Saturday Edition

Omicron Has Killed Certitude

REPUBLICAN TALKING POINTS OF 2022

1) An array of past quoted Bidenisms and Faucisms on COVID-19: any president should resign for hundreds of thousands of deaths on his watch (with chyrons of stats below on the dead post January 20, 2021), given Biden’s greater death toll; Biden claiming no one was vaxxed until his arrival; Biden claiming Trump ignored the federal role by outsourcing policy to the states in the manner of the Articles of Confederation, versus his recent admission of no federal solution;

2) Clips of the consequences of defunding the police: videos in mediis rebus of smash-and-grab, carjackings, torched police precincts, and urban violence, again juxtaposed to quotes from Democratic congresspeople about the need for defunding the police;

3) Scenes from the final madness in Afghanistan spliced with assurances from Biden and Miley to the effect that all things are normal and progressing as planned; videos of rows of trucks, arms, material now in Taliban hands;

4) Videos from the mess at the border, with quotes from congresspeople: e.g., Secretary Mayorkas, Vice President Harris, and President Biden claiming that the immigration situation is well under control, with a fade out of no vaccinations and no tests required unlike what is asked of those U.S. citizens serving in the military and federal work force;

5) Photo clips of gas prices at the pump, editorialized with quotes from administration officials asking Saudi Arabia and Russia to please pump more oil;

6) Quotes from Biden about discovering the high price of meat, with scenes of supply shortages, empty shelves, and sticker shock on meat cuts;

7) Calls for racial harmony, healing, and unity, with quotes from the Squad, Joy Reid, Don Lemon, etc.

What Must Be Said – Return Rant

Here’s an example of ethnocentric reasoning from the dear Bonnie – a west coast elitist.

So in addition to being the fly-over zone and irredeemable, etc. – we are straight-laced. Maybe we are. I recall living in Seattle long ago where I got laid more often than anywhere I had been before or since. Go Huskies! Southern women don’t usually drop their panties on the first date.

Yep, us rednecks screw our cousins, yank food out of mouths of babies are racist, bigoted, homophobic, gun toting and xenophobic.

And then, I recall this diatribe from Bonnie in June 2020

We’ve watched for four years as this unholy collection of greedy profiteers, shameless charlatans, bellicose autocrats, cowering toadies, and evil misanthropes has hijacked our American dream for their own destructive purposes. 

Were you able to match a single name to her enumeration of adjectives? There were some despicable characters in Trump’s administration, but I can not match anyone to her descriptions.

I don’t think that Bonnie had anyone concrete in mind. She was just stringing words together. And she quite adapt at that.

Maybe I should not go off on Bonnie. I am just as assured of my position as she is of hers. I am equally disdainful of elites as she is of us backward folks living in the interior of the country.  Here is how Bonnie and friends view the world.

Populism is a pejorative, usually referring to supposedly uninformed voters’ majority opinions overriding an unelected elite’s master planning and protocols. Given that populism is felt to be symptomatic of an uneducated, unenlightened, and superstitious mind, it should be impeded or at least diluted by administrative guardians, sober courts, and judicious politicians.

Progressivism, in contrast, is more often considered by academicians and journalists as a popular movement of the educated and the more socially respectable. Increasingly it encompasses the wealthier and more credentialed. They feel that their education and compensation, not just their self-interests, explain their globalist allegiance.

See how that works, I am a boob, while those in her clan are my betters.

Finally, there is the old business of Bonnie’s protégé Herm Moan Nee. I called out the Canadian for repeatedly posting stories of minor girls being consensually spanked and then sexualized. My protest fell on deft ears. So I took it to Bonnie. Herm Moan Nee ceased publishing such stories and both “retaliated” by removing OBB from their blog rolls. Wow that really hurt as they were referring me 2 or 3 folks most days.

First Saturday

As we welcome? the new year, I note that OBB has been around since August 2007 – 14 years. There have been over 2000 posts of not much significance. And so it will continue.

Thank the dear, now almost spank less, Erica out in LA for the Saturday feature. The day after Trump was elected she went off on Orange Man Bad. Saturday here draws more eyeballs than any other day.

I expect 2022 will be the third verse of the same China virus. The country is in worse shape than ever and the decline will continue under the guidance of the progressives.

