Eric Florack on September 11th, 2022

9/11/01 08:37am—

I’d come into work just like any other morning.

Where I was working at the time is closed, now, and so is the department that I was working for. But I can see the layout of the place in my mind, and can even taste the coffee I was drinking that morning, from the Seattle’s Best down on the second floor. ( French Roast so strong you could stand a fork up in it.)

Oddly, I remember too about the conversation with the guy running the place about how I was glad I didn’t have to fly to get to work. You know the kind of meaningless nonsense people engage in to pass the time. Little did I know.

By about a half hour ago, I had grabbed two new HP 8150 printers …huge boxes…and was installing them on the 4th floor printer room. My cell phone went off; my boss.

” Eric”, he says, “how you doing on those printers?”

“Just about physically installed”, I told him, “though I’ll have to tell the servers about them.”

“Fine.” he says. “That was fast… By the way, you may want to come up here, to the meeting room; someone just flew a plane into the World Trade Center”.

“Oh? OK…. be up in a few”.

I went up to my office on the 7th floor, figuring some small private plane had made a course error or some such thing. I got up there in time to see the scope of the issue, and was there only a few minutes when we noted a second plane hitting the second tower.

It was of course at that point that my vague understanding that this was no accident became a full-on conclusion that it most certainly wasn’t.

I remember calmly going back to my desk, and checking the internet connections to the outside world, and noting that my traffic indicators were screaming that internet traffic was peaking pretty wildly… and making appropriate notes to my supervisors, since the workflows would be affected… my gates to the west coast for example were well into the red, and the POP in NYC was apparently not responding at all. My supervisors of course being occupied with the news, would never read them.

Looking back, I suppose I was looking for some rational way to respond…. some way to apply normalcy to all of what I’d just been witness to. Of course, my response was more mechanical than rational. But you fall to the mechanical, I guess, in situations like that. All you can do is continue, while you sort things out.

By 2pm that afternoon, though, what became Bitsblog had been fully registered at Blogspot, and I was writing. As it turned out, BitsBlog wasn’t made public until the next day, due to an error on my part. But I didn’t much mind. I was writing for ME, that day. An outlet for what I’d seen. What I was feeling. It’s a cold fact that I became an activist for my own viewpoint, that day. By the way Blogdom increased that week, I’d say I wasn’t alone.

But you know… It’s the big occasions you recall with that kind of clarity. The morning JFK was killed for example, I remember being annoyed that the family TV… an old RCA black and white monster my dad had bought used somewhere, took so long to warm up. I wanted to know what was happening, right NOW, beep it, and this thing wasn’t helping.

It’s right that we remember.

And so it is, that BitsBlog begins it’s 21st year.

Eric Florack on September 10th, 2022

I’ll be right up front with you and say that I’ve never liked Bill Maher. That said, his advancing years have apparently started catching up with his logic and he’s actually making sense these days in a lot of cases, and this is one of them:

“Real Time” host Bill Maher predicted that the passing of Queen Elizabeth II will mark the end of the British people’s total “reverence” towards the Royal Family.

I pointed out yesterday the fervor with which now- King Charles echoes the climate change idiocy. With the energy shortages being faced by the UK and for that matter the rest of Europe, I rather suspect that the British people are going to be rather intolerant of Charles worshiping on the altar of climate change, as they shiver in the dark.

I can’t imagine, for example, him not putting a stop to the prime minister removing the fracking ban that Brits have suffered under for years, but can easily imagine his approval of limiting prices by governmental fiat, which of course will do nothing but create even more catastrophic shortages.

It has been suggested that Queen Elizabeth was the last adult in the room, at least in so far as the royal family is concerned. That’s a point that I agree on.

As a measure of this…It was suggested earlier today but at least one GOP establishment type with a berth at the totally embarrassing Weekly Standard, which I refuse to link to, that Queen Elizabeth’s personal politics we’re always kept in the background, muted.

I beg to differ. Her overt admiration for Lady Thatcher and of Ronald Reagan, to name two conservative greats would seem to make that out a lie. The RINO worshiping Weekly Standard has never been a fan of actual conservatives and so this fundamental misunderstanding of the Queen is to be expected.

By contrast, go back and look at the video of then -Prince Charles that I posted the other day. Anyone, particularly world leaders who spend so much time worshiping at the feet of hucksters like John Kerry, simply have not grown up yet.

The foibles and misdoings of the remainder of the British royal family are something of legend, even here in the ‘states. I suspect we are going to see more immaturity on full display over the next many days leading up to the Queens funeral and burial. The public clashes amongst the royal family over all of this are likely going to rival Hollywood 90210 for absurd drama.

I have to give her majesty credit for this; she kept that kind of nonsense down to a dull roar amongst her family. I suspect however, that the check on those matters exited the room when she did.

To my mind it’s an open question as to whether or not the British people will continue to take the royal family seriously after this.

I suspect it won’t take long to answer that question; winter, after all, is fast approaching.

