July 31, 2023

Devin Archer vs. the Let's Go Brandons

Who is Devin Archer, and why does Let's Go Brandon want to take him down? Well, because he's going to tell the truth. This sums it up pretty well.

Why does Devin Archer have nothing to lose?  Here's part of the story:

July 29, 2023

Reversals galore

Republican senator John Kennedy lists the seemingly endless reversals for Judge Karoline Mehalchick, nominee to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. It's both hilarious and sad that she is a nominee with a tract record like this.

July 28, 2023

Rand Paul takes apart Mitt Romney's bad argument on censorship

Mitt Romney almost has a valid argument... until Rand Paul rips it apart, because it's a weak argument:

July 27, 2023

Justin Trudeau's popularity is in trouble

Justin Trudeau's popularity has finally started to show signs of suffering from his fascism and megalomania and incompetence. But sadly, i am not convinced Justin Trudeau's days are numbered quite yet.  He has an agreement with the socialist NDP party to back his party until 2025.  That's a long time off yet. In light of prime minister Justin Trudeau's recent cabinet shuffle, it might seem like he's getting ready for an election.  A cabinet shuffle is supposed to shake up the government and revitalize it.  At least that's it's positioned as for public consumption.  A cabinet shuffle is window dressing for political gain, designed to convince voters you care about their pain/suffering/plight. But it's not always done right before an election.  Not when you have this sort of popularity deficit to contend with:

Ten points is a big gap. Conservatives are gaining at the expense of most of the other big parties at the moment. Because of the vote splits, at 39% there is a solid chance of forming a majority government in Canada and not needing to form a coalition.  That's where conservatives have been trending. Because it's such a big gap, Trudeau needs time to overcome the popularity deficit.  A faux shake-up offers him a chance to do so, but not in short order.  It will take time. And as mentioned above, he has time.  He has a compliant socialist party who want to maintain their grip on their influencer status. So why would Justin Trudeau choose now for a snap election?  It makes no sense politically.

Beyond all that, his Liberal party knows how to game the system to win, even as underdogs. They have done so quite effectively in the past.  They don't need to make up ten points in polling.  they need to make up about five and then effectively running certain candidates in certain districts they can out-maneuver  the other parties and get a disproportionate share of seats.  Look, it's smart politics; as much as I hate it, I can't begrudge them that.

My hope is that as Justin Trudeau uses the cabinet shuffle to shore up support, the Conservative party does not make the same as in the last election, lean on their polling lead, win the popular election but lose the right to govern.  Hopefully they play smarter this time.  Just as in the United States, Canadian conservatives understand common sense and the principles of governing, but seemingly not the principles of winning.

July 26, 2023

America's French Revolution moment

This video has a lot of things in it that are arguably incorrect, but also a lot, a whole lot, of truths.  It argues that America is nearing it's own French Revolution:

Is it inevitable? No, but it does seem to be on the current trajectory.

July 25, 2023

July 24, 2023

Canada, a cautionary tale for America

I know that I have been posting a lot more about Canada lately than normal, especially given that this is a blog about American politics.  But in Canada lies an important cautionary tale for America: DON'T DO THIS.  Two great lessons from Andrew Scheer, the former leader of the Conservative party of Canada: firstly on crazy liberal spending leading to inflation, and secondly on the myth of the carbon tax.

Let me repeat America, DO NOT DO THIS!

Last time: DO NOT DO THIS!

July 23, 2023

July 22, 2023

Ford puts China first

Reliance on China is bad, yet companies, spurred by the next quarterly report are too focused on the idea of cheap, that they ignore common sense, they ignore long term thinking and even ignore the best interest of their country, and shareholders, for the sake of that next annual bonus.  Shameful.  Ford is yet another example.

Until we start incentivising longer term thinking, and incentivising pro-American decisioning, this will continue to happen. This does not just affect the companies making these decisions, after a while they become a national security issue.

July 21, 2023

A spate of horrible economic news

A recession could be coming. No, is coming. But here's the thing, they may have the wrong time frame on this.  A recession is inevitable and the recessionary impact is bound to be big, just when is what I question.

Debunked is it?

Debunked? What else is Let's Go Brandon gonna say except "it's not true"? But the evidence of corruption, scandal and illegal activities is already very powerful and it just keeps compiling.

Kerch Strait bridge attack - bad for Russia?

Strategically, this latest attack on the Kerch Strait bridge is bad news for Russia according to Peter Zeihan:

I know the popular conservative position on Ukraine is now hands off. I understand why. In some measure, I agree.  But Russia is still a belligerent actor, and a geopolitical threat to a stable world. Seeing Russia collapse to a nation incapable of international aggression would be a good thing. While a far more nuanced way to assist would be better and smarter, some manner of support for Ukraine in what appears to have become a war of attrition and logistics is beneficial to America, as well as the civilized world. 

If that comes in the form of intel and perhaps the occasional bridge attack that minimizes risk to American military personnel, it should be a no-brainer.  When you factor in cost of sending equipment, we are in a different conversation.

