Nothing Whatsoever: Hillary Clinton’s ‘No True Scotsman’

Hillary Clinton, last week:

The bottom line is that we are in a contest of ideas against an ideology of hate, and we have to win. Let’s be clear, though, Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people, and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism. The obsession in some quarters with a clash of civilization, or repeating the specific words radical Islamic terrorism isn’t just a distraction, it gives these criminals, these murderers more standing than they deserve. It actually plays into their hands by alienating partners we need by our side.

Let’s take this one sentence at a time.

The bottom line is that we are in a contest of ideas against an ideology of hate, and we have to win.

No, we are at war with radical Islamism, which long ago declared war on us. “Contest of ideas” plays into it, insofar as we seek to dissuade would-be jihadists from joining the ranks of, or otherwise giving aid and comfort to, those waging war on the West, but this is not a Presidential primary debate–it is war.

And if we are to win that war, as Clinton says we must, then we should (1) understand that it is a war, and (2) understand who and what we are at war with.

Let’s be clear, though, Islam is not our adversary.

If Ms. Clinton were seeking clarity, she would not rely so heavily on weasel-words, like “adversary.” But yes, let us be clear.

What Ms. Clinton might have said, if she were inclined toward clarity rather than obfuscation, was that we are not at war with Islam, but this would have left the impression that we are at war with something else–perhaps with an “ideology of hate,” as she put it.

But no, we are apparently trying to win a “contest of ideas” against an unspecified “adversary,” the latter being a word that can mean anything from an opponent in a chess match, to a foreign invader hell-bent on committing genocide on your group.

So yes, let’s be clear, Ms. Clinton: We are at war with global radical Islamism–Islamism being a subset, but not the totality, of Islam. Put simply, then, we are at war with radical Islamism, but we are not at war with Islam per se.

Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people, and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.

Nonsense. On stilts.

A better way to state the reality:

  1. Many Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people, and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.
  2. Many Muslims are intolerant, but have nothing to do terrorism.
  3. Many Muslims are intolerant and support terrorism, but do not participate in it directly.
  4. Many Muslims are intolerant, support terrorism, and participate in it directly.

In other words, Islam is not all One Big Thing. Anyone who says it is One Big Thing is lying, or is a moron. The Religion of Peace narrative is just specious and unsupported by reality as the All Muslims Are Terrorists (or terrorist sympathizers) narrative. A pox on both narratives.

The facts are that Islam is multifaceted, and its adherents’ behavior ranges from benign to evil–all of which behavior can be justified by their particular (and sometimes, largely regional) interpretation of Islam.

If you doubt the diversity of Islam, check out Pew’s “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society” (2013).

And a footnote: There are moderate (and liberal) Muslims, and then there are fake moderates like the favorite go-to Muslim spokespeople of the media (and Hamas front group), CAIR. When the media consistently holds up obvious wolves like CAIR as sheep, it’s little wonder that some people conclude that the term “moderate Muslim” is a fantasy–but it is not.

The obsession in some quarters with a clash of civilization, or repeating the specific words radical Islamic terrorism isn’t just a distraction, it gives these criminals, these murderers more standing than they deserve.

Ms. Clinton may have meant to say “civilizations,” plural.

Obsession? OK, Ms. Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Lady. :-D

I dislike the term “clash of civilizations,” if only because it confuses what’s actually going on. Islamism is at war with the West, but it is also at war with what it considers illegitimate, “apostate” regimes in the Muslim world. For example,

[Abu Musab] Al-Zarqawi started [Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, which evolved into ISIS] with the intention of overthrowing the “apostate” Kingdom of Jordan, which he considered to be un-Islamic. After toppling Jordan’s monarchy, presumably he would turn to the rest of the Levant.

As for “the obsession…with repeating the specific words radical Islamic terrorism” being a “distraction,” Ms. Clinton is, as they say on the Interwebs, FOS. As I noted earlier, if we are to win the war that Ms. Clinton calls a “contest,” but nevertheless says we must win, then we should (1) understand that it is a war, and (2) understand who and what we are at war with. Repeatedly attempting to force Leftists to stop playing word games is not an obsession on our part, so much as an obsession, on the part of Leftists, with avoiding speaking the plain truth.

Ms. Clinton resents the fact that murderous jihadi Islamists are motivated by their particular interpretation of Islam. I’m sure that millions of Muslims the world over are similarly exercised. But an Islamist who is motivated by a particular interpretation of Islam is still a Muslim, and still part of Islam. To state the obvious, this is Islam’s problem, not Christianity’s, or Judaism’s, etc.

