Quote of the Day

While listening to Trump’s address last night my overall impression was favorable, with a couple of concerning objections (more on that in a later post).  But since there’s a lot of talk in the air about increasing defense spending, and expanding the war on ISIS and related groups, this quote in Foreign Policy magazine is well worth pondering:

As a soldier, I welcome additional funds for training, personnel, and equipment.

But as a citizen I have concerns. Money will not fix what ails our military. ((emphasis added))  We don’t have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy. We have a military doing missions often beyond its purview, acting as the lead government agency in areas it is not qualified to do so, bearing impossible expectations in the process. As military professionals, we fail if we don’t achieve national goals (end states); the corollary to this is simple, we must demand clear and achievable goals. Our lack of both skews defense decisions.

The entire piece is deserving of your time and attention.

Lies, damned lies, and the media

(With apologies to Mark Twain for the headline)

It would seem the surge in Trump derangement on the Left has gotten to the point they may have actually let some truth out.  After all the complaining, listen to the last thing Mika Brzezinski has to say in this clip:

This attitude should not surprise anyone who’s been paying attention.  Whether it’s the now-defunct (but certainly replaced) “Journolist,” or deliberate message coordination with a preferred candidate, or the uncanny consistency in how headlines read on a subject, there can be no doubt that the mainstream media’s definition of “objectivity” is to achieve an objective: pushing America to the left.  The corporate media have become the “Minitrue” of Orwell’s 1984, and jealously guard their assumed prerogative to program the American mind.

The internet threatened this stranglehold, so now the major platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are zealously guarding against content that might have “crimethink.”  (because allowing unfettered discussion would be doubleplusungood…)  It is probably only a matter of time before Blogger and WordPress begin deciding which blogs should be available to peruse.

The legacy media are the enemy of traditional America, and just as in the clip above they will sometimes accidentally admit the fact. Choose your sources of information and commentary accordingly.  As a famous TV show used to like to say, “the truth is out there…”

Should have been the first choice

After all the ado over the withdrawal of General Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, Team Trump has named in his stead Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, who has been an influential, up-and-coming leader throughout the post-9/11 period, especially in Iraq.

I’ve heard McMaster give a public address on understanding the utility and limits of military force and the need for leaders to better understand the many human variables involved in that profession, and can vouch that his reputation for being a heavyweight military intellectual is well-deserved.  In an age where the military increasingly leans on impersonal technology and engineering, McMaster stands out with his PhD in History — and his emphasis on the many lessons a military leader can learn in that field. He is easily on par with the “Warrior Monk,” retired General James Mattis, who is now serving as the Secretary of Defense.

Flynn, on the other hand, is a documented loose cannon of sorts.  His is not the temperament you need in order to balance Trump’s tendency toward impulsiveness.  McMaster is far and away a better choice, and frankly should have been the original selection.

It’s my hope the current administration will stop involving the U.S. in an ever-increasing number of piddly half-hearted wars abroad.  But if the U.S. does have to face a major military challenge, or chooses to “go big” in the war on terror vice the constant inconclusive simmer of the last 15 years, two of the most qualified men available (Mattis and McMaster) will be at the helm.  Say what you will about Trump, but he’s not afraid to surround himself with smart, candid people.  To me, that’s the mark of a leader, whatever his personal flaws.

Well… who’da thunk?

Note: this is a lengthy post in part because I’m refuting secularists who misuse scripture to justify the ongoing invasion of the West.  If you arrived on this site’s main page be sure to click on “Continue reading” below.

Both a judge in Washington and an appeals panel of the 9th Circus Circuit Court of Appeals have stayed President Trump’s executive order banning entry to the country by people from seven nations considered to be high risk (incidentally, it was Obama who first flagged these nations as problematic).  Both courts claimed there was no evidence to support such a ban.

Truth is, they just didn’t look for any.  After all, pesky facts would get in the way of their legislating AND presiding from the bench:

A review of information compiled by a Senate committee in 2016 reveals that 72 individuals from the seven countries covered in President Trump’s vetting executive order have been convicted in terror cases since the 9/11 attacks. These facts stand in stark contrast to the assertions by the Ninth Circuit judges who have blocked the president’s order on the basis that there is no evidence showing a risk to the United States in allowing aliens from these seven terror-associated countries to come in.

