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Dec 14 2019

Remembering Brian Terry and Fast & Furious

This is the anniversary of the death of Brian Terry, a US Border Patrol Agent at the scene of whose murder guns were found that had been effectively provided to Mexican criminals by our federal government. That makes today an opportunity to remind ourselves what it was like to live under a president who warranted impeachment. Although it pales in comparison to treason committed on behalf of America’s most devoted enemy, Iran (e.g., here, here, here, here), Fast & Furious dwarfed anything the Trump Administration has been accused of by even the most imaginative Democrats.

Under Obama and his radical left henchman Eric Holder, the ATF allowed Mexican criminals to purchase guns and bring them across the border. Holder’s stonewalling on the operation made him the first sitting cabinet member ever held in criminal contempt of Congress, and by an overwhelming 255-67 vote. Obama assisted in the stonewalling by invoking executive privilege for the first time, so as to keep Fast & Furious documents away from the prying eyes of Congress. sponsor refreshes our memory:

[B]y June 2010, suspects surveilled under Operation Fast and Furious had purchased over 1,600 weapons at a total spend of over $1 million. At that time – not at the end of the operation – the ATF were aware of over 300 of these weapons being found at crime scenes, 179 in Mexico and 130 in the United States.

Fast & Furious crime scenes include the Bataclan terror attack in Paris in 2015. Another featured Brian Terry.

On December 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, along with other members of the United States Border Patrol, were on patrol about 11 miles from the Mexican border. When they came across five suspected illegal aliens, they fired bean bags and were responded to with live ammunition. During the resulting firefight, Terry was killed. Four of the suspects were arrested and two AKs found nearby were traced back to Operation Fast and Furious within hours.

The ATF had already established itself as a dangerous tool of Big Government at Ruby Ridge and Waco. When dangerous tools fall into the wrong hands — i.e., Democrat hands — people get hurt.

Read the rest at, and while you are there, stock up on discount ammunition.

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Dec 14 2019

Good-Bye Jeremy Corbyn

We watched Stuart Varney celebrate the landslide defeat of moonbattery in Britain. Now let’s hear from the Iconoclast:

As the foul-mouthed fool Quid Pro Quo Joe might put it, this election is a big f***ing deal. Open borders and the welfare state have been exploited to create a non-British underclass beholden to the Labour Party. But that is nowhere near enough to put radical moonbats in charge, now that regular Britons have caught on that Labour is hostile to them and to their interests.

With any luck, something similar will happen in the USA next year.

Dec 14 2019

Why the Electoral College Is Essential

Will Witt briefly explains why the Electoral College is essential, and why Democrat attempts to undermine if not eradicate it (see here, here, and here) are unconstitutional and tyrannical:

If their attempts to destroy the electoral college succeed, the nation will become seriously destabilized. Densely populated Democrat states will rule over conservative rural America as occupying conquerors, with no regard for its interests. A situation like that cannot last indefinitely.

As the impeachment farce demonstrates, today’s Democrats do not hesitate to attack our very system of government in hopes of achieving short-term political advantage. Whether the Constitution will survive these people is an open question.

Dec 14 2019

Impeachment Spectacle Is Not About Ukraine

With moonbats, the issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution — i.e., seizing power. Needless to say, the impeachment spectacle is not about Ukraine, as Nasty Pelosi implicitly admits:

They are impeaching Trump because of who he is, not for anything he allegedly did. It was obvious from the beginning that they were going to impeach him as soon as they had a pretext. The Mueller farce failed to produce one, so they got desperate.

The only way Trump could have avoided impeachment would be by switching parties. Democrats have reduced impeachment to a political tactic that is destabilizing our system of government.

On a tip from Lyle.

Dec 14 2019

Stuart Varney Lists Winners and Losers After British Election

Pro-Brexit Boris Johnson’s blowout victory over commie rat Jeremy Corbyn left big winners and big losers in its wake. British expat Stuart Varney joyfully lists a few:

Another big winner is the tried and true relationship between the UK and the USA. Hopefully, we will always be there for each other, to fend off foreign enemies and to lead the way out of moonbattery when the enemies threaten from within.

