The Wheel Just Keeps On Spinning

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

We’re headed for another fight over Dreamers, illegal aliens brought into the country as minors by their parents.  Democrats and RINOs like McCain want amnesty on the grounds that minors aren’t responsible for their actions so it’s humane to let them stay rather than force them to return to a country they never knew.

Okay, but there are about a million Dreamers.  The instant you give citizenship to Dreamers, they can use family reunification rules to sponsor their parents for citizenship. Now we’re up to 3 million. That’s a lot of new Democrat voters.

Why are we having an amnesty discussion at all?  Because the Dreamers came here without permission.  How’d they do that?  Strolled across the border.  Why didn’t somebody stop them?  Because there’s no wall on the border.  Why not?

Look, there are only two possibilities.  First one, Open Borders.  Make the US border with Mexico as wide open like the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin – anybody can enter, thieves, gangsters, terrorists, without limitation.  In that case, we shouldn’t bother with formal citizenship: everybody who stands on our soil is a citizen.  The dirt will magically transform them from their culture to ours.  In fact, why should they have to make the trip at all?  Anybody with the spirit and desire to be an American should be able to vote for Democrats and receive welfare checks, regardless of where they in the world they live.  No borders.

Second option, some people get in, but others do not.  It doesn’t matter who does not, the fact some people are not allowed in brings up the most urgent question: how will you keep them out?

The Wall is too expensive? Fine, what’s your alternative proposal to keep them out?  Electronic countermeasures, virtual wall, drones?  Didn’t work to keep out the 3 million we’re going to amnesty – how will it work to keep out the next 3 million?  30 million?  300 million?

Prohibition without enforcement is functionally equivalent to acceptance.   Either we have a border or we don’t.  Either we keep undesirables out or we don’t.   –

I think we ought to build The Wall to keep out undesirables.  65 other nations around the world agree with me.  If you’ve got a better idea, let’s hear it.  We’ve got about a week to decide before amnesty is given and the cycle starts all over again.

Joe Doakes

It is, to coin a phrase, a time for choosing.  Is this a sovereign nation with a culture worth preserving, or not?

Since You Asked

…the answer to your question is “Correlation doesn’t equal causation – so unless you can find a link between street crime and terrorism, the answer is no”.

Question in response : are precious,  snarky yet deeply insecure pseudointellects from somewhere near Willmar the reason so many people who don’t like Trump are willing to make accomodation with him?

Asking for a friend.

What’s The Fastest Way For An Obscure Republican To Get Famous Instantly?

Republicans aren’t much for celebrity.  We don’t care much about them, and we tend not to be them.     Even among ourselves.

But if you are a Republican – and, redundant to say, obscure – there still are a few ways to become famous.

The big one?   Express any view that is grossly out of whack with society at large, to say nothing of the GOP (which, outside most metro areas, reflects “society at large” pretty completely).

For example, you could be like this fellow in Illinoiis,who is running for. Congress in the greater Chicago area:

Arthur J. Jones, 70, of Lyons, is the lone candidate on the March 20 Republican primary ticket for the seat that includes Western Springs, La Grange and parts of southwestern Chicago. Jones, a former member of the American National Socialist Workers Party, has run for political office several times in the past but has never made it past the primary stage in the 3rd District.

He may get on the ballot as a “Republican” because there’s no other GOP challenger in the Illinois’ stultifyingly blue 3rd District.  The IL GOP has been fighting against the guy for years; I have no idea what the rules are to run as any given party on a ballot in Illinois, and it’s for damn sure the Chicago Tribune isn’t going to explain them; they got their headline:  Holocaust denier likely to appear on ballot for GOP for Chicago-area congressional seat”.

And that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

Of course, the issue strikes a bit close to home for me; last week, the chairman of the Fourth CD GOP – Republicans in Ramsey and parts of Washington county – made a posting on the district’s Facebook page that went (hold on to your hats, here)  viral – at least among people who are watching an obscure GOP official in an utterly blue district.

Or this fella in Coon Rapids who’s become perhaps the most famous caucus attendee  in Minnesota.

