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An anonymous commenter notes of the 210 pound Stanley Kowalski-look-alike, college actor Thomas DiMassimo, who tried to blitz Donald Trump off the stage in Dayton before being tackled by a scrum of Secret Service agents:

It’s clear that leftists like this kid want Trump to be president. They’re not really trying to prevent him from being president – they’re protesting and opposing him as if he were already president. Even when leftism is dominant, like it is now, it’s not comfortable with actually being in charge. It’s only really comfortable in opposing oppressive authority figures and being in a permanent revolutionary mode. Trump is sort of a pop culture caricature of such an oppressive authority figure, and he’s even sort of indulging them and playing the part in a campy way, which excites these people even more. They want Trump, they need Trump as president since it confirms their worldview and gives meaning to their lives as revolutionaries fighting unjust, oppressive authorities. It’s just not the same with Obama or leftists in charge, which ultimately only leads to cognitive dissonance and disillusionment.

 

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  1. Liebowitz can come back.

    “Donald Trump amirite??” [Smirky face] Uproarious Clapter ensues.

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  2. It is simpler than that. The ugly far left attacking Trump will endear him to possible Cruz supporters. Rubio will likely soon drop out after he loses Florida, leaving Cruz as his only threat.

    Cruz says now he does not win via a contested convention. But if we go into it 40% Trump / 35% Cruz / 15% Others I think Cruz would grab Kasich as VP and take the nomination.

    I don’t think this will happen, in fact I still have not closed by Trump bet (I get $1200 if he wins, $0 if he loses). But this is how it would happen.

  3. I get $20,000 if he wins!

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  4. If Donald Trump were to defeat Hildabeast, he would be hated by the Left even more as he would be seen as the cisgender heterosexual White guy who denied America it’s chance to elect not only it’s first female president, but also it’s first feminist president.

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  5. I’m not close enough to US politics to understand how this wave of anti-Trump thuggery will play out. I am aware of the 1968 riots in Chicago and how they helped Nixon into the White House, but I’m not sure what the parallel is here. After all, in this election, Trump is very much the radical alternative, not the safe, predictable conservative (if that’s a correct description of how voters would have viewed Nixon in ’68).

    Steve takes it as given that the thuggery will bolster Trump, and I treat that view with respect (I would also like it to be true). But is it as clear-cut as that? Will some voters think that more Trump will mean more violence, so choose the tainted and unexciting but (supposedly) safe and predictable Hillary. Does the readership here agree with Steve’s assessment?

    Thanks.

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    100% spot on. Take the Freddie Gray incident in Baltimore. Blacks from top to bottom. The arresting officers, police chief, city council, mayor, Attorney General, POTUS.. So the “complicated tales of white supremacy” they were pushing doesn’t add up. They need a whitey to blame like they need an authoritarian to fight or they don’t have any ideas. If you consider this and the fact that coastal liberals have been largely insulated for decades from anything but their own ideology, you can only conclude one thing: there’s no such thing as a “good faith” liberal. Their primary purpose is to defeat the bad whites, which is not an ideology.

  7. My answer to your question is another question: who knows? My hunch is the net effect of all of the rioting and angst will be neutral.

    Speaking of riots; I have more questions. Are you, as your name and comment suggest, writing from Melbourne, Australia? If so, how about a report on the rioting there?

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  8. Most mass movements need a bogeyman. The struggle has always been a part of radical mythology since Rousseau. It’s why the American Left remains attractive, even as it degenerates into white hating, beclowned suicide cult. The idea of fighting the the good fight, being the heroic revolutionary against the system, is like a narcotic to the self-loathing.

    It’s also why the current iteration of the Left has accomplished nothing and is burning itself out. Defending the rights of mentally unbalanced trannies and street thugs has no future, because it adds nothing. It’s just a pose.

  9. the violence energises people. It makes Trump more attractive. Similar to why girls like more violent guys. Trump works on an emotional and physical level. In that sense he is way ahead of the others. Only Hillary comes close, though her angle is more ideological/criminal. I concur with Roissy that the election will not be decided on the level of facts, policy or debates. Much like relationships also work on more subconcious and emotional levels.

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  10. …who denied America it’s chance to elect not only first female president, but also it’s first feminist president.

    I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume the apostrophes were the work of autocorrect, as that’s happened to me. However, the proper possessive pronoun for America is her.

    Jimmy Carter asked to include women when he revived the Selective Service registry in 1980. So he at least would be the first feminist president. But I would give the title to whoever nominated the despicable Harry Blackmun.

