Consider This

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What do you do when you realize you’ve sailed into a swamp? You reverse course and hope that wind and tide are in your favor. Ships resemble nations in a metaphorical sense. The problem with California (as illustrated by VDH below) is that while it has everything in its favor- Pacific Rim, ports, tech, climate, a good workforce- it’s placed its future in the hands of corrupt freaks, misfits, and idiots.

I fled California for the White Wolf Mine in Arizona a little over a year before the Covid plague drove the world to insanity over a moderately bad flu year. I don’t know if I could have handled the collective public madness. Another few months and the lemmings would have been running into the sea.

 

From VDH

“California has become a test case of the suicide of the West.

Never before has such a state, so rich in natural resources and endowed with such a bountiful human inheritance, self-destructed so rapidly.

How and why did California so utterly consume its unmatched natural and ancestral inheritance and end up as a warning to Western civilization of what might be in store for anyone who followed its nihilism?

The symptoms of the state’s suicide are indisputable. Governor Gavin Newsom enjoyed a recent $98 billion budget surplus—gifted from multibillion-dollar federal COVID-19 subsidies, the nation’s highest income and gas taxes, and among the country’s steepest sales and property taxes. Yet he turned it into a growing $45 billion budget deficit in a year.

At a time of an over-regulated, overtaxed, and sputtering economy, Newsom spent lavishly on new entitlements, illegal immigrants, and untried and inefficient green projects.

Newsom was endowed with two of the wettest years in recent California history. Yet he and radical environmentalists squandered the water bounty—as snowmelts and runoff long designated for agricultural irrigation were drained from aqueducts and reservoirs to flow out to sea. Newsom transferred millions of dollars designated by a voter referendum to build dams and aqueducts for water storage and instead blew up four historic dams on the Klamath River. These now-destroyed scenic lakes provided clean, green hydroelectric power, irrigation storage, flood control, and recreation for decades.

California hosts one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Over a fifth of the population lives below the property line. Nearly half the nation’s homeless sleep on the streets of its major cities.

The state’s downtowns are dirty, dangerous, and increasingly abandoned by businesses—most recently Google—that cannot rely on a defunded and shackled police.

Newsom’s California has spent billions on homeless relief and subsidizing millions of new illegal migrant arrivals across the state’s porous southern border. The result was predictably even more homeless and more illegal immigrants. All front-loaded onto the state’s already overtaxed and broken healthcare, housing, and welfare entitlements.

Newsome raised the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $22 an hour. The result was wage inflation rippling out to all service areas, unaffordable food for the poor, and massive shutdowns and bankruptcies of fast food outlets.

Twenty-seven percent of Californians were born outside of the United States. It is a minority-majority state. Yet California has long dropped unifying civic education while the bankrupt state funds exploratory commissions to consider divisive racial reparations.

California’s universities are hotbeds of ethnic, religious, and racial chauvinism and infighting. State officials, however, did little as its campuses were plagued for months by rampant and violent anti-Semitism.

Almost nightly, the nation watches mass smash-and-grab attacks on California retail stores. Carjackers and thieves own the night. They are rarely caught, even more rarely arrested—and rarely convicted. Currently, Newsom is fighting in the courts to stop the people’s constitutional right to place on the ballot initiatives to restore penalties for violent crime and theft.

Gas prices are among the highest in the continental United States, given green mandate formulas and the nation’s highest—and still rising—gasoline taxes. They are scheduled to go well over $6 a gallon. Yet its ossified roads and highways are among the nation’s most dangerous, as vast sums of transportation funding were siphoned to the multibillion-dollar high-speed rail boondoggle. The state imports almost all the costly vitals of modern life, mostly because it prohibits using California’s vast petroleum, natural gas, timber, and mineral resources.

As California implodes, its embarrassed government turns to the irrelevant, if not ludicrous. It now outlaws natural gas stoves in new homes. It is adding new income-based surcharges for those who dutifully pay their power bills to help subsidize the 2.5 million Californians who default on their energy bills with impunity.

What happened to the once beautiful California paradise? Millions of productive but frustrated, overtaxed, and underserved middle-class residents have fled to low-crime, low-tax, and well-served red states in disgust. In turn, millions of illegal migrants have swarmed the state, given its sanctuary-city policies, refusal to enforce the law, and generous entitlements.

