‘An Orgy of Psychodrama’

 

January 5, 2022, was the day my respect for lefty journalist Glenn Greenwald surpassed my respect for former Vice President Dick Cheney. He did so by authoring an absolutely spot-on, painfully honest assessment of the spectacle the Democrats staged.

Indeed, when it comes to melodrama, histrionics, and exploitation of fear levels from the 1/6 riot, there has never been any apparent limit. And today — the one-year anniversary of that three-hour riot — there is no apparent end in sight. Too many political and media elites are far too vested in this maximalist narrative for them to relinquish it voluntarily.

Communist Chinese Central Planners Stumped?

 

The most salient characteristic of communism is the government ownership and control of the means of production.  This signifies that private ownership of businesses is rare, or absent entirely.  And the economy is not the only feature of a society that communist governments seek to control.  The press, education, religion (if it is allowed at all), and the social lives of the people are all areas that communist governments control, or attempt to control.

Communist China has been building a “social credit” system, where everyone is under constant surveillance and is awarded “points” for obeying the many social rules handed down by government.  These rules are constantly changing, and it is sometimes the case that ordinary people are unaware of what they have done to get downgraded.  And if a citizen steps over the arbitrary lines, he can be denied a job, the ability to travel freely, and use of communication channels.

In 1979, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) initiated its “one-child policy”, based upon the assumption, from population data at the time, that the country would become overpopulated, and the government might not be able to provide the population with enough food, water, and energy.  This policy was carried out, sometimes brutally, with a combination of propaganda, forced birth control and abortions, financial disincentives, and other measures. Neighborhoods had party cadres whose sole function was to make sure that women did not have more than one child, and to dispense birth control and advice.  Families were fined for ,more than one child, and single-child families were rewarded with better education and medical care for the entire family.

Return to the Scene of the Crime

 

I was at “The Insurrection” on January 6, 2021.  That is to say, I attended the rally and speeches given by then-President Trump and – to my surprise at the time – the formidable Professor John Eastman, former Dean of Chapman University School of Law; as well as other speakers.  At the rally, I talked to a few dozen people who had come from all over the country to be involved in the rally of support for Trump and for our electoral system.  I encountered no one who even harbored thoughts of violence, let alone committed violent acts.  The people at the January 6th rally were just as energetic and patriotic peaceable assemblers as were the attendees at the other two Trump rallies in DC that I had attended in 2020.

After the speeches ended, I walked probably a half-mile in the direction of the Capitol, talking to more rally attendees as I went. Before reaching the Capitol, I ducked into a Metro station and escaped to my northern Virginia home, since I figured that standing outside the Capitol, perhaps chanting slogans, just wasn’t my idea of a good time. Later in the afternoon I watched some of the nonsense on television, but didn’t recognize anyone I had met at the rally.

It’s the Stupidity, Stupid

 

“The best way for people to prevent spread is to get vaccinated … second best is to wear masks.” – Justice Kagan

This is so stunningly counterfactual, so blindingly stupid that it is upsetting that a Supreme Court Justice deciding federal COVID policy made this statement. How can she not know that infection case numbers have not in any way declined anywhere on the planet as a result of large vaccination rates? How can she not know that mask mandates (even with actual high usage) have resulted in immeasurably small to nonexistent reductions in spread? How can she not know that federal “experts” have recently declared cloth and surgical masks to be useless — after two years hectoring us to use them?

Bring Your Eschaton Shovels

 

Well, Snowmageddon II will be here soon. Six to 12 inches fall and strand people for a day, government yawns. Now, three days later, we’re projected to get 2 to 4 inches, and Gov. Ralph “Interstate” Northam has declared a state of emergency.

This storm has snarled traffic and stranded motorists (let’s hope not for 24 to 30 hours, Ralph) in Kentucky and Tennessee, and it’s coming here tonight. Just like last time, it will start with rain and a rapid temperature drop. Makes all the road prep work by the Virginia Department of Transportation ineffective.

