Sunday, February 28, 2021
Tax records that former President Donald Trump tried to keep secret for years are now in the hands of the New York district attorney.Read the whole thing here.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Welcome to socialized medicine, where medical care for the weakest among us is subordinated to governmental cost containment, bureaucratic bungling and citizen indifference.Read more here.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military air strikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.Read more here.
California governor Gavin Newsom held an indoor bill-signing ceremony at a restau here.rant that is unable to offer indoor dining under the Democrat's coronavirus restrictions.Read much more here.
The North Dakota House of Representatives just passed a bill – 50 to 44 – banning state and local governments, businesses and schools from enforcing mask mandates.
The bill’s sponsor, Jeff Hoverson, called the initial mandate “diabolical silliness,” BizPacReview reports. “The mask is a part of a larger apparatus of a movement of unelected, wealthy bureaucrats, who are robbing our freedoms and perpetuating lies,” Hoverson said. “Our state is not a prison camp.”
The bill, which also prohibits “making use of a face mask, shield or covering a condition for entry in education, employment, or services” will now head to the North Dakota Senate for a vote.Read more here.
Ace: "I cannot think of anything that could more perfectly encapsulate the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the corrupt, tyrannical US Uniparty."
Remember that video showing China's new covid anal swabs? They forced Joe Biden's staffers to get repeated anal penetrations, just to make sure Biden remembered who owned him. Now they say "whoops, we forgot that diplomatic personnel are immune from our orders."Read more here.
Increase the cost of one of the inputs of any business, and that business will seek alternatives to that increased cost. We do it on a micro scale every day, so it is a concept that is both intuitive and backed up by data.
But eventually it will reset, when inflation rises and the buying power of the minimum wage reaches equilibrium. But nothing can replace the economic activity that will be lost because of this incredible ignorance of the real world.Read more here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
More serious still, Biden’s team must address the fact that the key Democratic base—the big coastal core urban areas—has been fundamentally undermined by the pandemic, last summer’s disorders, and a steady rise in crime. Critically, the shift to on-line work undermines the fundamental logic of dense core cities by driving talent to other regions. An estimated 42 percent of the 155 million-strong U.S. labor force is working from home full-time during the pandemic, up from 5.7 percent in 2019. Experts like Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom suggest it will remain at least 20 percent of the workforce even after the pandemic ends.Read more here.
the worst pick possible for Americans who treasure their ancient liberties and constitutional rights. Sadly, when the vote comes, he’ll almost certainly be confirmed, with solid Republican support. You know, “unity.”Read more here.
America is at a crossroads. We are facing the greatest threat to liberty the Republic has yet encountered—a ruling elite backed by the primary institutions of power in America: the media, academia, the permanent bureaucracy, and the defense-intelligence complex. These institutions are fully committed to a top-down rebellion of the elites determined to protect the wealth and power of the establishment. No enemy is as dangerous as the enemy within—and this enemy now controls the reins of national power in America.
We have a choice: submit or fight.
On one hand, you have traditional Americans. They come in every race, creed, and religion. They believe in law and order, expect everyone to follow the rules, and mostly just want to be left alone.
Family-oriented, self-reliant, and armed, traditional Americans populate the working-class ranks of the military, law enforcement, and industry. Sadly, most are technically illiterate. They underestimate the threat from the surveillance state and Securitate. Many still believe the FBI only goes after bad guys, and they cannot grasp that the national security apparatus now views them as the enemy. They rightly bristle when slandered with “white supremacist” or “terrorist” labels. A habituated trust in authority makes them vulnerable to snitching on others and collaborating with those they shouldn’t. Many are infected with white knight conspiracy theories that counsel remaining submissive. In general, they have nearly zero control of the nation’s money, media, government, academia, legal system, and surveillance state.
On the other hand is the ruling elite.
...They employ proxy forces, such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and journalists to bully ordinary Americans and weak-willed corporations. In order to intimidate and discredit their political opposition, they’ve weaponized the use of labels such as “white supremacist” and “terrorist” on their enemies. They are generally opposed to religion and personal firearm ownership, and they cannot allow you to be left alone. They will attempt to nudge wrong-thinkers into accepting the ruling elite’s ideology. If that doesn’t work, they’ll force compliance via law enforcement, military, and the intelligence agencies they now command. They control most of the national wealth and all of the media, government, academia, legal authorities, and surveillance state.
Like it or not, we live in a police state, controlled by an increasingly authoritarian regime with near-total electronic surveillance. The national security apparatus views conservatives and free-thinkers as domestic terrorists, and there are now more military deployed in our nation’s capital than in war zones overseas. If America were any other country, it would be considered a non-permissive environment—not a free country.
The pundit class recommends midterm elections and unifying the GOP as remedies, but they ignore the real elephant in the room—representative government is not representing us. While conservative and independent voices are censored and banned from the community square, their elected representatives cower behind their desks and make sweetheart deals with the new regime.
We are facing a new post-justice, post-truth society. We won’t be able to debate our way out of it, vote our way out of it, or tweet our way out of it. No one is coming to save us. If traditional America wants to be free, it will have to stop living in the past, get up off the couch, and take action.Read here.
