Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Friendly fire

Blue on blue on blue.

On Jan. 1, I wrote these unfortunately prescient words in The Post regarding the forces out to scuttle Amazon’s move to Long Island City: “The goal is to delay things long enough for Amazon to get fed up and go elsewhere.”

The strategy worked.

Getting run out of town is a mere glancing blow to Amazon, which can set up a new “campus” anywhere else. But when Jeff Bezos picked up his bat and ball on Thursday, it marked the onset of a new, dark age for New York City.

The city’s “progressive,” progress-hating forces won a thundering victory. It will only embolden them to take up obstructionist cause after obstructionist cause. It spells trouble for major land-use initiatives requiring the state or the city’s blessing all over town.

And the city’s needs be damned. The wishes of Queens residents, 80 percent of whom backed the Amazon project according to polls, are mere collateral damage to the higher purpose of routing capitalist enterprise.

When has that ever NOT been the case with Progressivists, pray tell?

I care not a whit about this story and have nothing much to say about it, except for this: Bezos is a Lefty. The people who stopped HQ2 are Lefties. Cuomo is. Most of the population of Queens, plus the rest of NYC, are too. This battle was entirely blue-on-blue, and everybody lost. I gotta call that a win, myself. So does Ace:

If this doesn’t send an extra bit of blood surging to your dirty bits, whatever style they come in, then you’re not fully alive.

I want blood on the floor. I want a Democrat Civil War between the Smash the State socialists and Crony Capitalists who want to give government money to corporations to bribe them for their support.

Seconded. Hey, libtards, let’s you and him fight some more!

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Belated enlightenment

Another NeverTrumpTard awakens from delusional slumber.

I chose a third path in 2016 and the nation decided otherwise. Now, as we head into 2020, it is clear the paths forward are still between the Republicans and Democrats. The path of opting out or protesting now to me seems irrelevant as we have a President who is no longer a hypothetical against any of a host of Democrats who too extreme for the nation.

We have three years on which to judge President Trump’s administration and vision for the country. We also have lots of real world examples of where the Democrats want to head.

We have a party that is increasingly hostile to religion and now applies religious tests to blocking judicial nominees. We have a party that believes children can be murdered at birth. We have a party that would set back the economic progress of this nation by generations through their environmental policies. We have a party that uses the issue of Russia opportunistically. We have a party that has weaponized race, gender, and other issues to divide us all while calling the President “divisive.” We have a party that is deeply, deeply hostile to large families, small businesses, strong work ethics, gun ownership, and traditional values. We have a party that is more and more openly anti-Semitic.

On top of that, we have an American media that increasingly views itself not as a neutral observer, but as an anti-Trump operation. The daily litany of misreported and badly reported stories designed to paint this Administration in a negative light continues to amaze me. Juxtapose the contrast in national reporting on the President and race or Brett Kavanaugh and old allegations with the media dancing around the issues in Virginia. Or compare and contrast the media’s coverage of the New York and Virginia abortion laws with their coverage of this President continuing the policies of the Obama Administration at the border, including the Obama policy of separating children from adults. Or look now at how the media is scrambling to cover for and make excuses for the Democrats’ “Green New Deal,” going so far as to suggest that maybe, just maybe, the outline of policy initiatives was an error or forged.

Now, I don’t mean to bang on poor ol’ Erick too hard here, mind; at least he didn’t outright advocate voting for Her Herness in 2016, unlike a lot of other NeverTrumpTard twatwaffles we could name. Nonetheless I just have to ask: what part of the above WASN’T true of the Demonrats way, way back in 2016? Does Erickson really think they’ve changed that radically since all of…umm, two-three years ago? Or is he only just getting around to realizing these things now? Neither of those possibilities says anything complimentary about his political astuteness, however dedicated he may be to Muh Principles. In all fairness, though, his closer is clear-eyed enough, if still a bit Pollyanna-ish.

My friends in the center-right coalition who are flirting with Democrats are, more often than not, not really socially conservative. But I am. That party offers me no home and is deeply hostile to people of faith. The President has shown himself to not share my faith convictions any more than the other side, but the President has shown he is willing to defend my faith convictions and is supportive of them.

I could stay home or vote third party as I did in 2016. But what will that get me? The ability to say “not my problem” or the self-assurance that I didn’t get dirty in having to choose? I have many Christian friends who, when I have discussed this, tell me I should just stay home and turn my back. Both parties, they tell me, are profoundly corrupt. And they’re right. But I am not looking for a messiah in politics and don’t have some religious sentiment tied to my vote. While I understand and accept the sincere conviction of some of my friends who have decided they will just sit out the process, I have decided otherwise. In 2016, we knew who the Democrats were and were not sure of who Donald Trump was. Now we know both and I prefer this President to the alternative.

I will vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. And, to be clear, it will not be just because of what the other side offers, but also because of what the Trump-Pence team has done. They’ve earned my vote.

I’d say so myself, plus some. But then I’m one of those who were duped by the Orange Man from the very beginning, so my opinion don’t count for much. Even so, ain’t it nice that enough of us benighted Dirt People recognized certain hard realities to kill the awful prospect of two or three Hillary!™ Supreme Court appointments a-borning—not to mention providing thumbsucking fence-sitters like Erickson with the privilege of a risk-free Presidential test drive before they actually committed themselves to anything in 2020. What the hell, better late than never, I suppose. So welcome aboard, Erick.

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A terrible, no good, very bad week

For the Democrat-Socialists, that is. Which means a most excellent week for the rest of us.

If you are of the mind that President Trump is to blame for everything wrong and wacky in our politics, then last week was a very bad week for you.

The evidence begins with Trump’s very good State of the Union speech, where he was alternately conciliatory toward Democrats and ruthless in contrasting his policies with theirs. Reckless in their rhetoric and resistance, Dems make themselves vulnerable to charges that they support open borders, socialism and infanticide.

It doesn’t help that a lasting image of the speech was the women-in-white brigade scowling throughout, rising enthusiastically only to celebrate the president’s recognition of them.

For more proof that Trump is not the root of all madness, consider the spectacles Dems created in two states.

He may not be the root of it, but he damned sure drove ’em far enough around the bend so they can no longer conceal it. The good Rabbi Fisher calls ’em “bat crazy,” which as far as I’m concerned is being too polite to them by half with the omission of that one crucial expletive. “Bug-fuck nuts” works for me too, of course, although I understand that one being a bridge WAY too far for a man of the cloth and all.

f you have been walking quietly through the week, keeping this thought to yourself because you dare not express it to your clients, patients, customers, kids in northeast liberal-arts colleges’ social-sciences programs, or your coworkers, here is your validation: Yes, indeed — the whole lot of them are absolutely bat crazy. Smile at them as Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic wisely did. But know quietly that you are correct in your political assessment, which — go figure! — makes you politically correct! They all are crazy.

I. Women in White Straitjackets
My first question:Who paid for the straitjackets? Did you and I get stuck paying for that one, too?

The various and sundry (and, after their recent Democrat Hawaii and Puerto Rico junkets, sun-dried) Democrat Congresswomen all showed up to the President’s State of the Union (SOTU) address wearing matching custom-tailored white straitjackets. Each outfit surely cost more than one or two thousand dollars, for custom fitting and professional tailoring. A D.C. hack would not accept anything less with your money. With some 90 Democrat women in Congress, they cost between $45,000 and $200,000 plus tax. Who paid? Yes, socialism is great until you run out of other people’s money. Will those outfits soon be donated to Christian charities and to Jewish Gemachs for the poor to be clothed? Don’t hold your breaths.

Heh. “Straitjackets.” Don’t know why on earth that one didn’t occur to me, but I like it.

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Great White Hope Dope

Butter up Lieawatha. She’s toast.

Democrats are right to be worried that Elizabeth Warren’s Native American controversy is eating away at her viability as a national general election candidate. The analogy to Hillary’s emails is on point, an oozing campaign wound that saps the candidate’s strength.

The recent revelation that Warren signed her Texas State Bar registration card in 1986 as an “American Indian” comes on the heels of the disastrous DNA test rollout in October 2018.

By focusing on tribal membership and sovereignty, Warren is creating a distinction that, while important in a general sense, is irrelevant to the falsehood Warren perpetrated. She signed her Texas State Bar registration as an “American Indian,” not as a member of a Cherokee tribe. She’s not and never has been an American Indian (or Native American, a synonymous term).

Second, there likely are documents Warren signed falsely representing herself to be an American Indian or Native American that have not yet surfaced. Warren admitted to this possibility when questioned about the Texas State Bar fiasco.

This second point, that there are more documents to drop, is more damaging to Warren in the Democratic primaries. Democrats may be willing to overlook a candidate who culturally misappropriated an ethnic identity. But will Democrats nominate someone as to whom there are more documents to drop on the most damaging aspect of the candidacy?

