Sunday, August 28, 2016

More Jobs Leave CA

Another installment in COTTonLINE's continuing series chronicling the economic decline of California. The Los Angeles Times has an Associated Press story about Ashley Furniture closing its manufacturing plant and warehouse in Colton, CA. The plant's 840 workers were given notice of layoff.
A furniture manufacturer is cutting hundreds of jobs in Southern California as it shifts production to plants in North Carolina, Mississippi and Wisconsin.
Do you think it is a coincidence that all three of those states have a right to work law, while CA does not?  See this source for states with, and without, right to work laws.

Sunday Sarcasm

If you needed another reason to vote for Donald Trump, see a Daily Mail (U.K.) article.
Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November.
She indicated Oz or Canada would be her choices. You should see the photos that accompany the article.

At 74 she looks like Mel Brooks wearing a Jennifer Aniston wig. The years have not been kind.

Willful Ignorance

The Washington Post has an editorial today entitled "Republicans Can't Pretend Not to Know What Fuels the Trump Campaign." Of course, what they refer to is bigotry, specifically white bigotry.

An honest editorial, obviously too much to hope for, would have observed that both campaigns are fueled by bigotry. In fact the Clinton campaign is more guilty of this than the Trump campaign.

The Democrats not only hope, but expect, to get north of 90% of the black vote. In fact they count on anti-white bigotry among African-Americans to be their margin of victory. They also hope to be the beneficiaries of Hispanic anti-white bigotry, although not to the same level of near-unanimity.

There is no racial or ethnic group of which the Trump campaign can expect to get anywhere near those percentages. By that standard alone, his is the less racially charged, less bigoted campaign.

Clinton isn't responsible for the cop-haters, black nationalists and communists who prefer her to Trump. Trump isn't responsible for the skinheads and white nationalists who support him.

The fringe groups pick one of the binary candidates to support; the candidates don't go looking for kooks. It's the nature of our system, which WaPo deceitfully chooses to ignore.

Death by Demographics

Gatestone Institute posts a elegiac article by Giulio Meotti about Europe's plummeting birth rate and consequent importation of literally millions of Muslims from MENA.
Europe, as it is aging, no longer renews its generations, and instead welcomes massive numbers of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who are going to replace the native Europeans, and who are bringing cultures with radically different values about sex, science, political power, culture, economy and the relation between God and man.

Demographic suicide is not only experienced; it appears to be wanted. The xenophile European bourgeoisie, which today controls politics and the media, seem imbued with a snobbish and masochistic racism. They have turned against the values of their own Judeo-Christian culture and combined it with a hallucinatory, romanticized view of the values of other cultures. The sad paradox is that Europeans are now importing young people in large numbers from the Middle East to compensate for their lifestyle choices.

An agnostic and sterile continent -- deprived of its gods and children because it banished them -- will have no strength to fight or to assimilate a civilization of the zealous and the young. The failure to counter the coming transformation seems to come down on the side of Islam. Is what we are seeing the last days of summer?
This is exactly the future the Obama/Clinton claque have planned for us. Hat tip to Power Line for the link.

Kotkin Damns Both Candidates

Demographer turned all-purpose pundit Joel Kotkin has no use for Trump and thinks Clinton equally bad. Writing for RealClearPolitics, he reiterates his disgust with Trump and his distain for Clinton.

He has already written off the results of the 2016 election and is looking ahead to 2018. The weak reed upon which his hopes lean is a multiracial uprising of suburban voters who reject the agenda of the oligarchs represented by Clinton.
The forces coalescing around Hillary Clinton -- mainstream Wall Street, particularly hedge funds, beltway lobbyists, the big media, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and green capitalists -- do not share the priorities of Middle America.

With Sanders conveniently dispatched, the crony-capitalist class is assured its worldview prevails. They can check all the boxes that Rob Atkinson has labeled as “the Davos application” of open immigration, greater globalization, free trade, and higher carbon prices.

In 2018, the real struggle will be to attract increasingly diverse suburban voters who naturally seek to protect what they have from the central bureaucracy. Latino and African-American families now ensconced in a comfortable, safe suburbs with good public schools may not appreciate a political party that wants to turn their neighborhood into the very one they escaped.
Kotkin could be right, perhaps Trump is an oligarch masquerading as a faux populist. Perhaps we'll never know if, as polls currently suggest, he loses.

I fear Clinton backed by a solidly liberal Supreme Court will take us down the primrose path to societal oblivion. It's a path upon which Europe is already well and truly embarked.

A Very Old Plot

Much controversy over Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the National Anthem. I've been wondering how 49er quarterback Kaepernick got that unlikely name, turns out he was raised by white adoptive parents, according to Wikipedia.

