Category Archives: News

My thoughts on the news of the day, both local, Colorado, national and international.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Bacon Time, Whores and Ale and Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links.  And thanks also to our pals at The Daley Gator for the weekly links mention.  If all of these guys aren’t on your daily read list, they should be!

A recent story on the distribution of monoclonal antibodies for the Kung Flu included this gem:

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently took control of the distribution of life-saving monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments for coronavirus. The department now has the authority to regulate the distribution and usage of the treatment in all 50 states and restrict states that are using what the government determines as more than the “fair share.”

The department now has the authority?  Well, that’s an interesting assertion, but maybe some high-forehead type can take a look at this document and see wherein that authority is described.

Spoiler:  It isn’t.

Now, maybe someone can square that circle in accordance with this, the Tenth Amendment to the document linked above?

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Spoiler:  You can’t.

It’s long been popular in conservative and libertarian circles to point out the lack of constitutional authority for, well, most of what the Imperial City does these days.  But boy howdy, it’s sure apparent now that with the advent of the Moo Goo Gai Panic, the mask has just been stripped off.  Especially now, in the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration, they don’t even pretend to hide the grab for power.

It’s a fine pass we’ve come to.  I’m damned if I can see a way back.

Animal’s Daily Recall News

California does have some great scenery.

As you will have no doubt read by now, loony Californey Governor Newsom (read that any way you like) has survived the recall attempt.  That shouldn’t come as any surprise.  The fix was in, and everybody knew it.  Excerpt:

The Democrat machine in California has been successful in defending Governor Gavin Newsom from defeat in Tuesday night’s recall election. 

On Monday night, President Joe Biden campaigned for Newsom in Long Beach and made the election a referendum on President Donald Trump. Ahead of the election, Newsom’s administration sent mail-in ballots to every registered voter in the state and used federal Wuhan coronavirus relief money to issue checks to voters. 

California pols in that now-securely one-party state will see this as a vindication, and will no doubt double down on the lunacy that has individuals and businesses fleeing the state. “Now, Animal,” you might ask, “since this was a foregone conclusion, why bring it up now, two days after the preordained fact?”  Well, because Roger Simon has an interesting piece at the Epoch Times, in which he admits it may be time for the various portions of the U.S., red and blue, to peacefully go their own ways.  Excerpt:

Please understand what I have in mind is not a civil war, anything but. Part of my intention is to diminish the violence that’s escalating throughout the nation, dial down the hatred, and certainly to avoid deaths.

It’s a peaceful, gradual, and negotiated separation I wish to explore based on two societies recognizing they have different goals and approaches and deciding to go their separate ways.

In other words, if a serious majority of blue state residents want to be “woke,” teach their children critical race theory, allow them to choose their sex at age eight and so forth, much as I abhor these things, they should have that ability, just as the majority of red state citizens who wish to preserve our constitutional republic for future generations should be able to do that as well.

I’ve mused on this topic before.  Here’s the problem, as I see it:  The current divide isn’t geographical, the way it was in 1860.  It’s cultural, and to a great extent, urban vs. non-urban.  Even Alaska, a pretty red state, has its own blue dot – Anchorage – which is fortunately offset by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough which includes Wasilla and Palmer, along with some smaller communities. This is another considerable population center that is deep, deep red.

So, how would we manage such a peaceful division?

Bear in mind also that the blue side of the divide would be unlikely in the extreme to agree to any peaceful division.  They are, after all, by definition adherents to a political philosophy that wants to reduce, if not eliminate, the autonomy of the individual.

Mr. Simon sees the possibility of a peaceful breakup.  I’m not so sure that I do.  Not any more.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The equinox is in a few weeks, where the sun hits the halfway point on its long march south.  At these latitudes it is quite a journey, and just now the sunset has moved south of the power lines and is giving us some pretty views:

My summertime’s drive for fishing is now being overtaken by my drive to get out in the field after some birds, but I have to wait for full residency, which comes one year after switching my Colorado driver’s license for an Alaska one; specifically, on February second.  I understand the reason for that law, but the beautiful fall weather, the big stretch of borough land behind us and the hand-crafted Tolley side-by-side double in my gun safe are egging me on.  Next year, dammit!

