Science Mimics Life: Liberals and the Sex-Robots

HardWired News bends over backward (not like you think) to avoid prurient themes.  But we couldn’t resist this one.

Fox News reported that our scientists—backed by generous government grants, no doubt—are working double-time to perfect sex robots.  You heard me: droids (as in “androids,” not the phone) are being developed to look and act like fully functioning sexsex-robot.jpg partners for the truly lonely.  Apparently, they will not only have comely appearances and operational “parts,” but will possess artificial intelligence, computer generated speech and the right actions to mimic passionate moves and emotions of real lovers.  No sense wasting those research dollars on things like vaccines for infectious diseases or cancer cures.  Is this a great country, or what?

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Carnally Adept Synthetic

Actually, there was an eerily similar theme in the recent AMC cable sci-fi series,  HUM∀NS.  In it, synthetic people fulfilled the every wish (including sexual) of their owners.  As you might expect, it didn’t end well if you don’t like murderous, rebelling robots unleashed on humanity.  But the latest effort reported by Fox is anything but fiction.  Apparently, it is quite real.

Now if you’re like me, you might think no one in their right mind would go for this.  But then you think of the liberals, with their plastic programs that really achieve nothing but make them feel good with artificially induced satisfaction.  Things like passing gun laws that don’t really reduce crime (Chicago), outlawing “hate” crimes (like crimes aren’t really bad unless we label them hateful), banning “offensive” words or phrases (such as “freshman”, “American dream”, “illegal alien”, “radical Islamic terrorist” in California schools), or of course destroying statues of historic characters who had a nasty point of view.  One wonders if they lean back and smoke a cigarette after implementing these things.

Once we understand the sex robots are a metaphor for the liberals, well…it’s all good ISex Robot cartoon guess.  At least it might keep the libs harmlessly occupied and thereby reduce the damage they do to our country.  Maybe they’ll be included as a mandatory benefit under a new ObamaCare on steroids, or should I say Viagra.

After all, what could go wrong?

Las Vegas and the Celtic Cross

It is fitting that we take a moment to turn away from politics and reflect on the awful carnage that has unfolded in Las Vegas.  The brokenhearted grief that all Americans feel at the cruel and senseless taking of life transcends all boundaries of politics and social divisions.

Words fail in their adequacy to reflect the horror of the killings and our feelings of revulsion.  The bright light of hope springs from the heroism of those on the scene and our shared national sense of rage.  The murderers only win in bringing us to our knees as a nation when we accept these things as the norm and stop feeling stunned outrage at the magnitude of the injustice.  That has not happened in America, a testament to our fundamental goodness and selflessness when faced with such horrific crisis.

I just returned from Ireland and was struck by the resilience of their people as well.  Ireland’s is a history of invasion, occupation, marginalization, exploitation and hardship.  Yet those people, like we Americans, have overcome historical adversity and maintained a spirit of optimism and strength that forever defines them.

While there I was taken by the image of the Celtic cross, a uniquely styled Christian crucifix marked by the distinctive proportions of its limbs, a unifying circle around its center, and ancient Celtic designs on its facets.  The iconic image is well over a thousand years old and is seen today in churches, town squares and graveyards.  It is said to date to the time of conversion of the Celts by St. Patrick, its unmistakable symbolism incorporating elements of the Christian crucifix and traditional pre-Christian Celtic religious images.  As such, the symbol to me stands for a melding of the best of the old and new, a reverence for past traditions and a beacon of hope for the future.

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In dealing with the tragedy in Las Vegas, it seems appropriate to reflect on the meaning for our sense of resolve of the Irish Celtic cross: our own foundations from which we derive our strength and character as a people when confronted with adversity.  And one cannot miss the imagery of the unifying circle binding together the separate members, a metaphor for America’s unity in times of trouble.

God take and bless the innocent victims in Las Vegas, and grant us the grace to emerge stronger as a nation.

