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Trump Threatens the Establishment

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Here’s an interesting piece on the threat Trump poses not only to the media’s political pieties, but to the entire edifice of politically correct moral authority they had spent decades constructing:

If all his other cultural blasphemies did not finish off Donald Trump, his grab-them-by-the-pussy line, in the overwhelming opinion of the liberal media, would. That it did not might suggest that many cultural certainties are a lot less firm than most of the media and culture industry thought. Twenty years (or so) of rule tightening about how we talk about sex, gender, race and our multicultural society—what is disparagingly called political correctness, or, more inclusively, the liberal point of view—was put up for review by Trump’s election.

The ongoing expressions of shock on the part of the cultural establishment—expressed on a daily basis by The New Yorker, New York magazine and The New York Times, anything, apparently, with New York in its title—reflect their fears that the development of a more careful, regulated and corrected world is about to be undone. That the unapologetic white male has returned. You could hardly find a more threatening and throwback version of that than Trump—a rich, voluble, egomaniacal, middle-aged pussy hound. To write him you would need some combination of authors like Norman Mailer, Terry Southern, Harry Crews and Gore Vidal, all notably out of step with current cultural norms.

The culture norm is as starkly confronted as the political norm with proof that it’s not speaking to the lives of a sizeable part of the nation: that same pussy talk that shocked cosmopolitans turns out not to be of much concern, and even to express a casual day-to-day reality, for many Americans. Media fragmentation has created all sorts of thriving niches that accommodate the views of eager consumers, lessening the need to speak to a broader, more difficult-to-reach audience—the once-great mass market.

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Instinctively or by canny plan, Trump converted the conservatives’ parochial and rate-limiting culture war on abortion and gay marriage into a much more visceral campaign against the political pieties of sophisticated America, with Trump as the ultimate revenge on upper-middlebrow cultural life. It’s the mannered and effete against the profane and immediate.

For Trump, Hillary Clinton, in her guardedness and suspicion, in her inability to express herself with any openness and spontaneity, summed up out-of-touchness, struggling to attract crowds of a few hundred, while he was pulling tens of thousands.

Trump’s attacks on the media served to say that his language, his expressiveness, his ability to connect with the audience was more potent than the media’s. (In an interview with Trump shortly after his nomination was secure, he told me he was sure of victory when for the first primary debate, the usual audience increased almost tenfold because of his presence: “I’m more entertaining than the media.”) The media, in thrall to the culture establishment—and signed on to its cultural rules and concerns (hence its Pussygate shock)—was inauthentic and he was the real thing. For “CNN sucks”-screaming Trump supporters, CNN sucks for, in fact, the same reason that it sucks to everybody else—it’s phony and slavish—but Trumpsters were suddenly saying it, screaming it. (Liberals took this as an attack on free speech; on Trump’s side, the view was that the media stifles real speech.)

This attack on careful, orderly, prescribed culture is what happens when the culture stops talking about real things—at least what a significant part of the country regards as real and important. Or, it is—and certainly is inevitably thought to be by those cultural standard bearers under attack—a sinister onslaught against enlightenment itself.

In the view of the latter camp, Steve Bannon, one of the masterminds of the Trump campaign, and the new administration’s “chief strategist,” becomes a preeminent retrograde white male bugaboo. The non-Trump culture can only see him as a threat, and sore thumb, and, without the means to describe or recognize anybody too far outside its circle, a racist, misogynist, anti-Semite. And yet, not that long ago, Bannon would have been a perfectly recognizable figure, even an admirable one, an ex-military and up-from-working-class guy, striving, through three marriages and various careers, to make it, but never finding much comfort in the establishment world, wanting to be part of it, and wanting to explode it at the same time—a character for a writer like Kevin Morris. An American man’s story. Republican politics is filled with such strivers—Lee Atwater, Roger Ailes, Karl Rove—great characters reduced to violations of liberal sensibilities.

Indeed, the election reengages a gender battle that many people on the New York side of the Trump gap had thought was mightily going in only one direction. The vestigial and primitive American man, unreconstructed, baying at the moon (probably high on opiates)—the alt-right in the liberal view—voiceless for many years (or, anyway, wise to shut up), now had Donald “Let me be your voice” Trump. The obvious message of his sudden resurgence of course is that he didn’t go away or reform: He was just shut out. Without any place in upper-middlebrow culture, except as an occasional enemy of reason or subject of scandal, there was no bridge to who he was—no humanity left for him.

Hence, while the liberal media was helping to eject that ultimate white man devil figure Roger Ailes from Fox News for real and perceived sins against women (it seemed not to much matter which), the country was making a pussy-grabber president. The gap between HR departments and the real world is a story obviously not being told very well. A story whose ambiguities and nuances could not now be written—nor its real language uttered—because the cultural establishment sees no ambiguities and nuances and, for sure, doesn’t allow those words. But meanwhile, a good part of the country—unable to communicate with the cultural establishment—sees only hypocrisy.

