Quote of the Week – Rex Murphy on why Trump hatred is like Global Warming

From his column in the Canadian National Post:

It may now join the propositions of Euclid, as impregnable to rebuttal, that Donald Trump or any news that alludes to him, unhinges the minds of those who oppose him. Trump, in this respect, is like global warming. He is the universal key to every phenomenon. Any statement about Trump, so long as it is in any way condemnatory, dismissive, insulting or condescending, requires neither proof, consistency, logic or (and especially) decency.

Just as enlisting in the grand cause of global warming invests the recruit with the immeasurable gifts of infallibility, moral superiority and boundless righteousness, so too does opposition, even to hatred, of Trump free the mind from all obligation to moderation, custom, or articulate argument. It is the ultimate pass to be as nasty and crude as anyone could wish, and — with rarely noted irony — even to be more nasty and crude than the great boorish Trump himself. How odd: to oppose Trump is to become a more clangorous version of him.

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I wonder if Rex was talking about David Appell’s recent debate?

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194 thoughts on “Quote of the Week – Rex Murphy on why Trump hatred is like Global Warming

    • Rex Murphy is a Canadian national treasure – clear-headed and a beautiful writer of truth. Rex wrote:
      [excerpt]
      “Any statement about Trump, so long as it is in any way condemnatory, dismissive, insulting or condescending, requires neither proof, consistency, logic or (and especially) decency.”

      Here is support for Rex’s statement – in a response to an article by the CEO of Microsoft.

      I posted this recently at:
      https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-views-us-immigration-policy-satya-nadella/

      “Here we go again – another American showdown at the OK Corral, where the left puts out some misleading anti-Trump nonsense and the right responds that the facts are wrong… and the fight is on.

      Internal warfare in the USA is tearing your great country apart. The left cannot stand that Hillary lost and Trump won, and they are willing to destroy democracy to reverse that decision.

      I have done business on six continents and have been to Castro’s Cuba and Honecker’s East Germany, entering East Berlin via Checkpoint Charlie. Both countries had no viable economy and no human rights, and yet this is what the ”Progressives” want for America?

      Do Progressives have any idea how well-off they are? Do Progressives have any idea how poorly most of the world lives?

      There are about 220 countries in the world, and about 200 of them are failed or failing, with poor economies, no human rights and no Rule of Law. Do you think this is an accident?

      These self-styled Progressives, the US Democrats, the Canadian Liberals and NDP, and the Socialist and Green Parties worldwide are pawns of the extreme left.

      Many of these dupes don’t even know it, but they are following a covert Marxist agenda intended to damage our economies and destroy democracy.”

      ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      I got a nasty response some guy named Kwasi Darko. It was difficult to understand at first, but then it became obvious: Kwasi was saying that Donald Trump was the new Hitler!

      Really!

      I replied :
      “So Kwasi Darko, you appear to be saying that Trump is the new Hitler. Unlike yours, my family fought and bled in WW2 – we know Hitler all too well – and DONALD TRUMP IS NO HITLER.
      When the extreme left spouts this nonsense, no sensible person will listen. They have lost all credibility.”

        • Tilerson forgot he was no longer CEO and decided to create his iwn FP. Not professional, not loyal and dangerous to the world.
          Good riddance to an unprofessional.

        • No one ever said that Trump is a nice person. However he is correct on 3 things. 1)There is no such thing as global warming.
          2) Previous presidents harmed the US economy by an insane tax policy that prevented foreign profits to be repatriated back to American soil.
          3) Every previous president was too soft on the other countries trade policies and subsequent US deficits.

          Trump has fixed or is in the process of fixing all 3 things. The US economy is booming. US corporations are starting to bring back the money. Trump is standing up to any country that has a trade surplus with the US and saying Reduce that surplus or else. You can argue that Trump is a liar, mean spirited, racist or whatever but the 3 things that really matter are those 3 things listed above.

          • Trump can’t fix the trade deficit, because he isn’t attacking the cause of it.
            He’s going after the symptoms.

          • When a country runs a trade deficit with the US, they send us stuff, and we send them dollars.
            Over time, these dollars overseas accumulate which makes them worth less, which means we have to pay more dollars to get the same amount of stuff. In other words, when the dollar drops, imports get more expensive, and conversely exports get less expensive for others to buy.

            Foreign countries have a limited number of things they can do with the dollars in their possession. They can trade them to other countries to buy stuff from those other countries. Assuming they can convince those other countries to accept a trade of dollars for stuff.

            This option still leaves the same number of dollars overseas, so it doesn’t impact the price of the dollar vis-a-vis other currencies.

            The option is to use those dollars to buy stuff from the US. They can either buy goods and services, or they can buy T-bills. US debt.

            When you hear about other countries “manipulating” their currency, this is what they are doing. They are buying and selling T-bills in order to keep their currency in a fixed range compared to the dollar.

            If the US wasn’t running a huge budget deficit, foreign countries would have no choice but to buy goods and services.

            If foreign countries stopped buying our T-bills, the cost of servicing our federal debt would explode, as the Treasury would have to increase the interest rates paid in order to attract enough buyers.

            As long as the US runs a budget deficit, we will run a trade deficit.

            PS: I know that the Treasury doesn’t set the price of T-bills. They are sold at auction. However the impact is the same. Fewer buyers of T-bills means the average interest rate goes up.

          • Your first sentence about the dollar dropping in value as the trade deficits increases is nonsense. The dollar stays strong regardless because it is a world currency and considered a safe haven currency. This keeps it artificially strong even with 10s of trillions of cumulative defit. We also have other countries buying things in the US which causes the dollar flow to balance – even though what is purchased – us companies which are then dismantled and sent overseas hurts us more.

          • Marque, the dollar is stronger than it might otherwise be because it is a reserve currency for many countries, but that doesn’t make it immune from market forces.

            Yes, other countries are buying stuff from us, but over all we buy more than we sell, and that causes dollars to accumulate overseas.

            PS: Being a reserve currency is a double edged sword. Should other countries ever lose faith in the stability of the US dollar and begin to dump the dollar in favor of some other currency (or a basket of currencies as Saudi Arabia has suggested) the fall of the dollar will be hard, fast, and devastating for the US.

          • MarkW

            Thanks for that. I can’t debate with you from a position of knowledge, so I won’t.

          • As I explained earlier. Trump is doing exactly the same thing previous presidents have tried. All previous attempts to “manage” trade have failed.

            Trump’s trade wars will have the same impact that every single trade war throughout history has done. It will enrich the politically powerful, and impoverish everyone else. Those who have the political connections to convince government to outlaw their competition will make out like bandits while the masses will be faced with fewer choices and higher prices.

          • No MarkW.

            Trump is not doing what past presidents have done.

            Trump has identified exactly where unfair trading situations, widespread dumping, false use of treaty clauses (NAFTA) are hurting the USA.

            In every treaty negotiation, except with China, Trump has offered open border trades, so long as the other country eliminates their protectionist tariffs; e.g. European Union, especially Germany.

            In China’s case, Trump is addressing China dumping products/metals is an all out war to collapse competitive industry.
            China is using the NAFTA treaty with Canada’s and Mexico’s collusion to ship cheap products to Canada/Mexico for assembly into a product that then crosses the border as NAFTA product.
            This action is evidenced by industry losses in Canada and Mexico as industry is moved to China.

            China imitates items decently. Only appearance is everything, internal or construction quality is nonexistent.
            China’s rules on industry or products forces companies/countries to turn over intellectual property, confidential information, industrial and production secrets to China’s ownership.

            Trump’s action on the TPP eliminates a massive complex alleged treaty where the USA is forced to meet conditions that are not applied to the trading country.
            Trashing the complex monster TPP treaty with many coutries returns negotiations back to one on one mutual benefit simple treaties.

            Monster collective treaties are impossible to adjust. Simple, one to one, treaties are easy to address.

            It’s not protectionism, it is returning to America, American interests, occupations, intellectual property, industrial and production processes and strengths!
            etc. etc.

