The poisonous fruits of liberalism and socialism


Liberalism, or progressivism, is a wide one-way road that leads to destruction.  Gas prices are high* because liberals are opposed to every practical source of energy,* including offshore oil drilling* and oil production in Alaska.*  Electricity is expensive because liberals are engaged in a war on coal.*  It's nearly impossible to run a business because of all the red tape generated by the EPA, IRS, ADA, EEOC, NLRB, and of course, Obamacare.  New York City has bedbugs because liberals got DDT banned in the 1970's.*  Unemployment is high because the minimum wage is too high,* and because it's easier just to live on food stamps and "disability" checks.*  Millions of children have never met their fathers, because the welfare state rewards illegitimacy.*  Many others have been abandoned* because of the belief that a baby is just a growth or piece of tissue that's part of a woman's body, which she can dispose of as she pleases.*  Over 54 million people have been killed (so far) because of that kind of thinking.*  That's why the Social Security ponzi scheme is falling apart — there are fewer young workers.*  Drunkenness and gluttony are now considered diseases instead of being evidence of bad decisions, because political correctness* has done away with stigma.*  The public schools are mass-producing dimwits who don't speak intelligible English*, can't write a coherent paragraph, don't know American history, don't know the difference between facts and opinions, can't make change without a cash register, and can't multiply or divide without a calculator.*  They are being taught that styrofoam, oil, guns and Christianity are bad,* but animal rights,* car pooling* and Islam* are good.  (Don't bother to bring your lunch to school.*  You can eat out of Big Brother's hand.*)  Billions of dollars are being wasted on solar panels* and windmills,* because of a baseless fear of "global warming"* — even though global warming stopped, all by itself, before the end of the 20th century.*.  The goal of progressivism is the abandonment and destruction of traditions, rules, standards, conventional wisdom, common sense and common knowledge.
This is a copyrighted original compilation, © 2020 by Andrew K. Dart

One glaring example of the Democrats' impact is the over-abundance of homeless bums in big cities, especially on the west coast.

And you would already know all this, except that the so-called news media are now just producing infomercials for big government.*  America is being destroyed from within (much like Detroit or California) by left-wing tax-and-spend socialist Democrats, and here are the results:






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Our government's executive branch is deliberately destroying liberty.  How are they destroying us?  Let me count the ways.
1.  Electoral Fraud.
    A.  2000 Mules.
    B.  Electoral Insurrection (treason).
2.  Destruction of the Economy
    A.  Funding COVID development ("gain of function") in the Wuhan Lab; deliberate exaggeration of the COVID crisis; and COVID lockdowns.
    B.  Elimination of fossil fuels; creation of energy dependency; intentionally driving up gasoline prices; and pushing for electric cars.
    C.  Deliberately enhancing inflation.
    D.  Inviting unlimited immigration for cheap labor and Democrat voters.
    E.  Climate change hoax.
3.  Destruction of the Family
    A.  Promoting abortion
    B.  Promoting sexual perversion and transgenderism.
    C.  Using public education as a platform for sexual grooming and turning children against their parent's values.
4.  Establishment of Federal Police State
    A.  FBI persecution of Mama Bears as "domestic terrorists."
    B.  Property destruction by government brownshirts.
    C.  COVID lockdown, so the US is becoming "democracy with Chinese characteristics."
    D.  Corrupting the legal system by mob intimidation of the Supreme Court.
    E.  Government censorship of speech; classifying truth as "misinformation".
    F.  Breakdown of law and order.
    G.  Government efforts to disarm the public.
5.  Destruction of the US Military
    A.  Wokism
    B.  Seeking war with Russia and China
    C.  Mandated vaccinations

Imagine the Unimaginable.  Americans are now entering uncharted, revolutionary territory.  They may witness things over the next five months that once would have seemed unimaginable. [...] The traditional bedrocks of the American system — a stable economy, energy independence, vast surpluses of food, hallowed universities, a professional judiciary, law enforcement, and a credible criminal justice system — are dissolving.  Gas and diesel prices are hitting historic levels.  Inflation is at a 40-year high.  New cars and homes are unaffordable.  The necessary remedy of high interest and tight money will be almost as bad as the disease of hyperinflation.  There is no southern border.  Expect over 1 million foreign nationals to swarm this summer into the United States without audit, COVID testing, or vaccination.  None will have any worry of consequences for breaking U.S. immigration law.  Police are underfunded and increasingly defunded.  District attorneys deliberately release violent criminals without charges. [...] Supermarket shelves are thinning, and meats are now beyond the budgets of millions of Americans.  An American president — in a first — casually warns of food shortages.  Baby formula has disappeared from many shelves.

Biden's COVID Testing Fail.  On Monday, January 10, [...] Joe Biden unilaterally declared that everyone will get up to eight free at-home COVID tests per month, to be covered at no additional charge by insurance companies. [...] COVID tests are notoriously unreliable, and in most cases, unnecessary. [...] We are talking about government creating a new mandate that is actually impossible to either deliver or afford. [...] They didn't acknowledge the fact that this quantity of tests is unavailable.  They didn't provide for the cost; they didn't give the providers, public or private, a chance to research this deliverable and negotiate with manufacturers or deliverers first to see what might be achievable.  The Biden-Harris regime simply didn't think it through at all.  And, for the shrinking percentage of our population who care about the law, it's worth noting that, in addition to being impossible, this order is completely unconstitutional.

The Editor says...
Here's the gold nugget in the article above:  "The Biden-Harris regime simply didn't think it through at all."  Exactly! 
  •   That's why they started printing money and handing out "stimulus" payments to everybody. 
  •   That's why they think it's a good idea to defund the police, while letting violent criminals out of jail because they might catch Covid. 
  •   That's why they encourage (or force) businesses to hire marginally-qualified ethnic minorities, just because they're not white,
  •   That's why they think if they eliminate failing grades it will improve the quality of the public schools. 
  •   That's why they killed the Keystone XL pipeline regardless of its effect on gas prices. 
  •   That's why they opened up the Mexican border. 
  •   That's why they pay unmarried women to reproduce. 
  •   That's why they want everybody to drive an electric car — but please don't recharge it, because electricity is already in short supply. 
  •   That's why they thought it would be okay to remove religion from the public schools. 
  •   That's why they see nothing wrong with using a cell phone or a TV set as a babysitter. 
  •   That's why they think we can eliminate hydrocarbons and get by on solar panels and windmills. 
  •   That's why they elect politicians who promise to create "green jobs," even though there are no such jobs. 
  •   That's why mail-in voting is allowed. 
  •   That's why school teachers are unionized. 
  •   That's why they insist on everyone wearing a useless face mask. 
  •   That's why they celebrate men competing in women's sports, and transvestite sex perverts reading books to little kids at the public library. 
Nobody on the left stops to ask, Where is this going to lead?

The Cruel Progressive Creed Undoing Civilization.  Debt is suffocating us.  Our currency is on its way to being Lebanonized.  Most major American cities are broke, dirty, unsafe, and run by either corrupt incumbents, neo-Marxists, or both.  The law is optional, and applied asymmetrically on the basis of race and ideology.  The past is found guilty by the laws of the present and so it is being undone.  The military budget is on a trajectory to be the smallest in terms of GDP allotment since World War II; its careerist officers, for their own short-term interests, are now demonizing and will soon be driving away the very demographic that has suffered percentage-wise the greatest casualties in recent wars and was once unquestionably the foundation of the military.  There is no U.S. border; it is an abstract construct that millions will illegally cross in the next few years, ostensibly because they will become future soldiers in the progressive wars for America to come.  The idea of merit that built America is a dirty word, replaced by medieval tribalism of hiring and promotion by superficial appearance.  In just five months, Joe Biden created a desert and called it progress.

The collective insanity that's rapidly erasing America.  Many of us older than half a century no longer recognize the country we grew up in.  We have a hard time reconciling that past America with what we see happening today.  America, to our view, was predominantly a place of light, freedom, and joy.  Now, as we witness a massing storm of iniquity, we either don't understand what we're seeing or we choke back the language to describe it because the words all sound too harsh or politically incorrect. [...] This plague on our society has pushed us to many forms of mass hysteria:
  •   We shun those who do not comply with outrageous and unconstitutional mandates.
  •   We blindly believe government officials and their allies in the media, though they have proven time and again that they lie and should not be trusted.
  •   We're emptying our jails of violent offenders while imprisoning law-abiding citizens — sometimes for simply exercising their rights.
  •   We're taking political prisoners like any third-world dictatorship.
  •   We allow our cities to be torched and looted with few repercussions.
  •   We're tearing down our history, our culture, and our traditions in the name of progressivism.
  •   We invite seemingly anyone who wants to enter the country illegally to take our jobs, receive public services, and drag down wages.
  •   Our national debt reaches into the stratosphere while politicians go whistling past the graveyard.
  •   We abort the innocent and defenseless while vigorously defending the guiltiest among us.
  •   We scare our children into radicalism with tales of impending doom due to climate changes that are as old as the earth.
  •   We're wrecking entire industries to "protect the earth" while propping up those same endeavors for our enemies.
  •   We deny biological realities and allow men to use women's facilities and participate in women's activities, provided that they "self-identify" as women.
  •   We subject the military to ideological litmus tests.
  •   We fraudulently change election results while casting those who push for transparency as "conspiracy advocates" and add their names to a list of domestic terrorists.
  •   We allow the government to censor those who oppose the lunacy that passes for public policy.
  •   We teach dependency and hatred at many school districts across the country, and within our colleges and universities.
  •   We accuse, disarm, and punish the law-abiding while acquitting the guilty.
This is the short list of our collective insanity.

The Time Has Come for Reasonable Americans to Stand up and Draw a Line in the Sand.  In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has been under nonstop attack by corporate media because he has insisted on following the science and good sense when it comes to keeping his state safe and open for business.  CBS News deceptively edited video of DeSantis answering a question about vaccine rollouts at Publix stores to make it look as if he were dodging a question he answered immediately, clearly, and honestly.  Hollywood productions and Major League Baseball are calling for boycotts of Georgia over their latest voter laws.  Airline companies and Coca-Cola are registering their condemnation.  These entities and the people who run them constantly bemoan the "division" in this country even as they willingly make half of their customer base into automatic enemies with every new statement of protest they register.  They have made what we eat and drink political.  They have made biology political.  They have made flying political.  They have made our national pastime political.

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.  Here are some important things that I didn't know five years ago or now.
  •   There actually is a Deep State, and those who constitute it really do not honor the election results or the will of the people.
  •   There really appear to be lawless elements within the upper echelons of the FBI, CIA, and NSA who are not accountable for their crimes and are thus above the law.
  •   The fourth branch of government, the bureaucracy, really is unaccountable to the "unwashed masses."
  •   Many of our top military command, along with many in the military-industrial complex, don't always hate wars.  There's a lot of money and many promotions to be made during a time of war.  The last four years saw no new wars and even troops coming home.  For some, that is bad for business.
  •   Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm are no longer works of fiction, but prophecies.
  •   George Orwell was righter than Nostradamus.
  •   The news media centers of New York City and Washington, D.C. are not neutral arbitrators of the truth; rather, they uncomfortably resemble TASS and Pravda from the Soviet Union days.
  •   The old robber barons like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan are starting to look a whole lot better compared to the new robber barons like Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Bezos.
  •   The United States Supreme Court would actually refuse to hear a legitimate case because it was frightened of violence.
  •   The left insists on conflating and equating evangelical Christians with White supremacists.  This should terrify the Christian community.
  •   Words such as mom, dad, aunt, uncle, brother, and sister are now not words of love and respect, but considered politically incorrect verbiage in Congress.
  •   Censorship, the cancel culture, and becoming a nonperson come from the left, not the right.
  •   The left, not the right, actually is going to try to deny citizens' rights afforded to all in the Bill of Rights.
  •   Violence from the left is regarded as free speech and noble, while violence from the right is classified as sedition and felonious by powerful institutions.
  •   It really is not Republicans vs. Democrats, but globalists vs. nationalists.
  •   The new McCarthyism, blacklists, history re-writers, and re-education camps are coming from the left, not the right.
  •   Fences and barriers are a good thing for our nation's capital but somehow a bad thing for our nation's borders.
  •   Our Founding Fathers of yesteryear would be called "domestic terrorists" by some today.
  •   Presidential elections really can be stolen by corrupting just a handful of precincts in just a handful of states.
  •   Calling into question the validity of the 2016 presidential election is patriotic, while calling into question the validity of the 2020 presidential election is treasonous.

The Time for Talking with the Left is Long, Long Past.  Conservatives must accept this hard reality and avoid the aforementioned instinctive, very human but in this case deadly habit:  projection. [...] Their no-holds-barred attitude is apparent to all with eyes to see.  They have
  •   continually attacked us traditionalists and fomented unrest at our political events while accusing us of authoring violence;
  •   visited career and reputational destruction upon those who dare speak unfashionable truths while accusing those truth-tellers of intolerance;
  •   used government agencies such as the IRS and FBI to persecute us while accusing us of endangering the republic;
  •   played the identity politics card and demonized whites while accusing conservatives of being divisive, racist and bigoted;
  •   conspired with foreign powers to undermine our nation while accusing us of treasonous behavior;
  •   enabled China, an imperialistic foe and a clear and present danger to our country;
  •   endeavored to steal an election after having wrongly accused conservatives of thus doing in 2016;
  •   abetted an invasion of our nation in order to raise an alien electoral army that can help them seize power;
  •   mismanaged a pandemic and caused death while using it as a pretext for stripping our liberties, "locking down" the country and destroying people's livelihoods;
  •   corrupted our children with perversion and scarred their bodies, minds and souls;
  •   facilitated the murder of the unborn while accusing us of indifference to the vulnerable;
  •   prosecuted conservatives on trumped up charges while shielding their co-ideologists from justice;
  •   called truth "hateful" or "misinformation" and censored it via Big Tech while presenting convenient lies as "fact";
  •   encouraged violent mobs to create mayhem and attempted to strip the imperiled of the capacity for self-defense while sometimes being protected themselves by armed details;
  •   attacked our history and heroes and destroyed our cultural heritage while effecting their own "Year Zero," dystopian transformation;
  •   indoctrinated the young in schools to transform them into foot soldiers in the leftist campaign of civilizational rape;
  •   attacked our nation's foundational faith, Christianity, while spreading corruptive moral relativism and destructive theologies; and
  •   degraded society with perverted science while accusing us of scientific obscurantism.

Revolution 2020.  [Scroll down]  The Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v.  Board of Education, which outlawed state-directed segregation, also gave impetus to all manner of efforts to re-form society by legal-administrative force.  The decision itself eliminated any chance that this could be done in a disinterested manner.  It was not based on the plain, unequivocal meaning of the 14th Amendment's "equal protection of the laws."  Back in 1896, Justice John Marshall Harlan had dissented from Plessy, arguing that any state establishment of racial preference whatever, regardless of its character or intention, violates those words.  But Thurgood Marshall based his decision on "science" — that is, on the variable opinions of the credentialed class.  A sociologist by the name of Kenneth Clark claimed he had proven that Negro children could feel and learn normally only in a racially mixed environment.  (The "black is beautiful" movement began countering this immediately.)  Quickly, "scientific" conventional wisdom made "benign" or "remedial discrimination" by race official U.S. government policy.  The Brown decision's reliance on "science" also confused legally established segregation with the segregation that results from personal choices.  This confusion was the basis for Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in "public accommodations" on the basis of race.  Thenceforth, Civil rights law was no longer about removing legal barriers to personal choices.  It had begun forcing personal choices.  The Supreme Court's approval of the law as a mere regulation of interstate commerce was thin pretense.  The Act turned out to be the little law that ate the Constitution and poisoned American society.  It was passed primarily by Republican votes.  Democrats, seeing the empowerment of a historic Republican constituency in the South as potential disaster, scrambled to avert it by out-pandering Republicans, while describing any reticence on their part as racial animosity and ascribing whatever ailed Negroes to the Republicans' racism.  Quickly, the dynamics of politics turned "civil rights" into a ruinous socioeconomic scam.

America needs a New Declaration of Equal Justice under the Law.  What has been allowed to grow in the American cultural and political petri dish over the last two generations is a mixture whose contagious influence is as harmful as it is riddled with absurdities.  A partial list would include: an unequal two-tiered justice system; open borders; preferential treatment of illegal aliens over American citizens; the dominance of political correctness and its de facto censorship of free expression; fake news; rewriting history; the 1619 project; renaming Columbus Day; the abolition of traditions of every size and shape; destruction of American historical monuments; trampling the American flag and other symbols of democracy; the eradication of family values while celebrating and elevating relationships counterproductive to procreation — an imperative for any civilization that wants to survive; election fraud and dismantlement of the electoral process; an attempted coup that would have nullified the Constitution and the peoples' sovereignty; a baseless and wasteful impeachment; the disgraceful character assassination of nominees to the Supreme Court; the pervasive infiltration of education with academics hostile to America; the adoption safe spaces and the prohibition of trigger words on college campuses; union control and influence on public school educational curricula whose net effect dumbs down students and often paints America as the great villain.

Resisting the Totalitarian Power of Politicization.  [Scroll down]  Consider a schoolteacher who will not bow to the ugly utilitarian aims of the Common Core, but who teaches great poetry for its own sake.  The automatism of her fellow teachers and her superiors will move to crush her.  Consider the secretary who declines to post a rainbow flag on the wall beside her.  The machine lurches into action.  Consider the curator of a small museum, who exhibits paintings he believes are beautiful and powerful, without regard to the sex or the race of the painters.  Juggernaut comes a-rolling.  The system is perpetually hungry.  It must be so because lies evacuate the soul.  The more you feed, the emptier and hungrier you become.  To the totalitarian mind, all things must be politicized; no region of life may remain untouched, unabsorbed, undevoured.  Choirs, knitting groups, groceries, elementary schools, day-care centers, libraries, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, congregations, bowling leagues, fast-food joints, department stores, florist shops, delicatessens, marriages, flirtation, love poetry — all must go down the vast assimilating gullet of Jabba the State, who belches up emptiness and rages for more.

Crash and Bernie.  The Democrat list of incompetence, just in the past 12 years, is a long and distinguished one.
  •   Cash for clunkers
  •   Obamacare
  •   The Obama care website
  •   Obama's EPA turning rivers orange in Colorado
  •   Sanctuary cities
  •   Allowing people to defecate on the street
  •   Allowing people to do drugs on the street
  •   Mismanagement of Forests
  •   Mismanagement of water
  •   Transvestites entertaining children in public libraries
  •   Impeachment without a crime

The Democratic Descent into Madness:  Super Tuesday Edition.  The Democratic Party [...] has pushed some of the worst ideas and most destructive policies ever seen, including its defense of slavery and the Confederacy during the Civil War; the creation of the KKK to harass and kill former slaves; the enactment of an intricate web of laws throughout the South to prevent former slaves and their descendants from exercising their full rights as citizens; calling in armed soldiers to prevent black kids from attending state college; using "progressive" policies to destroy great cities across the country (Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco among them); passing off a serial sexual predator as a champion defender of women; attempting to destroy the U.S. healthcare industry while lying through their teeth about it; nominating Hillary Clinton as its candidate for President; using the power of the federal government to spy on the rival party's presidential candidate; and Chuck Schumer. [...] This is a party that needs to be punished.  And the only way to punish a political party is to take away as much of its power as possible.

Crash and Bernie.  Democrats propose solutions to 'problems that don't or rarely exist' and their results are an embarrassment — many times causing problems that never existed in the first place.  The Democrat list of incompetence — just in the past 12 years — is a long and distinguished one.
  •   Cash for clunkers
  •   Obamacare
  •   The Obama care website
  •   Obama's EPA turning rivers orange in Colorado
  •   Sanctuary cities
  •   Allowing people to defecate on the street
  •   Allowing people to do drugs on the street
  •   Mismanagement of Forests
  •   Mismanagement of water
  •   Transvestites entertaining children in public libraries
  •   Impeachment without a crime [...]

Why Are Liberal Cities Such a Mess?  Many major U.S. cities run by liberal Democrats are in rough shape.  They are afflicted by the problems of homelessness, violent crime, gangs, and unemployment to a far greater degree than the country as a whole.  Liberal cities are governed by the guiding tenets of softness, misplaced "compassion," and individual unaccountability.  Examples include:
  •   Hands-off policing style (NYC has long since abandoned the highly successful stop-and-frisk practices of the Giuliani years that led to low street crime).
  •   Sanctuary cities, which give rise to higher incidents of crime, poverty, unemployment, and the wasting of taxpayer-funded public resources because of the undocumented population's draining effect on the community.
  •   The inexplicable decision of cities like Boston to no longer prosecute crimes such as shoplifting and breaking and entering, leading to urban stores not being able to remain open and be profitable (thus denying the community of a valuable resource).
  •   Widespread locally approved abuse of the SNAP/EBT program, allowing its acceptance for alcohol and other nonessential items.
  •   Explicit sanctioning of sleeping on the street or other common public areas and unrestricted public loitering.
Liberal policies have worked almost perfectly to degrade the quality of inner-city life for their residents to the point of abject unacceptability.

In the age of leftism:
  Canada elects a substitute drama teacher for prime minister.
  Calling someone an "illegal alien" (a legal term), carries a fine of up to $250,000.
  Teachers are required to present LGBT content to junior high school kids.
  Illegal aliens can obtain driver's licenses.
  A sharia law Islamist who married her brother to circumvent American laws is now an American congresswoman.
  A woman who fabricated a lie to gain entry to Harvard is at the top of the Democratic presidential candidacy polls.
  A man who endorsed the American Communist Party is running for president of the United States.
  In a time of surging stocks, record employment, record female work participation, and economic prosperity in the most capitalist country in the world, capitalism is scorned.

Thread Reader:  On Why Things Are So Screwed Up.  The Left (manifested by the Democrat Party) have effectively removed God from the public square and created the modern secular state with the following clichéd characteristics:
    a.  Anything goes.
    b.  Everything is relative.
    c.  Diversity over assimilation.
    d.  Rule of men replaces rule of law.
    e. [Ignore] the Constitution.
The results are the symptoms of a sick society that we observe every single day; here a just a few of them:
  •   Arbitrary law enforcement in service of the political class (hello, Jeffrey Epstein!)
  •   Open borders and the attendant crime and disease (thanks, Democrats!)
  •   Legacy media gone bonkers (anti-Trump #FakeNews 24x7)
  •   A thoroughly corrupted political class (two sides of the same coin)
  •   Hollywood producing filth (what does "R" mean anymore?)
  •   Perversion and immorality condoned (flagrant public LGBTQ demonstrations)
  •   Federal agencies weaponized against political enemies (the IRS, FBI, DoJ, EPA, etc.)
  •   Abrogation of oaths of office (the Obama regime's seditious cabal at DoJ, FBI, State Dept, CIA, etc.)
  •   Hyper-politicized public education (John Dewey's dream brought to life by Common Core)
  •   Hyper-politicized sports (think about soccer and the USWNT!)

Future Belongs to Those Who Oppose Drag Queen Story Hours.  A new kind of debate is now raging inside conservativism.  In times past, we discussed the strategic and tactical options by which we might work toward common goals inside the existing political framework.  Today, the framework itself is in question.  What is being discussed is the classical liberal foundation of the American political system.  Indeed, both left and right have worked inside this framework for much of our nation's history.  Rarely have we faced such a challenge to the way America resolves its problems.  However, liberalism is in crisis.  Our society is in shambles and drifting steadily leftward.  The most outlandish behaviors — political correctness, transgenderism and Satanism — are being mainstreamed.

Fruits yet to be harvested:
Do You Understand that Democrats will Destroy America?  The Green New Deal, renewed regulations, Medicare for All, free college, as well as the 70-90% tax rates proposed by Democrats, will tank the stock market and US economic growth, leading to higher unemployment and reduced wage gains.  All these programs require higher taxes and not just the soak the rich fantasy of the 70-90% rates.  Most of the Democratic candidates have pledged to roll back the 2017 Republican tax cuts that fueled the renewal of economic growth in the US.  Open borders will flood the US with poverty stricken immigrants and their competition for jobs will depress wages.  The social welfare needs of the immigrants will skyrocket government expenditures.  So while taxes receipts are falling due to slower economic growth rates, expenditures will be rising, leading to increased government debt and consequently higher interest rates.  If the Federal Reserve tries to keep interest rates low to prevent a deepening recession, then the increase in the money supply and the expanding deficit will eventually destroy the value of the dollar.

Mayor Pete and the Crackup of Christianity.  Consider what has changed already.  In the 19th century, blasphemy was a crime.  In the Roaring '20s the "vices" of booze and gambling were outlawed.  Now they are major sources of state revenue.  Divorce was a rarity.  Now half of all marriages are dissolved.  After the sexual revolution of the '60s, births out of wedlock rocketed to where 40 percent of all children are born without a father in the home, as are half of Hispanics and 70 percent of all black children.  Pornography, which used to bring a prison term, today dominates cable TV. Marijuana, once a social scourge, is the hot new product.  And Sen. Kamala Harris wants prostitution legalized.  In the lifetime of many Americans, homosexuality and abortion were still scandalous crimes.  They are now cherished constitutional rights.  Yet, Mayor Pete's assertion — that God made him gay, and God intended that he live his life this way, and that this life is moral and good — is another milestone on the road to a new America.

Why Do Most People in This Country Work, while Others Never Will?  [Scroll down]  In President Obama's home town, the south and west side neighborhoods of Chicago had long been decimated by the long-term effects of a stream of uninterrupted rule by Democratic mayors.  The people left behind in these neighborhoods long ago gave up hope of a better life and have been inevitably forced to rely on public assistance and making money in the underground economy, including an unlawful drug trade dominated by violent gangs.  The overwhelming loss of high-paying and often unionized manufacturing jobs previously located in these neighborhoods had devastating and permanently detrimental effects and was the main reason behind their rapid decline.  The Democrats focus on addressing the grievances of their coalition of constituent interest groups with the unfortunate effect of further dividing the American people by providing these groups with special privileges and extra attention.

Anarchy is Swallowing Up the Social Order.  [D]espite increased government controls of everyday life in education, policing and citizen surveillance (don't forget those traffic tickets based on surveillance cameras), and dictation of many aspects of everyday living, we do not observe increasing order.  We observe increasing social anarchy.  Let's look at a somewhat truncated list of what we have endured and are enduring as a society.  We have seen horrible onslaughts as follows:  the Fort Hood jihad massacre, the Boston Bombing jihad massacre, the San Bernardino jihad massacre, the Pulse Nightclub massacre, riots in Berkeley, Ferguson, and Baltimore, cop shootings in Dallas and New York City, the Sandy Hook massacre, the Las Vegas massacre, the Texas church massacre, the Florida HS massacre, the Chattanooga recruiting station attack, and the jihad attack in Garland, TX against Pamela Geller.  We see anarchy further revealed by regular and frequent breakdowns of mass transit systems in metropolitan New York City and elsewhere and massive infiltration of our country by illegals (reminiscent of flooding in of Germanic tribes leading to collapse of the Roman Empire).  The anarchy occasioned by mass illegal immigration is encouraged by sanctuary cities with the avowed policy of protecting illegals, even those with multiple illegal border crossings, from apprehension by ICE.  Also, there is a drug use and abuse health crisis of epidemic proportions.  Further, the family in America is also being ripped to shreds as the number of children born outside of the marriage bond was 5% in 1960 and is 40% for the last few years.

What a Socialist Really Wants.  Now we have the remarkable spectacle of Venezuela, one of the richest countries in the world, being reduced to poverty and hunger by a dimwitted socialist junta.  The whole thing is a public spectacle, like botched plastic surgery on a movie star.  The socialists in charge have all the answers.  They know what you need better than you do.  Unfortunately, that turns out to be every tragic, stupid outcome imaginable.  How does any other country dare to discuss socialism?

It is not Mr. Trump who is dividing America.  When Barack Obama commandeered one seventh of the U.S. economy in the name of making health insurance available to a small minority of Americans who did not have it, and he did so through political chicanery, with no support from the Republicans, and against the wishes of the majority of Americans, that was divisive.  When Mr. Obama tried to force schools to allow males who "identified as" females to use women's bathrooms (and vice versa), and he did so with no public debate of the matter and in the complete absence of credible scientific evidence that a biological male can in any psychologically healthy sense claim to identify as a female, that was divisive.  When white students at our best colleges (and even recruits to the U.S. Army) are taught that they have enjoyed undeserved advantages because they happen to have been born white in a nation founded and peopled mostly by whites, that's divisive.  And when our political and economic institutions are vilified as expressions of "white supremacy" because they were developed predominantly by the white majority, that's divisive.

The Pitiful Roots of Anti-Americanism.  The Progressives' failure is not a failure to enact their agenda.  They have dominated America politically for the past century.  FDR gave us really big government, and the federal government has become a scandal of fraud, waste, and abuse — a scandal that even the Big Government Press cannot keep hidden from us.  LBJ declared War on Poverty — and that war was lost.  Instead of eliminating poverty, the War on Poverty has made poverty more pathological, creating an underclass, often now described as "permanent," living on government handouts.  Even the Progressives' anti-Americanism was given free rein with the election of Barack Obama, who shared their obsession with "fundamentally transforming" America.  Yet wave after wave of electoral victory has not made American Progressives happy.  Whenever the voters put the Progressives in charge, the result is governmental metastasis and social catastrophe — by necessity.  The left is simply wrong about how things work.  It is easy to come up with programs that defy common sense.  It is also possible to use governmental power to impose those programs on society.  But the power of government can't make them work.

The Worst-Run States Have This One Thing In Common.  Four of the five worst-run states all have one thing in common — and it's exactly what you think it is.  That's right, states with the worst fiscal condition — according to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University — are almost universally run by Democrats.

Guns Aren't the Problem.  The Collapse of the Morality You Mock is the Problem.  God is not mocked and our society has been mocking him for some time.  From the collapse of the family; to a culture of death that champions abortion on demand; to a growing hostility towards people of faith; to championing deviancy while normalcy is defined a deviant; to attacks on the two parent, heterosexual nuclear household; to porn culture, our society is rotten and these things happen in rotting societies.  This has always been under the surface.  Now it is boiling out because God has handed us over to ourselves. [...] We have determined that mothers and fathers are interchangeable or don't even matter.  We have determined that sexual expression is the height of society.  We have determined that humanity and personhood are severable.  Frankly, even lax European cultures have less of a culture of death than we do.  We stand almost alone in the West in liberal abortion policy.

Minnesota Democrats wage war on God, faith and American history.  The further we've moved away from God in our schools, the more he's been replaced by the extreme indoctrination of our kids with teaching and programs that completely undercut what families teach their children at home.  Nobody seems to care that parents are offended that many schools are no longer interested in partnering with them and instead are undermining them as the primary authority in the lives of their children.  Political correctness has infected schools to the point where priorities are out of whack.  Our schools lack the security they desperately need, teachers are underpaid, and yet politicians ignore these real issues and, instead, pick fights with people of faith.

How Americans Got Hoodwinked.  [Scroll down]  By the 1980s, an entire new generation was disoriented.  School and media had turned young minds toward an ideology at odds with America's founding principles and values.  Americans progressively lost their moral bearings and their identity as Americans.  Marxist activists and other crusaders for a collectivist nation had by now taken positions of leadership in academia, government, and church.  Public schools were beginning to pit students against their parents and filling their heads with ideas calculated to undermine the core values of their country and heritage.  Americans who got all their news from the mainstream press or TV were unaware that a culture war had broken out across the country.  Mainstream media reporters, allegedly on the side of truth, were either ignorant or complicit.

Socialism's Gateway Drug.  There's open talk of a divorce between individualists and collectivists; i.e., a separation of the US into at least two separate countries.  Can chaos be far behind when so many see the corruption from top to bottom, and are giving up belief in The Great Experiment? [...] The corruption in government is not just for enrichment or power.  It's to sow the seeds of WHY BOTHER? among the population. [...] The flood of third-world immigrants is not just for "diversity".  It's to sow the seeds of violent civil unrest as the natives of America and Europe finally resist at the 11th hour. [...] The deficit spending of every Western government is not just to buy votes.  It's second-level intent is to sow the seeds of an inevitable financial collapse, leading to societal chaos. [...] Look around you at what's happening.  Look at everything — every single thing — the Left does, in the context of trying to precipitate chaos.

Has Giving Leftists What They Want Made America Better?  In 1962, the United States Supreme Court gave leftists what they wanted:  the removal of prayer from public schools.  So how has that worked out for us?  Since prayer was removed from schools in 1962, out-of-wedlock births for girls 15-19 years old has tripled.  Violent crimes have increased tenfold.  Single-parent female-headed households have grown from 5 million in 1962 to 12 million and growing.  Sexually transmitted diseases in kids 10-14 years old has skyrocketed, increasing 257% since 1962.  Fifteen-year-olds having sex since 1962 is up 1,000%.  For decades, divorce rates were declining.  Since 1962, divorce rates have increased 117%, making America number one in the world for divorce.

Of Course Children Prefer Liberalism.  Liberals knew well what they were doing as they worked for decades at destroying the family.  As generations of Americans have been raised in broken homes — often by broken people — it makes it easier to make them wards of the state.  After all, if you don't have parents who care much or provide much for you, why not look to Uncle Sam and his trillions?  One of the great lies of modern liberalism — perhaps the great lie — is that the world owes us something, and it's up to us to do whatever it takes to get it.  If one has the "right" to do whatever one wishes in the sexual realm, why take responsibility for an unplanned pregnancy?  And if we don't have to worry about sex leading to children, why get married at all?  And if we want to get married, why can't we define what is marriage?

Paying the price for breakdown of the country's bourgeois culture.  [Scroll down]  This cultural script began to break down in the late 1960s.  A combination of factors — prosperity, the Pill, the expansion of higher education, and the doubts surrounding the Vietnam War — encouraged an antiauthoritarian, adolescent, wish-fulfillment ideal — sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll — that was unworthy of, and unworkable for, a mature, prosperous adult society.  This era saw the beginnings of an identity politics that inverted the color-blind aspirations of civil rights leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into an obsession with race, ethnicity, gender, and now sexual preference.  And those adults with influence over the culture, for a variety of reasons, abandoned their role as advocates for respectability, civility, and adult values.  As a consequence, the counterculture made great headway, particularly among the chattering classes — academics, writers, artists, actors, and journalists — who relished liberation from conventional constraints and turned condemning America and reviewing its crimes into a class marker of virtue and sophistication.

Anarchy Is Swallowing Up the Social Order.  [Scroll down]  Thus, despite increased government controls of everyday life in education, policing, and citizen surveillance (don't forget those traffic tickets based on surveillance cameras), we observe increasing social anarchy. [...] We see regular and frequent breakdowns of mass transit systems in metropolitan New York City and elsewhere, massive infiltration of our country by illegals (reminiscent of flooding in of Germanic tribes leading to collapse of the Roman Empire), and the drug use epidemic.  We see thirty-one "gender designations" by the City of New York with male and female demoted to being only two of the thirty-one.  Recently the mayor of Oakland, Calif. notified 1,000 illegal alien felons (yes, felons — not just nice men and women scrambling to make a living) that ICE was coming for them.  These developments suggest that anarchy is rife.  Thus, we see that the scope of government has grown and become more intrusive, but at the same time, anarchy seems to be racing forward at warp speed.  The leftists seem to think the anarchy is growing because government, despite its growth, has not been growing big enough or fast enough.  According to their thinking, growth in government power is the answer to anarchy.

Another Liberal-Created Failure.  According to professor William Gronfein at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, by 1955 there were nearly 560,000 patients housed in state mental institutions across the nation.  By 1977, the population of mental institutions had dropped to about 160,000 patients.  Starting in the 1970s, advocates for closing mental hospitals argued that because of the availability of new psychotropic drugs, people with mental illness could live among the rest of the population in an unrestrained natural setting. [... But] shutting down mental hospitals didn't turn out the way advocates promised.  Several studies summarized by the Treatment Advocacy Center show that untreated mentally ill are responsible for 10 percent of homicides (and a higher percentage of the mass killings).  They are 20 percent of jail and prison inmates and more than 30 percent of the homeless. [...] Many innocent people have been assaulted, robbed and murdered by mentally ill people.  Businesspeople and their customers have had to cope with the nuisance created by the mentally ill.

The Left Is Reaping the Whirlwind of the Culture They Made.  [Scroll down]  It seems clear to me the sheriff was speaking about rap music with its hateful, violent and misogynistic lyrics, and video games like Grand Theft Auto, where you can have sex with a prostitute then strangle her or pull an innocent person out of a car, beat him, then steal his vehicle.  I am a First Amendment purist and don't want to see expression censored in any way.  And I don't argue that there's a straight line between any specific cultural creation and bad acts.  But surely, a culture in which those in authority approve of and argue for things like gangsta rap and GTA — and indeed for the use of violence to silence speech that offends them — well, such a culture becomes a machine for transforming madness into murder.

A Time for War.  Civil War.  It's here.  Now.  Thankfully this is not yet the blood in the streets kind of war, but war it is. [...] Examples of the current battles in the war:
    Racialism, black lives matter, NFL kneeling, and the war on being white.
    The new feminism, and the war on being male.
    The new feminism, and the war on the unborn.
    Turning sex into a cesspool.  Weinstein, Hollywood, preying on children, rampant unfaithfulness, broken families, transgenderism.
    Turning race baiting and sex allegation into weapons of mass destruction.
    Environmental catastrophism.
    Health care control.
    Spending our grandchildren's money.
    Allowing immigration to strangle what's left of our institutions.
    Pretending radical Islam is okay, but Judeo-Christian culture is not.
    Teaching that socialism is just another form of government and not a failure.
    Teaching that our country is inherently evil, and must be changed throughout.
There are many others.  But the important thing to understand is every one of these major battles is going on simultaneously.

No, I Am Not a Moron but Half the Country is Deranged.  Of all the crises plaguing the nation, who would ever consider gender identity and potty access as the most pressing issues yet we now have the unthinkable occurring.  Men allowed to enter ladies bathrooms whenever they like and dogs getting their own bathrooms at JFK airport.  Criminals getting their sex change operations paid for by taxpayers while in prison.  Transgender former males winning female sporting events ('quel surprise') like wrestling or weightlifting.  The language we all learned from day one has become weaponized by the gender militants in our Marxist academia.

The 6 Big Ways Liberals Are Destroying America's Culture.  [#1] The Politicization Of Everything:  Want to watch football?  There are players protesting the flag.  Turn on a Hollywood awards ceremony?  There are actors making political statements.  Want to go to the bathroom in peace?  Well, first, we need to know if you're okay with sharing it with someone who feels like the opposite gender today.  You're just a regular person telling an off-color joke you heard?  Better be careful; that could turn into a front page scandal if the wrong group gets offended.  Want to buy a Halloween costume for your kid?  Well, you better make sure it's someone of the same race or people will be upset.  Want to go on a date?  If you date someone of the same race, you may be racist.  Ready to marry your honey?  Then you better support gay marriage or you're a homophobe.  I can remember a time in America where you could just live your life without paying attention to politics at all if you wanted and that was a good thing.  Remember that old saying?  Never discuss race, religion or politics in polite company?  Well, because of liberals, you don't have a choice anymore.

How the Left Devalues American Citizenship.  In his relentless effort to devalue what it means to be an American, Obama exempted citizenship applicants from a major part of the Oath of Allegiance.  Applicants no longer have to pledge to defend our country. [...] While illegals are not official citizens, outrageously, they receive benefits unavailable to citizens — free attorneys, college tuition, checks, abortions, and more.  Democrats and fake news media are working to guilt-trip Americans into gifting illegals the right to vote (some are already voting).  So, illegals don't desire or need no stinkin' U.S. citizenship.  Obama's illegals have no desire to assimilate.

Dear Democrats:  Does Trump do anything that's not racist?  [Scroll down]  When you don't enforce immigration laws, you will get more illegal immigration.  When you don't hold people to account on sexual abuse like Bill Clinton, you will get more sexual abuse.  When you have a secret slush fund to pay off claims for congressmen and no disclosure, you will get more claims.  When you allow people like Clapper, Brennan, Comey, and Holder to lie to Congress with no repercussions, you will get more liars, and when you have a secretary of state who repeatedly lies and violates securities laws — who enriches her family and foundation with her political position, who repeatedly lies and not only doesn't get penalized, but gets rewarded with a presidential nomination — you will get more political corruption.

Rhode Island, Connecticut and Illinois are the 'worst possible states to live in' (but Louisiana and Mississippi aren't much better).  If you live in Illinois, Connecticut or Rhode Island, the chances are you know someone who is not happy.  Not happy at all.  Around a quarter of the population living in these regions have described them each as the 'worst possible state to live in', according to a Gallup survey.  The map data doesn't explain the nature of the residents' grievances.


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The greatest threat to "democracy" is from our elected representatives.  Federal policies have caused inflation to hit a 40-year high of 8.6% (or, using Carter-era calculations, 16%) for this past year, with energy prices rising 34.6%, eggs up 32.2%, and gas prices up nearly 50%.  The cost of meat — ground beef, steaks, pork, poultry — might more than double next year, as the costs to raise livestock skyrockets.  The average national price for gas exceeded $5 for the first time in history, causing the typical American household to spend "$160 more on gas a month than a year ago."  Overall, "typical US household is spending about $460 more every month than they did last year to purchase the same basket of goods and services."  That's a penalty of at least $5,520 per year for the average American household.  But don't worry, CNN promises "inflation can actually be a good thing for many working-class Americans" and the dumbest person at the New York Times thinks inflation is no big deal.  In reality, for many Americans, this merely adds to the pressure of significant increases in home and rental prices, and the soaring costs of college and health care.  The government has priced the future out of the American dream.

Netherlands farmers, fisherman revolt against government greenie impositions.  Greenie policies have destroyed Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and they destroy pretty much any economy wherever they go.  The revolt has now hit the Netherlands. [...] The government passed a greenie law to cut nitrogen and carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and then blandly declared that, yah, yah, "the honest message ... is that not all farmers can continue their business."  So for the Dutch farmers, who are among the world's most productive, who feed a continent and beyond from their tiny artificially created landscape, with, yes, cows, which are all about creating this newly created problem of nitrogen as well as cow-[emission] carbon, are suddenly the target.  They've got to quit producing and die.  Pay no attention to the fact that not every nation can sustain cows but would like to buy beef and leather and gelatin and milk and all the other things cows produce.  They all will now see shortages at the supermarkets and, worse still, shortages of cow "byproducts," which are sold as crop-saving fertilizer around the world.  Pay no attention to the unintended consequences the Dutch farmers are warning about.  The tsentral planners have spoken, and now the cows must die.  Too bad about the farms and farmers and consumers.

Yes, You CAN Blame Biden For High Energy Prices.  [O]n May 12, Biden's Interior Department blocked a proposal to open up more than one million acres of land in Alaska for oil and gas drilling.  Two days later, Biden's Environmental Protection Agency blocked plans to expand an oil refinery in the US Virgin Islands.  Biden and his defenders said he had to block the expansion of the Virgin Islands refinery, given how polluting it was.  But had Biden's EPA allowed the Virgin Island refinery to expand, the owners would have poured nearly $3 billion into retrofitting the plant so it produced gasoline and other products more cleanly, while significantly increasing production at the same time.  Furthermore, anybody who cares about air pollution and climate change should want more oil and gas drilling, not less.  US emissions declined 22% between 2005 and 2020, mostly because cheap natural gas has replaced coal.

The Bait Car of History.  Sometimes it seems the 2020 presidential elections was history's equivalent of a bait car, a trap for those who thought it was a prize.  "Over the last 18 months, as we have confronted a range of unanticipated global challenges — from Covid variants to Putin's war", National Economic Council Director Brian Deese told CNN. "Give us a plan or give us someone to blame," one exasperated House Democrat said.  The administration is jinxed and it would be nicer for the Democrats if the whole catastrophe had befallen Donald Trump instead; but it's too late now.

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Obviously "the whole catastrophe [would never have] befallen Donald Trump," because Joe Biden aggressively un-did everything Trump had accomplished, whereas Donald Trump would have let the post-Covid recovery continue.  Joe Biden — or whoever makes his decisions — is entirely to blame for five-dollar gasoline, billions wasted in Afghanistan, vaccine mandates, crime without punishment, dangerously high inflation, the wide-open Mexican border, the baby formula shortage, and drag queens at the public library.

Immoral Democrats Make Excuses, Blame Others, and Divide.  [Scroll down]  America's economy is on the brink of recession.  Inflation is through the roof.  Americans are struggling with the worst price increases in their lifetimes at the gas pump and in the supermarket.  Parents are desperate to find baby formula.  Could it be that printing and spending trillions of dollars during the pandemic was shortsighted?  Is it possible that out-of-control U.S. debt and central bank "quantitative easing" devalue the dollar over time?  Is it likely that President Biden's Green New Deal policies have had their intended effect: to make it more difficult for energy companies to drill and refine hydrocarbon energy in the United States?  Is it possible that the administrative state's often-mindless issuance of regulations and rules for private businesses has inadvertently produced a nationwide infant formula shortage?  That would make too much sense.

The Coincidence of Crises.  COVID-19, Joe Biden, and Russian-Ukrainian 'crises' are pages from the same playbook written by an international clique that controls both sides. [...] The Keystone Pipeline, French nuclear plants, and German coal plants have all been intentionally and simultaneously shuttered under the façade of the convenient eternal enemy of 'Climate Change'.  A paltry sum of Russian foreign exchange reserves — already recouped by Russia due to the skyrocketing price of oil instigated by Biden and his cronies — was illegally seized, providing Russia ample casus belli to demand payment only in rubles.  Rather than ceasing to purchase Russian oil altogether, it is simply sold to Europe through India, further bolstering the oil industry and the Russian economy. [...] Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, constituting some of the largest producers of wheat and fertilizer in the world, were 'forced' to shutter their exports, just as there has been a dramatic and inorganic uptick in farm and food processing plant 'accidents' which conveniently avoided all of WEF-aligned Bill Gates' agricultural assets.  The ruble strengthens every week in tandem with both the price of oil and the controlled collapse of the dollar through inflationary money-printing.

No one should be forced to declare their pronouns.  Look closely next time you pop into your local bank, department store or supermarket and you'll notice an addition to the uniforms of put-upon cashiers and clerks: the pronoun badge.  It might be a little rainbow pin displaying 'he/him/his' in bold letters, or, far less often, 'they/them/their'.  Or it might be a small rectangle featuring the company logo alongside the employee's name and pronouns.  Pronoun badges have been around for a few years now, but in that time they have moved from the fringe to the mainstream.  They are no longer the preserve of over-enthusiastic Student Union reps or tie-dyed Labour Party conference attendees.  They've migrated on to the High Street.  Pride month is the perfect opportunity for companies lagging behind to catch up, and for those who have long been on the bandwagon to remind the world of their virtue.  Halifax is one of many banks that now expects employees to declare their pronouns.

Concerned Graduates of West Point Challenge Leadership of Military Academy:  Letter.  Three retired U.S. military officers — LTG Thomas McInerney, USAF; MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army; and Colonel Andrew O'Meara Jr., U.S. Army — signed a letter authored by "Concerned Graduates of West Point and The Long Gray Line," protesting against mandatory vaccinations, CRT classes, sanitary conditions, progressive political activism, and other "woke actions," in the military academy.  "The Long Gray Line" refers to the continuum of graduates United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  "We wanted to challenge the leadership of the Academy and the Defense Dept on their WOKE actions, CRT, Diversity training and the other discrepancies in the Academy.  We found it pervasive at the Naval and Air Force Academies so we knew it was directed from the highest levels of our Military Leadership," Vallely told The Epoch Times.

Americans Are 'Collateral Damage' In Dems' Insane War On Energy.  Maybe the Jan. 6 hearings are, as some assert, really about distracting Americans from the Democrats' shocking policy failures.  How else can one explain the refusal of President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress to address our ongoing energy crisis?  And, no, it's no exaggeration to call this a crisis.  With consumer prices rising at a four-decade-high of 8.6% in the most recent year-over-year comparison, Americans are watching their standard of living fall fast.  A just-released national survey has found that 83% of U.S. households are cutting their personal spending and travel due to soaring inflation.  These cutbacks are being driven almost entirely by energy costs, which have spiked nearly 35% in the past year.

The Invisible Power Controlling the US Government.  I have written extensively on inverted totalitarianism, that being the once nascent, now entrenched form of government that truly controls the levers of federal power in the United States.  This behemoth has turned the USA into a "managed democracy"; a bureaucracy which cannot be held accountable by the elected representatives of the people.  Sometimes called the 4th estate, this monster is also referred to as the "deep state" the civil service, or the administrative state.  Inverted totalitarianism does not have an authoritarian leader, but instead is run by a non-transparent group of bureaucrats.  This unelected, invisible ruling class runs the country from within.  They are easily influenced by corporate interests due to both the lure of powerful jobs after federal employment and the capture of our legislative bodies by the lobbyists serving concealed corporate interests.

The Astonishing Implications of Schedule F.  The administrative state for the better part of a century, and really dating back to the Pendleton Act of 1883, has designed policy, made policy, structured policy, implemented policy, and interpreted policy while operating outside the control of Congress, the president, and the judiciary. [...] From 2020 and onward, the American people got to know this administrative state well.  They ordered us to wear masks.  They deployed their influence to close small businesses and churches.  They limited how many people we could have in our homes.  They festooned our businesses with plexiglass and told everyone to stay six-feet apart.  They demanded two weeks of quarantine when crossing state borders.  They decided which medical procedures were elective and non-elective.  And they finally demanded compliance with vaccine mandates at the penalty of job loss.  None of this was ordered by legislation.  It was all invented on the spot by the permanent staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We had no idea they had such power.  But they do.  And that same power which allowed those egregious attacks on rights and liberties also belongs to the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, and all the rest.

The Military Went Woke.  Now It Can't Find Recruits.  The military is facing the worst recruiting environment since the end of the Vietnam War.  The Army is at only 40% of its recruiting numbers for the fiscal year despite raising its maximum enlistment bonus from $40,000 to $50,000.  It now offers new recruits up to $10,000 for showing up to basic training in 30 days.  And is no longer even asking them for a high school diploma.  "We've never offered $50,000 to join the Army," Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, head of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, said.  While the Army runs anime lesbian wedding ads, it's pushing away the recruits it needs, young patriotic men from traditional backgrounds.  When the Biden administration's brass decided to mandate vaccinations, they automatically rejected the 60% of potential recruits who aren't.

US Army Drops High School Diploma Requirement as Military Faces Unprecedented Challenges Under Joe Biden.  After completely bending the knee to woke ideology and gutting itself with unconstitutional mandates that forced an experimental and dangerous vaccine, the US Military is taking the hacksaw to the standards that are used to find and train new recruits as the Armed Forces struggle through what some officials are calling the "most challenging recruiting year ever."  In addition to lowering almost every single physical qualification for new recruits to pass their initial training, the US Army has now dropped its requirement that recruits must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. degree in a desperate effort to attract new blood into the ranks.

The degradation of our military.  I believe that the Biden Administration, most Democrats, and a good number of so-called Republicans are dedicated to the destruction of the traditional USA by various means:  economic, political, cultural, immigration, and military.  This essay addresses that last listed avenue of destruction — the military.  Napoleon Bonaparte is often quoted as saying that "An army marches on its stomach," meaning that no Army can move without food.  I would submit that, today, in addition to food, an Army cannot march without fossil fuels.  The complicated logistics of modern life and warfare require reliable, consistent, and readily available fuels.  The reduction in our military capabilities is the most frightening, imminent, and insidious threat to our very existence.

LGBTQ agenda emasculating police in Columbus.  Police in Columbus, Ohio, have a new vehicle in their law enforcement lineup — a shiny white SUV painted in Pride Month glory in glossy rainbow stripes and adorned with the movement's signature phrase, "Love Is Love."  And all the criminals go:  Yay.  This is worse than "defund the police."  At least defunding means cops exit, stage left, with their dignity intact.  But this — this police cruiser blasting out pro-Pride messages with unicorn and fairy-like, cupcake-frosting fancy — this is emasculating the police.  And that's worse because Columbus can claim that it staffs its police force and that it fully supports law enforcement — all the while Not.

America Is More Fragile Than the Left Understands.  Our major cities are no longer safe.  Somehow, the Left has nearly wrecked San Francisco in less than a decade.  A once beautiful and vibrant city is lawless, dirty, toxic, often boarded up, and losing population.  It has turned into a medieval keep of well-protected knights in secure fiefs while everyone else is engaged in a bellum omnium contra omnes.  We know it is so because California public officials talk of anything and everything — Roe v Wade, transitions to electric cars, hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief for illegal aliens — to mask their utter impotence to address feces in the street, the random assaults on the vulnerable, and the inability to park a car and return to it intact.  Ditto the Dodge City downtowns of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington, and a host of others.  In just four or five years, they have given up on fully funding the police, aggressive prosecutors indicting the violent, and ubiquitous civil servants ensuring the streets are free of trash, vermin, flotsam, jetsam, and human excrement.

Hundreds of NYC prosecutors [are] quitting [because of] woke bosses and onerous reforms.  The number of prosecutors fleeing the city's district attorneys offices has spiraled in the wake of criminal justice reforms that have created what one ex-top prosecutor called "insanity."  Sixty five assistant district attorneys, or about 12 percent of the staff, have resigned so far this year from Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's office, up from about 44 through the end of March.  During all of 2021, 97 ADAs quit.  The situation is nearly the same in the office of Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, where 67 of some 500 prosecutors, or about 13 percent, have also called it quits as of June 17. Another three resigned on Thursday, according to a source.  That is compared to 84 who left in all of 2020 and 94 last year.  In the Bronx, 59 prosecutors have walked from January through May.  Reps from the Queens and Staten Island DA offices did not respond to requests for data.

We Are Witnessing What Happens When Unrestrained Youth Gets Power.  When most of us think of the worst emperors in Roman history we think of names like Commodus, Nero, Caligula, and Elagabalus.  To a man they were vain, self-centered, bloodthirsty hedonists who took what they wanted and tortured and killed many thousands of Romans and provincials. [...] Every day in America we see modern-day Commoduses or Caligulas wreaking havoc on our streets and in our stores, restaurants, schools, and more.  Instead of a single entitled Emperor, America in 2022 is being ravaged by a generation of young men — many of whom have grown up fatherless — who have been told that they can do and say anything they want and that, regardless of what they do, there will be no consequences for them.  Just as Elagabalus et al brought nothing but blood, despair, and dysfunction to the Empire, these 21st-century youth are bringing blood, despair, and destruction to America.  A generation of Americans has grown up being given "time outs", "participation trophies," and grades that have nothing to do with actual academic success, while at the same time they've been told that all inequality is due to racism, sexism, homophobia, or anything other than individual choices or actions.  The consequence of this indoctrination is that far too many young Americans think they can do anything with impunity.  If they want something they take it.

Tucker Carlson savages Republican politicians' disrespect for Americans.  Despite the media's covering for Biden, people have noticed raging inflation, a recession, lawlessness, broken borders, a tenderness for Ukraine denied to America, cultivated race-hatred, efforts to disarm law-abiding citizens, and the arrogance of the LGBTQ+++ crowd — and they don't like any of it.  It turns out that mean tweets aren't so bad when compared to a government that's hostile to its own citizens.  The Democrats' intentional mismanagement is so extreme that the party is losing Hispanics and blacks in droves.  In theory, this should be a golden age for Republicans.  It's not, though, and that's the fault of the Republican political class, few of whom seem to embrace conservatism or Americans.

Six major cities on pace to pass historic 2021 violent crime totals halfway through 2022.  Violent crimes are on the rise in six of America's major cities and set to outpace the already historic levels of 2021 violent crime.  Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and New York City are all on pace to break their 2021 levels of violent crime halfway through this year, with the nation's largest city leading the group, according to crime data reviewed by Fox News.  New York City has seen a 25.8% jump in violent crime at this point in 2022 compared to the same time in 2021, despite seeing a small decrease in the amount of homicides recorded in the city.  Violent crime, which is typically defined as homicide, rape, assault, and robbery, had already been on the rise since 2020.  Homicides have been one of the factors driving up rates of violent crime, rising 30% from 2019 to 2020 and another 5% between 2020 and 2021.

How liberal policies have killed black communities.  Michael Pack:  You have talked a little today about how life in the black community has not been improved by many well-intentioned social programs.  Do you think, in some sense, it is worse than when you grew up?  Clarence Thomas:  It's a disaster.  When I grew up, you had family, you didn't have drugs, you didn't have gang-banging.  You could walk down the street.  There was a change in our society.  I think that these programs certainly had an impact.  Just go back to Savannah and take a look around you.  Our worst fears were realized.  We didn't want to be right; we wanted to be wrong.  It wasn't about winning an argument.  No, we wanted to lose the argument.  We did not want the damage to occur; that's why we were involved.  I don't particularly like public life; I never wanted to be in public life.  I'd like to go to football games.  I'd like not to make decisions about other people's lives, but what drags you into it is when you see these principles being undermined, which leads to such destruction.  The policies destroy people, and, ultimately, I think, we're going to destroy the very thing that allows us to have liberty and to have a free society.

Do Republicans Even Know What Democrats Did to Them With This Anti-Gun Bill?  The economy is primed to enter a recession as the second-quarter report is bound to show another period of economic contraction.  The supply chain crisis is still ongoing.  The pain at the gas pump lingers.  Inflation is torching the wallets of working Americans.  American mothers still can't find baby formula.  The southern border remains a mess.  There is not a single crisis that's being managed in any meaningful way.  Biden's crew has done nothing.  They can't even get a WNBA star out of Russia who's supposedly being unlawfully detained.

The Great Biden Recession of 2022 Is Already Here.  Last week, I was invited to testify before a House committee hearing titled:  "How the Biden American Rescue Plan Saved the Economy and Lives."  I am not making this up.  Can you imagine taking a victory lap, given our current conditions?  I told the Democrats on the committee that the idea that Congress would hold a hearing like this when the economy is coming unhinged only reinforces the suspicion held by most people that the Washington swamp is totally out of touch with the lives and hardships of everyday America.  The reality of our predicament is best summarized by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who warned investors to "brace yourself" for what he called a fast-approaching economic "hurricane."

Trans Suicide Is Not a Response to Bigotry.  In 2018, the Heritage Foundation reported suicide rates for individuals 15 years after surgical transition 20 times higher than the that of the population overall.  Even in Sweden, with long availability of transgender medications and surgeries, and social acceptance of transgender individuals, the high suicide rate is consistent with rates in other locations.  Trans activists consistently attribute high suicide rates to irrational hatred, bullying, and rejection targeted at the individual.  However, according to Dr. Paul McHugh, formerly of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the high numbers of suicides are usually years after surgery.  The trigger, according to Dr. McHugh, is the persistent and undeniable reality that that genital surgery has not transformed the individual's sex, leading to despair.  Perhaps elevated rates of suicides and attempts among trans-identifying individuals should be no surprise.  The whole point of "transition" is that an aspect of an otherwise healthy body is so unbearable as to justify a lifetime of artificial hormones and multiple irreversible surgeries.

Biden's energy hypocrisy.  Joe Biden promised on the campaign trail in 2020 that he would "transition away from the oil industry," convert to 100 percent "clean" energy by 2035, and "end fossil fuels."  Shortly after taking office, he started to make good on this pledge by suspending all new gas and oil leases on federal property and ending the Keystone XL pipeline.  Now, faced with gas prices at a record high $5 per gallon and runaway inflation — aka the consequences of his own actions — Biden is looking for an off-ramp.

The Coming Economic Storm.  Was the Trump presidency, with $2 gas, low unemployment and inflation, peace and prosperity, the calm before the current economic storm?  Did Trump know what lay ahead, teasing out a prediction?  Regardless of what President Trump was alluding to, an economic storm is definitely coming, not just on the horizon but already taking its toll on hard-working Americans.  Inflation is at 8.6 percent, the official government number for the CPI.  This is based on a basket of goods and depending on what is measured and how it is weighted, may misrepresent the inflation rate facing consumers on a daily basis.  For example, the Truflation Dashboard reports inflation at 13.2 percent, with food costs up 26.5 percent.  The producer price index rose 10.8 percent in May, foretelling higher consumer prices soon reaching store shelves.  Small business optimism fell to a new 48 year low.  Pessimistic business owners will not be hiring new employees or expanding their businesses.  Many may close up shop instead.

American decimation:  On the front lines of the tearing of our social fabric.  When the Hampton Battery was dedicated here in 1871 to a young Civil War soldier who lost his life protecting the Union at Chancellorsville, Virginia, the granite monument was a point of pride for residents of this neighborhood. [...] Today, the battery's founder, Capt. Robert B. Hampton, who was remembered by the men who served under him as a born commander with "the chivalric nature of an honorable gentleman," is now part of a different carnage in America as he stands watch over an open heroin market that has taken over the once grand park.  Residents say the Civil War statue is literally surrounded by drug dealers, buyers, and users around the clock.  They are getting more aggressive with panhandling, trespassing, and theft.  Just yards away, along the old Pennsylvania canal, a man walks down the street, carrying a brand new patio chair stolen from the porch of a nearby home, toward the new and growing homeless camp.  Last week, there were two tents or makeshift abodes.  Now, there are over a dozen.

To Fight Marxist Education, We Need a New Kind of School.  Those with no understanding of history lack the acumen to steer the future.  Those deprived of great literature remain ill prepared for complex ideas or weighty emotions.  Those who don't first train their minds with the foundations of mathematics and logic lose their potential to build anything new.  To create automatons incapable of dissent or resistance, the Marxists simply destroyed education.  The unsavory result has been that America is now a nation of people with many titles and degrees but diminished capacity for critical thought and reflection.  Just as Congress and the White House work today to disarm Americans of their constitutionally protected firearms, the successive governments behind the Department of Education's demolition of public schooling have disarmed too many Americans of their potential for reason and rationality.  Anyone who doubts that unassailable truth need only look around to see a society unable to distinguish men from women, alleviate its existential angst over ridiculously ludicrous tales of climate apocalypse, or comprehend that the very people who speak endlessly of "saving democracy" or "fighting fascism" are the same ones destroying democratic institutions and promoting the State's totalitarian authority.

Buttigieg Is Angry That Employees Aren't Coming To Work At Airlines.  Airlines across the country, like just about every other industry in America, have been struggling for over a year now to properly staff their operations.  They just can't get enough people to come work for them, and with the employees that they have hired, they're experiencing high levels of absenteeism.  And there are several reasons why.  We have the Biden Administration's "American Rescue Plan" which provided handouts to millions of would-be workers and paid them for doing nothing.  Then there was the repeated extension of unemployment benefits by Mr. Biden, which incentivized workers to just stay home.  And of course, we have the ridiculously high price of gas which makes it much more expensive for an employee to get to work.  All these issues and more have resulted in the wage-price-spiral that we see today.  Inflation is skyrocketing because employers must pay employees more to come work for them.  But then that additional money employees have is worth less because of high prices.

Man Tries to Give Blood Amid a Shortage, Is Rejected Because He Won't Say Whether He's Pregnant.  For any men wanting to donate blood, make sure you're medically self-aware.  For example, you should be adequately informed as to whether you've been impregnated.  Such was a lesson reportedly learned by Leslie Sinclair this month.  The central Scotland resident had hoped to give life-sustaining fluid to others in need.  Sadly, the effort encountered coagulation.  According to the Daily Mail, the 66-year-old was handed a form asking if he was currently pregnant.  Furthermore, the facility needed to know if he'd been knocked up within the last half-year.  The inquiry left him less than impressed:  ["]When he complained that as a man in his 60s this question did not apply and he should not have to answer it, Mr Sinclair said staff at the clinic told him they could not accept his blood.["]

How's that Biden baby formula shortage working out?  Remember when Joe Biden "solved" the baby formula shortage by flying in big Care Package-style shipments in huge jets from Europe?  It was embarrassing, given that the U.S. isn't a typical recipient of foreign aid.  But not to Joe Biden, who had the cameras all over it.  Turns out the big public relations show did nothing.  It was about as effective as Joe Biden releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to solve high prices at the pump.  Same as the price of oil, the baby formula shortage is worse than ever.

The Democrats' Capricious Energy Policy Has Been a Disaster.  Democrats have spent decades warning that the United States must stop using the most efficient and affordable energy sources or it will be consumed by heat waves, fireballs and cataclysmic weather events.  Every flood, every hurricane — every natural event, really — is now blamed on climate change.  We have burdened our children with an irrational dread over their future.  Then again, many in The Cult of Malthus won't even have children.  So, why, if we're on the precipice of this apocalypse, if saving the planet trumps every other concern, is President Joe Biden begging everyone to drill?  On the days Democrats aren't blaming Vladimir Putin for rising gas prices (a cost the president not long ago argued was worth paying for "freedom"), they're blaming oil companies for profiteering.  Wednesday, as the national average hit $5.014 (nearly $2 higher than last year), Biden sent letters to refining companies threatening to once again abuse his executive powers if they do not immediately alleviate high prices — a political appeal to the imaginary "greedflation."

Wall Street finishes its worst week since the 2020 pandemic crash.  Wall Street has closed out its worst week since the COVID-19 pandemic crashed markets in 2020, despite a modest bounce on Friday.  For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 1,504 points, or 4.8 percent.  The S&P 500 lost 5.8 percent and the Nasdaq dropped 4.8 percent.  It marks the S&P's worst week since March 2020, when stocks were in free-fall as the global economy suddenly shut down at the onset of the pandemic.

The Biden Administration's Push to Normalize Drug Use Will Result in More Deaths.  We have been covering several stories related to the escalation of drug deaths across the country, namely due to fentanyl (now the leading cause of death for young Americans).  In a normal world, there would be a push to stem the recreational use of powerful narcotics.  However, the Biden administration and progressives across the country are pressing to normalize drug use.  For example, we reported that Biden's Health and Human Services department provided $30 million in funding to dole out crack pipes to drug addicts as part of its 'Harm Reduction Plan.' In the same piece, we noted that Biden's Department of Justice says it might be open to allowing safe injection sites, which are places where people can shoot up heroin and other narcotics.

Rolling Blackouts [are] on the Way.  In the recent past, California and Texas have suffered blackouts due to inadequate electricity supply.  This year, as the summer heats up, it is the midwestern states served by the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO) that are most likely to see their lights go out. [...] Why are blackouts suddenly occurring after many decades of reliable energy?  Because of profiteering by "green" energy hucksters.  ["]MISO may simply not have enough reliable power plants on the grid this summer after 3,200 megawatts (MW) of reliable power plants, mostly coal and nuclear, retired last year.["]  This is a scandal.  "Green" energy liberals have demanded, successfully, that reliable coal and nuclear plants be closed so they can be replaced by wind farms and solar installations.  But those unreliable, intermittent sources can never replace power plants that actually work 24/7.  Hence the blackouts that are now beginning, and will become more and more widespread if we continue to rely increasingly on undependable sources of power.

Oregon's drug decriminalization effort [is] a 'tragedy'.  The streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, resemble an open-air drug market.  Heroin, meth and fentanyl use is rampant and often visible on city streets.  Portland police officers drive by homeless addicts buying and using.  The signs of drug addiction are actually increasing throughout the state, according to law enforcement sources.  Oregon ranks second-highest among U.S. states for substance abuse with nearly one in five adults addicted.  In November 2020, voters overwhelmingly passed Measure 110.  The Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act secured 58% of the votes and decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs such as heroin, meth, cocaine and fentanyl.

Biden's Deathly Presidency.  Under Trump, America was in so many senses vibrant and "alive" with pride in our country and hope for its future.  Now we have regular mass shootings in which citizens disarmed by the State have no way to defend themselves.  Overseas, we have a war in Ukraine, the threat of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, and Iran developing nuclear weapons with the encouragement of the Biden administration.  The common thread is death and the fear that goes with it.  And this does not even include Biden's aggressive defense of abortion on demand. [...] Long-term death rates are more a matter of demographics than policy, and they have been rising ever since Obama took office in 2008.  But murder rates, deaths in war and civil unrest, drug overdose deaths, and accidental deaths are attributable to policy, and they have been rising under Biden, even during his short time in office.  Under Biden, the U.S. murder rate, which had been declining under President Trump, is the highest in 25 years. [...] As a citizen, it is difficult to watch my country besieged by violence.  Biden's presidency has been deadly in every respect: turning off economic growth and imposing environmental restrictions, proposing inflation-adjusted cuts in national defense while paying off student loans, and putting citizens at risk with his anti-police rhetoric.  There is little chance of a second Biden term, but just another two and a half years is painful to imagine.  How many thousands will lose their lives because of one incompetent and wrong-headed leader?

The Fed Created the Next Recession.  The long-term driver of inflation, and the reason we have so much inflation, is the fact that we printed six and a half trillion dollars in 48 months and grew the money supply by 40%.  That is simply what's driving all of this, and all of the other things are just sort of add-ons to the supply chain.  Is Russia's invasion of Ukraine driving some of it?  Yes.  Is that the main driver?  No.  The longer-term structural issue is the fact that we grew the money supply by six and a half trillion dollars.  That's what's driving inflation at the end of the day.  It takes 12 to 18 months for all that government spending to get into the system.

Team of Fools:  Biden's Cabinet Picks Prove He is Unfit to Lead.  I have written extensively about Biden's shortcomings.  Nothing exceeds his capacity for choosing the wrong people. [...] Not to be outdone, we have Biden's Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellin.  Listen to the congressional hearings — Yellin sounds like a homeless person.  Since Biden took over, the price of gasoline and other key commodities has doubled.  "Not only did Janet Yellen fail to see any of this coming," said Tucker Carlson, "Yellen more than any single person in America caused it in the first place.  If you're mad about the current state of the economy, Janet Yellin is the first person you should blame."  When asked about inflation, Yellen originally predicted that "Inflation, if it happens, will be transitory."  Now her excuse is that no one could have anticipated the record inflation that is plaguing Biden's presidency. [...] Why didn't Yellen see it coming?  And what is her response?  "I do expect inflation to remain high," Yellen says, "although I very much hope it will be coming down now."  "Is that where we are," asks Tucker Carlson, "very much hoping?  In a functioning country, Janet Yellen would be in a retirement home.

White House says Biden has sparked 'historic economic boom' as Dow plunges into bear market amid record inflation.  The White House defended President Joe Biden's economic record on Monday as the nation experienced historic inflation, gas prices over $5 a galloon and the stock market dropping.  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre argued President Biden actually made historic economic gains, which would help the American people go through these economic 'challenges.'  She blamed inflation — prices in May were 8.6% higher than a year earlier — the greatest increase since 1981 — on the covid pandemic and on Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in the Ukraine.  'You know, with this price, high inflation coming, coming out every once in a generation, global pandemic, all of those things play a factor,' Jean-Pierre said.  But, she argued, that America would bounce back under Biden.

Biden blames Republicans, Russia for soaring inflation.  President Joe Biden on Tuesday blamed Republicans and the Russian invasion of Ukraine for soaring US inflation, in a bid to deflect voter anger over his inability to keep prices down.  Speaking to trade unions in Philadelphia on the eve of the Federal Reserve's likely decision to raise interest rates again, Biden said inflation is "sapping the strength of a lot of families."  Biden said he feels Americans' pain, having grown up in a family where news that the price of gasoline had gone up "was a conversation at the dinner table.  It mattered."  But he rejected arguments that his government's massive spending to stimulate the economy at the tail end of the Covid-19 pandemic was to blame, instead citing shockwaves from Ukraine and Republican obstruction.

All Stock Market Gains Erased Since Biden Took Office.  The stock market has lost all the gains it made since President Joe Biden was sworn into office, according to recent data reported by Fortune on Monday [6/13/2022].  The S&P 500 took a sharp downturn, closing on Monday 151 points below where it was in January of 2021. The other two major indexes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite fell by 876 points and 530 points respectively, both below where they were when Biden took office.  Cryptocurrency has also taken a hit.  Bitcoin lost 15% of its value, and Ethereum lost 16%, according to Fortune.

U.S. annualized inflation just peaked 17 percent for the first time since WW2, the highest rate in 75 years.  [Threat reader]  The media are misreporting the real data, and I'll explain why.  Inflation is properly defined as an expansion of the money supply.  However in the 20th century, the federal government began a series of steps to expand the money supply to facilitate more expansive federal spending (removing the gold standard, removing the gold peg, suppressing interest rates as "stimulus," printing money directly into the Treasury, etc.).  All of these are inflationary, and prices rose far more in the 20th century vs. the largely deflationary 19th century.  To cover their tracks, the Fed changed its definition of inflation from meaning an expansion in the money supply to mean rising prices.  (Again, previously, the terms were basically synonymous as an expanding money supply ALWAYS means higher prices.)  The CPI as originally conceived was intended to track the cost of maintaining a constant standard of living.  In 1980, the Fed altered its tool for calculating inflation such that it was no longer measuring a constant "basket of goods" but rather a "quasi-substitution-based basket of goods"; now, via "hedonics," the Fed would, for example, use tech improvements to offset rising prices [...]

Joe Biden Gets Smashed by Resurrected Clip, Karine-Jean Pierre Flails in Response.  If you have any money in the stock market, today was a good day to not look at it.  The Dow Jones cratered by nearly 900 points with the other markets following the same trends.  For the first time, the markets are now currently lower under Joe Biden than when he took office.  This is what a full-scale collapse looks like.

New Charts Reveal Harms of Biden's Budget-Busting Binge.  President Joe Biden has been engaging in extra-strength political spin by repeatedly taking credit for a reduction in the budget deficit.  Yet this happened despite Biden's policies, not because of them:  Record-setting deficits during the COVID-19 pandemic were already expected to come back down to earth as the worst of the pandemic seemed to wane.  A more accurate way to see whether Biden has been good for the nation's financial health is to compare where things stood when he took office with where they stand today.  The comparison in the chart [not shown here] makes it clear:  Biden has repeatedly chosen to make things worse.

The Latest Mask Research Is Bad News For Branch Covidians.  Unless you're visiting a medical facility still taken in by the mask-cult or you live in a big city or some obscure California county run by hypochondriac Democrat whack-jobs, you're probably generally living your life without being forced to wear a useless, bacteria-laden piece of t-shirt material over your face. [...] Indeed, the unabashed insistence that masks 'work' has become one of the most insane and evil lies in all of human history.  Not only did it create a false sense of security that doubtless led to more infections than would otherwise had occurred, it also led to years of speech and developmental delays in children, untold disruptions of societal cohesion, millions of tons of useless and pointless medical waste in our oceans and landfills, massive psychological issues in countless people who still mask-up in the absurdest of places and situations to this day, and even actual medical harms that are just being uncovered.  All while doing absolutely nothing towards their intended purpose.  If there has been a worse trade-off, I'd love to see it.

Inflation spoils the January 6 show.  Call it bad timing or Trump luck, but most people today are talking inflation.  This is from Fox News:  ["]The Labor Department said Friday that the consumer price index, a broad measure of the price for everyday goods, including gasoline, groceries and rents, rose 8.6% in May from a year ago.  Prices jumped 1% in the one-month period from April.  Those figures were both higher than the 8.3% headline figure and 0.7% monthly gain forecast by Refinitiv economists.  It marks the fastest pace of Inflation since December 1981.["]   Well, I remember 1981 and the recession that followed in 1982.  In other words, my memory tells me it's going to get a lot worse before it gets any better.  Wait until companies shut down and lay off people.  It's coming because I saw this movie 40 years ago.

The Editor says...
You joined that movie in progress, sir, because Gerald Ford was desperately trying to "Whip Inflation Now" in 1974.  (And also tried to solve a gasoline shortage by reducing the speed limit to 55 mph nationwide, which created the CB Radio boom and made Radio Shack stores very popular.)  Eventually he turned the inflation problem over to Jimmy Carter, who made matters worse.  But even Carter never dreamed of spending a trillion dollars at a time.

NYPD exodus:  Police on pace to quit, retire in record numbers.  More than 1,500 NYPD officers have either resigned or retired so far this year — on pace to be the biggest exodus of officers since the statistics have been available, The [New York] Post has learned.  Some 524 cops have resigned and 1,072 have retired as of May 31, NYPD pension stats obtained by The Post show.  The 1,596 total is a 38% spike from the same period in 2021, when 1,159 cops called it a career, and a staggering 46% climb from 2020, when 1,092 left the force by the same date.  Anti-cop hostility, bail reform, and rising crime have fed into frustration among the NYPD rank and file, according to one NYPD officer who recently fled for greener pastures at a Long Island police department after 6½ years with the New York's Finest.

The Subordinate Citizen.  There are lots of reasons why the looming November midterms will likely see historic levels of pushback against the Biden administration, Democratic candidates, and the entire progressive agenda.  Take your pick of the many self-induced Biden disasters, among them hyperinflation, unaffordable gasoline, out-of-control crime, and foreign policy humiliations.  But one reason why voters are furious is rarely expressed.  Americans feel that ordinary citizens like themselves who follow the rules are treated more harshly by their own government than are both noncitizens and our own progressive elites.  And they are right, and they are angry, and we will hear from them very soon.

Biden Has America on its Knees.  There have been a number of books released recently that highlight America's collective buyer's remorse in electing Joe Biden as President.  As we came through a spring of Biden's administration starting a new Cold War with Russia, skyrocketing inflation, and a baby formula shortage; the opportunities for authors to highlight the multitude of failures is easy.  You know it is dire when no one on the Left is writing a book about the glowing successes of the Biden administration and its domestic and foreign triumphs.

What would it take for the White House to commit treason?  A number of prior actions by the Biden administration directly harmed rather than helped the U.S.  These injurious executive decisions include suppression of domestic oil and natural gas production (note current gas prices); opening the southern border to a massive wave of illegal immigration, deadly drugs, and human-trafficking; fabricating a COVID scam that destroyed public trust in Washington; mandates that nullified the Bill of Rights; printing trillions of fiat dollars; abrogation of rule of law causing the current crime wave; and promotion of anti-white racism CRT (Critical Race Theory).  While all these actions hurt the American people and are frankly anti-American, they do not satisfy the definition of treason:  "betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government."  But what the White House is currently planning behind closed doors may be a different story.

How Progressive Ideology Transformed America.  Most people have now caught on to how progressive ideology has inched its way into American life through critical race theory and gender ideology.  However, few are aware of how America has been radically transformed over a period of time.  People notice the adverse effects but cannot connect the dots back to progressivism.

Trump's Right of First Refusal Isn't Enough.  [Scroll down]  Trump's tiresome tirades about his re-election having been stolen — while true enough — get in the way of the more important message for 2024:  how he will fix in 2024 all of what the Democrats have destroyed since January 2020.  This is not to say election integrity isn't a big deal, but Trump can't do anything about it now, and needs to stay focused on what matters right now.  What really matters is crippling runaway inflation, the war on energy, the invasion on the southern border, the anarchy, violence, and dystopia of Dem-run American cities, and the endless catastrophes in foreign policy and national security.  Of course, most Trump-aligned Marys and Joes are annoyed about the stolen 2020 election, but they are terrified by the state of the nation and how it is affecting them and their families — right now.  Trump needs to relentlessly pound away at the root causes of that raw fear now and every day, and what he would do about it on day one of his second term.

The dystopian state of our nation.  [Scroll down]  Fear-mongering is their number-one tool; the media, electronic and social, are completely on board.  Fomenting crime, unnecessary COVID mandates, lockdowns, calculated supply chain shortages, the doubling of gas prices, etc. — all these are part of their program to disrupt and destroy what was once the greatest nation on the planet.  Despite the seeming randomness of what is happening, it's all part of their plan:  wreck America as founded, and reconstitute it as their oligarchic playground.

Have We Become Amerika?  A 1987 television miniseries that visualized the condition of the U.S. a decade after the country had surrendered to the Soviet Union was probably not far off the mark.  Life in "Amerika" was nothing like life in America before the Soviet takeover. [...] Unlike the Americans in "Amerika," we didn't surrender to the Soviets.  We have simply handed power to the left.  The hard (and unrelenting) left controls most of the media, sets the tone for popular culture, and has hegemonized most of our institutions and many of our businesses.  Consequently, freedoms have been overrun, dissent forbidden, free speech shredded, and crime allowed to thrive.  Our Second Amendment rights are in grave jeopardy.  The price of energy is intentionally being increased.  Failure to conform to leftist demands risks ostracization.  The rule of law is being ignored.  Our justice system has been corrupted by politics.  Both policymakers and activists want to increase the middle and lower classes' dependency on government.  Wealth is not to be created but redistributed by elected officials and their functionaries in the bureaucracy.  Inflation caused by Democratic policies has wrecked the value of the dollar.  Abundance has been replaced by shortages, the worst of which are yet to come.

Seattle Implodes After Defunding Police.  Seattle's efforts to defund its police department and transfer its duties to other city agencies resulted in $5 million worth of wrongful parking tickets and other administrative dysfunction, according to The Seattle Times.  Seattle is refunding roughly 100,000 parking tickets worth approximately $5 million total after transferring parking enforcement duties from police to civilian parking enforcement officers in the fall of 2021, finding that the civilian officers lacked the legal authority to write the tickets, according to The Seattle Times.  Parking officers also conducted more than 10,000 car tows and impounded 1,700 cars without the proper authority during this period.  "What's going to happen here is that we're going to get sued, I can guarantee it," said Chuck Labertew, president of Lincoln Towing, which has the sole contract for city-initiated towing, according to The Seattle Times.  "And I'm going to forward every one of those lawsuits on over to the city."  The decision to remove this responsibility from police was part of a push in 2020 to reduce police funding and have civilians take on jobs typically handled by police, according to The Seattle Times.

