Filibuster Prediction

The Dems are not happy that their ability to cheat in elections is under threat.

I really loved this quote from Senator Menendez:

“So, if I invite you to do things, whether it’s on infrastructure or voting rights and you basically say no, then it creates the impetus for some to consider what is necessary to be done to change the rules to permit maybe at least a democracy exception, because this is the very core of our government and how we proceed. And it affects all other things.”

Um…those huge foundational things are exactly what the filibuster was designed to defend. When something is both controversial and of such large import, a 51 % majority should not be able to force it onto the other 49%…this is also, by the way, why our form of government is NOT a Democracy.

“Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.”
–Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

That’s also the reason why Constitutional Amendments require a 2/3 majority of Congress and must be ratified by 3/4 of the states before it passes. Things of foundational import should not be taken lightly nor passed by a party-line simple majority. That’s why the filibuster was introduced in the Senate in the first place.

But Democrats see their opportunity slipping away. They know that they lost the Presidential election last year…bigly. They know that we know it. They know that we are pissed about it and that they’re going to get slaughtered in the mid-terms if they aren’t allowed to cheat.

As a result, I’m going to make a prediction: The Dems will end the filibuster sometime early next year. They will convince, threaten or bribe the two Democrat hold outs to vote their way eventually.

The Arizona audit is getting a lot of attention and other states are considering starting their own…at least in some “suspicious” counties. AND States are starting to pass vote integrity laws that will make it much harder for the Dems to steal elections in those states.

This scares the crap out of the Democrats. They’ve worked too hard to get here, they’re not just going to let it all slip away. That means they MUST pass legislation at the federal level that outlaws the provisions states are trying to pass to stop them from cheating. And it has to be done in time for the 2022 mid term elections.

So, my prediction is that the filibuster will be nuked sometime in early 2022 and HR1 will be “passed” on a party line vote with Harris casting the tie breaker within days thereafter.

The next step will be packing the Supreme Court as quickly as possible to prevent them from ruling the law unconstitutional.

And then that’s all she wrote.

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Holiday Traditions

Every holiday has it’s traditions. Some of them are widespread, some not so much.

Fireworks for New Years and the Fourth of July. Cookouts on Memorial Day. Gift giving for Christmas.

One of my family traditions is that I always make chicken and noodles from scratch, served over mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner (as a side dish, we have Turkey too). That was a specialty of my grandmother, one of my favorite things to eat when I was young and I use her recipe.

Now that we have a new national holiday to be celebrated on June 19th, it only makes sense that some traditions should be established in recognition of it. It looks like the process has already begun:

The newly-official holiday of “Juneteenth” was celebrated in many communities with gunfire and mayhem:

Follow the above link for a list of the festivities.

Also there’s this one:

Chicago is so out of control with so many violent incidents happening, that this story has been mentioned in passing in their local media.

The video at that link could be disturbing. It’s violent.

To add flavor to that last one, some genius named Richard Taite went full retard on twitter by A) mistaking the Puerto Rican flag the murdered couple were flying with a confederate flag and then B) implying that you deserve to be murdered if you fly the wrong kind of flag.

He subsequently completely deleted his twitter account in shame, but his stupidity was screenshotted for posterity.

At any rate, I can hardly wait to see what exciting events are in store for next Juneteenth.

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Does the Media ever get anything right?

Rhetorical question. The media is very good at their job when you actually realize what their job is. It’s not to inform you, that’s for sure. It’s to steer you. To direct you. To push you. To Propagandize you.

That’s why we repeatedly, over and over and over again, find them pushing stories that are patently false.

Thus began a major controversial narrative in June of last year as the media and democrats decried how the U.S. Park Police cleared protestors from Lafayette Park shortly before President Trump walked to St. John’s church. The media shouted that President Trump told park police to fire tear gas into the crowd and dispurse the protesters in any manner or method. However the report today shows President Trump had nothing to do with it. It was all lies, all of it.

The interesting thing is that we actually knew that immediately at the time. Everyone involved from the Attorney General, the the Park Police, to the Capital Police told us that their clearing of the park had nothing to do with Trump’s photo op.

But the media didn’t care about facts, or evidence or witness testimony; they had a narrative to push and that’s what they did, so every major news outlet ran with the LIE that the Bad Orange Man had heartlessly ordered the park to be cleared so that he could walk down to the church for a photo op.

Fake.News.

