Today (Thursday) is SCOTUS Day

Two significant Supreme Court decisions are pending regarding Roe v Wade and NY City firearm laws. Imagine SCOTUS declaring the obvious: Abortion isn’t in the Constitution, and the 2nd Amendment is. Thus, not being a constitutional issue, abortion is a matter that is given to each state to decide what to do.  Firearm ownership being a Constitutional issue means that it may not be infringed upon by states or cities. Grab that popcorn!

 

Inflation & Recession & Depression

The Federal Reserve wants to curb inflation while at the same time the Federal government is unwilling to reduce spending. Inflation is reduced by cutting the amount of broad money in the economy, and if government spending remains the same, the efforts to reduce inflation will only come from obliterating the private sector through a higher cost of debt and a collapse in consumption.

You know that the economy is in trouble when the fiscal deficit is only reduced to $360 billion in the first seven months of the fiscal year 2022 despite record receipts and the tailwind of a strong recovery in GDP. Now, with GDP growth likely to be flat in the first six months but mandatory and discretionary spending still virtually intact, government consumption of monetary reserves is likely to keep core inflation elevated even if oil and gas prices moderate. And that is a very big IF.

Markets have lost more than $7 trillion in capitalization in the year (2022) so far with a very modest move from the Federal Reserve. The impact of these losses is not evident yet in financial institutions, but the write-downs are likely to be significant as we move into the second half of 2022, leading to a credit crunch exacerbated by rate hikes.

Stimulus plans of 2020 created the worst outcome: stubbornly high core inflation with weakening economic growth. Supply shocks are addressed with supply-side policies, not with demand ones. Now it is too late. Fed Chair Powell will have to choose between the risk of a global financial meltdown or prolonged inflation.

 

What is Best in Life?

“To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women.”

 

You understand why their men drink…

Those faces would make a train take a dirt road.

 

The Disney Adventure

(more here) Get woke, go broke. Disney stock is in freefall and it is amusing to me. The current Buzz Lightyear with his inner-city sidekick and the lesbian kiss scene is floundering with a loud belly-flop. It’s not just that – it’s the whole franchise.

Disney has done what it could to drive away its audience in order to embrace a political message that the majority of America isn’t buying. They will have to rely on the 81 million Biden voters to save them…

Supposedly Lucas is talking to lawyers and in talks to buy back Lucas Films.

 

Cartoon of the Day

“How many times… have you encountered the saying, ‘When the student is ready, the Master speaks?’ Do you know why that is true? The door opens inward. The Master is everywhere, but the student has to open his mind to hear the Masters Voice.”  ― Robert Anton Wilson

 

German sentry stands next to the turret of a French APX-R turret armed with the short-barrelled 37mm SA18 gun, repurposed as a fortification on the Atlantic Wall, France, May 1943

I’d rather not be stuck in the turret when the Allied ships appear on the horizon. Though equally risky, I’d rather be the American soldier with the flame thrower strapped to his back, squirting flaming napalm on the turret.

 

West Point

It came out in February that since taking office, the Biden regime forced the military to spend nearly six million man-hours on wokeness/diversity training.

(Fox News) New documents exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital reveal that the U.S. Army is teaching West Point cadets critical race theory (CRT), including addressing “whiteness.”

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained the documents from government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had to sue the military twice under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to get the information.

“Our military is under attack – from within,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in the press release. “These documents show racist, anti-American CRT propaganda is being used to try to radicalize our rising generation of Army leadership at West Point.”

62 COMMENTS

  1. Heavens above, never mind their husbands, (whom quite frankly I wouldn’t blame if they never went home again and opted for a long dunk in the river) those women look like they could do with a good bottle of the hard stuff to loosen them up a bit. Scary. Mind you, one of them on a bender might be even scarier.

      • Ooh, imagine… I feel a psychological thriller coming on.
        To be honest, I’d probably hire one -like the Victorian equivalent of Brienne of Tarth. I mean, you wouldn’t mess with one of those birds would ya!

