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Better call Saul

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Alinksy that is.

And in particular his little missive, Rules for Radicals, so beloved of the Left for decades now.

In particular rules #4, #5, #6:

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

What Governor DeSantis (R) of Florida did, at the same time as Governor Abbot (R) of Texas, was to apply these rules to the Democrats on the subject of illegal aliens, in particular those Democrats of the North East and Mid-West who so loudly trumpeted about their “Sanctuary States” and “Sanctuary Cities” where the evil Trump troops of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would not be allowed to enforce the law.

But there was more to this than simply exposing the hypocrisy and double standards of the Democrats on this matter, as fun as that is to do. No, the real objective was to actually make it clear to the rest of the nation, and the Democrats, that this is their problem too; that they don’t just get to pawn it off on the border states.

Problem is too understated a word. It’s a crisis on America’s Southern border with Mexico and has been brewing up for almost two years now. There’s detail that belongs in a seperate post but suffice to say that none of the disasters that have occurred to date – the vast crowds swarming at the border overwhelming law enforcement, pouring across into towns and cities in Texas and Arizona (the two worst affected states) who don’t have the social welfare, healthcare or law enforcement resources to cope, the countless dead bodies found in the desert, the huge amount of drug smuggling included and the deaths arising from that – none of this has caused the Biden Administration to shift off its ass and do something practical to bring it to a halt or even slow it down.

Over a year ago twenty one Governors wrote a letter to President Biden almost begging him to do something. In return they effectively got the back of his hand, not even bothering to visit the border regions to see for himself (same from his VP).

DeSantis and Abbot thus decided on what might be called Direct Action. As the logo above has it, if Democrats would not come to the border, they’d bring the border to the Democrats. They decided to start sending these illegal aliens on buses and planes to these Democrat Sanctuary cities:

Abbot chose Chicago as one of his targets, and the “mayor” of my second home predictably started squealing:

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Says Governor Abbott Is a ‘Man Without Morals’ After Bus of Illegals Arrives

Candidate Lori Lightfoot Gets Smushed by the Hypocrisy Truck

Lightfoot ships Illegals out of Chicago to suburb of Burr Ridge

That last one is a doozy.

“Chicago is and will continue to be a welcoming city. We are collaborating across various City departments and with local, state and community partners to ensure everyone who arrives in Chicago is greeted and treated with dignity and respect,” said Lightfoot.

“I am concerned neither the village administrator nor I were told about this,” Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso told WGN. “We want to know: Why Burr Ridge?”

They barely touched the Chicago tarmac before getting moved on – and there was no one from the city to greet them or show them where to go next, they just went from one bus to another. And that was with just a small fraction of those moved; so far Texas has sent about 7,900 to Washington, D.C. with another couple of thousand sent to New York City. The NYC mayor was squealing too:

[Mayor Adams said] ‘In this new and unforeseen reality, where we expect thousands more to arrive every week going forward, the city’s system is nearing its breaking point. As a result, the city’s prior practices, which never contemplated the bussing of thousands of people into New York City, must be reassessed.”

It should be noted that the city of El Paso – one of the sources of those buses to NYC – has had 1400 to 2000 illegals a day dumped on its streets by Biden’s Border Patrol for over a year now. Nobody in Washington D.C., Chicago or New York gave a shit.

But for all of Abbott’s efforts it was DeSantis who showed just how sharp a politician he is – and with an eye on the 2024 Presidential nomination – by doing something with just fifty illegals that was guaranteed to draw the Kardishan MSM in droves. He sent them to one of the toniest, wealthiest, Democratist parts of the USA: Martha’s Vineyard, 2nd (3rd) home to the likes of Barack Obama.

The Democrats promptly melted down.

Turtleboy News Senior Editor Aidan Kearney brings us an inside look into the agonizing conversations among the island’s residents as they are faced with a whopping 50 (FIFTY!) illegals flown in by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. (They’re already being removed from the island as of this morning)

And to a military base for good measure.

Looks like they’re gonna have to update their virtue signalling sign.

Given that a few people had inside access to some of the Vineyard Facebook and Twitter groups there was some interesting reveals of reactions from all these good Democrat voters as they turned on each other.

Actually that is the point. Obama certainly does have the space, as currently, his 8-bedroom mansion sits empty; it rests on on 29 acres (!), certainly enough to house a large tent city. Plenty of room for Porta Potties. Some good, solid Fear Of The Other too…

Get her locks changed? Why on earth would she want to do that; doesn’t she want to welcome the new additions with open arms? The best part of this thread is when they realize they’ve been found out and people are laughing at them:

The Highly Moral and Ethical Republicans of the NeverTrumper movement, filled with Civility Bullshit, weighed in on the evil DeSantis:

All this over fifty illegal aliens. Makes you want to send some El Paso size batches to Martha’s Vineyard. I loved this response to that prick:

In all seriousness, we are “under siege.” There is an invasion at the southern border. Why isn’t Biden doing anything? Because “doing something” would be admitting a massive mistake and he can’t have that less than two months from an election. So, he will allow enough fentanyl to flow across the border to kill every American living. Winning elections is more important than American lives I guess. And Biden has now allowed two million illegal aliens to simply walk or swim across the border. That is literally an attack on America Mr. Schmidt, you beer-bellied boob.

