Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Jerry Nadler shows how to put on a mask!

Over 50% of liberal white women under 30 have some sort of mental health issue!

Carrie Gress writes,
Over the last five decades, feminism has made a long march through American culture, culminating in the first female vice president of the United States. But it isn’t clear that feminism’s fruits are helping everyone. Happiness metrics confirm that women are struggling: Suicides, depression, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted infections have all increased dramatically over the last five decades. Women aren’t becoming happier, just more medicated. A 2020 Pew Report showed that over 50 percent of liberal white women under 30 have some sort of mental-health issue. That statistic alone is stunning enough to indicate that something is going very wrong for the modern woman, despite the steady uptick of feminist advances.
What, then, should we be conveying to women of every economic and ethnic stripe to help us have fulfilling lives? There are basics, such as: Don’t sleep around, don’t do drugs, don’t have abortions, stop blaming the patriarchy, find a purpose outside of yourself, cover up some of that skin, don’t overspend, and figure out what is truly good, not just what celebrities say. None of these suggestions is revolutionary, especially if one looks honestly at history. Or human nature. Or psychology.
Read more here: https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/why-dont-we-tell-women-whats-making-them-miserable/

Taliban kill folksinger because "music is forbidden in Islam."

Josh Christienson reports,
The Taliban executed an Afghan folk singer days after its spokesman warned inhabitants "music is forbidden in Islam."
The militant group killed Fawad Andarabi on Friday at his family's farm about 60 miles north of Kabul, according to the Associated Press. Members of the Taliban had visited the singer days before to search his home. Andarabi's son said his father played a bowed lute called a ghaychak and sang traditional songs about Afghanistan.
Read more here: https://freebeacon.com/national-security/taliban-executes-afghan-folk-singer/

"Betrayal, failure, weakness, dishonor. There needs to be accountability!"

Facebook and Instagram shut down the accounts of mother of son killed in the terror attack at Kabul airport

Here is what she had to say:

"I was able to stand about fifteen seconds of his fake, scripted apology, and I had to walk away!"

"He would not look us in the eye. There was not an ounce of sympathy!

Afghan man who rescued Biden and John Kerry is a snowstorm thirteen years ago pleads with Biden to rescue him and his children

Dion Nissenbaum reports,
Thirteen years ago, Afghan interpreter Mohammed helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden and two other senators stranded in a remote Afghanistan valley after their helicopter was forced to land in a snowstorm. Now, Mohammed is asking President Biden to save him.
“Hello Mr. President: Save me and my family,” Mohammed, who asked not to use his full name while in hiding, told The Wall Street Journal as the last Americans flew out of Kabul on Monday. “Don’t forget me here.”
Mohammed and his four children are hiding from the Taliban after his yearslong attempt to get out of Afghanistan got tangled in the bureaucracy. They are among countless Afghan allies who were left behind when the U.S. ended its 20-year military campaign in Afghanistan on Monday.
Mohammed was a 36-year-old interpreter for the U.S. Army in 2008 when two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters made an emergency landing in Afghanistan during a blinding snowstorm. On board were three U.S. senators: Mr. Biden, the Delaware Democrat, John Kerry, (D., Mass.) and Chuck Hagel, (R., Neb.).
As a private security team with the former firm Blackwater and U.S. Army soldiers monitored for any nearby Taliban fighters, the crew sent out an urgent call for help. At Bagram Air Field, Mohammed jumped in a Humvee with a Quick Reaction Force from the 82nd Airborne Division and drove hours into the nearby mountains to rescue them.
Read more here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/afghan-interpreter-who-helped-rescue-biden-in-2008-left-behind-after-u-s-exit-11630429285

Does America still work?

Victor Davis Hanson writes,
Once journalists became progressive poodles rather than the watchdogs of government, the Biden administration had no fear of audit. It took for granted that its disasters from the southern border to the chaos in Afghanistan would be excused by toady reporters.
Government-engineered ‘equity’ has replaced the goal of equal opportunity. But such utopianism birthed popular anger when personal initiative, excellence and performance do not count as much as virtue-signaling groupthink.
our top brass and functionaries talked of redirecting the military to every possible woke agenda — except ensuring military superiority and the safety of the United States.
The result is the horrific mess of a premodern Taliban army routing the most sophisticated military in the history of civilization. We shudder when America begs premodern tribes please not to murder our citizens whom we abandoned in full retreat.
Our airline CEOs vie to virtue signal their wokeness by damning voter ID laws — though such identification is required to board their own airplanes. As corporations preen to the media, their jet airliners lately don’t have enough fuel to reach their destinations. The new American airline normal is woke delays, woke cancellations and woke anarchy in the skies.
Until our officials can ensure a humane and sustainable standard of living, we have no business lecturing others abroad, much less conducting endless witch hunts of our own at home.
Read more here: https://spectatorworld.com/topic/america-still-work-woke-capitalism/

Monday, August 30, 2021

The man whom Joe Biden called a boy today.

Taliban flies a helicopter we left behind, and finds a new way to hang someone!

The lights went out at Bagram!

and we don't know who the Afghan refugees are!

Did Biden ever have more than ten people at any of his rallies?

Trump rally this week in Alabama

Lindsey Graham is afraid to come on the Tucker Carlson show!

Senator Lindsey Graham has no problem with installing judges who hate his constituents!

