February 21, 2024

February 20, 2024

How Freedom Dies: Orwellian dystopia

This is not without an abundance of truth, despite Orwell's disdain for capitalism and admiration for collectivism and socialism.

February 19, 2024

San Francisco self-inflicted blowback

Earlier, I shared the truckers for Trump blowback in light of New York's ridiculous court ruling against Donald Trump. San Francisco meanwhile has experienced some self-inflicted blowback thanks to their liberal self-righteous indignant boycott of - get this - 30 states, over various far left issues.  They finally realized how dumb it was:

Truckers for Trump blowback

Truckers for Trump refusing to drive to New York, is as simple as the Bud Light boycott; they do something stupid, make them pay for it.

February 18, 2024

February 17, 2024

President Trump fined $350 million by Judge Arthur Engoron

This will obviously be appealed, but that a court could come to this ridiculous conclusion is obviously political and a sign of incredible corruption.

February 16, 2024

February 14, 2024

Yahoo doesn't like Mayorkas impeachment

Watch Yahoo News (aka Pravda) go a longm long way out of it's way to paint this impeachment as ridiculous (emphasis added):

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, with the Republican majority determined to punish the Biden administration over its handling of the U.S-Mexico border after failing last week in a politically embarrassing setback.
The evening roll call proved tight, with Speaker Mike Johnson’s threadbare GOP majority unable to handle many defectors or absences in the face of staunch Democratic opposition to impeaching Mayorkas, the first Cabinet secretary charged in nearly 150 years.
In a historic rebuke, the House impeached Mayorkas 214-213. With the return of Majority Leader Steve Scalise to bolster the GOP's numbers after being away from Washington for cancer care and a Northeastern storm impacting some others, Republicans recouped — despite dissent from their own ranks.

President Joe Biden called it a "blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games.”

The charges against Mayorkas next go to the Senate for a trial, but neither Democratic nor even some Republican senators have shown interest in the matter and it may be indefinitely shelved to a committee. The Senate is expected to receive the articles of impeachment from the House after returning to session Feb. 26.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the case against Mayorkas a “sham impeachment” and a "new low for House Republicans.”

In a frantic scene of vote-tallying on the House floor, the GOP effort to impeach Mayorkas over his handling of the southern border took on an air of political desperation as Republicans struggle to make good on their priorities.

Could it honestly get any more one-sided? They certainly covered the sham Trump impeachments in very different language despite them both being clearly "sham impeachments". It's par for the course in leftist media but it has become so blatant and insufferable that it merits pointing out.

 

One more reason eating bugs is a bad idea

As if you need another reason

There are already plenty of reasons eating bugs is a bad idea. Set aside the fact that it is gross and unappetizing, set aside the cleanliness and safety factors, set aside the need to completely reorient farming methods, set aside the potential unknown changes in greenhouse gases by massively scaling up bug farming. Assume all those issues can be overcome, what are you left with?   The health factors.

Dr. Berg explains:

February 13, 2024

Mitt Romney really is this out of touch

I totally get that Russia is a bad actor on the world stage and should be opposed. But at all costs? But is it really this important?


To think this guy (Mitt Romney) came this close to the presidency (and by this close I mean about millions of votes short, so not close at all)...

Is it more important than border security at home?  Is it more important than admitting he was wrong about impeaching president Trump? N.O. it's not.

February 12, 2024

Let's Go Brandon's unemployment rate is actually terrible

Earlier today I opined on Let's Go Brandon's bizarre shooting himself on the foot on inflation.  Here's another take on recent 'wonderful economic news'.  Lifelong Democrat Jimmy Dore (who seems more libertarian than anything else at this point), has been waking up for quite some time now on how bad the Democrats are.

In this video he has his eyes opened on how bad employment actually is, compared to what we are being told.  The whole video is eye opening but if you want the most meat, skip ahead to 7:22.

Are these people TRYING to lose the election?

What the heck is this weirdness from Let's Go Brandon on X, right after the SuperBowl?

Let's Go Brandon makes the case against himself

Watch this clip and see Let's Go Brandon talk about hidden inflation.  He's been bragging about inflation beng down on his watch, while I and many others have been arguing that it's being hidden. It's not a Democrat plot, it's a way companies try to hide rising prices and maintain sales. But the bigger point is that it happens during periods of rising prices - inflation.  If inflation is down Brandon, why are you making a video talking about hidden inflation?  I know your team is looking for something to spark voters to rally behind you, but this is not it.  You are arguing against your own supposed 'success'.

You are talking about inflation through subtraction.  It's real and has been since before you supposedly beat inflation. But it's worse in times like these. And it's not the fault of the companies you intend to make the boogeyman in this scenario.  It's your disregard for fiscal and monetary prudence that has caused all of this. And politically, it's not going to make a lick of difference for you either.

February 11, 2024

February 10, 2024

February 9, 2024

Let's Go Brandon lies again (or is senile)

The actual takeaway from this is that Let's Go Brandon getting off on having classified information in his home exonerates president Trump from the same charges. Nevertheless, there is still something to be said about his continuous lies or senility based on how he handled the press conference once they let him out of the basement to talk:

February 8, 2024

Vote fraud is real

It has happened in New Jersey, so why do Democrats pretend it's not a thing?

