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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Odious Rape Is Rampant Meme: A Study In Fake But Accurate

As a young lad attending The Ohio State University, I had the eye opening experience of being an ancillary subject in about half a dozen articles which appeared in our student newspaper, "The Lantern." I learned some lessons in 1984 which I've carried with me throughout my life. One, journalists make up the single laziest profession outside of psychics. Two, their stories, conclusions, overarching themes, and any statements related to them, have all been decided upon far in advance of any research that may or may not take place, and certainly long before any sources are interviewed. Anything that a source might say will be tortured out of context in order to fit the meme, and if need be, completely fabricated out of thin air in order to support the predetermined conclusion. Three, they'll find someone or something else to blame, if ever called to account for their deception. Four, they'll always defend their meme as accurate, most especially when due diligence and actual investigation shows the original story to be laughably false.

we all remember, or should remember, that famous quote from Dan Rather, who when confronted with the fact that he'd just presented four forged documents alleging George W. Bush's dereliction of duty while serving with the Texas Air National Guard, stated that his documents, "were fake but accurate." It didn't matter to any of the journalists working for CBS at the time, that they could find no actual evidence of President Bush's shirking of his military obligations, 60 days from his reelection bid for a second Presidential term in office. It only mattered to them that 60 days prior to that election, they wanted to present that story, the one where a younger version of President Bush had been a miscreant and a spoiled child, unworthy of the office he currently held. Facts be damned, the narrative reigns supreme.

Another life lesson learned while matriculating at that small trade school in Columbus, Ohio was to be very weary of militant feminists. Their agenda, their narrative, is all that holds meaning for them, and they are quite willing to destroy anyone, if expedience demands such. I didn't take any of the Women's Studies classes offered at The Ohio State University, but I have a friend who did satisfy 5 of his required 15 credit hours within the field of Humanities via a 5 hour survey course covering that revered discipline. He of course got an A in the class, and his description of every test given might lend a clue as to how he so easily earned that grade.

Question One:

All men are,

A. Rapists
B. Evil
C. Violent
D. All of the above


The past two weeks have been a case study in what happens when these two groups of leftists get together.

Now, I really don't mind these lunatics much, nor even really care that I am sharing the Oxygen found in our atmosphere with them in general. I only really care about them when they meander into positions of power in our society, when they hold sway over our institutions of thought, governance, and laws, such as they do currently. (By lunatics, I of course mean both groups mentioned above, journalists and rabid feminists.) For those of you who've wondered what might happen when these two disparate groups finally found each other, wonder no more. Today you see, we live in a brave new world where facts don't matter all that much, because all white conservative men from the suburds were created equally guilty of waging a war on women, which includes a rape culture of the most egregious magnitude.

If you've followed the link above, it took you to an op-ed which ran at Politico. What it points to is just exactly how far in the crapper our collegiate standards have fallen, how far in the crapper our society as a whole has fallen, and how meaningless the rule of law has become. If you were able to read the essay the first time through, I congratulate you. If not, may I humbly suggest that you return to do so again.

Here's the background on how and why that Op-Ed found its way into a national publication. Rolling Stone Magazine ran an article about a year ago in which a Freshman at the University of Virginia detailed the accounts of a brutal gang rape. Apparently, for the past 164 years, members of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852, have included as a part of their initiation process, the gang rape of unsuspecting young women. All of this apparently, with no one figuring it out, or breathing a word of it to anyone, not even through death bed confessions. While the Rolling Stone Article did not specifically designate a political philosophy to our brutal assailants, they were very careful to tie the entirety of Greek Letter Societies found at our nation's collegiate institutions to the group of crazed miscreants known as conservatives, or more generically, those who might actually, gasp, vote Republican.

The story as presented by Rolling Stone by the way, has since been proven to be a complete fabrication, or at the very least, not in any way a resemblance of what actually happened to Jackie on the night in question.