This is not a one-off. DeSantis has plans to send more illegal aliens to…. Delaware. Specifically the lovely beach town part of Delaware that’s a second home to none other than President Biden.

BTW, for those of you who are consumers of CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, NBC, etc…. be aware that the screams about DeSantis facing criminal charges of “human trafficking” are being brought to you by the same people who pushed “The Walls Are Closing In” meme on Trump all these years. None other than Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley dumped on that. Meantime DeSantis summed it all up perfectly.

“Scrambling to get his cabinet together?…. It’s only when you have 50 illegal aliens end up in a wealthy rich sanctuary enclave that he decides to scramble on this..

Now we see, in New York and D.C., they used to beat their chests when Trump was in office, saying they are sanctuary jurisdictions. Then the minute Texas starts bussing there, they get very bent out of shape about it…these are just the beginning efforts. We got an infrastructure in place now. There is going to be a lot more that’s happening”

As an aside, if all this reminds you of a crucial argument in US history it should. Aside from slavery the Civil War was also supposed to put a stop to the idea that individual states can stiff-arm Federal law whenever it suits them.

Social Media and its Standards

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There’s an increasing focus being brought to bear on the connections between the US Administration and social media giants like Facebook and Twitter (with search giant Google likely in the mix as well).

But this sort of partisanship is not new, with the most egregious along with burying the Hunter Biden story in 2020 to help get Joe Elected. It’s actually worse than the “Fact Checking” industry that works with Facebook and company.

The thing is that this partisanship is merely an outgrowth of the progressive ideology that drives these outfits nowadays and shows in non-political cases:

As reported by The Daily Wire, Twitter in March 2021 moved to dismiss a child pornography lawsuit by claiming protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 is a section of Title 47 of the U.S. Code enacted as part of the Communications Decency Act, which generally provides immunity for website platforms with respect to third-party content.

As noted by Daily Wire, the victim, named “John Doe,” said the company refused to remove pornographic images and videos of him and another teen because the platform “didn’t find a violation of our policies.”

As reported in early 2021, in another lawsuit against Twitter, a young boy who was solicited and recruited for sex trafficking alleged that he was also forced to endure his own sexual abuse content on Twitter, even after attempts were made to remove the objectionable content.

That’s quite a different approach to the one they take to political and ideological causes they oppose; those they’re more than happy to remove from their platforms, citing how hosting might hurt them, or simply saying that it’s their right as a private company.

Then there was the case of YouTuber Shane Dawson – who boasted more than 20 million followers –

.. booted from the platform in 2020 after old videos surfaced in which he made racial slurs, portrayed racial stereotypes, and told jokes about pedophilia. In 2019, an audio snippet from his 2015 podcast Shane and Friends also emerged online, in which he joked about sexually abusing his cat.

After all of the above (and worse), Dawson triumphantly returned to YouTube in October 2021 after predicting he would, 16 months after being unceremoniously shown the door.

All of that filth led journalist Lara Logan – a woman who knows something about sexual assault – to say earlier this year that she’d had enough, even if it would hurt her journalist outreach to readers.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs convened on Wednesday to hear from current and former social media executives. The hearing was called to address the impact of social media on homeland security consistent with Biden administration talking points — you know, “white supremacist, conspiracy related, and anti-government violence’” That is a quote from committee chairman Gary Peters’s opening statement.

After watching this I’d say that Section 230 is headed for the scrapheap if the GOP win the Presidency, Senate and House in 2024 – and that’s assuming Facebook doesn’t start getting hit with 1st Amendment lawsuits on the now established basis that they’re acting as agents of the US Government.

Of course the old MSM are still at it with ever-lowering standards, with ABC News pushing its gun control agenda by interviewing the recently released John Hinckley Jr on the subject. Yes, you should know that name because he’s the guy who tried to assassinate President Reagan in 1981, while also leaving another person with brain damage, confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, plus Secret Service agents suffering life-long gun shot injuries as well:

As a thought experiment, imagine if Fox News brought on someone who tried to assassinate Barack Obama so they could talk about how pro-life they now are. How do you think the press would react to that? The answer is that they’d lose their ever-loving minds, not only freaking out that the would-be assassin was given a platform, but they’d also use it as proof that the pro-life movement is poisoned.

Remember, this is the same liberal press that wants to expel anyone who has come within 50 feet of Donald Trump from polite society. But if you try to kill a GOP president, then you can get an interview with ABC News and talk about the wonders of gun control.

