Post Pep talk reaction

So, I gave him a pep talk, and he took it further.
And he’s right.
I’m not even sure war will break out. To an extent that’s the hope talking. It might be complete civil disobedience and then they run away — the ones with power — and EVERYTHING comes out.
I do have a good feeling for “everyhting comes out and they lose all power and credibility.”
BUT it might happen the way he says. There’s a great anger already stalking the land. And it ain’t getting better.
This is not end game. This is not the end of the beginning, even.
Be not afraid.
Push on.

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Went over several of my regular reads after reading tha ATH post yesterday

Most of my readers should be familiar with Malthusian thinking, Malthus in particular, and that nut from the 70s that keeps making starvation predictions and walking the goal line forward even though its obvious the theory is skewed.

I am seeing a lot of that Malthusian chicken little shitte again. The pep talk helped me clear some of the fuzz from my eyeballs. First off, the FedGov has isolated itself behind steel barricade topped with razor wire and 20k+ troops of questionable loyalty. (And the PTwB know it hence the attempts to purge all non diverse types from all the branches and why that weasel lipped quisling was assigned to SOF as its key diversity officer. )

Think about that. They barricaded themselves in, an incredibly small territory with the illusion of massive power. Yes, Illusion. Its…

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  1. I note though that there are a lot of people who are angry, but when push comes to shove won’t act on it until everything is already taken away because they have grown accustomed to comfort rather than fighting for their rights and liberty.

      1. “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union,” 1860.

      2. Bonus Army, 1932, then more to the point, see the Battle of Athens, 1946. OTOH, the successful rebellion didn’t last on that one.

        1. The Battle of Athens was very different from today. In Athens, returning servicemen seized control of the local government from the corrupt office holders, yes, but they immediately turned it over to the Tennessee State Police rather than declaring themselves to be the new government. Today it’s not the locals (in most cases) or the states (in more than half the cases), but the feds that we have to seize control from, and thereafter return our society to a Constitution-respecting one of limited (forcibly limited, if necessary) government. There’ll be no one to turn it over to once we’ve reclaimed it–we’ll have to take our lessons from the 1787 crew, not the 1946 one.

          1. Whatever happens, it’s going to happen quickly. It’s going to happen locally, in multiple locations, at differing times. It’s going to require you to listen to the news, and make your decision to support or not, the people in resistance. You’ll need to decide whether the person is a criminal, or a patriot. That means taking your go bag and gear and hauling ass over to whomever’s place to stand by them.

          2. I didn’t say the Battle of Athens was supposed to be the cast-iron model for The New Revolution. OTOH, I can see the parallels, *and* what they did wrong. Just like the American Revolution can’t be *the* model. Ask France to help? Hell, I’d rather ask Russia.

            My point, such as it was, given sufficient provocation (in Athens, harassment of veterans by a thoroughly corrupt machine-affiliated local government), people can say “Enough!” and take measures. The crooks were turned out and a new set of crooks allowed to take over, but the first part of the sentence is the key. The people got pissed off and did something. For the rest, reviewing the song “Won’t Get Fooled Again” would be an exceptionally good idea.

            1. While the tax on spirits was very unpopular, the rebellion suffered from two problems. The first was that the suppression of the rebellion was fairly popular. Or in other words, the majority was on the side of the government. Second, Washington was an incredibly well-respected individual, and he was obviously against the rebellion.

              There’s no one that’s particularly well-respected on the left these days, let alone at the level that people respected Washington at the time. As for the first item… how popular the suppression of a hypothetical revolt would be would depend on a variety of factors that can’t really be forecast ahead of time.

              1. We don’t have Washington grade prestige alive anywhere in the US. Quite possibly, Americans now have respect for no one anywhere near the respect Americans then had for Washington.

                And Washington had command chops.

                The bulk of the skilled fighters remaining in the population were at least neutral towards the idea of the United States, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, etc.

                Current regime did not get in place through the support of skilled fighters.

                Popularity and public support now are somewhat unforeseeable.

                Politically profiting from the fighting would thus need a good information operation. Does not appear that a good enough information operation exists. (Hypothetically, if the appearance of fraud was fabricated, such an information operation might fit the bill. Problem is, if the fraud model was false, the opposition had too many options to disprove it. Among other difficulties with that false fraud model, Raffensperger’s structural PE license looks like he is anticipating being voted out as SoS, not expecting to lose all public reputation.)

                I think we can make some shrewd guesses about qualities and ambitions of officers that might involve themselves.

                I suspect it won’t be another Whiskey rebellion.

              2. On the other hand, after the rebellion, wasn’t the tax on whiskey essentially quietly dropped and hardly ever enforced? Or do I have that wrong? Because if so, I would argue that the rebellion succeeded: it got its primary goals achieved, and almost nobody who took part ended up punished for it.

                1. The tax wasn’t removed until Jefferson (who had always opposed it) became president. There were problems collecting it even at the best of times. But following the suppression of the rebellion, the attacks on the officials tasked with enforcing it stopped.

