Now What?

22 08 2018

Brooklyn, Iowa

Okay, now what?

You know he wasn’t in Brooklyn, Iowa as a tourist.  Iowa, being no Switzerland.

Since we know he was there to be some farmer’s cheap labor, I wonder if anyone in the area is going to get a clue and figure out which farmer he worked for, and then start a campaign to make his life a living hell.

That farmer’s great-great-grandpa was probably on the frontier selling guns to the Indians.

Speaking of such things, two weeks ago, I was able to talk another store, this one near the secret rehab hideout, to pull Chobani yogurt from their shelves.  This is most likely my last such victory — I don’t know if Chobani is sold where I’ll be moving.  But, if it is, it won’t be hard to call on the management and state my case.

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Read Closely

25 07 2018

Stockholm

Lede buried.

The real issue here isn’t child marriage or pedophilia.

It’s immigration and visa fraud.

The touch that gave it away:

“People see young girls as their sons’ tickets to Europe,”

 





Early Train

18 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

Me, July 3:

Listen up, progtards:  The big name top shelf top drawer Democrats yelling about abolishing ICE have absolutely no intention to do so if one of them ever becomes President, and will not vote for such a measure if such a measure gains serious political legs, i.e. has a chance of actually being enacted. They’re only making noise to raise money and churn election year interest from progtard utopian true believer dorks who are dumb enough to think that abolishing ICE is something that actually can be accomplished.  Sure, the big name Democrats yelling ZOMG ABOLISH ICE LOL may vote for token legislation now, knowing it will never pass this House or Senate, and knowing Trump wouldn’t sign it.  But if it gets to a Democrat President who theoretically could sign it, but actually would not, they would vote against such a bill.

Which means I thought that even big name Democrats with national ambitions would vote for a bill to abolish ICE now just to get “on the record” for fund raising and base agitating purposes, but only because they know it would not result in the abolishment of ICE actually occurring.

But the very late breaking developments in the final days of the voyage and the return trip home and my several days of paying off my sleep deficit is that Congressional Republicans, probably at the insistence of Trump and/or Stephen Miller, are pushing hard for floor votes on an abolish ICE bill, just to get Democrats on record, and the Democrats are resisting even getting a bill to the floor, because they don’t even want to go on record, because my guess is polling and focus group data available to the political class but not to the general public shows that the concept of abolishing ICE is almost as toxic and third-rail-ish as advocating getting rid of Social Security.  This means that big name Democrats don’t even want to be forced to go on record right now, because they’ll get stuck in between the rock of touching a third rail or the hard place of offending their kook utopian base slash offending donors.  Which means, contrary to their reputation as the Stupid Party, Congressional Republicans are doing something tactically intelligent, for once.  Which is why I think they’re not the ones that came up with it, that it was Trump/Miller.

Like I wrote back on July 3, what they’re really waiting on is for the next Democrat or establishment Republican President who, like Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama did, will deploy ICE to purely non-immigration duties, at which time the concept of abolishing ICE in a formal sense won’t matter.





Like I’ve Been Saying (Stuck With Her)

3 07 2018

Berlin

German politics can’t live with her, and they can’t live without her.

Which means…

ICYMI, here’s why I think German politics are stuck with her.

Five, six, seven, eight…





It’s Like an Old Familiar Score

3 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

Guten Abend aus Ulm.

From a half a world away, I’m observing this scam of a dog and pony show afoot, and I’m amazed that the sort of people who I would have thought would see right through it and call boo sheet on it aren’t doing so.

It’s this matter of “Abolish ICE.”  This boob bait for the progressivetard masses.

Time for Uncle Blogmeister to sit the world down on his lap and tell it the facts of life.

Listen up, progtards:  The big name top shelf top drawer Democrats yelling about abolishing ICE have absolutely no intention to do so if one of them ever becomes President, and will not vote for such a measure if such a measure gains serious political legs, i.e. has a chance of actually being enacted. They’re only making noise to raise money and churn election year interest from progtard utopian true believer dorks who are dumb enough to think that abolishing ICE is something that actually can be accomplished.  Sure, the big name Democrats yelling ZOMG ABOLISH ICE LOL may vote for token legislation now, knowing it will never pass this House or Senate, and knowing Trump wouldn’t sign it.  But if it gets to a Democrat President who theoretically could sign it, but actually would not, they would vote against such a bill.

How do I know?

Two reasons:

One, it was not so long ago that our side was calling for the abolition of a Federal law enforcement agency.

How did that work out for us?  How did it turn out in the long run?

Right.

