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Friday, December 04, 2015

Of shopping and survival

It's rather remarkable that David Brooks is still regarded, by some, to be a serious and thoughtful public intellectual, when in reality he is about as deep and reflective as Britney Spears hopped up on anti-depressants. Here he explains, in the aftermath of the most recent Islamic immigrant massacre, why the appeal of Donald Trump is bound to fade:
A little while ago I went rug shopping. Four rugs were laid out on the floor and among them was one with a pink motif that was dazzlingly beautiful. It was complex and sophisticated. If you had asked me at that moment which rug I wanted, I would have said the pink one.

This conviction lasted about five minutes. But then my mentality flipped and I started asking some questions. Would the furniture go with this rug? Would this rug clash with the wall hangings? Would I get tired of its electric vibrancy?

Suddenly a subtler and more prosaic blue rug grabbed center stage. The rugs had not changed, but suddenly I wanted the blue rug. The pink rug had done an excellent job of being eye-popping on its own. The blue rug was doing an excellent job of being a rug I could enjoy living with.
That's right. The analogy from which Brooks draws his political model is his own interior-decorating habits. If I was a similarly shallow thinker, I would argue that Marco Rubio is bound to win because I had a glass of Spanish Tempranillo with lunch today and he is the most obviously Spanish candidate in the mix.

I am not certain yet that Trump is capable of overcoming the all-out war that will be waged on him by both factions of the bi-factional ruling party. The Republican establishment already has its knives out for him, but the Democratic establishment has not yet begun to fight. But I would not count him out either, especially in an environment where Americans quite rightly feel threatened by the hostile invaders that the ruling party has established in their midst.

But speaking of politics, and political philosophy, I am pleased to be able to say that SJWs Always Lie is now #1 in Political Philosophy on Amazon UK and is in the top 1,000 overall on  #1 in Political Philosophy on Amazon Australia as well.

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137 Comments:

Blogger Markku December 04, 2015 8:23 AM  

The choice isn't between a pink or a blue rug, it's between a minigun and a rug.

Blogger Salt December 04, 2015 8:24 AM  

Amazon UK... The message, it spreads.

Blogger Patrick December 04, 2015 8:31 AM  

It amazes me how political analysts can be so stunningly wrong about things and continue being sought after political analysts. Remember that these are the same folks who were blindsided when Romney failed to win in a landslide.

Anonymous Poli_Mis December 04, 2015 8:37 AM  

Congrats, Dark Lord of the Anti-Alinsky. May your Rules for Normals create much butt hurt in all the lands.

Blogger SS December 04, 2015 8:42 AM  

This from the guy that was impressed with Obama because of his pant crease?

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer December 04, 2015 8:43 AM  

David Brooks is an idiot. I always assumed he reached his position, such as it is, via connections, familial or otherwise.

Anonymous Kevin December 04, 2015 8:44 AM  

Trump is the middle finger raised sky high at progressive America. That's his appeal, and what the traditional pundits can't seem to grasp.

Blogger The Gray Man December 04, 2015 8:44 AM  

Go Trump! He's going to win. They can't stop him

Blogger IsMishe December 04, 2015 8:45 AM  

Next he will be pondering which candidate makes his ass look fat.

Blogger Krul December 04, 2015 8:46 AM  

Yeah, "public intellectual" is kind of like "decaf coffee" to me. All the bitter flavor with none of the stimulation.

"Public intellectuals" seem to always be milksops who specialize in alluding to relatively abstract or technical subjects in a carefully superficial way in order to affirm the prejudices of the lay public without challenging them.

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 December 04, 2015 8:47 AM  

None of that, however, means very much to Igbos who want independence from the dysfunctional and corrupt ramshackle entity that calls itself the state of Nigeria. And this points to another problem. We all sing hymns to the wonders of diversity and to the value of cosmopolitan society these days, but multi-ethnic federations are often not very well run.

A very interesting, and relevant, statement from one of today's Instapundit links.

Blogger IM2L844 December 04, 2015 8:51 AM  

The main thing that worries me about Trump is that I think it's likely he would set new precedents for the power of the office. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. The pendulum eventually swings back the other way.

Congrats on the book. I'm enjoying watching CH grow.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer December 04, 2015 8:52 AM  

Anyway, David Brooks has the pulse of the American Working Class due to his frequent conversations with the hired help.

"Juanita," he says "you support President Obama's executive actions in regards to immigration, don't you?"

"Si Senior," Juanita replies as she scrubs the toilet.

"And your husband, Juan, he does as well?"

"Si Senor," she replies again.

"Well then, I guess that settles it, the American Working Class supports immigration reform!"

Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2015 December 04, 2015 8:54 AM  

When objective truths are abandoned all one has is feelings. It's really why these people are emotionally draining. All they have is feelings and you can't argue with that. It's the ultimate non sequitur.

Daniel 7.25 say "he shall wear out the saints of the most high". We are living proof of this scripture. Perpetual adolescents are tiring. The grow up or f....k off was an eye opener of a post. One remaining university in north america? This world isn't day care. An Obama's entire argument sums up as it "feels right" and check out my charisma. There is no argument. Their fundamental human rights are no more than "it feels good so we're doing it". From transgender to open borders to don't oppress baby seals or head hacking musselmen, it's all 'feel good'. ie. there is no argument. This is a steam roller with teenagers driving with thin ice, crevasses and washed out bridges on the only road with left.

Every intellectual worth his salt is in retirement or dead. The nation builders are gone.


Blogger Timmy3 December 04, 2015 8:54 AM  

Well, I still very much love the Orange rug that I picked up and won't be returning it.

