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Open thread.

Also, aren’t the Democratic strategists cutting it a little close with their timing of revealing their proof of Trump’s Russian collusion just before the Midterms?

And what was today’s Christine Blasey Ford Corroborating Evidence blockbuster? I missed it, but the Dems did deliver it, right?

 
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  1. BB753 says:

    The senate vote looks pretty close. It seems the House will keep a Republican majority.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  2. OT, Steven Pinker invokes Moynihan’s Law of the Canadian Border, but unironically and unaware:
    https://youtu.be/YqYwptO6DQo at 7:25

    • Replies: @anon
  3. Oh Lord, please let the forces of reaction triumph…

    Not that I particularly like said forces of reaction, but the ‘progressives’ have become so noxious. I dearly want to see them get smashed in the snout — and listen to them squealing afterwards.

    As I told my wife, people can vote Green, or vote Flat Earth, or vote anything they want to — just so long as the Democrats lose, lose, lose.

    • Agree: TheBoom
  4. @BB753

    ‘The senate vote looks pretty close. It seems the House will keep a Republican majority.’

    Inshallah, you turn out to be correct.

    • Replies: @BB753
  5. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:

    The Blue Tsunami is ready to hit landfall …

    • Replies: @Anon
  6. To be honest, a Republican victory is the best outcome for foreign observers. If the Democrats win, the litany of triumphalist “tide of history” punditry will be insufferable. Unlike the sheer hysteria which follows Republican victories, that, at least, is entertaining.

    • LOL: L Woods
    • Replies: @nebulafox
  7. Baxter says:

    Ha ha ha.
    “People can vote green or flat earth…just so long as the democrats lose.”
    Well said. The pugnacious virtue signaling of the democrats, along with their now open contempt for whites is more than I can stand.

  8. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:

    “The senate vote looks pretty close. It seems the House will keep a Republican majority.”

    If that turns out to be the case, shame on Alabama for not turning out for Moore and putting in Doug Jones as a result. Moore was a creep, but it was the seat that counted and not the man. We could’ve made him resign after if he was guilty and replaced him with a republican.

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
  9. Anonymous[262] • Disclaimer says:

    Lyin’ Ted seems to be in trouble.

  10. Carville just threw in the towel, said the Dems will come up short in the House.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Prester John
  11. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    …and cause a certain amount of wreckage.

    But still preferable to Godzilla attacks.

    • Replies: @anon
  12. notanon says:

    looking like GOPe’s attempt to throw the election has failed – Ryan BTFO

  13. Jack D says:

    No Blue Wave seems to be materializing. The Dems may still pull off a squeaker but they were hoping for a conclusive rejection of Trump and it’s not happening.

  14. Anonymous[262] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    The Axios interactive (actually cool) map thingy showed “3 Dem flips” at 7:30 ET — now it says 2. What gives… Also merely listing any 2 candidates at random from the Mississippi Senate election is not explanatory journalism, lol

  15. Lot says:

    First upset was Joe Donnelly going down.

    Wild trading on predictit on a GOP house contract. The day started at 30%, dipped to 15%, now is at 50%.

    I exited my GOP House short around 15, now reentering at 50. 538 now projecting 43% chance of GOP house, seat projection is a 2 vote Dem House majority.

    The main trend so far seems to be urban/inner suburb Trump voters saving the GOP day. Dems are doing fairly well in rural and small town areas. Donnelly ran 10-12 points ahead of Hillary in rural Indiana, but Marion by only 3 so far.

  16. anon[369] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Meanwhile in sunny Brazil:

    This year’s Miss BumBum competition ended in a shambles after contestants resorted to violence on stage following cheating allegations.

    The fight was sparked by one contestant accusing the other of having a surgically enhanced derriere.

    The eye-popping scenes unfolded Monday shortly after Ellen Santana was crowned Miss BumBum 2018.

    The 31-year-old model and dancer was representing the northern Brazilian state of Rondônia in the competition.

    But moments after she was declared the winner, she was physically stripped of her winner’s sash by fellow contestant Aline Uva from Rio Grande Do Sul, in the south of Brazil.

    Uva, a 27-year-old massage therapist, was heard shouting that the competition was a farce and claiming that the winner’s butt was surgically enhanced.

    Honestly, the sooner the U.S. of A. becomes Brasil Do Norto the better.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    , @TheBoom
  17. Lot says:

    Planning to go long on Debbie Stabenow at 67.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @istevefan
  18. Anonymous[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    How do you keep from getting eaten alive by bid ask spread on Predict It?

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @WowJustWow
  19. Anonymous[296] • Disclaimer says:

    Taylor Swift-endorsed candidates are 0-2 in Tennessee tonight — this is huge

    • LOL: gregor
  20. gregor says:

    Florida Governor is close, but I think DeSantis is going to take it. About 80,000 votes up with over 90% in.

  21. nebulafox says:
    @Nigerian Nationalist

    Agreed. I’m mainly backing the Republicans for the entertainment value.

    I’m pretty cynical that anything major is going to change regardless of what happens, because our politics is more akin to pro sports than ever. But at least with a GOP victory will be fun to watch the MSM destroy whatever kernel is left of their credibility in the subsequent meltdown, which is a pretty damn good thing, if that NYT East German article is any barometer for how they seriously intend * on addressing the far-right in the US. Either they’ll have to say that Donald Trump has more latent cleverness that benefits him in certain ways politically, basically reneging on much of their previous, long-standing narrative, or they’ll have to admit that the Democrats are so inept and/or repulsive enough to a large swathe of America that they lost-again-to a clownish, “unstable” mogul. The Dems gambled everything on “New America” and subsequently lost big in 2014 and 2016. Now they’ve made the same mistake in staking everything they had all-out on anti-Trumpism and the related, upper-middle class Obamaite ideological (especially demographic and feminist related) obsessions, rather than hitting him where it hurts, in his relationship with the GOP’s donor class and his refusal to get tough with them on the key, fundamental issues. Say what you will about Bill Clinton, he would not have made this mistake. But that isn’t his party anymore.

    And there’s no third option here: nobody outside the Beltway is going to buy for a second that it is the Stupid Party donors and their hacks that motivates voters rather than Trump. It’s Trump that brings the victories for the Republican Party: that’s in spite of the party leadership and donors and intellectuals, not because of them.

    *(“A maternal, female style of politics!” Seriously, the level of bien-pensant misdiagnosing how the new right-wing thinks and what it believes and what would be effective is beyond hilarious sometimes: I’ve got way too many examples to type out here. They seem to still believe, for example, that using clergy would be effective, as if this was still the GWB era and they were dealing with BoomerCons.)

    • Agree: slumber_j, Daniel Chieh
    • Replies: @Svigor
  22. istevefan says:
    @Lot

    What gives with that? With all the blacks in Michigan you’d think this guy would win. But apparently blacks bloc-vote for democrats, not just black candidates. It is still surprising they would vote for a Becky over a brother though.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Anonymous
    , @Lot
  23. @Anon

    Moore is one of the most truly bizarre people in the U.S. If anyone’s antics (and he would have had MANY) could have energized Democrats, it’s his. He is likely clinically insane. He accidentally stabbed himself during court proceedings during his stint as a DA. He’s probably run for 15 + offices in Alabama and has lost most of them- when he does win he tends to get kicked out of office. He only won the primary because the normal GOP vote was split between Brooks and Strange, and Bannon paid for a bunch of attack ads vs. Brooks, plus low turn out.

    • Replies: @jack daniels
  24. @istevefan

    ‘What gives with that? With all the blacks in Michigan you’d think this guy would win. ‘

    My (utterly casual, uninformed) guess as to ‘the black vote’ is that it basically consists of two groups: churches, and government employee unions. In each case, the more conscientious constituents go out and vote as their pastor/shop steward told them to.

  25. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @istevefan

    If they be told to vote for Becky, they either will vote for Becky or maybe just not show up.

  26. istevefan says:

    WTF? Fox is calling the House for the democrats already!

    • Replies: @notanon
  27. TheBoom says:

    I have thought about this long and hard and feel that the Green party will go down in defeat and either the GOP or DNC will control the Senate. Same with the House.

    No matter what the outcome, I predict that:

    The military will continue to fight senseless wars, often to benefit Israel, waste taxpayer money and become increasingly SJW ridden and ineffectual

    The national debt will increase

    US healthcare will continue to be ridiculously expensive

    Vibrancy will increase

    Cheap labor will continue to flood into the country

    The press will continue letting heritage Americans know how much it hates them

    Jews will continue to lead effective censorship campaigns to silence thought criminals and the definition of thought criminal will continue to broaden

    Trump will continue to have Twitter wars with the press yet be uninterested in censorship of his voters

    Lower courts will continue to block any law or order that Democrats don’t like.

    Single women will continue to be insane

    Antifa will continue to beat up any group on the right, including normie Republicans, it desires while courts and the Feds will continue to crack down on any group that fights back

    The left will continue its control of the educational system.

    Celebrities will continue to virtue signal by letting is know how much they hate us

    No celebrities will move to Canada or Mexico

    • Replies: @LondonBob
  28. Anonymous[346] • Disclaimer says:

    Prediction: James Comey will announce he’s transitioning to Jennifer Comey.

    Gotta check in with Pinsen on what the betting markets have on this.

