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:

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