America’s fantasy president

Obama must truly think there are people who actually respect anything he says or does. Here we have Obama Already Out of Retirement: Ex-president gives successor exactly 10 days before making public criticism. You can read the vapid nonsense that is coming from Obama at the link. Here is some commentary on how dull-witted all of it is.

Michael Johns, who served as a speechwriter in the administration of George H.W. Bush, said it is unseemly for Obama to criticize his successor.

“This is entirely unprecedented in modern presidential politics and violates the unstated decorum that generally has governed the conduct of presidents after leaving office,” said Johns, who president and executive director of Tea Party Community. “Everything Trump has done in the first week is truly consistent with what he promised he would do.”

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the of the Center for Immigration Studies, said he figured Obama would be “psychologically incapable” of staying quiet during the Trump administration.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” he said. “I’m surprised it took him so long.”

Krikorian said Obama seems poised to be the “fantasy president” for people who supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Johns said he was taken aback the ferocity of the response to what amounts to a short-term pause in travel from some of the most dangerous countries on earth.

The response is so ferocious because the left understands that if Trump succeeds, Republicans will be the natural party of government as far as the eye can see. The stakes are high, and while Trump remains ahead, it is still early days. But it remains as true now as it was at the start that no one on the right side of the ledger could have withstood all of this, done so much and still have remained viable.

Progressive compatability

Comment 55 from an interesting thread at Ace of Spades on, Are Western Pluralistic Societies Incompatible With Islam?

When Muslims are a tiny minority in a population, they tend to be peaceful and keep to themselves. They may be upstanding members of society. They say, “We just want to be left alone to practice our religion in peace.”

As their numbers grow, they begin making demands on the majority population. They will use the infidels’ sense of tolerance against them. They will demand that Muslim cabdrivers not be required to pick up fares with alcohol or seeing-eye dogs, that Muslim checkout clerks in grocery stores not be required to handle pork products, or that Muslim-style footbaths be installed in public restrooms. Any resistance to their demands is met with accusations of bigotry or “Islamophobia”.

When their numbers climb above 5% or so, they begin to get violent. It starts small, with scattered incidents that gradually become more organized and frequent. Above 10%, conditions really begin to deteriorate. They become openly threatening and aggressive towards kaffirs in public. Muslim political leaders get elected to more and more government offices, and begin to influence public policy. They start putting loudspeakers on mosques, forcing everyone to hear that caterwauling five times a day, every day, for the rest of their lives. There is no escape.

As their numbers climb higher, violent incidents become endemic. They begin to attack churches and synagogues filled with worshippers. Non-Muslims start to flee the violence, causing the Muslim percentage of the population to grow even faster.

Above 50%, it’s “Convert, pay the jizya, or die, infidel.”

Then the Muslim percentage of the population explodes, as terrified people convert with a literal knife held to their necks. The conquest is complete.

Islam teaches that Muslims are superior to all other people. Non-Muslims are technically “tolerated” in a majority Muslim nation, but under sharia law they are legally second-class citizens. They must pay a special tax (the jizya) and there may be additional restrictions placed on their behavior. Historically, these have taken various forms in different times and places. For example, a non-Muslim may not be allowed to build his house taller than the house of a Muslim, or he may not be allowed to look a Muslim in the eye but must keep his eyes downcast, or he may be required to wear special clothing to advertise his status as a dhimmi. (Where do you think Hitler got the idea of making Jews wear a yellow Star of David? Yep.)

In a Muslim majority nation, non-Muslims may be subject to being beaten, raped, or killed by Muslims, at a whim or on a slender pretext, and there are often little or no legal consequences for doing so. Rape of uncovered women by Muslim men has reached epidemic proportions in parts of Europe, and they’re not even a majority. Yet.

While it may take decades or longer to play out, this pattern has repeated time and time again in countries that have been conquered by Islam. It is as predictable as the sunrise. The only way to avoid it is to make sure that Muslims remain a tiny minority in the population. Once they gain a foothold, the progression is inexorable.

More bollards

From Mark Steyn discussing the need for more bollards in relation to Australia in general and Malcolm Turnbull in particular.

One radio show and two TV shows in a little over 24 hours is almost like a real day’s work. But not quite enough apparently:


Has your enthusiasm for writing insightful, erudite, and thoroughly entertaining commentary disappeared? Between quoting yourself, reprising episodes of your failing TV show, and entertainment reviews there is very little reason to click anymore.

Angelo DePalma, PhD
Newton, New Jersey

To be honest, I’m not sure where insightful erudition gets a chap these days. Last month, apropos an Islamic maniac mowing down Christmas shoppers in Germany, I wrote:

The less obviously evasive responses were almost as dispiriting. An English tourist visiting from Birmingham complained that in his native city ugly bollards line the sidewalks to obstruct any similarly homicidal lorries in the vicinity, but that Berlin had none. The Christkindlmarkt is a German tradition dating back to the Middle Ages: Munich’s is over 700 years old. A society that can only hold three-quarters-of-a-millennium-old traditions behind an impenetrable security perimeter is a society that will soon lose those traditions. My own preference, as I’ve stated, is that, if free countries have to have unsightly security controls, why don’t they have them around the national borders rather than around every single thing inside those borders?