  29. anon[552] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Anon

    I’m looking forward to the release of Godzilla:KotM, has a kinda iSteve-y HBD / Naessian “deep ecology” thing going on. Throw in a guy in a rubber suit and you have BOX OFFICE GOLD!

  30. @The Man From K Street

    Carville just threw in the towel, said the Dems will come up short in the House.

    Towel? Tell us when he goes for the wastebasket!

  31. nebulafox says:
    @anon

    Brazil is actually a really cool place to live if you’ve got money and you are willing to deal with the perpetual insecurity of life there. Great food, great outdoors, cool culture, the most warm people you’d ever imagine, a downright gorgeous language, and the *women*… unless you’ve danced with one…

    Our elites seem hellbent on making us a neo-feudal, peonage-oriented state like Brazil, without any of the good stuff about Brazil: or the polar opposite, as far as working culture and enjoying life is concerned. No, no, it is pee buckets and social credit for our declassed former bourgeoisie…

  32. TheBoom says:
    @anon

    “But moments after she was declared the winner, she was physically stripped of her winner’s sash by fellow contestant Aline Uva from Rio Grande Do Sul, in the south of Brazil.”

    Uva, a 27-year-old massage therapist, was heard shouting that the competition was a farce and claiming that the winner’s butt was surgically enhanced.”

    That sounds a lot more fun than menopausal women stripping naked to encourage women to vote

  33. Dtbb says:

    I haven’t watched mainstream media in a while. They are not only biased cheerleaders for the dems, but can barely communicate and sound like idiots. Talk talk talk but I am none the wiser. It’s a total joke. Same for all the channels.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  34. anon[369] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    State Rep. Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House by defeating Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District.

    But is she the first person elected to the House who married a sibling? (I’m combing through wiki’s West Virginia entry as I type.)

    • Replies: @Alice in Wonderland
  35. Now that the old cuckish conservatives have proven they can’t win, what happens next?

  36. A Florida ballot initiative has granted voting rights to felons covering 1.4 Million people in the Sunshine State.

    This may be the most important long term effect of this election. Will Florida no longer be a swing state after the reinstatement of felon voting rights?

    Between Beto’s surge in Texas and Florida permitting felons to vote, we could be looking at a radical shift in national politics. If the Republicans lose Florida and Texas, it’s all over.

  37. Anon[409] • Disclaimer says:

    “But apparently blacks bloc-vote for democrats, not just black candidates.”

    Thus, republicans have a much higher hill to climb with this demographic than they think. Most blanket appeals to them will fail, regardless of the substance of such appeals. Blacks, especially black women, bloc-vote for the democrats because they think the party candidate will be best for the blacks. They see any non-democrat black as an Uncle Tom race traitor. It’s still a racially motivated vote however you look at it. In 2008, black Southerners voted en masse for Barack Obama and against Hillary Clinton because he’s both black and a democrat. In 2016, they voted en masse for Hillary Clinton and against the more socialist Bernie Sanders because the Clintons had a better relationship with the black community going back to the 1990s, regardless of the fact that Sanders obviously would have been better for them economically. It’s a contest to pick the most loyal candidate for their tribe. This is usually how it breaks down: democrat > any republican; democrat + non-black minority > white democrat (unless the latter is better known and is, therefore, more likely to beat the republican); black democrat > non-black minority democrat >> any republican.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  38. Lot says:
    @istevefan

    Maybe they will, but Detroit blacks have recently elected a white mayor, a white congressman (Peters had part of Detroit in his district), and now an Arab Muslima congresswoman.

    Stab is running ahead of Hillary by 3-4 points in the parts of Michigan that are reporting. Since Hillary lost MI by 0.3, that should mean DebStab wins today.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  39. Dr. X says:

    The “Blue Wave” isn’t materializing according to the pro-Democrat propaganda the (((media))) has been generating the last month.

    There are a couple of Dem House gains, but so far they seen to be more of the garden-variety pickup of seats by the party out of power. Of particular concern are Republican seats in VA, PA, and CA. California is going to make it a late night. The Dems still might win the House but it’s hardly guaranteed at this point.

    Two Republican pickups in the Senate… IN and probably ND. I will be happy indeed to see Schumer denied the title of Senate Majority Leader.

    Looks like Ted Cruz is in a real fight in TX, though. Cruz may not be the most likable guy out there but frankly I cannot see what the appeal of O’Rourke is. Voting for him is like voting for the high-school stoner.

    Oh, wait! The Dems already did that in 2008 and 2012…

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Mr. Anon
  40. Anon7 says:

    Well, as of 10 pm EST, NBC is pretty excited and is calling the House for Democrats.

    If that turns out to be true, I guess the control of media is really worth the money.

  41. Best news on Drudge so far today is that the Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts. For very good reasons.

    Just a few years ago, the Boy Scouts were far less PC than their sisters. Now they’ve flanked them.

    This comes in a sad week for Girl Scoutdom. Some wigger in Annie Hall’s hometown was “huffing”– and not like Arianna– while driving, and mowed down a bunch tidying the highway. Three and a mother are dead, a fourth is hanging on at Mayo Clinic, 80+ miles from the scene as Corvinus flies.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/us/wisconsin-girl-scouts-killed-wreck/index.html

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  42. Lot says:
    @Anonymous

    Active contracts it is usually only 1 point. If you do limit orders you can avoid it completely.

  43. @Lot

    Stab is running ahead of Hillary by 3-4 points in the parts of Michigan that are reporting. Since Hillary lost MI by 0.3, that should mean DebStab wins today.

    Yes, but 2016 was a multi-candidate race. Is this Senate seat also?

    Ronald Reagan in 1984 ran three points plus ahead of Hillary in 2016 in Minnesota, but he lost and she won.

  44. istevefan says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Have the Puerto Ricans from last year’s hurricane had a material effect?

  45. Svigor says:
    @nebulafox

    They seem to still believe, for example, that using clergy would be effective, as if this was still the GWB era and they were dealing with BoomerCons.)

    LOL, that’s almost as on-the-nose as “inside every gook, there’s an American trying to get out!”

  46. notanon says:
    @istevefan

    too soon and polls still open – they’re trying to throw it

  47. Anonymous[908] • Disclaimer says:

    Looks as if Kobach will wipe out in KS, while Walker is slipping away in WI. Remember all the way back to 2015, when these two were tipped “presidential timber” by WN’s and the WSJ respectively?

  48. @Dr. X

    ‘…Voting for him is like voting for the high-school stoner.

    Oh, wait! The Dems already did that in 2008 and 2012…’

    Obama was not that cool. If only.

  49. @Reg Cæsar

    ‘This comes in a sad week for Girl Scoutdom. Some wigger in Annie Hall’s hometown was “huffing”– and not like Arianna– while driving, and mowed down a bunch tidying the highway. Three and a mother are dead, a fourth is hanging on at Mayo Clinic, 80+ miles from the scene as Corvinus flies.’

    Jesus, that’s a sad story. There’s something peculiarly awful about young girls getting killed.

    • Agree: bomag
  50. Anon[131] • Disclaimer says:

    “Between Beto’s surge in Texas and Florida permitting felons to vote, we could be looking at a radical shift in national politics. If the Republicans lose Florida and Texas, it’s all over.”

    I predicted this back in 2016, back when all the civnats were crowing about Trump’s so-called victory in the post election honeymoon period, despite the man having lost the popular vote by millions. His election was a miracle, or perhaps a last, dying gasp. The signs were all there. Texas was closer than they thought it would be and Trump just barely won in the Rust Belt – probably with some help from Jill Stein. And this felon thing essentially dooms the Republican party in 2020. Take away Florida’s electoral votes and there is no margin for error at all. That’s no way to win elections. Add that to fast changing demographics and a hostile, controlled press and defeat is certain. The democrats won, their replacement program won. It’s over. Time for something new.

    Canada and the US are separate countries, so I honestly don’t see why Red and Blue America can’t be separate as well. Keep going this civnat path if you want to lose every election have absolutely no power or basic rights in an oppressive surveillance state dedicated to keeping a boot on your face for all eternity. Frankly, it astonishes me that people can’t comprehend this basic logic. Maybe Americans are just used to being the center of the world and can’t fathom any other kind of arrangement. For the most part though, I think the US in its current form is done for and we should start planing for an alternative. Unfortunately, most people tend to be extremely short-sighted and don’t really plan for the future until it is too late. They also tend to embrace all kinds of magical thinking.

  51. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Getting the blacks’ Big Men-who consist largely of preachers or as the earlier poster correctly mentioned, (but less importantly) occasionally public employee union leaders-to direct the black support to a GOP, or even a non-machine , non-establishment Dem candidate otherwise inoffensive to blacks- would indeed get a lot of the black vote, but, that isn’t likely in the foreseeable future. And it would mean that that candidate would basically have to go for gibsmedat increases and everything else repellent to normal GOP candidates, even the cuckish sort.

    Turning out the whites who agree with you but who heretofore stay at home is the best strategy for the GOP. Trump won because to an extent he did that.

  52. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    With 4% reporting McSally is ahead of Sinema.

    (“Sinema” sounds like a name for a porn theater. When I lived in Wichita, there was the Camelot, which everyone called the Cumalot, but that’s the same idea.)

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  53. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:

    “I cannot see what the appeal of O’Rourke is.”

    He’s an upper-class snob who appeals to Austin transplants who, like most liberals, desperately want to be distinguished from their lower class social inferiors – the kinds of people who pronounce “Versace” as “Ver-say-ce.” For them, a vote for O’Rourke is proof that you’re not like “them”.

