Inconvenient News

When I first stumbled across this story in the Sun (hat tip to Citizen’s Free Press)

The ex-con admitted to cops that he killed 41-year-old mother of two Andrea Lynn Blankenship and cut out her heart to cook it and eat it on February 9.

I wondered why I hadn’t seen anything about it in the US mainstream media.

But then I saw the pictures of the perpetrator:Perpetrator

And the Victim:Victim

Oh…now I get it. Can’t print any news that doesn’t support the “systemic racism” narrative.

And I’m pretty sure that noticing this makes me a white supremacist.  How will I ever live with myself?

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The government we deserve

I keep being told (by the ones who don’t just dismiss the obviously stolen 2020 election out of hand) that all the ills we suffered during the last election are going to be fixed before the next one, so Republicans have a good chance of taking back congressional majorities after the elections in 2022.

Sure they will

The “Establishment” Republicans, who are basically nothing more than the flip side of the same coin as the big government Democrats, were so desperate to get Trump out of office that they were willing to allow the voting process itself to be compromised. Now that the Genie’s out of the bottle, they’re not getting it back in. The precedent has been set. We’ve basically demonstrated to the democrats that they can change the rules whenever they want and steal an election with no consequences. They can do it brazenly and even on video and nothing will be done to correct it, not by the legislatures and not by the courts.

Basically, the court has ruled that you can’t contest election procedures before the election because you’re not a victim yet so you don’t have standing…but you can’t contest them after the election because you’ve already lost, for which there is no remedy, so the case is moot. Classic Catch-22.

As far as the Supreme Court is concerned, there are no election laws. They are unenforceable and so are meaningless.

I hope I’m wrong, but I believe that all the people on the right who are predicting the ’22 midterm election is going to change everything are going to be sorely disappointed.

Pretty much every state with any city in which the democrats control the election apparatus is going to have two Democrat senators. Just as in the 2020 election, that city will just crank out as many votes as they need to make the election go their way.

That’s pretty much every state with a couple of exceptions. So, after 2022, I expect the Dems to have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

More difficult is congressional representation, but the tenet holds. Any district with a city who’s election apparatus is run by democrats is going to have a democrat congressman. The democrats won’t have an overpowering majority like they will in the Senate, but they will have a majority.

Until something drastic and dramatic changes, there will be a democrat president and democrat majorities in the house and senate for the foreseeable future.

Which means government control over most aspect of our lives, toxic business climate, high taxes for the producers to pay for the bread and circuses for the masses, profligate spending on pet projects that pad the wallets of congresscritters and their associates/cronies/accomplices, eventually rampant inflation and economic collapse. With our already overwhelming debt and endlessly expanding deficit, the crash is only a matter of time.

I’ve been watching and talking about this slow motion train wreck for about 20 years now, and it’s just rolling right along. When the end comes, it’s going to be ugly. The most positive thing I can say about it is I hope I’m not around any more when the wreckage finally comes to rest.

I suppose it’s pointless to rail about it…even at least one of the founding fathers recognized the inevitability of this time.

“…I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt, too, whether any other Convention we can obtain may be able to make a better Constitution.”
–Benjamin Franklin

Or, in more succinct terms: A people always gets the government it deserves.

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Flawed penumbral reasoning.

I don’t disagree with the conclusion that this author reached, but I very much disagree with the path followed to reach it:

But in 1965, Justice William O. Douglas used penumbral reasoning in the majority opinion of Griswold v. Connecticut to declare that a right to privacy exists in the Constitution — even though it’s not written anywhere. He then used this newly discovered “right” to find that a ban on contraceptives was therefore unconstitutional. A right to privacy seems like a logical inclusion in the constitution. But rather than five justices declaring it a right, why didn’t we add it to the Constitution with an amendment?

I left the below as a comment to that post, but decided it would make a fine blog post on its own, so here it is:

The logical flaw in this column is that there absolutely ARE rights that are not specifically written into the Constitution.
The inclusion of the bill or rights in the Constitution was actually a relatively contentious issue at the time, the arguments against the first ten amendments included the possibility that enumerating certain rights would lead to infringements of any rights that were not specifically enumerated.

In fact, as part of a compromise in order to appease the side arguing against including the bill of rights on that basis, the 9th Amendment was included which specifically and clearly states it:

“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”
–Amendment IX, US Constitution.

So the claim that it is illegitimate for the Supreme Court to “make up” rights that aren’t spelled out in the bill of rights is…well…illegitimate.