Anonymous Aachen December 04, 2015 8:56 AM  

@3

Reminds me of when I had a conversation with a trader at a top IB. Basically showed me a video pre-gfc where Fed employees were saying subprime was not an issue and then the same people after saying they never could have predicted it. He was furious, saying the government likes having these types around as they can shift the blame and when it is shifted to such 'intellectual' people there is no repercussions... a system elites have constructed were they do not get effected by their actions.

Works the same for these analysts I believe... meanwhile the good security analysts resign in disgust.

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery December 04, 2015 8:56 AM  

If Donald Trump was a rug, he'd be a luxurious lion skin in front of a real fire, and leggy swimsuit models would want to make sweet, sweet sexytimes on him. And he'd really tie the room together.

If David Brooks was a rug, he'd be a cheap nylon base with cat pubes glued to it.

Anonymous Aachen December 04, 2015 8:59 AM  

@12

The limits of office are being dismantled as we speak. I doubt there is any going back from where we already are

Blogger Krul December 04, 2015 8:59 AM  

But Trump really ties the room together, does he not?
F*ckin' A

Blogger bub December 04, 2015 9:01 AM  

@17 Stevil

Disturbing as usual, thanks(?) for that

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 9:01 AM  

> The main thing that worries me about Trump is that I think it's likely he would set new precedents for the power of the office.

Given that Obama has pretty much set the precedent that there are no limits, how much worse can he make it?

Personally, I'm waiting for him to propose the affordable gun availability act, which will require every adult US citizen to purchase a firearm and provide proof every year of having it or face an ever increasing fine.

Anonymous Aachen December 04, 2015 9:01 AM  

@17

Lol. They don't call you the Dark Ninja of Mockery for nothing.

Blogger Unknown the Elder December 04, 2015 9:02 AM  

And of course: the rug is fine.

Anonymous Aachen December 04, 2015 9:05 AM  

I'm sure the blue rug had Middle Eastern patterns however... and after he went to a Pakistani restaurant and said 'this food is amazing, isn't multiculti great'

Anonymous Homesteader December 04, 2015 9:07 AM  

What man buys rugs?

(Isn't that what wives are for?)

And what man even CONSIDERS a PINK rug? (Was it Pepto-pink, for added effect?)

And, even worse, what man ADMITS to these acts, and tries to use them folksy-analogy style?

I wonder what color dress Carlos Slim makes him wear around the newsroom- an eye popping pink, or a more prosaic blue he can live with?

Blogger JP December 04, 2015 9:09 AM  

Trump's appeal won't fade until after he's elected president.

Anonymous Aachen December 04, 2015 9:10 AM  

@25

No doubt the dress he wears is blue but the female lingerie under it is pink.

Anonymous YIH December 04, 2015 9:10 AM  

The latest from Pat Buchanan:
They constantly denounce him as grossly insensitive for what he has said about women, Mexicans, Muslims, McCain and a reporter with a disability. Such crimes against decency, says the press, disqualify Trump as a candidate for president.

Yet, when they demand he apologize, Trump doubles down. And when they demand that Republicans repudiate him, the GOP base replies:

“Who are you to tell us whom we may nominate? You are not friends. You are not going to vote for us. And the names you call Trump — bigot, racist, xenophobe, sexist — are the names you call us, nothing but cuss words that a corrupt establishment uses on those it most detests.”

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 04, 2015 9:11 AM  

His name will become our rhetorical pilum, thanks David

Blogger ncartist December 04, 2015 9:14 AM  

I am not certain yet that Trump is capable of overcoming the all-out war that will be waged on him by both factions of the bi-factional ruling party.

Trump very likely will have to survive a physical assassination attempt before this is over: as rumored to be the case in the RFK assassination, there may be a Secret Service agent there to administer the coup de gras.

Blogger Culture War Draftee December 04, 2015 9:16 AM  

I do a lot of shopping at Ikea, so I should qualify for a gig writing on Swedish politics, right?

Anonymous ThirdMonkey VFM #337 December 04, 2015 9:19 AM  

If David Brooks were a rug, he'd be the cheap contour rug that wraps around the toilet. That rug will do a good job of catching the occasional stray drips in the bathroom that my three boys share. Enjoy living with that.

Blogger ncartist December 04, 2015 9:19 AM  

The main thing that worries me about Trump is that I think it's likely he would set new precedents for the power of the office.

Did you just achieve political and social consciousness last week? I am glad you training wheels came off; but, damn, where the hell have you been since 2001?

Blogger ncartist December 04, 2015 9:21 AM  

If David Brooks was a rug, he'd be a cheap nylon base with cat pubes glued to it.
Win!

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 December 04, 2015 9:24 AM  

@30

Dude, really? The guy was killed by a Palestinian nationalist who was angry that RFK was pro-Israel. That kind of thing really does happen.

Blogger JartStar December 04, 2015 9:24 AM  

Among college grads: Cruz 22%, Rubio/Carson 19%, Trump 18%
Non-grads: Trump 46%, Cruz 12%

Lowest common denominator is always the best audience.

Anonymous Geoff December 04, 2015 9:26 AM  

SJWAL doing well in the UK is most excellent news. The UK is so far down the road of multiculturalism that I didn't think it could turn back. But if the UK ( arguably the birthplace of liberty and the rights of Englishmen) can turn around, it would be a beacon of hope for the rest of the West.

Blogger Hammerli280 December 04, 2015 9:31 AM  

I think the only GOP candidate who can catch Trump is Cruz...and there's not much difference between them.

The Dems? They are simply picking out the sacrificial goat.

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 9:41 AM  

> The Dems? They are simply picking out the sacrificial goat.

I wouldn't count out the Dems when it comes to the vote. They've got a lot of graveyards to use.

