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Biden’s Advance Team sends a message

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Either that or they’re as incompetent as the rest of his administration was in planning the great Afghanistan bugout.

In politics an Advance Team is sent ahead of a politician to the areas where photo ops and such are going to be held after speeches and other political events. Sometimes the photo op is the political event.

In any case the idea of an Advance Team is to scope out the best areas for the photographs and avoid things that will make your candidate look bad. One of the classic faux pas happened in 1988 when the campaign staff of Democrat Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis thought he’d look tough riding around in a tank. Instead he looked like Mickey Mouse and the drumbeat of laughter helped send him on his way to a loss against the goofy George H W Bush.

Here in NZ it’s hard to forget the equally boneheaded effort by the political naif, Don Brash, trying to squeeze his clumsy, gawky frame into a dirt track race car. I shared in the hideous chuckle of laughter that went around the nation.

And so we come to this photograph of Biden during a recent visit to Idaho, a state he lost by 30 points and therefore a place where a Democrat needs to be on his toes to not get cornered by Republicans.

My favourite among the MAGA kids is the boy on the right of the picture with a tee-shirt showing Donald Trump as The Terminator (“I’ll be back”).

Written by Tom Hunter

September 15, 2021 at 11:45 am

The Peasants Are Revolting

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Given the Stasi language of the NSW Premier and her “Health” and “Police” authorities when it comes to controlling people in Sydney I was very surprised to see that the controls seemed to fall apart in the Eastern parts of the great city as the first hints of summer arrived…

This is Bondi beach.

In more news from the world of youth – where the Left has placed its bets since the 1960’s Counter Culture revolution, with never-ending cries of “The Young Are With Us”, “Right-Side-Of-History” and all that – it would appear that there are cracks appearing, especially when it comes to “President” Biden.

“FUCK JOE BIDEN” seems to have exploded across college football stadiums in the USA.

This seems to be happening all over, as even the MSM have noticed, not to mention the drooling moron himself (BTW, check out that last link that shows this vaccinated man still wearing a mask – outdoors).

It’s amusing to see Democrats respond by demanding respect for the office, and the separation of politics and sport. Too late guys. Enjoy the new rules you made.

Or you could just scream into the void, as Joe Biden did the other day at a 9/11 ceremony. The look on Obama’s face is priceless, as in “What are you thinking, man?”. But this is yet another example of Joe’s dementia; he isn’t thinking and can’t control his impulses.

I think this may replace the famous Old Man Yells At Clouds meme from The Simpsons. It certainly has that vibe.

A second American Civil War

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It’s been developing for a few years now.

Back in early 2017 there were developing conversations on the US Left about how the USA was slowly moving towards a second Civil War as a result of the horror that was Donald Trump.

There have been apocalyptic predictions before when American Presidents have been elected, so many that it has become a movie trope, some even with Presidential approval.

But I can’t help thinking that the USA is creeping closer and closer to this precipice, and today’s speech by President Biden may be that tipping point. Observe.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

Words from an American President, the inheritor of 234 years of … ?

“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated”

In movie terms this is called “The Setup” where you explain who the bad guys are and why they’re the bad guys.

“Our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us”.

Come on Vet, Wayne Mapp, David Farrar, and all the rest of the people who cursed Donald Trump as a potential dictator of the USA. What say you now?


“Biden says GOPers are murderers…” An exaggeration you say? Stretching his words? I don’t think so.

If these governors won’t help, I will use my powers as president and get them out of the way.”

The only saving grace here is that this is a threat as hollow as the pathetic, dim, senile old man who has uttered it. But given what can be done to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights by people with even some control over the Federal institutions of the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, NSA, DIA, ATF and a dozen other agencies, you have to wonder how far away we are from something far beyond January 6.

Here’s another optimistic take:

Biden campaigned relentlessly on the pandemic. He blamed Donald Trump for it, ridiculously, and pledged to end the pandemic. He expected the vaccines that were about to become available (thanks in part to Trump) to do the trick, and he expected the end of the pandemic and the resulting economic surge to ensure his popularity.

It hasn’t worked out that way, and voters are holding Biden responsible.

That’s why he has reversed course on vaccine mandates. It’s an act of desperation.

