December 31, 2021

Happy New Year

 Wishing everyone a happy new year for 2022.

December 28, 2021

The supply chain woes continue, unabated

There are supply chain issues, no doubt.  They have have not been fixed. They are not the biggest factor in creating inflation, that would be money printing.  But supply chain issues do shift the supply curve and fewer goods, mean higher prices.  That's fundamental economics.  But so too is money printing leading to inflation.  

The point here is that the Let's Go Brandon administration has left the supply chain issue in a terrible state,  and the apparently progressive federal reserve has kept the minting of more currency going (they keep threatening to taper the monetary stimulus but have yet to do so, and are also erroneously keeping interest rates low allowing inflation to surge).  Meanwhile the administration is trying to push for trillions more in spending that supposedly is 'free'. They are wrong on all counts and as long as this continues, inflation will only get worse.

NOTE: I know these explanations are all too brief, but the underlying truths are still valid. A fiscal policy of spend, spend spend, and a very loose monetary policy are a deadly combination. They will turn America into Turkey or Venezuela if they are not stopped. The thin wall against it right now is Democrat Joe Manchin. We cannot rely on his steadfastness and resoluteness to go on indefinitely.

December 26, 2021

December 25, 2021

Christmas Carols

 God bless.

Christmas Carols

 Today, some Christmas carols to hopefully help bring you peace and joy on this wonderful day.

December 24, 2021

December 23, 2021

Austria provides an example of vaccine overlords

In Austria, no vaccination means a fine and apparently, being hunted down. That's not sane, but it is happening thanks to the COVID overlords:

December 22, 2021

Are you done with COVID yet?

 People cannot be locked inside forever. No one cares anymore.

December 20, 2021

More Democrat lies exposed

 Their latest lies on the January 6th "insurrection" exposed:

Also, Liz Cheney has to go.  She's so far out of touch.

December 19, 2021

December 17, 2021

Dictator Watch: China's looming unemployment problem

 China has a problem that it cannot currently solve; unemployment.

December 16, 2021

Motivation to not be afraid

This video serves as a corollary to my final Rules for Patriots installment, Rule #12 Don't be afraid.  I did not include this video because there are a couple of things mentioned in the video with which I do not agree.  But generally speaking the sentiment expressed below is spot on.  The goal of the video is to motivate people to not be afraid to do something tangible to stop the progressive overreach. 

December 15, 2021

Rules For Patriots - Rule #12: Don't be afraid

This is a continuation of my Rules for Patriots series, designed as a patriot's guide to success in fighting the creeping progressivism infecting America. It's a conservative response to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. This series is a lengthy read, but it is very important to understand.  This one happens to be a video, so it's more digestible. Being able to use this approach, as a team, will simplify, streamline and expedite achieving our patriotic objectives.

Links to previous rules: Rule #11 (Participate But, Don't Participate)Rule #10 (Be prepared)Rule #9 (Screw purity tests)Rule #8 (Size matters)Rule #7 (Be unpredictable)Rule #6 (Set Objectives, Build Momentum, Succeed, Move On)Rule #5 (Improve your arsenal)Rule #4 (Play Offense)Rule #3 (Don't Do It Alone)Rule #2 (Get Involved, Stay Involved) and Rule #1 (Know your facts).

Rule 12.  Don't be afraid

In many respects, Rule #12 is the most important rule because without it, common sense, patriotism and liberty are all doomed. Rule #12: Do not be afraid.  That might sound like a no-brainer for many, but there are layers of not being afraid.  It is one thing to not be afraid of the progressive nightmare that is happening because you have faith in the American people, or any people, to do something about it. It is another thing entirely to not be afraid to get involved (Rule #2) and do something about it yourself while you still can. That point is as much a sermon to myself as it is to anyone else.  Being unafraid to to talk among like-minded people is one thing, but being unafraid to organize with them and do something that makes a difference will, inevitably, invite criticism and negativity from some quarters of society.  This is where being unafraid matters; be don't be afraid to make the effort to make a change in society. Do not be afraid of resistance, do not be afraid of failure.  The only sure way to fail, is to do nothing.  Do something while you still have the freedom and ability to do so.  The alternative is to accept things as they are, or as they are progressing.  If anything, that is what you should fear.  In that light, your own inaction is the greatest danger.

