Hidin’ Biden’s Sidekick


Becca Lower has a post over at Red State that asks these questions—

“Where’s Kamala Harris?” Surely she wasn’t practicing up for her sole debate against Vice President Pence in early October. Notice that the media was completely consumed with defending Biden’s AWOL act — and no one was asking about his running mate’s whereabouts. Why the lid for Harris, too?

Harris is a weak candidate who dropped out without receiving a single caucus or primary vote was cast. Given that she was so off-putting that she couldn’t gin up a following among core Democrat voters last year, it’s not surprising that the Democrats want to keep her hidden from the public.

OTOH, if the Democrats win this November, the probability of Harris becoming President sometime the next term is essentially 1.000. That being the case, the voters would be better served if Harris replaces Biden in the debates with Trump.

A Note on Professionalism


One of the things that I learned from my training as an Army officer is that amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

—Hunter S. Thompson

Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln. War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.

—Carl von Clausewitz

UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about Louisville here.

UPDATE 2—UPDATE 3—It’s being reported that a second police officer has been shot by the rioters in Louisville.

UPDATE 4—The Louisville Metro Police Department has issue a statement with the following information around midnight ET:

One officer is stable and alert.
The other officer is in surgery but stable.
Both appear to have suffered non life-threatening injuries
A suspect is in custody.

Speaking Truth to Power


I’m so old I remember when it was fashionable for those on the left to favor non-violent protest. Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, and Desmond Tutu were honored by the Left as heroic figures because they engaged in speaking truth to power rather than violent revolution.

Fashions change.

These days, it may seem the Left has taken Noam Chomsky’s analysis to heart—power knows the truth already and is busy concealing it—but I don’t believe that’s what’s motivating them. Given the Left’s move from liberalism to marxism, their worldview is no longer centered on truth. Instead, it is all about power. Truth has become, if not irrelevant, their enemy.

The Left is now speaking shouting power at truth.

The Left fails to understand is that there is nothing more powerful than Truth in the long run. They have chosen poorly.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The TKPOTD for four years ago today gave an accounting of Team Kimberlin’s LOLsiuits as of that date.

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All of these cases have some things in common:

Kimberlin v. Walker, et al.; Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. (I) (aka RICO Madness); Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. (II) (aka RICO Retread); Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. (I) (aka RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo); Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams LLP, et al. (II) (aka RICO 2 Retread); Schmalfeldt v. Hoge, et al. (I) (aka LOLsuit I); Hoge v. Schmalfeldt counterclaims (aka LOLsuit II); Schmalfeldt v. Johnson, et al. (aka LOLsuit III); Schmalfeldt v. Hoge, et al. (II) (aka LOLsuit IV); Schmalfeldt v. Grady, et al. (I) (aka LOLsuit V); Schmalfeldt v. Grady, et al. (II) (aka LOLsuit VI); and Schmalfeldt v. Grady, et al. (III) (aka LOLsuit VII).

Each was accompanied by great forecasts of doom for the defendants. Every time any motion or ruling went in the favor of the plaintiff, there were expansive claims made concerning the expected victory by the plaintiff. And the defendants won every single one of ’em.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

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We can add Kimberlin v. Breitbart Holdings, et al. (aka RICO 2), Kimberlin v. McConnell, et al. (aka Supreme Nonsense), and Schmalfeldt v. Grady, et al. (IV) (aka LOLsuit VIII: Avoiding Contact) to the win column for defendants.

Q’pala!

Meanwhile, no one over at the It’s Time 2020 operation seems to have noticed any significant news relating to the November election. As of 8 pm Sunday evening, there have been no new tweet from the @itstime_2020 account since 15 September, and there doesn’t seem to be anything posted on the itstime2020 dot org website after 28 August.

In Re Threats


The usual suspects are threatening riot or war if the President discharges his duty under the Constitution to nominate an associate justice to fill the current vacancy on the court and/or if the Senate acts to vote on its advice and consent on the nominee before the election.

