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Progressives see Billionaires as a threat. They envy them and want to take away their wealth. Conservatives see Billionaires as role models. They admire them, and want to learn their secrets of wealth-creation. More

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How often have you said, or heard someone else say, “Well, I had good intentions!” Unfortunately, that is the phrase that the Left repeatedly offers as if their good intentions override terrible outcomes. I propose that in these times, this mistaken belief borders on the evil. For over 100 years we’ve listened to the Left […]

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While my night on the town began, as related here, at Starbucks, it didn’t end there — nor did it continue in precisely the same vein of tolerance and understanding.

A few hours after I left the iconic cafe with my bag of free coffee and attended a family dinner, I ended up in a local bar doing what I do in bars: acting as designated driver and herder of tipsy friends. I am widely valued for my public temperance, my modestly imposing physical presence, and my capacious vehicle. (I drink, but only moderately and always at home. )

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I was doing some Saturday errands this morning and listening to the radio. Somehow I landed on a Sirius XM channel called Progress. Two women were discussing the election and abortion. They aren’t too thrilled with Biden because he hasn’t “proved he’s really pro-choice” what with the whole Hyde amendment issue ya know. Then they started […]

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Thanks to James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal (in his Best of the Web newsletter yesterday) for excerpting this “Pravda on the Hudson”, AKA New York Times, Op-Ed, by someone called Todd May. The title of the column is “Would Human Extinction be a Tragedy?” Emphasis mine. One might ask here whether…it would…be a […]

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Have you ever seen “Key Largo?” In addition to being the fourth and final Bogart-Bacall pairing, this 1948 movie features an impressive cast including Edward G Robinson, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor and is ably directed by John Huston. The film depicts a returning veteran and hotel owners efforts to survive an encounter with an […]

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This has been percolating for some time now but the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court is going to accelerate the debate and push the following into the mainstream of our politics: The Senate must be abolished or altered so significantly as to render it powerless in the nation’s business.

Before I begin to lay out the arguments that are being presented, let me preface this with the following disclaimer — the Progressive Left is not interested in your civics lessons or talk about the history of the Constitution. For them, the United States is fundamentally flawed and any argument you may wish to make is evidence that you share the same inherent misogyny and racism of the Founding Fathers. You must defend it on their terms and on their terms only.

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“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” – Benjamin Franklin

Unfortunately, it seems those who work hardest at remaining stupid are intent on becoming Progressives. And as I noted in a previous QOTD they make life difficult for others.

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At the Diaspora Museum here in Israel, I saw a video of an Ethiopian Woman, and this was her story:

As a child, her mother deserted her with no explanation. Understandably her sense of abandonment was overwhelming. She waited for her mother to return; she checked every woman on the streets to see if one might be her mother. She never saw her again. When she came to Israel, she continued relentlessly to search for her mother. In the meantime, she became a sculptor, married, and had a family.

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James Hodgkinson was the man whose progressive antipathy towards his political opponents led him to attempt to kill Republican members of Congress back in June. I think his name appropriate to use to describe Progressive political assassination and assault. Today it was Senator Rand Paul’s turn to be Hodgkinsoned. He was attacked at his home […]

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Just yesterday, @midge created a thread to salute beasts native to America and explore why they are great American creatures. But in another thread today, I realized that approaching the question from another direction might also be interesting. What is the political philosophy of various animals? The thought that spurred this was on @bossmongo’s thread […]

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One could certainly imagine a post on the Tower of Babel and Jews, but where do Progressives and Conservatives fit in? Recently I ran across two pieces, one an essay and the other a book, that demonstrated to me in a thoughtful manner that a second Tower of Babel is being built and we are seeing more evidence that not only this country, but the world, is in trouble.

If you are unfamiliar with the story of the Tower of Babel, it is quite short, only 11 verses in Genesis, Chapter 11. G-d determines that the building of the Tower must be stopped, since it bodes a catastrophic future for the people. Those building the Tower intended to reach heaven, and in one sense, bring heaven down to earth. These efforts suggested not only a challenge to G-d’s power, but an arrogance of the builders: they believed with their creativity and prowess they were capable of living a secular existence without G-d’s guidance. Rather than obey G-d, they only needed to pursue their own desires for progress and they would be successful in their efforts. Leon Kass, in his book, The Beginning of Wisdom, explains the emptiness of their goals:

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Facilitated by media manipulation and exploitation, people have lost perspective trying to outdo one another in their moral condemnation of racial supremacy witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia.

(Because the media finally found actual white racists to cover, rather than smearing white people who reject their coercive, politicized agenda as racists, this was a big story.)