Now, you may be of the belief that our original journalist's story was the result of her accidental discovery of this terrible tale of misery, torture, and crime, and you'd be wrong. Sabrina Erdely started off searching out women across the country who would be able to corroborate her desired narrative, one formed even before she'd started thinking about writing her story or researching it, that a rape culture existed on America's college campi. Facts be damned, the story would be true, not because truth matters, but because Sabrina felt it should be true. After all, who would be hurt by a little white lie that would bring attention to the evil that presents itself when affluent privileged white conservatives are left roaming freely among decent intellectuals?

As a result of the Rolling Stone article, those members of Phi Kappa Psi attending the University of Virginia have had their lives imperiled, reputations tarnished, and all Greek Letter Societies at UVA have been shut down by the School's Administration. That's real damage. Either Jackie's story is completely false, in which case she's a narcissistic kid who's clearly mistaken sympathy for healthy relationships and attention. Which means "Jackie," needs the benefit of a shrink to council her privately, and not the national publication of her fantasies, which apparently involve bizarre rituals of group sex. Or, "Jackie's," story is based partially in reality, and had been extensively embellished by Sabrina Erdely. If that's the case, she needs the benefit of a shrink to council her privately, and not the national publication of her traumatic assault.

The Politico piece, contrary to what you might expect when one of these rape culture stories falls apart, (and yes this type of thing is very common indeed,) zeros right in on the, "fake but accurate defense." The author, one Julia Horowitz, grouses about how terrible it is that this story was proven false, not because innocent affluent privileged white conservatives were accused of a terrible crime, but because it might cause people to question others telling similar stories, rather than just blindly accepting them. If they give up their mob mentality after all, what will they have left?

Before we go any further, let's debunk that whole one in five college women get raped lie now. According to national crime statistics, if 90% of rapes go unreported, that indicates the the odds of your daughter being sexually accosted as a part of her college experience to be about 1 in 1000. This is still too high, as any such chance would be, but that's not at all out of line with any statistic for violent crime in any jurisdiction in the world. The only reason I brought this up, is because the 1 in 5 statistic seems to be the only argument in defense of what's been going on with respect to the, "pro lying is good for society in general crowd."

This passage in particular caught my attention:

Ultimately, though, from where I sit in Charlottesville, to let fact checking define the narrative would be a huge mistake. “These events undoubtedly do occur here,” first-year Maddie Rita told me. “And while this report has clearly had factual flaws as well as rhetorical missteps, there are plenty of other fully corroborated accounts not only at this university, but at every university around the country.”

Only eight to nine percent of sexual assault reports, at most, are later determined false. This statistic will not change, even if Jackie does lie with the minority. One of five women will be assaulted while in college. One case, however prolific, does not change how it felt to lie in my friend’s bed and have her tell me through tears what her “first time” was really like.

How exactly do you debate with someone who states right up front, "it would be a mistake to allow facts define the narrative?" What actually happened or did not happen to Jackie is of no importance. Mind you, something terrible may have actually happened to Jackie, as those who know her are all sticking close to the something happened statement, just not what was reported. Descriptions of Jackie's behavior are most certainly consistent with someone who's been a victim of a violent assault. If that's so, I truly hope Jackie heals, and almost as important, that if there are assailants, they should face justice for their crime. Phi Kappa Psi, its membership, and the Greek Letter Society as a whole however, should never have been painted as guilty, no matter how inconsequential a group Sabrina Erdely feels them to be.

The problem now for Jackie, and any others seeking Justice is that the lie is already out there, the narrative once again finding supremacy with respect to actual facts. The statement above that while this account may have some flaws, being provably false chief among them, that doesn't mean that the over all narrative, that our college campi are teeming with white, privileged, affluent, conservative male rapists constantly on the lookout for victims, isn't every bit as solid today as it was when first posited in those women's studies classes starting back in the 1970's. So, if there are plenty of corroborated tales of this very thing happening, as Julia Horowitz promises, why then haven't any actual cases been truthfully reported? Why was it necessary to take Jackie's tale, and change it sufficiently to cast serious doubt?