Let’s hope Senate Republicans are paying attention. Now is the time to press their advantage. It isn’t enough to scuttle Democrats’ attempt to undermine our system of government just to hurt Trump. They must have their faces publicly rubbed in their perfidy for as long as possible leading up to the 2020 election.

Via 'Nox & Friends, on a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Dec 14 2019

Open Thread

The culture precedes positive results. It doesn't get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they're champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners. - Bill Walsh
Dec 13 2019

Kamala Harris and the Aging Lefty Bucket List

Kamala Harris didn’t need a coherent agenda; she represented the next item to be checked off the Aging Lefty Bucket List, which runs something like this:

☐ First black president

☐ First female president

☐ First female president who isn’t white

☐ First ostentatiously homosexual president

☐ First transgender president

☐ First Muslim president

☐ First nonhuman president

As Dave Morrison explains in the video below, progressives’ “constant need to push new ideas is not driven by the intrinsic value of the ideas themselves; they want these changes only because they are firsts.”

The Moonbat Messiah checked off Box #1. Shrillary was supposed to check off Box #2. Kamala Harris was entitled to be POTUS, because she represents Box #3.

But then a hysterical need to defeat Trump at any cost rose up like a tsunami and washed away all other priorities. Even a senile handsy leftover from yesteryear is preferable to a featherweight considered more likely to lose to Trump. So Kamala was betrayed:

On a tip from Lyle.

Dec 13 2019

Iowa State University Imposes “Cultural Humility”

Campus indoctrination goes beyond instruction on which identity groups must be revered. If you are a member of the core population that created and still constitutes the main populace of American, you must be trained to hate yourself, your kind, and your heritage. Iowa State University calls this “cultural humility.” Students, educrats, and instructors alike are subjected to the brainwashing.

Via The College Fix:

In response to [radical] student demands, last month the school’s administration released a statement outlining the significant diversity initiatives the school will be implementing. Those include “cultural competency and cultural humility training before the start of spring semester 2020″ for the school’s president, senior vice presidents, deans and other high-ranking administrators.

As well, next semester, the school’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will “conduct annual training for faculty in each academic department on the importance of, and approaches to, creating an inclusive classroom environment.”

“Inclusive” is Orwellian for rigidly exclusive of anything not in full compliance with the lunatic fringe of leftist ideology.

The school’s hiring and tenure processes will also be subject to “diversity, equity and inclusion training.”

You don’t want white male heterosexuals getting hired or promoted if you can help it. That would not be consistent with cultural humility.

As for the students,

Further, starting next semester, “everyone who lives in a residence hall will be required to take annual online diversity, equity, and inclusion training,” according to the university.

School officials were almost uniformly silent on the content of the proposed trainings.

The public is not ready for the extreme moonbattery inculcated on campus just yet. But if the universities churn out enough indoctrinated zombies, it soon will be.

Campus police will also be subjected to brainwashing, so that they know who they can expect to obey the law and who must be treated with special deference, under the rubric of “racial intelligence training.”

Surprisingly, a leftist student demand was no acceded to. Students Against Racism displayed its open-minded tolerance by demanding that the Students for Trump club be shut down. That won’t happen for now, so long as SfT follows the Student Organization Recognition policy, because “We cannot punish individuals for having bigoted or hateful thoughts.” Even if a club supporting the POTUS is not officially banned, no one is left wondering whose side the educrats are on.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Dec 13 2019

More Woke Astronomy

As noted earlier, political correctness is a totalitarian ideology whose adherents demand that absolutely everything be subordinated to it, including astrophysics. Progressives have their work cut out for them, but they are progressing.

The Heising-Simons Foundation launched a postdoctoral fellowship to develop talent in planetary astronomy. Only two of the first 12 awardees were female. According to the prevailing ideology, this could not possibly be because men are more likely to excel in this field. It could only be a consequence of patriarchal oppression.

Science Magazine reports:

That low ratio sent shock waves through the small family charity, which is based in Los Altos, California. “We realized we needed to self-reflect before we went any further,” says the foundation’s Cyndi Atherton.

