Cajones the Size of Basketballs

Normally, I don’t like to post articles that other people have written, but when I get lazy and a great piece of writing comes across my desk I get lazy. Here is a list of questions that every American should be asking for answers to. When did we the people lose control of our government? When did we get so complacent as to allow the crazies among us to take over? I give Victor Davis Hanson credit for flexing his cojones, and his right to free speech to remind us of all the stupid, lawless things that are going on in the country today. What ever happened to the “Rule of Law?”

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The Coup We Never Knew

Did someone or something seize 

control of the United States?

By: Victor Davis Hanson

January 5, 2023

What happened to the U.S. border? Where did it go? Who erased it? Why and how did 5 million people enter our country illegally? Did Congress secretly repeal our immigration laws? Did Joe Biden issue an executive order allowing foreign nationals to walk across the border and reside in the United States as they pleased?

Since when did money not have to be paid back? Who insisted that the more dollars the federal government printed, the more prosperity would follow? When did America embrace zero interest? Why do we believe $30 trillion in debt is no big deal?

When did clean-burning, cheap, and abundant natural gas become the equivalent of dirty coal? How did prized natural gas that had granted America’s wishes of energy self-sufficiency, reduced pollution, and inexpensive electricity become almost overnight a pariah fuel whose extraction was a war against nature? Which lawmakers, which laws, which votes of the people declared natural gas development and pipelines near criminal?

Was it not against federal law to swarm the homes of Supreme Court justices, to picket and to intimidate their households in efforts to affect their rulings? How then with impunity did bullies surround the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas—furious over a court decision on abortion? How could these mobs so easily throng our justices’ homes, with placards declaring “Off with their d—s”?

Since when did Americans create a government Ministry of Truth? And on whose orders did the FBI contract private news organizations to censor stories it did not like and writers whom it feared?

How did we wake up one morning to new customs of impeaching a president over a phone call? Of the speaker of the House tearing up the State of the Union address on national television? Of barring congressional members from serving on their assigned congressional committees?

When did we assume the FBI had the right to subvert the campaign of a candidate it disliked? Was it legal suddenly for one presidential candidate to hire a foreign ex-spy to subvert the campaign of her rival?

Was some state or federal law passed that allowed biological males to compete in female sports? Did Congress enact such a law? Did the Supreme Court guarantee that biological male students could shower in gym locker rooms with biological women? Were women ever asked to redefine the very sports they had championed?

When did the government pass a law depriving Americans of their freedom during a pandemic? In America can health officials simply cancel rental contracts or declare loan payments in suspension? How could it become illegal for mom-and-pop stores to sell flowers or shoes during a quarantine but not so for Walmart or Target?

Since when did the people decide that 70 percent of voters would not cast their ballots on Election Day? Was this revolutionary change the subject of a national debate, a heated congressional session, or the votes of dozens of state legislatures?

What happened to Election Night returns? Did the fact that Americans created more electronic ballots and computerized tallies make it take so much longer to tabulate the votes?

When did the nation abruptly decide that theft is not a crime, assault not a felony? How can thieves walk out with bags of stolen goods, without the wrath of angry shoppers, much less fear of the law?

Was there ever a national debate about the terrified flight from Afghanistan?  Who planned it and why?

What happened to the once-trusted FBI? Why almost overnight did its directors decide to mislead Congress, to deceive judges with concocted tales from fake dossiers and with doctored writs? Did Congress pass a law that our federal leaders in the FBI or CIA could lie under oath with impunity?

Who redefined our military and with whose consent? Who proclaimed that our chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff could call his Chinese Communist counterpart to warn him that America’s president was supposedly unstable? Was it always true that retired generals routinely libeled their commander-in-chief as a near Nazi, a Mussolini, an adherent of the tools of Auschwitz?

Were Americans ever asked whether their universities could discriminate against their sons and daughters based on their race? How did it become physically dangerous to speak the truth on a campus? Whose idea was it to reboot racial segregation and bias as “theme houses,” “safe spaces,” and“diversity”? How did that happen in America?

How did a virus cancel the Constitution? Did the lockdowns rob us of our sanity? Or was it the woke hysteria that ignited our collective madness?

We are beginning to wake up from a nightmare of a country we no longer recognize, and from a coup we never knew.

All I Want For Christmas

is a nice easy to remember password that works for every site I visit, and for all the internet places I go to everyday. One would think this is an easy request, but it seems to be damn near impossible to achieve. Among the worst password requesters are Google, and Apple. Both companies demand using passwords, and that they be changed often. In the process they drive users nuts. Probably even worse than Apple is Norton password manager which requires it’s own password to enter before you can access your passwords.

