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In the revolt against The GOP Establishment, it’s important to differentiate several distinct clusters of entities that might occasionally be called “establishment”, and to narrow down who rightly deserves the moniker.

First and foremost are the axis of the Donor Class and their agents in the government. This includes the Chamber of Commerce, any company that might benefit from the Ex-Im bank, Wall Street firms, the Big Agriculture/Ethanol axis, etc. The subservient politicians of those entities are more than willing to pretend to support free markets, stricter immigration, and generally smaller government… for about the first thirty seconds after they are elected and have to vote on something that contradicts one of their benefactors’ interests. In case there is any question, all national GOP bodies (and probably most of the state bodies) fall into this category.

Secondly, there are the “Business of Conservatism” crowd. These people sell conservatism and conservative-flavored-outrage products to individual voters in exchange for donations to keep fighting for the cause. Much like charities, there is a spectrum of honest effort toward effecting change versus callous and parasitic exploitation of their donors. I leave it as an exercise to the reader precisely which groups belong in this category and where they belong on the spectrum.

Lastly, there are the intellectuals, writers, and pundits. This includes National Review, The Weekly Standard, the American Spectator, individuals such as George Will and Thomas Sowell, and I would probably include such organizations such as AEI and the Hoover Institution.

Some organizations such as Heritage probably straddle these last two categories since they do put out quite serious public policy analysis but also engage in the Business of Conservatism. Certain talk radio hosts also straddle these last two categories since they too sometimes engage in both serious policy discussions but also outrage peddling. Again, the exact identities of these radio hosts and their position on the spectrum is left as an exercise to the reader.

I consider the intellectual-pundit category not to be engaged so much in the “Business of Conservatism” in that business is generally not so good. These folks rely on what Dennis Prager has termed “moral bank accounts” for their paychecks. When they make a “withdrawal”, they risk making a bad business decision. And yet, occasional withdrawals are a necessary part of the job.

When I say “Establishment”, I mean primarily the Donor Class and their agents in the government and party infrastructure.

So when National Review and other noted and respected writers take a principled stance against Trump while simultaneously agents of the donor class are warming to Trump, I don’t think it’s entirely accurate to suggest that “The Establishment” is trying to take out Trump. NR is much less “The Establishment” than are Bob Dole and Trent Lott.

To the extent that The Establishment has let conservatism down, it is much less NR than it is the Donor Class. NR, whatever missteps they might have made over the years, doesn’t get rich by selling out conservatism. The Donor Class does.

Myth: If you aren’t for Trump, you’re in favor of the Establishment.
FACT: A lot of us have been working against the Establishment for years. Also, the Establishment hates Cruz more than Trump.

Myth: Trump is the only reason we’re talking about immigration.
FACT: Would that be why John McCain was forced to lie about supporting a fence back in 2010? Because nobody was riding him about that?

Myth: Trump is the best bet to beat Hillary Clinton.
FACT: Hillary may have defeated herself with this email stuff, but Trump has absurdly high negative ratings. (And yes, I would still vote for Trump over Hillary and/or Sanders. As a long-time GOP voter I am very familiar with voting for the lesser evil.)

Myth: Trump’s previous positions don’t matter.
FACT: Somebody who doesn’t understand conservatism and feel it viscerally is unlikely to be able to defend or promote conservative positions on an ongoing basis. (See Romney, McCain, etc.)

Myth: Trump is conservative.
FACT: Anybody who has been in the conservative movement for more than five seconds knows Trump isn’t conservative. Trump has a history of actively undermining conservative causes.

Myth: Trump will get things done to fix our problems.
FACT: This is the new version of Obama’s “Hope and Change”. Long on rhetoric, short on substance. Trump is almost certainly a stronger and better deal-maker than Obama, but so is a head of cabbage.

But still sorta endy.

First, I’m wondering why nobody is talking about how Obama was focusing on Tea Partiers as “domestic terrorrists” while ignoring Islamic terrorism and now we’re getting a wave of Islamic terrorism in America.

I’m also wondering if it’s funnier (ignoring the endy) than Putin getting angry at Turkey for shooting down his warplane a year or so after his peeps shot down a civilian plane.

 

 

Apparently, under Obama we’re even losing the War on Squirrels!!!!

Successful Cyber War Ops As of 2016.01.05

Agent Success
Squirrel 623
Bird 214
Racoon 52
Snake 47
Rat 25
Beaver 9
China 0
Russia 0
USA 1

Dam dogs are slacking off.

 

I call this a Win! The pic is from a Cleveland insect musem.

bug in cleveland

 

Highlarious.

 

Last, and most funniest, you have to love the ATF’s Facebook page.
It’s like a place for people who hate the ATF to congregate.

The ATF posts idiocies about how great they are, and then Teh Peepul come by and ask if it’s still okay to sell guns to Mexican cartels and shoot unarmed women holding babies and stuff like that.

Via SondraK we see the response from our fine betters at the ATF from Redstate which has this:

At some point an ATF employee based in Colorado, Becky Solis, told the poster to “get off this page.” She didn’t get the reaction anyone used to carrying a badge and gun is used to getting. The incoming was hot enough for her to close her Facebook profile.

 

Thugs gonna thug. Americans gonna America

molonlabemofo

 

Lately I’ve been hearing some gubmint hate against Google and Apple for giving their phones reasonably reliable self-destruct options and miscellaneous encryption.

Hate to break it to y’all, but the high-grade encryption genie is out of the bottle.  Some of the options are even free.

