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MEDIA BIAS VS. REALITY

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Why is it that those who have been right in the past are often ignored, while great attention is paid to those who have been wrong?

Many “politically correct” forecasters’ words are accepted as gospel by the media despite dismal records. New York Times economic columnist Paul Krugman, who has a long record of gross error, said immediately after Donald Trump won the presidency a year ago: “If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.”

His forecast was off by a mere $5 trillion (the rise in the value of the market since Election Day), and those who followed his advice are poorer — but Mr. Krugman still has his job, because he works for a fake news outlet rather than a profit-making investment group.

The debate about climate change, the minimum wage and the proposals for tax reform illustrate why so many get it wrong.  Yet rather than admit error, many forecasters and their media allies double down instead of lauding those who were closer to the mark.  Why do you think?

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HALF-FULL REPORT 11/24/17

 

Day after Thanksgiving, might as well have some fun while we’re recuperating from last night’s caloric extravaganza.

We begin with the Snowflake Social Justice Buffoons at Reed College in Oregon – whose parents are stupid enough to pay $53,900 a year for them to be uneducated laughingstocks to the world.

On Tuesday (11/21), the NYPost revealed their descent to new low of Leftie Buffoonery by claiming Stave Martin’s famous 1978 SNL skit of King Tut is racist.  You don’t know which is funnier, Martin’s skit (video above), or the self-lampooning brainless twits at Reed.

That’s just the start of this fun Thanksgiving Weekend HFR.  Let’s go!

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THANKFUL FOR AMERICA

american-eagleAll my life, I have always thought it was the coolest thing on planet Earth to be an American.

I have been to something close to 300 countries and distinct political jurisdictions in the world, and whenever someone asks me, “Where are you from?” it is a special thrill to be able to answer, “America – I’m an American.”

Thanksgiving is the unique American holiday. We share Christmas and Easter with every other Christian nation. Most every country celebrates its Independence Day, and the birthdays of their founding heroes. Thanksgiving is ours, where we give our deepest thanks to Providence for the extraordinary gift of America to mankind.

Other countries have their special times to celebrate their uniqueness, when their citizens take pride in their country’s achievements, and all to the good. Thanksgiving is America’s Day, the time when all Americans – all – get to celebrate the achievements of the most successful society in history.

It is a tragedy that so many of our fellow citizens are mired in a quicksand of rage and bitterness towards their country and their President.  For them, this day is bittersweet, trying to enjoy a bountiful dinner with friends and family yet unable to feel a boundless joy in simply being an American.

Let’s answer why.

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THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

of-plymouth-plantationIntro note by Jack Wheeler:

On Thanksgiving Day, Americans gather with their family and friends to celebrate the blessings that Providence has bestowed on their beloved country.

A deep appreciation of these blessings involves understanding that they were earned.  It is to understand the awesome truth of how “God helps those who help themselves” applies to the Mayflower Pilgrims and their First Thanksgiving at America’s birth.

This is an appreciation and understanding of which those on the Left are incapable – for it would mean celebrating the capitalist freedom that made that original Thanksgiving possible.  That made America possible.

Thus they must distort history instead. The distortion starts in Kindergarten, with the childish make-believe of your kid’s school play portraying the noble Squanto teaching the helpless Pilgrims how to feed themselves. So let’s drop the curtain on the distortion and watch the real thing. Here it is.

The real history of the Mayflower Pilgrims was recounted by their leader, William Bradford (1590-1657) in his book Of Plymouth Plantation, completed in 1647.  It is from Bradford that we learn of Squanto, who did indeed show the Pilgrims how to “set” or plant corn (a new unfamiliar crop for them).

Then we learn that the Pilgrims taught the Indians how to grow more corn than they ever had before:

“The Indeans used to have nothing so much corne as they have since the English have stored them with their hoes, and seene their industrie in breaking up new grounds therwith.”
Reading the real history of the Pilgrims is so revelatory that I want you to see it at length.  It is as effective a refutation of socialism and affirmation of capitalism as there has ever been.