  54. One good result, anyway.

    ‘It’s official: Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib elected to Congress.’

    • Replies: @Lot
  55. Jack D says:

    Cruz wins. Heidi is out. Republicans keep Senate. Maybe will gain seats in the Senate?

    PA court designed Congressional redistricting map was very bad for R. Dems may pick up 7 seats in PA alone. Judicial power in America is scary and undemocratic (small d).

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @istevefan
    , @Lowe
  56. Peterike says:

    Why does anyone care about governors? They have no say on immigration, and no other issue matters.

    • Replies: @istevefan
  57. AnonAnon says:

    they’re trying to throw it

    Trying to suppress the vote on the important House races in CA.

    Bastards.

  58. @Anon

    ‘…Canada and the US are separate countries…’

    Are not.

  59. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:

    “too soon and polls still open – they’re trying to throw it”

    Reminds me of a great article that appeared on TAC years ago. It alleged that Dan Rather purposely misstated Florida’s poll closing time on election night 2000 a number of times in an attempt to throw the election to Gore, the rival of the family he personally hated. It was noted in the article that Rather was 1.) unlikely to have made this mistake on accident considering the number of times he said it (he had producers after all) and 2.) likely intended this time zone fallacy to spread. It did, being picked up and repeated by multiple networks. Although, in their cases, the anchors in question only said it a few times after a producer had probably corrected them.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  60. 22pp22 says:

    I must say I am surprised. I thought that with the Dems certifiably insane and wages rising, the Republicans would defy expectations.

    As the US is so important, I think I’ll have to do a staycation there and avoid the NZ winter. Utah looks pretty. Would it give me a skewed view of the country?

    At least I won’t have to learn a new language.

  61. So is the gist that the election is going about as it was expected to?

    Just get rid of ‘America’s first bisexual governor’ here in Oregon, and I’ll call it a win.

  62. nebulafox says:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/jeff-bezoss-thanks-rep-kevin-yoder-r-ks-for-green-card-reform/

    Yoder’s out in Kansas. Good riddance. These are the kinds of oligarch-fellators that *need* to be replaced, even if the price of that is a Democrat there for a couple of years.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  63. 22pp22 says:

    What is really heartbreaking for me is that Fox is so bad, I am being forced to watch CNN.

  64. istevefan says:
    @Jack D

    Was that ever appealed to the US Supreme Court?

  65. Anon[382] • Disclaimer says:

    This is one time in which I’d wait on results. Absentee and early voting ballots have a tendency to be counted last, and an unusually large amount of early votes were cast in this election. Republicans were also leading in many polling places in early balloting. I wouldn’t start checking results until midnight.

  66. @22pp22

    ‘…Utah looks pretty. Would it give me a skewed view of the country?”

    There’s an understatement.

  67. @Clifford Brown

    ‘A Florida ballot initiative has granted voting rights to felons covering 1.4 Million people in the Sunshine State.

    This may be the most important long term effect of this election. Will Florida no longer be a swing state after the reinstatement of felon voting rights?’

    Cede it to Cuba. It’s all going to be under water anyway.

  68. Travis says:
    @Clifford Brown

    The 750,000 Puerto Ricans will have a bigger effect….
    Florida will soon be a solid Democratic State

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  69. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Dems elected a gay Jew as governor and a Muslim married to her brother as a Congresswoman. https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1060003959736356864

  70. anon[287] • Disclaimer says:
    @International Jew

    He also cites data that most terrorist violence in America is right wing. I would like to see a debate on that to see how they are defining right wing violence and left violence. He points to Oklahoma City as right wing violence, though as Gore Vidal noted many of the killer’s motives were equally aligned with a Left agenda.
    No one in the clip dared mention race statistics on violence. Even Coulter couched the race facts by saying “urban” violence. I think it’s better to say it and get it out in the open.
    The black princess on her throne was dripping with condescension. She is an impenetrable wall of dogmas. She thinks that all she has to do is say “slavery” and “Dylan Roof”, and we are all supposed to bow our heads in shame. Very depressing to see we will have to debate idiots like this forever.

    • Replies: @bomag
  71. Anon[164] • Disclaimer says:

    “What is really heartbreaking for me is that Fox is so bad, I am being forced to watch CNN.”

    Must be Murdoch’s left-wing sons taking control. What happens when ol Ruppert passes and Fox News turns into MSNBC? A wall of cable and network news propaganda? Perhaps folks out in Red States should be working on a media replacement just in case. What about One America?

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Desiderius
  72. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Canada and the US are separate countries, so I honestly don’t see why Red and Blue America can’t be separate as well. Keep going this civnat path if you want to lose every election have absolutely no power or basic rights in an oppressive surveillance state dedicated to keeping a boot on your face for all eternity. Frankly, it astonishes me that people can’t comprehend this basic logic. Maybe Americans are just used to being the center of the world and can’t fathom any other kind of arrangement. For the most part though, I think the US in its current form is done for and we should start planing for an alternative. Unfortunately, most people tend to be extremely short-sighted and don’t really plan for the future until it is too late. They also tend to embrace all kinds of magical thinking.

    I may not live to see it but I’m as certain as I am of anything that the United States is going to break up into several separate polities just as the Soviet Union did. We are too foundationally different in our thinking, and the present elites are going to get de-elited one way or another.

    Having said that, the American empire is at the zenith of its power right now. Anyone trying to kick off a revolution now is going to get squashed hard, and any external threat will be squashed even harder. In actual combat-as Mike Tyson was in the ring at his zenith-we are invincible, and will be for a while. We just can not occupy and control land on a non combat footing because we are not capable of doing what all colonial powers did a hundred years ago and that is to break the will of the occupied because that involves doing things that are not nice.

    Mike Tyson defeated Mike Tyson and the American Empire will defeat the American Empire as surely. But it will take time. Once it breaks up overseas it will split up internally. If you are young enough reading this you may face abject poverty or wealth beyond the dreams of avarice, but it will be a hell of a show either way. People my age and older will miss it, unless we live into our nineties or longer.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  73. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Travis

    You know, if they got rid of all the Puerto Ricans, Puerto Rico would be a nice place.

    If a bunch of whites moved in and voted for Independence, it could be a really nice place, ¿ no es verdad?

  74. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @nebulafox

    I voted libty instead of Yoder because he’s a cuck, but it wasn’t close enough to matter anyway.
    I DID vote for Kobach, who unfortunately also lost.

  75. anon[347] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    One America News Network is pure right. Only pro Assad network. Alternative to Fox,

  76. Lot says:
    @Colin Wright

    She’ll be a one term wonder and replaced by a black Detroiter in 2020. Only reason she won is the black vote was split in the Dem primary.

    • Replies: @Anon
  77. Anonymous[262] • Disclaimer says:

    Mildly interesting bit of Michael Barone-esque trivia from the GOPers’ apparent single House pick-up in Minnesota’s 8th, a/k/a “the Iron Range,” by what looks to be more than a 10-point margin: this is Jim Oberstar’s old district, solidly union-aligned since the heyday of living-in-infamy white supremacist Franklin Roosevelt. It had briefly flipped in 2010 for one cycle but the DFL never got a firm grasp back onto it.

    Also– it’s not looking good for Steve “6,000 Google Results From unz.com” King in Iowa. Stay tuned.

  78. @Anon

    Nobody under 50 watches TV.

  79. @Anonymous

    It hardly matters — you pay a fee on the profits on contracts you’ve won on, without netting out against those you’ve lost on, and then you pay a 5% flat fee on withdrawals.

    It certainly ain’t like the good ol’ days on Intrade.

    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @Travis
  80. anon[347] • Disclaimer says:

    Prop 6 in CA. Gas taxes just aren’t that popular.

    Colorado state ballot is huge. Prop 112 – Anti Fracking not that popular.

    Its the economy.

  81. istevefan says:
    @Peterike

    Governors have sometimes been the training ground for future presidential candidates. Also you want your party in control of state government as much as possible. We have redistricting coming up in 2020. I don’t know how much the governor contributes to this process in each state, but it can’t hurt. Also we have the presidential election in 2020. And you want to make sure your side has some oversight into any potential close race involving recounts, etc.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  82. re Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Here’s our German version, every bit as cringeworthy:

    Sawsan Chebli from Palestine, twelve siblings, father illiterate, he doesn’t speak German, raised kids on welfare. She even looks like Ocasio-Cortez, always insecure, highly strung, and peevish. They probably have an army of clones somewhere at Area 51.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  83. gregor says:
    @Anon

    There are some tailwinds. In particular, Republicans have a lot of built in geographic advantages.

    -Democrat votes are so concentrated that their votes don’t translate well into seats. This is an inherent disadvantage in the House, Senate, and Presidency.
    -Republicans similarly do well with governorships and state legislatures. This further helps them with redistricting.
    -There’s still headroom on the White vote.
    -Hilary’s votes were about half White, half non-White. Soon they will be at the point where White men won’t be viable candidates in that party. It will become a minority party and it will be plagued with corruption and incompetence. The party will get run into the ground. All but the most cucked Whites will be pushed toward the GOP.
    -A small group of highly motivated and organized people can hold a lot of sway, regardless of electoral politics. The Israel lobby for example has both parties kissing their ass. On the right, the NRA has been pretty successful with their lobbying.