The right to privacy in one’s personal dealings, I think, pretty fairly falls under the purview of the 9th Amendment as one of those un-enumerated rights they were talking about.

The issue isn’t with the Supreme court validating the concept of the right to privacy, but in interpreting that right cover a woman having her unborn child murdered because it happens within the shield of doctor-patient confidentiality and privacy. That’s the “logic” that required emanations and penumbras to reach.

There absolutely, positively are rights reserved to the people that are not enumerated in the Constitution and the Constitution itself even confirms this. It is absolutely, positively correct for the Supreme Court to affirm and uphold even unenumerated rights. What is incorrect and constitutes judicial activism is twisting logic and contorting common sense to extend those unenumerated rights to things that clearly violate the rights of others…like, for example, the right of another living human being to continue living.

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There’s your problem…

OK…here is the perfect representation of how we’ve gotten ourselves into this mess (from which, at this point, I fear there is no escape)…this is from a widely read CONSERVATIVE online outlet:

We now learn that Harris is making and taking calls with foreign Heads of State that the President should be making, especially if these are the first contacts with the new Administration. Three days ago, Harris handled the first call of the Administration to France and President Macron.

This is all the making of a decent Saturday night movie but this is our country and these people are supposed to be our leaders

No.

No, no, no, no a thousand times NO!

These people are not supposed to be our leaders. They are supposed to be our representatives.

That’s part of the reason we’ve ended up in the sad condition that the Founding Fathers would weep about (or, perhaps, say “I told you so”). We have been conditioned to believe that the people elected to office are somehow our superiors, that they’re supposed to tell us what to do and how to do it.

NO!!!!!

They are our representatives – our employees. We’re supposed to tell THEM what to do, not the other way around.

Free, adult, responsible human beings don’t need a mommy and daddy to make their decisions for them. They don’t need a protector to defend them against the big bad world. They don’t need a rich uncle to bail them out when the consequences of their decisions come home to roost.

Free, adult responsible human beings need only a government that is dedicated to defending those people’s God given rights against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The fact that even conservatives these days seem to be pining for someone to lead them to the promised land explains completely why we are where we are.

“The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave.”
–Alexis de Tocqueville

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A fellow blogger asks “Why Gun Bans?”

Fellow gun blogger Billll asked this morning:

The party that wants to empty the prisons, open the borders, and defund the police, also wants to keep you from owning a gun.

Makes you wonder who, exactly, are they working for?

It all makes perfect sense when you think about it in context.

The Democrats are the party of the left and the left is all about big government centralized control. They want not only to have control over every aspect of the lives of Americans, but over every aspect of the lives of every human on earth. One world government is their endgame and always has been.

The Global Warming religion is one aspect of it. It’s an effort to convince the world that the earth is in an existential crisis and the only way to save ourselves is to cede control to the priests of the religion.

Empty the prisons, defund the police: This is a double whammy for them.

We’ve been taught for several generations that we are not allowed to protect ourselves, that we should leave those things up to the government. Just today I saw an article where the Oakland Chief of Police exhorted the citizens not to defend themselves or others, but to just “be good witnesses”. So, if we follow their advice, criminals are emboldened and crime goes up. When crime goes up, the citizens cry out for their nanny the government to “do something”. This gives those who would rule over us carte blanche to pass laws that do nothing to actually reduce crime, but do a lot to restrict the freedom and self-determination of we lowly proles. The more things they can criminalize, the more control over us they have…all in an effort to keep us “safe” don’t you know.

The second thing that enabling the criminal element does for them is keep the crime rates up, which reinforces their constant calls to disarm the populace. That’s one of the primary things they need to do in the US is relieve us of the tools we need to resist their diktats. The more crime they can engender, the less safe the proles feel, the more cries for nanny government to “do something”, the better positioned they are to pass the laws they need to disarm us.

Open borders/illegal immigration – Also two benefits for them:

The constant influx of people from oppressive countries where they are conditioned to accept overbearing government and restricted freedom dilutes the American culture of independence, resistance and self-reliance.

It also increases the supply of poor, poorly educated people dependent on the government. Many of those poor, poorly educated people will vote illegally in many states, will be counted in the census increasing their representation, and will eventually (assuming they get their way, which I’m sure they will) be granted citizenship en masse, cementing the majority that the left needs to be dependent on government for their survival.

So, the bottom line is that none of this is contradictory as much as it may appear so on the surface. It seems counter-intuitive to say “we’re going to leave criminals out on the street to keep victimizing people” at the same time as saying “you aren’t allowed to be properly equipped to defend yourselves against criminals, that’s the government’s job”, but when you look at the long term goals, it makes perfect sense.