A thousand of us could descend on Cedar Riverside and plaster the place an inch deep in “All People Are Created Equal” flyers and it wouldn’t get a second on the news, anywhere.  And I’m tempted to try it, if only to cover an entire neighborhood in paper.

Contraindicated

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

When the gun grabbers want to push gun control, they decry 30,000 gun violence deaths per year. But wait, 20,000 of them are old white men committing suicide and 10,000 are young black men killing each other in the hood. The causes are completely different and the cures are therefore different.  One needs mental health intervention, the other needs stop and frisk. You can’t lump them altogether with the one-size-fits-all solution “close the gun show loophole.”
Amnesty advocates for illegal aliens claim there are 11 million living in the shadows. But wait, some were children brought here by their parents (dreamers), some are parents of children born here (anchor babies), some are adults who jumped the border alone (beast train), some had student visas but never went home (9/11 hijackers).   The causes are completely different and therefore the cures are different. Going after visa holders and eliminating chain migration does not eliminate the need for a border wall.  It just means we need to work twice as hard to clean up the entire festering mess.
Build the damned wall.
Joe Doakes

Sometimes, when a family works on its finances, the solutions are “Spend less”, “earn more” or “live on a budget”.  And sometimes the answer is all three.  Stat.  

Eternal Opposite Day

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

A child’s job is to rebel against societal rules, customs and norms.  A parent’s job is to enforce the rules, customs and norms so the child has something to rebel against.  Eventually, we expect the child to grow up and begin to enforce the rules, customs and norms on her children.  What if that doesn’t happen?  Spare the rod and spoil the child?  What if an entire generation is spared the rod?
Cast your mind back to the kind of society portrayed in the old television series “Leave it to Beaver” or “Father Knows Best.”  Now imagine a person are so completely opposed to that society that he wants to reverse every single thing about it, from the most frivolous details down to the most fundamental concepts.  That’s the mission of Liberalism in America.
Remember when you were in junior high and some bully asked: “Do you want me to punch you?” so you said “no” and got punched anyway?  “Ha ha ha, it’s Opposite Day!”  Think of any rule, custom or anything that was normal in 1959 and flip it on it’s head.  That’s the goal:  Permanent Opposite Day.
Joe Doakes

Do you want your schools to be like a community theater production of Lord of the Flies?  Do you want your colleges to be like banana republic dictatorships, and your city governments to be like college sociology classes run amok?

I see what Joe did, here…

Not Quite

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

People who snuck into the country should be deported; but if they’re law-abiding while here, there’s no urgency.

People who snuck into the country and committed crimes while here are worse, so President Trump has prioritized them for deportation.

Lawyers for illegal immigrants are now seeking pardons for their state crimes, so criminal illegals can stay in the pool of not-urgent deportations.  Governor Brown of California issued pardons specifically to interfere with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

Just as Not Guilty doesn’t equal Innocent, Pardoned doesn’t equal Law-Abiding.  We were willing to cut you a break for compassionate reasons but this kind of gamesmanship underscores the seriousness of the problem of immigration abuse by immigrants and Liberals alike, and my sympathy flies out the window.

You don’t like us going after criminals first?  Fine.  We’ll go after every illegal immigrant but only in states that defy us.  Pull every Border Patrol agent out of every other state for a two week sweep through California.  Start with nannies and gardeners in Hollywood and Sacramento but don’t just pick up the illegals, go after their employers too.  Let’s see if they still think resistance is fun when their legal defense bills arrive.

And when Congress gets back in town, we demand special legislation that makes receipt of federal funds dependent on cooperation with federal immigration officials.  No more sanctuary cities, or no more money.

The Resistance is a big swamp and it’s not just in Washington.  Drain the whole thing.

Joe Doakes

Lots of training to do.

Too much even for two terms.

Top Heavy

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails

60 million receiving Social Security, 120 million paying into it, a 2-to-1 ratio of workers to beneficiaries.  We’ve reached the level of the Ponzi scheme pyramid where the scam becomes unsustainable.

