Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to do away with air travel (for the unwashed masses at least, and almost assuredly not for the proggie nomenklatura and their cronies). So are buses and trains a viable substitute for air travel today?
I recently had to travel cross country from near Atlanta, Ga. to Los Angeles, Calif., though I was in no great rush to get there. I looked at routes by air, bus and train. I was surprised to find that cross country travel is, if you buy the ticket two weeks out, as cheap or cheaper by air than it is by bus, train, or some combination of the two. Moreover, the flight takes only 5 hours to 8 hours to complete, while the bus or train take at least 48 hours — or so it was advertised. So flying cross country is more efficient in terms of travel time by a minimum factor of eight.
I have flown across country often, but I had never taken a bus or a train to do so. The opportunity to actually see “fly-over country” sounded interesting, so I booked the “express” bus from Greyhound, the one taking only forty seven hours to reach LA. The route led through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico. and Arizona before finally reaching California, promising only two short stops to change buses along the route. [Read more…]
The finest satire site on the web is The Babylon Bee.
While we wait for Bookworm to finish her legal research and turn her attention back to providing insightful and thought provoking posts on this blog . . . how about a laugh or two. I thought comedy dead with the rise of the proggie left and their countless victim-centric shibboleths. Fortunately, there is a wonderful site, the Babylon Bee, that you really should visit several times a week. It is a Christian based satire site that pokes clean fun at everyone and everything, very much including Christians. I’m tempted to say that the writers at that site have a wicked sense of humor, but somehow, that does not feel appropriate. Some examples:
What is it that we are remembering on Holocaust Remembrance Day? Is is just a day of mourning, or is it a warning as well?
I am sure there is not a one of us unaware of slaughter of the seven million innocent Jews and several million other undesirables by the Nazis as part of their Final Solution. But few of us are ever forced beyond the superficial knowledge of those facts.
Ms. BWR is one step removed the Holocaust and can tell the stories of her father who escaped it, other of her family and her parent’s friends who survived, and others of the same ilk who did not survive it. Her “remembrance” on this day is without doubt exponentially different from mine and most other people, who only read of the Holocaust in school, seeing the occasional anodyne picture of the horrors. We know intellectually that what happened was evil, but not emotionally — not viscerally.
And unfortunately, without something to trigger the visceral emotional response of horror to what happened, it is hard to get to the other purpose, I think, of Holocaust Remembrance Day and that is to recognize the danger of evil and the danger of governments with enough power to effectuate that evil on a grand scale, leaving mountains of bodies in their wake.
Holocaust Remembrance Day focuses on that evil in relation to the Jews, perhaps the most persecuted people in history. For much of our history, that is because the Jews made the perfect scapegoats in largely tribal societies — they were a very insular minority that refused to bow down and eschew their religion regardless of the pressure placed upon them. Can anyone doubt that scapegoating such people and using that as justification to carry out murderous pogroms against them was evil. In a sense, Holocaust Remembrance Day should have us contemplating our historic treatment of the Jews, for Hitler’s Final Solution was no or more less evil than the Jew hatred and bloody slaughters of old. Rather the Final Solution was the natural culmination of it all, a horror that Hitler was able to effectuate on an industrial scale simply because of the power his government had accumulated, his disarming of the Jews, and the technology of his era.
Certainly one of the things we should recognize on Holocaust Remembrance Day is that the danger for Jews to suffer yet another Holocaust is well imaginable in our lifetimes. Murderous Jew hatred could not be more alive and well amongst many in the Muslim world. Muslim triumphalists want to see all non-Muslim faiths wiped out, but the Jews are and have always been first on their list. The Muslims simply have never had the power to make it happen — yet. Does anyone doubt the truth of the rather dark joke going around, that if you take away all of the guns from all of Muslims in the Middle East, you would see no more war there, but take the guns away from all of the Jews and you would see no more Israel there.
And I think there is a secondary lesson from Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is to remember the near certain danger of allowing any government to accumulate so much power that they can disarm the populace and, once disarmed, scapegoat and murder whatever pockets of them are necessary to advance the government’s agenda. We’ve seen variants on that throughout the 20th century, where the rise of socialism ended in the mass murder of nearly a hundred million innocents. We see it still today in places like Venezuela and Cuba, two of socialism’s last failed vestiges.
