Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cruising the Web

Ugh! I had an awful afternoon yesterday waiting at the car dealer for my car to be fixed. The door on the gas tank suddenly stopped latching and so I made an appointment to drop my car off and have it fixed while I was at work. I was promised it would be done before school was over. When I called at three, they hadn't even started it. I ended up having to wait 2 1/2 hours from then before it was fixed. After talking with the service guy there, I found out that if you leave your car off and go to work, even though you have an appoint, your car gets pushed behind people who come in after you but are waiting there. So even though I left my car there at 7:30 AM, they didn't start on it until around 4:30. I don't know if that is standard procedure, but it is infuriating. I love my car, but I never want to go to the dealer again for service.

I'd rather read about the Kyrie Irving/Isaiah Thomas trade than Donald Trump reverting to campaign Trump but I will persevere. I don't know why he persists in extending stories that are fading from the public's view such as his response to Charlottesville or blasts the media instead of trying to further his policy preferences, but he just can't stop himself. It's similar to the campaign when he kept on and on going after the Khan family. He will have good moments when he seems presidential as when he talked about Afghanistan and then his id takes over and the real Trump comes through.

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Are the Democrats excited to have HIllary Clinton in the headlines again as she rehashes her defeat. The excerpt that has been released is about how creeped out she was when Trump prowled around the stage behind her. Remember this was after the Access Hollywood tape had come out and she professes to have been made so uncomfortable by his behavior.
“Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled,” Clinton wrote in the book excerpt. “It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘well, what would you do?'”

Clinton went on, questioning her next move during the televised debate.

“Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women but you can’t intimidate me. So back up.”

Clinton writes that she went with the first option instead — keeping her cool, aided by what she referred to as a “lifetime of difficult men trying to throw me off.”
Was she really worried that he was going to do anything on stage? And I love this tidbit that she wishes she could "hit pause" and get feedback on what to do next. There she is - the ultimate politician, the wife of the guy who had polls done on where he should take vacation. And the "lifetime of difficult men" that she's had experience with - does that include her husband?

I just bet that most Democrats wish that she would shuffle off the stage and let them focus on the future rather than on all the mistakes she made in the campaign. Ed Morrissey points out that this anecdote is just a rehash of what Hillary said on Ellen about this event. Why pay to buy her book and read rehashed news?

Maybe she can explain this poll result.
According to the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Survey, fewer than 80 percent of Sanders primary voters voted for Clinton in the general.

Of the non-Clinton voters, 12 percent voted for Trump, and eight percent went for a third-party candidate such as the Green Party's Jill Stein....

According to Political Wire, it was these Sanders-to-Trump voters who were able to push the key swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania over the edge to Trump.

More important, in the three critical states that tipped the election, Sanders-to-Trump voters ultimately gave Trump the margin he needed to win:
In Wisconsin, roughly 51K Sanders voters backed Trump in a state he won by just 22K votes.
In Michigan, roughly 47K Sanders voters backed Trump in a state he won by just 10K votes.
In Pennsylvania, roughly 116K Sanders voters backed Trump in a state he won by just 44K votes.
Without these states, Trump would not have won the presidency.

Interestingly, the data also shows that the majority of the "defectors" to Trump were not big fans of Obama at the time of the election, which Political Wire suggests means that the election was more about the "status quo" than anything else. Still, it's rather curious that a fifth of people who voted for the more lefty Democratic candidate in the primary were so ready to switch to Trump.

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This is quite a decent question. Why is considered wrong to criticize both fascists and communists? They both represent odious, murderous ideologies.
Lest we forget the famous figure of 100,000,000,000 people that The Black Book of Communism concluded communist governments had killed between 1917 and 1991. Some believe that figure is too high, but even the most conservative figures come to around 65 million.

As far as moral equivalence goes, I think the likes of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Francisco Franco are put to test by the likes of Joseph Stalin, Kim Jung-Il, Kim Il-Sung, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro and Vladimir Lenin....