Eric Florack on September 10th, 2022

Like many Americans, I have been saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth. That passing is certainly a larger event then most, at least in our lifetime.

While the amount of chatter going on over her life and times, and the machinations surrounding her passing and the passing of the crown to Charles is certainly understandable, and at the risk of starting a flame war, I can’t deny the voice in the back of my head loudly expressing concern that we are taking our eyes and our minds off the major disaster brought on us by our own government here in America.

In a word:

Squirrel!!!

I’m not sure I have the ability to quantify a proper amount of reaction to the Queen’s passing here in America. We haven’t seen this kind of event before in any of our lifetimes. Even the death of Diana doesn’t quite meet this standard.

However, it seems illogical not to acknowledge that like a cat laying across your computer keyboard when you’re trying to get some work done, it constitutes a major distraction.

Let the British do as they will, it’s their Queen we’re talking about after all. By asking the question I intend no disrespect to the queen, or to her people.

We, here in the colonies however, have a different set of conditions in front of us. We have, both 60 days from now and 2 years hence, two of the most important elections to ever have been held in these not- so- United States, none of which is being targeted at the moment.

For most Americans, the British royalty has usually amounted to nothing more than a matter of societal curiosity, or if you like, a bit of escapism. Our attachment to them has much more to do with emotion than political impact here in the US. I myself have been a keen watcher of British politics as a matter of watching political interaction in a general sense, and in British society in particular. If nothing else, it gives an opportunity to observe such interaction as a bystander with no skin in the game, unlike politics here at home.

(And so my interest in the film Darkest Hour, which I recommended to you some weeks ago.)

Look; Even absent that interest, I more than grant that the passing of the Queen deserves no small amount of respectful pause.

But how much of what we are seeing in our social media and our supposed news media is intended to direct our attention away from our own issues? After what we have seen out of each over these last 5 years or so, I wouldn’t put it past them to use what must seem a golden opportunity to do precisely that.

And so the unanswered question… How much attention to these events is excessive in light of the other issues before us?

Eric Florack on September 8th, 2022

I’ve been saying since day one that the raid on the home of Donald Trump was not about what they had on him, but what he had on them.

Nice to be vindicated on the matter.

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Noticed an interesting link on MSN this morning. I was encouraged by it but now I’ve begun to wonder.

It seems that their new prime minister has decided to ditch the fracking ban in the face of the energy crisis that is now facing the UK along with Western Europe.

However, on the same day, Queen Elizabeth passes, and as a result, this is now the king of England, who may end up putting a stop to the sanity:

If the UK ever had thoughts about dispensing with the monarchy, now would be a good time.

Eric Florack on September 8th, 2022

Eric Florack on September 8th, 2022

There is a plan surrounding this headlong rush to reverse America’s industrial revolution. And it’s already in play…

The plan is really simple. Implode America from within by their own hands. Force Americans away from plentiful oil, natural gas and coal and into unreliable wind and solar power and electrical vehicles.

Over tax the already burdened electrical grid by selling electric vehicles, and banning gasoline vehicles.

Then when the power grid nationwide fails, Americans won’t be able to get to work and even if they could, factories would not be able to run and produce without power. Few of us have generators and even then, the generators can only run a handful of items, they do not produce enough energy to power a full home and factories because they need natural gas or propane or, (gasp!) gasoline to run.

It will bring down our economy putting us just in front of the Stone age again. Meanwhile the economies of China and Russia flourish because of already out of policies. Guess what they’ll do when that happens?

A look at the Russian gas lines into Central Europe says it’s already happening there.

Eric Florack on September 8th, 2022

In The Federalist this morning:

Democratic lawmakers in California passed a colossal taxpayer giveaway to allied interest groups this summer just months before the November midterms. In June, the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento approved the “Workers Tax Fairness Credit,” a first-of-its-kind subsidy for union dues allowing unionized employees to claim state dollars for membership.

How forcing everybody else to subsidize their union membership constitutes “fairness” never quite gets explained.

The far easier way to explain it is to suggest that they are buying votes from union members, and the money that goes into union dues regardless of whether it comes from taxpayer funding or comes from the pockets of union members, rolls right back into the coffers of the Democrat party.

Fairness has nothing to do with this, and maintaining Democrat party power has everything to do with it. Indeed, it’s not rank and file Democrats, or even rank and file union members that will benefit from this. Merely the elite in the Democrat party.

Eric Florack on September 7th, 2022
No, I’m not kidding here. Rick Moran over at PJ media:

According to an online survey from WPA Intelligence, nearly one in four Democratic voters believe that men can get pregnant. The percentage rose when only including women and shot up to an astonishing 36% of white, college-educated female Democrats who believe men can get pregnant.

I saw that and my first thought was for Blazing Saddles:

The longer I live the more I’m convinced that the reason movies like Blazing Saddles aren’t made anymore is because you can’t satirize anything anymore.

The very things that we used to viciously satirize years ago, we now have to take seriously because it’s politically correct to do so.