Good to know that it’s not just viewers, listeners and readers that are giving the MSM the boot but other corporations as well.

Two further bits of recent news on this topic.

First, the Fifth Circuit Court has upheld a Texas law that says that any social media platform with over 50 million subscribers may not indulge in censorship people outside of some narrowly defined limits. So no more bullshit about claiming that you’ve “violated the terms of the contract” with the likes of Facebook. The law as stymied by an injunction from a lower court but Circuit court booted that and got stuck into the self-contradiction that lies at the heart of section 230:

Section 230 undercuts both of the Platforms’ arguments for holding that their censorship of users is protected speech. Recall that they rely on two key arguments: first, they suggest the user-submitted content they host is their speech; and second, they argue they are publishers akin to a newspaper. Section 230, however, instructs courts not to treat the Platforms as “the publisher or speaker” of the user-submitted content they host. Id. § 230(c)(1). And those are the exact two categories the Platforms invoke to support their First Amendment argument. So if § 230(c)(1) is constitutional, how can a court recognize the Platforms as First-Amendment-protected speakers or publishers of the content they host?

I’m sure this is headed for the Supreme Court with appeals, but at this stage I’d say it’s a race to see whether Congress or the Court kills section 230 first.

Second is this, PayPal, Venmo, and Google Cut off Group Fighting to Protect Children From Groomers:

Gays Against Groomers are “a coalition of gays against the sexualization, indoctrination, and medicalization of children,” as they describe themselves in their Twitter profile. Now, one would think that most Americans would be supportive of fighting against the sexualization and indoctrination of children.

But fighting against such things now appears to be against the liberal narrative.

The group announced that they had been banned from Venmo and Paypal because they supposedly violated their user agreements. This can largely cut them off from the ability to financially operate.

You can watch one of the founders of Gays Against Groomers being interviewed here by Tucker Carlson (and boy I’ll bet that burns a lot of the Left).

Never Mind: reprogramming the puppet

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Well that was fun – while it lasted.

It looks like slightly saner minds in the Biden Administration have decided that it wasn’t just the optics of Biden’s Reichstag speech at the Hall of Independence that were bad but the basic thrust of the speech…

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
– Joe Biden, 2 September 2022

…. so now they’re trying to walk things back.

“C’mon, look guys, I don’t consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country.”
– Joe Biden, 3 September 2022

To be fair, Biden likely does not even remember what he said in that speech. It was written for him and everything else was set up by his handlers.

In his dementia Biden really is like those video game characters known as NPC’s (Non Playing Characters), that can be re-programmed to repeat different stuff for different scenarios.

But they’ll be back with the same stuff. They always are.

When the jackboot fits

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Whenever this stuff is done to a Western politician it’s regarded as unfair and OTT – unless it’s an American Republican or a British Tory because of course.

Certainly when I did it to our dear Jacinda (NKVD or Gestapo: which fits better?) I received one or two Tone Policing comments; apparently fitting her into Stalin’s uniform was less bad – which tells you everything about the double standards applied to political mass murderers that have become culturally acceptable, although the Downfall parody apparently passed the “decency” test – or what I call the Civility Bullshit test.

But this? For “President” Biden? This time it fits perfectly.

Hopefully the American people, including Democrats, will react to this with more than just outrage. More mockery, but perhaps not like this but from out of the past, Der Fuhrer’s Face, although I’ve keyed up the following version to near the end because…. well I’m not so sure about Donald Duck’s reaction anymore; has he really woken from a nightmare and perhaps that shadow is what we think it is?

Written by Tom Hunter

September 4, 2022 at 3:07 pm

Institutional legitimacy

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Yes, you were, you were also the head of the NSA (National Security Agency) when the 9/11 attacks happened (he missed all the signs), and the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy. Yet somehow you failed up to the CIA.

You’re also a good example of why such people should be psychologically tested before being given such roles, like nuclear ballistic missile submarine crew members – because you appear to be an unhinged psychopath who is keen on starting a civil war in the USA.

The really scary thing is that his mindset appears to be widespread in Washington D.C.:

Summoning all the gravitas she could muster, Cheney—and then her father, the former vice president—referred to Donald Trump as “the greatest ever threat to our Republic.”

Yes, it’s self-evidently insane hyperbole. But it’s extremely dangerous.

First—even if it’s completely wrong—it’s an opinion that’s now shared by the vast majority of the most consequential parts of the US government: the people who make up the justice, law enforcement, national security and intelligence bureaucracies and (allegedly, on paper) are tasked with keeping us safe and making sure there is equal justice under the law.

Second, this cadre of officials feels sufficiently empowered with this belief that they feel entirely justified in acting on it.

