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Without Massive Doses of Cronyism – Amazon Doesn’t Do So Well

Most unfortunately, governments at every level – federal, state and local – have grown to exceedingly obese size and status.

Making them corpulent targets for bribes from monster companies – to ladle government gravy atop the monster companies’ biscuits.

Governments are monstrously outsized.  So too, of course, is the cronyism monster companies seek and are getting.

Monster company Amazon (Market Cap: $940 billion) – has spent the last two-plus decades concentrating its efforts on getting huge…not profitable. Amazon did this – to empower itself to crush any and all competition.  Often illegally.

Amazon’s No-Profit Model: Bleed Competitors to Death – Then Do Exactly What They Did

Competing with Amazon Is Crushing Retailers

Four Ways Amazon’s Ruthless Practices Are Crushing Local Economies:

“Jeff Bezos has forged an empire by exploiting low-wage workers and extracting billions in government subsidies.”

Speaking of government subsidies….

Amazon mainly, maniacally concentrated on growth at the expense of profitability – to get a seat at the only tables that anymore really matter…governments’.

Amazon long had their sites set on getting in on the government gravy train – which is where the REAL money is.  And now they are all-the-way on board.

 

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It’s Not You – It’s Them

 

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Does Amazon’s Bezos – The Richest Man Ever – Need So Much Government Cronyism?

Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars

Amazon’s nationwide troll for governments to offer up bigger and bigger bribes to get them to build Amazon’s second headquarters in their locales – was a whole new level of nauseating.

Amazon’s Crony Capitalist HQ2 Search Digs Up Goldmine of City Data

Amazon’s NY HQ2 Reversal Shows Folly of Crony Capitalism

We’re only now beginning to learn of all the anti-capitalism, anti-freedom crony crapola Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam jammed into their offering to Amazon to secure half of HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia.

Virginia Gives Away the Store to Amazon

One Reporter Just Exposed Virginia’s Top Democrat and the Press Are Speechless:

“$500 Million in Crony Gifts Are Just the Start….

“Northam’s Deal Vows to Protect Amazon from FOIA ‘Problems’….

“‘Under agreement between Amazon and Virginia, the commonwealth will give the company written notice about any FOIA requests “to allow the Company to seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy.”’…

“Arlington to Raise Taxes to Pay Amazon….”

And Virginia government was already handing Amazon huge heaps of our money.

Amazon Isn’t Paying Its Electric Bills. You Might Be:

“Virginia’s largest utility, Dominion Energy Inc., had planned to run an above-ground power line straight through a Civil War battlefield (and private property)…to reach a nearby data center run by an Amazon.com Inc. subsidiary.

“After three years of petitions and protests…, Dominion agreed to bury that part of the line along a nearby highway, at an estimated cost of $172 million.

“Within a month, however, the utility and state legislators had passed on the cost to Thomas and her fellow Virginians. The state’s House of Delegates approved Dominion’s proposal to raise the money needed for the Amazon line with an as-yet-unannounced monthly fee.”

Of course the hugest of all huge governments – is the United States’ federal government.  Which currently spends $4.5 trillion – and that titanic number will always, inexorably rise.

Amazon wants in on as much of it as they could get.

Lobbying’s Top 50: Amazon on the Rise

Apple, Amazon and Google Spent Record Sums to Lobby Trump Earlier this Summer:

“Amazon spent a record $3.2 million in the second quarter of the year, according to its lobbying disclosure. It’s part of Amazon’s fast-paced growth spurt in Washington, D.C., where it even hired a top fundraiser for Trump from the 2016 presidential campaign as one of its lobbyists….’

Amazon Has More than Doubled Its Lobbying Dollars Since 2014:

“Federal filings show that the tech giant spent nearly $13 million in lobbying costs last year, up from $11 million the year before.”

Amazon Builds Tech’s Largest In-House Lobbying Team

And shocker – it’s working.

The Postal Service & Amazon: Crony Capitalism Delivered to Your Door

The Details About the CIA’s Deal With Amazon:

“A $600 million computing cloud built by an outside company is a ‘radical departure’ for the risk-averse intelligence community.”

And now on the verge of happening – the cronyism piece de resistance.

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History:

A $10 billion deal to handle all of the Department of Defense (DoD)’s cloud computing.

