01 October 2014

Sweden’s race to the bottom.

But overall, the media aroused in me a new emotion towards Sweden, one I never dreamed I would ever feel: contempt. Things aren’t quite as bad as East Germany, as dissident Swedes are wont to say, but this country no longer has full freedom of speech. The far left – that is to say, the Swedish media and establishment – is not interested in “debating” mass immigration. They are ideologically committed to imposing it, come what may, for the greater good, and anybody who disagrees is a “hater,” a “fascist,” a “nazi” or a “racist.”

I’m not exaggerating. You see those words over and over in the Swedish media. Which is to say, Sweden itself has become the closest thing western Europe now has to a fascistic, Nazi-like, hate-based regime – only it is wrong-thinking ethnic Swedes who are its victims, at risk of assault, home-trashing and media humiliation for voicing opposition to state immigration policy.

. . . Is it surprising that there is no real debate on immigration when one side refuses to even acknowledge the concerns of the other, and simply resorts to slander?[1]

The disintegration of the lie requires proportionally stronger efforts to defend the lie.

Notes
[1]  "’Sweden – Europe’s closest thing to a fascist, hate-based regime.’ Kebabland – Part 3." By Iain Channing, Dispatch International, 2/11/14.

29 September 2014

Our monetary mavens.

Accordingly, the Fed is pre-occupied with utterly transient and frequently revised-away monthly release data on retail sales, housing starts, auto production, business investment, employment, inflation and the like. But its always about the latest ticks in the data—never about the larger patterns and the deeper longer-term trends.

And of course that’s the essence of the Keynesian affliction. The denizens of the Eccles Building—-overwhelmingly academics and policy apparatchiks—-rarely venture into the blooming, buzzing messiness of the real economic world. They simplistically believe, therefore, that the US economy is just a giant bathtub that must the filled to the brim with “aggregate demand” and all will be well.[1]

It never ceases to amaze me that people accept that someone like Janet Yellen, or Obama, or Nancy Pelosi can and should make decisions about how to spend their money. Trucking companies know that a new truck might increase their earnings by X amount but the decision that gets made for them is that a solar panel manufacturer should instead get their money or that a bridge over a hiking trail in Yosemite should be repaired.

I only play an economist in the movies but you can’t beat this definition of Keynesian economics: The belief that you can raise the level of water in a swimming pool by taking water out of one end of the pool and dumping it in the other.

The word "maven" in the title of this post is carefully chosen. One definition of maven is your pal who goes to the stereo store to advise you on what stereo to buy. Your friend knows he doesn’t know anything about stereos and the salesman also knows that your "expert" knows nothing. The only person who doesn’t know that your maven is clueless is you.

Keep this in mind next time you contemplate that "12 members of the FOMC can tweak the performance of a $17 trillion economy on virtually a month to month basis—using the crude tools of interest rate pegging and word cloud emissions (i.e. ‘verbal guidance’)."[2]

Notes
[1]  "The Fed’s Credit Channel Is Broken And Its Bathtub Economics Has Failed." By David Stockman, Contra Corner, 9/28/14.
[2]  Id.

24 September 2014

Regression to the mean.

The tragic fact of business is that ordinary Africans were better off under colonialism. Colonial masters never committed anything near the murder and genocide seen under black rule in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Somalia and other countries where millions of blacks have been slaughtered in unspeakable ways that included: hacking to death, boiling in oil, setting on fire and dismemberment. If as many elephants, zebras and lions had been as ruthlessly slaughtered, the world’s leftists would be in a tizzy.

* * * *

. . . Blacks [in Africa] are not held to civilized standards of behavior. From the liberal’s point of view it might even be racist to expect blacks to adhere to civilized standards of behavior.[1]

Not just in Africa.

Notes
[1]  Walter Williams, quoted in "Rainbow Nation." By Radish, 4/12/13.

23 September 2014

Dudley Do-Right didn’t.