It’s all about belief. Belief in our institutions and the people who run them – and that seems to be fading:

That is what has happened with the FBI. The Bureau once enjoyed near-universal respect, but in the wake of a series of scandals culminating in the Mar-a-Lago raid, Rasmussen finds the FBI’s favorability rating dropping to 50%, with 46% disapproving. Worse still:

Roger Stone, an adviser to former President Donald Trump, has said there is “a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo.” A majority (53%) of voters now agree with Stone’s statement – up from 46% in December – including 34% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree with the quote from Stone, including 26% who Strongly Disagree.

See also the CDC:

America’s public health establishment:

A great deal of confidence: 9%
Quite a bit of confidence: 27%
Not much confidence: 43%
No confidence: 19%
No opinion: 1%

Total confident: 36%
Total not confident: 62%

That last was from a survey of 500 people in Minnesota, one of the deepest of deep Blue, Democrat states in the USA.

Yet there are people who still believe. Unfortunately they’re largely the same people responsible for this loss of trust and legitimacy, as this commentator asked in the wake of the Mar-a-Largo FBI raid and Hayden’s Tweet:

Hey NeverTrump and the rest of the brain-dead dead-ender Establishment Institutionalists…

Is your worship of the institutions without any limits whatsoever? Is your religious faith in the Works of Government Man unshakable and just a blank check that can never be overdrawn? Are you just all secularist religious fanatics incapable of ever questioning the Strange Atheistic Gods you serve?

Is there literally no outrage the Cult of the Holy Government Institutions can commit that will cause you to say, “Now wait a minute, that goes against what the Holy Books say…”

He also pointed out the same issue with a Never-Trump Right-Wing commentator:

He’s a traditionalist, you see. He’s traditionally had faith in these institutions. It doesn’t matter to him that these institutions are no longer the same institutions, that they have been skin-suited by angry, deranged partisans and put to essentially religious-cultist ends by the skin-suiters.

It’s enough that they still have the old branding on them. The buildings still say “FBI” and “CDC” and “The Science (TM)” on them.

And the branding is enough for worship.

He’s a very poor atheist. He doesn’t have a lack of faith; he has a promiscuous overabundance of it. He just decided he didn’t believe in God and poured all that Believer Energy into Anthony Fauci, the CDC, Christopher Wray, Robert Meuller, the FBI, the DOJ, Jeb!, etc.

Possibly even worse than the belief that still exists is the insane joy that the likes of Hayden are taking in all these efforts to destroy Trump and more importantly, his supporters, rubbing their noses in the fact that they control the likes of the FBI, CIA, CDC and the rest, irrespective of stupid elections:

What is really worrying about America today is not that everyone isn’t equal before the law, or that people cheat, or that dollars count more than votes. These things are normal. What isn’t normal, what is worrying, is the glee with which many in America celebrate each new step guaranteed to make larger and larger slices of the population stop believing in the system’s legitimacy. It’s things like Hillary Clinton selling merchandise with the slogan “But Her Emails” to celebrate the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump.

None of this bodes well for the 2024 elections:

The solutions to all the crises come down to the components of the machine, the administrative state, corporate leaders, technocratic monopolies, educational bosses, activist front groups and many others urgently grabbing more power to cope with the threat of losing elections

Democracy is not just in its name, but its facade. When it loses the facade, people start to notice that elections don’t seem to change very much. And that things still run the same way.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

The Democrat Party is a Clear and Present Danger to the USA

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In Ken Burn’s famous documentary series, The Civil War, one of the voiceovers from the primary narrator – the wonderfully warm, Mid-Western voice of historian David McCullough – describes one of Abraham Lincoln’s dilemmas:

To preserve the Constitution, Lincoln had for three months gone beyond it: waging war without Congressional consent; seizing Northern telegraph offices; suspending habeas corpus. To keep the border states from seceding, Lincoln sent troops to occupy Baltimore and clapped the mayor and 19 secessionist legislators in jail, without trial. Chief Justice Taney ruled that the President had exceeded his power. Lincoln simply ignored him. “More rogues than honest men find shelter under habeas corpus,” he said, and even contemplated arresting the Chief Justice.

Perhaps when the dust has settled on the Jan6 “investigatory” committee and the rest of the hysteria, especially when it’s decommissioned by the incoming GOP majority in November, the Democrats might try and align themselves with Lincoln in this argument as well; that they’ve had to go beyond the norms of law and a democratic society in order to save democracy. Here’s the latest example.

Add this to the arrest a couple of weeks ago of former Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Democrats’ Jan6 committee. No turn-yourself-in style arrest either but the full monty of FBI handcuffs in public at an airport. By contrast Mr Eastman should be grateful they only took his cellphone, even if they failed to show the warrant first as the law demands.

As that article points out, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, was held to be in contempt of the House for his refusal to cooperate with an investigation by turning over papers he held. Obama’s “wingman” literally laughed it off, as did Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper after lying to Congress about them spying on House reps, as did former Obama CIA Director James Brennan for also lying to the House.