If they thought the lying bint could win, of course they would. But Trump maneuvered her into making a fool of herself with her self-serving claim, a calculating lie told entirely for the purpose of gaming the system to secure a plush job paying heap big wampum for herself. Now no sensible person takes her the least bit seriously anymore, and the more evidence exposed of her foolhardy fraud, the greater a national laughingstock she’ll become. By the time 2020 campaign-time rolls around, no amount of rain-dancing will clear the clouds from her sky, and she won’t be able to draw thirty people to a speech or public grip-and-grin. She’ll be reduced to obnoxiously beating a war-drum in white teenagers’ faces to get any attention.

For which we have that moron Trump to thank, goading her so mercilessly she was left with no option but to take the DNA test that burst her bubble for good. Overnight, she rocketed from serious contender status to hapless buffoon. Our gratitude, Mr President, for handily deboning that tofu turkey. Howie Carr makes serious sport:

Stick a fork in cold crab omelette — the fake Indian is all done now.

She speak-um with forked tongue one time too many, and now The Washington Post, of all places, has scalped her. The smoke signals went out last night — as early as 1986 she was lying on a Texas bar application that she was “American Indian.”

Lieawatha admit-um she talk with forked tongue, only she use white-eye language, calling it “furthering confusion.”

No confusion anywhere. You are an utter fraud. Fake Indian, you will have many moons to reflect on your serial lies. Never will you be great white father.

Never live-um in white tee-pee. Heap big fraud since buffalo roam the plain, blue-eyed squaw lie about DNA, to make-um more wampum.

This presidential campaign is not going well for the fake Indian. She’s lagging in the polls — even in the cheese shops of Harvard Square, even among her fellow swells in Cambridge who live in $2.3-million wigwams they bought with no-interest loans from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, I mean Harvard University.

Of course the fake Indian despises the students of Covington Catholic whom she slurred — MAGA hat-wearing white heterosexual Roman Catholics from tax-paying intact families. Deplorables.

Despite her total fraudulence as a human being, the fake Indian has enjoyed a free ride through her almost 70 years on the planet, or at least since she started a) checking the box, and b) re-registered at City Hall as a Democrat.

Being a Democrat means never having to say you’re sorry. 

Eh, why bother? It would just be another lie. Well, unless you mean “sorry I got caught,” that is. So long, Princess Fork-Tongued Whiteass. Don’t let the door hit you on the etc. Be sure you “get me one a’ them thar beers” as you take those first painful steps on your personal Trail Of Tears.

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“The complete and utter collapse of Virginia’s Democratic Party”

Wherein Virginia supplants Chicago for the dubious honor of harboring the most thoroughly corrupt, hypocritical, and outright felonious Democrat-Socialist party machine in the nation. Unfair comparison, perhaps, since it’s a city versus an entire state. I might grant you that. But, y’know, still.

In the last six days, the following things have happened:

  • Gov. Ralph Northam said he was in a picture in his medical school yearbook of two people — one in blackface, the other in KKK robes. He then recanted and said he wasn’t in that picture. But he added that he *had* darkened his face to look more like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984.
  • A woman named Vanessa Tyson accused Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of assaulting her during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Fairfax angrily denied the allegations. Then on Wednesday Tyson released a statement, in which she said in part “what began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault.”
  • State Attorney General Mark Herring, in a statement released Wednesday morning, acknowledged that he, too, had appeared in blackface at a party. “In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song,” Herring said.

What. The. Actual. Hell.

Forget it, Jake, it’s Democrats. One thing you can be sure of, though: since this IS Democrat-Socialists we’re talking about—a literal protected class scrupulously guarded by their Enemedia unindicted co-conspirators—it’s dead certain that the past week’s deplorable shitshow of sleaze is only the tip of the iceberg.

And to the prissy cucktards out there lecturing piously about how we all ought to be more tolerant and forgiving of offenses which 1) happened long ago, and B) aren’t really crimes, with the remotely possibly exception of Fairfax’s sexual assault, I say this: SCREW you fucking pussies. Take Northam down, take Fairfax down, take Herring down—fully, completely, and with most extreme prejudice. Then get out there and dive through whatever dumpsters you must to find the next target. Concede nothing, forgive nothing, overlook nothing; lather, rinse, repeat. You want to forestall an actual shooting war, this is the only way it’s gonna happen. Nobody ever yet won a war against a lowdown-dog of an enemy by refusing to fight back.

(Via Insty)

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Barnburner

I was working all day and night and so missed this year’s State Of The Union Show, which is okay with me; my preference has long been to see the thing written and delivered to Congress without the usual hoopla anyway. But after repeated ALL CAPS!!! texts from my old manager and then checking in with the PJM liveblog of the thing along with a handful of my other usual blogosphere haunts, seems as if maybe I might really have missed something this year.

Trump’s dead-center killshot on socialism—and Red Bernie’s slow, blistering burn in response most especially—would have been worth the price of admission all by itself, and makes me think I need to reconsider my longtime indifference to the thing. Near as I can tell, Mike Walsh’s sum up says it all: “This entire speech is a reproach to the Democrats. And they’re just as smirking and surly as you knew they would be.” Well, good. That’s as it should be; for all his hopeful talk about bipartisanship and bringing Americans together and such, it sounds as if Trump threw down the gauntlet pretty firmly in his SOTU speech.

The truth is, if ever there was a political party that desperately need to be called out and brought to heel, it’s the Demonrats. You can be sure this speech won’t do it, of course. But you gotta start somewhere, and putting the Dems’ spluttering, fuming, enraged reaction to Trump’s listing of all the good things that have happened under his leadership—record-high employment numbers and the booming economy in particular—and their core antipathy towards America itself under a harsh spotlight front and center for all to see ain’t a bad way to do it. Hell, just having a President give a blunt and honest SOTU for once is a step in the right direction all by itself.

Update! Sure, why not.

ATLANTA, GA—In the interest of fairness in broadcasting, CNN has announced the cable news channel will give members of ISIS equal time to respond to President Trump’s State of the Union address later this evening.

Several ISIS representatives will be allowed to give a full address responding to the president’s remarks, criticizing him for his border security stance and debunking his claims on the need for a wall along the southern border of the country.

“Americans deserve to hear from every perspective, whether that’s the bad orange man or these brave freedom fighters,” said a CNN spokesperson. “We will give them a fair hearing and see what they have to say. We’re confident it will be an informed and interesting perspective, unlike whatever drivel we hear from the orange man.”

You just know they’d do it if they thought they could get away with it. Meanwhile:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Notorious serial killer and champion of women’s rights Kermit Gosnell is set to attend Trump’s State of the Union address this evening as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s special guest, sources confirmed Tuesday.

Gosnell is serving life in prison but was let out at Pelosi’s request to attend the event. The House Speaker stated she wanted a guest who could stand for reproductive healthcare and women’s rights during Trump’s speech. She called the move a “powerful statement” against those who would infringe on a woman’s right to choose.

“Bringing this brave man along to the State of the Union sends a powerful message to the anti-choice bigots,” Pelosi said in a press conference. “When state law forbade him from aborting late-term infants, he did so anyway. He is a strong, brave freedom fighter who was simply ahead of his time.”

“We Democrats are just now catching up to him when it comes to late-term and post-birth abortion policies,” she added.

Long as we’re all up for post-birth abortion now, I have a list of people I’d like to see subjected to it.

Seriously though, you gotta love this:

President Donald Trump honored famed NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

“In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon,” the president began. “Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag: Buzz Aldrin.”

“This year American astronauts will go back to space on American rockets. In the 20th century, America saved freedom, transformed science, and redefined the middle-class standard of living for the entire world to see,” he added.

Aldrin, wearing an American flag-themed tie, stood up to salute the president.

God bless the great Buzz Aldrin, forever and ever amen.

Astounding update! Seriously?

CBS NEWS POLL: 76 percent of viewers approved of what they heard in Pres. Trump’s #SOTU speech; 72 percent said they approved of Pres. Trump’s ideas for immigration.

Instant @CNN poll just revealed 76% of viewers approved of Trump’s #SOTU speech, with 59% “very positive.”

Keep in mind, these numbers are from two of the most virulent Trump-hating Fake News purveyors in existence; if they’re willing to publicly admit to the response being this overwhelmingly positive, what must an honest poll look like?

Wow.

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The feel-good story of the day

Go get ’em, boys.

LOOK WHO GOT LEGAL LETTERS SO FAR

You will love this!

The Covington Catholic High School lawyers sent letters, alerting potential defendants to pending lawsuits, to: The NY Times, Maggie Haberman, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, Savannah Guthrie, Andrea Mitchell, Joy Reid, Chuck Todd, The Hill, The Atlantic, Kathy Griffin, GQMagazine, Elizabeth Warren, The Guardian, TMZ, Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., Diocese of Covington, Diocese of Lexington, Archdiocese of Louisville, Diocese of Baltimore, Erin Burnett, Sara Sidner, Ana Cabrera, Amanda Watts, Ilhan Omar, Noah Berlatsky, Elisha Fieldstadt, and Eun Kyung Kim.

And more are going out.

