Open Thread

I’d like to say I don’t know where the time went – but, I do: still writing! Kings and Queen (Book V) will be out soon so I was doing some last touches on that…but, honestly, I’m already deep into Book IX. Not only that, but my granddaughter said my stories needed a dragon, so I took Celeste’s daughter Aleste and with assist from the granddaughter, I’m writing Aleste and the Icecrystal Dragons. So, hey guys! How ya been?

Anyways – so, Smollett is guilty, as we all knew he was as soon as the story broke. I’m sure if someone did some digging they could find something that almost amounts to an actual hate crime by a GOPer, but even then, not really. The trouble the Left has here is that we’re not racists. I pointed out on Twitter that if Smollett had actually gone to MAGA country he would have learned that we’re very nice people who don’t give a darn what you do as long as you don’t adversely affect housing prices. Keep your act together and we’re cool.

There’s a poll out for youngsters about their willingness to be friends with people who have different political views and for Democrat kiddies, they are overwhelmingly against being friends with Republicans. Part of this, I’m sure, is peer pressure: they don’t want to be known as someone who is friends with Republicans because all the cool kids don’t have any Republican friends. But it is also of the nature of the Left: hate is what motivates them. It is why they do what they do.

Some people are pointing out how horrible the crime is in Democrat cities and are asking when the DA’s in those towns will finally say, “enough”. I tell them: don’t hold your breath. It is the Left’s opinion that the prosperity and safety of middle class America is a false front on an intrinsically evil society. The Left is letting the criminals out to prey because they believe that it will help generate an acute social crisis which will turn people away from the American system. It is Lenin’s old dictum: the worse, the better. There is a fly in the ointment, however: the Left is the Ruling Class. So, when the people do turn against the system, these junior league Bolsheviks will find all of the hatred directed their way.

Team Pudding Brain has their solution to the inflation problem: order the MSM to talk about how it isn’t a problem. And like proper lapdogs, the MSM is going right along with this order. I’m not sure how well telling us to disbelieve our lying eyes will work. I suspect it won’t. One smart guy did point out that Biden hasn’t remotely hit bottom: apparently, he shoveled out some money for parents and didn’t broadcast too widely that the money is their child tax deduction for 2021…which means that when people go to do their taxes in April of 2022, they’ll find that they already spent their child deduction. I’m sure that’ll go over real well.

Lots of people are noting that Latino voters are dropping the Dems. For males the Latino vote is almost mirroring the vote for white males. If you really drill down to it, the only really strong demographics for the Democrats are African-Americans and white, college educated women. And even the black vote is starting to get a few cracks in it. I don’t think that the Democrats can win much with that. As for the Latinos – don’t expect them to be Buckley-ite Conservatives. They just want law and order, good schools and a vibrant economy. In other words, what the Democrats would at least try to get for them before they were taken over by the aforementioned Bolsheviks. It is, though, our opening…and the GOP should push hard for Latino votes. A vote in 2022 for a good economy can be turned by, say, 2028 into a vote for limited government.

Russia is making waves in Ukraine and it looks like Pudding Brain will roll over for them. In this, probably for the best: can you imagine how catastrophic our defeat would be if we got into a shooting war with the current crew in charge? Also, we don’t have a strategic interest in who governs the Donbas. OTOH, the case can be made that we should stand against military aggression, as such. Not so sure I’m on board with that. Used to be. Maybe not any longer. Some things have to be worked out and war is just politics by other means. Putin – correctly – sees control of the Donbas as vital to his national security: the resources there are vital. Our largest strategic interest is to contain China. Sending an army to Kiev doesn’t serve that interest. Meanwhile, our useless allies won’t send an army…mostly because they haven’t got one. And, finally, the reason Putin is moving is because he knows he’s only got a short time – the miracle of having such a useless American President might never happen again. He kept quiet for Trump because he knew – from Trump’s actions – that Trump wouldn’t put up with it. Putin knows that he can walk all over Biden.

Will the GOP Exercise Power?

