Oh Dear me……the Vapors!!

After years of dear leader calling his political opponents Marxists, Communists, losers, ‘enemies of the people’….accusing his political opponents of ‘destroying/seeking to destroy the nation’ and or treason. Among an entire library of other slurs.

After years of that of endorsing, encouraging and applauding all of that (and more)…….the cult has finally discovered gravitas. After years of cheering, reposting and general screaming all of that (and more)……the snowflakes have run for the fainting couch.

I’m not sure which pejorative is more appropriate – dime store hypocrites……or pissy little bitches.

…..and this is the “fuck Joe Biden” crowd…..

Dusting off a previous rebuttal…..

I’ve written several times over the years, about the illogical restrictions on our Constitutional and Civil Right, pushed by both major political parties; gun control being the campaign du jour of the Left.

“Universal Background Checks” are again being touted as legislation designed to curb shootings…mass or otherwise.

So, allow me to dust off a post from early 2018, that makes the same point I would makes today:

One of the proposals currently being considered, by the Right and the Left….is the notion of “Universal Background Checks” [UBC]. One of the misconceptions used in this argument, is that there is some sort of loophole in the law, often referred to by the ignorant, as a “gun show loophole”. There is nothing of the sort. People attending gun shows wishing to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer, undergoes the same NICS process as they would a gun show. Those wishing to conduct a purchase from another private citizen selling at the show, does so without NICS, just as they would were they to conduct a transaction with their neighbor.

When we propose legislation, we require an enforcement mechanism. In other words, if you fail to abide in accordance with the law, there is a consequence. With UBCs however, there is no enforcement mechanism, because the State has no means to be apprised if a Citizen has violated the law.

For example, if UBC is statute law, and I sell my firearm to my neighbor without taking him/her to an FFL dealer…..how does the State know? If my neighbor proceeds to use said purchased firearm in the commission of a crime, and is apprehended……unless he/she confesses to the lawful transaction…..how does the State know that the law was violated.

The obvious answer is, that without a mandatory registration of ALL firearms, there is no enforcement mechanism for UBCs.

If you think there is righteous pushback on UBC…..wait until the gun control cabal tries to proffer registration…..

SMH……

I’m going to rhetorically lose my shit if the current Commander in Chief utters the same stale, tired and false LIES about the 2nd Amendment and firearm ownership

Seriously……does he not have anyone in his team who actually has an understanding of our Civil Rights? Or does he just trot out the same tropes for the sake of political gamesmanship?

Fact check, with regard to Biden’s not just latest, but consistent remarks………early American Citizens could actually own (and did) a cannon, thank you very much.

The Fall of Kabul….in Six Points

The latest fall of that city and it’s sort-of-nation. A good read from Jonathan Schroden at War on the Rocks, details the six factors that led to the fall of the Ghani regime, laid out by the May 2022 Interim Report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Bookend excerpts below, but I recommend the full read for anyone who is interested in the topic….or who has trafficked in political narratives for partisan gamesmanship.

The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15 of last year cemented the complete collapse of Afghanistan’s security forces, which the United States and its partners built over twenty years at a cost of nearly $90 billion. Last week, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction placed primary blame for that collapse on the shoulders of the United States, saying that the “single most important factor” behind it “was the U.S. decision to withdraw military forces and contractors from Afghanistan through signing the U.S.-Taliban agreement in February 2020 under [President Donald Trump], followed by President [Joe] Biden’s withdrawal announcement in April 2021.”

This finding aligns with views espoused by some U.S. military leaders, such as the former commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie. He similarly traced the collapse of Afghanistan’s security forces to the signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement. But this runs squarely against statements by Biden, who placed the blame on Afghan security forces themselves, saying, “We gave them every chance to determine their own future. What we could not provide them was the will to fight for that future.”


This report — and others that will follow, such as those from the Afghanistan War Commission — have the ability to drive that accountability. But to do that effectively, their framing is critical. The special inspector general and his team deserve credit for the work that went into this report. But its identification of the U.S. withdrawal decision as the “single most important factor” behind the Afghan security forces’ collapse enables the blame for that disaster to be placed singularly on Trump and Biden instead of forcing us to grapple with the more complicated reality that a whole web of people and institutions were responsible.

The answer to “who is to blame” for what happened with Afghanistan’s security forces is complex. Framing six factors as equally important avoids oversimplifying that complexity and is more likely to enable the type of accountability we really need: not just of presidents, but of critical leaders and institutions at all levels. As the special inspector general concludes, “Unless the U.S. government understands and accounts for what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how it went wrong in Afghanistan, it will likely repeat the same mistakes in the next conflict.” On that at least, the special inspector general is absolutely correct.

Trifecta of Gun Control Lies

From POTUS’s speech yesterday, on his second nominee for chief gun controller, as well as his tirade against “ghost guns”!!!!!

Three verified [and sadly predictable] lies, captured and rebutted by Spencer Brown at Town Hall.

1. “You couldn’t buy a cannon…”

2. “Gun manufacturers have more immunity…”

3. “I got it done once—ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines…”

Dancing in the Blood of Ukrainians

So now that Putin has carried through with his long term, and very publicly expressed goal of acquiring Ukrainian territory…..certain segments of the American public have decided to lay blame on the current Administration, claiming that Putin only invaded Ukraine because Biden was ‘weak’. Hell, there are even cable news pundits on a certain channel or two, bashing the levying of sanctions against Russia.

Bullshit.

Pure, unmitigated and disgusting bullshit. Biden is not the leader we need [but we always get the leader we deserve]……but his Administration had zero effect on Putin’s calculus to invade.

That Americans would use this event to score cheap and lazy political points against their perceived political opposition domestically, is shameful. But most Americans have no shame anymore, so why should I be surprised?

Godspeed to the Ukrainian armed forces and Citizen volunteers in their challenging fight against their aggressor.

Biden Endorses Right-Wing Gun Position

So, Biden hypes a ‘massive’ effort to curb violent crime and crime involving firearms yesterday. After careful review of his statements….they can be summed up as…….actually enforcing existing gun laws. A position that the political Right has long advocated for. My, what courage……

Now, being the uncompliant and obstinate Libertarian that I am, I believe that nearly every firearm prohibition should be removed, beginning with the abysmal NFA.

P.S. – In another ironic tidbit….many GOP elected representatives – after having voted against a commission to illuminate the events behind the Jan 6th insurrection – are now calling for that very event, having bought into the specious allegation that the FBI coordinated and enabled the event; which was carried out by Trump cultists.