Wokedom Doomed? Liberation, Ho!


Judge James Ho of the Fifth Circuit has announced he will no longer accept any clerks from Yale Law School because the cancel culture there is (a) out of control and (b) that mindset is entirely contradictory to the spirit and substance of American law.  Unstated (but I will bravely infer) is the additional fact that such people are likely to be unpleasant to have around.

Reportedly, other federal judges are joining the Yale law boycott. Is the resistance awakening? Can wokedom survive without full command of high-influence positions in society? More importantly, will SCOTUS start the dominoes falling later this year?

The king welcomes Jessica Anderson, the President of Sentinel Action Fund and Executive Director of Heritage Action for America. Her group has made big buys supporting GOP candidates, especially Blake Masters, who’s taking on Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly. Jessica leads Heritage Action’s two million grassroots activists and 20,000 Sentinels to engage directly with their state and federal lawmakers advocating for public policy solutions, which put American families, businesses and interests first.

Jon then discusses the rest of the news, including Ron DeSantis’s hurricane response, Herschel Walker’s latest scandal, and OPEC shutting off the black taps. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon recommends “I Hope I Never See Your Face Again” by Desmond Doom.

Despair and the Difficulties of the Enemy


I see a a lot of posts and comments from people who have concluded that the 2022 election is hopeless–that election fraud, combined with the huge Democrat funding advantage and the dominance of Democrat-advocating media, will make it impossible for any Republican candidate to win (any Republican candidate other than those who aren’t a challenge to the Democrat-desired status quo, at least).

I’m reminded of a passage in the book Infantry in Battle, written between the world wars–it contains numerous individual-experience monographs (American, French, and German) along with some rather philosophical thoughts about conclusions to be drawn from these experiences.  (The book was edited by then-colonel George C Marshall)

Great Teachers Still Exist!


@peterrobinson should interview this English gentleman on Uncommon Knowledge.

Background: My life was transformed by a great teacher at a state university in Sacramento. Dr. David Bell taught me, as a published writer with a B.A. in English, that I still couldn’t read or write effectively. I could not call myself a real writer until I got an A on a six-page paper in one of his four graduate seminars.

How Many Businesses and Jobs Will Leave Seattle When the Minimum Wage Rises to $18.69/hr in January?


That level applies to employers with 500 or more employees. I can see the line of medium-sized businesses preparing to close their doors or move out of the city.

The article also reminds us that on January 1, the state minimum wage rises to $15.74 per hour. No business will be able to afford to hire young people for their first jobs. How many jobs will be automated out of existence?

Cheering for … the Hurricane?


If anything should be exempt from politics, it is our response to natural disasters.

After all, they don’t discriminate. Hurricanes and tornadoes come to mind. They painfully remind us of the dark side of nature’s awesome power. Growing up in Oklahoma – tornado alley – I’ve seen enough evidence and reminders of their destruction.

Loretta Lynn, 1932-2022


Loretta Lynn has passed away. I’m not a huge country music fan, but there are certain singers I am a fan of. Loretta Lynn was one. Here’s the song that inspired a movie:

Twitter Buyout Going Ahead?


Despite the ongoing litigation, I’ve remained cautiously optimistic that Elon Musk might yet buy Twitter and clean house. Now there’s word that he may go ahead with it after all.

I’m delighted and hope he continues. I returned to Twitter after a 13-year absence when Musk announced his intention to buy the platform. I’ve remained there in hopes that the sale would eventually go through: failing that, I’ll eventually leave, because it remains a cesspool of censorious leftism — and, yes, there are an awful lot of fake accounts.

Fuel for Inflation


For financial markets, September 2022 was one of the worst on record. A nonstop bear market has been created by a decline in stock prices in excess of 20 percent, just as national output declines for the second straight quarter. These indicators point to a continuing recession. Inflation pressures have, as of now, brought the thirty-year fixed-rate mortgage to a 6.7 percent rate, up 1.5 percentage points in the past six weeks and double what it was in January 2022. The Federal Reserve has instituted a series of sharp rate increases to tame the inflation. But this remedy, even if justified, will drive down stock prices in the short run and, by raising the cost of capital, could well further dampen economic activity. Wages have risen in nominal terms, but well below the rate of inflation.

We are now past the point where any government response to monetary issues can reverse this downward trend. Instead, what is necessary is a hard look at the wide array of social and business policies that have led to the current malaise.