February 7, 2024

If there was ever a sign Nikki Haley, this was it

Losing to none of the above (technically None of these Candidates") has got to sting:


Now might be the time to drop out of the race.

February 6, 2024

No surprise from the D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Trump’s claim that he cannot be prosecuted because the allegations relate to his official responsibilities as president. So...not surprising because it's the D.C. Circuit. The circuit court has 6 judges appointed by Obama, 4 appointed by Trump and 3 appointed by Let's Go Brandon. No surprise the panel broke the way it did.

This will be appealed to the Supreme Court.  Regardless, the prosecutions are all going to come up empty anyway.  The mainstream media will no doubt be titillated by this ruling though.  Then again, Obama can be charged now 😉

Let this guy run, please.

Just, wow.

February 5, 2024

Let's Go Brandon skipping Superbowl interview

Is anyone surprised that they are keeping Let's Go Brandon off the biggest stage in America? Really? CNN tries to come to the Let's Go Brandon's rescue with this utter fluff: 

(CNN) — President Joe Biden will skip a pre-Super Bowl interview for the second year in a row — and his aides argue that it’s part of their larger plan, not a move to avoid having the president answer questions in front of the whole country.

Biden advisers tell CNN they see skipping the interview, which would have aired as a segment of the pregame show and not during peak viewing hours on the CBS broadcast, as a strategic decision to give Americans a break from the politics of the 2024 campaign. Advisers say they’re seeing people already expressing fatigue with election news and want to avoid piling on.

The decision was made ahead of last week’s right-wing media explosion about Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, tight end Travis Kelce, after he and the Kansas City Chiefs made it to the Super Bowl, where they’ll face the San Francisco 49ers. MAGA media personalities have been circulating conspiracy theories about the pop superstar, promoting the notion that she is part of a sprawling psychological operations plot staged by the NFL and Democratic Party to deliver the 2024 presidential election to Biden.

The pregame presidential interview is a relatively young tradition, stretching back only to Barack Obama’s first year in office, and one that Donald Trump skipped once himself. But for Biden, who for months has been complaining in public and in conversations with top advisers that messaging touting his achievements isn’t breaking through to the public, the decision means skipping out on an audience of millions — including many who might not otherwise be paying attention to presidential politics.

This needs to be broken down paragraph by paragraph.  In paragraph one, we get the kernel of truth; "it’s part of their larger plan, not a move to avoid having the president answer questions in front of the whole country." No one is doubting that.  The question is why would they avoid that opportunity.  If Let's Go Brandon is getting his butt handed to him in the polling right now (and he is), why not try to turn it around on the biggest stage available? This is a huged missed opportunity. Are hus team running scared?  And if so, is it Brandon they are scared about?

 In paragraph two, we get the excuse: "a strategic decision to give Americans a break from the politics of the 2024 campaign." Since when have Democrats avoided stuffing their political agenda down the throats of Americans?  Never. These are the same team members who gave us a Let's Go Brandon speech about "ultra-maga". Nope, that is the flimsiest excuse imaginable.  They would be lent more credence if they said that Let's Go Brandon was suffering from political fatigue.  That would have spun up an entirely new set of problems.  My guess is that they are hoping the proffered excuse is accepted by their die hard supporters. 

In paragraph three CNN picks up the mantle of the narrative and moves on diversion and distraction. "The decision was made ahead of last week’s right-wing media explosion about Taylor Swift...MAGA media personalities have been circulating conspiracy theories about the pop superstar, promoting the notion that she is part of a sprawling psychological operations plot staged by the NFL and Democratic Party to deliver the 2024 presidential election to Biden." Can you say off topic?  That is a 'look over here' attempt to distract readers from the truth and it rings hollow.  Firstly, there were only a few people on the right buying into that narrative.  Secondly, no one believes CNN on conspiracy theories; they ran with the Russia hoax, the Ukraine hoax, the January 6th hoax and the COVID Wuhan lab origination was a conspiracy theory hoax. Thirdly, so what if some people believe that Taylor Swift stuff?  What does it have to do with Let's Go Brandon going back to his 2020 campaign strategy of hiding in his basement?

In paragraph four we get another excuse before circling back to the undeniable truth.  The excuse is in two parts. "The pregame presidential interview is a relatively young tradition, stretching back only to Barack Obama’s first year in office, and one that Donald Trump skipped once himself." One, it's a new tradition, no big deal if he skips it. Two, Trump skipped it once too you know. Inevitably they thing collapses back in on itself as CNN acknowledges the underlying truth "for months has been complaining in public and in conversations with top advisers that messaging touting his achievements isn’t breaking through to the public, the decision means skipping out on an audience of millions." Yep, there's that. And that's the real insight. Let's Go Brandon needs to do this right now, and he's not going to do so.

That says a lot.

Kristen Welker doesn't get it

In a post on X (aka Twitter), Meet The Press host takes a look at how strongly president Trump is leading Let's Go Brandon, and is shocked, SHOCKED that "the economy is so striking" and Americans aren't giving Let's Go Brandon credit for that.  She doesn't realize two things, which I'll explain below.


