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—Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, 09 December 1772
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'We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again'.
—General Nathanael Greene
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'Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.'
—St. John Paul The Great

Wuhan-Corona Virus Info: The Best Reporting And Commentary

19 March 2020 @ 15:37

[NOTE: This post will be stuck up here at the top of this column for the time being.  Any new posts from me will be posted below this one.]

I neither have the time time nor the strength to keep fully up-to-date on the Wuhan Virus, but there are two Exceellant sources for both Real Reporting and Truthful Analysis of it…

The Other McCain

and

Steyn Online

Both are well-worth checking into frequently.

I will continue to comment, but these two men are the Best at what they do.

UPDATE on 25 MARCH 2020:

I’ve posted an Addendum to this post here.


SIDENOTE: Information on obtaining a copy of my book, THE PRESENT CRISIS is available in the right-hand column

Remember BUNKER’S HILL! #OUTLAW

17 June 2020 @ 15:12

[NOTE: This is a republishing of a blog post I wrote on 17 June 2016.]

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The Day; perhaps the decisive Day is come on which the fate of America depends.
Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams

On that day, Patriot Outlaws met the British in battle on the hills of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

The Red Coats won the Battle, but their losses were so horrific [especially among the Officers] they never dared venture out of Boston again.

A disorganized army of Colonists under shaky and sometimes non-existent command, fought bravely and held off the damned British as long as they could.

Their Spirit must never be forgotten.

From a letter written by Peter Brown, Colonial Soldier, on 18 June 1775, to his mother in Rhode Island [re-paragraphing mine]:

…The enemy landed, fronted before us, and form’d themselves, in an oblong square in order to surround, which they did in part — after they were well form’d they advanced towards us in order to swallow us up, but they found a Choaky mouthful of us, ‘tho we could do nothing with our small arms as yet for distance, and had but two Cannon, and no Gunner, and they from Boston, and from the shipping firing and throwing Bombs, keeping us down, till they almost surrounded us.

— But God in Mercy to us fought our battle, and tho’ we were but few in number, and suffer’d to be defeated by our enemy, yet we were presrev[ed] in a most wonderful manner, far beyond our expectation and to our admiration for out of our Regiment there were but 37 kill’d 4 or 5 taken captive, about forty seven Wounded

& Oh may I never forget Gods distinguishing Mercy to me, in sparing my Life, when they fell on my right hand, and on my left, and close by me, they were to the eye of reason no more expos’d than myself. — When the Arrows of death flew thick around me, I was preserv’d while others were suffer’d to fall a prey to our Cruel enemies. O may That God whose Mercy was so far extended in my preservation, grant me his grace to devote my future Life to his divine service

Nor do I conclude that the danger is yet over, unless God in his Mercy either remove our enemy, or heal the breach — but if we should be call’d again to action I hope to have courage and strength to act my part valiently in defence of our Liberties & Country trusting in him who hath hitherto kept me, and hath cover’d my head in the day of battle, and altho’ we have lost four out of our Company & several taken captive by the enemy of America, I was not suffer’d to be touch’d.

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From a letter written by Samuel Adams to his wife Elizabeth on 28 June 1775 from Philadelphia:

MY DEAR BETSY,

Yesterday I receivd Letters from some of our Friends at the Camp informing me of the Engagement between the American Troops and the Rebel Army, in Charlestown. I cannot but be greatly rejoycd at the tryed Valor of our Countrymen, who by all Accounts behavd with an Intrepidity becoming those who fought for their Liberties against the mercenary Soldiers of a Tyrant. It is painful to me to reflect upon the Terror I must suppose you were under on hearing the Noise of War so near you. Favor me, my dear, with an Account of your Apprehensions at that time, under your own hand. I pray God to cover the heads of our Countrymen in every day of Battle, and ever to protect you from Injury in these distracted Times. The Death of our truly amiable and worthy Friend Dr Warren is greatly afflicting. The Language of Friendship is, how shall we resign him! But it is our Duty to submit to the Dispensations of Heaven, “Whose Ways are ever gracious, ever just.” He fell in the glorious Struggle for the publick Liberty.

The Dr. Warren referred to is Dr. Joseph Warren, who was in charge of the Massachusetts Rebels in the absence of Samuel Adams.

He had been commissioned a Major General in the Massachusetts Militia, but insisted on serving as a Private during The Battle Of Bunker Hill.  From Wikipedia:

Warren was appointed a Major General by the Provincial Congress on June 14, 1775. He arrived where the militia was forming and asked where the heaviest fighting would be; General Israel Putnam pointed to Breeds Hill. He volunteered as a private against the wishes of General Putnam and Colonel William Prescott, who requested that he serve as their commander. Since Putnam and Prescott were more experienced with war he declined command. He was among those inspiring the men to hold rank against superior numbers. Warren was known to have repeatedly declared of the British: “These fellows say we won’t fight! By Heaven, I hope I shall die up to my knees in blood!” He fought in the redoubt until out of ammunition, and remained until the British made their third and final assault on the hill to give time for the militia to escape. He was killed instantly by a musket ball in the head by a British officer (possibly Lieutenant Lord Rawdon) who recognized him. This account is supported by a 2011 forensic analysis. His body was stripped of clothing and he was bayoneted until unrecognizable, and then shoved into a shallow ditch.

British Captain Walter Laurie, who had been defeated at Old North Bridge, later said he “stuffed the scoundrel with another rebel into one hole, and there he and his seditious principles may remain.” His body was exhumed ten months after his death by his brothers and Paul Revere, who identified the remains by the artificial tooth he had placed in the jaw….

The Enemy Within we face today is even more barbaric.

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Remember Bunker Hill!

#OUTLAW

On Grievance-Mongering Identity Politics And Agent Provocateurs

02 June 2020 @ 16:22

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy asks a question of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner that could [and should] be asked of all elected officials in states where Rioting and Looting have gone on:

Why does this distinction between protesters and looters matter so much to Krasner?….

It is because these officials want to distance themselves from the Rioters, who the people dislike.

Their Toadies in the local and national media parrot these statements so often that it is sickening to watch any newscast these days.

The fact of the matter is: the majority of protesters and looters and their fans in the media are entwined in a Dance Of Destructive Violence.  Those who sincerely want to protest the unlawful death of George Floyd have been infiltrated by Leftists who want to advance the cause of Revolution by, of course, any means necessary.  Part of the problem is that the sincere ones have been baked in Grievance-Mongering Identity Politics for so long that they are unable to spot the Agent Provocateurs until it is too late.  Leftism doe not encourage Sober Thinking.

Other reasons compel the officials, as Stacy points-out:

…Is it not obvious to everyone with two eyes and a brain that the people who organize the “peaceful protests” are doing so with the intent of causing riots? And that the people committing “crimes of opportunity” understand this as well as the political organizers do? Of course, the protest organizers are funded by Soros, the same man who spent nearly $2 million to elect Krasner. Democrats are the party of criminals. Someone should write a book about that.