Want to know the really good news? China has been waiting for decades to be able to subvert the USA. Given the internal divisions already existing in the USA, how hard would it really be to just provide a push.

Or, over a decade, a lot of little pushes.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 10, 2021 at 10:28 pm

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Jobs for the boys

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That satirical movie poster was from 2014 when Obama traded five Taliban terrorists locked up in Guantanamo for a US soldier who had deserted from his unit, then did a hideous press conference where it became obvious where Private Bergdahl’s “patriotism” had come from. His father was invited by Obama and in addition to looking and sounding like he had decided to join the Taliban himself, he used the opportunity to shit all over the US.

It’s interesting to walk down this particular memory lane and realise that despite being much smarter and not senile, Obama and his team had more than a few cluster fucks of their own that seem little different from those that Biden is having. Obama’s clowns never shifted off their backsides to look into the details of Bergdahl, his capture, his dingbat father or much else before they decided to go for the dog and pony show at the Whitehouse seven years ago.

The full details of the men released can be found here. The following is my quick synopsis of three of them:

Mullah Mohammad Fazl (Taliban army chief of staff): Fazl is wanted by the UN for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiites in 1998.

Mullah Norullah Noori (senior Taliban military commander): Like Fazl, Noori is wanted by the United Nations for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiite Muslims.

Abdul Haq Wasiq (Taliban deputy minister of intelligence): Wasiq arranged for al Qaeda members to provide crucial intelligence training prior to 9/11. The training was headed by Hamza Zubayr, an al Qaeda instructor who was killed during the same September 2002 raid that netted Ramzi Binalshibh, the point man for the 9/11 operation.

Under the traditional rules of war all five of them should have been shot at dawn on the Afghan battlefields, but I guess this way some future US President might at least drone their ass at some point in time.

Alternatively they could have been processed through a military tribunal but for Obama’s delusional desire to put them through US civil courts. Yet another failure of competence as his own party rose up against him when he tried to bring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to New York.

Well guess what sports fans? They’re back in power. As in real power. As in being part of the Cabinet of the new Taliban government of Afghanistan.

  • Mullah Norullah Nori (Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs)
  • Mohammed Fazl (Defense Deputy Minister)
  • Khairullah Khairkhwa (Acting Minister of Information and Culture)
  • Abdul Haq Wasiq (Acting Director of Intelligence)

So the last guy got his old job back. Pretty typical of a politician who knows where all the bodies are buried.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Will the real President please stand up?

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In order to post my assessments of Biden’s on-screen capabilities during Q&A’s I’ve had to watch a few of his press conferences on YouTube and other SM sources.

It’s so painful to watch this pitiful old man that I can’t even laugh at him anymore.

I’m done. At least for now. If I hear reports that he’s started drooling then maybe I’ll check back in.

Assuming he doesn’t turn his back on the journalists at his next press conference they should just ignore everything he says and start asking the following questions

  1. Who is telling you not to answer questions?
  2. Why are they telling you not to answer questions?
  3. What happens if you decide on your own to take questions?
  4. Are they telling you to do or not do certain other things, and if so, what are those things?
  5. What would happen if you did something they told you not to do, or did not do something they told you to do? Would you be punished?

Who am I kidding…

Written by Tom Hunter

September 8, 2021 at 10:51 am

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The Smartest Guy in the Room

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There was a documentary movie made some years ago about an infamous US company: Enron, The Smartest Guys in the Room. It was how they actually referred to themselves and it did not end well for them in the early 2000’s when they went bankrupt as their fraudulent and corrupt practices finally caught up with them.

Fortune named them “America’s Most Innovative Company” for six consecutive years.

I was reminded of this today as I read the following article by Peggy Noonan, who is quite the traditional journalist plugged into all the Washington D.C. networks. She’s of The Ruling Class, with all that that implies. Initially famous as the primary speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, she later supported Obama, and her comments about the sort of GOP voters attracted to Sarah Palin have lived long in the memories of other Republicans. Needless to say she hated Trump.

The WSJ has put her article up outside the paywall for once, but in case they change their mind I’m putting up the full text.

