“We Are the Democratic Party, Not the Undemocratic Party.”

O'Malley Martin O’Malley decided to state the obvious by pointing out that the muckety-mucks in the Democratic party are rigging the primary and caucus process in order to help Hillary Clinton–a flawed presidential candidate if ever there was one–to get the Democratic presidential nomination. I am sure that O’Malley’s speech–delivered while Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was in attendance–didn’t win him many friends among Democratic party muckety-mucks. But someone had to make the points that O’Malley made–notwithstanding the fact that anyone even remotely familiar with politics already knew the truth of what O’Malley was saying: [Read more…]

Hypocrisy: It Never Goes Out of Style

Obama I look forward to the time when we will have a Republican president, and anything resembling the politicization of intelligence will be vigorously denounced by just about every media outlet in existence.

But for now, we do not have a Republican president, so we have to be content with the Daily Beast’s denunciation of the politicization of intelligence: [Read more…]

I. Have. Arrived.

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(Cross-posted.)

Donald Trump and His Supporters Are a Cancer on the Body Politic

Trump Since Donald Trump persists in his effort to bring down the Republican party–and the republic itself–through his reprehensible antics and despicable demagoguery, it is necessary to make abundantly clear to all and sundry just how vile Trump is. Fortunately, George Will is up for the job: [Read more…]

What Happens when the Minimum Wage Is Raised?

Minimum Wage Well, among other things, you get employers looking for ways to replace human workers with automated ones. To be sure, the process of worker automation is inevitable regardless of whether there has been an increase in the minimum wage. But if you are a human being interested in keeping a job, minimum wage increases–especially sharp and sudden increases to $15 per hour–don’t help human beings keep their jobs. The only thing they do is cause managers and bosses to look for ways to cheaply replace human labor. [Read more…]

In Memoriam: Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest We should not have needed the likes of Robert Conquest to describe and awaken us to the horrors of the Soviet Union. We should not have needed him to tell us that Joseph Stalin was a monster. We should not have needed him to tell us that the monstrousness of Stalin was the direct and consequential result of the monstrousness of Vladimir Lenin. We should not have needed him to tell us that communism inevitably and directly leads to human rights abuses of the worst and most atrocious kind. We should not have needed Robert Conquest to tell us these things any more than we should have needed him–or anyone else, for that matter–to tell us that water is wet.

Alas, we did need Robert Conquest to do all of these things, and fortunately for civilization, and for those who wish to keep it civilized, Robert Conquest did devote much of his life demonstrating that communism was the way to barbarism and that the Soviet Union placed on horrifying display some of the most despicable barbarism ever to have visited humankind. Of course, there exist the defiantly non-civilized, who seem to bemoan the fall of the Soviet Union, despite the evidence that the fall of the Soviet Union was a very good thing (thus incurring the justified disgust of non-monsters among us). Such people will never join the ranks of the enlightened; our only consolation may be that they are not too numerous, and as long as we are able to deny them and their likes any real and consequential political power, we should be all right (he blogged, hopefully). [Read more…]

Attention Donald Trump Supporters

Trumps and Clintons Your candidate is being used to wreak havoc upon the Republican party. And he is being used by the Clintons, no less.

Need I mention that by extension, you are being used by the Clintons to wreak havoc upon the Republican party? Doesn’t that make you feel kind of . . . well . . . stupid?

Do you like feeling stupid? If so, then by all means, feel free to continue supporting Donald Trump and doing the Clintons’ dirty work for them. Otherwise, perhaps you would like to change your voting preferences. Just a thought.

(Photo credit from the linked story.)

(Cross-posted.)

Quote of the Day

Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners.

A Reuters analysis of U.S. government data reveals that this is business as usual in the New York property magnate’s empire.

Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters. Most of the applications were approved, the data show.

Nine companies majority-owned by Trump have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs administered by the Labor Department.

The candidate’s foreign talent hunt included applications for an assistant golf-course superintendent, an assistant hotel manager and a banquet manager.

Two of his companies, Trump Model Management and Trump Management Group LLC, have sought visas for nearly 250 foreign fashion models, the records show.

Trump’s presidential campaign and a lawyer for the businessman declined to comment. The Mar-a-Lago Club could not be reached for comment.

Mica Rosenberg. I trust that no one is actually surprised by this brand of hypocrisy. And yes, I realize that I am violating my own rule regarding Donald Trump, but apparently, that has become necessary to do.

(Cross-posted.)

Jonathan Pollard Should Remain in Prison, and the Obama Administration Should Stop Insulting Our Intelligence

Jonathan Pollard Let’s be abundantly clear about something. Jonathan Pollard is a traitor to the United States of America, and should spend the rest of his life paying for his crimes. He inflicted catastrophic damage on American national security, he betrayed the trust of those who thought well of him and gave him access to sensitive intelligence, and if he is at all remorseful about his actions, I have yet to hear of it. And even if I do hear about it, I’ll have no reason whatsoever to believe it. [Read more…]

More Reasons to Dislike the Nuclear Deal with Iran

now-the-really-hard-part-starts-after-landmark-iran-nuclear-deal My desperate attempt to convince myself that the nuclear deal with Iran is a good one is–I am sorry to report–in the process of failing miserably. I wish that I could report otherwise, but alas, those accursed facts keep getting in the way, and keep me from liking this deal.

Oh, don’t think that I will give up on my effort to feel optimistic that the nuclear agreement with Iran is a triumph of American diplomacy. I am not a quitter, after all. But stubborn as I am, and as much as I would like to persevere in my effort to become a fan of the deal, I can see the handwriting on the wall, and that handwriting has produced the following words: “This is a bad deal.” [Read more…]

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