Playing word games about what motivates radical Islamists does nothing to help anyone other than Islamists; denying their religious motivation is an absurd exercise.

It actually plays into their hands by alienating partners we need by our side.

Playing the Religion of Peace game is what hurts moderate and liberal Muslims.

Nobody with half a brain hears about a Muslim homicide bomber praising Allah before he blows up innocents and thinks, well this obviously has nothing to do with Islam, because Islam is a Religion of Peace.

But when the obvious fact that an atrocity was motivated by Islamist fervor is denied out of Western squeamishness; when the proverbial No True Scotsman card is played; when the intellectual towel is thrown in, and we pretend that Islam is in no need of reform, because “terrorists” are mere “criminals,” and are not Muslims–that’s when, as the saying goes, “the terrorists win,” because Islam and Islamism–Muslim faith versus Muslim theocracy–are lazily assumed to be one and the same.

Playing word games get us nowhere. If Hillary Clinton is elected President, we will likely be subjected to eight more years of such word games, and the consequences will be deadly for many.

CLA Radio 11/27/15: Gratitude


The next edition of ConservativeLA Radio (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 11/27/15, 7:00 PM Pacific/10:00 PM Eastern) will be a rebroadcast of the Gratitude show, originally broadcast 11/23/12.

The program dispenses with the then-usual between-set narration and lets the music run.

Thanks to the Tribbles who provided suggestions for some of the songs on the program.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

A reconstructed Spotify version of the playlist is available here.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set List:

Phil Keaggy: In The Light Of The Common Day
Darius Rucker: This
Travis Tritt: It’s A Great Day To Be Alive
ZZ Top: I Thank You
Hezekiah Walker & LFC: Grateful
John Lee Hooker: Mr. Lucky
Martina McBride: Blessed
Sly & The Family Stone: Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Cowboy Copas: A Satisfied Mind (not included on the Spotify set list)
Poi Dog Pondering: Thanksgiving
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Give Thanks & Praises
Jonny Lang: Thankful
Wayne Newton: Danke Schoen
Marty Robbins: My Woman, My Woman, My Life
The Festival Choir and Hosanna Chorus: Come, Ye Thankful People Come
Vince Guaraldi Trio: Thanksgiving Theme
Earth, Wind & Fire: Gratitude
Montgomery Gentry: Lucky Man
Natalie Merchant: Kind And Generous
John Hiatt: Thank You Girl
Jars Of Clay: Sunny Days
The Beach Boys: God Only Knows
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir: (In Everything) We Give Thanks
Drive-By Truckers: The Thanksgiving Filter
Kutless: Everything I Need
Marty Stuart: Hobo’s Prayer
Don Henley: New York Minute
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant: Your Long Journey
Jason Gray: Good To Be Alive
Emmylou Harris: Every Grain Of Sand
Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World
Maria McKee: Life Is Sweet

Donald Trump and the visceral appeal of fascism

Standard gotcha journalism fare is to ask a leading, provocative question that can later be framed as if the person being questioned offered up an outrageous comment without being prompted.

Knowing that, rational people–particularly those accustomed to being in the public eye, and even more particularly, politicians–engage in a sort of kung fu, redirecting the energy inherent in the gotcha back onto the questioner, and onto the assumptions (often Leftist in origin) that the questioner betrays. Newt Gingrich was very good at this; Chris Christie is even better. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz comport themselves well in this respect, as well.

That said, there are some responses to the aforementioned type of questions that are so outrageous, so beyond the pale, so off the rez, so tone-deaf, and so stupid, that they betray either (1) an overweening eagerness to tell the interviewer (and by extension, his audience) what he wants to hear, (2) a deep-seated and perverted take on the subject matter, or (3) both.

For example, this exchange between a reporter for Yahoo News, and Donald Trump:

Yahoo News asked Trump whether his push for increased surveillance of American Muslims could include warrantless searches. He suggested he would consider a series of drastic measures.

“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. “And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”

Yahoo News asked Trump whether this level of tracking might require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion. He wouldn’t rule it out.

“We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” Trump said when presented with the idea. “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

Of course, his fans will wax rhapsodic at the willingness of The Donald to tell the hard truths, disregarding political correctness, that need to be told.

It also goes without saying that, all too frequently (as if once isn’t more than enough), Trump riffs on questions while indulging them, no matter how absurd or transparently fascist his answers, in a lame attempt to tell people what they want to hear.