Oh, wait . . .

And a damn good and appropriate book it is.

Yes, He Can: Trumpicus Can Order Governors To Open Churches…

22 May 2020 @ 14:53

…thanks to the Progressives.

Mark Knoller Tweeted:

Yes, he can order Governors to open the churches under the ‘Peaceful Assembly’ Clause of the First Amendment because of the Left’s insistence of applying The Incorporation Doctrine over the past century.

The Left brought this on themselves with the help of Useful Idiots on The Right who favored a more Centralized Power And Control.

As Wikipedia gets right:

Incorporation, in United States law, is the doctrine by which portions of the Bill of Rights have been made applicable to the states. When the Bill of Rights was ratified, the courts held that its protections extended only to the actions of the federal government and that the Bill of Rights did not place limitations on the authority of the state and local governments. However, the post-Civil War era, beginning in 1865 with the Thirteenth Amendment, which declared the abolition of slavery, gave rise to the incorporation of other Amendments, applying more rights to the states and people over time. Gradually, various portions of the Bill of Rights have been held to be applicable to the state and local governments by incorporation through the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 and the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870.

Guarantee of freedom of assembly

Guarantee of freedom of expressive association

    • This right, though not in the words of the first amendment, was first mentioned in the case NAACP v. Alabama, 357 U.S. 449 (1958)[29] and was at that time applied to the states. See also Roberts v. United States Jaycees, 468 U.S. 609 (1984), where the U.S. Supreme Court held that “implicit in the right to engage in activities protected by the First Amendment” is “a corresponding right to associate with others in pursuit of a wide variety of political, social, economic, educational, religious, and cultural ends.”

So to those on the Left complaining about what Trumpicus Pompey Maximus has done: you brought it on your Goddamn selves.

 

US Soft Fascist Hardening: On The Permanent Emergency State

16 May 2020 @ 15:56

[SIDENOTE: For an explanation of why I haven’t been posting for nearly a month: I have been suffering on and off from a rather severe sinus problem and, perhaps connected with this, I have been suffering from a Bad Writer’s Block.  I think this whole ‘stay-in-doors’ thing has worn on me as well, draining my spirits just at the time I should be fighting the Soft-Fascism that surrounds us — this Black Dog is a biggun’.]

From Mark Steyn’s most recent column, on Thursday instant, a question:

Emergency without end is the staple of almost every futuristic dystopia — and that’s true for real life, too. So Americans shuffle shoeless through the airports for twenty years while their governments negotiate with the very organization that enabled those attacks — the Taliban — to restore them to power. Is a culture that cannot see off goatherds with fertilizer really going to rouse itself to decouple from a global superpower that supplies everything from its crappy “These Colors Don’t Run” T-shirts to its surgical masks and pharmacy medications?

Trumpicus Pompey Maximus promises that he will work hard to Decouple America from the Deep and Dishonorable Dependency we have on Red China, but, I’m sorry, I don’t Trust him or any body of any government at any level to do a full and Complete Decouple.

He talks a good game, but, as Mark points-out: look at the Indecency of his negotiations with the Taliban.  That’s not what we want you to do, Sir.  It seems you’re just an Appeaser, so why should I have any Faith that our Decoupling from The Murderous Barbarian Chinese Communists [thank you Laura Rosen Cohen] will go as far as it must go, which is to say Complete and Total.

Many in America and some in The West have awakened — finally — to the Truth that Red China is the Nexus Of Evil in the World, but not enough.

Even Iran is beholden to these Reprehensible Reds.

Where ever the PRC goes, they Spy and Steal technology and seek to Undermine nation-states.

They are a Major Menace.

One of the few positive things to come out of this Pandemic is the major Loss Of Face the PRC has suffered.  The Red Chinese are Desperately trying to reinvigorate their Reputation through Outright Lies and Bribes.

The Chi-Coms are seeking to purchase US-owned businesses as silent partners, much as The Mafia did in Las Vegas.  The PRC is: nothing but an Organized Crime Organization, seeking Power And Control by expanding it’s territories and spheres of influence.  Unlike the Mafia, however, this fight involves Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Warfare.

Any Elected Official or LEO with a smidgen of Common Sense would reject any offers from these Murderous Bastards.

The Red Chinese cannot be Trusted — full stop.

What the national government should be doing is preparing to cause the PRC even more Loss Of Face.

But, sadly, we cannot expect that from the current elected officials in charge.

It’s up to us, The Sovereign People, to do what we can.

#OUTLAW

Non serviam.
Aut mori aut liberos vivere!

 

19 April 1775: Lamentation Over Boston

19 April 2020 @ 16:21

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Republished from previous years with slight modifications.

William Billings composed this magnificent piece of music to commemorate the British occupation of Boston in the aftermath of the battles at Concord and at Lexington…

This version was performed by The Essex Harmony at the Old South Meeting House on 11 April 2010.

By the Rivers of Watertown we sat down and wept,
We wept when we remembered thee, O Boston,
When we remembered thee, O Boston.
As for our prayers, Lord God of Heaven,
Preserve them, defend them, deliver, and restore them unto us,
Preserve them, defend them, deliver, and restore them unto us again.
For they that held them in bondage
Required of them to take up arms against their Brethren
Forbid it, Lord – God forbid
That those who have sucked Bostonian Breasts
Should thirst for American Blood.
A voice was heard in Roxbury which echoed thro’ the Continent,
Weeping for Boston…
Weeping for Boston because of their Danger.
Is Boston my dear Town, is it my native Place?
For since their Calamity I do earnestly remember it still!
I do earnestly remember it still!

If I forget thee, yea, if I do not remember thee,
Then let my numbers cease to flow,
Then be my Muse unkind,
Then let my Tongue forget to move and ever be confined;
Let horrid Jargon split the Air and rive my nerves asunder.
Let hateful discord greet my ear as terrible as Thunder.
Let harmony be banished hence and Consonance depart;
Let dissonance erect her throne and reign within my Heart.

[It should be noted that I am publishing this post to honor the memory of those died for Freedom and Liberty at Concord and Lexington on 19 April 1775.  This post has nothing to do with the whole maudlin and seemingly endless ‘Boston Strong’ wailings and lamentations that have returned with the coming of the current Plague.  —Bob Belvedere]


In 1775, men, such as Samuel and John Adams, Paul Revere, Dr. Joseph Warren, and Captain John Parker, were OUTLAWS.

In 2020, we are the OUTLAWS.

And we should act accordingly.