The U.S. is a total failure at rewiring the Islamic world, the impossible dream of disastrous wars and other interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, "the Middle East peace process" and elsewhere. Now, with predictably tragic consequences, we're about to do it again.[1]
But we meant well, and, besides, we’re Americans. Sorry about Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, and Somalia.

On to Russia.

Notes
[1]  "When Lawmakers Forget the American Interest." By Diana West, 9/19/14.

Secularism.

President Clinton himself admitted to his wife’s odd Eleanor Roosevelt conversations in 2012 during a speech:
A special thanks to the members of the Roosevelt family who are here. And the one who is not, Eleanor, who made sure that the four freedoms were included in the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. I know that because, as all of you famously learned when I served as president, my wife, now the secretary of state, was known to commune with Eleanor on a regular basis. And so she called me last night on her way home from Peru to remind me to say that. That Eleanor had talked to her and reminded her that I should say that.[1]
Condescending secularists sniff about the irrationality of the religious. No "talking snakes" for them. Or attacks on people who don’t believe what they believe, that Christian trademark. Nothing like that. No. They are secular -- and leftist for the most part -- and rationality is what they live by.

Some pretty odd things are believed by people of faith, it’s true, but I wonder what Bill Maher has to say about Ms. Clinton’s "communing" with two dead people (Eleanor and Mahatma). Or about the socialist cornucopia that leftists always expect to find behind just one more statute, rule, Executive Order, or policy tweak. Or "welfare" spending that does everything but advance the welfare of the recipient and her community.

Or raising the minimum wage. Some people who have actually studied this issue know that if you raise the price of an input, people (e.g., employers) buy less of it. But this is not an item in the catechism of the secularists, whom we know are rational to the last rank. In what passes for rationality in Left World, when you raise the price of steak or insurance, people will continue to buy the same amount of steak or insurance as ever before. And not seek a cheaper alternative.

Or the idea that 500 Somalis moving into your neighborhood represents an improvement in your life.[2]

Lord knows what makes leftism such a potent force in modern life. The lies that are spoken to support it and extend it have reached a crescendo in our times and might as well be taken as a catechism for a pseudo religion.

"In the beginning was The Far Right."

Why else defend lies with such energy? The hard core left is now running Sweden and is not shy about association with thugs. It punishes any deviation from bedrock immigration and multicultural theology, lacking only, for now, the power of arrest. But it's only just slightly out in front of the rest of Europe and the U.S.

A focus on free speech would help us navigate through our factional shoals. The West used to value unfettered speech and inquiry but the investment the left has in lies is too great, so honest, vigorous debate is probably out of the question. So, it's not about the truth but about a street fight.

Hillary was right. There is only the fight.[3]

Notes
[1]  "10 Weird Things You Didn't Know About Hillary." By Ben Shapiro, Breitbart, 9/22/14
[2]  The emphasis being on "your" in this sentence.
[3]  H/t: Underdogman.

22 September 2014

Pearls of Expression.

Of the Deliberately Inept Party [GOP]:

"We don't know what we are, but we are not them" is as failed an election strategy as I can imagine.
Comment by Schmutzli on "Democrats Unfazed." By Karin McQuillan, American Thinker, 9/22/14.

21 September 2014

It’s only a movie . . . .

Now, however, Obama is rejecting cooperation with Damascus – the only realist course with any chance of success – and is relying on a “fantasy” scenario to create some boots on the ground. No lessons have been drawn from Libya’s collapse into bloody anarchy, or from the failure of America’s decade-long effort to train and equip the Iraqi army, which disintegrated when faced with the IS three months ago. Such fiascos notwithstanding, Obama wants to build up a Syrian rebel force as one of the pillars of his strategy . . . .[1]
It’s hard to believe that this man is calling the shots in American foreign policy. He actually can look at Libya and Iraq and tell himself, "This time it will be different. No unpleasant and unforeseen outcomes are possible." On what he bases this belief, we are not told. The Middle East is in flames, and years of military effort and ruinous expense in Iraq and Afghanistan are for naught. And yet you'll search his speech in vain for evidence of his understanding of that.