Escape? Sure Spiderman is a blockbuster of escapism.

For those with an interest in something more serious, here are two articles that would never be seen in the NYT or the WaPo.

The first one talks about China controlling 90% of the minerals used to make batteries for EVs. Blow it up and read all the good news.  [Good that about 80 percent of the ingredients used in essential US pharmaceuticals are produced in China]

BTW, most homes have 100 amp service. To put a full charge in a Tesla you need 250 amps. If several homes on your street needed to charge their EVs at the same time it would require updating the whole neighborhood. That costs big bucks will would be seen in everyones electric bill. Good thing that electricity is generated by hamsters on a wheel rather than from carbon sources.

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John Kerry is still busy as this article shows. $5 gas may soon be considered cheap.

Expect higher food prices. This chart shows how the prices of fertilizer have exploded in last year.

OH Yeah, Happy New Year

The Deep State

 

I have been on my soapbox about this for years. This is the deep state to me.

To establish despotism in a nation like ours, you might begin, by building a bureaucracy of great complexity that commands a large percentage of the resources of the nation. You might give it rule-making powers, distributed across many agencies and centers inside the cabinet departments of government, as well as in 20 or more “independent” agencies—meaning independent of elected officials, and thus independent of the people. 

You would begin indoctrination of students to staff these positions at an early age. Teaching about the history of the county would be ignored as would critical thinking. 

“Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it. What keeps a republic on its legs is good citizenship.—MARK TWAIN, 1906”

If are a recent product of public education you know nothing factual about your country and hence you have no allegiance to it. You are a citizen in name only.

The last few generations have been taught that the US is greatly flawed and in need of radical changes such as discarding the Second Amendment and the Electoral College, the Senate filibuster, etc. must go.

Refusing to kneel during the national anthem is not illegal, but it is not sustainable for the nation’s privileged to sit in disgust for a flag that their betters raised under fire on Iwo Jima for others not yet born.

Most Americans are ignorant of the fundamentals of the US Constitution. Thirty-seven percent can not name a single right protected by the First Amendment. Only one out of four Americans could name all three branches of government. One in three could not name any branch of government.

In a 2018 survey almost 75 percent of those polled were not able to identify the thirteen original colonies. Over half had no idea whom the United States fought in World War II. Less than 25 percent knew why colonists had fought the Revolutionary War. Twelve percent thought Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded troops in the Civil War.

Protesters torched the statue of World War II major general William C. Lee, apparently confusing his memorial with that of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. 

The unapologetic grand architects of dismantling constitutional citizenship, is inordinately represented by political activists, media grandees, the legal profession, and academics. As progressives, they feel Americans are currently stymied by an eighteenth-century constitutional albatross strung around their necks, one far too redolent of old, white, male, Christian values that supposedly have no relevance today. They accuse the Founders of lacking our modern wisdom.

A sign of democratic sclerosis is a loss of confidence in the integrity of voting—to the point that it becomes seen as a futile exercise rather than a bulwark of citizenship.

It would require a doctoral thesis to list all the ways that rules are made in our federal government today, which would make for boring reading. The truth is that very few people not directly involved know how all this works. Although civics education is practically banned in America, most people still know what the Congress is and how its members are elected. But how many know how the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came to be, under what authority it operates, and who is its head? 

Congress got out the legislation in the traditional sense a decade or two back. Now legislation empowers unelected people to make regulations that have the force of law.

Presidents can appoint high level officials, but those officials can hire underlings in civil service that will carry out the Presidents agenda – well beyond a Presidents term. A new prez may have a different agenda, but the civil service employees that oppose it will slow walk implementation of any changes they oppose.

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Kamala Harris is seeking the root cause of immigration. Here it is: folks get a better deal here than where they came from. The Dems are ever more rapidly eroding the better deal.

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You are probably a racist for just reading this blog.

The ever miserable Mr. Hawley Smoot writes me:

Regrets. You cannot be intelligent and worship Trump. The two are incompatible. To begin with your IQ MUST be above room temperature. Hard cheese, fella.

That on a post that had nada to do with Trump or anything remotely political.

Censorship at the FCC

Biden has proved to be Obama on steriods in pushing a progressive agenda. I doubt that the ideas are Bidens. I suspect others are pulling his strings. We haven’t seen such incompetence since Jimmy Carter.

