February 13, 2020

Peak hypocrisy.

I know. There's no upper limit but just work with me here, ok?
[According to the latest report from the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center, "[c]ritical infrastructure” and “key supply chains” are to be protected at all costs, while “democratic institutions and processes” are to be defended against “foreign influence” in order to “preserve our culture of openness.”

However, the section on “defending American democracy against foreign influence” recommends the US “deepen existing and develop new foreign partnerships,” apparently confident that allies who’ve been caught meddling extensively in other countries’ elections won’t turn their skills against Uncle Sam. Perhaps more importantly, a spy agency calling to “preserve our culture of openness,” while denouncing “public disclosure organizations” as a threat to the American Way of Life on par with ISIS is further evidence Washington doesn’t need foreign help sowing distrust in its institutions.[1]

Of course, there are legitimate government secrets that must be kept. Sources and methods of the intelligence agencies are a no brainer.

However, that category of secrets termed "legitimate" is a lot more circumscribed than the princelings and barons would have us believe. "Legitimate" is suspiciously coterminous with "embarrassing," like as not.

After more than half a century of trust of and respect for my government I'm now firmly committed to the proposition that the upper reaches of all three branches of the federal government are staffed by ladies and ginamans who would be more useful to our multicultural hotbed of excellence were they to equip themselves with a plumber's snake and go to work in that line of endeavor.

At least they'd be used to the smell.

Notes
[1] "Terrorists, Iran and…WikiLeaks? US counter-intel agency puts ‘public disclosure groups’ on same threat list as Al-Qaeda & ISIS." By RT, 2/11/20 (emphasis added).

February 12, 2020

Don’t even think about suing me.

From a YouTube how-to vid on removing rust by means of electrolysis:
This product is meant for entertainment purposes only. Your mileage may vary. Do not try this at home. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. For off-road use only. Slippery when wet. Batteries not included. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle, heavy equipment, cherokee XJ, wrangler TJ, wrangler JK, or any Jeep vehicle, especially the newer Fiat ones. How-to videos may be too intense for some viewers and children under 30 years of age. Please remain seated until the 4x4 ride has come to a complete stop. Studies have shown viewing these videos causes increased cancer risks in laboratory test people. I am not a professional, I have no training, I'm not even particularly good at horse whispering. Don't believe everything that you know. Please keep your hands in the vehicle at all times. Do not tap on glass. Do not eat anything that has been on the floor for more than 3 days. Keep your hands to yourself. Not to be taken internally. Reproduction strictly prohibited. Driver does not carry cash. Objects in Bleepinjeep mirrors may be farther than they appear.
"Remove Rust With Electrolysis." By Tyler, BleepinJeep, YouTube, __/__/19.

Lavoy Finicum.

"The Oregon Standoff: Understanding Lavoy Finicum’s Death and the Management of BLM Land."
From Alex at Ammo.com.

Only three?

Once again, thanks to Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, Schumer, et al., we can see vividly the outward evidence of the three meta-errors of progressivism - unlimited faith in government, fanatical faith in the power of will, and an overbearing sense of self-importance and self-idolization stemming from an unshakable self-righteousness.[1]
Tunnel vision? Contempt for mere mortals? Contempt for private property, individual responsibility, custom, tradition, religion, and law? Worship of whatever is foreign, perverse, obscene, profane, or absurd? Manipulation of minorities and manufacture and amplification of their grievances? Hostility toward competing views? Reliance on propaganda and media manipulation? Vote fraud? Reliance on violence to augment and direct politics and silence objections? Complete indifference toward the iron laws of arithmetic? Total ignorance of the potential for oppression, violence, and death in all polities that abandon the rule of law and embrace revolutionary purity and summary punishment? Ignorance of the stabilizing force of religion, unwritten law and political legitimacy?

Notes
[1] "Shades Of "Atlas Shrugged" In Real Life." Authored by Mark Hendrickson, ZeroHedge, 2/11/20 (emphasis removed).

Axe me about the dangers of media monopoly.

Wasn't Rush the one who pioneered the "media montage"? This kind of stuff never gets old.

I once spent some hours reading microfilm copies of a mid-19th century newspaper for a tiny town in Illinois. It was chockablock with national and international news as well as intelligent reporting on local and regional matters. There was no celebrity or infobabe component and the op ed was an unknown phenomenon. The reader was served up interesting and straightforward material.

