May 25, 2022

Turnout, turnout, turnout

 2022 needs to be a red wave or we're all doomed.  But this is some recent good news about that:

Beto O'Rourke makes a fool of himself (really badly)

Trying to grandstand to make leftist political points, and getting called out for it, Beto O'Rourke turns a somber sad situation (the Robb Elementary mass shooting in Uvalde) into a cringe-fest.  Somehow I guess he thought he'd make gun control points and be on every news cycle imaginable as a champion of the left.

Instead he looks like a political opportunist, a charlatan, and a buffoon.

May 24, 2022

An interesting take on China (part 2 of 2)

Geopop's Peter Zeihan discusses how we are at the beginning of the end for China in many important ways (this is part 2, part 1 is here):

An interesting take on China (part 1 of 2)

Geopop's Peter Zeihan discusses how we are at the beginning of the end for China in many important ways:


While I agree that China has it's own demographic and geopolitical challenges, they are not alone, so a fall, even if it is precipitous, would be relative to the challenges faced by other countries, including the U.S.  I think their ebb in power will not be so quick, even though it has already started. 

May 22, 2022

May 20, 2022

May 18, 2022

Let's Go Brandon's Roaring Economy... ya

Down Jones Industrial Average down 1100+ points today.  Nasdaq down 4.&% and the S&P down 4%. All in one day. Q1 2022 GDP was in recession territory.  CPI Inflation is still at 8.3% and the PPI inflation is over 11%.

All systems go. Roaring economy. Somebody, somewhere, must believe this bull crap.  He'll probably vote Democrat in the fall midterms.

May 17, 2022

Project Veritas exposes Twitter 'commies'

 James O'Keefe and Project Veritas are at it again, this time exposing Twitter's far left ideology.

May 16, 2022

Bezos is right this time.

As if trying to prove that a stopped clock is right twice a day, Jeff Bezos has tweeted about the Democrats' collective complete lack of understanding of how inflation works.  Well not exactly, he tweeted about it and in a half-hearted way.  Still, he's not wrong here.  I'd pay more attention if he actually got his pet monkey The Washington Post to provide some honest coverage on the issue.  Instead we get tweeted lip service. Too bad Amazon stock is taking the same sort of shellacking that the Democrats are going to take in November. 

May 14, 2022

Midterm prediction day (part 2)

Normally watching MSNBC is not recommended.  But here's a comparison of their forecast for the midterms from mid-January, versus late March of this year. 


And more recently:

Midterm prediction day (part 1)

Today I'm going to share a number of midterm predications even though we are about 6 months out from the elections.  First up is Red Eagle Politics.  I don't always agree with him on political issues (though mostly I do), but he does his research and knows his stuff.

May 13, 2022

Twitter and the Ministry of Truth

Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business discusses Twitter, Elon Musk and the impact of the Let's Go Brandon disinformation minister who wants blue check users to be able to edit the tweets of others.

My (probably) (brief) time with COVID.

I missed posting yesterday due to a sudden onset sickness which may or may not have been COVID.  I'm guessing it probably was though. For example, I had a bit of spaghetti yesterday and it barely tasted but what I could taste was like soap. The last two days have been rough, but I'm already recovering. All things considered, it wasn't so bad.  I mean it was very unpleasant and not to be taken lightly.  But to be honest, not having been vaccinated, I thought it would have been way worse without the vaccinations to 'limit the symptoms'.

2 days of chills, fever, massive headaches, a bit of digestive issue and some minor congestion and respiratory problems and nothing worse.  Advil was all I took - for the headaches and fever. We shut down the world for 2 years, and some want it to continue indefinitely. I cannot see the logic in that math.

May 11, 2022

Spin doctors on inflation

 "It's leveling off".  No. It's definitely a malleable number that they can manipulate.  Check out Shadow Stats for a truer picture of inflation.

May 10, 2022

Censor Bill Gates now!

 Tim Pool tackles Bill Gates and the changing views on COVID (and the hypocrisy inherent therein).

May 9, 2022

Some 2022 senate midterm predictions

 Red Eagle Politics updated prediction on the 2022 senate midterms.

Abortion activists breaking the law

 Tim Pool, on abortion activists going after SCOTUS justices at home:

May 8, 2022

Sunday verse

 


Sunday school

 Jordan Peterson talks about the importance of Easter.

May 7, 2022

Meanwhile in Canada (again)

 Justin Trudeau spied on Canadians? Specifically the Freedom Convoy? Probably.

May 6, 2022

China's cyber warfare on America

 From China In Focus, a piece on China's attempts to influence and distort life in America.

May 5, 2022

Tulsi Gabbard being honest, as usual

Joy Behar is not alone in terms of her foolishness.   Even Let's Go Brandon is back at it.  But there's a reason for it.  They want president Trump back on the ballot in 2022 because they know they are going to get mulched in the midterm elections.  Tulsi Gabbard, in talking with Sean Hannity, is at least being honest about how despicable it is.

Joy Behar is the worst

Not much I can add here, she's a tool.  Dave Chappelle being attacked by a crazy person has ZERO to do with president Trump.

May 4, 2022

What does it mean for society when 95% of jobs become obsolete?

This sort of future is closer than you think.  When there is less and less need for humans to do jobs, what do we do with ourselves? How do we earn in order to buy food and shelter?

Wiki-bias

 Just for reference purposes when discussing the veracity of Wikipedia:

May 3, 2022

Trump's predicament


President Trump has made no great secret that he wants to run for president again in 2022. But he's in a bit of a tricky situation due to a number of converging factors. 

