One of my pet peeves has always been liars. My Grandma, a tough old lady with a will of iron, who raised six kids on a 50-acre farm during the Depression and had two sons that fought in World War 2, always said that ‘being honest is like being pregnant, you either are or you aren’t.’ Grandma was honest, sometimes embarrassingly so.
But increasingly these days folks don’t see things that way. Integrity is an unknown concept to plenty in the political and journalistic ‘professions’ (and I mean ‘profession’ as in ‘world’s oldest’) and these folks spew out whatever helps The Side.
I’ve detailed a couple of examples over the last few years. One was sack-o-crap Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News, lying about having fired an AR-15. Another was sack-o-crap Christine Lavin of the San Francisco Chronicle, lying about owning a Glock. More recently we had a number of ‘journalists’ blatantly lying about the Border Patrol’s treatment of illegal border-crossers.
Now, this week, we have VP Heels-Up Harris putting on a sham of a video where she purports to talk with kids to get them interested in space exploration. Excerpt:
Vice President Kamala Harris’s widely-mocked video encouraging children to “get curious” about space featured child actors.
The YouTube series called “Get Curious with Vice President Harris,” was filmed this summer and released Oct. 7 for World Space Week. In the video, Harris, who’s chair of the National Space Council, shares her excitement with the children about space. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough also makes an appearance from the International Space Station to lead the children on a remote scavenger hunt to find everything needed to build a telescope.
The kid actors appear to be genuinely excited, and Harris seems to be revealing something to them that they don’t already know. The kids are relentlessly ebullient throughout the video.
Bernardino, a Carmel, California teen who was one of five child actors in the video, told KSBW TV that he submitted a monologue and was interviewed for a role in the series.
“And then after that, like a week later, my agent called me, and he’s like, ‘Hey Trevor, you booked it,’” Bernardino told the outlet.
Tim Murtaugh, former communications director for Trump’s re-election campaign, pointed out the best part of the project is that it was produced by a Canadian entertaining company called Sinking Ship.
I swear, you can’t make this shit up.
First of all, there’s nothing anyone can do to make this cackling hag likeable. She’s abrasive, grating and utterly incompetent, her main purpose seeming to be 25th Amendment insurance for whoever is pulling President Biden’s strings.
But it’s the lies that get me. Granted the video doesn’t outright claim that these are just ordinary kids off the streets, but hiring actors? To try to make her seem… somehow slightly less horrible? That’s dissembling, no matter how you slice it.
President Trump could be boorish at times, and he had a tendency to fly off the handle. But in general, he said what he really thought, sometimes with alarming directness. And that, I think, is why the establishment reacted to his election with such alarm – people whose entire success depends on lying are in real trouble when someone comes in and proclaims that the Emperor is naked.
While we’re enjoying our new life here in the Great Land, Chairman/Dictator-For-Life Xi and President Biden(‘s handlers) are heading the nation into an economic war, and it’s one that we aren’t prepared for. Not with our current crop of Imperial City nitwits. Excerpt:
Love Trump or hate him, he was a president who put America first and recognized the predatory nature of the Chinese regime. He got tough with President Xi Jinping and overturned one-sided trade deals. His strategy was to do what Reagan did to win the Cold War — make America tremendously prosperous by building up our strategic industries in a way that the Soviet Union or China couldn’t compete.
The danger is that we now have a president in Biden who thinks that climate change is a more significant threat to the world than the Maoists in Beijing.
And make no mistake about it. The communists are back in charge in China. Xi has basically announced himself to be president for life, as democracy and free elections fly out the window. China is also sprinting back to command and control fascistic government and industry “cooperation.” That’s a model that will eventually implode, but as we learned from the Soviet menace, in the meantime, they can do a lot of damage to peace and prosperity.
It’s no accident that the Chinese economy and stock market are faltering. In the last year, the U.S. stock market has risen by about 20% (thanks to Operation Warp Speed), while China’s Shanghai stock market is down 15%. They are sprinting toward socialism faster than we are — for now.
