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Rule Five Who Is John Galt Friday

This is now a few weeks old, but I just stumbled over it and found it interesting; it seems a lot of the folks who are leaving the workplace are the ones who actually make things work.  And the message, although not stated in this article?  “This is John Galt Speaking.”  Excerpt:

The Great Resignation is not just a story of economic policy incentives or Marxist analysis, or even exasperation with rude and difficult customers. It’s not a matter of attitude adjustment, as if Americans were adopting the Chinese practice of tang ping—”lying down,” the new trend of young people giving up trying to achieve or accomplish anything. Quietist philosophy—at least when it comes to professional occupation—is foreign to the American culture of liberty and self-determination.

Solving the mystery of the Great Resignation phenomenon is not difficult. We must pay attention to who is resigning—what kind of workers—and put ourselves in their shoes.

The “laptop class,” John Tierney’s term for college-educated workers whose workday is largely computerized, is not resigning. Graphic designers, software developers, and the assorted cohort of spreadsheet surfers and keyboard warriors have not been the primary driver of unemployment during or after the pandemic. Most companies and employees adapted to remote work, a development that was long overdue given the technology available. Now, the only office employers struggling to fill cubicles are those who still think cubicles are the future.

The workers resigning are those most brutally impacted by policy over the last year and a half. They wear uniforms, or at least boots, and most of their customers are strangers: police officers, airline pilots, healthcare workers, builders, repairmen. We used to call them “frontline heroes” and “essential employees”—now we oppress them with litanies of COVID mandates in their workplace. And don’t forget about the workers in retail and restaurants who have always lived just above the poverty line. At a time of unprecedented economic instability, they don’t see much difference between their paltry wage and welfare, with poverty even being preferable to an exploitative or abusive workplace.

Here’s a primary cause, if not the root cause:

We’ve all walked into a restaurant or grocery store where masks are not required for customers, but “corporate office” wants all employees to wear them. We’ve all had a friend or relative whose job has been threatened by public or private-sector vaccine mandates. We’ve watched the disunity over COVID restrictions split churches and tear school districts apart—so why should we be surprised it demotivates workers? Working in these conditions comes at a price—and for blue-collar jobs especially, that price is not justified by the salary. Workers in these jobs value job security, schedule regularity, and constancy of tasks—a job to be proud of, but not to prioritize over values, free time, or personal dignity.

Or, in the words of John Galt:

I am speaking to those who desire to live and to recapture the honor of their soul. Now that you know the truth about your world stop supporting your own destroyers. The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction to give it. Withdraw your sanction. Withdraw your support.

That seems to be what lots of blue-collar (and some white-collar) folks are doing.  Lots of emergency responders, too. And, honestly, why not?  In an environment where we are demonized for being successful, for working hard and taking pride in our work, for not giving in to hypocritical mandates by virtue-signalling bosses?

The linked article concludes:

The American entrepreneur of the future must rally the workers being squeezed by these coercive policies. Their productivity and ingenuity—currently subdued by short-sighted agendas—may be America’s greatest untapped resource.

In other words, let the looter’s state collapse, and build something new, something productive, in the wreckage.  Ayn Rand, while far from the best fiction writer in history, may yet prove to be one of the most prescient.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a cold, cold autumn here in the Great Land.  Now, at mid-week, temps have moderated some, but Sunday morning when we woke it was eighteen below.  Typical overnight temps this time of year are about twenty-five degrees warmer than that.  A lot of folks up here wouldn’t mind a little bit of that global warming right now.

Winter in the Great Land.

The reason for this is known, though, and it’s nothing new.  A high-pressure area has been parked over the Alaska Range for a while now, pushing air from north of Broad Pass down into south-central Alaska.  It happened last March and April, too, plunging overnight lows into the upper teens – below.  And that’s OK – as I’ve become fond of saying, it’s not Miami Beach, it’s Alaska.  Soon enough the wheel will turn and spring will come, and then we’ll be in the fullest bloom of another gorgeous Alaska summer.  It’s all expected, and all worth it.

