Trump’s Mideast Trip – an historic event

Finally, some real news (SO tired of the Russia nonsense …)

Trump made his first trip abroad to the Middle East – Saudi Arabia, Israel, and then Rome, homes to the three great Western faiths.  And the major media seem to be missing the point, again.  This was an historic trip, by any stretch of the imagination.

You don’t even have to attribute it to Trump at all.  You can continue to hate him as a buffoon.  But consider all the firsts that happened this trip, that I can think of off the top of my head:

It’s the first time a US president visited Jerusalem.
It’s the first time a US president visited Israel on their first trip abroad.
It’s the first flight directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel.

These things may not seem like much to the naked eye, but they reflect huge seismic shifts in the Middle East that have been rumbling since between the ’67 war and the Arab Spring.  I’ve been intensely following the Arab Spring and the Gaza War of 2014.  Up until these events, Israel was seen as the scapegoat for the Arab world’s issues and the galvanizing feature that seemed to hold them together.

But the Arab Spring was the first event where Arabs willingly embraced the West – they literally went by the same pro-Western handbook that the East European revolts did.  Meanwhile, the Gaza War 0f 2014 was the first time the Arab states actually stood back and let Israel do what it needed to do, instead of intervene and demand an immediate halt to “Zionist aggression.”

And where Obama failed to capitalize on these events, Trump filled the vacuum.

Trump’s visit reflects a certain sealing of these new relationships.  What may have seemed to some as a clownish act of touching an orb was actually a fascinating show of unity.

The picture may be comical. But the people holding it are not. Trump, SA’s Abdulaziz, Egypt’s Sissi.

It’s a unity against the face of terror – they’re even using Trump’s “drain the swamp” line.  It’s a unity of understanding that Muslim nations must take the charge against it – in their own countries, in their region, and in their religion.

I really can’t begin to describe the depth of this new alliance or what it means for world peace and prosperity.  I can only say how much both the Democrats and the mainstream media seem to be missing the point.  Because what’s changing here is ideology itself.  And people don’t give up that mother’s milk very easily.

The Economist, for example, put out an article criticizing Trump’s silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record .  This is missing the point.  There are no human rights where there are terror, chaos and anarchy.  The governed will give consent to a dictator to get them out of this brutal state of nature.  Egypt is a case in point – I’ve seen this first hand.

Abstract human rights don’t work in a region where the religion is such an albatross around the neck of human society.  And while Saudi Arabia is seemingly the most backward in this respect, they are also showing the greatest resolve in moving forward, and bringing the region along with them.

I could go on indefinitely about other events happening in the Middle East – commercial developments, unheard of (and unspoken) military alliances, progress against terrorist organizations and Iran.  These are better left off for future articles.

I will conclude with this.  Those who detract from this momentous event do not see the immense opportunities that are arising from it.  As such, history will leave them behind.  Now is the moment for new leadership to arise and take hold of these opportunities for worldwide prosperity and peace.

And we haven’t even gotten to Rome yet.

Los Angeles Municipal Elections – Endorsements

This is very overdue and considering it’s the night before the election I hope it reaches somebody.  My apologies, it’s been a rough last couple weeks.

Two issues I’m particularly concerned with – the Mayoral election and Measure S.  I don’t like either the incumbent or the measure.

My frustration with Garcetti goes back a while.  I think it’s time for a change.  The last time we had a Republican mayer was Riordan back in 2001, and I’m not sure any of Garcetti’s opponents are even Republicans.  Seems they’re all tripping over themselves with the “progressive” label.

His most well funded opponent (and therefore best bet to unseat him) is Mitchell Schwartz, I’ll probably wind up voting for him.  One thing I like is his commitment to affordable housing – by actually providing incentives for businesses to build houses.  Who woulda thunk it?

When this is your argument against your opponent, you're not a serious campaign.
When this is your argument against your opponent, you’re not a serious campaign.