...The reality is that given the three months of violent assaults by Black Lives Matter and Antifa criminals on 220 American cities last summer, January 6 was an unexceptional event. Where was the respect for government courthouses, national monuments, police stations and public order all summer? For three months and more, those violent insurrectionary riots were supported by Vice President Kamala Harris and the Democrat Party leadership, and even funded by them.
Thanks to the Democrats, violent attacks on people and property and government buildings had become a “cultural norm” – to use Biden’s unconscionable phrase for looking away when confronted by Chinese genocide and enslavement of 2 million Uighur Muslims. Yet with the help of cowardly Republicans, afraid to call these aggressions by their proper names, the Democrats were able to turn the Capitol melee into a preposterous Reichstag Fire – the same that provided Hitler, the elected chancellor of the Weimar Republic with an excuse for destroying the Republic and silencing his opponents.
The difference was that for Hitler the phantom enemy that justified his depredations was the Jews, while for the fascist Democrats it is “white supremacists,” whose actual numbers are fewer even than the Jews. The Marxists of Black Lives Matter are the actual authors of the lie that the January 6 melee in the capital was a “white supremacist coup.” But even the pathetic Merrick Garland was forced to repeat the canard - without offering a shred of evidence - at his confirmation hearing. That’s how pervasive this racist ideology has become in shaping the Democrat Party’s drive to destroy our constitutional Republic. The hour is actually late, and Americans better wake up and start fighting for their country or there will soon be nothing left to defend.Read more here.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Tucker Carlson admits he is embarrassed that he has not been following Naomi Wolf's tweets because rather than treat her as an individual, he has looked at her as a stand-in for a whole political party (Democrats). Later in the interview he wonders if we are being divided as a country so we don't have conversations like this!
Naomi explains how "autocratic tyrants" at the state and now the national level are creating a merger of state and corporate powers. She has been studying the closing of democracies for twelve years, and notes that no one gives up emergency powers willingly. Lockdowns have never been done before in free societies.
NY Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim, whose uncle died in a NY nursing home: @NYGovCuomo called and "berated me, yelled at me. He told me that my career would be over [if I didn’t ] lie and … asking me [to cover up a] crime" pic.twitter.com/uHKopiIeDW— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 18, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
We have seen the rise of a new category: “seniors,” a Latin term recovered to capture those who are graying but active, in good physical condition and often financially better off than the rest of the population. This is the time when many, having raised their children and completed their conjugal duties, divorce or remarry, dreaming of a new spring in the autumn. In other words, there is no longer one time of old age but several, and the only one now where the word really fits is immediately before death. This reprieve brings with it both passion and anxiety. What are we to do with these 20 or 30 extra years? The time available shrinks and the possibilities become more limited, but there can still be discovery, surprises, shattering loves.
At least two models are available in our individualistic society: either we rediscover at 60 the dreams of adolescence; or we decide that the game is basically up and join the folks playing bingo while waiting for their soup. On one side, we see the tribe of retired people on vitamin supplements, often in good physical shape. They usually belong to the upper middle class or are rich; they want to sink their teeth into life and display fierce energy at a time when their predecessors were often senile or bedridden. On the other side, we see faded people, resigned to their fate and determined to withdraw from the tumult.
The emergence of Viagra, along with hormonal treatments for women, offers intoxicating powers to people in their sixties. This has unsettled relations between the sexes, often accentuating the subordination of women. How many aging spouses are separated when one of them, breaking the truce of abstinence, rediscovers a taste for sexual adventure? It’s worth noting that the two great ages of divorce in Europe are between 20 and 30 and between 50 and 70: in the first, young couples, married too soon, break up after discovering their incompatibility; in the second, older spouses take off on a new adventure, unhindered by the fact that their standard of living may fall or that they might end up alone. Freedom and the wish once again to control their own destinies take precedence over the risks involved.
...Dying, alas, is not something we need to learn; it happens without our help, except in the case of suicide. Nothing prepares us for death: even the most austere ascetic and the most ardent believer are surprised when the Reaper comes for them. What matters, perhaps, is not to learn to die but not to die while one is still alive—not to become a zombie, going through the motions of daily life, without soul or vitality. What matters is to be alive until the last day.
...Illness is indeed the cost of longevity, and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s strike mostly people over 65. To age is also to put up with some pains that cannot be healed but that at least can be contained by medications. We submit to repairs, piece by piece, like an old sedan that breaks down every 100 miles but that runs again after an overhaul. Age, despite the illnesses that threaten the faltering body, is no longer a verdict, no longer the threshold beyond which a person is obsolete. Now a person can modify his fate up to the last moment.Read more here.
It gives me no pleasure to say that I no longer recommend that young people join the military, and I'm not alone.Read more here.
Nothing is more dangerous than stronger powers, even inadvertently, sending signals that are interpreted as weakness by weaker powers.
When a government loudly and boastfully expresses a new reset, a new paradigm, a new arrogance about solving problems, it risks blaming its own country rather than the foreign belligerent, and thereby can only encourage adventurism.
When a president tells the world that his predecessor did not vaccinate one American, and then enters office weeks after he and 17 million other Americans were already vaccinated, what is the world—and especially American enemies— to think? That irrational hatred of Trump and his policies is a way to win exemption for their own behavior?
If Biden promises to return to the Iran Deal to create peace in the Middle East, to bring back the Palestinians to the center of negotiations to “find a comprehensive peace” with Israel, he will not merely stumble, but fail after claiming he did everything right in failing.
