Betraying America

As I’ve said many times on this blog, I’m politically non-partisan.  I vote for the individual, not the party.  Nevertheless, some politicians are so crass, so ideologically hide-bound, so dead set on getting their way even at the expense of the entire nation, that my blood boils.  The Democratic Party’s leadership is behaving that way right now. Consider these screenshots, excerpts from that party’s proposed third coronavirus bailout bill, courtesy of Greg Price on Twitter (to whom a grateful nod o’ the head).       Would somebody please point out to me what (if anything) those points have to do with

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Hypocrisy, much?

We all know hypocrisy is a trademark of politicians across the spectrum, from left to right.  There are very few honest men and women among them.  The same goes for their associates, advisors, staff and hangers-on.  However, seldom has hypocrisy been so blatantly displayed, this time by Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice and former press secretary for Hillary Clinton. After President Trump had criticized Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor of the US Supreme Court last week, Fallon sent this tweet: However, after Senator Chuck Schumer threatened SCOTUS Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch a few days ago, Fallon tweeted: In doing so, of course, he justified (in so

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Faking an oil discovery to extort foreign aid?

It appears that the Republic of the Congo – not the “big” Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire, but its little brother, formerly known as Congo-Brazzaville – may have faked the discovery of new oil reserves in order to extort foreign aid to preserve an ecologically sensitive site.  Der Spiegel reports: On the Republic of the Congo’s 59th Independence Day on Aug. 15, 2019, President Denis Sassou-Nguesso had an apparent sensation to announce to his people. A Congolese oil company claimed to have discovered an oil field in the north of the country with reserves of 359 million barrels. That

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The “ruling class” are losing their grip

Tucker Carlson addressed the issue last week.  This five-minute clip is well worth your time. Andrew Codevilla, whom we’ve often met in these pages, discussed the “ruling class” a decade ago.  His insights then are as valid today as always. Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America’s upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably

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Buying the Democratic Party presidential nomination, redux

Last week I asked, “Can Bloomberg buy the US presidency?”  In a series of tweets a few days later, journalist Blake Zeff indicates that he can – and is already doing so.  Here’s a short sample. The degree to which Michael Bloomberg is using his fortune to fundamentally alter & manipulate U.S. politics to his personal advantage extends way beyond ads. I’ve worked against him, covered him as a journalist & worked with his top aides. Here’s their playbook: Let’s start with endorsements. Background: Bloomberg was a GOP mayor & Rudy Giuliani ally, whose police stopped innocent black men so often his

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Buying the Democratic Party presidential nomination, redux

Last week I asked, “Can Bloomberg buy the US presidency?”  In a series of tweets a few days later, journalist Blake Zeff indicates that he can – and is already doing so.  Here’s a short sample. The degree to which Michael Bloomberg is using his fortune to fundamentally alter & manipulate U.S. politics to his personal advantage extends way beyond ads. I’ve worked against him, covered him as a journalist & worked with his top aides. Here’s their playbook: Let’s start with endorsements. Background: Bloomberg was a GOP mayor & Rudy Giuliani ally, whose police stopped innocent black men so often his

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When civilized methods fail, the law of the jungle takes over

Adam Piggott points out that President Duterte of the Philippines may be a disaster from a modern, liberal, human-rights perspective, but he’s very popular among his people for precisely the same reason. Duterte has been in office for roughly the same time as Trump has been president, but we can call Duterte the forgotten man. When he first gained power the western press was all over him, how he was a horrible individual who was guilty of “human rights” abuses, blah blah blah, you know the drill. This went on for some time until suddenly it didn’t. From rather a lot of coverage

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The easy way to lower crime rates – fudge the statistics!

The Chicago Sun-Times points out that crime statistics for that city are being deliberately “fudged” by manipulating them.  This is, of course, a problem nation-wide, not just in the Windy City;  but it’s good to see the issue brought out in public. Closing more murder cases even though no one was arrested pumped up the high clearance rate the Chicago Police Department has touted, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis finds. The police department cleared more murder cases in 2019 that didn’t result in an arrest than it has done in years, the Sun-Times found … of the 261 murders that the police signed

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Saturday Snippet: the 1929 stock market slams headlong into reality

In their book “The Day the Bubble Burst“, Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts examine the human side of the 1929 stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression. There are many parallels between the behavior of markets and individuals prior to the Crash, and those we see today.  The divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is at least as pronounced today, if not more so, and of course there are many more people in the country – and the world – to be affected by such divisions.  Attitudes are also very materialistic, the focus entirely on worldly reward and material

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Should we treat pornography like an epidemic? A growing body of evidence suggests that’s what it is.

A very long and detailed article titled “A Science-Based Case for Ending the Porn Epidemic” examines what pornography has done to our society, particularly since the rise of the Internet.  It makes a strong case that pornography is a public health crisis, not just an issue of morality. I’ve included a few brief excerpts from the article here, but it’s far longer and more detailed than I can summarize in a blog article such as this.  I urge you to click through and read the whole thing for yourself.  I’m sure some of my readers will disagree with its conclusions; 

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