Things Are Getting Really, Really Creepy…

 

I had to fly to Boston this weekend to help my sister fix up her new house.  I almost didn’t make it back to work on Monday, because my flight was canceled at the last minute, and I had to buy another ticket on another airline, which was canceled, and so on.  I made it home eventually, and was less than amused to hear Pete Buttigieg’s statement about the rash of flight cancellations.  He said that if the airlines couldn’t fix this problem quickly, then government would be forced to step in.

Ok, so let’s see here.  So the government said that a pilot would not be allowed to work unless he had the COVID vaccine.  Many pilots chose not to do so, and were fired.  Which was fine, as long as nobody was traveling.  But once people started to travel again, the airlines couldn’t handle the passenger load because they had fewer pilots available.  Because they had fired them last year.  Because the government told them to.  And now, the government blames the airlines.

What’s most distressing about this is that it’s not even remarkable.  This is how leftism works.  Take a private industry that works.  Destroy it with regulations & taxes & accusations of improper behavior.  Then point out to the people that the government will take over this industry because, sadly, it doesn’t work for the people, the way our government does.  Joe Biden is doing that to the oil industry now:

The president also said that the U.S. has a chance to transition into using electric vehicles and renewable energy. He said his team would be sitting down with the CEOs of oil companies this week to find out “how they justify making $35 billion in the first quarter.”

Biden and Buttigieg are very openly saying to the oil and airline industries, “Gosh, that’s a nice business you got there.  It’d sure be a shame if something were to happen to it.”  And then the leftists who accused Trump of being a tyrant read about what Biden is doing and they yell, “Go get ’em, Joe!  Yeah!!!”

Meanwhile, the FBI just arrested a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan.  And searched his home.  Very publicly.

Meanwhile, a show trial is being broadcast by all the major networks, to help Democrats right before the mid-terms.

Meanwhile, even suspicion that one might not support Democrats can get people fined or fired from their jobs.  Even football coaches.

Meanwhile, questioning a very questionable election can get one removed from social media platforms.  The limits to free speech are growing rapidly, although only in one direction.

Meanwhile, government agencies that used to have very specific jobs, like the FBI and the CDC, are now clearly simply leftist organizations tasked with promoting the Democrat party.  But they’re still officially government agencies.

Meanwhile, our news media has completely abandoned any pretense of objectivity, saying “Fairness is over-rated“.  Our news media now openly acknowledges that their job is to destroy the Republican Party and to promote the policies of the Democrat party.

Add all this up.  Read all that again, if you can stand it.  Think of it all together, for just a moment.  You don’t have to connect the dots.  The dots connect themselves.

This is getting creepy.  Really, really creepy.

Holy crap.

Leftists tend to gain power through subtle attacks on society.  Once they have power, they tend to abandon subtlety.  I suspect that Leon Trotsky would suggest that we take these open threats as, well, as threats.

I’m really trying not to panic here.  But things are getting really, really creepy.

Holy crap…

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  1. Retail Lawyer Member
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    Great illustrations for a post about creepy things.

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  2. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Nothing that comes from this circus of clowns surprises me anymore.  I gotta wonder how many government geniuses it took to come up with Buttigieg’s  “plan”.  If he has 1,000 “roving” TSA agents to be used for future airport bottlenecks, how will they be transported to the affected airports (if there are multiple bottlenecks)?

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  3. Ekosj Member
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    And the airlines can’t quickly hire new pilots because in 2009 – after a horrific plane crash – government had to “do something!”   So they increased the hours of flight time to get a commercial license from 250 hrs to 1,500.   Now, the pilots in the 2009 crash had lots of flight time… over 2200 each.   But never mind … “do something!”

    In 2009, after a Colgan Air crash near Buffalo killed 50 people, Congress decided that airlines could only hire aspiring commercial pilots who already had lots of flight time. Instead of 250 hours, now they have to have 1,500 hours.

