And then they act surprised

This is the way it always goes.

First the left starts instituting rules against their enemies.

Then they start using those rules against their own.

John Fuller … added that he “full-heartedly” believes that Black people are superior.

Members of the student government who were uncomfortable with Fuller’s comments reported the comments to the Office of Institutional Equity.

And Mr. Fuller will be absolutely SHOCKED that his fellow leftists reported him to the thought police.

They never think their rules will be applied to themselves.

I completely disagree with Mr. Fuller’s comment that “black people are superior” but I unreservedly defend his right to say it.

If people aren’t allowed to say what they really think, how are we supposed to know which ones are racist assholes with whom we do not wish to associate?

By the way, if blacks are inherently superior, why isn’t Africa the economic, political, military and scientific powerhouse of the world?

For the record, I don’t believe that blacks are inherently inferior. I don’t think skin tone has a thing to do with it. Cultural norms are what make a particular group more successful than another. The reason asians are highly successful in academic and scientific pursuits isn’t because of their sallow complexion or uniquely shaped eyes, it’s because their culture places very high emphasis on academic achievement and hard work. The graduation rates of blacks isn’t 15 points lower than whites because of relative melanin levels: it’s because their culture tells them that academic success is “acting white” and makes them a “sellout”.

In my experience, blacks who don’t buy into those fallacies are just as successful as whites and don’t need “affirmative action” policies to give them an artificial advantage to do so. I’ve had a very long and varied work life and I’ve worked with many, many blacks who had no need of liberal white patronization for them to succeed.

Hat tip to The First Street Journal

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Why they can’t have nice things

In an illustration of why the Dickey Amendment was enacted, fake news from the CDC via BBC:

Gun deaths were the leading killer of US children in 2020

Of course, to get there, they had to classify “children” as being up to age 19.

the rise in gun-related deaths among Americans between the ages of one and 19 was part of an overall 33.4% increase in firearm homicides nationwide.

Not mentioned is the fact that teenagers make up a large portion of the gang-banger community.

That’s the “bait and switch”. When most people think of “children” they think of innocent grade-schoolers being killed in accidents – not 17 year old gang bangers dying in a shootout over a drug deal gone bad…which is mostly what the statistics are about.

That’s how fake news is created. It’s based on actual data, but framed in a way that is intentionally misleading. And that’s why the CDC was rightfully prevented from this type of “research” for decades…because when given half a chance, they don’t provide objective information designed to inform the public, they provide political propaganda designed to advance an agenda.

Something that no taxpayer funded, governmental organization should ever be allowed to do.

Luckily, the CDC has pretty much burned any credibility it may once have had over the Wuhan Flu madness, so I doubt that their renewed interest in publishing anti-gun propaganda will gain any traction outside of the usual anti-gun suspects.

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I have an excuse

OK, so my thought that Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter might be just a ploy to drive the stock price up long enough for him to dump his shares and make a profit was completely wrong.

It seems he’s serious about this and is making a tender offer directly to shareholders, bypassing the Board.

How is this possible? Well, that speaks to my excuse.

I didn’t think Musk’s intention to buy Twitter could be serious because who in their right mind would think the authoritarian leftists on the Twitter board would consent to selling their shares to someone diametrically opposed to their aims?

But that was based on the assumption that the Twitter board of directors were actually the people invested in the company. Silly me.

As Musk pointed out, the vast majority of the Twitter board’s ownership is in the hands of co-founder Jack Dorsey—some 2.4% of the company—versus about 2.6% owned by the entire board, including Dorsey.

Holy Cow…no wonder they’re willing to disregard the financial interests of shareholders in support of their political agenda…they have very little financial skin in the game. It’s not their financial interests they’re throwing under the bus, it’s other people’s.

But that’s just the leftist way, isn’t it? When conservatives see a need, they give their own money to try to solve it. When leftists see a need, they take other people’s money, skim some off the top, give most of the rest of it to their cronies and then whatever scraps are left are squandered on “solutions” that do nothing than make the original problem worse…which makes sense, because making the problem worse keeps the gravy train rolling. If you solve the problem, you don’t have an excuse to keep taking other people’s money, now do you?

At any rate, my mistake was assuming that the members of Twitter’s board actually owned a significant enough amount of twitter that they could prevent a Musk takeover by simply refusing to sell him their shares.

Not the case. If Musk can convince the actual shareholders (you know, the one’s who’s financial interests are being thrown under the bus by the board) to sell their shares to Musk, he can buy the company right out from under the board.

I’m not exactly a big fan of Elon Musk, but in this case, I’m rooting for him.

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Masks on a Plane

I just got back from a business trip to Spokane, WA (by “just” I mean I got home last night after midnight).

On the way to Spokane on Monday, masks were required on the flight. The next day, while on the job, I find out that shortly after I landed, the mask mandate had been overturned by a federal judge and all the airlines had immediately rescinded the requirement. So on the trip out, I missed out on being able to fly mask free by a couple of hours.

Then I hear that they’re appealing the ruling, for our own safety of course, because we heathens are too stupid to be trusted with our own health and safety.

I read somewhere yesterday that some polling company manufactured conducted a poll that said something like 55% of the population supports the mask mandate.

Well, unless the respondents to the poll never fly and support the mandate out of spite, or a majority of people completely lack self control and won’t do what they think is right unless forced, those numbers are slightly exaggerated. I’d say about 20% of the people in the airport and on the flights yesterday wore masks.

I took this picture at the Denver airport yesterday. I took it to show that there were no seats in the gate area and everyone was having to sit on the floor (how ridiculous is that?) but you can get an idea of how many people were wearing masks.

