Friday, May 13, 2022

Free countries can flex; repressed ones break. Russia and China

Bret Stephens in New York Times has excellent insights today.

Putin’s quandary...

… Putin is belatedly discovering that the powers to humiliate, subvert and destroy are weaker forces than the powers to attract, inspire and build — powers free nations possess almost as a birthright. The Kremlin might yet be able to bludgeon its way to something it can call victory. But its reward will mainly be the very rubble it has created. The rest of Ukraine will find ways to flourish, ideally as a member of NATO and the European Union...

And China’s Potemkin economy. The leaders have to lie to themselves...

… For all its undeniable progress over 45 years, China remains a Potemkin regime obsessed with fostering aggrandizing illusions: about domestic harmony (aided by a vast system of surveillance and prison camps); about technological innovation (aided by unprecedented theft of intellectual property); about unstoppable economic growth (aided by manufactured statistics). The illusions may win status for Beijing. But they come with a heavy price: the systematic denial of truth, even to the regime itself.

Rulers who come to believe their own propaganda will inevitably miscalculate, often catastrophically. Look again at Putin, who really believed he had a competent military...

NY Times via a mystery source

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Biden called 74,000,00 Americans the most extreme in US history

 President S Joe Biden promised to unite us in his inaugural address. This week he said that the 74,000,000 people who voted for President Trump are the most extreme political movement in US history.

Did we lynch blacks? The KKK did. The Weather Underground bombed 25 places in the 1970s. Am I worse than them?

Please explain the problem to me.

Instapundit

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Seattle people despair that leaders doing nothing about crime

Seattle people despair that our leaders are doing nothing about crime. And the Seattle Times adds “that leaders can no longer ignore.” But almost all of them are ignoring the mess. There has been a small turnaround - Seattle elected a Republican prosecutor and a “moderate” defeated a hyper-leftist for city council. That is good, but those two women are surrounded by the elected officials who allowed the mess. And continue to.

But since the Seattle Times can say the problem is so bad that the leaders have to notice that is a sign that a change is taking place:

Seattle Times

By a decisive margin, Seattle residents continue to view the city’s leadership as failing at public safety and homelessness, according to new poll numbers to be unveiled Monday. City leaders, especially long-tenured incumbents directly responsible for the rot of voter distrust, must answer the broad demand to do better with decisive, course-correcting action. 

In its second round, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce-sponsored citywide poll interviewed 100 registered voters in each of Seattle’s seven council districts. The results are stark: About 73% of residents said their neighborhoods are less safe than two years ago. Two-thirds of voters said they’ve considered leaving the city. Almost three-fourths say they don’t feel safe going downtown at night. In every slice of poll respondents — by age, party or section of the city — more than 60% of every group distrusted the way the city spends its money.

These findings should be a cold-water shock to any political leader still deluded that the city’s degeneration has escaped voters’ ire. The poll adds to evidence that people aren’t looking away from the persistent tent encampments under Interstate 5 and in Woodland Park, the closure of Little Saigon fixture Seven Stars Pepper Szechwan Restaurant or the drug-centric lawlessness plaguing grimy downtown streets.

Question: 

When city bus drivers report being distressingly familiar with the smell of passengers smoking narcotics — described by King County Metro driver Erik Christensen as “burnt peanut butter, mixed with brake fluid” — must the red flag be any bigger?

A: Yes; it must be much bigger. County Exec Dow Constantine and half the Seattle city council continue to ignore crime

Monday, March 07, 2022

Gov. Inslee compares himself to Ukrainians fighting for their lives

 Gov Jay..? Hello? You are trying to jail people who you disagree with. Ever heard of the First Amendment of the Constitution? Free speech? Pres. S Joe Biden has said that he doubts the 2022 mid-term elections will be fair. Are you going to handcuff S Joe? Your law applies to politicians in office who lie about elections... So, yes, Biden's speech meets your definition of illegal speech. Economic Freedom

SB 5843 at Spokesman-Review

He is as brave as Ukrainians fighting for their lives. Uhhh? He says so. Jason Rantz at KTTH

Governor Jay Inslee has long suffered delusions of grandeur. But his latest comments are so over-the-top, it is legitimately worth questioning his mental fitness to do his job.

