#MAGA

Will 65.9mn voters buy a copy of Jorge Garcia’s book?

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‪From Michael Moore –

“Here’s how MLK Day was celebrated in Detroit today…

‪”After living in the U.S. for THIRTY years, a 39-year-old immigrant, a resident of metro Detroit, was deported this morning to Mexico. Escorted by ICE agents, he said goodbye to wife and two children before forcibly placed on a flight to Mexico at Detroit Metro Airport. His name was Jorge Garcia. He was brought here to the US from Mexico in 1978 when he was 10-years old, thus making him too old in 2018 to qualify for DACA.”

So let’s be clear, my friends: They are able to do this to this father of an AMERICAN family because YOU AND I are not putting our bodies between the Racist Trump’s ICE thugs and the innocent victims of a country that was founded in genocide, built on the backs of slaves and then maintained by its oppression of women.‬ WHEN do WE end this American Nightmare? When do we start to redeem ourselves from the abhorrent behavior done in our name by a man who was teeing up on the third hole at Mar-a-Lago while Jorge Garcia was being kidnapped and deported this morning? In the name of Dr. King, can we pledge tonight, together with our own families and friends, to defeat these bastards on November 6th and end this madness? I do! Please say you will, too.”

On one level it is extremely sad to see families broken up period.  On the other where does one draw the line on an election promise? Trump was voted in on a ticket to clean up illegal immigration. If exceptions are granted for one person on compassionate grounds surely anyone that can pluck heartstrings would be eligible to remain. Then the law isn’t enforced.

Indeed Mr Garcia may have been a hard working model individual. Presumably he never tried to get mixed up with the law on revealing his true status. One would find it hard to believe that he never saw being deported as a risk in the years of being there, especially after Trump won.

To be  clear, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals entering the country as minors that either entered or remained in the country illegally, were eligible to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work.

Complain all one likes about the stupidity of kicking out a supposed upstanding member of the community on an age technicality but to censure the President for enforcing laws on which he won his ticket once again highlights the double standards of the left. Suppose Trump let Garcia stay? One could bet a lot of dollars that Democrats wouldn’t compliment his compassion one iota. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. So his decision (playing golf on  a National holiday) is completely rational.

One shouldn’t forget the shameful actions of Obama’s DOJ which blatantly lied to 26 State supreme courts over converting 5mn illegal immigrants to citizens. So egregious were the lies that one Supreme Court judge ordered 5 years compulsory ethics training for every attorney in the DOJ for the scandal. Are lies ok on compassionate grounds?

America is getting what it asked for. Indeed in 2020 they can vote him out but the reality is that a growing number of citizens are seeing fortunes improve and on that basis self preservation will trump compassion every time. Having said that Mr Garcia will likely get a book deal for $100,000s to tell his story. The question is will 65.9mn bleeding hearts buy a copy? One guesses no…when the next opportunity to rant against election promises comes along.

All the polls point to Trump losing control of the house in the mid-terms. Don’t bet on it. No rational person would vote out a formula that is working after a decade of financial destitution.  Once again if you’d believed the polls at election time and bet the house on a Clinton coronation you’d have lost your shirt.

4 charts Dems should pay attention to before censuring Trump’s State of the Union address

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While these four Democratic reps plan to skip the SOTU address one can pretty much take it to the bank that they’ll be the first to hurl abuse at the contents of it. As Robert Gottliebsen wrote today,

No American President in recent US history has so dramatically improved the American economy boosting pay rates, job numbers, retail sales, business investment, profits and, of course, the share market. It’s an astounding transformation that will create a tidal wave of repercussions around the world…Conversely no President in recent US history has been more politically incorrect and insensitive in his use of language. And in most media outlets this aspect of his administration completely overshadows the economic achievements.

They might also note that black, Hispanic and Asian unemployment rates have never been this low in history. It is the Whites who should be up in arms at this supposed racist president who is making them live in a relative unemployment ‘sh*thole’.

US White Unemployment Rate

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US Black/African-American Unemployment rate

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US Hispanic/Latino Unemployment Rate

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Punching Pakistan – money talks but money walks too

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$33bn in 15 years.  Trump has openly called to end support for Pakistan. Money talks but money walks too. As a defence analyst at the turn of the century it was interesting to see how the open acknowledgement of support was received by Pakistan. One of the best bets in emerging markets is to back the horse backed by the US. The Karachi main stock  index soared after George W Bush began to pour aid into the country.

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It was a gullible experiment. It was no surprise to any defence chiefs that the Pakistani ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) was a fervent sponsor of Al Qaeda, LeT and Taliban terrorism for decades. Search many a cartoon on the ISI and it will have whatever Prime Minister (at the time Musharraf) on a puppet hand. The cartoons even showed Obama being stabbed in the back. Indeed one could argue that the killing of Osama bin Laden was a gift from the ISI because the world’s most wanted man was of no use to it any more. These aren’t mere coincidences.

So it is rather ironic that Trump’s calling out of what has been a glaring miscalculation for almost two decades was already being priced in the markets when Trump won the election. The Pakistani government cannot be the least bit surprised by the president’s move.

