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Feb 25 2021

Dems Want to Restrict Biden’s Ability to Launch Nukes

What a relief; Congressional Democrats are at least more sensible than the voters who elected Biden. They know that someone that irresponsible not to mention non compos mentis cannot be trusted with the capacity to launch a nuclear strike. Given Biden’s nasty disposition, he might set off a nuclear war in a disoriented fit of pique.

Politico reports:

Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Monday called on Biden to relinquish his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the latest appeal to reform the command-and-control structure so that no single person can initiate a nuclear war.

The way things stand now, Joe Biden all on his own could have Armageddon underway in a matter of minutes.

They offer a number of alternatives, including requiring other officials in the line of succession, such as the vice president and the speaker of the House — “neither of whom can be removed by the president if they disagree — to concur with a launch order.”

With grownups like Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi potentially involved, I feel safer already.

As Ed Morrissey points out, the idea of not allowing a single person to launch a strike is not necessarily a bad one. However, Congress is characteristically going about it wrong. Congress could pass a law requiring the president to obtain approval before launching a strike…

That makes more sense if one is concerned not just about one particular president but all presidents. If all that this letter produces is an internal policy change requiring three fingers on the button, it might only last as long as this particular presidency does.

However, Congress doesn’t like taking responsibility. It prefers to focus on omnibus pork fest spending blowouts and politically motivated impeachment spectacles, and leave running the government to the executive branch and the vast, faceless, unelected bureaucracy that perpetually expands beneath it.

On tips from Belteshazzar, Lyle, Varla, ABC of the ANC, and Chuck A.

Feb 25 2021

Life Coach Marries Herself

Holy matrimony having been desanctified at the behest of the militant LGBT contingent, the path has been cleared for people to marry anyone — even themselves. Meg Taylor Morrison expresses the narcissism, nihilism, and alienation characterizing a generation that has nothing meaningful to believe in, having been stripped of tradition:

Morrison, 35, a life and business coach from Atlanta, Georgia, explained she ‘married’ herself as a symbol of ‘self-love’ after splitting from her fiancé four months before their planned October 2020 wedding.

If you find out your life coach is married to herself, think twice before following her directions on how to run your life.

She decided to keep parts of the ceremony in place – only she said her vows in a mirror and kissed her reflection instead of wedding someone else. …

Like most brides-to-be, Meg meticulously planned her special day for months, ordering a custom-made wedding cake and choosing the perfect dress and of course. She even had a sparkling diamond ring. …

Meg revealed she hasn’t been on her honeymoon yet because of the pandemic, adding: ‘I’m hoping to take myself somewhere special after this is over.’

In case the marriage does not result in domestic bliss, she might consider collecting cats. Some find they help plug the gnawing hole.

Encouragingly, she leaves the door open to a real marriage one day. I’ll leave it for lawyers to figure out whether she would need to get a divorce first.

On a tip from ABC from the ANC.

Feb 25 2021

Open Thread

The Founding Fathers worried that some common impulse of passion might lead many to subvert the rights of the few. It's a rational fear, one that is played out endlessly. - David Harsanyi
Feb 24 2021

FCC Commissioner on Congressional Move Against Conservative TV

It cannot be overstressed how appalling it is that two Democrats in Congress have sent menacing letters to cable and internet televisions services in a ham-fisted attempt to browbeat them into dropping politically noncompliant news channels. Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr sounds off on Newsmax, one of the platforms Democrats want abolished:

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

Feb 24 2021

John Kerry’s Treason During Trump Administration

Biden’s handlers picked the right guy to coordinate with foreign globalists on subjugating the USA to the Great Reset. The name John Kerry has been synonymous with treason for a generation. His behavior continued to reinforce this reputation throughout the previous administration. This makes him a good fit with the Biden team:

Members of the Biden administration, including former Secretary of State John Kerry and current special envoy on Iran policy Robert Malley, held backchannel meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during Trump’s presidency in attempt to undermine the Republican president, according to a new report from the Washington Times.

The meetings were reportedly part of a counter-diplomacy effort by the former Obama-era officials — who now serve in the Biden administration — which “allowed for the Iranian regime to bypass Trump and work directly with Obama administration veterans that Tehran hoped would soon return to power in Washington,” according to several unnamed national security and intelligence sources.

Sounds like the Logan Act could be put to good use. It criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments.

One former senior U.S. official told the Times that the “underlying goal” of the meetings was “to devise a political strategy to undermine the Trump administration” and set the stage for a more accommodating U.S. stance towards Iran in anticipation of Obama-era officials returning to power.