Here's what Kristen Welker just doesn't get:
  1. The economy isn't actually doing that great, and despite the numbers looking good, people can feel the truth.
  2. People realize that what they are being told,doesn't align with what they can feel or sense on their own.  They are waking up to the fact that people like herself can lie to them, but so can that the stats being published .  The stats can be manipulated, or even changed before being published.  I've personally shared dozens of examples of that. So not only do people not believe her narrative, they no longer trust the numbers
She thinks her and her ilk own the narrative, but that's just not possible when you've lost the plot.

February 4, 2024

The Nikki Haley rundown

In case you missed it, from the latest astroturfing in the video below, skip ahead to 4:46 if you haven't been paying attention to her campaign flip flops (or outright lies).

She got played

Despite the media gaslighting America, the light goes on that Trump is not the bad guy:

Latest polls shifting? Fear not.

Recently there's been a spate of polls showing Let's Go Brandon improving versus president Trump.  These recent polls all have a leftward tilt associated with their pollsters. As a premise to count undocumented harvested ballots, it's a great way to lay the groundwork for cheating. The narrative Let's Go Brandon has been surging of late, does make a great story for the left.

Honestly, I'm fine with the narrative because it keeps Let's Go Brandon on the ballot in place of sinister Gavin Newsom.  Short of the premise for cheating, it only serves as a salve for wounded lefty hearts.   The reason not to worry at this point is simple - what has been different that has caused Let's Go Brandon to dramatically surge to within striking distance of Trump?

I'll give you a few minutes to ponder that and realize the answer is "absolutely nothing".  So no reason for a surge, ergo no real surge. Sure polls will shift, they can even change direction.  But this makes zero sense.  And then there are the state polls.

Here's why you don't need to worry just yet, according to Red Eagle Politics:

Sunday verse

 


February 2, 2024

Groundhog Day thoughts

Ah Groundhog Day, the day Let's Go Brandon emerges from his basement and upon seeing his shadow and realizing it is not some unsuspecting woman, commits a quick verbal gaffe, and quickly retreats into his lair.  Thankfully, it's not the Bill Murray version of Groundhog Day where we have to relive the same day with the same president over and over again forever.

February 1, 2024

Fetterman sanity, literally and figuratively, out of left field

I know I didn't see this coming out of left field. John Fetterman showing some lucidity on border security and illegal immigration. Wow! I wonder if he will be voting for Trump this year.

January 31, 2024

Apologize to Christopher Columbus?

There were atrocities, yes, but not by Christopher Columbus himself. He was actually a good guy. What modern teachers are likely teaching children is downright agenda-driven, drivel.  Here's why:

Trumped up charges

Mark Dice on the farcical Trump lawsuit results and how Nikki Haley and the Democrat run media are approaching it:

Snoop Dogg for Trump?!?

 Weird? Yes.  Makes sense? Yeah.

January 30, 2024

U.S.A. vs. Texas: Why Gov. Abbott really matters

There appears to be, pardon the pun, a Mexican standoff between Texas and the federal government of the United States. First, a quick background via the BBC:

Republican governors in half of the US have backed Texas in an intensifying standoff with the federal government over illegal immigration.
The Supreme Court ruled this week against Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has strung razor wire along miles of the frontier with Mexico.
But the Republican has vowed to add more razor wire to crack down on what he calls an invasion.
A record 300,000-plus illegal migrants crossed the border in December alone.
On Thursday, 25 Republican governors released a joint statement of solidarity with Mr Abbott for "stepping up to protect American citizens from historic levels of illegal immigrants, deadly drugs like fentanyl, and terrorists entering our country".

It is important to note, and to their credit the BBC article does make note of it, what Abbott  is doing technically does not violate the Supreme Court decision.  The decision permits the federal government to remove the wire, it does not restrict Texas from putting up more wire. This is why states and members of congress alike are able to stand with Texas and Abbott on this issue.


Texas Governor Abbott has been the prime catalyst in the immigration debate over the last year. Yes, it was the very foundation of Donald Trump's presidential run. But over the past 12 months, it's been Abbott who has moved the needle on the issue. Not only has he tried to create a border wall, he has gotten the issue all the way to the Supreme Court which deftly, and I think rightly, did not put any restrictions on either party.  The reason I say that is because taking away national security as a first-and-foremost federal jurisdiction is a bad idea. The only reason it became an issue at all is because the current administration (among others, granted) has completely abandon its responsibility on the issue to the point of absurdity. 

Getting back to Abbott, there's still more that he's done that I don't think has been talked about enough.  I believe Abbott may end up being the single biggest contributor to Donald Trump's reelection effort because of one thing.  Abbott's decision to ship illegal immigrants from Texas to sanctuary cities has completely flipped the narrative on immigration among constituencies there that had been reliably Democratic voters heretofore. African Americans in Chicago and New York City are not happy with the massive influx of illegal immigrants. No one in those cities can remain optimistic about their own stance on illegal immigration.  These cities as sanctuaries never had to shoulder the responsibilities of their choices.  Now they do and it's a mess.

Democrat voters in these situations might vote for Trump or they might just not vote at all.  Either way it helps Trump, a lot.  Beyond those cities the optics of leftist mayors imploring Let's Go Brandon for help on the news cycle repeatedly matters just as much.  It's going to be a Trump was right on immigration epiphany for many.

