Eric Florack on December 8th, 2023

I have been saying for a long time now, that it was no accident that Vladimir Putin waited until such time as Joe Biden was in the oval office before he invaded Ukraine.

But let’s look a little deeper at that. What specific actions of Biden brought about the invasion of the Ukraine?

Two things.

First, Putin understands that unlike Trump, Biden will never responding to direct fashion militarily to Russia’s expansionism.

The other reason is the price of oil.

Do a little research on the time frames when Russia invaded one of its neighbors, the Crimean region for example. If you’re Sharp enough, you may noticethat every time the price of oil went up, Vladimir Putin invaded somebody.

8 years of Obama, oil prices high, (mostly because of the myth of global warming and the government responding to that with after having created that myth.) We all know Vladimir Putin’s actions during those years.

Donald Trump comes along, and opens American production of domestic oil and gas causing not only providing a very strong American economy, but the price of oil worldwide drops precipitously. Vladimir Putin stays home.

( And by the way, even with oil consumption up America’s carbon footprint still went down quite a bit. It’s going back up since the shortsightedness of the Democrats has taken hold of our government.)

Joe Biden who like Obama, worships on the altar of the myth of global warming, that tells us no more oil companies.. no drilling, no fracking, no permits. The government starts pushing at his behest, electric cars. And in his myopic vision everything runs off of electricity.

What happens? Price of oil skyrockets, and along with that happening Vladimir Putin getting militaristic and invading Ukraine.

If I remember correctly it was John McCain who once remarked that Russia was it gas station masquerading as a country. In my view, it’s one of the few things at that idiot ever got correct. That said, Vladimir Putin understood that equation long before John McCain did.

In reality the same thing can be said about Iran, Saudi Arabia and so on. Each has certainly been more active on the world stage with the increased price of oil.

Put another way, with cheap oil to megalomaniacs and the dirt scratchers in those countries are contained. When the price of oil starts going up in response to the shortages created by our government, they’re able to fund their warlike intentions.

My friends, the conclusion is obvious that the world is a much more dangerous place because of the energy policy of the Democrats. It’s really that simple and that’s straightforward.

Add to that the consequences to these United States and the rest of the world economically, and you have ample reason for turning the situation around by turning the valves open on American oil and gas.

The Democrats aren’t going to let that happen while they have the power to stop it.

It certainly pertinent to ask whose side they are on. Certainly, not yours or mine. Certainly, not America. Certainly, not a peaceful world.

Eric Florack on December 7th, 2023

Back on from 9/13/01, I said:

Fleet Admiral Yamamoto

Fleet Admiral Yamamoto

It is recorded in our history books that when he looked down at the ship full of smiling, victorious faces… faces of his flyers, just having returned from Pearl Harbor, Japanese fleet Admiral Yamamoto was quiet, pensive, even apprehensive. He later wrote in his private diary,

“I fear all I have done is awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”

It took the attack on Pearl Harbor to awaken Americans to the threat that the world faced, 82 years ago, today.

Today, the Western world faces a different kind of threat.

The threat we face today is much larger than the one that we faced 82 years ago, and for that matter a larger threat than we faced on 9/11, because the attack is coming from inside our borders, inside our government houses.  People who swore to uphold our constitution, are now actively tearing it down, all in the name of improving the world.

Demonstrably however, they’re doing exactly the opposite.

And I can’t help but wonder what it will take to completely awaken Americans and indeed the whole of Western society to that threat.

Maybe it’s time for Americans to rise up with the same kind of terrible resolve that they showed 82 years ago, today?

Eric Florack on December 7th, 2023

I said it was going to come to this. From Behind the Black:

Bring a gun to a knife fight: The many military soldiers punished by Biden for refusing the Covid jab have now filed a class action lawsuit for what they expect to be worth billions.

Former troops are suing the U.S. government for lost pay and benefits due to the Biden administration’s military vaccine mandate, one of the lawyers who successfully brought down the Anthrax vaccine told Breitbart News.

Attorney Dale Saran, a retired Marine, and fellow attorneys Andy Meyer and Brandon Johnson are representing the former troops in three separate lawsuits they plan to turn into a class action lawsuit on behalf of all service members who were either kicked out or illegally ordered to stop drilling, resulting in loss of pay or benefits. Saran said the amount is in the “billions.”

“It’s worth billions. That’s just flat-out. That’s what it is in backpay. It’s billions of dollars,” he said.

The problem of course is that they’re going after the wrong people, here. Instead of the government paying for this…. that is to say the taxpayers…. what SHOULD happen is that the government mucks who forced this situation on us, should be paying for these lawsuits out of their own pockets…. hopefully breaking them in the process.

If they can’t pay, they should be jailed until they do. Hopefully, we can keep them out of the sunshine permanently.

I certainly agree that some penalty should be involved here. But the taxpayers weren’t responsible for this and forcing them to pay isn’t right.

