Put a fork in Joe Rogan

He’s done.

Full disclosure:  I’m not a podcast kind of person.  I’ve watched bits and pieces, and even some full episodes, of podcasts and found them interesting, but not interesting enough to listen regularly or subscribe to them.  Especially political podcasts.  My political viewpoints, at this point in my life, are pretty much set in stone.  It’s not that I’m closed minded, or not open to counter-points…it’s that I’ve heard them all before.  Repeatedly.  Many, many times.  If I wasn’t convinced the other 7,349 times I’ve heard this particular argument, I’m probably not going to be convinced this time.

So, if I were to listen to political podcasts they would fall into one of two camps:  I’d be basically listening to someone recite all the things that I already believe to be true.  Or I’d be yelling at the radio the whole time about how the speaker has it all wrong.  I can’t see any value added to either scenario.

All that is to say, I don’t listen to Joe Rogan podcasts other than the few short snippets I’ve seen posted in various places over the years…and I don’t imagine I ever will, so my opinion probably isn’t something Joe Rogan should lose any sleep over…but:

After the mea culpa Joe Rogan’s posted to Instagram yesterday, I’m guessing his popularity is about to take a nosedive.

He made two points in the part that I listened to (after the second, I’d had enough) that I took extreme exception to:

First, he said, flat out, that the “N-word isn’t mine to use”.  The implication, of course, being that the very word belongs to blacks and that for a white person to utter it in any context or for any purpose is inherently wrong.

BS.  A word is just a word.  No part of any language “belongs” to just a small subset of the people who employ that language.  That’s “woke” garbage and is meaningless.  The fact that Rogan publicly supported that concept knocked him down a bunch of notches in my mind right there.

Secondly, he said “whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say ‘I’m not racist” you f-ked up.”

Again…BS.  The left calls everyone racist for anything they disagree with.  Virtually every white person in the US over about age 8 has, on more than one occasion,  defended themselves against unjust accusations by replying “I’m not racist”.  In fact, in this day and age, having to utter those words, in my opinion, more often means that the person you’re uttering them to “f-ked up” by assuming racism when none existed.

The fact that he stated, clearly and unambiguously, that any time a white person is accused of racism it’s because they legitimately did something wrong was major strike two and was all I could take.  I stopped listening after that.

 

So…the left hates Rogan and always will.  He attacks their shibboleths, he violates their norms, he platforms the blacklisted (for now).  Apologizing isn’t going to satiate them, they’ll always demand more, more, more and never stop attacking him until he’s neutralized as a threat.

Retreating from this battlefield isn’t going to help him win this war, it’s a major setback for him.  He’s set the precedent, the left will smell blood in the water and their attacks will become unrelenting.

At the same time, the right will see this abject defeat for what it is:  a surrender to the left.  A capitulation.  A show of weakness.  Rogan’s entire schtick is built around unapologetic, fearless discussion of anything with anyone.

Well, he doesn’t seem very unapologetic or fearless now does he?

I’m not saying he’s going to fade into obscurity…he’s too popular with people from all over the political spectrum for that, but I suspect he’s going to lose a significant percentage of his fans for this.

I only speak for myself and I was never really a “fan” of his, but I respected him.  Now?  Not so much.

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Electric Dreams

Strange, it seem to me that people have been saying things like this for years:

“If you said, ‘What’s it going to take to produce 30% more energy reliably?’ that is a massive undertaking. That isn’t something we’re going to do by tweaking a power plant here or there,” Sitton told FOX Business, pointing to grid issues California already faces with regular brownouts using its current power systems. “There’s already challenges … so to say in the next 10 to 15 years we’re going to increase our electric demand by 20 to 30%, that’s huge.”

“That will take orders of magnitudes of investment,” Sitton said.

No [excrement] Sherlock.

Anecdote: I work in the transit industry…our company contracts with transit agencies.

One of our customer agencies invited us for a “show and tell” a few years ago because they’d purchased a bunch of brand new Electric buses and had the charging station infrastructure installed to “fuel” them.

There were four charging stations installed and the huge transformers and cables and other very extensive physical infrastructure required to power those stations.

The problem is that the local power grid couldn’t handle it and was going to have to be upgraded so at the time of the “show and tell” only two of the charging stations were activated and only at half capacity.