The true casualty of this story's unraveling however is not that women in general will be afraid to come forward and report rapes, but that stories like this are destroying the slim chance that such assaults will be successfully prosecuted, or even believed when actual victims do come forward. The police have a hard enough time collecting sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt as it is. Adding problems like this certainly does not help.

You may have noticed the second paragraph in the above snippet, where Julia Horowitz admits that 8% or 9% of reported rapes are fabrications, and then summarily dismisses that number as inconsequential. Putting aside for the moment that this compares with 2% of every other variety of crime, as reported to authorities, and that this number admitted to itself points to a real problem in terms of investigative techniques when perpetrators are sought, it is also far off of the mark. The true number is astounding.

In the only peer review study conducted of such phenomenon, it has been estimated that a full 41% of all reported rapes are complete fabrications. That means that every time we ask the authorities to investigate this terrible crime, they are beginning from a place where they know, before anything else has been looked into, that 2 out of every 5 women alleging the crime, are lying to them. As far as the authorities are concerned, with respect to the professional accomplishment of their sworn duties, women coming forward to report rape is not the problem. Their first huge hurdle is how to separate out the fabrication from actual crimes that have been committed.

In the end Ms. Horowitz, Sabrina Erdely and Jackie didn't help encourage women to come forward, they've only succeeded in increasing the trouble victimized women have with being believed. That's the true tragedy. It's not a rape culture that's ruining our society, but a culture of dishonesty, or as my leftist friends would postulate, our culture of subjective truth.

Lying, even if one believes it to be for a good cause is still massively destructive for a society. The members of Phi Kappa Psi at UVA did not deserve the backlash received for what happened to Jackie. If it happened, her assailants have gone free, with their freedom being guaranteed by the Rolling Stone Article. They will never be brought to justice, and that is Sabrina Erdely's fault. Innocent people suffered the consequences, and have undergone their own assaults, both in terms of violence and in terms of their reputations, which can never be fully restored.

Lena Dunham, if you're reading this, your crime is actually worse. Your lie was told solely to sell a few copies of your book and to bash Republicans. You don't even have the fig leaf of lying for a greater societal purpose. I like the idea of falsified allegations carrying the same punishments as the crimes falsely alleged. Perhaps Ms. Dunham's next book should be about her imprisonment in max security.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Constitutional Scholar Turned President Finds Hidden Clause In Constitution!

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Last night's speech, made by our petulant man child President marked a turning point in history. It has the potential to be the completion of that fundamental transformation of America promised by Barack Obama. In the blink of an eye, we went from being the most powerful nation on Earth, the last remaining super power, the greatest creator of wealth ever seen in human history, to a nation on the precipice of existing solely as a third world banana republic. The reason I say that we are on the brink, and not there yet, is because despite our spirited debate on the political right, about how best to achieve our own vision of what America should be, we've never fully lost the political contest. We've been more intent lately upon beating each other up than the Leftists who've endeavored to ruin the place, but we've also had the luxury of never really being in danger of seeing the nation permanently trashed. Enter Barack Obama, and his announced plans last night, and all of that has changed.

I've reread the Constitution a couple of times this morning, and I've yet to find that elusive, "Sick And Tired," Clause codified within our founding law. That would be the clause that Barack Obama, the petulant man child President whom we've been lectured to ad nauseam as to his credentials as a, "Constitutional Scholar," cited as his authority to unilaterally write or repeal laws as he sees fit, providing of course he feels as though Congress has not acted in a fashion deemed appropriate by himself. In the lead up to his proclamation last night, he's stated repeatedly that he's waited too long a time for our Legislative Branch to write the law that he wants. So, he's decided to do it on his own. He, being sick and tired of waiting, has decided to not only write his own law, but to also repeal the current immigration law already on the books. No where in my copy of the U.S. Constitution have I been able to find that clause which obligates Congress to write, repeal, or change a law which has been duly demanded by the President.