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#OUTLAW…

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Remembering 15 April 1865

15 April 2020 @ 07:22

By Walt Whitman…

O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
                         But O heart! heart! heart!
                            O the bleeding drops of red,
                               Where on the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
                         Here Captain! dear father!
                            This arm beneath your head!
                               It is some dream that on the deck,
                                 You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
                         Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
                            But I with mournful tread,
                               Walk the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.

#WUHAN – No Chief Executive Is A Dictator

04 April 2020 @ 15:58

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has produced another Insightful piece on the current situation with the Wuhan Red China Virus.

I’d like to focus on just one aspect of what he reports and urge you to click here and read the whole post and the Comments section.

Herewith…

Yesterday, President Trump invoked his executive power as Commander-in-Chief to put an American corporation under federal orders:

President Trump blasted the company 3M in a tweet Thursday evening, after invoking the Defense Production Act to force the company to produce face masks. N95 face masks are critical for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, and there have been issues with mask shortages. “We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. “P Act” all the way. Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing — will have a big price to pay!” Mr. Trump wrote, referring to the Defense Production Act.

Mr. Trump announced during the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Thursday that he had signed an order for 3M to produce face masks.

Can you see what’s wrong here?

I refer you to a post I wrote back in December instant [emphasis in the original]:

Where in The Constitution does it say the Chief Executive can do this?…

The answer is that The Constitution does not Delegate such a Power to the national government.

The First Question that must ALWAYS be asked when passing a Law or promulgating a Regulation is: Is this Constitutional?

A Constitutional Republic exists only when the Public and the Private Sectors cooperate Freely.  The Former utilizing only those Powers Granted to it by The Sovereign People through their Federal Constitution and latter of it’s own Free Will.

If a company such as, say, 3M [which is the subject of Stacy’s post], decides not to Cooperate with am Executive Request, then there cannot be any Legal Remedies to the situation.

However, The President does have a way to fight back against such a Refusal: not by Threats of Force or Economic-Legal Sanctions [which are Un-Constitutional], buy the tried-and-true practice of SHAMING.

The President can use his, now daily, Bully Pulpit to call-out an uncooperative company.

We are not at War.

We are battling a Communist originated Crisis, which means we should be paying even more close attention to attempts to set Precedents for our governments at all levels Seizing Power And Control they are not permitted, not Delegated, to Assume.  It is during Crises that Freedoms are often Lost.

 

#WUHAN – On The Natives Getting Restless And On Virtue Signalling

31 March 2020 @ 16:44

The Natives are getting Restless.

By ‘Natives’ I mean those who are True Americans, who Instinctively Rebel at governmental Interference in their lives, not the Sheeple who have Abandoned their Duties and Responsibilities as citizens of a Constitutional Republic.  The latter are happy to leave important decision-making to Elected Officials [who they may have voted for, if they could tear themselves away from their Luxuries] and Bureaucrats.

The former, for a good chunk of them, have been so Damaged by Leftist Thinking that they feel Helpless.

It is the more Vibrant of the former that are starting to rise-up against the Authoritarian measures that have been, and will continue to be, put in place by governments at all levels.

Many of the Damaged former and the Feckless latter are giving-in to Panic and Hysteria.  As I described this consition in my last post, #WUHAN Wig-Out – Hysteria Pandemic:

Panic and Hysteria often do not occur suddenly.

They often build slowly, starting as faint murmurs in the Soul — in the gut — that grows louder and more Frenzied as they are fed by both outside sources and from one’s own Nature.

It’s very easy to get caught-up in them if you do not use the Right Reason in your brain to Suppress them. This type of Reason must always be employed in such situations because we Naturally possess a Flight Response, as it were, as a form of Protection. It is an Instinct that, especially in this situation, must be overcome or our Society will Degenerate…and we will become more open to the White Knight on the Leftist Horse.

However and finally, we are seeing people publically questioning the Restrictive Measures that have been taken.

One of the more Vibrant among us is Auguste Meyrat, who has written a fine piece over at American Greatness on this matter.

Some highlights…

By now, the Wuhan virus has hit home for everyone. Stores ransacked; schools closed; all large gatherings and events canceled; long-distance travel prohibited; pork-filled stimulus bills written and debated; some major cities enforcing mandatory quarantines. People everywhere now remain anxious in their homes and plan to stay there for at least another month, rationing precious toilet paper and keeping updated on the situation.

While the experts claim that little is known about the Wuhan virus, enough is known to suggest that the response has been excessive. While there is a worrying possibility that the Wuhan virus will make a sizable impact on public health (along with the possibility that it probably won’t), the hype surrounding it has already created a huge imposition on daily life and cost the global economy trillions of dollars. Everyone must “do their part” to confront the pandemic or face the wrath of their conscientious peers.

The word ‘conscientious’ should be put in quotes.  You cannot be labeled with that word unless what you are is truly, actually Principled and not the acting in a Pavlovian Response to a chance to engage in Virtue Signalling.  For that is what this is for many, many of your peers: a chance to be seen putting stuffed animals and candles and notes and other trinkets at a deadly crash or shooting site on a much grander scale.

Combined with Panic and Hysteria, this Vile Virtue Signalling is Pathetic and will not help the Community.

Instead: it will make you more Compliant to having the jackboot stomping your face.

Mr. Meyrat sees these present reactions as part of a long train of giving in to one’s Fears and Ignoring Right Reason:

This kind of hype and the subsequent reaction to it seems to grow worse with each year. Right before the Wuhan virus, there was President Trump’s “historic” impeachment. And before that, there was the death of General Qasem Soleimani and the possibility of World War III. And before that, in no particular order, there was the imminent climate catastrophe, Russian collusion and the Mueller report, the Amazon rainforest burning down, and periodic nuclear threats from North Korea.

People should know better by now, yet they seem to fall for the hype every time — including many conservatives. The promise of the tech age and the ubiquity of smartphones and the internet was that it would arm people with relevant information and rational courses of action. Rather, it has done the opposite — magnifying doubts and fears about everything and everyone.

In most cases, the only thing that information technology has done is cause people to become less tethered to reality. Screens now replace people’s senses, and the algorithms embedded in social media do people’s thinking for them.

As such, most people spend more time in the virtual world and less time in the real one, making them ever more vulnerable to exaggerated doomsday narratives. In particular, this retreat from reality takes a toll on a person’s memory, imagination, and common sense.

Quite.

I can feel The Fear in The Western World — a Self-Generated Fear, based on Pure Emotion, covered in a thin and crackable layer of Social Respectability.

I can also feel the drooling of those with The Totalitarian Impulse, smacking their Bile-coated lips in Anticipation.

More from AM:

This then leads to a lack of context. Everything seems new and unprecedented, and therefore unknown and scary—except that this isn’t true. Pandemics have always existed, and there are proven ways to deal with them that don’t involve shutting down the economy and putting everyone under house arrest.

There are so many people running around in an Internal Frenzy shouting ‘The sky is FALLING!’ that, if we Americans do not pull ourselves together, we will find that we’ve Lost much more than we think.

Mr. Meyrat:

…for those who claim that enduring inconveniences for the sake of saving lives is worth it, the current lockdown is not a mere inconvenience. It is a profound disruption that has already uprooted many people’s lives. Small businesses are closing; people are losing jobs or seeing their hours cut, schools everywhere are canceled for the next month; universities have let out two months early; countless employees need to work from home while watching their children; hospitals are overrun; families are rationing necessities; and churches won’t even be able to hold services for Easter. A nationwide shutdown to wait out the virus is simply not worth all of this.

As I keep saying: There is a Price To Pay for living in a Constitutional Republic.  And one Price is Living At Risk to Preserve Freedom, Ordered Liberty, and Property — to Resist the Totalitarian Impulse.

The passage of Obamacare was a Savage knife to the Heart of The Republic.  Will we allow The Constitution to have it’s flesh Desecrated, as well?

I know not what course others may take, but as for me:
I will not be a slave; I will either Live Free Or Die.

OUTLAW.

 

 

#WUHAN Wig-Out – Hysteria Pandemic

29 March 2020 @ 16:09

I highly recommend a blog post from Michael Fumento over at The New Criterion on the Sweet Hysteria and ‘morbid projections’ surrounding the Wuhan Virus.

Please read it all by clicking here [tip of the fedora to Bruce Hanify].

I will just post this one quote:

When the coronavirus epidemic ends and the public-health zealots inevitably slap themselves on the back for having prevented the nightmare scenarios they themselves cooked up, don’t buy it. This isn’t to say that thorough hand-washing several times a day and not sneezing and coughing in others’ faces won’t help: It will. But the authoritarian and economically devastating measures taken by the United States and other countries are wrecking the world economy. Any feared apocalypse would happen on their account, not the disease’s. Coronavirus has not emptied our streets; government dictates have.

I will be commenting on this in the coming days.

Panic and Hysteria often do not occur suddenly.

They often build slowly, starting as faint murmurs in the Soul — in the gut — that gros louder and more Frenzied as they are fed by both outside sources and from one’s own Nature.

It’s very easy to get caught-up in them if you do not use the Right Reason in your brain to Suppress them.  This type of Reason must always be employed in such situations because we Naturally possess a Flight Response, as it were, as a form of Protection.  It is an Instinct that, especially in this situation, must be overcome or our Society will Degenerate…and we will become more open to the White Knight on the Leftist Horse.


#WUHAN – Addendum To ‘Wuhan-Corona Virus Info’ Post

25 March 2020 @ 15:54

As an addendum to my sticky post above on The Best Reporting And Commentary on Wuhan, let me sing the praises of once-a-week guest columnist over at SteynOnline, Laura Rosen Cohen.

Every Tuesday, she provides a large set of informative links that tell you things you may not know and steers you to top-notch and in-depth analysis on what you have read and heard.

As you would expect from someone who is very good at what she does, Laura this week has posted some great links under the banner Murderous Barbarian Chinese Communist Wuhan Coronavirus.

Laura’s commentary that accompanies these links is spot-on and deadly sharp.

She’s a Canadian-Jewish Boudica.

Please do take the time to click here and read her latest post.

#WUHAN – Americans And The Price You Pay, Part II

24 March 2020 @ 16:51

Continuing on the theme I expressed in Part I

From the New York Post, Julia Marsh and Kenneth Garger reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain]:

New Yorkers who flee to Florida during the coronavirus outbreak will have to self quarantine for two weeks when they arrive — or risk facing criminal charges, the Sunshine State’s governor said Monday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis [R] said he was issuing the executive order that would apply to all travelers from New York City, which, as of Monday, has recorded 12,305 cases of the virus. By comparison, Florida so far has 1,100 cases.

The order also applies to areas surrounding the Big Apple, but DeSantis didn’t specify the exact perimeter.

The Florida governor said about 100 flights from New York City and the surrounding area arrive to his state daily. He said he believes at least one person aboard each flight is infected with the illness.

DeSantis at an earlier Monday press conference said, “We are getting huge amounts of people flying in. We are looking at how to address those flights.”

“In New York (City), when they did the stay-at-home order, what did people do? A lot of people fled the city and they are going to stay with their parents or fly (out),” DeSantis said.

Further, from the report, we learn:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday issued a statewide lockdown, which went into effect Sunday night, that closed all non-essential businesses and requires all nonessential government and private-sector employees to work from home.

In The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, GOP Governor Charlie Baker, while not issuing a Shelter-In-Place Order, has issued a ‘Stay-At-Home’ advisory that strongly urges the citizens of The Bay State to act as if an order has been issued [in other words: we will send the Police to Harass you.  From WCVB-TV, we learn:

Baker also ordered the closure of nonessential businesses, starting at noon Tuesday. This order will also expire on April 7….

Baker also ordered the closure of nonessential businesses, starting at noon Tuesday. This order will also expire on April 7….

Well…that’s something, I suppose.

In California, their Leftist Governor is issuing Executive Orders left and right Curtailing personal freedoms.

From Warner Todd Huston, we learn:

The governors of states including Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania have warned citizens that if they dare break state quarantine orders, they will be confronted or even arrested.

It is probably no surprise that the loudest governors are Democrats.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf insisted that he is prepared to sic the police on those thinking they have freedom in his state.

“We will use the state police to enforce the rules we put into place,” he said according to ABC 27.

Pennsylvania is not alone. According to the New York Post, police in New York City are being given the green light to arrest people who dare to break New York City’s orders to self-quarantine.

Gov. Cuomo’s office also warned people that police will be empowered to approach people to force them to observe the state’s “social distancing” orders.

On Friday, the morbidly obese Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker also issued a state-wide self-quarantine order. Police there have been given greater powers to confront people going about their daily lives.

The City of Chicago insisted that disobeying the quarantine orders could result in serious legal action.

On the other hand, police across the nation are also putting a halt to arresting actual criminals. Police departments in Fort Worth, Texas, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for instance, have both stopped arrest “low-level” criminals.

So, to put a fine point on this, police across the nation are putting an end to arresting actual criminals and shifting instead to arresting or persecuting normal Americans who dare to break some government’s overwrought orders to self-quarantine.

Do we still live in America?

Damn Good question, WTH.

There’s a spirit here that’s floating around like…well like a Virus of Overreaction, but, more importantly, the virus that afflicts elected officials and Bureaucrats all the time: the Virus Of Using Power Corruptly, going beyond Right Reason, setting Precedents for future use.

The Freedom Of Movement for citizens and the Right to Peacefully Assemble are being Halted in Violation of the Spirit that Animates a Constitutional Republic.

‘He has…sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.’

