Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

Meanwhile, nutty old Dame Pelosi is continuing her long, strange descent into senility.  Excerpt:

We’ve all gotten tongue tied, and had verbal slips now and again. But this?

While attacking Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Pelosi had trouble saying “effectively.”

“His kowtowing to the president, esffect, esffectively saying…” she said.

Moments later, while attacking the Trump tax cut, she said, “…the GOP tax scam for the rich that added 2 children dollars more” to the deficit.

Pelosi suffered more speech problems as she was criticizing Trump.

“The president said he was going to move for negotiation, ‘I’m going to nego— negotiate,’ what was it,” she asked a staffer. “Like crazy,” she continued after prompting.

“Families across America are getting a raw deal from the Republicans. Democrats are pres— prosing a better deal,” she said.

After having trouble saying “Tienanmen” Square, she confused America’s adversaries.

“Instead of empowering the Russians, excuse me the Chinese in this case, instead of empowering the Chinese to, um,” she said, suffering a brain freeze, “hurt our industries,” she continued.

Moments later, she confused the countries again.

Talking about the trade deficit, she said, “It’s 80% of our products going into Russia— China, it just is, it’s just wrong.”

The question isn’t whether Pelosi can handle the speakership if Dems retake the House. She can’t. The question is who will be behind the scenes pulling the dummy’s strings. Her mouth may move but the words will be someone else’s.

One wonders just how incompetent you have to be before someone from your own party quietly takes you aside and says, “Nancy, bubby, you’re hurting.  Not helping . You need to retire.  Now.”  While they’re at it, someone from the Democrats needs to have the same talk with Maxine Waters.  And, just to be fair, the GOP needs to send someone to talk to John McCain; full props for his long service, but he’s battling a terminal condition and can’t even show up for votes.  It’s time for him to retire and let a replacement be named until the next election.

This is a problem you get when you have career politicians in the Imperial City, not citizen-legislators who serve for a while and then go back to the real world.  These people are so ingrained that they think the seats they hold belong to them, not to the voters, and they feel entitled to stay in them no matter how senile, how deluded they become.

Need another good argument for a term-limits amendment?  Just look at Nancy Pelosi.

Rule Five Lying Journalist Friday 2.0

A while back, I chronicled my thoughts on sack-o-crap Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News, lying about having fired an AR-15.  Now this week we saw another sack-o-crap, Christine Lavin of the San Francisco Chronicle, lying about owning a Glock.  Excerpts follow, with my comments.

I had come to Oakland from Texas, where having guns was part of the culture. When you go to a church or a bar in Texas, you usually see a sign saying “Leave your guns outside.” I bought mine at a gun show, with no background check, just cash on the barrel, so to speak. I took a gun safety class and started to target-shoot for a hobby. I got pretty good. Eventually, I became an instructor in gun safety and taught classes on weekends.

A couple things; I haven’t spent much time in Texas for quite a few years, so any True Believers from that state, enlighten me; have you ever, ever seen a church with a sign stating “Leave your guns outside?”  Unless someone tells me different, I’m calling bullshit on that one.  Also, the buying of the gun at a gun show?  I suppose she may have bought one cash on the barrelhead from another private party, but this stinks a lot like a backhanded swipe at the whole “gun show loophole” horseshit.  In other words, I ain’t buying it.

But here’s the real knee-slapper:

I opened my glove compartment, took out my Glock 17, and flipped off the safety. It was the first time it had ever come out of the glove compartment for any reason other than target practice. I rolled down the driver’s window and held the gun in front of my chest in both hands, as I’d been taught.

Let that sink in for a moment.  Ready?  When I read that, my initial thoughts were these:

What.

Fucking.

SAFETY?

For those who may not be familiar with Gaston Glock’s designs, the Glock 17 – indeed, any Glock – has no external safety.  This is, as was Kuntzman’s column, pure horseshit.  Ms. Lavin does not and never has owned a Glock of any kind.  She made up, out of whole cloth, the entire damned story.

