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. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Cassandro (View Comment):

    Max Knots (View Comment):
    He sees the Jan 6 TV show as justification for his attitude. His idea is fixed in concrete and no possible alternate view is acceptable.

    The Jan 6 Show is probably doing some damage. But I wonder, if this were a paid political program any slander could be litigated. But since it’s done from the (so I am led to believe) floor of the House, aren’t at least all the politicians’ libel immune from libel suits?

    No, they are not.

    Viewership of the second episode of the “Adam Schiff Has Secret Evidence Show” dropped 50%.

    • #61
  2. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Case in point:

    California lawmakers promise relief with probe into ‘gas price gouging’

    Democratic lawmakers in the State Assembly announced a probe into California’s oil and gas market on Monday, saying profiteering in the industry is partially behind the state’s record high gas prices that are hovering around $6.40 a gallon.

    The oil industry has a “foot on our necks and a hand in our pockets,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said during a news conference announcing a committee to investigate the industry’s pricing practices.

    “These are companies that are obviously ripping off California consumers, and we need to ask tough questions about them and their business practices,” he said.

    “As legislators, we owe it to our constituents to answer the question on everybody’s mind: Why do gas prices continue to rise?” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, the committee chair.

    Gee, I wonder why our gas prices are so high? It’s obviously not the state legislature’s fault, and clearly it’s not the Biden Administration’s fault, so who can we blame? I know, let’s pin it on greedy corporations!

    Governor Evers just did some Executive Order against gas price gouging here. They think their voters will believe that high gas prices are all due to greedy oil companies.

    Unfortunately, if the comments section on the news story I read is any indication, they’re right. People are dumb.

    • #62
  3. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Governor Evers just did some Executive Order against gas price gouging here. They think their voters will believe that high gas prices are all due to greedy oil companies.

    Unfortunately, if the comments section on the news story I read is any indication, they’re right. People are dumb.

    It makes me crazy that people can’t think any of this through. Pocahontas was trying to pass a general price gouging law a couple of weeks ago. 

    • #63
  4. Jager Coolidge
    Jager
    @Jager

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Case in point:

    California lawmakers promise relief with probe into ‘gas price gouging’

    Democratic lawmakers in the State Assembly announced a probe into California’s oil and gas market on Monday, saying profiteering in the industry is partially behind the state’s record high gas prices that are hovering around $6.40 a gallon.

    The oil industry has a “foot on our necks and a hand in our pockets,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said during a news conference announcing a committee to investigate the industry’s pricing practices.

    “These are companies that are obviously ripping off California consumers, and we need to ask tough questions about them and their business practices,” he said.

    “As legislators, we owe it to our constituents to answer the question on everybody’s mind: Why do gas prices continue to rise?” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, the committee chair.

    Gee, I wonder why our gas prices are so high? It’s obviously not the state legislature’s fault, and clearly it’s not the Biden Administration’s fault, so who can we blame? I know, let’s pin it on greedy corporations!

    Governor Evers just did some Executive Order against gas price gouging here. They think their voters will believe that high gas prices are all due to greedy oil companies.

    Unfortunately, if the comments section on the news story I read is any indication, they’re right. People are dumb.

    I don’t know. I mean yes people are dumb and there are tons of progressives that can’t believe there world view is causing suffering so they will jump this blame the oil company stuff.

    The issue is whether normal and/or non-political people are buying this line. 

    • #64
  5. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Case in point:

    California lawmakers promise relief with probe into ‘gas price gouging’

    Democratic lawmakers in the State Assembly announced a probe into California’s oil and gas market on Monday, saying profiteering in the industry is partially behind the state’s record high gas prices that are hovering around $6.40 a gallon.

    The oil industry has a “foot on our necks and a hand in our pockets,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said during a news conference announcing a committee to investigate the industry’s pricing practices.

    “These are companies that are obviously ripping off California consumers, and we need to ask tough questions about them and their business practices,” he said.