As for those of us in flyover country—

A Job Opening


There’s a vacancy on the Supreme Court because of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I could join in the analysis, but while I was getting a good night’s sleep, Bookworm Room put up a post that says pretty much what I think about the situation. I’ll add these few thoughts:

I believe that the President should nominate a new justice to the court quickly and that the Senate should confirm the new justice expeditiously, before the election. The court should be intact in case it is called upon to handle election recount issues similar to Bush v. Gore. Joe Biden could try to take that issue off the table by promising not to engage in the kind of vote harvesting and election theft the Democrats are obviously planning for this November, but it would be foolish for President Trump and Senator McConnell to trust such a promise. The President and the Senate should act to eliminate the possibility of a 4-4 decision by the Court.

Or maybe not. The court is now 5-3. The Chief Justice might be a reliable vote if he is concerned about the Democrats’ threats to engage in court packing.

Things are about to get interesting.

Bad Science and Even Worse Theology


The Federalist reports that Nancy Pelosi wants to keep churches closed. When asked to comment on her archbishop’s statement that the state and local governments’ restrictions on worship violate the First Amendment, the Speaker said,

With all due respect to my Archbishop, I think we should follow science on this. And again with faith and science, sometimes they’re countered to each other.

Mrs. Pelosi is wrong in multiple ways in her statement. First, there is less science involved the medical response to the Wuhan virus pandemic than many people imagine. Good medicine, like good engineering, uses scientific knowledge and principles to the extent they are available and applicable to the case at hand, but sometimes a new problem must be dealt with without existing good scientific knowledge available. Guesswork based on experience may or may not give an optimal solution, and some guesses will be wrong. Today’s news about Nashville’s wrongheaded response in closing certain business is just one example of how fallible public health officials, mayors, and governors have been. Continuing to act as if a failed hypothesis is correct in bad science.

Second, while her invocation of science is bad science, her theology is even worse. Without exception, apparent contradictions between what we think we understand from science and theology wind up being caused by a lack of clear understanding of what one or both of them are trying to tell us—or from asking one of them to answer questions about which it has no answers. Science tells us how. Religion tells us why. (See the posts under the Science and the Bible tab in the menu above for more on this point.)

Third, her due respect for the pastoral authority of her Archbishop requires that she submit to his spiritual leadership. If she can not or will not, she has a limited range of options. She can go full Karen and speak with his manager. The Pope would probably take her phone call. (Come to think of it, she might even get support from Pope Francis.) Her other honest choice is to leave the Catholic Church. I expect she will do neither.

The voters of San Francisco are getting what they voted for. Good and hard.

Biden Voters v. Trump Voters


Various sites around the Interwebz are using the term “Biden voters” to describe the thugs engaging in BLM and Antifa rioting. I have another post about why I think this is not a strictly accurate term.

OTOH, there seem to be a large number of folks in the country who have been mugged by reality, but when they tried to call the cops, they found that they were on their own. Nearly 5,000,000 of them have now become gun owners, and lots of them are in swing states. Almost a quarter of a million in Pennsylvania, for instance. That’s resulted a significant increase in the percentage of households with firearms. With that in mind, consider these maps.As a first guess, let’s assume that the 80/20 rule applies and that roughly 4,000,000 new voters are now associated with map on the right. That would tend to sustain Trump’s majorities in the rust belt states, and it would tend to flip Minnesota and Virginia to Trump. It could also produce a shift in the popular vote that would wipe out the 2016 gap.

Don’t get cocky or go off half-cocked.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


This spring and summer there have a large number of criminal cases thrown out by prosecutors who seemed to be acting to protect violent criminals who happen to be connected to causes or individuals favored by those prosecutors. There’s nothing new under the Sun. This episode of Blognet first ran six years ago today.

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BlognetTitleCardMUSIC: Theme. Intro and fade under.

NARRATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

MUSIC: Up, then under …

NARRATOR: You’re a Detective Sergeant. You’re assigned to Internet Detail. A group of bloggers has been writing about the activities of a paroled domestic terrorist and his associates. He, in turn, had been seen stalking some of those bloggers, and photographs related to that stalking had been posted on the Internet. Your job … connect the dots.

MUSIC: Up then under …

ANNOUNCER: Blognet … the documented drama of an actual case. For the next few minutes, in cooperation with the Twitter Town Sheriff’s Department, you will travel step by step on the side of the good guys through an actual case transcribed from official files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Blognet is the story of the good guys in action.

