First, a minor note – I have been using the Brave browser the past week. I like it. It looks and behaves like Chrome. Privacy from tracking is really good. My cookie collection has dropped by 2/3. Pop-ups and ads are suppressed. It even includes TOR browsing if any of you degenerates need to dive into the dark web looking for underage Thai girls.
Second, I am feeling a lot better and posted six times this week.
Here’s a potpourri of topics from my Evernote clipper. Something to offend everyone and maybe provide food for thought for others.
We Sure Got Our Money’s Worth in Afganistan
Of $145 billion dedicated to Afghanistan reconstruction since 2002, $36.3 billion went to building a “stable, representative and democratic” government in Afghanistan, according to the report. Nevertheless, the government evaporated when then-president Ashraf Ghani fled
in the wake of the Taliban’s rapid takeover
and U.S. military exit
145 Billion and that not counting the military effort. It was Vietnam all over again.
People who imagine an energy transition want to build windmills and solar panels and store all that energy in batteries. But if you do the arithmetic, you find you’d need to build about a hundred trillion dollars’ worth of batteries to store the same amount of energy that Europe has in storage now for this winter. It would take the world’s battery factories 400 years to manufacture that many batteries.”
Life in 2022
The Barnum & Bailey of Donald Trump, the Alice in Wonderland of Joe Biden, the doctrinaire be-nice-or-else of the canceling woke, the paramilitary fruitcakes loose in the land, the decadent gender obsessions, the assault rifles, the politics of germs, the recreational looting, the law that turns felons loose, pandemic homelessness, the trillions in debt that means nothing, the wide- open border and the endless sanctimony.
Trump had many policy successes: taxes and deregulation, energy security, judges, the Abraham Accords, correcting illusions about Iran, among others.
But his character flaws—narcissism, lack of self-control, abusive treatment of advisers, his puerile vendettas—interfered with that success. Before Covid he was headed for re-election. But the damage from his shutdown of the economy combined with his erratic behavior in that crisis gave Joe Biden the opening to campaign for normalcy. Mr. Trump lost a winnable election.
Had he accepted that defeat, he might now be poised for a comeback given Mr. Biden’s unpopularity. But Mr. Trump contested the outcome well past any reasonable limit and encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol on Jan. 6. He badgered his loyal Vice President, Mike Pence, to stop the Electoral College vote count to the point where lives were in danger, including Mr. Pence’s. The deadly riot will forever stain his legacy.
From Vanilla Spanking
An exchange between the characters played by Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1939 blockbuster, Union Pacific:
MOLLIE MONAHAN: Did you never know that flirting gets into a woman’s blood like fighting gets into a man’s? Now, a girl begins coquetting to discover if she has the power. Then she goes looking, like a fighter after a bully, for the hardest man to conquer. But ’tis never the man she wants, ’tis the pleasure of bringing him to her feet.
JEFF BUTLER: Till the right man comes along and gives her the spanking she deserves.
MOLLIE MONAHAN: Ah, that’s the man she dreams of.
Will Republicans Come Up With an Agenda?
I wonder how bad things have to get before voters reject the Democratic policies responsible for so much destruction. Massive, out-of-control deficit spending sparked 40-year-high inflation. The war on fossil fuels has produced record prices, which also contributed to inflation. Radical progressive policies have caused crime to skyrocket, and President Biden’s open border has resulted in a flood of illegal immigrants and deadly drugs.
President Sugar Cone
Victor Davis Hanson says Biden is the most dangerously radical President in US history.
According to Aristotle, it was “democratic for officials to be chosen by lot.
The expansive triplet in the Gettysburg Address
“…government of the people, by the people, for the people.” This wasn’t merely a rhetorical flourish. In that triplet, Lincoln lays out the three fundamental elements of democracy. The first is consent—government of the people. “According to our ancient faith,” Lincoln said in his 1854 speech objecting to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which compromised on slavery, “the just powers of governments are derived from the consent of the governed.” That meant plainly “that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent.
Lincoln wrote, government served to do only those things that need “to be done, but which they can not, by individual effort, do at all, or do so well, for themselves,” such as roads and bridges, schools and asylums, the enforcement of the laws and the defense of the nation. While government isn’t “charged with the duty of redressing, or preventing, all the wrongs in the world,” he said in 1859, it does have the responsibility to keep from “planting and cultivating too many thorns in the bosom of society.
Signs of the Times
My pick to torture for the harm she has done
The Hate in Her Eyes Before She Spits on Him