Apparently being a slave is a pretty good gig…

…because Colin Kaepernick is begging to be enslaved again.

Kaepernick tweeted Sunday, “For The past 5 years I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself. I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners. Who’s working?? I will pull up.”

As a reminder, this is how Kaepernick portrayed the NFL in his Netflix Special a while back:

“What they don’t want you to understand, is what is being established is a power dynamic,” Kaepernick says. “Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod, and examine you, searching for any defect that might affect your performance. No boundary respected. No dignity left intact.”

The black athletes then jump from their football background to a slave auction background. Gone is their football attire, they are all cast in chains instead. White slave owners then bid over the players at auction.

No one’s ever accused leftists of being overly logical, but the cognitive dissonance of this one is almost comical.

“The NFL treats black people like slaves…sign me up!”

I guess if the gig pays well enough, the indignity is worth it.

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(notso)Smart Guns

When I was in the Navy I had a shipmate whose last name was “Lovely”. His nickname was “Notso”.

At any rate, USA Today reports that smart guns are “finally” coming to the US.

Personalized smart guns, which can be fired only by verified users, may finally become available to U.S. consumers after two decades of questions about reliability and concerns they will usher in a new wave of government regulation.

I think the most weighty word in that entire sentence is “may”.

Basically, I’ll believe it when I see them on the shelves at my local gun store.

I’m also very skeptical that any law enforcement agency will use this technology willingly. I can see some in the more gun-unfriendly regions being forced to use them by edict, but I can’t imagine front line cops jumping for joy at the prospect of a gun with even more complicating features that may lead to failure in a life or death situation.

Which is the reason I’ll never buy one. Semi-autos are complex enough with enough failure points as it is…why add to that voluntarily? Maybe if I had young kids at home I’d be more interested, but I don’t. I want to be able to pick up my gun, point it at the bad guy, pull the trigger and count on it going “bang” regardless of whether I have my finger in exactly the right position or am wearing the magic ring at the time, or take the time to enter a PIN into my (notso)smartphone.

As far as the fingerprint thing…I use fingerprint recognition to log into my phone. I recently remodeled a bathroom which, during the “drywall installation” phase, required extensive use of sandpaper. During that evolution and for about two or three weeks after, my fingerprints would not unlock my phone. I had to use a manual PIN entry because the sandpaper altered my fingerprints to the point that they were not recognized by my phone.

The same thing happens if my hands are wet, or too dirty, or I’ve gotten a scratch or cut on my fingertip.

Hmm. I can’t possibly imagine a situation where I might need to access my defensive firearm quickly while my hands might be wet, or dirty, or bloody, or injured – can you?

Oh…I’m left handed. Is the fingerprint sensor going to be ambidextrous? How does that work? Two sensors, one on either side of the grip? Or will they put the sensor in a location that you have to activate the gun first before attaining a proper firing grip? Because that wouldn’t slow things down at all now would it?

And as an added bonus, we get to pay somewhere between two and five times more for the privilege of owning a gun that may or may not actually work when we most need it. What a bargain.

To be clear, I’m not opposed to this technology. Some people might see it as a great safety measure…especially, as I said, people with children at home. I’m no more opposed to someone owning a (notso)smart gun than I am opposed to someone owning, say, a Jennings .22 lr or .25 ACP pistol (double whammy of a mouse gun cartridge in an unreliable pistol). I’d never own one (not even if someone gave it to me), but who am I to say you shouldn’t own one?

My only concern is that the push to make them mandatory will begin in earnest as soon as the first model becomes available. We’ll need to keep an eye on this.

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Waste of time and money

There’s one thing I don’t understand about this story:

A federal district court judge granted the Biden administration’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by more than 20 Republican attorneys general challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline’s permit revocation.

Judge Jeffrey Brown, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, ruled that he couldn’t determine the constitutionality of President Joe Biden’s action because TC Energy, the pipeline’s developer, had abandoned the project.

What I don’t understand is why the AGs continued the lawsuit after TC publicly announced that they’re giving up on the project and abandoning it.

I guess for state Attorneys General money isn’t really an issue because it isn’t THEIR money, it’s the money of the state’s residents that they are squandering, but still I’d think they’d have better things to do with their time.

TC Energy would have been completely negligent if they hadn’t abandoned the project and honestly, it would be stupid for any energy company to begin a project that would require government approval but would last through the end of the term of the current administration.

This political football has demonstrated the folly. It gets approved, but then that administration goes out of power and the next disapproves the project, halting construction after millions or billions have already been spent, then the next administration approves it again, but lawsuits prevent resuming, until the next administration disapproves it again. At the end TC energy had absolutely nothing to show for it except billions of dollars spent on the folly and no return on investment in sight.

Any energy project of this type is just a fool’s errand in this environment. Which, of course, means that our energy sector is not going to be able to increase capacity or improve infrastructure so you can expect energy prices to continue to climb.

The pie in the sky “renewable energy” push is going to destroy our economy by destroying the reliability of our energy sources and when this becomes glaringly obvious, it will be too late to do anything about it because there won’t be necessary infrastructure to return to reliable fossil fuels before the economy completely collapses.

Every day that passes makes me more and more glad that I’m old and am probably not going to live long enough to see the depths to which are once great nation is going to fall.

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Going Viral

It’s a damn good thing they created these faux “vaccines” and started forcing everyone to get them, otherwise, this might have gotten bad.

Europe crossed 75 million coronavirus cases on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region braces for the new Omicron variant at a time when hospitals in some countries are already strained by the current surge.

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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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