Which was once a multi-source contract.  Until a former Amazon employee – hired by the DoD – rewrote it to be a sole source contract.  Which is a REALLY stupid and VERY dangerous change.

And then the ex-Amazon employee rewrote the contractor description – so that only Amazon met the specifications.  Which means – only Amazon can get the monster gig.

All of this is, of course, exceedingly obnoxious.

But Amazon has reached this monstrous point – having almost never having had to actually compete with anyone.

They bullied and crony-ed their way to bigness – and then bullied and crony-ed their way to hugeness.

Amazon has never had to learn to actually compete in a non-crony-ed-for-them, dynamic marketplace.

And chinks in the armor are beginning to appear.

Amazon Ends Restaurant Delivery in Face of Fierce Competition:

“Amazon.com Inc. is shutting its restaurant delivery service Amazon Restaurants in the U.S., putting an end to a four-year experiment that sought to compete with the likes of Grubhub and Uber Eats but failed to gain much traction.”

When golfer Tiger Woods was at the height of his power on the links, gambling on “Woods versus the field” – betting on Woods over everyone else in a particular tournament – was as close to even money as that particular bet had ever seen.

Amazon – with its hugeness and huge government cronyisms – has long been Peak Tiger Woods.

It appears, however, that gamblers are beginning to bet on the rest of the field.

FedEx Decides Not to Renew Amazon’s U.S. Air-Delivery Contract:

“FedEx’s new focus will be on ‘serving the broader e-commerce market,’ with U.S. package volume from online shopping expected to double by 2026, the delivery giant said Friday….

“FedEx’s surprise move signals that the No. 2 U.S. courier will bank on e-commerce customers that lack Amazon’s power to negotiate big volume discounts….

“‘FedEx is ripping the Band-Aid off,’ said Kevin Sterling, a Seaport Global Holdings analyst.  ‘You could see the Express business eventually fading out, and FedEx made the decision to go ahead and exit that side of the business with Amazon.’”

And this shift from Goliath Companies like Amazon to the very many Davids – is beginning to happen on the government side too.

Tech Elites Dismiss Breakup Threats from Washington:

“The idea that Silicon Valley’s biggest companies should be broken apart has gotten momentum in recent months (as) both parties in Washington…express interest in curbing the dominance of companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.”

And the Little Guy companies – are beginning to look at a post-Monster future:

“Workplace tech companies Box, Dropbox, Okta, Slack, Twilio, Workday and Zendesk have launched the Enterprise Cloud Coalition, an industry group that will seek to advise policymakers on the enterprise cloud computing space….

“Some of the biggest names in cloud – including Amazon, Microsoft and Google – are notably not part of the effort.”

This may very well be a little too late to save us from Amazon’s HUGE DoD cloud cronyism.

But it may save us from the next.  And the one after that.  And….

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AOC Takes Aim at Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden in New Interview

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Internal divisions within the Democratic party are nothing new. We’ve seen Pelosi desperately trying to hold back the tide against her own caucus on impeachment for months now.

One of the highlights (for those of us who aren’t Democrats) was Nancy Pelosi making this quip about AOC and her “wing.”

Unfortunately for Pelosi, she’s losing this battle. More and more of her left-wing counterparts are salivating at the idea of impeaching President Trump even though it makes no logical sense whatsoever.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of those countering Pelosi more and more often.

This per The Daily Wire.

Ocasio-Cortez told ABC News’s “This Week” on Sunday that Pelosi should recognize that enforcing a “rule of law” is more important than long term strategic wins.

“I think every day that passes the pressure to impeach grows. It’s justifiable. I think the evidence continues to come in and I believe that with the president now saying that he’s willing to break the law to win re-election, that — that goes — that transcends partisanship. It transcends party lines. This is now about the rule of law in the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Jon Karl.

Just to spoil the fun here, regardless of what you think of Trump’s comments on looking at foreign sourced opposition research, he never said he was going to break the law to do so. It is not illegal for a Norwegian (which is the example Trump used) to tell a candidate about something illicit that their opponent did.

As some have opined since the admission, if the idea is that it’s always wrong to have a foreigner as a source of information, then that’s basically a green light for politicians to do whatever they want overseas. The fact is that many people who run for President are very internationally connected and if they do something objectively wrong overseas, it’s almost certainly going to be a foreign national who has that evidence.