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And so it begins

Now that the panic has begun to subside, our overlords have successfully trained the majority of the population to just mindlessly obey when nonsensical edicts are issued, and they’ve satisfied themselves that local police officers are more than willing to act as their stormtroopers in enforcing the edicts upon those of us who aren’t sheep, they can start walking back some of the demonstrably and egregiously false “statistics” that gave them the cover for their operation.

A quarter of all deaths previously attributed to COVID-19 in Alameda County weren’t actually caused by the coronavirus, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced today.

Wow, what a shock.

And that number is still too high. Basically, this audit only discounted people who tested positive for the Wuhan Chinese Virus, but obviously died of something else. Anyone who was questionable is still included as a Kung Flu death.

A death can only be attributed to COVID-19 if the coroner or medical provider can show that the person died “as a direct result of COVID-19, with COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death, or in whom death caused by COVID-19 could not be ruled out.” [bold added – ed]

In other words, if we can’t say absolutely that they died of something else, it was a Wuhan China Virus death, even though we know that the testing procedure used was way too sensitive and resulted in an untold number of false positives, so some of the people who died of…say…the flu…but had a false positive test for the Wuhan China Virus, we’re going to say they died of the Virus.

Which may help explain why flu deaths were virtually nonexistent last year.

By the way…I was keeping track of “excess deaths” and was all set to write a post about it but I was waiting for year end numbers.

As of November, per the CDC death statistics, 2020 was on track to post about 75,000 “excess deaths” over what would normally be expected based on historical data and averages adjusted for population changes. But sometime between November and December, some 200,000 or so additional deaths were added to the numbers.

The CDC had been claiming that over 300,000 people had died of the Wuhan China Virus, but the “excess death” numbers didn’t bear this out and plenty of people were noticing. So they fixed it.

Where did all those death reports added between November and December come from? The CDC will claim they were delayed reports, but I’d sure like to see some data as to specifically where those numbers came from because it looks to me like they just bumped the numbers up arbitrarily to support their narrative.

I believe there were actually somewhere between 75,000 and 80,000 excess deaths last year. Most of the people who died of the Wuhan China Flu were already very old or very ill and would likely have died within a short time anyway. The rest of the excess deaths weren’t caused by the virus, they were caused by the ridiculous overblown reaction to it by the government and the media in the effort to extract the Orange Bad Man from the Presidency.

Domestic Violence deaths, suicide and people dying from otherwise treatable illnesses that they either couldn’t or wouldn’t get care for because of the Kung Flu hysteria.

I believe historians are going to view this time as a very dark period of American (and world) history.

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Sometimes the only thing you can do is point and laugh

The left (or at least some people on the left) are currently engaged in some existential soul searching.  With the “breaking” news that, yes, it is possible that the Kung Flu virus escaped from a lab, some on the left are starting to realize that the heretofore unwavering faith they have had in the prophets of their religion media may have beenslightly misplaced.

I am no expert on epidemics. Like everyone else I know, I spent the pandemic doing as I was told. A few months ago I even tried to talk a Fox News viewer out of believing in the lab-leak theory of Covid’s origins. The reason I did that is because the newspapers I read and the TV shows I watched had assured me on many occasions that the lab-leak theory wasn’t true, that it was a racist conspiracy theory, that only deluded Trumpists believed it, that it got infinite pants-on-fire ratings from the fact-checkers, and because (despite all my cynicism) I am the sort who has always trusted the mainstream news media.

In this particular example, however, there was one paragraph that flat made me laugh out loud:

My own complacency on the matter was dynamited by the lab-leak essay that ran in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists earlier this month; a few weeks later everyone from Doctor Fauci to President Biden is acknowledging that the lab-accident hypothesis might have some merit. We don’t know the real answer yet, and we probably will never know, but this is the moment to anticipate what such a finding might ultimately mean. What if this crazy story turns out to be true?

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For those following along at home, let’s review:

-We have a virus that is “novel”…i.e. never before seen in the wild, that derives from a family of viruses that are endemic to bats.
-This virus appears in the center of one of the largest cities in China…hundreds of miles from the caves that harbor bats carrying the virus.
-The city in which this virus appears just happens to be the home of a virology lab.
-The virology lab in question just coincidentally happens to specialize in the study of bat viruses.
-We knew early on that a review of the lab’s procedures several years ago warned that the lab was not up to standards.
-We also knew early on that several of the scientists who tried to speak out about this virus were silenced by the Chinese government.
-We further knew early on that there were reports of scientists from this virology lab who reportedly contracted a mysterious flu-like respiratory illness several weeks before the outbreak was reported to have begun.

