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I just picked this up in The Spectator site (it’s a subscription site with a article limit for non-subscribers).  This isn’t a story I was paying a lot of attention to, but I was aware of it. Until now, I hadn’t realized it had been debunked.  I guess the Canadian press isn’t advertising that. I […]

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I am a good conservative, but I try to take a sensible approach to life and not dismiss outright the views and pronouncements of those of a different political persuasion.  Even a broken clock is right twice a day.  Therefore, during Covid, I have tried to do what made sense to me regarding all the […]

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Moving Past ‘Safetyism’


I was listening to a Bari Weiss podcast and she dropped the word “safetyism” (the context was discussing how to address overly aggressive COVID measures) which was frankly new to me. After some searching, I found that it was first coined in The Coddling of the American Mind. I had heard a great deal about the magazine article and subsequent book at the time. I never read them because the premise seemed obviously true to me.

Anyway, the authors’ definition of safetyism is “a culture or belief system in which safety (which includes “emotional safety”) has become a sacred value, which means that people become unwilling to make trade-offs demanded by other practical and moral concerns.” I think the focus at the time was more on trigger warnings and supposed psychological effects rather than physical safety. However, at the moment I want to talk about physical safety.

While of course the refusal of people and institutions to even briefly consider whether there were trade-offs in dealing with COVID, I think that there is a pretty obvious progression of this faulty thinking. Going back to my military service, the safety office on Air Force bases was the subject of much derision. I remember the local safety NCO (northern Mississippi) posting a notice in the gym one morning that people shouldn’t run outside as the temperature would drop to 20 that day. I had arrived there from Grand Forks, ND, a month prior and told him that I’d be just fine, thank you very much.

Don’t get me wrong; safety observers play an important role in fire and other emergency services, but there is always the risk of sliding past prudent caution into full-blown ridiculousness. I was talking to a veteran incident manager about a big wildfire where they had to fire the safety manager after he demanded that firefighters had to wear their emergency shelters in the dining hall line.

I guess when safety measures jump the shark we can call them “Karenism.” (I’d love to think I just coined that but it was too easy).

A couple of other points.

I have noticed that every time I had to deal with a safety guy in the corporate world, their business cards had these multiple character certification acronyms after their names. I’m always immediately suspicious when someone feels the need to add these obscure certifications to their card. We used to joke in the military about how the shorter the office symbol, the more important you were, and this seems like the same principle in action.

HR is the manifestation of safetyism in corporate employment. HR will never tell a manager to take any risk to support corporate goals.

This is sort of a companion piece to my conversation on moving on past COVID. I guess the conclusion is that what’s going on isn’t some huge sea change. It’s the next step in something that’s been growing for decades. Which is very frightening.

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Resisting the Future the Global Elite Have Planned for Us


The Global Elite…represented by the folks who fly to Davos and Climate Change conferences on fleets of private jets… have plans for the world. These plans were summarized as “You will own nothing and be happy.” And also, eat bugs. For some reason, forcing “the poors” (i.e., anyone who does not have a private jet to fly to Davos) to eat bugs is a really big deal to the Global Elite. However, the people who would be the subject of their global governance schemes are less enthusiastic, and this is very vexing to the global elite.

“The good news is the elite across the world trust each other more and more… the bad news is that the majority of people trusted that elite less…”

Yes, the more people become aware that the future the Global Elite have in mind for us is one in which we are crammed into urban pods and fed bugs (while they keep their private jets, mansions in the Hamptons, and Wagyu steaks), the less enthused the common people are about these plans. And this is a problem for them.

This lady quoted above (I don’t know who she is) is verifying something that’s been said for a long time; the trans-national global elite considers themselves above the citizens of their respective countries. If billionaires from the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and China get in a room together; they are all going to be quite chummy. Concerns about differences in ideology, in human rights, seem a lot less important when you’re discussing whether to trade up from a Gulfstream G700 to an ACJ350.