I don’t have any idea how this is going to go. Absent a miracle, the GOP is set for a pretty big victory next year – and if the chips fall the right way, perhaps an historic victory. The GOP could sweep into DC in 2023 with 260+ House members and 53+ Senators. And then, what? What does the GOP do?

We know that Team Pudding doesn’t give a damn what the law says and we also know that the bureaucracy is controlled by the DNC and so will carry out any Democrat executive order. The Congress is really reduced to its primordial function here: the Executive can’t tax or spend without Congressional approval. But, will the GOP go to the mat? I’m not talking about a shutdown leading to another continuing resolution…I’m talking about, say, zeroing out all DOJ funds for domestic surveillance of American citizens? Where it would illegal for the FBI to spend even a red cent checking up on us. They still might, of course. They are, after all, the DNC’s Stasi…but any such action would be manifestly illegal and any future GOP Executive could have the agents who engaged in it prosecuted.

But that is the kind of battles we’d have to engage it. Genuine Charles I vs Parliament stuff. It must be kept in mind that the real power in the United States is in Congress. President’s can order all sorts of thing, judges can rule any way they like but if the money isn’t there, it doesn’t really happen. We’ve got this mental attitude that the President, being elected by the whole country, represents the United States. That isn’t the case: Congress does. People and States are represented in Congress, not the Executive or Judiciary. The President is the instrument whereby Congressional action is carried out. Since we first got our Imperial Presidency under TR, people have lost sight of that. But it is the reality. The law is actually there and nowhere else.

Do they have the courage? Do they even have the knowledge of what they can do? Congress set up a joint committee during the Civil War to monitor the Executive. And Lincoln had to pay heed to it…because if he didn’t, he’d have trouble getting money out of Congress. When was the last time an American Executive actually went, hat in hand, to a Congressional committee? The Executive is supposed to…but for the past decades, it has all been a charade where what gets into a law is worked out in secret and then handed to a stupefied Congress a couple hours before the vote is scheduled. My bet is that most Congresspersons don’t even know the legislative rules (though a few, like MTG, are learning them).

But the GOP will be granted massive power next year – and if they refuse to use it, then it will all be retained by the Executive, run by a senile man’s people. We’re spinning towards national catastrophe and it may be up to the Congressional Republicans to save us.

And, yes: God help us!

Open Thread

Not guilty is good. The liberal tears were delicious. But as I read the comments on social media – pro and con – I noticed that people were really missing the crux of the matter.

The reason those rioters were out there attacking Rittenhouse and he was forced to shoot them to defend himself is that various political and corporate media leaders decided we had to have an acute, race-tinged crisis in America to assist them in removing Donald Trump from office. Every bit of loss in 2020 is the fault of those who deliberately and maliciously pumped up George Floyd’s death into a racial issue. The rest of it flowed from that – and even as we rightly condemn the actual rioters and the lower-level people who organized and paid them, never lose sight of the fact that on top of it all were some very rich, very powerful people who burned down poor and working class neighborhoods simply to craft an anti-Trump Narrative.

Such callousness shouldn’t surprise any of us – remember, these people are in favor of such things as abortion on demand to the moment of birth. They cover up pigs abusing young men and women. They sell America out for Chinese money. They are not, in short, people with a sense of morality. They just want what they want and there is nothing they won’t stoop to. And our task is to get rid of them.

In the various things bubbling up today were people reminding everyone that Go Fund Me banned Rittenhouse from fundraising but allowed one of his rioter/attackers to raise money. To me, that encapsulated it nicely – and also told me, once again, that until we despoil these people, they’ll just keep doing it. As long as they have money and control over the levers of public discourse, they’ll continue to spread lies in service of themselves. One thing I hadn’t noticed until just today was the huge number of people who believe – in all sincerity believe – that the three people Rittenhouse shot were black. How did they get that idea? Because the media didn’t describe them as rioters – it described them as BLM activists or racial justice activists. People – and a lot of them are black – just assumed that they were black.

