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Friday, July 23, 2021

Nikolai Waddy: Russia's Favorite Son

 


Friends, when I'm not taking calls from apparatchiks on my rotary phone, I'm giving interviews to Sputnik News, dispensing my unique brand of analytic excellence to an international audience.  Check out this article in which my commentary plays a prominent part.  It suggests that the harsh penalities meted out to Jan. 6th rioters, and the lenient treatment of anti-police rioters, suggests a two-tiered system of justice in this country, not to mention a whole lot of political favoritism towards rabblerousers on the Left.  It makes a darn good case!  See if you don't agree...


https://sputniknews.com/us/202107221083438578-unequal-justice-non-violent-capitol-protester-jailed-while-blm--antifa-rioters-let-off-the-hook/?fbclid=IwAR21dKPSrsXookLFrmuHA5zekdQ_YW9KU4nfINHQoh1W06-rvmO2w4NMaOU

 

Here's a superb article written by a confidante of mine that suggests a saner, more rational, and more patriotic approach to how classroom teachers could approach the topic of race, compared to the intentional mischief-making of those who push CRT.  And that's followed by another article by a gentleman of my acquaintance who persuasively argues that rational discourse is steadily breaking down in this country, and the rise of political violence is inevitable as civil society crumbles.

 

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/07/20/how_should_slavery_jim_crow__racism_be_taught_in_schools.html 


https://sedkontra.substack.com/p/we-have-two-options-talk-or-fight

 

In other news, the Cleveland Indians have bowed to pressure from "anti-racists" and renamed themselves the "Cleveland Guardians".  Guardians of what, precisely?  Political correctness?

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/564554-trump-says-many-indians-likely-upset-about-cleveland-guardians-name 


A federal appeals court has found the CDC's eviction moratorium unlawful.  It's about time!  How many landlords have been bankrupted by the (socialist) social engineering of our overlords at the CDC?  How many hotels?  Restaurants?  Bars?  Cruise operators?  There's no question that the limited legal authority of public health authorities was massively overstretched during the pandemic.  It may be again, so we need the courts to weigh in double-quick!


https://www.newsmax.com/us/eviction/2021/07/23/id/1029757/

 

Finally, it's not a good sign for the Dems when the President of the United States gets people to turn off their TVs.  Ratings aren't everything, but there's little question that Dem/progressive enthusiasm is flagging compared to 2020.  The only thing that could get lefties fuming again is a strong dose of Donald J. Trump!  Honestly, Trump hatred is the best thing these nutters have going for them.  What will the "Trump Effect" be in 2022?  No one knows.  Least of all Trump.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-22/biden-on-cnn-gets-smaller-audience-than-normal-night-at-fox-news?sref=ohmtMHdW 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Is the "Lost Cause" About To Be Rediscovered?

 


Friends, you might be forgiven for assuming that we'd nipped the idea of secessionism in the bud way back in 1865, when the Confederate States of America went down to defeat in the Civil War.  Not so!  As this article shows, ideas for redrawing the borders of our states and/or separating some of those states from the Union, are proliferating.  What's more, as you'll see in the second article, it isn't always right-wingers who are proposing secession.  Some black -- sorry, Black -- activists also like the idea of creating "autonomous zones" in which they would hold sway.  We conservatives might like to have an "autonomous zone" or two of our own!  Imagine what we could achieve if the lefties would just leave us alone...


https://www.theepochtimes.com/secessionist-border-realignment-movements-gaining-traction-in-us_3910646.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=BonginoReport

 

https://thepostmillennial.com/former-dc-city-council-candidate-to-introduce-ballot-initiative-creating-african-american-autonomous-zones-in-dc?utm_campaign=64469 


In other news, as you may have heard, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has effectively purified the Dems' new Jan. 6th committee of troublesome Republicans.  Good for her!  Now the Dems can spin their insurrection fairy tales without any grumbling from us.  More power to them!  What I find funny in this article is Pelosi's stated reason for refusing to allow two Republicans to sit on the committee: it's their "statements made and actions taken", you see.  Very illuminating!  Thanks, Nancy, for elaborating such a clear standard for when we Republicans aren't worthy of participating in the democratic process...


https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/07/22/stefanik-blasts-pelosi-as-radical-authoritarian-after-jan-6-commission-decision-n2592897

 

That Gavin Newsom is a real piece of work.  Having already flooded his state with belligerent homeless people, now California's Governor is issuing an open invitation to all the homeless people of the world to come live in the Golden State.  Wow!  What could possibly go wrong???