August changed things; it wasn’t just a bad month. It left a lingering, still head-shaking sense of “This isn’t how we do things.”

We don’t make up withdrawal dates that will have symbolism for photo-ops with the flinty, determined president looking flinty and determined on the 20th anniversary of 9/11; we don’t time epic strategic decisions around showbiz exigencies. We wait for the summer fighting season to pass; we withdraw in the winter when Taliban warriors are shivering in their caves. We don’t leave our major air base in the middle of the night—in the middle of the night—without even telling the Afghan military. We don’t leave our weapons behind so 20-year-old enemies can don them for military playacting and drive up and down with the guns and helmets. We don’t fail to tell our allies exactly what we’re doing and how we’re doing it—they followed us there and paid a price for it. We don’t see signs of an overwhelming enemy advance and treat it merely as a perception problem, as opposed to a reality problem. You don’t get the U.S. military out before the U.S. citizens and our friends. Who will protect them if you do that?

The president’s people think this will all just go away and are understandably trying to change the subject. But the essence of the story will linger. Its reverberations will play out for years. There are Americans and American friends behind Taliban lines. The stories will roll out in infuriating, sometimes heartbreaking ways.

The damage to the president is different and deeper than his people think, because it hit at his reputational core, at how people understand him. His supporters have long seen him as soft-natured, moderate—a sentimental man famous for feeling and showing empathy. But nothing about this fiasco suggested kindliness or an interest in the feelings of others. It feels less like a blunder than the exposure of a seamy side.

Does he listen to anyone? Does he have any people of independent weight and stature around him, or are they merely staffers who approach him with gratitude and deference?

His reputational core was only built and enabled by decades of the likes of Noonan bolstering it and refusing to call him out as the Piece-Of-Shit dullard he is.

If he’d had the decency to die a few years ago like Ted Kennedy there would have been – eventually, once it was safe politically for Democrats – some truths leaked out, although Biden’s Kennedy-style behaviour with woman would not have risen to the level of a movie like Chappaquiddick. There’s certainly no shortage of factual, historical stories that paint an opposite picture to someone who is capable of “feeling and showing empathy.

But Noonan points to other stuff that lessor people have also noticed: that there is more than one incompetent in the room.

What happened with U.S. military leadership? There’s been a stature shift there, too. Did they warn the president not to leave Bagram Air Base? Did they warn that the whole exit strategy was flawed, unrealistic? If the president was warned and rejected the advice why didn’t a general care enough to step down—either in advance to stop the debacle, or afterward to protest it?

Did they just go with the flow? Did they think the president’s mind couldn’t be changed so what the heck, implement the plan on schedule and hope for the best? President Biden’s relations with the Pentagon have been cool at best for a long time; maybe some generals were thinking: I can improve future relations by giving the president more than he asks for. He wants out by 9/11, I’ll give him out by the Fourth of July. It is important to find out what dynamics were in play. Because it’s pretty obvious something went wrong there.

The enlisted men and women of the U.S. military are the most respected professionals in America. They can break your heart with their greatness, as they did at Hamid Karzai International Airport when 13 of them gave their lives to help desperate people escape. But the top brass? Something’s wrong there, something that August revealed. They are all so media-savvy, so smooth and sound-bitey after a generation at war, and in some new way they too seem obsessed with perceptions and how things play, as opposed to reality and how things are.

Well at least they’ve fired somebody, unfortunately he’s only a Lt. Colonel, and his sin was asking his bosses to take responsibility for their fuckups.

There has been a lot of talk about Mr. Biden and what drove his single-minded insistence on leaving on his timetable. Axios recently mentioned the 2010 Rolling Stone article in which Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff made brutal fun of Biden. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in his 2014 memoir that President Obama told him, “Joe is over the top about this.” Mr. Obama himself, in his presidential memoir, wrote of Mr. Biden warning him the military was trying to “jam” him, “trying to box in a new president.”

People have been rereading George Packer’s great 2019 book on the diplomat Richard Holbrooke, “Our Man” (great not only as history but as literature). Holbrooke met with Vice President Biden one day during the first Obama term and they argued about Afghanistan. Mr. Biden dismissed Holbrooke’s arguments for protecting Afghan women’s rights as “bullshit.” Their discussion was, according to Holbrooke’s diary, “quite extraordinary.” Mr. Biden said Holbrooke didn’t understand politics, that the Democrats could lose the presidency in 2012 in part because of Afghanistan, that we have to get out as we did from Vietnam.