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TRUMP’S DEPLORABLES ARE SIMPLY MAINSTREAM AMERICANS

There is lots of talk abocheers-to-all-deplorablesquite new would institutionalize, define, and solidify the Trump base of aging Reagan Democrats, old Ross Perot independents, Tea Party remnants, newly disaffected Democrat workers, and a few returning libertarians and paleocons.

Certainly, together they helped to swung the election in 2016.

But what exactly would be the formal agenda of the proverbial deplorables and irredeemables? And how would it differ all that much from conservative Republicanism of generations past?

After 10 months of governance, Trump’s deregulations, a foreign policy of principled realism, energy agendas, judicial appointments, efforts at tax reform and health care recalibration, cabinet appointments, and reformulation at the Departments of Education, the EPA, and Interior seem so far conservative to the core.

More than that, the rise of the deplorables was not evidence of some new strain of xenophobia and nativism. Rather their views marked a return not just to Republican values, but also the majority position held by most Americans.

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THE ULTIMATE REASON FOR VOTING FOR ROY MOORE

I can tell you one thing for sure: We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat -- Jones. I've looked at his record. It's terrible on crime. It's terrible on the border. It's terrible on the military. I can tell you for a fact, we do not need somebody that's going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.

--President Donald Trump, November 21, 2017

The argument has little to do with Roy Moore, and even less with what is acceptable behavior.

It is about what Lenin succinctly called “who, whom?” — who can do what to whom or, as Amos ’n Andy used to say, who’s gonna be the “do-er” and who the “do-ee,” neither more nor less.

The reason why the bipartisan ruling class of officials, corporate executives, educators, the media, entertainment, etc. demand Roy Moore’s political scalp is that it fell on Moore to be the focus of a pivotal effort to detach the Republican Party from that ruling class.

It has nothing to do with what he may have done four decades ago, and everything with the threat that his election now poses to their power to run the country while de-legitimizing the rest of Americans and their culture.

Had it been anyone else, the degree of hostility would have been the same, the charges possibly different but just as fiery and equally beside the point: which sector of the population shall have its power enhanced, and which diminished?

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RADICAL FEMINISTS AND PUSSYCONS IN ALABAMA

Capitol Hill’s Chief Pussycon

Capitol Hill’s Chief Pussycon

Radical feminist writer Kate Harding and soi-disant (self-described) conservative Peggy Noonan have a lot in common, including some fundamental values.

For one thing, neither believes that partial birth abortion—a euphemism for infanticide—is that big of a deal. Both say that they’d rather see Doug Jones, who openly supports it, than Roy Moore, who staunchly opposes it, become the next senator from Alabama.

Both rationalize their positions in terms of ends and means. For Noonan, if the means to eliminating partial birth abortion, which she acknowledges is “barbaric” even by louche European standards, is supporting a man who is facing unsubstantiated and unverifiable allegations of 40-year-old sexual misconduct, then it’s right go on killing fetuses.

Noonan is not a critical thinker, and rigorous analysis has never been her strength.  Same with Mitch McConnell.  Not so long ago, I wrote an article in which I called these folks “Pussycons.”

Just observe Mitch McConnell, his wattles all aquiver, pronouncing Roy Moore guilty before he even knew what the charges were. See, he is saying to the Left, I hate the Southerner even more than you do, and I’ll convict him faster and with less evidence.

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ANGELA MERKEL’S FEET OF CLAY

Chancellor for how much longer?

Chancellor for how much longer?

This morning’s headlines (11/21) of the collapse overnight of negotiations to form a new German government is yet another shock to the liberal world order.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's tenure in office is now in jeopardy.  It is easy to see why – the Moslem Migrant Flood is the elephant in Merkel's parlor.

The ruling Christian Democrat-Social Democrat coalition was Germany's equivalent of Washington's Swamp Fusion Uniparty and tolerated no criticism of Merkel's decision to let almost a million and a half “migrants” into German during 2016 and 2017.

Already 36% of German residents under the age of five are Moslem migrant children, and Germans seem at last ready to rebel against the demolition of Germany's national character.

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