Living in such a Republic and enjoying the Freedom And Ordered Liberty it brings, means we will face risks that no Authoritarian or Totalitarian Government has to concern itself with.  This is The Price We Pay.

The refusal off so many Americans to Accept those Risks is more Harmful to us and Our Posterity than any real Virus.

Powers once ceded during a crisis are very hard — almost impossible — to get back.

Are we going to Meekly accept such a situation?

If the answer is ‘Yes’ then the Self-Enslavement of American Citizens will abide.

Is that a country you want to live in?

OUTLAW.

#WUHAN – Americans And The Price You Pay

23 March 2020 @ 16:16

Driving on through the night, unable to break away
From the restless pull of the price you pay

That seems to apply to most Americans, who are asleep at the wheel.

Prudence should guide us.] here.  We’re Americans — we should be able to exercise the Discernment needed to see us through this Crisis without allowing the further Restricting of our Freedoms, without allowing the turning of our Ordered Liberty into Authoritarian Liberty.

…Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed…

What we’re seeing happening in America is an effort to acclimatize us to such Anti-Constitutional actions, such as Shelter-In-Place and the forced closing of smaller businesses that cannot withstand such orders for long.

‘Ah!’, says the government, ‘We will bail you businessmen out [along, of course, with the Crony Big Businesses — aka: the Corporatists] and, therefore, we will be your Saviors!!!‘  This will come with a heavy price: a Precedent will have been set, further and Mightily Strengthening what began in 2008 under Bush II and, most especially, under Barackus Obamacus Nero [GM — more Government Motors, anyone?].  That smell in the air is Fascism Unleashed.

I spent the past weeks witnessing a vast, vast majority of Americans ‘disposed to suffer’ under Edicts being Promulgated be governments at all levels.  While come involved in these actions maybe doing so out of the best of intentions, they will soon fined they set in motion Dangerous Precedents.

‘…a fearful people is a people easily subjugated.’  —Francis Porretto via Gerard Van der Leun

There’s a price we pay for living in a Society with Freedom And Ordered Liberty.  I say this as someone who has a Compromised Immune System: our governments are, in a sense, enjoying this crisis too much and I’ll take my chances being Free.

The Power and Control being used on us now is Repugnant, is Despotic.  It is further wearing-down our Resistance to Tyranny.  Slumbering now is not an option.

I’m gladdened by the fact that, in the past day or so, I’m hearing more and more voices standing athwart The Pandemic Governmental Complex yelling ‘STOP!’

Bud Hammons:

The coronavirus isn’t Communism, but it has created social, political, and economic conditions similar to that of Communism, with an authoritarian state, a frightened populace, and resource shortages.

The ‘play-up’ by the governments and their allies in The Media is, and has been, slowly injecting the American People with the Fear/Panic Virus.

Get people used to a situation and soon they will not notice it.  This is a variant of The Big Lie.

This Softening makes one more Susceptible to Meekly Accepting Despotism.

A Very Good Friend-In-The-Ether wrote this:

I am seeing posts about what movies or shows to watch and what games to play; that is nice, but this “lockdown” is not a staycation. It is a devastating economic situation. Individuals, families, and small businesses did not save for years to be forced out of business or into the unemployment line (if they can even collect unemployment) due to a virus.

For those that draw a salary from a government or corporate entity please know that this is a devastating blow for entrepreneurs, self-employed, and small businesses. Small businesses plans for hard times, but the hard times usually are visible over time, not in the matter of two weeks with no way to control the destiny or make adjustments for the hard time.

I have been a small business owner for 22 years in a seasonal area. This has taught me a lot about seasonal downturn and planning. I can completely understand that businesses will be devastated by being blind-sided by this. Some may not recover and that is very sad. It is extremely hard to make up a month of losses quickly, and many with employees may have to train new people so getting back to work will be a challenge.

Most Americans want to work, be productive, and to socialize. This lockdown is devastating.

My personal cleaning person of ten years is a perfect example; she is self-employed and hustles to work. She went from full capacity to 10% capacity scrambling to figure out how to financially manage the crisis.

As a regular dining out couple, my husband I don’t dine out for just the food. We dine out for the socialization, atmosphere, and the time to relax. So the idea of just picking up a take-out meal doesn’t have much appeal to us, and I assume many others. We know many restaurant bartenders and servers by name and feel worried for them during this time because they work hard and may also be scrambling to make ends meet.

American needs to get back to business, perhaps not as usual, but with the freedom to move about the country as we want. New precautions and protocols should be in place, but we need to get back to our lives. There needs to be a discussion on how we can go about our working and social lives with the plan to keep people safe and healthy.

I don’t want to hear any hateful responses. This is not a political statement. I am a person that believes in liberty and freedom. I am not feeling either of those right now.

Dead Solid Perfect.

Forcing us into Tribal Isolation makes us more Susceptible, more Pliant.

Checks from the government will only make us loose more of our Independence.

There are other ways for these newly-created burdens to be eased.

From Susan:

When the Corona Virus finally exhausts itself and the danger is over, let’s do something good for our country.
Let’s spend our vacation in the USA, eat in local restaurants, buy american products, buy local meats and veggies and support local businesses. These businesses are going to find it very difficult to get back on their feet and survive without our help. They’re suffering badly now.

Our products are some of the best in the world. This country is one of the most beautiful.

Time to ratchet-up our Resistance.

OUTLAW.

Oh, the price you pay, oh, the price you pay
Now you can’t walk away from the price you pay

Now they’d come so far and they’d waited so long
Just to end up caught in a dream where everything goes wrong
Where the dark of night holds back the light of day
And you’ve gotta stand and fight for the price you pay

—Bruce Springsteen

 

#WUHAN: A Musical Journal Of The Plague Year

22 March 2020 @ 15:00

Inspired by Mark Steyn.

— Songs For A Pandemic —

-I can feel the Fear in The Western World…

-No guarantees in The Western World…

-Welcome to The Jungle…

-In Fear every day, every evening…

-Exit light…enter night…

-The Regulator’s swinging pendulum…

-Beware the Savage Jaw…

This one’s for the Millennials and Gen-Zers: Here we are now…entertain us…

-We can be Heroes — just for one day…

-Come on baby…Don’t fear the Reaper…Baby take my hand…

-And I feel fine…

#Wuhan And Male Homosexuals: Yin And Wang At South Beach

21 March 2020 @ 16:16

[REMINDER Before We Start: The best way to keep-up with Truth-infused news about the Wuhan Virus is to take my advice here.]


Upset The Balance Of Nature and you’ll pay…

From Stacy McCain we learn that a very large gathering of Male Homosexuals at Miami’s South Beach recently was bereft of the recommended precautions to avoiding getting the Wuhan Virus.

