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I’ll start with the fallout from the Charlottesville protest, counterprotest, and violence.  A couple nights ago, President Trump held a rally in Arizona where he spent around 20 minutes condemning the mass media for lying and misrepresenting him and the facts.  Most of it was warranted, some was him stretching the point.  (I heard various reports say it was 16 minutes of talking about the media, others that said 30.  I listened to it and it seemed longer – more like 25, but the consensus seems to be about 20 focused minutes.)

This is from the NYT yesterday, condemning Trump for going after the media.  The story itself isn’t much more than the usual media caterwauling we’ve come to expect in the last year, but it’s noteable for one thing buried in the middle of it that exemplifies the problem:

Its lead items on Wednesday were about attacks on journalists in Charlottesville from both white nationalists and counterprotesters aligned with the so-called antifa movement.

So-called?  (Screenshot in case it disappears.)  So-called?  No problem identifying the white national socialists, but the international socialists barely get mentioned and get the dismissive “so-called”, insinuating that they aren’t really a problem at all.

What seemed to particularly sting on Wednesday was the way that Mr. Trump had impugned journalists’ patriotism.

“Claim bias. Fine. Claim elitism. Fine,” Mr. VandeHei of Axios wrote on Twitter. “But to say reporters erase America’s heritage, don’t love America, turn off cameras to hide truth, are to blame for racial tension, is just plain wrong.”

Anyone with a passing interest in history knows that the founders viewed an independent press as essential to democracy. Talk about heritage.

Anyone with a passing interest in history knows that we don’t have a democracy.  We have a republic – if we can keep it.

Journalists aren’t patriotic.  They’ve been actively trying to get the president to fail since Trump was elected, and they want the country to suffer for it.  They actively believe that half the country are neo-Nazi reactionary racist hicks who are too stupid to be trusted to live and so they need to be beaten into submission, and they’ll do so with any story and any angle they can.

They just spent the last year ranting about how Russia (which Hillary did favors for in a cash for uranium deal, lest we forget how they were Democrat friends two years ago), right up until it was basically proven the story was nonsense.  Even hard-left Salon.com came to the realization that the subject was being changed because the “Russia collusion” story was BS and independent analysts have come to the conclusion it had to be an inside source – namely someone like the murdered Seth Rich.

Last week the respected left-liberal magazine The Nation published an explosive article that details in great depth the findings of a new report — authored in large part by former U.S. intelligence officers — which claims to present forensic evidence that the Democratic National Committee was not hacked by the Russians in July 2016. Instead, the report alleges, the DNC suffered an insider leak, conducted in the Eastern time zone of the United States by someone with physical access to a DNC computer.

The Russia collusion story, despite being thrown on the front page of every leftist rag for the last year, turned out to be, as communist and CNN personality Van Jones called it – a “nothingburger”.  Meanwhile asking about Seth Rich’s unsolved murder is decried by the media as “right wing conspiracy”… that’s been debunked by… Snopes.  Y’know, two leftists, their cats, and a spam server to keep urban legends circulating to generate traffic.

At Charlottesville, the media went out of their way to ignore that there was violence on both sides, exactly as President Trump stated.  We have video of it.

The white racist identitarian national socialists – and yes, that socialism part puts them on the left, whether they like it or not – had a permit to march.  They were legally entitled to go make fools of themselves, but then Antifa decided to attack them, as Antifa does.

Antifa has the wonderful self-made justification that any violence they do, especially attacks they make, are completely righteous and absolutely correct, because they call themselves “Anti-Fascist”, and everyone knows fascists are bad, so ergo they can attack anyone they view as a fascist.  And anyone who opposes them must be a fascist, because they exist as a force solely to oppose fascism.  It’s a wonderful circular logic that completely ignores their roots as communist rioters that go back nearly a hundred years.

One thing both sides commented on was the lack of police presence.  Like we’ve seen in Berkeley over and over and over in the last year or so, the police are ordered to stand down by appointed police chiefs on leftist mayors’ orders.  In the case of Charlottesville, VA, the mayor is a leftist Democrat and pal of Obama and Podesta who works with the hard leftist Center for American Progress.  He’s horribly left.  His vice mayor, also a Democrat, is more entertainingly terrible, in that he’s a sexist racist homophobe.

These are the kind of people who tell the police to stand down because they identify with Antifa.

CNN did an accidentally honest piece on Antifa that they had to go back and edit.  This is the unedited version, still around on the Wayback Machine:

And this is the edited version, to delete the whole “they start violence everywhere they go” part:

The video story actually shows that the reporter doesn’t unmask Antifa at all.  In fact, the Antifa terrorists (because they use violence for political ends and are thus the very definition of terrorists) keep their masks, hoods, and glasses on while talking about how they have to be able to commit crimes with impunity in the name of “social justice”.

Or, y’know, so they can stab people for having the wrong haircut.

A “confused anti-fascist” swung a knife towards the face of a man with a haircut similar to the one popular with white nationalists.

