Eric Florack on July 21st, 2019

Attention, Cuomo the lesser:

Going without disposable plastic entirely would leave us worse off, so we need to tackle the problems without losing all of the benefits.

The simplest action for consumers is to ensure that plastic is collected and used, so a grocery bag, for example, has a second life as a trash bag, and is then used for energy.

Read the whole thing.

You see, I remember when the enviro wackjobs were telling us that paper bags were killing off trees and that was the big problem and plastic bags were the solution.

davidl on July 17th, 2019

Slow Joe, b/k/a Joseph Biden(idiot – DE) attempted, rather lamely to impugn President Trump, from the Week:

Former Vice President Joe Biden is hitting back against President Trump following his attacks on four minority congresswomen, not only calling the tweets racist but declaring Trump the most “openly racist and divisive” president America has ever seen.

Biden in response to Trump’s weekend tweets telling four congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from said on Monday that “there has never been a president in American history who has been so openly racist and divisive as this man,” The Hill reports.

The title of the most racist American President can, and should be debated. I’ll skip that for now. However what ever sins Slow Joe may attributed to President Donny, it pales to those of  Woodrow Wilson:

During Wilson’s years in office, the US federal government was segregated and the Ku Klux Klan experienced a major revival.

Does Slow Joe really want to make a candidate’s racial record a defining campaign issue?

davidl on July 17th, 2019

After just forty-four weeks, Planned Parenthood has aborted the presidency of Dr. Leana Wen. Her apparent crime, a knowledge of high school biology, from Lisa Carr, Victory Girls:

But it wasn’t just Wen’s medical over political focus that had the Board of Directors questioning her leadership. A source close to the situation says Wen was “distrustful of staff, made inaccurate statements to the press, and shied away from using the word ‘abortion’ or employing gender-inclusive language.” Perhaps because a medical professional understands that there are obviously biological differences between men and women? As in women can have menstrual cycles. Men who “identify” as women cannot. Women can become pregnant. Men who “identify” as women cannot. Women have a uterus. Men do not. Ergo, only women get abortions. Was Wen willing to waste credibility she built as a medical professional by buying in to this ridiculousness? The notion that she could not use the proper gender pronoun “she” without being looked at cross-eyed? I would say not.

Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom, or utter lack thereof, has decided to bless(curse) pregnancy on only biological women. Dr. Wen realized that only women, biological women, can get pregnant. The board of Planned Parenthood not so.

So I ask, why should the taxpayer trust our tax dollars on a group such as Planned Parenthood dedicated to biological ignorance?

Interesting notes from Hillfaith:

It is a commonplace in many of the most influential public policy precincts in the nation’s capitol these days — including among congressional aides working for senators, representatives and committees — that Christianity is in steep decline in America, that the country is fast becoming more secularized with every passing day.

That certainly appears to be the case, judging by many aspects of the elite culture and the intellectual, social media and political rhetoric it sanctions, but a totally opposite picture is easily seen once you get outside of Amtrak’s Acela Corridor and the LA-San Francisco-Seattle axis to examine the data that reveals the real America.

There we find a nation whose people are becoming more, not less, involved in their churches, small groups, Bible studies and caring ministries reaching out in their communities. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that the same thing is true in their own ways of most of the rest of the people with whom we share this Earth.


I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, as regards the movement away from establishment politics, and towards individual freedoms…

The Democrats are forever labeling any opposition to them as “far right”. The fact of the matter is it’s anything but.

I suppose it’s easy for the Democrats to blame massive opposition they are seeing on a vast right-wing conspiracy… (Hillary Clinton call your office) …but in fact thats too easy. In labeling it as such, what they avoid is having to face the idea that the opposition that they are seeing is due to their own overreach to the left…. That the left is being rejected by the voters. Far from being isolated to the far right, the opposition to their nonsense has gone mainstream. They’ve gone too far even for the supposed political center. That it is in fact they who have become disconnected from the minds and hearts of the American people, the American voter. thus, the election of Donald Trump with the overwhelmingly clear mandate that he is to clean house, and that mandate has the establishment of both parties working overtime to protect their little fiefdoms.

