South of the Topic of Infoporn, the Fever Continues

It is fun watching the narrative flow of the opposition. The speed with which they drop topics that just hours ago were of earth shattering import is amazing.

Stop and ask yourself what happened to “

The “Blue Wave”
The inevitable impeachment
The Porn star destruction of the President
The disastrous trade war
The daily racism of POTUS

We are now back to all hope going to the Mueller team and the martyrdom of John Brennan, who presided over Khobar Towers, the Iraq WMD , the Iran deal , the Benghazi Massacre plus the “Arab Spring”.
Morning Joe is now back to “POTUS is mentally unstable” based on his wide experience in promoting mental illness.

They have shot their ammo and it bounced off.

Expect the desperation to escalate.


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Curmudgeon Musings on A Milestone Task

We began a key milestone task this weekend. We started to narrow down where we will buy our last residence.

I know the usual key criteria but they all fall by the wayside:
1. Overlapping fields of fire
2. High ground
3. Good location when Yellowstone blows, or the Cascadia fault goes, or Mt St Helens does a repeat
4. Water supply
5. Ability to hinder access by explosives when the starving urban mobs roam the countryside.

So we settled on the really important criteria:
1. No Income tax at the State level
2. Single level house- the knees , hips and ligaments have seen better days and stairs are the enemy.
3. Must have three bedrooms so one can house the office and gym
4. Must have AC and Internet, the two elements of an advanced society.
5. Must be reasonable distance from grandchildren and children.

It is a bittersweet task as we drove the ever shrinking zone of opportunity. It is the reality of time shrinking as we go along our usual paths, day by day.

I am exploring the various financing , including a reverse mortgage. I do so love the idea of a bank forced to wait until the last one of us kicks off to get their money back.

I do figure I can make a case to St Peter that “I need five more years so I can really piss of my banker”. He might go for it.

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10 4 Good Buddy, Signs And Portents Ahead

If you want a big rig truck for your business, or just to show off at the drive thru, you have to wait until April of 2019. There are orders for 450,000 rigs placed now, a 14 year record.

Sundance covers this in some more depth
Sundance on Trucking MAGA

If you want a sign of enduring economic activity, I suggest this one is a bit more convincing than a blow dried ‘journalist” who has never run anything but his or her mouth off.

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The Matchup

I made the mistake of watching Rick Wilson hawk his new book while the TV was on in the background.

It was some treatise on “Everything Trump touches dies” and the Fox narrator was enjoying asking him over an over again for actual , you know.. factual examples of things that died.

Old Rick was like a Star Trek computer being talked into a logical loop by Captain Kirk.

It made me consider just how our less than useful but well connected and credentialed elites have had a Versailles like reality built for them by wealthy donors. America has allowed a aristocracy of sorts to play shadow games for several decades now, dealing in image and policy and law while ignoring the producing parts of society, making them become subservient.

These fops know nothing about building, inventing, serving and defending. They do not respect dirty work, work that heals people, repairs and makes assets, builds new things , feeds families and teaches the next generation of citizens.

We are watching the clash of worlds, Versailles versus the skilled and armed rabble.

We need to have a world where a Rick Wilson has to learn a real skill to make a living.

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On calling balls and strikes

No, this is not about baseball. It’s about the notion that former or current NeverTrumpers are simply making a dispassionate evaluation of Mr Trump and his presidency. Or to quote precisely,

…to praise Trump when does good things and criticize Trump when he does bad or stupid things.

This certainly sounds fair and hard to dispute in the abstract. Let’s see how it plays out in reality.

The context is an opposition media (WaPo, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYT) that does nothing but find fault, even over trivialities. If the rule were a detached, objective reporting of facts with a minimum of opinion injected, then I could agree with the prescription. That is not the world we inhabit. Instead, we find NeverTrumpers complaining about the president’s dietary preferences, extrapolating them to character flaws. For example, we have the spectacle of David Frum and Jennifer Rubin psychoanalyzing the president over ice cream scoops.

I suppose you could say the original reporting by Time of the president’s unequal allocation of ice cream (scoop-gate) is merely “calling balls and strikes” since he did indeed consume two scoops of ice cream. But isn’t it a bit selective? It could have been reported neutrally: the president enjoys two scoops of ice cream with his pie. Not that it merits reporting at all.

I question the sincerity of NeverTrump pundits such as George Will who advocate supporting the opposition party in November. Arguably, these individuals are the ones abandoning conservative principles, at least inasmuch as politics is practical and losing elections is no way to advance one’s principles.

This is at the crux of the matter: the punditry on the Right have been content to proclaim Their Principles with little interest in taking up the practical means of transforming their ideas into reality. This is hardly an original thought but it’s worth repeating since many have¬†still not caught on. The Left has shown little hesitation in using flawed vessels to advance their agenda. The result? A steady, almost irreversible, advance toward socialism and the increasing limitation of individual liberty.

The Left has no interest in following the rules of civil political discourse. Do the George Wills of the world expect to teach them by example? If so, it hasn’t been working out. Soon enough, the deplatforming of dissident voices will silence all but the most bland opposition. It isn’t necessary to ban more moderate voices than the likes of Alex Jones. It’s enough to show what can happen if you step out of line, especially if the criteria are vague and open-ended. In the Soviet Union, the NKVD and KGB didn’t have to arrest all dissidents nor did they have to spell out exactly what was forbidden. All they had to do was instill in everyone the fear of a nocturnal knock on the door. That’s why Galileo only had to be shown the instruments of torture. The human imagination does the rest.

This is not an argument for stooping to the level of the Left. Instead, it is a call to arms. Passively sitting on the sidelines, playing umpire and quoting Hayek and Toqueville, is a loser strategy. Politics has always been a blood sport.* The Nevers are the last ones who haven’t caught on.


*Attributed to Labour politician Aneurin Bevan, who also said upon adoption of the NHS,

…no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.

This is what they think of you. Don’t complain you weren’t warned.

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A Hardening of Views

At times I despair of the divide we are facing, between makers and takers, workers and slackers, thinking versus feelings, pride and self hate.

As the threat of populist control stays viable, the other side is lashing out, firing all their guns at once and exploding into space.

They think we were not supposed to happen and are an aberration to be wiped out so their order will return.

I do believe our side is hardening their view of them to match.

Trust in Government Departments is collapsing, News Media is collapsing and traditional entertainment is collapsing. Academia is pricing itself into irrelevancy.

The Status Will Never Return To Quo.

As the opposition fights on, the schism will grow and the society will split. Only one side can win.

I do not see a concept of quarter remaining.


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