Blogger Nate December 04, 2015 9:42 AM  

look... its december. Trump is still in it and still winning. At this point.. the only way he doesn't win is if the Republicans cheat. and I don't mean dirty tricks.. I mean literally cheat in vote counts like they did for Romney.

Democrats don't matter. they will run Hillary.. and Hillary will crash and burn spectacularly... and all the people proclaiming there would never be another republican elected will be wailing that no democrat will ever be able to win again.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier December 04, 2015 9:42 AM  

You know, it suddenly makes sense that Vox's "political philosophy" writing is doing so well. I bet there is a large portion of people here who found him through his WND column.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer December 04, 2015 9:44 AM  

The GOPe line is that any Republican can beat Hillary except Trump. I personally think that is bull. A moderate GOP nominee will lose to Hillary. In fact, if Jeb is somehow dragged across the finish line and is the nominee not only will Hillary win, but it will be a rout. The GOP base will stay home en mass or will vote third party (a permanent third party unless the GOP reforms) because the GOPe will have demonstrated that they are completely uninterested in advocating for interests of the base.

Trump, however, can win, since, ironically, he will be able to draw large numbers of black voters who have no interest in or love of an old white lady who supports gay marriage and bringing in more Hispanics to take their jobs and dispossess them from their neighborhoods.

Blogger luagha December 04, 2015 9:46 AM  

@30 That's why Trump and Cruz are likely to be one another's assassination insurance.

Blogger toadbile December 04, 2015 9:49 AM  

If Trump's helicopter fell down
thousand of people might see the missile
and the FAA would still declare pilot error;

thousands would dance in the street
(aloha snackbar, viva la clinton)
and no journalist would record it;

millions would refuse to vote
(again)
as david brookes lamented 'voter apathy.'

Blogger Nate December 04, 2015 9:51 AM  

"I wouldn't count out the Dems when it comes to the vote. They've got a lot of graveyards to use."

Millennials will never vote for Hillary. They only care about the new hottness. And Hillary is old.

Nothing is worse to a millennial that Old.

Blogger Dave December 04, 2015 9:52 AM  

top 1,000 overall on Amazon Australia.

You sheilas down under need to get with the program.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet December 04, 2015 9:56 AM  

among them was one with a pink motif that was dazzlingly beautiful

[Raises eyebrow]

Anonymous 334 December 04, 2015 9:56 AM  

@36.

Amazing that Trump could be within 4% of the leader among college grads, since they'll all be voting for Hillary anyway -- assuming they vote at all.

Blogger IM2L844 December 04, 2015 9:56 AM  

Did you just achieve political and social consciousness last week? I am glad you training wheels came off; but, damn, where the hell have you been since 2001?

Don't be a dumbass. I've been concerned about the expansion of presidential powers since learning about them in the mid seventies and I've been pointing out the mistake to the short sighted cheering sections in both of the peanut galleries since that time. Trump's personality typifies a flippant disregard for convention and restraint that could be dangerously creative with such power. I'm not as concerned with how Trump might use it, though, as I am with the precedent it might set for the next guy and the next guy.

Anonymous A Visitor December 04, 2015 10:00 AM  

Ah, David Brooks, that NYT Republican tool that told us homo unions aren't a big deal. "It’s about the finger on the nuclear trigger for the next four years." Except the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Yom Kippur War, we haven't a had a serious nuke crisis in decades. Deterrence works! Furthermore, Trump has at least paid lip service to be willing to work with Putin and Putin's tovarischs.

Trump as the pink rug? No, that'd be ¡Jeb! or Rubio. As Markku said, "the choice isn't between a pink or blue rug, it's between a minigun and a rug."

"I am not certain yet that Trump is capable of overcoming the all-out war that will be waged on him by both factions of the bi-factional ruling party." If he doesn't at least win the Republican nomination for Pres or VP, that'll seal the election for whoever else.

"It amazes me how political analysts can be so stunningly wrong about things and continue being sought after political analysts."

@3 It's most likely due to the fact that the community is so insular (analysts, pundits, newspaper editors, TV directors, etc.) that they view it as a duty to help a fellow brother out.

@7 Indeed he is!!!!

@9 LOL

@17 Excellent analogies!

@30 How would it be a blow of mercy, though? It's not like Trump is in pain.

Anonymous The OASF December 04, 2015 10:05 AM  

Trump won't save America... because America does not deserve to be saved. All of the curses on this land are coming straight from hell as authorized by God. With every evil imaginable exploding in growth everywhere in this country, I see nothing in the character of the American people that indicates that any widespread change will be forthcoming.

I suspect Trump will simply be banned from the ballots in most States, and the RNC will order write-ins to be discounted. People forget that the parties are not government organizations and they don't have to play by any rules except for their own.

All Trump could then do is file a lawsuit. Good luck with that, buddy.

Should Trump manage to get nominated, GOP "elites" such as Lindsey Graham and John McCrazy have already all but said that they will have him impeached upon inauguration. This will pave the way for Clinton's election by hook or crook (most likely crook, because Trump won't have enough votes at that point to fry the rigged Deibold voting and polling machines like he has in the primaries)

The best we can hope for is that Trump's rebellion leads to the final crack up on the Bohemian-Club-Sodomite-Network-other wise-known-as-the-GOP as a national party, and some independents will then have a chance to create a few enclaves of security, freedom and prosperity in what's left of Amerika.

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 10:11 AM  

> I'm not as concerned with how Trump might use it, though, as I am with the precedent it might set for the next guy and the next guy.

And the point being made is that that's a battle that has already been lost. The precedent has already been set over the past 15 years.