Firstly as of right now, the GOP are walloping Let's Go Brandon and the  Democrats in generic congressional polling (as of this writing, the Republicans hold a 4.2% lead in the RCP average, an average that most recently tends to understate the margin of victory of the poll leading party see 2018, 2014 and typically understates GOP support).  That's good news for conservatives and an apple cart we do not want to upset heading towards the November midterm elections. It behooves president Trump not to upset that momentum as the Democrats have been bleeding Hispanic and now African American support too.  It's on the best interest of the party right now for Trump to keep a low profile except in strategic races where he can help.  

Secondly Elon Musk is in the process of claiming Twitter. He's vowed to make it more open and balanced and has offered to reinstate president Trump's account (who, thanks to his efforts with Truth Social, has so far declined to return). Let's Go Brandon and the Democrats (not to mention CNN et al.) would secretly love to see president Trump return unfettered to the platform.  They need him as a foil to counter the Democrats' absolutely abysmal record on everything since taking control of D.C.  He could act as a distraction for them, and his brash style most certainly would attract/distract a lot of attention. Circling back to the first point, keeping a low profile is not president Trump's style. Whether it's Twitter or Truth Social, he wants to be in there swinging.  We'll circle back to this point as well.

If polling is to be believed, Ron DeSantis is lined up to produce a crushing electoral win in the coming Florida gubernatorial race.  If logic is to be believed, he's lined up to be an eventual presidential contender either in 2024 or 2028.  If he crushes it in this gubernatorial election the case for 2024 becomes that much stronger, as Trump-hating Allahpundit points out.

That diminishes the window for president Trump to remain quiet, to remain off Twitter if Truth Social is still experiencing birthing pains.  He has a limited window to act if he doesn't want to be threatened as the GOP frontrunner for 2024. It precedes even the window that Allahpundit suggest of January 2023.  Why?  If president Trump appears to sit on the sidelines during the 2022 midterm run-up he hardly exudes leadership.

Conversely, if he does insert himself, he risks giving the Democrats the arch-villain they want for this election.  President Trump is not one to back down from a fight. He's likely to go all in for 2022 and as a conservative, that's something we should be glad about: running from a fight has failed Republicans for decades.  Why go back to that approach now?  So it really isn't a predicament.  We know what media storm is going to come if president Trump inserts his support and speeches into the midterm elections. We know there will be potential polling pitfalls that come with that. But there is also the potential benefit of rallying support around a rebuke of D.C. Trump need only make it about the contrast between his record good numbers and Let's Go Brandon's record bad numbers.  If he can do that in 6 second sound bytes the news is all good for conservatives.  And we still have our secret weapon: Let's Go Brandon is still the one making decisions, and all of them are bad.

May 2, 2022

BLM vs. Facts

Dave Rubin interviews Douglas Murray about BLM protests and opinions. Murray comes armed with facts:

April 30, 2022

Bill Maher on COVID theft

 It's not often I can think of myself commiserating with Bill Maher, but he's right on COVID theft:

The one thing Elon Musk is wrong about.

Previously, I shared a post about Elon Musk and the Overton window, and Musk's clever sharing of a meme on the topic of the radical left.  But Judge Jeanine is right about it, Elon Musk is wrong:

Sign of the (changing) times

 Dollar Tree has apparently had enough of low quality employees: 

April 29, 2022

US Q1 2022 GDP down 1.4%

 Are we headed into a recession? Probably. Worse yet, stagflation is nigh.  Tim Pool's take:

Ministry of Truth? Democrats vision for a Soviet America?

I was going to write an essay about how asinine this is but it is so unbelievable, I'm not even sure how it's true.  Is Let's Go Brandon trying to destroy the Democrat party along with his own chances for re-election  in 2024?  Is he really this clueless?  I mean I know he's a twit, but this makes zero sense politically.  Or maybe they just don't care and are going to steal the election in 2024.

The Overton window displayed in an Elon Musk tweet

 The meme in this video explains it perfectly:

April 27, 2022

Rumble + Truth Social = ?

Is the coming of Truth Social related to why Elon Musk made the deal for Twitter?  Or is it least related to the timing somehow?

This was my first thought when I hear what is going on at Twitter

Twitter insiders are going nuts. Is it possible behind the scene Twitter is trying to hide what they did before the Elon Musk buyout? This was my first thought.

Top Twitter lawyer cried?

When you see your malicious intent thwarted you are not allowed to cry.  This is, as Tim Pool says, not meant as a gloat moment.  But I'm not going to shed a tear for her shedding tears.  She was linear in her progressive agenda and shed no tears for people Twitter banned for truthful statements.  So I'm definitely not sad for her 'plight'.

April 26, 2022

To Tweet or not to Tweet?

To Tweet or not to Tweet, that is the question.  

I joined Twitter relatively early on.  I don't recall exactly when but I think it was 2009.  I joined #TCOT (short for Top Conservatives on Twitter) and began connecting.  My account grew to the point I had roughly 14,000 followers. Then, they started disappearing.  Twitter purged vast swaths of my followers claiming that they were largely bots.

I was almost convinced. Almost.

I saw over they years my follower pool dwindle to below 9,000. It would seem they felt 50% of my followers were bots.  Some I'd even had private DMs with.  So.. not bots.  It's also possible my tweets grew increasingly unappealing.  But they hadn't changed much.  It's also possible I was unfollowed frequently because perhaps I'd been shadow-banned.  O have no idea.

