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Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution in The Capital.

That’s the title of an economic thesis written decades ago at Moscow State University by an American student, attending courtesy of something called the Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship.

The person is one Saule Omarova, who is now a law professor at Cornell Law School. After graduating from Moscow in 1989 she returned to the USA where she got a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. She’s also still in love with the USSR:

“Until I came to the US, I couldn’t imagine that things like gender pay gap still existed in today’s world. Say what you will about old USSR, there was no gender pay gap there. Market doesn’t always ‘know best,’” she tweeted in 2019.

Ms. Omarova thinks asset prices, pay scales, capital and credit should be dictated by the federal government. In two papers, she has advocated expanding the Federal Reserve’s mandate to include the price levels of “systemically important financial assets” as well as worker wages. …

In a recent paper “The People’s Ledger,” she proposed that the Federal Reserve take over consumer bank deposits, “effectively ‘end banking,’ as we know it,” and become “the ultimate public platform for generating, modulating, and allocating financial resources in a modern economy.”

Perhaps she’s not aware that the USSR lost the Cold War and fell apart, revealing to the world what a complete sham its communist economy had always been.

By escaping the USSR she’s managed to live the typical wealthy lifestyle of a professor at one of America’s premier universities and is now ready to move on to other things.

Like running America’s banking regulatory system.

Joe Biden has nominated Saule Omarova to be Comptroller of the Currency. It is an important position. According to the Comptroller’s web site:

The OCC charters, regulates, and supervises all national banks and federal savings associations as well as federal branches and agencies of foreign banks. The OCC is an independent bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Because of course this is what moderate, slighty left-of-centre Democrat Presidents do.

This is insane. Her nomination should be rejected with prejudice.

Is there anybody out there who still thinks it was a great idea to swap President Trump for Joe Biden?

Written by Tom Hunter

October 8, 2021 at 12:03 pm

The Biden Death Spiral comes early?

All US Presidents have ups and downs in their popularity. Most manage to recover: they’re called two-term Presidents.

But some never do. The one-term folk like Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump are classic examples, although Bush 41 was done in more by Perot bleeding votes from him. Then there’s Harry Truman.

Because he served almost all of two terms following FDR’s death in April 1945, it’s often forgotten that Truman was also only a one-term President. He hit all-time lows that have never been surpassed as the Korean War strangled him, but even then it took a loss in the 1952 New Hampshire primary before he knew he was done.

Another one-term inheritor of the seat, Lyndon Johnson, hit problems. LBJ’s massive win in 1964, and even more massive successes in winning passage for his free-money Great Society Programs and the 1964 Civil Rights Act, should have meant a smashing reelection in 1968, but Vietnam killed that.

But it happens with the two-termers also. Nixon and Watergate of course. Bush 43 and the combination of Iraq war hangover and the smash-mouth impact of the GFC saw his popularity approach Truman levels as he exited.

The successful two-termers are the ones who managed to negotiate the downs. FDR and the 1937 economic downturn; Eisenhower and a heart attack; Reagan and the 1981/82 recession; Clinton and the GOP takeover in ’94; Obama and Obamacare.

Of course it was never expected that Biden would even run for a second term; he was simply the most acceptable anti-Trumper for 2020 that the Democrat National Committee could back. Despite some rather deluded high hopes from some corners, his history, lack of principles and low-IQ alone predicted poor outcomes, even before taking into account his fading, senile old brain.

  • The Afghanistan disaster, complete with 13 dead soldiers and damaged relations with allies.
  • The crisis on the Mexican border (2 million illegals by year end).
  • The continuing Covid-19 problems (which he said he’d end).
  • The failure to enact his gigantic spending programs (assuming you even think they’re good in the first place).
  • Growing economic problems with energy costs and inflation in general.

And so….

This is also not just a snapshot but yet another one of a series of major polls showing him sliding.

There are several differences between Biden and those other Presidents who have recovered from poor 1st term polls.

First off, he never had the personal fan-base and support in the first place, as witnessed by his failed Presidential runs in 1988 and 2008, so has nothing to fall back on bar core Democrat Party support.

Second he does not have the party majorities needed to enact really big stuff that might save him.

Third, this is very much a post FDR/LBJ world. The big stuff, even if passed, is likely to make things worse economically. There’s only so much government spending that can be blasted into an economy before it starts back-firing, not to mention that the $29 trillion of debt cannot be ignored for much longer, especially when the Federal Reserve has to raise rates to fight the inflation.