MUSIC: Up and out. Continue reading

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign


I live in a neighborhood that’s next to a college campus, so the incidence of Democrats on our street is significantly higher than in the rest of rural Maryland. Even so, there are fewer Black Lives Matter yard signs than I would have suspected and only one Biden sign. My drive to the undisclosed location where Stacy McCain I do our Saturday podcast takes me through about 40 or 50 miles of rural Maryland (and perhaps other states depend on the exact route I take on any given day). During my drive on the Saturday before the Democrats’ convention, I saw two Biden signs. On the Saturday after the Democrats’ convention, one of them was gone. Last Saturday, both yards had Trump signs.

Well, rural Maryland (and the rural areas in surrounding states) voted for Trump in 2016, so it’s no surprise he’s doing well there this year.

OTOH, I was surprised when a friend from Prince George’s County told me he’s seeing more Trump signs than Biden signs in his neighborhood and surprisingly few Biden signs around that county. Hillary Clinton pulled 88 % of the vote in PG County in 2016. I doubt that Trump would carry PG county, but a 50 % turnout by unenthusiastic Democrats could take over 150,000 votes away from Biden. If Montgomery Count and Baltimore are similarly unenthusiastic and if Trump voters turn out in rural and suburban precincts, Trump might carry the state by more than the margin of theft.

Fasten your seatbelt. Things are going to get bumpier.

Don’t Know Much About History


The Trump Administration has brokered a deal normalize diplomatic and economic relations between Kosovo and Serbia. As anyone who can remember what was happening in the Balkans during the 1990s and the first years of this century can remember, this is a big deal. It appears that much of the press is too young to remember and/or too poorly educated in recent history to understand the importance of these two countries coming to terms with each other. That ignorance was demonstrated by the White House press corps during this afternoon’s briefing—and Richard Grenell called them out on their lack of knowledge. The question which triggered his comment begins at about 37:46 in the video. You can use the slider at the bottom of the video to cut to the chase.

Grenell: It’s really a crisis in journalism, and I think it’s because people are too young to understand issues like Kosovo and Serbia. How about a substantive question?

Reporter: I don’t think any of us came here for a lecture about our questioning.

Well, kid, do your job right, and you won’t need to be corrected.

Yes, In One Sense It’s Donald Trump’s America


And Donald Trump’s America contains the following:

Kate Brown’s Oregon which contains
Ted Wheeler’s Portland

Jay Insee’s Washington which contains
Jenny Durkan’s Seattle

Gavin Newsom’ California which contains
Eric Garcetti’s Los Angeles and
London Breed’s San Francisco

J. B. Pritzker’s Illinois which contains
Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago

Andrew Cuomo’s New York which contains
Bill de Blasio’s New York City

Tony Evers’ Wisconsin which contains
John Antaramian’s Kenosha

In fact, Trump’s America contains 50 states with thousands of their own political subdivisions over which the President of the United States has no direct control of local affairs—but the local elected officials should. Whether local officials do or not exercise control or whether they are effective or not is generally not a federal question.

Restraint, So Far


On Saturday, leftist rioters in Portland murdered a counter protester. The victim Aaron Danielson was with the conservative group called Patriot Prayer. This morning, The Oregonian is reporting

Groups or individuals seeking to retaliate didn’t materialize Sunday despite chatter online and concerns aired by Portland officials earlier in the day.

Now why would that be? Given the failure of the local prosecutor to go after the protestors who have terrorized the city for months, why haven’t we seen a violent outburst from some rightwing group?

I believe the reason is that groups such as Patriots Prayer believe in the rule of law, that they expect the police to arrest a murder suspect, and that they expect that even the pro-rioter DA will draw the line at murder and prosecute the crime. I believe the people of Portland are waiting to see if justice will be done.

I wouldn’t want to be in Portland if the DA declines to prosecute the case.

UPDATE—These days, I wouldn’t want to be in Portland. Period.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Congresscritter Adam Schiff has claimed that Russia has infiltrated the Black Lives Matter movement as a way of getting President Trump reelected. Speaking with Dana Bash on CNN, he said—

In terms of what we can expect from the Russians and what the Russians are doing, the Russian four years ago, Dana, exploited Black Lives Matter. They set up their own false flags online to try and divide people on racial lines. They are, once again, doing their best in social media, in their overt media, and other means to grow these divisions.

I guess the polling data really shows that the riots have backfired on the Democrats.