We need look no further than the Indian government now holding hands with the US. A long term arms trader with Russia has now been replaced by the Americans. As China has been cozying up with Pakistan (the funding of the Karakoram Highway (aka the China- Pakistan Peace Highway makes a good example)) the US has done nothing to thwart the glaring problem that has faced them for years until now.

After almost a decade of appeasement, it is refreshing to see leadership that doesn’t mince words on making countries make true their loyalty commitments in public. Pakistan made true on the satire behind the cartoons about the ISI.

We can live in a bubble and deny the bleeding obvious in front of us or have a commitment to draw proper red lines that rogues get clear messages that overstepping will see consequences.

My Button is bigger than yours

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Purile but effective. The message has gone around the world. How is it more people are worried about his language than the ability for a nation like the DPRK to possess a capability to strike the US? How many times have we seen the North Korean’s nuke technology end up  in the wrong hands – e.g. Syria. Spurn the US for its post war foreign policy but it’s a known devil.

Back to mine is bigger than yours – unorthodox message delivery but why is anyone in the least bit surprised? How can anyone feel outrage at something that has happened almost daily for nearly 12 months straight? One should be howling if he wasn’t doing it! Then one could truly call him an unhinged lunatic because one would be worried that he was unpredictable.

Let’s not forget that China has recently told the world what it thinks of the UN sanctions by continuing to trade oil with the rogue nation. Trump told Xi than no amount of theatre by hosting a dinner in the Forbidden City will give them any free passes like his predecessors. Let’s not forget the farewell message sent by China to Obama on his last state visit – no stairs, no red carpet and no senior delegates. He exited by the emergency stairs of Air Force One. What a humiliation.

It is reasonably unstatesmanlike to be sure but the message is pointed at China not Kim. Quit screwing around is the message. If China doesn’t take care of business with its ‘tenant’ the US will evict him for it.

For all those panicking that a nuke strike is on the horizon Korean CDS spreads are 52. At the first stage of the verbal exchange several months back they were mid 70s. Yawn.

Well done Senator Leyonhjelm for inviting Milo to Parliament

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Full marks to Senator David Leyonhjelm for inviting Milo Yiannopolous to Parliament House. Despite the Greens Party leader Senator Richard Di Natale doing his best to ban him as a hate preacher, bigot, racist etc etc Milo had a pretty full audience. It is not whether one agrees with what he says but it is important to let any ideas out in the marketplace of free speech and debate the issues rather than shut them down. Indeed one would hope that Di Natale has such a strong case he could pin the Armani suited Milo’s arguments in person. That’s the thing. If Di Natale is convincing enough people will back his views on the sheer weight of  merit.

As an Australian citizen (even from afar) I watch the painful political correctness in the West that seems to turn a blind eye to almost anything that even remotely runs up against an identikit. We mustn’t offend this group or that group.

To be honest, as an example our government, in its quest to prevent on the fringe Islamophobia actually creates the environment for a worse time for Muslims. The majority of Muslims probably don’t care if we celebrate Christmas with trees in Martin Place but our political class decide to strip the tree of its significance in order to pander to something that just isn’t relevant. “Merry Christmas” is replaced with “Seasons Greetings.” In turn, some think that Muslims are behind it which means governments push for “hate speech laws” to cover up for their own stupidity and short-sightedness. Celebrate Australian traditions. Just like Aborigines seeking umbrage over statues of Cook and Phillip – the overwhelming majority don’t care but our politicians are all too busy trying to cater to another minority whose arguments and grievances are usually trivial to say the least.

Even the lunatic torch and swastika flag bearers in Charlottesville should be able to protest. Sunlight (torchlight) is the best disinfectant. Let these people go on parade for all to see. One can see for themselves they have no platform. The KKK (the former militia of the Democratic Party) has dwindled from 4mn members to less than 6,000. Out of a population of 330mn people they represent less than 0.02% of the population.

Probably some of the best footage of ‘like minds thanks to open platforms’ came when a BLM protest was given time on a stage at a Trump supporters event. BLM were told you’ve got several minutes and if you don’t like it then tough!

Still some in the political class feel the need to introduce all manner of laws to cover up their own weakness. At least some voices in parliament are not afraid to speak out and defend free speech. So credit to Senator Leyonhjelm for encouraging Milo to talk to our lawmakers.

It is not whether one thinks Milo is palatable (although a sellout tour in Australia is indicative) it is that he has a view. We don’t have to agree with it but again the left who try to shut him down will find far more backers of their cause if they combat him with concise and constructive arguments based on facts and truths. Said with authority and authenticity and watchMilo’s support wane. Indeed shutting him down actually helps Milo sell more tickets so it ends up being an own goal.

It really makes me want to join the political class in Australia to shore up the tide that is flowing toward feeble policy, further inaction and muzzling what they’re too gutless to admit. I want peace and harmony as much as the next person but it doesn’t come about by silencing dissenting voices. Embracing those voices is a tenet of democracy. Perhaps if the country was being run competently then people like Milo would be a footnote rather than front page.