    The ERA was effectively enacted via the 14th Amendment, but presidents aren’t involved in the amendment process.

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  11. Exactly.

    So true about the Left as unaccustomed and uncomfortable to actually being in charge. All they can do is double down over and over again on their insane policies. But if they are on the outside looking in, then finally, they can once again be firebrand revolutionaries…free at last!

    Methinks our college actor friend should spend less time worrying about Donald Trump and oppression and instead spend that time in the gym getting into shape. He’s only 22 and a physique like that? What is the purpose of leading a revolution if you can’t get chicks?

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  12. I doubt that this weekend’s events changed any minds.

    Those who were already for Trump now feel that it’s more important than ever to support a candidate that will put the insane left in its place.

    Those already against him now feel that it’s more important than ever to stop Trump in order to keep his evilracistbigotxenophobesexist supporters from gaining any political ground. Plus Trump himself is a liarbullynarcissistdemogoguehitlernazi.

  13. Come to think of it, there was a minor fracas when Nixon visited Dayton around 1972 and landed at Wright Patterson AFB. At the time Wright State was a laughable commuter campus of 3 buildings arranged around the “quad” yet still produced enough radicals to show up for Nixon’s visit.

    Though I saw Muddy Waters live there around that time. Awesome slide guitar jamming to the all-white audience.

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  14. That would be Richard Nixon. Blackmun was part of the “Minnesota Twins”

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  15. I saw on CNN today an interview with DiMassimo. Couldn’t hear the audio, but that’s doesn’t matter. To me, it shows the how far the bias in the mass media has gone.

    If someone had tried to rush the podium on Obama back in 2008, would any news station have deigned to interview the person? I suspect every “respectable” media outlet would have called for summary execution while explaining how this showed every white Republicam was actually no better than a KKK member.

    Guess I shouldn’t complain. When something’s this obvious, at least we know where everyone stands…

  16. Where do you make these bets?

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  17. The last sentence by this anonymous commentor cannot be emphasized enough. Once you view the left’s moves in this light, they make a lot more sense.

    A bit OT, but not- I’m sure a lot of people on ISteve notice this already, but one of the reasons that leftist passion plays are so monochromic is that righteous struggles can only happen under a race dynamic. The alternative, which involves struggling under class issues, has completely disappeared from their history, vocabulary, and worldview. What high school teaches labor struggles, the populist era, minimum wage laws, and so forth? Speculations: class is never as interesting as race; there has been more success historically on class issues than with race (see Steve/Tom Wolfe’s take on Californian flattened class structure); emphasizing success takes the air out of their struggle; class issues muddy the water and create that cognitive dissonance (it’s like the way so many try to ignore the presence of Christians in the Middle East- makes things too complicated); and of course the most glaring reason: leftists go through the most absurd contortions to make sure that they don’t actually sully themselves in truly working class (non service economy) jobs, social circles, or culture.

    The other thing I suspect is what this commentor suspects- they’re too lazy to deal with the tough decisions that come with building and managing an economy- no matter what the model. So much easier to reduce things to Star Belly vs Non-Star Belly Sneeches.

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  18. “But is it as clear-cut as that? Will some voters think that more Trump will mean more violence, so choose the tainted and unexciting but (supposedly) safe and predictable Hillary. Does the readership here agree with Steve’s assessment?”

    I think you are right. Some swing-voters, and even some Republicans, may think that Trump is just too disruptive, and will vote for the status-quo. Of course that status-quo is dying, and disruption is coming one way or another. It isn’t 1970 anymore. It isn’t even 2000 anymore. Aggressive ethnic-grievance politics is here to stay, and whites aren’t going to get a rest no matter whom they vote for.

  19. Two organizers of the anti Trump protest in Chicago appeared on the leftist democracynow.org site today relating the planning that went into the protest…interesting that one of them is part of a pro Palestinian group:

    Begins at 16 minutes:

    http://www.democracynow.org/

    The date of the program is March 14. After today it can be found in the March 2016 archives.

  20. thuggery will bolster Trump, and I treat that view with respect (I would also like it to be true). But is it as clear-cut as that? Will some voters think that more Trump will mean more violence, so choose the tainted and unexciting but (supposedly) safe

    It’s hard to tell.

    There’s a contingent that sees one faction attacking a candidate and becomes attracted to the candidate, especially if he’s not cowed. That’s the Bernie and Trump faction. So if Trump is actually aiming at gaining Bernie’s good government supporters, the violence could benefit his bid.

