Fake News

Comments at Steve Sailer:

* The coining of the term “Fake News” by the leftist establishment was a more horrific blunder than they even realize yet.

Trump and the right will likely soon move beyond excoriating just Fake News and use the Fake descriptor to delegitimize, or at least impugn, all of the other phony stuff in the left’s arsenal:

Fake Education—The indoctrination that passes itself off as a real education that teaches man important truths.

Fake Entertainment—The propaganda, like female Ghostbusters or Modern Family, that pretends to be actual entertainment.

Fake Art—The modern monstrosities that debase and revolt man instead of uplift him like true art.

Fake Intelligence—”The election was hacked by Muh Russians.”

Fake Work—The worthless jobs that our economy has become saturated with. See affirmative action jobs, HR cat-lady workers, and all the time wasting activities implemented by managers and regulators for CYA purposes.

One could go on and on in this vein.

* Fake History – when “Hidden Figures” and cast win Oscars for their “black women pioneer the Space age” movie.

* It’s quite clear the establishment wants Trump gone ASAP and damn the consequences.

That said I understand why they’re so open about it. The establishment is betting the white working and middle-class will roll over and do nothing.

That’s one hell of a wager. Because the lower class whites won’t just see it as a assassination or impeachment but the establishment/cloud people telling them they aren’t allowed to have a say in the way things are run.

It’s not a bet I want to make, especially given that the establishment has been dead wrong about the public response to Trump from day one. I can see it all going pear shaped for them real fast.

* We have a pretty damned serious problem in this country.

The “elites” are 100% against Trump. Normally, only someone from the elite class is allowed to win.

Trump only won because the elites are 100% against the American people, too. (When you step back and consider that the previous president of the United States actively sided with foreigners who committed the crime of illegal entry instead of enforcing U.S. immigration law — to the point of bringing them to the State of the Union Address — that’s pretty bad.)

The elites are hell-bent on taking Trump out. And they’re capable of doing it. The problem facing Trump is that in order to survive, he’s going to need to play just as dirty as they do — in other words, by insisting that Trump is a “fascist,” the elites are going to box him in into a corner where he’s actually going to have to become one in order to survive the endless plots against him.

Trump did the right thing by holding a populist rally in Florida — but that’s all he’s got for support. The problem with populism is that common people don’t control the institutions of the state, so when push comes to shove their influence is pretty limited — unless they take to the streets and instill fear in the hearts of the elites. That’s the primary technique of fascism. I don’t see that happening yet, but it’s pretty hard to see Trump surviving four years unless he can get some key institutions on his side (first and foremost the Republican Party.

Failing that, it’s going to end up in the streets.

Not a good scene at all.

* On the one hand, the left and the media have gone increasingly crazy since Trump’s inauguration.

On the other hand, Trump, who seemed at the very beginning somewhat humbled by his rise to the Presidency and what it represents, seems now more and more comfortable and even emboldened by the power of the office. I think his performance in his most recent press conference is a sign of that. In addition, he seems to be getting some better sense of the operating constraints of a President.

I think Trump’s self-confidence in the role of the Presidency is just too much for the press to take — especially since he is so openly contemptuous of them. On some level, I’m sure they are suffering from a guilty conscience themselves. They know how they’ve tossed out all journalistic principle. Being accused by the most powerful man in the world of ginning up Fake News is causing an internal breakdown.

Everything is getting worse in terms of polarization. But where does it end? How does it resolve itself?

As the saying goes, trends that can’t continue, won’t. I’m just not sure where we’ll be when it stops.

If I had to guess, some of the people in the press will finally peel themselves off of the hysteria, as it proceeds to its farther reaches. They will be denounced, of course, but others will take heart from their decision and do the same. It will help that this will also be a very good career move at a certain point, because it will give them both an audience in the public and greater access in the Trump administration.

* You would think the incredible victory of Trump would be cause for some self-examination among the establishment, but quite the contrary. This reality show star went up against the Republican establishment, the entire Democrat Party, the entire media (with a few exceptions), and the whole entrenched liberal culture that dominates our nation, and he won. I myself voted for him despite not particularly liking him as a person and having serious doubts about his qualifications and temperament. Nevertheless, I was happy to vote for the first candidate in my lifetime who talked about the real problems of this country and offered real solutions, whether or not I believe he will be able to deliver. As far as I’m concerned, it’s Trump or “game over,” and it may be game over in any case.