The green agenda's role in global inflation.  As inflation rises and the prospects for our return to normality following the pandemic fade ever more into the distant future, criticism is rightly focusing on financial institutions and regulators.  They claim that printing money, which has inevitably caused prices to rise, was necessary to mitigate the economic chaos of lockdowns.  But now they appear to be behind a third act of immense self-harm to help to steer the world to inflation and deliberately prevent economic recovery.  The rise in energy prices the world has seen were not the result of an unforeseeable supply crisis, but engineered by those charged with managing the economy. [...] It turns out that the chief regulator of the UK economy (the sixth largest in the world) and his predecessor were far more concerned with the putative risks from climate change than with developments in geopolitics.  The Bank of England's webpages could have been written by an XR activist.  'Climate change creates financial risks and economic consequences,' it claims.  'These risks and consequences matter for our mission to maintain monetary and financial stability.'  Endless volumes of reports and links to pages after pages make the case, citing equally endless scientific reports that I have always considered to be suspect.

Guns Are Not the Problem.  [Scroll down]  It is considered offensive or stodgy even to suggest that things are not as they should be.  We're living in a male-dominated world, we are told over and over.  Men are thriving.  But it's the women who are thriving.  They are getting educated more than ever, making more money than ever, and they are finding the pickings of marriageable men with secure jobs (thanks, globalization) are slim.  The result is fewer marriages, or marriages delayed, and fewer families.  Our infertile, androgynous blob-society has destroyed masculinity and femininity both, leaving the sexes repulsed by one another.  Society ridicules masculinity and sets men up to fail with terrible advice: become docile and vulnerable, and be more like women.  While men have softened, femininity is becoming a rare quality in women.  The typical modern "boss b****" talks and acts like a man, is fatter than her predecessors, and has a sense of entitlement and an inflated sense of what she has to offer.  The marriage market is a minefield, and it's not hard to see why members of both sexes are approaching with caution.

South Africa:  Warmism creates blackouts.  South Africa — supposedly one of Africa's advanced economies — is reeling under severe power shortages and daily rolling blackouts — some for as long as eight hours.  In May, most households, commercial buildings, and industries experienced hours of blackouts.  The South African state-run power utility ESKOM supplied no power between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. due to a "loss of generation capacity."  Last month, social unrest was reported in parts of the country after frustrated citizens took to the streets to protest power failures, cable theft, and years of inefficiency at Eskom.  The utility has been notorious for corruption, poor maintenance, and failure to increase generation capacity.

Hurricane Joe — A Category Five Economic Calamity.  Hurricane season is officially underway, beginning June 1, extending to November 30.  Expect the usual stories about hurricanes becoming more frequent and severe due to global warming, despite contrary evidence.  What about a new type of hurricane?  Not rain and wind, but an economic hurricane of stagflation, a toxic combination of high inflation and stagnant economic growth.  This hurricane is so miserable that a term was coined to measure the misery, aptly named the misery index, the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates.  The misery index is currently in double digits, near 12, and if economic malaise continues, expect this number to creep closer to 20, territory last seen during the Jimmy Carter presidency, the last time both the misery index and malaise were commonly discussed.

Tucker Carlson:  Biden's Lunatic War Against Putin [is] Crushing The U.S. Economy.  Let's say just for the sake of a mind experiment, that you're the secretary of transportation for the United States of America.  That's a big job, but what would you do all day?  Well, [...] your first concern would be the price of diesel fuel.  Diesel fuel is what makes transportation possible in this country. [...] Your second concern, if you were transportation secretary, would be domestic air travel.  This is a huge country.  It's far too big a country not to have reliable commercial flights from one place to another. [...] So, that's what you would be worried about if you were the secretary — diesel and airlines — and yet, remarkably, in less than a year and a half under Joe Biden, both of these things, fuel costs and air travel have gone dramatically in the wrong direction.  The price of diesel is now hit its highest price ever recorded in history. [...] Wasn't it just the other day that the United States was energy independent?  Yes, but now we're begging dictatorships to sell us oil, but it won't be enough.  Industry officials are predicting shortages very soon.  [Video clip]

The Cost Of Gas Has More Than Doubled Since The Day Biden Took Office.  The average cost of a gallon of gasoline has officially more than doubled since the day President Joe Biden took office on January 21, 2021.  On Saturday [6/4/2022], AAA reported that the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $4.819. On the day that Biden was inaugurated, gas cost motorists just $2.393 per gallon on average. [...] On Wednesday, The Daily Wire reported that Biden suggested the high cost of gasoline is here to stay for quite some time, as he lamented to reporters that it is "not likely" he can simply "click a switch" to bring down prices.  Biden made his remarks regarding gasoline from the White House-crafted fake Oval Office set — which he reportedly uses so that he can stay on a script from a teleprompter.

Matt Schlapp says Biden failures prove he's 'simply not up to the job'.  The wheels are completely coming off of the Democratic Party clown car as it spins out of control headed for the brick wall of the November midterm elections and to top it off, things are even worse inside a White House that has descended into dysfunction and disarray as it becomes more apparent to voters that the Biden administration is an abject catastrophe.  With the nation battered by record gas prices with no ceiling in sight along with the worst inflation in four decades, food and baby formula shortages, and a regime that burns through money faster than the proverbial drunken sailor on a foreign conflict where no American interests are at stake, things are looking increasingly bleak for a Democratic Party that is determined to tear down the nation and its institutions and which could be only five months away from the mother of all electoral bloodbaths.

State Officials Admit Drug Decriminalization Has Been a Massive Failure: 'We Have Overdoses Increasing at Drastic Rates'.  A 2020 ballot measure that decriminalized drug use has failed in its purpose of improving lives, Oregon state officials were told this week.  Oregon's House Committee on Behavior Health was told in testimony that the law has not done what it claimed it would do, according to the Washington Examiner.  "When the voters of Oregon passed Measure 110, we did so because it was a change of policy in Oregon to improve the lives of people, to improve our communities," Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said.

Our Rulers Have Lost Their Minds.  Have a look at the shock on people's faces as they leave the grocery stores these days, or the look as they stand filling up their tanks at the gas station.  Their jaws drop and they wonder what is happening to the world.  The answer is the policy disasters of the last two years.  The bill is coming due and everyone but the masters of the universe is paying it.  The value of the dollar is sinking rapidly, more rapidly than in our lifetimes.  The people who hold power today seem completely clueless about why this is happening.  Actually, that's a charitable interpretation.  They might just think it is great.  High gas prices are pushing a shift to electric cars, presumably to manage global climate (I'm a serious doubter that anything like that is possible by policy).  Or maybe there is an impulse here just to redistribute wealth and disorient people to create new levels of dependency.  Whatever the reason, I'm seeing absolutely no signs that anyone at the top has any intention to put a stop to this.

The Left Despises People of Color.  Under the guise of caring and concern, the Left continues its assault on Black people, aka People of Color.  First, it began with substandard education to Black children and the control of the school systems by the teachers' unions, who shill for the Democrat party.  Not surprising, these very children could not compete academically because they were never given the basic tools to do so.  But the seed was planted fostering the implicit bias that Blacks were simply not capable of doing well.  So, the next step was to institute affirmative action.  After 60 years, it has been discovered, for example, that while these very students could have done well in second tier law schools, far too many could not compete in the elite schools and dropped out.  The chaos that now describes American education has created ignorance of a magnitude that is terrifying.  Of course, it has affected the Caucasian students, but it has only worsened things for the Black students.

Our Economic Misery Isn't an Accident, It's the Plan.  There are predictions that gas will hit $6 a gallon nationwide by the summer because the Biden administration has worked hard to raise energy prices and create artificial shortages.  Biden's people just got through once again sabotaging oil and gas leases because they want higher energy prices.  $6 a gallon is not the result of political inattentiveness, that is the plan.  Inflation isn't an unintentional accident either.  The Left spends like drunken sailors to feed its agenda, but also because spending is an innate good in the Cloward-Piven sense.  Devalue money and you wipe out the middle class.  Then you can reboot the economy on new terms.  Biden wasted trillions of dollars and is busy blaming "corporate greed" for high prices. [...] The utterly blatant goal is to eliminate millions of cars by making it too expensive to drive.  And Democrats are working on this on multiple ends, from environmental and safety regulations, to raising gas prices, to artificial car shortages.  Even those who can afford an electric car or get a government subsidized one will be kept off the road by high power rates.

How The White House Fumbled The Inflation Football And Lost The Game.  Wasn't it not even a year ago we were told that inflation would, in fact, be a "good" thing?  That it was "transitory"?  Not a serious threat.  Now we're finding that the media, Wall Street economists, Fed officials, but most of all, the Biden administration, were all wrong.  Does anyone pay a price for gross incompetence anymore? [... Inflation] skews business and personal decisions, wrecks family budgets, makes millions of low-income families even poorer, destroys personal thrift and wealth, undermines faith in the economy, distorts financial markets, and discourages investment and innovation.  And, eventually, it destroys real economic growth, undermining the very underpinnings of our prosperity and standard of living.  We're on the way to that now.

The return of reefer madness?  Reefer madness is not a joke, but a real problem.  Why do you think George Soros is investing so much money in legalization?  Drugs add to the dystopian scene of our cities:  homelessness, crime, squalor.  Our current dilemma is a becoming a dirty and degenerate rendition of Huxley's Brave New World (1932).

Government Officials Blame Biden For Inflationary Surge Hurting Most Americans.  Officials in the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have released reports that squarely place the rate of inflation on President Biden's stimulus efforts during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The CBO notes that President Biden is culpable for the record-high inflation creating undue pressure on America's workforce in its latest annual report.  The nonpartisan CBO report also says that Biden's preferred fix, increasing taxes, will worsen the economy.  The CBO's annual economic outlook squarely blames Biden's 2021 COVID stimulus bill for today's high inflation.  The report notes that the stimulus checks sent to Americans in 2021 significantly boosted demand, causing inflationary pressure.  The report also notes that Biden's COVID stimulus artificially "slowed the recovery of labor force participation" by paying workers not to work.  The continued lack of employees has strained supply chains, creating an additional source of upward pressure on consumer prices.

The Fed Chair Explained How He Flooded the System by Printing Money.  President Joe Biden is meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at the White House Tuesday [5/31/2022] for the first time since taking office in January 2021.  The meeting comes as inflation wreaks havoc on American families with prices on essential items continuing to skyrocket.  [Tweet]  The meeting marks a new strategy by the White House to focus on the issue, with allies in the media deflecting blame from Democrats.

America Today:  Liberals Did It.  Let's talk money.  A century ago, it took about $20 to buy an ounce of gold.  Today it takes about $2,000.  So a dollar today is worth one percent of its grandfather a century ago.  Has this been a Good Thing?  Or the worst thing since fossil fuels?  It's your Keynesian economics that has done this, liberals, as in:  Got a problem on the economic front? A war?  A crash?  A COVID?  No problem, just print a bunch of dollars.

USDA Raises Food Price Forecast to Highest Level in 42 Years.  Have you ever seen egg prices at $1 per egg range, or $12/doz?  Hold on a few months and perhaps you will.  That is the context for the scale of food price increases the USDA is now starting to predict.  The highest predicted change in food costs in well over 40 years, that's the USDA warning in their revised May "Food Price Outlook".  This month the USDA just re-re-revised the forward price outlook, and things are grim. [...] When the USDA predicts egg prices increasing by 19.5 to 20.5% (from where those prices are now), there will be regions with much higher retail increases than estimated.  Just two months ago, USDA had egg inflation at 2.5%-3.5% range, year over year.  Again, that's the scale of change; from a 3.5% forward outlook to a 20.5% forward outlook effective right now.  Food at home (grocery store) prices: up 7% to 8% in this monthly review, versus the April outlook of a rise of 5% to 6%.  That means the USDA is predicting the highest grocery store price rise since 1980 when prices rose 8.1% (prices rose 7.2% in 1981).  There is no reason to think the USDA forecast will not rise again in June.

Why Team Biden might be purposefully grinding down the middle class.  Inflation is running rampant.  The Producer Price Index, the most useful measure of general inflation, is up a whopping 16.3% from April 2021, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That means that roughly $1 out of every $6 that people earn has been lost to inflation in a single year. [...] Inflation comes when you have too much money chasing too few goods.  The spending part provided the excess money, but the Biden team was right there helping to ensure fewer goods, too.  Gas prices going up?  Not only was Biden's spending program stimulating inflation, but at the same time Biden policies were reducing the amount of gasoline, diesel and heating oil those dollars could buy.  Biden went wild canceling pipelines, ending gas and oil leases, imposing stricter environmental rules and — in cooperation with big institutional investors — choking off the finances of people trying to produce new fuel supplies.

How Long Can You Eat if Your Power Goes Out?  U.S. fertilizer prices have risen dramatically, in some cases fourfold in the last few years.  This not only creates huge upward price pressures, but impacts usage, potentially impacting yields.  Also Union Pacific has reduced major U.S. fertilizer companies, like CF Industries, one of America's largest, to shipping about 80% of their potential volumes.  This can result in some of America's premier farmlands, the Corn Belt, not getting adequate fertilizer during the critical spring planting season.  Ironically, "Union Pacific has said it is limiting rail traffic and hiring aggressively as part of a plan to improve service after grain and ethanol shippers complained about shortcomings."  So U.P. is limiting the food supply to further limit the food supply by converting more corn into ethanol — a devil's twofer.  And the Biden administration plans to increase ethanol limits.  A threefer.

Militarizing The Baby Formula Crisis Is Infantile.  America is unique in having this problem because its regulatory state caused it.  The proximate cause of the shortage was the February recall of products made at America's largest manufacturer of baby formula, Abbott Labs' facility in Michigan.  The Food and Drug Administration was concerned about outbreaks of death and illness among infants fed with the formula but was slow to inspect the facility.  Abbott has indeed announced that it will reopen the facility, as the FDA found no evidence of contamination.  As 40% of America's supply comes from that facility, the shortfall hit supplies hard.  Ordinarily, however, the market would respond to such a shock by two means — raising prices to signal a shortage and importing substitutes from abroad.  However, regulation precludes those two responses.  Much of the American market depends on price agreements with the country's welfare agencies, which are there to stop poor mothers from having to face difficult choices for their pocketbooks.

It's Not The Guns:  America's left-wing culture of death and self-mutilation is a factory that produces mass shooters.  In the wake of the mass shooting yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, we must remember that on the very same day, over 2,700 human babies were murdered in America via abortion factories, according to reliable abortion estimates.  The same Leftists who demand abolishing the Second Amendment by falsely claiming it will stop shootings also celebrate the mass slaughter of human babies as they're being born... or even after they're born, via "post-birth abortions" that the Left celebrates.  What they care about is stripping armed Americans of their last remaining line of defense against tyranny:  The Second Amendment.  Left-wing Marxists and tyrants know that if they can successfully take away firearms from the American people, they can then run whatever totalitarian scenarios they want, including rounding up conservatives and throwing them into concentration camps under the cover of an "outbreak."  If Americans give up their guns, the radical left-wing fascists will treat the American people in the same way Australia's government treats their citizens:  Like prisoners in a giant prison camp.

Cannabis causes psychosis.  Psychosis causes violence.  Yep, there it is, the first reference to cannabis use by Salvador Ramos, the Texas elementary school killer.  In the New York Times.  Took 24 hours, give or take.  ["]And Ms. Rodriguez recalled he would often talk about how much he despised his mother and grandmother, whom he told her did not let him smoke weed or do what he wanted.["]  [Source]  This is only one case.  Except it's not.  Nikolas Cruz, the Florida high school shooter, was a heavy user and told the police detective who interviewed him that he heard voices.  Devin Patrick Kelley — who shot up a Texas church and killed 26 people in 2017 before blowing his head off — had THC in his system when he died.  (Kelley had anti-anxiety drugs too; a lot of heavy cannabis users wind up using Xanax or Klonopin to try to tamp down their paranoia.)  Darrell Brooks Jr., last seen allegedly racing through the Waukesha Christmas Parade, is a self-described stoner.  Meanwhile, cities like Portland, Oregon have suffered an explosion in violence following the legalization of cannabis.  Portland had 16 murders in 2013, the year before voters in Oregon approved full legalization.  Last year it had 90.  It's on pace to have even more in 2022.  It has gone from being one of the safest medium-sized cities in the United States to one of the most dangerous.  Denver has seen a similar trend.

A Dark Age in America.  America has been fundamentally transformed — and not for the better. [...] Racism is rampant.  Not only is racism accepted, but it is celebrated.  With Critical Race Theory, schools teach children to hate anyone who looks different, to feel guilty if they're white or empowered because they are not white.  Children barely out of diapers are being taught to question their sex before they are capable of comprehending what sex is.  Our southern border is nonexistent, and politicians are loath to do anything about it.  Illegal aliens pour across and then demand — as if it were their God-given right — support and acceptance.  If they're intercepted by Border Patrol, they get medical care and free transport to wherever they want to go.

Democrats are breaking America.  AP amused me with its tale, "After 3 months of war, life in Russia has profoundly changed." [...] With Biden's ignorant economic sanctions, he has brought down two economies.  I could not care less about Russia, but the United States is in deep trouble.  Destroying America is the goal.  I call it the Venezuelation of America.  The combination of runaway inflation and shortages is astonishing and unprecedented here, but common throughout the communist world.  Along with a rampant rise in violent crime, Democrats are scorching the Earth to punish Americans for daring to elect Donald John Trump as president.  Democrats desperately are speeding up their fundamental transformation of America into a Union of Soviet States of America.  The use of mail-in voting to accommodate illegal ballot harvesting installed Biden in the White House.  Democrats know they have very little time to make the changes they desire.

We Aren't Raising Adults.  We Are Breeding Very Excellent Sheep.  I taught English at Yale University for ten years.  I had some vivid, idiosyncratic students — people who went on to write novels, devote themselves to their church, or just wander the world for a few years.  But mostly I taught what one of them herself called "excellent sheep."  These students were excellent, technically speaking.  They were smart, focused, and ferociously hard-working.  But they were also sheep: stunted in their sense of purpose, waiting meekly for direction, frequently anxious and lost.  I was so struck by this — that our "best and brightest" students are so often as helpless as children — that I wrote a book about it.  It came out in 2014, not long before my former colleague Nicholas Christakis was surrounded and browbeaten by a crowd of undergraduates for failing to make them feel coddled and safe — an early indication of the rise of what we now call wokeness.

They Want You to Suffer.  In a sentence I've typed way too often over the last year, inflation continues to sit at astronomical levels, gas prices keep increasing, and the border is in shambles.  To make matters worse, over the past month, the stock market has crashed, eating away at people's retirements and investments.  Dreams that people had are now going to be on hold for years based on the hope that things will recover, and time isn't something you can get back.  The response from the White House in the face of so many of their self-inflicted wounds hasn't been empathy, though.  Not that such would mean much, but it would at least give people peace of mind knowing that their leaders aren't actively rooting for their destruction.  Unfortunately, that's exactly what appears to be happening.  These people want you to suffer.

The consequences of the stolen 2020 election are increasingly catastrophic.  [Scroll down]  The elephant in the room is this: why has no DOJ investigation been mounted, given the overwhelming volumes of evidence of election fraud?  Why have the courts dismissed each case without even looking at the evidence?  The only answer is that the DOJ, every other federal law enforcement agency and the corporate media are corrupt.  They are all agents of the Democrat party.  As Dennis Prager often comments, truth is not a left-wing value.  Beyond the mules; the illegally harvested ballots; fake ballots that were never folded, mailed, or signed; the finagling of people like Republican Gov. Kemp and sec. of state Raffensperger of Georgia and the NeverTrump powers that be in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan and probably numerous other states, the 2020 election was the most dishonest, the most unscrupulous in American history.  Unable to accept her defeat in 2016, Hillary Clinton fabricated the notion that Russia facilitated Trump's win, which gave birth to the entirely phony Mueller investigation, the trumped-up impeachments based on nothing, and the equally fabricated "insurrection" charges about January 6.

My Biden-Voting Friend Had 'No Idea' Things Could Get This Bad.  A friend told me yesterday he voted for Biden because he was tired of Trump's "drama." He said he "didn't vote for Jared Kushner or Ivanka" and didn't like them "hanging around" the White House.  "Right message, wrong guy," he said of Trump.  My buddy considers himself a "non-Trumping, Democrat-hating conservative."  I guess his "non-Trumping" bias trumped (heh-heh) his hatred of Democrats.  He claimed he had "no idea things would get this bad under Biden."  My friend also doesn't like the far-left judge in the Bronx who has a habit of releasing violent criminals from jail.  He lives nearby.  "She's causing a one-woman crime wave," my friend lamented.  He fears for his family's safety and worries about his 2-year-old granddaughter's future.

The Collapse of Trust.  Looking at the issues facing our country, there seems to be something pernicious for which we don't seem to know what to do to correct the downward trajectory that is shaking us to our core. [... For example,] The sky-high cost of energy:  Why do we have a shortage of energy and are we being told the truth?  The salient question every American should ask is, have they been deceived by the President?  Old "circle back" Psaki was asked endlessly why we are producing less energy, even today?  Pre-Pandemic, under Trump, the U.S. was producing a record 13 million barrels of oil per day and we were even exporting it.  Production fell 3 million BPD due to slackened demand.  Production is now back up to 11.6 [million] BPD but is not accelerating.  Why?  Could the underlying reason be the simple truth that Biden articulated in 2019 "I want you to look at my eyes.  I guarantee you.  I guarantee you.  We're going to end fossil fuel."  Is he just keeping his promise and lying to the rest of us?  My take is simple; he wants high prices and cares not about the damage to the American family and its position in the world to support his Green New Deal initiatives.

It Sure Looks Like Joe Biden Is Trying to Purposely Destroy the Country.  The last several weeks in the United States have been a wild ride.  Everything that could go wrong, short of a full-blown apocalyptic situation, has gone wrong.  The stock market is currently in the midst of a collapse, with the Dow Jones losing nearly 5,000 points over the last 30 days.  Inflation clocked in at 8.3% for April, representing another crushing blow to Americans.  Of course, gas prices continue to break milestones on a daily basis. [...] With all that in mind, you'd expect the current administration to be scrambling to fix things, or at the very least, soften the blow.  Instead, it sure seems like Biden is purposely trying to destroy the country.  For example, in the midst of exploding gas prices and a diesel shortage, which exacerbates inflation because products have to be transported, the administration decided to cancel more oil and gas leases.

Morgan Stanley analyst directly blames Biden's 'excessive' fiscal stimulus for surge of inflation.  An analysis of the economy by Morgan Stanley put the blame directly on the "excessive" fiscal stimulus spending by the Biden administration for the surge of inflation that is hurting so many Americans.  Michael Wilson led a team of analysts in the assessment released on Monday.  "In summary, the slack created by the covid recession is being absorbed much faster than usual.  While some of this absorption is due to the supply disruptions created by the lockdowns, we think it was more so due to excessive fiscal stimulus provided during the pandemic, particularly the last $1.9T package at the end of March 2021 just as the economy was already emerging from the lockdowns," the analysis read.  "In our view, this was what turbocharged consumption and drove inflation to 40-year-highs," it continued.

How the Left Shuts Down Talk of Election Fraud.  [For instance,] The Law of Merited Impossibility:  This is when Leftists tell you, "Oh, what you're worried about will never happen," and then when it does, tell you, "It will be for the best and you deserve it, anyway."  One example of this, to counter the Right's "slippery slope" concerns, might be, "Oh, just because men are able to self-identify as women, that doesn't mean they'll be exposing themselves in locker rooms!  Goodness, that will never happen."  And then, when it does, they say, "Now it's the way it should be, and if you have a problem, deal with it because you're homophobic."  As I apply this to election fraud, it might start out with them saying, "Mail-in balloting will never lead to fraud big enough to change elections!" Then, when you suspect it has, they say, "Hey, the important thing is to make every vote count and not disenfranchise any racial group, you racist."

Put a Fork in Portland.  Portland use to be one of my favorite towns to visit.  It had fun bars and groovy thrift stores.  Now it looks like Detroit on a bender.  The difference between my hometown, the Motor City, and Portland is that Portland's death was intentional.  Whereas Detroit was murdered by a perfect storm of crotch-kicks from the auto industry and a racist, corrupt mayor, Portland was killed by its own citizens and the Democratic Party.  I should have seen what the future of Portland would look like.  The last time I was there was in 2010.  Everything seemed fine except for the huge homeless population.  Note to self:  when you have hundreds of drugged-out homeless people living wherever they want in a town, death is nigh.

The Takeover of America's Legal System.  The adversarial legal system — in which both sides of a dispute are represented vigorously by attorneys with a vested interest in winning — is at the heart of the American constitutional order.  Since time immemorial, law schools have tried to prepare their students to take part in that system.  Not so much anymore.  Now, the politicization and tribalism of campus life have crowded out old-fashioned expectations about justice and neutrality.  The imperatives of race, gender and identity are more important to more and more law students than due process, the presumption of innocence, and all the norms and values at the foundation of what we think of as the rule of law.  Critics of those values are nothing new, of course, and certainly they are not new at elite law schools.

What's Wrong With Price 'Gouging' In Baby Formula Crisis?  As night follows day, the shortage of baby formula around the country has politicians shouting about the evils of "price gouging" and vowing to stop it.  But what if "price gouging" relieves shortages and makes sure parents who need the formula the most can get it?  News accounts tell the story of panicked mothers who've had to drive hours in all directions to find formula.  In response, President Joe Biden is pressing the Federal Trade Commission to "bring all of the Commission's tools to bear" to stop sellers from raising formula prices.  Parents would be better off if the Biden administration had instead focused on boosting supply.  The Food and Drug Administration sat on warnings about contamination at a major plant in Michigan for weeks.  And then dawdled in getting the plant cleared to reopen.  It was only after the shortages made headlines that Biden claimed to be "on top of it."

Democrats Blame Inflation on 'Greed,' Instead of Their Own Failed Policies.  Democrats in Congress and the White House are reticent to take any responsibility for inflation with their reckless spending and deliberate hampering of getting petroleum products out of the ground and into cars and homes.  After presiding over a more than doubling of gasoline prices during his first year and a half in office, President Biden is adding fuel to the inflationary fire by canceling offshore oil lease sales in Alaska and the Gulf Coast.  Gas prices hovered around $2 per gallon during most of 2020 only to set records four days in a row this past week, settling at $4.44 per gallon, hence the ubiquitous Joe Biden "I did that" stickers peppering gas pumps nationwide.  Not only fuel, but also food prices, increasing at the fastest rate in 40 years according to the US Department of Agriculture.  For example, meats, poultry, fish, and eggs are up 14 percent with fruits and vegetables costing 8 percent more.

Inflation:  The Price You Pay for Biden's Delusions.  When the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation had risen at an annual rate of 8.3 percent in April, the White House and many news outlets made much of the minuscule decrease from the 8.5 percent rate reported for March.  President Biden issued a statement, for example, that called the infinitesimal decline "heartening."  CNN ran a story titled, "US inflation slowed last month for the first time since August."  This wasn't terribly comforting, however, considering that the inflation rate has nearly doubled since last April while real wages declined by 2.6 percent.  Nor is it "heartening" to see that Biden is still in denial about the role his administration's spending has played in igniting inflation.

Lawlessness.  Everybody to the right of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez knows that the root cause of the crisis facing America — the most serious since the Civil War — is lawlessness.  And everybody not under the spell of the Democrat spin machine understands that the lawlessness begins at the top, with government and the many agencies of the executive branch who are tasked by our Constitution with enforcing the law.  Whether by failing to enforce our immigration statutes, or failing to prosecute criminals in our streets, or violating our election procedures to favor one party, Democrat administrations in our nation's capital and our major cities have brazenly supported criminal behavior carried out by Black Lives Matter rioters, common street thugs, and anti-Supreme Court agitators seeking to extort decisions by fear.  The effect has been to systematically undermine the rule of law, stoke the fires of anarchy, and sow chaos in our institutions.  This trend has been evident since the revival of the radical left on the eve of the 9/11 attacks and its creation of Sanctuary Cities designed to flout the law and prevent the enforcement of the PATRIOT Act.  It escalated with Obama's illegal, unconstitutional — and self-acknowledged — violation of America's immigration laws.

The November 2022 election is going to be really hard to steal!
Baby formula crisis punctuates steep decline in support for Biden, Dems, with suburban moms.  President Biden and his Democrats were already in trouble with suburban women due to inflation, high gas prices and an agenda these voters say does not align with their priorities.  Then baby formula disappeared from store shelves.  Images of empty store shelves and stories of frantic parents searching for food to feed their infants, coupled with reports that the Biden administration is shipping pallets of scarce formula to the southern border to feed illegal immigrant children, now threaten to crater the party's already weakened support among suburban women.  "Democrats have seen a double-digit decline among their strongest groups, especially women who are already struggling to stretch a dollar," Republican strategist Ryan Girdusky told the Washington Times.  "But now they're trying to find food for their children."  Women were a pivotal voting bloc for President Biden and Democrats in 2020.  Exit polls show they backed Mr. Biden over Donald Trump 57% to 47%. But over the past few months, polls show women have soured on Mr. Biden.

Biden's supply problem isn't just 'treadmills' anymore.  It wasn't that long ago that former White House press secretary Jen Psaki was downplaying the nation's supply chain problems as "the tragedy of the treadmill."  Just as she dismissed the topic of inflation as something that only affects rich people, Psaki spoke of the broken supply chain as if only leisure purchases for the wealthy were at risk.  But even as they put on a brave face, officials in the Biden administration were aware that the problem went much, much deeper.  And they did nothing.  The administration's handling of completely predictable supply chain problems stemming from COVID-19 has been just as appalling as Psaki's earlier insouciance suggests.  And this is how the current baby formula shortage was made possible.  Biden and Democrats don't have any answers to the current inflation crisis, nor the supply-chain crisis that is contributing to it.

Pop Goes the Presidency.  Nice-sounding growth, job, and wage numbers do not count for much when the American standard of living is in decline.  Inflation has outpaced income gains since last year.  It remains at a 40-year high.  Gas costs more than four dollars per gallon — sometimes much more — in every state.  Americans under 40 years old are experiencing consumer delays, shortages, and scarce necessities, including baby formula, for the first time in their lives.  According to the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of Americans say that inflation is "a very big problem."

Producer Price Inflation Continues Surging at 11 Percent, Annualized Processed Food Increases Now 34.8 Percent.  The "Producer Price Index" (PPI) is essentially the tracking of wholesale prices at three stages:  Origination (commodity), Intermediate (processing), and then Final (to wholesale). Today, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) released April price data [Available Here] showing another 11.0% increase year-over-year in Final Demand products at the wholesale level.  Last month when looking at internal economic activity that showed a contraction in consumer purchases of goods, we said pay attention to the service side of the ledger now.  Knowing people have stopped buying 'stuff', if people are starting to run out of money, they will cut back in the service sector (dining out, etc).

Get ready for more blackouts because of environmentalist policies.  People across the United States and in many other countries are already experiencing sticker shock when they receive their utility bills this year.  The price of energy is continuing to climb along with the price of gasoline.  Unfortunately, according to the leader of one energy industry analysis group, that's not going to be the end of the bad news.  There are already places where the electrical grid is under so much strain that rolling blackouts have been enacted again and we're only going to see more of that going forward.  This issue has little or nothing to do with Russian energy supplies or the war in Ukraine.  The reality is that in many parts of the United States, we're barely producing enough electricity to meet the demand for power, and thanks to environmentalist policies put in place by the government, we're shutting down coal-fired power plants at a rate far faster than we can replace all of that juice through other methods.

Biden's America:  The Land Of  Plenty  Shortages.  It's taken President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats all of 16 months to turn the land of plenty into one plagued by empty shelves and rationing.  Well, Biden did promise to "transform" America, but how many voters knew that this is what he had in mind?  The latest in the growing list of shortages is the chronic and dangerous scarcity of baby formula that is causing new parents to scramble to find supplies and stores to ration how much customers can buy.  The latest industry data show that 40% of America's baby formula supplies are out of stock, up from 29% in March and 11% last fall.  This is a potentially deadly situation if parents can't get the food they need for their babies or try to make their own formula.  As CNN reports, "Specialized formula is even harder to locate amid the widespread shortage.  Parents are driving to neighboring states to try their luck, and many are pleading for help on social media, imploring strangers to share or even barter any extra supply they may have."  One industry observer said that "supply chain issues, product recalls and historic inflation" are driving the baby formula crisis.  As it turns out, Biden is at least partially responsible for all of those.

Electric grid operators warn of potential summer blackouts.  While some major cities are already seeing their lights go off due to electricity use overload, grid operators and energy advocates gave a warning to states closing their coal-fired power plants even quicker than they can build new ones.  "Any plans to remove nuclear plants or coal power plants or natural gas plants that are slated to be closed, that has to be completely suspended," Power the Future executive director Daniel Turner told FOX Business' Jeff Flock Tuesday [5/10/2022].  Eighty coal-fired power plants are slated to close across 14 states in the next six years, Flock mentioned in his report, which poses a threat as some blackouts have already begun and coal and nuclear power still source 41% of the country's electricity, according to the Energy Information Administration.

HVAC Company Refuses to Take Downtown Jobs, Citing 'Needles, Human Feces, Vans Getting Broken Into'.  A Colorado heating and air conditioning company is now refusing to provide service to businesses in downtown Denver, Colorado, citing dangerous conditions in the area.  Tony Cirbo, operations manager for AC Mechanical and Engineering, explained why his business would no longer service the area in an interview with KCNC-TV.

Grocery Store Prices Up 10.8%, Most in Nearly 42 Years.  It got even more difficult in April for American families to put food on the kitchen table in January.  Food prices rose 9.4 [percent] compared with a year earlier, data from the Department of Labor showed on Wednesday.  That is the fastest rate of inflation for food since 1981.  Grocery store prices were up by even more, 10.8 percent.  The broader Consumer Price Index rose by 8.3 percent.

Tom Cotton Torches Woke Military Brass Over Pathetic Standards.  One of the more ingenious aspects of our Constitution is its requirement that our military leaders are accountable to non-military officials.  All our generals and admirals ultimately report to the Secretary of Defense and his underlings at the Pentagon who are part of the Executive Branch of government.  Our Legislative Branch of government, aka Congress, is responsible for, among other things, funding and monitoring the Executive Branch, aka the White House, which is why we have committees such as the Senate Armed Services Committee.  During hearings run by that committee on Thursday, we saw firsthand how valuable Congressional oversight of the White House can be, as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) completely schooled Secretary of the Army, Christine Wormuth.  Watch, and note that the set-up to the video erroneously refers to Wormuth as Secretary of the Navy:  [Video clip]

The Impending Economic Crash.  This week, Donald Trump's favorite Latino food supplier, Bob Unamue, CEO of Goya Foods, spoke of an impending food shortage that we should all start to see by this summer.  As a byproduct of fertilizer shortages emerging from the Russian/Ukrainian War, food suppliers are tamping down expectations of food availability later this year.  It is yet another indicator of a global economy on the retreat. [...] I'm not an economist and I don't pretend to be one, though it's debatable that the mainstream discipline has shot straight with us to date.  If you were attuned to the corporate press, you might be led to believe that the growing hardships we are experiencing were unforeseen.  Far from it, much of what we are experiencing we were warned about by economists across the political spectrum.  Some might say that the Biden administration selling the American economy down the river is a matter of incompetence.  I tend to lean toward malice.

Our Immigration System Isn't Broken, Democrats Are.  Our immigration system worked just fine (not perfectly, mind you, but fine) until a few years ago.  What happened then?  Democrats decided to stop deportations in any real way.  Yes, Democrats had already screwed it up by introducing the concept of birthright citizenship — meaning anyone born here to illegal aliens was given citizenship, a concept so incredibly stupid it's only been adopted by third world hell-holes and the United States, thanks to Democrats.  But the stopping of deportations made things exponentially worse.  Sanctuary cities and states made it clear to would-be illegal aliens that the thousands of dollars they were thinking about dropping on the drug cartels to smuggle them or their children several thousand miles would not be in vain.  The odds of them being returned to wherever they're from if they made it to, say, California were slim to none, even if they committed heinous crimes, because California changed its laws to protect non-citizens over citizens.  Kill a citizen and you might face deportation after a prison sentence, but rob a liquor store or drive drunk repeatedly, abuse a child or spouse?  Meh, the chances the state bothers to call federal immigration authorities increases only slightly, but still don't register in any real way.

Inflation Can't Be Censored.  An increasingly disturbing feature of American politics is the routine suppression of major news stories that reflect poorly on candidates favored by the Fourth Estate.  The most egregious example in recent years occurred in October of 2020 when corporate news outlets and social media platforms colluded to bury a New York Post article on Hunter Biden.  Fortunately, some stories just aren't susceptible to such censorship.  Inflation is a case in point.  It can't be hidden from the voters because soaring prices shout the bad news from every grocery store shelf and gas pump in the nation.  And the voters don't like what they're hearing.  A new Gallup poll reports:  "Americans' confidence in the economy remains very low, and mentions of economic issues as the most important problem in the U.S. are at their highest point since 2016."  Moreover, when asked to specify the most important economic issue, inflation topped the list.  Not coincidentally, the survey found that Americans identified "the government/poor leadership" as the most important non-economic problem facing the country.

Things Are Going Well in the Capital of Police Defunding.  Portland was one of the few places to defund the police by $15 million.  The efforts to lynch police officers over battles against violent rioters and left-wing mobs led to massive resignations and retirements leaving the city with the smallest police force on record in a generation.  Violent crime continues to rise and Portland cops are shorthanded.

A Government Disinformation Board?  You Don't say!  Under Biden and as a result of his misbegotten policies, the price of natural gas is up 192%, diesel 176%, regular gasoline 74%, and foodstuffs 59%. Supply chain problems are creating shortages of building supplies, fertilizer, food, medicines — you name it.  Massive government giveaways have gotten many people used to the notion that work is unnecessary, and employers are having difficulty staffing up.  While homeowners in many places may feel richer because the value of their homes has increased on paper, fewer homes are now within reach of buyers, and replacement housing for sellers — obviously — will have risen as well.  The stock market tumbled and, with it, a large chunk of many people's savings as inflation eats up what's left.

Natural Gas UP 192% Under Biden, Diesel UP 176%, Regular Gasoline UP 74%, Foodstuffs UP 59%.  We all know (except for Biden apparently) that inflation is up 8.5% YoY as measured by the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). However, the CPI change doesn't fully capture what is crushing Americans' pocketbooks.  Here is a brief update on where we stand prior to the upcoming Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting on May 4th.  Since Biden was installed as President on January 20, 2021, prices for key commodities have soared.  Natural gas futures UP 192%, Regular Gasoline prices UP 73.6%, Commodity Research Bureau Foodstuffs UP 59%, Low sulfur Diesel futures UP 176%.

What if Joe Biden forgives all student loans?  [Scroll down]  Let's say we go down that road and the government forgives all student loans because education is a right.  Why stop there?  Perhaps home loans could be forgiven too because every human being deserves to live with dignity under a roof.  Why should only students and homeowners be the beneficiaries?  How about forgiving loans of businesses?  Small businesses in particular suffered losses during the COVID-19 lockdowns and they deserve to be bailed out.  Why just small, though?  Let's help big businesses too, because they employ thousands of people.  What about farmers?  They literally are providers of food, why not waive their loans as well?  What about doctors who have set up practices?  Quite soon, everybody from the big corporates houses to the smallest borrowers begins to feign poverty because they know the government will pardon their loans.

Team Biden finally admits there's a war on cops — which it's inflaming.  The Biden Justice Department is finally acknowledging the war on cops:  FBI Director Christopher Wray denounced the 59% increase in cop murders in 2021.  An officer is murdered nearly once every five days, yet violence against law enforcement "doesn't get enough attention," Wray said Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes."  That is an understatement.  Wray's bosses — Attorney General Merrick Garland and President Joe Biden — have instead focused almost exclusively on alleged white-supremacist criminality, which they claim is the biggest domestic threat facing the country today.  That charge is preposterous.  It is violent street crime — drive-by shootings, sadistic robberies, carjackings — that has been destroying lives at an increasing rate since the George Floyd race riots.  White-supremacist violence played no role in the record-breaking 29% national homicide increase in 2020 or in the ongoing crime surge since then.

Stagflation is staring Biden in the face — but he refuses to change course.  First we were told inflation was imaginary.  Then we were told it was "transitory," the result of COVID-inflicted supply-chain problems.  Then we were told it was Russian President Vladimir Putin's fault.  Now people are starting to admit the massive runaway spending of the Biden era has something to do with it.  But we're also facing stagflation, a mixture of inflation and slow growth, and the government also plays a role in turning inflation into stagflation.  As Milton Friedman famously warned, inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.  When the government pumps the economy up with excess dollars — something usually referred to as "printing money," though a too-literal USA Today fact-checker hastened to assure us that much of the money created isn't actually printed on paper — inflation results.  When you have more money in the system than goods, the price of goods goes up.  That's inflation, and it's what's happening now.

The Inflation Draining Your Wallet, Grocery Cart, And Gas Tank Is Far Steeper Than 8 Percent.  The Labor Department's March inflation numbers released this month skyrocketed past February's, hitting a 12-month increase of 8.5 percent and the steepest annual increase since 1981. [...] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in the average U.S. city, ground beef is up 14.9 percent since last March, boneless stew beef is up 24.3 percent, bacon is up 23.1 percent, boneless chicken breasts are up 17.6 percent, eggs are up 25.9 percent, milk is up 17 percent, frozen orange juice concentrate is up 18 percent, and ground coffee is up 15.8 percent.  Meanwhile, fuel oil has jumped a whopping 71.5 percent, and utility gas is up 23.3 percent.

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I can report, from my own shopping experiences, that rice pudding has gone up 35 percent in the last year, and Diet Coke is now holding steady at $1.98 (for two liters), whereas it was $1.38 a year ago, and 98 cents about three years ago.

Democrats: 'It's Not Us, It's You!'  Considering we've entered a currency inflation death spiral, violent crime rates are through the roof, the foreign invasion at the southern border grows exponentially, and the FBI continues to hunt half the country as "terrorists" not deserving of constitutional protections, I'm not sure how many more Slow Joe "accomplishments" we can survive.  Or perhaps the real quandary is this: who actually benefits from all these magnificent "achievements"?  Certainly not the American people!  Most Americans alive today have never been more financially insecure, less safe, or more uncertain about their futures.  Never have so many Americans or their loved ones been struggling with alcohol and drug addictions.  Never have Americans reported feelings of isolation, loneliness, and despondency in such high numbers across all demographics.  Never have more Americans agreed that the nation is following a broken moral compass and headed in the wrong direction.  After years of enduring psychological abuse from governing institutions selling nothing but fear and invasive bureaucratic mandates, parts of the country look as if they've been rattled into a permanent state of PTSD.

The terrible unintended consequences of the Biden presidency (unless they were intended).  As a result of all the left's skullduggery, the American people are facing the highest inflation in forty years.  The invasion across the southern border has brought over two million migrants into the country since Biden took office.  Many of these people are being secretly flown to cities throughout the country.  Count in it:  the Democrats plan to give them all amnesty so they can vote.  They assume they will all vote Democrat, but one has to wonder if that is true; they are all fleeing crime-ridden totalitarian tyrannies.  They just might opt for a law-and-order civil society.  On top of this obvious moonbattery, the Biden administration has eviscerated our once world-class military by weeding out Trump supporters and those who chose to remain unvaxxed.  The damage this progressive cult has done has crippled America in nearly every way possible.

Fraud is the Only Issue.  From a straight political standpoint, things are not going well for the Democrats.  It's difficult to cite a time in post-World War II America when so many things on so many fronts went this badly this quickly, and the voting public knows it's their fault:
  •   Inflation at 40-year highs and spiking energy prices
  •   Out of control illegal immigration, being encouraged by Democrats to bolster liberal voting rolls
  •   Weakened military, with an inexplicable emphasis on woke social issues instead of combat readiness
  •   Crime running rampant, with many big-city DA's refusing to prosecute the offenders
Woke policies and wildly disproportionate attention on gender and diversity issues eroding the once-dependable foundation of American society
These Democrat policies have tangibly and dramatically degraded the quality of daily life in America, to the point where many people are starting to doubt that things will ever return to normal.

Prepping the Mind.  [Scroll down]  Those running the clown show in Washington D.C. are flush with this collectivist resentment toward the success of a free market and free people.  Killing both of them is the goal, not to achieve anything, or cure any ill, but just to destroy.  They think in finally ending the supremacy and wealth of Americans they will achieve some sort of victory for the cause.  In the last few years, they've tried to bankrupt the US, with help of the federal government and the federal reserve and have largely succeeded.  They've tried to poison not only America, but Western civilization.  Now, they're trying to starve us all.  Twenty something food distribution centers have gone up in flames recently.  American farmers have been paid to stop planting crops.

Baltimore has been expunging the criminal records of felons and people are dying.  For some time now we have covered the disappointing and dangerous trends in the courts of Baltimore, Maryland that make it harder to convict criminals of anything.  This has resulted in the same "revolving doors" in the jails and courthouses that we see today in so many large cities.  But in Charm City, they've taken this trend another large step further.  In addition to making it harder to lock anyone up, for the smaller number of people who do manage to be apprehended and prosecuted, they've been erasing the criminal records of many of them.  This makes it impossible for the public to research potential problems and removes information that prosecutors may need when the individual is arrested again and they have to determine the charges to be filed.  In an editorial at the Baltimore Sun this week, former Deputy State's Prosecutor Page Croyder describes the damage that these changes have wreaked on the legal system and the impacts they have had on the citizens.

Biden surpasses Jimmy Carter as the most incompetent steward of the American economy.  President Joe Biden has accomplished in just 14 months what many thought was impossible — surpassing President Jimmy Carter as the most incompetent steward of the American economy.  Biden just broke another record, leaving Americans saddled with 8.5 percent inflation — energy alone is up 32 percent since last year. [...] President Biden's actions to date appear to be directly taken from President Carter's playbook.  Excessive spending and anti-supply-side policies have contributed to the worst inflation since the Carter era.

Biden Economy:  Dow Down 981 Points at Close — Worst Day Since June 2020.  The Biden economy is doing bad and getting worse.  Inflation is at an all-time high by some measurements and at 50-year highs by other measurements.  With inflation at all-time highs, Biden's economy is a mess.  The cost of gasoline has reached all-time highs.  Interest rates are up near 7% now, the highest rates in years and still they are way behind inflation.  This all happened due to Biden's reckless spending.

Politics Is Downstream from Culture, but What Is Culture Downstream From?  The profundity of the nightmare we are living through is hard to grasp.  The tone of our everyday lives as Americans is an anti-civilization controlled by the government-media-educational megalith that is anti-God, anti-American, and pointedly anti-Christian.  American social process now originates in the bitter energy of left-wing politics as replacement for religion.  That element of opinion maintains an inquisition of judgment of good and evil people based on a false, anti-historical obsession with long gone oppression by race, sex, and sexuality.  Left-wing politics operates as increasingly divisive fanaticism, which can be called scientistic materialism.  Science is prostituted to justify a hollow-eyed, humanity-hating doomsday cult of climate change.  The reverse cycle of civilization originating in godless political opinion has made a sacrament of disposing of pre-born humans, which idolatry is inexorably expanding to include post-natal infanticide.

Why Food Prices Are Expected to Skyrocket.  According to a recent NPR report, the global food price index hit its highest recorded level in March 2022, rising 12.6% in a single month.  On average, food prices were one-third higher than in March 2021.  In the U.S., food prices rose 9% in 2021, and are predicted to rise another 4.5% to 5% in the next 12 months.  But while the Ukraine conflict is cited as the primary cause, it's not the sole reason.  Price inflation was already ramping up well before Russia went into Ukraine, thanks to the uncontrolled printing of fiat currencies that occurred in response to the COVID pandemic.  Governments' COVID response have also wreaked havoc with global supply chains, causing disruptions that continue to this day.

In 13 months, Biden has just about finished the job of destroying America.  It has not taken long at all for fake "president" Joe Biden to finish the job of collapsing the United States.  In just 13 relatively short months, the Resident-in-Chief helped usher in the highest gas prices on record, along with soaring food costs.  Millions of Americans were also forced to get injected with mystery chemicals from Operation Warp Speed, and all for a manufactured plandemic that never really was.  The country went from a trend towards energy independence to becoming a net importer of crude oil ever since Geriatric Joe started occupying the White House.  Biden's destruction of the Keystone XL Pipeline project certainly contributed to this.  Americans are worse off than they have been for quite some time as housing prices skyrocket and wages stagnate.  Millions of them are now having to work multiple jobs just to barely stay above the poverty line.

How America Became La La Land.  America was energy independent until the arrival of the Biden Administration.  On the orders of his Green New Deal masters, Biden immediately began canceling federal oil and gas leases.  He stopped new pipelines.  He jawboned against the private financing of fossil-fuel production.  Biden was hellbent on his way to fulfilling his campaign promises of eliminating the use of natural gas and oil on his watch.  Then prices soared and the public grew irate.  In response, still more incoherence followed.  The Biden Administration would not reverse its destructive energy policies.  But as it floundered in desperation, Biden begged American enemies Iran, Russia, and Venezuela to pump more oil on our behalf.  In vain, it beseeched Saudi Arabia to produce more of the hated icky stuff that we had in abundance but would not fully produce ourselves.  Biden tapped the strategic petroleum reserve.  Yet the existential peril was not war or natural catastrophe but Biden himself and his far more dangerous policies.

Massive increase in Black Americans murdered was result of defund police movement: experts.  Support of Black Lives Matter and calls to defund the police reverberated across America in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, igniting social justice protests and riots at a time when the coronavirus and lockdowns upended society in unprecedented ways.  What was left in 2020's wake was a massive increase in the number of murders, dealing a disproportionate blow to Black Americans.  "Certainly, the protests and riots mid-2020 after the death of George Floyd followed a pattern of spiking violence that we've seen following past viral police incidents, such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.  This pattern has been termed the 'Ferguson Effect': police pull back while violent crime spikes precipitously," Hannah Meyers, director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute, told Fox News Digital.

Earth to Prognosticators:  Cool Your Jets.  [Scroll down]  The question is not to "remember the past" but to dodge the ruling class's self-serving narrative about the past, for instance that our rulers first freed the slaves, then protected the workers, then stopped Hitler, then liberated the women, then rolled back Jim Crow, then saved the environment, then protected gays, then sent transphobes to somewhere where the Florida sun don't shine.  My self-serving narrative is that the rulers have successively led workers, women, blacks, and LGBTs into the wilderness.  That's why workers are "dying of despair," women are less happy than they were in the Fifties, blacks like Frank James have been carefully taught to hate and to fear whites, and transgenders are humiliating and canceling the feminists.  The way I understand the world, I would expect that, after this unjust rule of the last century, the ordinary people of America would be getting restless.

How History Will View the Biden Years.  [Scroll down]  When Biden took office, the first big economic debate was over his nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, the so-called American Rescue Plan.  Coming on the heels of multiple Trump COVID-19 stimulus policies, many leading experts in both parties warned that Biden's spending was going too far.  Overstimulating the economy in this way, they argued, would come with the risk of high inflation. [...] The "Putin Price Hike" is only the latest Biden attempt to deflect responsibility.  At first, the White House insisted that inflation was "transitory."  This was, of course, repeated throughout the press.  Those who dared dissent were even fact-checked.  Inflation was all about COVID-19, they argued.  Then it was all about "supply chain disruptions." All this would come to an end, and everything will be fine, they told us.  This was all before Vladimir Putin even began his war.  Now it's Putin's fault.  People often don't have the time to study issues at length, but they can smell pure political spin from a mile away.

LA Residents got What They Wanted:  Criminals Who Aren't Afraid.  This is what the people of Los Angeles wanted.  They put their police force on a short leash, blaming the overworked officers for the least amount of violence against criminals while at the same time absolving the criminals of responsibility.  It has led to increasing numbers of officers leaving the force or retiring early.  With fewer officers on the street and those that are being hesitant to act, the criminals are taking advantage of the situation.  The Los Angeles Police Department recently started warning people not to wear expensive jewelry in public, or they might become the target of thieves.  Thieves have become so brazen that they smashed in the front window of Luxury Jewels, a Beverly Hills jewelry store, in broad daylight and fled with merchandise estimated to be worth $3 to $5 million dollars.

Two inmates at all-women's New Jersey prison are pregnant after both had sex with the same transgender inmate after.  Two women at New Jersey's only all-women's prison have both fallen pregnant after having sex with transgender inmates.  The pregnant women, who were not identified, are housed at the embattled Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, in Clinton, which New Jersey Governor announced plans to close last year.  Prison bosses said that in both instances, the sex was consensual.

Yes, It's Biden's Inflation.  This week, America received news of yet another shocking inflation report: over the past 12 months, inflation has skyrocketed 8.5%, outpacing wage gains by 2.9%.  That inflation has flooded every area of American life, from gas (up 48%) to airfare (24%) to furniture (16%) to milk (13%).  Inflation is costing the average American family hundreds of dollars per month — and, as we know, inflation is a highly regressive tax, harming those at the bottom of the income spectrum the most.  For its part, the Biden administration blames Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.  White House press secretary and incipient MSNBC employee Jen Psaki announced, "we expect March CPI headline inflation to be extraordinarily elevated due to Putin's price hike," and blamed gas prices alone for the spike.  That, of course, is ludicrous.

Inflation rises to 11.2% in producer index, highest on record.  Producer prices increased a scorching 11.2% for the year ending in March, according to a report Wednesday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest on record.  The inflation rate in Wednesday's producer price index report was up 1.4 percentage points from the previous month and is the highest in the gauge's 11-year history.  Wednesday's [4/13/2022] news signals more inflationary pain to come for households.  The producer price index gauges the wholesale prices of goods, which are eventually passed down to consumers.  The news came just a day after a report for the month of March found consumer prices increased by 8.5% — the fastest annual rate in more than four decades.  The high rate of inflation has wounded President Joe Biden politically and undercut support for his spending proposals.

Inflation exposes the arrogance of the Biden Democrats.  Of all the Democrats' gestures of contemptuous indifference toward ordinary people, President Joe Biden's 8.5% inflation rate is the most provocatively insouciant.  Bidenflation, more than any of his many other culpable failures, will prompt voters to respond in November with a gut punch to the party's solar plexus.  One should not minimize the impact of other blows to public morale from outrages such as the cultural revolution against every traditional norm, the disgrace of U.S. capitulation to a ragtag army of medieval Afghan farmers, Biden's abandonment of national sovereignty at the Mexican border, or the performative diktats of his tinpot COVID bureaucrats.  All these contribute to our sour national mood. [...] Biden's decision to print money, enthusiastically backed by congressional Democrats, has produced the sharpest inflation spike in four decades.  This was entirely predictable and frequently predicted.

Inflation surges 8.5% in March, hitting a new 40-year high.  Inflation accelerated to a new four-decade high in March as supply chain constraints, the Russian war in Ukraine and strong consumer demand fueled rapid price gains that wiped out the benefits of rising wages for most Americans.  The Labor Department said Tuesday [4/12/20222] that the consumer price index — which measures a bevy of goods including gasoline, health care, groceries and rents — rose 8.5% in March from a year ago, the fastest pace since December 1981, when inflation hit 8.9%.  Prices jumped 1.2% in the one-month period from February, the largest month-to-month jump since 2005.  Economists expected the index to show that prices surged 8.4% in March from the previous year and 1.2% on a monthly basis.  So-called core prices, which exclude more volatile measurements of food and energy, climbed 6.5% in March from the previous year — up from the 6.4% increase recorded in February.  It was the steepest 12-month increase since August 1982.

Consumer prices rose 8.5% in March, slightly hotter than expected and the highest since 1981.  Prices that consumers pay for everyday items surged in March to their highest levels since the early days of the Reagan administration, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday [4/12/2022].  The consumer price index, which measures a wide-ranging basket of goods and services, jumped 8.5% from a year ago on an unadjusted basis, above even the already elevated Dow Jones estimate for 8.4%.  Excluding food and energy, so-called core CPI increased 6.5% on a 12-month basis, in line with the expectation.  However, there were signs that core inflation appeared to be ebbing, as it rose just 0.3% for the month, less than the 0.5% estimate.  That in turn sparked some hope that inflation overall was easing and that March might represent the peak.

California school enrollment drops even more — and somehow, 'experts' don't know why.  They think it's a COVID problem.  They call it a 'gentrification' issue.  They say it's housing costs.  They say it's 'demographics.'  That's the response from the 'experts' to the [bad] news about California's school enrollment. [...] What they don't say is that mask mandates, vaccine mandates, Zoom classes, wokester critical race theory in the classrooms, drag queen story hour, school officials working behind parents' backs to promote transgenderism among kids and treat their parents as enemies, state-encouraged abortion on demand, ending advanced and honors classes in the name of 'equity,' and massive numbers of Californians fleeing the state for economic and tax reasons have all taken their toll on enrollment.  Chase the locals out, don't be surprised to see fewer kids in school.

MSNBC Panics About Midterms as Inflation Looks to Get Even Worse.  Axios has a scoop on the new inflation number that's scheduled to drop tomorrow and it's bad.  They're citing analysts from FactSet that expect the new number to be 8.4 percent, the highest inflation rate since December 1981.  That's up from the rate from last month, which was 7.9 percent.  Some of that will be reflecting the high gas prices that have since moderated somewhat.  However, even without counting gas and food, the forecast is 6.6 percent, the highest since August 1982.  So while the Biden team ordered the release of a million barrels of oil a day for 180 days from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and it might have a tiny effect on the prices, he hasn't done anything to change the general trajectory of inflation — the cause for the rise to begin with.  He's just basically emptying our reserve which is supposed to be for emergencies — not to avoid doing the right thing for the country to save himself politically before the midterms.  But it's not changing the problem ultimately.

White House warns of 'extraordinarily elevated' March inflation rate.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted Monday [4/11/2022] that fresh monthly inflation data will be "extraordinarily elevated" when it's released Tuesday[,] after inflation hit a 40-year high of 7.9 percent last month.  "We expect March CPI headline inflation to be extraordinarily elevated due to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's price hike, and we expect a large difference between core and headline inflation reflecting the global disruptions in energy and food markets," Psaki said at her regular press briefing.  NPR reporter Asma Khalid pressed Psaki on the White House's attempt to blame Putin's invasion of Ukraine, saying she had just returned from a reporting trip to Michigan, where many people told her "they feel that inflation has predated this war."

There are some things you can question and some things you can't.  In today's America, there are some things one can question... and some things one cannot.  You can question the existence of God. [...] You can question your own gender, but you can't question the LGBTQ agenda in any way, shape or form — for any reason.  Nor can you question the process or results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in any way, whether on a national, state, or local level.  If you do, you will promptly be cancelled, disappeared, or otherized.  Seriously questioning how COVID-19 was loosed upon the globe is also strictly verboten.  As is asking questions about the Biden family's ties to — and relations with — China or Ukraine.  In fact, you can't ask a pertinent question of Biden at all.

"Green" Dreams Kill People.  Currently, the war between Russia and Ukraine dominates the headlines.  We all know that global petroleum supplies have been disrupted by the war, but perhaps more significant is the war's impact on agriculture.  Ukraine and Russia are two of the top grain-exporting countries in the world.  Ukraine has been selling grain to the West since ancient times.  With those supplies disrupted, a global food shortage impends, and many are predicting that populations in some vulnerable areas that can't produce enough food for themselves will starve.  So where are the environmentalists in all this?  They are doing their best to reduce agricultural output.  In Sri Lanka, the government mandated organic farming, with the result that yields declined catastrophically, prices skyrocketed, and, no doubt, many died.

Speaker Carl Heastie's 'mercy' leaves a teen girl dead at hands of another teen.  Angellyh Yambo had just turned 16 when she got caught in gangsta crossfire outside a Bronx high school, torn from this world far too soon.  Yet her accused killer, Jeremiah Ryan, might have escaped jail pending trial under New York's insane laws, merely because he himself is a teen.  This is justice according to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his all-too-many allies in the Legislature.  Ryan even had a perfect score to qualify for release, according the city Criminal Justice Agency, because he has no priors.

The Leader Who Never Was.  [Scroll down]  But the sequential disasters Biden's struggled to manage in the last few months are not mere accidents of fate; they're cumulative, with progressive policy blunders setting the stage for the next failure.  Appeasing the green new deal fanatics in their war on American fossil fuel production even before his Oval Office chair was warm, predictably pushed energy prices sharply higher, lighting a fuse to runaway inflation that's won't be easily stamped out.  Opening the human floodgates on our now notional southern border — aside from the exploding crime and youth-poisoning fentanyl implications — signaled to the world a lack of commitment to the basic defense of the nation that goes beyond mere incompetence, to near self-immolation.  The Taliban quite understandably recognized a propitious moment, so their offensive operations intensified, leading to our horribly ill-considered, disgracefully botched flight from Afghanistan — for which no one has as yet been called to account.  Such incomprehensible malfeasance was not lost on the covetous Vladimir Putin, convincing him his time had arrived.  And so his bloody grab for Ukraine began.  The "presidential" bearing that was the major selling point of Biden's campaign pitch is decomposing before our eyes.

Fed Study:  Stimulus Checks Worsened Inflation.  Four economists at the Federal Reserve say the high rate of inflation in the United States compared to the rest of the world is due to the COVID-19 stimulus checks given to Americans during the pandemic.  The direct payments to American citizens enlarged the money supply enormously and overheated the economy. [...] Larry Summers, the Harvard economist and former Treasury Secretary, has been warning about this almost since Joe Biden took his oath of office.  Summers believes that massive government pandemic spending — including stimulus checks — has put too much cash into circulation while the pent-up demand from the pandemic isn't catching up to supply.  Supply chain bottlenecks don't help.  But how bad would they have been if far more modest and targeted pandemic relief had been proposed?  Now we have the war in Ukraine effectively shutting off one-quarter of the world's supply of grain.  Food prices are going to skyrocket, and it's going to hurt everyone.

COVID Stimulus Checks Worsened Inflation.  Inflation has surged across much of the developed world in the past year as COVID-19 lockdowns eased and pent-up demand for goods and services collided with ongoing supply chain snafus.  But inflation is running higher in the United States than just about anywhere else right now.  Why's that?  According to a new paper from four economists at the Federal Reserve of San Francisco, it's because the American government was relatively more generous during the pandemic, borrowing and spending trillions of dollars to not only fund COVID-19 relief efforts but to line the pockets of Americans with direct payments that enlarged the money supply and overheated the economy.

Has Biden become expendable?  Why are the media suddenly attacking the president when they supported many of his policies during the 2020 primaries? [...] The corrupt media called President Trump's border fence "racist" while praising Biden's promise to provide free health care for anyone crossing the southern border illegally.  With such a generous and rewarding immigration policy, the media knew that the southern border would see an explosion of illegal crossings — and so there was.  As illegal entries hit record levels, murder, drug crimes, and sex crimes skyrocketed in the border states.  Suddenly, Biden's border policy was being criticized by the propaganda media.  They were all in until things started collapsing.

Texas governor's plan to bus illegals to Washington D.C is amusing, but not practical.  Homeland Security reported that more than 2.5 million illegal immigrants crossed the southern border since Biden took over.  The Title 42 policy, that President Trump implemented during the pandemic, empowers border officials quickly to expel migrants on health grounds.  Under Biden, that will be terminated on May 23.  The migrant caravans are now massing in Central America and Mexico, and would-be illegals have told the press they are tightly focused on that day.  Once the surge of migrants makes it in the states, the migrants are then transported to poor and working-class neighborhoods.  The result is that working-class citizens either lose their jobs, or else face depressed wages because the migrants often work off the books for less than the minimum wage and don't pay taxes.  Resources such as hospitals, law enforcement, and fire services that are meager in working-class areas, are already overburdened.  Free spaces such as pavement and parks that are occupied by migrants are rendered unhygienic.

Babies Struggle to Understand "Basic Facial Expressions" as a Result of Adults Wearing Masks.  Adults wearing masks as a result of COVID lockdown rules has created a generation of babies who struggle to understand "basic facial expressions" and have stunted speech and language development.  The conclusion os based on an Ofsted report that warns of serious delays in learning caused by lockdown restrictions.  "Children turning two years old will have been surrounded by adults wearing masks for their whole lives and have therefore been unable to see lip movements or mouth shapes as regularly," states the report.  Despite a highly contentious debate over the effectiveness of face masks, mothers giving birth were forced to wear face coverings in NHS hospitals.

Mask Wearing Has Left a Generation of Toddlers Struggling With Speech and Social Skills.  Lockdown restrictions, including adults wearing face masks, has left a generation of babies and toddlers struggling with speech and social skills, according to an official report.  Inspectors working for Ofsted found that infants being surrounded by adults wearing face masks for significant periods of time over the last two years has damaged their learning and communication abilities.  Those turning two "will have been surrounded by adults wearing masks for their whole lives and have therefore been unable to see lip movements or mouth shapes as regularly," the report found.  "Some providers have reported that delays to children's speech and language development have led to them not socialising with other children as readily as they would have expected previously," it added.

Understanding the Progressive Mind.  Everyone in Washington understands the basic causes of inflation.  If you print more money than you have real assets like gold to back it up, you devalue your currency and make everything cost more.  If you declare war on fossil fuels, shut down pipelines, close vast oil fields like Anwar, and don't approve drilling licenses generally, you cause the price of everything to go up, because virtually everything requires energy to produce.  If you spend vast amounts of government money inducing individuals not to work, employers will raise wages to entice them to work, and that, too, will cause prices to go up.  It's not rocket science.  Despite understanding these consequences, the Biden administration has instituted all these inflationary measures, and avoided taking responsibility for them and the suffering they cause.  They did this to advance their progressive agenda, which is really a reactionary socialist agenda that has not changed its fundamental premises since 1848, when Marx published what is and has always been the progressive agenda.

Why is a "study" necessary to prove that which is obvious?
New Fed study shows Biden owns our economic disaster.  President Joe Biden loves to blame our sky-high inflation on corporate greed and Vladimir Putin.  But a new study from the San Francisco Fed shows it was Biden himself who put America on this grim trajectory.  Specifically, it was the massive $1.9 trillion stimulus dumped into the US economy in early 2021 by the president's American Rescue Plan.  As the nearby chart demonstrates, the nation began heading into the inflationary stratosphere in early 2021, while other advanced economies, the other countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, haven't seen anything like the soaring prices now punishing workers across America.  Which means that the spike is due to something US-specific, rather than global prevailing conditions.  That policy, was, of course, Biden's signature economic "achievement."

Hillary Clinton Doesn't Understand Why People Don't Appreciate Everything Democrats Are Doing for Them.  [Scroll down]  So, which is it?  Is this administration getting nothing done, or are the Democrats accomplishing so much that we don't understand their greatness?  What I'd love to ask Clinton is this: which accomplishment should we peons appreciate the most?  Should we give Biden credit for skyrocketing gas prices?  Is a flippant response of "just buy an electric vehicle" one of those accomplishments?  Should we celebrate spiraling inflation, which, by the way, affects minorities disproportionately?  Or should we just combat it with the advice of out-of-touch urban elites?  Should we get excited about the Democrats' ridiculous attempts to gin up racial animus by talking about "voting rights"?  Are we missing something about the administration's efforts to wrest elections from state and local control?  What about the sexualization of everything — including our schoolchildren?  Is that something to be thankful to the Democrats for?

Already stretched thin, border agents must now use politically correct pronouns under new edict.  Battered by COVID-19, waves of illegal immigrants and fears of even larger surges ahead, Customs and Border Protection officers have a new burden: they must now be sure to use proper pronouns for LGBTQI+ migrants.  The new requirement was included Thursday at the bottom of a much larger announcement by the Homeland Security Department concerning changes instituted on International Trans Day of Visibility.  "Facilitating effective communication at U.S. ports of entry and beyond:  CBP has provided a job aid and memorandum to all staff that will serve as a guide for facilitating effective communication with the diverse public CBP serves, including LGBTQI+ individuals," the agency said.

What the Bible Says About Money Inflation, Debt, and The Fed.  It's now common knowledge that the U.S. dollar is in danger of losing its status as the world reserve currency.  This is primarily due to two factors, the first being the Federal Reserve's inflation of the money supply, which drives price inflation.  Money inflation destroys the purchasing power of the dollar, acting as a crippling tax on the poor, middle class, and retirees on fixed incomes.  But the money inflation also distorts prices, supply and demand structures, and markets.  This drives the boom-bust economic bubbles which blow up into recessions.  In addition, the money inflation also funds America's destructive welfare state (which only incentivizes additional welfare) and America's bankrupting wars of choice, as well as the ever-expanding federal Big Government.  All of the above are as destructive as they are unsustainable.  What they amount to is fraud and violence against the American people.

Democrats in New York Debate How to Hide Their Radical Proposals on Bail and Incarceration.  The debate happening in New York state over Gov. Kathy Hochul's proposals to show how tough Democrats are on crime mirrors the debate happening across the country and in Washington, D.C.  On the radical left, the debate is over:  no bail, light sentences for everything except violent offenses, and don't send too many black people to prison because ... slavery, or something.  But Hochul is running for election in November after taking over when the serial sexual harasser and rapist, Andrew Cuomo, was forced to resign.  She has to run in the real world where there are an awful lot of people scared witless about crime.  Not everyone in New York is a crazy, left-wing nut.  The same holds true elsewhere in the United States.  The facts are that releasing people without bail isn;t leading to more crime and more violent crime.  Democrats like Hochul might recognize that but are still running scared.

LGBTQ+: Leftism's corruption of God's sacred gift to humankind.  [Scroll down]  But today's secularism has dropped society into an intellectual quicksand that repudiates matters of faith and objective reality.  It is fitting to define this neopaganism as "sexolatry," with sexuality warped into a bizarre dark comedy of dysphoria and disorientation.  Now it's "hookup culture," it's a casual "participation sport."  The unremitting truth of male and female — something assigned immutably at conception — yields to a whole zoology of "preferred pronouns," with a spectrum of genders absurdly more varied than a fat folder of decorator's paint chips.  This toxic climate of deranged permissiveness has desensitized the population to a torrent of coarseness and spawned an epidemic of tragedy.  Teen pregnancy.  Human trafficking and sexual slavery.  Public school teachers demonically pushing gender manipulation on students.  Pornographic graphic novels in school libraries.  Teacher-conducted "Pride" festivals.  Jarring messaging from the entertainment world.  Reared in this sexual jungle and drenched with such thought, word, image, and deed, it seems unsurprising that some, even many, young people emerge, confused and depressed, into adulthood.

A World Gone Mad.  There is no denying it.  There is a madness, a type of cancer that has taken hold of our world.  Yes, this planet has never been at peace... mankind is what it is, we go our own way, but we are seeing a craziness at a level never seen before.  Governments everywhere, including here in the USA, have abandoned God, good government, law and order, common sense, and traditional Judeo-Christian values.  They have jumped in with both feet into the dark and shadow without bothering to look back at seeing what they have already wrought.  Absurdity and hypocrisy are everywhere.  The Left insists that we abandon fossil fuels NOW without even the slightest idea of a viable alternative.

Democrats Have Painted Themselves into a Corner.  [Scroll down]  The Democrats do not have a single reasonable leader that is acceptable to any major portion of real America.  Whatever moves they make or don't make will have little effect on the November election.  The destruction that Democrats have unleashed on America is mind-boggling.  Who would possibly imagine that doubling gas prices would gain votes?  Sanctioning Russia while simultaneously sanctioning our domestic energy industry is beyond insanity.  And it has been done with such rapidity that even voters with short memory can see it.  Inflation around ten percent according to the Everyday Price Index is hitting poor Americans in the wallet.

People Are Getting Tired of One-Way Tolerance.  There was a time not long ago when even the most based conservative was willing to live and let live with all manner of divergent and bizarre people, but live and let live has become "I live and you submit" and that's just not going to work out in the long run.  The tolerant have been rewarded for their tolerance with intolerance, and if you look, you can already see the backlash brewing.  The breaking point may have been when the man who won the women's swimming championship and all the smart, moral people of our garbage elite demanded we celebrate it.  Or it might be weirdos trying to chat up our kindergarteners about sex.  Or it might be CRT. Regardless, people are getting fed up.  There's a difference between living your life as you wish and making the rest of us live their lives as you wish too, especially when it's a lie or when it means some freak gets to groom our kids.

America's Truck Driver Shortage.  There is a trucker shortage... and it's worse every year.  This is not news; this national driver shortage is no shock to businessmen or policymakers.  Our driver shortage contributes to empty store shelves, idled assembly lines, retail price inflation, a reduced Gross Domestic Product, and the global supply chain crisis.  This is not just one industry's problem; it's everybody's problem.  What is odd, however, is that so many people believe the trucker shortage is caused entirely by not enough people choosing the profession of truck driving as a career.  While that is certainly a part of it, it's not our real problem.  In fact, our truck driver shortage is caused primarily by a series of destructive government policies at every level.

No Amount Of Incremental Wind And Solar Power Can Ever Provide Energy Independence.  With war raging in Ukraine following Russia's invasion, there is a renewed concern in many quarters for "energy independence."  Until recently, the sophisticated countries of Europe had thought the whole idea to be passé.  They built large numbers of wind turbines and solar arrays, while simultaneously banning fracking for natural gas and shuttering electricity plants that used coal and even those that used no-carbon nuclear.  Suddenly, at the very worst possible time, they found themselves completely dependent on Russian gas for heat and reliable electricity.

How Democrats Made America Dependent on Russian Uranium.  Uranium prices have shot up by as much as 40% since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  With nuclear power providing about a fifth of our energy, this is another blow for Americans.  Unfortunately our nuclear power plants are dependent on uranium imports from Russia and countries in its sphere of influence because our domestic mining industry was suppressed.  In December 2016, on his way out the door, Barack Obama announced that he was inventing the Bears Ears "National Monument" on over a million acres of land.  While California environmentalists celebrated, tens of thousands of locals bitterly protested the move.  Billboards and stickers reading #RescindBearsEars were plastered across Utah towns in the area that expected catastrophic consequences from the destruction of their livelihoods.  Among these was uranium mining.  A uranium mine in the area has the potential to yield 500,000 pounds of uranium.  Miners warned that the Bears Ears monument would force us to rely more heavily on foreign uranium.  But the Democrats, still busy blaming their election defeat on some sort of phantom Russian-Trump conspiracy, did not see any problem with making America dependent on Russia.

Here Comes the Food Shortage!  Socialist takeovers always progress to the food shortage stage sooner or later.  Remember reading in horror about how Venezuelans were gobbling up their zoo animals in an effort to remain alive?  Seems like it was only yesterday.  But since horsemen Pestilence and War have already galloped through, I guess Famine can't be far behind. [...] But our Democrat leaders, together with their Globalist pals, are here to heap food scarcity on top of the supply chain crisis, fuel crisis, and violent crime epidemics they've already brought us.  And as usual, we'll be told it's all the fault of our enemy-du-jour, Vladimir Putin.  But, hey, when you're trying to stampede everyone into a war that doesn't affect them, I guess making it affect them is one way to accomplish your goal.

Gas rationing, food vouchers and hunger are now being normalized for the war phase of the plandemic.  As predicted, Russia's invasion of Ukraine is advancing the next phase of the plandemic, which involves widespread shortages of fuel and food that lead to mass starvation.  Already in Ukraine, residents are running out of food and medicine.  And the economic fallout from this is spilling over into the rest of the world, too.  The chance of a U.S. recession in 2023, according to banking giant Goldman Sachs, has risen to 35 percent.  Conversely, global growth indicators are being slashed as everything continues to move downwards amid the conflict.

What's a woman?
KBJ Hearings Typify Our Debased Political Discourse.  Since Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was chosen by President Biden to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court, we've been encouraged by the White House, congressional Democrats, and the corporate media to celebrate her as the "first Black woman" nominated to serve on the Court.  Yet, when asked during her confirmation hearing to define the term "woman," she responded, "I can't ... I'm not a biologist."  The problem with this answer isn't just that it was unworthy of a serious SCOTUS nominee.  It is symptomatic of a debilitating disease that has infected our political discourse, rendering substantive policy debate all but impossible and endangering the republic.


Democrat policies destroy lives.  A gruesome crime of murder occurred in New Orleans this week.  Four black teens, ages 15-17, walking down a sidewalk, decided to push a 73-year-old white lady, Linda Frickey, out of her car and go for a joyride.  As one of these teens pushed the pedal to the metal, the lady's arm got caught in her seat belt strap.  While all four teenagers were in the car, this lady was hanging out of her car being dragged in the street, that is until her body broke off from her arm still entangled in the seat belt.  These teens continued to drive approximately ten minutes longer until they abandoned the car. [...] This murder is a result of Democrat policies.  The three main policies pushed by Democrats affecting crime are:  defund the police, critical race theory (best described as hate whitey), and free or reduced sentences of criminals.  All three of these policies have been marketed to our citizens — and our children have taken notice.

The Editor says...
It is inaccurate and misleading to say, "our children have taken notice."  The carjackers in New Orleans, Washington DC, New York and California are all black, as far as I can tell from the news reports.  Not everybody's children act like that.

Consumer Sentiment Sinks as Hope Crashes and Inflation Expectations Hit Four-Decade High.  Everyone has jobs and no one is happy because prices are rising so sharply.  U.S. consumer sentiment fell in March to the lowest since 2011 despite the level of jobless claims declining to the lowest level in decades and unemployment likely sinking to multi-decade lows.  The University of Michigan's sentiment index dropped to 59.4, from 62.8 in February, data released Friday showed.  This was lower than the mid-month read of 59.7. Economists had projected no further deterioration from the mid-month reading.  "Inflation has been the primary cause of rising pessimism, with an expected year-ahead inflation rate at 5.4 percent, the highest since November 1981," said Richard Curtin, the surveys chief economist, in a statement.  The sentiment index has taken a severe beating in the first year of Biden's presidency, falling 30 percent compared with March of 2020.

What's happening to the Marines?  Lately, when we think about what's happening to America's military under Biden, we've been focusing on the Pentagon's obsessions with race, LGBTQ+++ issues (especially transgenderism), women's rights, and political "wrong think" (i.e., conservativism).  That obsession has consistently put progressive social policy ahead of military cohesion and readiness.  However, Jim Webb, who was a Marine infantry officer while in Vietnam, then the Navy secretary under Ronald Reagan and, lastly, a Virginia senator during the Obama years, has written an op-ed about a different concern:  The potentially damaging, purely operational changes Marine commandment Gen. David Berger intends to impose on the Corps.

The pandemic city exodus revealed:  New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago lost the most residents.  New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and other large cities lost the most residents during the pandemic city exodus last year as about 75 percent of U.S. counties experienced a loss in population, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.  The agency revealed on Thursday [3/24/2022] that American's fled metropolitan areas between April 2020 to July 2021 in favor of the South West, with Dallas, Houston, Austin and Phoenix among those to see the largest growth last year.  The Census Bureau said:  'In 2021, fewer births, an aging population and increased mortality — intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic — contributed to a rise in natural [population] decrease' across the country,' but particular hitting big cities the hardest.'

The Editor says...
Covid is the all-purpose fig leaf for other problems created by socialist Democrats.  All four of the cities named in the headline above are Democrat-controlled cities where violent homeless people roam the streets, mobs of looters do whatever they want because leftist prosecutors don't want to incarcerate blacks, and taxes are sky-high.  Covid has little or nothing to do with this mass exodus.

LAPD: You probably shouldn't wear expensive jewelry anymore.  The Los Angeles Police Department has a message for the denizens of Tinseltown and the rest of the City of Angels.  When you go out and about, you should probably avoid wearing any sort of flashy, expensive jewelry or other expensive possessions.  Why would they say that?  Because thieves have continued to become more and more brazen about pulling a weapon on pedestrians or motorists and robbing them of their belongings.  And displays of wealth will just make you more of a target for these types of crimes.  At the same time, gangs are also stepping up attacks on jewelry stores and other outlets selling expensive and easily fenced merchandise, so you might want to avoid those stores as well.  LA is looking more and more like a scene from Escape from New York these days.

Did The New York Times Admit Joe Biden Is Corrupt So Democrats Can Get Rid Of Him?  Biden of course also has the advantage of a wildly favorable press and social media monopoly while Trump had the strong headwind of a wildly negative one.  That factor obscured for a great many of American voters actions that easily demonstrated long before his election that Biden was unfit for the presidency.  Now that he's president, however, and very publicly bungling essentially every major issue all the way up to U.S. national security, Biden's weakness and incompetence have been impossible for the corrupt media to entirely cover up.  Biden's appalling withdrawal from Afghanistan may have been the first major blow to public confidence in his governing ability, and it's been followed by blow after blow:  the repercussions of ending U.S. energy independence, historic inflation caused by massive government spending, aggression by America's foreign foes, a tacitly open border with human trafficking of historic proportions, not to mention fueling America's legalized mass killings of unborn infants and forcing schools to inflict gender dysphoria on the children in their care.

The Biden Administration Does Not Have a Strategy.  The current U.S. administration's blunders are only mounting and already include the following:  a complete lack of strategy for energy security, the chaotic exit from Afghanistan, a softening on Chinese aggressiveness by abandoning the Department of Justice's "China Initiative," and rising inflation that is swiftly decreasing the living standards of average Americans.  The administration seeks to blame the problem on Russia or various supply chains issues while refusing to admit that its own reckless government printing and directionless infusion of capital into the economy, combined with its nonsensical policy of cutting domestic oil production, are to blame.  These issues are the result of an administration that has either a lack of understanding or worse, great contempt, for realist geopolitical strategy.

