Eric Florack on September 25th, 2021

More passing thoughts:

So we see Joe Biden telling Americans that we should put our faith in government. Am I the only one who flashed on Voldemort saying precisely the same thing?

The Democrats like to tell us that they can clean up the environment of the entire world. Have you looked at New York, Chicago and Los Angeles of late? They’ve had all three of those cities in their clutches for the last 50 years. Forgive me but I feel to see any improvement.

Oh, speaking of California, did you notice where the city of San Francisco is trying to redesign the trash can? Apparently the successful redesign of the gasoline can (which is to say, that they made it totally non-functional and worthless)…wasn’t enough. They’ve been at it for a number of years now and it’s still not done. When it is, those trash cans will cost thousands of dollars each. You know, with people pooping in the street down there frequently enough that they managed to put together a website to keep track of it, you would think that San Francisco would have other priorities.

Eric Florack on September 25th, 2021

This…

The number of ballots impacted by discrepancies far exceeds Biden’s margin of victory in the state. Both sides of this debate will claim the report validates their position, but in truth, without proper vetting of the impacted ballots, we’ll never know if the election results were legitimate.

Read the whole thing

Eric Florack on September 24th, 2021

With the collapse of the Chinese economy in full progress now, I suspect Chinese money is not going to be so much of a factor around the world, as it has been. I suppose some will view this as a good thing but there are problems that we’re going to have to face, and very soon.Leaving aside any other actions over the last 20 years or so by the Chinese, all the military expansionism you’ve been hearing about in China has been done on the credit card, and it would appear to this outsider that they finally run out of other people’s money.The problem is at this point that the resulting waves of economic problems and supply chain issues are going to be felt around for the rest of the world for some time.Add to that the idea that China still has a formidable military at its disposal. The fact is, with the economic problems that they’ve got going on over there right now, the military is about all they’ve got left.As a result, the chances are higher than usual that they will see that military ability as their redemption, or perhaps more correctly, their only way out of the box that they’ve created for themselves.When that happens, we are in serious trouble here in the West. Given the decimation of both our foreign relationships and our own military at the hands of the Democrats, the result is quite predictable.

Eric Florack on September 24th, 2021

The situation we find ourselves in right now is every zombie apocalypse movie we’ve ever watched.

Think about it…. those movies always seem to start out with some moron in a white lab coat who looks amazingly like Anthony Fauci, speaking with authority, telling us “go on with your lives, citizen, there’s nothing to see here, nothing to worry about. Everything’s under control.”

And of course, just like in the movies, that is the farthest thing from the truth.

We now know the covid-19 virus is a direct result of illegal “research” done in China under the auspices of the Chinese Communist party, so as to hide the illegal activity from the American people, and from the remainder of the world.

We also know that this virus was bought and paid for with your tax dollars. Those responsible for it have been scrambling to cover their backsides ever since it’s release a year ago.

Remember, Anthony Fauci standing up on his hind legs two days after the election of Donald Trump telling us all about how Donald Trump was going to face a pandemic. You tell me, is the timing a little suspicious at least? Just how did he know that?

We know that the Chinese economy is imploding. They have finally run out of other people’s money. That massive military buildup we’ve been seeing? It’s all on credit. It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to come up with the Chinese Communist party deciding to use the weapon it had in its hands to strengthen its World position. And the irony is it was all paid for with American tax dollars.

Once this thing got out into the wild it was clear that those responsible for it here in the States including Fauci needed to create a cover story and a lot of misdirection.

The first in the series of lies was the wet market selling bats fairy tale. That fantasy didn’t even last a week.

Since that time, instead of following the science, we’ve been following the politics. As an example, masking.

For the prime example of this we look to the state of Oregon wherein mandatory masking has resulted in a 73% increase in covid-19 cases. I’m willing to bet you haven’t heard about that one. There’s a reason for that. The news media is playing politics too and forgetting the science. The actual facts suffer when the narrative is the priority.

But don’t worry, everything’s under control.

Eric Florack on September 24th, 2021

You know somebody raised an interesting point about the ritual of doing taxes every year. It runs like this:

Okay, leaving aside the argument about how taxation is theft, let’s break off a piece of the argument about the way our government deals with income taxes. Why on Earth is the government requiring us to file paperwork?

If you’re taking the standard deduction, every bit of information that you put on that tax form the government already has on file. They already know how much you earn, how much in the way of taxes has already been taken off of your paychecks and who you’re supporting.

