His father had beaten the odds -- expressed by the experts -- to win the presidential nominationTrump has a better chance of cameoing in another Home Alone movie with Macaulay Culkin—or playing in the NBA Finals—than winning the Republican nomination. —Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight Politics, June 16, 2015Trump triumphed. His way. He won not because of his style or his powers of persuasion but because of his message: Make America Great Again. Don Surber:
There's an commissar lurking behind many a mild mannered academic. For every bigot there's a commissar, In the end people just go and shoot without the niceties for the convenience. By and by we will miss civilization which is what holds barbarism and our worse natures in check. The entire apparatus of civilization is geared towards moderating raw passions it must control. The purpose of churches, custom, culture, manners and law is to restrain the Beast, because the Beast needs restraining. Unfortunately we are a juncture where restraint may have just left town. Not only have we, in our misguided wisdom, dismantled morality, civility and even law, but on both sides of the aisle the watchword is: power by any means necessary. Munich Follows Cleveland | PJ Media
Sec Army to Worldwide Army Commands: “Balance Lactation Support and Readiness”:
“Soldiers who are breastfeeding or expressing milk remain eligible for field training and mobility exercises.” So, a breastfeeding mother will deploy to the field and participate in field exercises while lactating? How is this going to happen? Is the mother going to bring her child to the field? Should the Army now bring tactical day care centers to field exercises with them?
That matters because our visual “brain” generally wins against whatever part of the brain is pretending to be logical that day. But once we got a look at the entire Trump family, acting as a group, our visual brains started seeing them as a package deal. And when you compare the entire Trump family’s visual appeal to the entire Clinton family’s visual imagery it’s a massacre. Would you prefer seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton decompose in front of your eyes for eight years, or watch the Trump family develop their dynasty? Entertainment-wise, that’s no contest. And people usually vote for entertainment over policy. They just don’t realize it. That’s the biggest news from the convention, and you won’t see it in any headline. - - Scott Adams
It is a coloured map, accompanied, upon unfolding the page behind it, by a key which moors the elements of the image to more recognizable, and labelled, cartographic features. The city of Chester is once again included, this time in the bottom right-hand corner. | The Public Domain Review
European Russia has three-quarters of Russia’s population but is just one fifth of the land area. European Russia is perched on the edges of Central Europe, Anatolia, and the Caucuses. The rest of Russia’s territory makes an arc around the top of Asia, snaking around Central Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. That same arc extends into Alaska and down the West Coast of North America. - Social Matter
I just understood that in a whole new way, which is that the third and fourth phrases are continuations of the second and first. Which is to say that on the whole, vindictiveness is an evil temptation. You need to forgive those who break your heart. The forgiveness one might receive is dependent on the forgiveness given, and yet we are sorely tempted not to forgive but to blame and to punish. This is the evil from which we must be delivered. It is our forgiveness that allows us to be forgiven. - - Cobb
Where the idea of a quota comes from no one knows. Maybe in a baby’s rocketship sent to Earth just before the planet Stupid exploded, because we don’t find it in the Constitution. In short, for every one hundred people that get shot by police liberals believe no more than 14 may be Black, 17 Hispanic, 60 White and the remainder miscellaneous. Woodpile Report
The photo shows Marquez’s bullet, which he fired at Meshesha while he was being fired on, inside Meshesha’s gun. Marquez’s .45 caliber shot had hit Meshesha’s gun exactly in the barrel opening and traveled down the barrel, jamming the assailant’s .40 caliber weapon completely. -- World NewsDaily
Most Muslims aren't terrorists, they soothe, as if anyone ever thought they were. If I give you a big box full of M&Ms and tell you just one of the M&Ms is packed full of Strychnine, I venture to speculate that you will not open the box and start decorating ice-cream cones with the contents. -- Radio Derb
You can hear the same thing at any third-rate college commencement, at Orientation Day at Excel academies, at motivational speakers’ corporate events, and right now, in the greeting card aisle of your local Rite Aid. - - Ann Coulter
The same strategy didn’t quite pan out for a man perusing the works on display at a British art gallery in 2014. Surveillance cameras monitored his progress as he stopped in front of a £700 painting, checked to see if anyone was watching, then proceeded to shove the artwork into his hoodie. Bumbling he might have been, but a quitter he was not—when it didn’t fit under his jacket, the man put the work under his arm instead and strode towards the exit. Naturally, gallery staff barred his way; he surrendered the painting before fleeing the scene. -- Artsy
They worry about problems that may not really exist, like the transgender bathroom crisis, the War on Women and Global Warming. They deny the problems that really do exist. They go to sleep thinking Iran is fixed, the refugee problem is solved, delighting in the idea that the administration has made all these sophisticated deals with Assad and the Ayatollahs and Putin. - - Battle of the Beams
their own shared values and assumptions (social psychologists call these WEIRD — for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic), and of course their own outgroups (evangelicals, Little Englanders) to fear, pity and despise. And like any tribal cohort they seek comfort and familiarity: From London to Paris to New York, each Western “global city” (like each “global university”) is increasingly interchangeable, so that wherever the citizen of the world travels he already feels at home.
