Some good reads…
Alyssa Ahlgren: Thoughts from a hipster coffee shop … “My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it? … Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”
Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress…”
Read the whole thing, and then read it a half-dozen more times. It’s that good. Just ask Rush Limbaugh.
Justin Haskins: I advertised a video criticizing socialism, then Facebook banned my account … “When those on the left can’t win an argument, they silence their opponents… In February, I posted a highlight video to the Stopping Socialism Facebook page displaying the end of that speech, during which I called for millennials to reject the radical collectivism of Karl Marx and instead embrace the principles of the Founding Fathers: individual liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise. After posting the video, I paid Facebook to advertise it, to increase the exposure to conservative audiences of the speech and the Stopping Socialism Facebook page – a practice I have done more than 100 times over the past couple of years without any problems…”
David Harsanyi: Democrats Are Using Ilhan Omar As An Excuse To Chill Speech: As a public figure with strong opinions, Omar deserves no special immunity from criticism or debate.… “This overwrought rhetoric is embedded in the everyday arguments of the mainstream left, and its intensity is only growing.
The same liberals are now demanding that conservatives stop quoting and posting video of progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar belittling the 9/11 attacks because doing so puts her life in danger. That’s quite the deal they’ve cooked up for themselves. Nearly every presidential candidate and major Democratic leader has argued that Donald Trump’s criticism of Omar is out of line because of increased death threats against her. I do wonder how many death threats Trump or Mitch McConnell or Steve Scalise receives every week. I imagine it’s considerable.
But, as usual, most of the media took up the Democrats’ cause, trying to infantilize a 38-year-old woman… Do reporters and columnists consider the safety of the Trump administration before writing critically about them? I hope not. Because free speech—political discourse and good faith political reporting included—shouldn’t be inhibited by prospective actions of third-party nuts. It is imperative, in fact, that we don’t let those nuts undercut our ability to freely express our political disagreements. If Americans pondered the actions of political terrorists every time they took a position, they would only be empowering criminals…”
PJM: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Evaluates Democratic Candidates for 2020… “Now that we take care of “useful idiots” – I know, I never say that, but pretend – back to candidates.
As I said, group very distressing. Not even good hothead, like Trotsky. But we examine anyway.
Okay, the old man Biden with hands and hair plugs. Did not think possible but dumber than Brezhnev. Doesn’t he know girls make fun of men with plugs? No wonder he kiss ladies hair like senile vampire. If Biden nominee, make Trump president for life and install gold escalator White House.
That other old man Bernie – more communist than I am and I start Russian Revolution. (I think he was with me at Finland Station. Anyway someone like him. Pete Seeger? Woody Guthrie? Norman Thomas?) This is crazy for America 2020. Too many people with fat 401K. Nobody really believe in socialism except Hollywood stars who think it get them part with Warren Beatty in remake of “Reds.” Besides, tovariches, between us, everyone know socialism stink as economic system. Is about control. Never say you socialist in Ameriki until we win. Otherwise you ruin everything. (Read this book first.)
Skinny boychik with fake Spanish name, the one from Texas with rich wife who stares at him like Renaissance painting– is he old enough to vote? Looks like kids in Red Army ended up as horsemeat during Siege of Leningrad. Yes, I was gone by then, but I watch. Would be good scoutmaster or director of afterschool program at local YMCA. But president? Maybe chess club if he knows rules…” … Read the whole *snarky* thing.
Toby Harnden: Bret Easton Ellis tells ‘spoiled children’ liberals to deal with Trump: ‘He was elected president. Get over it.’… “He places Trump’s 2016 victory and what he sees as the Left’s continued refusal to accept his legitimacy squarely in the context of millennials — those who reached adulthood around the start of the 21st century. He brands them”Generation Wuss” and laments their “oversensitivity, their sense of entitlement, their insistence they were always right despite sometimes overwhelming proof to the contrary, their joint tendencies of overreaction and passive-aggressive possibility.”
This, he argues, has been fostered by “overprotective, helicopter moms and dads mapping their every move” while “smothering their kids and not teaching them how to deal with life’s hardships … people might not like you, this person will not love you back, kids are really cruel, work sucks, it’s hard to be good at something, your days will be made up of failure and disappointment, you’re not talented, people suffer, people grow older, people die.”