            Trump’s plan is easy.
            * 1) European Union and countries drop protectionist tariffs, that are already in existence; and negotiate treaties evenly.
            * 2) Canada stops allowing China to use NAFTA and returns to making the parts they are supposed to make.
            * 3) Canada drops the protectionist tariffs they had in place, e.g. milk products.
            * 4) Mexico drops allowing China and other countries from using NAFTA. There was a reason that massive Chinese owned aluminum stockpile was kept in Mexico. NAFTA enabled dumping cheap aluminum on the American market.
            * 5a) China ceases dumping cheap products on America!
            * 5b) China recognizes and adheres to international intellectual property and patent laws!
            * 5c) China enforces and protects property and process rights and intellectual property.

            All with Trump’s promise that any country that trades with America fairly will get fair treatment and zero tariffs.

            No previous President has ever addressed international treaties similar to Trump.
            Nor has any previous President addressed and corrected existing massive trade inequalities, ever! Let alone within 18 months of taking oath of office.

          • Excellent commentary, ATheoK.

            If Trump succeeds in reducing U.S. trade deficits to zero, that means that about $800 billion per year would be added to the U.S. GDP.

            It is quite reasonable to ask countries to zero out their tariffs if the U.S. does the same. It’s pretty easy to see that is a fair deal. An even playing field.

            I don’t expect Trump to be able to eliminate all tariffs since nations do have legitimate reasons (or at least think they do) for protecting some of their industries, but I think Trump is going to go a long way towards eliminating many of them.

            Fair trade. That’s what we want. That’s what we are going to have.

          • Alan – add one more:
            4) Trump gets energy correct – and if you get energy correct, many other good things will fall into place.

            Cheap, abundant reliable energy is the lifeblood of society – it IS that simple!

            In comparison, almost every other developed country is chasing green energy schemes/scams that are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy. This is their road to disaster.

          • One cannot argue” Trump is liar, mean-spirited, or racist”. If you think so, then explain who he is any of those things?

        • Typical CPP, one guy who knew Trump dislikes Trump and that’s all the troll needs.
          Of course everyone else who knew and knows Trump disagrees. But they are just sycophants who are paid to lie.
          Just like everyone who disagrees about global warming is in the pay of big oil.

        • C. Paul Pierett

          Lot’s of people know Trump, he employs them. They enjoy a quality of life, in a greater part, thanks to him.

          I’ll add that he’s a non drinker, non smoker, and has a devoted family, so as far as being a bad person, he’s right up there with shiny, squeaky clean, Obama.

          Rex Tilerson is probably a nice person too, but he didn’t see eye to eye with Trump. Too bad, the CEO of the business known as America sacked him. Frankly, big deal, Iv’e been sacked and the company I worked for didn’t suffer a jot, nor will America.

          Trump’s job is to make the business known as America profitable. There will be casualties, but hopefully not as many as under Bush and Obama. Trump is a businessman and knows that real profit is derived from peaceful trade. Perhaps we might see a shift in the Middle Eastern conflict. If not, he’ll have done no worse than any President before him.

          I suspect his sabre rattling had been quite deliberate. He’s flushed out NK which is more than any American, or any other western leader has done in 50 years.

          He began to implement his campaign manifesto from day one of his election, which is more than I can say for any western leader I have experienced in my 61 years of life.

          Perhaps he is the wrong guy for the job, but so far, from the other side of the pond, he has been more politically honest than any western leader I can remember since Churchill and Thatcher, and even they fall somewhat short of Trump in that respect.

          His personal life is his own. He may say stupid things in private, but then what politician doesn’t. And discussing his sexual antics is far better than discussing national secrets.

          You might want to accept the faults of Trump, the way you would have gladly accepted Hilary’s many faults, and support the man instead of vilifying someone who seems genuinely intent on making a difference to his country.

          Perhaps I’m wrong, I hope I’m not, but so far, he’s doing a good job.

          And I must declare a conflict of interest’s. I despised the guy before he began to make the changes he promised.

          I’m now cutting him some slack because he’s taking care of his country the way I want my PM to take care of the UK.

          • C. Paul Pierett

            Has Trump been convicted of sexual assault?

            Errrr……Nope, I don’t think so.

            You’re regurgitating MSM bile, with no foundation.

            Do you do the same with climate change?

          • The locker room remarks? You said sexual assault. There isn’t a man I know who has not engaged in unsavoury ‘locker room talk’.

          • Ah, yes. Saying you “can” do something means you “did” do something. I’m sure the murder charges for shooting a random stranger on Fifth Avenue are somewhere in Judge, Jury, and Executioner Mueller’s files – if he ever actually finishes his “investigation.”

            Unless you are a Clinton, of course. Saying that “I never had sex with that woman” means that you never had sex with that woman. The stuff on the dress has to be the lie.

          • Yep …. wish I could count all the times guys told me they did x with some chick … they scored, knocked a home run, when in reality, all they got was hug when they dropped her off after the movie.

            Guy talk is just that ….. talk. But of course, leftist, who lack critical thinking skills and rely on someone else to tell them what to think will never understand that.

          • The tape is not evidence Trump assaulted women. It’s evidence he engages in lockerroom talk.

          • When you’re a star they will LET you do anything, even grab them by the . . .

            No sexual assault there I’m afraid.

          • Keith Sketchley

            Until you can find evidence of Trumps court conviction, please don’t bore me with media speculation.

          • @Paul: But he raped women and had his wife and the Arkansas State Police make sure that he never had to answer for it. She (Hillary) made it her personal mission to destroy Bill’s victims.

          • There is no evidence Trump ever assaulted any woman. In fact, of the women the Democrats found to complain about Trump, only one said Trump actually laid hands on her. But her claim has been refuted by a witness who claims Trump never went near the woman.

            The other complaints are much less serious such as one woman who was triggered by Trump asking her for her telephone number. Another woman in one of Trump’s beauty contests complained that Trump said she looked a little too fat and needed to lose weight.

            And it’s worth noting that no evidence has ever been produced and no lawsuits have been filed by any woman who claims Trump abused her.

            It’s just typical bs orchestrated by Democrats and the Hillary Crime Syndicate. Just like the Russian Dossier. Manufactured and made up to use as a political hit piece.

          • Helloo!? Is anybody in there!?

            Do you ever read the links you post!?

            The lady filed a defamation lawsuit. Not a sexual assault lawsuit.
            Any allegations of sexual assault are unproven, not going to be proven, therefore just a colorful side story.

          • As always, TDS causes trolls to remember things that never happened.
            Trump said that he could do those things, he did not say that he did those things.

          • John Dilks

            C. Paul Pierett. Not that we know of. But he did break a lot of other laws.

            Prove it.

          • When did he sexually assault women and brag about it? Sexually assault women? That doesn’t seem his style at all.

          • When did Trump sexually assault a woman and brag about it? It never happened. Now he did say because of his fame he could easily get women and by #metoo over the top standards “sexually assault” them – but I don’t recall where he said he did it. Seems like you are reading into his lockerroom bragging. Stuff you have probably engaged in as well in your youth.

          • Obama may have been squeaky, he certainly was not clean.

            Obama was complicit with HRC’s illegal server and mishandling of classified information.

            Obama handed over billions of dollars to Iran, illegally.

            Obama purposely had John Kerry work on an agreement so that Obama could get Treaty responsibilities, without the Senate. It’s unconstitutional and is being deconstructed.

            The current FBI/DOJ corruption case revealed that Obama was getting daily briefings on the campaign to compromise Trump and his Administration with allegations of Russian Collusion.
            A briefing that explains why Obama administration employees, e.g. Samantha Powers, Susan Rice and others were unmasking Trump Administration employees tracked by the FBI, CIA and various spies.

            Obama increased racial tension, significantly; especially regarding the police.

            Obama gutted and weaponized the IRS, EPA, FBI and DOJ; at least those are thoroughly identified and are getting cleaned up. Others will likely be uncovered as time progresses; e.g. Islamic outreach program in lieu of proper weather monitoring.

            The corruption at the FBI and DOJ has reached the highest levels of those organizations; levels where it would be impossible for their boss to be unaware.

            Obama was complicit with Hillary’s selling American Uranium supplies to the Russians.

            The Obama scandals in progress list is incredibly long! The minor fact that Obama’s FBI/DOJ/CIA refused to seriously investigate anything Democrat is a major reason why there are allegedly no Obama scandals. FBI’s Strzok, McCabe, Comey, Rosenstein and other ensured that no Obama scandal survived exposure to light.

            Set Rich was murdered for leaking DNC documents. Detective Sean Suiter
            and FBI Special Agent David Raynor have been murdered just prior to testifying in court.

