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In Trump She Trusts

26 Sep
This was published today at The Daily Caller.

I love Ann Coulter.

Lately I’ve been descending into the smoking, stalling, short-circuiting Hades of the D.C. Metro holding as a protective relic her latest In Tump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome (Sentinel, 2016).  (She’d excommunicate me – I’m interfaith, so I was also wearing a Johnson-Weld tee shirt.)  It’s now 3rd on the best seller list.

It’s actually the first Coulter book I’ve read, though I’ve read many of her columns and seen her media appearances.  I was once sort of accused of reading a pre-publication copy of one of her earlier books – my immediate next door neighbor, like Coulter a former Congressional staffer when both were freshly minted law school grads, is one of the half dozen people who reads her drafts and makes suggestions, and is duly thanked in the prefatory acknowledgements. That year’s preview draft was lost and everyone was anxious to find it and slightly terrified it might have been mis-delivered to someone like me.  Who might post excerpts or discuss it in advance.

My neighbor, who like me is more libertarian than is Ms. Coulter, tells me he always tells her about half a dozen things  so outrageous she must remove them, and much as if she was following Coco Chanel’s fashion advice, she looks in her mirror and removes just one accessory before she goes out to the publisher.

Reading Trump I feel about Ms. Coulter and my neighbor the way I did when I started listening to Rush Limbaugh.  Everyone had always told me Rush was a sexist-racist-homophobe-bigot.  I had a job where I drove around a lot with the radio on, and I preferred talk, any talk, Howard Stern, Scott Simon, Terri Gross, Rachel Maddow, to music.  When poor gay GOP Congressman Mark Foley had the bad judgement to send purple prose mash notes to Congressional pages (who are all over the age of consent in Washington, D.C.) I was listening to the minor comic Stephanie Miller on Air America radio.  Stephanie, a “liberal,” was coming pretty close to making jokes about lynching the pedophile gays – jokes that are even more gruesome given what it going on in the Middle East in the aftermath of the policies of Ms. Miller’s heroes, President Obama and Secretary Clinton.

So I wondered, if Air America was calling for lynching the gays (around the time Sidney Blumenthal was inventing birtherism), what would that neanderthal Rush Limbaugh be doing?  I switched him on.  He was discussing the machinations of Congress and the two establishment parties as they scheme to enrich themselves and hold onto power.  It was like a case study of public choice theory.  Albeit delivered with humor by someone who was an American male from an earlier generation.

It wasn’t what I had been told I would be hearing.

And this is what Coulter’s book on Trump is like.

The Donald Trump she presents is not the Trump we’ve been told about.  Lots of Ann’s fun is trading on the hypocrisy and ignorance of her subjects, politicians, the media, and the consultant class.

She quotes them saying Trump won’t succeed in the primaries, and then shows them eating their words a few weeks later.

They say Trump has no policies, and she digests his many policy proposals and papers that they refused to cover.  His central policy, taxing the remittances that foreigners, especially illegal immigrants, working in the U.S. send out of the country, and using the money to build a wall on the southern border and otherwise vet immigrants and beef up border security may be a good or a bad idea.  But it does seem to be a policy, and a straightforward one that attempts to make people benefiting from cross border work and trade pay for an externality they are imposing on others, that is the cost of making sure violent criminals or terrorists are not crossing the border with them.  How is that much different from Gary Johnson’s temporary flirtation with a carbon fee that would “internalize” the cost of carbon?

They say Trump should have been disqualified for denigrating Senator John McCain, a war hero.  Coulter reproduces the entire quote and the context of Trump’s statement, where he was retaliating against McCain for saying that Trump was crazy, and more importantly smearing 15,000 Arizonan Trump fans who had gone to a rally  – McCain’s own constituents – as “crazies.”

