Quote of the day—Gad Saad @GadSaad

Religion is very comforting to people because it offers complete guidance about every aspect of one’s life from what to eat, whom to have sex with, to which exact minute to light a candle. Today, religion has been replaced by “loving omnipotent” governments that offer the same.

Gad Saad @GadSaad
Tweeted on February 3, 2021
[I see the wisdom in this assessment.

More importantly, I see the terrifying consequences of this development.

What I desire to see is a large majority of the people able to think for themselves, arrive at good decisions, execute on those decisions, and take responsibility for their actions.

I fear my desires are beyond the capacity of our current population and certainly beyond their current programming.—Joe]

1,482 guns decertified

Via a tweet from Chuck Petras @Chuck_Petras we have the work of gkchesterbelloc:

Forty-two derringers, three hundred forty-seven revolvers, and one thousand ninety-three pistols make the list. One thousand four hundred eighty-two total handguns are now de-certified by State of California and can no longer be bought or sold.

California should be “decertified”. It has been a long time since they have been fit to claim membership in a country which began with these words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Quote of the day—Matthew Vadum

A lawyer who represented the Trump campaign in a legal challenge to the Pennsylvania election results was forced out of his post last week as a law professor at Chapman University in California for representing President Donald Trump as a client.

Matthew Vadum
January 17, 2021
Trump Lawyer Ousted as Law School Professor
[The lawyer says:

Eastman accused members of the university’s board of trustees of publishing “false, defamatory statements about me without even the courtesy of contacting me beforehand to discuss.”

“Had they bothered to discuss the matter with me, they could have learned that every statement I have made is backed up with documentary and/or expert evidence, and solidly grounded in law,” Eastman wrote.

There appear to be large numbers of people of the opinion that expressing verifiable facts in support of a political enemy, let alone someone guilty of a crime, is sufficient justification to make them ineligible to earn a livelihood.

Assuming Eastman is being truthful, the facts are irrelevant to these people.

That’s some really scary stuff.

I’m so old that I remember when the ACLU went to court to defend the free speech rights of literal Nazis. And now it appears the Nazis now have the upper hand and are not going to allow the free speech of others.

Another observation I have about the article is based upon this:

Chapman University President Daniele Struppa promptly denounced Eastman for engaging in constitutionally protected free speech. Struppa accused Eastman in a Jan. 8 statement of playing “a role in the tragic events in Washington, D.C., that jeopardized our democracy.”

“Eastman’s actions are in direct opposition to the values and beliefs of our institution. He has now put Chapman in the position of being publicly disparaged for the actions of a single faculty member, and for what many call my failure to punish and fire him,” Struppa wrote.

This is a way of thinking that is alien to me. As long as Eastman did not claim to be representing Chapman University I can’t imagine whatever he said or did reflecting upon the University. He was acting as an individual and represents himself. But those who demanded and/or implemented his dismissal apparently don’t recognize the existence of the individual separate from their organization.

Hence, it would appear, by implementation of their own rules at a larger scale the people of the United States could decide they do not represent the U.S. and be morally justified in expelling them from the country.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Alex Stamos

We are going to have to figure out the OAN and Newsmax problem. These companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and such bringing them into tens of millions of homes.

Alex Stamos
January 17, 2021

[Of course they consider free speech a problem. Their ideas can’t compete in a free marketplace of ideas.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Janet Yellen

Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? … Probably that would be going too far. But I do think we’re much safer, and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes, and I don’t believe it will be.

Janet Yellen
Federal Reserve Chair
June 27, 2017
Yellen: I Don’t See a Financial Crisis Occurring ‘In Our Lifetimes’
[I wonder, given the current state of things, if she would like to update that assessment. Or is that that she has a rather low expectation of our lifetimes?—Joe]

Quote of the day—danwiddis @BeNiceToRobots

Ms. Unger is right to compare the GME short squeeze to the Jan 6 ‘insurrection’ only because both events are causing the ruling class to panic; not because of a real threat to ‘free markets’ or democracy but due to the ruling class feeling threatened by both.

danwiddis @BeNiceToRobots
Tweeted on January 29, 2021 in response to this:

[It’s good to know she is a former commissioner.

