Heck of a Year This Week Has Been, Huh?

Here in Vegas, the Coronavirus is positively hammering the casinos – MGM and Wynn have already announced various closures and lay offs. It’ll probably get worse over the next two weeks. It is all temporary, but sucks for those affected – and I hope President Trump jumps in to help out the workers who are going to be hurt here. As locals, we don’t go to the Strip, of course, but we did head out to a locals casino tonight – I was curious about how it would be going. I did win $100, so that’s good. The place was thin crowd for a Saturday night – but, still quite a few people there. I asked one of the workers there how its going: no word about layoffs at the moment but the buffet isn’t getting a lot of business these days so their feeling is that it might shut down for a while.

In my particular work world – a slight slowdown from normal; maybe a 10% dropoff. Contingency plans are ready for us to work from home. Hope it doesn’t come to that – but the panic is pretty deep now, and no one wants to be the guy who kept things rolling and a bunch come down sick.

Our economy is fundamentally strong but this is going to be a hit, no doubt about it. But probably not as much as feared: the panic buying is stuffing retailer and supplier pockets with money…and in my particular line of work, I can assure you that “non-critical” retail stuff is still going on a brisk pace. We’ll come roaring back once this is over…and as we now have real incentive to decouple from China, the long term benefits to our country will be good.

President Trump, in my view, did just fine in his first statement – others thought otherwise, and that’s, I guess, why he did the second one…which went over much better. You could tell because the MSMers were taking pot-shots at trivia rather than hitting the President on substance. President Trump has really stood the test of time, hasn’t he? The guy gets it at the most fundamental level: that it is we, the regular folks, who do all the work and who need to be cared for, first. I’ve never actually been more confident of his re-election.

Ultimately, this is the price of both globalism and the welfare State – the tearing down of borders and the placing people in a position where they depend on government is what got this disease really cracking through the world. People have to use more sense – but I think a lot were waiting for government to take care of it…meanwhile the “come one, come all” attitude about travel around the world made sure that once the virus caught hold, there was zero chance it was going to stop. Strict border controls at all times: that is the way it has to be. And, yes,we should check foreign arrivals for disease…there is technology which can swiftly reveal if someone coming in should be more closely checked.

I hope you all are safe – and have all the toilet paper you need!

Open Thread

We went on our first trip to Sedona, AZ; It is far more beautiful than advertised. Just absolutely stunning. Now, to be sure, its got a huge amount of dirty liberal hippie about it…you’ll never run out of essential oils while you’re there…but well worth anyone’s time to go.

Coronavirus has come to Las Vegas and I’m sure everyone is going to go ape about it. Except me: its a flu. The MSM – on orders from the DNC, I’m sure of it – has decided to keep hyping this as the next Black Death…all in service of harming Trump. I don’t think it’ll work – mostly because millions of us won’t die.

Jeff Sessions was forced into a GOP runoff in the Alabama Senate primary – we’ll see how he does; Trump tweeted out that this is because Sessions recused himself and allowed the witch hunt to start. That is probably correct. Sessions, policy-wise, is a solid guy – but he did allow the Establishment/Deep State to go after Trump on what he must have known was a ridiculous charge. Hopefully, he’s one of the last GOPers who will work from the assumption that the Democrats are remotely interested in truth and justice.

Warren called it quits: and though she is ideologically closest to Bernie, she’ll endorse Biden, I bet…because more than anything else, she’s nakedly ambitious and everyone knows that Bernie is done for: the Democrat Establishment has engineered the race to come out with Biden on top, regardless.

As for Biden – he is the empty suit. Always has been; a mere carnival barker…but now, even more so: he’s senile and the real competition on the Democrat side, now, is going to be over who pulls the strings. This will be crucial if the Democrats managed to drag his carcass over the finish line in November…because Biden won’t even know what he’s doing most of the time. As for Biden’s chances – I really don’t see how he keeps up with Trump, let alone beats him. You can already see it: by September, Trump will be doing 4 rallies a week as he criss-crosses the country…meanwhile, Biden will be kept under wraps as much as possible and only allowed out to do carefully scripted appearances in front of absolutely friendly audiences…with the MSM ordered to cut away if Biden goes off on a tangent and cover it up if they can’t pull the plug fast enough. 2016 proved that literally anything is possible in politics, so Biden can win…but I’m expecting Trump to rather roll over him.