On second thought, this is beyond the Logan Act. Considering that Iran is our most aggressive enemy, having in effect been at war with United States since 1979, 18 US Code § 2381 applies. This criminalizes treason.

That Kerry has illicitly conspired with the terrorists running Iran was well known to Biden’s handlers and the broader liberal establishment long before he was picked as Climate Czar. This appeared in the liberal Daily Beast back in September 2018:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed his predecessor John Kerry after Kerry said he met with Iranian officials after leaving office.

Fumed Pompeo,

“This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world’s largest state sponsor of terror and according to him, he was talking to them, he was telling them to wait out this administration.” He continued, saying Kerry “ought not engage in this kind of behavior” and calling it “beyond inappropriate.”

Kerry had admitted to meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif repeatedly to discuss the disastrous nuclear agreement that Obama rammed through without Senate ratification but Trump pulled out of. The agreement paves the way for Iran to become a nuclear power.

No wonder Zarif now considers himself to be in a position to demand the USA pay Iran $1 trillion:

The Biden administration can hand over the mind-boggling amount as “reparation” or “investment” in the Iranian economy, regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif demanded on Sunday.

It must have been an oversight that Democrats did not include this in the gargantuan “COVID relief” pork fest package. What’s another $trillion when American currency will soon be inflated to worthlessness anyway?

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

Feb 24 2021

No Flu in England This Year

Some good news on the virus front. Authorities have not detected a single case of influenza in England this year despite testing 685,243 samples.

According to Dr Vanessa Saliba of Public Health England,

“The decrease in flu cases this year is likely due to changes in our behaviour, such as social distancing, face coverings and handwashing, as well as the reduction in international travel.”

So much for the hysteria regarding COVID-19 combined with flu causing a healthcare apocalypse. Of course, there is the possibility that flu has been misdiagnosed as COVID-19.

Now for the bad news:

Such trends have raised the need to reconsider the country’s approach to dealing with influenza, according to Christina Pagel, a professor of operational research at University College London.

“There’s been no flu season anywhere in the world this year, including the UK,” she told The Independent. “Flu is one of the big reasons that the NHS struggles every winter. But what I think is really interesting is that people say we live with flu deaths every year and kind of assumed they were unavoidable. Yet clearly they’re not.

“If we wanted to, we’ve shown we can reduce flu deaths to pretty much zero.”

The authorities are enjoying the coronavirus overreaction too much to let it end. Mandatory masks forever will keep us safe from flu.

COVID-19 and the flu also prove that we need more equity:

“The other thing Covid has highlighted is how big the impact of inequality is on health,” she said. “We’ve seen it with Covid in BAME and deprived communities. They have much more exposure to Covid and get sicker when they get it. Flu has a very similar gradient. The more deprived you are, the more likely you’ll get sick from flu.”

BAME = black, Asian, and minority ethnic. These people will need more special favoritism on a permanent basis for the same reason that we will need to keep our masks on.

On a tip from Wiggins. Hat tip: Summit News.

Feb 24 2021

Kids in Cages Are Now Children in Shelters

The Democrat Party/liberal media got major mileage out of the kids in cages meme. AOC was even moved to crocodile tears. But now that the White House is in their hands, they aren’t kids in cages anymore. Now they are children in shelters:

Alternatively, the cages can be called facilities:

The cages for kids shelters for children were built under Obama. They will be getting more use than ever, now that Biden has proclaimed to the Third World that amnesty is on the way and that our immigration laws will be laxly enforced. The numberless children who are brought across the border illegally in the coming deluge have to go somewhere. Many do not even belong to the people who bring them across; they are acquired in the belief that they make illegal immigration easier.

On tips from Lyle, Jester, and Mr. Freemarket.

Feb 24 2021

Congress Leans on Cable Providers to Censor Conservatives

It isn’t hyperbole; we really are under threat of losing our most basic liberties, prominently including freedom of speech. It should make every American’s hair stand on end that two Democrat members of Congress sent letters Monday attempting to intimidate cable and internet television services into dropping Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network for offering an alternative viewpoint.

The Blaze reports:

The letters from U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both of California, were addressed to AT&T, Verizon, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Charter, Dish, Cox, Altice, Alphabet, and Hulu. The letters leveled numerous accusations against the aforementioned news networks, including that their coverage helped the “radicalization of seditious individuals who committed acts of insurrection on January 6” at the U.S. Capitol.

