Quick Hits & Dangerous Reads (23 December 2017)

Welcome to the first installment of a weekly feature in which I will take a look at various news items, links and posts which came to my attention over the past week. They may be too small to be deserving of a full post so I’ll deal with them in a sort of rapid fire succession here. Without further ado, here are the topics covered this week:

  1. Republican Tax bill
  2. Is the GOPe getting in line?
  3. Stefan Molyneux 8 hours of Christmas
  4. Glenn Greenwald and Fake News
  5. Ann Coulter on Immigration
  6. Audacious Epigone on Girls and Gibs (with some ZMan sprinkled in)
  7. Arsenal Football Club are Frustrating
  8. Oceans 8 & Sicario 2
  9. A Homosexual Santa
  10. A win for Truth and Beauty: women like Tonic Masculinity

Let’s begin:

The Republican Tax Plan

President Trump signed the new tax bill yesterday. The president promised that we’d get tax reform; this is not that. The infamous promise of taxes being done on a post card is definitely not going to happen. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really care all that much. By that, I mean I am not dancing in the streets about this because of the fact that things like taxes come secondary to things like immigration and culture. It could be the best bill, most conservative bill in the world, but it will be repealed if leftists are able to import enough voters to win elections again.

That said, this tax bill does do a lot of good. It gets rid of the Obamacare individual mandate, incentivizes corporations to play less tax games and remain domestic, curbs state and local tax deduction and alternative minimum tax, and introduces an endowment tax which will finally address the absurdity that is major universities have essentially become hedge funds worth hundreds of billions which skate by tax-free as ‘nonprofits,’ still ask for donations, continue to raise tuition, while indoctrinating its students with shitlib dogma.

Predictably, leftist have been saying that the bill would mean the death of us all, which makes this CBS clip pretty amusing. It details three different families, a black single mom in North Carolina making $40k, married professors in Rhode Island making $150k, and married small business owners with kids in California making $300k. Vastly different circumstances, yet they all, to their surprise, are going to save money on their taxes. Their surprise, no doubt, came from the fact that the shitlib media told them they were going to die because the bill is a ‘handout to the rich.’ Perhaps they are going to rethink their trust in the media.

Not everyone thinks the world of this bill; Peter Schiff claims that it is the moment when Trump takes full ownership of the economy.

To be honest, isn’t that what we want, what we voted for? It is what he does with it that will be consequential going forward.

Is the GOPe getting in line?

The love-in over the tax bill, with people like Orrin Hatch delivering moving speeches, and recent actions by Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, suggest that they might be getting in line, and understanding that the public voted for the Trump Agenda, and the best way forward for them and the country would be to get a move on in getting it passed.

For weeks, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and other conservatives have been trying to build momentum for reining in spending on Medicare, Medicaid and other safety-net programs, long-standing goals that catapulted Ryan to prominence in the GOP.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) threw cold water on those ambitions Thursday, saying he would rather focus on an issue with potential for bipartisan appeal: an infrastructure initiative that spurs new spending on the nation’s ailing roads, bridges, airports and waterways.

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In a television interview Wednesday on ABC, Ryan seemed to retreat slightly, saying he wasn’t likely to seek broad reforms to Medicare in 2018 but would focus on narrower issues, such as reining in payments to health-care providers that he said are “getting overpaid.”

If that is right, and Trump is truly showing the Republicans how to win, and not just be a party of ‘We need your money and votes to stop the Dems!,’ we’ll truly have turned a corner.

It highlights the utility of having a man who has been a chief executive for his entire life to be the chief executive of the US government. His job was never to be some hyper-nerd policy wonk who could furiously string together words with no meaning, but to put the right people in the right places to get a job done. And at this moment, at the end of the first year of Trump’s presidency, he is gathering positive momentum. Scott Adams’ prediction of this sort of transformation has been proven correct.

You should check out Stefan Molyneux’s 8 Hour Christmas extravaganza…

…containing back to back 30-40 minute interviews with the likes of Jordan Peterson, James O’Keefe, Mike Cernovich, Michael Malice, Michelle Malkin and more. Definitely worth the listen as you’re running around over the weekend.

