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Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for cranking out as many judicial confirmations as possible before the end of the session. They also discuss the truly crazy comments of Georgia Senate hopefuls Rev. Warnock comparing the GOP tax cuts to Herod’s slaughter of babies in Bethlehem and Jon Ossoff being clueless on the job of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And they shake their heads as officials in Austin, Texas, finally realize that shutting down and defunding the police cadet academy was probably a bad idea.

Biden Confused by Free Speech


Biden campaign picture of protest
Evidence provided by Biden campaign of terrifying protesters flying American flags on a public highway, new Covid-19 restrictions expected in response.
After encountering Trump supporter escorts as their campaign bus traveled in the Lone Star State, the Biden campaign expressed concern about the exercise of First Amendment rights on public highways, reported by Jack Phillips in the Epoch Times:

“Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas today instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way,” Biden campaign Texas communications director Tariq Thowfeek told news outlets, confirming several events would be canceled in the state.

Three Cheers for Governor Abbott


Yesterday, October 2, 2019 Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to Austin’s mayor demanding the mayor do something about Austin’s homeless problem. It has been out of control since the City Council passed a law legalizing overnight camping everywhere – except in front of City of Austin offices. As a result, Austin has been turning into San Francisco South-Central.

And if the mayor blows off the Governor? Abbott pledges to use state authority to clean up Austin if the mayor fails to solve the problem by November 1.

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On the way home from work today, I heard a snippet of a story about how the city is dealing with the new, lenient laws regarding street-camping. It is now legal for the homeless to set up camp in any public area, anywhere in the city except (of course) near City Hall, and as long […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have whiplash from all the media hyperbole in the wake of Andrew McCabe getting fired, almost all of it from people who have never read the inspector general’s report. They also hammer President Trump for gloating about McCabe’s ouster and McCabe for suggesting his firing was a political hit job from Trump when multiple DOJ officials recommended it. They also applaud the media for finally noticing a series of bombings in Austin, Texas, which have killed or injured several people in a story reminiscent of the Unabomber. And they have some fun with D.C. city council member Trayon White alleging that the Rothschilds control the weather to bring calamity to American cities and then swoop in to pay for the cleanup and take control of the cities.

Notes from the Lone Star State


IMG_1044-853x640Since I’ve been in Texas for 18 hours now, and have already jogged from my hotel to the Capitol (see the photograph — and please accept my promise that in real life the dome is bigger than my nose and not the other way around), I am, you will agree, an expert. What strikes me so far:

Item: People in service positions — the staff at the rental car agency, the waiters at restaurants — somehow carry themselves with a certain relaxed and unself-conscious pride. Like equals. Like people who are doing things and going places. When I asked directions to the rental car garage at the airport late last night, the young janitor did a well-spoken job of giving them to me, responding to my thanks by looking me in the eye and saying, “You’re welcome, Sir.”

Item: Space — there’s space. You have the sense here in downtown Austin that you could drive 15 minutes in any direction and find yourself in open country. That means a lot of things, but one in particular that’s on my mind just now: Housing costs are reasonable. Young people can buy houses and start families. As I left California, the young Uber driver who took me to the airport devoted about 20 minutes to a detailed analysis of Bay Area housing, naming neighborhood after neighborhood in which he could never hope to live — and explaining that his parents, one a cook, the other a housekeeper, had had to move to Utah to escape rising rents. In California, there’s a built-in hostility to working people and the young. Not here. Not in the Lone Star State.