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Should Trump go to the nerd prom?

by Greg Krehbiel on 7 February 2017

(“Nerd prom” is the name for the White House correspondent’s dinner.)

I heard a discussion of that question on WMAL this morning. The host presented three choices: (1) don’t go, (2) go and give them Hell, (3) go and try to restore the relationship.

I think #3 is the worst choice. The chances of winning those people over are very small, in my opinion, and more likely to backfire than to help.

#2 is also fraught with difficulty because the press will misreport and caricature whatever he says.

So I go for #1, but I also agree with the suggestions of a few of the callers to the show — Trump should stage his own event at the same time.

My favorite suggestion was that he invite Milo Yiannopoulos as the featured speaker at an alternative press dinner, with prominent bloggers, talk radio hosts, etc. Get Ann Coulter and Chris Plante up there to skewer the press. (I’m not sure that’s a wise suggestion, it was just my favorite.)

It’s going to be war. You either fight or you lose.

8 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-02-07  ::  Greg Krehbiel

“Be yourself” and other nonsense

by Greg Krehbiel on 6 February 2017

There is too much muddled-headed, feel-good nonsense in the world. Which would be perfectly fine if people had the sense to recognize it as such, smile politely and move on. It’s like that Paul McCartney song about silly love songs. They’re fun, so long as you realize they’re just silly love songs.

The trouble is that too many people regard the vapid memes from Bookface as arguments.

In response to disputes over immigration policy, the left sings “this land is your land, this land is my land.”

Okay. So who is included in “your”? Apparently some people think the U.S.A. is the patrimony of every human being on the planet. Or at least every human being who wants to come here. Otherwise, … what’s the relevance?

Isn’t there some limit to who gets to come here? Can’t we discuss that without resorting to idiotic slogans about how America is a land of immigrants?

Then there are the absurd appeals to Native Americans. E.g., if you’re against illegal immigration then, logically, you should want to give the country back to the Indians. Sure. And the modern residents of England should give the land back to the fairie folk.

You wonder if the people who employ such arguments have any capacity for self criticism. Do they even stop to consider “I wonder what someone with a brain would think about this”?

Something in the Super Bowl yesterday (a commercial or a song I think) said “Be true to yourself.” Ah. Deep magic from the dawn of time, that. It’s so thoughtful it ought to be in an Aerosmith song.

What if you’re a pedophile, or a rapist, or a cannibal?

“Oh, we clearly don’t mean those people. We mean normal people.”

You haven’t met enough of them, I think.

I am strongly of the opinion that people who believe they ought to be true to themselves haven’t peered inside very deeply, or at least they didn’t exercise much moral discernment while doing it. I, for one, definitely do not want to be true to myself.

I’m all for appeals to the “better angels of our nature” and such — things that recognize that the inner life is morally complicated — but “be yourself” is silly talk that justifies all kinds of foolishness. And, unfortunately, social media is reducing thought (and dialog) to that level.

This weekend I watched a few videos of debates and political discussions. (Yeah, I’m a wild and crazy guy.) The talking heads are dumb enough to make you despair, but when they take comments from the audience …. It makes you wonder how democracy can possibly work.

 ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-02-06  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Why can’t the president criticize a judge?

by Greg Krehbiel on 6 February 2017

Trump is not going to be bound by Washington conventions. He’s going to do and say things that are completely unacceptable to the DC establishment. Like criticizing a judge that disagrees with him. (As Obama famously criticized the Supreme Court in a State of the Union message, by the way.)

Good for Trump. And good for us.

I don’t like Trump’s blustery style, but … then again, it’s about time somebody shook things up a bit. These gentleman’s agreements and expectations very well might be a big part of the problem with Washington. The entrenched, arrogant power. The back room deals.

(Along these lines, there are suggestions that the White House correspondent’s dinner will not happen this year. And … why should it?)

But the new nastiness is going to cut both ways. The Democrats aren’t going to play nice in the minority. Once you break the truce, it’s hard to know what the other side will do.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Gorsuch doesn’t get a single Democratic vote, and the Republicans will have to go nuclear to get him confirmed. Fine.

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The left is going to get its wish

by Greg Krehbiel on 4 February 2017

The 60s all over again. Demonstrations. Protests. Riots. Fires. You know, the good life.

BTW, sorry I’ve been scarce. I was on a big road trip, bringing a kid back from Texas. And if you’re looking for me on Facebook, I’m taking a break for a while. The constant stream of BS is too much. I need to come up for air.

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Cut two regulations for every new one

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 January 2017

Trump signed an executive order requiring agencies to cut two regulations for every one new regulation they want to put in place. That sounds a little gimmicky (what exactly counts as a “regulation”?), but it also sounds like a step in the right direction. There have to be tons of outdated regulations we can eliminate.

Having said that, I think a lot of the problems facing small businesses come from local, not federal regulations.

For example, I don’t know this for sure, but I’m pretty certain that if I wanted to start a brewery, county and state regulations would be more of an obstacle than federal regulations.

Still, Trump is moving things in the right direction.

11 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-01-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel

“The science says …” the left will continue to interpret Trump as Hitler

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 January 2017


… literally millions of citizens in the United States who were either right about Trump being the next Hitler, and we will see that behavior emerge from him soon, or they are complete morons. That’s a trigger for cognitive dissonance. The science says these frightened folks will start interpreting all they see as Hitler behavior no matter how ridiculous it might seem to the objective observer. And sure enough, we are seeing that.

I suppose it’s somewhat like the Jehovah’s Witness’s predictions. If you keep saying Jesus is going to return at a certain time, and Jesus keeps obstinately not returning, eventually you might just say “Oh, Jesus really did return, in some special way.”

In this case, the left is intent on interpreting everything Trump does as evidence of their election-time claim that he is Hitler.

… lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons.

He then goes on to raise the possibility that wanting Trump to be Hitler will somehow make him be Hitler.

I’m not buying that part of Adams’ analysis, but I do agree that the left has gone crazy interpreting every Trumpian thing in its worst possible light.

10 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-01-30  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Is the old bargain dead?

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 January 2017

True or false: there used to be an implied bargain that men would work and sacrifice for the sake of their families in exchange for respect and a stable, orderly home. That bargain no longer applies.

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Politicizing the EPA, etc.

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 January 2017

I find it very amusing that many of the people who are complaining that Trump will politicize the EPA, DOE, etc., dismiss as ridiculous any suggestion that Obama did the same.

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I used to read Real Clear Politics

by Greg Krehbiel on 27 January 2017

But now I look at the articles and think, “All of you were completely wrong about the election. Why should I believe you now?”

3 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-01-27  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Rachel, didn’t it used to be that way?

by Greg Krehbiel on 27 January 2017

There’s a meme floating around Facebook where Rachel Maddow says that if we outlaw abortion we have to outlaw men abandoning women that they get pregnant.

Uh … yeah. Isn’t that the way it used to be, before feminism?

I might be wrong about this, but I thought the law used to presume that the child was the responsibility of the father. That’s what paternity suits were all about. But the left decided that was “patriarchal” (cue scary music) so they reversed the assumption.

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