Monday, May 2, 2016

Has the World Learned Anything Since Brussels?

I don't think so.

At Blazing Cat Fur:
It has become alarmingly clear since the Brussels terror attack that the West either doesn’t understand the nature of Islamist terrorism or doesn’t want to. President Obama denies that the Islamic State poses an existential threat, belittles those who disagree, and seems more vested in undermining allies and political opponents than fighting terror. Whether acting out of ideology or naiveté, he refuses to admit the role of religious doctrine and instead blames terrorism on generic criminality, violent extremism, gun violence, or global warming. He fails to address the jihad and genocide being waged against non-Muslims in the Mideast and beyond, does not speak honestly about the Islamist threat, and portrays those who do as hatemongers.

Deal of the Day: Perky-Pet Bird Feeders for Mother's Day

Pretty cool.

At Amazon, Perky Pet 8133-2 Daisy Vase Vintage Glass Hummingbird Feeder.

More, Save on Perky-Pet Bird Feeders.

And here's your Mother's Day Gift Guide.

And thanks to all my readers who've been shopping through my Amazon links. When you do your shopping here, you provide support with no extra cost to yourself. I really appreciate it.

I like posting the book links too!

More, from Katie Pavlich, Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.

And from Sharyl Attkisson, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.

Marybeth Hicks, Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom.

Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know - and Men Can't Say.

BONUS: Phyllis Schlafly, A Choice Not an Echo: Updated and Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition.

May Day Protesters March for Immigrant Rights in San Deigo (VIDEO)

More illegal aliens and communists, via ABC News 10 San Diego:

Indiana: Last Stand for the 'Never Trump' Movement

At the New York Times, via Memeorandum, "Indiana May Be #NeverTrump's Last Stand."

Everybody's talking about the WSJ poll out yesterday, "Donald Trump Holds 15-Point Lead Ahead of Republican Rivals in Indiana Poll."

And here's the Cruz campaign's last gasp, at LAT, "Ted Cruz barnstorms Indiana as state's primary proves pivotal in GOP race."

VIDEO): Greenpeace Leaks Documents on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

At the Guardian UK, "Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal":

Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts.

The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection.

President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very different picture.

“Discussions on cosmetics remain very difficult and the scope of common objectives fairly limited,” says one internal note by EU trade negotiators. Because of a European ban on animal testing, “the EU and US approaches remain irreconcilable and EU market access problems will therefore remain,” the note says.

Talks on engineering were also “characterised by continuous reluctance on the part of the US to engage in this sector,” the confidential briefing says.

These problems are not mentioned in a separate report on the state of the talks, also leaked, which the European commission has prepared for scrutiny by the European parliament.

These outline the positions exchanged between EU and US negotiators between the 12th and the 13th round of TTIP talks, which took place in New York last week.

The public document offers a robust defence of the EU’s right to regulate and create a court-like system for disputes, unlike the internal note, which does not mention them.

Jorgo Riss, the director of Greenpeace EU, said: “These leaked documents give us an unparalleled look at the scope of US demands to lower or circumvent EU protections for environment and public health as part of TTIP. The EU position is very bad, and the US position is terrible. The prospect of a TTIP compromising within that range is an awful one. The way is being cleared for a race to the bottom in environmental, consumer protection and public health standards.”
Keep reading.

Protesters Pour Into Heavily-Fortified Green Zone in Baghdad (VIDEO)

It's out of control over there.

At LAT, "Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament."

And at CBS News This Morning:

Illegal Aliens and Communists Protest Donald Trump in Los Angeles for May Day

These are exactly the people Trump warned about. Mexico's not sending its best.

Violent May Day Clash in Seattle (VIDEO)

Gotta love the headline here, "anti-capitalists," heh.

At the Seattle PI, "Anti-capitalists clash with Seattle police on May Day."

They're communists. Is that so hard? They're freakin' communists.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mother's Day Gifts

Check out the Mother's Day Gift Guide at Amazon.

Plus, from Katie Pavlich, Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.

And from Sharyl Attkisson, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.

Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know - and Men Can't Say.

BONUS: Marybeth Hicks, Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom.

And thanks to all my readers who've been shopping through my Amazon links.