The long term goal is to make Americans dependent upon the government and the elites who run it. To make us nothing more than drones or cogs in the machine that supports and maintains the elite’s power and lifestyles. They’ll do that through any means necessary.

The funny thing about it is how many of the leftists who support this agenda thinking all the while that they’ll be among the elite who get to tell the rest of us how to live, all the while not realizing in the least that they’re just another prole to be exploited. By the time they figure it out, it will be way too late. Probably already is.

The ongoing war against conservative speech is part of the same overall battle. First they prevent us from speaking out, then they criminalize us speaking out and arrest anyone who does so. It’s already started…they are basically defining anyone who values patriotism and traditional American values as a “domestic terrorist”. I have no doubt that my subversive comments on this blog will be used against me someday. The only thing that’s keeping me insulated so far is my insignificance. I have a very tiny audience so my message isn’t being widely disseminated. If it were, I can guarantee you I’d already be on the radar. It’s only a matter of time. They just have to work their way through the big fish before they start getting to the little ones like me. Thankfully, I’m a tiny, tiny one so hopefully it will be a long time before the thought police kick my door down in the middle of the night.

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Does this make me a Hip Hop fan? – Updated

For the second time in my life, I’ve discovered a Hip Hop song that I like.

It’s on youtube so I won’t link or embed it, but here’s where you can see it:

The Patriot | Featuring The Marine Rapper

Two military vets’ music video of their hip hop song celebrating their patriotism and love for country. Definitely worth a watch.

Update:  I found the video on BitChute.  Good on them for posting on alternative sites because it’s just a matter of time before Youtube yanks them.  They’ve already been censored by streaming services.  Here’s the video embedded from bitchute:

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Breaking News: Men and Women are different

Three years after instituting “gender neutral” physical fitness standards, the Army has come to the shocking conclusion that men and women are different after all.

Early on, in Sept. 2019, preliminary scores made public of 11 battalions showed a stark performance divide between men and women, sparking criticism from soldiers and advocacy groups. Maj. Gen. Lonnie Hibbard, the commander of the Center for Initial Military Training, said in Nov. 2019 that the Army would likely make adjustments to the test over the next three to five years before it was right.

Just reading that, I was starting to become curious as to how they’d “adjust” a physical fitness test to make women more competitive with men. Perhaps include flexibility standards to offset the strength and endurance standards?

But then it became clear that what they’re considering is going back to having different standards for men and women.

Standards for transgender soldiers were not discussed, but that brings in a whole new problem: Are men that dress like women going to be measured by the male standards or the female standards?

But I digress.

Part of the problem is that physical fitness scores serve a significant role in eligibility for promotion in the military. I would assume that in the Army, which trends toward more physical roles in general than the Navy in which I served, this would be even more important.

With unisex standards and scoring, the men are, in general, going to significantly outscore the women, which, absent some sort of “grading on the curve” in the promotion process, would severely inhibit the women to gain promotions and recognition. Basically, pretending that men and women are the same (which is a primary plank of the feminist platform) results in the exact opposite of advancing the interests of women.

And it only took three years and untold millions of taxpayer dollars to reach the conclusion that any high school athlete could have told them for free.

Interestingly, I actually agree with the unified standards.

If a particular job in the military requires the performers of that job to be able to, say, run 1.5 miles in 10 minutes, or do 50 pushups in 2 minutes, or bench press 200 lbs, then those are what the standards should be. It doesn’t matter whether you have innie or outie plumbing, if that’s what the job requires, that’s what it requires. If you can’t meet the standards, you shouldn’t be in the job because in the military, your team-mates LIVES depend on you being able to do your job.

Either you can do it, or you can’t.

But we can’t have that, because it makes for unequal outcomes and in the world of the left, it’s not about equality of opportunity, it’s about equality of outcomes.

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Vaccination Reservations

I’m not an anti-vaxxer by any means. I got all my vaccines when I was a kid. I’ve got the smallpox vaccine scar that kids these days don’t have. We probably got more vaccines in boot camp than most civilians get in their whole lives. I’m waiting for an appointment with the VA right now to get a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Whooping Cough) booster and a shingles vaccine.

I’ve got nothing against traditional vaccines, they are tried and true, do the job and have a relatively low incidence of side effects.

The COVID “vaccine” however is different. It is not a traditional vaccine like the ones that have been around for decades. This is brand new technology and doesn’t work like traditional vaccines do.