 

https://news.yahoo.com/gavin-newsom-invites-worlds-homeless-110000209.html 


In COVID news, Sweden appears to be sitting pretty.  Congrats to the Swedes!  Meanwhile, U.S. life expectancy fell notably in 2020, due mainly to the dreaded virus.  Interestingly, though, it fell more for men than for women.  In fact, there's a huge and growing gap between male and female life expectancy.  You might almost be tempted to conclude that this is a society that practices systemic sexism -- against men!  But that would be crazy, right?  Lastly, based on the fact that only half of one percent of all COVID deaths in Texas now involve vaccinated people, you'd have to conclude that these vaccines work pretty darn well.  I support the right of all Americans to decide for themselves whether they get vaccinated, but the numbers don't lie: if you get "the jab", your COVID worries are more or less over.


https://fee.org/articles/daily-covid-deaths-in-sweden-hit-zero-as-other-nations-brace-for-more-lockdowns/


https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-life-expectancy-drops-1-5-years-driven-by-covid-19-pandemic_3911361.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=BonginoReport

 

https://www.breitbart.com/border/2021/07/22/vaccinated-patients-in-texas-account-for-only-43-of-nearly-9k-deaths-since-february/ 


Finally, given that we've almost completely abolished all those ridiculous interstate travel restrictions that so bedeviled us last year, it's more than a little incongruous that the U.S.-Canada border remains closed.  Hey, Biden and Trudeau -- maybe it's time to get a clue?  It makes very little sense to wall off two countries from each other when their vaccine and virus metrics are so similar.  I'd say it's time to LET THOSE CANUCKS ROAM FREE!


https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/22/bipartisan-anger-as-biden-administration-keeps-border-with-canada-closed/

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Civil War 2.0?

 


Friends, it goes without saying that all us Trumpers are bloodthirsty super-racists and traitors and what not.  That's why it's no surprise that one of the Left's favorite themes right now is the Civil War, and how Republicans, conservatives, and Trump supporters are basically neo-Confederates who hate democracy, want to re-institute slavery, and have our AR-15s pointed permanently at America's beating heart.  Well, that's a half truth!  You can't blame the dastardly Dems for spinning fairy tales about how malevolent we are, though -- it's either that or talk about Biden's favorite flavor of ice cream, and no one wants that.


In this week's Newsmaker Show with me and Brian O'Neil, we talk about the Dems' use of Civil War tropes to malign conservatives, and we also cover plenty of breaking news, like the outcry over federal-Facebook collusion to suppress free speech, the meandering journey of the Dems' "infrastructure" bills through the Congressional meat grinder, Dem/progressive despondency over their inability to crush the GOP once and for all and institute socialism, the prospects for regime change in Cuba, and my latest article about the hard times that the establishment has fallen on, due to its declining legitimacy.


It's a bang-up show, as always!  Tune in now and get banged!


https://wlea.net/newsmaker-july-21-2021-dr-nick-waddy/

 

In other news, congrats to Jeff Bezos for blasting himself into space!  Finally, a rich white guy catches a break...  It's a shame, however, that Bezos felt the need to virtue-signal more or less simultaneously by handing giant checks to a black guy and a Hispanic guy, respectively, to spend on the charities of their choice.  I mean, shouldn't a trip into space be about space, instead of "equity"?  Truthfully, Bezos probably takes a transactional view.  Handing over cash to left-wing activists amounts to "protection money" designed to shield Bezos from Bolshevik persecution/vengeance.  In that sense, it's money well spent.

 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/jeff-bezos-giving-100-million-jose-andres-van-jones-after-blue-origin-rocket-flight 


Here's a good analysis of the dreaded "Delta variant".  It is a threat -- to those who haven't been vaccinated -- but it's doesn't represent a dramatic shift in the pandemic landscape.


https://nypost.com/2021/07/20/doctor-says-stop-the-panic-over-the-delta-variant/

 

Lastly, racial harmony ain't exactly blossoming under Biden.  Quite the contrary.  The fact is, though, that Democrats can give themselves a pat on the back, because their constant cries of "Racism!" and "White supremacy!" are designed mainly to foster a siege mentality and constant anxiety among blacks.  It's working.


https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/disunity-race-relations-at-new-low-10-point-black-white-gap

Monday, July 19, 2021

Is the First Amendment On Life Support?

 


Friends, pretty much everyone agrees that the First Amendment is one of the cornerstones of American democracy and freedom.  Pretty much everyone also agrees that our right to free speech is not unlimited, in the sense that there are indeed contexts in which a person's speech can be regulated, either by public or private authorities.  In-between these two areas of concurrence, there is a massive gray area, in which, some would say, the Left now lurks, eagerly whittling away at our First Amendment rights until they effectively mean nothing.


