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Sep 21 2021

Chevy Warns: Park Our EVs 50 Feet From Nearest Vehicle

A major objective of the $3.5 trillion spending blowout that is bearing down on the economy like a semi with no brakes is to bribe people with other people’s money to buy economically inefficient, environmentally destructive electric cars. Not all of the hazards involved pertain to the economy or the environment.

Via CNET:

Electric car tax credits are on the road to receiving a $4,500 boost for those eligible to claim them. Thanks to a proposed bill moving through Congress, part of a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint Democrats passed, you may soon be eligible for $12,500 back on your taxes when buying an EV.

Confirming that this is about hardball Democrat politics, not the environment, electric moonbatmobiles don’t qualify unless they were built with union labor.

In other electric vehicle news, via Autotrader.com:

Chevrolet asks Bolt EV owners to practice the automotive equivalent of social distancing over concerns that their vehicles could catch fire. The automaker sent a notice to Bolt EV electric cars owners to tell them that they should plan to park at least 50 feet away from other vehicles and avoid parking garages or other structures until dealers can replace their battery modules.

While they are flinging money around, Democrats ought to promise replacement homes for houses burned down by spontaneously igniting electric cars. In the meantime, GM recommends against parking a Bolt in your garage.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Sep 21 2021

Open Thread

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. - Daniel Webster

Sep 20 2021

Why the Ruling Elite Is Anti-American

The Administrative state, which is imposed on us by the liberal ruling class regardless of who we vote for, is anticonstitutional and anti-American. It is not a legitimate government, because even as it imposes tyranny in the most picayune manner, it refuses to perform the fundamental duties of government, such as keeping crime under control and defending the border from foreign invasion.

Students would come out of school knowing all this, if all colleges were more like Hillsdale College:

To sum up: our government has become our enemy. It represents progressive ideology and the interests of the ruling elite. It does not represent America, or act in America’s interests — on the contrary, it is often aggressively opposed to them.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Sep 20 2021

Maskless Hollywood Elite Laugh at You at Emmys

In case you didn’t get a bellyful of our sneeringly hypocritical limousine liberal ruling class at the Met Gala, let’s visit the Emmys. This event took place in the People’s Republic of California, where even 4-year-olds are forced to wear Covid obedience muzzles, despite this qualifying as child abuse. Only servants wore masks at the Emmys though, because rules don’t apply to the liberal elite:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Sep 20 2021

How 15,000 Haitians Got to Del Rio, Texas

We all know that Biden opened the border and invited the Third World to pour across and claim lavish benefits, so as to flood the country with likely Democrat voters. But specifically, how did 15,000 colonists get from dysfunctional Haiti to a small Texas town on the Rio Grande all at once? The Center for Immigration Studies reveals that Mexico put them there:

[O]n Sunday, September 12, the Mexican government effectively sent a mass of migrants it had bottled up for months in its southern states up to the American border.

Our relationship has always been a little rocky, but why would Mexico do this to us now?

[T]he Biden administration began to pressure Mexico to maintain and use its National Guard and immigration bureaucracy to slow the flow of expected caravans and of tens of thousands of Haitians and other migrants coming in from all over the world. This was a fairly quiet diplomatic campaign, and it coincided with billions in promised U.S. aid and other benefits such as covid vaccines. It was a different approach from the Trump style of threatening to damage the Mexican economy with tariffs unless the leadership slowed U.S.-bound illegal immigration coming through Guatemala.

The Democrat strategy of diplomacy backed by bribes and BS does not work with Mexico any better than it does with the Taliban. But then, sometimes policies are intended to fail.

Why did the invasion hit Del Rio in particular?

[T]he Mexican cartels in this city do not involve themselves in human smuggling as they do in other parts of northern Mexico. Migrants who get to Acuna are free to cross themselves over the river without paying a tax or smuggling fee to ruthless Mexican cartels, with no fear of violent retribution for doing so on their own.

If Haitians know the best place to invade our country, our government knows the best place to construct border defenses. But Democrats do not want the border defended. They have reacted to this crisis by trying to ram through amnesty by reconciliation on a supposed “budget” bill, and by forbidding Fox News from using drones to show the public what is going on (until forced by fear of backlash to back down).

As Biden bicycles by the beach, refusing to answer questions, and supposed border overseer Kamala Harris flips coins at sporting events, the scale of the humanitarian crisis has forced whoever is actually in charge to announce that some of the invaders, rather than be bussed by DHS to wherever Democrats need votes, will be flown back to Haiti. The point is to defuse public anger; only a tiny percentage will be returned to their own country.

