Senator Kamala Harris in California: $3,000 per year per person

Senator Kamala Harris from California: $3,000 per year per person, by Andrew Sheeler.

American families making less than $100,000 a year could be eligible for a monthly tax credit of up to $500, or $6,000 a year, under new legislation announced Thursday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

Individuals making less than $50,000 would be eligible for up to $250 a month, $3,000 a year. …

However, the bill faces long odds of passing any time soon. … In part, that’s because it’s unlikely that Democrats will win enough seats to gain a majority in the U.S. Senate in 2018. …

“It appeals to the Democratic base, it appeals to low-income voters, it’s a very clever tactic to turn the tax issue against the Republicans,” [Jack Pitney, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College] said.

The professor said introducing the bill is yet another sign that Harris is strongly weighing a presidential bid.

Harris is a leading Democrat candidate for US President in 2020. This may become a campaign issue, and become law as early as 2021.

California leads the US, which leads the world in trends. This is a new low. It’s almost buying votes, in an electorate where more than half of voters already receive more from the government in welfare than they pay in taxes. As for taxpayers, this is going to be a big extra burden — fire up the printing presses?

The ancient Greeks had a lot of experience with democracies in their city states. They noted that a democracy tends to last about as long as it takes the populace to work out how to vote themselves the content of the treasury. Then chaos and dysfunction descends, and a strong man takes over.

Hardly surprising California should be the place this is coming from. California has a huge population of recent and illegal immigrants, and the Democrats there now have a lock on government. This is one of the possible futures for the whole US and the West.

History doesn’t repeat exactly, but it rhymes. Change the nature of the population, and the nature of government changes with it.

Turnbull Is Dead To The Liberals

Turnbull Is Dead To The Liberals, by Andrew Bolt.

He undermined and knifed a Liberal Prime Minister.

He lost 16 seats at the next election.

He lost five by-elections last July.

He lost every poll in nearly two years.

He robbed the Liberals of identity by dragging it from its conservative roots.

Replaced, he forced a needless by-election in his seat, knowing its loss would cripple a government clinging on with just a one-seat majority.

Didn’t lots of people warn something like that would happen when Turnbull was first elected Liberal leader?

Turnbull was the ABC’s favorite person for the Liberal leadership.

We’re staying silent out of fear

We’re staying silent out of fear, by Charles Lane in the Washington Post.

A new study of political attitudes in the United States offers stunning evidence that most Americans censor themselves, except among people they regard as like-minded, on a bundle of sensitive topics: immigration and immigrants; race and racism; gay, lesbian and gender issues; and Islam and Muslims. …

68 percent report that “it is acceptable for me to express what I think” about race, or Islam, only among “people who are like me.” On immigration, 73 percent feel that way; on gay, lesbian and gender issues, the figure is 70 percent.

Oh how trendy!

Robert Spencer:

I wrote a whole book about this last year, Confessions of an Islamophobe. The fact that Americans fear speaking what they think about Islam more than about any other subject doesn’t surprise me at all — it’s the world I’ve lived in for the last twenty years, and why many people today think of me as some kind of degenerate, solely for reporting on the contents of the Qur’an and Sunnah, the progress of jihad in history, and the actions of jihadis today….

And now this phenomenon has been noted even in the Washington Post, one of the chief perpetrators of this insanity…

If this stigmatization continues, and there is no sign of its letting up, eventually everyone who speaks about against jihad terror will be destroyed, professionally or personally or both, and everyone else will be frightened into silence, and the jihad will advance unopposed and unimpeded.

Of course, you don’t believe that. Only “Islamophobes” think like that. But just sit back and watch it happen.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

What’s wrong with “It’s ok to be white”?

What’s wrong with “It’s ok to be white”? By Dave Pellowe.

Pauline Hanson has once again caused remarkable controversy by saying something entirely unremarkable.

“It’s okay to be white.”

Apparently, this is highly controversial because an idiot said it once upon a time. That’s it. It’s not factually incorrect. There is nothing inherently intolerant, violent, hateful or inaccurate about it. Of course, if the outrageous motion put by the Senator to our Commonwealth Parliament was repeated in Cape Town, you can be sure Cyril Ramaphosa would be frothing at the mouth nearly as much as Penny Wong is now.