But when Twitter started banning prominent conservatives for specious reasons I knew for sure the game was fixed. I hung around until around 2018 or so (I forget exactly when), at the time believing every voice still mattered, even if we were shouting into a leftist hurricane.  But I finally relented and quit Twitter.

Now Elon Musk is set to take the helm, promising to change the platform's leftist agenda back into a free speech vehicle.  I could go back.  I do have a Parler account, a Gettr account and I was eagerly awaiting an offering from Truth Social.  But Twitter is an established platform.

Still going back is no simple matter. I would have to rebuild my entire account from scratch; my follows, my followers, my link to this blog.  I could just as easily do that on another platform. So what advantage does it hold?  All the leftists are going to leave?  So what? They aren't on Parler either.

Then there's the question of Elon Musk's intent.  He claims to be a free speech advocate and I applaud him for that.  But I don't fully trust him.  Maybe he has been red pilled, but what if he's trolling us all?  We've been tricked before.  Remember 2020 when Fox News called Arizona for Let's Go Brandon even before CNN or any of the liberal networks.  Fox is no longer the network it once was.  Perhaps Elon Musk ends up doing the same things that Twitter has been doing to conservatives for the last decade.  Or perhaps he's just no different from Jeff Bezos.  He sees a way to tilt the playing field in his favor and is using Twitter just as Bezos uses the Washington Post - for political leverage.  The net result for conservatives would be the same.  Just as leftists find themselves defending Big Pharma, what if we on the right find ourselves in 2 or 3 years defending Big Electric because we've been sucked into another iteration of Establishment Rule Continued?

I don't think that's impossible.  When you've been burned once it behooves you to be more careful going forward.  All that aside, I'm very likely going to rejoin Twitter. But I'm not going to abandon the other alternatives because depending on one guy for all the answers, even if he is on the up and up, is just not smart.  

Multi memes on meltdown on Musk owning Twitter

The left is apoplectic and the memes and takes on it are quite numerous and many very funny.  Here's Mark Dice's take:  

April 25, 2022

Musk and Twitter reach a deal

 Via Yahoo this bit of good news:

Elon Musk has reached a deal to buy Twitter.
The news was announced on Monday following Musk's offer to take over the social platform.
Twitter "has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company," the company said in a news release.
"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Musk said in a statement. "I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential — I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."

I say good news, but that is conditional on Musk following through with what he says he plans to do. So far, there's no reason to doubt that he will.  

Donald vs. Brandon China policies

Robert Lighthizer explains president Trump's policy success on China. It remains a stark contrast with Let's Go Brandon's slapdash, haphazard policies on everything.

April 24, 2022

President Trump 2024?

 It's looking like he'll be in really good shape if he runs:

Sunday verse

 


April 23, 2022

Snapshot of the Day: Let's Go Brandon

Let's Go Brandon: You're going to make 2022 a great year for the GOP. Keep this up and you'll be the perfect Democrat presidential candidate for 2024. Via RCP:


Matters of the Day

 If you get a chance, here are a few terrific reads today.


Democrats, Long March, Overton window, and 2022

J. Peder Zane had an excellent piece in RealClearPolitics yesterday in which he argued that Democrats are going to take their shellacking come this November because they are content to maximize their victories every time they win, take the hit and come back again eventually because their aim (though he does not describe it in this way) is to shift the Overton window towards progressivism each time they can.  Their goal is to move the goalposts because when they do, it invariably does not shift back. He calls it the Democrats' Long March. The Long March however was a Chinese communist retreat so it's a bit of a misnomer but the sentiment in the piece is spot on:

The short answer is that progressives are content to bank their gains – e.g., the Great Society programs and Obamacare – and then wait until the Republican Party overplays its own hand so thoroughly that Democrats get another window of opportunity. During temporary reigns, Democrats often produce permanent results...
Come November, Democrats will simply lick their wounds and continue their long march.

Indeed.  Zane also points out, again correctly, an important lesson for us all:

For those who are confounded by such notions, it may be comforting to believe that a few election cycles can reverse the trends. This is wishful thinking. We are not in the midst of a political moment but, instead, a deeply rooted cultural revolution which will not be extirpated easily.

Overcoming this incessant Overton shift, requires constant vigilance.  We conservatives cannot win an election or two and think we have defeated communism/socialism/progressivism. It doesn't work that way. What we need to do is put our own organizations in place to confront these efforts, and remain engaged.  This is the only way to ensure success.

April 22, 2022

Disney's comeuppance

 Florida is getting it right.

Woke costs

Three videos on wokeness losing.  Firstly a video on woke companies losing financially. Second wokeness losing in the culture war and finally wokeness eating itself.



April 20, 2022

Released Pfizer vaccination documents reveal truths

Pfizer documents release due to a court order, indicate the effects were not as beneficial as advertised by the mainstream media. And there's more that implicates Dr. Fauci.

Green energy proponents are wrong on electric vehicles.

Think hard about the rush to electric vehicles. REALLY hard.   As Johnny Harris points out, there's a dark side to it.  There's China's attempt at resource hegemony.  But there are also other things to consider as well.


There's the amount of fossil fuels still required to make and maintain them. It's not as good as you might think, as a Forbes article in 2020 pointed out. 

Once on the road, the carbon dioxide emissions of EVs depends on the power-generation fuel used to recharge its battery. If it comes mostly from coal-fired power plants, it will lead to about 15 ounces of carbon-dioxide for every mile it is driven—three ounces more than a similar gasoline-powered car.