Gov. Inslee actually compared his failed fight to ban political speech he disagrees with to Ukrainians fighting for their lives against an evil tyrant.

Inslee’s bill sought to punish lawmakers and candidates with jail if they question elections. Ironically, it’s the kind of move someone takes when they actually plan on stealing elections. Luckily, it failed to garner support because it was so blatantly unconstitutional.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Pray for Ann Davison - Seattle Prosecutor

 If you live within 100 miles of Seattle pray for Ann Davison, new Seattle City Attorney (really prosecutor). In electing her the voters threw out the incumbent who stopped prosecuting… almost every crime. She has a huge challenge. She wants to move cases much more quickly, but her predecessor left a huge backup she must work through. It's very hard to do both. Sea Times

And the entire political establishment is against her. The City Council added reporting requirements before she took office that had not been applied to her predecessors for 100 years.

King County Executive Dow Constantine wants to close the County Jail. What? He already closed half of it and wants to finish it. HIs defense is covid, but he proposed the closure before February, 2020 and he is not reopening the closed part. There is a second jail that is much smaller and too far south to be the main jail. That is their thinking! They want to close the jail.

Our safety depends on her success. Please pray for Ann.

Seattle Times - King County press release

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Pres. S Joe Biden will give you a free crack pipe

 Pres. S Joe Biden will give you a free crack pipe through 2022 Harm Reduction Program Grant which includes 20 requirements, of which safe smoking kits/supplies is one.

Now his spokes people are running to the mikes denying what he is doing. Who are they to say? Pres. Biden's program includes crack pipes.

He calls providing the materials to continue to use drugs - or start - "harm reduction." Keep them addicted, Joe? Is that your intent? 

(But He will fight you tooth and nail if you are sick and want Ivermectin.)

Breitbart

Monday, February 07, 2022

S Joe Bidens' big dream - Iran with nuclear weapons

S Joe Bidens' big dream is that Iran have nuclear weapons. What?? Yes. Look at what he is doing. He is removing sanctions against Iran. That means .they get the technology they need. 

First, he is allowing companies to participate in Iran's "civilian nuclear program." Civilian? No such thing in Iran. It is the government and they have made it clear for decades that they intend to have nuclear weapons. And they will use the nucs to threaten Israel. They have long wanted to destroy Israel.

S Joe's people have scripts to read about how "we are in talks to"... some nice thing. But Iran's goals remain. And this helps Iran. Wall Street Journal:

WSJ meanwhile, reported that the administration expects a restored deal would leave Iran capable of gaining enough fuel for a nuclear bomb in significantly less than a year.




Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Gov. Inslee intends to outlaw political speech

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington intends to make it a crime for a politician to say an untruth about an election. Uh... Ever hear of the First Amendment, Jay? It protects speech - all speech. You cannot do this, Jay.

And it's your job to obey the Constitution, not to violate it and see if you can get away with it -- expect the courts to enforce obeying it.

A judge in Wisconsin ruled that the ballot drop boxes the governor odered were illegal. Will you handcuff that judge, Gov Jay? PJMedia

In Atlanta two weeks ago President S Joe Biden said that the 2022 elections will not be valid because S.2747 his federal takeover of elections did not pass the Senate. (He called it voting rights, but it makes illegal every check to ensure that elections are honest and takes over the elections from state control.) Biden is not subject to the laws of Washington State. But if he were would you convict him of your new crime? Kim Strassel Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Please vote against the federal takeover of elections S.2747

 Senator Patty,

Please vote against the federal takeover of elections S.2747. It is NOT a voting rights bill, no what Chuck Schumer says. It has a nice name, but it would reduce the integrity of our elections.


ID for voting. Canada, Mexico and every European country except the UK require photo ID. Why? To make sure no one can claim to be another person to vote when not allowed to. Or multiple people. This would make it illegal to require ID, allowing fraud.