Helping us to understand

Sundance writes about how we fix this mess.
we pick up the expansive and weaponized intelligence system as it manifests after 9/11/01, and my goal is to highlight how the modern version of the total intelligence apparatus has now metastasized into a Fourth Branch of government. It is this superseding branch that now touches and influences every facet of our life.
I am going to explain how the Intelligence Branch works: (1) to control every other branch of government; (2) how it functions as an entirely independent branch of government with no oversight; (3) how and why it was created to be independent from oversight; (4) what is the current mission of the IC Branch, and most importantly (5) who operates it.
None of the people operating deep inside the Intelligence Branch were elected; and our elected representative House members genuinely do not know how the system works. I assert this position affirmatively, because I have talked to House and Senate staffers, including the chiefs of staff for multiple House & Senate committee seats. They are not malicious people; however, they are genuinely clueless of things that happen outside their silo. That is part of the purpose of me explaining it, with examples, in full detail and sunlight.
you might remember how much effort the Obama administration put into recruiting Facebook and Twitter as resources for the various mid-east rebellions the White House and DoS supported. This was the point of modern merge between the U.S. intelligence community and Big Tech social media.
In many ways the coordinated political outcomes in Libya and Egypt were the beta test for the coordinated domestic political outcomes we saw in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The U.S. intelligence community working with social media platforms and political operatives.
♦ When Barack Obama was installed in January 2009, the Democrats held a 60 seat majority in the U.S. Senate. As the people behind the Obama installation began executing their longer-term plan, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was a tool to create the Intelligence Branch; it was not an unintentional series of events.
Dirty Harry and Mitch McConnell saw the TEA Party through the same prism. The TEA Party took Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts (Scott Brown); Sharon Angle was about to take out Harry Reid in Nevada; Arlen Spector was taken down in Pennsylvania; Senator Robert Byrd died; Senator Lisa Murkowski lost her primary to Joe Miller in Alaska; McConnell’s nominee Mike Castle lost to Christine O’Donnell in Delaware; Rand Paul won in Kentucky. This is the background. The peasants were revolting…. and visibly angry Mitch McConnell desperately made a deal with the devil to protect himself.
• The classification process is determined inside the Intelligence Branch, all by themselves. They get to choose what rank of classification exists on any work-product they create; and they get to decide what the classification status is of any work-product that is created by anyone else. The Intelligence Branch has full control over what is considered classified information and what is not. The Intelligence Branch defines what is a “national security interest” and what is not. A great technique for hiding fingerprints of corrupt and illegal activity.
Our elections have been usurped by the Intelligence Branch. Start with honest elections and we will see just how much Democrat AND Republican corruption is dependent on manipulated election results. Start at the state level. Start there…. everything else is downstream.
Yes, the history of the U.S. national security apparatus goes back decades; however, the weaponization of that apparatus, the creation of an apex branch of government, the Intelligence Branch, originated –as we currently feel it– under President Barack Obama.
Obama took the foundational tools created by Bill Clinton and George W Bush and used the intelligence system architecture to create a weapon for use in his fundamental transformation. An alliance of ideologues within government (intel community) and the private sector (big tech and finance) was assembled, and the largest government weapon was created.
In short, Peter Strzok acted as a bridge between the CIA and the FBI. The perfect type of FBI career agent for the Intelligence Branch and CIA Director John Brennan to utilize.
Recap: ♦Mifsud tasked against Papadopoulos (CIA). ♦Halper tasked against Flynn (CIA), Page (CIA), and Papadopoulos (CIA). ♦Azra Turk, pretending to be Halper asst., tasked against Papadopoulos (FBI). ♦Veselnitskaya tasked against Donald Trump Jr. (CIA, Fusion-GPS). ♦Butina tasked against Donald Trump Jr. (FBI). All of these activities were coordinated.
Former FBI Director James Comey openly admitted to Congress on March 20, 2017, that the FBI, FBI Counterintelligence Division, DOJ and DOJ-National Security Division, together with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the CIA, had been conducting independent investigations of Donald Trump for over a year without informing the Go8. Comey justified the lack of informing Go8 oversight by saying, “because of the sensitivity of the matter.”
Stupidly, Congress never pressed James Comey on that issue. The arrogance was astounding, and the acceptance by Congress was infuriating. However, that specific example highlighted just how politically corrupt the system had become. In essence, Team Obama usurped the entire design of congressional oversight…. and Congress just brushed it off.
Team Obama carried out a political operation using the intelligence community and the checks-and-balances in the system were intentionally usurped. This is an indisputable fact.
Worse still, the entire legislative branch of Congress, which specifically includes the Republicans that now controlled the House and Senate, did nothing. They just ignored what was admitted. The usurpation was willfully ignored. The mechanism of the G08 was bypassed without a twitch of condemnation or investigation…. because the common enemy was Donald Trump.
This example highlights the collapse of the system. Obama, the executive branch, collapsed the system by usurping the process; in essence the process became the bigger issue and the lack of immediate legislative branch reaction became evidence of open acceptance. The outcomes of the usurpation played out over the next four years, Donald J. Trump was kneecapped and lost his presidency because of it. However, the bigger issue of the collapse still exists.
The downstream consequence of the legislative branch accepting the executive branch usurpation meant both intelligence committees were compromised. Additionally, the leadership of both the House and Senate were complicit. Think about this carefully. The legislative branch allowance of the intelligence usurpation meant the legislative branch was now subservient to the Intelligence Branch.
Term-1 and Term-2 Obama usurped the ‘check and balance‘ within the system and weaponized the intelligence apparatus. During Trump’s term that weaponization was covered up by a compliant congress, and not a single member of the oversight called it out. Now, Term-3 Obama steps back-in to continue the cover-up and continue the weaponization.
As we understand the United States Intelligence Branch of government as the superseding entity that controls the internal politics of our nation, we also must consider that multiple nations have the same issue. There are major intelligence networks around the world beside the NSA “Five-Eyes” database. China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Israel all operate proprietary databases deploying the same tools and techniques for assembly.
The biggest names in Big Tech announced in June their partnership with the Five Eyes intelligence network, ultimately controlled by the NSA, to: (1) monitor all activity in their platforms; (2) identify extremist content; (3) look for expressions of Domestic Violent Extremism (DVE); and then, (4) put the content details into a database where the Five Eyes intelligence agencies (U.K., U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand) can access it.
♦ WHAT NOW? There is a way to stop the Intelligence Branch, but it requires some outside-the-box thinking and reliance on the Constitution as a tool to radically change one element within government. In the interim, we must remain focused on the three tiers that we need for success.
• Tier One is “tactical civics” at a local level. Engaged and active citizen participation at the community, city, town and hamlet level of society. This is what might be described as grassroots level. School Board level; City Council level; County Commissioner level.
• Tier Two is “extreme federalism” at a state level. Engaged and active citizen participation through your State House and State Senate representative. This is state level assembly and action demands upon the House, Senate and State Governor.
• Tier Three the challenge of “federal offices” on a national level. This is where CTH will present a singular action that can be taken upstream that allows the first two tiers to retake control over federal offices. This is where we throw the One Ring into the fire of Mordor. CTH has tested this approach with a multitude of political allies who accept and understand the issue. All eventually agreed with the solution at a federal level; it won’t be easy, but it will be possible.
I am confident that ultimately We The People will win. Details on the “One Ring” solution will come soon, perhaps as early as tomorrow; in the interim, tactical civics and extreme federalism are doable right now, in this 2022 election cycle.
Read more here: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/08/29/preview-to-answering-the-big-question-how-do-we-fix-this-mess/#more-216103

Twisting words and meanings


Go ahead, tough guy!

When can we start calling things by their proper names?