This is one of those instances where I get a clear sense of my biggest shortcoming as a writer: I am rendered largely mute by the painfully obvious. In this instance, the obvious fact is, Donald Trump wouldn’t know Constitutional Federalism if it bought him dinner, took him out dancing, and gave him a blowjob. I will leave it to other, much more talented and patient writers than myself, to enumerate all the ways in which this is a self-evident fact.

Suffice it to say that Donald Trump is a visceral fascist–and much to my dismay, given his popularity, apparently a quarter of the Republican electorate (if the polling is to be trusted, and the Bradley Effect doesn’t manifest itself with a vengence when crunch time comes) is, as well.

This should have been our best opportunity to retake the White House. Given the support for Trump (and to a lesser extent, the woefully clueless Ben Carson), it may instead mark the death rattle of conservatism.

And none of it can be laid at the door of the media.

CLA Radio 11/20/15: Duane Allman


To celebrate the third anniversary of ConservativeLA Radio (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 11/20/15, 7:00 PM Pacific/10:00 PM Eastern), I’ll be doing an extended three-hour edition of featuring Duane Allman.


The show will include just under an hour-and-a-half of documentary material from Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of the Allman Brothers Band. (The documentary runs a little over two hours, but I couldn’t bring myself to edit the material down below an hour-and-a-half.) Excerpts from the documentary are referred to, unimaginatively, as “Documentary excerpt” in the set list below.


Hard to believe that Duane was only 24 when he died. Such a waste, but so much great music left behind–even though he was just beginning to hit his stride.

But enough of that maudlin crap, this show is to celebrate his birthday!


And if you’re wondering why there are non-Allman Brothers songs on the show, other than the obvious Derek & The Dominos, it’s because Duane was quite the session player for a spell. But his heart was always with what eventually became the Allman Brothers Band (referred to as “ABB” in the set list).


Pretty amazing when a 24-year-old kid (not to take away from the contributions of the other band members) is the primary impetus for new genre of music: Southern Rock.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

The Spotify playlist is here. (Alas, the documentary clips are not on the Spotify set list, since they are on my local drive.) Doubly alas, my show in its entirety is intended for subscribers to the Hughniverse–see link at the top of the page.

(I’m also on Twitter.)


Set List:

Documentary excerpt #1
Documentary excerpt #2
Documentary excerpt #3
The Allman Joys: Spoonful
Documentary excerpt #4
Hour Glass: Down In Texas – Version #2
Documentary excerpt #5
Documentary excerpt #6
Clarence Carter: The Road Of Love
Arthur Conley: Speak Her Name
Spencer Wiggins: I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You)
King Curtis: The Weight
Otis Rush: Me
Documentary excerpt #7
Documentary excerpt #8
ABB: Dreams (demo version)
Documentary excerpt #9
ABB: Don’t Want You No More
ABB: Every Hungry Woman
Documentary excerpt #10
Documentary excerpt #11
ABB: Leave My Blues At Home
Documentary excerpt #12
ABB: Dimples
Eric Clapton with Duane Allman: Mean Old World
Documentary excerpt #13
Derek & The Dominos: Bell Bottom Blues
Documentary excerpt #14
ABB: Statesboro Blues
ABB: Done Somebody Wrong
ABB: Stormy Monday
ABB: In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Documentary excerpt #15
ABB: Blue Sky
ABB (really just Duane): Little Martha

Snowflake flag: Whining Makes You Free


Transcript: Trump compares Carson’s claimed pathological anger to child molesting

Video here.

Also of interest, @rubedawg1061 provided this very germane link concerning the word apophasis, “a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it, or denying that it should be brought up.”

My transcription:

EB: In terms of Dr. Carson, um, you’ve said some of the questions about his past are fair. There have been a lot of questions about what really happened, what his childhood was like. Uh, yunno, he’s pushed back on the media. He said at the debate the other night, “I have a problem about being lied about.” Do you believe he’s being truthful now you’ve heard his answers?

DT: Well I don’t know, I mean, first of all I like him. I get along with him very well. I just don’t don’t know. And don’t forget, this is in his book. I’m not bringing up anything that’s not in his book, and, yunno, when he says he went after his mother and wanted to hit her in the head with a hammer, that bothers me. I mean, that’s pretty bad. When he says he’s pathological, and he says that in the book, I don’t say that.

And again, I’m not saying anything. I’m not saying anything, other than, pathological is a very serious disease. And he said he’s pathological. Somebody said he has pathological disease.

Other people said he said in the book–and I haven’t seen it, I know it’s in the book–that’s he’s got a pathological temper or temperament. That’s a big problem, because you don’t cure that.