And with that said…

On To the Links!

Peter Boghossian shows us the difference between politics and principles.

The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration just keeps building back better!

I love a happy ending.

Autophagia.

Ever wondered what happens when you dangle a rhinoceros upside-down?  Well, now you know.

Somehow, I suspect most Texans don’t give two shits about what the SFGate thinks.

We can hope.  Having the GOP in control of Congress will… well, it will slow down the decline of the U.S. some.

Beer.  Is there anything it can’t do?

Fauci can fuck right off, the government does not have this authority.

Inflation is skyrocketing.  Nobody should be surprised by this.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation‘s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Harry Reid is still a corrupt asshole, and an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

USAToday’s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

The New Republic‘s Timothy Noah is an idiot.

Sawed-off asshole Robert Reich is and always will be an idiot.

It’s idiots all the way down.

MSNBC’s Kavita Patel is an idiot.

The kind of stupidity shown at the VMAs (whatever those are) should be physically painful.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex continues to be a tone-deaf idiot.

New York’s new Governor is apparently an idiot with no clue as to the proper role of government.  What is it with that state, anyway?

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of style and grace; she was more beautiful in jeans, sweater and a towel over her hair than many women are in evening gowns, as you’ll see in this week’s selection.  And she wasn’t without pluck; during World War 2 she raised money for the Dutch underground during the German occupation of the Netherlands, an activity that may well have gotten her shot had she been caught in the act.

In the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn played the iconic character Holly Golightly opposite a very young George Peppard, with a brief appearance by the remarkable Buddy Ebsen.  It’s a great film featuring a great star, and at one point she gives voice to the song Moon River.  Here, in a clip from that film, is that lovely, classy lady and that beautiful song – enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Whores and Ale, Pirate’s Cove and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

So, last Saturday was a key anniversary.  Twenty years prior, a bunch of Bronze Age savages attacked America as it had never been attacked before.  On that day, the New York Fire Department and the New York Police stepped up, and did so heroically, many of them dying trying to save the lives of the innocent.  America was, for a time, united.

So what happened?

Now, today, twenty years later, we have a senile, third-rater meat-puppet President who only appears when his dementia meds are briefly moderated enough to make him coherent for a short time, so he can repeat the canned statements that some shadowy figures are “instructing” him to make.  We’ve pulled out of the third-world shithole that sponsored the 9-11 terror attacks, and allowed the Bronze Age savages who sponsored the 9-11 terror attacks to waltz back into control.  Said withdrawal, of course, being one of the worst cluster-fucks in military history, one which left hundreds of Americans and American allies behind to face the wrath of the Taliban.

The aforementioned meat-puppet President is almost daily announcing egregious violations of the Constitution that would have been unthinkable twenty years ago.  He is doing this at the behest of… somebody, because, you know, fuck the separation of powers, fuck Federalism, fuck the Constitution’s restraints on government, and fuck the autonomy of the citizenry.  His (handler’s) economic policies and the prolific spending of his socialist allies in Congress have reignited inflation the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades, and are in the attempt of doubling and tripling down with trillions – trillions of dollars of new happy-bag Free Shit giveaways.

Twenty years ago, a bunch of Bronze Age savages attacked America as it had never been attacked before.  Their goal was to bring down the nation that was a beacon of freedom and prosperity the likes of which the world had never seen.

Have they won?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Someone told me a while back that, of all the immortal Douglas DC-3s still in use in the United States, well over half are flying in Alaska.  I haven’t taken the time to confirm that but we do see DC-3s regularly passing overhead, sometimes two a day.  They’re great for small Alaska airfields:  Rugged, rough-field capable, dependable, and able to carry big loads.  I expect we’ll see them in use here in the Great Land for some time to come, which is pretty good for a model of aircraft which once carried the Old Man from Lowry Army Airfield, Colorado to Victorville, California, in 1945.  He described that trip in an Army C-47 as “being sealed in a tin can full of bolts and shaken,” but then, his sorties in B-25 and B-17 bombers in that time frame were very similar, or so he always told it.

