Afternoon Links

Fuck you, Republicans. Fuck you. Especially you, John Boehner. We may as well have a Democrat Congress. Not sure how it would be that much different.

Yes. Every word of this Leon Wolf post. Trump must be destroyed totally and completely and the earth salted around him. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing.

Here is the truth as I see it with respect to the upcoming election: I suspect (although I would happily hope to be proven wrong) that if Sen. Ted Cruz is chosen by the voters as the Republican nominee for President, that he will lose in the general election in grand fashion. And you know what? I’m completely okay with that result, if it comes to that – because in the process, Sen. Ted Cruz will go down fighting for the conservative values that we as a movement have stood for all these years. He will go down (if it comes to that) carrying the banner of small government and speaking prophetically about the dangers of our current path. And though he might not win, we can at least hope that, as with Goldwater in 1964, his campaign will sow the intellectual seeds of an electoral movement that can change the future path of America.

Trump, on the other hand, has already cast aside any conservative principle of note (or, worse, shows no ability to even understand conservative principles). His nomination will result only in embarrassment for not just the party, but the movement that will be seen to have bolstered him. His inevitable, embarrassing flameout will discredit for generations the tea party and conservative movement as a whole. The best final result of a Trump general election candidacy will be the banishment (possibly self imposed) of conservatives from the bargaining table, with some not inconsiderable portion of them forming a transient and impotent third party that serves to grease the skids for the permanent advancement of European socialism into America as Democrats quickly reassert wholesale control over every level of government. If Hillary wins, it will be bad, and it will have long lasting consequences, but we will (maybe) be able to recover as a movement and a cohesive political force and undo some of the damage that has been done. If Trump is nominated – or worse, wins – the consequences will be more permanent because the conservative movement will be forever hitched to his dumpster fire campaign.

And yes, Trump will likewise permanently discredit the anti-amnesty movement as a political force in America, if he is nominated. It is politically possible to be opposed to amnesty in such a way that you do not alienate the growing Hispanic voting bloc in America; however, Trump has already demonstrated that he utterly lacks the finesse to pull such a maneuver off. Trump’s bluster to the contrary, Trump is absolutely hated by Hispanic voters, worse than virtually any politician of either party in the country. Even in the unlikely event that he survives a general election, he will be unable to accomplish anything he proposes, either due to lack of political will (he cannot unilaterally build the wall he so lavishly promises) or because of, you know, math. Even if he wins, he will exit office having failed to produce on his promises but having nonetheless poisoned the ever-expanding well of Hispanic voters against the GOP anyway.

I expected, coming into this primary season, to spend months on a strenuous fight to reject the establishment’s attempt to force the milquetoast and uninspiring Jeb Bush candidacy down our collective throats. I’m as unhappy as anyone that instead I get to spend my time fighting a threat to conservatism that is a thousand times worse.

Behold, the dumbest thing you’ll read this month.

Spot-on by Jonah Goldberg.

“As a fairly committed theater-goer, I like actors as much as the next guy, but I also endorse the traditional social ranking of them alongside prostitutes and tinkers, a few degrees inferior to mule-drivers and emancipated peasants.”
Could not agree more.

We had a good run, Western civilization.

Nutscaping is a photo-taking trend which involves dropping your trousers, whipping out some testicles (yours, if you have them), and gently hovering above the camera so your balls hang down like a majestic moon in the sky.

“A 14-year-old’s life is much more likely to be radically altered for the worse by an ill-considered though entirely consensual sexual encounter than it is by sneaking one of mom’s Winstons, but progressives cannot bear to get judgey about sex. Smoking? Yes. Vaping? Yes. Eating your damned broccoli? Yes. Having the wrong feelings about sex roles, recent American history, or global warming, keeping a gun in your house, driving an SUV, hunting, or homeschooling your kids? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and hell, yes. Our progressive friends are moral crusaders with one prominent moral lacuna.

Stop confusing bravery with the actions that merely confirm your worldview.

Lol. Well, postmodern “art” is garbage so, makes sense.

The one good thing Lindsey Graham’s presidential run has done for him is make people like me realize he’d be a fun guy to have drinks with. So, I hate him a bit less than I used to.

Lol. “Driver hit with $136 ticket for using creepy Halloween doll to get in the carpool lane”

Even Lefty Twitter was appalled at how bad the debate moderators were last night. What an embarrassment.

Time for even higher taxes Chicagoans. As David Burge put it on Twitter, someone has to pay the $80k/year pensions for 54 year old retired Chicago garbage collectors living in Florida.

Do we have a new Sylvia Plath sex scandal?

A lost poem by Dylan Thomas, published originally in a magazine called Lilliput in 1942, has been recovered from a torn-out page.

Who said it: Andy Warhol or Donald Trump?

Asshole arrested after defacing Fragonard paintings in France.

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