ME

My photo
I am retired from government, law enforcement, politics and all other pointless endeavors. I eat when I am hungry and sleep when I am tired.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WHO SAYS TRUMP DOESN'T BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER?

According to a report in the (British) Daily Telegraph, the content of the now much argued Trump slander report was first commissioned by a Republican source, then a Democrat source and finally ended up being shopped around by parties unknown as yet.  At first I wondered if we would ever know.  Now I think the whole thing will unravel rapidly.  The ex MI6 spook is on the run and with people like David Corn in the mix, we can expect no profiles in courage.  


Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who produced Donald Trump Russian dossier, 'terrified for his safety' and went to ground before name released

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/11/former-mi6-officer-produced-donald-trump-russian-dossier-terrified/

According to theTelegraph article Steele…….

"For months, he had been playing a dangerous game; tipping off journalists about what he said he had discovered from his sources in Russia about Donald Trump’s alleged dealings with the Kremlin, as well as claims that the FSB had hugely compromising information about Mr Trump’s activities during visits to the Communist country.
Mr Steele had been hired by a Washington firm to gather information on Mr Trump’s connections to Russia, funded at first by anti-Trump Republicans and, later, by Democrats. He also shared the information with the FBI."
So it would seem that at one time or other both the evil party and the stupid party put a high priority on seeing Donald Trump sidelined.  All that remains is to see who finally shopped this bundle of inuendo half truths and plain bullshit around to transparent weasels like David Corn.  It appears that both Republicans, Democrats and just plain wreckers all came together in this.
The inestimable Phil Giraldi has access to the whole document and has a most excellent article on it in The American Conservative.   I wrote the following comment sharing my deep thoughts on this farrago.
 http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-a-former-cia-officer-reads-the-trump-dossier/
  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation. 
    Thanks to Phil Giraldi for providing an expert and dispassionate summary of this matter at face value.
    Who marketed this “report” and commissioned it may never be known. What is significant to me is that whoever wants to see it hit the wires on the eve of Trump’s inauguration takes no account of the potential harm to American governance.
    I have more than a little experience in opposition research. The purpose of such is to sway an election, not crash an administration after the election. This material has only one purpose, to delegitamise the head of the entire Executive branch of the USA.
    My guess is that two things are going on here.
    a. The American left is studiously building a legend to which they can always resort.  Just like the legend that Reagan was a dunce or that the CIA smuggled drugs into LA, they don’t have to be true or even plausible, just a comfortable tale among friends.
    b. The left establishment intends to to achieve through the courts what they couldn’t at the ballot box. My guess is that a series of concocted or semi-real scandals are in the offing. This may be only the first. Eventually something must stick. Donald Trump’s style alone gives them hope.
    In the realm of politics it is only necessary to affix a name next to a noxious stimuli to achieve one’s goal.





Friday, January 6, 2017

TAC IMPROVING? COULD THIS BE REAL?

Don't get prematurely excited but I've noticed an improvement in TAC's content of late.  Robert Verbruggen six writing entirely sensible articles and incredibly, my comments are no longer spiked as a matter of course.  What this means long term I have no idea.

Along with this I was delighted with a truly thoughtful piece by one Les Sillars about the deeper lessons to be had from examining the horror of Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia.  I was expecting the usual blame shifting humbug only to be confronted by something much deeper and more poignant.  Bravo TAC for running this.  

It appear that TAC may be morphing into a bi-level journal.  The majority of hits still driven by the Dreher running freak show.  At the same time, serious adult writing by new, competent writers supplementing the already fine reportage by Pat Buchanan and Phil Giraldi.  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

HOW ABOUT A REAL ELECTORATE?

The Electoral College meets tomorrow to cast the final, telling, vote deciding america's presidency.  As with most 18th Century manifestations, the college has devolved into both a puzzle to the simple and a tool of the devious.  It seems anachronistic to most of us as we are creatures of the new dispensation of popular mass democracy.  An institution designed specifically to attenuate popular power can't really be justified within the way we are all supposed to think now. So let's not think as we ought but consider the reasoning of the founders and suggest a revivification of the original concept.