So why do we go through the charade every year, why are we paying hundreds of dollars to a company that absent the requirement of the tax paperwork wouldn’t exist? H&R Block, turbotax, whatever. For that matter, we could eliminate the IRS all together. The government already has all this information there’s no purpose being served by our filling out those forms.

Other, of course then the psychological. Filling out those forms and sending them in every year along with a check seems to be an acknowledgment of governmental “authority”. Which is it seems to me, fundamentally un-American.

And as an aside, did anybody notice the reports coming out about how Joe Biden owes something on the order of $500,000 in back taxes? And that is only true if you limit it to his legitimate earnings.

Eric Florack on September 24th, 2021

Just a few thoughts on the passing parade:

* Speaking just for me, I’m personally shocked and dismayed that changing the graphics on bags of rice boxes of pancake mix and tearing down statues didn’t solve all of the world’s problems. Is there ever any actual purpose to those things beyond riling up the group thinkers? It appears not.

* I see a lot of people making references to the fall of the Roman empire vis-a-vis what we are seeing here in the states just now. It’s nonsense.

What we are currently experiencing here in these less than United States cannot be directly compared to the fall of Rome, mostly because Rome at least had good roads. There are examples of roads built by the Romans 5000 years ago that are in better shape than those built here in the US 5 years ago. What do you say we spend money on actual infrastructure instead of social programming, and buying votes?

* Over at Hot Air, Ed points out that Megan McCain… (who, it should be said, is not a complete ditz, she just plays one in front of any camera that happens to be around..) …is now saying things like “who knew that Joe Biden was going to be so awful?” Well, your old man didn’t, which is probably why you didn’t either. Donald Trump knew. Donald Trump’s supporters knew. Actual conservatives did, as well, so what’s your excuse?. You know, the people that you were complaining about just a short while ago? There’s a clue there, sweetheart. Use it in good health. And here’s another clue. Wasn’t it your old man who told us all that we didn’t have anything to fear from an Obama Biden administration? Take the hint, girl.

* The next time you hear somebody speaking admiringly about AOC and her “tax the rich” nonsense, remind them that the top 1% of earners in this country pay 40% of the taxes already. If you open that up to the top 10%, the figure comes out in the neighborhood of 70%.

* But let’s forget about percentages. And screw fairness for the sake of argument. Let’s take it All. If we take all the income from the top 10% and put it into the Federal coffers as Democrats would likely love to do, it won’t make a dent in paying off the spending that they’re already doing. Not even close. So the question becomes, what is it that they hope to gain? It’s obvious Marx would be proud, but few other people.

* Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is going to play large in the next presidential election. That’s mostly because he’s not a sniveling twit. That’s a quality that you won’t find among Democrats these days, or among The Establishment GOP.

Eric Florack on September 21st, 2021

Long time readers here will remember that I have repeatedly labeled Glenn Greenwald as the least honest person in the sphere.

At some point in the recent past he has come to his senses, however,.. Apparently, it got so bad even he couldn’t stand it.

It has long been known that the Trump/Alfa-Bank story was a fraud. A report issued in December, 2019 by the DOJ’s Inspector General revealed that “the FBI investigated whether there were cyber links between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, but concluded by early February, 2017 that there were no such links.” Special Counsel Robert Mueller thought so little of this alleged plot that he did not even bother to mention it in his comprehensive final report, which admitted that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Even the more anti-Trump Senate Intelligence Committee report acknowledged that, while unable to explain the data, “the Committee did not find the DNS activity reflected the existence of covert communication between Alfa Bank and Trump Organization personnel.”

Despite all this, this fraud — one of so many that formed the Russiagate scandal — played a significant role in shaping media coverage of the 2016 election. Spurred on by Hillary Clinton herself, the liberal sector of the corporate media used this fake claim to bolster their narrative that Trump and the Russians were secretly in cahoots. And the story of how they spread this disinformation involves not just the potential criminality outlined in this indictment of Hillary’s lawyer but, even more seriously, a rotted and deeply corrupted media.

The indictments do seem to be coming in a much more rapid fire fashion these days. One can only Wonder if this is a move to take some of the heat off of Uncle Creepy.

Keep in mind this rotted and deeply corrupted media didn’t stop doing what we all know it was doing, when Hillary Clinton lost. Indeed, it’s spent the next 5 years playing politics, not reporting it.

