Cognitive dissonance

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Cognitive dissonance

We’ve seen the news, heard the talking heads on the Nets choke on their words about Trump and North Korea so there isn’t much point in beleaguering the issue. HOWEVER, there is one lovely tidbit to be extracted from all this. Obama’s jaw-jacking foreign policy mouthpiece did make a fool of himself on last time.

Obama’s Top Foreign Policy Aide Is Eating Some Serious Crow Over North & South Korea Peace Talks

[snip] Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize if this goes through, then. I mean it’s only fair since they gave Obama the same honor—and he escalated the war and our footprint in Afghanistan. The point here is that the media was wrong (shocker, I know). They said this man would start World War III. His tweets will cause a missile launch. This behavior is not conducive to diplomacy. These people can all suck it. Choke on all that crow, fellas. Also, Obama’s former top foreign policy adviser, Ben Rhodes, should just stop tweeting about his insights on such matters.

This didn’t age well:

[he tweeted this]
Every taunt back and forth between Trump and Kim Jong Un makes deescalation and diplomacy less possible.

Trump has also hit North Korea with a series of sanctions after missile tests, which earned the North Korean dictator the nickname “rocket man” from Trump. The news media was scared about this. Again, they were wrong.

Don’t you wonder how those grapes taste right now?

More political bigotry from the Left

Bigotry: 1) stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
2) the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.

Racism: 1) a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
2) a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3) hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

From the Left there seems to be no end to racism and bigotry in the political arena. Schumer declares no Honky will get seated on the court. Now in Wisconsin, Sen. Baldwin is blocking a Federal Judge Court nominee because there is a question whether he would be fair and impartial. (Translation: Will he rule the way I want) The Nominee is Gordon Giampietro for a federal District Court Judgeship.

Senate Candidate Demands Tammy Baldwin Stop Blocking Judicial Nominee Over His Faith

Leah Vukmir, a Wisconsin Republican running for Senate, wants a fair hearing for Gordon Giampietro, nominated by President Trump to fill a federal district court seat.

A recent BuzzFeed article highlighted a few of Giampietro’s supposedly controversial remarks about gay marriage, Obamacare and birth control. Baldwin’s staff is quoted in the piece questioning his nomination in the context of these comments.

“These extremely troubling statements were not provided to the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission when it considered candidates for this vacancy,” the spokesman wrote. “Both what was said, and the fact that it was not disclosed to the Commission, raise serious questions about whether this nominee would be able to serve as a fair and impartial judge on a federal court.”

Giampietro did not disclose his past comments in his application to the Wisconsin federal nominating commission. In an attempt at transparency, Giampietro released his application Thursday, but Baldwin’s team remains skeptical he will able to serve in an “impartial” manner. [snip]

She went into detail in her direct appeal to Baldwin to keep her own “radical views” out of it.

As a Christian, I am writing to ask you to drop your opposition to Gordon Giampietro to be a judge on the district court. Most recently, the Catholic Bishops of Wisconsin asked you to give Mr. Giampietro a fair hearing and not to discriminate against him based upon his deeply held religious beliefs.

Senator Baldwin, you should not block a highly qualified judge to serve this country and administer justice simply because they have faith and a strongly held belief about the rule of law and the constitution. You were elected to the Senate not to impose your own radical views of the judiciary on this nation, but to ensure qualified nominees sit on our judiciary.

The founders never intended for senators to act on anti-Christian bigotry when determining if a judicial nominee is qualified to serve. Your opposition to him on this basis sends a terrible message to people of faith across Wisconsin and sets a terrible precedent.

I hope you will reconsider your position and allow Mr. Giampietro to be considered by the full Senate Judiciary committee.

Giampietro is not the only Trump judicial nominee who faced Democratic obstruction for his or her religious beliefs. Amy Coney Barrett was interrogated by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) last year for publishing papers that contained pro-life language.

“The dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein declared, while her colleagues had the gall to ask Barrett if she was an “orthodox Catholic.”

