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Apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t know a whole lot about foreign policy. I, for one, am shocked that a narcissistic Manhattan real estate mogul can’t be bothered to learn the very basics of the world outside of the Five Boroughs before running for President.

Or, you know, not.

HH: All right, last question, I want to go back to the beginning, because I really do disagree with you on the gotcha question thing, Donald Trump. At the debate, I may bring up Nasrallah being with Hezbollah, and al-Julani being with al-Nusra, and al-Masri being with Hamas. Do you think if I ask people to talk about those three things, and the differences, that that’s a gotcha question?

DT: Yes, I do. I totally do. I think it’s ridiculous.

If you’re running for President and don’t know the difference between the Shia Hezbollah and the Sunni Hamas, you’re not a serious candidate. This isn’t a “gotcha” question, this is Foreign Policy 101. Heck, this is Remedial Foreign Policy 090. This sort of thing makes me wonder if he knows the difference between, say, a 24 year old campesíno coming here from Guatemala to do landscaping work, and a 19 year old chollo from the Knights Templar coming here for far more devious purposes.

As a LEGAL immigrant, I am 100% against illegal immigration, far more so than any native-born citizen of the U.S. can possibly be.

But I’ve also been to the slums of Tijuana, Desamparados and Guayaquil. I’ve seen what poverty is like in Latin America with my own eyes, and let me tell you, the most wretched people in the U.S. live like frickin’ KINGS compared to the poorest people in Ecuador. It’s only natural, therefore, that those people would want to get out of the hell out of there and make something more of their lives. We are a beacon of hope for the free world, a place where, if you play by the rules and work hard, you get to live the American Dream.

Let’s act like it, ok?

 

 
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September 4th, 2015 by KevinC

Quote of the Day, 8/8 Edition

“Trump’s candidacy is a reminder that our opponents on the left do NOT have a monopoly on low information voters.”

– “Last Flack Standing

 
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August 8th, 2015 by KevinC

Only Nixon can go to China, and only a Republican can clean up military procurement.

There’s a new report out from a former F-35 test pilot, blasting the military’s latest and “greatest” jet fighter’s ability to do, well, anything.

The F-35 jockey tried to target the F-16 with the stealth jet’s 25-millimeter cannon, but the smaller F-16 easily dodged. “Instead of catching the bandit off-guard by rapidly pull aft to achieve lead, the nose rate was slow, allowing him to easily time his jink prior to a gun solution,” the JSF pilot complained.

And when the pilot of the F-16 turned the tables on the F-35, maneuvering to put the stealth plane in his own gunsight, the JSF jockey found he couldn’t maneuver out of the way, owing to a “lack of nose rate.”

The F-35 pilot came right out and said it — if you’re flying a JSF, there’s no point in trying to get into a sustained, close turning battle with another fighter. “There were not compelling reasons to fight in this region.” God help you if the enemy surprises you and you have no choice but to turn.

These results should come as no shock to anyone remotely familiar with past attempts to create a “one size fits all” fighter for America’s military. 50 years ago, Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy’s Defense Secretary, decided to combine the Air Force’s requirement for a long-range strike aircraft with the Navy’s need for a fleet defense interceptor. The results were… less than optimal.

Excessive weight plagued the F-111B throughout its development. During the congressional hearings for the aircraft, Vice Admiral Thomas F. Connolly, then Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare, responded to a question from Senator John C. Stennis as to whether a more powerful engine would cure the aircraft’s woes, saying, “There isn’t enough power in all Christendom to make that airplane what we want!”

Shockingly, when you design a plane around a compromise, you get a plane that’s good at nothing and bad at everything.

This is just more one tale of woe in long string of military procurement failures that have happened in the past ten years. The Future Combat System was put out of our misery back in 2009 after the reality of Iraq and Afghanistan showed us that a heavy, well-armored combat force still had a vital role to play on today’s battlefield. The Littorral Combat Ship program has been dead in the water for years, with costs spiraling out of control and a mission that has yet to be defined. And the Army has spent decades deciding whether it wants to buy a new rifle or not, with millions of dollars of money spent on chasing an elusive dream.