There was politics in President Biden’s decision, and frustration. Mr. Biden had spent years in Afghanistan meetings, in the Senate during the Bush years, and later in the White House as vice president. He would have seen up close more than his share of military spin—contradictory information, no one with a sustainable strategic plan, and plenty of that old military tradition, CYA.

Afghanistan was emotional for him, for personal reasons. This would be connected to his son’s service in Iraq, and the worry a parent feels and the questions a parent asks. And maybe the things Beau Biden told him about his tour.

For those people who thought that Biden was going to be better for foreign relations and US alliances there is no excuse for their stupidity and ignorance, given that both the Holbrooke material was out, as well the decade-old memoir of former Bush-Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates where he gently pointed out that Biden had been wrong on almost every major foreign policy and national security issue for forty years.

Soon it will be fifty years. But it’s the next bit that made me laugh.

And I suspect there was plenty of ego in it, of sheer vanity. A longtime friend of his once told me Mr. Biden’s weakness is that he always thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room. I asked if the rooms are usually small, and the friend didn’t bristle, he laughed.

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Of course. There’s more than a few politicians like that, both active and retired.

I suspect Mr. Biden was thinking he was going to be the guy who finally cut through, who stopped the nonsense, admitted reality, who wasn’t like the others driven by fear of looking weak or incompetent. He was going to look with eyes made cool by experience and do what needed doing—cut this cord, end this thing, not another American dead.

History would see what he’d done. It would be his legacy. And for once he’d get his due—he’s not some ice-cream-eating mediocrity, not a mere palate-cleanser after the heavy meal of Trump, not a placeholder while America got its act together. He would finally be seen as what he is—a serious man. Un homme sérieux, as diplomats used to say.

And then, when it turned so bad so quick, his pride and anger shifted in, and the defiant, defensive, self-referential speeches. Do they not see my wisdom?

When you want it bad you get it bad.

This won’t happen, but it would be better for his White House not to scramble away from the subject—Let’s go to the hurricane!—but to inhabit it fully. Concentrate on the new reality of the new Afghanistan, the immediate and larger diplomatic demands, the security needs. Get the Americans out, our friends out, figure out—plan—what you would do and say if, say, next November there is a terror event on U.S. soil, and a group calling itself al Qaeda 2.0 claims responsibility, and within a few days it turns out they launched their adventure from a haven in Afghanistan.

Don’t fix on “perception.” Focus on that ignored thing, reality.

Reality? Screw that. There’s plenty more Democrat and Lefty fantasies to be implemented before January 20, 2025.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 7, 2021 at 6:00 am

Biden’s other little crises

With the final departure of American troops from Afghanistan, it’s likely that attention on it will fall away. Of course this is assuming the Taliban and its ISIS and Al Qaeda friends don’t decide to indulge in some American hostage-taking, despite having hundreds, possibly thousands of such targets left behind in that begotten nation.

Barring that, attention will likely swing back to another crisis that has been ongoing for months now, even if the MSM has done it’s level best to ignore the story.

The almost complete collapse of control on America’s Southern border.

Earlier in the year the Administration’s excuse – rapidly and loudly repeated by the stenographers of the MSM – for the rapid rise in illegal immigrants crossing that border was that it was a Spring surge, such as had been seen before. The last couple of months have shown what bullshit that was.

Every month has seen higher numbers than ever and are the worst in over twenty years/ Also understand that these are “encounters” where the illegals have been met by Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies. The numbers who have escaped detection are unknown of course, but certainly push the numbers much higher. It is now likely that 2021 will see two million illegal immigrants crossing that border.

While playing this down in public the Administration has been caught out when none other than the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, was heard on a leaked audio recording admitting the truth while talking to Border Patrol officers:

This is unsustainable. These numbers cannot continue. We cannot get to a point where we were a couple of weeks ago, and we’re gonna make sure that doesn’t happen… We’re looking at policy options.