Is it any wonder that journalists don’t exactly enjoy the unqualified trust of the American people any more?  Why the hell would Ms. Lavin put out such a transparent, easily disprovable lie?  What was she trying to prove?  What point was she trying to make?

I guess it’s unfathomable to people who, you know, don’t lie to try to make a point.

You know, those of us who actually know something about firearms have of late been accused of “gunsplaining” when confronted with would-be gun-banners who generally don’t know the difference between ass and face where guns are concerned.  That’s been the case for a long time, and we’re kind of used to it.  But when someone writes what seems to be a sort of pro-gun article for a liberal paper, and stuffs it with horseshit like this, that’s just baffling.

Animal’s Daily Transparent Goofball News

Blogger pal Doug Hagin over at The Daley Gator brought this to our attention the other day.  Original article here.  Excerpt:

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin said that her family was “targeted” over the Fourth of July holiday with people yelling the “n-word” at them.

The comments came during a panel discussion Monday about how the co-hosts spent their holiday and week off from the show. Hostin explained that her family had rented a house on the beach in a predominantly black neighborhood, and during the fourth, a group of people ran by their home yelling the racist comment at them.

“We were there celebrating, and some kids — about 20 of them — ran in front of our home and started yelling the n-word at us,” Hostin shared.

She then showed home video of her family asking a group of kids if they knew who the culprits were after realizing the people were “targeting them.”

Prodded by Joy Behar, Hostin said the kids yelled, “This is America, we are patriots, this is our holiday — things like that.”

In a word:  Bullshit.

First of all; in this area of near-ubiquitous cell phone cameras, nobody – I mean nobody – evidently whipped out a phone and hit “record” to document what would have objectively been a little group of assholes was doing?  Nobody?  That strains credulity.  Second, there have been just too many “racist incidents” made up out of whole cloth lately, to just take the word of some talking head.

I’m not sure what Ms. Hostin is trying to achieve here.  I do know that I ain’t buying it.

Oh, and tune in tomorrow for more horseshit from a journalist; this one we don’t have to doubt, we can show damn well how they are lying.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve discussed the likelihood of a possible breakup of the United States before in these virtual pages before, but here’s a pretty interesting take on the topic.  Excerpt:

The problem? In short, there are no red states; there are no blue states. There are instead, counties and neighborhoods and streets and the couch versus the bedroom after an argument with a spouse or significant other over political matters.

“And so what?” asks the Pollyanna-ish reader. He (or the rarer idiot she) observes, “We split up and then there’s no more reason to fight?”

That’s wrong for several reasons. One is that it is the moderate and right-wing tendency in the red areas that politically constrains the left-wing tendency of the blue. Remove the red from the blue and the real reds of the bluest blue states run amok, with moderates and moderation suppressed.

Think here: Stalin in Birkenstocks, the spirit of Ho Chi Minh coming down from his gas tank in Boston,4 or a Pol Pot cognate with a degree in journalism from Harvard or Yale, rather than École Française d’Électronique et d’Informatique. Remember, too, that Bill Ayers’ Weatherman expected and, I daresay, wanted to kill twenty-five million Americans, one in eight of the population, one in five adults, to create their preferred society.

It should not need to be said, in a world of bright people, but, sadly, we don’t live in that world: I am pretty sure that the same happens in the red states, where the removal of the political Left leaves all kinds of wingnuts, to include of the white-sheeted, pointy-hatted variety, to create or recreate their own particular fantasies, and run roughshod over moderates there.

Yes, it’s true; a major societal collapse, and a civil war sure as hell would be one of those, would be a shitshow beyond imagining; and yes, it’s very likely that in plenty of areas the nuts would rise to the top.  Plenty of areas would be run, not by elected leaders, but by warlords who managed to accumulate enough guns and followers to cow the rest of the population.

It’s just too bad that some folks have some weird idea that a civil war would be some glorious reclamation of the United States’ founding principles.  It wouldn’t be the beginning of a renewed U.S., it would be the end of the U.S. in any recognizable form.  I’m not saying it will never happen; I am saying I hope I don’t live to see it.

