I Wish I Were Wrong


BLM thugs have murdered an eight-year-old girl because she was riding in a car that tried to enter a store parking lot where the terrorists had set up an illegal roadblock. The black-on-black violence occurred in Atlanta.

Some have said they are shocked by the crime. I’m not. I’ve been expecting something like it. The founder of BLM has said that they are trained marxists. If so, then their underlying worldview sees everything in terms of power struggles. If they want an omelette, they’ll break eggs. Hence, the body count in Antifastan (Seattle), Atlanta, and elsewhere.

The “Summer of Love” is turning out to be deadly. There are times when I wish things would not go as I’ve foreseen.

Readjusting the Overton Window


The Overton Window is the range of ideas which are considered acceptable for public consideration and debate. It moves around as the climate of public opinion changes.

President Trump’s speech at Mt. Rushmore was an attempt to move the window upward to include a more respectful view of the Enlightenment principles generally held by the Founding Fathers and away from the Postmodern Neo-marxist worldview underpinning much of the turbulence in America these days. I hope he was successful. I’m not sure that he was. Oh, he did a fine job of rallying the people who already agree with him, but he was preaching to the choir.

Let me extend that metaphor a bit. I’m not sure how effective he was as an evangelist, one who brings good news to the unconverted. There are a large number of Americans who have come to believe the marxist fallacy that everything can be defined as a power struggle among various identity groups, and that someone else’s is the result of privilege and oppression. They want what they see as their turn controlling the levers of power, and many of them are willing to tear down the current system in order to change things.

What many of them don’t understand is the difference between the ideals of the American Revolution and so many others—the people have granted power to the government so it may serve them not rule over them. Those who wish to be change things so that they can become part a new ruling class need to look at the history of those other revolutions. Only a few of the revolutionaries become part of the nomenklatura, and even fewer make it into the Inner Party. The rest become the proles in a failing society.

The good news these folks need to hear is that the American Revolution produced a melting pot society where everyone’s positive contribution has a chance to prosper. It’s not a perfect society, but it’s the best humanity has come up with to date. Events such as the Minneapolis riots or the failure of Antifastan in Seattle are hitting some with a dose of Reality that may show them the folly of their worldview.

It will be interesting to see how they react.

Meanwhile, I hope President’s speech successfully framed some of the questions to be considered by the public between now and the Third of November.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


The Democrats’ official party Twitter account sent this tweet—
The rally referred to in the tweet is a fireworks display at Mr. Rushmore on Independence Day. They took it down, but not before it was archived.

So now, the Democrats are on record saying that celebrating the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July is an act of white supremacy.

Thomas Jefferson was unavailable for comment,

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin’s only real footprint on the Internet is on sites such as Hogewash! which tell the truth about him. None of his attempts at generating a web presence of his own have been successful. The TKPOTD for five years ago today took a look at the comments, or rather the lack of comments, he had been able to generate at the velvetrevolution dot us website. (That not-for-profit is now called Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.)

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Every once in a while, I take a look at the various Kimberlin websites to see what, if any, influence he may be having. I noticed this at the Velvet Revolution US site.VRUScomments20150530No one has made any comments to the featured posts. Indeed, scrolling down the front page, I found that none of the posts had any comments.

It seems that the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin is having about as much success in the marketplace of ideas as he is in the courts of law.

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You’d think that with the current controversy over vote-by-mail there would be some activity over at the protectourelections dot org website, but nothing new has been posted for almost three months.

Hmmm.

A Similarity and a Difference


Both the 1972 and 2016 presidential elections were plagued with irregularities committed by persons associated with the party that was in the White House during the election.

However, IIRC none of the criminal acts committed during the 1972 election (as opposed to the 1973/74 coverup) were perpetrated by currently serving law enforcement officials.

Who Wants To Go To Work?