            Obama scandal free? Hah!
            What we need now is a honest functional FBI/DOJ, then we can see about prosecuting and indicting all the central players in Obama’s Administration.

            Trump sexually assault women?
            Like Bill Clinton? Like Harvey Weinstein? Like NY climate lawsuit ex-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman?…
            The list of Democrats who seriously assaulted women is very lengthy; in contrast to Trump’s vague locker room braggadocio. And one should remember, those who do locker room braggadocio tend to vastly inflate their adventures.
            .

          • ” Obama handed over billions of dollars to Iran, illegally.”
            ..
            No he did not. First of all, unfreezing Iranian assets is not “giving” them anything, it was their money to begin with. Secondly, settling a lawsuit/claim is also not “giving” them anything, because there was an outstanding claim for it in the first place.

          • Yellowcake was shipped to Canada and then to Europe, where is was no longer subject to NRC regulation…

            Yet NRC memos reviewed by The Hill show that it did approve the shipment of yellowcake uranium — the raw material used to make nuclear fuel and weapons — from the Russian-owned mines in the United States to Canada in 2012 through a third party. Later, the Obama administration approved some of that uranium going all the way to Europe, government documents show.

            NRC officials said they could not disclose the total amount of uranium that Uranium One exported because the information is proprietary. They did, however, say that the shipments only lasted from 2012 to 2014 and that they are unaware of any exports since then.

            NRC officials told The Hill that Uranium One exports flowed from Wyoming to Canada and on to Europe between 2012 and 2014, and the approval involved a process with multiple agencies.

            Rather than give Rosatom a direct export license — which would have raised red flags inside a Congress already suspicious of the deal — the NRC in 2012 authorized an amendment to an existing export license for a Paducah, Ky.-based trucking firm called RSB Logistics Services Inc. to simply add Uranium One to the list of clients whose uranium it could move to Canada.

            The license, reviewed by The Hill, is dated March 16, 2012, and it increased the amount of uranium ore concentrate that RSB Logistics could ship to the Cameco Corp. plant in Ontario from 7,500,000 kilograms to 12,000,000 kilograms and added Uranium One to the “other parties to Export.”

            The move escaped notice in Congress.

            http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/358339-uranium-one-deal-led-to-some-exports-to-europe-memos-show

          • Betty Pfeiffer

            “Thank you Dave, you’ve not shown that any uranium was shipped from the USA to Russia.”

            You’ve not shown it wasn’t.

          • Just that it was shipped by Russians out of US control with the blessing of the entire Obama maladministration.

          • He is a lot like King David in the Bible. King David was considered the greatest king of Jerusalem and defeated the evil Saul (though some else actually ultimately killed Saul, I know) but he was far from perfect and had his own sexual failings in his lust for Bathsheba – another man’s wife.

            You don’t have to be perfect person Ally to be a great leader.

        • C Paul

          I respect Rex Tillerson, but I liked Lee Raymond even more, and Raymond had a personality that was harder than Trump – a lot harder. If you said anything stupid to Lee Raymond, he would call you on it – right then, and in public. Trump, in comparison, is a pussycat.

          As a partner in major joint ventures, I made hundreds of millions of dollars for Exxon though ideas that I initiated, as outlined on my website. Exxon was a great partner – they listened when you had good ideas, and helped to implement them.

          I’m guessing that I know Exxon just a bit better than you do, C Paul.

          • The findings of the scientists at Exxon are not “an opinion.” They are fact. Not only are they fact, they show how deeply flawed your postings are.

            Additionally calling me names makes you look bad.

            I suggest you argue with the scientists at Exxon they are more reputable than you.

            (Your trolling and hypocrisy here is getting my attention, I zapped you for REPEATED smearing attacks on people earlier today, yet you complain when people like Allan called you an imbecile which is actually appropriate as he said he WORKED for Exxon for a time, which you replied by stating this absurd reply: “Based on the garbage you’ve posted you don’t have a clue about Exxon.” Drop it NOW or you will be put in moderation) MOD

            (Changed the word Enron to Exxon, thanks to Joelbryan for pointing it out) MOD

          • “called you an imbecile which is actually appropriate ”

            Name calling is now considered “appropriate” ?????

            MOD…please review what your boss said about name calling: http://archive.is/e5S64

            ” as he said he WORKED for Enron”

            Nope, he never said he worked for Enron……seriously MOD, get your act together, or get a pair of glasses…… ” EXXON is not ENRON

            (Your complaint was over the top since it was an innocent mistake on my part, I meant Exxon all along. You have no idea what other bad comments he has made today because you don’t see what I see from the Mod side of the board) MOD

          • Hi Joel.

            I am first and foremost a scientist, and based on the preponderance of the evidence, in this case C Paul’s many ignorant and offensive comments, I stand by my hypothesis: “C Paul is an imbecile”.

            You may disagree with me based on decorum, but my comment was scientific, and was based on the evidence.

          • Mods..

            I did not make the above comment.
            Someone hijacked my email to post that.!!

            Again… that is not my comment above.

            /s/ Joel O’Bryan,PhD

          • Whatever pathetic sicko is committing this hijacking needs to be terminated with extreme prejudice, even if that means whipping with wet noodles!

          • C Paul – re your comments on “the scientists at Exxon”:

            The decision by major energy companies to acquiesce to global warming alarmism was made at the Board of Directors level, and it was a cowardly decision that disregarded the science but was made to escape further criticism and boycotting at the pumps, which was focused against Exxon in Europe and was orchestrated by Greenpeace and reportedly supported by certain competitors.

            Global warming alarmism is not about the science – it is political.

            There is NO evidence that the world is warming dangerously due to increasing atmospheric CO2, and ample evidence that the impacts of increasing CO2 are hugely beneficial to humanity and the environment.

            https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/22/thirty-years-on-how-well-do-global-warming-predictions-stand-up/#comment-2386323

          • So Exxon knew in 1977 that which has still yet to happen? Nostradamus? i was going to spell that differentl, but it was rude.

            “A widely-covered study that claimed ExxonMobil misled the public on climate change is fatally flawed, according to a bombshell rebuttal published today by one of the foremost experts in content analysis. The original study, authored by Harvard University’s Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, relies on data analysis that is “unreliable, invalid, biased, not generalizable, and not replicable,” according to the expert, whose methods were cited by Supran and Oreskes.

            The academic rebuttal is the biggest blow yet to the activists-turned-researchers, and follows similar critiques by Energy In Depth and others.”

            http://eidclimate.org/expert-finds-no-scientific-support-study-claiming-exxon-misled-public-climate-change/

            May 2018

          • For the record, I was responsible for three large joint ventures with Esso Canada (Exxon subsidiary), including the Syncrude Canada Ltd. megaproject and two other planned megaprojects.

            Gordon Willmon, a Director and SVP of Esso chaired the Management Committee, and I sat on the Management Committee and chaired the Technical Committee, Mining Committee and others. I initiated or co-initiated three of the four major changes that revitalized the Canadian oilsands and made it the economic mainstay of Alberta and Canada, resulting in $250 billion in capital investment and 500,000 new jobs. Canada became the fifth largest oil producer in the world. For a small country like Canada, this was a major achievement.

          • “I initiated or co-initiated three of the four major changes that revitalized the Canadian oilsands and made it the economic mainstay of Alberta and Canada, resulting in $250 billion in capital investment and 500,000 new jobs.”

            Wow! I’m impressed! I bet the people who got all those jobs were impressed, too. Good show!

          • Thank you Tom for your kind words.

            Of those 500,000 people who got jobs, maybe ten thousand knew what drove the turnaround in the oilsands, and maybe ten or twenty actually knew who did what to cause it to happen.

            The CEO’s and politicians who were in office at the time took full credit – and a few of them actually did help – but most of the real work was done years prior to their involvement. 🙂

          • Here is the story of an engineer named Nick Steinsberger who, I suggest, has done more for America than all your Presidents since Eisenhower.

            The fracking revolution has put America first after decades of financial decline. If Steinsberger didn’t have such an unusual name, you should name a large state after him. You owe him… everything.

            Regards, Allan

            The Texas Well That Started A Revolution & Changed The World Forever
            Russell Gold, The Wall Street Journal, 29 June 2018
            https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-texas-well-that-started-a-revolution-1530270010?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=54840a798a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_02_11_44&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-54840a798a-20138661

            Two decades ago, an engineer tried a new way to get gas out of the ground. Energy markets and global politics would never be the same.

