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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

$5,630,859,000,000

The Great Crash of 2034

This is not going to get better.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 4, 2021 at 3:02 pm

The Full Scoop

I had wondered why the addled old moron was chowing down on so much ice cream.

It’s like every photo op sees him plunging a cold, creamy treat into his face.

Now we know why, thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association. Read The Power of Ice Cream (or the embedded page below) and identify how many of those traits are exhibited by President Biden.

And a partial solution to all these problems is….

Ice cream. It takes all of your worries away. It is soothing and delicious, and personable: everyone has a favorite flavor! Ice cream brings people with dementia to happier, warmer times when the treat was shared with friends and loved ones at special, joyous occasions. Ice cream has the power to immediately elicit soothing feelings at the very first taste of a single spoon-full. It erases all the negative feel ings related to the frustration and continues to stimulate pleasure receptors in the brain with every new scoop. And dementia (here is the best part!) allows one to fully enjoy the treat, with no concerns for calories, weight gain or dietary needs, completely guilt free! For people with dementia, ice cream is far more effective and safe than Prozac, or any other “happy” drug on the market!

Better get 81 year old Nancy Pelosi a scoop as well, judging by who she thinks is President of the USA.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 1, 2021 at 11:12 am

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

It was a good laptop, Marilyn, and I liked it.

No matter how crazy you think the USA can be, there will always be some real news out of the nation that beats your fictional idea hands down.

One of the latest comes out of Alaska where the Anchorage Daily News interviewed a woman named Marilyn Hueper about how she got raided by the FBI:

Hueper said the agents broke down her door Wednesday morning as she, her husband and some guests were asleep. When she asked why they didn’t just knock, she was told that they did, but no one answered, so the agents went to get breakfast. When they returned, they knocked again, and when no one answered, they broke open the door, she said.

Hueper said the officers had guns drawn and handcuffed her, her husband and their guests. She and her husband were put in different rooms and couldn’t see what was happening as the officers searched, according to Hueper.

Sounds serious. The FBI thought they had the right suspect:

An officer pulled out a photo of a woman in the Capitol on Jan. 6 and asked if she knew who the woman was. Hueper was surprised, she said, because the woman looked like her and had a coat like one she owns. But Hueper said she’s never had a sweater like one the woman was wearing in a second picture.

Hueper said she was able to point to other photos, provided later in the interview, to show differences in her appearance from the woman shown. The woman in the photo has detached earlobes — hers are attached. The other woman also has a different brow shape, Hueper said, adding that she’s never worn the kind of high boots that the woman wore.

“This chick looks like she has detached earlobes, which makes me jealous,” Marilyn Hueper said of the woman in the screen grabs. “I’ve always wanted detached earlobes.”

Don’t we all. But it turns out that this was not about any charge of trespassing, let alone “sedition” or “insurrection”.

You may recall such terms being thrown around after Jan 6 by hysterics and Democrat partisan axe grinders looking for their own Reichstag Fire moment.

No, this was about a laptop. A very special laptop:

“And they said, ‘Well, we’re here for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.’ And I said, ‘Oh, so it was stolen and it’s at large, good to know. I thought maybe it was just conspiracy theory, so thanks for the intel,’” she said.

Heh. She sounds like a very cool customer. It was actually confirmed way back in early January by Pelosi’s COS that one of her laptops was missing, but “was only used for presentations.” Well sure, but there could still be some very juicy stuff on there and I’m sure Botox Pelosi wants it back.

Sending the FBI to get it is probably a mistake however, given their recent standards of investigation, as evidenced by the picture on the right that they recently submitted in a criminal complaint.

In addition, if the USA wanted actual comedians who enjoyed puncturing the pompous and the powerful, you really couldn’t do better than using this story of the FBI, Pelosi’s laptop and Alaska as the basis of a parody skit.

I very much doubt Saturday Night Live or any of the late-night comedic hosts will do so, but if they do here’s the famous movie scene they could use:

Written by Tom Hunter

May 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Nancy Pelosi goes full Fascist

Back in June 2020, as Burn Loot Murder and their Antifa friends laid siege to Washington D.C. with firebombs and fists, Nancy Pelosi was interviewed about the events on NPR’s long-running programme, “All Things Considered” and was asked about whether the National Guard and other military units should be bought in, to which she responded:

“Violence has no place and violence must be addressed….But there is no reason for the U.S. military to be called out for this.”

Washington D.C, blitzed by BLM, June 2020

By contrast, after the events of January 6th, here’s an interview with the Acting DHS Deputy Secretary, Ken Cuccinelli, where he stated that:

…. the last up of thousands of these troops was requested by the Speaker through the Capitol Police. She even wanted crew-manned machine guns in Washington. That was rejected. There’s simply no use for that in a security arrangement for a civilian undertaking. So some of this has gone beyond any legitimate security need.