    1. The more a man has to lose the less likely he is to risk it. I am not sure that is quite as true as Thomas Paine believed it to be but it does seem to describe a lot of people.

  2. Things are set up for resistance. Rebellion? Desirable, but I think not yet.
    But it should come.

    1. It doesn’t seem to apply to oligarchs.
      They keep doubling down blind.

      They’d rather lose hundreds of millions of dollars than a single iota of control.

      1. They play on a different field. Control IS money. That’s why Trump freaked them out–he knows the game, and he started right off not by claiming control of their revenue streams for himself, but by destroying the means by which they establish control over people, the means which allow them to establish their revenue streams.

  3. Things are set up for resistance. Rebellion? Desirable, but I think not yet.
    But it should come.

    1. Planning is the problem. You get caught planning, it’s considered insurrection and off you go to the crowbar hotel. Which makes it much more difficult to plan further insurrection; although not impossible.

      What we need is a cell setup, with nothing more than word of mouth/hand shake agreements. Problem is trust levels. Many folks are severely conflicted about the un-Constitutional direction the government is going, yet will report and support the very directives that destroy those opposed to that un-Constitutionality. How do you form an effective cell system under those conditions? The loss rates are going to be horrendous. Funding and logistics are a pain too.

      And back to that trust issue. Even assuming best case scenario and removal of the Progressive-Socialists from positions of power; I think you’re looking at a new Constitutional convention; but we need to ensure that the Bill of Rights is foremost. That those rights even more plainly spelled out than current verbiage. And that the People, not the government, hold to right to try, sentence, and punish those who violate it.

      1. Trust. I just found out that the person I thought I could trust the most in this country is a Quisling, probably an informer. One who knows way too many of my secrets. With the divorce, I now have nobody on this continent. It’s way too late to build new trust relationships and I can’t look to people in the old country, because of the COVID theater. Honestly, I think my biggest risk is self-termination, due to the isolation. Which was, of course, always a part of their plan.

        1. My default used to be suicide. Please don’t give the enemy the satisfaction.

          You might just be more than what faces you. Stick around this site–I think you’ll find enough to hang on to. 🙂

          And take lots of Vitamin D while you’re working things out.

      2. On your own WHEN it becomes time. Select target, Plan, Follow the plan, STFU. Repeat as needed.
        If you talk to ANYONE you just gave them your LIFE. How many people do you TRUST that much.
        Don’t talk to anyone. Never say anything to the police. It is simple STFU!!!!
        The Plan may fail, if caught STFU. If they have you solid, then in court go for Jury Nullification. Unlikely to happen but you can try. Don’t shoot good guys just doing their jobs. You want the important people, make it worth it. Remember after the first the rest are free.
        Don’t start anything until you have no choice. Make THEM start it.

  4. Last night I was saying to husband, after watching the excruciating video of the CDC (I think) woman saying something completely whacked about how vaccines won’t do it…or something like that. f(Anyway, more fear mongering, but in a completely incoherent manner) that things are coming to a head more rapidly than the DC swamp creatures planned. And because they’re coming to a head, the defenses are openly getting crazier. I think people are starting to notice and by that I mean actively notice and ask others about what they’re seeing/hearing rather than just sit back and say nothing. My anecdotal evidence is the silence on most of these issues on FB.

    Pushing on. Here’s to us.

    1. I saw the sound bite from CNN. Pretty much “we have to link freedom with the “vaccine” right away before people get the freedom on their own.”

      I keep wondering if it’s going to be tar+feathers or rope+lampposts, or if “and” is in play.

      If This Goes On

    2. At work after a “things will go back to normal once everyone has had a chance to get the vaccine” meeting, a coworker turned to me in a quiet moment, and said, “So, um, you’re a lot more medically fragile than the rest of us.”
      “Yeah?” I am, too. The ban on perfumes and colognes and scented lotion wasn’t original to me, but my lungs are the reason it’s still in place.
      “Uh…” Their voice dropped, and in a rush, “Are you gonna get the vaccine?”
      “F-ck no.” The answer burst out reflexively before I could stop to censor for work appropriate.
      My coworker let out a breath, shoulders slumping. “Oh, good. When no one said anything in the meeting, I was wondering if I was the only one.”
      From across the room. “Oh, you neither? I mean, I wasn’t going to anyway, but it’s good to know I’m not alone!”
      From another desk “You can’t! You’re preggers! But I’m not getting it!”
      Me, attempting to sound reasonable, “The more that the politicians insist that they’re perfectly safe and suppress anyone trying to talk about side effects, while insisting that it won’t help and people have to stay masked, the more my medically fragile ass wants a nice long track record on every variant before I’m willing to subject my system to any of them.”
      The call back from across the room: “That’s a good reason! I’m just not going to do it ’cause I don’t want to!”
      “Good enough reason for me!”

      1. I might get pushed to because Mom and Dad Red want to go overseas again, which means I go along, which means . . . SIGH. Yeah. I’m waiting as long as possible.