Not even the Buffalo Guy himself could pose half the threat to our constitutional system of government as Democrats as they consolidate power.

“Some purported news outlets have long been misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm,” the letters said. “Misinformation on TV has led to our current polluted information environment that radicalizes individuals to commit seditious acts and rejects public health best practices, among other issues in our public discourse.”

Don’t complain about voter fraud. Don’t disagree with whatever Dr Fauci’s latest position might be. Otherwise, you too may be accused of peddling “conspiracy theories” and “misinformation.”

Eshoo and McNerney demanded in their letters that cable providers explain “what moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel?”

The First Amendment prohibits Democrats from banning channels that deviate from their narrative. So first they try leaning on private companies to do it for them. Nice cable company you’ve got there. Shame if bureaucrats were to regulate it into bankruptcy.

The letters also asked the cable providers to detail what steps they’ve taken to “monitor, respond to, and reduce the spread of disinformation” from news networks they carry, as well as any punitive measures they’ve taken against such channels — and if they plan to carry networks like Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN once contracts expire.

Democrats conflate the words “disinformation” and “misinformation.” Both now having little meaning other than to refer to information they want suppressed.

The letters were penned ahead of a hearing set Wednesday — “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media” — to be hosted by a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which Eshoo and McNerney sit, CNBC reported.

If cable providers don’t take the hint, legislation will be required. As for the First Amendment, don’t forget Biden’s handlers may follow through on the implicit threat to pack the Supreme Court.

As always, the Democrat Party and the liberal establishment media are on the same page:

The Democrats’ letters mirror CNN’s assertion last month that cable providers should “face questions for lending their platforms to dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories” — and again the three named were Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN.

Naomi Wolf is not the only liberal with enough integrity to be alarmed at where this is heading. Gasps Glenn Greenwald,

Not even two months into their reign as the majority party that controls the White House and both houses of Congress, key Democrats have made clear that one of their top priorities is censorship of divergent voices. …

[T]he justifying script Democrats are using here is the one most commonly employed by autocrats around the world to silence their critics. Those they seek to silence are not merely expressing a different view, but are dangerous. They are not merely advocating alternative ideologies but are destabilizing society with lies, fake news, and speech that deliberately incites violence, subversion and domestic terrorism. …

This is the rationale invoked by virtually every repressive state to imprison journalists and ban media outlets. …

[C]orporate media outlets and Democrats (excuse the redundancy) who spent the last four years posturing as virulent defenders of press freedoms never meant it. Like so much of what they claimed to believe, it was fraudulent. The proof is that they are now mute, if not supportive, as Democrats use their status as majority party to launch an assault against press freedoms far more egregious than anything Trump got close to doing.

Unfortunately, few other liberals have objected to the federal government attempting to seize control over political discourse. They assume that the power will be wielded on behalf of their chosen ideology, so they don’t have a problem with it.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Feb 24 2021

Is the Pope Catholic?

The question is no longer rhetorical. People really want to know if Pope Francis is Catholic:

Francis is due to hold an inter-religious prayer service at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Ur when he visits Iraq next week…

The inter-religious prayer service will be attended by Christians, Muslims, Mandaean-Sabaean, Yazidi and other religious minorities present in Iraq.

Ur may or may not be the birthplace of Abraham. Regardless, it certainly has religious significance. Its main feature is the Great Ziggurat of Ur. From Ancient Origins:

The Great Ziggurat of Ur was dedicated to the moon god Nanna, who was the patron deity of the city. As the Mesopotamian gods were commonly linked to the eastern mountains, the ziggurat may have functioned as a representation of their homes. Thus, the people of Ur believed that their ziggurat was the place on earth where Nanna chose to dwell. … Hence, a bedchamber was provided for Nanna in the shrine on top of his ziggurat. This chamber was occupied by a maiden chosen to be the god’s companion.

Not the Bee comments:

Just when I think the Woke Pope can’t get any more heretical, he goes and one ups himself with an “interfaith” prayer to be held on the site of the ancient Babylonian temple dedicated to the moon god Nanna.

It’s nice that Francis wants everyone to get along peacefully. But the Christian faith has been under relentless attack throughout the world. It doesn’t need to be put on a par with various exotic beliefs. It needs a defender.

On tips from Lyle and Mr. Freemarket.