They say Trump was making fun of a disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski of the Washington Post.  Coulter makes a compelling case that Trump didn’t know Kovaleski was disabled, and was making fun of him for being wishy washy, as Kovaleski had written one of the original reports on American Muslims who chose to celebrate the 9/11 attack the day it happened, but then tried to claim he had not written such an article when the liberal media smeared Trump for allegedly inventing this calumny on Islam.

And on and on.  Coulter targets the political class, the consultant class, and the media spinners who make a good living in the wealthy counties around Washington, D.C., in Manhattan, and a few other enclaves, by delivering failed policies – or kneecapped, failed campaigns to change those policies – that always only benefit themselves.  And she presents Trump, as a heroic figure who alone is willing to be rude and politically incorrect in bashing these people, calling them out, and disregarding their increasingly hysterical attempts to take him down with their usual smears.

Coulter’s romance of Trump is not so much akin to an Ayn Rand story about an industrial titan, the easy parallel the facile might make.  It’s far more street.

A few years ago media critic Bernard Goldberg took Coulter to task for being a shock jock.  He was correct (much like Jamie Kirchick may be in this year’s conservative Jew vs right-wing blond contretemps with the gay Coulter, Milo Yiannopolous).  (Full disclosure:  I’m a little jealous of Milo’s becoming the gay Ann Coulter before I could, though I am not as willing to add to the other “big” blogs at Breitbart – Big Government, Big Journalism, Big Hollywood – by creating and editing Big Black Cock.)

Ann Coulter is a kind of shock jock, a Jacqueline the Ripper as Jane Austen.  And so it’s apropos that her admission of Trump is more akin to Howard Stern associate Robin Quivers‘  admiration for Muhammad Ali.  Coulter sees Donald Trump as the prize fighter for the Deplorables, the new negroes in the establishment’s new version of Jim Crow America. And she thinks the election is going to be a knockout.

Exclusive (libertarian) photos from Trump’s Rebellion

22 Aug

Libertarians are of two (or more) minds about Donald Trump and his candidacy.  Libertarians went to his giant event in Mobile, Alabama last night, and here are their photos.

He seems to have sapped the energy out of Rand Paul’s anti-establishment run, and if he runs as an independent he will do the same to Gary Johnson or any other Libertarian nominee, just as John Anderson did to Libertarian Ed Clark in 1980.  And he will probably elect a Clinton as Ross Perot did in 1992.

However the energy behind his supporters is broadly anti-statist, like the periodic European rebellions throughout the middle ages where peasants and farmers threatened the tax parasites of the aristocracy, culminating finally in the Magna Carta.  It doesn’t matter that they are all caught up in immigration as an issue and that libertarians favor freedom to move and travel.  In the current welfare/warfare state, illegal immigration (combined with national or real ID cards, and controls on the movement of taxpayers and citizens and people applying for legal immigration), is a scheme to repopulate the country with malleable, poor, uneducated, programmable sheeple, who will vote for bread and circuses and for the erosion of the Bill of Rights.  And have their importation be not free but subsidized, by the taxpayer.  (Sometimes Ann Coulter is actually right.)

(Photo credit:  Marcus Bowman)

It’s not just Ann Coulter who wants to drown Libertarians

6 Oct
Ann Coulter famously wrote a column last month advocating drowning Libertarians.  DC’s Columbia Heights Day proves itself far more right wing than Ann Coulter.
They don’t just want to drown us.  They also want to privatize streets and sidewalks for the exclusive use of DC’s PAC funded political ruling class.
I think there is a Putin booth.
I’m sure this is a nice enough person, but attempting to sell me a booth space might have been less …bigoted …and more profitable.  I guess those donations that came in last week will buy ad space in the HillRagetc. instead.  It’s odd that they think renting booths entitles them to do anything more than say who can set up a booth.