There's the 2025 risk of the next Carrington Event making electric vehicles useless for some time.  And the risk, is cyclical.


I'm not against electric vehicles, but I'm also not willing to be blind about accepting them as the only solution for the future of America and/or the world.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of green energy Kool Aid drinkers who are willing to do just that, to the benefit of a dictatorial regime.

Disney's wokeness could lead to financial pain

Disney has gone full woke.  There's been a backlash among parents and they are potentially facing a decline in visitors to the theme parks.  It's going to get worse for them financially as Florida governor Ron DeSantis is going after their special tax status in that state.  

Disney can't exactly pull up stakes and move the Disney World parks to a liberal state.  The cost would be enormous but beyond that, there aren't many year-round warm climate states in the leftist-liberal column. California?  Already has a Disney Park.  Nevada?  Trending right but it also has Las Vegas already and is not as child friendly a state (even though that apparently doesn't matter much to Disney anymore).  Colorado is too cold, Virginia is a semi-swing state and also too far north.  That leaves 3 possible states as far as I can tell; Hawaii (way too far west, and way too expensive a destination by comparison), Georgia (still very much conservative despite the 2020 election cycle) and New Mexico, which has an infrastructure problem (airports, roads, population are all difficult by comparison).

Now that's not to say the move would be impossible to any of those options, just difficult, costly and time consuming.  Of course Disney could opt for another conservative state instead in the hopes that the target state would just be glad for the smaller incremental tax revenue, the tourists and the potential for economic and population growth.  That would preclude a state like Texas that could stand on principle and offer the same deal Florid is considering adapting for Disney. Still, any 'smaller' conservative state would still present the same problems as New Mexico, plus potentially be another Florida down the road by removing the special tax status of the theme parks.  In fact, they'd be better to accept it for a 3 or 5 year window and then switch it back to standard taxation.  Disney would have to move again, or suck up the tax hit.

The point is, Disney's get woke changes won't make them go broke, but they will come to recognize that they are not impact-free when it comes to their poor decision-making.

Lib duplicity - yet again

This should come as a shock to no one, liberals will dox a conservative (and also deny doing it), but God forbid it happens to them.  Then it's a capital crime.

Washington Post "journalist" Taylor Lorenz is the latest example of it:

 

April 18, 2022

We're living in Stagflation

Let's Go Brandon  is now, without a doubt,  the worst president in history.  Failure in the Afghanistan withdrawal, failure in dealing with Russia's Ukraine invasion, failure in curtailing China, failure at the border, the worst inflation in over 40 years, and as per Shadow Stats, horrifically bad unemployment if you measure it properly:


Stagflation is the theoretically improbable (if not impossible) situation wherein a nation experiences high unemployment at the same time as high inflation.  It's not supposed to happen.  It takes a special kind of inept to make it happen. It's not just Let's Go Brandon (although he is chief among the reasons), it's the entire Keynesian cabal that infects the capitol.

I can't keep up with the bad news

Once again I've fallen behind on posts due to personal circumstances. I hate when that happens.  I've missed out on a lot of important stories.  For example, the CPI index of inflation was up again for March, beyond forecasts, hitting a four decade high of 8.5%.  But if you look at Shadowstats, where they also keep track of inflation as it was calculated in 1980 (i.e. more realistically), it's above 16%.  At Jimmy Carter's worst inflation it peaked at just under 15% in April 1980.


Let's Go Brandon, which was once labeled transitory has now relabeled (how Orwellian) the inflation as the Putin Price Hike.  Wrongly of course.  But to be fair, what else is an incompetent supposed to do beside blameshift?


April 14, 2022

Mainstream media fail (again)

This is not being shared (by me) as a black/white issue, just to help point out that there's a double standard in the media.  Paul Joseph Watson talking about the Brooklyn subway attacks.

Bad Day for Russia

 A few very recent news reports from Ukraine:



This works better than sanctions.  I'm not suggesting full scale war is required, but healthy military support for Ukraine would be beneficial.  War is an awful thing, but Ukraine deserves to be able to defend itself from Russian aggression.

April 12, 2022

But it's just a poll(s)

As Rush Limbaugh used to say, polls don't matter except for the voting on election day (if you consider that a poll).  That said, things look good for conservatism now. Yet there are still so many ways this can go south.  I think the most dangerous possibility is the GOP winning big in the 2022 midterms and failing to deliver on their promises.  The second biggest dangerous possibility: the GOP delivering on those promises and Biden getting the credit in the 2024 presidential election.  To say the future is conservative is wishful thinking; it's only true if every conservative works at it, every day.

April 10, 2022

The coming French election

Paul Joseph Watson's comical but accurate take on the panic over a possible Le Pen win in the coming election:

Sunday verse

 


April 8, 2022

The hand's on the other foot now Jack

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, and far left activist Kool Aid drinker, is upset over something he wants to see being banned on YouTube.  Tim Pool discusses:

April 7, 2022

We're not quite there yet

 But it's still a win. Paul Joseph Watson discusses Elon Musk's entry into Twitter ownership. 

April 6, 2022

Durham probe is heating up

This morning we are seeing some more movement on the Durham probe into the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign's dirty tricks.  The question is whether this will play out before the midterm elections and whether it will have an impact on the elections.

April 5, 2022

Elon Music now on Twitter Board of Directors

 Elon Musk is already getting some power at Twitter:

April 4, 2022

Elon Musk to Twitter: BLAMO!

 Elon Musk now owns 9% of Twitter.  More to come no doubt.