Anonymous Don December 04, 2015 10:16 AM  

People are wondering why I'm chuckling in the bathroom stall at work...hahaha

Blogger IM2L844 December 04, 2015 10:17 AM  

And the point being made is that that's a battle that has already been lost. The precedent has already been set over the past 15 years.

Yeah, I get that, but if you seriously believe there is no room left to push the envelope any further, you're deluded.

Blogger Nate December 04, 2015 10:19 AM  

"[Raises eyebrow]"

yeah.

You and me both.

I note this was the guy that was ranting about how homo marriage was fine.

Blogger Maple Curtain December 04, 2015 10:19 AM  

What these people don't want to acknowledge is that Trump winning, or Trump having any honest intention of implementing his plans, is of lesser importance than the fact that Trump has changed the conversation forever. Conflict in the Anglo West is only going to increase as it becomes more diverse, so there is no putting the Trump genie back in the bottle.

Brooks is just another member of the Tribe, is he not? So, no surprise that he wants the genie back in the bottle.

Blogger Elocutioner #0226 December 04, 2015 10:21 AM  

"This conviction lasted about five minutes. But then my mentality flipped and I started asking some questions." He suddenly remembered who signs his checks, but this NEW conviction is the right one! This is a teachable moment!

An intelligent adult might think this instead -
"Huh, that's an interesting pattern, I kind of like it. But it's flimsy, overpriced, too short, the wrong color, and I'm not a teenage girl listening to the latest boy band, soooo it not right for the job and I'd die of shame and loneliness if I decorated my home with that. Next."

See, us non-NYT readers/writers don't stand there drooling while looking at a rug for five damn minutes waiting for the next thought to occur to us. Go back to staring at Obama's crotch.

Anonymous smedley butler December 04, 2015 10:21 AM  

"The GOPe line is that any Republican can beat Hillary except Trump. "

This is merely a situation where GOPe is worried that if Trump wins, they will be out of jobs. If Hillary wins, they can still act as the controlled and paid opposition. If Rubio wins, then they get WH admin jobs and later get to write books about how they worked for the president, etc.

If Trump wins, however, these people will get nothing, nada. Trump knows who represents and works for GOP Inc. and will not reward them with a cush WH job.

Anonymous Geoff December 04, 2015 10:23 AM  

@53 Don - People are wondering why I'm chuckling in the bathroom stall at work...hahaha

Don't drop your phone.

Blogger Maple Curtain December 04, 2015 10:28 AM  

@36: You think that college grads are smarter, better informed, or wiser than non-college grads?

Ever seen what passes for higher education in America?

Bunch of unthinking juvenile middle-class drones who spent four years smashed to the gills are smarter than people who went into the workforce and had to learn about the real world without the benefit of that four-year drinking binge?

You need to make a better argument.

Blogger Nate December 04, 2015 10:28 AM  

"December 04, 2015 10:21 AM


"The GOPe line is that any Republican can beat Hillary except Trump. "


Which is funny because what is actually true is... Any Republican besides Jeb, Christie, Rubio, or Carly, or Ben will beat Hillary"

Anonymous BigGaySteve December 04, 2015 10:30 AM  

A little while ago I was looking for roommates. Four showed upand among them was one with a pinkskinned one that was dazzlingly beautiful.There was a black one that smelled of malt liquor, 2 Mexicans with MS-13 facial tattoos & a brown man named Mohammad Jihad-Islam Mohammad whowas complex and sophisticated. If you had asked me at that moment which rug I wanted, I would have said the pink one.

Fixed it for him

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer December 04, 2015 10:33 AM  

Which is funny because what is actually true is... Any Republican besides Jeb, Christie, Rubio, or Carly, or Ben will beat Hillary"

Yep, I sometimes think that Jeb was supposed to be the designated loser this cycle.

Blogger Student in Blue December 04, 2015 10:33 AM  

@Maple Curtain
Bunch of unthinking juvenile middle-class drones who spent four years smashed to the gills are smarter than people who went into the workforce and had to learn about the real world without the benefit of that four-year drinking binge?

A ton of the college kids suffer from post-purchase rationalization too.

Anonymous Roundtine December 04, 2015 10:40 AM  

The worst case scenario with Trump is he wins, gets GOPe support, and then blows up or simply can't get the job done. If he loses, but the GOPe abandons him, it exposes the whole political-media establishment is in cahoots and the only opposition is the "far" right.

Also, I'm seeing evidence on the ground that conservatives are pushing to the right. Even here in liberal Yankeedom, the grassroots are shifting, but it's mainly the 40-under. The Boomers are hopeless.

Blogger David-093 December 04, 2015 10:42 AM  

White Millennials, both men and women, voted for Romney in 2012. The reason Millennials look so liberal is because of how non-white the generation is. They'll vote for Trump in 2016 or stay at home, but they're not going to support a Democrat, not unless the Left can dredge up a populist candidate with better appeal than Bernie Sanders.

Blogger Quadko December 04, 2015 10:42 AM  

But wait, there's more! It's obviously a Persian rug shop, and we can connect the dots on his supposed "innocent mentality change" to his Iranian Intelligence Service handlers. Why, it would explain so many of his positions if Brooks is an Iranian plant!

Blogger Jourdan December 04, 2015 10:45 AM  

Met a fellow officer for drinks last night, very intelligent young man, from rural Ohio, established now in Washington, wife is an atty, kid on the way, he's a liberal Democrat and has been one all his adult life.

But--in an way that reminded me of my younger self--he can't help noticing that his side keeps asking him to turn his brain off and to believe things which are obvious bullshit.

He's not there yet, but he's thinking about it. He found himself in agreement with me more than he felt comfortable with, and he certainly has no illusions about the Muslim world (a tour of duty in Pakistan will do that to a man).