          1. Germany (changing planes), England and Scotland. Which right now are bugnuts crazy, with all due apologies to the clinically insane.

            1. Yeah, I have friends in Germany…but I’ll put that on hold. Brother and SIL in Ireland so that’s my priority. I’m normally in Europe once or twice a year for conferences and visiting. It’s been weird. I told Mike today that I’d rather say I can’t travel due to financial constraints than vaccine constraints. The former, I can save up and go next year. The latter is out of my control.

      2. Much of my family (back east) has or is scheduled to get the shot. I’m not willing to get into a discussion/argument on risks vs claimed benefits, but $SPOUSE and I are both in the Hell No category.

        If the usual hotel in Medford tries the passport crap, a) I think they’ll see a major class action lawsuit, and b) I’ll either find a more reasonable place to stay or c) do it as the daytrip from hell.

        If our dear beloved governor, Her Despicableness Kate Brown (D-ictator, OR) tries to do that as an executive order, the lawfare will be entertaining.

        1. My mom has had to get talked down by me walking her through the vaccine making process– we both read Cedar’s explanation of how the new one was made, and are familiar with fetal stem cell lines–

          and mom’s the person who taught me this stuff.

          It’s new enough she wouldn’t give it to cattle, and they’re having people take it, and not even like a few volunteers who are willing to risk their lives…..

      3. We were in Hobby Lobby and Kroger this afternoon. I’d guess maybe half the customers in both places were maskless. We stopped at a native plant nursery earlier, and no one was masked. Now, that was rural and outdoors, but still…

        In our church, no one wears masks, or has for a long time (if ever). And we’ve noticed new faces in church every Sunday, as people are moving away from places restricting them to places like ours that welcome them in freedom and allow them to decide for themselves how best to respond to the cultural hysteria.

        1. This – I’ll get it, for reasons detailed here prior, but the advice I got years ago about “never buy a vehicle in the first year of production” is basically applicable. I have no burning need to be first, especially with all the weird “immunity got revised when China Joe was installed, so everyone has to continue masking” stuff.

          I just don’t see any reason they would not be saying “Ollie Ollie oxenfree as long as you got the shot!” Something is certainly fishy.

          1. The Science Is Settled!!*

            *Until the politicians need the scientists to change their tune.

          2. It’s not about controlling the virus, it’s about controlling you. Calling “Ollie Ollie oxenfree” means giving up power, no matter the conditions they put on it, and Democrats are loath to give up power.

      4. I’ve gotten the first shot, and I’ve had good reactions with vaccines in the past. I personally have many friends with first-hand experience with vaccines (as in researchers and medical professionals both), and they’re happily getting them, which is very reassuring on my end.

        Of course, none of you know them, so why would you take my word for it?

        Anyway. The whole point of medically non-fragile people like me getting the vaccine is to give a good baseline for everybody else, and presumably get a big enough group to stop transmission.

        1. while certainly not a fan of rushed vaxs this was being worked on beforehand ( via MERS and SARS-1) and they were going off a lot of that work, so that was more reassuring. Now, with all the versions out there, the ones one would expect to be decent are seemingly so, and the one nobody intelligent would want is turning out to be trash (Sinovac, from the land of the WuFlu) and the gnashing of teeth over the sides seems to be more panic mongering (the clotting seems to be very few and that mostly those with a history of issues primarily but still a very very small percentage), so I am less and less concerned with getting it.

          1. the one [vaccine] nobody intelligent would want is turning out to be trash (Sinovac, from the land of the WuFlu)

            This is the best argument in opposition to the thesis of the virus release being deliberate. If you’re going to deliberately release a viral pathogen you will want to have the antidote ready to pass out, both for your own people and for once the world bends its knee to you.

              1. Lab standards are not as tight there as they are in other countries.

                A fact they could never acknowledge for fear of great loss of face.

                The sad fact is that admitting the lapse would have earned them far greater trust than this denial – something their culture could never accept.

                It ain’t as if they would face significant legal liability.

                1. Actually, there was discussion of law suits by countries (iirc, Australia was one) against the PRC for this thing as far back as last summer. Legal liability *is* a potential concern.

                  1. Legal liability is a thing, but the PRC is a thug and it will be a cold day in Hell before any court reaches an adverse decision, much less ere anyone collects damages.

                    1. Cases would be conducted where the damage occurred – i.e. not in the PRC.

                      It’s not unheard of for a country to be sued in another country’s courts. It’s rare, and there needs to be some very unusual circumstances (lawsuits were filed against Libya for terror attacks that country sponsored). SARS-2 culpability would attract suits. Enforcing such judgements is always dicey, but ignoring them can cause problems for a country – like China – that wants to engage to an extent with the rest of the world.

              2. And they are working on stuff there that shouldn’t be conducted in atmosphere. Growing human tissue in pigs and monkeys to produce organs for transplant? Can you imagine a better environment to have some bug jump species??

            1. But then there would be no purpose in handing out a bad one. Delaying the good one and reserving it for those who have bent the knee, yes, except that that one’s been blown out of the water by other vaccines. They can release a good one now for PR or release nothing, but there’s no point to bad.