The founders  were on record as agreeing with the Greco-Roman tradition of deep suspicion of direct Democracy.  Yet, they were of a mind that the government served no aim other than to effect the interests of those governed.  This is the age-old tragic tension between fairness and efficiency within all human systems  A government for the people that does not reflect their participation soon becomes an unaccountable bureaucracy with a distinct culture and drives of its own.  A government directly of the people will have no better judgment our discernment than any random collection of people, and with their susceptibility to the manipulation of demagogues.   

The founders we're also mindful of what mobs of "The people" were like.  There was much disorder under the Articles of Confederation.  The atrocities of the French Revolution left no doubt about popular assemblies passion for tyrannical and mercurial mayhem.  

Seeing this, and instructed by the history of Athens and Rome, they sought to create a system that operated within an orderly framework that respected procedural safeguards against democratic majoritarian excess.  

By the 21st Century the franchise has been extended beyond any hope of recalling back to the responsible element of the citizenry.  People with no learning and no personal property or accomplishment vote.  People who live off the public fisc vote themselves raises from the pockets of productive fellow citizens.  One party connives to import people into the country for the sole purpose of creating a captive voting block to further bankrupt the established  citizenry.  

The Democratic Party, having cajoled, purchased and fraudulently obtained the popular vote from the classes of described above, now want the the very thing they claimed to be against the day before yesterday.  They want the Electoral College to assert it's semi-aristocratic role as checkmate, and refuse to elect the man they are pledged to elect, Donald Trump.


I suggest that we take them up on this and  rejigger the whole mechanism.  Let's get rid of the popular vote altogether.  That way the people in their wisdom would vote not for President, but for Electors who reflect their own interests and mentalities.  Then, the Electors themselves using their best judgment as to whom to select as the President who reflectes their joint wisdom.  

Of course these Electors would have to meet certain criteria.  Would it be too much to suggest a few?

No Lawyers
No government employees 
No dual citizens
No tenured faculty
No persons without visible, honorable means of support.
No draft dodgers or persons who have not served in some capacity of service to the public.
No Elector would be eligible for public office after having served.
No journalists,  actors,  pimps, lobbyists or other undesirables as to be determined.
No newcomers, Electors would have to be descendants of the third generation at least.   

Thus would  we create a body of citizens who stand before their fellow citizens as guarantors of both order and liberty.  They would come to represent a cadre of superior citizens and should be subject to both enhanced scrutiny and marks of esteem, rather like the the French Legion of Merit.   






Thursday, November 10, 2016

TRUMP AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE OLD ORDER.

Well that was refreshing.  I must credit myself a bit here.  As a person with a political background I'm used to being pressed for election predictions.  Did I predict yesterdays outcome.  Not precisely.  I did however maintain that something was going on beneath the surface of the electoral lake.  I did so on election night just before the first rickety projections.  

I overheard too many pro-Trump quips from seemingly random apolitical citizens.  I knew too many once anti-Trump Republicans who came to fierce Trump loyalty.  I saw too many knowing looks on the faces of people who had just had enough.  Everyone noticed that Trump rallies were like the sermon on the mount while Hillary's were like a mixed freak show  and funeral directors convention.  I also noticed two things that flew in the face of the narrative.  For all the odium directed at Trump, his lawn signs were more numerous and  planted on the lawns of prosperous homes.  Finally, I knew a lot of local Trump supporters and not a single one of them fit the profile of uneducated white bumpkin. There were numerous other early temblors hinting at the impending Trumpquake.'

I stayed up late enough to see the result through.   I celebrated by tossing some firecrackers off the patio and proceeded to get a good nights sleep.

My explanation for all this?  Just like Steve Sailor, I think the white population came home to the GOP.  Why?  Because for once a genuine nationalist sounding candidate got to the head of the ticket.  The folks in flyover country,  have understood that the Democrats despise them only just a bit more than the Republicans.  This accounts for the stiffs the GOP foisted on their loyal voters for a long while.   (I include both Bush's of course).  The percentage of white voters who are willing to come out to vote for a GOP that betrays them kept shrinking.  This time they had a candidate who appealed to them.  It's that simple.  Seventy percent of the voting electorate is white.  

The reluctance of those polled to lie about their choice to avoid the sin of  political incorrectness is being discussed. No one is denying this time. Clearly a great many people knew who they were "supposed" to vote for.  And just as clearly they voted with the middle finger toward the elite.  