Meanwhile, a tiny coastal elite, empowered by $9 trillion in Silicon Valley market capitalization, fiddled while their state burned. California became a medieval society of plutocratic barons, subsidized peasants, and a shrinking and fleeing middle class. It is now home to rich estates, subsidized apartments, and unaffordable middle-class houses.

California suffers from poorly ranked public schools—but brags about its prestigious private academies.

Its highways are lethal—but it hosts the most private jets in the nation. The fantasies of a protected enclave of Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, and the masters of the Silicon Valley universe have become the abject nightmares of everyone else.

In sum, a privileged Bay Area elite inherited a California paradise and turned it into purgatory.”

Incompetence, ideological blindness, and pandering, rampant spending without accountability(for example, where did that $20 billion of state funds to fight homelessness go, and there appears to be no fiscal accounting for it, nor tracking of the success of any of its projects), incredible lack of punishments imposed for any crime below murder that encourages and permits recidivism on an epic scale, the proliferation of state committees and commissions which guarantee six-figure incomes to the out-of-office Democratic Party faithful, all enabled by a majority of the electorate that either benefit from the largesse of the state or fails to pay attention to what is happening on California’s streets or in its institutions. This state is in the process of committing suicide or being consumed by a cancer of its own making. Unlike the federal government, the state cannot print money, and high levels of deficit spending cannot be maintained.

 

Truth Then and Now

 

A Visit to Davis-Monthan AFB

F-117 Stealth Fighter. Boneyard, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ.

My grandsons had never been that close to a stealth aircraft before.

 

Bullet Points:

** Do you recall the mash? It may have been before your time.

** When you’re 13 beers ahead of your buddies and trying to explain life’s meaning, you sound like Pedo Joe Biden.

** Mad Max on the way to Thunderdome – life imitates art. Videos of the vaunted Russian turtle tank are presented (h/t Claudio). This is what happens when you provide unlimited vodka to your weld-er-up team and turn them loose.

** A liberal at a baseball game.

** Kamala explains it to you. (Elsa)

** When I tried to comment over at https://bustednuckles.com/ yesterday, the cell tower that links me with the Internet was struck by lightning. What am I to make of that CederQ?

** Cracker Barrel rebranding is underway. Will the same thing happen to Waffel House?

** More boating adventures with EdB.

 

Identify the Aircraft

1

A graphic and a photo to aid your identification

2

 

Identify the Armor

3

It was manufactured between 1941 and 1942, with nearly 800 units produced before production ceased.

4

It was later evaluated for use as a tank destroyer on the Eastern Front following France’s defeat in 1940.

5

Like every other country, the Germans started the war with towed artillery pieces,

and the need for self-propelled pieces was realized later.

6

By the end of October 1942, the first dozen units were delivered and assigned to

Sturmgeschütz-Abteilungen 177 and 244, fighting in Stalingrad.

7

This AFV/AAA carries the largest Gatling gun ever made – a 37 mm, six-barrel rotary cannon that can

fire 3,000 rounds per minute. Each round is almost half a meter long, tipped with a projectile that weighs twice as much

as the A-10’s 30 mm rounds.

 

Identify the Film

1973

Q – [Kananga has just died from the gas pellet shoved into his mouth] Where’s Kananga?

A – He always had an inflated opinion of himself.

Note: Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg (Jane Seymour),

now 73, she was one of the hottest actresses ever to grace the silver screen when in her prime.

 

Parting Shot

That’s the last anyone saw of Pedo Joe’s Uncle Bosey…

 

65 thoughts on “Consider This

  1. Identify the Aircraft:
    1. Kalinin K-12
    2. Mitsubishi A6M Zero
    Identify the Armor:
    3. Carro Comando M14/41
    4. 10.5 cm K gepanzerte Selbstfahrlafette
    5. Hummel
    6. Sturm-Infanteriegeschütz 33B
    7. T249 Vigilante

    1. The Kalinin showed promise but was killed because of the political unreliability (as determined by Stalin) of the designer.

      1. I have always wished that I could find better pictures of the K-12, and that crazy paintjob.
        *
        – Kle.

    2. Isn’t #1 a prop from the Toho Studios film script “Godzilla vs Mecha-Mothra”?

      “It is a good concept, Sekizawa-san. But perhaps Mothra should not be the mecha creature? I see that it is 6pm. Perhaps we could discuss this further at our favorite izakaya?”

  2. As I think I mentioned once before if you ever end up in remote Australia there is a Mad Max museum outside Broken Hill ( mining town on edge of desert) where they filmed a fair bit of the second and third movie.