    But to make that work, Trump will need to emphasize his honest government, lobbyist-free, TPP skeptic, anti-stupid war, public rail and roads and bridges building, and pro-affordable education side. Attacking Bernie directly on Twitter is a strategic blunder if he wants to go that way.

    Then there’s a schoolmarmish side to America. Imagine the teacher that gets a new anti-bullying policy and uses it to punish only the kids that get bullied if they ever fight back. The bullies themselves know how to smarmily keep it out of sight but the honest kids that fight back aren’t ashamed of what they’re doing so they get punished. That’s how anti-bullying policies always work in real life and a lot of Americans see politics the same way. If Trump is getting attacked by rioters and aspiring assassins, then there must be something wrong with him; he’s too divisive to vote for.

    Non-violent resistance can work to win some of both groups but Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be Gandhi or MLK. In no case will it be wise to send counter-thugs to Hillary or Bernie events.

    So it could go either way. Probably a lot depends on how skillful Hillary and Trump are at playing the media.

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    Steve, this comment is spot-on. I’ve been in the humanities in academia for the last two decades, and the leftists here were happiest when G.W. Bush was president. Under Obama, who continues so many of the same policies, they are “disillusioned”–do they dare turn to leftist anarchy or radical secessionism? Those seem like lamer alternatives than just plain old vociferous protest, the only thing that gives them a sense of moral high ground and satisfies their ultra-short time preferences.

    Orwell was wrong in part then. Instead of loving Big Brother, they’d rather just hate Emmanuel Goldstein, who needs to be the Big Brother figure (or in Trump’s case, the Daddy figure). That way they don’t just get a Two Minutes Hate; they are in a state of perpetual Hate. Now, every disparate element of leftism can unite around the Goldstein figure, who will be in power for four to eight years. With Trump, as with Bush, they can be in an ongoing state of Four-Years-Hate.

  22. That comment immediately made me recall the Taliban in Afghanistan circa October 2001. They had been in control and were in fact the government at that time. US Army Rangers had parachuted into Afghanistan in October following 9-11 to seize an airfield that would be used to bring in more troops.

    At the time Bush had not indicated to us that we were going to invade, stay and nation-build. Most were under the impression that our troops were going to run roughshod over the place rounding up or killing Osama and AQ, and if the Taliban got in the way, we’d kill them too. I thought finally we get to be the guerrillas in effect and the Taliban gets to feel what it’s like to have to play owner and defend infrastructure and related items.

    But to my dismay the Taliban up and ran away. They abandoned any pretense of a government defending its nation and just ran to the mountains and ceded Kabul and the government to whomever.

    Of course they did this because they immediately wanted to become the guerrillas who get to blow up stuff indiscriminately. They did not want to be bothered with the responsibility of defending infrastructure from US attack. That’s no fun. That’s too hard. Heck Uncle Sam is still doing it 14 years later!

    Just as the Left must be in perpetual protest mode to be happy, the Taliban must be in perpetual guerrilla mode to thrive.

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  23. 210 pound Stanley Kowalski-look-alike

    Who’s Stanley Kowalski? Did you mean Walter Sobchak from “The Great Lebowski”?

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  24. No question, when they have safe haven in Pakistan next door, millions of $ flowing in from heroin trade, etc.

  25. Nonsense, leftists are completely comfortable with being in charge, it only wets their appetite for more power. Been to a university lately? They’re trying to shut Trump up using their usual bully tactics, which work 95% of the time.

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  26. Does the readership here agree with Steve’s assessment?

    When Trump chose to run as Republican, he gained certain advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages is that whoever his opponent is will likely be certain of getting at least 246 electoral votes simply by virtue of having a “D” next to their name.

    270 electoral votes are needed to become President. Trump has trailed both Hillary and Sanders in every national poll I’ve read about.

    In order to win, Trump is going to need to shake up the current battlelines in a big way. One way he will be able to do this is by getting people to vote for him that otherwise would not vote. I’m sure he’ll do that, but I’m just as sure that he will also be getting even more people to vote against him that otherwise would not vote… loss aversion being a stronger psychological factor than gain acquisition.

    The other, more fruitful path will be getting Independents and Democrats (especially white men) to vote for him over Hillary.

    A quick look at any site outside the immigration patriot filter bubble will reveal a universal narrative that Trump is to blame for this violence. It’s one thing that BernieBros, cuckservatives and Shillary boosters can all agree on.