Oregon Muse has written today about the importance of calling things by their proper names. For example, CRT or Critical Race Theory should be called race hatred, which is what it is. Racism/White Supremacy should be called prejudice or race prejudice
more precise terms which meant making value judgments based on skin color alone rather than demonstrated actions or character.
Sexual assault:
This is another term that gets used too broadly. I'm tempted to think it was invented by feminists who want to give to lesser offenses the seriousness of a rape accusation. The use of the word 'assault' implies violence that, in these cases, may not be present. There's a big difference between getting groped at an office party and sexual intercourse by force. The former is sleazy and creepy and the latter should carry criminal penalties. But nowadays, every time I hear a woman goes before a camera and tearfully says "I was the victim of sexual assault", I ask myself, ok, what exactly happened? Was she whistled at by some guy, pawed by her boss or dragged off into the bushes off of some dark street and raped? I hate to sound unsympathetic, but there's a difference between these things.
Perhaps 'sexual assault' should be divided into two categories. The first should include 'rape' and 'attempted rape' and the second should be 'unwanted sexual contact' which would encompass everything from obscene phone calls to things like boob/butt grabbing. And whether legal or criminal penalties apply would depend on the circumstances.
whatever happened to the word 'pederasty'? That was a perfectly good word. Except that it was specifically sex between a man and a young boy, so 'child molesting' would be more fitting choice. Personally, I think 'child rape' would be better, but 'molesting' would be adequate. The negative connotation is appropriate. This is another phrase that has fallen out of use, and I'm not sure why. Well, I think I know why, but as long as we tolerate the existence of Drag Queen Story Hour at public libraries, we're never going to get it back.
Read more here: http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=395377

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Ben Crenshaw and Lara Logan both report that things are worse In Afghanistan

Read more here: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/08/29/dan-crenshaw-lara-logan-bring-the-most-disturbing-reports-out-of-the-kabul-airport-yet-n1473930

Unbelievable incompetence!


Uh huh!

Since Biden took over...

Tragic Incompetence!

"How many more minutes before I can nap?"

Want to bet?

Roger Kimball writes,
Did you know that when we stole away from Bagram Airfield at night we left behind hundreds of millions of dollars worth of grade-A military hardware, including 23 A-29 combat aircraft, three C-130 transport planes, 33 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, 170 armored Humvees, thousands upon thousands of rockets and grenades, nearly a million rounds of .50 caliber ammunition, and tens of thousands of rifles? In a stroke, we made the Taliban the best-armed radical Islamic organization in the world.
Did you know that the United States is soon to be home to tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, many—if not most of them—Islamic fundamentalists? Did you know that, in its partnership with the Taliban (sounds odd doesn’t it?), the Biden Administration actually gave the Taliban the names of Americans and our Afghan allies. Yes, you read that right. “In a move no one can grasp,” Politico reported, “U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies, believing the Taliban would allow them to enter the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport. Lawmakers and military officials are outraged.”
How about you?
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration just announced it conducted a drone strike that may have killed two people who might have been ISIS-K “planners.” We don’t really know, however, because the Pentagon will not release the names of the targets. In other words, as the commentator Raheem Kassam observed, “Joe Biden gave a list of Americans to the Taliban but won’t give the names of the terrorists he claims to have retaliated against to the American public.” I suppose the attack was in fulfillment of the little currant of tough talk someone inserted into Biden’s remarks: “We will not forgive, we will not forget, we will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Want to bet?
Read more here: https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/28/a-lesson-for-joe-biden/

He likes to walk away!

Things change!

We knew he'd be coming


Finding some humor in this mess

Saturday, August 28, 2021

How rude!

Challenging bedrooms (via Misanthropic Humanitarian)

Scientists making progress in treating cancer

Mark Waghorn reports,
Surprisingly, results pointed to an unexpected role of proteins and processes that control a form of cell death called ferroptosis. This process happens when iron builds up and weakens a tumor’s metabolism and cell membranes.
“We now know that the CAIX enzyme blocks cancer cells from dying as a result of ferroptosis,” Dr. Dedhar adds. “Combining inhibitors of CAIX, including SLC-0111, with compounds known to bring about ferroptosis results in catastrophic cell death and debilitates tumor growth.”
A large international effort is currently underway to identify drugs that induce ferroptosis. The study is a major step forward in this quest.
Read more here: https://www.studyfinds.org/cancers-achilles-heel/

When a dog is raised by rabbits


via Ace of Spades blog

Happy Saturday!

Photo via Ace of Spades blog

Friday, August 27, 2021

Covid 19 is here to stay, and why we should stop worrying about it!

Philippi Lemoine writes,
The pandemic is on its way out, but SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. Fortunately, as everyone develops immunity to it (whether through vaccination or natural infection), it will soon no longer be a major problem anymore. The virus will continue to circulate, but much less than during the pandemic and, even when people are infected, the infection will typically be mild. In the future, almost everyone will get infected for the first time during their childhood, which is harmless and will protect them against severe illness when they are reinfected.15 The virus will continue to mutate and some of those mutations will favor immune evasion, but while this will allow it to infect people who have already been infected or vaccinated more easily, immunity should continue to protect against severe forms of the disease, thanks in particular to the role played by T-cells. This is likely what happened with other human coronaviruses, which are already endemic and typically cause a cold in the people they infect. To the extent that immune evasion occurs, it will be very gradual and the fact that most people will be infected every few years will update their immunity, ensuring that subsequent reinfections will also be mild. The most vulnerable people, whose immune system doesn’t work very well and could use some help to be ready in case of infection, can get a vaccine booster from time to time. The virus will still kill people, as the flu does, but it will never cause the same amount of disruption again. The hardest part of what lays ahead may be to convince people who have been traumatized by the pandemic that it’s over and that restrictions are no longer necessary.
Read more here: https://cspicenter.org/blog/waronscience/why-covid-19-is-here-to-stay-and-why-you-shouldnt-worry-about-it/

"White rage?" How about a "rainbow of rage?"

Kurt Schlichter writes,
Maybe General Milley did get something right. A soldier of recognized bravery earlier in his career, and (according to one soldier who served under him) a good battalion commander as a light colonel, he has demonstrated the Peter Principle in spades. He is the worst Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in history, a disaster in every way, but he has accomplished one thing besides adding to America’s “L” column. He has united the country. Remember his ridiculous screed about “white rage?” Well, today – because of his failure – he has managed to unite Americans of all colors and shades in their rage at a failed military establishment whose lack of seriousness and gross incompetence has not only humiliated our country but gotten our troops killed. He has created a rainbow of rage.
Read more here: https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/08/27/resign-n2594830?270

Predictable and unacceptable!

"I demand accountability!"

This Marine has now been relieved of his duties: https://dailycaller.com/2021/08/27/marine-ltc-fired-for-demanding-accountability-afghanistan/

God bless our Gold Star families.

and now in Texas?

