Question Answered

A while back, I read about how the father of the Thug-Bully in Ferguson MO, who’s death sparked the BLM movement was asking where all that sweet, sweet BLM money was going…’cause they certainly weren’t seeing any of it in Ferguson.

BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors responded that not only was the organization “focused on a ‘need to reinvest into Black communities.'”, but they were also “taking the dollars we were able to raise in 2020 and building out the institution we’ve been trying to build for the last seven and a half years”

Well, now we can see the clear fruits of that labor:

A secluded mini-compound tucked into L.A.’s rustic and semi-remote Topanga Canyon was recently sold for a tad more than $1.4 million to a corporate entity that public records show is controlled by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37-year-old social justice visionary and co-founder of the galvanizing and, for some, controversial Black Lives Matter movement.

So see: BLM is properly investing the money they take in to support black communities by purchasing their leadership expensive homes in them. Oh…wait…whoops.

So, I guess “investing” in black communities doesn’t involve actually, you know, living in them.

In all fairness, I can’t say I blame her. I wouldn’t want to live in the environment that the BLM movement has engendered either what with the skyrocketing crime rates and penchant for breaking out in rioting, firebombing and looting in memory of any black criminal killed or injured by police while resisting arrest. Who would want to live like that? If I’d made millions of dollars of the past few years I’d be moving to a less volatile neighborhood as quick as I could too.

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Saltatus Cruoris Interruptus

Within hours of the shooting in Boulder, the usual suspects were already dancing the blood of the victims to forward their political agenda.

President Joe Biden made no mention of gun control in the aftermath of last week’s shootings in Atlanta — including during remarks after visiting the city — but he will face more pressure now to voice an opinion on the matter after another mass killing in Colorado.

But wait a minute – as details begin to emerge, there seems to be a fly in the ointment, a monkey in the wrench, a pain in the ass*

The suspect who has been detained in Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder, Colo. has been identified as Ahmad Al-Issa.

It was reported that, according to a White House source, Al-Issa “had “ISIS sympathies.”

Well crap. Can’t use this one as it wasn’t someone we can frame as a disgruntled redneck white supremacist: it was a proponent of the Religion of PeaceTM.

This story will quickly die a quiet and painless death, never to be mentioned again.

*100 internet points to the first person to identify this reference

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Unions reaping what they sow

Miss Me Yet?

During the Trump Administration, US Auto manufacturers pledged to bring production back to the US in light of relaxed regulation, a better business climate and lower taxes…and were on their way to living up to those pledges.

But the Trump Administration is no longer a factor, the Harris Biden administration is driving the bus. What does that mean for jobs?

The United Auto Workers are angered about a decision by Ford to move production of a new electric vehicle from Avon Lake, Ohio, into Mexico. Ford previously agreed to spend $900 million on a new product line for the Ohio plant; however, according to the UAW the location has shifted.

Poetic justice? To me it’s just sad. Many years ago my Father lost a job he loved that he’d been doing for over 20 years because of shortsighted unions that cared more about their own power than the workers they were supposed to be representing. I guess you can say they’re consistent if nothing else.

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Combat effectiveness through diversity

Apparently Tucker Carlson said something mean about the military’s new maternity flight suits.

He must have struck close to home because military spokesthings (got to be inclusive of all 846 genders these days) responded by deploying the mother of all internet click bait headlines:

Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military

The Press Secretary didn’t respond forcefully. He didn’t ardently defend. He didn’t even pounce. No…he SMOTE him as Thor striking down his enemies with Mjölnir.

Whether he smote, pounced, or just ineffectually protested, I got a kick out of this sentence from the statement:

“I want to be very clear right up front, that the diversity of our military is one of our greatest strengths,”

Um…I’m pretty sure that military strength boils down to how effectively you can kill the enemy and blow their stuff up. I really don’t think the skin color, gender identity or reproductive organs of the killer and/or blower upper has much to do with it.

