Tuesday, August 16, 2016

About Face!!

Ever notice that the homeless vanish from the worries of liberals and the front pages of newspapers and telecasts the moment a Democrat takes office? Then they return the minute a Republican looks like they might take over? Ditto on AIDS, poverty and the lack of civility... can't we all just get along? Well, I saw my first one of these periodic flops today. You'll never guess what it was.

Apparently, we have a new reason to hate the NFL. They want to do business in China. The bastards! Did you people know about this? Seriously! China's an evil country run by a repressive regime (possibly libertarians) who enslave their people and do all sorts of things to them, up to and including capital punishment! (This statement does not include forced abortions, which are totally cool as long as the religious right remains on the right.) How dare the NFL think of doing business with them!

Can anyone spot the bait and switch here?

Yep. China was graded as evil when rich fat cat Americans were sending jobs there under Bush. Although... Bush was paranoid to hate them and see them as a military threat. Bush did NOTHING to stop them messing with the exchange rate or dumping crappy goods on our economy through WalMart because he's evil. What's more, these yellow bastards were going to overtake us economically! No, they already had. They were going to overtake us militarily! They were taking over the wooooooooorld! Why won't anyone listen to me? Republicans are so evil!!!

Obama was going to sort their little yellow butts out! Vote Obama. Then Obama took office and found he could do nothing about China... because his donors didn't like it. So, the herd changed directions: "China's cool. Only a right-wing racist would say otherwise. Except their military is evil and Obama is right to threaten them with extreme prejudice."

Well, now we face an uncertain election. A Republican who shall not be named to keep debate civil may possibly win (magic 8 ball says "toss up"). So the left trots out the "THE NFL WANTS TO DEAL WITH CHINA!" garbage. First, notice the double reversal now on hypocrisy. Talk about policy whiplash. Liberals must go through neck braces like Bill Clinton goes through prostitutes. Notice also the combination of the new liberal boogeyman, the NFL, with the anti-China meme even though the NFL doesn't actually do any business in China... but Warren Buffett and every other liberal industrialist does, but hey Buffett farts fairy dust so leave him out of this.

Pay attention in the next few weeks as the homeless start to reappear this winter, as AIDS and Zika or lack of funding for breast cancer (f* the rest of you cancer types!) become national outrages, as will poverty. Landmines and Gitmo will become evil again. Body counts will return to the nightly newscast. Look for black Congress critters to encounter racism at their rallies, and little rich college girls to find they cannot afford condoms without government money. Ah, dark times are coming, my friends... unless Hillary wins.



tryanmax said...

Don't forget, the Democrats love Russia unless they see some political advantage in stoking Cold War era nostalgia, er, fear.

Anthony said...

The NFL wants to expand its audience abroad, including to China. No one really cares/objects but I've seen more conservatives complain because businesses will look past stuff abroad that they won't locally. The NFL's political critics are a very small group generally ignored by the public no matter how liberal or conservative the host state.


With the aid of Georgia taxpayers (most of whom are against same-sex marriage), the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons are building a fancy new stadium. This state-of-the-art stadium has helped place Georgia in the running to host a Super Bowl in the near future. Multiple stories have run in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution warning that, “If Georgia chooses to turn the ‘religious liberty’ bill into law, be prepared: Atlanta may not get a Super Bowl.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy is quoted as saying, “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.”


As for China, they are a biggish and growing market and exporter whose government does some stuff Americans object to (currency manipulation, patent infringement, human rights violations, territorial aggressiveness, etc).

The relationship is one both sides recognise as necessary, but somewhat tense. Since the collapse of the USSR the pattern is aspiring presidential candidates (mostly/especially those in the other party) criticise the incumbent for being soft on China and pledge to be tougher.


Campaigning for the presidency in 1992, Bill Clinton accused his incumbent rival, George Bush, of coddling dictators in China and sending "secret emissaries to raise a toast with those who crushed democracy" in Tiananmen Square. Now the shoe is on the other foot.
George W. Bush, son of the former president and front-runner for the GOP nomination next year, has reopened the China issue with a blast at Clinton. In a television interview last weekend, he said Clinton "made a mistake [in] calling China a strategic partner" and "sent bad signals" to Beijing about U.S. policy toward Taiwan.

"We need to be tough and firm" in the face of Chinese threats to use force if necessary to prevent Taiwan from declaring itself independent, Bush said on the CNN talk show "Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields." He said China should be viewed as a "strategic competitor," not a "strategic partner."

Asked whether protecting Taiwan might require the use of U.S. troops if China attacked, Bush said, "It could. We need to honor our commitments in the Far East."

BevfromNYC said...

Tryanmax - That is exactly what I was going to say. Suddenly, Russia is "The Greatest Threat To The US Ever [even if we LOL'ed at Romney for saying so]!!!" and He Who Will Not Be Named Today is in cahoots! CAHOOTS, WE SAY!!! Fear Russia, We Of The Followers Of The Reset Buttoner, Command You!!

tryanmax said...

Bev, after I left my comment I stumbled upon an article that basically said fears of Russia are out-dated, xenophobic, McCarthyist and we should absolutely be afraid of anyone who seems to chummy with the Bear. Glorious doublethink!

BevfromNYC said...