But the slightest HINT that this virus might have originated in that nearby virology lab that just by happenstance is dedicated to researching this exact type of virus is just “crazy”.

Only to true believers.

You have to be some kind of gullible to buy the story that the Chinese were selling…that the virus originated in the local market where fresh fruits, raw meats and seafood and some live animals are sold for consumption…even though the market didn’t sell bats. So, it must have “jumped” from bats to some intermediate animals – maybe pangolins, or even cats – and then made the jump to humans. And that secondary (or tertiary, or quaternary, or whatever it would be) jump, just happened to, purely by coincidence, in a country covering 3.6 Million Square Miles with 102 cities of over a million residents, occur in the market a few hundred feet from the virology lab studying this EXACT type of virus.

As Joe Biden might say “C’mon Man!”

If leftists bought into that story, it’s no wonder they’re gullible enough to buy into socialism, communism, progressivism and all those other leftist philosophies who’s primary common denominator is that they’ve all failed spectacularly and resulted in untold death and human misery every time they’ve been tried.

The contention that the slightest possibility the virus may have escaped from the lab down the street should be written off as “crazy” is so breathtakingly ridiculous that only a “true believer” religious zealot could buy it.

At least for some of them, their faith has been shaken.

And it’s freaking hilarious.

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Gas Panic

So, on Saturday after I first heard about the pipeline hack disrupting gasoline supply in the east, the story I saw said, basically, they expect gas supplies to be fine as long as they get the pipeline back up and running within 3 or 4 days.

By Tuesday (three days later), they were saying “the only reason we’re running out is because of people panicking and buying it all up”.

Can you say “conflicting information”? Sure you can. Either they were lying before when they said supplies would start running out in 3 or 4 days, or they were lying later when they said the only reason we were running out was because of the “panic” that they themselves caused with their earlier statements.

I got all the vehicles but my motorcycle filled by Sunday. I stopped and topped off my motorcycle on Monday, but I only needed a couple of gallons. On that day, the WaWa on the corner was still priced at $2.65 a gallon and it was packed (not “lines down the street” but definitely stacked two or three deep at each pump). The other gas stations were all at $2.85 and were not very busy…so people weren’t “panicking” they could see the prices spiking and were trying to fill up for less money while they still could. I paid the extra 20 cents a gallon to save time. As I said, I only needed a couple of gallons to top off my bike and I didn’t think the extra 40 cents was worth the wait. I was more concerned with just having all the vehicles full in case this lasted longer than they expected.

Even on Tuesday and Wednesday, when they were still saying that they “might” get the pipeline running again by Friday, I didn’t see any panic. I saw people heeding what they’d been told: if the pipeline stays down for more than a few days, we’re going to start running low. It’s not “panic” to proactively respond to information you’ve been given, it’s prudence. Besides, it’s not like filling up with a half tank left is using any more gas than waiting until you’re down to a quarter. Your car still gets (within a tiny fraction) the same gas mileage either way. They’re not buying any more than they usually would, just a little sooner to “get while the gettin’s good”.

Of course, I have seen the youtube videos of idiots trying to fill plastic bags or open topped trash cans with gas. Not only is that stupid and dangerous, those are the kinds of reactions I would call “panic buying”. I can’t fault people for wanting their gas tanks to be filled or even if they have gas cans at home, making sure they’re topped off, but to try to hoard gas by filling whatever unsafe container you happen to have handy is flat ridiculous (and a good way to burn down whatever structure you have the unsafely stored gas in). I wouldn’t blame other patrons of that gas station for beating people they see doing that to a pulp, or the gas station itself shutting off the pumps and calling the police when they see unsafe and illegal activity like that…but I haven’t personally witnessed anything like that. I haven’t even seen more than one or two people filling gas cans.

At any rate, now that the pipeline is running again, I expect things to get back to “normal” pretty quickly, but even so, I don’t consider responding proactively to information you’ve been given as “panic”, that’s just plain old common sense.

And I’ll continue to follow the advice I received long ago from my very wise father: “when you’re on the road, never pass up an opportunity to pee or get gas.”