That is not to say do not have faith in God or in the common sense of your fellow man.  Faith is a good thing when it is backed up by action and effort.  Without action, there is only failure.  Be afraid to not take action, do not be afraid to take harsh criticism and face a backlash.  Those things will come when you stand up.  But so too will like minded voices if you seek them.  Do not be afraid to counter the criticism, wherever you might be able to be heard.  What they call you doesn't matter, when they try to intimidate you it doesn't matter. Call for support, sure, but do not back down, even in the face of what appears to be overwhelming odds.  The odds are not as stacked against you as you think.  One of the tricks the left uses is to appear to have overwhelming numbers even when they do not.  Remember the climate change argument of "the science is settled"?  It wasn't it isn't and so too with common sense patriotic causes.  Sure a large portion of the American people are against those things, but a larger portion, for now, are still in favor of them.

If you do not act civically, if you are afraid, just talking amongst yourselves is not going to accomplish anything except make you feel better.  That's what liberals do, virtue signal to feel better.  YOU are better than that.  Know your facts (Rule #1) and then speak them, out loud, to other people who may not know them.  Yes, it's more gratifying to share with someone who believes them than someone who will ridicule you for them.  BUT, the most satisfying outcome is to awaken someone to the truth who had not previously realized it.  There is a payoff to taking that chance.

Be resolute. Do not waiver or second guess yourself.  Of course you must always revisit your facts or information, and re-assess your opinion.  That's something the progressive left refuses to do.  They are doctrinaire in their beliefs.  But common sense demands you absorb and asses/evaluate new information to see if it changes things.  This is how you avoid pretzel logic. But do not falter when you are sure. Do not allow the tactical arena be the place where you feel the need to second guess your understanding. There is a time for reflection but your principles, based on long standing common sense first principles, are most likely sound.

Andrew Breitbart, a crusader for conservative, patriotic common sense said "run towards the fire".  No truer words have been spoken regarding the political landscape of the twenty first century. The fire is there. Talking about it or running away will not stop the spread.

Lastly, I created these rules to provide guidance on how to confront the political left.  But they are not immutable. So don't be afraid to abandon a rule or tactic if it has stopped producing results. If something isn't working change it. 

Just don't be afraid. You'll feel better for it, and you'll do better for it.

December 14, 2021

This just creeps me out

The U.N. just keeps getting not only worse, but more and more creepy. If they aren't nefarious, why would they do something like this? Stupidity? Trolling Christians? 

December 11, 2021

Brandon = Mr. Yesterday's Mistakes

It's like the Jimmy Carter era all over again, and many of us saw it coming. I'm not sure if City Journal is new to the party on the inevitability of the current inflationary spiral, but many of the things they mention in the recent article are correct.  This is a repeat of the Jimmy Carter mistakes of the 1970's. Since Brandon has no playbook of his own, why not use the some of the worst ideas EVER?

...most economists agree that fighting inflation in this case should take a back seat to lessening the shock’s effects on employment. The textbook prescription is stimulating demand via expansionary fiscal and monetary policy—but not too much, and not for too long, or the price effects go from uncomfortable to painful.

To see what can go wrong, we need only recall the 1970s, when two major shocks to the energy sector—the oil embargo of 1973–74 and the 1978–79 oil crisis associated with the Iranian Revolution—plus some lesser disruptions and bumbling policy responses, produced not just a Great Inflation but slow growth and high unemployment. Inflation averaged 7.4 percent and unemployment 6.4 percent for the period 1970–79; by 1980, the sum of those indicators—the “misery index”—hit 19.7 percent. That unhealthy combination required economists to devise a new word, “stagflation,” and to go back to the drawing board and figure out how it all happened.

The best thinking about stagflation highlights three key factors: policymakers were guided by some bad theories; their strategies based on some good theories were badly executed; and circumstances were unique and, therefore, conducive to error.