This is what happens when senior officers get promoted based on political factors rather than military ones; how outstanding warriors and leaders end up peaking at O-5 and owning car dealerships instead of leading men into battle and how the Navy that used to be the best in the world ends up repeatedly bouncing warships off freighters and tankers on the open sea.

Do you think the Chinese army gives a crap about diversity? There were recently stories about how their numbers of warships have exceeded those of the US Navy and includes newer, more capable vessels and weapons (using technology stolen from us). Their full time military is 60% larger than our total military including reserves. Granted their military is made up of mostly conscripts, but numbers matter. When you run out of bullets before they run out of bodies, you lose.

The bottom line is, when China gets froggy and decides to “restore” Taiwan to Chinese sovereignty…and they will – soon…unless something dramatic changes to refocus our military mindset away from “social justice” and “diversity” and toward combat effectiveness, we won’t be able to stop them.

I’m thinking when even your military has devolved into being more concerned with being “woke” than with being effective, your society is pretty much toast. As if that weren’t already pretty self-evident.

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Consent of the Governed

“That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”

Does it seem to anyone else that this is not the behavior of a group of people who sincerely believe that they are simply exercising powers derived from the consent of the Governed?

The task force charged with reviewing Capitol Hill security in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on Congress has proposed among its reforms launching a permanent military police battalion staffed by rotating Guard and reserve troops to help provide “quick reaction” support in case of future violence.

“Fences don’t work…except the ones we put around our homes and the Capital building to protect us from the the people we work for.” doesn’t sound much like people who sincerely believe they are serving the best interests of the people to me.

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Another “shocking” development

The black unemployment rate rises even as all other demographics continue to fall.

I’m really surprised the reporter didn’t throw in a couple of “unexpectedly”s just so we’re clear that this eventuality that has been predicted repeatedly by people on the right was completely unforeseeable.

Hmm…wonder what could possibly be going on. Let’s see, the borders are effectively open to unfettered illegal immigration at the same time that democrats are pledging their sacred honors to achieving a $15 minimum wage.

Seems to me that employers are shedding themselves of relatively expensive US citizen low skilled employees and hiring illegal alien low skilled employees that are willing to work for much less. And, as a bonus, minor details like “minimum wage” don’t really apply when you’re already hiring them illegally.

But, hey, the Democrats keep telling us that they HEART blacks and other minorities, so, you know, it doesn’t matter that their policies actually hurt them rather than help right?

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Ihre Papiere, bitte

The German government (of course) is calling for “vaccination passports” to be implemented for travel in the EU.

Of course, we are assured:

Merkel … cautioned that a vaccine passport should not “mean that only those who have a vaccination passport are allowed to travel.”

Note the weasel word “should”.

Just like Social Security numbers shouldn’t be used for identification.

And the records of guns sales and background checks shouldn’t be used as a backdoor gun registration.

Allow me to translate that out of “politicianese” and into English:

“We realize that if we make this mandatory for travel at this point, many nations will refuse to implement it due to concerns that it will cause a political backlash and the government figures who support it may lose their positions of power; therefore, we’ll insist that it ‘should not’ be used in such a way until it gains wide adoption, after which we’ll change the words ‘should not’ to ‘shall'”

Because that’s just how totalitarian leftists roll.

By the way…I wonder if they’ll check the vaccination passports of “refugees” from the Middle East and Africa?

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Be prepared: a global drought in computer chips is coming

There’s apparently a shortage of semiconductors right now.  I can virtually guarantee you that this shortage has been caused by government actions of one kind or another either through onerous regulations or disincentivizing taxes or whatever.

But now that the government has recognized the shortage that they’ve caused, don’t fear…they’re coming to the rescue with billions of dollars.

“I’m directing senior officials in my administration to work with industrial leaders to identify solutions to the semiconductor shortfall,” Biden said on Wednesday. “Congress has authorized a bill but they need … $37 billion to make sure that we have this capacity. I’ll push for that as well.”

What are those billions of dollars going to go to? Why lining the pockets of bureaucrats and their cronies of course. And once the gravy train starts, it can never be stopped…so you can fully expect the supply shortage to worsen significantly and never end.

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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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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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