I wonder if I am allowed to wear a button or tell people my name if they ask if I stop in to buy lunch?
—————————————-
Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Subject: Urgent. Reply requested: An invitation for Mr. Bruce Majors to be a dunk tank participant in exchange for a full-day, free flyering at the Columbia Heights Day Festival
To: Columbia Heights Day

I do understand but you probably shouldn’t put things like that in writing

It’s too close to saying people can not speak freely on a public sidewalk unless a PAC has given them money to buy a booth
Bruce

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day wrote:
Sounds great Bruce.
Just a tiny request though: We would love to have you as a spectator at the festival and have you partake in the festivities, but out of respect to all politicians who have paid for a vendor booth, and those signing up for a dunk tank to distribute materials – we urge you to not distribute any campaign materials – unless you are a vendor or dunkable of course. Thank you for understanding.
Please keep us posted in regards to the dunk tank, and look forward to having you there.

Regards,

M– P–

Secretary/ 
On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:
Well maybe I will see you then even if I am not dunkable

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day <columbiaheightsday@gmail> wrote:
Thank you Bruce.
And S– is not on the board this year but he is still very involved and supportive of Columbia Heights Day. He’ll be at the festival on Saturday, helping us out and partaking in the festivities.
Regards, M__ P– Secretary/ 

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:
I forwarded it to the 8 other Libertarians running for various offices.
Is S– still involved?
On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day <columbiaheightsday@gmail.com> wrote:
Thank you for the swift reply Bruce. Look forward to hearing back if something opens up in your schedule.
Best Regards, M — P— Secretary/ 

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM, Bruce Majors wrote: 
I’ll get back to you. 
I may be busy kissing babies or real estate developers



On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day <columbiaheightsday@gmail> wrote:
<blockquote class="g I'll get back to you.

</ I may be busy kissing babies or real estate developers.

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day wrote:
” style=”-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; color: #333333; font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.3em; margin: 1em 20px;”>Dear Bruce Majors,
My name is M– P—-r, a long-term resident of Columbia Heights who is part of the volunteer board of directors of the Columbia Heights Day Initiative, a local, independent grassroots 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization that presents the Columbia Heights Day Festival every year. Columbia Heights Day is an annual community festival that celebrates the bustling neighborhood of Columbia Heights, and is a perfect chance for politicians to meet their constituents. It is a great fun-filled day for all ages, packed with a variety of activities, music & dance performances, and showcases the local businesses! This year it is taking place on October 11th and we are expecting more than 5,000 people in attendance from the local area.

I am writing you today to invite you to be a dunk tank participant in exchange for a full day, free flyering at our event (11am-6pm). We are requesting 1 hour of your time in the dunk tank, and all proceeds collected from the dunk tank will go towards the Harriet Tubman Elementary School. We think this would be a great opportunity for the Bruce Majors Campaign to come out and meet and speak with constituents – and be part of the festival day for a good cause in a fun way.  If you are interested in being a participant, please let us know of your availability during the day. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day. Best Regards, M– P– Secretary/ sColumbia Heights Day Initiative 3400 11th St. NW #200
Washington, DC 20010
** COLUMBIA HEIGHTS DAY 2014 **

DC’s political culture – it’s not only Ann Coulter who wants to drown Libertarians

5 Oct
Ann Coulter famously wrote a column last month advocating drowning Libertarians.  DC’s Columbia Heights Day proves itself far more right wing than Ann Coulter.
They don’t just want to drown us.  They also want to privatize streets and sidewalks for the exclusive use of DC’s PAC funded political ruling class.
I think there is a Putin booth.
I’m sure this is a nice enough person, but attempting to sell me a booth space might have been less …bigoted …and more profitable.  I guess those donations that came in last week will buy ad space in the HillRagetc. instead.  It’s odd that they think renting booths entitles them to do anything more than say who can set up a booth.