A well researched report on some events of January 6

The New Neo reports on January 6:
At this late date, what we now do know (and what the right suspected much earlier) is that four of the non-suicide deaths were all from natural causes and unrelated to any direct actions of the rioters themselves. We also know that the only death that was not of natural causes that day was that of Ashli Babbitt, who was killed by none other than Officer Byrd. And yet she is included by NBC in that five-count.
For a long time NBC and the rest of the MSM lied outright and blatantly – not with subtlety – about one of those naturally-caused deaths, that of Officer Sicknick. They said the rioters had hit him on the head with a fire extinguisher and he died a few hours later of his injuries. None of that is true; not the fire extinguisher, not the injuries, not the cause of death, and not even the time of death. The MSM is well aware that he died of natural causes, and if they’re not aware they’re negligent. But they also know that many of their readers don’t know, so they can get away with repeating the implication that the rioters may indeed have killed five people, something the media knows is utterly untrue.
But as I said, this is typical of the MSM’s approach, and it’s a very useful one in terms of propaganda. I’d love to see a poll on how many Americans continue to think that the rioters killed Officer Sicknick. I bet the numbers would still be high.
\Read more here: https://www.thenewneo.com/2021/08/27/capitol-police-officer-michael-byrd-gives-an-interview-outing-himself-as-ashli-babbitts-killer/

Biden, Afghanistan, and China

Joseph Hippolito writes,
In 2016, China signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the now-deposed president, Ashraf Ghani. As part of that agreement, China sent $100 million in aid. That funding provided the seed money for China to become the largest investor in Afghan business, and to spend $62 billion on Afghan infrastructure through the Belt and Road Initiative.
Afghanistan contains a range of minerals worth between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. The United States Geological Survey estimated that the country has 2.2 trillion tons of iron ore, 60 million metric tons of copper, and 1.4 million tons of rare earths, as well as gold, silver, platinum, uranium, aluminum and lithium.
Rare earths are indispensable for producing consumer and military electronics, especially guidance and communications systems. Rare earths also can provide the key for Afghanistan's economic recovery.
Projects include natural gas pipelines, electrical transmission, fiber optics networks, and massive highway and railway reconstruction. Two pivotal lines are the Five Nations Railway, which links China to Iran through Afghanistan, and a north-south route to Pakistan, a key Chinese ally.
Given current events, Americans must ask themselves many questions about the catastrophe in Afghanistan. Some of those questions should, arguably, include the peculiar ingredients of the Bidens' dealings with the Chinese.
Read more here: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/08/how-bidens-decisions-afghanistan-benefit-china-joseph-hippolito/

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Did President Trump get a wake-up call in Alabama?

Apparently President Trump recently got booed in Alabama when he was encouraging people to get vaxed. Kevin Jackson writes about it here: https://theblacksphere.net/2021/08/trump-gets-wake-up-call-after-crowd-boos-him-at-rally/

Did you know this about the Vietnam War?

Destabilizing much of the world and fracturing U.S. alliances

Bryan Preston writes,
The dust hasn’t settled in Afghanistan. The crisis that has erupted since Joe Biden decided to abandon Bagram Air Base and the rest of Afghanistan will continue long past his arbitrary August 31 deadline. After that, the people of that country will be subjected to pogroms the likes of which have not been seen since the Vietnam communists and the Khmer Rouge swept across southeast Asia, killing untold numbers along the way. A refugee crisis is already underway and will eventually become a major issue for Afghanistan’s neighboring countries and Europe. It’s no exaggeration to say that Biden has destabilized much of the world along with fracturing U.S. alliances across the board.
Biden has also armed the Taliban at the very same time he has thrown the border wide open and seeks to make it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to exercise our Second Amendment rights of self-defense.
Read more here: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/08/25/is-joe-biden-now-the-worlds-top-arms-supplier-to-terrorists-n1472560

"It was time!"

Giving the Taliban the "kill list!"

Kevin Downey Jr. reports,
In a move no one can grasp, U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies, believing the Taliban would allow them to enter the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport. Lawmakers and military officials are outraged.
Read more here: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2021/08/26/bombshell-u-s-officials-handed-taliban-a-list-of-names-of-americans-and-afghan-allies-n1473191

Weapons and money we left for the terrorists!

Gutfeld and guests talk about Afghanistan

The "Knock on Wood" interview

One week ago Joe Biden gave an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. Biden bragged that "No one is being killed right now!" Today at least 12 Americans have been killed, and at least another 15 U.S. servicemembers injured. Biden's "Knock on Wood" strategy failed.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Arming the Taliban

Lots of questions; few answers

Angelo Codevilla took the lead on Afghan matters for the Senate Intelligence Committee from 1979-1985. He writes,
On September 12, 2001, CIA director George Tenet delivered a summary judgment: Bin Laden and al Qaeda had “done” 9/11, “game, set, and match.” But this statement, basis as it has been for two decades of ‘war on terror,” is factually empty. What we surely do not know about who did what to make 9/11 happen is more than what we know. Nearly all of what most believe consists of a mixture of the U.S. government’s competing narratives, unverified.
We don’t even know the identities of most of the hijackers. We do know that they were not who their passports say they were, because the passports turned out to have been stolen. Who were the men who carried them? Mohammed Atta ran the operation. But who recruited the hijackers? On what basis? Apparently, Khalid Sheik Mohammed had a lot to do with the whole thing. What was his relationship with Atta? He has confessed to a lot—almost none of which is verifiable. We don’t know where he got the money. Though what was left over from the operation was ostentatiously returned to an open al Qaeda account, its provenance is hidden beyond our sleuths’ capacity to discover. What bin Laden had to do with 9/11, or what he might have known about it, is purely a matter of speculation. Though never averse to boasting, he never claimed credit for the attack. The Taliban? The most serious imputation against them was that they refused to turn over bin Laden.
And what roles did anyone in the Saudi and Iraqi governments play? This was the great subject of bloody bureaucratic controversy within the U.S. government, as each of its several parts tried to protect its foreign favorites from the American people’s ire. The intelligence agencies, given the utter poverty of their sources—the majority of which came from the intelligence services of these very governments—had little to contribute but their own narratives. They also placed what little they knew about these bureaucratically sensitive matters behind high security shields, where it remains to this day.
As it was, George Tenet’s (and President Bush’s) idiotic premise got another two decades’ lease on life. The U.S. government went on to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq. To accomplish what, precisely? Each set of rationales was stupider than the others.
What did the U.S. government actually do in Afghanistan and Iraq? Only the things it really cares to or knows how to do—namely, richly to hire its favorite people to try reshaping mankind in their own image. Since WWII, whether in the name of anti-communism, anti-terrorism, democracy, or humanitarianism, it’s always the same: dismiss the substance of local quarrels; recast the local scene in terms of American elites’ concerns; find locals who agree, and form “coalition governments” that, supposedly, represent the people’s aspirations, regardless of what these might be; send in the American experts on everything from education to women’s rights, with their recipes and their billions of dollars; and treat as terrorists any locals who disagree strongly.
Read more here: https://americanmind.org/memo/graveyard-of-narratives/

Good news about Covid 19!

