No Riots for You!

My wife is a huge Seinfeld fan so I couldn’t resist.

Apparently the idea that if they attack innocent people they may just get shot put a damper on the festivities last night. I suppose having 500 National Guard troops in Kenosha last night couldn’t have hurt anything either.

I’ve seen no reports of riots in Kenosha. There are reports of “demonstrations” in several cities not named “Kenosha”, but most seemed to have been pretty small. The only place with a serious report was one of the hotbeds of the patently fascist “antifa” movement, Portland.

Police declared a riot in downtown Portland, Oregon after a group protesting Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal damaged property and threw rocks at cops on Friday night.

I saw a report that some journalists were attacked there for trying to video and report on things. Apparently they learned a couple of lessons from the Rittenhouse verdict:

1. In places other than Portland, attacking people during a riot can be hazardous to your health.

2. Video of the incident can be instrumental in proving that your narrative of “racist, vigilante, active shooter spontaneously firing upon innocent demonstrators” doesn’t hold water, so it might be best to keep the cameras at a distance…even if you’ve got to attack the camera crew to get it done.

I’m actually a bit surprised that there aren’t similar reports out of Seattle this morning. Maybe antifa riots there have just become so commonplace they don’t even make the news anymore.

Also, I was surprised this morning to see video of the crowd outside the courthouse in Kenosha when the verdict was announced. The media reports had led me to believe that the majority of the people there were calling for Rittenhouse’s lynching, but the vast majority of the crowd in the video cheered enthusiastically when the verdict was announced.

It seems I have again fallen prey to the urge to give credence to a media that doesn’t deserve it. I really thought that there was little support for Rittenhouse there. Wishful thinking on the part of the media, apparently, as most of the crowd was supportive. It is heartening to see that enough people weren’t blinded by the misinformation and propaganda that Rittenhouse’s supporters outnumbered his detractors (by quite a lot).

The fact that I fell for it demonstrates how effective propaganda can be even for the skeptical. Their narrative that Rittenhouse had little support in Kenosha fed my confirmation bias. I expected that and so when they reported it, I accepted it as truth on nothing more than their word (and their repeating of it incessantly). Confirmation bias is real. I really do try to be careful not to fall prey to it, but it is such an easy trap to fall into. I’ll try to be even more wary in the future.

At any rate, I’m glad for the people of Kenosha that they were spared another round of devastation.

As for Portland…well…they’re just lying in the bed they themselves made. Hard to feel any compassion over that that.

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Breaking News – Kenosha is going to burn!!!!

For the second time in just a couple of months, I’m extremely happy to announce that I was WRONG!.

Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all counts.

The good people of Kenosha Wisconsin (and probably Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and a few other places) need to batten down the hatches tonight, because I have a feeling it’s going to get froggy.

I have to say I’m very impressed by the fortitude of the jury. The fact that it took so long indicates that there were some who wanted to find him Guilty, probably because of the fear of backlash, but they were convinced to do the right thing.

Now when they are inevitably doxxed and their lives are threatened, they need to be protected at all costs. We cannot allow good people to have their lives destroyed for doing the right thing.

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The Democrats giveth and the Democrats taketh away

Biden’s economy is making people poorer:

The Labor Department reported Friday that average hourly earnings increased 0.4% in October, about in line with estimates. That was the good news.

However, the department reported Wednesday that top-line inflation for the month increased 0.9%, far more than what had been expected. That was the bad news – very bad news, in fact.

That’s because it meant that all told, real average hourly earnings when accounting for inflation, actually decreased 0.5% for the month.

Never fear, this is an easy fix: All they need to do is raise the minimum wage to, say $40 an hour. Because that would have no downstream economic consequences at all right? Would just make everyone’s income go up. Adding costs to businesses wouldn’t increase prices because businesses would never increase their prices to compensate for increased business expenses…just ask Jennifer Psaki.

Another one of those awesome leftist policies that make the thing they’re supposedly trying to solve even worse.

But take heart…that’s the point. After all, their policies destroying the economy is a feature, not a bug.

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Rittenhouse Trial Prediction

As eminent American Philosopher Yogi Berra once said: “Making predictions is hard…especially about the future.”

I was wrong in my prediction that the Virginia Democrats would be able to create enough fake votes to steal the election from Youngkin…not for lack of trying mind you, but they just couldn’t overcome the wave…

So after being pleasantly wrong on that one, I’m going to make another prediction, this time on the Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. By the way, if you’re interested in the case and how the trial is going, Andrew Branca, self defense attorney and the brains behind “The Law of Self Defense” has been covering each day of the trial in detail with a daily post at Legal Insurrection.

Friday was Day 4 of the Trial. I discovered Andrew during the Zimmerman Trial where he covered the proceedings in detail and his coverage of the Rittenhouse trial has been lo less indispensable.