Here’s a neat video of a startup and takeoff of a Swissair DC-3.  What a beautiful old bird.  It’s great to see them still in use.

Now then:

On To the Links!

Beer.  Is there anything it can’t do?

Elder Versus Newsom: Two Radically Different Views of the Soul of America.  That’s something of an understatement.

Amazon’s Answer to Delivery Driver Shortage: Recruit Pot Smokers.  Note to self:  Stop ordering snack foods from Amazon.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving cackling harpy.

Up to 60% of Americans think President Biden(‘s handlers) should resign over the Afghanistan catastrophe.  Problem is, he has a great life-insurance policy, namely that nobody in either party wants Heels-Up Harris in the Imperial Mansion.

Joe Manchin steps up.

Ready… Fire… AIM!

Artorius rex!

Fuck off, slaver!

Savages gonna savage.

Why not just ditch the monarchy altogether?  Seriously, Brits, it’s way past damn time.

How Has Joe Biden Become So Unpopular?  Well, his constant incompetent fucking up may have something to do with it.

Well, this is amusing.

Timing Biden’s exit?  He may not have much say in it.  He likely isn’t coherent enough to have any say in it.

Wait, we don’t call them tornadoes any more?  Seriously, is there anyone left on the planet that can’t see that this guy is too far gone to blow his own nose, much less be President?

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New York TimesEzra Klein (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is an idiot.

New York Magazine‘s Eric Levitz is an idiot.  Seriously, do none of these dimwits ever give a moment’s thought to what happens when the shoe is on the other foot?

CNN’s John Blake is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross is an idiot.

Guardian‘s Lawrence Douglas is an idiot.

NY Daily News’ Paul Bledsoe is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Mike Nesmith is probably best known for his tenure with The Monkees, but the post-Monkee Nesmith did some… interesting stuff.  Among other things, he was one of the pioneers of the themed music video, along with his buddy Frank Zappa and the prescient David Bowie.

In 1981, Nesmith released a video album (on Laserdisc!) called Elephant Parts. It was odd, to say the least, but worth a watch.  Here, from that album, is the classic work Cruisin’.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Bacon Time, Pirate’s Cove and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links and to our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the mention!

Late last week, the Taliban – Afghanistan’s new de facto, if not yet de jure government, released a statement referring to China as “their trusted friends.”  Excerpt:

Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy director of the Taliban’s office in Doha, Qatar, said the terror group would “take effective measures” to protect Chinese institutions and personnel in Afghanistan and would allow China to continue its expansion of the Belt and Road Initiative.

“China has been a trustworthy friend of Afghanistan,” Hanafi said in a Thursday phone call with Chinese assistant foreign minister Wu Jianghao, according to a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. “The Afghan Taliban is willing to continue to promote friendly relations between Afghanistan and China and will never allow any force to use Afghan territory to threaten China’s interests.”

And while Chinese foreign minister Wang Webin would not directly answer questions at a press conference Friday about whether China will recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government in Afghanistan, he did say that the situation on the ground is being followed closely by the Chinese government.

Webin also pointed out that China’s embassy in Afghanistan plays an “important channel for China-Afghanistan exchanges” and is operating normally.

Through its partnership with the Taliban, China will be given access to Afghanistan’s natural resources such as copper and aluminum.  (emphasis added by me.)

“The cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative advocated by China is conducive to the development and prosperity of Afghanistan and the region at large,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement following Thursday’s call.

Maybe the Taliban could ask some Chinese Uighurs about how conducive China was to their prosperity – but then, the Taliban would have to go find some Uighurs in one of China’s concentration camps to ask them.

Here’s the thing:  Afghanistan was known as the Graveyard of Empires for centuries before President Biden(‘s handlers) catastrophic retreat.  But China has a couple of things the Brits, the Soviets and the U.S. lacked:  A population base measured in billions, and a callous disregard for the lives of that population base.  The Brits and Soviets tried wars of conquest, the U.S. a war of pacification and “regime change.”   However, it’s not unlikely that, were China to decide to simply annex Afghanistan to take advantage of their mineral wealth, that they would simply fight a war of extermination.

