With a national debt crisis looking on the horizon, I’m seeing a fair amount of talk about selling Imperial assets (like the vast tracts of National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands in the West) to pay off the national debt. I’m not in favor of this, for one selfish reason and two practical reasons.
First, the selfish reason: I have and do spend a lot of time on those public lands, which are at the moment mostly wide-open for recreational use including hunting, fishing and camping. If these lands went to private owners, I have no doubt that they would immediately be closed off to such use.
Second and third, the practical reasons: Placing land on the market at such a massive scale would drop prices, quite possibly to the point where the proceeds wouldn’t be nearly enough to get us out of the twenty-three trillion hole we’re in, and bear in mind that the Imperial government isn’t about to stop digging. Any deduction of the debt from such a sale would be temporary unless we could find a way to cancel Congress’ credit card.
And finally, most of all, I have precisely zero faith that the House of Representatives, who are responsible for spending government revenues, would use one penny of that money to address the Imperial debt. They would use that money as they use all money: Buying votes.
On To the Links!
From national treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson: Never Let A Plague Go to Waste.
I’ll tell you what this will look like: Putin will eat Biden’s lunch.
AntiFa thug hit squads pursue a journalist. Blackshirts instead of Brownshirts, but you get the idea.
More people need to hear this guy.
Not fat-shaming, but blob-shaming, and accepting reality. I like this outlook.
California’s “assault weapons” ban struck down. Now this will only lead to more legal wrangling, but it’s still a win. For now.
Actual headline: Woman Does Karate In Walmart Parking Lot, Kicks Out Police Car Window While Son Strips Naked Inside & Dog Steals Cornbread. Wisconsin, not Florida.
Heels-Up Harris greeted in Guatemala with jeers, pro-Trump signs. The schadenfreude, it is strong with this one.
Human hibernation is possible. Hell, I do it every winter.
Canadians see UFOs, too. Must be something in the poutine.
Oh, for fuck’s sake, could Heels-Up be any more full of herself? (And is that better or worse than her being full of Willie Brown?) Also, Heels-Up blows a fuse when a reporter has the temerity to question her never having once visited the southern border that she’s supposedly the czar of. This harpy is in so far over her head that she can’t even see the surface.
Chicago continues its meltdown.
Is Biden Setting Harris Up for Failure in 2024? No, Harris is setting Harris up for failure in 2024. Biden doesn’t know where his after-nap snacks are coming from.
California: “Let’s double down on our green energy lunacy!” New York: “Hold my beer.”
This Week’s Idiots:
Boy howdy, they’re coming out of the woodwork this week.
“Notice: if I see you in a public indoor space not wearing a mask, I’m judging you.” My reaction:
California continues to produce idiots. Watch for California housing prices to rise to even more insane levels.
Some idiots are concerned about birds with racist names. Honestly, some people have way too much time on their hands.
The Nation‘s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.
CNN’s John Blake and author Carol Anderson are both idiots.
The Guardian brings us more from idiot Carol Anderson.
Barack Obama beclowns himself again.
The New Yorker‘s Sue Halpern is an idiot.
The Hill‘s Michael Hopkins is an idiot. Seriously, a mandate, Hopkins, you stupid fuck? A dead tie in the Senate and a razor thin majority in the House is a mandate? OK, sure, ahead Tard Factor Eight!
CNN’s Mari Aponte is an idiot.
NY Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait is an idiot.
CNN’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.
CNN’s Brian Stelter, preparing for his second career as an actual potato, asks Press Secretary Jen Psaki: “How far can we journalists insert our tongues into your ass?”
Whichever one of President Biden’s handlers wrote this is an idiot.
The New York Times’ Mara Gay is an idiot.
MSNBC’s Hayes Brown is an idiot.
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
Remember when at least some of our conversations regarding race were all about uniting, about our common humanity, how bonds of love should overcome differences of skin tone, religion or national origins? The O’Jays do. Take a listen to their 1972 hit Love Train. This was originally cast as an anti-war song (not unusual in 1972) but it had another message as well. Listen to the lyrics. Tell me how that song would fly with today’s race hustlers. Plus, it’s just a pretty good tune.
We could frankly use a little more of this kind of message.