I then asked:

Why do people like that Birmingham tourist think the answer to more and more Muslims is more and more bollards?

I don’t think I type the word “bollard” more than once a decade. So it was what passes, more or less, for an original thought these days, rather than the self-quoting Mr DePalma decries. The column was prominently published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun and other influential Australian newspapers. Indeed, The Herald Sun is the highest-circulation newspaper in Australia, with over a million and a half readers in a nation of less than 25 million people. What the paper says is read by almost everyone who matters in Melbourne, throughout Victoria, and in Canberra.

Nevertheless, a few days ago, in Melbourne, another maniac, self-described as a “Greek Islamic Kurdish Angel of Cult” for whatever that’s worth, used his vehicle to mow down another bunch of pedestrians, three fatally. Is the Melbourne motorist really an “Islamic Kurd”? Or just a nut riffing on the fashions of the day? Either way, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull immediately called for more bollards:

The Prime Minister pointed to boosting the number of bollards, which prevented the Bourke Street driver from entering a certain area, as a measure to be seriously considered…

‘A vulnerability we need to address’: Malcolm Turnbull calls for more bollards in busy pedestrian areas

We’re gonna need a lot more bollards!

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, agrees. More bollards!

While a lot of work had already been done to safeguard the city – including the use of bollards – “if we have to do more, then absolutely we will,” he said….

“A lot of bollards have gone in, in recent times, but if we have to do more, then absolutely we will.”

I think open societies hunkering down behind ever more bollards is pitiful. But I argued all that last month in Australia’s biggest-selling newspaper, and a fat lot of good it did. So much for insightful, erudite commentary, in the most influential press outlets in a comparatively small market.

And yes, Mr DePalma has, I’m sure, noted that I quoted myself yet again. That’s because I’ve said it all before.

What does Malcolm actually believe that will allow him to deal with our problems? He leads a party of the right none of whose values he shares, but they are onto him. He will do the right thing because doing the wrong thing will upset more than half the party he leads. A stupid way to run a government, but when all is said and done, it is better than having the other side run things who would be infinitely worse.

The challenges to an open-minded society

Two articles from today that make a nice pairing. First this: German Official: We Regret Open Borders. And then this: American Jewish Movements Unite to Warn Trump Against Religious Tests. From the first of the articles.

Says growing Muslim population a challenge for open-minded society.

Berlin made mistakes with its “open-door” refugee policy, which “went off course” and saw hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers entering the country over the past two years, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble admits. . . .

He wrote in an October article for Die Welt that “the growing number of Muslims in our country today is a challenge for the open-mindedness of mainstream society.” Addressing the role of Islam in society, a hot issue in Germany, he vowed to create a “German Islam” compatible with the values of liberal democracy and pluralism.

And then from the second:

Organizations representing the three largest denominations of American Jewry – the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements – all issued warnings to the White House by Sunday night against institutionalizing religious tests at America’s borders.

The Jewish community urged US President Donald Trump to tread carefully between protecting the nation and encroaching on core American values after the new president issued an executive order on Friday banning all Syrian refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States.

And then a bit of explanation from the President:

“This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” Trump said in a response to the crisis on Sunday. “There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”

“America is a proud nation of immigrants,” he added, “and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border.”

The bottom line is that even though Trump understands what needs to be done, there is no constituency that will allow him to do it.

If you think Trump is Hitler visit Auschwitz

Having just been to Birkenau-Auschwitz, which I did reluctantly but am not sorry that we did, the ignorance of anyone comparing Trump to Hitler, or American immigration policy to the Final Solution, is not just ignorant but sickening to a level that is hard to fathom. Here is how it was then. Any Jew that the Nazis could get their hands on was murdered, some on the spot in mass shootings, others in industrial-sized gas chambers in specially constructed death camps, and the remainder by being forced to work in conditions designed to lead to death in a relatively short period of time. Jews were not trying to enter German-occupied Europe. They would have left for anywhere else if they would have been allowed to go without a word of complaint wherever they might have ended up. Being sent to Nauru would have been the dearest wish for every one of them with no exception. Do these protestors not know anything at all?

Similar thoughts on all those ignoramuses who think of themselves as so brave in standing up to that “Fascist” Trump. The life expectancy of anyone publicly criticising Hitler anywhere within Occupied Europe would not have been 24 hours. These people know nothing about any of this. You can argue about immigration policy and what to do with the tens of millions of refugees found across the world, for which there are no easy answers. But to compare the situation today with the 1930s and 1940s is sickening. These people are personally repulsive.