              Regardless of its origin.

              Given their insulation from reality, they may not realize that.

            2. That may well be true, but since the world has not sufficiently bent the knee, the real antidote is still under wraps.

          2. And of course, everyone should be aware of their particular health risks, which is why I state that I’m pretty much poster child for “standard reaction.” My husband gets an extra kick from flu shots, so we’re expecting this is going to be harder on him.

            1. Dad had clots after his vaccine, but as he was also in Chemo and Radiation for cancer of the lungs, doubt it was the reason (and his wasn’t the one supposedly causing them) everyone else in the family who has gotten it has had no sides at all.

    3. I’m seeing at least one interesting sign.

      That being streiff’s redstate post on a federal government masking position. Streiff has seemed quiet for a while, and while calling him a snake or a weasel overstates things, he is very calculated in his statements. Silence seems to be a sign that he doesn’t know what statements will be a long term fit for his aspirations.

      Yesterday evening, I noticed that I had suddenly become inexplicably angry. Might not be anything, but I decided I needed to get some distance, and change my mood. I’m pretty sure it is something wrong on my end.

      I just checked Twitter now, and it seems to be down. I came by here to check in case of boog.

        1. Checked. Still down for me, some sort of script error. I’m betting it is browser specific.

      1. A week or three ago, the DoD put in a BUNCH of new restrictions on travel, while folks were in the air.

        Know someone whose plane touched down in Texas, in a county that technically had a spike– in the hospital treating “migrants”– and was put on a two week ban from work.

        They may have ratcheted down more.

    4. I have a theory that Heels Up the faux-veep has literally lost her mind.

      The cackle gives it away–it’s hysteria. Remember that last time she was talking about some mundane junk and all of a sudden she lost her shite and cackle-laughed? She couldn’t control it.

      She has just figured out that she can’t hang with the big boys, as in “the real world just came calling–are you in?” And she’s about to be installed as faux-potus. She’s losing her mind.

      Which makes me laugh. Hard.

      1. She cackles like that whenever she’s lying, and knows it. Stress reaction. Since pretty much her whole political career is a lie… lots of cackling. Good indicator that she’s about to spew a line of bull, too.

    5. I saw (at Instapundit, IIRC) that the Arizona senate has hired firms to audit the 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County’s 2020 election. I do not think they would spend the money (nor their credibility) for that unless they had solid reason to expect revelatory results.

      Another hole in the dyke?

      1. There’s a good chance of it.

        On the other hand, it would be in the state government’s best interests to restore faith in the electoral process. And that’s not going to happen if the state government sits on its hands and does nothing. An audit – assuming that there aren’t any obvious shenanigans that take place – would go a long way toward restoring that trust regardless of how the audit turns out.

        1. That’s quite true. And neither the states nor federal government have any problem with spending money for advertising when it makes them look good.

          1. Unfortunately for them, there comes a time when all your advertising is just putting more lipstick on an obvious pig.

            I doubt there is any amount of advertising Andy Cuomo, Gov. Newsom nor the Teachers’ Unions could do now that would win them any applause. All they could hope to achieve is to make the other choices look even worse.

      2. I hope it’s a hole in the dike. Like the election I seesaw from hope that the investigation is real to fear that it couldn’t possibly be. I’m sure that demonic lawyer the democrats put in charge of election fraud is making lists of the people that’s they have to threaten and bribe to keep the truth suppressed.

      3. Biden’s “lead” in Arizona is barely over 10k votes. It wouldn’t take much proof of shenanigans for Maricopa alone to flip AZ to Trump, and while that alone wouldn’t prove Trump the rightful winner it would blow the lid off the lie that the election was clean.

        Brace for interesting times.

  5. That’s a really nice boat… ~:D

    I was talking to Lela Buis on her blog about the military being turned into a Woke(tm) social program, and opined that it will take losing Hawaii to invasion before The Leadership wakes up. Losing Taiwan won’t be enough.

    Then it occurred to me that, you know, losing the Pacific Fleet is exactly what it took to wake those worthless assholes up last time. And the payback for waking them up was Japan getting nuked. Twice.

    This present bunch of fascisti are no less venal, crooked or short-sighted than the FDR bunch, losing the fleet might not be enough. They might have to loose the whole state.

    Also on the subject of fascists and worthless assholes, I’ve lately seen a great deal of noise coming from the Usual Suspects at the vile bog of scum and villainy (hi Mike!) that DragonCon -must- leave Georgia. Because asking voters to show up with some legit ID is simply unendurable tyranny you know. Great has been the wailing and the gnashing of teeth.

    So I was wondering when WorldCon was going to release a statement deploring the government of New York State for killing senior citizens with Covid-19 just to deny Trump a win in an election year. Because we know that Cuomo very definitely did that. When is WorldCon going to move its venue to a different state in solidarity?

    1. Gad, no! WorldCon and New Yuck deserve each other! 😛

      The only other place that might deserve WorldCon is SanFran. Wait, maybe Seattle too.