Andrew - Just remember, even though Obama has been Pres for 8 yrs, everything that is wrong is still Bush's or that Republican Congress's fault.

Speaking of which, did you hear that we and our allies "the Saudis" bombed another hospital and school in Yemen this weekend. The Obama Admin has a thing against "Doctors Without Borders", I guess. This is the 2nd accidental bombing of Dw/oB that the US has been involved in. At least during the war Serbian "war" during the Clinton Administration, Gen. Wesley Clark US/NATO Supreme Commander accidentally ordered the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade - Oops! Outdated map was the cause. Dang that GoogleMaps!

AndrewPrice said...

That's the beauty of liberalism. The whole group shares the same beliefs. Those beliefs can change on a dime without the slightest concern for hypocrisy or right and wrong. And they can even be entirely contradictory on a case by case basis.

Our guy hates Russia, so Russia is evil.
Conservatives hate Russia, so Russia is a misunderstood angel.

These thoughts can exist in the minds of liberals at the same time without the slightest cognitive dissonance.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, Those hospitals had it coming.

Of course, if a Republican did it, then it would be a national scandal followed by weeks of news analysis eventually concluding that Bush did it intentionally.

AndrewPrice said...

Anthony, The NFL's critics are a small group, but that group is known as sports journalists and the NFL players union, so it's worth discussing the issue.

Besides, this isn't about the NFL. This is about liberal mindsets changing.

On China, they peeked well below being our equals and it's all downhill for them from here. Rapidly aging demographics, a soon to be falling population size, awash in poverty, failing economics, and an immature economy that is now facing mature economy pricing. They are headed for a massive funk.

Kit said...

Trump's changed campaign managers —again.

Kit said...

The new campaign manager, a big Breitbart.com guy who made it very pro-Trump, is probably going to have Trump be Trump. Which means a repeat of the primary campaign.

Anyway, those of us who opposed Trump are going to spend the next 3 months banging our heads against the wall.

His core supporters will enjoy the reality TV show. It's all they really ever wanted, anyway.

Honestly, we will be very lucky if we keep the Senate.

AndrewPrice said...

Kit, Weren't "those of us who opposed Trump" screaming that he needed to dump his campaign manager the last few days... weeks... months? Remember, he was Putin's puppet (except when he took Ukrainian money)?

I seem to recall 1.2 million articles and 4.7 trillion comments attacking the guy... and of course, the guy before that.

Anthony said...

Trump's director of black outreach has stated all will bow down before Trump. I cannot stop laughing.


Omarosa is the Director of African-American Outreach, and she emulates her boss’ bombastic style on a regular basis when speaking on his behalf. Both Manigault and Roger Stone sing Trump’s praises in PBS’ special, which will examine the histories, achievements and controversies of Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“Donald Trump is running for president because he believes that he can help turn the nation around,” Manigault says. “More importantly, every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump.”

tryanmax said...

Andrew, don't forget the articles and comments attacking people merely rumored to be Trump's next campaign manager.

BevfromNYC said...

Anthony with all do respect, Trump's campaign team isn't the only rhetorically monarchical in tone. This is what David Plouffe tweeted yesterday in support of Hillary Clinton: "It is not enough to simply beat Trump. He must be destroyed thoroughly. His kind must not rise again."

Anthony said...


A Clinton crony effectively saying 'Let's keep egomaniacs who believe in nothing but the fact they deserve power out of politics!'. Awesome.

tryanmax said...

Speaking of cognitive dissonance, I just saw a headline declaring that Trump's comments that the Democrat Party has failed and betrayed African Americans will drive more blacks to the polls to vote for Hillary. I'm not even sure what kind of a thought process leads to that conclusion. I mean, I don't expect Trump to do particularly well with black voters, but I fail to understand how that statement generates support for his opposition.

EPorvaznik said...

Not that it'll help Trump, tryanmax, but perhaps if he let his audiences know he's echoing the words of Malcolm X ...

Koshcat said...

You know, Trump did destroy the beloved USFL so the NFL should love him. Except the reason he got involved with the USFL is because the NFL wouldn't allow him to buy a team. NFL China probably has better chance of being successful than the European league was. The Chinese are great at table tennis and diving so I assume that talent will carry over somehow.

Kit said...

OT There is a new Monster Hunter novel out, a prequel set in the 1980s titled Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge. It is written by John Ringo: LINK

They have another coming out in December and an anthology book coming out sometime called Monster Hunter Tales featuring work by writers Jim Butcher of The Dresden Files and Codex Alera, Sarah Hoyt, John Ringo, and others.

ArgentGale said...

That does seem to be routine for the media, though I've been a bit surprised by the hostility towards the NFL. I just (perhaps wrongly) assumed that it was as thoroughly liberal as pretty much every other form of entertainment and therefore paid its dues in the form of donations to Democrats and such. I don't think the attacks on the NFL will actually lead to anything but the overall article does make me think that it's sad that all the right seems to be able to do about liberal narratives is either accept them or validate them. I'm burned out on talk of That Candidate so no comments there, but I do have my Monster Hunter Memoirs books ordered and Larry Correia actually posted a brief, amusing excerpt from the next Monster Hunter book on Facebook (which reminds all Monster Hunter fans why Earl is awesome).

- Daniel

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