The entire argument is just dumb and is a clear affront to free speech and freedom of association. There’s a difference between something being illegal and something being morally questionable. Regardless, the outrage over what Trump said is clearly partisan given that Hillary literally contracted a company that ended up using Russian government sources in 2016.

AOC wants blood though and she’s sending brush back pitches at Pelosi’s head right now.

Asked “how real” the rumored progressive “animus” toward Pelosi really is, Ocasio-Cortez was clear that progressives’ patience is wearing thin.

“I think it’s quite real. I believe there is a very real animus and desire to make sure that we holding this president to account,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

This is a problem for the Speaker. AOC may be fringe in the context of the country, but she’s becoming a louder and louder voice within her party. How long can Pelso hold her off? I’m not sure but I do know that impeachment makes absolutely no sense given the lack of evidence and how close we are to a coming election anyway.

AOC didn’t stop with Pelosi though. She also hit at Biden (again).

As far as strategy goes, Ocasio-Cortez was quick to claim that a “moderate” Democrat like former Vice President Joe Biden would alienate much of the Democratic base, and that Americans are clamoring for “a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change.”

In other words, she wants Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.

I actually don’t think she’s correct here, which is a bit redundant when talking about anything AOC says. The Democrat base wants to beat Trump. That’s basically the entirety of their voters’ motivation outside of the very fringe left. If Biden is the nominee, they are still going to turn out for him.

I also don’t think Americans are clamoring for “true transformational change.” We tend to just want to be left alone and voters value stability. That’s why Trump’s biggest risk going into 2020 is the perception of volatility he gives off. He’d be coasting to re-election if it were just about policies and the economy.

AOC is making a strategic mistake here. She’s picking more fights than she can win. Going after Pelosi is one thing. Inserting herself into the Presidential race is another. She’s even decided to re-ignite her feud with Amazon. Eventually, AOC is going to have too many enemies to overcome. Never mind that what she’s pushing for, whether it be impeachment or economic transformation, is bad for the country.

It’ll be very interesting to see whether any Democrat will have the guts to try to primary her in 2020. I know the Democrat establishment sees her as a nuisance but whether they’ve got the gumption to do anything about it has yet to be seen.

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Consultant to the Biggest Video Game in 2019 Told Social Justice Warriors Where to Stick It

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Mike Pondsmith is the creator of the Cyberpunk 2020, a popular tabletop role-playing game much like Dungeons & Dragons, only set in a future where self-identity has come first. In fact, a 1995 supplemental rule book for the tabletop RPG lists almost a perfect description of what’s happening today in its description of the world.

It’s eerily prophetic.

With the highly anticipated and Keanu Reeves assisted hype of Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red coming out soon, Pondsmith has reentered the spotlight, and rightly so. He’s been appearing on message boards, participating in interviews, and even playing his own tabletop game with high profile gaming sites, all in preparation for the release of 2077.

Of course, like anything that is this high profile, the social justice warriors within our society want their pound of flesh and have found their excuse to demand it.

In one of the advertisements for the game, a screenshot was released of a trans person selling soda with a very pronounced…bulge. This has naturally set off the trans activist community, which has taken offense to it…because of course, they have.

Pondsmith, speaking to people discussing the topic in a Reddit thread, weighed in after people more or less demanded that he take offense to the picture in the game. To say the least, he wasn’t having it according to Niche Gamer:

“Want to say this just once. I am really tired of well meaning people on internet chat boards paternalistically telling me what I, as a black person, should be offended by. You want to be my ally? Go gird up your loins and at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, have the nerve to tell your racist Uncle Bob to STFU for a change.”

Pondsmith was backed up by Art Director for 2077 Kasia Redesiuk, who acknowledged that the reason that trans person is there is because it reflects the kind of world 2077 is for the sake of story:

“You’ll notice many advertisements – for anything, a table, chair, a roof tile – slap a random sexy person on top and say ‘hey, buy this’. This shows the sexploitation of those people, and many of our advertisements feature this sexualisation. We sexualise men, women, and people in between, all to show how terrible this is.

With our advertisements, we want to say something. For instance, there’s an advert for a fashion shop with the Colosseum – this beautiful piece of architecture – which has been taken over and turned into a marketplace. It’s art destroyed for consumerism’s sake.