Read the whole thing.

(Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ.)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

I’m proud to announce that BattleSwarm Blog has been named to The Fabulous 50 Blog List by Director Blue.

Quote:

Best Grassroots Blog
Lawrence Person’s BattleSwarm: Person’s LinkSwarms extract pure wheat from chaff.”

Thanks! And there are a lot of other great blogs in the fab 50 list worth checking out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Here’s Jim Geraghty’s piece on how to survive Thanksgiving with relatives who have been freebasing those “how to talk down to your racist redneck JesusLand freak relatives about Trump” articles from Salon and Vox.

And to celebrate, here’s the classic “Turkeys Away” segment from WKRP in Cincinnati:

Edited to Add: Via Ace of Spades comes an alternate take on the subject: “How to Talk to Your Pansy Marxist Nephew at Thanksgiving.”

Trump Taps Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

As one of his first staff announcements, President-elect Donald Trump tapped Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff.

It’s a serious pick for a man who evidently aims to be a serious President.

Priebus did an excellent job at the RNC, helping Republicans grab and maintain House and Senate majorities in 2014 and 2016. He is widely credited with being the diving force behind a huge technology upgrade to RNC efforts, including increased get-out-the-vote efforts for those two elections.

Another huge plus is that, despite close ties to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (Priebus was previously head of the Wisconsin Republican Party before being elected RNC head), and unlike DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, he didn’t put his thumb on the scale for any of the 2016 GOP Presidential contenders. When Trump clenched the nomination, Priebus put the organizational weight of the RNC behind Trump despite vociferous arguments from the #NeverTrump faction to cut him lose and reallocate the money to House and Senate races. Priebus’ support, and Trump’s greater focus during the last month of the race, is why we have President-Elect Trump rather than President-Elect Clinton.

My guess is that Priebus will be a great Chief of Staff, and his position there should reassure conservatives worried that Trump will go too far off the reservation. The saying is that “personnel is policy,” and Priebus will be in the ideal situation to make sure policy doesn’t fall pray to Trump’s whims.

The only downside is the necessity of the RNC to find a capable replacement for Priebus. That may prove a difficult task.

Clinton Corruption Update for November 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Obviously there’s too big a flood of Clinton corruption news to do this weekly, so this might be a daily feature (or pretty close to it) until the election, which is (finally!) just a week away.

  • The top 100 most damaging Wikileaks. If you want a single page to get people up to speed on all the Clinton corruption, this is a good one. (As is this one.)
  • Evidently there are 650,000 emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop to scour through.
  • And they now have a warrant to go through them. (Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ.)
  • Peter Kadzik, a friend of Clinton’s Campaign chair John Podesta, will head Huma Abedin probe.
  • And guess what? His son actually asked to work on Hillary’s campaign!

  • More on the Podesta-Kadzik relationship. (Hat tip: Hot Air, which asks: “At this point, is there anyone working at the Justice Department who hasn’t been tainted by the stench of Clinton corruption?”)
  • And remember: Abedin swore under oath she had given up all devices with State Department emails. (Hat tip: Instapundit.)
  • Hmmmmmmm: “Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has not been on Clinton’s campaign plane for the last three days, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin reported Monday.” (Hat tip: Director Blue.)
  • John Podesta tells Cheryl Mills “We Are Going To Have To Dump All Those Emails.”
  • Scott Adams: “Allow me to offer an interpretation of events that casts Comey as more of a patriot and hero than an ass-covering weasel….In this movie, Comey did the hero thing. He alerted the public to the fact that the FBI found DISQUALIFYING information on the Weiner laptop. And he took a second bullet to his reputation.”
  • “The only reason that Comey figures in the election at all is that Democrats knowingly nominated someone under FBI investigation.” (Hat tip: Stephen Green at Instapundit.)
  • For those keeping track on the home game, there are now four FBI investigations involving the Clintons going on. (Hat tip: Director Blue.)
  • Oh wait! Make that five. (Hat tip: Austin Bay at Instapundit.)
  • “Happy Halloweiner, the night when Anthony Weiner’s undead penis rises from its grave to bite Hillary’s campaign.”
  • The Podesta emails offer a revealing glimpse of America’s ruling elite.
  • More evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with their “friends and allies” in the media.
  • Google head Eric Schmidt was already collaborating with Hillary Clinton’s team in 2014 to help her Presidential run.
  • “Hillary’s inner circle knew Weiner was messaging underage girl on Twitter in 2011, did nothing.” (Hat tip: Adam Baldwin on Twitter.)
  • James Carville melts down, “Asserts FBI, GOP, and KGB in Cahoots.” He may be the first Clinton toady to completely lose it this election cycle, but I doubt he’ll be the last. (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)
  • OK, I’ve got to go ahead and put this up before another giant wave of Clinton Corruption news breaks…

    A Few Points on Yesterday’s Big DDos Attack

    Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

    If you had trouble getting to a various websites yesterday it was probably fallout from a huge distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack:

    Criminals this morning massively attacked Dyn, a company that provides core Internet services for Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Reddit and a host of other sites, causing outages and slowness for many of Dyn’s customers.