But now to come full circle. As I wrote above, without something to trigger the visceral horror of what happened with the Holocaust, it is hard for one to fully appreciate the warnings that are part and parcel Holocaust Remembrance Day. I’ve been fortunate enough — or perhaps unfortunate enough, depending on how you look at it — to have had an experience that triggered the visceral horror.
Many years ago, I visited the site of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. It was one of the most memorable and shocking experiences of my life. On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I include a post I wrote about that visit with minor edits: [Read more…]
The basis for claims of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming rest on the information derived from our historic temperature records — serially adjusted and then fed into computer programs. Those numbers are simply not trustworthy. The latest to weigh in on this travesty is Scott Adams, who finds no indicia of reliability in those numbers. It is well worth a listen. He starts on the topic at the 11:00 minute mark and speaks for about nine minutes on it:
Frances Marion, the father of our modern special ops units, was both one of the finest military commanders our nation has ever produced and a good man. The slander that he was a “savage” killer and rapist is the worst of calumny.
Three things no one should ever trust: a wooden nickel; our historic temperature record, and history as rewritten by left-wing British historians. So it is with the Daily Mail in their commentary yesterday on a 2000 film, The Patriot, which they cite for being one of the most historically inaccurate films ever made. According to the Mail:
The Patriot follows the life and times of an American colonist who fights in the American Revolutionary War against the British during the 18th century.
By his own admission, the scriptwriter was at pains to say that protagonist Benjamin Martin was a composite figure based on the life of four real-life figures from the war.
However that doesn’t stop the blockbuster movie, directed by Roland Emmerich, from being littered with historical inaccuracies, such as British forces being portrayed as evil and bloodthirsty psychopaths.
The most controversial scene sees said-British sadists rounding up a village of crying women and children and locking them in a church, which they then raze to the ground.
Martin is shown as a family man in the film, but one of the men his character is based on, Francis Marion, was a savage individual who killed Cherokee Indians for sport and raped his female slaves.
Some moviegoers also pointed out the film’s general ignorance of slavery, which was a prominent part of American life during the period, with the black slaves featured in the movie shown as happy-go-lucky individuals.
Black filmmaker Spike Lee said of the film: ‘For three hours The Patriot dodged around, skirted about or completely ignored slavery. The Patriot is pure, blatant American Hollywood propaganda.’
Let’s try to unpack this scurrilous and grossly inaccurate little blurb from the Mail.
The late Michael Crichton figured out 15 years ago that the climate change juggernaut is a Leftist faith, intended to rework the economy, not true science.
With virtually unlimited money and power at stake, the watermelons (green outside, red inside) are pushing harder than ever to put the U.S. on a path to green Nirvana, where ostensible mitigation of anthropogenic climate change justifies every conceivable regulation, law, and tax, as well as the reordering of our economy and Constitution.
Before starting up this post, some facts many of you might not know. The US has been reducing carbon emissions for years, more so than any other country. In 2017, we produced less carbon than we did in 2005. Indeed, we produced 40,000,000 metric tonnes of CO2 less than we did even in 2016. We accomplished that without regulation — for all those Obama regs were rolled back by 2017 — and without implementing authoritarian government. Yet you will hear no progressive acknowledge those facts in any of the numerous links below. Those are inconvenient facts, and the climate change push is faith based.
The average American is not very concerned with the climate change issue. According to NBC, climate change did not even register as a concern among voters in 2018. But understand that the climate change movement is a juggernaut. It is the single most important issue for progressive left politicians, both foreign and domestic, and their cronies in the private sector, public sector, and academia, all of whom stand to benefit beyond the imagining from the most lucrative scam in history.
Within the past two weeks, once and future Speaker of the House, Crazy Nancy, announced that House Democrats will establish a “Select Committee on the Climate Crisis” as soon as they are seated as the majority. The NYT is running near daily editorials on climate change as the world’s most pressing issue, claiming Trump is evil and everyone who does not embrace the Paris Accords, a carbon tax, and every other thing the left demands to save us from climate-ageddon is mentally and morally defective. On his latest edition of Meet The Press, NBC’s Chuck Todd devoted the entire hour-long show to anthropogenic climate change, though the panel ONLY included those pushing the canard and demanding government action. As justification for the completely stacked panel, Todd stated: [Read more…]
Expect the opening salvo of proggie House overreach to come over making Trump’s tax returns public. They can’t do it, but it will be fun to watch them try.
