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The Democrats’ Misdirection on Guns

 

shutterstock_149627201Josh Gideon is a firearms trainer in central Ohio who has a different approach to personal defense than most trainers. Rather than a military or law enforcement background, Josh’s skills come from working in the executive protection industry. I’ve been saying for awhile now that what a bodyguard does is closer to what we armed civilians do versus being a SWAT cop or a infantryman in Iraq. Nothing against those people who put themselves in harm’s way for a living, but their job is not my job, and what they know does not translate well into how I live my life.

He’s also the host of the “No Soft Targets” podcast, and on the July 12 episode, he talks with Mark Jamesan experienced professional bodyguard with a successful career in big business before protective services. His views on what type of threats he and his clients face are particularly interesting to people like myself who are concerned with keeping our families safe in an unsafe world, and his beliefs regarding “assault rifles” were particularly insightful.

“If you really want to talk about violence mitigation, the AR-15 would not the place to start the discussion. That’s why, for me, I don’t talk about gun control, I talk about violence mitigation. We focus too much on the crisis, and not on the moments leading up to the crisis. Monsters always start out as gremlins, and you can’t legislate against criminal intent.”

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‘House Hunters’ is a fake reality TV show on HGTV where couples pretend to shop for houses, awkwardly act out scenes where they pretend to choose a house, and then at the end of the episode stand on a balcony drinking wine/have guests over for a staged dinner party. It’s like the ‘CSI’ of HGTV, […]

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Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist and Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard give us a weekly update on the November elections. Among other issues, the Hemingways discuss President Obama and Donald Trump’s respective reactions to the terrorist attack in Orlando, and Mollie defends Hillary Clinton, but maybe not in the way you’d imagine.

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When the dust clears, the Republican party will be the party of the middle class while the Democrats will be the party of the rich, poor, and public unions. It’s strange that it’s Donald Trump who took us here, but here we are. The Republican party will not be the party of war-mongering nation-builders. It will […]

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I consider myself a principled conservative, and I have no reservations whatsoever in voting for Donald Trump. “How can you make that claim?” you must be thinking.  Well, let me explain. As a principled conservative, I believe that 99% of everything championed by the Left is wrong for this country. As a former military officer […]

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Why Does Silicon Valley Like Democrats So Much?

 

shutterstock_176341079Over at TechCrunch, Greg Ferenstein — after pointing out how little interest Silicon Valley has had in the 2016 GOP presidential candidates — offers his theory as to why American tech leans left:

I think the more likely explanation is that the nation’s new industrial titans are pro-government. Google, Facebook, and most Internet titans are fueled by government projects: the Internet began in a defense department lab, public universities educate a skilled workforce and environmental policies benefit high tech green industries. The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, is a fan of Obamacare, which helps his entrepreneurial drivers keep their health insurance as they transition between jobs.

In other words, the Democratic party is good for emerging industries and billionaires recognize it. Donald Trump is a candidate known to go after major figures in tech; a trend that may further the Democrats friendship with new industrial titans. Perhaps more importantly, I’ve argued that the modern emerging workforce of Silicon Valley, urbanized professionals, and “gig economy” laborers all represent an entirely new political demographic redefining the Democratic party to be more about education, research and entrepreneurship, and less about regulations and labor unions.

On Climate Change and Nuclear Power, Democrats May Not Be the Party of Science

 

Nuclear PlantEduardo Porter in the New York Times:

And yet even as progressive environmentalists wring their hands at the G.O.P.’s climate change denial, there are biases on the left that stray just as far from the scientific consensus. “The left is turning anti-science,” Marc Andreessen, the creator of Netscape who as a venture capitalist has become one of the most prominent thinkers of Silicon Valley, told me not long ago.

He was reflecting broadly about science and technology. His concerns ranged from liberals’ fear of genetically modified organisms to their mistrust of technology’s displacement of workers in some industries. “San Francisco is an interesting case,” he noted. “The left has become reactionary.”

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The point of this post is to more or less deal with an annoying (it sets my blood to steam each time I see or hear it) narrative I can remember going back to at least my time in junior high of critiques of conservatism and the Republican Party. This narrative came up as perhaps […]

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Trump: The Glass Half-Full Perspective

 

Trump Ice bottled water was forced into receivership in 2006. Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

As I drive my kids to school I switch between Fox News and Glenn Beck, and when each station plays the incessant My Pillow and 877-Kars-4-Kids commercials, we enjoy some morning Zeppelin.

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If this was how Republicans argued in televised interviews, they wouldn’t always be stuck defending themselves against Democrats’ lies. Instead of investing in fleeting individual campaigns, the Republican party should invest in promotion of videos and arguments such as this.   Preview Open

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As calls for a 3rd party become increasingly common, perhaps we should reflect on why the US has maintained a 2-party system for so long.  Before discussing whether or not a different system is preferable, I would first like to understand whether or not a different system is even possible.  Preview Open

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Okay, okay, accepting the truth about Hillary while believe Sanders can win the general election doesn’t fully qualify as coming to their senses, but this article on Salon was amazingly harsh and truthfully brutal about Hillary’s chances. In an average of national polls, Bernie Sanders is less  than eight points from Hillary Clinton, after being over 50 points […]

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Water Polo and the Judge

 

131007_DX_ScaliaIsMean.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlargeThe whistles from both sides of the Olympic pool blew hard. The white clad referees each pointed to the defender in front of my son and held up the four fingers representing his number, and then pointed to the side. The player was done. Kicked out. The blood oozing from my sons nose was finally enough proof the other kid used his elbow too many times.

Not wanting to mollycoddle, but suitably concerned, I remained standing in my position, clapping and cheering him on as the teams went back to their respective corners. The coach checked on my son. This wasn’t just any game; they were deep into a qualifying tournament, just a feat to be there at all, which if they medaled would provide an invite to the Junior Olympics.

For the past few minutes the phone was furiously buzzing in my back pocket. It was Saturday afternoon. No business today, I thought, and left alone whatever was going on in the outside world.

Hands off the Nomination Process

 

HandI believe the prediction markets are correct and that the Democrats are more likely than not to win the presidency again this year. This has less to do with the Democrat’s talent than is has to do with the Republican brand’s failure to sell in national elections.

Republicans and Democrats have opposite problems this round: they’re running on the fumes from two generations ago; we’re too young and untried. Our talent was especially too young the last two times around and, this time, they are like those college athletes who “go pro” a year too soon. Our deep bench looked good from a distance but reality shows that our side is still very green. And what about the governors? My guess is the governor model of nominee sourcing has become too parochial. What appeals in Wisconsin, New Jersey, or Texas may not generalize to the rest of the country. But despite all this — and the likelihood that we’ll miss one of our best chances to meaningful strike down Obamacare– I’d rather be in our position than theirs.

As for our nomination process, the results so far are more a symptom than a cause of the Republican’s woes. Despite our two-party system, we really are a set of two multi-party coalitions. And new “parties” are spontaneously created without name or explicit organization. The Trump voters were always there and they aren’t any smarter or dumber than they were in the past; what’s new is the they had someone to coalesce around. If we’re going to have any hope of healing the coalitions’ wounds without Trump, he has to be beaten legitimately.