Immigration Ban

This has to be the stupidest action ever taken by an American president during my lifetime. And that includes the time that W invaded Iraq. We’ve never had a single incident of domestic terrorism from any immigrants from these countries. Instead, it looks like we’re banning at least one promising young scientist along with college students and people fleeing oppression. Keep in mind, these aren’t illegals. These are people who have gone through all the proper legal channels. Google said that 187 employees are being affected. Tech leaders are all up in arms, as they should be.

Asian American Preppers

An Asian American FB friend posted this article from the New Yorker: Doomsday Prep For the Super-Rich. Evidently prepping just isn’t for the middle-class anymore. The super-rich are doing it too, which should be scary given that the super-rich now control the country. If they have no faith in their own ability to run it, then how should the rest of us feel? The article talks about rich peoples’ obsession with New Zealand as an escape. Even Peter Thiel, Mr. Trump’s most famous Silicon Valley backer, has invested in New Zealand as an escape destination when The Shit Hits The Fan (TSHTF). If Peter Thiel is hedging, what should the rest of us do?

This is going to be a long four years

Did anyone else see the inauguration? Did you hear his speech about “American carnage?”

It’s going to be a long four years of gaslighting, lying, scandals, ethics violations, fearmongering, and smearing. How he’ll even have time to deal with policy is anybody’s guess.

I’m watching the commentary on CBS, and the commentator remarked that he didn’t hear the new president ask the American people to do anything. He didn’t ask for unity, and he told a story about an America overrun by drugs, violence, and economic collapse. He slammed Obama, ignoring the data that things aren’t bad. He advocated for economic protectionism.

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat (Half Review)

Today I finished the book The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore. It was really good. It’s about three older African American women in Indiana who are known in town as the Supremes (because they remind people of Diana Ross and her group). The book delves into their lives, their loves, their children, and their missed ambitions. The lives of all the characters revolve around Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, a local restaurant where all the interesting characters in town hang out. I loved the small town feel of the story and how the characters were far removed from the politics of their time. Edward Kelsey Moore presents a cast of very interesting personalities, including people who see ghosts, cheating husbands, arrogant rich people, and slimy fortune tellers. Each character brings flavor to the story as they learn to coexist in their own small town.

“Savage” crime and media bias when it comes to race

I’m trying to do an internet detox, so I’ll keep this short. Instead of getting verbose, I’ll let Colin Flaherty, who is White, and Anthony Brian Logan, who is Black (and whom I found through Oshay Duke Jackson), speak for me. See their videos above, where they talk about a group of Black people torturing and beating on a mentally handicapped White kid while shouting anti-White and anti-Trump rhetoric. They cut him and force him to drink toilet water. I don’t even know how I’m supposed to refer to these four monsters. Logan, who is Black, calls them “savages.” I don’t know if liberals consider that racist, but it seems pretty accurate to me. It was so savage that I couldn’t even watch the whole video. Where do people channel the cruelty to torture a defenseless mentally handicapped man? What kind of savagery encourages the filming and dissemination of such lack of human decency? It’s sickening and despicable. And until yesterday, the story was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media.

End of 2016

What a depressing year. Glen Frey, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Florence Henderson from the Brady Bunch, Alan Thicke from Family Ties, David Bowie, Antonin Scalia, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds (the very next day). These people all meant something to us at some point in our lives. I suppose everyone has to go sometime, but man, this was a year when lots of people left early.

Politically, the only winners this year were Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin. I’d like to say that the Republican Party won, but I don’t think that’s the case. This is going to be the most Russia-friendly regime in history, and I worry about our national security.

Tucker Carlson owns an Asian American tool

Tucker Carlson owns an Asian American tool. No, not the kind of tool that you put in a toolbox, but the kind that you invite on your show when you’re a cable news host and you’re looking on someone easy to beat on. Don’t let that Harvard degree fool you either. Getting a degree from Harvard (evidently) doesn’t mean that you understand basic logic.

Why do Asian American liberals even try to defend indefensible racist positions? This Jay Chen character can’t even answer a direct question, which is why he rambles on about irrelevant nonsense that has nothing to do with affirmative action. It’s a sad thing to realize that Asian America’s biggest allies in the media come from Fox News.

Russian hacking

I’m not sure why this isn’t bigger news, but the NY Times published a fascinating article on how Russia (or Russians) successfully hacked our election. I think Obama carries a lot of the blame for not reacting more forcefully to North Korea when they hacked Sony or acting forcefully against the Russians during the election, but I can see why he might have been hesitant to make a big deal out of it. After all, everyone seemed certain that Hillary would win and that they could deal with it later. I think my biggest shock at the article was:

Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

(Photo by Michael Marsland)

Snoopy mentioned that he saw Ben Carson give this speech at Yale a few days back. Let me just say this: I’m terrified that we have a Putin-supporter in the White House who only gets security briefs once a week. I’m worried that our next Commander-in-Chief is a buffoon who has already shown signs of throwing the One China policy down the drain. I’m worried that he has so many generals in his prospective cabinet. But I’m excited about Dr. Ben Carson. I’ve written about him before, and I’m glad that he got an appointment. I think he’ll get confirmed too. I loved what he had to say: