Eric Florack on July 3rd, 2020

Recently we saw our reports that the Seattle Mayor started screaming bloody murder when protesters showed up at her front door doing what protesters these days do. Actually, let’s not call them protesters, let’s call that rioters. That after all is what they are.

It seemed that the mayor objected to her personal kingdom was being invaded… she didn’t like “the movement” anymore.

(By the way, the word “kingdom” is not idly chosen. You figure the implications out.)

So now, we see the father of somebody that was killed in the kingdom of Chop.

He says words to the effect that “I understand black lives matter Etc, but this is my son we’re talking about.”

So what’s he saying? Tearing down statues and ripping up people’s property and causing General mayhem and social disorder, other people dying, other people losing their homes, other people losing their jobs, and businesses they’ve worked their entire lives for… that’s all fine and well with him as long as his kid gets left alone?

And the mayor? She’s all well and good with it so long as her stuff gets left alone, her keep is ignored. Cross that line and suddenly she’s got a problem.

Notice the pattern that’s developing here?

In each case, the perception of the validity of the rules and of fairness, change once the subject of the discussion has skin in the game. It becomes a personal matter.

The problem of course is the lack of perception that Adam Smith alluded to in his great works. It’s always a personal matter. That the body politic is best served when everyone has skin in the game and is working for their own interest. Because as the mayor and the father of the slain are both demonstrating for us so vividly, is the individual will always work for his own interest and rules be damned when it comes down to it.

The mayor, of course having government power already in her hands, has the option to do that. The father in that hannity interview has no such opportunity and yet he’s screaming for the same thing that she was.

And what voice do the people in those riots zones have? they can either quietly pick up the pieces, or they can simply leave town. Does anyone not understand that’s how ghettos are created?

Oh and there’s one other commonality… The political and social position that both of them were pushing, BLM, antifa, Etc.,is the direct cause of what they’re complaining about. And the odd part is, neither one of them sees that.

davidl on June 30th, 2020


The Snark of the Day, by Kayleigh McEnany

“I really think it’s time for the New York Times to step back and ask themselves why they’ve been wrong, so wrong, so often.”

Hat tip: Katie Pavlich, Townhall.

Eric Florack on June 29th, 2020

From Manassas Virginia we see:

Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Manassas Saturday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement officers.
Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Manassas Saturday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement officers.

A couple of notes here…

All of the buildings police cars and statues in the neighborhood survived this event.

Personally I’m waiting for the Democrat Party politicians who encouraged rioters to “express themselves* while ignoring covid-19 restrictions, to complain about these people not obeying those restrictions.

davidl on June 28th, 2020

The below video could be taken for a British House of Commons debate, or just what passes for civilized political debate in today’s political environment.  Except that these demonstrators were seniors, and as general rule humans mellow a bit as they age.  Without further ado, political protest in the Villages in Florida, Seniors Division, video:(not safe for work)

Unlike British MPs, the language is a bit rough around the edges.  However, unlike CHOP/CHAZ, BLM and Antifa, no roads were blocked, no private property damaged, and no stores were looted.  No lives were taken and no rapes were reported.

On the other foot, one apparent supporter of President Donny did yell loud and clear “white power.”  The verbal outburst did not threaten anybody, as opposed to the hypocritical battle cry of black lives matter.  The is black lives matter provided the person has survived birth and is killed by a white person, especially a cop.  Anybody who claims to believe that black lives matter, start doing something about it.

davidl on June 27th, 2020

Joseph Biden, a/k/a Slow Joe crawled out his Delaware basement.

from Biz Pac Review:

Joe Biden made a rare appearance outside his basement on Thursday, appearing at a campaign event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Emerging from his coronavirus-inspired bunker, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee was greeted by a welcoming committee.

…of fervid Trump supporters.

There was even a Trump-Pence 18-wheeler.

I am unable to either confirm nor deny the identity of the truck driver?