Glenn Greenwald Eviscerates Fake News

Glenn Greenwald, one of the few consistently fair leftist reporters, penned this unvarnished, no-lube-applied excoriation of the mainstream media a couple weeks ago in the wake of it blowing up a story that new emails revealed PROOF that the Trump campaign colluded with Wikileaks. What was reported was that the date of the email was before Wikileaks had started dumping DNC emails onto the public. The truth was that the emails were actually dated after Wikileaks had started dumping the emails. Wikileaks had merely been sending the Trump  campaign a friendly message that it had done its deeds.

The whole article is a must read, as Greenwald provides so many links of fake news running amok in the past year that it would take all of the coming year to get through them all. He comes through with this key passage:

All media outlets, of course, will make mistakes. The Intercept certainly has made our share, as have all outlets. And it’s particularly natural, inevitable, for mistakes to be made on a highly complicated, opaque story like the question of the relationship between Trump and the Russians, and questions relating to how WikiLeaks obtained the DNC and Podesta emails. That is all to be expected.

But what one should expect with journalistic “mistakes” is that they sometimes go in one direction and other times go in the other direction. That’s exactly what has not happened here. Virtually every false story published goes only in one direction: to be as inflammatory and damaging as possible on the Trump-Russia story and about Russia particularly. At some point, once “mistakes” all start going in the same direction, toward advancing the same agenda, they cease looking like mistakes.

No matter your views on those political controversies, no matter how much you hate Trump or regard Russia as a grave villain and threat to our cherished democracy and freedoms, it has to be acknowledged that when the U.S. media is spewing constant false news about all of this, that, too, is a grave threat to our democracy and cherished freedom.

Indeed.

Ann Coulter on Immigration

In the aftermath of Roy Moore’s defeat (notice that the media suddenly doesn’t care anymore about his accusers), Ann Coulter reminds us that the one issue that rule them all is immigration.

Everyone who screwed the pooch on this one better realize fast: All that matters is immigration. It’s all that matters to the country, and it’s all that matters for winning elections.

“Anti-establishment” is not a winning issue. Without immigration as the GOP’s lodestar, every election will be a rerun of the Tea Party from 2010 to 2012, when Republicans lost Senate seat after Senate seat, entirely in unforced errors.

We’ll have to watch helplessly as “establishment Republicans” fight “anti-establishment Republicans” over the right to milk a he-goat. Both sides will lose, and Democrats will sweep Congress and destroy our country.

Immigration was never a top issue for Moore, though, when pressed, he gave the right answers. That’s not a good way to prioritize.

Republicans who treat immigration as a backburner issue should be required to run on the issues they consider more important—in California. See how your arguments fare in a state that’s already been transformed by immigration. That’s your new country.

How stupid do you have to be to carry on about taxes, defense spending, ISIS, abortion or the Ten Commandments while intentionally losing on the one issue that will determine the outcome of all these other issues? Too stupid to be of any real help.

She’s right, especially in the wake of the newly passed tax bill. 2018 needs comprehensive immigration reform on the President’s desk or else the excitement over things like the tax bill will be short lived.

More on Demographics and Voting Patterns:

The Audacious Epigone, piggy backing on Heartiste, shows that women, of all political stripes favor more government than their male counterparts. In a similar vein, The Z Man mentioned on his Christmas Podcast that as the percentage of white voters has decreased in the last 50 or 60 years, the government has expanded 3x.

This is not necessarily surprising, nor should it be considered offensive. Remember that the United States was founded by renegade British, governed by its middle to upper class men. For the first 150 years or so of the Republic, basically only middle to upper class white men could vote, and even then not all of them. So you tended to have a country which was more conservative, more free, with a longer time preference.

Women tend to value safety over freedom, and non-Western populations tend to favor very strong central governments, a nanny state and embrace short-termism. So expanding the franchise to more and more of these people, has been done over the last 100 years, is going to have as its effect the expanse of government and an altering of the country along the lines I have described. Again, this isn’t offensive. It’s just the way things are.

Arsenal Football Club is the most frustrating club to support

In a big match with respect to the fight for Champions League qualification, Arsenal drew Liverpool at home 3-3. The frustrating bit was that Arsenal, having gone down 0-2, produced some breathtaking resolve and one of the great 5 or 10 minutes you will ever see in a football match. They scored 3 times to take the lead 3-2. Top sides, having gone through that roller coaster, find the mental reserve to hang on the victory no matter what.