  84. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    In the most corrupt state in the union, New Jersey, obvious and blatant crook Bob Menendez looks like he’s going to beat the GOP candidate, also named Bob by ten points.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  85. Anon[258] • Disclaimer says:

    “Having said that, the American empire is at the zenith of its power right now.”

    In my opinion, the American Empire was at its zenith during the 1990s. Consider what has been going on since 9/11 and let us read some tea leaves:

    1. The federal debt/deficit has exploded. This could be partly mitigated by raising taxes on the rich, but eventually the democrats will take permanent control of the government and will raise it back up to current levels or far beyond with social expenditures. This isn’t sustainable along with enormous military expenditures. South Africa once had a sophisticated military, too. Not so much any more after power was transferred to a group that didn’t much care for that kind of thing when they could just spend the money on welfare. Sound familiar?

    2. The backbone of the country, white Caucasians, are disengaging; patriotism has been measured at all time lows. The military also just recently missed a major recruiting goal for the first time in 13 years.

    3. The government is just years away from permanent democrat control. The wheels may come off the nation’s cohesion and fiscal responsibility at that point. Expect massive waves of immigration from third world countries when the GOP can no longer successfully stop this. This will further destabilize the country and possibly bankrupt it.

    Look what happened when the democrats thought they had a permanent lock on power under Obama: religious freedoms were stripped away, schools were threatened for not letting transgenders into girl’s bathrooms, anti-white racism exploded in movies like Django Unchained, white heterosexual characters were replaced in many media such as comic books, Red Guard terrorist attacks occurred throughout the country and against Confederate monuments and grave sites, illegal immigration amnesties were floated, BLM happened, some media floated trial balloons for normalizing pedophilia, and the government proposed to DOUBLE legal immigration to a massive two million per year…

    …imagine how much worse it could get after Trump loses in 2020.

    4. China is now enormously powerful and getting stronger every day. There is no will among the public to fight a war with these people and there never will be due to changing demographics. I expect China to successfully push the US out of Asia within 25 years. Japan may form an alliance with the EU or make peace with China by kicking out the US out from Okinawa. There is already quite a bit of opposition to US military presence in that country as it is.

    The US likely can’t counter the rise of China economically through tariffs because some short-sighted areas of the country don’t care about those kinds of things. Besides, why would Iowa want to sacrifice its well being for US government hegemony in Asia? That’s what happens when your country stops being a country and becomes an empire. No one sacrifices for empires.

    5. The Germans (EU), Chinese and Russians are coming together in an alliance against the reckless and dangerous United States over Iran (and even outside of that). The Germans have solicited Japanese support, too. I expect more of this in the future. And there will be far less support among native EU members for an “alliance” with the US once the US is dominated by non-Europeans who hate and mock whites and Europeans.

    6. China is well on its way to building and controlling an economic zone stretching from East Asia to Europe and Africa. China is also aggressively seeking military bases in Asia and Africa and may very well colonize the latter continent.

    7. By 2035, China could have an economy 2 – 3x the size of the American economy, assuming the best case scenario for the US.

    8. US soft power in respects to the entertainment industry is waning due to excessive political correctness and greed. That trend will continue. Also, in the future photorealisitic CGI will replace Hollywood movies and television. China will have massive cultural relevance to the world when that happens – probably over the next 20 years. China will also have a massive video game market to serve the world.

    9. China’s military is getting ever more powerful and sophisticated. They now have enough military power to beat the US over Taiwan, or at least make a massive fight over it. After all the racism directed at white males, don’t expect that demographic to support a war against China. Ever.

    The US military has a glass jaw, so it is not capable of fighting a protracted war with either Russia or China. Most of the kids who have signed up are just there for a paycheck, so they aren’t going to be committed in any serious way to winning battles for this country against the unified, powerful Chinese. The Pentagon will have to rely on technology to beat China, but every year the Chinese graduate more engineers than North America has total graduates…and they are closing that technology gap very quickly.

    10. The various extreme social values of the US will likely turn off prospective partners in Asia. This has already happened in India where their prime minister has recently – and loudly – announced that India will remain neutral. They also flaunted US sanctions threats and bought advanced Russian air defense weapons. Russia and India grow closer while the US relationship will recede. India is a deeply conservative country and will remain so for decades. US support of transgenders won’t win friends in any region of the world outside of Western Europe (old news on a global stage).

    11. The US will lose what little “city on a hill” moral authority it once had when it begins censoring conservative dissidents and outlawing all manner of speech and other fundamental rights, something the democrats and their racist base will be chomping at the bit to do.

    Non-white minorities, according to many polls, do not support fundamental liberties such as free speech. Look for these freedoms to be stripped away as these groups gain power.

    12. Baby Boomers are retiring and the US is on the hook for massive payments that it probably can’t afford without injecting tremendous inflationary pressures into the economy. This generation is being replaced with less-capable groups.

    All in all, things are not looking so good for the United States. I think the rest of the world may have to start planing for a post US world order. Of course, the US won’t just cease to exist over night, but it won’t be what it used to be in the past, either. What an awful shame. When the US goes down, it will be the greatest tragedy since the fall of Rome. Future Chinese historians may even peruse archived sites like this one to find out what happened.

    If I were an American, especially a white male, I might be considering other places to go. Things are going to get quite a bit worse in the future. But perhaps the Chinese will smartly open up a couple of areas to this demographic and brain drain the US, ending it as a superpower in the process.

  86. J.Ross says: • Website

    Michigan election results suck:
    >John James will not replace Stabenow.
    >While Bill Schuette never had any chance of being elected governor, electing Gretchen Whitmer means we apparently learned nothing from the last time we chose a liberal female to not be in the same party as the legislature. Jennifer Granholm was our worst governor but in a way it’s not her fault because a governor opposing our solid red state legislature pretty much doesn’t exist.
    >A proposal for one of those leftist gerrymandration councils that is supposed to be somehow better than existing gerrymandering passed.
    >A completely brainless proposal to allow same-day registration, no-reason absentee voting, and otherwise maximize possible vote tinkering passed.
    >Possible silver lining: pot legalized.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  87. Anon[258] • Disclaimer says:

    “Nobody under 50 watches TV.”

    Yeah, but the guys over 50 tend to vote in large numbers and they’re the ones who own all the stuff and make the policies; they’ll be around for years more. And there have been increasing efforts to censor non-television sources like the internet and video uploading sites like YouTube. All of those sources are more-or-less controlled by the left.

  88. Anon[258] • Disclaimer says:

    “In the most corrupt state in the union, New Jersey, obvious and blatant crook Bob Menendez looks like he’s going to beat the GOP candidate, also named Bob by ten points.”

    That’s the future of America, too. Tribal politics means you vote for tribe and not policy or morality. Expect massive corruption in the future, especially once all those ethical g-men white guy types are purged from the FBI and the ATF like Obama purged that white guy Librarian of Congress for a member of his own tribe.

  89. Anon[258] • Disclaimer says:

    “Hilary’s votes were about half White, half non-White.”

    Yeah, but she won a much smaller overall percentage of the white vote. Obama won just 38% of the total white vote in 2012, I believe, and won in a landslide. How much more room for improvement is there?

  90. Mr. Anon says:
    @Dtbb

    I haven’t watched mainstream media in a while. They are not only biased cheerleaders for the dems, but can barely communicate and sound like idiots. Talk talk talk but I am none the wiser. It’s a total joke. Same for all the channels.

    FOX is hardly better. Their election night coverage features Bush Administration has-been and airhead Dana Perino and that pudgy little smarm-bucket with the smackable face, Chris Stierwalt.

  91. Mr. Anon says:

    It’s disappointing that Kobach lost, and lost big. Brat lost too. Steve King appears to be still holding on, though it’s pretty close.

    Not so disappointing is the loss of Yoder in Kansas, to the first lesbian native American to be elected to Congress, no less. If Yoder is your Republican representative, why not?

    This election could have been more of a referendum on immigration if Trump had actually governed on some of what he ran on. And, of course, if the Congress hadn’t had it’s collective head up Paul Ryan’s ass.

  92. Mr. Anon says:
    @Dr. X

    I cannot see what the appeal of O’Rourke is.

    He’s Bobby Kennedy for people who never got to vote for Bobby Kennedy.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  93. Mr. Anon says:

    Gavin Newsom will be the next governor of California. Maybe he can do for the whole state what he did for San Francisco. The Brown Wave.

  94. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    That referendum allowing felons to vote passed in Florida. That’s going to make it tougher to win Florida in future elections.

    • Replies: @Another Canadian
  95. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    In my opinion, the American Empire was at its zenith during the 1990s. Consider what has been going on since 9/11 and let us read some tea leaves:

    That’s only twenty years ago, a short time indeed in historical terms. I’ll concede that we might be that far past the absolute peak, but with ten nuclear aircraft carriers and our strategic and tactical nuclear capabilities and our current special /unconventional forces levels I’d say we’re still damn close.