Google and Apple are merely offering accessibility of some modest degree of security such that if you happen to have your phone stolen your entire financial and/or personal life isn’t ruined.

I’m not exactly Mr. Privacy here, but the cost benefit analysis of forcing companies to give law enforcement back-doors is pretty poor.  Truly dangerous criminals will easily circumvent any back-door policy with readily available software.

Har.

I’ve been pretty busy with work and vacation and, well, being lazy, so I haven’t tubed much lately. I try to watch the news but really, I could care less what idiocy Yale fools do and watching whatever the hell is happening in Missouri seems like too much effort to try to understand, just nitwit leftists going all Stalin, so I have no idea what the hell is happening but it appears to be pretty darn endy and only peripherally funny.

But today I tubed and realized, it’s freaking hilarious.

This misleading headline makes me laugh.

Headline

Little Support for Punishing Global Warming Foes

From the body of the article.

Democrats (27%), however, favor prosecuting those who don’t agree with global warming.

Do you realize that more than a quarter of Dems want to punish people who are in favor of the scientific method?

It’s like the Scopes Monkey Trial all over again, except now we have the anti-science people screeching about being all scientifical and shit. I’d be many of that 27% are in government or Penn State. Which makes it funnier IMIO.

 

I have an idea, let’s let our European betters tell us how to govern!!!!!

It has long been believed that when it comes to interest rates, zero is as low as you can go….

But for the people who control the world’s money, this idea has recently been thrown out of the window. Many central banks have pushed their rates into negative territory and yet the financial system has still (not? V) to come to an abrupt end.

 

So does that mean I’ll have to pay interest on my savings account?

Makes me wonder if this is what that moh-ron Yellen is talking about.

“Policymakers have to carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of alternative monetary implementation frameworks in the presence of new policy tools,” Yellen said

Sure that’s gobbledeygook, but I think she thinks it means something. Which would be pretty darn funny in a Monty Python movie but pretty darn scary in the real world.

Methinks it’s time to  forget about buying more silver and gold and focus on wood, polymer, steel, brass, lead, complex, fast-burning chemicals and toilet paper. They’re going to be the new exchange medium after the collapse.

 

For the record, contrary to what is being written, neither I nor my mild-mannered, alter-ego are gay.

…upcoming Scholastic Book Fair includes a gay character… “Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

 

I do have to admit, it’s been funny watching people realize that maybe, just maybe, Polie-ico are a bunch of lying Minitrue members in good-standing.

As was evident to anybody who ever paid any attention to them at all long ago, starting with their first Big Story!!!!!, a lying hitjob on Fred Thompson that was proven a lie as soon as video of the incident came out and continuing on with every “Scoop!!!!” they’ve ever had.

 

Two last things,

This is funny.

Donald Trump said Wednesday he was shocked to see Hillary Clinton’s latest hairdo, calling it “massive” in an interview on conservative talk radio.

You have to admit, Trump making fun of someone else’s hair is downright hilarious.

I will say that in Drudge’s pic, it does look like a wig.

 

This ain’t funny.

Cuz it’s true.

 

Okay, I lied. Two more things below the fold.

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Oh, that’s motherfucking liberal fucking media.

I saw the hate-fulled, attack-mode, leftist douche-tools admit that Carson was talking about when he was 14 and younger and all the fuckheads they managed to find were in his high school so they wouldn’t have know about him in junior high and younger but that didn’t stop them from “asking questions” about Carson’s discussion of his life.

Questions about the last 20 years of Obama’s life were out of bounds but ‘interviews’ with fucking lying, hate-filed assholes about Carson’s life from 50 years ago are fair fucking game.

I hate those fuckheads, and the only person I’ve ever hated before was Yassir Fucking Arafat.

He created a death-cult of a statelet where children are brought up to want to die killing other children, the fucking assholes in our media are happily destroying the rule of law and the American experiment in self-governance, happily aided and abetted by our fine establishment betters in both parties who are trying to shove another Clinton V. Bush election which will turn off most of America.

Motherfuckers.

 

An aside, am I the only one boycotting TVLand for dropping the Dukes of Hazzard while still keeping that racist asshole, Steve Harvey, hosting Family Fued?

 

We’ve been watching our gov’t demonize everybody who thinks the Constitution actually is designed as a constraint on gov’t as we’ve been watching them kiss the ass of people who hate Amerikkka or who are not Americans.

Case in point.

To prohibit Executive agencies from using the derogatory term alien to refer to an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States

They’ll call me a terrorist because I think we’ve been Taxed Enough Already, but they cannot accurately label foreigners. f

 

You know, I’m becoming more and more of a Trump fan. He’ll gum up the works and make it too hard for Minitrue to hide the fact that the Presidency of the United States has become a fucking joke and a disgrace to our nation.

Let it burn. SMOD is taking its sweet time, the zombie apocalypse is pretty unlikely and watching the gov’t slink along toward a fascist-nannarchy is going to be freaking ugly.

H/T AliceH, who apparently does still read the intertubes.

 

As an aside, yes I’m watching SyFy right now and I love the Wraith.

If Hollywood is going to butcher a movie by making a remake, they can do that one. And they can do it channeling their inner “I hate white-Amerikkans” by making the bad guys all white guys with Gadsden Flags and the good guys can be black or Orienta…..Asian. No, not Indian-Asian or Kazakh-Asian or Turkish-Asian or Muslim-Asian or… well, you know which Asians.

 

Nother aside, it’s funny talking to 10-12 year olds and finding out all the words that have become unwords. Not a one of them know what the word “Remedial” means.