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Progressivism, in spite of the 2016 elections, is on a roll; its main strategy for dominating our culture is through political correctness. This has been the Leftist strategy for over 100 years, and it is poisoning our democracy and our society in new and alarming ways. This post will provide a brief history of political […]

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For those following the recent story of Dr. James Damore, who was recently fired by Alphabet, Inc. (Google) for his doubleplusungood thoughtcrime, this very recent article posted at Slate Star Codex [1] may be of interest. It’s long (it’s Slate Star Codex, after all), but worth more than a gander. A slice: Now [Silicon Valley has] degenerated […]

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The stakes were upped Thursday when the US military dropped a MOAB on ISIS forces in eastern Afghanistan. Nicknamed the “Mother Of All Bombs,” the MOAB is the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat, weighing 22,000 pounds and filled with 18,700 pounds of H6 explosive.

The MOAB creates explosive shockwaves through overpressure, especially in caves and canyons. Waves of pressure enter the narrow spaces, killing people and collapsing tunnels. This made the bomb ideal to use against the ISIS tunnel complex in the Nangahar province. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., US commander in Afghanistan, said, “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive.” But what do generals know about military tactics compared to our nation’s journalists?

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Call it The Naked Leftist, Part Deux, the “Deux” standing for leftist farcicalities that exploded across the land during the second week of the Trump administration after its announcement of a vetting policy that was several measures less draconian than the ones enacted by the Carter and Clinton administrations. The first week was bad enough—a tempest of marches, protests, boycotts, a threat to burn the White House, Brobdingnagian displays of female genitalia swaggering on city streets, and the usual monotonous references to Hitler, apparently detected by some part of the female anatomy that doesn’t have to be censored to be cited.

The second week flowed seamlessly from the first, bursting with more screeches of outrage, legislative boycotts, passionate sermons about American values—as if the speakers had the slightest idea what those are—at least one sobbing Senator, and a partridge in a pear tree. Mel Brooks would have a field day with material like this—the title Blazing Protests! comes to mind. Still, The Naked Leftist label exudes the genius of Zucker, Zucker, and Abraham of Airplane! fame. Just don’t call them Shirley.

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anti-trump-protestPerhaps the most infuriating accusation spewed by leftists over the years has been to equate Republican Presidents with Hitler and their followers as fascists, or more recently, as a “basket of deplorables” who are “irredeemable.” Such charges are drenched with the intellectual dyslexia that dominates classrooms, newsrooms, and entertainment chat rooms where reductio ad Hitlerum rhetoric (Leo Strauss’s phrase) displaces reasoned argument. In fact, America’s leftists see fascists everywhere except among their own ranks. Thus, Barack Obama’s pen and phone dictates, IRS perfidies, EPA commands, Supreme Court interpretive travesties of statutes and the constitution, elite media’s blinkered broadcasting proclivities, and leftie-inspired mob actions are all invisible by leftist standards; only Republicans and their ilk on the “right” constitute dangers to America.

This is all preposterous, of course, and especially galling to Americans who are committed to constitutional government but find themselves constantly accused of favoring policies that are exactly the opposite of what they believe. America’s leftists would do well to explore historical analogues to their own views and actions before blithely continuing autopilot recriminations against anyone who opposes well-known elite orthodoxy. Such digging certainly unearths the likes of Marx, Mao, Alinsky, and most recently, Castro, but more disturbingly, investigators find themselves marching on a path laid by Himmler, Heydrich, Goebbels, and Göring, along with the leader who inspired them all. Before this thought ignites a supernova of exploding heads that will destroy the universe, consider the following progression that defined Germany’s experience between the world wars — grievance culture, identity politics, statism — and offer comments about left-wing political habits today.

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Battlefield 1, the big WWI game that launches this October, features this Harlem Hellfighter in all its marketing and has an expansion pack devoted to the famed unit. But do any of them identify as transgendered or intersex?

Throughout my life, I have been extraordinarily traditional while most of my friends have been remarkably progressive. Perhaps it’s the curse of an orthodox artist. Perhaps God thinks it’s funny. In any case, experience has taught me to be diplomatic and to choose my battles with care. But while my hippie friends and I have generally gotten along because we share an interest in life’s frivolities (even though we differ on nearly all serious matters), I find it’s increasingly difficult to maintain such friendships. With each passing year, philosophical differences intrude further and further into our casual pastimes.

These days, every other film, novel, or game is linked to some public controversy. Does the story lack gay characters? Unacceptable! Does it involve hunting? Outrageous! Why can’t player-characters in the game be cross-dressers? How can the book be respectful of the nefarious oil industry? How racist of them to choose a white man as the hero! How irresponsible to show a character smoking! Why doesn’t this sport have more diversity? You know what I mean. Even Superman, who used to explicitly fight for “the American way,” is now a globalist, an environmentalist, and probably a secret bisexual like all superheroes must be.

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The Left’s Next Battlefront If you thought the transgender bathroom was the hill upon which the progressive movement would die, get ready for the next outrageous little war the left is waging against common sense. Last week the City of San Francisco passed an amendment (9-2) to lower the voting age to 16 years old. It will appear […]

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