Pence Foolish and Millions Insane

15 04 2015

Indianapolis

Me, March 31:

If you do an about face, all the people that like you today are going to hate you, while none of the people who hate you today are going to start liking you.

And an “about face” is precisely what they did.

So, now what?

H/T Daily Kenn.

Indianapolis Star:

Indiana’s economic development and tourism agencies announced Monday they have hired global PR firm Porter Novelli to help rebuild the state’s image in the wake of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle.

The state will spend the coming days building a public relations strategy with the firm and stakeholders across the state and plans to spend $2 million with Porter Novelli, plus however much more is needed in actual advertising buys.

Better that you should convert that $2 million and then some into actual cash, then burn it.

You know they’re not doing this to appeal to people like me.  Which means they’re doing this to try to grovel to the other side, which will be a big flop.  So however long this PR campaign lasts, the end will look almost identical to the beginning:  The other side despises you for having done it, our side despises you for having backtracked and worse.

This being partially my line of work, if you’re asking me how I would run the war room if I got this account, the answer is that I have no answer, because I wouldn’t want this account even for $2 billion.  So I haven’t given it even one millisecond of thought.

 





Where There’s a Will…

12 04 2015

…there’s a son of someone named Will wearing a dress.

I guess we know what “he” will be wearing next.

And that his sister is going to start running around dressed like a man.

 





Let Them Eat Small Town Pizza

8 04 2015

Washington, D.C.

Slashdot:

With the FY2016 H-1B visa cap reached in the first week of April (only the USCIS knows how many applications were submitted by outsourcing companies and from Bentonville, AR), it’s no surprise that groups like Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us PAC and Steve Ballmer’s Partnership for a New American Economy Action Fund are pooh-poohing Jesse Jackson’s claims that foreign high-tech workers are taking American jobs, and promoting the idea that what’s really holding back Americans from jobs is a lack of foreign tech workers with H-1B visas.

There’s another way.

Declare jihad against pizza parlors, wedding photographers and cake bakers in flyover country.  Scream about homophobia, scream loudly.  That way, the SJWs will be none the wiser about any of this.





Arnie Kael

5 04 2015

Santa Monica, California

WaPo:

Schwarzenegger: Indiana’s religious freedom law is bad for Republicans

Hasta la vista, culture wars.

BTW, I’ve never heard the left try to tell itself to drop the social issues.

Now I’d like to speak to some of my fellow Republicans. I know plenty of Republicans who are sensible and driven to solve problems for America. They believe in Reagan’s vision of a big tent where everyone is welcome. This message isn’t for them.

Incidentally, people are bringing up Reagan’s opposition to the Briggs Initiative (Proposition 6) in 1978.  If you can’t tell the difference between the Briggs Initiative and RFRA, then I hereby revoke your oxygen consumption privileges.

If we want our party to grow and last, we must be focused on real solutions to problems Americans are facing.

We could start with infrastructure. Traffic costs our drivers over $100 billion annually.

Immigration?  Oh yeah, we’re not supposed to talk about that or even notice it, either.  The only permitted solution is to bring about more traffic.

Or we could get to work on education. If graduation rates don’t increase, we will have a shortage of 5 million workers by 2020 — not because we lack the manpower, but because the jobs will require education that our students aren’t receiving.

We can’t talk about that issue honestly, either.  The only permitted solution is to import more low IQ NAMs, and to ignore the low IQ of our native NAMs, except when they want to get out of the death penalty.

But distracting, divisive laws like the one Indiana initially passed aren’t just bad for the country, they’re also bad for our party.

But good for Bill Clinton’s party?

In California, the GOP has seen the danger of focusing on the wrong issues. In 2007, Republicans made up nearly 35 percent of our registered voters. By 2009, our share dropped to 31 percent, and today, it is a measly 28 percent. That sharp drop started just after the divisive battle over Proposition 8.

Proposition 8 won.  And the crucial demographic that helped it win is anything but a faithful Republican constituency.

California is becoming less Republican mostly because of the lack of affordable family formation for native-born whites.

You’re wrong. All you have to do is look at the response to Indiana’s law on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or pretty much wherever young people congregate and discuss what is important to them.

Both sides of the Indiana debate used Twitter to voice their support, and the result couldn’t be clearer. According to Zignal Labs, as of Wednesday night, #StandWithIndiana had been tweeted 5,571 times. Meanwhile, #BoycottIndiana was tweeted 430,728 times.