The established solution to imaginary discrimination is to impose real discrimination. For that, Joyce Yen was brought in from the University of Washington.

Atherton and Yen spent 1 year revamping the process by which young scientists applied and were chosen for the 3-year, $375,000 fellowships. …

Atherton also hired Yen to lead the panels rather than using a scientist from the discipline. As facilitator, her role was to watch out for comments that might bias the process by straying from the stated criteria for selection.

Let’s not get distracted with irrelevant science stuff when the purpose of astrophysics is to destroy the patriarchy.

The changes had the desired effect: Four of the six fellows in this year’s class are women.

Success! But… how many of the fellows are persons of politically preferred pigmentation? How many are transgender? How many are undocumented immigrants? The work of social justice warriors is never finished.

As for the Final Frontier, it looks like the Russians and Chinese will have to be the pioneers. Americans have other priorities.

On a tip from Steve T.

Dec 13 2019

Green Energy May Raise Cost of Electricity ×11 in Minnesota

The moonbats ruling Minnesota plan for wind, solar, and battery storage to provide all of the state’s electricity by 2050. Minnesotans had better start saving now if they expect to have enough to pay their energy bills. Xcel Energy has calculated how much this will cost consumers.

Via Center of the American Experiment:

If we just use the wholesale cost of $1.60 per kilowatt hour and ignore the factors in the retail costs, electricity prices would be 11 times higher than the current price of electricity for residential customers Xcel Energy’s service territory. This means the average Minnesota household with Xcel as their energy provider using 648 kilowatt hours per month would see their average monthly bill increase from about $91.30 to $1,036.80, or more than $12,000 per year.

It is important to stress that the wholesale cost of electricity using wind, solar, and batteries would be 50 times more expensive than the electricity produced by the Sherburne County coal units, which Xcel Energy wants to shut down decades before the end of their useful lifetimes…

Good thing the resulting reduction in harmless carbon emissions will do nothing to prevent global warming. A little warming would do Minnesotans good, considering that their government plans to price heating out of reach.

On a tip from R F.

Dec 13 2019

Andrew Yang Suggests Nationalizing Pharmaceutical Industry

Remember all the fantastic pharmaceutical breakthroughs accomplished in the Soviet Union, and how they improved humanity’s standard of living? Neither does anyone. The more socialism is imposed, the less innovation can exist in the field of medicine. The astonishing advances made in the United States will be relegated to the past if Democrats prevail.

Barks presidential candidate Andrew Yang:

We have to give the federal government authority to negotiate drug prices and use standard international price reference points so pharmaceutical companies can no longer exploit our market and the American people.

If these companies are not willing to compromise [i.e., obey], we need to ensure the U.S. government has the ability to force licenses for these drugs to companies who will. Additionally, we need to authorize the creation of public manufacturing facilities to make these drugs, as well as other necessary drugs and unprofitable but necessary medications, for the American people.

In other words, he wants to move toward nationalization of the drug industry.

Try to imagine the bureaucrats at the DMV coming up with new treatments for cancer or diabetes. We will be lucky if aspirin is still available. But at least if it is, it will be subsidized.

A socialist might argue that pharmaceutical breakthroughs only help people to live longer anyway; why would you want people who are mostly done paying taxes and who pose an increasing burden on the healthcare system to live longer?

On a tip from Scott D.

Dec 13 2019

Valedictorian Struggles with Remedial Math

We read that requiring standardized tests for college admissions is racist because “disparate impact.” The Los Angeles Times tells us that “high school grades are the strongest single predictor of college performance” rather than objective tests. Then we read that a Detroit high school valedictorian is struggling with remedial math at Michigan State:

“Marqell McClendon has struggled in the low-level math class she’s taking during her first semester at Michigan State University,” the news outlet Chalkbeat reported Nov. 15. McClendon, the valedictorian of her graduating class at Detroit’s Cody High School, was used to getting all A’s, but found herself asking strangers to help her with her college coursework, it said.

