Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This site isn’t the only one on the Interwebz which has poked fun at Team Kimberlin. The TKPOTD for seven years ago reposted this—

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Kimberlin Unmasked [dead link] posted this on Saturday.KU20150110Yes, that’s an interesting connection.

Hmmmmm.

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I miss the cockroach.

Today at The Supremes

I listened to the oral argument in the OSHA mandate cases today. I’m in a bit of a quandary about how to comment. (Before I go any further, let me remind the Gentle Reader that I am not a lawyer; I’m an engineer, and I’m not your engineer.) As multiple commentators have pointed out, Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan made several factual statement that were simply wrong. It is possible for vaccinated individuals to catch and spread covid. There aren’t now—nor has there be across the entire pandemic—100,000 acute pediatric cases. The omicron variant is not deadlier than the delta.

I suppose it is possible that being kept in a bubble by handler/clerks could explain a certain level of ignorance, but when the cat’s so far out of the bag even outlets such as NPR are having to begin truthful reporting, it’s hared to imagine those justice really believe what they were saying.

If they do believe what they said, that’s kinda scary.

If they don’t believe it and said it anyway, that’s even scarier.

UPDATE—Typo corrected.

Covid 1, Biden 0

During the 2020 campaign, Joe Xiden said he knew how to shutdown the Wuhan virus and that he would do it. This week, His Fraudulency took his L and walked away from the fight. He told the nation’s governors there is “no federal solution” to Covid and pushed the problem off on them.

It turns out the only clothes our would-be emperor has is a mask, and it’s only for show.

DO Know Much About the French I Took

Matt Margolis has a post over at PJ Media about the results of a Rasmussen survey that shows that 75% of Americans believe that there are only two genders. Well, if they’re French speakers, they’re correct. If they are English speakers, they are wrong.

In the English language there are four genders: masculine/he, feminine/she, neuter/it, and indefinite/he (informal)/one (formal). In English, gender follows biological sex for animate beings.

There are only two sexes, and sex is not the same thing as gender—not even in the Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary.

Their Democratic Republic

Bernie Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper the following on “State of the Union” last Sunday—

I hope that we will bring a strong bill to the floor of the Senate as soon as we can and let Mr. Manchin explain to the people of West Virginia why he doesn’t have the guts to stand up to the powerful special interests.

What Bernie misses is that the special interest group whose interest Joe Manchin is protecting is the voters of West Virginia—and that what he’s protecting is his constituents desire to keep their state’s sovereignty and its republican form of government as guaranteed by the Constitution. I’ll bet Joe Manchin is looking forward to explain to the people of West Virginia how he’s been standing up for their special interests.

 

Just a Thought

I’ve seen a lot of noise on the Interwebz from Democrat politicians and media types (but I repeat myself) claiming that they know what is better for the citizens of West Virginia than Joe Manchin. They should put their careers where their mouths are, move to West Virginia, and run against him in the next primary. He isn’t up for reelection until 2024, so there’s plenty of time for someone such as Ilhan Omar to work to build a following in the state.

Another Preliminary Injunction

Another federal district court has enjoined the Xiden Administration from enforcing one of its lawless mandates. Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk has issued the following order in Texas v. Becerra

The Court ORDERS that Defendants are preliminarily enjoined from the implementation and enforcement of 86 Fed. Reg. 61,555 (Nov. 5, 2021), the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination,” against any and all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers within the State of Texas pending a trial on the merits of this action or until further order of this Court. Defendants shall immediately cease all implementation or enforcement of the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period as to any Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers within the State of Texas. Using the same methodology set forth in the Court’s previous Preliminary Injunction Hearing and Order, Defendants shall provide “notice” to all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers located in Texas that the CMS Mandate will not be implemented or enforced.

Good.

For The Times They Are A-Changin’

San Francisco Democrat Mayor London Breed announced a crackdown on crime on Tuesday. The city has been overwhelmed with pervasive lawlessness encouraged by progressive politicians.

It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end. And it comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement … and less tolerant of all the bullshit that has destroyed our city.

Harry Callahan was unavailable for comment.

Covid Unmasked

I usually work out of my home office, but yesterday, I needed to test a piece of equipment in a lab at Goddard Space Flight Center. For months, masks have been required at Goddard in all indoor spaces when two or more people are in the same room. This rule was effective whenever Prince George’s County, Maryland, where Goddard is located, was tagged as red or orange for Covid infection rate by the CDC. Since May, Goddard was one of the very few places I have gone where a mask was required.

