What happened to America First?

Explain to me how moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem benefits the average American citizen in any way. I can see how it could benefit war profiteers and a lot of American Israeli-Firsters might like it, but what is that, about 0.1% of the US population? So I’m not seeing much benefit, but I am seeing some serious downsides:

  1. The cost of moving the embassy.  How many hundreds of millions of taxpayer/inflationary dollars will it cost to move the perfectly good embassy that already exists in Tel Aviv?
  2. The cost of securing the new embassy in a much more dangerous place?  How many millions or billions in additional security will be flushed down the toilet so Trump can make our Israeli masters happy? Not to mention the increased risk to US diplomats if the security fails.
  3. Inflaming tensions all over the Middle East.  This has a number or potential repercussions:
    1. Makes our corrupt politicians hand over even more of our money to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, etc. to subsidize their militaries that will be stressed trying to put down possible riots
    2. Americans (or any Westerners really) trying to do any business in Middle Eastern countries will now be even bigger targets for Muslim violence.
    3. Blowback. Possible terror attacks on the home front.  Not only does this kill or injure random Americans who probably don’t give a shit about Israel, it leads to possible new overseas wars and increased surveillance/reduction in liberties here at home.

Now the upsides for non-Neocons and non-merchants of death:

……..

I’ll have to get back to you if I think of anything.

So anyway Trump, thanks for cutting my taxes, but stop sucking up to Netanyahu and put America First.

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Are whites depicted as evil in Hollywood?

You’ll often read on alt right blogs about how Hollywood movies cast white men as the villains.  In many cases they go so far as to give them German accents or blonde hair to really further the phony narrative that only white gentiles are capable of being soulless psychopaths willing to commit mass murder for financial gain or ideological purposes.

If in fact this is true, you could speculate on the motivation for this in multiple ways.  Are they just trying to stoke anti-white feelings among movie goers?  Are the movie makers white racists themselves, and feel it would be unbelievable to to cast a non-white in the role of a genius villain because they’re not smart enough?  Are they just trying to avoid any potential backlash for portraying a designated victim group in a bad light?  Is there some hidden market research that indicates casting whites as villains sells more movie tickets?

It’s impossible to determine the absolute truth on what the motives are.  But is the premise even true?  Furthermore, are big budget movies just dominated by whites overall?  Are the heroes increasingly non-white while the villains remain white, or are all the lead roles typically white men?

Not that this is any kind of definitive study, but I figured I’d look back at the highest grossing films of recent years.  I acknowledge that the studios didn’t necessarily know these would end up being the most popular movies of the given year when making the casting decisions, but I had to start somewhere:

2017: Beauty and the Beast

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The villain is a white man, but this is set in 18th century France and has an almost entirely white cast which seems appropriate.  Hard to make too much out of this.

2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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The villain is a white man.  The all white male Galactic Empire is back from the original 1977 movie here (it’s set in the days prior to the start of the original trilogy), but Director Krennic is a new addition.  It’s also worth noting that while the Empire has remained white, the rebel alliance has been diversified for 21st century audiences.  The main hero is a white female.

2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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While technically a sequel to 1983’s Return of the Jedi, this is really just a remake of the original 1977 Star Wars film.  Darth Vader has been replaced by a white guy where you can actually see his face.  Grand Moff Tarkin has been replaced by a red head and the Nazi imagery was laid on pretty thick.  Meanwhile Luke Skywalker was replaced by a girl.  The closest thing to Han Solo is a Guatemalan actor.  And the closest thing to Princess Leia is a black guy.

2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Couple of white male villains here.  Although the hero is also a white male.

2013: Frozen

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Villain is a white male (although an all white animated cast).  Hero is a white girl who may be a lesbian.

2012: The Avengers

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White dude.  Main heroes are white men (Iron Man, Thor).

2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Never saw the movie, but the cast order suggests that while there are two white male villains, the main villain appears to be a white female.  Main hero is a white male.

2010: Toy Story 3

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A cartoon Bear.  Hero is a white male toy.