Joshua Witt, 26, was getting out of his car at Steak ’n Shake in Sheridan, Colorado when a man ran over to him yelling, “Are you one of them neo-Nazis?”

The man aimed for his head over his car door, but Witt blocked the blow with his hand, which needed three stitches.

“I threw my hands up and once the knife kind of hit, I dived back into my car and shut the door and watched him run off west, behind my car.”

Witt, who is in no way a neo-Nazi, joked that he believes it was indeed his haircut that confused the anti-fascist, and said he’s considering changing his style. He has no other marks that would make his attacker mistake him for a white nationalist, he said.

But it’s not really a surprise that a bunch of violent socialist revolutionaries would begin attacking people who look like their racial and political enemies.

For those who haven’t seen what Antifa actually stands for (hint: mostly communist Anti-American violence and racism against anyone who’s not in lockstep with them), here’s some examples of their propaganda and events:

Did I mention Antifa was racist?

Antifa really seems to like hitting black people who disagree with them.  Seeing as how Antifa are collectivist identitarian racists, that makes sense, because someone who disagrees with them and is of a different skin-color is the kind of person who is a visual affront to their violence and stupidity just by existing.

Basically, Antifa is this:

The recent “Women’s March” that was basically a test activation of the protesters we’ll be seeing for the next four years and who exist only to try to undermine the West had this as one of their prominent visuals:

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It’s meant to be a powerful visual, but to anyone with a lick of sense, comes across only as powerfully offensive.  It takes a symbol of liberty – the US flag – and turns it into a symbol of oppression and subjugation – the hijab.

Even at absolute best the hijab is a symbol of voluntary submission to a rigid totalitarian theocratic patriarchy (oh, the irony!).  But to an objective observer looking at how the hijab exists as a garment forced on women in much of the world, that image above is wrong on a lot of levels.

Kraut and Tea covers it in harsh detail, breaking it down (also be advised there are graphic images as the video goes along – images of actual abuse of women that was not being protested during the women’s march):

The instances of Islamic murder of women as “honor killings” he discusses in the video are only in his native Germany.

But this happens everywhere in the world.  Amina and Sarah Said were murdered in the US by their own father in 2008.

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I’ve been following Sargon of Akkad for a while, and his takedown of the state of the media after We the People elected Trump is good stuff and covers a lot of ground, and covers some of the media/progressive/leftist politician collusion as well:

He’s wrong on a couple things at the end (mainly a rosy view of Snowden and Manning that they don’t deserve), but one of the reasons I like the videos he produces is that I don’t always agree with him, and he tends to show his work on arguments so even if there’s disagreement, it’s reasoned disagreement.

Stephen Crowder’s rant tearing into The Young Turks for being arrogant swaggering media leftist jackasses is wonderful as well:

There are some on the right, however, who want to apologize for upsetting their Hillary-supporting friends.  Sadly, thus:

Sad only that it doesn’t go on longer.

Deplorables Victorious

Posted: November 9, 2016 by ShortTimer in 2016 Elections
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Good job.

It was a long, long night, and a narrow victory in some states, but those victories took huge amounts of work.

This was a success that is crucial to the nation.  Congrats and thanks to all that made it happen.

Update: It’s 2 PM and we have video of machines that take Trump votes as Hillary:

 

Well, it’s only 1PM on election day, but there are already reports of voting machines spontaneously switching votes to Democrats:

There are also reports of machines going down and shortages of paper ballots.

WASHINGTON COUNTY – Personnel at the Washington County Clerk’s Office confirmed to St. George News around 8 a.m. that at least some of the electronic voting machines throughout the county were not working. As accounts came in from would-be voters, it became apparent that paper balloting was the voting method in many places, with some precincts running short on balloting supplies.

Again:

Three-quarters of all voting machines in Washington County, Utah, broke down early Tuesday due to improperly coded memory cards, County Clerk Kim Hafen told VICE News.

Election officials scrambled to issue paper ballots in some locations, which quickly ran out, according to reports online. Paper ballots were not offered in other locations, such as St. George and Hurricane, local newspaper The Spectrum reported.

It’s almost as if the Soros-funded leftist Secretary-of-State Project just went quiet and continued finding workarounds to elect leftists by deciding who counts the votes.

And let’s not forget that we know Hillary was involved in shenanigans of these kinds:

More from Project Veritas, with more admissions and more info.

Seems to me this was the kind of reporting 60 Minutes used to do decades ago.

O’Keefe promises a few more videos detailing more of this sort of corruption.