Enough. It’s time to bring some sanity to how we buy weapons for our military, and only the Republicans are up to the task. Caspar Weinberger cancelled the Sgt. York anti-aircraft gun AND the RAH-66 Comanche. The fact is, the military needs some tough love, and it has to come from someone who loves the military and wants it to stay strong, not from someone who can’t pronounce the word “corpsman” correctly or who can’t tell the difference between a Russian ship and an American ship. Republicans need to show their commitment to fiscal sanity by demanding sanity from ALL branches of government, including the military.

 
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July 3rd, 2015 by exurbankevin

Speaking as a disabled veteran of the culture wars,

I wholeheartedly endorse everything Frank J. Fleming talks about in this article, 5 Rules for Victory in the Culture War.

I watched “Christian culture go from something that was *almost* accepted by the mainstream (The Jesus Freak movement) into something that is openly derided and mocked by the trendsetters and culture mavens of our society. At some point along the way, we Christians decided we wanted to sell 10,000 records that said things in our language rather than sell 100,000 records that challenged others to believe in God.

Hopefully, by following Frank’s rather, er, frank advice, the culture of conservative independence can learn from the mistakes that Christians have made in the past.

 
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March 30th, 2015 by exurbankevin

A Tea Party Wedge into Silicon Valley?

Kudos to Orrin Hatch for taking the message of free markets to those who thought that Obama was pro-free enterprise and are now jaded enough to try something new, like freedom.

Small to mid-size companies are attractive targets to patent trolls because they don’t have the resources to defend themselves in court. And no fledgling company can ever expect to attract investment dollars if it’s mired in costly patent litigation. Indeed, patent trolls are crippling growth across all sectors of our innovation economy—from small businesses to America’s largest companies.

Freedom. It’s a beautiful thing.

 
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March 16th, 2015 by KevinC

I hate wasting good stuff on an away game.

Michael Bane went off on Obama/Holder/Sharpton/et al’s current machinations to re-make America in their own image, and I chimed in.

Walter Russell Mead’s work on the death of the Blue social model has been outstanding and the guide post I’ve used these past two years. The elaborate social/cultural machinery of the technocrats have built of the past 100 years is falling into disrepair, and we’re going thru a period of social upheaval not seen since the days of the 19th/20th century Anarchists, and the Chartists before that.

Yee-haw!

We are self-sorting ourselves into Blue America and Red America. The U.S. has one of the most internally-mobile populations in the world (I’m certainly proof of that!). Unlike Europe, where your birthplace is your destiny, if  you don’t like your life in your part of America, you can easily and fairly painlessly move to someplace new. Yes, there are pockets of poverty where this is harder to pull off than others, but I know people of who have moved out of some of the poorest urban and rural places in this country and re-made their lives to great success. Simply put, when F. Scott Fitzgerald said “In America, there are no second chances”, he was lying through his teeth. America was founded by second-chance people, was defended by second-chance people and it will be second-chance people who will make it great once again.

Having seen “blue colonization” up-close and personal in Arizona, where the town of Prescott is now populated primarily by refugees from California, I tend to subscribe that the people leaving the hellholes of Blue states are the ones who don’t like it there, and want a change. Despite all the influx from the west, Prescott is no more liberal now than it was 20 years ago; the liberals of California tend to go to places like Portland or Seattle where their views can be reinforced.

The question is, what will replace old-school Progressivism? Are we going through the French Revolution, or the American Revolution? God help us if it’s the former.

That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

 
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December 27th, 2014 by KevinC

He knows if you are sleeping, or drinking a Big Gulp

He knows if your gun’s ok, so be good for 5 bills’ sake.

Baltimore to offer $500 if you squeal on your neighbor’s illegal guns.