Chuck Schumer, being Chuck Schumer, essentially threatened to punish the Supreme Court if they rule the wrong way. This caused all sorts of fussy people to go well, I never! all over social media. I was less concerned about it: the Democrats have always been like this. And I mean from the moment the party was founded…Democrats never accept that their will shouldn’t prevail. If they lose an election, then the election system is wrong; if they lose a court case, then the court system is wrong. Democrats only kept up a pretense about respecting the Courts because from FDR until just recently, it merely rubber stamped whatever the Democrats wanted. Now that they can’t win in the courts, the courts are bad.

Open Thread

The Coronavirus is coming. I’m not sweating it. Its a flu with a slightly higher mortality rate than regular flu. We in the United States have the money and resources to deal with it. We’ll be fine.

Rule of Thumb in thinking about non-Western nations: they are a collection of mafias with UN seats. Don’t think for a moment that non-West nations (outside of a few places like Japan and South Korea) have any concern for their own people or even the slightest hint of decency.

Warren, fading fast in the Democrat primary, is going full anti-Bernie…she’s trying to recapture the Left lane of the Democrat primary, knowing that Biden and Mayor Pete have the Centrist lane. I don’t think it will work – and it won’t work because even Progressives – though they won’t admit it – know she’s a mere liar. The MSM keeps talking her up like she’s something, but the bottom line is that she did, without a doubt, lie about Native American ancestry to gain advantage. She can’t get around that – she’s permanently damaged goods. But, God bless her, she’s going to keep trying…likely because she doesn’t know anything else to do.

Speaking of Democrat primaries – it does look like there’s a real chance of a brokered convention. As for me, I’m still expecting Bernie to do well enough on Super Tuesday that the party starts to fall in line behind him. Remember, policy-wise, there’s no real difference between any of them. The Bernie Bros will shriek if you try to tell them this – sure their man Bernie is pure as the wind-driven snow – but you and I on the right know better: a liberal is a Progressive is a Communist. Only difference is how fast any of them are willing to push it at a given time. So, if Bernie rolls to some big wins, Democrats will just swallow it and move on…even if they know they’ll lose in November because of it. After all, it keeps the Bernie Bros on side and there’s always a chance that even Bernie pulls off the miracle win. Meanwhile, if Bernie flames out, the Democrats will have a solid argument against appearing too radical in 2024.

Bernie is of Jewish ancestry – but I don’t really count him as a Jew. Nor should anyone. After all, back in the days of the USSR when anti-Jewish persecution was common, Bernie sided with the USSR against the Jews. This is just how it is for any Leftist – whatever their nationality, religious background or ethnicity, being Progressive trumps all.

New York City’s crime rate is rising – this in response to the City of New York deciding that being a criminal isn’t a bad thing. I’m serious about this: remember, Progressives. Always understand them – and to Progressives, crime isn’t the result of criminals, but the result of our racist, sexist, homophobic, Capitalist society. To a Progressive, it is wrong to punish the street criminal…the real criminal is the middle class guy getting robbed. You see, if that middle class guy was in the least bit a decent person, he’d be overthrowing the system. As he’s upholding the system, he deserves to get robbed.

Some Things I Believe

Looks like a Bernie vs Trump race is shaping up – though the DNC may still figure out a way to knife Bernie at the convention. Be that as it may, we are heading into an election where the choices will be stark. A real “which way do you want to go?” election. It isn’t differences of mere emphasis or method – it is differences about what sort of America one wishes to exist…and visions of America which cannot, ultimately, tolerate the other vision. So, a lot is at stake.

Personally, I think Trump will win – barring the marvelous, all factors are working in his favor. A strong economy. No new wars and old wars winding down. Trump is now scandal-free because the most intense effort ever made in political history to tag him with scandal failed. People are now used to him as President and people have a natural disinclination to make huge changes while things are going well. Meanwhile, his opposition has staked out positions which vast numbers of Americans furious reject – what we’ll find out in November is precisely how many. It could be a lot – but, we learned in 2016 that anything is possible. If Bernie emerges victorious, we’ll know that we are the decided minority in our country and we’ll have to draw some stern conclusions from that. But worries and triumphs are for tomorrow, what I want to do here is lay out, in 2020, what I – Mark Edward Noonan – believes.