Of course the Nazi’s were guilty of the Holocaust– possibly the worst genocide in human history–and many other unspeakable crimes. But the communists have their own blood-soaked history with the Holodomor, the Killing Fields, the Great Purge, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

If you think communism “wasn’t as bad,” perhaps you should read how Chinese historian Frank Dik├Âtter describes The Great Leap Forward, if you have the stomach for it that is:
State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off. One record shows how a man was branded with hot metal. People were forced to work naked in the middle of winter; 80 per cent of all the villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so were deliberately starved to death.
And for those who want to say that “real communism has never been tried,” spare me. As Frank Fleming put it, the “Difference between Nazi and Communist is when you say how horrible Nazis have been, they don’t say, ‘Well, real Nazism has never been tried’” Regardless, “real communism” is a utopian pipe dream and can’t possibly work in the real world.

So we come to Antifa, which is quite arguably a domestic terrorist organization as they defend the use of political violence and engage in it quite often. Indeed, this is not a new phenomenon on the Left. For example, The Weather Underground and the Symbionese Liberation Army were both leftwing terrorist groups in the United States. Retired FBI agent Mark Noel remarked that “People have completely forgotten that in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States.”

And apparently, there are still some clueless people who, even they know how terrible the conditions are in Venezuela, still think it a superior government system to that of the United States.
Though the young man appears to be quite knowledgeable about Venezuela, nodding and agreeing with Horowitz' description of its crisis situation, he still agrees with Horowitz that it’s better to "wait in line equally."

"That is, I think, a fair system," says Horowitz.

"I agree," says bandana guy emphatically.

Interviewee after interviewee agrees that modeling ourselves after Venezuela is a great idea because America is just too unfair and "undignified."

"If you gotta wait in line for stuff, we should all wait in line together," says Horowitz.

"Right," says one student. "Essentially," says another.

"A lot like the rest of the world, which is a lot more dignified than us," says one young woman, who has clearly internalized exactly what her Multiculturalism class was designed to teach her.

And political correct fears of making anyone feeling the least bit uncomfortable has hit peak asininity as ESPN pulled a sportscaster from calling a UVa football game because his name is Robert Lee. He is Asian American, but the sports network doesn't care that he obviously has no connection to Robert E. Lee. They're just worried that ignorant snowflakes will freak out when they hear the guy's name.
Does ESPN really believe people are this dumb or that having an Asian announcer named Robert Lee is too offensive for the average TV viewer to handle?

Yes, yes they do.

I’m sorry you work for such an idiotic company, Robert Lee.
Speaking of idiots, whoever writes Reuters Twitter feed is pretty ignorant as they tweeted out the story and referred to the broadcaster as Robert E. Lee's "doppelganger." Then they later deleted that tweet and replaced it with one calling the ESPN guy "Confederate General Lee namesake." Yikes. Do they even know what these words mean?

Brian Stelter is now
reporting that ESPN has sent around an internal memo saying that they withdrew Robert Lee because he thought his name would be a "distraction, or even worse, expose him to social hectoring." So they did this ludicrous thing because they thought he might get trolled on Twitter.

Apparently, Gandhi is now questionable as Ghana is planning to remove a statue of him.
Ghana has said it will remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus in the nation’s capital where it had sparked protests over the leader’s allegedly racist attitudes.

The statue, which was unveiled by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Ghana in June, was meant to symbolize friendship between the two countries, according to Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But professors and students at the University of Ghana called the statue “a slap in the face" because of Gandhi's "racist identity." They started an online petition calling for the statue’s removal.

The petition, which had more than 1,700 supporters on Thursday, cited letters Gandhi wrote during his time in South Africa as evidence that he advocated for the superiority of Indians over black Africans. It also took issue with his use of the derogatory term kaffir to refer to native Africans and criticized the lack of statues of African heroes and heroines on campus.

In light of the petition and protests on social media, Ghana’s government wants to relocate the statue “to ensure its safety and to avoid the controversy,” the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.
If even Gandhi had such flaws that his statue is problematic to some, whose statue can remain?

Notice that Gandhi is getting criticized for his attitude toward Africans, not for his praise of Hitler saying things such as the following:
“I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing, and seems to be gaining his victories without much bloodshed.”

“Germans of future generations will honor Herr Hitler as a genius, as a brave man, a matchless organizer and much more.”
And, as Steven Hayward points out, how soon before we hear demands to bring down Churchill's statue in front of the British embassy in D.C.? After all, he had very problematic views on imperialism and colonial peoples. This is what it means when we say that there is no limiting principle to this anti-monument iconoclasm.