They damned well oughta be, too. Bill says:

Whoever is funding this thing had better have very deep pockets. But you know what? I kinda sorta think they do.

Still, would have liked to see a suit slapped on NRO’s resident anti-Trump bigot, Managing Editor Nicholas Frankovich, and the Cuckshed Cruiser rag itself.  Frankovich is the cuck who bleated that the Boys of Convington “might as well have spit on the cross itself.” Frankovich never apologized for his slanderous smear, and Jonah the Whale (of course) leaped to his defense. First amendment diversity of views, dontcha know?

Well, we can all hope so with that “more are going out” business, maybe. Better lawyer up, libtards. Your lying, bigoted bullshit is gonna come with a price tag attached this time around.

Mo’ bettah update! Don’t stop till you get enough.

Not everyone who helped perpetuate the initial fake story has retracted their claims or apologized, and lawyers for the Covington families are working hard to make sure people are held accountable.

A new fourteen-minute video of the incident in Washington, D.C., last month emphasizes the starring role Phillips took in spreading the fraudulent narrative and the supporting roles the uncritical media took in smearing the innocent kids.

The video was released Saturday by L. Lin Wood, the high-profile attorney who was retained by the family of Nicholas Sandmann, the 16-year-old who smiled at Phillips while the activist banged on a drum and chanted in his face. The initial viral video clip of that confrontation spurred widespread condemnation and death threats against the 16-year-old. Wood’s specialty is bringing “aggressive libel and slander suits against media organizations,” reportedly.

Good. No reason whatever to spare Phillips’ ragged old ass from facing the music; let Chief Spewing Crap beat his stupid little drum in a judge’s face and see what it gets him. The vid is on YouTube, apparently, but given what we already know about YT it probably won’t be for long. Then Wood can add them to his list too. And I will laugh, and laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

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Conscientious cops

Good on ’em.

Sheriffs in rural Washington state are reportedly refusing to enforce the gun controls contained in I-1639, an initiative passed by voters in November 2018.

The initiative was funded by millionaires and billionaires.

Rural Washington state appears to have had enough of it. The Guardian reports that numerous sheriffs are refusing to enforce the controls contained in I-1639. After all, the initiative was rejected by 27 of the state’s 32 counties. It passed because of the financial backing and the massive populations of the cities compared to the populations of rural areas.

Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer is one of those allegedly refusing to enforce the controls. He said the controls are “unconstitutional on several grounds. I’ve taken the position that as an elected official, I am not going to enforce that law.”

Again: good on ya, sir. If your constituents remain smart—and deserving of their eroding liberty—re-election shouldn’t ever be something you need to worry much about. The Real Resistance need as many like you as we can possibly get, and not just out there in Washington state either.

Can’t parody ’em anymore update! A peek into the future at a cop of a different stripe.

October 28th, 2046. A day I’ll never forget.

It started just like any other day. I was at the station, watching President Ocortez on TV as she sentenced a criminal to death for denying that women experience erectile dysfunction, when the call came through. 10-37, Triggering In Progress at the memorial! I dropped my tofu and latte, sprinted to my patrol Prius, and blazed out of the parking lot at my max speed of 22 miles per hour.

On the way to the call I reminded myself not to get complacent; these situations can turn deadly in an instant. But I knew I’d be okay as long as I followed the escalation of force steps. If the suspect was a cishet patriarchal oppressor, shame, then accuse, then destroy online. But if the suspect was an oppressed victim of colonization, he wasn’t a suspect at all. So the steps were to ask for compliance, beg, plead, cry, apologize for my privilege, grovel, cry, admit everything is my fault, ask permission to touch him, cry, run away, drive to the station, cry, quit my job. Hopefully this situation wouldn’t require more than one cry.

As I tore through the streets, making sure not to hit any of the bicyclists passing me, I heard a muffled thump ahead. Smoke drifted from around the corner of a building. I turned and saw electric cars aflame, blood and body parts scattered on the street, broken glass and shards of metal everywhere. Just ahead of my car a human with long blond hair, wide hips, round stomach and large breasts frantically pushed a baby stroller away from whatever had just happened.

I cranked down my window and yelled, “Excuse me! What gender are you?”

“What gender am I?” She asked? “I’m obviously a pregnant woman!”

I glared at her. She was on the verge of a thought crime. I asked, “What happened here?”

“A suicide bomber just blew himself up!” she screamed.

I shook my head. “Trump,” I muttered. “That son of a bitch.”

“What?” she blurted. “Trump hasn’t been president in 25 years and has been dead for over a decade. This has nothing to do with Trump. Some guy yelled ‘Allah akbar, I love ISIS’ and blew himself up. People are dead and dying, please send help!”

“Oh, I’ll send someone,” I said. “You just stay right here and wait for them.” As I drove away I keyed my radio. “Dispatch, we need a Bias Response Team to 600 Main. A pregnant, female-appearing human expected me to assume her gender. She also failed to understand why a marginalized member of this oppressive society would lash out against the cishetero patriarchy. Tell the team to kill if necessary.”

The dispatcher responded, “Yeeeeeeeee!” Zhe was triggered, and nobody could blame zher. What I’d just described was traumatic. But I knew that zhe’d send the team as soon as zhe got zherself under control. Then I added, “Oh yeah, there was a bombing or something too. No idea of motive, probably workplace violence.” I continued toward the memorial, leaving behind patriarchal colonizers who’d no doubt gotten what they deserved.

Read it all, it’s funny as hell. At the same time, it really ain’t funny at all. Not anymore, not when we’re way more than halfway to Bizarro World already.

(Via Aesop)

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Your tears are like sweet, sweet wine to me

Like my own, Heartiste’s sympathy for recently Funemployed™ journo-hacks is…limiteds.

Journowhores losing their jobs en masse?

PINCH ME AND TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMING

How many of these laid-off globalist girl tweets are there? I think i’m falling in love with the feeling. Science will now have data to determine if prolonged jizzing uninterrupted by a refractory period is possible in those under the influence of acute schadenfreude.

My erection can only get so big.

There is not enough misfortune that could befall lying, malevolent media propagandists which would satisfy my bloodlust.

KEEP IT COMING

Seconded, most heartily. Suffer, you officious pricks.



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The more you let them skate, the more skating they’re gonna do

As Vox says: ALWAYS hit back.

Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story “The mystery of Melania”, we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.

We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr Trump. They did not. The claim that Mrs Trump cried on election night is also false.

We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs.

So, pretty much everything including “and” and “the,” then. Good on ya, Melania. Make damned sure they cough up every last thin dime, girl—even if it breaks ’em, and the editors are reduced to peddling butthole and BJs in subway toilets to make good on the judgment. Do the NYT and WaPo next, ‘kay?

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Malice, not mistake

EXCELLENT observation from Neo that I hadn’t given any thought to my own self.

The role of Phillips himself was (and still is) felt by the right to be the following: that he purposely stirred up the initial face-to-face confrontation, that he lied about his military service, lied when he stated the boys had said “build the wall,” lied when he said they had approached and surrounded him, and that he also omitted the details of the racial and other slurs the boys (and the Native Americans) had endured coming from the Black Israelites. And the media gave Phillips a forum for repeating those influential lies.

However, what’s being almost completely ignored even on the right (the NY Post is just about alone in mentioning it, and they don’t emphasize it much at all) are Phillips’ most vicious lies, told quite early in the game (I’ll get to what they were in a minute). These particular lies probably had a big role in shaping people’s perceptions of the boys and helped to spur their widespread demonization.

It was Phillips himself who quite early on, during his Saturday interview with CNNthat set the original tone and was widely disseminated, gave the following description of the Covington boys:

It looked like these young men were going to attack [the Black Israelites]. They were going to hurt them. They were going to hurt them because they didn’t like the color of their skin. They didn’t like their religious views. They were just here in front of the Lincoln — Lincoln is not my hero, but at the same time, there was this understanding that he brought the (Emancipation Proclamation) or freed the slaves, and here are American youth who are ready to, look like, lynch these guys. To be honest, they looked like they were going to lynch them. They were in this mob mentality.

That is not some disagreement about who went up to whom, or whether the wall was mentioned by the boys, or what caps some of them wore. This is an extremely defamatory statement by a political agitator, designed to shape perceptions that the boys were vicious racists with a killer instinct. The language is purposefully inflammatory and of the harshest variety.

It is a lie, and unless Phillips is clinically insane and out of touch with reality (something I don’t believe is the case), it is a knowing and purposeful lie about a bunch of teenagers who were minding their own business. It is a lie so egregious, so foul, that I really lack words to describe the depth and depravity of that lie.

And as far as I can see, just about everyone is ignoring it now.

She’s absolutely right. Of course, when it comes to turncoat cucks like NRO, Kristol, and all the rest of the false-flag “right,” nobody should expect any different from them anyway. That’s Teh Narrative™, by gum, and you can bet they’ll be sticking with it, just a-hopin’ and a-prayin’ the whole while for this painful self-beclownment to go away toot sweet. As for the NY Post op-ed Neo mentioned above, I’ve had that one sitting open in a tab for a few days now awaiting the opportunity to post on it.