I wonder if I am allowed to wear a button or tell people my name if they ask if I stop in to buy lunch?
—————————————-
Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Subject: Urgent. Reply requested: An invitation for Mr. Bruce Majors to be a dunk tank participant in exchange for a full-day, free flyering at the Columbia Heights Day Festival
To: Columbia Heights Day

I do understand but you probably shouldn’t put things like that in writing

It’s too close to saying people can not speak freely on a public sidewalk unless a PAC has given them money to buy a booth
Bruce

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day wrote:
Sounds great Bruce.
Just a tiny request though: We would love to have you as a spectator at the festival and have you partake in the festivities, but out of respect to all politicians who have paid for a vendor booth, and those signing up for a dunk tank to distribute materials – we urge you to not distribute any campaign materials – unless you are a vendor or dunkable of course. Thank you for understanding.
Please keep us posted in regards to the dunk tank, and look forward to having you there.

Regards,

M– P–

Secretary/ 

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:
Well maybe I will see you then even if I am not dunkable

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day <columbiaheightsday@gmail> wrote:
Thank you Bruce.
And S– is not on the board this year but he is still very involved and supportive of Columbia Heights Day. He’ll be at the festival on Saturday, helping us out and partaking in the festivities.
Regards, M__ P– Secretary/ 

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:
I forwarded it to the 8 other Libertarians running for various offices.
Is S– still involved?
On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day <columbiaheightsday@gmail.com> wrote:
Thank you for the swift reply Bruce. Look forward to hearing back if something opens up in your schedule.
Best Regards, M — P— Secretary/ 

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM, Bruce Majors wrote: 
I’ll get back to you. 
I may be busy kissing babies or real estate developers



On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day <columbiaheightsday@gmail> wrote:
<blockquote class="g I'll get back to you.

</ I may be busy kissing babies or real estate developers.

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Columbia Heights Day wrote:
” style=”-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; color: #333333; font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.3em; margin: 1em 20px;”>Dear Bruce Majors,
My name is M– P—-r, a long-term resident of Columbia Heights who is part of the volunteer board of directors of the Columbia Heights Day Initiative, a local, independent grassroots 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization that presents the Columbia Heights Day Festival every year. Columbia Heights Day is an annual community festival that celebrates the bustling neighborhood of Columbia Heights, and is a perfect chance for politicians to meet their constituents. It is a great fun-filled day for all ages, packed with a variety of activities, music & dance performances, and showcases the local businesses! This year it is taking place on October 11th and we are expecting more than 5,000 people in attendance from the local area.

I am writing you today to invite you to be a dunk tank participant in exchange for a full day, free flyering at our event (11am-6pm). We are requesting 1 hour of your time in the dunk tank, and all proceeds collected from the dunk tank will go towards the Harriet Tubman Elementary School. We think this would be a great opportunity for the Bruce Majors Campaign to come out and meet and speak with constituents – and be part of the festival day for a good cause in a fun way.  If you are interested in being a participant, please let us know of your availability during the day. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day. Best Regards, M– P– Secretary/ sColumbia Heights Day Initiative 3400 11th St. NW #200
Washington, DC 20010
** COLUMBIA HEIGHTS DAY 2014 **

It’s Ann Coulter’s birthday!

8 Dec
  • BornDecember 8, 1961
  • Ann Coulter
    Commentator
  • Ann Hart Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Wikipedia
  • Logic 101 with Ann Coulter

    23 Oct
    On this morning’s popular Chris Plante show in DC on WMAL radio:

    “The RINOs shoot the conservatives, and the tea party shoots at the party establishment.  Let’s start shooting Democrats.”

    “Their base is crazier than our base.”

    “In the Virginia polls McAuliffe is 10 points up over Cucinelli, and surprise, the Libertarian is at 10%.  Thanks Libertarians!”

    Logic 101 with Ann Coulter

    23 Oct
    On this morning’s Chris Plante show on WMAL radio:

    “The RINOs shoot the conservatives, and the tea party shoots at the party establishment.  Let’s start shooting Democrats.”

    “Their base is crazier than our base.”

    “In the polls McAuliffe is 10 points up over Cucinelli, and surprise, the Libertarian is at 10%.  Thanks Libertarians!”