    Friday evening here just took my wife to dinner. Have to do some reloading in the morning for new rifle so I can get to the range.

    Have a good weekend.

  3. First thought on the opening picture: “Too far gone?”
    *
    Ms. Seymour…always had a certain elegance about her…like just having tea and crumpets would be an enjoyable event.
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    VDH is, as always, decisively spot on…yet those wrecking the place have deluded themselves into believing they have done great things (as only a narcissist can) because they know the truth of the matter so must continue in the self lie otherwise the gig is up.
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    Last night. Oy! This is what Dem run city/urban people happily elect as President while the remaining 85% of the nations counties stand back wondering what it is they drank to become so stupid and blind. Cheering crowd when Biden stepped out, that is after being helped off stage by Criminal Jill, who should be in jail for elder abuse.

  4. California would recover quickly once Trump removes 10,000,000 illegals living there. Provided the state eliminated all the dogooder jobs. But then the elitists would have to put up with regular Americans once more.

    1. The Federal government needs to be culled severely. California has a heavily bloated bureaucracy that needs to be reimagined. Maybe Musk could do it?

  5. I like the cartoon but like all simplifications it gives the impression that if you take out the prime marionettist, the whole Geschichte will just come tumbling dwon:
    I don’t think anything could be further from the truth; where are Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates, et al?

  6. ‘the cell tower that links me with the Internet was struck by lightning.’ Divine intervention? Perhaps know it might have been hateful and un-inclusive? I welcome your comments, brings a certain class that is otherwise sorely lacking in our grungy, little blog. (Drops to a conspiratorial whisper) I think Mike_C had something to do with it. He has been leaving strange anti-Sinosemitic rants over there lately.

    1. Don’t think you’re special. I drop the anti-Sinotisms everywhere. (Goddamn Chinese. Less than 15% of the population of Thailand, but occupy their equivalents of State and Treasury as if they own the offices, openly sneer at the host population as if they’re not only retards but morally inadequate retards, and generally act like they own the place. What’s not to like? Those Chinese scamps!)

      If you’re suggesting I can call down the lightning … well, I’m in Cho’s camp: the most I can get with one call is a pizza.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z1558SwStuY&pp=ygUTTWVudGFsaXN0IGNobyBwaXp6YQ%3D%3D

    1. I don’t how doing the African Queen would help, but if she’s pretty, intelligent, and funny, I’m up to the job.

      1. I’m thinking that famous lesbian, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre… Not pretty, intelligent or funny but you could invert her and use her as a dust mop. So there is some value.

  7. The UK reports on the fall-out of the debate: (Daily Mail – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13581101/White-House-aides-group-chats-distraught-messages-debate-Abysmal.html)
    *
    There was chaos inside the White House on Friday as Democrat party operatives, long-time aides, and party donors came to terms with their candidate and boss spectacularly flopping in his disastrous debate with Donald Trump. A sense of foreboding set in among some Biden acolytes as they absorbed his car crash performance that has veterans of the Obama and Bill Clinton campaigns openly mulling whether he should be replaced.
    *
    ‘Right now the people are all talking to each other,’ Bill Clinton guru James Carville told DailyMail.com. ‘Trust me it’s way more than the consultant class. And particularly the donor class,’ he said. The mood inside the White House is ‘not good,’ CNN reported, as shell-shocked aides traded glum observations on group chats. Aides called the performance ‘abysmal’ and ‘ugly.’ Many were so deflated they opted to work from home. ‘We’re just commiserating and we didn’t’ want to do that at a desk,’ said one.
    *
    If not Joe, they always have the Ho who can cackle her way through the next debate with President Trump.

    1. They act like this is a surprise…come to think of it, with that tone deaf crowd it likely is. Amazing how some can be be so unaware.

      1. It’s Friday. Wake me up on Monday when the news cycle starts all over again and then we’ll see what The Swamp really thinks. They might see things differently after they have a weekend to get direction from THEIR handlers.
        .
        Bongino played a clip of Doctress Jilly speaking at a campaign rally in North Carolina today. She ain’t giving up so easy. It’s gonna take a whole team of Clydesdales to drag her husband out of the White House if she has anything to say about it.

        1. Somebody in the Party might Arkancide him this weekend to push Pedo Joe out of the running, opening up the field for the Ho, Big Mike Obama and others to make a run for the White House.

          1. Not a mysterious Arkancide. Why waste the opportunity? It’ll be a white guy with an AR platform rifle. He’ll be found to have racist and anti-Semitic literature on his computer. There might be a manifesto also.