And so…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

OK, in holiday seasons past I’ve usually dropped some cash in the Salvation Army buckets as I passed them.  No more.  They can fuck right off.

The ugliest airplane ever made?  I don’t know about ugliest, but I bet it’s in the top ten.

No shit, Sherlock part deux.

From Newt Gingrich:  Mob looting in our major cities should be a wake-up call.  This probably rates another “No shit, Sherlock,” but the pols who run those cities don’t seem to be getting the message.

The Left can’t meme.

Sorry, Wayne, but you’re wrong on this one.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

Get out of the cities, True Believers.  This kind of shit is going to get worse before it gets better.

Give leftist thugs all the due process they can handle.

Speak for yourselves.

“I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain, and I grew concerned with what I saw. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from Communist-controlled China.”

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler is an idiot.

The Seattle Times’ A.S. Dillingham is an idiot.

American Prospect’s Jeff Faux is an idiot.  (Really?  The guy’s name is literally Jeff Fake.)

LeBron James, who is apparently some kind of sportsball player, is an idiot.

Vox’s Terry Nguyen (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Guardian’s David Pepper is an idiot.

The Columbus Dispatch’s William Derrough is an idiot.

Pete Buttigieg is an idiot.

Juan Williams continues his breakdown.

The Hill’s Bill Schneider is an idiot.

The American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner is an idiot.

Human Event’s Charlie Kirk is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Country music seems to be in large part a Southern thing, but there are some notable exceptions.  One of those is Aaron Lewis, who’s become a favorite of mine.  I do enjoy that one of his tunes has to do with the fact that rural folks and the rural lifestyle isn’t exclusive to the South; that there are small towns and rural communities all over the North as well.  I’m not sure if he was referring to the Great Land in this tune, but it sure applies.

Anyway.  The song is Northern Redneck, from his album Sinner.  And here it is.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Book Review Friday

Recently I had a read through J.N. Welch’s work An American Divorce: A Profound Protest Against The Politics Of Guilt And Fascism.  Thumbnail:  I wasn’t terribly impressed.  I was expecting some kind of discussion as to an actual, peaceful (more or less) dissolution of the United States, but what I got was… something else.  I nevertheless recommend anyone interested read this for yourself, rather than taking my word for it.  Selected excerpts, with my comments, follow.

One of my primary concerns with this work is that Mr. Welch seems to borrow a lot from the Left to try to hold the Republic together – and not just the moderate Left, assuming there still is such a thing, but from no less than Liawatha Warren; from a discussion of student debt on pages 122-123:

I have also been thinking about Elizabeth Warren’s “wealth tax.”  Her 2020 campaign plan was to fund Medicare-for-all by levying a tax on accumulated wealth beyond fifty million dollars.  The tax would have to be paid every year – it would not have been a one-time deal.  Warren’s proposal would have resulted in an incredible wealth transfer of over 300 billion dollars every year forward.

No, it wouldn’t have.  Setting aside for a moment that Warren’s proposal is blatantly, laughably unconstitutional – the tax would have had little effect other than to drive capital offshore.  Anyone with fifty million in accumulated wealth has more than ample resources to move that wealth into havens where the tax won’t apply.  This is a stupid idea no matter how you slice it – and unconstitutional, to boot.  Welch continues:

We’ll get back to health care in a moment, but what about the idea of taxing billionaires a one-time, after-tax hit that wipes out the student debt bubble?  I acknowledge this type of talk sounds like it is coming from a Bernie Sanders campaign rally.  But the students didn’t create the college debt problem – the adults did.  The government should never have involved themselves in student loans in the first place.  The result of politicians moving into the loan business was a big economic bubble and a diluted piece of paper.