Being memory challenged makes this particularly difficult to navigate. Just try reading the instructions offered by Google. They might as well be in Egyptian hieroglyphics as far as I am concerned. I am an Apple person, but if a simpler system becomes available I’ll dump everything Apple in favor of simplicity. I have an Apple user-id, but it seems that Apple can not recognize that id in any of it’s many discrete applications like iCloud, Apple Store, iTunes, iPhotos, iMovies, etc. Compound that with devices like iMac, iPad, iPhone, iWatch, and many more. I would think a simple droplet of blood applied to a device would solve the problem. I may go anemic or worse yet die because of a lack of blood, but it might be easier to use the devices.

Last week my internet service took a crap, and stopped working. In order to get it up and running I decided to reset the system by shutting everything down. I went too far, and shut off my iMac as well. That was a tragic error on my part. The most tragic was trying to re-enter my own computer after a shut down. It has been three years since the machine has been shut off, and that time gap caused me to forget the Apple id, and password for the machine. It took a full four hours of watching, and listening to Youtube videos made by two different guys from India who spoke a mile a minute with a strong Hindi accent, and tons of trial and error efforts using their recovery steps to finally get into this Mac which sits on my desk unused by anyone but myself. Success was finally achieved and unlike the woman who gives birth and forgets the pain immediately upon seeing her child my pain continues. Now, for whatever reason, in the great wisdom of Apple the Mac acts just like my iPhone. If it is unattended for a few seconds it requires, you guessed it, a password to enter again. I am positive that this useless feature can be turned off, but I may not live long enough to learn where the switch is. I will sleep easier now that I am protected from my wife getting into my computer when I’m away.

Man typing on the keyboard trying to log into his computer forgot password

In trying to understand why all this is necessary, I vision the workplace where every colleague takes over your keyboard when you turn your back, or go to the john. I would sooner booby trap that individual and spray him with indigo blue ink than have to reenter the password every time.

Throughout all this I keep hearing about how smart artificial intelligence has become, but in my opinion this problem is beyond the capabilities of AI. Maybe in another hundred years after electric cars rule the planet, and the air is thick with the smoke of hydrocarbon fueled electric power stations, AI will be smart enough to solve the password problem. However, there is no incentive for Apple, Google, Norton, and the others to solve it because they are making too much money selling updates to newer machines that need more passwords. Like I said above, I’ll reward the company who solves the pw problem permanently with my cash. In the meantime, I’ll keep asking Santa for a solution. His elves suffer from the same malady and may be able to make the miracle happen.

We Are A Country Of Wusses

This morning I took Lovely to a doctor’s appointment. She had minor surgery about two months ago and today was her first follow up appointment with the surgeon. I was absolutely livid that we were driving twenty miles to see a doctor who should have seen her a week after her surgery. What sense does it make to look at a scar that is healed over? In my mind he should have been more interested in seeing that his cut was healing and not getting infected after the surgery. This was clearly a cover your ass appointment. He could honestly note in his chart that he followed up.

The doctor is young and cocky. My first wife Barbara worked with surgeons and always commented on how cock-sure they were of themselves and how demanding they were with underlings. This guy fit her description of a surgeon. Being upset, I angrily asked him why he took so long to see Lovely after he operated. His answer, “I had a kid.”

“You mean you gave birth to a child?” I replied.

“No, I took paternity leave and was off for six weeks.” “

“Congratulations,” I said.

That was the end of it. I wouldn’t accomplish anything by pushing the point further.

What I am going to say next will probably irritate every woman on the face of the earth. It is my opinion that today’s ladies have evolved into complete pussies. What ever happened to women who gave birth and went back to work the day, or next week or, the woman who gives birth and takes care of her newborn while also caring for their several other children, the house, the wash, the meals, the shopping, the dog? No, they have to have their husband home to help them out for that critical period after birth.

Actually, I don’t think women of today are any different than the women of yesteryear, but their husbands are clearly playing the system and take advantage of the laws that give them the six week vacation after the birth of a child. It doesn’t help when our Secretary of Transportation Mayor Pete Buttigieg disappeared for six weeks to assist his wife-husband to care for their newborn. I can see him needing six weeks off to learn how to care for a baby only because men aren’t programmed to do those kinds of things. Real women have natural instincts on the care of children.

During our child rearing years my wife never missed a beat. In fact, she made sure I didn’t miss a single hour of work on account of the newborn. I never had a middle of the night call to change a diaper or administer a bottle. Her thinking was that my job was too damned important to the security of the family. Yet, today’s ladies are gifted with all of the modernities of a large house filled with every available labor saving device conceived, and still they need help from their hubbies.