For my leftist friends, cheering this lunacy on, please take a moment to think, if only a little. When President Walker for instance, decides to employ the newly found Presidential Powers identified by the guy you agree with, what will you say then? When President Bobby Jindal decides that two weeks is long enough to wait for Congress to abolish both the EPA and Department of Education, and does so unilaterally, will you still be celebrating the usage of the, "Sick And Tired Clause," not actually found in our founding law? In fact, my copy of the Constitution expressly states that Congress has plenary authority to write our nations laws, and to decide completely independent of the Executive Branch, if laws should be written at all.

This essay is not an argument one way or the other about our immigration system, which by the way was never broken, only unenforced completely. If you disagree with the current law, fine. If you agree with the current law, fine. We can debate those issues, and probably should have that argument. What happened last night is something different however. Barack Obama's edict that he would no longer be enforcing the laws that he never really enforced to begin with will not actually have any measurable effect upon our immigration problem. It will continue to be the same disaster over which he's presided for the past six years.

The problem with last night's proclamation is that our President has officially proclaimed himself to be our King. The major Networks, in an effort to protect the man from himself, decided not to air the address. So, many across these Fruited Plains may have missed it. (My belief is that the folks at ABC, CBS, and NBC did not want to highlight their chosen Messianic Maniac in all of his glory, violating our founding law with such naked hubris.) The good news in this, and yes there is some, is that Barack Obama proclaiming himself to be our King does not make it so. He can be stopped. The bad news is that the people in the best position to actually stop him have shown an eerie reluctance to date for opposing him in any measurable fashion.

It was a different story when our affirmative action President was content with ruining his eight years, threatening only his legacy as our nation's leader. For not one thing that Barack Obama has done to date, until now, was immune to the specter of reversal if so chosen by future inhabitants of elected office. Letting him get away with this however is a different matter entirely. Changing the Presidency to the Kingship does have the potential to become permanent, and consolidating ultimate authority in one man is the exact opposite of the principles upon which our nation was established.

We need more than impassioned speeches. We need for our elected leaders to take swift and substantive action. This man must be stopped, and damn the electoral consequences. I don't know that impeachment is the right answer, as President Biden doesn't exactly thrill me. But I do know that impeachment is better than not reacting at all. I am not sure that withholding funding, to the point of shutting down the government is the right answer. But I do know that doing this would be a much better answer than not doing anything to stop this. This naked power grab by the Executive Branch is well beyond anything that should be tolerated by the American People. (Kudos by the way to Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who's promised to file a law suit against the President in order to put a stop to him. My hope would be that the other 30 Republican Governors would follow suit. We need more activity, and hopefully something will work.)

There is a silver lining here, Barack Obama may be making that veto proof majority a possibility after all.

Manchin 55
Heitkamp 56
King 57
Johnson 58
Tester 59.......................

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Great 42 State Non-Mandate And Other Leftist Fairy Tales

I'm still working on the book, but I swear that it's almost finished.

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

I'm sure we've all seen the video by now, that one in which the paid Obama lackey, impartial, unimpeachable, MIT Economics Don, Jonathan Gruber, put truth to the suspicion and oft stated fact those of us on the right have been saying about the Leftist politicos and pundits for years. In case you haven't, have a palate cleansing experience on me.

So, after the above vindicating palate cleanser broke with a vengeance, the usual suspects went about the business of claiming context, off the cuff, not well thought out, spur of the moment, what ever. Hearkening back to those days of Andrew Breitbart, another video in front of a different audience immediately came up, in which the same statement about Americans being too stupid for Jonathan Gruber's personal liking appeared in his obviously practiced and polished speech.

I'm given to understand that there's a third video out there as well.

So, there we have it, we here in America are too stupid to see the truth when being lied to. That's how Democrats get elected, and that's how they inflict their agenda upon us. MIT is an elite school, where our intellectual betters go about the business of centrally planning our lives for us. And, since we're not smart enough to support their plans when we know truthfully what it is they have in store for us, they feel compelled to lie, so that they have the ends desired to justify their means. We got the Obamacare Law thrust down our throats, and now that we've begun to witness the misery it brings with it, they believe there's nothing we can do about it.

