Uhmm, no Mr. Gosling — it was an American acheivement

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Well, the Postmodern Outrage phrase for this week is: "The Western world is evil because _____."

All right. Let's just shuffle the Outrage deck here. The answer is: "Trump." Ah. Not that one again—there sure are a lot of Trump cards in this deck. Here, let me shuffle again. Here we go. This one just says "Flags."

Last week the movie "First Man" premiered. It's about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing. If you were to close your eyes, and I say "moon landing," odds are I can guess what images will come to mind. The American flag on the surface of the Moon. We've all seen that footage countless times. Landing on the Moon was no doubt a remarkable human achievement. It's also, inarguably, an American achievement. To say otherwise would be a denial of history.

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The movie "First Man" entirely omitted that moment. Which is just as much about artistic laziness as it is about historical importance—they could've done so much with that moment, from a creative perspective. Oh well. It's a movie. We should know what to expect from Hollywood by now. Shrug. Move on. Let the Left find something to be outraged about. It never stops there, though, not anymore.

Ryan Gosling made it clear that the omission of the planting of the flag was intentional because the moon landing was less an American accomplishment than a human accomplishment and that Neil Armstrong didn't see himself as an American hero.

Marco Rubio chimed in: "This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission on rockets built by Americans, with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn't a UN mission."

There's a reason there aren't any Italian flags, Brazilian flags, Ugandan flags, or Pakistani flags on the Moon. It's foolish to ignore that while, yes, the Moon landing was a human achievement, it was also the result of a distinctively American time in history. A film about the life of Socrates wouldn't ignore that he was Greek, or remove his nationality, "for the sake of universality." It's a matter of historical accuracy. But there's also the subtle political nonsense lurking behind it all.

There's a reason there aren't any Italian flags, Brazilian flags, Ugandan flags, or Pakistani flags on the Moon.

The movie's director Damien Chazelle made the following statement:

"To address the question of whether this was a political statement, the answer is no. … This film is about one of the most extraordinary accomplishments not only in American history but in human history." Fair enough.

It's hard to imagine that the director is not making a political statement. Here's a preview of his political beliefs as represented on Twitter: "We're living a historic moment. Things don't often come this clear-cut. Anyone in a position of power who stays silent is complicit."

Here's another one: "The Trump administration is openly endorsing Nazism and white supremacy. It's that simple."

"That the epic moral failure we're witnessing now will inspire a new activism. Might be naive. But in the meantime, I'm gonna try to do whatever I can. I gotta believe every little bit helps. Spread the word. Donate to @BLMNational , to @ACLU , to the @NAACP, to @PPact , to @swingleft. And call on the GOP as passionately as possible: impeach this loathsome misogynist racist."

It's fair to say that we can guess where he stands politically. I'd guess that if he were making a movie about Che Guevara, he'd gladly jam it with adoring images of Marxism.

He added that the focus of the film is Neil Armstrong, who is known—more than anything in his existence—as the man who planted the American flag. So that explanation is also a little hard to believe.

Then, Neil Armstrong's sons chimed on: "This story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement "for all mankind," as it says on the plaque Neil and Buzz left on the moon. It is a story about an ordinary man who makes profound sacrifices and suffers through intense loss in order to achieve the impossible. … We do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest. Quite the opposite. But don't take our word for it. We'd encourage everyone to go see this remarkable film and see for themselves."

Fair enough. And, there is something to this. We run the risk of committing the same Outrage as the Left. But at the same time, it's not good to completely surrender to anti-American, anti-Western propaganda. We need to be able to call it out when we see it.

As I mention in Addiction to Outrage: "If we are to save our way of life, we must find our way back to what brought us all together in the first place. It is vital to understand that the Constitution didn't grant us these rights, it simply recognized, acknowledged, and codified their existence as a means to ensure everyone understood the government did not have the power or authority to deprive us of those things."