For now, that’s the key phrase. It’s hardly a new thing to have nitwitted American pols thinking stupid things like that wealth is distributed, as opposed to created and earned, or that a nation can tax itself into prosperity, or that taxation is anything but theft. But the current crop of assholes is the worst we’ve had in a while:
What is the Biden administration’s response to these threats? The $5 trillion massive spend, tax, and borrow bill he is steamrolling through Congress will impair American economic supremacy almost overnight. Under Trump, tax rate reductions led to a $1 trillion infusion of capital from around the world coming back to these shores to build up our industrial might. Biden’s tax policies will have the reverse effect: deindustrialization.
We are, as a nation, now back to importing tens of billions of dollars of energy from OPEC and Russia instead of selling the hundreds of years worth of oil and gas and coal. Do the liberals who now run Washington really believe we will defeat the rising communist China threat by building windmills? Do they think that redistributing income and wealth makes more sense than creating it?
America is as it was, a nation rich in resources, both physical and human. But we’re not only not using them wisely, we’re employing what can only be described as catastrophic stupidity in our proposed policies – like the aforementioned obscenity of a $5 trillion tax-and-spend scheme.
I suspect China isn’t anxious to drag us into a shooting war. We may not be positioned to win outright, but we could still make things very uncomfortable for them for a while, especially given the state of their blue-water navy – and our damned near invisible attack subs, several of which are usually in the West Pacific. But the current administration has no heart for any such thing, and China could probably take Taiwan, although probably not easily – but the point is, the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration would probably sell Taiwan down the river.
If that happens, our friends in Japan would be getting very, very nervous – as they should be already.
From time to time I look at this. I shouldn’t – it’s pretty depressing – but I do.
Our debt is well over GDP now. While other nations have passed this and struggle on (Japan, for example) there’s just no way you can look at this as a good thing. But our current collection of mendicants, charlatans and nincompoops in the Imperial City just keep cruisin’ for that bruisin’ they are laying on our grandchildren.
And every proposed decrease in the rate of Imperial spending is met with screeching about “draconian cuts in essential services.”
We’re pretty hosed, fiscally.
And so, on that rather depressing note…
On To the Links!
Speaking of which: President Biden(‘s handlers) polls continue in free fall.
Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY) is an asshole. In other words, water is wet, the sky is blue, and Brian Stelter is a potato.
Voters are disappointed in President Biden(‘s handlers.) In other news, water is wet, the ocean is big, and Brian Stelter is a potato.
Tens of thousands of “migrants” are on the way to our southern border. Where’s Heels-Up Harris, anyway? Wasn’t she put in charge of all this?
This Week’s Idiots:
The New Republic’s Timothy Noah is a colossal steaming pile of stupid. Just when you think the bar could go no lower.
Maureen Dowd is an idiot. I used to read Maureen Dowd because, unlike a lot of her younger colleagues, she’s actually a competent writer, and could be entertaining. She always has been an unapologetic lefty, but in the last few years she’s become increasingly unhinged.
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
In all the flabbling, hooting and yelling that we see in the daily news, it’s important to reflect once in a while that the world isn’t just the Imperial City or any of the other increasingly-unhinged metro areas in the country. Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. left one of those areas for good this year for rural Alaska, and boy howdy was it ever the right move. I’d advise anyone that can do likewise. Get out of the cities. Find a quiet place away from the hooraw. You won’t regret it.
In a recent tune, country singers Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan have some advice along those lines. In unsettled times, simplifying your life isn’t a bad idea, and neither is following the advice of these two young men: “Buy dirt.” Here’s the song. Enjoy.
By a pretty fair margin, folks are blaming President Biden(‘s handlers) for the gobsmacking mess that our southern border has become. Excerpt:
October could be a watershed month for illegal crossings, with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly asking “his officials whether the department was ready to handle the possibility of up to 400,000 migrants, nearly double the 21-year high seen in July, crossing the border in October,” according to the Daily Mail.