Roughly half the voting population of this nation feels the same way I do. Yet instead of taking our anger seriously, the establishment thinks it can just make this all go away by having liberal judges block Trump at every turn, having the press and entertainment industry attack him on a daily basis, and having congress do as little as possible to enact his agenda. But where do tthe elites think the anger is going to go? Do they think they can just double down, tell us, “No, America, you can’t have borders. No, you have to welcome a vast influx of Muslims. No, you have to step aside and let immigrants take your jobs. Sorry, we have to move your industry to countries with cheaper workers and fewer regulations.”

Can they really not understand that they’re playing with fire? They can call Trump “Hitler” all they want, but they have to confront the fact that we prefer the one they call Hitler to them.

* Ace of Spades: Dear Media,

We all watched you in tears on election night, on our TVs.

We saw your crying. There’s no denying it.

And there’s no coming back from that.

Anyone who cries like a baby while on television over the election results cannot claim to be able to put aside his deep emotional reaction and behave professionally and detachedly in the months to follow.

So:

We know what you are. We’ve always known what you were, but seeing the hysterical tears flow was proof to the rest of the world who suspected but did not know.

And we’ll never believe a word you say again.

Go f**k yourselves dead,

The People Who Used to Watch You On TV

* Most important thing to control is the army. Most of the ranks are already pro-Trump, and getting Trump’s picks in at the top will solidify control there. Second most important thing is the CIA and intelligence community. There’s where the big fight is going to be fought. Third is the FBI, and we can’t do a thing about Comey until his term is up, but there are people below Comey who support Trump. We can probably wait on them until Comey’s term is up. Tillerson is already cleaning house at State. From there, it’s lesser agencies like the EPA, Education, etc., which are easier targets. If we can get over the hump of the CIA-intelligence communities, it’s only a matter of time before we have the whole government. I don’t think the intelligence community realizes this is a fight they can’t win. You cannot fight your own incoming president like this when he has the power to hire, fire, and prosecute you.

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The Constitution Is Not Magic

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* I think that most “mainstream” conservatives (i.e. the Rush Limbaugh set, the Dittoheads) have this vague sense that the US Constitution is a magical document that, if followed to the letter, would produce only “good” outcomes, their notion of goodness being a rather unexamined one which will be discussed below. Therefore, any ruling by any court which they deem unconformable to their liking must be the result of liberal activist judges behaving unconstitutionally. In other words, since the Constitution is defined as doing no wrong, they simply beg the question on the constitutionality of unwanted rulings. This whole process came to a head most recently during the Obamacare fracas. When Chief Justice Roberts issued his opinion upholding the ACA, the mainstreamers were up in arms. They didn’t want or like the ACA, so obviously this was “unconstitutional,” right? The arguments adduced to condemn Roberts’ decision were a truly preposterous collection of calumnies ranging from the pop-psychological (“Life is high school, folks. You never get out of high school. Roberts just wanted to ingratiate himself with the cool kids in Washington.”) to the ominous (“What kind of dirt does the NSA have on Roberts that they could blackmail him like this?”) to the pathetic (“Roberts did not want to be the one to deny the First Black President his signature piece of legislation.”). Missing from all of this hysterical reaction was any willingness to entertain the idea that Roberts really did rule in accordance with the law; for all of the legal scholars whom I read at the time—who were no liberals, mind you—agreed that in the broad sense Obamacare was constitutional, even if it was a terrible idea. The Supreme Court did not find any grounds for striking down the law that were no so uselessly capacious as to invalidate pretty much everything the federal government actually does. The essence of the matter was very succinctly expressed in Roberts’ appropriation of Obama’s taunt: “Elections have consequences.”

Furthermore, the Dittoheads’ conception of what comprises a “good” constitutional outcome is indefensible and oftentimes just plain silly. The typical example to be cited regarding that point is the modern-day transvaluation of the controversy over slavery in the Southern States. The modern Dittos begin with the premise of strict constructionism: The US Constitution is the supreme law of the land and it must be obeyed as written (they are forever qualifying their panegyrics with innumerable ‘as-writtens,’ as if that clarified the matter). The modern Liberals respond to this premise with the objection that the Constitution must be a “living, breathing document”; for, after all, it codified slavery into law (“which we all agree is an unmitigated moral evil”) and we did away with that, didn’t we? To this the Dittos oppose an argument which is both historically inaccurate and tactically boneheaded. “Ah, but the wise and beneficent Framers, recognizing that the Union could never be preserved without making some provisions for the Southern States on this issue at the time, nevertheless placed into the Constitution the mechanism for getting rid of slavery at a later date.”