Well duh! This has been known for months by anybody who cared to look, but as usual it was dismissed as partisan attacks. As for policies, one Border Patrol agent at the meeting made clear what the solution is:

“For those of us who have been around here long enough … we don’t need to reinvent the wheel,” one agent told Mayorkkas. “We’ve had this happen before. We know exactly how to shut it down. We need to make illegal entry illegal.”

Woah! Who knew?

As Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) pointed out:

The border crisis was predicted by an October 2020 national threat assessment from the Department of Homeland Security. Biden’s exemption of “unaccompanied alien minors from pandemic-related ‘Title 42’ instant expulsions to Mexico” and effective ending of interior removals for all those migrants who had successfully evaded Border Patrol as soon as he took office made the crisis rapidly worse.

Again. Duh!

One of the propaganda tropes used by the Democrats is that we can’t be heartless to families. Well…

The vast majority of border arrests so far this year have been adults traveling alone — more than 121,000 in May, and nearly 660,000 so far this year. That’s almost twice the total number of encounters in each of the last two years, and well over double the number for 2018. Why is that important? Because adults traveling without families or children are unlike the migrants you most often see featured in corporate media…

They are the ones trying to evade law enforcement. In practice, that means more high-speed car chases. It means small groups of men hiking across South Texas ranchlands, often in camouflage. It means more break-ins and burglaries, assaults on Border Patrol agents, stash houses and smugglers and organized crime. It means a fair number of these men — and they are mostly men — are trying to escape detection because they have criminal records.

The inevitable result has been a 56% increase so far in drug seizures over 2020, with opioids like fentanyl being foremost. What damage that is doing to the rest of the US will not be known until the drug OD deaths are counted up, but it will also mean a big increase on that front.

There’s also another public health danger involved here and it’s one that supposedly has the full attention of the Biden Administration as they scream about vaccinations and mask mandates – except when it comes to illegal immigrants:

The city of McAllen, TX says the federal government has released over 7,000 COVID positive migrants into their city since February, including over 1,500 new infected migrants in just the *last week alone*. A local state of disaster in McAllen has been declared.

The Federal agencies are not even being subtle about it. Check out these videos:

Biden has then had the gall to castigate Texas and Florida about rising numbers of cases of the Delta variant. Hardly a surprise given his own actions.

There’s more cold-hearted callousness where that came from too, Driver recalls trip with migrant children to Chattanooga:

David Alverson owns Nooga Shuttles. He says it’s not uncommon to get a call and not know who he’ll be driving. The company that booked the shuttle bus last Friday said it was for a government operation. David says he had no idea he was helping to transport kids coming from the border.

“As soon as they stepped out, up on the top where they got out of the airplane, I knew exactly what it was. It’s a little emotional,” Alverson told Channel 3.

Alverson says other children stayed on the plane, which flight records show left for New Jersey.
“You could see the little faces looking out all the windows,” he said. Alverson says his passengers appeared between the ages of eight and 14.

Alverson says the same company called again for help transporting children and he declined.
“Called him back and said we’re done. No more,” Alverson told Channel 3.

And what awaited them in Chattanooga?

After a child’s report of abuse at a Chattanooga facility housing migrant children, and then a teen who went missing from the facility, three U.S. lawmakers from Tennessee are again demanding answers from the federal government.

Police have charged a second woman in alleged sexual abuse at a facility that housed unaccompanied migrant children in Chattanooga, according to our sister station WTVC.

The Chattanooga Police Department announced Tuesday night that 22-year-old Florencia Guadalupe Renderos Morales has been charged with sexual battery by an authority figure. They say the victim was a child at La Casa de Sidney.

No wonder the owner of Nooga Shuttles said “no mas”. He has a conscience, unlike the Biden Administration.

As has happened before with such tides of humanity, the Democrat Party is proposing not better border control measures but amnesty for the illegal immigrants. They pulled this stunt back in the mid-1980’s, promising lots of money for various border control measures if only the GOP would agree to an amnesty for the then 3-4 million illegal immigrants thought to be living in the USA, thus putting an end to the problem. The GOP finally went for it, and Ronald Reagan signed it into law.

He later said that it was one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency.