Agree with the last two sentences.  But that’s all.  The one-time tax is still in violation of the taxing requirements in the Constitution, would still serve only to drive capital off-shore, and is a stupid, stupid idea.  And no, I don’t agree that the “students didn’t create the college debt problem.”  These “students” are adults, they signed contracts, and they should be held to those contracts that they signed of their own free will – or else our entire body of contract law means precisely jack shit.

Welch goes on to propose the theory of ‘retrenchment,’ following President Trump’s exit from the White House:

A retrenchment would mean traditional voters would formally walk away from the establishment GOP.  And they would return after they repurposed themselves into a unified movement that has the majority power, and conviction, to take the fight directly to their cancel culture foes.

We would allow the Democrats to temporarily run the national government while we worked underground to build a new and lasting movement.  This type of declaration would represent and astounding moment in American politics.  It would be the first time in the US, the people, and not the elites, completely overhauled a political party from the ground up.

Under such a retrenchment plan, building a new GOP would be prioritized over stopping progressive overreach in D.C.

There’s so much wrong with this it’s hard to know where to begin, but I’ll settle for this:  The idea of just passively allowing the current crop of Democrats to “temporarily run the national government” is just plain stupid.  We’ve already seen the lengths they are willing to go to to grab and keep power; only their razor-thin Congressional margins have kept them from outlandish acts like Puerto Rico and D.C. statehood, Imperial takeover of elections and stacking the Supreme Court.  If the GOP walked away and passively let them take over, they would arrange it so they never lost power again – and if you doubt this, take a look at California.

I read An American Divorce because I was expecting an in-depth discussion of how this might be achieved and what form it would take.  Instead I found a discussion of borrowing Leftist ideas to appease voters and surrendering control of the Imperial City to a ruthless cabal who would never surrender that control.

But by all means, read this work for yourself, and come to your own conclusions.  My opinions are, after all, worth every penny you pay for them!

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

OK, there’s a funny and accurate bit in this bit of commentary:

Kamala Harris isn’t disliked because she’s a non-white woman; Kamala Harris was chosen as vice president because she’s a non-white woman, and she’s disliked because she has nothing to recommend her beyond those facts. In the highest of high dudgeon, her defenders will propose that this is Joe Biden’s fault, for not “using” Harris correctly in her role. But this too is unjust. In truth, there is no good way to “use” Kamala Harris, because Kamala Harris is a talentless mediocrity whose only political flair is for making things worse than they were before she arrived(Emphasis added by me.)

Boy howdy, ain’t that the truth.

But what do you expect from a VP selected by a lifelong mediocrity, serial plagiarizer, liar and now dementia-ridden C-lister?  And she was selected, honestly, because she has brown skin and a vagina, and no relevant qualifications?  We have achieved kakistocracy, True Believers, and the two Janus-like faces it wears are those of President “Groper” Joe Biden and Kamala “Heels-Up” Harris.

And so…

On To the Links!

This guy gets it.

People are buying guns, primary reason cited is self-defense.  No shit.

Let them eat cake.

This time for sure!

Lungfish cocoons are alive.  Well, sure, but are they any good to eat?

We can hope.  After all, the GOP is driving us off the fiscal cliff a little slower than the Dems.

No shit, Sherlock.

For once, justice was served – not guilty on all counts!

Can Democrats Avoid Electoral Disaster in 2022?  Probably not – they’re stuck on stupid.

Fake President, fake White House.

Why the hell was this guy on the street?

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Plant-based meat is better for the planet?  Fuck that.

It’s not just us – the Global Debt Trap.

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

If what these idiots are proposing is the New American Dream, then we’re well and truly fucked.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New Yorker’s Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an idiot.

San Francisco is still run by idiots.

MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross is an idiot.

Derrick Johnson, the head of the NAACP, is an idiot.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The LA Times’ Raj Patel is an idiot.

Salon’s Lucian Truscott is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s David Bright is an idiot.

Newsweek’s Isaac Bailey is an idiot.

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

The Guardian’s Michael Harriot is an idiot.

