First off: always listen to this on New Years Day.

That done: what the heck is it doing being 2022? One of my granddaughters turns 10 later this month…I do remember my 10th birthday very vividly. That was 1974. I was fascinated by the whole thing of being 10 years old. And I remember figuring things out – that I’d be 20 in 1984. That I would turn 36 in 2000. 2022? How the heck did that happen?

Now I get to figure out things like if I live as long as my Dad my expiration date comes in 2047. Of course, make it as long as Grandpa then I’ll be around 2052. As long as my Grand-aunt Alice, 2063. But, slice it any way you like, there’s more time behind than in front. This doesn’t disturb me. Maybe it should, but it doesn’t. 57 years is already a long time: we’re just tacking on at this point. Will have to point out to the granddaughter that if she shakes my hand then she’s one handshake away from 1896, when my grandfather was born – that might be an interesting point for her to make with her grandchildren 40 or 50 years from now.

The country is a complete mess – the only thing that keeps China from attacking is the remaining uncertainty of whether or not we’d use nuclear weapons if our backs go to the wall. As of this moment, I doubt we could raise a military force sufficient to win against any 1st or 2nd rate power. We’re too divided and our military leadership is perfectly useless. I don’t know what they teach at the service academies these days, but it certainly isn’t whatever is needed to win a war. And any war fighting capacity which is imparted is shoved out by the time they rise to the top where the only concerns are pleasing their political masters and feathering their retirement nest. And the core military power of our nation – the lower and middle class people outside the deep blue areas: do they want to fight for America as it is right now? Do you want one of your family members to fight under these generals and admirals, with China Joe as CinC? It always astonished me how various parts of France, left and right, didn’t want to stand up and fight against Hitler – but these days I perhaps understand a little better. They should, of course, have fought: but at the time, it seemed to many of them that fighting for France merely perpetuated a corrupt and useless Ruling Class.

Earlier today I paid about $180.00 for $100.00 in groceries: I don’t know exactly what they use to judge inflation but I suspect that the numbers, like all government numbers these days, aren’t giving us the rock solid truth. It wouldn’t be in Team Pudding Brain’s interest to show inflation as high as I figure it must be…prices are getting out of control. Bad news: there are indications that we’ve only seen the start of the inflationary surge. Remember, these things take a little while to work into the system. From what I’ve read, for instance, the price of fertilizer is vastly higher…which means the farmers are going to have to charge more for, say, corn. That will make it more expensive to get your Doritos, but also more expensive for everything that uses corn…and its a lot of things. On and on it will go, pushing one thing after another. I hope inflation moderates: for me and for everyone, but I worry that it won’t, at least not any time soon. There is too much money out there right now and goods and services are getting harder and harder to procure.

Meanwhile, they’re moving what must be hundreds of thousands of illegals all over the country – sure, they are hoping that changing demographics will help them (but, will it? Polls show Latino voters aren’t keen on pronoun wars) but, still, what is the real point here? It could just be that they’re stupid…they just believe they can’t stop people from crossing and now they have to move them somewhere. They might do a vaccine mandate for air travel, but no vaccine mandate for crossing illegally. We’re in the Twilight Zone of a dead Ruling Class still holding the levers of power.

One thing I am fairly confident about is that they don’t know how hated they are. The Ruling Class, I mean. And not just by us: plenty of far left people despise them as well. Promises were made, after all. Stupid promises, in our view, but still promises – go Resist the Bad Orange Man and when he’s out you’ll get a cancellation of student debt and free college…and a host of other things as well. They aren’t delivering. Team Pudding Brain let a contract out for an $84 million facility to make Covid tests…which won’t start operating until 2024. Hunter is making bank selling his “art”. Nancy Pelosi just bought a retirement home in Florida…while in her San Francisco hard core liberals are starting to buy guns as police protection fails utterly (and not just because of “defund the police” – even the police they have are, apparently, turning a blind eye to crime. Why wouldn’t they? If they arrest someone and if it can be even willfully misconstrued as bad by the cops, their lives are ruined. Better to just drive by and pretend you didn’t see it). Everything is falling apart -but we see that they are doing well and are ignoring the Covid restrictions (AOC was caught in Miami this past week while her New York endured another round of Covid lockdowns).

What will come of this hatred remains to be seen – but we might get a very strong taste of it just 11 months from now. Polls are, as usual, nearly useless, but they are bad for Democrats. But for me, just looking at how things are, if I were Chair of the RNC I’d make sure I had GOP candidates even in D+10 districts. Literally anything is possible.