Ben Stein, for instance, argues that the collusion between the Biden Administration and Big Tech, designed to censor "disinformation", defined mostly by governmental experts, amounts to a death knell for free speech.  He has a point.  He's a little too quick to give up the fight, however.  Yes, the Supreme Court, for instance, has never weighed in on the issue, but to my knowledge it's never been asked to do so.  Trump's big suit against Facebook, Twitter, and Google gives them just such an opportunity.  They need to rise to the challenge.


https://spectator.org/goodbye-america-and-free-speech/

 

Meanwhile, in California, a state Appeals Court has ruled that a law that punishes "misgendering", i.e. using the pronouns applicable to a person's biological sex instead of their preferred gender identity, violates the First Amendment -- not so much on the face of it, but because the law was overly broad.  Well, I say that any attempt to force Americans to bow to the gender ideology of the Left, and to endorse the fantasies of the "transgender", would be a violation of the First Amendment.  You can make up any gender you like and claim to be it.  What you can't do is force me to agree with your delusions!

 

https://www.theepochtimes.com/appeals-court-overturns-anti-misgendering-law-in-california-on-first-amendment-grounds_3907276.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=BonginoReport 


A Capitol rioter has been sentenced to prison.  It's a mild sentence, however, and most troubling from my perspective is that the defendant endorsed the legitimacy of "President" Biden to obtain a lighter sentence.  Call me crazy (you wouldn't be the first), but I think we should punish criminal acts, not criminal thoughts.  The assumption by so many lawyers defending the Capitol Rioters that a late-stage conversion to Bidenism will elicit the sympathy of the court is more than a little chilling.


https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/563698-capitol-rioter-sentenced-to-8-months-in-prison

 

Hey, guess what?  Most polling is biased in favor of Democrats!  Gee, what a revelation.  We knew that in 2016, of course, and we were proved right.  Most of us strongly suspected it in 2020 too, and we were again proven right.  As President Trump has observed, however, many polls are "suppression polls".  They're designed to discourage Republicans and conservatives by persuading them that their candidates are destined to lose.  Increasingly, though, these suppression polls don't work, because the "good guys", i.e. us, are mostly tuning out the mainstream media, and we recognize polls from CNN, NBC, and the Washington Post, for instance, as garbage, and rightly so.  But don't worry: you'll see the same bias in 2022 polls as well.  The media will try to create the illusion that the election will be close and the Dems are in striking distance of improving their majorities in both houses.  And then, assuming our elections are still vaguely free and fair, the voters will create a nice, big Red Wave.  Just you wait.


https://www.newsmax.com/politics/polls-presidential-republicans/2021/07/19/id/1029153/

 

Finally, the Dems' latest line is that anyone who questions the "integrity" of our elections, and of our elections officials, is an insurrectionist, traitorous scumbag.  As this article points out, Democrats themselves have done so in the recent past...and in fact they're doing so in the present, as they suggest that mild election integrity reforms will yield a system of elections that excludes people of color and thus "destroys" American democracy and makes the results of our elections illegitimate.  The Left is good at this, however: they love to accuse us of misdeeds of which they are equally, or much more, guilty.  They can always rely on the media to conceal their hypocrisy, which makes the strategy viable.


https://thepostmillennial.com/flashback-democrats-voiced-the-same-concerns-as-gop-about-voter-fraud-in-2018?utm_campaign=64469

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Doom and Gloom

 


Friends, it pains me to relay this news, but a certain air of pessimism is starting to dominate in leftist circles.  Not only are we right-wingers succeeding in "killing democracy" by introducing election integrity measures at the state level, but the glorious promise of Bidenism, and the tantilizing possibilities raised by Democratic control of the House and Senate, are coming to naught as gridlock descends on Washington, D.C. yet again.  The Left can sense its moment of opportunity slipping away...and it depresses and scares the hell out of them!  Check out this article from the Guardian and commiserate, if you choose, or laugh uproariously, if that's more your style.


https://news.yahoo.com/joe-biden-six-months-cold-060021573.html

 

In other news, the shift of wealthy and well-educated Americans towards the Democrats is creating a new class divide in America -- and the Left is struggling mightily not to notice it.

