Friday, January 29, 2016

Let's Again Play "Guess the Political Party!" at the Daily Mail: Its Liberal Bias On Full View

On the Daily Mail site on January 28, 2016 -- two adjacent articles:

The politician on the right cut off a long-winded speaker's prayer -- at worst a rude act, while at best an appropriate and well-deserved maneuver.  He is named explicitly as a Republican, twice, just in the article's headers. 

Meanwhile, the "corrupt" Chicago "city official" on the left "faces years in prison" for his corruption involving "the administration" of the City of Chicago.  His known behavior is infinitely worse than that of the first official, yet his political party is not mentioned at all in the headline.  In fact, even in the article, his political party is not mentioned.  Not mentioned either is the political party to which everyone in the "administration" of the City of Chicago belongs.  Apparently the Brits at the Daily Mail don't realize that every educated American over 21 years old knows that Chicago has been in the tight grip of the Democrat Party for generations and that every "city official" and every single person in the city's "administration" is a Democrat.  But for the Daily Mail that's a fact not worth mentioning, and they're too ignorant of American politics to know everyone would be on to their subterfuge.  They only look pathetic in their failed manipulation.  But should a Republican allegedly be rude, well, he must be called out.

As I pointed out in a previous post on the Daily Mail, this tactic appears to involve a begrudging coverage of a Democrat scandal that leaves out the Democrat part, juxtaposed with an article about some Republican peccadillo that emphasizes the Republican part, all in an effort to mislead inattentive and unsuspecting readers into thinking that both articles involved Republicans.

R Balsamo

Related post:
The Guess That Political Party Game – Daily Mail Edition

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Corrupt Hillary and Quisling Republicans Fight Trump & Cruz for the Republic

The primary voting season is about to start, and this time around the big picture in presidential politics is as unstable and threatening and infuriating as at any time in my life. 

Democrat party leaders see voters as puppets who must be ruled and see themselves as the puppet masters to do just that.  For would-be dictators, power is the ultimate goal, and corruption along the way is a feature, not a bug.  Just look at any city (try Chicago) or state (how about Illinois) that has been solidly in the grip of Democrats for a long time.  Corruption oozes from every pore.  Now comes Hillary Clinton, from Illinois no less and an acolyte of the late Chicago communist agitator-extraordinaire Saul Alinsky.  From all we already know of her, from Whitewater and the Rose law firm and cattle futures, to the illegal, unsecured private server set up to escape legal controls and proper oversight, and up through the Clinton Foundation, by every honest and rational analysis carefully arranged to launder bribes to the sitting United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is the most personally corrupt major politician in American history.  And an inveterate liar to boot.  Yet she leads Democrat party polling for the nomination for president.  This is end-of-the-Republic stuff.

Among Republican voters, maverick Donald Trump maintains his big lead.  Although certainly not of consistent conservative views and not even a consistent Republican, he is spot on right now about the biggest issue at hand – open borders and amnesty for illegals that threaten American wages now and promise to erode them for generations.  As I have written before, Democrat leaders want open borders to gain more Democrat voters, and they figure the workers who support them blindly will stay blind.  The Republican Party elites, funded by business interests, want open borders to access a bottomless cup of cheap labor (and who cares if they're more Democrat voters who will bury the principles for which the Republican Party is supposed to stand).  The American workers get screwed.  
And so Trump has caught on with many Republican voters who see him as the repudiation of the Quisling leaders of their party.  A very flawed vessel for that message, to be sure, but an effective one as it has turned out.  The party that has in the last 15 years exploded budgets, that has sent thousands of brave and loyal Americans to die in fruitless and thankless and endless conflicts in the Muslim world, that has enlarged big government beyond all anticipations via such affronts as the Homeland Security Department, the federal takeover of education, and the recent detestable "Cromnibus" bill, that has voted overwhelmingly for every radical liberal supreme court nominee – the very party leaders who brought us all that and much more now scream “trust us, not Trump!  And not Cruz either!  They're dangerous!”  Those same party leaders, from Boehner and McConnell, from GW Bush and John McCain, to such men now as Speaker Ryan (my how he has disappointed) and ¡Jeb!, are happy to share in the gravy train racket that is big government and will cooperate with Democrats in destroying free men and women who reject that racket, as they force through their huge, impenetrable bills that hide all kinds of political mischief and that surreptitiously fund all the perfidy, like Obamacare and open borders, they publicly profess to oppose. 
I’m drawn to those liberty-lovers whom these feckless Republican leaders truly fear and to those who have been strong and consistent in their advocacy for the politics of liberty, constitutional government, and the rule of law fairly and equally enforced.  I’m for Cruz.