Sort of related, the Smithsonian Museum has a new exhibit on their version of the future. It aligns with what the World Economic Forum envisions and it’s so depressing Morrissey would have written at least eight songs about it back in the eighties. Whereas seventy years or so ago, visions of the future meant flying cars, robot workers, and colonies on the moon, the Smithsonian vision of the future is one in which cars are illegal, we make our own clothes, and live in buildings constructed from garbage.

And the Global Elite wonder why we’re not enthusiastic about their plans for us.

Premier Still Not Ready to Face Reality


The announcement last night by the premier of Western Australia that the state’s border will remain closed to both the world and the rest of Australia has been greeted by perhaps the first negative headline in the state’s only major daily newspaper in oh 658 days.

The announcement will be devastating for many Australians who were looking forward to seeing family members they have not seen for many months or even years. Even many Western Australian residents have been locked out of their own state because they had the gall to leave the state during the pandemic for such selfish reasons like visiting sick and dying family members.

For many other Western Australians, the announcement will be met with much relief as they have allowed themselves to be consumed by such fear as a result of government propaganda that the possibility of dealing with a major outbreak of a virus that has now become endemic throughout the world so terrifies them that they will cheer on any authoritarian measure that they feel will keep them safe.

The announcement also demonstrates the decades of neglect that the health system of the state has undergone with the health system already overwhelmed and failing even without an outbreak.

This announcement is an indictment of a premier that is unwilling to face the reality of omicron. This is an opportunity to return to normalcy with a weaker variant spreading natural immunity throughout the world and a large percentage of the population vaccinated we can allow the young and the healthy to return to their normal lives while the sick and the elderly can through their own volition take extra precautions to protect themselves from a virus that is still very dangerous. We can drop the unnecessary authoritarian measures that have caused nothing but heartache and division such as border closures, lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and mask mandates, and once again be a somewhat free state.

However, as a West Australian, I know that will not be the case. My premier is an authoritarian dictator completely drunk on the power that this pandemic has given him. He has become so used to the sycophantic worship of the media and the brainwashed populace and this state will continue to slide into the abyss of totalitarianism.

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Over the past week or so, my wife, my older son, and my older daughter all tested positive for Covid.  My wife’s positive test was yesterday.  I tested negative on Monday evening, though I’ve been feeling somewhat sick for a couple of weeks now. They all seem to be generally fine, so far, with mild […]

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When Politics and Healthcare Meet No One Wins


When politics and healthcare meet, no one wins. Certainly not me, anyway.

As a practicing nurse in California, I am mandated by law to comply with a two-dose mRNA vaccine with booster. Regardless of masking and a downward trend, the California Department of Public Health has instituted guidelines that pressure all medical staff (and medically adjacent) to get a booster if they’ve already been vaccinated. Religious exemptions will only be tolerated if they were previously known, documented, and thoroughly supported. No “new” exemptions will be allowed.

This means that a convert to fundamental Christianity who discovers that the mRNA vaccines were created with descendent lines of cells taken from aborted fetal tissue will not be allowed an exemption for their newfound religiosity.

For those of us who love freedom, this alone is concerning.

But for me, personally, what is more concerning is the following CDPH guidance about medical exemptions:

To determine qualifying medical reasons, the physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician should refer to Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC, specifically, clinical considerations, as well as contraindications and precautions. The identified contraindications include:

  • Documented history of severe allergic reaction to one or more components of all the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S.
  • Documented history of severe or immediate-type hypersensitivity allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, along with a reason why you cannot be vaccinated with one of the other available formulations.

It is not enough that my doctor indicates that I had a severe reaction to my Covid vaccine; I have to convince my doctor to justify why I cannot take another vaccine that is available. Additionally, guidance states that only severe anaphylaxis is a reason to exempt employees. When referred to the CDC website, it makes it very clear what it considers to be a severe enough reaction:

For the purposes of this guidance, regarding severity of allergic reactions:

Severe allergic reactions include:

  • Possible anaphylaxis, a progressive life-threatening reaction that typically includes urticaria but also with other symptoms such as wheezing, difficulty breathing, or low blood pressure (see Appendix D)
  • Any angioedema affecting the airway (i.e., tongue, uvula, or larynx)
  • Diffuse rash which also involves mucosal surfaces (e.g., Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)

Non-severe allergic reactions may include:

  • Urticaria (hives) beyond the injection site
  • Angioedema (visible swelling) involving lips, facial skin, or skin in other locations. NOTE: Any angioedema affecting the airway (i.e., tongue, uvula, or larynx) is considered a severe allergic reaction (see above).