 

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/07/15/democratic_party_wont_admit_its_become_the_party_of_wealth_146083.html 


Finally, remember how just days ago the Biden Administration gave Facebook and other social media companies their marching orders, telling them to intensify their efforts to crush "disinformation"?  Well, now Facebook is pushing back, refusing to take the blame for the spread of anti-vaxxer propaganda.  Facebook says it's doing a great job of telling us what to think, and "President" Biden should chill out.  Is this mere theater, or will genuine conflict arise between the (Bolshie) Dems and Big Tech?  Remember, these companies have already gifted the White House to Joe Biden and the House and Senate to the Democrats.  That's the truth.  Now the Dems choose to bite the hand that feeds them?  Consider also that Facebook, Twitter, et al. need to ponder what their fate will be should the GOP recapture Congress in 2022 and the presidency in 2024.  They can't afford to expose themselves too nakedly as the handmaidens of neo-Marxism...or can they?  Assuming the GOP is a spent force, they can be as woke as they please.  They still might not appreciate being the Dems' whipping boy, however.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/facebook-extends-pushback-on-biden-criticism-of-social-media/ar-AAMh2sO?li=BBnb7Kz

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The New Face of Fascism

 


Now, friends, don't get me wrong -- I love our Dear Leader as much as the next guy.  I mean, it's the law, right?  Nevertheless, the Biden administration's "guidance" to social media companies about which posts and voices they ought to censor and/or silence is more than a little creepy.  As many have observed, it flirts with direct, state-sponsored abolition of the First Amendment.  Among other things, it might strengthen the federal case Donald Trump is making that his own eviction from Facebook, Twitter, etc. was a violation of the First Amendment.  Judges and Justices, we're looking for some relief here -- for a principled stand in favor of free speech.  Can you help us out?


https://nypost.com/2021/07/16/government-dictating-what-social-media-bans-is-tyrannical/

 

Below you'll find an outstanding, data-based analysis of the outsized role played by independents in our federal elections.  The writer argues convincingly that Bidenists and Democrats risk alienating independents as they pursue bold, transformational, and extremely progressive reforms.  Independents have already soured on Joe Biden.  The Dems, moreover, show no signs of reversing course.  They seem to think that demonizing Republicans is the answer to all their electoral problems.  Granted, they have a massive megaphone with which to make their case, but come on -- how long do you think you can ride Trump-hatred and cries of "Racism!" to victory???

 

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/07/14/election-day-2022-will-be-independents-day/ 


Inflation is real, and inflation in house prices and rents is in some areas extreme.  The geographical distribution of rent increases is fascinating.  It looks like people are fleeing major metro areas for smaller cities.  Gee, I wonder why high taxes, wokeness gone berzerk, and constant shootings don't appeal to people?  Odd, isn't it?


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-apartment-rent-hike-pre-pandemic-price-levels/

 

There has been a surge in the number of coronavirus cases recently in the U.S. and beyond, caused primarily by the spread of the much-ballyhooed "Delta variant".  From what I hear, though, this variant is less deadly than its parent.  Be that as it may, Los Angeles County is responding by reintroducing mask mandates -- even for the vaccinated!  And the Los Angeles County Sheriff, to his immense credit, is saying his officers won't be enforcing the new mandate.  Wow!  In France, by contrast, "vaccine passports" are the order of the day, and discrimination against the unvaccinated is intensifying.  Will this eventually happen here too?  We'll see.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/los-angeles-county-sheriff-wont-enforce-mask-order 


https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/07/17/french-business-owners-face-prison-e45k-fines-for-not-checking-vax-passports/

 

Finally, my home away from home, South Africa, is beset not only by the dreaded virus but also by violent protests and looting in the aftermath of the jailing of the country's former president, Jacob Zuma.  What a mess!  Here's hoping that calm can be restored soon.

 

https://www.breitbart.com/news/ramaphosa-vows-army-will-return-order-to-south-africa/ 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Looking Down From The Commanding Heights

 


Friends, it's time for the "big reveal": my latest article is ready for your perusal!  This time I expand on a theme I developed yesterday: the curious incongruity between the power and the powerlessness of the modern elite.  See if you don't find my analysis jaw-droppingly insightful...


For the Establishment, These Are the Best of Times, And These Are the Worst of Times


A few years back, leftists began calling the richest and most powerful among us the “One Percent”, to distinguish these arrogant neo-aristocrats from the downtrodden multitude, i.e everyone else. It didn't take long, however, for many of the most privileged “progressives” to realize that they were the “One Percent”, if indeed that term has any objective meaning. The terminology was quickly abandoned, therefore. Now liberals congratulate one another on being “woke” instead – a distinction that the well-heeled and well-connected can earn just as easily, if not more easily (thanks to the infinite avenues for virtue-signaling that wealth and power afford), than the huddled masses. Crisis averted!

