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Good news: John Kelly is anti-immigration

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Trump-hating NY Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow explains why he HATES Chief of Staff John Kelly, and the reason he hates him is why we should like him.

It looks like, despite Trump’s recent tweets, Kelly has been the guy who prevented the Trump administration from going soft on immigration after Bannon left, not Stephen Miller (at least not by himself). And Kelly prevented Trump from making a horrible deal with Democrats.

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January 18, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Kid drops out of school to play videogames

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Swedish kid, now 19 years old and a “pro” Overwatch player living with his team in Los Angeles.

His unusually supportive father allowed him to drop out of school so he could practice videogames full-time. Thanks to his father, he’s now a “pro.” Great for him?

In the long run, I’m not so sure. I don’t think that professional Overwatch players make that much money, so even if he’s making a middle-class salary for now, his career is only 5 to 6 years before he’s too old and his reflexes are shot, and then he’s just a loser high school drop-out with no career, and it’s doubtful that he’s going to save enough money from playing Overwatch to last him for the rest of his life, if he’s saving anything at all after living expenses.

I guess the good thing is that Sweden has a great welfare system, so he can move back to Sweden and live off welfare.

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An important question is whether a few years of self-actualization playing professional Overwatch makes up for a future without a career.

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January 17, 2018 at EST am

Only Trump

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Remember this blog post?

Trump has disappointed me as President. He has not become more presidential. He has not been able to get control of the Deep State or keep his own people from leaking stuff to the media. He has let a bunch of conservative hacks take control of his healthcare and tax policies, and it’s clear that he, himself, is clueless about any of the details of what they are doing, or that they violate Trumpism. If the voters wanted conservative hacks running the country, they would have just voted for Ted Cruz in the primaries and not Trump.

And finally, his atrocious and shameful public dissing of Jeff Sessions is what has inspired me to make this post.

Michael Wolff’s book is consistent with what I wrote above back in July, which is why I generally believe most of it, because it explains everything. I guess I finally stopped giving Trump the benefit of the doubt after he he publicly went off the rails on Jeff Sessions.

And this doesn’t change my belief that Trump is the best president we could have hoped for (based on who was running in 2015) despite how horribly flawed he is.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 16, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

Bannon subpoenaed to grand jury

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Grand jury testimony is secret, so we will not find out what’s said unless there are leaks.

This is good news for Bannon personally. Mueller is not interesting in prosecuting him for anything if he intends to question him in front of a grand jury, because grand jury witnesses get use and derivative use immunity, which isn’t as good as transnational immunity, not by a long shot, but it makes it a lot harder to prosecute the witness.

Grand jury witnesses have no Fifth Amendment right to remain silent because theoretically they cannot be prosecuted for anything they say.

Based on the book Fire and Fury, Bannon hates Kushner and will happily cooperate with Mueller in order to get back at him. Bannon presented himself as being too smart to get anywhere near the Russia thing, so he may not know anything that isn’t already public knowledge. On the other hand, he may have picked up various dirt on Kushner during the course of his association with Trump, which he can squeal in theoretical complete secrecy to the grand jury.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 16, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

Trump represents true Democracy

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So much handwringing by the liberal mainstream media about how Trump is the end of Democracy or something apocalyptic like that.

Trump is the guy that the average non-elite American would vote for without the elites whispering in their ears and subtly brainwashing them into voting only for candidates who represent the values of the elites.

If one-person one-vote means something (a phrase that the liberal mainstream media loves when a majority-black city elects a black mayor), then it means that the people elected don’t represent the top 10% (nor the bottom 10%), they represent the middle.

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January 16, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Politics

Star Trek Discovery S01E11 “The Wolf Inside”

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January 15, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Television

The Shape of Water (2017)

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Total spoilers ahead.

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January 15, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Movies

Fire and Fury: I can’t believe I read the whole thing

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With my attention span ruined by the internet, it’s hard for me to finish a book these days. Luckily, this book wasn’t too long. The uncut edition of Stranger in a Strange Land is twice as long.

These are the important points:

1. Bannon was a loose cannon. More leaks came from Bannon than anyone else. Bannon hated Jared and Ivanka, referred to as “Jarvanka” throughout the book, and leaked stuff to make them look bad.

There’s more about Bannon in the book than anyone else, indicating that Bannon spoke to Michael Wolff more than anyone else.

Bannon definitely dug his own grave.

2. Kushner also leaked a lot, mostly to make Bannon look bad.

3. Hope Hicks is a more important person in the White House than I had realized. Bannon hated her too.

4. Stephen Miller is strangely absent throughout the book, but in the very few occasions where Wolff mentions him, Wolff presents him as being incompetent and not well liked. I don’t take this as the gospel truth, this could be a combination of Miller being good at staying out of the way of people like Wolff combined with someone else, most likely Bannon, badmouthing him.

Now why would Bannon badmouth the guy most on his side? Because that’s how Bannon is, disrespectful of everyone else, almost as bad as Trump when it comes to being jealous of other people stealing his spotlight.

5. Throughout the book, Trump is presented as utterly incompetent. This appears to be how everyone in the White House views him.

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It looks like Jarvanka won their battle against the Bannonites (except that Stephen Miller is still there and has unofficially taken over Bannon’s role as chief political strategist), and the White House is now an uneasy alliance between Jarvanka and the three generals (Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis) with Tillerson on the side of the generals. The leaking stopped after Preibus and Bannon were kicked out.

Based on this book, I predict that Stephen Miller’s days are numbered, and then the Trump administration becomes a globalist Wall Street dominated administration because only Jarvanka will be left to direct Trump.

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My other reaction to this book is why would anyone with a good high-paying non-government career want to give that up to work in the White House? Actually, that message finally seems to be getting out, and Trump is having trouble attracting new talent.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 15, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Books, Politics

Another “hate crime” turns out to be fake

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January 15, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in News

Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

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This op-ed in the LA Times written by a conservative-libertarian (probably anti-Trumper) type asks the right question but reaches the wrong answer.

It is true that California has the highest “supplemental poverty measure” of any U.S. state (according to a chart in a Wikipedia article), but then look at the demographic composition of California, which is only 37.7% non-Hispanic white (according to another Wikipedia article).

Massive immigration of poor Mexicans means you wind up with a lot of poor people living in the state. Poverty in California is not caused by a minimum wage that’s too high or other libertarian nonsense. Washington State has the highest minimum wage of all states, but a relatively low supplemental poverty measure. Washington is 69.5% non-Hispanic white, with 9% of the minority population being Asian.

To lower poverty, we must restrict immigration, deport illegal aliens, require mandatory E-Verify by employers, and build the Wall.

I believe there is only one factor contributing to poverty that libertarians happen to be right about, and that’s land-use and zoning policies that prevent more housing from being built. California has a lot of that. That’s why super-liberal Vermont also has relatively high supplemental poverty measure (although still below the U.S. average) despite being the nation’s second-whitest state. But Vermont also has a shortage of jobs because there are no major cities, and in the modern economy the jobs are migrating to major cities. Vermont is a place where a certain type of relatively affluent white people from the northeast retire.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 14, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Economics, Immigration

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