Eric Florack on June 26th, 2020

Can somebody point out to me where in the Constitution it says that my constitutionally guaranteed rights are suspended and government has dictatorial powers over my daily activities if there’s a virus?

davidl on June 26th, 2020

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell maybe right in playing his White Guilt Card to largely white fan base. After all rich liberals can afford to grovel for Social Justice Warrior vanity points. NASCAR President Steve Phelps thinks that taking a Goodell, a knee for the cause, is a winning play. I doubt it.

While I am not a racing fan, a motor racing fan or NASCAR fan, I do share a fondness for what is uniquely American. In it history, fanbase and on field personnel, NASCAR is the uniquely American sport, from American Spectator:

NASCAR comes from a quintessentially American, and delightfully Jacksonian American, tradition; the cars, which ultimately made their way onto the first stock-car racing tracks had been customized, if not actually built, for a specific purpose — namely, to outrun the law enforcement vehicles that routinely chased bootleggers up and down the hollers of Appalachia during Prohibition. NASCAR comes from a decidedly blue-collar, hillbilly tradition, which other American sports leagues don’t claim. There were no Ivy League colleges specializing in racing cars up and down the highways of the East Coast to mirror the creation of football, basketball, and baseball; this sport was built on an American ideal that holds that what the hifalutin’ New York set has to say about a certain something matters not a bit unless it’s to set the standard for disagreement, and standing up to The Man is to be held as a show of common-man virtue.

Confederate flags at NASCAR events are, or have usually been, de rigeur. That some degree of racism fell along with that was not the point; it was that the NASCAR demographic was perhaps the most pro-America of all sports leagues, and also perhaps the most pro-law enforcement, it was also the most fervently invested in the old-fashioned American ideals — individualistic, self-reliant, courageous, masculine, and an interesting mix of traditionalist and iconoclastic.

For his part, Bubba Wallace is well on his way to exceeding Danica Patrick’s career NASCAR futility record, if he can but stay sponsored.  As for Richard Petty Motorsports, it look the Hall of Fame driver has hit his Peter Principle level.  Did Petty sign Wallace because he could not coax Patrick out of retirement?

Eric Florack on June 25th, 2020

This is what the Democrats are offering.

With an interview like this, it’s probably the most accurate statement he’s made in a long time.

davidl on June 24th, 2020

If Judge Emmet Sullivan were but an honest man, this would mark the end of United States v. Flynn, from Just the News:

A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered a judge to grant the Justice Department its request to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals approved a petition by Flynn’s attorneys to intervene in the case after a district court judge asked an outside counsel to argue against the department’s request.

If the Flynn case is not dead, it is on life support.  For one, I don’t expect Judge Sullivan to set any land speed record to gavel this case close. I do expect the good judge to explore every legal, quasi legal or otherwise action to keep the Flynn case alive.

What do expect that Jerry Nadler will throw yet another hissy fit and announce congressional hears.  Will Fat Jerry put the General’s case ahead or behind his Barr hearing?

Eric Florack on June 24th, 2020

We all know that people get arrested for false alarms. Like, for example, Bubba Wallace:

“Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism,” he said in a statement

The FBI gets called in, and they conclude that it’s a door pull, not a news,…. Errr… Sorry, noose, and it’s been there for years.

On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway,” the joint statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr. “After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.

The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.

The decision not to pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws. We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation.

So, for the sake of argument, let’s be kind, well past the point of being absurd about it, and say Bubba jumped to the wrong conclusion and break it down.

If you’re taught from an early age, that every problem a black person has is easily attributed to racism, (which, if we read the reports of the interactions with his mother on the matter to be anything like accurate, appears to be the case) then, just like the person with a hammer thinks every problem is a nail, we have a plausible explanation for the whole deal.

If we make that unwarranted assumption, that raises an important question:

Who else has wrongly concluded they’ve suffered from racism?

And that in turn raises serious questions about what we’ve been seeing the last few weeks in cities around the country.

But there’s a problem with that assumption. Are we really supposed to believe that a race car driver hasn’t seen a garage door pull down rope before?

Now go up and read that statement from Wallace again. Notice how easily the cookie cutter, formulaic language of the race baiter falls from his lips. And, notice the slap at Trump, without any evidence whatsoever to back it up.

No, I’m not buying it.