        • You actually ARE Brienne of Tarth – with the two wolves and all that. At least you are when you visit America and we put some firearms in your hands. I’ve seen it, so has LSP. You can’t deny it here. When you’re making art with 00 Buck shot, it’s different than when you’re in Old Blighty wandering through a town fair.

          • She could be like Alice/Alais, the heroin of “Labyrinth” (Kate Moss), flipping back and forth between two time periods…which I believe Outlander picked up the premise.

          • That’s entirely possible. Jules does love the old west and missed out on that, but she could be caught in some sort of time warp when she flies from Old Blighty to Texas or Colorado.

            I’ve often accused her of being Boudicea reborn. Boudicea, queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe, who led an uprising in Roman Britain is often depicted with wolves at her side.

            For now, the matter is only speculation, but pointed speculation.

          • You go off in your time machine for 5 minutes and come back to see people talking behind your back. Tch! Honestly. 😉 old souls know old souls…

  2. Regarding the economy, Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail by Ray Dalio made interesting but somewhat depressing reading. I don’t agree with all his conclusions as to the direction, but it’s hard to argue against the overall conclusions. Unfortunately.

    Diversity and inclusivity training…grrrr. I had my fill of that. Very 1984, the book not the year. Nothing good I can say about it in a military setting. It’s a career where there’s a huge difference between looking out for your people and the crap rammed into it in the name of woke.

    • 1984 as Orwell wrote, showed the aspirations of our common enemies. ‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever. ‘ The words are spoken by O’Brien, the grand inquisitor of the totalitarian regime. It was aspirational Marxism then when he wrote it and it’s the same today.

      What sort of sick, demented people think that way? Oh, yeah, the people running the show TODAY.

  3. I may have mentioned this before, but I enjoyed Skippy’s version: “And to hear the lame things of their women.”

    • Frank, that made me spew covfefe all over my desk and I laughed so hard, now my sinuses hurt. I’m stealing that one!

      • Skippy is a character in the Monster Hunter International series, written by Larry Correia.
        The story starts with the main character living the American dream – by throwing his boss out the window of a tall building, turning him into sidewalk pizza.

        • I’ve thrown people from a three-story building. Does that count or does it brand me as a pussy for not finding a taller building?

          • Well, if a three story building is all you have, then, no, not a pussy.

            Me with my balance issues and vertigo and other things, I’ll just throw the mook out of a 1 story window 50-60 times to make up not being able to do tall buildings. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!!! 🙂

  4. “Shall not be infringed” does not mean “We can infringe a little, in a bi-partisan manner, with legislation that those in power agree to.”
    There is no authority for a governing body to restrain your rights without due cause, due to malfeasance or criminal activity after a hearing and due process.
    This red flag abomination is headed for SCOTUS.

    • If it’s not in The Constitution, and we are not a criminal, we can and should ignore these undermining laws. Jan 6th people were never charged with a crime yet are being held prisoner. Trespassing is a fine-able offense, not jail. When the lawmakers defy the law for political ends, what are we to do?

  5. Fact Check: “The Biden regime forced the military to spend six million man-hours on wokeness/diversity training”. Get with the program! Those were “Person hours”, not ‘man-hours’. On a related note does the CRT training at West Point address the qualities of the white ‘commander in chief’ currently installed @1600 Pennsylvania Ave?

  6. We had the Supremes rule favorably on the Maine issue of religious freedom and vouchers.
    6 to 3 with Roberts doing the Right thing, amazingly enough.
    We are also waiting for the Coach Joseph Kennedy prayer case.
    Time to pray. Past time.

    • Allegedly, the matters will be ruled upon today. And as you say, there are a lot of other cases. Naturally, the POTUS and whoever is actually running the country will ignore them.

  7. Exploding loony heads today. A proper and correct ruling will send the Marxists over the edge, mostly because their grift is over (hopefully) and they might actually have to READ The Constitution instead of projecting what they want it to say.