          1. I thought they already voted on having Worldcon in China? or did it just get on the bid slate? not sure how they’re doing it these day.

      1. Given the average age of WorldCon attendees deBlasioville, in the state of Cuomo, might be a very good place for their final days.

    2. The shocking surprise is that China Mike is backing the apparent Chinese information operation.

      (Some folks will choose to bitch about me having come to the latter conclusion. Last year, Youtube was an early participant in the Covid and BLM information operations. Youtube/Google/Alphabet has been awfully chummy with the PRC for 20-25 years. That in addition to the appearance that Chinese spending in California has bought influence with Silicon Valley and California Democrats.)

      1. I think they’re plenty “smart” if you consider getting billions of dollars in your own pockets smart. And Barry has gotten himself a third term as President without the impropriety of FDR taking it three times. Tell me that wasn’t crooked.

        You want to talk about the power of fiction, I’ve never thought about FDR the same since Larry Correia put him in Grimnoir. That depiction had a sufficiently loud ring of truth to penetrate the haze of war propaganda bullshit around FDR, for me anyway.

          1. They -caused- the Great Depression with their ass-backward policies, and invented inflation. That’s my limited understanding of the history. Without FDR the Wall Street Crash would have been a blip.

            1. I gather that, like Biden deciding Obama’s failure was due to not going “big enough,” FDR’s first term doubled tripled down on Hoover policies (while blaming Herbert for the disastrous consequences.)

            2. Hoover, actually. Even without FDR, it still would have run for at least three and a half years, as the crash happened less than a year after Hoover took office, and Hoover adopted various bad policies to try and “fix” it. But then FDR ensured that it lasted right up until World War 2.

            3. It wasn’t the Wall Street Crash that tanked the economy, it was the nation-wide bank run. The crash made the bank run worse because most banks lost a significant portion of their assets when the market tanked, but it was the fact that almost all of the banks in the nation ended up shuttered, with most of their customers losing their savings, that really shot the economy in the head. Hoover and FDR made things worse because on top of the uncertainty around what economic actors were viable they layered uncertainty about where on the scales the government would put its thumb.

          2. The New Deal was a failure. Unemployment in 1941 was the same as in 1932.

            The only real benefit we got out of it was enough hydro power from the Tennessee Valley Authority to run the Calutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and separate out U-235 for the atomic bombs. Of course, nobody knew when the dams were built that we were GOING to build atomic bombs…

            1. Credit where due: FDR had enough sense to not place war production in the hands of that gang of crooked incompetents that comprised his administration and party. He put William Knudsen, somebody who knew about mass production, in charge.

              1. He wanted to, but he was told in no uncertain terms that the only way to outproduce Germany and Japan was to give the actual experts, the ones running the businesses, a free hand to solve the problems that would come up.

        1. Not as smart in terms of hiding what they’re doing.
          Oh, they’re plenty crooked. They’re not VERY BRIGHT.
          As for impropriety, I can’t think of worse than stealing an election in plain sight.

          1. I think it’s more a case of their thinking, that they don’t HAVE to hide it any more. Indeed, they’re rubbing our faces in it and demanding “What are you going to DO about it, peasant?”

            “Not very bright,” though, I’ll give you that. They’re playing with matches and dynamite in a gasoline refinery.

            1. If they weren’t trying to hide it they wouldn’t be banning anyone talking about election fraud from Facebook and YouTube. They wouldn’t be calling the Georgia election law the new Jim Crow. They would be laughing at our attempts to restore legitimacy to the government.

              They stole the election in plain sight because the HAD to. Another 4 years of Trump and the economy would be going gangbusters, minorities would be seeing real improvements in their standard of living for the first time in decades, the federal courts would be solidly constitutionalist and rolling back the Progressive lawfare agenda, immigration would be largely under control, and the Republicans would be putting up a candidate who could say “All the policies that you love without all the Tweets you don’t” against…Granny-killer? ,la? Beta?

              Turning the capitol into an armed camp isn’t what powerful people do, it’s what people losing a civil war do.

            2. As is their wont, they’re doing an end zone dance and they’re not even inside the 20-yard line.

        2. Re “smart” = net worth – note how many of these are hereditary money. They know they didn’t earn their worth, so they have to invent a system other than merit to define why they are worthy.

        3. FDR basically gave the Soviets most of the A-bomb and tooling to create it in the middle of WWII among all the other supplies we sent them during WWII.

      2. FDR at least recognized the vast problem that government employee unions would create and how they were utterly corruptive and he opposed unionization of government employees.

    3. Weeks back when the WorldCon debacle concerning Baen / Toni Weisskopfs’ invite / disinvite thing was in high gear, I posted a question on ILOHs’ blog post about it and about Dragon Con. Got a reply from ILOH hisself (hHHooOOnnNN) that as far as he’s seen and heard, DC fights HARD to stay apolitical.