Economics 101: The Dismal Science & the Trump Tax Cuts

Everything You NEVER Wanted to Know About Economics

(but were afraid to ask)

Economics 2GNP, GDP, National Income, the trade deficit, inflation rate, strength of the dollar, unemployment, growth, productivity, recession.  Economics is a buzz-kill.  That’s why 18th-century economist Thomas Malthus coined it “the dismal science,” the analysis of conditions connected with unemployment, shortages and plain old human misery.

But economics is fundamental to each human’s wellbeing.  Will I have a job?  Will my income keep up with inflation?  Can I afford a new mortgage, and will the equity in my house grow enough to help me retire successfully?  That’s why politicians sprinkle their rhetoric with economic promises, and sometimes sleight of hand.

Donald Trump ran and won on a straightforward economic platform: more high-paying jobs.  Basically, everything else (except perhaps national security) supports that; immigration control, infrastructure reinvestment, smarter trade deals.  And so far the news is pretty good.

Economic bellwethers have looked strong during the opening months of the Trump administration.  Overall economic growth exceeds 3%, the best in over two years.  Unemployment is about 4 ½% and has been declining throughout the year (many economists consider 5% to be “full employment”).  Inflation is tame at less than 2% (keeping in mind it was 11-13% in the Carter era) and holding, resulting in low interest rates that make home mortgages and financing new business investments affordable.  And the index of leading economic indicators—used by economists and the government to forecast future economic performance—is positive and improving.

Now we’re not out of the woods yet.  We still need more “good” jobs, paying enough to provide workers the standard of living that has become customary in America.  And there are still too many people under-employed—working in low-paying jobs beneath their level of skill and training—or simply discouraged and out of the workforce.

With this as a backdrop, the administration has announced it’s tax reform initiative, to be taken up quickly by Congress.  There are two main features: simplification and rate reductions.

Just about everyone agrees with the need for simplification.  The average person who itemizes is incapable (like me) of navigating the American tax code.  Here is an actual example of a paragraph from an IRS tax publication:

For purposes of paragraph (3), an organization described in paragraph (2) shall be deemed to include an organization described in section 501(c)(4), (5), or (6) which would be described in paragraph (2) if it were an organization described in section 501(c)(3).

It gets worse from there.

The second feature is an across the board reduction of taxes and tax rates for businesses and individuals.  It is designed to put more money back into the hands of individuals and businesses, both in the interest of fairness and under the well-founded assumption it will be largely re-spent, thereby spurring the creation of new and better jobs.

The risk is that, at least initially, tax revenues will go down, increasing the deficit and potentially leading to other serious problems down the road.  The hope and expectations are that the cuts will stimulate enough new jobs and income to replace those revenues, not through higher tax rates, but simply through greater incomes for everyone.  It’s definitely a risky move by the president.

The Democrats, as only they can, are trying to paint an ugly face on what should be seen as good for everyone.  They are characterizing the president’s plan as a cut for the wealthy (it isn’t), pro-business and anti-middle class (it isn’t).  They are simply livid that the Republicans are doing something to help average Americans.  We shouldn’t believe them.

Will Trump’s strategy work?  It’s clearly a risk that could lead to higher inflation, interesteconomics 5 rates and the resumption of the boom-bust-boom cycle that has plagued the American economy in the past.  For my money, it’s worth the risk and, like Presidents Reagan’s and Kennedy’s famous tax cuts, could launch us on a better path to ongoing prosperity.  Let’s give it a try.

 

Harmony Berkeley Style

This one is just too good to pass up.

Fox News reported on a protest at Berkeley, home of the University of California, that went a little…shall we say…awry.

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Berkeley Version of Peace & Love

Of course, you remember Berkeley.  HardWired News has covered their hypocrisy and bigotry in our article The Ascent of Bigotry.  You know, where uber-liberal faculty and their student minions physically beat, Mace and burn speakers who have a different political view than theirs, all in the name of peace, love, tolerance, and diversity.  If people weren’t getting hurt it would be just plain funny.