Nathan Phillips is a liar, not a victim
Days after Nathan Phillips’ story of his confrontation with a group of students in Washington was thoroughly discredited, many on the left are still rallying behind him, pretending he was somehow a victim.

This, even after both the New York Times and the Washington Post had to publish not just “clarifications” about the incident itself, but even corrections of his claim to be a Vietnam, or “Vietnam times,” veteran. (Turns out he was a stateside refrigerator technician, and frequently AWOL.)

It also turns out Phillips made nearly identical allegations against a few college students four years ago.

Yet he still has supporters because he keeps crafting new narratives that appeal to left-liberal prejudice. He certainly has the right bottom line, though: “Time for lies to be not accepted anymore,” he told CNN.

Oh, you got that one right, Chief Spewing Bull. You can see the truth of it in how swiftly your whole fairy tale got itself fractured. Kinda tough on guys like YOU, admittedly. But I’m digging it, myself.

Nathan Phillips is a pestilential dung beetle, a noxious little Lefty toad. Unfortunately, though, he and his putrid ilk will always have supporters…among the dishonest, the bigoted, the faithless, and the insane, all of which are plentiful enough on the ground. Elsewhere, Neo brings up another telling point:

In Sandmann’s interview, at one point he says:

…in hindsight I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing.

Perhaps it’s more accurate to say he wishes Phillips had never come up to him in the first place. At any rate, I have some advice for Sandmann: it wouldn’t have mattered. If Sandman had somehow managed to walk away from Phillips, one (or more) of these things would have almost certainly resulted: Sandmann would have been criticized for disrespecting Phillips by walking away, and/or Phillips would have followed him beating that drum all the while, and/or Phillips would have focused the same technique on another boy.

I’m not just trying to be cute here. I am serious in saying I believe there was nothing Sandmann could have done that would have changed the outcome, once he was selected as the target for the confrontation and the recording of the exchange on video by Phillips, who was accompanied by people with videocameras filming it from the start.

Annnd Bang Zoom!™, nailed it yet again. Damned fine analysis, from a damned fine writer and thinker.

Y’know, it occurred to me just now that, although I’ve had her in my bookmarks for, like, ever, she ain’t in the CF blogroll. Don’t know how I let that get by me; consider it just another stupid oversight rectified, y’all. She’s always been a good bit more polite about things than I am—not as, umm, fiery, shall we say. Which of course is fine, but she might be less than just totally thrilled to suddenly find herself keeping company in Ye Olde Blogrolle with us foul-mouthed-yob types over here. Nonetheless: welcome aboard, Neo. Us rapscallions, blaggards, and general no-goodniks are glad to have ya.

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No error here

I disagree. Strongly.


I AM happy they’ve lost their jobs, myself, and I hope they suffer a while before somebody puts a shovel, a septic-truck hose, or a hammer and a handful of roofing nails in their hands. I do not think this necessarily makes me a bad person; I believe it makes me a reasonable and aware one, whose threshold for hateful, supercilious abuse from unworthy mediocrities has long since been passed.

The “endless stream of poisonous error” line is all right, but for one thing: when “error” always and exclusively cuts one way only, it is NOT error—it’s malicious, and intentional. The real error here is to grant them the benefit of the doubt and assume otherwise. These are malefactors; they’re the agents of American misery and enslavement, and they are dangerous. When Trump called them enemies of the people, he was doing nothing more than speaking the simple truth. We should be concerning ourselves far more intently with crushing them and seeing to it that they STAY crushed than with feeling sorry for them.

PuffHo Opinion and Buzzfeed were malignancies gnawing away at the health of the body politic. No real American should feel any obligation to be anything but thrilled to be shut of them.

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AWWWWW

So the landscape is littered with laid-off Enemedia “journalists,” whose weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth is joyous to behold. Better yet: some Dissident Right types have puckishly hurled their own old “learn to code” dismissal back in their faces, which has elevated the butthurt to truly epic proportions. To wit:


Ace, who is having himself WAY too much fun with this, ripostes sharply. To wit:

Yeah that’s impolite. Here’s the polite version: Eat my dick, Suzy.

Amen. Interestingly enough, though, according to George’s Twitter page he is or was editor-in-chief of Jalopnik, a pretty good car culture/rat rod online ‘zine that I used to look in on a good bit back when I still had one of my beloved ’56 Fairlanes to play with. Wouldn’t have really figured him for a libtard, but what the hell. Guess maybe his self-identity of “journalist” places way ahead of “car-culture maven,” I dunno.

Anyways. All this agony, in its own turn, has yielded a bumper crop of insults and mockery. To wit again:


And that’s what we call balling the motherfucking jack, people. The execrable Kevin Williamson’s “rent a UHaul” meme is putting in appearances here and there too, and I gotta say I’m loving ’em all. But short of Enemedia pricks sleeping under bridges, begging for alms at highway intersections, and starving to death en masse, what I most want to see is not for them to actually “learn to code.” That would let them off WAY too lightly to suit me. That, after all, is still a pretty cushy job—done while sitting in a comfy ergonomic chair in a nice air-conditioned office, for good pay, the principle hazard of which is no more than eyestrain, or maybe sore fingers and wrists.

No. Hell no. I want to see these self-righteous miscreants chest-deep in a roadside sewer ditch with a shovel in their hands. Or humping freight by hand on a non-climate-controlled loading dock in July, as the sweat runs off them in rivers. Or serving omelets at Waffle House at four in the morning to surly, babbling drunks who never, ever tip with paper money—when they tip at all. Or condemned to any of a thousand other difficult, dangerous, dirty, exhausting, and thankless jobs usually done by the working stiffs they so bumptiously disparage and insult from their cozy rat-warrens in DC and NYC because they aren’t One Of Us. Then and only tnen can we be satisfied that justice has been truly done.

However things shake out for them, for the nonce you’d have to have a heart of stone not to pee yourself laughing at the poor little darlings. Their arrogance, dishonesty, and blockhead bias brought their industry to its knees; now technology is applying the coup de grace. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of assholes if you ask me, and I wish them all every last mite of the suffering they’ve so richly earned.

Update! Enemies of the people.

The media, those never to be adequately damned bastards who claim to be “purveyors of facts,” are the reason for virtually all of America’s political strife. It was they who shaped the attitudes of the combatants. It was they who stoked the fires of political hostility. It was they who deliberately, with unconcealable malice aforethought, have taken ordinary Americans of traditional political preferences, and have portrayed them as monsters of illimitable evil. And all the while they’ve postured as being above it all, just innocent servants of the public’s “right to know.”

Once again, Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics applies with full and terrible force:

Any organization not explicitly right-wing
Sooner or later becomes left-wing.

The media were among the first organizations in America to be acted upon in this fashion. The Left knew them to be more valuable than any other target in our society. About a century ago, just as the first forms of broadcast publication were emerging, they embarked upon a program of infiltration of all the major information-dissemination organizations in the country. The infiltrators rose through the ranks, acquired the power to influence hiring, firing, and editorial policy, and over time gained the degree of control that would ensure that the conquered organs would emit only what suits their political preferences. That’s how Robert Conquest’s Second Law operates in practice.

Yes, the Left targeted other, related institutions, especially education and entertainment. But those were adjuncts to its central drive: the conversion of the outlets Americans go to for news into founts of propaganda. As recently as the Sixties the schools were still essentially wholesome, if not particularly effective. By then, the media had already been broken to the Left’s harness.

Perhaps none of this is news to you. Perhaps you’ve been watching as attentively as I, and reached the above conclusions on your own time and your own dime. There remains a question still: what to do about it. For men cannot sustain a free society in an unrelenting bath of Leftist propaganda, harassment, and conflict-stoking. We are not well armored enough for that, intellectually, emotionally, or morally.

However, history speaks plainly on this subject: an institution once conquered by the Left cannot be reformed. Its internal dynamics will thwart any attempt to counter-infiltrate and return it to honesty. It can only be destroyed and replaced by something trustworthy.

That’s why the media are desperate to get out from under the stain of Covington. That event has made the stakes clear. There’s no way to disguise the facts of that matter, and no way for the media to evade the odium for them. They cannot claim it was an honest mistake.

Covington is a capital-punishment case. The media’s collective behavior, blatantly murderous toward those whose convictions it disapproves, has sentenced them to death.

The nice thing is, we can just sit back, relax, and watch them carry out sentence themselves. Via circular firing squad, of course. They doomed themselves when they decided to switch from reporting the news—AKA, journalism—to changing the world (alt: making a difference)—AKA, “journalism” (alt: propaganda). And seeing as how I mentioned justice earlier, here’s an example of what’s known as the, umm, rough variety:

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Aww, looks like poor widdle white girl PC’d herself right out of a job. I hear Wendy’s is hiring, babe. Or maybe it was Jack In The Box. No regrets, hon, you were Fighting The Good Fight, Speaking Truth To Power (whenever Power wasn’t Democrats, that is), and other Important Stuff like that. You can hold your head up high and proud whilst flipping them burgers, salting them fries, and swabbing them terlets.