A highlight:

At least nine men who attended the March 4-10 “Winter Party” LGBTQ festival in Miami have tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus. The annual gay festival in South Beach attracted thousands of visitors….

Please do take the time to read Stacy’s full post here.

Drug- and alcohol-fueled parties were held where no protections were to be found.

This is typical of Homosexual Men [one of whom was under consideration by Joe ‘Hill’ Biden to be his VP].

Further on in the post, Stacy remarks:

So, in addition to the racism of calling this a “Chinese virus,” I suppose I’m now guilty of homophobia for calling attention to how Miami’s “Winter Party” helped spread the disease. Also, telling the truth about a Democrat’s “meth-fueled sexy orgy” makes me a hater, I guess.

Political correctness requires us to pretend we don’t know things that we actually do know, e.g., what happens when thousands of gay men travel to a week-long festival in Miami. Even when the consequences of such behavior include spreading potentially fatal diseases, we are expected never to mention the sordid reality involved. You could lose your job — or get banned from Twitter — if you refuse to cooperate with the “progressive” agenda of this compulsory make-believe game.

…Most Americans never stop to think about the motives behind political correctness: Why are some categories of behavior (and some categories of people) off-limits to criticism?

Once a special-interest group aligns itself with the Democratic Party, suddenly you’re forbidden to express a negative opinion of them. The rules of political correctness are always dictated by this partisan formula. Once upon a time, Catholics were a key constituency for the Democratic Party, which meant criticism of Catholic practices was prohibited. Once the abortion lobby and the LGBTQ crowd gained ascendancy among Democrats, however, denouncing Catholicism became more or less mandatory. Likewise, anti-Semitism was forbidden until the Democrats began soliciting support from Muslims, at which point Jew-haters like Ilhan Omar became the leaders of the party’s “progressive” wing.

THIS, SQUARED.

I, for the same reasons as Stacy cites, am, it seems a HATER!!!™.

For me this is also History fairly-repeating itself.  When a treatment for AIDS came about and the disease went from Fatal to Chronic [ie: treatable over a long period], Male Homosexuals threw all caution the wind and began engaging again in reckless Sexual Behavior.

Men like to take risks and here was a Heavy Risk that most had Denied themselves before the Chronic Treatments were developed.  Some of the old bathhouses reopened and Discreet all-male gyms became popular meeting spots for Male Homosexual sexual activity, both Anonymous and Friendly.  As Rahm ‘Twinkle Toes’ [IYKWIMAITYD] Emanuel once said: ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’.

When sex is conducted between men, their is not present the Balance that a woman would provide [although, in this Godless Age, far too many women have become acting like men for various Stupid reasons].

Sexually, men have little Sexual Restraint; it is the women who provide the Constraint — the trait of avoiding excesses — in a Normal, Natural sexual relationship.  Yin and Yang, a Natural Balance.

Of course, no ‘reputable’ government official or Leftist media person will report on any of this — only HATERS!!!™ like Stacy McCain.

Once again: Political Correctness is putting us in Danger.

RELATED: As for Lesbians: I suspect that the vast majority of them are not engaging in such behavior because they’re almost all Neurotic.

Wuhan-Related: ‘…The Right Of The People Peaceably To Assemble….’

20 March 2020 @ 16:46

My Dear Friend, Tom Fergus, recently published this Facebook post:

…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…

That’s #1 of the Bill of Rights. So now we surrender our civil liberties without complaint?

I’m done with this. First restaurateur brave enough to open, I’ll come heavy.

That’s The Spirit!

I’ve had a serious problem with the ‘Shelter-In-Place!’ order when I first heard of it during the pursuit of the younger of the Tsarnaev Terrorist brothers in 2013.  I was at work when it was issued and Defied it, going home after working the night shift — fully aware of the slight dangers involved.  It was Obvious that the chances of him being anywhere along my route were slim and I, as I always did, kept my doors locked.  No government was going to restrict my Freedom Of Movement.

Now, we face a Virus, born in Red China that is a lot less Dangerous, yet across the country Restrictions of a Free People’s movements are being implemented.  I write this as someone whose Immune System has been Compromised by four bouts of Cancer: you’re not going to Intimidate me.

Kudos to The President for leaving such matters as ‘Shelter-In-Place!’ up to The Sovereign States [for now — pardon my well-earned Cynicism].

The First Amendment reads [emphasis mine]:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

As Justice Joseph Story wrote in his Magisterial Commentaries On The Constitution Of The United States:

§ 1894. This would seem unnecessary to be expressly provided for in a republican government, since it results from the very nature of its structure and institutions. It is impossible that it could be practically denied until the spirit of liberty had wholly disappeared, and the people had become so servile and debased as to be unfit to exercise any of the privileges of freemen.

Well…most Americans are Debased and have become Servile to government at all levels.

We, The Sovereign People, who are the main holders of Sovereign Power, have never Relinquished our Power officially.  Sadly, out of Habit and Laziness we have ceded too much Power And Control to our governments.  We’ve been too busy reveling in our Bounties and Luxuries.

Now, I am an opponent of the Incorporation of The Bill Of Rights, which is, as Wikipedia describes it [emphasis mine]:

Incorporation, in United States law, is the doctrine by which portions of the Bill of Rights have been made applicable to the states. When the Bill of Rights was ratified, the courts held that its protections extended only to the actions of the federal government and that the Bill of Rights did not place limitations on the authority of the state and local governments. However, the post-Civil War era, beginning in 1865 with the Thirteenth Amendment, which declared the abolition of slavery, gave rise to the incorporation of other Amendments, applying more rights to the states and people over time. Gradually, various portions of the Bill of Rights have been held to be applicable to the state and local governments by incorporation through the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 and the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870.

Prior to the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment and the development of the incorporation doctrine, the Supreme Court in 1833 held in Barron v. Baltimore that the Bill of Rights applied only to the federal, but not any state governments. Even years after the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Supreme Court in United States v. Cruikshank (1876) still held that the First and Second Amendment did not apply to state governments. However, beginning in the 1920s, a series of United States Supreme Court decisions interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment to “incorporate” most portions of the Bill of Rights, making these portions, for the first time, enforceable against the state governments.

The Modern Supreme Court has rendered decisions that are Repugnant to The Constitution in this matter.

The Founding Fathers never intended The Bill Of Rights to apply to any state, county, or local governments.  As the Tenth Amedment states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Nowhere, except, perhaps, in time of War, is the ‘Shelter-In-Place’ Power granted to the national government.

So, if a state constitution allows in it’s text for ‘Shelter-In-Place’ orders to be issued, then the matter is settled in said state.  Those opposing such Power And Control need to Amend their individual constitutions.

If a state constitution does not allow for such Powers to be exercised by the government at that level, they we devolve down the governmental levels and, if none of them allow for such orders, then The Sovereign People have this Power.

