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.

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.

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?

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.

Post-Election Musings

Not my own, but from the Tenth Amendment Center. I’m pretty busy at the moment, but did enjoy the spectacle of the mouth-breathers who normally mob up and shout “CNN sucks!”….and now shouting “Fox sucks”…because they had the audacity not to be State Media and actually called Arizona based on their analysis.

Like you, I don’t know who won. But what I do know is this – no matter what happens with the counting, at the end of the day, we’re still facing the largest government in the history of the world.

I don’t say that lightly. 

When it comes to spending, for example, the so-called “federal” government in Washington D.C. spends nearly double what China does. And it spends almost 8-times more per capita than China’s “socialist state under the people’s democratic dictatorship.”

This is nothing like the government James Madison told us would have powers that are “few and defined.” Not even close.

But by all means, let’s focus solely on the popularity contest and how it gives us the ‘feelz’ or the ‘madz’………we get the government we deserve….every single time.

You’re being Trolled

No, not the Qanon idiots….that’s a whole different level of absurd trolling. I’m talking about the rank and file Trump cult members.

One month before a purported leak of files from Hunter Biden’s laptop, a fake “intelligence” document about him went viral on the right-wing internet, asserting an elaborate conspiracy theory involving former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and business in China.

The document, a 64-page composition that was later disseminated by close associates of President Donald Trump, appears to be the work of a fake “intelligence firm” called Typhoon Investigations, according to researchers and public documents.

The author of the document, a self-identified Swiss security analyst named Martin Aspen, is a fabricated identity, according to analysis by disinformation researchers, who also concluded that Aspen’s profile picture was created with an artificial intelligence face generator. The intelligence firm that Aspen lists as his previous employer said that no one by that name had ever worked for the company and that no one by that name lives in Switzerland, according to public records and social media searches.

One of the original posters of the document, a blogger and professor named Christopher Balding, took credit for writing parts of it when asked about it and said Aspen does not exist.

Despite the document’s questionable authorship and anonymous sourcing, its claims that Hunter Biden has a problematic connection to the Communist Party of China have been used by people who oppose the Chinese government, as well as by far-right influencers, to baselessly accuse candidate Joe Biden of being beholden to the Chinese government.

Read the rest

“Fake News”? Perhaps, but just as credible as the conspiracy theory [that nobody beside the MY Post tabloid will tough, for obvious reasons] which has become a sad faux-reality for many on the Right, reminiscent of the 2016 scheme, that should make Trump supporters throw flowers at Comey’s feet.

The Military is Props to this POTUS

Using both the White House and the US military as props for a campaign rally (not to mention campaign speeches to troops in a combat theater) is totally cool now.

I expect zero response from the right wing when a President Biden does the same. (No, I don’t expect that from him, but it would be warranted by precedent)

Veterans and serving military are nothing more than ornaments to those who crave power but have never served their country.

Cool……..

https://mol.im/a/8831591

Biden’s Achilles Heel

Joe has a problem……and integrity problem (this of course, on top of his unconstitutional gun control fever dreams). This problem could cost him what is shaping up to be, his election to lose.

He won’t, can’t, refuses to – answer the very reasonable question of: will you, or do you support “packing” the Supreme Court?

At least his opponent takes the road expected of all politicians, but himself especially……and just lies.

But Biden (and Harris) think you’re stupid, and won’t notice that they respond to this question by starting to agree to answer……but the deflect, devolve and distract.

Perhaps the American voter IS this stupid…….after all, we got 8 years of Obama and at least 4 years of Trump; but it could actually be his undoing.

We’ll see in a couple of weeks……

POTUS Debate #1

I’m actually planning to watch tonight’s debate, unlike in years past….the slate of candidates remains the same: two old white dudes [Hillary was the outlier], neither of whom I’m voting for. No, tonight I’m tuning in for the shit-show.

And courtesy of mrom13, I have an apropos drinking game to accompany said shit-show……though I have to go into work early tomorrow morning, so I have to maintain consciousness .

Start with two full drinks. Down 1 whole drink when the moderator welcomes the candidates, and immediately pour out the other drink in reverence to all of the oppressed third party candidates, who were objectively better than these two. Then follow these rules:

1) Drink every time a candidate speaks over the moderator.

2) Drink every time the moderator asks an obviously biased or inflammatory question.

3) Drink every time Joe Biden takes credit for a Barak Obama policy.

4) Drink every time Trump denies a fact.

5) Drink every time a candidate mentions a big government program.

6) If a candidate mentions a policy that violates the constitution, the first person to cite the article or amendment, gets to make a rule.

7) If someone requests to change the channel because the current channel is biased, they become the drink fetcher and are now responsible for making sure everyone has a drink at all time. Punishment for an empty glass, bottle, can, or cup is determined by a simple majority of the group.

8) The owner of the house should provide a dunce cap. If anyone openly cheers when a candidate makes a point, they should be forced to stand in the corner with the dunce cap on.

9) If debating on the Joe Rogan podcast is mentioned, the game is over.

10) Finish the case, keg, bottle or box once you’ve given up all hope. Then go to bed and prepare to move all liquid assets to an off shore account.

Yeah…….we’ll see if I can hang…but damn!