And now in 2021, we’re not even talking about the often quoted figure of 11-15 million illegal immigrants, which is bad enough. The figure comes from the Census Bureau, but such people are the ones least likely to respond to such survey.

So a few years ago a bunch of academics from MIT and Yale decided to build a model based on solid stats like deportations, visa overstays, death rates and legal immigration rates over the last twenty years. They even low-balled all the inputs and fitted the most conservative assumptions they could because they figured that confirmation bias alone would thus produce a figure below 11.3 million. Instead they got a figure of 16.7 million. The results were published in 2018:

The modelers were astonished. As an on-again, off-again New Yorker, I’m not. 

Yet the full range of their model’s outputs is more astonishing still. Accepting, unlike most journalists, that their data contained a large degree of uncertainty, the authors ran their model with a variety of credible inputs literally a million times. The results within a 95 percent probability lay between 16 million and 29 million, with 22.1 million as the mean — or twice as many illegal immigrants as the Census Bureau figures imply. 

Mind, that Yale/MIT model produced half a million results in excess of 22.1 million, with a multitude spitting out estimates in the vicinity of 35 million or more.

A problem that is now between six and ten times as bad as when the original amnesty was applied. I don’t think even The Stupid Party will be tempted by that “solution” again. Frankly, given the backlash of such huge numbers suddenly becoming citizens, even a number of moderate Democrats might blanche – aside from the California ones of course, where it would reinforce their One Party stranglehold, and the Texas ones, with their dream of turning that state Blue.

But that leaves an awful status quo in place, one that’s now rapidly getting worse.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 2, 2021 at 12:30 am

It’s 25th Amendment time – or something?

Readers will know that I have a very low opinion of US Vice President Kamala Harris, the person who started in the Democrat nominations as the Female Barack Obama and ended as the Black Hillary Clinton.

Her inadequacies are extensive, as I noted in The unbearable lightness of Kamala Harris. She’s shallow, nasty, tin-eared, incompetent as both a politician and a manager, and utterly devoid of principles beyond her ambition to crawl to the top of the American political world. She was so awful that she dropped out of the Democrat race even before the first votes were cast in Iowa. The Biden team rescued her from the well-deserved obscurity of failure.

But right now she has one overwhelming thing going for her.

She has a functioning brain.

The current POTUS does not.

Biden has always been a dim-bulb gaffe-meister and a fabulist liar who lacked Clinton and Obama’s slickness but made up for it by being bald-faced and attacking people when they called him on his bullshit. Also he could get away with this as a Senator, although it caused him to fail in two runs for the Democrat Presidential nomination. But given how senile he has become in the last two years none of that history applies now. For months, on numerous issues, it has become quite clear that he’s simply following instructions written down for him in precise detail:

“Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC…”

It’s just more evidence that Biden is not actually running the show.

But the recent disaster in Afghanistan put him and his staff in a position they could not control as they had for the last eighteen months; calling “lids” (no outside contact) early on many days, and keeping him either in his basement as candidate or in the White House once he was President. He now had to front the Press and the American people often.

It has only made things worse. I make a point of not watching politicians or listening to them nowadays because I don’t want to be distracted by their voice or mannerisms. I recall Lefties going beserk about Bush 43’s “smirk”, Righties about Obama’s uplifted nose (caught so well by cartoonist Michael Ramirez), and now NZ Righties about Adern’s speaking manner and facial expressions. Much better to just read the transcript – and not some “journalist’s” paraphrasing of it either.

So it’s only been in the last couple of days that I’ve gone back to look at the pressers that Biden has held on the Afghanistan situation in the last two weeks.

They’re godawful. The first ones seemed strange enough with him just walking away and taking no questions: this after literally days of hiding while things unwound. Perhaps realising this wasn’t doing the trick they put him a one-on-one with ABC TV’s George Stephanopoulos, senior aide to Bill Clinton through his ’92 campaign and first term and a solid, partisan Democrat. About the friendliest interviewer Biden could have found.

