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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Scott Adams praises the God-Emperor

For flooding the playing field and thereby adulterating the Left's fuel, which is outrage:
When you encounter a situation that is working great except for one identifiable problem, you can focus on the problem and try to fix it. But if you have a dozen complaints at the same time, none of them looks special. The whole situation just looks confusing, and you don’t know where to start. So you wait and see what happens. Humans need contrast in order to make solid decisions that turn into action. Trump removed all of your contrast by providing multiple outrages of similar energy.

You’re probably seeing the best persuasion you will ever see from a new president. Instead of dribbling out one headline at a time, so the vultures and critics can focus their fire, Trump has flooded the playing field. You don’t know where to aim your outrage. He’s creating so many opportunities for disagreement that it’s mentally exhausting. Literally. He’s wearing down the critics, replacing their specific complaints with entire encyclopedias of complaints. And when Trump has created a hundred reasons to complain, do you know what impression will be left with the public?

He sure got a lot done.

Even if you don’t like it.

In only a few days, Trump has made us question what-the-hell every other president was doing during their first weeks in office. Were they even trying?
So much winning they can't even.

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99 Comments:

Anonymous Tipsy January 26, 2017 4:05 PM  

Here's another thing. To the astonishment of many, even me, he's doing everything he said he'd do.

Put that in your pipe, er, bong, lefties, and smoke it!

Anonymous WaterBoy January 26, 2017 4:08 PM  

At the rate he's going, he'll have finished his four year term in the first 100 days.

More time for golf then, I suppose.

Blogger Earl January 26, 2017 4:12 PM  

GOD-EMPEROR TRUMP

Kill a man, you're a murderer
Kill many, you're a conqueror
Kill em all, YOU'RE A GOD

Blogger Brian S January 26, 2017 4:17 PM  

psychotron!

Anonymous fop January 26, 2017 4:21 PM  

In 2008 the Dems had a supermajority and STILL didn't do squat with immigration and barely got Obamacare out the door.

This is the contrast between a Captain of Industry and a community organizer in power.

Blogger Jose January 26, 2017 4:23 PM  

Basically the same approach as a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack. Used by SJWs against their targets all the time (ask Tim Hunt); payback is a female canis lupus familiaris, isn't it?

(I currently self-identify as the Messerschmitt 109; my pronouns are Verrecken/Sterben; correctly address me as "Gott im Himmel.")

Anonymous a_peraspera January 26, 2017 4:26 PM  

Seated upon the Cherry Blossom Throne, the God Emperor sees all. His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh.

Blogger liberranter January 26, 2017 4:28 PM  

This is the contrast between a Captain of Industry and a community organizer in power.

Can you imagine, in the wake of a Trump presidency, an amendment to the Constitution that prohibits the election of career politicians to the office of the presidency?

Anonymous TLM January 26, 2017 4:36 PM  

So I abandoned the whole GOP fundraising, etc back when W & Repubs held the executive & legislative branches and did absolutely nothing. Trump has driven my already low opinion of them and their weak pussified lack of action even lower. Washington, Jackson, & Trump, men of iron determination. All the rest were lacking.

Blogger slarrow January 26, 2017 4:43 PM  

Scott Adams has been so much fun the past year and half by letting us see behind the curtain. It's like being redpilled for politics.

Anonymous Zek January 26, 2017 4:43 PM  

The is same strategy utilized by the Clinton's but with Scandals-

Off the top of my head - Whitewater, cattlegate, travelgate, Waco, the Arkansas pension theft, the prison blood scandal, Webster hubble, mcdougals, the Riady's, the Lums, Chinese money, Charlie Trie, Ron Brown, Highes, Loral, Chinese missles, Lincoln bedroom for sale, gore making calls from the white house, TWA800, bombing in Africa, Serbian war, MONICA, the other M chick that got whacked - Mary Mahoney, plus all the unsolved murders that coincidentally occurred during their time in Arkansas and Washington.

The sheer volume and enormity of the scandals made focusing one any one impossible.

Anonymous Bobby Farr January 26, 2017 4:53 PM  

I guess we should consider ourselves lucky. Combine Dubya or Obama's ideology with Trump's competence and industry and they probably would have reduced the world to burning rubble about two years into their first terms.