    In a statement, Dyn said that this morning, October 21, Dyn received a global distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its DNS infrastructure on the east coast starting at around 7:10 a.m. ET (11:10 UTC).

    More coverage of the attack here. “At the peak of the attack, average DNS connect times for 2,000 websites monitored by Dynatrace went to about 16 seconds from 500 milliseconds normally.”

    Internet-of-Things-enabled devices appear to be at the heart of the DDoS attack:

    According to Dan Drew, the chief security officer at Level 3 Communications, the attack is at least in part being mounted from a “botnet” of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices.

    Drew explained the attack in a Periscope briefing this afternoon. “We’re seeing attacks coming from a number of different locations,” Drew said. “An Internet of Things botnet called Mirai that we identified is also involved in the attack.”

    The botnet, made up of devices like home Wi-Fi routers and Internet protocol video cameras, is sending massive numbers of requests to Dyn’s DNS service. Those requests look legitimate, so it’s difficult for Dyn’s systems to screen them out from normal domain name lookup requests.

    Earlier this month, the code for the Marai botnet was released publicly. It may have been used in the massive DDoS attack against security reporter Brian Krebs. Marai and another IoT botnet called Bashlight exploit a common vulnerability in BusyBox, a pared-down version of the Linux operating system used in embedded devices. Marai and Bashlight have recently been responsible for attacks of massive scale, including the attack on Krebs, which at one point reached a traffic volume of 620 gigabits per second.

    Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of the content delivery and DDoS protection service provider CloudFlare, said that the attack being used against Dyn is an increasingly common one. The attacks append random strings of text to the front of domain names, making them appear like new, legitimate requests for the addresses of systems with a domain. Caching the results to speed up responses is impossible.

    At least some commenters have pointed to a possible connection between DDoS attacks and web services firm BackConnect Inc.:

    The latest comes the day after Doug Madory, director of Internet Analysis at Dyn, gave a presentation at an industry conference about research he had done on questionable practices at BackConnect Inc., a firm that offers web services, including helping clients manage DDoS attacks. According to Madory, BackConnect had regularly spoofed Internet addresses through a technique known as a BGP hijack, an aggressive tactic that pushes the bounds of industry.

    Madory’s research was conducted with Brian Krebs, a well-known writer on computer-security issues. Krebs also published an article based on the research last month. Within hours, his website was hit by a “extremely large and unusual” DDoS attack, he wrote.

    Perhaps someone with more computer security knowledge than I (Dwight? Borepatch?) might comment on how best to defend from these attacks in the future. Spin up big on-demand cloud clustered DNS VMs when a DDoS attack is detected?

    GTA 5 Mod Let’s You Use Samsung Galaxy Note 7s as Grenades

    Thursday, October 20th, 2016

    You’ve probably heard that Samsung has recalled and cancelled the Galaxy Note 7 phone after numerous incidents where the battery exploded.

    You may not have heard that someone did a mod for the video game Grand Theft Auto 5 that lets you use Samsung Galaxy Note 7s as grenades.

    Since Samsung has evidently forced YouTube to take down video of the mod in “arguably the worst misuse of the DMCA we have ever come across,” I thought I would share two other videos.

    Hit the Wrong Button

    Sunday, October 9th, 2016

    Nothing to see here. Enjoy your weekend.

    Guccifer 2.0 Drops Files From Clinton Foundation

    Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

    Potentially significant? Well, there is a Folder labeled “Pay to Play,” but so far I haven’t seen anything earth-shattering.

    Maybe there’s something in those 500 MB of additional files that doesn’t want to download…

    Twitter Suspends Instapundit

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

    Now Twitter, as part of it’s campaign to drive all conservatives off it’s platform, has suspended Instapundit.

    Just as I was about to put this up, Zero hedge posted about it.

    Time to contact all Twitter board members (and advertisers) and get this reversed…

    Updated to Add: Unblocked now:

    Better, but it never should have been blocked in the first place. Evidently Black Lives Matter is so sacred that their representatives can get away with any threats on Twitter, but suggesting people defend themselves if surrounded by a violent mob is beyond the pale.

    How much shareholder value has Jack Dorsey destroyed by letting Anita Sarkeesian run his asylum?