Despite the animus toward Trump, nothing is broken abroad. NATO is better funded, better armed, and more fairly contributory to the shared cause. In the Middle East, pro-Western Arab and Muslim nations are now aligned with the United States to contain Iran and its appendages like the Assads in Syria, Lebanese Hezbollah, and West Bank Hamas. Iran, the font of anti-Westernism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East has not merely been sanctioned and isolated, but broken and decimated by the pandemic and crashing oil prices.
The reason that China despised the Trump Administration was not, as it claimed, xenophobia, racism, or China bashing, but rather because Trump called out and exposed its decades of aggression, subversion, and its planned trajectory to global hegemony.
When the Biden team talks of reentering the Iran Deal without the Trump baggage, or wants a new relationship with China, they may well instead be interpreted by our enemies as rejecting deterrence, forgetting why the Trump Administration held those two countries to account, and inviting them again to take risks they otherwise might not be willing to take.
Our enemies may not see Biden just as elderly and frail, his congressional majorities thin, his animus directed more at the Trump movement than others abroad, but as unlikely to respond to their own aggression.
Biden would do better to apprise quietly his friends and enemies of America’s force and determination. He should resist comprehensive deals with China and Iran that have unrealistic chances of success given their agendas. And he could claim Trump’s successes as his own and continue their current trajectories, rather than court favor abroad by distancing himself from a largely successful foreign policy guided by Secretary of State Pompeo.
Otherwise, the alternatives will become increasingly dangerous.Read more here.
It's like breaking down a cargo into a hundred pieces and saying of each tiny piece, "No, this won't meaningfully affect the ship's seaworthiness. No this one also won't meaningfully affect the ship's seaworthiness. No this one also won't appreciably affect the ship's seaworthiness..." Yeah but take them all together and the ship sinks. Let me put this simply: Teams that are winning and have the advantage in points don't start changing the rules for what counts as a "point" behind-the-scenes. The team that is behind changes the rules.Read more here.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Today, progressive district attorneys and city councils in New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, and more recently Los Angeles are increasingly committed to ending bail and emptying prisons of all but the most heinous violent criminals. Lenient law enforcement and turning a blind eye to rioting, chaos, public defecation, illicit drug use, and massive homelessness seems a poor way to get people or companies to move to a city.
Good propaganda and media attention cannot make up for disappearing jobs or leaders who deny that high taxes, oppressive regulation, looting, fires, and crime are the foundations of the current urban crisis. As long as these realities are not confronted, we could see something distressingly akin to what happened after the rapid rise of street crime in the 1960s and ’70s. Cities like New York may remain irresistibly compelling for the young and some of those at the top of the economic pyramid—financial engineers, software whizzes, trust fund gentry, real estate moguls—but most businesses as well as middle and aspirational working-class families will gravitate elsewhere.
...The promise of a new urban future lies before us, one that recalls the pattern of dispersed, self-governing, and vital cities that Tocqueville praised in the 1830s, and which existed in America till the middle of the last century.11 It will feature a progression of different urban types: elegant, walkable core cities, vibrant neighborhoods, multi-polar new boomtowns, thriving suburbs, and resurgent small urban centers. Some may not thrive in the new conditions, but many will, potentially spreading the best blessings of urbanism across an ever-growing expanse of our enormous country.
But if cities are going to resurge, notes Toronto Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson, they will also need to make themselves safer and more attractive to outsiders. Rather than try to force suburbanites to change their lifestyles, he suggests urban dwellers need to focus on “what they are going to do with all those empty office towers and shuttered malls,” and how they might lure suburbanites to “come downtown” for a movie, a restaurant, or an event.
Today’s threats, natural and manmade, impel us to find ways to create a more humane and safer urban environment throughout the metropolitan regions. Rather than seeking to impere.ose a centralizing vision on everyone, we need to adopt more flexible and economically sustainable approaches that accommodate people’s aspirations and that allow for the creation of thriving communities from the core city to the far periphery and everywhere in between.Read more here.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
As the election nears, Trump seems more popular than ever before. After four years, people aren’t just taking a risk on an unknown quantity, they are voting for someone who presided over a robust economy, created jobs, reduced minority unemployment, kept us out of wars, brought troops home, reduced energy prices, reframed diplomacy in the Middle East, and so on. His opponent (who typifies the establishment choice) is uncharismatic and frail.
You suppose you could ask a political scientist to explain why it all adds up to reasonable suspicion of an irregular election, but it’s intuitive, isn’t it? It’s intuitive—and yet hard to summarize. Do we even have a single word to capture it? Is it fraud? Is it ballot harvesting? Is it rigging? Is it stealing? Is it hacking? Is it vote-switching? Is it gaming the system? General lawlessness? Illegitimacy? Is there even a single word that can cover the multi-layered suspicion that has now accumulated about how the powers-that-be might seek to undermine a straightforward, legal, democratic process?
Later, much later, when “the secret history” can be reported, you will learn that it can in fact be called an “unprecedented conspiracy” and “shadow campaign,” that they were not “rigging” the election, they were “fortifying” it.Read more here.