For starters, the same Let's Go Brandon who wastefully left billions of dollars of equipment in Afghanistan, is the one spending billions here, billions America truly cannot afford. This is where NATO partners could, and should step in to help.  If they don't have the wherewithal to supply equipment themselves, they could purchase equipment from the United States to share with Ukraine.  There are plenty of ways to do it.

Russia is a nation in decline, economically, geopolitically and demographically.  They are lashing out with this Ukraine incursion as part of an effort to stave off that decline. It will not work, but if the aggression goes unchecked they will keep at it as long as they can.

July 20, 2023

Justin Trudeau is ruining Canadian cities

Canada for decades has had basically an open door immigration policy. There has been a rationale behind it; Canada's birth rate is not keeping up with replacement rate requirements. This has been a common problem in industrialized nations (originally Western nations but it has spread, it's an industrial disease). In order to compensate for the problem, Canada has increased immigration levels. Both liberal and conservative governments have either explicitly approved or tacitly allowed it to happen.

Under conservative prime minister Stephen Harper it was reformed to ensure that skilled labor was given a preferential shake at citizenship. Bringing people in with no skill, no common language ability, and with questionable backgrounds makes ZERO sense. I'm looking at you Let's Go Brandon. But even this reform did not stem the tide or put sufficient control in place to manage it.

Now Justin 'blackface' Trudeau is letting people in just because it's the woke thing to do. He may in fact be the King of all Woke (and we all know, woke = ignorant). But it's even worse with Justin Trudeau, his policies are not only bad for demography and the economy; he's making others pay the bill he's running up, quite literally. He's not the only one who contributed to this problem, but he's the worst offender so far.

Toronto's mayor, a socialist, and Ontario provincial premier, a conservative have both demanded Justin Trudeau step up.  That's saying something; across the political spectrum, they see Trudeau as a failure on immigration. He of course won't step up, it's never been in his nature to do the right thing.

Common sense: will it get traction in Canada?

I cannot wait until this man, Pierre Poilievre replaces faux prime minister Justin Trudeau as Canada's leader. Common sense is just really, really good to have in a politician. Here he explains in simple terms, the economics of real estate and rents to ordinary Canadians who have real concerns.

A change is gonna come

This is anecdotal, but probably telling nonetheless:

Southern Poverty Law Center = leftist shill smear machine

John Stossel exposes a media crutch - the Southern Poverty Law Center

July 19, 2023

Bank of Canada bonuses for bad work

I just mentioned that Canada is not in good shape economically. But the Bank of Canada, despite missing a lot of obvious signs along the way (signs people with a modicum of economic knowledge could see coming), was still giving out raises and bonuses. Why?

Canada's economy secretly tanking

Justin Trudeau is Nero, fiddling while Canada burns.  The thing is if you live in Canada, like I do, you already know this, it's no secret.  Things are getting worse, hidden inflation, especially in food prices, is very, very real.  But that's not all - labor (or 'labour' as well spell it in Canada) productivity is falling, and real income is dropping well behind where it should be. 

This, is bad:

July 18, 2023

Let's Go Brandon in serious trouble

The Democrats find themselves in trouble with this slowly coming to the fore. They may yet end up forcing him out during the primaries unless they think they can stifle this long enough to make it through 2024.

Even Canada's natives hate Trudeau

Nope.  Nobody likes you.  Looks good on you.

July 17, 2023

California failure

Peter Zeihan discusses the decline of California. Forget the stupidity of their voters and leaders, it might be beyond their control.

Reporter gets schooled on common sense

Reporters have to ask questions. They need to challenge those being questioned, otherwise they are not doing their job. But when they softball one side and truly challenge the other, they become partisan hacks.  In Canada, a conservative leader, and a grocer, debunk the reporter's assertion that Canada's carbon tax not only doesn't hurt inflation but, laughably, actually helps it.  The reporter cites a study of dubious quality and gets schooled with common sense. 

Truth confronts fiction

FBI director Wray, gets called out on FBI activities by Matt Gaetz:

All of the tropes apply here. Truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction never lies - it reveals the [speaker] totally. And here's my favorite: Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
The FBI has been selling America a fiction of its own choosing, presented as fact. It's high time they get called out for being a vessel of dishonesty rather than truth and justice as was the original intent. The FBI needs to be reformed. If the keepers of the law cannot be honest, there is no hope for the country.

July 16, 2023

July 15, 2023

July 13, 2023

Data doesn't lie, except when it does

This is about something far greater than Francesca Gino, or even academia, but let's start there. Erstwhile Harvard University professor, Francesca Gino, and a highly touted one at that, who has some very impressive research papers under her belt, that turns out, have probably been faked.  Pete Judo on YouTube breaks down the details in his video Academia is broken (below).  

"Follow the science", "data doesn't lie", "the (climate change) debate is over", "elections aren't tampered with", "take the vaccine". All of that comes into question - if you can't trust the data, you can't trust the science; garbage in, garbage out.  The implications of dishonesty in academia go well beyond academia.  This one specific example helps lie waste to the whole notion of Trust Us.  