However one chooses to define “the establishment” and the elite that towers over it, however, it is becoming more and more apparent that the ruling class has arrived at a crossroads. It has, since the outset of the pandemic, and especially since the enthronement of Joseph R. Biden as King-Emperor of Wokery, flexed its muscles and reveled in its mastery as never before. On the other hand, as the saying goes, “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”. The establishment has seldom been more nervous and defensive – even downright scared of the hoi polloi that writhe beneath it – and for good reason.

Why would we say these are “the best of times” for the left-leaning establishment? Because, for one thing, it successfully defeated its nemesis, Donald Trump, in 2020 and reasserted its monopoly on governance at the federal level. It accomplished this feat by the flagrant coordination of almost every lever of institutional and cultural power available to it: it formed what Time magazine termed a “well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information”. All this was done to ensure a “legitimate” outcome to the 2020 election – and the establishment was never in any doubt about the result that such a contest would produce. Trump would lose.

Such institutional and cultural collusion would have been inconceivable were it not the case that, increasingly, the establishment viewpoint dominates every major institution and nexus of power there is in American society – which, of course, on one level, is no surprise at all. That's why it's called "the establishment", after all. What is rather shocking is the ease with which non-establishment voices are being silenced and deliberately excluded from the media, social media, our education system, Hollywood, and beyond. These are sectors that used to be open to a degree of pluralism. No more. Add to all that the fact that government has grown by leaps and bounds (it now consumes roughly 45% of GDP), and the authority of government over even the most private aspects of our lives has, thanks to the pandemic, grown too, and you'd be hard-pressed to think of a time in our history when the powers-that-be were more, well, powerful. Bully for them!

On the other hand, there is the sobering result of a recent Gallup poll on Americans' confidence in the major institutions that dominate our politics, culture, and economy. This poll illustrates the abject failure of the elite in building trust in, and legitimacy for, the very foundations of its power. From Congress, to the courts, to the presidency; from Hollywood, to higher ed, to social media; from corporations, to cable news, to the banking system – all these props of the established order enjoy less legitimacy and less confidence from the American people now than almost ever before. Yes, the establishment still tells us what to do and what to think, but the truth is that a very substantial fraction of the American people (based on the last election, you'd have to say...47%?) simply aren't obeying or even listening anymore. And even Democrats, who loathe all the people the elite tells them to loathe, and who trip over one another to be, or at least to sound, politically correct, don't repose great confidence in their "betters". Just 25% and 35% of Democrats express confidence in “television news” and “newspapers”, respectively, for instance. No wonder, then, that progressives are wringing their hands about past and future “insurrections”, and about the imminent collapse of “democracy”. To them, these words signify nothing more than the retention, or forfeiture, of their grip on power, which means also their grip on public opinion, which has never been shakier than it is today.

And in that strange incongruity – the seeming omnipotence of the modern establishment, versus its paper-thin legitimacy – we can perceive the outlines of our collective fate (or can we?). One is reminded of the totalitarian sway of the communist regimes of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc satellites, which seemed utterly unassailable, until one day it and they melted away before our eyes.

One should not underestimate the immense resources that the establishment can bring to bear to buttress its power and moral suasion, nor its determination to do so. Nonetheless, if I were a pillar of the establishment, I'd be pretty nervous right now!


Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com. He appears on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480/106.9.

 

And here it is at WND:

 

https://www.wnd.com/2021/07/todays-establishment-powerful-less-trusted/ 

 

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When you're done oo-ing and ahh-ing over my latest article, consider these three BONUS articles.

 

The first deals with a theme near and dear to my heart: nuclear energy.  As many of you know, I'm radioactive...and PROUD OF IT!  I jest.  Actually, we're all a bit radioactive.  Just a smidge.  The point is that we derive enormous benefits from nuclear power, and yet attitudes towards it remain depressingly small-minded and cringing, despite the fact that, in an age when supposedly "climate change" poses an "existential threat" to mankind, we ought to be cranking up our use of nuclear energy.  Oh well.  Human beings are reliably dim.  What can you do, eh?

 

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2021/07/14/nuclear_energy_systemic_risk_or_climate_change_cure_785494.html 

 

The second article comes to us from the fertile mind of Pat Buchanan.  His analysis is spot on, as far as it goes.  "President" Biden's apocalyptic rhetoric, painting Republicans as segregationists and traitors, is politically risky, if the goal is to serve the legislative agenda of the Democrats and burnish the personal popularity of Joe Biden.  There's an alternative explanation, though: Democrats are talking about Republicans as monsters, as "insurrectionists", as white supremacists, because they believe that's exactly what we are -- and the survival of our Republic requires our...political elimination?  I mean, listen to what Biden says.  He surely couldn't countenance sharing the political stage in a democracy with the likes of you and me!