Jan. 6: Pass the Fair Trial Act

 

balanced scales justiceFree the Jan. 6 political prisoners and break the rigged, corrupt deep state. Any politician or political coalition running on this plank has a real chance to win a congressional majority in 2022 and then a governing majority in 2024. The intermediate objective of breaking the deep state, and the deeper objective of restoring our constitutional republic, with its real protections against government oppression, will be advanced by a Congress exercising its constitutional authority to fundamentally reform our federal judiciary. Serious candidates and advocacy groups will press for a short, simple piece of legislation, call it the “Fair Trial Act,” abolishing the District of Columbia Circuit, dispersing the case load among federal district courts located in competitive legislative districts. This simple reform has been entirely overlooked by conservatives complaining about the stacked legal deck. Time to see more clearly and demand real reform now.

Free the Jan. 6 Political Prisoners

Despite the worst efforts of the Democrat propaganda machine (print, network, and social media), a plurality of Americans see the Americans held without bail, denied effective counsel, kept in grossly substandard conditions, and denied speedy trials as political prisoners. This should be easy for career politicians seeking to get in front of a popular position with the electorate. Yet, the silence from the Republican congressional parties in the House and Senate has been deafening. We must demand better of every primary candidate, starting with the anniversary of that infamous day.

The Real J6

 

In some parts of the world, people are celebrating Christmas today. While most Americans tossed out the Christmas Tree at New Years, some still recognize the 12th Day of Christmas (or Epiphany).

Growing up, my mother would have the wisemen begin wandering the house on Christmas Day. We’d start every day of Christmas hunting down their newest location until they finally arrived at the manger bed.

Come Join Us! After All, You’re Already Here!

 

Peter Dinklage is an actor who was born in Morristown, NJ, and then labored for years in New York City trying to break into the acting world.  He is a dwarf, and struggled to get good roles. But through hard work and many years of perseverance, he honed his craft and has become a well respected actor, best known for his brilliant character in “Game of Thrones.” He was once asked about the luck that led to his big break in the acting world. His answer is fascinating:

I hate the word – ‘lucky’.  It cheapens a lot of hard work.  Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes – I don’t think I felt myself lucky back then.  Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun.  Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy who’s freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn.  So I won’t say I’m lucky.  I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people.  For some reason I found them, and they found me.

Given what he’s been through in pursuit of his dream, his answer is perfectly understandable. Not really fascinating, as I said. But what I do find fascinating is that Mr. Dinklage is a boilerplate liberal in every other sense. He supports Democrats, he is extremely vocal about his hatred of Republicans and Donald Trump, accuses Republicans of destroying everything from science to education to the arts, and so on. But if you just read his personal statement above, you would presume he’s conservative, right? Is there a potential market here for Republicans? After all, he lives his life as a conservative. Surely he could be convinced to vote that way, too. Right?

The J6 Hyperbole Olympics Off to a Good Start

 

“Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them where they were, and what they were doing, when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory: December 7th, 1941, September 11th, 2001, and January 6th, 2021.” – Vice President Kamala Harris

It’s going to be hard to top that. She could have mentioned August 4, 2003, the date ‘Firefly’ went off the air.  Or September 20, 1999, the date Shania Twain released “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” and ruined country music forever.

The Shameful State of America’s Hospitals

 

A Patient’s Bill of Rights was first adopted by the American Hospital Association in 1973. It was revised in 1992, and reinforced under the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The very first item usually listed on a hospital’s Patient’s Bill of Rights is some variation of the following:

You have the right to be treated in a dignified and respectful manner and to receive reasonable responses to reasonable requests for service.

This isn’t happening in Alaska’s hospitals, most of them anyway – and it’s probably not happening where you live, either. It continues:

An Answer to Doc Bastiat: The Link Between Transgenderism and Tattoos

 

In our popular culture, self-expression is counted among the highest of virtues. Both transgenderism and tattoos are a visceral manifestation of one’s inner self upon the body.   

Now, this is odd because the same people who promote self-expression are often self-proclaimed materialists. Yet self-expression points to an inner world that can be in conflict with the given nature of the material universe. It’s like people have a soul or something. 

Virginia’s I-95 Snowmageddon: Advice for Gov.-Elect Youngkin

 

Fortunately, no one appears to have died. But it was still a disaster and potentially life-threatening for those stranded in vehicles without provisions after a freakish snowstorm that shut down a key section of I-95 in northern Virginia for upwards of 27 hours.