We left the Taliban a lot of military hardware, sure.  But most of the vehicles and aircraft will be useless in a very few years without the complex maintenance structure that a Bronze-Age goatherding culture simply can’t provide.  And China has, of late, been making a lot of noise about toughening up their population.  What if China sent an army of 25 million into Afghanistan, supported by armor and aircraft, with orders to simply kill everyone they meet?

Would the U.S. go to war with China to stop them?  Unlikely, I should think, especially given the invertebrate-like nature of the current administration.  Would the Russians?  Not if China makes a deal – say, to turn a blind eye if Russia continues annexing part of eastern Europe to ensure lebensraum for Russians.

Someone once said that war is armed robbery writ large.  I’m sure not inclined to do the Taliban any favors, but if I were them, I’d look at China’s offers with a very jaded eye.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In difficult times like these, it’s helpful to look closer to home, at the good things in our lives.  Your mileage may vary, but of late I’m taking more and more pleasure in our regained rural lifestyle here in the Great Land.  Every morning, walking over to the office requires going outside, rain, snow or shine.  We had our first frost last Friday, the leaves are turning, and it’s a great time to be outdoors.  And that’s a good thing; every day we breathe the free air of Alaska.

Chickadee

Our most regular visitors at the feeders this time of year, as we are exchanging summer birds for winter birds, are juncos, red-breasted nuthatches and black-capped chickadees.  Chickadees are my favorites, and like the nuthatches and juncos they are year-round residents.  They seem immune to winter weather in spite of being one-ounce bundles of fluff and feathers, and they punctuate the morning with their cheery calls.  I enjoy having them around.  Also, we have one nuthatch we call Mr. Noisy, as he keeps up a constant flow of chatter as he flies to and fro, and even as he’s eating.  It’s amazing that such tiny creatures can have personalities, but they sure do.

News and politics aren’t everything, True Believers.  Sometimes we need to be reminded of that.  Relax.  Look out the window.  Take a deep breath.  Things aren’t all bad.

Now that we’re all re-grounded…

On To the Links!

If you ask me, Ilhan Omar should have her passport revoked and be deported back to the shithole she and her brohusband came from.

The United States effectively has no President.

When you’ve lost CNN…

Good for Greg Gutfeld.

Yes, Biden(‘s handlers) and the generals should be held to account, but we all know they won’t be.

Speaking of Biden(‘s handlers) I’ll be surprised if he finishes out the year, much less one term.

Well, sure, how could Chicago possibly get any worse, anyway?

Yet another reason for Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. to be damn glad we got out of Colorado.

I swear, this administration could fuck up a wet dream.

Democrats aim to drive American business out of the country – again.

Larry Elder may be California’s last hope for any semblance of sanity in government.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the Afghanistan debacle.  Always worth the read.

Well, here’s a piece of good news.

Documenting the fall of the House of Biden.

There are reasons they are keeping Heels-Up Harris out of the spotlight.  Well, her stupidity, for one.

Well, what could possibly go wrong with this?

Bill Maher finds an acorn.

Biden Will Not Recover.  I’ll be mildly surprised if he lasts until the end of the year.

Why the hell should we resettle Afghans in the U.S.?

Answers you never wanted to questions you never asked.

This Week’s Idiots:

I don’t know who David Rothkopf is, but he’s an idiot.

are both idiots.

The Nation‘s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Salon‘s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Washington Monthly‘s Luisa Deprez is an idiot.

Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic is an idiot.

Neil Young can fuck right off.  Further proof that talent and intelligence aren’t necessarily linked.

Van Jones is an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Vox‘s Rebecca Leber is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I think we could all use something cheerful, don’t you?

Paolo Conte is an Italian singer, pianist, composer, and lawyer.  I can’t speak for his lawyering but his music is kind of fun; he has a gritty voice, and his music has a distinctly Mediterranean feel to it.  You can almost picture yourself seated at a table at Alassio or Levanto, enjoying a glass of white wine, watching the ocean and listening.  Not my normal cup of tea, but something I could appreciate, given the chance.