One man is not a movement, but if our positions are starting to sound good to people like this young man, things are moving our way.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 10:49 AM  

The difference this moron doesn't see is, It's between a welcome mat and a wall.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 10:52 AM  

@7 Kevin

Trump is the middle finger raised sky high at progressive America. That's his appeal, and what the traditional pundits can't seem to grasp.
---

It's funny, more people like Trump every time he throws out lefty protesters from one of his speeches. Even if you don't know anything about him, you can appreciate that he is putting a headlock on a common enemy. He also seems to be enjoying himself, which is good for morale.

Anonymous The OASF December 04, 2015 10:53 AM  

@65

"The Boomers are hopeless."

Isn't that the truth.

Anonymous Minion #0172 December 04, 2015 10:55 AM  

"Next he will be pondering which candidate makes his ass look fat."

And the latte hits the flatscreen! Thread winner!

Blogger slarrow December 04, 2015 10:57 AM  

If you were a rug, my love, I'd want you to be bold and pink and daring. But sometimes I need comfort, and then I'd like you to be blue and safe and really tie the room together. And then maybe sometimes when I'm jealous of that bitch in accounting who wears those low-cut blouses, you can be green and always match my mood. And if some redneck stereotype were to burst into my apartment and spill his cheap beer on you and burn you with his eeevil cigarette, you could roll up and best him like that carpet in Aladdin. And then maybe you could unravel just a bit and find some way to satisfy me as only my furniture can...if you were a rug, my love.

Anonymous BigGaySteve December 04, 2015 10:59 AM  

This from the guy that was impressed with Obama because of his pant crease?

Do I have to explain what he really meant by that? I mean come on even I argued against a pink bathroom rug.

"Juanita," he says "you support Congressman Menendez banging your 12yo daughter, don't you?"

"Si Senior,he is much richer than her 30yo illegal alien boyfriend" Juanita replies as she scrubs the toilet.

Trump very likely will have to survive a physical assassination attempt before this is over:

Well if he gets killed how many leftists in power do you think will follow? His vice president might get to pick 4 supreme court justices.

I note this was the guy that was ranting about how homo marriage was fine.

I guess he doesn't make enough money to not be the golddigger in the relationship.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:00 AM  

@21 James Dixon

Personally, I'm waiting for him to propose the affordable gun availability act, which will require every adult US citizen to purchase a firearm and provide proof every year of having it or face an ever increasing fine.
---

There's a symbolic law on the books here in Kennesaw. It used to give the lefties many a head explosion. To do things incrementally, it should have a fine added, then go county wide. Then state wide to nationwide. But Trump is not into taking a lot of time to get things done.

Anonymous old man in a villa December 04, 2015 11:00 AM  

The Pink Rug is David Brooks CIA code name. Is that a coincidence, or what?

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:01 AM  

@23 Unknown the Elder

And of course: the rug is fine.
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But how are the cat pubes?

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:03 AM  

@31 Culture War Draftee

I do a lot of shopping at Ikea, so I should qualify for a gig writing on Swedish politics, right?
---

Soitenly! Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

Anonymous The OASF December 04, 2015 11:05 AM  

@40

"look... its december. Trump is still in it and still winning. At this point.. the only way he doesn't win is if the Republicans cheat. and I don't mean dirty tricks.. I mean literally cheat in vote counts like they did for Romney."

They have already openly discussed banning him from the ballots in the opening primary States and refusing write-ins.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:11 AM  

David Brooks thinks he is one of these guys:

Your Majesty is like...

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:14 AM  

@41 Thomas Davidsmeier

You know, it suddenly makes sense that Vox's "political philosophy" writing is doing so well. I bet there is a large portion of people here who found him through his WND column.
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I wandered over here one day from the MHN. Never saw the columns.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:16 AM  

@45 Nate

Millennials will never vote for Hillary. They only care about the new hottness. And Hillary is old.
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In keeping with the theme, Hillary is like one of those puppy pee pads.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:23 AM  

@58 smedley butler

This is merely a situation where GOPe is worried that if Trump wins, they will be out of jobs.
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This is another thing about Trump that I like. It is possible he will clear out the Cuck Ol' Party. Then we could place bets on how many Cucks he'll fire each week :P

Blogger Chris Mallory December 04, 2015 11:25 AM  

Trump has managed to upset the Tribe with this comment:

"You're not gonna support me because I don't want your money. You want to control your politicians, that's fine. Five months ago I was with you," Trump said. "I do want your support, but I don't want your money."

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-flops-at-republican-jewish-coalition-event/

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:29 AM  

@73 slarrow

And then maybe you could unravel just a bit and find some way to satisfy me as only my furniture can...if you were a rug, my love.
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He really want's one of those anime rugs and pillow sets :P

Blogger dc.sunsets December 04, 2015 11:33 AM  

Trump's reframing of immigrants (cultural blasphemy), crime (racial blasphemy) and terrorism (religious blasphemy) is absolutely fascinating.

On the one hand, he's openly speaking Copernicus-like truth in the State Cathedral where doing so is almost literally suicidal blasphemy.

On the other, it is clear his truths give voice to the hidden rage of legions of apostates of this "secular" Theocracy.

For literally 350 years the Cult of Universalism has swept Western Civ like a pandemic social disease, leading to its elevation to a Civilization-threatening Universal vice.

Is Trump's popularity a signal that a groundswell of revolution, an overthrow of this "secular" Theocracy (it is actually nothing but the Gnostic Heresy) is finally imminent?

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau December 04, 2015 11:34 AM  

In the Barack W. Bush economy since 2001, who can afford college? How may of those college grads are Engineers or mathematicians and how many are Education or 'Insert Victimhood Here' Studies Majors?

