Monday, October 24, 2016

Deal of the Day: Save On the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum

At Amazon, Hoover Linx BH50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner.

Also, Cyber Power Mini Towers.

BONUS: David Horowitz, The Black Book of the American Left Volume 7: The Left in Power - Clinton to Obama.

Here's David Horowitz on Tom Hayden

At FrontPage Magazine, "Tom Hayden, LA, and Me":
Tom Hayden and I were once comrades-in-arms in a movement to overthrow America's democratic institutions, remake its government in a Marxist image and help America's enemies defeat her sons on the field of battle. Now he is running for mayor of Los Angeles and many people are asking me, "Does this past matter?" I think it does.

Hayden and I were deadly serious about our revolutionary agendas. During the Vietnam War, Tom traveled many times to North Vietnam, Czechoslovakia and Paris to meet communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong leaders. He came back from Hanoi proclaiming he had seen "rice roots democracy at work." According to people who were present at the time, including Sol Stern, later an aide to Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein, Hayden offered tips on conducting psychological warfare against the U.S. He arranged trips to Hanoi for Americans perceived as friendly to the Communists and blocked entry to those seen as unfriendly, like the sociologist Christopher Jencks. He attacked as "propaganda" stories of torture and labeled American POWs returning home with such stories as "liars." Even after America withdrew its troops from Indochina, Hayden lobbied Congress to end all aid to the anti-Communist regimes in Vietnam and Cambodia. When the cutoff came, the regimes fell and the Communists conquered South Vietnam and Cambodia and slaughtered 2.5 million people. When anti-war activist Joan Baez protested the human rights violations of the North Vietnamese victors, Hayden called her a tool of the CIA.

On the domestic front, Hayden advocated urban rebellions and called for the creation of "guerrilla focos" to resist police and other law enforcement agencies. For a while he led a Berkeley commune called the "Red Family," whose "Minister of Defense" trained commune members at firing ranges and instructed high school students in the use of explosives. He was also an outspoken supporter of the violence-prone Black Panther Party.

Why do these facts still seem important? It is not that I think a man cannot learn from his mistakes, or change his mind. Far from it. I myself have recently published a memoir recounting my own activities in the radical Left, a past that I now regret. I find this history relevant not just because Hayden is now proposing himself as the chief executive of one of America's most important cities, but because he has never been fully candid about this past. He has not owned up to the extent of his dealings with America's former enemies or to the true agenda of the Red Family commune, which was little more than a left-wing militia. He has remained silent about the criminal activities which included murder of the Black Panther Party, whose cause he promoted at the time.

To be fair, Hayden has admitted to some second thoughts. In an abstract way, he now understands that the democratic process is better than the totalitarian one. He now claims to embrace more modest ambitions about what can be accomplished in the political arena. Yet, in all these years, he has not found the courage to be candid about what he actually did.

His silence on these matters has been coupled of late with an ongoing attack on the FBI, the CIA and other authorities responsible for the public's security and safety. In his 450-page memoir, published only a few years ago, Hayden included many pages of his FBI dossier, along with his sarcastic comments suggesting that the agents who kept an eye on him were no different from the agents of a police state trying to suppress unpopular ideas. Just last week Hayden, along with American communist Angela Davis and other '60s leftovers, led a march on Los Angeles City Hall organized by something calling itself the "Crack the CIA Coalition." Among its demands were "Dismantle the CIA" and "Stop the media cover-up of CIA drug involvement," a reference to a San Jose Mercury News story discredited by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post that claimed the CIA had flooded Los Angeles' inner-city communities with crack cocaine.

This sowing of suspicion of legal authority is troubling in a man who proposes himself as the leader of a city like Los Angeles, which has many political, racial and economic fault lines, and in which there are visible tensions between its diverse communities. At worst, it fuels the racial paranoia of elements in the inner-city community who are convinced that there is a government plot to eliminate their leaders, not to mention their community itself...
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PREVIOUSLY: "Tom Hayden, The Long Sixties."