That’s like, yunno, I could say–they say you don’t cure, as an example, child molester. You don’t cure, these people. You don’t cure, a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that. Now, I didn’t say it, he said it in his book.

So when I hear somebody pathological, when somebody says I went after my mother with a–and he’s saying it about himself–with a hammer and hit her in the head, I say whoa! I never did. You never did. I don’t know anybody that ever did, personally. But that’s a big statement.

When he said he hit a friend of his in the face with a lock, with a padlock, right in the face, I say whoa! That’s pretty bad.

And when he said he stabbed somebody with a knife but it hit him in the belt buckle–I know a lot about knives and belt buckles. Belt buckles aren’t gonna stop because they’re gonna turn, they’re gonna twist, they’re gonna, yunno, they’re not solid, especially if somebody has got a ‘couple extra pounds on you. Yunno, they move, there’s a lot of movement. So, the chances of somebody going like that, hitting a belt buckle where it doesn’t slide off and go into the

EB: So you’re not satisfied.

DT: Well I just don’t know. But when said that he’s pathological, you’ll have to ask him that question. Look, I hope it’s fine, because I think it would be a shame. But think of it. What he’s saying is these things happened. But it would be nicer if he said no, none of these things did happen. He’s saying these things happened, and therefore I have credibility. And what I’m saying is I’d rather have them if they didn’t happen. I don’t want somebody that hit somebody in the face really hard with a padlock. I don’t want somebody that went after his mother with a hammer.

EB: To be President.

DT: I don’t want somebody, frankly, I didn’t ready his book. But according to the book he said he’s pathological. That’s a very serious term.

CLA Radio 11/13/15: Bad Luck (Friday the 13th)


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 11/13/15, 7:00 PM Pacific/10:00 PM Eastern) will have a little fun with Friday the 13th by playing bad luck songs and related whatnot. You probably won’t be very surprised to hear that the show will rely heavily on blues.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

The Spotify playlist is here.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set List:

Social Distortion: Bad Luck
Johnny Otis with Shuggie Otis: Bad Luck Shadow
Warren Zevon: Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School
C.W. Stoneking: Bad Luck Everywhere You Go
Nat King Cole Trio: Chant Of The Blues (Dog-gone Unlucky Blues)
B.B. King: Bad Luck
Big Mama Thornton: Unlucky Girl
Jimi Hendrix: Mr. Bad Luck
R.L. Burnside: Bad Luck
Johnny Winter: Bad Luck And Trouble
Lightnin’ Hopkins: Black Cat Bone
Fabio Morgera: Friday the 13th (Don’t Even!)
Fergus McKay & Nothing Concrete: Hold the Ladder
R.L. Burnside: Bad Luck And Trouble
Blind Lemon Jefferson: Bad Luck Blues
Johnny Winter: Bad Luck Situation
Albert King: Bad Luck
Guitar Slim: Bad Luck Blues
The Whiskey Achievers: My Bad Luck
Lightnin’ Hopkins: Bad Luck And Trouble
Nappy Brown with The Heartfixers: Hard Luck Blues
Atomic Rooster: Friday The 13th
Albert King: Bad Luck Blues
Magic Slim, Nick Holt, The Teardrops: How Unlucky Can One Man Be
Charlie Musselwhite: If I Should Have Bad Luck
Magic Sam: Out Of Bad Luck
Larry Norman: Hard Luck Bad News
Boogie Jake: Bad Luck And Trouble
Marshall Crenshaw: Bad Luck
The Riptides: Friday the 13th
The Reverend Horton Heat: Unlucky In Love
Raul Malo: Lucky One

Trump: “The word ‘fix’ is not a good one to use in politics!”



“We’re going to find out why [the Department of Veterans Affairs is] going bad and we’re going to fix it.” (10/31/15)

“Our infrastructure is terrible, and it’s only getting worse and more expensive to fix.” (Crippled America, 2015)

“Why can’t we get these problems fixed? The answer is that the people we put in charge don’t know how to fix them.” (Crippled America, 2015)

“We don’t spend enough to fix, build, or maintain our ‘plant.'” (Crippled America, 2015)

“Fixing our infrastructure will be one of the biggest projects this country has ever undertaken….Let me ask you, if your own house was falling down and you had to hire someone to fix it before it completely collapsed, who would you hire?” (Crippled America, 2015)

“For me, fixing the country’s infrastructure would be a major priority project.” (Crippled America, 2015)

And so on.