Additionally, people who have had myocarditis following their Covid vaccination with a mRNA vaccine are still somehow recommended to get a booster once they have recovered.

Ultimately, the CDC decides to cover itself by indicating that if these guidelines aren’t specific enough (vaccinate everyone, all the time!), you can have one of their special scientists look at your patient’s case to determine if they should or should not get a vaccine or booster. I’m sure, given the above guidance, that they will be completely circumspect and immune to any sort of government pressure to impose vaccinations for all but the most immediate life-threatening of reactions.

At the end of the day, for me, it has emerged like most bureaucratic decrees; though everyone agrees that I should not get another vaccine because of the severity of the reaction, no one wants to be the one to sign the letter. Filing this letter with my institution leaves it open to CDPH, which leaves it open to the CDC. Both of these entities could have a negative impact on my physicians (yes, plural) who do not want to be the one to formally make the call; one could lose a practice, one could lose a research grant, one could lose a prestigious place on a medical board. If it came out that they helped someone avoid guidelines, it could be perceived as anti-vax behaviors and a lack of confidence in science. It could be perceived as defiance of common-sense medical guidelines put in place by the CDC. It could also impact their licensing from the state board (rumor has it).

It could be very, very negative for them.

Additionally, and perhaps more pedestrian, no one wants to sit down and take the time to write a letter that justifies to CDPH exactly how it is that I should be exempt from both types of vaccines (because guidance is that if you’re allergic to one type, you get the other). Time is, after all, money. Particularly in healthcare, the time taken to write a letter of this magnitude requires research, finesse, and an iron-clad line of argument. This is time that would or could be better spent in rooms with patients, teaching medical students, writing research papers, or cutting down the mountain of digital charting that depresses every practitioner in every state.

At the end of the day, these policies are not good for anyone individually and probably not even good for society as a whole, as Covid peters out into a milder, friendlier version of SARS.

But most importantly to me, this policy endangers not only my livelihood, but realistically, also my life as getting another vaccine could potentially be deadly. It is one thing to insist that we are vaccinated for patient care. It is another to disregard thrombocytopenia, coagulopathies, allergies, and even myocarditis in a push for political correctness.

At the end of the day, my job is not worth my death, even if it means leaving patient care.

California Looks Like a “Third World Country” According to… the Governor of California


Gov. Gavin Newsom – who is sort of like the Justin Trudeau of California but with fewer incidents of blackface — brought his hair stylist, make-up artist, and wardrobe staff to Los Angeles to stage a photo op. Newsom and some aides (I’m assuming they are aides, willing to put up with this in order to make lucrative political connections that will set them up for life) picked up some of the garbage strewn around train tracks where gangs of thieves have been robbing cargo from passing trains.

“It looked like a third world country, these images, the drone images that were on the nightly news,” Newsom told reporters gathered Thursday along the cleaned up tracks.

“My frustration with this in particular is the images look like a third-world country,” repeats Gavin Newsom, clearly concerned about how California is perceived

Applying the classic “when the only tool you know is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail” approach, the governor has pledged to dump boxcars full of money on the problem until it disappears from the media.

The governor said his new budget proposal includes funds to expand the Organized Retail Theft Task Force created last year when Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities saw organized groups of roving thieves carrying out smash-and-grab robberies at retail stores.

As for whether there will be any change to the policy of not prosecuting people for theft, Newsom reiterated the policy in California of charging people with robbery only if they are connected to a gang. (He also reportedly apologized for his use of the word “gangs” claiming it was not intended to be “pejorative.”)

“These folks are arrested as if they are individuals that are not going connected to the whole, and we need to change that,” he said.