    None of these other groups believes that Sanders is to blame and Trump is going to need many of the votes of Sanders’ D and I supporters if he is going to be able to do things like win Pennsylvania in the general.

    I suggest he drop this issue, especially since Sanders is so unlikely to be his eventual opponent.

    Hillary has already gotten burned making attacks on Sanders that are too transparently false, but she has enough of a lead to get away with that.

    Trump will have no such cushion in the general. He wins by fighting the establishment and no one anywhere on the political spectrum really believes Sanders is part of the establishment.

  27. I agree and disagree with you, depending on what you mean by “power”. Bullying, identity politics, shaming, control of the judicial branch. Certainly they love that. That stuff’s easy.

    On the other hand, try picking 100 random leftists and poll them for specifics on the following: should we continue NATO?, are there cases where we should unilaterally intervene in another countries affairs- what would be your criteria? ; in your ideal economy, how would you maintain a manufacturing base in this country?; would you have a differentiated pay scale?; how would you deal with infrastructure like water rights and roads?

    If you can get coherent answers beyond the most childish of platitudes out of even 5 of them, I’d be amazed. And you can be sure those 5 had to give their answers on the fly, as almost none of them have even entertained such questions.

    I’ve met hundreds of leftists in my time. They’ve never had to do that kind of heavy mental lifting.

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  28. Even left-leaning PIX11 News noticed that the rally in New York yesterday failed to get its anti-Trump message across…though it did succeed in proving yet again that this is an Isteve world through which the rest of us are just passing, ie the unraveling of the coalition of the fringes. The last 30 seconds of this piece are pure comedy gold. Best line, “it’s anti-Bush AND anti-Obama.”

    http://pix11.com/2016/03/13/dozens-of-demonstrators-march-from-herald-square-to-un-protesting-donald-trump/

  29. I don’t think you can if you are a US citizen. It is considered insider trading as you get a vote. I just did it with one of the many bookmakers on the Internet.

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  30. Brando’s character in Streetcar Named Desire.

  31. I’ve been trying to understand American politics for thirty years and still can’t keep up.

    For what is worth, though its true that the riots at the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 hurt Humphrey’s chances in the election (he nearly won anyway), the protests were at a Humphrey event, directed against Humphrey. Protests getting out of control at a candidate’s event always hurt that candidate, even if there is obviously nothing the candidate could do about it. It makes for an effective dirty trick. The 1968 riots weren’t necessarily a dirty trick, but these have all the earmarks of one.

    Trump isn’t the Republican nominee yet. The last chance to stop Trump is in the winner take all Ohio and Florida primaries, which along with the Illinois primary are tomorrow. If these riots are a dirty trick, the obvious conclusion is that the aim is to derail Trump’s chances of winning the Republican nomination. They certainly aren’t designed to help them.

    This being Chicago, and Rahm Emmanuel being in charge of the police, another goal is probably to help Hillary Clinton. This is done by having the “rioters” claim to be supporting Sanders, since people will turn against the bully as well as the victim, plus the DonkE is happy to go along with damaging Trump in case he actually does win the Republican nomination.

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  32. My memory may be failing me, but I think that it was Blackmun, easily one of the worse justices ever to sit on the Court (even a sympathetic biographer admitted that he suffered from a terrible inferiority complex vis-à-vis the Ivy League-educated justices) that said he voted against making sex a suspect classification under the 14th Amendment only because he was convinced that the Equal Rights Amendment was bound to become law.

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  33. I think most people want him to deal with immigrants, lobbyists/congressmen, SJW, ghetto thugs……
    the way he deals with the protesters.

  34. Class conflict is every bit as interesting and motivating as race conflict.

    Poor whites in coal country had shooting wars with mine owners and their lackeys which were totally non-racial, 100% class based. See also many white anarchist bombing campaigns against white (non jewish) bankers.

    Today’s “left” isn’t interested in class conflict because they aren’t really “left” at all. Honest class analysis (as practiced by our host and others) reveals that today’s “left” is really the upper class, the money power, the pro (big) business class, the authoritarians, status quo defenders… what most people would call “the right wing”.

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  35. In 1968 the USA was still about 86% white. Nixon appealed to what he called the “silent majority”. Today the USA is about 62 percent white. I don’t think we can count on history repeating itself since the electorate has been so dramatically changed.