But that is just what our media does, and on command from the Ruling Class. They deliberately obfuscated the issue to keep hate alive. Another theme that came up on the Left was the assertion that if a black man did what Rittenhouse had done, he’d be dead or in jail for life…meanwhile, on this very same day a black man was acquitted of shooting 5 in self defense. Not only was it ruled by the jury to be self defense, but it was a gun fight with the cops and the defendant is a convicted felon. In other words, the jury set aside assumptions, looked at the evidence and said that in this case, the guy was justified in shooting to save himself. But, that doesn’t fit the Narrative…of course, nothing but lies do fit the Narrative, and so that is all we get.

Pudding Brain had a routine colonoscopy – so routine that the White House failed to notify the public about it until the day it happened. And those of us of a certain age know what you have to do to get ready for it…which means that Joe must have spent all day Thursday occupied, shall we say? And we also know that once you’re done with it, the combination of hunger, lack of sleep and medication makes you next to useless for the 24 hours after the procedure. And yet Joe only tossed over power to Harris for a couple hours.

Sorry, something is up – and it wasn’t a colonoscopy. They’re covering up some aspect of Joe’s health…and now we think those rumors of Team Pudding Brain trying to ditch Harris might have something to them.

Austria, as well as other nations, are reimposing lockdowns…which is so very strange in that you tried it, it obviously didn’t work…so now you’ll do it all over again? The problem with the Global Ruling Class isn’t that it is corrupt, it is that it’s stupid.

Open Thread

As I write it is late Tuesday so we still don’t know the Rittenhouse verdict – I am nervous about it as the self defense was so patently obvious that not guilty should have taken an hour. Is it hung up on one or two holding out for innocent, or one or two holding out for guilty? I guess we’ll find out when we find out.

The bottom line, though, is that where there is a Democrat DA, you don’t have a right to defend yourself. If you do against those allied politically with the DA, you will be prosecuted and if nothing else, the process will be the punishment. I urge anyone living under a DA where there is risk of Leftist violence to move to a place which has a Republican DA. But even then, watch out: if the federal government under a Democrat decides to charge you with civil rights violations because you defended yourself, you’ll be in the same predicament.

What this trial has done is shown that we need specific laws on the books securing the right to self defense. We have to make it clear that if you start violence, anyone can pretty much do anything they like to you if they feel that you are a threat to persons or property. We obviously will not be able to get these things enacted in Blue States, but in every State we can, do it. So that if a local Blue DA decides to mess around, won’t be able to.

“I Did That” Biden stickers are showing up everywhere as Republicans learn political street fighting. They are heavily effective – and things like high gas prices are set to sink the Democrats quite a lot.

It looks like we finally have a whistleblower at the FBI who is on our side – revealing that the FBI has conducted counter-terrorism investigations against parents attending school board meetings. This is terrifying stuff – the FBI is becoming the Demcorats Stasi. The next GOP President will have to largely dismantle the FBI and start all over.

Glenn Reynolds notes that we’re hampered in our space program because we worry too much about safety. Sure, we do have to take care – but the bottom line is that if humans really want to live in space and on other planets, then humans are going to have to die in space and on other planets. We should already have a permanent presence on the Moon and be scouting sites for a permanent presence on Mars by now. If we’re going to go, go. Don’t fuss too much about it.

Let’s Go Brandon!

“Let’s Go Brandon” is spreading not just all around the United States, but all around the world. In case you’ve been under a rock, that phrase is cover for “f*** Joe Biden”. It got started when an MSMer was interviewing a race car driver named Brandon and in the background you can hear the crowd chanting “f*** Joe Biden” and the MSMer tried to cover it up by saying their were cheering for Brandon.

The chants – in both forms – are getting ever more common in public venues. All entirely spontaneous. I’m nearly 57 years old: I’ve never seen anything like this. Sure, Presidents have become unpopular and have been booed at events…but I’ve never seen a President nine months in getting spontaneously booed when he’s not even present. Meanwhile, the man he supposedly defeated less than a year previously is able to draw huge crowds of adoring supporters. We are in entirely uncharted political waters here.

The polls are also bad for Biden, but we’ve all learned never to put too much stock in them. Still, they are bad. A couple of them very bad, though the MSM, true to form, has also generated a few which are somewhat favorable to Pudding Brain. They had to, lest the poll aggregators show his overall support dropping towards 40%.