Same dude signed a law last year that said gang membership could not be used to enhance charges against criminals. He also signed a law to prosecute people for retail theft if they are members of a gang, but now it’s back to prosecuting people whether they’re members of a gang or not. Seems like it would be more straightforward just to prosecute people who commit crimes and punish them accordingly, but I guess California cannot do that because of Prop 47.

The question remains whether all of this show for the cameras will change anything.

In December, Union Pacific sent a letter to LA County District Attorney George Gascón’s urging more aggressive prosecutions for cargo thieves and calling for an end to a no-bail policy for some defendants aimed at reducing overcrowding at jails during the coronavirus pandemic.

“These individuals are generally caught and released back onto the streets in less than twenty-four hours. Criminals boast to our officers that charges will be pled down to simple trespassing — which bears no serious consequence,” the letter said.

No serious consequences unless you were trespassing in the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. One of the other things about third world countries is the authorities usually are pretty tolerant of property crimes against common citizens; but they do harshly punish critics of the regime.

Anyway, if Gavin Newsom thinks the railyards around Lost Angeles look like a third world country, then what about this:


Republicans Need a Contract With America


The poll gap is enormous (13+ points R!). There are lots of reasons to not vote for Democrats.

But Republicans who want to be in the House and Senate need a simple, straightforward platform that Americans can vote for. Here is a list to kick off the discussion:

1. Don’t have more COVID lockdowns or mandates of any kind.

2. Maximize natural gas, oil, and nuclear power sources to lower the price at the pump and utility bills.

3. Support parental rights! Change the law to have the money only go to states and jurisdictions where parents have choice/charters/vouchers.

4. Send all departments out to the areas they govern. Drain the swamp by exporting it.

5. Change the law to fire all government employees who play politics or political favorites. No selective enforcement/targeting.

6. Support medical freedoms. No FDA approval should be needed for people to make their own decisions on experimental drugs.

7. Reduce governmental ownership of land. Mandate a max 10% federal ownership of the land of any state. Auction the rest off over the course of four years.

8. Finish the border wall.

Criticize! Add your own! Let’s see if we produce a decent Top 10 priorities list Republicans can rally around and implement.

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Our kids’ schools are in distance learning* for basically the whole month of January.  This is how I know it’s a bunch of nonsense: All athletics and activities will continue as scheduled. That’s for the high school, whose students are at marginally higher risk (based on age) than elementary and middle, and more able to […]

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Irish Eyes Are Crying One Week On …


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Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said you don’t know your Irish until the world breaks your heart. Truer words were never spoken, at least to the ears of this Irishman.

Last week the lady featured, Ashling Murphy, finished teaching a class of primary students (kindergarten students), and as teachers do, she went for a run to wind down. The run was along a canal in the center of Ireland, outside the town of Tullamore in County Offaly, a place that I know well for personal reasons. She never returned to her pupils. On her run, she was murdered. She never came back to her school, but more importantly to her friends, boyfriend, and family, she never came home.

The Irish police have arrested a suspect, and given the way Irish law works, I will not comment on him. He is innocent until proven guilty, and I do not want to prejudice the case.

But like many in Ireland this past week, I can’t help but feel a loss. Many in Ireland feel it. The whole country was shocked by the events this past Wednesday, and whilst yes, the media machine has amplified her death, there’s no question that it is not all manufactured. I know for many Americans and those from more violent places, such words seem childish or out of perspective. But in Ireland, whilst we have many problems, and many ills, this was out of order. It seems a kind, nice woman, of the type every Irish person of good will knows, was robbed of her life and future by evil. One that’s left us feeling hollow.

I share some traits with this lady that perhaps have added to the pain. Like her I am a teacher, like her I enjoy my work with students, and like her I go to mass regularly. Ashling was, like me, a practicing Catholic, which is unusual in modern Ireland. So obviously, there is some projection going on in my emotions. Nonetheless, she seemed like such a woman in deed as well as looks. First to her school every morning, aiding the students with music (she was an Irish traditional musician), teaching all ages outside of school, and just being a natural aid to living in modern Ireland. She was a sportswoman and a woman of fashion too, but nobody’s perfect (I kid, I kid … ).