I suppose it’s possible there are a lot of people around who think people should wear masks but won’t do it themselves unless forced, but I doubt it.

I think the mask mandates are supremely unpopular and, if the Biden Administration succeeds in finding a judge that overturns the overturn and people are forced back into masks on airplanes, there are going to be a lot of unhappy people becoming even more unhappy.

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The End of an Era

The old truck is sold. That truck and I have been through a lot together over the past 15 years or so and I’m really going to miss it.

I’m glad to have the newer, more powerful truck but it just doesn’t have the character of the old one. By the way, We’ve been on the waiting list for a spot to store the camper at the Navy MWR lot on the base since we bought it. A spot finally opened up and I towed the camper over there a few days ago. With the new truck, I could barely feel the camper back there. The difference in power is really amazing.

But I digress. We got a lot of interest in the truck…I was actually shocked at how much…and we sold it within two days of putting it up for sale. Probably should have asked for more considering. The guy who bought it is a diesel engine mechanic by trade. He hit a deer with his truck a few weeks ago and really needed a new truck quickly. He said he already knew a guy with a low mileage used engine he can drop in it next weekend and have it on the road again almost immediately.

Really nice guy. I’m glad it’s going to someone who can fix it and will get some good use out of it.

The end of an era.

On a related topic, I’ve got a 5 day trip to The Estate planned for next week. I’ve got a tractor reserved (again) to rent so we’ll give that another shot…hopefully the weather will hold up this time. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Not so subliminal messaging?

My go to timewaster on my phone is a freecell game that I’ve been playing for years. Basically, whenever I’m waiting for something for more than a couple of minutes, I pull it out to keep my mind occupied and avoid the “what the heck is taking so long?” thoughts.

Since it’s not exactly an important aspect of my life, I’ve never bothered to pay for it. It’s ad-driven. The ads aren’t too obnoxious…after you finish a game, you have to watch an ad before it will let you start a new one. No biggie.

However, recently I’ve been inundated with a particular ad – I’ve been getting it over and over again repeatedly over the past few weeks:


I’m trying to decide whether it’s just random, or if they know something that I don’t.

Maybe it’s time for a checkup.

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The Musk Trap

Update: Nope, looks like Musk’s bid for ownership of Twitter is still ongoing. Maybe he’s sincere. I have no idea what he’s thinking…but then again, he’s made hundreds of billions of dollars from being audacious and doing things that I would have written off as ridiculous. There’s a reason he’s where he is and I’m where I am.

I’m not saying I know enough about this subject for my opinion to have value, nor am I saying that this is definitely what’s going on, but as soon as I heard that Musk had made the offer to buy twitter, this was my immediate thought:

This is a ruse. There’s no way he thinks they’ll actually sell to them. So why did he make the offer?

Let’s see – he buys 9 percent of the company’s shares for about 3 Billion dollars.

The price of the stock immediately jumps 27%. Then the announcement that he’s been offered a board seat, followed quickly by his turning down the offer, and then the subsequent buyout offer.

Again, I don’t buy that he actually believed that the Twitter shareholders…many of whom are liberal “usual suspects”…would consent to a buyout?

I don’t think he’s that naïve, but what he is, is a shrewd businessman. This morning, Twitter stocks jumped up almost $5 a share, then started tapering back down and is actually now a little negative from yesterday.

What I have to wonder is if Musk’s 73 million shares were some of those that were sold at over $50 a share this morning, netting him a tidy profit of about $350 million.

Granted, that would be a drop in the bucket to him, but you don’t get rich by turning down free money.

So he realizes he’s stuck with a cubic butt-ton of shares of a company he realizes he’s not going to be able to strongarm into change like he’d hoped, so he makes an announcement that he knows is going to drive the value of his shares up and then dumps them as soon as the price gets high enough to make him a tidy profit.

Seems like a good strategy to me.

I guess we’ll know in a few days if the news breaks that he mysteriously no longer owns 9.2% of Twitter and has moved on to other things.

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Translating Democrat into English

Democrat:

Democrats say they’ve done a lousy job at highlighting their accomplishments in a year plus of unified power in Washington, and are blaming this on the possibility they will suffer major losses in November’s midterm elections.

Some Democrats are baffled at Biden’s low numbers given what they think is a list of robust accomplishments.

English:

The voters are too stupid to understand how great we are and how much better their lives are with us in charge. It’s not our fault that the average American voter isn’t intelligent enough to grasp the nuances of how wonderful things are under a democrat regime.

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Told Ya

As I said yesterday, the usual suspects are lamenting that the Brooklyn Subway shooter wasn’t white.

Touré took to Twitter following the release of the details of the suspect and lamented the revelation about his race. He wrote, “Police say the suspect is a male Black.’ Damn. Damn. Damn.”

Not only wasn’t he white, based on his social media, he was an extremist-supporting the Nation of Islam, BLM, and virulently opposing all things Trump.

Doesn’t fall under the “white people are the most significant domestic terrorism threat” narrative so this story won’t be in the media long. In a few days it’ll be like it never happened.

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Someone else didn’t get the memo

Overheard in the news room:

“Darn it, don’t they know it’s supposed to be white people committing these atrocities?

The suspect was wearing green construction vest and grey sweatshirt, and is described as being a 5 foot 5 black male with a “heavy build.”

We can’t use this…it doesn’t support the narrative.

Oh well, at least we can exploit these innocent deaths to beat the gun control drum, so I suppose it’s not a total loss, but we can’t give it the coverage we need because it implies that black people actually commit crimes sometimes. We can’t have that.

Can some white person…ANY white person please commit a mass shooting so we have something to saturate the media with to distract from Biden’s horrible economy and the revelations about the Biden family’s corruption? Please?”

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