The basics remain the same as always: I subscribe 100% to the faith and morals teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. I diverge not an iota from official doctrine. I do, however, think that some changes are needed – more in form than substance – to reflect a greater understanding of how things work and how God’s will is to be applied in practical terms. But, that can be for another day: for this, it suffices to say that I view all matters through the prism of Catholicism, while understanding I live in a pluralist Republic.

1. Some people have so much money that they can buy massive amounts of influence. This wouldn’t be so bad if the purchasers of influence were a mixed bag of differing view, but they’re not. Nearly all of them are one version or another of Progressive who only disagree on minor details – nearly to a man, they despise the people, hate patriotism, think Christianity is evil and are working to consign concepts like private property and the family to the dustbin of history. They have been like this for more than a century – and it is time we start taking away their money as a means of taking away their ability to distort our political life. Bloomberg is turning out to be a disaster on the campaign trail but remember that he straight out bought second place in the Democrat primary for a while…and may yet purchase the Democrat nomination. I know conservatives reading this will get their backs up about how I’m advocating Socialism – but, I’m not. First off, I want the confiscated funds passed out to regular folks but, secondly and far more importantly, once we’ve got the money away from these creeps, hosts of Progressives simply disappear…do not underestimate the number of pundits and scientists and lawyers and advocates who are employed by these vastly wealthy people to sucker you into thinking their way. Find something you don’t like about America in 2020 and, rely on it, if you dig far enough back you’ll find a Progressive rich person who funded the group which got the ball rolling.

2. The post-war system of alliances has to go – it was a stupid idea to begin with and was set up to contain the United States. We haven’t won a war since 1945 because we are pre-committed to losing due to our alliances. Alliances should be temporary and only to serve a specific foreign policy goal.

3. Public education was a bad idea and it should be abolished. Provide funds for poor parents, if you like, but don’t set up school systems. And I mean no credentials for schools, at all; no regulations. Let people do whatever they want in this area. Let anyone who wants to teach, teach – and teach whatever they like. As attendance would be entirely voluntary, the presumption is that it would probably be fairly interesting and it’ll certainly work out better than the current system which passes out diplomas to functional illiterates. Right now it’d be better if the kids were hanging out on street corners…at least there they’d learn something.

4. The States need to be broken up – but Constitutional Convention, if necessary. In my view, no State should have more than 10 million or so inhabitants. Generally, once you get to that large a number of people you’re getting a situation where some large percentage is simply be rolled over by a majority who have different interests. But it isn’t entirely population that matters here: There are also economic and geographic considerations. What does Buffalo have in common with New York City? Bakersfield with San Francisco? Not much – but San Francisco and New York City essentially dictate to Buffalo and Bakersfield. That sort of thing has to come to an end – we’re supposed to be a Federal Republic…not a collection of tyrants lording it over minority populations.

5. The Experts ain’t. In other words – they aren’t Experts in anything, they just have credentials. Remember, for the most part, they are all coming out of the same education system which passes out diplomas to illiterates. It has all been dumbed down…even the elite education establishments have dropped various requirements over the years. Someone from Yale may be better educated than someone from Cal State Northridge…but only marginally so. Even in the hard sciences, there has been a drop off and we’re really just producing mechanics who have Masters degrees. The result of all this is that the people who are in charge – and who believe (often quite sincerely) that they have special insight – haven’t a clue what they’re doing. Time to turn them out…not necessarily fire them all, but start bringing in people who aren’t certified Experts. Imagine if the Department of Labor was headed up by a guy who owned a plumbing outfit in Akron and if it was staffed by a bunch of people who just came in from the private sector? On and on like that.

6. The military needs to be reformed. I doubt our ability to fight a first rate power at the moment. I think that decades of having officers promoted via checking off SJW boxes and having an army of lawyers second guess combat actions has degraded the warrior ethic in the military. If I could, I’d seriously cashier everyone above Lt. Colonel and give everyone in six months to get entirely in shape or get out. Then I’d insist on the most rigorous training exercises for all branches to weed out the dead wood. And I’d institute rigorous physical requirements for joining and no distinctions made based on sex…if the requirement is that a soldier be able to run a mile carrying 80 lbs, then every last soldier in the army will have to do it, or get out.