Dr. Fauci was probably lying, very often during COVID. Even if he wasn't, everything should be questioned anyway. Trust the science is a bogus notion anyway; the premise of science is to question everything, even your own results.

Academia is broken far beyond just Francesca Gino.  Regardless of whether there is a lot more fake data out there (and there no doubt is), the problem is a rotting system that demands and rewards startling results.  That's an environment that attracts and/or promotes charlatans. It's an environment that invites liars and provides a breeding ground for half-truths (like socialism). 

It doesn't get better; academia will of course fix the specific problems - the ones that get caught.  But it is under no pressure to reform itself.  It's typically subsidized by those who seek the outcomes often only falsehoods can provide.

Of course the same is true of big government; lead with the result you want and find or fabricate data to justify it.  I'm looking at you climate change. And unemployment statistics. Going after president Trump incessantly for made up crimes while ignoring the real ones made by those you embrace. 

It spreads out even to businesses like Anheuser Busch. Lead with the social governance inclusivity crap and then justify it afterwards. Lie about your intentions. Lying after the fact is just fine, it'll be great.

And now trust is gone.  Our trust as a society has been abused and now it's gone.  If it doesn't get fixed soon, Western society will crumble. Socialists wringing their hands with glee at that prospect should think twice.  Without liberty and justice for all, the world will plummet into another dark age, rife with crime, fascist dictatorial fiefdoms, and the slow but incessant decay of modern technology and industry.  In other words humanity will be set back by centuries.

We will have ourselves to blame for our complacency in not combatting this devolution.  We allowed our children to go to school to be brainwashed into groupthink. We ignored the problems in government at our own peril.  We trusted.  We were wrong.  Ronald Reagan warned us in a broader sense than just with regards to the Soviet Union when he said "trust, but verify".

July 12, 2023

Peter Zeihan's take on hypersonic missiles

Hypersonic missiles are not "all that" according to Peter Zeihan. At least for Russia and China.

July 11, 2023

Canada is not full of rabid socialists

Alberta's premier Smith proves common sense exists north of the border too.  Canada has a lot of rabid socialists, but it's not 100% of the country. In fact, there are a lot of common sense Canadians.

My inner dialogue on Let's Go Brandon's verbal gaffes

A thought occurs to me about Democrats needing to put a gag order on Let's Go Brandon.  From the perspective of the 2024 election, the more he speaks the more likely he is to lose the election. So the question for me becomes, how badly will he hurt national security if he's allowed to spew stream of semi-consciousness 'thoughts' versus how badly will he hurt the country if he gets re-elected.

There's no easy answer to that question, but I'm leaning more towards the notion that the damage from four more years of this buffoon are far greater than the occasional accurate slip of the tongue advising enemies of America's real status (like being low on ammunition). So maybe it's better for America to risk him spilling the beans from time to time than shutting him up.  The more he speaks the more he hurts his chances for re-election, and that's a good thing. 

July 10, 2023

Okay, on this I now agree with Democrats

Keep Let's Go Brandon in the basement, don't let him campaign, don't let him talk to reporters, don't let him answer questions, and shut off his microphone if he starts jabbering away incoherently because you never know what he's going to let slip out.

Democrats obviously want that because they don't want Americans seeing their 'leader' is an addle-minded fool. But when he starts spilling state-secrets for the world to hear, well, something's gotta be done.

Brutal.  Keep him quiet.

The woke matrix deconstructed brilliantly: MUST SEE!

In one brilliant lecture by Michael Shellenberger, all the woke B.S. gets wrecked. It's brilliant:

July 9, 2023

Two proposals for America

As a non-American (I'm Canadian, and it used to be a good second choice to America), it boggles my mind how an American could not appreciate how great America is (or at least, can be).  Bill Whittle tackles that in the first of two modest proposals he discusses in the video below.

Sunday verse


July 8, 2023

Has the Netherlands blown it?

An overnight coalition collapse and the Netherlands is facing an election, after it's longest serving prime minister could not come to a four party coalition agreement on a tougher immigration policy.

July 7, 2023

COVID redux

I haven't posted in a couple of days, I've been sick with COVID. It's my third time catching it and just like the last two times it seems like a really bad day or two and then the rest is like a bad cold.  Full disclosure, I never got any COVID shots.  But people in my family who did get shots, have also gotten it 2 or 3 times.  I haven't seen any difference in duration or severity between us.

Anyway, I should be back to regular posting some time this weekend.

July 5, 2023

This is not news to us

Democrats and the media have been colluding for decades. The media is part of the left's arsenal. Big tech is also a (newer) part of the left's arsenal. So this story comes as no shock to anyone with even a modest level of true political awareness:

It's not news, it's reality.

July 4, 2023

July 3, 2023

Funny? No.

I thought this was going to be funny.  Nope. Not funny. It's an indictment.

July 2, 2023

July 1, 2023

Happy Canada Day

To my Canadian readers, have a happy Canada Day! 

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