UK Hospital Denies a Victim Was Raped Because the Ward Was for 'Women Only'.  There are times when reading about how we are adapting to a many-gendered world that I have to check to make sure I'm still on good old Planet Earth and have not been transported to Cloud Cuckoo Land to live with people who deny the reality of existence.  The Cloud Cuckoo Landers who 30 years ago may have been living under lock and key in some insane asylum are now taking their place in positions of authority and are dictating how the rest of us should view reality.  It would be amusing if there weren't real-life victims of this nonsense.  A British woman reported to police that she had been raped during a stay in a hospital.  But the police were told that simply wasn't possible because the ward where the woman claims she was raped was for "females only."  And since there "was no male in the hospital, therefore the rape could not have happened."  Emma Nicholson, the Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, stood before the members of the House of Lords and pointed out that the rape was caught on CCTV, but it took nearly a year for the hospital to admit there was a transgendered person in the ward who raped the victim.

Obama's Lawless Legacy Is The Cancer Consuming America Today.  You don't have to be any kind of intellectual savant to recognize this increasingly hyper-accelerated and precipitous decline our nation has been stricken with now for over a decade.  A deliberate decline, wholly manufactured and implemented with malevolent intentions among the usual suspects of political ruling class malefactors and their various radical militant acolytes.  A calculated decline whose subversive, accelerated machinations I believe to have been set in motion and implemented throughout the 8 years of Barack Hussein Obama's dumpster blazing presidency, setting the stage for these subsequent years of successive, surreal and intensifying social anarchy, civil unrest and unparalleled political corruption.  All done for the express purpose of seeking to subvert and decimate the pillars and foundation of our Republic.  To be sure, no one man could accomplish as much division and social upheaval as Obama managed to do without the help of accomplices and fellow conspirators.  How else can you explain an obscure community organizer whose own past was shrouded with vague content, going from an unaccomplished Illinois state senator with the sort of radical political associations that would see any of us put on an FBI terrorist watch list, to a U.S. senator to president of the United States in the span of a decade, void of having any substantive legislative achievements and possessing no executive experience?

Amazon Bails Out of Downtown Due to Violent Crime Surge, Dodges the Consequence of Woke Policies.  Amazon is getting out of Dodge.  Well, more accurately, Seattle.  The massive, mostly online retailer announced recently that it's relocating 1,800 employees out of a downtown Seattle location due to a huge uptick in violent crime.  "Given recent incidents near 3rd (Ave) and Pine (St), we're providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere," an Amazon spokesman said, according to the New York Post.  "We are hopeful that conditions will improve and that we will be able to bring employees back to this location when it is safe to do so."  The Post noted that violent crime has rocked the city.  In just the first week of March around the Amazon offices, a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed, a homeless man was stabbed, and police had to shoot and kill a man who rammed into a federal building and fired a rifle.  Amazon has been only too eager to hop aboard woke causes, but the company seems a little less enthusiastic about woke consequences.

Will Joe Biden Oversee The Collapse Of The U.S. Dollar?  Will Joe Biden oversee the collapse of the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency?  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appears to think it's a possibility, based on his recent quip:  "It's possible to have more than one reserve currency."  This is a staggering admission from the one person who wields the most influence over the dollar.  Then again, given the $30 trillion-and-counting federal debt, Powell's comment should come as no surprise.  Distilled, the chances are multiplying daily that the Biden administration is hurtling towards ringing the death-knell for the dollar as the world's reserve currency.

10 Realities of Ukraine.  [#6] The Ukraine war did not cause inflation and record gas prices.  Both were already spiking by early February 2022.  The cause was the Biden Administration's year-long radical expansion of the money supply at a time of post-COVID, pent-up consumer demand.  It foolishly continued de facto zero-interest rates.  Its generous COVID subsidies for the unemployed discouraged a return to work, while slashing U.S. oil and gas production and pipelines.  Prior to Putin's invasion, Biden was quite publicly blaming greedy corporations, oil companies, COVID, and former President Donald Trump for the inflation he had birthed in 2021.  And he was claiming undeniable high prices were only temporary or mostly an obsession of the elite.

First, Do Some Harm.  Until now, the people in full control of the minds of our youth have been the army of 31-year-old TikTok-and-Adderall addicts with multiple piercings and furry fetishes and baroque multisyllabic pronouns who seem to work at every preschool and elementary school in the country.  I don't know where these weirdos come from, but I want to thank the China-owned TikTok app for giving them a platform on which to expose themselves. [...] But don't get too comfortable.  A new, even more powerful enemy has entered the game: the pediatric industrial complex.  This battle is going to be more difficult.  Why?  Because if your school is bad, at least you can switch schools or homeschool.  But unless you went to med school and can write prescriptions, stitch a wound, and reset a dislocated shoulder, you can't home-doctor.  Teaching multiplication is one thing, diagnosing pediatric cancer is quite another.

Why Don't American Cities Deserve the Same Care as Ukraine?  Of course, Russia's "special military action," otherwise known as an invasion of Ukraine, is a humanitarian catastrophe.  Photo-journo accounts of hospitals suffering rocket attacks, civilians slaughtered by bomb bursts and sweeps of gunfire, apartment buildings, entire neighborhoods obliterated, are indeed horrific.  Some two million refugees pouring into Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia add to the despondent emotions.  While the spreading incineration in Ukraine is impossible to ignore, neither should be conditions in American cities.  The scenes of ravaged American inner cities, with entire sections of cities burned out, abandoned and derelict, are no less war zones than what we see in Ukraine. [...] Have you driven through urban battle zones from the Bronx to Philadelphia, to Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, St Louis, Los Angeles, and now Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis?  You could interchange photos of those American cities almost indistinguishable from scenes in Kyiv to Kharkiv to Mariupol.

Biden is to blame for inflation and driving America off an economic cliff.  Since the first day of his presidency, Joe Biden has waged all-out war on our domestic energy industry, crippling our nation's ability to provide the needed resources to sustain our own economy.  It was a grievous mistake that has caused prices to soar and left consumers struggling financially.  Americans are smart.  They know that Biden is responsible.  70 percent disapprove of his handling of inflation and gas prices, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.  It is a damning indictment of Biden's policies, if not his incompetence.  Instead of having the fortitude to admit that his misguided green agenda badly damaged the U.S. economy, Biden blames Putin.  And our nation's oil companies.  And OPEC.  And bankers on Wall Street.  And transportation companies.  And COVID.  And the kid who kicked the cat.  Never once has Biden looked in the mirror for a moment of self-reflection.  He is incapable of recognizing that he was wrong in his decision to reverse our nation's energy independence.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide:  A little perspective, please.  When President Biden was sworn into office, crude oil was selling for forty dollars a barrel or less.  The price was reasonably stable, and gasoline and diesel were affordable for most drivers.  Biden came into office preaching the benefits of clean energy and stopped the new drilling on and leasing of federal lands to promote it.  As a result, the United States went from being an exporter of crude oil and natural gas to an importer with a large source of imported oil being Russia.  As the supply tightened, producers raised the price and the crude that was selling for forty dollars a barrel when Biden took office has been selling for up to one hundred and thirty dollars a barrel and the price of fuels has increased proportionately.  The cost of shipping goods has increased to reflect this cost of fuel which has given the United States a problem with inflation.  Biden has said he can't do anything about solving the problem he caused, by stopping drilling on federal land.  It is not a matter of him being unable to do anything.  It is a matter of him not wanting to because he believes the carbon dioxide from the exhaust of vehicles burning gasoline is causing global warming.  This is what he has been told, not a conclusion he has the knowledge to arrive at on his own.

Four Charts Prove Biden Is Lying About Putin And Inflation.  As inflation has continued to climb, so have the number of President Joe Biden's excuses for why he's not to blame.  First, it was a "transitory" effect of the economy rebounding from COVID lockdowns.  Then it was the result of supply chain problems because ports didn't operate 24/7.  Then it was due to a lack of competition among beef suppliers.  Then it was greed.  Now he's settled on Vladimir Putin.  None of it is true.  But the White House is so determined to take advantage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine it invited TikTok "influencers" to propagandize them.  The mainstream press had already fallen in line, delivering stories about why Biden is not at fault.  But Biden is to blame.  He set off the current inflationary spiral with the $2 trillion "rescue plan" he and his fellow Democrats jammed through at the start of 2021.  They claimed the money was desperately needed to get the economy back on track (it wasn't) and dismissed warnings from even liberal economists that dumping all that money (while paying people not to work) at a time when the economy was rapidly rebounding would spark an inflationary spiral.

What Did Democrats Deliver?  What have Democrats delivered?  How about the worst inflation in four decades thanks to President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan and misguided energy policies?  They've delivered near-record prices at the pump and at the grocery store.  Delivered endless supply chain woes.  Delivered a wobbly economy and equally volatile stock market.  Delivered an open border and growing concerns about the security of the nation.  But there's more.  Democrats have delivered prosecutors who are weak on crime, especially in the nation's biggest and bluest cities.  They've delivered more division in an already divided country, more hostility between schools and parents, and a foreign policy record that gives new meaning to the words "leading from behind."

Get ready:  Here comes the Biden Recession.  Yes, just when you thought things could not get worse, along comes the very real possibility of a downturn, thanks to Bidenomics, the war in Ukraine and an inept Federal Reserve.  A year ago, during a robust recovery, such a forecast would have seemed ludicrous.  A top Wall Street economist recently conducted an informal poll of his firm's clients.  To his surprise, 100 percent thought the U.S. would be in a recession by next year.  Why such gloom?  It starts with accelerating inflation, caused by out-of-control government spending and measures taken by the Biden White House that kept workers on the sidelines.  Inflation is also being fueled by soaring energy prices, thanks to lower U.S. production amid reviving growth and now the disruption to Russian oil exports.

Put a Fork in Seattle.  When Detroiters are laughing at your city, you know you've made a mistake.  I grew up in the Motor City and I have no sympathy for what used to be Seattle.  Detroit's death was drawn out over years and involved a perfect storm of nonsense, including foolish decisions by auto execs, stupid import/export laws, and a corrupt mayor named Coleman A. Young.  Detroit languished.  Seattle was executed.  Hundreds of local Seattle businesses are leaving, and Seattle residents have no one to blame except voters and the communists they've elected.

Does Anyone Recognize This Country Anymore?  The present has been marred by riots, which are not only condoned but even encouraged by the insiders, who are at war with those they consider to be deplorable outsiders.  This establishment, which like the revolutionaries of the 1960s is hoping to reshape Western society, has also brought us historic inflation; a new oil shock; rising food prices and scarcity; orders to give up fossil fuel-powered automobiles in favor of electric cars or public transportation; greater dependency on expensive and unreliable "green" energy; cruel pandemic lockdowns; and iron-fisted vaccine and mask mandates.  It wants more privilege and power for itself, less autonomy for the working class and those who aren't on board with its manipulations.

House Democrats Cancel Looming Embarrassment.  Even as post-Covid demand surged in an America and world that still rely on oil, gas and coal for 80% of their energy, Congressional Democrats, the White House, federal agencies and activist groups worked in consort to cancel pipelines, impose leasing and drilling moratoriums, slow-walk permits, and pressure financial institutions to stymie funding for oil and gas operations.  As they choked off production and supplies, oil, natural gas and gasoline prices nearly doubled during Mr. Biden's first year in office.  The price of food and nearly all consumer products and services soared in response.

Larry Summers Is [the] Second Obama Economic Adviser To Blame Biden For Inflation.  This week Obama economic adviser Steve Rattner said that Biden shouldn't be blaming Russia invading Ukraine for inflation.  He said Biden owns this.  Now another Obama economic adviser, Larry Summers, is blaming Biden for inflation.  Biden used to work with these men in the Obama White House.

The Frictionless Souls Addicted to the Cause.  [Scroll down]  Replacing religion with politics has made for more frictionless souls who never grow.  The emotional retardation can be seen everywhere as adults behave like teenagers and teenagers behave like children.  No one ever grows up, instead they feign maturity through politics.  Advocating for causes makes them seem like they care about something more than themselves.  The right politics bestows membership in a community based on politics, but behind all the virtue signaling is the fundamental immaturity of people who only truly care about themselves.  That is the dirty secret of leftist politics whose egocentrism is thinly masked as altruism.  Leftism is not an act of conscience, but an escape from conscience.  Its causes, legitimate or illegitimate, are manifold, but what they all have in common is an underlying denial.  The only form of liberation that their politics truly offer is the liberation from moral accountability and personal growth.  The more radical the politics, the more radical of an escapism it represents.

"Bacon is as expensive as filet mignon used to be.".  The New York Times hired Morning Consult, a polling firm usually associated with Politico, to ask people where inflation hits hardest.  It was a pretty good piece of journalism. [...] From the Times story:
"A car battery costs almost two times as much."
"Bacon is as expensive as filet mignon used to be."
"Cold cereal has gone up, and the box has shrunk."
"Gas.  It's painful at the pump."
"Horse feed keeps going up every week."
"I never thought I would ever see eggs at $5 a dozen."
"The cheap brand of hamburger meat is not cheap anymore."
"The price of pet food is hard to even fathom."
Morning Consult asked 2,200 people and those are some of the answers given.

Don't let Biden lie his way out of the energy crisis he created.  President Joe Biden is trying to distance himself from soaring gas prices by blaming Russia and lying about his restrictive energy policies.  Deflection and dishonesty — the two things at which Biden is best.  "It's simply not true that my administration or policies are holding back domestic energy production," he told reporters Tuesday.  "That's simply not true.  Even amid the pandemic, companies in the U.S. pumped more oil during my first year in office than they did during my predecessor's first year."  That last claim from Biden is particularly insidious because it omits two material points.  First, domestic oil production only decreased during former President Donald Trump's last year in office because the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down; second, domestic oil production could be higher, but instead, it has been steadily decreasing ever since Biden's first day in office.  The decrease is no coincidence.  Contrary to what the White House might say, the explicit purpose of the climate agenda Biden has spent the last year pushing is to rid us of our dependence on fossil fuels.  To him and to most Democrats, that means less domestic oil and gas production.

From Massachusetts, 10 talking points to counter Democrat positions.  A Democrat vote means you favor:
  [#1]   No fossil fuel production.  Like the price of gasoline, heating oil and natural gas these days?
  [#2]   Inflation at a 50-year high.  The government prints money and hands it out, and it becomes worthless.
  [#3]   No freedom of speech.  Say the "incorrect thing," and you're sued.  Or fired.  No opinions allowed.
  [#4]   No civil liberties.  Don't think the vaccine is right for you or truly safe?  Sorry — you have no say.
  [#5]   De-funding the police.  Smash and grab.  No bail for criminals.  Policemen being shot.  Feel safe?
  [#6]   A weakened military.  Our top generals are more concerned with "equity" than winning wars.
  [#7]   Higher taxes.  You think the government spends your money more wisely than you do, right?
  [#8]   Unrestricted illegal immigration.  Your taxes support their education, health care, and housing.
  [#9]   Choosing your gender.  Do you like 45-year-old men in the girl's room with your daughter?
  [#10]   Woke corporations.  Everything is racist all of a sudden.  Color and sex far outweigh qualifications.

As Financial Markets Crash and Ukraine Burns, There's Nowhere Left to Hide for the Biden Administration.  Time, they say, is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once.  If that's so, then maybe time has stopped because all of a sudden everything seems to be happening at once.  Three things, actually:  1) a Russian military operation in Ukraine that a lot of people in America want to turn into World War Three;  2) an epic crack-up of the world financial system; and  3) the breakdown of the fishy Covid-19 affair and especially the story behind its holy avatar:  the mRNA vaccine.  In a sane society, that might be enough to trip the institutional reality-test apparatus, but we are not a sane society these days, so we plunge ever-deeper into a hurly-burly of wrongful endeavor vectoring toward self-destruction.  The immediate problem is a nation (us) that is powerfully bamboozled, led by a figurehead nobody believes in, backed by a hidden coterie of actors who appear to hate our country enough to try to sink it.

The 'Hobbes Index' Is Making A Comeback Under Biden.  Americans are becoming poorer as the highest inflation rate in 40 years cost the average household $3,500 last year.  The erosion of wealth has no end in sight as the annualized inflation rate hit 7.5% in January.  Real wages are declining as prices have risen across the board, with food and fuel leading the way.  In contrast, annualized inflation stood at 1.4% and oil was $55 dollars/barrel in January 2021, when Biden terminated the Keystone XL pipeline, a mindless infliction of pain reminiscent of Franco's bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War in its lack of strategic benefit.  Coherence not among his strengths, Biden curtailed domestic energy production while simultaneously imploring OPEC to increase production.

Award-Winning HIV Researcher Forced Into Re-Education For Dressing Up Like Michael Jackson.  A resurfaced blackface photo wasn't enough to get Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or former Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam fired, but a medical researcher was forced out of her senior vice president position last month after dressing up as Michael Jackson for Halloween in 2009.  Dr. Julie Overbaugh was an award-winning senior vice president at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center ("Fred Hutch") and a faculty member at the University of Washington Medical Center.  She's known for her research on HIV in Kenya.  But her career is being ruined over a costume.  Nearly 13 years ago, Overbaugh attended the party at a lab at Fred Hutch.  The theme of the party was Jackson's album "Thriller."  But after a photo of her costume was anonymously emailed to senior leadership at the University of Washington, UW Medicine, and Fred Hutch, she's been forced to undergo "an intensive education process."

This Invasion Is Brought to You by ... Western Environmentalists.  The Democrats came into power in 2021.  The average closing price of oil in 2020 was $39.68 a barrel; the closing price of oil in 2019 was $56.99 a barrel.  As of this writing it is $138.00 a barrel.  The extremely high price of energy — a direct result of the environmentalist policies of the Democratic Party and the liberal and Left parties in Europe — is one of the two primary reasons for the ever-increasing rate of inflation.  (The other reason is the result of another Democrat policy:  the printing of trillions of dollars.)  Serious inflation leads to very bad things.  The Nazis did not come to power because of their antisemitism or even because of the Versailles Treaty as much as they did because of the terrible inflation under the Weimar Republic.

Expect To Pay $3,000 More This Year For Gas And Food As Prices Skyrocket.  Prices at the pump have now soared to $4.173 per gallon for regular gasoline, according to Price Information Service (OPIS).  This firm collects and calculates US pump prices for American Automobile Association (AAA).  On Monday evening [3/7/2022], prices surpassed the previous record high set in 2008 and continue marching higher Tuesday.  As gasoline prices increase and inflation reaches the highest levels in four decades, times are becoming much harder for the average consumer, experiencing a persistent rise in the prices of many goods and services.  Steeper gas and food prices have forced millions of people to rejigger household budgets.  The latest research note from Yardeni Research estimates the average household will spend an additional $2,000 per year in gasoline on top of an extra $1,000 in food expenses.  Adding this all up, the typical household will spend $3,000 less this year on other things.

The Crude Hypocrisy And Rot Of Green Politics.  That gasoline prices are becoming unaffordable to many Americans is becoming old news.  What got us here, though, is a story unheard by much of the public.  It starts and ends with green politics.  As gasoline reaches prices that made it a luxury good during President Joe Biden's year in office, the White House is considering asking the Saudis to produce more oil.  At the same time, the administration apparently wants more oil from Venezuela, which is languishing under a dictatorship that's squarely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Iran, a member in good standing with the axis of evil.  "Joe Biden is frantically searching the globe to see if anyone but Texas might have some spare oil," says a tweet from Bryan Dean Wright, a former CIA officer and Oregon Democrat, that sums up well the comical blundering as well as the corrupt decision-making of the current White House.

Why Should Deplorables Fight for Those Who Hate Them?  [Scroll down]  Maybe I'm wrong.  Maybe the wars of the future will all be fought by politically correct, "detoxified," androgynous know-nothings marching uniformly into battle because MSNBC, Google, and Teen Vogue tell them doing so will prove they are committed to fighting racism and global warming.  Maybe that gender-confused pipsqueak huddled in a "safe space" because he/she/they/it is afraid of being "triggered" by words or the carnage of free speech is just what the U.S. military needs when going mano a mano against the Russians.  I'm sure those pink [...] hat-wearing womynx are ready to jump out of a good airplane, parachute into chaos, and start slitting throats for good Ol' Uncle Sam (or is it non-binary Auxnt Sam now?).  Where are all the climate change warriors when their country needs them?  Come on, "gladiators," get to it! Go find out what it's like to fight something that's fighting back.  Let's move, wokesters!  Show the mean Russkies how dangerous you are with your ski masks, bike chains, and fondness for attacking people from behind.  All that burning, looting, and murdering in cities across the USA over the last few years had to prepare Democrats' wannabe soldiers for something, right?

In Wisconsin, a fight over whether children belong to the state or the parents.  In 1991, the European release of Zero Wing, a Sega video game, contained a now-classic badly translated phrase:  "All your base are belong to us."  In the massive battle shaping up across America, public school districts are metaphorically carrying a banner saying "All your children are belong to us" in their battle against parents over children's gender (not to mention racial issues).  What's happening in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, exemplifies this battle and can be summed up in a sentence from a staff training session:  "[P]arents are not entitled to know their kids' [gender] identities.  That knowledge must be earned."  That arrogant message came from a "professional development facilitator guide" that was used in the school district at a staff development session: [...]

Food Prices [Have Gone] Up 20% Over the Past Year.  If your grocery bills continue to frustrate you, you're not alone.  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its report on worldwide food prices for February, and prices hit a record high last month.  The February FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) reached a new high of 140.7 points, which reflects an increase of 3.9% over January and a whopping 20.7% over this time last year.

How 'Social Justice' is Killing the Military.  "Some 41 percent of the military identify as members of minority groups," the Department of Defense (DoD) reported on Feb. 9, 2021. [...] Yet, while admitting that 41 percent of the military identified as minorities, the DoD reported that diversity, inclusion and equity were military necessities.  Diversity, Inclusion, Equity (DIE) is the language of Critical Race Theory (CRT).  Diversity is the promotion of division based on identity quotas or targets.  Inclusion is code for exclusion of specific groups based on race, gender and sexual identity.  Equity is CRT's ambiguous terminology, easily confused with equality.  Equity is equality of outcomes (usually quotas), which is reformulated Marxism.  Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services, Inc. ("STARRS") was formed in 2021 to educate the services and America that our once-capable military has been diverted from its core national defense mission into social justice warriorship.  STARRS has incontrovertible evidence that this divisive threat spans all branches.

7 Major Failures of the Biden Presidency.  [#3] Return to Energy Dependence:  In 2018, during Donald Trump's presidency, the United States became a net exporter of oil for the first time in 75 years.  Technological innovations, alongside the Trump administration's policies to open up more opportunities for drilling while eliminating regulations, dramatically boosted American energy independence and global influence on energy issues.  Not only did this energy independence benefit Americans economically, it weakened the position of petro states such as Russia.  But the Biden administration shifted away from this strategy.  It encouraged an increase in green energy projects at the expense of fossil fuels and nuclear energy.  These renewable energy sources are a long way from meeting global energy needs.  Biden put more regulatory burdens on the oil and natural gas industry, slowing its production considerably.  And perhaps most dramatically, he shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project to move oil from Canada to the U.S. while effectively greenlighting financing of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to carry natural gas to Germany.

Owner of Seattle bakery says she was forced to close her business because drug users were constantly blocking entrance to her store and police would do nothing to help.  A Seattle bakery owner has slammed city leaders after she says she was forced to close her shop due to the record-breaking high levels of crime.  Piroshky Piroshky bakery owner Olga Sagan, 38, made the tough decision after she constantly found the entrance blocked with drug users who refused to move — and she says the Seattle Police Department did nothing to help.  The last straw was when a man was shot dead just round the corner from the city center bakery.

Biden's war on fossil fuels has strengthened Putin and weakened America.  Russian President Vladimir Putin was emboldened to launch his full-scale invasion of Ukraine because he believed that President Biden was bluffing when he threatened serious consequences.  On Thursday, Biden proved him right.  Not only did the United States and its NATO allies fail to kick Moscow out of the SWIFT banking network used by almost all major financial institutions to wire money — which would effectively exclude Russia from the global economy — Biden failed to sanction Putin's two most significant exports:  oil and natural gas.  To the contrary, Biden announced that he had specifically designed the sanctions "to allow energy payments to continue."  Putin gambled that Biden was not willing to risk sanctioning his lucrative energy exports, and thus driving up energy prices for U.S. consumers just months before the midterm elections.  The bet paid off.  This failure of deterrence shows the folly of Biden's war on fossil fuels.

Fake 'Environmentalism' Fueled the Ukraine War.  The truth is that people like [John] Kerry and many of his colleagues and predecessors who have been obsessed with the same supposedly imminent ecological disaster literally for decades now, are to blame as much as anyone — with the exception of Vladimir Putin, of course — for the carnage in Ukraine.  This environmental obsession obviously swept up our current president to such a degree that from the minute he was inaugurated he worked to reverse the American energy independence achieved under the Trump administration.  He succeeded and then some in less than a year.  Result:  The United States imports oil to the tune of millions of dollars a day, including from Russia (even as it invades Ukraine).  As Bloomberg reported last year, Russia provides more oil to the United States than any other country, except Canada.  Around 20 million barrels per month.  This makes the so-called sanctions a pathetic sideshow — laughable, really.

The green dream goes lethal.  Britain's capital has been dubbed "Londongrad," because British governments have allowed so many of Putin's fellow oligarchs to use its infrastructure to launder stolen Russian funds — contributing in the process so much to Britain's GDP.  Then there's the European embrace of pacifism, which has led Britain and other European states to cut their defence spending and rely instead on America's protective umbrella which they all took for granted.  That parasitic illusion went belly-up with the advent of the Biden administration, whose refusal to defend the free world and its preference instead to throw in the towel wherever possible — as demonstrated most graphically by America's disorderly scuttle from Afghanistan — has been duly noted by Putin, along with the regimes in China and Iran, as evidence that the Biden administration would take no effective action to counter their own aggression.  But even more shocking that all this is that, through their unhinged obsession with "climate change," America, Britain and Europe have handed Putin his greatest weapon against them.

The West's fixation on climate change is proving disastrous.  The crisis in Ukraine has highlighted, once again, the foolishness of the Western world's climate change gambit — that is, shackling ourselves with economy-crippling restrictions that the globe's largest, dirtiest, and most dangerous countries will ignore. [...] Years ago, I shared on the radio about a scientific study that compared the general scientific knowledge of those who were panicked about the imminent calamity of man-made climate change to the scientific knowledge of those who were skeptical of such hysteria.  Despite all the routine claims from the former that the latter are little more than knuckle-dragging flat-earthers, it turned out that the skeptics scored slightly higher.

This Is Downtown Seattle At Night.  If this looks like a scene from an apocalyptic movie set from Hollywood, guess again.  This is a typical night from downtown Seattle, filled with homeless people and junkies tweaking out.  The area of 3rd and Pike is just one of the man areas that keeps getting worse and worse, unsafer and uninvestable.  [Video clip]

What if San Francisco Does Not Recover?  San Francisco looks worse now than I've ever seen it.  Like any major city, San Francisco had bad areas before 2020 — those rough areas you knew to avoid — but you could go anywhere else, basically unmolested.  Today is something entirely different.  The streets are dirty.  Homeless encampments, trash, and excrement can be found all over.  Car break-ins are so frequent that it has basically become a non-government-imposed tax for people who come here.  Of course, some areas are much worse than others, but almost all areas of the city suffer from this decay, and it is appalling.  Every year, the city seems to find new ways to dig deeper and deeper toward ruin.  But what happens to San Francisco if it really does not recover?  What if the financial woes, homeless encampments, rising crime, and dwindling police force are the new normal for this once great city?

The Americans Who Voted For Joe Biden Owe The Rest Of Us An Apology.  We have an affirmative-action Supreme Court nominee who will join the leftist wing of the court in attacking the U.S. Constitution for likely another 30 years.  We have Congress contemplating eye-watering spending while the nation's economy is not only extremely weak but also saturated with the most government debt in all of world history.  We have historic levels of price increases especially harming the poor and working class. [...] We have a southern border that has been opened wide to mass human trafficking by international drug cartels and a presidential administration flying unknown foreigners all around the country in the dead of night.  The United Nations is even aiding this effort to end U.S. sovereignty, as it has for other manufactured migration "crises."  Don't forget the rising crime, deterioration of infrastructure, the self-destruction of our K-college education systems, the refusal of historic levels of able-bodied, working-age men to work, governments and employers doubling down on pitting Americans against each other based on race, the allowance of election systems that befit a banana republic, forcing predatory males into girls' and women's private areas, and the now-repeated deployment of the U.S. military against American civilians.

Check out how beautiful the streets of Seattle are.  Yo, huge shoutout to Joe Biden for throwing money toward safe syringes so the folks on the streets of Seattle can get high.  They seem to be putting them to good use.  You know what we should do now?  We should get the government out there recycling these bad boys in case the addicts run out.  We wouldn't want them to go without their drugs, now would we?  [Video clip]

Before We Go To War, Let's Take A Look At The Current State Of The U.S. Military.  If we are going to have a war with Russia, perhaps we should determine if our military is actually prepared to fight such a war first.  Unfortunately, as I will detail below, the answer is very clear.  At one time, the U.S. possessed the greatest fighting machine ever assembled, but decades of neglect, incompetence and cultural deterioration have taken a devastating toll.  Just look at what happened in Afghanistan.  After nearly two decades of fighting, we couldn't even defeat a ragged bunch of drug dealers and goat herders known as the Taliban.  In fact, the Taliban appears to be even stronger today than when we first invaded.  And now we think that we can take on the Russian military?  Sadly, the truth is that we aren't ready for any sort of a major conflict at this stage.

A New Age of Barbarism.  Political leaders in the US, Canada, Germany, and France — all NATO countries — got back on script yesterday. [...] The part we do not see is that many of these people — together with media organs and administrators of many deep-state bureaucracies — are absolutely thrilled to start a new season.  Away with the appalling mismanagement of the pathogen.  Away with public anger toward the lockdowns and mandates.  Forget the collapse in children's literacy, the rise in cancer, the waves of depression, the trucker protests, the collapsing polls of many elected leaders, and forget too the inflation, the federal debt, supply-chain snarls and goods shortages.  Forget all the astonishing botches of everything.  Life was never as good in living memory as when we had a solid foreign enemy named Russia with a leader with a name and a face.  Everything wrong with the world could be personalized, and with storybook thematics:  good vs evil, freedom vs despotism, democracy vs dictatorship.  This great struggle was so good for both sides that they made it last 40 years.

Key inflation gauge hit 6.1% in January, highest since 1982.  An inflation gauge that is closely monitored by the Federal Reserve jumped 6.1% in January compared with a year ago, the latest evidence that Americans are enduring sharp price increases that will likely worsen after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  The figure reported Friday [2/25/2022] by the Commerce Department was the largest year-over-year rise since 1982.  Excluding volatile food and energy prices, core inflation increased 5.2% in January from a year earlier.

Is this the end of the climate change scam?  Perfectly phrased by John Kerry's nonsensical plaint that the Russian invasion of Ukraine will increase the combustion rate of fossil fuels is the abject silliness of the whole concept of anthropogenic global warming (AGW).  Particularly recent U.S. policies against fracking, pipelines, coal, and internal combustion engines have placed us at a severe strategic disadvantage.  It has taken only a couple of days for it to become common knowledge that such policies have seriously enriched Vladimir Putin.  The grotesque human price of such a debacle will continue to mount, as will resentment for the foolish notion that weather can be subject to political influence.

Law Enforcement Pins Colorado Overdose Spike to Dem-Passed Law.  On Sunday [2/20/2022], five people died of fentanyl overdoses in a suburban Denver apartment, leaving a four-month-old baby parentless as a result. [...] The tragic event has revived calls from local prosecutors and police to reverse a 2019 law that made the possession of four grams or less of many hard drugs — including fentanyl — a misdemeanor instead of a felony.  That law passed shortly after Colorado Democrats expanded their majority in the state House and captured control of the state Senate.  At the time, Colorado prosecutors called on lawmakers to exempt fentanyl from the penalty reduction, noting that four grams of fentanyl is the equivalent of 13,000 deadly doses.  But the bill's sponsors refused, and opioid overdose deaths in the state went on to spike by 54 percent in 2020.

A Decade of Deceit and Division:  What Trayvon Wrought.  [Scroll down]  Outraged by the [George Zimmerman] verdict, three Marxists "of color" promptly formed a group called Black Lives Matter.  Working their combined magic in Ferguson a year after George's acquittal, BLM and the media helped reverse an eight-year downward trend in homicides.  As a result of the so-called "Ferguson effect," 3,000 more Americans were murdered in 2016 than in 2014.  BLM was just warming up.  The multi-city mania BLM helped generate in 2020 — Minneapolis, Louisville, Kenosha — triggered a nationwide 30-percent-plus increase in homicides over 2019, the greatest annual spike ever recorded.  Had the media paid any attention to Los Angeles filmmaker Joel Gilbert's brilliantly researched book and film, The Trayvon Hoax:  Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America, released in the fall of 2019, much of the death and destruction could have been avoided.

US projected to give up net oil exporter status this year.  The United States is projected to lose its status as a net petroleum exporter this year as refiners and other customers seek out more product from elsewhere amid ballooning demand.  This change in trade dynamics would disrupt what the Energy Information Administration described as the "historic shift" that took place in 2020, when the U.S. became a net exporter of petroleum products due to its strong production output and the effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on oil markets.

Biden misses deadline for reporting how many jobs were lost due to canceled Keystone pipeline.  The Biden administration is flouting a law that requires it to produce a report on the number of jobs lost by canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, in addition to describing how its action may have affected energy costs.  The roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in November included a provision mandating the Department of Energy to produce a report to Congress detailing the impact to American jobs and energy as a result of Mr. Biden's decision to end the pipeline.  The legislation allowed Energy Department Secretary Jennifer Granholm 90 days to provide the information to Congress.  But that Feb. 13 deadline came and went last week with no response from Ms. Granholm, according to several Republican lawmakers who have since pressed for answers.

Masking Facial Expression in Children.  We humans are social creatures that communicate through complex languages and facial gestures.  Our personalities are ingrained in these unique expressions, which impart visual messages that words alone cannot convey.  Facial expressions provoke a variety of cognitive processes, including emotional gesticulations that elicit rapid responses and ostensive ones that signal a willingness to communicate.  A hidden face deprives us of one of the most basic aspects of humanity and the ability to constructively interact in social settings.  Face masking children constitutes a sacrifice on a scale that can only be made in response to a danger of proportionate magnitude.

Bidenflation Runs Hot Sending Rents Soaring Across the Country.  First gas, then heating and now rents.  Runaway inflation is driving rents skywards across Joe Biden's America, delivering an average of a 20 percent increase in the U.S.'s biggest 50 cities over the past 12 months, a study details.  At the same time, U.S. Census Bureau statistics show rental vacancy rates during the fourth quarter of 2021 fell to 5.6 percent, the lowest since 1984 in the the world's largest economy.  The rent spike has stung wallets nowhere more than in the Miami metro area, where the median rent surged to an eye-watering $2,850, 49.8 percent higher than the previous year.

Fifth-Grade Parents at California School Discover Men Using 'Non-Male' Pronouns Allowed to Sleep in Girls' Cabins on 3-Night School Trip.  Parents of a California elementary school were shocked to discover recently that their daughters had male counselors sleeping in their cabin for three nights at an annual science camp organized by the school.  One parent of a student at Weaver Elementary School in Los Alamitos, said she couldn't believe it when her daughter returned from the trip and said the girls cabins were staffed with adult males who shared their sleeping area for the three-night trip.  She contacted the school to ask if men were actually sleeping in the same room as the young girls, but they could not confirm.  The camp, however, did not hesitate to confirm that men employed with the camp are allowed to stay in the cabins that suit their preferred pronouns.  Men who used "they/them" pronouns are allowed to choose.  Apparently these particular men chose to stay with the girls.  That's not creepy at all.

The Power of the Powerless Is Real.  The growing tyranny in the West has not happened overnight.  It did not suddenly arrive at our doorsteps with the Chinese Flu.  It has been a nightmare decades in the making.  The difference today is that previously slumbering citizens once sublimely content in the normal humdrum of their lives are waking up to realize that the enemies from our past have returned with a vengeance.  Free speech is treated as dangerous.  Western governments, corporations, and social media platforms engage in rampant censorship.  Race and sexual identity are used as the defining attributes of a person to the exclusion of talent, character, and achievement.  Teachers' unions openly demand the right to indoctrinate children according to the interests of the State.  Parents are threatened for believing that their children belong to them.  The criminal justice system is used as a place to punish political opponents and to protect political friends.  Religious expression is outlawed.  Leftists' "secularized religion" is imposed.  Freedom is disparaged as "right-wing."  Coercion has replaced consent.  Victimhood has replaced virtue.  Conformity has replaced individuality.  "Correct" thinking has replaced freethinking.  "Social justice" has replaced real justice.  And the protection of government has become more important than the protection of human rights.

Why are the police we revere doing the tyrants' bidding?  The American left has made its contempt of our police abundantly clear for several years now.  Encouraging the BLM riots, excusing the damage done, decreeing no punishment for those who did billions of dollars in property destruction over the summer of 2020 was their coin of the realm.  Lacking common sense and any skill at predicting the consequences of idiotic policies, they have doubled down on stupid as cities like N.Y., Chicago, D.C., and L.A. rack up homicides committed by career criminals repeatedly let loose on an unsuspecting public.  On a daily basis, innocent victims are attacked, injured, or killed by violent perpetrators who have been released by cavalier lefty judges who have become self-appointed social justice warriors.  This explains the parade massacre in Waukesha, Wisconsin and nearly every other violent assault on innocent victims for the last year.  Our American left reveres criminals over law-abiding citizens.  There can no longer be any doubt about that fact.  The Democrat party is, quite simply, pro-criminal.

Biden the Bloodshedder Steals Our Livelihood.  [Scroll down]  One industry has been especially hard hit, and not because of the normal business cycle.  The decline in the oil and gas industry is almost entirely Joe Biden's fault, and instead of apologizing for it, he brags about it.  The long held dream of the left is to force energy prices high enough that consumers will turn to wind and solar.  With gas prices heading toward five dollars a gallon, electric cars may seem more attractive.  There should have been a huge recovery in U.S. oil production, what with oil prices more than quadrupling since their COVID low.  That has not been the case, and that is why gas prices have remained high — as have prices for heating oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products.  The most recent rig count figure is 392, down from 900 or more through most of 2019 and 2020.  Current drilling is not much improved from the lows of 2021, when economic activity stagnated due to Biden's handling of the epidemic.  Drilling is less than expected because Biden has carried out a war on fossil fuels, including his executive orders halting the Keystone XL pipeline, banning new drilling on federal lands including ANWR, and strong-arming banks not to lend to energy producers.

Leftist Nonsense Is Killing Washington DC, And It's Time To Let It Die.  [The District of Columbia] has been [deteriorating] under Democrat leadership for a while.  Homicides in D.C. were up 14 percent in 2021 over 2020, which was up 19 percent from the year before that.  Motor vehicle theft was up a whopping 50 percent in 2020 and then another 8 percent in 2021.  Last spring, I watched an attempted carjacking right in front of my own car in a "safe" neighborhood at dusk.  The month before that, a Pakistani immigrant and UberEats driver was murdered by two teenage girls when they tased him and stole his car with the owner still hanging off the side.  Long before the vaccine mandate went into effect, the city was suffering under other heavy-handedness that the government blamed on Covid-19.  Isolation exacerbated civil tensions and drove many restless Americans to the breaking point.  The mentally ill became sicker still, and the parts of the city once populated by excited tourists were overtaken by vagrants and tent burroughs.  This skyrocketing crime — thanks to "progressive" policies, unchecked rioting, and severely understaffed police departments — paired with a government-induced Covid craze, chased the first wave of D.C. residents out of the District and into the rest of the country.  But it's amazing how rapidly the pointless, month-long vaccine power trip wreaked so much additional havoc on the D.C. residents and businesses that remained, turning our nation's capital into a bleak and pathetic ghost town.

The Crazy Years.  Precisely who's gone crazy is a matter for debate.  But some of the headlines seem to hint at odd behavior by ostensibly sober statesmen.  It is almost as if they've forgotten how to act in their own best interests.  After two years of demonizing "fossil fuels," decommissioning nuclear plants, and shifting energy grids to things like windmills, the West is suddenly facing an oil shortage crisis that makes it vulnerable to blackmail by Vladimir Putin.

Heritage Foundation index:  U.S. economic freedom at all-time low after Biden's first year.  The conservative Heritage Foundation says economic freedom is at an all-time low under President Biden.  The Washington-based think tank said the U.S. fell 2.7 points from its 2021 Index of Economic Freedom to a record-low score of 72.1 and to its lowest ranking globally, from 20th last year to 25th, in 2022 as the U.S. struggles with rising inflation and debt.  "This year's Index of Economic Freedom paints a disturbing picture, both at home and abroad," Heritage President Kevin Roberts said in a statement reported by Fox News.  "The decline of American economic freedom is serious cause for alarm and has real and tangible consequences for all Americans, especially low-income families and the working class."

Joe Biden, Alchemist?  Unlike Joe Biden, even a child knows that too much demand and liquidity and too few available goods and services cause prices to rise.  The rate of inflation is increasing at an annualized rate not seen in 40 years.  And the jump already follows a prior 2021 annual rate of 6.8 percent.  The prices of gas, food, and houses — the stuff of life — are collectively rising far higher than just 7.5 percent. [...] Biden is hunting for the same magic excuses to fabricate a golden spin on crime.  After demagoguing the police, contextualizing the 2020 riots, and supporting openly or quietly the Soros district attorney revolution, crime has exploded.  Carjackings, smash-and-grab robberies, and violent assaults come to American screens each morning on social media and the news despite the denials of the Biden filters.  Rather than address the crime wave, the FBI prefers to harrass after parents at school board meetings, to fixate on mythical "white supremacist" conspiracies, or to retrieve lost property of the wayward Biden offspring.  Murder is at all-time highs in 12 major cities.

Biden's Popularity is Sinking Like the Titanic.  Domestically we have inflation hitting a 40-year high, which along with rising unemployment, is reminding older Americans of a blast from the past called the misery index, a relic of the Jimmy Carter presidency.  Our southern border is wide open to anyone and everyone from around the world, along with rising crime, homelessness, and squalor in American cities.  Biden promised to "Beat COVID," yet more Americans died of COVID in 2021, during Biden's presidency, compared to 2020 when Trump was in the White House.  Foreign affairs are faring no better.  Biden's Afghanistan surrender to the Taliban, a force we have been fighting for 20 years, left China smiling as we left billions of dollars of weapons and infrastructure behind, along with many Americans which the media are incurious about. [...] America at home is in a civil war, pitting Americans against each other based on everything from skin color to vaccination status to mask wearing, destroying families and friendships in the process.

How Biden and the Democrats Reignited Inflation.  As has been widely reported, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest inflation numbers last Thursday, and they were ugly.  The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 7.5 percent during the 12-month period ending in January, its largest one-year spike in 40 years.  This dwarfs the inflation rate of 1.4 percent that President Biden and the Democratic Congress inherited in January of 2021.  BLS also reported that real earnings decreased 1.7 percent from January 2021 to January 2022.  All of this is directly attributable to the incompetent economic policies of the Biden administration and wild spending by congressional Democrats in the midst of a supply chain crisis.  Inflation on this scale is new to most Americans.  According to the Brookings Institution, more than half the current U.S. population had not yet been born the last time prices were rising at such an alarming rate.

Biden issues a completely tone-deaf announcement about electric cars.  It's a certainty that Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake," when she heard about France's peasants starving for lack of bread.  However, it's the absolute truth that, even as 82% of Americans are paying above sticker price for cars, while the last year has seen them struggle with rising fuel prices, Biden chose to announce that he's going to buy a whole new fleet of cars for federal workers — 600,000 cars, to be precise — all of them electric.  The past year has been a tough one for Americans.  Inflation has rocketed, with three primary causes:  the government's non-stop money-printing presses; rising fuel prices that boost the price of everything and hugely increase the cost of driving; and the supply chain shortages, including chips and other car parts from China.  It's no surprise, then, that Edmunds, the market research firm, says that 82% of Americans who bought a car from a dealership in the past 12 months paid above the sticker price.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu lit up on Instagram live by critics over vaccine mandates, COVID restrictions.  Boston Mayor Michelle Wu was lit up with criticism during an Instagram live video over the city's vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions.  Wu started up her Instagram live question-and-answer session this week addressing several coronavirus mandates in Beantown.  The stream did not go as Wu had planned.  Angry Bostonians unleashed a torrent of criticism at Wu over the COVID mandates.  "Why do you hate kids?  Teachers?  Cops?  Firemen?" one of the commenters said, while another accused Wu of "ruining" Boston.  Another user said Wu is "ruining our great city!"

My Latest Groundbreaking Interview with Trump.  Trump brought us prosperity, opportunity, mobility, jobs by the millions, the greatest middle-class income growth in history, a secure border, and peace around the world.  President Joe Biden has brought us massive inflation, supply chain disaster, open borders, a massive crime and murder wave, more COVID-19 deaths than ever before, vaccine mandates that have ripped this country apart, attempts to ban and censor free speech, the worst retreat in American military history in Afghanistan, and don't forget the news reports about free crack pipes to be handed out in minority communities.  Yes, I said free crack pipes.  Why not?  Biden runs the country like a man hooked on crack.

They're Coming For You.  You Know That, Right?  [Scroll down]  But the Democrats' destructive war on the country isn't simply limited to COVID.  Last month they tried to take over the way we conduct elections from the states while threatening some of their own party who wouldn't go along.  George Soros-funded Democrat district attorneys refuse to prosecute theft and violence in major American cities.  Homicides are through the roof.  Retail and auto theft is through the roof.  Homeless, drug-addicted zombies lay waste to city streets.  Worse, the Democrats who run these cities have gone to war with and called to defund and strip authority from the police officers that remain the single thin, blue line between anarchy and their residents.  Joe Biden's Department of Justice has conspired to frame Americans for wild, politically motivated schemes.  They currently hold many in federal custody without formal charges related to undefined law breaking on January 6th, 2021.  Two Republican members of Congress have accused the DOJ of going through their constituent mail and interrogating their staff.  They've threatened to deploy resources to school board meetings to keep an eye on parents who get too uppity.  Democrats want a peek into your bank accounts if you have $600 bucks or more.

Decoding the disastrous Bidenflation.  Joe Biden has once again led the US into unchartered catastrophes due to his ignorance about the fundamentals of economics.  On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation in the US climbed to its highest level in 40 years in January, causing prices to rise by 7.5% from a year ago.  When Biden took up residence in the White House in January 2021, President Trump gifted him an inflation rate of just 1.6%.  This was when Covid-19 restrictions were still imposed, causing businesses to either be closed or operate with restrictions.  The current numbers are more troubling considering restrictions across the US have been eased.  To sum it up, in just one year, Biden managed to increase the overall rate of price increase by almost five times.

The Jig is up for Transgenderism as Child Abuse.  The campaign to convince minors that girls can become boys and boys can become girls continues unabated.  However, the consequences of that campaign are now being exposed and are proving unacceptable.  Critics of the campaign have long known of the dangers and have deemed them to be child abuse.  Federal, state, and local governments have ignored the obvious in a case of willful blindness, but the evidence that children and adolescents need protection is now so apparent that government must intercede.  Some states have already begun.

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US Army goes green, announcing new climate strategy.  The U.S. Army unveiled a plan this week to tackle issues surrounding climate change, including the establishment of an electric vehicle fleet, as well as the reduction of the branch's greenhouse gas emissions.  The plan, outlined by the Army in a document titled "Climate Strategy," calls for the service to cut its emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2005 levels and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.  The strategy aims to establish an "all-electric light-duty non-tactical vehicle fleet by 2027" and an "all-electric non-tactical vehicle fleet by 2035."

The bad inflation numbers are even worse than the government says.  You couldn't miss the headlines:  The annual percentage increase in inflation clocked in at 7.5%, making it the worst increase in 40 years.  For anyone on a fixed income, living off of savings, or in a low-paying job, this is a disaster.  Rich people don't feel it (much) but ordinary people do.  But here's the kicker:  Inflation is almost certainly worse than it was 40 and more years ago.  Moreover, because the government is in thrall to Modern Monetary Theory, it's going to get worse, lots worse. [...] Certainly, inflation has shot up with incredible speed, as happened in 1982, but real inflation is probably even worse than the accelerated rate suggests.  That's because, in 1990, the government changed how it calculated inflation (something it also did in 1980).

Biden's oil nightmare.  If you think the highest overall inflation rate in 40 years of 7% is bad, get ready for a real shock coming to a pump near you.  Oil prices are surging so much that, ironically, even the "Green New Deal" president is begging global and domestic producers alike to ramp up production and pump, pump, pump!  And despite his releasing millions of barrels of crude from the strategic oil reserve and pleading with oil-rich nations to increase their output, prices continue to climb.  In early December, oil was trading at $65 per barrel.  Today, it's over $90, which is more than a 50% increase in little over a couple of months.  This past week, the average price of gasoline in the United States hit a seven-year high at the pump, but there's still much more to come.

Inflation surges 7.5% on an annual basis, even more than expected and highest since 1982.  Consumer prices surged more than expected over the past 12 months, indicating a worsening outlook for inflation and cementing the likelihood of substantial interest rate hikes this year.  The consumer price index for January, which measures the costs of dozens of everyday consumer goods, rose 7.5% compared with a year ago, the Labor Department reported Thursday [2/10/2022].  That compared with Dow Jones estimates of 7.2% for the closely watched inflation gauge.  It was the highest reading since February 1982.

Inflation hits new 40-year high ... again.  [Scroll down]  Just yesterday, a Fed board member claimed that a 0.5% hike in the base rate was unlikely.  Well, it looks at least slightly more likely now, and perhaps a whole lot more necessary.  Even the 6% "core" reading is a disaster, but politically speaking, it's almost irrelevant.  Voters experience inflation mainly through food and energy prices, which means the political pressure from this report will skyrocket.

A Color Map of the Fronts of World War III.  Demographic warfare is most evident on our porous southern border.  But it's being waged from many directions and is a massive threat to national security.  Last year alone, two million people — from Haiti, Chile, Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries of terrorist concern — breached the U.S. illegally.  The campaign for "abortion rights" is also a part of the plan for demographic disruption.  If abortion seems reasonable, you might disabuse yourself of the idea with this statistic: in 2021, abortion was the leading cause of death globally (43 million), more than from cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, traffic accidents combined.  Lawfare — or the legal fight against Western civilization — is evidenced by the plethora of lawsuits against First Amendment rights.  Corporations are coerced into having 'diverse' boards and workforces at the cost of competence and excellence.  University professors are fired, censured, or cancelled for 'wrongthink.'  Businesses face lawsuits for refusing to provide services that run against their owners' religious beliefs.

Black History and the Democrats.  During the [2020] riots, Democrats adopted an anti-police mantra to secure the African American vote.  Following BLM's leadership, they lined up in lockstep to defund the police and remove qualified immunity.  But it was minority communities who sought more, not less police service.  The impact was devastating.  Officers retired or resigned in droves, recruiting was stymied, ambushes of officers reached a fever pitch, and violent crime, especially in Democrat-run cities, has broken records.  Today, as in the past, with the election behind them, Democrats are backpedaling their "defund or abolish the police" support.  In other words, they are following their predictable historic pattern.  Democrats manipulating race for political gain is black history.

Study finds Biden's climate policies added $1,000 to Americans' energy bills in 2021.  President Biden's plan to make combatting climate change a "whole of government agenda" resulted in Americans shelling out more than $1,000 extra in energy costs last year, according to a new report by conservative think tank Heartland Institute.  Mr. Biden's climate change policies coupled with rising inflation contributed to the highest single-year increase in energy costs in decades, found the analysis by the Heartland Institute.  "Rapidly rising energy prices are no accident, but instead the predictable result of Joe Biden's war on energy," said James Taylor, the president of the Heartland Institute.

Accelerated Buck Passing Ahead.  There is not enough space in this column to discuss all the boneheaded decisions that this President has made since assuming office. [...] There is a reason Brandon has become the least popular name for American baby boys.  Consider energy policy and the negative consequences his bad decisions have had.  Terminating the Keystone XL pipeline was only the beginning.  It didn't just affect the 10,000 hardworking people who lost their jobs, it has affected everyone.  Our economy has been compared to a giant ship.  It can't stop and turn on a dime.  So it is amazing that in less than a year we went from energy independence (actually exporting oil and gas) to again begging OPEC to open the spigots.  The administration is winning its war on domestic energy production.  American consumers are losing.  Gasoline and home heating oil prices have risen over 40% since Inauguration Day.

Germany to raze a 1,000-year-old forest in the name of 'going green'.  Germany, as we well know with its Russian gas capers, is a highly industrialized society in need of a lot of energy.  Fine and dandy.  But how they get it presents increasingly bad options.  They got rid of their nuclear power in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown after a big earthquake in Japan, (despite Germany not being in a quake zone), driving themselves to dependency on foreign suppliers.  That's presented problems for them what with Russia filling that role, so their other recourse has been the one Joe Biden is touting for America:  Green energy — like wind and solar power.  It's costly, requiring state subsidization, given that Germany is not a big sunshine zone nor particularly windy:  But it's costlier than just the wasted cash.  They also are now looking at the loss of their 1,000-year-old Reinhardswald old-growth forest — known as the Grimm's Fairy Tale forest.

Zero Clue:  Democrats' Quest For Zero Cancer Deaths, Zero Road Deaths, And Zero Covid Deaths.  It must be nice to be a Democrat in 2022.  Think about it:  You don't have to be constrained by truth, reality, or the consequences of ignoring them.  Isn't postmodernism great?!  Nothing — and I mean that literally — that a Democrat politician says or their clueless voters believe is rooted in objective truth.  Pick a position of theirs.  Any position.  Jen Psaki recently made a spiteful, idiotic comment that highlights this phenomenon.  The soft-on-crime approach that she scoffed at is resulting in record-breaking carjackings, murders, and retail theft.  When Chicago DAs refuse to prosecute witnessed murders in broad daylight or when California passes legislation to not even bother with retail theft worth less than $950, what do they expect will happen?  Yet somehow we're the ignoramuses?

Covid-era Americans are using public transit less and having more car crashes.  The Covid-19 pandemic has seen two pernicious trends emerge as to how Americans are getting around their country:  public transit is struggling with a reduced number of paying customers, while there has been a sharp increase in car crash deaths.  The shuttering of businesses, the rise of working from home and a fear of contracting the coronavirus saw public transport use plummet across the US — commuter rail alone reported a 79% decline in ridership in the year to September 2020.  Despite a slight resurgence in 2021, trips taken on all modes of public transit are still around half of what they were before the pandemic, federal government figures show.

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Maybe it isn't due to Covid.  Perhaps the public transit ridership is down because of all the violent crime aboard the trains and buses, as well as at the bus stops and platforms.  Maybe the traffic crashes are due to the "defund the police" people making the cops more scarce and more reluctant to enforce traffic laws.

The 'Ugly' of Progressive Public Policy.  In large part, policies currently implemented in many states show a profound misunderstanding of human nature. [...] The ideas of defunding police, sending social workers to active crime scenes, promoting "safe" drug use, and other idealistic remedies of the ugly, have known a flourishing in recent years, especially in Western society.  Moreover, a profound misunderstanding of the complexities of human sexuality has produced a "remedy" that consists of normalization at all costs, which has spilled over into promoting indiscriminate conversions from one sex to another in impressionable individuals who may have had mental disturbances that should have been addressed psychologically, and not surgically.

Austin Thinks Again.  In 2019, the city council of Austin had the bright idea to legalize homeless camps.  Unfortunately, they took the vote in the middle of the night — 2:00 am to be exact — when virtually all citizen stakeholders were asleep.  A year later, the same council voted to defund the city's police budget by more than a third.  These decisions caused wholesale disaster and immediate negative consequences for public safety.  Moreover, they led to even more chaos, violence, and, recently, a backlash from some grassroots groups actively rejecting the council's dangerous progressive agenda.  Like other cities across the nation, Austin residents had the chance to move in favor of restoring order as they voted on Proposition A to "re-fund" and restaff the police.  This ballot measure came a year after they voted on another referendum to curb the rampant homeless crises created by that first middle-of-the-night council vote.  But unlike other cities, Austin voted down the measure in early November.

Inflation.  Inflation is the worst in 40 years.  The price of cars is up 37%.  Gas is up 49%.  During the last few years, as politicians spent ever more money, experts told us not to worry.  Jerome Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve, said inflation would be "transitory."  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, "I don't anticipate inflation is going to be a problem."  Now she says, "I'm ready to retire the word transitory."

First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice Could Be... a Man?  President Joe Biden has made clear he will keep his promise to elect the first black woman to the Supreme Court, following Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement.  But in a curious tweet announcing he will pick someone with excellent qualifications, he said, "And they will be the first black woman nominated to the United States Supreme Court."  They?  Yes.  Don't be surprised.  "Diversity and equity" are of paramount importance to the Biden administration.  He is making sure you remember it as he is making this announcement.  So why would you assume it is a "she"?  At least theoretically, the first black woman Supreme Court justice could be a biological male who self-identifies as a woman.  The move would go right along with current White House practice.  Recall that the Biden administration celebrated with great pride the appointment of Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological male who transitioned in order to appear as a woman, as the "first female four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps."

There is no such thing as a pregnant man.  Science is under attack.  Human biology, specifically, is under attack.  The attackers are those who falsely claim that men can have babies.  It is a lie — a fiction that must be challenged every time it is mentioned.  No matter how ardently leftists try to propagandize such things, men have never had babies.  They cannot have babies.  They will not ever be able to carry children.  Any claim to the contrary is nothing more than a Frankenstein-esque, scientifically altered concoction.  The truth demands that all such radical, toxic, left-wing indoctrination be rejected and repudiated by whatever means are necessary.  Such propaganda occurred late last week when it was revealed that Apple's latest software update, iOS 15.4, included a "pregnant man" emoji.  Obviously, the powers that be at Apple are trying to normalize such lunacy in the hope that there are enough stupid people willing to be bullied into accepting it.  In turn, this acceptance would (someday) lead to a cultural norm that men can indeed become pregnant — a scientific impossibility.

Biden's war on American energy made us dependent, again.  There are few issues where Trump and President Joe Biden have differed more broadly on policy than on energy production.  Trump went full speed on fossil fuel production.  He lifted drilling restrictions, especially in states such as Alaska and on federal lands in the continental states.  He gave the green light to vitally needed pipelines.  He blocked new extreme environmental regulations that were intended to choke off our oil and gas supplies.  He recognized the shale oil and gas revolution as an unparalleled opportunity to reduce reliance on foreign oil.  The Trump energy policy was an astonishing economic success story.  By January 2021, exactly a year ago and Trump's last month in office, for the first time in nearly 50 years, the U.S. was producing more oil than we were consuming.  We imported no net oil from Saudi Arabia and the OPEC cartel nations.  We were also producing more oil and gas than the Russians and the Arabs.

Joe Biden, enemy of America.  From the moment Joe Biden stepped into the Oval Office as president it became clear that he stole the job in order to destroy America from within.  He stopped the construction of the Keystone Pipeline on day one, costing thousands of good paying jobs.  He stopped the construction of the southern border wall, costing more jobs and leaving millions of dollars' worth of equipment rotting in the desert.  Biden would not even let Texas use the construction materials themselves; any wall would impede the Biden plan to import over two million migrants from around the world, to be given funds and to spread them throughout the nation into unsuspecting cities.  The Democrats voted unanimously that these illegal invaders would not be required to be vaccinated or even tested for Covid.  That should tell us everything we need to know about how seriously the left really takes this phony pandemic.  They know it is phony because it's wirked for their advantage from the outset.  They had to do something to derail President Trump.  So, with a stroke of Biden's pen, the energy independence Trump had achieved was gone.

Yes, Really: Apple is Adding a Pregnant Man Emoji.  Every day under the woke regime, one has to ask "can things really get more insane from here?"  The answer is always "yes," as Apple recently proved when it decided to add a "pregnant man" emoji to the iMessage emoji options.

NYC restaurants starved for diners — crime and COVID blamed.  Table bookings in Manhattan restaurants are down 64% in January 2022 compared to pre-pandemic January 2020 — only San Francisco (-66%) and Cambridge, Mass. (-75%) have fared worse, according to new data released by OpenTable and crunched by celebrity statistician Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com.  Brooklyn boites are starved for diners, too, with reservations down 55%.  Data for the other boroughs were not available.  "It's a ghost town out there," one Little Italy restaurant manager told The [New York] Post, citing the failure of city officials to contain crime and chaos, which drives away both tourists and local diners.  "New York City can't recover unless bars and restaurants are at the core of the recovery," said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.

Police Officers [were] Attacked in Five States in the Last Week:  What Gives?  At least 10 police officers in five states — mostly in big cities — have been attacked in the last eight days.  What's especially troubling is that several of the incidents appeared to target police officers specifically.  Both criminal justice reform advocates and police unions blame the same thing: a violent crime crisis.  Reformers think the violent crime spree is the result of inequality and police brutality.  The cops think it's due to lax prosecutors and spineless politicians.  Whatever the reason, the number of lives lost is rising.

Supply chains:  Kick them when they're down.  I have written previously about societal planners actively working to disrupt supply chains and devalue currencies in pursuit of a reimagination of global capitalism.  They have advertised their intent in recent years, utilizing corporate finance publications like Forbes and Bloomberg to sell their vision of a new system with themselves positioned comfortably at the top.  Others like The Hill advertised the Biden administration's devotion to this vision of a new capitalism.  There was always going to be a correction after our ill-advised COVID retreat policies.  Locking down supply chains in an attempt to run from viral contagion based on a high-school experiment was never going to be without consequence.  Perhaps our greatest error was allowing these policies to persist unfettered for as long as we did.  Earlier course correction may have saved us from our current trajectory.  Recent reports of economic indicators saw inflation climb to 6.8 percent, the highest rate in forty years, and 4.5 million people quit their jobs in anticipation of OSHA-enforced vaccination policies, the highest number ever recorded.

Is the second American Civil War nearing its conclusion?  Leftists, through a combination of brilliant projectionist strategy and callously evil use of their political opponents' naïvité, decency, and tolerance, have transformed America's institutions.  They have weaponized them and used them against their less aggressive fellow citizens.  In the process, they have transformed Americans, their beliefs and expectations, too.  Much like the Chinese Communist Party, they own nearly all the levers of influence and power, exercising an iron grip on the education establishment, the mass media, Big Tech, Wall Street, corporate boardrooms, the health care industry, and Hollywood — and now the CIA, FBI, Defense Department, and ironically named Department of Justice (DOJ).  This in addition to effectively controlling all three branches of the U.S. government.  They are using this power to obliterate the democratic representative republic our Founders built, even as they loudly and incessantly claim they are trying to "save our democracy."

Chickenhawk Joe.  Say what you will about Donald Trump's foreign policies.  He didn't start wars.  He didn't vaporize a family of 10 in a suburb of Kabul, He did however vaporize actual terrorists.  He didn't abandon Americans in Afghanistan in a disastrous pullout that killed 13 American soldiers.  Crimea was abandoned to the predations of Putin during Barack Obama's watch.  Taiwan wasn't buzzed by Chinese fighters on a daily basis while Trump was in the White House.  Daily Chinese provocations are Joe Biden's enduring legacy.  The Ukrainian border is filled with a hostile Russian army and it's due, in no small part, to the fool in the White House.  The foreign policy of the former vice president is one of weakness and stupidity and mismanagement.  Joe Biden doesn't know what to do because he didn't bother to look.  He and his inept administration are now engaging in the silly practice of "hash-tag" diplomacy, apparently to frighten Putin into backing down?  Smart move when dealing with a thug.

Democrats Rushed to 'Reimagine' Policing in Washington State.  Now It's Unsafe.  Democrats in Washington state rode the wave of anti-police sentiment after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Their goal was to "reimagine policing," and it's exactly what they did.  Consequently, Washington experienced a surge of violent crime.  Now Republicans, and even some Democrats, are rushing to fix as much as possible.  With total control of the state Legislature, Democrats used the 2021 legislative session to rush through sweeping "reforms" that dramatically changed policing in the state.  These passed bills clamped down on police use of force and detainment, banned departments from deploying large-caliber weapons, and even prohibited most high-speed chases.

Americans' trust in science now deeply polarized, poll shows.  Republicans' faith in science is falling as Democrats rely on it even more, with a trust gap in science and medicine widening substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic, new survey data shows.  It's the largest gap in nearly five decades of polling by the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago that has been measuring confidence in institutions since 1972.  That is unsurprising to more than a dozen scientists reached for comment by The Associated Press, but it concerns many of them.

Manhattan Rite Aid pharmacy closing after rash of thefts, customers and workers say.  The days are numbered at Rite Aid's Eighth Ave. and W. 50th St. location.  The 24-hour store and pharmacy is scheduled to fill its last prescription on Feb. 8, and the Hell's Kitchen community is already mourning its loss.  Workers and customers speculated that the store had been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and an endless stream of shoplifters who have hurt the store's bottom line.  They say the drug store should step up its security or cut back its hours before throwing in the towel.

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Retail stores exist to make a profit.  A pharmacy is not a magnanimous public service.  If shoplifting goes unchecked, theft goes unpunished, and violent crime is laughed off, every retail store will close, and the neighborhood will become even more insufferable than it already is.  In this case, Google Street View is especially useful, since I'll never see this intersection in person.  On the surface, it doesn't look like a terrible place, if you don't mind high-rise apartments and teeming masses of random strangers.  Unchecked crime can ruin any city, and that's what's happening here.

Biden's regulatory bender is crushing the US economy.  By so many measures, Joe Biden's presidential administration falls at the bottom of the scale.  But there is one metric by which Biden is tops — in fact, the very tops in all of history.  That is the regulatory costs his administration has imposed on the nation in a single year.  The American Action Forum, a conservative think tank that tracks government regulation, has tallied up what government agencies estimate their regulations cost.  The Biden administration has now imposed $201 billion in regulation — more than three times the cost that President Barack Obama's very left-wing administration imposed on families and businesses in its first year.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Asks Residents to Begin Voluntary Rationing of Food at Grocery Stores.  DC Mayor and COVID Compliance Minister, Muriel Bowser, asks residents in/around her region to enter a phase of voluntary rationing. What comes after the voluntary phase is the part many have been studiously preparing to avoid.  In the bigger picture, I find it rather revealing that only when leftist policies are followed to their natural conclusion do you see officials in the leftist economic system they created, a system not coincidentally always based on the outcome of scarcity, asking people not to engage in economic activity.  Chasing socialism always creates an outcome where the expressed intent from government is NOT to buy stuff, rationing.

Rationing in DC
Washington, D.C., slides into Soviet-style conditions.  Anyone alive during the Soviet era remembers that one of the hallmarks of Soviet countries was that there were chronic shortages of goods.  Without the profit motive, production never kept up with demand.  Rationing was the order of the day.  Now, in Washington, D.C., rationing is also the order of the day.  D.C.'s mayor, Muriel Bowser, has been asking people to ration voluntarily.  However, we all know that, if grocery items continue to be in short supply, mandatory rationing will soon replace that voluntary shtick. [...] This has a decidedly Soviet feel about it.  When governments interfere with the flow of goods and services, those goods and services cease to exist.


Why Accepting Child Transgenderism Will Pave The Way For Accepting Pedophilia.  The last several years can be viewed as a testament to the remarkable strategic power the woke left wields.  The speed at which absurd ideas have been thrust into the limelight by vested media and a wide array of well-financed academics and non-profits is both startling and impressive.  Not long ago, it would've been unimaginable that a seven-year-old boy's innocent preference for Polly Pockets over Power Rangers would find its tragic end in puberty blockers, chemical castration, and 15 minutes of fame on Snapchat's explore page.  Calling this abuse doesn't encapsulate the full extent of the damage.  It is a culturally bolstered, politically incentivized mass grooming campaign with a disturbing history.  Even worse, this all may be eclipsed by a much darker future should it continue unabated.

Biden's Economy is Setting Records with Some of the Worst Results Ever Seen in US History.  President Trump had arguably the greatest economy in US and world history in 2019.  The opposite is true with the Biden economy and Americans are really suffering as a result.  Under President Trump the US saw unemployment at less than 4%, the best in decades.  The stock markets were at all-time highs, real wages were growing and outperforming the increase in the cost of living.  The US GDP was the greatest in US and world history and inflation was near zero.  In addition, the US became an energy producer for the first time in decades and the price of gas was near or less than $2 a gallon.

"Safe streets worker" (replacing police) gunned down in Baltimore.  During the course of the madness that promoted "defunding" or abolishing the police, there was an emphasis placed on replacing police in some circumstances with "community safety" workers who would supposedly act as unarmed "violence interrupters" and reduce the number of lethal use of force incidents by police officers.  In Baltimore, Maryland's violent gang territories, an existing organization known as the "Safe Streets Program" gained a lot of attention and municipal support in this effort.  The goal of the program is to deploy former gang members into areas controlled by the gangs to negotiate nonviolent resolutions to conflicts.  Unfortunately, as we've seen with other proposed "violence interruption" programs in major cities, sending someone with a clipboard out to resolve a beef between gang members isn't always effective.

Is America Heading for a Systems Collapse?  In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a "systems collapse."  The term describes the sudden inability of once-prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the good life as they knew it.  Abruptly, the population cannot buy, or even find, once plentiful necessities.  They feel their streets are unsafe.  Laws go unenforced or are enforced inequitably.  Every day things stop working.  The government turns from reliable to capricious if not hostile.  Consider contemporary Venezuela.  By 2010, the once well-off oil-exporting country was mired in a self-created mess.  Food became scarce, crime ubiquitous.  Radical socialism, nationalization, corruption, jailing opponents, and the destruction of constitutional norms were the culprits.

The monetary chickens come home to roost.  The December 2021 all-item Consumer Price Index rose 7% since December 2021.  The companion Producer Price Index was up 9% for the same period.  This data should put to rest any suggestion that inflation was beginning to wither away.  What consumers in grocery stores and filling stations have known for months, politicians must now grudgingly admit:  The cost of living is going up and far faster than average wage increases will cover.  It feels a little late in the game to call inflation "transitory."  On average, we average people are getting poorer.

How to Counter Biden's National Security Incompetence in 2022.  From his disastrous withdrawal of U.S troops from Afghanistan, lack of coherent policies to deal with Russia and China, a stubborn determination to appease Iran to revive the deeply flawed 2015 nuclear deal, and an obsession with climate change as a national security issue, Biden in just one year severely undermined America's global reputation as a strong and principled nation.  Making this worse is a global perception that Joe Biden is not mentally competent to be the U.S. commander in chief.  America's enemies have been watching this unprecedented deterioration of American global leadership and are preparing to cash in.  This could include in 2022 China attacking Taiwan, Russia invading Ukraine, and increased provocations by Iran and North Korea, including possible nuclear tests by both nations.  There is also the threat to the United States directly by criminal and national security threats resulting from Biden's failure to secure our southern border.

Everything Is Worse Under Biden.  Everything.  Store shelves are bare, not all the time, but did you ever see that under The Donald?  Did you ever walk into a store, fuming because Trump had been mean to Rosie O'Donnell on Twitter, and see the aisles bereft of salad and milk?  No.  Did it cost you $75 bucks to fill up your sedan, like it did me in LA the other day?  No.  Did inflation hit 7% under Trump?  Did your pay get cut 7% under Trump?  Nah.  But no mean tweets, right?  That's worth 7% of your dough, right?  The pandemic is still here.  Who had more people buy the farm from COVID, Trump or Grandpa Badfinger?  I thought the rule was that if they die on your watch, they're your fault.  Looks like now they are going to solve that awkward problem by stopping counting.  Weren't we were informed by all the smart people that the crusty candidate was going to make the bad virus go away?  It has not gone away.

Mediocrity in power.  One can clearly see that today the upper echelons of government are bad managers and inept businessmen.  Everything they touch turns to ashes.  During the first year of their direct rule under the figurehead presidency of Biden, there has been a sharp decline in all economic indicators, and inflation has reached levels not seen since the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter.  The worst thing they have done to the country is the distribution of freebies — massive "stimulus" payments, even to those who don't need them, a form of universal welfare.  To keep the populace on a short leash, the mediocre have turned on the printing press and now are spending money like a drunken sailor.  The national debt is skyrocketing.  Fuel prices have doubled since 2020, everything becoming more expensive, and a situation unseen in history has arisen: millions have dropped out of the labor force and most businesses cannot find workers.  Apparently, people prefer not to work but to live on handouts.  Today, in a country with millions of idle hands there is an acute shortage of labor.  Free cash has destroyed the foundation of Americanism — the incentive to work and strive for personal success.  Why work when your government pays you to stay at home and do nothing?

Bidenomics cost the average worker nearly two paychecks in 2021.  Last year closed out with an annual 7% inflation rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finally announced Wednesday.  That price increase, further fueled by a 0.5% increase in December alone, constitutes the highest inflation rate since 1982 when Paul Volcker had to engage in a recession-inducing interest-rate-hike campaign just to crack down on the catastrophic stagflation of the 70s.  To put this into more practical terms, the average U.S. worker earns 26 paychecks a year on a biweekly pay schedule.  Inflation in 2021 effectively wiped out nearly two of those 26 paychecks.  Suffice it to say, the devastation of inflation is not evenly distributed, and as usual, the data demonstrate the damage is regressive.

US Woman Tells PA News 'I feel like I live in the Soviet Union'.  #BareShelvesBiden is trending on Twitter for the 3rd day in a row as more and more American's are beginning to realize that the Biden admin is the one behind the shortages, not China or any other nation.  The overwhelming majority of food American's buy is actually made right here in America according to a variety of studies.  So empty shelves shouldn't happen in regards to food.  But, it is!  And it's happening more and more by the day as regular products are now becoming hard to find.  [Video clip]

Who kills the police?  Put "race of people shooting police" into Google and your will get page after page of the opposite results, the race or ethnicity of people shot by police.  This is obviously no accident.  The media narrative is that police shoot people, mostly minorities, without justification.  The question of who shoots the police is one that the larger society is generally afraid to ask.  To ask that question might shed a different light on who the police shoot because it would put the question into a larger context about criminality.  For the defund the police crowd and the progressive minions of distributive and restorative justice, it would undermine an empowering narrative that has enabled them to shackle the police while letting criminals run free without bail and being rewarded with pleas to lower offenses.  For as long as the police and the "system" can be viewed as victimizing minorities, these minorities can be viewed as victims and not criminals.

The Biden Variant — Not Omicron — Is Behind The Shortages Everywhere.  Just before the holiday, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki took to the press room podium to laughably brag about how "we've saved Christmas" because President Joe Biden supposedly fixed the nation's supply chain crisis.  She said that "President Biden recognized this challenge early, acted as an honest broker to bring key stakeholders together, and focused on addressing practical problems across the global supply chain."  That was good enough for the mainstream media, which had turned a blind eye to the supply chain problems once Biden claimed he had a plan to fix it.  Except, less than three weeks later, #BareShelvesBiden is trending on Twitter, shoppers are sharing pictures of empty store shelves, and the media are being forced — however reluctantly — to report that shortages are actually a worsening problem.  Shortages are everywhere.  Whether it's goods, food, people, COVID tests, you name it.  The CEO of the Gristedes supermarket chain is warning of meat and egg shortages.  The Daily Beast reports that "shortages of glass and other materials continue, coupled with extensive shipping delays and skyrocketing freight costs."  One site asked readers to send examples of shortages, and cold medicine was in the top five.

Wholesale inflation hits a record 9.7 percent.  Prices at the wholesale level surged by 9.7 percent for all of 2021, setting an annual record and providing further evidence that inflation is still hammering all levels of the U.S. economy.  The producer price index, which measures inflation at the wholesale level, did slow on a monthly basis, rising just 0.2 percent in December compared with 1 percent in November, the Labor Department said Thursday.  Thursday's report came a day after the government reported that consumer inflation jumped 7 percent in December from a year earlier, the highest such inflation rate since 1982.

Producer Price Index Jumps a Full Year Record High 9.7%.  Businesses saw the prices of goods they sell rise a record 9.7 percent in 2021, the fastest full-year increase in prices in records going back to 2010.  The Labor Department reported Thursday [1/13/2022] that its Producer Price Index rose two-tenths of a percentage point in December.  That's a slowdown from November, when prices rose one percent, and October, when prices rose six-tenths of a percentage point.

Bidenflation sends a stumbling, bumbling Biden desperately searching for distractions.  Even as President Joe Biden was spewing deplorable falsehoods about his political opponents in Atlanta, the chickens of his administration's economy were coming home to roost.  Wednesday's Bureau of Labor Statistics report on inflation, revealing last month's 7% inflation rate, sets yet another 40-year record, harkening back to the bad old days of double-digit interest rates and Paul Volcker's bitter medicine for the economy of the early 1980s.  With this week's report, it is clear that the Biden economy is in an inflation crisis.  It is a crisis that neither Biden nor his useless Twitter-addicted senior staff has any clue how to fix.  But they have all kinds of ideas about how to make it even worse.

WaPo, Slate:  The grocery shortage isn't just real, it's expanding.  As Peter Allen once sang, everything old is new again ... including grocery shortages.  Joe Biden and Democrats initially scoffed at the idea that Americans can't find their choices at supermarkets, but the empty shelves have become so numerous as to defy denial.  The media is starting to abandon the Democrats' us-or-your-lyin'-eyes credibility test on the grocery-supply shortages.  It's going to get worse before it gets better, largely because of the CDC guidances on isolation over asymptomatic positives in the Omicron wave, [...]

Bidenflation conflagration:  CPI hits 7% year-on-year, a new 40-year high.  Not since mid-1982 have we seen inflation running this hot in the Consumer Price Index, and not since the late 1970s have we seen an administration less capable of grasping its sources and consequences.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation hit 7% year-on-year, higher than the 6.8% annualized inflation rate from November.  The news casts a lot more cold water on Joe Biden's moribund spending plans in Build Back Better, but may do a lot more damage than that to his political standing: [...]

Dangerous Trucker Problem Coming.  Reports of bare shelves are coming from all over the country.  The supermarkets on Long Island are starting to look bare.  It seems to be a problem throughout the nation.  Joe Biden did nothing to help the supply chain crisis although he claimed he did.  Some of the bare shelves problems are due to COVID and local issues but we have a much worse problem coming and it seems that Democrats want it to take place.  They aren't all mentally challenged as Biden is so this must be what they want.  There are supply chain problems, there's a self-induced energy crisis, we have soaring inflation, rising crime, anonymous millions pouring across our borders, but then there is the imminent and very dangerous vaccine mandate coming our way.  Tens of thousands of truckers plan to quit rather than get vaccinated.

Democrats must abandon endless assault on police.  Today, on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we honor the courageous men and women who proudly serve our communities and keep our families safe.  Every day, they put their lives on the line to protect us, despite the rhetoric and policies of anti-police Democrats.  We must stand up against the radical "defund police" movement and show our law enforcement heroes that we have their backs.  We must reject the efforts of the Democrat politicians and liberal city councils who are defunding their police departments and refusing to prosecute violent criminals.  As violent crime surges across the country, most notably in Democrat-run cities, it is disturbing that liberal and progressive lawmakers do not take responsibility for how their extreme policies have crippled police departments and allowed violent criminals to run rampant throughout our streets.

What to Do with Feckless Republicans?  Whether it's a matter of gross incompetence or willful intention, nothing the current Democratic administration is doing is improving the lives of the average American citizen.  Nothing.  Consider:
  •   Inflation is raging out of control.  Gasoline prices [...] are a constant reminder of how far behind everyone feels like they're falling.
  •   Month after month, the new jobs data disappoint, missing the so-called experts' projections by a country mile.
  •   The divisive seeds of racial division are being sown by the Democrats like never before, for the inexcusable reason of political leverage.
  •   Illegal immigration is not merely out of control.  It is being actively encouraged.
  •   American energy production is intentionally curtailed, while we beg our OPEC rivals for greater production to make up for our shortfall.  Try to figure that one out.
  •   Russia and China — our main global adversaries, both economically and militarily — are gaining on us (if not surpassing us) with nary a whimper of opposition from the Brandon administration.
And there's the Big One:  the COVID pandemic.  Despite Biden's risible campaign squawking of "I'm not gonna shut down the economy; I'm gonna shut down the virus!," he's managed to do the exact opposite.

Minnesota Trucking Company CEO Warns About What [a] Vaccine Mandate Will Do to [the] Economy.  Here's a solid reference point for just one of the multitude of aspects related to the mandatory COVID vaccine and overall COVID mitigation rules that will come together to present an unavoidable outcome within the supply chain.  As CEO Eric Lawrence notes, even without the vaccine mandate, the testing mandate itself becomes an issue.  How and where exactly are truckers supposed to get these weekly, and depending on state, perhaps daily, Covid-19 tests.  How are they expected to modify their cross country routes, to avoid running afoul of the law, without having any idea where this testing is supposed to take place?  [Video clip]

The Four Horsemen of the Left's Artificial Apocalypse.  [#3] Supply chain crises, product shortages, sky-high energy prices, and runaway inflation — these are the fruits of increasingly communist government agencies regulating success out of existence and redistributing property in the name of "fairness."  What businesses COVID-1984's stifling edicts haven't yet killed, Green New Deal blunt force will finish off.  Why does government work so hard to impoverish its people?  Because a weak and poor populace lacks the will to fight back.  Government welfare is government enslavement.  Cradle-to-grave dependence is just another name for indentured servitude.

