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?

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.

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.

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.

Is this guy for real? Part II *Updated*

Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd. – Donald J. Trump October 27, 2020

Bolding mine.

That’s not that works Little Donnie. Not ever.

Over half of the States in the Union mandate that absentee ballots can not be counted until on or after Election Day. No State certifies its election results on Election Day itself, for reasons obvious to everyone but Trump.

The earliest I found was Delaware with a date of 5 November. All others are beyond that, with many extending into December if necessary.

The media….and only the media, “calls” results on Election Day…based on exit polling and precinct totals.

 So NOW, this guy wants the election called by the “fake news”, based on “fake polls”?

So in essence, Trump is saying that he would rather disenfranchise the votes of our Servicemen & women are are stationed outside of their home state or serving overseas [not to mention anyone else who had a valid reason to vote absentee, or none at all as permitted by their respective state]. Doesn’t seem like “supporting the troops” to me.

Either Trump is stupid…..or he thinks you’re stupid. You decide.

——-Update—–

Jesus, the stupid just doubled down:

Strongly Trending (Google) since immediately after the second debate is CAN I CHANGE MY VOTE? This refers changing it to me. The answer in most states is YES. Go do it. Most important Election of your life!1:53 PM · Oct 27, 2020

Sure, go try and commit voter fraud. Exactly what the Chief Law Enforcement officer in the nation should be telling people to do. Note that he directs this specifically at those who would vote for him. Thus, the answer to the question above is answered.

He thinks you’re stupid

– On edit, it turns out that in some states, you can change your early vote. It’s cute though, that he thinks it’s all Biden voters that had a change of heart…..

Is this guy for real?

We have made tremendous progress with the China Virus, but the Fake News refuses to talk about it this close to the Election. COVID, COVID, COVID is being used by them, in total coordination, in order to change our great early election numbers.Should be an election law violation!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020

Bolding mine.

This is a pathetic, wannabe emperor…with no clothes. Perhaps he should spend more time campaigning in formerly reliable states like Georgia and Texas…which he’s now responsible for being in play, for his opposition. Ooh…maybe he can lie again about passing the Veteran’s Choice Act!

The mainstream alternative is no alternative at all…….but it will be nice not to have a petty little bitch as POTUS.

I’ve wondered recently, what the Trump Cult will do if he loses next week. They’ve already perverted what it means to be a Conservative, and taken faux-patriotism to a stunningly new level of pornography. Anyone who dared cast a side-eye or call out a lie from the Baby, has been derided with infantile pejoratives and conspiracy-laden labels that only the Cult takes seriously.

Where will their political home be then? I have little sympathy, as one who finds no home in either major party….but curious nonetheless.