    “As legislators, we owe it to our constituents to answer the question on everybody’s mind: Why do gas prices continue to rise?” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, the committee chair.

    Gee, I wonder why our gas prices are so high? It’s obviously not the state legislature’s fault, and clearly it’s not the Biden Administration’s fault, so who can we blame? I know, let’s pin it on greedy corporations!

    Governor Evers just did some Executive Order against gas price gouging here. They think their voters will believe that high gas prices are all due to greedy oil companies.

    Unfortunately, if the comments section on the news story I read is any indication, they’re right. People are dumb.

    Way back when, a guy from New Jersey, Harvey something-or-other, came out to CA because auto insurance rates were high. He wanted to lead an effort to force a rollback of 15% and a lot of dumba$$es at my workplace were cheering for him. When I asked how they’d feel when insurance companies pulled out of the state, the response was, “Don’t be stupid. If I offered you $85.00 rather than $100.00, you’d take it.” Pointing out to these fools that if my profit margin was 10% I wouldn’t resulted in blank stares. WASS. 

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  6. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Django (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Case in point:

    California lawmakers promise relief with probe into ‘gas price gouging’

    Democratic lawmakers in the State Assembly announced a probe into California’s oil and gas market on Monday, saying profiteering in the industry is partially behind the state’s record high gas prices that are hovering around $6.40 a gallon.

    The oil industry has a “foot on our necks and a hand in our pockets,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said during a news conference announcing a committee to investigate the industry’s pricing practices.

    “These are companies that are obviously ripping off California consumers, and we need to ask tough questions about them and their business practices,” he said.

    “As legislators, we owe it to our constituents to answer the question on everybody’s mind: Why do gas prices continue to rise?” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, the committee chair.

    Gee, I wonder why our gas prices are so high? It’s obviously not the state legislature’s fault, and clearly it’s not the Biden Administration’s fault, so who can we blame? I know, let’s pin it on greedy corporations!

    Governor Evers just did some Executive Order against gas price gouging here. They think their voters will believe that high gas prices are all due to greedy oil companies.

    Unfortunately, if the comments section on the news story I read is any indication, they’re right. People are dumb.

    Way back when, a guy from New Jersey, Harvey something-or-other, came out to CA because auto insurance rates were high. He wanted to lead an effort to force a rollback of 15% and a lot of dumba$$es at my workplace were cheering for him. When I asked how they’d feel when insurance companies pulled out of the state, the response was, “Don’t be stupid. If I offered you $85.00 rather than $100.00, you’d take it.” Pointing out to these fools that if my profit margin was 10% I wouldn’t resulted in blank stares. WASS.

    I knew a guy that was an insurance adjuster. Talking to him made it very clear to me that you want to be very careful about paying less for insurance. Then think of today where insurance companies can’t make any money off the float unless they are very skilled speculators. 

    • #66
  7. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Duh

    After Hurricane Katrina, one so-called gouger was John Shepperson of Kentucky. Watching news reports, he learned that people desperately needed generators.

    So Shepperson bought 19 of them, rented a U-Haul, and drove it 600 miles to a part of Mississippi that had no electricity. He offered to sell his generators for twice what he paid for them. People were eager to buy.

    But Mississippi police said that was illegal. They confiscated Shepperson’s generators and locked him up.

    https://reason.com/2018/09/19/three-cheers-for-price-gouging-during-hu/

     

    • #67
  8. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Duh

    After Hurricane Katrina, one so-called gouger was John Shepperson of Kentucky. Watching news reports, he learned that people desperately needed generators.

    So Shepperson bought 19 of them, rented a U-Haul, and drove it 600 miles to a part of Mississippi that had no electricity. He offered to sell his generators for twice what he paid for them. People were eager to buy.

    But Mississippi police said that was illegal. They confiscated Shepperson’s generators and locked him up.

    https://reason.com/2018/09/19/three-cheers-for-price-gouging-during-hu/

     

    The police should have been more concerned about Shepperson being robbed. 