From the Babylon Bee: Help Is On The Way: John Kerry Personally Warms Texas By Flying Private Jet Around
Friday, February 19, 2021
“The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is authorized to receive taxpayer funding for animal research until January 2024, the National Institute of Health told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The WIV is at the center of widespread speculation that COVID-19 could have entered the human population in China due to an accidental lab leak. Researchers at the lab were studying bat-based coronaviruses prior to the outbreak, a project partially backed by $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer funds routed to the lab through the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance.”Read more here. Stephen Green also links to this related story.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
We are ruled by a deluded class of fools who are no longer satisfied to use the climate hoax to limit our liberty and economic freedom. They are now freezing ordinary Americans to death. We need better leaders. Maybe this awful freeze and the accompanying blackouts will help motivate people to no longer play along with the climate hoax and all that goes with it.Read the whole thing here.
But what happens to millions of Texans when wind turbines freeze up while storm clouds extinguish solar power?
We are witnessing the answer in oil-and-gas rich, but energy-poor Texas that is all but shut down.
Millions are shivering without electricity and affordable heating. Some may die or become ill by this self-induced disaster—one fueled by man-made ideological rigidity.
But the height of our collective madness is the current cancel culture. Its subtexts are “unearned white privilege” and “white supremacy.”Read more here.
I do not cry for dead celebrities. I have just enough tears for the people I know and love. But I choked up when I heard that Rush had left the studio. He was silenced just at the moment when the elite and powerful would silence us all. Our politicians seek to demonize half the nation—Rush’s half. Our news media calls for censorship. Tech billionaires sit on their mountains of gold and gesture like foppish princes to tell us who shall speak and who shall not.
Let us defy them, then. Let us all speak, and fearlessly. Let that be Rush’s monument. In a way, he built it himself.REad more here.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Bill Gates wants to get rid of the cattle and have you eat only meat from a lab. Oh, and Gates is also now the largest owner of farmland in America. I'm sure that's for our own good as well.
Gates – who coincidentally is a primary investor in a synthetic meat company called Memphis Meats and has financial ties with other plant-based companies – wants the U.S. and other "rich nations" to eat only lab-grown meat.
Country attempts to assert itself against Facebook.— Rachel Bovard (@rachelbovard) February 17, 2021
Facebook responds by canceling the country. https://t.co/NmGq1T7Zzw
wherever Democrats control government, a trail of societal and economic destruction is the result. You can blame the political machines that wield absolute power and control over the bureaucracies and the electoral systems to a certain extent but ultimately, it's the fault of people who continually elect leftwing asshole after asshole who raise taxes, welcome illegal aliens, unlock the jails, regulate small businesses out of existence and brainwash children into subliterate robots forever dependent on The State. And then when these people flee the misery they brought upon themselves, they take their voting habits with them and elect the same leftist stooges to wreak havoc on the place they sought refuge. The lack of self-awareness is directly proportional to their shrieking at their new neighbors to "bake the damn cake" or "wear a mask."Read more here.
Heartbreaking... Rush Limbaugh's wife went on the radio to announce her husband's passing. pic.twitter.com/xCKYnBnGFo— Caleb Hull (I'm With the CCP Don't Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) February 17, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Elliott Abrams Tue, February 16, 2021, 1:35 PM On February 15, Iran-backed Shia militia groups in Iraq fired a barrage of missiles — a minimum of 14 — at an American base in Erbil, Iraq. One contractor was killed and five were wounded; one American soldier was wounded. That no American was killed was a matter of luck, it seems.
Trump tweeted on December 23, two days after an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, “Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.”Read more here.
A Trump inspired new political party can wipe out the illusion of the Democrat/Republican two-party system; specifically because much of the Trump movement consists of former democrats and brand new voters.Read more here.
Monday, February 15, 2021
In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the #1 priority for McConnell was to destroy the threat represented by the Tea Party. In 2022 we are seeing an exact replay of the same intents and purposes, only this time the target is President Trump’s MAGA movement.Read more here.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
"How personal and national suffering drew Lincoln into the reality of God, rather than pushing him away."
Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day in 1809, remained skeptical, and at times even cynical, about religion into his forties. So, it is a most striking thing how personal and national suffering drew Lincoln into the reality of God, rather than pushing him away.Read more here.
"Regardless of the topic, confront the disinformation; don't let them win the information war without a fight."
One of the most refreshing aspects of President Trump's presence on the national political stage was his understanding that the social compact goes both ways. A careful observer would discover that the President was polite and respectful to all...until the rules were violated. "Mean tweets" didn't appear without provocation. Like it or not, the President was a fine counter-puncher!Read the whole thing here.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
THE Pentagon has admitted to holding and testing wreckage from UFO crashes in a bombshell Freedom of Information letter, shared with The Sun.
Researcher Anthony Bragalia wrote to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) requesting details of all UFO material, which they hold and results of any tests they had been carrying out on it. He wrote: "This could include physical debris recovered by personnel of the Department of Defense as residue, flotsam, shot-off material or crashed material from UAPS [unidentified aerial phenomenon] or unidentified flying objects."
He wrote: "This could include physical debris recovered by personnel of the Department of Defense as residue, flotsam, shot-off material or crashed material from UAPS [unidentified aerial phenomenon] or unidentified flying objects."
In the response, shared with The Sun, the DIA released 154 pages of test results that includes reports on a mysterious "memory" metal called Nitinol, which remembers its original shape when folded. Bragalia said it was a "stunning admission" from the US government and the documents reveal that some of the retrieved debris possesses "extraordinary capabilities" including the potential to make things invisible or even slow down the speed of light.Read more here.