There's just one problem of course. Americans are not stupid, at least not most of us. We may not always pay careful attention to the self anointed angels who've decided to run our lives for us and organize our society, but when we do catch on, we'll usually do the right thing. The fact is that Obamacare was never supported by anywhere close to a majority of citizens. Even with the super majority in the Senate, and solid control of the House, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi had to resort to a highly dubious and suspect parliamentary trick in order to pass the Bill. They had to offer some of the darker bribes ever to foul the world's greatest deliberative body, and in the end, voters punished those who voted for it with a terrible fury.

Six years later, a full half of U.S. Senators who voted for the thing are no longer employed by their respective states as delegates in our Senate. There is not another six year period in our nation's history where a full 1/3 of the Senate turned over, with an overwhelming majority of that turnover coming exclusively from one Party.

Quick Question: Do you think Juan Williams is lying in a fetal position somewhere, far away from any cameras, sobbing that last Tuesday's election was merely reflective of an anti-incumbent mood in our country?

In the case of Jonathan Gruber, that highly educated socially elite angel self anointed to organize our society for us, because we mere mortals simply lack the brain power to truly know what's in our best interests, (meaning Marxism and wealth redistribution schemes,) he was tapped by our man child President to write the Obamacare Law, which now plagues our health care system, and has seen to it that quality medical care and treatment will soon be a thing of the past. During all of these panel discussions, held in those hallowed halls of American Academia, he readily admits, brags about how his law is less about health insurance and more about transferring wealth, from healthy productive people to those who produce nothing, and further, have given no indication that they wish to do so. The rest of us are stupid for having any objection to this, or are stupid for being so easily fooled into not realizing that this was the end game all along. It probably won't come as any surprise, but Gruber has not held an actual job in any part of our society that produces. His entire adult life has been spent in the Unicorn Infested Universe, never intersecting with reality, or the consequences of his clearly superior intellect determining policies to make such production appreciably harder to accomplish.

I have just one thing to say to Mr. Gruber. Tar, feathers, torches, pitchforks, get ready to run for your life sir, America now knows what you look like. The only people we dislike worse than useless bureaucrats who screw things up for us are those who look down their noses at us while screwing things up.

So, how dumb are we Americans, really? Well, to put it succinctly, as I've shown before, we didn't actually fall for the Obamacare equivalent of the, "got your nose trick." In fact, we've responded with two wave elections. (Inexplicably, Republicans decided to nominate a candidate in 2012 who could not use Obamacare as an issue, and therefore never really brought it up. Score another victory for the, "only a centrist moderate can win," crowd, thanks!) In order to serve the interests of visualization, here's what a map of the GOP victory looks like, in terms of Congressional Districts.

House Live Results Map

Tell me again, who's the regional party, and who's got the broad nationwide appeal?

Even deeper than the net swing in the Senate of 9 seats, which will be fully realized as of December 6, and the net swing of 15 House Seats, after those California Districts get around to certifying their tallies, and the net swing of 3 Governor's Chairs, there is an even more impressive showing that happened last week. Another massive sweep of State Legislature Seats, giving the GOP an impressive control of 42 State Legislatures. That is by far, the greatest number of State Legislatures controlled, House Districts won, Governor Seats occupied, in the entire history of the Party of Lincoln.

It also does something even better for the future prospects of the GOP, a political party which only two years ago was declared to be a dead man walking. On the dais at those idiotic Presidential debates in 2016, there will stand the only person who now occupies the Democrat Bench, a 70 something Hillary Clinton, and a Republican contender who will be a guaranteed full generation younger than his or her opponent. The party that has crowed about the youth vote ad nauseam for 8 years will suddenly be the party of old angry crones, famous for berating the help and people of lower station.