Which brings us to where we are today.

I’ve been saying for quite a while now that our governmental and media reaction to covid-19 is all about politics… That when government runs healthcare, every healthcare decision becomes a political one.

In the case of our reaction to covid-19, this would explain why so many of the decisions coming from government these days as regards the virus, make no sense whatsoever. They’re not following the science, they’re following the politics. And of course the press is playing along.

Given what we now know about the 2016 election and the media’s hand in distributing that batch of lies, it seems reasonable to ask if the same players aren’t still feeding us leftist propaganda instead of the news. Propaganda designed to boost the prospects of Democrat party power.

Remember, we’re talking about the same press that told us that the Wuhan lab leak was all a conspiracy theory. Who repeated Nancy Pelosi’s call to shop in chinatown, the calling the Wuhan flu a Chinese virus was racist. (Good Lord, what isn’t racist these days?)

Isn’t it interesting how so many things that the press has been telling us was nothing more than a conspiracy theory turned out to be the absolute truth a few years down the road?

You will recall for example serious questioning of the vaccine which the Democrats seem so high on distributing these days. I’m old enough to remember when the Democrats were saying we shouldn’t trust the vaccine because Trump created it. Now suddenly everyone should have it. Go ahead, tell me again about how this isn’t politics driving all this.

Perhaps more importantly, will we have to wait for another 5 years to go by before we see anything done about it. And for the bonus round, will we survive those 5 years.

I remain unconvinced that anything will be done about it until such time as the Democrats are swept out of power. With a media that is not corrupted, that removal of Democrats from power would be a lock sure bet. The level of anger in the street these days is a guarantee of it under normal circumstances.

In our current situation however, particularly with the amount of vote fraud going on, and the hand of the Chinese pulling the strings on the voting machines that we’re using, it remains an open question as to whether or not they will in fact be swept from power, regardless of the anger amongst the electorate. If vote totals can be manipulated to the extent that we’ve seen in this most recent election, what we will have instead is a one-party state, permanently.

And yes, I know the media was telling us that vote fraud is just a conspiracy theory. Given the number of items that they’ve stuck that particular label on over the last 15 years or so, that in the end turned out to be the absolute truth, I’m not at all willing to accept their judgment at face value.

Nor should you.

Eric Florack on September 18th, 2021

Consider the once great city of San Francisco, where “God save the Queen” has a completely different meaning. And so does “drag races. ”

Consider the representatives from that area, who are in our federal government. These are the people who were telling us that we were destroying America and whose every action is destroying America. One of life’s little ironies.

Here’s a few more:

With this covid-19 thing, we have history making going on. It’s the first time, so far as I’m aware, that a medicines ineffectiveness is being blamed on those who didn’t take it.

Like for example, the Amish. Who, perhaps it should be noted, have not seen large numbers of people dying from covid-19.

You know, maybe we should be following the money instead of the politically charged “science”. Just a thought…

Speaking of which, if they really want to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated, why don’t they just send them out in the mail in good faith, and we can mail back an affidavit saying that we’ve taken it? You know, like they do with voting.

Postulate aliens coming down today, stepping off their spaceship and saying “take me to your leader”. The resulting confusion would be epic.

The primary purpose of a vice president is to make the president look good. Obama was in fact the worst president we had ever elected, until this most recent election. And by comparison, Biden made Obama look good. Biden is currently demonstrating just how true that statement is.

Joe Biden called Trump supporters “the American Taliban”. And then proceeded to turn Afghanistan and a whole bunch of military equipment over to the real Taliban.

Okay, long time readers of this website will know full well that I really don’t care much for the BBC and their leftward slant. But even they are raising questions about masking kids:

Scientists from University College London, and the Universities of York, Bristol and Liverpool say their studies of children are the most comprehensive yet anywhere in the world.

They checked England’s public health data and found most of the young people who had died of Covid-19 had underlying health conditions:

Around 15 had life-limiting or underlying conditions, including 13 living with complex neuro-disabilities
Six had no underlying conditions recorded in the last five years – though researchers caution some illnesses may have been missed
A further 36 children had a positive Covid test at the time of their death but died from other causes, the analysis suggests
Though the overall risks were still low, children and young people who died were more likely to be over the age of 10 and of Black and Asian ethnicity.
Researchers estimate that 25 deaths in a population of some 12 million children in England gives a broad, overall mortality rate of 2 per million children.