The dead giveaway of impending U.S. policy failure is the invocation of phrases such as:

  • "we stand with people who fight for their own freedom" (especially if it’s freedom from infidels),
  • "common security," (not including the Arizona border and Southside Chicago),
  • "common humanity" (Lee Rigby not available for comment),
  • "bipartisan support" (as clueless as it ever is),
  • "steady, relentless effort" (feckless dabbling),
  • "seize the future" (sort of a commie thing),
  • "American leadership" (confidence builder!),
  • "mobilize the world" (it hangs on your every teleprompted word, Barry),
  • "the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future" (and our constitutional order, free markets and free speech),
  • "an enduring burden" (like your leadership),
  • "our responsibility to lead" (Russia and China a sus ordenes),
  • "stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity" (but just "stand for"),
  • "solve ________’s crisis once and for all" (Ghost Busters),
  • "partner forces on the ground" (and unicorns),
  • "inclusive government" (always include your enemies),
  • "broad coalition" (of three),
  • "roll back" (scold),
  • "drawing down our forces" (cutting our losses on last addle-brained venture),
  • "targeted" (randomly killed), and
  • "eliminated" (like Gaddafi).

The gem "a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy" – uttered with a straight face – left out only the words at the end, "except where Muslims are involved."

In point of fact, ANY strategy that does not face full on that Islam itself is the catalyst for the carnage we see in Iraq and elsewhere in the world. We’ll squander yet more blood and treasure until Muslims are removed from Western countries and medieval Muslim states are quarantined and denied access to financial and other resources based only on a fortuitous control of oil. Until then there will be no end to Islamic terror and bullshit, no matter how many nitwits wet their pants over such necessary and unavoidable measures.

Well so much for our intelligent commentary. Mr. Trifkovic deconstructs the whole absurd Obama speech on ISIS. It’s a speech that’s more suited to the pages of The Onion than to a major political address by a sitting American president. But we got the latter and God only knows what the next catastrophe will look like. ISIS is the direct result of our involvement in Iraq and precipitous withdrawal. As a glimpse into the future, it’s as good as any.

Notes
[1]   "Obama’s “Strategy” and the Ensuing Non-Coalition." By Srdja Trifkovic, Chronicles, 9/17/14.

20 September 2014

The Turkish massacres of Armenians (1915-18).

Let no one doubt the full extent of Muslim barbarism after reading Dr. Bostom’s account below of the torture, humiliation, and massacre of Armenians in Turkey.

Police and troops obtained widespread cooperation from Muslim civilians in nearby communities. They participated in the barbaric events with enthusiasm and without reservation.

"My Hannity Appearance: Ottoman Caliphate Atrocities, 1915-19, An Order of Magnitude Greater Than Those of IS/IL." By Dr. Andrew Bostom, 9/13/14.

Right-wing fanatic.

[Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff] Sessions last noted that if [Facebook’s pro-amnesty Mark] Zuckerberg wanted to expand his workforce, he should consider looking at hiring some of the 18,000 American high-tech workers Microsoft will lay off.
"President of Zuckerberg Pro-Amnesty Group Resigns." By Tony Lee, Breitbart.com, 9/20/14

Pearls of Expression.

Reese Witherspoon has Celebrity Entitlement Syndrome

. . . .

A delightful new entry in the Celebrities Behaving Badly file comes to us this week from Atlanta, where the Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, 37, arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, apparently confused the traffic stop with an audition for an American Express commercial:

“Do you know my name?” she asked the cop who arrested her after she interfered with her husband’s drunk driving arrest. “You’re about to find out who I am.”
"Reese Witherspoon has Celebrity Entitlement Syndrome." By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times, 4/22/13.