  36. On the other hand, try picking 100 random leftists and poll them for specifics on the following: should we continue NATO?, are there cases where we should unilaterally intervene in another countries affairs- what would be your criteria? ; in your ideal economy, how would you maintain a manufacturing base in this country?; would you have a differentiated pay scale?; how would you deal with infrastructure like water rights and roads?

    If you can get coherent answers beyond the most childish of platitudes out of even 5 of them, I’d be amazed. And you can be sure those 5 had to give their answers on the fly, as almost none of them have even entertained such questions.

    I’ve met hundreds of leftists in my time. They’ve never had to do that kind of heavy mental lifting.

    You’re picking a bunch of issues where liberals don’t have clear opinions, like NATO and outsourcing. Try asking them:

    Should sexist language be allowed in the workplace?
    Should bakeries be forced to bake gay wedding cakes?
    Should stop and frisk be allowed?

    You get the picture. I guarantee you that they won’t shrug their shoulders or avoid giving a clear response.

    They don’t care about foreign policy or economics as much as they do about race, gender, and sexuality. So they’ll leave foreign policy and economics to technocrats, for the most part. But in the areas they really care about, they’re very comfortable seizing power and telling people what to do.

  37. This is done by having the “rioters” claim to be supporting Sanders, since people will turn against the bully as well as the victim, plus the DonkE is happy to go along with damaging Trump in case he actually does win the Republican nomination.

    I’m sure these people actually do support Sanders. Paid provocateurs are expensive. Useful idiots are cheap.

  38. Though I saw Muddy Waters live there around that time. Awesome slide guitar jamming to the all-white audience.

    This is what frustrated Bob Marley and Peter Tosh so much. Why didn’t Africans and blacks in America go to their concerts? Their natural constituency just did not appreciate reggae music and as such, were not down with the struggle! Yet, white folks….well…they came out to their concerts in droves. Just another SWPL vs SBPDL thang….

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  39. Both Tosh and Marley imported American blues players into their bands. Marley got Al Anderson, and Tosh got Big Daddy Kinsey’s son to play, which probably at least helped them get a few black fans, but mainly helped add to their white fan base.

  40. From the comment:

    Even when leftism is dominant, like it is now, it’s not comfortable with actually being in charge. It’s only really comfortable in opposing oppressive authority figures and being in a permanent revolutionary mode.

    I disagree. The left is very comfortable being in charge. What it isn’t comfortable with is being in charge in a world that allows oppositional views to exist. It’s never very secure in it’s omnipotence when there is dissent. And they honestly believe they can remove all dissent. That’s what we’re seeing here.

    But the left isn’t a monolith, either. There are layers within it. The guy who jumped the fence at the Trump rally could be called one of the left’s “worker bees.” Or at least, one variant of the worker bee. For him, the motivation is rebel chic. Or SJW chic, or whatever you want to call it.

    The trick for the leftist elite (whose motivation is power and control) is to convince their leftist worker bees – the ones motivated by rebel chic – that it’s perpetually 1968. That the “struggle” is ongoing. Forever. That way, the worker can see themselves as rebels, even when they’re nothing of the sort. But this is the leftist elite’s strategy for stamping out oppositional voices and viewpoints, and it sort of works, more or less.

  41. Even back in the day when there existed an old left, most of the movers and shakers had middle class and above backgrounds.

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  42. Maybe he figures, if he leads a revolution, he’ll get chicks despite looking like that. Power being the ultimate aphrodisiac.

  43. You will get stupid answers from the great majority of leftists, rightists, and centrists, because most people don’t think that hard about this stuff. Even smart, informed people are likely to have only vague answers for most in-depth questions.

    Where I think voting is of value is in answering questions about goals and values, and giving some feedback about how things seem to be going.

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  44. I thought you were going to call him out for using “it’s” instead of “its.” That drives some people nuts, but I’m over it, personally.

    But anyway, if one should use “her” for America, I suppose one should use “their” for the United States, even though, in this context, the two alternatives mean the same thing. Another quirk of the English language.

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  45. The standard conservative “safe” alternative just endorsed black lives matter.

  46. Blackmun and Burger’s offices in the old post office building in St Paul are commemorated. As is Rep Volstead’s. Though Prohibition’s enabling act carried his name, his heart wasn’t that much in it, and in retirement he refused to help the Dry cause back home in Granite Falls.

    Nothing in the building for Pierce Butler, though. He was the sole dissenting Justice on Buck v Bell, the coercive sterilization case. (“Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”) Butler was from St Paul as well, and there’s a nice long road named for him.