Eric Florack on December 3rd, 2023

Here ’tis:

WHY DON’T PEOPLE WHO EXPRESS GRAVE CONCERN ABOUT PALESTINIAN CASUALTIES CALL ON HAMAS TO RELEASE ITS HOSTAGES AND SURRENDER?: Because they don’t really care about Palestinian well-being. The allegedly “pro-Palestine” movement’s main objective is to destroy the State of Israel, for various reasons–antisemitism, Islamism, pan-Arabism, hatred of the West. The welfare of actual Palestinians is at best a secondary concern. This, among others things, is why you see virtually no voices who claim to be concerned with Palestinian well-being calling on Hamas to surrender. Hamas’s surrender would surely be good for the Palestinians. It would end the war and its attendant destruction, and it would mean that some new group would govern Gaza, and that new government could hardly be worse than the corrupt, Islamist, war-mongering dictatorship of Hamas. But, and here’s the key, Hamas’s surrender would also benefit Israel. And the “movement” is happy to sacrifice both immediate and long-term Palestinian well-being to harm Israel.

David Bernstein at Instapundit

Add to that the bit I posted the other day as regards the rest of the middle east not wanting anything to do with the so-called “Palestinians” from Town Hall:

It feeds into everything that’s been reported about Israel’s Arab neighbors and why they don’t want Palestinian refugees roaming wild in their country: they bring trouble. The late King Hussein had to declare war on them and successfully drove them out. The problem is the Palestinian Liberation Organization set up shop in Lebanon, where they caused problems for the government while also attacking Israel from the southern part of the country. Israel had to invade in 1982 and remained in Southern Lebanon until 2000. Egypt has closed its border with the Gaza Strip in Rafah due to terrorism concerns.

In the days after the brutal October 7 attacks executed by Hamas, Egypt knew what was going to happen. They deployed tanks to the border while their prime minister vowed that his country would sacrifice millions to keep their borders safe. He was not referring to Israel. So, what’s the latest? Well, Haaretz is reporting that Israel’s Arab neighbors are telling Jerusalem privately that they shouldn’t stop military operations until Hamas has been annihilated. They view them as a domestic threat.

Matt Vespa

In the end, Hamas and before that the PLO, etc.,etc., ad nauseum, are tools to an end…. nothing more. They’re quite willing to let the so-called Palestinians do their dirty work for them. But let’s say tehy actually accomplish that grusome goal…. what do you suppose will happen to the Palestinians?

You and I both know the answer to that question.

Eric Florack on November 29th, 2023
The truth is, the electric car is an unworkable solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.
Eric Florack on November 29th, 2023
Steve notes this morning

Donald Trump is politically battle-tested in ways that no other presidential candidate has ever been. In 2016, before he could ever get to the part where he deposed Hillary Clinton, he faced a concerted effort by the Republican establishment to deny him the nomination that he had rightfully earned via the primaries. That was still happening at the convention.

Yeah, well, notice that the GOP establishment tried to do the same thing with Ronald Reagan. You may recall how that worked out. We’ll get back to that

Despite the unceasing efforts to wear him down and destroy him, Trump keeps showing up to work. His haters aren’t getting any of the results they want. In fact, Trump’s poll numbers are on steroids now.

True, that. And I take it as a sign that the American people including a lot of Democrats are beginning to realize just how corrupt the establishment of both parties is.

The question now before us, and it’s a large one, is will the establishment of both parties except the choice of the people? The answer of course is no they will not given that they’re still fighting tooth and nail against somebody who according to RealClearPolitics, is the odds on favorite to win both the nomination and the election.

Eric Florack on November 29th, 2023

So says the New York Post in what amounts to a bit of a puff piece.

All I can do is shake my head at the irony here…. It is irony indeed that Portman doesn’t recognize the connection between being an industry driven by far leftist ideals, and an industry which shamelessly sexualizes children. Perhaps it has something to do with Portman being a flaming leftist herself, who is thus forced to compartmentalize such matters?

What she doesn’t see, or even if she does, she will never comment on, is that it is those leftist ideals which complained bitterly about the morality involved with Epstein’s Island, and yet still work feverishly to keep the consequences of participating there, off the Nations agenda.

Eric Florack on November 23rd, 2023
Eric Florack on November 18th, 2023

So, we find at Hot Air:

Have you noticed that Republicans have been losing a lot lately?

This, in an environment where most Americans think that Democrats are screwing up the country. Why do you think that is?

Sure, hatred of Trump has something to do with it. Abortion politics has something to do with it. A lot, actually. Each of you can name an issue where Republicans are in bad odor with ordinary people, but add them all together and one thing becomes clear: propaganda works.

Why is Trump so unpopular? Was it because things got worse under his presidency? Uh, yeah, no. Things got immeasurably better, and even a lot of people who hate him will say that.

Is abortion such a drag on Republican prospects because people don’t agree that late term abortions are immoral, except in extreme circumstances? That’s not what the polls say.

Why do people think Republicans are all-in on banning books? Has anybody suggested making the publishing of any books illegal? Of course not. Democrats actively campaign to prevent the publication or sale of books they don’t like, but Republicans don’t.

So what is it?

It is the steady drumbeat of propaganda portraying Republicans as Nazi White Supremacists who want to force 11 year-olds to birth babies, schoolmarms who hate gays, and White Supremacists who hunt minorities in the dead of night. We wanted to kill grandma and deserved to be put in camps.

