Throwing Shade or Saber Rattling?

31 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

Yesterday, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a special effort within the DOJ to focus on religious liberty, he implicitly threw shade on the Southern Poverty Pimp Center in all but name.

At first, I thought to myself:  If he thinks the SPLC is that bad, then I wonder if he happens to lead a Federal cabinet agency that has the ability to do something about it.

Then I realized that perhaps he was dog whistling his intention to do just that.

I’m not the only one who thought that.

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Götterdämmerung vs Goddamn Things

30 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

You miss the point, Rudy.

The objective here is not and ever was to find a “goddamn thing” in terms of criminal violation.

It is and always was, as it was said in my day, to engage in FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt), and as the young people today say, “throwing shade.”

Mueller is way more interested in a Götterdämmerung rather than a goddamn thing.





Everything Old

28 07 2018

Brussels

Nineteen hundred years ago, this news would have had this headline:

Emperor Requests More Tribute From Imperial Subjects, Protectorates





I Wish a Nigga Would

18 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

As they say on the streets.

#NRx





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.





Verhandlungsgeschick

20 06 2018

Berlin

Guten Abend aus Dresden.

I must break my self-imposed blogging embargo, because I want to prevent you from being bamboozled by something that appears to be good news today.  Before you start cheering, as someone who is currently in the other country mentioned here, time for a bitter reality check:

Germans just aren’t that into American cars, no matter the price. I think I’ve seen more flags containing the visage of Stalin here than I have American cars on the roads.

That’s the base problem.

But there’s a compounding factor that will make it worse:

American “cars?”

In case you haven’t noticed, the American car industry is getting out of the “car” business. It won’t be but a few more years that the American car industry is almost entirely SUVs and trucks.

So, we think that a people, already predisposed against American cars, are going to rush out and buy gas guzzling land whales simply because they’re about to be somewhat cheaper. With current gas prices in Germany in the $6.30s a gallon, (after converting for units and exchange rates, obviously, gas stations in Germany show gas prices by Euros per liter), the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, which in the real world gets 18 miles to the gallon (metric cultures express fuel economy by flipping the convention, expressing total fuel used in liters given a fixed distance, in this case, liters per 100 km, meaning 18 mi/gal translates to 13.1L/100km), is really going to fly off the dealer lots. Not.

Meanwhile, German cars are way more popular in the United States than American cars are in Germany, and German cars (i.e. the ones not already made in the United States) are about to become less expensive than they were before the start of these proceedings.

Executive Summary: The Krauts just rolled us on the real, even if Trump and Grenell do a lot of football spiking for public theatrics.





So That’s What Kanye Is Up To…

22 05 2018

Washington, D.C.

Obviously, Drudge has changed the headline since yesterday evening.