I swear, I’m gonna have internal injuries from laughing so hard at these pampered remoras.

Screwupdate! Francis informs me that a botched the link to his above-excerpted post. Fixed now. Sorry about that, everybody.

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Still in there swinging

Yes, yes, I’m still working on the Larger Thoughts post, I assure you; it’s getting a bit lengthy, and is still nowhere near done yet. But this here makes me so damned happy I just gotta get it up here right friggin’ NOW.



Hit Ace’s joint for the backstory, and then the truly sidesplitting follow-up.

Bless Trump’s heart for this, and for all he does. If only he had half the country behind him—hell, if he had half of his own damned party behind him—he’d be the greatest President we ever had. It’s enormously to his credit that he’s still landing some solid blows regardless; his never-relent, balls-out, damn-the-torpedos approach sometimes gives even a despairing old cynic like me a warm little twinge of hope.

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No sacrifice too great!

Hard Easy pass.

I had a great dinner at a local Red Lobster the other night. The crab cakes were excellent, the staff and service friendly and terrific.

But alas that was my last meal at the Red Lobster.

The Red Lobster, which I thought was in the business of selling seafood dinners and lunches, is in another business altogether: leftwing politics.

The company, owned by an outfit in San Francisco called Golden Gate Capital, is run by a slew of Hillary Clinton supporters who have decided to follow a prompting from an ex-Clinton staffer and make censorship their main product, joining the anti-free press jihad that has made it their business to silence conservatives in the media. The latest example is the targeting of Fox’s Tucker Carlson, with the Red Lobster officiously and piously announcing the following:

Red Lobster’s advertising buying guidelines reflect our core values and commitment to supporting programming that represents the highest standards of good taste, fair practice and objectivity.

Unmentioned in the announcement from Red Lobster was this, per a report in the Washington Times:

Activists like ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum renewed the boycott, specifically calling on Red Lobster to pull its ads.

Ahhh, but of course. Once again the extreme far-Left is on yet another anti-free press and free speech jihad, this time bullying Red Lobster.

Then again, maybe it isn’t bullying after all. In plunging into politics by joining the side of the leftwing thugs, a closer look at those running Red Lobster reveals that there is, in fact, a built in leftward bias at the very top of the company that owns Red Lobster — Golden Gate Capital.

Giving up Red Lobster will be the easiest protest-slash-boycott “divestment” I ever made: I can’t stand the place, their food is terrible. I used to eat there regularly years and years ago, when I was a kid and my palate was a lot less, umm, refined. Maybe they’ve improved since then; I don’t know and don’t care. But as far as I’m concerned, they had nowhere to go but up. And wherever they’re going, they’ll be going without me…which I’m sure suits the both of us just fine, thqnks.

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“A government shutdown is a delight”

Dov Fisher argues for a nice, long one.

I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying the 25% Government shutdown. I really am. This is the closest we ever may come to demonstrating how much of our Government is wasteful, unnecessary, duplicative, and pointless. As but one example — only from the 25% now shut down — we simply do not need a federal Department of Education. States and municipalities can and should run education at the local level. Under conservatives, a federal Education Department — at best — does nothing that justifies its existence; under liberals, it works to destroy civil rights and the national culture. Consider how Obama took away the rights of students on campus wrongly accused of sexual assault. Suddenly, they lost their rights to demand certain evidence, to examine witnesses, to confront accusers. Now that we live in a Red Scare era — where the Left are the scare — extreme feminists wield an old tool that goes back to the Biblical account of the wife of Potiphar: If you are angry at someone, just falsely accuse him of attempting rape. It got her a mention in the Torah, and several thousand years later it got Perjury Blasey Ford almost a million bucks on crowd-funding, to go with her five million dollars’ worth of California real estate.

We do need the military to protect us from threats overseas. We need an agency to collect tax, if tax we must pay. We need airport security on the ground (like TSA) and in the sky (like air traffic controllers). We need the post office. We need honest federal judges and courts and the staff that enable them to administer justice. But we do not need a great many of the agencies, departments, nor a great many of the 800,000 meanwhile-furloughed government workers. We have to pay their salaries; that money does not come from trees. We work hard for our families, earning what living we can. When we bring home our pay, we are not looking for business partners in Washington to share any percent of it in return for their drafting a new federal regulation or typing it or filing it or rewriting it. No one minds paying salaries of the fraction of federal workers who provide truly important services. However, for a large number of them, if they lose their government jobs and end up doing what my wife, my kids, my siblings, their spouses, my parents, my grandparents, my nieces, my nephews, my neighbors, my friends, my professional colleagues, and my enemies all have done — and work in the private sector — we all will be the better for it. In time, even hundreds of thousands of those 800,000 also will appreciate why a Government shut-down is a delight.

Ahh, but as I’ve been saying for years: the government we have now is in large part a jobs program for people too stupid, incompetent, mentally inflexible, orjust plain lazy to get themselves a real job. If these cretins somehow finagled themselves a job in the private sector, they probably won’t have it long. They for sure and certain won’t make anything like the dough they do in Uncle Sugar’s dubious employ. Which means that the rest of us would probably be better off just putting them on welfare, which would at least lessen their impact on our lives somewhat.

Mr. President, keep it closed. Keep it closed for the next two years if you have to. If you do not get that $5 billion for that Wall, just keep it closed. Many tens of millions of us are prepared not to go to the Visitor Center these next two years when we tour an open national park. A sacrifice? We once had to land in Normandy, Mr. President, with Germans lying in wait on the beaches, shooting at us, while weather conditions imperiled those assigned for air cover. We Americans sustained more than 6,000 casualties that day, with more than 2,000 killed. Ours may not be “The Greatest Generation,” but we still have Americans who can go two years without a stop in the gift shop at a national park if that is what it will take to protect our southern border from the unbridled murderous mass import of opioids, the evils of human trafficking, and the unchecked entry into our country of MS-13 animals and other criminals and possibly even terrorists.

One would like to think so, anyway.

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Open letter to Trump

From Doug’s lips to God’s ears.

Dear President Trump,

I know you are courageous. I know you are a patriot. I know you care deeply about the future of this nation. Therefore I have addressed this request to you and you alone.

As is well known, the tangled web of the federal bureaucracy and national media have produced an embedded administrative state that some term the “Deep State”.

Through administrations of both parties, in good times and bad, the size and scale of the federal leviathan has grown completely unchecked.

And like a living organism, it has, over time, developed its own survival instinct.

Among its defensive tactics are the collective set of crimes known as “Spygate”, which represents the weaponization of Obama intelligence and law enforcement agencies against you. Starting in 2015, deep state actors embedded in CIA, DOJ, DNI and FBI leadership positions launched simultaneous campaigns more suitable for a South American dictatorship than the United States.

The first such campaign was an effort to exonerate Hillary Clinton for her egregious and clearly criminal mishandling of huge troves of classified information. The second, of course, was the attempt to first prevent you from winning the presidency and then, immediately upon your victory, to have you impeached or removed from office. The latter scheme includes the Mueller special counsel itself, which is simply a second phase of the scheme to entrap Trump administration officials in various “collusion” scandals.

Many pro-administration pundits believe that all you can do is wait for the outcome of the deeply conflicted Mueller probe, which has suffered forced attrition due to a variety of untoward bias and prejudice. Once the special counsel report has been delivered, you could choose to declassify key assets that document the criminality of those behind Spygate.

But there is another way.

Use the Clintons to take the Deep State to the Woodshed

Hillary Clinton, like Barack Obama, is a radical leftist who despises the Constitution and the free market. Her troubling history is well-documented, as even The Washington Post observed in 2008 when the editors of that dying journal were trying to get then-Senator Obama nominated.

Hillary Clinton and her husband have some secrets you can help expose, in spite of what the Mueller probe chooses to investigate, which, thus far, appears to be only persons affiliated with one particular political party.

Ross is off and running from there, and however far-fetched it might appear to you at first as a blueprint for doing battle effectively against the Deep State, you really ought to read all of it. I think he just might be onto something, myself.

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Making Brazil great again

Looks like those of you considering relocating to someplace where you can still have a chance to live free might want to consider Brazil.

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in yesterday as president of Brazil. Mr. Bolsonaro, often known as the “Tropical Trump” for his populist nationalism, has promised an end to socialism in Brazil. Among his more popular policies are a crackdown on crime and returning to citizens the right to armed self-defense.

Mr. Bolsonaro was stabbed by a would-be assassin back in September, during the first round of the presidential election. Although he was seriously wounded and unable to campaign for more than a month, he recovered and made it through the first round, later going on to win in the runoff.

Below is President Bolsonaro’s inaugural speech.

It is with humility and honor that I address all of you, as President of Brazil. And I stand before the entire nation on this day as the day the people began to free themselves from socialism.

Get rid of the inversion of values, of state gigantism and of political correctness.