Anonymous Anonymous January 26, 2017 4:53 PM  

And what the hell is Congress doing? Sadly, they are proving that they have become a meaningless branch of government.
(((Joshua)))

Anonymous Lex Corvus January 26, 2017 4:56 PM  

@1 CNN literally ran a story with the headline "Donald Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do": http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/politics/donald-trump-this-is-happening/

Blogger Marty January 26, 2017 4:57 PM  

While eventually he may get somewhat bogged down in the machinations of Congress, it's great that he's moving with speed on things he can do right away and throwing it all out there. I don't recall a presidency move so quickly. Usually they seem to spend weeks studying/talking about the problems and issues before moving forward. God Emperor Trump was prepared and is attacking the issues faster than the enemy can even conceive.

Blogger praetorian January 26, 2017 4:58 PM  

I was on the Trump Train very early, but I had no idea.

This is bonkers.

Blogger haus frau January 26, 2017 5:02 PM  

I am waiting eagerly for pizzagate to burst open like the bloated corpse of a washed up whale. I'm ecstatic about Trump now. If he follows through with the full house cleaning and tosses the pdeos to the baying mob, I might even set up an orthodox style icon in my home with candles.

Anonymous Andrew E. January 26, 2017 5:05 PM  

This reminds me of a great early 90's film, Class Action with Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio about a class action lawsuit against a major car company for installing faulty turn-signal wiring in a particular model that caused the car to burst into flames a certain % of the time.

The plaintiffs get word of an internal memo from the company detailing their decision to not recall based on a cost-benefit analysis and in disclosure the defendant's lawyers hand over not just the memo but enough boxes full of paperwork to fill several rooms. And when the obvious point is made that the plaintiff's lawyers will just reference the manifest to see where the memo is filed, chief counsel responds: "Things get misfiled."

Anonymous Fran January 26, 2017 5:05 PM  

@3
Hell yeah for the Megadeth quote!!!

Blogger Some Dude January 26, 2017 5:08 PM  

I am already sick of winning. I think its time to beg Trump to stop making america so great.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 26, 2017 5:08 PM  

Adams makes an important point here
And when Trump has created a hundred reasons to complain, do you know what impression will be left with the public?

He sure got a lot done.


We are used to Presidents that make a lot of speeches and expend a lot of time to get some fake consensus, then have a big photo-op about one thing, then the machinery of state ponderously creaks into action. That's normal to us.

Trump has kicked over the tea cart repeatedly in the last 18 months and yet we are all surprised when he takes action day after day. Because he still doesn't fit the GH Bush / Clinton / GW Bush / Obama pattern that we are all used to seeing.

With the Clintons, like Zek @11 said, "scandal fatique" set in where people just would shrug and mumble "whattagonnado?" to yet another flagrantly illegal and immoral action.

Trump's daily dynamic action is an ongoing series of shocks to the Leftards, and a tonic to the rest of us. People are chanting to a camera in a wall in Brooklyn as if that means anything, that's how in shock they are, that's how unable they are to react.

This is the new normal, LuLZ! MOAR of this, yes?

Trump 2016 for the LOLZ!

Blogger Some Dude January 26, 2017 5:09 PM  

Trump's second big thing is to get the police back into Chicongo, inner cities and so on and bring crime back down. Naturally this will involve imprisoning and or ah, assertive, behaviours. End AA for the police/FBI as well.

Blogger Some Dude January 26, 2017 5:12 PM  

Trump has to be very careful with the CIA. Knowing how they think and operate they are researching 15 different ways to subdue him, blackmail him, bribe one of his guys to sabotage him, or outright remove him. The CIA has long since become beholden to Zion. Hence the attempt to destabilise and topple Trump before he came in. They won't go away. The 200 neoconservative spies, seditionists, traitors and dual citizens who signed the Never Trump letter are going to be the 5th column of Yiddish fascism. Its a pity Trump can't round them up and send them to Guantanamo for sedition. They will never give up. In the end, they die or we die.

Blogger Some Dude January 26, 2017 5:15 PM  

https://warontherocks.com/2016/03/open-letter-on-donald-trump-from-gop-national-security-leaders/

Its comical how despite being 1% of the population, and jews voting 60-70% democrat, they are most of the never trump 'conservative' movement....IT MAKES YOU THINK THEY DONT LIKE PATRIOTS. I WONDER WHY.

Blogger August January 26, 2017 5:17 PM  

I worry that Trump is making the news watchable again. I can now tune and and fall over laughing. I would like to put the advertisers on notice that the ad money should go to Trump, and not the frantic lunatics in the media.

