Is This the Right Note for Campaign?

Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox found Carly Fiorina singing at the Cruz event where she was named his VEEP pick “a little children of the corn.” It’s a reference to a movie based on a Stephen King story. In it a young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

See if you don’t agree that it’s a little weird:

Foreign Policy Speech Scores

I listened to Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech this morning.

He delivered it well and it’s content was solid. If you’ve been listening to him on the campaign trail, you’ve heard a lot of it before. He criticizes the feckless, directionless policies of Obama and Clinton. He restated his opposition to the Iraq war and he bemoaned the way Obama has pushed away our allies and aided adversaries like Iran. Trump said his lodestar is what’s good for America above everything else.

One thing in particular that stood out was his call to “reinvigorate Western values.” Specifically, “Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions. Instead of trying to spread universal values that not everyone shares, we should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.”

This is not something he’s mentioned before and it is sure to have liberals fainting and clutching their pearls. It is something we have needed. The

President Obama has congealed every culture into a whole. It isn’t that way and it never will be. Western values – entwined with Christianity – have been what makes civilization advance. Western thought has brought great things like democracy, tolerance and inventions.

Notice he repudiated nation building. We’re not going to be crusaders taking our way of life to conquered countries. His vision is that our example would be the way to spread values – not forcefully. It doesn’t mean we disrespect other cultures such as the Chinese, Asian and Muslim. It means that we will strengthen our belief in our own.

I’d like to see this reflected in education. Learn about other values, but not at the expense of our own.

This alone would be a big step in making our country great again.

Smart Meter Letter

A little more than a week ago I got a postcard from MLGW. Any communication with them is usually not good.

It read, “Your home soon will receive new utility meters from MLGW to improve customer service and provide you with more information about your electricity, gas and water use. These new smart meters have been adopted by MLGW and utilities across the country and around the world. Installation of the enhanced Electric Meter at your home will occur no earlier than 30 days following the postmark on this letter.” It went on to steer me to a website that would give me more details and videos of customers using them.

First, I can tell how my utility usage goes by looking at the bill. If I am using more than I can afford, I cut back. I don’t see why people need a meter to tell them that.

Yes, they have been adopted across the country and the world. In Germany, they ended up getting rid of them because they caused more trouble than they were worth. In Chattanooga, the initial cost of $250 million to install them exploded to a billion. Ask yourself what that money could do for our city.

The postcard concluded that if I wanted to decline this service I could dial a number. I did so immediately. As it turned out, the number they told me to press was incorrect. Hmm.

When I did connect with an MLGW person, she told me she would send out an opt out letter that day. I received it a few days later. It had a form to fill out, which I did.

Interestingly, the letter still pushed for my choosing a smart meter. If I declined, it listed 4 things that I could expect. It sounded ominous:

1. Near real time outage notification will not be available to me. MLGW will only be able to respond to a site outage once I have called MLGW’s outage hotline. The special features of smart meters, wherein an outage at my home can be detected and responded to almost immediately, will not be available to me.

2. The type and frequency of information available from smart meter(s) will not be made available to me, including daily and interval usage data, peak demand date, water leak detection and cost to date calculations.

3. I must provide access to all MLGW meters on my property for manual meter reading each month as my non communicating meter(s) cannot transmit information to MLGW in a manner that reduces estimated bills.

4. As a customer opting for non communicating meter(s), I will not have the benefit of a remote service turn on or reconnection; instead, MLGW field personnel will have to be dispatched to my property when needed. Depending on availability of personnel and equipment, this procedure may take up to two days as opposed to same day turnaround with smart meters.

Sounds stern and threatening, doesn’t it? After I sent in my opt out letter I got another, again urging me to go for the smart meters.

No thanks. Why is a utility company for the public thrusting this on us? We did not get to vote about it. The Council sneaked that in after the election and before the new session. Why do they feel it’s OK to spend such an amount of money? How can we ever recoup it, especially if energy – natural gas in particular – gets cheaper.

It’s hard to believe anyone has the citizen in mind with this.

A New Voice on the Right

I’m afraid Rush Limbaugh, George Will, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck and others have shown in this election cycle that they are looking out for themselves and letting personal and monetary matters drive their shows.

By that I mean they have attached themselves to the old establishment people. Their glory days are over. They are no longer worth listening to. They and the other pundits are wrong more often than they’re right. It’s grown tiresome to pay any attention to them.

Fortunately new blogs and pundits have come forward to breathe life into conservatism. Breitbart.com is one and they have an excellent spokesman in Milo Yiannopoulus. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s British, born in Greece. His mother is Jewish, but he is Roman Catholic. He’s gay, but against the crusade by LGBTs.

I think you will enjoy this video:

National Review’s America

I ran across this column by Don Surber at his blog. It is so spot on, I had to share it.

We here in Southern hardscrabble land can lament with this writer from West Virginia. The elites don’t get us. In Memphis we’re all sitting on our porch rocking chairs drinking sweet tea and fanning ourselves year round. We’re all descendants of the Ku Klux Klan and despise Obama just because he’s half black. Of course. That’s the image.

Sorry, no.