Elections gave voice to those who had not been heard. And the voice of the streets and of the ballot boxes were very clear, and I am here to respond and once again commit myself to this desire for change.

I am also here to renew our hopes, and remember that if we work together, this change will be possible. Respecting the principles of the democratic state of law, guided by our Constitution and with God in our hearts, from today we will put into practice the project that the majority of the Brazilian people democratically chose; we will promote the transformations that the country needs.

Inspiring, encouraging stuff, and I wish him all the luck in the world. Having already survived one assassination attempt, I’m sure Bolsonaro has few illusions about the kind of bloodthirsty, murderous Leftist filth he’s up against.

(Via WRSA)

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The Trump Filibuster

Long may it wave.

When the Republicans shut down the Government under Obama, he cynically set up barriers to prevent people from visiting the World War II memorial and the Martin Luther King monument. That was consistent with his vicious narcissism that animated so much of the Lost Decade from January 2009 until the Trump inauguration of 2016. There was no need for Obama to close down those monuments and memorials, just petty cynical politics. Those sites did not require funding to stay open. President Trump can keep them open simply by not going out of his way to shut them down. And many other national treasures also can remain open, only with the Tourist Welcome Centers closed. Inasmuch as the security of the nation is at stake — big deal!

Know the part I never got? The idea of “non-essential government employees.” If they’re “nonessential”, then WHY THE FUCK DO THEY HAVE THOSE JOBS IN THE FIRST DAMNED PLACE?

Of course, that question is purely sarcastic. The government is in large part no more than a jobs program for shiftless, worthless, incompetent minorities, especially blacks. If you don’t believe me, head on down to your local offices of any government bureaucracy you care to name and try to get a straight answer about something—anything. Then get back to me.

Otherwise, this Trump Filibuster is a necessary urgency that has virtually no downside. CNN and MSNBC — Fox News, too — will need to fill their programming with “news” for 24 hours daily, seven days a week, so they will make the Trump Filibuster as ridiculously overblown and dramatic as possible. Someone somewhere will die, and they will blame it on the shutdown. They will blame global warming on the shutdown. Freezing blizzards on the shutdown. They will blame tornadoes, hurricanes, and Kevin Hart’s tweets on the shutdown. They will blame the Trump Filibuster for Michael Moore gaining weight and for Ocasio-Cortez being unable to remember whether she was elected to Congress, the Senate, or the New York State Assembly. But it all will be stuff and nonsense. None of it matters. Every three minutes on Fox, there will be a loud clang followed by “Fox News Alert.” Even Fox aficionados long ago learned to tune those out; they never amount to anything.

Nothing has changed, and nothing is going to change. The furloughed federal workers all will get their back-pay in the mail as soon as the Government reopens. Mueller will keep doing that thing he does. His funding reliably is there, if he likes, through January 21, 2024. The House Democrats will have no problem getting federal payments made to their dozens of investigators and lawyers as they ramp up the next two years of non-stop investigations into Trump’s taxes, Trump’s hotels, Trump’s golf swing, Trump’s hairspray. The Democrats still will have the money to fly to D.C. every Monday morning and to fly back home for weekends. The shutdown is all a big nothing. Or, in the spirit of the season: Bah humbug.

But here is what is not humbug: If this President backs down on building a Wall, there will be a Democrat sweep in 2020. You can take that to the bank, no matter what interest rates the Fed sets. Caucasian ethnic blue collar voters in the Rustbelt — states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan —voted for him in 2016 because they felt he would be a different kind of politician, namely one who honors and fulfills his promises. That is, they believed he is not a “politician.” In so many ways, he has rewarded his constituents’ faith. But the Wall is the biggie; it is his cardinal promise: “Read my lips, No new crossings. If you like your border, you can keep your border.” That Wall is his defining pledge.

If he backs down on the Wall, even after a year, then President Trump will be signaling to those who had not voted for years, people who essentially boycotted elections because “they all are crooks and liars,” that he is one more charlatan in the mix. But if he stands his ground on this one, he will engender an enormous loyalty of people who will vote in 2020 on the passionate belief that “he has been fighting for us, and now we have to fight for him.” It is that simple and is a narrative that this country’s heartland loves: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington.

Whether he backs down or not, there ain’t gonna be no wall. But the shutdown brings with it other benefits beyond whatever usefulness it may have as a border-control-negotiation prybar—benefits perhaps not obvious at first glance.

Thanks to the ongoing shutdown theater, two things are now obvious.

First, Republican leadership in Congress had no intention of even trying to fund Trump’s wall, much less actually doing it, despite repeatedly promising to do so.

And second, Trump is being exactly who he said he was, and doing exactly what he said he’d do, and all of greater Washington is still shocked—shocked!—by it.

Establishment Washington has believed for years that it can run on platform issues like repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and reforming the immigration system, but then provide dozens of excuses as to why these objectives can’t be met.

First, Republicans said, they needed the House. Then the Senate. Then the White House. But of course, once all of those were delivered, it still wasn’t enough. Now they need 60 votes in the Senate or nothing can happen! They believe that voters are, in fact, dumb enough to keep buying what they’re selling.

Gone unmentioned, of course, is the fact that establishment priorities somehow never face that “need 60 votes or it ain’t happenin’” hurdle.

The GOP still managed to pass tax reform last year without 60 votes, and in the face of significant opposition from Democrats. McConnell spent months pushing the farm bill over the finish line to get a special carve out for industrial hemp in Kentucky—again, without 60 Republican votes. The giant increases in defense spending, opposed by Democrats? They pass every time, always without 60 Republican votes.

Moreover, there are strategies available to McConnell to get around Democrat obstruction. He simply chooses not to use them. McConnell made the baffling decision this year not to use a reconciliation vehicle, which passes the Senate at 51 votes (the same vehicle used to pass tax reform in 2017, and which Democrats used to pass part of Obamacare in 2010). This is akin to failing to fire a silver bullet.

That’s because, as is now so clear as to be beyond debate, he and the rest of the Uniparty Decepticons never really wanted the werewolf dead. Incredibly, though, Paul Ryno somehow manages to make even Vichy Miche look good in comparison:

Ryan has done such a poor job that it has become impossible even for the paid sycophants of Conservative, Inc. to whitewash his record. As House Speaker, Ryan failed to fund the border wall, repeal or replace Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, or even curb porous immigration policies in any perceivable way. While Trump has used his bully pulpit and executive power unlike any Republican in history to advance his agenda, backup support from the House hasn’t been there. Ryan’s lack of will has even made Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell look meritorious by comparison. At least McConnell fought for the justices.

Much of the Republican faithful were dumbfounded upon the Democrats performing so strongly in last month’s elections despite engaging in unprecedented histrionics in the months prior. Republicans have alleged voter fraud, which may have happened in certain areas, but that does not explain the trend as a whole.

House Republicans underperformed due to Ryan’s sorry leadership. Trump supporters, many of whom hate Republicans and only switched over because of allegiance to the president, thought to themselves, “What difference does it make?” and stayed home despite their hero’s pleading for them to do otherwise. While Trump’s campaign rhetoric may have been exhilarating, the results in Congress have not quite matched up.

Nope. They were never intended to. And as long as the professional politicians remain in charge, they never will.

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Smarter than the average…

General?

A bipartisan consensus among the foreign policy elite holds that America needs to maintain its de facto overseas empire. This includes both preserving stability, as well as fomenting deliberate instability, including regime change in places like Syria. This consensus among elected officials, defense contractors, general officers, talking heads, and various experts is not shared by the vast majority of Americans, who elected Barack Obama and Donald Trump on their promises to end “stupid wars” and put America first.

The American people have good instincts on these matters.

Suddenly, I’m reminded of River Tam’s great quote from the great movie Serenity: “We meddle. People don’t like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think. Don’t run, don’t walk. We’re in their homes and in their heads and we haven’t the right. We’re meddlesome.”

Just that one paragraph covers so much ground. Anyways.

In response, we hear what amounts to word salad. We need to ensure stability, protect the Kurds, shore up Israel, remain on scene for contingencies, protect Iraq’s western border (while we neglect our own), lest we “pull defeat from the jaws of victory.”

This is all unpersuasive. Wars should be fought to protect our people and further their interests. The world is too big and complicated for us either to ensure peace everywhere, or to reform the deep pathologies of the Islamic world.

Part of the reason Republicans fall over themselves in deference to generals is that they have not had an intelligent foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. On this, mainstream Republican thinking is a mash, amounting to a more unilateral and kinetic expression of the “sole superpower” concept that unites both parties.

One thing that is frustrating about the consensus of the wise men is how parochial it is. It does not ask intelligent questions about why the United States has not decisively won a war since the first Persian Gulf War, why the military was so ill-prepared to fight a counter-insurgency in 2001 (even though almost all wars since 1945 have had this feature), or how we can realistically address friction with China, Russia, the Middle East, and Latin America all at the same time.