This idiot thinks taking your dog to the vet should be free.  Sorry, honey, but TANSTAAFL applies.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

There are some artists out there whose politics I can’t abide, but still I listen to their work now and then, because brains and talent don’t necessarily go hand in hand.  A good example would be the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.

Leftists the three of them, but (at least recently) they haven’t been as obnoxiously vocal as some, seemingly content to “shut up and sing.”  I like a lot of their work, but my favorite is their 1982 tune Southern Cross.  Here is that tune; enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Blue Confederacy News

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson brings us some thoughts on how history may not repeat, but it often rhymes.  Excerpt:

Why are progressive regions of the country—especially in the old major liberal cities (e.g., Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle)—institutionalizing de facto racial quotas through “proportional representation” based on “disparate impact”? Why are they promoting ethnic and racial chauvinism, such as allowing college students to select the race of their own roommates, calibrating graduation ceremonies by skin color and tribe, segregating campus “safe spaces” by race, and banning literature that does not meet commissariat diktats?

Why are they turning into one-party political fiefdoms separating the rich and poor, increasingly resembling feudal societies as members of the middle class flee or disappear? What does it mean that they are becoming more and more intolerant in their cancel culture, and quasi-religious intolerance of dissent, on issues from climate change and abortion-on-demand to critical race theory and wokeness?

Isn’t it strange that there are entire states and regions wholly reliant on the money and power of “one-crop” Big Tech monopolies? And why, in the 21st century no less, are Democratic-controlled counties, cities, and entire states nullifying federal law?

In archetypical “states’ rights” fashion, blue-state “sanctuary cities” are as defiant of the federal government as the Old South was when it claimed immunity from federal jurisdiction—all the way from the nullification crisis of 1830-1833 to George Wallace in 1963 blocking the door at the University of Alabama.

As always, read the whole thing.  It’s worth the time.  Dr. Hanson always is.

What’s interesting in this whole self-sorting that’s going on is the celerity with which people are moving over the last few years, and the fact that the divide isn’t really by state; even most of the blue states are red outside of the major cities.  So called “blue” states are only blue because of metro areas; as witness our former home of Colorado, a mostly red state overwhelmed by the Denver-Boulder Axis, or Illinois. rendered blue largely by Cook County.

The Civil War – not really a civil war, but a war of secession – is more correctly called the War Between the States.  But the current issue isn’t that; it’s a (so far, cold) war between major metropolitan areas and, well, everywhere else.  If this does come to open conflict, it’s not at all clear how we can thread that needle.

Dr. Hanson concludes:

We think the Old South lost the Civil War—but did it in the end?

That is, did the Union win the short-term battle to abolish slavery and save the Union, but lose the long-term war of ideas and values by adopting the very ethos of the long-defeated—even as vanquished Southerners reformed and gradually embraced the visions of the victors that the Northerners themselves would eventually reject?

In any case, in the 21st century, Tennessee and Florida are far less racially obsessed, freer, and more affordable, more transparent, more tolerant, and more law-abiding states than are the racially-fixated, stratified, manorial, and dogmatic surveillance states of California, Illinois, and New York.

That’s correct, but it won’t sell in San Francisco or New York.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Winter’s on the way for most of the Forty-Eight.  But for us, it’s already here, and has been for some time!

First snow.

Last week saw our first significant snowfall here in the Great Land, with six inches of the white stuff landing on us Thursday and Friday.  This week it’s sunny all week, with high temps in the single digits and lows around zero.  Up here six inches of snow and single-digit temps are no big deal, mind you; this is, after all, Alaska, not Miami Beach.

With that comes shorter days, which is taking a little getting used to.  Right now it’s not really light until a bit after 0900, with the sun setting about 1600.  The next month will see some more shaved off of that, at least until the arc starts to bend back towards spring again.  But what we love about winter here is this:  The snow is a lovely, pristine white, and stays that way.  No city gunk messing up the view.  It’s like the land has pulled a clean white blanket of snow over itself, and will sleep until spring.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Will President Biden(‘s handlers) turn the U.S. military on the citizens?  And how will the military react?

