Category: Democrats

Why Not Hire Someone Who Likes Him?

I was told Biden won the military vote.

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.
 
The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.

Enemies within, enemies without.

Democrat Politicians: Incompetence or Depravity?

For 6+ months, anyone with integrity and a brain has been asking why politicians, such as those in most “blue” states, have kept businesses shut down based on no data & science.  Suddenly as President Asterisk is about to take power, there’s a magical reversal:

Will Soon-to-be-Recalled Newsom complete the triple-header?!?

A cynical person might wonder if the destruction of people’s lives and livelihoods had nothing to do with safety and everything to do with politics.

Godspeed, Gretchen

Fuel shortages loom in Ontario, Quebec if Michigan’s governor succeeds in shutting down pipeline

Ontario politicians are increasingly alarmed at the prospect of thousands of job losses in the coming months and fuel shortages in the province if Michigan succeeds in shutting down Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline.
 
The mayor of Sarnia, a southern Ontario city that’s home to three refineries and multiple petrochemical plants, says the city faces potentially 5,000 job losses as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has served Enbridge with notice the state is cancelling a decades old easement allowing its Line 5 pipeline, which runs from Western Canada to Michigan and southern Ontario, to cross the Straits of Mackinac through the Great Lakes.

Western Canadians can send a note of support and encouragement to the Governor here.

h/t Buddy

The Power of the Narrative

Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation with a longtime friend in Chicago. Personally, she lives a very conservative life and is very successful at her career. But she’s also a lifelong Democrat. We spoke at length about the Jan 6th events at the U.S. Capitol. She informed me about this woman who was fired from a real estate firm in her city for attending the Trump rally.

I listened attentively and she was clearly supportive about this firing.  I then asked her, “Did the woman break into the Capitol building?”

“I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter,” she responded.

“I’m curious, if you had attended a BLM protest in Chicago last year, which later broke out into a riot and looting, do you think it would have been fair if you were fired for attending the protest?”

No answer.

She then went on to inform me that “something very strange occurred” with the Capitol Police allowing protestors into the building.  She surmised that there must have been some “right-wing collusion” between some officers and some Trump supporters.

I paused for a moment and then shared with her another conspiracy theory which I’ve heard from several people.  The essence of it is that high-level Democrats instructed the heads of the Capitol Police to ensure there were insufficient officers present to handle such a large crowd and to allow anyone posing a threat into the building … knowing fully well how negatively their presence inside the Capitol would be perceived..

I had to explain to my friend, who is a bright woman, three times this alternate theory to hers.  When she finally got it, she was exasperated, saying, “There’s no way that’s remotely possible!  Democrats aren’t possibly that smart to think up such a plan!!!”

In no way am I making any assertion of why all of this actually happened.  It might have been as simple as incompetence and poor training on the part of the Capitol Police officers.  But I was struck by how effective the programming of narratives is into my friend’s mind that it took major effort on my part to get her to process other possibilities.

“What if these weren’t fat LARP’ers, lost young men, and Q dummies?”

A portion of a Mike Cernovich thread collated, and slightly edited.

When Charlottesville happened, I begged guys not to go. They did what young men do – mock me as a weak old guy. I said they’d ruin their lives, and I’ve watched one after another get caught up. Some bad actors, and a lot just showed up not really understanding the implications.
 
It was like beating my head up against the wall. Warning people that events often sweep people away. “Caught up in the game” is a term you hear in law. Wrong place, wrong time. You’re maybe just curious, but you end up getting swept up in events. And then it’s over for you.
 
But from the young guy’s perspective, what’s the answer? There’s no escape value. It’s all, “Oh you’re broken because you’re a man. You have toxic masculinity.” The only socially offered fix is for men to become less like men and more like women.
 
Otherwise, they’re diseased.
 
I saw political violence coming because I understand men. ANTIFA is largely white men. That’s been proven over and over again. You’re a man, you want to live out Fight Club, and ANTIFA is a way to do this and basically get a free pass.
 
The counter to that is the Capitol.
 
Extremist researchers from Muslim world know that you have to offer a moderate solution, an off road. That when you call men terrorists, you drive them into radicalized groups. That research is being tossed out now in the West. Every man who has alternative view is a terrorist.
 
The incentives are to create more problems, that drives funding into “extremism research.” To raise money, you need more extremists! And yet that’s how you summon more of what you’re supposed to be militating against. The researchers know this, and they don’t care. It’s money.
 
I’ve said this consistently since at last 2015 – terrorism will become a way of life in the U.S. It’ll be like parts of Middle East. Because everything we learned about Islamic terrorism, that you don’t attack *all* Muslims, that you build up moderates, is being thrown away now.
 
The biggest mistake a society can make is to confirm the righteousness of zealots. That started with “Punch a Nazi,” where Nazi predictably grew to mean every Trump voter. Capitol rioters watched attacks and riots celebrated by media, and now they feel righteous, too.
 
The U.S. is poised for a post-911 crackdown on civil liberties – which was a disaster then and will be a bigger disaster now. You cannot enforce authoritarianism against 40% of the country. To do so is to incite a “civil war,” which won’t be what people think.
 
Capitol LARP’ers watched too much Bravehart and 1776 stuff. They are in an old model of war.
 
A current model of war will be 4GW, which is the worst possible way of having a war, because it never ends. You end up not with Balkanization, but the cartelization of society.
 
We are in unbelievably perilous times. Just as people who didn’t see Trump’s rise and dismissed it, because they know it all, think they can just put the boots down the necks of 40% of the country.
 
I just can’t believe what I am watching, and what will *obviously* happen. It’s not the Q people or fat LARP’ers I worry about. It’s that the oppression becomes so severe that you get what happened in Mexico. A Special Forces Group says, “F*ck this.”
 
Then what?
 
There is 0 reason to believe It Can’t Happen Here. We are not special. I won’t go into tactics, not only for reason to not educate bad people, but for others.
 
If you watched the Capitol storm you no doubt asked, “What if these weren’t fat LARP’ers, lost young men, and Q dummies?” What if this had been *real* guys?
 
If the attack on the Capitol had been real guys instead of fat middle aged men and Q boomers and aimless young men, it would have been *hundreds* of dead Congress members. That’s how vulnerable an open society is. That’s how fast civil society can disappear.
 
The Scalise attack, the Capitol attack, all of this shows that – thank God – it’s simply the case that real guys don’t want to do violence and domestic terrorism.
 
Anyone anything about solutions must start from there. As of now, real guys don’t do that. How do we preserve it?
 
I don’t have a lot of answers on how to preserve civil society, but I do know one fact. You *do not* preserve society by turning the state against 40% of the country.
 
This isn’t Soviet Union, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, or Mao’s China.

You should read the whole thing, while you still can.

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