Dr. Thomas Siler, M.D. has written a thorough and positive article about the Covid 19 pandemic, which is now an endemic. Read the good news here: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/08/the_good_newsa_covid19_update.html


Monday, August 23, 2021

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste...or, to end!"

John Tierney writes,
Throughout the pandemic, American political and public-health leaders have been following Rahm Emanuel’s classic dictum for power-seeking officials: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Now they’ve adopted a corollary: you never want a crisis to end.
As David Zweig reported in New York, when researchers from the CDC compared Covid-mitigation techniques at 169 elementary schools in Georgia, they found no statistically significant reduction of infections in schools that required masks for students, enforced social distancing, or installed barriers between desks. Those were important findings because it was the first such large study, but the CDC did not even mention them in the summary of research that it published. Instead, the agency went on recommending masks for all students.
The National Institutes of Health hasn’t even bothered to study the negative impacts of its mask policies on children. Dozens of other researchers, though, have demonstrated an array of problems called “Mask-Induced Exhaustion Syndrome.” The problems include decrease in blood oxygen saturation; increase in blood carbon dioxide; increase in heart and respiratory rates; difficulty breathing; dizziness; headache; drowsiness; and decreased ability to concentrate and think.
Read more here: https://www.city-journal.org/will-policymakers-let-the-covid-crisis-end


Douglas London writes,
As the CIA’s former regional counterterrorism chief, and then a private citizen, I advocated the need for the United States to remain in Afghanistan with a small, focused, counterterrorist presence but to adopt a dramatically different approach that did not require us being in the line of fire between rival national forces whose conflicts predated our intervention and will persist long after we’re gone. And while I have criticized the CIA and the intelligence community for various ills that require reform and contributed to the current circumstances, not least of which was a counterterrorism strategy that was arguably more damaging than the ill it sought to address, there was no intelligence failure by the agency in warning either Trump or Biden as to how events would play out. Operating in the shadows and “supporting the White House” will prevent the intelligence community from publicly defending itself. But the failure was not due to any lack of warning, but rather the hubris and political risk calculus of decision makers whose choices are too often made in their personal and political interest or with pre-committed policy choices, rather than influenced by (sometimes inconvenient) intelligence assessments and the full interests of the country.

If this doesn't disgust you, nothing will.

Doctors being punished for prescribing therapeutics for patients with Covid 19

I am sure he was just concerned about highway safety


Roger Kimball writes,
One word has been repeated again and again, all along the ideological spectrum, in the reporting on the disaster in Afghanistan: “incompetence.”
Incompetence there has been aplenty, and its display is both depressing and ubiquitous. It turns out that the technocratic elite to which we have entrusted our lives, not to mention the lives of the Afghans, is technically maladroit and incapable of effective governance. Our preposterous and “woke” Secretary of Defense epitomized the incapacity a few days ago when he admitted that the United States does not have the “capability to go out and collect large numbers of people.” Hello?
Read more here: https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/21/the-rotten-edifice-revealed/

Five theories to explain the Biden failure

Victor Davis Hanson writes,
Almost everything Joe Biden has touched since entering office has turned to dross. None of his blame-gaming, none of his distortions, none of his fantasies and unreality can mask that truth.
Three weeks ago, Joe Biden and a woke and politicized Pentagon were assuring us that Afghanistan was “stable.” Now the country is reverting to its accustomed premodern, theocratic, and medieval chaos. It will likely soon reopen as the world’s pre-9/11-style terrorist haven—an arms mart of over $50 billion in abandoned U.S. military equipment. Thanks to the president of the United States, terrorists and nation-state enemies can now shop for arms and train there without hindrance.
Did he believe that Americans did not deserve their citizenship and newcomers from south of the border were somehow more worthy? Did he see the 2 million new residents as instant voters under new relaxed rules of balloting? Did he think in a labor-deprived economy they would supply nannies, gardeners, and cooks to bicoastal elites? We strain to imagine any explanation because there is no logic to any.
Biden did his best in just seven months to explode the idea of American self-sufficiency in natural gas and oil. He canceled the Keystone Pipeline, froze new federal energy leases, put the Anwar oil field off limits, and warned frackers their end days were near.
Did Biden feel that Middle East producers, the Russians, or the Venezuelans could better protect the planet while extracting oil and gas than could American drillers?
So why did Biden kick the sleeping dog of racial polarization? To stir up his left-wing base? To alleviate his own guilt over the Biden family’s long history of racist insults, from “clean” Barack Obama to “put y’all in chains” to the “Corn Pop” sagas to “you ain’t black” and “junkie” to Hunter’s n-word and Asian racism?
After Biden entered office, violent crimes ignited from the embers of the 120 days of mostly unpunished looting, arson, and organized violence in the streets of America’s major cities during summer 2020. Under Biden, jails were emptied. Federal attorneys and emulative local DAs exempted offenders. Police were defamed and defunded. Punishing crime was considered a racist construct.
The result is that Americans now avoid the Dodge City downtowns of most of America’s crime-ridden blue cities. They accept that any urban pedestrian, any driver after hours, any commuter on a bus or subway can be assaulted, robbed, beaten, raped, or shot—without any assurance that the media will fairly report the crime, or that the criminal justice system will punish the perpetrators. In Biden’s America looters prance into drug stores and walk out with shopping bags of stuff, under the terrified gaze of security guards who guesstimate at least they did not steal more than $950 of loot.
So why does Biden so willfully exercise this destructive touch that blows up anything he taps? There are several possible theories:
1) Biden is non compos mentis. He has no idea of what he is doing. But to the degree he is alert, Biden listens—sort of—only to the last person with whom he talks. And then he takes a nap. When Afghanistan blows up or inflation roars or the border becomes an entry door, his eyes open, and he becomes bewildered and snarly—like an irritable and snappy Bruce Dern waking up in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
2) Or is Biden a rank opportunist and thinking he will ride woke leftism as the country’s new trajectory? He resents his prior subservience to Obama, and now feels he can trump past signature leftist administrations as the one true and only socialist evolutionary. He is not so much the manipulated as the manipulator.
Biden fantasizes himself as a hands-on dynamic leader who bites at reporters, snaps from the podium, and issues his customary interjections. He is therefore “in command” for four or five hours a day. He enjoys acting more radical than Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, or “the squad.”—and especially being far more leftwing than his old and now passΓ© boss Barack Obama. Joe is in control and that explains the dross touch. For the first time in his life, such an incompetent has complete freedom—to be powerfully incompetent. Biden is then not demented as much as delusionally running things.
3) Biden is unfortunately what he always was: a rather mean-spirited plagiarist, liar, and nihilist, from his Clarence Thomas character assassination infamy and Tara Reade groping to his foul racist talk and his monumental habitual grifting. His disasters are the same old, same old Biden trademark, performance-art screw-ups.
Biden likes the idea of conservative outrage, of chaos, of barking at everyone all the time. Biden accepts that no omelets can be made without broken eggs, and sort of enjoys screwing up things, as Robert Gates and Barack Obama both warned. “Wokening” the Joint Chiefs of Staff, encouraging hundreds of thousands to pour across the border, and abandoning our NATO allies in Afghanistan—who cares when tough guy, brash-talking Joe on the move jumbles stuff up? The disasters in the economy, foreign policy, crime, energy, and racial relations? Biden is just shaking things up, stirring the pot, baiting people to watch Mr. “Come On, Man” in action, as he blusters and preens and leaves a trail of destruction in his wake.
4) Biden is nothing much at all. He’s just a cardboard-cut out, a garden-variety Democratic Party hack, who is against anything conservatives are for. He assumes he will undo all that Trump did, on the theory it is simple and easy for him in his lazy, senior moments. And he is tired anyway of thinking much beyond such Pavlovian rejectionism. A closed border is bad; presto, open borders are good. Improving race relations is bad; deteriorating relations must be good. Energy independence bad; dependency good. Biden works on autopilot in his minimalist day job: just cancel anything that Trump did and worry nothing about the effects on the American people
5) Biden is a hostage of both the Left and Hunter Biden. His task is to ram down a hard Left agenda, in the fashion of a torpedo that itself blows up when it hits the target. The Left ensured the base would not bolt in 2020. So, he owes them. Biden, more or less, signed his presidency over to the squad, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and the Obama holdovers. They hand him a script; he tries to read it; and they follow up with the details.
The Left may hope their own nihilist agenda sort of works. When it inevitably does not, then Joe, the delivery man, is blamed: so much more quickly, then, will be Biden’s necessary exit. They kept their part of the bargain by getting the basement denizen elected. Now he keeps the deal by handing over the presidency. Biden’s utility had about a six-month shelf life.
The problem for America is that theories one through five are not always mutually exclusive, but more likely force multipliers of the present insanity.

