Late Obama Mischief

Trump juggles the foreign policy balls Obama dropped
BY CLAUDIA ROSETT
– a list of foreign policy landmines left for Trump
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/foreign-policy/329008-trump-juggles-the-foreign-policy-balls-obama-dropped

Obama’s Chaos Strategy: The Case of the IRS IED
Nixon saw articles of impeachment for asking the IRS to interfere with his rivals. Obama succeeded.
-a summary of the curious coincidences of the Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal
https://amgreatness.com/2017/04/15/obamas-chaos-strategy-case-irs-ied/

Obama and spying on rival politicians

For months we heard the press regale us with details gleaned from wiretaps of Trump team’s conversations with foreign leaders. Then Trump claimed he had been wiretapped and that same press told us how such a thing was preposterous.  Andrew McCarthy  lists some of the people Obama has spied upon.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446843/barack-obama-spying-journalists-dennis-kucinich-sharyl-attkisson-donald-trump-campaign-transition
repeating the argument:
http://lidblog.com/obama-administration-bugged/
and foreign spying that went on before the election:
http://hotair.com/archives/2017/03/24/devin-nunes-on-obama-surveillance-of-trump/

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Why The Bomb

In 2000,the US military again produced purple hearts. Until then there was no need. Enough were produced in anticipation of the land invasion of Japan to last half a century.

 

 

 

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Gramsci…

Gramsci, cultural Marxism, volk-Marxism, postmodern-leftism, Frankfurt School. It all seems to be the same thing. It has roots in a surprisingly open plan to make the western world an uglier, less pleasant, less workable place.

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Adios America

Ann Coulter wrote the book that fed Donald Trumps original rise to political prominence. She claimed that this is what the American people are yearning for that the politicians won’t give them.She appears to have been right.

Here’s the part of the argument that I find most telling:

Somebody’s noticing the immigrant crime wave: Google illegal alien crime and you’ll get more than 2 million hits. Google immigrant crime and you’ll get 40 million. Only our government and media refuse to notice. Then they turn around and denounce anyone else’s estimate, saying: You don’t know that. So tell us! We “don’t know that” only because the people in a position to know have decided to keep it secret.

 

 

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Two Ways to Convert: Persuasion and Stigmitization

 

If old truths are to retain their hold on men’s minds, they must be restated in the language and concepts of successive generations. What at one time are their most effective expressions gradually become so worn with use that they cease to carry a definite meaning. The underlying ideas may be as valid as ever, but the words, even when they refer to problems that are still with us, no longer convey the same conviction; the arguments do not move in a context familiar to us; and they rarely give us direct answers to the questions we are asking.  – Friedrich Hayek

Conservatives and classical liberals are not famously good at telling their ideas. It seems that postmodern liberals aren’t doing it very well these days, either.

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DEMOCRACY HACKED!!!

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Democrats (and Democrats in the media) are running with the headline, “The Russians Hacked the Election”. What they mean is, “The Russians Hacked E-mail Accounts of Two Democrats”, which may be true*. They are hoping you will hear “The Russians Tampered with American Election Results”, which is not true**. Failing that, at least you’ll hear, “The Russians Wanted Trump to Win”, which is pure speculation, and unlikely***.

An overview
8 Facts
Worthwhile Takeaways

Before the election, Republicans were screaming that Hillary’s home-based e-mail server was a scandal, and that the whole administration’s information security was poor. Democrats found it unworthy to report on. Republicans claimed she had exposed the US to electronic spying, made secrets insecure and exposed personnel to blackmail. Democrats thought that was far-fetched paranoia. It seems a reasonable middle ground to say that confidentiality laws should be observed and enforced, we should act as though unfriendly powers will try to do bad things and absent any better evidence, this election suffered no more malfeasance than most.

* WikiLeaks, the conduit for the e-mails, claims it is not. The e-mails were not hacked but leaked by someone within the Democrat organization. It was probably a Bernie supporter, disgruntled by his treatment.

** Though it is an excellent argument for paper ballots, voter ID and accurate voter rolls.

*** If Hillary were president and the e-mails had not been released, the Russians would have some excellent blackmail material. They may still have information we haven’t seen. Vulnerabilities aside, Hillary did not show particular negotiation skill in Syria, Libya or the Ukraine. The opposing candidate, though untested, does have a reputation as a tough negotiator.
(Apr’17) Russia can’t be very happy with the way the opposing candidate’s actions turned out on fracking, coal, invigoration of NATO or his diplomatic stance on Syria.

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The Closing Mind Experience

allan-bloom-photo-300x187Nobody expected a bestseller, much less a canon of the American cultural revolution. Allan Bloom certainly never expected to be a conservative.

Here is Bloom’s “The Closing of the American Mind” on pleasure, addiction and rock music:

Rock music provides premature ecstasy and, in this respect, is like the drugs with which it is allied. It artificially induces exaltation naturally attached to the completion of the greatest endeavors–victory in just war, consummated love, artistic creation, religion devotion and discovery of truth. Without effort, without talent, without virtue, without exercise of the faculties, anyone and everyone is accorded the equal right to the enjoyment of their fruits. In my experience, students who have had a serious fling with drugs–and gotten over it–find it difficult to have enthusiasms of great expectations. It is as though the color has been drained out of their lives and they see everything in black and white. The pleasure they experienced in the beginning was so intense that they no longer look for it at the end, or as the end. They may function perfectly well, but dryly, routinely. Their energy has been sapped, and they do not expect their life’s activity to produce anything but a living, whereas liberal education is supposed to encourage the belief that the good life is the pleasant life and that the best life is the most pleasant life. I suspect that the rock addiction, particularly in the absence of strong counterattractions, has an effect similar to that of drugs. The student will get over this music, or at least the exclusive passion for it. But they will do so in the same way Freud says that men accept the reality principle–as something harsh, grim and essentially unattractive, a mere necessity . . . As long as they have the Walkman on, they cannot hear what the great tradition has to say. And, after its prolonged use, when they take it off, they find they are deaf.

Selected quotes from Goodreads and Wikiquote along with praise and condemnation.

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