My only hope is that he selects more swing state target cities for bussing these illegal immigrants.  It seems to have not backfired in terms of public opinion objectives for Republicans .where they have been bussed.  So why not expand the operation? Strategically, I think it's been pure genius.  Obviously you cannot send the migrants to places that do not claim to be a sanctuary city.  But other political opportunities exist; New Jersey, California, and Washington. Colorado, Maryland, Vermont, and Connecticut are all sanctuary states. Of those Democrat-voting states, which is most likely to flip Republican after being inundated with illegal immigrants they claim to embrace but simply cannot afford to have? Make that your next destination for these buses.

This not unimportantly also helps Abbott if he wants to run for president in 2028.  He is leading an effort now that has been embraced by many, and he is leading on many fronts as we have seen.  He would immediately become a front-running contender in the 2028 race. He bypasses both Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy as the leading candidate barring either ending up being the Trump VP selection.  I'm not suggesting I would prefer Abbott over Ramaswamy, but I would not be opposed to him being the GOP nominee for president in 2028.

Despite all that, I do not believe Abbott is taking these actions primarily for the advancement of his own political career.  I believe he is doing it primarily for the survival of Texas, secondarily because he believes illegal immigration is a truly salient issue for all of America.  The potential benefit to his own future in politics is simply a welcome byproduct for him.

As if on cue, senility rears its ugly head.

I just finished posting on Let's Go Brandon's mental acuity, and here he goes talking about president Trump as if it were 2020:


Of course on cue may be a stretch, since this guy makes mental errors "on the daily" as they say nowadays.

The uh, most, uh, senile president ever

Let's Go Brandon's age is a problem.  Donald Trump's age is not. Here's why.

According to History

Joe Biden was 78 when he took the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States in January 2021. This earned him the spot as the oldest president in U.S. history.

In my previous post, in the video clip at about clip 2:42, there's yet another example, among countless examples now, of a man who requires mental health care, not someone who is of presidential quality.  It's not his only problem as a leader, but by far it's it's most compromising - even bigger than his corruption at this point. Rational thought is imperative in his role, and it's lacking in abundance.

Compare that, or any clip of his frighteningly incoherent babblings, to this recent Donald Trump speech, over an hour and twenty minutes long. There's no comparison in terms of mental acuity.

When Donald Trump wins the election and takes office he will be roughly the same age as Let's Go Brandon was when he took office in 2021. But even when Let's Go Brandon took office, there were signs of cognitive effeteness.  Check out these 2021 gaffes:


There is truly no comparison of the cognitive ability between the two men.  And it's not like there aren't other examples of better cognitive ability than Let's Go Brandon.  Remember how the Democrats always said president Reagan was senile?  He was robust as president, despite being the second oldest man to ever when he left office.

According to that same History article:
Born February 6, 1911, the nation’s 40th president was 77 years and 349 days old at the completion of his second term in January 1989. While campaigning in 1980, Reagan tried to put to rest questions about his age by pledging that he would resign if the White House physician ever detected signs of mental deterioration.
Once in office, Reagan proved to be remarkably resilient, and survived an assassination attempt in 1981, as well as surgery in 1985 to remove a cancerous polyp in his large intestine. Reagan always seemed the picture of robust health, in part because he exercised regularly with weights and enjoyed horseback riding and performing manual labor at his ranch in California. Reagan was able to brush aside concerns about age with humor, once joking during a 1984 debate that “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

Here's the great Ronald Reagan giving a  farewell speech to his staff, cognitive still, clearly:

 

The problem is Let's Go Brandon's mental acuity, whether it's due to age is irrelevant.  Other presidents have been mentally alert during their tenures. Don't get me wrong, I want Let's Go Brandon to be the Democrats' nominee, not some parachuted in last minute replacement. He deserves the drubbing he will get from it.  More importantly the disaffected Democrat voters might be far more forgiving of an unknown commodity like the evil Gavin Newsom than of Let's Go Brandon, and president Trump might not win.  I don't know, maybe it's too late to matter at this point.  Aside from the mail in vote scams, it's getting harder and harder to see Trump losing.  I just hope in saying that, I'm not being as stupid as this guy:

Haley paints Trump as the establishment

The Hill shares a video on two stories, first Nikki Haley claiming, laughably, that Donald Trump is a puppet of the establishment elite.  The same elite who are resoundingly against him.  Makes sense.  It's the weirdest play for Trump voters imaginable.

The new segment goes on to talk about about Let's Go Brandon's age issue (more on that in my next post):

January 29, 2024

Glenn Greenwald: Trump killed the Ukraine bill

This was going to be a straight pass-through of Glenn Greenwald's take on Trump being responsible for congress not passing the bill to use $60B for Ukraine. But I want to add a few thoughts of my own before sharing Greenwald's take.

My take on Ukraine support is this; Russia needs to be stopped.  More precisely, Putin needs to be stopped. BUT, not at all costs. And I'm certainly not in favor of unfettered money being spent on Ukraine when America is facing a border crisis of massive proportions and nothing is being done about that. America is struggling with a debt crisis and nothing is being done about that.  America is facing hidden inflation, a looming recession and nothing seems to be being done about those things either.

There are smarter ways to deal with Putin's imperialism. NATO should contribute more. Europe is far more at risk than America, and should be shouldering the brunt of the cost and effort.  Then there are the banking systems that can be used to  choke Russian access to international markets (as opposed to targeted mini-embargos).  