MSU has pushed for admitting more racial minorities in the name of diversity. Its “incoming freshman class is predicted to be the largest and most diverse in the school’s history, with more than 8,400 anticipated students,” the school stated in May 2018, noting that black enrollment was up 24%.

As for academic standards, let’s just say that a degree from Michigan State may be worth substantially less than students who don’t get financial aid for being “disadvantaged” have to pay for it.

Affirmative Action doesn’t go far enough. What is the use of accepting unqualified persons of politically preferred pigmentation at the expense of qualified whites if they just flunk out anyway? The freedom to fail is racist. If standards get in the way of equity, standards must go.

In 2016, MSU removed the requirement that all students at least take algebra in either college or high school. Algebra is taught in eighth grade in many schools. Meanwhile, Wayne State University in Detroit dropped its general-education math requirement altogether.

That’s okay. The experts tell us that math is a tool of racist oppression anyway.

Soon everyone will have a college degree. At that point, the general level of education will reach rock bottom. Americans will be unable to read their own useless diplomas.

In a world run by bleeding heart liberals, all meaning is leached out of everything so that it can be replaced with political correctness. A college degree becomes as meaningless as a beauty crown, or being chosen the Person of the Year or Sportsperson of the Year.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Dec 13 2019

German Bishops Pronounce Sin Normal and Unchangeable

Christians believe that you should love the sinner but hate the sin. Liberals posing as Christians believe you should love the sinner and endorse the sin. Increasingly, liberals posing as Christians control churches, which they are destroying from within. An example from Germany:

The German Catholic bishops’ conference has issued a statement declaring homosexuality to be just as “normal” as heterosexuality while adding that adultery can no longer be considered a “serious sin.”

Both the homosexual and heterosexual orientation “belong to the normal forms of a sexual predisposition that cannot and should not be changed by any specific socialization,” the Dec. 5 communiqué stated.

Homosexual acts are repeatedly excoriated throughout the Bible in the strongest terms. But if adultery is okay now, why not depravity?

No way can this stance be reconciled with the Christian religion. Progressives are past reconciliation now. This is about extirpation — wiping out Christianity in all but name and replacing it with sheer moonbattery.

Next will come the communiqué on pedophilia that some priests have been waiting for.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Dec 13 2019

Open Thread

The ideal citizen of a tyrannical state is the man or woman who bows in silent obedience in exchange for the status of a well-cared-for herd animal. Thinking people become the tyrants' worst enemies. - Claire Wolfe
Dec 12 2019

Child Beaten by Savages for Wearing MAGA Hat

Any privileged minorities who are curious what it would be like to really face bigotry and hate should ask this white kid who had the nerve to wear a MAGA hat on a Florida school bus:

Via The Blaze.

Dec 12 2019

Rashida Tlaib Denounces Black Supremacist Killers as White Supremacists

Sometimes black people really are excluded. Remember the Black Hebrew Israelites who spewed abuse at the Covington Catholic kids after social justice thug Nathan Philips bullied them? The media establishment exsected them from the event, so that most people probably don’t know they were there. The same thing nearly happened to them again — even though in the recent Jersey City Shootout, they are the main characters.

Some media reports have referred to the Jersey City shooters vaguely as racists, anti-Semites, domestic terrorists, etc, barely mentioning the black militant angle, as if to leave the impression that the maniacs who killed four people were white supremacists. Actually, they were black supremacists, as even the SPLC concedes.

Eager to believe, Islamoleftist congresscritter Rashida Tlaib was easily misled:

“This is heartbreaking,” Tlaib tweeted, a little before 7 a.m. on Thursday. “White supremacy kills.”

Tlaib then deleted her tweet without comment and without explaining what made her believe this lie and then spread it a full day after the actual attackers had been identified as 47-year-old David Andersen and 50-year-old Francine Grahm, both of whom were black.

Expect the media to lose interest in this story as quickly as it did with Maurice Hill, who held off Philadelphia police for 7 hours, wounding six of them, before inconveniently turning out to be black.

On tips from Rapinhoe and Dragon’s Lair.

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