The States With The Highest Percentage of Outbound Moves Have Something In Common.  [Scroll down]  New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, and California all have more people moving OUT than moving in.  The CNBC reporter notes that all these states are "expensive" and have "high taxes," and people want "a less hectic lifestyle."  But, as we discussed in yesterday's article, there are plenty of additional reasons to flee these states.  Unreasonable Covid restrictions and surging crime are two other major factors.  Another thing that these states definitely have in common is leadership.  Every single state listed in the top 5 where people are leaving en masse is led by the Democrat Party.

Joe Biden Has Destroyed Another Great American Institution.  I regret to inform you that Joe Biden has destroyed another American institution.  The classic Little Caesars $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza is, and you might want to sit down for this, no longer $5. [...] But I'm assured this is all a coincidence and that the president actually has nothing to do with the current inflation spike that the country is suffering under.  From the debt-busting $2T COVID "rescue plan" to the supply chain crisis that has caused raw materials shortages, we are all supposed to believe that Biden is just an innocent bystander. [... T]his once in a multi-generation inflationary boom just so happened to occur under his presidency, and not because of anything he did.  Of course, we all know that's nonsense, and Little Caesars is hardly the only example.  A few months ago, Dollar Tree, which had priced everything at $1 since its inception, announced that it was going to have to raise prices as well.  Biden is ripping away everything Americans hold dear.

Manhattan's 'progressive' new DA Alvin Bragg just gave a green light for anarchy.  Old:  If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.  New:  If you can't do the time, Alvin Bragg will be there for you.  That much just became clear, as the newly minted Manhattan DA issued marching orders to his hundreds of assistants and support staff. [...] Specifically, Bragg says his office "will not seek a carceral sentence" for anything short of murder or deadly assault ("carceral" being progressive double-speak for prison).  Also, he says minor crime won't be prosecuted at all.  In other words, jail is to be reserved for ax murderers and their ilk; armed robbers and heavyweight drug dealers are to be minimally inconvenienced — and just forget about the quality-of-life law enforcement that was the beating heart of the Giuliani-era rescue of New York City decades ago.

Far-Left District Attorneys Have Unleashed Murder In Cities Like Philadelphia.  We still debate the reasons that crime fell in the 1990s.  Better policing?  Longer jail sentences?  An aging population?  Removal of lead from the atmosphere?  They all may have played a role, along with other factors we are probably missing.  That debate is now academic.  Crime has been rising for several years now.  The new concern is why, and how we can get it to stop.  Again, there are many factors, but the rise of leftist prosecutors who are soft on crime must be at the head of the list.  In my hometown of Philadelphia, crime as a general matter has been getting worse for years, and there are statistics to prove it.  Philadelphia, like many big American cities, is experiencing more violent crime than at any point in its history.

Manhattan DA to stop seeking prison sentences in [a] slew of criminal cases.  Who needs soft-on-crime judges when the district attorney doesn't even want to lock up the bad guys?  Manhattan's new DA has ordered his prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for hordes of criminals and to downgrade felony charges in cases including armed robberies and drug dealing, according to a set of progressive policies made public Tuesday [1/4/2022].  In his first memo to staff on Monday, Alvin Bragg said his office "will not seek a carceral sentence" except with homicides and a handful of other cases, including domestic violence felonies, some sex crimes and public corruption.

Defunding the Police Has Been a Massive Failure.  It is absolutely stunning that some people thought this would be a good idea and actively pushed it.  Look at where we are now.

How Defund the Police backfired.  Over the last two decades, progressives have established a new consensus on crime.  Nonviolent felonies like shoplifting and drug possession should be reclassified as misdemeanours.  Cities should defund the police and spend the money on nurses, psychologists and social workers instead.  Offenders should have minimal involvement with the justice system — and be kept out of jail wherever possible.  But now, rising crime is rapidly undermining the progressive consensus.  Homicides rose 30% in 2020, and over two-thirds of America's largest cities will have had even more homicides in 2021 than in 2020.  At least 13 big cities will set all-time records for homicides, including Philadelphia, Austin, and Portland.  Meanwhile property crimes in California's four largest cities rose 7% between 2020 and 2021.  Car break-ins in San Francisco declined temporarily in 2020, because Covid emptied the city of tourists, but they have since skyrocketed, reaching 3,000 in November.  Many residents have stopped bothering to report crime.

The Woke Mob's Destruction of the English Language.  Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, a member of the progressive "squad," recently accused those who disagree with student debt cancellation of "policy violence."  That is, to disagree with the left now is "violence."  This kind of linguistic legislation by the left is now common.  Words mean whatever they want them to mean in order to achieve their far-left goals.  Pressley's statement is also an implied threat.  Since violence is justified in response to violence, Pressley is letting American's know what is coming if they do not get their way.  The venomous hatred spewed by the Woke mob in the name of tolerance and inclusivity is indefensible.  That is why they do not defend it.  Instead, they generally try to bully people into submitting to their demands.

U.S. crude oil production fell by 8% in 2020, largest decrease on record.  U.S. crude oil production fell by 8% in 2020, the largest annual decrease on record, the U.S. Energy Information Agency reports.  This plunge occurred one year after the U.S. reached a record annual average high of 12.2 million barrels a day in production in 2019.  In January 2020, U.S. crude oil production reached a peak of 12.8 million b/d.  But with federal and state lockdowns halting travel over coronavirus fears, demand for oil dropped and production became too expensive to maintain.  By March 2020, the oil and gas industry experienced a "bloodbath," and by April, the WTI was negative $40 a barrel for the first time in history.  Prices at the pump also reached historic lows.

Americans are Fed Up with Blue State Democrats, Fleeing their States In Droves!  Lately [the Democrats have] done everything they can to keep us divided.  At times even picking sides against their own groups.  Americans are waking up to that en masse and fleeing the states they control by the hundreds of thousands.  [Video clip]

Millions of Americans Are Getting 'Fresh Starts' in Red States.  There is a quiet revolution happening across America and it could mark the beginning of the biggest spiritual, cultural, and political changes this country has seen since the Civil War.  New data made public earlier this week by the U.S. Census Bureau makes clear that millions of Americans are leaving Blue high-tax, high-crime, high-COVID-mandate Democratic states and moving to Red Republican states where taxes are lower, the police aren't being defunded, and churches still thrive.  Consider the contrast between Texas and Idaho on the one hand and New York and the District of Columbia on the other, as described by the Census Bureau [...]

Study: Forced masking, isolation causes lower IQ in children.  A new study links Covid lockdowns and mask mandates to lowering intelligence in children.  According to clinical psychiatrists at Brown University forced isolation and face masks will create a generation of children with lower IQ's and deficient social skills.  Doctors found children developing during Covid-lockdowns are showing deficient verbal and motor skills as well as reduced cognitive performance.  This compared to childhood development before the lockdowns were in place.

The Ungracious and Their Demonization of the Past.  What will our grandchildren say of us who dumped on them over $30 trillion in national debt — much of it as borrowing for entitlements for ourselves?  What sort of society snoozes as record numbers of murders continue in 12 of its major cities?  What is so civilized about defunding the police, endemic smash-and-grab thefts, and car-jackings?  Was our media more responsible, professional, and learned in 1965 or 2021? Did Hollywood make more sophisticated and enjoyable films in 1954 or 2021?  Was there less or more sportsmanship among professional athletes in 1990 or 2021?  Was it actually moral to discard the "content of our character" and "equal opportunity" principles of the prior Civil Rights movement of 60 years ago?  Are their replacement fixations on the "color of our skin" and "equality of result" superior?  Would America have won World War II with the current labor participation rate of only six Americans in 10 working?  Would our generation have brought all American troops home and quit World War I, in fear of the deadly 1918 Spanish flu pandemic?

Nobody likes Joe.  Inflation, violent crime, job competition from illegals, and the monstrous Afghanistan pullout are taking their toll on old Joe's president[i]al approval ratings. [...] Joe threw blacks, women, independents, Latinos, suburbanites, and others over the side in his bid to please the AOC crowd.  Gas prices through the roof.  Bye-bye energy independence.  Federal drilling halted in the name of 'going green.'  A major pipeline shut down at the flick of Joe's pen.  No parental input in education.  Critical race theory drummed into the heads of the young.  Schools closed.  What teachers' unions want, teachers' union get.  Coddle and pay illegals with bottomless funding while border towns pay extra for the surge, crime, and spreading of COVID.  Throw the poor out of their jobs with vax mandates.  Reintroduce inflation, brought on by Federal Reserve money-printing to pay for Joe's big government spending.  Whip up whitey-as-bad-guy rhetoric, defund the police, ignore violent crime even as turns every blue city into another Caracas.

Over 110 Defendants Charged with Capital Murder are Let Loose in Houston, Thanks to Democrat Judges.  In Harris County, Tex., where the city of Houston is located, at least 113 defendants charged with capital murder have been freed and let loose on the streets thanks to criminal justice reform.  Fox 26 Houston reported the shocking news, which they claim is part of "more than 50,000 accused felons [benefiting] from the "catch and release" philosophy of "criminal justice" perpetrated by the current crop of democratic "reform" judges."

13 Happenings In 2021 That I Never Would Have Believed 5 Years Ago.  If you'd told me five years ago that men would be treated as women, criminals would not be prosecuted, and censorship would be widespread, I wouldn't have believed you.  What were once considered the most basic, scientific truths (such as that you're born with your sex and can't change it) have broken down.  Governments are no longer serving their primary function of providing security and protecting borders.  There are many more.

Six Political Predictions For 2022.  [Scroll down]  As of early-December there were twelve major U.S. cities — all run by Democrats — which had already set annual records for homicides, at which time there were still over three weeks left in the year.  It's also worth noting that five of those twelve cities "topped records that were set or tied just last year."  The situation is bad, but it's going to get worse.  And Democrats only have themselves to blame.  The left has demonized police by falsely accusing them of wrongdoing; please consider the shootings of Michael Brown and Jacob Blake as examples.  They've promoted the idiotic notion of "defund the police," and in cities like St.  Paul they've accomplished that goal only to end up on the aforementioned list of the dozen cities.  They've implemented bail "reform," which simply puts violent criminals back on the street.  They've decriminalized crimes (federal crimes) such as sex work and dealing drugs.  And, of course, they embraced last year's BLM riots that killed 25 Americans.  Put these actions all together, and we have a total disregard for the rule of law... and we have a recipe for disaster.

Here is what confuses me about San Francisco..  [Thread reader]  We have the most liberal, left-wing government & population in the country.  We have a $13B budget.  And we have 8,000 people sleeping in the rain this week. [...] Progressives tend to blame Republicans for almost everything.  Yet here we are — not a Republican in sight — and I think we may be the most deranged city on the planet.  Nowhere is there such inequality.  I have never seen destitution at this scale.

Heavy Blue Toll:  Law enforcement deaths hit record high in 2021.  More police officers have died in 2021 than any other year in U.S. history, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  The latest occurred Thursday when a Baltimore officer was ambushed and died. [...] "Ambush-style attacks" were up 126% at the beginning of December from the previous year, the Fraternal Order of Police reported.  Crime rates across the country are skyrocketing as well.  Homicides have risen 30% from 2019 to 2020, according to provisional CDC data.  Murders increased even more in 2021. Twelve cities hit homicide records in December 2021, according to ABC News.  "Nobody's getting arrested anymore," former New York Police Department detective Robert Boyce said.  "People are getting picked up for gun possession, and they're just let out over and over again."  Many officers quit following the 2020 summer of riots associated with Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd.  One study over the summer found that "Officers resigned at a 279% increased rate."

These Stores Are Closing Due To Looting And Lost Profits.  As looting continues and lockdowns return, many retail companies have announced recently that they are shuttering some locations that have become simply too expensive to maintain. [...] Some of the country's major pharmacy chains have said that they plan to close a number of stores.  In November, CVS announced that it will close around 900 retail locations over the next three years, which amounts to about 9% of its 10,000 stores.  CVS locations across the country have been affected by looting over the past year and a half, but the company cited more customers shopping online in its decision to close stores.  Rite Aid said just this week that it is closing 63 stores in order to reduce costs and boost profitability.  In October, Walgreens announced that they would close five locations in San Francisco, citing rampant shoplifting across the city.

California's Zero-Bail Policies Have Been A Deadly Failure.  California's state lawmakers recently failed to pass bail reform legislation, creating a case study in how fundamentally poor public policy will self-destruct if it's exposed for what it is.  On the face of it, there is a logic to the continuing argument that cash-based bail is unfair to people who have little or no money.  But that simplistic premise is deeply flawed and has led to a huge increase in violent crime in California, as well as in other places that implemented the policy.  Unfortunately, the grim repercussions are not just statistical.  There is a human face to criminal justice reform gone bad — and ultimately it tripped up the legislators behind the latest attempt at force-feeding bail reform to the Golden State's citizens.

Lefty pols get a lesson in what 'defund the police' means.  It's pretty amazing when leftists have to live with the results of their own decisions.  Deep-blue San Francisco's descent into violent crime and chaos following its voters' choices to elect officials on platforms to "defund the police" is Exhibit A.  But for the political perpetrators of these imposed anti-police agendas, it doesn't usually happen.  They are, after all, a nomenklatura of sorts, and membership has its privileges.  But for two leftist politicos who unleashed 'defund the police' on the public, the result was so big they couldn't escape it.

Census: Americans Flee Left-Wing Lockdown States for Open, Red States.  Blue states that have repeatedly imposed mask mandates, vaccine requirements, and lockdowns over the last year have lost population to red states that have done away with such policies.  Newly released data from the United States Census Bureau reveals that while blue states like California and New York have increasingly lost population from July 2020 to July 2021, red states such as Texas and Florida have seen population increases.

California's Zero-Bail Policies Have Been A Deadly Failure.  In 2020, as an emergency measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Judicial Council, hoping to prevent COVID's spread, had implemented zero-bail schedules to reduce jail populations.  Senate Bill 262 was later introduced in another of a series of attempts to eliminate most monetary bail.  For reasons having nothing to do with protecting health and safety, Senate Bill 262 would have made the schedules permanent.  In effect, if defendants could not afford bail, they would simply be released.  The grim reality of zero-bail policies became increasingly apparent as late summer turned to fall.  Dramatic expansions in crime.  Rampant retail theft.  Law enforcement and prosecutors unified in their complaint that the zero-bail schedule was a problem.  A big problem.  In fact, the Judicial Council had terminated the zero-bail schedule order even before its emergency authority expired, presumably because these policies failed.

White Men Are No Longer the Democrats' Most Pressing Electoral Concern.  Democrats face a mountain of issues.  They have an inflation crisis that voters seem primed to nail them to the wall over.  The supply chain crisis is still ongoing.  The economy is not well despite the endless propaganda peddled by the Biden administration.  Russia and China are flexing their muscles.  The southern border is a mess.  COVID is still not shut down.  And Build Back Better just got killed by Joe Manchin.  Now, moderate Democrats who cast their lot with the progressive wing and voted for the left-wing action items are saddled with this legislative fumble.  Meanwhile, Joe Biden's approval ratings are sinking faster than the Andrea Doria.

'Bail reform' costs 25 Chicagoans their lives, so far this year.  Another day, another dead person, another beneficiary of the George Soros chaos masterplan of "bail reform." [...] The woman killed was one of 25 murder victims who can't speak up about this "bail reform." She's also one of 93 victims who've been victims of such attacks, the non-dead ones likely recovering in hospitals for gunshot wounds or still taking the flashbacks of terror at what might have happened.  Sixty-one of these thugs have been "beneficiaries" of bail reform, which means no or low cash bail, meaning that they were permitted to await their trial dates in complete freedom, giving them the time to even the score with their hate targets ahead of their date with the judge and jury.  This fiend was one of them.  Bail reform has been a plague for years now, enabling violent criminals to walk free ahead of their trials.  The Soros left and its allies have been calling it a matter of economic justice, given that many thugs don't have the same kind of money as people with productive jobs[.]

For Deaf People Like Me, Mask Mandates Impose Never-Ending Isolation.  It's not a huge population in our country who have hearing problems, but to us it is a huge burden.  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 2-3 babies born in America out of every 1,000 are born with a hearing disability.  Add those with people who lose hearing due to trauma, illness, and age, and approximately 15 percent, or 37 million Americans, over the age of 18 report at least some trouble hearing. [...] Trying to be "normal" and have a normal life was always my goal.  That has been nearly impossible for nearly two years now.  In spring 2020, the first face mask mandate due to Covid-19 went into effect.  I knew I was in trouble.

Judge Rules Anchorage Women's Shelter Is Allowed To Remain A Women's Shelter.  A federal court ruled on Monday [12/20/2021] that a faith-based women's shelter in Anchorage, Alaska, was allowed to remain open exclusively for women after the city passed an ordinance to mandate otherwise.  The Downtown Hope Center sued the city in 2018 when officials sought legal retribution against the charity over its refusal to allow an inebriated and injured biological man who identified as a woman to sleep at its facility alongside homeless women.  The shelter referred the man to a hospital instead where he was sent in a taxi paid for by the group.  A complaint was later filed with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission and pursued by the city before a preliminary injunction in the shelter's favor led to a settlement that forced the municipality to pay the charity $100,001 in fees.  The Anchorage Assembly then opted to change a local ordinance to erase gender-exclusive shelters, which provoked the ongoing litigation.

Self-imposed term limits are the best kind.
Two More House Dems Make Mad Dash for the Exits as Joe Biden's BBB Agenda Implodes.  With voter concerns sitting squarely on uncertainties about the U.S. economy on issues like worsening inflation, the ongoing supply chain crisis, and the gloomy jobs outlook, a number of House Democrats have apparently concluded it's best to get out while they can.  As of last week, the number was at 20 with the announcement that five-term Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) would be retiring at the end of his term.  But today, barely 24 hours after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) dashed Joe Biden's hopes and dreams on the BBB bill, two more House Dems said in so many words that they're headed for the exits, too.

Owner of Seattle's Woodland Coffee frustrated by rising crime.  A frustrated Seattle business owner says she's tired of dealing with break-ins and threats to her customers and workers.  She's reaching out to nearby businesses to see if they want to band together to create a safer environment in their community.  Crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department show a rise in burglaries and thefts at businesses in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.  Businesses in this area have dealt with countless break-ins and say when they call for help police can't always get there.

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And whose fault is that?  The police won't show up because they've been defunded and demoralized by the Democrats.  The criminals know they'll never spend any significant time in jail, because of the Democrats.  And yet you can bet the "Seattle business owner" will vote for Democrats every time.

America Is Much More than Its Government.  [Scroll down]  So here's where the scorecard stands:  Runaway inflation; a collapsing currency set in motion by an unconstitutional central bank that manipulates the dollar and destroys personal savings; a "health emergency" that has been systematically abused to blow up the Bill of Rights; a voting system that nobody trusts because of its inherent and intentional conduciveness for enabling fraud; schoolchildren who have never been dumber yet more indoctrinated by communist claptrap; an unprotected border that has helped destroy communities around the country with crime, division, and drugs; global war against amorphous threats of "terrorism" (which has morphed into a dangerous domestic war against Americans for their political beliefs); and endless attacks on traditional American culture by nasty, self-glamorizing moral poseurs intent on despoiling Western civilization, wrecking Judeo-Christian sanctities, squashing families out of existence, and plundering anything left over to help pay off some Treasury IOUs owed to China.  Let's be clear:  The American people built none of these catastrophes; their worthless government did.

The madness of King Brandon.  In August, Biden began a bizarre, ill-advised, and poorly executed withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which stranded many U.S. civilians and military personnel there and left a reported $85 billion in taxpayer-funded, top-of-the-line, and completely operational military equipment for our Taliban enemies to plunder, which they did.  Biden decided that it was a great idea to evacuate troops first and let the rest of the area and our abandoned facilities fall into chaos afterward.  Images of people running to catch airplanes out of the war-torn cesspool flooded the airwaves, which served to underscore the incredibly bone-headed decision to remove the troops who enforced the rules and prevented the area from descending into chaos for many years.  With one stupid decision, Biden handed Afghanistan back to the savage and repressive regime that held it before.  This will be Joe's legacy.

The Elite's obsession with January 6:  Why do the Elite harbor this fevered obsession with Jan 6? [...] It reflects their habitual projection of their own evil onto the seething mass of deplorables.  Precisely what is this evil they are projecting?  In a word:  treason.  The US Constitution defines treason in Article III, Section 3, Clause 1 this way:  "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."  Are the Elite guilty of treason?  Let me count the ways[:]
  [#1]   In Afghanistan, delivery of $85 billion in military supplies and thousands of hostages to the enemy.
  [#2]   Mass destruction in our cities.  Politicians who protect the mobs are accessories after the fact and accomplices to this treason.
  [#3]   Defunding the police.  The primary responsibility of local government is to protect their constituents and keep the streets safe.  But the local Elites in many cities have sided with the criminal element against the law-abiding citizenry.
  [#4]   Sabotage of the military through wokification, [...]
  [#6]   Giving aid and comfort to China, not least through the attempted Building Back Better legislation that Sen. Manchin just jettisoned.
  [#7]   Destroying the economy with the flood of illegal aliens.
  [#8]   Destroying the economy with the climate hoax.
  [#9]   Destroying the economy with the war on energy:  Shutting down the XL pipeline, bankrupting energy companies, deliberate depletion of our oil reserves, etc.
  [#10]   Destroying the economy with the Covid hoax.

Our political divide is no longer between Democrats and Republicans.  I noticed the uptick in the crime in New York in January 2020 when the "Bail Reform" law went into effect.  Slowly on the local news, you heard about someone coming up the steps from the subway and getting cold-cocked in the face, elderly people getting thrown down and beaten, and other violent street crimes.  It grew from there and, after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, the kerosene was thrown on the previously slow-burning fuse.  The Marxists tried telling us the crime wave was due to the pandemic but I knew — and believe others did too — that it started weeks before the first case of COVID was reported in the United States.  Like a cancer, the effects of these policies took a while to spread and then accelerated quickly.  The same pattern was repeated across America as other cities implemented "Bail Reform" and defunded their police departments.  All the while, George Soros and other Marxist billionaires hell-bent on destroying this country helped install District Attorneys who refuse to prosecute criminals and judges who put repeat violent offenders back on the streets.  Add in governors emptying prisons in the name of Covid and — voila! — instant anarchy.

Here's the Perfect Example of What a Failure 'Defund the Police' Is.  Democrats pushed to defund the police over much of the past year and a half.  You even had people like Kamala Harris applauding the defunding — cutting millions — from the Los Angeles police.  But when some cities caved and started cutting back on the police, it didn't end well.  One of those cities was Burlington, Vermont — not a city that people necessarily think of as a high crime area.  But residents and business owners ended up not feeling safe at night because the police department took such a hit from the defunding movement.

Awash in illegal pot farms, Oregon plans millions for relief.  A Democratic state senator from southern Oregon said his region, awash in illegal marijuana farms that are protected by gunmen, is starting to look more like a failed state.  After hearing him and others testify this week, the Oregon Legislature dedicated $25 million to help police, sheriff's offices and community organizations pay for the ballooning costs of cracking down on the thousands of industrial-scale, illegal pot farms.  Residents said the assistance is welcome but not enough.

California pot companies warn of impending industry collapse.  Leading California cannabis companies warned Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday that the state's legal industry was on the verge of collapse and needed immediate tax cuts and a rapid expansion of retail outlets to steady the shaky marketplace.  The letter signed by more than two dozen executives, industry officials and legalization advocates followed years of complaints that the heavily taxed and regulated industry was unable to compete with the widespread illegal economy, where consumer prices are far lower and sales are double or triple the legal business.

Man Dies Of Heart Attack Because Paramedics Refuses To Enter His Building Due To Commiefornia COVID LAWS.  Paramedics in Southern California refused to enter a post-acute-care facility to treat a man in cardiac arrest last month because of "some COVID-19 law," according to a Rialto Police Department report.  Body camera footage shows an officer arriving at the Rialto Post Acute Care Center on the evening of Nov. 11 and greeting two paramedics from the Rialto Fire Department, who were standing outside with their masks on.  The first 30 seconds of the footage are muted, which is standard for many police body cameras, but the officer wrote in his report that the paramedics were there for an unrelated patient and said the facility was being "problematic."  [Video clip]

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If your fear of germs is that intense, you shouldn't be a paramedic.

Probe launched after medics refuse to care for man in cardiac arrest over dubious COVID rule: police.  A third-party investigation is underway in a California city after two mask-wearing fire department paramedics allegedly refused to enter a rehab facility to render assistance to a man suffering cardiac arrest.  About an hour later, the patient was tragically pronounced dead at a local hospital after being transported there.  An officer responding to the scene in Rialto, California, said on his bodycam, in footage obtained by Fox 11 Los Angeles through a freedom of information request, that the medics wouldn't come inside because of some COVID-19-related rule, and that the patient, who reportedly wasn't breathing pursuant to the 911 call, needed to be brought out to them.

In San Francisco, People Now Leave Their Trunks Open So Thieves Won't Smash Their Windows.  People in California are reportedly leaving their vehicles' trunks open to deter thieves from breaking their vehicles' windows.  Vehicle break-ins are reportedly on the rise in San Francisco and Oakland.  To keep potential thieves from damaging their property, some people are emptying out everything of value from their vehicle, unlocking their doors, and leaving the trunk open while they go about their business.  [Video clip]

Inflation Devastation for the Democrats.  Most of you whippersnappers were not even Planned Parenthood targets back when inflation was last a thing.  It was the late-seventies, which you people associate with funky clothing and disco music.  Most of us who lived through that miserable decade associate it with economic malaise, notably including massive inflation and 18% interest rates.  Yeah, think about 18% interest, all you folks with an adjustable rate loan.  You're spoiled by cheap money and low inflation.  You are about to learn a lesson in economics.  See, when Uncle Sucker prints lots of money and there are fewer things to buy, you get inflation.  Prices rise.  And your standard of living falls.  Despite the economic insights of Joe Biden and his cast of mutants, there's no changing it.  And no, inflation is not evidence that all is well.

Inflation hockey stick
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's Presser Should Alarm Everyone on Main Street.  The Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made statements today akin to saying the emperor is wearing a beautiful coat.  I can share examples, but to really encapsulate the issues, it's actually easier to start by sharing a chart he presented when discussing inflation.  Do you notice anything missing in this chart? [...] The guy is talking about the issue of 2021 inflation and expressing his empathy that inflation is running "far ahead" of the federal reserve projections.  Yet, the graphic Powell uses doesn't even show the 2021 rate of inflation that he is expressing his concern about.  Why wouldn't the graphic show the rate of inflation for 2021?  Well, take one look at what the graph would look like, and you realize immediately why he would not want to put it in front of people.


America's Unamerican Smash-And-Grab.  [Scroll down]  Within the first section of Proposition 47 lies the primary driver of "smash and grabs."  Shoplifting is defined as "entering a commercial establishment with the intent to commit larceny while that establishment is open during regular business hours" where the value of the property does not exceed $950."  That is, according to the California penal code, if someone enters the store when employees are present (putting them at risk) and loots $950 worth of items (if not more, as seen in many of the smash-and-grab cases), they should be allowed to walk free without punishment.  This reclassification only allows criminals to get away with crimes instead of reducing crime itself.  For instance, on November 19th, 20 to 40 people organized a burglary at a San Francisco Louis Vuitton store.  It was not an act of opportunity but a raid organized to some extent through social media and messaging apps.  With only five officially arrested in the above case, criminals are growing bolder, leading to more smash and grab events, such as when 90 people raided a Nordstrom Rack at the Walnut Creek shopping facility on November 20th.  An estimated $100,000 worth of goods were stolen there.

Now that Build Back Better looks dead in the water, weird things are coming out of the mouths of Delusional Dems.  With the price of gas hitting $7 a gallon and a package of Oscar Meyer bacon hitting $9.59 out in California, you can bet inflation is on consumers' minds, and 80% of them know who did it.  Big government spending, the kind that requires the Fed to print more money than the economy can handle, is behind it.  The U.S. has passed a [...] lot of gargantuan trillion-plus-dollar spending bills for things such as COVID relief, "infrastructure," bailouts of favored industries, stimulus payouts, and more in the last few years and the economy is still struggling to digest it.  Inflation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has now soared 6.8% this year, the highest rise in nearly forty years, back when the U.S. was crawling out from the rubble of the Carter years.  And today's inflation is far from done, according to the Fed, which expects to initiate three rate hikes in 2022 to fight it.

Someone Finally Points Out The Obvious.  CNBC's Steve Liesman points out what all the financial pundits keep ignoring.  The price of raw material at origination is still climbing, which means the prices of intermediate manufacturing goods will keep climbing, which means the prices of finished goods (to wholesalers) will keep climbing, which means consumer prices will keep climbing.  [Video clip]  Here's the kicker.  The rate of raw material price increases are still higher than the rate of intermediate price increases, which are still higher than the rate of price increases in finished goods, which are still higher than the rate of price increases in consumer goods (retail).  As long as the rate of price increase for raw material, the very first step in the supply chain, remains higher than the rate of the price increase for the next step in the process, then you can guarantee future prices will go up.

Wholesale Prices See Biggest Annual Surge on Record, Adding to Broader Inflation Woes.  Wholesale prices rose at their fastest annual pace on record in November, with the newest inflation-related datapoint adding to broader concerns about the persistence of elevated prices as higher input costs for producers tend to trickle down to consumers.  The Labor Department said in a Dec. 14 statement that, for the 12 months ending in November, the final demand producer price index (PPI) jumped by 9.6 percent, the highest number in the history of the series, which goes back to 2010.  Consensus forecasts predicted a slower 9.2 percent rise in the PPI final demand measure.  On a month-over-month basis, the final demand PPI gauge rose 0.8 percent in November.  While that's lower than the record high 1.2 percent logged in January, it represents an acceleration in wholesale prices from the prior month's reading of 0.6 percent and a sign that inflationary pressures were once again picking up steam.

Former police chief:  America is devolving into a third world, feudal society — and we can thank the left for it.  Most right-thinking Americans, when they watch gangs of hoodlums go into stores and steal property unabated are horrified by the images.  Others — primarily those on the left — see no problem with it.  What recent events have proven is that there are indeed two Americas; one which still believes in the rule of law, the other which does not.  It also shows what happens to a country when secularism or atheism takes over.  No longer does the commandment "Thou shalt not steal" mean anything.  In fact for leftists, a good number of the ten commandments no longer apply.  For those of us who are Christians, we could see this coming.  For when you remove God from everything, when you don't think twice about the taking of a human life through the process of abortion and when you justify killing or stealing to achieve some kind of means, you have truly lost your way.

Even San Fran residents are getting sick of their liberal reforms.  To put it mildly, things haven't been going well in Nancy Pelosi's home stomping grounds of San Francisco.  The homelessness plague is out of control and crime has been on the rise in ways that even the most liberal and forgiving residents can no longer ignore.  The problem was compounded in multiple ways when Chesa Boudin was elected to be the District Attorney after running on a platform of getting rid of the police and promising to not prosecute "smaller crimes."  (Boudin is now facing a recall election.)  The filth and the property crime are driving some people to look for a way out and flee the city.  The Associated Press talked to several such beleaguered residents recently and heard horror stories that are increasingly familiar.

Key Inflation Metric Grows at Fastest Pace Ever Recorded.  The producer price index jumped 9.6 percent in November compared to the same month last year, the highest year-over-year increase since record-keeping began in 2010.  The PPI increased by 0.8 percent during the month of November 2021.  Prices still climbed 6.9 percent when excluding food and energy costs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The PPI tracks changes in the sale price of domestically produced goods, and is a key gauge of inflation.

The Whitewashing of Black Crime.  NYPD has sought the public's help in identifying mob looters caught on security cameras.  Videos and photos unmistakably reveal inconvenient truths to those who ply their trade in racial obfuscations.  From San Francisco to Minneapolis and Chicago to New York City the choreography is the same, rampaging troupes of mostly young black males plundering in blue cities with do-nothing policies towards crime and mayoral diktats that prevent cops from interfering with or investigating retail theft.

Black Lives Clearly Don't Matter to BLM or to Soros-Backed Rogue Prosecutors.  Grim news confronts Americans in the closing days of 2021:  as they prepare to gather with loved ones around the Christmas tree, their fellow citizens are being gunned down in the inner city in ever increasing numbers.  And the news is likely to get worse.  That is because America's leaders and talking heads refuse to deal directly with the ongoing effort to gut law enforcement and the entire criminal justice system.  Nor are they willing to address the political violence that has led to the precipitous rise in homicides since the fateful year of 2020.  And the silence continues even though — just as news outlets were reporting record rises in murders in 12 cities — Black Lives Matter, the organization that led the political violence, released right on cue a new statement doubling down on its call for "the abolition" not just of police, but also prisons and the court system.

Democratic mayors under fire as crime, violence plagues Chicago, New York, Philadelphia.  Democratic mayors are raising eyebrows with their responses to the rising crime plaguing major cities like New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia.  The U.S. murder rate rose 30% between 2019 and 2020, according to FBI data — the largest annual increase on record, with Chicago topping the list.  At least 12 major cities, including New York, have already set historical murder records in 2021.  Robberies and assaults are also on the rise, and retailers in major cities across the country are reporting an uptick in organized smash-and-grab crimes during the busy holiday shopping season.  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot faced criticism last week after she responded to the recent flood of robberies in her city by blaming retailers for not better protecting their merchandise.

Forty-year inflation high will become key midterm election issue.  Republicans are blasting President Joe Biden for the highest inflation increase in nearly 40 years, setting the stage for rising consumer costs to be a key issue in next year's midterm elections.  On Friday, the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index rose by 6.8% without seasonal adjustments over a 12-month period ending in November, the fastest annual increase since 1982.  Rising inflation has plagued Biden in the first year of his presidency, taking a toll on his approval rating that has dropped across several major polls in recent weeks.  Republicans, seeking to win majorities in the House and Senate in the midterm elections, blamed rising costs on Biden.

Biden makes shipping crisis worse.  Cargo ships are backing up to Hawaii as they await unloading.  Having Paternity Pete running the Department of Transportation was not bad enough.  Biden just appointed someone with no cargo shipping experience as the U.S. Maritime Administrator.  The job is one of those little known offices that are important in times of crisis.  You never really think of cargo shipping until someone foolishly shuts down the economy to stop a virus.  The aftermath resulted in inflation and supply shortages.  Cargo ships are coming in, but their cargo is not being unloaded and shipped by truck to stores across America. [...] Trump took shipping seriously.  Biden did not.  He appointed Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, United States Navy (Retired).  She is a highly accomplished and able sailor.  But her experience is in climate change, not shipping.  Logistics is a complicated but extremely important undertaking, as we all are learning at the store.

The Six Most Disastrous Members Of The Biden Administration.  #1: White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain:  If Biden is merely a barely functioning figurehead, which it seems clear that he is, then who is really calling the shots?  Who's the one pulling Biden's marionette strings?  We can't know for sure, but for me the most obvious culprit would be Mr. Klain.  As Chief of Staff, we can safely assume no one interacts more with Biden than Ron Klain.  No matter the topic, no matter the crisis, a Chief of Staff is going to have his fingers in everything the president does.  Biden's ridiculous spending plans?  There is no doubt that Klain weighed in on each one of them; heavily.  The decision to pull the trigger on the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal?  Klain absolutely had input there as well.  And while there's no question that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other authoritarian bureaucrats were pushing Biden to implement vaccine mandates and to acquiesce to teachers' unions with school closings, we can rest assured that it was Ron Klain who advised Biden and orchestrated the policies.  If we also consider the calamitous supply chain crisis, the Administration's insistence on divisive identity politics, the repeated missteps with China and Russia, and the apparent strategy to have Biden become Bernie Sanders' political clone, the Biden Administration is in tatters.  And Ron Klain has his fingerprints everywhere we look.

AP: Huh.  Maybe we shouldn't spend $5 trillion with this much inflation.  We learned yesterday from the CBO that Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" spending boondoggle would actually add three trillion dollars more debt to the country than had been advertised, once all of the budget gimmicks and sleight-of-hand language was stripped out of it.  That news came on the heels of a report that inflation had hit a level not seen in almost forty years.  (I lived through that inflation explosion and I can assure you that it was no fun.)  These events have forced even some of Joe Biden's most ardent cheerleaders in the media to take notice.  Last night the Associated Press was compelled to ask what really should have been an obvious question all along.  Is this really the time to be setting another $5 trillion in magical money on fire?

Where Dems Rule and Police Are Defunded, Blood Coats the Streets.  Philadelphia, the nation's sixth largest city, recorded 523 murders as of Dec. 7, surpassing its formal grim milestone of 500 murders, which was set in 1990, police data showed. [...] Besides the total control of the cities by Democrats for decades, what could possibly be the other factor in these cities that accounts for such high murder rates?

Whose fault is it that America is descending into Third World status?  Store theft is now done openly.  People load their arms or shopping carts with stuff they want and simply walk out the door.  After closing, mobs of them smash the storefront and grab what they want.  I'm reminded of stores in Mexico where padlocked steel curtains cover the glass storefronts each night.  After closing, the store become a little fortress.  The left explains that this isn't looting because ... reasons.  One reason is that it's really a protest for social justice, whatever that is.  Another reason is that stores have insurance, dontcha know, and so stealing from them isn't really stealing.  Another reason is that the looters are jobless due to COVID, and so their theft is excused by their hunger.  In other words, the left contends that stealing a Prada bag to feed their greed is just like Jean Valjean stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's children.  Speaking of the jobless, employers are desperately seeking to relieve them of that status while the jobless are desperately seeking to maintain that status.  People have decided they'd rather not work, which is understandable since we told them they don't need to and we even pay them money not to.

Inflation soars as prices spike 6.8 percent, most in 39 years.  The annual US inflation rate hit 6.8 percent last month, the feds said Friday — marking a 39-year high and leaving Americans helpless to do anything but watch as prices surge unabated at a clip not seen since Ronald Reagan was in office.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the Consumer Price Index of food, energy, goods and services rose by 0.8 percent in November, pushing yearly inflation above the 6.2 percent recorded a month earlier.  The new level is the highest since 1982 and it also marked the sixth consecutive month in which annual inflation rates have exceeded 5 percent under President Biden's leadership.  In a statement, the BLS said it saw "broad increases" across "most" of the CPI, which tracks the costs of everything from groceries to gasoline and haircuts to household rent.

We have worse inflation than countries with negative interest rates.  Despite the Fed keeping U.S. interest rates near zero during the longest bull market in history, central bankers across the pond have proven even more dovish.  Even so, in Europe, where the European Central Bank has maintained negative interest rates, nations such as France and Portugal have significantly lower inflation rates than us.  (Note:  Switzerland and Japan are outliers, as they've maintained negative or near-zero inflation and interest rates for over a decade now.)

White House Celebrates Joe Biden Reaching Inflation Milestone Set By Jimmy Carter, 6.8 Percent and Rising.  Joe Biden may be celebrating his historic achievement in reaching an inflationary milestone previously set by Jimmy Carter, but the working class is paying the price for their economic stupidity.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the November inflation rate today showing another rise in the annualized rate of inflation of 6.8 percent.  As you review the data, ask yourself this question:  'Is there anything in the current economic landscape to indicate this is going to stop?'  The honest answer is no.

Inflation soars to highest level in 40 years as 'Bidenflation' sees prices jump 6.8% in biggest rise since Reagan admin.  President Joe Biden acknowledged Friday that inflation was a 'bump in the road' — but predicted that prices would drop from current levels, after a new monthly report showed the highest jump in prices since the early 1980s.  'So I think it's it really is it's a real bump in the road.  It does affect families,' Biden said in response to a question at a democracy summit held virtually at the White House.  'You walk into a grocery store and you're paying more for whatever you're purchasing,' he continued, speaking to public concerns after a new report showed a 6.8 percent jump in prices in November compared to a year ago.

The 'Woke' Got What They Wanted — And Then What?  [Scroll down]  So, academia, corporate boardrooms, Hollywood, the media, the Pentagon, professional sports teams, Silicon Valley and Wall Street in near hysterical fashion all boarded the woke train.  All boasted of ferreting out "white rage," and hiring legions of "diversity, equity, and inclusion" czars.  Critical race theory would be mainstreamed to excise racism and discrimination by embracing racism and discrimination.  "Crime" was to be seen now mostly as a construct created by the elite to protect their own privilege, prerogatives and property.  Shoplifting, looting and street thuggery were just part of living in a normal city.  "Social justice warriors" could replace defunded police.  Gone would be most bail, incarceration, mandatory jail time, stop-and-frisk, and broken-windows deterrent policies.  Green agendas, the Left hoped, would fundamentally transform America in putting an immediate stop to man-made "climate change."  So, lots of oil and gas leases were either canceled or their fees vastly increased.  Pipelines were stopped.  Gas and oil companies were warned that everything from lack of financing to new regulations would soon put them out of business.  The golden age of wind and batteries was already upon us.

New Report Shows Push for Electric Cars Is Actually Killing Rainforests.  It was buried during the Thanksgiving weekend, but CNN managed to commit a random act of journalism, detailing some new climate data that was found to show that the Earth warming actually began many decades earlier than stated.  This revelation manages to both throw off climate modeling, as well as make the claim that mankind's technology was the root cause of... well, everything going wrong.  Joining in the fray now is NBC News, which has also surprised by delivering another inconvenient truth.  A new report shows that the need for more raw nickel ore — driven by the explosive market for lithium batteries — is causing the eradication of pristine rainforests in the Philippines.  This is not a gradual loss of acreage.  Massive swaths of the forests are being shredded as nickel mines are expanding at a rate far greater than the rise in global temperatures.

Breaking the Maritime Shipping Impasse.  Two new laws in California have degraded the air quality in the Los Angeles area.  One is Assembly Bill 5 and a new California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation banning older diesel trucks from operating in the state.  Assembly Bill 5 has basically outlawed independent truckers from hauling freight, thereby reducing the total number of trucks operating in the state.  This, combined with the banning of the older diesel trucks, has created a supply chain backlog. leaving large container vessels either at anchor or steaming in lazy circles off shore because the anchorages are too crowded to safely anchor there.  While at anchor or underway, these ships must run their engines to turn generators to power and maintain vital shipboard systems and doing so these ships emit huge quantities of oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), oxides of Sulfur (SOx), particulate pollution, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).  The offshore sea breezes carry this polluted air into the Los Angeles basin, adding to an already significantly polluted air shed.

Democrats don't care about inflation, the poor, the middle class, women, or science.  They care about raw power.  Democrats routinely want a high national minimum wage, require additional costly employer-paid benefits, add taxes, and add regulations that hurt businesses and raise prices...but the solution is more low-paid immigrants?  Democrats are trying to greatly reduce independent contracting, gig jobs, and right-to-work laws as they cater to their political contributors.  All of these things increase costs and inflation.  If Democrats cared about inflation and getting more public projects completed, they would get rid of racist prevailing wage laws, which have oppressed minorities and taxpayers for ninety years.  They clearly care more about catering to unions than the rest of us or inflation.

The Biden gas pump is killing the family budget.  Is President Biden capable of changing course and realizing that he is on the road to a bad election day in 2022?  President Biden could start by reversing the executive orders on the Keystone Pipeline and oil exploration.  It would have a massive impact on producers, who would fill the inventory with oil.  So is Biden capable of doing his version of Palin's "drill, baby, drill"?  We are where we are because of decisions made by this administration.  Therefore, they are the only ones who can undo or cancel their orders.  If they do, then maybe those pump prices could come back.  If they don't, then pity any Democrat running in a competitive election in 2022.

Why Looting Turned San Francisco Into A Ghost Town.  Usually at this time of year, San Francisco's luxury stores are decked with holiday garlands.  Instead, they're boarded up after widespread "flash mob" looting turned Union Square — the city's most fashionable shopping district — into an area resembling a blighted neighborhood in Detroit.  "It's a ghost town," said Michelle Tandler, a San Francisco native and high-tech entrepreneur, whose photos of the stores barricaded in plywood went viral on social media this week.  "Every store has a security guard.  People are going to lose their jobs.  And these things have a ripple effect."  Two weeks ago, San Francisco was the first of several progressive cities hit by smash-and-grab mobs of thieves, sometimes as many as 80 in a group.  Video from the San Francisco looting of Louis Vuitton shows criminals walking casually out of the store, goods in hand.  Other cities hit include Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis.

How Much Longer for COVID Scare Tactics?  How much longer will a COVID-weary electorate put up with Vax Now or Else mandates and concurrent elimination of their daily freedoms?  It would be one thing if the Democrats were delivering a positive, successful improvement in the quality of life in America.  But they're not.  Their tenure thus far has been a total disaster, by any measure.  Inflation at 30-year highs.  Supply-chain shortages, with container ships inexplicably lined up off the California coast.  Racial division, characterized by support of BLM violence and rioting.  Unhinged corporate and educational Wokeness, resulting in blaming Caucasians for being born Caucasian.  Disastrous uncontrolled illegal immigration, unchecked for their COVID status, their presence here completely supported at taxpayer expense.  Government-imposed vax mandates, intended to terminate countless first responders and military personnel if they attempt to exercise their legal personal medical prerogatives.  Quite simply, life in America has devolved into something approaching a chaotic, miserable mess, where each day the public holds its collective breath and attempts to steel itself against the next ruinous body blow.

Death by Politics.  The defunding of our cities' police forces and the tragic mayhem it caused have resulted in disorder nationwide and uncountable deaths.  Since the demise of George Floyd, Democrat mayors of our largest cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York have left these communities open to the most violent elements of our society.  Leftist prosecutors are also to blame.  They purposely refused to properly process dangerous criminals, allowing even murderers to go free.  Thousands of Americans have died in our streets, while Democrats yell that guns are the problem.  These deaths are the direct result of the Democratic actions.  Travel to any of our largest cities, and you are taking your life into your hands.  Mayors and local officials who participated in movements to defund the police should be charged with malfeasance in office, as these cockeyed actions surely led to Death by Politics in the thousands.

Smoking crack sanctioned at NYC 'safe injection sites,' driving business away.  Smoking crack cocaine is officially sanctioned at the "safe injection sites" Mayor Bill de Blasio brought to Manhattan this week in a move that's infuriated the centers' neighbors — and has at least one business owner packing his bags.  "People are allowed to bring the substance that they prefer to use here and they are permitted to consume the substance in the manner of their choice," East Harlem site director Kailin See confirmed.  "We are there to make sure that no medical emergency occurs and to connect them into care if they need that," she said, adding that many of her clients use drugs laced with fentanyl including heroin, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, amphetamine and K2.  The nonprofit is one of two in Upper Manhattan that became the country's first legal shooting galleries when they opened Tuesday [11/30/2021].

Willie Horton and the Democratic Party's Greatest Fear.  Republicans call for high bail levels for proven violent repeat offenders and bail-jumpers; Democrats call for an end to bail, and for the virtual elimination of holding even dangerous prisoners until trial.  Republicans call for stiff and certain sentences for convicted violent criminals; today's Democrats call for never-ending second chances, and even for the elimination of prisons themselves, as in the meantime, impatient Democrat governors and judges routinely throw open the prison gates on the slightest whim. [...] Republicans warn against the cultural decline that has children more likely to be raised in a single-parent household than in a nuclear family unit; Democrats go so far as to champion single motherhood as an objective good, campaigning for ever more welfare programs to encourage such generational dependence.  Is it any wonder that our nation is suffering a massive crime wave?  Is it any wonder that overwhelmed and unsupported police are resigning and retiring in disgust and despair?

Joe Biden's Dirty Little Secret:  He Wants Higher Gasoline Prices.  When he announced last week that he would release more oil from the American Strategic Petroleum Reserve, President Joe Biden told the American people he is doing everything possible to bring down gas prices at the pump.  That's a lie.  This administration and the climate change crazies have declared war on American energy.  They want high oil and gas prices.  The Biden master plan is for American oil and gas production and consumption to go to zero over the next 15 to 20 years.  How do you achieve that goal?  By making oil and gas so expensive and so unavailable that Americans are forced to use alternatives.  In other words, the fact that gasoline is roughly $1.25 more expensive per gallon today under Biden than it was a year ago under former President Donald Trump didn't happen by accident.  This was not a result of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, that could knock out our oil facilities.  This was by design.

The Twin Pillars of Biden's Failure.  Everything has gone so terribly wrong for the Biden Administration, and in the ways that were widely predicted, that it is hard to believe Joe Biden could be perceived as a successful or at least potentially successful president if only he had avoided being such a tool of the Democratic extreme Left.  On the afternoon of his inauguration, he killed the Keystone XL Pipeline and curtailed fracking and offshore oil and gas exploration, and ordered the end of construction of the southern border wall.  The consequences have been over 200,000 illegal migrants entering the United States across the southern border most months and the rise in the price of gasoline from approximately $2 a gallon to $5 a gallon across the country.

All 81 million of them — living or dead.
Biden voters owe the country an apology.  President Joe Biden's African travel ban went into effect Monday.  Biden's actions here directly contradict what he said when former President Donald Trump instituted similar travel bans to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  In fact, they lay bare an underlying insincerity about Biden's entire handling of the pandemic.  When Trump did this exact same thing, Biden stoked the flames of racial hatred to get elected.  Now, nearly a full year into his first term, Biden is the dog that caught the car.  He duped 81 million people into voting for him, and he has no clue what he is doing.  Biden voters owe the country an apology.  They are responsible for our mess — and every bit the mess that the approval ratings suggest it is.  From foreign policy to immigration to crime to inflation to gas prices, there is absolutely nothing going better right now than on Jan. 19, 2020.

Litany of Examples that Democrats are Siding with Criminals — Encouraging Criminality.  Are Democrats encouraging criminality in order to say the current system doesn't work and therefor it should be replaced by a new one that allows them to crack down with much harsher penalities?  It appears as if Democrats are following the same techniques used by dictators throughout history in order to destroy a current system of government, encourage the criminals to scare people into new laws to give away their own freedom.  [Video clip]

28 Photos Show Just How Horrible Christmas Is in San Francisco This Year.  Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we have now moved into the time of year when Christmas shopping is in full swing for many Americans.  However, holiday-lovers in San Francisco will face a disturbing picture when they set out to buy their Christmas gifts this year.  On Monday [11/29/2021], San Francisco resident and Life School founder Michelle Tandler posted a thread of images on Twitter showing downtown businesses boarding up their glass windows to protect from the rampant crime in the city.

American cities are reverting to primitive, self-destructive behavior.  American cities on the Democrats' watch are drifting away from civilization.  The most obvious problem is the rise in crime — everything from murders to mass retail theft.  Just open any Chicago or New York newspaper to see what I mean. [...] I blame what's happening entirely on the left.  Beginning in 2013, with George Zimmerman's self-defense shooting against Trayvon Martin, leftists have been steadily chipping away at the infrastructure that supports law-abiding middle-class Americans.  The war on police blossomed into Defund the Police, which segued seamlessly into no bail, which resulted in six people dying in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and a sideshow in what was once the quietest and safest middle-class neighborhood in San Francisco.  Many are describing what's happening in America in a top-down revolution — that is, the political class, the billionaires, and the affluent professional class, having been marinated in Marxism in college, are imposing a Cloward-Piven strategy on America.  To implement the socialist revolution that these rich people desire and assume they'll survive, they're systematically destroying all the institutional brakes that keep a society safe and functioning.

Fourth-generation dairy farmer warns economic woes, climate change regulations could end family farms.  A fourth-generation dairy farmer warned that climate change-related regulations and a slew of economic woes could signal the end for her family's way of life after nearly a century.  "We've been attacked in the dairy industry for a while now," Stephanie Nash told Fox News.  "Instead of educating people through the farmer, we're educating them through people that have never farmed and we're killing off our family farmers."  Rising costs, labor and supply shortages and little support — in addition to climate change and conservation regulations — are all major obstacles threatening the Nash family, which has been in the dairy farming business for 92 years.

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Making life more difficult for farmers will inevitably result in food scarcity and higher grocery prices.  And the worst part of this story is that it's all being done in an effort to stop climate change — which is impossible.  There is no climate crisis.  Sure, the climate is changing, but the changes are extremely slow and imperceptible; in fact, if you turn off you television, you'll never worry about climate change again!

Is there a wholly unexpected benefit from the left's COVID madness?  With COVID, leftists got a twofer:  Trump left the White House and they destroyed the benefits of Trump's America, especially for the middle class.  With Fauci leading the charge, large parts of America ground to a halt.  People were locked in their homes, schools were closed, and businesses were shut down.  Trump's wonderful economy vanished with a giant sucking sound, all to a Greek chorus of leftist voices declaiming about Trump's murdering American citizens through his ineptitude.  To stir the pot, the left used the death of a two-bit hoodlum whose diseased heart couldn't withstand all the drugs flooding his system as the starting gun for race riots.  All of this made Trump seem, not like the most effective and beneficial president since Reagan, but like a failure.  Add in the fact that the lockdowns allowed often unconstitutional mail-in voting and secretive vote counts and, suddenly, you've got a popular president losing the race to a corrupt, incompetent puppet who managed to have more ballots counted in his favor.  With Biden in office, the left has been able to strike major blows at the economy, the border, national sovereignty, and the military.  In addition, it keeps hammering away at the culture, especially in K-12 schools.

White House's Border Policies Bring Death and Misery.  After entering the country illegally, [24-year-old Yery Noel Medina] Ulloa was taken in by [46-year-old Francisco Javier] Cuellar, and was given a job at the family business before allegedly murdering Cuellar.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Ulloa on Oct. 13, days after he was found covered in blood following the alleged murder.  On the surface, Cuellar's death seemed to have been entirely preventable.  We don't know how Ulloa got from the Texas border to Florida, but we do know that the Biden administration has been flying illegal aliens to states across the country, including Florida.  State and local officials have warned the Biden administration that its anti-border policies pose a grave danger to the security of their state, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, blamed the administration's secretive flights for Cuellar's tragic death.

Wild Smash-and-Grabs in Dem Cities Now Turn Deadly.  We tend to think of Black Friday as the day that we can pick up some good deals at the stores.  But instead, we've been seeing people thinking they could get more than a good deal — a five-finger discount, in fact.  It's happening at expensive stores in Democratic cities, particularly in California when they know that because of leftist prosecutors there, they will likely not suffer any real consequences even if they are caught in the act.  This is all courtesy of the Democratic policy of being lenient on crime.  When even CNN is recognizing this as a problem in cities like San Francisco and Chicago, then you know Democrats can't hide the hard reality of what their policies are causing.

Biden's economy is very successful by the standards Obama set.  Never say that Biden is incompetent.  His goal is to bring the country down and he is doing exactly what is necessary to succeed.  Still, we can survive and fight back.  Remember when Obama said that his policies would raise the cost of energy substantially and that this would be good for America?  He said this in campaign speeches and was still elected.  Biden has successfully followed thru on these policies.  One way to do this is to write down trillions of dollars of fossil fuels in the ground as stranded assets and kill all the traditional energy companies.  Then there's printing money, flooding the market with cheap, illegal labor, using the vaccine to destroy the middle and working class, etc.  The millions of illegal aliens not only stress the labor market, school systems, and welfare but they are carrying diseases (not just COVID) that will stress our health system beyond its limit.  The CDC's and public health system's silence is criminal.

Bidenflation Surges Again as Prices Rise at [the] Fastest Pace in 31 Years.  The Federal Reserve's go-to barometer of inflation soared in October to the fastest annual pace of price increases in 31-years, data from the Commerce Department showed Wednesday.  The personal consumption expenditure price index rose five percent compared with October 2020, an acceleration from the 4.4 percent annual gain recorded in September.  Compared with the prior month, prices rose 0.6 percent, the biggest monthly jump since 2008.

Report: General Mills Will Raise Prices up to 20 Percent in January.  General Mills informed its retail customers that prices would rise on hundreds of its items throughout dozens of its brands in mid-January, according to a report.  The report from CNN Business indicated that the company sent a letter to at least one major regional wholesale supplier indicating that the company intends on raising its prices and that they "will go up by around 20%" on some brands in mid-January.  The letter was shared with CNN Business "on the condition of anonymity to protect the company's relationship with its suppliers."

In police-defunded Minnesota, thousands of people are now just flat out refusing to pull over for cops.  According to reports, thousands of drivers are refusing to stop when police attempt to pull them over, with data showing that it happened more than 3,100 times in 2020.  New research looks into what is behind the uptick in people not following the law.  [Tweet]  "Super speeding" is way up in Minnesota, with the Minnesota State Patrol regularly clocking speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.  Fatalities are up too and there is something else that is making the roads even more risky.  Col. Matt Langer said in a statement:  "People are fleeing from police at a rate we've never seen before.  This is a huge, huge problem nationwide; it's just not a Minnesota-specific problem."

Pennsylvania electricity prices will be rising by as much as 50% next week.  Energy costs for electric customers are going up by as much as 50% across Pennsylvania next week, the latest manifestation of across-the-board energy price increases impacting gasoline, heating oil, propane, and natural gas.  Eight Pennsylvania electric utilities are set to increase their energy prices on Dec. 1, reflecting the higher cost to produce electricity.  Peco Energy, which serves Philadelphia and its suburbs, will boost its energy charge by 6.4% on Dec. 1, from 6.6 cents per kilowatt hour to about 7 cents per kWh.  Energy charges account for about half of a residential bill.

CBO: Democrats' Spending Spree Will Make Inflation Even Worse For Years.  So much for fiscal responsibility.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of Democrats' "Build Back Bankrupt" spending spree didn't stop the House of Representatives from passing the legislation last Friday.  Ironically, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, did more to delay the vote on the bill, speaking on the House floor for more than eight hours Thursday night and postponing the vote on House passage until Friday morning.  But lawmakers who claim to care about our nation's rapidly growing pile of debt, like Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V. and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, should review the CBO analysis in detail.

NY Emergency Room Shuts Down After Workers Forced Out By Vaccine Mandate.  An emergency room in Long Beach, New York, closed down on Monday after state law forced all of its unvaccinated medical workers from their jobs.  The Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital closed its freestanding emergency room in Long Beach and redirected staff to its main campus in Oceanside, New York, the hospital said in a statement.  The "temporary" closure could last up to four weeks and potentially longer depending on the availability of staff, the hospital said.  The New York State Department of Health's (NYSDOH) vaccine mandate for medical workers does not allow workers to claim a religious exemption for the vaccine.  The policy was tied up in court due to legal challenges.  A federal court ruled in favor of the state last month, according to The New York Times.

Organized shoplifting exploits 'woke' undermining of law enforcement.  Retail stores already under siege from pandemic restrictions and supply chain hiccups are increasingly facing another threat to their bottom lines:  organized theft.  The problem was on vivid display over the weekend when dozens of looters stormed into a Nordstrom department store outside San Francisco wearing masks and wielding crowbars.  As many as 80 suspects snatched armloads of products and sped away in more than 20 waiting cars on Saturday.  Police have so far arrested just three suspects in connection with the raid.  Thieves smashed the windows and looted the high-end goods of a San Francisco Louis Vuitton store over the weekend as well, creating chaos in a popular area of the city.

A Chipotle general manager and 4 of his employees quit after a surge of to-go orders drove them to their breaking points.  A group of five Chipotle employees, including a general manager and kitchen manager, quit their jobs at the end of their shifts on November 14 after working under "impossible" conditions, they told Insider.  Peter Guerra, a Chipotle veteran of five years and general manager for six months, worked at the Scofield Farms Chipotle location in Austin, Texas.  "My store was severely understaffed, we struggled just to keep our heads above water," with less and less support from management, Guerra said.  He said he was regularly scheduled to work 80 hours a week, but often had to work additional hours to cover for employees who quit and left gaps in staffing.  Chipotle stores operate with two food prep lines:  one for customers who order on-site and another for digital orders.  Some Chipotle workers have previously told Insider that it's hard to keep up with the rapid rate at which digital orders stack up.

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In this article, there is no mention of vaccine mandates making it hard to retain employees.  No mention of Biden's "stimulus" payouts making it easier to stay home than to go to work.  The system is not unbreakable.  Joe Biden (or whoever pulls his strings) is finding ways to break it.

San Francisco's Mayor Has a 'Genius' Idea to Stop Looting Over the Holiday.  Some people still don't believe this, but Prop 47 is a law — deceptively titled 'Safe Schools and Neighborhoods Act' — that reduces many felonies to misdemeanors and provides for the early release of certain violent offenders and sex offenders.  One of the most unbelievable provisions of Prop 47 is one that makes it just a ticketable offense to steal up to $949 worth of goods from any given retailer on any given visit.  That's right — visit.  You can clean out the deodorant section at Walgreens, go back to your drug den, then come back an hour later and hit the diapers and feminine products if that's your jam.  You've seen the videos.  People do this.  They take what they want and casually walk away.  They know the law.  They know law enforcement has no ability to stop any of it.  It's not just San Francisco that is seeing this nonsense growing; it has pretty much permeated every part of the state by this point.  What's worse — the broken windows theory has most definitely applied to the chaos in California.  Criminals have become emboldened by the tacit permission to loot stores at will.  Now they are becoming organized and hitting larger targets.

Best Buy Crashes As Margins Slide Due To "Organized Retail Theft".  Liberal socialist utopias such as California are a blessing for deadbeat klepto hobos from around the world thanks to the state's lack of prosecution of shoplifting, but the same policies are becoming a major headache for nationwide retailers such as Best Buy which this morning reported that despite beating on the top and bottom line (revenues of $11.9 billion vs expectations of $11.7BN, EPS of $2.08, beating est of $1.96), its margins missed, echoing the same margin crunch theme that emerged recently with big box retailers such as Walmart.  Gross margin fell 0.1% to 23.5%, Best Buy said, missing the 23.6% average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg, while the decline in the core U.S. operation was steeper.  The company also reported a 10% drop in domestic online revenue as more shoppers returned to stores.

Dollar Tree hikes prices 25%.  Most items will cost $1.25.  Dollar Tree will soon be $1.25 tree.  The company — one of America's last remaining true dollar stores — said Tuesday [11/23/2021] it will raise prices from $1 to $1.25 on the majority of its products by the first quarter of 2022.  The change is a sign of the pressures low-cost retailers face holding down prices during a period of rising inflation.  Dollar Tree said in a quarterly earnings release Tuesday that its decision to raise prices to $1.25 permanently, however, was "not a reaction to short-term or transitory market conditions."  Selling stuff strictly for $1 hampered Dollar Tree, the company said, and forced it stop selling some "customer favorites."  Raising prices will give Dollar Tree more flexibility to reintroduce those items, expand its selection and bring new products and sizes to its stores.

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Dollar Tree has one thing going for it:  No looters!

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US Inflation:  Which Categories Have Been Hit Hardest?  Prices have been going up in a number of segments of the economy in recent months, and, as Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley exposes below, the public is taking notice.  One indicator of this is that search interest for the term "inflation" is higher than at any point in the past decade.


Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy Wants A State Coalition To Combat Federal Overreach.  Will It Work?  Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy needs allies.  Within 10 months, D.C. Democrats have obstructed logging activity in the Alaska's southeast Tongasss National Forest, stalled progress on a life-saving road for remote residents to reach an all-weather airport in Cold Bay, cancelled oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and suspended new drilling activity in a state home to 60 percent of federal land.  "The phone line's untouched," Dunleavy told The Federalist of President Joe Biden's outreach 10 months into an administration obstructing nearly every major development project sought in the nation's largest landmass.  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who has been implementing Biden's far-left agenda, has also remained mute.  "They view Alaska as their own national park to save for mankind," Dunleavy said in an interview Thursday, frustrated at the relentless intervention of beltway bureaucrats impeding any opportunity for development.  Passage of the Democrats' latest colossal reconciliation bill would make reinstated protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) permanent.

"Trans" inmate rapes mentally disabled female prisoner at Washington prison.  Caroline Downey at National Review brings us yet another horror story delivered by the progressive policymakers in Washington state.  While still not codified in official policy, Washington previously began allowing male prisoners to request transfers to the state's only exclusively women's prison (the Washington Corrections Center for Women) if they claimed that they were transgender.  This resulted in at least six recent cases of transfers, including defendants who had been convicted of sex crimes against female victims.  With that information as a backdrop it's difficult to see how this horrible headline was anything but inevitable.  Present and former guards from the prison have told the media that these transferred prisoners have raped female inmates, including one inmate who had been convicted of sexually assaulting a minor female.  That prisoner was found to have repeatedly sexually abused a developmentally disabled female prisoner for at least a week before being discovered.

Kyle Rittenhouse and our Liberal Friends.  Now let's review Charles Murray's Coming Apart:  The State of White America 1960-2010.  The top 25 percent, the laptop whites, are doing fine with great careers and merger marriages.  The middle 45 percent, the Rittenhouse kids, are doing so-so, what with all the stepparents and all.  In the bottom 30 percent, including the victims of the drug epidemic, the men don't work much and the women don't marry much.  Here's a short history of laptop-white oppression.  Back before there were laptops they told the workers: vote for us and we'll help you screw the evil capitalists.  Result:  white working class is dying of despair.  Then they told women:  we'll give you the vote and you can snub your nose at the patriarchs.  Result:  feminists are today marginalized as "TERFs."  Then they told blacks:  vote for us and we'll lead you to the Promised Land.  Result:  blacks are mired in dysfunction and squalor.  Hey LGBTs.  You're up next.

The New Blue Confederacy.  Why are progressive regions of the country — especially in the old major liberal cities (e.g., Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle) — institutionalizing de facto racial quotas through "proportional representation" based on "disparate impact"? Why are they promoting ethnic and racial chauvinism, such as allowing college students to select the race of their own roommates, calibrating graduation ceremonies by skin color and tribe, segregating campus "safe spaces" by race, and banning literature that does not meet commissariat diktats?  Why are they turning into one-party political fiefdoms separating the rich and poor, increasingly resembling feudal societies as members of the middle class flee or disappear?  What does it mean that they are becoming more and more intolerant in their cancel culture, and quasi-religious intolerance of dissent, on issues from climate change and abortion-on-demand to critical race theory and wokeness?

Survey says more than half NYPD wishes they never joined the force.  More than half of NYPD cops wish they never joined the force in the first place, according to [an] internal department survey of 6,000 uniformed officers obtained by The [New York] Post.  The survey is a sobering snapshot of how the Finest feel in an era of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter riots, the Defund the Police movement, bail-reform laws that keep violent offenders out of jail, and legislative measures that put the burden of liability on officers while emboldening criminals.  "My retirement date is next month," said one 20-year veteran who took the survey.  "I can't wait to run out of here."  The officer, who would only provide his first name, Dan, said the job has hit "rock bottom" — and he's even steered his own son away from a calling that was once proudly passed down from generation to generation.

Build Back Badly.  It's increasingly apparent that the specter of inflation is haunting the pocketbooks of most Americans.  According to a new Economist/YouGov poll, 76 percent of Americans reported that the price of gas had "gone up a lot" during the past year.  The survey also found that 65 percent had experienced significant price increases for food.  Moreover, when likely voters are asked about how Build Back Better would affect the nation's economy, it gets a thumbs down.

Don't Ask About Empty Shelves, Our Leaders are Too Busy Saving the World.  Like the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, we have become a nation of moral crusaders and misery where goods shortages are papered over with wars against intangible social problems.  Public officials no longer solve problems, like ivory tower academics they delve into root causes and produce theories explaining why the problems can't be solved without changing society and humanity.  It's as if you invited a plumber to fix your toilet only to lectured about the history of plumbing in ancient Egypt, gender roles, and social expectation while your toilet goes on flooding the floor.  While Democrats go down the rabbit hole of root causes, their cities are overrun with crime and human waste, prices for everything skyrocket, and some goods can no longer be had at any price.  Confronted with this reality, they build walls of words, seizing on talking points to convince the public that the problems don't exist or that they're actually symptoms of deep social problems going back centuries even though they only date back to last week.  Either approach frees them from having to solve them.

Transitory Inflation?  Not With Joe in Charge.  Americans are now facing the highest inflation in 30 years.  People are even starting to talk about the "misery index" again — and I haven't heard that term since the Carter administration.  Unfortunately, inflation hits low and middle-income Americans the hardest.  You can bet that Speaker Antoinette and President Asterisk aren't feeling the pinch.  Maybe that's why they're not acting very interested in the problem.  But the rest of us are sure interested.  Inflation isn't a simple matter to control.  It is a complex issue that is affected by many factors.  Whenever the government lowers the value of our money, inflation goes up.  When our geniuses in Washington put more money into circulation by either borrowing it or printing it, the value (buying power) of the money goes down.  It is simple supply and demand economics.  The more there is of something, the less valuable it becomes.  Venezuela has tons of money — and it takes a ton of it to buy bread.  The Venezuelan currency is the Bolivar, and they're issuing it in 50,000 Bolivar notes now — because that's what it takes to buy anything.  Venezuela proves that you can't print your way out of inflation.

Washington's Newest Parlor Game:  "Joe, Kamala, Nancy, or Chuck?" Who Will Still Be in Office One Year From Now?  In the wake of what can only be characterized as a historic (and perhaps even unprecedented) first-year failure, and with glaring individual shortcomings compounding their mismanagement of the government, Washington has a new parlor game.  It's called "Joe, Kamala, Nancy, or Chuck?"  And the game is to guess which — if any — will still be in office one year from now.  As astonishing as it sounds, the most vulnerable Democratic leader may be the sitting President of the United States who doesn't face reelection for another three years.  Since taking office, Biden has overseen a disastrous American defeat in Afghanistan, record high inflation, a border crisis of unprecedented scope, crime waves in cities throughout the United States, ransomware attacks on the country's most critical infrastructure, and surging numbers of COVID-19 deaths despite being handed three vaccines by the Trump administration, among other crises either caused or directly worsened by his administration's policies.  For a president who campaigned on putting "the adults" back in charge, it's hardly been a rousing success, and Americans are noticing.

Barrasso: Russian Oil Tankers Will Deliver in Boston Harbor This Winter as Result of Biden Policies.  Tuesday [11/16/2021] on Fox Business Network's "Varney & Company," Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) warned that because of President Joe Biden's energy policy, Russian oil tankers would be "making delivery in the Boston Harbor this winter."  According to Barrasso, "the American people are paying the price" for the Biden administration being "wrong" on energy.  "John Kerry and Joe Biden, these two merry men who seem to think the United States can power ourselves on windmills and solar panels are just wrong, and the American people are paying the price," Barrasso lamented.  "That is the real problem we have."

5 reasons why Kamala Harris' presidential dreams probably won't come true.  [#5] America and Kamala Harris will continue to suffer from bad policy decisions in the next 3 years. [...] There are good reasons for those low ratings, including the worsening state of the economy, the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan in August, the out-of-control border crisis, COVID policy dissatisfaction and policies mandated by the heavy hand of an out-of-control federal government.  The problem for the Harris is that there is no end in sight to those policies.  Yes, Afghanistan is fading from view but the poor state of the economy will not.  Rather than deal with inflation, which is getting out of hand, Democrats are pushing another spending bill (which Harris supports) that will only make things worse.  And, rather than working to fix our supply chain problems, the harmful effects green energy regulations and COVID mandates imposed by the Biden administration are only making things worse.

Only the Rich and Powerful Can Thrive in Lawless San Francisco.  In "progressive" San Francisco, safety is for the rich.  That's the reality of what's happening in the San Francisco Bay Area as bad policy and anti-police attitudes have created a haven for criminality.  Like many other urban parts of America, the Bay Area has been hit with a historic surge in violent crime in the last few years.  However, unlike many other parts of the country, the Bay Area has also been hit by a huge uptick in car theft, property crimes, and shoplifting.  One would think that this would necessitate a massive response by city leaders and the police department to counter the crime surge.  Instead, San Francisco attempted to defund the police following the death of George Floyd in May of last year.  Unsurprisingly, it now has a major deficit of police personnel and can't find replacements for a department where over a third of its officers have retired.  I wonder why?  Truly, a mystery.  On top of that, San Francisco has a district attorney, Chesa Boudin, whose plan for "radical change" and equality has been mostly to release criminals and not prosecute repeat offenders of serious crimes.

Joe Biden's big cookbook for inflation.  Joe Biden says we must pass his huge slush-fund social-spending package now in the works in Congress in order to reduce inflation.  Since when does throwing money at anything reduce inflation?  Did Obamacare reduce health care costs?  Did all the cash thrown at higher education, such as federal student loans, reduce college tuition?  If they pass free daycare and pre-K education, then as sure as the sun rises, those prices will skyrocket because the providers will have a captive audience.  Treasury secretary Janet Yellen says inflation will drop magically to 2% next year.  We know that earlier this year, she and others said the current inflation in the system is just transitory.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain and others say that since these slush funds are "paid for," they aren't inflationary.  They claim these slush funds are "paid for" by pretending that the new entitlements will last a few years and then be paid with all the revenues from tax hikes on "the rich" over ten years.  Of course, that's a lie, too.

This Democrat Criminal Prosecution System is Deeply Immoral.  Rachel Rollins is Biden's nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. while serving as District Attorney for Suffolk County, where she declined to prosecute certain dangerous crimes and pushed for 'reallocating' police funding. [...] We have all seen endless videos of looters barging into stores and walking out with bags full of free stuff.  This will no longer constitute a criminal activity.  It is amazing to see that you can enter a store in America and the cost of every item is zero.  This isn't good for store owners but what does this tell you about a society in which others take off shelves for free and that person is protected by your law officials while you feel like a sucker for paying for them?  What does that tell you about a society gone wrong?  Under Rachel Rollins, larceny is not a crime.  Neither is disorderly conduct, and disturbing the police.  Receiving stolen goods will not be a crime in Massachusetts under Rollins.  So the person who walks into a store, or a home, and walks out with all sorts of stuff and gives them to his fence to sell, all this is not illegal and not punishable because those we consider criminal will not be arrested, charged, or brought to court.  What world are they creating in America?  It is one that favors the criminal and leave the citizen defenseless.

US Marines Go All-In On Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Training.  Last week, the US Marine Corps marked its 246th birthday.  And while there are many reasons to celebrate this milestone, last we also saw a group Iran-backed of Houthi rebels stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital San'a. [...] Also during the week, Chinese military forces held exercises near Taiwan in response to a visit by a US congressional delegation to the island. [...] Given these developments, sensible planners would consider making military preparedness, defense preparation, and troop recruitment and training top priorities.  Instead, the Biden administration's priorities have nothing to do with actual military readiness.  It intends to force march the US Marines toward diversity, equity and inclusion as the solution to make the Marine's "reflect America".

Is Joe Biden the second coming of Herbert Hoover?  Fuel oil prices soared 12.3 percent and are up a staggering 59 percent in a year.  Meat, poultry, fish and eggs rose 1.7 percent for the month and 11.9 percent year over year.  Those are punishing numbers, and a separate report underscored that workers are falling further behind.  After inflation, real wages fell 0.5 percent because, while wages are rising, the cost of nearly everything is rising faster.  But if stemming this destruction is "a top priority," Biden has an odd way of showing it.  In a head-scratcher, he again urged quick passage of his signature legislation, Build Back Better, which is still being written and fought over by his party.  It has an announced price tag of nearly $2 trillion, and a real one that is much higher, leading most economists to argue the bill would almost certainly push prices even higher, especially in the short term.  On what planet is that a solution to inflation?

The real villains in the Rittenhouse trial.  The real villains in this case are the public authorities who allowed rioters to wreak havoc unopposed for three nights in Kenosha in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a police action that was ultimately deemed justifiable.  While watching the video of the destruction, one has to wonder:  why weren't police and firemen there protecting Kenosha?  This pattern of abdicating authority to violent activists has been repeated in cities around the country, including Seattle, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Baltimore, Chicago, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and especially Portland, to name just a few.  Out of a fear of creating an incident where rioters incur injuries, police response is limited to lining up across a street and slowly moving forward while the rioters are permitted to bombard them with bricks and Molotov cocktails.  Woke politicians have been enabling chaos through such actions as no bail rules; release of violent felons due to COVID-19; reducing property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors; giving free rein to homeless people to defecate on the street, openly inject drugs, and intimidate passersby; raising bail for violent rioters; and handing the justice system to radical prosecutors who care more about the criminals than the victims.

Are Animal Rights Extremists Transforming Agriculture in America's Heartland?  Cattle ranchers and other meat producers have been under fire by animal rights and environmental groups for years.  It's nothing new.  But under the current Biden administration, the agenda to halt meat production under the premise of a climate crisis has accelerated to a mind-numbing pace.  With food prices already increasing due to high fuel costs, the never-ending nudge by animal rights organizations to increase extraneous animal welfare regulations has taken on a new foothold and strategy to advance animal rights organizations' vegan agenda.  While these regulations may seem reasonable on the surface, the agenda behind them lies within the organizations pushing these deceptive bills, cloaked in emotionally charged propaganda used to advance these proposed regulations into law. [...] People are finally waking up to the deceptive policies driven by animal rights groups mandating extraneous regulatory changes to animal agriculture such as California Proposition 12, which has produced a pork shortage in the Golden State.

US Inflation more horrible than Washington admits.  The US Consumer Inflation Report for October was horrible, showing a 12% annualized rate of price change.  But it's even worse than it looks.  The shelter component of the index lags the more reliable private gauges of rent inflation.  That means worse is to come.  Three US companies publish national rent indexes — CoreLogic, Zillow and Apartmentlist.com — and their readings of year-on-year rent inflation range from 9% to 16%.  But the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a year-on-year rise in the rents of just 3.4%.  Shelter represents a third of household expenditures according to the Consumer Price Index.

Economically incomprehensible Biden regime says printing more fake fiat money will reduce inflation.  In a shocking (but not really) display of economic illiteracy, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has stated that the only way to stop runaway inflation is to print more fake fiat "funny money" currency from the Federal Reserve.  Yellen told fake financial news outlet CNBC that passing the Biden regime's new multi-trillion-dollar "infrastructure" package is the only way to lower prices at a time when the impact of previous spending bills is already moving the country towards a hyperinflationary collapse.  "What this package will do is lower some of the most important costs, what they pay for health care, for child care," Yellen stated, "they" referring to the peons below her who are suffering because of she and the regime's existing monetary policies.  "It's anti-inflationary in that sense as well," she added with a straight face.

The Left's Bungled Revolution.  The supply chain debacle has been portrayed by media as one of those inexplicable black swans that come out of nowhere and are beyond human comprehension.  This is nonsense.  The sole cause of this "crisis" is a demented diktat from Gavin Newsom forbidding trucks more than three years old from loading at California ports.  The logic behind this is unknown, but presumably has something to do with Gaia being angry.  The end result is what we see: ships backed up off LA, containers piling up in the ports (or even dumped in hapless LA neighborhoods), and shortages as far as the eye can see.  Lost amid all the uproar are the nation's truckers, who must be boiling over with fury.  (Try to find a single quote from one in the legacy media.)  Florida governor Ron DeSantis has immediately leapt in to offer his state's ports to all comers, and will presumably be followed by other governors, so long-term, the situation will right itself, as tends to happen in capitalist economies.  But the wounds inflicted will last a long time — and California slides ever closer to the precipice.

Americans Want This President Out.  No one should be puzzled by the poll's results.  Americans are weary of Biden's inflation, his border crisis and unforced foreign policy errors, a supply chain and a COVID promise that have both been broken, his failed energy policies, his undermining of policing and law and order across the country, his divisiveness and hard-left swerve, his "woke" military, a shaky economy, and his vaccine mandate, to name but a handful of his more notable failures.  Count us as being among those who wish to see Biden leave the White House as soon as possible.  But his replacement would be no better.  There's a reason Vice President Kamala Harris has an approval rating of 28, 10 points lower than the approval rating of her boss, the man Americans want to be rid of.

Biden's cobra presidency.  Have you noticed how Joe Biden says he wants to lower gas prices, so he cancels the Keystone pipeline?  He wants to lower unemployment, so he pays people not to work?  He wants to beat inflation, so the Fed prints more money?  Biden is President Perverse.  The Cobra Effect is economics slang for "perverse incentives."  If you give your kid money every time the kid misbehaves, that's a perverse incentive. [...] The resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave isn't just failing; he does the opposite of a competent president.  He's perverse.  Most of us are beginning to get that.  The Afghan withdrawal was a classic lesson in how not to conduct a competent military withdrawal.  This is perverse.  You tell Americans you support the military, and you make the military look like bumbling fools.  It's like the fat hippie admiral the left just created.  Look at the photo, and you see perversity, the opposite of honor.

A Deeper Divide.  Don't let anyone tell you the Bagel is worse off than Kabul, where three people were recently shot dead by Islamic gunmen for playing music at a wedding.  No sirree, people over here are shot every day and night, but not for playing music at a wedding.  Give New York credit where it's due.  The city is a bloody horror if you're living way uptown, way downtown, or in the Bronx, while the rest of Gotham is experiencing a new story of street savagery not seen in decades.  The rich continue to leave, taking their tax revenue with them down south; the huddled masses arrive with outstretched palms expecting social justice.  Street crime is rampant, Times Square is no longer a tourist trap because one can get killed there, yet the media continue to write and report on the evils of... Donald Trump.  The perpetually offended, however, blame all this on racism by whites, ignoring that black-on-black crime is responsible for 95 percent and more of murders.

Democrats Have Only Themselves to Blame for the Inflation Fiasco.  It's been quite a spectacle watching people who credit Democrats with every job created and every percentage point gained in economic growth suddenly arguing that the White House is completely powerless in the face of our current economic predicament.  Presidents generally get far too much credit and/or blame for our fortunes, but they can certainly exacerbate existing problems.  And our political class has certainly aggravated them with unbridled spending and support for policies that disincentivize work and inhibit energy production.  Wholesale prices rose 8.6% from a year ago in October, another record annual gain and the biggest spike in more than a decade.  Inflation hit 6.2%, the highest rate of annualized inflation since the 1990s.  Whereas once voters were promised "transitory" inflation, today, economists warn that we'll be in this for a while.