Meanwhile, I write – Kings and Queen will be out very shortly. That is Book V. But Heirs (Book VI) and Empress (Book VII) are 90% done. I’m about 1/3 done with The Crimson Blade (Book VIII) and I’ve already made a start on the still untitled Book IX. Meanwhile, still working on Aleste and the Icecrystal Dragons and putting ideas together for Survival (an end-of-the-world novel, which may turn out to have zombies in it) and Last Strand, the working title for a thriller about a Chinese plot against America. I write because I enjoy it. Because I believe the stories are good. And because when I’m in those worlds, I’m not watching the enslavement of the world and the destruction of the United States.

I hope you have your escape from today! If you don’t, get one – we’re in for a rocky ride. I think, with God’s grace, will come out the other side ok, but we are living in the Chinese curse of interesting times. Things are going to get stranger and perhaps far more dangerous – but with that faith in God, we’ll get through it all.

29 thoughts on “2022

  1. Jeremiah January 1, 2022 / 6:28 pm

    Happy New Year!

  2. Cluster January 2, 2022 / 10:13 am

    Great song Mark, from a great band.

    The CO wildfire were sparked by downed power lines, and yet the ruling class is blaming climate change, let that sink in. The American ruling class has spent more money on studying the sexual habits of bees than they have modernizing the electrical grid across the country so it’s a good thing that we just passed a trillion dollar infrastructure bill right? LOL, if you believe that please contact me for other great opportunities.

    Why does AOC have intimate relations with her oppressor?

    After every abortion shouldn’t we be tying the tubes of the mom and neutering the dad?

    Do Americans realize that 10 seconds after “testing”, their status could change? Have they thought that one through?

    For all conservatives here, never forget that the government that thinks you’re a violent white supremacist, is the same government that wants to inject an experimental drug into you. Color me skeptical.

    Happy New Year.

    • Amazona January 2, 2022 / 9:58 pm

      I just can’t figure out the logic in demanding that people take a drug the CDC admits only protects them, and even that only minimally for a short period of time. If taking the drug does nothing to protect anyone else, what is the rationale for demanding it? If this drug is only going to protect ME, then why should anyone else care if I take it? What’s next? A list of other things “for my own good” the government will force upon me, like an exercise regimen or organic food or vitamins?

    • Amazona January 2, 2022 / 10:02 pm

      They are now rejecting the downed power line theory as there is supposedly some video of a barn or shed burning upwind of where the fire took off, and there have been a couple of search warrants issued for property in that area.

      But certainly the trauma of global warming could easily drive someone to engage in reckless behaviors like burning trash on a windy day upwind of a dry grassland. We’ve seen what it has done to the sanity of about half the country.

      Microsoft Bing keeps barging in on my internet, no matter how often I close it, delete it etc. And when it does it is a whole page of wild-eyed hysteria about Trump. Dehydrated brains exposed to too much heat must constitute the entire market for that kind of crap.

  3. jdge1 January 3, 2022 / 8:55 am

    Spot on!

    In his book “United States of Fear,” psychiatrist Mark McDonald diagnoses the U.S. as suffering from mass delusional psychosis, driven by an irrational fear of what is now a rather innocuous virus.

    The fearful overreaction didn’t have its origin in what happened in 2020. Government, corporations and powerful individuals have engaged in a systematic “grooming” effort toward irrational fear addiction for decades.

    Without fear, they cannot rob us of our freedoms.

    The underlying motivation of this psychological campaign has been an attack on the core structures, foundations and institutions of society in order to nurture a sense of dependency on government.

    To overcome their addiction to fear, a person must still have a sense of curiosity and be willing to look at new information. If they’re not, they’re not treatable and cannot be stopped from trading their (and our) freedom for a false sense of security. So, the key is finding those who are still open and receptive to new information, so that we can reach a tipping point where there are more fearless people than fear addicted ones.

    • Retired Spook January 3, 2022 / 10:34 am

      What I find interesting, but not surprising, is that the fear tends to be divided over ideological lines. By and large, Liberals are afraid, Conservatives are not. I’m not a psychologist, don’t play one on a blog, but there’s a message in there somewhere. It’s the main thing that causes me to believe that the Left won’t start a violent revolution. They’re too scared.

      • Amazona January 3, 2022 / 6:28 pm

        I just had a similar conversation earlier today I commented that the Left targets and then validates personality disorders and that happy people don’t become Leftists and angry hostile resentful and hateful people migrate to the Left because it resonates with them

        Which leads me to the comment on the difference between a pessimistic conservative and an optimist conservative. The pessimist says “I just don’t think things can get any worse” and the optimist says “Oh, I think they can”.

    • Cluster January 3, 2022 / 1:36 pm

      Leftists are afraid because they have no Faith. They worship themselves therefore death is a terrifying concept. Me? I’m looking forward to the next journey but am in no rush and would prefer to get this country back on track before checking out.