Here’s the deal, as Pudding Brain would say when he can concentrate on the teleprompter long enough: the fact that he’s this catastrophically unpopular while his opponent gets crowds any politician would envy just tells you the truth: Biden did not get 81 million votes in 2020. People do turn on people they vote for, but slowly. This is because people, by and large, are unwilling to admit error. If 81 million voted for him less than 12 months ago, you can be sure that he’d still have a level of support…more than sufficient to ensure against random crowds cursing his name.

It has gotten so bad that the GOP’s sure-loss in Virginia next month is in question. To be sure, they’ve already announced that the Dem stronghold of Fairfax county will report late so they can know how many ballots they need to insert…but the fact that they have to do that and bring in the big guns shows that all is not well for the Democrats right now. Things are bad; Joe didn’t have support to begin with…and people are getting into the mindset of punishment.

And, honestly, what is there to be happy about? We’re still suffering mask mandates and lockdowns of various severity. Prices are through the roof. Store shelves are getting empty. The border is out of control. China is testing advanced weaponry while the US military is concentrating on race and gender issues. It as all gone wrong: we’re in the most stunning “I Told You So” in history.

Still a long time between now and the end of this mess, but I think that we now do have the wind at our back.

Open Thread

Getting that time of year where I like to have pea soup – and what I like to have with my pea soup is muenster cheese. Sure, not the most popular sort of cheese in the world, but also not some rare commodity. No muenster cheese in the grocery store. No beef bologna, either.

Our Ruling Class and the corporate class are deliberately making America a land of shortages so that prices will go higher and we’ll get used to being poor. They hate American prosperity. Makes us independent and willing to fight…they want us all barely scraping by so that our only concern is daily survival.

Pudding Brain is having great difficulty getting his agenda passed – mostly because the Left is acting like they won a 1932-style victory last year and have been given carte blanche to do whatever they want. They have run up against the reality that when you only have 50 Senators and some of yours are extremely vulnerable, you can’t do anything unless you get the other side on board. They’ve done nothing to get the GOP on board (and it wouldn’t be hard: just throw us a bone or two) and so Cocaine Mitch has said, “work it out amongst yourselves”. We’ll see how they do.

Sinema and Manchin are ever more the Bad Guys in this morality play of the Left: they are furious the pair won’t go along. But as I noted before, SineManchin is just the front for a larger body of Senate Dems who want nothing to do with this. But, even if they were, the reality is that Manchin represents a State that went 40 points for Trump last year and even putting the most rosy Dem picture on AZ, it is a swing State. Anyone who goes too far Left is going to lose. Manchin has point blank said he’s not a liberal, never has been. Sinema is more of the Left than Manchin, but she’s also not entirely easy to categorize and, worse for Dems, she doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks of her. Most pols who go to DC become desperate for the approval of other pols and power players. Sinema doesn’t seem to have this psychosis. Don’t, of course, trust her on policy – but our job is to work with her where we can.

New Zealand has had some of the tightest restrictions in the world since Covid began. Now, cases are spreading…and their reaction is to impose even tighter restrictions. Its almost like the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing hoping for a different result.

Over in Australia they are essentially under a military dictatorship – and Big Tech has taken to censoring on the sly any videos of Australian cops beating the sh** out of people to keep them healthy. Make no mistake about it: the Global Ruling Class is, indeed, Global. They are all alike everywhere. The only reason every government (outside a few run by people who are sane – such as Brazil) isn’t treating us like the CCP treats the Chinese is that they don’t think they can. Yet. Their goal is to do to us exactly what has happened in China. They don’t want any of us peons pestering them further.

Trans weightlifter named female sportswomen of the year. This is really on you ladies: just how long will you put up with this?

Playboy’s October cover features a man. We’re supposed to be all shocked about this. Mostly, we’re bored. But, also, talk about losing the plot! Hugh Hefner’s program – a rather vile program – was to make it socially acceptable for middle aged men to seduce young women. The path to this was a magazine which featured boobs and interesting articles (and, yes ladies, we did read the articles…only after the boobs, of course: but back in the day, they did feature a variety of interesting articles). Nobody – not a single person – is interested in a man dressed in a bunny suit. I’m gonna bet that even gay men and women – if they had to choose – would rather see a good looking man on the cover rather than a skinny dude in a bunny costume.