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The Gaslighting is Strong in this one…

It’s almost funny it’s so transparent:

This party, Republican Party today, is showing so much dishonor to the people who made it possible, the people who [inaudible] from Abraham Lincoln kept this party alive on the basis of anti-slavery, which, itself, was a big lie,

The party of equal opportunity and colorblind meritocracy is dishonoring Lincoln’s legacy, which was a lie…or something.

and:

Now they talk a lot about ‘cancel culture,’ this is the classic cancel culture,” he said, referring to talks about Cheney being removed from GOP leadership. “They are perpetrating that which they argue they are against.

An organization voting to remove a person from a position of power when that person has proven to be working in direct opposition to that organizations goals and purposes is EXACTLY the same as disagreeing with someone (or having your feelings hurt by them) and then working to get them fired from their job in an industry completely unrelated to the perceived affront, terrorizing and working to ostracize them on social media and possibly even doxxing them and putting them in physical danger.

and:

Mitch McConnell has some personal animus toward Democrats that ought not be. We are ‘one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ Let’s operate like that.

The party of weaponizing federal agencies against political opponents and BLM and Antifa and Cancel Culture and “your speech is violence but our violence is speech”, and a national day of prayer that doesn’t mention God is all about “one nation, under God, indivisible…” Sure they are.

And, throw in a bit of projection just to round it all out:

That’s conservative,” Emanuel explained. “This is a reactionary party built on both resentment and race. There’s [where] the party’s going

Seriously? It’s not the party that supports the “1619 project” and “systemic racism” and “being white is being racist” and “if you don’t support every aspect of woke culture you’re a white supremacist” that’s built on resentment and race. Nope. It’s the party that fought, bled and died to end slavery, that marched to end Jim Crow, that sent in the national guard to end segregation, that believes that all people, of all races, creeds and colors, are equally capable of succeeding in a society that provides ample opportunity to do so…that’s the party that’s all about resentment and race.

There are only two possibilities: They either think we’re too stupid to figure this out, or they are mentally ill and really believe what they’re spouting. I suppose it could be some combination of the two. I tend to believe it’s the former. I can’t imagine anyone being that mentally ill and still being able to function without constant care to keep them from wandering into the path of a bus or jumping out of a window to fly with the birds or something.

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It’s a feature, not a bug

Unexpected job numbers:

Economic forecasters had predicted one million job gains in April. The actual results are “stunningly” and “unexpectedly” far below the expectations.

I refuse to believe that the people who come up with the policies that lead to results like these don’t know exactly what they’re doing.

You cannot tell me that educated, intelligent people can make it all the way to late adulthood without having picked up the slightest bit of common sense or grasped even the most basic tenets of human nature. They know exactly what they’re doing. Destroying the economy is a feature, not a bug.

You cannot convince a safe, secure, economically stable people to cede their liberty voluntarily. And as long as the American people are properly armed, they have no chance to take it by force. Therefore, they must ensure that the people are NOT safe, secure and economically stable. They must engender as much fear and dependency as possible, then the people will cry out to them for salvation and, in return will offer up their liberty without a fight.

By the way, I’m so old, I can remember back before the pandemic, when the Trump economy was going gangbusters, and every jobs and economic growth report that came out was always “unexpectedly” better than anticipated. I just have to wonder if the media really is stupid enough to just eat up whatever they’re spoonfed by their masters on the left, or if the whole “unexpected” thing is just a part of the ploy. I don’t see what’s gained by predicting things that don’t happen, but I’m not in the habit of planning out a people’s downfall, so there may be some element I’m not thinking of.

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Chinese Flu cases

This stuff just cracks me up.

According to Axios, the number of Chinese Wuhan Kung Flu cases has dropped off in recent months solely because of the vaccine.

Coronavirus infections in the U.S. are now at their lowest levels in seven months, thanks to the vaccines.

Here’s the chart they provided to prove their point:

Clearly the reduction must be caused by the vaccine, because that curve is completely unlike the natural ebb and flow of other viruses, like, say the flu right?

Nope, that couldn’t POSSIBLY be just the natural course of a flu-like virus at the onset of summer could it?

Of course, even as they try to convince us that, were it not for the vaccine, we’d be awash in cases and the night soil men would be roaming the streets in the mornings with their barrows crying “bring out your dead”, they’re simultaneously telling us that we haven’t nearly reached herd immunity yet, that people who’ve gotten the vaccine still need to wear an edict compliance device over their face and nose like good little sheep and that if certain states run by evil Republicans keep graciously granting us permission to exercise the God given liberty protected by the Constitution that we’re surely all going to die.