Ultimately the collective weight of progressive leftism is putting us is isolation. We saw this coming…. we just didn’t know the entry vector that would be used to accomplish the final stages of diminished freedom and individual liberty. As we look at the current COVID-19 mandates, dictates and controls one cannot easily dismiss the weaponized use of a virus to attain division under the guise of “social distancing.”Read more here.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Mass murder is still an impeachable offense, right? Even for Democrats?!
Nah, son. "Because Trump." Perfect defense, absolute immunity.
They really think that "Because Trump" constitutes a valid legal defense regarding falsification of public records.
Andrew Cuomo's Top Aide Admits: We Hid The Numbers Of How Many Nursing Home Patients We Killed Because We Feared that Federal Prosecutors Would Use Them Against UsRead more here.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Since Election Day, gas and crude oil prices have jumped. In the United States, gas prices are up 18% and oil nearly 50%.
Said another industry expert, “In four years, we had made the U.S. energy independent and denied the bad guys the ability to control global oil prices. The Democrats undo it in two weeks. Just incredible.”
The result could be an “oil price trap” for the new president, according to Steven Kopits, the managing director of Princeton Energy Advisors. “Biden has substantial political risk heading in the 2022 midterms. He would do well to articulate a more balanced energy package because we may well see gasoline prices above $4 a gallon, and Republicans will not hesitate to finger the moratorium on leasing as the cause.”
The president’s plans have played well to his base, but consumers and energy industry representatives are starting to push back. The last time gas prices reached $4 was 10 years ago.Read more here.
Not lost on political observers was the irony of blue-state New Mexico, which swung for Mr. Biden in the 2020 election, losing jobs to red-state Texas as a result of the Biden administration order.Read more here.
"Now the MSM has become Orwell’s Minitrue, dedicating to suppressing information the proles aren’t allowed to hear."
if that was in fact their big pre-election concern – that Trump would falsely accuse the Democrats of cheating, and throw the post-election transition into an uproar – what would be the best way to prevent that and reassure the American people that all was actually on the up-and-up with the vote? Why, make sure the voting process was hyper-secure and hyper-protected against fraud or even the suspicion of fraud. What did the Democrats do instead? They mounted a full-court press to relax the voting rules in ways that were bound to cause suspicion.New Neo links to the now famous Time Magazine article by Molly Ball which bragged about how the left stole the election.
They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears… In the end, nearly half the electorate cast ballots by mail in 2020, practically a revolution in how people vote. About a quarter voted early in person. Only a quarter of voters cast their ballots the traditional way: in person on Election Day.New Neo then goes on to elaborate,
They instituted a nationwide, state-by-state lawfare push for the relaxation of these rules and the implementation of an avalanche of mail-in votes, a voting method known world-round to be inherently less secure than in-person ballots, some of it in states woefully unprepared to institute such a system in time. They relaxed other rules connected with signature verification, postmarks, and the like. All objections to this were to be labeled “voter-suppression.” And funny thing, although COVID was used as an excuse (successfully, in most cases) for these changes, the changes actually matched a Democrat wish-list for voting that long predated COVID and many had been part of the first bill the House had passed after the 2018 election. So no, this was not a reaction to COVID, although its legal success was enabled by COVID.
So, while they claim to have been motivated in this huge conspiratorial enterprise by the idea of protecting the public from believing in Trump’s obviously-bogus fraud claims of the future, they simultaneously made those claims far more credible. They also made it far more possible to actually accomplish voting fraud.
Doesn’t that seem just a bit paradoxical?
As for the suppression of information they deem false, who made them the judge of that? Once upon a time it was thought that getting to the truth dictated the free expression of ideas – that the answer to a bad argument was a better one, and the response to false facts was to prove them false and counter with the truth. Saying “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” was unacceptable, especially for news outlets. Now the MSM has become Orwell’s Minitrue, dedicating to suppressing information the proles aren’t allowed to hear.Read more here.
Regions from the Appalachians to the Rockies could experience massive job losses, particularly if Biden embraces the green demand to ban all fracking, even on private land. In Texas alone, as many as a million good-paying jobs would be lost. Overall, according to a Chamber of Commerce report, a full national fracking ban would cost 14 million jobs, far more than the eight million lost in the Great Recession. That could turn even vital smaller towns into instant slums. And in places like New Mexico, where spending on public programs hinges on the oil industry—now experiencing a 60-day moratorium on new permits, thanks to President Biden—even issues like education will be impacted.
The climate story is just one part of a bigger one, which led Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan to complain that the party of the people increasingly resembles the old Republicans, with lockstep support from Wall Street, the celebrity circuit, Silicon Valley and other elite sectors like professional service and law firms. Put simply, the Democrats have won the battle of the elites, with Democratic campaign spending more than tripling in recent years.
But we don't have to project what these policies will mean to working-class Americans. That reality is amply demonstrated in California, a state whose policies are widely embraced by Biden and his administration ("Make California Great Again? That's Biden's plan," read an ecstatic account in the Los Angeles Times). California's Democratic leaders like to tout the state's social justice capitalism. But its state policies have been disastrous for California's middle and working classes. State energy policies have made California gas and electricity prices among the highest in the nation, increasing electricity prices since 2011 five times as fast as the national average. In 2017 alone, those prices increased at three times the national rate. These prices have been devastating to poorer Californians—particularly in the hot interior, where "energy poverty" has grown rapidly.