You can’t escape the propaganda. It is everywhere. In the schools, in the classrooms, on every university campus, and in the MSM.

And it works. I had a conversation with a friend who hates Trump and asked him what Trump actually did to make his life worse, and he stared at me. He is Trump!

January 6. Russia. Muh democracy. Orange man bad!

Honestly, he admitted things were better under Trump, but he bought every lie the Left pushed about Trump. The propaganda worked.

Well, yeah, no kidding.  And as Paul Harvey used to say,

Advertisers in the United States are going to spend $249.3 billion this year — and, by the way, that’s 5 percent more than last year — telling us all of the good things, real and imagined, about their respective products. Isn’t it a rotten shame that with noisy, distressing, depressing news hour after hour, day in and day out, by our own emphasis on all of the bad things, crime and inflation and pollution and floods and fires and discords and disaster and discontent, by our persistent preoccupation with negatives, we tend to unsell ourselves and our impressionable offspring on a way of life, which is the envy of the rest of the worlds. And repetition is effective. Repetition is effective. Repetition is effective.

Bob Barker asked a game show contestant, “For five hundred dollars, name two famous brothers who made it possible for men to fly.” Without a moment’s hesitation the contestant replied “Ernest and Julio.”

We’ve had 10 years of anti-Trump propaganda being pushed by the left and by the mainstream media, and aided by the never trumpers amongst the establishment GOP. But, I repeat myself. The politicized law enforcement organizations helped enforce the falsehoods.

When the truth eventually leaks out, nobody’s paying attention anymore so in effect they’ve already won, at least in the short term. But each of these lies is costing the government credibility, and eventually we will get to the point where nobody trusts the government anymore.

Mind I don’t consider that to be a bad thing.

The truth is that even Democrats have begun questioning the narrative. It is however an open question whether or not that shift has come in time to save us.

Eric Florack on November 18th, 2023
Interesting that this is the first serious disagreement I’ve had with a position taken by Candace Owens whom, it should be said, I generally admire.

Go ahead and read the link. I’ll let you decide this one yourselves.

It’s as I’ve been saying for as long as this website has been active….

Real peace is not obtained by negotiations or grabbing hands around the campfire and singing kumbaya. Real peace obtained by overwhelmingly winning the war they’re bringing against you so convincingly and brutally that they don’t try it again.

I will add that it is absolutely impossible to be a peacemaker with people who absolutely refuse peace. Is such is the dedication of the iranian-backed “Palestinians” to the destruction of Israel. As a direct result of ceasefire that Owens is calling for will only lead to greater bloodshed.

Just as unrealistic however is Sarah Hoyt over at instapundit who is calling on Hamas to surrender.

Well, sarah, that’s a nice thought in all that, but let’s imagine we started hearing come on making noises that they were going to surrender. Would anybody believe them?

Consider also the question of how many militants Hamas were escorted over the border as part of Israel’s response to calls for humane treatment of so-called Palestinians?

Like it or not, those militants now comprise sleeper cells which are now ready to rise up again and commit acts of terrorism against Israel. And if we follow Candace Owens advice on these matters, that’s precisely the outcome we’re going to get, more exuberism against Israel.

Consider also the idea that with our porous Southern border we now have Iranian sleeper cells here in these not so United States.

Even on general terms, much less with these specifics in play, a ceasefire is not how the achieve peace. Even assuming that Hamas surrenders we should keep pursuing them and wiping them out. Given their history it’s the only way to achieve peace going forward. Sad, but true.

The problem for Candice, and it’s quite understandable, is that she has yet to wrap her mind around the idea that when you’re fighting a terrorist band there is no winning unless you’re willing to get as dirty as they are.

The British found that fact hard to swallow when they were fighting our revolution. Painful though it was we learned the same lesson in Vietnam. World history is replete with other examples of this. You simply cannot fight the war you wish you had. You have to fight the war that’s been brought to you.

And Candice, as for your quoting the beatitudes, allow me to point out that when you consider what Jesus would do in a given situation, chasing people around with a bullwhip, overturning tables and being anything but peaceful is within the realm of possibility.

Eric Florack on November 17th, 2023
There is nothing more offensive than billionaires flying private jets to a remote Swiss village, dining on Wagyu filets and the world’s finest wines, while telling you to turn down your thermostat, stay within 20 miles of your home, and eat insects for dinner.
Eric Florack on November 13th, 2023
At the bottom line you’re buying power goes down in direct proportion to government spending going up. If you’re complaining about not being able to make enough money to get what you call a living wage and you’re not complaining about the government spending being out of control, you’re swallowing the Kool-Aid.

And here’s something else, if you’re buying power is going down in direct proportion to government spending, why are you demanding more wages from employers who are suffering the same fate as you are? Record profits? But the numbers also show that because of inflation they’re buying power is going down too.

The problem is government.

Eric Florack on November 10th, 2023
It has been illuminating, instructive and alarming to see the people that have been calling us Nazis for years, are effectively arguing that Hitler was right all along.