Take a quick look at Reddit’s r/news top stories for the week — there have been more than 15,000 comments on this issue, overwhelmingly in opposition to the Indiana law.

Polls show that laws like this are not supported by independents, women, minorities or Americans between 18 and 29. Nor are they supported by big business, as evidenced by NASCAR, the NBA and Wal-Mart’s public, vocal opposition.

Because, big corporations and young morons on cesspool social networking sites should have total control of public policy.  Actually, not a lot of young morons — The apparent social media deluge is a function of a very small handful of dedicated script kiddies.  If hashtags were policy, the girls that Boko Haram kidnapped and sold into slavery would be home by now.

And also, even Democrats show a slight plurality in support of RFRA language that’s way stronger than what Indiana first passed.

Why is Arnie being so blubber brained here?  I think the answer is simple:

“I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” — Pauline Kael, December 28, 1972.  Similarly, a telephone poll taken by Literary Digest magazine not long before Election Day in 1936 showed that Alf Landon would beat Franklin Roosevelt.





That Book Again

5 04 2015

Indianapolis

Two pieces (here and here) that show that today’s jihad against Christians and others who don’t want to service gay “weddings” in a non public accommodation setting is nothing more than a desire to do the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement all over again.  It’s called “Selma Envy.”

The end of the first piece is really interesting:

Havel is skeptical of ideology. He says that dictatorships can just use raw power, but “the more complex the mechanisms of power become, the larger and more stratified the society they embrace, and the longer they have operated historically … the greater the importance attached to the ideological excuse.”  We don’t have a dictatorship, obviously, but we do have complex mechanisms of power and larger and more stratified society.

In any case, individuals need not believe the lies of an ideology so much as behave as though they do, or at least tolerate them in silence or get along with those who work with them. “For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, are the system,” Havel says.

*****

“Part of the essence of the post-totalitarian system is that it draws everyone into its sphere of power,” writes Havel. We create through our involvement a general norm and, thus, bring pressure to bear on our fellow citizens. We learn to be comfortable with our involvement, “to identify with it as though it were something natural and inevitable and, ultimately, so they may—with no external urging—come to treat any non-involvement as an abnormality, as arrogance, as an attack” on ourselves.

There’s much to be thankful for in aftermath of the madness of the Eich termination. For one thing, many people have rightly figured out that what happened there is terrifying. It’s not just natural marriage advocates but even some of same-sex marriage supporters most vocal advocates.

“Complex mechanisms of power and larger and more stratified society.”  Sound familiar?  It should.

bellcurve

 





Common Enemy

3 04 2015

Dearborn, Michigan

Yeah, so?

Don’t you know the enemy is the white cishet Christian who runs a pizza parlor in some dot on the map?

Besides, the left isn’t going to bust their (not pork) chops, because these are the same kinds of people who will slaughter, bomb and behead if you draw cartoons of their prophet.  Bullies don’t pick on bigger bullies.





Not Fringe Enough

3 04 2015

Indianapolis

Bloomberg:

According to a March edition of the Marist poll, 54 percent of Americans agreed with  “allowing First Amendment religious liberty protection or exemptions for faith based organizations and individuals even when it conflicts with government laws.” By a two-point margin, 47-45, even a plurality of Democratic voters agreed with that.

The margins were even larger in opposition to laws that proposed “penalties or fines for individuals who refuse to provide wedding-related services to same sex couples even if their refusal is based on their religious beliefs.” No Democrat is seriously proposing this; the nearest cultural analogue may be the story of Memories Pizza, the Indiana shop whose owner said that he would decline to provide pies to gay weddings, and saw its Yelp! page firebombed with angry comments. (The popularity of delivery pizza at gay wedding ceremonials is well known.) Still, according to Marist, Americans oppose penalties on businesses like Memories by a 65-31 margin. The margin among Democrats: 62-34 against.

Republican presidential candidates may have gotten over their skis, and backed the current version of the Indiana law before Pence (and Hutchinson) started scrambling to change it.  [So much so that what Indiana got was worse than the way it was before. — Blogmeister Ed.]  Democrats are endorsing something more radical than voters are comfortable with. They’re betting on gay rights — the lens through which the RFRAs are being viewed — winning out. And that’s especially important for Clinton, who was on the “wrong side of history” on gay marriage until it became safe and practical to switch.

Except none of these polling majorities or pluralities are fringe enough to matter.  Nor are they loyal and faithful Democrat donors and bundlers.

Notice that Jim Webb was the only purported Democrat Presidential candidate not to say anything either way on this matter.








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