Recall for these purposes that the basic definition of inflation is too many dollars chasing too few goods. The rate of inflation does not depend solely on monetary issues within the Fed’s domain—it also depends on changes in the stock of goods and services. Sensible economic policies that aid growth will thus tend to curb inflation even with bad or capricious decisions by the Fed. But conversely, foolish economic and regulatory decisions will compound the problem by shrinking the economic pie in area after area; a key tenet of progressive thinking harbors the sorry illusion that if the Fed does its job, governments and businesses—often backed by government power—are free to pursue all sorts of collateral ends, most of which are counterproductive.

The Response to the Launch of Sputnik 1


Monday was the 65th anniversary of the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik 1.

It has been called the “shock of the century.” This shock grew over the next few days and was a major crisis for the Eisenhower Administration. For the people working on the Minitrack tracking system of Project Vanguard, there was the problem that it was set up to track satellite signals at the International Geophysical Year approved frequency of 108 MHz. Sputnik sent out signals at 20 and 40 MHz. Thus, the Mintrack system needed to be modified ASAP. Marty Votaw worked for my father on this. He recalled in 2008:

The Vanguard program was run on paid overtime from the beginning of the program. On Wednesday [October 2nd, 1957] at work, a memo came out that said there will be no paid overtime after Friday. And I thought “Phew!” we are going to get some time off.  And Friday came, I went home from work tired, and, we had company that night, I sat down to dinner and the phone rang.  And Roger [Easton] says, “They launched Sputnik.” And I said, “Good, now we know what can be done.” He said, “You don’t understand; we’ve got to track it.”  And I said, “Can I eat supper first?”  He said, “Well, yeah, but come back right afterwards.”

A Letter to the NYC Mayor


To the Honorable Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City

Mr. Mayor,
My apologies for sending this to you so late, but congratulations on becoming Mayor of New York. This is quite an accomplishment and I commend you. I sincerely hope that you are more successful than your predecessor, although I think you and I would both agree that he set established the world’s lowest bar for mayors. Just getting through your first term without killing a groundhog will probably do it.

Fascism: A Quick Note


According to George Orwell, whom I am inclined to regard as close enough:

Learned controversies, reverberating for years on end in American magazines, have not even been able to determine whether or not Fascism is a form of capitalism. But still, when we apply the term ‘Fascism’ to Germany or Japan or Mussolini’s Italy, we know broadly what we mean.

Half of our intrepid duo comes to us this week from Birmingham, the site of the 2022 Conservative Party Conference as the PM and the Chancellor retreat from the higher-end tax cuts.  Its a pugilistic edition of London Calling as James and Toby pick a fight and debate the proper strategy to win one.

In Culture Corner, James takes on The Old Man (FX/Hulu in the US, Disney+ in the UK) while Toby reviews This England, Sky Atlantic’s regime-approved wet dream version of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic (US release date and network TBA).

Suffer the Women


In the push for trans rights, inclusivity,  and tolerance, one group is expected to sacrifice and kowtow more than any other: biological women. Both straight and lesbian women — the language they use to identify themselves, their safe spaces, their dating preferences — are all under attack in ways we do not see happening to men.

This week, the Randolph High School girls’ volleyball team was punished for speaking out against a transgender student in their locker room. This student, who is unnamed, allegedly made inappropriate remarks to the girls as they were changing. When the girls spoke out, they were not only put under investigation for “harassment” (under Vermont law, a student can go into whatever bathroom/locker room that matches their “gender identity”) and the team was relegated to change privately in a single bathroom stall.

School Shooting in Oakland Goes Nearly Unreported


Did you hear the gun violence outrage and the saturation of media coverage, over the school shooting that occurred at the Rudsdale High  School in Oakland?

Me either. I guess hurricanes are handy excuses for the media to ignore inconvenient stories. In this narrative non-conforming event, two gang members exchanged 30 rounds on the high school campus, injuring six bystanders. Here’s a link from NPR.

The Fight for the House #6: Texas’ 28th District, Henry Cuellar vs. Cassy Garcia


Lyndon Johnson during his 1948 Senate Run where his margin of victory came from counties now comprising TX 28.

Our next race pits long-term Democrat incumbent Henry Cuellar against the young but fairly experienced Cassy Garcia, who was second-in-command managing Ted Cruz’s district office statewide. The Texas 28th is a district that hugs along the border with Mexico and takes in Laredo.

In 1948, a couple of these border counties gave Lyndon Johnson his margin of victory in his run for US Senate by 87 votes. Lyndon’s pal Abe Fortas, who he eventually appointed to the Supreme Court, was able to successfully stop investigation into the illegality of some of the voting in these border counties, where voters were accustomed to a shot of tequila and some cash for casting their ballots. And in the precincts that Lyndon won by the largest margins, they voted in alphabetical order and in the same hand. What a coincidence! On the bright side, this district and its Hispanic population have been shifting heavily to the right, giving Trump some of his best performances in 2020 among heavily Hispanic counties. This district currently has a three-point advantage for Democrats in party identification.