Fourth, on the Foreign Policy front, Americans don’t normally give a shit unless something goes wrong. So more positive developments like AUKUS will have no impact, whereas another Afghanistan will. Taiwan. North Korean missile tests, Iran-Israel. Those time bombs are out there ticking away.

Fifth, and perhaps most importantly of all, Biden does not have the political skills to work through all these problems. Unlike Reagan, Clinton or Obama, he can’t dig himself out of these holes and nor can his party. There is no change on the horizon for either group: what we’ve seen from all of them in the last few months is it.

Like the US debt, this is not going to get better unless providence shines upon Biden.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 7, 2021 at 6:26 pm

US Government cuts spending by $5 trillion

And they did it by being completely incompetent!

Now by “government”, I mean all three elected arms of the Federal government: the Presidential Administration, the Senate and the House (the last two referred to collectively as Congress).

All three are currently controlled by the Democrat Party, but in Congress by only razor thin majorities. The Senate is 50:50 so the Vice President can deliver a tiebreaking vote for the Democrats. The House Democrats have a majority of just six seats (420 vs 412 GOP with 3 vacant seats). The Presidency is “led” by a dementia-ridden moron.

The 2020 elections yielded 75 million votes to Trump, a massive vote increase from 2016 even in a losing effort, a 100% loss in Democrat House seats and no GOP defeats, and the fluke of special elections in one state, Georgia, that delivered the Dems two Senate seats to merely get the tie.

A careful and competent Party would have looked at this situation and decided to play small ball; basic bills that would get bipartisan agreement and put some runs on the board and make it seem like the government is helping voters.

But instead they went grandiose. They had recently passed the following bills:

  • The $2 trillion CARES Act in early 2020 (signed by Trump);
  • the $900 billion pandemic relief measure in late 2020 (signed by Trump);
  • the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in March of this year (signed by Biden)

As a result they decided to go even bigger:

  • A $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill
  • A $3.5 trillion “reconciliation bill.

The first bill did gain bipartisan support from The Stupid Party:

The Act is a $1.2 trillion, 2702 page spend up that, upon close inspection, has little to do with the real infrastructure of roads, bridges and such, but everything to do with pork barrel politics, as the WSJ helpfully details. As well as that the damned thing extends Federal, centralised control to yet more government actions that are supposed to stay with local government at the state and city level, as per the original vision of the USA.

The second monster did not, for the simple reason that it was a complete over-reach by the Democrats, who stuffed everything they could think of into this “budget” bill: election reforms, child-care reforms, expansion of Medicare-Medicaid, AGW actions (climate change), etc, etc.

The reason for doing this was that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, decided they had a better chance of passing all this under the guise of calling it a “reconciliation bill” than passing individual bills on each matter. Reconciliation is what happens to a budget bill when the House and Senate versions are “reconciled” and it’s not supposed to apply to non-budget items. But Pelosi had pulled this stunt before with the Obamacare legislation in 2010 so obviously thought she could do it again. Except then her party had big majorities in the Senate and House, and even then it was a squeaker and barely arguable as a “budget” bill.

This one was already in trouble as various parts were declared out of order by the House Parliamentarian, a non-partisan office that offers advice and rules on such things.

But things got worse months ago when the Bernie Sanders/AOC Far Left wing of the Democrats insisted that the reconciliation bill had to be voted on before the infrastructure bill. Their reasoning was the fear that they’d vote for the infrastructure bill and then get stabbed in the back later by Democrat “moderates” on the big bill, at which point the Sanders wing would have no further leverage.

All very tricky to manage but Pelosi is a cunning old bird and must have thought it was doable. It almost was – until two Democrat Senators, Manchin from West Virginia and Sinema from Arizona – blew the whole thing up by objecting to the scale of it. Manchin even put a figure on what he’d vote for: $1.5 trillion.

Over the last few weeks there have been countless debates between the two recalcitrant Senators and Democrat leadership, plus god knows what pressure applied by lessor members and activists. But Manchin and Sinema not only refused to cave but dug their toes in further and the fighting grew harsher. Manchin rubbed salt in the wounds by bluntly explaining that “he’s not a Liberal“, and if they wanted this sort of stuff passed “they need to elect more Liberals“.

President Biden was finally hauled into the mess (as Presidents often are) but, as I expected, not only failed to get a result but made things worse. Somehow he managed to undercut both Pelosi and Manchin – despite those two being on opposite ends of the reconciliation issue. Incredibly, his staff would not allow him to answer questions from his own party in a closed session. That’s how useless he is and it showed when he was asked about the breakdown by reporters outside.