Nor, I think, is this limited so these not so United States. Consider the Brexit movement. Consider the recent elections in Germany. Consider the rather startling unpopularity of Macron in France. Consider Viktor Orban over in Hungary. The umbrella movement in Taiwan.
Everywhere you look around the globe, we are seeing long empowered establishment politics being removed or at least resisted, and for the most part the people taking this action have not been heretofore involved with politics all that much.

In putting these two together, I cant help but wonder if that world- wide trend I spoke of, isn’t part and parcel of the trends that HillFaith documents.

The very idea of individualism on any level, and the idea that there is an entity that is more potent, more important, and untouchable by any invention of man, is antithetical to the proponents of big government, who as I noted in the previous post, are finding themselves being replaced around the world.

(Observe, as extreme examples, Marx, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, etc, who, to a man, struggled to remove both religion, and individualism… each of them recognizing that the growth of the power of government, and its power, was restrained by those.)

So, it seems pertinent and logical to suggest that the two situations, the rise of religion documented by HillFaith, and the rise of the individual over the big government types as I mentioned in that previous post, are directly related.

Understand… I have always held that politics are a reflection of the values and desires of the individual.

That being true, it also seems logical that those values and desires that religion teaches, will be reflected in the politics of those individuals.

Martin Luther

Now, of course, all religions are not equal, any more than all cultures are equal. I cannot imagine an America being conceived with Islam, Buddism, or any of the pantheistic religions as it’s philosophical base. No, it took Christian philosophy, and within that, Martin Luther and his concept of the sovereignty of the individual.

Those are the boundaries of the word-wide battle we are witnessing today.

Eric Florack on July 12th, 2019

* Ponder a group of people that now finds Jeffrey Epstein disgusting, (after many years of having no problems with him at all so long as the money kept flowing, even after he was sentenced) and yet doesn’t seem to have any problem at all with 11 year old drag queens dancing at a gay bar.

# Let’s put an end for once and all to the idea that people in Louisiana aren’t smart. Anybody that can take the majority of the Democrats in the state, who cannot swim, and arrange so that they all live in a city that’s 5 feet below sea level, is probably a genius.

# Reports have it that Miley Cyrus is saying she won’t have kids because of global warming. I would regard this as the gene pool cleansing itself of idiots.

# With regards to the women’s soccer team? Buck Sexton says it best:

Antagonizing half the country at every opportunity instead of trying to expand audience is exactly the kind of strategic thinking one would expect from a team that lost to a bunch of 14 year old boys in 2017

Indeed. weren’t we being preached at just a short while ago that the reason that women soccer wasn’t doing all that well financially, was because we are all a bunch of misogynist sexist pigs who can’t stand strong women, yada, yada, yada…. I mean, isn’t that the relative equivalent of this for a sales pitch, “the reason you’re not buying this car is because you’re an idiot”. (Which come to think of it seems to be the major sales pitch behind electric vehicles anymore… Something of a trend there…)

Eric Florack on July 9th, 2019

It seems that the a-listers from the Democrat Party from the media and so on are all scrambling to get away from Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton, particularly.

And of course there are a large number of people who are quite willing to make that process easier for Mr. Clinton. Ponder this screen capture from this morning.

First of all this is a primary example of why I very seldom trust Wikipedia on anything political.

Thing is it’s going to be a little difficult to convince anybody that Bill Clinton’s 26 visits to Epstein’s private island resulted in no hanky panky. As an example:

But notice the attempt to smear Donald Trump in the process of this. Whoever is manipulating the Wikipedia files in the matter is apparently of a piece with the Huffington Post, the mainstream media and of course the Democrats who have all been basically doing the same thing.

Politico, too, is up to their eyeballs in this stuff. In a report from May of 2017, they tried to make a connection.

NEW YORK—A woman who claims in a lawsuit that she was lured into a sex-trafficking ring run by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein contends that the depravity began at a Florida resort now known as the winter White House: Mar-a-Lago.

The thing that the Politico report missed… and you will very seldom see it mentioned elsewhere… is that following that incident, Donald Trump banned Jeffrey Epstein from his properties, including Mar-a-largo.