As a comparison, “The 400,000 figure would be roughly 10 times higher than the average month over the past decade and far beyond the 78,000 in January when President Joe Biden took office,” noted the Washington Examiner.
And more are on the way. In Texas, state officials are girding for an influx of as many as 60,000 Haitians joining the already massive tide of humanity crossing U.S. borders illegally and unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Violence is also breaking out. U.S. National Guard troops at the border recently came under sustained automatic weapons fire from Mexico from a perhaps not-unexpected source:
A deeper dive into the political and racial split revealed by the I&I/TIPP data won’t likely provide much comfort to the Biden camp.
While it’s true that 44% of Democrats blame Trump for the border mess, a significant share of Dems — 24% — agree it’s Biden’s fault. That compares with 77% of Republicans and 38% of independents assigning Biden blame. At the same time, just 6% of Republicans consider Trump responsible for the mess, and only 19% of independents, both less than the nearly quarter of Democrats who assign Biden the blame.
I have to point out, blaming this mess on Trump, despite what you may think of him in other areas, is well to the left of idiotic. All you have to do is compare the numbers crossing illegally a year ago to today, and you’ll get a pretty good idea of whose policies are driving this mess.
Yesterday, Townhall reporter Julio Rosas covered the ongoing mess at the border. He documented people crossing illegally from – get this – Uzbekistan. Also Nicaragua, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela.
Nobody knows who these people are, what their purpose in coming here might be, or what they plan to do once they’re in. Most of them, sure, are probably looking for a chance to make a better lives for themselves – although the best way to go about that would be to not start your life in the U.S. by breaking the damn law.
But if one in a thousand of these people are entering with nefarious intent, we’ve got a real, no-shit problem on our hands.
And the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration doesn’t seem to give a shit about it.
Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links, and thanks also to The Daley Gator for the link to the Wednesday Hump Day post! As always, if I’ve missed your linkage in my weekly callout, let me know in the comments and I’ll add you to the lineup.
Now then: Tipp Insights has some interesting analysis of polls on President Biden(‘s handlers) performance. Key points, with my comments, follows.
President Biden has the reverse Midas touch. Some call it the ‘Sadim touch.’ It is the name Midas spelled backwards.
Coronavirus, economy, and immigration are the top three issues for 1,308 Americans in our IBD/TIPP poll completed last week.
Let’s assess President Biden’s performance in these key issues.
Here’s the first:
73% of Democrats give President Biden an A or B, while only 16% of Republicans and 38% of independents give him good grades.
President Biden’s vaccine mandates have been divisive. We believe it is myopic and likely not to have any significant impact. Many Americans are quitting their jobs or facing layoffs because of the mandate, increasing the wage pressure and worsening inflation. In addition, it could trigger supply chain hiccups and cause stagnation.
I’m not sure why they chose the imprecise “could” in that last sentence. The Kung Flu and governmental over-reaction to it at all levels already has caused supply chain hiccups, most notably in seaports. And it’s not just supply chain problems that are causing stagflation.
Handling The Economy
President Biden is presiding over the worst inflation of the decade. New York Post estimates that an average American household is paying $175 more a month due to inflation. In the IBD/TIPP Poll, 81% of Americans are concerned about inflation.
Further, President Biden wants to increase taxes to pay for huge Washington spending of over five trillion dollars on infrastructure and social programs. As we noted: “Businesses and families in the country are hurting and afraid of inflation, and they believe that big government spending is unwise.”
Inflation is already here, and it’s going to get worse, especially if Dems get even part of their proposed $3.5 trillion wet dream.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported 208,887 encounters along the Southwest Border in August. It was two percent below the July level. The report states that 1,002,722 unique individuals have been encountered year-to-date during Fiscal Year 2021, compared to 851,513 during the same period in Fiscal Year 2019.
Americans are concerned that immigrants could worsen the COVID situation.