Let me repeat that: 72 people from the countries on Trump’s list arrived in the United States since 9/11, and were later convicted of terror-related actions.

This is why I can’t stand the Transportation Security Agency — it’s security theater, not real security.  Real security comes from keeping terrorists out of the country, not from harassing citizens at airports.

This is why I can’t stand the open borders crowd.  Either we are a sovereign nation or we’re not.  Sovereign nations have every right to control who is allowed to enter and under what circumstances.

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If you build it

they will come:

Gab (gab.ai) is the free-speech alternative platform that has thrived because of Twitter’s SJW-led censorship policy which has driven away users. Now, it seems, Twitter is worried about the competition… ((…and they should be!  — Jemison))

Gab was founded by Torba following Twitter’s suspensions of conservative and libertarian accounts and has attracted nearly 150,000 disenfranchised users, including Breitbart Senior Editor MILO.

Since the platform’s conception, Torba has been banned from a Silicon Valley startup group, suspended from Facebook, and had his Gab features copied by Twitter. Apple’s App Store have also banned the app twice . . .

“The response to Gab from around the world has been nothing short of incredible,” said Torba to Breitbart Tech last year. “This is a movement, and something that the community is driving forward,” he explained.

“Folks are deleting their Twitter and Facebook accounts… They are waking up to the lies and censorship of Big Social,” he continued. “We will continue to build a product built by the people, for the people. We will continue to put people first and promote free speech for all.”

The Left has to monopolize the “conversations” in order to seem relevant.  The vast majority of their positions on just about every topic don’t hold up under close scrutiny.  Because of this, they are driven to maintain control of the flow of information.  During the days of the “big three” TV networks (1960s-1990s) this was relatively easy, and the same period saw Leftists gain control of most of academia.

The internet upended all of that.  Suddenly, not only did non-Leftists have a medium in which to speak, they also quickly found they were not as alone as they’d been led to think.  The rise of blogging just after 9/11 unleashed previously restrained conservative and libertarian viewpoints.

This was intolerable to the Left, of course.  So the past decade or so has seen a concerted effort to gain control of the “commanding heights” of the internet: Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and so forth.  In the name of “eliminating hate” what they’ve really done is harass and eliminate competing points of view.  It’s Orwellian MiniTrue as its worst.

In order to restore free speech rather than stay cramped in the “safe space” echo chamber of Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, non-Leftists have begun building alternative platforms.  In addition to Gab, there is also Infogalactic (a substitute for Wikipedia), and other alternative platforms are under construction.  The builders of these systems are committed to allowing all speech, however repugnant, under the simple idea that in a free marketplace of ideas, truth wins out in the end.

It’s said the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.  Once these platforms are established, they will have to be ruthlessly policed against those who would again bend them into the service of Leftist ideology, rather than being a true marketplace of ideas.  It will take all of us to keep free speech free, both in reality and in cyberspace.

The alternatives are being built.  Come along and support them.

Quote of the week

“The law is on Donald Trump’s side. Doesn’t mean that the courts will follow it.”

I’ve noted on several occasions the increasing disregard for law, when it comes to seeking political advantage.  Now we have a judge in Washington who thinks he can set immigration policy for the nation (legislate from the bench much?), and the kooky 9th Circus Circuit Court backing him up.

Given that the Supreme Court is evenly divided, 4-4 with a vacant seat the Democrats will do all they can to keep vacant, it appears the pressure cooker has been turned on.

Despite the attempt to politicize even the Super Bowl to jerk emotions in favor of illegal immigration, a majority of Americans believe in what the Trump administration is trying to do.  That’s why he was elected.

The more the Democrats and their accessories in the judiciary attempt to stop Trump, the more people are going to realize we are anything BUT “one nation,” much less “under God.”  (I keep waiting for one of my students to realize when we say the pledge in the morning I never say the word “indivisible.”  Not only do I believe it’s inappropriate; it’s also factually wrong, even from the beginning of the country.)

As this pressure cooker continues to gain steam, it may be the best solution is to encourage the nascent secession movement in California (see… it’s only wrong when southern states try it…), and encourage them to take Washington and Oregon with them.  It should be clear by now this nation is headed for a divorce.  Better to do it peacefully than via bloody contest.  Once separate, we can see whose worldview leads to prosperity, and whose leads to poverty and bondage.

And maybe — just maybe — we can see the restoration of the rule of law.