            DISH, Texas – Twenty years ago this month, a well was drilled here that changed the world.

            Nothing at the time suggested the unassuming well in this rural town north of Fort Worth would hobble OPEC, the powerful oil cartel that had governed prices of the world’s most important commodity for more than a generation. Or that it would help turn the U.S. into a global energy exporter, or shuffle the geopolitical deck.

            But it did all of that – and more. The well used hydraulic fracturing to crack the incredibly tight shale rocks below. It fired the first shot in the fracking revolution–a blast soon felt in Riyadh, Tehran and Moscow.

            “I had no idea it would cause so much change. I was just trying to keep my job,” said Nick Steinsberger on a recent visit to the well pad. He was the engineer who obtained permission to try a new approach to completing the well that had been drilling a mile and a half deep into a thick grey wedge of rock known as the Barnett Shale.

            Mr. Steinsberger, now 54, called the experiment “my slick-water frack.” It was the first commercially successful use of sand, water and chemicals, pumped into the shale under high pressure, to break open the rock and unleash the natural gas trapped inside. It was the beginning of modern fracking.

            “It was a good well, cost $600,000 or $700,000,” Mr. Steinsberger said, walking over the pad to the chain-link fence that surrounds the well. A sign identifies it as the S. H Griffin Estate 4.

            Today, most wells drilled in the U.S. use some variation of Mr. Steinsberger’s fracking technique. It has unleashed an unimaginable wealth of natural gas, gas liquids and crude oil, turning the U.S. from an energy pauper into a muscular exporter. It also started an often acrimonious environmental debate about the potential impacts and trade offs of fracking.

            “It is one of the most extraordinarily important, disruptive, technologically driven changes in the history of energy,” said Ed Morse, global head of commodity research at Citigroup. “It was revolutionary for the U.S. economy and it was revolutionary geopolitically.”

            Mr. Steinsberger’s modest experiment demonstrated that the oil and gas industry had the tools to fracture the rocks where fossil fuels were slowly baked over the millennia. A huge trove of natural gas was accessible at an economical cost.

            It was such a novel idea that it spread slowly at first, as doubters couldn’t believe that anyone could successfully tap the source rocks. After a few years, more companies began to copy the wells drilled by Mr. Steinsberger’s employer, Mitchell Energy , the firm founded by the late George P. Mitchell.

            It started in the Barnett Shale. Then other gas-bearing shales were discovered. The Marcellus Shale in Appalachia turned out to be larger and more fecund than the Barnett.

            [end of excerpt]

          • Strategic advice for America, an early gift for the Glorious 4th of July:

            My America friends, you really need to smarten up (unlike we Canadians, who are mired in anti-pipeline idiocy), and get ALL the pipelines built ASAP that are needed to move Canadian heavy crude oil down to your Houston-area refineries. Venezuela, one of your main sources of heavy crude, is in a death spiral.

            Also, ask yourselves why you are obtaining your heavy oil from a far-left dictatorship that hates America, rather than your friendly next-door neighbour Canada, who has stood strong with you in two World Wars and Korea. Ignore the antics of our imbecilic neo-Marxist Prime Minister – we don’t like him either – what an embarrassment!

            If extremist protestors obstruct your pipeline construction, I would suggest using them as backfill, except they would ruin the geotechnical parameters of the trench.

            Energy is a strategic asset, and America’s reliance on crude oil from hostile foreign sources is simply self-destructive. Fix it! Now!

            Regards, Allan

          • Deja vue, all over again.
            – Yogi Berra

            https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/03/angela-merkel-reflects-fear-and-loathing-amid-eu-elites/#comment-2092991

            Happy Glorious 4th of July to all my American friends!

            Reprise from before your election – when almost nobody in the press said Trump could win:

            https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/08/14/president-obama-begs-america-not-to-tear-up-the-paris-agreement/#comment-1839974

            [excerpt of my post on August 14, 2016]

            As a Canadian, I think I have the right to make a brief comment on your election – my justification is the War of 1812, where you burned Toronto and we burned the White House. Nobody here likes Toronto, so we still think we got the better of that deal. 🙂

            For most countries, I suggest that the question of a Hillary vs a Donald would come down to “who gets energy right (Donald), and who gets it utterly wrong (Hillary).”

            Cheap, reliable abundant energy is the lifeblood of society, and our very cheap fossil fuel energy should provide our two countries with an overwhelming economic advantage, IF the greens would stop sabotaging our economies.

            Since the USA is a global power, there are more issues than just the domestic economy – I don’t think you need any more foreign wars for a long while, except to exterminate terrorist gangs. So you might ask yourself who is more likely to start a needless foreign war that will further bankrupt your treasury.

            The USA should stick to token “weekender” invasions like Grenada. You might consider Quebec – they’re nearby, they’ve been acting up for quite a while, and you’ve already done Toronto.

            Best regards, Allan

          • So, my American friends, please note that I correctly called your Presidential election way back on August 14, 2016. In fact, I made a very strong recommendation to vote for Trump based on sound energy policy and you followed it, and Trump won despite all the prognostications of the pundits, pollsters and propagandists of the odious left.

            The world WILL thank Trump voters for your wisdom and your rejection of the destructive energy policies of green extremists, which are in fact a “false front” for the socialist takeover of the last functioning democracies on Earth.

            Now, about my other recommendation, that invasion of Quebec. For over fifty years, Quebec has been a huge liability for Canada – not only is it the greatest “taker” of tax transfers and equalization payments from more functional provinces, its Latin predisposition for endemic political corruption and its collective leftist bias causes it to be hugely destructive to the Dominion of Canada.

            Quebec voters have caused us to elect the likes of Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretien, and Justin Trudeau, who were little more than “front-men” for organized crime in Quebec, and who aided in the plunder of Canada.

            Quebecers are still fighting the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, where they were exceptionally fortunate to be rid of oppressive French control and benefited from the benevolence of British Law.

            If the British conquest had not happened, Quebec today would be much like Mexico, with an average wage of about $150 per month, and a huge gap between rich and poor – just another poor Latin dictatorship.

            Canada would be infinitely better-off without Quebec, so here is my proposal. The USA should invade and annex Quebec, enforce the English language, and turn it into a Territory like Puerto Rico.

            Canada will not oppose you, but we will cut a deal: After 50 years, Canada will get Quebec back, once Quebecers have cast off their odious past and have been dragged kicking and screaming onto the modern world.

            So how about it? Is it a deal? Remember you owe me a big one, for telling you to vote for Trump, and why it really mattered.

            Call me! We’ll do lunch!

            Regards, Allan 🙂

          • Our population is only one-tenth that of the USA, but (until recently) we hit above our weight. During WW2, one person in ten served full-time in the Canadian armed forces.

            We are still the largest foreign supplier of energy to the USA. Regrettably, we are now governed by scoundrels and imbeciles.

        • I’d appreciate less innuendo. What exactly did Rex Tillerson say about DT, both before and after his tenure as USSOS? What did people say about Rex Tillerson while he was SOS? Do you think Mike Pompeo is any better or worse than Rex Tillerson? Is the State Dept being run better now under MP or before under RT? What’s the opinion of those you know who have worked with both men?

          Although I don’t remember the exact wording, I remember one reported comment RT made about DT that was frankly insulting to the President. Something to the effect that Trump was an idiot. Maybe it was made off the cuff, or off the record or it was leaked; but be that as it may, DT made a personnel mistake appointing RT to SOS and he corrected the mistake.

          I haven’t paid much attention to what RT’ has to say since he was fired. Let us know. That DT did so in a non-chivalrous way sent a blunt message in and of itself to Washington insiders both in and out of government. The message was the old rules of deference to position and title have changed. It is a more Jacksonian approach, that of someone in touch with the Common man and woman.

          I felt DT gained self assurance and confidence when he canned RT. Most of the radio commentators I listen to either had very little to say about RT or were negative about him. I personally thought and expected RT would be a good manager of the State Dept; but it didn’t turn out that way; moreover his views on the Paris IPCC Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal were totally out of sync with what Trump decided to do that there was simply no common ground on these two major issues And cause enough for his dismissal. Does RT admit this incompatibility of views in his comments about DT? Does it color his opinions of DT? IMO Mike Pompeo is a much better fit as SOS for the Trump Administration and the Country. Pompeo a remarkably talented man and gets things done. He respects the President; RT did not.