     …The sixfold increase wouldn’t have prevented the Colgan crash. Those pilots had many more than 1,500 hours of flight time. The pilot had 3,379 — the co-pilot, 2,244. That didn’t matter to the politicians. “We need to improve pilot training, address flight crew hours and service,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

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  4. Django Member
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    It appears to me that Mayor Pete couldn’t run a two-car funeral and yet some on the left think he should be the Demo-rat candidate in 2024. It would be funny in a sick sort of way if he were elected, adopted another kid, and took two months of p(m)aternity leave so his VP could run the country. Not that we’d miss him. 

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  5. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    And the airlines can’t quickly hire new pilots because in 2009 – after a horrific plane crash – government had to “do something!” So they increased the hours of flight time to get a commercial license from 250 hrs to 1,500. Now, the pilots in the 2009 crash had lots of flight time… over 2200 each. But never mind … “do something!”

    In 2009, after a Colgan Air crash near Buffalo killed 50 people, Congress decided that airlines could only hire aspiring commercial pilots who already had lots of flight time. Instead of 250 hours, now they have to have 1,500 hours.

    …The sixfold increase wouldn’t have prevented the Colgan crash. Those pilots had many more than 1,500 hours of flight time. The pilot had 3,379 — the co-pilot, 2,244. That didn’t matter to the politicians. “We need to improve pilot training, address flight crew hours and service,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

    It’s hard to tell what the Feds are doing these days.  The last I heard was that the cockpit crews were not “diverse” enough and the 10 year goal was to hire 50% more minorities for airline crews.  (I assume this also includes representatives from the LGBTQXYZ community.)

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  6. philo Member
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    Meanwhile…there sure has been a noticeable uptick in NT activity on “Gary’s Ricochet” (I presume he is working on naming rights with some unknown number of empty $500 gift memberships to funnel needed cash to the host ) in the last week or so. Not just him but many others who have been rather dormant for some time are now emerging from their long slumber and applying their craft with much gusto. I’m guessing the secret signal was hidden between the lines in the Ashley Biden diary and they all got it loud and clear.

    Things are getting creepy indeed.

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  7. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    Ekosj (View Comment):
    And the airlines can’t quickly hire new pilots because in 2009 – after a horrific plane crash – government had to “do something!”  

    The government can probably waive the flight hour limits on commercial pilots.  Any politician doing that accepts responsibility for an pilot error in the next year.   Politicians would rather complain that take responsibility for a decision, so I expect no relief there.  The cost of fuel doubling the cost of tickets will surely lower demand and airlines can adjust schedules to reduce flights.  I am not sure why airlines have not already done this.  Perhaps they have some contractual obligations with their schedules or they are just squatting on gates until the economy turns around.

    Biden is clearly hinting at nationalizing the oil and gas industry.   That worked out very, very badly for Venezuela.

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  8. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Nothing Dr. Bastiat said is creepy if you believe that humans are genetically made to attain power and virtue is a weird aberration. I forget how many times I have said this to Dr. Bastiat and I apologize for not organizing my thoughts in a clearer and more organized manner.

    We should not be surprised that humans do irrational and wicked things. We were made irrational and wicked and he should return to Proverbs  26:11.

    His essays falsely presume that man can rationally look at the world and eventually figure out how to improve things through compassion and reason. He undoubtably has greatly superior people skills than I but I feel I understand humanity much more than him. It is quite odd.

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  9. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Inside every Progressive there is a totalitarian screaming to get out.

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  10. Buckpasser Member
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    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

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  11. Django Member
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Inside every Progressive there is a totalitarian screaming to get out.

    I wish I could find my copy of Gather, Darkness by Fritz Leiber. At one point he has one of the characters say that no one is angrier and more disillusioned than a naive idealist brought face-to-face with reality. A lot of these twits are still expecting a participation trophy. 

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  12. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

    My friend let me assure you, Buttigieg has been campaigning for president for more than a decade.  He is doing 2-3, what I would describe as, campaign style events a day around the country. He is building a national base of support.  It will be bigger and more sophisticated than Obama’s 2008 campaign.   

    Check out his graduation address to the Merchant Marine Academy.  