I don’t especially want to go to work. I’m doing just fine, sitting in my office at home and telecommuting. As long as I keep getting paid with money that has sufficient purchasing power in the economy, I’d just as soon not have to drive to someone else’s office to do what I can to across the hall from my kitchen. (And my coffee is better than the Folger’s junk that seems to infest so many workplace coffee pots.)

Looking around the neighborhood, I can see several other professionals who have moved their work into their homes and who are continuing to do well economically. Other neighbors aren’t doing so well. They normally engage in businesses, trades, and professions that require close one-on-one interactions with people. Some of them haven’t earned anything for weeks.

Gentle Reader, can you guess which group is more favorably disposed to reopening the economy quickly?

On the leading edge of the Wuhan virus pandemic, most Americans were willing to put up with some significant disruptions in their personal lives in order to protect the public health. There really was a sense of “we’re in this all together,” but that has dissipated as people who want to feed their families are told by a governor that they can’t buy seeds to plant in their gardens because of a virus lockdown. Another governor’s sending Covid19-infected patients to old folks’ homes has not increased the public’s trust in government’s competence either. Thus, we have a large group of Americans who are wanting to and are ready to go back to work—and who are losing or have lost patience with the “experts.”

Meanwhile, those of us doing “essential” work have been paid all along—at least so far—but now, the lack of tax revenue is eating away the ability of many states and localities to make payroll. Oh, and advertising is now down, resulting in media layoffs. It may be that some of the less protected members of the “essentials” may begin to favor reopening the economy as well.

So, who is still in favor of broad, non-targeted lockdowns? Cui bono?

That should be an interesting topic for research by a good investigative reporter.

You know, I once saw a movie about investigative reporters. The line in the film that helped them put their big story together was the advice, “Follow the money.” I’ll bet that would be good advice for this story.

Why Would Adam Schiff Be Panicking?


Now that actual evidence is coming to light, more of the the behind the scenes activities and on camera lies of certain individuals is coming to light. The whole Russia Collusion Hoax was just that—a hoax—and its perpetrators are being exposed.

There never was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or any other foreign state or entity. This exchange from the December, 2017, interview of Andrew McCabe by the House Select Committee on Intelligence show a typical response to a “what evidence did or do you have” question.Nada. Zilch. Zip.

The whole thing was a fraud.

Of course, Adam Schiff isn’t the first politician who has lied to the public, but his lies have had a much more adverse effect on our country than most. The voters of the 28th District in California own it to the rest of America to turn him out of office.

But loss of his job should be the least of his worries.

I Told You They Wouldn’t Like Their New Rules


And it’s obvious that Our Betters have no intention of being held to them. The mayor of Chicago ordered salons closed and then got her hair cut. The governor of Michigan signed  an order requiring social distancing as a dozen or so people crowded around her. The mayor of New York … oh, don’t let me get started on New York.

And now the supporters of #MeToo say they believe Tara Reade, but will vote for Joe Biden anyway. And Joe Biden is promising to rescind new Title IX rules requiring due process for those accused of sexual harassment while his supporters proclaim that he is entitled to due process himself.

It’s time to apply a couple of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

Our Betters need to live by same Rules they wish to impose on us, and we should be merciless in our mockery of their duplicity.

UPDATE—Glenn Reynolds writes over at Instapundit that “[e]lites today are too arrogant and entitled to compromise with those they see as beneath them.”

Everything Is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen


Sleepy Joe woke up early enough to be on Morning Joe today. Of course, he denied Tara Reade’s claims that he sexually harassed her.

Mika Brzezinski’s suggestion during the program that the matter could be cleared up by information in Biden’s senatorial papers held by the University of Delaware resulted in what has been described as a look a panic on his face. The DNC/Media complex are turning on Biden. They understand that he isn’t a viable candidate.

Joe Biden has served his purpose and is now expendable. The challenge from the Bernie Sanders/AOC wing of the party has been turned back, and now the Inner Party can select the candidate they will put forward for the fall campaign. Thus far, the only agreement among the majority of Inner Party members is that Biden must go. The factions haven’t coalesced around anyone else yet, and they may not. They may wind up fighting all the way to the convention floor.

