Some Thoughts For A Monday

I’ve said for years, as the few of you still reading will remember, that any time the media all points at the same thing and shouts, look in the opposite direction. Anyone laboring under the idea that Journolist is dead is not paying attention.

Case in point, Hillary’s seemingly bizarre claim that Tulsi Gabbard is being groomed by the Russians to help rig the election via a third party candidacy. Nuts, right? Or, could it be Hillary killing two birds with one stone?

Hillary has a beef with Tulsi going back to 2016 when Tulsi left her post at the DNC and went to work for Bernie. Worse, she called out Hillary and the DNC for rigging the primaries. Thou shalt do nothing to thwart Hillary or to make her look bad in the press, after all. There is a reason the DNC has tried to thwart her campaign at almost every turn.

While not very well covered in the MSM, who in fact seem determined to cover the story with a pillow until it quits moving, the results of a State Department investigation into what Hillary e-mails remain (and keep in mind a lot of them officially were destroyed by her) were announced. It seems some 38 people, unnamed, were “culpable” in some 91 cases of sending classified info to Hillary’s personal e-mail that was unsecure. The same server that was sending copies of every e-mail to China…

So, you need to draw attention away from a potentially damaging report, and you have a grudge against a primary candidate who could indeed be a threat to whomever is the DNC “Chosen One” both in the primaries and as a potential third party candidate. You also have some additional constraints, including not wanting to do anything that would point towards the Ukraine where most people have missed the fact that a DNC server that was hacked is being held. What to do, what to do?

Hillary is many things, but stupid when it comes to politics is not one of them. She also still has friends and allies in the media; plus, she can trust the media to be itself. So let it rip.

Notice what is in the media? Stories about the “bizarre” allegation by Hillary. Multiple stories from multiple angles. Notice what’s not in the media? Yep.

Whenever the media all points and shouts, look around. There is always something, or even several somethings, they do not want you to see.

Questions To Ponder

There is a lot going on, but rather than add my two cents to all that is out there, I would rather toss out some food for thought.

Posit: The government that governs best, governs least. What, therefore, is the ideal amount and type of government? What is essential to providing the guarantee of contracts (which is a/the core function of government) between individuals?

Posit: Key to the Libertarian view is the idea that the ultimate property right is control of one’s own body and life. Two questions for the day. What are the reasonable limits, if any, on this right in regards governance and society? What limits, if any, are there on defense of that life and those rights if threatened physically or politically?

Your thoughts?

The Whistleblower Revealed?

Hmmmmmm

I’m thinking about making Wednesday a day for humor (Hump Day Humor?). Given all that is going on, think we could all use a good laugh midweek.

That said, I’m combining both humor and some interesting food for thought with today’s post. Juliet Akinyi Ochieng, better known to us old farts as Baldilocks, posts an amusing yet interesting idea over at DaTechGuy blog.

Enjoy your Wednesday, find something to smile at if not laugh with (if you want to laugh at, Congress usually provides plenty of targets), and be safe.

No Surprise

I’m just surprised that anyone in DC is surprised. The other day, I pointed out evidence that Congresscritter Schitt had seen the so-called whistleblower complaint ahead of time. Yesterday, evidence came out that he had indeed done so, nor did he deny it. My questions as to how much one or more members of the committee were involved in drafting a very unusual (as in unusually well done) complaint using the just implemented hearsay complaint form. It is clear there was a LOT of help with it, which raises quite a few questions.

Curiouser, Curiouser, And A Very Bad Idea

Back before Trump was even sworn in, Congresscritter Chuckles Schumer made a comment about the intelligence services having multiple ways to get back at Trump for saying bad things about them. Warning or threat, take your pick. Curious.

Jump forward to December of 2018 and Nancy Pelosi quietly changing the rules of the House to exclude Republicans (and others) from participating in the impeachment process. She stood tradition and accepted practices of 200 plus years on their ear. Curiouser.

In August of this year, the intelligence community suddenly revised the form used to document “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” aka the whistleblower form. Minor change? Not hardly. The form was redone to allow submission of hearsay concerns — i.e. the complainant did not have to have first hand knowledge of the alleged problem. Curiouser indeed.

Also in August of this year, it appears that Congresscritter Schitt was given the whistleblower complaint. Or, might he have had it earlier? There is strong evidence that this was not a typical complaint and that whoever filed it had a lot of help. Was that help from a member or members of the committee and/or lawyers associated with them? And yet curiouser again.

Conspiracy or not, what has happened has set a very dangerous precedent. I agree with Mr. Wright on his thoughts, and will add my own.

First, no President from any party can now trust the intelligence community on any level. There were already issues of leaks of Presidential communications, hence the move to a government secure server (as opposed to an unsecure server in a bathroom). The will have to assume from the start an adversarial relationship and consider that any one person in the community can and will act against them.

Second, they will no longer have faith in the intel or the intel analysis provided. As the intelligence community has moved into policy over the last few years, anyone with a brain will have to presume that the intel and analysis is corrupt on some level.

It’s actually not the first time for that, as Reagan came into office having doubts about the analysis (if not the intel) of the Soviet Union from various parts of the intelligence community. In my own biased opinion, he was quite right to do so. His solution was an extensive “kitchen cabinet” that provided input on everything from the Soviet Union to science. Trust but verify was not just for the Soviets.