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  13. Skyler Coolidge
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    Dr. Bastiat:

    This is getting creepy.  Really, really creepy.

    Holy crap.

    Leftists tend to gain power through subtle attacks on society.  Once they have power, they tend to abandon subtlety.  I suspect that Leon Trotsky would suggest that we take these open threats as, well, as threats.

    I’m really trying not to panic here.  But things are getting really, really creepy.

    Holy crap…

    Yes, it’s been building for a while and it’s not even subtle anymore.  But still people won’t see it.

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  14. Django Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

    My friend let me assure you, Buttigieg has been campaigning for president for more than a decade. He is doing 2-3, what I would describe as, campaign style events a day around the country. He is building a national base of support. It will be bigger and more sophisticated than Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Check out his graduation address to the Merchant Marine Academy.

    I think it was Mark Simone who said that Mayor Pete has over $2 billion to distribute at his discretion. You can buy a lot of support with that kind of money.

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  15. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
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    Oh come on! No mean tweets, man! That’s gotta be worth a little totalitarianism.

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  16. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Meanwhile, would-be assissins and a stream of protesters disturb the peace and attempt to sway SCOTUS members outside their homes, while Jane’s Revenge terrorists openly call for violence.

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  17. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

    My friend let me assure you, Buttigieg has been campaigning for president for more than a decade. He is doing 2-3, what I would describe as, campaign style events a day around the country. He is building a national base of support. It will be bigger and more sophisticated than Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Check out his graduation address to the Merchant Marine Academy.

    I think it was Mark Simone who said that Mayor Pete has over $2 billion to distribute at his discretion. You can buy a lot of support with that kind of money.

    Exactly. 

    Pete personally shows up for as many awards ceremonies as he can.  

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  18. Headedwest Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

    My friend let me assure you, Buttigieg has been campaigning for president for more than a decade. He is doing 2-3, what I would describe as, campaign style events a day around the country. He is building a national base of support. It will be bigger and more sophisticated than Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Check out his graduation address to the Merchant Marine Academy.

    I think it was Mark Simone who said that Mayor Pete has over $2 billion to distribute at his discretion. You can buy a lot of support with that kind of money.

    Exactly.

    Pete personally shows up for as many awards ceremonies as he can.

    That’s the hallmark of a political striver. This is not a good thing.

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  19. kedavis Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

    My friend let me assure you, Buttigieg has been campaigning for president for more than a decade. He is doing 2-3, what I would describe as, campaign style events a day around the country. He is building a national base of support. It will be bigger and more sophisticated than Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Check out his graduation address to the Merchant Marine Academy.

    I think it was Mark Simone who said that Mayor Pete has over $2 billion to distribute at his discretion. You can buy a lot of support with that kind of money.

    Exactly.

    Pete personally shows up for as many awards ceremonies as he can.

    Well sure, he’s not going to miss THOSE for “family leave!”

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  20. Red Herring Coolidge
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    My daughter, husband, and granddaughter spent the other night in a Dallas airport hotel because their connection cancelled. 

    We are well into a Marxist cultural revolution. Why do you think they want our “military style” guns taken away first?

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  21. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

    My friend let me assure you, Buttigieg has been campaigning for president for more than a decade. He is doing 2-3, what I would describe as, campaign style events a day around the country. He is building a national base of support. It will be bigger and more sophisticated than Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Check out his graduation address to the Merchant Marine Academy.

    I think it was Mark Simone who said that Mayor Pete has over $2 billion to distribute at his discretion. You can buy a lot of support with that kind of money.

    Exactly.

    Pete personally shows up for as many awards ceremonies as he can.

    Well sure, he’s not going to miss THOSE for “family leave!”

    I believe that the kids are props. 

    And, as I mentioned before, my hunch is that Buttigieg used his lengthy leave to map out the next phase of his political career.  

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  22. Henry Castaigne Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):
    And, as I mentioned before, my hunch is that Buttigieg used his lengthy leave to map out the next phase of his political career.  

    Well he is incompetent in his government job so no one should care. 