2009: Avatar

On the upper half of the poster are the faces of a man and a female blue alien with yellow eyes, with a giant planet and a moon in the background and the text at the top: "From the director of Terminator 2 and Titanic". Below is a dragon-like animal flying across a landscape with floating mountains at sunset; helicopter-like aircraft are seen in the distant background. The title "James Cameron's Avatar", film credits and the release date appear at the bottomStephen Lang 2014.jpg

White guy. Main hero is a disabled white man pretending to be an alien.

2008: The Dark Knight

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White villain, white hero.

2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

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Never watched any of these films, but looks like both villain and hero are white guys.

2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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I think it’s pretty much the same set up as the 2007 film.

2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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White men are hero and villain

2004: Shrek 2

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I think it’s this guy.  So the villain is a white male and the hero is an ogre.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Seems like it’s some kind of non-human thing.  The hero is a white male.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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White male villain, white male hero.

2001: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Two posters, one with photographs and the other hand-drawn, both depicting a young boy with glasses, an old man with glasses, a young girl holding books, a redheaded boy, and a large bearded man in front of a castle, with an owl flying. The left poster also features an adult man, an old woman, and a train, with the titles being "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". The right poster has a long-nosed goblin and blowtorches, with the title "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".Related image

White male villain, white male hero.

So it looks like each year’s main blockbuster in the 21st century had a white male as the main villain except three. One was a white female, and two were non-humans. Most of the main heroes were also white, but much more likely to be female.  It’s also worth noting that there were limited casting choices for a number of these films.  The characters were often established by novels or comic books so it would have been strange for example, for a studio to cast a black guy as the Joker.

Might be more interesting to look at the films that are given academy awards.  Or just the top 10 movies from each of the last five years or something.

More to come if I get bored and feel like looking up more stuff on this topic.

The honorable Sen. Al Franken

Remember, Trump is an evil woman hating racist Nazi bastard who said the word pussy on tape 10 years ago and as a result of his election the world’s going to end and there will be concentration camps and nuclear wars and slavery and we can only imagine what else, but this guy can be Senator and that’s OK because Democrat.

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Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria is what’s wrong with America

For those not familiar with Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, he’s apparently in charge of the United States Air Force Academy.  Some black cadet wrote a racial slur on a whiteboard in the dormitories there to stir up trouble.  The esteemed Lt. General jumped to the foolish conclusion that a white cadet wrote it, and made a speech that was picked up by the usual suspects in the media as a great moment in the war against racism.

I have a number of problems with this whole story:

  1. Hoaxes like this have become very common in today’s America.  Silveria should be condemned for berating his troops about their racism before knowing the facts, but instead he’s being given awards by Left Wing organizations for taking a brave stand which of course wasn’t brave at all.
  2. He said this as he was about to deliver his speech “I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together.”  So he encouraged people to record his speech about how awful racism is (how very, very brave!).  This would suggest he intended for his remarks to go viral so that the Establishment could all give him a high five and his career as a big shot government employee would be advanced.
  3. This line in his address to the academy got the most attention: “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out.”  The point of the Air Force in theory is to bomb foreigners who are a threat to the United States.  The point of the Air Force in practice is to bomb those foreigners whom powerful American politicians feel it is in their political interests to kill.  Why do the cadets training to carry out these bombing missions need to treat anyone with dignity and respect?  If anything I would think that might be a detriment.  You might actually question the morality of bombing someone in Iraq, Serbia, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, or Syria if you were prepared to treat those people with any dignity or respect.

So anyway, Jay Silveria will probably now continue up the ranks in the Military, run for Congress, become CEO of a defense contractor, or become a cable news contributor (or maybe all 3 over time).  That’s what’s wrong with America.

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Corrupt NJ Senator goes free

Interesting how this Washington Post story doesn’t mention the words “underage” or “prostitute.”  You’d think with all the concern they show for teenage girls that they’d bring this up.  After all, in a different media outlet last month, we read this:

Prosecutors used the defense claims to highlight previously undisclosed tidbits on Menendez’s pursuit of younger woman.