It went okay until people (even CNN) began noticing the incredible number of facts that Biden got wrong and that contradicted what he’d said earlier, sometimes just days earlier, as well as the anger when Stephanopoulos gently challenged him. Once again he did not come across well. All such TV interviews are edited for time so there are always things left out. But when the full transcript was released people were stunned by this answer that did not make it to screen. For context, Stephanopoulos asked what Biden thought of Veterans wondering if it had all been a waste and why the US could not have “left with honour”:

That is not even coherent as spin. He simply lost the thread of the answer, as he has before. And while it’s one thing to forget the names of members of his cabinet, as he has done in pressers, it’s quite another to forget his son’s rank, which service he was in, and even where he was stationed, especially since he’s employed this shroud-waving deflection before.

But the last two pressers were the worst.

On August 24 he was five hours late, which was unprecedented enough to get the MSM talking. When he did show he looked awful, his eyes bloodshot and glazed over. At times you could not even see the whites of his eyes. The teleprompter presentation was cold, robotic and tone deaf as he started by yakking about his “Build Back Better” plan. No empathy. Then he once more turned his back and walked away again with his little-old-man pitter-patter gait, taking no questions, clearly unable to physically and mentally do so.

Then on the 26th, after the bombings, after hours had passed with no word from him, the presser showed him slurring so badly it was if he was drunk. One of the more bizarre moments occurred when he stopped talking and stared down at the podium while his right arm jerked spasmodically behind it, as if he was fishing for a stick of gum in his pocket. It got worse from there:

Near tears at one point, Biden was seen hunched over the podium, clutching his briefing binder with both hands, his face a sea of grief. 

My first thought was that he looked like a beaten man. 

My second thought was that beaten men make terrible presidents and disastrous commanders in chief. 

Barely had that passed when he had to meet the new Prime Minister of Israel. Watch.

To appease the fact-checkers, I’ll note that I can’t tell for sure that he’s asleep here. Perhaps he’s just resting his eyes? But certainly there is nothing normal about him hanging his head for more than 30 seconds in this way that we’ve all seen with elderly relatives, instead of having his attention locked on the head of state he’s there to speak with. At one point, the video zooms in and you can see that his eyes are closed.

Something is badly wrong with this president, not just mentally but now physically and there’s no way it can be ignored anymore. Moreover, more people are noticing what the rest of us have seen for two years but which was dismissed as nothing more than partisan attacks. Biden is a man in steep physical and mental decline. Further, that decline is affecting his emotional health as well, with angry outbursts becoming more common.

It’s so bad that even the NeverTrumpers at Ye Olde Staid Right-Wing magazine, National Review, finally noticed with an article, Something Is Wrong with the President:

Somewhere along the way of the last few years, Biden transitioned from “young old” to “old.” Veteran reporters describe the transition in code. “He’s lost a step or two.” Or: “he’s lost something off his fastball.”

You’re not supposed to talk about it. If you do, and you’re a Democrat, you’re scolded for aiding and abetting the enemy. If you do, and you’re a Republican or (God forbid) a MAGA voter, you’re a horrible hate-mongerer, trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election (and you probably watch Fox News to boot).

The problem is that it’s there for all to see. Pretending not to see it is untenable.

Great. Those clowns pretended up to this point and snarked at other Right-Wingers pointing to the lack of Emperor’s clothes. But now they’ve been given permission to discuss this by the Respectable Idiots of D.C.’s laptop classes that they soiree with every day.

There’s no way Biden can lead the USA any longer, something that’s become abundantly clear over the last two weeks, and if the people running this guy had any shame, they’d get him to resign. The thing is that they’re not the only ones with a say in this, and as Tucker Carlson noted, The Knives May Be Out For Biden:

Some of Biden’s most senior appointees are contradicting him in public. If you cover politics, it is shocking to see that. It’s a violation of the first and most ruthlessly enforced rule in any White House, which is don’t diminish the boss.

But suddenly, they’re doing just that and they’re doing it openly.

Or it could just be the same general incompetence shown in other areas, this time in message control.

Assuming a forced resignation won’t happen what are the other alternatives for getting Biden out? There are only two it seems: Impeachment and the 25th Amendment. The former is a non-starter while the Democrats control the Senate and House, even with the barest majorities.