According to Wong, “everyone” knows the phrase is used by white supremacists. I believe white supremacists also say ‘good morning’, ‘would you like fries with that’, and ‘God bless America’. Does Senator Wong expect us to believe that people that say, ‘it’s okay to be white’ or ‘good morning’ are secretly white supremacists too? …

So ask Wong: is it not ok to be white? It’s either ok or it’s not, so which is it?

The entire English language is being hijacked by cultural Marxists who refuse to allow anything to mean what it’s always meant anymore. ‘Reproductive rights’ and ‘health care’ now means killing your baby, instead of creating life and prenatal vitamins. ‘Phobia’ means ideological disagreement, instead of a pathological mental disorder requiring therapy. ‘Marriage’ means sexual attraction requiring government validation, instead of the timeless institution essential for the foundation of a family and the future of a society.

‘Equality’ means forcible oppression of any individuality or advantage gained by hard work or personal responsibility until everyone’s equally miserable, instead of the same opportunity. And instead of a natural pride in and priority of one’s nation, ‘nationalism’ now apparently means a deep-seated hatred and fear of others that will inevitably manifest in a violent and vengeful attack upon on a bewildered refugee.

This is cultural Marxism at its simplest and most vile. Attack and criticise everything traditional, normal, conventional, accepted and true.

Well done Allan Ashbolt

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Liberal Americans Hate America First Because They Hate Normal Americans

Liberal Americans Hate America First Because They Hate Normal Americans, by Kurt Schlicter.

Oh, how they hate Donald Trump’s America First agenda. Why shouldn’t they? They don’t really consider themselves “Americans,” not like Normal Americans do. We Normals think of our American citizenship as a badge of honor. They consider it something they have to apologize for to Canadian tourists they meet in Barcelona.

Our liberal elite sees themselves not as citizens of the United States of America but as something better, more enlightened, more moral — “citizens of the world.” But of course, that’s silly. There are no “citizens of the world” because there is no “world.” There is a collection of nation-states, tribes, sects, and other groups inhabiting this giant space rock, and you can be part of one or more of them, but there is no “world.” However, there is a trans-national globalist elite that shares the same stupid values, beliefs, and taboos, and that’s who our useless elite identifies with. Whether it’s some herring-gobbling Nord-dork in Oslo or some Marxist puppetry prof in Pomona or some gender-confused EU functionary in Brussels or some CNN geebo who gets huffy when peeps call mobs “mobs,” the trans-national global elitists share more in common with each other than with their own people. And it is to their fellow elitists, and not us, to whom they are loyal. …

They all buy into the notion that Third World foreigners who ignore the immigration laws we citizens passed have more right to be in our countries than we citizens do — and that we owe these intruders a living as well.

They all buy into the notion that free thought and free expression are wonderful concepts as long as people do not abuse them by disagreeing with the trans-national globalist elite.

They all agree that Israel is bad for not letting its people be butchered, that Normal people are racist, and that not just men have penises. And democracy? Well, they are all for it if the Normals vote correctly; if not, then bureaucrats should make the decisions. The key tenet is, of course, that the globalist elite should be firmly in control of people like you.

Except Normals worldwide are rejecting this creepy catechism of weird ideas. The rise of rebel parties in Europe, Brexit, and, of course, the victory of Donald Trump are a reaction to an elite that refuses to put the interests of the people of their own countries ahead of the interests of their trans-national globalist cocktail party pals. Have you seen how they come unglued when they see a MAGA hat? They don’t want America to be great again.

hat-tip Barry Corke

Bannonism: The Revolt of the Little Guy

Bannonism: The Revolt of the Little Guy. Long chat, but interesting. Highly recommended if you have the time, to get you right up to speed on where modern politics is heading.

Steve Bannon, Ex-Trump chief strategist, lays out what’s behind Brexit and Trump’s populist revolts, Kavanaugh, #MeToo, #TimesUp and more.

Left wing populism wants more state; right wing populism wants less state in our lives. The left wants administrative control of capitalism by an administrative state (i.e. fascism). The right wants to deconstruct the administrative state and a return to a smaller but democratic government.

Millennials cannot own anything, utterly screwed by the globalists. 18th century Russian serfs. Oh boy. From about 18 minutes. If you’re not in the room you’re on the menu.

Embassy move ‘slap in face’ for Indonesia

Embassy move ‘slap in face’ for Indonesia, by Amanda Hodge.