But Arsenal isn’t a top side anymore, and thus Liverpool was able to equalize. Arsenal have the ingredients, but seemingly a cook who has lost his touch.

Oceans 8 & Sicario 2

A couple high profile trailers came out this week for movies that should come out next June. Oceans 8:

…and Sicaro 2:

Oceans 8 will most likely be terrible, while critics incessantly praise it for no reason, slamming anyone who dislikes it as sexist. I can say it will most likely be terrible because it is yet another remake, happening way too soon after the second set of Ocean’s remakes from the last decade, which did pretty well and were pretty good. And of course there is the feminist angle. I’m not sure what it will take for people to understand that men are not women, and that you can’t merely plug women into the same role as men and get the same result, but our Current Year culture never tires of stupidly wasting money and time on such endeavors.

Plus the plot is fundamentally stupid. Stealing a $150 million necklace? And then what? Such a piece, as unbelievably unique and recognizable as it undoubtedly would be, can’t be moved on a black market. Anyone who bought it would basically have to bury it somewhere, which would defeat the purpose of spending $150 million on one piece of jewelry. These genius thieves, then, must either just sit on the loot, or accept a seriously reduced offer.

Sicario 2 looks to be an even grittier version of the original, which was a fantastic movie. There looks to be no Emily Blunt this time, which may or may not be a good thing. Her presence in the first movie was refreshing in that she represented the simultaneous absurdity of bureaucracy and Diversity is Our Strength dogma. It was a nice barb against Current Year philosophy, but at the same time, her presence could have been done without for maximum grit. I’ll definitely be checking this one out.

Black, Gay Santa

Speaking of Current Year Philosophy – Santa Claus is now a black man, and gay too, according to these shitlib authors:

Mrs. Claus is now a mister in a new gay-themed Christmas storybook for children that has CNN and the rest of the Mainstream Media all aflutter.

“Santa’s Husband” tells the story of a black Kris Kringle and his white husband living in holy matrimony at the North Pole.

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I don’t mean to curdle your egg nog, but the storybook was written for children as young as four-years-old.

Yes, good readers. Now you can tuck in your preschoolers on Christmas Eve and regale them with tales of Frosty and the Sugar Plum Fairy and a jolly old gay elf who slides down chimneys and stuffs holiday stockings.

“As this charming book reminds us, Santa Claus can come in all shapes and colors and sizes – just like the children and families he visits all over the world each Christmas Eve,” read a description of the book on Amazon.com.

Author Daniel Kibblesmith, a writer for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”, told CNN he was inspired to write the book to “by the annual tradition we have in this country of pretending that there’s a giant war on Christmas, and that traditional Christmas is under attack.”

So much on display here. First this Stephen Colbert writer glibly mocks conservatives who rightly worry about a ‘War on Christmas,’ and thereby tradition and heritage…by explicitly waging a War on Christmas in turning Santa Claus, a character conceived by a white culture, into a black homosexual. Furthermore, this is all done in a children’s book, which highlights the a segment of the left’s indomitable urge to corrupt the youth by pushing upon it homosexual propaganda and contributing to mental illness.

A Win for Truth and Beauty

As an elixir for the last story, I present to you this article from The Guardian, in which it cites a study which showed that women almost universally prefer stronger looking men. A win for truth and beauty, over the ugliness and lies that pervade Cultural Marxist dogma:

The study, on the subject of male bodily attractiveness, has found that the most Herculean bodies were universally the most appealing, according to the 160 women doing the rating.

“We weren’t surprised that women found physically strong men attractive … what did surprise us was just how powerful the effect was,” said Aaron Sell, a senior lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, who led the work. “Our data couldn’t find even a single woman that preferred weaker or feminine male bodies.”

The findings runs counter to a theory that has been gaining traction in the field of male attractiveness research, that there exists a “sweet spot” for brawn, and that beyond a certain threshold too much strength becomes unappealing.

In short, women are instinctively repulsed by soy boys, and there is nothing that nature denying progressive ‘scientists’ can do about it. Women want tonic masculinity. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Hit the gym on the regular, and don’t apologize for it.