Disney flashpoint

 A lot of conservative focus has been trained on Disney lately. Why? This:

April 3, 2022

April 1, 2022

Russian P.O.V.

 An interesting (and brave) take from inside Russia, on the Ukraine invasion:

March 31, 2022

March 29, 2022

Let's Go Brandon missteps abound

 The catch phrase for this administration is "walk that back". Dinesh D'Souza opines:

March 27, 2022

March 26, 2022

Patreon banning conservatives

 Patreon bans people whom they hate under the guise of removing "hate speech".  I've never heard of Sydney Watson before, but now I'm a fan.  Thanks Patreon.

March 25, 2022

Canada's media is protecting Trudeau

 And who knew there were European politicians who were on the right side of history?


Trudeau is much like Let's Go Brandon, except he is unequivocally the worst Prime Minister in Canadian history.  In fact, he's so bad, he's overshadowed his father's leftist failures.

Trudeau gets lambasted in Europe

 And deservedly so:

Wait, what now?

 I don't think this is about $72 million, it's probably about 2024.

March 23, 2022

Not another New World Order

You can put away your tinfoil hats. Maybe there is a secret society bent on a new world order.  Maybe the World Economic Forum does have it's designs set on world domination by the elite few.  But let me tell you why you don't need to panic.  This is not a signal. This guy has no clue what he's talking about.  He didn't just accidentally let the cat out of the bag, he's just trying to use words and phrases he remembers hearing somewhere...

March 22, 2022

The stagflation you don't want is upon us.

I've been telling my friends stagflation - a recession along with high inflation - is coming. It's getting closer.  In fact the high inflation is already here. Now the slowing job market is coming too. Watch for it. Stagflation is a situation that isn't supposed to exist. High inflation and high unemployment are supposed to be mutually exclusive. But it happened once under president Jimmy Carter, now under Let's Go Brandon, it's happening again.

March 21, 2022

Elon Musk - more oil in America

I've always maintained that alternative energy sources are not necessarily a bad idea,  BUT we are nowhere near the point in history where fossil fuels can disappear. We are likely still decades away from that point.  You know who agrees with me to some degree?  Electric vehicle Tesla founder Elon Musk.

It goes beyond the Russia Ukraine war situation. Forget the war, should America be buying oil from Venezuela or Saudia Arabia when it has its own abundant supply?

March 20, 2022

March 18, 2022

Russell Brand defends himself

Russell Brand, having talked to the likes of Jordan Peterson and Joe Rogan has awakened (not become 'woke') in the sense of being Red-pilled.  Because of that, he's under attack from the mainstream media (aka the woke leftists).  Here he spends some time defending himself.


This is important because it's working the way conservatives want, not the way the leftists, mainstream media, elites and woke want.  I watch a fair number of reaction videos for entertainment and I find the trend there interestingly similar. A lot of younger people, and a lot of African American people have gone from reacting to music, to movies (to avoid copyright strikes) to now reacting to the likes of Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson.  And they are awakening to reality.  They are inadvertently red-pilling themselves. It's a similar trajectory to Russell Brand's journey/awakening.

It's funny how truth eventually works it's way out of the fog of lies.

March 17, 2022

A little bit of good news

 Some Ukrainian success to brighten your day:

March 16, 2022

Bill Whittle on Putin, Russia and Ukraine

Bill Whittle explains Putin, Russia and the situation in Ukraine and perfectly sums up exactly what I was thinking about the situation.  Let's hope he's exactly right.

Sign of the times: Trevor Noah rips Let's Go Brandon

 Tim Pool discusses:

March 15, 2022

How To Argue With Someone Who Won’t Listen

This needs to be understood, and followed:

Mitt Romney moves left of Tulsi Gabbard

I apologize for ever supporting this guy.  I did so out of obligation, because I thought Obama was far worse.  Apparently not, too many of those in Washington D.C. are exactly the same, regardless of political party.  I'm not saying get rid of them all, there are quite a few good politicians who want to do the right thing.  Tulsi Gabbard, is one such example.  Although she's a Democrat, at least she wants to do the right thing. If the election was between her and Romney, I'd take her over a dozen Mitt Romneys any day.


This doesn't mean I've moved left and would start supporting Democrats, it's merely a realization of two things: (1) not all Republicans deserve our support, so we should work hard to ensure our nominees are solid for ANY political position.  And (2) some Democrats are reasonable and intelligent and want the best for the country despite being Democrats.  They sadly, are a small minority in that cabal.

Maybe we could trade Romney for Gabbard?

March 13, 2022

Sunday verse addendum

 Some meditative Gregorian Chants to supplement today's Sunday verse.

Sunday verse

 


March 11, 2022

Friday Musical Interlude - Coconut

I haven't posted a Friday Musical Interlude video in a couple of years. But I think this song perfectly represents the world we are currently living in.  I've probably shared this one before but it's just too good as a representation of Let's Go Brandon world - Harry Nilsson, Coconut:

March 10, 2022

Central Bank Digital Currency: same as dollars, but way worse

I believe I shared a video a while back about this.  If not there's a good one out there somewhere. Let's Go Brandon's recent discussion on crypto currency is really about trying to replace it with government versions of digital currency.  This is already underway.  It's not about getting into the 21st century, it's about undercutting and disabling a new alternative like Bitcoin.  The government-backed digital currencies are not about to start developing, they are already in development.  They are a new method of control.


It's also really nothing more than replacing dollar bills with digital dollars, where the central government can continue to "print" more on demand.