 

https://www.newsmax.com/patrickbuchanan/lincoln-manchin-progressives-sinema/2021/07/16/id/1028872/ 


Lastly, this one is good for a chuckle.  Shark advocates are trying to rebrand "shark attacks" as "incidents" and "interactions" and "negative encounters".  We shouldn't see sharks as adversaries, after all.  Or, to put it another way, HAVE YOU HUGGED A SHARK TODAY?  Give it a shot.  Remember, a shark is just a fish...that identifies as a man-eating lion.  Try to be accepting (you big jerk).


https://nypost.com/2021/07/15/shark-experts-insist-on-re-branding-attacks-as-shark-interactions/

Thursday, July 15, 2021

It May Not Look It, But The Establishment Is Crumbling Before Our Eyes

 


Friends, for "the establishment", that merry band of globalists and elitists that smugly rules over us, these are, to borrow a phrase, the best of times and the worst of times.  Why the best?  Because the establishment defeated its nemesis, Donald Trump, in 2020 and reestablished its monopoly on power at the federal level.  It also increasingly dominates every institution we have -- which of course is no surprise.  That's why it's called "the establishment", after all.  What is rather shocking is the ease with which non-establishment voices are being silenced and deliberately excluded from the media, social media, our education system, Hollywood, and beyond.  Add to all that the fact that government is growing by leaps and bounds, and the authority of government over even the most private aspects of our lives is growing too, thanks to the pandemic, and you'd be hard-pressed to think of a time in our history when the powers-that-be were more, well, powerful.


On the other hand, polls consistently show that those very institutions through which the elite wields its power -- from Congress, to the courts, to the presidency, from Hollywood, to higher ed, to social media, etc etc. -- all enjoy less legitimacy and less confidence from the American people than ever before.  Yes, the establishment still tells us what to do and what to think, but the truth is that a very substantial fraction of the American people (based on the last election, you'd have to say...47%?) simply aren't obeying or even listening anymore.  And even Democrats, who loathe all the people the elite tells them to loathe, don't repose great confidence in their "betters".  So, in that sense, you'd have to say that the establishment's sway over you and me has never been shakier!  It's a wacky incongruity, no?


Along those lines, behold this recent Gallup poll, which indicates that Americans' opinion of almost all our leading institutions is low...and heading lower!  If I were a pillar of the establishment, I'd be pretty nervous right now!


https://www.newsmax.com/us/gallup-confidence-media-police/2021/07/15/id/1028759/

 

Among the venerable institutions that you might want to start scoffing at is Wikipedia, which is one of my go-to sources for information.  Well, "information" is the ultimate battleground these days, so naturally the Left has tried to plant its flag on Wikipedia's virgin soil...and they've been largely successful.  You've been warned!

 

https://unherd.com/thepost/wikipedia-co-founder-i-no-longer-trust-the-website-i-created/ 

 

In other news, rumors persist that the 2020 election might not have been 100% above board. I know -- if this were Twitter, I'd be covered in "fact checks" by now...  See here some of the latest developments in Georgia and Arizona:


https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2021/07/15/tucker_carlson_votes_were_doublecounted_in_georgia_hundreds_of_ballots_were_improperly_duplicated.html

 

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/arizona-audit-reportedly-found-potentially-thousands-duplicate-ballots 


The lengths to which lefties will go to demonstrate their subservience to wokeness is sometimes comical.  Check out the latest fit of groveling from the American Booksellers' Association...  It almost makes you feel sorry for these wackos!


https://www.nationalreview.com/news/american-booksellers-association-apologizes-for-promoting-abigail-schriers-violent-transgender-book/

 

The amazing part of the story below is that some of the illegals crossing our southern border are still -- believe it or not -- being "turned back".  What an oversight, right?  I'm sure the Biden administration will get this straightened out sooner or later.

 

https://justthenews.com/government/security/federal-agents-arrest-turn-back-record-188800-immigrants-southern-border-report 


Good news!  The NFL is doubling down on wokeness.  Apparently their ratings just weren't low enough last season.  They're trying to make the glorious sport of American football positively unwatchable, I guess.  Oy!


https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2021/07/15/nfl-increase-social-justice-messaging-play-black-national-anthem-major-events/

 

The U.S. Secretary of State is inviting the United Nations to investigate our ongoing problem with "systemic racism".  Oh good!  That's bound to go well, and no doubt their inquiry will be 100% objective too.  It's beginning to be clear that the Dems' constant trash-talking of America is having a serious effect on how other countries perceive us -- and amazingly they don't find our self-flagellation endearing!  How odd.