The latter is not well known because it was only passed in 1967 following the assassination of President Kennedy. But ironically enough it has been discussed a lot in recent years – specifically by Democrats during the Presidency of Donald Trump with his “erratic governing style” (heh, good times, good times…). But it’s not so simple as the movies have portrayed, as this detailed article in 2018 explained:

The amendment’s less-interesting inability provision, Section 3, has been used three times by presidents about to go under sedation. Simple and straightforward, Section 3 allows the president to declare himself disabled and pass power temporarily to the vice president. Then, whenever the president declares himself recovered, he retakes power.

So section 4 has to be used. The thing is that it has never been used, it’s multi-layered, each layer has complexities and more importantly…

It was designed to ensure that there is a conscious, communicative person in charge of the government, not to stop unfit or even unbalanced presidents (as today’s Section 4 advocates view Trump) from doing bad things.

[It was not designed to] remove inept presidents who are doing a disastrously bad job. Section 4’s language is broad enough, arguably, to apply in such situations. But its design ensures that it can cover such situations only in the rarest of cases.

The history of Presidents being replaced due to death pre-25th is interesting, especially in the case of Garfield, who lingered for two months after being shot in 1885, and of course Woodrow Wilson with his strokes in 1919. In both cases the VP’s were reluctant to take over in case the Presidents recovered, so effectively the nation didn’t have a President. It was Eisenhower, spurred by the age of nuclear deterrence, who pushed for it, and Kennedy’s shocking death swung the argument since Kennedy might also have lingered in a coma had his wounds been a little less lethal.

You can read all the detail and history in that article as it’s fascinating stuff, but the synopsis as follows.

Advocates would have to convince a majority of the cabinet and a supermajority of the Congress (2/3s as with Impeachment) that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” – not politically, but as a matter of medical fact. That isn’t going to happen here since Biden (or more precisely his staff) has the power under the amendment to counter “that no inability exists,” and would not go along with it. Kamala Harris, who would have everything to lose if she failed in the attempt, has never shown she takes such risks. And Congress, which would be called upon to follow through in the unlikely event the cabinet pulled the trigger, is not going to vote for it, even if the GOP holds the Senate and House after the 2022 elections.

In short, it’s not a replacement for impeachment, which is specifically designed to remove and replace a President.

For the GOP this is actually good news, since it means the Democrats are tied to these sinking ships into the 2022 and 2024 elections: an increasingly brain-dead President and a VP of cackling, obnoxious, incompetence, both of whom are sinking in the polls for many reasons. If Biden becomes comatose or suffers a stroke (he’s suffered two brain aneurysms) then it’s a different ballgame as he would be incapable of objecting. But there’s a big difference between those physical .states and even advanced senile dementia.

But it’s not good news for the USA and the rest of the world. Terrible as she is, Kamala needs to take over as President.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 30, 2021 at 6:00 am

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN’T GET ANY WORSE … IT DID

with the revelation that when the United States abandoned Bagram Air Base on 5 July they released from the jail there an unknown number of ISIS-K detainees now estimated by the Pentagon to be in the order of a couple of thousand.

Words fail me. Is it just possible that the ISIS-K suicide bomber at Kabul airport was one of those released?

Biden’s accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan, working to a self imposed deadline, was/is a clusterf**k of epic proportions that has tarnished (perhaps forever) America’s standing in the eyes of the world.

Written by The Veteran

August 28, 2021 at 10:24 am

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UN FEEKIN BELIEVABLE

For Clown-in-Chief Biden to admit that under his watch ‘they’ may have (since confirmed) passed to the Taliban the names of Afghan nationals they wanted to see afforded safe passage to Kabul airport. FFS, what were they thinking? The Taliban had already labelled those who worked for the US and foreign governments as traitors. In doing so Biden effectively signed their death warrants.

Some less charitable than I might point to a certain synergy between that action and that of the Petain (Vichy) Puppet Collaborationist French government who, in WW2, willingly passed to the Nazis lists of French Jews to be sent to meet their maker in Auschwitz and Treblinka.

I said in an earlier post that Jacinda has blood on her hands given her government’s refusal to grant entry permits for Afghani nationals who worked for us as LECs. Biden has corpses on his.

Written by The Veteran

August 27, 2021 at 7:25 pm

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