Anyway, Berkeley has taken things to a new high (or low, depending on your perspective).  During recent left-right dueling protests, an “Empathy Tent” was set up to allow protesters to come in and unwind, bond with the other side, and meditate on the more important things in life.  Peace and love, bro.

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Peace & Love Activist (Assault and Battery)

But—you couldn’t make this stuff up—violence broke out IN the Empathy Tent.  Chilling protesters with opposite views resorted to violence, almost collapsing the tent and resulting in four arrests.  One man was arrested for carrying a deadly weapon.  An extreme-left activist woman, dedicated according to her to peace, acceptance and love, beat the crap out of a right-leaning man.  Unlike the peace-children of an earlier era, these hippies-born-too-late have developed a pretty good left hook.  And looking at these photos of arrested combatants, we think we smell a romance blooming.  Ah….love!

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Fellow Combatant & Love Interest

In this day of new thousand-dollar iPhones coming out every few months, apps to hook up adulterers, artificial intelligence and the like, it’s good to see some old standbys that never change.  And that would be the conceited hypocrisy at the venerable University of California at Berkeley.  Go Golden Bears!  Or should it be “Golden Neanderthals”?

Our Anthem, the Flag & Black Lives

The HardWired News staff is back from a two-week vacation in Ireland just in time for the NFL “taking a knee” histrionics.

1st amendmentTo set the record, we have no problem with First Amendment free speech, as long as it is legal and does not physically harm others (it doesn’t mean we agree with all protesters).  Riots such as seen in Missouri or Baltimore or North Carolina (to name a few) involving beatings, firebombing, looting, other personal property destruction and the like are another thing altogether.  Assaults on police or other public officials are sickening.  There is no constitutional right to harm others to make a point.

flag burnerBut like it or loathe it, disrespect for symbols has a long tradition in America.  Remember flag burning during the Vietnam era?  How about flying the flag upside down, defacing historic statues or monuments, or simple graffiti on public buildings?  Or burning your draft card.  You can name others.  We at HardWired News have no training in psychology or sociology.  But we have plenty of good old-fashioned experience with people and situations.  And it seems to us the knee-takers are trying to do something so offensive to the public that their message is noticed, whether the action makes sense or not.  After all, if they were distributing handbills, marching around with signs or posting on Facebook, there wouldn’t be much if any national media hysteria.  This way their message is heard.  Still, and ironically, this type of offensive behavior, while attracting attention, undermines public support for their cause.

Don’t get us wrong.  We are deeply offended by the affront to America, her flag and anthem.  And protesting police behavior, which is controlled by states and communities—not the federal government, by denigrating our nation is preposterous.  The knee-takers are, in our view, disloyal and their animosity toward our country misplaced.  But their protests are still peaceable and legal.

The concerns of black people in general with the issue of disproportionate severe enforcement by police is understandable.  We doubt that there is any generalized behavior by police as an institution that is hostile to African-Americans, although individual malfeasance is always a possibility.  But if it is your son or cousin or nephew, father or brother, or you that is roughed up or worse, it naturally assumes gigantic proportions.  Doubtless many if not most African-Americans know someone personally who has had these experiences with police, justified or otherwise.  And the legacy of slavery, segregation and blatant discrimination that is part of their history must be difficult to shrug off.  Clearly, there is a problem in the black community itself that makes that population statistically more likely to be convicted of serious crimes, drop out of school, or have children out of wedlock, all things that can lead to misery.  And in our view, the long-term solutions need to come in large part from changes within that community.  Nonetheless, we can understand their concerns about the treatment of blacks at the hands of police, even if we don’t always agree with their conclusions as to the causes and remedies.

In short, taking a knee appears to us as a legal if offensive way to protest.  In our view, itKnee takers should simply be ignored as rude and inappropriate.  Elevating the behavior in the media as tantamount to a national crisis (not to mention blaming it on Trump) is silly and unnecessary, and our outrage at the disrespect shown our flag and country plays right into the hands of the protesters’ need for a platform.  For those of us who are offended, the best thing would be to ignore it.  And if you’re like me, move on to patronizing something other than professional football, at least until this stuff blows over (which it surely will, as all the theatrics before have done).