Demoralization of Americans

KGB agent defects to the U.S. and tells us what is about to happen. In this clip made during the Reagan presidency, he shows the importance of ideological subversion to the collapse of America.

Fight the Taliban, or smoke some hashish?

Via Ace of Spades

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Fearless Portland mom crashes BLM/Antifa press conference

California recall election off to a good start

"A report has surfaced from the Torrance(California) Police Department that they arrested a man that was in possession of Xanax, a loaded fire arm, methamphetamines’, and thousands of ballots." Go here to see photos and learn about another case of two Democrat women stealing ballots: https://welovetrump.com/2021/08/21/man-arrested-with-thousands-of-ballots-in-his-possession-in-california/

She doesn't mince words!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

The shoe is on the other foot

Bookworm writes,
Every person who voted for Biden is culpable and we need to rub their noses into it — hard and often. I continue to believe that massive fraud got Biden into the White House, but he also got a whole lot of votes. These people, who insist that the election was honest, should be told that they are personally responsible for little girls being kidnapped as sex slaves, for people being tortured in Afghanistan, for Americans trapped there with no way out, for inflation destroying the lives of old and poor people, for our energy dependency on the Muslim oil-producing states and Russia, for skyrocketing murders in inner cities devoid of police, for COVID’s (and crime’s, especially sex crime’s) spread through America cities as the illegal aliens pouring in from across the world are joined by Afghans.
Read more here: https://www.bookwormroom.com/2021/08/21/the-shoe-is-on-the-other-foot-and-we-need-to-kick-some-butt-with-it/

Women and girls in Afghanistan

"The reality and the rhetoric are miles apart!"

Eavesdropping on the Taliban

Ian Fritz spent 600 hours listening in on the people who now run Afghanistan. He writes about the lessons he learned while eavesdropping, trying to learn the Taliban's plans. He writes,
Besides making jokes about jihad, they talked about many of the same things you and your neighbors talk about: lunch plans, neighborhood gossip, shitty road conditions, how the weather isn’t conforming to your exact desires. There was infighting, name-calling, generalized whining. They daydreamed about the future, made plans for when the Americans would leave, and reveled in the idea of retaking their country.
But mostly, there was a lot of bullshitting.
All this bullshitting flowed naturally into the Taliban’s other great verbal talent, the pep talk. No sales meeting, movie set, or locker room has ever seen the level of hyper-enthusiastic preparation that the Taliban demonstrated before, during, and after every battle. Maybe it was because they were well practiced, having been at war for the majority of their lives. Maybe it was because they genuinely believed in the sanctity of their mission. But the more I listened to them, the more I understood that this perpetual peacocking was something they had to do in order to keep fighting.
It didn’t matter that they were unarmored men, with 30-year-old guns, fighting against gunships, fighter jets, helicopters, and a far-better-equipped ground team. It also didn’t matter that 100 of them died that day. Through all that noise, the sounds of bombs and bullets exploding behind them, their fellow fighters being killed, the Taliban kept their spirits high, kept encouraging one another, kept insisting that not only were they winning, but that they’d get us again—even better—next time.
It finally dawned on me that the bullshitting wasn’t just for fun; it was how they distracted themselves from the same boredom I was feeling as they went through another battle, in the same place, against yet another invading force. But unlike me, when they went home, it would be to the next village over, not 6,000 miles away.
Because when it was too cold to jihad, that IED still got planted. When they had 30-year-old AK-47s and we had $100 million war planes, they kept fighting. When we left a village, they took it back. No matter what we did, where we went, or how many of them we killed, they came back.
Ten years after my last deployment, and after 20 years of combat with the world’s richest, most advanced military, the Taliban has reclaimed Afghanistan. Whatever delusions existed about whether this would happen or how long it might take have been dispatched as efficiently as the Afghan security forces were by the Taliban over a single week. What little gains have been achieved in women’s rights, education, and poverty will be systematically eradicated. Any semblance of democracy will be lost. And while there might be “peace,” it will come only after any remaining forces of opposition are overwhelmed or dead. The Taliban told us this. Or at least they told me.
They told me how they planned to keep killing Americans. They told me the details of these plans: what weapons they would use, where they would do it, how many they hoped to murder. Often, they told me these things while doing the killing. They told me that, God willing, the world would be made in their image. And they told me what so many others refused to hear, but what I finally understood: Afghanistan is ours.
Read more here: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/08/what-i-learned-while-eavesdropping-on-the-taliban/619807/