The progs are obsessed with revealing Trump’s tax returns. It is a fishing expedition reminiscent of a quote by Stalin’s Chief of the Secret Police, Lavrentiy Beria: “Show me the man(‘s tax return); I’ll find you the crime.”
As a proggie at Politico wrote not long ago:
For the past two years, the search for Donald Trump’s unseen tax returns has been something of a quest for the Holy Grail, an elusive trophy that could unlock the mysteries of our political universe. Lacking real proof as to what the president’s tax documents might show, the imagination swells with possibility: Russia ties? Massive personal debts? A wealth substantially lower than his self-reported $10 billion fortune? Something nefarious?
Well the proggies now have the promised land in sight. Reads an article in the Daily Wire:
The 2018 midterms are in the history books. Republicans will pick up somewhere between +2 and +4 Senate Seats while Democrats are expected to pick up approx. 33 seats in the House. To put this into perspective, “since 1862, the president’s party has lost an average of 32 House seats during the midterms.” Obama’s first midterm resulted in a Democrat loss of 6 Senate seats and 63 House seats. So this is bad, but it could have been worse.
In about 24 hours from now, the first polls will close in the midterm elections. About four to five hours after that, we will know whether there was the predicted blue wave, a barely noticeable whitecap, or a surprise red wave. Time for you to prognosticate.
There is an old joke: In heaven, the government is British, the French are the cooks, the Germans are the mechanics, and the Italians are the police. In hell, the British are the cooks, the French run the government, the Italians are the mechanics and the Germans are the police. I’ll put an American spin on that. Hell is where Crazy Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House, Low IQ Maxine Waters runs the Financial Services Committee, and Adam Schiff for Brains runs the Intelligence Committee. Unfortunately for our country, that is a real possibility, not a punch line.
All other things being equal, the history of midterm elections is that whichever party holds the Presidency will lose seats. As it stands today:
Current: Republicans hold a 4 seat majority, 52 to 48.
To Change the Majority: Dem’s will need a net pick up of 3 seats.
Elections this cycle: There are 26 Democratic seats and 9 Republican seats up for election in 2018. The map is horrid for Democrats as 10 of the Dems up for reelection are in states won by Trump in 2016.
Current: Republicans hold 235 seats to 193 for Democrats. 218 seats are need for a majority.
To Change the Majority: Democrats will need a net pick up of 25 seats.
Elections the cycle: Every two years, all 435 voting seats are up for election.
Brett Kavanaugh and Kanye West have combined to make sure that the 2018 midterm election will not be a normal one.
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Many things will come to a head on our next election day, 6 November, 2018. This will not be a normal mid-term election. The Kavanaugh imbroglio clarified that.
Usually midterm elections are, to use a football metaphor, the two parties arguing about where the football should be placed within ten yards of midfield. The questions now are much more fundamental, pitting our enlightenment-era Constitutional values and norms versus Marxist progressive identity / grievance culture. The two cannot coexist. Related to that is whether blacks, who have voted as a monolithic block for the the past 50 years, will continue to do so?
It goes without saying that the playing field for deciding these issues will not be fair and balanced. The refs are in the bag, so to speak. Most of the media are openly an arm of the progressive left, running relentlessly negative press coverage against Trump and Republicans even as Trump’s list of economic, foreign and domestic policy accomplishments (289 and counting) continues to grow. In a sane country, his administration would be celebrated at this point as the most effective (and honest) since World War II. Instead, the media paints our nation as in crisis. As Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit recently stated, “America is not in crisis. Leftists are in meltdown because they’re not in power, and they’re calling that a crisis.”
Kavanaugh & the Marxist – Progressive Identity and Grievance Culture
Marxism is toxic and, as all history has proven since 1919, has failed both spectacularly and bloodily as an economic and governing model. Progressive grievance culture, with its roots in Marxism, is doubly toxic. It borrows the socio-economic oppressed-oppressor framework at the heart of Marxism — as well as Marxism’s will to power by any means necessary — then grafts on identity politics and post-modernism, the latter of which explains the Kavanaugh imbroglio perfectly.
Post-modernism elevates subjective assertions above objective facts. My reality is whatever I want it to be — and thus completely immune to contrary facts and rational argument. There is no need for evidence or due process in such a circumstance. Thus do you get “Believe All Women” (but only if and for so long as they are politically useful).