      • Other replies to the aforementioned LinkedIn article also re-bleated the slander that “Trump is the new Hitler”. Not only is this false and imbecilic, it is extremely offensive – not just to Mr. Trump and his family, but also to all those who suffered and died because of Hitler – and there were 50-60 million deaths attributed to Hitler’s war.

        Here is one such story:

        I lived for 25 years in a building which also housed a number of elderly people. They were kind and gentle – some have passed and I still visit them from time to time at the graveyard at the top of the hill – others remain, but are getting old and frail.

        One day not long ago, I saw my old friend Charlie sitting in the outer lobby, and I greeted him and joined him. We had known each other for about 25 years, and yet this was the day he told me his life story. He told me he was Jewish, and was born in Germany. Fearing the rise of Hitler, his family fled to France in the 1930’s, When France was overrun by the Nazi war machine, they fled to the south and were hidden, first in a monastery and then with a French farm family for the duration of the war. Charlie’s name became Charles Grenier and he worshipped at the Catholic church with his family. His teenage brother was picked up one day and never seen again. After the war they came to Canada.

        I thanked Charlie for telling me his story, his ride showed up and we parted. He is getting old and frail. I saw him again this week, walking very slowly – we waved and said hello.

        I guess it was time for him to ensure that a few more people witnessed his story. Some people, you see, will say it never happened.

        Regards to all, Allan

        • Allan

          I had a single encounter with a former Auschwitz ‘guest’.

          A friend rented a Tudor house in the depths of Kent for his 40th birthday party, there was about 25 of us. I think it was around 1998.

          Other than his birthday meal, we were left to our own devices. The meal was cooked by chef’s and served by staff, including an elderly lady who spoke broken English.

          For no other reason, other than I’m eternally curious, I engaged the elderly lady in conversation during various periods of the meal, and as I usually do, ensured my gratitude for her attention was sincere. Whilst not exclusively altruistic (Politeness to staff invariably attracts their devoted attention) my compliments, or lack thereof, are always genuine.

          During one discussion, she revealed she had been a Jewish guest of Hitler, and in the nicest way, we asked her for evidence. As you know, I’m not a scientist, I’m an ex copper, but the room was filled with doctors and highly qualified nurses (my wife is head of department for nurse education in a prominent university) so there were 24 enquiring minds, and then me.

          After some gentle persuasion, she rolled up her left sleeve and showed us all her tattoo. It wasn’t done as the exhibition of a trophy, it was in fact, one of the most humbling experiences of my life. She went on to describe the loss of her family, but refused to describe some of the gruesome details of the camp. Medics often crave the sordid details.

          Now, this woman presented herself as entirely sane, rational and at peace with her past. I’m not entirely daft, I have encountered innumerable persuasive people with mental health problems who could convince you the sky is falling in (like climate alarmists…….sorry, I couldn’t resist!) but this lady wasn’t a mental health victim.

          She described how, as a child in Auschwitz, she watched the souls of her friends, relatives, and strangers, depart their bodies, not in pain and anguish, but in peace.

          She went on to tell me I had a guardian angel, a Medieval Turk, on a white stallion, behind me as we spoke. She maintained she could see him as clear as day.

          She left, and we embarked on an alcohol fuelled night or revelry, but her presence somehow, never left me.

          Nearly 30 years later I carry with me, her memory of the true horrors of political and bigoted perversion. And of a gentle, perceptive lady, who condemned no one, but sought to encourage dialogue and understanding, despite being subjected to man’s most appalling cruelty.

          • Thank you HotScot – now her story lives on, as it should…

            I marvel at these gentle people, who like my friend Charlie can tell their horrific stories without emotion or rancor.

            I am regrettably not built of that gentle fabric – descended from Highlanders, we never forget an enemy, or a friend.

            Best, Allan

          • Post Script:

            You might enjoy this video, shot at our ancestral castle – still owned by the family after all these centuries.

            The original Eilean Donan Castle was reportedly built in the 1200’s and the MacRae’s got it in 1511 – we are still considered the newcomers in the neighbourhood. 🙂

            FIGHT SONG – AT EILEAN DONAN CASTLE
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mOO5qRjVFLw

          • Allan

            Excellent video. Not sure the music’s entirely authentic, as good as it is.

            According to many long gone relatives, the most evocative call to war, and expression of intent, was a lone pipers refrain drifting over a battlefield before an advance.

            Some described it as chilling, others as inspirational, some terrifying, but all said their most primitive depths were plumbed, with hackles raised, like a vicious dog.

            One described his emotions as, that if a humble musician had the courage to stand alone, and announce his intention to fight to the death, the least he could do was stand by his side.

            May God forbid the pipes are ever used for that purpose again, other than when Scotland take on England at Murrayfield!

            Now that’s a battle.

  1. “— even to be more nasty and crude than the great boorish Trump himself.”

    pot…kettle
    What a pompous asswipe………….can’t help themselves

      • ” Any statement about Trump, so long as it is in any way condemnatory, dismissive, insulting or condescending, requires neither proof, consistency, logic or (and especially) decency.”

          • Yeah…he slings one himself…..”free the mind from all obligation to moderation, custom, or articulate argument.”

            …so much for his moderation, custom, and articulate argument

      • Yes, Trump is boorish but that is exactly what this Country needed. Most people had grown sick and tired of the lying, smiling faces of the all talk, do nothing establishment politicians. The uncontested vitriol from the left emboldened them to believe they were infallible, that they were righteous and deserving of being in power. It took a bombastic, boorish person, without the financial worry of needing a job, to turn the tables on them. Someone who would not slither off into the shadows the minute the going got tough. The self proclaimed elite do not like being treated the way they treat others. They do not like someone who will not be intimidated by their tactics. Yes, he was the only one who could have done this. Thank you to all Americans who saw this and voted for him.

        • odd…in this day and age….a grown man acting like a grown man is boorish

          We’re supposed to 100% accept everything that deviates from the norm…
          …but not accept the norm

          • Well, you do have to admit that at times he is over the top and nasty. But that’s just tit for tat back at the liberals. Now, if he would just make policy that would treat all other countries exactly like they treat us. If you come from Mexico, we apply the exact same immigration laws as the Mexican government applies to their immigrants. If you put tariffs on American goods, we apply the exact same tariffs on your goods. And so on down the line.

          • He’s having a ball with it….and going right on with his business
            …exactly like I would do

            Sometimes you have to put your foot down….if for no other reason than to make everyone else wake up and pay attention

            He know exactly what he’s doing……

          • “He knows exactly what he’s doing”

            Yes, he does.

            Many of the things he has been doing are things Trump has thought about and complained about for decades. Things like North Korea and the U.S. getting screwed over bad trade deals.

            Now Trump gets the chance to do something about all this and he is doing it.

          • ” treat all other countries exactly like they treat us”

            exactly….just try sneaking into Mexico…remember that guy from the army that accidentally crossed the border….what all did it take to get him back and how long

            …and Mexico has a 1st world county on it’s border
            We have a very dangerous….cutting people’s head off, burning people alive…they tried to have an election and over 100 of the people running for office were murdered…..less than 3rd world country on our border….that anyone can just walk across

            They aren’t the idiots…we are

          • Not long ago, Mexico was named the second most dangerous country on Earth, right behind Syria. And here we have a wide-open border with them. Which the Democrats want to keep wide-open.

            We need to shut the flow down.

          • That’s right, Holly. Trump just tells the truth and the Liberals can’t stand the truth.

          • He doesn’t act like a grown man, he acts like a petulant teenager, gotta go one-up on everyone. He simply can’t turn the other cheek, or take the high road. It’s the low road 24/7 with him.

            Don’t get me wrong, I greatly appreciate his policy decisions for the most part. I just don’t agree with his personal behavior.

          • …or agree with him having a good time with it all
            Why should he turn a cheek….he’s not some weak child
            …and the more he barks back…the crazier the left gets
            You think that might be the plan?

          • That’s the sort of thing you develop dealing with union workers in Jersey and Manhattan – dock-worker straight-talk.

          • I’ve heard He’s got like a secret plan, just in case the left/opposition somehow manages to stop their self- immolation.