Suffice to say that they’re all living the good life and never even saw a search or arrest warrant, let alone a set of handcuffs, FBI agents and a SWAT team, plus an alerted (alerted by who) CNN TV crew to cover their house at 5am for the arrest.

And here is perhaps the worst aspect of this; there is not one Trump opponent, whether private or public, who is willing to call out this ends-determine-the-means evil. They hate Trump that much that they’re willing to bend or break any rules. They literally do not care about democracy or the rule of law even as they scream that they do at the top of their lungs. As President Reagan once said of similar people:

“[They] reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat and that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause.”

We expect double standards in politics and “rules for thee but not for me” is pretty much an embedded characteristic of the Left. But the US Democrat Party are pushing it to the edge of civil war (perhaps that’s what they want?) and this is the worst turn of that to date. Which brings me back to Lincoln :

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

No it can’t. This is not going to stop with a devastating election defeat this year or in 2024 but only when an empowered GOP is willing to play by these same rules and forgo the civility bullshit and “We’re better than that” attitudes. Until that happens – until people like the Democrats on this committee and elsewhere are subjected to the same rules they’re imposing on others, and are hurt in professional ways beyond mere voting losses – they will continue to push the boundaries of the norms of democracy and the rule of law in order to gain more power and hold on to it.

Fascism, straight up. Or communism. Take your pick. I’ll go with Claremont’s selection of Beria as the sort of person these Committee members are.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 29, 2022 at 5:27 pm

“They will be paying for our generation’s decisions the rest of their lives”

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I already covered part of this story in the post Child Abuse, but I can’t help getting the feeling that in the USA at least there is the beginning of a Great Turning in dealing with the Chinese Xi Snot pandemic.

I base this on a few things that have landed on blogs from the MSM.

Let’s start with this rather extraordinary clip from one of the major MSM Sunday news-talk shows in the USA, Face The Nation, where a bunch of D.C. reporters did a wrap-up of the big stories of 2021. They got to asking about “under-reported” stories and that’s where we step in with the response from longtime CBS reporter and chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford:

Here’s part of what she said:

“My kids hear me rant about this every day. So I may as well tell you guys. It’s the crushing impact that our Covid policies have had on young kids and children, by far the least serious risk for serious illness.

Even teenagers, I mean, a healthy teenager has a one-in-a-million chance of getting … and dying from Covid, which is way lower than dying in a car wreck on a road trip. But they have suffered and sacrificed the most, especially kids in underrepresented and at-risk communities. And now we have the surgeon general saying there’s a mental health crisis among our kids. The risk of attempts among girls is now up 51 percent this year. Black kids nearly twice as likely as White kids to die by suicide.

I mean, school closures, lockdowns, cancellation of sports…You couldn’t even go on a playground in the D.C. area without cops scurrying… getting…shooing the kids off. Tremendous negative impact on kids, and it’s been an afterthought.”

That’s some truth bomb she’s dropping there as a parent. So much so that CBS edited it out of the broadcast, relegating it to the show’s Social Media pages. Well of course they did. The Narrative must be preserved, and in this case the Narrative is that the Public Health experts in the USA made the right call with lockdowns in 2020 and again in 2021, with remote learning (plus masks and social distancing) for kids who were, and remain, at almost zero risk of illness and death from the C-19 virus.

Come on. Even for those like me who opposed from the start the idea of locking down the healthy people in come crude copy of the CCP’s approach, I can accept that public health officials were scared of the risks of sticking with their traditional plans for dealing with such pandemics; tracking, tracing and quarantining sick people.

But things like lockdowns and masks certainly should have been deposed no later than May of 2020 when we knew the truth about COVID’s preferred victims: The elderly, the obese, and the sick. Our COVID response has been hard enough on healthy adults, but it’s been genuine abuse of our kids. That’s the truth, and CBS News would rather you didn’t know it. For once let’s be thankful that FaceTwit didn’t dump this for being “misinformation”, though that’s likely because they couldn’t block MSM journalists. Hell, here in NZ journalists who think like her don’t even exist.

“They will be paying for our generation’s decisions the rest of their lives”

But at least the main target of the C-19 virus, Baby Boomers, remained alive and healthy with their pensions and healthcare intact, with extra rounds of golf. They better hope they’re in the ground when this generation reaches middle-age and are making serious decisions about pensions and healthcare for the aged.

Even Brandon’s Surgeon General is warning about the increase in suicides among teens, partly due to covid and social isolation due to lockdowns and school closures:

US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy says he’s alarmed by the rise in suicides among young people and says COVID has caused a mental health crisis, as parents rail against school closures and continued mask mandates.

‘I’m so concerned about our children because there is an epidemic, if you will, of mental health challenges that they’ve been facing, and it’s partly because of the pandemic,’ Dr Murthy, a father of two, said on CNN’s State of the Nation on Sunday.