Mercers’ Statement On Trump Scandals

Posted: October 9, 2016 by ShortTimer in 2016 Elections
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Via WaPo:

“If Mr. Trump had told Billy Bush, whoever that is, earlier this year that he was for open borders, open trade, and executive actions in pursuit of gun control, we would certainly be rethinking our support for him. If he had admitted to Mr. Bush that he had profited privately by allowing the sale to Russia of 20% of US uranium deposits or that he had amassed his personal fortune not by hard work in the private sector but by selling favors to foreigners on the American taxpayers’ dime, we would certainly be rethinking our support for him. If he had argued that he needed both a public and a private position on issues facing the American public, we would certainly be rethinking our support for him. And finally if Trump had serially terrorized and silenced the victims of violent sexual assault whom he feared could damage his political career, we would most definitely be rethinking our support for him.

“Donald Trump’s uncensored comments, both old and new, have been echoed and dissected in the media repeatedly in an effort to kindle among his supporters a conflagration of outrage commensurate with the media’s own faux outrage. Can anyone really be surprised that Mr. Trump could have said to Mr. Bush such things as he has already admitted saying? No. We are completely indifferent to Mr. Trump’s locker room braggadocio.

“The same media that resolutely looked away when the most powerful man in the world, a sitting U.S. president with multiple violent sexual assaults to his credit, snared an impressionable young intern in his web and ruined her life, now expects us to gasp with revulsion at Mr. Trump’s irreverent comments. America is finally fed up and disgusted with its political elite. Trump is channeling this disgust and those among the political elite who quake before the boombox of media blather do not appreciate the apocalyptic choice that America faces on November 8th. We have a country to save and there is only one person who can save it. We, and Americans across the country and around the world, stand steadfastly behind Donald J. Trump.”

Pretty much.  We’re down to two choices, and with Clinton who’s been there for 30 years and has been a problem, we know it’ll end poorly for the nation.  With Trump, there may be some things that come out poorly, but it’ll certainly be a better future than Hillary offers.

Milton Friedman said you could rarely get the right person into the position to do the right thing, so what mattered was getting the wrong person who ends up in that position to do the right thing.

With virtually any of the other primary candidates, those of us on the right/libertarian/conservative/classic liberal side would’ve found our candidate doing better.  But we got Trump, who does seem to have learned things during his run, and does seem to have changed a bit (not a lot, but a bit).  And we’re going to have to support him, or we risk ending up with Clinton & Kaine, generations living under a leftist Supreme Court, and a nation further fundamentally changed by elites.

For those unfamiliar with SilencerCo, they’re a pretty major manufacturer of firearms suppressors in the US.  They have a reputation as a good company, but also one that doesn’t shy away from pushing for further Second Amendment rights.  Specifically, they’ve pushed for a bill called the “Hearing Protection Act” that would take suppressors out of the NFA (National Firearms Act).  Currently in the US, to own a suppressor (which tend to take guns from deafening loud to air-tool loud, not Hollywood whisper-quiet), there are a lot of bureaucratic hoops to jump through, and a $200 tax to pay on items that tend to run between $200-$900, and a several-month wait for bureaucrats to process your request to own something that shouldn’t be illegal.

Among the points Don Jr. makes in the video are that in Europe, suppressors are widely used, because it’s nice to not blow your eardrums out or irritate everyone within a half mile.

The interview is interesting to see what other members of the candidate’s family are like.  I’d never seen an interview with Don Jr., and the assessments I’d read of him before were underwhelming.  Admittedly, SilencerCo is a pretty friendly interview, and aside from the conservative litmus test/exclusion thing that he briefly mentions at the beginning that simply isn’t the case (at least for most of the country), but that’s the only nit I saw to pick – there are a lot of good points covered.

Even if one were to be as cynical as possible about politicians and businesses, the way he knowledgeably and passionately can cover info about the topic demonstrates he’s not BSing here.

A solid point that Don makes is that Hillary has openly opposed the Heller Decision, which started to acknowledge that the Second Amendment says what it says.  If Hillary appoints another couple supreme court justices, we could be looking at decades worth of decisions made by leftist activists in direct conflict with what the law actually says.

Uncut interview here:

His discussion of the NY “SAFE” Act shows that he’s also had to live under absurd gun control laws, and rather than be someone who’s out of touch as some kind of elite, shows he’s been impacted by it as well and that these things aren’t lost on him.

There’s always the problem of disconnect by people who are privileged elites not having to live under the same rules, but here, despite finances and connections, he’s still stuck with the same laws we are, and still clearly sees how onerous it is for all American citizens.

Former TX Rep Dr. Suzanna Hupp said that how a politician views the Second Amendment will show how they view the citizenry:

How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.

– and I’ve said for years that the Second Amendment is the canary in the coal mine.  It shows you where statist/leftist/progressive politicians are headed based on how they treat your right to self-defense.

Now here we have someone who’d have the president’s ear who’s been on the receiving end of those citizen-crushing politics, and who sees that the right to keep & bear arms is something critical to the fabric of the nation, and even as someone who does travel in industry circles as a celebrity, he still understands and can articulate much of the essence of the Second Amendment.

Socialism Explained Through A Bernie Sign

Posted: March 9, 2016 by ShortTimer in 2016 Elections, Socialism

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