Eric Florack on September 22nd, 2022

Sarah Hoyt nails this one:

However, tell me, not-so-gentle reader, what the heck business is this of the feds? Or even your very own state bureaucrats? I’m willing to concede it might — might, perhaps — be of interest to your city, local business associations or churches. In which case those entities are perfectly free to start schools to make sure future citizens or employees, or even believers, know how to use the oxford comma, tie their shoes, and speak in full, coherent sentences, or even solve quadratic equations, if that is what is required.

But why is it the province of the state?

Oh, I know what the excuse/reason was at the turn of the 20th century. Then as now, the US was trying to digest a massive bolo of immigrants who didn’t know how things were done here. And let’s be honest, teaching them to be “good Americans” was better than now, when we teach them to hate the country they just immigrated to.

On the other hand… On the other hand a lot of that “good Americans” thing taught them to be members of FDRs vision for the US. And…. And led to everything else that’s come along.

So why not remove all educational requirements, take the public schools and raze them, possibly salting the land afterwards, just so people get the point that no, this is not good and should not be done again.

Oh, you work and can’t be at home to look after the kids? Well, then. The money the government takes from your paycheck to pay for education should be refunded with all possible alacrity, and you can probably find someone to teach your kids what you want them to be taught, or just to let them free-range while you’re at work. Look, if you really insist, we can find you a multi-tattooed, pink-haired monstrosity to convince your kids that they’re really trans-dragons and you get the entire public school experience.


Indeed.

I’ve been saying since I started this blog 21 years ago, that the worst mistake we ever made as a country, a culture, a people, was to turn the education of our young over to the government.

My primary reasoning in that observation is that no reasonable person can expect a government-run taxpayer funded education system to teach the young minds full of mush the founders vision of limited government… Because that educational system the antithesis of limited government.

I suggest that the hippies, the counterculture, etc., of the 1960s college scene, are now educating our kids. To make matters worse they have the power of government backing them. With that government enforcement, parents have no choice but to submit their children to this systemic deconstruction of America. Increasingly we see the government telling us that our children no longer are our responsibility as regards education.

And yet, while Chinese kids are learning advanced calculus. In the here in America our kids are learning.  ….what, precisely?

Well, in large part they can’t read their own diplomas that they were just handed, but on the bright side, they are fully versed in gender pronouns and how to think like a drag queen, how evil white people are, and that America alone is an illegitimate country. They are taught that they can’t make it by in life without handouts from the government.

That disparity is not going to end well.

Eric Florack on September 21st, 2022
There are some takeaways from the Vladimir Putin speech of the other day that need to be closely examined to understand the impact of it. Understand, I’m probably going to be doing more than one post on this topic over the next few days, but these are my initial reactions.

First, the number being bounced around is 300,000 troops being activated. Moscow’s ability to supply the troops they’ve already got is questionable at best, if we can take any meaning at all out of what we’ve seen in the Ukraine so far. That inability to supply his troops is also exemplified by going hat in hand to China and apparently coming up with little to show for it but Chinese platitudes.

Also,based on the evidence we’ve seen in the Ukraine thus far comes the idea that Russian conscripts are not necessarily the best troops, nor are they the most willing.. ( As it stands right now one way flights out of Russia are priced extraordinarily high, if nothing else, suggesting a lack of support on the part of the Russian population for Putin’s goals of empirical glory.)

I have not seen any recent intelligence as regards the Russian military but it seems reasonably safe to assume that they are still operating in the Soviet model, where in conscripts are told very little of their mission, treated like idiots, with non-commissioned officer’s not being treated much better. It’s been repeatedly suggested that this is a large part of Russia’s problem in Ukraine right now. I have no cause to doubt that. It would certainly mesh with the reports I’ve been seeing about a disgruntled Frontline military that doesn’t really understand why they are even in Ukraine.

Finally, even with minimal training, we’re talking about 6 months to a year before such troops are ready for deployment. Without such training, their effectiveness would be even lower than we have seen thus far.

I do not mean to suggest that this translates to Putin not being dangerous. Indeed I mean to suggest the reverse. His ignoring the problems that he faces in achieving his stated goals suggests a level of desperation that makes him more dangerous, not less, particularly given his nuclear capability, however hobbled by time and lack of maintenance that might be.

As for repercussions here in the states, the picture is far from clear. In all honesty, I have my doubts that the current administration is going to be able to handle whatever Putin comes up with. And that perhaps, is the most dangerous aspect in all of this. Putin understands this. It is no accident that he waited until Joe Biden was in the White House to make his move on the Ukraine.