FFS. Yes, it’s insensitive to laugh and joke about serious crises that killed people, but Biden being an awkward, senile old moron is nothing new. But this was his agenda! The man quite literally had nothing else to do except rally support for it, since he showed he was incapable of doing anything else with those other crisis, which are all on him anyway. All that stuff he’s giggling about are a direct result of his own incompetence. No one made him fuck up Afghanistan. No one forced him to spread a fake story about whips instead of enforcing the Southern border. Certainly, he could have chosen to reign in Pelosi and company, not blow out spending and cause crushing inflation. All of that is a result of his “leadership”.

It finally all fell apart when Pelosi delayed the bill bill vote last week, and then the infrastructure vote scheduled for this Monday. The result has been a Democrat meltdown and Biden’s entire agenda placed in peril of total failure. Sinema blasted them over the failure of the infrastructure bill as she buggered off back to Arizona.

Why this idiot President and his idiot advisors, including Pelosi and Schumer, ever imagined they could do an FDR/LBJ-style makeover of the Federal government without FDR/LBJ-style majorities, and then failed to sell it, will be a question for historians. For me it’s very simple: they’re stupid and incompetent across the board, as they’ve shown with the Afghanistan crisis and Southern border crisis. Amazingly, even the MSM agrees:

There is actually more good news from those old 2020/21 spending bills that were passed:

Nearly a trillion dollars remain unspent from the CARES Act.

Nearly 7 months after Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, precious little of that $350 billion for state and local governments has been spent.

Yay! And some “emergency” that was for those states screaming for the money in the “Rescue Plan”. But this is only temporary good news and of course it wasn’t “saving” or cutting spending at all. A good chunk of that unspent CARES trillion was simply rolled into the new monster bill, and there’s no doubt Pelosi will try again with both of them (and likely cut Biden out of the action).

The really bad news is that the ordinary 2021-22 budget alone is at $6+ trillion: $4 trillion mandatory spending, $1.7 trillion on discretionary spending, and $305 billion interest on the national debt.

Yes, all the spending discussed here was on top of that.

See also:

The Stupid Party strikes again


The Great Crash of 2034

This is not going to get better.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 4, 2021 at 3:02 pm

When the ACLU has lost itself

The ACLU is the American Civil Liberties Union, and the first I’d heard about them was a reference in the 1980 movie, The Blues Brothers. It’s the scene where the American Nazi party is allowed to do a march in Skokie, Illinois (then with a large Jewish population, including many survivors of the Holocaust) and Jake and Ellwood charge their car at the protestors, forcing many to jump off a low bridge into a stream.

The real life event came as a result of the ACLU actually fighting in court for the right of the Nazi party to hold the march. It is considered to be a landmark US case on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

Sadly, the ACLU is not that organisation any longer. There have been internal documents in recent years where they have hedged on defending the US Bill of Rights first amendment, not to mention the 2nd amendment. Clearly, even they’re feeling the pressure of our modern society of Woke.

This was never more obvious than the other day when they decided to “celebrate” former SCOTUS Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s comment on abortion during her 1993 confirmation to the US Supreme Court.

Hmmm…. A “person’s” life”? “Their”?

Here’s the original:

“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When Government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.”

Maybe they should have just said “chest feeders” or some of the other trans bullshit terminology that’s currently making its way into government department publications and websites across the Western world.

Funnily enough there was a backlash, as there has been to the equally fucked-in-the-head article in the Lancet.

In both cases apologetics (not really apologies) have been issued but at least in the case of the ACLU you know it’s not serious when its executive director, Anthony Romero said this to the NYT:

“[My] colleagues do a fantastic job of trying to understand a reality that people who seek abortions are not only women. That reality exists.”

Then why apologise? Clearly, if you think that, then the logical next step is to be forced to discuss those other people who get abortions. You know the ones: the bodies with vaginas.

A society that has no grip on reality is in for a hell of a shock sooner or later, likely multiple shocks.

Here’s the good news. It was the Lefty side that pushed back on this bullshit as well as conservatives. This may seem like an inconsequential victory in the “gender identity” and “transgender rights” battles, but it’s not. This walk back by the ACLU and the Lancet Medical Journa are strong signals that the tide is changing ever so slowly, and that we shouldn’t give up this fight, despite whatever you might hear from squishy, useless “moderate” Right WIngers about how “culture wars” should be ignored.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 29, 2021 at 5:41 pm

Angelo Codevilla on our Ruling Class

He was killed by a drunk driver a few days ago while walking along a footpath. He was 78 and had just recovered from Covid-19.

Life eh?

You’ve probably never heard of the man. I had not until 2010 when he wrote a seminal article, America’s Ruling Class. But he had quite a background, outlined here, as a keen critic of the Pentagon and a progenitor of the Strategic Defense Initiative that Reagan pushed.