As for Congress, why meekly submit to an agreement without some pushback? Make Let's Go Brandon back off Texas. Demand border wall funding and construction timetables that, if not adhered to, stop the funds to Ukraine.  That, as a bare minimum.  Add 20 other demands. Negotiate from a point of strength.  This all seems so obvious.  At least Congress was smart enough to say no.  It's a start.

January 28, 2024

They got their headline

It's all they wanted really, not truth, just headlines that they believe will damage Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election. It doesn't matter that there will be an appeal that president Trump stands a good chance of winning. If he raped her, why was there no criminal trial? Why is the civil trial aligned with the 2024 election? Election interference maybe?


The left have their narrative, it's all they wanted. They don't even care if he beats it later.  In fact they probably won't even report it if he does. For now, he's more damaged in their eyes and less likely to win an election.

Sunday verse

 


January 27, 2024

Texas vs Let's Go Brandon

It's on, and not in a courtroom:

January 26, 2024

So funny that it's not funny

The look on the guy's face says it all perfectly.

The judge is on thin ice

A judge threatening a lawyer with jail time, in a civil trial with flimsy reasons is not a real judge.

January 25, 2024

Sometimes the conspiracy theories turn out to be true

I'm not a conspiracy theory type of guy, but in this case, Kari Lake has reason to feel vindicated.

January 24, 2024

GOP 2024 delegate futures

 


President Trump is going to go into Nevada next and take all 26 delegates. You read that right.  Thanks to weird rules in Nevada where they are holding a primary and a caucus, Trump is not on the primary ballot, and Haley is not on the caucus ballot. The GOP is counting the caucus results for the delegates. That will put Trump at 58, and Haley at 17.

I'm willing to bet she uses that to paint the GOP as being stacked against her, that she's the outsider. That's rich.  Only the donor class and Democrats want to see her win the nomination.

After Nevada comes South Carolina. Nikki Haley's home state. She's going to get trounced there. There are 50 delegates up for grabs and with a 30 point lead as of this writing, I'd expect Trump to take at least 35 of the 50 delegates, probably more. Assuming he wins 35/50, that would put the delegate total at Trump 93, Haley at 32.

Sure, at that point it's still early and she can make the argument that she's still got a fighting chance. But the symbolic nature of losing your home state cannot be overlooked.  

Hot on the heels of South Carolina is Michigan's primary, where Trump leads Haley by 34% in the latest poll (I could find, as of this writing). Of the 55 delegates, 39 will be allocated by caucus (about  a week after the primary) and the remainder based on the results of the primary. Given the polling lead, I'd expect Trump to get another 40 delegates from Michigan.  The one caveat I'd throw at that is that Michigan has an open primary. There could be a lot of Democrat cross-contamination. And while Haley would definitely benefit from that in terms of pure numbers, it severely damages her brand.

At that point his lead would be widened to 133 delegates versus 47 for Haley. The absolute margin is not huge, given that 1215 delegates are needed to win the nomination. But having lost her own state by this point and clearly with only about of a quarter of the delegates won (between her and Trump), justifying staying in the race until Super Tuesday, is a really tough sell. She's damaging her brand, not Trump's. Unless that's her secret goal, and we know it's not, then she has to be just selling out to the donor class for some sort of payoff down the road.

In the other scenario, where there's a lot of crossover Democrats voting for Haley, Trump still is likely to get at least 30 of the caucus delegates and half of the primary delegates. That would put him at 38 delegates in Michigan rather than my already conservative estimate of 40.  The outcome is relatively unchanged.

There's no point in looking into Idaho, Missouri, D.C. and North Dakota primaries which all happen before the 16 Super Tuesday states (not at this point; a lot can happen between now and then). The results of those states are likely to mirror their predecessors.

Nikki Haley has no path to victory. After 5 races, she'll have 5 second place finishes, some of them she'll be a distant second.  After 9 races she'll have 8 or 9 second place finishes. Washington D.C. may prefer her to Trump, so what? If this were a boxing match, the doctor would have stopped the fight long before the 9th round. 

Nikki Haley astroturfers

We knew it would happen.  Nikki Haley is rapidly becoming tangibly, visibly persona non grata among conservatives and Republicans. Not so for Democrats - they love her, for now at least.

January 23, 2024

Let's Go Brandon might lose New Hampshire

Forget Trump vs. Haley, here's the real story - Let's Go Brandon cannot give New Hampshire the time of day because, well, he's a stopped clock and he doesn't know the time of day.

Don't take my coffee!

More stupidity from the WEF; they're coming for our coffee next.

January 22, 2024

Nikki Haley's absurd rationale to stay in the race.

Tomorrow is the 2024 New Hampshire primary. Ron DeSantis has dropped out of the race, and Nikki Haley is getting the two person race she wanted. I'm not sure why she wants it though. When Vivek Ramaswamy dropped out he endorsed president Trump.  Now that Ron DeSantis has dropped out, he has done the same, and it appears, his supporters are buying into that idea. In South Carolina as governor, she appointed Tim Scott to the senate to fill a vacant seat. When Tim Scott left the race, he too endorsed president Trump.