Further backstory: he is apparently engaged to a NYC hip-hop DJ named Nessa Diab who is, according to a Conservative Treehouse post, a Black Lives Matter activist and a Muslim. The post has photos of him with his parents and of her.

They claim during the off-season he converted to Islam. Neither the first, nor the last young man led astray by a woman - a story at least as old as Genesis. I would suppose the senior Kaepernicks are chagrined. Hat tip to for the link.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

About Hillary's Health

Jeffrey Lord of quotes the following passage from a biography of Hillary Clinton written by famous Washington Post Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein entitled Woman in Charge: the Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
More than Bill, she was physically exhausted; she lacked his stamina and was losing weight. A newspaper story noted archly that Hillary 'looks thinner than ever, even though she confesses that her exercise regimen has gone the way of the middle-class tax cut since she moved into the White House.' On trips to the Hill, her aides noticed how she would perform perfectly during an appointment, then immediately afterward begin yawning and then collapse in the car on the way back to the White House.
In 1993, at the time Bernstein describes, Hillary was 46. Today she is 69. How many people do you know whose stamina has increased with age? Hat tip to for the link.

The Syrian Quagmire

Occasionally it's worth taking a fresh look at the mess in MENA, especially Syria. Check out a New York Times article, syndicated to The Morning Standard, about the civil war in Syria and the factors making it insoluble. Here are author Max Fisher's key issues, each explained in the article.
1. A conflict immune to exhaustion
2. No one can lose, no one can win
3. War’s structure encourages atrocities
4. Fear of defeat entrenches a terrible status quo
5. Syrian parties are built to fight, not to win
6. The dangers of victory
7. An obstacle to peace: no peacekeepers
8. A drift into disaster
Can it get worse? It almost certainly can. Murphy's Law suggests it probably will.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Weird Psychological Science

The Daily Mail (U.K.) reports the results of a study done at the University of Western Australia. They found my favorite type of  results - counterintuitive, which is to say unexpected.
The Virtual Infant Parenting programme, and others like it, involve a £1,000 ($1,300) doll which cries when it needs to be fed, burped, rocked or changed. It measures and reports if the doll is mishandled, left to cry, or left unchanged.

The theory was that looking after the baby for a few days would expose girls to the reality of teenage parenthood. But the new trial, which involved nearly 3,000 girls aged 13 to 15, found pregnancy rates actually went up.

The study authors, whose work is published in the Lancet medical journal, suspect the attention given to the girls when they were looking after the dolls encouraged them to have a baby.
Earlier research found "Scared Straight" didn't work. Bummer ... back to the drawing board. Hat tip to Instapundit for the link.

Quote of the Day

John Hinderaker, lead blogger at Power Line, reacting to the Clinton claim that Trump is fomenting hate.
Make American hate again? Hate has been spreading in America for years, but the culprit isn’t Donald Trump, it is Barack Obama. Obama did more to make America hate again than any politician of modern times.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stepping on the Lede

Recently, Donald Trump has been seemingly backing away from his former forthright positions opposing illegal aliens. How much of this is campaign waffle and how much is genuine policy reversal is, as yet, unclear.

Much of Trump's appeal has been a result of his opposition to open borders, his defense of and advocacy for the nation's existing lawful citizens (as opposed to the more inclusive "residents"). To the extent to which he backs away from his former uncompromising stance, I believe he begins to look more a "politician" and less a change-inducing outsider.

Will the apparent weakening cause him to lose votes? Perhaps not, he is still more on the side of border enforcement than his binary opponent - Clinton. Will it however cause his base to be less energised, motivated? Probably, and it's clear he needs their energy, their motivation to win.

People have found much to criticize in Trump, I believe what irritates me most is his seeming compulsion to shoot himself in the foot. He lacks message discipline.

The Associated Press compilation of pay-to-play between the Clinton Department of State and Clinton Foundation provided a perfect opportuniity to dump on his opponent. So does he do that? No, he instead weakens his own message. It's infuriating to his well-wishers.

A Drive on the Wild Side

The other DrC and I, and a friend drove from western Wyoming to eastern Idaho and back today. Outbound we took the U.S. highway and coming back we drove a 40 mile unpaved Forest Service road that runs through country that, save for the road and some wandering cattle, mostly looks the way it was seen by early settlers in the region.

In that whole 40 miles we passed exactly two moving vehicles, which makes it some of the loneliest road you'll find anywhere. I was glad my truck was new, healthy, and full of fuel.

Here in the Rockies there are loads of places where going off-pavement can take you into unpopulated wilderness. It's pure eye candy, the feeling I get while looking at it is really amazing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Positive Signs

This afternoon brings some good polling news for Trump fans. Clinton's lead in North Carolina has dropped to 1 percentage point, 44 vs. 43 percent, according to CNN. The same source says Trump leads her by 5 points in Arizona.