As Mr. Surber explains:

Every now and then a journalist from the big city ventures into the hinterlands to tell his readers at the home publication about the rubes. We rubes — who have hinterlands of our own to tend (the Gazette called eastern Kanawha County the hinterlands) — have a one-word test for these visitors. Use of this word disqualifies them as serious thinkers.

The word is hardscrabble. Its a very plain word which identifies the hard work and struggle that goes into a project. But when used to define a town or a country (territory) it is a lazy and laughably inaccurate term. And of course, Kevin Williamson used it in his piece, “The Father-Führer,” in the National Review on March 28, 2016.

“If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy — which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog — you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that,” Williamson wrote.

Let me pause from my whelping of the children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog to respond. I’ll send the kids to the gas station to get my smokes. (Yells after them, “Use the change to buy Moon Pies for your lunch.”)

Williamson described a people who were not very hardscrabble at all. No one works in the Kentucky, New York, and Texas that Williamson sees. They are just a bunch of white people who are collecting disability checks and whelping children in between their highs on OxyContin. Or as he so elegantly put it, “And that’s where disability or other government programs kicked in. They were there, beckoning, giving men and women alternatives to gainful employment. You don’t have to do any work (your disability lawyer does all the heavy lifting), you make money, and you get drugs.”

You see, America, it is not the invasion of 11 million illegal aliens or 22 years of unbridled free trade that are gutting America. It is all these white people insisting on living in Nitro long after Monsanto closed the plant and moved it to India.

Surprisingly, a few people paused from their whelping of children with the respect and wisdom of a stray dog to object. The staff at the National Review is defending his trashing of white America as Nazis. After all, who follows “The Father-Führer” but Nazis? Why, all Williamson did was suggest white people move, like he did.

“Kevin has ably defended himself from the tsunami of bile that has crashed down upon him, and I don’t want to speak for him. Though I will say I think people misinterpreted his point. He wasn’t writing from a position of loathing and hatred for the white working class (from which he came). He was arguing that if you are stuck in a community or family that is holding you back, you should do what you can to liberate yourself from those shackles rather than demand the federal government fix problems it cannot fix. That’s not hatred, that’s closer to good, tough-love, advice. It is also so squarely in the American conservative tradition, I am shocked by how many conservatives refuse to see it,” Jonah Goldberg wrote today.

Boo ho hoo. You churn out a tsunami of bile, expect two back. That’s the rule.

As far as defending himself, Williamson merely wallowed in the criticism from Joe Scarborough on MSNBC and Rush Limbaugh. Well, who wouldn’t? He meant every word he said and that’s that.

But I am reminded of what Limbaugh said in response to one of Williamson’s childish rants about Trump last June: “I like Kevin Williamson; I wish Kevin would write something like this about Hillary. I wish some in our conservative media would let go with some of this stuff for Democrats.”

Goldberg objected to my post that said it is the Trumpkins, not The Donald that elites fear.

I have misjudged Goldberg. He does not like Trump for personal reasons. When people look at the issues Trump raises, Goldberg assumes something is afoot.

“You know what it means when defenders of Donald Trump refuse to defend the actual man Donald Trump? It means he’s indefensible,” Goldberg wrote.

But as readers of this blog know — and I love every one of you, even the trolls — Trump is defensible. I have defended his honor multiple times. Remember the farm he saved? The help he gave the terminally ill Miss Wisconsin? The rebuilding of that ice rink? The aid he gave on 9/11? While others pursued political careers by currying favor with the leadership in Washington (even Hilary kissed the ring of Bob Byrd), Trump was rebuilding Manhattan and having a load of fun. And along the way, he gave and earned the respect of his co-workers.

Goldberg does not like Trump. OK. He sees the man as unfit to hold public office. OK.

But Williamson touched on what Washington really fears or should fear — the Trumpkins. They want a change that threatens the livelihood of everyone in Washington.

Well, the kids are back and I have to go beat them because instead of bringing me back my change, they bought Moon Pies. Where’s my belt?

Exactly.

Now excuse me while I go on the porch with my sweet tea.

London Mayor disses O

Boris Johnson, mayor of London, is – surprisingly – a Conservative. He has gone against Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron’s policy of supporting the EU when it comes to a vote before Britons in June.

Quite right he is, too. The EU is not helping Great Britain in any way. In fact, it is threatening their nation in my opinion.

Today our president has decided to go to Britain and butt into their affairs, pushing the globalist EU. Mayor Johnson takes issue with this.

So does the Daily Beast, which tells this story:

President Obama is back in Europe today but there are no crowds awaiting his arrival. Indeed the greeting from some of his hosts is nakedly hostile.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, welcomed him to the city with a fiery broadside describing Obama as “incoherent,” “inconsistent” and “downright hypocritical.”

In a phrase that evoked racist jibes in the United States, Johnson described him as “the part-Kenyan president.”

Johnson also repeating the oft-cited, but factually dubious claim, that Obama ordered the removal of a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office.

Johnson, a Conservative member of parliament and one of the favorites to become Britain’s next prime minister, suggested Obama may have been motivated to remove the statuette because of an “ancestral dislike of the British empire.”