And even without the effects of the latest endorsement by DeSantis, Trump already had a huge lead over Nikki Haley in the state that is supposed to make her candidacy viable.  Via RCP:


In fact, in the Trump vs. Haley head-to-head polls, Trump overperforms his average from the other polls with DeSantis still in the race.  Despite all of the Democrat backing, despite the establishment backing, Haley is going to lose. Trump has the momentum.  What happens if Haley has a semi-decent showing in New Hampshire, a respectable second place? The next primary is Nevada.  Trump is ahead by 60 points - over DeSantis.  Haley doesn't even rate in the polling there. There is no blip on the radar at all for her. Then what? South Carolina, where Trump has a 30+ point lead over Haley.  Where is her path?

Following that, in Michigan, the Trump lead over (again DeSantis) is almost 50 points. Haley at least rates third. 

Her chances of winning, are nil. Zero. Her inconsistency is astounding.  Her support in New Hampshire is pure astroturf. Her only chance to win is by gaming the system in the state. She cannot win the nomination, even if she comes close in New Hampshire. The net effect of her staying in the race only helps Democrats.  

Or maybe not. Because on-going primaries help keep Trump's name in the media, so it's not all bad. In fact, it might actually benefit Trump - much to the chagrin of both establishment Republicans and Democrats in toto.

Her rationale to stay in the race, on the surface, is absurd. Unless, she is simply an establishment and/or Democratic stooge, intent on damaging Trump. Republican voters will not support her positions, many of which align with Democrat positions. I don't think she'll drop out any time soon, and that will simply prove that her motivation is not to beat Trump but to hurt him.  If she does drop out, I will be surprised. But I will be even more surprised if after doing so, she endorses the frontrunner. It's not why she's in this race.

Flipped

January 21, 2024

Oh, Wow! DeSantis out?!?

Ron DeSantis has dropped out and endorses president Trump!

Sunday verse

 


January 20, 2024

Tim Scott endorses Trump, Nikki Haley affected most

Mark Dice explains why a Tim Scott endorsement of president Trump matters most to Nikki Haley:

Is Zeihan wrong on Russia?

Peter Zeihan has been predicting a Russian collapse for some time.  He's predicting the same for China, for that matter.  But is he right? Here's an alternate view.  My personal belief is that in the long run, demographically there's no way Peter Zeihan isn't correct, barring some miraculous changes in birth rates. It's likely the truth is somewhere in between these two opposing views, at least in the short to medium term.  

January 19, 2024

Nikki Haley for VP?

The argument by Kayleigh McEnany is valid, but...no.  Trump knows going into the election where she really stands. He will not knowingly be encumbered by a non-team-player in his second administration. Nikki Haley is a neo-con establishment persona all the way.  She's admitted she was inspired by Hillary Clinton.  Even if that was merely a ploy to attract more moderate voters to her presidential run, it's really bad optics and enough to turn off the GOP party faithful. Trump knows this.

Megyn Kelly shares her thoughts on how it might be possible. It's a convincing argument. But...no. Probably. Hopefully?

Vivek slam dunks 7-11

Vivek Ramaswamy has a sense of humor, and nails his response to this post. Wait for it:

Miss America, competent, not crazy, and actually female

Maybe the Miss America pageant has figured out that a transgender person is not the best idea for pageant winner if they want ratings to stay out of the basement.  No slight intended against the winner previous winner.

This is more along the lines of what people expect from the pageant:

More non-crazy talk at Davos

I mentioned yesterday it's not all craziness at the WEF gathering in Davos.  Besides, Javier Milei's speech, others stood up to the anti-freedom of the socialists in charge of the World Economic Forum.  Heritage Foundation president Dr. Kevin Roberts also let them know how most Americans feel about their freedoms.

January 18, 2024

It's not ALL craziness at the WEF meeting in Davos

Despite the constant barrage of lunacy, there is also a glimmer of common sense in the form of Javier Milei coming out of the WEF meeting in Davos.

Craziness at the WEF

Weird idiocy is always on the list for the World Economic Forum (WEF).  Here are just two examples. 

Ecocide? (warning, language at the end)


Disease X, plus ??? (warning, language at the end)


These are the same people who want to make all your decisions for you and have you be happy about it.

January 17, 2024

Vivek for VP

Is this the Dream Team? It could be. The endorsement speech for Trump from Vivek is great and highly aligned with the MAGA messaging. I believe that Vivek is in no small part, setting himself up for a run in 2028.  But I don't believe he has nefarious motivations behind his words; he seems to be authentic in his love for America and in his endorsement of president Trump.

January 16, 2024

Digesting Iowa Republican caucus results

The big surprise of the 2024 Republican Iowa caucuses was not the margin of Trump's victory or that he won massively, it was that Ron DeSantis came in second.  Pollsters were pointing to a Nikki Haley second place finish. She came third, despite the polls indicating she would run second, and despite the establishment push for her. Vivek Ramaswamy ran fourth as expected, but he did so in a classy way, and bowed out afterward the results were clear, quickly throwing his endorsement behind president Trump.

Most of Vivek's support will likely flow to Trump, though truthfully he really needs no help. It should allow him to run up the score, and it's smart that it comes pre New Hampshire. Trump is leading Nikki Haley there by roughly 14 points according RCP. Vivek's 5 points in that state could allow Trump some additional buffer.