It should be pointed out that this argument, even by its own lights, enshrines the idea that an act of pragmatic state necessity (preserving the Union) takes precedence over any ideological commitments to universal human liberty, even in the case of an “unmitigated moral evil.” Thus, the premise of strict constructionism, along with any notion that the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution cannot be overridden by a supposedly higher purpose, is already hoist with its own petard. But of far greater weight is the swallowing whole of the description of slavery as inherently evil; which—since the Constitution can do no wrong—must on the Dittos’ view entail that the Framers were working behind the scenes from the beginning to eradicate this bane from the land.

That counterfactual claim is nothing but a cowardly concession to the spirit of our own times, and neither historical truth nor constitutional rigor has anything to do with it. What the conservatives should have done is oppose the entire spirit of modernity by speaking candidly on the subject of slavery by laying out the following:

1) That the condition of slavery is not an inherent moral evil and is not contrary to the natural law; contrarily, it actually benefits those who have proven themselves incapable of self-governance.

2) That during the long millennia prior to the modern age, every nation, every empire, every higher culture was completely dependent on slaves or servants for its very existence; and

3) That the only reasons we today delude ourselves that we are able to dispense with the eternal tension of master and slave is because our advanced machine industry has largely taken over menial labors in our native lands, while the menial work that still remains to be done is performed in foreign sweatshops by workers whom we never see. Thus, by immoderately proclaiming the blessings of liberty to one and all, and heaping condemnation upon our ancestors, we are engaging in an orgy of self-congratulatory moral preening to which we have no real title whatsoever.

The only conservatism worthy of the name is what you might call the anti-modernist, Traditionalist/Perennialist, reactionary kind—not the Constitutionalist kind. Constitutionalism is simply the leftovers of yesterday’s liberalism. The very notion of a separation of powers among the branches of government is contrary to the nature of power and ought, at least by now, to be regarded as a quaint production of an overstrained intellect which has never in fact been observed. It is one thing for men to voluntarily form a compact that provides for self-government and the mutual respect of one another’s property; it is quite another to suppose that the primordial forces of history can be countered by flourishing a text in their face. However, for as long as the Constitution remains the law of the land, it needs to be observed with at least a begrudging respect. Bill Kistol, by his own mouth, has confessed himself to be a traitor and an outlaw by preferring the rule of the Deep State to the rule of the constitutionally elected president, and has thereby forfeited any claim to the protections the Constitution might otherwise have afforded him. Let him be treated as such.

* The lawyers and doctors were having a convention and after a few two many drinks one lawyer while speaking to the group opined, “We wrote the Constitution, when you doctors were putting leaches on George Washington’s ass.” Its sort of true. A couple lawyers in the colonies created more human progress, wealth, satisfaction, goodness, than any other profession. Think of the wealth created in America (not because of magic dirt), the progress, the millions of people allowed to live their lives as they saw fit. People of the same genetic stock in UK and Europe do not match the United States in any way.

Surely a student of history 500 years in the future will study the Greece golden age, the Roman Republic and the USA as high points of individual freedom in a history of mankind sadly lacking in much of it.

* Glenn Greenwald, whose been making the interview rounds of late discussing the deep state in the context of the current events, mentioned Bill Kristol’s preference (and MSM, Neo Cons & democrats) for the destruction of this administration by that means as hypocrisy and absolutely dangerously undemocratic. He’s no Trump fan and would like to see by legal means Trumps policies thwarted, but he’s intellectually honest enough to see that these expedient partisan selective outrages are destroying our country.

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How Do You Get Jews To Give?

Robert Weissberg comments: “A result of years listening to fund raising appeals. Take my word for it–if you want Jews to give, scare them to death and after a point, they confuse fund raising with reality. Been there many times and it always works.”

* A lot of Jewish people are genuinely afraid Trump is going to exterminate them, which I think is about as likely as my bedding Scarlet Johansson, but I can see why they’re worried.