Crime-ravaged Seattle is now so dangerous it can no longer protect its own workers.  Seattle has become so dangerous that the city can no longer protect its own employees, with security guards now escorting them after they finish work.  King County's new 'walking bus' will debut on November 15, and see council workers based in Downtown Seattle and nearby Pioneer Square escorted to a nearby train station and ferry terminal each evening before being left to continue their commute home.  An announcement on King County's official website says: 'King County is launching a 'Walking Bus' pilot program where county employees can join their colleagues and a Facilities Management Division (FMD) Security Escort each evening walking to the King Street Station and the Coleman Dock from the downtown campus.'

Your Money Is Now Losing Close to 1 Percent of Its Value Every 30 Days, According to Labor Bureau Data.  The U.S. dollar is now losing close to 1 percent of its value every 30 days, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released on Wednesday [11/10/2021].  Currently, inflation of the U.S. dollar is at its highest level since 1990.  The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of the average monthly change in the price for goods and services paid by urban consumers, increased 0.9 percent last month, more than doubling September's 0.4 percent increase.  Overall, prices rose 6.2 percent from one year ago, representing the largest year-on-year increase in more than 30 years as inflation persists across sectors, according to the Bureau.  The cost of food also increased by 5.3 percent during the month of October, riding on the back of unprecedented supply chain issues.

Manchin says DC can 'no longer ignore inflation' and Americans' 'economic pain'.  The White House on Wednesday [11/10/2021] was forced to contend with a new report showing a jump in inflation on a range of consumer goods used by ordinary Americans — while Sen. Joe Manchin warned inflation was 'getting worse' at a time when President Joe Biden needs his vote on a key social spending bill.  Biden said in a statement Wednesday morning that 'inflation hurts' as he blamed a sharp increase in October compared to last year on an increase in the cost of energy.  The president made the statement amid a new government figure revealing a 6.2 percent jump in the Consumer Price Index in October compared to a year ago.

The Sissy Generation.  Just 70-80 years ago we had what was dubbed "The Greatest Generation" — the people who had fought and won World War II.  Now, just a couple of generations down the road, we have unconditionally surrendered to a disease with miniscule mortality (for the vast majority of population), and which is to a large degree treatable. [...] The word that we heard the most during this time was 'safety'.  Coming to work is declared unsafe — sure, we can stop working, no big deal.  Going to school is unsafe — cheer up, kids, you are staying home today — and next week, and then month after month after month.  Wear your mask everywhere and stay at least 6 feet away (better 20) from everybody.  Safety is king!  How did we end up here?  As very often happens the course happened first gradually, then suddenly.  The worship of safety began long ago and now it's everywhere.  Everything we buy and use, from lawn mowers to toasters to toothbrushes, undergoes the elaborate safety checks and is accompanied by instructions for safe operation.  And not only is it a legal requirement, but for many people safety became the most important feature of any device.

AMA Becomes a Shill of the Left.  [Scroll down]  As is always the case in any despotic grab for power, language is the first victim.  Thus, the AMA recommends the recently published guidance from the CDC, in its "Health Equity Guiding Principles for Unbiased, Inclusive Communication," which lays out five key principles:  1. Avoid use of adjectives such as 'vulnerable' and 'high-risk.'  2. Avoid dehumanizing language.  Use person-first language instead.  3. Remember that there are many types of subpopulations.  4. Avoid saying 'target,' 'tackle,' 'combat' or other terms with violent connotation when referring to people, groups or communities.  5. Avoid unintentional blaming.  Thus, an overweight individual with Type 2 diabetes is not at high risk when going in for surgery.  In fact, "doctors are being warned not to tell a morbidly obese heart attack patient to eat less."  Ignore personal responsibility.  Don't use empirical knowledge to truly assist a population.  The convolutions and gobbledygook used by the Left are always meant to distract people from seeing through the Left's ulterior motives.

October Prices Jump 6.2 Percent Creating Biggest Inflation Increase In 30 Years.  Consumer prices in October increased by a historic 6.2 percent over the year prior making it the biggest inflation jump in 30 years.  According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans also paid 0.9 percent more on daily goods and other items than they did in September.  "Along with shelter, used cars and trucks, and new vehicles, the indexes for medical care, for household furnishing and operations, and for recreation all increased in October," the report noted.  These rising prices come on the heels of a massive supply-chain crisis fueled by the Biden administration's lack of action and a nation still recovering from months of shutdowns mandated by politicians who sacrificed economic stability and viability to keep people at home.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently joked that the supply-chain issues facing a majority of American families are simply "the tragedy of the treadmill that's delayed," and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain also downplayed the crisis in a retweet mischaracterizing the historic inflation and backup of goods as "high class problems."

Used Vehicle Prices Hyperinflate as Inflation Begins to Spiral Out ff Control All Over America.  It turns out that all of the "doom and gloomers" that were warning that we would eventually experience nightmarish inflation were right after all.  In particular, vehicle prices have become exceedingly painful in recent months.  Due to a crippling global shortage of computer chips, production of new vehicles is way down, and a lot of that demand has shifted into the used vehicle market.  Over the past year, used vehicle prices have escalated at a pace that we have never seen before in our entire history, and things reached a crescendo during the month of October.  If you can believe it, used vehicle prices increased by 9.2 percent last month.  If used vehicle prices rose by 9.2 percent for an entire year, that would be really bad.  For that to happen in just one month is simply breathtaking.

Where is surging inflation hitting Americans the hardest?  American households are coping with the fastest price increases in more than three decades, with the cost of everything from cars to gasoline to food surging in October, the Labor Department reported Wednesday [11/10/2021].  The consumer price index, which measures a bevy of goods ranging from gasoline and health care to groceries and rents, jumped 6.2% from the year-ago period — the highest since December 1990.  It toppled the previous month's high of 5.4%.  From September to October, prices climbed 0.9%.  "I expect lots of eyeballs were bulging out of their sockets when they saw the number come in," said Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors.  "Inflation is clearly getting worse before it gets better, while the significant rise in shelter prices is adding to concerning evidence of a broadening in inflation pressures."

Producer Prices Rose 8.6 Percent in October, Massive Inflation Continues With No Signs of Slowing Down.  This might be somewhat preaching to the choir, but it's the only way I know to help Treepers prepare their families according to very visible economic signals happening just over the horizon.  Back in August, when we discussed the massive inflation that was climbing straight up, I warned everyone to look behind the finished good prices, into the prices of origination and intermediate goods.  The "producer price index" is essentially the tracking of wholesale prices at three stages:  Origination (commodity), Intermediate and Final.  The final product inflation rate in July (reported in August) was alarming at 7.8%.  However, we warned of much higher flowing into the supply chain.  Today, The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) released stunning price data for October, showing a dramatic 8.6% price increase in Final Demand products at the wholesale level.  As expected prices are still going up, and there's no end in sight, because the raw material inflation is still higher than current.

What I Saw At Our Southern Border.  Those in charge of our country are not interested in you or your grievances.  They're interested in one thing: fundamentally transforming this country and all but guaranteeing the demise of western civilization.  The shifting demographic of this nation will ensure that the United States of America as we know it will disappear.  Millions have invaded our country, possessing no allegiance to this nation or its history and as people with little in common are forced to live together, not even speaking the same language, cultural clashes will ensue.  Our government has ceased to perform its most basic function and we have simply been too lazy to notice or even care.  The total stand down at our border is symbolic of what is happening in the rest of the country.  The border, our nation's debt, the fracturing of our culture, and the decline in living standards are all tied together.  One trip to the border and you understand that the defund the police movement is simply an extension of the policy implemented at our borders.

Annual inflation hits 30-year high, 6.2 percent in past year.  Consumer prices grew far faster than expected in October, according to data released Wednesday [11/10/2021] by the Labor Department.  The consumer price index (CPI), which tracks inflation for a range of staple goods and services, rose 0.9 percent last month and 6.2 percent in the 12-month period ending in October, the highest rate in the U.S. in 30 years.  Analysts broadly expected the CPI to rise by 0.5 percent last month, up from a gain of 0.4 percent in August, and 5.8 percent over the past year.  The sharp jump in the inflation rate is a dismal sign for President Biden and Democrats as they face growing pressure over rising prices.  Despite strength across the economy, the president's approval rating has fallen steadily since spring due in part to growing political backlash over higher food and gas prices.

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Inflation Increases At a Record Rate For the Second Month In A Row.  The Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures inflation at the wholesale level, rose 8.6% year-over-year as of October, growing at a record rate for a second straight month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced Thursday.  BLS reported Thursday that the PPI, which measures inflation before it hits consumers, grew 0.6% in October, in line with Dow Jones estimates, highlighting that inflationary pressure is still strong.

America is already short 80,000 truck drivers and the industry is warning that Biden's vaccine mandate will only make it worse.  It's bad enough that the Biden administration's vaccine mandate is probably gonna wreak havoc on a huge multitude of industries, exacerbating the already fragile labor market.  But its effects on the trucking industry may very well be catastrophic.

Purposeful Crisis Keeps Unfolding as Biden's Irrelevant Polling Keeps Collapsing.  We are witnessing a very specific type of electoral frustration caused by officials within a system attempting to stop a communist style fundamental change by taking action within the same system simultaneously collapsing through the actions of the communists. [...] The Obama plan to use Biden as a disposable figure was designed for one specific four year term of maximum damage.  The polling is irrelevant.  Evidence of this purpose is found in the White House telling businesses to continue operating as if the vaccine mandate is legally authorized, despite a court ordered injunction against it.  We are in a post-constitutional system now where the traditional checks and balances are ignored.  This is a very Machiavellian approach being deployed against the American people.

How did we get here?  Can this mess be fixed?  Today's polarization, some say, can be solved by compromise.  Beware of solutions that are worse than the problem.  We have reached our woke relativistic condition precisely thanks to compromise.  It's a compromise only if something is surrendered.  When a person who holds a truthful belief compromises with someone who believes a lie, the result is a truth-believer agreeing to recognize partial truth.  The more compromises, the farther one moves away from truth.  This is how truth has been progressively undermined in our land, leading to the approval of baby-murder by the child's own mother in the place the kid should be most safe, and a political "leader" who dictates what people must do "for their own good," whether they want to or not.

Trickle-Down Bidenism.  Out in the California foothills and Central Valley, relatively "cheap" propane now has more than doubled to a rate of $3.91 a gallon.  At about the same time that I got the propane bill, I filled up the truck with diesel fuel.  It was $4.87 a gallon with a credit card, up in price almost $2 a gallon from over a year ago.  I thought myself lucky since the week prior in Palo Alto it was about $5.29 a gallon.  I spoke not long ago in Bakersfield to an oil man.  He described impending California new rules on the horizon concerning almost every aspect of horizontal drilling and fracking — as part of his own larger fears that the entire industry is shrinking even as demands and profits soar, and consumers need more natural gas and gasoline than ever.  Has anyone ever heard of liberal Americans deliberately not pumping oil and gas, but still needing so much more output that they beg the illiberal Saudis and Russians to bail us out?  At other times in our history, we have suffered plenty of fossil fuel scarcities due to war, embargoes, and declining reserves.  But never has America deliberately created shortages amid a sea of our own gas and oil.

Granholm's 'Shock' Aside, US Energy Dominance Is Exactly Where Biden Wants It — Weakened.  When U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was asked a direct question about skyrocketing gas prices, her response was as telling as it was disappointing.  Instead of offering middle-class Americans an explanation or an apology or a sliver of hope, she let out a hearty laugh.  "Oh my... that is hilarious!  As you know, oil is a global market.  It is controlled by a cartel, that cartel is called OPEC, and they made a decision yesterday that they were not going to increase [production] beyond what they were already planning."  How did America fall so far, so fast on the topic of energy?  How, in less than a calendar year, did we go from energy independence to begging foreign cartels like OPEC for more supply?  We went from net-exporting our oil to hoping that someone will help fill gaps in our energy supply.

Incompetent and Ideological Energy Secretary Says You Will Pay Historic Rates For Home Heating, and There is Nothing They Can Do About It.  A comprehensively incompetent U.S. Energy Secretary, Jennifer Granholm, has the audacity to say that Biden's administration has no responsibility for gas prices likely to reach $4/gal, and Americans this year are almost certain to pay historic amounts for home heating oil and natural gas.  Everything in this soundbite from her interview with CNN is stunningly false, manipulative and misleading.  The U.S. has an abundant amount of energy resources, likely more oil than all other OPEC countries combined in Alaska alone.  The issue is a current administration that refuses to extract oil and natural gas because they are purposefully and intentionally intent on destroying the U.S. economy under the guise of climate change.  Granholm admits that gasoline is likely to go beyond $4/gal in the national average, and home heating costs are almost certain to crush Americans this year.  Infuriating to see such willful stupidity go unchallenged.  [Video clip]

Sen. Barrasso:  At Climate Conference Biden 'Pledged Allegiance To The Flag Of The United Nations' Not The United States.  Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso said Sunday [11/7/2021] that President Joe Biden embarrassed Americans at the recent climate conference in Glasgow by pledging "allegiance to the flag of the United Nations," not the United States. [...] The senator claimed that energy prices are increasing because Biden on "day number one killed the Keystone XL pipeline" while inhibiting oil and gas exploration and blocking "leasing opportunities" in the Rocky Mountains.  Barrasso also said that Biden has "shut down" Alaskan energy so much that the U.S. is now buying more oil from Russia.  He said to add insult to injury the Biden administration is composed of "climate hypocrites," creating a carbon footprint at the conference that was "so much larger than Vladimir Putin's or President Xi's of China — because they stayed home."

Ten-dollar gas?  Midwest freeze?  Joe Biden might just bring that to America next.  So what other catastrophes does Joe Biden have in store for us, now that he's shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, halted drilling on federal lands, opened the border, brought back Jimmy Carter-style inflation, and abandoned Afghanistan in shambles?  Looks like a good bet is even higher energy prices. [...] Apparently [Biden] has no idea what shutting a vital energy pipeline down does, how energy gets important was winter approaches, or what a Michigan winter is like.  What's more, he seems to have no recollection of the Texas winter of last year with its heating and electricity emergencies which ought to have been a warning.  His energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, does. [...] Whatever she may have in mind, Biden's scheme to shut down the Michigan pipeline in response to environmental activist demands, is going make it worse.

Food Prices Vault to Highest Level in a Decade.  Food prices across the world have risen to their highest levels in a decade on the back of tightening supply conditions coupled with robust demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  The FAO's food price index, which measures world food commodity prices, surged 31.3 percent in the 12 months through October, coming in at a reading of 133.2 points, a level not seen since July 2011.  On a month-over-month basis, the index rose by 3.9 points, or 3.0 percent, with the October rise representing the third consecutive month of increases.  Accounting for the bulk of the rise in the index were higher prices of most cereals and vegetable oils.

Joe Biden Mocks The American People — "They Don't Understand Supply Chains" — The People are Rubes to Be Ruled, Not Listened To.  I'm not sure what is more blood boiling:  that Joe Biden thinks it is okay to mock the American electorate, or that he actually believes the [stuff] that comes out of his twisted, stupid brain.  The question was a perfectly well presented inquiry about the Biden administration's incompetence to put policies in place to streamline the supply chain chaos that he has created.  His response is disconnected, absent of anything even remotely accurate, and entirely disconnected from factual substance.  This guy is a complete and utter failure of staggering and stunning incompetence.  [Video clip] [...] COVID didn't do squat to disrupt supply chains, impact prices or create massive shortages and inflation — people did.  Specifically, the people in the background of this administration who intentionally trashed the U.S. economy, because they are ideologically aligned with that destruction.  The current economic team is devoid of any real world experience that would shape their outlooks on how to solve problems.  Example:  Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg.

GOP betrays its base — again!.  It has been almost a year since Biden occupied the White House, and his record has been a disaster.  Inflation is out of control; gasoline prices have risen; the supply chain crisis means that essential items may not reach shopping centers; the IRS wants to monitor bank transactions; and the border is open, leading to a historic surge of illegal aliens.  They are considering $450,000 payments to illegal migrants separated from their families at the border.  Vaccine mandates are hampering essential services and causing unemployment.  Afghanistan was a total disaster of chaos, defeat, and instability, while China is emboldened.  Hunter Biden brokered shady deals in Ukraine and China that earned him millions when Joe was vice president, and now, when he is president, Hunter's paintings fetch a price higher than works of Claude Monet and Edgar Degas at anonymous art auctions, pointing to likely bribery and influence-peddling.  This merits the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the conflict of interest and to know if Biden is compromised or is susceptible to blackmail.  How do the Republicans react?  A majority remain silent.  The Senate and House minority leaders are missing.

Trucking Groups Could Lose 37% Of Drivers Over Biden Vaccine Mandate, Worsening Supply Chain Crisis.  Dozens of industry groups warned President Biden that his vaccine mandate would intensify rampant supply chain bottlenecks.  On Thursday [11/4/2021], the Biden administration revealed its COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate for employees at businesses with 100 or more workers.  Noncompliant companies may be fined roughly $14,000 per violation.  In their open letter to President Biden, the industry groups — which included the American Trucking Associations, National Private Truck Council, and Truckload Carriers Association — predicted that trucking companies may lose nearly four in ten drivers due to the mandate.

One Minute Before Midnight.  Democrats know that time favors them and their unending quest for more power and control.  Demographic change, brought on in large part by their open borders policy, is perhaps their biggest trump (and anti-Trump) card.  In addition, their control of academia, the mainstream media, social media, entertainment, professional sports leagues, Big Tech, and Big Business boardrooms grants them a stranglehold on the flow of information with which most people will come in contact.  Leftists have successfully completed their "long march through the institutions" on which they embarked in the late 1960s.  Moreover, Democrats, in control of all branches of the federal government, have enacted new laws with the sole intention of enhancing their power.

In 2022, the Democrats Biggest Enemy is Voter Revulsion.  Democrats haven't grasped this yet, but it's too late for them.  The die is cast.  An electoral bloodbath awaits next year, akin to or surpassing what happened to their party in 2010.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's and the Squad's anti-American leftist politics drive their party, and that's beginning to register at a gut-level with voters.  What voters — critically, that big, pivotal segment known as independents — now feel is revulsion for Democrats in not just one way but many.  The intensity of that revulsion is bound to grow in the coming months.  How do we know that?  In the first 10 months of the Biden presidency, we went from a functioning country recovering from needless Covid lockdowns to a nation suddenly skidding downhill.

The Great Biden Slowdown — here's how he stifled growth, discouraged consumers in just 9 month.  Joe Biden has pulled off the incredible: inherit a booming economy and bring it to a near-standstill in just nine months.  When the president took office, the country was enjoying a robust V-shaped recovery, growing at better than 6%. The Federal Reserve was puffing up the money supply by $120 billion per month, consumers were sitting atop $2.5 trillion in excess savings, prices were stable and unemployment was falling fast. [...] In the last quarter, notwithstanding continued monetary largesse (some would say recklessness) from the Fed and an ongoing gusher of aid money flowing from the government, growth slowed to an anemic 2%, while the "price deflator," a.k.a. inflation, rose to 5.7%.  More worrisome, Americans are discouraged.

San Francisco grocery store closing earlier due to shoplifting.  A 24-hour San Francisco grocery store will now be closing early due to excessive thefts at night, joining other retailers that have been forced to alter their hours due to rampant stealing.  The Safeway grocery in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco has moved from operating 24 hours a day to closing from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., KPIX reported.  The news station reported that customers were surprised by this decision. [...] This decision by the Castro Safeway comes less than a month after pharmacy retail giant Walgreens announced it would be closing some locations in San Francisco due to organized retail theft.  One San Francisco Walgreens that was closed last year was reportedly losing $1,000 to theft a day.

Trash Piles Up, and Fire Stations Shut Down in NYC As De Blasio's Vaccine Mandate Goes into Effect.  Trash is piling up, and fire stations are shutting down in New York City, as thousands of municipal workers defy Mayor Bill de Blasio's unconstitutional vaccine mandate.  After the mandate went into effect on Monday [11/1/2021], massive piles of garbage appeared in numerous spots around the city, as 17 percent of sanitation workers refuse to get the experimental injections.  [Tweet]  On Saturday, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) reportedly shuttered 26 fire companies due to staff shortages caused by the COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

The Great Resignation [is] Due to Biden.  Americans have long been among the hardest-working in the world.  But Biden's mishandling of Covid has caused millions of our best workers to quit their jobs each month.  The "Great Resignation," as it's being called, should be by the occupant of the White House who lacks the mental capacity to do his job.  Instead, top workers in every field are the ones resigning, which leaves America without the manpower necessary to keep our great country running.  Americans expect good service, and do not tolerate long waiting lines and shortages that are familiar to people in many other countries.  When hundreds of thousands are stranded at our airports, as happened when pilots did not show up for work, millions of Americans were outraged by the disruption.  More than pilots are deciding not to show up at their jobs.  Amid a substantial loss in uniformed officers in Los Angeles county, homicides are up by 44% and aggravated assaults have increased by 23%.

Blame Public Schools for Transgender Bathroom Rapes.  In Loudoun County in Virginia, Scott Smith was dragged out of a school board meeting and arrested because he claimed that his daughter had been sodomized in the girls' restroom by a male wearing a skirt.  He was angry because the school had tried to conceal it, despite there being medical tests as proof.  Nearly two months after Smith's arrest, the school board voted to approve its transgender rights policy, which requires that teachers use students' preferred pronouns.  From six states in 2019, today, only four have laws that forbid instruction of LGBT propaganda in public schools:  Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  Alabama repealed its law, and South Carolina's was overturned.  Despite Texas law, schools actively promote transgenderism.  The library at the elementary Blackshear Fine Arts Academy in Austin hosted a drag queen convicted of prostitution charges.  A few weeks later, the Austin ISD School Board of Trustees adopted a radical sex curriculum.  Despite heavy parent opposition, the Austin school district continues to promote a radical sex curriculum.

This Can't Be True.  Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, that they can't be serious, that it seems as if the "Biden" administration's sole goal is to make each person's life as wretchedly painful as possible, BAM! — another incredible misery warhead detonates on our reality.  With their excessive government spending and totally-over-the-top COVID unemployment assistance (to the point that far too many people are completely disincentivized from going back to work), inflation has roared back with a vengeance not seen in decades.  The economy is reeling, household budgets are upside-down, and everyone's purchasing power is melting away before our eyes.  The government stutters and yammers about it being "transitory," but everyone can see that's simply not true.

Portland Travel Group Says City Is Too Scary For Tourists.  Travel Portland is the name of group that promotes tourism to the city.  It describes itself as "a promoter and steward of this evolving city and its progressive values, which have the power to transform the travelers who visit us."  But Wednesday [10/27/2021] the group presented a report to the Portland City Council with some bad news.  The evolving city and its progressive values have become a big turn off to tourists.

Biden and his nitwit advisors urge foreign producers to pump more oil.  Joe Biden, his spokeswoman Jen Psaki[,] and others in their orbit want foreign producers to drill more fossil fuels because for some reason we don't have enough energy over here. [...] It's as if Biden didn't shut down drilling and pipelines over here.  That couldn't have caused the problems.  It is probably Trump's fault.  That is who they always blame.  It's as if Democrats aren't shooting for carbon zero by 2030 and trying to destroy anyone who produces and uses oil, natural gas, and coal.  It's as if the Democrats didn't have a theatrical hearing to destroy and bankrupt the oil producers, with no evidence, that they cause temperatures to rise and climate change.

Rep Donalds Explains Why Biden's Energy Policies will Drive CO2 Emissions Up.  Rep Donalds (R-FL) ripping into Congressional attempts to intimidate energy producers and violate their First Amendment rights, and explaining that China and Russia are not attending COP26 because they want to "build an economy".  [Video clip]  Rep Donalds demonstrates an impressive grasp of the issues, explaining that if Democrats punish gas production, energy producers will go back to burning coal, and emissions will rise — because gas or coal are the only options.  A lot of power plants these days which burn coal actually turn the coal into a gas before burning it, so it is surprisingly straightforward to flip a modern gas generator back to burning coal, or vice versa, once the appropriate gassifier equipment is installed.  No doubt utility companies are already preparing for the switch.  If Biden's democrats shut down the US gas industry, because of the climate methane scare or continued harassment of fracking, coal use will surge almost overnight.

Border crisis hits classrooms as unaccompanied minors flood NY schools.  America's crisis at the border is now a crisis in New York public schools.  The Biden Administration is flooding New York City and Long Island communities with thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors captured crossing the Mexico-US border, often arriving here, as The Post recently reported, via clandestine flights in the middle of the night.  The arrival of these children, mostly teenage boys, in local schools is creating a classroom crisis that is strapping educational resources, costing taxpayers millions in un-budgeted dollars, and aiding gang-recruiting efforts, argue parents, teachers and immigration experts.  "We're at maxed capacity for kids with special needs, but they'll keep sending them," lamented one high school teacher in Queens, among the communities hardest hit by the illegal-immigrant student dump.

Los Angeles County sheriff blasts vaccine mandate causing 'mass exodus'.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is warning of an "imminent threat to public safety" and a "pandemic of chaos" because of staffing shortages caused by the city's vaccine mandate.  Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who has said he won't enforce the county's order that took effect Oct. 1, said Thursday that up to 30 percent of the department's 18,000 employees are "no longer available" to provide service following the Board of Supervisors mandate for all 110,000 employees.  "We are experiencing an increase in unscheduled retirements, worker compensation claims, employees quitting, and a reduction in qualified applicants," Villanueva said in a statement obtained by The [New York] Post.  "As a result, homicide rates will continue to rise, response times will increase, solve rates will diminish, arrests will decline, patrol services will significantly decline, and patrol stations will close."

Anarchy Reigns in Portland.  Anarchy reigns in the City of Roses.  Over the weekend, police were called to 19 shootings.  One of which is likely to be ruled a double homicide, bringing the total number of murders in Portland this year to 71, surpassing the 1987 record of 70.  Homicides are only part of a larger problem in Portland.  Earlier in October, a mob of around 100 anarchists tore up the downtown part of the city while police looked on.  They went on a rampage, spraying slogans like "kill cops" on the buildings they vandalized, and did at least $500,000 worth of damage, according to Fox Business.  The Portland Police Bureau said that no arrests were made because of the destruction.  But that wasn't the fault of the police.  Instead, the problem is the politicians who govern the state and local officials, who have intentionally tied the hands of law enforcement.  They are the reason why it is impossible to stop criminals and mobs from doing what they wish to the city.

The deadly word games that brought us 'Gain of Function'.  Washington, D.C. is the biggest home of lies and word games in the known cosmos.  In D.C., a seven-trillion-dollar punch in your wallet costs you absolutely nothing, according to the president of the United States himself.  In Washington, D.C. a fat, aging hippie man becomes the first "female" four-star admiral of the United States, and nobody is allowed to laugh.  In fairytale D.C., a tricked out flu virus is the biggest, scariest pandemic since the Black Death, and they will cancel you if you deny it.  In Washington, D.C., Dr. Fauci is a hometown hero, because he is the slickest liar of them all, ever since he rocketed to fame on the tail of the AIDS disaster.

Will Governments Survive the Coming Peasant Revolt?  Let's talk big picture here.  Why has the world been turned on its head these last few years?  Why does it seem as if everything true is labeled false and everything false is labeled true? [...] If post-WWII Western governance had a creed, it is this:  increased taxation and increased regulation increases both asset wealth and inequality.  By taxing labor, the value of hard work has plummeted.  By regulating anything and everything, the entry costs for any new entrepreneur have skyrocketed.  And because the Industrial Revolution's trends toward producing more and varied innovations at cheaper costs have hit the roadblock of government interference, fewer innovations, less competition, and increased monopoly ownership have logically resulted.  Instead of assets going down in value over time as more are produced, they actually increase in value as it becomes harder to produce them.  While people with assets see gains in wealth, people depending on income to survive have experienced more difficulty affording what is produced.  This is why inequality has surged in the United States, when America was not long ago the nation with the greatest intragenerational social mobility in the world.

On Campuses, Secularism Breeds Suicide.  It's no coincidence that mental illness among America's younger generation is at an all-time high, while their religious practice is at an all-time low.  Last month (Oct. 12), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill cancelled classes for a day for its 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, who were urged to consider it a "wellness day" in the wake of two on-campus suicides and an attempted suicide.  Colleges and universities are in the midst of a full-blown mental health crisis.  UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said as much during his announcement.  In a 2019 survey, an unbelievable 45 percent of undergraduate and graduate students "felt so depressed that it was difficult to function" at least once during the previous 12 months, according to the American College Health Association.

Biden Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy Pours Gasoline on Rising Gas Prices With Ridiculous Announcement.  Amid soaring gas prices, White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy on Thursday [10/28/2021] announced that the Biden administration is going to increase regulations on the oil industry:  "There's a place for" regulation and "We're going to use it," McCarthy said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Hallie Jackson Reports."

Scandal-hit Loudoun County rocked by another sexual assault case.  The embattled school district in Virginia's Loudoun County has another problem on its hands to add to the notorious 'boy in a skirt' rape case.  Cops in the county are now investigating 'multiple' incidents of a middle school boy groping other boys, the county's sheriff's office confirmed exclusively to DailyMail.com.  The alleged assaults all happened at Harmony Middle School in Hamilton, Virginia, sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell revealed.

Loudoun County Sheriff Investigating Multiple Incidents of 'Inappropriate Touching' in Middle School.  An investigation is underway in Loudoun County by the sheriff's office after multiple reported incidents of a male student touching other students inappropriately at a district middle school.  The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) reported Thursday its school resource office learned from school personnel that on Wednesday a male student had been inappropriately touched over his clothing by another male student in a hallway of Harmony Middle School.

America Gone Mad.  After three weeks in Europe and extensive discussions with dozens of well-informed and highly placed individuals from most of the principal Western European countries, including leading members of the British government, I have the unpleasant duty of reporting complete incomprehension and incredulity at what Joe Biden and his collaborators encapsulate in the peppy but misleading phrase, "We're back."  As one eminent elected British government official put it, "They are not back in any conventional sense of that word.  We have worked closely with the Americans for many decades and we have never seen such a shambles of incompetent administration, diplomatic incoherence, and complete military ineptitude as we have seen in these nine months.  We were startled by Trump, but he clearly knew what he was doing, whatever we or anyone else thought about it.  This is just a disintegration of the authority of a great nation for no apparent reason."

Former Soros Activist Explains How Progressive Policies Ruined San Francisco.  There's a crisis in San Francisco.  Homelessness has skyrocketed and drug use is rampant.  Michael Shellenberger moved to San Francisco in 1993 to work on liberal causes, and even spent time working for George Soros' foundation.  He advocated the decriminalization of drugs and promoted drug treatment programs.  But, Shellenberger says, he began to worry when he saw the number of drug overdose deaths in America rise from 17,000 in 2000 to more than 70,000 by 2017.  "Clearly, we are in the midst of a massive drug crisis," Shellenberger says, "and it felt like nobody was offering a particularly clear explanation of it or offering very good solutions."  Out of frustration over the problems he was seeing in San Francisco and other liberal cities, Shellenberger became determined to diagnose the problems driving the homeless crisis and find solutions.  He presents the result of his research and investigation in his new book "San Fransicko:  Why Progressives Ruin Cities."

Loudoun County Father Who Was Slandered, Beaten, and Arrested Speaks Out.  The horror that has occurred in Loudoun County, VA has gone mainstream over the last several months, and the area is now ground zero in the nation's fight against far-left, degenerate school boards.  Multiple scandals have transpired, with the biggest being the attempted cover-up of multiple sexual assaults, one of which appears to have happened as a result of the school board's "transgender bathroom" policy.

Ilhan Omar blames 'dysfunctional' police for Minneapolis violent crime spike.  Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., blamed police for the recent rise in crime in Minneapolis, accusing the city's officers of not fulfilling their oath of office.  "What we must also recognize is that the reduction in policing currently in our city and the lawlessness that is happening is due to two things," Omar said during a town hall event Saturday in Minneapolis.  One of them, she said, is that "the police have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they are owed to the citizens they serve."  The lawmaker's comments come as violent crime has surged in Minnesota over the last year, rising 17% in total while setting records for murders.  Omar's approach to crime includes backing a Nov. 2 ballot measure to replace the entire Minneapolis police department with a "Department of Public Safety."  The measure would remove the requirement that the city have a minimum number of officers based on the city's population.

California Drove Truckers Out of Business.  Now Store Shelves Are Empty.  2019 was described as a "bloodbath" for the trucking industry with 640 trucking companies across the country filing for bankruptcy in just the first half of the year.  Thousands of truck drivers were left unemployed.  Many went into the expanding last mile delivery business, some as contractors for Amazon.  But California truckers and businesses had their own special woes.  Two years ago, Governor Newsom signed the Democrat supermajority's Assembly Bill 5 into law.  While AB5 was billed as a crackdown on Uber and Lyft, forcing the companies to treat l freelance contractors as employees, the gig economy companies pushed Proposition 22 so that they were the only ones exempt from the law.  (A Democrat judge has since illegally blocked the approved ballot measure while falsely claiming that it was unconstitutional.)  AB5 however was less about Uber than it was about outlawing freelance employees in order to force them into unions.  The union power grab inconvenienced Uber and Lyft, but crushed freelance workers in a variety of fields including journalism.  One of the fields was trucking.

The California Version of The Green New Deal is What's Creating The Container Shipping Backlog.  Hundreds of requests for details on the specifics of the container shipping backlog.  So, I spent 3 days calling sources, digging for details and gathering information on the substantive issue at hand.  The epicenter of the problem is not what is being outlined by financial media, corporate media and politicians who have a specific interest in distracting from the issues at hand.  This has nothing to do with COVID-19.  The issues being discussed today relate to events that happened a long time ago.  As a matter of fact, it was so predictable that Amazon, Walmart, UPS, FedEx, Samsung, The Home Depot and Target all had taken actions years ago — long before COVID — because they knew this day would come.  It was not accidental that those companies showed up at the White House to discuss the issue, because there's now a full court press to hide it.

Another man in dress and wig arrested filming young girls in bathrooms.  Are we seeing more of this type of horrific behavior these days, or was it always out there but the press didn't pay as much attention to it?  The subject is once again the periodic arrests of perverse pedophiles who violate the privacy of women and young girls in public spaces and even in their homes.  The alleged cretin in today's story allegedly managed to pull off both types of activity over a lengthy period of time before finally being apprehended.  Jacob M. Guerrero of Woonsocket, Rhode Island was arrested on Tuesday for activities he allegedly undertook in the women's restrooms at a mall in Wrentham, Massachusetts.  Guerrero was seen (and photographed) by the mother of a young girl who became suspicious when she saw him dressed in a dress and a wig and hanging around outside the ladies' room at the mall, following a group of girls inside.

The Editor says...
Whose idea was it to allow transvestites to use the women's restrooms?  It was the left-wing push-the-envelope Democrats.  And now we see the inevitable results.

Higher prices are the cost of Biden's war on fossil fuels.  On the 2020 campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to create for America a green economy.  And he specifically mentioned that the way to do this is to denigrate fossil fuels.  And now that this mentally addled man has been installed as president, he and his like-minded administration of leftists have been focused towards this objective.  And behold what they've accomplished just on the energy front in just nine short months.  In January of this year until the end of September, the price of crude oil has jumped from $49.73/bbl to $70.15.  This is a 41 percent increase, and this trend is not stopping.  The current price of oil as of this writing is more than $80 a barrel.  Oil is, of course, the main driver of gasoline prices.  Accordingly the average retail price of gasoline year-to-date has risen from $2.42 to $3.27 — a 35 percent rise.  It's a simple calculation to figure out how much extra that costs you based on how many vehicles your household drives, their fuel efficiencies (mpg), and the number of miles driven.

Our Purgatory Is Their Nirvana.  Sheer chaos and anarchy on the border?  Afghanistan — the most humiliating defeat in recent U.S. military history?  A labor-starved supply chain in shambles and holiday shelves emptying out?  The worst inflation in 30 years that seems soon ready to match Carter-era levels?  Gas hitting $5 a gallon with winter heating fuels soaring?  Free-for-all looting in the major cities without consequences?  Joe Biden's policies and Biden himself diving in the polls?  Never in recent American history has any administration birthed such disasters in its first nine months.

Voters [are] already blaming government spending for rising prices.  We're still a long ways away from the double-digit inflation of the early 1980s.  However, while prices of specific things like healthcare, college, or gas have been political hot-buttons from time to time, the issue of inflation writ-large has barely registered as a major issue during my lifetime.  This makes it notable that inflation is emerging as a key worry for voters and that many are tying the inflation specifically to Democratic policies.  The Biden administration is struggling with voters as of late, and disappointment in the state of the economy is a major piece of this dynamic.

The California Supply Crisis Was Entirely Predictable:  Just Ask Hayek.  In short, [Friedrich] Hayek and the "Chicago school" argue no central planning is adequate in anticipating and distributing economic resources in a society.  No individual despot or group of central planners have enough knowledge to act prudently and with foresight.  It will, instead, always result in inefficiencies, supply and demand distortions, and lowered economic growth.  In addition, because central planners, by definition, must take control away from individuals, it reduces the people to a form of "serfdom."  The people in a socialist system are coerced to comply.  We do not yet have a socialist political system in this country, though California may be as close as we've come with its governmental overreach in economic, employment, educational and social matters.

United Airlines CEO says airfare prices are set to soar by Christmas as jet fuel prices rise.  Air fares are set to soar just in time for the holiday season, as jet fuel pries rise to pre-pandemic levels, the United Airlines CEO warned on Wednesday [10/20/2021].  Jet fuel prices are already up more than 100 percent compared to just one year ago, CNBC reports, with the price per gallon set at $2.3282 on Tuesday.  But Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, said that the prices may go up even further.  He forecasted an average fuel cost of $2.39 a gallon in the fourth quarter of the year, as United expects a surge in bookings for the holiday season.

The California Version of The Green New Deal is What's Creating The Container Shipping Backlog.  Hundreds of requests for details on the specifics of the container shipping backlog.  So, I spent 3 days calling sources, digging for details and gathering information on the substantive issue at hand.  The epicenter of the problem is not what is being outlined by financial media, corporate media and politicians who have a specific interest in distracting from the issues at hand.  This has nothing to do with COVID-19.  The issues being discussed today relate to events that happened a long time ago.  As a matter of fact, it was so predictable that Amazon, Walmart, UPS, FedEx, Samsung, The Home Depot and Target all had taken actions years ago -long before COVID- because they knew this day would come.  It was not accidental that those companies showed up at the White House to discuss the issue, because there's now a full court press to hide it.  There is one very specific regional issue driving the problem. [...]

Reports: California crackdown on truckers hurts supply chains.  New reports revealed a supply glut in the Port of Los Angeles is a direct result of regulatory crackdown on the trucking industry by California's ruling Democrats.  According to Forbes, a shortage of truckers and trucks in California is contributing to supply chain disruptions.  Truckers say a new California law mandates that all trucks must be made in 2011 or newer, eroding competitiveness of independent truckers.  California also plans to retire all diesel trucks by 2035, which makes trucking companies reluctant to invest in their fleets.  Another law, AB5, effectively outlaws truck owners operators to preserve union monopoly on land deliveries.

Biden's Supply Chain Crisis Is Short 80,000 Truck Drivers.  President Biden's supply chain crisis is short 80,000 truck drivers, President and CEO of the American Trucking Association told CNN on Tuesday [10/19/2021].  Before the pandemic, the trucking industry was reportedly in need of 61,500 drivers, 30 percent less than in October.  "That's a pretty big spike," Chris Spear said, noting that some drivers are leaving the industry and retiring while shipping ports remain filled to capacity with containers.  The buildup of freight at the ports is likely due to a labor shortage spurred on by far-left policies of paying people not to work via large unemployment benefits.

After trashing supply chain, White House official mocks consumers.  After wrecking the supply chain, the White House should be begging for mercy from consumers.  After all, it was Democrats, including some in the White House who created the supply chain mess, leaving mass numbers of ships stranded at ports.  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg went on extended family leave without appointing a deputy or telling much of anyone.  California's ruling Democrats put into place laws that prohibit independent truckers or trucks more than three years old from collecting containerized merchandise from port offloads.  California Democrat union allies kept port labor at banker's hours, unlike their globally competitive rivals.  Joe Biden's Fed printed money to stimulate demand.  Joe himself drove up energy and transport prices by halting drilling.  All of this, and more, add up to a supply chain breakdown, courtesy of Democrats.

Under Biden, We've Gone From 'Make America Great' To 'Lower Your Expectations'.  As the economy falters in the wake of rising inflation, chronic worker shortages, and a deepening supply chain crisis, the rhetoric from the Biden administration and its defenders has shifted from "we've got this" to "stop your whining."  Is this what Americans bargained for when they ditched Mr. Mean Tweets for Joe "Nexnelsrent" Biden?  A perfect example of this shift is an op-ed by a contributing columnist to the Washington Post — Micheline Maynard — who says that the real problem we face today isn't skyrocketing prices, bottlenecks at the ports, and empty shelves.  It is us spoiled brats.  "American consumers, their expectations pampered and catered to for decades, are not accustomed to inconvenience," she writes.  "Time for some new, more realistic expectations."  Maynard's op-ed, and the Washington Post, took plenty of flak for blaming the victim.  But the truth is that it is increasingly the way the White House is talking as well.

Why I'm Betting Biden Goes the 4-Year Distance.  There is not one single aspect of daily life in America that is better under "President" Biden than it was under President Trump.  In every meaningful, measurable, tangible way, the quality of life in this country has deteriorated precipitously.  Consider:  Inflation is out of control, we've gone from energy independent to begging OPEC for oil, crime is running rampant, the country is up in arms over the arbitrary un-Constitutional mask and vaccine mandates, the Afghanistan exit was a tragic debacle (and Americans are still trapped there, in spite of the liberal media trying to cover that up), illegal immigration is actually being welcomed by the administration in order to change the country's voting demographics and scores of container ships are unable to offload in California, so store shelves are becoming empty.

Chicago's Magnificent Mile is dying from an increasingly familiar cause.  The "Magnificent Mile" in downtown Chicago has long been a popular tourist destination and a prime source of revenue for the city, featuring nearly all of the major chain outlets as well as exclusive boutiques.  Or at least it used to be, anyway.  By the time the BLM protests/riots were finished, the places that weren't burned down and/or looted were boarded up.  The problem is that the famed shopping district still hasn't made a comeback more than a year later.  As CBS Chicago reports this week, many of the biggest, high-profile stores like Disney and Macy's have left permanently and no new employers have attempted to move in and replace them.  The reason is the same that we've seen in other cities since the riots began.  Decriminalization of "smaller" crimes like theft, lax enforcement, and bail reform laws have led to an endless series of organized shoplifting and robbery sprees.

Biden Touts Police Reform While Mobs Run Wild in Portland.  Joe Biden commemorated police officers who had lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020 in a speech at the Capitol building on Saturday.  "There's too much pain.  There's too much loss.  There's too much at stake for your safety and the safety of those you serve," Biden said at the National Peace Officers' annual memorial service.  There's also too much interference by politicians for the police to do an effective job.  And there's too little support by Democratic politicians of the police forces that keep their cities from blowing up.  There's a clear disconnect between what Biden was saying about the heroism of police and the fact that he and other politicians have abandoned them.

Portland police don't stop chaos.  A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week — smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage — but police officers didn't stop them.  Portland Police Bureau officials say that's because of legislation passed by Oregon lawmakers this year, which restricts the tools they can use to confront people vandalizing buildings and causing mayhem.  "The reason that we did not intervene goes back to what we talked about last month with House Bill 2928 and the restrictions placed on us in a crowd control environment," KOIN reports that Portland Police Lt. Jake Jensen said in a neighborhood meeting Thursday.  Residents frustrated by the latest round of destructive demonstrations Tuesday questioned whether that meant anything goes now in Portland.

Food prices will go up 'tremendously': Billionaire supermarket owner.  Americans will see food costs rise "tremendously" in the coming weeks, according to billionaire supermarket owner John Catsimatidis.  Catsimatidis, who is the president of Gristedes and D'Agostino Foods, discussed his concerns about inflation and supply chain issues on FOX Business' "Mornings with Maria," and warned companies like Nabisco, Pepsi and Coke will begin to prioritize products and raise prices in order to get ahead.  "I see food prices going up tremendously," he told Maria Bartiromo.  "[CEOs] want to be ahead of the curve and the way they're doing it is they're dropping all promotions.  They are dropping low-moving items."

Where is the outrage?  Where is our outrage?  A duly elected president has been illegally surveilled, slandered, libeled, and undermined.  False witness has been brought against him, yet the guilty remain free, in power, and unapologetically above the laws to which their constituents are beholden.  Where is our outrage?  A Presidential election has been stolen.  Incontrovertible proof of massive, organized, election fraud has been uncovered and put before legislative bodies, most of which have responded by vilifying the investigators and threatening them with prosecution.  Where is our outrage?  An unremarkable pathogen with a 99.7% survivability rate has been fashioned into a cudgel with which overreaching federal and state governments have beaten down freedom, imprisoned Americans in their homes and forced a demonstrably dangerous drug upon them — a drug that has killed thousands, harmed millions, and earned pharmaceutical companies and their investors billions.

You will never guess what's topping iTune's hip-hop chart.  In just a few months in office, this utterly incompetent man [Joe Biden] has already managed to harm America very badly.  He has opened the southern border to millions of immigrants, instituted "green" policies that have sent the price of gas skyrocketing, and presided over policies boosting inflation is at levels not seen in decades (and promising to rise higher).  Worse even than these practical steps towards damaging America, Biden is in the process of outlawing half the nation over both factual and ideological ideology about vaccines.  He is effectively overseeing America's balkanization.  Then, to top this all off, he has presided over the destruction of the supply chain so that shelves will probably be bare for Christmas.  Moreover, given that the supply chain is an immensely complicated, interconnected entity that stretches around the world and across the length and breadth of America, there's no reason to believe that shelves will be any fuller after Christmas.

Democrats Call Gov. Larry Hogan's Plan To 'Refund' Police 'Divisive Rhetoric' Amid Baltimore Crime Spike.  Democrats criticized Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's plan for "refunding police" Friday, calling it "misguided" and "divisive rhetoric."  Hogan announced a $150 million plan to provide additional support to Maryland's law enforcement agencies and victims of violent crime across the state at a press conference Friday.  The initiative directs tens of millions of dollars to local police aid, neighborhood safety grants, body camera and other accountability measures for officers and other programs.  "Our $150 million refund the police initiative will provide a desperately needed shot in the arm to our state and local police agencies.  But there is far more work to be done," Hogan said from a news conference in Annapolis.  "Trying to reduce crime by defunding police is dangerous, radical, far-left lunacy.  Thinking that you can improve law enforcement by defunding the police is like saying you want to improve education by defunding the schools."

Gov. Hochul's drug-war surrender will be the death of NY neighborhoods.  Oct. 7, 2021, will go down in history as the day that New York surrendered in the war on drugs.  Not a shot was fired, except for the heroin or meth shot into the vein of a drug addict on the streets of Midtown, the South Bronx or Harlem.  Gov. Hochul last week signed into law a bill pushed by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and backed overwhelmingly by the city's Democratic delegation to the Legislature.  It decriminalizes the possession or sale of hypodermic needles and syringes by addicts to inject drugs.  Touted as a move to reduce overdose deaths, it will instead be the death of downtowns and residential neighborhoods across the Empire State.

NYPD orders cops to stand down, allow junkies to shoot up in streets after decriminalization measure passes.  NYPD officials have ordered patrol and beat officers to stop rolling up suspects who are seen shooting drugs on the streets after legislation in the state legislature passed decriminalizing the purchase and sale of hypodermic needles commonly used to inject heroin and other hard drugs.  "Effective immediately, members of the service should not take any enforcement action against any individual who possesses a hypodermic needle, even when it contains residue of a controlled substance," says a directive to New York Police Department commanders issued last Friday and obtained by the New York Post.  The order to NYPD officers referenced Senate Bill 2523 which outlines the decriminalization.

Father is suing woke Loudoun County after his 15-year-old daughter was 'raped' in 'gender-fluid' girls' bathroom.  The furious parents of a 15-year-old high schooler are suing Loudon County in Virginia after their daughter was allegedly raped by a 'skirt-wearing male student' in a 'gender fluid' school bathroom.  Jess and Scott Smith allege that the district attempted to cover up the alleged assault.  They claim that Superintendent Scott Ziegler alleged there was no record of the May 28 incident at Stonebridge High School in Leesburg, Virginia, despite Loudoun County Sheriff's office conducting a two-month long investigation into the allegations.  On June 22, Scott Smith was filmed exploding with anger about the assault at a school board meeting, and was later convicted over the disturbance.  He only revealed the alleged sex attack that had sparked his fury earlier this week.

Virginia Democrats Voted to Allow Schools to Refrain from Reporting Sexual Battery in 2020.  Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly voted for — and Governor Ralph Northam signed — a law allowing schools to refrain from reporting instances of sexual battery, stalking, violation of a protective order, and violent threats occurring on school property in 2020.  § 22.1-279.3:1 of Virginia code had required that these, among a number of other major crimes, be reported to law enforcement if they occurred on campus.  Democrats insisted that misdemeanors be extirpated from reporting requirements in House Bill 257, replacing the word "criminal" with "felony" in the code.

Portland and other 'defund' cities are destroying their own livability.  Portland, Oregon, chose to jump on the politically correct bandwagon in 2020 and defund its police force.  A rash of murders has since swept over the Rose City, which was once a pleasant place to live.  Until recently, Portland only had a quirky reputation reflected in the comedy show Portlandia.  It was amusingly wacky and liberal — a place where the dream of the 1990s was still alive.  Today, Portland is looking a lot more like it did in the late 1980s, at the height of the crack epidemic.  The city is about to set a new annual record for murders, and it's only October.  By the time this editorial is published, it may have already hit its highest annual homicide total since 1987.  Between the violent insurrection that leftist protesters waged against its federal courthouse, which lasted for weeks last summer, and the violence that petty criminals are inflicting on innocent citizens, the Rose City just isn't a nice place to be anymore.

Theft-plagued Walgreens shuts down five more stores in San Francisco:  At least 17 have already closed due to 'legalized shoplifting'.  Walgreens is shuttering another five of its stores in crime-ridden San Francisco because of rampant shoplifting by thieves who waltz past security guards and sell the items outside the drugstore chain's doors.  The national chain has closed 17 of its 70 San Francisco locations in the past two years because of the shelf raiders, who have swiped everything not behind lock and key.  Thefts in the chain's 53 remaining stores are five times the average for their stores elsewhere in the country, according to company officials.

Bidenflation Shock:  Kids Shoe Prices Up 11.9%.  It's not just getting more expensive to feed your family in the U.S.  It's getting more expensive to keep shoes on your children's feet.  The price of boys' and girls' footwear jumped 3.3 percent in September from August, a huge one-month increase.  Compared with a year ago, the prices of kids shoes are up 11.9 percent, the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index showed Wednesday [10/13/2021].

Vaccine Mandates Aren't Biden's Only Job-Killing Scheme.  Despite $9 trillion in fiscal and monetary stimulus from the federal government, America has an employment problem.  The Labor Department estimates that 10.4 million jobs remained unfilled in August, the most recent month for which figures are available, including 1.5 million in health care and social services.  That same month, a record-high 4.3 million people quit their jobs. [...] The good news is that President Joe Biden has a plan.  The bad news is that his plan could result in the loss of millions of additional workers.  Start with vaccine mandates.  The president announced in August that he planned to impose a vaccine mandate on nursing home staffs.  Nursing homes lost nearly 38,000 staffers in September alone, among the steepest one-month drops since the pandemic began.  The Washington Post reported late last month that vaccine mandates imposed by hospitals have led many unvaccinated workers to leave or be terminated, exacerbating a shortage in skilled nursing and bedside care.  The potential employment effect of vaccine mandates is not confined to the health care sector.  Other professions where vaccine requirements are common also reported job losses.  In August alone, 25,000 state and local education workers quit their jobs.

The average new car price hit a record $45,000 in September.  A new study from Kelly Blue Book found that the average price paid for a vehicle in September it an all-time record of $45,031 as discounts dwindle and buyers in the market gravitate toward high-end models.  "The record-high prices in September are mostly a result of the mix of vehicles sold," Cox Automotive analyst Kayla Reynolds said.  "Midsize SUV sales jumped in September compared to August and full-size pickup share moved up as well.  Sales of lower-priced compact and midsize cars, which had been commanding more share during the summer, faded in September.  As long as new-vehicle inventory remains tight, we believe prices will remain elevated."  It was the sixth-straight record month, according to KBB's data.

Biden White House Spreads Lie that Inflation Is 'High Class Problem'.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain is spreading the lie that inflation and the supply chain snarl are "high class problems," which means we're lucky to have them.  On Wednesday [10/13/2021], some Harvard idiot (excuse me for repeating myself) named Jason Furman tweeted, "Most of the economic problems we're facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems.  We wouldn't have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent."

Thanks to Biden's policies, prepare for a cold, expensive winter.  Upon entering the Oval Office, Biden immediately shut down the Keystone Pipeline and ended new drilling on federal lands.  While Trump had brought America to energy independence and affordable energy, Biden reduced America to a vassal of oil-producing countries.  Thanks to this policy, gasoline prices keep climbing.  In my neighborhood, they've increased by almost 78% in just nine months.  The same is true everywhere.  Like all Biden policies, this is devastating for the middle and working classes, for it doesn't just make commuting more expensive; it increases the price of every single item in America.  Fuel is needed for farming, manufacturing, shipping, wholesaling, and retailing.  Every aspect of life becomes more expensive when fuel prices rise, with the middle and working classes bearing the ultimate burden.  All of this is in the name of fighting alleged climate change.  That is a faith, not a science.  We humans can pollute, and I believe we have a moral obligation to keep our environment clean and healthy, but the whole climate change theory is a joke and a bad one at that.

For Consumers, 'Build Back Better' Is Going to Start Getting Replaced by These Three Words Soon.  Consumers were promised "build back better" under Biden, and all they see is high inflation, gas prices through the roof, and 'out of stock' signs everywhere.  Stop blaming COVID as well.  Grocery stores are open.  Big box retailers have never closed.  We have three vaccines readily available.  As for the labor shortages, I mean, how can you be shocked given Biden's unemployment benefits extravaganza.  Crises are everywhere, and Joe is taking naps.

Inflation up 5.4% from year ago, matching 13-year high, Labor Department.  Consumer prices in September increased U.S. inflation to 5.4% compared to a year ago, according to the Labor Department monthly consumer price index report, released Wednesday [10/13/2021].  The number matches the highest such rate since 2008, amid global supply chain issues.  The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in September from August, with the costs of new cars, food, gas, and restaurant meals all increasing.  The annual increase in the consumer price index matched readings in June and July as the highest in 13 years, the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported.  The costs of food and shelter in September together together contributed to more than half of the monthly, seasonally adjusted increase, the bureau also reported.

Gas prices at 7-year high and rising as Biden wages offensive against domestic energy producers.  [Scroll down]  There isn't enough oil and gas supply to meet U.S. demand, due to a combination of factors, including the Biden administration halting new leases on federal land, halting the Keystone Pipeline, increasing regulatory burdens, and other measures that will take years to correct, those in the industry argue.  In one of his first acts in office, President Joe Biden, through executive order, halted the issuance of new oil and gas leases on federal lands, effectively stopping much production for existing operations.  He also eliminated low-cost Canadian crude from being processed by mid-continent and Gulf Coast and U.S. refiners by prohibiting the Keystone pipeline from opening.  If Biden had not severely hampered domestic production, the U.S. would have an ample supply of oil and gas and commensurately lower costs at the pump, industry experts argue.  The $6 billion in additional costs imposed on the industry included in the budget reconciliation bill include new methane fees, inspection fees, severance fees, and bonding requirements, as well as additional requirements for operating on federal lands.

Very likely because of media-induced fear of Covid-19...
BLS Report: 4.3 Million US Workers Voluntarily Quit Their Jobs in August.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the job openings and labor report for August today [10/12/2021].  The data shows that 4.3 million U.S. workers voluntarily quit their jobs in the month of August.  This is a significant jump from prior.

Looks Like Stagflation Is Already Here.  On the same day the International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for the U.S. economy, Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic warned that the "transitory" bout of inflation "won't be brief." How do you spell stagflation?  B-i-d-e-n-o-m-i-c-s.  The IMF report, released Tuesday, has the international organization lowering growth globally by a 10th of a percentage point and for the U.S. by a full percentage point.

More Bad Policies and Government Spending Will Worsen Labor Shortage.  The September employment report released on Oct. 8 showed a modest employment gain, with 194,000 new jobs added, and a drop in unemployment from 5.2% in August to 4.8%.  What appears to be good news in the report — a 0.4 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate to 4.8% — is not all positive news.  The decline is due in part to 183,000 people dropping out of the labor force as opposed to unemployed workers finding new jobs.  This is also the second month in a row of lackluster job gains that have fallen about 700,000 below expectations.  Normally, these last two subpar job reports would be bad news for unemployed workers.  But with a record high 10.9 million job openings in the U.S., the poor job gains are perhaps most troubling for employers and consumers.  Without enough willing workers, employers are struggling to get the workers they need to recover from the pandemic and to meet customers' demands.  Americans across the country also continue to experience long waits, shortages of goods and services, and rising prices.

The Green Agenda or How This Energy Crisis is Different from All Others.  The price of energy from all sources conventional is exploding globally.  Far from accidental, it is a well-orchestrated plan to collapse the industrial world economy that has already been weakened dramatically by almost two years of ridiculous covid quarantine and related measures.  What we are seeing is a price explosion in key oil, coal and now especially, natural gas energy.  What makes this different from the energy shocks of the 1970s is that this time, it is developing as the corporate investment world, using the fraudulent ESG green investment model, is dis-investing in future oil, gas and coal while OECD governments embrace horrendously inefficient, unreliable solar and wind that will insure the collapse of industrial society perhaps as early as the next months.  Barring a dramatic rethinking, the EU and other industrial economies are willfully committing economic suicide.

Heating costs in NY expected to spike for many customers this winter.  A new forecast on energy costs for heating in New York state calls for a spike in those expenses this coming winter.  During an annual presentation by the state of the NY State Public Service Commission last week, staffers said that on average, statewide, consumers will be hit with about a 21% increase in heating costs over the entire winter compared to last year.  Rochester Gas and Electric is forecasting about a 33% average increase over the winter for natural gas customers.

The Editor says...
Which political party opposes fracking, pipelines, offshore exploration, internal combustion engines, nuclear power, and the use of coal?  Those are the people to blame when energy prices inflate overnight.

Food Prices Hit Highest Level in a Decade.  Food prices across the world have risen to their highest levels in a decade on the back of tightening supply conditions coupled with robust demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  The FAO's food price index, which measures world food commodity prices, has surged by 32.8 percent in the 12 months through September, coming in at a reading of 130 points, a level not seen since 2011.  On a month-over-month basis, the index rose 1.2 percent.  Accounting for the bulk of the rise in the index were higher prices of most cereals and vegetable oils.  The FAO vegetable oil price index was up 60 percent in September from a year earlier, and 1.7 percent higher than in August.  The cereal price measure was up 27.3 percent over the year last month, and 2 percent from August.

British Airways tells pilots and cabin crew not to refer to passengers as 'ladies and gentlemen' in favour of gender-neutral terms.  British Airways has instructed pilots and cabin crew not to refer to passengers as 'ladies and gentlemen' in an effort to celebrate 'diversity and inclusion'.  Britain's flagship carrier has abandoned the greeting in favour of more gender-neutral terms, reportedly to respect wider social norms and make children feel included.  Other major airlines, including Lufthansa, easyJet and Air Canada, have already adopted gender-neutral language.

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Air Canada did the same thing two years ago.

The Left Got What It Wanted — So Now What?  [Scroll down]  What did all that madness achieve?  Mostly, the first election in U.S. history in which over 100 million ballots were not cast on Election Day.  Strangely, with such an avalanche of ballots, the usual error rate of absentee balloting dived from around 2-4 percent to 0.2-0.4 percent.  You see, when we suddenly must count tens of millions more paper ballots then it becomes easier, not harder, to spot errors.  So, the Left won its Pyrrhic victory.  The nation was done with the demonized Trump and now the Left controlled the presidency, and both houses of Congress. [...] What followed was a concerted effort to destroy the Trump record:  the greatest level of combined annual natural gas and oil production in any nation's history, record low minority unemployment and near record peacetime, general unemployment, a border secure and illegal immigration finally under control, and a New Middle East in which Israel and its Arab enemies concluded neutrality pacts.  China was put on notice for its past mockery of global norms.  Inflation was low, growth was good.  "Stagflation" was still a rarely remembered word from the past.

Life in Seattle is about to get very interesting (and that's not good).  Seattle, more than many American cities, vigorously embraced the "Defund the Police" movement.  Last year, the Seattle City Council began the process of defunding the police and it's been continuing ever since, relentlessly slicing away at the city's police budget.  Crime has risen accordingly and people are making noises about getting the police back.  However, the radicals have a new arrow in their quiver to reduce the number of police in their city.  An October 18 deadline is looming to fire those police who have refused the vaccination and, with only a week to go, roughly 40% of the police force is still unvaccinated.  Since George Floyd's diseased heart gave out thanks to overdosing on meds and fighting the police, Seattle has been one of those cities that has most enthusiastically sought to rid itself of its police force.  Even the fact that the little autonomous zone known as CHAZ instantly turned into warlord hell didn't deter the council from its mission.

Lumber Prices Rose 50 Percent Since August and May Climb Higher.  The price tag on lumber, after declining since its all-time high in May, could climb higher through the early months of the coming year, experts recently told Insider. [...] In addition, global food prices have hit a decade high and grew for the second month in a row in September, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  A reason behind the price growth regarding lumber was a small increase in renovation demand once "price-sensitive" buyers moved forward with home improvement projects since wood prices experienced a substantial correction, according to Justin Jalbert, a senior economist for Fastmarkets.

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I don't often buy lumber, but I do know that the price of Diet Coke (at Wal-Mart) has gone up 60 percent since Biden took over.

"Shortages" Aren't Causing Inflation.  Money Creation Is.  For central bankers and mainstream analysts the recent inflation outburst is only a transitory phenomenon which has nothing or very little to do with the massive monetary and fiscal stimuli unleashed during the pandemic.  Although the Fed has recently conceded that price pressures are persisting longer than expected, the surge of inflation is allegedly due to supply bottlenecks caused by the pandemic.  This superficial diagnosis serves as a convenient excuse for politicians to keep in place damaging growth stimuli and draconian public health measures.  Mainstream economists define inflation as an increase in consumer prices which occurs when the growth of money supply outpaces economic growth.  In other words, too much money is chasing too few goods.  If the recent surge in inflation were driven by a shortage of goods rather than an increase in the money supply, then aggregate output would be shrinking.  But this is not the case, because global economic output is projected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to grow by 5.7 percent in 2021 after having dropped by 3.4 percent in 2020.

Who is Really Running the Destroy-America Biden Regime?  In less time than a normal human pregnancy, putative president Biden managed to accomplish the following:
  •   Crashed our booming economy,
  •   Destroyed our energy independence,
  •   Opened our southern border to hundreds of thousands of illegals — many of them diseased, drug- and sex-traffickers, career criminals, jihadists, et al,
  •   Accelerated Iran's production of nukes,
  •   Promised the disaster of hyperinflation,
  •   Expressed "great confidence in" the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, after the General [...] conspired with China against President Trump and told military officials not to take orders from him.
  •   Orchestrated the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan — another Milley debacle — leaving behind, to this day, hundreds of stranded Americans and Afghan allies, billions of dollars of U.S. armaments and Black Hawk helicopters and airplanes, massive troves of the rare-earth mineral lithium ("the new oil," as Dave Hodges reports), as well as Taliban-Isis-Al Qaeda terrorists in charge, and 13 heroic but dead U.S. service members.
[...] We also have:
  •   Draconian mandates in cities like New York and other blue states that prevent people from entering restaurants, theaters, gyms, et al, without proof of having had a Covid jab,
  •   Dire threats that all benefits to Marines (and other military, including Navy SEALS, will be revoked if they decline the Covid jabs.
  •   Actual life-threatening shortages of nurses, doctors, and other hospital personnel — as well as first responders — who refuse the experimental vaccine.
  •   Threats to police forces that guarantee a horrific rise in crime.
  •   Mandatory Covid jabs for travelers on all domestic airline flights in the U.S., already enacted by several major U.S. airlines.
  •   And here's the kicker:  NO requirements for illegal immigrants to get tested or receive the vaccine!
  •   Then there are the parents who revile the toxic, far-left, so-called "woke" propaganda being crammed down their children's throats being labeled "domestic terrorists" — the idea of Attorney General Merrick Garland, who forgot to mention that his son-in-law makes millions selling those toxic materials.

Smaller Products, Rising Prices:  Shrinkflation Hitting Grocery Store Shelves.  Shrinking products and rising prices.  From cereal to soap, paper towels to pretzels, you might have noticed you're not getting as much as you used to at the grocery store.  Consumer blogs pointed WCCO to products like oatmeal packets of 10 cut to eight for some varieties, tuna cans from seven to five ounces, and some family size cereals slimming down from 19.3 ounces to 18.8 ounces, all evidence of what's known as shrinkflation.

Real cost of inflation to average American household:  An extra $175 a month.  Over the past couple of months, Allison, a wife and mother of a toddler and teenager in Chicago, says she's been spending about $50 more each week on groceries to feed her family — and that's at a discount supermarket chain, Aldi's.  "I used to spend $70 a week, but all of sudden this summer, I noticed that I couldn't leave the store without spending at least $120," said Allison, who works in education.  Like millions of Americans whose income has not kept pace with inflation — up 5.3 percent in August compared with a year ago — Allison and her family are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living and giving up some things just to make ends meet.

Trump Is Not the Cause of the Crimes Threatening America.  The Biden Administration is crumbling the more the Bidenization of America advances.  The country is plunging into disillusioned alarm amid rising rates of inflation and violent crime, an oceanic tide of illegal and unskilled immigration, incomprehensible flailing over COVID, and horrifying foreign policy disasters. [...] The Democratic leaders in the Congress today are also reckless and often unethical, and the senior officer corps is politicized, incompetent, and routinely take liberties for which they should be court martialed. [...] As the full horror of Bidenization sinks in — the open southern border, skyrocketing rates of inflation and violent crime, and a foreign policy of cap-in-hand submission to America's enemies becomes clearer — there will be a resurrection of American national self-confidence.

Magnet! Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion bill hands cash to illegals worth more than per capita income of 74 countries.  Imagine you are a Honduran.  If you make the average Honduran per capita income of $2,405.70 a year, and suddenly learn from a relative up in el norte that Joe Biden is handing out $3,600 a year to anyone in the U.S., legally present or not, for nothing more than having kids, what would you do? [...] You'd weigh your options, and decide what your best ones were.  One, you could be breaking your back to earn the $2,405.70 a year back in Tegucigalpa, assuming you were earning the average (and at least half the country earns less).  Or two, you could go to the states illegally, get a federal tax I.D. and the $3,600 would be yours.  And as a bonus, you'd qualify it the minute you broke into the country illegally, and you wouldn't have to lift a finger to work for it.  All you'd have to do is bring the kids.  You'd also be get free health care, free education, other cash benefits for the kids, and this doesn't even include the benefits handed out by states such as California, such as free housing and cash transfers.  You'd also free to earn more if you wanted, legally or illegally, since under Biden, there'd be no possibility of deportation once you break in.  What would you do?

Consumers facing high energy costs as winter quickly approaches.  Homeowners in the United States might be in for a costly winter.  Oil and natural gas prices continue to climb higher as supply struggles to keep up with demand, which will only increase as the temperatures begin to drop across the country and heaters begin to be switched on in houses.  The price of natural gas used to heat homes across the country and produce electricity has skyrocketed over the past year, growing by about 180%.  The oil price has also significantly risen, with the cost of crude more than doubling since this time last year.  As September comes to a close and fall gets into full swing, many consumers will start to feel the pinch.

The Editor says...
Shutting off pipelines to appease the environmentalists is a short-sighted action with real-world consequences.

Defunding Disaster:  Austin Police no longer to responding to 'non-life threatening' 911 calls.  Starting Friday [10/1/2021], Austin's sworn police officers will no longer be responding in person to non-emergency calls because of severe staffing shortages, APD announced.  The announcement comes after the Harris County Sheriff's Deputies Organization in Houston warned residents that if they were "robbed, raped or shot" to "hold their breath and pray" because they might not have the personnel to respond.  The Austin no-response announcement includes vehicle collisions with no injuries and burglaries no longer in progress or where the suspect has fled the scene.  Instead of calling 911, residents are being told to call 311 to file a non-emergency police report.

Key Inflation Measure Soars to 30-Year High.  The Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge, the core personal consumption expenditures price index, which excludes food and energy costs, soared to a 30-year high in August.  The measure increased 0.3 percent for the month and was up 3.6 percent from last year in its steepest climb since May 1991, a trend suggesting that the pandemic's inflationary pressures, catalyzed by massive government spending, supply chain bottlenecks and surging demand, are not correcting as quickly as some economists anticipated.

Austin City Council member sounds alarm on 'disastrous consequences' of defunding police.  The Austin Police Department announced it will no longer respond to calls for "non-emergencies" after a cut to the police budget in 2020 led to staffing shortages.  Mackenzie Kelly, an Austin City Council member, said the decision to defund the police has led to "disastrous consequences" in the city.  The Austin City Council voted in August 2020 to cut up to $150 million — roughly 34% — from the police budget.  By the end of July, Austin reported that the number of homicides in 2021 had already matched the total homicides in all of 2020.  "A lot of what we're seeing happening starting today is coming home to roost from that decision," Kelly said.  "And it's disastrous."

More Evidence That Defunding Police Wasn't a Good Idea.  The surge in violent crime over the past year — murders in particular — has been astounding and historic.  The numbers back this up and paint a grim picture.  Property crime is generally down, but violent crime is way, way up.  The murder rate rose by nearly 30% in 2020, more than any other time in the last half-century.  This is according to recently released statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its annual report on crime.  The report shows that there were 4,901 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019.  It's the largest single-year increase — by a wide margin — in murder rate since the FBI began compiling these statistics in 1960.

Biden Democrats have declared war on American small businesses.  Thousands of America's small businesses are teetering on the edge of permanent closure, and Democrats in Washington are about to give them one final shove.  The result will be the further fraying of our social fabric and the permanent loss of working-class jobs.  Over the last several months, small businesses persevered the best they could, holding on until "temporary" welfare programs driving people away from work expired.  But if there were any doubt left that Dems' ultimate goal wasn't a temporary boost to Americans most impacted by lockdowns, but rather a calculated step toward government control and socialism, their proposed $4.3 trillion tax-and-spend bill removes it all.  Walk down any main street or city avenue in America today, and you will see sign after sign with help-wanted pleas, hiring incentives or apologies in advance for shortened hours and delayed service due to staff shortages.  There are nearly 11 million job openings nationwide, and our small businesses are trying to get back on their feet after the crushing lockdowns.

Brazen Shoplifters Rob Chicago Department Store In Broad Daylight.  This is the new trend in all progressive cities now.  Cities that have decriminalized most 'soft' crimes such as shoplifting.  Watch as these two shoplifters fill bags with expensive perfumes in broad daylight and leave while people film.  This was at the Ulta in Norridge at 4115 N Harlem near the 16th district in Chicago.  [Video clip]

Shoplifters casually rob California Marshalls as people watch, employees do not report crime.  Multiple shoplifters in California were seen brazenly stealing from a Marshalls location as the crime continues in the state.  "People shopping there were just kind of standing there watching.  The only thing I figured I could do was get their identities and their license plates and give them to somebody who will do something with them," witness Lindsey Rodriguez, a resident of Hemet who recorded the suspects, told NBC4.  Rodriguez said she saw one man stroll out of the store with his arms full of clothing on Saturday evening [9/25/2021] in Hemet, and said one woman used wire cutters to sever security tags on expensive purses.

Liberal Parents Raise Young Child Without A Gender, Make HIM Wear Girl Clothes, Play With Girl Toys.  This is Zoomer.  Zoomer was born a boy.  How do we know?  Because he was born a boy, that's how.  Zoomer was also born with two liberal leeches attached to him.  These liberals were Zoomer's parents and refused to acknowledge Zoomer's born gender identity and instead called HIM they and them.  They also made Zoomer play with both boy and girl toys as well as wear dresses and male clothing, just in case Zoomer was a born drag queen or something.  At age 4, Zoomer figured out he was a boy and this was a big moment for his not-so-bright parents.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
Luke 17:2

Stolen Elections Have Consequences.  Progressives seem completely committed to the Cloward-Piven strategy, even those who have no idea what it is.  So here we are, stuck in the midst of a government induced labor shortage.  A completely man-made crisis either by design or stupidity or a lethal combination of the two.  Fast food joints can't hire burger flippers and fry droppers even at $16/hour, never mind the truly vital jobs of dock workers and long-haul truckers.  And still, Joey is "losing patience" with you dolts who refuse to get jabbed so he's going to mandate that you do if you want to keep your job.  That should help everything.  The evil geniuses in charge are starting to look less genius and a great deal more evil.  They have no idea how to turn things around much less fix what they broke.

Climate change panic is the next big thing (again).  Biden's woke trail of destruction is difficult to dismiss.  Our nation has strived for energy independence for decades.  We finally accomplished that goal during the Trump years only to watch it all be flushed away in Biden's first month in office, along with tens of thousands of high-paying American jobs.  Biden then moved on to the border where he reversed most Trump-era policies, threw out American laws, and started the open border crisis we're witnessing today.  Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens have already been relocated to various places around the country. [...] Next, there is COVID, which sees the left whipping the American people into submission for a disease that is highly lethal only to the very elderly with multiple comorbidities.  The rest of the population suffers, to various degrees, on a par with the seasonal flu. [...] They've now initiated a new form of illegal, despicable, and useless discrimination based on vaccination status.  All of it is unconstitutional.

We're coming up on the bad part of the 'cycle of democracy'.  As we witness tens of thousands of illegal aliens bum-rushing our southern border, we should be acutely aware that a quid pro quo is in the making — aliens expect the grab-bag of goodies (largess), and Democrats expect future support for their electoral endeavors.  Leftism is vile.  It is premised on power and control, disguised as compassion.  Leftists' ideas always bring decline and despair.  Their path to utopia is through your dystopia.  We see it with climate change; inflation; immigration; foreign affairs; voting rights; abortion; race, sex, and class division; and ultimately Marxism.  Their ideas range from bad to horrible.

Disturbing photos show rampant drug use in broad daylight among the homeless around Penn Station as crime spikes 41%.  Disturbing photos show homeless people in New York City's storied Garment District near Penn Station shooting up and dealing drugs in broad daylight as the crime in the area has spiked 41 percent since last year.  Homelessness in the area has been a years-long issue but has become more rampant in recent months, with people not even trying to hide their drug use.  Photos taken by DailyMail.com show one man with what appears to be drug paraphernalia in his hand, and another slumped over in a wheelchair.

Every Tragedy Caused by Government Is Done with the Best of Intentions.  President Johnson's "war on poverty" caused more poverty, deepened the dependence upon government welfare of those most economically vulnerable, and initiated a collapse in marriage rates and two-parent families that continues to this day.

What a lovely city.
'City of the Walking Dead:' Junkies shoot up in broad daylight in Midtown.  The outgoing de Blasio administration appears unwilling or unable to address the crisis, as the quality-of-life disaster unfolds just steps from high-profile Midtown landmarks such as Macy's, Madison Square Garden and the sparkling new Moynihan Train Hall.  The block bordered by 35th and 36th streets, and Seventh and Eighth Avenues, is "littered with used needles, broken glass crack pipes, trash, urine, and feces" as junkies shoot up and dealers brazenly sell drugs, lamented one neighbor on social media.  "I've personally seen dozens of deals go down.  I've seen a person OD and nearly die."  During a single walk around the block last week, The Post witnessed three different people injecting needles in their wrists or fingers in the middle of the afternoon.  Each addict sat on the sidewalk or in empty storefronts.  Dozens of other junkies sat or lay nearly comatose, many of the men shirtless, on the same block.

Leftists force mass Third World immigration by deceiving us into feeling guilty.  Instead of a "melting pot" culture based on careful assimilation, we are deliberately creating a "tribal pot" of diverse and warring identity groups.  And to get the majority to go along with such a scheme, those constructing their own reality just invent history out of whole cloth — and teach it to the non-thinking — that creates guilt trips in the majority.  This begins in preschool so that, by the end of the day, the self-loathing is so elevated that the white majority is thankful they have been replaced.

Civilization requires deterrence.  The current crime wave of murder and violent assault in our major cities is the wage of loud efforts to defund the police and contextualize crimes as somehow society's rather than the criminal's fault.  As a result, lawbreakers now believe there is a good chance that robbing people or hurting or killing them might result in monetary gain or at least bloody satisfaction.  They no longer fear a likely sentence of 30 years in prison.  So, they see little risk in hurting people.  And innocents suffer.

National Sabotage by Immigration.  Beneath the surface of Biden's genial Uncle Joe schtick is an executive branch controlled by some of the most dogmatic left-wing apparatchiks ever seen in American politics.  Among their witch's brew of radical ideas, they have seized upon immigration as one of the quickest and most effective ways to transform the country to their vision.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to give this administration the benefit of the doubt on anything.  That became nearly impossible after independent journalist John Solomon broke the news of a letter from recently departed Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott to Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and its homeland security and governmental affairs committee.  In his letter, Scott described a culture in the current administration where inexperienced political appointees routinely ignore or reject common-sense recommendations from career immigration enforcement professionals.

Transitory inflation
'Wrong Way' Biden Flies The Nation Into Yet Another Crisis.  If President Joe Biden's navigating skills were any good, the southern border would be calm, inflation under control, every American safely out of Afghanistan, and COVID defeated.  Instead, we are left to wonder how it is that his sense of direction can be so fabulously wrong. [...] In May, he said that the "experts" he talked to "do not see signs of persistent dislocation or long-term inflation."  In July, he said that "our experts believe and the data show that most of the price increases we've seen were expected and are expected to be temporary.  The reality is you can't flip the global economics light back and not expect this to happen."  Look at the chart [at left] and see just how wrong Biden's heading has been.  Inflation has remained unusually high, even as the months stretch on and the alleged transitory effects should have long since passed.


The Looming Economic Bubble.  There has been considerable discussion in the past couple of months about the rate of inflation in the United States, and polls now show that 85 percent of Americans are concerned about inflation.  This is a demonstration once again of the wisdom of the average person.  While the United States, and to a lesser extent the West generally, is being subjected to a variety of threats and disappointments, and there is a natural aversion to highlighting additional negative developments that could be looming, it would be comforting if we heard anything from the secretary of the Treasury or the chairman of the Federal Reserve about the current apparition of a gigantic financial bubble over the United States.  In the past year, the United States has had a money supply increase of 25 percent, an unprecedented event.  What was originally billed as slight and self-correcting inflation increases are now gathering into a continuing and growing storm cloud, only thinly disguised by the unrepresentative composition of the official consumer price index.  Year over year, hourly pay scales have risen by 7.5 percent, new cars cost 10 percent more, used cars and new homes are 20 percent more expensive, and rental accommodations are 12 percent more costly.  These increases all fall short of the money supply increase, and they all appear to be stoking up rather than settling down.

What's Behind Runaway Inflation?  The Federal Reserve and Congress both created this excess aggregate demand situation.  Fed leaders have poured over $4 trillion into the U.S. economy since February 2020.  Congress has been busy shoveling over $5 trillion dollars out the U.S. Treasury door to nearly all households and many businesses since the March 2020 shutdown.  The result is a hot U.S. economy, and the out-of-control Fed continues their QE purchases of $120 billion of securities each month into an already pricey equity market amid widespread inflation pressures.  Apparently "woke" Fed leaders think a faster rate of inflation will draw more lower-skilled people into the labor force.  That nonsensical concept was pushed into the ditch in the 1960s and 1970s.

Biden Administration Warns States Federal Debt Crisis Could Trigger Recession.  The Biden administration has issued a warning that the pending federal debt crisis might trigger an economic recession that would affect economic growth and trigger job losses across the United States.  "Hitting the debt ceiling could cause a recession.  Economic growth would falter, unemployment would rise, and the labor market could lose millions of jobs," the White House said in a letter to state and local governments that was released Sept. 17.  Arguing that Congress needs to raise or suspend the U.S. debt ceiling, the administration said the debt crisis may affect the country's recovery after the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.  In July, Congress missed its deadline to suspend or raise the debt limit, prompting several recent warnings from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that her agency will exhaust its cash reserves.

The Left seeks to remove any and all controls on asylum.  One might assume that even the most radical fringes of the American Left would be fairly content about the state of things in this country today, particularly on immigration.  After all, the Biden administration has given them pretty much everything they wanted to erode our borders and the rule of law.  Any such assumption would be incorrect, as anti-borders forces are pushing like never before for even more extremist policies to transform this country into a place most people would not recognize or desire to live.  The most recent example of this is took place in the U.S. District Court of Southern California.  An Obama-appointed judge ruled that the government's "metering" policy of turning back asylum-seekers to points of entry in Mexico to be unconstitutional.  While this may sound like another garden-variety immigration case in federal court, it represents a sharp detour from both policy and the government's approach to immigration.