President Trump was uncharacteristically magnanimous in victory, complimenting his primary rivals.  It's of course much easier to be gracious when you have an almost certain lock on the nomination. But that probably helps his candidacy.  His post caucus speech sounded very much like someone wanting the country to come together. It certainly will help him when he wraps up the nomination, to bring the Republican party together. And it will definitely help him in the general election, since the Democrats and media are prepared only for the belligerent version of Trump. It will make Let's Go Brandon look all the more bitter by comparison. At least it will help until the left catches on.  Luckily they don't tend to catch on quickly. It's a smart strategy for Trump.

Ron DeSantis, by coming second, will remain in the race. Even if he knows he cannot win (which may or may not be the actual case), he cannot drop out after a surprise second place finish when he was expected to come third.  It looks bad for his 2028 run if he folds so quickly. DeSantis staying in the race hurts Haley more than Trump. The anti-Trump vote split into two candidates helps Trump possibly even more than a Trump blowout in Iowa. If Trump gets a double digit lead in New Hampshire, going into South Carolina he is expected to blow out everyone again, it could be over that early. That's optimistic but the longer DeSantis stays in the race, the worse the chance become for Nikki Haley, the establishment uni-party darling. 

January 15, 2024

Iowa caucuses tomorrow - my take

If you are in Iowa and are unsure about caucusing, please do.  This election is one of the most important in our lifetime.  I know everyone keeps saying that, but it's very often true.  To paraphrase what Ronald Reagan pointed out, America is always just one generation away from ruination.  The Left is ever-present in trying to do just that, and have ever pushed America closer to that point.  So yes, this election is important; very, very important.  Here's what is expected.

Most pundits and pollsters have president Trump well ahead of likely second place finisher Nikki Haley who is a few points ahead of likely third place finisher Ron DeSantis. Vivek Ramaswamy is expected to finish fourth in single digits, which is unfortunate.

I support president Trump, and I expect him to win by a wide margin.  Nikki Haley is not only the establishment elite's preferred candidate, but she has been highly inconsistent and ill-spoken in her positions on issues. She will likely come in second, but what matters is how far in second.  Trump needs to mop the floor with her in terms of caucus support. 

Ron DeSantis, no matter how well he does, is likely finished either after Iowa or after New Hampshire.  The one caveat I'd say is that if he can manage second place, he might hang around for a while. His smartest move possible, he missed; that would have been to bow out of 2024 and defer to president Trump. Instead he ran an ill-formed campaign, he made both strategic and tactical gaffes that could conceivably cost him the 2028 nomination too.  He should be in damage control mode at this point but he is not, which is making things worse.

Vivek Ramaswamy who clearly has Trump's back, despite trying to mount his own campaign,  has recently come under fire from Trump himself. I understand that it's politics, but it's optically punching way down for Trump, and does not suit Trump's campaign strategy.  Vivek is the most Trump-like candidate outside of Trump. Unless Trump is angling for Don Jr. 2028, co-opting Vivek's candidacy would be a wise move.  Vivek is well spoken, and agrees with Trump on most every issue and might make a great spokesperson for Trump at every opportunity.

Of course it could be a misdirection play; leading the media to think Vivek won't be the VP nominee when in reality he would be a great pick.  I don't think that's the case though. I think Trump sees Vivek as a fellow outsider billionaire who is a competitor in terms of prestige and he doesn't want to lend the platform to someone outside his family who might shine as much as a Trump. I don't know that, but I sense it.  It doesn't change Trump's politics one iota.  His positions are clear, and intelligent and that's why he needs to be the nominee.  But of all of the candidates, at this point, Ramaswamy is the only other candidate of presidential timbre. Maybe that's why the 'late hit' came from Trump. It doesn't matter. Ramaswamy did not engage and it was a smart move. At some level, he is probably angling for the VP slot and engaging Trump doesn't help that. And in the grander scheme of things, it's likely to be forgotten by both sides. That's for the best.

All that remains to be seen out of Iowa tomorrow is the final numbers. Trump will win (probably handily), Haley will likely finish second, DeSantis third and Ramaswamy fourth.  What matters is less the positions than the margins ahead or behind for each candidate. That will determine who stays in, and if anyone drops out. My guess is the numbers will bear out enough support for everyone that no one drops out before New Hampshire.

January 14, 2024

January 13, 2024

Trump VP already decided

Decide, but not shared.  While there's no announcement, here's president Trump with his charisma dial turned up to 11.

January 12, 2024

How obtuse can Democrats be? This obtuse.

You might remember when this lunacy happened, 23 days after Let's Go Brandon took office (this notification from Antony Blinken is clipped directly from the State Department's own website where it was posted on Feb 12, 2021 ):

Effective February 16, I am revoking the designations of Ansarallah, sometimes referred to as the Houthis, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended.
This decision is a recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen. We have listened to warnings from the United Nations, humanitarian groups, and bipartisan members of Congress, among others, that the designations could have a devastating impact on Yemenis’ access to basic commodities like food and fuel. The revocations are intended to ensure that relevant U.S. policies do not impede assistance to those already suffering what has been called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. By focusing on alleviating the humanitarian situation in Yemen, we hope the Yemeni parties can also focus on engaging in dialogue.

Fast forward to now.  These people, clearly, understand NOTHING: 

January 11, 2024

January 10, 2024

Washington Post in a dire panic

Oh no, they're losing control of the narrative! Whatever shall they do?  I guess, just fret that president Trump is allowed to speak without their filter applied.