Tom Hayden, The Long Sixties

I picked up a copy of this book years ago, although I never did read it.

I just pulled it off the shelf in light of the news of the man's passing. Might as well give a few chapters a whirl now that the dude's kicked the bucket.

At Amazon, Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama.

PREVIOUSLY: "Tom Hayden Has Died."

Tom Hayden Has Died

Hayden spoke at my college a few years back.

I never liked him personally. I always thought he was a bad person, a treasonous scoundrel.

In any case, at the Los Angeles Times, "'The radical inside the system': Tom Hayden, protester-turned-politician, dies at 76."

Sunday, October 23, 2016

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy Available on Kindle for $4.99

That's a deal!

At Amazon, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Kindle Edition).

BONUS: Robert S. Gordon, The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War.

Sunday Cartoons

At Flopping Aces, "Sunday Funnies."

Branco Cartoons photo Tough-Guy-600-LI_zps7xozbfqp.jpg

More, at Theo's, "Cartoon Roundup..."

Cartoon Credit: Legal Insurrection, "Branco Cartoon – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall."

Emma Roberts Rule 5

At Popaholic, "Emma Roberts Looking Like a Doll."

Below here is some random hottie!

Theo's Totty photo BonusS16_zps382e6899.jpg
But see more, at Drunken Stepfather, "STEPLINKS OF THE DAY."

At Pirate's Cove, "Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup," and "If All You See……is a world turned to desert because of fracking, you might just be a Warmist."

Plus, at Wirecutter's, "Your Good Morning Girl."

At 90 Miles from Tyranny, "Morning Mistress."

Lindsey Pelas, "Yo."

And at WWTDD, "Sara Jean Underwood Keeping the Rolls."

At Egotastic!, "Demi Lovato Hot Performance In Mexico."

Still more from Proof Positive, "Best of the Web* Linkaround."

The Chive, "Bad girls bend at the waist (44 Photos)."

BONUS: At Blazing Cat Fur, "University of Toronto Professor is Simply Not Insane."

As Trump Delivers His Gettysburg Address, Republicans Prepare for Civil War

A good piece, from Dan Balz, at the Washington Post.

Whatever happens is good. The GOP needs a shakeup.

Horrific Tour Bush Crash in Desert Hot Springs: 11 Dead

You can see from the photos that the bus driver rear-ended the semi at full speed.

Leland Faust, A Capitalist's Lament [BUMPED]

A #1 new item, at Amazon, A Capitalist's Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America.

In the Mail: David A. Keene and Thomas L. Mason, Shall Not Be Infringed [BUMPED]

This came yesterday earlier.

It's a lively read. I read the introductory chapter last night and I really recommend it.

At Amazon, Shall Not Be Infringed: The New Assaults on Your Second Amendment.

Dana Loesch on 'State of the Union' with Jake Tapper (VIDEO)

My friend Dana Loesch joined Gov. Jan Brewer, Sen. Bob Kerrey, and Bakari Sellers for this morning's CNN panel.

Watch, "Trump vows to sue every woman accuser after election," "Oprah on Clinton: 'You don't have to like her...'"

And buy Dana's book, Flyover Nation: You Can't Run a Country You've Never Been To.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Economist Special Report on Russia: Putinism

"Ominous" is the word folks are using to describe this cover at the Economist.

Here's the report, "The threat from Russia: How to contain Vladimir Putin’s deadly, dysfunctional empire."

WikiLeaks sees the conspiracy there, a poorly veiled anti-Semitic conspiracy. Nasty:

Reflections on Hillbilly Elegy

From Aaron Renn, at City Journal, "Culture, Circumstance, and Agency."

And, Amazon, J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

Bella Thorne at the Nail Salon

At London's Daily Mail, "Bella Thorne flaunts belly button on outing to nail salon wearing blue knitted hat and ripped hipster jeans."

BONUS: At Egotastic, "Bella Thorn in Tiny Daisy Dukes in Los Angeles."