          • So you’re complaining that he’s not the kind of well-spoken ‘conservative’ pantywaist that we’ve had to put up with since WWII, who couldn’t even manage to conserve ladies’ bathrooms?

            The left have declared war on Western civilization. The time to lose nobly is long over.

          • Mark, you’ve got to know he’s having a ball jerking the left’s chain…
            ..and every time…they go batshitcrazy

          • If the left were to demand that Trump pay rent for the space he’s been occupying in their minds these last few years, it could bankrupt even Trump.

          • Nobody is perfect. At least he is not a criminal, like some people in government I know.

          • You’re right – he doesn’t turn the other cheek – he shovels it right back to them. A real man who doesn’t take crap – he sets the record straight.

        • I’ve worked for a couple of boorish guys who were very good bosses. I’D work for Trump.
          It’s worth noting that the people who work for him, love him.
          If I knew nothing else about the guy, that would be enough.

        • “Yes, he was the only one who could have done this.”

          Exactly right. Can you think of any other Republican who would take on the Leftwing News Media like Trump does? None of them would. Without a Trump on the scene, the other Republicans would still be doing what they did in the past: Looking to be loved by the Leftwing News Media.

          That’s why G.W. Bush never fought back against the Leftwing Media or corrected all the lies they told about him. He didn’t want to get in a fight with them because he knew he would lose. He didn’t have the personal ability to take on the most dangerous organization in American history, the lying Leftwing Media propaganda machine.

          Trump likes fighting with the lying Leftwing News Media and I personally can’t get enough of it. 🙂

        • How is Trump boorish? Is that really Trump or the MSM description of Trump?

    • Latitude, It seems you are not familiar with Rex Murphy’s writings.

      the great boorish Trump himself

      He is painting a picture of the leftist mind not calling Trump “boorish”.

  2. We laugh about the euphemism TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome. And yet, it is becoming a quite serious topic, as more and more people display the irrational behaviors that are becoming its clinical symptoms. In the daily news cycle, there are few ‘bad’ news items that some reporter, politician, or ‘expert’ does not attempt to link to President Trump in an adverse way. Even ‘good news’ is castigated because it might reflect favorably on our POTUS. Low unemployment, tax cuts, deregulation, etc. are all denigrated….. ‘because Trump’.

    • There are several cable news networks devoted to TDS, as well a most vocal members of a major political party. The bathetic thing is that they are being trolled by Donald Trump, and seem oblivious to it.

    • It’s a sickness with the mainstream news media and with the virtue flaunting liberals. They just despise Trump the way the establishment despised Andrew Jackson in the 1830’s. And yet just like Andrew Jackson was one our greatest presidents, Donald Trump is beginning to look more and more like a great President.

      He’s got the guts to tackle some of the big issues that the establishment presidents ignored. Issues like illegal immigration, an unsustainable balance of trade. out of control courts, North Korea and Iran.

      Yeah when you give everything away like Obama did, everyone loves you. But I’d rather have a President who actually cares about our future.

      • Since when did Andrew Jackson become one of our great Presidents. Ever heard of the “Trail of Tears” when thousands of native Americans were killed after they were forced out of their homes and moved to Oklahoma. I sure hope Trump doesn’t go down that path.

        • Mohatdebos

          No one in the UK has gone down the path of the Highland clearances. Why would Trump think to go down the trail of tears?

          Besides, didn’t the Klu Klux Klan start, and flourish under the Democrats whilst Republicans fought for freedom?

    • The media has always downplayed or dismissed good economic news when there is a Republican in the White House.

      • Yeah, it’s not just Trump. The Leftwing News Media would do the same thing to any Republican president. The reason the MSM blasts Trump so much is because he fights back and makes them look bad.

        Had G.W. Bush fought back the MSM would have treated him the same way. Of course, there was no thought on Bush’s part to fight back, so the MSM didn’t work themselves up into a frenzy like they do with Trump.

        If the Leftwing Media is in a frenzy, that means the Republicans are winning.

    • It’s a symptom of the snowflake culture. On the campuses, they can ban speakers or run to their safe-spaces. But they don’t have that option out in the sunlight/real world, so you see the triggering of derangement & discombobulation.

      • Watching CNN and MSNBC is like watching a wake. All the reporters look like they are shell-shocked. And they probably are. They have that “thousand yard stare”.

    • Trump’s approval ratings keep going higher despite the worst the Leftwing Media can do. That drives them even crazier.

    • Long before Trump and POTUS was considered a possibly, we had HDS in Canada. That is Harper Derangement Syndrome. Any leader vaguely right of centre is deemed the antichrist.

      • I think this is pretty much standard in all Western countries. The socialists think anyone who isn’t a fellow socialist must be a Nazi.

        What is really sad and disturbing is a large percentage of those on the Left really believe this stuff.

        If you think the other side is led by Hitler and Nazis then you are not going to be inclined to compromise. That’s where we are today in the United States.

        The Left lives in Bizzaro World where every conservative is evil.

  3. Very well written and very true. You wouldn’t believe the disconnect from reality in the Silicon Valley, San Jose California. Otherwise smart and successful people have become completely blinded by TDS. It’s an amazing thing to see in action.

    • Sheep. That’s what Bay Area liberals are. Sheep. Following the crowd. These cowards here in my homeland have zero-integrity. Most don’t even truly ‘know’ what they believe … they just go with the flow. And every big corporation virtually demands their employees follow their leftist causes.

      The duplicity of these corporations are shocking. They tell their employees what to believe; LGBTqQeio ‘rights’, open borders, racism everywhere, superiority of a strong central Govt., etc. And the employees go along to get along. Yet these corporations PROFIT like pigs and hoard their wealth.

      And yet these liberals are not walking their talk. These ‘open-minded’ multiculturalists have been FLOODING into my (formerly conservative) bedroom community suburban town. These ‘open-minded’ liberals are fleeing the multi-culti urban sh*t holes of the Bay Area. Once they have children … they FLEE to the suburbs. There is NO WAY these liberals will allow their ‘white’ children attend school with the uncontrolled, unmotivated, unruly, children of the urban zones. The Bay Area liberals ARE that which they pretend to hate … bigots, racists, and elitists. They used to mock the lillywhite suburbs. Now they infect the suburbs with their NIMBYism, elitism, and leftist nonsense.

      • The ground is shifting under our feet. Some folks think the problem has moved from racism to classism. link The problem now isn’t that someone is black, the problem is that he is uneducated, poor, and uncouth. Because these liberals have ‘earned’ their position in society they believe in meritocracy. That means they don’t have to give the poor any respect because they haven’t earned it.

        The problem is that there’s no solidarity. For one example, tenured university professors never stick up for their untenured fellows. The SJW set is nasty and tends to eat its own. It’s bringing society back to an each against all situation. It’s not viable in the long run.

        Thomas Frank in his book Listen Liberal points out that the Democrat party has embraced the silicon valley elite and their ilk and they have thrown the citizens of the rust belt under the bus. Those formerly middle class factory workers could have bettered themselves by going out and getting PhDs after all, so they get no sympathy.

        • Agreed with that “… not viable in the long run…”. Something will have to give way at some point.

      • I enjoyed your op-ed Kenji, remove/change some of the names and places, it just about sums up most situations of the left. Many would be too scared of the clientele to volunteer at a homeless shelter, nor sponcer inner city kids, nor never give up their coveted College position to someone underprivileged as examples. But You should!!!

    • We are getting a pretty good lesson in human psychology with Trump and with CAGW. Otherwise intelligent people seem to go off the deep end over these various subjects.

      Intelligence may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Something else is needed, it seems. Common sense? A clear vision? A skeptical attitude?

      • People seem prone to jump on the ‘Mob Hatred/Mentality’ band-wagon. Rationality is not welcome, because it ‘feels good’ to hate; I think it rewards the ‘pleasure center’ of the brain.

      • Intelligence may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

        Don’t give up on intelligence and its partner, experience. But it has to start very early. But I agree — these people educated in the marxist academic system from such a young age are hard cases and most are way-too-far gone.

        When the marxists infiltrated our education system, we were boned. They took advantage of our good nature and tolerance, and perhaps our wishful thinking that most everyone is & will continue to be reasonably hard-working, moral, ethical & rational.

        • The Left has definitely been on a roll when it comes to undermining the foundations of our societies. They have a plan. Conservatives did not have a plan. It’s time conservatives got a plan and started pushing back on the Leftwing propaganda taking over our institutions.