Blogger Some Dude January 26, 2017 5:18 PM  

Finally that interview you did with the Zionist was amusing. Especially the point he made about the hypocrisy between Israel needing closed border to keep a 'jewish identity'...but gentile French or gentile Americans or gentile Germans apparently not having French identities, American identities etc because obviously those things are social constructions as the Frankfurt sophists said, and Jewish identity is blood like the 2300 year old cultist texts say. YEAHHHSSSA THAT MAKES SENSA MASTA.

Anonymous One Deplorable DT January 26, 2017 5:20 PM  

So much winning they can't even.

I'm literally shaking!

From the excitement of all this winning. Who knew the Trump train was a 374mph maglev bullet? God I wish I had the God-Emperor's energy levels. The man is moving mountains.

(I currently self-identify as a B-83 nuclear warhead; my pronouns are Oh Shit/It Burns; correctly address me as "Death from Above.")

Blogger Theproductofafineeduction January 26, 2017 5:20 PM  

So serious question. What is the likelihood that Trump ends up being among the greatest, if not possibly the greatest, president America has ever had? The alacrity Trump has for addressing contentious issues and the speed with which he move on them is amazing in comparison to governance per the norm.

Anonymous MongoJimmy January 26, 2017 5:30 PM  

I'm hoping Trump will legalize cannabis coast to coast (with strict regulations and large fines for violations) and cancel all student loan debt. Heads would explode bigly. Left, right and center.

Blogger The Remnant January 26, 2017 5:30 PM  

It's amusing how people are wailing about how "evil" Trump is for preserving the border and slashing federal regulations. On the other hand, the fact that so many Americans have become this dependent, degraded, and deracinated sickens me.

Blogger praetorian January 26, 2017 5:38 PM  

I'm hoping Trump will legalize cannabis coast to coast (with strict regulations and large fines for violations) and cancel all student loan debt

I was talking about this yesterday with a friend I am slowly red pilling. The ideal head gernade I could come up with was:

A student debt forgiveness in the form of tax credits, with a 10% coming from a reduction in the federal funds going to the institution the student studied at.

This would favor students who have jobs (cough, cough) and encourage family formation in the group (cough, cough) we want having children, and would allow Trump to punish the universities while claiming the moral high ground.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 26, 2017 5:41 PM  

And the gollum of the Left is comprised of many mini cults who are used to being scheduled for their political theatre.

Now it is many Trigglypuffs shrieking and flapping and the normies looking on for the Lulz

Blogger Bob Loblaw January 26, 2017 5:48 PM  

Hah hah. This morning NPR was agonizing over whether they should accuse the president of lying directly or be more circumspect. Lately it's as if they think the public is misbehaving because "We just haven't been clear. Do they not understand they were supposed to vote for Clinton? Is this thing on?"

I hope their frothing rage seeps into the coverage. It makes them sound like the dormroom Marxist you knew in college who was later discovered with five boys buried in his crawlspace.

Anonymous RedPillPaul January 26, 2017 5:50 PM  

Student loans should not be canceled. If your stoopid enough to go to school with out a worthwhile degree with out planning ahead to pay for it, why should I subsidize school tuition when I made sacrifices to live and provide for myself within my means?

Cannabis, I am all for laws that are similar to alcohol and tobacco for cannabis, dont make it a "schedule" (1,2 3, ect) anything!

OpenID paworldandtimes January 26, 2017 5:55 PM  

An emergency measure is indicated for student loan relief because the debts are strangling higher iq White birthrates. My proposal: 25% of a couple's debt is forgiven with each child born in wedlock.

Marijuana legalization makes incentives to produce and push stronger illegal drugs.

PA

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 26, 2017 5:58 PM  

@32
npr
I hope their frothing rage seeps further into the coverage.

Because it's been there all along, probably since Nixon.
Just needs to become a little more shrill and obvious, so the normal people will Notice.

Blogger Hen January 26, 2017 6:02 PM  

All your outrage are belong to us.

Hahahahahahahahaha.....

Blogger SQT January 26, 2017 6:03 PM  

I was also heartened by Theresa May's speech today. It's like Reagan and Thatcher only better.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd January 26, 2017 6:04 PM  

paworldandtimes wrote:My proposal: 25% of a couple's debt is forgiven with each child born in wedlock.

How about 20% or less per child, and require that the marriage endure until the last child turns 18? If they divorce the student loan debt is back, with arrears, as if the forgiveness had never happened.

I still don't think I like the idea of forgiving the debt, but let's do it up right if we're going to do it.

Blogger kudzu bob January 26, 2017 6:09 PM  

@33

No, student loan debt MUST be cancelled. Not only will that action promote affordable family formation among Whites while making Trump wildly popular among Millennials, it will starve one of the main power centers of Leftism, the universities, of money.

