Hiatus Break: Syria “Invasion”? No

Just no. Rightwingers are trafficking a narrative that on day 1 of the Biden Administration, we apparently “invaded Syria”. They rest this false narrative on a news article that spoke of a convoy travelling from Iraq to Syria.

It is adorable however, if somebody thinks that the DoD can move so quickly on a such an endeavor. But sadly for the surface-skimming types…..this was a regular logistic convoy to our current and well-established bases in eastern Syria [where we are, I might add, without the consent or invitation of the host nation government].

Much was made of Trump’s previous announcement of a “withdrawal” of forces from Syria a while back…..but less seem educated on his reversal and stated intent to use our blood and treasure to “protect the eastern Syrian oil”. So, this apparent ignorance [in the age of Google], coupled with a single news report that they can shoehorn into their partisan narrative……and viola! We have a “Biden invasion”……

The simple fact of the matter, as Google will easily confirm, a National Guard Brigade is currently taking over from the 82nd ABN Brigade that has been here for the last 9 months. These handover/takeovers, or Reliefs in Place [RIP]….necessitate incoming and outgoing equipment and personnel moves. Convoys, air traffic, etc.

Period. Don’t think we should be in Syria? Great! I agree. And if Biden doesn’t divest us from Iraq & Syria, shame on him. But shame on his predecessor as well. Quit making the most rational issues hyper-partisan because you have the sadz that your guy didn’t win re-election.

On Hiatus

No surprise to any one who still checks in here. There’s simply no free time…and no interest to be honest. At least for now.

I’m deployed again, and have been for a bit now. The Iranians and their proxies demand just about all of my attention…which further compels me to wonder why the hell we’re still over here. That we’re here to defend Iraq against ISIS, is a canard that is well past it’s expiration date. We’re here to keep the eastern Syrian oil fields out of the hands of the Syrians themselves [how’s that for respecting someone’s national sovereignty?]. Remember that if we [or a certain ‘third party’] attack Iran in the waning days of the Trump Regime….or if they strike first. If it happens, remember why our sons and daughters were sacrificed…..

At home, the Leftists and the Trump Cultists continue to try and out-stupid themselves in the race to see who can destroy the Republic and piss on the Constitution more, or quicker. Snowflakes and beta-boi’s on both sides….some dressed in black and some in their airsoft finery….all trying to compensate for poor life choices and low self-esteem….make me glad that I can retreat to my homestead upon my departure from one shithole country to return to an emerging shithole country.

Yep, my country is becoming an embarrassing example on par with so many others…..’exceptionalism’ my ass. And, I’ve earned the right to think such.

Punked by their own words…yet again…

“The consequences to the republic for overthrowing a democratic election because you don’t like the result — because you believe that the election was somehow corrupted, when in fact, the evidence shows that it was not. That’s an interesting approach. I think it’s crazy, frankly” – Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), early 2020

Link

This won’t matter to the seditionists, cosplaying electors or airsofting commandos……but normally anytime one utters anything contrary to the Trump Cult, they are tarred and feathered with the moronic and undefined moniker of “deep state”.

So, the Trump Cult will be Cosplaying the Inauguration….

A report from the Daily Dot shows that a Facebook event has attracted more than 300,000 people who have confirmed that they are interested in attending Trump’s second inauguration ceremony. Just over 60,000 of these individuals have said that they will be at the virtual event which will be held at the same time as Biden’s inauguration. Link

Okaaay…….wow.

I’m actually speechless.

The Post-Election Tantrum in a Nutshell

From the reliably Conservative Andrew McCarthy at National Review, on 13 Dec:

So what happened in Wisconsin?

Judge Ludwig denied the state’s claims that the campaign lacked standing. Instead, he gave the campaign the hearing they asked for — the opportunity to call witnesses and submit damning exhibits. Yet, when it got down to brass tacks, the morning of the hearing, it turned out there was no actual disagreement between the Trump team and Wisconsin officials about the pertinent facts of the case. The president’s counsel basically said: Never mind, we don’t need to present all our proof . . . we’ll just stipulate to all the relevant facts and argue legal principles.

In the end, after all the heated rhetoric, what did they tell the court the case was really about? Just three differences over the manner in which the election was administered — to all of which, as Ludwig pointed out, the campaign could have objected before the election if these matters had actually been of great moment.

There was no there there. Despite telling the country for weeks that this was the most rigged election in history, the campaign didn’t think it was worth calling a single witness. Despite having the opportunity of a hearing before a Trump appointee who was willing to give the campaign ample opportunity to prove its case, the campaign said, “Never mind.”

The legal arguments were not much more weighty than the vacant factual presentation.

The Trump team started out as audaciously on claimed constitutional violations as it had been on public allegations of fraud. It claimed Wisconsin officials had run roughshod over the Constitution’s Electors Clause, Due Process Clause, Equal Protection Clause, and First Amendment — the array of allegations they’ve made in other battleground states as well. When it became clear, however, that the court was willing to entertain the president’s case but would scrutinize it closely, the Trump team quickly dropped the First Amendment and Due Process claims. In addition, as Ludwig recounts, the president’s counsel “offer[ed] no clue of a coherent Equal Protection theory,” and “offered neither evidence nor argument to support such a claim.”

More at the link

And the money shot: But every time a court offers him an opportunity to establish by proof what he is promoting by Twitter, Team Trump folds. Why is that?