Barrett was ultimately confirmed to the 7th circuit court. [snip]

Cognitive dissonance

When Trump mentioned the idea of a military parade, the Left went into a brief collective catatonic state. They emerged from that and promptly set their hair on fire.

Of course they conveniently forget that Obama had his military parade.

Perhaps the Left wouldn’t be so upset if Trump didn’t hold the parade in DC, but instead held it in Pyongyang, North Korea. Maybe even ran over that fat boy with a couple of main battle tanks.

Cognitive dissonance

A couple of stories caught my attention since they were side by side when I saw them on The Vermont Eagle web site. Another appears in True North Reports. Let us take them in order as presented

Vermont is tops for new residents

Americans are moving westward, flocking to the Mountain and Pacific West, while the Northeast and Midwest continue to lose residents, according to Melissa Sullivan, a spokesperson for Indiana-based United Van Lines.

“In 2017, more residents moved out of Illinois than any other state with 63 percent of moves being outbound. Vermont had the highest percentage of inbound migration in 2017 with nearly 68 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound,” Sullivan reported in a news statement.

Contrary to some political pundits and critics of Vermont’s high taxes, Vermont is a surprising destination for new residents looking for a better place to live—at least that’s what United Van Lines’ 2017 41st Annual National Movers Study indicates. [snip]

Given the Progressives penchant for OPM and over regulation, it is surprising anyone would be moving to Vermont unless they are trustfunders. You know, they pay no income tax since they earn no income. Living off interest and dividends which are taxed at 15% they can afford to travel to shop to NH or shop online. Or they’re coming to get on the dole.

Farewell to Vermont’s Macy’s

The impact of Internet shopping continues to buffet so-called brick-and-mortar retailers here in Vermont and beyond. Macy’s in Burlington is the latest victim.

This week, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said that Macy’s Department Store, an anchor retailer on the Church Street mall since the early 2000s, is expected to close this March. Macy’s announced the closing last Thursday.

The famous department store chain is closing 100 less profitable stores nationwide. The Burlington store is the only Macy’s in the state.

Weinberger said that, “Macy’s plan to close its Burlington store will affect many families within our community, and the city is focused on doing everything it can to help impacted workers transition to new jobs… . It has been clear for years from the national retail trends and Macy’s recent closures of about 100 stores in other cities that today’s news was a real possibility for us in Burlington.”

Weinberger tried to put a positive spin on the bad downtown news which includes the lost of 65 retail jobs.

“In preparation for news like this,” he said, “the city has been working proactively with the support of voters to keep the downtown healthy by beginning the transition from a suburban-style mall to a mixed-use neighborhood.” [snip]

In Proggy terminology, a mixed use neighborhood contains everything from crack huses to streetwalker cribs. Hang on, they’re going upscale.

“I love Macy’s,” said Burlington shopper Mary Ann Fitzgerald, a 10-year-long resident of Middlebury. “I always found things there for myself and my family. [snip]

And then every year we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on T.V. and get out the ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ DVD and that gets us in a Macy’s mood. I’ll miss all that.”

Seriously, just why in hell did you leave Livonia, NJ? Now you’ll shop at Hank’s Haberdashery or Granola Gert’s Dress Emporium.
To think I had to leave Vermont to escape this mental disorder.

To turn around, you have to change direction

We have some pretty serious issues facing our state: a shrinking workforce, a public school system that is hemorrhaging students while it vacuums money and a structural sate budget deficit, just to name just a few. These problems are not new, and the policies our state government has enacted to address them have not worked. Vermonters are now among the most highly taxed people in the country, but what do we have to show for it?

Today we spend roughly $1.6 billion to educate 77,000 K-12 students. That’s well over $20,000 per child, more than almost every other state in the union and nearly twice the national average. This is more than twice the total we paid before Act 60 became law in 1997, despite serving thirty thousand fewer kids in 2017. [snip]

Vermont has implemented many wealth redistribution programs to ostensibly help the poor. We have the most progressive income tax in the nation as well as the most progressive property tax system. Vermont spends more money per capita than all but just five other states. A single-parent family of three in Vermont receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) that is 51 percent higher than the national average. Roughly 35 percent of Vermonters receive some form of Medicaid. Our $10.50 state minimum wage is already in the top five highest in the country, and a 2013 study by the Cato Institute calculated a typical welfare benefit package family was worth $37,705, or the equivalent of a pretax wage of $42,350. This puts us in the top ten “most generous” suppliers of welfare. [snip]

Vermont is a wonderful place to live. But despite everything our state has to offer in terms of scenic landscapes, clean air, healthy and safe surroundings, etc., ours is one of only three states since 2010 to have actually lost population.