I don’t yet foresee how the Inner Party will manage the reaction of the Outer Party and Outer Party Wannabes. (Most of the Bernie Bros are really proles.) Things are about become interesting.

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And In Other News …


… there are things happening that aren’t related to the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Perhaps the most significant political development over the past few days has been the release of FBI and DoJ paperwork, including handwritten notes, about the Flynn case and how that investigation was handled. At first blush, the documents seem to paint a picture of official corruption, suggesting not only that General Flynn should be exonerated, but that some government officials may deserve disbarment, jail time, and other sanctions.

The optics of the story aren’t good for the Deep State, but they could be even worse for the Democrats who are on the verge of nominating a key figure of the administration that corruptly used the Deep State for its political ends. The opposing sides campaign ads almost write themselves.

On The Other Podcast last Saturday I suggested that the smarter members the Democrat/Media/Deep State complex will use Tara Reade’s accusations against Joe Biden as the way to prevent his nomination (“See. We believe this woman.”) now that he’s served the purpose of stopping the Bernie Bros from seizing the party. The process has started; WaPo has published an opinion piece calling for Biden to address Ms. Reade’s claims. The coming fight for control of a brokered convention should be interesting to watch. I have no idea who will crawl out from under which rock and grab the nomination.

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Meanwhile, in Iran …


… the coronavirus pandemic appears to have spread to all regions of that country. The BBC has this video posted with footage from social media showing a morgue in the city of Qom full of dead bodies to be tested for the coronavirus.

Totalitarian societies such as China and Iran have not done well in their public health responses to the virus. Neither have most countries with socialize medicine, e.g., Italy. Could it be that part of the reason for Bernie’s burnout in the last few primaries is that too many Democrats gat hurt by changes in their health insurance under Obamacare, and that the prospect of having the same sort of system as China has caused them to reconsider giving the leadership of their part to a Socialist?

Hmmmm.

UPDATE—

The Morning After Stupor Tuesday


It looks as if Biden has taken the lead with 397 delegates, and Bernie is not far behind with 356. Fauxcahontas is in a distant third place with 48, but that still more than the 43 that Mini Mike was able to buy. The two dropouts, Mayor Pete and Klobuchar, have 26 and 7 respectively, and the least insane of the Democrats running, Tulsi Gabbard, has 1.

A side note about Sanders and Bloomberg: There’s an old line that says and honest politician is one who stays bought, meaning one who honors the “requests” of his significant “donors.” Bernie and Mini Mike seem to be pursuing what they hope is an honest electorate—one that will stay bought. The difference between the two is that Bernie is promising to use other peoples’ money while Mini Mike is also using quite a bit of his own.

Yep, everything is proceeding more or less as I have foreseen.

Stupor Tuesday


Tulsi Gabbard won a delegate which would have qualified her for the next debate under the old rules, so the DNC is already making noise about the rules changing.

Fauxcahontas came in third in her home state of Massachusetts.

Bernie finally got more than 50 % of the vote in a primary—in his home state of Vermont.

Biden appears to have beaten the 50 % mark in Virginia and Alabama.

The poll are just closing in California as I type this, and I’d rather get some sleep than pretend to be especially interested.

BTW, there were more voters in the Republican primaries than in the Democrat races in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I must confess that I’ve been bogged down in my Real World work life and haven’t paid much attention to The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin’s protectorelections dot org website of late. While I wasn’t looking, the site posted an article with original content (everything for the past year or so has been ripped off from other websites). The new article is dated 5 February, 2020, and it tries to spin the problems with the Democrats reporting app for the Iowa Caucus as a Russian hack.