As prime minister, Churchill had sent British troops to quell an uprising against the British in Kenya.

Dinesh D’Souza was denounced as a racist for making a similar point in his 2010 book The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

“Obama views Muslims who are fighting against America in Iraq and Afghanistan as freedom fighters, somewhat akin to Indians or Kenyans fighting to push out their British colonial occupier.”

Johnson was unloading on Obama in an op-ed in Britain’s best-selling Sun newspaper because he is furious that the U.S. president has intervened in the upcoming referendum on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union.

Ever since the referendum was announced, Obama has quietly indicated that he feels Britain is better off inside the EU. That suggestion turned into outright campaigning when he published an article in The Telegraph newspaper calling on British voters to stay in surprisingly passionate terms.

“I will say, with the candour of a friend, that the outcome of your decision is a matter of deep interest to the United States. The tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries are a silent testament to just how intertwined our prosperity and security truly are,” he wrote.

He argued that Britain’s influence has been amplified by its membership of the European Union, helping to secure agreements on trade, climate change and even the recent deal with Iran.

“This kind of cooperation—from intelligence sharing and counterterrorism to forging agreements to create jobs and economic growth—will be far more effective if it extends across Europe. Now is a time for friends and allies to stick together,” he said. “Together, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have turned centuries of war in Europe into decades of peace.”

Obama remains popular in Britain so it’s no surprise that the out campaign is desperate to dismiss Obama’s intervention. Despite the passion of the out campaign, most opinion polls suggest Britain will narrowly vote to remain part of the EU.
Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, told Obama to “Butt out.”

Former Labour minister Kate Hoey claimed Obama’s intervention was “insulting” and “patronizing.”

Johnson, who is by far the most high-profile member of the out campaign, accused Obama of hypocrisy, claiming that Washington would never countenance a deal that diluted U.S. sovereignty.

“The US guards its democracy with more hysterical jealousy than any other country on earth,” he wrote.

For the United States to tell us in the UK that we must surrender control of so much of our democracy—it is a breathtaking example of the principle of do-as-I-say-but-not-as-I-do. It is incoherent. It is inconsistent, and yes it is downright hypocritical.”

Johnson had already called Obama a hypocrite earlier this month, prompting a reporter to ask White House spokesman Josh Earnest if there was a meeting planned between the president and the mayor during the trip to London.

Earnest interrupted the question to wrongly claim that Johnson was no longer the mayor of London, and then said: “No, I’m not aware of any former mayors who are on the President’s itinerary for this trip.”

Johnson’s term as mayor will come to an end next month.

Obama is unlikely to be too disappointed to miss out on tea and crumpets with the mayor, however, as he will be having lunch with the Queen to celebrate her 90th birthday, and then hold meetings with Prime Minister Cameron before dinner at Kensington Palace hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) and Prince Harry on Friday night.

I suppose Michhelle the moocher will be along for the ride, too.

The Insanity of the GOPe

You wonder how the RNC can even conceive of thwarting the will of the people who vote.

What is the point of a primary? What is the point of democracy? What kind of implosion will the GOPe do to the Republican Party?

From the Last Refuge, aka The Conservative Treehouse blog:

Despite the loud voices who do not support Trump, over 2.4 million more voters have supported Donald Trump than Senator Cruz. Meanwhile the media and opposition have thrown the kitchen sink at him, he remains standing – because his supporters remain standing.

32 private jets belonging to dozens of millionaires and billionaires flew into Sea Island Georgia to meet with top RNC officials and GOPe leadership to strategize how to eliminate Donald Trump. They spent hundreds of millions attacking him. Trump remains standing – because voters remain standing.

Every professional political entity behind Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and the DC republican establishment coalesced with Ted Cruz to defeat Donald Trump. Billionaires have spent more attacking Trump in the past three months than they spent countering President Obama in the prior seven years. Their efforts continue today. Trump remains standing – because the voters behind him remain standing.

The Trump voters, as frustrating as it might be for the non-Trump voters to admit, are the majority coalition.

Now that Ted Cruz has been mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination by votes from the electorate – the only possible way for him to win is via delegate manipulation at a contested convention.

If they accomplish this goal; if by some chance they can keep Trump from 1,237 delegates, Senator Cruz will still enter the convention 400, 500, or even 600 delegates behind Donald Trump; and also behind by around 4 million votes – actual people.

The manipulation might be within the convention rules, but is Ted Cruz really willing to win by running against the will of the people just because it’s possible?

The autonomic response from the current Cruz Coalition is something about the history of this convention process in 1860, or even 1976. However, something is different about this moment in time – it’s called the internet.

Unlike any other possible contested convention this time it will be visible. Footage will fill immediate You Tube videos from hundreds of people with phones and cameras all showing the schemes and deals within moments of its occurrence. Do you really think a viable and undamaged candidate can emerge from such sunlight with viability intact?

Can you even fathom the level of voter disenfranchisement that will be visibly broadcast to every person within reach of their phone, computer or TV screen?

Think about it for a little while.

Then Pat Buchanan had his say: