You Lost. Get Over It. 

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When the current President, a man with no governing experience. A man known to have associated with Anti-American radicals such as Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. A man who’s only evident “skills” were giving content free teleprompter speeches and a highly developed sense of self importance…
When this man was twice elected President, I strongly disagreed with the choice, and over these long eight years I’ve spoken up forcefully in opposition to bad policy and actions which I believe violated the Constitutional separation of powers. 

What I did not do was throw tantrums, act to shut down highways and businesses, vilify and/or seek to destroy those that voted for the man. I didn’t call him illegitimate. 

As I think you know, I never supported the President Elect. However, I have to say that the meltdown on the Left, in the press, among “entertainment culture,” and the professional protesting class, including those I’ve just been warned will seek to shut down parts of our Twin Cities on Inauguration Day, has filled me with disgust. 

Trump voters, who include citizens that previously voted for Obama, twice, have been labeled racists, idiots, illegitimate. As a class of people making up nearly half the electorate. That’s how they’re being cast. Disgusting to me. And so very small. 

I look at this behaviour. This tantrum. And I’m filled with revulsion. It’s not the course of action one takes when you are confident in your ideals, when you can engage in informed debate. 

But that’s not what we get today. We get demands that people stay away from the inauguration upon pain of professional and/or political ruin. We get sitting congressmen calling the lawfully elected president illegitimate, and planning to boycott the peaceful transfer of power. We get groups organizing efforts to disrupt the ceremony in Washington and wreak havoc across the country. Stay classy. In the meantime you’ve sparked in me feelings of sadness at how broken we are and sympathy that I did not previously feel for the new administration and those that voted for it. 

I look at the people Trump has nominated for key Cabinet positions: accomplished professionals from a variety of fields and backgrounds. Philanthropists. People who are of the real world, where value has to be assessed and created, instead of levered through political maneuvering. My hope is that these accomplished people can help to moderate and rein in the incoming President’s worst impulses, and I wish them all well in reducing the intrusiveness of government, in helping to create the conditions that will foster better economic outcomes for everybody, and in working toward a more perfect Union. 

I didn’t vote for the man, but I’m hoping he can outperform my expectations, and in the meantime I’m going to work. I’m living my life. I’m valuing my friendships and family. Not seeking to destroy because I didn’t get my way. 

Know that these feelings and my need to express my opinions are sparked by the general sense of mood that’s taken hold across the country since election day, as I’ve observed it. My thoughts are not directed at any one person or persons in my social circles. I know and respect that I have a great many friends whose politics are different than mine. I’m happy to engage in discussion if our differences, but for the most part if rather focus on our common ground. 

And I do not doubt that had Trump lost there might very well have been ugly protests from a different set of citizens. I’m simply past being able to keep quiet. 
To the protestors, the press, the boycotters:  Your highly flawed candidate lost to the other highly flawed candidate. Get over it already. You want to fight? Make a rational argument. Put forth candidates not steeped in corruption, and act to elect them. Otherwise, get the hell out of the way. 

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Wenger at Twenty ~ Arseblog

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Yes, there were the greats and the very goods, but in this era when we demand depth and quality in every position, that Invincible season becomes even more impressive. It is, unquestionably, one of the greatest managerial achievements in top flight English football – if not the greatest.

What a season. Teams beaten in the tunnel. Amazing players doing amazing things. Henry against Liverpool, scoring that goal and the sound of that roar that you can conjure up in an instant. A blanket of sound across the North London sky. Winning the league at White Hart Lane and their players celebrating like crazy when they thought a draw would stop us…

Source: Arseblog – the Arsenal blog

Radiohead Transformed Madison Square Garden Into A Moon Shaped Pool ~ Observer

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As with “Ful Stop”, you get the sense that other songs also serve a utilitarian function. The King of Limbs closer, “Separator”, for example, was the last tune Radiohead released before Pool, and its lyrics prophesied Yorke’s eventual separation with his partner. Back in another daydream, Yorke sings, “And as that woman blows her cover, in the eye of the beholder, I’m a fish now out of water.”

Placed halfway through the set and prefacing the rock of “Planet Telex” it’s lyrics take on a new meaning still. “And if you think this is over then you’re wrong.”

The deeper sense of wonder here comes not just from watching a band in flux, unsure of where they’ll go next, but one that’s confident they’ll get there nonetheless. Yorke’s at the point in his career where his vast back-catalog chronicling technological malaise and modern alienation illuminates his current place in the universe, and it shows.

Source: Radiohead Transformed Madison Square Garden Into A Moon Shaped Pool | | Observer

Arsenal in America ~ MLSsoccer.com

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The playing style is part of an overall culture at Arsenal that many credit to longtime manager Arsene Wenger, who took over the club in the fall of 1996. At one point last season, he’d spent more time in his current post than the other 19 Premier League managers combined.

Particularly appealing in the US is how Wenger has built a squad of diverse international players. The current first team he’s assembled is a veritable United Nations, with players representing 15 different nations and four continents. While French, English, and German players make up the bulk of the roster, the team also includes players from nations not often represented in the Premier League, like Costa Rica, Egypt, and Nigeria.

Besides an international flavor to Arsenal’s lineup, there’s also a cosmopolitan quality to their London home. It all contributes to a progressive flavor and an inclusiveness in Arsenal’s communications with fans that give the sense Arsenal is about more than just fielding a good team.