[…] So yes, we have a person with both breasts and a penis on an advertisement, done on purpose, because it’s terrible to exploit people’s bodies like this. The poster in question is an advert for Chromanticore, a regular cola, one of many fictional drink brands in the game.

We thought this would be a brand which would slap a body on the advert and think nothing of it. It’s a terrible thing to say ‘mix it up’. We’re emulating what a company would say in Cyberpunk 2077.”

The problem that the SJW community is having is that it can’t separate the story from reality. It believes that no matter what medium it is, certain groups must be handled with velvet gloves at all times. It must be addressed with respect, if not reverence.

This is not how you make a good story, but SJWs don’t care about a good story, they care about being shown in glorious light. This is why you see companies that embrace the SJW message — Mass Effect Andromede, for instance, — fail miserably, while games that reject it succeed like Far Cry 5.

I would love to see more creators stand against the pressure the hard left community attempts to force on them and focus more on creating good stories than appeasing unpleasable people.

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Female Track Runner Sidelined by Male Competitors Petitions the Department of Education for Justice

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It’s striking how quickly the culture can change. Just a short time ago, surely few would’ve believed that a common viewpoint — that it would be unfair to let guys take away athletic victories from girls by allowing them to compete in women’s sports — would be labeled the result of an irrational fear.

Yet here we are: What was considered common sense and common goodness is now a symptom of mental illness.

“Transphobia” has gotten so much traction, in fact, that Brazil just criminalized it — it’s punishable by a half decade in prison. See my coverage of that turn of events here.

About 4,000 miles north — in Connecticut — one girl’s standing against the athletic co-mingling of the sexes, transphobia be darned.

High school track runner Selina Soule is speaking her mind…to the government.

Selina was recently sidelined by not one but two men who beat her: After finishing behind a group that included a couple dudes in the 55-meter dash, she was unable to compete in the New England regionals.

As I’ve pointed out previously, this is what the infiltration of men into women’s athletics does: It steals attention and opportunity and scholarships and careers from women who would otherwise find them. It robs them of bright futures that their wins and awards would otherwise have brought.

On Tucker Carlson Tonight Monday, Selina and her attorney — Christiana Holcomb of the Alliance Defending Freedom — voiced their opposition to that confiscation.



For Selina, the quest for justice has wrought blowback:

“I’ve gotten nothing but support from my teammates and from other athletes, but I have experienced some retaliation from school officials and coaches. … I’ve gotten some very difficult requests for me to complete in practice, and if I don’t fulfill these requests, then I can’t compete at all. And this never happened before. It only started after my parents met with the school principal.”

Tucker asked, “Is there any chance of [men’s intrusion] being undone?”

Christiana said Yes.

A Title IX complaint is being filed, asking the Department of Education “to step in, to investigate, and to restore a level playing field for Selina.”

“Title IX was designed to ensure that girls have a fair shake at athletics and are not denied the opportunity to participate at the highest levels of competition,” she explained.

Selina pointed out she isn’t the only girl on her team to fall victim to a dominating dude:

“We missed out on winning the state open championship because of the team that the transgender athlete was, won.”

To highlight the damage, Christiana offered a stunning stat:

“One of these male athletes now holds 10 records inside the state of Connecticut that were once held by 10 individual girls and were established over the course of about a 20-year period.”

Wow.

Tucker summarized:

“It’s grotesque and insane, and it hurts women and girls. And the very people who claim to be defending women and girls are abetting this and making it possible.”

It’s a potent reminder of just how political things can be — at the same time men are being criticized for keeping women down, men who are doing the same on the field are being praised. It’s the result of an altogether different kind of oppression: identity politics is on the track, and it’s beating the pants off the principle of fairness.

And when fairness loses…well, that flat-out stinks. Or maybe I’m just a stinkophobe.

-ALEX

 

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#DefeatAllWomen: Man Wins Women’s Cycling Competition (Plus: The Future Of Sports)

Male Hurdler Competing In The NCAA Women’s Division Tells ESPN It’s The Women Who Have The Advantage

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Video: Lawrence Jones Discusses the Racist Taunts He Received at a New York “Impeach Trump” Rally

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Over the weekend, Fox News contributor and Campus Reform editor-in-chief Lawrence Jones went to an “Impeach Trump” rally in New York City to interview attendees and get their thoughts on why they believed President Trump should be impeached.