Young Afghan males committing vicious sexual assaults all across Europe

What will Afghan refugees bring to the places who are welcoming them? Cheryl Benard wrote in 2017,
This is not an article that has been fun for me to write. I have worked on issues related to refugees for much of my professional life, from the Pakistani camps during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan to Yemen, Sudan, Thailand, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Lebanon, Bosnia, Nicaragua and Iraq, and have deep sympathy for their plight. But nowhere had I encountered a phenomenon like this one. I had seen refugees trapped in circumstances that made them vulnerable to rape, by camp guards or soldiers. But for refugees to become perpetrators of this crime in the place that had given them asylum? That was something new. Further, my personal and professional life has endowed me with many Afghan and Afghan American friends, and there is nothing collectively psychopathic about them. They are doctors, shopkeepers, owners of Japanese restaurants, airport sedan drivers, entrepreneurs, IT experts, salesladies at Macy’s—they’re like everyone else. The parent generation tends to be a bit stiff, formal and etiquette conscious. It is impossible to imagine any of them engaging in the sort of outlandish, bizarre and primitive sexual aggression their young compatriots are becoming infamous for. Yet here we are.
A few weeks ago, the Austrian city of Tulln declared a full stop to any further refugee admissions. As the mayor made clear, that decision was aimed at Afghans, but for legal and administrative reasons it could only be promulgated in a global way. That had not been the city’s intention—to the contrary, it had just completed the construction of an expensive, brand-new facility for incoming asylum seekers, which would now, the mayor declared, be given over to another purpose. His exact words: “We’ve had it.” The tipping point, after a series of disturbing incidents all emanating from Afghans, was the brutal gang rape of a fifteen-year-old girl, snatched from the street on her way home, dragged away and serially abused by Afghan refugees.
Established middle-class diaspora Afghans are understandably upset and embarrassed to see their nationality thus disgraced by these uncouth newcomers. And yet they are part of the problem. Many of their actions and reactions, however natural or unintended, amount to complicity. They cover up, make excuses for, advise on best ways to wriggle out of consequences, and even directly abet the deceptions, illegal acts and disgraceful manners of friends, relatives and random unknown fellow Afghans.
Anyone convicted of a felony or any kind of sexual crime should be immediately deported, and that consequence should be made known to new arrivals as part of their initial orientation. This is the only way to stop the accelerating problem. (Doing so will, of course, require changes to European law.)
Every arriving refugee and asylum seeker must be subjected to rigorous fact-checking of their story, including validation of their asserted age by lab testing if there is any doubt. Yes, it’s troublesome and costly, but not nearly as troublesome and costly as letting the wrong people in, or putting hundreds of thousands of foreigners permanently or semipermanently on the dole with benefits they are not entitled to. And European countries must share the resultant data with each other, and identities must be linked to fingerprints, not to documents of dubious authenticity or no documents at all.
Members of the relevant diaspora communities must make very clear to the refugees that they do not approve of and will not assist them with their false claims, cheating, bad behavior or crime. They should instead emphasize by their own example, as well as by direct outreach, that a good and fulfilling life is possible in their new homes with hard work, a sincere effort to fit in and a cooperative attitude.
Finally, the Left has to do a bit of hard thinking. It’s fine to be warm, fuzzy and sentimental about strangers arriving on your shores, but let’s also spare some warm, fuzzy and sentimental thoughts for our own values, freedoms and lifestyle. Girls and women should continue to feel safe in public spaces, be able to attend festivals, wear clothing appropriate to the weather and their own liking, travel on trains, go to the park, walk their dogs and live their lives. This is a wonderful Western achievement, and one that is worth defending.
Read much more here: https://nationalinterest.org/print/feature/ive-worked-refugees-decades-europes-afghan-crime-wave-mind-21506

He was hated for all the wrong reasons.

David Solway cuts to the chase concerning why Trump was booted from office.
There has been no end of commentary dealing with Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency and the scandal of his electoral loss.
There were essentially three called strikes against him, all that was needed to count him out.
He was not “presidential.” He was considered crude in speech, rough-hewn in manner, and given over to bluster and hyperbole unbefitting the highest office in the land. For these transgressions, he could not be forgiven.
He was an outsider, the first president in American history with no military or political experience. He was not a politician, a general, a lawyer, or a holder of public office. He was never a member of the Beltway club, whether Republicrats or Democrats. He was not followed by a train of professional lobbyists, owed no political debts, did not accept a salary, and did not enrich himself when in power. For these transgressions, he could not be forgiven.
He was competent and proudly patriotic. He put America first, cutting taxes, renegotiating bad trade deals to the nation’s advantage, reducing a red-tape regulatory nightmare, making the country energy-independent and a net exporter of energy, rebuilding the military, defending the southern border, re-establishing global prominence, and connecting with the commons. For such transgressions, he could not be forgiven.
Read more here: https://pjmedia.com/columns/david-solway-2/2021/08/20/cutting-to-the-chase-why-trump-was-driven-from-office-n1471233

Incompetence not appreciated!

Schwarzeneggar: "Screw your freedom!"

Asking for a friend


"Do you want to get some ice cream for the plane?"

Bias on both sides

I am beginning to think our side is every bit as biased as the Left.
Reporters rush toward Kamala Harris screaming questions at her. She says, "hold on, hold on" and cackles before stopping to carefully answer questions. What is wrong with laughing? Why do people hate her cackle? Isn't that better than Biden's angry replies?
When a CNN reporter actually does her job, reporting what she sees, we should appreciate it and applaud her courage to report what she sees, rather than sticking to a scripted narrative.
I have appreciated Tucker Carlson's calling out hypocrisy when he sees it, no matter how powerful the person he is criticizing. However, sometimes I disagree with Tucker's characterization of what the person is saying.
By the way, Tucker cackles often, and I like it!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Oregon Muse's thoughts on Afghanistan and our woke elites

Oregon Muse writes,
I will never forget 'woke' General Mark Milley getting up there in front of the cameras and saying "gee, we had no idea this would happen so quickly", like it was an unfortunate (but understandable) accident. What are paying him for? Isn't it to prevent precisely this sort of thing? They had one job -- at which they utterly failed. I feel the same helpless anger that I felt last summer when I watched out cities burn and the police retreating.
But alas, we do not live in a just world. The worst thing that will even happen to Mlley is that he'll be asked to resign. And he'll supplement his full pension with a full-time gig on CNN or MSNBC as a military "expert", badmouthing everything President DeSantis does.
And our intelligence services aren't exactly covered in glory, either. The problem with the Deep State is not that we have a Deep State, but that we do not have a competent Deep State. The 1983 Beirut bombing, the collapse of the USSR in 1989, the 1993 WTC Bombing, 9/11, and now, the fall of Kabul, they completely whiffed on all of these things. That kind of track record does not inspire a lot of confidence.
Why? Because our Deep State is not run by competent bureaucrats, but by fools and poltroons who are only good at manufacturing evidence to bring down a sitting president. And, in the case of the FBI, trying to goad and trick unstable men into planning terrorist attacks, and then busting them for it, rather than stopping actual terrorist attacks by actual terrorists. If our intelligence services had been focused on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan rather than the Russian collusion hoax for the last four years, maybe the rest of the world wouldn't be laughing their asses at us right now.