While Mattis may be impressive, the generals and other members of the defense establishment are not, generally speaking. Consider such dim lights as Tommy Franks, who neglected to give much thought to the challenges of Iraq’s occupation, or Ricardo Sanchez, who spent most of his tenure in Iraq denying the nascent insurgency, when he wasn’t bullying his subordinates.

Almost none of the experts seems to have considered whether intervention in the Middle East advances the goal of protecting America, which is blessedly distant from this tar pit, and whose resources can be more effectively applied on shutting down the open gates through which terrorists enter to do us harm.

Of the many controversial things Trump said during the campaign, none seemed to grate more than his suggestion that he “knows more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.” It turns out, that’s true.

Odd, innit? Roach’s conclusion reiterates a good point made in one of the articles I excerpted in last night’s posting on this topic, bolded below:

When we look for answers, we should look beyond our parochial and conflicted elite to the wisdom of the past. For all the study of Clausewitz in our military academies, one wonders if our strategists have forgotten his advice on the general superiority of defensive measures as a strategic matter: “What is the object of defense? To preserve. To preserve is easier than to acquire; from which follows at once that the means on both sides being supposed equal, the defensive is easier than the offensive.”

In other words, we are better off securing our border, building a wall, limiting immigrants from hostile lands, and avoiding the Middle Eastern cul de sac, than playing whack-a-mole with terrorists. Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria is the most courageous and controversial manifestation of his broader promise to put America first.

To repeat the suggestion I made last night: do Afghanistan next. Far as I’m concerned, the only American military personnel who ought to even be laying eyes on the hopelessly barbaric sewer-drain that is the Middle East at all are our strategic bomber pilots, from no less than 10,000 feet AGL.

Update! Mo’ bettah backup for the proposition, from an old hand who surely knows whereof he speaks:

Unlike the bipartisan foreign policy swamp, which has been consistently proven wrong about nearly every major military decision of the last decade, President Trump has overseen a clear, steady and realist foreign policy, focused on putting America First. From re-building America’s military, destroying ISIS, ending the Iran deal, de-escalating tensions with North Korea, he has consistently proven the naysayers in the foreign policy swamp wrong.

Those who have led us down the failed and dangerous path of endless wars in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and beyond, are the last people who should be listened to in regards to Syria. In fact, many of those people attacking President Trump today over Syria, are they themselves responsible for the chaos we see currently in the Middle East.

And nobody needs look any further for a reason why that would be so: My God, man, our gravy bowls, reputations, and phony-baloney jobs are at stake! Sorry, but you’ll have to forgive me when I continue to insist that the blood of those who carry the rifles and pay the ferryman maybe ought to matter just a bit more than that, fellas.

The members of the foreign policy swamp can’t even account for why it’s in America’s national interest to keep 2000 American soldiers and intelligence officers in Syria after they’ve already completed the mission the President gave them two years ago, to destroy and defeat ISIS. Could it be that that the foreign policy swamp was never actually interested in defeating ISIS and instead want us to stay in Syria because of their misguided and dangerous fetish for more regime change in the Middle East?

They scream that there will be chaos if we leave, conveniently ignoring the fact that most of the chaos we see in the Middle East is a direct result of their policies of regime change Libya and Iraq. Furthermore, do we really want to turn Syria into another Afghanistan, where we stay there for 17 years with no real purpose and no actual American interests at stake?

We’ve seen that script before and it hasn’t ended well for the United States. But that matters little to the foreign policy swamp, as they don’t even pretend this is about our national interest, but rather about their impossible dream for liberal Democracy in the Middle East.

Once more with the salient point, and the real issue the Establishment types are in a lather about:

The President understands what I understand: The Middle East will never be a liberal democracy and our foreign policy should never be guided by grand ideological goals, but rather by a simple doctrine that asks: What is best for America and its people?

Bingo. And amen.

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Mad Dog down!

So I was listening to the local NPR outlet in the car earlier (yeah, I know, I know, I’m a masochist) and on some show or other they were discussing General Mattis’ departure from the SecDef post. The hosts went on and on in the most effusive terms about what a swell guy he was: best SecDef EVAR; a reasonable, bipartisan, intelligent, capable guy; beloved of both Republicans and Democrats alike; respected by all and disliked by none. This, followed up with some pearl-clutching hysterics over the Trump admin being in UTTER CHAOS, etc.

And sorry, but I damned near upchucked my lunch. I mean, come the fuck ON, willya? Do you propagandizing feebs REALLY think none of us remember you and your confreres absolutely pissing your pants when Trump proposed him for the slot? How Mattis—MAD DOG!! MAD DOG!!! The very nickname alone was enough to reduce the Left to tears—was a bloodthirsty warmongering murderer; an inhuman, callous butcher with no regard for the lives and well-being of the Oppressed Brown People he’d brutally victimized throughout his gore-soaked career?

I liked Mattis’ approach myself a great deal early on, and the fact that the shitlibs were being driven into such paroxyms of dismay wasn’t the only reason why. But on the issue he’s now leaving over—the long-overdue Syria pullout—I think he’s wrong as can be (more on all that coming up). In fact, he seems to be something of an invade-the-world-invite-the-world neocon type, someone all too comfortable with America’s longstanding role as the world’s policeman—perfectly understandable, given his job and the experiences that molded him. I was one for a long time myself, admittedly. But I ain’t no more, and I think my reasons for rethinking that stance are pretty good ones.

To his credit, Mattis has always been very careful to keep his personal politics to himself, even when prodded, which is no more than proper for a career soldier. But whatever your opinion of him, he’s a true Jarhead archetype through and through: a real character in the hallowed old Chesty Puller mode, as well being a total fucking machine when it comes to wonderful quotes. A small sample of the General’s hard-won wisdom:

“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

“Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”

Lots more here. Even more resoundingly in his favor, the Marines who served with and under him seem to love and revere him, a fact which the wormy Left tried hard to twist, obfuscate, and contradict when he got the SecDef nod. I’m sure you guys all remember how they scuttled and scratched trying to debunk the now-famous Christmas story:

However, The Doctor was able to find out what happened from retired Marine Gen. Charles Krulak, who was commandant when the story took place. Every Christmas during his tenure, Krulak delivered cookies to every Marine duty post around Washington and Quantico, Va.

Back in 1998, he was making his final delivery to Marine Corps Combat Development Command headquarters at Quantico when he asked the Marine on duty who the officer of the day was.

“The young Marine said, ‘Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.’”

Krulak thought the Marine had misunderstood him, so he asked again, but he got the same answer.

“I looked around the duty hut and in the back, there were two cots: One for the officer of the day and one for young Marine. I said, ‘OK, let me cut through all of this: Who was the officer who slept in that bed last night?’

“And the Marine said, ‘Sir, Brigadier General Mattis.’”

At that moment, Mattis walked around the corner.

“So I said to him, ‘Jim, what are you standing the duty for?’ “And he said, ‘Sir, I looked at the duty roster for today and there was a young major who had it who is married and had a family; and so I’m a bachelor, I thought why should the major miss out on the fun of having Christmas with his family, and so I took the duty for him.’”

Never before or since has Krulak run into a general officer standing duty on Christmas Day.

 “I think it says volumes about Jim Mattis and his leadership style,” Krulak said. “He did it very unobtrusively. He just took the duty.”

When all’s said and done, whether you consider James Mattis a success or a disappointment as Trump’s Secretary of Defense, I still like the guy myself, and have tremendous respect for him. He is and will remain a Marine’s Marine, a credit to his Corps and country. It’s too bad he’s leaving, but given current circumstances and trends it’s probably the right moment for it, and he does so with his honor and integrity intact. May God bless you, sir, and many thanks for your long and selfless service.

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Turn ’em loose, Bruce!

Pardon all the things people.

This painful to admit it, but we need to grow up. There are two sets of law in America today, meaning there is no rule of law in America today. Oh, there are statutes, and there are courts, and there are agencies full of people with guns willing to enforce the will of aspiring tyrants, but there is not rule of law. There is only power, theirs and ours. Time to get woke to the undeniable fact that the Fredocons deny up and down. Justice is no longer blind. Her blindfold is off and she’s picking favorites.

You are not one of her favorites.

You, and those you elect, are not equal under the law to members of the elite.

It’s all about power. And the guy we elected to act as a wrecking ball should use the power we gave him to make it right.

Kurt recommends that Trump pardon all the campaign and administration officials who have been persecuted and railroaded by the Mueller shitshow so far, and he’s right enough about that; as he says, it’s a way to “strip the elite of its ability to coerce perjury and ruin lives for the sin of dissenting”—probably the only way left to Trump to do it, in fact. But Schlichter has more yet, and it’s pure gold:

Oh, and he should pardon the whole Obama/Hillary clown car crew too. Pardon Obama, pardon the Harpy, pardon Clapper and Brennan and Comey and McCabe and the whole crew of liberal conspirators. Why not? They will never, ever, not in a zillion years, not even if they were caught on video having their confessions being notarized, be charged with anything.