7. Trade is good – but it must be reciprocal. If we buy from them, they have to buy a roughly equal amount from us. The bottom line is that US economic policy should be geared towards meeting our needs by domestic production if at all possible. Only if we simply can’t make it here should we be looking outside for it…and even then, we should be seeking for ways to start getting it here.

Anyway, that’s where my mind is at on some major issues. Others can have different views, of course. But, I’m right.

Open Thread

Bernie is supposed to win the Nevada Caucus this Saturday – but I’ve been seeing on TV that Democrats are complaining about how bad the early voting went (and how the heck do you early vote in a caucus? Who is keeping the records?). Meanwhile, the Culinary Union – 800 lb gorilla in Nevada Politics – has been putting out anti- Bernie flyers. My guess: they are going to try and rig it against Bernie. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, to heck with wanting to run against Bernie – we want Bloomberg! This guy is the archetype arrogant, rich jerk…thinks he’s smart because he’s rich and drips with contempt for anyone poorer than he is. If the Democrats nominate him, we’ll destroy them up and down the ballot.

Coronavirus slowly gets frightening:

More than 700 people in Washington State are being publicly supervised for coronavirus, according to new results from the Washington State Department of Health.

The department said Tuesday 746 people in the state are under public health supervision, including those at risk of having been exposed to novel coronavirus. These people are monitoring their health under the supervision of public health officials.

H/T: Legal Insurrection.

President Trump to visit Los Angeles to check on homelessness and 2028 Olympic prep: going right into the belly of the beast! It is good – it will allow Trump to be front and center being President, attack Democrats on their incompetence…and fire up GOP voters in California to turn out in November. There is, of course, zero chance Trump wins California this year…and I mean zero. But, OTOH, I’ve seen some reports that California Latinos are starting to trend a bit GOP (upper class whites are trending even more Democrat). I can definitely see it: the bottom line is that Latinos have seen big improvements under Trump and most of them are probably tired of the corruption and incompetence of California’s Democrats. What the heck does Jose in Compton, who just wants to raise his family, have in common with Democrats who are too busy fighting climate change to clean the sh** off the city streets? We’ll see how this plays out – Trump wants a popular vote win. He doesn’t need it, but he wants it…he wants to put an end to all Democrat arguments against him. And there were several million pro-GOP voters in California who didn’t show up in 2016 because there was no reason to…Trump wants to give them a reason to show up.

Hanoi Jane will mark the Kent State anniversary at Kent State. WTF is this old, hagged out Commie traitor supposed to say?

Blue on Blue fighting: Soros wants Zuckerberg forced out of Facebook because Soros believes he’s helping Trump. Thing about Lefties is they always assume they’ll be the Commissar, never the Kulak. Zuckerberg is about to learn his lesson…we’ll see if he stands firm or offers a grovelling apology to the Party.

Brokered Convention Open Thread

They’re saying that a brokered Democrat convention is as likely as Bernie getting a first ballot majority – lots of excitement about that, but I’m still rating is a low probability…the Democrat machine will do all it can to slay the Bernie campaign (including outright cheating). But, we’ll see – the only way the Democrats keep Bernie off the ballot is to have someone go into Milwaukee with more delegates than he has. If they take it away from him after he comes in first, the Bernie Bros will revolt.

James Carville is watching his Democrat Party implode and he doesn’t like it. Too bad, James: you had your chance to save the party when Clinton was impeached…you and the rest pulled out all the stops to save him and this is the long-term result. By diligent effort humans can some times maintain a level of good…but you can’t maintain a level of bad. You keep going until you’re all the way down. How’s the bottom look to ya?

Coronavirus gets worse – I’m sure they’re not telling us the full truth; we can be certain, at least, that the Chinese are lying about it.

Barr gets a little testy about Trump’s Tweets – I don’t think there’s much to worry about here but a bit of advice for Barr: start arresting deep staters and your problem is solved.

