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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And even more evidence that it’s all Kabuki theater:

Refugee flights from Afghanistan “paused” as a result of measles outbreaks in Virginia and Wisconsin.

A measles outbreak in Virginia and Wisconsin amid refugees from Afghanistan has caused the U.S. State Department to pause the program for further arrivals.

So, let me get this straight: Wuhan China Virus is an existential threat that warrants lockdowns, mask mandates, virus mandates, travel restrictions etc etc etc…but is not so bad that we have to shut down refugee flights from Afghanistan; or even, for that matter, ensure that the refugees are vaccinated before releasing them into the wild.

But a measles outbreak…a disease that’s been with us for centuries, that virtually every person my age or earlier endured as a kid (along with chicken pox, mumps, and myriad other “rite of passage” illnesses that have since been vaccinated almost out of existence) and has never resulted in such extreme measures to quell, shuts the flights right down.

And we’re supposed to pretend like this all makes perfect sense.

Ignore that man behind the curtain.

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It’s hard to make predictions…

…especially about the future.

But sometimes the tea leaves are easy to read.

With a make-or-break vote looming in the Senate on a sweeping voting-rights and anti-corruption bill, President Joe Biden and his advisers have said in recent weeks that Biden will pressure wavering Democrats to support reforming the filibuster if necessary to pass the voting bill.

Remember what I said all the way back in June?

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.

There’s an outside chance they’ll get it done before the end of the year, but I think my prediction is holding up pretty well. I’m thinking sometime early next year. There are some state and local elections held in “off” years from federal elections. I think they’ll want to wait until after those are over to stave off the inevitable outrage and pushback.

But it’s coming. They’ve taken the reigns of power (literally…they weren’t elected, they stole them) and they aren’t going to give them back easily. We aren’t going to be voting ourselves out of this one no matter how many delusional establishment Republicans think it will happen.

The next necessary step for them to maintain their power is to nuke the filibuster so they can then federalize election rules in the manner that makes it easiest for them to maintain their cheat machine.

If they succeed in that, after the they steal the 2022 mid-terms and increase their majorities to more comfortable margins, the next step will be to pack the Supreme Court so that they don’t have to worry about constitutional challenges. Then it will be off to the races.

Damn I’m glad I’m old. I sincerely hope I don’t live long enough to see the worst of it. I had the privilege of living through the time and place where people lived the most free, comfortable, safe and secure lives in human history. Now that it’s almost over, it’s heartbreaking.

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Saving the environment by destroying it.

I’ll never profess to understand the mind of a leftist. Virtually every “solution” they come up with for a problem makes it worse, and often creates brand new problems, for them to create “solutions” for that make them worse.

And several of their primary positions are diametrically opposed to each other. A prime example is “Defund the Police” and “Stop Gun Violence”. If you defund the police, who’s going to arrest violent criminals who use guns? Even if you rephrase “stop gun violence” into what you really mean…make guns illegal…if you defund the police who’s going to arrest me for ignoring your unconstitutional laws?

This story is another prime example:

State wants to build 500 new wind turbines in the state forest…

Each wind turbine means the clear-cutting of 0.35 km2 of forest, lost CO2 and moisture reservoirs, all to be sealed by 3500 tons of concrete each for each turbine. To date, such concrete blocks have never been removed, insurmountable obstacles to deep-rooted trees and natural water control.

Only a liberal could, in the same breath, condemn deforestation and defend massive wind farm projects that require deforestation.

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Republican posturing

At least someone gets it.

How did Republicans react to all this?

Some of them merely do not react at all. Some appeared on Fox News to viciously condemn Biden and the Democrats with every epithet available in their lexicon. Some played to the galleries during Senate and congressional hearings to have “testy” exchanges as they question the adversary. Some gleefully crossed the aisle and concurred with the Democrats.

But beyond the amateur theatrics, precious little was actually done to prevent or correct the many missteps of the Biden administration.

Sometimes I feel like I’m alone in the forest.

Some Republican “firebrand” addresses a witness in a committee hearing with less than utter politeness and then sends out tweets crowing about how they “eviscerated” the enemy on the field of battle.

Sorry, but strong language isn’t going to get it done. The Republicans’ inaction is worse than what the Democrats are doing. What’s worse, the enemy that tells you they’re going to shoot you in the face and then proceeds to do it, or the “friend” that tells you they’ve got your back and then just whines ineffectually about the injustice of it all while you are being attacked?