Now Clinton lost the 2016 election because sexual harassers like Matt Lauer were the problem

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Just when the lame excuses couldn’t get any worse, the NY Times’ Jill Filipovic, in ‘The Men who cost Clinton the Election’ thinks that Clinton lost because of the male journalists (recently fired for claims of sexual harassment) were too tough on her and too easy on Trump. We are 12 months on from the election and despite the 10,000 excuses we’ve heard as to why she lost, this one is truly grasping at straws.

Filipovic wrote,

Many of the male journalists who stand accused of sexual harassment were on the forefront of covering the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Matt Lauer interviewed Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump in an official “commander-in-chief forum” for NBC. He notoriously peppered and interrupted Mrs. Clinton with cold, aggressive, condescending questions hyper-focused on her emails, only to pitch softballs at Mr. Trump and treat him with gentle collegiality…Mr. Charlie Rose, after the election, took a tone similar to Mr. Lauer’s with Mrs. Clinton — talking down to her, interrupting her, portraying her as untrustworthy. Mr. Halperin was a harsh critic of Mrs. Clinton, painting her as ruthless and corrupt, while going surprisingly easy on Mr. Trump.”

So Matt Lauer went for the jugular? Isn’t that the point of these debates or commander-in-chief forums – to make the politician squeam under pressure? So her deleting and bleaching 30,000 emails was not a relevant topic?

Mr Halperin painted her as a ruthless and corrupt candidate, when her foundation was exposed for pay to play, the hiring of Debbie Wassermann-Schulz as her campaign director after she brazenly knifed Bernie Sanders during the DNC run-off or receiving the debate questions in advance from Donna Brazile?

Indeed, it is hard to see how Charlie Rose had an impact on the 2016 election when he was tough on her post the event.

Still one can’t escape the fact that for however horrible Trump might have been as a inarticulate, vulgar and bullying GOP candidate, all the more reason she should have smashed it. Had she not taken the election as a coronation, actually visited the areas most in hardship instead of sticking to the $1,000 plate dinner fund raisers in the hubs of NY, LA and San Francisco maybe she would have learnt that it wasn’t a formality. Instead she stuck to identity politics and in the end lost to a candidate who openly stared down the barrel of a camera lens to tens of millions after the ‘grab the p*ssy’ episode and said “no one respects women more than I do” in debate two. Even women saw this and still voted for him.

What Filipovic fails to realize is that gender is an irrelevant benchmark for politics. All that matters is ability in the eyes of the electorate. For Michelle Obama to shame women who voted for Trump is part of the problem. Whether ability is delivered is another question but for millions of struggling Americans not living the dream they took a risk to vote for someone that wasn’t intertwined in the political machine that had failed to get them out of financial squalor. They may not have money but a vote is a great equalizer. Sure, Trump’s complete lack of political experience is telling with the constant cabinet reshuffles and both parties trying to distance themselves from his firebrand style of politics.

So indeed had Lauer been exposed as a sexual harasser before the event then would the outcome of Clinton’s 2016 campaign really have changed? Unlikely as Hillary Clinton was carrying so much baggage that even blind Freddie could have seen through the fact that for as horrible Trump was, she was even worse on so many levels.

Indeed if Filipovic wants to indirectly promote the idea that it was time for a ‘woman’ president, at least give we mere males (and females) some faith that you have a deeper bench than Hillary Clinton. Does a cake store put anything less than its best and delicious looking product in the shop windows on the grand opening day? No. As much as you may wish to point the fingers at a misogynist, sexist bro culture as the blame for her loss, make no mistake that most men (and women) will happily endorse competence over gender because it is in their rational best interests for the long term to do so. So instead of blaming men, perhaps look inside at what women exist in US politics (or any country for that matter) that can carry the torch of freedom on merits alone.

On a final point, while the feminists are at it, where was the outrage at the gushing over the hunky Canadian PM Justin Trudeau when he won his election? How many tweets and messages of teenage crush were seen which focused on his physical characteristics rather than his political acumen (which sadly are missing since being in office). It is a great pity that the Conservative Party in Canada didn’t elect Rona Ambrose over Andrew Scheer as leader. Go on YouTube and watch her decimate Justin Trudeau in every debate. If I was Canadian I would have voted for her given she had raw ability, intelligence and unwavering strength. She just happens to be a woman too.

#MakeShimaneGreatAgain

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In CM’s Make Japan Great Again report we noted that Shimane Prefecture has had the slowest population growth in almost 100 years. Shimane has seen its population fall 3% since that time. The issue is not just that Japan has a declining population rate, the regions are depopulating at too fast a pace. Without wanting to get too technical Shimane Prefecture is hosting a drive to get people to move there as it provides great childcare facilities and jobs! Half the battle of such drives, as well intentioned as they are, is who jumps first. While available daycare slots in the big smoke of Tokyo are hard to find, the population is still growing giving much better optionality for the long term.

I will be attending the seminar as I’m curious what other bait will be offered. Indeed Shimane, as lovely as it is to visit,  one wonders what excitement awaits with a population in decline. I was there in September – as was the last time I visited – there is nothing to speak of worth setting up a new life. At least Shimane is facing up to its reality and for that they deserve the full accolades of trying to resuscitate a region that is the same as it was 100 years ago.