Why the swamp is crusading against Whitaker (or Whitaker in the crosshairs)

“‘If there is hope,’ wrote Winston, ‘it lies in the proles.’” — George Orwell (1) Sorry, But Obama White House, Not Dossier, Was Behind Trump Investigation (Investors Business Daily) (2) Susan Rice Sent ‘Unusual Email’ To Herself Moments Before Trump’s Inauguration (The Daily Caller)

US Coup d’état / Banana Republic

It’s really simple (and in the irony of all ironies) would make an incredible Hollywood blockbuster.  During the Obama Administration, federal agencies (CIA, FBI, DOJ, NSA, and State) used opposition research from the Hillary Clinton campaign to spy on candidate/nominee Trump. He was also spied on as President-elect and President. Let that sink in because […]

Bigger than Watergate…

…if only the media gave a damn. The good news— the 5th Estate is completely irrelevant (shadow banning, censorship and all). (1) KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: Devin Nunes, Washington’s Public Enemy No. 1: What did the FBI do in the 2016 campaign? The head of the House inquiry on what he has found—and questions still unanswered. (via […]

Weekend 413.0

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell (1) The Reckoning of the FBI Has Begun (2) The Real Collusion Story (National Review) (3) Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI, Obama WH and Dem officials early in […]

Before you vote…

(1) ObamaCare’s Chickens Come Home to Roost: Democrats, anticipating rage over huge premium increases scheduled for 2017, are already trying to blame Republicans (2) Forget the FBI cache; the Podesta emails show how America is run (3) The Clintons — At the End of All “The Clintons suffer from greed, as defined by Aristotle: endless […]

Invisible transfers, long distance calls, hollow laughter in marble halls…

“For hard cash, we will lie and deceive…even our masters don’t know the webs we weave.” – Pink Floyd (1) The Mendacity Behind Obama’s Mockery of the Cash-for-Iran Story by Claudia Rosett “Welcome, once again, to the vertigo of the Obama “narrative,” in which the priority of his “most transparent” administration is not to deal […]

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Swope Redux

(1) Checkmate: The Economic Chess Masters Play a Losing Game (National Review) “The nature of our technologically enabled present global connectedness means that for the first time in human history all economic activity happens in immediate relation to everything else. You cannot isolate the variables, which is a real problem if you believe in political […]

Weekend 234.1 (the Hive Mind)

(1) The Joys of Urban Tech: Goodbye, office parks. Drawn by amenities and talent, tech firms are opting for cities (WSJ) (2) Orwell’s Guide to Making Jam: George Orwell’s show a man famous for his political journalism more concerned with raising chickens. (WSJ) Orwell is still (maybe more) relevant today… The familiar tirades against “escapism,” […]

Weekend 224.0 (Gastby, crabs, and budgets)

This post could have several titles like “the unreality of reality” or “the end game of postmodernism.” (1) All the Presidents’ Heads (Futurama) (2) Brand Takes a Tweeting (WSJ) (2a) The Great Barry: Self-invention on shifting postmodern sands by Mark Steyn Local (3) Breaking the tax and spend cycle (Fairfield Minuteman) “In fact, in our […]

Roused by ‘Julia’

Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me. — George Orwell I haven’t written about politics (and have been happier for it) but have to mention ‘Julia’ since the study of ‘welfare states, planned economies, and all manner of bureaucracies’ has been a lifelong passion (dystopia). What is so rich is […]

Weekend 217.1 (Crony Capitalism Edition)

Crony Capitalism ALERT Rival: City’s bike-sharing program ‘tainted’ A rival bidder is trying to put the brakes on Chicago’s plan to launch the nation’s largest bike sharing program — by claiming the path was greased for an Oregon company where Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transportation commissioner once worked. Josh Squire, owner of Bike Chicago, charged that […]

Weekend 193.1

To put this in plain terms, Americans and their institutions have tended to choose the self-interest and individualism of the free market over the nationalized model more prevalent in postwar Europe. The faith once put in planning now seems so remote, even obscure, that its historical retrieval faces decades of cavalier indifference or ideological antagonism, […]

Weekend 192.1

(1) Trouble on the China Express (WSJ) In a blistering essay titled “The Derailed Country,” posted online this past week and then quickly removed by censors, Han Han, one of China’s most popular bloggers, mocked the leadership for what he characterized as a heartless approach to development. “They think: ‘We built this. We built that. […]

Weekend 179.0

(1) China’s train wreck (2) The Disappearing Dollar (3) Is “Conservative Environmentalist” an Oxymoron?