It won’t be long before uncle decides it is time to hand over the child to a government paid childcare center for raising. Wasn’t that the theme used in Aldous Huxley’s 1932 book “Brave New World” or Orwell’s “1984”?

Just Thinking

I’ve heard a lot of rumors about Joe Biden’s proposals to end income inequality. Aside from the fact that they all sound familiar to those of Obama’s and those of the Communist Party, I’ve read in between the lines and believe that what Sleepy Joe is really saying is this: Instead of taxing the rich and middle income families to give to the poor (a Democrat Robin Hood Syndrome) he is going to reduce his own salary first. His pay will go from $400,000/yr to the average salary of the common working man of $51,168 per year. He will do this to set an example for the people who work for the Federal Government who currently average $61,376 per year. His standard to equalize the lives of every working soul in the USA will be to reduce your pay to the median. That means if you make more than $61,000 per year your pay will be cut to reach that level. Only after he accomplishes that goal, will he pass it on the the remainder of the country’s workers. It doesn’t matter that you have a Phd in Political Science to work for Uncle, you have to be equal to your brothers. Any proposal short of that is being elitist. Think about all the poor schmucks who never went to school, and can only work with their hands but not their heads. So what if you stayed straight all your life and never drank a single shot of tequila or puffed a single marijuana cigarette, all people are created equal and it is their right to be equal in all ways. You say your kid is a doctor and went to school for sixteen years to be able to make some real cash, so what? Making more than the average is not equality.

social disparity: wealthy minority and the 99 per cent

What about the guy who wins the lottery and gets a million dollars a year for life? Yep, he gets to donate it right back to Sleepy Joe for his equalization policy. How would you treat people like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg who have contributed greatly to our society with their genius inventions. Or, how about good old Warren Buffet who simply knows how to apply common sense to investing and patiently scours the world of business to find companies that know what they are doing and to make money? It won’t matter to the rest of us because Joe set the example and cut his salary and those of his fellow employees.

The problem with Democrats is that they always look at the problem wrong. Instead of stealing from the middle class to equalize the populace, they should instead look at chopping those who earn above the median salary rich down to the level of the poor. If we are going to equalize the people then everyone right up from the bottom to the top should be the same. Communists never see themselves as being rich because they are “special,” they are the elite who must govern the rest of us.

On the matter of forgiving student loan debt he will apply the same policy toward anyone who has any debt, what so ever. After all, going to school is no different than working your ass off only to have to borrow money from the credit card bandits to but groceries. So to be equal, he will have to forgive everyone’s credit card debt to balance things out.

When asked how long it will take to get gasoline prices down his answer was “as long as it takes to beat Russia.” Well, what if Russia never beats the Ukrainians like they never beat the Afghanistans? Or to use a more familiar scenario, what if it takes them longer to beat the Ukrainians than it took us to beat the Vietnamese and the Afghanistans? ‘We the People’ will be traveling from point A to B on recycled bicycles from China while the Chinese will be driving electric cars and breathing polluted air generated by fossil fuel burning power plants.

Sleepy Joe is leading his effort under the spell of Klaus Schwab, the inventor and leader of the ‘Great Reset’, to hand America to him. Heir Schwab is another German intellectual who knows what is best for the world much like his predecessor Adolph Hitler. The difference is that Hitler concentrated on eliminating non-Ayrans. Schwab is leading the entire world population to his doctrine of the great reset. Unfortunately for us, Sleepy Joe and his administration is drunk on the cool-aid of the reset.

Schwab believes ‘We the People’, should own nothing. Everything we need will be provided to us by the the movement, and ‘we will love it.’ How the hell he has enticed the world’s wealthiest people to jump into this movement is intriguing.

Sleepy Joe knows best what we need as a people so we’ll all follow his lead just like a bunch of Disney lemmings.

I’m sorry, Joe, but you haven’t convinced me that your forty years in government has made you a better citizen, if anything you have convinced me that you are nothing more than a communist crook in congressional clothing. I hope to live until the next election so that I can cast my one vote against your sorry ass. If our Congress has any balls they wont wait until 2024, they will impeach you, try you, and send you to jail for a reset.

Car In My Dreams

Last week I watched a series of Youtube videos on enterprises begun by Elon Musk. In one particular business he showed Tesla making lithium batteries. They looked like a standard D cell. I thought to my self “is the Tesla car running on a shitload of D cells?” It would be interesting to break open a Tesla battery to see what was inside the case. Many times my curiosity has gotten the best of me when disposing of a large rectangular battery. Instead of tossing it I would take it apart. Inside the boxlike case was a series of standard batteries soldered together in series to produce the stated voltage.

This particular video came to mind and I thought why not? Why couldn’t we make a battery powered car by stringing a bunch of standard batteries together and hiding them under the hood and in the trunk?