Yesterday, PG County had been recoded as blue by the CDC. That meant that vaccinated individuals were not required to wear masks at Goddard, so for the first time this year I saw the faces of most of my fellow workers on site.

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

Bench slaps are fairly rare in Supreme Court decisions, and it’s almost unheard of for one to be directed at a fellow justice. Justice Gorsuch wrote this in the majority opinion in Whole Women’s Health v. Texas.He was joined by Justices Kavanaugh, Barrett, and (for this part of the opinion) Thomas.

Ipse Dixit

Joe Xiden has signed an so-called Executive Order on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability requiring government agencies to do some difficult, if not impossible, things. For example,

Through a coordinated whole-of-government approach, the Federal Government shall use its scale and procurement power to achieve:

(ii)   100 percent zero-emission vehicle acquisitions by 2035, including 100 percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027 …

Really? I wonder what a zero-emission replacement for the M1 Abrams tank would be like. Oh, look. I’m not the only one who thought of that. As we get toward the end of the rather long document, we find this.

Sec. 602. Exemption Authority.  …
(b)  The head of an agency may exempt from the provisions of this order any vehicle, vessel, aircraft, or non-road equipment that is used in combat support, combat service support, military tactical or relief operations, or training for such operations or spaceflight vehicles, including associated ground-support equipment.

So when something like Air Force One or the The Beast (the President’s limo) has to work, a carbon-emitting power system can be used.

The order also requires moving to carbon-free or carbon-neutral buildings and electric power generation. While in mentions nuclear power in passing, the clear emphasis is on less reliable sources such as wind and solar; solar is especially unreliable at night. Even if the power grid can be restructured around such sources, most non-electric light sources are carbon-emitters. (Q: What did the socialist use before candles? A: Electricity)

Is it 2025 yet?

More Dust Biting

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction placing the Xiden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors on hold. The injunction applies throughout the country.

Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that Defendants are ENJOINED, during the pendency of this action or until further order of this Court, from enforcing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Is This Why Democrats Hate Ron DeSantis?

The Babylon Bee has a story up headlined Bob Dole Switches To Democrat Party, and I have joked that my late father-in-law (who lived in Cook County, Illinois) never voted for a Democrat while he was alive. It’s a running gag that we elderly folks all become Democrat voters when we receive our death certificates.

If Florida’s declining Covid death rate is depriving the Democrats of so many new voters, it’s no wonder the Democrats hate Governor DeSantis.

Listening to the Supremes

I was able to listen to most of the oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health this morning. Upon reflection, I have the following comments—

Justice Thomas posed two important questions which I don’t believe were properly answered. First, where is a right to an abortion found in the Constitution? Second, could a women who uses illegal drugs before her baby is viable and thereby causes injury to the child be charged with child abuse?

Justice Sotomayor’s comparison of a child in utero with a brain dead person was bizarre. And ghastly.

It seems clear how Justices Thomas, Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor will vote.

Based on what I heard, I suspect the remaining four justices will vote with Thomas and Alito to put an end to Roe v. Wade, but I’m not sure.

I suppose we’ll see in late June.

Political Smash and Grab

The Democrats have managed to build a majority. However, it’s a majority of voters who oppose the Build Back Better tax-and-spend scam.

I’ve been writing since the first of the year about the Democrats’ panic resulting from their unexpectedly poor performance in the down-ballot races in 2020. With their prospects for 2022 looking even worse, the Democrats have tried and mostly failed to get as much of their wishlist passed before they lose control of both houses of Congress, and the Xiden Administration has promulgated a series of lawless regulations. Fortunately, the courts still seem to be in the business of upholding our laws and the Constitution.

At the state and local level, the Democrats’ overreach over the past two years on a range of issues from Covid lockdowns to school curricula been met with popular resistance.

Economic reality is beginning to set in, and Margret Thatcher’s Corollary to the Law of Thermodynamics (The problem with socialism is that it always runs out of other people’s money.) is at work.

Things are about to get even uglier. I expect a flurry of activity from the Democrats to grab as much as they can before they lose what control they still have. 2022 is going to be weird.