Chose to leave, forced to leave, or told to leave?

I agree with Sundance as he reports,
The Kabul airport in Afghanistan has essentially become the collective Alamo; the only area in Afghanistan under U.S and allied military control since the Taliban took over. In the past several days The White House, National Security Advisor, U.S. State Department, Pentagon and even Joe Biden himself, have been caught telling lies about the security status of the situation on the ground in/around the Kabul airport.
One of the key media figures who has accidentally exposed the transparent Biden lies, by simply reporting on the events as she sees them, is Clarissa Ward of CNN. As long as Ms. Ward was reporting live, broadcasting in real time on the ground just outside the airport, it was almost impossible for the Biden administration to maintain their false stories about security and safety that were different from reality.
Ward’s reporting has been catching the Biden administration in lies for the past three days. Other media outlets were relying on Ms. Ward’s reports in their own questions to the Biden regime. Well, guess what? A few hours ago that dynamic changed. Clarissa Ward is no longer there:

Child dies at Kabul airport.

"It seems kind of important. Does he care? He's on vacation!"


Meanwhile in Biden’s office… #NicoleArbour

♬ original sound - NicoleArbour

Passing your baby to a complete stranger?

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Out of 2000 evacuees, only 300 are Americans!

We saw it unfolding in front of our eyes!

You take out your military before you take out your civilians? No way!

First you take out our civilians, then our equipment.

"You see it all around you!"

Whatever it takes!

Every member of the panel had important things to say!

CNN reporter: "If this isn't failure, what does failure look like exactly?"

A conveniently placed hole in the envelope!

Ace of Spades notes,
Update: From Tami, this California voter notes that the mail-in ballot and envelope for recall just happens to allow anyone holding the envelope to see the vote to keep or get rid of Newsom.
Allowing postmen, vote-collectors, and Democrat fixers to simply discard thousands and thousands of votes to recall Newsom.

What would a leader do?

Tucker is always someone we can count on!

"Lying isn't just bad for the soul, it's bad for effectiveness at dealing with reality!"

Steve Sailer writes,
But in the meantime, the U.S. could hire collaborators to pretend to fight for whatever the Americans were in favor of at the moment—democracy, globalism, women going unmasked, everybody going masked, gay rights, black lives matter, you name it, somebody in Afghanistan would figure out an angle on how to skim off the budget for it. For twenty years, the leading economic activity in Afghanistan has been stuff falling off the back of American supply trucks.
Lying isn’t just bad for the soul, it’s bad for effectiveness at dealing with reality.
After 1991, we of course stopped winning wars. But now we can’t even avoid losing in spectacularly humiliating fashion.
If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept.
Read more here: https://www.takimag.com/article/our-culture-of-lying/

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The Taliban was fighting to the death for its theocratic vision - the West was squabbling over offensive words!

Brendan O'Neill writes,
This wasn’t just a territorial battle, a fight over the land of Afghanistan. It was also a cultural clash. It was a war between one side that has very strong beliefs and is more than willing to die for them, and another side that doesn’t know what it stands for anymore and would rather avoid risk and self-sacrifice if at all possible. I’ll leave you to decide which of these is the Taliban, and which the US.
The West’s post-9/11 bluster was continually undermined by the West’s broader descent into moral relativism. How can you assert the civilisational authority of Western values when your entire educational and university system is devoted to questioning and demeaning Western civilisation? You cannot partake in a clash of civilisations if you loathe your own civilisation.
Anyone who thinks the Taliban did not pick up on all of this, on the Potemkin nature not only of the Afghan government but also of Western civilisation itself, is kidding themselves. The Taliban will have watched as the mighty American military became bogged down in discussions of critical race theory and the problem of ‘white rage’. They will have clocked the British army’s recruitment drive that was aimed at ‘snowflakes’ and ‘me me me millennials’ – for real – on the basis that such people have the ‘compassion’ necessary for the touchy-feely wars of the 21st century. They will know that the contemporary West is shame-faced about its history and its civilisational values and lacks ideas for how to turn its fragile youths into a fighting force, and they will understand their own life-and-death devotion to Sharia as being the opposite to all of this. They know this was a cultural clash as well as a military fight, and that they were by far the stronger side on this front.
The Taliban was fighting to the death for its theocratic vision – the West was squabbling over offensive words.
Read more here: https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/08/16/this-is-worse-that-saigon/

Another vet speaks out!

A must watch from a U.S. veteran of the war in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Austin has a hard time answering a simple question

"Someone, please help me answer this question!"

Time to fire some military and intelligence people

Glenn Reynolds writes,
US forces fled Bagram under cover of darkness, with no warning to anyone. (But botched even that, turning off the lights as they left, which gave looters free rein for many hours before Afghan officials showed up.)
Not only did that midnight skedaddle deprive us of a valuable resource (we could use a secure airfield about now), it signaled weakness to the Afghans on both sides of that country’s civil war. When the Soviets left Afghanistan, they were defeated, but they left in order; we snuck out like a guilty lover with a husband approaching the front door.
Our efforts were marked by institutional failure at every level, from the lack of planning at the top to the spooks who told us, last Thursday, that the Afghan army might hold out for more than 90 days (it lasted fewer than 90 hours). These are the same intelligence agencies, by the way, that spent four years promoting the exploded “Russian-collusion” fable.
To begin with, Milley must resign or be fired. And the same for our triple-masking defense secretary, Lloyd Austin. This was a failure that happened on their watch, and it happened through bad management. We could have pulled out without nearly the level of chaos, confusion and terror.
Likewise, the intel agencies and officers who provided the bad, er, intelligence need to go. Many others who failed, from contractors to lower-level officers and bureaucrats, need to go, too. You punish a bureaucracy by shrinking its staff and cutting its budget. That needs to happen here.
The brass and agencies will complain that it was Biden who ultimately made the call. Indeed, they are already furiously leaking to that effect to the press. Maybe they’re right. But it’s up to voters to fire the president at the ballot box. If they thought what Biden planned was disastrous, they should have resigned in protest. But they didn’t.
Our society is run by a technocratic-managerial class that never pays a price for failure. Democracy is a glossy finish over an unelected administrative state that isn’t really accountable to anyone and measures success or failure in terms of budgets, p.r. and power, not results.
Read more here: https://nypost.com/2021/08/18/fire-military-and-intelligence-bigs-who-bungled-afghanistan-now/