In any normal, sane world she’d be forced to resign over this, but let’s face it, this is an entirely natural reaction from her and her ilk around the world. And as a Democrat she’s also fully protected by the MSM.

The likes of the National Guard won’t be deployed to protect you from Antifa/BLM – but when she thinks her precious hide is on the line….

Written by Tom Hunter

January 21, 2021 at 5:46 pm

Pelosi Goes Postal

Despite disagreeing with almost all of her Democrat policies over the years I’ve always had a grudging respect for Nancy Pelosi, the US Speaker of the House and currently the third most powerful leader in the USA. One could basically say the second, given that the VP position is a big nothing in actual power, despite the best efforts of the likes of Gore and Cheney.

She’s a huge fundraiser for the Democrats, from her incredibly wealthy position on the heights of San Francisco (she’s worth something like $200 million). She’s also crafted heavyweight legislation such as Obamacare and the TARP packages during the GFC, as well playing the partisan game hard, especially as House Democrat Leader, whether to victories in 2006 and 2018 or losses in 2004, ’10, ’12, ’14 and ’16.

She’s 80 years old and occasionally has had a few word salad problems, but unlike Biden is still sharp on attack.

But she’s now lost the plot.

 “They’re doing everything they can, suppress the vote, with your actions, scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this.

“It’s really actually shameful,” she added. “Enemies of the state.”

Can you imagine the storm that would arise were Trump to say this about the Democrat Party? In this case Republicans did speak up, including two with direct experience of the results of this sort of divisive shite :

“Disgusting: Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans ‘domestic enemies.’ I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric. Where’s the media outrage?” – Rep. Steve Scalise

“Now THIS puts lives in danger. Believe me, I know firsthand. And, @SteveScalise knows better than anyone.” – Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)

She continues to say things that escalate division in this country and now she’s labeling those who are in a different political party “enemies”. Nancy, you once said our words should calm and unite. What changed? – Rep Rick Crawford (R-AR)

What changed” is obvious; despite all the crowing about opinion poll leads the Democrats are growing increasingly uneasy at the thought that Biden may lose to Trump. The hysteria among Democrat voters must not only be maintained but tuned up further.

Incidently the postal stuff she’s referring to was last week’s conspiracy theory played out on the MSM; that Trump and the GOP are weakening the US Postal Service in myriad ways in order to defeat vote-by-mail, which will supposedly be vital in a Lockdown election. Their “attacks” included cutting funding, removing post boxes and so forth. I’ll just list a few points about why that was so crazy, courtesy of Byron York, who patiently dismantled the story in detail:

  • The USPS was given the ability to borrow $10 billion to help re-structure. The Democrat screams arose because they wanted an extra $25 billion applied as top-ups to keep the place ticking along without change.
  • The claim was that without it postal voting would be endangered. In fact there was nothing in the proposal that the money be applied to such.
  • The USPS already handles 142 billion pieces of mail each year, so handling some 300 million ballots over several weeks – if every registered voter voted by mail – would be no issue at all.
  • Thousands of post boxes were removed during the Obama Administration, as well as letter-sorting machines – for the very sound reason that letter volumes have declined, as they have globally.
  • Postal ballots will still be collected from people’s personal mailboxes, to which mail is and will be delivered and collected.
  • The USPS was the one reminding various State and local governments that there are deadlines involved for sending and receiving mail and that mail-voting could screw up in some places if the electoral authorities didn’t get their shit together. But that’s not the USPS’s problem.

Actually the following cartoon summarises it all very well, although the fact that it’s now quickly vanished makes it clear that the Democrats knew it was bullshit from the start.

Meantime, we have to just accept that 2020 is going to be one of the ugliest US elections ever – and yet not be too disturbed by the resulting hysteria.

Murderrobberyrape, adultery and incest will openly be taught and practiced, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes,” – Connecticut Courant editorial opposing the election of Thomas Jefferson as President, 1800.

It’s the “openly taught and practiced” that makes that one so special. Still, “Enemies of The State” has a distinctly chilling 20th century feel to it, especially coming from a Leftist.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 27, 2020 at 1:16 pm

Dismissing the Chinese Coronavirus

I see there has been a recent bout of the usual “Wight-wingers are thupid” accusations, these ones based around early warning of the Chinese Coronavirus: the whole, “they don’t listen to scientists” thing.

So I thought it would be fun, and a timely marker to refer back to, by listing the predictions of just some prominent Lefty politicians and MSM sources from earlier in 2020.

Feb 5
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasts Trump’s “war against immigrants” after Trump shuts down flights between USA and China.

Incidently that January 31 decision by Trump was made at a time when the CDC was assuring us the risk to America was low, the WHO was covering for China, Democrats were trying to impeach the president, and Biden was attacking the decision as xenophobic.