What is happening that fewer people want to live in the greatest place there is to live?

Political historian Michael Barone, best known as the author of “The Almanac of American Politics,” recently explained that this “can be chalked up to Woodstock-era migrants — Bernie Sanders, Howard Dean. They’ve liberalized the state’s culture and politics, so with the state’s high taxes and stringent environmental bans, no one is following.” [snip]

So, given the true challenges facing our state, it is a bit frustrating to see the Legislature immediately take up, of all things, the legalization of marijuana, passing the bill before even reading the study they ordered last year. After that, it’s more items off the same menu of failed ideas. House and Senate leaders proclaimed their priorities will be to increase our already high minimum wage to $15 an hour, and to pass a government-run, government-mandated paid family leave insurance program that is so attractive on its own merits that proponents admit if people weren’t forced to participate, no one would buy it. [snip]

Ain’t it wonderful!
Welcome to the Socialist Republik of Vermont.

Please Bring Money.

Cognitive dissonance

One must believe that there is a disturbance in the Force or a disruption in the medications. The message isn’t on script from the Senior Poobahs, causing the lackeys scurry to and fro like kids stomping ants.
Senator Feinstein uttered a TRUTH.

Feinstein Acknowledges There’s Still No Evidence of Russian Collusion

The investigations of Russian collusion into the 2016 election have been going on for nearly 10 months now, and key Republican lawmakers are ready for the congressional committees looking into the matter to wrap it up. No evidence of collusion has been found—a point even some top Democratic lawmakers are acknowledging. (emphasis added)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein was asked Sunday by CNN’s Jake Tapper about revelations that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos sought “dirt” on Hillary Clinton from someone with Russian connections who claimed he could provide “thousands” of her emails. Papadopoulos plead guilty of lying to the FBI about his contact with a Russian national but it still was not evidence of collusion.

George Papadopoulos pled guilty to a single charge of making a false statement to the FBI.  He was not charged with so-called “collusion” because no such crime exists in American statutory law, except in anti-trust matters.  It has no application to elections and political campaigns.

It is not a crime to talk to a Russian. Not that the media would ever understand that.  They have never managed to point to a single statute that makes “colluding” with a foreign government in a political campaign a crime, likely because it does not exist in the criminal codes. (Fox News)

“Have you seen any evidence that this dirt, these emails, were ever given to the Trump campaign?” Tapper asked the California Democrat.

“Not so far,” she replied.

Feinstein is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, both of which are investigating Russian collusion.

“Have you seen any communications that suggested that the trump campaign wanted them to release them through a different means?” he pressed.

“I have not,” she replied.

Note that no member of the august press asked when they were going to investigate Hillary.

Idiot’s Corner

psychosis: a mental disorder characterized by symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, that indicate impaired contact with reality.

California Becomes First State to Allow Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates

California is now the first state in the country to grant gender-neutral birth certificates for people who feel like they are neither men nor women.

Perhaps these certificates should be genus neutral, don’t even bother with listing species.

The Sacramento Bee reports on Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the ”Gender Recognition Act” that allows for gender-neutral options on driver’s licenses and also on birth certificates. Oregon and Washington D.C. previously enacted gender-neutral driver license options, but California is the first state to allow the gender-neutral option on birth certificates.

The new birth certificates and licenses allow people who feel like they are neither men nor women—people who think they are “non-binary” or “genderqueer” or any other nonconforming gender—to choose “non-binary” as an option on their official documentation.

The Los Angeles Times reports the new driver’s licenses start to be issued in 2019.