* So, do they think that Trump will start by exterminating his grandchildren? You know, start small, then go big?

* If Jews are so afraid of American gentiles then I wish they would move to Israel to get away from us. It must be some kind of mental illness that makes Jews want to live in countries whose majority populations terrify them.

* Trump has never said anything negative about the Jews. Meanwhile Hitler pretty much telegraphed that the Jews were in trouble. And Weimar Germany wasn’t a golden era for Jewry either. The stab in the back myth pretty much kicked off with Germany’s defeat in WWI. Then it didn’t help that the Bolsheviks were Jew heavy.

So no, it is ridiculous for Jews to be in a panic over Trump. The Israeli press has been fairly aghast at the stupidity of Jews in the US with regards to Trump. Jews are picking the side, the Democrats, that is growing more anti-semitic. They even encourage the immigration that will destroy them. If they get what they want, it won’t be some diverse utopia of Jewry on top. It will be mobs of Muslims and other minorities hunting them in the streets. A few will flee and then write about how poorly they were treated.

* An “American Holocaust” is pretty much impossible. Americans are the most pro-Hebrew people in history. Virtually everyone in the US thinks either that Israel is Our Greatest Ally (if not the Holy Land of God’s Chosen People) or that Hitler was unquestionably Teh Most Ebil Dude Evar. Many people people, of course, think both of these things. Jewish paranoia about anti-Semitism in the US is one of the most irrational phenemona in human history.

* Trump doesn’t seem to have any particular animus against blacks (excuse me, against “the blacks”) or homosexuals. No animus against them at all, as far as I can tell. And yet many of them have convinced themselves that he is the second coming of Theodore Bilbo or Anita Bryant, or something.

* Jewish paranoia about anti-Semitism in the US is one of the most irrational phenemona in human history.

* True. And unlike Europeans, modern Americans generally tend to assume being Jewish is just a choice, like being Baptist or Mormon or liberal. A pogrom doesn’t make intuitive sense to Americans.

* Years ago when I lived in Nashville the city (maybe the state) had some referendum or other about whether to actually enforce the law regarding illegal aliens. It may have been to do with wasting money on governmental services in fifteen foreign languages, the way California does.

In the event, the managing partner of the law firm I was working for sent an obnoxious e-mail to the entire firm exhorting us to support the illegal aliens, going on about how difficult life was for the aliens, and so on. I took the opportunity to post ro the firm’s list-serv a detailed piece (not my own) explaining the reasons to oppose such nonsense. Surprisingly, I caught no flak.

Contrast that to an earlier still event: I objected to a poster on a list-serv who had gone full Jew-Jewity-Jew about Israel for months; I explained the list-serv was an apolitical forum for sharing professional knowledge. I was promptly frog-marched into a meeting with my boss and some hag from HR to be lectured about my sins. Needless to say, that firm was run by a Jew. (Also needless to say, I promptly resigned from their employ.)

It’s absolutely the case that one must think only approved thoughts and advocate only approved causes in Big Law. It’s one reason I went in-house and focused on patents – it is all much less politicised, but then everything is politicised these days, even children’s skating parties. It’s the impossibility of civic life when the other fellow doesn’t favour more money for roads than schools, but rather the destruction of your entire race and culture, that I once mentioned before.

* For the most part the Upper Classes don’t give the lower classes much thought at all. And if you live in a city like New York, LA, or D.C., you just won’t see many poor white people. The only poor white people you experience in most big cities are young people on their way up, slumming artists, or crazy homeless people. It becomes second nature to think that all poor people are latino or black, and assume that white people complaining about the economy must be whining.

* What makes the Holocaust press release freakout even more ridiculous is that it was worded that way to be inclusive. Lots of gays, Roma, and political undesirables were murdered as well. Literally anything he said in the statement would cause tears in some quarter for being insufficiently woke to some demographic’s death toll.

The latest media absurdity is the sneering about Trump’s remarks on Sweden:

“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris. We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we’re going to keep our country safe.”

The press misinterpreted this as a claim that there was a terrorist attack that night in Sweden, rather than the obvious meaning: Sweden has imported criminal, jihadist, rape-prone welfare cases, and as a result several Swedish cities have been turned into no-go zones.

* Lots of things that millions of people believe are completely retarded. In this case, a lot of Jews are being deliberately bombarded with deceptive information designed to make them believe Trump is the next Hitler in waiting. If you’re not paying attention and you trust the media sources in question, then that’s what you believe.

