Plus, remembering Joan Didion, the original California contrarian.
Apparently Trump supporters are supposed to be completely lockstep with everything he says and does. Not like democrats who are contrarians and never do what their leadership tells them.
And yes Virginia that was total sarcasm.
Merry Christmas to one and all anyway.
It's a tired hackneyed device of politicians when they blame companies for inflation because of "greed". Everyone from Robert Mugabe to Nixon has tried it.
In the end, you can't win the battle against basic economics: Print shitloads of money, the value of money goes down, and prices go up.
Researched your story, "The teacher said: “Jews ruined Christmas. That teacher was librarian Kimberlynn Jurkowski". I expected a closet member of the "Alt Right" ?. Wrong. Turns out to be another Nation of Islam Farakhan gal pal. I would bet that data point gets no coverage at the antiracism desk at the NYT .
Very nice TGIF this week. Thank you. I would ask that you define the word "provocateur" that you deployed against Candace Owens to describe and subtly discredit her. In today's sorry state of journalism, I find that term is mostly used by less-than-deep-thinkers to discredit somebody whom they disagree with but haven't developed a cogent argument to debate with, and I'm confident that you (and Common Sense) don't fit into that category. Attempting to kill a perspective by using such terms is kind of a "dick punch" and well below your ambition to find truth, isn't it? "It is better to debate questions and not settle them than to settle questions without debating them." Merry Christmas
"What does it mean that many hardcore Trumpists might now see their standard-bearer as a lib?"
Or the question could be
"What does it mean when many hardcore NeverTrumpers might now see their "most-hated equivalent of Hitler-worst man in the history of the world" as one of them?"
Clearly, libs don't understand Trump, and his supporters, because they tend to see people through a dichotomy instead of a kaleidoscope (of course their are exceptions...). Normally, libs would always precede any Trump statement with "Trump states, without evidence...". I'm not certain why that didn't happen here, but I think I know why.
Anyway, Trump is simplifying things, to make a general point - as he almost always does, because many people have died even though, and because, they have been vaccinated: especially young children (yes, I am using the "OMG save the children!" trope because that's how you do it these days - no one can argue with it). Personally, I know at least two people who died within two weeks of their jab. And long-term afflictions (myocarditis is especially cruel because it takes down young people in their prime) are becoming clear and that death toll will take years to fully count.
I'm also sure that many people have not died because they have been vaccinated.
I also know that natural immunity is much better than vaccine-based immunity and doesn't require a "vaccination of the month" subscription program.
I also conclude, with evidence but not definitive evidence, that more people could be saved with early treatment with cheap drugs currently available and approved for use in humans (yes, HCQ and Ivermectin are very effective) than are probably saved by the vaccine. But the former does not enrich the elites, and one undeniable fact of this pandemic is that $3.6T of wealth has been transferred from the majority to the elites. That is not an accident. Say whatever you want about Bill Gates, but he is one genius mfer.
He's always been fairly liberal, just not insane, which is portrayed as hard-core conservative white supremacist since current year minus 6, or thereabouts. He doesn't want to believe that the vaccines don't work as well as we had all hoped; they seem to prevent the worst outcomes for those most at risk, but there are no grounds for this experimental pharmaceutical product to be mandated for all and this is what most of us object to.
Couple-a things: first, Senator Warren, author of several books on finance for teens and average people, is not stupid, despite sometimes appearing so. It's worse than that: she's dishonest. She knows quite well that inflation, as Milton Friedman said, is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon. Simply put, inflation always comes from money-printing not backed by equivalent increases in production. It's ALWAYS a government thing.
Second, Joe Manchin is the senator from my home state, West-by-God-Virginia. I've met him a couple of times, and he, too, is not stupid; far from it. His family tradition as Democrats goes way back, to include an uncle, A. James Manchin, who was a flamboyant politician in the old school of back-slapping and baby-kissing. Truly a delightful man.
But Joe now has a real problem. He was elected as a Democrat in a highly Democratic, United Mine Workers of America state. They say every kitchen in West Virginia has two pictures on the wall: Jesus and John L. Lewis. Unfortunately, as the Democrat party lurched to the left, West Virginia became heavily Republican, leaving Joe - elected as a Democrat - hanging high and dry. Change parties? He'd might as well try to change his sex. But he now has to walk that line between common sense and the radical left. Never trust him completely; just hope he can hang in there and stop the lunatics bent on destroying this Nation.