New Elizabeth Hurley Bikini Shots

At London's Daily Mail, "Elizabeth Hurley, 51, flaunts her impeccably toned abs and perky bust in saucy selfie."

Glenn Beck in the Tank for Hillary Clinton?


This was a Breitbart meme last week, "Glenn Beck: Electing Hillary Clinton 'Is a Moral, Ethical Choice'."

So here's his response, in a chat with Dana Loesch:

Here's the updated story at CNN, "Glenn Beck: Opposing Trump is 'moral' choice — even if Clinton is elected."

Old America vs. New America and the 2016 Election

I guess this is another way of talking about the Coalition of Restoration versus the Coalition of Transformation, which is Ronald Brownstein's formulation of the current realignment in American politics.

See Cathleen Decker, at LAT, "This election is much more than Trump vs. Clinton. It's old America vs. new America":
The contrast in the 2016 presidential election was as evident Thursday as it has ever been: Donald Trump spoke to a largely white audience in Ohio, a state that has traditionally picked presidents but finds itself somewhat marginalized this year.

Soon after, Michelle Obama, the nation’s first African American first lady, campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Arizona, a state where Latinos have changed the political environment so much that Republicans may well lose there for only the second time since 1948.

The dramas surrounding the Trump campaign have sometimes obscured an underlying reality of 2016: Trump and Clinton are running for the same job, but they are talking to and being sustained by two different Americas.

There’s the old one — a distinction not of age alone, but cultural perspective and outlook — that Trump appeals to as he courts white, rural voters and social conservatives. His support base is heavy with voters uneasy with the turns the country has taken in recent years and, broadly speaking, more comfortable with an era when white men like Trump ran things.

And there’s the new America, the one Hillary Clinton has homed in on with her appeals to women, gay and lesbian Americans, the young, and minorities.

Clinton is not a perfect representative of that new America  —  in part because of her long tenure on the political scene. But the themes on which she has conducted her campaign and popular surrogates like the Obamas have helped shore up her connection. So, too, has her historic reach to become the first woman president.

The focuses of the two candidates echo their parties’ strengths —Republicans with older and whiter voters, Democrats with younger, more culturally and racially diverse ones.

Their slogans also show their aim: Clinton’s is “Stronger Together,” an appeal to the patchwork of groups, many of them flexing new political muscle, that make up her base. Trump’s is “Make America Great Again,” a proposition that harks back to a time when a different, more homogeneous order prevailed.

Trump has never identified his target era, but his cultural references seem to push back decades. Thursday, at a rally in Delaware, Ohio, in a conservative and partly rural area north of Columbus, he brought up “The $64,000 Question,” a quiz show that went off the air in 1958.

In Arizona, before a diverse crowd of thousands, the first lady evoked groups that were often ignored in that era as she delivered a ringing speech on behalf of Clinton.

“We are a nation built on differences, guided by the belief that we are all created equal,” she said. “Hillary knows that our country is powerful and vibrant and strong, big enough to have a place for all of us and that each of us is a precious part of the great American story.”

At his rally, Trump spoke, as he almost always does, to a crowd made up almost completely of white voters. In what has become a common refrain, he framed the election in apocalyptic terms: “Either we win this election or we are going to lose this country,” he said.

To his followers, that threat is all too real. Judy Krauss, a 70-year-old retired teacher who attended the Trump rally, said she worries that “leftist liberals” are changing America for the worse.

“They’re already in the schools, already in the media, already in the Republican Party,” she said.

Michelle Churma, wearing a pin on her shirt with an image of a machine gun and the phrase “Plead the Second” — a reference to the 2nd Amendment —  said she feared the country would go “in an awful direction” if Clinton is elected.

“There’s an America that holds fast to the Constitution … the idea that everyone has an equal chance,” she said. The other believes “everyone has to have the same stuff … the government owes me.”

Earlier this fall, at a shopping mall not far from the rally site, representatives of the other America spoke of their discomfort with Trump.