How to save it?  Maybe start by eliminating payments to non-citizens.   Why not, they can’t vote you out of office and the rest of us certainly will.  Side benefit – money is fungible.  Every dollar we don’t send to non-citizens living in Mexico is a dollar to Build The Wall and have Mexico pay for it.  Campaign promise kept!

Joe Doakes

I can hear the sputtering already.

A Sign You’ve Solved All The Serious Crises

Dogs at Los Angeles’ animal shelters may  be going vegan:

The idea was proposed by Commissioner Roger Wolfson, a Hollywood screenwriter who cited research that he contended shows vegan diets “eliminate” many health problems in dogs, which are omnivores. But he said rethinking the dogs’ meals is about far more sweeping matters — the environmental effect of a meat industry that produces the main ingredients in lots of dog food and the ethics of feeding animals to animals.

“We have to embrace the fact that the raising and killing of animals for food purposes must only be done if we have absolutely no other choice,” Wolfson said at the meeting, according to a recording published on a county website. “This is about the long-term survival of every man, woman and child in this room, and all of the people in our lives.”

While “progressives” are all about “science” when it comes to smooching Bill Nye’s hindquarters or browbeating fundamentalists, it’d seem they’re swimming against the scientific current here…:

The city’s chief veterinarian, Jeremy Prupas, was not convinced. In a report to the commission, he recommended rejecting the proposal, saying that it could deprive dogs of sufficient protein, calcium and phosphorus and that it could be inadequate for injured, pregnant or lactating pups. Prupas said he’d consulted three clinical nutritionists at veterinary medical schools, one shelter medicine specialist and a veterinary toxicologist who works with a pet food company. None endorsed vegan dog diets, he testified.

Oh, yeah – and vegan dog food, not unlike vegan human food, costs four times as much as the regular stuff.

Which is all fine, if you’re just playing “government dress-up” with other peoples’ money.

Which is another way of saying “California”.

Although if it passes in LA, look for Alondra Cano to propose it in short order in Minneapolis.

You’re Just Another Panel In The Wall

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

The United States border with Mexico is about 1,900 miles long.  Trump seeks $18 billion to build The Wall over 10 years.  Not good enough.  He’s only in office three more years, after which his successor can halt construction.  We’ve seen this before.

Reagan traded amnesty for promises of increased border security, in 1986.  A few miles of fence were built in San Diego in 1990 but Democrats handled the promise like a Popeye cartoon.

Bush signed the Secure Fence Act in 2006 which authorized 700 miles of fence, again mostly in border towns.  It’s just a fence, nothing particularly hard to defeat, and it’s only a short part of the border. 1,200 miles are still wide open.  Immigrants walked around the end of the fence, by the millions.

Bureaucrats complain it’s hard to build a fence in the desert but Israel built a border fence to keep terrorists out after the 2000 conflict.  It’s 450 miles long and they completed it in 3 years, start to finish.  It’s been amazingly effective at keeping out terrorists. Israeli engineers are capable, but Americans are not?  Nonsense.

The lesson from history is clear:  Trump must get the entire remaining 1,200 miles of fence built before he leaves office, or it won’t happen.  The only way to make that happen is to hang a hammer over the heads of amnesty advocates.

When the fence is FINISHED, we will amnesty to qualified immigrants who can prove they were in the country as of 2017.  No new arrivals (end chain migration and anchor babies).   No convicts.

Otherwise, I suspect Derb is correct:  We shall end up with a bill giving amnesty to the DACA illegals in return for an end to the “diversity visa” lottery and a new paint scheme for the border posts. And Trump will be a one-term wonder.

Joe Doakes

And the thing is, even the Border Patrol union – the only government union to endorse Trump – said that they don’t need a wall along the entire border; some parts of the high desert are too remote for all but the most desperate illegals – and anyone with the cojones to cross out in the middle of that Godforsaken nowhere might just deserve a shot at being an American; maybe ship out some millennial “Studies” majors to make it even.

Taco And Green Beer Identity

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails

A writer on-line was musing about tracing her family’s roots, going back to The Old Country as Mary and Joseph did when Caesar ordered the census.