Meanwhile, the left will use any device for its immoral purposes. Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day and Trump issued a press release that did not specifically refer to the Jewish deaths for which he is being criticised. Do these morons really think Trump is unaware of this terrible tragedy or that he wishes to ignore its significance. The left truly does become more repellant every day. They stand for no discernible principle. Nihilism truly is at the core of their worldview.

Ever heard of the millet system?


Don’t worry if you haven’t, but it is coming to a country near you. It is the opposite of one country, under God, indivisible. This is from a reasonably positive description:

The millet system was developed to protect the rights of the “tolerated clients of the Muslim community” as Ahl al-dhimmi (Bates, Rassam, p. 101) as designated People of the Book in the Quran and institutionalized after the fall of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmet II in 1453. However, the great expanse of the Ottoman Empire also leaves room for each community, geographically and culturally, to interpret and implement the rules and regulations of the empire differently, if they were respected at all. This applies not only to the term but to the millet system as well.

Israel sort of has one now, as do France and Sweden, but these are places which are not Muslim-majority nations. Here is something from a less positive view of the millet system:

I don’t think even at its height though you could say the Ottoman empire had more liberty than the most law governed and tolerant places in ‘Christendom’ and certainly while European thinkers respect the Ottoman system at its height it very much looked like an example of strong orderly monarchy, not decentralised liberty.

This is where things are heading and which the forces of the left are doing all they can to ensure. Not in my lifetime, but if you are young enough, almost certainly in yours.

Post-modernism and media lies

Our last day in Europe and so our last day with The New York Times. And as a special full-page opinion just to mark the occasion, there is a story that I don’t need to quote from since you will already know what it’s about: “White Australia celebrates a dark day”. It comes with “The shocking affront of Trump’s C.I.A. stunt”, “The First Amendment is not enough”, “Silence on abortion equals death”, Wrong way to take on Trump” and “Smart Approaches to jobs”. This last one is by Thomas Friedman, who, in case you thought it might even be a neutral article, opens:

I’ve actually been watching the early Trump presidency from London. (I would have gone to the moon, but I couldn’t get a ride.) Even from here I have vertigo.”

It is pathological. Now I could easily admit that I was in the same state of mind watching all eight years of Obama, but he never disappointed me even a single time, by doing something right. And as a blogger, I am expected to look at things from my own perspective. But the NYT and near enough the rest of the media – CNN is a particularly difficult trial which we stopped watching even though it’s the only station in English – is the Green-Left review. There is a terrible catastrophe that awaits us since I cannot think how we can ever get past this constant poison. It must have the same effect as reading Der Sturmer had in the 1930s. The truth counts for nothing; all that matters is the outcome, which is hastening international socialism in a world of open borders.

Now to catch my flight.

SAFELY HOME ADDITION: This is Victor Davis Hanson worrying about the same thing, although he does it better and in more detail: Fake News: Postmodernism By Another Name. I will give you the last para below but you should go to the link to read what comes before.

Fake news is journalism’s popular version of the nihilism of campus postmodernism. To progressive journalists, advancing a leftwing political agenda is important enough to justify the creation of misleading narratives and outright falsehoods to deceive the public—to justify, in other words, the creation of fake but otherwise useful news.

The power of the press has not gone away


And in what way are they not getting away with it. Which is why this is seriously stupid, and just begging for trouble: Steve Bannon Torches New York Times: ‘You Have No Power’.

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s chief White House strategist, laced into the American press during an interview on Wednesday evening, arguing that news organizations had been “humiliated” by an election outcome few anticipated, and repeatedly describing the media as “the opposition party” of the current administration.

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Mr. Bannon said during a telephone call.

“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

If you are in Poland as we are, the only news channel in English, at least in our hotel, is CNN. Eventually we had to shut it off since it is endlessly negative. But that is us, and most people are not us. They will get you in the end, since no one will run perfect policy all the time. In the meantime, the media are just practising until something really comes up. You won, but a bit of humility, and a deep strategy would go a long way, as well as recognition that your enemies really are your enemies and will do you harm if they can.

“My favorite label is mommy”

A great interview with Kelly-Anne Conway: ‘They never saw this coming’: A Q&A with Kellyanne Conway. All to be read, but this stood out for me.

I don’t consider myself a feminist. I think my generation isn’t a big fan of labels. My favorite label is mommy. I feel like the feminist movement has been hijacked by the pro-abortion movement or the anti-male sentiments that you read in some of their propaganda and writings. I’m not anti-male. One does not need to be pro-female and call yourself a feminist, when with it comes that whole anti-male culture where we want young boys to sit down and shut up in the classroom. And we have all of these commercials that show what a feckless boob the man in the house is. That’s not the way I see the men in my life, most especially my 12-year-old son. I consider myself a postfeminist. I consider myself one of those women who is a product of her choices, not a victim of her circumstances.

Everyone is a product of our choices and the circumstances we find ourselves in. There is clearly no reason that any woman cannot reach any level in the societies of the West.