Among his many fine books are a translation of Machiavelli’s Prince, and several books on war, strategy, and intelligence that hold up very well even at a remove of 30 years in some cases. Especially recommended is his book The Character of Nations, which holds up very well because it draws upon vast historical learning that never goes out of style. His co-authored book with Paul Seabury, War: Ends and Means, is also a fantastic primer on how to take warfare seriously. And his book on intelligence, Informing Statecraft, is also a classic that can be read to great use today, because it was less about transient facts such as the Soviet Union and more about the defective culture of our “intelligence” community.

A learned but practical man then, not ignorant of politics and bureaucracy.

But back to that 2010 article, which I strongly urge you to read in light of all that has happened since. For me these are the key excerpts:

As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ “toxic assets” was the only alternative to the U.S. economy’s “systemic collapse.” In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They explained neither the difference between the assets’ nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse America. 

Fear! The strange thing is that it was the MSM, with their usual addiction to fear pornography, plus many other political and “thought” leaders who seemed to be more frightened than the public. Moreover, when the time came to shove money at the banks, a number of the largest objected, for the simple and sound reason that they weren’t the ones who had indulged in the CDO insanity and were not in trouble. But the collective won out.

The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one. When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters were being voted by people who had not read them, the term “political class” came into use. 

Then, after those in power changed their plans from buying toxic assets to buying up equity in banks and major industries but refused to explain why, when they reasserted their right to decide ad hoc on these and so many other matters, supposing them to be beyond the general public’s understanding, the American people started referring to those in and around government as the “ruling class.”

And in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country. They think, look, and act as a class.

He makes it clear that the Republican’s “pivot” on some of these things was meaningless partisanship:

Although after the election of 2008 most Republican office holders argued against the Troubled Asset Relief Program, against the subsequent bailouts of the auto industry, against the several “stimulus” bills and further summary expansions of government power to benefit clients of government at the expense of ordinary citizens, the American people had every reason to believe that many Republican politicians were doing so simply by the logic of partisan opposition. After all, Republicans had been happy enough to approve of similar things under Republican administrations. Differences between Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas are of degree, not kind.

No prominent Republican challenged the ruling class’s continued claim of superior insight, nor its denigration of the American people as irritable children who must learn their place. The Republican Party did not disparage the ruling class, because most of its officials are or would like to be part of it.

But it is the following passages that are the key point about this new class, which increasingly apply across the Western democracies, and which lead to things like this, and this from our “leaders”. Codevilla contrasts the past American rulers with those of today:

Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America’s upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably of one mind on any given matter. The Boston Brahmins, the New York financiers, the land barons of California, Texas, and Florida, the industrialists of Pittsburgh, the Southern aristocracy, and the hardscrabble politicians who made it big in Chicago or Memphis had little contact with one another. Few had much contact with government, and “bureaucrat” was a dirty word for all. So was “social engineering.” Nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday’s upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed.

Actual diversity then, even within the ranks of the wealthy and powerful.

All that has changed. Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters — speaking the “in” language — serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.

He then contrasts this ruling class with the rest of America:

The two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the 19th century’s Northerners and Southerners — nearly all of whom, as Lincoln reminded them, “prayed to the same God.” By contrast, while most Americans pray to the God “who created and doth sustain us,” our ruling class prays to itself as “saviors of the planet” and improvers of humanity. Our classes’ clash is over “whose country” America is, over what way of life will prevail, over who is to defer to whom about what. The gravity of such divisions points us, as it did Lincoln, to Mark’s Gospel: “if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

See also:

The Hunger Masks
Do as I say, not as I do
Generational Toxicity
A second American Civil War

Written by Tom Hunter

September 23, 2021 at 12:35 pm

This is why Generals don’t do Foreign Policy

The other day I did a post on General Milley’s breach of the US military chain of command and interference in US foreign policy in the waning days of the Trump Administration, Seven Days in January: why General Milley must resign.

Because of the incredibly toxic politicisation of every aspect of life in the USA, this breach has been condemned only by retired military officers and the Republican Party. The Democrats apparently see no problem with something that they have always supposedly been in terror of for decades – the military ignoring or going outside the civilian chain of command.

President “Softserve” Biden apparently has no issue with Milley, presumably because he can’t imagine a situation where a Milley might pull the same stunt on him. Biden is completely fine with his constitutional powers being usurped. If Milley sought to substitute his judgment for that of Trump, what stops him from doing the same thing with Biden? Yet, Biden professes not to care, which shows Biden’s incompetence, yet again.