Another matter that I sense without being able to quantify is the beginnings of a cadre of Hispanic voters for Trump is not for the GOP.  I sense that Hispanic veterans and Hispanics in general who have been in the country for a while are assimilated enough to take a patriot/nationalist turn.  We'll see if this is just my hallucination.  

Finally, it's fun to watch Chas. Blow and the other professional blacksplainers lose their composure on CNN and and MSNBC. These characters are so used to presenting their wounded blackness as the universal answer to all questions that they can't adjust to the mere loss of an election.  It will be interesting to see how the whole lefty press negotiates the next four years.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

AL SMIITH'S DINNER EATEN UP BY RANCOR

 I just tuned into the roast hosted by Cardinal Dolan. Trump is using his speaking time to attack Clinton, directly and artlessly! He Isn't even trying to be funny. How can this man be the better choice and be such a monumental asshole? My first inclination is to just not vote and let History take it's coarse without my insignificant participation. Sincerely I say, may God help us all.

After a day…...

I will vote, and vote for Trump. That doesn't mean I will delude myself about the character of my choice.  The Alternative to Trump is just too awful.  I spent a lifetime in politics and have seen the sausage being made and have gotten really close to some of the butchers who make it. They, both sides, feed on the enthusiasm of a well-meaning public. 

As to the Al Smith dinner, I can remember when opponents did sit at the same table and treated each other in a civil, jocular manner. I miss that. I miss it because what happened at this years dinner reveals the sad fact that we now live in a society with too competing cultures. These cultures are irreconcilable and are heading to open conflict. This will end badly and the Old Republic in which I was born will not emerge no matter who wins.

The Al Smith Dinner has been a mechanism for the Catholic Church to remind politicians that ultimately politics is not the highest human endeavor.  We are called to live together in one society as people with obligations to each other and the common wheel. Sadly, our ideological and racial divisions make this almost impossible. Too much rests on our established politics of division and envy.  

My latest at VDARE.COM

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Is An Age Of Neeras And Humas Upon Us?