      • Retired Spook January 3, 2022 / 2:19 pm

        I could not agree more.

  4. Cluster January 3, 2022 / 5:11 pm

    So now, Mt Everest is racist lol

    Team of nine black climbers attempt to scale Mount Everest to tackle the peak’s ‘intentional lack of access for black people’ and mountaineering’s ‘colonial history’ … The Full Circle Everest Expedition is ‘the first all black and brown expedition to the highest place on earth,’ climbing leader Fred Campbell said. Team leader, 58-year-old Philip Henderson, told The Washington Post that the project to be about ‘summiting Everest first’ and ‘everything else second’. In total, 10,155 people have reached the towering mountain’s summit since white climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay scaled it first in 1953. Only eight black climbers have reached the top of Mount Everest, which stands 29,032 tall.The team is made up of a teacher, engineer, photographer and Iraq veteran and has already raised more than $150,000 to train for the spring 2022 climb.

    I think I have an idea why there haven’t been many black or brown people to climb Everest. It’s the same concept why most black and brown people have never fought for their own freedom.

    The future favors the brave.

    • Amazona January 3, 2022 / 6:32 pm

      Maybe there haven’t been many black or brown mountain climbers because the native lands of black and brown people are not very mountainous and they don’t grow up engaging in winter sports.

      ‘intentional lack of access for black people’ is utter and absolute crap. Now it’s MOUNTAINS that are picking on the poor POC.

  5. Cluster January 3, 2022 / 5:17 pm

    I hope everyone realizes that this is all an effort to make cheating in elections easier so Democrats never lose again. And yes if anyone asks, this is an actual threat to the “democracy”.

    Schumer Aims to Change Senate Rules to Pass Voting Legislation …. Democrats have been trying to pass voting legislation that would amount to a federal takeover of elections but have been able to get any Republican support to overcome the filibuster.

    • Amazona January 3, 2022 / 6:34 pm

      Fine. Let them change the law, then have an instant legal challenge preventing the new law from being implemented, then watch it knocked down in the Supreme Court and open up all sorts of ways to discuss and explain it—-while a new Republican Congress reverses it, elected in part because of it.

  6. Cluster January 4, 2022 / 9:55 am

    A couple of headlines today about America’s NEW justice system:

    Cuomo is off the hook: Groping charges against disgraced ex-NY Governor will be dropped hours after it was revealed Manhattan DA won’t prosecute him for nursing home deaths

    NYC jail guards on duty when Jeffrey Epstein killed himself have charges for faking records DROPPED after they stuck to rules of plea deal

    Meanwhile, Trump supporters remain in isolation. Any questions?

    • Amazona January 4, 2022 / 7:03 pm

      Just a reminder: The 8th Amendment to the Constitution, which was so important to the Founders that they put it in the Bill of Rights, states:

      “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” This amendment prohibits the federal government from imposing unduly harsh penalties on criminal defendants, either as the price for obtaining pretrial release or as punishment for crime after conviction.

      Have those held without bail, in isolation, even been charged with anything?

      • Cluster January 4, 2022 / 7:17 pm


      • Amazona January 5, 2022 / 10:50 am


      • Amazona January 5, 2022 / 10:51 am

        But have those in solitary confinement been charged? It seems if they had, they would be having hearings and so on.

      • Amazona January 5, 2022 / 1:31 pm

        Christopher J. Quaglin’s case is the most recent in a series of allegations that Jan. 6 defendants have been beaten, tortured, and denied food and proper medical care while in federal custody. A group of 14 lawmakers on Jan. 3 sent a letter (pdf) to Michael Carvajal, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, demanding that “you use your authority to investigate this abuse or we will use our authority to investigate your failure.”

        “Many instances of physical and psychological abuse, denial of medical care, 24-hour solitary confinement, denial of basic personal hygiene, denial of access to legal counsel, destruction of records, and general abuse of rights and mandated standards for prisoners have been brought to our attention,” the lawmakers wrote. The letter was organized by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

        Quaglin, who is from New Jersey, is charged in federal court with assaulting multiple law enforcement officers during rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He is being held pending trial at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, the sixth facility where he’s been housed since he was charged in April 2021.

        McBride said the jail hasn’t provided the gluten-free diet that Quaglin needs to survive, and exposed him to inmates and guards with coronavirus that caused him to develop COVID-19. He was then placed in solitary confinement, McBride said.

      • Mark Noonan January 7, 2022 / 2:14 pm

        Trespassing, I think. It is absurd – and cruel. I’m of the opinion that all of them should be pardoned…at most, they should have gotten some fines.

    • Amazona January 5, 2022 / 10:39 am

      People in Manhattan can feel so much safer now that Alvin Bragg is their new D.A. Most important, of course, is his skin color. This was the headline on every article about him so it must be the most important thing to know about him.