    And the Chinese are a long way off in “soft power”: the Han Chinese have high IQ but are not very creative and never will be. Real originality is a White, and sometimes Ashkenazi or occasionally “merchant minority Middle Easterner” thing. The Chinese still have to copy Russian aircraft. They can no longer copy Western ones indigenously because their manufacturing just isn’t that leading edge, to use an overworked metaphor. If we made it unprofitable for American companies to go out and outsource high tech to China they would be in a pickle, more than most people realize.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  96. The Democrats haven’t won the South Dakota gubernatorial election since 1974…but they came darn close this evening. That was largely due to the Democrats running an unusually strong nominee, state Senator Billie Sutton, a pro-Life, pro-2nd Amendment Democrat who selected a Republican as his running-mate. Plus the fact that Kristi Noem is a sort of Paul Ryan-style Republican who comes off like a privileged aristocrat who looks down on anyone who’s not a millionaire. I voted for Noem with no enthusiasm, in order to defeat the party of ANTIFA and BLM, and we narrowly won. Fortunately, her running-mate, Larry Rhoden, is a MAGA-type guy, and will likely be her successor in 2026.

  97. @Mr. Anon

    Steve King ended up winning by just over 10,000 votes. Over 7,000 of that margin came from Sioux County, where he won 73%-25%.

    I was monitoring the results on the Des Moines Register site, and when they reported the Sioux County vote, it took King from almost five points down into the lead.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Anonymous
  98. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Good job not believing the hype, y’all. Sorry I doubted you.

    Uh Oh the roll below the level
    ‘Cause I’m livin’ low next to the bass, c’mon
    Turn up the radio
    They claim that I’m a criminal
    By now I wonder how
    Some people never know
    The enemy could be their friend, guardian
    I’m not a hooligan
    I rock the party and
    Clear all the madness, I’m not a racist
    Preach to teach to all
    ‘Cause some they never had this
    Number one, not born to run
    About the gun
    I wasn’t licensed to have one
    The minute they see me, fear me
    I’m the epitome, a public enemy
    Used, abused without clues
    I refused to blow a fuse
    They even had it on the news
    Don’t believe the hype

  99. @Mr. Anon

    Bobby Kennedy? More like Napoleon Dynamite.

    Revenge of the Nerds in played out.

  100. @Anonymous

    The R candidate was even more creepy looking than Menendez.

  101. Anon[175] • Disclaimer says:

    “but with ten nuclear aircraft carriers and our strategic and tactical nuclear capabilities and our current special /unconventional forces levels I’d say we’re still damn close.”

    The Chinese might very well close that gap in the Asian theater sooner than you would think. One mistake a lot of people make in thinking about this issue is that they assume all of our forces are concentrated against all of their forces. In reality, only about 50-60% of our forces are in Asia at any one time. So really, we are talking about a fraction of our military strength – disadvantaged by huge operational distances and logistical issues inherent with that – against nearly the entirety of an ever more powerful and sophisticated Chinese military.

    “And the Chinese are a long way off in “soft power”: the Han Chinese have high IQ but are not very creative and never will be. ”

    There are over a billion of them. What they lack in quality they will make up for in quantity. Surely, there are at least some creative Chinese in that massive population. I think they will do fine. And on the soft power front, they have a massive video game market that Western developers are trying to get into. There are also several Chinese video game companies that would do well in the West right now if they had more forward thinking leadership.

    “The Chinese still have to copy Russian aircraft.”

    There was a time when the Japanese were accused of the same kinds of things. They eventually became quite the innovators themselves. I wouldn’t count China out in that department. They’ve done a pretty good job of building up their armed forces, copycats or not.

    “If we made it unprofitable for American companies to go out and outsource high tech to China they would be in a pickle, more than most people realize.”

    We won’t, though. That’s the thing with Empires. No one in them wants to hurt their individual interests to serve a government they aren’t attached to.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @jbwilson24
  102. El Dato says:
    @theo the kraut

    OTOH, that sounds like she’s fighting upwards. Give her some time and evening courses in international law.

    (I always find the difference between NOTWEHR and NOTZUCHT confusing)

  103. Anonymous[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    The Japanese rarely invent new ideas from scratch but do aggressively improve Western designs, and will readily combine the best of existing designs to make a superior product overall. The Chinese will copy Western products verbatim and as cheaply as the market will bear.

    Suggest anyone interested read the book “Poorly Made in China”.

  104. bomag says:
    @anon

    He also cites data that most terrorist violence in America is right wing.

    Conveniently ignoring the percentages wrt Muslims in the population here, and later when talking about crime rates with peer countries: no mention that peer rates among ethnic groups tend to be equivalent.

    No one in the clip dared mention race statistics on violence.

    Yeah, but along with Coulter’s “urban violence”, Pinker brings up the north – south gradient.

    She is an impenetrable wall of dogmas.

    Yes; absolutely no interest in the truth; it’s a problem of our times that people like her get media attention.

    And the police chief brings up the obligatory “I Know A Good One” wrt Muslims. I notice Whites don’t get the same treatment; any misstep, either current or historical, brings out the exterminationist language.

  105. bomag says:
    @Anon

    I honestly don’t see why Red and Blue America can’t be separate as well. Keep going this civnat path if you want to lose every election have absolutely no power or basic rights in an oppressive surveillance state dedicated to keeping a boot on your face for all eternity.

    You still have to stand and fight eventually; a separate Red state will still be under the usual pressure to take in every refugee and mandate a sampling of the tranny lifestyle. Fundamental values of political freedom and rule of law still poll well in our favor; the left just offers one more dollar of education and health care to get votes and then backfill with the face stomping policies.

  106. @Anonymous

    Anonyumous[427] wrote:

    I may not live to see it but I’m as certain as I am of anything that the United States is going to break up into several separate polities just as the Soviet Union did. We are too foundationally different in our thinking, and the present elites are going to get de-elited one way or another.

    The big split in the USA seems to be between the urban areas and the countryside. Hard to see how to break that up into separate countries: the urban areas would be separate isolated little islands, and the countryside would look like Swiss cheese lacking its urban areas.

    Lots of empires limp along for a very long time past their prime: the Ottomans, Byzantium, ancient Rome, etc.

    Of course, in a century the USA will not dominate the world as it does today, but the fifty (or perhaps forty-eight) states may stick together for a long time.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  107. Fubar says:

    The dems utterly swept Houston. And Harris and Ft. Bend Counties.

  108. @Anon

    Anon[258] wrote:

    In my opinion, the American Empire was at its zenith during the 1990s. Consider what has been going on since 9/11 and let us read some tea leaves…

    In terms of geopolitical power and influence, that is true, almost by definition after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    But the rot in our institutions goes back much, much further.

    Historians usually date the lurch into empire as starting with the Spanish-American War. The unstable financial and monetary system under which we suffer goes back to the founding of the Federal Reserve System in 1913, and later FDR ending the gold standard. “Education for life” instead of learning hard academic subjects goes back to the early twentieth century. The bureaucratization and cartelization of medical care also goes back to the early twentieth century, although it dramatically accelerated after WW II (see Robert Field’s Mother of Invention: How the Government Created “Free-Market” Health Care for the details: Field seems to think it was all a good idea, though he admits it has created one hell of a mess!).

    Adam Smith once supposedly declared that there is a “great deal of ruin in a nation,” meaning that all countries always have a lot of things wrong. America is no exception. But we have now accumulated enough social maladies that it is a bit hard to see how we can overcome it all.

    Not that America will necessarily cease to exist, but our view of ourselves as the exceptional leader of the world was always fated to be temporary.

    Regression to the mean — the ultimate fate of all prominent leading countries.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Prester John
  109. @Dave Pinsen

    That referendum allowing felons to vote passed in Florida.

    What could go wrong there?

  110. notanon says:

    Adam Smith once supposedly declared that there is a “great deal of ruin in a nation,” meaning that all countries always have a lot of things wrong.

    it means nations generally aren’t destroyed in one hit – destroying a nation takes lots and lots of hits

  111. Lowe says:
    @Jack D

    Wow, so basically the House shifted to the Democrats this term because of the PA redistricting.

  112. M_Young says:

    Bad news from Oregon where a bid to repeal the sanctuary state law went down to an almost 2-1 defeat. This from the state that just a few years ago denied driver’s licenses to illegals via referendum.

    I don’t understand how alleged environmentalists can be for illegal immigration.

    On the plus side, GOP rep Kevin Yoder of Kansas, whose signature legislative accomplishment was an ammendment to an appropriations bill which would allow Indians to even more completely monopolize H1-B visas, was defeated. Might as well have a Democrat with GOP reps like Yoder.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  113. @The Man From K Street

    Hot off the presses–The Party of The Handout regained the House. Next up–Articles of Impeachment.

  114. @PhysicistDave

    Apropos of Adam Smith’s comment, can’t help but observe that with the words “All men are created equal” we seeded our own demise while simultaneously planting the garden. That rather overheated phrase, penned by Jefferson–one of Dr. Johnson’s “drovers of negroes”–have come back to haunt us again and again without end.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  115. @anon

    But is she the first person elected to the House who married a sibling? (I’m combing through wiki’s West Virginia entry as I type.)

    Don’t know about siblings, but cousin marriage is illegal in WV. You need to go to New York to marry your cousin.

  116. anon[409] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Frankly, it astonishes me that people can’t comprehend this basic logic.

    What is the basic logic?

  117. TheJester says:

    What is interesting when looking at the map of mid-term election results is that nothing has changed since Trump won the presidential election:

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fullpage/midterm-election-map-2018-live-results-58723598?whichMap=HouseMap

    The United States is a RED NATION with BLUE ISLANDS of high-density urban populations on the coasts and within the large cities of the interior. Since this was a mid-term election, urban population density mattered, especially with respect to congressional districts apportioned on population.