Like any nation, the USA must defend itself from foreign invaders or it will cease to exist. To accomplish this, Americans must confront their ultimate enemy: the left-wing ruling class.

Elections have consequences.

On a tip from Varla. Hat tips: American Thinker, Maggie’s Farm.

Sep 20 2021

Why Democrats Suppress Ivermectin and Monoclonals

Many assumed that our rulers opposed hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid despite its widely reported effectiveness because Donald Trump had endorsed it, and a bedrock principle of their childish ideology is that Trump must always be wrong about everything. When they cracked down on inexpensive, off-patent ivermectin, a more alarming motivation came to light.

Daniel Horowitz sounded the alarm last week:

Why in the world would anyone want to ban a medicine that is listed as a WHO essential safe medicine, won the Nobel prize, and has turned around millions of people with COVID from death’s doorstep? … The reason is because it works, and it will eradicate COVID, along with the agenda — from control to vaccination — that they have built upon its existence.

Our rulers need Covid for the same reason Hamas and the Palestinian Authority need endless confrontation with Israel: to keep their subjects under their thumb. That’s why Rolling Stone cashed in the last of its credibility on behalf of the ruling class by running a false story trashing ivermectin.

Authorities argue that ivermectin and other drugs like hydroxychloroquine, budesonide, and fenofibrate must be suppressed because they give people a false sense of security. That is more true of the vaccines they want to impose by force.

Now the government/media is cracking down on monoclonal treatments, and for the same reason. Horowitz reports today:

On Sept. 14, the Biden administration announced that the feds would be cutting the number of monoclonal treatments per week in the southern states and reallocating them as part of a broader plan to start rationing the treatments. … As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press conference last week, this would effectively reduce Florida’s allocation by 50%. The federal agency did this without any warning or indication that there was a shortage.

The apparent point is to punish Florida for electing DeSantis, who terrifies Democrats. Jen Psaki explained it was for the sake of Democrats’ favorite concept, “equity.”

Texas Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough warned that this is not about a lack of supply. “The manufacturer has confirmed supplies are ample but due to the Defense Production Act, the White House and its agencies are the only entities who can purchase and distribute this treatment,” wrote Keough on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the New York Times, primary mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, denounces monoclonals as a Republican solution, pretending that their use comes at the expense of vaccination — even though most people seeking monoclonal treatment have already been vaccinated.

As Horowitz notes,

There is a simple solution, and that would be mass production of ivermectin and encouraging all physicians to treat everyone early with it and other cheap drugs. But now that the government has essentially banned them, the monoclonals are the only show in town. This is where the Biden administration wants to place Americans they don’t like into a death trap.

Sorry, Floridians. “Americans they don’t like” means you in particular. Maybe you will learn your lesson and next time elect someone like the radical leftist Andrew Gillum, who received >49% of the vote for governor in 2018 and not long afterward was found vomiting and unreachably inebriated in a Miami Beach hotel in the company of a gay prostitute, surrounded by crystal meth. Then Democrats will like you and let you have the medicine you need.

Stalin withheld food to subjugate the population. Covid treatment could serve the same purpose. No wonder Democrats won’t let the pandemic end.

On tips from Don M and Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 20 2021

Tax the Rich Dress Designer Is Wealthy Tax Deadbeat

Well-to-do Marxist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunt of wearing a “Tax the Rich” dress to the limousine leftist Met Gala was all the more hypocritical in that the designer of her gaudy dress, Aurora James, is a wealthy tax deadbeat:

Most of luxe-living James’ arrears center on Cultural Brokerage Agency, an LLC she formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, which today is known as Brother Vellies. …

The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes from employees’ paychecks totaling $14,798, the state Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post. … The company has been hit with 15 warrants in total since 2015. …

Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens on Cultural Brokerage Agency totaling $103,220.

It has been suggested that James’ company does deduct taxes from paychecks, but neglects to send the money to Uncle Sam.

James doesn’t like paying property taxes either. She owes $2,504 on her new house in posh Hollywood Hills.

When it comes to tax loot, leftists find it is better to receive than to give. Her company raked in $41,666 in pandemic relief.

Despite having largely abandoned economic Marxism for cultural Marxism, even now our liberal elite overlords often pose as champions of the working man. And yet:

In October 2019 the state Worker’s Compensation Board slapped [James’] company with a $17,000 fine for not carrying worker’s-comp insurance between March 2017 and February 2018. The company currently owes $62,722 and no payments have been received to date…

Ex-staffers blasted the operation as a sweatshop that relied on legions of unpaid interns working full-time jobs.

She also has a repeated history of not paying her rent.

