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Under the Fedora: Some things never change

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Spring is in the air, Easter is just around the Corner and the Boston Red Sox have learned that getting rid of your proven closer leads to horrible results.

Some things never change.

Speaking of not changing you have Morning Joe and the NYT and the president hitting the Masters Tournament this week over the admission of women at Augusta . I’m not a big golf guy myself, but I say every day that the media decides to go after the Masters tournament the more popular it becomes.

The most powerful person is the world is the person who doesn’t give a damn what other people think.

Rush mentioned on his show recently that both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are members of Augusta, he stated that Gates lobbied hard to get in. I wonder if the left will be going after them to quit?

Another unchanging topic is the left’s attempt to gin up a boycott on Rush. Although the entire business had died out to the point where even the Washington Post admitted it favor Arby’s apparently gets its information from only one source. They announced on twitter that they would be boycotting Rush. As you can guess since Rush has over 200k followers on twitter they instantly got an earful for it and took the rather foolish step of blocking conservative customers who complained.

How fortunate for Arby’s that they have a monopoly on fast food so conservatives have no other choices in America for fast food.

What our friends on the left forget is that polls show they are a distinct minority compared to conservatives, Glenn Reynolds suggest responding in kind, if Conservatives do, many companies that generously fund the left will not like it.

The left’s the entire “War on Women” meme also continues unchanging through MSNBC and the left. On MSNBC Andrea Mitchel hilariously proclaimed: “women would rather talk about economic issues.”

Yes Andrea, women are thinking of the economy, but you would rather not because that conversation doesn’t help Obama. That’s why you’d rather talk about caterpillars. It’s not quite as stupid as the “rats” business a few years ago but it’s up there.

Jonah Goldberg tweeted the following

Back to caterpillars again I guess.

Another unchanging truth is the media willingness to ignore an actual war on woman that is taking place in Islam, this war has an actual body count

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XFMcWjaMXwo

Pam Geller and company have been talking about and fighting against Honor Killings for years, for this she has been insulted, faced death threats and has been subjected to all kinds of calumny but eventually reality bleeds out.

I am glad that CBS News is finally covering the increase in Islamic “honor” violence and murder in the United States. It is unfortunate that they did not mention the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killing being held in Dearborn, Michigan on the anniversary of Jessica’s death, April 29th. The enemedia marginalizes our work and our reputations, but years later is forced to address the very things we have been working on for years. This is a pattern.

It is also unfortunate that CBS did not mention the Aqsa Parvez Grove of Trees in memory of victims of Honor Killings worldwide. The first memorial of its kind. Or our taxi-top ad campaign designed to increase awareness of honor killing victims in the US.

The media is loathe to give our work the imprimatur of legitimacy, but the fact is, we are marginalized because this is the work we do.

That the fight against evil is a lonely one is also something that has not changed over the course of human history.

Another unchanging thing is the tactics of the left. Four months ago the very tolerant MSM were harsh on any interjection of Mitt Romney’s religion in the campaign. Now that it is extremely likely that Governor Romney will be the GOP standard bearer what do we see:

“Let’s be honest, this is the core of who Mitt Romney is,” he said. “He was a missionary in France for two years. He has been a bishop in the church, which, in the Mormon church, is effectively like a a priest. Philanthropically, he’s made huge contributions. He’s had a big impact on the church. And yet he doesn’t talk about it. It’s the core of who he is, and yet he doesn’t feel like it’s safe to talk about.”

As Stacy McCain puts it:

Maybe you have never done any research into the history of Mormonism. Maybe you have no idea how much material there is to work with. Maybe you are unaware of how many ex-Mormons and other critics of Mormonism have already gotten in touch with national news producers and reporters, eager to help them with “research” for all those in-depth feature articles and multi-part series about the LDS church.

If you don’t know any of that stuff, you can be forgiven for thinking that any negative media focus on Mitt Romney’s religion would automatically be seen as unfair and bigoted by independent voters. But just wait and see: If Romney actually does win the Republican nomination, and if it ever appears that Mitt poses a serious threat to Obama’s re-election, then the gloves will come off and you will be disabused of your naïveté.

It not right, but given the choice between this and running on the president’s record, the media will somehow manage to force themselves to justify it.

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Another unchanging truth is the left reaction to defeat, Valley of the Shadow discusses it

When Democrats lose, that’s not a coup, that just means you lost this years elections. Don’t blame it on the Koch brothers, Halliburton or anyone else, sometimes the voters don’t like you. The Republicans spent 40 years in the wilderness until Election 1994 (Congressional elections not Presidential ones) — not one Republican thought of changing the rules or the constitution.