But now her life is over. It seems so final. So cruel. So despairing. Not the act of evil that I can get as a history teacher, but the nature of the loss. But this article is about her, not me.

Her funeral was last Tuesday. As expected, a massive crowd attended. The Irish do funerals well. There was a bishop who spoke at the mass, and the taoiseach (Irish prime minister), Micheál Martin, attended, along with several ministers and the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. More importantly, each of Ashling’s 23 students from her first class did a guard of honour. Each carried a rose and a picture of her and told her to fly high in the sky. A testament to their innocence, the majority did not cry, but remained brave as the body entered St. Brigid’s Church Mountbolus, County Offaly.

In my school, we had a minute of silence for her. Never had I felt such emotion. I’ve been in schools where students or teachers passed away, but I never felt it as deep as this. I found myself choking up a bit. Perhaps I am a weakling, or just soft. But maybe it testifies to my humanity. I don’t know. Anyway, this is not my day.

Please, Ricochet members, would you say a prayer for Ashling Murphy? Pray for her friends, family, and boyfriend. They need it. When a friend passed a few years ago, many of you did so. I wrote this at the time, my favourite biblical verse, and I stand by it to this day. Let not evil win. Pray for her soul and its entry to heaven.

“A light shines in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it.” – John 1:5

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James Lileks and I had a little disagreement in @bryangstephens thread about Vladimir Putin’s insightful critique of the Woke West. James seems to think it’s a bad idea and plays into Putin’s hands to acknowledge his statements about the insanity overtaking the West, even if true, since we will be linking ourselves with a despot […]

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It’s difficult to get behind the pro-life movement.  It isn’t that I don’t agree with it in concept.  I don’t plan to have an abortion nor does my wife.  But then, we are pretty well beyond the age of conceiving kids. It is easy to placidly accept the argument, or rather excuses, of my left-leaning […]

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Biden directly said that if his bills did not pass (which they did not) then we could not trust the next election. I thought that a sitting President questioning the election was a huge no-no, one that was behavior so beyond the pale that immediate impeachment is called for. Biden did this not at a […]

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Member Post This is scary about how the left is using power against anyone associated with Trump. And of course, those Never Trump sympathizers support this sort of treatment of American citizens for the “crime” of “collusion” with Trump.  The interrogation went on for some three days from early morning until late afternoon. They wanted to […]

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Did Reagan Suffer from Dementia? Does Biden? Who Cares?


In an effort to explain to people why he does not hold press conferences, Joe Biden held a press conference yesterday.  It went about as one might expect. For example, he was asked if he thought that the school closings might be a political problem for him. Yes or no might have sufficed, but Mr. Biden proved his detractors wrong about his intellect by delving into the issue a bit more deeply:

Oh, I think it could be, but I hope to God that they’re — that — look, maybe I’m kidding myself, but as time goes on, the voter who is just trying to figure out, as I said, how to take care of their family, put three squares on the table, stay safe, able to pay their mortgage or their rent, et cetera, has — is becoming much more informed on the motives of some of the political players and some of the — and the political parties. And I think that they are not going to be as susceptible to believing some of the outlandish things that have been said and continue to be said.

You know, every — every president, not necessarily in the first 12 months, but every president in the first couple of years — almost every president, excuse me, of the last presidents — at least four of them — have had polling numbers that are 44 percent favorable.

So, it’s this idea that — but you all — not you all — but now it is, “Well, Biden is at — one poll showed him at 33 percent. The average is 44 — 44, 45 percent. One polled him at 49 percent.”

I mean, the idea that — the American public are trying to sift their way through what’s real and what’s fake. And I don’t think as — I’ve never seen a time when the political coverage — the choice of what political coverage a voter looks to has as much impact on as what they believe; they go to get reinforced in their views, whether it’s MSNBC or whether it’s Fox or whatever.

I mean — and one of the things I find fascinating that’s happening — and you all are dealing with it every day — and it will impact on how things move — is that a lot of the speculation in the polling data shows that the — that the cables are heading south; they’re losing viewership. You know?