Blogger Bard January 26, 2017 6:13 PM  

"So much winning they can't even."

That was funny.

OpenID paworldandtimes January 26, 2017 6:14 PM  

Those who did pay off their loans will have a legitimate grievances if loans are forgiven with no strings attached.

PA

Blogger Lazarus January 26, 2017 6:18 PM  

Some Dude wrote:.but gentile French or gentile Americans or gentile Germans apparently not having French identities, American identities etc because obviously those things are social constructions as the Frankfurt sophists said, and Jewish identity is blood like the 2300 year old cultist texts say. YEAHHHSSSA THAT MAKES SENSA MASTA.

You hallucinated that.

Blogger modsquad January 26, 2017 6:18 PM  

Some Dude wrote:Trump has to be very careful with the CIA. Knowing how they think and operate they are researching 15 different ways to subdue him, blackmail him, bribe one of his guys to sabotage him, or outright remove him. The CIA has long since become beholden to Zion. Hence the attempt to destabilise and topple Trump before he came in. They won't go away. The 200 neoconservative spies, seditionists, traitors and dual citizens who signed the Never Trump letter are going to be the 5th column of Yiddish fascism. Its a pity Trump can't round them up and send them to Guantanamo for sedition. They will never give up. In the end, they die or we die.

You fire the top four layers of the CIA, those who not only know where the bodies are buried, but know how to kill and bury them. Then you promote up and fill the void with people who are still idealistic enough to believe they're serving the State.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein January 26, 2017 6:22 PM  

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Anonymous MongoJimmy January 26, 2017 6:23 PM  

Criminalizing one of God's most remarkable creations is wrong. If legalization was complemented with loan debt amnesty left wing riots would cease overnight. Just my opinion.

I don't want to highjack the thread so I'll leave it at that.

Anonymous RedPillPaul January 26, 2017 6:27 PM  

@39
How will it starve the main power centers, they already got the money. No student loans made are the way to starve the universities of money, not paying off existing loans. The universities already got your money.

I understand the Something for nuthin mentality. Its apealling. If I had some debt, and it weighing me down because I know I have to pay it and force is being exerted to collect the debt rather though phone calls, letters, some pending lawsuit, garnishments, ect.. and then having someone magically cancel that debt would be great, unless, as #41 said, those tho did pay off their loans will have a legitimate grievance.

Canceling student loans are subsidizing bad behavior.

At the end of the day, i can see how someone with massive student loans would want student loans to be magically taken care off, I get it. But who is going to compensate me and those like me for living within my means and budgeting, and choosing a particular school because that was what I could afford
While on the flip side, you know of more kids who go out of state to a party school and it was more for "fun" rather than education.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 26, 2017 6:28 PM  

An emergency measure is indicated for student loan relief because the debts are strangling higher iq White birthrates.

@paworldandtimes
Yes. This. The minority of college kids savvy enough to avoid this or to get a well-paying job and pay it off is lowered by the simple fact that many of them aren't mature enough to deal with debt like that.

How about 20% or less per child, and require that the marriage endure until the last child turns 18? If they divorce the student loan debt is back, with arrears, as if the forgiveness had never happened.

@Ominous Cowherd
Perhaps. Measures needed to be put into place to ensure that there aren't frivolous marriages going on. There's already an epidemic of women who get married only so they have tuition deductions.

Student loans should not be canceled. If your stoopid enough to go to school with out a worthwhile degree with out planning ahead to pay for it, why should I subsidize school tuition when I made sacrifices to live and provide for myself within my means?

@RedPillPaul
It was absolutely criminal to offer loans like that in the first place, since many if not most college kids aren't mature enough to even know what field of study they should be doing which would point them toward a job that would fit them, let alone deal with a debt burden.

Now it's true that progs are hit somewhat harder, but OTOH, girls are too. After all, many girls go to college for their MRS degree, and student debt is not exactly appealing to their potential future husbands.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 26, 2017 6:32 PM  

Those who did pay off their loans will have a legitimate grievances if loans are forgiven with no strings attached.

PA


The Obama administration's 20-year forgiveness policy is already causing delinquencies. It was an epically stupid move.

Anonymous BBGBK January 26, 2017 6:39 PM  

The is same strategy utilized by the Clinton's but with Scandals

Obama would have done the same thing with scandals but lamestream didn't report any.