And this isn’t confined to defeat in elections:

Please be aware that leftists have taken to committing identity theft to impersonate me in comments sections of blogs and are using a fraudulent email that looks similar to my public email address to make it look as if I am saying horrible offensive things in an attempt to destroy my reputation, apparently because I did well in a recent contest for political bloggers, they have been doing this to the winner of the contest, The Lonely Conservative, as well. If you see something that appears to have come from me but is totally out of character for me to say, know that it is in all likelihood, NOT ME, but a leftist troll who thinks a campaign of personal destruction against a person who is fighting serious and potentially fatal illness is a good and proper thing to do.

As I’ve said before:

You see as we haven’t achieved their level of enlightenment, we certainly can’t expect to be treated as people, let alone equals.

That’s not changing anytime soon.

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I was watching some classic television on the MeTV network. They run the old Daniel Boone series on weekdays. An oddity of the series is the episodes are not shot in chronological order. One week you have an episode with Daniel Boone and his son conspiring with Ben Franklin before the revolution, while two weeks later the United States is an independent country having trouble with Spain. During the 20 year span of the show from the 1770’s to the 1790’s Boone’s son Israel (Played by Darby Hinton) remains a child totally unchanging despite the fact Israel Boone would died at the Battle of blue licks in 1782.

At least that lack of change can be attributed to artistic license and a TV budget.

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Finally this is Holy Week culminating in the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil, the holiest days in Christianity. The redemptive sacrifice of Christ’s Crucifixion remains unchanged over the centuries as does the ability of any person who wishes to take advantage of it. No media scoffing, pundit ridicule or even nonsensical challenges will change it.

You only have to choose to ask for it.

May you and yours have a Happy Easter .

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Wealth is not Created at the Top: It is Only Devoured There

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The UK has left the EU and we can argue about the minutiae of Wealth until we’re blue in the face. But the overriding factors are apparent and in one of the richest countries in the world it is shocking that so many people can’t even be sure if they are going to be able to eat enough today or provide for their loved ones.

These days, politicians from the left to the right assume that most wealth is created at the top. By the visionaries, by the job creators, and by the people who have “made it”. By the go-getters oozing talent and entrepreneurial-ism that are helping to advance the whole world – Opinion by 

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… across the spectrum virtually all agree that wealth is created primarily at the top and so entrenched is this assumption that it’s even embedded in our language. When economists talk about “productivity”, what they really mean is the size of your paycheck. And when we use terms like “welfare state”, “redistribution” and “solidarity”, we’re implicitly subscribing to the view that there are two strata: the makers and the takers, the producers and the couch potatoes, the hardworking citizens – and everybody else.

Bankers, pharmaceutical giants, Google, Facebook … a new breed of  rentiers are at the very top of the pyramid and they’re sucking the rest of us dry

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In reality, it is precisely the other way around. In reality, it is the waste collectors, the nurses, and the cleaners whose shoulders are supporting the apex of the pyramid. They are the true mechanism of social solidarity. Meanwhile, a growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue.

To understand why, we need to recognise that there are two ways of making money. The first is what most of us do: work. That means tapping into our knowledge and know-how (our “human capital” in economic terms) to create something new, whether that’s a takeout app, a wedding cake, a stylish updo, or a perfectly poured pint. To work is to create. Ergo, to work is to create new wealth.

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But there is also a second way to make money. That’s the rentier way: by leveraging control over something that already exists, such as land, knowledge, or money, to increase your wealth. You produce nothing, yet profit nonetheless. By definition, the rentier makes his living at others’ expense, using his power to claim economic benefit.

But here comes the rub. Most rentiers are not as easily identified as the greedy banker or manager. Many are disguised. On the face of it, they look like industrious folks, because for part of the time they really are doing something worthwhile. Precisely that makes us overlook their massive rent-seeking…

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The problems we face are that the politicians are firmly in the hands (pockets) of the uber wealthy. We live in a corporate plutocracy and those holding all the wealth and therefore power have no intention of changing the status quo, even if it isn’t sustainable. They remind me of bacteria (or cancer) devouring the host body more and more even though eventually it will kill them too.

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Donald Trump Forgets Important Lesson From Grandad:

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Harper’s Magazine reprints an interesting letter from US President Donald J. Trump’s own grandfather that may get you thinking. Here is it then:

The Emigrants – By Friedrich Trump – From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier.

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Prince Luitpold rejected Trump’s request for repatriation; the family later settled in New York. Translated from the German by Austen Hinkley.

Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!

I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.

After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.

The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.

But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.

Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.

In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.

Your most humble and obedient,

Friedrich Trump

… Well then. Long ago, yes.. Still applies? You tell me.

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