In Tom’s case, being a resident of New Hampshire, he has to look at his state’s constitution first, but I Salute his Spirit Of Resistance To Tyranny.  Never lose it, Old Friend.

We all must keep an eye on our governments at every level.

And, if Tom is arrested or fined for not ‘Sheltering-In-Place’, I will help him make bail and buy him a Bourbon.

#OUTLAW

 

 

A Non-Wuhan Post: Of Scoundrels And Fools

17 March 2020 @ 16:21

A few days back, Molratty posted a thread on Twitter after reading Kevin Williamson’s post, entitled: Joe Biden: Not a Socialist, Just a Scoundrel.

In her first Tweet, she wrote:

Brutal, but fair. He has the visage of a charming man, but is just below the surface a vicious, dishonest, scheming, lifelong machine politician.

A great summation of a Wasted Life.

In two subsequent Tweets, she continued:

If you don’t like people telling the truth about Biden because you think Trump is worse, you’re probably part of the same blind support problem you complain about re Trump.

And…

They’re all bad. Maybe in different degrees, but all bad. Grow a pair and stop complaining because people point that out.

Dead Solid Perfect.

This Blind Worshiping — because that’s what it is — is to be expected by The Left, but should not be swimming freely on the port side.

We’ve seen this happen on the Right over and over again since the 2016 Election Season began in 2015.  Trump proclaims that he’s going to do A and many of his supporters cheer him loudly.  Trumpicus then does B and those same Worshipers switch their cheers to B.  It’s Repugnant and bespeaks of Caesarism.  It is Self-Delegitimizing for those who call themselves ‘conservative’.  Independence of Mind and Soul is the keystone of the Conservative Philosophy.  One could easily say that these Trumpites are Abandoning their God-Given Free Will.

This Self-Blinding has made me lose Faith in much of The American Right.  Read History, Dammit!  Read about Sulla.

The Murdering of our Constitutional Republic, which has been accelerating since 2006 thanks to The Left In America, is now being Aided And Abetted by this contingent of supporters of Trumpicus Pompey Maximus Sulla.

Question everything a politician does; look at his motives.  As Mol said ‘They’re all bad’.

Lional Mandrake [@LMandrakeJr] posed a question to Mol:

The question that hasn’t been adequately addressed is why our politics is now attracting the worst of the population. The stereotypical used car salespeople are a better class

She replied:

Because people get on their team and can brook no criticism of these politicians, regardless of their flaws. We’d be a lot better off if voters viewed politicians with a more robust level of contempt, even when they’re voting for them.

Further:

You’re not required to own every shitty thing the guy you voted for does. You’re not required to defend it. They aren’t kings and queens and you’re not their subjects.

Exactly: STOP thinking like Vassals…like Sheep.

Summon that ‘more robust level of contempt‘.

The Future of this already-damaged Republic is at stake.  We cannot afford Sullaism or Caesarism, if we are to have any Hope of Restoring Freedom And Ordered Liberty.

#OUTLAW

On Ideologues As Children

16 March 2020 @ 16:01

Oh, ho, ho!
It’s magic!
You kno-oo-ow
Never believe it’s not so….

Magic as recorded by the band Pilot

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy offers some Dead Solid Perfect analysis on The Left In America:

One symptom of mental illness is magical thinking, “the belief that one’s own thoughts, wishes, or desires can influence the external world. . . . People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) engage in a type of magical thinking. . . . People diagnosed with schizophrenia and delusional disorders may also experience bouts of magical thinking.”

What drives the schizophrenic mad is a sense of helplessness, a lack of agency, the feeling that external forces are controlling their lives. In this condition, they resort to child-like fantasies of omnipotence, where they have the power to fulfill their desires simply by wishing the desired outcome into existence. Such delusional thinking is evident in the behaviors of those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The disappointment of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat had a traumatic psychological impact on Trump’s enemies, particularly in the media, who experienced the election result as a loss of power. Immediately, the anti-Trump media began seizing on anything — a scandal, a poll result, Russian “collusion,” etc. — that might rid them of this demonized figure whose political success symbolized to them their own failure. Thus was born the “walls are closing in” meme of liberal media fantasy, where the latest “bombshell” was always “the beginning of the end” for Trump.

Magical Thinking is a requirement for all who are Leftists: it’s woven into the fabric of any Ideology.¹

As I wrote in my recent book, On The Causes And Effects Of THE PRESENT CRISIS In America [only $8.00 per book]:

Have you ever met a Leftist who is truly, deeply happy?

Have you ever met a Leftist who, if you probed down deep enough, was really contented?

No.

They’re all, to varying extents, unsatisfied with Life As lt Is and hate their lot in it. Instead of looking into their own Souls, seeking out the reasons for their Nihilism, and, then, working to change their outlook on Life, the Leftists turn outward and blame Society — and then brand themselves ‘victims!’.

The next step for them is to adopt one of the many flavors of Leftist Thinking that provide them with what they believe is the best path to Utopia, where they can ‘teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtledoves’.

Ever notice that every Leftist you meet seems to believe they have been maltreated in some way, be it by ‘Society’ or by the ‘Patriarchy’ or by ‘Capitalists’ or by ‘Religious Nuts’ or by [fill-in-the-blank]?

They have been wronged!

The Dealer known as Life has cheated and dealt them a bad hand.

‘Life is UNFAIR!’– they whine.

Such thinking betrays a Rampant Immaturity that eventually metastasizes into a psychotic obsession with getting Revenge on the architects of their ‘misery’.

Paranoia governs their plans and actions. Leftists are all members of the Tin-Foil Hat Brigade.

Leftists, no matter what year they arc born into, are always members of The Me Generation. Refusing to take any Responsibility for their own actions and Miserable in  their Irrational Selfishness, they lash-out at the rest of the World, especially those who reject Nihilism and the belief that Heaven On Earth can be achieved.

To put it succinctly: Leftists are mentally unstable.  [Chapter 3: Leftism]

What in an actual child we would describe as Childishness is Manifest in these Adults-In-Name-Only.  It’s as if those who adopt an Ideology have decided to Retard their individual brain’s development.

Avoid arguing with such people — Life is too short.  To varying degrees they are Deranged.

The Magical Thinkers cannot be reasoned with because they don’t want to be reasoned with.

I Refuse to be a Slave to Children and their Tantrums.

_____________________________________________________________

¹ This includes Libertarians who believe a Randian Galt’s Gulch is possible


SIDENOTE: I haven’t been as active writing posts because I’ve been struck by my Regular-Change-Of-The-Season Severe Allergy Attack.  No Wuhan, No Influenza — just something that hits me hard when Winter goes into Spring, Spring into Summer, etc. and used to keep me out of work for a few days before I retired.  It seems I’m allergic to climate changes [well…air pressure, anyways].