Partly? Well of course it’s “partly” because, God knows, if you made decisions that seriously fucked up a future generation the last thing you’d want to admit is responsibility for that.

Some parents have had enough of the bullshit in the USA, I’m leaving NYC — to protect my children:

I am leaving New York City, the place where my husband and I both grew up and where we had planned to raise our own kids. The response to COVID-19 in New York, in particular where children are concerned, has driven our family out.

The treatment of children in New York since the very beginning of the pandemic has been abysmal. In the spring of 2020, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo stuck schools dead last in the plan to reopen New York. He then delayed his decision on summer camps so late that many could not open once they were granted permission.

No one has it worse in New York than children. There is damage being done to the kids of this city, with masking and continued restrictions, and few in leadership seem to care at all. Masking is seen as a “low cost” safety option, but the idea that masking kids has no consequences is, of course, absurd. We’re already seeing studies about a decrease in cognitive abilities, in particular for “males and children in lower socioeconomic families.” I see it in my own children. My 6-year-old son, who has been masked for the entirety of his schooling, is shy and apt not to repeat himself when he is misunderstood. He also will not ask the teacher to repeat herself. It’s having predictable results in his education. 

The incredible thing is that with the recent emergence of the ZOMG Omicron variant the “leaders” in NY state and NYC have gone straight back to masking kids, even 2-year-olds in daycare settings, plus all the rest of the bullshit:

Until the recent cold weather, my kids had been eating on the ground outdoors in their respective schoolyards. When they finally moved the kids inside, my sixth-grader reported that the kids were forbidden from speaking to each other or sitting with their friends. Who else is living like this? Who else eats in silence? The best part was when the school vice principal visited the cafeteria and saw the kids chatting, she yelled at them — but not before pulling down her mask so she could be better understood, of course.

All pointless, along with lockdowns and the rest; case numbers are through the roof in NYC. Plus the usual hypocrisy we’ve seen:

In one picture, Hochul and some other adults were photographed maskless inside a school while the small children in the picture were forced to mask. It’s sick. But it also betrays what we all know: Many of these measures are just for show. Hochul goes maskless because she isn’t worried about getting COVID, no matter what she says.

Similarly in Chicago, where the Teacher’s Unions once again show that the kids are their No. 1 priority.

The following from the New Yorker’s story also sounds familiar to New Zealand:

Neighbors reported each other for gatherings. People screamed at each other in the street for not wearing masks. It became religious and any questioning of the doctrine was forbidden. It was impossible to discuss whether containment measures were useful (Did we need to wipe down our groceries with Clorox? What were the three-sided Plexiglas booths helping, exactly?) because any discussion of easing up on any of it meant you wanted PEOPLE TO DIE. If you wanted schools to open, you wanted TEACHERS TO DIE. People became afraid to speak up. I saw it all the time.

I’ve seen (and heard) it too, Fully encouraged by political leaders as well, but at least Cuomo and De Blasio didn’t walk around amidst this saying “Be Kind”. The following reactions are also the same – and just wait until vaccinating the kids swings into gear this year in NZ. The Karens will be at full pitch for their little darlings. I predict a big increase in home schooling, as has happened in the US.

When I announced our family was leaving New York and moving to Florida, a state with a governor who has led the way on sanely managing COVID-19, I received dozens of messages from New Yorkers considering the same move. When I asked several if I could quote them, they asked to use a fake name. They live in fear of being “canceled” for not being sufficiently terrified of COVID. Three vaccines and many new treatments do not seem to matter. We must live suspended in our fear indefinitely. 

At least she has somewhere else to go. The joys of a federated nation.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 6, 2022 at 9:21 am

NORAD tracks Brandon

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You’d think that the US MSM had bigger fish to fry, what with the arrival of the dreaded and deadly ZOMG OMICRON mutant of C-19 and all sorts of economic problems in America.

But no.

No, it’s far more important that they rally around their designated godhead to defend him against the slings and arrows of outraged citizens. Or in this case, an amused citizen who decided to have a bit of fun with “President” Biden.

It’s been the tradition since 1955 for NORAD to use their radar systems to track Santa on his way from the North Pole, and this year the “President” decided to join in the fun as little kids across America called in to find out where Santa was. Then this happened:

Oh dear. Over the years we’ve had films and plays centered around the assassinations of Dubya and Trump, and Kathy Griffin posing with Trump’s bloody severed head and a thousand “Fuck Trump” calls from celebrities.

But what this guy did to Biden was far worse; he actually showed that Joe Biden is non compos mentis and in doing so revealed that someone(s) else is running the show. Naked emperor or Frank Morgan behind the curtain. Take your pick.

Or perhaps it’s his wife Jill. You can see the shock register on her face: she knows what the phrase means even if the dementia-ridden old wreck beside her does not. Seriously, do all these people have to keep Soft-Serve Joe insulated from the real world?