It’s not so much that Democrats are engaging in “woke” stupidity.  It’s more that they’re actually incompetent.

We take our heroes where we finds ’em.

The current state of the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration.

Is President Biden(‘s handlers) the second coming of Herbert Hoover?  Well, given how things are at the moment, I wouldn’t rule it out.  Seems like lots of folks aren’t too happy about it.

More on that same note.

This is what happens when your primary criteria for a VP candidate are “brown skin and a vagina.”

Seems our ancestors took several tries at getting into Europe.

It’s not even The Police’s best song.

A meteor just gave Earth a haircut.  Yipes!

Keep your damn booger-hook off the bang-switch!  What an asshole.

No shit, Sherlock.

I’m wondering if this is the start of a trend.

Yes.

Holy crap!  A 128-foot long dinosaur.

President Biden(‘s handlers) throw Taiwan under the bus.

President Biden(‘s handlers) throw U.S. consumers under the bus.

We should all be really grateful that this asshole never ended up on the Supreme Court.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Tony Norman is an idiot.

538’s Hakeem Jefferson and Michael Tesler are both idiots.

Jacobin’s Luke Savage is an idiot.

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

The New York TimesBryce Covert is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington is an idiot.

The New Yorker’s John Cassidy is an idiot.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Brown is an idiot.

Bloomberg’s Allison Schrager is an idiot.

The Nation‘s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Being as stupid as MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross should be physically painful.

The Nation’s Kali Holloway is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Something a little different this week.

In 1998 Sunrise Inc. and director Shinichirō Watanabe released what was to be one of Japanese animation’s benchmark series:  Cowboy Bebop.  Having worked, lived in and traveled around Japan, I have a pretty good understanding on how prevalent anime is in Japanese culture, but it’s pretty damn common over here as well.  Some pretty serious work has appeared in the format, such as Mushishi, Ghost in the Shell and Spice and Wolf, but Cowboy Bebop set the standard, with well-choreographed action, good character development and an amazing soundtrack.

Now Netflix is bringing out a live-action adaptation.  I’m not sure how this will play out, but the trailer looks interesting.  We’ll see.  It starts this Friday, and I expect Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. will be tuning in.

Animal’s Daily Charlie Fox News

Before we start, be sure to check out the latest in my Listening Post series over at Glibertarians.

Now:  To add to the list of stupid ideas coming out of the shadowy, cobwebbed mind of President Biden(‘s handlers) comes this trial balloon:  Apparently they are floating the idea of making history’s worst Vice President a Supreme Court Justice.  Because, you know, how could she fuck things up even worse?  Excerpt:

Two CNN reporters penned a piece on Sunday headlined “Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ frustrating start as vice president.” The article cited nearly three dozen officials in Harris’ office and the White House as their sources, and few had nice things to say.

But there was one passage that caught everyone’s eye.

“Defenders and people who care for Harris are getting frantic. When they’re annoyed, some pass around a recent Onion story mocking her lack of more substantive work, one with the headline, “White House Urges Kamala Harris To Sit At Computer All Day In Case Emails Come Through.” When they’re depressed, they bat down the Aaron Sorkin-style rumor that Biden might try to replace her by nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy. That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it,” said the piece.

That small “rumor” prompted The Daily Mail to write: “Harris’ approval rating has plunged even further than Biden’s in recent months, with rumors swirling that the president is considering appointing her to the Supreme Court as a backdoor method of selecting a new VP.”

Wow.  Just… wow.

Bear in mind that this nomination would stand a snowball’s chance in Mumbai of getting confirmed in the Senate.  I mean, Heels-Up’s own party despises her, and there’s no way they would ever get even one Republican to vote to put this cackling harpy on the Court.

But consider, for a moment, the utter impotence of this administration, to even float just such an idea at this – a stupid, stupid idea.  I’d point out this is what happens when your primary criteria for a VP candidate are brown skin and a vagina, but that would be belaboring the obvious.