      So a sign of the end times might be if DC does give in to the woke mob and look at pulling up stakes. Probably won’t be this year (unless more lockdown mania,) because if nothing else, I suspect the penalties with the host hotels for such a short-notice cancellation would outright end the convention.

      Funny too, as has been pointed out pointedly many places, how “ThaS RaSIS” to require ID for voting, but requiring a “vaccination passport” is totes OK…

      1. I think they literally can’t see the contradictions in their own positions, because they didn’t reach any of them by logic. Why else would they become so upset when you point the contradictions out, except because there is no logic behind their positions.

      2. Well, apparently, you can take an Uber to get vaccinated, but you can’t take an Uber to DMV….

    4. I could see our pundit class saying, “Well, it’s too bad about Taiwan but of course the Chinese are only taking back their own territory.” Much the way European opinion on Hitler ran. “Well, it is a treaty violation but they only ta,j g back their own.” And so forth.

      1. HarrisBiden are already sending people to meet with Kerry’s relation by marriage, Iranian foreign minister Zarif in what will certainly be a complete capitulation of appeasement, as HarrisBiden pursue their goal of empowering the Mullahs and turning them into a nuclear power:

        Since Israel and the Arab states are being completely excluded, as they were in 2015, I expect this to rank up there with the partition of Czechoslovakia to appease Hitler.

        We know that HarrisBiden by virtue of their many anti-Semitic appointments to key positions share the Mullahs goals of “death to the Jews”.

        1. What I’m wondering right now is how hard the current administration is working to sabotage the Lincoln Accords, while simultaneously waiting to take credit for any other countries that sign onto them.

          1. They’ve already managed to scuttle a meeting between the Emirates and Israel; if a new government forms without Netanyahu’s participation our State Department might keep their paws off.

            1. They’ve also allowed the Iranian backed Houthis a free pass to attack Saudi Arabia.

        2. And I still fume at the Jewish pundit on my Twitter feed who despises Trump with every fiber of his being -“liar,” and “buffoon,” being the nicest things he’s said. Telling the world the election was, of course fair and Trum is a lying liar of liarness for saying otherwise, not to mention a sore loser and a bad sport.
          And the same fellow is now shaking his head because he claims he sincerely believed Biden would preside from the center, and is throwing away his chance to be remembered as a moderate.
          He knew about the anti-semites, too, but seems surprised that they actually have power.

          1. [Biden] is throwing away his chance to be remembered as a moderate.

            Oh, when it comes time to write the history books they will put him down as “moderate.” Heck, they’ll put Bernie down as a moderate, same way the Right-Shift FDR and Wilson in the history books.

            And anybody remembering otherwise will be jailed as a dangerous spreader of misinformation.

        3. Over the last 4,000 years, a lot of folks have said, “Death to the Jews.”

          The Jews are still here. Most of them folks are not.

          1. Also over those 4000 years, those who have said “Death to the Jews” have meant it and ACTED on it.

    5. … DragonCon -must- leave Georgia. Because asking voters to show up with some legit ID is simply unendurable tyranny

      Gee, I wonder how many times your average DragonCon attendee must show ID to get there? Once, to fly in, a second time for the car rental, third time t check-in at the hotel, and a fourth to register for the con?

      And, of course, if you stock your hotel suite bar locally there’s another time.

      1. Maybe they would be good with not requiring badges? Why have any borders anywhere?

        1. No, they need the badges, if only because many of their guests cannot remember who they are after about 5:00 4:00 1:00 PM and need the badges (with schedules on the back) to make their panels.

      2. Heck Hubby has to show ID to get into a National Park, and again at the Campground for check-in. All because he has the Senor National Park Pass (free entry to park, half off on campsites*, plus proof it is his reservation).

        * At least for the non-hookup variety.

          1. Well we didn’t as a rule. Maybe after a week or so when moving campgrounds wasn’t building up battery power. One night only. Neighbors won’t go unless there are RV hookups. They aren’t kids.

            1. I love it when the language changes out from underneath one.

              Mike is riffing on a…different meaning of the word “hookup”.

              1. I wondered 🙂

                Nope “hookup” has different meanings based on context. 🙂 Campground and RV context just means the RV is connected to water, power, and sewer. I mean the youngsters these day could be using campgrounds for hookups, but well past that stage, thank you very much. Besides full hookups last and this year (RV kind) in Yellowstone is closed, Not because of Covid, but because they’ve been rebuilding it for the last 2 years and it extended into this year.

                1. Can’t remember any recent government contracts coming under original budget, within original time frame, and in compliance with original specifications.

                  1. Fishing Bridge Complex is actually a private enterprise on NP leased land. Not sure the rebuild is a government project. NP is perfectly happy to not modify campgrounds to accommodate the larger wider RV’s, or even provide water, power, sewer, connections. Heck NP system doesn’t even care to provide showers or laundry facilities inside the park. See Yosemite or Glacier. Doesn’t matter who has the *concessionary to run the various parks. The Fishing Bridge redevelopment project has had two hurdles, one planned for. Yellowstone itself, planned for, building season is very short. The pandemic.