U.S. inflation keeps going

Look, this isn't specifically a U.S. problem but in the developed world inflation is especially a U.S. problem.  For February it rose again to 7.9%. The Fed has printed a larger amount of money (quantitative easing) than any other developed nation, and that's pretty much also true on a percentage basis as well as dollar amount.  I'm not denying that supply chain issues hurt, and that oil prices due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine will also hurt, but they are much smaller factors than the money supply.  Higher inflation, and supply shortages are unavoidable, even with the looming end of mandates.  I'm not alone in my thinking on this;

U.S. inflation may approach 10% this year, according to DoubleLine Capital’s Jeffrey Gundlach, a historic level that he said underscores the need for the Federal Reserve to aggressively tighten monetary policy even amid fresh uncertainty caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“Their job is to fight inflation,” the billionaire money manager said of the Fed during a web presentation Tuesday. “They’ve done a terrible job of it so far.”
Gundlach, 62, said he expects the central bank to raise interest rates by a quarter of a point at its March meeting, and sees the consumer price index rising to at least 9% before reaching a peak. Inflation may end the year as high as 7.5%, Gundlach said, with surging prices leading to “demand destruction” as food and energy soak up more of household budgets.
The economic outlook is “substantially worse” now than it was in September, he added. Gundlach reiterated his long-term bearish position on the U.S. dollar and cited an “insanely high” budget deficit, while recommending investors sell U.S. equities and buy emerging-market stocks.

 

Faith in the U.S. dollar vs. cryptocurrency

Let's Go Brandon has acknowledged the existence of cryptocurrency.  This has caused a surge in cryptocurrencies.  It doesn't mean the outcome will be friendly to the crypto world, but it does show that crypto has become a stronger footing.  Given all the money printing over the past few years, there's a growing lack of faith in the U.S. dollars. There's a growing concern about stagflation.

What I think this means is a place for parking assets in the face of a looming stock market correction, bear market or crash.  I don't think it's been initiated by Let's Go Brandon, but by interests outside of government, looking for that sort of safe haven possibility in order to not be limited to gold.  Just my two cents. 

March 9, 2022

Is Ray Dalio right about the changing world order?

If you don't know who he is, Ray Dalio is a billionaire investor and hedge fund manager.  In 2005, his hedge fund became the largest in the world.  He's argued for a tweaking of capitalism since, even though  it's the best system out there, it's not working for most Americans; if unchecked, it can have a tendency to  increase the Wealth Gap.  But where he really has some interesting points to make is about the changing world order.

I've always argued that all things are cyclical; seasons, economic cycles, and empires, among other things.  Ray Dalio makes the same argument here, about the changing world order, using 500 years of data to support his macroscopic thesis.  He looks at the rise of China and decline of America from that perspective.  Thankfully, he like me, believes that the current trend is not an indelible, unchangeable inevitability. 

This reinforces the brilliance of the founding fathers in America.  They foresaw the need to protect Americans from their own government.  Even though the protections they provided have been chipped away and steadily eroded over time, the initial principles were brilliant. They clearly should have been steadfastly maintained rather manipulated over time to suit expedience or the ambitions of individuals or groups.

But the founding fathers focused on governance.  They did not do as much good for economics.  This is where an economic Renaissance, not in GDP but in economic Enlightenment needs to happen, and urgently, before there is no longer any chance for it.  It does not portend a move away from capitalism but a reinvigoration of the greatest economic system devised so far in history.  It requires more thought, and a way to ensure more economic opportunity for all rather than a growing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few; for in that lie the seeds of self-destruction.

Truth hurts

Project Veritas exposes New York Times' over-reaction to the supposed January 6th cataclysm. The truth hurts because for the left, everything hurts, everything is bad.

March 7, 2022

Conservatives, time to copy California

It's worthwhile to wonder when conservative leaning states will catch on to the California model and start imposing their own dictates upon corporations the way California does.  I get it, as conservatives we want to be business-friendly.  More government mandates and requirements are not good for businesses and that's not good for the free market or for consumers.  Hear me out on this though.

California is notorious for imposing it's own requirements on industry after industry. As an example, CAFE standards require certain levels of fuel efficiency in automobiles.  So in order to sell in California, auto manufacturers must meet those standards.  And since they have to achieve a certain fuel efficiency for California, they might as well do the same for all the other states rather than have a separate production run for one state, even if it is the most populous in the nation.  So as California goes, so goes the nation in many regards.

Now what if a state like Texas or Florida, mandates that a company like Twitter cannot ban, shadow ban, suspend or otherwise compromise targeted users for having opinions that its oversight board deems not liberal enough?  What if they required a level of transparency that would expose how their systems work with regard to free speech? Would Twitter stop allowing users in those states to be users of its platform?  Would it create special algorithms to manage the rules for those states?  Maybe, if they are truly agenda driven.  But maybe not.  Maybe they would change their rules for all states.  Or maybe they would fight it in court.  But if they become resistant to the legislated changes, or tried to isolate it to a specific state, then perhaps Tennessee can come up with an entirely different way they would have to comply.  Followed by Ohio.  You get the idea; legislate the industry into the ground.

It's not ideal because it goes against our principles.  But this is a culture war and we have to start getting our hands dirty instead of playing by Marquess of Queensbury rules while the left plays by Mob (as in mafia) rules.

March 6, 2022

March 5, 2022

Why Russia is going to lose

Johnny Harris is a smart guy and his investigative/journalistic skills are outstanding.  Here's his take on why Russia will lose in the Putin-led Ukraine invasion.  I've come to many of the same conclusions myself, and I'm mostly inclined to agree with his assessment.