But aside from the seriously bad constitutional problems raised by all this inside the USA, there’s also the fact that Milley’s intervention may be having unintentional consequences in foreign policy, even aside from the weakness that Biden has exhibited with the Afghanistan rout.

First of all, here’s Milley’s telephone counterpart in those now-infamous calls, senior General Li Zuocheng, making himself very clear back in May of this year:

Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commission told Beijing’s Great Hall of the People: ‘If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the people’s armed forces will, with the whole nation, including the people of Taiwan, take all necessary steps to resolutely smash any separatist plots or actions.’

Then on September 9 came this from the editor of China’s state-run media Global Times:

The latest came just the other day from a senior Chinese government official.

Milley’s phonecall should be put into the perspective of this speech he made in 2015:

Perhaps in 2015 I would have agreed with Milley, but they obviously view themselves as the enemy of the USA, otherwise we would not be seeing flexing shit like this. “Friends” don’t address each other the way they are talking to other nations and threatening them, including obviously now the USA.

The theory of deterrence applies not just in the realm of nuclear warfare, but to conventional warfare. Right now, between Biden and his incompetent and deluded Administration, including obviously the senior levels of the Pentagon and intelligence services, China is not being deterred.

They might well fail in a military adventure against Taiwan or in the South China Sea. But stopping them from trying in the first place is perhaps more important, and simply announcing something like the new AUKUS pact, which will not become practicable for perhaps five years, is not be enough.

On that note I did appreciate this pushback. Nice to see there are still Navy boys with a spine.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 19, 2021 at 6:00 am

Posted in China, Military, US Politics, USA

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Minaj à trois

There’s definitely a lot of weird shit going on at the moment around the world.

None weirder than Chinese Xi Snot’s effect on otherwise seemingly normal people, turning them into frightened, fearful souls who have become toxic to friends and family and wear masks on a beach and in parks.

With politicians it’s been quite the opposite: power mad control freaks doesn’t even begin to cover them, almost without exception.

So it should not be a surprise to see pushback coming from unexpected places. Weird places – like Nicki Minaj.

You don’t know who she is? Of course you don’t. Few people over the age of 30 would:

Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her animated flow in her rapping and versatility as a recording artist.

Minaj is one of the best selling female artists of all time with 100 million records sold worldwide. Her numerous accolades include eight American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Guinness World RecordBillboard ranked her the top female rapper of the 2010s, as well as ranking her seventh among the top female artists of the decade.

Nicki Minaj

She also has 22 million followers on Twitter and 175 million on Instagram. In other words she’s a very big deal in terms of youth culture. Like other celebrities she talks a lot of shit because attention is like oxygen for these people, while also feeding their vast incomes, which in turn pushes them to being even crazier.

This includes giving health advice, as actress Gwyneth Paltrow has done for years, while also selling vagina-scented candles.

Her vagina to be specific.

You therefore probably don’t want to know about Sandra Bullock’s penis facialswhere Josh Brolin got sunburned, or what’s in the Kardashians’ smoothies. But rest assured that Demi Moore only uses “highly trained medical leeches.

In particular the anti-vaccine movement has been powered for years before now by the likes of Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Robert Kennedy Jr. and other anti-vaccine activists who were given a welcome platform by Oprah Winfrey, The View (beloved by the Jacinda demographic of women viewers in their 50’s) and other MSM places.

But all of this has usually been treated as an eye-rolling joke by both the Left and the Right, as well as by the government, even when it came to Public Health Care. The attitude was that there will always be a fringe, but they’re not going to have an effect, even with masses of followers.

Until now. The shit storm stated with this Tweet from Minaj.

While I’m no medical expert I really can’t see how an mRNA vaccine would make your testicles swell up as well as causing impotence. But as I said, this is just the usual celebrity bullshit.

The immediate pushback came from fellow media personalities, though nobody with Minaj’s number of followers. There were critical pieces about her at CNNVoxCNBC, the BBC, the American late-night comics made her the butt of their jokes. But it was MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who did a whole segment denouncing Minaj, that really got things going:

Joy Reid

“You have a platform, sister, that is 22 million followers, okay. I have two million followers. You have 22 million followers on Twitter. For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives, my God, sister, you could do better than that.”

Minaj did not back down. She called Reid a “lying homophobic coon” (Reid has history) and an “Uncle Tomiana”, among other things.

Minaj also revealed that she’s not vaxxed…

The Met was the fancy NYC ball party I posted on the other day, where Lefty hypocrites of all stripes gathered.