2018 JOURNALISM AWARDS ANNOUNCED

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It’s well known that journalists and their cozy industry organizations fall all over themselves giving each other pointless awards.  Winning them is a big driver for what and how news is covered.  HardWired News has obtained an exclusive preview of the award categories and their standards for the upcoming year.

2018 Journalism Awards

CNN Award for ExcellenceFake News CNN

               best story bashing Trump 

CBS “Ceebies” for Outstanding Reporting

best on-air reporter who only covers Trump stories that can be spun negatively

Broadcast Journalists Organization

 longest consecutive timeline mentioning nothing favorable about Trump or his administration 

Best Fantasy Journalism Awards

 for the reporters who publish the best and/or most unsubstantiated and baseless stories about Trump and Russian collusion, because they so desperately want it to be true (1st, 2nd, 3rd…100th prizes) 

National Organization for Women: Courage in Feminism Writing Award

best articles bashing Melania and Ivanka Trump or their children, and pretending to be pro-women 

Television Late-Night Comedy Patriotism TrophyColbert Cropped

most foul names, crude jokes, and offensive skits about POTUS 

The Pullitzer Prize for Journalistic Excellence

               no standards, just best Trump bashing 

The field is large, the competition fierce.  I can’t wait to see the gala award shows on TV!

How to Tell that Hillary Clinton Loves Money Above All Else

What Happened 3In a recent HardWired News article (Hillary’s Blame Game – September 8) we opined she was writing her latest and most personally embarrassing book, What Happened, not to exonerate herself, but simply to make money.  But how can we really know if she cares more about money than her reputation?

Well, HardWired News has figured it out.  Here are the…

Top Ten Ways to Know That Hillary Clinton Cares More About Money Than Her Reputation, Public Service, or Just About Anything Else

10  Worked for a law firm that solicited huge legal fees (in which she shared) representinghillary-laughing.jpg people with lucrative business before the state of Arkansas while her husband is governor

9  Accepted EXACTLY $100,000 in options trading (something she never did before or since) profits from a broker who kept “poor” records and was an operative of a large company lobbying for a lucrative bill in the Arkansas legislature, which her husband, the governor, then promptly signed into law

8  Accused of secretly investing in and soliciting loans for the speculative White Waterwhite-water.jpg real estate development scheme in Arkansas that contributed to the defrauding of investors and a failure of a financial institution while she was First Lady and her husband Governor of Arkansas

7  Entered the White House as First Lady in 1992 reportedly “dead broke”, then announced a net worth of over one hundred million dollars following years of service as a senator and secretary of state

Created a massive charity that funds much of her travel, salaries for her minions,  andClinton Global Initiative expands her personal influence, then granted official government access and favors selectively to those who made large (megamillions) donations

5  Leveraged her public service experiences by writing two memoirs (before this recent one) involving huge advances, book tours and millions in royalties, then used the resulting publicity to launch a presidential campaign

4  While Secretary of State, had her husband’s speaking fees from those with business pending before her office doubledHillary & Wall Street

3  Charged her own massive speaking fees for secret addresses to Wall Street bankers outlining her political promises to them, then ran for president with their full financial and political support on a (wink-wink) anti-business platform

2  In contravention of a legal order, deleted 30,000 “personal” emails that could shed light on her questionable financial dealings from the server used for her official government business

And the number one way we can tell if Hillary Clinton cares most about money…

 1  Wrote a humiliating book portraying herself for all of posterity as a delusional, classless crybaby-loser, but makes a load of dough in the process

Hillary’s Blame Game

What Happened 2Hillary Clinton’s new book of excuses for losing the election, What Happened, will soon be available to readers.  That hasn’t stopped commentary on leaked—intentionally or otherwise—passages from making it into the news.