    Oklahoma voted RED … while Oklahoma City and Norman voted BLUE.
    Kansas voted RED … while Kansas City, KS, voted BLUE.
    Missouri voted RED … while Kansas City and St. Louis voted BLUE.
    Indiana voted RED … while Indianapolis voted BLUE.
    Tennessee voted RED … while Nashville voted BLUE.
    Virginia voted RED … while the urban buildups voted BLUE.
    Pennsylvania voted RED … while Pittsburg and the Philadelphia urban buildup voted BLUE.
    Colorado voted RED … while the Ski Slopes voted BLUE.
    etc.

    The Electoral College and Senate based on state sovereignty and geography rather than apportioned based on voter majorities means that the RED STATES will continue to exert a major influence on national politics. The urban Democrats will continue to cry foul; that is, that the United States is not a democratic nation and will not be one until the Electoral College is done away with and the number of Senators is apportioned based on population. Then, the East Coast and Left Coast (with a little help from select large cities in the interior) can, by themselves, elect the President, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.

    This will never happen short of a violent civil war/revolution won by the urban centers. In the meantime, it is a standoff between urban and rural populations.

    • Replies: @Joe Schmoe
  118. Anonymous[409] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Steve King ended up winning by just over 10,000 votes. Over 7,000 of that margin came from Sioux County, where he won 73%-25%.

    What is significant about that?

  119. Thea says:
    @Anon

    Florida can be seen as a trend leader for future America along with CA.

    The Kobach loss is YUGE.

    White gentile Kansan baby boomers had a chance to redeem themselves and they effed it up.

    The demographics of Kansas include many very old whites giving a misleading impression. The Dodge City High School football team is 90% Central American.

    Many young women leave the state after college graduation having no babies here.

    Tomorrow’s Kansas is not today’s and Kelly will do all she can to speed the transition.

  120. LondonBob says:
    @TheBoom

  121. Travis says:
    @WowJustWow

    so true. It amazes me that anyone bothers to waste time wagering at PredictIt. Why are they allowed to exist when InTrade was shutdown ?

    • Replies: @Lot
  122. @Anonymous

    “Sinema” sounds like a name for a porn theater

    Sinema was also the first openly bisexual elected to Congress.

  123. Anon[275] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    Wouldnt bet on it. Blacks are voluntarily subservient to Muslims. Agitating about whites about slavery at the hands of Whites that was abolished 150 years ago while remaining silent about ongoing slavery today in Islamic rep of Mauritania, Islamic rep of Sudan , Libya , Nigeria , Somalia and defacto slavery of blacks and Asians in all the gulf states and Lebanon.

    Blacks absolutely worship Muslims and actively aid and abet them at any possibile opportunity up to and including running interference for Muslims while they are raping , enslaving and. Genociding blacks all over the globe and I don’t think there is anything that could possibly change that no matter what happens . I predict she keeps that seat for 24 years or more.

  124. @Anon

    It’s Dan Rather’s fault that people are too retarded to know when their polls close?

  125. BB753 says:
    @Colin Wright

    I’m seldom wrong and cheaper than Nate Silver!

  126. L Woods says:
    @Anon

    You grossly underestimate the cuckoldry of the white male, I’m afraid. Particularly those in the military.

  127. L Woods says:
    @PhysicistDave

    You “split” it via radical decentralization (e.g., the Renaissance era Holy Roman Empire). You would have a dazzling tapestry of autonomous (now once again near-literal) states and city states. The HRE did indeed look like “Swiss cheese.” Nothing wrong with that.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  128. @Anon

    “And the Chinese are a long way off in “soft power”: the Han Chinese have high IQ but are not very creative and never will be. ”

    I think that view is outdated. Yes, Chinese students cheat like mad and they are generally not creative compared to European/Jewish students. They have the advantage of numbers. The creative ones are still quite numerous and backed up by the legions that are suited for more routine and less creative work.

    (Underestimating the importance of routine work in STEM fields is dangerous. Most STEM jobs do not require high creativity, but rather discipline and perseverance).

    Compared to the dwindling number of European (and even Jewish) PhDs in STEM fields, the Chinese have a decisive advantage. China is taking off in terms of peer reviewed publications, and it their researchers are not hampered by concerns about political correctness (e.g., they have a eugenics program).

    The USA has outsourced much of its industrial production to China. Recent Pentagon reports show that there are major issues in the procurement pipeline. Industrial production wins conflicts; merely ask the Japanese about how easy it was to manufacture tires during WW2.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  129. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    If we made it unprofitable for American companies to go out and outsource high tech to China they would be in a pickle, more than most people realize.

    Virtually ALL of the money that has funded China’s vast growth in the last 30 yrs. has been Western $ sent in exchange for cheap exports. China STILL depends heavily on exports (more than we depend on receiving their stuff- we could make this stuff here (or in Mexico, Vietnam, etc.) if we had to – it’s just cheaper to source it from China).

    So the Chinese can maintain friendly relations with the West and keep selling us stuff or they can assert their power in the Pacific and try to push the US out, but they can’t do both. They have to pick one or the other. Xi has the “mandate of heaven” so long as China remains prosperous and people’s standard of living continues to go up. The Chinese will jostle for advantage and seize every opening but not at the price of rupturing their relationship with the West. The Chinese can sing nostalgic Mao songs and Xi can strengthen the power of the Party but there are limits on what he can (or even wants) to do. He can’t turn China back into N. Korea. Not even N. Korea wants to be N. Korea anymore.

    Could he miscalculate and go too far? Sure but the Chinese are generally cautious when it comes to such stuff.

  130. Lot says:
    @Travis

    Intrade wasn’t shut down by any government, it went broke.

    Or the owners stole the money as with many online casino and poker sites.

    Predictit is a nonprofit run by a university. They also report your net winnings to the IRS on a form 1099.

    I also liked intrade better, but predictit is gradually improving.

    • Replies: @Travis
  131. Jack D says:
    @jbwilson24

    We’ve outsourced this stuff because it is cheaper, not because it is impossible for us to make the stuff here (or in Mexico). In the event of a conflict we could bring stuff onshore pretty quickly if we had to. We can do amazing stuff if we have to – it’s just cheaper if we don’t have to.

    For the Chinese OTOH, shutting off the pipeline of Western $ would have massive consequence for their economy. Could some insane Mao type guy do it anyway? Maybe, but the Chinese people (including the military who own many civilian industries) really enjoy being rich. Chinese also enjoy not having their one and only children not die in overseas military adventures. Xi has been consolidating his power but I’m not sure that the Chinese would really be willing to follow him into hell or that he is really interested in taking them there.

    My prediction is that the Chinese will probe for Western softness and take advantage wherever they think that they can get away with it, but not up to the point of open warfare or irreparably breaking their relationships with the West. The corollary to this is that the West has to draw bright lines (e.g. hands off Taiwan) and let them know that we are not going to let them get away with pulling a Putin in Crimea shtick and that there would be big consequences if they did.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  132. Anon[184] • Disclaimer says:

    “It’s Dan Rather’s fault that people are too retarded to know when their polls close?”

    1. It’s easy to make that kind of mistake depending on where you live, especially for first-time, younger, and poor elderly voters in the republican-dominated panhandle. And 2000 was long before the internet was a significant factor for information distribution. Lots of people did then (and still do now) rely on network television for their election news. Besides, in a close election even a few hundred votes would have made the difference.

    Rather’s actions were both obvious and despicable. They should go a long way in demonstrating to the right what kind of institutionalized bias they are up against; but unfortunately, the dissident right is filled with snarky, dismissive types who don’t know as much as they think they do. So, don’t expect any lessons to be learned there.

    2. Doesn’t matter. It’s the intention that counts. Saying, “what does it matter that I tried to rob that bank if no one got hurt and I wasn’t able to steal anything” isn’t a good argument in a court of law, and it’s not a good argument in a civilized society. It was the thought that counted. Rather should have been fired then. I’m sure I can dig up tape of the guy from the 1970s – 1990s of him mentioning two Florida time zones. On election night 2000, in a race that was known in advance to depend on Florida, he suddenly forgot – a guy who hated the Bushes and even had to apologize for inappropriate contacts with the democrat party as CBS news anchor? Please.

  133. Anon[330] • Disclaimer says:

    “So the Chinese can maintain friendly relations with the West and keep selling us stuff or they can assert their power in the Pacific and try to push the US out, but they can’t do both.”

    Sure, they can. “The West” is hardly monolithic in its actions and responses. Obama pressured Western allies into not joining China’s new Asian infrastructure development bank. They ignored the guy and did so anyway – even the UK. Depending upon what China does, they could easily accomplish both objectives. Likely, they will pursue some kind of slow creep that avoids a large conflict but ultimately assures their dominance in Asia.

    Money talks, and China has been busy building work around economic deals with the rest of the world. The US is now only about 17% of global GDP and falling compared to about 50% in 1949. Relative US strength has fallen dramatically from the height of the Cold War, so our so-called allies will become increasingly difficult to control going forward.

    China will correctly calculate three things leading up to a potential conflict 20 years hence:

    1. the rest of the so-called “West” and developing world will need Chinese capital and exports, so they’ll put extreme pressure on the US to end any conflict with them. So, there will not be any kind of Western unified front in a conflict. Germany is already busy working with both China and Russia to skirt US sanctions on Iran, so there is already a precedent on that front anyway.