Animal’s Daily German Meltdown News

The decay of Germany’s military continues apace.  Excerpt:

The German magazine Spiegel recently revealed that most of the Luftwaffe’s—the modern German air force’s—128 Eurofighter Typhoons are not flightworthy.

In fact, only about ten of the aircraft are ready for operations, Spiegel said. This raises doubts about Germany’s ability to meet its NATO defense commitments.

“The problem is complicated,” according to Spiegel.

“Put simply, all Eurofighters have a sensor on the wings that detects enemy jets or attacks and warns the pilot. About half a year ago, it was discovered that the pod is no longer properly cooled. Since it is central to the self-protection system and this must be active in all operational flights, the number of operational jets drops.

In addition, “although the technicians could replace the defective pods on the wings, they needed a specific spare part to seal the cooling circuit. However, this, according to the sobering response of the industry, is currently unavailable because the manufacturer has been sold.”

Somewhere, Carl Von Clauswitz is spinning in his grave.

Not for much longer.

Germany has been, for better or worse, the pivot on which European history has turned since they were unified in the nineteenth century.  That’s probably ending now, but honestly, Europe is probably ending now – certainly within a generation or two.  Frau Merkel has already let the barbarians into the gates, and ethnic Europeans are losing the demographic battle through apathy.

The decay of Germany’s once-proud military tradition and, incidentally, their shirking on their NATO obligations, is a symptom of a much greater collapse in progress.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule five links!

It’s beginning to look like Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, may be considering another run at the Imperial Mansion in 2020.  Excerpt:

Hillary Clinton is up to something.

Five times in the last month alone, she sent e-mails touting her super PAC’s role in combating President Trump. Most seized on headline events, such as the family-separation issue at the southern border.

Under the message line, “horrific,” she wrote June 18: “This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.” She said she warned about Trump’s immigration policies during the 2016 campaign.

Three days later, she was back again, saying that her group, Onward Together, raised $1 million and would split it among organizations working to change border policy, including the American Civil Liberties Union and a gaggle of immigrant, refugee, Latino and women’s groups.

And the day after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Clinton introduced a newly minted resistance partner. Called Demand Justice, it promises to protect “reproductive rights, voting rights and access to health care” by keeping Senate Democrats united in opposing any conservative Trump nominee.

Let’s be real about this; Her Imperial Majesty doesn’t give two hoots about the well-being of your average America nor about the finscal well-being of the nation.  That’s not why she’s doing this.  I really think it’s more her Brobdingnagian sense of entitlement that keeps her coming back. 2016 was like 2000 in one respect; in both cases, the election’s loser was driven to a mental breakdown by the unexpected loss.

Her Royal Highness’s thinking is along the lines of “But I was supposed to win! I WAS SUPPOSED TO WIN!” And she just can’t let it go.

Unlikely as it seems, President Trump should be hoping beyond hope that the Democrats are unsavvy enough to nominate Her Imperial Majesty for another run.  Not only is she the most deeply and fundamentally corrupt political figure since Huey Long, her cascading health issues, low energy and abrasive personality would pretty much guarantee the President a second term.  It doesn’t help that Her Royal Highness comes across as a shrieking harpy whenever she tries to address a crowd.

So, yes, Your Imperial Majesty, please run again!  Another Clinton campaign will surely provide some of the best unintentional comedy.

Rule Five Walk Away Friday

There have been a lot of pixels expended on the leftward swing of the Democratic party, as evidenced by the primary victory of Alexandria “She Geuevera” Ocasio-Cortez or the rise of that daffy old socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

Well, maybe – just maybe – a backlash has started, in the form of the “Walk Away” movement.  Excerpt:

White millennials are equally divided between supporting Republicans and Democrats in this year’s critical mid-term elections, as a campaign urging people to “Walk Away” from the Democratic Party has picked up steam online.