January 9, 2024

They can't even keep their stories straight

KJP vs. Alejandro Mayorkas - the lies are palpable.

Nancy Pelosi can't help but be authoritarian

As long as things work out in her elitist favor, she'll stop at nothing to ensure her party retains its grip on power. Oddly, she's not ashamed to say the most ridiculous things in her efforts to do so. Constitution be damned.


More details. 

January 7, 2024

January 6, 2024

So you're saying there's a chance

As I have said all along, president Trump will be on the ballot in Colorado in 2024.  Let's add Maine to that list.

January 5, 2024

Why the jobs report is actually pretty bad

These supposedly 'good' numbers are not actually good numbers when you look even a little bit closer.

Jeffrey Epstein details you might miss in the mainstream media

A few Epstein details you might have not have been informed about:

January 4, 2024

Positivity from Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson explains the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, that took him 40 years to think through:

Vivek needs to be in the mix for the future of America

VP, Secretary of State, just something:

Positivity from Louis Farrakhan???

 The Officer Tatum discusses Louis Farrakhan showing some positivity about president Trump:

January 3, 2024

Quote for the year

The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do. 

~Joseph Stalin

Positivity from Javier Milei

Dave Rubin recounts some positivity from Argentina via their new president Javier Milei:

Positivity from Tulsi Gabbard

I want to start the year out on a positive note.  Here's Tulsi Gabbard recounting a positive experience and then noticing fellow Democrats didn't share her enthusiasm for the Constitution:

January 2, 2024

Top 15 posts of 2023

I was thinking about avoiding a Top 10 list for the year (2023) but going back and looking through some of my longer forms posts, there are some worth revisiting because I think I did a decent job on them. In fact I have 15 and a couple of honorable mentions as well.

Honorable mentions - two on RFK Jr.

Is an RFK Jr. Independent Run good or bad for president Trump's reelection bid?  I shared some initial thoughts here. I followed up here, along with some additional context from Red Eagle Politics.

While I think his independent bid is a mixed bag, there are bigger fish to fry in the 2024 election season. Jill Stein getting on the ballot for the Green Party in some more states helps Trump's chances.  But the biggest "elephant in the room" is the possibility that Democrats ouster Let's Go Brandon and run a Gavin Newsom or Michelle Obama instead.  It's probably their best option at this point, and I'd say the possibilities are almost 50/50 with the polls still favoring Trump over Brandon.

(15) Slow walk the Hunter Biden investigation / impeachment efforts

I've argued that rushing the impeachment may help Democrats pull the trigger on removing Let's Go Brandon as being their nominee for 2024. Take the win in 2024 and prepare for Newsom as the nominee in 2028. Winning now matters.

(14) The Colorado removal of Trump from the ballot was destined to fail

I knew it.  Maine's effort will fail too. It is inevitable.

(13) The failure of follow the science explained

A non-political explanation of cognitive bias and a short commentary explains why climate change and COVID paranoia, among other junk-pseudo-science proclamations and dictates, were and are bad for America.

(12) The data doesn't lie (except when it does)

Academia is rife with mis-steps, often deliberate, and it's a wakeup call that data can reveal the truth, or reveal what someone wants you to think is the truth.  So be vigilant.

(11) The cyclical nature of stupidity

Here's why not all hope is lost.  Everything is cyclical, even common sense.

(10) Saul Alinsky vs Bud Light

Using Rules for Radicals as an approach to cancel a woke brand, shows the tactics can work for conservatives too.

(9) I provided Democrats some unsolicited advice on COVID

Because I know they won't listen. Here's how the Democrats could recover from some of their own stupidity - take ownership of it.

(8) How to fight the left

I keep harping on about this, year after year, because how we fight politically, matters as much as what we are fighting to support.  If you aren't effective at the battle, you can't win.

(7) More on how to fight the left

The fallacy of using only facts and logic. This is why Trump connects with voters; it's not just common sense, it's guttural.

(6) Why West Virginia matters

It's nothing to do with politics, it's what's happening there socially and economically. It serves as a warning to America.

(5) Chipping away at the foundation

Communists and socialists are doing exactly what you'd expect they would do to take down America. 

(4) Where did woke capitalism come from exactly?

Woke capitalism is a symptom of a bigger problem.  A bad symptom, but it is not the cause of what ails America.

(3) Trust first?  No.

I took issue with a reasonable argument from Mike Slater at Breitbart News Daily. Not because he's not mostly right, he's usually right.  Just not here. Trust must be earned over time.

(2) Reversing my stance (kinda)

In Top 15's #3 above, I argued why trust first is a bad idea.  But I have argued for a long time that America's greatness stems from economic strength. I was wrong.  Not that it's totally incorrect, economic strength matters a lot.  What matters more is character and values. Mike Slater was right on this point, the underlying social conservative is the fabric that must not be torn. Whether that underpinning strength of personal and national character comes from God (as I believe it does), or from just choosing to be moral and virtuous first and foremost, that underpins what makes it possible to have economic strength. Those are the deepest roots.

(1) The pitfalls of capitalism

A critical inward look at capitalism's imperfections. Despite these issues, it's still the best choice available to humanity to date.

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