I was young, but lived through the era of stagflation, the malaise days.  They were bad.  And when Reagan became president and they had to change the monetary policy to deal with it, the cure was almost as bad as the disease. It worked but it was far more painful because they had tried to forestall any pain by doing more of what was causing the problem.  Printing money and deficit spending are not solutions.  It's a lengthy explanation as to why, but I studied economics for years and basically it's truth.

Brandon is falling for the same solution proposals as did Carter.  Spend and print, but now on steroids. Mr. Yesterday's Mistakes.

I disagree with the last paragraph above from City Journal.  Yes policymakers were guided by bad theories.  But their strategies were not based on good theories that were badly executed, they were based on very flawed theories.  Spending your way out of a recession not only isn't advisable if the government doesn't have a massive cash surplus to cover the cost (which is not the case), it's doomed to failure if you have to print money to execute it.

I also disagree with the whole "unique circumstances" notion.  While the specifics of each crisis may be different, the economic portion of the situation does not change. Job losses, inflation, interest rates are drive by fundamental economic laws like the elasticity of supply and demand. These while hard to measure, are immutable.  It doesn't matter if the impetus is a tsunami, a pandemic, an oil crisis or a zombie plague, how the government and the Federal Reserve tackle the problem is what makes a difference as far as jobs, inflation and interest rates.  If you respond stupidly, or by putting politics ahead of the national interest, disaster will follow.  That is what we are seeing now, and it is going to get worse before it improves.

December 10, 2021

Wrong on inflation, wrong on other things

The same people who told you the vaccines are safe, told you that inflation was transitory. They clearly have gotten the latter wrong, so why are they so sure they are right about vaccines?

Inflation accelerated at its fastest pace since 1982 in November, the Labor Department said Friday, putting pressure on the economic recovery and raising the stakes for the Federal Reserve.

The consumer price index, which measures the cost of a wide-ranging basket of goods and services, rose 0.8% for the month, good for a 6.8% pace on a year over year basis and the fastest rate since June 1982.

Excluding food and energy prices, so-called core CPI was up 0.5% for the month and 4.9% from a year ago, which itself was the sharpest pickup since mid-1991.

It matters less that they are wrong about these things than it matters that they are lying about them and they won't even admit it when they are caught in the lies.

Inflation is a bad thing, and it's going to get worse.  Vaccines that normally take years to get approval got approved when it suited the beaurocracy to do so  - right after the 2020 election. It made president Trump look like he was lying about a solution that he was being told was 'ready to go' but they never delivered it.  Brandon could swoop in and take all the credit.  Except it's not working, it needs constant boosters, it has significant and often deadly side effects that they don't want you to even hear about.  Why? Politics.

Hell they are still lying about leaving Afghanistan. It's galling that they would go to these lengths to convince you that they've got all of these situations all under control. In fact it's only slightly less galling than the fact that so many people still believe this crap.

So here's the Good News Let's Go Brandon report:

-Inflation is under control and you are not struggling to manage your household budget.  It will not get any worse, in fact things are great

-COVID is long gone, but you still need more shots.

-Brandon's cognitive abilities are getting sharper every day.

-Gas prices have come down so much it's practically free but we still need to fight climate change and use cars that run on wishes.

How people? How do you eat this cr@& and still think it tastes good?

December 8, 2021

Never forget

 On this day in history, Pearl Harbor.

December 7, 2021

Is Don Lemon the next Chris Cuomo?

Don Lemon may need to be let go from CNN because he's been kinda doing the same thing as Chris Cuomo did with his brother, but in Lemon's case it was with Jussie Smollett.  Tim Pool has the story:  

Will Lemon be fired from CNN for this?  Tim Pool seems to think this is minor.  And in Don Lemon's orbit it is far from his most egregious activity.  But Pool may not fully appreciate the leaky boat CNN finds itself within.  CNN may not have any choice at this point.

December 6, 2021

A note on Rules for Patriots

This year I have been sharing a list of Rules for Patriots (along with some related examples that are worth noting) which I believe are important for overcoming progressivism, and tyranny whether it be social or institutional.  I have devised a total of 12 rules and 11 have been published here on this blog so far.  The remaining one will be published before year end, since next year is the start of a crucial period in the world, particularly in America.