When you do your shopping here, you provide support with no extra cost to yourself. I really appreciate it. Plus, I always enjoy posting all the book links, heh.

Sunday Cartoons

At Flopping Aces, "Sunday Funnies."

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And at Theo Spark's, "Cartoon Round Up..."

Cartoon Credit: A.F. Branco, "Cirque du Soleil Hypocrisy."

British Labour Party's Anti-Semitism Row Deepens (VIDEO)

Following-up, "The Left's Hatred of Jews Chills Me to the Bone."

Now Ken Livingstone won't apologize.

Watch, via Euronews:

The Left's Hatred of Jews Chills Me to the Bone

From Stephen Pollard, at the Telegraph UK.

A great piece. Read it all at the link.

Ted Cruz's Delegate Support Weakens (VIDEO)

You're starting to see the stampede toward Donald Trump, and it's going to be an epic crush following Trump's expected win in the Hoosier State on Tuesday.

At the New York Times, "Ted Cruz’s Support Softens Among the Delegates He Courted" (via Memeorandum):

Even as Donald J. Trump trounced him from New Hampshire to Florida to Arizona, Senator Ted Cruz could reassure himself with one crucial advantage: He was beating Mr. Trump in the obscure, internecine delegate fights that could end up deciding the Republican nomination for president.

“This is how elections are won in America,” Mr. Cruz gloated after walking away with the most delegates in Wyoming.

But it turns out that delegates — like ordinary voters — are susceptible to shifts in public opinion. And as the gravitational pull of Mr. Trump’s recent primary landslides draws more Republicans toward him, Mr. Cruz’s support among the party’s 2,472 convention delegates is softening, threatening his hopes of preventing Mr. Trump’s nomination by overtaking him in a floor fight.

With each delegate Mr. Trump claims, he gets closer to the 1,237 he needs to clinch the nomination outright, and Mr. Cruz’s chances of stopping him — even if he pulls out a victory in Tuesday’s Indiana primary — shrink...
Keep reading.

And tellingly, at Politico, "Inside Cruz's camp, confidence crumbles" (via Memeorandum).

Transgender Hoax Crime in Durham, North Carolina (VIDEO)

Well, it's N.C.

Couldn't be a coincidence, or anything, considering the Tar Heel State's in the news all the time.

On Saturday, ABC11 showed [gender dysphoric Alexis] Adams the surveillance video of her walking out of the women's restroom alone and not by security. Adams response was, "They're not in the shot."

ABC11 showed Adams a different camera angle-this time of her walking out of the transit center with a man that does not appear to be a security guard. Adams response was, "I can't. I guess you just had to be there to witness it. The security did escort-ask me to leave the premises. They may not have dragged me out of the bathroom but they were there."

Adams says she is sticking by her story, and that no one has influenced her to come forward.

What's not clear is if the janitor said something to Adams inside the restroom. The video only shows Adams going in the restroom alone and walking out alone.

The city is asking people to call police if they saw something to support Adams' allegation...
There's video at the link.

Deal of the Day: Sun Joe PSI Electric Pressure Washer

At Amazon, Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM Electric Pressure Washer, 14.5-Amp.

And, Mr. Coffee BVMC-DMX85 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Integrated Hot Water Dispenser, 16-Ounce, Black/Chrome.

Also, California Umbrella 11-Feet Sunbrella Fabric Fiberglass Rib Crank Lift Collar Tilt Aluminum Market Umbrella with Bronze Pole, Terracotta.

More, Midnight by Carole Hochman Women's Short Modal Robe.

From Justin Vaïsse, Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement.

And from Robert Kagan, Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order.

Mark Gerson and James Q. Wilson, The Essential Neoconservative Reader.

Still more, from James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet.

By Jacob Heilbrunn, They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons.

BONUS: Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History.

Donald Trump Holds 15-Point Lead Ahead of Republican Rivals in Indiana Poll

I saw some other polls out, including USA Today, that had Ted Cruz up in Indiana.

I've been discounting those because Donald Trump's got tremendous momentum, and it's Indiana.

At WSJ (via Memeorandum):
Donald Trump holds a 15-point lead in the Republican presidential primary in Indiana, and a majority of GOP voters disapprove of the effort by underdogs Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich to coordinate a strategy to block him, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll finds.