  47. Today’s “left” isn’t interested in class conflict because they aren’t really “left” at all.

    No, they’re interested in power. The Old Left’s motto, “Who, Whom”, fits today as well, as Steve constantly points out. It’s all Lenin, all the time.

  48. Kind of funny, that. As if 50 million people would form a cartel to vote Trump into the White House and clean out the bookies.

  49. Even back in the day when there existed an old left, most of the movers and shakers had middle class and above backgrounds.

    In a recent documentary about Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Arlo Guthrie avers that when his father blew into town, he stood out because he was so real. All the other friends of the working people were merely “theorizing”, in Arlo’s words.

    Another thing that doc made evident– the folkies’ political views were quite annoying, even outraging, but damn could they sing and play. Whatever happened to such skill?

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  50. I don’t think you can if you are a US citizen. It is considered insider trading as you get a vote.

    Kind of funny, that. As if 50 million people would form a cartel to vote Trump into the White House and clean out the bookies.

  51. That’s true, but one the things that disillusioned me about the left was those very kinds of probing questions- which are pretty nonideological- always came from right/paleo people. I just think it goes with the territory-among intellectuals, conservatives reflexively ask questions that address structure, stability, and long-term thinking on bread and butter stuff. Leftists could if they wanted to, but they just don’t. Their obsession with kulturkampf makes that stuff blow right past them.

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    the trump phenomena has very little to do with left/right . its about math and the full frontal bankruptcy of socialism worldwide aggravated by promises politicians never funded.

    the public and private pension systems throughout the west are going down in flames thanks to the central bank idiocy with super low rates to save the banks. pension promises of 6-8% made less than 10 years ago are impossible in today’s rate world.

    pension funds use a laddering to their bond portfolios so 8 years now of 0% rates forces them buy in to new bonds as the old ones roll off at rates that make paying the pensions going forward at the promised return impossible.

    people are figuring this out on an unconscious level. couple this with job offshoring and you have a toxic world where the body politic views the establishment as corrupt, lying thieves out to feather their own nests at the expense of everyone else.

    not an inaccurate world perspective i might add.

    europe and the rest of the west is done. with NO hope of avoiding an horrific crash in the next 3 years.

    the next step is for government debt to go ……..no bid…… which is coming probably next year of 2018 at the latest.

    as this collapse picks up speed the next 3 years or so we will see if we move toward genuine democracy or totalitarianism as the powers that be desperately try to hold on to the fading of their light and power.

  53. The United States were most often spoken of in the plural before the War Between the States. The habit of referring to the United States in the singular became general after it.

    Thus language reflected the change in Constitutional and legal views; before the War, the United States were a union with limited powers, made up of several constituent states having plenary powers – after the War, the United States was a nation enjoying plenary powers, within which existed several subordinate states having limited powers.

  54. Please make that “…it only whets their appetite for more power.”

    To “whet” is to sharpen, hone. Hence the noun, “whetstone”. To “whet one’s appetite” is to sharpen one’s appetite.

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  55. Yes, I live in Melbourne, Australia.

    I posted a long comment to Steve’s article on the Melbourne riot (singular, at least for now).

  56. And I should add: Many thanks to all the readers who took the trouble to reply to my comment.

  57. My memory may be failing me, but I think that it was Blackmun, easily one of the worse justices ever to sit on the Court (even a sympathetic biographer admitted that he suffered from a terrible inferiority complex vis-à-vis the Ivy League-educated justices)

    Harry Blackmun, Harvard, A.B. (in mathematics) summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1929; Harvard Law, LL.B., 1932.

  58. John McCain didn’t run a serious campaign against Obama because he couldn’t bear to go down in history as the man who kept the first viable black candidate out of the presidency. I don’t think the same sort of reluctance would afflict Donald.

  59. It’s not just the young but elderly leftists too. When they retire they move to conservative strongholds like my neck of the woods, put Democrat bumper stickers du jour on their cars, and play pretend revolutionary.

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  60. Doesn’t Google work on your internet?

  61. Yes, these idiots can’t function. I don’t mean the leftist politicians, but the demonstrator types. Few things were was as funny as watching an Occupy meeting, with the people’s megaphone, temperature check, and twinkles. Lots of concern about who is being privileged and whose voices can’t be heard. The video of civil rights charlatan Rep John Lewis showing up at an Occupy rally, and the endless, inconclusive discussion of whether he should be allowed to speak was a classic. It brought to mind what Saul Alinsky said about Jerry Rubin: “Rubin couldn’t organize a successful luncheon, much less a revolution.”