Going back to my home town would be a snap – my folks still live in the same house.  Beyond that – Dad was from a small town in southern Minnesota and Grandpa grew up on a farm around there, I think, but beyond that I’m not sure.

The family legend is the ancestors snuck into the country when the borders were not so vigorously enforced.  And no White men originally lived in North America, they must have come from somewhere in Europe, but where, exactly?  Not a clue.

Don’t really care.  Nothing there for me, now.  The Old Country is so far back that it’s merely myth.  I’m an American now.  Minnesotan, really, since we’re intrinsically superior to Iowans and cheeseheads and wouldn’t want to be lumped with that riff-raff.

I suspect it’s the same for all Fourth Generation people.  If we could slam shut the immigration gates for a generation or two, the grandkids would hold no sentimental attachment to The Old Country beyond eating tacos on Cinco de Mayo, the way Irishmen drink green beer for St. Paddy.  A novelty, not an identity.

Trump should be pushing a moratorium while we build The Wall and revamp the immigration system to eliminate anchor babies and chain migration.  That would be his greatest legacy.

Joe Doakes

‘My familh’s connections to one of our Old Countries – Norway in this case – are pretty strong; I’m in some contact with a fourth cousin who happens to earn a living studying arctic foxes on Svalbard Island – but otherwise, I agree.

There was a time when ethnic identity was a diversion and a hobby, at least in theory.

“But Mitch – if you were black, you didn’t have that option”.

Well, yeah – you’re right.  America’s greatest mistake keeps paying dividends.

Renversement

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Emmanuel Macron won the Presidency of France six months ago by claiming to be more friendly, more compassionate, more caring than the far-rightnationalist candidate Marine Le Pen who pledged to crack down on immigrants.  As recently as July, Macron was celebrated as the Anti-Trump, a globalist who believes Europe needs to do more for immigrants.

President Macron is cracking down on immigrants.

Well, yes.  He must, because pesky reality keeps intruding into Liberal fantasy.  Millions of Middle Eastern men who flooded Europe hoping for jobs cannot sleep on the streets forever.  Eventually, they must go back and the barbed wire must go up to keep out the next wave.  Too many came too quickly for assimilation; the only possibilities are repatriation or extermination.

The difference between globalists and nationalists is we’re honest about where we’re inevitably headed.

Joe Doakes

Side note:   wouldn’t it be ironic if all the people fret today about “cultural appropriation” woke up to found out their culture had been appropriated from them?

Not That There’s A Problem

Two years ago, “the authorities” dismissed reporters that gangs of Middle-Eastern and North-African migrants roamed the streets of German cities during the New Years celebrations, attacking women in an orgy of depredation Europe hadn’t seen since, well, Europeans were doing it to each other in the thirties and forties.

Dismissals aside, The Authorities” saw fit to staff “women only safe zones” in Berlin for this year’s New Year celebration in Berlin:

Organisers of Berlin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are to set up a “safe zone” for women for the first time.

The new security measures planned for the Brandenburg Gate party come amid concerns about sexual assaults…Women who have been assaulted or feel harassed will be able to get support at a special “safety zone”, staffed by the German Red Cross, on Ebertstrasse…The city’s police have also issued advice to women, encouraging them to seek help if they feel threatened and to carry a small bag with no valuables.

The “zone” will be staffed by counselors and psychologists.

I’m thinking the Bundeswehr would be a better idea, but then The Authorities never ask me about these things.  Still, I’m not the only critic:

Critics say it does not tackle the perpetrators of sexual violence, while some others complain it is discriminatory.

A society that thinks giving refuge from rapists “discriminates” against…rapists may be too far gone to save.

On the other hand, Berlin is, in American terms, a hard-blue city.  Which brings us back to “perhaps too far gone to save”.

 

 

Primer

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Interesting explanation of what’s wrong with Commerce Clause case-law precedent, written in a way that even I can understand the problem.

TL;dr version: the basic idea was sound but it’s been stretched out of shape to suit passing fads.