Jones got a lot of garden variety answers from the crowd along the lines of “Trump colluded with the Russians!” and “Trump’s an illegal president!”, but what stood out even more than those answers were the racist taunts Jones received from some of the rally-goers:

According to a Fox News producer at the scene, two men walked up to Jones near the end of the rally and told him to go back to Fox News “where there’s more cotton for you to pick.”

The producer said he asked one of the men: “What did you just say?” When the man made the same comment, the producer asked if he “was really going to say that,” to which the man responded: “I sure am.”

With Jones’ camera rolling, the man confronted by the producer, wearing a gray shirt, turned his back to the camera and made an obscene gesture. The second man, wearing a red shirt, told Jones: “He’ll tell you to go back to Kenya next.”

“You say what now?” Jones asked.

“He’ll tell you ‘go back to Kenya’ next,” the man in the red shirt said.

Jones appeared on Sean Hannity’s program Monday night and talked about his experience:

Two men who hurled racial taunts at Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones reveal the true sentiments of some on the left, he said.

Jones told Sean Hannity on “Hannity” that many conservatives are wrongfully construed as hateful and discriminatory, and the media will likely ignore the New York City incident.

“This is who they are, Sean,” the Campus Reform editor-in-chief claimed. “So often those of us on the right are painted as the racist people, the hateful people,” he said.

“I was just asking these people a simple question about if they felt like the president should be impeached or not.”

[…]

“I’m going to expose it every single day. If they think I’ll stand down because they yelled obscene things, to me they have another thing coming.”

According to Hannity, Jones and his camera crew were only able to get one of the two racist taunts on video. Watch Jones’s interview with Hannity below – included is the one racist incident they were able to capture on camera:

Jones is right in that our mainstream media firefighters by and large will not condemn this. I would be seriously shocked to see Brian Stelter weigh in on the incident. Stelter is too busy questioning Trump’s mental health and actually attacking Fox News to care much about what happens to its journalists, hosts, and contributors.

Unfortunately, what happened to Jones is not just a one-off. These types of vicious taunts happen to black conservatives daily. Female conservatives get insulted, too, and are labeled as “slaves to the patriarchy” and other such nonsense. Hispanic conservatives are treated the same way. Same for conservatives in the LGBTQ community.

Basically, if you are considered a minority and you don’t toe the liberal line on perpetual victimhood and leftism in general, you are an inauthentic woman/black person/Hispanic/LGBTQ, etc.

One of the biggest lies the left has been able to successfully perpetuate over the years is that they are “tolerant” and “welcoming” of diverse viewpoints from diverse groups. They’re not. They never have been. The vile treatment Jones received is one on a long list of many such incidents that disprove the left’s claims of “tolerance.”

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Democrats Once Again Ask Us to Give Up Our Guns As They Promote Physical Conflict

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If someone with an electricity problem came to me about it I would direct them to an electrician, not begin rattling off nonsense about how power cables are a danger to society and resorting to disproven ways of keeping us safe from electric shock and outlet fires.

Democrats seem to have this kind of mindset about firearms, and consistently rattle off “facts” and insight that is particularly ridiculous, especially given the fact that much of what they suggest only seems to worsen problems or, at the very least, exposes their ignorance.

It’s worse when politicians are on the campaign trail simultaneously suggesting that Democrats get physical with Republicans.

Diane Feinstein (D-Calif) and Chris Murphy (D- Conn) recently penned an article in TIME, once again calling for the ban of America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15.

The dystopian duo made the usual case you hear from Democrats trying to get you to give up your gun rights. There have been shootings and gun violence, and Republicans are standing in the way of lawmakers passing strict gun regulations that would magically make all of this stop.

It wouldn’t, and getting rid of guns in America would be impossible, as I explain in this video below.

They then begin asking why nothing is changing and throw out the “97 percent of people agree” line about universal background checks. This number was found by a Quinnipiac poll in 2018 and has remained highly suspect due to the fact that 97 percent of people simply don’t agree on anything. Furthermore, if 97 percent of people did agree, then it’s odd that a universal background check law hasn’t been passed by Congress since in a no-contest vote.

Regardless, the core of the article is talking about how Republicans are essentially the reason you keep seeing shootings happen, completely ignoring the fact that the majority of these shootings occur due to being in a gun free zone where people are pretty much guaranteed not to shoot back.