“Generation Wuss,” he writes, became consumed by “victim narratives” and “anxiety and neediness.” More darkly, and with the help of social media, Ellis diagnoses a growing inability to accept or even listen to viewpoints that differ from a “woke” status quo.
“This is an age that judges everybody so harshly through the lens of identity politics that if you resist the threatening groupthink of ‘progressive ideology,’ which proposes universal inclusivity except for those who dare to ask any questions, you’re somehow fucked,” Ellis writes. “Everyone has to be the same, and have the same reactions to any given work of art, or movement or idea, and if you refuse to join the chorus of approval you will be tagged a racist or a misogynist.”
Ellis identifies disgust with this as one of the factors behind the rise of Trump…”
And it is why Trump will win re-election in 2020, in addition to the democrat-socialist candidate that will make his/her push for the rights/needs of non-Americans over Americans whose tax dollars pay for illegals…
Kurt Schlichter: My Simple, Effective Comprehensive Illegal Immigration Reform Plan: Go Home … “Get out, illegals. Go home. Or don’t go home – I don’t care where you go. You just can’t stay here in America.
This is my elegant, uncomplicated comprehensive immigration reform plan. If we did not invite you in – if you didn’t have the basic courtesy and respect for this country to ask to come here, then get out. And don’t come back – if you snuck into America, you don’t get to come back.”
Trish Regan: The Left can’t have it both ways on illegal immigration … “I want to make one thing very clear: I am pro-immigration. I am all for people who want to contribute to our great country — we are a growing economy and a diverse American population will power more growth. I am not for open borders which would allow anyone and everyone to come here. The Left wants to paint conservatives as mean and unjust for simply asking, “Who are you?” When supporters of President Trump dare to ask who someone is, it’s suddenly because they are prejudiced. Nonetheless, the Left is not as ideologically consistent on this as they would like you to believe.”
WE: Joe Biden was Trump before Trump… “The smirks, cackles, and hand gestures that made Biden look like the blowhard at the end of bar were precisely what the center-left media saw as Biden’s master touches — not because they thought Biden looked good, but because they made Ryan look bad … Biden won the debate by becoming the Joker. That was when it became clear that President Donald Trump was possible.”
Austin Bay: On Point: Venezuela’s Maduro Starves His Own People… “Maduro and his government had refused humanitarian aid because they deny a humanitarian crisis exists. Maduro blames Venezuela’s problems on “sabotage.” Who are the saboteurs? Neighboring Colombia, the U.S., oil companies, capitalism, etcetera.
The real blame lies with Maduro and his predecessor, former army paratrooper Hugo Chavez, founder of the so-called socialist Bolivarian Revolution. Chavista authoritarianism and the corruption and repression socialism inevitably creates crippled and impoverished what was once one of Latin America’s richest nations. The country’s daily oil production is a third of what it was in 1999. According to the International Monetary Fund, Venezuela’s inflation rate in January was 2.6 million percent…”
NYT: In India, a Renewed Fight Against Leprosy: Health workers thought they had vanquished the disease in 2005. But it lived on, cloaked in stigma and medical mystery.
Space News: Lunar Gateway or Moon Direct?
Space News: Independent report concludes 2033 human Mars mission is not feasible
Siberian Times: Unique in palaeontology: Liquid blood found inside a prehistoric 42,000 year old foal … Permafrost preserved the ‘oldest blood in the world’ boosting hopes of bringing extinct species back to life.
PM: Rebuilding History: How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Medieval Notre Dame: Meticulous laser scans will likely become vital in the years of rebuilding ahead.
PM: NASA’s Newest Planet-Hunting Telescope Has Already Found an Earth-like World: NASA’s TESS telescope was only launched a year ago, and is designed to find small Earth-sized exoplanets that may support life.
The Wrap: Meet Mujahed Kobbe, the Man Twitter Can’t Seem to Ban: ‘Even My Own Mother Calls Me a Terrorist’ … He’s a good buddy of mine on Twitter. HEH!