A few years ago when the Tea Party was in full swing, there was this weird trend in which whenever there was a mass shooting CNN etc. would tryn and find some way to link it to the Tea Party. In the most absurd example, when the police released the name of a shooter, someone stuck it into google and found that it was a the same name as a Tea Party rally organizer in the state [!!!]. I used to wonder why they did this. Didn’t it just make them look stupid? Why didn’t they wait to see whether there was actually a link? Then I realised: the point wasn’t too link a specific shooting to the Tea Party (for that they could afford to wait until the details came out, after all, eventually there would be one), the point was a to create a link in their viewer’s minds between the Tea Party and violence. No-one really remembers each specific incident and how the media reported it (except aspies on blogs), but they recall at the back of their mind that the Tea Party was linked to an awful lot of mass shootings. It’s the same with Trump anti-antisemitism thing. Each individual piece of evidence just looks like a joke, but that’s only relevant if you’re paying attention. For the typical media-consumer all that matters is that Trump has all these “links” to anti-antisemitism. You can see a lot of examples of this phenomenon if you’re attune to it.

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Garuda Airlines Horror Stories

Garuda is an Indonesian national airline with a horrible safety record (though much improved in the past decade).

A friend of mine flew it in the 1990s and saw the Garuda steward steal money out of the wallet of a sleeping passenger. My friend reported the theft to Garuda who had no interest in hearing about it, not even when she reported it to the Garuda head office in Australia.

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Alt Right Torah: Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1–24:18)

This week’s Torah portion follows the giving of the Ten Commandments. We are live with Leanne.

* Growing up as a Protestant, I heard all the time from clergy about the Bible teaches this and that, and almost none of these clergy were fluent in Hebrew. If you take the Bible as your guide book, you might want to make sure your guides to the Bible are fluent in the languages of the Bible.

* God is still talking to Moses as the portion begins, “And if you buy a Hebrew slave.”

When the Torah says, “If…”, it is usually not happy with your choice. As in, “If you lust for meat.”

The Torah is not outraged by slavery. It is outraged by Jews being slaves to goyim.

A Jew can become a slave if he is a pauper, a debtor or a criminal. This strikes me as a more moral system than allowing people to take welfare or declare bankruptcy or commit crimes without repayment.

A slave can always run away and he can’t be forcefully returned to his master, so you better treat your slaves well.

“Slave” is a problematic translation because the Hebrew word “eved” also means “servant” or “bondsman.” Moshe is described as an “eved” of God. Was Moshe God’s slave?

A lot of Jews are shocked when I point out that Judaism is a system of dual morality — there’s one morality for how you treat your fellow Jew and another morality for how you treat everyone else. WASPs, on the other hand, have a universal morality. There’s one moral standard for how you treat everyone. The first verse of this week’s Torah portion outlines the differences in how you treat a Hebrew slave vs a gentile slave.

* There is no separate realm of religion in Torah. Torah covers everything. So how do Orthodox Jews deal with falling short of the Torah’s commands? They have much less guilt about it than Christians. Living in an Orthodox community, they will try to keep their sins quiet. They accept that they fall short of the mark.

If Torah covers all of life, including business dealings, then you might expect Orthodox Jews to be more honest and upright than most people. If they are not, whose fault is it? Torah’s or their’s?

Artscroll says that “justice in monetary affairs is a prerequisite to Israel’s national security.” Isaiah 1:27: “Zion will be redeemed through justice, and its captives through righteousness.”

* Ex. 21:16. You can’t kidnap people and sell them into slavery.

* Ex. 21:18. If you fight with a guy and hurt him, you have to pay his medical bills and lost wages.

* If you kill your own slave, you are put to death for murder. If you maim your slave or knock out a tooth, your slave is set free.

* Ex. 21:23. Abortion is not murder.

* I’m not sure how I think about the morality of slavery. The Torah accepts it, so why should I get haughty about it? So long as the slave is free to run away and cannot be forcibly returned to his master, then I don’t think I have a problem with it.

* A Jewish woman (as opposed to a child) can’t become a slave for reasons of sexual morality.

* Did you watch the Super Bowl?

* Exodus 23:25: God says, “I will remove illness from your midst.” Has this ever happened?

Leanne:

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