          The Justice Department suing colleges for denying free speech to conservatives is a good start.

  4. Yes the old Dunning–Kruger effect driven by cognitive bias. We see warmists accusing skeptics of this all the time which is the manifestation of another psychological syndrome called Psychological Projection.

  5. Very well written, chock full of original phrases and beautiful logic explaining how the Alt Left has abandoned reason. Rex Murphy, you are a gifted wordsmith and look forward to more of your biting wit. Wouldn’t matter which political philosophy you embrace, you are a formidable adversary but I’m glad we are like minded on these issues.

  6. And right beside Rex’ piece of wisdom (for those of us who take the paper version of National Post), is another opinion piece by our favourite convicted felon, Conrad Black, on climate change. Another good read.

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-thirty-years-of-climate-hysterics-being-proven-wrong-over-and-over-again

    I’m thankful for the National Post. A newspaper with more sane and balanced coverage of world events than you will find in most of the mainstream media. Its opinion pages are exemplary.

    • Is that the same Conrad Black of Hollinger Corp. that ran Whitewatergate? The current failing Russiagate run by Christopher Steele et al. will not stop Trump’s summit with Putin. He may also give NATO the G7 treatment – the Economist is having conniptions. I wonder what Black will say about that.

      • It is indeed the same Conrad Black. He who gave up his Canadian citizenship so he could have a seat in the House of Lords. And ranted intolerably about Canada at the time.

        But after he had his a$$ thrown into an American jail (basically for doing what capitalists do – make money, and also for being intolerably arrogant about it), he is now very proudly pro-Canadian. So I don’t take his public maunderings too seriously – except when he’s right on the mark, as with this one.

        I don’t know much about whitewatergate, and honestly I’m surprised to hear Lord Black being part of it.

        He’s still Lord Black, so doesn’t have Canadian citizenship any more, but lives here (in summer anyway) and extols its virtues

    • Lord Black has as extensive a command of the English vocabulary as Rex, but is a bit more turgid and obtuse, and lacks the finesse of Rex’s wickedly accurate wit. There is no more entertaining a commentator anywhere in the English language. We are fortunate to live in the same world with him.

  7. Best president we have ever had. He loves America and just wants us all to be happy.

    There is no doubt he is changing the world and everyone will be better for it.

    • He is. He probably dreams in complete sentences. Here’s another of his erudite pieces about the climate change cabal:

      https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-u-of-a-should-try-something-really-controversial-like-not-being-a-lemming

      Including this (I have to quote it verbatim because it sums up so much in so few words):

      “Is there any huge public policy issue that is more “consensus” riddled, more resistant to substantive criticism or revision, more hostile to challenges on the party line, more aggressive and dismissive of legitimate criticism and critics, than global warming? What science seeks to shepherd its key data, labels questioners “deniers,” sues its critics and calls for “jail” for those who oppose its dogmas? What science operates like a cartel and a gatekeeper of what it sees as “its” subject? What science is riddled with failed projections, deploys scare scenarios as part of its “inquiry,” erases the distinction between activism and truth, and through conferences, television shows, campaigns and summits constantly evangelizes the “one true” perspective on its discipline? Global warming”

  8. Cognitive dissonance indeed.

    The left just can’t understand the craziness of

    Bake me a cake or you will go to jail and get out of my restaurant I don’t want to serve you.

  9. Rex Murphy is one of the few shining lights in Canadian media. Right or left, if you need to be scolded, you will be scolded.

    • He bravely ‘calls a Spade a Spade’; and I can see he’s getting increasinging frustrated with the ever-increasing TDS of the the vapid virtue signallers and snowflakes.

  10. If those who were unhappy when Obama got elected had run around with face paint hating Obama, they would have been pilloried and rightly so; don’t these Trump haters realise that? The other side did when they lost, this is a democracy they said to themselves – we can vote for someone else next time round, so let him get on with the job, his weaknesses will soon be apparent, and we the people, will vote for someone else in 2020, like we did when Trump got elected; unless global warming gets in first. And if you impeach him, then the others will impeach the next guy; road to ruin.

  11. [drum roll…]

    “On Wednesday night Donald Trump did something no other presidential nominee has ever done… he refused to say that he would respect the results of this election… [boos] now make no mistake, by doing that he is threatening our democracy. He is basically saying hey — we’ve been around 240 years and we’ve always had peaceful transitions no matter who won, or who lost. Look, if you lose an election — I’ve lost elections — you don’t feel very good the next day do you. But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right? [cheers] And the peaceful transition, the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart. It’s how we hold our country together no matter who’s in charge. You know I went to 112 countries as your Secretary of State [cheers] I saw the difference between what we do and what others do … I was in countries where people jail their political opponents, or execute them, or exile them or invalidate elections that they didn’t win. That can never be allowed to happen here. I believe that’s true no matter who you support in this election, whether or not you support me or you support my opponent, together we must support American democracy and the country that has given every one of us so many opportunities … and the best way to do that my friends is to turn out and vote!”
    ~Hillary Clinton, 21-Oct-2016, Cleveland OH

    [rim shot, crash!]
    [laughter]

    • Hillary said: “I was in countries where people jail their political opponents, or execute them, or exile them or invalidate elections that they didn’t win.”

      Yeah, and you and Obama tried to turn the United States into one of those countries by trying to rig the 2016 presidential election. The biggest betrayal of democracy in American history. No less than Sedition.

      Hillary had the Obama Deep State on her side and except for the American voters, she would be the next president.

      That might have been the first of many fixed elections had Hillary and the Deep State succeeded. Hillary might decide she liked being president and would rig the next election in her favor using all the power of a President of the United States and the Deep State she controls. Why not? She got away with it the first time.

      She might even have the power to change the U.S. Constitution like the Chinese leader did his just recently. I bet ole Maxine Waters would vote to give Hillary more than two terms. What do you think?

      But the voters stepped in Nov. 8, 2016, and threw a monkey wrench into the Obama/Hillary/Deep State works, and their attempt to undermine an American presidential election was foiled.

      The Traitors are going down! The Truth will out!

      The only thing slowing the reveal down now is the Mueller investigation which restricts Trump from acting in certain circumstances related to the investigation, but the Mueller investigation is going to be over one day, and then Trump can order the Justice Department to turn over ALL requested documents.

      And then Obama and Clinton are going down, along with a lot of their loyal minions.

      I don’t think Obama or Hillary will do any jail time (Hillary definitely should though), although their minions might.

      But the evil Obama and Hillary did needs to be seen by everyone. These are the kinds of people we need to guard our Democracy from. These smiling traitors to their country and their countrymen. That’s what needs to be known.

  12. To me the fact that belief in CAGW/CC is so split along political lines proves that that is just what it is: Politics. Foisted upon us by the Left.

  13. Let’s just go back to the good old climate days 150 years ago. Drop global temperatures 1 deg. C and lower atmospheric CO2 back down to 300 parts per million………………then watch 1 billion people starve to death over the following few years and have food prices triple.

    http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/csdb/en/

  14. I don’t think the left even care about the elections anymore because they know they will lose. They are playing to their base and inciting them to violence. It is their only hope of dislodging Trump. Full scale anarchy. Bleeding voters and they don’t seem to care: #walkaway

  15. Here’s the one:
    and it is a big old think.

    How would you explain to someone, anyone, something that is soooooooo big that it fills the whole world.
    How would you show it to them, how would you give examples of its behaviour when all around exhibits that behaviour.
    Especially when the person you’re explaining to has no experience or recall of anything different.
    When they regard what you’re trying to explain as ‘The Norm’ or ‘its just how things are’ or ‘its always been like that’ or ‘everyone does/thinks/says that/whatever’
    How do you explain a blue sky to someone who has never seen anything but clouds?

    It gets even worse because, as they think their life is ‘the norm’, they want it to continue.
    And they will try to defend it.
    They don’t want the boat to be rocked. They’re comfortable, they think so and everyone around them thinks so and tells them so.

    You (should) know or recognise who I’ve described..
    Someone who is happily drunk. Tipsy. Merry. Happy.
    Totally thinks they’re still OK to drive the car home.
    Someone whose higher brain functions and their physical & mental abilities have been very effectively switched off
    When you do that, what are you left with?
    The instinctive brain. What it was born with and hard-wired as.
    The Child.