This is just a rumor, maybe not even up to the level of an “official” trial balloon.  Still, it sure does look like we’re getting closer to the point where the long knives come out, doesn’t it?

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!  And thanks as well to our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the link!  If you aren’t visiting these blogs regularly, you should be.

Now then:  In New York City, a place I have been to but never plan to see again (except maybe from an airliner passing overhead) comes this:  The moderate Mayor-elect being threatened with riots are arson by Black Lives Matter leaders.  Excerpt:

New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams challenged his fellow Democrats to condemn Black Lives Matter activist Hawk Newsome who said Adam’s new policing plans would trigger ‘riots and bloodshed’ in NYC streets. 

At a press conference on Friday, Adams – a centrist who has taken a tough stance on law and order – questioned why members of his party have not spoken out against Newsome’s calls to violence. 

‘I think that this is an excellent moment for the local and state and federal Democratic Party to state: We could have justice without violence,’ Adams said.  

‘National, state and city electeds should stand up and say, ‘we will never allow anyone to make those comments,’ that there will be blood in our streets, because you know where that blood ends up? In the streets of our community,’ Adams added.  

He spoke two days after a tense meeting at Borough Hall with members of the Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, co-founder of the group Hawk Newsome had some harsh words for the incoming mayor if he went through with his plans to reinstate the NYPD’s plainclothes cop units. 

‘If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,’ Newsome told reporters outside Borough Hall.

History shows us one way to deal with riots, arson, looting and attacks on citizens:

  1. Public reading of the Riot Act.
  2. Order the rioters, “Disperse or you will be fired upon.”
  3. Follow through.

Now honestly I’d hate to see things come to this kind of a pass, but the BLM activists rioters may well drive several of the nation’s cities to that point; either that, or the cities will continue to lose what honest, productive citizens they have left, and then descend even further into apocalyptic hellholes.

Roof Koreans.

It’s important to note that one of the (few) legitimate roles of government is to keep people from hurting us or taking our stuff.  The governments of many of our big cities – Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle, to name a few – are utterly failing in that responsibility.  What happens now?  More Roof Koreans for the win?  Or just a general abandonment of the cities to the thugs, followed by an unimaginable melt-down?

Either way, I don’t figure on seeing it for myself.  And it the would-be rioters, looters and arsonists want to come try kicking up their heels up here in the Mat-Su, they sure aren’t going to like how that works out for them.

Rule Five FTC Friday

This is now a couple of weeks old, but I just stumbled across a very interesting look at the new Federal Trade Commission chair.  And it’s a little bizarre.  Excerpt:

Last month Lina Khan, the new chair of the Federal Trade Commission, issued an internal memo setting out her goals for the agency. It is a paper loaded with bureaucratic abstraction. Khan calls on the agency to “harness” a “strategic approach,” “execute on best practices,” “broaden…institutional skillsets,” “prioritize…core operational objectives,” and “apply an integrated approach” that “surface[s] interconnections.”

Underneath the linguistic bunkum, however, are some bold claims about the agency and its place in the world. Khan calls for a “holistic” (read: expansive) approach to antitrust law, one that (somehow) balances the interests of “workers and independent businesses as well as consumers.” She urges staff to operate more like industrial planners—administrators who identify “root causes,” dictate “market structure,” and control “macro effects.” She declares the agency a “body whose work shapes the distribution of power and opportunity across our economy.”

Note that it’s impossible to “dictate market structure” or to “control macro effects.”  This is the language of Marx and Lenin, and central control has failed every time it’s been tried.  This is stupidity on steroids – hardly something new for the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration.

