Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Year in Trump-Russia Hysteria - WSJ

A useful reference is the 1962 novel “Seven Days in May,” written in the backwash of Richard Neustadt’s theory of a presidential power limited to persuasion. In the book (though not the movie) a fictional president wrestles with how his vast unpopularity with the American people not only invites the securocrat conspiracies that beset his administration. It limits, as his closest advisers fail to grasp, his ability to fight back openly, by firing those whom he suspects.

If you don’t see the same lesson seeping through the Trump administration, you aren’t paying attention.

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Read the whole thing--it's Holman Jenkins.

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Trump warns Iran: US watching for human rights violations in response to protests | TheHill

“Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism,” Trump said.

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“Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”

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Michael Barone: Trying to take Trump seriously

The skeptic is George Mason University economist and Marginal Revolution blogger Tyler Cowen. Like most economists, he tends to favor free trade and has not been converted by Trump’s rants and tweets.

But he sees a pattern where others see only mayhem. “The real significance of the Trump economic revolution,” he wrote In a Bloomberg column, earlier this month, “is a focus on investment.” The goal of Trump and the Republicans then fashioning the now-passed tax cut package, he argues, is to “make the U.S. a new and dominant focus of investment, including at the expense of other nations.”

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Iranian protests: World is watching response, US warns - BBC News

The US says "the world is watching" how Iranian authorities respond to anti-government protests that have broken out in several cities.

Thousands of people have joined the protests, with scores arrested.

A White House statement said Iranians were fed up with "the regime's corruption and its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism".

Meanwhile, authorities urged supporters to turn out for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday.

The rallies are commemorating the 2009 demonstrations held in support of the then conservative government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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I'm old enough to remember the students chanting "the whole world is watching" at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. I was only 11 years old, but even in black and white, it was electrifying to watch on TV. I don't think it will make a bit of difference now however. Since then the Chinese have shown how it's done at Tienanmen Square. The PLA washed what was left of the protesters down the street drains.

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Iran protests: 'Iron fist' threatened if unrest continues - BBC News

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have warned anti-government protesters they will face the nation's "iron fist" if political unrest continues.

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The Iranian regime is very well armed and the Iranian students and others are not. The result is obvious. Spare a prayer for the Iranian people. Maybe the MSM will cover the suppression of the Iranians but I'm not holding my breath. If the Obama crowd wants to see fascism at work, all they have to do is watch their friends in Tehran at work. Not too pretty, eh?

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Iran protests: 'Iron fist' threatened if unrest continues - BBC News

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have warned anti-government protesters they will face the nation's "iron fist" if political unrest continues.

via www.bbc.com

The Iranian regime is very well armed and the Iranian students and others are not. The result is obvious. Spare a prayer for the Iranian people. Maybe the MSM will cover the suppression of the Iranians but I'm not holding my breath. If the Obama crowd wants to see fascism at work, all they have to do is watch their friends in Tehran at work. Not too pretty, eh?

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Liberal Humiliation: Trump vs. Obama on Iran | Roger L. Simon

Back in those pre-9/11 days when I identified as a liberal, the one thing I was sure drew all my then cohort together was opposition to fascism, whether secular or religious.

Boy, was I wrong and never was that more clear than in 2009 when the Green Movement demonstrators were marching through the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities, demanding freedom from the mullahs. The whole world was watching, as we used to say in the sixties, only their cause was purer than ours was then. The horrifying theocrats who ran the "Islamic Republic" regularly raped women in prison before they killed them, hanged homosexuals in the streets and tortured just about everyone else who didn't comply with the edicts of their Islamofascist regime.

The students and others marching in the streets to overthrow these tyrants desperately wanted America's help, specifically the support of our "oh-so-liberal-progressive" president. They shouted, "Obama, Obama, are you with us or are you with them?"

Obama was silent.

I can't think of a moment I was more disgusted by the acts (inaction actually) of an American president. What did he stand for? What did we stand for?

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Remember it well. It was only 2009.

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Liberal Humiliation: Trump vs. Obama on Iran | Roger L. Simon

Back in those pre-9/11 days when I identified as a liberal, the one thing I was sure drew all my then cohort together was opposition to fascism, whether secular or religious.

Boy, was I wrong and never was that more clear than in 2009 when the Green Movement demonstrators were marching through the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities, demanding freedom from the mullahs. The whole world was watching, as we used to say in the sixties, only their cause was purer than ours was then. The horrifying theocrats who ran the "Islamic Republic" regularly raped women in prison before they killed them, hanged homosexuals in the streets and tortured just about everyone else who didn't comply with the edicts of their Islamofascist regime.

The students and others marching in the streets to overthrow these tyrants desperately wanted America's help, specifically the support of our "oh-so-liberal-progressive" president. They shouted, "Obama, Obama, are you with us or are you with them?"

Obama was silent.

I can't think of a moment I was more disgusted by the acts (inaction actually) of an American president. What did he stand for? What did we stand for?

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Remember it well. It was only 2009.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

California's middle class homeless living in parking lots | Daily Mail Online

The rising cost of rent and housing in California is forcing residents into alternative accommodation with middle class workers taking up residence in their cars and RVs by the side of the road to make ends meet.

Hundreds of people, including nurses and chefs, are sleeping in parking lots in affluent areas like Santa Barbara as they make the most of the only homes they can afford.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Declassified: Chinese official said at least 10,000 civilians died in 1989 Tiananmen massacre, documents show | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

“Students understood they were given one hour to leave square but after five minutes APCs attacked. Students linked arms but were mown down including soldiers. APCs then ran over bodies time and time again to make ‘pie’ and remains collected by bulldozer. Remains incinerated and then hosed down drains.”

“27 Army ordered to spare no-one and shot wounded SMR soldiers. 4 wounded girl students begged for their lives but were bayoneted. A 3 year old girl was injured but her mother was shot as she went to her aid as were six others who tried. 1000 survivors were told they could escape via Zhengyi Lu but were then mown down by specially prepared M/G positions.”

via www.hongkongfp.com

Those darn Reds.

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