It would be easy enough to suggest that the 300,000 he’s bringing up are replacements for the numbers of people he’s lost in the Ukraine, but I don’t have any numbers on those losses directly to hand, moreover I don’t know if I would trust those numbers if I had them. That assumes that the Russians would be telling the truth, which would be very uncharacteristic for the Russian military or for that matter the Russian government.

At the bottom line what we have here is a Russia that is less powerful than it was and yet more dangerous to the remainder of the world for at least the next few years or the unlikely event occurs that Vladimir Putin is deposed somehow. The odds on that happening I can’t calculate.

Eric Florack on September 21st, 2022
I’m starting to think we should put the people in Martha’s vineyard in charge of the border. After all, they called out the National guard and deported the illegals within 24 hours.

Over at pjm, Matt Margolis tells us:

According to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, an FBI whistleblower has come forward with information about how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a pervasive problem in the United States.


So once again, the FBI is supporting the left.

At this point it’s easy to suggest that the reason they’re doing that at this late date is because they know when the Republicans take over Congress the FBI itself is going to be investigated on these matters. They’re doing the best they can to throw the election, so as to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Eric Florack on September 20th, 2022
Ladies and gentlemen I’m going to point something out to you that very few people will say.

Consider the idea that instead of Donald Trump winning both the nomination and the election, Ted Cruz had won.
Does anybody think that the left would not have gone equally bat poop crazy in such an event? The fact of the matter is they’re going to Target anybody who comes down to the right of Fidel Castro with the same level of vitriolic nonsense, false claims, bald face lies, etc.

And that’s the lesson here going forward. Anybody that conservatives choose to run is going to face the same hail storm that Donald Trump did. So don’t let the reaction of the Democrats enter into your calculations on whom to choose in the slightest.

Indeed I’m going to suggest to you that if a GOP candidate doesn’t drive the left up a wall, you want nothing to do with them.

Remember that the flack is always the hottest over the target.

Eric Florack on September 19th, 2022
Eric Florack on September 16th, 2022
There is nothing else but hypocrisy to call this reaction from the Democrats over seeing illegal immigrants being transported to their supposed sanctuary cities. It’s both amazing and telling, the turnaround, the complete 180 the Democrats do when they are forced to live with the consequences of their own policies.

They’re just fine with someone else having to deal with the problems that they create, (particularly the cost…) …but when they themselves have to deal with the problems that they have created, it becomes a different story altogether. Tucker Carlson lays this one out very well indeed;

As far as I’m concerned what Florida and Texas have been doing is sheer genius.

They’re forcing the sanctuary City Democrats to live up to their rhetoric and the Democrats don’t like it because they’re finding out they can’t.

Addendum: Ed Driscoll is watching this story too. He reposts a sign that Carlson mentions:

I’m reminded of a song from the National Lampoon Radio Dinner album, the name of which I can’t mention here for fear of “offending”. The album is available on YouTube.

Look up the track that starts out ” pull those triggers”. It’s also available in written form elsewhere online.

And with the existence of that recording you will notice that not much has changed. Radio Dinner was recorded in 1972 or 73, I believe. And yet National Lampoon was viciously chiding the reality detached left for their empty virtue signaling on these matters, even way back then. And keep in mind, National Lampoon was never a bastion of right-wing thinking by any stretch of the imagination.

What’s changed?

Well, The virtue signaling is working, to the point where I can’t even mention the full title of the track. Other than that, not much has changed. The left was, even way back then, virtue signaling, but totally unwilling to put their own money and their own lives where their mouths were.

There’s a pattern here…

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Update: the Democrat Governor of Massachusetts has called out the National guard to remove the diversity from Martha’s vineyard.

Eric Florack on September 16th, 2022
From Lawrence Person’s Battleswarm Blog

Peter Zeihan says the abysmal performance of the Russian Army is going to have a whole lot of ramifications around the world, many in Russia’s own near abroad. “It means that the image of the Russians as a regional power, much less a global one, is gone, and it’s not coming back.”

Nature abhors vacuum. Russia has been a longstanding problem, but it certainly doesn’t have the power and depth it once did, and soon it won’t have any power at all, really.

The Biden administration may seriously believe that they are defeating Russia and thereby solving all our issues in that area of the world. Given this administration’s proclivity for screwing up even the most basic governmental function, I think we can be assured of unintended consequences.

The real issue is what will rush into replace the vacuum left by Russia’s departure. Whatever it ends up being, it’s nearly a lock -sure bet that we’re not going to like it.