But it’s not former enough. Any news media with a lick of sense should have never have published something as wacky as this unless they were going make an example of her.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Gerard Baker

Truth is attested to by actions as well as words. Wearing a mask, Mr. Biden has told us, is essential to saving lives. But on inauguration night, there he was, celebrating, maskless. His press secretary, in a searing moment of truthfulness, told us it was fine because he had “bigger issues” to worry about.

That admission, in its own way, was a clarifying one, capturing as it did the real meaning of our new era of truth and unity: the truth is that our unity will be achieved by your doing what we tell you to do.

Gerard Baker
January 25, 2021
America, It’s Time for ‘Unity’—or Else
[Via email from Paul K.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Tyler Durden

Of course, that is a bit of an idealistic take, one where hedge funds finally are forced to pay for their stupidity. Alas, in a country as corrupt as this one, that’s unlikely to ever happen.

Tyler Durden
January 28, 2021
JPMorgan Has Some Bad News For Hedge Funds Hoping The Nightmare Ends Soon
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Jim Quinn

They believe they have contained the spark with their fraudulent election victory; installation of an empty senile vassal as their conduit for the great reset; having their media mouthpieces propagate the falsity of a right wing white supremacist insurrection at the Capital; crushing dissent by censoring the truth through totalitarian social media conglomerates; proceeding with an impeachment farce based on Trump telling his supporters to peacefully protest the fraudulent election outcome; and threatening to destroy the lives of all vocal Trump supporters.

I am highly doubtful they have contained the spark. I believe there are smoldering embers just waiting to be stirred into a conflagration which will engulf the entire world in a fiery purging of the existing social order, which has exhausted itself and needs to be cleansed.

Jim Quinn
January 25, 2021
[That is a plausible assessment.

So when and how will this conflagration happen?

I’m not seeing it happen unless there is a major trigger like hyperinflation or door-to-door gun confiscation, that sort of thing.—Joe]

Quote of the day—NRA-ILA

Repeal of the PLCAA would potentially have even more devastating impacts than new federal prohibitions on the types of firearms Americans could own. That is because it would leave to the imaginations of thousands of greedy trial lawyers and activist judges reasons for why this or that type of firearm or ammunition is “too dangerous” to be available to the American public. These suits, moreover, would undoubtedly be underwritten by any number of billionaire activists, creating a litigation war chest that no single player in the gun industry could match.

January 25, 2021
Biden Plots Sneak Attack Against U.S. Firearms Industry
[It was because of the existential threat of lawsuits that 21 years ago Smith & Wesson agreed to not manufacture firearms with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, that dealers who sold their firearms would not sell normal capacity magazines or “semi-automatic assault weapons”, restrictions on sales at guns shows, and a host of other restrictions. Gun owners spontaneous boycotted S&W and they very nearly went bankrupt from the boycott.

In 2005 the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) gave manufactures and dealers some relief from the fear of being crushed by lawsuits on one side and being boycotted into bankruptcy if they flinched in their stand against the forces of evil.

Now, the forces of evil have announced they are going to strip this protection and destroy the entire firearms supply chain.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Steffanie Hardin

As a mother of two beautiful baby girls, I have the inalienable right to protect them. How many children have been kidnapped? How many times have you heard ‘I was so terrified?’ How many mass shooting(s) have taken place in ‘gun-free’ zones? How many women will be victims of rape? We are making our voices heard to our local government. We are saying, ‘You do NOT have the right to restrict my right as a law abiding citizen to protect myself and my babies.

Steffanie Hardin
January 21, 2020
Gun activists seek ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ designations in Ohio
[This is old news but the quote is timeless.—Joe]

They aren’t stupid

From here via email from Paul K:

Q: Why would liberals be upset about me having an AR-15?
A: They assume you would use it on them.
Q: But why do they assume that? I would only use it in self-defense.
A: Yes.
Q: But … Oh.
A: Yes.

They aren’t all stupid all the time.

As I have said before:

One might even be able to make the case that the Second Amendment isn’t only not about hunting–it’s about protecting us from liberals.

Quote of the day—Cristina Beltrán

Rooted in America’s ugly history of white supremacy, indigenous dispossession and anti-blackness, multiracial whiteness is an ideology invested in the unequal distribution of land, wealth, power and privilege — a form of hierarchy in which the standing of one section of the population is premised on the debasement of others. Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.