And that’s what’s wrong with this ruling by the appeals court in an Oregon baker case.  The court assumed the stretched-to-fit Commerce Clause interpretation was correct, so the anti-discrimination law protecting gays was valid, and therefore the baker was subject to that general law.  Having made the fatal assumption, the court was able to conclude the baker was not targeted for his religious beliefs.  Yes, but if the underlying assumption is wrong, then the baker’s First Amendment religious freedom should trump the federal government’s interest in regulating people who produce goods that could conceivably travel in interstate commerce.

I know, it’s complicated.  We all prefer simple soundbites.  But this is worth the effort to understand.  And Williamson does a good job helping with that.

Joe Doakes

The greatest achievement of the Establishment was convincing everyone that government is so complex, only government people could do it.

The New Grinches

With the entry into the workforce – at least in “creative” fields – of a generation of people who’ve come to see their feelings as inviolable arbiters of how the world is and should be, the holiday season has become just a little more fraught.

I”m here to help.

Im’ attaching a list of the types of colleagues you can expect to encounter in the modern workplace this time of year.

The NPR Malaise-o-holic:  If you listen to National Public Radio, you’d think the nation was gripped by a wave of depression from Thanksgiving through New Years every year.   In the world of public broadcasting, the holidays seem to be perceived as a shared ordeal of awful food shared with un-hip, conservative, crassly-commercial relatives that is at best endured and at worst, succumbed to.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask them.  They’ll be happy to share.

The PC Warrior:  “Merry Christmas”.

“A-HEM.  It’s happy HOLidays“.

This one will also be happy to inform you that “Christmas is really pagan“, smugly unaware that that’s the point, if you’re a Christian.  Nobody is born Christian (except Christ, maybe); we’ve all converted from something else, or from nothing.

The Humbug:   They hate the holidays    And they’ll tell you every time the subject comes up.

The Triggerer:    “Merry Christmas!”

“What’s so merry about it?”

Christmas is part of the aggressions foisted on indigenous societies by white male Christianist conquerors, donchaknow.

Father Festivus:  Yes, yes, we get it; your mocking of other peoples’ traditions and petty joys is just as big a laugh now as it was when George Costanza talked about it in Seinfeld, what, 55 years ago?

The MacroAggressor:  The Macro aggressor combines all the above – the theatrical assumed depression, the Urban Progressive Privilege, the roiling fog of fatigue, the intolerance and the self-adoring – and wraps it with a layer of overt hostility.  The MacroAggressor hates the Holiday season, especially Christmas, and anyone who partakes.  And, like all the above, they’ll be happy to vent about it at the slightest opportujnity – or even without it.

Anyway – to all the rest of you, may you and your family be blessed by the joy this season brings.

And for the six groups I list above?  MERRY CHRISTMAS.  In your face.  Over and over.

Ebenezer, You Dickens

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

If the pre-ghost Ebenezer Scrooge were alive today, he’d be a Liberal.  The post-ghost Scrooge would be a Conservative.

Pre-ghost Scrooge was asked to contribute to a fund for the poor, because Christmas is a time when want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices.  Scrooge declines, citing the Poor Law, Workhouse and Prisons as places for the poor to find help, which he supports through his taxes.  Those who are too proud to take government help should die, and thereby decrease the surplus population.

Bell ringers are not allowed outside Target, where good Liberals shop.  The poor will get no help from holiday shoppers there.

Post-ghost Scrooge continued to support those same institutions but also donated to the fund for the poor and in addition, took a personal interest in Tiny Tim’s welfare, digging into his own pocket to pay for medical care.

Conservatives routinely give more to charity than Liberals.

“A Christmas Carol” is not only a heart-warming story of personal redemption, but also a piercing commentary on politics that has lost none of its relevance.

Joe Doakes

Pre-ghost Scrooge obeyed one iron-clad “progressive” tenet; he saw people, individuals, as liabilities to be supported to everyone’s detriment.  Post-ghost, he saw them as the miracles a good conservative sees.

I’ll alliow it.