A pandemic of the incompetent, not the unvaccinated.  First, the CDC and NIH watched the virus ravage China and did nothing.  Next, they told President Trump that it was xenophobic to stop travel from China.  Next, they told us the virus was not transmitting human to human.  Next, they changed, without reasoning, the reporting requirements for potential deaths associated with the virus to guarantee a higher death total in the U.S.  Next, they misrepresented the data for the projected death toll in America with a completely incorrect model.  Next, they told us to shut down the country for two weeks to slow the spread.  Next, they told us a vaccine in less than a year was impossible.  Next, they pushed mask mandates with no science to back them up. [...] Next, they supported crazy items like mandatory masking outdoors, no swimming in public pools, and wearing a mask in your own home.  Next, they continued to keep businesses closed past the two-month mark, and they fail to provide evidence that closing any business helped slow the spread.  Next, they started paying people extra unemployment benefits while removing all incentives to look for work.

The Greatest Existential Threat to America.  Our Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin — a leader who presided over the worst, most incompetent, most [humiliating] military defeat in the history of our nation — is black.  Of course, he's black.  He was appointed by Biden to display the wonderful diversity of the most progressive president in history.  He wasn't chosen because he was a brilliant military leader (obviously).  He was chosen because he was a political hack ready and willing to embrace even the most suicidal left-wing policies.  (Note:  Left-wing policies are by their very nature suicidal because the defining characteristic of the left is that it hates America and wants to "dismantle" it and replace it with the left-wing fantasy of a socially just future.)  In February 2021 — with the deadline for withdrawal in Afghanistan a bare three months away — General Austin was not ordering a military alert to prepare for what was going to be a major humanitarian and military reckoning.  Instead, he was ordering a military "stand down" to indoctrinate all America's troops in Black Lives Matter hate white people and hate America propaganda.

Crime soars in Minneapolis as cops fear being unfairly targeted in woke viral videos.  Proactive policing in Minneapolis plunged dramatically following the murder of George Floyd last year, even as violent crime soared, a new analysis reveals as the city prepares to vote on a ballot initiative to abolish the police department.  In the year following Floyd's death, traffic stops in Minneapolis plunged 74 percent, patrols of known problem areas were down 76 percent, and stops of suspicious people plunged 75 percent, according to a Reuters investigation.  Confidential police sources said that part of the slowdown was due to a staffing shortage amid an exodus from the department, but that much of the reduction in policing was due to a fear of being caught up in an incident that could go viral in a climate of anti-cop sentiment.

American Consumers Believe Inflation Is Here to Stay, NY Fed Survey Finds.  A survey by the New York Federal Reserve released on Monday shows that American households expect the recent spike in inflation won't go away anytime soon, despite the Biden administration's continued insistence that the surge in consumer prices will be fleeting.  The median expectation for the inflation rate over the next year increased to 5.2 percent in August, the New York Fed's Survey of Consumer Expectations found.  That level is the highest median expected inflation rate recorded since surveys began in 2013.  Respondents also said they expected inflation to be up by 4 percent in three years.

Hospital to stop delivering babies as maternity workers resign over vaccine mandate.  Lewis County General Hospital will stop delivering babies after September 24 because too many maternity unit workers have resigned over COVID vaccination mandates.  That's according to Lewis County Health System Chief Executive Officer Gerald Cayer, who held a news conference Friday in Lowville.  He said 6 employees in the maternity unit resigned rather than get a COVID shot and another 7 are undecided.

Grocery prices could rise another 3% before the end of year, Kroger warns.  Grocery prices will rise by another three percent before the end of the year, according to one of America's biggest supermarkets.  Cincinnati-based Kroger generated $132 billion in sales last year, but the company said inflation is running longer than management previously anticipated, altering their expectations for prices.  Bosses now say they predict prices will rise 2 to 3 percent over the second half of this year.

The Years We Wasted.  The war is lost, at home and abroad.  On the domestic front, we doubled the rate of Muslim immigration to the west and began assimilating ourselves with Islam's strictures on freedom of expression and the like. [...] In the broader society, our rulers quickly determined that it was easier to punish us than our enemies.  The post-9/11 security state surely helped soften up western populations for the Chi-Com-19 lockdowns, in which entire nations have been reduced to TSA-administered airports.  As for the war overseas, it ended with a military that can do everything except win handing the keys to Afghanistan back to the guys who pulled off 9/11 — and apologizing for the two-decade inconvenience by gifting the mullahs with some of the most expensive infrastructure on the planet plus an air force, approximately five assault rifles for every Taliban fighter, and express check-in for the forty-seven per cent of the Afghan population that apparently served as US translators.  The position of the United States is far weaker than it was twenty years ago.  Around the planet, the assumption of friends and enemies alike is that the American moment is over and the future belongs elsewhere.

An ENTIRE police department in Missouri just resigned.  The Hill reports the entire police department of Kimberling, Missouri, has resigned "without immediate authority" to replace them.  Police Chief Craig Alexander resigned on Aug. 23.  After that, the floodgates opened.  The rest of the officers started resigning until there were none left.

US producer prices jump an unprecedented 8.3% in August.  Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 8.3% last month from August 2020, the biggest annual gain since the Labor Department started calculating the 12-month number in 2010.  The Labor Department reported Friday that its producer price index — which measures inflationary pressures before they reach consumers — rose 0.7% last month from July after increasing 1% in both June and July.

Producer inflation accelerated in August, as wholesale prices rose record 8.3% from a year ago.  Prices that producers get for final demand goods and services surged in August at their highest annual rate since at least 2010, the Labor Department reported Friday [9/10/2021].  The producer price index rose 0.7% for the month, above the 0.6% Dow Jones estimate, though below the 1% increase in July.  On a year-over-year basis, the gauge rose 8.3%, which is the biggest annual increase since records have been kept going back to November 2010.  That came following a 7.8% move higher in July, which also set a record.  The data comes amid heightened inflation fears fed by supply chain issues, a shortage of various consumer and producer goods and heightened demand related to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Federal Reserve officials expect inflationary pressures to ease through the year, but they have remained stubbornly persistent, with Friday's numbers indicating that the trend likely will continue.

Republicans tear into Biden administration's plans to crack down on beef, poultry and pork to combat rising grocery prices.  Republicans are ripping the Biden administration on Thursday [9/9/2021] over its plan to crack down on big meatpacking companies and for blaming a sharp increase in grocery prices under President Biden's watch on beef, pork and poultry.  It comes after the Biden administration announced plans to take a tougher stance toward meatpacking companies it says are causing sticker shock at grocery stores.  Four companies control much of the US meat processing market, and White House officials blamed those companies for rising food prices.

Joe Biden Is a Total Failure.  The shortfall of 500,000 in the expected net new job figures for August shows that stagflation is upon us: employers are afraid to hire employees as they normally would coming out of the COVID recession because they don't know if they will be able to afford them.  Hourly pay scales are increasing at 7.5 percent, new car prices at 10 percent, rental accommodation at 12 percent, and new homes at 20 percent, all well ahead of the official rate of inflation, contrary to the smug assurances of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and even some Federal Reserve spokespeople, that inflation was a mere bubble.  Historically, the only sustainable way of fighting stagflation has been to counter inflation with increased supply and achieve that goal and the corresponding non-inflationary increase in demand through the encouragement of demand in the tax system.  The present administration is committed to raising taxes and to colossal spending increases, which will exacerbate both stagnation and inflation.

The glaring truth about Biden and his masters.  Joe Biden, the so-called president, is nothing more than a marionette controlled by a gaggle of career bureaucrats and academics, none of whom has ever contributed anything substantial to our once vibrant society.  Indeed, they are nothing more than destroyers, power-mad ideologues who use a demented old grifter as a mouthpiece while they dismantle, piece by piece, our once great Republic.  Globalism is their ultimate goal, and the nightmare we're experiencing brings us ever closer to that frightening reality.  Biden is a figurehead for the Marxist madness that's corrupting our schools, destroying small business, and slowly but surely eliminating our nation's sovereignty.  The current push to force Americans to "register" their firearms under a United Nations gun-grabbing scheme is just one example of the ongoing attack on our cherished freedoms.  Another glaring example is the fascist collaboration between the ruling elites and Big Tech to silence dissent, a clear violation of the First Amendment.  If the Marxist drive continues, it will go on and on until the Bill of Rights is little more than a footnote in a long forgotten history.

Kamala Harris has blood on her hands.  Not in connection with Afghanistan — I doubt that she has had any influence on events there — but as a result of her support for violent crime in Minnesota.  In the wake of the George Floyd riots, Harris contributed to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and encouraged others to do so as well.  She did so on the pretext that the Freedom Fund was bailing out "demonstrators" arrested in Minnesota, but of course no one was arrested for demonstrating.  Those bailed out were arsonists, aggravated assaulters and other serious criminals.  Moreover, the Minnesota Freedom Fund didn't restrict itself to bailing out those arrested in the summer of 2020.  Rather, its efforts to inflict violent crime on Minnesotans have continued to the present day.  Last Sunday, an innocent man was murdered by a criminal who had been charged with domestic assault but was sprung by Kamala Harris's Minnesota Freedom Fund just days earlier.

As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World's STEM Leader.  The United States has been dominant in the mathematical sciences since the mass exodus of European scientists in the 1930s.  Because mathematics is the basis of science — as well as virtually all major technological advances, including scientific computing, climate modelling, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and robotics — US leadership in math has supplied our country with an enormous strategic advantage.  But for various reasons, three of which we set out below, the United States is now at risk of losing that dominant position.  First, and most obvious, is the deplorable state of our K-12 math education system.  Far too few American public-school children are prepared for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  This leaves us increasingly dependent on a constant inflow of foreign talent, especially from mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, and India.  In a 2015 survey conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Graduate Record Examinations Board, about 55 percent of all participating graduate students in mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering at US schools were found to be foreign nationals.  In 2017, the National Foundation for American Policy estimated that international students accounted for 81 percent of full-time graduate students in electrical engineering at U.S. universities; and 79 percent of full-time graduate students in computer science.  That report also concluded that many programs in these fields couldn't even be maintained without international students.

The Masked Ball of Cowardice.  [Scroll down]  Likewise, in October 2020, the WHO's peer-reviewed bulletin showed COVID-19's overall IFR across all age groups to be about 0.23%.  John Ioannidis, the world's most-cited physician, believes the IFR (infection fatality rate) to be lower and published his own peer-reviewed study showing the overall IFR to be about 0.15%.  But in a poll conducted by the Menzies Research Centre, by June 2021 Australians on average estimated their chance of dying if they contracted the virus to be 38%, an overestimation of more than 160-fold.  For the public to be so egregiously misinformed about their actual risk from COVID-19 renders democratic accountability for lockdown measures impossible.  Even more so because, as a study by Cardiff University demonstrated, the primary factor by which citizens judge the threat of COVID-19 is their own government's decision to employ drastic lockdown measures.  "We found that people judge the severity of the COVID-19 threat based on the fact the government imposed a lockdown — in other words, they thought, 'it must be bad if government's taking such drastic measures.'  We also found that the more they judged the risk in this way, the more they supported lockdown."  The policies thus create a feedback loop in which the measures themselves sow the fear that makes citizens to believe their risk of dying from COVID-19 is hundreds of times greater than it really is, which in turn causes them to support more lockdown measures.

The Federal Reserve Is the Monetary Equivalent of the Kabul Airport.  Speaking to the virtual Jackson Hole conference of the Federal Reserve System, Fed Chair Jerome Powell says that inflation will go away soon. [...] The Fed is the monetary equivalent of the Kabul airport.  After dumping $5 trillion of helicopter money into the U.S. economy and overstretching supply chains in almost every industry, the Fed is faced with the worst inflation since the Carter era.  And the worst is yet to come, [...].  The rent on a new lease has jumped 10% year-on-year according to the search site Zillow, but rent inflation according to the government is just 2%.  That's because it takes a year or two for leases to expire and the new, higher rents to kick in.  A huge jump in inflation driven by higher rents is baked into the cake for 2022.  That's the elephant in the parlor, and Powell didn't mention it.

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US rent hikes will explode consumer inflation in 2022.  How come the shelter component of the US Consumer Price Index is rising at just 2% a year while all the private-sector gauges of rent inflation show rent hikes of close to 10%?  Shown in the Chart of the Day [left] is a comparison of the Zillow Rent Index with the Consumer Price Index rent component.  Shelter is two-fifths of the total index, so the question of whether inflation is "transitory" or not depends on rents.  This question has a simple answer:  It takes the Bureau of Labor Statistics about a year to catch up with rent inflation.  What the government reported as rent inflation in July reflects the economy of a year ago and more.  That's because renters' leases take a year or two to expire.  The Zillow, Apartmentlist.com and CoreLogic reports reflect the average rent on a new lease, not the rent on leases signed in the past.  As old leases expire and renters have to pay the higher market rate, rent inflation will surge.


Key Inflation Gauge Posts Fastest Annual Price Gain in 30 Years.  The Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge, the so-called core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, vaulted in the 12 months through July to levels not seen in 30 years.  The Commerce Department said in a release Friday that core PCE rose 3.6 percent over the year in July, matching last month's level, which was an increase from 3.5 percent in May and 3.1 percent in April.  The last time the core PCE inflation gauge saw a similar year-over-year vault was in July 1991, while the highest level the measure has hit is 10.2 percent in February 1975, when the economy was gripped in a troubling upwards wage-price spiral fueled by rising inflation expectations on the part of consumers.  The Fed looks to core PCE as a key inflation measure that informs its monetary policy, which has an inflation target of a longer-run average of 2 percent.

America Is Now Actually the Mess Dems Pretended It Was Under Trump.  Long before Donald Trump even had the chance to take office, we were constantly assured by Democrats and their flying monkeys in the mainstream media that the United States as we knew it was pretty much toast.  It began on election night 2016.  I stayed up until about six in the morning on the west coast watching both CNN and MSNBC (one on my television and one on my phone) melting down over Trump's victory.  In no uncertain terms, the talking heads at each network repeated the dire warning that a Trump victory meant certain doom for the American stock market.  It was the first of about a million things they got wrong.  Trump's economy was humming along in overdrive until the Wuhan lab let the bat go free.  Objectively, the first three years of the Trump era were [very] good ones for the republic.  Unfortunately, American Democrats all live on a subjective moon that orbits a navel-gazing planet.  Rather than just sit back and enjoy all of the peace and prosperity that President Trump helped bring about, all they could do was rend their garments over the fact that he had dared to defeat the least likable presidential candidate in history fairly and squarely.

The Drossy Touch of Joe Biden.  Almost everything Joe Biden has touched since entering office has turned to dross.  None of his blame-gaming, none of his distortions, none of his fantasies and unreality can mask that truth. [...] In January, Biden inherited a rebounding economy that was fueled by $1 trillion in stimulatory federal red ink.  Given natural pent-up consumer demand, why did Biden need to print yet another $1 trillion, seek to green-light another $2 trillion for "infrastructure," and raise even higher unemployment compensation to the point of discouraging employees from returning to work?  At the same time, he has alarmed employers with braggadocio threats that higher capital gains, income, payroll, and estate taxes are all on the way.  More lockdowns only further eroded small businesses.  The result was price inflation of all the stuff of life — homes, lumber, gas, food, appliances — as well as historic shortages of everything from cars and houses to the work of contractors and electricians.

Everything Is Not All Right.  Currently, the situation at our southern border is a nightmare with record numbers of migrants overwhelming infrastructure and bringing new variants of COVID along with cartels smuggling drugs and human capital across.  The current administration seems to have no response, and what's more, no concern.  The swift deterioration of conditions and withdrawal in Afghanistan has enabled U.S. persons, weapons, and intelligence to fall into the hands of the Taliban, undoing 20 years of stalemate in a month's time.  The push for COVID vaccines and rejection of natural immunity is driving a record silent super-spreader event across the country.  Inflation is running rampant as supply shortages are met with an overabundance of stimulus dollars injected into the bank accounts of American taxpayers.  Just eighteen months ago we touted energy independence, and now the Biden Administration is begging OPEC to make up for artificial shortfalls in supply that are driving exorbitant fuel prices.  Meanwhile, local school boards, government agencies, and corporations continue to double down on racist and divisive social policy designed to drive a wedge down the spine of society.  This is not business as usual.

A Call to Action.  [Scroll down]  Independents and moderates don't like this any more than we do.  They understand that Democrats destabilize our democracy when they flout the law, disregard the Constitution, or defund the police.  They see the hypocrisy in opening the border with no restrictions for COVID, criminality, or skills, yet closing it to Cubans or Afghans escaping real persecution.  They fear being silenced by the Army of the Woke or petty authoritarians using COVID to curtail their freedoms.  They're revolted by demands to end racism with racism and nullify all of education and history, achievement and progress in the name of white supremacy and privilege.  They justifiably recoil when activists co-opt their children's mental health with fanciful notions that something humankind has always taken for granted, is a choice along an ever-changing gender continuum.

We've come a long way baby.  From the Obama-Biden Peter Principle presidential ticket which delivered a commie leader and his feckless sidekick, determined to fundamentally transform America.  That woke enough people up to give us President Trump for 4 years.  But as he was too dangerous to the deep state's agenda he had to go.  So *censor me if you can find me* they rigged the election and fraudulently delivered the election to the selected team of Biden/Harris, arguably the two stupidest American leaders ever "elected." [...] So now come the consequences of the fraudulent election:
  •   Out of control inflation
  •   Out of control spending
  •   Out of control crime
  •   Out of control illegal alien invasion/child trafficking
  •   Crippled American energy independence
  •   Iran is back!
  •   The pandemic is back!
  •   Our foreign policy is a shambles.

Are We in a Revolution and Don't Even Know It?  The collective madness that ensued from the pandemic, the quarantine, the self-induced recession, the George Floyd killing and subsequent months of exempted riots, the election year, and the resurgence of variants of the Chinese-engineered coronavirus, all ignited the fuse of formerly inert socialist dynamite.  And the ensuing explosion of revolutionary fervor in just a few months has made America almost unrecognizable. [...] Inflation and the devaluation of the currency are now seemingly a good thing; printing dollars erodes the savings of the thrifty and money spreads to those who allegedly need and deserve it.  Note we owe nearly $30 trillion in national debt.  Yet as the Biden Administration runs a $2 trillion annual deficit, it pushes an "infrastructure" bill that will mean additionally somewhere between $2 to $4 trillion of more printed cash.

The Dystopia Of Progressivism.  Welcome to the new America — the United States of Dystopia:  open borders, massive increases in government, reckless spending, crushing debt, demonized and defunded police, coddled criminals, cancel culture, identity politics, censorship, and socialism.  America is becoming unhinged.  Who should we blame?  One immediate candidate is the progressive wing of the Democrat Party, which now controls the beltway bureaucracy, the White House, most of Congress, and the mayors and councils of our urban ghettos. [...] And now the progressives want to change America by opening borders, defunding police, emptying jails, increasing debt, suppressing speech, and revising history.  Already, too many potential Democrats are crossing the border, irrespective of COVID, trafficking and, the fentanyl accompanying them.  But Cubans, unlike Central Americans, are not welcome since they tend to vote Republican.  Our cities burn and innocent citizens are shot, but the police who serve and protect must be demonized and jails emptied, because disorder is preferable to order whose maintenance is the first duty of sound government.  Suppressing speech is not progress.  Yet Leftists routinely defame their opponents as 'racist,' 'sexist,' 'misogynistic,' 'homophobic,' 'xenophobic,' 'fascist,' or 'deplorable,' using demagoguery reminiscent of Senator Joseph McCarthy to drown out speech with which they disagree.

How Did We Go From Energy Dominance To Energy Begging In Just 8 Months?  [U]nlike Jimmy Carter, who blundered his way into gasoline shortages, Biden is intentionally creating the current situation to pay homage to climate "crisis" environmentalists.  During his presidential campaign, Biden promised to "get rid of fossil fuels."  Since taking office, he's been busy trying to carry out that pledge.  One of the first things he did in office was to call a halt on oil and gas leases on federal lands and off our coastlines, and has yet to resume allowing them even after a federal judge ordered the administration to do so.  He shut down construction of the Keystone Pipeline.  He blocked energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  He directed federal agencies to "eliminate fossil fuel subsidies as consistent with applicable law."  He's promised to add some $90 billion to the industry's tax burden by eliminating what he calls tax "subsidies."

Our Military Is A Woke Joke.  Ignore those pictures of the Afghan army that our military senior leader geniuses spent 20 years and zillions of dollars on disintegrating in the face of a pack of glorified mountain banditos from the Seventh Century — the real story is that, finally, America's fighting men and women are fully aware of the urgency of accepting and validating the trans experience.  And it's even better if said trans people are BIPOC.  Plus differently abled. [...] Yes, it is a joke, a sick one.  Fire all the generals.  Invite a few back, maybe a dozen.  Clean out the Pentagon.  Can all the "Diversity Consultants," "Equal Opportunity Officers," "Climate Change Mitigation Specialists," and every other strap-hanging oxygen thief who doesn't contribute to the only thing the military should be focusing on right now — putting Chi Coms in graves.  Yeah, there's been a strategic failure of epic proportions by our civilian establishment.  We need to fix that at the ballot box by tossing out every Democrat and every Liz Cheney-esque combat tourist who delights in sending our young people overseas to get ground up in idiotic wars designed to enrich their cronies.  Hardest hit at the end of Afghanistan:  Haliburton, Raytheon, KBR, and a hundred other contractors you never heard of.

Is there anything less green than the left's beloved cannabis?  Marijuana is one of the least "green," most energy-intensive crops there is.  That is the dirty little secret that no "woke" groups or climate terrorists wish to acknowledge.  The recent surge in its acceptance, legality, and use, is, therefore, making it a rapidly growing source of greenhouse gases.  Since pot is grown mostly indoors and requires special lighting and environmental controls that consume up to 2,000 watts of electricity per square meter, it is responsible for inordinately high levels of energy consumption... like 40 times that needed to produce leafy greens such as lettuce. [...] A research report titled, "Energy Use by the Indoor Cannabis Industry:  Inconvenient Truths for Producers, Consumers, and Policymakers," introduces readers to the fact that the ever-growing pot-growing industry is already responsible for over 1% of all electricity consumption in the United States.  If true, that is a mind-blowing statistic.  Think about it.  Of all the myriad energy uses in existence, from air-conditioning and heating to televisions and refrigerators, to massive sports stadiums and concert halls, to 24-hour-a-day big-box grocery stores and downtown skyscrapers, to the military-industrial complex, etc., etc., growing pot uses one one-hundredth of all the electricity consumption in the U.S.?!!

An American apocalypse — why people of all classes, races are filled with fear.  [Scroll down]  The crime wave likewise is not accidental.  It is the logical result of deliberate nihilistic policies of releasing thousands of criminals from jails and prisons, defunding and defaming the police, and empowering woke mayors and prosecutors to contextualize crime as the fault of society, not of the criminal.  In response, millions of Americans now simply avoid the mayhem and chaos of blue-state big cities.  Race relations have regressed 50 years.  Under the fad of critical race theory, the color of our skins is now deemed essential to who we are.  Most Americans still integrate, assimilate, and intermarry.  But the current woke revolution is an elite, top-down effort to smear a self-critical and always improving nation, as some sort of contemporary racist hellhole.

Inflation keeps growing, but Dems won't stop spending.  President Joe Biden and Democrats keep telling Americans not to worry about inflation, that it's only temporary.  Yet the record price hikes keep getting worse.  On Thursday [8/12/2021], the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported yet another jump, a full 1 percent, in the producer price index (which measures prices before they reach consumers) for the month of July.  Wholesale prices are now up 7.8 percent over the past year, the fastest annual surge since such record-keeping began in 2010.  On Wednesday, the BLS reported consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in July, or 5.4 percent over the past year — maintaining June's yearly pace, the largest in 13 years.  Biden actually bragged that it wasn't even higher, yet wages are up only 4 percent from a year ago, so Americans have lost ground.

Dear Media:  You got what you wanted and what you worked for.  Happy now?  Our despicable mainstream media did everything in its vast and coercive power to see Joe Biden elected president. [...] In seven months, Biden has pretty much destroyed America!  The open border has welcomed what will be a million migrants from around the world by the end of the year, many of them sick with a panoply of diseases long ago eradicated in America, and bringing in new variants of COVID.  While Americans are ordered to mask up and be vaxxed, these people arriving at our southern border, welcomed by the Biden regime that has tied the hands of ICE and the Border Patrol, are mask- and vax-free.  Eleven Democrat senators just voted against mandating that they be screened, tested, masked and vaxxed before being allowed in to roam about the country.  How's that for hypocrisy?  Biden is purposefully altering the demographics of the U.S. with the single-minded goal of making the Democrat party the ruling party in perpetuity.  He and his partners in crime care not a bit about the American people.  They care only about cementing their control over the 330 million citizens who call his nation our home.

Storm Clouds For Biden.  For the first time in quite a few years, prices for staple items are rising rapidly, and with the federal government borrowing and spending at a record pace that trend can only accelerate.  People aren't happy about it: this Fox News poll finds that 70 percent of respondents consider grocery and gasoline prices to be a hardship for their families, with 29 percent considering them a serious hardship.  Further, 79% say "the federal government's economic policies" are responsible for rising prices, with 49 percent considering them "very responsible."  To be fair, respondents also blame the coronavirus — not sure how that works — and "the regular ups and downs of the economy."  But as prices continue to rise over the next year, more and more fingers will be pointed at Joe Biden and the Democrats.

Reality Bites Biden's Policies.  The Democrats' idiotic anti-fossil fuel campaign took a hit this week when Biden begged the Saudis to up production after shutting down as much of domestic production as he could.  (Apparently, he believes that oil from the Middle East doesn't affect the climate as much as fossil fuel from Canada and the U.S. Or, if it does affect the climate by warming it, that's now a good thing.) Dane Bjorn Lomborg who, unlike AOC and Greta, knows what he's talking about, explains that more people (166,000 of them) each year die from cold than die from heat.  In like manner to Biden's begging OPEC for more oil, California's loony decarbonization program hit a snag as it is forced to rely on carbon fuels to prevent widespread blackouts.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine suggests 'chestfeeding,' 'father's milk' in new guidelines.  The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has issued guidelines that suggest employing such terms as "chestfeeding," "human milk feeding," and "parent's milk" to promote what it calls "gender-inclusive language."  The ABM position statement on "infant feeding and lactation-related language and gender," co-authored by eight doctors and the academy, said that "the use of de-sexed or gender-inclusive language is appropriate in many settings."  "ABM recognizes that not all people who give birth and lactate identify as female, and that some of these individuals identify as neither female nor male," said the four-page document posted July 29.

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The Four Horsemen of the Biden Apocalypse.  Across America, our cities are on fire as crime is exploding.  An increasing number of innocent Americans are being victimized each day.  Incredibly, liberal politicians have used the opportunity to demand the defunding of police departments.  This has only increased the number of police officers resigning and retiring.  As a result, police departments are understaffed, and recruitment is becoming extremely difficult in urban areas that are viewed as being anti-police.  The answer, according to Biden and the Democrats, is always more gun control and never more criminal control.  Citizens are unsafe on the streets of our cities, and our children are unsafe in our public-school classrooms.

Producer Price Index Records Highest Inflation Rate in History Since Tracking Began.  The "producer price index" is essentially the tracking of wholesale prices at three stages:  Origination (commodity), Intermediate and Final.  The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) released stunning price data showing a dramatic 7.8% price increase in Final Demand products at the wholesale level.  When you see the wholesale level of prices almost double the increase in consumer level inflation rate, you can predict that consumer prices will likely go even higher.  The future finished goods at a retail level will carry the current wholesale price increase.  Stuff costs a lot now, and stuff is about to cost even more pretty soon.  Food products are fast-turn consumable goods, and the inflation in the food sector is jaw-dropping already.  However, fresh and processed foods turn at different inventory levels.

American Armageddon.  Americans are growing angrier by the day in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or Tea Party furor of over a decade ago.  The rage at the current status quo this time is not just fueled by conservatives.  For the first time in their lives, all Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their families' safety and the American way of life.  The border is not just porous as in the pre-Trump past.  It is nonexistent.  Some 2 million people may cross illegally in the current fiscal year — with complete impunity.  There is zero effort to stop them.  Officials daily hector Americans to get vaccinated and tested for COVID.  But they are mute about illegal entrants, some of them infected with the virus.  Have we ever had a president who made no pretense about destroying federal immigration law and asking of Americans what he does not of illegal aliens?

Inflation Continues to Crush Middle Class, July Inflation 5.4 Percent, Milk 8 Percent, Energy 23 Percent, Gasoline 43 Percent.  The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) releases the inflation numbers for July showing massive U.S. inflation continues to crush the working class.  Massive increases in domestic food staples (+10%), energy (+23%) and regular unleaded gasoline (+43%) are hitting the middle-class exceptionally hard.  No middle-class Americans are having their wages increase even close to the scale of price increases for basic purchases.  This outcome results in massive drops in "real wages" (wages minus inflation), and eliminates disposable income entirely.  These outcomes are not due to COVID-19 or any recovery therein.  These outcomes are a direct result of Joe Biden economic and monetary policy.  The White House responds to inflation by saying the Biden administration is attempting to directly subsidize the middle-class inflation they are creating by giving Americans money to pay for higher prices through COVID bailouts.  Yes, the administration admits they are exploding the dependency state.

Inflation remains at 13-year high at 5.4%, despite Biden insisting soaring prices are temporary.  A key measure of inflation remained unchanged in July from its June level, spurring fears that price increases will continue to hit Americans in the wallet.  Federal data released on Wednesday showed that for the 12 months through July, the consumer price index rose 5.4 percent, unchanged from June and at the highest level since the Great Recession in 2008.  On a monthly basis, consumer prices jumped 0.5 percent from June to July, down from the previous monthly increase of 0.9 percent.

For Six Months Biden Has Shut Down U.S. Oil Production, Today Biden Asks OPEC to Pump More Oil.  There's hypocrisy, there's double speak, there's stupid decisions based on politics, and then there's this level of Biden hypocrisy and stupidity that cannot be adequately encapsulated.  President Trump's energy production policy made the U.S.A. energy independent.  We were actually exporting oil and gas to other nations.  However, in the previous six months Joe Biden has:  (1) Shut down oil and energy development in ANWAR which would increase use of the Alaska pipeline[,]  (2) Blocked the Keystone Pipeline from completion[,]  (3) Banned energy development on federal lands[,]  (4) Shut down the sale of energy leases in the Gulf of Mexico[,] and (5) Blocked energy development in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Alabama.  As a direct and immediate consequence, gas and fuel prices have skyrocketed.  The price of Unleaded Regular Gasoline is now up over 60% from 2020.

Too bad about those worker wage gains, Biden's inflation has already wolfed them down.  Joe Biden, who plays Mr. Everyman on TV, in real life has an amazing history of stiffing the little guy.  He touts a federal $15-an-hour minimum wage and raves about wage gains during his administration: [...] Biden's inflation ate them.  How exactly does that happen?  Simple:  It's government spending, with all the government debt that comes of it.  With Biden's monster $1.2-trillion infrastructure stimulus package in the works, and its even bigger $3.5-trillion "Bernie" budget resolution now in the pipeline, it's set to get even worse.  And Biden has spent [...] a lot already. [...] Where does the money come from?  It's certainly not in some bank account now.  It's coming the Hugo Chávez way, which is to say through the money-printing press.

American Express tells its workers capitalism is racist.  American Express, which made a $2.3 billion profit last quarter, invited the great-grandson of the Nation of Islam's founder to tell its employees that capitalism is evil.  It was part of the credit card giant's critical race theory training program, which asks workers to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities, then rank themselves on a hierarchy of "privilege."  According to a trove of documents I've reviewed, AmEx executives created an internal "Anti-Racism Initiative" after George Floyd's death last year, subjecting employees to a training program based on the core CRT tenets, including intersectionality, which reduces individuals to a tangle of racial, gender and sexual identities that determine whether he is an "oppressor" or "oppressed" in a given situation.

Impeach Joe Biden.  In just about seven months in office, Biden is surpassing what it took James Buchanan and Jimmy Carter — two of the most wretched presidents in U.S. history — to achieve in four years. [...] Biden is dissolving our southern border.  Isn't that grounds for impeachment?  Isn't it a president's duty to "protect and defend" the nation by preventing hordes of illegals from entering the country?  But dereliction is Biden's lesser offense.  His southern border policy flouts his duty as chief executive.  Biden's defiance isn't the result of misplaced compassion or incompetence.  Very naïve Americans persist in characterizing the border crisis as due to the Biden administration's bungling mismanagement.  That's simply not true.  As Tucker Carlson repeatedly points out, the southern border breakdown is premeditated.  The White House and congressional Democrats know what they're doing and why.

The Rage Orchestrating the Transformation of America.  The unfortunate events of Jan. 6 were immediately pounced upon by the Left and transmogrified into the worst attack on the Capitol ever — conveniently forgetting that the British burned Washington in 1812, Puerto Rican terrorists (later pardoned by Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama) shot up the House in 1954, and the Weather Underground (led in part by Obama buddy Bill Ayers) bombed the Capitol and other federal buildings in the 1970s. [...] The various COVID vaccines, whose readiness was concealed by the drug companies until after the election, are now being used as yet another crowd-control measure, restricting international travel (and, soon enough, domestic travel as well) as well as entry into shops, restaurants, and other public spaces — all in the name of "health" and "safety," of course.  Political disagreement settled peaceably, good will, personal autonomy, bodily integrity — these are now all things of the past.  Meanwhile, our economy is in tatters, welfare is a way of life, our constitutional freedoms have been willingly surrendered, our language has been mangled, and we are all at each other's throats.

Biden's Six Months In Office Have Us On The Road To Communism.  America's southern border is open.  According to the US Customs and Border Patrol, close to 190,000 people crossed into the United States in June alone, and that number has been accelerating in the six months since the Biden administration reversed all the Trump-era policies and refused to enforce existing immigration law.  At this rate, it's not inconceivable that we'll have absorbed another 30 million illegal immigrants, or about 10 percent of the current U.S. population if Joe Biden serves two terms.  That is an invasion.  The US military should be lined up virtually shoulder to shoulder along the entire length of the southern border.  But then who would vote for Democrats?  The only immigrants crossing into this country from the south who would not eventually vote for Democrats in large numbers are Cuban refugees.  They are also, by and large, the only group with legitimate asylum claims — and they are the only group Biden's government is turning away.  Their fate is something you probably don't want to think about, but it serves the purposes of the Biden administration, whose goal is to import as many future Democrat voters as humanly possible.  The Canadian border is now closed due to COVID but illegal immigrants streaming across our southern border with their ten percent covid infection rate are being transported at taxpayer expense into the U.S. interior.  If this doesn't qualify as senseless, pointless, lunacy, I don't know what would.

The Bad Path of Relativizing the Rule of Law.  Progressive leaders have tacitly permitted criminals to run life off the tracks and ruin it by relativizing the rule of law and behaving as if it applies to everyone else but them.  Conceptually, enforcing the law is the solution, but progressives don't see it that way.  America's cities are testaments to the abject failures of these policies because violent crime has escalated, especially murder.  Yet progressive district attorneys adamantly refuse to prosecute them.  Moreover, the movement to eliminate cash bail steadily gained traction as it has in New York, which attenuates accountability.  It is incumbent upon district attorneys to prosecute all those who commit violent crimes.  But district attorneys Larry Krasner in Philadelphia and Cyrus Vance, Jr. in New York don't see it that way.  According to Niall McCarthy, a data journalist for Statista, the world's leading statistical database, murder rates have risen 52% and 32%, respectively, in those jurisdictions during the first half of 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019.

A grandiose Rep. Cori Bush says the quiet part out loud.  We've all known about this quiet part:  It's the one that says that high-level leftists, the ones who want to take our cars, air conditioners, heating, health care, travel rights, and money, do not have to abide by their own rules.  Rules are for the little people and, when it comes to Bush's need for personal security guards while she's defunding your police, Bush is happy to explain why she's special. [...] Cori Bush is the first-term congresswoman from Missouri's first congressional district (St. Louis, mostly). She is an RN, a pastor and, most importantly, a hard-left activist who came to political prominence following the Ferguson riots that followed after Michael Brown robbed a store, tried to steal a police officer's weapon, and was killed in the resulting struggle.  The BLM lie was that he had his hands up and said, "Don't shoot."  Bush rode that lie into Congress and has been one of the loudest advocates for defunding police all over America.  Thanks to the effects of this policy, poor and middle-class people have been slaughtered in Democrat-run American cities in unprecedented numbers.  Many parts of cities such as Chicago and New York are like war zones, only scarier.

When Life Imitates A Terrifying Science Fiction Thriller.  [Scroll down]  Our Skynet is called Silicon Valley and it is comrade to the American left.  Unlike Skynet, which gained self-awareness, Silicon Valley is full of people who seem to have no self-awareness at all.  They proffer ideas that normal people recognize as ludicrous — e.g., men can give birth, America is systemically racist, and defunding police leads to safer streets — yet they think they are correct about everything.  Just look at the world they exist in.  The Bay Area is overrun with homelessness, with drug addicts literally sprawled out on the sidewalks; the streets are covered with human feces and hypodermic needles; violence is raging out of control; and so many criminals shoplift with impunity in full view of employees and cameras that national chains and Mom & Pop shops alike are having to close their doors because they're losing so much money.  What's more, their calls for defunding the police persist, despite extraordinary spikes in violence.

If You Can Figure Out What This Crazy Person With Animal Pronouns Is Saying, You May Be Insane As Well.  From the great Liberals Of TikTok on Instagram.  Something went very wrong with this girl's life.  [Video clip]

Large Democrat-Run Cities Lag Nation In Job Recovery.  A new report reveals that large, Democrat-run cities are lagging the nation — including other municipalities — in labor market recovery.  Personal finance company WalletHub combined three statistics — change in unemployment in June 2021 versus June 2019, June 2021 versus January 2020, and June 2021 versus June 2020 — to evaluate the cities with the fastest rebounds from high unemployment rates caused by COVID-19 and the lockdown-induced recession. [...] The ten worst cities for labor market recovery include the three largest metropolitan areas in the United States — New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, led by Democratic mayors Bill de Blasio, Eric Garcetti, and Lori Lightfoot.

You've made your bed, now lie in it.
Portland wants to walk back defunding the police but officers don't want the jobs.  Last June Portland's Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is also the police commissioner, decided to put an end to the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) as part of an effort to reimagine policing.  The $6 million that would have gone to the team was redirected " toward communities of color."  Even at the time the assistant chief of police warned their could be serious consequences. [...][ Daryl Turner, the head of Portland's Police Union issued a similar warning.  "That is going to cripple us in our ability to be able to stop violence in the streets of the city of Portland," he said.  After the GVRT was cut, the number of shootings and murders in Portland skyrocketed.  Last September there were 110 shootings in Portland, a 243% jump compared to a year earlier.  At the end of the year, Portland had more than 900 shootings, double the previous year.  The spike in violence continued into 2021.

Joe Biden's failing first crisis.  It's difficult to find many Americans who aren't frustrated with Biden.  A solid majority, 55 percent, told pollsters from ABC News they are pessimistic about the direction of the country in the next 12 months, with only 45 percent saying they are optimistic.  The survey represented a dramatic swing of 20 points since May, when two-thirds said they were optimistic.  The findings are stunning given that much of the media, especially the Times, has treated Biden with kid gloves for the first six months of his presidency.  But the protection racket can't hide what people see with their own eyes.  The inflation tax at the checkout line and gas station is inescapable, as is the two-year crime and murder surge around the nation.  On those two bedrock issues and so many others, the White House seems either incompetent or impotent.

Our Nation's Theme Parks Are The Real Dystopian American Vision.  From Disney World and Universal Studios to Cedar Point and Six Flags, America's theme parks may offer charm and exciting thrill rides, but they also offer a stark dystopian vision of how far America is from the great country it once was. [...] As any miserable member of the decaying American middle class knows, everything of real importance in their overcrowded, declining country costs more.  Single-family homes, university degrees, childcare, and health insurance have all surged in price.  Often, as the price has exploded, quality has fallen.  A college degree is essential for most career paths, yet actual colleges teach less than ever, and entire fields like English and anthropology have become embarrassing jokes.  In cities like San Francisco, enormously expensive housing is paired with the need to pay for a private school to avoid a calamitous public system.  For millions of Americans, the struggle to maintain the middle class trappings they grew up with has become a path to financial destruction.

Bacon in California May Soon Be More Hard to Find as Pig Rules Take Effect.  Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.  That makes it all the more frustrating that she fears her breakfast-focused diner could be ruined within months by new rules that could make one of her top menu items — bacon — hard to get in California. [...] Animal welfare organizations for years have been pushing for more humane treatment of farm animals but the California rules could be a rare case of consumers clearly paying a price for their beliefs.

Whitlock: Simone Biles and the celebration of quitting are latest signs America has been hacked.  The pace of change in American culture is too rapid.  A contemplative and reflective nation has turned rash and emotional.  Feelings drive the mood and attention span of the citizenry.  Fear fuels our decision-making.  With irrational children punching in the data and interpreting the printouts, America is being forced to operate at the speed and with the precision of a computer.  Silicon Valley social media companies download information into our smartphones, and we instantly spit out conclusions and solutions.  It's unsustainable.  Societies can't process information at warp speed.  Plagued by malware and viruses, we're malfunctioning.  George Floyd is more revered than George Washington.  "Three Men and a Baby" is no longer a Hollywood movie featuring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg.  It's the ideal family, according to the BLMLGBTQIA+ Alphabet Mafia.  The same group says "gay is the new black."  Jesus and Christianity are more polarizing than Allah and Islam.  But nothing has changed more rapidly than our position on quitting.  In 48 hours, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles transformed the felonious act of quitting into a deed of breathtaking heroism.

Joe Biden Moves to Bankrupt More Americans and You Can Thank Brett Kavanaugh.  The economic illiteracy of the left never ceases to amaze, and that's certainly true regarding Joe Biden's latest push.  The president is now moving to pressure Congress into extending the so-called "eviction moratorium" that has crippled the housing market and crushed landlords across the country.  This comes after some property owners have not gotten paid rent in over a year while they still have to pay their mortgages.  As you can see, this is really caring and compassionate stuff coming from Joe Biden.  [Tweet]  The absurdity isn't just that this is coming under the guise of an "emergency," but that it's been allowed to happen at all.  On what planet does the CDC or Congress have the constitutional authority to literally steal people's property with no reimbursement?  Yet, that's exactly what's been happening.  In fact, you can find multitudes of left-wing ideologues willing to defend it as a right and just move, citing the supposed evils of landlords.

Do We Have to Watch Their Wretched Movie All Over Again?  The consumer price index for June rose on an annual basis before seasonal adjustment by 5.4%.  That's higher than May, which suggests that inflation is accelerating.  And it's far above the 2% annual rate, which is the professed goal of the Federal Reserve.  Treasury Secretary and former Fed Chair Janet Yellen insisted that the jumps in prices are just temporary adjustments to the COVID-19 economy, although she's extended the period for adjustments.  Current Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said he's not worried and will keep interest rates low.  They've got the bond market on their side.  But those expressing alarm include not only the Wall Street Journal editorial page but also Harvard economist and Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.  He's been arguing for months that President Joe Biden's administration is pumping too much money into the economy.

Biden's 'Accomplishments' So Far:  A Troubling Tale In 8 Charts.  Months after President Joe Biden supposedly "rescued" the country from the COVID-19 pandemic and promised that he'd bring the country together, how is the nation doing?  Well, there are several indicators on the rise.  Unfortunately, they are all indicators of trouble.  The news Thursday [7/29/2021] that the GDP gained 6.5% in the second quarter (the first full quarter since Biden signed his American Rescue Plan) is good.  But it is well below economists' forecasts.  The Blue Chip Consensus forecast was above 9%, and other surveys pegged Q2 growth at 8.5%.  It was also just barely above the gain in Q1 — which was before any of Biden's policies had taken effect.  Still, other things are on the rise under Biden, too, many of them well above expectations.  The misery index is up, for example, so is inflation, pessimism, and financial stress.  Illegal border crossings are up and murders are way up.  Oh, and cases of COVID-19 — the disease Biden said he would slay — are increasing again.  Naturally, while taking credit for the good GDP number, the Biden administration is trying to pin the blame for all these other things on President Donald Trump.  But how convincing can that be, when Biden ostentatiously broke with just about every one of Trump's policies and did so in ways that had an immediate effect?

Irony, Absurdity, and Dishonesty — The Democrat Party's Playbook.  Amid the turmoil and trauma in the aftermath of George Floyd dying in police custody (for which Officer Derrick Chauvin was convicted and sentenced for murder), the outpouring of emotion and outrage became a call to "Defund the Police." [...] Nature abhors a vacuum, and human nature is just the same.  It is a sad fact that we live in a fallen world and when lawful authority exits or is diminished, criminals will enter and increase.  It was entirely predictable and has happened as predicted.  There is a crime wave sweeping the nation in those cities and municipalities run by liberal, "woke" Democrat politicians.  Minorities and the poor have suffered the most.  This has not helped but has added immeasurable suffering, misery, and devastation.  Do these elected Democrats display any sense of accountability or responsibility for such a poorly conceived policy?  NO!  They trot out talking points and try to blame Republicans for the mess they made.

Killer Biden Inflation Is His Main 'Gift' To America.  Excessive taxes, spending, and government regulation have once again gripped America thanks to the policies of Biden, Harris, and the progressives.  The predictable result is higher prices for everything and a repeat of the Carter Misery Index from which President Reagan rescued us beginning in 1981.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and as confirmed by Americans for Tax Reform, since January 2021:
  •   Gasoline prices have increased by 45% and other energy prices by 24.5%
  •   The price of bacon has increased by 8.4% and seafood prices by more than 6%
  •   The price of fresh milk has increased by 7.5% and fresh fruits by 8.4%
  •   Prices for major appliances are up 14% and furniture and bedding have increased 8.5%
  •   Airfares have increased by nearly 25%
The root of inflation is too much money chasing too few goods, as our economist friend Milton Friedman frequently observed.  The New York Times warns that inflation also results in long-lasting damage if wages don't keep up.

The closest you can get to mind control is speech control.  Why has the United States been transmogrified in little more than half a century from a Christian nation that joyously displayed Christmas trees and crèches in public spaces into a secular nation that bans prayers at public school graduation ceremonies, allows men who "identify" as women to invade female dressing rooms, and even celebrates a woman's constitutional "right" to snuff out the life in her womb?  These are a few of the transformations in American society that Michael Knowles analyzes in his recent work Speechless:  Controlling Words, Controlling Minds — transformations broadly attributed to "political correctness" and Marxism.

Furious restaurant owners vent at Biden for telling them to raise wages which they say will lead to MORE inflation.  Restaurant owners are lashing out at President Biden for telling them they have to raise wages in order to attract staff, a move they say will drive inflation, put them out of business and shows how little he understands about the country's labor crisis.  There are still more than 12 million people in America claiming some kind of unemployment (5.9 percent) and first-time claims rose to 419,000 last week, the highest in nearly two months.  At the end of 2019, the number of unemployed was 5.8 million (3.5 percent).  The states with the highest unemployment rates (over 7 percent, 2 percent more than the national average), are California, Connecticut, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York, all of which are Democrat states.

Inflation [is] Something to Be Concerned About Now.  Inflation has been accelerating this year, and it isn't hard to see why.  Government spending has been so overwhelming that even former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, a Democrat, said recently:  ["]We are printing money.  We are creating government bonds.  We are borrowing on unprecedented scales.  Those are things that surely create more of a risk of a sharp dollar decline than we had before.  And sharp dollar declines are much more likely to translate themselves into inflation than they were historically.["]  Summers foresees the rise in inflation harming the poor the most.  Others at risk include savers and people on fixed incomes.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which keeps track of inflation, reported July 13 that inflation was 5.4% in June, the highest percentage jump since 2008.

'Their Hands Are Tied': San Francisco Locals Demand Change To Stop Brazen Crime.  San Francisco local businesses and employees are calling for change as they describe increasingly brazen shoplifting and car break-ins.  Many residents told Fox News they believe changing California law Proposition 47 is the solution.  "The police are actually wonderful, their hands are tied, that's what's going on out here."  Gianni, a local who works in Fisherman's Wharf, told Fox News.  San Francisco Police Department's Public Information Officer, Robert Rueca explained "There's a threshold of 950 dollars that needs to be met in order for a misdemeanor to turn into a felony when it comes to theft."

License to shoplift:  Two thieves brazenly stroll out of TJ Maxx with armfuls of clothes.  Two men casually walked out of a Los Angeles area TJ Maxx with their arms full of what appears to be stolen goods as brazen shoplifters continue to rampage through California retail stores.  Viral video posted earlier this week shows two men carrying armfuls of jeans, jackets and other apparel as they casually saunter out of a TJ Maxx in the Granada Hills section of the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles.  'That looks great,' one man is heard saying in the video as the two men head toward the door with the stolen loot, making no haste as they leave.

Here's Joe Biden's report card after six months in the White House.  The first marking period is over and President Biden's grades are coming in. [...] Government spending to ease the impact of the pandemic, coupled with mass vaccinations, led the country's gross domestic product to surge 6.4 percent during the first quarter of 2021, with some economists saying the growth is likely to continue throughout the year.  But last week's unemployment figures showed 3.2 million workers remained out of work even as new claims for jobless benefits dipped to a new pandemic low.  And a poll last week showed that more than 1.8 million jobless people turned down work during the pandemic due to hefty unemployment benefits.

This Shocking Video Shows Just How Brazen Crime In California Has Become.  California's slide into chaos has not been an accident.  A huge reason for the striking rise in homelessness and both petty and violent crime is Prop 47, a bill deceptively titled the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.  The actual bill couldn't be further from the title.  It reduces the penalties for felony crimes, allows for early release of violent criminals, changes some violent felonies to misdemeanors, and allows criminals to steal up to $950 dollars per day in property without prosecution.  As a result, police officers are less and less likely to respond to calls reporting petty theft, as there isn't much they can do with a suspect.

Radical Travis County DA Garza Drops Indictment Against Cop, Claims 'New Evidence'.  There may be a movie's worth of drama going on inside the Travis County (Texas) District Attorney's Office.  Jose Garza won that office on a platform of, basically, letting criminals go free and indicting cops.  Voters should pay more attention to what local office-seekers are saying.  Sometimes they actually mean it, and Garza did.  If Austin had a dashboard, all the lights would be blinking red.  Austin, the capital of Texas and the heart and seat of Travis County, has suffered at least 47 homicides in 2021.  Violent crime is spiking.  Police officers are leaving in droves, leaving the streets much less defended from crime than before.  That wasn't Garza's doing, Austin Mayor Steve Adler led the defunding of APD in August 2020 (and has proceeded to gaslight the city that he didn't), but that together with Garza's pro-release priorities are putting convicted felons back on the streets, where they are emboldened, while police officers face hostility from the Austin government, forced critical race theory indoctrination (more on that in due time), and the demoralizing prospect of facing an indictment from Garza, even if their cases have already been adjudicated.

The American Descent into Madness.  [Scroll down]  We used to know what inflation was, its pernicious role in past civilizations, and how to combat it.  The danger of worthless currency is a staple of classical literature from Aristophanes to Procopius.  The scary fact is not just that we are destroying the value of our money — the exploding price of gas, food, appliances, lumber, power, and housing are overwhelming even Joe Biden's entitlement machine — but that we are constructing pseudoeconomics to justify the nihilism.  Right now, we witness a multitrillion-dollar fight over borrowing beyond our $30 trillion debt to build "infrastructure," a word that has been expanded to include mostly anything but roads and bridges.  What exactly is so liberal about the farmworker paying $5 a gallon for gas to commute to the fields, the small contractor doing a remodeling job with plywood at $80 a sheet, or the young couple whose loan qualification is always a month behind the soaring price of a new home? [...] America went from the freest country in the world in December 2019 to a repressive, and frightening place by July 2021.  It went not so much hard-Left, as stark-raving mad.

The American Descent into Madness.  Nations have often gone mad in a matter of months.  The French abandoned their supposedly idealistic revolutionary project and turned it into a monstrous hell for a year between July 1793 and 1794. After the election of November 1860, in a matter of weeks, Americans went from thinking secession was taboo to visions of killing the greatest number of their fellow citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.  Mao's China went from a failed communist state to the ninth circle of Dante's Inferno, when he unleashed the Cultural Revolution in 1966.  In the last six months, we have seen absurdities never quite witnessed in modern America.  Madness, not politics, defines it.  There are three characteristics of all these upheavals.  One, the events are unsustainable.  They will either cease or they will destroy the nation, at least as we know it.  Two, the law has largely been rendered meaningless.  Three, left-wing political agendas justify any means necessary to achieve them.

Democrats and the Tyranny of the Mob.  If Target or Facebook or Coke or Nike or Disney want to beclown themselves by genuflecting at the altar of wokeness that's their business and citizens have the option of shunning their products or services.  With government, however, there is no such freedom.  Government, by its very nature, applies to all citizens equally, or at least that's the theory.  As such, when government bows to the mob and acquiesces to its demands, the rule of law suffers.  The last few years have been a virtual tour de force of government acquiescence to the mob.  One of the early examples of this was Baltimore's mayor and its previous mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.  As the chaos erupted across the city, the mayor not only acquiesced to the mob, she literally gave them permission to wreak havoc:  "We also gave those wished to destroy space as well."  That is literally the definition of mob rule, and the mayor of a major American city let it happen.  As is usual with Democrat treachery, little thought was given to the rights of innocent citizens whose property was destroyed, whose lives were put in jeopardy, or whose freedoms were quashed as they hunkered down in their homes hoping to survive the chaos and violence.

NYC sex workers rampant in open-air prostitution market amid lax enforcement.  [Scroll down]  When the police ride through — in both marked and unmarked cars — business mostly carries on without interruption.  While cruising down the block one night, a cop flashed the lights of their unmarked car in an apparent attempt at deterrence but took no other action.  Current and former vice cops told The [New York] Post that there's little incentive to make arrests, with the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez moving away from prosecuting prostitution cases, a shift that began in mid-2019.  In January, Gonzalez's office moved to vacate some 262 warrants stemming from prostitution cases dating back to 2012.

Leftists can't connect the dots.  What do they think the end scenario will be from teaching racist CRT doctrine to children from pre-school through high school?  What about the outcome of canceling fossil fuels to rely mainly on renewable energy?  Are they connecting any dots to see the outcome of passing trillion-dollar budgets when the economy is already facing inflation?  Are they following the sequence to see the endgame of allowing seemingly endless numbers of illegal aliens into our country?

The Dreaded Misery Index Is On The Rise Under Biden.  The misery index spiked at the start of the COVID-19 lockdowns, jumping from 5.94 to over 15 in one month with the surge in unemployment.  But then it quickly dissipated, as the economy under Trump rebounded faster than the so-called experts had predicted.  By the time Trump left office, the misery index was back down to 7.7.  A funny thing has happened since.  The misery index has climbed each and every month that Joe Biden has been president.  In February, it ticked up to 7.9, then rose to 8.6 in March.  Last month, the misery index hit 11.3, as the monthly inflation rate climbed to 5.4% while the unemployment rate edged up to 5.9%.

Inflation Nation:  Biden Admin "There Will Be Several More Months Of Rapid Inflation".  The Biden administration announced there will be "several more months of rapid inflation" as inflation levels have repeatedly broken long-held records.  "We will have several more months of rapid inflation," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.  "So I'm not saying that this is a one-month phenomenon.  But I think over the medium term, we'll see inflation decline back toward normal levels.  But, of course, we have to keep a careful eye on it."  However, many economists are predicting the high levels of inflation will persist for multiple years.  "Americans should brace themselves for several years of higher inflation than they've seen in decades, according to economists who expect the robust post-pandemic economic recovery to fuel brisk price increases for a while," The Wall Street Journal reported.  "The respondents on average now expect a widely followed measure of inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy components, to be up 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2021 from a year before.  They forecast the annual rise to recede to slightly less than 2.3% a year in 2022 and 2023.  That would mean an average annual increase of 2.58% from 2021 through 2023, putting inflation at levels last seen in 1993."

Media Narrative Wrecked!  Poll Shows 1.8 Million Turned Down Jobs Because of Government Handouts.  A new poll delivers a devastating blow to the latest lie from the mainstream media about unemployment.  According to a poll from Morning Consult, a whopping 1.8 million Americans turned down jobs because the government extended unemployment benefits and it discouraged work.  The outlet stated that 14.1 million Americans who were receiving unemployment insurance for the week ending June 19 that "benefits reduced the number of accepted job offers by an estimated 1.84 million over the course of the pandemic."  The 1.84 million Americans turned down jobs likely because of government handouts.  Morning Consult's survey found that "most workers receiving unemployment insurance know that their benefits are about to expire, signaling that job acceptance and search practices are likely to change even before benefits actually expire."

Bidenflation: Cost of Gas, Used Cars Up 45%, Car Rentals 88%.  Nearly all Americans expect the inflation under Joe Biden's presidency will worsen still, even as the cost of gas and used cars is already up by 45 percent, and bacon up by 8.4 percent, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday [7/15/2021].  "The hashtag #Bidenflation has been trending recently," wrote Washington Secrets columnist Paul Bedard, noting a new survey from Skynova, an online invoicing firm that found 88 percent of people in the United States believe the current inflation is "here to stay and will soar more."

Explosive Inflation Leads To Record Collapse In Home, Car Purchase Plans.  For the past several months we have warned about the pernicious effects soaring prices are having on both corporations ("Buckle Up!  Inflation Is Here!") and consumers ("This Is Not Transitory: Hyperinflation Fears Are Soaring Across America"), prompting even otherwise boring sellside research to get (hyper) exciting, with Deutsche Bank (which warned this week that "Inflation Is About To Explode "Leaving Global Economies Sitting On A Time Bomb") and Bank of America (which "Just Threw Up All Over The Fed's 'Transitory' Argument") now openly claiming that the Fed is wrong, and the US is facing an unprecedented period of far higher, non-transitory inflation, with DB going so far as to warn "policymakers will face the most challenging years since the Volcker/Reagan period in the 1980s."  But none of this has spooked the Fed into conceding — or believing — that inflation is anything more than transitory.  And maybe just this once, the Fed has a point because all else equal, by which we mean lack of rising wages, the best cure to higher prices is, well, higher prices.

The Democrats' Topsy-Turvy Spin Machine.  The oceanic influx of unskilled labor at the southern border cannot fail to aggravate unemployment and depress the incomes for the vulnerable sectors of what, under President Trump, was a fully employed workforce.  The administration has reduced domestic oil production and squandered the country's status as an energy self-sufficient state. [...] This regime has embraced the most hair-raising, unproven, terroristic versions of the climate change issue, and it's only answer to surging increases in violent crime is the tired Democratic mantra about gun control.  The firearms don't discharge themselves and are now mainly used for self-defense and deterrence.  It is legally and politically impossible to reduce significantly the immense number of firearms in the country and the sophistry about what constitutes an "assault weapon" will not achieve anything.

Bidenflation is so bad, even Wolf Blitzer noticed.  Inflation can be curbed.  Under President Donald John Trump, the USA was a net producer of oil and natural gas for the first time in 50 years.  Unemployment fell to 3.5%.  Biden reversed that by opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and blocking drilling.  Unemployment is now 5.9% and inflation 5.4% for a misery index of 11.3.  The Federal Reserve has kept the interest rates at ridiculous lows for decades.  It is time to raise those interest rates to reduce inflation.  Finally, the USA needs to make its own computer chips.  Red China's shortage of these chips has led to a shutdown of the auto industry, which has pushed prices higher as people turn to buying used cars, pushing those prices higher.

Once Beautiful Portland is Now A Progressive Nightmare.  After years of progressive rule, Portland has fallen!  Antifa rules the streets, the homeless rule the parks and criminals rule everything in between.  After more than a year of allowing most homeless camps to remain intact so as not to displace people during the pandemic, cities across the country are now beginning to confront another public health crisis unfolding on their streets.  The number of Americans who are homeless has increased in each of the past five years, according to government data, and for the first time more than half of homeless adults are living not in shelters but in tents or sleeping bags outside.  There has yet to be a nationwide homelessness count since the start of the pandemic, but a quarter of Americans now report being at "imminent risk" of losing their homes, and cities up and down the West Coast say they are overwhelmed by an unprecedented rise in homeless people, hazardous encampments and related trash.  [Video clip]

In Many Cities In America, The Criminals Are Starting To Gain Firm Control Of The Streets.  Every week the horrendous crime wave that is sweeping across America seems to get even worse.  In some of our largest cities, looting, murder and violence are becoming a way of life, and authorities seem powerless to do anything about it.  Is this what we can expect life in the United States to look like moving forward?  All over the globe, people are watching us, and they are stunned by what they have been witnessing.  Criminals are wildly out of control, and many of our largest cities are being transformed into extremely violent war zones.

North Dakota Gov.: Biden Oil and Gas Lease Halt Has Already Cost over $100 Million in Lost Revenue, Could Cost Billions if It Continues.  On Friday's [7/9/2021] broadcast of the Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co.," North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) discussed his state's lawsuit against the Biden administration's halt on oil and gas leases on public lands and said the suspension of the leases has already cost state, county, and local governments over $100 million in lost revenue, and "going forward, the cost could easily run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and if it went on permanently, it could be billions of dollars."

The Nation That Wouldn't Get Out Of Bed And Go To Work.  A country of roughly 330 million has more than 9 million job openings, and 9.5 million unemployed.  This is a disgrace, a clear indication that our American character and work ethic are slipping, a rolling tragedy that's been authored by the Democrats. [...] According to the Labor Department, there was a record high of 9.2 million job openings in May, and 9.5 million jobless in June.  ZipRecruiter reckons as many as 15 million jobs need to be filled.  Either way, millions are ignoring what MarketWatch describes "an insatiable demand for labor as the economy fully reopens and businesses scramble to keep up with soaring sales for their goods and services."  We have arrived at this point in history because the Democrats have made sitting at home collecting a government check a better financial decision than working.  We covered this in May, when we said "as part of Biden's 'American Rescue Plan,' the Democrats included a $300 weekly bonus to those on unemployment that runs until September.  The plan included various other handouts that are letting the jobless live comfortable lives at the moment."  In some cases, taxpayer-funded benefits are higher than the wages recipients would receive in return for their labor.

The 'Minneapolis Effect' Caused Last Year's Spike in Violent Crime.  The spike in violent crime last year was a serious departure from recent crime patterns over the last several decades.  In fact, 2020 was likely the deadliest year for gun-related homicides since 1999.  According to the Gun Violence Archive, more than 19,000 people died of gun violence in 2020.  This spike was particularly acute in major cities across the country.  For example, Minneapolis saw a 95% year-over-year increase in homicides between May and Aug. 1.  In Chicago, homicides more than doubled in July 2020, compared to 2019.  And New York experienced a 50% increase in homicides and a 112% increase in shootings.  Sadly, that is only the tip of the iceberg of cities that experienced this surge.  What caused that sudden spike?  Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah and a former federal judge, persuasively answers that question in a recent law review article.

The Unlivable City.  People are fleeing California in general, and San Francisco in particular, in droves.  As to San Francisco, the fundamental problem is lawlessness.  Which means not just violent crime, which the city has in abundance, but a breakdown in the fundamental norms of civilization that make urban living possible.  The main problem is that San Francisco's far-left city administration has decided not to prosecute theft.  The result, naturally, is an epidemic of theft.  Thus Target, for example, is now closing its San Francisco stores at 6 p.m. [...] How low has San Francisco sunk?  Check out this video of thieves openly stealing handbags and similar products from a Neiman Marcus store:  [Video clip]

Colorado: America's Leftist Laboratory.  In just a few brief years, Colorado has been transformed from a symbol of independence and self-determination into the liberal Left's laboratory for social experimentation.  Its citizens have become caged lab rats made to endure unrelenting torturous socialist/Marxist research procedures that are subsequently exported to and replicated by fellow travelers in other liberal states.  Put simply, Colorado is the nation's leftist-lab for social engineering.  This state is now the political equivalent of the Nevada and Marshall Islands nuclear testing sites of the 1940s.  Colorado is now politically radioactive.

The Genesis of Our American Collective Meltdown.  Within the space of about 6 months in 2021, the costs of the essentials of life have skyrocketed — food, gasoline, housing, appliances, cars and trucks, and building materials.  Non-ending streams of stimulus money, huge deficits, and pent-up demand so far have ensured that Americans would pay such spiking prices.  And soon radical inflation may trigger 1970s stagflation and then recession, as the "why-go-to-work?" checks and consumer zeal finally cease, but the government printing machine keeps going.  What good is free government money if spiraling prices eat away the entitlement?

It's Independence, not In Dependence, Day.  Two hundred and forty-five years ago, the brave Founders of this nation declared their independence from the rule of George III, the monarch of Great Britain.  In so doing they declared — and put at risk — their lives, liberty, and fortunes — to stand for freedom and self-determination.  Looking at the week's news it's easy to see why many of us feel the liberty they fought for and enshrined in the Constitution that followed is slipping away at the hands of vocal minorities who have captured the media, Big Tech, the education establishment, the federal executive branch, and even the military.  By way of example, we learned that in San Diego one unit of the Navy — a military branch in recent years rife with incompetence just as it looks that we will most need it — was forced to take a mandatory diversity hike for Pride Month waving LGBT flags.  This is not the first time members of this unit were forced to support this stuff against their free speech rights.

On A Collision Course With National Disaster.  If I were leading President Joe Biden's central committee and my goal were to destroy America as founded and ensure that it lose its distinction as the world's freest and most powerful nation, I doubt I could concoct a superior strategy than adopting the Biden administration's message and policy agenda.  The administration is creating total societal chaos, fomenting disorder and undermining the rule of law at every turn.  As the first duty of government is to protect and defend its citizens, we might be alarmed to consider that the administration is engaged in a multipronged strategy to do the opposite.  It is shrinking our military, which defends against foreign threats.  It is at war with law enforcement, which ensures domestic tranquility, and it is destroying our southern border.  It is systematically destroying our liberty and prosperity.

Target Will Close San Francisco Stores Early Due To Rising Thefts.  Retail chain Target will be closing its stores in San Francisco, California, early due to increases in shoplifting in the city.  ABC 7 reported that Target acknowledged San Francisco's high retail crime by closing its stores earlier in the day in an attempt to cut down on shoplifting.  "For more than a month, we've been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area," a Target spokesperson told NBC Bay Area in a statement Friday night.  "Target is engaging local law enforcement, elected officials and community partners to address our concerns.  With the safety of our guests, team members and communities as our top priority, we've temporarily reduced our operating hours in six San Francisco stores."

The Woke Learn What Consequences Are.  After years of unpunished retail theft, Target has decided to close six of its area stores early.  [Tweet]  Of course, the outcry is that this is racist — because these stores are in predominantly poor, minority neighborhoods.  So, while the woke are learning what consequences are, they certainly aren't willing to accept and learn from them.  The reality is that Target, no matter how much money they give to Black Lives Matter or how many rainbow stripes they put on their logo during the month of June, is still a business.  They can act as woke as they want in their advertisements, but if they can't make money doing something, they aren't going to keep doing it.  When local DAs and city councils bless the idea that petty theft is not a crime, allowing people to walk in and steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise without even being arrested, this is what you get.

Biden polls horribly on his handling of rising crime.  Americans are giving President Biden dismal ratings on his handling of rising crime, a new poll found.  The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday morning revealed that just 38 percent of Americans approve of the 46th commander-in-chief's response to recent crime spikes nationwide.  On the other side, 48 percent said they disapproved.  As crime rates have continued to surge, lawmakers have been quick to point fingers to avoid their party taking blame.  Republicans have largely argued that Democrats' efforts to defund the police, remove qualified immunity for police officers and introduce cashless bail have all contributed to the budding crisis.

The Real Reason They Blame Heat Deaths, Blackouts, and Forest Fires on Climate Change Is Because They're Causing Them.  [Scroll down]  [W]hat determines whether or not there is enough electricity is whether there are sufficient "baseload," reliable power plants and fuels, not marginally higher use of air conditioners.  The people who manage electricity grids knew perfectly well that it could be hot last summer, hot this summer, and that a cold snap like the one that occurred in Texas in February was likely, since worse cold snaps had occurred in the past.  The main reason there aren't enough reliable power plants is because progressive activists, scientists, and journalists successfully persuaded policymakers to shut them down, not build them, or not operate them. [...] Hundreds of people have died in North America over the last few days from lack of air conditioning.  But for years activist analysts, scientists, and journalists have claimed we have too much of it.

Dan Crenshaw:  Troops at Fort Bliss Forced to Wear IDs with Race and Social Class During Diversity Training.  Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) this week revealed several instances where service members were forced to classify themselves by race and socio-economic status during diversity and inclusion training.  In one instance, Crenshaw said soldiers were forced to wear personal identification badges that listed their race, ethnicity, social class, and other things, during at training at Fort Bliss in Texas.  Crenshaw said the badges reduced soldiers to a list of characteristics that have "nothing to do with their service or their training or the content of their character."

This Independence Day, Historic American Nation Facing "State Conquest" — By Anti-America And The Minority Occupation Government.  [Scroll down]  General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson were once honored by Americans as model Christian leaders, regardless of their Civil War difference.  Today, the Southern Baptist Convention, once the redoubt of Southern Christian conservatism, is trembling before Critical Race Theory.  The desecration of Christian morality and symbols is so common it barely attracts notice.  In contrast, putting skidmarks on a rainbow flag on a road can lead to felony charges.  Let's not kid ourselves that blasphemy charges are only to be found in the Muslim world, or that we don't have a state religion of our own.

There's no point in trying to politely address a crowd any more.
Disney World has removed the 'Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls' greeting from its Magic Kingdom fireworks show.  Disney World has made another change at its Orlando, Florida, theme park as part of the company's initiative to become more inclusive.  Employees were invited to a "cast member" preview of the "Happily Ever After" fireworks show at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday.  The event was the first fireworks showing hosted at Disney World since the nightly shows were halted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the fireworks show seemingly remains unchanged, the preshow recording is now different.  As heard in videos shared by employees, Disney World has replaced the "Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls" greeting with one that says "Good evening, dreamers of all ages!"

The truly scary China Virus variant.  The symptoms vary but are becoming increasingly recognizable: uncontrollable cackling at questions that aren't funny; sleeping with Chinese spies; incoherently babbling to a national TV audience; identifying boys as girls and girls as boys; silently watching as criminals destroy our cities, while ordering the police to stand down; and, in the name of anti-racism, teaching people to hate an entire race based on the color of their skin.  There are countless more examples, but you get the general idea.  This horrible disease is most evident in career politicians (usually, but not always, Democrats), bureaucrats, newscasters, and Silicon Valley tycoons.  Sadly, the virus has now infected the military, as evidenced by the recent "woke" ramblings of an ignorant tool who sits as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  But the biggest threat to the general public comes from academics, who use the education system to infect youngsters from kindergarten through college.  Students learn to hate their country and respect socialism, the slightly weaker variant of the real virus that threatens our Republic.  The China Virus to which I'm referring is Communism.

And Now Prices Are Really Soaring:  June Rent Jump Is Biggest On Record.  With BofA predicting that the US is facing a period of "transitory hyperinflation", one which could last up to 4 years, as a result of soaring commodity prices in everything from metals to food and beyond, in what increasingly more warn is a stagflationary burst right out of the 1970s playbook.

Cops Quit in Droves as Crime Skyrockets and 'Defund' Movement Grows.  Police retirements and resignations rose significantly over the course of the last year amid widespread riots and coinciding calls to defund the police, according to a survey of about 200 police departments nationwide.  The survey of roughly 200 police departments revealed that retirements were "up 45 percent and resignations rose by 18 percent in the year from April 2020 to April 2021 when compared with the previous 12 months, according to the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington policy institute," as reported by the New York Times.

Election Integrity:  The Firewall That Keeps America Free.  There is no denying that the COVID-19 viral invasion was a catalyst for so much of the disruption of 2020, culminating in election irregularity in November.  By spring 2020, normal activities and businesses were largely shut down nationwide by federal and local governments' response to COVID-19.  Antifa and BLM protests and riots in May and June brought the costliest manmade damage to American property in history.  Then the cancel culture, already ensconced and in control of college and university campuses, came to the streets and parks of America in the tearing down historic monuments — all the while law enforcement was coming under severe attack with numerous police departments facing prospects of defunding.  This lockdown-crisis environment gave Democrats an opportunity to push for change in state election rules to their advantage, such as allowing wholesale distribution of mail-in ballots, extension of deadlines for counting those ballots, and legal challenges to voter ID and signature verification laws.  And we all now know the result:  the November 3rd election was characterized by unprecedented election irregularities and charges of vote fraud in more states than any prior election.

Austin's Homicide Number Passes 40 As Defunding the Police Takes Its Toll.  Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Greg Casar defunded the city's police in the name of racial justice and equity.  Did they anticipate that their decision would result in a skyrocketing murder rate that disproportionately impacts the city's minorities?  That's what's happening.  Austin suffered 47 homicides in all of 2020, which was the worst year for homicides in a decade. 2021, the year in which defunding the police kicked in, will surely surpass 2020's total.  Two fatal shootings in Givens Park on the city's east side this week push the 2021 homicide total to 41 so far.

Portland Police Limit Traffic Stops, Searches in [Pursuit] of "Racial Equity".  Police in Portland, Oregon's largest city, are being advised to no longer pursue low-level traffic infractions — including expired plates and broken headlights — unless related to an immediate safety threat, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Chuck Lovell announced Tuesday [6/22/2021].  According to the changes to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) protocols, officers will no longer prioritize making traffic stops for the enforcement of low-level traffic infractions, such as expired tags or minor equipment issues, that aren't immediate public safety threats.  Also, officers will follow new consent search protocols that will "help ensure residents are aware of their Fourth Amendment rights."  If police do stop a driver, they must receive recorded consent before searching the vehicle and clearly inform the person they have the right to refuse.  Police Chief Lovell has instructed his officers to not pull citizens over for "less serious, non-moving violations" and instead focus on those who are making the road unsafe for others, including anyone driving under the influence and reckless drivers.

Are You Living by Lies?  [Rod] Dreher was inspired to write his book by heroic dissidents who refused to bend the knee to communist tyrants and saw a similar tyranny becoming ensconced in the United States.  These moral giants are astonished that the primary beacon of freedom during their years of oppression has become a society where speech and actions disapproved by secular elites are regularly squelched and punished.  Religious freedom, for example, is being reduced to the freedom to gather in congregations where (at least for now) marriage is affirmed by a priest, rabbi, or minister, a freedom that doesn't extend beyond meeting walls to how a baker runs his business. [...] Under this soft totalitarianism, Americans are now compelled "to engage in doublethink every day.  Men have periods.  The woman standing in front of you is to be called 'he.'  Diversity and inclusion means excluding those who object to ideological uniformity.  Equity means treating persons unequally, regardless of their skills and achievements, to achieve an ideologically correct result."  I might add to that short summary the lie that America is a racist country, that law enforcement and our judicial system are institutionally racist, and that America was founded in 1619 upon the bedrock principle of white racism.

What Is to Be Done?  A Blueprint for Taking the Country Back.  As we sit here, six months into the disastrous Biden administration, the question is finally becoming evident to even the most politically disinterested American.  The quality of life in the big blue cities has deteriorated markedly.  The cost of gasoline has seemingly doubled overnight.  The petty restrictions imposed unconstitutionally on the electorate are still insisted upon in many places — proof once more that tyranny is not primarily about rounding up folks and shipping them off to camps, but insisting that they conform to the most picayune and counter-factual ukases, just to illustrate their powerlessness.  The very fact that you still must wear a slave muzzle to enter a federal building is a visible sign of your continuing humiliation and subjugation.  And the manic insistence that everyone in the United States be forced to undergo the largest unsupervised medical experiment in history ought to tell you all you need to know about the "vaccines."  My body, my choice?  Forget about it, comrade.

Our National Delusion Won't Stop with Book-Burning.  [Scroll down]  It's just a little censorship, Google, Facebook, and Twitter say.  So we put you in virtual time-out or purge your voice from the internet for "spreading hate" — what's the harm?  It's just a little citizen designation, Attorney General Garland says.  What could possibly go wrong with legally defining half of the American populace as "domestic violent extremists" because they voted for Donald Trump or as "white supremacists" because they have the wrong color skin?  Conservatives are just too "touchy" these days.  Nothing bad ever happens when a certain class of people are designated as enemies of the State for supporting the "wrong" ideas — nope, nothing to see here.  Except, it never, ever ends with just censorship or labeling.  What starts with burning words — whether on paper or in digital space — always ends with burning people.

US Reliance on Russian Oil Surges to Record High Amid Tensions.  Russian oil imports have set a new record in the United States despite the strained relationship between Washington and Moscow.  Industry experts believe the Biden administration's climate policies will make the country more dependent on foreign oil producers.  The United States imported record levels of crude oil from Russia in March and is expected to continue importing at high levels in coming months, according to the Western Energy Alliance, a trade association that represents 200 independent natural gas and oil producers in the United States.  Imports of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia reached 22.9 million barrels in March, the highest level since August of 2010, according to International Energy Agency (IEA).  Of the total amount, crude oil imports from Russia stood at 6.1 million barrels.  Russia has become the third-largest oil exporter to the United States.

The US Government as a Sleazy Salesman.  [Scroll down]  Two trillion, three trillion, four.  Why stop there?  People are hurting.  You know — COVID.  Everything is "infrastructure," which everyone uses, right?  Even the huge deficits some states ran up over a period of years spending money on heaven knows what are now being underwritten by federal "stimulus."  Government is making it rain.  Its largesse is so great that many employers can't staff daily operations.  Their former employees still need grocery money, but they no longer need to clock in to earn it.  They're finding it elsewhere.  Nice work if you can get it — and many millions can, apparently.  Who can blame them?  Work is hard.  Wake up early, make the commute, and spend eight hours doing something you wouldn't otherwise do.  Most jobs aren't all that rewarding.  Even a relatively small amount of well timed government money is an acceptable substitute, especially when a chunk of it is tax-exempt.  The problem is that direct payments to individuals are hideously expensive when those many millions of citizens, plus an unknown number of illegals, may be eligible.

Tucker Carlson, Buckhead, and Why Our Cities Fail.  The rich know better than to kick up much of a fuss about bad government.  They don't need to.  Most of what they need they pay for out of pocket, like private security in their neighborhoods and private schools for their children. [...] The poor can be bought off cheaply with crumbs from the table.  They don't expect much and are given even less than that.  So the schools are a disaster — because if they aren't, the poor might become middle-class, and that won't do at all.  And the roads are a mess.  And the criminals rule the streets with the tacit approval of the politicians.  After all, a long time ago, urban Democrats realized there are more votes throwing in with the street criminals and the lowest common denominator than the law-abiding in those terrible neighborhoods; the law-abiding, after all, want nothing more than to get out and move up.  They're ruling over a ruin, but they rule.  And the ruin pays well.  Every bit of lost revenue from the disappearance of a city's tax base gets made up with federal grant money, virtually none of which is controlled very tightly by purse strings.  It's eminently stealable, and it's eminently stolen.  The worse things get, the more money is thrown at the problem.

Wholesale prices jump 6.6% in the fastest rise on record as soaring inflation threatens economic recovery.  Wholesale prices in the U.S. increased at their fastest annual rate ever in May, driven by rising food prices, as soaring inflation threatens to derail the post-pandemic economic recovery.  The producer price index, which measures inflation pressure before it reaches consumers, rose 0.8 percent in May for an annual gain of 6.6 percent, the biggest jump since annual data was first compiled in 2010, the Labor Department said Tuesday [6/15/2021].  The annual gain is somewhat skewed by a 'base effect' from last year's data, when prices plunged early in the pandemic, but nevertheless offers another worrying signal to consumers that their dollars won't stretch as far as they used to.

Police retirements have soared 45 Percent since BLM protests erupted.  Police retirements have risen by 45 percent in the past year, with officers opting out of forces across the country amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations that fueled anti-cop rhetoric.  The alarming statistic was revealed by the Police Executive Research Forum on Sunday, with the organization also revealing that resignations rose by 18 percent during the same twelve month period.  'It is an evolving crisis,' Chuck Wexler, the organization's executive director, told The New York Times, adding that police forces are also struggling to attract new recruits.

Kevin McCarthy Sends Letter To Members Outlining America's Declining Condition Under Biden, Democrats.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) unloaded on Democrat President Joe Biden in a letter sent to Republican lawmakers on Sunday [6/13/2021], warning that the Democrats' policies were doing significant harm to the country.  McCarthy's letter started off by noting that the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed was paying off big time as communities across the country come back to life following the coronavirus pandemic, which killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and devastated the economies of many states.  However, beneath the surface, the policies of the Biden administration and of Democrats in general are causing a variety of problems, McCarthy argues.

[The] Biden Administration [is] Turning [the] Military Into [a] Left-Wing Force.  No institution in America — from government offices to schoolrooms to corporate boardrooms and beyond — is safe today from the poisonous racism of Critical Race Theory and the "1619 Project" which posit that United States history is rooted in slavery and white supremacy, and that "whiteness" is an incurable disease.  The institution whose subversion poses the greatest threat to our national security is the military, now overseen by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a determined advocate of these repulsive anti-American views.  Austin has required both Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project as core elements of the Pentagon's military training programs — concealing their sinister agendas under the innocuous-sounding "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" label.  He has ordered a purging of the military ranks of what he calls "extremists," defined as opponents of these noxious views and supporters of Donald Trump and the Capitol protest of January 6th.

