Politics, Social Justice Snowflakes, Trump

The #resistance Is A House of Cards

David nails it, takes it down, then nails it again.

What seems to most vex critics of the anti-anti-Trump contingent (and I am mentioned in the Atlantic piece) is that conservatives aren’t appropriately agitated about the world that liberals see — a world that has turned out to be far less apocalyptic in the early going than they imagine. But if it’s a zero-sum choice they’re offering, that includes picking Neil Gorsuch over Planned Parenthood; tax cuts over teachers unions; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s Holocaust deniers; deregulation of the bureaucratic state over legislation, or forcing progressive cultural mores on everyone. And so on.

Source: Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To Donald Trump

Big Government, Trump

Trump: “No Reason” to look into civil asset forfeiture.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was “no reason” to curb law enforcement agencies that seize cash, vehicles and other assets of people suspected of crimes, a practice that some lawmakers and activists have criticized for denying legal rights.

The issue of civil asset forfeiture, created to disrupt the activities of organized crime groups, arose when sheriffs from around the United States told Trump at a White House meeting that they were under pressure to ease the practice.

Note the key word there.  Suspected.  Not convicted.  Not sentenced.  Suspected.

So if, for example, Donald was suspected of…  Oh…  I don’t know…  Tax evasion, they could theoretically take his Tower.  Because, as you know, suspicion = guilt, right Donald?

Source: Trump questions lawmakers’ efforts to curb asset seizures by police | Reuters

Journalism, Politics, Trump

A Brutal Takedown of Nate Silver

Silver makes sure to hedge every statement carefully so that he can never actually be wrong. And when things don’t go his way, he lectures the public on their ignorance of statistics. After all, probability isn’t certainty, he didn’t say it would definitely happen. And of course, that’s completely true. But recognize what it means: even when Silver isn’t wrong, because he’s hedged everything carefully, he’s still not offering any information of value. Sophisticated mathematical modeling, just like punditry, can’t tell us much about the things we most need to know. It can’t predict the unpredictable, and the unpredictable is what matters most of all.

Read the whole thing at the link below.  It’s amazing.

Source: Current Affairs | Culture & Politics