CLA Radio 11/06/15: 2015 Americana


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 11/06/15, 7:00 PM Pacific/10:00 PM Eastern) will take a look at 2015 Americana releases.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

The Spotify playlist is here.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set List:

Whitney Rose: Heartbreaker of the Year
The Lone Bellow: Fake Roses
Allison Moorer: Wish I
Steve Earle: Ain’t Nobody’ Daddy Now
The Cox Family: Good Imitation of the Blues
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell: Always Will
Dave & Phil Alvin: World’s in a Bad Condition
Rodney Crowell & Jewel: It Doesn’t Hurt Right Now
Donna Ulisse: I Got a Home in Glory Land
Mac McAnally: Loser Gumbo
The Waifs: Rowena and Wallace
Continental Drifters: I Can’t Let Go
The Mavericks: Stories We Could Tell
James McMurtry: Ain’t Got a Place
Jason Isbell: If It Takes A Lifetime
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind
Justin Townes Earle: Least I Got the Blues
Lindi Ortega: Half Moon
Lord Huron: Louisa
Shovels & Rope: Evil
Patty Griffin: Good and Gone
Jim Lauderdale: Soul Searching
Richard Thompson: She Never Could Resist A Winding Road
Ray Wylie Hubbard: Bad on Fords
Dave Rawlings Machine: Short Haired Woman Blues
John Prine: Bear Creek Blues
Rosanne Cash: The Winding Stream
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard: Alice In Hulaland
Kinky Friedman: I’m the Loneliest Man I Ever Met
Pops Staples: Somebody Was Watching
Drive-By Truckers: Uncle Frank

CLA Radio 10/30/15: Halloween (repeat)


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 10/30/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will be a bit of spookiness, and a bit of humor–just generally cool music for Halloween.

(This show was originally broadcast on 10/31/14.)

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

The Spotify playlist is here (does not include the intro, outro and a short excerpt from Ed Wood included in the show proper).

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Boris Karloff: Island Monster (The Voices of Horror)
Hanny Williams: Young Frankenstein Theme
The Golden Orchestra: Casper the Friendly Ghost
Ricky Skaggs: Walls Of Time
The Ventures: Fear/One Step Beyond
Boris Karloff: Snake People (The Voices of Horror)
The Cramps: I Was A Teenage Werewolf
Frank Sinatra: That Old Black Magic
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on You
Bela Lugosi: The Invisable Ghost (The Voices of Horror)
Don Rigsby: The Midnight Call
Nick Cave, Warren Ellis: 1994
Bela Lugosi: The Corpse Vanishes (The Voices of Horror)
Eagles: Witchy Woman
The Del McCoury Band: It’s Just the Night
Nick Cave, Warren Ellis: West of Memphis
Bela Lugosi: The Invisible Ghost (The Voices Of Horror)
Bobby “Boris” Pickett: Graveyard Shift
Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley: Fire in the Blood/Snake Song
Bela Lugosi: Bela Lugosi In The Body Snatchers (Scratch)
Tony Rice: Brown Mountain Light
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Where the Wild Roses Grow
Bela Lugosi: Bela Lugosi In One Body Too Many (Scratch)
Tubular Bells: Halloween
The Specials: Ghost Town
Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Tomb Raider Mix)
The London Theatre Orchestra: Pet Semetary
Misfits: Monkey’s Paw
The Cramps: Human Fly
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Red Right Hand
Jack Marshall: Theme From The Munsters
Audio Clip: Creaking Door (Halloween’s Gravest Hits)
Bobby “Boris” Pickett: Transylvania Twist
The Ventures: Frankenstein
Lou Rawls: Season Of The Witch
The Steeldrivers: Shallow Grave
The Cramps: Zombie Dance
Ted Cassidy: The Lurch
Johnny Otis, Marci Lee: Castin’ My Spell
Audio Clip: Thunderstorm (Halloween’s Gravest Hits)
The Nashville Bluegrass Band: The Ghost Of Eli Renfro
Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
The Weirdos: Hearse With a Curse
The Frantics: Werewolf
Bela Legosi: Would You Care For Some Coffee (Scratch)
Cassie Franklin: Lady Margret
David Bowie: Scary Monsters
Spike Jones: Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb
Don Hinson: Monster Surf Stomp
Country Gentlemen: Bringing Mary Home
Warren Zevon: Werewolves Of London
Marty Stuart: Porter Wagoner’s Grave
Academy of Ancient Music: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
The Golden Orchestra: We Took a Trip to Ghostland (Casper, the Friendly Ghost)


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