Friday, April 29, 2016

The Anti-Semitic Left

Kevin Williamson's anti-Semitic haters, leftist and alt-right both, will go batty over this one --

The Jews can be whatever their enemies need them to be. For Henry Ford and more than a few on the modern left, the Jews are the international bankers secretly pulling the strings of the global economy. As one widely circulated Occupy video put it: “The smallest group in America controls the money, media, and all other things. The fingerprints belong to the Jewish bankers who control Wall Street. I am against Jews who rob America. They are 1 percent who control America. President Obama is a Jewish puppet. The entire economy is Jewish. Every federal judge [on] the East Coast is Jewish.”

For those who learned at the feet of that old fraud Edward Said, the Jews are the colonialists, the European modernists inflicting capitalism and technology upon the noble savages of their imaginations. The Israeli Jews commit the double crime of insisting upon being Jews and refusing to be sacrificial victims. They were okay, in the Left’s estimate, for about five minutes, back when Israel’s future was assumed to be one of low-impact kibbutz socialism. History went in a different direction, and today Israel has one of the world’s most sophisticated economies.

For the Jew-hater, this is maddening: Throw the Jews out of Spain, and they thrive abroad. Send them to the poorest slums in New York, and those slums stop being slums. Keep them out of the Ivy League and watch NYU become a world-class institution inspired by men such as Jonas Salk, son of largely uneducated Polish immigrants. Put the Jewish state in a desert wasteland and watch it bloom, first with produce and then with technology. Israel today has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country except the United States and China. The economy under Palestinian management? Olives and handicrafts, and a GDP per capita that barely exceeds that of Sudan.

The Arab–Israeli conflict is a bitter and ugly one. My own view of it is that the Palestinian Arabs have some legitimate grievances, and that I stopped caring about them when they started blowing up children in pizza shops. You can thank the courageous heroes of the Battle of Sbarro for that. Israel isn’t my country, but it is my country’s ally, and it is impossible for a liberty-loving American to fail to admire what the Jewish state has done.

And that, of course, is why the Left wants to see the Jewish state exterminated.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Grossly Understated

A kid asks Ted Cruz to sign his copy of the Communist Manifesto as a joke and here’s what Cruz wrote:

Cruz was being charitable. Billions have suffered. Tens of millions have died.

Also -- Bill Kristol, pushing for a 3rd party candidate, tweeted that Americans deserve a better choice than Trump vs. Clinton.

Stephen Miller's astute response -- "Look around. No, they don't."

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Trump And White Supremacy

GOP primary voting to date --

Trump - 8,214,461
Non-Trump - 13,594,457

James Kirchick explores the sordid realm of white "identitarianism", a racist, segregationalist philosophy, the adherents of which provide Donald Trump with a significant portion of his overall support. The movement is, in part, a reaction to the identity politics practiced and celebrated by much of the left. Barack Obama's promise of a "post-racial" presidency has been long forgotten.

Kevin Williamson on the assault on free speech --

Comprehensive discussion of Hillary Clinton's e-mail crimes --

The ten questions the FBI could ask that would end Hillary Clinton's candidacy --

Something to consider - Universal Basic Income --

Dennis Prager warns secular conservatives not to neglect God --

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Inequality, Cuba Style

Exploding the myth of Cuba's superior medical care --

In his weekly G-File, Jonah Goldberg provides a link to an article by a Cuban expatriate comparing medical facilities for Cuba's rich elite to those serving Cuba's poor. Guess which is which.

And here is the link to Goldberg's piece where aside from discussing Obama and Cuba, he goes after Donald Trump (again).

#TheChalkening. The absurd spectacle of Emory University students reeling in pain from sightings of pro-Trump sidewalk chalk messages has inspired a series of copycat artists nationwide. Some of these efforts have been rather ambitious (see example below).  Finally! A positive effect from the otherwise calamitous Trump candidacy - A well deserved assault on the delicate sensibilities of students populating politically correct American campuses.

David Burge (Iowahawk) - Americans are sick of crony capitalism, so naturally the leading candidates are someone who buys favors and someone who sells them.

Here is a concise, accurate overview of the Flint, Michigan water crisis from the editors of National Review --

The city of Flint, Mich., was for generations ruled by an incompetent and often corrupt Democratic machine. When the city went into an extended financial crisis, a Democratic emergency manager was appointed to reform its finances. The city’s Democratic leadership decided to build an expensive new water system as an economy-stimulating infrastructure project, which annoyed the Democrats in nearby Detroit, who had been earning a nice income providing Flint with Detroit’s finest tap water. The Detroit Democrats retaliated against the Flint Democrats by ending their aqueous relationship earlier than planned, and the Flint Democrats turned to an alternative source of water, the Flint River, as a temporary measure. The Democrats who run Flint’s government consulted with the Democratic union men who run its city agencies and came up with a water-treatment process for that Flint River water, which turned out to be ineffective. The residents of Flint, including its vulnerable children, were exposed to high levels of lead in the water as a result. The Democrats who run Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency learned of this, and did nothing. This sent the Democrats running for that party’s presidential nomination into a tizzy of moral intoxication, during which they called for the resignation of . . . the Republican governor of Michigan.

Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post) posts a devastating critique of Obama's Syria policy, juxtaposing his words and those of UN ambassador Samantha Power against his administration's feckless inaction.

Ian Tuttle (NRO) says that it's time for conservatives to make a clean break with Donald Trump. (Advice most rational people have followed for decades). --

...We should stop trying. Stop trying to convince Trump supporters that he’s contradicting himself. Stop trying to show that Trump’s solutions won’t work. Stop treating Trump’s policies as serious contributions to the hopper of policy ideas — because they’re not.

It’s time for a blackout. We are at a point where the only appropriate response to Trump’s ramblings is ostracism. He’s not a reasonable person with whom you can have a rational discussion, and we should treat him accordingly.

Whenever Donald Trump says anything — even if it has the patina of a reasonable, coherent thought — the response of every genuine right-winger should be: “I don’t care what Donald Trump says. He is an affront to rational thought and reasonable, thoughtful, humane discourse. I’m not going to waste time responding to any word that comes from his mouth. Period.” He — and every one of his bottom-feeding surrogates, and his media minions, and his army of Twitter eggs — should be ignored. They should be boxed out of public discourse, with prejudice.

Donald Trump has done incalculable damage to virtually every cause for which the conservative moment has fought for the last 60 years. It’s not enough to say he’s wrong. He should be exiled from public life. The Left will never do that; Trump’s success is theirs. This must be the work of whatever conscientious conservatives remain, and it has to start now.

Tuttle should have added a caveat - it's OK to analyze Trumpspeak if done for entertainment purposes. Kevin Williamson goes ahead and does just that.