      The second most important thing to know is that he considers it his job to make Donald Trump the first ex president charged with a crime. Hey, a Progressive’s gotta have goals, you know?

      And the third important thing to know about him is this: Manhattan’s new district attorney will seek incarceration only for homicide, some violent felonies, and white-collar crime.

      So Manhattanites can feel safe and secure, except of course from armed robbers, rapists, car jackers, arsonists, rioters, wife beaters and such. Dictating that vulnerable old people be locked into buildings full of sick and dying people isn’t violent, no matter how many die. Fudging records to allow unnamed assassins murder a jail inmate isn’t in and of itself a violent act, no matter that someone got killed. This guy has his standards.

      But those white collar criminals, such a threat to the lives of New Yorkers, will be locked up, and Donald Trump will be kept out of the White House if this guy has anything to say about it.

      As we are starting to say about America’s once-great cities, “another one bites the dust”.

  7. Jeremiah January 4, 2022 / 7:41 pm

    Kamala Harris 10/30/20
    “Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to defeat coronavirus, but @JoeBiden and I do.”

    “BREAKING: The US tops 1 million Covid infections in 24 hours, doubling the figure from just 4 days ago and setting a global record.”

  8. Cluster January 5, 2022 / 9:19 am

    MSNBC is in full Jan 6 fear porn this morning. And as we are repeatedly told, this was an insurrection and an attempt to over “turn our democracy”. So I have an obvious question that I am not sure any Republican has thought about asking yet … with an average of about 50, and no firearms whatsoever, how exactly were the insurrectionists going to accomplish their goal?? Particularly considering that the vaunted US Military was just a few miles away.

    Jan 6 is just Russia Collusion II. “The walls are closing in” LMAO.

    I hate these f**king people.

    • Amazona January 5, 2022 / 1:08 pm

      Funny, but the only references I have heard of intent to “overturn our democracy” or “overturn” anything have been claims from the Agenda Media. Trump didn’t say it. His supporters didn’t say it. It is possible or even likely that some of the infiltrated agitators said it, but they can’t be quoted without being identified and the FBI can’t allow that. So it is all coming FROM, not THROUGH, the Agenda Media.

      As for taking over the country or the government—-the actual definition of “insurrection”—not a peep. Just the word, being shouted, screamed, screeched, hollered and generally pounded into the pudding brains of the Left. But when did Trump say this was his goal? When, and how, using what words, did he instruct his supporters to do this?

      It’s all a shell game of “Well, OK, he didn’t really say it—-but I think he meant it”. “He” being anyone, including and especially Trump. That’s not enough for even an arrest in the real world, but it’s more than enough for the Democrat House and its RINO sycophants to indict, try and convict.

  9. Cluster January 5, 2022 / 9:31 am

    Local headline this morning:

    Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately? A couple of factors are at play.

    I have no words. Dinosaurs were wiped out by meteors. Humans will be wiped out by stupidity.

    • Amazona January 5, 2022 / 11:09 am

      Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately? A couple of factors are at play.

      The head of a $100 billion insurance company says all-cause deaths have spiked an astonishing 40% among people ages 18-64 compared to pre-pandemic levels.

      It’s an unprecedented rate that is four times higher than a once-in-200-year catastrophe, said Scott Davison, CEO of Indianapolis-based OneAmerica, “the reported COVID death rate in Indiana was lower than the death rate for people with employee-based insurance.

      “We are seeing, right now, the highest death rates we have seen in the history of this business – not just at OneAmerica,” Davison said.”

      Meanwhile, the daily number of deaths from COVID-19, according to the state dashboard, is less than half of what it was a year ago

      Davison, referring to the third and fourth quarters of 2021, said it’s not primarily elderly people who are dying, but “working-age people 18 to 64” who are the employees of companies that have OneAmerica plans.

      Significantly, the CEO noted that most of the claims for deaths being filed are not classified as COVID-19 deaths.

      “This suggests that these people that are under the insurance mandate, (who) are highly jabbed, have an enormously increased mortality rate compared to the general population,

      There’s a factor for you.

      And it’s not just deaths. Davison said his company is also seeing an “uptick” in disability claims. Initially it was short-term claims, and now there’s an increase in long-term disability claims.

  10. Cluster January 6, 2022 / 12:39 pm

    I guess today is the anniversary of January 6. Tomorrow will be the anniversary of January 7, and next month it will be the anniversary of February 6. See how that works? Fascinating.

    • Amazona January 6, 2022 / 2:36 pm

      I’m waiting for notice of the solemn candlelight vigil planned for Groundhog Day. No notice as of now if the Fang Banger will be speaking.

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