            But details remain to be finalized. Should the gun be unlicensed? That’s low hanging fruit for more background checks. Or should it be “legal” so they can aim for an outright ban? Decisions. Should the murderer be a crazed lone wolf (you’ll pardon the expression) or should he be part of a group? If the latter, should they be neo-NAZIs? Or can they raise the (fake and ghey) specter of scary militias again? No! Here’s one that’ll fake us out. It’ll be a Hamas supporter. A redneck, alcoholic Hamas supporter, but a pro-Hamas guy. Or they’ll find the guy dead of a self inflicted rifle GSW to the back of his own head, wearing a “Rootin’ for Putin” t-shirt. So many enemies of globohomo need smearing, so few high profile sanctions. Sigh.

          2. They may have a Lee Harvey waiting in the wings for his big chance. They’d need a re-boot of Jack Ruby to assassinate him as soon as he’s taken into custody — or maybe they’d just have him hang himself in his cell with the doors open, CCTV off and the guards on a four hour break? It’s not as if it hasn’t been done before.

      2. Back when the HillBillies(spelling may vary by region) were in the White House: wife’s family get together during a holiday included a family member who was a big behind-the-scenes member of the Dem party. After listening to him talk for a while it became obvious that he actually believed his own sides propaganda, even though he had a role in creating it.

        1. Every good con man believes his lies and his con. It makes selling the snake oil that cures ingrown nails, insomnia, male pattern baldness, etc. possible.

          1. At least in the olden days you could hide in the barn until the Snake-oil salesman left thinking no one was home…today, they are inside your home screaming at you to believe the latest scam.
            -Bash: “What would you do to stop the threat of climate change.”
            -Me (if I were standing there): “Well, since I’m not God, and He apparently doesn’t think things are out of whack enough to get directly involved in re-calibrating Mother Nature as those with your mentality believe is necessary and can be done from our ant-sized cheap seats, then I’ll look out the window and dress accordingly. Otherwise…to directly answer your stupid question…Nothing..because only a moron would think man has that level of power and control over Gaia.” [fast break to commercial]

          2. If it was ONLY them screaming at you from the TV or YouTube or the editorial page of The New York Times. But no, they’re in our schools from pre-K to beyond even a doctoral degree. They control at least 50% of our courts. They control a shocking portion of our economy. And they hold most of the infotainment complex. So it’s not going to be enough to stand quietly in the face of their lies. Your active participation will be mandatory. “Denial” of any kind will be punished. Socially, already. Economically, very soon. The more “digital” our transactions get, the easier it will be for them to implement. But to go further, I expect that “denial” and “revisionism” will become criminal violations. Climate change denier? Vaccine denier? Be very afraid.

          3. Nobody dares tell the emperor that he has no clothes! It’s like calling the permanent Washington Administrative State “the Swamp.” It’s like declaring that Hitler’s mustache is a fake. Severe penalties ensue.

          4. “The sky is not blue, it’s green” — my new Lefty lie. (See how easy that was, no wonder they do it.) Thing is, you’d better buy into it or else Mike_C will cast very creative invective’s upon your green sky denier soul. Repent! I say!

  8. Russian turtle tank
    Akin to Vietnam gun trucks without any craftsmanship pride.
    The Surgeon General, rather than declaring gun violence as a health issue, should declare Californication as a national plague.

  9. What an excellent post. Good work. And I especially enjoyed this:

    “it’s placed its future in the hands of corrupt freaks, misfits, and idiots.”

    Behold your rulers.

    1. Your President, my president, We The Peoples president, the leader of the free world who has the codes. Find out who is behind all this and you’ll find the agenda…and it isn’t Obama, he’s a little fish.

  10. What most people who are commenting on the debate don’t realize is that that was Biden ON performance-enhancing drugs.

    1. It was on purpose to gove them the excuse, yet Jill is glomming on with claw hooks, she likes her position. That one is the operative.

      1. Earpiece:

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=42maz3xZ6i0

        The witness was NOT making a joke. Rather, the witness is an exemplar of the stereotype that “crazy people pick psychiatry as their specialty.” (And he came off as an arrogant, condescending bastard. A pshrink like that is the kind that makes his patients worse, not better.)