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  23. kedavis Coolidge
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):
    And, as I mentioned before, my hunch is that Buttigieg used his lengthy leave to map out the next phase of his political career.

    Well he is incompetent in his government job so no one should care.

    Sounds like Democrat President material for sure!

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  24. Django Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):
    And, as I mentioned before, my hunch is that Buttigieg used his lengthy leave to map out the next phase of his political career.

    Well he is incompetent in his government job so no one should care.

    He can cram fewer thoughts into more words than anyone since Obama. 

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  25. Annefy Member
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    When you come to realize that the misery being foisted upon the average American is a feature, not a bug, it all makes sense.

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  26. davenr321 Coolidge
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):
    And, as I mentioned before, my hunch is that Buttigieg used his lengthy leave to map out the next phase of his political career.

    Well he is incompetent in his government job so no one should care.

    His incompetence needs to be shouted from the rooftops. Incompetent, incapable – and in seven languages, too. Unqualified to run anything, this man.

     

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  27. RufusRJones Member
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    Red Herring (View Comment):

    My daughter, husband, and granddaughter spent the other night in a Dallas airport hotel because their connection cancelled.

    We are well into a Marxist cultural revolution. Why do you think they want our “military style” guns taken away first?

    I just had a long conversation with a gun grabber that actually had a detailed framework of what he wanted to do. This was on Twitter. They want to regulate guns based on wattage output. So it’s like the caliber, the velocity, and the rate of fire. Then you have levels like flying levels of airplanes. It’s obviously disingenuous. Then you throw in that stuff like you have to have insurance on each kind. RINOs that don’t study gun policy are a menace.

    I totally recommend the latest interview by Lisa Boothe of John Lott. She does a really good job on every podcast.

    Rifles are a red herring. They aren’t involved in that many homicides. Mass shootings using the loosest definition by the FBI are 1% of homicides. 87% are drug gang fights. The most of the rest are robberies that got out of control. Regulating magazines is a complete waste of time because they are so easy to manufacture. I was surprised to learn that children dying in gun accidents is only 3% of all homicides.

    New laws are stupid. They just need to resource the ones we have.

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  28. Skyler Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    This is a perfect opportunity for Pete Buttjudge to start his stealth presidential bid.

    My friend let me assure you, Buttigieg has been campaigning for president for more than a decade. He is doing 2-3, what I would describe as, campaign style events a day around the country. He is building a national base of support. It will be bigger and more sophisticated than Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Check out his graduation address to the Merchant Marine Academy.

    I think it was Mark Simone who said that Mayor Pete has over $2 billion to distribute at his discretion. You can buy a lot of support with that kind of money.

    Exactly.

    Pete personally shows up for as many awards ceremonies as he can.

    Well sure, he’s not going to miss THOSE for “family leave!”

    I believe that the kids are props.

    And, as I mentioned before, my hunch is that Buttigieg used his lengthy leave to map out the next phase of his political career.

    I suspect that his career is mapped out by the Chicago machine, much like Obama’s was.  Neither was clever enough to do it themself.

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  29. I Walton Member
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    How many Democrats are aware of what’s going on and how many would vote for a Republican who do know?    Folks on our side seem to believe that we’ll sweep the field.   I don’t have a clue.  I don’t know many Democrats but none of them would vote for any Republican.      We won’t know until after the next election.  If they hold the congress is there a fix?  Are we capable of  taking Republican states and pieces of Democrat states and just leaving?  I doubt it.

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  30. Skyler Coolidge
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    I Walton (View Comment):

    How many Democrats are aware of what’s going on and haw many would vote for a Republican who do know? Folks on our side seem to believe that we’ll sweep the field. I don’t have a clue. I don’t know many Democrats but none of them would vote for any Republican. We won’t know until after the next election. If they hold the congress is there a fix? Are we capable of taking Republican states and pieces of Democrat states and just leaving? I doubt it.

    Democrats won’t change their vote, but there are a lot of “independents” who will change.  Note the very public change by Elon Musk. He is not alone.

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