That was for servicing just 8 buses.

Electric buses have significantly less range than diesel powered buses so to maintain the same level of service (same number of buses on the street at any given time) you would need something like 30% more E-buses than traditional. The agency in question had at the time somewhere around 1,000 traditional buses. So to completely replace their entire fleet and maintain their level of service, they’d need about 1,300 E-buses.

Here’s my math: Let’s say a fully charged bus can get 6 hours out of a charge (probably optimistic). Let’s further say that the bus can be fully charged in 2 hours on one of these charging stations (EXTREMELY optimistic). That’s an entire cycle of run/charge of 8 hours. Let’s further say that they can successfully keep each charging station occupied with a charging bus for the full 24 hours a day.

So, each bus would have to be charged a maximum of 3 times per day Not all buses run the full 24 hour cycle so lets just say an average of 2 charges per vehicle per day for the fleet. That’s 4 hours on the charger per vehicle per day, so each charging station would be able to support 6 buses over the course of 24 hours.

So, for a fleet of 1300 buses, they would need TWO HUNDRED SIXTEEN of these charging stations…of which the installation of four completely overloaded the existing power supply infrastructure.

That’s just the transit agency of one city. Multiply that times every city in the US with a population over, say, 300k, then add the 200 million or so privately owned vehicles and the 100 million or so commercially owned passenger vehicles and small trucks, plus the trucking industry, plus government vehicles including Police and Emergency vehicles.

You would have to be certifiably insane to think that the prospect of going to completely electric vehicles within the next century is remotely plausible.

So, are the people who are advocating these types of things insane? Or are they just lying to us?

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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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Woke NASCAR

Two thoughts about this story:

NASCAR has reportedly rejected the “Let’s Go Brandon”-themed car of Xfinity Series driver Brandon Brown, who had signed a sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency meme coin LGBcoin.

This comes six days after Brown revealed his new car with the letters “LGB,” a reference to both LGBcoin and the anti-Joe Biden phrase “Let’s Go Brandon,” printed on its side.

The quote doesn’t tell the whole story: Before Brandon Brown’s team revealed his new car and sponsorship, they had followed NASCAR procedure and gotten the sponsorship and paint scheme approved in writing.

As soon as the announcement was made, it went viral because…well…duh.

As soon as it went viral, NASCAR all of the sudden decided it needed further review and after having already approved it in writing, reversed the decision and rejected the sponsorship.

My first thought is that I wonder if whoever issued the initial approval wasn’t really paying attention and thought that the “LGB” initials stood for something else? It wouldn’t surprise me.

My second thought is that I’m glad they out themselves publicly in this way. I used to be a huge NFL fan. Me spending Sunday afternoons and Monday nights for five months of the year parked in front of the TV (or, on rare occasions, in a stadium somewhere) was as inevitable as the tides. Then the NFL went woke. This is my third (or is it fourth?) season having not watched a game. I don’t even know who the big name players are any more except for some geriatric carryovers from the last year I cared.

To be honest, although it’s nice to have Sunday afternoons to get stuff done (or relax as the mood strikes me) all year long now instead of just for 7 months of it, I do miss it a bit. The competition, the struggle, the strategy, the joy of victory and agony of defeat. I’ve often wondered if I could find another sport to substitute and NASCAR was a candidate for a while.

Not any more. I should have seen the writing on the wall when they supported the driver who tried to claim a garage door pull was racist, or allowed BLM to sponsor vehicles or ended Tobacco company sponsorships, but I still had hope that they at least wouldn’t go full woke (never go full woke). Oh well. At least they proclaimed clearly and unambiguously that I’m not welcome as a fan before I got too into it.

I’m sure they’ll claim that they just want to stay out of or above politics and that’s why they changed their minds, but the fact that they allow other political sponsorships like BLM belies that assertion. They’re OK with political messages, as long as they’re the right (or rather, the left) political messages. So NASCAR is out as well. I guess I’m back to spending my weekends getting stuff done. Maybe someday a successful, truly non-political, professional sports league will emerge (or one of the existing ones will grow some sense and return to that), but I’m not holding my breath.

It’s too bad Brandon Brown has to suffer for the idiocy of the woke overlords, from everything I’ve seen about him, he doesn’t deserve it…but as my parents used to tell me, nowhere on your birth certificate does it say that life’s going to be fair.

