Modern Life Is Rubbish
There won’t be any bootmakers left. There are worse things. There won’t be a lot of things left. There won’t be any elephants. But still, this is kinda cool.
A Texas tradition: Cowboy bootmaker
This editorial perfectly illustrates why The New York Times is the last place I go for analysis or opinion about anything. This is why The New York Times is irrelevant. A serious masterpiece of contrived narrative, fictive history, spin, and bullshit. The results speak for themselves. They couldn’t get Hillary Clinton elected.
This would fool somebody from Mars. But somebody not willfully deluded and having seen the “facts” reported elsewhere might call this straight intellectual dishonesty and fraud.
Russia’s acts are “brutality” but those of the United States are “mistakes.” Cute. Especially since policies and acts of The United States have exponentially farther reach and greater consequences.
Blaming America First
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
FEB. 7, 2017
The bromance between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, long a source of puzzlement and alarm in the West, has gotten even more disturbing. This weekend, Mr. Trump dismissed a question about why he respected “a killer” like Mr. Putin by drawing a moral equivalency between the United States and Russia.
Moral Supremacy and Mr. Putin
by Patrick J. Buchanan, February 07, 2017
While his reply was clumsy, Trump’s intent was commendable.
If he is to negotiate a modus vivendi with a nation with an arsenal of nuclear weapons sufficient to end life as we know it in the USA, probably not a good idea to start off by calling its leader a “killer.”
Yet, as we beat our chests in celebration of our own moral superiority over other nations and peoples, consider what Trump is trying to do here, and who is really behaving as a statesman, and who is acting like an infantile and self-righteous prig.
Maybe. But this is still kindof a prediction. I’d be careful:
Trump and the End of Innocence
“What do you think, our country’s so innocent?”
by Justin Raimondo, February 06, 2017
Trump’s remarks underscore his uncanny ability to upend American politics, challenge the conventional wisdom, and smash what George Orwell derided as the “smelly little orthodoxies” that dominate the discourse in every age and nation. He is, in short, the ultimate iconoclast, i.e., a destroyer of icons, a battering ram deployed against the solemn bromides that substitute for real thought. As the Trumpian tornado whirls its way across the political landscape, turning politics as we’ve known it upside down, the admission by a sitting US President that we are something less than angels of mercy is a welcome development indeed.
Am I saying that Trump is an angel of mercy? By no means. What I am saying is that the President of the United States has dared to introduce a note of realism into a subject that has never before been addressed by someone of his stature with such refreshing honesty and sincerity. And that is not only good in itself, it also augurs well for the future of the country.
How We the People Were Screwed by Obama’s Bogus “Recovery”
MIKE WHITNEY • FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Why structural adjustment of course. The economy was being rejiggered in a way that deliberately kept growth weak (by withholding fiscal stimulus) in order to reduce upward pressure on wages that would have pushed inflation higher forcing the Fed to raise rates. That may sound complicated, but it’s actually a very simple and straightforward way to keep inflation at bay.
But why would Obama deliberately want to slow growth merely to keep inflation low?
It’s obvious, isn’t it? Because if inflation began to rise, then the Fed would be forced to raise rates and stop shoveling trillions of dollars to the big Wall Street investment banks which, by the way, happened to be drowning in red ink at the time. In other words, the economy was deliberately strangled to save the banks. But then you probably knew that already, didn’t you?
Tell me you haven’t noticed how all the money has been flowing upwards for the last eight years while the economy languished on life support? Tell me you haven’t noticed how the chasm between rich and poor has only gotten wider under Obama?
Do you seriously think it was all an accident? Do you really think that physically stuffing the coffers of banks with truckloads of cash behind the silly Madison Avenue-coined moniker “Quantitative Easing” was supposed to trigger more lending, boost hiring, and stimulate growth??
C’mon now, let’s be serious. The whole idea is preposterous.
OBAMA IMMIGRATION REFORM SPEECH (I think Trump wrote this)
Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration
November 20th, 2014
But today, our immigration system is broken — and everybody knows it.
When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system. And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders.
Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law. But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote.
Tonight, I am announcing those actions.