I dare say the national and international material wasn't original material but it seemed like honest to gosh "just the facts" journalism. In larger communities you could get different flavors of opinion because there would be more than one newspaper and all NOT owned by the same people.

This tiny circle of ownership today AND rampant censorship of views counter to the ultra leftist pieties is a sick perversion of a free press. Other than the internet, even in its precarious position, where the media are concerned, we're awash in something unclean.

H/t: Fran Poretto, Liberty's Torch.

February 5, 2020

Coffee Straight Up the Nose Department.

I followed a link from a choice article[1] by Toni Williams in which she takes apart Mitt Romney impersonator, Bill Kristol. It took me to The Bulwark, the new perch from which Kristol will be instructing the unwashed. This is from the "About Us" tab of that site:
The Bulwark is a project of the Defending Democracy Together Institute. DDTI is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving America’s democratic norms, values, and institutions, and educating the public on conservative principles like rule of law, free trade, and expanding legal immigration.[2]
This would be the usual from The Conservatism that Conserves Nothing on immigration, the holiest of sacred sancrotitties, as though America cannot have one minute of existence on the planet where some squishy "conservative" doesn't wets his or her pants in delight at the prospect of bringing more bleeping foreigners to "enrich," so help me God, us with their presence, genius, boundless good will and productive energy, and creative ways of transforming and subverting the Republic for which it stands.

These kind of "conservatives" remind me of that wholly gratuitous episode of cowardice and betrayal that that toad Spielberg just had to insert in "Saving Private Ryan," where the contemptible GI with a loaded rifle can't bring himself to walk up five steps in the stairway to save his buddy in the process of having a bayonet shoved into his chest. It's that Buckley conservativism and Conservative, Inc.-conservatism that never fails – never – to miss the point of what a nation is about. No balls. No fire. Just well-crafted snark and flaccid readings of our recent history and its feeble struggles against communist infiltration and subversion.

It's not about worshipping foreigners and stroking one's chin respectfully in the face of each new lunatic liberal-progressive-socialist-communist-McCainiacal attack on common sense and decency. And free trade? Legal immigration? On what planet are these cardinal conservative values? What good is free trade to the nation if the suits can't figure out that we're being taken to the cleaners by wage and currency manipulators, thieves, and Corporate America sellouts and scum suckers?

Rule of law? The last 80 years or so, if not the last 107 years, have been an exercise in standing the Constitution on its head to turn the federal government into the tax-eating, liberty-destroying, war-besotted behemoth that it is now. But these squishes prattle about stuff that sends normal people to sleep instead of getting their blood to boil. "Charge, boys! Maybe."

A bulwark against what exactly? The globalist, diversity-worshipping, mega-surveillance state? Don't make me laugh. Just don't.

Notes
[1] "Bill Kristol Never Trumper Goes Full Drama Queen." By Toni Williams, Victory Girls, 2/2/20. A great site let it be said.
[2] The Bulwark.

Both.

There are two explanations [for "what the heck happened in the Iowa cornfields"]: it is a conspiracy of the Washington Consensus cabal denying Bernie a clean win and essentially muddying the waters…or it is total and utter incompetence of bringing an untested, non-transparent technology into the democratic process.
Clarmond: "Iowa Showed 'American Democracy' May Now Be Just Another Developing World Dictatorship." By Chris Andrew at Clarmond Wealth, ZeroHedge, 2/4/20.

Pearls of expression.

17-year-old Climate alarmist Greta Thunburg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, prompting the internet to attempt to re-balance the scales of sanity back from bat-shit-crazy.
"Greta 'Put Them Against The Wall' Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize." By Steve Watson, ZeroHedge, 2/4/20.

February 4, 2020

Exploding the "honest discussion about guns" garbage.

Listen to this outstanding 2018 speech by Republican Delegate Nick Freitas Speech before the Virginia House of Delegates (7:21 mins.):

It's a speech that could be made on any topic of interest in what passes for American politics these days. Rational and civil v. dishonest and fact free.

Read Marta Hernandez's piece, below, while you're at it. She pulls no punches where the Virginia democrats are in terms of jamming gun madness down the throats of people who know what the Second Amendment is all about. What it's about, of course, is people like the Virginia Democrats – our enemies.

H/t: "Commonsense Discussion on Guns." By Marta Hernandez, Victory Girls, 1/26/20.