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 11:34 AM  

> Yeah, I get that, but if you seriously believe there is no room left to push the envelope any further, you're deluded.

He can do things that haven't already been done, yes. But they won't set any precedent that hasn't already been set.

> The Boomers are hopeless.

Well, duh. How many times have we discussed that matter?

Blogger Just Mark December 04, 2015 11:35 AM  

So if the choice is Trump or RHC what I really hear you saying is

Would you rather be impelled by a leader of men or compelled by a shrew.

Seriously though, I think several Republicans remain in the run for the nomination. Trump can't cross the 40% line of delegates and a nasty fight for the nomination takes place on the convention floor. That is where Trump will be iced out.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 04, 2015 11:36 AM  

PS: I don't see the Cathedral's Universalist dogma suddenly inverting. I just wonder if the royalist (realist) army is returning to the damn war after a 300 year absence.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:37 AM  

@84 Chris Mallory

"In this case he is speaking to a group of Jewish Republicans, a significant portion of whom are business people," ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement. "We do not believe he intended his comments regarding negotiations and money to relate specifically to their Jewishness, but we understand that they could be interpreted that way. We encourage him to clarify that this was not his intention, and that he rejects the traditional stereotypes about Jews and money."
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Oh this is awesome! They are wanting Trump to bow down to them, and I really don't think he will do that.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 11:39 AM  

@89 Just Mark

Seriously though, I think several Republicans remain in the run for the nomination. Trump can't cross the 40% line of delegates and a nasty fight for the nomination takes place on the convention floor. That is where Trump will be iced out.
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You really think this collection of losers can out negotiate Trump?

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 11:40 AM  

> There's a symbolic law on the books here in Kennesaw.

I remember when it was passed. :)

Speaking of Kennesaw, good luck to the Kennesaw State basketball team tomorrow. I'm afraid you're going to need it.

Blogger Chris Mallory December 04, 2015 11:41 AM  

OT: The ATF has put out a comment on the California shooter's weapons:

"While they were originally sold legally, with magazine locking devices commonly known as bullet buttons, the rifles were subsequently altered in different ways to make them more powerful, according to Meredith Davis, a special agent with the ATF.
The Smith & Wesson rifle was changed in an attempt to enable it fire in fully automatic mode, while the DPMS weapon was modified to use a large-capacity magazine, she said."

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 11:43 AM  

> Trump can't cross the 40% line of delegates and a nasty fight for the nomination takes place on the convention floor. That is where Trump will be iced out.

That assumes Cruz doesn't align with Trump for the VP slot. That easily puts Trump over 40%.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer December 04, 2015 11:47 AM  

The Smith & Wesson rifle was changed in an attempt to enable it fire in fully automatic mode,

Since they have the "attempt" in there, I'm going to assume that they failed and that is why it didn't end up jamming.

Blogger jaericho (#107) December 04, 2015 12:01 PM  

@45 Nate Millennials will never vote for Hillary. They only care about the new hottness. And Hillary is old.
Maybe. I know several young, first time voters that have said they're going to give Hillary some serious consideration. I suspect they say that because they're all young women. I wonder how much of the sisterhood will cancel out Millennial-ness.

Blogger Danby December 04, 2015 12:10 PM  

"A little while ago I went rug shopping. Four rugs were laid out on the floor and among them was one with a pink motif that was dazzlingly beautiful. "

I like Vox Pop because I learn so many things here. For instance I didn't know David Brooks was gay.,

Blogger Nate December 04, 2015 12:11 PM  

"Speaking of Kennesaw, good luck to the Kennesaw State basketball team tomorrow. I'm afraid you're going to need it."

smells like an asswhippin'

Anonymous BoysMom December 04, 2015 12:14 PM  

@1
If the choice is between a rug and a gun, always get the gun. This is like the girls' rule of choosing when to carry: if you're choosing between taking makeup and a weapon, always take the weapon.

Anonymous Jay Will December 04, 2015 12:31 PM  

If, as is becoming increasingly clear, much of what is read about in the MSM and heard from political leaders is not only downright lies, but lies for purposes of evil war games. And assuming that Trump is genuinely anti-narrative, anti-train, anti-globalist force then there is no way he will get elected. They will either destroy him by legal means or he will be assassinated by a "crazy lone wolf" or "jihadist".

Trump has been smashing the opposition in polls and yet has never been favourite with a genuine source, trading markets. Randomly make ten thousand trades, before commission you will break evenish. They are a better source of truth than human words.

Also the "train" is increasing in speed, and it is also becoming clear that its destination was never intended to be social utopia, its destination was always war. Destabilizing ME and flooding the EU with Muslims. Funding of various Muslim taqqiya groups while also funding Euro white nationalists. We are all being dragged into huge war that doesn't have to happen. I'm personally hoping that the Muslim invasion is to help justify a mass nuke out on the Middle East, as Europeans start hating Muslims more and more they will feel less bad about the wipeout.

Assad isn't a butcher, the Syrian "people" (elitist commie lie) want him out no more than the US want Obama out. Imagine a foreign force telling you Americans that regime change is necessary for your "freedom". Arab spring lie. Gaddhafi/Hussein evil dictators - lie. Al Qaeda/Isis lies. Bin Laden evil genius lie.

Its elitist war games that are the problem, if it wasn't the US and allies it would be somebody else. In the alpha sphere of grand ideas, the ends have always justified the means. Picture your families arms and legs flying about you, millions screaming in agony. That is the future. All planned for, not random. The end goal order out of chaos, profit out of doom.

Ask yourself a question. Why haven't any western leaders got killed by Jihadists? Why is it the poor little unarmed civilians who are getting it? If you wanted to kill Merkel tomorrow, and you didn't care if you died, how hard would it be? Why hasn't one of these killers gone after the people who I'm told hate the West and hate its leaders even more?