Here, from his 1990 album Parole D’Amore Scritte A Macchina, is the song Happy Feet.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Signs and Portents News

Before we start, check out the latest installment of my current fiction series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  You’ve probably read about Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller, who recently sacrificed his career, pension and benefits to call out the incompetence of the military leaders who botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Well, he’s made some interesting statements following his relief from his position and subsequent resignation of his commission.  Watch the entire video statement here.  My take on it is this:  He’s got something in mind.  Excerpt:

In a tell-all video posted on social media, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller acknowledged he was sacrificing a comfortable retirement by criticizing the way the withdrawal was handled. 

“I could stay in the Marine Corps for another three years, but I don’t think that’s the path I’m on. I’m resigning my commission as a United States Marine, effective now,” Scheller said. “I am forfeiting retirements, all entitlements, I don’t want a single dollar. I don’t want any money from the VA. I don’t want any VA benefits [even though] I’m sure I’m entitled 100%.” 

Scheller ignited a firestorm of controversy Thursday for posting a less than five-minute video in which he went after top military brass for not taking responsibility over an ISIS attack in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 11 Marines, an Army soldier, a Navy corpsman and 169 Afghans. 

“I’m not saying we need to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’?” Scheller said last Thursday. “Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up’?” 

Speaking to the pushback he had received from that video, Scheller said all he was asking for was “accountability of my senior leaders when there are clear obvious mistakes that were made.”

But here, this is the bit that jumped out at me and should jump out at you:

He reiterated that he was forfeiting a potentially $2 million pension fund for the rest of his life by going through with his actions, but warned that going after “stability and money” makes one a “slave to the system” and makes you compromise on your principles.

“I don’t need a single dollar. I just need every single person that’s willing to go back outside the wire every single day to wear a blue-collar and just go into work every single day and feed their families. Those are the people that I need,” Scheller said. “Follow me and we will bring the whole f***ing system down. I am honorable and you can ask any Marine who served with me for 17 years. I dare you to ask them all and find out what I’m made of. We’re just getting started.”

Take a look at what Colonel Scheller has in front of him in that video:  A chessboard.  Now, as to this statements, there are two that are key:

I just need every single person that’s willing to go back outside the wire every single day to wear a blue-collar and just go into work every single day and feed their families. Those are the people that I need,” Scheller said. “Follow me and we will bring the whole f***ing system down.

And:

I am honorable and you can ask any Marine who served with me for 17 years. I dare you to ask them all and find out what I’m made of. We’re just getting started.”

He’s planning something.  Now that something may well be an entry into politics; he sure would be far from the first veteran to ever do so.  He may be considering some other kind of activism.  And no, I don’t think he’s planning to foment a rebellion – at least, not yet.

But his use of the “we” and the chessboard – very, very interesting indeed.  Bear in mind what chess is, at its heart – a game of military strategy.

My take on Colonel Scheller is this:  This is a man who has just taken on a mission.  We’ll have to wait a bit to see what shape that mission takes, but he sure seems to have one, and I suspect holding accountable the military leaders who fucked up the Afghanistan withdrawal is only a part of it.  And a self-directed man, a Marine, with that kind of motivation, could well make himself a force to be reckoned with.  So, Semper Fi, Colonel Scheller; we will watch your new career with great interest.

We live in interesting times, True Believers.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Whores and Ale, The Other McCain, Bacon Time and Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!  Thanks as well to our pals over at The Daley Gator for the linkback!

Now, finally, some sanity from the Supreme Court, as they strike down the CDC’s illegal eviction moratorium.  Excerpt:

In swiftly striking down this federal overreach, six clear-headed rational jurists laid bare the utter absurdity of the Biden administration’s legal argument. The majority point out that the Biden Administration attempts to rely on “a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination.” “It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts.”

See what the Biden administration does there? They try to equate CDC authority to implement fumigation and pest control to canceling lawful rental contracts. This is ludicrous. It is tantamount to the President of the United States – using power that he does not have – declaring “you may steal from your landlord. You may stay on her land as long as you wish and there’s not a damn thing she can do. I hereby suspend state eviction laws. I do this because my voting base wants me to and because I am the President.”