Thanks Bari. I don't find it odd that Trump touts the vaccines. We on the right have a wide range of opinions, as opposed to the dreary orthodoxy routinely regurgitated by the left. The truth is that the vaccines are not a panacea. They don't offer total protection. But for people of Trump's age - and mine - they make sense. For young, healthy people and children they are not necessary.
I didn't find the carjackings of leftist loons "horrific." I found them terrific. Proggie pols will never change until the consequences of their lunacy is pushed in their faces. That's essentially what happened in NYC when they elected Rudy - the nascent wokesters in the West Village and Upper West Side finally woke when their wives and children were threaten by aggressive vagrants relieving themselves in the playground. Being a leftist means living in adulthood with the magical dreams of a child always in your head.
I'm not a Harvard economics professor, so I don't know whether or not what Senator Warren says about inflation is true. But I do know that groceries are a LOT less expensive for us than they were for our grandparents.
So what REALLY makes groceries so much harder to afford?
As a single mom, housing ate up almost my entire paycheck.
A woman alone with small children cannot "afford" to live in a dangerous neighborhood, yet many poor single moms are forced to do just that.
The cost of safe housing is disgusting, and it condemns poor children to live in neighborhoods where there are far more opportunities to sell drugs and join gangs than there are to get a decent job or a decent education.
"It's the housing, stupid," not the cost of Kraft mac & cheese.
Democrats won't mention housing costs, because their constituents tend to live in gentrified neighborhoods and benefit from using housing as an investment rather than a necessity.
I brought my premature 5 pound baby "home" to live in a Tenderloin SRO motel.
There were pimps and drug dealers in the lobby, and addicts knocking on my door asking for money.
It was all I could afford at the time, and I was terrified every day.
There are still young immigrant families living in the Tenderloin, desperately trying to protect their children from drug dealers, traffickers, and severely mentally ill homeless people who scream at invisible demons.
Fuck the groceries.
It's housing & neighborhoods being treated like designer purses that we need to fix.
Safe, dignified housing may not be a human right for able bodied adults, but it sure as hell is a human right for children.
Let's all give a thought to small children living in dangerous neighborhoods this holiday season, through zero fault of their own.
Thank you for linking to the Tablet article. I "turned" about three years ago when the Unitarian Church went full-on woke. I'm now politically homeless, but, like the author of that piece, I feel free.
I honestly feel like I could stop subscriptions to all my other news sources and read this post once a week and know all I need to know. You rock. Thanks so much.
A Merry Christmas to all, I am blessed to be a Jew in America, where I don't fear Christmas but am welcomed by my Christian friends to join in the festivities.
London Breed is "a smart future for Democrats." Are we re-writing history now? She was all-in on defunding the police to the tune of $120M. Now she's pro-police? Sure.
July 31, 2020: SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Mayor London Breed announced a major budget cut to the San Francisco police and sheriff's departments over the next two years.
In a press conference Friday, the mayor said $120 million in funding would be redirected from law enforcement agencies to instead be spent on addressing disparities in the Black community.
Based on John Stossel's experience, BMJ should know that FB doesn't employ fact checkers but rather opinion checkers. In a recent filing in the Northern District of California, Facebook claims the fact check labels they apply throughout their platform are “protected opinion.”
The revelation comes as part of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by John Stossel.
"Senator Elizabeth Warren has been trying to convince her constituents that prices are rising because of some sort of corporate conspiracy."
Think about this for a moment. Consider that many of your educated liberal progressive and radical leftist friends and neighbors will adopt this belief.
And then ask yourself if it is a sign of breathtaking ignorance over how the real economy works, or blatant intellectual dishonesty that disregards the truth to prop up a political agenda?
Because those are the ONLY two choices.
And then ask yourself how anyone with either explanation can be considered respected... let alone be a Senator and candidate for President?
"People with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a kind of moral nerve; they display what was once called *character,* a quality which, although approved in the abstract, sometimes loses ground to the other, more instantly negotiable virtues.... character--the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life--is the source from which self-respect springs." My favorite Didion words.