This may well be the straw that breaks the Presidential back. There are literally few or no controls over most of the people that have swarmed into the U.S. across the border since January. We don’t know where a lot of them came from, we don’t know anything about their backgrounds, and we don’t know their health status. But the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration is just giving them a pass and a free bus ride to some American city that they can disappear into.
The article concludes:
National policies and actions affect ordinary Americans. It is imperative that the Biden administration take into account the citizens’ fears and address them promptly and effectively.
They won’t. These aren’t learning-curve issues; they aren’t temporary stumbles. The failures, the massive and far-reaching failures of this administration are due to incompetence and stupidity, and those things can only be corrected by the voters in the next election – or by impeachment, after a presumable GOP takeover of Congress in 2022. And that impeachment would have to likewise encompass Heels-Up Harris, or else it’s frying pan-to-fire time.
On this day I have successfully completed my sixtieth trip around the Sun, as you will have read about yesterday. To mark the occasion, I present for your enjoyment (and mine) a super-sized Saturday Gingermageddon. Enjoy!
Age sixty doesn’t carry quite the senior-citizen status it did a few years ago, although I am beginning to see some of the benefits of that status, in odd little things like breaks on theater ticket prices, the occasional ten percent off on senior days at the grocery, and so on. Probably the most significant of these benefits is a lifetime general hunting and fishing license here in our new Alaska home, which allows me to take a wide variety of fish, small and large game, and exempts me from the King salmon stamp and state waterfowl stamp requirements. That’s nice, but what’s a little more interesting, for me, is to look back on these last six decades. All in all, I’ve had a good time.
Not many folks are familiar with my birthplace: Oelwein, Iowa. The farm my parents were working at the time is gone now, having been absorbed into a wildlife refuge. I spent most of my youth in Blackhawk and Allamakee counties. But that’s just location.
I was fortunate in having strong, capable parents. My father and grandfathers, as fine a group of men as ever drew breath, taught me early on the things a man needs to know to be a man: Courage, determination, the value of education and, more than that, knowledge. The value of work. From all of them I learned what it was to maintain a rural home, to raise crops and stock, to hunt, to fish, to shoot straight, to build. The Old Man was also an artist of some repute, for years one of his paintings always was on display in his dedicated place in the Iowa state capitol.
My mother was the first to show me what unconditional love meant, and also that a woman can fill what was then the traditional home-making role while being tough and capable – certainly not oppressed by anyone. She was, as the Old Man would have admitted, a better angler than even he, and her knowledge of northeastern Iowa wildflowers was unmatched; botany professors from universities around the Midwest brought students to our Allamakee County home to have Mom escort them through our wooded hills and hear her describe the plants that grew there.
From that foundation I’ve moved through my life. My time in the Army changed me, as the Old Man, a World War Two veteran, and my paternal grandfather, a Great War veteran, said it would, in ways that people who have not served would not understand. That service also led me to the single greatest blessing of my life: My own dear Mrs. Animal, who I met during Operation Desert Storm.
The values learned in my youth served well in my civilian career: Hard work, perseverance, reliability. Moving into self-employment as an independent consultant re-enforced those attributes, and I have now spent over half my career as such, in contract work. Success in such depends on reliability; being known as the guy who can get the job done, on time if not ahead of time, on budget if not under budget. In the course of that career I’ve been to some interesting places: Japan, China, South Africa, Germany, Ireland, as well as all over Canada, Mexico and the United States. Some of those places (Japan) I came to love; others (China) I don’t care if I never see again. But I wouldn’t go back and change a thing; travel gives one a lot of perspective that may be gained in no other way.
Colorado was a great place to live when I moved there in the late Eighties, and Mrs. Animal and I loved our home there, the natural beauty that state holds, and we raised our family there. But as anyone who has long read these virtual pages are familiar with our unhappiness with the direction that state has taken as well as our ever-increasing love of the Great Land, and so as Americans have done since the Founding, we voted with our feet and made our home in Alaska, where we intend to spend the rest of our lives.