There’s another name that pops up in all of this which makes me suspicious of the attempt to connect Donald Trump to Epstein… Robert Mueller, who was the FBI director at the time of the FBI investigation into Epstein’s racket of child sex rings. I’m seeing repeated reference to evidence saying that Mueller classified Epstein as a informant, in order to land him a “sweetheart deal”, in which he only got 13 months for an alleged 40+ victims.

I’m even seeing suggestions that the prosecution of Epstein was timed against the 2020 elections. However, I doubt this. First of all, is he prosecutor involved is the daughter of James Comey as I reported yesterday. the prosecutor is involved are all working in the southern district of New York, which by the way are the very same prosecutors who are supposedly investigating every little nook and cranny in Donald Trump’s financial dealings all the way back to the 1860s. you’ll forgive me if I have my doubts that Donald Trump has exerted any control whatsoever over that process.

Now, the last I heard, Epstein was in jail awaiting a bail hearing which was supposed to occur on Thursday. But you know, given the number hose people who are absolutely desperate to cover their back sides in this situation, one has to wonder if he wouldn’t be safer staying in jail.

Vince Foster wasn’t available for comment.

What we have here is rats deserting a sinking ship…

Are we going to hear all of it? As I suggested yesterday I have my doubts. You can’t drain the swamp if one of the prosecutors is of the swamp.

What could possibly go wrong here?

I think we can take as a given that the prosecution of Epstein will not include any references to his beneficiaries in the Democrat Party.

Eric Florack on July 4th, 2019

Glenn nails it:

I’D TAKE HIS “THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM IS AWFUL” STANCE MORE SERIOUSLY IF HE WEREN’T TRAILING BADLY IN THE PRIMARYPOLL AS A REPUBLICAN: Justin Amash Slams The Trump GOP. Vox, of course, loves the idea of a third party that will siphon off enough votes to elect democrats.

Well, yeah. But, more importantly…

Yes, Justin. Voters like the idea that the people who govern them are loyal to them. Nationalism is unpopular with elites because it involves such loyalty, and loyalty to one’s own people limits one’s options in ways that our governing class finds unacceptable. I don’t think supporting the governing class here is either principled or libertarian.

There’s the key, here.

For all his play- acting that he’s a principled conservative/libertarian, he’s about as much a conservative/ libertarian as McCain was. As with McCain, when the really important stuff came along, it turned out that his principles involved supporting The Establishment over the people.

It should be noted that Michigan 3, went large for Trump…. And Amash is now paying the price, correctly, justifiably, and now completely, for having flown directly in the face of the wishes of his constituents.

And I have no sympathy whatsoever for him.

Eric Florack on July 3rd, 2019

The word some the wires is that Eddie Gallagher has been found not guilty of murdering a 17 year old ISIS fighter.

Former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher

First I notice that the story had to come from The Daily Mail not from a domestic source. With the exception of Fox, the domestic sources have been all the silent on the matter. Gee, I wonder why?

Over the last 24 hours I’ve heard the phrase several times ” the criminal justice system works in this case.”

Did it really? Where does citizen Gallagher go to get his reputation back? Where does he go to get his military career back?

Eric Florack on July 3rd, 2019

Got an older car? You’re not alone.

DETROIT (AP) — The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. has hit a record 11.8 years, as better quality and technology allows people to keep them on the road longer.

The 2019 figures from data provider IHS Markit show that the rate of increase is slowing, but the average age is still expected to go over 12 years early in the next decade. The average age is up 0.1 years from 2018.

Ummm… Better quality?


That’s not the reason. people are hanging onto older cars because the new ones, as a result of government intervention and a number of other factors… are way too expensive and way too small, and simply don’t hold up…

In other words, what automakers are coming up with today is of lower quality, particularly given the high prices. and the automakers are not totally to blame on this one. The fact of the matter is that the government has been trying to regulate us out of the individual automobile for decades… and one of the tactics is to make the individual automobile as unpalatable as possible.


You need look no further than the vehicles that Americans are buying these days.

The Chevrolet Chevette. A prime example of the result of governmental intervention in the automotive free market.