#NotMe

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

#metoo is the Twitter hashtag for people who want to join the parade of victims of sexual harassment – women, men, other; everyone can join.  And it’s been amazingly effective at bringing down very rich and powerful men in Hollywood, the media and politics.

The same people who celebrate the success of #metoo insist all cultures are equal, but is that really so?  Do we believe the female and homosexual sexual harassment victims participating in the #metoo campaign would have had identical success in, say, Iran?

Joe Doakes

Movements like that can’t exist in a place that isn’t fundamentally wired to accept them, convenient or not.

It reminds me of the story Dinesh D’Souza wrote about his high school history teacher in India, who noted that had Mathama Gandhi lived under HItler, rather than the very liberal (by comparison) British colonial system, “he’d have ended up as a lampshade”.

And…Iran?  Try Japan, or China.

7 Billion Americans (Paperwork Pending)

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

RINOs demand amnesty for illegal aliens before year-end.

Yes, I know, they’re claiming it’s only for a few people, and they’re doing it for the children, and I’m a hard-hearted bastard for doubting them.  But this is not my first rodeo.  I remember 1986.  I know a camel’s nose when I see one.

“They are American in every way except their immigration status.”  That is precisely correct.  They are NOT Americans, any more than the other 7 billion people on the planet who also are not Americans.  We should treat all Not Americans the same.

It doesn’t matter whether they snuck across the border on their own, or with a friend, or with a parent, or rode here on top of a train.  They had no right to come.  Being here doesn’t give them a right to stay, to bring in their extended families, to work at jobs Americans could have had, to collect welfare benefits Americans pay to help our fellow citizens of America.

No deal.

Joe Doakes

It doesn’t seem too much to ask…

…but I dream.

Waiting On The Backlash

When I first saw  this article, I saw it as an example of how Big Left approaches dating and the courtship process,.  I figured that if this was their approach to coupling, they will stop reproducing completely within a generation.

The article is about what “intersectional feminists” should ask on first dates. And the writer establishes their authority with a bang:

As a queer femme of color…

Among “intersectional” theory buffs, calling oneself a “queer femme of color” is similar to walking into a room and saying “I am Amazon’s vice president of development”, or “I am a lieutenant general “.; It’s an exceptionally high rank within the “intersectional” hierarchy. It’s the trifecta of injury sectionalism; gay, female (or at least identifying as such) and some form of “color”.

And I thought – “What prime fisking material”.

And I almost got started with exactly that – until it occurred to me:

  1. This stuff fisks itself.
  2. I trust you, the audience, to read this and fisk it to a fine sheen all on your own.
  3. It brought something else to mind.

And that’s this:   as unlikely as it is that many children will be produced by couples who meet the requirements the author above details, it’s a big country and a bigger world; somewhere, somehow, children will be born and/or adopted.

And then raised in households run by “couples” – I hesitate to call them that, really, since those who start a “relationship” with a lecture on intersectionalism are likely emotional bullies, and those whio’d form couples with them are people who are just fine being bullied.

And then, those offspring will enter their teenage years, and encounter a real world outside the academic identity-mongering victomology-focused bubble their “parents” will raise them in.

And like any teenager, they’ll rebel.  They’ll cast about for their own identity.

All by way of saying, in about 2035 through 2040, I see a wave of popularity for Ted Nugent, for “Playboy” (the vintage ones, not the post-Hef PC variety), and fraternity drinking and hazing like we haven’t seen since the eighties.

It’s inevitable.

Where Credit Is Due!

As the world wonders what’s going to happen with Al Franken – after 33 Senators call for his stepping down – one must give credit where it’s due.

So a big, unreserved salute to two Minnesota profiles in courage – two women who stepped out against the wind in their own party to stand up for all women.

Kudos and salutes to Senator Amy Klobuchar:

Senator Klobuchar

And to titan of industry and budding perennial candidate Angie Craig:

Angie Craig

These two women took a decisive stand against the ofay objectification of women with their unstinting demand for integrity on the part of Senator Franken and the Democrat Party.

No mean feat, this – swimming against the current that believes, all but officially, that their ends justify their means; that a rapist who “protects abortion” is a better person than the pro-lifer with scrupulous integrity.