Without evidence, the article proposes the following similarities between the Iowa debacle and an alleged Russian attack on an election in Ukraine:

  1. Malware and/or denial of services attack to delay and distort election results;

  2. Interference of election result transmission to central tabulators;

  3. Chaos that undermined vote counting and confidence in election results;

  4. Propaganda effort to blame delay on those who oppose pro-Russian candidate; (sic)

BTW, the authority cited for the alleged attack in Ukraine is empr dot media, an English-language Ukrainian “news” website hosted on the same server as breitbartunmasked dot com and greencasamaryland dot org. In 2017, Kimberlin changed the corporate name of Velvet Revoution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.

Of course, Protect Our Elections takes the position that the Russians favor Bernie in the Democratic primaries because they favor Trump in the fall.

In the case of Iowa, Russia wants chaos and wants to use that chaos to divide the Democrats.  Of all the major candidates, Russia wants Bernie Sanders to be the nominee against Trump so the false narrative being spun by Russia and Trump is that Joe Biden and the DNC caused this Iowa meltdown in order to deprive Sanders of his win there.  Clearly, in the case of the Iowa cyber catastrophe, the real beneficiaries are Russia, Trump and Sanders.  Although election officials are feverishly trying to spin the failure on a bad app rather than Russia, Americans need to understand that when Russia benefits from something, it likely has a hand in it.

And that’s supposed to make sense? Let me get this straight—Democratic party officials are trying to hide hacking by the Russians in the Iowa primary in order to help Russia and Trump in November.

Uh, huh.

If Kimberlin expects that kind of crackpot theory to generate more donations to Protect Our Elections, he should probably fix the PayPal link.

CPAC 2020, Day Two


There’s a lot of speechifying at CPAC, and some of it’s worth hearing, but I spend most of my time networking and developing background information for future posts. I spent most of my time today on the floor of the exhibit hall, on broadcast row (where talk radio outlets are set up doing interviews), and in the lobby bar. One recurring theme I heard today was about outreach to minority voters and especially about bring black voters back into the Republican party.

I live in a far suburb of DC which is in range of WCSP-FM, C-SPAN’s local FM station, so during the drive home this evening I was able to listen to President Trump’s speech at a rally in South Carolina. His opening seemed almost like a standup comedy routine; he was clearly having a good time with a friendly audience. Toward the end of the speech, he made a pitch targeted explicitly at black voters which he ended by reminding everyone that the Republicans are the party of Lincoln. The crowd, a South Carolina crowd, erupted in cheers and applause.

The Republican Party has changed since I was growing up in the ’50s.

And so has South Carolina.

CPAC 2020, Day One


The big deal of the day was a speech by Vice-President Pence. It was well received, and there’s lots of coverage about it elsewhere.

When I was involved in the pro audio equipment industry, I would sit at a table in the lobby bar of the convention hotel for various trade shows and buy drinks for other engineers, often from competitors. I picked up lots of useful trade information that way—and made some good friends as well. I do something similar at CPAC. I take a table in the Lobby Bar at the Gaylord Convention Center about an hour or so before they start serving, and as the place begins to fill up, I invite people to join me. Among the folks at or near my table this afternoon were several Republican political operatives, and their discussions about the relative pros and cons of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact were the most interesting things I heard today.

One group believes that the Compact would be beneficial to Republicans because it will create an additional incentive for Republican voters to turn out on election day, and these folks see that as being helpful for candidates down the ballot. I understand their reasoning, but I’m not convinced.

I pointed out that I expect Donald Trump to actually win the popular vote in November, but still lose California. The Compact won’t be in effect for this election, but the Democrats in the California legislature will be presented with a scenario that would have caused the state to gives its electoral votes to a candidate who a) didn’t win the state and b) is from the wrong party. If Trump wins the national popular vote and loses California in November, I’ve bet a bottle of scotch that the California legislature will vote to leave the Compact before the end of the year. One of the pro-compact guys told me that that couldn’t happen, that it was illegal, that there was no escape clause. However, the text of the compact explicitly says, “Any member state may withdraw from this agreement[.]”

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And stay tuned.