                    * Note: least one think that most employees in NP are federal employees, they aren’t. Have not been for a long, long, time. NP gets a huge cut of everything sold. But short of Park Rangers, and Park Superintendent, there are few other true park employees. Take Yellowstone. Currently Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the concessionary, and Yellowstone Forever non-profit, are the major non-federal employee employers in the park. The latter one also encompasses the volunteers who often provide campground fireside programs and free group activities. Other parks the concessionary may be the non-profit *park-name* Forever/Friends-of equivalent, but still private.

                    Can’t remember any recent government contracts coming under original budget, within original time frame, and in compliance with original specifications.

                    Don’t disagree. Just had to note that the campground rebuild probably isn’t government project. However, with any large private project the statement probably also applies.

          2. Mike, you’re just not going to the *RIGHT* campgrounds!

            Not that *I* would know of *ANY* such campgrounds!
            /me looks shiftily around
            Nope, don’t know of any…

    1. That’s the same logic as disconnecting the temperature guage to keep your car from boiling over.

        1. They KNOW that the policies they are pushing and their radical leftist ideology are loathed by the majority of USAins and they intend to pursue them full speed ahead regardless of that dislike. They intend to try to prevent all the people who dislike what they are doing from communicating that dislike and being aware of how many other people dislike the woke tyranny as they work to impose it. Thus, its not about cutting off the flow of information to themselves, its about trying to cut off flow of information between us.

          1. I would say they know better than anyone, they’ve got access to all the data that shows it. They’re flipping out for a reason.

            You would think that people who work in the Internet infrastructure would remember that packet-switching networks are designed to rout around blockages, but the Leftist urge to censor seems to overcome intellectual capacity in the Truly Committed.

            1. I think they’re looking at the China model, where (at least as far as an outsider can tell) censorship is primarily self-censorship. Packet-switched networks are only a tool–you have to *want* to use them.

          2. Were I still a West Virginian I would start a petition calling for Senator Machin to leave the Democrat Party, either joining the GOP or going Independent and caucusing with the Republicans in exchange for the chair of the Committee on Energy. Ask him to make the sacrifice in order to END the calls for eliminating the filibuster.

            Arizonans might make the same request of Sen. Sinema. STOP THE GAMES – SAVE THE FILIBUSTER – SWITCH PARTIES!

        2. Thing is, so called safety mechanisms often are configured to very conservative criteria. The designers are probably right wing deviationists. They perhaps should be ignored as wreckers and breakers.

        3. The first steam locomotive built in the US, the ‘Best Friend of Charleston’, came to a sad end when the fireman got tired of hearing the whistle of the safety valve and tied it down.

              1. Well, he might have heard the first few milliseconds of the bang. It probably wasn’t supersonic.

    2. 2.5 million at someone’s last count.

      They will never keep up with us. 🙂

    3. Apparently Google-YouTube is systematically removing dislikes of HarrisBiden White House videos.

      Heh. That might not work so well as they’d like. It is easy to damn with faint praise, or to praise for all the “wrong” reasons, e.g., “I am very impressed at how lifelike the President looks” or “Credit where due, Biden is almost coherent in this.”

      1. Not that kind of like/dislike. What is being referred to is the straight up “Thumbs Up / Thumps Down” that you can give each video on YouTube. That sort of criticism doesn’t allow any particular explanation for *why* you like or dislike the content in question. It merely allows you to give an up or down vote.

        YouTube is apparently going to hide the down vote totals from the public.

        1. They hid the downvote totals, but they prior to that they also arbitrarily reduced the number of downvotes.

          Not sure where that fits in to being a “content neutral publisher”.

          1. “content neutral” went out the window when they started aggressively fact-checking primarily one side of the political divide.

            1. How can you call it ‘fact-checking’ when they censor the truth and promote lies?

              DO NOT allow them to corrupt the very language!

  6. This is not end game. This is not the end of the beginning, even.

    I don’t even care if it is – I ain’t putting down my dukes anytime soon. Liberty never was lightly had nor lightly held. And even if one cannot win that is no reason to defend it. The 300 Spartans lost, but in losing bought time for their fellows to wake up. Horatius held his bridge, Roland defended the pass, not in order to win a battle but to win time that a war might be eventually won. Even so, wars are never won for more than a generation, so never buy the myth that there will be an end to them.

    All foes are unbeatable until somebody fights them.

  7. Push on? Shoot. I’m making a map up the mountain. For the others to follow.

  8. Insty has a great post (Ed Driscoll, 5:22 pm) about how at the same time Time Warner cut Pepe LePew from Space Jam 2 (and everything else) due to “representing rape culture” they included THE DROOGS FROM A CLOCKWORK ORANGE who committed ACTUAL rapes in Clockwork Orange, in a scene which paid tribute to Warner Brothers characters.

    Space Jam 2 is of course marketed to children. A Clockwork Orange is an excellent movie, but it is NOT something that I would pay tribute to in a children’s film, much less the characters who epitomized “ultraviolence”. And of course the hypocrisy of Warner Brothers is utterly typical of the left.

