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Some angry prole white men with guns are Democrats

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It’s notable that yesterday’s shooter is 66 years old. Once upon a time, the Democrats were the party of prole whites. That was the Democratic party of FDR. My prole grandfather who drove a delivery truck only voted for Democrats, and hated Republicans because they were the party of the rich, and he would never read the New York Times because that was the newspaper of rich Republicans. (Or so my father told me. The one thing that has remained constant is that the New York Times is still the newspaper of the wealthiest New Yorkers, and proles still read the Daily News and the New York Post.)

If the shooter has been in his 20s, he probably would have been a Republican.

It’s worth pointing out that if someone shot up an abortion clinic, liberals would have blamed conservative anti-abortion rhetoric. So it’s equally fair in this case, if not more fair, to blame anti-Trump rhetoric from liberals for this shooting.

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The rent for the apartment in Brooklyn (near the Belt Parkway in Brighton Beach) where my grandparents used to live is now $1975/month. I doubt that a delivery truck driver could afford it today.

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June 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

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Shooting in DC

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A congressman was injured.

If this is Islamic terrorism, then maybe Congress will finally do something now that one of their own is a victim.

Or maybe it’s just a crazy guy. In which case, it will turn into a gun-control moment.

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The attack was on a REPUBLICAN baseball practice. Most crazy white militia types would prefer to shoot Democrats. This either means that this was Islamic terrorism, just a crazy guy, or a white militia type who’s mad at all of Congress and the Republicans were easier to shoot at.

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June 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

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More on the topic of unemployed young men who play video games

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Commenter “Simba” provided me a link to this article (or maybe more of an essay than an article) at Reason:

http://reason.com/archives/2017/06/13/young-men-are-playing-video-ga

It’s another take on the topic of young men who are playing video games instead of working.

All of these types of articles are addressing a topic I addressed many years before (I was way ahead of the times.) This is what I wrote in 2006:

In WoW and similar games, your status increases slowly but surely every time you play. After so many hours in the game, you can see exactly how many more experience points you have, maybe your level has increased, maybe you have better armor or weapons than you had before. Unlike the real world, where you can work 40 hours of overtime and not even get paid for it, if you put an extra 40 hours into WoW you will definitely have something to show for it. Your status within the virtual world of WoW will have increased in ways you can clearly ascertain.

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In Overwatch, although your skill rank never goes up, they do give you some consolation prizes like a higher “level” and loot boxes that give you things like “skins” and “victory poses.” But I don’t care about that stuff. I feel like the real game in Overwatch is your competitive skill rank, and therefore Overwatch kind of depresses me because it demonstrates that I’m not even very good at playing video games.

Maybe I should switch to a role playing game (one of many WoW clones) which gives you the illusion that, as long as you keep putting in playtime, you’re becoming more powerful.

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June 14, 2017 at 7:37 am

Emoluments Clause, again

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Maryland and DC are suing Trump alleging that he has been violating the Emoluments Clause.

We see again how Trump is hated more than any other President in recent memory. (Perhaps the first President Johnson was hated by northern states as much as Trump is hated by “blue” states.) While there were many citizen-initiated lawsuits against Obama for not being eligible to be President on account of not proving that he was a “natural-born citizen,” none were filed by actual states.

Traditionally, suits like this have been thrown out for lack of standing. Where is the direct harm to DC or Maryland if someone who works for a foreign government stays at a Trump hotel? But we have seen that there are many federal judges who hate Trump and will make up new rules to allow anti-Trump lawsuits to proceed.

I will restate what I’ve written before on this topic. The Constitution doesn’t say that the President, or any other office holder, has to sell everything they own in order to serve. And also, it’s business-as-usual for politicians to make personal profit from their positions. The Clintons and Al Gore made hundreds of millions of dollars after leaving office. Lower down in the trenches, it’s standard for the spouses of Senators and Representatives to get cushy high-paying jobs that cannot be explained by their resumes.

The Emoluments Clause, a product of the 1700s, envisioned direct payments and American officials being offered prestigious titles (like Duke, Baron, etc) by foreign governments. It didn’t envision an ongoing international business. Such things didn’t exist in the 1700s.

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June 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

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Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Ice Cream

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I previously reviewed Haagen Dazs Pistachio Ice Cream.

Ben & Jerry’s was on sale at the SWPL supermarket for only $3 per pint. I thought I’d give it a try.

Compared to Haagen Dazs which is crushed pistachios mixed into unflavored ice cream, the Ben and Jerry’s product is pistachio flavored ice cream with whole pistachios mixed in. It’s a little bit sweeter and you can definitely taste the pistachio flavoring. It tastes more like Chinese restaurant pistachio ice cream, minus the green food dye.

Haagen Dazs is a much harder ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s is softer. (As far as I know, my freezer temperature hasn’t changed, so the difference is in the ice cream).

Unlike Haagen Dazs which contains no weird chemicals, the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream contains “guar gum” and “carrageenan.”

I vote for Haagen Dazs as the more sophisticated and better ice cream. Too bad it’s not on sale.

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June 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

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Attention liberals: your doorman voted for Trump

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There are probably a lot of liberal elite types living in Manhattan who think they don’t know anyone who voted for Trump, but that’s because they haven’t bothered to know anything about their doormen and the other blue collar whites they encounter every day.