“We’re married; he’s not OK with that,” said Terri Glimcher, 60, of Powell, Ohio, as she sat in the food court with her wife, Tammy McKey. They were able to marry after the Supreme Court legalized gay unions last year. “He wants to overturn that. And that’s scary.”

Downstairs in another part of the mall, Omeliah Nembhard, 21, said that she was no big fan of Clinton but that Trump struck at the fears of her immigrant family, which moved here from Jamaica.

“My family came here for opportunity, and Donald Trump is taking that away,” she said. “He’s taking America out of America. “

The version of America seen at the ballot box has changed dramatically over the years...
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Britt Bergmeister Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Casting Call 2017 (VIDEO)

She's fabulous:

Struggles of North Carolina Rural Voters (VIDEO)

This is interesting, even riveting in some respects.

Rural life is so different, and yet so beautiful. I love North Carolina. I love the mountain feel, the Appalachian feel.

Watch this clip, featuring white folks in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, from the PBS News Hour:

Donna Brazile Claims She's Being 'Persecuted' After Megyn Kelly Asks Her How She Obtained the Exact Same Question as Hillary Clinton at the March 13th Debate (VIDEO)

Truly despicable.

Talk about a rigged election. That's not up for debate.

The whole video's good, but go to 5:55 minutes at the clip:

'We will drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.'


There's a lot of draining to be done.

Here's Donald Trump at Gettysburg, "Trump makes 'closing argument,' again attacks accusers."

Reuters Calls the Election for Hillary

Crooked Hillary's been ahead in the Electoral College for almost the entire campaign, but Reuters is making a bid deal of her current lead. See, "Clinton far ahead in Electoral College race: Reuters/ipsos poll" (at Memeor
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the U.S. presidency, according to the latest States of the Nation project results released on Saturday.

In the last week, there has been little movement. Clinton leads Donald Trump in most of the states that Trump would need should he have a chance to win the minimum 270 votes needed to win. According to the project, she has a better than 95 percent chance of winning, if the election was held this week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump.

Trump came off his best debate performance of the campaign Wednesday evening but the polling consensus still showed Clinton winning the third and final face-off on prime-time TV. Trump disputes those findings.

And some national polls had the race tightening a wee bit this week though others had Clinton maintaining her solid lead. But the project illustrates that the broader picture remains bleak for Trump with 17 days to go until the Nov. 8 election.

Trump did gain ground in South Carolina where his slim lead last week expanded to seven points, moving it into his column from a toss-up. Unfortunately for him, he lost ground in Arizona, which is now too close to call.

Additionally, he is facing a challenge for Utah’s six Electoral College votes from former CIA operative and Utah native Evan McMullin. The independent candidate is siphoning votes away from Trump in a state that is Republican as any in the nation. In some polls, McMullin is even leading. (The States of the Nation is not polling on McMullin.)

Utah, like almost all of the states, is a winner-take-all contest.
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Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump's Posts as Hate Speech

Facebook employees threatened to quit over Trump, angry that Mark Zuckerberg allowed Trump's posts to stay up, even though, according to employees, his comments violated the social network's terms of service.


Good on Zuck. But what you're seeing is the axis of ideological conflict going forward, starting very soon, in fact. And leftists are going to win, more and more. Conservative speech will be shut down as "hate speech." First it'll be on private services like Facebook, but if Hillary gets a couple of Supreme Court nominees confirmed, Court rulings may well chip away at longstanding protections for speech. Look for cases arising from the hotbeds of political correctness, America's college campuses.

The Movement for Prison Reform on the Right

From Megan McArdle, at Bloomberg, "How the Right Changed Its Mind on Prison":
One of the heartening developments of the last few years has been the emergence of a serious movement for prison reform on the right. These people are not simply coming over to the left-wing side; they have their own ideas about de-escalating mass incarceration, and an increasingly serious commitment to doing so.

Political scientist Steven Teles has just released a new book on the phenomenon: “Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration.” I sat down with him on Thursday to ask him about the book and talk about what it might mean for the future of both criminal-justice reform and the Republican Party.

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