An American dystopia – but is it deliberate?

There’s an old military saying that you’ve seen in these pages before.  “Once is happenstance;  twice is coincidence;  three or more times is enemy action.”  It’s often attributed to Ian Fleming, from his James Bond novel “Goldfinger”, but it’s far older than that.  I’ve seen similar sentiments expressed in eighteenth-century writings.  Basically, it means that if the same thing happens, with similar results, too many times, it’s not accidental or coincidental.  Instead, someone’s out to get you, and you need to do something serious about them before they do. I find myself repeating that saying when I consider the catastrophic

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The deliberate murder of the Star Wars mythos

I’ve been as disgusted as anyone by the deliberate trashing of the Star Wars mythos by Disney’s final three movies in the franchise.  Their social-justice-warrior, liberal-progressive focus has been blindingly obvious, and box office results have confirmed that many fans have seen through the smokescreen to the reality beyond. Others have seen it as well.  Bill Whittle gave a concise breakdown of the scale of the problem in a recent video discussion that he called “The Unmaking of Star Wars: Why Progressives Killed It and How”.  I highly recommend it. John Nolte discusses “11 Ways Kathleen Kennedy Killed the ‘Star Wars’ Golden Goose“. To

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The synagogue terrorist is “a victim of America”. Suuuure he is…

As one might, perhaps, have expected, the maniac who attacked five people with a machete in New York turns out to be a victim himself, if you believe his family, friends and pastor. A man charged with hate crimes for a machete attack on Hasidic Jews at a Hanukkah party in New York is not a terrorist but rather a victim of mental illness and America’s failures, according to family friends. . . . Thomas’ pastor of 10 years, Reverend Wendy Paige of Hudson Highlands Cooperative Parish told reporters that he is “not a violent person.” Rather, she said, he had

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No s***, Sherlock! – California edition

To nobody’s surprise, another moonbat California initiative is bearing poisoned fruit. A few years ago, California passed one in a series of bills aimed at emptying the jails and prisons. Proposition 47 carried the disingenuous name of “the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” and its stated purpose was to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. To achieve this goal, the state decriminalized a number of lesser offenses, including retail theft. The law raised the value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly one thousand dollars. To the great surprise of

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Hypocrisy laid bare

I didn’t think it was possible for some of our politicians to sink to new lows.  They’ve already plumbed so many depths, so shamelessly, that anything worse seemed beyond them.  I was wrong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated Thursday that she would delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, seeking more clarity on the rules for President Trump’s trial and potentially pushing the proceedings well into the new year. Mrs. Pelosi’s comments drew condemnation from Republican lawmakers and President Trump, but the California Democrat said that she couldn’t select impeachment managers and advance the matter without more details about

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You trust your local government at your peril

Wendell Phillips said in 1852: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in

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The IG report’s whitewashing of the FBI is statistically unbelievable

Karl Denninger points out that a statistical analysis of the Inspector General’s report on the FBI investigation into President Trump reveals that it’s fundamentally impossible. The IG report, after reading through a good part of it, states that seventeen “errors” were made by the FBI. May I remind you of an indisputable fact: Errors are randomly distributed. That is, let’s assume you intend to drive at 40mph.  If you make an error you will operate your car some of the time at 38mph, and some of the time at 42mph.  The errors, if they are actual errors, will be randomly distributed around the correct action.  Some of the errors will

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“Government employees multiplying like rabbits”

That’s the title of a thought-provoking article at BizPacReview.  Here’s an excerpt. By 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated there were 80% more people employed by government in America than those employed in the manufacturing sector. And federal, state and local governments employed about 21 million people. By October, 2019, this number had risen to 24,421,000 government workers, if we include the 1.4 million military employees. Of this amount, 17.3% worked for the federal government, 21.9% worked for state government, and 60.8% were employed by local governments. The expanding federal government helps to explain why this country is running a federal

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California’s homeless crisis: a musical explanation

We’ve visited the homelessness crisis before.  It’s particularly bad in Los Angeles, but the same problem exists in other Californian cities (e.g. San Diego). This video may be labeled a “parody”, but there’s an awful lot of truth in it. My take on the subject is that as long as government is expected to provide the solution, there won’t be one.  Government sees only the opportunity to spend lots of our money, and create lots of new jobs for their bureaucratic drones, while ignoring the reality of the situation.  In fact, it’s in their best interests not to solve the problem – otherwise what would they do with all those

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Fitness – but not for that purpose?

I was both saddened and amused to read that FitBit, an activity tracking device that monitors your level of exertion during your daily activities, has emerged as a tell-tale device as well.  NFL correspondent Jane Slater tweeted: We can laugh, of course, but it’s yet another reflection of how personal privacy has almost disappeared with the advent of ubiquitous consumer electronics.  Consider these facts: If you buy a modern CPAP device, information on your sleep habits (including date and time of sleep sessions, the level of sleep, etc.) is automatically passed to a central monitoring service, where the details are recorded – basically forever.  The

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