    “Handsome woman” as my mother would say when looking at those angry faces, she didn’t mean it in the Victorian sense.

    Related to yesterday’s 2nd post, CTH has a damning report on Blackrock nepotism and Biden The Appointer’s latest move of planting Donilon (a Deep State China insider) onto the US Foreign Policy Board. Rotten scum at every level. I figure Blackrock is at least 1/3rd of what’s running the country…into the ground.

    • It’s out in the open, as both you and I have pointed out a number of times. They don’t even try to hide it. They don’t want to read the Constitution (written by white males), they want to burn it.

      • Bizarre thinking…but 1A affords them that right. The rub is when they force everyone else into their hateful delusion.

        • Yes, and they can hold a constitutional convention to change things as they wish. The problem with that is that with America’s heartland feeling differently than the elite, woke, coastals, the convention could go against them. I think that they know that instinctively, which is why they shy away from it.

  8. “Our military is under attack – from within,”

    I’m pretty sure that “don’t ask don’t tell” for nonLGBQWERTY people is on the horizon.

  9. It might be a big day for the SCOTUS, but I’m betting they punt it down the road a bit.
    I’d announce the decision (whichever way) as I was going out the door for the Summer. Better to be the hell out of dodge.

    I wonder what targets the Nazis envisioned for that turret? Not that I’d want it shooting at me, but the main gun was obsolete in ’39. At least it looks like it has a co-ax MG.

    -Kle.

    • Anti soft-skin vehicle and anti infantry. There was an AP round which would put paid to armored cars or a landing craft or even punch through buildings. Not a bad gun at all, for what it was designed to go against.

      Could probably blow the tracks off of most American or British tanks, too. Mess up their road wheels and definitely remove any ruck hanging off the outside.

      Being a short gun, basically a 37mm howitzer, the bursting charge and fragmentation would be better than similar ammo fired out of a high velocity gun. Can’t find any info on whether it fired cannister or not. (The US M3 37mm gun, found on US light armor during WWII, was able to fire a rather nice cannister round, very useful in the Pacific Theater.)

      • Yes, all very well, but sitting in a pillbox like that with the invasion coming and without the ability to see out very well would need a stout-hearted and dedicated Nazi — OR somebody. outside of the turret with a luger who would shoot you when you emerged, which may have been the plan.

  10. Hahahahaha! The train one is funny.
    Agree with you on the turret thing, too. Talk about claustrophobic.

    You all be safe and God bless.

    • Some states like California and New York endorse the murder of children who have been born if the mother wants it. I don’t know how you parce that against any other sort of murder, but it’s very woke.

  11. Maybe, just maybe, the system created by the Founders will save our asses once again. Thwarted FDR when he had Congress in his pocket.

  12. Roberts is waiting until the last minute to announce the abortion case ruling, good for ratings and pro-court PR. Typical for high drama cases. Me thinks it will be 5-4 against RoevWade and the justices will high-tail out of town afterwards. The left will go completely batshit crazy. Popcorn time. Great posts, LL….as always.

    • I think that 5-4 against is a good call. It’s a Tenth Amendment problem. Let the states struggle with it. The question, “when does life begin” will have a fair hearing. The lingering questions of a mother killing her unborn being cool but a felon murdering the woman and the baby being charged with “double homicide” will be resolved, and so forth. New York and California can develop abortion tourism complete with highrise hotel/clinics/day spas.

  13. Always late to the party with my two bits. Used to be two cents, but inflation….

    “SCOTUS Day”…..Stand by for riots. Oh, wait…it’s a mid-term coming up. They might just hold off on the flying monkeys.

    OTOH, when food and fuel prices hit some critical point, all the po whyte folks may riot. Wonder if the police would be ordered to stand down in that scenario…

    Yes the wailing of their women are songs to be treasured.

    “Make a Train Take a Dirt Road”. HAH! That’s a new one…

    Went to Disneyland a few times. It’s OK, but way too much $$.

    Six Million wasted manhours. Disgusting

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