They then attempted to tell you, the reader, about what AR-15’s are used for.

“Guns like the AR-15 aren’t used for hunting and they’re not viable for home protection,” wrote the Democrats. “They have only one purpose, and that’s to fire as many rounds as possible, as quickly as possible.”

Expect not.

As David Rutz at the Free Beacon notes, many hunters do use the AR-15 for just that purpose, not to mention home defense:

However, the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, is used for hunting and home defense. MRC-TV noted a poll showing more than 25 percent of hunters reported using the rifle to hunt big game. In addition, the rifle is popular for home defense given its light weight and limited recoil, making it easier for owners to handle.

The Daily Signal reported on eight recent examples of civilians using AR-15s to protect themselves and others, including a 15-year-old Texas boy who fought off two home invaders threatening him and his 12-year-old sister.

The Democrats finish by putting in on Republicans to fall in with Democrats on banning and restricting firearms and lists the classic Democrat warning of “people will die” if they don’t.

“Senate Democrats are ready to vote,” wrote the Democrats. “It’s time for Senate Republicans to show some courage and implement sane gun safety reforms. If we don’t, more will die.”

It should be noted that Democrats don’t truly care about the AR-15. Handguns are used far more in violent crime, and Democrats have more or less given up on going that route in their quest for gun control. The attack on the AR-15 is just an attempt to chip away at what they think is the weakest part of the wall.

The truth is that guns aren’t going anywhere. America’s foundation literally involves the use of guns by civilians as a method of keeping its government in check. The 2nd Amendment wasn’t created to protect us from deer and clay pigeons, but oppression. While it’s true that guns are used in malicious ways, they are also primarily responsible for saving lives either through law enforcement or self-defense.

Especially in an age where Democrats are getting more physical than ever, and with their leaders suggesting physicality on the regular — Joe Biden just did it on Monday — I’m not exactly feeling good about giving up my best means of defense. If politicians like Maxine Waters and Corey Booker are out there urging their base to find them wherever they are, get in their face, and make them feel unwelcome, then giving up our best means of defense is out of the question.

We live in an era where Antifa will literally show up at your door or assault you on the street. Where an angry mob may confront you while you’re trying to sit down to dinner. At some point, someone is going to take something too far and I’d rather be prepared than sorry.

The sheepdog doesn’t hand over his teeth to the wolves. You shouldn’t hand over your teeth either.

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Joe Biden Suggests a “Physical Revolution” to Deal With Senate Republicans

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Former Vice President Joe Biden mimics shooting a gun as he speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Joe Biden is a gaffe factory. He churns them out on an assembly line where they slip right past quality control and hit the market where they are eagerly gobbled up by people like me. Personally, I consider his gaffes one of his most entertaining qualities.

On Monday, Biden decided to model a gaffe of his after Maxine Waters by suggesting people get physical if they don’t like the way Republicans are doing things.

While at the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C., Biden was being asked by MSNBC’s Joy Reid how Biden would get past a majority Republican Senate set to kill anything Biden wants.

“How would you get past either a majority Republican Senate in which Mitch McConnell was determined to kill all of these ideas or even a Mitch McConnell in the minority who repeated the consistent filibustering when you were vice president and anything that came from the Obama-Biden administration Mitch McConnell considered dead on arrival?” asked Reid.

At first, Biden’s response was pretty reasonable.

“Joy, I know you’re one of the ones who thinks it’s naive to think we have to work together,” Biden said while looking Ried directly in the eye. “The fact of the matter is if we can’t get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive.”

Biden noted that the second option was a “brass knuckle fight.”

“If you start off with the notion that there’s nothing you can do, then why don’t you go home then, man?” said Biden. “Or let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it. Because we have to be able to change what we’re doing in our system.”

I’m under the impression that Biden was trying to emphasize bipartisan cooperation from Democrats and essentially telling them that if they aren’t willing to do that then stop complaining and do something about it, thinking they probably wouldn’t take it that far.

The problem is that I’m not sure if Biden knows his own party if that’s the case. He’s from an age where bipartisanship was a bit easier to come by and the internet wasn’t around making it easier to organize mobs. He may not realize that the left takes it that far all the time in the form of Antifa riots, physical confrontations at restaurants, and campus violence.

Regardless, that Biden would even suggest a physical revolution in a physical way in a universe without a violent left is irresponsible.

