Pompeo redacted Clinton dossier, says source

…or something like that. I’m sure I heard that on NPR, or somewhere. Shocking.

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Recent American history

Busing; Something to think about; or not.

Links

  • Population Transformation in Pittsburgh and Chicago, by Aaron M. Renn
  • Gang members admit to firebombing black families in Boyle Heights housing development. How is this not ethnic cleansing?
  • “I don’t expect your average Muslim to be any clearer on the long-term implications of their faith than the average Christian. They may embrace a world-conquering, infidel-slaying eschaton with all the vigor and clarity with which the typical Christians accepts the admonition to die to ourselves or not commit adultery in our hearts.”

    My example of this (at second hand) is the tale of the bad Klansman: an old guy from back in the day. Nominally commited to the Ku Klux Klan, but didn’t really get to meetings as often as he should. In favor of prohibition, but after all a man likes a drink now and then; racist, but the only black man he’d known well (not many around here anyway…) had been a real good fellow; anti-Catholic, but, you know, gotta live and let live, like the Book says; judge not, lest ye also be judged.

  • “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today.” Thomas Sowell said that in 1998. What’s the label now, twenty years later?

UPDATE: Like the man says, Heh: “If you are frighetend by what Trump says about immigrants, you should see what the New Yorker says about people from their own country.” Yes, “people from their own country.”

Fretting about Chik-fil-a opening a restaurant, the writer of the article in the New Yorker doesn’t really consider me to be his fellow countryman. The central questions are, Who is “us?” and Where is “here?”

Three links

And one more

It seems there are sanctions we have not yet imposed on North Korea; indeed, “the largest package of sanctions yet.” (Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday) These will work for sure.

Is it time to give our guns to Hitler? Not for those who have “been trained since kindergarten to avoid correlating the contents of their minds”. You can find a video if you search for “time to give our guns to Hitler,” but it’s just okay; the best thing about it is the title.

Dilbert’s boss gives good advice?

UPDATE 24 February 2018: Wisconsin High School student invents classroom door stop. Nice!

Malice toward half

Economics isn’t the whole story, but What’s Red, Blue, and Broke All Over? America, by Joel Kotkin, is worth reading.

“America’s diverse regions are critical to its ability to out-compete virtually all advanced economies. Great presidents, and effective political parties, recognize this reality. Franklin Roosevelt did not conduct the New Deal just to help New York; he brought jobs, money, and electricity to vast parts of the heartland, the South, and Appalachia. Ronald Reagan’s policies may have shocked New York glitterati, but won over its voters, and helped spark a financial boom that transformed Gotham into one of the great comeback stories of our era. Bill Clinton may have wowed the coastal crowd, but he never forgot where he was from, and created policies that sustained economic growth across much of the country.”

The author thinks we need better political leadership to unite us. I think the bigger problem is that half the nation (or whatever it is that exists between Canada and Mexico) hates the other half. Crazy leftists have come to dominate the Democratic Party, entertainment, big business, and academia. These are committed to the destruction of everything I care about. It’s hard to see what greater good is going to unite them and me.

You can’t just make up a foundational narrative

What’s lacking is a foundational narrative that all of us share. People like David Brooks seem to think that we can discover and articulate a new foundational narrative for America that will resonate. Implicit is the idea that there are lots of foundational narratives; there are not; there is only one: God made us, the world we live in, and everything that exists, from nothing. We screwed it up. He sacrificed enormously to fix it. His son, before we killed him, established the church. There isn’t another foundational narrative, just various more-or-less-obviously-goofy fables, and trivial re-arrangements of deck chairs.

UPDATE 2 January 2018: Another take here, disputing Kotkin’s thesis. Extra points for mentioning the Byzantine Empire. Back then it was Blues against Greens.