Feb 9
NYC Councillor Mark D Levin is Chair of the city’s Health Committee.

I guess #coronavirus scare was trending.

Feb 10
The NYC Health Commissioner (a doctor FFS).

Feb 24
Nancy Pelosi touring the SF Chinatown district and encouraging people to “come join us“.

March 25.
And finally perhaps the biggest idiot of them all, New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio, promoter of most things communist:

I’d love to get hold of the Tweet from the Mayor of Florence Italy, who in February was encouraging Florencians to go out and hug a Chinese tourist – because the most important thing you could do was prove you weren’t a racist or a xenophobe.
Even if it killed you.
But I think he deleted it. Others were not so smart.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm

A little humor to lighten these dark times

I greeted Beloved Wife this morning with the news that I’d just seen stories flashing across the Interweb that new data from our Ministry of Health had shown cases falling rapidly and no further deaths – so the lockdown of the country was going to be reversed as soon as possible, perhaps by this Friday.

Meantime…

.

You and me both kid. And thinking about youth unemployment…

Last but not least in the world of hindsight and politics BAU…

I’ve been informed that coffee has been made for me for once. Guess I’ve been forgiven! 😬

Meanwhile over at Kiwiblog I see that DPF has, as usual, made sure to put up a suitable story for the day…

Written by Tom Hunter

March 31, 2020 at 7:52 pm

USA: SOTU and Acquittal Aftermath (UPDATE)

Well, well, well.

Looks like Nancy’s “spontaneous” ripping up of Trump’s SOTU speech was actually a planned stunt as she carefully re-ripped the pages throughout the speech in the lead up to her big finale.

And of course this is in addition to her making silly faces behind Trump at various points in the speech. Less House Speaker (3rd most powerful political position in the US) than leader of a High School Mean Girls group.

I thought these people held themselves to be better than the “childish” Trump?

Posted without further comment.

“I’d trained for weeks to prepare for ripping up those few pages, but I forgot to stretch before the big event,” she told the doctor sheepishly. “I even pre-ripped the pages so they’d be easier to tear up, but it wasn’t enough. I shouldn’t have skipped arm day at the water aerobics class last week. Oh, boy, am I going to look silly. But I’ll just blame it on Trump somehow.”

Written by Tom Hunter

February 6, 2020 at 5:31 am

USA: The Democrat Iowa debacle and Pelosi’s origami (oh – and it’s Impeachment Vote day)

Following the Democrats’s incredible display of incompetence in the Iowa caucus with their hopeless vote-counting app failing on the night, votes continue to trickle in as the work is done by paper.

Not that you’d know this by looking at the Iowa Democrats website, which at the time of writing still shows no results when you hit the Caucus Results button!!! It’s got to be up soon.

Meantime, here’s the Politico.com website results:

Panic time for the Democrat Party. Sanders will likely win the next Primary in New Hampshire (NH), as he did four years ago. It borders the state of Vermont, which has been Bernie’s home for decades.

Meantime, nobody expects Buttigieg to do all that well in New Hampshire, let alone in the states beyond that, such as Nevada and South Carolina. That was where Creepy Joe was supposed to hit his stride and …. it’s not happening; look at the dates of these NH polls:

The result being that one of the elder statesmen of the Democrat Party, James Carville – a key player in Bill Clinton’s success in the 1990’s and a Democrat with his feet on the ground and a Southern Accent – is hitting the panic button, as he contemplates the Corbynisation of the US Democrat Party.

But when you’re a leading, powerful Democrat politician, who cares about such mundane things when there’s paper to be ripped up on live TV, just to show how very, very angry you are for not getting your own way.

That’s twice in one week we’ve seen powerful woman dressed in white losing their sense of occasion and acting out in foot-stamping ways that reflect badly on them and their own institutions.

Mairead McGuinness, Irish MEP & EU VP | Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker

Trump is a petulant man and refused to shake Pelosi’s hand after handing her a copy of his speech, and Pelosi reacted at the end by tearing up a copy of his speech.

I get that these two people hate eachother’s guts, just loath eachother, and I suppose in our modern world it’s a mark of honesty that this hatred is out in the open, rather than being covered by polite, traditional gestures, especially when it’s an accurate reflection of the rest of the USA, which is more partisan than I can ever recall in my lifetime.

But I still find it a little depressing. It’s not exactly Gladstone vs. Disraeli material is it? Two political men who also loathed eachother passionately but who allowed good manners to cover it in public.

This by contrast is rather like two divorced parents who can’t stop their private war from exploding in front of the rest of the family.

Still, I’ll take the war rather than the polite squishiness. Although Pelosi and Trump don’t know it,  large forces and ideas – of which they are mere representatives – are increasingly in mutually exclusive conflict and the results matter. We may not want to call it a war, but it is.

And I need more popcorn.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 5, 2020 at 8:01 pm