Mail-in voting is a huge opportunity for vote fraud. When ballots arrive at the post office boxes many of them go … where? And it invites people to go door to door collecting ballots. What do they do with those ballots? An invitation to fraud. Chuck Schumer’s bill requires this.


Absentee voting. In 2004 the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform (ex-President Jimmy Carter) found that absentee voting allows fraud. Voter files contain ineligible, duplicate, fictional, and deceased voters, a fact easily exploited using absentee ballots to commit fraud. Again Chuck Schumer encourages fraud.


And it is the federal government taking over election responsibilities given to the states by our Constitution.


So please vote against S.2747 and that John Lewis bill.


More at Powerline Blog

Monday, January 17, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr called the church to be faithful when it matters

 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

“I have decided to stick with love. . . . Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Today we remember Martin Luther King Jr - how he held us to our own standard - that all people are created equal and have rights from God, not from government.

Every year I read his letter from a Birmingham jail in which he calls pastors - the church - to do what Jesus Christ told them to do.

The back story and short description: at Stanford 

Abreviated text  Teaching American History (a good source)

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Wear a mask for me

I am not a good mask wearer and never will be. Other people seem to look forward to hiding behind a piece of cloth. Given that they put the darn things on when they are in a car alone; some wear one when jogging not near anyone. I can’t stand it. I have to breathe and I can’t wearing a mask. One expert semi-defender of mask wearing said “at least people will touch their faces less (very weak reason). Not true! I am constantly tugging and rearranging the thing - touching my face more.

My biggest complain about masks is that about half of those we see worn are worthless. A cloth mask is equivalent to covering your sneeze or cough. That MIGHT reduce you giving covid to someone else, more likely NOT, but it doesn’t protect you in the slightest. So every expert that says masks help is telling a half truth. Which is worse? - to tell an untruth/half truth you know or to claim you are an expert and not know you are spreading falsehood?

The only mask that offers protection against the tiny, tiny virus is the M95. I have two of them (pretty old), but can’t remember the last time I saw anyone wearing one. KN95 offers less protection. And the throw-away paper mask gives slight protection. Everything else does nothing. Nothing.

Wear a mask for me. Or two or three masks… No, NOT for me, but for yourself. It might make you feel good.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Tell us, Joe Biden, about your Democrat friends

Calling me a racist? In Atlanta Tuesday Pres. S. Joe Biden said that anyone who favors showing ID to vote is on the side of Bull Connor, George Wallace and Jefferson David. 

Those three were racists and slave holders and all Democrats. Demo Bull Connor arrested 1200 high school students and sent dogs and fire hoses against them in Birmingham, Alabma. He was a member of the Democratic National Committee.

Jefferson Davis was a slaveholder and president of the Confederate States of America which took up arms and killed Americans to protect slavery. A Democrat.

George Wallace was a proud racist Democrat governor of Alabama. And friendly with Joe Biden. Biden received an award from Wallace in 1973 and bragged about it in 1987.

Did Biden really brag about friendship with Wallace? See Your News.

It looks to me like if you favor ID for voting you are an American involved in the give and take of policy. Joe Biden opposes it and is the proud friend of racist Democrats.

[I corrected misspellings.]

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Energy Analysts

Energy

Steven Hayward - one of my favorite analysts - is a first-tier political science professor. As a side line he follows energy policy. To aid my own memory here are some people he follows:

Robert Bryce. RobertBryce.com

On Steven Hayward’s Powerline podcast on 5/18/21.

Center for the American Experiment report: Not in Our Backyard

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Mark Mills of Manhattan Institute, Northwestern University Engineering

Manhattan Institute

Coauthor with Peter Huber of The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy

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Russell Gold of Wall Street Journal

His own site

Warns against failure of imagination at State of the Planet

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John Kemp in London. @JKempEnergy

Thompson-Reuters (old) 

Recommended reading on energy (2019). It's huge:

At Thompson-Reuters (pdf)

“Global CO2 emissions far off net-zero trajectory” at Energy Now 

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Hayward is a regular at my favorite blog: Power Line