 

https://news.yahoo.com/blinken-invites-un-investigate-contemporary-172900198.html 


Those Texas House Dems are still doing the rounds in DC and avoiding Texas like the plague.  Can they hold out long enough to scupper Texas Republicans' election integrity bill?  Probably.  Now that it's a point of pride, I'd expect the Dems to fight tooth and nail.


https://www.newsmax.com/politics/texas-democrats-dadephelan-electionintegrity/2021/07/15/id/1028813/

 

I think we can all agree that the problem with social media is that it just doesn't censor conservatives enough.  Luckily our Dear Leader Sleepy Joe is on the case.  His administration is giving Facebook, Twitter, et al. helpful hints in how they can stifle heterodoxy even more effectively.  Yay!  If this keeps up, conservatives might have to "self-deport" themselves from the internet.  I'd suggest the trusty U.S. Mail as a fallback option, but Big Brother is probably reading that too -- with extreme prejudice!

 

https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-biden-admin-flagging-problematic-posts-putting-pressure-on-big-tech-to-increase-fact-checking-efforts?utm_campaign=64469 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

How We Got Here: Russia, Russia, Russia

 


Friends, I actually have nothing to say about Russia, per se, but I do highly recommend this fascinating analysis, which apparently has gone viral.  It connects the dots for us "right-wing nutjobs" and illustrates how, after the Trump-Russia hoax, which was enthusiastically embraced by the entire Washington and media establishment, it's relatively easy for conservatives, Republicans, and Trumpers to believe that the powers-that-be would stop at nothing -- nothing -- to ensure the defeat of Donald Trump and the enthronement of Joseph R. Biden.  Moreover, our belief that the 2020 election was less than "free and fair" has substantial merit.  It's a long read, but a worthwhile one.


https://outsidevoices.substack.com/p/author-of-the-mega-viral-thread-on

 

In other news, YouTube has been fined by a court in Dresden, Germany for suppressing a video about an anti-lockdown protest.  Boy, when the Germans start talking down to Americans on the topic of free speech, you know we're in trouble!

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/youtube-fined-over-100k-censoring-lockdown-protest-video 


The MLB All-Star Game, which was moved out of Georgia because of that state's allegedly heinous and racist election reforms, has notched record-low TV ratings.  Pro sports in general are suffering from a major ratings decline, and many believe that insufferable wokeness might have something to do with it.  Personally, I'd say baseball is just boring to watch...but the wokeness doesn't help any!


https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/562991-mlb-all-star-game-whiffs-earns-lowest-ratings-in-history-heres-why

 

Tucker Carlson is calling out the Dems for their "hysteria" concerning the election integrity measures under consideration in various states.  Their apoplexy over modest changes to election procedures is pretty puzzling, it's true, but then again the narrative matters more to the Left than the truth, and it always has.  They want to justify radical federal legislation to impose centralized control over all American elections, and you can see why: Trump proved that the American people aren't nearly as subservient to their establishment masters as was once believed.  The Deep State wants to make sure that there won't be any more surprises like 2016 ever again.  For all the Dems' huffing and puffing, though, it sure looks like their cherished election takeover bill is going nowhere...and red state election integrity bills are going to take effect, whether the lefties like it or not.  Of course, if they don't like it, there's a simple solution: show up and vote!

 

https://thepostmillennial.com/watch-tucker-carlson-slams-democrats-growing-hysteria-on-voter-integrity-laws?utm_campaign=64469 


My hometown of Rochester, New York is in the news again...for its outrageously high crime rates!  Hooray!  I don't know what all the fuss is about.  A little gunplay now and then keeps a man on his toes, right?  Be that as it may, I wish the Rochester Police Department all the best.  They have a tough and thankless job to perform.


https://www.foxnews.com/us/rochester-ny-outpaces-chicago-murder-rate-police-intervention

 

Finally, BIG KUDOS to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has held that restrictions on the gun rights of 18-20 year olds are unconstitutional age discrimination, in effect.  Damn straight!  Why college-aged Americans always lie down and take it while politicians (usually lefties) trample their rights, I just don't know.  I say the 2nd Amendment applies to every adult citizen and legal resident.  I mean, what's the point of having a Bill of Rights if the government gets to pick and choose to whom those rights apply?

 

https://bongino.com/federal-court-rules-banning-handgun-sales-to-people-under-21-is-unconstitutional/ 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Hallelujah! The Texas House of Representatives is Democrat-Free!