  62. the proper possessive pronoun for America is her.

    A good argument I hadn’t previously thought of refuting that English pronoun usage is sexist.

  63. Our formerly purple and very open minded part of conservative rural America has seen this as well. We’re inundated with pension-and-house-sale millionaire Boomers from California.

    http://www.duhprogressive.com/index.php/311-fleeing-californians-ponder-which-state-to-ruin-next

  64. Part of the problem being few people have used a whetstone in a century or so.

  65. “Thomas DiMassimo, who tried to blitz Donald Trump off the stage in Dayton before being tackled by a scrum of Secret Service agents …”

    DiMassimo almost made physical contact with Trump, almost got his hands on Trump.

    If I were Donald, I’d ask Secret Service and his own, private security guys to improve their game. I’m afraid that there are going to be serious assassination attempts on DT.

    And what about DiMassimo getting quickly out on bail for $300? I assume the local municipality there is Democrat.

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    Steve, allusions to old time show biz characters makes you seem old.

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  66. I am old.

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  67. There’s a big difference between mainstream centre left politicians like Hillary and left-wing protestor types.

    The liberal centre-left has a set programme which includes, free trade, light to moderate financial regulation (to appease big business) mass tertiary education, minority rights and strong support for international organisations like the UN. The radical leftists protestor types support minority rights but they also support, free tertiary education, opposition to free trade and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Hence only the radical left is really left-wing on economic and social issues. They also tend to come from bohemian lower-middle class backgrounds, rather than the upper middle class backgrounds of mainstream centre left politicians.

    Also, there’s nothing fringe about things like transgender rights, especially in the workplace, that’s very much mainstream progressive policy. In a US context, radical transgender rights would be something like taxpayer-funded sex change operations, which would probably be opposed by many transsexuals themselves (Jenner certainly wouldn’t be in favour).

  68. You are not that old. Besides, you should keep in mind Satchel Paige’s quote, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”

  69. “I am old.”

    Steve, me too.

    However, I assume you’d like the iSteve brand to attract young or younger people, so some marketing Machiavellianism may be appropriate when making pop culture allusions.

  70. “…The liberal centre-left has a set programme which includes, free trade, light to moderate financial regulation (to appease big business) ..”

    So, is it apt to label today’s Democrat Party, USA “Leftist”? I don’t think so. Similarly for the conservatism of the Republican Party here or the Conservative Party in UK.

    The old “Left” or “conservative” labels don’t fit well any more.

  71. I thought so. Otherwise I’d have placed a bet last summer

  72. “Also, there’s nothing fringe about things like transgender rights, especially in the workplace, that’s very much mainstream progressive policy. ”

    My hunch is that transgender rights is a bridge too far* for flyover country, a.k.a Middle America.

    Transgender rights, so-called, won’t outlast the Obama era. Obama’s Justice Dept., led by a woman named Loretta Lynch, who looks like Obama in drag, is the legal muscle pushing tranny rights.
    Tranny rights won’t have much behind it, so to speak, when O. is out. ( L.L. is Attorney Gen. because twelve Global Fusion Party senators voted to confirm her. )

    “Bridge too far” — how many younger iSteve readers understand that reference without Googling?

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  73. These days classics from yesteryear are probably more in vogue than ever before, since sites like imdb objectively rate them according to user reviews. Streetcar gets 8.1 on imdb. And, it has Marlon Brando in it, who will never, ever get old.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/remembering-marlon-brando-by-jack-nicholson-20040819

    “Other actors don’t go around discussing who is the best actor in the world, because it’s obvious – Marlon Brando is.” – Jack Nicholson.

  74. Poor whites in coal country had shooting wars with mine owners and their lackeys which were totally non-racial, 100% class based.

    Yes and no. Poor whites, in coal country and elsewhere, lived their whole lives among their co-workers in small communities/neighborhoods. The my tribe / your tribe wiring in their brains was directed more or less as evolution intended—at the people they lived and worked with every day. The conflicts weren’t racialized because racialization itself is a disease of cosmopolitanism—when that wiring can’t be directed as evolution intended, it gets directed at other things: your race, your religion, “good whites,” etc.

    Partially as an aside, there was usually an ethnic angle to these conflicts, at least in the US. Peabody is an English name, and the coal miners he fought with in Appalachia were Scots (Peabody had mines outside Appalachia, of course, but the stereotype is Appalachian coal miners vs absentee, Northern bosses). In the North, these conflicts were often between Northern European Protestant bosses and Southern/Central/Eastern European Catholic/Orthodox unionists.