And thereby comes the question once again, who can argue with that?

Seriously, ask yourself… How in the world can you have any kind of serious discussion about topics like fiscal sustainability, global warming, morality, abortion, with people who believe this nonsense? By the very nature of their non-thought processes, they cut off all reasonable debate. And if we don’t believe they’re nonsense, we are racist sexist, homophobic, Nazi sympathizers.

And the thing is, these people vote. When you have that many people voting based on pure nonsense, what chance does our Republic have?

Eric Florack on September 6th, 2022

Here’s vid captures of two separate rallies in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area, last week.

Keep in mind, this is an area that’s claimed to be Joe Biden’s hometown. They even have a section of highway named after him.

The one on top is Trump’s rally. Place has a capacity of 10,000 people and was well over that, and there was more waiting outside listening on the PA.

The bottom picture, meanwhile, is from Biden’s rally.

It’s just a guess, mind you, but I do not believe any further commentary is necessary.


An online medical journal called Cureus, has posted a peer-reviewed study indicating that ivermectin is quite worthwhile in the fight against the man-made virus covid-19.


The systematically collected data within this program demonstrated that ivermectin used as prophylaxis for COVID-19 improved COVID-19 related-outcomes. The use of ivermectin led to a 44% reduction in infection rate, a 56% reduction in hospitalization rate, and a 68% reduction in mortality rate by using propensity score matching (PSM) to balance the study groups.
So, we had something on hand that was already effective against the disease. When the Trump White House pointed this out, Anthony Fauci got up on his hind legs, and told us this was all nonsense that it wouldn’t work. That we needed booster after booster.

We need a serious Congressional investigation into this… And we aren’t going to get it so long as Democrats remain in power.

Says Zero Hedge:

President Joe Biden is going to be expected at the forthcoming Detroit Auto Show that will be taking place in two weeks. It’ll mark the first time he has visited Detroit since his days as Vice President, Bloomberg noted last week.

“I’ll be there. I’m a car guy, as you kind of noticed,” Biden said last week when asked if he was going to attend.

Sure, we noticed. In fact, we couldn’t help but notice that Biden is such a car guy that his administration is trying to force through counterproductive and burdensome environmental and EV requirements for auto manufacturers. Biden apparently has such reverence for the industry he has decided that it needs to be changed in its entirety.

The new requirements and subsidies under the Biden administration have forced automakers to fundamentally change their vehicle lineups and how they operate. They’ve also become a tax on the American people that is dropping straight to the bottom line of auto manufacturers, as we’ve noted over the last week that automakers are raising their EV prices by almost the exact amount that the Biden administration is offering in subsidies to buyers.

Emphasis on that last part is my own. This is the point that I’ve made previously in other realms. The idea that prices go up to the precise degree that government pays into things and regulates them, is precisely why the cost of healthcare has gone through the ceiling in the last 60 years or so, for example.

As for the rest of it, Joe Biden is as much a car guy, as I am a ballerina. If Detroit has any sense at all, and any survival instinct at all, they will laugh Joe Biden out of the joint. The trouble of course is that the attraction of free money provided by an unwilling taxpayer is far too great for common sense to prevail…

Eric Florack on September 5th, 2022
I have often stated that our concept of Rights is a cultural one. I think this can be best explained with a parallel.

The laws of science, are not laws in a very real sense. They cannot dictate what happens in the real world, they are interpretations of what man sees in the world.

By the same token then, when Thomas Jefferson wrote about the new American culture and its belief that all men are created equal, Etc., he was reflecting the culture’s observation based belief of what is.

It is at this point that a certain amount of pragmatism enters my argument, with the observation that cultures that recognize those basic rights have a tendency to do better in the world than those that do not.

I will expand on this as time allows

Eric Florack on September 5th, 2022

Telling us what we already knew, the Washington Examiner reports:



The critics were not just ignored, they were also maligned by a vicious cabal of politicians, news media personalities, and education professionals, most notably American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. The critics were called monsters and “grandma killers.” They were accused of not “trusting” the science.

“Children are resilient,” the pro-closure camp smugly asserted. (No, it’s not that children are resilient. It’s that they don’t yet have the words to describe the ways in which you are harming them.)

Now, a little more than two years after the pandemic first came to America, new data confirm the mass school closures, which, by the way, Democratic politicians and teachers’ unions enforced with a religious fever even long after the restrictions were shown to be little more than superstitious hocus-pokery, caused serious harm to young students. “American students’ test scores plunge to levels unseen for decades,” the Washington Post reported on Sept. 1. “Test scores in elementary school math and reading plummeted to levels unseen for decades,” the report reads , citing the first “nationally representative report comparing student achievement from just before the pandemic to performance two years later.”


Remember, these are the same people who killed off your jobs, completely trashed your 401ks, have failed in more instances than I can relate here to uphold the law, while spending millions of dollars over the last 5 years on a political vendetta.

Eric Florack on September 4th, 2022