Last month I posted about the, yet to be confirmed, Comptroller of Currency who favors a Russian banking system. Just one “bank”. Today, I call your attention to his appointment to the FCC.

One look at her and I know beyond a doubt she is liberal.

Negotiations over the $4 trillion spending bill are consuming Washington, but President Biden’s effort to supercharge the regulatory state is also steadily advancing. The latest example is his nomination of progressive partisan Gigi Sohn to the Federal Communications Commission.

The White House last month hailed Ms. Sohn as “one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable, and democratic communications networks.” Translation: She favors deploying the agency’s regulatory power to shackle broadband providers and silence conservative voices.

Ms. Sohn founded the leftwing group Public Knowledge that has long sought more government control of the internet and media. She was a counselor to Obama FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and was a driving force behind the “net neutrality” regulation that classified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

The Wheeler rule banned broadband carriers from charging heavy-bandwidth consuming websites like Netflix and Facebook more to carry their content. The enormous regulatory uncertainty caused broadband investment to decline, though it picked up after the Trump FCC scrapped the rule. Ms. Sohn supports making the Wheeler rule even more burdensome.

“I’m not advocating for just reinstating the old rules,” Ms. Sohn told the media site CNET last year. “We need to push for FCC authority to adopt policy to handle issues like zero-rating and data caps.” Progressives want the government to regulate broadband rates like electricity prices, and Ms. Sohn’s musings suggest she’d be on board.

She’s also hinted at deploying the agency’s regulatory power to censor conservative media and revive a version of its mooted fairness doctrine. “For all my concerns about #Facebook, I believe that Fox News has had the most negative impact on our democracy,” she tweeted in October 2020. “It’s state-sponsored propaganda, with few if any opposing viewpoints.”

Ms. Sohn seems to believe that the state is endorsing conservative speech by allowing cable companies to carry it. She also has suggested using the FCC’s power over broadcast licenses to censor conservative outlets. After Tribune Broadcasting abandoned its merger with the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2018, she declared “Today is a good day for every American who believes that diversity of voices in the media is better for our democracy” and urged the FCC to “look at whether Sinclair is qualified to be a broadcast licensee at all.”

She could also use the agency’s power to block mergers that expand conservative media’s reach. Left-wing activists have petitioned the FCC to block the sale of a Spanish-language radio station in Miami to the conservative-leaning América CV Network, which Democratic Congress Members suggested in a letter to the agency wasn’t operating in the “public interest” and might have propagated election misinformation.

The FCC is currently split 2-2, and if Ms. Sohn is confirmed, Democrats will move quickly on the progressive agenda. Mr. Biden has also renominated Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to another term as agency Chair. A source says Biden Administration officials wanted to name Ms. Sohn as Chair but worried that moderate Democratic Senators would then reject her nomination.

Ms. Sohn’s strident partisanship should disqualify her from serving as an officer of an independent agency with so much power to control the public airwaves. There’s also a risk that the President could designate her as Chair after she’s confirmed, as he did with the radical Lina Khan on the Federal Trade Commission.

The Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing for Ms. Sohn next week, and Senators of both parties need to ask her some tough questions.

I am trying something new. This is a link to an article. It may or may not work. I have not tested it. https://www.wsj.com/articles/rivian-the-government-unicorn-electric-vehicles-trucks-subsidies-11636669730?st=hi49rkngp1itrsb&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

Please let me know if it does not work.

Dealing With People On The Left

…My problem with many of the left, is that even they don’t seem to believe their nostrums work (has communism or socialism ever worked?), but that they obsess on them either out of some psychological need to virtue signal or, by rhetoric, square their circle of their own privilege and elitism.

As I age, I think leftism is more and more for the more furious and loud a psychological aberration, in which the more highly educated feel somehow they are not properly listened to, or are not compensated commensurately with their unappreciated genius or the many letters after their names, or sense that their lives have unfairly not ended up as they deserved given some long ago parental slight or childhood unfairness, or the price they paid for superior virtue in an unfair world of jet skiers and Winnebago owners, in which to the victors of capitalism, go the spoils.

So I sort of see many of the loud, obnoxious, and slanderous on the Left as troubled and frenzied in their pathological state rather than merely self-destructive and dangerous to others.

Yours sincerely,

Victor Davis Hanson