At any rate, my concern is that the SJW’s are desperate to see Kyle drawn and quartered for having the audacity to fight back against the Antifa and BLM rioters in Kenosha and my fear is that at least one of the jurors is a stealth SJW who lied during Voir Dire to get on the jury.

If that’s the case, they will try their hardest to convince the jury to convict which will at best result in a hung jury.

There’s no way a fair, non-politically motivated jury could ever convict Kyle based on the evidence they’ve presented, and I see no cause to think they’ve got some bombshell to drop that’s going to prove he was some murderous zealot out for blood rather than just what he seemed: A patriotic kid who wanted to try to help protect the town and provide medical assistance to anyone who needed it, who was violently attacked by the rioters when they realized he was alone and isolated and was forced to defend himself.

But I think there’s probably at least one stealth SJW on the jury and my prediction is that it will end with a hung jury.

This is another of those predictions where I sincerely hope I’m wrong. Time will tell.

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Gender and the Draft

Why does the title of my post sound to me like the name of a musical group from the 50’s?

Anyway…lately there’s been talk of adding women to the draft registration requirement.

Of course, there are some…mostly on the conservative side…who oppose this idea:

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., filed an amendment Monday in an attempt to prevent Democrats from requiring women to register for the military draft – something he says is out of step with the American public.

In a normal, sane world I’d agree with Senator Hawley. There are many reasons why men are traditionally the warriors and protectors and women stay inside the city walls, and those reasons are legitimate. But those reasons no longer apply in today’s crazy world.

From a purely Schadenfreude related perspective, my instinct is to say “women claim to want equality, let them have equality”. But the problem is that this would compel all women to register for the draft, not just the feminazis who demand “equal treatment” while attempting to avoid equal responsibility.

But the primary reason for it is not to compel women to register, but to eliminate the ability of men to use the exclusionary policy to avoid fulfilling their societal responsibility.

Today, the US government officially allows anyone to legally be declared whatever gender they want to claim. Therefore, any man who doesn’t want to register for the draft, just needs to declare themselves to be women and viola! Not only are they exempt from registering for the draft, but they hang out in women’s public restrooms and shower facilities, can get preferential treatment reserved for women in hiring, promotion and educational opportunities, can be a champion level competitor in every sport they care to try; heck, if they commit a rape, they can even be incarcerated in a woman’s prison and enjoy a “target rich environment” while paying their debt to society.

The simple fact is that, if “sex assigned at birth” is meaningless, then so are all gender-specific carveouts. Our world is hardly normal or sane, in which case special privileges based on gender are pointless.

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Hooray! I was wrong!!!

I’ve never been so happy to be wrong in my life.

I was convinced that the democrats would cheat their way to victory in the Virginia Governor’s race.

The polls were showing it as basically a dead heat. For the past 10 or 15 years, all polls have skewed democrat by a big margin so if they said it was a dead heat, my estimate was that Youngkin actually was up by about 10 points.

That was borne out in the results early on, Youngkin had about a 10 point lead…then the cheat machine kicked in.

Fairfax had a “glitch” and had to rescan a bunch of votes.

While many counties have promptly reported their election results, however, deep-blue Fairfax County has missed the deadline to count early votes and has announced it needs to “rescan” the ballots.

Nope, nothing fishy about that at all right?

Oh…and it wasn’t the election officials that initially reported this development – it was the McAuliffe campaign that first reported it to the media.

Jackie DeFusco of WRIC-TV added that according to McAuliffe’s campaign, “a portion of the early votes in Fairfax County need to be rescanned and there is no set timeline for that yet. His staff says that could delay the results.”

Nothing suspicious there at all either right?

And, magically, shortly after this announcement, Youngkin’s lead began to shrink…but apparently they just weren’t able to manufacture enough votes to overcome the Republican’s huge advantage. Not enough cemeteries in Fairfax County I suppose.

The final tally was Youngkin by a little less than three percent. Which means the actual margin, when the manufactured votes are taken out of the mix, was probably more like 10 or 12%…bigger than the margin of cheat was able to overcome.

But the important thing is that we no longer have an authoritarian, racist, communist in the Governor’s mansion, and the downstream races seem to have had similar results.

By the way, I loved this point made by Miguel over at the GunFreeZone:

Black people with guns

Yup, we Republicans are so fearful of black people with guns that we elect one of them to be our Lieutenant Governor.

Worst.Racists.Ever

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Misfire

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
-Inigo Montoya

I keep seeing stories about the Alec Baldwin homicide that insist the gun “misfired”.