Most of our Republican representatives currently in power are in it for the “in power” part, not the “representative” part. They make the noises and say the words, and feign the actions to make us think they’re on our side, but they’re not. They’re just as much a part of the machine as any democrat or deep state operative.

The duly elected President was actively plotted and conspired against for over four years by agents of virtually every department of the government and not a damn thing has been done about it.

An election has been blatantly stolen in plain view of the public and not a damn thing has been done about it.

The government is threatening to rescind the right of millions of Americans to participate in society unless they comply with government “mandates” and not a damn thing is being done about it.

“Mandate” is a term that should have no place in a free society, yet here we are.

And, other than the occasional ineffectual public scolding of someone or another not a damn thing is being done about it.

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Victim of white supremacy or a bold statement?

OK, first a disclaimer: I haven’t been paying any attention to the Olympics this year. My understanding of the Olympics is that nations choose the best among them to represent that nation in friendly athletic competitions.

When the athletes chosen publicly express disdain and disrespect for that nation, are they really representing it? I’d say no. Incidentally, if the nation they are purportedly representing were nearly as repressive and bigoted as they make it out to be, do you think they’d actually be selected to represent it?

By allowing them to represent us in the Olympics we prove that their reasons for hating the country are bogus, so there’s that…but I still don’t believe that anyone who can’t put aside their politics long enough to faithfully represent their country shouldn’t be invited to do so unfaithfully.

With that said, it seems that so far, without fail, the “woke” Olympians from the US have failed miserably in their endeavors.

The latest news is that the female hammer tosser who wouldn’t face the flag and threw a temper tantrum at having to listen to the National Anthem of the country she’s volunteering to represent came in next to last in her competition.

With that news I have to wonder why she lost so thoroughly.

Was it a case of White Supremacy keeping her down? Math, after all, is well known to be racist (and probably sexist), and math is required in measuring distances, so…

Or did she lose on purpose to avoid having the National Anthem played during the awards ceremony as a bold statement of her political agenda?

I suppose it could just be an indication that she should have spent more time practicing her craft and less time obsessing about woke politics…but what do I know?

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Military trying to figure out how to defeat China

The Military is trying to figure out what to do after failing to defeat China’s theoretical capabilities in a war game:

The U.S. military “failed miserably” in an October wargame scenario reportedly involving a battle for Taiwan, and now military leaders are looking at how to change the U.S. joint warfighting strategy, a top U.S. general revealed for the first time this week.

I’ve got a suggestion for them:

Fire all the woke, political Admirals and Generals and promote some actual warriors into those positions (assuming there are any left at this point). Then let them do their jobs without fretting over diversity or inclusion or anything other than the best way to kick the enemy’s a$$.

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NFL and the “black national anthem”

I left the below as a comment on this column I read yesterday. I’m relating it here just because it seemed to be a good blog post and in case it disappears from the comment thread over there:

“By the way, here’s another controversy the NFL just created. I’ll bet the NFL never thought of this one. How will black players feel when white fans who are angry, offended and insulted by this racist decision respond to the “Black National Anthem” by KNEELING?”

More likely is that whites will just stay home. I stopped watching the NFL, lets see now…I guess this fall will be the fourth season I’ve missed. To put this in perspective, my wife and I have been huge NFL fans all our lives. Our saying was “we spend 5 months of the year watching football and 7 months of the year waiting for football season to start”. We were fans of different teams and we used to revel in wearing all our opposing regalia on game days, for Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, things themed in our NFL team logos was the go-to gift experience.

Like I said, I haven’t watched the past three seasons. I don’t even know who most of the players or coaches are any more and don’t care to. My wife actually lasted one more season than I did, she kept watching the first year after I gave it up but after that year, she’d had enough too.

I’m tired of being told I’m a bad person solely because of the color of my skin (we used to have a term for that, but I can’t remember what it is) or being instructed by 20-something-year-old millionaires about how oppressed they are in this country. No worries, I’ve got a LOT better things to spend my time and money on.

And I think there are a goodly number of whites (and even some blacks) with the same attitude, so no, I don’t think you’ll see a lot of whites kneeling for the “black national anthem”, you’ll just (continue to) see a lot of empty seats.