Rather than follow the flawed California approach, the Biden administration has the opportunity to address climate issues without worsening the condition for working-class Americans. Instead of a precipitous elimination of fossil fuels, a gradual shift toward using natural gas over coal—the source of the biggest reductions in GHG—as well as continuing investment in nuclear power would allow us to reduce emissions without the expense and unreliability stemming from total reliance on renewables.
We cannot afford a return to Obama-era policy, which favored Wall Street and Silicon Valley and did little for middle- and working-class voters while their incomes stagnated.
It's time to abandon the current tendency to please the progressive gentry first—the brand of liberalism that Harry Truman warned about and, if he were alive, would find truly appalling today.Read more here.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
if conservatives ever hope to get back into the Power Game again, they need to know exactly what mistakes Trump made, and then, never repeat them.
Trump hired people he should never have hired, then didn't fire them when he should have. Sessions. Bolton. Nielsen. Barr. Tillerson. Mattis. Milley. Esper. Scaramucci. Omarosa. Haley. Pruitt. Wray. He even seriously considered hiring the soulless snake Mitt Romney as his secretary of state. On and on the list could go. Trump began by claiming he was only going to hire "the best people". In the end, it was Trump himself who concluded he only hired the worst people, since he so often went on social media to trash the very people he had hired.
That in so doing Trump only made himself look foolish and incompetent to undecided and swing voters didn't seem to occur to him. He also didn't seem concerned that this grating, repetitive process lowered morale among people still serving, each of whom thereafter wondered if Trump would one day trash them publicly, too.
Here's another thing. Over and over, Trump achieved something great, only to then erase the forthcoming positive headline announcing the achievement by shooting his mouth off on social media...which then became the headline, and a negative one at that. Trump would then complain that the media hadn't covered his achievement. The Twitter outbursts were often attempts at settling petty personal squabbles almost no voter cared about. Result: Most voters never heard about his great achievement, only that he was yelling at someone again. And again, this couldn't help but alienate all sorts of swing and independent voters—especially suburban women.
Trump also wasted hours yakking with inveterate Trump-hater Bob Woodward in the vain hope he could charm Woodward into liking him. He did the same with Chris Wallace and other Trump-hating reporters. He never seemed able to accept that no matter what he did, the DC Swamp Monsters were always going to hate his guts. He was an outsider, he wanted to blow up their cozy little world, he was a Republican, and the old Dale Carnegie techniques about charming people into liking you are just never going to work on DC Swamp Monsters. So why bother trying? Why bother boosting the credibility of media goons who are just going to go out and turn more voters against you?
It might be objected that these are fairly superficial errors, so let me turn to something more serious. In the two years prior to election day, Trump repeatedly announced that Democrats were going to try to rig the 2020 election against him. He said it at rallies. He said it in interviews and tweets. If we take him at his word, he knew perfectly well an attempt was coming.
And so I ask: What was Team Trump's fraud prevention plan? What did he actually do to reduce the chances of ballot-stuffing, voting machine manipulation, fraudulent mail-in ballots, Chinese election-tampering, etc.? From what anyone can tell, the answer is: nothing. There was no fraud prevention plan. Most conservatives continue to give Trump a pass on this on grounds it is the states, not the federal government, who run the election process. But the fact is, Trump and the RNC could easily have helped coordinate anti-fraud measures among Republican Party machines (and Republican governors and state legislatures) in swing states. Yet they didn't.
That effort could have, and should have, coordinated legislative and lawfare swing state countermeasures against last minute changes to voting processes designed to make fraud easier. It should have initiated legislative efforts to make voting methods more secure overall. It should have sent RNC money to anti-fraud squads. It should have organized and scheduled designated poll watchers (and local media) at high-risk polling stations. It should have pushed for the abolition of computerized vote-counting machines altogether, since their vulnerability to error has been amply documented for decades. It should have organized state law enforcement supervision at all polling stations. It should have organized federal law enforcement attendance at various polling stations under the rationale they were enforcing federal voting and civil rights laws. And last, but not least: Trump should have had a top-tier team of legal experts standing by on election night to challenge any dubious results, just in case that national anti-fraud effort failed.Read much more here.
The criticism of Brady is illustrative of where we are as a country right now. White people, especially white men, are being demonized as the scourge of America. Heroes can only be those leftists from "persecuted" minority groups who hate America as it was founded or those who acknowledge the struggle and admit their white guilt. And lurking in the background are evil entities invested keeping the country divided, whether by politics, race, or class.
We need winners right now, those who got where they are based on their talents and not by the choice of government or other ideological bullies. And boy, we patriots could use any inspiration we can get in the times we are living.Read more here.
As of 2018 Census Bureau data, whites are 17th among ethnic groups in median income, trailing not only just about every Asian minority, including Iranians and Pakistanis, but also African immigrant groups like Nigerian-Americans and Ghanian-Americans. The case for American “white supremacy” is ludicrously weak, but it may be a capital offense to point that fact out.John quotes from a new book by Charles Murray, to be published by Encounter Books in June. Murray's book is entitled Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America. Read more here.
