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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Thoughts: Trump is Still Winning . . .

Pretty quiet Sunday at home.

Lots of kids and dogs. Our new fenced in backyard is all set and the dogs enjoy it as if, well, they were dogs enjoying a large fenced in yard. Our house overlooks the ninth hole of a swanky golf club and the dogs think it great sport to bark like, uh, like dogs at the golfers trying to concentrate on their game. Had lots of workers at the house installing this, fixing that, but things are starting to look pretty good. Another of my cars arrived from California and I need to go get it registered in North Carolina and get rid of those Caliban license plates.

The news? Well, pretty much more of the same. I remain banned from Twitter so I am unable to hurl invective at celebrities deserving it so I must restrict myself to yelling at the TV set or screaming at the Sirius radio in my car. That said, Trump seems to remain on his winning streak. In my view, he has masterfully trolled and outflanked the progs on guns, and I think our Second Amendment is in pretty good in shape. The prog narrative is simply not gaining traction.

Tariffs on imports? Not my favorite way of tackling trade imbalances, but judging from the over-the-top reactions we are hearing from some of our trading "partners," it seems Trump has hit the nail on the head or, at least, a nerve. I think we will see some progress that will avoid a "trade war." Just like we saw NATO countries cough up some extra Euros for NATO after Trump's last "outrage," we will see movement on trade. He also, by the way, has just out-flanked the Dems by making himself the protector of union labor.

I see that the New York Times has discovered Sweden, sort of.

I just read an odd piece in the NYT on hand grenade and gang violence in Sweden, notably in Malmo. Read it; it is a weird piece of progressive writing by which the authors are trying to discuss the rise in violent crime in Sweden while playing down the role of massive immigration, mentioning it almost in passing and as something the Swedish right will exploit in the next elections. Almost without meaning to, the authors touch upon the source of the violence and the Swedish police's failure to handle it,
Last year, Peter Springare, 61, a veteran police officer in Orebro, published a furious Facebook post saying violent crimes he was investigating were committed by immigrants from “Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown country, unknown country, Sweden.” It was shared more than 20,000 times; Mr. Springare has since been investigated twice by state prosecutors, once for inciting racial hatred, though neither resulted in charges.
Was Springare right or wrong? Is investigating Springare the best use of police resources? You won't find out reading the NYT. It seems, I guess, that one day Swedes just woke up and became really violent, because Trump just could not be right when he commented on the sources of violence in Sweden.

OK, not much else to say right now.

Let's see how the President drives the progs crazy in the coming week.


33 comments:

  1. Delegate Nick Freitas regarding gun control

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqqJKChKRzI

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  2. I suspect Sweden is already lost. Who's next? Germany? France? Belgium? UK? Netherlands? Italy? Republic of Ireland?

    Dear God, who's left?

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    1. The US...as long as we keep Democrats out of power.

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  4. I'm still not tired of winning. I want all the Win.
    Though it is fun watching the Left tie themselves in knots. Trump throws out a troll-tweet agreeing with a position the Left has held and they suddenly screech its not enough and jump even farther Left. The Trump steps back and all that remains is We The People looking at the Left and being thankful its not President Klinton.

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    1. I cheered at Alito trolling the idiot lawyer from Michigan who sputtered and stuttered trying to decide what kind of slogans on t-shirts and hats were protected under the 1A and could be allowed in polling places.

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    2. Credit where credit is due: The idiot law and idiot lawyer were from Minnesota, not Michigan.

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  5. Just make a DiploMad Antifa account. I’m La Jolla Antifa and I post ridiculous stuff without issues.

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  6. DiploMad, thank you for this. Many of us "grassroots" appreciate when foreign media, like NYT, call attention to our problems and when President Trump ( "last night in Sweden" ) does it in a big way. Because our politicians ( except the new rightist parties ) and our MSM certainly want everyone to shut up about it. That is why someone like Springare is "investigated", or rather, persecuted and harrassed, when he speaks the truth. Because the truth it is. This is how the crime situation looks like, we now read about crimes we never thought possible in our nation and it all happened so quickly. We have had big waves of immigration before, especially during the Balkan war, but the enormous immigration, or invasion, 2015 broke and woke up this sleepy welfare country in the North. Because these migrants are not like the other ones, many are uneducated Muslims, hostile to western life style and culture, ( but not to western welfare....). First it was open arms and welcome to the "poor refugees" but now the mood has swung when the problems and the crimes are exploding. The political fiasco is visible to anyone. It is mostly an urban problem but many of our lovely little small towns are "infected" as well since the authorities arranged refugee-housing there and directed people there. So in idyllic Astrid Lindgren land you may all of a sudden see groups of Somalians dressed in black tents with swarms of kids around them . Many schools have big problems with discipline and learning. Therefor, a big "white flight" is going on, ethnic Swedish regions with good schools are of course immensely popular . I think it is the same situation in big parts of Europe . But I just heard some good news after the Italian election yesterday. The anti-migration parties are celebrating big triumphs. So, this is how it most certainly is going to be, Europe will go right.
    Swedish lady

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    1. If Holger Danske is to return, it had better be soon!

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  7. It pleases me when he annoys them.

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  8. The Israeli Mossad is famous for rescuing Jews from Arab countries. Today, they might have to rescue Jews from another Arab land-Sweden.