Blogger mistaben December 04, 2015 12:32 PM  

@73 Furniture hasn't been so sexy since Cryptonomicon.

@95 If I were Trump I would never select Married-to-Goldman-Sachs Cruz as my VP life insurance policy.

Blogger Feather Blade December 04, 2015 12:34 PM  

@47 among them was one with a pink motif that was dazzlingly beautiful

[Raises eyebrow]

I'm sure it had edgy and shocking silhouettes of tessellated genitalia.

Which type is left as an excerise for the reader.

Blogger Feather Blade December 04, 2015 12:37 PM  

@21 Personally, I'm waiting for him to propose the affordable gun availability act,

Eh... can you use the same one gun every year or do you have to register your entire arsenal? 'cause government lists...

Blogger Maple Curtain December 04, 2015 12:42 PM  

@84: why would any serious candidate care about such a demographically insignificant minority as the Tribe?

Oh, money.

It buys candidates.

But, we wouldn't want to stereotype, would we ADL?

Does the 'D' stand for goyim?

Just wondering.

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 12:50 PM  

> If I were Trump I would never select Married-to-Goldman-Sachs Cruz as my VP life insurance policy.

He'll decide based on whether he thinks it helps his election chances or not, not what you or I think.

Anonymous aegis-1080 December 04, 2015 12:51 PM  

Meanwhile, Trump sits unchallenged at 36%:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/04/politics/donald-trump-poll-cnn-orc-national/index.html

When push comes to shove, most people will vote for someone that kicks the progs and the souless, powerhungry witch that they are going to put as a nominee on the teeth. So, that's Trump.

Blogger IM2L844 December 04, 2015 1:05 PM  

He can do things that haven't already been done, yes. But they won't set any precedent that hasn't already been set.

If you mean the invocation of presidential powers to accomplish goals then you are technically correct. Yes, that's been done before. But if you mean that presidential powers, especially emergency powers, could not be invoked in new and creative ways to achieve something previously untested then you're simply wrong. New precedents could be set. Do you think suspending habeas corpus or spying on you are at the outside limits of what could be tried?

Blogger glad2meetyou December 04, 2015 1:07 PM  

I'm eating fried rice at lunch now. Surely an Asian candidate shall soon sate America's hunger for leadership.

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 1:10 PM  

> But if you mean that presidential powers, especially emergency powers, could not be invoked in new and creative ways to achieve something previously untested then you're simply wrong.

If that were what I were saying,. yes. But it's not. Everything is already fair game now. There are no precedents left to set. Obama shattered them all.

Blogger glad2meetyou December 04, 2015 1:13 PM  

Lol, this would be great if it got back to David Brooks. Imagine him responding to Steve's rug analogy on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Blogger mistaben December 04, 2015 1:14 PM  

@106 He'll decide based on whether he thinks it helps his election chances or not, not what you or I think.

That's not the only factor. If even Obama can see the wisdom of choosing an undesirable-as-president goofball as his VP, surely Trump can see the foolishness of selecting a more-desirable-than-he-as-president bankster pet as his. There's no point in getting elected and being immediately expendable to TPTB.

Blogger mistaben December 04, 2015 1:16 PM  

@109 I'm eating fried rice at lunch now. Surely an Asian candidate shall soon sate America's hunger for leadership.

But America would only hunger again an hour later...

Blogger IM2L844 December 04, 2015 1:24 PM  

There are no precedents left to set. Obama shattered them all.

Ha! Well, I hope we're both still around 20 years from now, so I can say: "I told ya so!"

Blogger James Dixon December 04, 2015 1:30 PM  

> I hope we're both still around 20 years from now, so I can say: "I told ya so!"

Further steps down the same path do not precedence make. :)

But there's at least a chance I'll still be around then, so you may get the opportunity.

Blogger MidKnight (#138) December 04, 2015 1:44 PM  

@Steve, tDNoM

If Donald Trump was a rug...

Dammit - I was reading that and had people looking at me wondering why I suddenly was laughing out loud.

Not quite as bad as the time I saw a picture of the current Belgian "Health" minster with the caption that the qualification was obviously eating the previous health minister.

Blogger ajw308 (#98) December 04, 2015 1:49 PM  

When it's least expected, David Brooks doubles down.

Blogger Floyd Looney December 04, 2015 2:09 PM  

Trump is only running to get Hillary elected, IMO. Campaign Trump is nothing like pre-Campaign Trump (the real Trump) except the ability to run off at the mouth.

Blogger Dexter December 04, 2015 2:13 PM  

I like Vox Pop because I learn so many things here. For instance I didn't know David Brooks was gay.,

Skinny punk who works for the NYT and fixated on Obama's pant leg... that didn't fill in any blanks for you?

Happily, BGS is here to provide his trenchant insights and decode Brooks for us.

Anonymous BGS December 04, 2015 2:45 PM  

If you wanted to kill Merkel tomorrow, and you didn't care if you died, how hard would it be?

I am hoping an old german man steps up with an old WWII gun.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper December 04, 2015 2:52 PM  

His candidacy is perfectly serious

Trump wants to be President as a "topper" He's done every other thing and the big chair would suit his big ego to a T.

He might not get it but the Republicans have no candidate other than Cruz worth a damn. They have a choice, they can if he wins put up with a term or two of Trump who won't accomplish that much or try and throw the race to Hillary.

They choose that, they have chosen the path of inevitable civil war since no Republican will ever hold the executive chair again and the US will shift faster and faster left

Why? Well what the aren't getting is what they think are renegades is 75% of the base and the entire under 60 crowd, The Country Club Cuckservatives are no longer wanted.