Let's Go Brandon hasn't learned from history

History provides a guide in how to deal with Putin's imperialism, but Let's Go Brandon doesn't know history. I'm not a fan of the Bush family, but when Iraq invaded Kuwait, George Bush (41) got a sizable international coalition together and used a coordinated invasion to crush Iraq. Europe responded, Middle Eastern nations responded and other countries did as well.  Now that we have Let's Go Brandon in charge, we've gone back to the Obama years of leading from behind.  We have a lack of coordinated effort, and we have sanctions that, despite all the claims of "harshest possible", are at best mildly annoying  to Russia while they invade Ukraine.  They may matter to some degree in the long run, but Ukraine doesn't have a long run at this point.  What's needed, if it's to be an economic battle only, is a complete financial freeze on Russia.

That means full removal from the SWIFT systems (along with anyone else who provides support for Russia, like China or Belarus), complete sanctions, impounding of foreign assets as well as other efforts such as a concentrated cyber warfare effort, war crime charges, as well as massive arming of the Ukrainians and a declaration of a No Fly Zone over the Ukrainian territory.

While people fret about Putin's threats of a nuclear war or further invasions, it's not real.  His approach is a combination of Soviet era propaganda and Hitleresque go as far as you can while the West hasn't got it's act together.  A lot of people aren't old enough to recollect the cold war, let alone WWII.  We had to love with a nuclear threat every day during the cold war, but it never happened.  Mutually assured destruction prevented it.

What needs to happen is exactly what I said above - a massive coalition with agreed upon steps, taken with the highest degree of urgency.

March 3, 2022

Fake news exposes itself in the same article

 Tim Pool caught this hilarious example of fact checkers debunking their own debunking:

March 2, 2022

Why is this still happening?

 Somebody has a vendetta against Tim Pool.  Or maybe Lauren Southern?

State of the Union: cowardice

For all the posturing and preening of the Let's Go Brandon administration, they have betrayed America's fundamental mission statement of liberty and justice for all by failing to support Ukraine. They don't have to send troops to help.  They could supply arms to those who wish to fight for their country.  They could do far more from a sanction and cyber warfare perspective.  They could create a no fly zone that would prevent Russia from using air superiority in the conflict.  I realize any of those, particularly the latter, presents a slippery slope.

But right now America is on a slippery slope to irrelevance in dealing with expansionist dictators and human rights abusers.  Platitudes will not save you Brandon.  Cowardice is unbecoming.

February 28, 2022

Deep Sanctions that "are not designed" to prevent the flow of oil

You cannot make up this level of incoherent inconsistency on a team.  Let's Go Brandon.  Watch past the bumbling for the real wow moment.

An update on Freedom Convoy frozen assets

The Canadian Constitution Foundation provides an update on the situation involving the frozen assets under the dictatorial invocation of the Emergencies Act under Justin Trudeau.

Inflation and bad data

Data means everything.  You've heard the expression "garbage in, garbage out"? It applies completely to data.  If you have bad data, it doesn't matter how sophisticated your formulas in a system are, your results are going to be flawed.  In a more real world example, let's say someone tells you that eggs are on sale at the local supermarket for 10 cents per dozen.  You love eggs and that's an awesome price, so you hop into your car and drive to the store, hoping to buy so many dozens that you couldn't have walked and saved on your carbon emissions.  But it turns out when you get there it's actually not on sale.  So much for your egg-stravaganza this month. Bad data, bad result.  But there is one thing worse than bad data, and that's manipulated data.

Manipulated data means that someone using that data has altered it to get the outcome they desire. I've been arguing that inflation is going to get much worse than it is. I've also argued that a lot of the price of inflation is hidden by things like size changes in product prices.  Fewer sheets of toilet paper on a roll does not get factored into the price of a dozen rolls of toilet paper.  12 rolls before is 12 rolls now, even if the rolls have been shrunk down to half their former size.  This is how companies hide price increases.  And it aids and abets government's calculation of inflation. It isn't some sort of deliberate co-operative effort, but it is mutually beneficial so no one does anything about it.  The only ones hurt are consumers (aka people).

Here's a great video explaining how it's more prevalent than you might know, and indeed far scarier.  It's worth watching if you want a better understanding of what's happening to us in 2022.

February 27, 2022

Tulsi Gabbard; this is what a rational Democrat sounds like

If I lived in Hawaii, I would still vote for a conservative GOP candidate over a Tulsi Gabbard, but this is a great speech at CPAC this year, and I respect her for making it.  In fact I would not have been upset with her as my representative given that she holds views like this:


She may be a closet Republican in many ways.

Traitors? Definitely liars at least.

 Traitors?  Slanderers?  Despisers of Good?

Sunday verse

 


February 26, 2022

Ask Justin Trudeau how to choke out an opponent with sanctions

Those who think that half-hearted sanctions on Putin over the Ukraine invasion will make a difference, minus removal from the SWIFT system, should ask Justin Trudeau how to do it properly.  Yes, he used goon police forces but the real arm twisting came from cutting off people economically; freezing bank accounts, removing insurance, etc.

Real economic squeezes will make a difference for the Ukraine, not this mamby-pamby BS that Let's Go Brandon is saying will make a difference

Reason's Great Escape

I think there's a certain naivety in this, despite the validity of the sentiment.  Klaus Schwab is not a good guy. Dare I say it, evil.  So this Reason video on a decentralized world and decentralized economies makes a lot of sense.  But there is a naivety in thinking that there is not some sort of conspiracy behind it.  I'm not saying there's some secret cabal guiding all of this, but there is a common socialist/communist vision along with a technocrat vision that drives many of those who are pushing for this.  So it is not a closed door back-room conspiracy but it is a common ideological goal that is driving those who drive this.