Congressman fart-guy says Democrats are open to impeachment Trump again. Go for it, gassy.

Don Surber points out we elected Trump to run Justice. This does need to be hammered home – under the Constitution only the President is charged to see to it that the laws are faithfully enforced. No one else; just the President. He’s the guy who decides who gets investigated, who gets indicted, who gets pardoned. Now, we’ve set it up so that we have an Attorney General and Justice Department to handle the day to day of it all, but they only get their authority from the President. They are not independent of him. They aren’t supposed to be. They can’t be. Law enforcement must be subject to the will of the people.

The Roger Stone jury would make a Stalinist show trial blush. I don’t really know much about Stone – I’ve heard of the gay frogs thing, but outside that my only knowledge is that he’s a harmless kook who puts on a show. He was railroaded by Mueller in an attempt, from what I can tell, to force him to lie under oath about President Trump…and when that didn’t work (which indicates a sense of honor on Stone’s part), he was put in front of a kangaroo court. He should be pardoned.

Open Thread

I got blocked by Glenda Gilmore on Twitter. Who is she? Well, I honestly didn’t know until after I was blocked. She had made a statement about how Trump’s desire to beautify Federal buildings was his way of ushering Fascism into the United States…Trump likes Greek columns and you know who else liked Greek columns, right? Well, Obama, actually…but, anyways; I made a comment to her Tweet saying along the lines of “maybe its just that people don’t like ugly-a** architecture”; and I was blocked.

She, is however, a person with quite impressive credentials and is currently a professor of history at Harvard – she’s top of the Elite. Looking at her credentials, I’m not sure if she just doesn’t know anything, or knows it all and simply chooses to believe stupid things. In the end, it doesn’t matter: out of ignorance or malice, she’s yet another person running our culture determined on the destruction of civilization. The barbarians are not at the gates: they are within the walls and destroying everything they touch. Mark my words – if we don’t have a very swift reaction against barbarism, in 100 years people will be trying to cure cancer with poultices and goat entrails.

Biden in finished for all intents and purposes – but you wonder what cruelty keeps his handlers from telling him to get out? The latest bit:

On Sunday, Joe Biden snapped at a voter in New Hampshire, calling him a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”

The dust-up came after the voter asked Biden, “How do you explain the performance in Iowa and why should the voters believe that you can win a national election?”

“You ever been to a caucus?” Biden replied.

After the voter said she indeed had attended a caucus, Biden shot back: “No you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.”

I’m getting embarrassed for the guy: he’s a very old man clearly of declining physical and mental capacity – he should be in a retirement home, not on the campaign trail.

The Coronavirus continues to spread as China’s government cracks down on Chinese trying to talk about it. Once again: if it just a flu, why be particularly concerned about it? People will get sick, some few will die, most will get better in a week or two. Is this just the Chinese government being stupidly over-cautious, or is this disease far more infectious and deadly than anyone is letting on? I guess only time will tell.

In New Orleans, apparently for years, the DA issued fake subpoenas. The people hit with these fakes are now suing – and the prosecutors are running to the courts claiming they have immunity as government officials. Trouble is, they are probably right thanks to some monstrously stupid Supreme Court rulings in the past. A huge part of criminal justice reform must be making prosecutors fully responsible for their actions – if they fake or hide evidence; if they knowingly send innocent people to jail, they’ve got to pay high criminal and civil penalties. Those we give the authority to send people to jail or to the executioner must be held to an extremely high standard.

A Leftist psycho rammed his van into GOPers registering voters and the news about it has been completely blacked out by the MSM. If you still needed proof that the MSM are mere DNC propagandists, here you are.

RSM notes that Populism is popular – and, increasingly, effective. The story he notes specifically is how President Duterte of the Philippines has cleaned up his country – his linked article tells of Filipinos who live in crime-free neighborhoods where business is good and no one lives in fear. You know: just like all normal people want to live. Contrast this with the Globalist Elite which wants us all to live in sh**-strewn streets where criminals roam free…all done to punish us for not being up to Globalist Elite standards. What is happening is the rebellion of the normal – mom and pop got pissed and started voting against the Elite…and mom and pop, kind as they are, really don’t mind if criminals and bums are given rough treatment.