 



Friends, ordinarily we would celebrate when Democrats choose to expel themselves from any legislative chamber -- and compliment their patriotism and good judgement! -- but in this case Democrats in the Texas House have only removed themselves from the state to deny Republicans the quorum they need to pass election reform bills.  Democrats claim these bills are "Jim Crow 2.0" and their sole purpose is to make it impossible for minorities to vote.  The truth, of course, is that it is easier today to vote in America than ever before, and these bills won't change that except in the most marginal ways.  For the Dems, therefore, this is about political theater, above all -- it's about fostering support for their election takeover bills at the federal level.  They would like, ideally, to subordinate elections officials nationwide to woke federal bureaucrats and even woker election activists and lawyers.  They may even believe their own propaganda that American democracy will collapse in a heap if their precious bills aren't passed.  News flash: many states have passed election integrity bills before, and Dems cried bloody murder, but voter access improved and turnout increased!  So take a chill pill, Dems.  You probably will lose the 2022 elections, but that's because you stink.  No byzantine conspiracy is required for the voters to put you in your place.  It's called "democracy".  Get used to it.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/texas-house-votes-to-arrest-democrats-who-fled-state-to-block-voting-bill/ar-AAM6plV?li=BBnb7Kz

 

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/13/texas-democrat-we-took-private-jet-d-c-because-everybody-wants-see-us-together/ 


A Trump-hating Republican, former Senator Jeff Flake, is getting his just reward: exile in Turkey.  Bon voyage, Jeff!


https://www.newsmax.com/politics/biden-turkey-ambassador/2021/07/13/id/1028488/

 

We're creeping closer and closer to televising Supreme Court hearings, and I have very mixed feelings.  On one hand, it's clearly undemocratic for these black-robbed elitists to hold sway over our country and to experience zero accountability for their (often) terrible decisions.  On the other hand, televising the procedings will hasten the abandonment of whatever decorum manifests itself in the deliberations of the high court, and it will subject the Justices to unprecendented public scrutiny, and thus probably to a certain degree of harassment and intimidation, which I strongly suspect will encourage them to vote as leftists would wish them to.  All in all, I'd say the Court's legitimacy is already hanging by a thread, and televising the proceedings won't help a bit.

 

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/supremecourt-senate-panel-bills/2021/07/13/id/1028487/ 


Unsurprisingly, more and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that COVID-19 was engineered in a Chinese lab, and the Chicoms therefore bear some responsibility for the disasters that have befallen us in the last 18 months.  A majority of Americans think the Chinese should pay up in the form of reparations.  That'll be the day!  The more pressing question is: will the U.S. government ever upbraid China -- let alone stand up to it and demand redress?  Don't hold your breath.


https://www.newsmax.com/us/china-reparations-coronavirus-us/2021/07/13/id/1028465/

 

Cornel West, anti-racist racist extraordinaire, is resigning from Harvard because it's all Jim Crow-y.  What a hoot!  When these left-wing nutjobs aren't stewing in their hatred for conservatives, Republicans, Trumpers, and honkies, they're frothing with rage at each other.  Hilarious!

 

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2021/07/13/cornel-west-resigns-from-harvard-citing-new-glittering-form-of-jim-crow-via-superficial-diversity/ 


There's one upside to communist rule, apparently: less social media!  Cuba is restricting access to platforms like Facebook to reassert the government's control over information and prevent the organization of anti-government protests.  Why didn't Trump think of that???


https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/cuba-curbs-access-facebook-messaging-apps-amid-protests-internet-watchdog-2021-07-13/

 

Inflation isn't all in your head, folks.  It really is heating up, and it's exceeding wage increases, which means that real wages are falling.  Think about that: wages are falling at the same time that the economy is going great guns...  The experts keep telling us that it's just a passing fancy.  Everything will settle down in a few months.  Presumably, those are the same experts who tell us that the federal government can spend unlimited trillions without any consequence whatsoever.  We shall see.

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/13/consumer-price-index-increases-5point4percent-in-june-vs-5percent-estimate.html 


Finally, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says we're "on the precipice" of retaking the House and Senate in 2022.  Well, we are.  We're also, as the Rod Squad keeps reminding us, "on the precipice" of losing the Senate in 2022 decisively, so that the Dems can abolish the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, add some new states, and settle in for a generation of misrule.  Everything is on a knife's edge these days.  So, yes: victory is possible in 2022.  It may even be probable.  But it won't come easily, and no one should rest easy, least of all us "insurrectionists" and "domestic terrorists", who are already skating on thin ice.


https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/12/rnc-chair-ronna-mcdaniel-precipice-taking-back-house-senate/