The US media promptly had a meltdown and swung into action. Rather than making the lead story about Biden not knowing what the hell is going on, they huffed and puffed about how horrible this was. NBC actually described it as “a Right-wing slur”, which is ironic because it was an NBC reporter who coined the phrase after she claimed she “misheard” chants of “Fuck Joe Biden!” at a NASCAR race, and set the meme in motion.

They were going to find out who this asshole was – and make him pay – and they have. Video of the other end of the call was located on Social Media and the guy was identified as one Jared Schmeck from Oregon:

folks on the left have now used that video to doxx the guy, put a name to the face, and are trying to hurt him at his alleged place of employment. They have his alleged name, the local government job he supposedly has, and that he works for a family business. They’re trying to out him to the government job so that job will take some action against him.

[They] have even posted his real address, the name of his wife, and the names of members of his family. Given the way that people fold like cheap suits when faced with the mob, I don’t doubt that they might be able to get this guy punished in some way by his employer or even fired. They’re also talking about trying to hurt the family business.

Actually this is nothing new. Years ago during his Presidential campaign, Obama was doing the usual neighbourhood meet-and-greet and got into a debate with some guy throwing a football around his front yard with his kid. Barack was in full spread-the-wealth-around mode and the guy did not agree. The guy got doxxed to hell.

A couple of years later some rodeo clown wore an Obama mask (as he had with the masks of other Presidents). Obama could have made a public reference to how it’s a fine old American tradition to mock their leaders but he didn’t, letting his worshippers apply “public pressure” to the rodeo and getting the guy fired. Apparently you can unify a nation while “getting in people’s faces” and “punching back twice as hard.”

Schmeck, is now getting death threats:

“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job,” said Jared Schmeck, who works for an electric company and was previously a Medford police officer for six years until he resigned in July 2018. “I mean no disrespect to him.”

Oh buddy. If you’re going to go on Social Media the first thing you need to understand is that apologies and explanations are just throwing blood in the water to these SJW assholes. Better to go on the attack by telling these people that they’re just pissed because he pulled back the curtain on a truth they deny.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 28, 2021 at 10:04 am

Bob Dole – the last full measure

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Over in the USA, World War 2 vet, long-time GOP politician and 1996 Presidential nominee, Bob Dole, died this week. He was very badly injured by machine gun fire in Italy in 1945 and barely survived thanks to the then new wonder drug called streptomycin. For the rest of his life he’d hold a pencil in his right hand so that people would not shake it, so damaged still was his right arm and shoulder.

Dole had built his political reputation in the 1970’s so in the 1990’s I was largely unaware of him or what he stood for and he seemed like a man whose time had passed. It would be like voting for Muldoon.

As a result I didn’t support him for President in 1996 as I thought Clinton would do a better job, but I did agree with Dole’s comment about all of Clinton’s sexual and corruption problems: “Where’s the outrage?”. Sadly for those of Bob’s generation there was none and people merely snickered at him for being so old and square about sex instead of cool and hip like Bill.

The whole #MeToo movement – where the Left would set new and higher standards for men getting handsy (and worse) with women – was years away, although as we’ve seen, it was only ever aimed at Right-Wing men and died with the ascension of Gropey Joe.

Same with the age factor which, as you can see from this TIME magazine cover, was also a “big thing” in the 1996 race.

I now regret thinking such things about him. Dole might not have been a better President than Clinton, but he would have been a more honourable one.

As Paul Mirengoff over at the Powerline blog reminds us, looking at the gracious and generous coverage of Dole in the MSM now, portraying him as “a bridge-builder, friend of Democrats and Republicans alike, and a reminder of the good old days when the parties cooperated and the Senate got things done”:

Back then, Dole was portrayed as a nasty piece of work, a hatchet man with an acerbic wit. In 1976, when he ran for vice president, the line on Dole was that Gerald Ford selected him because of his ability to sling mud at Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. President Ford would take the high road while Dole would ridicule and demean the opposition.

There was nothing warm, fuzzy, or the least bit sympathetic about the way the MSM portrayed Dole when he ran against Bill Clinton in 1996.

But the media didn’t abandon the “prince of darkness” narrative. It portrayed Dole as deeply divisive. There was little if any praise that I recall of his Senate skills or his ability to work across party lines.

It wasn’t just the MSM. In Chicago at the time I was on good terms with a Boomer “Liberal” who just hated Dole’s guts. Since I wanted Clinton to win and had no skin in the game I never inquired as to exactly what Dole had done to earn such hatred. It bemused me, but I now realise that almost every US “Liberal” feels this way about every GOP politician, which is why they and their MSM allies, even as the likes of Dole vanish into history and the cold ground – are always on the lookout for the next GOP Hitler. Mirengoff again:

My point, though, is the mainstream media’s serial demonization of Republicans who stand in the way of its liberal agenda. When Ronald Reagan had power, he was a right-wing zealot and menace to world peace. When George W. Bush had power, he was the evil stooge of the even more evil Dick Cheney. When it looked like Mitt Romney might get power, he was a callous, out-of-touch serial destroyer of jobs and wrecker of lives.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm

The Audacious Vulgarity of laughing at Joe Biden

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I see that Biden continues to slip in the polls but I can’t take any pleasure in that since it’s been understood from the beginning that the 2020 US election was merely a Trump/Not-Trump vote for which Biden was merely the necessary tofu-on-the-side.