So things escalated further. Saint Anthony Fauci felt the need to go on national TV to talk this down. The awesome power of the USA Today and PolitiFact “fact checkers” went into action. Even the Whitehouse reached out, offering a doctor with expertise (not Fauci I presume).

This reaction was beyond belief considering how such people have been ignored by TPTB in the past. But things went even crazier when Tucker Carlson, the Great White Hated of the US Left, covered the story and made the following point :

“The part where she says you should pray on it. Make the decision yourself, like a free human being and “don’t be bullied”. So our media and public health officials didn’t like this because they make their livings bullying people. So they couldn’t let it stand.”

And then she Tweeted out that clip.

MELTDOWN. There was the usual Leftie Tweet Mass Attack that a reference to Carlson invites. But Minaj hit back at those too (in keeping with the rap/hip hop ethos, she fights).

If you’ve wondered why Trump’s 2020 vote share rose among Blacks and Hispanics, this is yet another example.

Minaj has crossed a line that public-health experts, the MSM, and many politicians are enforcing hard around the world. She committed a sin they cannot ignore or forgive, which is to defy them on this issue. It’s been quite a thing watching the spectacle of the entire US medical, MSM, Entertainment (in particular since she’s one of them) and political establishments bringing all of their weight to bear upon her.

That’s because they’re increasingly desperate, so every claim, no matter how spectacularly outlandish and no matter the source, must be policed by our public-health-disinformation watchers, because those gullible masses could be swayed by any blasphemy.

The thing is that’s not going to work. All of these establishment health experts and MSM fact-checkers are putting enormous effort into an attempt to persuade the kinds of people who instinctively reject the recommendations of establishment health experts and barely pay any attention to the MSM.

Beyond such sober reactions, the furious and widespread denunciation and mockery of Minaj will also not have the effect the medical, media, entertainment and political establishments think it will. It may even backfire.

Nicki Minaj is not going to be “canceled.” She’s already fabulously wealthy – she’s worth between $80-100 million – so doesn’t need money. Her fan base of tens of millions, possibly hundreds of millions, isn’t going to abandon her if she maintains a vaccine-sceptical position. She utterly rejects the moral authority of her critics and defiance of what other people think is her brand.

They need to pick another target to crush. Ordinary people should do and judging from results to date, the proles may even like it and want it.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm

Seven Days in January: why General Milley must resign.

General Curtis LeMay

After the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 it became known that the famous WWII bomber pilot, General Curtis LeMay, and then US Air Force Chief of Staff, had had a very serious disagreement with President Kennedy. LeMay’s approach was that Cuba had to be bombed and the Soviet nuclear missiles taken out. The USSR would not go nuclear because they knew how badly they were outmatched in nuclear arms.

When Kennedy instead took the option of putting a “quarantine” around the island and negotiating with the Soviets to pull the missiles, LeMay and many other military men were livid.

The outrage was so strong that many Leftists of all shades, with Cold War paranoia rampant and what they believed was the militarisation of the USA, felt that a military coup was now a distinct possibility. So deep was this feeling that key people in Hollywood made a famous conspiracy theory movie about it, with Kennedy’s knowledge and approval.

Welcome to real life in 2021.

The first inkling of something weird came with this report on January 8.

The reaction on the US Right was a mixture of outrage at Pelosi’s relentlessly partisan bullshit and concern at the degree to which she had inserted herself into the chain of command. Pelosi was effectively trying to foment a coup against the legally elected president of the U.S. and interfere with his constitutional powers, when she had no right or ability to do so.

The idea that Trump, the first President since Eisenhower not to launch a war, would suddenly launch a nuclear attack on China seemed, and is, trumped up political insanity. Pelosi may have actually believed this or it may have been yet another of her endless political attacks resulting from her intense partisan hatred of the GOP combined with an ever more personal hatred of Trump. Either way it was a nonsense.

Still, the story did not go anywhere. People shrugged it off as just another crazy Beltway story to go with many others in those days.

Then, in July, a book was published by Washington Post reporters Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” that carried more details. The authors wrote that Milley and his deputies feared that people close to Trump would advise him to take rash military action such as launching an armed strike, quickly withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan or deploying troops in a way that was related to the election results.

“They may try” but won’t succeed, Milley told his deputies about a possible coup, according to the book. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.”

Milley declined to comment and Trump haughtily dismissed the claims. Again the story vanished into the ether in about 48 hours. Even the NYT’s Chris Caldwell stated bluntly that “General Milley had no direct evidence of a coup plot”. No he didn’t and of course all this vaunted intelligence that supposedly had Milley preparing for a coup, showed no preparation at all for the “insurrection” of January 6, which raises the question of whether it was just all in his head.