Meanwhile, The Hill reports a new Florida Atlantic University poll which finds Trump ahead by 2 points in that swing state, 43 to 41 percent. Clinton's pay-to-play scandals cannot be helping her cause.

Our Direction of Travel

The Associated Press writes, via Yahoo News, that Democrats are becoming nostalgic for Mitt Romney, in reaction to Donald Trump.
Horrified by the prospect of Trump in the White House, Obama and his party have changed their tune about Romney. As they denounce Trump as "unhinged" and unfit, they're getting nostalgic about the 2012 Republican nominee they now describe as principled, competent and honorable.
And if they succeed in electing Clinton, they'll be nostalgic about Trump in 2020. Kurt Schlichter, who blogs at Townhall, has imagined the inaugural speech made by Clinton's successor. A sample:
The Tea Party was a polite request for fairness and respect, but the elite and its media lapdogs spat on you.

Donald Trump’s movement was an impolite request for fairness and respect, but the elite and their media lapdogs spat on you and, as we now know, rigged Hillary Clinton’s election.

Today, we are no longer requesting anything. We are demanding fairness and respect, and we will have it … by any means necessary!
So ends a multiparty republic with a 250 year history.

Outside the Box

Defense One reports Boeing has an off-the-wall idea, a new civilian use for artillery.
Boeing suggests, firefighters might get the job done faster by launching salvos of special 155mm shells from a dozen or more miles away. Packed with fire-suppressant material, the shells are fired from a field howitzer. (snip) The shell releases its load over the fire thanks to “a device comprising a timer, an altimeter, an accelerometer, a global positioning device, a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, or a distance measuring device.”

Boeing officials estimate that each shell could put about one to six gallons of fire suppressant (depending on its load; less material means more range) on a 100-square-foot area. Steady firing with three-gallon shells could deliver 214,000 gallons of fire suppressant in about six hours — about twice as fast as a helicopter.

“Some guns may deliver the fire-retarding material within 15 feet of a target at a 15 mile range.
We already use artillery to safely trigger avalanches in snow country, this is new.

More on Pay to Play

The Washington Post is "in the tank" for Hillary Clinton, hence the extra impact of Chris Cillizza's reaction to the Associated Press reveal of her apparent selling access to the State Department. All caps in the following are Cillizza's.
COME ON, MAN. It is literally impossible to look at those two paragraphs and not raise your eyebrows. Half of all of the nongovernmental people Clinton either met with or spoke to on the phone during her four years at the State Department were donors to the Clinton Foundation! HALF.

It just plain looks bad. Really bad.

If you are Donald Trump -- or any Republican -- trying to sell the idea that the Clintons are and always have operated on a "pay to play" model, you just got a gift more amazing than you could have ever hoped to get.
The AP just handed Trump the ball, let's hope he doesn't fumble this opportunity to score.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clever Word Play

This cover makes reference to the Associated Press article referenced below in my Pay to Play Proven post. Hat tip to Drudge Report for the image.

It's a Puzzle

Virtually all the pundits say Donald Trump is running a lame campaign; you've read them, you know it's true. So if they're correct, why do several polls have Trump and Clinton essentially tied?

The UPI/CVoter poll shows them effectively tied, separated by less than one percent. The L.A. Times daily tracking poll shows them separated by even less: 0.2 percent. Hat tip to Drudge Report for the links.

Perhaps Trump is running an effective campaign that looks nothing like recent effective campaigns, misleading the pundit class. Alternatively, Clinton is such a loser her supposedly effective campaign isn't helping. Are both true?

Maybe the prognosticating class is giving insufficient weight to the rarity of one party winning the presidency for three terms in a row. In recent memory, Bush I following Reagan is the only example where it happened. The electorate normally seeks a course correction, after 8 years on one track.

Pay to Play Proven

The Associated Press reports further evidence of Hillary Clinton's corruption, venality and greed. Hat tip to Drudge Report for the link.
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs.

Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.
The AP calls this "possible?" This is evidence of "pay to play" at its most raw and unvarnished level. Then the second AP bombshell:
Clinton met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity, but they were not included in AP's calculations because such meetings would presumably have been part of her diplomatic duties.
Of course foreign governments can bribe U.S. officials if the officials are corrupt. What's unlawful is U.S. officials accepting those bribes.

Writing at Power Line, John Hinderaker characterizes the AP findings:
Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into a protection racket.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Snark

I can't resist paraphrasing the best line from the Jason Bourne films, in the context of the current presidential election.
Get some rest, Hillary, you look tired.