But here’s the onion:

A government agent bent on “shap[ing] the distribution of power” is presumably in want of formidable power herself. Khan has granted herself unilateral authority over antitrust investigations, barred agency staff from speaking in public, and dismissed a respected economist from one of the agency’s most notable cases. She has expanded the agency’s discretion to challenge vertical mergers, its power to attach conditions to merger approvals, and its ability to expedite (and politicize) the making of rules governing trade practices. In an especially high-handed move, the agency has on Khan’s watch announced that instead of approving certain mergers, it will simply tell the parties that they may merge “at their own risk,” the agency reserving the right to unwind deals later. Make no mistake, merger reviews still occur; but now, they are reportedly being used to interrogate firms about social justice and ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) matters unrelated to competition. If you’re still not impressed, consider that all of this occurred in the new chair’s first three months in office.

Lina Khan is not opposed to consolidated power, it seems, so much as she is opposed to consolidated power not wielded by Lina Khan. She doesn’t necessarily disagree. In a recent interview, Khan referred to the “existential stakes of underreaching,” as chair. “When identifying the top ten threats” to the agency, she said, going too far is “not on the list.”

In other words, Lina Khan is proposing to engage in an unprecedented power grab, one that will give her an illegal and unconstitutional control over the nation’s economy.

I wish I could say that this was something new, but it’s not.

This, True Believers, is lawmaking by the Executive branch, and it’s illegal as hell – not to mention disastrous for the nation’s economy, and utterly destructive to the very idea of free trade.  Not only is Lina Khan proposing an unconstitutional power grab, she has a dagger aimed at the heart of what made America what it is – free trade and commerce.

Here’s the possible bright spot:  The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has indulged in one stupid over-reach after another since January past.  Judging from their response to last week’s elections, they are undeterred and will continue to do so.  That’s hopeful; the GOP is, after all, driving us off the same fiscal cliff, but at least they’re doing it a little more slowly.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Last Tuesday was sure an… interesting day.  Over the last couple of days I’ve been reviewing all that happened while I was away in pursuit of hoofed ungulates, and boy howdy is there some entertaining stuff there.  See the “This Week’s Idiots” section for some examples.

I had two primary takeaways from all this:  First, the VA elections in particular were all about education.  Parents (rightly) feel they should have some say on how their kids are educated.  Second, the Democrats have taken all the wrong messages from this, and the primary reaction seems to be “…we need to prog harder.”  Yeah, let us all know how that works out for you.

It’s going to be an interesting year coming up, True Believers.

And so…

On To the Links!

Remarkable:  A NJ truck driver, spending less than $200 on his campaign, unseats the long-standing NJ state Senate President.

He really has no idea what’s going on, does he?

I will watch this lady’s career with great interest.  Shes the kind of person that makes one proud to be an American.

This makes sense, so it will never happen.

Let’s Go Brandon!

Let’s go, Brandon!

Let’s go, Brandon!

Joe Manchin angers leftists – again.

Build Back Better is (hopefully) dead.

The best meltdowns from last Tuesday.

Dems fear 2022 will be a wipeout.  I’m guessing they are right.

When your enemy is committing suicide – let him!

Trump is spoiling for a rematch.

Fucking savages.

Ya think?

Remington, the country’s oldest gun manufacturer and in fact the country’s oldest corporation that is still in the primary business for which if was incorporated, is moving from Ilion, NY to Georgia.  Way overdue.

Why is the FBI investigating the theft of a girl’s diary?

This Week’s Idiots:

NY Magazine‘s Zak Cheney-Rice is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones is an idiot.

Jonathan Chait is an idiot.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Marc Ambinder is an idiot.

The Guardian‘s Andrew Gawthorpe is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Rebecca Solnit is also an idiot.

The Philly Inquirer’s Will Bunch is an idiot.

Brian Stelter, aside from being a potato, is also an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 2011 we lost a performer whose career spanned a wide variety of musical styles, including country, soul, pop and theater.  I’m speaking of Dobie Gray, and he was a remarkable musician.  Born into a family of Texas sharecroppers in 1940, Gray quickly moved into music and saw great success.  His 1973 hit Drift Away is still a staple of classic-rock radio.

Here, then, is that song.  Enjoy.