OT: Fat 11yo kid who started bonfire and said Screw TRUMP is Drew Carry's son. I wonder if Drew had to pimp his kid out to get the "Price is Right".

Anonymous Loki7 January 26, 2017 6:41 PM  

@22/43. Perhaps mass e-mails to the CIA saying, ``If you hurt him, we will come for you!``.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 26, 2017 6:41 PM  

BTW, in regards to Scott Adams... with his unusual, "insane" observations, he strikes me as a prime example of a Sigma dork. Stephen Merchant, the voice of Wheatley in Portal 2, also may be one.

Anonymous MongoJimmy January 26, 2017 6:42 PM  

OT: Hacksaw Ridge is a heck of a good film. Shockingly brutal scenes of war, inspiring heroism, touching love story. Other recent Mel Gibson works, Get the Gringo and Blood Father are also solid fare.

Blogger Rob January 26, 2017 6:44 PM  

SNL is proving to be prophetic...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0APAc3yVJ8

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd January 26, 2017 6:44 PM  

VFM #7634 wrote:Measures needed to be put into place to ensure that there aren't frivolous marriages going on. There's already an epidemic of women who get married only so they have tuition deductions.

Divorce ends the loan forgiveness would help with that.

VFM #7634 wrote:After all, many girls go to college for their MRS degree, and student debt is not exactly appealing to their potential future husbands.

Student debt is appalling to potential future husbands. My college student son is steering clear of college girls for exactly that reason.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable January 26, 2017 7:01 PM  

My college student son is steering clear of college girls for exactly that reason.

There are plenty of other reasons to steer clear of college girls. Debt is just the icing on the "carousel" cake.

Blogger Duane Sheets January 26, 2017 7:03 PM  

Doing what you promised? Is that even allowed?

Anonymous PolarBearBalls January 26, 2017 7:04 PM  

Now Blossom is turning Muslim? And Dems are happy about it. You can't make this up.

https://2020orbust.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/why-mayim-bialik-registering-as-a-muslim-is-good-for-democrats-and-good-for-the-nation/


Blogger J Van Stry January 26, 2017 7:06 PM  

Because everyone in business knows, that if you don't hit the ground running, and do a good job right away, you'll be replaced.
When a politician gets elected, the first thing he does is go on vacation, because he know he can't be fired for 4 more years.

Blogger Matamoros January 26, 2017 7:25 PM  

Everyone needs to watch this video. Even I didn't realize the extent of voter fraud that Pres. Trump is now going after:

Trump Calls for Major Investigation of Voter Fraud, #1453
The Still Report
https://youtu.be/bAT60BZEDFs

Blogger Earl January 26, 2017 7:36 PM  

I just realized Symphony Of Destruction by Megadeth is the election and Trump presidency.

Verse 1 is about his victory and how he punks the media.

Verse 2 is about Hillary.

Verse 3 is about the globalist war pigs going down.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 26, 2017 7:48 PM  

Jacks student losn program: Banks forgive 1/3rd, universities refund one third, student still on the hook for final 1/3rd (which can be discharged through normal bankruptcy). Maybe Mexico pays another third, just for the kek of it.

People who already paid off their loans weren't ripped off as bad as the unemployed barrister with psych degrees

Blogger praetorian January 26, 2017 7:49 PM  

How will it starve the main power centers, they already got the money. No student loans made are the way to starve the universities of money, not paying off existing loans. The universities already got your money.

Like i said: take 10% (or more) of the forgiveness (in the form of tax credits, so we encourage family formation amongst *cough, cough* productive people) out of the federal aid to the university that the student went to.

FedGov has the major universities over a barrel. It hasn't mattered until now.

Blogger praetorian January 26, 2017 7:54 PM  

All the per child student debt relief stuff is too complicated and doesn't target who we want forming families.

Tax credits are easy and targeted, as are distributions to the university. The Fed controls both. This is where to make policy.

Blogger pyrrhus January 26, 2017 8:00 PM  

@57
Democrats should run a moslem-moslem ticket in 2020. They might carry California...

Anonymous Tanjil Bren January 26, 2017 8:25 PM  

I can't even begin to describe what a delight it has been watching Trump blitzkrieg the hell out of the US political establishment and global leftist MSM. One would be forgiven for thinking they might have learned by now, having watched him clear the field for the last year, but no. He just doesn't play by The Rules (and never will). It's like watching a political version of Orde Wingate and the Chindits.

Blogger Jose January 26, 2017 8:27 PM  

Tanjil Bren wrote:I can't even begin to describe what a delight it has been watching Trump blitzkrieg the hell out of the US political establishment and global leftist MSM.