    • #68
  9. Doug1943 Member
    Doug1943
    @Doug1943

    It seems clear to me that the US — in the lead of the West in general — is headed for something pretty bad, maybe even terminal. No one knows the future, there are too many unknowns and ‘unknown unknowns’, but the signals are coming in thick and fast, and increasing.   (A good book to read here is Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, about the lead-up to World War I.)

    What to do?

    To start with,  organize at the local level to be able to survive a collpase of the social/legal/economic order … under the assumption that eventually, order of some sort will be restored.

    This means, first of all, arranging things so that you and your family can survive. As a rough guide, how long could you remain inside your home without being forced to go out for food or other necessities?   It’s not too difficult, or expensive, to have a three-months’ supply  of food stocked up. (Water may be more problematic.) How secure is your home against those who might want to force their way in?

    Once that is taken care of, start finding like-minded people in your area, and organize a mutual support/mutual help group.  A typical group of several dozen Americans will include  a range of useful skills, so your group can start taking advantage of the division of labor and specialization — one of the key drivers of our advance to civilization. [A good reference here is the two-volume Civil Defense Manual, available at CivilDefenseManual dot org. ]

    An organized group, which has done some training in dealing with the sorts of problems liable to occur in an emergency — natural or man -made — will multiply the effectiveness of its members many-fold.  Twenty-five organized people are a hundred times more powerful than twenty-five isolated individuals.

    Of course self-defense and the tools for it should be one of the concerns of the group. However, be careful of attracting provocateurs, both conscious ones, and those who work for free. Everything you do, write, or say should emphasize that your group is peaceful, legal, and supportive of the democratic order.

    Without being over-dramatic about it, this is the sort of thing that patriots need to start doing right away.  There are such groups already forming around the country. Google ‘USCPT’ and you’ll find them.

    • #69
  10. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'
    @ChrisCampion

    Hey look at those outrageous profit margins Exxon Mobil enjoys.

    Let’s destroy them, to buy votes, and that will both fix the economy, create jobs, and benefit everyone!  It’s just good science.

     

    • #70
  11. Headedwest Coolidge
    Headedwest
    @Headedwest

    Compare Exxon to Apple, for example.

    • #71
  12. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill
    @CarolJoy

    Your statement “You don’t have to connect the dots. The dots connect themselves” is both quite simply done and eloquent in its effect.

    Yet the entire Left Hand side of things does not even see the dots, let alone connect them.

    A recent copy of “Reader’s Digest” has a RD staff member write up  extolling the virtues inherent in younger people replacing older workers who were fired for refusing to get jabbed up.

    Now if we were talking about a donut shop, or local haberdashery, I’d feel bad for the fired workers but not apoplectic.

    But the younger workers were replacing EMT’s! People who had at least a decade of experience – if not several decades.

    All the young people filling those shoes were recent graduates of an EMT training program. So in effect, they had no one to turn to when they got in over their heads. The experienced workers were gone. All they had to go on was their training and hopefully some good luck that more complicated health afflicted patients didn’t show up until they got some few months of experience under their belts.

    The article ended with praise for the initial group of young people now being the senior advisers to a new set of young hirees.

    ###

    • #72
  13. Skyler Coolidge
    Skyler
    @Skyler

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):
    But the younger workers were replacing EMT’s! People who had at least a decade of experience – if not several decades.

    It’s a communist tradition.  The Soviets replaced most of the senior officers in the military too.  

    • #73
  14. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    Hey look at those outrageous profit margins Exxon Mobil enjoys.

    Let’s destroy them, to buy votes, and that will both fix the economy, create jobs, and benefit everyone! It’s just good science.

     

    Apple gives money to the democrats though.

    • #74
  15. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Your statement “You don’t have to connect the dots. The dots connect themselves” is both quite simply done and eloquent in its effect.

    Yet the entire Left Hand side of things does not even see the dots, let alone connect them.