The Twitter-Fabulous of the Pseudoright may be dull-minded drulls, but they can't have failed to comprehend that they had an important role in the Twitter Viral Panic spreading machinery: They are the vectors of the virus of panic to the right. They take the virus from the left, and inject it into the right.
The left and right being increasingly isolated sub-populations, the importance of the Twitter-Fabulous of the Pseudoright in taking the virus from the left and infecting the right with it cannot be understated.
And I think they enjoy it. I think that knowing they are important Message Repeaters for their leftwing allies makes them feel Important, Special, and Emotionally Validated as people who just aren't wasting their lives on Twitter, but as people who are Shaping Public Opinion. (In favor of the left, of course.)
So no, I don't credit them with merely being stupid. They know what they're doing. They know they are now fully members of the Democrat-Media Propaganda Complex, and while they will never be more than cogs in that machine, their leftwing friends have promised to make them the rulers of the right.Read more here.
All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by minuscule viral particles.
Detailing the steps in his calculations, Yates said he used the diameter of SARS-CoV-2 - at an average of about 100 nanometers, or 100 billionths of a meter - and then figured out the volume of the spherical virus.Read more
Do not feed the system that is designed to destroy you. Move your money away from big massive banking institutions and put it into local banks and credit unions. Spend your income in smaller businesses on Main Street. Do not shop at multinational corporations.
We are watching deployment of an identical playbook used previously using taxpayer funds to finance Wall Street, Multinationals, Big Banks and political allies in 2008/2009.
"Left-wing ideology is now becoming mandatory for the military and everyone else working for the government."
Rural, white, conservative, and Christian American men make up the bulk of America’s warrior class. They predominate in dangerous combat units, and intergenerational traditions of service are common. In spite of these traditions, the message from the culture, as well as political leaders, to such people is plain: Your day is done. You will be second-class citizens. And you are suspect.
What will happen to the American military if this warrior class chooses not to serve a political regime that labels them obstacles to the goals of equity and inclusion? What will motivate them if such service becomes morally ambiguous and less supported within their own communities?
An increasingly hostile ruling class, who conceive of themselves as occupying a disloyal, irredentist America, is, unfortunately, a formula for weakness abroad and conflict at home.Read more here.
"you're about to turn Donald Trump into a cross between Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela to about 200 million very angry people."
Well, congratulations fools; you're about to turn Donald Trump into a cross between Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela to about 200 million very angry people. And that anger will blossom into a taste for vengeance once energy is no longer cheap, work no longer available, food no longer plentiful, and our mouths rhetorically (or otherwise) wired shut to silence our displeasure.
All of this is also sadly revelatory about where we are as a society. The last vestiges of America as founded were mortally wounded on the night of November 3rd, finished off on January 6th and cremated on January 20th. We're now at the salting-of-the-earth-where-it-once-stood-phase, not only with this but with the purging from the public square anyone and anything that dares oppose our subjugation at the hands of the globalists and ultimately the Red Chinese.Read much more here.
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
During the White House transition period prior to Jan. 20, then-Attorney General William Barr put up several “roadblocks” to dozens of President Donald Trump’s executive orders while fast-tracking those of Joe Biden, according to Trump senior adviser Peter Navarro.Read more here.
"Weird that all this high-tech facial analysis equipment is never available to identity antifa terrorists."
Surveillance Society: Tampa's Leftwing Mayor Says That Any Fan Who Didn't Wear a Mask at the Super Bowl Will be "Identified" By Law Enforcement and Prosecuted —Ace Weird that all this high-tech facial analysis equipment is never available to identity antifa terrorists.Oh wait, there is more. Here is the mayor at the game!
Sure looks like the mayor. Now, given the lightning logos on the jerseys, one can guess that that is a shot from a Tampa Bay Lightnings hockey game, but, as you can see, people are wearing masks, so this is during the pandemic. But the mayor isn't wearing a mask. Exit Question: Do any of you think she'll be prosecuted? Exit Answer: No, none of you think that. Laws are for the Morlocks only. By the way: Gathering outdoors is illegal again. Momentarily. Until Antifa, BLM, and/or Democrats want to gather outdoors again.
Monday, February 08, 2021
Apart from provisioning and energy problems that are potentially solvable, there are three big problems with a Mars mission: Getting there, getting back and being there. All three problems center around an insolvable radiation problem.
There are probably several reasons there’s no life on Mars, but this radiation problem is one of them. Any life would be short-lived. A mission to Mars is a suicide mission.
Elon Musk is not famous for wanting to send you and me to Mars, of course, but for founding the electric car company called Tesla. In that, he’s been very successful. The market value of Tesla is now over $800 billion, compared to $77 billion for GM and $44 billion for Ford.Read more here.
as Orwell predicted, revolutionary pigs began walking on two feet and absorbed all the levers of American cultural influence and power: the media, the bureaucracies, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, publishing, the academy, K-12 education, professional sports, and entertainment. And to them all, the revolutionaries added their past coarseness and 1960s-era by-any-means-necessary absolutism.
We are now finally witnessing the logical fruition of their radical utopia: Censorship, electronic surveillance, internal spying, monopolies, cartels, conspiracy theories, weaponization of the intelligence agencies, pouring billions of dollars into campaigns, changing voting laws by fiat, a woke revolutionary military, book banning, bleeding the First Amendment, canceling careers, blacklisting, separate-but-equal racial segregation and separatism.