With our depleted weapons stocks and our depleted energy supply and our totally decimated manufacturing capability, we’re not going to be in much of a position to do anything about it for at least a few years. By which point, of course it’ll be too late.

This is a clear violation of our first amendment. The people involved in the government need to be hauled up before the nearest judge tried convicted and removed from their governmental positions immediately if not sooner.

Eric Florack on September 15th, 2022
Just something to think about along these lines…

There is nothing on the planet, no physical reality, that doesn’t owe its existence to something else. Somebody always created it.

Personally, I see no conflict whatsoever between the Big Bang Theory and creation. God creating a universe would make kind of a big bang after all.

But if we except for some reason the idea that, like everything else around us, the universe itself, owes its existence to something else, what? To what or to whom does it owe it’s existence and what kind of nature would they have?

At the very least, two points emerge here.

The implication of The Big Bang Theory as embraced by most atheists is that the universe did not always exist. That is somehow a point that they never get around to mentioning directly.

Whatever / whoever created the universe is beyond physicality as we understand it. Where, after all, assuming a physical being, would such a being exist?

As a bonus,….

The more we learn about the physical universe, and about ourselves, the more we begin to understand that there was an intelligence here that is superior to our own… rather obviously Superior to our own, because we still don’t understand all of it. And probably, never will.

Eric Florack on September 15th, 2022
I question the timing.

If Trumpworld and conservative world and Republican world legitimately were deserving of carpet bombed subpoenas regarding January 6, it would have been done a year ago, not now in the runup to the 2022 midterms. It’s reminiscent of the 2013-2014 prosecutorial attempt to freeze the Wisconsin conservative movement.

So says William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection. He also provides copious amounts of documentation. You should go and read the whole thing.

It’s more than just Wisconsin, of course. And here’s the meat of it:

Assume, for the sake of argument only, that such subpoenas were proper and necessary to investigate alleged crimes associated with the January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill riot. That’s a big assumption, but it proves the point, which is why now, some 18 months later?

If these subpoenas were so necessary to the investigation, why did DOJ/FBI wait a year and half until we are in the thick of the runup to the midterms?

You know why.

This is the kind of corruption that we’ve been complaining about all along. It’s the kind of corruption that makes governance in third world countries look sane.

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Eric Florack on September 14th, 2022
Over at Red State:

Today, Special Counsel John Durham moved to unseal this motion in limine in the false statements case against Igor Danchenko.
This motion provides new information on the details of Danchenko’s lies to the FBI, further information on how Special Counsel Mueller ignored Danchenko’s false statements, expected testimony from Clinton-connected executive Charles Dolan, and one crazy development.
But we’ll start with the the most damning development: Danchenko was on the FBI payroll as a confidential human source (CHS) from March 2017 through October 2020.

The timeframe involved here is just astonishing. Danchenko was brought onto the payroll under disgraced former FBI Dir. James Comey. That’s bad enough given that there was no evidence at the time that the Steele Dossier was credible. Yet, even after the Mueller investigation ended and it was known that Danchenko had outright lied to the government, he was still kept on until nearly the end of Donald Trump’s presidential term.

In other words, the man who helped form the basis for the corrupt FISA warrants and spurned a years-long obsession with false “Russian collusion” conspiracy theories wasn’t cast aside. Instead, he was paid for with your tax dollars to continue being a “source” for Christoper Wray, the FBI’s current director.

As to why the FBI would do that, the reason is obvious: They wanted to bury Danchenko and keep him safe from any legal discovery.

They knew very well that absent that protection their corruption would have been discovered.

This kind of thing is precisely what happens when Democrats have the terrible power of government in their hands.

Ladies and gentlemen it’s time to rectify that situation.

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You know very well what the cause is

Eric Florack on September 14th, 2022
Joe Biden’s trip to the Queen’s funeral is getting complicated.

As the preparations for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral are in motion, foreign leaders coming from abroad will be required to travel by bus to the funeral at Westminster Abbey in London.

Well, as long as it’s a short bus it’ll be a fitting mode of transportation.

My friends, there is no better indication of how disconnected from reality the Democrats in general, and Joe Biden in particular are, than watching them celebrate the implementation of his anti-inflation policies while the market tanks by over 1200 points, on live TV.

31,104.97 -1,276.37 (3.94%)DJI(INDEXDJX)
As you can see in the graphic it actually went slightly lower than the closing value.

In the year to date, the market is off some 14%.

Congratulations, Joe. You really accomplished something here. About the only thing that’s missing here is the sign reading “mission accomplished”.