People who read my blog know that the prole whites in New York City love Donald Trump.

Town and Country Magazine interviewed a doorman who voted for Trump:

I wouldn’t imagine that many of the people in the building you work at are Trump supporters. Do any of them know you voted for him?

That’s why I don’t want my name used. I wasn’t going into work with my “Make America Great Again” hat. Though there’s a few guys—a few of the tenants, and almost all of the workers—who support Trump.

Note that he said that “almost all” of the workers in the building voted for Trump.

And if the guy driving your taxi or limo is white, then like your doorman and building maintenance workers, he probably voted for Trump. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Don’t confuse limousine liberals with limousine drivers.

It can be hard to find a Trump supporter in liberal New York, but one cabbie fawned over his “businessman” prowess, and a chauffeur passing by the Trump International expressed unapologetic fervor for the GOP candidate. After saying he’d vote for Trump, the driver screamed, “Make America great again!” before gunning his limo up Central Park West.

My advice for Trump is to stop it with the tax cuts for the rich and getting rid of government support for healthcare, and start doing stuff for the blue collar whites who supported you.

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June 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm

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Trump should pardon Flynn

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Just to demonstrate that he has the Constitutional authority that do that. No one could say that Trump “obstructed justice” when the person being investigated is immune to ever being put in prison for the crime being investigated.

And it’s my opinion that Flynn genuinely doesn’t deserve to be investigated and charged with crimes that no one else in his situation would have been charged with. The Deep State is just out to get him because he’s a friend of Trump.

Trump could point out that Bill Clinton pardoned Mark Rich who was guilty of real crimes and not fake crimes.

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Re-read my February 15, 2017 post about Michael Flynn where I supported Trump firing him, and pointed out that Flynn is “a little bit nutty” and “lacking in managerial competency” and not that smart.

These are the qualities that make him a weak link, and therefore the subject of an investigation whose real objective is to build a case (or rather create a political climate) for the impeachment of Trump.

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June 11, 2017 at 11:13 am

Posted in Law

Comey didn’t illegally leak anything

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Comey knows the law too well (University of Chicago Law School graduate), and is too careful, to do anything illegal when he knows that everything he does is going to be in the public spotlight.

You don’t lose your freedom of speech because you work for the government.

If you talk to the President about non-classified topics, then you are allowed tell other people about your conversation.

And if you are underhanded and diabolical, you can write it down in a memo, and give the memo to a friend, and have the friend give it to the press as if it were some sort of “leak.”

If the mainstream media were actually neutral like they pretend to be, they’d show some disgust at such sneaky (but legal) behavior, but because they hate Trump and now they love Comey, don’t expect any criticism. Or any self-criticism for being tricked.

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June 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm

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The story so far?

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The FBI never found anything that would show Trump colluded with the Russians to hack emails, or even that anyone working for him did that.

We also know that Comey hates Trump, and that Comey wants him impeached (if you have even the least ability to read between the lines of Comey’s testimony, then you know that).

Comey knows that if you investigate enough, eventually you find something. There are so many laws that everyone is guilty of something, especially if you’re involved in activities with very complicated laws, an activity like dealing with foreign governments.

Flynn was seen as the weakest link among Trump’s people, so he became the main target of investigation. He was investigated for talking to Russians AFTER Trump already won the election and not filling out government paperwork correctly (which is probably like not filling out your taxes correctly in a manner that’s beneficial to the taxpayer, something that most people have done). If everyone on Hillary Clinton’s team was investigated so thoroughly, I am sure the similar stuff would have been found there. If anything, more so, I get the impression that Hillary’s people don’t think that the law applies to them.

Comey says Trump is a “liar,” but what Trump allegedly lied about is why he fired Comey. Let’s get real here, no ever says the real reason why they fire someone. NEVER. Trump didn’t feel like it was appropriate to to say “I fired Comey because he’s trying to get me impeached, and I’m really pissed about that.” So instead he said some bullshit.

Normally, at that level, people are asked to hand in their resignation, and everyone pretends like there wasn’t actually a firing, but Trump knew Comey would never have agreed to that.

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June 9, 2017 at 7:25 am

Posted in Law, Politics

Is Alan Dershowitz reading my blog?

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He wrote at Fox News:

I think it is important to put to rest the notion that there was anything criminal about the president exercising his constitutional power to fire Comey and to request – “hope” – that he let go the investigation of General Flynn. Just as the president would have had the constitutional power to pardon Flynn and thus end the criminal investigation of him, he certainly had the authority to request the director of the FBI to end his investigation of Flynn.

That sounds very much like what I wrote this morning:

Constitutionally, I don’t see how [obstruction of justice is] possible, because the President has the authority to tell DOJ and the FBI who to investigate and who not to, and furthermore Trump has the power to pardon anyone he wants for whatever reason, so surely he has the lesser power to do whatever it is that liberals think he did.

Notice that we both mention the President’s pardon power.

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Barrack Obama should know very well that the President has the power to tell federal law enforcement what NOT to do. He directed federal agencies not to enforce the immigration laws.

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June 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

Posted in Law, News

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