Indeed elite tribalism is actively encouraged by the technologies of globalization, the ease of travel and communication. Distance and separation force encounter and immersion, which is why the age of empire made cosmopolitans as well as chauvinists — sometimes out of the same people. (There is more genuine cosmopolitanism in Rudyard Kipling and T. E. Lawrence and Richard Francis Burton than in a hundred Davos sessions.) - - The Myth of Cosmopolitanism
Following the deadly terrorist attack at Atatürk airport in Istanbul, Turkey, social media users shared his photo, claiming this man was among the 42 people killed. His photo was also shared online after the EgyptAir crash last month and, once again, he was believed to be a victim. This same mysterious man made it onto the lists of victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12. His photo was even included in a New York Times video showing images of the victims. Observers at France 24
"It'll be okay. It'll be better than that. It'll be 'GREAT!', again. And even if it's not, you can pretend it is until you're sure that it isn't. Why waste all that time with dread when you could have joy?" - - AbigailAdams in "And Away We Go!"
The West is not yet desperate enough. Neither the Men nor the Women of the West are truly cognizant yet of the existential threat to them. They don't fully believe the situation is what it is, and are still hoping that the system will, somehow, magically start working again. But it won't. As Dr. Pournelle has repeatedly written, there will be war. Vox Popoli: Criminality and the culture of victimhood
He is seemingly accountable to no one. He is rarely spotted in public and holds close company with only a few select people. Reporters tip him off to stories through email or instant messages but never expect a reply, knowing he is unlikely to write back. Yet despite his reclusiveness, Drudge holds a firm grip on the conservative news cycle. As the founder and operator of the Drudge Report, he influences and often creates news narratives. - Business Insider
sorry, off topic, but it’s a habit of mine - whenever I see a photo of some ingrate posturing - to look around and count all the things she could never in a million years create on her ownsoap… wheel… written language… HappyAcres
A truck is a different matter. The truck’s massive front end offers the driver some protection against light weapons fire. Jihadis will also quickly start armoring the trucks. A few pieces of Kevlar, especially on the side doors, would provide significant protection against rifle and pistol fire. And no number of bullets will quickly stop a heavy truck coming at high speed. But an RPG will. - - Stopping the Truck Threat
Guerilla War 101. They're being used of course, their animus is without a discernable strategy, but they seem dimly aware of being part of the nebulous orchestration that sustains them, aware enough to be in awe of it. They are however unaware destabilizing the society is the last thing a widely distrusted and dependent minority should want. -- Remus @ Woodpile Report
Why does an American black thug shoot up a fellow male black thug in a park? Why does a Muslim, when he goes insane, strap a bomb to his chest and blow himself up in a supermarket filled with shoppers? Or drive for two miles along a famous boulevard killing scores -literally scores â of people. That is a lot of thumping bodies into the bumper, a lot of bouncing around in the cab as the truck wheels crunch bodies. It was not one or six people killed at once in a bunch outside a cafe, it was two kilometers worth of people. Slaloming down the road to kill as many as possible, that was our depressed Morroccan. Nothing to do with Islam - Barrel Strength
This is also bad news for Team Oppression, when they contemplate that there are 300 million guns in circulation nationwide at last rough SWAG, and some number of millions of veterans in the country, many with multiple combat tours, minimal tactical training, or both, and a significant number pissed off to the gills about the last 8-40 years' worth of Leftism on a rampage, and any number of other causes. That fact alone both undoes any hope of "gun control".
You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I'd like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There's only an up or down—[up] man's old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course. A TIME FOR CHOOSING 1964
Second, as they grow wealthier and more citizens move into the service sector, nations move away from “survival values” emphasizing the economic and physical security found in one’s family, tribe, and other parochial groups, toward “self-expression” or “emancipative values” that emphasize individual rights and protections—not just for oneself, but as a matter of principle, for everyone. - - When and Why Nationalism Beats Globalism - The American Interest