We have heard all week long about how this election was really a blessing in disguise for Democrats, and a curse for those unlucky winners, who lose even when winning, aka the Republicans. Now they have to govern, with no real agenda brought and argued for with the American Public. The only problem is that this isn't quite true. There was one promise made by Republicans far and wide. That promise was that they were going to endeavor to put a stop to what ever Barack Obama was getting up to in the White House. This election, as the one in 2010, was a restraining order, filed by American Voters, against the President of the United States. Cease and Desist your fundamental transformation of our once free country into one of those Socialist styled democracies found in Europe. Cease and desist all wealth redistribution activity. Cease and desist the amnesty program you've started. Cease and desist the implementation of Obamacare. Cease and desist the implementation of any piece of your agenda. That's the very clear mandate given to those who won election Tuesday of last week.

Gridlock is not a flaw. Gridlock, at least for now, is our saving grace. I've said this before, and I'll say it again. Our motto should be #100vetosorbust. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, if they're smart, would pass one bill per week, and force Barack Obama to either sign on, or Veto it. With each and every Bill, hold a press conference, telling Americans why the Bill is good for the nation, how it will help ordinary citizens who produce, are part of reality, and supporting their families. This will give us two solid years of laying out the right of center positive agenda, and clue all citizens into the fact with each and every veto, that if the Democrat Senators wished, they could always vote to overturn the vetoes, since Mitch McConnell would be scheduling votes on that as well, each and every time it happened. Discuss openly, each veto, and continue without mercy. Make the press conferences a weekly staple, another reason for our President to despise Mondays.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Some Observations On The Midterms - 100 VETO's Or Bust

First things first here. Let's enjoy two and a half minutes of celebration.

Those who consist of the more brilliant intellectually elite class, the ones who've been traveling the cosmos predicting that the last decade represents the beginning of the end of the Republican Party are officially imbeciles now. Unfortunately, our system, thanks to some crooked politicking by both major political parties, has become rigged to resemble a two party system for the foreseeable future. Third parties have a hell of a time getting themselves on the ballots in every state, and the apparatus has been rigged in terms of funding to favor the Democrat and Republican Brand exclusively above any interlopers into the fray. Any statement that that there will come a time when we'll see the death of an opposition party is pure stupidity. We're talking museum grade stupidity here. I predicted this wave over a year ago, and the reasons why, documented on this blog held true, each and every one of them.

The spin, which began in earnest two weeks ago, that this was not a wave election has been hilarious to say the least. You can not separate the policies of liberalism from the American reaction to the effects of those policies. When you listen to people crowing about how this was not a case of people voting for Republicans, but against Democrats, give yourself permission to laugh. People rejected liberalism precisely because they've been living its many failures over these last six years. The Republican Agenda, even if Republicans admittedly suck at verbalizing it, is and always has been maximizing freedom for the American People and limiting the scope of Centralized Authority. If you want some clues as to how bad it was for Democrats last night, look no further than North Carolina. The Democrats outspent the Republicans by a 2 to 1 margin there, and while doing that, lost an incumbent seat in the only Southern State that has given them recent success on a consistent basis. Three weeks ago, when I made my prediction of 53 GOP Senate Seats, North Carolina was not on my list of victories. I am glad to have been wrong on that particular call. I also failed to recognize the shocker in Virginia that took place. I wonder if Mark Warner has changed his soiled pants yet.

(By the way, did you catch Mitch McConnell's victory speech from last night? My goodness, I thought I was listening to Barry Goldwater! Tell me again how anyone could possibly believe that the Tea Party has not had any effect upon the Republican Brand. Well done my friends, we've successfully achieved a major shift in the Republican Party, pulling it back to the right. We've more to do, that is for certain, but we've also earned the right to pat ourselves on the back.)