Measure S is a much more clear cut issue.  It’s been accurately labelled a housing ban.  In fact I’ve never seen liberals and conservatives actually agree on something like this.  You’ve got every major politician and organization urging a no vote.  The Yes on S website pushes a lot of misleading half-truths on the issue, like pretending the LA Times endorses a yes vote when they don’t.

FYI I’m a HUGE opponent of rent control.  Always have been, even as a renter, because it screws up the housing supply for those who need it.  And given that LA is becoming more and more populated, trying to preserve things as they were will be even more disastrous for the housing market and the city.

Measure H – No. Sales tax is a regressive tax that hurts poor people and I generally don’t trust homelessness funds. 

Measure P – extending harbor leases from 50 to 66 years.  Not a major issue.  I’ll probably vote for it.  Extending leases tends to mean stability, not that it’s by much.

Measure M and Measure N are both about taxing and regulating marijuana.  My stance on marijuana legalization is neutral.  I think taxing and regulating will ultimately be decided by the courts, and I’m not sure the city will have the power to do this.  Colorado’s managed to tax it successfully, but their producers still deal with cash since the banks won’t touch them.

City Council seats – I don’t know much about these guys.  At least not enough to give a properly informed decision.  My suggestion is to go to the Ballotpedia page and research them on your own.  In the 12 or so hours between now and when the polls open. 😛



Antisemitism and activist groups – both fake

The media have been abuzz lately about a desecration of a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery and a string of phoned in bomb threats.  The bomb threats all turned out to be hoaxes, and nobody’s claimed responsibility for any of these things.

That didn’t stop the usual parties from assigning blame to Donald Trump, and throwing antisemitism and Islamophobia together in one political pot.  The Anne Frank Center tweeted “…your presidency has given the oxygen of incitement to some of the most viciously hateful elements of our society.”

There’s two things going on here.  First is the fact that people are blaming Trump before anyone has claimed responsibility.  For years now I’ve been following antisemitism – and it’s usually come from the left and from Muslims, very thinly veiled as anti-Zionism.  I’ve seen a couple Trump tweeters blame the Jews for the media and the establishment left.  But compared to spraying swastikas on Jewish fraternities after a BDS measure passes, it’s quite innocuous.

And consider that the left does things like smear Trump over a bugged conversation 15 years ago, or smear Milo and Pewdiepie, or pass out Russian flags at CPAC and pretend it wasn’t a prank.  With this in mind, and how quickly the left coordinated the blame on Trump, I wouldn’t put it past one of them to call in those threats.

Second, I never heard of the Anne Frank Center till yesterday.  I’ve written before about AstroTurf Jewish groups like J-Street and Jewish Voice for Peace (which is none of those three).  And it seems the Anne Frank Center is no different.

Karen Bass posing with Jewish Voice for Peace. Once I called her out that they’re very anti-Jew, she removed the photo from her FB feed.

The thing is, any organization can name itself after Anne Frank, much to the chagrin of her family.  The Daily Caller and Front Page both a great expose about how they were fluffed up from nothing.  Elder of Ziyon also pointed out that they had no real role in any Holocaust remembrance.

About the only journal not to jump on the Blame Trump for Everything We Don’t Like bandwagon was the National Review.   They echo my concerns that the Gaza War of 2014 saw a major uptick in violence against Jews – to which the left just said “well it’s because you’re pro-Israel”.

So for now, we only have conjecture to go by.

What we have been seeing the past few weeks (months) is very coordinated attempts by very established and unscrupulous media to deliver a specific narrative.  They’re in league with people who really don’t have an issue with committing violence against Jews, and they will stop at nothing to take down Trump.  Groups that fit the narrative and provide them ammunition are elevated to national status.

I smell a rat in all of this.  And the Anne Frank Center is not exempt.  Add them to the list of snakes in the grass.

No Country for Milo Yiannopoulos

Apologies for not writing in a while.  I want this to at least be a semi-daily blog, especially with how fast things are developing under Trump.  But I had some major drama at work and now I’m sick with the flu.  So I’ve had to take some time off.

