… but the bartender doesn’t know how to make a Cuba libre.
Facebook is promoting a documentary series called 9 Months with Courteney Cox—This is yet another reason to avoid Facebook.
… another statement “appears to be inaccurate.”
Legal Insurrection has a post up about one of the ways the Democrats are trying to rewrite history before the ink has dried on the scribblings of their few remaining print outlets.
Fresh off of their efforts to rewrite their history of supporting the Defund the Police movement, Democrats have moved on to trying to revise another aspect of their history: Their opposition to voter ID.
The Legal Insurrection piece quotes House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) as saying, “We are always for voter ID,” and “I have never been opposed to voter ID.” Of course, it doesn’t take much google-fu to find videos of them and other Democrats opposing voter ID requirements with claims that it’s the most destructive assault on voting rights since Jim Crow.
At the rate they’re flip-flopping, it’ll soon going to be hard to remember whether we’ve always been at war with EastAsia or not.
In the general course of human nature, a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
Found on The Twitterz—
If you think it’s easier to buy a gun than to vote, you’re so detached from Reality that you qualify as crazy.
The last time I voted, I didn’t have to complete an ATF Form 4473 under penalty of perjury, nor did I have to submit to an FBI background check in order to receive my ballot.
And I have family members in Chicago who don’t even have to be alive to vote.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
If the average family drives a car that gets 22 mi/gal (the current fleet average) and lives only a couple of miles from a grocery store, then 16 cents should just cover the increase in the cost of the gas needed to drive to the store and back home. I suppose we should expect more of the same in the economic pipeline.
Is it 2025 yet?
The Democrats and the Main Stream Media (but I repeat myself) have assured us that our election systems are fair, secure, and unhackable.
Item: The Mariposa County elections folks have announced that they will replace all of the tabulating equipment subpoenaed by the State Senate’s audit because it may have have been compromised.
Item: The New York City elections folks have admitted that they “accidentally” counted 135,000 “test” ballots in their recent primary.
Item: The California Legislature has passed and Governor Newsom has signed a law changing the rules for the Governor’s upcoming recall election to reduce the time his opponents have to campaign against him.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen, and I intend to enjoy some popcorn as I watch things unfold. Click on the image on the left to stock up from Amazon.
UPDATE—The Supreme Court’s ruling today in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee supporting Arizonia’s laws regulating the time, place, and manner for voting certainly makes the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Georgia’s new voting laws appear to be even more frivolous.
Why, yes, prices do seem to be rising a bit faster than they did over past few years.
I’m about as liberal as your grandmother.
—Joe Biden, 1974
Democrat politicians and pundits have been all-in on the position that requiring photo ID for voting is racist. The support their position is overwhelming in certain zip codes, but the vast majority of voters support photo ID for voting—even most black and other minority Democrats support voter ID (roughly 3:1).
It appears that some Democrat pols are beginning to understand that opposition to voter ID isn’t playing well with independent voter or their own base outside of Twitter. Stacy Abrams, for example, wants us to believe that she’s never been against voter ID.
OTOH, the big money comes from those few zip codes, so it’s important to please those donors, but the votes … ah, there’s the rub. While the 2020 election may have been a pilot run for the use of technology to manage electoral outcomes, it clear that the Democrats’ system still has some bugs, and appeal to actual voters may still be necessary for some time to come.
How can you thank a man for giving you what’s already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what’s already yours?
How can anyone read history and still trust politicians?
… but I believe the Battle of the Bulge is an apt historical analogy to some things happening now.
There’s a post over at the Federalist with polling data about the lack of support for teaching critical race theory in the Loudon and Fairfax County schools. The parents’ opposition to CRT in those counties is not unique; indeed, most parents in most jurisdictions oppose inflicting CRT on their children. So why are so many school districts in such a rush to add it to their curricula?
I believe that they’re doing it for the same reason that the Democrats in the House and Senate are trying to jam as much of their wish through as quickly as possible, even if they have to get rid of rules that that they normally value when they can use them to protect their own interests. Their present tactical situation is analogous to that faced by Field Marshal von Rundstedt in January, 1945.
The Democrats’ breakthrough in the 2020 presidential election achieved a level of surprise not unlike von Rundstedt’s breakthrough in the Ardennes. However, the Democrats’ failure to secure adequate victories in state and local elections and their razor thin margins in Congress have left them overextended and unsupported much like Army Group B found itself as the battle progressed.
Von Rundstedt’s attack disrupted the Allied advance, but he didn’t make it all the way to Antwerp. The Democrats’ winning the presidency is disrupting the economic and regulatory advances of the previous four years, but they are unlikely to make to 2023 in control of either house of the Congress.
Blue states are losing House seats. The Democrats aren’t going to control reapportionment. Many Leftists can see that the 2022 election will likely flip both the House and the Senate back to Republican control. The next two years may be the Left’s last chance to enact items from their wish lists, and they seem ready to offend enough voters to guarantee their defeat in 2022 to pass those laws and regulations.
Half-baked planning led to half-baked results at the polls. Inadequate legislative control led to desperation. Desperation is leading to overreach.