In an effort to reduce violent crime, Baltimore officials and Metro Crime Stoppers are giving $500 rewards for tips that lead to illegal gun forfeitures.

If a tip leads to a felony gun arrest, the tipster could receive another $500 officials said Tuesday under one of the five billboards around the city they plan to use to advertise the yearlong program.

No word yet if this is the billboard they’re planning on using for this program.

big_brother_sm

 
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December 3rd, 2014 by exurbankevin

Ben Carson STILL doesn’t get it.

Dr-Carson-Hannity

” (Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson) had every right to protect his life. But I do think that there are probably other techniques that could have been used.”

“For instance, in a lot of places, police officers aren’t even allowed to go into the more dangerous areas by themselves. They’re always paired. Or you know, people use tasers, people learn how to shoot people in the legs to stop them from charging, things of that nature. And I seriously doubt that he’d been given that information.” (emphasis mine).

Failed Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson

A word of advice to Dr. Carson: When you’re to the left of Christ Christie of gun rights, it’s time to say goodbye to any hope of being the GOP’s candidate in 2016.

 
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November 28th, 2014 by KevinC

The New Party Of No

Let me explain this simply, clearly and plainly.

If you ally yourself with schoolteachers, restrictive sexual mores, speech codes and domestic spying, don’t be surprised when young people rebel against you

Kapeesh? 

 
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November 6th, 2014 by exurbankevin

And now, a word from Larry Correia.

Larry Correia posted this on Facebook just now, and I’m stealing it and re-posting it here. Enjoy.

I love how the day after the election the Libertarian Unicorn Calvary rides in to explain how the two parties are EXACTLY THE SAME and NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

Yeah, I can totally see your point, except for the Republicans being better on economics, business, foreign policy, taxes, entitlements, welfare (both individual and corporate), national defense, healthcare, guns, framing any policy disagreement as racism, reading your mail, tapping your phones, using the IRS to attack opponents, running illegal guns to Mexico to frame American gun owners, and basic f***ing math, they’re totally the same. Yes, you want an ice cream cone RIGHT NOW and the republicans didn’t give it to you, so they’re totally the same.

Yes, the Republicans suck. But they are a far more manageable form of suck. Republicans are gonorrhea, Democrats are brain cancer. Any problem you can name with Republicans, you can name the same problem worse with Democrats. There are SOME freedom loving Republicans in office, yet there are ZERO freedom loving Democrats in office.

So thanks for letting us all know how you are pure as the driven snow, and all sins are equal in your eyes. Other than their being EXACTLY THE SAME in totally different ways, the two horrible Republican crimes I keep seeing get tossed out there this morning are opposition to gay marriage and the war on terror. Except that most Republican opposition to gay marriage evaporates once you frame it as a religious freedom issue, and not a bunch of statists forcing religious people to do things that religious people don’t want to do issue. Hell, after last night we elected gay republicans (both openly and LIndsey Graham) and sane gay people are sick of being unemployed and yelled at by Social Justice Warriors too.

As for the war on terror, the only reason that the whole Obama killing of American citizens without trial thing is an issue is because it was brought up and made into a spectacle by a bunch of young Republicans! Derp.

BUT EXACTLY THE SAME. Because you rode up on your unicorn upset that the new majority didn’t give you your f***ing ice cream cone RIGHT NOW and they can’t magically fix every ill and override a veto so EXACTLY THE SAME.

Thank goodness most of America realized they needed to stop the slide to crazy town and voted for the manageable bunch rather than the ones who think Pol Pot and Mao were just swell. Meanwhile the Libertarian party was too busy arguing about the definition of moral perfection to get elected to dog catcher.

So no, they’re not EXACTLY THE SAME. f***ing deal with it.

The “Libertarian Moment” isn’t going to get here because of the Libertarian Party, it’s going to get here because society demands such things.  If you want to change the country, you need to be in the game, not on the sidelines.

 
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November 5th, 2014 by exurbankevin