Well, Fox is okay for a while, but it’s not gated. And a lot of the rest are predicted to be not very much in the mix in the next four to five years. I don’t know whether that’s true or not.

But I do know that we have sort of put everybody in — put themselves in certain alleys. And they’ve decided that, you know, how many people who watch MSNBC also watch Fox, other than a politician trying to find out what’s going on in both places? How many people —

Again, I’m no expert in any of this. But the fact is, I think you have to acknowledge that what gets covered now is necessarily a little bit different than what gets covered in the past.

I’ve had a couple — well, I shouldn’t get into this.

But the nature not — the nature of the way things get covered — and this is my observation over the years I’ve been involved in public life — changed. And it’s changed because of everything from a thing called the Internet. It’s changed because of the way in which we have self-identified perspectives based on what channel you turn on, what — what network you look at — not network, but what cable you look at. And it’s — it’s never quite been like that.


I did not vote for Mr. Biden.  But I’m sure that those who did vote for him are thinking, “Thank goodness we finally have someone in the White House who is not a crazy unpredictable fool like Donald Trump.”  They must be relieved.

On the other hand, there are some critics who use answers like the one above to suggest that Mr. Biden must have some form of dementia.  I think those critics are way off base.

Is this answer less coherent than his speeches from 40-50 years ago? Of course not. You never know what Mr. Biden is going to say. And neither does Mr. Biden. He never has.

It’s possible that he has some form of dementia. Hard to say. But I’m convinced that this is just how his brain works, even on a good day.  He’s always been like this.  He would have struggled with a regular job, like a truck driver or a factory worker.  I don’t think he could have managed that.  Can you imagine him keeping track of a logbook or a time card?  He would have needed help to deal with details like that.

He excelled in politics through a lack of ethics, not through a powerful intellect.

This is not disease or old age.  This is just who Joe Biden is.  It’s who he’s always been.  Just ask Clarence Thomas, who didn’t understand many of Mr. Biden’s questions during his hearings.  Mr. Biden graduated 76th out of 85 students at Syracuse Law School, after having been kicked out for plagiarism.  Mr. Thomas is one of the great legal minds of our era.  Mr. Thomas had no idea what Mr. Biden was talking about.  Because most of Biden’s questions sounded like his answer above.

After Jimmy Carter’s spectacular failures 45 years ago, his leftist supporters suggested that perhaps the world was sufficiently complex that the Presidency was too complicated for one man to manage.  Even after Ronald Reagan proved them wrong, those leftists just couldn’t see that the problem with Jimmy Carter was not his intellect, but his leftism.

Dwelling on Mr. Biden’s supposed dementia is a mistake.

First of all, it may not be true.  It’s not at all clear that he is worse off intellectually than he was 50 years ago.

But more importantly, the problem with Mr. Biden is not his cognitive difficulties, but his leftism.

Did Ronald Reagan have early Alzheimer’s disease during his term as president?  Perhaps.  But he governed as a conservative, and conservatism works, so it was ok.  He lost his memory – not his judgment.  Even in a weakened state, Mr. Reagan would not have opened our borders, doubled our money supply, shut down our energy production, retreated from Afghanistan, defunded the police, allowed our history to be destroyed, promoted gender and race conflicts, and so on.  He might have needed help with his daily schedule.  He didn’t need help with reality.  He was a conservative.

If he had been a leftist like Carter, he would have failed like Carter.  If he had been a leftist like Biden, he would have failed like Biden.

But he wasn’t a leftist.  So he succeeded.  Even though he may have suffered from the same disease as Mr. Biden might be suffering from.  The disease doesn’t matter as much as their ideology.  A secretary can tell you when your next meeting is.  But if the president really believes that you can keep printing money until inflation stops, then there is no cure for that.  Leftism is a metastatic disease with no known cure.  Just ask Californians.  Or, now, Texans (having been over-run by Californians).  Or Venezuelans.  Or Cubans.  Or anyone that has been touched by leftism.

Did Mr. Reagan suffer from dementia during his presidency?  I’m not sure.  Does Mr. Biden?  I’m not sure.  But honestly, I don’t care.

Mr. Biden suffers from leftism.  And now, so do we.