Source: Arsenal in America: The Gunners fandom experience in the USA | MLSsoccer.com

You’re Not “Throwing Away Your Vote.” You’re Making a Stand to Save The Republic

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johnson-weldThe “you’re throwing away your vote argument” does not wash with me. The two party system has reached the end game of failure. When you are left with a “choice” between a clownish strongman or a hustling, perjuring, piece of trash…and his wife: a loose carbon copy of the original but without any actual accomplishment or the ability to semi-convincingly fake sincerity…

…that’s not a choice. The party machines expect you to fall into line and blindly vote the way you’ve been trained, and then to fall asleep for four more years whilst they continue with the dismantlement of our republic.

I say no. If enough of us wake up, on both sides of the idealogical divide, there is an actual, and noble, third way. You want to be treated with dignity, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation? You want the freedom to follow your own path, to rise based on your talent and effort? You want your kids to have the opportunity to go to a school that actually educates, regardless of your socioeconomic circumstance? You want smart choices in how or when we use force in the world? A rational approach to immigration?

You want someone managing the ship of state who’s actually been on a yacht before, or someone who says we’ll make the Mexicans build us a byootaful boat? Or do you want someone who gave away the plans to the only boat she ever piloted, ran it aground, blamed the casualties on a YouTube video, and then had a sandwich?

The “choice” is really not that hard, it’s just not the choice you’ve been trained to make.

I’m beating this drum repeatedly. Because I think it’s important. I think we need a most impressive Johnson in the White House. Gary’s Johnson.

Meanwhile, Socialism Continues It’s Collision with Reality, in Venezuela 

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Bread lines recall the glory days of the Soviet empire, in which “socialism” reduced people to beggar status, in a country with a surfeit of natural resources. Shortages and rationing always occur when socialism is adopted, especially the nationalization-of-producers variety favored by the Chavistas and the Castros.

The economic pattern is simple, predictable, and brutal. Socialists demand that producers lower prices for “the people” to a level that ensures losses for the producers. Producers either close their doors, or the government seizes the businesses from them. The leaders put people in place who have little expertise but tons of socialist credibility, and their incompetence leads to massive failures in production. Widespread shortages result, and either the leaders have to enact increasingly brutal methods of repression or the people end up revolting and putting said leaders up against the proverbial wall. And the latter scenario incentivizes the leaders to make damn sure they employ Option One for all it’s worth.

F. A. Hayek described the inevitable downward spiral eloquently in his seminal book The Road to Serfdom. Socialist systems never fail because they don’t have “the right people in charge,” as old socialists like to claim. They fail and turn into repressive tyrannies because all of the incentives for power reward the brutal when the economy fails, as it will always do with central planning and control of production.

Nicolas Maduro is running the Hayek playbook down to the last detail, by the way. If socialism is all about “power to the people,” why does Maduro need to get rid of the people’s branch of government?

Source: Begun, the Chavista food wars in Venezuela have « Hot Air

Exodus: ObamaCare lost 13% of enrollees in Q1

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Explains why Obama seeks to unilaterally, and unconstitutionally, rewrite the “ACA” on a continual basis. Note that Blue Cross has withdrawn from the Minnesota market, and those of other states, after hundreds of millions in losses. This is a slow-rolling, unmitigated, disaster.

What happened? Millions of people have rejected the individual mandate to purchase coverage, choosing to pay the fine instead. As a result, the risk pool became inundated with high-utilization consumers with less cash, requiring much higher subsidy payments with little undergirding of healthier consumers to exploit to buffer costs:

Source: Exodus: ObamaCare lost 13% of enrollees in Q1 « Hot Air

Obamacare and Executive Overreach ~ Cato Institute

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The Executive Branch seldom asks for less money, so this raised a red flag. The lawyers in the House asked what gives, and then they figured it out: After Congress denied the funding for Section 1402, the Obama administration decided to pay the insurance companies anyway. The House deemed this spending illegal. Article I of the Constitution provides that “no Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” No appropriation, no money. In Federalist No. 58, James Madison wrote that “this power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon” of Congress to check the executive branch.

On June 25, 2014, Speaker Boehner circulated a memorandum to the House GOP caucus. The Ohioan wrote that “for the integrity of our laws and the sake of our country’s future, the House must act now” to stop the President’s illegal executive actions. In July, Boehner would bring legislation to the floor to authorize the House General Counsel “to file suit in the coming weeks in an effort to compel the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.” On July 30, the House voted along straight party lines — 225 to 201 — to authorize the litigation. (One Republican voted nay.)

The biggest critic of this plan was President Obama. During a speech in Kansas City, Obama mocked the proposed lawsuit. He warned the crowd that Congress planned “to sue me for doing my job.” The audience booed. The President continued, “They have announced that they’re going to sue me for taking executive actions to help people.” He dismissed the litigation as a “political stunt,” as this vote is not actually working to “help you.” President Obama issued an ultimatum to Republicans. “Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me.” They did.

Source: Obamacare and Executive Overreach | Cato Institute

ISIS in the Twin Cities ~ City Journal

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Over three weeks, the jury heard a massive amount of evidence. Though I had followed the case closely, I wanted to take in the evidence with my own eyes and ears. I found it shocking. Defendants Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud, and Guled Omar made up part of a larger group of young men from the Twin Cities who sought to leave the United States to join ISIS in Syria. When I say young, I mean high school and college age. One of their friends—Abdirahman Bashir—turned informant, while others made it to Syria without being detected or charged in the process. They are all first- or second-generation Somalis who appear to be talented and resourceful young men. They had social lives centered on local mosques. They are all observant Muslims and supplemented their education with Islamic studies. They wanted to live under the caliphate declared by ISIS. They yearned to wage jihad and to die as Islamic martyrs.

Source: ISIS in the Twin Cities | City Journal