The prop gun misfired, according to Deadline, when Baldwin was holding it on the New Mexico set of the movie “Rust.” According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Baldwin was questioned by authorities and seen in tears. The newspaper reported that authorities were trying “to determine if the incident was an accident.”

According to Merriam Webster online:

mis·​fire | \ ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r , ˈmis-ˌfī(-ə)r \
Definition of misfire (Entry 1 of 2)
intransitive verb

1: to have the explosive or propulsive charge fail to ignite at the proper time
“the engine misfired”

2: to fail to fire
“the gun misfired”

3: to miss an intended effect or objective
“the new ad campaign misfired”

Definition of misfire (Entry 2 of 2)
noun
1: a failure (as of a cartridge or firearm) to fire
2: something that misfires

They’re trying to use a term that minimizes Alec Baldwin’s blame in the incident.

The fact is, the gun did the opposite of misfire, It did not fail to fire, it operated properly: Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger, the primer ignited, which ignited the powder, which created rapidly expanding gasses that propelled the projectile down the barrel, which traveled at a high rate of speed in the direction in which the muzzle was pointed, which then impacted the objects (people in this case) in that direction.

It is the responsibility of the wielder of the weapon to ensure they do so safely, it is not a “misfire” when the gun did what it was designed to do. It’s no different than if he just started randomly swinging a sword without checking to make sure no one was in the way and hacked off someone’s head.

According to CBS:

As a film crew and actors in Western garb prepared to rehearse a scene inside a wooden, chapel-like building on a desert movie ranch outside Santa Fe, assistant director Dave Halls stepped outside and grabbed a prop gun off a cart.

He walked back in and handed it to the film’s star, Alec Baldwin, assuring him it was safe to use because it didn’t have live ammo.

“Cold gun,” Halls yelled.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Why was there even any live ammunition on the site? That’s the responsibility of whoever brought it, probably one of the armorers. Why wasn’t the gun checked for ammunition (live or blank) before it was placed on the prop cart? Why didn’t the assistant director check and verify the condition of the gun when he picked it up from the cart? Why did he tell Alec Baldwin it was a cold gun when he handed it over, without having checked it himself?

But ultimately, the blame lies with the one who pulled the trigger.

NRA rule #1: Always keep the muzzle pointed in safe direction

Jeff Cooper rules #1: All guns are always loaded
                             #2: Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy

Alec Baldwin had the responsibility to verify the condition of the gun he was handed regardless of what he was told. Even failing that, he had the responsibility to treat the firearm as if it was loaded. The “Industry Wide Labor Management Safety Committee” even published a bulletin with that sentiment in the very first, bolded, paragraph.

Had Alec Baldwin fulfilled his responsibilities with respect to gun safety, it wouldn’t have mattered whether the gun was cold, hot, or room temperature. The worst thing that would have happened would have been the gun goes “bang”, the bullet flies off in the “safe direction”, everyone is shocked, the armoror is fired and they all go about their business of making a movie.

In fact, according to some of the recent stories (a couple of them linked above) this had already happened twice on the set. A “cold” gun wasn’t cold and went “bang” when it should have gone “click”.

The armorers should have been fired already. But it took Alec Baldwin’s negligence to wake them up to the dangers. Too bad a talented young cinematographer had to die to drive that lesson home.

The Navy has a saying “Naval regulations are written in blood”. The point being that we learn from our mistakes and establish regulations to prevent them from happening again.

Too bad anti-gun Hollywood actors don’t take those words of wisdom to heart.

I blame Alec Baldwin.  In my humble opinion, he is guilty of negligent homicide.  But he’s one of the “elite” to whom the laws for the little people don’t apply, so it will all be written off as “an accident” where that evil gun just “misfired” and killed an innocent person.   What a shame.

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Supply Chain issues

This is another one of my infamous comments that turned into a post. This is in response to this post at The Last Refuge:

As noted, and as previously outlined, the issues with the backlog of the California ports have absolutely nothing to do with rapid unloading of ships and container vessels. The issue is the inability of California truckers to move those containers. The problem is a shortage of CA emission compliant internal transportation trucks to move the containers out of the port and into the U.S. mainland.

Here’s the thing. You may be right that the problem is a lack of trucks, but at this stage, just repealing the laws that are causing the truck shortage isn’t going to fix anything.

At the very beginning, right after the restrictive laws went into effect, there weren’t enough trucks to move the containers out quickly, so the containers start to stack up. Then when a truck shows up, the containers have to be moved around to get to the one the truck is there to haul, which takes time.

Meanwhile more containers stack up. And more. And more.

Until we get where we are: so many containers are stacked everywhere that they don’t have space to work. A truck shows up to pick up a container that’s in the middle of a huge stack and they not only have to take the time to move all the containers that are in the way, they also have to find or make space to put the containers that they need to move…so truckers sit for hours waiting for their cargo to be ready to pick up.