Open Thread

October already! Time flies. Of course, the reason why it flies is that as each year goes by, each of them is a smaller percentage of our life. To a ten year old, a year is 10% of life…seems like forever. At my age of 56, it is 1.7% of my life. Bad news: you’re much closer to dying.

But, cheer up! I’m still writing. Actually on the first draft of Book VIII of the Mirrors series. The other day, my granddaughter insisted that I needed a dragon…and this has now started to generate the children’s book, Aleste and the IceCrystal Dragons. Amazing the imagination abilities of children! I’ve ripped it from the Mirrors series with Aleste being the daughter of one of the main characters and so set it in Lontaria. It’ll be Princess Aleste and her two friends as they play with the IceCrystal dragons and thwart the designs of an evil witch yet to be named.

Nancy and Chuck are having some difficulty getting their Graft and Socialism Act of 2021 passed – Democrats came in with this idea that they would just do what they wanted as they had won an astounding victory in 2020. Never mind the fraud! But even if we want to call the election legit, the fact of the matter is they barely won…and unless Pudding Brain remained popular, getting anything large through was doing to be difficult as Purple District/State Democrats warily eyed the 2022 midterms. I’ve loved watching Left Twitter explain that this midterm would be different because Reasons and so those Democrats need not worry. I don’t now if these morons believed it, or simply hoped the at-risk Democrats would. Well, they’re not.

Officially, all problems rest on the shoulders of Manchin and Sinema – but that is just a dodge. They actually represent about 5 Democrat Senators in total and about 20 House Democrats…those most at risk of getting destroyed in 2022 if the Progressives agenda becomes law. Naturally, Democrats have been looking for an assist from the GOP…to get enough Republicans on board to allow cover to these Democrats in peril. But, so far, even people like Romney and Murkowski have shown little interest in pulling Democrat bacon out of the fire. And, honestly, why should they? Sure, they’d get a glowing write up in the Post, but that’s worn thin. They know that it actually harms them with the base to get a glowing write up in the Post. Eventually, something is going to pass – but I bet it is a lot smaller than the $3.5 trillion Bolshevik Boondoggle the Progressives want. There are already rumors out there that Nancy is promising a vote on the Prog agenda in 2022 in return for their votes today. Like that would happen in an election year!

An eco-terrorist has been confirmed by the Senate as head of the BLM: so, look for us here in the West to take huge hits in the timber and ranching interests as this nitwit tries to Save the Planet.

Team Pudding Brain is really determined to end Trump’s remain in Mexico policy, even if it means working around Court orders. This, to me, is where we see Leftist ideology trump reality. The policy is reasonable. it makes sure that real refugees can get in while keeping out the line jumpers and the criminals who prey upon them. But that it was created by the Bad Orange Man is all that matters…it has to go, no matter how popular it was with the public and how horribly unpopular Biden gets on border security. It is like the Democrats want us to have a massive triumph next year in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Durham seems to be chugging along. Now, I’m confident that Biden’s “Justice” department will sabotage any prosecution…but props to the man for keeping at it.

Bush’s 2004 campaign guy, Dowd, is running for Lt Governor of Texas as a liberal Democrat. A wag asked the other day if any of Bush’s people, including Bush, are still Republican? Honestly, other than Condi Rice and a couple others, not many. We really do know why we kept mostly losing – and why, even when we won, we never got anything: all of our “Conservative” leaders were actually liberals who merely told us what we wanted to hear.

Meanwhile, the Latino vote in Texas and California continues to swing towards the GOP. And I mean, a lot. In Texas, it could lead to a rare political triumph next year…in California, it is just starting to pick up steam. It seems that Latino voters don’t like being called “Latinx”, aren’t in favor of open borders, and would rather have jobs, good schools and police protection rather than carefully crafted pronouns. Make no mistake about it, guys, to really nail down the Latino vote, we will have to go along with some Big State items…but our future depends on a coalition of white rural and Latino/POC urban voters.