Yes, but who will play Skorzeny to his Guderian?

(I currently identify as FN P90 machine-pistol, my pronouns are 5.7/28; correctly address me as "Your Ergonomic Wonder.")

Blogger Mountain Man January 26, 2017 8:37 PM  

"Trump has made us question what-the-hell every other president was doing during their first weeks in office. Were they even trying?"

No they were not. Everyone since Andrew Jackson has been useless

Blogger Mountain Man January 26, 2017 8:42 PM  

I've never been more proud about having voted than this past election. Trump is wonderful ! For any who are of the praying persuasion..we must do it - regularly. Major forces of darkness will be arrayed against him.. but through Divine intervention they will be neutered.

Blogger Mountain Man January 26, 2017 8:45 PM  

"This morning NPR was agonizing over whether they should accuse the president of lying directly or be more circumspect."

Im hoping that all federal funding for this elitist propaganda organ will be eliminated. Fuck them - let the Rockefellers meet their operating costs.

Anonymous bobdobbs January 26, 2017 9:08 PM  

OK. I need a show hands here.
Who's tired of winning? Yeah y'all get those hands up.

Right. You guys with your hands up?

LOSERS

That's all.

Blogger Hobgoblin1975 January 26, 2017 9:16 PM  

Ummm I'm not cool with having the government pay off peoples student loans. I went the cheapest route I was able, worked during school and and got it paid off 3 years after I was out. that 3 yrs was no fun, taking every bit of overtime and eating sack lunches. Though I did get to Bragg. Still wasn't fun. If the govt. Comes along and pays off everyone else's debt, well I'm gonna be pissed. Why should I be effectively punished for working my tail off? That's not fair, I mean really unfair.

Blogger Cail Corishev January 26, 2017 9:29 PM  

Read the parable about the workers who got hired in the morning, and got pissed when the workers who started an hour before quitting time got the same pay they did. If you were happy with the deal you made, you're not supposed to be envious if someone else lucks into a better one.

Blogger Mountain Man January 26, 2017 9:56 PM  

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Blogger Mountain Man January 26, 2017 10:01 PM  

@72
The parable is relevant to understanding God's view of justice as it pertains to His unwarranted grace. Unless we are living under a theocracy its not really applicable to this issue (student debt) . Even then we could look at all of the verses that apply to importance of not shirking your debts.

Blogger Samuel Nock January 26, 2017 10:14 PM  

"Trump has made us question what-the-hell every other president was doing during their first weeks in office."

Their first _weeks_? Their entire administrations. (Not that that is always a bad thing. Cf. Coolidge)

For all the talk about "Trump is inexperienced", "Trump is ignorant", "Trump knows nothing about policy", what we are seeing is that private sector people get things done, expect results, and hold themselves to standards of accomplishment that no "experienced" politician has any comprehension of.

Aside from the policy aspects, we are simply seeing a rebuke of lifelong politicians and bureaucrats through Trump's example of what a dynamic businessman can accomplish.

Blogger Sherwood family January 26, 2017 10:21 PM  

As to changes at State Department, I cannot tell you how nice it is to see some housecleaning take place there. It was definitely time for Pat Kennedy to go. And it seems Victoria Nuland is out and that is the best signal I can think of that Trump intends to truly improve the relationship with the Russians.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 26, 2017 10:24 PM  

The correct answer is to simply make student debt dischargable in bankruptcy. The current system (imposed by the GOP during the Bush presidency) of non-dischargable debt creates perverse incentives for lenders, for colleges, and for students.
Making the debt dischargable, and removing the fed govt from the decision to loan hte money, means that the flow of money, talent and students into Studies departments, English Literature, etc, etc will IMMEDIATELY dry up. And thanks to institutional inertia, very few colleges would react quickly enough to the changed situation to save themselves.
Bucknell, for instance, would be closed and sold for condos by the end of the Winter quarter.

Blogger SirHamster January 26, 2017 10:44 PM  

Mountain Man wrote:@72

The parable is relevant to understanding God's view of justice as it pertains to His unwarranted grace. Unless we are living under a theocracy its not really applicable to this issue (student debt) . Even then we could look at all of the verses that apply to importance of not shirking your debts.


It matters because we don't even know what right and wrong are without God giving us the standard and His example.

Another relevant Biblical point is the Jubilee - periodic debt forgiveness to defuse ticking debt bombs. College students should not remain debt slaves because their parents and elders sold them into it.