The storm dumped close to a foot of snow in the Washington DC suburbs. Initial predictions had it close to three or four inches. Less snow and more rain fell about 90 miles south towards Richmond. At times, the storm dumped close to three inches per hour. That’s a lot. It brought back memories of my near-disastrous travel in northern California last week.

‘Prepare for Tomorrow’s Threats, Today’

 

Here’s a look at the Norwegian military, a NATO ally, that shares a border with Russia. What does Russia have that Norway doesn’t? A good neighbor.

The MarineJegerKommandoen (MJK) motto: “Prepare for tomorrow’s threats, today”. Norwegian Special Operations is based upon the history of Norwegian resistance fighters that fought the Nazi occupiers during World War II.

Paging Ricochet’s LEOs

 

Here’s a link to a Seattle Times article headlined “Seattle police improperly faked radio chatter about Proud Boys as CHOP formed in 2020, investigation finds.”

It goes on to explain that at a “crucial moment” in last year’s “racial justice protests”  the Seattle Police Department and its officers invented a lengthy series of completely false and made-up internal radio broadcasts about a group of “menacing right wing extremists” “possibly carrying guns” and headed in the direction of the CHOP protests on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.  The subject of this completely false chatter was the Proud Boys, who were nowhere in sight during the transmissions.

Quotes from the chatter include things like, “Hearing from the Proud Boys group…They may be looking for somewhere else for confrontation,” and included very specific (fake) information such as: “There might be one carry — one sidearm on a holster,” the group is “very boisterous tonight,” and reports that a fight was brewing between the Proud Boys and another group.   The same officer later said “the [Proud Boys] group was 20 to 30 people,” and was headed towards Cal Anderson Park.  All of this information, broadcast on police radio, was completely false.

Hiding Something Is Showing Something

 

So January 6 was a riot. An insurrection, even. Maybe treason? Perhaps even a coup attempt? Right. Definitely. But, the fools who attempted to replace the USA government with, um, a guy in a moose hat and no gun or something – anyway – those fools had no idea that there were surveillance cameras in the Capitol building. I mean, how could they possibly have suspected such a thing? Ha! We’ve got’em now! Ha ha!

The Justice Department” has over 14,000 hours of video camera footage from countless cameras all over the Capitol Building on Jan 6. But believe it or not, there are some who still doubt that this was a coup, or an insurrection, or anything other than a protest of people wandering around taking selfies. But “The Justice Department” can disprove that! In only 14,o00 hours! Even less, if they put a sort of “greatest hits” videos on their website, accompanied by the full 14,000 hours for those who want to go through the whole sordid affair on their own. But regardless, that way, there would be no arguing. Nothing to argue about.

But you know what’s weird? “The Justice Department” itself has filed one injunction after another to prevent these videos from being released. Even though these very videos would prove their point, beyond the shadow of a doubt! Why is “The Justice Department” withholding the release of evidence that would support their case? Because they’re so confident! Or something! I think. Right? Um – right – um – ok, this is terrifying. Why on earth would “The Justice Department” withhold these videos? It’s been a year now. Why can’t the American people see what happened? Let’s stop arguing – just let us see what happened. You have the video. Let us see it, too. Then, no more arguing. Simple.

That Government of Pharma, by Pharma, for Pharma, Shall Not Perish from the Earth

 

The public service unions have long had a symbiotic relationship with the Democratic Party. They get above-market pay and pension deals and kick back some of the money in campaign contributions. Now we see a similar pattern forming with Big Pharma. Politicians mandate that young people get the jab even though they are almost at no risk from COVID. Blatant lies are told repeatedly about the risk vaccinated people face from unvaccinated people. Natural immunity is ignored.

The unvaccinated in many cities, including New York, Chicago, Boston, and in two weeks, are forbidden from eating at restaurants and in museums in some cities. Shopping in stores is fine and staying in hotels is permitted, but by golly, you become a health hazard at Burger King or at the Frick Museum. It’s obviously about coercion rather than health. Abortion in all three trimesters is great, but if you’ve recovered from COVID you are still required to take the jab. You’re already safer to yourself and others wrt COVID, and you face additional risks from the jab, but you must bow to the dictates of medical expert Bill Gates.