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HA!

Disclaimer: I hate Twitter (and facebook, and youtube, and……). I don’t have an account, I won’t have an account, and I generally won’t link to twits, or tweets or whatever bird brained name they have for their useless medium, but I have to make an exception for this one because it’s just too funny to pass up:

https://twitter.com/V_its_me888/status/1468601406559035392

It’s funny, because it’s not too far from what we can foresee in our future.

Hat tip to Miguel.GFZ at The Gun Free Zone.

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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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A rose by any other name…

One of the primary tools lefties use to “sway” opinion is to attempt to control the language. It’s not gun control, it’s gun violence prevention. It’s not CRT, it’s just teaching kids history through the lens of historical racial inequities. It’s not pro-abortion, it’s pro-choice. It’s endless.

They constantly try to reframe the arguments by using euphemisms to disguise what they’re really after.

When it gets funny is when their euphemisms finally catch on enough that people on the right turn them into derogatory terms. Then the back-pedaling starts.

It’s happened over and over again just with what the lefties call themselves. Are they progressive? Leftist? Liberal? Socialist Democrat (as if that weren’t an oxymoron of the highest order)? Every time they choose a new term to proudly call themselves, it rapidly becomes derogatory and they start looking for a new one. They’ve run out of ideas and progressive has actually been recycled at least once.

The latest one is “Woke”. I’m honestly not entirely sure what they had in mind when the coined the term, but it hasn’t taken too long for it to become synonymous with the cancel culture, everything is racist including your toothbrush, hate America and all it stands for crowd…which is pretty much exclusively the domain of the left. It’s gotten so bad that even AOC is now decrying the “distraction” that it’s causing:

According to AOC, the term “woke” has been appropriated by Republicans as a “derogatory euphemism for civil rights & justice,” charging that Fox News not only serves to indoctrinate right-wingers but also to trick Democrats into believing that racial justice is “controversial.”

What’s really hilarious about it, is that they can’t seem to figure out that it’s not the term they use to describe their positions that is the problem, it’s the positions the term is describing.

I don’t care if they start calling what they espouse the “cute puppy policy”…if the underlying planks of the platform are the same, it won’t be long before everyone is hating on cute puppies.

They are so myopic that they can’t just seem to grok that it’s their entire worldview that people are mocking, not just the name they call it.

It simply CANNOT BE that people don’t agree with their America hating, free market destroying, liberty infringing platform, it’s got to be all because Old White GuysTM like James Carville and those jerks on Fox News keep making fun of what it’s called.

Shorter AOC: “The fact that everyone hates our agenda is distracting us from the ability to advance our agenda.”

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Are we dumb, or are you?

Biden thinks the supply chain is just too complex for we lowly citizens to understand.

What — like, for example, if I had — if we were all going out and having lunch together and I said, “Let’s ask whoever the — whoever is at the next table, no matter how — what restaurant we’re in — have them explain the supply chain to us.” You think they’d understand what we’re talking about?

I think they’d probably have a better chance of understanding what the problems are than an ageing, mentally declining professional politician who’s never had a real job in his life…unless you count his teenage lifeguard job where he met his nemesis Cornpop.

When I saw this story what immediately came to mind was a quote from someone who most likely understands exactly what’s going on with the economy and the supply chain:

“Much of what sophisticates loftily refer to as the “complexity” of the real world is in fact the inconsistency in their own minds.”
–Thomas Sowell

Joe is projecting. What he’s really saying is “get off my back, I don’t understand the supply chain or how to get it back on track and I’m way smarter than you, so if I don’t understand what the problems are and how to fix them, there’s no way you mere citizens could.”

Liberals never seem to be able to figure out why their “unicorns and rainbows for everyone” plans never seem to work out…possibly because they never matured to the stage of development most people reach where they realize that intentions are way less important than results.

“Well, maybe I did crash the economy, cause crushing inflation, contribute to shortages, throw millions of people out of work, saturate the nation with unvetted, untested and unvaccinated illegal immigrants in the midst of a pandemic we’ve been hyping as an existential threat (and that we may even have caused by funding illegal research by our enemies), abandon American permanent residents and even citizens to the tender mercies of a violent, totalitarian Islamist theocracy, and completely destroy any respect America had left on the world stage…but I meant well.”

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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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