    2. any economic downturn from US trade sanctions in the advent of a conflict will be both sustainable and short-term due to American greed/shortsightedness and Chinese economic deals with Africa, South America, and the EU. After the conflict ends in China’s favor, trade relations will resume rather quickly as the US is a huge debtor nation that can’t manufacture much of anything anymore. It will be the US that ends a conflict in worse economic shape as opposed to China as China moves its investments to the EU.

    I could personally game out a military conflict with China in the Pacific that leads to a Chinese victory and a humiliating US defeat or stand down just ten years from now. For the most part, armchair war planners, civilian leaders, and Cold War Boomers seem to woefully miscalculate what the Chinese will do in any conflict (hint: they won’t be aiming to start WW3); they also tend to underestimate Chinese strengths while overestimating their own.

    3. the US military and public both have a glass jaw; they won’t be willing to sustain enormous casualties in a war with China. If China could sink just a single American aircraft carrier and broadcast it on the internet, it would be game over. The public will demand their government stop fighting. This is not unlikely as the backbone of US defense is the self-sacrifice of the white Caucasian male. That group has now, and will in the future, come under sustained racial assault by the media and the democrat-controlled government. Don’t expect whitey to fight and die for this country anymore; patriotism is already measurably declining among that group. For example, a lot of the anti-war faction of the Trump GOP has come from a war-weary white male segment. Also, don’t expect ethnic minorities to pitch in much, either. That’s a Pentagon fantasy. Raw patriotism, not economics, vague ideologies, or military brainwashing, determines the willingness of an American soldier to fight tooth-and-nail in a bloody conflict of the kind not seen since Vietnam or Korea.

    The Kaiser’s navy in the closing days of WWI was ordered to attack the Royal Navy in a last ditch effort to turn the tide. War weary and unwilling to die suicidally for an autocrat, they declined the invitation. Don’t be surprised if something similar happens with the minority-dominated US Navy of 2035.

    And as stated above, the Pentagon’s efforts to beat China with technology and “urban” recruiting will fail. China is rapidly closing the technology gap and they, unlike the US, have a huge pool of Han Chinese nationalist males willing to fight and die for the glory of their homeland. A lot of the guys in the US military are just there for the paycheck; and they are only there at enormous – probably unsustainable – cost, too.

    “They have to pick one or the other.”

    They can have both if they play their cards right. The US certainly did back in the day. It became a huge hegemon while also being a wealthy creditor nation and exporter. I see no reason why China can’t do the same.

    “Xi has the “mandate of heaven” so long as China remains prosperous and people’s standard of living continues to go up.”

    You could easily make the same argument about the US government, especially considering rapid demographic changes.

    “The Chinese will jostle for advantage and seize every opening but not at the price of rupturing their relationship with the West.”

    China could conquer most of Asia with soft power, put military bases in Japan, and still maintain good relations with the EU.

    “The Chinese can sing nostalgic Mao songs and Xi can strengthen the power of the Party but there are limits on what he can (or even wants) to do. He can’t turn China back into N. Korea. Not even N. Korea wants to be N. Korea anymore.”

    They don’t for the most part. Mao is a controversial figure in China, much like Lenin or Stalin are in Russia. A group of Chinese built a statue to the guy a few years ago and the authorities tore it down. Besides, who said anything about turning China into North Korea? Only someone with profoundly superficial knowledge of that country would think that. China considers North Korea a necessary, but painful, burden they must carry. They don’t want to be North Korea; they don’t even want North Koreans in China. They aspire to be an authoritarian version of the West, albeit with a distinctly Asian flavor. It’s the United States that the Chinese obsess about, not communist nightmares like the old Soviet Union and North Korea. China wishes to emulate the US just as the US emulated Rome / the British Empire and Rome emulated Greece. There seems to be some kind of “passing of the baton” motif that runs through history, and the Chinese may very well take it and run with it.

    “Could he miscalculate and go too far? Sure but the Chinese are generally cautious when it comes to such stuff.”

    Chinese nationalists have a habit of miscalculating only to be later reined in by the government. I could provide numerous examples. Xi might very well lose control over these types should the US miscalculate over Taiwan. With someone like Hillary Clinton possibly running again and winning in 2020, I think that might very well become likely. She wanted to shoot down Russian planes in Syria, after all.

  134. J.Ross says: • Website

    Consider this, it’s of the centuries:

    https://postimg.cc/dkKsS0My

    The presidents with the worst and best mid-term “judgment” so to speak were Obama and Trump, with Trump tying with Reagan’s 82 performativity and Obama being an extreme negative outlier. Trump did as good as Reagan.

  135. @L Woods

    L. Woods wrote to me:

    You “split” [the USA} via radical decentralization (e.g., the Renaissance era Holy Roman Empire). You would have a dazzling tapestry of autonomous (now once again near-literal) states and city states.

    Yeah, I myself think political decentralization and competition is a good thing. But, at least for the foreseeable future, I don’t think most Americans agree. I think they like feeling they are part of a Leviathan.

    But things change over time.

  136. Anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    “Chinese also enjoy not having their one and only children not die in overseas military adventures. Xi has been consolidating his power but I’m not sure that the Chinese would really be willing to follow him into hell or that he is really interested in taking them there.”

    There are lots of nationalist Han Chinese males who’d fight and die for the glory of China in Asia if the US provoked them. Considering the size of their population, they could successfully conjure up huge numbers of people to fight even if the Chinese on average were only about a third as willing to fight as the Americans. Besides, exactly the argument you’ve made here could easily apply to the United States itself, even more so than to China. The Asian Pacific is their backyard. How many Americans are willing to fight China on the other side of the world under some future democrat president? And what’s the American birth rate now? Seems to be very low and falling dramatically.

    “The corollary to this is that the West has to draw bright lines (e.g. hands off Taiwan) and let them know that we are not going to let them get away with pulling a Putin in Crimea shtick and that there would be big consequences if they did.”

    Don’t count on it. Taiwan is infinitely more important to the mainland Chinese than Crimea is to the Russians, so that’s instantly WW3 territory you’re flirting with. And the American public will not be tolerating that possibility any time soon.

    “We’ve outsourced this stuff because it is cheaper, not because it is impossible for us to make the stuff here (or in Mexico).”

    It’s basically impossible without huge investments and lots of time for the US to manufacture that stuff themselves as their economy is not geared towards doing so anymore and hasn’t been for a long time.

    “In the event of a conflict we could bring stuff onshore pretty quickly if we had to. We can do amazing stuff if we have to – it’s just cheaper if we don’t have to.”

    There is no way Mexico, the US, or any collection of nations in the American hemisphere could replace China overnight. That’s pure fantasy. Further, the US is only about 17% of global GDP and falling. Lots of other advanced countries both invest in China and, in turn, depend upon Chinese investments. If a serious conflict broke out, China would get by; it is the US that would suffer as onshored products made there (or even in Mexico) would be much less competitive globally because they’d be more expensive. So, no. The US can’t easily replace China and certainly not overnight. That kind of thing takes careful planning and years of work – something the Empire is no longer capable of.

    “We can do amazing stuff if we have to.”

    When was the last time the US did anything amazing? The US could have had a better version of the LHC back in the 90s but foolishly scrapped it; the Chinese built a better version of the Hoover Dam; the Chinese built a radio telescope that puts Arecibo to shame; the US has been bogged down in the Middle East for decades and failed to make Iraq into a prosperous democracy; the US crows about a moon base or a moon landing but never does it; China races forward and will likely land a man on Mars first (I hope so as the US would just put some lesbian, black, tranny there); China may build a particle collider that puts the LHC to shame; and the US never even made a replacement for the shuttle – they have to rely on Russia! The US seems to be an ungovernable, disorganized mess without purpose or plan. That country can’t or won’t do anything amazing.

  137. @Prester John

    Prester John wrote to me:

    Apropos of Adam Smith’s comment, can’t help but observe that with the words “All men are created equal” we seeded our own demise while simultaneously planting the garden.

    Jefferson largely cribbed from the Virginia Declaration of Rights, drafted by George Mason, and the Virginia document was a bit clearer and more explicit:

    That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

    I think Jefferson would have argued that all sensible men would recognize that human beings were not literally “equal” in a naive sense and would therefore understand “created equal” as shorthand for “equally free and independent.”

    In which case, he and his colleagues over-estimated the intelligence of their posterity.

    Jefferson’s rough draft, by the way, was slightly clearer than the final version of the Declaration:

    We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness…

    That’s what happens when things go to a committee!

  138. Anon[139] • Disclaimer says:

    “You still have to stand and fight eventually; a separate Red state will still be under the usual pressure to take in every refugee and mandate a sampling of the tranny lifestyle.”

    Picking the site of a battle from a position of strength was the best means of ensuring a favorable outcome in the ancient world. That that logic still applies to the current age; hence, the old saying about picking your battles wisely. A separate Red State(s) will have a voting based fundamentally biased towards the kinds of policies you want to enact. Therefore, it would be much easier to enact and enforce certain social norms and immigration policies under those constraints. Considering that Trump has failed on that front and the GOP is soon to be swamped demographically, what exactly makes you people think anything will change any time soon? Magic? Luck? Manifest Destiny? You stood and fought from a position of weakness and lost. Perhaps picking a new battle line would work? Fighting from a position of weakness without retreating until you are totally routed isn’t a great way to win a war. It is a good way to thoroughly lose one, though.