The column’s point was that the NFL is doing nothing more than feeding into the tribalism and disunity being sown by the left. I agree with him…cultural institutions should be doing their best to unite us against the tide, rather than participating into further dividing us. But the management of all the major cultural institutions has been coopted by the left so that’s never going to happen.

Honestly, disassociating ourselves from those cultural institutions isn’t going to help either, it’s just another form of isolating ourselves into cultural tribes…but honestly I don’t think, at this point, it will make any difference either way. The land of the free and home of the brave doesn’t exist any more and probably never will again.

Refusing to support the cultural institutions that are working so hard to undermine our unity may not stop the decline, but at least I’m not spending my money in support of it. I guess that’s about the best I can hope for.

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So, can we call it tyranny yet?

Actually, I know that as long as people are relatively comfortable, well fed and entertained, we won’t be seeing the bulk of Americans taking to the streets in protest, but damn…what do they have to do for us to just acknowledge that our government has become tyrannical?

As previously discussed, they blatantly stole a presidential election and possibly many congressional and senate elections as well; they are purging the military of anyone who doesn’t support the party line; they are redefining anyone who doesn’t support the leftist agenda as “domestic extremists” while enabling those who support their agenda to burn and loot and disrupt society at will; they’re freeing criminals, reducing sentences, eliminating bail and defunding police while insisting that the law abiding should not have the means of self defense; for going on two years now they’ve been setting nonsensical and arbitrary rules on where we can go, what businesses can be open, and how we must conduct ourselves in public over a virus with a 98+% survival rate.

The latest and greatest, the intelligence branch of the shadow government (you don’t really think a barely functional puppet like Biden is actually in charge do you?) is officially circumventing the fourth amendment by enlisting the aid of more than willing private businesses to assist them in ferreting out dissenting opinions.

Paypal just announced that they are now expanding their efforts and partnering with the ADL to remove the ability of organizations they don’t approve of to raise, save or spend money under the guise if “anti-hate” and “anti-white supremacy” and “anti-racist”. The problem is that for years the ADL’s just been arbitrarily declaring any group that doesn’t support their leftist agenda as a “hate group” or “racist” or “white supremacist”. Even as benign a group as the Patriot Guard Riders as made the lists of “racist” groups. Anyone who knows the history and purpose of the PGR knows that is complete and utter BS. I closed my account with Paypal years ago because of their anti-gun policies, but they’re now declaring financial war on any groups that they politically disagree with.

And state and federal government agencies are now beginning to mandate their employees accept a relatively new medical treatment that has still only received emergency authorization from the FDA.

Earlier today New York City Mayor De Blasio announced mandated vaccinations for all 340,000 city employees.

Hours later Joe Biden announced mandatory vaccinations for all 115,000 front-line employees of The Veterans Affairs department.

Immediately thereafter, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced all state employees and healthcare providers will be forced to vaccinate. None of these events are disconnected.

And this is in the face of serious concerns about the long term effects of these “vaccines” on the recipients.

If the above incidents as well as many others I’ve not bothered to mention here, don’t constitute Tyranny, then nothing does.

Put a fork in the American ideal of liberty…it’s done.

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Black Rifle Coffee Kerfluffle

I’m sure everyone’s heard by now about the Interview that Black Rifle Coffee’s CEO gave with the New York Times.

“I hate racist, Proud-Boyish people. Like, I’ll pay them to leave my customer base. I would gladly chop all of those people out of my f**king customer database and pay them to get the f**k out.”

Well, the attempted damage control has begun:

Hafer quickly debunked the notion that he made derogatory remarks about BRCC’s customers or conservatives and then proceeded to explain how the New York Times deliberately twisted his words and took them out of context. According to Hafer, his conversation with the NYT Magazine reporter was in the context of racism and anti-Semitism in America in light of Hafer being the target of an organized attack last year because of “my last name and my heritage.”

“We were purely discussing that,” Hafer says, and he was not conflating those groups with conservatives.

Note what’s not in Hafer’s lame attempt at damage control: It’s missing the words “I didn’t say that”. Basically, his excuse is: “Yes, I called the Proud Boys racist, threw Kyle Rittenhouse under the bus, and implied that everyone who supports them is repugnant and I don’t want them as a customer, but I didn’t mean it in a bad way”.

Sorry, not cutting it for me. If he said those things, I don’t care what the context was, he threw most of his target customer demographic under the bus.

He doesn’t want me as a customer? Fine with me. Plenty of other coffee companies out there to give my money to.

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