In the post-Trump era, the challenge will be to prevail over the extremism of Trump’s White majority while trying to prevent the politics of whiteness from becoming an increasingly multiracial affair.

Cristina Beltrán
January 15, 2021
To understand Trump’s support, we must think in terms of multiracial Whiteness
[See also what Ed Driscoll has to say about this.

Just as it was in the USSR there is an ever changing, ever increasing, level of purity required by the political left. Their creativity has no limits. The absurdity is applauded, not scorned, because it allows them to continue their programs of hate and destruction. The exercise of power intoxicates them and they will say and do whatever they must to feed and justify their addiction.

This is our future.

If gender doesn’t depend upon biology then what makes you think whiteness depends on skin color?

Try to keep up comrade. Be thankful that today it is just being doxed and deplatformed. Soon, if you don’t understand these things as they have been revealed, you will be spending time in a reeducation center having things such as this explained to you in much simpler terms.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Brandon Smith

What we are witnessing right now is the final phase of a collapse scenario that was more than a decade in the making, and Biden is about to help finish the job.

Biden will no doubt seek to hyperinflate the dollar in the name of offsetting the losses and keep things afloat for a short time, but the real agenda will be to trigger price spikes in goods as well as eventually killing the dollar altogether. No amount of stimulus will stop the crash that has already been set in motion; the bailout measures from this point on are Kabuki theater, a show put on for the masses to make us believe that the government and the banks “did everything they could” to save us. The elites have no intention of stalling or stopping the collapse; their “great reset” demands it.

One’s initial assumption would be that Biden would then take the blame for the economic crisis, but it appears that the establishment is going to set up a Herbert Hoover narrative and lay all the blame squarely on Trump and conservatives. In the past I have noted that Trump’s trajectory was very similar to Herbert Hoover’s, in that he was a business mogul and Republican that pushed for corporate tax cut policies and also extensive tariff’s.

Brandon Smith
January 20, 2021
Biden’s Presidency Will Be A Catalyst For Secession – And Perhaps Civil War
[I’ve been listening to the book When Money Dies: The Nightmare Of The Weimar Hyper Inflation. There are a bunch of takeaways which I think are relevant to our current situation. The ones I have taken note of so far include:

  • The government was, in a sense, without options because of increasing obligations which they could not pay for. The option of defaulting was “too terrible to confront” and they could avoid the confrontation in the short term by printing more money. Our situation more than parallels theirs.
  • The volume of paper became so large people carried their money in baskets and wheelbarrows. People would have their baskets and wheelbarrows stolen and the thieves would leave the money behind.
  • Things moved quickly. A cup of coffee was priced at 5,000 Marks when you sat
    down on the table but was 8,000 Marks after you drank it and went to pay for
  • One of the things that slowed the increase in the currency supply was the physical creation of the paper bills*. Our digital money will not have these restrictions on the rate of increase.
  • Some people did well in this environment. Among these were people in businesses where their costs were upfront and product sales were much later.
  • People in union jobs with effective striking power producing essential goods were able to avoid the worst of the situation.
  • People in the services industries, include doctors, lawyers, etc. did poorly.
  • People in government jobs and on pensions were the worst hit. They had nothing to barter with and no effective ability to go on strike.
  • Certain areas (I’m thinking these were something like an equivalent of our counties) issued their own currencies with exchange rates based on a quantity of grain or fuel.
  • The masses of the people, including well respected economists, did not understand why it was happening. They needed someone or something to blame. Jews became the “winners” in the scapegoat Olympics.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

* The capacity of the infrastructure for producing and distributing the currency was exceeded. With the denomination of the bills increasing at an exponential rate even the limits on things like the speed of the design of the bills was exceeded. The ability to produce and delivery the paper to the printers, get it through the printing presses, and distribute it to the banks exceeded the truck transportation capacity.