La Cosa Obama: Return Of The Living Dead?

11 March 2020 @ 15:32

…But, the Truth is: it was never dead.

Many thought Bernie Sanders was a Bolshevik — tough, unrelenting, no-holds-barred — but he is and was not.

Mark Steyn provides us with a very telling example:

~To modify T S Eliot in “The Hollow Men” (whose theme seems not inappropriate), this is the way the world ends, not with a Bern but a whimper. As I said on Rush the morning after Super Tuesday, Senator Sanders blew the 2016 election with a single line — his crotchetty insistence to Mrs Clinton that he was “sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails”. That told Hillary that he wouldn’t go after her on the subject of her corruption and lawlessness. Which in turn told Hillary that Bernie wasn’t serious.

And so it proved.

Four years later, he was now, I said on the radio, making the same mistake again – in a pitiful Super Tuesday speech too gutless to mention Joe Biden by name. If he didn’t butch up before Michigan, he’d be over. That means not oblique references to unspecified candidates whose positions on Social Security and 2008 bailouts he disagrees with, but clobbering Biden by name on a) his decades-long corruption; and b) his more recent but increasingly obvious cognitive impairment. Only if a Democrat makes either an issue will the court eunuchs of the American media be obliged to cover it. Absent that, in the post-Iowa/New Hampshire avalanche of primaries, people vote on a vague recollection of Joe Biden from fifteen years back, when, by comparison with a Castroite crank flapping his arms around, he seemed “likeable” — or, in the dreary clichés of presidential politics, the candidate you’d enjoy sharing a beer with — even if Joe had no idea he was sharing a beer with you and was convinced he was sharing a margarita with Esther Williams and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Bernie blew it. The closest he got was tiptoeing up to the issue by noting that, while he himself was out there giving hour-long speeches, Biden’s were now down to seven minutes. If you’re paying attention, you kinda sorta know what he’s hinting at, even if trumpeting the charms of a stump speech eight times longer than your opponent isn’t the most persuasive way to sell it.

But again he needed to say it, and he didn’t. America’s Castro turns out to be not a real revolutionary, just a Vermont weekending flatlander of a revolutionary, a Ben & Jerry’s novelty ice-cream flavor of the real thing — Stalinist Swirl, Beria Blast, The Choctober Revolution, Hammer & Brickle…

What a joke.

Indeed.

I am reminded of the situation in Russia in 1917-1918 when the Mensheviks seized power.  They were overthrown by the more Determined and Committed Bolsheviks, who were Bold and Brazen.

Bernard likes to think he is emulating the latter, but, as Mark shows, he is nothing but a Feckless former [as the Mensheviks all were].

Like the Failed Mensheviks, he is a Blowhard, who talks the talk, but needs a walker to walk the walk, but refuses to use one.

As for Joe ‘Hill’ Biden: he has been raised from The Political Dead by, I think, New New Leftists [pronounced ‘Nu Nu’; see Teletubbies, The] who fear, and they are quite justified, that a Sanders Nomination would Doom their chances of regaining full Power And Control [they never gave it up all the way because the Deep State was working for them since Trumpicus took Office].

So, it appears that the La Cosa Obama Crime Family has been working behind the scenes to push for whatever candidate will sweep them back in.  With the other Dems gone, they’re left with Joe ‘Hill’, but they see this as merely a bump in the Road To Regain Power And Control.

The way things have been going since 2015-2016, I wouldn’t be surprised if La Cosa Obama is not already planning this and how their administration will run.

As Mark Steyn Club member, Kathryn Maxwell, remarks in the Comments section of Mark’s post:

I fear that the Dems will insert Mrs. Obama into the VP slot to capture the Bern youth and the black voters. They will also choose the cabinet members. Shortly following his inauguration (God forbid,) the cabinet will meet and solemnly declare that they unanimously deem him to be incompetent. Voila! President Obama II. 12 years.

I agree with KM about the first part, but I don’t think they will move on Invoking the Twenty-Fifth Amendment clause as long as they can control Biden.  As long as he Dutifully serves as the New New Left’s Mad King Joe, they’ll keep him as President so that he can take the shite and they can proceed with furthering The Revolution.

I think it very likely that Michelle will be his VP running mate.  Like Hillaria Tiberius, she wants to Shine on her own.

However, as Club member, Segnes Schonken, comments:

I guess we should engage in a little politely subdued rejoicing while we can. It should be qualified, at any rate. The notion of socialism now has a legitimate place in American political discourse….

If and when Joe ‘Hill’ Biden gets The Nod and if he chooses Barack’s Klingon Wife, Trumpicus Pompey Maximus Sulla will have a harder time winning.

Caveat: I’m just trying to make sense of it all — have been since 2015-2016.  I freely admit that I sometimes forget that ‘all of the conventional political wisdom went out the window in 2015/2016‘.

Lizzie Boredom Heads To Happy Hunting Ground

06 March 2020 @ 16:43

Stacy McCain on the withdrawal of Liz ‘Dances With Lies’ Warren:

…A Harvard professor ran a campaign that appealed to the kind of people who are impressed by Harvard professors. Such people are very numerous among the media elite, but not so much among the rank-and-file Democratic primary voters. So now Elizabeth Warren is packing it in, and the presidential campaign becomes a choice between old white guys.

Lizzie Boredom, like John Forbes Kerry and Barack Hussein ‘The Magic Negro’ Obama, had the support of The Feminist Elite, who have degrees from Woke Universities and Colleges.  That group is, in the greater scheme of political things, rather small.  The Great Fake Red Hope couldn’t win with them alone.  ‘Obama’ had the motivated black vote on his side.  On the other hand, very few outside of TFE liked her because of her Lies and not-well-thought-out Prevarications.

As Howie Carr points out:

For the record, exit polls in Massachusetts showed her finishing third among women. They should be proud of themselves.

The Commonwealth is still populated, when it comes to women, by Blue Collar females who do not like Snooty Women…and Fauxahontas surely was that.  They voted her in for Senate because Scott Brown was am Idiot, who had the personality of used toilet paper, but they also did so because they saw her as the lesser of evils and to keep ‘Ted Kennedy’s Seat’ in the hands of a Democrat.

More Howie:

It was a long time coming, but many moons of utter political phoniness, of speaking with forked tongue, finally came back to bite her in the … well, you know.

Also:

…it’s all over. Add her name to the list of also-rans from the Bay State, two of whom joined on the ballot and in oblivion on the ballot Tuesday — Bill Weld and Deval Patrick.

And before them Ted Kennedy, Mike Dukakis, Paul Tsongas, John Kerry … and now Lieawatha. All their candidacies ended up in the Happy Hunting Ground. Not one became the Great White Father.

Well…I can’t add to that.

Bye Lizzie, we knew ye too well.