Furious messages apparently sent from Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to Marise Payne warning that relocating Australia’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem would “slap Indonesia’s face” and “affect bilateral relations” has exposed the depth of anger in Jakarta over the potential policy shift and the risks to Australia’s most important regional relationship.

A screenshot of the Whatsapp messages, obtained last night by Channel 7, shows a series of four terse messages reportedly sent by Ms Retno, which began: “Is this really necessary to do this on Tuesday” — the day she was scheduled to meet visiting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.

“It will be a really big blow.

“It will slap Indonesia’s face on the Palestine issue.”

The series ends with the warning: “This will affect bilateral ­relations.” …

It will also likely affect relations with neighbouring Malaysia, where prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday he would expect ASEAN to lodge a “very, very strong protest against the Australian government” if it went ahead with the move.

Naturally Australia should ask permission from Indonesia and other religion-of-peace countries whenever we open or move an embassy.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

New Name-Calling that Triggers the Left: NPC!

New Name-Calling that Triggers the Left: NPC! By Tyler Durden.

The “weaponized autists” at 4Chan have done it again, because they can; a new meme suggesting that liberals are soulless idiots who can’t think for themselves has gone viral.

The concept compares Democrats to “nonplayable characters,” or NPCs — the recurring characters in video games with repetitive lines and limited knowledge. Lack of an “inner voice” is a dead giveaway that someone may be an NPC.

The NPC meme essentially meant to ridicule the post-election perpetual outrage culture in which liberals simply parrot the latest talking points from their favorite pundits, who do their thinking for them.

The 4chan version is a simple greyed out, expressionless face known as “NPC Wojak” – which has triggered the left so hard that Twitter conducted a mass-banning campaign for accounts promoting the meme, and the New York Times wrote an entire article trying to figure it out.

The Times writes of the Twitter bans:

Over the weekend, Twitter responded by suspending about 1,500 accounts associated with the NPC trolling campaign. The accounts violated Twitter’s rules against “intentionally misleading election-related content,” according to a person familiar with the company’s enforcement process. The person, who would speak only anonymously, was not authorized to discuss the decision. –NYT

There is precisely zero evidence that the accounts were spreading “intentionally misleading election-related content,” so we’re just going to have to take Twitter’s word for it.

hat-tip Tip of the Spear

Training School That Spawns the Soros Army of Revolutionaries

Training School That Spawns the Soros Army of Revolutionaries, by Aaron Klein.

Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum graduated from an Oakland, California-based training school for progressive revolutionaries that has spawned a list of activists who have gone on to become the who’s who of the far-left leadership world, with many taking senior positions at organizations financed by billionaire George Soros.

In scores of cases, graduates of the Rockwood Leadership Institute founded or directed notorious Soros-financed activist groups, such as Black Lives Matter, Media Matters for America, and the Tides Foundation, one of the nation’s largest funders of progressive groups.

Soros’s own Open Society Foundations sent top staff to Rockwood for training. Notorious radicals Van Jones and Linda Sarsour are among the many famous names listed as alums.

hat-tip Charles

Establishment Media Reverse Course to Blast Elizabeth Warren over DNA Fiasco

Establishment Media Reverse Course to Blast Elizabeth Warren over DNA Fiasco, by John Nolte.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) roll-out of her DNA test has been such a train wreck that even the establishment media have been forced to reverse course and admit to it.

As hard as the media worked to cover and lie for her for over those first 24 hours, the unassailable facts have forced them to throw in the towel. The science is settled: Elizabeth Warren is a fake Indian. …

Keep in mind that part of Team Warren’s careful planning involved alerting the media beforehand. This allowed every establishment media outlet to coordinate and execute a plan that would spin this into vindication and a big victory for Warren over Trump. …

Here is my favorite flip-flop…

The far-left Daily Beast on Monday: “BREAKING: Elizabeth Warren releases her DNA test: Yes, she is Native American”

The far-left Daily Beast on Wednesday: “Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Stunt Alienates Native Americans” ..

Let me tell you the mistake Warren made. Oh, yes, she made quite a few, but here is the Big One –the only one that mattered…

Warren believes she still lives in a world where the establishment media can set the narrative. There is no other explanation for this fiasco. She actually thought that if she lined up the dinosaurs — the Boston Globe, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the rest — that she could magically get away with passing her junk science off as proof she is not a godless liar.