Caldwell titled his piece “What if There Wasn’t a Coup Plot, General Milley?” and put forward this warning:

While some might greet such comments with relief, General Milley’s musings should give us pause. Americans have not usually looked to the military for help in regulating their civilian politics. And there is something grandiose about General Milley’s conception of his place in government. He told aides that a ‘retired military buddy’ had called him on election night to say, ‘You represent the stability of this republic.’ If there was not a coup underway, then General Milley’s comments may be cause more for worry than for relief. Were we really that close to a coup?

For all Mr. Trump’s admiration of military officers, they wound up especially disinclined to accommodate his disorderly governing style

We might be grateful for that. But our gratitude should not extend to giving military leaders any kind of role in judging civilian ones.”

I think Caldwell gives Milley too much credit. I’d already seen enough of the man during his “White rage” Congressional testimony in June to conclude that he was a mediocrity as a political thinker and a drama queen besides. The Afghanistan debacle reinforced that in spades. In fact the degree of “intelligence” and “military preparation” in that situation reminded me very much of Milley in late January.

But in the last few days the biggest blockbuster of them all has come out. A book by the famous Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, which revealed even more details, including claims that Milley had conducted direct phone conversations with his Chinese counterpart because of his fears about Trump:

“In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the PLA, that the U.S. would not strike, according to a new book by Bob Woodward & Robert Costa.”

This report claims Milley pledged to alert his CCP counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, quoting Milley as saying: “General Li, you & I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

I held back from writing a post simply because I don’t trust Woodward, who has coasted on his Watergate reputation while seeming to invent “quotes” and other “facts” that support his reporting, none worse than his completely implausible claims decades ago about a deathbed confession by former CIA director Bill Casey. Also this could have been reported months ago but Woodward waited until there was a book to sell, so he’s likely adding a lot of spin to help flog it and make money.

That said, he is right much more often than wrong. Woodward seems to use the tactic of the late Robert Novak, who gave people the choice of being sources for his reporting or the target of that reporting – which also leads me to think that the source of this story is fucking Milley himself.

I wanted to see what Milley’s response would be. His denial finally came a couple of days ago from his spokesman Col. Dave Butler. Or was it a denial?

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia

These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict…”

His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability…”

Yada, yada, yada. All this did was fan the flames. Here’s the thing with denials. It’s typically useful when giving one to actually deny the thing you are being accused of. This statement doesn’t do that. Instead there’s a bunch of qualifiers and weasel words that any political spin merchant would be proud of.

What we don’t see is any reassurance that he followed the proper chain of command by notifying the president of his actions. Milley also does not deny what Woodward says he told the Chinese. In other words, this denial isn’t a denial at all. Rather, it’s confirmation that he did do what he was accused of.

The key point here is not what exactly was said or not said. It’s the fact of the calls themselves.

Milley claims that he was assuring the Chinese understood our national security interests. But those are not his interests to dictate. A US president is elected to be the civilian head of the military and to lead the nation’s foreign policy. Milley was not elected and he had no right to do what he did, exactly as Caldwelll warned.

In trying to cover for him the Axios media site reported that there were actually two calls from Milley – one on October 30 and one on Jan. 8, the first with 15 people on the line. Supposedly the former was a follow-up to a communication made to the Chinese by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, because of Pentagon concerns in October that the Chinese were getting bad intelligence about our intentions. However, once again there’s no report that Trump was told about any of this. And the same rule applies to Esper as to Milley:  it isn’t the responsibility of the Secretary of Defence to conduct foreign policy.

But there’s also another problem here. If this report is accurate, they lose their excuse about this being about the election and the fears arising from Jan. 6. But the bigger problem is that Esper wasn’t even Secretary of Defence on Jan. 8 since he was fired in November 2020 and replaced by Christopher Miller. So whose authority was Milley operating under? It wasn’t from Trump or Esper. Miller has since jumped into the story:

Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who led the Pentagon from the period after the 2020 election through Inauguration Day, said that he “did not and would not ever authorize” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to have “secret” calls with his Chinese counterpart, describing the allegations as a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,” and calling on him to resign “immediately.”

In a statement to Fox News, Miller said that the United States Armed Forces, from its inception, has “operated under the inviolable principle of civilian control of the military.”

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces,” Miller said. “The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense, not through the Chairman.”

That last point will probably come as a surprise to many, who just assume all senior military are the same. They’re not and they have very circumscribed roles. The CJCS is not permitted to tell senior military officials that no action should be taken without him being involved.