But on the heels of the hit piece on YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, aka Pewdiepie, came the hit piece on Milo Yiannopoulos a couple days ago.  The whole thing had the signature of a coordinated effort.  By the time I could get my morning coffee going, all the newspapers repeated the same mantra that he’s a pedophile apologist, he was dropped from speaking at CPAC, lost his book deal with Simon and Schuster, and at least was predicted to announce his resignation from Breitbart.

Predicted by 4chan even – arguably the people’s CIA.

Smear campaigns seem to be all the rage these days, bouyed by a certain salaciousness to the claims that make people not want to touch it.  This makes it compelling for people not to research the topic and instead go along with it.  After all, the opposition to Trump is at this point based on a pussy grabbing comment.  So it’s easy to dismiss this.

But there are two major differences that make Milo’s smear campaign that much worse – and why I mentioned Pewdiepie to begin with.  While Pewdiepie is an apolitical Youtuber, Milo has been on the front lines of the political culture war.  And the second is that Milo was betrayed by the right as well as the left.  There’s a certain, “Et tu, Breitbart?” feel to all of this.

Sargon of Akkad, a youtuber I subscribe to, has a great video explaining the details of Milo’s smear campaign.   The major detail to remember  out of all that, though, is that Milo basically said the same things other Hollywood celebrities like Elijah Wood or Cory Haim said – that Hollywood has a pedophile ring.  That’s all.  This is what was twisted into saying he was justifying pedophilia.

In fact Milo has been pretty hard on Pedophiles.

And the thing is, I can kind of understand Milo resigning from Breitbart.  Breitbart is getting into the big leagues, I’m sure they’re looking to play nice with more established conservative circles like CPAC.  Milo’s URL remains, and the fact is he’s gotten much bigger than his editorship role.  So it’s a non-issue.

What does bother me is #NeverTrump conservative groups have joined the leftist media in smearing Milo.  Evan McMullin and the Reagan Battallion have seemed to be front and center in all this, but again, I’ll let you watch the Sargon video for that.  You’ve had a number of conservative bloggers jump on this train and distance themselves from Milo.

To that I say, you ungrateful fucking saps.

Milo could singlehandedly be the reason conservatism rose its way out of irrelevance and has found new popularity on college campuses.  None of these policy wonks and talking heads and bloggers would have audience member #1 if it wasn’t for the work Milo has done.

He has marched through the campuses, through the social media platforms, and stood up for basic conservative values that bring everybody together.  Values like individual liberty and responsibility.  Law and order, and the right to borders and immigration laws.  Ending the grievance culture and identity politics.  The superiority of American values (not ethnicities, as he’d put it).  The sanctity of private property, and its ability to let people create their own wealth and life themselves out of poverty.

For this, you backstabbed him.  Verily I say this unto you, you ungrateful, treacherous, slimy lying saps.  And to that I will add, obsolete.

Because here’s the other thing, and I have to again chime in with Sargon (and Trump) when they say the mainstream media are the enemy of the people.  People like Milo and Pewdiepie have a reach that dwarfs traditional media.  Old media can no longer compete with them, especially considering they are no longer trustworthy.  So they will continue to drag their own brand into irrelevance by dragging down new media stars by any means necessary.

The question is whether the Republican party wants to share their fate.

The GOP is the party of Lincoln.  This is no faint praise.  This is the party that was forward looking enough to get us through the Civil War, to get through the chaos of life to bring us into the future.

Again, we are headed into chaotic times.  The legal immigration issue and the current left/right divide threatens to start another civil war.  If we are to get through this and build a new tomorrow, we must accept that future belongs to new media.  It belongs to those who bring us together, be it over political ideas or over entertainment.

With such a blatant smear of Milo, all the old media are doing are further proving their own untrustworthiness and obsolescence in this emerging new order.