What’s scary about the whole thing is how many people just mindlessly follow along and accept the obvious gaslighting as revealed truth.

This nation is in deep doodoo.

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Taxing the rich to enslave the poor

It probably shouldn’t given the current educational environment, but it never ceases to amaze me how many people simply don’t Grok basic, common sense, time tested economic principles.

For example: Capital Gains taxes tax the profits on investments. Generally, those investments take the form of stock purchases and sales.

What is stock? It’s a tiny slice of ownership of a company.

People buy things when they perceive a potential benefit to the purchase. When someone buys a stock it’s because they believe the company has value and they will reap benefits from owning a tiny piece of it. Those benefits can come from dividends paid out (the company dividing up the year’s profits amongst the owners) or from increase of the company’s value which raises share prices.

When the potential profits from such investments are reduced, what, pray tell, do you imagine happens to the investments?

If you said “they decrease” you get an “A” on your basic economics quiz for today.

When the investments decrease, companies don’t have the capital needed to expand. I work for a company that sells large scale fleet products and software. The way it works, a potential customer asks for bids. We place a bid. If we win the bid we get the contract. At that point we have to start purchasing the physical resources and expending the man-hours needed to fulfill the contract. Note, we haven’t received a penny of money yet, but we’re already spending loads in production of the product.

How do we have the money to start the work before ever receiving a red cent? Either profits from previous completed contracts, or from investments.

So, what happens to companies when investment slows? They have less revenue with which to get going. The biggest expense for any company in the (free) world is payroll. Guess what that means: Fewer employees…i.e. fewer jobs.

Do you think it’s going to be CEOs and CFOs and COOs that lose their jobs as a result? Not on your life. It’s going to be the people working the production floor. So, is increasing the capital gains tax really going to impact the rich? Or is it going to impact the middle class as well as the upward mobility of the poor?

Let’s go a little deeper: For brand new companies known as “startups”, the ONLY source of the revenue they need to get things up and running is investments. We’ve already discovered that increases of the capital gains tax will decrease investments, so, since that’s the only source of revenue for startups, what does that mean? Does that mean that the chances of a startup company succeeding are better or worse? If you said “worse”, you get an “A” on your second basic economics quiz for the day.

So…whom does that benefit? It certainly doesn’t benefit the startup businesses or the entrepreneurs that start them. It certainly doesn’t benefit the people who were hired by the startups that fail, or were hoping for jobs with startups that never get off the ground. So, who benefits? Existing companies that would have had to compete with the startups. Big Business benefits.

Why do you think that big companies are often on the left when it comes to taxation…especially business taxes like capital gains taxes.

Established businesses have existing production lines and cash reserves and longstanding customers and established revenue streams that can help them offset any losses of investment income. They also have armies of lobbyists that basically bribe congress into creating loopholes in the laws and armies of lawyers to help them in exploiting those loopholes to avoid paying the taxes themselves.

Do you really think the US tax code is a complex and confusing as it is because it NEEDS to be? Or because someone profits from it being that way (some of which profits trickle down to the people who author those confusing laws and regulations)?

Anyway, that’s just a long way of saying that Biden’s plan to tax the rich to fund all of his pet projects is going to backfire…bigly.

The Rich are the most mobile people on the planet, especially the super-rich. They can move anywhere…and will if it means protecting their wealth and income. And when they do so, they take that wealth and income (and ALL the tax revenue the government could have gotten from it) with them.

Businesses close or move to more business friendly countries, jobs go away, salaries decrease as the supply of labor increasingly exceeds demand and tax revenue ultimately does the exact opposite of the intention: it goes down rather than up.

And that leads me back to the title of this piece…the end result is more and more middle class people becoming poor and more and more poor people becoming dependent on the government for their survival. Which may ultimately be the goal all along. People who are dependent on the government for their survival are a lot easier for the government to control. “Oh, you don’t agree with letting biological males ‘compete’ against women in sports? We’ll cut off your food money for a while and see if you change your mind then…how’s that sound? I thought you might have a change of heart…”

This article from a guy who “gets it” is what prompted this rant.

Like those looters in Portland, Seattle, and other U.S. cities, progressives in Washington think the property of others is theirs for the taking. They control a majority in both house of Congress and the presidency, so they believe they have the right to take whatever they wish.

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