But Aurora James isn’t always tight with her money:

She frequently jets off to exclusive locations, her Instagram richly decorated with photos from Jamaica, Morocco, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Italy, the United Kingdom and The Hamptons.

She also found money to make a $2,700 donation to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

AOC describes her friend Aurora as “working class” and a “Black woman immigrant designer.” James was born in Toronto, but technically yes, she is an immigrant. But then, technically, AOC is an American.

On tips from Varla and Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 20 2021

Bill Coming Due for Green Energy Lunacy in UK

Meanwhile, as Democrats plot to ram through a version of AOC’s Green New Deal in the form of a crippling $3.5 trillion spending bill, other countries have begun to discover what it means to be forced by deranged tyrants to rely on green energy:

As energy prices in Europe go through the roof, factories are beginning to shut down and food is disappearing from the shelves. Welcome to green Britain, offering a foretaste of what life will be like under Net Zero conditions – poorer, colder, hungrier – unless Government changes course.

Government will not change course unless forced to. Not even Joe Biden is dim enough to think any of this will improve the weather. The green agenda is about increasing government power, nothing more.

The Times reports that a shortage of carbon dioxide caused by high gas prices may constitute a “black swan event”:

The closure of two fertiliser plants in northern England and others in Europe has left the food and drink industry facing a shortage of carbon dioxide, which is a byproduct of fertiliser manufacturing. The gas is critical to the production and transport of a range of products, from meat to bread, beer and fizzy drinks.

The meat industry estimates that businesses can carry on for less than two weeks before carbon dioxide stocks run out….

Turns out carbon dioxide is not a menace to the human race after all. Plants aren’t the only ones that need it. The CO2 shortage could cause Christmas to be canceled.

Meanwhile,

Natural gas and electricity markets were already surging in Europe when a fresh catalyst emerged: The wind in the stormy North Sea stopped blowing.

The sudden slowdown in wind-driven electricity production off the coast of the U.K. in recent weeks whipsawed through regional energy markets. Gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called in to make up the shortfall from wind. …

The electricity price shock was most acute in the U.K., which has leaned on wind farms to eradicate net carbon emissions by 2050. Prices for carbon credits, which electricity producers need to burn fossil fuels, are at records, too.

Food and energy on one hand, delusional left-wing climate ideology on the other. We are going to have to choose.

On tips from Kevin R., Mr. Freemarket, Dragon’s Lair, and Bluto.

Sep 20 2021

Justice for J6 Fails to Constitute Insurrection

The philosophical founder of the modern Democratic Party remarked that “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Now it works differently: first as farce (the January 6 riot), then as more pathetic farce (Justice for J6).

The original farce was when lax security allowed (and even explicitly invited) a handful of hooligans (possibly egged on by FBI provocateurs) and some well-meaning people who got caught up in the crowd to trespass in the People’s House. The only person who died violently was Ashli Babbitt, who was executed by unpunished, self-praising Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd. Yet the unscrupulous leftists comprising the mainstream media and Democrat Party hyped the incident to the point that many liberals may literally believe that the guy in the buffalo costume nearly overthrew the US Government to install Donald Trump as Dictator for Life. The possibly treasonous Mark Milley tried to twist the event into a “Reichstag moment.”

Those who took part have been hunted down and imprisoned under atrocious conditions, in stark contrast to the participants in the many hundreds of Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots indulged in with Democrat encouragement last year. On Saturday, the liberal establishment attempted to exploit the Justice for J6 protest against their unjust treatment by hyping it into a second “insurrection.” This was even more of a farce.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved calling up 100 National Guard troops to defend the Biden Administration from the protesters. Like all things related to January 6, this was theater — more specifically, theater of the absurd.

Breitbart reports on how it turned out:

Photos and video taken around the Capitol show media and police, many heavily armed and in riot gear, vastly outnumbered protesters, who were gathered in support of defendants detained in connection with the January 6 Capitol attack.

Journalists alone reportedly outnumbered the entirely peaceful protesters, despite their numbers being swollen by cartoonishly obvious undercover FBI agents posing as right-wing extremists by dressing up as frat boys with fashy haircuts.

Authorities managed to find a protester with a gun. Unsurprisingly, he turned out to be yet another FBI infiltrator.

Meanwhile, the January 6 protesters still rot away in prison, effectively as political prisoners, and Ashli Babbitt is still dead.

As Andrea Widburg notes,

[A]lmost ten months after January 6, Americans are being held under miserable circumstances without the benefit of a “speedy and public trial,” and without being “informed of the nature and cause of the accusation” against each of them.