Meanwhile, more ships are being offloaded and added to the huge piles of containers.

So, even if they repealed the laws today and thousands more trucks became available to move cargo, it would still take forever to get the cargo out of the piles and onto the trucks they’re intended for.

What they would need to do to straighten this all out would be immensely expensive and a logistical nightmare, but it’ the only way short of just shutting down the port until the backlog is cleared that they’ll be able to get this fixed:

  1. Repeal the laws restricting trucks and drivers from operating in California
  2. The port or the state needs to contract every truck they can get their hands on.
  3. They need to lease or buy several large staging areas away from the city.
  4. When a truck arrives at the port, load it with the first container available and get it on the road immediately.
  5. The trucks take their loads to a staging area and drop them where their entry is logged and the recipient of the container is notified where to find it.
  6. The truck immediately returns to the port to pick up the next container.

This needs to continue until the backlog is resolved, then the trucks can be released and allowed to return to their normal duties.

Hopefully because the staging areas won’t be so congested (more staging areas, less containers at each) and each will have less traffic than the port itself, trucks can be loaded with their intended cargoes much more quickly and efficiently and the staging areas can be cleared relatively quickly (at least within a couple of months).

It will be slow because enough truck traffic will have to continue to serve the ports to prevent them from just backlogging again, so movement of cargo from the staging areas will still be slow.

Honestly, I’m not sure there are enough trucks and/or drivers available for that plan to even work. This may not be recoverable without flat out shutting down cargo ships into the ports until the backlog is cleared. That would be disastrous…but probably not much more disastrous than what’s already going on.

Any way you cut it, this is going to continue to get worse before it gets better…if it ever does.

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How the mighty have fallen

Just another in the long list of Naval Incidents in the past decade or so that illustrate the downfall of the US Navy.

A U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine that was damaged in a collision with an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea last weekend has arrived in port at Guam, the Navy said Friday.

We just can’t seem to stop bouncing ships off of stuff. In peacetime. Doesn’t bode well for our capabilities in making war.

One other point:

When it disclosed the Oct. 2 accident on Thursday, U.S. Pacific Fleet said that there had been no damage to the sub’s nuclear propulsion system and that it had not yet determined what underwater object had been struck.

I don’t know if that was the Navy’s way of describing the incident or the reporter took some liberties, but when I was in the Navy, there was no such thing as an accident. An “accident” implies that it was an unavoidable incident primarily just the result of bad luck. What we called failures like this when I was in the Navy is a “Mishap”. Indicating that it was entirely preventable and was a result of one or more failures in performance and the chain of command. Most typically a mishap is caused by a chain of cascading failures that ultimately were direct result of poor decisions high in the chain of command and the lack of leadership required for anyone in that chain of command to say “hey…wait a minute! This is a BAD idea”.

With our current military “leadership” I certainly hope they’re able to stay out of any wars with technologically advanced, capable enemies, or we’ll get our asses kicked. We’ve had decades of politically correct policymaking and weak, ineffective leadership to degrade the fighting spirit and capability of our military forces. They can run roughshod over a bunch of goat humpers using technology that dates from my military heyday, but I fear if we went up against the big boys, we’ll find out that an emphasis on teaching our military members how to identify white supremacy in themselves, how to walk in high heels (at last for those who weren’t already experienced at it), and how to properly utilize all the most current and trendy socially conscious buzzwords doesn’t translate well into warfighting ability against a capable and motivated foe.

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I couldn’t have said it better myself

It didn’t seem to matter.

“We’re a family that believes in science, believes in the medical advice of the community, medical recommendations from doctors. We followed everything very strictly. So all that combined is kind of what we’re still in shock about how it didn’t seem to matter, at least for my mom.”

Saying you “believe in science” is not a proclamation of any profound truth, it’s a self-congratulating catechism of the leftist faith.

“Science” is not inscribed in stone tablets and scientists are humans: just as prone to mistake, corruption and bias as anyone. Science is not based on consensus, it is based on evidence. As Einstein is alleged to have once said when a hundred scientists wrote a book taking him to task over his theory of relativity “Why 100 authors? If I was wrong it would only take one to prove it.” Taking on blind faith any “science” that supports your worldview while dismissing out of hand any that does not is not “believing in science”.

So your faith failed you. You followed all the advice and your mother died anyway. I wonder…had you been willing to stray from the boundaries of your religious restrictions and had tried an Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine protocol as soon as your mother realized she was sick, would the outcome have been different? We’ll never know…and neither will you because you would never stray from your faith.

And just how devout does one have to be to make the decision to politicize the death of a loved one just to proselytize for their religion? Gotta commend you for your devotion, if not your judgement.

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