Retired Army Colonel Douglas McGregor, made that point explicit in a TV interview:

“[The CJCS] has no statutory authority over operational forces of any kind. That means that he is not in a position to order anyone in the armed forces to say or do anything. Can’t do it. He is preeminently the senior military advisor to the president. That’s what he is.”So in theory, before he would make such a phone call, he would discuss the subject of the phone call with the president, the Commander in Chief. He certainly would not do something without coordinating with the National Security Advisor and the Secretary of State because this is beyond defense, this is foreign policy statement he is making.”

What Milley did in conjunction with Pelosi is the biggest breakdown of US constitutional order in modern history. This is a general essentially declaring himself a military dictator (without using the words), calling up foreign adversaries to let them know he had their back and would sell out his own country to give them information. And for what? There is no evidence Donald Trump was going to order an attack on China. Rather, Milley’s actions were driven by his delusional god complex (something hinted at by the NYT’s Caldwell months ago).

But even if you assume Trump was going to do something dangerous, Milley’s obligation would be to refuse the order, resign, and notify Congress. It would not be for him to make secret calls to the Chinese to let them know he’s going to feed them information.

And to have the two most senior Democrats – Pelosi and Schumer (with whom Milley also talked) – be so involved with this means they were committing the very thing of which they accused Trump; a coup.

As is often the case with the Left, their fears have proven to be their desires projected on to their enemies.

As for Milley, a large group of retired Generals and Admirals had already signed a letter demanding that he resign. Some went further and explained why a Court-Martial would be more appropriate. And that was over the Afghanistan rout.

This is far worse than that. He needs to resign or be made to resign right now. Biden won’t do it of course but there are other courses of action.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 17, 2021 at 11:03 am

“Unforeseen” Consequences

The foremost concern of environmentalists is, of course, the health and well being of the environment.

It’s in their name and all.

So it’s always funny and sad when environmentalists do stuff that blows up in their faces. There are countless examples but in terms of large scale screwups Germany’s decision to shut down its nuclear power stations while also trying to switch the system to wind power is probably the winner. Some €500 million over less than twenty years and all they got was an unreliable network, power prices that have more than tripled, a lot of coal still being burned, plus constantly falling short of their GHG reduction targets. On that last it should be noted that the 2020 Chinese Xi Snot lockdowns and restrictions were a huge help, but that’s not going to be true of 2021 and beyond.

That chart is from 2017 but it’s 2020 forecast of 45 cents per kilowatt hour is not far off where it is right now.

But the latest news from another group of wind farm fanatics, California, is what is really delicious.

As more renewable power has crowded the state’s power grid with traditional power sources switched off, the grid has become more unstable and also unable to meet electrical demand even when its up and running. This has resulted in increasingly frequent summertime calls for people to lay off using power in the crucial 4-9pm slot.

Faced with this, companies and even individuals have begun to turn to, of all things, diesel generators. In fact the state itself has 2,773 stationary and mobile generators in its inventory. Now you would think that the uncompromising Eco-Stasi authorities would crack down on that quick smart. But of course they know if they forced people into that corner even the Liberal Luvvies would revolt. So instead, they’re allowing this to expand and continue. In fact, they’re even helping all this fossil fuel burning along, California wants air pollution rules suspended:

The state’s main grid operator wants the U.S. Department of Energy to suspend air-pollution rules for some natural gas-burning power plants in case their output is needed “to meet demand in the face of extremely challenging conditions including extreme heat waves, multiple fires, high winds, and various grid issues,” according to a filing. The last time California received a waiver of such length and breadth was 21 years ago during the Western Energy Crisis.

Genius. And here you were thinking that the following was just a joke.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 16, 2021 at 6:00 am

When You Think Things Can’t Get Worse……(Updated)

They do.

So-called investigative journalist Bob Woodward has released a new book in which he claims the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, one General Milley, opined his Commander in Chief was insane. It is further claimed Milley twice phoned his Communist Chinese counterpart to inform him that if he, Milley, thought President Trump was going to order an attack on China, he would give him a call and let him know.

Elsewhere, it is reported a number of Pentagon officials were privy to those phone conversations and are prepared to testify under oath.

On the one hand, one needs to take anything Bob Woodward says with more than a few grains of salt. His record for accuracy has been second only to that of Baghdad Bob since he was spoon fed the Watergate details by a knowledgeable insider.

On the other hand, it is telling that Milley has not issued a denial.

My money is on Woodward this time. Never trust a military man who carries more armour on his chest than you can find on a Sherman tank.

Watch this space.

I was right.

Written by adolffinkensen

September 15, 2021 at 8:12 pm

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