You Are the Threat

 

On this anniversary of that infamous day, it’s worth considering what the political class regards as the true threat to the United States: you — or, more precisely, your loss of faith in its legitimacy.

American political elites are accustomed to dealing with left-wing revolutionary sentiments. From workers’ strikes at the turn of the century to bombings during the sordid ’60s, and from the WTO protests to Occupy Wall Street, left disillusionment is, by this point, an old American story. Over time, political elites have learned ways to defuse this energy. The best way to defuse it is to absorb it. Make the left’s concerns into objects of corporate and political interest. Join the barricades. Patronize its organizations. And let’s not forget about the real revolution — the Sexual Revolution — which rolled over America with nary any opposition, and which the political class benefited mightily from. The Sexual Revolution was a boon to the system, not a threat.

XXI: 21 Years of Sobriety

 

On May 4, 1993, my wife of seven years left me. I crashed and burned. After a week and a half, I remember standing in front of the elevator at my office with the phrase from Star Trek ringing in my ears, “Your life, as you have known it, is over.” I entered “Cottonwood de Tucson,” an In-Patient Treatment Center for issues of Co-Dependency. They also had a significant program for alcohol and substance addiction. Needless to say, I didn’t drink while I was there, and I picked up my 30-day AA chip.

After Treatment, the recommendation is to attend 30 meetings in 30 days and 90 meetings in 90 days. I did that, going primarily to Co-Dependents Anonymous, but also Alcoholics Anonymous. The same higher power that can lead me to sanity in relationships also leads alcoholics to sanity concerning alcohol.

I remarried. In 1996, my second wife and I had a deck put in at our home. I thought, “Who the heck can not drink alcohol if they have a brand new redwood deck?” I am embarrassed to say that I preferred a “girl drink” of Bartles & Jaymes Peach Wine Coolers.

Who Planted the Jan. 6 Dud Pipe Bombs?

 

It was the night before the terrible day where we almost lost our democracy. Someone planted two dud pipe bombs outside the DNC and RNC headquarters. But our crack law enforcement officers have found out nothing about the perpetrator. It’s almost as if the Feds don’t want to catch the person. Maybe it would show that the FBI was creating another case for it to solve.

I suspect Christopher Wray knows the truth but admitting it would open unwelcome doors. Attorney General Merrick Garland has been prosecuting little old ladies who were waved into the Capitol, but there’s been no progress in finding this key person who was talking on a cell phone. If there was a conspiracy, he was part of it. As Holmes said in “Silver Blaze,” the dog not barking in the night tells you much about the case.

What Was Worse Than 1/6? Every Day Afterward

 

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

With the end of hostilities in sight, Abraham Lincoln stood on the steps of the Capitol for his second inaugural and began, what he hoped, would be the beginning of American reconciliation. Forty-two days later, he fell to an assassin’s bullet. There is no telling what the Reconstruction period would have looked like under Lincoln and not his successor, Andrew Johnson. But the tumult that followed showed that bridging a chasm within a nation is not easy, that radical approaches beget radical approaches, and that there are limits to revenge politics — often to the point of achieving the opposite of one’s stated goals.

My Root Canal

 

Getting a root canal was not on my “Things to Do Today” when I woke up this morning. It was on my “What I Got Done Today” list by dinnertime.

A root canal is famously something you choose in preference to something you really, really wish to avoid. You know, “There’s an opening in Bob’s group today. I think you would be a good fit.” ” I’d rather have a root canal than work for Bob.” “It’s only 100 yards of driveway you have to shovel. C’mon, the snow’s only two feet deep. It won’t be that hard even with the snowblower broken. ” I’d rather have a root canal.” “Hey, there are only 50 kids coming to your nephew Johnny’s eighth birthday party. You don’t mind helping out?” ” I’d rather have a root canal.”  You get the drift.

A Real Threat to Democracy

 

I feel as if I’ve just been kicked in the gut by a good friend. He was, for many years, the epitome of intelligence and reason, with a lively sense of humor. We’ve been estranged for a while, mainly because of his political positions. After hearing one too many of his podcasts a few years ago, I pretty much avoided him. After reading one of his latest pieces on the Bari Weiss blog, I’ve decided we’re done. I’m talking about Jonah Goldberg.