Finally, no matter what else comes out of this, it will be seen by the public as one more institution that is corrupt. The loss of faith in institutions harms society and the Republic. Given current rhetoric and violence, the loss of faith in the rule of law may well be a crippling blow — particularly when it comes on top of the loss of faith in the FBI and the DOJ.

All we can do now is hang on. If it turns out that this was indeed orchestrated, the results will be to no one’s liking. Even if not as orchestrated as it appears at first glance, the damage to the credibility of the government and the electoral process will still be profound.

There is no way for Pelosi et al to back down now. Well, they could, but they will not. They are throwing the dice on a longshot, and no matter what, it is the Citizens of the United States and the Republic itself that will pay the price.

Twice As Hard Is Not Enough

This is not the type of post I would normally write and post on a Sunday. Sunday is supposed to be my day of rest, a day to think, contemplate, and enjoy.

However, some things can’t wait and for me this is one of them. If you’ve been under a rock, a young man in Iowa made a joke by asking for money to buy beer. He got it.

Being an amazing young man, an example of good (which progressives seem to loathe on sight) that is refreshing and amazing to see, he decided to give the money to a local children’s hospital. Upon making that decision, he got serious about fundraising and got companies, including the beer company named in his joke, involved. Currently, more than one million dollars has been raised for that local children’s hospital.

Of course, this meant he needed to be cancelled and the Des Moines Register was up for the hatchet job. The reporter assigned to the hit dug down to find some posts, put up when the young man was sixteen, quoting a comedian (Tosh something) in not nice ways. Yeah, they were bad but we are talking about a teenage boy (girls aren’t much better), humor, and judgement.

Anheuser-Busch dropped him and his effort like a hot potato. Doing good for kids with cancer? Fuck them seems to be the attitude of the Des Moines Regiser, AB, and others. It’s past time that the cowardice, envy, and general destructiveness of the cancel culture be dealt with. You don’t destroy a cancer like that by punching back twice as hard.

You do it by bringing the pain and making it rain. Until those doing this experience the pain and suffering themselves, it is not going to stop. So, let it rain.

People need to go through the social media history of every employee at the Des Moines Register (and any other organization that doxxes and cancels) and shine a light on them. That is especially true for every reporter, editor, and even the publisher, but do it to all. Make them live up to their rules.

Others need to step up and cancel any advertising they do with the paper. Everyone else needs to encourage those businesses they frequent to stop advertising there. Look into the business dealings of the publisher and others: after all, if due diligence is the excuse being given for the dig, it should apply to their own efforts, no?

No, it’s not nice, it’s not polite, and it’s not a cultured response. It is, however, an effective response. Appeasement has been tried many times in history and it never works. If libertarians, conservatives, and others continue to cede this ground to progressives, it will never stop.

The reporter who did the story has been tossed under the bus (and is already whining about being the “real” victim in all of this). The leadership of the paper has posted a couple of arrogant non-apologies. It’s not enough.

If you want it to stop, it is not even a good start. Bring the pain, let it rain, and let it soak every person that works there.

There are none of us alive who have not said or done stupid or even bad things in our lives. We have all made bad jokes, held flawed positions, and said or done things that our current selves would not do. It’s called growing up. I’m very glad social media was not around when I was growing up.

This needs to end. You can’t make it end by being nice, turning the other cheek, or even by giving them lube as you bend over. Punching back twice as hard, as Obama said to, is for wimps. You punch back as hard as you can, as often as you can, until the other party gets the message. Only then will the cancel culture end.

Epstein and Company

Yes, know there has been a serious lack of free ice cream. Lots going on in life and in the world. The arrest of Epstein is interesting, and there will be some more serious posts soon dealing with some topics that branch out from it. For now, two quick points.

First, I would ask you to avoid using the term pedophile for him. Pedophiles are attracted to pre-pubescent children, and tend not to be gender specific (they will molest, rape, and abuse either gender). Technically, someone who goes after those who are pubescent to post-pubescent are Ephebophiles. They tend to focus on one gender. Yes, this distinction matters, both for the victims and for some of the larger implications.

Second, I was struck many years ago by a description from one of his victims that when she was used by one of his guests on a flight, that he would quiz her not only on what was done sexually, but what was discussed, the questions he asked, and apparently the answers to some questions that he had her ask everyone. In short, he debriefed her. He was gathering intelligence, and that implies that he has intelligence files on not just public movers and shakers, but on those not in the public eye who have considerable influence shall we say. You didn’t get invited on a flight or to one of his properties off the street — such was offered to those who counted. Which makes me wonder what, besides alleged child porn, was found on his computers and servers… This is potentially huge if nothing happens to derail the process.

Think about that a bit, and about the pressure that has been, and likely is being, brought to bear to get him free and to keep the information he has on very important people safe. Some in the media are saying there’s too much light now, too many people looking, for anything to keep this from going forward and the information coming out. Bull. Desperate people can and will do desperate things, and trust me there are more than a few powerful people out there desperate to shut this down. I hope that it all does come out, but will believe it when I see it. Meantime, the best and safest thing for him is to remain in custody and under guard. He should probably still hire a food taster and run a geiger counter over his salt shaker, just to be safe…