Trump really isn't a Conservative but he at least fakes being one and can buy time to sharpen more hatchets or maybe pull of the miracle of all time.

As for impeaching Trump, no. To risky, they'll thwart his every move in the Senate if anything. Right now the Cucks just want to play both sides and come out OK any which way. Pushing away allies means they end up being made an example of and they know it.

That said, after the fear died down it would be somewhat hilarious if the attempted impeachment of Trump on false terms actually ended up with a literal Trumpenfuherer after a Junta.

If Trump was careful and the system seemed to return to normal after he died in office this probably wouldn't cause a civil war.

I can't see the Left who would be most effected pulling it off and while Texas and other might want too. if our Leader were to basically deport illegals and leave guns alone nothing much would happen.

Probably

That however is very unlikely, near zero chance

Blogger icr December 04, 2015 3:15 PM  

When did the running gag at the NYT shift from Thomas Friedman to David Brooks?

Blogger Danby December 04, 2015 3:16 PM  

@118 Floyd Looney
Trump is only running to get Hillary elected, IMO.
Yeah, Trump will be out by the end of October.

Blogger ray December 04, 2015 3:34 PM  

Princess can't decide between all the sparkly rugs. The crises of the modern American male.

Eight months in the back of a car for Polly Pundit. Living on somebody's old sleeping bag and a food stamp card. Stays there until his Kuckservative Konsumer mentality is dead, and his balls start to grow out again.

Blogger ray December 04, 2015 3:41 PM  

"Every intellectual worth his salt is in retirement or dead. The nation builders are gone."


Careful. Could be construed as 'defeatism'.

Blogger newanubis December 04, 2015 4:16 PM  

If nothing else, the Donald is a fighter borne of his ideological association that failure in any arena is a failure in his very personhood. (Narcissism is not completely without advantage) He has long played in the sandbox of beaurocratic bullshit and backroom dealmaking and folks would be hard-pressed to deny that he doesn't typically attain what he seeks to have.

The establishment is not going to be able push this guy around Ron Paul-style. He bites back.

Blogger Cail Corishev December 04, 2015 4:17 PM  

Yep, I sometimes think that Jeb was supposed to be the designated loser this cycle.

That's exactly what he was (still is, if they can sideline Trump and rehabilitate Jeb).

Oh, the GOP would have liked for him to win. But not enough to do anything different from previous elections, or anything that might get them called unpleasant names. So they would have run the same old cuckservative campaign, nattering about smaller government and family values and other things they wouldn't know if they ran into them on the street, and hoped that Hillary would depress the Democratic turnout enough to allow Jeb to slip into office. If not, second place provides plenty of lobbying positions too.

Blogger newanubis December 04, 2015 4:17 PM  

If nothing else, the Donald is a fighter borne of his ideological association that failure in any arena is a failure in his very personhood. (Narcissism is not completely without advantage) He has long played in the sandbox of beaurocratic bullshit and backroom dealmaking and folks would be hard-pressed to deny that he doesn't typically attain what he seeks to have.

The establishment is not going to be able push this guy around Ron Paul-style. He bites back.

Anonymous ChicagoRefugee December 04, 2015 4:29 PM  

A proposed bumper sticker over at Ace of Spades' place:

TRUMP 2016
BECAUSE FUCK YOU, THAT'S WHY

Anonymous Reader December 04, 2015 5:56 PM  

No.1 in amazon.aus. Good! Aus is one big land of political correctness and of coward so-called journalists. I'm hoping that your book may somehow make a dent on their thick skulls. Not literally of course, but metaphorically. And may it become the seed of a freer "freedom of speech" here.

I prefer to know what they are saying about "me" than them talking behind "my back". That's an analogy as I, in fact, just a lowly reader.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 6:10 PM  

107. aegis-1080

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/04/politics/donald-trump-poll-cnn-orc-national/index.html
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A CNN-ORC poll? The orog is in the lead, but there are some ogres in 2nd place, and a bunch of useless kobolds and goblins filling out the rest of the candidates.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 04, 2015 6:17 PM  

@118 Floyd Looney

Trump is only running to get Hillary elected, IMO. Campaign Trump is nothing like pre-Campaign Trump (the real Trump) except the ability to run off at the mouth.
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So you're opinion matches what it was 3 or 4 months ago? IMO, your O is out of date :P

Anonymous Mathias December 04, 2015 9:04 PM  

@82

If Hillary were a rug, she would be an Oubliette.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 04, 2015 10:50 PM  

It's also bad design. Paint is cheap. Handmade works of textile art that make you happy looking at them? Much rarer. Tossing the fine art because you'd have to spend some time re-doing the paint job is like tossing a 12 year double matured Talisker because your tap water sucks. Go buy a bottle of Evian, you moron.

That said, my first pick for Prez dropped off recently, so I'm willing to be persuaded viz Trump. (he does make all the right people's heads explode)

Straw conservative sucks. I hate that guy, too. Persuade me that Trump isn't a Barnum n'Bailey Friend of Hillary and that he won't pull an Ahnold and sell me down the river on gun control. (The second amendment: 1st choice in feminine protection) and abortion.

Blogger Danby December 05, 2015 12:45 AM  

If Hillary were a rug, she'd be a merkin.,

Anonymous Mathias December 05, 2015 1:14 AM  

I'm willing to compromise, Hillary is an oubliette decorated with a merkin.

Anonymous Discard December 05, 2015 12:52 PM  

30. ncartist: Trump has no Secret Service protection. He employs his own security, people he can trust.

21. James Dixon: I don't want everybody to have a gun. That would mean arming Blacks, Mexicans, Sand People, Chinese, and feminists. As it is, White men hold the strong hand in the event of a national emergency.

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