Their goal, which is distinctively Postmodern, is to strip all things of meaning. God, gender, nationality.

So much of Postmodernism resembles Circle 0 of Dante's Inferno, home to the Neutrals, those who never chose good or evil during life, who are so pathetic that they're waiting outside the gates of Hell for all eternity. They chase a "whirling banner" that can never contain meaning, disdainful of rules and order, and devoted to annihilation. Their goal, which is distinctively Postmodern, is to strip all things of meaning. God, gender, nationality.

Like the Postmodernists, the Neutrals have no regard for history. Neutrals stand beneath a blank flag. A flag is meant to be unique; it is an object emblematic "of allegiance and of loyalty." A flag, like the people and culture it symbolizes, has to stand for something.

There is no Postmodernism flag. It's a movement that actively avoids anything that would belong on a flag. To postmodernists, flags represent systemic oppression or outdated norms or corny solidarity. As such, postmodernism attacks the structures of society and reality. It seeks to obliterate all authority, at all costs, using lies and faked outrage.

We just came insanely close to a major incident


A Russian military plane was just shot down over the coast of Syria. Fifteen Russians were killed. The Russian I L 20 turboprop plane was conducting electronic reconnaissance when it suddenly came under attack by what was called at the time quote "enemy missiles."

Now before everyone starts freaking out… we neither did this nor are we being blamed for it. I think you can imagine the worldwide freak out that would be ensuing right now had this been an accident between the U.S. and Russia. Just imagine if they would have inadvertently shot down one of our planes and killed fifteen of our boys. We'd be calling for blood.

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But we had absolutely nothing to do with this and that's not in dispute. So where did these, as the Russians described it, "enemy missiles" come from? It turns out Russia's plane was actually shot down by their ally… the Assad Regime. A Syrian S-200 battery hit the plane as it was returning to a military base used by the Russians in Northern Syria.

But we're not completely out of the woods here, and this is where it gets both interesting and maybe even a little scary. At the same time the Syrian missiles were taking out Russia's plane, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets were striking targets near the Russian base in Northern Syria. Russia is livid. They're calling Israel's actions a quote "deliberate and hostile provocation." The implication here is that the Israeli jets were masking their position behind the Russian plane, in effect using it as cover to commence their bombing run.

The downing of this plane is a tragic accident, but it also shows how dangerously close the world is to a major confrontation.

But as the Russians are accusing Israel of using one of its planes as cover, Iran is doing the exact same thing with their forces near Russian military bases. Russian assets are among some of the most heavily protected areas in Syria. They're the hardest to penetrate. Iranian forces from the Iranian Republican Guard Corps and Hezbollah, are basing their troops - with Russia's approval - near Russian bases. It's the perfect protection and security guarantee for Iran to operate inside Syria… directly on Israel's border.

The downing of this plane is a tragic accident, but it also shows how dangerously close the world is to a major confrontation. The situation in Syria is not sustainable. Iran wants control over Syria and Russia is helping them do it. Israel knows this and can not let that happen. If this course is maintained, this incident surely won't be the last. If Russia begins actively targeting Israeli jets from striking Hezbollah and Iranian forces, how long do you think Israel will allow that? How long will we allow that? This situation is a powder keg. Anything can set it off.

Well that escalated quickly

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In just four days, Christine Ford went from anonymous letter-writer to willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Christine Ford is the California psychology professor who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982.

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It's a serious accusation, which Kavanaugh unequivocally denies. In a statement yesterday, Kavanaugh said:

I have never done anything like what the accuser describes – to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.

Kavanaugh says he is willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee, even though he already spent four marathon days in the hot seat, where Democrats had every opportunity to grill him about this.

Now, Christine Ford's lawyer says Ford is also "willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth," even if that means testifying before the committee. Democrats are also willing to do whatever it takes to tell her story, which is probably why we're hearing about it in the first place.

Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, escalated the rhetoric yesterday, calling Kavanaugh's alleged assault, "attempted rape." Katz seems very convinced by Ford's story. But she wasn't as convinced by one of Bill Clinton's accusers in the 1990s. Katz told The New York Times in 1998 that she didn't think Paula Jones had a case.

The #MeToo movement can be a very one-way street sometimes.

She also excused Al Franken's alleged misbehavior because he wasn't a senator at the time of the incident. Interesting. The #MeToo movement can be a very one-way street sometimes.

For now, Judiciary Committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, says the committee's vote on Kavanaugh will go forward this Thursday. But not if Senate Democrats can help it. They were out in force yesterday, calling to delay the vote – at least until they have full control of Congress. You know, desperate times, desperate measures.

The Dalai Lama is a cisgender racist


At this point, I would fully expect the social just left to start chanting about how fruit is racist. Scratch that. I'm sure they've already made that claim, I just don't even want to look it up to see how bad it is. Recently they blamed President Trump for Hurricane Florence, you know, an act of nature that cannot be controlled by any single person, even if he is the President of America. And now, they're setting their sights on (shuffles deck of cards featuring famous people) the Dalai Lama! Wait, the Dalai Lama?

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Can you believe we've gotten to this point? That people are actually calling the Dalai Lama a white supremacist and a Nazi? The Dalai Lama. The man with "His Holiness" in his title. He won a Nobel Peace Prize back when winning the Nobel Peace Prize actually went to peaceful people. In 1989, Time Magazine named him one of the "Children of Mahatma Gandhi" and his spiritual heir to nonviolence. His last book is called "The Book of Joy." This does not sound like a Nazi to me.

His crime? He made this statement about the refugees in Europe:

I think Europe belongs to the Europeans. ... Receive them, help them, educate them … but ultimately they should develop their own country.

Adding that:

Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.

And that:

From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily. The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries.

Maybe instead of ramping up the blood pressure dial and going into full outrage mode we should listen to the man, or at least consider what he has to say. He is, after all, the Dalai Lama.

Confirming Kavanaugh: Welcome to the #MeToo era

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Welcome to the #MeToo era of Supreme Court justice confirmation.

Last Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein disclosed the existence of a secret letter, written by an anonymous woman alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

Yesterday, there was a major twist in this story that everyone who follows Leftist strategy should've seen coming: the anonymous woman suddenly revealed herself to be Christine Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist at Palo Alto University in Northern California. She's a registered Democrat and has donated to political organizations. But she pinky-swears that it has nothing to do with her coming forward with this story just one week before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Kavanaugh.

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Christine Ford spilled the exclusive beans to The Washington Post because they believe that "Democracy dies in darkness." And of course, if there's anything that Kavanaugh hopes to accomplish on the Supreme Court, it's murdering democracy.

Ford told The Post that during a high school party, a drunk Brett Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, groped her, and covered her mouth to keep her from screaming.

She said:

I thought he might inadvertently kill me. He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.

There is no indication that she reported such a harrowing attack to the police.

Kavanaugh unequivocally denies the accusations. The White House released a letter signed by 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and vouch for his character. But it won't matter. The Democrats will get their circus this week and Kamala Harris and Cory "Spartacus" Booker will get their chance to remind everyone to vote for them for president in 2020 because only Democrats like women.

It's virtually impossible to prove or disprove her claim. But the political timing of the story drains its credibility.

Christine Ford might be telling the absolute truth about this incident with Kavanaugh. She might also be making up the whole thing for politics sake. Problem is, it's virtually impossible to prove or disprove her claim. But the political timing of the story drains its credibility. Kavanaugh was confirmed to the federal bench by the Senate in 2006. Where was Ford's dramatic story then?

Last year this worked to de-rail Roy Moore's senate campaign, so why not try the same tactic with Kavanaugh? Especially since it perfectly serves the Left's narrative that Kavanaugh plans to destroy women's rights.

Truth doesn't stand a chance when it's up against this kind of hysteria.