There's also a naivety to think think that a Great Escape will overcome the Great Reset. Not without a tremendous amount of push.  Look how they were able to shut down the Freedom Convoy using economic levers.  That's tough to overcome. It will take a herculean effort by millions of people.  Let's work towards that rather than just hoping it will materialize.

February 25, 2022

COMPLETELY Wrong Time for this Let's Go Brandon!

Is it just me or does anyone else find it truly bizarre that during an international crisis in the Ukraine, Let's Go Brandon has a briefing to nominate someone for the Supreme Court for seat that is not yet even vacant.  Not only that, he nominated a radical and fumbled around during the announcement like a bumbling idiot, dropping stuff on the floor.

Wrong time. Wrong message to Russia (it screams "we don't give a damn about the Ukraine"). Wrong focus. Wrong nominee.  This is horrible.

It gets even weirder.

 This is a follow-up or addendum, to this.

WTF is this???

Border Patrol agents leaving the southern border to help in the Ukraine situation.  This cannot be real. America has a military Let's Go Brandon.  How about you use the government assets in every department the way they were intended. If you want to fight the Russians, use the military.  Leave CPB agents to actually manage the porous border.  And while you are at it how about leaving the IRS to just collect taxes rather than as a political tool?

Putin, Ukraine, and Let's Go Brandon

If Putin is suddenly open to peace talks on the Ukraine invasion, maybe he's smarter than Let's Go Brandon.  Scratch that, he's definitely smarter than Let's Go Brandon.  My initial thought was hat Putin would grab a couple of provinces closer to the Russia border and call it a day. He gets a win and Let's Go Brandon can claim his sanctions stopped Putin from going further.  It's a win for Putin and a seeming win for Let's Go Brandon, which is actually another win for Putin.

Remember, president Trump is the only U.S. president during whose term, Putin did not attack some other sovereign country (Chechnya (technically not a sovereign nation, but wanted to be), Georgia, Crimea (in the Ukraine) and now the entire Ukraine).  If Putin can make Let's Go Brandon look good, he could possible get him re-elected and enjoy another four years where he could try to conquer another neighbor, possibly one of the Baltic states.

President Trump, who purportedly praised Putin (actually just his craftiness, it was not praise for his actions), would not have stood for this, and Putin knows it. Putin is evil, and everyone (including Trump) knows it.  But Putin is also crafty. He may settle for less than all of Ukraine, because there are all sorts of other possibilities that would suit him - a puppet regime, a destabilized and weak Ukraine, a Russia land grab of a large swath of the country for example.  What would he have to give up for any of those outcomes, probably nothing more than a cessation of hostilities.  Let's Go Brandon has already proved hostile to the Ukraine, he's not going to negotiate on their behalf fairly. As long as he comes away looking like a peace maker he'd probably be willing to give up 50% of Ukrainian territory. 

Who really wins?  Putin. Let's Go Brandon loses even though he doesn't realize it. Ukraine loses the most.  And Russia probably loses as well as they may end up fomenting an insurgency and more resentment among its neighbors. The only real winner there is Putin.

The other possibility is that Putin takes the entire country. Russia endures growing sanctions and the Russian people pay for Putin's global ambitions.  Let's Go Brandon looks even more feckless than before and ends up ensuring a Trump 2024 victory. Putin is faced with a leader who will stand up to him, and an insurgency that will rival the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  He also will be faced with a flood of countries asking to join NATO and potentially some like Finland and Sweden, being accepted into the club.  That's a loss for Putin in the medium term.  That seems far less likely an option he'd pursue, despite the aggressive actions currently underway. The only way this is his possible strategy is if he believes the West has become so weakened that it will continue to elect weak-willed leaders and everyone will let this stand.

February 24, 2022

Trudeau's effort was not a dry run, it was a failed run

...And that's assuming it actually failed.  First things first, Canada's titular prime minister Justin Trudeau pulled the Emergencies Act, saying it was no longer necessary.  Here's where the failure comes in - this happened less than 48 hours after it passed a partisan parliamentary vote. So why did he cancel it?  The vote needed to be ratified by the senate, and it probably would have failed.  Trudeau probably got wind of that and rather than being humiliated he wanted to act first and look like both the tough guy and the compassionate guy in the same week.  It was not a dry run.  Why would he want it invoked for an indefinite period of time? 

So it was a failure from that perspective.  Here's why it still could be argued as a success. They have incarcerated leaders of the Freedom Convoy.  They were denied bail. They still have mandates in place. And they've sent a message to Canadians - don't you dare question our authority over you or you will be put away and forgotten.  That only becomes a failure if Canadians (and similarly those in other nations) refuse to be frightened by such a blatant abuse of power.

We shall see.

February 23, 2022

The politics behind Freedom Convoy organizer's denied bail

 The judge in the case ran for parliament and is connected to Justin Trudeau. This is not justice.

World laughs at Trudeau, problem is not enough Canadians are laughing

Too many Canadians, at least according to one poll, are okay with Justin Trudeau being a dictator and calling out other dictators. That's because Canadian mainstream media is Trudeau's lapdog.  As a result, far too many Canadians see this, as serious rather than ridiculous:


Many Canadians however recognize what a laughingstock this man is.
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