Congress finally did something right

And I agree with Matt Gaetz to boot…

The House voted Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which decriminalizes cannabis and clears the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. The Senate is unlikely to approve the bill.

The MORE Act also creates pathways for ownership opportunities in the emerging industry, allows veterans to obtain medical cannabis recommendations from Veteran Affairs doctors, and establishes funding sources to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. Link

Why is it a good thing? A million reasons, even besides ending the disastrous and misnomered “war on drugs”, but one example:

Two recent studies point to the way that cannabinoids may help treat PTSD. One shows how cannabis can reduce activity in the amygdala – a part of the brain associated with fear responses to threats. Meanwhile, another suggests that the plant’s cannabinoids could play a role in extinguishing traumatic memories. Both effects could be therapeutic for those suffering from PTSD – according to recent studies

And finally, Matt Gaetz….who took off his ‘MAGA’ kneepads long enough to co-sponsor sensible, pro-Liberty legislation.

“The MORE Act is flawed; it uses cannabis policy to do a great deal of social engineering to create new taxes and new programs and redistribution of assets. But I am here as the only Republican co-sponsor of the MORE Act, and I’m voting for it because the federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana for a generation.” – Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL

Smoking Kraken *Updated*

No, not a play on “smoking gun“, a play on “smoking crack“.

I’ve not commented much here recently due to my workload, and certainly not on Trump’s refusal to concede the election…..primarily because the soap opera drama and utterly juvenile legal challenges seem to shift, twirl and change on a daily basis.

But I’m fascinated by the pathology of those who not only think that Biden [or some multi-named nefarious entity] “stole” the election….who believe that Trump actually won by a landside….but the also the sheer mythology they’ve created and bought into along the way.

Sidney Powell [of whom I was told on another site, was a sign of…..”serious lawyering“….heh], has been spouting off about a “Kraken”…..allegedly a DoD Cyber Warfare program that was either employed to steal the election on behalf of the “deep state” [meaningless and undefined moniker] or will actually expose such evil deeds. Powell [once a much respected attorney] publicly announced a few days ago, that she has “released” such a beast. Crickets…..

Other conspiracy-minded folk including retired General Tom McInerney [a staunch war hawk, regime-change advocate and reliable right-winger…he’s a real piece of work] have claimed that there was actually a firefight in Germany between CIA elements and Army Special Operations units, over an alleged seizure of a server that somehow held evidence of such electoral chicanery. Whew.

And to top it off, these people claim that the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Huachuca, AZ…is the site of or manipulator of, said “Kraken”. Yep, an Army Basic Training unit is responsible for the Republic-ending calamity that now faces us……

At this point, to be believable……one would have to offer that nearly every person or entity in this nation, outside of the Trump legal team….is in on the great con against Lil’ Donnie. Someone is being trolled here.

I remain sad for what’s left of our Republic…..but also utterly fascinated.

*UPDATE* Commenter Paul posed a question where my response included the potential for a Martial Law declaration. Lo and behold, that same call [tweeted out by toxic leader and persistent national security risk Michael Flynn], calling for such a declaration, and a new election, ‘overseen’ by the military. Link

Banana Republic……you have arrived.

Wait…I thought the Proud Boys were just “pro-Western Values”…..

Infighting has broken out between two leading members of the Proud Boys group, with one announcing he will be taking control of the far-right organisation to address “White Genocide” and the “failures of multiculturalism.”

White nationalist Kyle Chapman—who set up the “tactical defense arm” of the Proud Boys, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK)—has criticized the group’s chairman Enrique Tarrio while announcing a so-called rebranding of the organization.

“Due to the recent failure of Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio to conduct himself with honor and courage on the battlefield, it has been decided that I Kyle Chapman reassume my post as President of Proud Boys effective immediately,” Chapman wrote. “Our logo will forthwith be changed to reflect the core beliefs of Proud Boy members.

“We will no longer cuck to the left by appointing token negroes as our leaders. We will no longer allow homosexuals or other ‘undesirables’ into our ranks. We will confront the Zionist criminals who wish to destroy our civilization.

“We recognize that the West was built by the White Race alone and we owe nothing to any other race.”Link


Good god……between Antifa, Trump cultists, QAnon and these clowns……are there many sane people left in this country? Oh well…..another lie gets exposed. This one is special because they dress up in their finest Airsoft gear and pretend that they’re ‘patriots’.

Irony x2

Two choice head scratchers…..that would make a rational person wonder how those that traffic in perfidy and cognitive dissonance, can square the hypocrisy, even in their own mind.

First, The host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News said it was time to stop lying on Monday, hours after the network had to cut away from a string of lies by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

“How do we fix it and bring the country together?” Carlson asked, rhetorically.

“How do we make in America you want to live in? The only answer, the only solution is honesty. Let’s all stop lying,” he urged. “Lying about everything that matters, every day of our lives.”

Possibly, change could start from the top? Heh…..


Secondly…..we’ve already covered how the media “calls” an election. So prior to that night, Trump and his sycophants ‘demanded’ that the winner of the Presidential election be determined on Election Day…..knowing full well that States don’t complete counting, canvassing and certifying votes until weeks later.

Now that Trump has lost the election [baseless allegations and frivolous lawsuits notwithstanding], these same cult members are breathlessly exhorting that “the media doesn’t determine the winner”.

Is it just easier to be stupid…or is it reflexive? But at least the Administration that has been a comedic shitshow….is consistent to the end.