    Getting close?
    How Many Times is it said around here that so-and-so is behaving childishly?
    The Politics of The Playground – name-calling, tribalism, Ad-Homs, gangs, my dad is bigger than your dad, consensus, well placed and supposedly clever friends, peers etc etc

    Maybe what goes on inside Climate Science?
    yes. no.

    Take it that sugar, as carbohydrate foodstuffs and as refined sucrose, fructose etc is a less potent equivalent to alcohol.
    You know it is, you just accept that you feel sleepy after a large meal. The afternoon power nap is actually ‘good for you’
    That’s just how it is innit
    So why do many ‘large meals’ finish with coffee – a stimulant chemical = antidote to the sugar that’s just been consumed.

    Punchline:
    Who on this planet does not eat sugar?
    See how big it is now?

    I’ll bet you don’t.
    But, I’ll put odds that in fact you actually do but almost instantly quell the thought.
    Because the implications are just too horrible to think about for even a few seconds.

    • You got it in one….
      You’ll finish up like David Appell!!!!

      Sorry Dave. You’re stressed mate and using food (sugar) to cope. Its soooooo obvious just by looking at you.
      Believe it or not, Coconut oil, Vitamin D and any form of saturated fat are actually your friends
      xx

    • Do you EVER post anything on-topic? This post has nothing to do with liquor, or sugar…

  16. It doesn’t matter if President Trump’s behavior is an act or his real nature. He thinks it’s effective.

    “You want to be unpredictable. And somebody recently said — I made a great business deal. And the person on the other side was interviewed by a newspaper. And how did Trump do this? — And they said, ‘He’s so unpredictable.’ And I didn’t know if he meant it positively or negative [sic]. It turned out he meant it positively. We have to be somewhat unpredictable in this whole thing.” link

    It reminds me of a sound check when President Reagan announced that the USSR was illegal and said the missiles would launch in five minutes. link The Soviets weren’t sure he was joking. President Carter would never have done that and President Carter got no respect.

  17. Rex is a national treasure, someone to be thankful for on Canada D’eh (which is tomorrow).

  18. Was listening to Scott Adams talking about TDS recently on YouTube. He describes it in terms of cognitive dissonance. They were so sure Clinton would win and had that conclusion massively reinforced 24/7 by the compliant fake news media that any other outcome was simply inconceivable. They have no way to process and accommodate a Trump win and are in serious psychological difficulties.

    They are obliged to compact Trump into a one-dimensional, utterly evil, cartoon hyper-monster in a desperate effort to psychologically cope. Trump however is simply and highly effectively enacting eminently sensible main stream political policies which are actually working and achieving good results. Furthermore he is doing at a completely unprecedented rate. The cognitive dissonance thus amplified at high gain is literally tearing the left’s hivemind apart.

    We joke about ‘exploding heads’ but they really are and dangerously so. They are already turning to the only outlet they have left which is violence. Another couple of major Trump successes and I fear bloody civil war may be the result. Much like with global warming there is no retreat or compromise solution.

  19. In case you missed it… From Dec 10, 2009. Rex Murphy comments about Climategate. 4 minutes.

    Rex Murphy POV: Climate Change – Science or Politics?

  20. Rex was booted out of CBC for understanding what the global warming climate change con was all about and telling the truth about it. For me it was a sure sign the Globalist-pharma cabal had infiltrated the top levels and was doing the same with all of MSM.

  21. In a way, the two ARE similar, as they both involve a lot of negative presumptions, work backwards from a conclusion, and are positioned to take the high moral ground.

  22. Hollywood Director David Lynch:
    “Trump could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much. No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.” While Trump may not be doing a good job himself, Lynch thinks, he is opening up a space where other outsiders might. “Our so-called leaders can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done. Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this.”

    Trump joked:
    “There’s David Lynch. Enjoy it because his career in Hollywood is officially over.”

  23. “… the propositions of Euclid, as impregnable to rebuttal”

    But, but, but, … Euclid’s 5th postulate (proposition) was rebutted. Hence non-Euclidean geometry.

  24. If there is someone in the U.S. that writes as well as Rex, I have failed to find her or him.
    I am thankful that the (Canadian) National Post allows me to read these columns without charge.
    I suggest every publication allow a few (4 to 6) reads per month.
    Further, suggest all sites permit “copy & paste” operations. For example, if a place is mentioned, I like to copy that name into Google Earth or another mapper to see where the story comes from. It is a butt pain to have to type more than 5 characters because a site thinks I should not be able to heist their material. Good Grief!

    So, 3 cheers for the National Post, and Rex.

    • Hello John H:

      I suggest you have one American writer who is perhaps the equal of our much-admired Rex Murphy.

      He is not a professional writer, however. He was, until his recent retirement, Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT. His name is Dr. Richard S Lindzen.

      Below is my subject post from 2013, commenting on Lindzen’s WSJ article written in 2001. Since 2001, tens of trillions of dollars have been squandered on false global warming alarmism and green energy nonsense.

      Imagine IF our idiot politicians had listened to Richard Lindzen in 2001 instead of Al Gore and other false global warming alarmists. In the years since, global warming alarmism has wasted tens of trillions of dollars, mostly in “green energy” subsidies, representing scarce global resources that could have provided clean water and sanitation systems for every village on the planet and run them forever; and the remaining funds could probably have gone a long way to eliminating world hunger.

      Regards, Allan

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/10/08/lindzen-understanding-the-ipcc-ar5-climate-assessment/#comment-1118692

      I greatly admire Richard Lindzen.

      Not only does he make sense, but the man writes like an angel.

      Excerpted from the Wall Street Journal, 2001:

      June 11, 2001
      Scientists’ Report Doesn’t Support the Kyoto Treaty
      By Richard S. Lindzen
      http://eaps.mit.edu/faculty/lindzen/OpEds/LindzenWSJ.pdf

      The full IPCC report is an admirable description of research activities in climate science, but it is not specifically directed at policy. The Summary for Policymakers is, but it is also a very different document. It represents a consensus of government representatives (many of whom are also their nations’ Kyoto representatives), rather than of scientists. The resulting document has a strong tendency to disguise uncertainty, and conjures up some scary scenarios for which there is no evidence.

      Science, in the public arena, is commonly used as a source of authority with which to bludgeon political opponents and propagandize uninformed citizens. This is what has been done with both the reports of the IPCC and the NAS. It is a reprehensible practice that corrodes our ability to make rational decisions. A fairer view of the science will show that there is still a vast amount of uncertainty — far more than advocates of Kyoto would like to acknowledge — and that the NAS report has hardly ended the debate. Nor was it meant to.

      ******************************

  25. I have observed that in the real world you rarely get to choose between good and bad – you get to choose between not-so-good and much worse.

    The left has vilified Trump and made him out to be an arch-villain, some even saying he is another Hitler. Well, that is the batsh!t crazy left, and nobody should listen to them.

    But even on the right, people are complaining that Trump is rude, boorish etc. I say get over it, good people and get over yourselves – you don’t get perfection in any politician, or any human being for that matter. You get what you get. In this case, your alternative was Hillary, and if you got her as President, your country was finished.

    Case closed.

    Some related thoughts here:

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/07/child-miners-aged-four-living-a-hell-on-earth-so-you-can-drive-an-electric-car-awful-human-cost-in-squalid-congo-cobalt-mine-that-michael-gove-didnt-consider-in-his-clean-energy/comment-page-1/#comment-2575826
    [excerpts]

    2. In the developing world, you don’t get to choose between good and bad – you get to choose between bad and worse. In Tunisia during the hot war in Libya next door and Arab Spring, I tried to explain this to some influential friends. I said “Just because you throw out a ‘bad’ leader doesn’t mean you will get a better one.” In fact most or all the countries involved in Arab Spring got worse regimes than the ones they threw out.

    Just because you toss about a bad system does not mean you will make a better one…

    Regards, Allan

    • Lately, in Canada, TDS seems to be the new PTSD…Don’t even try to have a civil discussion with a liberal, you’ll get covered in their spittle as they scream at you about being a Devils Spawn !!

  26. It was a tweet posted by a University of Waterloo political science prof, Emmett MacFaralane, comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Joseph Goebbels.

  27. If President Trump started (S)hitting bars of Pure Gold, the left wing nuts would complain that he was stealing the wealth of the unknown universe !!

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