Young people do not like President Donald Trump, but whites between the ages of 18 and 34 said they are equally likely to vote for a Republican as for a Democrat in the elections for Congress this November. A full 39 percent said that “if the election for U.S. Congress were held today,” they would vote for the Republican in the district where they live. Another 39 percent said they would vote for the Democrat.

This represented a nine-point shift away from Democrats since 2016. That year, only 33 percent of young white voters said they would elect a Republican to Congress, while 47 percent said they would choose a Democrat.

Young white men made the greatest shift toward the GOP. In 2016, nearly half of them (48 percent) said they would vote for a Democrat, while only 36 percent said they would vote Republican. This year, 46 percent said they would choose a Republican, while only 37 percent said they would vote Democrat — a 21 percent shift in favor of the GOP.

Here’s the real kicker:

However, there are signs that Republicans may win the 2018 mid-term elections as the anti-establishment underdog. How? By campaigning against the excessive Trump derangement syndrome across the media, Hollywood, and college campuses.

This is the premise of the “Walk Away” campaign. Brandon Straka, a gay man from Nebraska, identified himself as “The Unsilent Majority” and launched a campaign urging people to reject the Left — for the same reasons he became a liberal.

By all means, go watch Straka’s video.  You and I and any number of other people may disagree with him on any number of issues, but one suspects that the disagreement would be cordial and, at worst, end with a decision to agree to disagree.  I have in the past mentioned that one of my best friends is a deep-blue, East Coast urban progressive; Paul and I, by the estimations of many folks, shouldn’t even be able to speak to each other civilly, but we share more things that not and remain good friends despite – or, maybe, because of – many late-night political discussions over beers.  We disagree on many policy issues but find that no bar to friendship; there are many more things to life than politics.

Demonizing and demeaning people because of their political opinions certainly isn’t unique to the Left.  I’ve been called all manner of things by commenters identifying as conservatives due to my minarchist libertarian stances on issues like the War on Drugs and education.  But the Left seems to becoming more and more unhinged since, oh, November of 2016 (What was it that happened about then?) and it only looks to be getting more strident as we go into the first mid-terms of President Trump’s tenure.

So, yes, if you’re sick of the RHEEEE, walk away.  Just walk away.  There’s more to life than politics.

Animal’s Daily Venezuelan Meltdown News

Barter has taken over, as the wreckers and kulaks in the Worker’s Paradise of Venezuela are exploring every possible alternative to the train wreck that is that nation’s “official” economy.  Excerpt:

“There is no cash here, only barter,” said Mileidy Lovera, 30, walking along the shore with a cooler of fish that her husband had caught. She hoped to exchange it for food to feed her four children, or medicine to treat her son’s epilepsy.

In the hyperinflationary South American country, where bank notes are as difficult to find as chronically scarce food and medicine, Venezuelans are increasingly relying on to barter for basic transactions.

Payment for even the cheapest of goods and services would require unwieldy piles of banknotes, and there simply are not enough of those in circulation.

But it seems the problem is just that the government is not printing money fast enough:

Economists say the central bank has not printed bills fast enough to keep up with inflation, which according to the opposition-run congress, reached an annual rate of almost 25,000 percent in May.

Once one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries, Venezuela’s economic collapse under President Nicolas Maduro’s government drove nearly one million people – 3 percent of the population – to emigrate between 2015 and 2017.

Maduro, reelected to a fresh six-year term in May in elections condemned by the United States, blames spiraling consumer prices and constant shortages of food and medicine on an “economic war” led by the opposition and Washington.

The economic meltdown in Venezuela is due to one thing:  Socialism.  Socialist systems always end in this kind of a meltdown; even in a country as enormous, as rich in resources as the once and former Soviet Union, was perpetually in the “stand-in-line-for-beets” economic stage. With socialism, it is always steak yesterday and steak tomorrow, but never steak today.

Mark Twain is reputed to have once said “History seldom repeats, but it often rhymes.”  We’re seeing it rhyme now, in the colossal socialist failure that is Venezuela.

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