The lawyers say their investigation resulted from “speciäc, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.”

Guess the Post just missed that part of the story.

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Freedom for Catalonia

Despite the central government in Madrid sending in their stormtroopers to rough up peaceful voters, the Catalans voted for independence from Spain.  Good for them.

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Similar to the the failed Scottish independence referendum a few years ago, we hear from conservatives that the politicians who would rule Catalonia are Leftists that want to remain in the EU.  Since Leftism and the EU are bad, they should stay part of Spain.  Nonsense. It’s not like Spain is thinking about leaving the EU anyway.  The Catalans are valuable to Spain because they pay more in Federal taxes than they get back in government spending.  They’re richer than the rest of Spain so that seems to be why the government of Mariano Rajoy has chosen violent suppression rather than persuasion like we saw in the UK for both Brexit and Scottish Independence.

Of course even if they were dirt poor, I doubt very much they would be let go. Governments rarely allow people under their control to leave peacefully if they can stop it.  I just don’t think Madrid would be acting quite so desperate as they seem now to stop secession were Catalonia not the most prosperous region of their realm.

Well get used to it.  There will be much more of this in the years to come.  The various ethnic and linguistic groups in Europe, the true “Nations” on that continent rather than the multicultural States we know today, will increasingly look to go their own way.  And some will seek to leave the European Union.

I’m totally in favor of this, and I hope it can be done peacefully.  An independent Catalonia or Flanders or Venice isn’t worth dying for.  But it’s certainly worth fighting for.  Smaller states are more responsive to the will of their citizens, they tend to stay out of unnecessary foreign wars, and they waste a lot less money.

There is no reason why the borders of the various tax jurisdictions across the Western world currently in place have to stay in place forever.  That includes the USA.

Kneeling for the Anthem

Let me preface this by saying I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the thugs of the NFL who are claiming to be oppressed while being paid millions of dollars to play a game.  In fact I’m downright hostile to them.

In recent years there was a growing awareness among all Americans that the police in this country did not respect our rights and were swiftly becoming militarized along the lines of an occupying force rather than the peacekeepers they claimed to be.  Then Obama, the Democrats, and their media allies turned it into a racial issue for political reasons.  Cops, whether black, white, or whatever, came to represent white people.  And we were all told the only people they abused were poor innocent blacks.  Too many whites became reflexively defensive and now we’ve lost any progress we may have made among those on the right that had finally come to distrust the state and its armed enforcers.

Never mind that George Zimmerman wasn’t white or a cop.  Never mind that whites are more likely to be shot when encountered by police than blacks.  Never mind that there are more whites shot by police than blacks.  Never mind that half the time there’s some black criminal shot by a cop, the cop is not white.  None of that matters.  It’s cops=white people=oppressors and blacks are always innocent and oppressed.  This is mostly nonsense, but somehow people who reject this narrative feel they must always and everywhere defend law enforcement simply because Black Lives Matters hates cops.

So I thoroughly reject the reasoning Colin Kaepernick and his brain damaged followers in the NFL have for protesting the national anthem prior to their games.  But I disagree with Trump’s denouncement of them as well.

There is no reason to play the Star Spangled Banner before sporting events.  It’s tradition, but it’s a tradition that came out of support for war.  It’s a weird song anyway.  It’s written about a battle in an unnecessary war that took place 200 years ago.  What other country has a war hymn preaching reverence for the government’s flag as their official anthem?

Professional sports leagues since 9/11, particularly the NFL, have turned the minutes immediately prior to the start of the game into flag worshiping ceremonies where everyone applauds the government’s troops for killing foreigners.  Having some pop singer screech out the national anthem is the centerpiece of this disgusting spectacle.

I don’t support war.  I don’t support the government.  As many Americans have come to equate the flag as a symbol for the government and its Military, rather than what used to be an actual Nation consisting of a free people, I no longer want to sing a song about it.  So I can’t condemn anyone for not wanting to stand at attention for the Star Spangled Banner.