So, six decades.
I’ve always been the guy to look forward, not back. While this milestone is one of some significance, still, there is a lot to look forward to. In a few more years, retirement from my primary career will give me more time for other pursuits, writing, fishing, hunting, exploring the vastness of the Great Land. All with Mrs. Animal by my side, of course. We look forward to seeing our four daughters and (so far) six grandchildren continue down their own lives’ paths, and when possible, to welcome them as well as old friends to visit us in this place which is, for most, a once or twice in a lifetime vacation but, for us, is home.
It’s been a great ride so far. I’ll continue to push ahead as I always have; an intelligent person, after all, should be able to live a thousand years and never run out of things to do. As for me, I have every intention of living forever, and from my point of view, I will.
Hang in there, folks. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Truth in Accounting recently released the 2021 version of their “Financial State of the States,” which analyzes each of the fifty state’s fiscal status. Excerpt:
Truth in Accounting has released its twelfth annual Financial State of the States report, a nationwide analysis of the most recent state government financial information. This comprehensive analysis surveys the fiscal health of the 50 states during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite receiving federal assistance from the CARES Act and other COVID-19 related grants, the majority of states’ finances worsened. Total debt among the 50 states amounted to $1.5 trillion at the end of the fiscal year 2020.
Download and read the entire report here.
Our own Alaska came off pretty well. In fact, Alaska came off damn well, in first place by a wide margin, largely due to the fact that 1) our state government isn’t too bloated and b) our economy is largely based on energy extraction, which of course the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration is trying to squash. But the fact is that the state has a large surplus even after substantial payments into the Permanent Fund, and rising energy prices will help that in the short term.
What’s interesting here is to look at the rankings of the states in relation to each other. While it’s easy to note that the top five are all red states and the bottom five, all blue – if you look at the in-betweens, there is a tendency but not a hard rule. Our former home of increasingly-liberal Colorado is rated at #15, one place ahead of a sharply reddening Florida; Texas is at #33, while Oregon comes in pretty good at #10 and Virginia at #12.
Oh, and the common theme amongst the worst-performing states? Unfunded public-sector pension commitments. Haw!
(We really love Alaska.)
Winter comes early to the Great Land, but not all at once. Last Saturday we woke to snow, and then later that day the accumulation melted in 50-degree temperatures. Now, last night, it started a mixture of snow and rain here, and farther up the Valley north of Talkeetna they are projected to get 6-12 inches of white stuff today and tonight. It’s October, and when snow comes now it’s here to stay.
Winters are long and cold here, something we knew going in, of course. But there’s a really neat feeling of being proof against the cold and snow. We have a well-insulated house, a big fuel oil tank, plenty of firewood, and lots of heavy comforters on the bed.
Humans are a pretty amazing species. Biologically we’re still pretty much a tropical savannah ape, adapted to hot, dry climates. But, because of our brains, we can and do live in every climate on the planet, and not just with our modern technology – any member of the Inuit tribes up here can tell you that. Humans are a pretty capable bunch, for the most part.
Well. Most of us are.
On To the Links!
Best wishes to Governor DeSantis and his wife Casey. I was glad to see the gracious statement by the Miami-Dade Democrats; this kind of thing should transcend politics, and the Miami-Dade folks showed a little class.
Have we ever had a less competent President? I have to say no. Somewhere the ghost of Andrew Johnson is breathing a sigh of relief.
We can’t tax and spend our way to recovery. And yet pols keep trying it.
This Week’s Idiots:
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
One of the great rock & roll events history was the swan song of The Band, immortalized by Martin Scorsese in the 1978 film The Last Waltz. The Band was an amazing assemblage of talent, and the film mentioned had a lot of guest talent playing along with Band members Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm.
Here is one of my favorite clips from that show: This is Levon Helm on vocals with the song Up On Cripple Creek. Enjoy.