Then we'll make the universities who sold them those shitty dreams pay for it.

Just like Mexico and the Wall.

Blogger Lazarus January 26, 2017 11:21 PM  

Mountain Man wrote:@72

The parable is relevant to understanding God's view of justice as it pertains to His unwarranted grace


In a sense, but it is specific to the fact that converts during the first part of the Time of the Gentiles (the period between the events of Acts 28 and the second coming) and those of the period just before the second coming get the same reward.

Blogger Jose January 26, 2017 11:49 PM  

@74 "The parable is relevant to understanding God's view of justice as it pertains to His unwarranted grace"

I'm a firm believer in God's justice (ironic for an agnostic), as explained by the morale patch on my gym organizer:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/josecamoessilva/27904047423/

In order to expedite the meeting, I recommend something petite like a S&W .500 Magnum revolver or something even less aggressive like a Desert Eagle in .50AE (it has half the kinetic energy of the S&W; still a lot more than a .44 Magnum). Both unavailable in California, alas.

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) January 27, 2017 12:21 AM  

16. haus frau January 26, 2017 5:02 PM
I might even set up an orthodox style icon in my home with candles.



hell,at this rate i might buy an American flag ...

Anonymous Luke January 27, 2017 12:41 AM  

I will make a prediction here. I hope to God I end up being hilariously, far-past-humiliatingly wrong. Nonetheless, here it goes:

Once the shock of November and Trump's first month wear off, along with grasping that NOTHING said in the press nor ANY protests will do squat to derail Trump's progress, there are going to be multiple assassination attempts against Trump. Some will be by nonmorons, so will have a real chance to succeed. He is more reviled by a domestic enemy than any U.S. President than Lincoln. What's more, Trump probably knows all this in his bones (zero denial about any of it). So, he is trying to get whatever positive he can get done in what time he has. Whether that time is two months or two terms, only God knows. *I* know what he is doing for the country my children (two of whom are not yet in 1st Grade) are fated to live out their lives in, is almost certainly worth giving my life to help protect it in some tiny way, if only I had that chance. (My children would be better off as orphan's in Trump's American than with me until they got married off, and I think I'm a damned good father.)

Blogger Doom January 27, 2017 12:56 AM  

Giving them a? I love it when they get overloaded. You can keep Milo. I prefer Trumping.

Anonymous Luke January 27, 2017 12:58 AM  

28. MongoJimmy January 26, 2017 5:30 PM
"I'm hoping Trump will legalize cannabis coast to coast (with strict regulations and large fines for violations) and cancel all student loan debt. Heads would explode bigly. Left, right and center.

Re the pot legalization idea, there would still have to be ample grounds for barring recent users from many, many kinds of work. The U.S. hardly needs any more Demotivational Syndrome, other than amongst those too stupid/too short-term thinking to ever get off welfare. (Keeping them too high to riot and steal would be a plus, I admit.) Trump, as not even a drinker, will have at most mixed sympathy towards the "I just want to toke weed every moment I'm awake (and do NOTHING else)" types. That said, he may well do it, but not in the next month.

Re student loans, that would only be a net good IMO (if a huge one) if certain reforms came with it.
No gov't-involved student loans ever again, except perhaps real trades (use tools outside), nonpaperwork medical (RN, not Med Asst), and nondumb-to-get into STEM. Latter would be Pet/Chem/Elec Eng, Chemistry, Physics, NOT Astronomy, Oceanography, Anthropology, Marine Biology, Environmental anything, basically any STEM that fails to require Calculus, currently has over half women majoring in it, or most graduates using their degree work for the gov't. Oh, and the colleges would have to get their admin employee/student ratios ($$ spent as well as head counts) back down to pre-1965 levels, and ideally spin off/end scholarships for their varsity athletics.

Anonymous Discard January 27, 2017 1:33 AM  

Maybe people could sell their worthless degrees back. No more debt and no more degree.

Maybe the college administrators could be jailed, along with the bankers, for fraud.

There should be lots of possibilities.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 27, 2017 1:46 AM  

The correct answer is to simply make student debt dischargable in bankruptcy. The current system (imposed by the GOP during the Bush presidency) of non-dischargable debt creates perverse incentives for lenders, for colleges, and for students.

Making the debt dischargable, and removing the fed govt from the decision to loan hte money, means that the flow of money, talent and students into Studies departments, English Literature, etc, etc will IMMEDIATELY dry up. And thanks to institutional inertia, very few colleges would react quickly enough to the changed situation to save themselves.
Bucknell, for instance, would be closed and sold for condos by the end of the Winter quarter.