A failure in 2022 could mean the end of western civilization beyond that.  It could mean the passing of the disastrous tipping point beyond which liberty, capitalism, virtue and Christianity all cannot be recovered.  Unlike reaching a positive tipping point (as illustrated in the picture here), this tipping point would lead us further and further away from a positive, healthy reality and faster and faster towards, absurdity, inequality, tyranny, economic failure and evil. Let's not let that happen.

Stay tuned for Rule #12. It's probably the most important one of the set.

December 5, 2021

Conservative levity

I saw this posted on Facebook today and it made me laugh. Well, kinda. Check this guy out.  He has some very funny stuff.

Like this one for example:

Sunday verse


December 4, 2021

Is that a trendline?

Latino support for Trump still seems to be on the rise.  If these numbers continue to trend this way, he could be above 42% by 2024.

December 2, 2021

Censorship as a response to Trump

With the removal of Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter, you can see latest evidence that the establishment are still acting in a way that is clearly a response to the rise of Donald Trump in 2016.  They got a result they did not like, and have ever since been trying to use censorship, be it to Trump himself or anyone who has an opinion counter to the standard narrative, to remove any resistance to the established line of thinking.  

At some point the establishment deemed itself as more important than the country, more important than the principles of American democracy and more important than the greater good.  And at some point, they were able to enshrine those beliefs into the culture and into the power of government, media, education and entertainment to enforce that hierarchy.  That's why you see them leveraging woke-ism, race, women's issues, COVID and anything else that they can in order to herd the majority of society into unilateral herd thinking, guided always, by them of course.

Russell Brand touches on how Trump managed to bypass the establishment:

The thing is, a lot of establishment efforts are looking backwards and that works to their disadvantage.  Censorship as a response to Trump's rise (and beyond) is solving yesterday's problem for them.  If you think about it, the establishment isn't forward looking. Oh, I'm sure they have goals, and objectives and milestones etc., but they are based on a growth formula of the existing paradigm. America has been the land of opportunity but only until it became a nation of institutional primacy.  Now, with technology becoming so complex, new innovations much rarely will come from a someone not working for a major conglomerate. But ideas can come from anywhere.  And that is what the establishment fears.  They want the existing paradigm to grow because it suits their objectives. Disruptions are not allowed, they will upset their apple cart. They must control your ideas so that they do not cause disruptions.  Censorship is the tool.

Much like communism in the Soviet Union of the 1980s, capitalism is on the road to an oligarchy, a ruling elite, out of touch with the reality on the ground, and likely not even caring that such is the case.  Meanwhile, people can see that there are problems, and that is okay for the establishment, as long as they can guide you to the 'proper' conclusion of what a solution should look like.

The initial full blown disruptor to that in America was Donald Trump, in the U.K. it was Brexit.   But for the establishment, all he did was expose a flaw in their firewall of control.  They are reacting to it still.  While that is dangerous for society, it is still backwards looking and as long as they look backwards, you still have the opportunity to look forwards and outsmart them in some way.  Maybe Parler, Getr and alternative sources of communication will help, but they are not the answers.  They are merely tools to share the potential answers.  The answers must come from you, they must be shared at a grassroots level, and then acted upon in unison.  For example standing up to school boards and demanding accountability at the lowest levels possible is a disruptor to the status quo of the unelected ruling elite.  Take that sort of approach forward in numbers too great to deny and the ruling elite cannot control you.  Think a step ahead of the establishment, meaning do something different, unexpected that has not been accounted for in their plans.

Donald Trump was  a master of this, tricking the media into coverage of his campaign although they detested him and served the establishment.  He further leveraged Twitter to amplify his message in a way that the establishment could not initially control or even filter and distort.  If he runs again in 2024, he will likely move on to another methodology that cannot be curtailed.  It's the only way he will succeed.

That approach is a model for absolutely everyone.

December 1, 2021

Let's Go (to court) Brandon!

 Ha! Brandon is ABC - Always Behind on Covid.

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