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  9. Trump was supposed to favor his business interests while president. Tariffs on steel cannot possible reduce the cost of building a skyscraper. I haven't seen this reversal of narrative in the lefty media. Wonder why? I

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  10. My progressivisto friends tell me I'm callous and wrong for being amused by Trump's trolling of the media and liberals. But the entertainment is only of value because it is a byproduct of an underlying conservative realignment. It's the repurposing of the media towards irrelevance, but it's repurposing the media *away* from doing harm to our society.
    If nothing was getting accomplished out of the sight of the distracted media, it wouldn't be very funny.

    so I laugh a lot these days.

    - reader #1482

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  11. Glad to hear that the move went well. I am trying to convince my husband to move from WA state to Tennessee. I sometimes think it is a crazy idea, but looks like it can be done. At least we are getting rid of a lot of stuff this way!

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  12. It seems, I guess, that one day Swedes just woke up and became really violent, because Trump just could not be right when he commented on the sources of violence in Sweden.

    No doubt your discounting both the sudden availability of cheap armaments and the new ease of access to getting them into Sweden (both mentioned in the NYT article) has nothing at all to do with your political inclinations to having cheaper, more easily accessible weapons.

    Maybe you are right. Maybe Swedes are so very different from other humans that they aren't aggressive and violent. Nothing at all racist about that conclusion, right? That 24% of the gang members are of Swedish ethnic descent, and that seems to be in proportion to the number of Swedes living in the affected areas, that's just hiding what you consider to the the naturally more non-aggressive, non-violent nature of the Swedes?

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    1. The dramatic increase in violence in Sweden correlates quite nicely with the dramatic increase in immigration.

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    2. According to the Wikipedia page, back in 2010 over 14% of the Swedish population were immigrants. The crime rates held steady until 2015. How do you define correlation?

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    3. suspect the appropriate reference is here:
      https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/02/sweden-crime-rates-statistics-immigration-trump-fox-news/

      End of the article kind of makes the case, fwiw, that the swedish government has chosen to stop releasing numbers associating certain groups with certain crimes. It questions the motivations of the removal of that information and basically claims that it's now officially an unknown for fairly transparent reasons.

      I think the overall suggestion of the article is not to stop immigration, but a warning that there may be cases where it overwhelms an existing population.

      My question is, if we're going to take responsibility for people outside of our borders, why are we focussing on moving them? Why are we not instead working on fixing the conditions which cause them to choose to flee their own *homes*? Not having a place to go is just 'a further aggravation' to the *primary* disaster of living in a war zone.
      I'm not saying we should go rectify other countries, and I'm not saying we should take every refugee, but maybe we're supposed to do both or none.

      - reader #1482

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    4. reader #1482,

      There is another possible reason: Swedish citizens living in the impoverished areas may be over-represented in the crime statistics (just as they are in the US), and they find that fact embarrassing.

      I agree there are problems with taking in refugees, there are problems with trying to go into other countries to make things better, and problems with doing nothing. No good options in the end.

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    5. Yes, a lot of possible reasons... but it is also a reasonable concern when the government decides to stop measuring something they always did before. Could be for valid reasons, could be for bad reasons, and could be for valid reasons with a bunk motivation.

      - reader #1482

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    6. my apologies... when the government stops *releasing* information they always released before.. every indication is that they continue to collect that information, they just don't release it anymore.

      - reader #1482

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    7. Yeah I note the country experienced this stuff was Germany rather than Sweden however, because this comes from such an authoritative source One Brow "it might extrapolate to Sweden"?

      https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/europe/as-germany-welcomes-migrantssexual-attacks-in-cologne-point-to-a-new-reality.html

      JK

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    8. JK,

      I don't see a large extrapolation from a one-time event by drunk people in Germany to a growing gang issue in Sweden. They are different issues requiring different responses, AFAICT. What is your extrapolation?

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    9. One Brow,

      "I don't see"

      Well you wouldn't would you. "A one-time event" says quit a bit One Brow - though I don't expect you see that either.

      JK

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    10. JK,

      Germany has added more than a million refugees in the las few years. Even when refugees commit crimes at a lower rate than natives, that would still mean a rise in crimes by immigrants, simply by the numerical increase.

      It also doesn't help that German (and Swedish) citizenship is not conferred only by birth to citizens, and not by birth in the country itself. Germany has people whose parents were born and raised in Germany, but are not German citizens. You don't think that type of separation plays a part in how they live their lives, including crime?

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  13. If that trashy spectacle called the Oscars was any indication, Trump is still winning by living rent free in the heads of the Hollywood lefties.

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  14. The MSM is always slow on the uptake. When I was a lowly consular scut in Guangzhou back in the '90's, I bought bread and raisins from the Uyghur migrants behind the train station--and got some good cables off from what he heard from them and various foreigners and Han people who'd been out to Xinjiang. I got a few kudos cables back from Washington, but got RIFfed nonetheless due to the peace dividend.

    Well, a free man again in 1995, and I see how our MSM is more interested in Madonna's cup size than anything else. Nothing about Islamic terror hitting China; nothing about a multi-state was going on in Central Africa as Zaire collapsed (except for _The Economist_). But, many years later, the MSM starts reporting on the brushfires out in Xinjiang/Sharki Turkistan. What I saw as I was making an inglorious exit from Foggy Bottom was the main reason I ceased trusting the MSM to tell us anything worthwhile.

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    1. Woops. Multi-state war going on in Central Africa.

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    2. Bah... the state department just figured out they didn't need you multilingual people and opted for a cadre of pajama boy impressionists. :)

      - reader #1482

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  15. Is the Gray Lady attempting to rinse herself off?
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/gray-ladys-baby-steps/

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  16. could this help Diplomad with Twitter? http://matthewhopkinsnews.com/?p=3304

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