I’d like to give gaffe-master B the benefit of the doubt and say he’s calling out Democrats for being expert complainers who do nothing about it, and that they have no choice but to try to work together with Republicans for the benefit of our nation, but I can’t say for sure. He’s not making that an easy argument to stand by, and in this day and age where Antifa may just show up at your door, no matter how you slice it, Biden’s words come off as threatening.

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Here’s What Joe Biden Promises Will Be the First Act of His Presidency

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on ABC’s The View – 4/26/19.

Joe Biden is currently sitting fairly high in the Democrat primary. The next two months will be key. If he takes a lead into August, he’s going to be really difficult to overtake.

While trying to keep his position, Biden has begun to make promises to his left-wing base that may not be so useful when a general election starts. Saying he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, for example, is a position in stark contrast to most of the rest of the country. Radicalism on abortion has become a litmus test for Democrats though and the former Vice President is playing along.

Now, Biden has made another promise that may make Democrat voters squee but might not bring much enthusiasm from the broader voter base.

Credit to Ryan and The Daily Wire for this clip because you won’t see this reported at any of the “mainstream” outlets. You’d think a Presidential candidate promising to raise taxes on the vast majority of the middle class might be news, but nah, we’ve got Trump not liking coughing to cover.

Here’s the full quote via The Daily Caller.

“Number one, we have the greatest income inequity in the history of the United States of America since 1902, and the fact of the matter is, there is plenty, plenty of money to go around,” Biden replied. “The first thing I would do as president is eliminate the president’s tax cut.”

I’m sure when pressed, Biden will now try to massage this statement and say he only meant the “tax cuts for the rich” or some nonsense. The truth is, a lot of the “rich” are paying more under the Trump tax reform, namely because of the changes to SALT deductions. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has shared his experience multiple times and said that while he supports the tax cuts, he is personally paying more now.

Because the tax reform bill doubled the standard deduction, along with other tweaks, about 65% of the country got a cut, with only 6% paying more. The ones most likely to have no gotten nothing out of it are those who weren’t paying income taxes anyway because they don’t make enough (i.e. those making under $25,000 mostly saw no change). You can’t cut taxes for the poor when they were already zeroing out on their returns anyway. That fact should be common sense but Democrats have purposely weaponized it to claim that the tax cuts were only “for the rich.”

Biden has lied about this before. Just last week he made this wild claim about Trump’s tax reform, asking the Teamsters union these questions.

Did you feel it? Did you get anything from it? Of course not, all of it went to folks at the top.

In typical partisan group think, the crowd (including those you can see behind him) all said no and shook their heads. It’s just mind-blowing to see given that almost everyone in that building was middle class and they factually got a tax cut. But hate for the other side of the aisle can make people do weird things, including begging for the government to tax them more without even realizing it.

It’s ironic that Biden is seen in the original video promising to raise taxes to an audience supposedly focused on helping the poor. Hitting the middle class and yes, even the rich with tax increases will only hurt the lowest income levels in this country. It will cost jobs and harm consumer spending, which means less opportunity is made for those seeking to make it out of poverty.

The Democrat rhetoric on taxes focuses on “fairness” even when that fairness would objectively hurt those they are seeking to help. No one gets richer because their neighbors taxes get raised. It’s illogical and ignores the realities of the economy. Biden doesn’t care though. He’s got a primary to win and he’s going to say whatever he feels like the rabid, socialist base of his party wants to hear.

In the end though, even if Biden were to be elected President, he’d never be able to garner support to repeal the tax cuts. Much like Obamacare, the moment people realize they are about to be affected, they’ll change their minds on the issue very quickly.

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Kyle Kashuv Shows Us Again That We Can’t Have Honest Debate

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Yesterday, the top story on all the social media trends was the story of Harvard in-accepting Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv. The reason? The university was made aware of texts from Kyle’s days as a 16-year-old (not all that long ago), some of which contained racist terms and other offensive material.

Kashuv told the story on social media, and it gained traction. Never once did he, in my view, play the sympathy card, or the victim card. Instead, he basically says “I’m not going to Harvard. This is why. I tried working it out with them, but it didn’t happen.”

Now, Kashuv is a pro-gun advocate who took to the national stage along with, though opposite from, many of his classmates. He saw the Parkland shooting as a failure of safety measures that the United States government could act on, but his solutions did not involve restrictions on the Second Amendment. His views were endorsed by the likes of Ben Shapiro and other big names on the right while the left savaged him.