Thomas O. Meehan October 20, 2016, 11:23 pm A+ | a-
See also: Patels From Hell: Importing Fraud From The Indian Subcontinent
The late poet Dylan Thomas had a habit of urinating on the rugs of those unwise enough to invite him to their country homes. Naturally, this brings to mind Neera Tanden. [Email her]
For those not already enjoying the WikiLeaks view into the catty hell that is the Clinton campaign, Tanden is the advisor who laments the presence of “White Boys” on team Clinton. But let’s let her speak for herself via WikiLeaks.
“I’m not the diversity police but there is grumbling on the 4 white boys running next presidential cycle. So I recommend rolling out some people who look like the rest of America soon!” she urges Podesta [ Email him] on Jan. 14, 2015. [WikiLeaks Podesta Emails 6144, January 17, 2014]
“Really, don’t you think I know that?” he responds.
“Yeah I know you know it. But in case people feel intimidated in making direct comments to Hillaryland, I thought I’d let you know of the grumbling I’m hearing directly. But maybe that was my mistake,” Tanden replies. [John Podesta Asked Hillary Clinton to Court ‘Needy Latinos’ in WikiLeaks, By David Catanese, USNews.com, October 12, 2016]
Ms. Tanden Isn’t fond of white men but she has been connected to one white woman since 1996—Hilary Clinton. Why all the antipathy?
Neera Tanden was born to an Indian immigrant couple settled in Bedford, Massachusetts. Her father abandoned her mother and the five-year-old Neera to return to India.  Left without resources, they were supported by the American taxpayer with welfare, Section 8 housing and food stamps [Neera Tanden likely to get key position in Hillary administration,AmericanBazaar, July 29, 2016]
So, like many others who benefit from public support, Tanden finds it difficult to forgive our kindness. Having to stand in line with poor Americans for stuff set her on a crusade to remake our society. If that isn’t peeing on our carpet for letting her in, what is it?
She has been on a rampage ever since against bad men who don’t do right by women. Too bad she concentrates on we American bad men. Surely it is Indian bad men she should be after. But in fact, like a lot of Indian-Americans, she relishes the approval of her homeland. [ Hillary is a role model & a friend’, by Nikhila Pant, Times Of India, March 11, 2007]
Since 1996, right out of Yale Law School, Tanden has devoted her life to the cause of Clinton. Perhaps it’s the woman wronged by the bad man that drew them together? When opportunity knocked, she did work for the Obama Administration, and did a lot of damage to the rest of us as an architect of ObamaCare.  But that only led to service as Hilary’s advisor as Secretary of State.
In the claustrophobic world of distaff-rulers of the universe, the marketplace has no place. Indeed, Tanden bridles at the very idea of doing anything beyond finding ways to separate taxpayers from their money:
“I never worked in the private sector for very long, I worked on childcare, afterschool, health care for people, increasing the minimum wage, increasing taxes on the wealthy and a whole host of policies that are pretty progressive.”
[Don’t Mess With Neera Tanden, Hillary’s Twitter-Loving, Self-Appointed Secretary of Defense, By Jason Zengerle GQ, June 23, 2016]
A “whole host of policies,” I might add, all the rest of us have to pay for.
In the same article, she is quoted making the amazing claim that progressives don’t focus enough on issues of race. Can it be that she is the only Lefty who doesn’t watch CNN? She appears on it often enough.
Tanden obsesses about race a lot. In a gushing Washington Post piece, we learn that:
Tanden and her backers like to frame her job as reflecting a generational change, a shift from white male management to a younger face with color. She peppers her high-speed commentary with second-generation references, including how, because of the “Indian thing” she named her 9-year-old daughter Ilina, a Sanskrit word meaning “possessing high intelligence,” and nearly called her 6-year-old son Jadvana, meaning ‘victory and strength,” before settling on Jaden. (“A name that ends in a vowel is not a gift you want to give your son in America,” she said.)
[Think-tank post puts spotlight on veteran Democratic operative Neera Tanden  By Jason Horowitz November 3, 2011]
Apparently Tanden’s racial victimhood forces her to get by with a house in Chevy Chase, oversight of over a $40 million a year think tank (The Center For American Progress—CAP) and a stay-at-home artist hubby (who is white).
Tanden has been playing this phony race obsession from the beginning. According to WaPo’s Horowitz, she was a “nerdy girl” high school debater with a “dream of practicing civil rights law.” But her early dreams of righting the wrongs of America were
…dashed by the 1990 early retirement of liberal Justice William Brennan from the Supreme Court. Tanden’s logic, as she explained through tears at the time of her future husband, artist Benjamin Edwards, was that a conservative-tilting court would never side with her arguments. Implicit in the thinking was that Tanden envisioned herself arguing before the Supreme Court.
This is actually an insight into both the Indian and progressive mind. Why argue before a court you don’t already control? That type of thinking goes a long way in explaining Tanden’s desire to advance through connections within the executive branch. There, you can just make people do what you want.
Tanden went on to be the vice president of the UCLA student body on a “slate of students of color.” Surprise, surprise!

As readers can see, Tanden is no more dark-skinned than many white Americans. And as readers of VDARE.com know, Indians were classified as white a generation ago. They got all racial on us when it paid to be non-white. The first few times this writer saw her on cable I assumed she was an Arab or some other Mediterranean. She looks a bit like the princess in a Disney version of the Arabian Nights.
This racial chip on the shoulder coupled with that certain racial ambiguity fits perfectly with Obama and the mulatto elite thathe ushered in. That is, leaders who look and sound white but with the power to up the ante by virtue of their fauxvictimization. It’s like magic, only without anything being hidden. They pull their tricks and we are supposed to clap anyway, or else.
My interest in this Indian mentality isn’t academic. WikiLeaks emails between Tanden and John Podesta reveal that as theWashington Post put it
Podesta, who stepped aside to pursue projects including helping out Secretary of State Clinton, noted that the president’s new confrontational posture reflects the advice of CAP, and that his jobs bill bears a lot of CAP ideas. Obama’s sudden preference for executive orders is also out of its playbook. [Link in original]
I.E. Podesta and Tanden’s policy papers before and after they switched seats.
The model of a permanent shadow government peopled by dyspeptic drones with foreign angles is already upon us.
Get ready for the age of Neera and Huma and all their brothers and sisters.
Thomas O. Meehan (email him) is a free-lance writer and former government Senior Research Analyst and Inspector. A refugee from the People’s Republic of New Jersey, he now lives in Bucks County PA. He blogs from Odysseus On The Rocks.