Inflation's Here, Getting Worse, And Could Last Longer Than COVID-19 Pandemic.  Both the out-of-touch Biden administration and our betters at the Federal Reserve Board continue to assert that inflation's no big thing.  They're right.  It's not, unless you work for a living.  Then it's a very big thing indeed.  We were told by all the best "experts" that inflation is ephemeral, a mere blip.  The Fed keeps telling us the recent jump in prices is "transient."  Democrats and many of their media friends continue to insist it's not an issue.  Just keep spending, they say.  Stimulus!  But calling the recent burst in inflation "transient" or any other such euphemism to suggest it's like a brief summer cold is not exactly accurate.  In fact, it's wrong.  The recent surge in inflation isn't likely to go away anytime soon.  Indeed, it's even worse than the numbers now indicate.

Stolen elections have consequences:
Federal Reserve tells employees to avoid 'biased terms' like 'Founding Fathers'.  The Federal Reserve has instructed employees to adopt "bias-free language" and avoid using biased terms like "Founding Fathers," according to an internal webpage obtained by Fox News.  The Federal Reserve's Board of Governors issued the guidance for all employees nationwide on April 29, a former Fed staffer with knowledge of the matter told Fox News.  "Bias-free language recognizes diversity and avoids stereotyping, demeaning, or excluding people on the basis of gender, race, ethnic group, religion, age, ability/disability, or sexual orientation," the guidance states.  "Try to avoid words and phrases that may be considered offensive, pejorative, or prejudiced (whether consciously or unconsciously), as these can distract your audience from the ideas/information you're trying to convey," it continues.

Federal Reserves Instructs Employees To Avoid 'Biased' Terms Like "Founding Fathers".  And the absurdity just keeps coming.  The latest organization to act as the speech police for its employees is the Federal Reserve.  The Fed's employees are reportedly being trained to "avoid bias" in their language, including avoidance of terms like "Founding Fathers" and "grandfathered."

Understanding the Deliberate Agenda of Our Ruling Class.  If you pay attention to recent discussions of social and economic change, much of the rhetoric attempts to normalize what used to be considered unmistakable marks of poverty.  Rather than living in a home with a family, you are supposed to embrace the child-free life and see the benefits of a pod or a tiny home.  Instead of meat, which is now scarce and expensive, you are going to eat the bugs and enjoy them.  Electricity itself may prove scarce, but this is the price of reducing global warming.  Video games and travel — ephemeral things that do not last — are offered as substitutes for the old fruits of a free market economy: a job, a home, and economic independence.  Culture makers and political leaders have moved away from talk about the American Dream and towards preparing us for privation.  Biden's speeches often have this quality.  While he's bragging now about gains in jobs, he also speaks in very dark terms about the need for collective sacrifice and the country's uncertain future.

Bidenomics is proving a total disaster that could send America back to stagnant '70s.  Bidenomics is proving an utter disaster for American workers and consumers, and don't bet on it to end soon.  With the pandemic all but over — more than half of American adults are fully vaccinated, and transmissions have fallen through the floor — the economy wants to roar back to life.  Job openings climbed to 9.3 million in April, the highest number since the Labor Department started collecting the stats in 2000 and a million more than in March, the feds announced last week.  But businesses are having trouble filling those spots: 3.5 million Americans are still on unemployment benefits, the feds also revealed.  It's a big drop from 19.2 million at COVID's height, but still twice the pre-COVID level, even though nearly all the job-killing restrictions are no more.

Biggest Core Inflation Rise in 30 Years as Biden Economy Crushes American Dreams.  The American Dream is moving further and further out of reach under the Biden regime whose disastrous economic policies are crushing the country.  While the Democrats spend as much money as they can, most of it going to political pork for their donors and backers, the cost of living is becoming impossible for millions of Americans who can't afford a house or a car, and as inflation rises, much of anything at all.

The Hangover Arrives:  Explosive Inflation Leads To Record Collapse In Home, Car Purchase Plans.  For the past several months we have warned about the pernicious effects soaring prices are having on both corporations and consumers, prompting even otherwise boring sellside research to get (hyper) exciting, with Deutsche Bank and Bank of America now openly claiming that the Fed is wrong, and the US is facing an unprecedented period of far higher, non-transitory inflation, with DB going so far as to warn "policymakers will face the most challenging years since the Volcker/Reagan period in the 1980s."  But none of this has spooked the Fed into conceding — or believing — that inflation is anything more than transitory.  And maybe just this once, the Fed has a point because all else equal, by which we mean lack of rising wages, the best cure to higher prices is, well... higher prices.  Presenting Exhibit A:  two weeks ago, we observed that anticipating an end to Biden's stimmy bonanza end and that soon they will have to live again within their means, Americans' buying intentions (6 months from today) as measured by the Conference Board, had cratered across the 3 major spending categories:  homes, automobiles and major household appliances.

We're Not Going Back to a 1970s Economy.  It's Worse than That.  We may be returning to the economy of the 1970s, but that poor economic period had its roots in the 1960s.  If we are witnessing what has been compared to the 1970s, what does our future have in store for us?  What roots are we planting now?  The bill proposed at this time by the Biden administration and the Democrats in Congress is for six trillion dollars in spending.  This alone is more than 25% of the amount the Great Society spent in its first fifty years.  While that is unadjusted for inflation, the point remains.  That doesn't include the trillions spent in the previous year due to the COVID pandemic.  Are we witnessing the Great Society on steroids?

Everything was better with President Trump in the White House.  Incredibly, only four months have passed since Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. was installed as president and in that brief time, he has done more damage than anyone could have thought possible.  On day one Biden stopped work on the Keystone pipeline, now truly defunct, which cost thousands of jobs. [...] President Trump made us energy independent.  Now we are again importing oil, even from Iran.  He removed sanctions that prevented Russia from completing their Nordstream pipeline that will enrich that country fabulously.  He has stopped drilling on federal lands including ANWR and put an end to nearly all drilling for our own oil on federal lands.  He is intentionally strangling the US oil industry without regard for the hardships this will bring to all Americans.

Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on US consumers.  American consumers absorbed another surge in prices in May — a 0.6% increase over April and 5% over the past year, the biggest 12-month inflation spike since 2008.  The May rise in consumer prices that the Labor Department reported Thursday reflected a range of goods and services now in growing demand as people increasingly shop, travel, dine out and attend entertainment events in a rapidly reopening economy.  The increased consumer appetite is bumping up against a shortage of components, from lumber and steel to chemicals and semiconductors, that supply such key products as autos and computer equipment, all of which has forced up prices.  And as consumers increasingly venture away from home, demand has spread from manufactured goods to services — airline fares, for example, along with restaurant meals and hotel prices — raising inflation in those areas, too.

Inflation surges as consumer prices leap 5%, biggest jump since 2008.  Inflation continued to surge in May, with consumer prices accelerating at the fastest pace in more than 12 years as the economy emerges from the pandemic, the feds said Thursday [6/10/2021].  The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index, which measures a basket of goods and services as well as energy and food costs, jumped 5 percent in May from a year earlier.  That's higher than April's 4.2 percent year-over-year rise in prices, and the biggest 12-month rise since August 2008, just before the financial crisis sent the US into the worst recession it had seen since the Great Depression.  Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expected a 4.7 percent spike in May.

This Isn't Your Father's Left-Wing Revolution.  Sixties protestors mainlined divorce, abortion on demand, promiscuity, drug use, and one-parent homes.  But in the end, most veteran cultural revolutionaries by the late 1970s and 1980s had gotten married, were raising families, bought homes, got jobs, and made money.  But this time around, their offspring's left-wing assault is different — and far more ominous.  The woke grandchildren of the former outsiders are now more ruthless, systematic insiders.  The woke and wired new establishment knows how to use their money and power to rebirth America as something the founders and most current Americans never envisioned.  Name one mainline institution that the woke Left does not now control — and warp.  The media?  The campuses?  Silicon Valley?  Professional sports?  The corporate boardroom?  Foundations?  The K-12 educational establishment?  The military hierarchy?  The administrative state?  The FBI top echelon?

The Amazon driver's attack on an older woman is an important warning.  On Friday [6/4/2021], a disturbing video emerged and instantly went viral.  It showed a young Amazon driver viciously punch an older woman who had been unhappy with a slow delivery.  While the video is shocking on its own, it's also a loudly clanging warning about the dangers of Critical Race Theory (CRT), especially when allied with other leftist doctrines commonly taught to the young, including the claim that words are violence.  As CRT expands throughout America, expect more attacks like this one.

Stephen Moore:  Biden's $6T spending plan [is] a danger to [the] economy.  Former economic advisor to President Donald Trump, Stephen Moore, is criticizing Joe Biden's $6 trillion spending plan.  In an interview on Sunday, Moore said the economy is continuing to recover after COVID-19 lockdowns and yet another round of fiscal stimulus is not necessary.  He added the biggest danger to the economy is raising taxes, which Biden claimed is necessary to fund his spending proposals.  Moore also criticized Biden's proposals to extend higher unemployment benefits, saying it prevents Americans from seeking jobs.  He continued on to say it hurts small and medium businesses.

Is Anyone Else Noticing a Pattern With the Increase in 'Random' Attacks on White People?  A 350-pound, large-breasted man pummeled a diminutive woman (actually two women) in Gardena, Calif., over the weekend.  Fortunately, the second beating was caught on video, leading to the suspect's arrest.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released surveillance photos and video showing the shirtless "man" coolly walk up to a woman and brutally pound her.  He then continued to hit her as she was on the ground. [...] Mystery motive?  Random?  No reason?  How's this:  the Democrats and the lefty media demonize white people 24/7.  Biden has black people believing gangs of white supremacists are patrolling in pick-ups looking to lynch their kids.  The left tells black people, "You are a victim.  Systemic racism and oppression are keeping you down and white people are to blame."  What happens when you tell people they are helpless victims?  They lash out.

Republicans tear into Biden's 'lackluster' jobs report they say is fueled by his $300-a-week unemployment benefits.  Top Congressional Republicans took to Twitter Friday to grumble about May's 'lackluster' job numbers, holding Democratic President Joe Biden's policies responsible.  Both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise pointed a finger at the $300-a-week unemployment benefit that conservatives believe have motivated Americans to stay home.  'Washington needs to stop paying people NOT to work,' McCarthy said, while Scalise's tweet offered, 'This is what happens when you pay people not to work.'

'Woke' medicine is coming to a hospital near you.  According to Katie Herzog, writing at Bari Weiss's Substack blog, Critical Race Theory is aggressively intruding on physicians' ability to treat patients, do research, or train the next generation of doctors.  Katie Herzog's "What Happens When Doctors Can't Tell the Truth?" examines a world in which doctors are silenced for fear that they will be destroyed professionally should they run afoul of the Critical Race Theory infecting medical care across America and in which young doctors, imbued with "anti-racist" zeal have the whip hand. [...] The only way to stand up to what's happening is through collective action.  Woke people, drunk with power and the urge to avenge wrongs that predate their births, quickly form mobs that surround and destroy anyone who offends them.

What Happens When Doctors Can't Tell the Truth?  They meet once a month on Zoom: a dozen doctors from around the country with distinguished careers in different specialities.  They vary in ethnicity, age and sexual orientation.  Some work for the best hospitals in the U.S. or teach at top medical schools.  Others are dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations in their communities.  The meetings are largely a support group.  The members share their concerns about what's going on in their hospitals and universities, and strategize about what to do.  What is happening, they say, is the rapid spread of a deeply illiberal ideology in the country's most important medical institutions.  This dogma goes by many imperfect names — wokeness, social justice, critical race theory, anti-racism — but whatever it's called, the doctors say this ideology is stifling critical thinking and dissent in the name of progress.

When Police Get Woke, Society Gets Broke.  [Scroll down]  I'm ashamed to admit it took some years to accept that my parents weren't wrong about absolutely everything, and that the "authorities" I had so enthusiastically questioned and rejected had achieved that status for the simple virtue of having been correct.  And I became a cog in the authority machine itself when I joined the Los Angeles Police Department after graduating from college, but even then it was only after a few years of patrolling the streets of L.A. that the scales fell from my eyes and I came to realize the liberalism I had embraced, far from improving the lives of those it purported to help, made them worse.  I spent the greater part of my police career working in South Los Angeles, where I was confronted daily with the grim harvest of liberal policies that, however well intentioned in their origins, resulted in the dissolution of families and sent forth thousands of fatherless young men who, lacking guidance in the home, found it on the streets though membership in gangs like the Crips and the Bloods, both of which originated in Los Angeles and have since spread like cancer across the country.

Building a home now much more difficult due to skyrocketing lumber costs under Biden.  The $6 trillion budget proposal from the Biden administration has to come from somewhere.  Recent reporting suggests that the White House is set to heavily tariff imports on lumber.  According to Reason, the Biden administration's Commerce Department might retroactively hike up "anti-dumping tariffs" for American importers of Canadian lumber from their 8.99% rate in 2018 to a whopping 18.32% for 2019.  Since it's the year 2021, those companies are going to have to pay up back-taxes on lumber.  According to the Cato Institute, the US government can actually do that.

Did Pandemic Signal The Demise Of Modernity?  Daniel Hannan — Lord Hannan of Kingsclere — is today among Britain's wisest and most articulate champions of classical liberalism.  He's also today very pessimistic about the future of liberalism.  This pessimism is on full display in this recent video.  Hannan predicts that the post-Covid-19 world "will be poorer, colder, grayer, more pitched, more authoritarian."  I ardently wish that I found his stated reasons for pessimism to be unpersuasive, but this wish is not granted.  Hannan's pessimism, to me, seems warranted.  [Video clip]

The Great Conservative Migration.  In fact, my wife and I were part of the migration.  We lived for 36 years in American Siberia — otherwise known as Minnesota.  Politics in Minnesota has always been dominated by the Democrats.  However, in recent years it has taken a decidedly radical turn.  When Keith Ellison — former supporter of the Nation of Islam and attorney to cop killers — was elected attorney general, we knew it was time to leave.  This anti-Semite, race baiter, and woman abuser was now the state's top law enforcement official.  What could possibly go wrong?  One year after we left, the George Floyd riots happened.  That's what could go wrong.

Seattle Police expected to lose 300 officers by the end of the month, 'that's a third of the agency'.  In a heartbreaking and revealing interview on The Ari Hoffman Show on [...] KVI, President of the Seattle Police Officer's Guild Mike Solan said regarding police officers leaving the department, "At the end of this month... we will be close to 300 officers (leaving), that's a third of the agency."  Solan told Hoffman that the loss of officers was from last year to date and could range from 288 officers to 300.  Solan described the departing officers as "great human beings that do the job.  They just want to serve."  Some of the officers opted for early retirement, while others took law enforcement jobs in other cities or switched to alternate careers.  Sources told The Post Millennial that morale on the force is at an all-time low.  Last month, a Seattle police officer and trainee were refused service at a local chocolate shop.  The incident revealed a pattern of behavior by employees of the chain at other locations.

Ignorant Liberals Pushing Vaccine Passports Don't Get Who That Would Really Hurt and Discriminate Against.  We saw after BLM/Antifa rioting and demanding to "defund the police," that the cities that moved in that direction saw a big spike in crime, shootings and murders.  Among the people being adversely affected by this, black people.  So the very people BLM claims they're fighting for with all this are some of the people being harmed by the defunding as well as the rioting.

The Democrat party in Congress is a Marxist cult.  Democrats in and out of Congress and every leftist propagandist in the media are now a committed Marxists.  They no longer even pretend to respect or value the Constitution.  They are now pushing Critical Race Theory as if their lives depend on promoting outright racism as the essence of America.  CRT teaches hatred and victimhood; it is the antithesis of our founding principles.  Our Marxist left supports BLM and Antifa as well, anarchist groups to whom they've given free rein to riot, loot and burn down countless cities and businesses.  The Marxist left is on board with the campaign to defund our police.  The cities that have done so are in worse shape than ever, crime and murder rates are soaring.  They support the invasion occurring on the southern border.  Tens of thousands of migrants have been ushered into the US at the rate of about six thousand a day!  The Biden administration then secretly buses or flies these "children," (adult young men) into the interior, preferably red states who then must bear the cost of feeding and housing them and the criminal element among them.

American Division Is Now a Strategic Weakness:  Three Perilous Trends.  Three perilous trends accelerate in the United States as we speak.  They weaken us, and that weakness is now sensed and tested by foreign powers, threatening to plunge the United States into a major foreign conflict in the very years that the consensus for our federal union is at a historically low ebb.  The first perilous trend is that our division is now so prominent it's a thing our enemies can plan to.  When Russia encircled Ukraine in a traditional blockade posture and tested out de facto control of international waters in a notable percentage of the Black Sea, how did we respond?  The U.S. responded with only strongly worded statements and actually cancelled two scheduled naval deployments there.  For all the realism we celebrated over the past decade, on the horizon now is the end of the era where the bipartisan U.S. strategy of generally looking away as rising powers change borders and create new territory is consequence free.

The Dark Democratic Motives Behind The Government-Induced Labor Shortage.  As businesses continue to struggle to find willing employees in the wake of governments continuing to pay them in many cases MORE than they would make working to stay at home, many states are pushing back by preemptively ending the extra federal unemployment cash.  The first two-dozen or so states to opt-out, however, are not surprisingly ALL led by Republican governors.  Which means that Democrats overwhelmingly are behind the ongoing federal and state effort to destroy small and medium-sized businesses by purposefully denying them the labor help they need to get back on their feet and serve their customers.  But why? [...] Do they not understand that any normal, reasonable person, if given the choice, would choose free cash and the ability to either sit on the couch and watch Netflix or earn some extra tax-free money under the table over having to log 40+ hours a week for what they're now getting for free?

The great restaurant price hike.  A New Hampshire restaurateur has apologized to customers for putting prices up after the cost of basic items like oil, meat and gloves rose by as much as 300%.  Alan Natkiel, the owner of Georgia's Northside in Concord, says the price of brisket has gone up 185%, chicken breast is up 70%, and fryer oil costs have doubled in the past three months, while plastic gloves were three times as expensive as pre-pandemic prices.  The price of disposable gloves have [sic] soared by 300%.  Natkiel says the surge in prices has even forced him to stop serving chicken wings as a national shortage has made them so pricey they were no longer commercially viable.  He shared his frustration in a Facebook post at having to put meal prices up, as inflation reaches its highest level since 2008.

Biden's Budget is One More Biden Blunder.  The economy is growing very well, and we are near the level that we were prior to the virus.  There is no problem with growth.  But inflation is a problem.  Despite the administration's position, inflation is right now a serious problem that will get worse the longer we wait to react to it.  Biden's budget proposal will make the inflation problem much worse.  The inflation data is presented in a number of ways to consumers.  Sometimes a monthly price index is given, which compares consumer prices to the prior month.  Sometimes the index is compared to the same month last year.  The critical and most valuable information tells us what is happening now.  From January to April of this year, the monthly Consumer Price Index went from .3% to .4% to .6% to .8%.  That means since January inflation is running at about a 6% annual rate and it is increasing.

Woke in the City that Never Sleeps.  The Big Bagel is getting so bad, even the baddies are demanding the fuzz do something.  As the body count rises, it is obvious that the victims of violence are predominantly poor and minority. [...] One hears and reads about the daily gunplay, and compares the statistics to those of forty years ago.  Robbery is up close to 30%, grand larceny 66%, and shootings 166.1%.  Murder is up 32% from 2019.  One wonders when the useless mayor will declare an emergency as the place is starting to resemble a war zone, and after the Covid crisis more and more New Yorkers believe the city is ungovernable and unlivable.  Still, two of the numerous candidates running for mayor rant in their speeches about defunding the police.  Violent criminals no longer have any fears, according to Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, and having done away with bail laws, criminals get booked and walk, free to continue shooting and robbing people.  Cuomo and de Blasio, architects of these new laws, shamelessly go about their business, which is appearing on television and patting themselves on the back.

The 'Fourth Turning Crisis' Has Arrived.  Sweeping social transformations occur during times of crisis. [...] What crisis are we in, you ask?  Well, consider the staggering debt and economic collapse that is looming.  Confrontation and possible war with China is looming as well.  The pandemic has and is still wreaking havoc on our way of life.  Big Tech and Big Media are restricting free speech and fixing elections with the compliance of the administrative state in Washington.  The border is being overrun.  Schools no longer teach our history or what it is to be an American.  At the head of it all is Joe Biden and his merry band of race-baiting socialists purposely driving this runaway train off the tracks.  And in the end, societal collapse and a great reset into a Marxist world government await our demise.  So yes, we are in a crisis where the future of our way of life hangs in the balance.

The Rise of 'Blow Off Steam' Policing.  Authorities frequently met last summer's riots with a diffident response.  National Guard troops remained in their barracks, and police often stood by as looting, arson, and property destruction took place in cities ranging from New York and Chicago to Seattle and Minneapolis. [...] Such responses by police and authorities are rooted in the fear that a heavy-handed response will cause more violence.  This might be called the "blow off steam" approach to controlling civil disturbances.  Under this theory, a heavy-handed police response to community violence — with armored vehicles, riot shields, tear gas, and the like — makes matters worse, playing into the larger narrative of police brutality.  This approach is also rooted in the idea that the rioters have legitimate grievances, that ordinary free speech is inadequate for their concerns, and that riots are an expression of understandable anger and emotion.  In other words, if you let protesters cathartically break a few things and burn down a few stores, their passions will burn out and things will return to normal.

Post-pandemic New York City is laid bare as homelessness, mental illness and crime escalate.  'New Yorkers don't feel safe and they don't feel safe because the crime rate is up.  It's not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive — they are right,' Governor Andrew Cuomo declared on Wednesday [5/26/2021].  'We have a major crime problem in New York City.  Everything we just talked about, with the economy coming back, you know what the first step is?  People have to feel safe.'

Why 260 Cops Have Fled Seattle.  There hasn't been a police department more brutalized in recent memory.  In Seattle, cops have been pummeled by a psycho city council.  It's not shocking.  Seattle is left-wing.  The residents are left-wing.  They're all nuts.  The mayor allowed armed leftists to seize portions of the city.  The 'summer of love' came crashing down when — shocker — people started to get shot and killed inside the autonomous zone.  They have hamstrung the police and spit in their faces.  After a summer of riots and not being allowed to restore order, along with an overall anti-police atmosphere, are we shocked that scores of cops have fled Seattle?  Around 20 percent of the police force has left.

Refund The Police?  Major Cities Are Backtracking On Police Cuts After Explosion Of Violent Crime.  A year after the death of George Floyd, elected officials of major cities are walking back commitments to cut police funding amid spiking crime rates.  Elected leaders in places such a Minneapolis, New York City, and Los Angeles are now pushing to increase funding to police departments after months of budget cuts and low morale have gutted law enforcement ranks.  At the same time, major cities across the U.S. are suffering spikes in violent crime.  "The violence needs to stop, it[']s unacceptable.  People deserve to feel safe in their neighborhood, they deserve to be able to send their kids out to the sidewalk to play and to recreate without bullets flying by.  That's unacceptable.  We should be holding these perpetrators accountable," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, said at a May 7 news conference addressing a spate of violence that ripped through the city.

Feet-of-Clay Icons.  Americans mostly have given up on familiar institutions for entertainment, guidance, or reassurance.  What now do Hollywood, network news, the media in general, Silicon Valley, the NBA, NFL, MLB, or higher education all have in common?  A propensity to lecture Americans on their moral inferiorities, a general ethical decline in their own disciplines, and a strange obsession to acquire great wealth while living in contrast to what they advocate for others.  Add also incompetence.  Movies are mostly bad now.  The network news is blow-dried groupthink.  There is no "paper of record" anywhere.  Twitter and Facebook no longer even try to hide their politicized contortions of warped rules and twisted protocols.  Professional athletes are now reminders of why no one ever wants to be "enlightened" by multimillionaire quarter-educated narcissists.  The public a half-century ago lost faith in academia.  It wasn't just that most new bad ideas could be traced to the campus or that hothouse professors increasingly seemed both ignorant and arrogant, but rather their product — educating students — was defective.  No one believes anymore a BA is synonymous with knowledge.  More likely, it is a euphemism for incurring $100,000 in debt.

Democrat Policies Have Created a Blue-State Exodus.  Americans can't escape from blue states fast enough.  Even before the COVID pandemic, they were fleeing Democrat-led states for red ones in droves.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2010 and 2019, California, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Illinois lost a combined four million residents.  Meanwhile, the top five states that saw the greatest influx of new residents were the Republican-led states of Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and Arizona.  It does not hurt that Florida, Texas, and Tennessee also have no income tax.  But the pandemic, in conjunction with disastrous Democrat policies, has only accelerated the blue-state exodus.  It turns out that draconian lockdowns in the form of school, restaurant, and business closures; massive spikes in violent crime; few entertainment options; higher taxes; and scarce job opportunities do not make for a desirable living environment or a suitable place to raise a family.

To Fight Back, Question Everything.  In terms of safety, health, opportunity, and prosperity, there has never been a better time in human history, but hardly anyone living anywhere is celebrating. [...] In a world saturated with information, the "key" to distinguishing between truth and falsehood is one question, one word:  "why?"  Why should schools and companies discriminate based on skin color?  Why should my race say more about me than my brain?  Why is it okay for federal immigration law to be ignored while federal tax laws must be obeyed?  Why are Americans who defend the Constitution treated as domestic terrorists?  Why are Americans who burn down cities treated as heroes?  Why does every "solution" to climate change involve the expansion of government powers and the contraction of personal liberties?  Why must the government police speech in order to keep it free?  Why must government disarm citizens in order to keep them safe?  Why is the government so afraid of the people that it must spy on them at all times?  Why is it no longer "our government," but rather the government?

Two-thirds of Americans say beef, chicken prices have skyrocketed.  The steaks are too high!  About two-thirds of US shoppers say the prices of red meat and chicken have soared since the start of the year, according to a new poll.  Meat lovers have been hit hardest by rising food costs out of the 2,000 grocery shoppers surveyed between May 17 and May 19, Bloomberg reported.  The poll, which was conducted by Morning Consult, found that around 65 percent said that red meat is more expensive now, while about 59 percent said that chicken has become pricier.  Meanwhile, more than half of the shoppers said that fruit, toilet paper, milk and prepared foods also cost more.

'The Wheels Are Coming Off.' Deeper Cuts to Austin Police Are on the Way in Mayor Adler's 'Reimagining'.  The Austin Police Department is in a state of crisis.  More cuts to specialized APD units are coming this year, thanks to the "reimagining" of police led by Mayor Steve Adler and Councilmember Greg Casar.  Travis County, meanwhile, steps up targeting police officers for prosecution.  According to an internal document provided to PJ Media, several units face deep cuts or outright elimination by summer's end.  The Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration (SOAR) unit is losing its officer positions, according to the APD document.  Local Fox 7 TV has previously reported some of the cuts.  PJ Media's source, who wishes to remain off the record, said:  "As more units are cut, work conditions for those who stay will continue to deteriorate, causing more folks to leave, causing more units to be cut, and so on.  It is basically a death spiral."

A young leftist is shocked to find herself on the receiving end of cancel culture.  Emily Wilder graduated from Stanford last year.  At the beginning of May, she landed a job working for Associated Press.  Two weeks later, she found herself fired because conservatives discovered her wildly pro-Palestinian social media activity while in college.  She's figured out that she was "canceled" but cannot grasp that this happened because conservatives have finally adopted leftist tactics.

An aspiring congressional candidate unveils novel campaign slogan: 'Make crime illegal again'.  Washington state congressional candidate Matt Larkin is running on a tough-on-crime platform based on supporting law enforcement in an effort to "make crime illegal again" amid skyrocketing crime and failed liberal leadership in Seattle.  Larkin, a Republican who lost his bid for Washington state attorney general to the incumbent Democrat in 2020, plans to challenge sitting Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier for the seat representing the 8th District of Washington.  In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Larkin said that skyrocketing violent crime, rising homelessness and the growing number of assaults on police officers motivated him to jump into the race.

If it's not enhanced unemployment benefits, why are people turning down jobs?  Employers say they're having difficulty filling jobs.  Jobless Americans say they want to work.  So what's going on?  Businesses reported a record 8.1 million jobs to fill last month, up from 8 million in March, according to data from the Labor Department.  There were 7.5 million open jobs in February.  And yet the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1% in April from 6% the month before.  Many employers say that enhanced government unemployment benefits have actually given people less reason to take a job.  The Biden administration approved $300 in extra federal benefits each week to unemployed workers last March as part of a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill.

Texas legislators ban homeless 'camping' statewide.  Across the blue cities of America, city officials have turned their public spaces into vast and expanding homeless camps.  That leaves such cities without public spaces, and puts the quality of life at zero.  Portland, San Francisco, Orange County, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York, all spring to mind.  In such places, we have seen whole stretches of places like Venice Beach become a freakish third world tent shantytown, with the camping homeless blocking roads, scaring children, giving cash to drug dealers, getting intoxicated, throwing trash, boosting cars, theatening those who don't want to give them spare change, and doing their bodily functions in public places, if not on private property.  The same is true in Los Angeles, New York, and the rest.  When the homeless take over, the public has no choice but to stay away.

San Fran Legalized Shoplifting.  Now Seniors Have No Pharmacies.  Actions have consequences.  Pro-crime policies work.  And electing leftists who call themselves progressives and promise to protect criminals from being locked up in the name of criminal justice reform while regulating and taxing the businesses they prey on more than ever has inevitable consequences.  [Video clip]

Labor Union's Endorsement for Biden Comes Back to Bite Them.  I have no sympathy.  You voted for this, guys.  This is the country you wanted.  You wanted Joe Biden to overhaul the economic agenda.  No more mean tweets, but now there's rising inflation, anemic jobs growth, a border crisis, and a war brewing in the Middle East.  Russia has become aggressive again, and China is getting more handsy with Taiwan.  But there are no more mean tweets.  For those in the steel industry, they're pleading with Biden to keep the tariffs established under Donald Trump intact.

Walgreens Closes 17 San Francisco Stores Due To "Out Of Control" Shoplifting.  The effects of allowing chaos to prevail in Democrat-controlled cities across America might not be evident to liberals and social justice warriors now, but when businesses close up, it's going to be very transparent then.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Walgreens Pharmacy locations have shuttered their doors in San Francisco during the past five years.  At least ten of the stores in the city have closed since 2019. [...]  [Video clip]  The cost of business and shoplifting is staggering for Walgreens.  Despite closing 17 stores, the company still has 53 open in the metro area but could close more by the end of the year.  Thefts at Walgreens' in the city are four times the average for other stores across the country.  The pharmacy chain spends 35 times more on security guards in the city than elsewhere, said Jason Cunningham, regional vice president for pharmacy and retail operations in California and Hawaii.

Biden's 'Inflation Tax' Targets the Poor and Middle Class.  President Biden has repeatedly promised that he won't raise taxes on American families earning less than $400,000 per year.  Yet widespread and growing inflation due to his policies is — at least indirectly — breaking that promise.  Call it the Biden inflation tax.  Consumer prices have increased at an accelerated rate every month this year.  In April, core inflation rose at its fastest month-over-month pace since 1981.  The producer price index grew by the largest amount on record last month.  Commodity prices are skyrocketing, with corn rising by more than 50% this year, lumber elevating to four times its traditional rate, and copper hitting a record high.

Media in Full Spin Mode to Cover for Biden's Failures.  Joe Biden's presidency is spiraling out of control.  By any reasonable metric he has failed as a commander in chief.  He has failed on immigration, he has failed on the economy, he has failed to create jobs, he has failed on foreign policy, he has failed on handling the pandemic, he has failed to unite the country, and he has failed as a leader.  But that's not what the mainstream media would have us believe. [...] [A]lthough there are currently 8.1 million job openings in the U.S., we somehow only managed to add 266,000 jobs in April, or nearly three-quarters of a million less than the one million that Wall Street economists were projecting.  This after the March job numbers were already revised down another 140,000.  Might it have something to do with Biden's insistence that Americans receive a $300 weekly bonus check to stay home?  Even those making $32,000 a year would see a raise by going on unemployment.

States are wise to turn down Biden's poison unemployment money.  At this point, the fact is unavoidable:  The Biden administration's foolish decision to extend increased unemployment benefits through the summer is clearly retarding the job market's recovery.  It made sense to pay out something to workers in exchange for government restrictions on their livelihood.  But the long-term extension of extra-generous benefits has turned all the incentives on their head.  For too many workers, the increased benefit makes it at least as profitable not to work as it is to work.  And how can you blame anyone for not working if it actually costs them money?  Don't blame the workers.  Do blame the White House that chose to frame their choice for them so irrationally.

Portland Has Turned Into Such A Dystopian Hellhole, Homeless Men Chase People Around With Knives.  According to a video by journalist Andy Ngo, a man with knives chased another man on Sunday in downtown Portland, Oregon, near the Justice Center and Central Police Station.  Ngo said the police did not respond to the attempted sting.  The area in the video has homeless tents on the sidewalk.  The victim and the attacker both appear to be white.  The attacker, who seems to come from the tent area, repeatedly used the n-word while chasing the victim.  The victim was able to flee from his attacker without being stabbed as the attacker had to stop to put on his pants.  [Video clip]

Inflation could spike to 20% in the next few years as the US money supply explodes, says Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel.  Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel said inflation could spike to 20% in the next two or three years due to "unprecedented" fiscal and monetary stimulus and an explosion of the US money supply.  "I'm predicting here that over the next two, three years, we could easily have 20% inflation with this increase in the money supply," Siegel said in a recent interview with CNBC.  Siegel went on to criticize Fed chair Jerome Powell for not acting to quell inflation in the near term.  The Wharton professor called Powell the "most dovish chairman" that he's ever seen and said that the Fed chair's stance could "be a problem down the road."  In the meantime, Siegel said he is bullish on stocks because fiscal and monetary support is going to keep flowing in.

The city is paying the price for his bad judgment and lack of foresight.
Minneapolis Mayor Admits Anti-Police Rhetoric has Led to Crime Spike.  The mayor of Minneapolis, who himself has bashed police in order to placate the Black Lives Matter mob, now says that calls to "defund the police" have led to a spike in crime in the city.  "The violence needs to stop, it's unacceptable.  People deserve to feel safe in their neighborhood, they deserve to be able to send their kids out to the sidewalk to play and to recreate without bullets flying by.  That's unacceptable.  We should be holding these perpetrators accountable," Mayor Jacob Frey (D) said.  Star News Education Foundation Journalism ProjectBut that is a strikingly different tune from Frey's message last summer, when Minneapolis was engulfed in riots after the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.  At that time, he went on a tirade against police after a Black Lives Matter rally, calling them "racist," among other unfounded accusations.

Biden is the New Jimmy Carter, But He's Even Worse.  Empires rise and fall, leaders come and go, and every now and then a president wins election only to find himself in over his head with the burden of the Oval Office.  It's happened twice now in my lifetime, first with Jimmy Carter and now with Joseph R. Biden.  There has been a lot of discussion recently comparing the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter with the failing presidency of Joe Biden, but I will clue you in on something.  Biden's presidency is worse, and Biden is worse as a man and human being.  We're five months into Biden's presidency, and already he seems determined to outdo all four years of Carter's incompetence by Christmas.  Inflation is rising, the southern border practically doesn't exist, the Middle East is in turmoil, and we recently experienced a gas shortage thanks to hackers easily breaching our digital infrastructure.

Biden [is] beset by crises following reversals of Trump policies.  According to the most recent figures, the Customs and Border Patrol agency encountered more than 178,000 illegal migrants crossing into the United States via the southern border in April.  That figure is up slightly from the already-high 172,000 recorded in March.  Nearly half a million illegal crossers have been shuttled through the immigration system and released into the U.S. since Biden assumed office, and countless thousands more have come in undetected.  Within a few days of arrival most migrants "have legal documents, and are sent on their way to all four corners of the United States," according to Todd Bensman, a fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies who is stationed at the Texas-Mexico border.  On his first day in office, Biden took major steps to reverse Trump border policies, including:
  •   Funding to complete the border wall was halted
  •   The Migrant Protection Protocols — also known as the Remain in Mexico policy — was repealed
  •   The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was sent to Congress.

Welcome Back, Carter.  Except Add Dementia.  [Scroll down]  Joe Biden, on the other hand, is a puppet with dementia.  It's clear he's not even the president.  He's just the front man doing the bidding of evil people who want to destroy America and capitalism.  The amazing thing is Biden's done it all in just a little over 100 days.  He's practically just set the Guinness World Record for fastest destruction of a great country.  Look around.  America is a dumpster fire.  Let us count the ways Biden has wrecked America from sea to shining sea and across the globe.  The borders are open, and immigrants pour in by the thousands per day.  Many of them bring crime and disease.  They bring bankruptcy and insolvency for America and our formerly great middle class.  So far in fiscal 2021, we've managed to bring in the most tax money ever while still spending an unimaginable 90% more than we collected.  Then there's dreaded inflation.  A massive wave of stagflation is clearly coming because of madman Biden's insane levels of spending.

Bidenomics Looks Like a Ticking Time Bomb for Democrats (and the Economy).  Ever since Joe Biden floated his $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill, worrywarts like yours truly have been warning about the possibility of inflation.  In case you weren't alive in the 1970s, inflation erodes the value of money.  Simply put, your paycheck is worth less today than it was last week or last month.  This demoralizing and frustrating decline in purchasing power can have the psychological effect of causing consumers to spend money quickly, for fear that prices will rise.  There is also increased pressure on welfare and wages to keep pace with the rising cost of living.  Once this cycle gets going, it's hard to unwind.

Lines at gas stations are a feature, not a bug, of Biden's green future.  Biden ran for president advocating, or at least paying lip service to, long-standing environmentalist plans designed to create gasoline shortages.  They never put it that way, of course, but that has always been their goal in shutting down pipelines and banning new fracking and oil exploration.  The whole point has been to stop fossil fuels from being extracted from the ground and burnt to run our economy, in the naive hope that this will cause global temperature patterns to change.  This plan, however, has just been preempted by a criminal plot to do much the same thing by other means.  The DarkSide hacking group's ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline put gasoline pipelines out of commission all up and down the East Coast.  This has not only sent the price of gasoline skyrocketing but has actually caused gas stations on the Eastern Seaboard to run dry.  This simply never happens under normal circumstances.  And — surprise, surprise — the public does not like it.

Democrats refuse to prioritize Real infrastructure — like Colonial Pipeline.  Child care is infrastructure, according to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  Health-care aides for seniors are infrastructure, say Democratic activists.  "Anti-racism" is infrastructure, we're told.  But these things aren't infrastructure; they're just things Democrats want funded with taxpayer money.  You know what's actually infrastructure?  Bridges and pipelines.  On that front, we're not doing so well.  The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline this week demonstrated that our actual infrastructure is vulnerable and that our lives can be disrupted quickly when it fails.  Hackers, undeterred by the FBI and Homeland Security officials who are supposed to be protecting critical infrastructure, managed to lock down the pipeline controls with ransomware.  Fuel deliveries stopped, gas lines formed (shades of the Jimmy Carter era), and prices went up, all within a couple of days.  Fresh from blocking construction of another major pipeline (the Keystone XL), the Biden administration flailed, while a nation that just a year or so ago became a net oil exporter found itself facing fuel shortages.  That's infrastructure.

Psaki calls inflation surge a sign of Biden's 'successful economic strategy'.  The Biden administration seems to be proud of its inflation surge, brought on by low interest rates and monster government spending. [...] They seem to think they can command prices down with all that communication, much as Hugo Chavez used to do, creating shortages to accompany their runaway inflation as their big comforting answer.  Or perhaps more in their style, they're going Brezhnev or Chernenko again, telling us that all the bad things happening aren't happening, never mind the evidence of our own eyes.  Pay no attention to those soaring lumber prices, those high vegetable prices, those now-costly airline tickets, those leaps in price at the pump.  They're all irrelevant because Joe Biden is a ... self-declared success.

Waking Up in the Wrong Movie.  The remarkable thing about the multiple crises facing Joe Biden is how quickly they've multiplied and worsened.  These include, in no particular order:
  [#1]   the Mexican border problem;
  [#2]   the expanding war between Israel, Hamas, and possibly with Iran;
  [#3]   the gasoline supply disruption stemming from the cyberattack on the Colonial fuel pipeline;
  [#4]   economic trouble and warnings of impending inflation.
These sprung up in the first days of his term with an abruptness and progression that has taken pundits by surprise.  The administration must have anticipated eventual problems would arise but not so soon nor from so many directions.

Biden's Blast from the Past — The Return of the Misery Index.  This week has the distinct smell of Democrats in charge.  We have gas lines again, more cars waiting to fill up their gas tanks than ever waiting to hear candidate Joe Biden speak at his sparsely attended campaign car rallies.  War is breaking out in the Middle East with Palestinian militants lobbing missiles at Israel, and Israel appropriately responding to attacks on its homeland.  I wonder if Obama's "pallets of cash" paid for any Hamas missiles?  Or if the planned restoration of $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians has freed up cash for missiles?  Inflation and unemployment are both rising.  It's like traveling back in time to the late 1970s, dancing to the Bee Gees' "Stayin Alive" under a mirror disco ball.  But now it's 2021 and we are dancing to Biden's fiddle.

Consumer Prices Increase 4.2% To The Highest Level Since 2008.  The consumer price index has jumped 4.2% over the last 12 months, the fastest pace of inflation since 2008, according to a Department of Labor report.  The consumer price index (CPI) increased 0.8% between March and April, according to the Labor Department report released Wednesday morning.  Economists projected that the CPI increased by 0.2% last month and 3.6% over the 12-month period ending in April, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Unleaded Regular Gasoline Up 52 Percent, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Rising Fast.  As expected the high-turn consumable goods are starting to rise in price rapidly.  The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) has released the consumer price analysis from April (remember there's a big lag).  The trend is rapid inflation continuing with no end in sight.  CORE inflation just jumped the most since 1982.  Overall prices are up 4.2 percent year-over-year, which is three times the rate of inflation under Joe Biden than under President Trump.  Inflation hurts the lower and middle economic class much harder; and the specific inflation sectors show massive increases on the goods and services that blue collar workers use most.  It is specifically the Biden economic policies that are to blame for the scale of these increased prices.  Inflation of this scale is an outcome of policy.

NYPD union boss blames 'feckless' Bill de Blasio and his 'imbecilic' police reform laws for the Times Square shooting.  The weekend shooting of three people in New York City's Times Square tells you all you must know about life in the Big Apple under the stewardship of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the legions of feckless elected officials and enablers dangerously masquerading as leaders. [...] The 31-year-old suspect in the latter shooting has been identified.  He, too, is a career criminal who was walking the streets despite being arrested last year for the random attack of a stranger.  In this incident, he was trying to kill his brother over a personal dispute.  There is little doubt that he will soon be arrested and indicted for the shooting of three innocent people.  Hopefully, he will be held on high bail because his offenses are some of the few crimes that are still eligible for bail in de Blasio's dystopian New York.

Biden Mocks Ancient Wisdom.  The United States has borrowed about $29 trillion in debt — about 130 percent of its annual gross domestic product.  The government will run up a $2.3 trillion annual budget deficit in 2021 — after a $3.1 trillion deficit the year before.  The Biden Administration still wants to borrow more — another $2 trillion in new social programs and "infrastructure."  In the crazy last 100 days, the price of everything from lumber, food, and gas to cars and houses has soared.  Yet many interest rates are still stuck at or below three percent.  Jobs are plentiful; workers are not.  Is that a surprise when government cash handouts discourage the unemployed from taking a pay cut to go back to work?  After being freed from 13 months of quarantine, Americans are splurging.  But meeting their huge pent-up demand is causing shortages.

Here's How Biden's Spending Could Become A Hidden Tax On Everything You Purchase.  As the U.S. climbs out of a once-in-a-century pandemic, rising prices have led to increasing worry that rapid inflation could be just over the horizon.  Americans have already witnessed higher prices in the past few months, with everything from gasoline to lumber to basic home items jumping in cost.  The increases, partially fueled by non-existent interest rates and record government spending, could lead to inflation that the U.S. has not seen in decades, experts say.  "In the short term, consumers can expect to see rising prices across the board," Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a columnist at The Washington Post, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  "I expect in the next few months people will be getting sticker shocked in virtually all aspects of their life."

The Inflation Numbers Are out and We Are in Trouble.  The government report on inflation has been released, and it's not good.  Inflation hit 4.2% in April, a crushing blow to the poor and middle class especially.  This followed on the heels of stagnating hiring shown by last week's jobs report.  Remember, the consumer price index doesn't even include things like lumber so this number is likely lower than reality despite still showing an out-of-control rise.  That rise is directly timed with Biden passing his COVID "relief" act that printed trillions of largely unnecessary dollars.  That stimmy check was nice and all, but people are about to pay for it over and above what they received via inflation.  Gas prices are up 50%, used vehicle prices are up over 20%, and home energy costs are up over 35%.  Meanwhile, with or without this number, anyone who has been to a grocery store or hardware store lately can see the inflation with their own eyes.

Minneapolis Mayor:  You know, this "defund the police" thing may have increased crime.  It's been another week in Minneapolis that looks more like the wild west than a modern, midwestern city.  On Sunday night, seven people were shot in multiple incidents, with one victim being killed.  Another person was killed on Monday night.  Meanwhile, arrests and prosecutions are lagging far behind these reported incidents.  People have been noticing and they are bringing their complaints directly to Mayor Jacob Frey when he ventures out to address the public.  One pastor named Dale Hume came forward to say that the city's efforts to defund the police haven't worked and "you can obviously see that is not the solution."  Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Mayor Frey came out this week and said that he agrees with the Pastor.

Welcome Back, Carter.  Anyone want to party like it's 1979?  Okay, at least in 1979 we weren't locked down, masked up, and socially distanced.  But, other than that, there wasn't much to celebrate.  The economy was in the tank, inflation was rampant, gas lines were long, daubers were down, and no one in the White House knew what to do about any of it.  A new term had to be coined for something thought impossible/oxymoronic... "stagflation."  Yes, even as the economy was slowing down, inflation was rampant, an unprecedented pairing of economic indicators.  And today?  The economy is in the tank, inflation is rampant, gas lines are getting long in some areas, daubers are down, and no one in the White House knows what to do about any of it.  It may be worse than that.  It may be possible that no one in the White House wants to do anything about any of it because it is part of the plan, the Great Reset, the elite's desire to take the U.S. down a peg while/by reducing greenhouse gases — and increasing intersectionality, multiculturalism, critical race theory, and other noxious forms of political correctness.

Gas Lines Return as Woke Deep State Fails to Stop Cyber Attack.  Welcome to Jimmy Carter 2.0, to an America saddled with a failed president and a failed Deep State whose minions worry about everything except what actually matters.  The [...] FBI and the [...] CIA have one [...] job, and that's to protect our way of life.  Period.  And the fastest way to unravel our way of life — the most effective, deadly, and destructive way — is to interrupt the free flow of oil.  Therefore, outside of physical threats to American persons and property, the FBI and the CIA should be focused almost exclusively on ensuring the energy that keeps our way of life alive is not interrupted.  Well, once again, these feckless Deep Staters have failed.  Instead of being focused on stopping a VERY successful cyber-attack on a crucial oil pipeline, these useless idiots have been focused on using the correct pronouns.

'Things Fall Apart' With No End in Sight.  The American birthrate has now fallen for six years in a row, to a record-low 1.64 babies per woman.  Some blame this on the dreaded COVID, but it would make more sense for births to rise, given that couples have had more than a year of snuggle time while riding out the "pandemic" and collecting government checks.  A more likely reason is the non-stop barrage of propaganda from the anti-human Left, whose refrain has long been "how can you bring a child into this world?" — a world, by the way, they've been doing their best to ruin for more than half a century with abortion, divorce, and latterly, child sex-change operations.

White House Occupant Reads Teleprompter, Desperately Attempting to Spin Horrific Policy Outcomes.  The White House occupant appeared today [5/10/2021] to deliver remarks on some key issues that are catastrophic to the long-term goals of the leftist administration.  First, let's be clear; there's no-way the Chicago control agents would allow the installed occupant to speak on any issue, publicly, that was not a direct and measurable threat to their long-term goals.  The remarks today by Joe Biden are carefully scripted to diffuse political damage that is pending as a direct outcome of the executed policies. [...] The bottom line is simple:  The Democrats can see a political backlash coming that is going to overwhelm them.  No amount of spin or manipulative talking points will change the outcome of the reality people are feeling.  Massive increases in gas prices combined with massive inflation is the exact policy outcome from Jimmy Carter.

Corn Is the Latest Commodity to Soar.  America's biggest cash crop has rarely been more expensive.  Corn prices have risen roughly 50% in 2021 and a bushel costs more than twice what it did a year ago.  Corn has been one of the sharpest risers in the broad rally in raw materials that is prompting companies to boost prices for goods and fueling concern among investors that inflation could hobble the post-pandemic economic recovery.  Lumber prices have shot to more than four times what is typical, pushing up home prices and obliterating renovation budgets.  Copper, a cog of industry found throughout the home and in electronics, hit record prices Friday.  Crude oil hasn't cost so much since 2018 and soybeans are trading at their loftiest level since 2012.

The Fossil Fuels Must Go Through.  There is something surrealistically ironic about Joe Biden's Emergency Order to mobilize tanker trucks — anything — to keep the fossil fuels going.  On the one hand it is a backhanded admission of how vital the products transported by the Colonial Pipeline are.  On the other it is a reminder of how policy errors can progressively cascade through the system, one mistake compounding the others.  Why is there a shortage of tanker truck drivers?  One reason is the Covid-19 lockdown.  "We've been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it," said Ryan Streblow, the executive vice president of the National Tank Truck Carriers.  "It certainly has grown exponentially."  More fundamentally truck driving has become an unattractive lifestyle choice for young people.

The Editor says...
Any kind of work that requires leaving the apartment (or Mom's basement) is unattractive to lazy millennials.

Jobs disappointment traces back to Joe Biden's stimulus.  "The government," wrote Frederic Bastiat, "is that great fiction by which everyone endeavors to live at the expense of everyone else."  This incisive, tongue-in-cheek definition of the state, beloved by libertarians everywhere, is especially appropriate this week.  Big COVID-era government, the data now demonstrate, has put millions of workers in a position in which their incentive is not to report to work and produce something of value in exchange for a wage, but rather to stay home and collect money from taxpayers for not working.  In short, poor decisions by Democrats have created a larger-than-life version of what Bastiat described, at least for people at lower income levels.  On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released devastating employment numbers, showing dramatic underperformance for job creation in April.  Although the ranks of the employed did increase by 266,000, that number was expected to increase by four times as much.

'Dude, Where's My Workforce?'  It must be a nasty surprise for companies that have slavishly repeated Woke mantras and imposed overtly racist policies on workers and even customers in the name of "racial equality" to now find themselves short of the one thing they need to thrive and grow:  workers.  They can thank Joe Biden and the Woke Democrats for that.  No question, right now companies are sucking for air, finding it impossible to ramp up fast enough as workers stay home in droves rather than return to work.  People are said to be "scratching their heads" over why, after a year of pandemic-forced business closings, workers aren't desperate to work and earn.  After all, just a few months ago the concern was whether they'd have jobs to go back to.

Biden's Woke Military Will Embarrass America.  Something is happening in the halls of the Pentagon, and it bodes ill for America's future military.  Wokeness is crawling out of the shadows to neuter America's fighting power.  This is a dangerous move because of the criteria likely to be used to identify "extremists."  These will not only further divide the military ranks, but also diminish our fighting readiness and make us the laughingstock of modern militaries, prominently including existential enemies in Russia and China.  Evidently, secretary of defense Lloyd Austin's military-wide stand-down wasn't enough for the Biden leftists in the White House and Congress, along with appointees now walking the Pentagon's E-ring.  No, they are trending full-rudder left like other federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency.  The aim is to make our bloated federal government more "woke" — a slang term meaning alert to so-called injustice in society and especially racism — regarding so-called "extremists."

Philadelphia's Fall:  A Microcosm of Democrat Devastation.  Large American cities, the vast majority of which are run entirely by Democrats, are deteriorating before our eyes; and the phenomenon is not due to the COVID pandemic.  New York City is in rapid decay, reverting to its pre-Rudolph Giuliani condition as Mayor Bill DeBlasio is more concerned about wokeness and virtue-signaling than he is about effectively running the city's government.  In San Francisco and Los Angeles, homelessness is out of control, their treasuries are effectively broke, and residents have been fleeing in record numbers.  And in Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler has stood by as riots have been ravaging the city for almost a year now, with empty hotels across the city as tourists stay away in droves.  There are dozens of cities we could examine to illustrate the failure of Democrat policies, but Philadelphia may be the most fascinating to consider. [...] Democratic Philadelphia voters outnumber Republican voters almost 7:1.  The last time the city had a mayor that wasn't a Democrat was in 1952.

Biden and 'elitist environmentalists' lost at least 1,000 steel jobs in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward argued on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that Scranton native Joe Biden and his administration are "partially responsible" for the cancelation of a $1.5 billion steel project, which would cost "at least 1,000 blue collar jobs" because "of their focus on only green energy."  Late last month, Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. said that it is canceling the project to bring a state-of-the-art improvement to its Mon Valley Works operations in western Pennsylvania, citing the fact that the landscape has changed in the two years since the company announced its intentions.  According to the company, project permits initially stalled by the coronavirus pandemic never materialized, U.S. Steel has added capacity elsewhere and now it must shift its focus to its goal of getting rid of greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 2050.  [Video clip]

Red Pills Are Falling Down All Over the Golden State.  Californians are realizing how deeply deluded they have been about the condition of their state. [...] A deliberately created housing shortage and voilà, higher property tax revenue, and better returns for wealthy real estate investors.  Ditto for water and energy.  Cram it all down in the name of being "green," and let the "renewables" manufacturers make a killing selling surveillance gadgets into every appliance to "help manage" consumption.  Meanwhile, the corrupt public utilities, with earnings capped at a percentage of costs, watch profits soar on the exploding cost for renewables.  Perennial forest fires were another wake-up call, and here as well, a red pill moment is at hand for Californians.  All Californians have to do is let the timber companies go back to work, thinning the overgrown forests, to restore a balance to nature.  But what do the politicians do?  Cope with the latest super fires by announcing that by 2035, only electric cars can be sold in California.  Because that will somehow stop the next round of fires this summer.

Why no one needs to work in Biden's America:  Experts project anyone who earned $32,000 before COVID could now earn MORE in benefits staying at home.  People who lost their jobs in the pandemic are now earning more in benefits than they did in wages, creating a nightmare economic situation that is stopping people from returning to work and in turn, driving up inflation.  In March 2019, the average weekly payment to an unemployed person was $348 when combining federal and state unemployment payments.  That nearly tripled to $938 in April 2020, when Trump passed COBRA — a temporary economic plan that boosted weekly unemployment payments by $600 and also gave employed people one-off stimulus checks.  COBRA expired in July and the unemployment boost was halved to $300-a-week.  Now, they are $638-a-week on average and they'll stay that way until September 6 at least.

After the Riots:  Kenosha police claim they've been unfairly villainized.  For a while, it seemed as though anybody who wanted to speak poorly of the police was given a national platform.  Cable news outlets clamored for sound bites that tore into law enforcement and stoked racial resentment.  "It's incredibly frustrating to be vilified in the national media," Kenosha Police Lt. Joseph Nosalik told the Washington Examiner, adding that police officers have not been given a fair shake in the press.  He believes that police departments are up against an "instant gratification society" that allows people to trash them without knowing the facts.  Police are also not allowed to comment on active investigations, which prevents them from speaking out or standing up for themselves or their actions in real-time.

It Got Serious In A Hurry.  [Scroll down]  The current crop of corruptocrats have introduced yet another inversion in the military, the woke inversion.  The military will now be graded on its commitment to combat-irrelevant factors:  the racial, ethnic, gender, sexual preferences and political creeds of its forces, and their professed fealty to regnant political dogma.  In other words, "diversity" in everything but thought.  This inversion is huge and given the distance squared corollary, it will soon render the armed forces incapable of fighting even a war for the protection of the United States proper.  Given its ineptitude fighting offensive wars, the military will be completely useless.  The defense budget, however, will grow ever more bloated.

'Alarming rate': Demoralized cops flee police departments in record numbers.  Police officers nationwide are turning in their badges at record rates amid budget cuts, policy changes and anti-brutality protests.  An estimated 5,300 officers quit or retired from the New York Police Department last year, 200 or more cops have left the Seattle force, and in the nation's capital, the union reports that the 3,700-strong Metropolitan Police Department is down 300 badges since the D.C. Council enacted sweeping police reforms last summer.  "Officers are leaving at an alarming rate, and crime is spiking in a lot of different areas," police union chairman Gregg Pemberton told The Washington Times on Tuesday [5/4/2021].

Democrats Blamed After U.S. Steel Cancels $1.5B Project in Pennsylvania.  Executives with the U.S. Steel Corp. announced days ago that they are canceling a $1.5 billion project in western Pennsylvania that was set to bring thousands of middle-class union jobs to the region, a move that many are now blaming on Democrats and environmental groups.  On April 30, U.S. Steel President David Burritt announced that a $1.5 billion project to majorly improve its Mon Valley Works operation with state-of-the-art steel casting, rolling technology, and a cogeneration plant is being canceled.

Coming up next from the Democrats:  Fort Apache, Fear City.  Joe Biden, the press, the Democrats, and the activists have long touted the rent moratoriums in the age of COVID as just the thing, keeping their victims of lockdowns and lost jobs from being thrown out of their homes.  One problem:  Someone is not getting paid.  The Washington Post has a long, balanced, authentic report on the assorted COVID-linked rent moratoriums and what that's done for the housing stock.  The subhead gets it right:  ["]As landlords and tenants go broke across the U.S., the next crisis point of the pandemic approaches["]

Austin voters approve proposition aimed at reinstating public camping ban.  Austin voters have approved Proposition B, which aims to reinstate the public camping ban that was reversed in July 2019.  The results were 57% to 43%, with the majority voting to approve the proposition.  The camping ban makes it illegal to camp in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department; to sit or lie on a public sidewalk or sleep outdoors in and near the downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus; and to panhandle at specific hours and locations.

Austin, TX voters overwhelmingly reject propositions pushed by progressives.  There are signs that the left has created a backlash by overplaying its hand.  Even in a stronghold of the left like Austin, Texas, where in 2019 homeless people were allowed to erect their tents on city-owned land, including parks and sidewalks, thanks to the progressive-dominated city council.  All the problems any sane person would predict started happening immediately.  And that led to a voter initiative to reinstate the camping ban, Proposition B.

"The Staffing Shortage Is Real" - Manhattan Restaurants Struggle To Hire As Millions [are being] Paid Not To Work.  Long-suffer NYC restauranteurs may have been tempted to celebrate when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that the Big Apple would "fully reopen" on July 1.  But just as the problem of COVID-19 restrictions fades away, restaurant owners are facing the same problem that has prompted Royal Farms to offer $500 signing bonuses while some McDonald's franchisees offer prospective workers $50 just to come to an interview:  that is, President Biden's massive $1.9 trillion stimulus is paying too many American workers to stay home.

More than 200 Seattle police officers quit over the last year, many citing anti-police climate.  More than 200 Seattle police officers quit their jobs in the last year amid months of frequent anti-law enforcement, racial injustice protests and riots in the city.  Many of the officers cited an anti-police climate in the city — including in the City Council — and disagreements with police management in their reasons for moving on, leaving the department with what Police Chief Adrian Diaz called a "staffing crisis" on Tuesday [4/27/2021].  He said 180 police officers quit last year and another 66 officers so far this year.

Woke Democrats Broke American Cities.  Almost all of the largest cities in the United States are governed by hard-left Democrats.  In fact, there is only one Republican mayor among the top 15 cities in the country and only three among the 30 largest cities.  All of the problems in our urban areas today are almost exclusively the result of the failed Democratic Party leadership.  While previous generations of Democrats might have tried to find bipartisan solutions to longstanding problems, the party's leaders in 2021 are woke leftists interested only in pushing their radical agenda.  The result has been outmigration, soaring crime rates, a drug epidemic, broken families, failing public schools, an increasing number of blighted properties, high poverty and unemployment rates, an obsession with a race-based agenda, and rising antipathy toward law enforcement officers.  No wonder people are fleeing our cities in hopes of finding safety and a better quality of life.

The Gender Non-Reveal:  How Gender-Neutral Parenting Harms Kids.  The newest generation, the children of Millennials, has been dubbed Generation Alpha — and they're coming up fast.  What ideas are they bringing with them?  For starters, they are "estimated to be the most gender-fluid and anti-sexist generation yet," according to gender studies professor Dr. Kyl Myers.  Myers and her husband, Brent, represent a small but growing group of parents who are seeking to hasten this upcoming "gender revolution" by raising their own kids as gender-neutral.  Their child, Zoomer, is an example of what some are calling theybies — a combination of "they" and "babies," referring to children whose parents refuse to tell them what their sex is.

The left's war on language continues unabated.  The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) is removing the term "master" bedroom from all of its databases and listing services and replacing it with the politically correct phrase "primary" bedroom.  According to a TRREB news release, the change was suggested by the organization's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (DITV) to better align it with Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) practices.  The release promised that the change "will also address the negative connotations surrounding 'master' bedroom, which many Members, others in the industry, and the public at large associate with terminology rooted in slavery and/or sexism.  We also heard some of your concerns about the offensive undertones associated with this term.  We know that words matter, and this is a step forward in rethinking outdated terms and modernizing the language used in the real estate industry."  Note to the TRREB and wokesters everywhere:  Banning (or bastardizing) language is not progressive; it is regressive:  a step backward.  When you try to ban words, you are saying one of two things about them:  1) either the word doesn't matter at all or 2) the word is so powerful that it can overwhelm your ability to rationally process it.  In a sane world and to a sane person, neither should be the case.

Safe Spaces Are Creating a Generation of 'Snowflake Tyrants': Dr. Everett Piper.  Dr. Everett Piper, author of "Grow Up:  Life Isn't Safe But It's Good," told Epoch TV's "Crossroads" Program that cancel culture's relentless demand for safe spaces is making America's youth emotionally fragile, less able to cope with hardship, and more prone to advocating for an ever bigger government role in allaying insecurity and providing safety at the expense of liberty.  Piper, who served as president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University for 17 years, said that his earlier warnings, that coddling America's youth by acquiescing to demands for "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" would lead to a sad and dangerous infantilization of the American spirit, are increasingly coming to pass.  "The 'snowflakes' have graduated," Piper said.  "And they now have jobs at Google and Amazon and Apple and Twitter and even Major League Baseball, where they're carrying their cancel culture, their demands for safety, into our country at large, and they're silencing everyone who disagrees with them.  This is ideological fascism, it is not intellectual freedom."

Transgender Child Commits Suicide, Feuding Parents Hold One Funeral for the Boy and Another for the Girl.  A teen in Western Australia's capital has been given two funerals.  The 15-year-old female — who identified as a boy — died tragically by suicide.  The child's mother and father are estranged.  Given the terrible situation, they had to decide:  Would she be interred as female?  Or would the identity of a boy be reflected by the burial?  Mom and dad couldn't come to a consensus.  The mother insisted her child — born a girl — find a final resting place as a guy.  In fact, as reported by 7News, she vowed to employ the full power of the court system if necessary.

Believe It or Not, a New Level of Corruption and Depravity for New York City.  The district attorney of Manhattan in NYC has announced that his office will no longer prosecute any unlicensed "massage" parlor workers (about 900 cases), nor loitering for the purposes of prostitution (about 5,000 cases).  Abigail Swenstein, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society's Exploitation Intervention Project, which works with sex workers, said that while the policy doesn't preclude the New York Police Department making arrests, she hopes officers will choose not to, knowing that prosecutors would not bring charges.  Laws against these behaviors are still on the books but will not be prosecuted.  The citizenry has not repealed these laws, but the ever wise and dictatorial district attorney will spit in the face of the citizenry (and God) by deeming these activities unworthy of punishment.  This writer could find reference to only one person, New York Assemblyman Mike Reilly, a Republican, who said Manhattan's new prostitution policy sets a dangerous precedent.  "It flies in the face of law and order," he timidly said.  To me, the fact that there is not an outcry of opposition is as grievous as the decision itself.

Woke Democrats Broke American Cities.  Almost all of the largest cities in the United States are governed by hard-left Democrats.  In fact, there is only one Republican Mayor among the top 15 cities in the country and only three among the 30 largest cities.  All of the problems in our urban areas today are almost exclusively the result of the failed Democratic Party leadership.  While previous generations of Democrats might have tried to find bi-partisan solutions to long standing problems, the party's leaders in 2021 are woke leftists interested only in pushing their radical agenda.  The result has been outmigration, soaring crime rates, a drug epidemic, broken families, failing public schools, an increasing number of blighted properties, high poverty and unemployment rates, an obsession with a race-based agenda and rising antipathy toward law enforcement officers.  No wonder people are fleeing our cities in hopes of finding safety and a better quality of life.

Broken Arrow:  America has been overrun.  The public school and universities are undermining traditional values everyday.  This has been going on for years.  Now, however, the effort is in overdrive where things like transgenderism and the hateful Critical Race Theory are taking the pride of place in the classrooms.  And perhaps worse of all is illegal immigration, The country is being flooded with illegal immigrants whose numbers will change the nature of the country in short order as has already been done in California.  And the frustrating thing is that this is happening despite it being against the will of the people and immigration laws, both of which are treated as jokes by the political establishment.  With Donald Trump out of the presidency, the American working class stands naked before the forces intent on breaking it.  The Republic is still alive, but on life support.

Are NYPD officers rushing to retire amid city's anti-cop climate?  More than 5,300 NYPD uniformed officers retired or put in their papers to leave in 2020 — a 75 percent spike from the year before, department data show.  The exodus — amid the pandemic, anti-cop hostility, riots and a skyrocketing number of NYC shootings — saw 2,600 officers say goodbye to the job and another 2,746 file for retirement, a combined 5,346.  In 2019, the NYPD had 1,509 uniformed officers leave and 1,544 file for retirement, for a total of 3,053.  The departures and planned departures of 5,300 officers represents about 15 percent of the force.  Already, as of April 5, the NYPD headcount of uniformed officers has dropped to 34,974 from 36,900 in 2019.

It's Biden's 'First 100 Days' Week.  Biden is trying to pack the Supreme Court.  Even though Biden had said on multiple occasions that he would not try to, that is exactly what he and his handlers are trying to do.  Can you imagine if President Trump had tried to pack the Court?  The Supreme Court is historically the guardrail in stopping those who lust for power and seek total control.  If a packed Supreme Court becomes nothing more than a rubber stamp to progressive ideology there will be no separation of powers nor checks and balances.  Biden has enacted more executive orders in his first 100 days of office than any other president during the same time period.  Biden has put Kamala Harris in charge of the border crisis illegal immigrants pour into America, and Harris has been down to the southern border zero times.  Zero times. [...] If someone is in the country legally, they are presumed by Biden to have Covid, urged or even commanded to wear a mask in public.  If someone tries to come into the country illegally, they are assumed not to have Covid and transported to the destination of their choice.

We are witnessing the Democrats' final revenge for losing the Civil War.  Since the start of LBJ's "Great Society" and the welfare state, Democrats have been breaking American Blacks in the same way Petruchio broke Katherine.  If one were to pay attention solely to the rhetoric, there can be no greater love than that which leftists in politics, the media, academia, and the corporate world have for Blacks.  The results of this abundant affection have been devastating.  "Hands up, don't shoot."  "I can't breathe."  "I'm a crazy white lady screaming at cops on behalf of Black people."  "Math is racist."  "Ambition is racist."  "The English language is racist."  "Whites are born racist."  "Melanin makes people superior."  (That last is a paraphrase of Kristen Clarke, Biden's nominee to head the equal rights division of the Justice Department.)  Lower academic standards.  Separate dorms.  Separate dining halls.  Critical Race Theory.  White privilege.  Ibram X. Kendi bestsellers.  BLM.  Defund the police.  ACAB. [...]

Fools' overture.  It hasn't taken long:  gas prices are rising — as are the prices of other durable and consumer goods, such as timber.  Crime is soaring.  China is making threatening gestures, and Russia is massing troops on the border of Ukraine.  There is a crisis on our own southern border, which even President and Lid-Caller-in-Chief Biden accidentally admitted recently, causing White House press secretary Jen Psaki to claim that's not what he really meant to say.  This was all eminently predictable because, as any rational human being knows, actions have consequences.  Banning the Keystone Pipeline, printing and spending trillions upon trillions of dollars, and threatening to implement preposterous environmental policies, defunding the police, and coddling criminals have had the effects that similar actions have always had.  They are the only possible results of actions such as these.

Kroger Closing Ralphs And Food 4 Less In Long Beach Saturday Over Hero Pay Law.  Kroger is closing two of its stores, Ralphs and Food 4 Less, on Saturday after the City of Long Beach mandated that the company pay employees $4 extra an hour in "hero pay" amid the coronavirus pandemic.  As customers came by the store on Saturday [4/17/2021], there wasn't much left to buy and the shelves were visibly empty, but people in the neighborhood said they wanted to shop there one more time.

Americans Exiled within America.  [Scroll down]  A corrupt voting process has deprived millions of meaningful participation within their republic.  Meanwhile, integrity of citizenship itself is imperiled by the erasure of the nation's boundaries and the granting of privileges to non-citizens.  Second, Americans have been deprived of their property, which has essentially been confiscated by the State in the interest of public "health."  Businesses have been shut down and, when partly opened, managed by bureaucrats who dictate how a business such as a restaurant may be run. [...] But most importantly, like individuals who are removed from their country, exiled Americans have experienced loss of community and communication.  The forced isolation of Americans and the shutdown of nearly all institutions have deprived Americans of supportive communities.  Churches, schools, museums, concert halls, political groups, and even family gatherings such as funerals and weddings have become tightly regulated.  Many communities have either disappeared altogether or retreated into cyberspace.

Despite Reports to the Contrary, When It Comes to Destroying American Norms Trump Had Nothing on Team Biden.  Here's an interesting exercise: plug the search term "Trump destroying norms" into Google and see what happens.  Or you can just trust me: you'll get story after story, some dating back to 2015, about how Donald Trump, with his quick tongue, profligate use of social media, and derision for the press, was sure to destroy American norms and the republic as a consequence.  Now, three months into the Biden administration, those precious norms that are definitely still around post-Trump are being seriously and actually threatened from all sides by the same progressive legislators who worked with their fans in the media to sell the idea that Trump was going to undo the fabric of American life.

Poll Shows 69 Percent of Americans Favor Legal Weed, a New Record High.  According to pollsters at Quinnipiac University, 69 percent of all Americans and clear majorities in every demographic group now favor the legalization of marijuana.  That's up from 51 percent of Americans who said they favored legalization in 2012, the first year Quinnipiac included questions about marijuana in their national surveys, and up from 60 percent who backed legalization in 2019.  The trend is unmistakable.  Support isn't just growing, it is broadening.  The Quinnipiac poll found that 78 percent of self-identified Democrats, 62 percent of self-identified Republicans, and 67 percent of self-identified independents favor legalization.  The only age demographic where support for legalization falls short of 70 percent is for respondents who are 65 and older — though even that cohort supports legalization by a slim margin (51 percent).

The Invisible Asylum: Olympia, Washington, is a microcosm of the problems created by the emptying of mental hospitals.  The story of American deinstitutionalization has become familiar.  In a long arc — from President Kennedy's Community Mental Health Act of 1963 to the present — federal and state governments dismantled mental asylums and released the psychiatrically disturbed into the world.  Though there were sometimes brutal abuses in the state mental hospitals of the early twentieth century, the closure of the asylums did not put an end to mental illness.  If anything, with the proliferation on the streets of psychosis-inducing drugs such as methamphetamine, the United States has more cases of serious mental illness than ever before — and less capacity to treat and manage them.  The question now is not, "What happened to the asylums?" but "What replaced them?" Following the mass closure of state hospitals and the establishment of a legal regime that dramatically restricted involuntary commitments, we have created an "invisible asylum" composed of three primary institutions:  the street, the jail, and the emergency room.

NYC Teacher:  Yes, 'Critical Race Theory' 'Training' Is Harmful 'Indoctrination' of Our Kids.  Ever feel like we've reached the point where daily life consists primarily of playing a never-ending game of "liberal insanity whack-a-mole"?  We smack one here insane narrative here, another one immediately pops up, there, then another one, here?  Me too.  From border-swarms of illegal alien-wannabes dressed in Biden campaign T-shirts demanding the aforementioned honor his campaign promises and "Let us in!", to "racial justice" and "abolish the police" riots — er "peaceful protests — to defiant teachers unions who continue refuse to send to their members back to their classrooms, and on and on.  The never-ending story of the grip the left has on America is a sobering reality.

New Yorker who wants to marry [his or her] adult biological child sues to overturn laws banning incest.  A New York parent who wants to marry their [sic] adult biological child is suing to overturn laws banning incest, saying marriage is a matter of 'individual autonomy'.  The parent filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on April 1 asking a judge to declare incest laws 'unconstitutional' and unenforceable so that they can wed their [sic] offspring in a ceremony in New York City.  The identities of both the parent and the child are not known, with the gender, ages, hometowns and nature of their relationship not detailed in the suit, seen by the New York Post.

Rural Trump Voters Already Live in the Safe, Tolerant Utopia Leftists Claim to Want.  If I had to boil down the political wisdom I've learned over four decades of observing, studying, writing, and debating, it would be this:  Life in Rural America (which is where Republican Trump voters live and govern), is clean, safe and racially tolerant.  Most places in America where life is dirty, polluted, dangerous, violent, and plagued with racial hate and race riots, are cities that are almost exclusively populated by and governed by Democrats.

Andy Ngo:  U.S. Unsafe Due To Far-Left Terror, Erosion Of Police.  A prominent Asian-American reporter commented on his decision to flee the U.S. due to threats by Antifa.  Journalist and author Andy Ngo said he fled the U.S. due to an escalation of safety concerns.  In an interview Monday [4/5/2021], Ngo of Portland, Oregon said it's not safe for him to remain in the U.S. due to his past reporting on Antifa.  Ngo stressed he left the U.S. due to the weakening of law enforcement and a rise in popularity of far-left violence.

Americans slouching toward Gomorrah.  For the first time ever, the percentage of Americans who belong to a house of worship such as a church or synagogue has fallen below 50%, according to a new Gallup survey. [...] Violent — and other — crime is rising in virtually all major American cities.  Rates of addiction, depression and suicide are also rising dramatically.  Syringes and human feces line the streets and sidewalks of formerly paradisical cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland.  A growing number of us find it difficult to figure out what gender we may be.  Pot, 'shrooms and even hard drugs are being legalized in many locales.  Criminals are being let out of jail, while hard working small business owners are being ushered into jail.  Police departments are being demonized and defunded.  There is a growing push to legalize polygamy.  Yet it is a crime to say "All Lives Matter."

The First AOC Administration.  In less than three months, Biden has managed to erase the United States' southern border in order to accelerate the northward flow of undocumented Democrats.  He's having more success than he should in pushing for the higher taxes and onerous regulations that held down the economy when he was Barack Obama's dogsbody, both of which Biden's predecessor lowered, thereby causing the economy to take off.  Biden has reinstated Obama's invertebrate foreign policy, giving the world's bad guys the rope they need, and he's pledged to spend trillions we don't have in order to pursue the fool's errand of carbon-free energy (aka very little energy, and at mini-bar prices).  He's blessed the corrupt HR 1, which if the Senate falls for it would federalize all elections, installing voting rules so lax as to hang a "STEAL ME!" sign on all future elections.  The cherry on top of the sundae is Biden foisting critical race theory onto federal employees, including the military, which Democrats seem determined to declaw.

If it ain't broke, Joe Biden will break it.  The president is on a tear, as in tearing up arrangements that were achieving their objectives.  His early results are disastrous.  In an act of astonishing foolishness, Biden created a humanitarian and public safety crisis on our southern border by dismantling a successful policy structure that took years to achieve.  In the Mideast, he looks determined to undo the Arab-Israeli alliance Donald Trump forged by returning to the failed policies Biden helped to implement in the Obama-Biden administration.  If that were all, it would be more than enough.  But it's not all.  Biden also wants to end the Senate filibuster and took the first step toward packing the Supreme Court.  Those two moves are so destructive that even Sen. Mitt Romney, who usually saves his criticism for fellow Republicans, drew the line.

Biden's Chamber of Confected Hatreds.  Destructive, mindless wokeness and charges and confessions of "white privilege" are everywhere, and the United States government is complicit with the vicious drug and slave gangs of Mexico in the importation of large numbers of illegal migrants, up to 80 percent of whom are sexually violated on their way to the southern U.S. border.  It emerges that virtually the entire state school system and almost all of the university academy are peddling the lie that the United States was established as a slaveholding enterprise as its raison d'être, effectively up until Black Lives Matter exposed this heinous state of affairs and promised to "burn America down" if it were not changed.  We have also recently learned that the U.S. armed forces are systematically propagating within their ranks critical race theory, which is a complete and dangerous fiction and just more mud-slinging and myth-making about the nature of the country.  And now Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is trying to recruit the entire world to pledge to raise corporate taxes — an insane and fatuous concept.

Over 250 Male California Prison Inmates Request Transfer to Women's Facilities.  Since January, 261 California prison inmates have requested transfers to prisons aligning with their gender identity, 255 of them biological males who say they identify as women, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  In January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed into law a bill requiring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to ask every individual entering its custody to specify personal pronouns and gender identity, including transgender, nonbinary, or intersex.  The California law, known as SB 132, prevents Corrections and Rehabilitation from disciplining the individual for refusing to give this information, allows for the information to be updated later, and requires staff to use the gender pronouns that the individual requested.

Quality of life plummets, taxes rocket — and New York City faces doom.  "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session."  That's how Gideon Tucker put it back in 1866, a New Yorker who knew Albany as a former legislator, secretary of state and judge.  His wisdom, as demonstrated repeatedly over the ages, is timeless.  Yet there is something different, and especially troubling, about this time.  The possibility of permanent decline and the ultimate destruction of the New York we know is unmatched in modern memory.  With Republicans reduced to hecklers, Albany Democrats, oblivious or reckless or both, are marching toward the cliff in an Alfred E. Neuman, What, Me Worry?  Way.  The rising chorus of "Stop!" goes unheeded.  Washington is sending train loads of money to blue states to bail out their high tax, high spend habits.

Exclusive: Exodus Underway as Record-Shattering Surge of Austin Police Officers Leave the Force.  After the Austin city council voted unanimously to defund its police department by about one-third of its budget, in August 2020, many predicted that once the cuts kicked in a flood of officers would leave the force as soon as they could.  The new district attorney's policy of re-investigating police officers for closed cases is also expected to cause officers to resign or retire.  The city council's cuts officially kicked in and have been in place for a few months.  PJ Media reports exclusively that APD is now suffering a huge surge of officer departures putting it on pace to shatter 2020's record.

America's creation of the transgender child.  As a cynical Brit, I admire the US can-do attitude.  The American dream, the idea that people can be anything they want, is liberating and wonderful.  But it has a downside.  The idea of the self-made man or woman is taken very literally in the US, and accordingly a lucrative market for those who wish to change sex is booming.  This is no-longer just the preserve of adults; over the past decade a linguistic shift from "transexual" to "transgender" has de-sexed what had previously been considered an adult psychosexual disorder.  The modification of bodies to fit a stated sense of "gender identity" now extends to children.  Thus, with sleight of language, a puff of glitter and injection of hormones, unto the US the "transgender child" was born. [...] One might imagine the locus of concern would be the ethics of medicating and operating on children physically to alleviate mental distress, but it is the impact on sport which has captured the public imagination.

How the Transgender Movement is Destroying Feminism.  In 2005, I published a book with the title The Death of Feminism.  I saw it all coming.  But I did not foresee the rise of a transgender movement.  On March 31st, an allegedly feminist Open Letter Supporting Trans Women and Girls, was circulated.  Among other things, it stated that "We acknowledge with clarity and strength that transgender women are women and that transgender girls are girls.  And we believe that honoring the diversity of women's experiences is a strength, not a detriment to the feminist cause."  Interestingly, there is absolutely no mention of trans men — those who were born female but who have or want to become male.  As we now know, there is an alarming spike among teenage girls in America who hope to solve their teenage sorrows such as low self-esteem, body image discomfort, trauma based on sexual violence, eating disorders, psychiatric suffering, etc., by cutting off their breasts, surgically removing their uteri and ovaries, and taking potentially lethal hormones to prevent puberty, and to grow facial hair and muscle.

Society Pays When Prosecutors Fail to Punish Crime.  Imagine a society where prostitutes could solicit johns for sex just yards from police officers who did little more than wave them on their way.  Picture yourself walking through a park with your children as a homeless person is free to urinate and defecate beside the park bench where he is stashing the illegal drugs he bought from a dope dealer operating openly without fear of the police.  Does that make you feel safe?  Welcome to the new Baltimore, where law enforcement will no longer be prosecuting what it calls "low-level offenses."  These include possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia, trespassing, minor traffic offenses, prostitution, open container violations, and defecating or urinating in public.  The city announced the initiative last week after a year-long experiment to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the jails and prisons.

Georgia Democrats stare down a mob of their own making.  Leftist activists are busy whipping up a national boycott of Georgia-based businesses over the state's new election integrity law.  The boycott has the support of Hollywood and the White House, with President Joe Biden saying this week that he would support moving the MLB's All-Star Game out of the state as a sign of protest.  Georgia Democrats are now left trying to talk the mob down.  "I absolutely oppose and reject any notion of boycotting Georgia," Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff said in a statement on Thursday [4/1/2021].  "Georgia welcomes business, investment, jobs, opportunity, and events.  In fact, economic growth is driving much of the political progress we have seen here."  Stacey Abrams, who, having lost Georgia's governorship in 2018, rebranded herself as a voting rights activist, agreed and reminded Democrats that economic boycotts would hurt the very communities they claim to represent.