So, naturally, when yesterday’s story erupted, the two sides strapped on their jackboots and went to their bunkers to arm up.

There are hundreds of thought pieces written about the issue specifics already. They detail who their authors believe was in the right and who was in the wrong. You can’t open up Twitter right now without seeing some other person commenting on it for the 150th time. I’m not here to talk about the specifics, though.

I have a worry about stories like the and the fallout from our natural reactions.

I mentioned a very specific visual a minute ago: Strapping on the jackboots and heading to the bunkers. You can see a bunch of angry leftists muttering about Kashuv being a racist just like the rest of the GOP and you can see angry right-wingers muttering about how they’ll win this war because the Democrats don’t even believe in guns. It’s almost like a weird World War I movie, except set on Twitter, which thank God Almighty we didn’t have for either world war.

From the bunkers, each side shouts at each other. Someone will say something they consider witty, and a hundred heads standing around them will nod in agreement. Across the battlefield, the other side does the same thing. Insult and nods of approval. The problem is that neither side heard the other and, more importantly, neither side will try to understand the other.

Kashuv said some bad things. They are not defensible things. The kid screwed up in the language he used. Do I think he needs to be un-accepted from Harvard for it? Of course not. But, you have to acknowledge that it was bad. He owned up to it, but that doesn’t erase what he did.

However, it’s not healthy for us to continue trying to destroy the lives of people we don’t agree with. Kashuv made a mistake, but it’s not a mistake worth destroying someone’s chance at a prestigious education for. What he did was stupid, showed a lack of judgment, and totally accepted within his cultural circles. That doesn’t make it right, but there is social context that is missing.

But no one wants to come together and hash this out. We must sit in our respective bunkers and hurl rhetorical bombs at each other without stopping to ask why the hell we’re doing that instead of talking.

This is a mistake, and it’s growing more and more common as the years go by. We’re losing the ability to speak to each other, instead focusing on our beliefs and ideas instead of trying to understand someone else’s. When we’re not focusing on our beliefs and ideas, though, we are coming to a snap judgment on someone else’s based on loosely-affiliated data about that person’s beliefs and ideas.

Kids make mistakes, and this is a good one to learn a lesson from. But, we can’t expect the future Kyle Kashuvs to take lesson as well as this one did, and we can’t expect our society to survive if we don’t work toward understanding.

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That Hillary Clinton Broadway Play Is Going About As Well As Expected

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I’ll admit that I didn’t know this existed until earlier this afternoon.

Apparently, there’s a Broadway play that centers on Bill and Hillary Clinton in which their roles are reversed in some kind of alternate universe portrayal. Clearly there’s next level artistic mastery at work here. The play revolves around a fictional conversation set during the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primary.

Unfortunately for those actually working the production, things aren’t going that well.

“Hillary and Clinton,” which stars Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow as alternate-universe versions of Hillary and Bill Clinton, was set to close July 21 but will end its run early after 37 previews and 77 regular performances, according to the publication.

The play depicts a fictional conversation between the two during the 2008 primary season in a New Hampshire hotel room, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The producer of the play hasn’t had the best record lately.

It will become the third play produced by Scott Rudin during the 2018-19 theater season to end its run prematurely, following his productions of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” according to the publication.

About the second or third failure, you’d think people would stop investing in this stuff, but the price of woke entertainment is high and rarely relies on actually making a profit to exist. You can take a look at the recent failures of ThinkProgress for proof of that.

All in all, the production cost about $4.2M but will be ending over a month early. That can’t be good for the bottom line. Worse, even before having to close the doors early, ticket prices had already plummeted. It’s unlikely any actual cash was made from the endeavor.

You’d think at some point these producers, movie makers, and other players in big budget entertainment would realize that being woke doesn’t pay. No one wants to watch Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton riff about the toils of life in a fictional depiction. Heck, no one wanted to see them in a non-fictional setting, as their latest “tour” ended up being a colossal flop, with tickets reaching the $2-3 level. People want to escape reality in their entertainment, not be bombarded with yet more political content.

In the case of the Clintons, I think they have finally reached the end of their grift. Their party has left them for redder pastures and they just don’t sell anymore.

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