Leftist Crybabies Tell Politician to ‘Cease and Desist,’ Forgetting Fair Use


In Washington State, Senator Patty “mom in tennis shoes” Murray has a very credible challenger this year, Tiffany Smiley.  She is a triage nurse who advocated successfully for her husband, who was blinded in the Army in Iraq.  She has a very effective campaign ad out, which has gotten significant pushback by two well-known leftist organizations in Seattle.  That would be the Seattle Times, and Starbucks.  I would have missed this completely if the linked article had not appeared on RedState.

The ad has Smiley standing in front of an abandoned Starbucks on Capitol Hill in Seattle, near to where the CHAZ was in the summer of 2020.  Both Starbucks and the Times sent her “cease and desist” letters, accusing her of illegally using their headlines and corporate logo.

This Isn’t a Biden Presidency. It’s a Biden Regency.


Conservatives have asked one big question since Jan. 20, 2021: “So … who’s actually running the country?” Theories abound, including Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice, or Barack Obama wearing Susan Rice as a skinsuit. Due to the administration’s utter incompetence, I don’t see any single person running the show, but an infighting cabal propping up Biden’s husk to show internal dominance. Looking at the wreckage, I figured no one was in charge.

I’ve finally settled on a new paradigm: It’s not a Biden Presidency, but a Biden Regency.

Biden is surrounded with longtime D.C. power players, such as Ron Klain, Susan Rice, Anita Dunn, John Podesta, Gene Sperling – a veritable “who’s who” of Beltway knife fights and insider skullduggery. Throughout their long careers, they’ve never sought credit or voter approval. Just power.

Legislatures Try to Bar Gender Affirming Care for Minors


Vanderbilt University has proven itself to be corrupt and greedy regarding gender treatment for minors. Most recently, they bragged about profits from these procedures and their efforts to force staff to participate. And the Tennessee legislature responded through a letter:

The letter comes after videos on social media of a Vanderbilt doctor describing the surgeries as a ‘huge money maker’ for the hospital went viral. Another video shows a staff member saying there would be ‘consequences’ for employees who decline to participate in these mutilative surgeries.

‘While those 18-years and older are recognized as legal adults and free to make decisions in their best interest, it is an egregious error of judgment that an institution as highly respected as Vanderbilt would condone (and promote) harmful and irreversible procedures for minor children in the name of profit,’ the letter said.

Elon Musk’s Starlink


My kid brother John runs a small television, antenna, cable, and dish installation business in New Mexico. He’s been doing it for many years and he’s really good at it. He sends me pictures sometimes of huge flatscreen televisions he’s mounted on tile walls above fireplaces in extraordinarily expensive Santa Fe homes, stuff like that. He does nice work.

Lately, he’s been busy — really busy — doing Starlink installations. Starlink, as everyone probably knows, is Elon Musk’s space-based internet service provider. New Mexico is a huge, wide-open, mostly empty state with lots of mountains and pockets of wealth. It’s a booming market for Musk’s high-speed, low-latency, low-Earth-orbit service.

Starlink interests me. Not because I want it: I have inexpensive cable internet that does a great job for me. It interests me because it’s innovative, beautifully engineered, and one of the drivers of SpaceX (Starlink’s parent company) and Musk’s rocket business.

The Democrats Selling Something Nobody Wants


I downloaded this picture from whitehouse.gov. The file name is, I swear, hero-desktop.jpeg.

Michael Goodwin has a good article up in The New York Post in which he discusses the increasingly dangerous state of world affairs in response to weak American leadership.  He thinks the Democratic Party has real problems with its leadership — he views Biden and Harris as poor leaders, which is difficult to argue with. But he also discusses other problems of the Democratic Party concerning the upcoming midterm elections:

A crucial run-up to elections is the battle to set the terms of the debate. Poll after poll shows that inflation, the economy, crime and immigration are at the top of most voters’ lists.

The Great Betrayal


All the wonderful words about how we should not get involved with Russian imperial ambitions of seeking a European piece. Yet we are willing to sell other nations into Russian slavery, something that a former US President did at Yalta. A former President who was not much more than the current President when it comes to mental health.

As inconvenient as the suffering of Ukrainians might be to our own way of life and the lofty rhetoric from the Founders who could never imagine that there might come a day when hypersonic missiles would negate the five or more days that it would take for sailing vessels to appear off the American coast is rather odd.

Some Questions


Has anyone on Ricochet heard anything further about the investigation into the person who leaked Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs?

How close are we to world war, post the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline? If that was done by Russia, was it not, in essence, an attack on NATO? Done in NATO territorial waters?