Open Thread

No surprise that Milley may have been involved in coup activities against Trump. The bottom line is that pretty much everyone in the Executive Branch was working against him from Day One. They won’t tolerate an outsider. What this means is that if we secure the White House in 2024 – no matter who it is – mass firings must be the first order of business.

I know that a lot of the people in the Executive Branch have civil service protection – but those who can’t be fired have to be reassigned to sorting paper clips or something. They can’t be involved in forming or even knowing about Administration policy. And if we get a trifecta, then we have to make it so that all Executive Branch employees serve at the pleasure of the President. I get the idea behind 19th century Civil Service reform. The old “spoils system” was rotten to the core. But a system where supposedly apolitical career bureaucrats undermine a President they don’t like is worse than the most corrupt spoils system you can imagine. A corrupt crony of the President installed into office can be immediately removed when discovered – a civil service protected traitor can’t be. We elect the President to be absolute ruler of the Executive Branch. All Executive power is vested in the President. There is nobody else who has federal Executive power. Given this, only the person we, the people, place into the office may exercise discretionary power. Everyone else has to follow orders, or get out.

The Chinese just blew up 15 high rises which had sat empty for a decade. Mark it, folks: just as everything in the MSM about the United States is a lie, so is everything about China. We don’t really know the shape of the world because what is actually happening is buried under a mountain of lies. The lies are designed with varied purposes – but the general purpose is to increase the wealth and power of the Global Ruling Class, of which China’s Ruling Class is now the leading member. The bad news: we don’t know what disaster may suddenly explode upon the world because so many lies are being told.

I’ve discerned a new sort of Social Media Bot. Anyone who spends any time on Facebook or Twitter knows the normal Bot: someone paid to just mouth whatever is the Conventional Wisdom of the day. These bots are easy to spot: they usually follow a lot of people and have few followers. Because they aren’t real people. They don’t interact: they just post what they’re paid to post or argue mindlessly the point they’re paid to make. But now I see another type: harder to spot as they do genuinely interact and so can seem to be real people. But they still are part of the control system. Some of them will be Debbie Downers: always saying there’s no point, we can’t win. Others demanding purity on one issue and demanding that anyone who disagrees be blacklisted. Others stir up intramural fights. All three of them will usually be found to eventually be asking for money for something: the Cause, or the book they are writing, or some such. Have to be wary when on social media: as for me, most of my social media is done on Twitter. My block list has gone past 21,000. It is the way to keep it sane and ensure that I’m able to discuss things with real people.

LA County is going for vaccine passports. It is inevitable in any Democrat controlled area – especially after the recall failed (it failed because the Dems massive registration advantage combined with the GOP not finding a message which resonated: silver lining is that Latino voters continue to shift GOP, especially males…who in CA voted nearly identical to white males; Jose ain’t fond of Pronouns, “Latinx” and bums defecating on the sidewalk). The Democrats believe their talisman for victory is Covid fear-mongering. And if not victory, at least limiting the losses next year. If Pudding Brain is under 50% next November, it probably means 20+ House seats lost…and the lower into the 40s he goes, the worse…but the calculation seems to be that if they can keep up the fear and keep it tribal, they can limit their losses in the Purple areas.

Open Thread

The primary beneficiaries of divorce, birth control, abortion, women’s liberation and the sexual revolution have been lousy men. Still amazes me when I look back on it all and realize it was all set afoot by lousy men and at least half of women went along with it.

With the aftermath of Afghanistan still echoing around the world, consumer prices skyrocketing (I paid $4.06 for gas today), New Orleans and other places suffering floods and power outages…Pudding Brain left DC Friday afternoon to enjoy a long weekend in Delaware.

Someone on Twitter did ask the question: why is Biden spending so much time in Delaware, where there aren’t log books for visitors, instead of DC, where there is?

I’m sure you’ve seen some of the polling of late – it is devastatingly bad for Biden and the Democrats. And it likely understates how bad because all polling is biased in favor of Democrats. Still a very long way until November, 2022, but if things don’t turn around for the Democrats, they could be heading for a wipe out.