And so I salute you, Senator Klobuchar and Angie Craig!


What?   DFL women standing up for individual women, as opposed to Progressive Women as a Collective?    Complete baked monkey doodle?

I know, right?

Whenever I Need A Little Pick-Me-Up…

With the departure of Fast Eddie Schultz from the (American) national media, Cenk Uygur has taken sole possession of the role of dumbest person in American public life.

And every once in a while, when I need a little pick-me-up, I re-roll this clip of his election-night journey from entitled, Urban-Progressive-Privilege-sodden, illiterate profane smugness to prehensile, Urban-Progressive-Privilege-sodden, profane rage.

Brass

It’s been in all the papers – Manny Laureano, the prinicpal trumpeter of the Minnesota Orchesta (and a friend of this blog, of the NARN and incidentally of me) walked off the stsge  at a MNO gig supporting Rufus Wainright the other night.

Wainright – son of 70s country-rock eccentric Loudon “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” Wainright III – was in the middle of one of several apparent tirades about Republicans when Laureano, one of the Orchestra’s few conservatives, walked offstage.

“The evening was already too snarky,” Laureano said. So by the time Wainwright got around to the political talk, the trumpeter added, “It got incredibly self-indulgent.”

“He’s an angry dude that seems to have life all figured out, not the kind of guy we need to look to for philosophy,” he said. “I found it to be beyond the pale of what that evening should be about. It’s a time of the year we’re supposed to all come together.”

As is the Twin Cities’ meida’s wont, the writer – the Strib’s longtime music writer Chris Riemenschneider, who is not immune to misplaced and not-overly-interesting political “insides” of his own – verges on editorial writing for a moment:

I’m so tired of you, America,” is famously/infamously the refrain in the Juno Award-nominated 2007 song, which also offers lines questioning Christians intolerant of same-sex marriage. (Wainwright, a Toronto native and New York resident, has been married to husband Jörn Weisbrodt for five years and they are raising a daughter together, Viva).

Wainwright actually kept his comments relatively brief and, by his standards, rather innocuous, saying he had refrained from political talk at shows in prior months but was “a little in shock over what happened last night,” a reference to the GOP tax plan that passed in Congress overnight.

Consequences?

He had not yet heard about any repercussions for his protest from orchestra management, but he said, “Obviously my contract says I’m not supposed to walk off stage during a performance.”

Of course there’ll be repercussions; Wainright’s fans – who resemble Alan Dershowitz’s description of the Harvard Law School faculty, people who think diversity is “Hiring someone with different colored skin, or wearing a skirt, who thinks just the same as you do” – are about as diverse as a Klan rally.

 

Line In The Sand

Some things I will never, ever do:

  1. Vote for a Metro Democrat
  2. Buy a Windows phone
  3. Own a “driverless car“.

The first is common sense; I’d no more vote for one of them than Hector Maduro.  The second seems just good sense.

The last?  It’s unamerican:

These days, Real Americans don’t much go to sea [a Moby Dick reference – Ed.] to relieve the damp, drizzly Novembers in our souls, but we do like to fire up the muscle Mustang or the F-150 truck with the gun rack and head out on the open road, following our noses and letting the trade winds blow us where they may.Or at least we used to like it. But with the advent of the abomination known as the “self-driving car,” one of our most precious freedoms is now in jeopardy.

I mean, who asked for this? Communists? Women? (I know, same thing, voting-wise.) Sob sisters, pantywaists, geeks, pencil necks, and nancy boys? I suspect them all. It’s bad enough to climb into the cockpit of a new car these days and be confronted with a home entertainment center on wheels, complete with giant video screens that don’t do a damn thing electronically a 1934 Packard couldn’t do manually back in the day when men were men, women loved them for it, and we had the culture to prove it.

Now what? A “self-driving” car is an oxymoron, in the same way that “paying for a tax cut” is. Someone or something is going to be driving that car, and the whole point here is that it ain’t going to be you, brother.

Never going to do it.   Ever.