    A recent copy of “Reader’s Digest” has a RD staff member write up extolling the virtues inherent in younger people replacing older workers who were fired for refusing to get jabbed up.

    Now if we were talking about a donut shop, or local haberdashery, I’d feel bad for the fired workers but not apoplectic.

    But the younger workers were replacing EMT’s! People who had at least a decade of experience – if not several decades.

    All the young people filling those shoes were recent graduates of an EMT training program. So in effect, they had no one to turn to when they got in over their heads. The experienced workers were gone. All they had to go on was their training and hopefully some good luck that more complicated health afflicted patients didn’t show up until they got some few months of experience under their belts.

    The article ended with praise for the initial group of young people now being the senior advisers to a new set of young hirees.

    ###

    There goes Readers Digest. 

    • #75
  16. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    A recent copy of “Reader’s Digest” has a RD staff member write up extolling the virtues inherent in younger people replacing older workers who were fired for refusing to get jabbed up.

    At least those older workers will be able to step in when the younger workers end up on disability after taking that untested and dangerous jab.

    • #76
  17. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    Hey look at those outrageous profit margins Exxon Mobil enjoys.

    Let’s destroy them, to buy votes, and that will both fix the economy, create jobs, and benefit everyone! It’s just good science.

    Apple gives money to the democrats though.

    So does Exxon.

    • #77
  18. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    A recent copy of “Reader’s Digest” has a RD staff member write up extolling the virtues inherent in younger people replacing older workers who were fired for refusing to get jabbed up.

    At least those older workers will be able to step in when the younger workers end up on disability after taking that untested and dangerous jab.

    Unless they just tell Red’s Digest (MASH reference) where to stick it.

    • #78
  19. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    Often when businesses donate to politicians, it is protection money. 

    • #79
  20. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    A recent copy of “Reader’s Digest” has a RD staff member write up extolling the virtues inherent in younger people replacing older workers who were fired for refusing to get jabbed up.

    At least those older workers will be able to step in when the younger workers end up on disability after taking that untested and dangerous jab.

    I lucked into the job that suited me best. Well, actually I shot my mouth off in a meeting of movers and shakers and got the chance to back it up. It took 60-hour work weeks to do it, but it paid off. I was able to retire early, eight years ago. From what I hear of the younger workers from my colleagues who are still working, the youngsters, in general, can’t find their asses with both hands and a copy of Grey’s Anatomy

    • #80
  21. Skyler Coolidge
    Skyler
    @Skyler

    Red Herring (View Comment):

    Often when businesses donate to politicians, it is protection money.

    Closer to “always.”  

    And book sales are money laundering of campaign donations.

    • #81
  22. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Django (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    A recent copy of “Reader’s Digest” has a RD staff member write up extolling the virtues inherent in younger people replacing older workers who were fired for refusing to get jabbed up.

    At least those older workers will be able to step in when the younger workers end up on disability after taking that untested and dangerous jab.

    I lucked into the job that suited me best. Well, actually I shot my mouth off in a meeting of movers and shakers and got the chance to back it up. It took 60-hour work weeks to do it, but it paid off. I was able to retire early, eight years ago. From what I hear of the younger workers from my colleagues who are still working, the youngsters, in general, can’t find their asses with both hands and a copy of Grey’s Anatomy.

    That’s a shame, cuz if they could find their asses, they could use those college diplomas to wipe them.

    • #82
  23. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    Hey look at those outrageous profit margins Exxon Mobil enjoys.

    Let’s destroy them, to buy votes, and that will both fix the economy, create jobs, and benefit everyone! It’s just good science.

    Apple gives money to the democrats though.

    So does Exxon.

    Yeah but Apple will actually get something for its money. What the Joe Biden Presidency has proven is that Democrats can’t shake off their radical left.

    • #83
  24. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Red Herring (View Comment):

    Often when businesses donate to politicians, it is protection money.

    Well with with Exxon it’s clearly a wasted expenditure. 

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