        1. Brother had an impromptu farm table dinner with friends. While at the grill he asked his friend if he watched the debate? (smart guy, successful, nice person…but a “Trump is an evil guy” type). Said he only lasted 10 minutes….but says, “Biden is such an emotional guy that he just gets worked up and…stutters.” Brother was in disbelief, then asks the obvious: “Do you believe Biden has Dementia?” Friend admitted he’s too old but wouldn’t admit Biden is…fried!!. Borthers says, “Yet another…comfortable…white Liberal suburbanite”, and states he is alone on an island within that particular friends group. His tolerance for Bravo Sierra from supposedly smart people is also gone. 64 years on the planet does that to a person, except the lines between the tribes are clearer than ever that I can recall.

          There’s a lot of us out here who are confounded why seemingly smart people can’t see the obvious right in front of them…seems more rampant than ever, with the divide getting worse/wider. Then again I figure I’m in good company, Jesus had the same difficulty (Matt: 10-14 is only one admonition/example), and He was/is God. So I give myself a pass when getting frustrated with these types…already have enough brain damage from dealing with the true closed minds among us who think driving off the cliff is just peachy…because they believe they can fly.

          Sidebar: Did a Costco run yesterday afternoon – of was course hungry from my extensive day travels, which is never smart – but…by happenstance (hah)…I was aimlessly meandering thru the baked goods quadrant. (Danger! alarms were going off…so I did what any red-blooded male would do in that situation, reached over and flipped the shutoff). Yeah…broke down and picked up one of their lemon-blueberry loafs. It’s their fault!…stacks of them were just sitting right there for the “low, low” (yeah, right) Bidenomics price of $8.99 (was $6.99 last year, but that’s another story). Might just eat the entire thing then take a nap. Careful out there fellas, these things are dangerous to the weak-willed (Me!…freely admit it).

          1. Biden is suffering from relatively early-onset dementia, and he behaves and walks as if he were ten years older. I suspect that he may have had multiple mild strokes, and the damage from them is what plays out on the television. I’m not a doctor (just an amateur trail surgeon), but that’s what it looks like to me. They’ve come up with some super sauce to keep him going as well as he is, but that sort of thing always has side effects. Can they keep him juiced until November? Many in the uniparty have doubts, and none want Ho to be their party’s leader. What to do?

    1. I hope that old Pedo Joe never donates blood that ends up at a hospital. Can you imagine the cocktail of experimental performance-enhancing drugs that some schlep would receive?

      1. Imagine what his Soylant Brown would contain. Still amazed the guy didn’t catch fire, or go full Scanners, during the debate he was so amped-up (maybe that’s why he was fiddling with his ear, the juice fried his earpiece and he had to go it alone, open-loop.)

        1. You can start a weak engine by squirting ether into the air intake sometimes.
          … but if you do it 3 times a day for 4 years, the engine’s gonna break down.
          *
          – Kle.

          1. After getting a 20 texts from “the boys” (brothers and cousin) I tuned-in halfway thru…was literally waiting for The Husk (who’s getting Shucked as we speak) to throw a rod at any moment. The fact it didn’t happen means Mengele Fauci must have some seriously good stuff in his little black case he carries around that abates every 24 hours so it doesn’t overload the circuits too badly.

          2. What are they shooting him up with?
            Sorry, but I haven’t a clue. Whatever it is, it can’t be good for you. I mean, if there was a cognitive enhancer that actually worked and had minimal off-target effects, people would be on them widely.

      2. Geez LL. God help US all. I cant help but think of Dr. Theodor Gilbert Morell when you mention the experimental performance enhancing drugs that Pedo receives. Morell’s notes reveal that he put Hitler on a regimen of Vitamultin-a preparation containing glucose, vitamins, and sometimes the methamphetamine Pervitin-and prescribed dietary restrictions, bloodletting, leeching, enemas, and the morphine derivative Eukodal to relieve the GI symptoms. We’ll probably never be privy to Pedo’s current physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor s notes.

        1. I expect that O’Connor doesn’t have much of a future post-White House. A stroke, a hunting accident, a boating accident, or the brakes in his car fail. Maybe a robbery gone wrong. All he can hope is that it’s quick.

  11. Aircraft #2 is not just an A6M Zero, it’s (from our point of view) maybe the most important one in history: the Akutan Zero. Recovered from an Aleutian island and restored to flyable condition, it was tested in flight to find its weaknesses (its strengths of maneuverability, steep climb, and acceleration already known), giving vital knowledge to Navy and Marine flyers in the Solomon Islands campaign. An important “battlefield pick-up”.

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