It used to be said of the old post-Civil War Confederate states that you could run a yellow dog as the Democrat and win (hence the term Yellow Dog Democrats). In more recent times the joke has been that you could run a root vegetable and still win, and in 2020 the Democrats did just that.

Few people voted for Biden or his “policies”, and the usual Democrat plans of pissing money up against a wall don’t seem to be working this time around due to growing inflation. That and many other problems have seen Biden slide from being a bland, easy-to-forget creature, to becoming a figure of fun.

The fun started a couple of months ago with the opening of the US College football season and huge crowds of young people chanting “Fuck Joe Biden”. This spread rapidly until a rather lovely young woman, Kelli Stavast, a sports reporter interviewing a winning NASCAR driver named Brandon Brown, heard the loud crowd chant in the background and tried to cover it up by saying that they were chanting “Lets Go Brandon”. Thus was an almost perfect meme born; people who didn’t like swearing could use it to make it clear what they thought of Biden, while it was also a solid dig at his fellatio squad in the MSM.

While the meme exploded across the Internet the MSM were typically a bit slow to catch on (or perhaps they ignored it as part of their usual Biden covering). It didn’t really hit the MSM until a pilot with Southwest Airlines used the quip during a flight that included an AP “reporter” named Colleen Long who promptly explained to her readers that it was “a code for insulting Joe Biden.” The rush followed, with the WaPo and the deeply, deeply serious NPR (National Public Radio) getting in first:

Oh the humanity!

Seriously? Considering the tens of millions of people on Social Media sites can it really be that the readers, listeners and watchers of MSM sites like NPR and the WaPo needed to have this explained to them? Are they that out of touch? The hysteria increased with stuff like this:

An ISIS war cry? Complaints and investigations demanded?

As Lefty reporter Matt Tabbi explains more carefully on his substack site:

FBI Special Agent-turned-CNN Political Analyst Asha Rangappa — gosh that resume sounds unsurprising, doesn’t it?

Is it really possible that these people don’t get they’re being trolled? Part of the joke of “Let’s Go Brandon,” of course, is that you couldn’t go five minutes during the last administration without hearing someone in pearls or a bowtie screaming “Fuck Trump!” I don’t remember Rangappa pumping out “Osama de Niro” tweets after this celebrated Tony Awards appearance.

The bigger part of the “Let’s Go Brandon!” gag is that such outbursts during the Trump years were not only not condemned, they were celebrated, as pundits and reporters for the first time told us directly profane insults of presidents were okay.

There’s also that sniff from the WaPo about “vulgarity” from their resident “Fact Checker”, Glenn Kessler. I liked this take on them, In Praise of Incivility:

While admitting that U.S. politics has rarely resembled a garden party, the Post assures us, “The current eruption of anti-Biden signs and chants, however, is on another level, far more vulgar and widespread” than anything seen in the past.

“During the 2020 presidential campaign, one of Biden’s political superpowers was his sheer inoffensiveness, the way he managed to embody – even to those who didn’t like him – the innocuous grandfather, the bumbling uncle, the leader who could make America calm, steady, even boring again after four years of Donald Trump”

That last quote of WaPo speak had me reaching for a sick bag. The writer also points out that Mr Inoffensiveness was anything but when confronted on the campaign trail by a construction worker, who asked if he was “actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take away our guns.”

The man with the ability to bring us all together shot back “You’re full of shit” and “don’t be such a horse’s ass.” (I believe this is called punching down.) He then asked, “Do you want to step outside” – presumably so Biden’s Secret Service agents could hold him while he was pummelled by the feisty senior.

The articles above include quite the list of vulgarities hurled at President Trump that curled no reporter’s nose hair nor caused them to clutch their pearls in horror, but this Powerline post on the subject does it better by simply putting up screenshots:

Plus this blast from the past in response to Kessler’s panty-wadding whinging about, “the harshness, norm-breaking and vulgarity of the Trump era“. Yeah, 2008 is calling for you:

It’s an amazing feature of the modern Left, across almost every area you can think of, that they can gleefully smash rules and norms when they need to and then expect their opponents to play by those old rules.

What’s really driving them crazy about “Lets Go Brandon” is that it isn’t vulgar and it isn’t angry while also making it clear that Biden and his MSM can go…

Written by Tom Hunter

December 4, 2021 at 5:34 am