The clues that the internal, not for public consumption polling data told a vastly different story than those polls hailed as the true trajectory of the elections started about two weeks ago. We got an op-ed in the New York Times telling us that we vote too often in this country, and that by limiting our incessant need to have a say so in how we'e governed, we might be able to limit the stupid decision making Americans inflict themselves with when we reject Leftism. We were treated to a President that had famously declared that even if his name were not on the ballot, his policies most definitely were, suddenly reverse course to tell us that the election was most assuredly not a referendum on his job performance to date. We were treated to nifty analysis once again, postulating that being President of the United States has become too impossible a job to handle for any one man. You see, if these clearly superior great intellects that the Democrat elites have chosen for us can't do it, how can the knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, bigoted, racist, homophobic, Republican Conservative Neanderthals, possibly be successful? Remember that the last two times we heard this were during Jimmy Carter's Presidency, leading into Reagan's term in office, and then Bill Clinton's Presidency, just before George W. Bush had his wildly successful time in office. (Which may be, and I'm only spit balling here, one of the reasons why our founding fathers stated repeatedly that the Executive Branch was supposed to be weaker than the Legislative in terms of scope.) We have been regaled with such inciteful analysis as the observation that we should just pass what ever laws we need to in order to simply grant the President dictatorial powers to inflict his agenda, what ever it is, regardless of any silly notions of checks upon his singular authority, like a ballot box or a bicameral Legislature.

Quote from Pat Roberts' during his victory speech from last night:

I understand my marching orders. I will be bold, conservative, and I will get the job done!

We'll call the above quote exhibit number two in the parade of evidence pointing to the effect the Tea Party has had upon the Republican brand.

The usual liberal play book failed. While that is no guarantee that it will continue to fail, it shows that when Republicans articulate their vision clearly, passionately, and stick to conservative principles, they flat out win elections. Time and time again, we have seen that it is the wishy washy arbiters of capitulation who lose, and lose big. Conservatism wins elections, most every time it is tried. Scott Walker, John Kasich, Larry Hogan, and Rick Snyder have all won in blue or purple states, and all four did so by sticking to hard right positions. Tom Corbett on the other hand had spent the past four years capitulating on each and every issue, and coincidentally was the only GOP incumbent to lose his bid for reelection, seeking to return as Pennsylvania's Governor.

Quick question: Is Chris Matthews still experiencing that thrill going up his leg when he hears President Zero's voice?

Not a single polling model offered up by RCP, with its vaunted rolling average technique turned out to be reflective of reality. Once again, we've learned the hard lesson to take the pre election polls with a serious grain of salt. They are not too terribly accurate, and should be used as entertainment only. In the end, the most sophisticated predictions of voter models are still only a guess, and none of those models turned out to be an accurate description of what actually happened yesterday. For the doom and gloom prognosticators out there, the midterm models have only failed to predict the subsequent presidential election once in modern history, which saw the reelection of Barack Obama. Hillary is not a fait accompli. Yes there are plenty of morons out there who are, "ready for Hillary," but we also have a template on how to prevent this disaster from taking place.

Today, along with the usual venom about how dumb the voting public was this time around, we'll be treated to the seeming endless proclamation that this election was a message sent by Americans that they want the newly elected GOP controlled Senate to go about the business of working together with Democrats across the aisle to get Barack Obama's agenda enacted. Pay attention to this. Gridlock is not a problem that our Constitution has created, it is a perk. Yesterday's electoral shellacking administered by the American Voting Public, in all of its glory, was nothing short of a restraining order designed to put a stop to Barack Obama's efforts to, "fundamentally transform," America. They don't want Republicans to reach across the aisle and sing Kumbayah, they want Republicans to show some gosh darned back bone, which according to the victory speeches delivered last night, seems to be the direction that they'll take. (Also for those paying attention, that is largely a departure from the 2010 declarations, which proceeded the 2012 shellacking received.)