R Balsamo

Friday, January 15, 2016

Greek Heavy Hitters at the Field

At the wonderful temporary exhibit The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander at the Field Museum in Chicago -- an extensive display of artifacts from pre-Classical and Classical Greece.  There are maps and explanatory text aplenty, though not quite up to the quality and quantity shown in the Field's large permanent exhibit on China -- but still very well-done all the same.    

Left to right:  Plato, Aristotle, and Demosthenes.  All three are Roman copies of now-lost Greek originals, 4th Century BC, from the collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

A stele which marked graves of wealthy citizens, from the 4th century BC, courtesy of the Archaeological Museum of Pella [Greek Macedonia].

Statue of  Hoplite known as Leonidas, the Spartan king of Thermopylae fame.  From the Acropolis of Sparta, 5th Century BC, now at the Archaeological Museum of Sparta.

A remarkable display of objects mostly on loan from Greece.  Well worth a visit to the treasure that is the Field.

R Balsamo

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Republican Elites Find Trump’s Reagan Democrats Revolting; Cheap Labor and Cheap Votes For Everyone!

From memory, an exchange in Mel Brooks’s History of the World, Part I goes something like this:  Lackey to the French king at the start of the French Revolution:  “Sir, the peasants are revolting;” King: “Boy, you can say that again, they sure are.”  The other day the elites of the Republican Party broadcast a response to Obama’s State of the Union address, a response that by many reports didn’t hit Obama’s record and policies very hard.  But what the Republican elite response did do was slam leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters as “angry voices” and admonished them to, in so many words, basically shut up and go along with the Democrat-lite program of new Republican Speaker Paul Ryan (BFF of radical open border Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez) and the Republican establishment.  The program that prominently includes open borders to immigrants. 

Open borders to basically any and all immigrants, a point we seem to be halfway to already, would for generations depress wages, already stagnant, for low- and medium-skilled workers in the United States.  Trump’s opposition to open borders and calls for tighter controls on immigration explains his strong support among blue collar workers, traditionally Democrats, even among blacks and Hispanics who understand the deleterious impact more immigration will have on their jobs and wages.  The Democrats want open borders to gain more Democrat voters, and they figure the workers who support them blindly will stay blind.  The Republican party elites, funded by business interests, want open borders to access a bottomless cup of cheap labor.  The American workers get screwed and they’re rightfully “angry” about that.  Those “Reagan Democrats” who now see clearly what's going on want to return to the Republican party, but Paul Ryan and the elites of Republican party don’t want them.  They’d rather have Hillary Clinton, corrupt to the bone, with open borders and cheap labor.  Republican elites would be happy to “pay to play” with Hillary – they think they can make a lot of money with her and her crowd; with Donald Trump and the “angry voices” of his supporters, not so much. 

R Balsamo

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Domingo & Martinez at the Lyric

Last evening the Lyric Opera of Chicago presented Placido Domingo, Ana Maria Martinez, and the Lyric Orchestra in concert to a packed house.  Though Domingo’s voice is not quite what it once was, he is still wonderful to see and hear, still touring and performing at 74 years old.  Martinez is well-known at the Lyric, and I had the good fortune in recent years to catch her as Mimi in La Boheme (link) and at a Stars of the Lyric late-summer outdoor concert (link).  The concert was a bit subdued emotionally and at times a touch perfunctory, but the audience loved it.  Special was the beautiful baritone-soprano duet from La Traviata, where the thirty or so year difference between the singers perfectly matched the storyline.  Other highlights for me included the love duet from The Merry Widow and “Tonight” from West Side Story.  The Lyric Opera Orchestra performed a number of pieces alone, including the rousing overture from Verdi’s La forza del destino.              

Domingo’s solos included Lehar’s “Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz” and Torroba’s “Amor, Vida De Mi Vida”, both of which he sang long ago in Three Tenors concerts, and arias from Andrea Chenier and Macbeth.  Martinez’s program included an aria from Ernani and “If I Loved You” from Carousel.  They concluded their encore set with a pleasant surprise, at least to me – a two-part rendering of the De Curtis Neapolitan song “Non Ti Scordar di Me,” which is as moving and melodic as the composer’s much more well-known “Torna a Surriento.”  The city is fortunate to have the Lyric.  In all a wonderful way to spend a cold winter evening in Chicago.

R Balsamo