@77 Snidely
...Yes. Much like.

Blogger praetorian January 27, 2017 2:05 AM  

January 26, 2017 9:16 PM
Ummm I'm not cool with having the government pay off peoples student loans....

That's not fair, I mean really unfair.


Fam, I feel you, I really feel you, but we need family formation yesterday.

I don't have an ounce of debt but I'm still in favor of a debt jubilee. Keen's idea is best, but I'll take anything at this point as long as it doesn't discriminate against whites.

Fair's got nothin' to do with it.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 27, 2017 2:34 AM  

Fair is a purely theoretical construct, it is not observable under any conditions in the real world.

Blogger wreckage January 27, 2017 4:15 AM  

To quote Andrew Klavan:

"You're going to win so much--"
Fact check: True
"--you're gonna get sick and tired of winning!"
Fact check: False

Anonymous JAG January 27, 2017 4:20 AM  

Some solutions to Academia will be needed whether that takes the form of alternative schools, online degrees, campus reform, or any number of other possibilities, it must be done. We can't sustain the current model because it churns out dysfunctional people unsuitable to preserving the future. It will necessarily lead to chaos once the millennials take over running the show when Gen X is too old.

Blogger wreckage January 27, 2017 4:28 AM  

Regarding student debt, don't get complicated, that gives the enemy victory. Say "it is inhumane that people are trying to raise their kids and provide opportunities for their kids, while still trying to pay of debt they incurred when they themselves were kids! Married couples with 2+ kids cannot be expected to make ends meet under those circumstances, and their debts will be forgiven."

Blogger wreckage January 27, 2017 4:30 AM  

Why married couples? Because university educated people tend to marry each other, so the household then has TWICE the debt and only one income.

Blogger Lazarus January 27, 2017 6:54 AM  

praetorian wrote:I don't have an ounce of debt but I'm still in favor of a debt jubilee. Keen's idea is best, but I'll take anything at this point as long as it doesn't discriminate against whites.



People's QE sounds good on paper and is attractive, but still an academic response that disregards how humans actually operate.

I am a saver. My friend is a debtor. This is how we run our lives. If I get a cash infusion, I will still not spend it all, it is against my natural instincts. If my friend gets a loan paid down, they will borrow more soon after, as is their natural inclination. They may even try to hit ME up for some extra.

If this could be fixed, then it could very well work.

Blogger sysadmn January 27, 2017 9:42 AM  

Adams has become quite influential. He was among the first to describe Trump's maneuvers as "3D Chess". Now the term shows up at Vdare:
Yet this is probably just another example of what the Trump Train humorously calls “3-D chess.” Donald Trump makes a claim which is true in the general sense but wrong in the particulars. The MSM pounces, but in so doing, has to concede the larger, essential point. Thus, the media’s wailing has enabled President Trump to justify a possible investigation into illegal voting. Though it’s doubtful enough illegals voted to cost President Trump the popular vote, odds are we’ll find many illegals did vote illegally.

http://www.vdare.com/posts/study-finds-hillary-got-at-least-800000-votes-from-non-citizens

I've become convinced that politics is persuasion, as a fundamental tactic. How you persuade is just detail.

Blogger CJ January 27, 2017 12:07 PM  

#77 Snideley Whiplash

The correct answer is to simply make student debt dischargeable in bankruptcy. The current system (imposed by the GOP during the Bush presidency) of non-dischargeable debt creates perverse incentives for lenders, for colleges, and for students. Making the debt dischargeable, and removing the fed govt from the decision to loan hte money, means that the flow of money, talent and students into Studies departments, English Literature, etc, etc will IMMEDIATELY dry up.

I endorse this message. Thank you Snidely.

Anonymous Mr. Rational January 27, 2017 1:23 PM  

paworldandtimes wrote:Marijuana legalization makes incentives to produce and push stronger illegal drugs.
It also eliminates the commercial connection between cannabis and those who manufacture and distribute stronger drugs.

I've read about some house explosions lately, from people using butane to perform solvent extraction of resin from the less-desirable parts of the cannabis plant.  They're apparently venting the butane indoors.  This is an example of a hazard which could be eliminated or at least controlled by doing it under the proper industrial/chemical conditions, but apparently that's illegal.

In other words, government is the problem here.

VFM #7634 wrote:many girls go to college for their MRS degree, and student debt is not exactly appealing to their potential future husbands.
True.  I wrote off a potential romantic interest when I found out she had a pile of debt.

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