And that’s why they’re keeping up with the Covid drivel: it allows them to keep in place where they have total control the voter fraud measures they implemented to steal the 2020 election. Rely on it: if you live under a Democrat governor, you aren’t getting out of mask mandates and the rest of it before 2023…and maybe 2025, and then only if a GOPer wins.

I see a lot of talk among the sane Never Trumpers (there are such!) and they are all fingers crossed that the GOP base is moving away from Trump, thus opening up an easy path for DeSantis to get the 2024 nod. There is something to this: I’m not a sure-vote for Trump in a 2024 primary. If he runs, I’ll listen to what he has to say and make the call at the right time. The biggest issue Trump voters have, I think, is just what would be different? We know Trump will fight. We know he won’t back down. We know he’ll push for good policies…but the bottom line was that not much got done in his four years because he lacked people who would take his orders and carry them out. Trump’s picks for office (often pushed on him by GOPers) were simply terrible. A collection of cowards and traitors. A few good ones, of course: Carson being the most notable. But the general run turned out to be people who when they weren’t actively trying to sabotage Trump, they were slow walking anything that could benefit him. We will need to have assurances that Trump will start on Day One with nothing but loyalists who are willing to risk everything to advance the cause. For the moment, Trump looks like he’s lost weight and is in a fine, combative mood: various people at the fringe of Team Trump are assuring us of a 2024 run. But, we know better: the only person who knows what Trump will do is Trump. And Trump won’t make an announcement until after the 2022 midterms.

Open Thread

The Afghanistan debacle just gets worse and worse – to me, Team Pudding Brain has made the calculation that the worst thing, for them, is American forces engaged in a bloody shoot out rescuing Americans. Too much risk in that for them – it might fail. Lots of people would die and if its ends up being lots of Americans, even worse for them politically. I don’t know quite what they’ll do now that we lost a dozen – though my bet is they’re hoping there won’t be any more. It seems pretty clear, at this moment, that we’re out on the 31st, come what may…and if you’re an American or ally still in country on the 1st, too bad, so sad.

This is, of course, to be charged entirely to Biden. He should resign and be impeached if he doesn’t. Neither will happen. He is a disgrace such as America has never seen before…and, yes, I realize he’s senile but nobody forced him in his lucid moments to do this. And his close family and friends could have had a little sense instead of merely licking their chops over the graft they’d have at their feet.

In a bit of good news, the eviction moratorium was struck down. The dirty secret in that moratorium was how it was driving small landlords out with their properties being picked up by massive corporate entities who can carry the freight of government mandates (and lobby for bail outs when things go south). My sister-in-law has to find a new place to live because her landlord sold all 13 of his properties. He’s out: too much of a hassle.

Now, we need to go a little further here. We can’t stop forever and everywhere Democrats trying to score cheap “fight for the little guy” points by doing things like the moratorium. So, we need very specific, federal laws which say that things like an eviction moratorium are a “taking” under the Constitution. Moratorium to your little heart’s content, liberal areas: but you’re going to pony up every cent. Not just the rent, itself, but the cost to the landlord for repairs, taxes, insurance…every penny involved in that property which you prohibited the landlord from making money off us is now on you, liberals. And to really twist the knife in, we should do everything we can to make such payments show up in liberal tax bills…spelled out, as it were, so they can see it happening in real time. You want to help the homeless? Cool. What a great thing – but now you’re not going to shove that burden of your white guilt onto everyone. We’ll place a tax on your favorite cars, booze, coffee…anything we can find on the high end side of liberal pleasure gets a tax…and the line with the charge on it will say “help the homeless” or “pay for the rent moratorium” or “college for illegal immigrants.”

The cop who killed Ashli Babbitt is in the process of being turned into a MSM hero. We can’t know the full details because no real investigation of the shooting was carried out…but from what I can tell, it didn’t look like he had a lot of justification for shooting. Mostly keep in mind – as a Twitter wag noted – that the people making him a hero are the same people who brought you Afghanistan.

Harvard’s chaplain is an atheist. Seriously: what is the point?