Hillary Clinton holds a narrow, 4-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders among likely Democratic voters in Indiana, the poll found.

That gives Mr. Trump a substantial advantage in a state that Mr. Cruz says could be his last, best chance to stop the front-runner from clinching the GOP nomination before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

Mr. Trump has been on a winning streak since his landslide victories in the New York primary two weeks ago and in last week’s five-state round of voting in the Northeast, which some dubbed the “Acela primary.” ...

In the Republican primary, it is still mathematically possible for Mr. Cruz, of Texas, and Mr. Kasich, of Ohio, to pick up enough delegates between now and the end of the primary season on June 7 to keep Mr. Trump from reaching the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination. But the path to doing so narrows substantially if Mr. Trump sweeps Indiana and wins all of its 57 delegates.

In a last-ditch effort to derail the Trump train, the Cruz and Kasich campaigns last week announced that they would try to coordinate a strategy to block Mr. Trump, a plan that called for Mr. Kasich to stop campaigning in Indiana to give Mr. Cruz a clearer shot at the front-runner.

The poll found that 58% of likely Republican primary voters disapproved of that Cruz-Kasich deal and saw it as “further proof that the Republicans are trying to rig the game against Trump.” One-third of GOP voters approved of the deal and “of doing everything possible to stop Trump from being the Republican nominee.”

It isn’t clear how much the Cruz-Kasich agreement will affect the outcome next Tuesday, as 63% of GOP primary voters said it wasn’t a factor in deciding their votes, including 53% of Kasich voters and 66% of Cruz voters.

The poll also found that not all of Mr. Kasich’s supporters would accrue to Mr. Cruz if Mr. Kasich weren’t in the race.

If the Ohio governor’s support is reallocated according to the second choice of his backers, Mr. Trump still maintains an 11-point lead, with 53% backing him and 42% supporting Mr. Cruz.

Nearly two-thirds of Republican voters said that if no candidate wins a majority of delegates during primary season and the party winds up with a contested convention, then the candidate with the most votes in the primaries should get the nomination...

The Virtual Reality Zombies

Hey, it looks pretty freakin' cool. I can't wait to try VR, heh.

At the New York Post, via Irritated Woman on Twitter:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Gigi Hadid Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Video 2016

Following-up, "Rebecca Romijn Slams Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner as Not 'True Supermodels'."

At Sports Illustrated, "Gigi Hadid Outtakes 2016."

Currently Reading: Heinz Höhne, The Order of the Death's Head: The Story of Hitler's SS

If folks are wondering why I'm reading all these histories of Nazi Germany, well, it's actually my academic specialty. My dissertation looked at the West's pathetic response to Germany's rise in the 1930s, with an analysis of balance of power theory.

So, I just like reading all about international politics in the Interwar Period.

In any case, I saw this book at my favorite used bookstore, The Bookman, in Orange.

It's great!

At Amazon, The Order of the Death's Head: The Story of Hitler's SS.

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Twitter Genius Trolls the Guardian

Via Louise Mensch, at Heat Street:

Deal of the Day: Up to 46% Off Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors

At Amazon, Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector.

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Plus, Save Up to 51% on T-Fal and WearEver Cookware Sets.

And, 40% Off Select ASICS GEL-Excite 3 Running Shoes.

Still more, from Ed Feulner, The American Spirit.

And from Dennis Prager, Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.

Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.

BONUS: Yuval Levin, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism.

Trump Says He'll Win Without GOP Unity

This is what I most like about Donald Trump. He's taking it to the GOPe.


And at Memeorandum.

U.S. Economy Grew at Pathetic 0.5% Rate in First Quarter of 2016 — Thanks Obama!

O's upset he's not getting enough credit for saving the economy from a depression in '09, heh.

I mean really? He's proud of a 2.0 percent growth rate for his entire term in office? It's the worst economic record of any postwar president.

At WSJ, "U.S. Growth Starts Year in Familiar Rut":
A sharp pullback in business investment and weak global demand dragged down an already-lackluster U.S. economy in the opening months of 2016, the latest setback in a bumpy expansion entering its seventh year.

Consumers and the housing market kept the U.S. from sliding backward, though only barely. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic output, advanced at a 0.5% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That marked the economy’s worst performance in two years.