In short, you have a larger chance of getting hit by a car walking to school then you do from dying from not wearing a mask to school.

You will never hear The who and the CDC here in America and certainly not the Democrats in the White House saying any of this.

Odd, isn’t it, how and when the left decides to actually follow the science.

One even the far left Huffington Post admits it, do you know you’ve really got something.

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against cybersecurity attorney Michael Sussmann, who represented the Democratic National Committee in connection with the 2016 Russia hack, accusing him of lying to the FBI about who he was representing.

Let’s make sure we understand this. The only indictment so far resulting from the the investigation of the charges that Trump and his people were controlled by Vladimir Putin, has been leveled against a Democrat operative connected to the Clinton campaign.

Just let that roll around for a while

Elsewhere:

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 accept for some reason the idea that, like everything else around us, the universe itself, owes its existence to something or someone 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… And that’s particularly odd given that everything else in our experience was created by somebody.

The reason they don’t do that is because it would fly in the face of their stated belief that there are no deities.

And that belief of course flies in the face of the scientific method which they claim to believe in and trust.

Consider the words of Marcelo Gleiser:

I honestly think atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method. What I mean by that is, what is atheism? It’s a statement, a categorical statement that expresses belief in nonbelief. “I don’t believe even though I have no evidence for or against, simply I don’t believe.” Period. It’s a declaration. But in science we don’t really do declarations. We say, “Okay, you can have a hypothesis, you have to have some evidence against or for that.” And so an agnostic would say, look, I have no evidence for God or any kind of god (What god, first of all? The Maori gods, or the Jewish or Christian or Muslim God? Which god is that?) But on the other hand, an agnostic would acknowledge no right to make a final statement about something he or she doesn’t know about. “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence,” and all that.

Whatever / whoever created the universe is beyond physicality as we understand it. Where, after all, assuming a physical being would such an intelligence be? And if such a being created the universe what kind of physical presence would it take on? Would it even have some physical reality as we know it?

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.

Eric Florack on September 16th, 2021

Robert E Lee was married to George Washington’s granddaughter. He worked with Grant during the Mexican-American war and became a decorated war hero defending this country. He believed slavery was a great evil and his wife broke the law by teaching slaves to read and write. After the civil war, he worked with Andrew Johnson’s program of reconstruction. He became very popular with the northern states and the Barracks at West Point were named in his honor in 1962. He was a great man who served this country his entire life in some form or other.

His memorial is now being called a blight. No American military veteran should be treated as such. People keep yelling, “You can’t change history.”

Sadly you can. This is no better than book burnings. ISIS tried rewriting history by destroying historical artifacts. Is that really who we want to emulate? As they tear down this “blight,” keep these few historical facts in your mind. No military veteran and highly decorated war hero should ever be treated as such. This is not Iraq and that is not a statue of Sadam.

IN ADDITION: Lee was also very torn about the prospect of the South leaving the Union. His wife’s grandfather, George Washington, was a huge influence on him. He believed that ultimately, states’ rights trumped the federal government and chose to lead the Southern army. His estate, Arlington, near Washington DC, was his home and while away fighting the war, the federal government demanded that Lee himself pay his taxes in person. He sent his wife but the money was not accepted from a woman. When he could not pay the taxes, the government began burying dead Union soldiers on his land. The government is still burying people there today. It is now called Arlington National Cemetery . DO THEY WANT TO TEAR THAT UP ALSO??

The odd part about it is this stuff isn’t being taught in schools.

From American Military News

Former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on Wednesday called on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to resign over phone calls with his Chinese counterpart that Miller said were unauthorized and “disgraceful.”

According to excerpts released this week from the forthcoming book, “Peril” by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley held secret phone calls with a Chinese counterpart on Oct. 30, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021. In one of the phone calls, Milley allegedly said, “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

Let’s go with Dan Bongino for a little backfill on this:

Now, the obvious question, more correctly the obvious answer to Dan’s question, is yes we did see treason.

But the thing is it’s not like something new has occurred here. What we are seeing here is precisely the desired outcome of the Obama Biden administration. You will recall the purge that they were doing in the Pentagon in the first few weeks of that administration. You will recall I commented on the subject a couple of weeks ago:

But let’s consider that the military you’re talking about firing were the ones who were left after Biden and Obama fired all the military types who believe in a strong America, and who thought that at the very least Obama’s policies were buffoonish.