The coverage has been intense and will likely increase upon the book’s actual release on September 12.  So HardWired News won’t repeat all of what has already been reported or is likely to be in the days ahead.  From what we’ve seen, the amazing thing is simply that Hillary continues to blame everyone but herself.  Oh, there’s the soft disclaimer along the lines of sure, I guess I share some of the blame.  But most of the recrimination is directed at others.  That alone is not surprising, given Mrs. Clinton’s penchant for finger pointing and denial.  But what I found amazing is that she blames Democrats, women and the Washington establishment more than she does Donald Trump or the Republicans.  Here are a few gems taken from Fox News coverage of the pre-release.

Bernie Sanders for running a spirited campaign

“resorting to innuendo and impugning my character” and comparing him to a “deranged hitchhiker”

Sanders’ goal was not “to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party.”

President Obama for protecting Sanders

“(Obama) warned…not to ‘hit back against Bernie’s attacks’ because they ‘didn’t want to alienate Bernie’s supporters’ “

Joe Biden

For saying Hillary’s message “did not talk about what (Democrats) always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class”

FBI Director James Comey on the email scandal investigation

“…Comey had badly overstepped his bounds…”

Her own campaign staff

“My team raised concerns (about confronting Comey publicly)…In the end, we decided it would be better to just let it go and try to move on. Looking back, that (her team’s advice) was a mistake.”

Vladimir Putin

Saying he was on a “personal vendetta” against her

The pollsters

Claiming she was a “victim” of being considered a “sure-thing”, thereby keeping many of her supporters from turning out

Perhaps most amazing of all, WOMEN

“One would think that the first female presidential nominee would keep solidarity with her fellow women, especially after thousands of them marched in opposition to Trump shortly after his inauguration…where (were) those feelings of solidarity, outrage and passion during the election?”

And finally, uber-liberal NBC personality and lapdog interviewer Matt Lauer

“Lauer was supposed to focus his questioning on my (Clinton’s) stances on foreign policy, but instead immediately brought up the email scandal…’Now I was ticked off. NBC knew exactly what it was doing here. The network was treating this like an episode of The Apprentice in which…Trump stars and ratings soar…Lauer turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush.’”

Yep, there’s barely a mention of Trump or the Republicans.  The tell-all book Shattered, Shatteredan inside look at her doomed campaign, paints a much different picture of an unlikable candidate with no resonating message and a well-earned reputation for sleaziness.  And leaders of her own party are growing weary of her bawling tantrum over her loss.  Recently Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was quoted as saying

“When you lose to somebody who has 40% popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself.”

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My own view is she doesn’t care as much about exonerating herself as she does about making money on this book, a thing at which she has proven very good in the past.  Afterall, the money chase is what the Clintons have always been about.  If you voted for somebody other than Hillary last November, congratulate yourself.  Nobody wants a crybaby loser for a president.  Personally, I’m happier with Donald Trump, warts and all.

Fake Newsrooms Stand Ready for Any Developments

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Did you notice that over this past holiday weekend, all our favorite news reporters were nowhere to be found?  They were enjoying the long weekend, and putting in the third-string wannabees to take their places.  And on these holiday forays where reporters are AWOL, no news seems to occur except the occasional thing that simply can’t be ignored, like North Korea’s nuclear blast.  Then when the regulars have returned to their desks, the stories flood the airwaves and news pages.  How do they get them ready so quickly?

HardWired News has learned how.  The reporters write various stories for every contingency before they leave Fake News CNN.  Then when they return, they simply air the one that most fits the bill.  Here is a sampling we have uncovered.

