic Party be put in a museum somewhere, away from decent people, along with those Confederate statues? …

That’s how it is with history. You can’t say the Democratic Party wasn’t the slavery party. It’s historical fact.

Just as it is also historical fact that the Republican Party was the party of abolitionists.

The Storm Before The Storm

The Storm Before The Storm, by Rod Dreher.

The rising Left is bound and determined to crush or at least permanently sideline people it deems heretics — in particular, whites, males, orthodox Christians, and skeptics of the LGBT project. It does not want a pluralistic modus vivendi; it wants total domination. The establishment Left lacks the will to stop them. Its members are terrified of appearing un-woke. …

The establishment Right lacks the will to stop them either, for fear of being called bigots. And it lacks the will or the imagination to stand in any way against corporate interests. …

The real glue holding the dynamic Left together is hatred of the Other. … For them, the culture war is of such paramount importance that it precludes economic-based alliances.

The real glue holding the dynamic Right together is hatred of the Other. … [They] would like to suspend the culture war and make common cause with the economic Left, but the Left is not interested. …

Christianity, in whatever diluted form, was for most of America’s history the ties that bound us together (whether or not we were Christians). Those days are gone. Liberalism, in the broadest historical sense, is secularized Christianity, and as such is parasitic on Christianity. When Christianity disappears, as it has largely done in Europe and is well on its way to doing in the United States, it takes with it the basis on which liberalism operates. Laws and procedures alone do not hold a people together. …

Bottom line: Identity politics will dissolve the traditional bonds that have held Americans together, and re-bind forces of the Left and forces on the Right to each other. Absent Christianity as a meaningful force in American life, liberalism will continue to fade into exhaustion and senescence. Illiberalism of the Left and of the Right is not yet fully mainstream, but that day is coming.

Glenn Reynolds:

The thing is, you don’t get Hitler because of Hitler — there are always potential Hitlers out there. You get Hitler because of Weimar, and you get Weimar because the liberals are too corrupt and incompetent to maintain a liberal polity.

Britain Drills Its First Shale Well Since 2011

Britain Drills Its First Shale Well Since 2011, by Jamie Horgan.

Six years ago, exploratory drilling in Lancashire, England was blamed for two small earthquakes, and the British government put a quick stop to shale operations. It’s been a long road back, but Cuadrilla began drilling the vertical component of what will eventually be a shale well near that fateful Lancashire site.

The stakes are high for Britain. The country’s most important source of domestic oil and gas, the North Sea, is maturing as a resource—companies are having to slash costs to stay competitive in today’s low-price environment, and are all the while coping with decreasing yields as fields pass their prime. …

Blame it on ignorance egged on by environmentalists, and lack of incentive due to ownership:

According to the British Geological Survey, the UK is home to some 1,300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas trapped in shale rock (for reference, Britain consumes roughly 3 trillion cf). And, over the past decade, the United States has demonstrated just how transformative a resource shale can be. …

Unlike the U.S., the UK doesn’t afford mineral rights to landowners. Because British property owners don’t also own the oil (or in this case natural gas) that may lie beneath their land, they lack the financial incentive to accede to the extraordinary disruption that accompanies commercial hydrocarbon production.