The problem is that it was rushed through with minimal testing on an emergency basis and mRna vaccines haven’t been around long enough for any long term evaluation of their effects.

There are several knowledgeable people saying that this is a recipe for disaster.

I don’t understand all the details, but the gist of it is that because of the way the mRna “vaccine” works it can lead to our own immune system rebelling against us and attacking us.

There’s already been one reported case of this happening.

In this case, he’d apparently already had COVID when he got the vaccine. Because the “vaccine” isn’t really a true vaccine that contains dead (or reduced virulence live) virus for the immune system to detect and build up antibodies against, when the “vaccine” was introduced, it interpreted the COVID antibodies already present in the Dr.’s system as virus and attacked them. It killed him.

Granted, this is a single case and is hardly anything to panic over, but the fact that this is a known possibility, several people are ringing alarm bells and it’s already happened once is troubling to me.

Add to that the fact that the much maligned hydroxychloroquine treatment has been somewhat vindicated in a clinical trial.

Even more promising are the use of Asthma inhalers undergoing clinical trials right now and two new drugs developed in Israel that are also showing great promise.

So, if there is any possibility of long term health impacts of this experimental non-vaccine, and there are viable treatments for COVID in the pipeline, combined with the simple fact that COVID isn’t life threatening for the vast majority of patients in the first place…I have some serious reservations about getting the shots.

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He accidentally said the quiet part out loud

One of the reasons Puerto Rico wants statehood is because of:

programs like Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit, which aren’t available to those living in the U.S. territory

For those who aren’t familiar with it, the Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for low income people. It is a “refundable” tax credit meaning that any excess over what you paid in taxes is refundable to you.

In English, that means that low income people can get more money “back” in taxes than they paid. Basically, they’re getting “free” money from the government.

Now…this post is not to argue the merits of that program, but only to point out what the Governor of Puerto Rico is whining about…the fact that, as a territory rather than a state, they don’t get free money from the rest of us.

According to the US census bureau, as of 2019, the median family income in Puerto Rico is $20,539. What’s the cutoff for receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit? $21,710 for a couple with no children. With 2 children, it’s $53,330.

So, basically, something like 60% of the population of Puerto Rico will qualify for free money from the rest of us.

“But it’s unfair that they don’t qualify for it, if other US citizens can get it”. I’d agree except for one minor detail. As a territory, Puerto Rican citizens don’t pay federal income taxes at all…that’s why they don’t qualify for the EITC. Funny the Governor didn’t mention that.

I’d be willing to bet that most of the 47% of the Puerto Rican population that voted against statehood are the ones who make enough money they’d actually have to start paying taxes. the 53% who voted for statehood are undoubtedly the people hoping for some of that free money.

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Projection – an illustration

It’s a youtube video so I won’t link it, but here’s where I found it:

MASTERCLASS — Trump defense team should play this video on loop during the entire Senate hearing…

This is a microcosm of the left’s strategy:  gaslighting and projection.

All summer long the left has been shouting to the mountaintops that “mostly peaceful protests” wherein business were burned and looted, police and innocent bystanders were assaulted, public and private property was forcibly “occupied” and held hostage at gunpoint, were a legitimate and admirable statement of discontent against the government.

They not only refused to condemn such behavior, they encouraged it and even started funds and donated money to bail the perpetrators out of jail when they were arrested.

Then, when a few people on the right take them at their word and engage in a much more restrained version of the same brand of “mostly peaceful” protest, it’s treason and domestic terrorism and the President who specifically condemned violence and exhorted his followers to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard is condemned as having “instigated” insurrection.

Projection and gaslighting…pure and simple.  They project their failings onto their opponents and then try to pretend that they aren’t twice as guilty as those they accuse.

It’s no different than the penchant for the left to purge the public square of any non-leftist speech by claiming it is hateful or false, while letting anyone on the left spew any sort of vitriol and falsehoods they desire.

It’s no different than the virulent anti-gun agitator getting right into the face of gun rights advocates and screaming spittle flinging epithets at them while insisting that the gun rights advocates are the hateful, violent ones.

I could go on and on, the examples are everywhere.  The left engages in egregious behavior, then projects their bad behavior onto the right while trying to gaslight everyone into believing they are the innocent victims.

It’s no accident…the behavior is too consistent and widespread.  It’s the gameplan.  It is a conscious, orchestrated and coordinated tactic employed by them to dupe the masses into granting them the power they crave.

And the scary thing is, it works surprisingly well.

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