Conspiracies? Now they brag of them in Time. Read their hubristic confessionals in “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.” Once upon a Time, radicals used to talk of a “secret history” in terms of the Pentagon Papers, or a “shadow campaign” in detailing Hollywood blacklisting. They are exactly what they once despised, with one key qualifier: Sixties crudity and venom are central to their metamorphosis.
...The Left demands not free-speech areas anymore, but no-speech “safe spaces” and “theme houses”—euphemisms for racially segregated, “separate-but-equal” zones. “Microaggressions” are tantamount to thought crimes. The mere way we look, smile, or blink can indict us as counterrevolutionaries. Stalin’s Trotskyization of all incorrect names, statues, and commemoratives is the Left’s ideal, as they seek to relabel Old America in one fell swoop. No one is spared from the new racists, not Honest Abe, not Tom Jefferson, not you, not me.Read more here.
Sunday, February 07, 2021
At the time George Zimmerman was under attack; then came Ferguson (Wilson -vs- Mike Brown); then Baltimore (Freddie Gray -vs- Baltimore Six); but the natural alignment… the purpose of the events… was a leftist probe into weaponized narrative engineering in order to advance completely false and fabricated stories. The U.S. media were testing whether they could control the outlook of Americans.
The shift in attack direction from media at the time was alarming. No longer was the media trying to excuse the transparently guilty of accountability; starting in 2012 what the new-era attack angle started to do was falsely accuse the transparently innocent.
Leftists in politics and media were probing their ability to engineer entirely false positions and assertions of facts. This was new because they were now aligning to target the innocent. In 2013 CTH was trying to warn; to tell the story of where this was going to end up. The clarion call has a similar resonance today, albeit with an increased urgency.
Eugenics: how scientists and politicians got on board the bandwagon, then with the help of the media, covered up their involvement.
Saturday, February 06, 2021
Certainty craves detail, and detail requires an investigation. It has been a full year, 80 million people have been infected, and, surprisingly, no public investigation has taken place. We still know very little about the origins of this disease.
A vast treasure was spent by the U.S. on the amplification and aerial delivery of diseases — some well known, others obscure and stealthy. America’s biological-weapons program in the ’50s had A1-priority status, as high as nuclear weapons. In preparation for a total war with a numerically superior communist foe, scientists bred germs to be resistant to antibiotics and other drug therapies, and they infected lab animals with them, using a technique called “serial passaging,” in order to make the germs more virulent and more catching.
...If one of the first thoughts that goes through the head of a lab director at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is that the new coronavirus could have come from her lab, then we are obliged to entertain the scientific possibility that it could indeed have come from her lab. Right then, there should have been a comprehensive, pockets-inside-out, fully public investigation of the Virology Institute, along with the other important virus labs in Wuhan, including the one close by the seafood market, headquarters of the Wuhan CDC. There should have been interviews with scientists, interviews with biosafety teams, close parsings of laboratory notebooks, freezer and plumbing and decontamination systems checks — everything. It didn’t happen. The Wuhan Institute of Virology closed down its databases of viral genomes, and the Chinese Ministry of Education sent out a directive: “Any paper that traces the origin of the virus must be strictly and tightly managed.”
...The zoonoticists say that we shouldn’t find it troubling that virologists have been inserting and deleting furin cleavage sites and ACE2-receptor-binding domains in experimental viral spike proteins for years: The fact that virologists have been doing these things in laboratories, in advance of the pandemic, is to be taken as a sign of their prescience, not of their folly. But I keep returning to the basic, puzzling fact: This patchwork pathogen, which allegedly has evolved without human meddling, first came to notice in the only city in the world with a laboratory that was paid for years by the U.S. government to perform experiments on certain obscure and heretofore unpublicized strains of bat viruses — which bat viruses then turned out to be, out of all the organisms on the planet, the ones that are most closely related to the disease. What are the odds?
So how did we get this disease?
Here’s what I think happened. In April 2012, in a copper mine in Mojiang, China, three men were given an awful job — they were told to shovel bat guano out of a mine shaft. They went to work and shoveled guano for seven hours a day in the confined, insufficiently ventilated space of the mine shaft, and by the end of the week, they were sick with a viral pneumonia of unknown etiology. Three more, younger shovelers were hired to replace the ones who were out sick.
The viral load in their lungs was so huge, because of all the guano dust, that their lungs became a kind of accelerated laboratory passaging experiment, as Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson have written, forcing the virus to switch its allegiance from bats to humans. SARS experts were consulted, and the disease was judged to be SARS-like but not SARS. It was something new. (Shi Zhengli told Scientific American that the guano shovelers had died of a fungal disease, but, as Monali Rahalkar pointed out, they were treated with antivirals, and their symptoms were consistent with viral pneumonia with attendant secondary fungal infections.)
Although it was a severe disease, and in the end three of the shovelers died, there was no resultant epidemic. It was actually a case of industrial overexposure to an infectious substance — what we might call a massive OSHA violation. The bat disease that the men encountered wasn’t necessarily all that dangerous except in an environment of immunosuppressive overload.
This may be the great scientific meta-experiment of the 21st century. Could a world full of scientists do all kinds of reckless recombinant things with viral diseases for many years and successfully avoid a serious outbreak? The hypothesis was that, yes, it was doable. The risk was worth taking. There would be no pandemic.
I hope the vaccine works.