Dementia is not the problem.  Leftism is.  It doesn’t matter who the president is, or how smart they are.  The person doesn’t matter.  Their age doesn’t matter.  Where they went to college doesn’t matter.

Leftism matters.

Leftism is destructive.  Regardless of who is promoting it.

Let’s stay focused on the real problem, here…

Worst President Since Buchanan? Some Eerie Parallels…


When Joe Biden was touting his achievements and daring his listeners to name a single president who did more in his first year, I immediately mentally listed FDR, LBJ, Reagan.. and then thought it might be easier to list presidents worse than Biden.  The only one who really stands out as a rival is the hapless James Buchanan and when you do a detailed comparison it is scary.  It took Buchanan four years to leave the country in the worse shape possible and Joe has been at it for only one year.

Be afraid.

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Just one more reason to love Poland. The following quote comes from the former Foreign Minister of Poland, Radek Sikorski. “We were not orphaned by you because you were not our daddy. More of a serial rapist. Which is why you are not missed. And if you try it again, you’ll get a kick in […]

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In one of his first acts as the new Governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order giving parents the right to determine whether their children wear masks to school.  Children everywhere have borne the brunt of pandemic restrictions, and have lost untold learning opportunities.  Well, some of the teachers in the state can’t […]

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I’ve always said that I’m not anti-vax, but I’m firmly anti-mandate.  That hasn’t changed.  At the same time, I may have vaccines to thank for a (supposed) contraction of COVID that was so mild I thought it was my flu shot lingering.  (Global case numbers at bottom) I got the shots in April of 2021 […]

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President Biden’s Successes


I appreciate that Fox News has published at least two positive endorsements of President Biden’s first year. Other than the weak efforts by poor Jen Psaki to lay out the positives of President Biden’s actions, I had not seen any outside explanations of why we should be glad that Joe Biden is President of the United States.

One of the pieces (Biden Gave a Commanding Performance At His Press Conference) is by Kevin Walling. Unfortunately, the piece is nothing but vague characterizations of events and statements that make accurately measuring and commenting on them difficult. Well, except that Mr. Walling said,

Americans saw in their commander-in-chief someone willing to speak earnestly and frankly with the American people, and his command performance Wednesday harkened back to an earlier Biden from the campaign trail: forceful, direct, self-deprecating and earnest.

It was so earnest and frank that several Administration officials had to rush out immediately with “clarifications.” And press secretary Psaki had to spend most of her press conference this morning undoing (or “clarifying”) what the President said. So maybe the President’s press conference performance wasn’t all that commanding.

So we move to the more substantive piece by Juan Williams (Five Things to Celebrate From Biden’s First Year). Cutting and pasting from the piece:

  1. Biggest drop in unemployment in his first 12 months of any president in history
  2. Highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the measure of the growth of the American economy, in nearly 40 years.
  3. During Biden’s first year in office the stock market has seen its value soar go up 25%.
  4. The country has avoided another lockdown despite the rise of a new coronavirus variant
  5. By the end of last year nearly all schools were able to reopen thanks to Biden’s successful distribution of the vaccine.

Things 1, 2, and 3 are all things that most likely would have happened even if a house plant occupied the Oval Office (re house plants, see discussion on the thread “Remember – Biden Was Always A Plant” by @BDB ). Local and state restrictions on liberty and economic activity in 2020 were so severe that by January 2021 there was nowhere to go but up. I’d be more interested in a comparison to late 2019.

“Lockdowns” (Thing 4) were mostly functions of local and state governments, not the national government, so there is little basis for Biden to claim credit for a lack of lockdowns.

Closing down the schools (Thing 5, again, mostly decisions made by local and state governments) was clearly a mistake, and as it turns out the availability of vaccines (especially the availability to children) was not a major factor in decisions to reopen schools.

Mr. Williams is crediting to President Biden “successes” that are almost or totally independent of Mr. Biden’s decisions or actions. I don’t think inevitabilities are reasons to “celebrate.”

So I guess I’m still waiting for someone to explain why the American public should be glad Joe Biden is President of the United States.

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