They don’t want to touch the Altoid boxes with wheels the government wants us to buy, they’ve been buying pickup trucks and SUVs hand-over-fist now for quite some time.The reason for this movement toward older cars and for trucks when people buy new at all is because the domestic market for automobiles in this country has been beaten to death by over-regulation.

I’ve already addressed the issues that are brought on by the government’s Cafe standards. But so intrusive has the government become that automakers simply can’t build the vehicles that people want anymore, look without running afoul of what’s a government wants or what do unions demand… And certainly not at the price the people want to pay.

It’s to the point now where car makers like Ford and Smart are no longer making cars for the u.s. market. (save for the Mustang, which is hardly to be considered an econobox.)

So here is yet another example of fake news.

Rasmussen has released the results of a new poll… And it is decidedly not good news for Democrats…

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 25% of Likely U.S. Voters consider most of the announced candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to be about the same as they are in political terms. Fifty-four percent (54%) say most of these candidates are more liberal than they are, while only 13% think they are more conservative.

Long time readers will remember that I have said repeatedly that the American electorate is far more conservative than anything that either party has coughed up since Reagan.

This poll would seem to suggest that I’ve been correct all along. This is my shocked face.

Keep all this in mind as we go through the election cycle.

davidl on July 1st, 2019

It has been suggested that the democrat candidates for President are all from another planet. I suggest they are at least from another century. School busing for racial purposes was a stupid idea that was born and died in the previous century. That is unless you are a retrotard, United States Senator and wanna be presidential candidate, one Kamala Harris, from PJ Media:

Harris’ campaign confirmed that the California senator does indeed support bringing back busing, telling the New York Times that she “supported busing as a method for school integration,” but declining to provide details on what such a plan would entail. Ian Sams, Harris’ national campaign manager replied with a simple “yes” when asked on Twitter whether she supports “busing for school integration right now.”

Harris’s perceived road block to the nomination is Slow Joe Biden, who is and always has been, a racist.  However the opposition to forced school busing has morphed into an issue that transcends race.  About the only the constituencies that favor forced busing are unemployed bus driver and rich social liberal that don’t have send their (grand)children to public schools Hello Mr. and Mrs. Obama.  Senator Harris, take your bus and shove it.

We haven’t heard much lately about creepypornlawyer ™ Michael Avenatti. It would seem that he’s been successfully shuffled under the bus.

I am convinced Michael Avenatti is the poster child for the ineffectiveness of government under Democrats.

Does anybody doubt for a moment that were government in California actually effective to the point of upholding the law, Avenatti would have had his law license pulled over a decade ago?

Have you noticed though, there hasn’t been a whole bunch of noise from prominent Democrats about rule of law as regards his arrest?

Keep in mind that this is somebody who less than 6 months ago was being lionized by Democrats and offered up as a serious candidate for the Democratic nomination for POTUS and, why? Because he was a useful tool against the Democrats Target of the moment, Donald Trump.

So what happened? What is it that turned this man from a popular candidate among the Democrats for president of the United States, into “he-who-must-not-be-named”?

It’s not embarrassment. Frankly I think most Democrats, after Clinton and Obama are well beyond embarrassment.

Rather, it is the realization that to continue their high -profile connection with the man is going to cost them votes and power. (Jim Traficant and Gary Hart were unavailable for comment.)

As Jim Geraghty tweets,

“The degree to which allegations of inappropriate behavior or sexual misconduct are taken seriously is heavily shaped by how important the accused is to the cause of progressivism at that given moment.”

Exactly so.

And these are the people that are questioning the morality of Donald Trump.

Eric Florack on June 28th, 2019

So we see WABC in New York has been …

Billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis’ media group has bought 77 WABC radio in a $12.5 million cash deal, according to an announcement on Thursday.

Red Apple Media, a subsidiary of Castimatidis’ Red Apple Group, bought the talk radio station from Cumulus Media Inc.

And Catsimatidis, who owns supermarket chain Gristedes —and recently bailed out rival D’Agostino’s with a line of credit — is worth $3.1 billion, according to Forbes. He is also the host of AM-970 radio show “The Cats Roundtable.”

“I grew up with WABC,” Catsimatidis told the Post. “It’s an iconic channel. We want to bring it back to being a great station.”