Mass Shootings:  Another Consequence of Democrat Majorities.  When most Democrats learned of the Boulder, CO shooting last week, they salivatingly checked social media to see if the alleged murderer was a white, male Donald Trump voter.  Most Republicans scoured story after story to see if he was black or a Democrat (close to redundant, I know).  I, however, did what I always do when I hear of a shooting:  I checked who lives in the area, and who's in charge.  What do you think I discovered about Boulder County? [...] In Boulder County, since 2004, the Democrat nominee for U.S. president has received a minimum of 66% of the vote; Biden got 77% last year.  In the county, there are 96,319 active registered Democrats and 36,302 active registered Republicans.  The mayor, and all eight council members of the city of Boulder, are "nonpartisan," but the Rorschach Test of the Homo sapiens species — social media — revealed that all are Democrats.

Major cities feeling the loss of police funding as murders, other crimes soar.  Cities in parts of the U.S. that slashed their police department funding last year, in part as a result of police-involved shootings, have seen an uptick in certain crimes over the past year, according to data analyzed by Fox News.  Cities such as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, have shifted funds from police departments to social services programs.  Such cuts have led some departments to lay off officers, cancel recruiting classes or retreat from hiring goals.  As police departments were left to make do with shrunken budgets and less support, some big cities have seen sometimes drastic upticks in murders and other violent crimes, a Fox News crime analysis found.

'The cruelty is the point'.  [Scroll down]  At one particularly overcrowded U.S. Border Patrol facility in Donna, Texas, an official told reporters:  "The capacity for this location for COVID purposes is 250.  Previous to COVID, the total capacity was one thousand.  Now, we're holding over 4,100 subjects in this location alone.  So you do the math.  We're way over capacity."  The short version:  Families are separated and there are thousands of young people jammed into holding pens awaiting processing.  There is no doubt that President Biden's policy is behind the latest surge.  The president and his administration have made clear that the U.S. will accept unaccompanied children but not family units, and not individual adults.  At his news conference last week, Biden said, "We're sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming."  Even though that is not entirely true, the U.S. message to would-be migrants, from the mouth of the president himself, is:  If you come as a family, we will turn you away.  If you send your children by themselves, we will take them.  Biden's policy has given those families a clear incentive to self-separate in the interest of at least getting their children inside the United States.

Biden issues first presidential proclamation on Trans Day of Visibility.  President Joe Biden on Wednesday [3/31/2021] issued the first presidential proclamation recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility.  The day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and bringing awareness to the discrimination and violence they face everyday.  In his proclamation, Biden said Trans Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of activism by transgender and nonbinary people.

The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America.  [#3] Racialism is now acceptable.  We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily — if at all — by an American commonality.  The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces, and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial.  It is unspoken payback for perceived past sins, or a type of "good" racism.  Falsely being called a racist makes one more guilty than falsely calling someone else a racist.

Australian Journalist:  Biden Making World 'More Dangerous,' Destroying Military With 'Wokesters'.  Sky News host James Morrow said during a recent broadcast that the world has become a "more dangerous place" under Democratic President Joe Biden, noting that America's enemies have started to become more aggressive around the world while Biden is focusing on making the U.S. Military "woke."  "On Friday, Chinese forces committed their largest ever incursion into Taiwanese airspace, as worries grow by the day of a Chinese invasion of the Democratic island republic.  Meanwhile, in the Middle East, Iran is on the march with its rebel militias, now attacking Saudi oil fields and building up a stockpile of missiles that has Israeli planners increasingly nervous about a potentially devastating conflict happening sooner rather than later."

America at the End of Empire.  [Scroll down]  Ascendant China is hell-bent on world domination and makes no apology for it.  America, meanwhile, is suffering from decades of accelerated, corrosive, Marxist subversion that has saddled us with a power-lusting leftist regime, aided and abetted by an unofficial state news media; a school system that has jettisoned rigorous education in favor of identity politics indoctrination; a woke corporate culture showering hundreds of millions of dollars on support for Critical Race training and on the communist revolutionaries of Black Lives Matter; an obscenely decadent entertainment industry (itself in thrall to Chinese influence) that peddles anti-Americanism, anti-Christianity, anti-capitalism, and anti-white racism; and a politicized military establishment prioritizing "gender equity" over warrior readiness.  In short, America (and the Western world more generally), once the most prosperous and powerful civilization in history, is no longer operating "from a position of strength."  It is, in fact, bleeding out from self-inflicted wounds, and our enemies foreign and domestic smell the blood in the water.

On gender madness, don't let Canada be the future.  Jordan Peterson became world-famous in 2016 because he stood up to Canada's human rights law, which made it a crime to "misgender" someone.  Since then, Canada has slid even further into gender totalitarianism.  The latest example is a Canadian man who was sent to prison for refusing to adopt his teenage daughter's new masculine pronouns.  The father and mother were not raising the child together, so it was only when his daughter was 13 that the father learned that the girl's public school and his ex-wife had been working with the child to turn her into a boy.  This included pushing the child to take hormones to mimic male sexual attributes such as facial hair and a deep voice.  The father (who cannot be identified under Canadian law because doing so would also identify his daughter) went to court, saying that he needed to give parental consent before his child was permanently mutilated.  Not only did a British Columbia court rule against him, saying the father's consent wasn't necessary, but the appellate judges also lectured him to understand gender dysphoria better.

You're Racist, whether You Like It or Not.  "In my mind... this was an anti-Asian hate crime."  So declared Congresswoman Judy Chu regarding the Atlanta shooting, in which eight women died, six of whom happened to be Asian. [...] There is no point denying that the left, at this moment, controls all the major avenues of power in America — from the media to academia, from education to entertainment, from government to business, the left has entrenched itself, giving it unprecedented power over our lives.  We see this in the nationwide spread of "drag queen story time," the unveiling of a "gay Captain America," and the continual pledges of "diversity" and "equity" from companies as prestigious as Bank of America and Nabisco.  But this narrative around the Atlanta shooting marks a graduation of the left's power.  It has, in essence, declared that it can divine our actions better than we can.

How [the] 'Minneapolis Effect' Explains [the] Surge of Violent Crime in American Cities.  This past year, "defund the police" has been a frequent call from activists seeking systemic reform of the American criminal justice system.  It became a popular rallying cry after the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.  And Minneapolis is among cities that partially defunded police departments and proactive crime prevention programs in response to the incident.  However, the months since brought a massive surge in violent crime, a phenomenon called the "Minneapolis Effect" by two legal experts who spoke at a virtual event held March 16 by The Heritage Foundation.  Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, and Lawrence Rosenthal, a law professor at Chapman University in Orange, California, laid out the case that the serious, protracted rise in crime is tied to rhetoric and actions after Floyd's death and the ensuing protests.

I have lived in New York City my whole life — and I fear it will never recover.  This year has been a tremendously difficult year.  Covid-19 was — and remains — scary and awful.  For so many New Yorkers, what has also been awful over the last year has been watching the destruction of New York City — undoubtedly in large part because of a pair of egomaniac buffoons:  Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.  New York City is a fragment of itself — abandoned stores and empty streets.  The city that used to never sleep is in a slumber.  After a year in which the city permitted looting and rioting, in which kids remain largely out of school, in which crime is rising rapidly and so many of us are afraid to walk in the streets, the city is largely shuttered and in disarray.  Streets are filled with crime, the homeless are everywhere — and so many New Yorkers have left.

Climate change is the perfect tool to justify complete control.  Replacing internal combustion-powered automobiles with E.V.s is policy.  Eventually, they will acknowledge the inherent pollution in battery manufacture, the production of the electricity needed to charge the batteries, and eventual battery disposal.  The goal is to eliminate private transportation in its entirety.  In major cities, roadwork now entails reducing on-street parking while narrowing thoroughfares to increase traffic.  This is a prelude to charging a yearly fee for the privilege of city parking.  Several thousand dollars a year should modify behavior and increase revenues.  The implementation of license fees (also several thousand dollars per annum) for car ownership will come to fruition.  Limiting the right to own a car for people who allow their "social credit score" to decline by saying something untoward about government or authorities on social media, or in public, will also be a tactic.  Next will be restricted usage and a fee per mile driven with driving limited to odd and even days for portions of the population.  Social scores will dictate who is allowed to fly on commercial airliners, with ticket prices including a "carbon fee" commensurate to the seat's percentage of the flight's total carbon cost.  In addition to forcing the price of gasoline to $20 a gallon, the "price of all energy will necessarily have to skyrocket" (Barack Obama).  They will triple or quadruple the price of all energy, whether it be electricity, natural gas, or home heating oil.

Culture change is far more devastating than climate change.  In the Golden Era of Sports (1920s) through the following decades, until sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s, it was traditional for people to dress up whenever they stepped outside or went to an event.  Pictures of hockey arenas and baseball stadiums show the ladies, of which there were far fewer than today, dressed in their finery and the men in suits and even dressy hats.  The hats eventually went away and the suits... followed suit, replaced by more casual but still nice outfits.  In recent years the nicer casual outfits have often been supplanted by ripped shorts, "message" tee shirts or sweatpants and sweatshirts, frequently far from fresh.  Similarly, people were instructed to stand silently and at attention for the national anthem, remove their hats and place their hands over their hearts.  This level of community spirit and respect survived for many years.  Eventually, however, as apparel standards flagged, fewer and fewer people bothered to put their hand over their hearts, or remove their headgear.  Or stand at attention.  Or stay silent.  Finally, in the last few years, as players routinely took a knee in "protest" during the anthem, others did, too.  And some fans in the stands were no longer moved to stand in honor of the flag, their country, veterans' sacrifices, or anything.

The American Police State Is Now Forming.  SAT exams originally established to foster equality and non-discrimination in college admissions are now being abandoned as — imagine — discriminatory, giving advantage to Asians and whites over Latinos and people of color.  Even a few short years ago, Howard Gardner's idea of multiple intelligences was being used to challenge the idea of the mind's executive function, measured by I.Q. tests, as invalid.  Because learning is supposedly based on "multiple intelligences," emphasis in classrooms was increasingly on group work, simple tasks like pasting pictures on colored paper to make booklets, or learning via computer "at one's own pace" with the teacher present in the classroom to promote student engagement.  Teachers are increasingly referred to as facilitators rather than as teachers.  Even without the so-called Equality Act, this writer knows an elementary school teacher whose school issued the rule that teachers could no longer say, "Girls line up here, and boys line up here."  A girls' line and a boys' line were no longer allowed.

Couple buys Riverside dream home, but seller refuses to move out in eviction moratorium loophole.  When Tracie and Myles Albert purchased a beautiful four bedroom house in Riverside, California they never realized that at the end of escrow the seller would suddenly refuse to give up the keys and leave.  "It's just draining, emotionally and financially," says Tracie.  On January 31, 2020, the couple purchased the home.  More than a year later, they still haven't been able get inside their property.

Biden's Illegal Immigration Agenda Creates Another Child Smuggling Crisis.  Those in government know full well the tragic consequences of opening our borders.  Rather than being motivated by compassion, they seek to gain power, and they're willing to sacrifice some of the most vulnerable people to do it.  The Biden administration's recent open-borders immigration policy and talk of potential amnesty has predictably resulted in a dramatic rise in unaccompanied children risking their lives to enter the United States across our southern border.  The number of children coming without parents is now more than 430 a day, with immigration experts predicting an influx of more than 100,000 unaccompanied children by the end of 2021.  Parents are paying murderous drug cartels thousands of dollars to smuggle their children across the border.  Some children are traveling across two or three countries to get here.

Monopoly scraps outdated Community Chest cards to appeal to woke folks.  After 85 years of cheap hospital bills, moderate stock earnings and maturing "Christmas funds" (whatever that means), Hasbro now plans to bring Monopoly into the increasingly "woke" 21st century.  The game-maker has decided to update its 16 Community Chest cards, which featured outdated prompts such as winning a "beauty contest," actually receiving a "tax refund" or the now-rarely seen "bank error in your favor." In their place are more contemporary cards that evoke community service and social awareness.  Swaps could include a reward for "shopping local all week," rescuing a shelter pet or helping tend the community garden.  But Hasbro wants players to decide which to include via voting.

The Culture Curators Want To Think For You.  The corporations, much of the media, the entertainment industry, major league sports organizations, academia and Silicon Valley all demand that we fall in line with how they think.  They want to approve of how we speak, what books we read, what movies we watch, what words we use, who we support politically, how we educate our children and what parts of history are acceptable to teach. [...] When one of them deems something unacceptable in its version of the world, many others follow suit, often crumbling to their younger employees' demands.  The latter has been given enough power in this age of corporate social justice to destroy the very place they work if that corporation does not bend to their demands.  The decision no longer to publish six Dr. Seuss books was made internally.  So was Disney's decision to prevent young viewers from watching "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," "Swiss Family Robinson" and "The Aristocats."

Poison, Mutilate, and Sterilize.  Before the smartphone and the Great Awokening helped make transgenderism the latest craze among adolescent girls (partly displacing older teen fads such as anorexia, cutting, and recovered memories), psychological science knew of only two main types of gender dysphoria (when an individual is dissatisfied with the sex of his or her body):  Childhood-onset gender dysphoria [... and] Late-onset gender dysphoria[.] [...] Only a vanishingly small number of American teenage girls thought they were boys until the media started hyping transgenderism around 2013.  Unhappy pubescent girls shopped online for some explanation of their discontent and found en masse that the hot new one was transgenderism.

For US, Gradual Ruin Is About to Become Sudden.  [Scroll down]  For a moment, during President Donald Trump's tenure, it seemed as though we'd returned to the sunlit uplands.  Leave aside his partisan successes, the judges, and tax cuts, for example.  Concentrate instead on what he did to secure the borders, to upgrade the military, to make America energy independent.  It's only mid-March 2021. In just six weeks, and with 60-odd executive orders behind him, Biden has largely unraveled all that and more.  This is the reality:  Biden has set us on a collision course with tyranny at home and armed conflict abroad.  He has denominated his political opponents "domestic terrorists" and directed the FBI to harass and arrest them.  He has done everything in his considerable power to surrender the country to the woke mob.  Meanwhile, the rest of the world isn't standing still.  Look for a kinetic clash with Russia, China, or Iran soon.  It's coming to a theater near you by the end of this summer, and I do not mean a movie theater.

Portland cut police funding and got a 2,000% surge in murders.  Last June, the city of Portland, Oregon, hopped on the "defund the police" bandwagon.  Now, it is flooded with gun violence, and the mayor is already backtracking from his support for the cuts.  Mayor Ted Wheeler has requested $2 million in emergency funding for the police department, pointing directly to the surge in gun violence.  At this point last year, Portland had seen just one homicide.  This year, that number is 20, with 208 shootings in the city so far.  Wheeler backed the Portland City Council's decision to cut $15 million from the police budget last June, which included disbanding police units that investigate gun violence.  Predictably, that move backfired in a city that saw 100 consecutive days of violent rioting last year.  Riots are back once again in the city, thanks to Wheeler's spinelessness.  Rioters have once again targeted a federal courthouse in the city, a reprise of the violent storming of the courthouse last July.  In June, it was reported that the city lost around $24 million due to the riots.  Damage to federal buildings totals roughly $2.3 million.

US Military:  Social Justice Warriors.  A pastor I know personally told me that one of his congregation is in a service academy, and sends him photographs of assignments and readings they are given.  The young person asks the pastor for advice on how to navigate all this as a Christian.  The pastor said he — the pastor — is a conservative, but the things that the new woke military is putting into the heads of our young people are shocking.  Let me be clear:  the pastor is not hearing about this second-hand; he's seeing photos of the actual documents.  I have asked him to share them with me so I can pass them on to you.  I'm waiting to hear back.

Conservatives: Stop Whining and Take Action.  We must now regard our open borders as a funnel for new COVID infestation, legislative threats to our Second Amendment rights, an educational system that from kindergarten through graduate and professional schools is fully committed to indoctrinating students with woke socialism instead of teaching job-earning skills.  They have institutionalized racism with the white fragility doctrine and promoted wholesale abortion not only in the United States, but around the world with U.S. taxpayer dollars.

The Top 1% Are Not Causing the USA's Problems.  [Scroll down]  In today's world, unlike the USA at the turn of the 20th century, there are hundreds of thousands of big city residents who want their kids to be in "daycare" until 9:00 p.m. (many people who work in daycare centers encounter many parents who complain that they have to pick up their kids at 6:30 pm or 7:00 pm when they would prefer more downtime by themselves).  So, we may be moving towards a system of compulsory education to age 20 or 22, or perhaps a Spartan model where children are raised by the state 24/7 from the age of 6 onwards.

The Pentagon's Fight With Tucker Carlson Proves It Doesn't Even Exist To Win Wars Anymore.  Tucker Carlson may have never served in the armed forces, but he's still decisively winning a PR war against the U.S. military.  That shouldn't surprise anyone, of course.  The U.S. military loses most of the wars it fights these days.  During America's long golden age as a country, the military typically abstained from politics and won wars.  But in the decaying Globalist American Empire, the military plays a very different role.  Protecting America and winning conflicts isn't the military's goal at all.  Instead, the armed forces have become a skinsuit.  This once-great institution has been repurposed into a vehicle for globalist and left-wing domestic political goals.

Landlord homeless, unable to evict deadbeat' tenant thanks to COVID law.  A Brooklyn homeowner unable to evict an allegedly deadbeat tenant because of new state housing laws claims she has been forced to live in her car for weeks.  Shawna Eccles, 30, says in court papers she sleeps on the couches of friends and relatives whenever she can, and in her four-door Toyota when she can't, after fighting and failing for months to evict Sharita Patterson, 33, from the two-family home in Carnarsie.  "There is no one I can stay with until I am able to evict, and all of my money covers the mortgage, water bill and property taxes," Eccles told The [New York] Post.  "If anything gets cut off, it will be considered an illegal eviction.  I have no additional funds to rent an apartment."

My Democrat Friends are Getting Very Embarrassed.  They bought into the propaganda that all the turmoil in Washington was created by the erratic and immoral behavior of Donald Trump.  Their vote for Harris/Biden was a vote to return to normal.  They didn't realize that the Democrats weren't offering a return to normal, they were offering the establishment of a "new normal."  The "new normal" includes restricted energy exploration and cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.  This has caused a loss of well-paying union jobs, damaged relations with Canada, and triggered skyrocketing gasoline prices.  It also threatens to return us to dependence on the most unstable region in the world.  To those who would like us to leave the Middle East to resolve its own problems — we can't now.  We've implemented more "humane" immigration policies, creating a flood of illegal immigrants across the border — wearing "Biden" t-shirts.  Our humane policy has given us men, women, and children sacrificing their lives pursuing the dream promised them by the Democrats.  Thankfully, we're no longer keeping illegal immigrant children in cages.  Now we're keeping them in Conex boxes.

Leftists' inconsistencies are catching up with them.  The most obvious ideological clash within the Democrat party involves biological women and fake women (i.e., "transgender women"). Since the 1960s, the Democrats have owned the women's liberation movement and a significant part of the women's vote.  Democrats support abortion, "woymn's" and "womxn's" studies, free birth control and sanitary products, compulsory equal representation of women on corporate boards, and so much more.  Democrats were going to elect the first woman president (Hillary) and will soon sneak in a woman into the Oval Office via the back door (Harris). And of course, Democrats are the party of "believe all women."  However, Democrats are proving to be a radically anti-women party with their Equality Act.  This Act explicitly "prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity." It also mandates that "gender identity" is not a barrier to "public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, [and] housing...."  In other words, biological men, simply by saying they are women, will have full access to women's restrooms, locker rooms, prisons, battered women's shelters, athletic competitions, women-only business opportunities, athletic scholarships, etc.  The bill is an invitation for rape and other physical abuse.

Biden's Border Brouhaha is Just the Start.  [Scroll down]  Do you Dems not understand that unlimited immigration hurts the undereducated and underskilled PoCs the most?  Do you Dems not understand that the minimum wage prices undereducated and underskilled PoCs onto the unemployment line? [...] And do you Dems not understand that wokery like "decolonizing math" means that white Beckys go buy homeschool math books for their children and PoC children get screwed?

Cops defunded, de Blasio's wife urges New Yorkers to do their own policing.  Did it occur to any of the leftist politicians boostering for the 'Defund the Police' far-left trope that they might just be left holding the bag?  Seems not.  And sure enough, it's slowly starting to dawn on them that were played for fools.  Because in the wake of the media-vaunted 'defund police' movement, every last blue city in America kowtowing to this has, surprise, found itself in the middle of a crime wave.  Crime-plagued blue cities are now becoming unliveable, and citizens who form their tax bases are fleeing, That presents some problems for these pols.  Caracas-ization is not for the faint of heart.  But remaining fools, they don't exactly know what to do about it.  Crime in New York City is out of control, so Chirlaine McCray, the scandal-plagued wife of far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio, is now offering a bizarre new solution to resolve the problem:  Every citizen his own policeman.

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Sounds a lot like the Wild West.  We don't need no stinking badges!

Jill Biden, the Meghan Markle in the WH, is egregiously guilty of elder abuse.  [Scroll down]  After just eight weeks in office, Biden has been a one-man wrecking ball to American jobs, energy independence and border security.  Under Trump, the Border Patrol and ICE were allowed to do their jobs which, like all law enforcement, was and is to protect this nation and its legal citizens.  And we are to believe that Americans chose Biden to undo the tremendous successes of the Trump administration?  No chance.  Every poll, even those rigged by leftists, shows that Americans do not support the violence perpetrated by Antifa and BLM.  They do not support defunding the police in any state or city.  Sure, those anti-White racists do support those groups and policies, but they are a minority.  Ask any Black mother trying to keep her sons alive beyond the age of fifteen in Chicago or Baltimore. [...] And then there is the border.  Whoever is calling the shots for all the Biden executive orders are having a grand old time at our expense.  They are destroying the America we once knew faster than anyone could have thought possible.

Gay poly throuple makes history, lists 3 dads on a birth certificate.  A gay, polyamorous California throuple made history in 2017 when they became the first family in the state to list three parents on a birth certificate.  Their reproductive journey and legal battle to become fathers to Piper, now 3, is detailed in "Three Dads and a Baby" (out March 9, Cleis Press), written by one of her dads, Dr. Ian Jenkins.  Jenkins and his partners, Jeremy Hodges and Dr. Alan Mayfield, don't see their family — which now also includes their son, Parker, 1 — as unusual.

Trump Reloaded.  Former president Donald Trump emerged from 38 days of self-enforced silence for a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, that was frequently interrupted with boisterous applause and chants from an adoring, mostly white and older crowd. [...] Conservatives will not disagree with Trump when it comes to the issues he mentioned.  These issues included Biden allowing more immigrants to unlawfully cross our southern border and resuming a so-called "catch-and-release" policy Trump ended, the killing of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has led to lost jobs and higher energy prices, rejoining the Paris climate agreement and withdrawing Trump's restoration of UN sanctions on Iran, and the reversal of his energy policies, which Trump claims caused gasoline prices to soar by "30 percent" since he left office.  He predicted a gallon of gas could eventually cost "$5 $6 $7" dollars unless those policies are reversed.

This Administration Is Already a Failure.  Obama's administration was a policy disaster, but it was at least a competently implemented disaster.  The Zombie Administration is a disaster in both form and substance.  What has this desiccated, old weirdo achieved in his six weeks of semiconsciousness in the Oval Office?  Well, there's putting tens of thousands of Americans out of jobs, including union guys who voted for him.  There's telling the American people that their kids can't go to school because public school teachers take priority over children because of science or something.  There's another war in the Middle East.  Those are kind of accomplishments, but not really good ones.  His administration had someone named "Ducklo" who was mean to women.  He had another who wants to be a woman and who wants to let your little boys be surgically turned into women.  And Neera Tanden's confirmation was blocked because she was a woman and totally not because she was an inept loudmouth.  If this is normalcy, what's a freak show look like?

Now's Our Chance To Create Public School Alternatives.  Throughout parts of the United States, children have not been in school for a year.  Instead, they are expected to daily attend zoom classes.  What that means in practical terms is that many kids sit somewhere at home, log in to class, turn off the camera, and go back to bed or play games on their phone throughout the "school" day.  One young man I know is one of only two students in his entire middle school class whose face appears in the zoom classroom — and that is because he is a disabled student whose mother sits with him.  The school district cannot force children to turn the camera on.  In my work counseling children, numerous children have complained to me of isolation, severe loneliness, and anger.  One formerly school-loving boy asserted that teachers don't care about their students and it makes no difference if he does his work or not.  He will carry that sentiment back into the classroom, should they ever open up.

California Bill Would Give $1,000 Fines to Retailers With Separate 'Girls' and 'Boys' Toy Sections.  Retail stores in most of California are only allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.  A new bill in the state legislature would ensure that whatever part of their shop is allowed to be open is as inclusive as possible.  Last week, Assembly Members Evan Low (D-Cupertino) and Cristina Garcia (D-Los Angeles) introduced a bill that would require retailers to offer their toys and childcare products in a gender-neutral format.  Brick-and-mortar shops would have to display the majority of their products and clothing aimed at children in one undivided, unisex area on the sales floor.  They'd also be barred from putting up signage that would indicate whether a product was intended for a boy or girl.

Is this the dumbest state legislature in the country?  No state in the United States has had single-party political rule at the state level longer than this state.  The ruling party has held a majority in both houses of the state legislature for 81 of the last 91 years (thus eliminating Nebraska).  The last time the minority party held a majority on the state supreme court was in the 1920's.  The state has the worst ranked K-12 public education system in the country.  It has 7 state universities that grant four-year degrees but only one is ranked academically in the top 500 in the U.S. (#484).  It is estimated that an astounding 46% of the adults in the state are functional illiterates.  This state is ranked as having the highest property crime rate and the second highest violent crime rate in the country.  It has the 5th highest unemployment rate in the country and an incredible 43% of the population is on Medicaid.  It is ranked as the 5th worst-run state in the country.

We Are Living in the Ruins of Our Civilization.  It is evening, very late evening.  I am walking in the remains of what once was New York City.  Broken trash bags and discarded clothing, furniture and debris line the sidewalks, spilling out onto the streets, the bags' black plastic jerking and lurching as though some near-suffocated life within were struggling to break free of confinement.  But I know it is only rats, still moving quickly and fearfully out of habitual wariness of the humans no longer around to challenge them.  I traverse blocks of shuttered and abandoned storefronts, their housing-code-violating neon displays gone dark, the "For Rent" signs in the windows already faded and frayed.  The first higher species of being I come across is only a shadow of any such description — a teetering, drooling zombie barely maintaining the accustomed vertical orientation of humanity — its head, neck, and back doubling over further and further, heavy eyelids drooping down time and again on the remaining vestiges of any consciousness to which it only weakly clings.  I hear a dead moan as I pass.  Others around have already given up the fight.  In piles of rags and filth and the stench of their own excrement, they are laid out in corners and crevices.  I navigate around one such specimen transecting the middle of the sidewalk, with the telltale final bottle capping off its drunken stupor still clasped in its gnarled fingers.

The Chinese Communist Takeover of America Is Well Underway.  [Scroll down]  Popular culture has become a useful tool for the Communist Chinese to use.  Much of our society revolves around what we see on television, in movies, and what we listen to.  Sadly far too many people, especially young people, take at face value anything they see on the Internet, in social media, or the pronouncements of popular entertainment figures.  Unions have been infiltrated as well to the point that they no longer exist to protect the rights of and benefit American trades and workers, but to support a leftist political agenda instead.  The Communist Chinese have been subtlety indoctrinating young impressionable minds here on school campuses all across America with their Marxist ideology.  An effort that's been underway for years.  And an effort that has had a great deal of success, considering the level of self-loathing about America that they have been able to instill in a great many of America's youth for a couple of generations now.

The Great Reset Rubric:  Making Sense of Our Present Dystopia.  The Great Reset represents the best rubric we might find for grasping much of what's going on in the world today:  the prevalence of woke ideology and cancel culture; the draconian COVID responses; the seemingly endless Antifa/BLM riots; the supposed Biden presidential victory; Big Tech censorship; and the endless stream of propaganda, double think, and gaslighting propagated by mainstream and social media.  Even if not by design, as I will show, all of these seemingly disparate elements interlock in a way that support Great Reset objectives, and the Great Re-setters favor all of these developments.  Likewise, once we are able to grasp the contours of the Great Reset, we will be poised to understand the reason for the prevalence of these elements and how they all interconnect and function together to produce our present dystopia.

Warning for America:  The Four Steps of Marxist Takeover Were Activated in 2020.  Back in July 2020 Scott McKay at American Spectator wrote an amazing piece on the Four Stages of Marxist Takeover.  McKay's report is based on the words and warnings of Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov.  It's been seven months since the report was published and the situation today is even more dire than predicted.  Even McKay would never have predicted the antics of the Marxist left during the 2020 elections.  The Marxist takeover of America is well on its way.

By Offering Amnesty Now, Democrats Are Setting Up A Massive Immigration Crisis.  Perhaps Democrats could have picked a worse time to unveil their expansive immigration bill that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, but not much worse.  The legislation, introduced Thursday by congressional Democrats with the full support of the Biden administration, dubbed the "U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021," comes as President Biden is rolling back border security measures implemented under Trump and the number of illegal border crossings is surging.  Combined with the ongoing pandemic and shortages of food and water in Texas after freezing temperatures left millions of Texans without power last week, a perfect storm is brewing on the border.  Earlier this month, Mexico stopped accepting Central American children and families apprehended at the border.  They had previously been quickly "expelled" under emergency pandemic protocols.  Now, U.S. border officials are releasing them into communities across South Texas, often without conducting COVID-19 tests.

Mark Zuckerberg Worked to Free Criminals in Oklahoma.  A Monster Freed Early Ate a Woman's Heart and Killed a 4-Year-Old Girl.  Criminal justice reform is a euphemism for a horrifying nightmare in which criminals were set loose under pressure from billionaire activist donors to commit horrifying crimes, terrorizing cities, destroying communities, and taking lives. [...] Anderson's sentence was apparently commuted in June.  Oklahoma was a major target of an alliance between lefties and "conservatives" on criminal justice reform that predated the coronavirus mass jailbreak. [...] Anderson should have been kept locked up.  He was yet another obvious example of a monster who should never have been loose.  But he was.  And now a girl lies dead, stabbed in the eye, and a woman lies dead, her heart torn out.  The only question is how soon Anderson will be released this time.

Save the Rhino!  Today's environmental activists are so hostile to capitalism that they end up killing animals they want to protect.  Like the African rhinoceros.  Poachers kill them to get their horns, which can sell for as much as $300,000. [...] South Africa, home to the largest number of rhinos, once tried something similar.  For 20 years, they allowed people to own rhinos and sell their horns.  Rhino farmers put the rhinos to sleep with tranquilizer darts, sawed off their horns (the horns grow back) and sold the horn.  Farmers had an incentive to protect rhinos.  South Africa's rhino population quadrupled.  But in 2009, under pressure from "environmental" groups, South Africa banned sales of horn again.  The sad result:  Poaching increased sharply.  Poachers also killed park rangers who tried to protect rhinos.

Feudalism Is Coming to America, and You're the Serf.  Society is becoming more stratified, with decreasing chances of upward mobility for most of the population, whose well-being has been exacerbated by economic restrictions imposed as a response to COVID-19 pandemic, and which is to getting hit even harder with Biden's "progressive" policies.  Simultaneous with the new "aristocratic" ruling class rises a class of new clerisy that provides intellectual support of the emerging system — the media, academia, and celebrity influencers (pop culture).  The model of liberal capitalism is losing appeal around the globe for different reasons, and new doctrines are arising in its place, including ones that lend support to a kind of autocracy, elitism, and socialism that drastically curtail the capitalist methods and achievements.  They do not offer reform; they insist on a complete demolition.  The first structure of the "old" system to go is democracy.

A Word About The Biden Return To 'Normalcy'.  Less than a month into Biden's term, let's take a look at America's return to "normal":
  •   Is it our standard-operating procedure to call, without evidence, those we disagree with racists and white supremacists?
  •   Is being obsessed with, and bowing down before, identity politics who we are?
  •   Is letting males compete with female athletes playing it straight in the U.S.?
  •   Is a militarized zone around the U.S. Capitol a long-standing American custom?  What about a political witch hunt disguised as an effort to root out domestic terrorists?
  •   Is it normal for an administration to snub Israel, America's only natural and traditional ally in the Middle East?
  •   Is it routine for the president's family to conduct "corrupt business dealings in foreign countries"?
  •   Is it normal for public schools to be closed across the country because the teachers unions in a real sense own the party in power in Washington?
  •   Is it a time-honored American practice for the media to snuggle up to that party in power and treat the president as a celebrity, even a savior, and refuse to sufficiently fact-check him?

A Fifty-Year History of Anti-Patriotism in the United States.  Patriotism is under attack.  The idea of the cultural Marxists on the left is to replace traditional patriotism with a different vision of the meaning of American nationalism from the vision that has obtained since 1776, although that traditional understanding and vision of the USA has gone through modifications over decades.  Unwillingness to say the Pledge of Allegiance or even to stand for the Pledge is not a first step in that direction, but part of an endgame toward a revised understanding of what America is and what its role is in history.  The readers of this article should not be surprised if legislation for a revised American flag is offered in the halls of Congress in the near future.

An Insider Explains Why Texans Lost Their Power.  [Scroll down]  If this sounds outlandish, here's the head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas:  ["]The fundamental decision made in the middle of the night on Monday to have outages imposed was a wise decision by the operators we have here, Magness said.  If we had waited and not done those outages ... we could have drifted to blackout.  That's not just outages, but we could lose all electricity on system, and it could take months or longer to repair that.["]  With a total ERCOT system failure, as many as 12 million customers and possibly 20 million Texans could be in the cold, in the dark, in their cars with nowhere to go — for months.  Wind power did this to Texas.  Be very afraid of the Green New Deal.

Texans Froze To Death Because Biden Admin Ordered ERCOT To Throttle Energy Output By Forcing It To Comply With Environmental Green Energy Standards.  The White House said on Thursday [2/18/2021] a severe winter storm engulfing Texas and nearby states was the type of extreme weather event that climate change is triggering, rejecting assertions by Texas officials that "green energy" caused widespread power outages.  The crisis in the largest U.S. oil- and gas-producing state has put Democratic President Joe Biden's White House squarely at odds with Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who initially did not acknowledge Biden's 2020 election win. [...] But Biden's "America last" agenda was again on full display.  After Texas Gov Abbott declared a state of emergency back on Feb 12 Biden administration ordered ERCOT to throttle energy output by forcing it to comply with environmental green energy standards, knowing full well Texans could freeze to death in their homes with zero electricity as temperatures plunged into the single digits.  Going into effect Sunday, Feb. 14, Emergency Order 202-21-1 shows the Energy Dept. was aware of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide disaster declaration and that ERCOT was readying gas utilities in preparation for a demand surge.

Texas Gov Abbott Declared A State Of Disaster On Feb 12, Biden's Team Ordered Restrictions That Sent Texans Freezing In The Dark.  Governor Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for all 254 counties in Texas on Feb 12 as a winter storm struck the state. [...] Texas is the only one of the contiguous 48 states with its own stand-alone electricity grid, one of the three main grids in the U.S.:  the Eastern Interconnection, Western Interconnection, and Texas Interconnection.  The Texas Interconnection, which covers 213 of the 254 Texas counties, is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT.  Portions of Texas near the state's borders are covered by the eastern and western grids.  Texas produces more electricity than it consumes and maintains a buffer referred to as the "state's reserve margin."  This margin ensures that we should never have to suffer from rolling blackouts like California.  Then why are so [many] millions of Texans without power right now?  Why are we dealing with rolling blackouts?  The answer is all-too-familiar:  our relationship with the federal government.

Kroger says Seattle's hazard pay law has raised labor costs and is forcing it to close 2 more grocery stores.  Kroger has criticized Seattle's city's hazard pay law that requires grocers to temporarily pay workers an additional $4 per hour, saying the mandate is forcing the company to close two QFC stores in the city.  The QFC stores will remain operational until April 24, QFC said Friday in an emailed statement to Insider.  The company said that it will help workers with the transition and consider any transfer requests.  "City officials need to consider that grocery stores — in a pandemic — operate on razor-thin profit margins," Kroger said in a statement.  "The mandated extra pay makes it impossible to continue operating underperforming stores."

Minnesota Nasty.  Crime, homeless encampments, riots, crime, loopy left-wing government, crime, litter, violent protests, imperious left-wing activists seeing off mainstream liberal Democrats, boarded-up shops downtown, a vicious social-media-driven politics of personal destruction, crime, crime, and crime, to say nothing of the crime — today's Minneapolis is where Minnesota Nice turns into Minnesota Nasty.  Let's talk about the crime first.  Everybody does.  "We're moving," says one longtime resident of downtown Minneapolis.  "Prior to COVID, I walked to work every day and walked home.  You couldn't pay me enough to do that now — and it's only a mile.  It's a changed city."

Cadbury under fire for same-sex kiss in new Creme Egg commercial.  Cadbury is getting creamed by critics on social media, who say the British candy company is "selling sex to children." [...] "By choosing to feature a same-sex couple, Cadbury's are clearly hoping to cause controversy and escape criticism," the petitioner alleges, "by claiming that any objections must be rooted in 'homophobia,' but members of the LGBT community have also expressed their dislike of this campaign."  The author goes on to accuse the Cadbury campaign of using sexually explicit content to provoke viewers while "seeking to hide under cover of LGBT rights."

Conservatives Must Read Marx.  When Tucker Carlson defended Trump's Wall, his antagonists didn't collect evidence against his words.  No, they threatened his advertisers with boycotts.  When Jordan Peterson refused an Ontario law mandating pronoun usage, his critics didn't mount arguments against him.  They demanded the University of Toronto fire him.  Money, jobs, resources, access — that's the target now.  Academia requires that all job candidates compose a "diversity statement," essentially a loyalty oath that imposes leftist ideology onto the hiring process.  An honest conservative doesn't survive, and that's the point.

The Compound Fractures of Identity Politics.  Every citizen fatality in the custody of a government official — like George Floyd's excruciating death in Minneapolis — deserves a solemn response and ultimate accounting, including both criminal investigation and broader assessment.  The fear and fury flowing from recent law-enforcement casualties, however, have been inflamed and manipulated by opportunists to produce something much more sweeping.  Hard facts and data about our systems of law and policing are being ignored.  Emotional hysteria is increasingly substituted for reasoned problem-solving.  There is enormous pressure to conform to approved ideological assertions, and people expressing alternate views are often railroaded.  Broad attacks on social order, widespread destruction of public and private property, and new waves of street crime have unfolded.  There is open hostility toward the fundamentals of American justice and governance.  It is now routinely claimed that "the United States government was founded on racist intellectual premises and economic practices that institutionalized oppression of people of color that continues to the present day" (to quote the Seattle Public Schools). U.S. society as a whole is characterized as a "system of oppression."  In consequence, our classical liberal traditions of fierce competition of ideas, mutual tolerance, political compromise, and individual freedom are visibly withering.  Yet there is scant resistance to any of this among elites.  Journalists, social leaders, academics, clergy, businesspeople, and many politicians show little awareness that essential American principles are being washed away.

Are you feeling safer yet?  A New York Post editorial quotes New York City police commissioner Dermot Shea:  "We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons, but when you look, three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence."  The editorial continues by saying that years of often ill conceived criminal justice reform has set up a revolving door that frees even repeat offenders almost instantly.  And "[w]orse, because everyone knows the perp will be back in the neighborhood again — and the no-bail law lets the defense know right away who has talked — witnesses are ever-harder to come by."  Well, that's in one Democrat-run state.  What about California?  According to Hotair.com:  "Through a series of measures starting back in 2014, the state of California has made it increasingly easy for people to commit property theft and get away with it[.] ... Even in cases where they do manage to catch somebody stealing, it's too often not worth the trouble of taking them down to the station because they'll just be released immediately without bail anyway."  One result of this is that California businesses are shutting down for good.

The Dirty Little Secret of Cancel Culture.  Cancel culture isn't a singular thing.  It's a collection of strategies and tactics, each designed to use the power of the collective against the individual.  Typically, the cancel mob starts with some attacks on Twitter or Facebook. [...] Sooner or later, and this is the goal, the news media gets involved, validating those attacks by taking them as legitimate.  The end result is someone gets fired, loses a contract, or a company has its products removed from shelves.  People get deplatformed from social media or lose their mass media platforms.  It's a 2021 village shunning with real consequences.  The medieval village mob is now a virtual mob but the hysteria is the same.  In today's cancel culture, the triggers for the cancel mob are often unpopular statements, actions, or decisions, but it doesn't stop there.  The cancel mob can put a target on your back for not speaking up.  For doing business with their primary target.

Gas Prices Have Already Spiked Under Biden (And They Could Go Much Higher).  After four years of stable gas prices under President Donald J. Trump, Americans may have to get used to some pain at the pump.  Former Vice President Joe Biden hasn't even been in the White House for a month and gas prices are already up a whopping 18 percent with at least one analyst predicting that they could hit $4 per gallon in the near future.  Biden's ideologically-driven decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and the expectation that his Green New Deal policies will place onerous regulatory burdens on domestic energy producers in the fossil fuel industry is already hitting Americans in their pocketbooks.  Sadly, the worst may be yet to come.

The Editor says...
Of course the worst is yet to come.  With Biden cutting off oil exploration anywhere he can, blocking pipeline projects, and dreaming of a world without carbon dioxide, the price of gasoline will only increase.  Biden and his minions, who oppose every practical source of energy, are responsible for this mess.

More businesses flee Seattle because of crime and violence.  TR International, a global chemical distributor, is moving from its home of more than two decades in downtown Seattle, crossing the county line to neighboring Edmonds.  The company is one of at least 160 businesses that have left Seattle since last March.  While some of the companies that have left Seattle is due to the coronavirus pandemic, business leaders have said that much of it could be traced back to a sense that no one is minding the store in Seattle anymore, and a lack of accountability from city leaders.

Oregon promotes teacher program that seeks to undo 'racism in mathematics'.  The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently encouraged teachers to register for training that encourages "ethnomathematics" and argues, among other things, that White supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer.  An ODE newsletter sent last week advertises a Feb. 21 "Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course," which is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for "dismantling racism in mathematics."  The event website identifies the event as a partnership between California's San Mateo County Office of Education, The Education Trust-West and others.  Part of the toolkit includes a list of ways "white supremacy culture" allegedly "infiltrates math classrooms."  Those include "the focus is on getting the 'right' answer," students being "required to 'show their work,'" and other alleged manifestations.

Discouraged? Remember:  Truth Always Prevails.  In 2008, presidential candidate Obama promised to fundamentally transform America.  Well, "mission accomplished."  Perhaps I give the former president too much credit, as he didn't build that, but his philosophy and policies directed our culture onto a path such that now everything has become political.  It's infected our education, science, businesses, and even health care system.  Like attending a movie in 3-D, everyone uses a political lens in which to view the world.  Sadly, it is to the destruction of us all.  Politics is a zero-sum game of winners and losers — us versus them.  If politics is our governing mindset and prevailing worldview, then we will never have unity.  A divided house falls.

Oil rigs relocate from New Mexico to Texas over Biden's permitting freeze.  New Mexico is already paying the price for the Biden administration's freeze on agency-level approvals for permits on federal lands as oil rigs relocate to private property in Texas.  Sarah Cottrell Propst, New Mexico secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, said operators are moving rigs out of state over the "confusion" surrounding the Interior Department's Jan. 20 order requiring top political appointees, instead of career staff, to approve permits for 60 days.  The order has had little impact on states such as Texas, where only 1.8% of the land is federally owned, but could prove devastating to New Mexico, which leads the nation in oil production on federal lands and depends heavily on oil-and-gas tax revenue to fund its budget.

Biden's Misery Index.  Stagflation and the resulting high misery index could return if Biden's stated economic policies are fully enacted.  The reason will be very simple:  business will not be able to respond to market conditions by expanding output.  Business will be forced to respond by raising prices.  In other words, Biden's push to give people free goods and services creates a greater demand in the market.  He wants to pay for those giveaways by eliminating the 2018 tax cuts and by further raising taxes on the highest income earners and on the wealthiest Americans.  Biden's policies will also result in much higher energy prices.  Energy is used in the entire business process meaning the increased cost will put upward pressure on all prices.  He wants to raise the top income tax bracket to at least 40%.  And he wants to raise the capital gains tax rate to 40%.  Biden says the wealthy should pay their fair share.  But the higher tax rates will force business to an undesired response to market conditions.

The Editor says...
If everyone should "pay their fair share," that's what percentages are for.  If everyone pays X percent of their income in the form of taxes, and that's a fair percentage, then fairness extends across the board.  When the percentage goes up and up, depending on one's income, that is patently unfair.  When the percentage goes below zero, as in the case of refundable tax credits, that's really unfair.

Our Tarnished Institutions and the Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Over the past few decades, a group of people with a particular political outlook have infested most of our cultural institutions with the goal of using those institutions to advance their cause(s).  Inherent in this effort is ignoring the nominal purposes of the institutions in favor of the overarching goal(s).  As a result, news outlets no longer worry about facts.  Judges no longer follow the law.  And, most surprisingly of all, sports leagues don't concern themselves primarily with playing sports.  There are numerous other examples, but you get the idea.  Beyond the obvious problems which arise from this situation, there is a longer-term issue.  These institutions are, in effect, lying to the public.  We can't trust the news media, the legal system, entertainment, sports, etc., anymore.  They have cried wolf too many times, and the wise move is just to ignore them.

The Science-Denying Woke War on Women and Girls Is Speeding up.  The war on men and boys has been underway for nearly two decades, and now the woke Left is waging war on women and girls.  The woke activists are determined to erase the lines that biology draws between men and women.  Decades of research documents physical, biological, genetic, and biochemical differences between the sexes, but woke activists expect us to ignore this evidence in service of the concept of gender.  Gender used to be a linguistic device to denote biological sex.  In several foreign languages, such as Spanish, the article for "the" has feminine and masculine versions.  "La" and "el" mean something.  Perhaps the woke will cancel the Spanish language next.  They have already tried with "Latinx," which only 4% of Hispanic Americans prefer.  Only 3% use it, and less than 25% are even aware of it.

Midwives told to stop using terms such as 'breastfeeding' and 'breastmilk'.  Midwives have been told to stop using terms including "breastfeeding" and "breastmilk" as part of a new trans-friendly policy at an NHS trust.  Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS Trust is the first in the country to formally implement a gender inclusive language policy for its maternity services department — which will now be known as "perinatal services".  Staff have been told to avoid using the word "mothers" on its own and have been given a list of alternative terms to use when addressing patients including "mothers or birthing parents", "breast/chestfeeding" and "maternal and parental".

To Be Inclusive of Non-Binary Parents, Hospitals Nix the Terms 'Breast Milk' and 'Father'.  We're living in the age of inclusion.  To that end, nurses are being asked to think before speaking — about nursing.  As reported by the New York Post, on Monday [2/8/2021], two UK hospitals put the kibosh on "breast milk." Words matter, and the wrong ones hurt.  Hence, medical workers are being asked to reference "human milk" — in order to include transgender and non-binary parents.  In the prenatal units of Sussex and Brighton University Hospitals NHS Trust, staff should eliminate words such as "breastfeeding."

Our Illiberal Moment.  To be adequately maintained, classical liberalism demands three key virtues.  Humility, so that each of society's competing factions might comprehend that it will not always hold power.  Tolerance, so that the habitual reaction to a difference of opinion is the shrug rather than the bayonet.  And forbearance, so that the immediate rush of victory can be subordinated to longer-term ambition.  Little by little, we are losing all three and, as they go, forgetting the good practices that have built, sustained, and improved our remarkable society for generations.

Jake Tapper and Chris Hayes Lose Their Minds 'Inciting' Against GOP And Reveal Next Step to Control the Narrative.  [Scroll down]  The GOP got "hundred of thousands of Americans" killed?  When did that happen?  "Then helped a deadly attack on the Capitol."  No, as far as I know, the GOP denounced any violence and were themselves threatened with a bomb at the RNC.  No, actually there wasn't "unprecedented death" for a pandemic.  Unfortunately, there are deaths in a pandemic as there have been all over the world.  Had Trump not been in power, if Biden had been there, it would have been far worse.  Biden wouldn't have cut off travel with China and it would have been exponentially worse.  "Destruction and misery and mourning."  Yes, there was a lot of that from mostly Democratic lockdowns, where Democrats denied aid, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proved, until after the election, exacting the most harm to the economy believing it could adversely affect President Donald Trump.  There was also a lot of that during the BLM/Antifa riots that the Democrats not only failed to condemn, but actually embraced by donating to a rioter bail fund, supporting violent rioters over the people and the police being harmed, and attacking efforts to curtail the riots by law enforcement and the federal government.

The Betrayal of the American People by Biden and the Ruling Oligarchy.  The Biden Administration is willfully and permanently undermining the economy and the future well-being of the citizenry as well as trampling on the Constitution with an unprecedented avalanche of executive orders, proposed legislation and untenable regulations.  The current leader of the United States, safe in his plush bunker, is without a clue as he and his confederates in the ruling oligarchy are more interested in consolidating power and enriching themselves than they are in the long-term welfare of the nation and its citizenry.  In their mad and childish dash to purge the nation of all things associated with Donald Trump, this cabal is deliberately being oblivious to the fact that there is but one major responsibility of the leaders of a Constitutional Republic.  That is to be certain their country is capable, in the both the short and long-term, of successfully weathering a worst-case scenario such as global war, a massive economic downturn, or a catastrophic natural disaster.  Those currently entrenched in the ruling oligarchy are pursuing policies that will leave no margin for error in the event of an apocalyptic natural or man-made disaster.

Millions of Americans Projected to Remain Jobless as Biden Packs U.S. Labor Force with Foreign Workers.  Millions of Americans are projected to remain jobless for the next three to four years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), though President Joe Biden is looking to fill American jobs with foreign workers.  In a report released this month, CBO analysts said the number of jobless Americans — all of whom want full-time jobs — will not return to pre-coronavirus levels until around 2024. [...] Before then, millions of Americans are projected to remain jobless though that has not kept the Biden administration from pursuing a labor policy that floods the United States labor market with millions of illegal aliens, foreign visa workers, and green card-holders.

California politicians demand grocery stores pay workers more; groceries close instead.  Every business operates at a risk, and the risk-reward ratio was obviously closed to the point that it didn't make sense to put effort into a store with declining profits.  Is this so hard to understand?  Apparently, it is, because an emotionally driven, fact-bereft city councilperson going by the name of Mary Zendejas, who sponsored the bill, said that "it really saddens me that they'd rather take away 200 jobs instead of doing the right thing, which is paying hazard pay for these local grocery store workers who risk their lives everyday they come in and who are putting their lives on the line every second they're working."  There is so much wrong with this sentiment.  In Zendejas's world, there is now a moral obligation of private companies to pay whatever rate is deemed appropriate by leftists on a given day.  Today it's a $4-an-hour boost because everyone is a hero.  Tomorrow it's a national $15-an-hour increase.  These are entirely arbitrary numbers, and by Biden's logic, if there is no evidence that they upset the balance of supply and demand, then why stop there?

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Democratic Governors Have Devastated Their States.  Over the past year, there has been a pretty clear divide between liberal governors, who almost without exception imposed irrationally harsh covid lockdown measures, and conservative governors, who generally took a more nuanced and pro-freedom approach.  The data are now in, courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they tell a story that cannot be misinterpreted.  My colleague Martha Njolomole created these charts.  First, job losses in December 2020.  She focused on the fact that Minnesota, shut down once more by feckless Governor Tim Walz, lost nearly 50,000 jobs in December alone, trailing only Michigan and California.  By contrast, Wisconsin, about as similar to Minnesota as a state can be, is on the way to recovery, adding 15,000 jobs in that month.  What state added the most jobs in December?  Texas, by far.


Former CBP Head:  Biden Has Decimated Border Protections With 'Stroke Of A Pen'.  Former Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan slammed the Biden administration Tuesday [2/2/2021] for undoing significant border protections put into place by President Trump.  Morgan first took aim at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for trashing Trump's efforts to secure the border, and attributing the infamous Obama/Biden 'kids in cages' and family separation policy to Trump.  After Psaki had spoken, calling Trump's border policies "horrific", Morgan stated that "There isn't enough time to address all the spin and misinformation that the Press Secretary just sent out."  Morgan outlined that agencies within the Trump administration have been "working tirelessly" to reunite families separated at the border.

Landlords in New York suffering from lack of rent payments amid pandemic.  78-year-old Donna Szucs says she has lost thousands in unpaid rent from the tenant of a home she owns in Wyoming County.  "It's very frustrating because I have to provide him with water, heat, and everything else even though he pays me nothing," Szucs said.  Szucs has no legal recourse.  The New York State moratorium on rent, aimed at helping those who lost jobs due to the pandemic, allows for people to miss rent payments and not face eviction.  For Szucs, that's meant almost 12 months of lost wages.

Governing Elites Are Destroying the Nation They're Supposed to Run.  Consider these facts:  [#1] Before Ted Kennedy's 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, nine tenths of all new immigrants to America came from Europe; after the act's passage, nine tenths of new immigrants have come from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  [#2] Since the 1965 Act's passage, over sixty million new immigrants have arrived in the United States, and over a hundred million more are expected over the next half century.  [#3] In 1970, 4.7% of the American population was born outside of the United States; in 2017, 13.7% of the national population was born in a foreign country. [...] [#4] Eighty-four percent of Americans born between 1928 and 1945 identify as Christians, and 50% of them still attend religious services at least once a week.  In contrast, less than half of millennial Americans today identify as Christian, and 64% rarely, if at all, attend any kind of religious service.

Is This the Normal You Voted For?  We are being bombarded by a triangulation of disinformation from the Left's political hacks, complicit media, and crony corporations.  This deceitful trifecta is a psychological operation against Republicans, populists, and conservatives—the sane coalition that alone can and must save our republic from the tyranny of "[their] democracy."  Through this diaphanous prism of realization, one can starkly comprehend the Left's game and aims:
  •   The reckless misuse and mistreatment of National Guard troops to paint a false narrative that anyone, not a leftist is a white supremacist and terrorist; and the re-weaponization of the federal government against the Left's opponents for partisan advantage.
  •   The Democratic Congress' vindictive impeachment of a former president to decapitate a populist movement of over 74 million Americans; corrosive partisan lust to expand and pack the federal courts with judicial activists, including the Supreme Court; and angling to give the District of Columbia statehood to secure more Leftist senators and a representative.
  •   Our current executive sock puppet's record-breaking torrent of job-crushing, science-denying, citizenry dividing executive orders; his pretending there was no plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, while cynically plagiarizing his predecessors' plan.
  •   And, lest we forget, Mr. Biden's mendacious invitations to "unity" — the rank hypocrisy of which gnaws at the fraying bonds of the elementary fairness that is one of the last shards of civic comity.

It's Not Just 'Gender Dysphoria.' It's Now 'Rapid Onset Marxism.'  The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new rules package that explicitly strikes "gendered language" from the official House rules.  The rules prohibit the use of terms that designate the gender of familial relationships — father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, and so on — and replace them with gender-neutral terms.  Commentator Tammy Bruce, a radio and Fox Nation host, says this move Jan. 4 is "obscenely Marxist" because it "deconstructs what it means to be female."  She went on to say:  "It reduces all of us, it eliminates the value of the individual and our uniqueness as individuals."  The goal of social policing of our language is thought control, which epitomizes the Marxist agenda.

Biden's climate executive orders devastated these US workers in a day.  On the morning of Jan. 20, every room of the two-story Stroppel Hotel in Midland, SD, was filled with men and women who work on the Keystone XL pipeline.  Most of these union laborers, welders and pipefitters started their day over a cup of coffee in the hotel's common room before heading out to their jobs.  By 4 p.m., the entire place was cleared out, leaving the historic hotel silent for the first time since owners Laurie and Wally Cox took it over six months ago.  "Our whole world turned upside down with the stroke of a pen," Laurie said.  She is speaking of President Biden's executive order, signed on his first day in office, that halted work on the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota and immediately eliminated 1,000 union jobs.  TC Energy, the company that was developing the project, predicts that more than 10,000 jobs will be lost in 2021 due to the order.

One week in, Biden administration shows its exquisite cruelty.  [Scroll down]  So along with Biden's dictatorial executive orders comes Schumer's plan to further constrain our freedoms due to the "climate emergency."  But there is no climate emergency.  It's just another hoax, a fear-mongering ruse to create a global government.  The planet has survived all manner of climate changes.  We humans can no more affect the climate here than we can on Mars.  And even if we could, we are not responsible for the irresponsibility of nations like China and India re: filthy air.  The Paris Climate Accord is only about making U.S. taxpayers pay billions of dollars to those nations to equalize the quality of life on the planet.  Not a single prediction of the Gorist climate alarmists has come true.  Snow still falls from the sky; there are no more hurricanes than normal; polar bears are alive and thriving; droughts occur here and there as they have throughout the millennia.  But the Biden administration is going to use climate alarmism to continue restricting the American population from living their lives.  President Trump energized our economy, made us energy independent.  Biden has in the span of a week tanked it in order to make us dependent on Saudi Arabia again.  He is about to ban coal-mining, too.  What will happen to those miners?

Biden's normal is abnormal.  The media is peddling the narrative that Chairman Xiden is bringing back normalcy.  Well, let us see what the media and the rest of the Democrats consider normal.  The new normalcy is impeaching a president and trying him after his term ends and he has gone home to Mar-A-Lago.  The new normalcy is arresting and prosecuting a man for making memes on Twitter.  The new normalcy is 25,000 National Guard troops in Washington on Inauguration Day.  The new normalcy is replacing a viewing audience for the occasion with 100,000 American flags.  The new normalcy is cries of deprogramming political opponents.  The new normalcy is banning reporters who ask tough questions at press conferences.  The new normalcy is not deporting criminals.  The new normalcy is making women shower with men in the military.  The new normalcy is attempts to expel duly elected opponents from the Senate.

Environmental Extremism Is Creeping Into Every Domain of Public Policy.  Many on the left continue to place their ideology of environmental extremism above all other considerations, including economic growth, individual freedom, and the welfare of low-income Americans.  This worldview ignores critical tradeoffs and places environmental interests above even basic principles that have long served as a foundation of this nation.  Further, this extreme environmental movement has crept into almost every issue area imaginable.  There are certainly environmental issues that need attention, but sensible environmental policy doesn't address those issues in a vacuum without regard for other important concerns.  Yet, this extreme movement acts in such a manner.

Biden's Climate Orders Will Flip America's National Security on Its Head.  On Wednesday [1/27/2021], President Joe Biden signed two executive orders and issued a memorandum pushing the climate alarmist narrative and boosting the climate-industrial complex.  Biden claimed that his administration's climate boondoggle will create more jobs, but his first climate move — nixing the Keystone XL pipeline — cost 1,000 jobs right away, and an estimated 10,000 more.  His climate orders will upend America's national security as well as its economy.  "Today is 'climate day' at the White House, which means that today is 'jobs day' at the White House," Biden said as he introduced his new climate agenda.  The president repeated the canard that his transition to green technologies would create more jobs than it eliminates, without mentioning that creating this climate-industrial complex requires massive amounts of taxpayer money and more government intrusion into the economy.  Naturally, vocal criticism came quickly.

More about the Keystone XL pipeline.

Federal Reserve Warns Joe Biden Policies are Weakening US Economy.  The Federal Reserve panel sent a warning about the U.S. economy starting to suffer as the JoeBama administration starts to institute "America Last" policies.  The financial media will not directly point to the Biden policy agenda as the primary source of the issue, but the background context of a new administration is exactly the difference.  Even during the worst aspects of the 2020 COVID-19 impact during the Donald Trump administration, the underpinning of the U.S. economy remained strong.  However, now that JoeBama has taken office the 2021 COVID-19 impact is being used as an excuse.

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This might be Biden's goal.  Barack H. Obama had the same goal, and Biden is doing exactly what Obama would do, but with a heavier emphasis on China's benefit.

US Media Makes Heroes of Teens Who Betray Their Family Members and GoFundMe Makes It Profitable.  One of the elements in the Communist Manifesto, right before the abolition of the nation-state, is the abolition of the family.  We've seen a gradual chipping away at the health of the family under the guise of good intentions.  We've created a society where out-of-wedlock births are the norm rather than the exception.  Where state provided daycare and before- and after-school programs act in place of parents.  We have a school system that actually believes it knows best, and so you, the parent, can't send your kid to school with aspirin without the royal assent of school administrators, but school officials can arrange for your child to have access to birth control devices.  The hostility of the public school mafia to homeschooling is often packaged as one of competition for resources.  It isn't.  It is about control of what your child learns and what they imprint as values.

The push to decriminalize 'streetwalking' follows a deadly run of NYC 'reforms'.  Think Bill de Blasio's dumpster fire of a mayoralty can't get worse?  Think again:  Albany is planning to send him more street hookers.  Whoopee.  State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat now running for borough president, considers the notice police pay to transsexual streetwalkers to be a pressing civil-rights issue — and so he's pushing legislation that effectively would make street-walking of all sorts legal.  The bill appears fated to pass — and what could go wrong with that?  Plenty.  Blame for much of what makes New York City so difficult to navigate these days rests squarely with the normalization — and outright legalization — of anti-social, often dangerously aberrant, public personal behavior.

Why the Left has to suppress free speech.  Let us begin with this fact:  The left always suppresses speech.  Since Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917, there has been no example of the left in control and not crushing dissent.  That is one of the important differences between liberal and left:  Liberalism and liberals believe in free speech.  (The present leftist threat to freedom in America, the greatest threat to freedom in American history, is made possible because liberals think they have more to fear from conservatives than from the left.  Liberals do not understand that the left regards liberals as their useful idiots.)  The left controls universities.  There is little or no dissent allowed at universities.  The left controls nearly every "news" medium.  There is little or no dissent in the mainstream media — not in the "news" sections and not in the opinion sections.  The left controls Hollywood.  No dissent is allowed in Hollywood.  That is why we have "cancel culture" — the silencing and firing of anyone who publicly dissents from the left, and even "publicly" is no longer necessary.

Obey, America, for Your Own Good!  So, just to be clear about where we now stand:  The Constitution's out sick because of Chinese Flu.  You still get to say and print what you want so long as what you have to say conforms to whatever CNN has to say.  If you stick up for the Founding Fathers who fought for our freedoms, you're likely a "white supremacist," but if you destroy monuments to the Founding Fathers, you're a freedom fighter.  It's patriotic to inform on your neighbors for violating government health decrees but unpatriotic to pray with your neighbors in church.  Rioters who destroy cities are protesting for democracy, but Americans protesting for free and fair elections are threatening democracy.  It's good and noble to burn down buildings around the White House when members of Congress promise to pay for arsonists' bail, but breaching the Capitol perimeter is no less tragic than Pearl Harbor.  Social media protect speech by silencing it.  News corporations protect freedom of the press by urging the censorship of points of view.  Americans can no longer be trusted with guns because they might use them to protect their natural rights.  The only person ever to receive more votes than Donald Trump is Joe Biden, but Americans are supposed to remember at all times that Donald Trump is immensely unpopular while Joe Biden is historically loved.  And so many Americans support the incoming president that he requires a standing army to ensure his safe installation.

Clarity in Trump's Wake.  In 2021, the laws, customs, and habits of the heart that had defined the American republic since the 18th century are things of the past.  Americans' movements and interactions are under strictures for which no one ever voted.  Government disarticulated society by penalizing ordinary social intercourse and precluding the rise of spontaneous opinion therefrom.  Together with corporate America, it smothers minds through the mass and social media with relentless, pervasive, identical, and ever-evolving directives.  In that way, these oligarchs have proclaimed themselves the arbiters of truth, entitled and obliged to censor whoever disagrees with them as systemically racist, adepts of conspiracy theories.  Corporations, and the government itself, require employees to attend meetings personally to acknowledge their guilt.  They solicit mutual accusations.  While violent felons are released from prison, anyone may be fired or otherwise have his life wrecked for questioning government/corporate sentiment.  Today's rulers don't try to convince.  They demand obedience, and they punish.

San Francisco's "Progressive" Drug Policies Kill Hundreds Annually.  Last year, 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco.  To put this in perspective, 173 people died from COVID-19, which is identified as the primary public health crisis in the Bay Area.  For years, San Francisco has tacitly encouraged drug abuse with remarkably lenient policies, and those policies are now inadvertently killing hundreds of people annually.  San Francisco uses a policy approach called "harm reduction," which stresses "culturally competent, non-judgmental treatment that demonstrates respect and dignity for the individual."  But this approach, as it is practiced within San Francisco, is inhumane and cruel.  It is destroying the dignity of the lives that some could have with more sensible policies.  In addition to overdose deaths skyrocketing, drug abuse has increased in San Francisco, and it is becoming more difficult for addicts to affect positive change.

Everything Is Broken.  For seven decades, the country's intellectual and cultural life was produced and protected by a set of institutions — universities, newspapers, magazines, record companies, professional associations, cultural venues, publishing houses, Hollywood studios, think tanks, etc.  Collectively, these institutions reflected a diversity of experiences and then stamped them all as "American" — conjuring coherence out of the chaos of a big and unwieldy country.  This wasn't a set of factories pumping out identical widgets, but rather a broad and messy jazz band of disparate elements that together produced something legible, clear, and at times even beautiful when each did their part.  But, beginning in the 1970s, the economic ground underneath this landscape began to come apart.

Welcome to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's new abnormal.  It is an article of faith for many Americans that the Donald Trump years were an aberration and that Joe Biden will usher in something close to normalcy.  I'll take the other side of that bet.  I believe the coming years are going to be at least as tumultuous as the Trump presidency.  Although Biden will not directly cause that tumult, his weakness as a leader, of his own party and the nation, will help fuel discord and make it impossible for him to forge anything resembling normalcy.  Most of those who think Biden can wave a magic wand blame Trump alone for the deep polarization gripping America.  They're wrong — Trump was elected precisely because the country already was deeply polarized.  Moreover, while Trump's personality is highly unorthodox, to say the least, he did not single-handedly set in motion the dangerous levels of strife engulfing our nation.  His successful policies on immigration, taxes and the Mideast were fairly conventional by Republican standards.

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie.  [Scroll down]  The idea is almost too big for the mind to contain: a political class that has betrayed its country; a Supreme Court that effectively accepted and thus contributed to an unprecedented catastrophe by refusing to hear a suit filed by Texas and 17 other states alleging election law tampering; an education system that bears a disquieting resemblance to the German academy of the 1930s; a "free press" that is not a free press but a state propaganda network; a dedicated and effective president who has been discredited and attacked, including through incitement of political violence against him and his family; organizations like the Trump Accountability Project and the Lincoln Project compiling a "database of all Republicans who worked for President Donald Trump with the aim of ensuring they never land jobs in the private sector," a measure associated with Fascist and Communist dictatorships; and a nation demonstrably in the throes of destabilizing turmoil.

A message to RINOs — it's time to choose.  The Democrats and their fellow travelers on the left have some very disturbing aspirations.  Just a year ago, discussion of tyranny in America would have been considered crazy talk.  Not now.  The temperature on this pot has been turned up slowly, and now we're at the boiling point.  Just look at everything our ruling class has done in the past year.  Lockdowns have restricted our movement, commerce, and assembly.  Our rulers are not making us carry papers yet.  That would be an inconvenience for illegal aliens.  They are however, making us wear masks to demonstrate our obedience.  Big tech oligarchs are using censorship and deplatforming to censor dissenting views.  Conservative commentators such as Dan Bongino and The Conservative Treehouse have been evicted from their web servers or had their advertising revenue restricted.  Donald Trump and his followers have been banned from Twitter.  Conservative postings mysteriously disappear from Facebook.

The worst run cities in America.  The state of cities around the country is rapidly declining, leading to the greatest rates of emigration since the days of disorder and distress in the 1970s.  Eight cities stand out as the worst run in the country, when ranked with markers like costs of living, education, poverty, and crime.  These are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, Portland, Oakland and Chicago.  Despite billions of dollars doled out annually, every one of these cities has dire mismanagement issues.  Cities that use the most dollars per capita are some of the worst run cities.  Washington spends some $15,600 per citizen annually, over 12 times that of cities such as Miami.  New York has a budget hole of over $540 million.  Debt in many cities is driven mostly by pensions and public payrolls, with New York ranked first with its glaring $64,100 in debt per citizen, Chicago second with $36,000, Philadelphia third with $27,900, San Francisco fifth with $22,600, and Oakland in seventh with $21,100.

Here's a Perfect Explanation of Why the Capitol Hill Riot Happened.  In truth, it's been made clear to some Americans that attempting to talk it out and even take their grievances to the voting booth isn't working.  However, they flip on the news and see riots happening as those involved scream things like "black lives matter" or "defund the police."  They see this and then see politicians, media, and "experts" heap praise on these violent radicals, and politicians both defend and even encourage them.  For some Americans, they see violence get results and a dangerous idea begins to formulate in their head.

A Daring Left and a Cowed Center.  The first fact of sociopolitical life in America today is this: liberals in elite positions are frightened of the Left.  A college president may direct an institution with a $900 million endowment, meet with legislators and business heads, and boast a 30-year record of academic honors, but the sight of eight African American undergrads marching toward his office with scowls on their faces alarms him like nothing else.  A CEO may draw a $3 million salary and manage 1,300 workers, but the threat of a boycott coming from a few networked Millennials with ties to Sleeping Giant calls for immediate emergency action.  They know what they're up against.  Leftists form digital mobs, shut down events, block access, cancel, and dox.  They show up at people's homes, harass employers, and ruin businesses.  They're ruthless, they're irrational, but the tantrums they throw muck up the works and clog the pipes.  That's the advantage they press — they will tear the system down if the people in power don't comply.

Indianapolis Has Fallen:  A Red State Capital City Degrades Itself to Blue City Levels.  I had known this mid-size metropolis since the seventies when I lived here as a medical student, attending the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Then, Indianapolis was referred to as India-no-place or Naptown. [...] This year, Monument Circle swarmed not with tourists and patrons but with a succession of homeless encampments, bedecked with tents, sleeping bags, blankets, cardboard shelters, and, of course, hundreds of vagrants sleeping or milling about.  What had been one of the cleanest, most scenic, and safe downtown centers in the country had deteriorated into a third-world, garbage-strewn, threatening urban nightmare.  The entrances to the Hilbert Circle Theater and the nearby Indiana Repertory Theater were boarded up and crammed with itinerants, trash, and debris.  It was demoralizing and disgusting, an urban cesspool of dystopia and vagrancy.

Radical Democrats Are Turning Minneapolis Into A Violent Wasteland.  The world witnessed in the streets of Minneapolis this spring and summer the feature presentation after many increasingly violent coming attractions, created, produced, and distributed by a one-party, radical left government.  If you want to know what the real-time self-destruction of a city looks like, Minneapolis offers the perfect model. [...] Downtown's ghost-town feel is taking a dystopian turn as empty streets are being taken over by a resurging homeless population openly using drugs and increasingly aggressive.  The mentally ill are left to similar fates, often found huddled in bus shelters.  A decline in police and mental health resources compounds the impending disaster as winter deepens and shelters fill.

We Don't Need To Accept The 'New Normal' The Left Is Forcing On Us.  All of us have seen and heard things during this past year that would have been unimaginable in 2019, but which today are almost a daily occurrence.  We call these transformative events "the new normal."  Examples of the new normal are all around us and affect all aspects of our lives.  Defunding the police while crime skyrockets is the new normal.  Prisoners being released back on the streets, while hairdressers and restaurant owners are fined and sometimes jailed, is the new normal.  Big tech and mainstream media shutting down all voices opposing their agenda, while extolling the virtues of democracy and free speech, is the new normal.  A CNN reporter describing demonstrators as "peaceful protesters," while behind him the skyline burns, is the new normal.  Closing down all restaurants, houses of worship, and small businesses while allowing protesters to burn, riot, and loot in the name of "social justice" is the new normal.  Prisoners in certain states receiving the COVID vaccine while vulnerable seniors must wait is the new normal.  The latest COVID Relief bill, which included only a paltry sum in relief for tens of millions of desperate Americans, while granting billions in foreign aid, is the new normal.

Hey, GOP: This is Your Do or Die Moment.  If Democrats, the corporate media, and foreign interests can steal a presidential election, they can steal any congressional or gubernatorial election, easily.  If a thief can rob Fort Knox with ease, any bank on Main Street will be child's play.  If they can weaponize the CIA, FBI, IRS, and DOJ to target their political enemies, without punishment, why won't they double down next time?  For the left, crime does pay.  There has been no reckoning or accountability for the stolen 2020 presidential election.  What's to stop every subsequent election from being stolen in the same way? [...] Does anyone seriously believe that the Biden FBI or DOJ will lift a finger to investigate voter fraud?

You're It.  If the communists gain control, it won't be long before you will not be able to travel as you always have.  Checkpoints will ensure that you are permitted to travel, especially to other states and the conditions of travel in those states might vary wildly.  In some, you might have to quarantine for a period of time upon arrival.  This rules out a lot of civilian transcontinental travel.  This is part of the Green New Deal imposed through other means.  It also gives the government the right to restrict travel for purposes of political demonstration.  Private property will be eliminated.  That sounds ridiculous as I write it, but then so did the idea of shutting down the powerful American economy all because of a virus based on intentionally inaccurate death rates and wildly speculative ideas of how the virus spread.  The communists don't want private property or a middle class.  Those are means of self-sufficiency they cannot tolerate.  It sets a bad example and encourages people to live outside of their control.  They need a population that is reliant on them, in close quarters where they can be monitored by other citizens; citizens who will inform on them for any violation.

Biden's 'Dark Winter' Is A Warning About His Economy, Not The Virus.  Should President Donald Trump's election challenges fail to keep Joe Biden out of the White House, it's a certainty that bleak days will be ahead.  We're staring into the barrel of at least four years of sclerotic economic growth.  Six days after the election, Biden, employing the Democratic Party strategy of sowing fear whenever possible, warned that the country is facing a long night.  "Before the surge in COVID cases we predicted, many predicted, and the deaths rise that we've seen in December ... we head into a very dark winter ahead," he said. [...] Apparently it never occurred to Biden and his handlers that government intervention, not the virus, caused 2020's downturn.  Nor have they even begun to understand that Democrats' economic policies, filled with steep, punitive taxes, and impossible-to-jump regulatory hurdles, are a slow-motion march of the economic lockdowns that almost instantly paralyzed the economy this year.

The Democrats' Road to Hell.  The ruling political class in Washington D.C. is always making matters worse through what appear to be appropriate solutions for serious problems facing the country.  Then when they don't work out as advertised many years after they've been implemented, they tell us that they've got the solutions for the newer, more serious problems that to the unsuspecting and unknowing public seem as if they came out of nowhere, and who are clueless as to how they began in the first place. [...] Government assistance has morphed from safety net to entitlement where there is no accountability for the failures of the ruling political class that perpetually creates problems, as well as government incentives to "right social wrongs" that do the same by distorting the marketplace in ways that are not good for anyone.

How Democrats are sneakily destroying the Electoral College.  Add the Electoral College to the list of American institutions that the Democrats have destroyed (along with education, media, entertainment, Silicon Valley, sports, big cities, the justice system, the family, the FBI-CIA, the Supreme Court, etc.).  By manufacturing massive fraudulent vote counts in the big cities they control, Democrats invalidate suburban and rural votes in key battleground states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona.  Elections simply become who can produce the most votes, which is most easily accomplished in large Democrat-run cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Milwaukee.  The Democrat machines that control those cities can effortlessly run up large vote counts for Democrats without fear of being found out by manipulating the voting rules and by manufacturing ballots.  Local Democrat judges "on the payroll" look the other way, while Big Media leads in the cover-up with information blackouts.  Large Democrat donors, Silicon Valley bigwigs, and geopolitical rivals like China bankroll the operation.  By relying on big city votes to swing the national elections, our electoral system degenerates into a de facto direct voting structure, thus invalidating the Electoral College and violating the Constitution.

November 2020: The Good Points:  The Presidential election of November 2020 was an unmitigated disaster to any sane-thinking person concerned with the good of America.  While unintellectual, style-obsessed political simpletons cheer the outcome based strictly on emotional rooting interests, intelligent individuals who are more concerned with full employment, energy independence, military readiness and border security than identity politics, racial/gender quotas and the microaggression du jour realize that a "Biden" administration will set American economic prosperity and social progress back by decades.  If the Democrats come into power, the government will pick the winners and losers and the country will devolve from a meritocracy to a selectocracy. [...] Under a progressive administration:
  •   Crime will increase as the police are defunded and bail/sentencing standards are relaxed and eliminated
  •   We'll get higher taxes, and have less disposable income
  •   Energy costs will increase as exploration and production are intentionally curtailed, leading to higher consumer prices across the board
  •   Progressives will refuse to "allow" life to return to normal, even after widespread dispensation of the COVID vaccines
Voters will see this all quite clearly and that's good.

Christmas Message for a Broken Republic.  The left has done its utmost to air-brush God out of the Constitution, ban the Ten Commandments from every public square, and ostracize Christ from all public discourse, while at the same time expropriating Christ's words for their conceited, bewitching subterfuge, preached from every "progressive" altar and chanted as they burn restaurants and beat Trump supporters to a pulp.  All these acts of eradication were merely rehearsals for the final ransack and rapine of the electorate now taking place.

Portland police [officers are] resigning for jobs elsewhere making less money and it's not hard to see why.  Portland police officers are resigning from the force in unusually high numbers in the middle of their careers.  Many are seeking jobs in other cities where they will be paid less money and also lose some of their time toward retirement.  According to the Portland Tribune, it's unusual for the number of resignations to exceed the number of retirements but that's what's happening right now.

Nullification Isn't Just for Democrats, Anymore.  Since the 2016 election, Democrats have made all kinds of nullification standard fare, but more pernicious than displaying a disagreeable temperament, or contrary opinion; more than First Amendment-protected civil disobedience.  Instead, making that which is legitimate, illegitimate; making what is illegitimate, legitimate.  Making what is decent, abhorrent; making what is grotesque, glorious — all enjoying approbation from a fawning media.  Any and all tactics, now including election fraud, and covering up bribery of a president to-be, are used unapologetically, with no subterfuge, and with impunity.  Truth now is subjective, conditioned on identity and whether it will be canceled by the mob, or approved by the neo-aristocracy.

The Plot to Steal America.  [Video clip]

The reimagined police as servants of the left.  We back the blue, but will they back us?  Like most conservatives, I support the police and the vital role they serve in a civilized society.  But like many conservatives, watching them stand down on orders from blue-state mayors during months of riots was jarring.  (They even stood down during a Back the Blue rally in Denver when speakers were attacked.)  Many of us asked how the police could obey such orders and allow criminals to have free rein in our streets — criminals whose victims, I might add, included over 2,000 police officers.  Don't police officers swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution?  Well, yes, they do.  In fact, that is their paramount responsibility.  Perhaps this year, it seems we witnessed the rule and not the exception — the rule being that most people, including the police, will be cowards in the face of tyrants.

What's happening in Minnesota bodes ill for Democrats.  Across America, the Wuhan virus has allowed Democrats to implement some of their long desired plans for "reforming" America in a properly Marxist mold.  One of the most hallowed plans, which academia promotes, is "de-incarceration" (i.e., ending prisons).  The other one, although it's kept hush-hush, is to end that pesky, morality-driven, hardworking, freedom-loving middle class.  Minnesota's Governor Tim Walz is working on both issues, with disastrous results for good people.  That's why this arrogant societal manipulation could soon prove to be the Democrats' downfall. [...] For the crime of feeding her family, Walz, through the Minnesota attorney general's office, is filing documents to imprison [Larvita] McFarquhar for trying to stay afloat.

U.S. City May Pass "Duress Legislation" to Give Criminals "Poverty Defense".  Elected officials in a major U.S. city plan to pass a law that will allow thieves to sell items they steal if they do it to earn money for basic needs and trespassers to set up camp on private property when it is to obtain adequate shelter.  Dozens of other crimes — including assault and harassment — will be excused under the preposterous measure if suspects are poor, mentally ill or addicted to drugs.  It is being crafted as a poverty defense and will allow municipal court judges to dismiss a multitude of crimes if poverty, mental illness or a substance-abuse disorder drove the perpetrator to commit them.  Even for a famously liberal left coast city like Seattle it seems like a bit much.  The proposal was first introduced during the Seattle City Council's budget deliberations weeks ago, according to a local news report.  It was put on hold over a budget process bureaucracy but has gained incredible steam and appears to have enough support to alter the city code early next year.  "The idea could enormously impact the city — and set Seattle apart from the rest of the country in its approach to misdemeanor crimes," according to the news story, which includes the concerns of frustrated public safety advocates who say the law will essentially legalize most crimes in Seattle.

If the Media Doesn't Report on Crime, It Won't Exist.  The Nieman Foundation for Journalism was set up at Harvard.  Like everything touching old foundations and journalism, it's a toxic disaster.  And this one is right up there with In Defense of Looting. [...] No this stuff isn't marginal.  Nieman is influential and it's part of the larger pro-crime push.  And the reshaping of the legacy media.  Even at this late date, one of the few things the local news does anymore is sports, weather, and crime.  Lefty virtue signaling destroyed sports.  The push to make every weather report about global warmunism while firing any weatherman who doesn't go along has been underway for years.

Republican Mackenzie Kelly Wins Austin City Council Runoff.  Local Paper Declines to Cover It.  In a stunn