This is not really a post about Jonah Goldberg. It’s about my bewilderment about the defaming of Republicans and Conservatives by using the broad-brush of assuming that we are all Donald Trump fanatics, who continually fawn over him and apologize for him. I think this viewpoint about who we are, who I am, is deeply flawed, and I can’t figure out why it persists.

Goldberg and others seem to refuse to accept that a huge number of those who voted for Trump—not even necessarily people whom I would call “Trump supporters”—were desperate to dislodge the DC Swamp. We didn’t really like Donald Trump, but it was clear that he was fearless and prepared to take on just about anyone. Many of us became convinced, particularly after the attacks on Trump after he was elected, that the Washington establishment was determined to protect every ounce of abusive power that they had. And I don’t think there was another Republican who had the guts to do that. That he was rude and crude and held disdain for proper etiquette was not relevant.

Great Barrington Declaration Was Always the Best Way to Handle Covid

 

The scientists who drafted the Great Barrington Declaration: Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Harvard University; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Oxford University; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University. (Photo via AIER.)

The controversy over Covid management is not a medical disagreement but a political fight. It’s also a free speech issue, the question of whether those who disagree with the political/medical status quo should be silenced.

Although we have learned more over time about the origins and development of Covid, there is no question it is a contagious virus that spreads primarily through respiratory secretions. Infections range from symptom-free to fatal, but serious disease and death occur almost exclusively in the infirm and the elderly. Like all viruses, the coronavirus mutates, apparently into variants that are more contagious but less deadly.

Ted Cruz: An Uncanny Valley Bag of Evacuation Tries To Sell Jan. 6 as Terrorism

 

Today, it is clear Sen. Ted Cruz decided he is running for president. He thought that by showing up to this Jan. 6 shammitte and calling what happened a terrorist attack, it would boost his chances. This kind of idiot miscalculation shows he is clearly a graduate of the Ivy League. This level of miscalculation betrays that Cruz is nothing but a worthless, sleazy politician with a presentation that is as unnerving as 911 phone call recordings. He doesn’t care about the base, and this has been clear from so many leaders of the Republican Party. Look at Rep. Dan Crenshaw. He was pushing a bill the other day that is nothing but giveaways to big tech. He fights for them and not the base that is perennially abused by these trash companies. Crenshaw is nothing more than Sen. Lindsey Graham with an eye patch.

They did not recover so much as a plastic butter knife from that so called “insurrection.” Former President Donald Trump offered to shore up the National Guard and the Capitol Police, and the mayors of the District of Columbia both said no! Why are we pretending this was a terrorist attack? Then there is this.

We have known for a long time that there was no coordination. It was an uncoordinated terrorist attack? How does that work? A bunch of random people from all over the country all decided individually they would do acts of terror with no weapons to achieve their shared political objective. This is why former President Barack Obama was so intent on keeping the 2012 Benghazi attack a spontaneous demonstration. You see, Democrats get to call rockets launched at our embassy by Al Qaeda and U.S. Navy SEALs and an ambassador murdered “spontaneous demonstrations.” A bunch of terrorists were randomly walking with rocket launchers near our embassy on the totally random date of 9/11 and murdered our personnel. Spontaneous demonstration! A bunch of people wandered around the capital for a couple hours and didn’t bring so much as a water pistol with no coordinated premeditation. Terrorist attack!

The Time When Life Changed: Jan. 6 Group Writing

 

Jan. 6, 2003, I was getting ready for a late meeting with an old employee about some possible contract work. My wife, Linda, was off getting a pedicure with my mother and her best friend. This was Linda’s last fun thing before the scheduled baby shower the next day. We had a scheduled C-section for the 10th. That was not going to happen.

About 6 p.m., my phone rang, and my mother was telling me, “This is the night!” Apparently, Linda had gone into labor, and it was time for our lives to change. At 7:22, our son was born, and we were parents. A few days later, after my mother dropped us off, our son asleep in his car seat, we looked at each other thinking, “What have we done?!”