Any political muscle there ever was to eliminating that particular law enforcement agency disappeared on September 11, 2001.  Meaning that, if you’re a politically aware later-half Millennial or younger, then you will have zero conscious memory of the American right ever advocating for the wholesale abolition of a law enforcement agency.  If you’re an early Millennial, then you might remember, but you would have had to have been paying close attention to American politics and current affairs from a deep dive perspective starting at a pretty young age.  If you’re older, then you probably remember, provided you were paying attention.

But, believe me, we/it did.  And we failed.

So I know how it’s going to turn out for you in the Abolish ICE crowd, because I’ve seen that movie before, I know how it ends.

Red pill:

There’s nothing more permanent than a government program, even more so for a law enforcement agency.  The current agents for that agency want their nice cushy Federal jobs, paychecks, benefits and pensions.  They’ll inevitably search for reasons to exist, or adapt to the current political reality, or cry uncle to enough elected officials and House/Senate committee chairmen.

Two, and with the above in mind, we already know how an open borders Democrat President would deal with ICE, because we had an open borders Democrat President until January 20, 2017.  Baraq Obama wasn’t dumb enough to call for abolishing ICE.  Because he did the next best (worst) thing — Keep ICE, so that all the agents could have their nice cushy jobs, paychecks, benefits and pensions, but deploy them to duties and missions that are tangentially relevant to ICE’s mission, but not at all relevant to what most people think ICE was established to do, which is found in the first and third letter of the acronym.  Examples were cracking down on fake NFL jerseys, and child porn on some teacher’s computer, and harassing people who wore Google Glass in a movie theater.   In other words, anything that is within ICE’s guide book, and either politically universally popular or demanded by either a well known profitable corporation or Democrat donors/bundlers (RIAA/MPAA and the multimedia conglomerates it rides herd for are big Democrat donors/bundlers).  Above all else, never enforce immigration law, except for maybe trying halfheartedly to deport the odd 853-time convicted felon back to Guatemala.  If we have another open borders Democrat President, he/she/xe/it/they will merely follow the Obama playbook.  But no actual abolition of ICE.

And I’ll bring this full circle by noting that it was better in the long run that the ATF was not eliminated, because its existence as an agency separate from the FBI is how we were able to find out at all about Operation Gunrunner (“Fast and Furious”), as the late Mike Vanderboegh documented.  Even though the ATF, in fear of its elimination, tried to manufacture reasons for its existence, the most unfortunate and drastic of which was Waco.

Long and short to all you progtards reading this:  I’m hardly on your side, but do yourselves this favor and take this wooden nickel’s worth of free advice:  Don’t let people wind you up and get you to throw bricks through windows for the sake of a cause they have no intention of following through upon.





Verhandlungsgeschick, Part II

20 06 2018

Washington, D.C.

I’ve been watching the theatrics of this manufactured ZOMG SEPARATING PARENTS FROM CHILDREN LOL~!!!!!1 non-troversy from afar, even if I can’t pay close attention to all the details. But I have had this fear for the past few days, confirmed by this article, that the Democrats, the left and the media, are doing to Trump what Trump is often said to do, that is, play a game of political 3D chess. And, uncharacteristically for Trump, he’s walking right into the dog pile, and his allies are pushing him along faster than he’s walking into it by himself.

The first bonehead move: Trump’s defenders keep saying that Obama did way many more of these parent-child separations. Keep saying that often enough, and people are going to walk away thinking that Obama was way more serious about immigration control and enforcement than Trump, or rather, Trump is way weaker than he claimed he would be. If you’re in the business of making the best mousetrap, you should never promulgate the notion that a competitor’s mousetrap is better.

The second bonehead move: This article. Which I think most people will interpret as political backsliding. In this case, it would be backsliding that would have an actual documented paper trail. His staunch supporters will have this interpretation way more than anyone else. And that I think is the intended goal.

Long and short: Media-Democrats-left baited and tricked Trump into appearing to run away from his own signature issue to drive a wedge between Trump and his own base.

This, combined with the German car tariff defeat, means that Our Master Negotiator-In-Chief is having a really bad first half of this week.





Correlation, Causation

22 05 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts

That’s where Harvard and MIT are based.  So you’d think, between those two institutions, that someone would have gotten to Mayda, Peri and Steingress, and explained to them that there are these things called dependent variables and independent variables, and these fallacies called correlation-causation issues.

And that’s what I think going on here.  I can buy that where there is high skilled immigration, there is blue team voting, where there is low skilled immigration, there is red team voting, both 2010 delta 1990.  But I think the immigrants contribute statistically zero to the deltas.  I more so think that they are effects of more fundamental underlying causes which drive the two-party political deltas over those two decades.