The extremely low turnout of actual protesters at Justice for J6 may be because conservatives tend to be responsible people with families and jobs. They cannot afford to spend 10 months cooling their heels in a DC jail. Democrat intimidation appears to be working.

On tips from Varla, Wiggins, and KirklesWorth.

Sep 20 2021

Open Thread

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. - Stephen Ambrose

On a tip from Feet2Fire.

Sep 19 2021

Covid Tyranny as Child Abuse

When tyrants like Kathy Hochul dictate that toddlers must wear Covid obedience muzzles, this is what they are imposing:

Children don’t like being suffocated with snot- and germ-encrusted masks. They would like it even less if they knew that it is completely senseless, as Covid is less of a threat to them than the flu, whereas the masks themselves carry more serious health risks (see here and here).

This lunacy has reached the point that American Airlines kicked a 2-year-old with asthma off a flight for not wearing his mask properly. Unlike the liberal ruling class, the child posed no risk to anyone.

Blessedly, mass resistance to Covid tyranny is finally starting to get underway, even in bastions of liberalism like Melbourne…

…and New York:

On tips from Dragon’s Lair, Anonymous, and Wiggins.

Sep 19 2021

Lesson in Sexual Identity

Sexual identity rules become ever more complex. Not all of us can afford to pursue a degree in gender studies. Fortunately, experts in the field of systematized sexual depravity are willing to bestow their wisdom upon the laity. Here, were learn the difference between bisexuals and pansexuals:

Under rule by moonbats, people this insane effectively dictate public policy.

Hat tip: Not the Bee.

Sep 19 2021

Call 911 on Criminal of Color, Get Fined

Under California-style anarchotyranny, you had better think twice before calling 911 to report a criminal. If the evildoer is a hated Caucasian, all is well and good. But if the scofflaw is a sacred BIPOC and you are not, the authorities may regard you as the transgressor; you could face a heavy fine.

I only wish this were from the Babylon Bee rather than Hot Air:

Out in Santa Cruz County, California, the Board of Supervisors has passed a new municipal ordinance involving 911 calls. They want residents to know that they are free to call the emergency services line if they see something suspicious, but if it involves a person of color, the caller may wind up getting hit with a fine of up to $1,000.

It is also unwise to report criminals who seem the type to engage in establishment-endorsed aberrant sexual activities. Via CBS SF BayArea:

The new law creates civil penalties — up to a thousand dollars — against anyone who reports someone to law enforcement because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or other legally protected classes.

This lunacy is consistent with critical theory, the religion of our ruling class. According to moonbat doctrine, only heterosexual white men should be viewed as the bad guys. Everyone else is oppressed by them, and incapable of doing wrong so long as they do not betray identity politics by expressing conservative opinions. This was the ideological justification for Democrats supporting the sociopathic War on Police in the name of Black Lives Matter.

Replacing justice with social justice should save on court costs, freeing up more tax money for welfare payments. No one needs to establish who did what to whom. Only respective positions in the cultural Marxist victim hierarchy need be determined.

On a tip from Brian Brandt.

Sep 19 2021

London Breed, Covid Hypocrite

Mayor of San Francisco London Breed follows in the footsteps of Gavin Newsom, who previously held her position and who is also a flaming Covid hypocrite.

Via Fox News:

The Black Cat Nightclub’s Instagram page had posted, and then deleted, a photo showing Breed smiling and partying with friends maskless on Wednesday evening, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. She was accompanied by BLM co-founder Alicia Garza and singer Raphael Saadiq.

Breed’s moonbat rule is not conducive to liberty:

San Francisco’s mask mandate states, “Everyone, including people who are fully vaccinated, must wear a well-fitted mask in indoor public settings at all times,” and adds, “people may remove their well-fitted mask while actively eating or drinking.”

Or you can hang out with London Breed and a Marxist Black Lives Matter pooh-bah and not have to wear an obedience muzzle at all.

This isn’t the first time that Breed is being criticized for breaking her own coronavirus rules. She was spotted in the swanky French Laundry restaurant in November dining with seven other people to celebrate the birthday of a friend, socialite Goretti Lo Lui.

The French Laundry is the same extravagantly expensive restaurant where Gavin Newsom dined maskless indoors with lobbyists as Covid lockdowns drove any number of less connected restaurants out of business.

Please welcome London Breed to the DAISNAID files. If she continues to follow Newsom’s example, her next jobs will be Lieutenant Governor, then Governor of California. Then her tyranny and incompetence will subject her to a recall election, which the liberal establishment will guarantee fails.

That’s Breed snugly social distancing in the middle in both shots.

On a tip from R F.

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