    Oddly enough, as I was googling around to confirm that I had the origin of “Peabody” right, I came upon this biography of Peabody. Evidently, one of his children converted to the One True Faith, and, as a result, the Mayslake Peabody Estate in DuPage County near Chicago is now a Franciscan retreat center.

    My guess is that class conflict died as community died.

  75. The 1968 [Democratic Convention] riots weren’t necessarily a dirty trick, but these have all the earmarks of one.

    I was struck last summer by a post at hipster racist. He links to this picture (of David Crosby—Crosby, Stills, & Nash—with his Navy Intelligence father), and says “Can you recognize a costume?”

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  76. Did you know that the Kid’s Choice Awards were hosted this year by that “artist” of “country music” Blake Shelton?

    I think the machine is just pretty good at identifying and using talent. There’s nothing really wrong with Shelton. His voice is fine. He’s obviously disciplined and interested in his craft. The problem is that it pays a lot more to sell out than it does to do something worthwhile.

    It never ceases to bother me how ridiculous “country music artists” look. With their perfect hair, perfect skin, perfect teeth, and perfect clothes. The skin bothers me the most. Country singers are supposed to have sun-damaged, smoke-damaged skin. They look stupid without it. Even the Statler Brothers never looked as metro as country music artists do today.

    Of course, Steve’s theory is that everything Hollywood touches becomes gay and Jewish. Since Hollywood has been touching Nashville for quite a while now, maybe that explains it.

  77. “Of course, Steve’s theory”

    It is?

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  78. Yes. You have blamed the gayness of male, American actors on the gay Jews who run Hollywood more than once. Male leads (e.g. Russell Crowe) have to be imported from abroad because of the gayness. John Travolta’s (alleged) comments to the masseur he was sexually abusing were explained as a consequence of the gay Jews abusing him. Etc. Perhaps you’ve lost interest in this theory and forgotten about it?

  79. I thought you were going to call him out for using “it’s” instead of “its.”

    I like to surprise people.

    I suppose one should use “their” for the United States…

    I try to, but it’s hard to slip it in without it taking over the conversation.

    But it’s still plural in most languages, eg, Yhdysvallat in Finnish. Googling the singular, yhdysvalta, tends to bring up Cuba.

  80. Crosby, Morrison, Kristofferson… how many other bad-boy rockers (or folkies) were (reputedly) rebelling against high-up military dads?

    Someone here recently quoted Charlotte Rampling about how everyone wanted to see the colonel’s daughter with her knickers off.

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  81. Loretta Lynch, who looks like Obama in drag

    Come to think of it, Obama kind of looks like a lesbian in drag.

  82. I saw both Tosh and Jimmy Cliff with a Jamaican weed dealer I used lift with at the Brockton (MA) YMCA. He used to score groups of tickets and bring a crew from the Y so he wouldn’t be the only brother in the crowd!

  83. And quite a few of those “rebel” rockers from the Sixties with Pentagon/CIA parents came from itty-bitty, out-0f-the-way Laurel Canyon. Why Laurel Canyon of all places?

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  84. Laurel Canyon Blvd. intersects the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood where the music industry is based on the West Coast.

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  85. Was there much of a music industry in L.A. before the late Sixties?

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  86. A lot of the classic Frank Sinatra albums of the 1950s were recorded in Los Angeles:

    http://www.steynonline.com/6851/ive-got-you-under-my-skin

    So, yes, there was a sizable music industry infrastructure in Los Angeles, but LA was behind in NYC.

    Then a lot of music industry people moved from NY to LA during the 1960s — Carole King being a famous example.

    This big power shift in the industry helped local talent like the Beach Boys and the Doors.

  87. Was there much of a music industry in L.A. before the late Sixties?

    Ever heard of Hollywood?

    The first great LA songwriter was Nacio Herb Brown, a graduate of Musical Arts High School (!), who moved there as a toddler around 1900:

    http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C79

  88. I made my Trump bet on predictit.org.

    They are more legit than typical foreign bookies and are run out of a reputable Australian university’s political science department.

    At this point I am not sure it is worth betting on him as your full maxxed out $850 bet on Trump to win the nomination would only net you a gain of about $250 after winner fees and withdraw fees are included. It was still 2-1 against Trump when I made my bet well before Iowa.

    Aside from the money, it is a cool site.

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