Ten years ago, she probably would have gotten away with it.

Today? No way.

The Internet is upending the monopoly of the mainstream media on distributing high quality news. Something like this has happened before. 500 years ago the printing press destroyed the church’s monopoly on distributing high quality information from the pulpit. The Reformation and the Enlightenment followed, and the political power of the (corrupt) church nosedived. Parallels abound.

hat-tip Barry Corke, Tip of the Spear

As Goes The Family…

As Goes The Family… By Rod Dreher.

If you haven’t read it yet, Harvard sociologist Carle C. Zimmerman’s 1947 classic Family And Civilization (available on Kindle for only $9.99) will knock you off your chair.

In brief, Zimmerman examines the role family structure played in Greco-Roman civilization, as well as the medieval period, up until today.

He shows that in ancient Greece and Rome, a collapse of “familism” — a worldview that placed the family at the core of society’s self-understanding — preceded a more general civilizational collapse. Zimmerman explains how and why this works. Signs of the ongoing and future collapse include declining fertility rates, abandonment of marital norms, widespread divorce, and the normalization of aberrant forms of sexuality.

For contemporary readers, one striking aspect of the book is that Zimmerman published it in 1947, and saw all these things rising in the West in his day — and indeed, had been rising for centuries. Any conservative today who thinks this all began in the 1960s should read Zimmerman.

Some quotes from Zimmerman:

Parents must now try to rear a family under a social and legal system adjusted to those couples who do not want the paraphernalia of familism — common income, expenses, children, union for perpetuity, or serious familistic obligations.

In our modern Western society the forgotten person is the man or woman who honestly and sincerely wants to be a parent.

This affects our whole social system; it affects all the practicalities of life, from renting a house to economic advancement under our different forms of bureaucracy. If there are children, renting a house is difficult, changing jobs is difficult, social activities are difficult. In the words of Bacon, to have children is to give “hostages to fortune,” and one is no longer a free bargaining agent. …

When the United States has exhausted the surplus population of the French-Canadians and the Mexicans — almost the only fertile peoples of the Western world now available to us — we too will begin the grand finale of the crisis. …

Dreher again:

Five years ago, I was shocked to hear a professor at a conservative Evangelical college say that he doubts that most of his students will be capable of forming and sustaining families of their own. Why? Because most of them have never seen what a normal family is. …

Most young people today — at least in the West — have been formed by a powerful capitalistic and hedonistic culture that exalts individual freedom and personal choice, and that sees the authority of Scripture, of the church, of tradition, of family, and of anything outside the Self as either irrelevant or an impediment to liberty and self-realization.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Former Facebook engineer who railed against liberal culture explains why he quit

Former Facebook engineer who railed against liberal culture explains why he quit, by Samuel Chamberlain.

[Former senior Facebook engineer] Brian Amerige, whose last day at Facebook was Friday, told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that “you can’t have conversations about … anything that’s a tenet of the social justice ideology, effectively, without being attacked personally.” He added that the company’s recent policy cracking down on so-called hate speech was a particularly sensitive topic.

“You can’t even have conversations about that policy inside the company without having your character attacked — and I’ve experienced this personally — without being called a sexist or a racist or a transphobe or an Islamophobe,” said Amerige. …

I used to be a high-tech engineer working in Silicon Valley. Don’t think I would have lasted at Facebook. There’s only so much pretending a soul can abide.

On Tuesday, Amerige said that Facebook executives had taken his concerns seriously and had worked with him to improve the hate speech policy. However, he said rank-and-file, left-leaning employees did not share his concerns.

“The real concerning thing that’s happening here is that even though this is a minority of employees in the company, unfortunately, I’m not sure that Facebook leadership knows how to push back against them,” Amerige said. “They’re unbelievably belligerent, demanding and hostile not just toward other employees, but toward Facebook leadership directly.”

Sounds like an organization that’s suffered the left’s long march through the institutions. Sounds a bit like Australia’s ABC, which also experienced an effective staff takeover, in the Whitlam era:

When left leaning ideologues are hired by an institution, they hire other left leaning ideologues. Once they are in control, the institution is captured by the left, in perpetuity. So it is irredeemable. It must be deleted. If the institution is actually necessary for society, it must be completely rebuilt.