My knee-jerk reaction was that Catsimatidis is a bit of an idiot spending that kind of money on the station after Cumulus has basically ruined the brand. I knew Lew Dickey, SR years ago.

The sign outside the WABC transmitter along route 17 in Hasbrouck heights New Jersey, back in the station’s hey day

I have a small mountain of respect for the man.

Junior, meantime, has no idea how to run a radio station as evidenced by the disaster that WABC has become. The Cumulus stewardship of the station should be written up in the annals of broadcast radio under The heading “How to kill an icon.”

But that last paragraph stands out to my eye as being crucial. Catsimatidis apparently understands that the brand needs to be rebuilt. I wish him luck at it, and I’ll be watching, but I can’t help but wonder if the damage isn’t already beyond repair.

Eric Florack on June 28th, 2019

Apparently the first round wasn’t enough of a disaster, so the Democrats have upped the ante with round two.

The one thing that can be said about last night that wasn’t said during the event is that the whole thing could easily be considered an in-kind contribution to the re-election of Donald Trump.

Indeed, aside from Trump, The only winners in that contest last night are those who didn’t actually watch it.

If you did actually have the self-destructive tendencies required to watch the thing, you saw, as Ted Cruz noted last night…

“You saw them embrace late-term abortions, you saw them embrace 70 percent tax rate, you saw them embrace socialism. You saw them tell the American people they want to take away everyone’s health insurance. And, you saw them embrace open borders.”

Sounds like a real winning combination there.

# Kamala Harris: “I will prosecute Donald Trump.” And what precisely does anyone suppose that Trump is to be prosecuted for, when the entire weight of the federal government couldn’t find something charge him with, after millions of dollars and two years to find something, anything? Perhaps to answer that question that would be helpful to remember that in her world, fake confessions are no big deal. This from the woman who told us there are times when the states don’t support the rights of all of its citizens. Like, for example when she was prosecutor, perhaps? If I’m Biden’s people, I’m all over this business with her. Her candidacy would die on the vine. Somehow though I don’t think Biden’s people have enough smarts for that. Reports have it (Olivia Nuzzi for one) that his staff is absolutely freaking out over is performance last night, but somehow I don’t think they’ve got the smarts to address the problem. Certainly, Creepy Joe doesn’t. To his credit, Biden came back with, (paraphrasing) “you were a prosecutor, but I was a public defender”. A sly choice of words, but it didn’t hit Harris nearly hard enough. The man has got to start listening to his debate prep. That was his problem back in 08. If he lets Harris off the hook at this point, he’s a bigger idiot than I took him for.

# Every blessed one of these idiots on the stage last night spent their entire evening telling everybody how they wanted to “fix” the best economy this country has ever had. Trouble is, it’s getting tougher and tougher these last couple of years, to find victims to champion… At least, victims that are citizens. so, they now champion the illegal aliens and asked the taxpayer … You know, citizens…to foot the bill for their grand schemes. Healthcare for all illegals? Sure, we can afford that. All we have to do is raise taxes. (No surprise that none of the MSNBC cheerleaders said anything about what effect those increased taxes would have on the it kind of me. Apparently this is what Democrats call an economic “fix.”)

# I note with interest that while Joe Biden got hit with “you’re too old”… Bernie Sanders somehow escaped such attacks. Somehow, I suspect that politics, and not age, is the real issue there. Obviously to the people on stage, Biden is too much of a moderate. As I’ve suggested in the past however, it comes down to what the rank-and-file thinks. And trust me what we saw on the stage last night leans much farther to the left than the rank-and-file of either party.

# Something must be said at this point for the embarrassment that Rachel Maddow has become, even by MSNBC standards. There is something going on here with Maddow’s continued employment that does not involve the desire to attract viewers to the network.

In total, is there anybody who does not understand that the Democrats did not do themselves any favors last night?

Addendum, Eric

In reviewing the recording of last evening’s version of “who wants to lose the election”, it strikes me that Barack Obama would not have been far enough to the left to satisfy those who were on stage last night.

Son of addendum: Eric

Did anybody notice any American flags on the stage at all?