CNN:  If we respond militarily to NOKO

TRUMP ATTACKS NORTH KOREA WITHOUT PROVOCATION

Unhinged President Plunges U.S. Needlessly Into War

           If we don’t respond militarily

TRUMPS RUNS FROM NORTH KOREA

Cowardly President Emboldens Enemy, Puts America at Risk

 

VOGUE:  If Melania Trump wears high heels again to visit flood victims

FIRST LADY INSENSITIVE TO SUFFERING FLOOD VICTIMS

High Fashion Visit Is All About HER

                If she wears tennis shoes

MELANIA TRUMP INSULTS HURRICANE SUFFERERS

“Slumming” Attire a Slap in the Face to Victims

 

NY Times:  If Trump halts DACA safe-haven program for juvenile illegal aliens

TRUMP SAVAGES LATINO CHILDREN FOR POLITICAL GAIN

Sacrifices Kids, Families to Appeal to His Racist Base

                    If he continues the DACA program

TRUMP RETREATS FROM KEY CAMPAIGN PLEDGE

Shows His Dishonesty – Will Say Anything to Get Elected

MSNBCAnd on and on and on for every potential eventually.  It’s good to see our hard working, dispassionate, fair, unbiased press (oh, hell…we all know they aren’t) are always ready to bring us the news.  Unfair and unbalanced.

Left-Winged Chickens Come Home to Roost at Liberal Colleges

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Left Winged Chickens

Most people agree that, with a few notable exceptions, university campuses are the redoubts of liberals—faculty, staff, and students.  And that seems to create an incubator for left wing violent and disruptive protests, seen by the college administrators and national media as a justifiable if boisterous outcry against obvious injustice; i.e. any conservative person or idea.

HardWired News has written before that conservatives are people who believe a nation based upon market capitalism, a socio-economic system of rewards and consequences, limited government, and personal freedom has been and will continue to be the best road to America’s success for her people.  They also believe in a strong social safety net for those people needing help.  Conservatives are correctly most frequently associated with the center-right wings of the Republican Party and Libertarians, although many so-called political independents fit the bill.  Despite the bigoted beliefs of some on the left, groups such as the Neo-Nazis, KKK, skinheads or other white supremacist groups find no harbor among the conservative establishment.  The left’s view of conservatives as haters is as politically self-serving and ironic as it is bogus. (See HardWired News: The Ascent of Bigotry)

MissouBut more and more the tolerance shown the extreme left by liberal colleges is turning back against them.  At the University of Missouri, between 2010 and 2015 a few isolated and in some cases unsubstantiated racial confrontations led to a series of increasingly unruly (and arguably baseless) protests.  Emboldened by the lack of restraints from the University or local law enforcement, the protests became increasingly frequent, threatening and demanding.  While the school had done nothing to cause or condone the alleged racial incidents and had Missou protestbent over backward to placate the protesters, nonetheless the administration acceded to the demands with the president and chancellor resigning as de facto racists.  At Evergreen State College in the uberliberal state of Washington, violent protests erupted after the college would not agree to demands that white students be banned from campus during a planned event on racism.  The Washington Post said

“The public university in Washington state has attracted national attention in recent days after protests over race erupted and video of the unrest on campus went viral. Last week, students of color confronted a professor who had objected to a request by school officials that white people consider avoiding campus on a day of discussions about race. They called him racist and angrily demanded that he be fired. Demonstrations continued the next day with a standoff with the college’s president and other officials.”

But now both universities are facing a backlash.  Alumni financial support is declining.  Applications from incoming students are dropping.  The University of Missouri has been forced to slash budgets and implement layoffs.  Fox News explained:

“Now Evergreen State has experienced a decline in enrollment that has resulted in a $2.1 million budget shortfall, forcing the liberal arts school to announce layoffs…

(At Missouri), freshman enrollment has plunged by 35 percent, and donations to the athletic department have dropped 72 percent over the year before…The University of Missouri had to temporarily close seven dormitories – renting them out for special events, such as homecoming games – and planned to cut 400 jobs.”

The left, as one would expect, blames the problems on public reaction to the universities’ racism, while others (more reasonably, it seems to us) cite public disgust with the schools’ coddling of disruptive students, acquiescing to preposterous demands, and general inability to maintain a wholesome learning environment.

Either way, it seems poetic justice of sorts for the maudlin, liberal schools and their weak-kneed administrations.  We’ll see if the university community can learn from its mistakes.