List their sins, in detail, and pardon them for their myriad crimes. Hang it all around their horned heads, and make them howl in outrage with an act of unwanted, utterly vindictive grace. They were never going to face justice for what they did anyway, so why not?

“We need to look forward as a country and stuff, so I am pardoning Hillary for all her crimes, including perjury, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, fraud, tax evasion, graft, sexual abuse enabling, and everything else. We will put the shame of Hillary Clinton behind us forever and move on.”

Pardon everybody.

There is but one exception to this act of coldly calculated magnanimity:

Just don’t pardon Michael Cohen. Cohen’s a rat. Let him sip pruno in the pokey.

Heh. Right yet again. Cohen can get his ass pounded in the hoosegow showers til doomsday for all me.

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Captain Kirk still kicking ass

He’s DEAD, Jim.

When radio stations began banning the classic Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because of complaints by social justice warriors, they never considered the consequences.

One of those consequences was a war that was launched by legendary Hollywood actor William Shatner — who played Capt. James T. Kirk in the TV series “Star Trek” — against one of those very same radio stations that had bowed to the politically correct mob.

“Call in to CBC radio all day and get them to play “Baby It’s Cold Outside” over and over until midnight!” the anti-PC warrior (or captain, if you will) tweeted Tuesday in response to a report that CBC Radio was slated to ban the classic song at the end of the day.

But while this willingness to stand up to the mob earned him accolades from some, it also triggered another war: One between the legendary actor and his Twitter followers.

“Congrats Bill, never let sex assault victims get in the way of your fun,” one particularly exasperated follower named “Wiggin” wrote in a sarcastic tweet.

I ain’t gonna transcribe all of Shatner’s great responses, but you should definitely go read ’em.

Despite complaints from social justice warriors, the captain ultimately won.

He damned sure did. Not that his idiot SJW antagonists would know it. But that’s all on them.

(Via Bill)

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Never give up, never give in

But sometimes it sure is hard to keep one’s eye on the ball.

Trump has seemed, at times, to sputter in implementing his transformative agenda—whether it was the Obamacare repeal, the idiotic spending bill from earlier this year, or the border wall. Coulter (and, to be sure, others) think that because it has been difficult to implement the agenda, we should just give it up; we’ve been had, the system is rigged.

Should we just stop trying, since we haven’t achieved the victories we should have won over the past two years? Should we resign to our fate of watching Democrats take over, passively allowing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be sworn into the presidency and vice-presidency because it’s “their time”?

Well, we lost the House of Representatives and the Democrats are closing in on Trump with the corrupt Robert Mueller “investigation” so, at least we can say we tried?

Republicans, along with forgetting how to win without Trump, have forgotten the cardinal rule of warfare: the enemy gets a vote.

Yes, the Democrats are going to fight hard—harder than they’ve ever fought before—precisely because Trump and the Right are winning so bigly. Just look at what’s been accomplished thus far: massive deregulation that stimulated the economy. Yes, the tax cuts were nice. But the real economic stimulation occurred thanks to Trump’s executive order cutting thousands of unnecessary Obama-era regulations on his first day in office. From that point, the economy has enjoyed one of the greatest expansions in decades. Unemployment has plummeted, Americans are getting back to work. It’s not enough, but it’s a start.

Trump is winning. The media won’t tell you that. Academicians won’t acknowledge it. But he is pushing back. His mere presence in office is stopping the Left’s “long march” through America’s institutions.

Just look at the courts.

In two years, Trump has made a more lasting impression on the federal courts than his predecessors ever could have hoped to make. Why?

Ooh, ooh, I’ll take that one! Because of his cantankerousness, his obstreperousness, his rude, crude, obnoxious eagerness to lock horns and tussle, that’s why. In other words: because of the exact same Trumpian traits the effetes, cucks, professional-politician DC snobs, and Vichy GOPe turncoats complain loudest about. Funny, that.

Michael Walsh once wrote that Trump has single-handedly revived the “great man” theory of history. He’s correct. But Trump didn’t revive it so much as remind everyone that it never went away. One man can truly make a difference—even in the face of terrible odds. And, if that one man is a force of nature, such as Churchill or Trump, then, no cause is truly lost…so long as people are inspired and willing to fight for it.

Our task, going forward then, will be to ensure that  enough of us on the Right remain so inspired. We cannot be a movement of quitters.

Coulter and others are operating on the assumption that victory is impossible and losing is inevitable.

As y’all know by now, in my heart of hearts I think that’s true. So what? I repeat: if all we have left to us is to bloody Proggy’s nose and make him cry now and then…well, that’s still worthwhile, and is its own reward.

Yeah, I grumble sometimes about the grimness of the larger picture, and I’m gonna go right on doing it. Just the same, nobody should mistake grumbling for a willingness to either surrender or acquiesce. The core truth remains: I hate these Lefty bastards with every fiber of my being. Why on earth wouldn’t I? They intend to enslave me, to bring me to heel under the sway of a grasping despotism that has no limits and no accountability—not just me, but you and everybody else. In my book, that makes them one thing and one thing only: evil.

Plenty of us cringe away from making such a strong statement, pining for the Bygone Better Days of civility, collegiality, bipartisanship, and such-like. Again: so what? Evil is real; it walks among us not on cloven hooves but shod in fine designer loafers, clothed in tailored suits purchased with stolen money—reeking of expensive cologne instead of sulfur, brimstone, and blood. No matter how hopeless the struggle against that evil may ultimately be, it must still be resisted to the very last ounce of our strength. And who knows, maybe one day the horse will learn to sing.

I’ll let the great old punk/oi! band Blitz explain things:



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Roll your own

Not weed, which is A-okay with libtards—anyplace and anytime you care to do it—but tobacco, which most certainly is NOT.

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 — Smokers who roll their own cigarettes are less likely to try to kick the habit and cost may be the reason why, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 38,000 adults in England who were smokers or who had quit in the past year. About 56 percent said they smoked only factory-made cigarettes, while nearly 37 percent said they smoked only roll-your-own cigarettes.

Just 16 percent of roll-your-own smokers were highly motivated to quit, compared to 20 percent of factory-made cigarette smokers, according to the University College London (UCL) study. It was published online Dec. 4 in the journal BMJ Open.

Why the difference? Roll-your-own smokers were less interested in quitting because of the cheaper cost of their cigarettes, the study found. Only factory-made cigarettes are taxed, the researchers explained.

“Cost is consistently reported by smokers as one of the primary motives for quitting. With [roll-your-own] cigarettes offering a lower cost alternative to factory-made cigarettes, [roll-your-own] users may be more able to afford to continue to smoke, and therefore less inclined to try to quit,” said study author Sarah Jackson, from the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at UCL.

“This has important implications for tobacco control policy, given that a key strategy used by governments worldwide to reduce smoking is to raise taxes on tobacco in order to increase the cost of smoking,” Jackson said in a university news release.

So we all know what’s coming next from these assholes, I reckon.

I’ve been rolling my own for a good while now, and I heartily recommend it to any smoker I run across. I have one of these machines for it: cost, about fifty bucks on Amazon. Once you get the amount of tobacco and the proper packing down, it makes a perfect cigarette just about every time. Cost? About 75 cents a pack—WAY better than the four-something bucks I was paying for Pall Mall blues before.

But cost is hardly the only benefit. I buy Ohm Gold tobacco, free of any chemical additives, and roll ’em in Gambler “light” tubes, which combination produces a cigarette that tastes SO much better than any factory-built ones—larded up as those are with formaldehyde (to make ’em burn faster), carpet glue (to make them go out after a few unattended minutes), and God only knows what else.

As an added bonus, after smoking my full-custom hand-rollies for a while I noticed something: the old smoker’s hack was greatly diminished. No, seriously folks; the old wake-up ritual of coughing up noxious phlegm is all but gone as long as I stay with the home-builts, and comes back quick if I have to resort to the Pall Malls for whatever reason.

Which I occasionally do. It’s the only real problem with RYO smokes: now and then you find yourself away from home for longer than anticipated and run out, necessitating a grudging trip to the store for a pack of the corporate coffin nails. It’s kind of a tedious pain in the ass rolling ’em, I admit, but a minor one; rolling up a pack’s worth or so takes maybe five to ten minutes, no more. I have a friend who’ll sit down and roll himself a whole carton each morn, but not me. I just don’t have that kind of patience no matter how much I’m saving or how much better I feel physically for the trifling effort.

All in all, I must repeat: if you’re a smoker, I strongly recommend you give ’em a try. With RYO smoke shops popping up all over the place, you’re bound to have one close by—and if not, there’s always Amazon. You’ll be glad you did, I promise. Right up until the legions of our Bluenose Betters get their hands on ’em and ruin everything for us just like they always do.

Via Insty, who adds: “Plausible, but I note how much science these days seems to extol the virtues of higher taxes.” Yup. That’s one way you can tell they’re getting ready to make the usual restrict-regulate-and-tax-it-to-death move. RYOers are at present effectively outside the system, more or less, and therefore relatively unimpeded. Can’t be having THAT, don’tchaknow.

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