Feb 24 2021

Open Thread

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Feb 23 2021

The Ultimate Insult

Behold the face they chose to put on the subjugation of America by left-wing authoritarianism:

If Biden weren’t such a nasty piece of work, you would have to feel sorry for him. He has spent his entire existence clawing for more power. Now all the power is being wielded in his name, but he isn’t the one wielding it, because he barely knows whether it is day or night.

On tips from Henry and Jester.

Feb 23 2021

Naomi Wolf Warns of Encroaching Authoritarianism

By now you must be wondering if all liberals are frauds, or if some of them are alarmed to see the erstwhile Land of the Free rapidly degenerating into authoritarianism. Given that it is no longer safe in America to speak your mind due to the merciless cancel culture, it is hard to say what people actually think, especially on the Left. Liberal feminist Naomi Wolf has shown rare nerve by speaking out about what is happening. In case you missed her on Tucker Carlson’s show last night:

As Biden’s handlers move aggressively against our fundamental rights, the Democrat Party and liberal establishment media attempt to distract us with the pretense that the threat to our liberty comes from a handful of hooligans who took advantage of scandalously lax security to storm the Capitol, as if a deranged maniac dressed in a buffalo costume is going take over the government and impose fascism.

As Ronald Reagan observed, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. This could be the generation.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Feb 23 2021

Jeep Commanded to Change Name of Cherokee

Looks like Jeep could be forced to make a name change:

Jeep has sold SUVs under the Cherokee name for decades, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee currently the brand’s bestselling model and the Jeep Cherokee its third bestseller. The original Jeep Cherokee was first introduced in 1974.

Like most things that have been around long enough to have become traditional, the Cherokee brand has been targeted for erasure.

“[I]t’s time for both corporations and team sports to retire the use of Native American names, images and mascots from their products, team jerseys and sports in general,” Chuck Hoskin Jr., principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, told Car and Driver.

It is clearly not an insult to have vehicles and sports teams named after you. But apparently some are willing to dispense with this honor in exchange for the thrilling opportunity to boss others around.

The Washington Redskins are now the “Washington Football Team.” The Cleveland Indians banished Chief Wahoo and will be changing their name. In Atlanta, the Tomahawk Chop is on the chopping block. Even the Indian maiden on the packaging of Land O’Lakes butter has been canceled.

Soon there will be nothing left to remind us of Indians. People will hardly know of their existence. An important aspect of American heritage will have been obliterated.

We’ll see how long it takes Jeep to cave to the demand — unless a donation of some kind can make it go away.

On a tip from Lyle.

Feb 23 2021

Biden Nominee Has Advocated Child Sex Change

Biden’s handlers have nominated a fellow named Rachel Levine for Assistant Secretary of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Levine is best known for pulling his own mother out of a nursing home so that she wouldn’t be killed by the policy he was implementing of forcing the homes to accept COVID-positive patients — the same policy that led to the ongoing downfall of Andrew Cuomo. There is another compelling reason to oppose Levine’s nomination:

Levine has advocated for sex changes for pre-pubertal people, otherwise known as “children.”

A professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, Levine has given lectures in various settings since at least 2012 on how to perform sex changes and gender conversion therapy on children.

According to Levine, children ought to be given the latitude to choose their own gender. Levine has advised adults to “try not to force them one way or other [sic]” and instead to follow the child’s lead.

Kids too young to decide on their own bedtime are given the responsibility to determine whether they want to undergo transmogrification into a facsimile of the opposite sex. The decision will be based on an unwholesome fad whipped up by the media that could have devastating lifelong consequences.

Levine has described children as young as five or six as “knowing” which gender they wanted to be.

Levine recommends giving sexually disoriented children puberty blockers as they reach adolescence, deliberately preventing their normal physical development. Then come cross-gender hormone injections. These are followed by surgery, which Levine avers can be inflicted on the subject prior to age 18 in some cases.

Dr Moreau meets Joseph Mengele.

Levine has expressed doubts about the “controversial” requirement in some standards of medical ethics that patients receive psychological evaluations before undergoing such drastic medical regimens.

You can see why a guy who shows up for work dressed like Corporal Klinger would have an aversion to psychological evaluations.

Levine’s tyrannical impulses and poor judgment make him a good fit for the Biden Administration. He has ordered 2-year-olds to wear masks in public, has suspended alcohol sales in bars and restaurants the night before Thanksgiving, and has urged the public to take up sexting and pornography.

Not long ago, Levine’s nomination would have been regarded as a tasteless joke. We will learn during the confirmation whether any senators have the nerve to question it and risk being denounced by the media as “transphobic.”

On a tip from Wiggins.

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