      1. Their groppy constituents know they have to at least pretend to be on the down low. Their droogish constituents know they are to do it on mostly peaceful live tv.

      2. I wonder when they will decide that the Sylvester & Tweety cartoons are a metaphor for the conflict between African- and Asian-Americans?

        1. They have to go because they’re insensitive to people with speech impediments.

      3. As distant memory of the movie serves, the rapees were all white, so it doesn’t count as violence.

  9. They have to corrupt everything they touch. They HAVE to. It’s a compulsion, possibly driven by their deep oikophobia.

    1. “Have to”? Or cannot help but”

      I acknowledge the distinction is essentially trivial, significant only to scientists.

  10. Dio is wildly optimistic.

    Sure, in the face of overwhelming opposition concentrated in one spot, the paramilitant force will decide that discretion is the better part of valor.

    But as soon as that opposition has diffused, they’ll concentrate their force on the point targets of suspected ringleaders of that opposition, to prevent it consolidating again.

    And they will do this freely, as the opposition’s very existence is a threat to their authority.

    It isn’t coincidence that the federal government has been trying to hold people in prison from the Jan. 6 protest. Each one of them has already displayed their commitment to opposing our reduction from citizens to subjects, and is a seed crystal upon which rebellion can build.

    The DOJ, FBI, CIA, etc. are now openly corrupt.
    Those who comprise them have evidently made their peace with this.
    And they know darned well that their continued status and security depend upon the opposition bring crushed.
    Those nominally commanding them know that Their futures and prosperity depend upon our being crushed. They’re not going to care about little things like “guilt” or “assassination”.
    In the meantime, the structural supports of our economy are under active attack (some degree of which is intentional).
    And the worldview of “the anointed” demands we be viewed as subhuman.

    We’re going to bleed, regardless.
    But bloodletting is an uncertain cure for a fever in the body politic.

    1. But as soon as that opposition has diffused, they’ll concentrate their force on the point targets of suspected ringleaders of that opposition, to prevent it consolidating again.

      Which won’t work, because we are way past the Political Rage Horizon. Any crushing attempt will only lead to increased anger and desire to strike back.

      1. I thought I implied that rather strongly.

        Ashli Babbitt was murdered.
        She won’t be the only one.
        And each such incident will create much more rage than fear.

      1. I’ve publicly confessed that I owe Frank Church an apology, so not quite the child.
        But it has now become flagrant enough that people who largely ignore politics are aware.

      2. Agreed. They’ve been corrupt for decades; if not from initial formation. Problem with the CIA is I suspect they have enough black and NGO financial assets that they no longer require revenue from taxation; which pretty much puts them outside of any control.

  11. Just a quick note on the subject. The zampolit assigned the SOCOM has been suspended from his duties due to his political posts.

    1. I am certain the next one assigned by the central committee will have the exact same views but no unfortunate public historical exposures of same.

      1. Yes. No public record, but just as far left. They want politically brainwashed troops. This has been ongoing since Obama. Political officers advance. Hopefully patriotic troops can avoid expulsion.

        1. They’ll make sure to scrub the next mook’s social media *first,* this time, before appointing him commissar.

          In any event, SOCOM got the (political) message loud and clear (just as I suspect that trumped-up prosecution of that Navy SEAL a while back was also intended to be a message to the special operations community, before Trump put a stop to it and broke a SECDEF and a couple of admirals in the process).

          What Special Operations might *do* with that political message, however, remains unclear.

          1. The few SO vets I personally know are mum and do not express any political opinions. They just don’t talk about it, not even around regular vets. Not my business, but I really wonder what they are thinking. There are some vocal ones online, but most of those toe a tight-wire on the current events.

            As a vet when asked my opinion about a young person thinking about joining the armed services nowadays, I say “No, go into the trades and build a life. Otherwise you will end up overseas in Elite’s endless wars or be facing down US citizens here in the States if you join up. Don’t swear an oath that your leadership doesn’t follow.”

            1. “As a vet when asked my opinion about a young person thinking about joining the armed services nowadays, I say “No, go into the trades and build a life. Otherwise you will end up overseas in Elite’s endless wars or be facing down US citizens here in the States if you join up. Don’t swear an oath that your leadership doesn’t follow.””

              A hundred percent. Avoid certain betrayal.

              1. Also swearing that oath at this time would lead to some rather direct and awkward decisions on the part of the individual in their very near future.

  12. Watching news Saturday evening I caught a clip of a gaggle of MSM “journalists” (don’t recall where the clip came from – probably CNN but it could have been any of them) complaining about Republican charges of a “crisis” on the border, during which one of the twits proclaimed, “It isn’t a crisis until we in the media say it’s a crisis.”

    Nope, wrong answer toots.

  13. Both of my sisters back in NYC are ICU charge nurses. They’ll have to get the shot. My brother the 9/11 firefighter already had it: antibody therapy. Deb and I got it back in ’19; early adopters. Leaning against it.

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