    “Fundamental values of political freedom and rule of law still poll well in our favor;”

    They don’t, and it wouldn’t matter anyway. Polls show minorities don’t much support fundamental freedoms for things like hate speech; we know that “hate speech” can and has been defined so broadly as to include anything the replacement demographic doesn’t like. And they view “rule of law” talk as racism. I expect freedoms to be curtailed dramatically as those groups ascend to power and lock out the republican opposition permanently. Tolerance for the extreme right and left was a hallmark of white America, but that country is gone now. In the future, all whites (especially white males) will get the Brett Kavanaugh treatment.

    Further, minorities don’t vote on the basis of policy but, instead, based on tribal affiliations. Hence, while minorities may say to pollsters that they are uncomfortable with extreme SJW political correctness, they also then go out and elect guys like Gavin Newsom and William De Blasio.

    “the left just offers one more dollar of education and health care to get votes and then backfill with the face stomping policies.”

    And how exactly can the GOP win against that without sacrificing their middle-class base? They can’t…nationally, that is.

  139. Anon[332] • Disclaimer says:

    “I think Jefferson would have argued that all sensible men would recognize that human beings were not literally “equal” in a naive sense and would therefore understand “created equal” as shorthand for “equally free and independent.” … “In which case, he and his colleagues over-estimated the intelligence of their posterity.”

    I’m not sure about this being a matter of intelligence. On the contrary, these growing “diverse” groups are well-aware that IQ exists and varies between different races. However, not wanting to be low on the totem poll / regressive stack and excluded from the goody-fest as a result, they use emotionalism to guilt whites and Asians into not talking about it or doing anything with the knowledge. A person can say one thing and believe another. The Left is especially good at that. Just examine the number of white, social activist / Twitter active, Hollywood actresses who live in LA but put their kids into exclusive private schools if you need an example.

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    , @J.Ross
  140. @22pp22

    As a serious recommendation, Mr. 22pp22, I say you should rent a car for your travels, if at all possible. Trains here are a joke, except in the Washington, FS – Boston corridor, but don’t spend your time there, or you haven’t seen America. Actually Amtrac trains provide a great view of the beautiful west, but you’d have to have lots of extra time on your hands, and there’s not much of a network (gotta stay on the line).

    Air travel is reasonable, but then, again, you should really drive across and see it all, especially the mountain west, but also the deserts. I would recommend getting off the Interstates, unless you are in a big hurry, at least once you get west of either the Mississippi or at least the Missouri River. You’ll see more that way and can stop at places better than the exit-based McDonalds, and gas stations to meet Americans not so much in a hurry.

    On the empty spaces in Nevada, in the basin-and-range country, you can get up to 90 mph and stay there until you see the next glint of windshield coming down the hill 5 miles away. That way you’ve got a minute or so to slow down before the radar can hit you. Even if you get pulled, tell the guy you’re Kiwi’s and “what’s the hurry? Well we want to see the whole beautiful country.” Or just take the ticket, wait until he’s out of sight to throw it out the window, and figure, you can go a different route on the flipside. Nevada doesn’t extradite speeders.

    Have a good trip, and feel free to ask American unz commenters here for advice.

  141. Anon[175] • Disclaimer says:

    “It was the thought that counted. Rather should have been fired then.”

    BTW, the guy tried the same kind of thing in the weeks leading up to the 2004 election with Bush’s National Guard service. CBS couldn’t authenticate the documents he received and broadcast, and he was fired as a result. It was obvious what the guy was doing – the time zone stuff, the drunk driving October Surprise, the National Guard documents…

  142. Anon[189] • Disclaimer says:

    “Most of the kids who have signed up are just there for a paycheck, so they aren’t going to be committed in any serious way to winning battles for this country against the unified, powerful Chinese. The Pentagon will have to rely on technology to beat China”

    It gets even worse than that. The airforce, the navy, and the special forces are the three groups the US will need most in any conflict with China. The biggest and best pool of fighter pilots comes from the white male demographic; the second or third best are white females. Same for the navy and the special forces (almost exclusively white male). I’m not totally sure Bob and Becky are going to be willing to lay down their lives in the future for the glory of the American Empire. And as stated, the US will be relying mainly on technology to beat China. However, this technology will need to be manned by a large group of people, mainly white males. Perhaps the military can meet its overall recruitment goals with some kind of expensive urban incentive program, but I don’t see how they can find enough good pilots to fly the F-35 going into the far future with those kinds of demographics, especially considering 1.) smaller numbers of quality white males being willing to sign up 2.) low birth rates among their most valuable demographic: whites. Combine that with politically correct efforts under Obama to lower the requirements for females and minorities and the US is doubly screwed (i.e. the famous set of females who failed ranger requirements multiple times before being given an artificial pass along with a bunch of other horror stories). Expect those efforts to return with the democrats in the White House.

    Of course, the US will try to rely on unmanned (unpersoned, sorry don’t want to be sexist) drones, sophisticated stealth aircraft, and anti-ship weapons to make up the difference, but as noted above, the Chinese are rapidly closing the difference and don’t now and won’t in the near future suffer from the same personnel problems.

  143. @S. Anonyia

    Moore would have “energized the Democrats” by being a genuine social conservative. The charges against him were no more credible than those against Brett Kavanaugh but Moore was a right-wing southerner so the usual haters went after him.

  144. Hibernian says:
    @J.Ross

    The last one will dull the pain of the others.

  145. @TheJester

    This will never happen short of a violent civil war/revolution won by the urban centers. In the meantime, it is a standoff between urban and rural populations.

    If that were to be the scenario, then it would never happen. Country boys could whoop homos, chicks, desk sitters and thugs, so fast it would make your head spin.

  146. @M_Young

    I don’t understand how alleged environmentalists can be for illegal immigration.

    Bribery. The Sierra Club’s price was $300M IIRC.

  147. @Anon

    Anon[332] replied to me:

    I’m not sure about this being a matter of intelligence. On the contrary, these growing “diverse” groups are well-aware that IQ exists and varies between different races. However, not wanting to be low on the totem poll / regressive stack and excluded from the goody-fest as a result, they use emotionalism to guilt whites and Asians into not talking about it or doing anything with the knowledge. A person can say one thing and believe another.

    Yeah, it’s actually how all religions work. Imagine a religion that simply declared that it is really sad when people die, that we should try to follow the Golden Rule, and that family members should be kind to each other. No sacrifice to believe in that kind of religion. On the other hand, a religion that requires you to claim that bread and wine are really flesh and blood… well, no one would think of claiming to believe that unless they really had a strong desire to prove their loyalty to that religion.

    Similarly, a political ideology that pointed out that there are smart and stupid people, kind and vicious people in all ethnic and racial groups costs nothing: everyone already knows that.

    But, if you have to constantly stay on your toes to figure out what the latest politically-mandated belief is — are we for or against gay marriage this year? transgender bathroom rights? animal bathroom rights? the right to marry a (non-human) animal? the right of (not necessarily non-human) animals to eat humans? — well, it takes a lot of work to know when exactly to swivel your belies around at just the right time. Nowadays, transgenderism is cool, but trans-racialism is cultural appropriation, and trans-speciesism is simply premature.

    But you have to constantly be alert to the possibility that tomorrow trans-racialism may be de rigueur, that trans-speciesism will become the new normal, and that cannibalism will be celebrated on late-night television.

    Personally, I have always thought the simplest argument against adultery was that keeping all the lies and deception clear in one’s own head would just be too exhausting.

    But, it must be even more exhausting to constantly be PC.

  148. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anon

    There’s no need to argue. Legal equality has been a simple concept until twentieth century Marxists used it as an entry point to attacking our system. Legal equality is an inverted concept — it says nothing about the people at all, it’s saying the laws apply the same; it’s a solution to corruption, legitimacy and injustice, regarding laws, not a statement about biology, regarding people. The foundational rubric here is “the king must obey the law” — the self-explanatory inequality of station made clear even in equality before the law. From this lefties get the idea that the Declaration of Independence guarantees material equality and obligates the government to redistribute weath. The answer as with the Second Amendment is to bitterly cling to a widely attested and hitherto uncontroversial understanding.

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  149. @J.Ross

    The Declaration of Independence isn’t a legally binding document. If Thomas Jefferson had submitted it as an assignment in a formal logic class, he would have gotten a C- on it for over-reliance on self-evident truths.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  150. J.Ross says: • Website
    @ScarletNumber

    The Left is correct to infer things (or attempt to) from the Declaration of Independence. It’s one of our foundational documents and lays out intentions and definitions. I’m willing to concede the applicability of the document to wallop them later on the meanings of words.

  151. Travis says:
    @Lot

    Due to banking regulations that came into force in 2010, American Intrade customers were prohibited from funding their accounts with credit or debit cards issued by a US bank.

    Then in 2012, the CFTC filed a civil suit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. against Intrade for for unregulated trading. The US CFTC claimed that Intrade’s operation interfered with the CFTC’s role “to police market activity and protect market integrity”. Shortly thereafter Intrade announced it would no longer allow U.S. customers to participate in the real-money version of the site. This was when my account at Intrude was closed after trading ion the site since 2003 when it was called TradeSports.

    Intrade was closed due to the actions of the US government , which first made banned funding via credit cards and then forbid Intrade to have any American customers which resulted in significant financial losses for the firm.

    • Replies: @Lot
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