Quote of the day—John

The main idea of MMT is that since government creates money there are exactly no limits to how much money government can create.  Back when money was backed by gold (say, with one ounce of gold being worth $20) there was a physical limit – by definition you couldn’t have more $20 gold coins than you had ounces of gold.  MMT says, “Hey, since Nixon took the world off of the gold standard, we’ve been making up this money stuff anyway.  So let’s go all in.”  This is not exactly like a drunken 21 year old with Mom and Dad’s credit card in Las Vegas.  Not exactly.  The credit card has a credit limit.

January 20, 2021

The Post That Gave The World Bikini Economics: Why MMT Is A Bad Idea.
[It would appear that the U.S. is in the process of testing MMT.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Conspiracy hypothesizes

A couple of things for people who like to think about political conspiracies.

This first one is via Brother Doug:

If the Dominion election voting systems really can be controlled to produce a desired result then could the controllers of those systems have used them in the 2016 presidential primary? Donald Trump was largely considered a joke. And he didn’t even participate in one of the debates.

Could it have been that the conspirators in control of the voting machines decided Trump was the most easily defeated candidate and rigged the primary voting to get Hillary an easy win?

When the November election was looking like a 90% probability for a Clinton win the conspirators didn’t bother to risk tweaking the results.

By 2020 the same conspirators knew better than to leave it to an honest vote and disposed of President Trump by flipping the cheat switch on the voting machines.

Number two is something I thought up a couple days ago:

Could it be that the whole QAnon thing was actually a ruse by Democrats to make the political right look foolish? An additional benefit would be to lull many on the political right into a false sense of security that things were going to turn out in their favor in a glorious manner. This would leave them far less motivated to get out the vote, donate money, and be prepared for a takeover by the political left.

Discuss and enjoy.

Quote of the day—Pam Keith, Esq. @PamKeithFL

One of Biden’s first Executive Orders should be to prohibit the airing of FoxNews, Newsmax or OANN in any federally owned property or any military unit or installation, and to remove it from any cable plans that are offered in government owned business or housing complexes.

Pam Keith, Esq. @PamKeithFL
Tweeted on January 19, 2021
[This is not some random deranged person. From her Twitter profile:

DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FL 18th Cong. District, former US Navy JAG, litigator & expert on workplace law. BC Law School Grad.

This is a lawyer and Democrat nominee for congress openly advocating that the U.S. government suppress opposing political opinion.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Southern states are not Red States. They are suppressed states. Which means the only way we are going to heal is through the actual liberation of southern states, the actual liberation of the poor, the actual liberation of working people, from economic, social, and racial oppression.

That’s the only way.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
January 13, 2021
[It appears she mistakes (giving her the benefit of doubt as to being stupid rather than evil) seeing people is a state of relative freedom as having that freedom forced upon them rather than having the comfort of a nanny state. And hence, they need to be liberated from that freedom.

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four was supposed to be a warning about an impending dystopia instead of an instruction manual:

War is Peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength

I would like to suggest AOC work on liberating her own New York City from such things as the oppressive laws against gun ownership, the size of soft drinks, rent control, and the terrible tax rates.

But that won’t happen. What we view as “features” she sees as “bugs”. There is no common ground between such people.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Ellen Meister @EllenMeister

Every Republican now calling for unity is like the abusive husband who beats the shit out of his wife for 4 years, and then, when he’s finally arrested, says, “Baby, if you don’t press charges we can make this work.”

Ellen Meister @EllenMeister
Tweeted on January 9, 2021
[And this, my psychology students, is called “Projection”.

It has been the Democrats who I have been hearing calling for unity.

These people are evil, incredibly ignorant, and/or have severe mental issues.

The Democrats abuse of President Trump over the last four years, and now Republicans in general has been absolutely legendary. And now they want “unity” as they ban dissent, cause Trump supporters to get fired, and deplatform websites that allow the allow free speech?

Good luck with that guys. You’re going to need it.

One measurement of how unified they have made our country are the 10s of thousands of troops in D.C. we have for the inauguration.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Tony Perkins

This is not just an attack on free speech. This is an attack on an entire movement of people with the intent of driving them underground—keeping them from getting jobs, having legal representation, and even cutting them off from legitimate financial transactions.

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
The Conservative Purge Is Only Just Beginning
January 12, 2021
[See also Big Tech declares war: ‘Woke capitalism instead of freedom’ and Why Conservatives Are Being Blacklisted.—Joe]