Moving forward, the GOP needs to pass legislation that represents every single item on the GOP wish list that they can get passed. Force President Obama to VETO everything. Make him and his party own every piece of their agenda. Start drawing the stark contrasts between left and right today. We still have the lame duck chicanery to tolerate, so don't expect to see those changes in effect coming with the last Legislative session of the year, but in January, it should be palpable. If Barack Obama wants to climb aboard the Small Government Train, let him. But make it plain, something we didn't do in 1995, that it is being driven by the GOP. My instincts tell me however, that Barack Obama will not be anywhere nearly so sharp as Bill Clinton. Clinton got aboard the train, the Bamster will stand defiant, and attempt to let it all burn metaphorically speaking. He's less a politician than a petulant child, and we're about to witness a two year temper tantrum from the Teleprompter in Chief. Our goal should be 100 VETOS or bust, including a full out repeal of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, Dept. of Education, Energy, EPA, what have you. Get it all on the table now, and make the Democrats own each and every one of their bad ideas.

Now here's the Cherry on top. With the 54 Senate Seats, it will matter not that we're saddled with the idiocy that is John McCain, nor the idiocy that is Lindsey Graham. We, everyone in the nation, owe a debt of gratitude to the people of North Carolina, Kansas, Alaska, and Iowa. You guys held firm, and gave us a McCain and Graham proof majority.

Oh what the hell, once more in celebration, then we can get to work.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time To Destroy The Israel As An Apartheid State Libel

This one is so laughably fallacious that the charge hardly seems worth so much effort. Reality can be a cruel mistress however, as there is something far more mendacious under the surface of this charge. It is that something, that has me far more worried than the laughably false claim itself.

Let's look at the Apartheid State claim, with respect to Israel itself. There is only one Democracy in the entirety of the Middle East. There is only one nation in the entire region where all of its citizens have their natural rights respected. There is one nation in the Middle East where all of its citizens have the right to own property, can vote, can walk freely in public, and are free to hold elective office should the other citizens deem it appropriate via ballot. There is only one nation in the Middle East that does not summarily execute homosexuals once outed, and indeed is the destination country where gays flee to, once that cat is out of the closet. Only one nation in the Middle East guarantees freedom of speech and press, and allows for all religions to be practiced freely within its borders. That nation is Israel.

Now, we'll let one of those Prager University Videos destroy the claim. Kenneth Meshoe, someone who actually lived through Apartheid's policies in South Africa, describes some of the finer points of why this claim is not only false, but evil in its scope.

Before we move on, let me just add that if the Prager University stuff is not on your regular play list or subscriptions list on youtube, it should be.

People believe this libel, mostly because they want it to be true, and that to me is far worse than the liable itself. In today's world, Antisemitism is looked down upon and even railed against as bigoted hatred. Unfortunately, there are many people who still harbor Antisemitic feelings, and will cling to any justification, regardless of how flimsy, for their feelings of Jew hatred, just under the surface.

The, "I can be Anti Israel without hating Jews," argument is a canard, and nothing more. I can respect the fact that no government is perfect, and no government constituted among men is beyond reproach, but that does not change some very basic facts on the ground here in the land called reality. Israel is held under a different microscope than any other nation on Earth for these people. She is not compared with her neighbors, all of which actually are Apartheid states. Israel is surrounded by neighbors who have decreed that all non Muslims do not have the right to vote, may not move about freely in public, may not own property, may not pray as they wish, and may not participate in the intimate relations between consenting adults that they choose. None of Israel's neighbors allow for women to walk about uncovered, drive cars, or even speak to men with whom they have no familial relationship.

Calling Israel an Apartheid State requires a level of willful blindness that goes beyond simple ignorance. It requires an unhealthy predisposition for Antisemitism. Yes, Israel has built walls and taken measures to keep Palestinians out. Most nations in the world have taken measures to secure their borders. Since many of Israel's neighbors have taken up the practice of planting bombs or even wearing bombs onto her streets, and detonating those bombs in the manner necessary to kill as many citizens as they can, I would call that measure a wise course of action. Egypt won't allow the Palestinians in their nation either, and in fact have taken to shooting any who try to enter Egypt without permission. Jordan has practiced the fine art of shooting all Palestinians who attempt to walk into Jordan as well. Yet, in both of these instances, the same bleeding hearts who bandy about the claims of Apartheid, remain silent.