The next couple of years are likely to be very ugly.
UPDATE—A minor edit to spread the blame. (H/T, @SumEgroMonstro)
The Gentle Reader may remember the pointage, laughery, and mockification that resulted for Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) asking an admiral if the Navy might cause the island of Guam to capsize if too many personnel were stationed there. Earlier this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked the associate deputy chief of the Forest Service a question about climate change.
I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM, you want very much to work on the issue of climate change.
I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there’s been significant solar flare activity. And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate.
The usual suspects saw what they thought was an opportunity, and they pounced.
However, there is a significant difference between the two incidents. Johnson was asking his question in all seriousness. Gohmert’s question was framed to make the rhetorical point that the Sun probably has a greater effect on the Earth’s climate than anything the Forest Service might do.
Remind me. Which is the party of Science?
Gentle Reader, do you have a sense of déjà vu about the economy? CNBC reports that the Consumer Price Index rose 0.8 % during May. That works out to an annual rate of 5.3 %, the highest since August, 2008.
Gasoline prices are up 56.2 % over a year ago, and used car and truck prices are up 28.5 %.
Uh, no. Nationalizing elections would open the gates to the barbarians on the coasts and allow them to storm into the civilized center of the country.
He said, “I will continue that focus and support policy initiatives to improve Americans’ physical and mental heath.”
Susan Crabtree has an article over at RCP titled Group of Tech Execs Takes On Social Media Censorship. It takes a look at what may be going on behind the scenes in Silicon Valley related to Facebook’s recent uncensoring of discussion about the possibility of a lab leak being the source of the recent pandemic from the point of view of Mike Matthys, a venture capital executive. She also cites Matthys’ criticism of Facebook’s censorship relating to a Wall Street Journal review of a book on climate change, YouTube’s suppression of a video about the efficacy of masks and lockdowns by Gov. DeSantis and physicians from Stanford and Harvard, and an attempt by Reps. Eshoo (D-CA) and McNerney (D-CA) to pressure media companies.
[P]olitically biased censorship only further fuels widespread mistrust in the media writ large – especially when they suddenly reverse course and lift bans on certain narratives that subsequent evidence shows weren’t crackpot ideas at all.
Many of the Titans of Tech have become intoxicated with their success to date. They’ve become legends in their own minds, and that has led them to overreach. Hubris invariably attracts Nemesis.
Hogewash! is very tiny slice of the overall media pie, but it has been the a victim of social media censorship. In 2015, my blog and I were banned from Twitter because truthful reporting was deemed to be targeted harassment. That was very early in Twitter’s campaign to control The Narrative, and the company wound up restoring one of my accounts. However, Twitter has applied some of the lessoned learned dealing with accounts like mine to refine their censorship methods and try to keep them within the Section 230 safe harbor.
About a year ago, I began receiving emails and comments saying that Facebook was not permitting users to post links to Hogewash! because this site violated Facebook’s “community standards.” Given Facebook’s behavior with regard to free speech, I took that as a badge of honor, and late in 2020, I closed my own Facebook account. Last month, I received an email from one of the Gentle Readers with a copy of a notice he received when he tried to link to a post at Hogewash!. This notice gave a more specific reason for banning links to Hogewash!—it claimed this site is a source of spam.
I have asked Facebook to provide me with any evidence they have connecting this site with spam by close of business today.
The recent employment report was expected to show around a million new jobs. Only around a quarter of a million were created. The Consumer Price Index for April rose 4.2 %, even greater than the expected 3.6 % inflation.
And in other news, the Xiden administration wants to dump multiple trillions of deficit spending into the economy.
Carter’s second term is beginning to look like the best case scenario.
I wonder how badly the values of my 401k and IRA will be hit.
Different states have taken different approaches in dealing with the Wuhan Virus Pandemic. Some states have operated based on a working hypothesis that said extensive lockdowns, prolonged masking, and the like would provide better outcomes than states which began returning to normal life more quickly.
The various experiments have been run, the differing hypotheses tested.
Texas began reopening fairly early and reported no deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday.
Maryland, a smaller state which has followed a middle course, reported 3 Covid deaths for Sunday.
New York, which has taken one of the most restrictive approaches, reported 35 Covid deaths for Sunday.
The Gentle Reader may form his own conclusions as to which, if any, hypothesis has been shown false.
Governor Ron DeSantis has selected Christina Pushaw to be his new press secretary.
The Gentle Reader may remember that Ms. Pushaw has been attacked with a bogus peace order petition by Rebekah Jones. Jones was annoyed by Ms. Pushaw’s well-document reporting about Jones’ false claim to be a whistleblower.
This is the year for the next round of Brood X cicadas in the DC area. They’re not exactly a genuine plague of locusts, but are they a warning of things to come if Congress and the Administration continue on their present path?
Charles C. W. Cooke has a good summary post up at NRO that explains why the conspiracy theories being spun by Rebekah Jones are bunk. More people are starting to catch on to her scam.
Eventually, though, her luck is going to run out. And when it does, no amount of flailing or distraction is going to prevent the bills from coming due.
Yep. It may take a while, but everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.