This was a planned event, a political attack, based on lies, like so many before it. From this, I am left several questions…

#Why have we not seen a picture of the “noose” that supposedly started this?

# Is there anything the left will jump on board with that isn’t based on lies?

# Is there any wonder why the constant cry of “racist” isn’t being taken seriously any more?

# When will we being to realize that such lies are hurting and not helping race relations?

And

# When will the leftist press approach Jussie Smolette for his comments on the matter?

**Update

As of the time this post went live, I had managed to confirm the quote on the graphic with only one of two sources I trust. I have yet to confirm with the second.

Meanwhile, Wallace is doubling down, saying “it was a noose” regardless of what the FBI report has to say on the matter.

Of of course, right on schedule e shows up on The view and says, among other things:

“I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity.” – -Bubba Wallace

Ummm…No, they’re not trying to test you. That test has already been done. You failed, miserably, and people are rightfully calling you out on it. That’s why you’re mad.

Eric Florack on June 23rd, 2020

….it still comes down to the idea that you don’t eliminate a virus from the threat list by avoiding it. You do that by building up a herd immunity, by simple exposure to it. There is no point in world history where we have managed to duck a virus by quarantining and masking the healthy.

As for being a more interconnected world, I can’t argue that. And yet, who is it has been pushing for ever greater population density in the cities so as to “Save the planet”?
Who is it that’s been pushing us into smaller and smaller apartments all with the same h v a c? Who was it that’s been pushing us out of single-family suburban homes? Who is it that’s been pushing us into mass transit? And finally, who is it that’s been pushing the idea of government-run healthcare where all of these things come to a head?

As a parting shot, I’ve noticed that there aren’t very many people that are championing open borders, anymore.

Eric Florack on June 20th, 2020

I have praised John Bolton for his actions and for his insights in the past, but apparently there are sides to this man we didn’t know about, Petty, vindictive, and self-contradicting.

Of course, you can add self- promoting to that list. Not that of itself I mind self- promotion. That’s how you get ahead in the political world to a great degree but not to the expense of everything you have stood for until now, as Bolton has done.

At at one point, Bolton was smart enough to label the impeachment witch -hunt as such, but now has changed his mind. This one, unfortunately, doesn’t work as well.

The reason he’s changed his mind of course, is because he got himself fired.

Now, he’s trying to sell books because he knows it’s the only way he’s going to get anywhere in the future. He knows very well that there’s no Republican Administration in the future that will hire him, and of course the Democrats aren’t going to touch him, either.

The only possibility that he’s got these days is as a CNN analyst which I expect to be happening before the end of the year.

That’s the best scenario possible the more likely scenario is that he’s going to end up in The slammer for the remainder of his mustache.

Kel McClanahan over at The Daily Beast:

John Bolton, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, wanted to write a book. He knew that the White House would do everything it could to stop him. He hired a flashy white-shoe law firm to handle the prepublication review process required by the nondisclosure agreement he signed when he got his security clearance. As expected, the White House weaponized the prepublication review process against him to keep him from publishing. If he published without approval, it said, he could face severe legal consequences.

Then his lawyer, Chuck Cooper, wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week intended to put public pressure on the White House. In it, Cooper volunteered that Bolton had violated both his NDA and perhaps a few criminal laws, including the Espionage Act. Now, even if Bolton’s book is never released, he is facing stiff penalties. As unforced legal errors go, that’s a doozy.

An even worse scenario is that Bolton was responsible for a good deal of the leakage to the press out of the White House. I’ve seen assertion this from various sources that Bolton was in the center ring of that particular circus for years now. I dismissed such speculation in the past, but it’s a little harder to now, given what I see happening here.

Eric Florack on June 20th, 2020

2 minutes worth of the straight-up truth.

Listen closely to this one… It’s critical you understand.

Eric Florack on June 19th, 2020

I’ve been saying it for many years, that 99% of what gets written off as racial issues are actually cultural issues… And I point to Walter Williams, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Candice Owens, David Webb, and literally millions of other people of color who have rejected the so-called Black Street culture and are there by wildly successful.