Corporate executives and economists say turmoil across global financial markets in the opening weeks of the year may have restrained U.S. economic activity, with conditions improving somewhat after the Federal Reserve scaled back its expectations for rate increases and commodity prices began stabilizing.

“While all is not well with the U.S. economy, neither is the economy as moribund as the print on the first-quarter GDP report implies,” said Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial Corp. “Consumer spending and housing will provide the main support going forward.”

Slow first quarters followed by a rebound have been common in recent years, leaving hope for better months ahead. The U.S. economy contracted in the opening quarter of 2014 and barely grew at the outset of 2015, only to bounce back and leave the economy on the same staid trajectory seen during much of the expansion. For all of 2015, GDP advanced 2.4%, the same as 2014.

Yet stronger global headwinds over the past year have served as an added restraint. Among the forces working against the U.S. expansion in recent months: Tepid demand from overseas and a strong dollar have led to a drop in exports, subtracting from growth. Cheap oil, meanwhile, has thrown business spending into disarray. Outlays for mining exploration and wells contracted the most on record in the first quarter.

The latest worry about the global outlook came Thursday when the Bank of Japan surprised many investors by declining to launch fresh stimulus measures despite a weak economic outlook. The BOJ and the European Central Bank have been among the institutions pushing interest rates into negative territory to boost their economies, moves that had weakened their currencies and pushed the dollar higher.

The Fed hasn’t budged on interest rates since December, when it raised its benchmark for the first time in nearly a decade. Fed officials initially expected to raise interest rates by a full percentage point this year, but in March downgraded their expectation to just half a percentage point amid the global economic turbulence.

After its latest meeting concluded Wednesday, the central bank highlighted the domestic economy’s mixed signals and remained ambiguous about whether it would move its rate target from a range of 0.25% to 0.5% in June.

Despite the cause for concern, the outlook isn’t entirely bleak. For example, business investment in computers, software, research and development and nonenergy structures all rose during the first quarter...

Rebecca Romijn Slams Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner as Not 'True Supermodels'

Shoot, are you kidding me?!!

Kendall Jenner is a freakin' goddess!

So what if social media catapulted her to fame? She's to die for.

At People, "Yolanda Hadid Defends Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner After Rebecca Romijn Says They Aren't 'True Supermodels'."

Actually, Gigi's not my favorite, so score a point or two for Rebecca, lol.

Open-Borders Thugs Protest Donald Trump at California GOP Convention (VIDEO)

CBS News 13 Sacramento has the video below.

And at the Los Angeles Times, today's front page lead story, "Trump spurs a fresh wave of Latino activism":

As Donald Trump's presidential campaign moves into California, he's being met by a revitalized, youthful Latino-rights movement playing from a different rule book than its predecessors.

Trump faced large and hostile demonstrations outside a rally Thursday night in Costa Mesa and at the Burlingame hotel where he delivered a speech to the California Republican Convention.

Protest organizers in Southern California said the anti-Trump demonstration spread through word of mouth and involved mostly young people, including many high school and college students. They brought with them Mexican flags, which were once discouraged at immigrant rights rallies for fear they would be regarded as un-American.

But in reaction to Trump, the Mexican flag has re-emerged, unfurled and unapologetic and a symbol for a new generation of Latino activists. Protesters said they have no hesitation about putting their heritage on display, especially when it comes to the rise and rhetoric of Donald Trump.

"People are angry — they are feeling personally attacked and in danger," said Luis Serrano, 28, an organizer with California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance.

Some activists have discussed whether aggressive protests might actually boost Trump with his conservative base and help him win the Republican primary, where he faces Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

On Friday, Trump tried turning the protests to his advantage. After demonstrators blocked his entrance to the hotel, forcing him to walk around a back way, he joked: "It was like crossing the border."

Serrano and other activists said speaking out against Trump outweighs the risk of their protests inadvertently earning the presidential candidate votes. Some groups are trying to use outrage against Trump to register more Latino voters...

Hoisting the Mexican flag is only going to help Trump. Maybe not in California, but if these Latino protests take off in battleground states, they're going to hurt the Democrats. See also, "Trump protesters, Mexican flag-wavers could bring unintended consequences for GOP race."