But here’s the real dinger:

Speaking of being held accountable. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer need to explain themselves. But they can’t. And they won’t ever have to. They serve comfortably for life. In attempting to explain himself, Justice Breyer writes in his dissent:

COVID–19 transmission rates have spiked in recent weeks, reaching levels that the CDC puts as high as last winter: 150,000 new cases per day. And then Breyer shows us a COVID19 chart.

Wow. What an amazing feat of legal analysis. The best that three justices of the highest court in the United States can do is say basically; “well the COVID19 numbers are scary looking so the President and the CDC can just to whatever they want. We will rubber-stamp whatever you want to do, no matter how many Americans’ livelihoods are wiped out. Because COVID.”

To put that in simple English, Breyer’s argument is:  “There’s a scary flu going around, so we’re in favor of just discarding centuries of contract law.”

There have been a lot of pixels spilled on this issue, and a lot of excellent arguments made in favor of kneecapping this illegal seizure of power (along with all the other illegal seizures of power taken in the last sixteen months.)  Many writers rightly point out that this hurts landlords, most of whom are individual owners or small businesses, who still have to pay mortgages, taxes and upkeep on the property; that it will drive rental properties into the ownership of huge corporations that can absorb the short-term losses; that rental property inventories are likely to crash as a result of this idiotic policy.

And if you want evidence of how idiotic this policy is, just look at the people who support it.

But those arguments aren’t the main point, and also not why the six sane Justices stomped the brakes on this lunacy.  The main point is that the entire thing was illegal from the get-go.  The CDC has no authority to simply abrogate contract law.  The Executive Branch has no authority to simply abrogate contract law.  The Congress has no authority to simply abrogate contract law.  And the Supreme Court, for once, acted rightly.

Wonders never cease.

Animal’s Daily Biden Voters News

The New English Review’s Bruce Bawer brings us a letter to Biden voters everywhere.  Excerpt:

Damn you all.

You’re American citizens, with the right to vote in presidential elections.

For four years, we had a president who, over the course of a single term, managed to undo a great deal of the mischief wrought, and a great many of the mistakes made, by his recent predecessors. Trump revived America’s economy, shored up Americans’ individual liberties, forged several remarkable peace agreements, and greatly strengthened our international position—thus firmly checking the ambitions of our powerful adversaries. 

But, Biden voters, he had a personality that rubbed you the wrong way. He wrote nasty tweets. In the language of TV production, he was too “hot.” You wanted “cool.” 

The Democrats put up a candidate who was plainly in mental decline. It was obvious every time he spoke. But you didn’t pay terribly close attention to his speeches. The sources from which you get your “news” carefully clipped out all of the bits of his appearances in which his befuddlement was manifest. If you heard someone speak out about his senility, you dismissed the charges out of hand.  

Biden also had a less-than-stellar professional history. He’d spent decades in the Senate as little more than a fixture, an empty suit, a vapid, smiling shill for the credit-card companies and other corporations based in his shabby little state. In the lead-up to the 2020 election, mountains of evidence were made public indicating that Biden was even more deeply corrupt than we already knew, taking massive bribes from nefarious foreign powers. 

Yes, that story was banned from social media. Still, you could have known about it if you’d had the slightest bit of curiosity—and the slightest sense of civic responsibility. 

And there, True Believers, in that last sentence, is the crux of the issue.  A strong plurality, if not an outright majority, of voters in this country today have very little curiosity and almost no sense of civic responsibility.  They’re happy to superficially scan whatever their news outlet of choice deigns to tell them.

There’s no real cure for this.  It is, superficially, a free country – or at least, it was.  But here’s a thought experiment:  The next time a friend or family member cites a CDC study, or an FBI crime statistic, or some other source for an argument, ask them if they have read the original, unedited report.  Most of these things are public record, after all, and can be found, with a little digging.

I’ll bet you the adult beverage of your choice that the answer will either be an evasion or an outright “no.”

That kind of uninformed, apathetic decision-making is the reason we have a shambling, dementia-ridden husk who was never more than a mediocrity and a cackling harpy/poster child for the Dunning-Kruger effect in the top chairs in the Imperial City right now.