Remember also that what was left in the Pentagon also the ones responsible for the worst military disaster in American history.

We’ll also remember that I received a healthy helping of horse droppings over my comments about Colonel Scheller who I still hold did the right thing.

Complain all you like how about how what he did was in direct violation of the UCMJ.

I’m only partially sympathetic to that argument. It’s like strict gun laws. Criminals don’t follow them. Criminals don’t follow the UCMJ either and the ones actually defending this country are hobbled by our consistently one-sided enforcement of it. Violations of the UCMJ are routinely ignored if they benefit Democrats. That’s always been the pattern here.

Mark Milley deserves a life jail term at least, if not a firing squad. But first I want to know who else knew about this and said nothing, because they should be in jail as well in the next cell over.

Costa and Woodward should be considered for jail terms as well. It takes a good 4 months to produce a book. The obvious question is why they were sitting on this story for as long as they were.

Look, I think we can assume that Costa and Woodward didn’t get their information from The general. Other people must have known and must have been their source. It’s also implausible to me that the CIA and other intelligence agencies were unaware of the conversation between the generals and what was said.

Eric Florack on September 15th, 2021

Tom Hamilton says this morning:

Not surprised that the recall didn’t go Elder’s way. California is essentially a one party state and the Democrats aren’t going to give up power. Given all the fraud that happened in the Presidential election with no consequences to the cheaters, anyone thinking the GOP going to win the mid terms??? I would like to think so but I also know the amount of cheating is going to be hard to overcome.

Tom has this one exactly right.

Given the Democrat parties abilities and proclivities in vote fraud, nobody should be surprised at this outcome in California. The Democrat party is deeply entrenched in California and the machine is immovable, now.

That’s precisely why the place has been circling the drain for the last few decades. Their being entrenched also facilitates their ability to cheat their way into continued power.

Oh, sure, the Democrats are breaking out the much hackneyed phrase ‘conspiracy theory” when they subjects come up… But let’s remember that every time they’ve broken out that phrase lately, what they labeled conspiracy theory turned out to be the truth.

It’s going to be interesting to watch the numbers of people moving out of california. I will guarantee you we’re going to see a spike of such Exodus. Businesses, too. In fact, more businesses have already left California this year than in all of 2020.

The problem with that of course is as those California so goes the rest of the country. We’ve let them get away with it for far too long, and now there’s no escaping it.

I wish I had better news, but I don’t.

Eric Florack on September 10th, 2021

Personally I’m waiting for the 4-time jabbed people to be blaming the three jabbed people for spreading the virus.

Really. And you know what’s going to happen. The neighborhood two-bit tyrants are going to get together and figure out that they actually have something that they can load over the rest of us with.

And look, before you start tuning up, read the whole thing.

Make no mistake about this.

Do I believe there’s a problem here?
Yes.

Do I believe the virus is real?

Yes.

Do I believe the problem was caused by government?

Yes.

Indeed…
I believe there is blood on the hands of the people who created this virus. Government people. The people who used tax money, American tax dollars to develop this disease in communist China ostensibly so that they could sidestep the laws as regards gain of function research. Regardless of what Fauci has to say about it, Rand Paul got this one right

Do I believe that China offered its cooperation in the matter so as to have a weapon to cripple a strong America?

Yes.

Do I believe that the virus being developed in China is suspect?

Yes.

Do I believe it’s more than a coincidence that everything that Joe Biden has done since he got into the white house, absolutely everything, benefits China?

Yes. That is suspect as well. I believe the two issues are tied together and the evidence is quickly developing to bear that out.

Do I believe the government is now scrambling to cover its own backside? Yes.

Was all of this planned?
Yes.

Do I believe that the numbers of infected are being manipulated to spread the fear?

I certainly do. After all, a fearful populace is easier to control.

Remember the specter of Anthony Fauci telling everyone two days after the election of Donald Trump that Trump was going to face a pandemic. Now, how would he know that?

Do I think that the release of this virus is suspiciously timed?

You betcha. They had to take down Trump at any cost to keep the Chinese happy.  And you know that it was years in development.

Finally, mark this one well;

Remember that when you allow a government to break the rules in a so-called emergency, they will always create an emergency so as to allow themselves to break the rules with impunity.

Oh by the way, you want to read Glen Reynolds today in the New York Post