This mindset was demonstrated with clarity in 2017, when a group of grievance studies majors at Pomona College composed a public letter to the college president protesting Heather MacDonald speaking at their school:
Everything about the global warming movement is a scam designed to transfer the wealth and political power of the West generally and the U.S. in particular into the hands of socialist apparatchiks at the U.N. It has always been so. The most recent effort to accomplish that was with the Paris Accords, from which, thankfully — and in perhaps the most consequential act of his Presidency — Trump withdrew. But these watermelons in the U.S. and at the UN (green outside, red inside) are not going to give up.
The IPCC issued a new climate report several days ago, complete with dire projections and hands out for money. CNN was on top of it: Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn
Governments around the world must take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, says a stark new report from the global scientific authority on climate change.
The report issued Monday by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.The date, which falls well within the lifetime of many people alive today, is based on current levels of greenhouse gas emissions.The planet is already two-thirds of the way there, with global temperatures having warmed about 1 degree C. . . .
Progressives got their FBI report on Judge Kavanaugh, but not the one they wanted. They are spinning like tops to delegitimize it.
Here is the report’s Executive Summary:
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If you wonder why we are having a nightmare circus around the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the late Judge Robert Yates wrote the answer in 1787.
1787 was the year Judge Yates of New York, writing under the pseudonym Brutus, penned the Anti-Federalist No. 78, detailing precisely why Article III of the then proposed U.S. Constitution would have the unintended consequence of creating a Court that would be even more powerful than the other two branches, able to reshape our nation upon the whim of the Judges occupying the Court. His words were eerily prescient.
Our Founders crafted Article III of the Constitution to create a Supreme Court with no political check and balance. Our Founders did not foresee the rise of any group like the proggies in this country, a group that, since the end of WWII, has shamelessly and ruthlessly used the power of the Courts to reshape our nation by unconstitutional means.
The sole right to craft the policies of this nation are assigned to Congress in Article I. The duty to enforce those policies is assigned the President in Article II. The right to make changes to the Constitution lies solely with the people — not the Courts — per Article V. Our Founders envisioned the Courts as merely interpreting the law and insuring that any legislation comported with the Constitution and legislation passed by Congress. Our Founders catastrophically failed to foresee a Court so powerful it would take unto itself the power to rewrite laws and the Constitution itself. And yet that is where we are today, and it is why proggies are willing to go to any length to maintain a stranglehold on the Supreme Court.
It’s not like our Founders weren’t warned. This from Judge Yates provided that warning in 1787:
THE POWER OF THE JUDICIARY
The supreme court under this constitution would be exalted above all other power in the government, and subject to no control. The business of this paper will be to illustrate this, and to show the danger that will result from it. I question whether the world ever saw, in any period of it, a court of justice invested with such immense powers, and yet placed in a situation so little responsible. Certain it is, that in England, and in the several states, where we have been taught to believe the courts of law are put upon the most prudent establishment, they are on a very different footing.
Brett Kavanaugh’s martyrdom before unfounded, bizarre, nonsensical accusations, is a Salem witch trial redux with hints of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
The ordeal of Brett Kavanaugh takes us back to the bad old days of the Salem Witch Trials, though our proggies add their own Maoist Cultural Revolution gloss. If they succeed with Kavanaugh, he will be the first, not the last, to be hanged at Salem’s gallows hill.
And it is just in time for Halloween. The parallels we are seeing with the Salem Witch Trials are striking. Wild accusations. No physical evidence, but the mere charges and their number by “wronged” women supposedly being the proof. The townspeople thrown into mass hysteria, which plays out today with the mass hysteria the media is trying to create surrounding Brett Kavanaugh.
And as Corey Booker said yesterday, channeling Cotton Mather far more than Spartacus, facts proving innocence or guilt do not matter. The sheer weight of accusations is sufficient to dispense with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Dispensing with Kavanaugh’s nomination because of that accusatory weight is a much more humane way of dealing with the accused sans trial than pressing him to death with heavy stones, as the Puritans did to Giles Corey in 1693.
Even the condemned in Salem were given more in the way of due process and a presumption of innocence.
Brett Kavanaugh, an eminently qualified jurist nominated for the Supreme Court, has, by all accounts, acquitted himself stalwartly and honorably as an adult. And yet the progs and their media arm are throwing everything at the wall hoping that something — anything really — sticks so that they can keep him off of the Supreme Court, forcing another choice that could not possibly be confirmed prior to the November 2018 election . . .
So let’s do a quick review of the charges and the ever-moving goal posts. [Read more…]