Lunatics and barbarians

The Great Woke Replacement Continues Apace by Peter Smith. Here is the core point.

Conservatives struggle to grasp the latest inanity being foisted on (western) mankind. The mistake made is to treat each instance as being isolated. They all emerge from the same hellhole….

Whether it is confounding science by dressing up hypotheses as facts, or sowing confusion among children by teaching them that they might be in the wrong bodies; or ruining women’s sports by forcing them to compete against biological males; or preaching divisive ‘critical race theory’; cancelling people whose views are out of sync with goodthink; mindlessly tearing down statues;  risibly ‘taking the knee’; or, idiotically, renaming mothers as gestational parents and breastfeeding as ‘chest feeding’. No rational sense can be made of any it in isolation. Try to and risk your mental health.

And on the topic of messing with rational minds? How about locking people away for months on end, double-masking them, and destroying livelihoods in order to ward off a virus which has no serious effects on well over ninety-nine percent of those who catch it. Consult Worldometer. As at February 27: 21,915,328 active cases; serious or critical cases 91,057, or just 0.4%. Confected Covid alarmism trumps even its climate counterpart.

We have made the mad agenda of the left mainstream and as a result Western Civilisation will sink into oblivion as a result. The only civilisation that has ever fought against racism along with having created as astonishing level of personal prosperity across the world, will disappear.

In  my view, the problem is that there is nothing more for the left to achieve. It’s all there. Destruction for the pure pleasure of barbarism is all that remains which for the left seems quite enough.

Premier heal thyself

Living in Danandrewstan as I do, daily doses of insanity are just part of the picture. My specialty is economics, with the form of madness I find myself most astonished by being the ability of political leaders to commit to expenditures beyond any possible hope of finding the funding to finance what they decide to do. If you want to see political insanity, try this on for size: ‘We are failing’: Premier vows to put mental health at centre of biggest social reform in generation.

Royal commission chair Penny Armytage said the mental health system had “catastrophically failed to live up to expectations”.

The commission’s 3195-page final report, which was tabled in parliament on Tuesday, found the mental health system was overwhelmed and could not keep up with the number of people who sought treatment….

Premier Daniel Andrews has committed to implementing all 65 recommendations made in the report, which he said would “serve as our blueprint for the biggest social reform in a generation”.

“Biggest” as in the most expensive. There are more than 3000 pages in the Report and there are 65 recommendations (with each of the “recommendations” merely a heading beyond which there are many other more detailed recommendations listed). But Dan has immediately committed himself (that phrase again) to the lot, which with absolute certainty he has only the foggiest notion of what is being said, what the nature of the problems are, or how much it might cost to implement any of it.

Andrews has been a catastrophe for the state and for Australia. When he became Premier, Melbourne had been for many years the World’s Most Liveable City. It’s now the dregs and he is pulling it lower and lower with each passing day.

I wish I knew what the right word is for someone who has lost their grip on reality, but whatever the word is, it applies absolutely to Daniel Andrews.

Victoria is heading for financial disaster

Victoria is heading for financial disaster that will make the lockdown look like a minor incident along the road to Dan Andrew’s destruction of the state he has been overseeing. It’s only a small story, of course, but at least it is being mentioned: Building boom blamed for blowouts. It’s described as an “Exclusive” mostly because none of the other members of the Victorian media will go near it. You will never see this on the ABC for example.

VICTORIAN road projects are suffering big cost blowouts as the Andrews government battles to rein in the rising cost of labour and materials. The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal a series of suburban road upgrades have cost more than $50 million more than first planned, and some projects have blown out by nearly a quarter of the original cost…. Cost blowouts also affected works to strengthen bridges in regional Victoria, and just one of seven planned upgrades was completed last year because of changes to projects and rising costs.

It’s modern economic theory that is partly to blame, since everyone is now taught how public spending is necessary to create jobs. Absolutely wrong, of course, but everyone thinks it so that phenomenal amounts of money are poured into one wasteful project after another, projects that will never ever recover their costs in the value of their retunrs to the community. But it is possible that help is on the way, or at least a small modicum of coherence. I’ve emphasised the bits that need to be understood and then become the focus of attention, first for the Opposition and then for the rest of the community.

Opposition Transport spokesman David Davis said the government could not manage the finances of major projects. “Everywhere you look … costs have blown out and timelines are shot,” he said. “The community expects projects to be built on time, they don’t expect money to be wasted or squandered. “Many projects are delayed and its all down to the government’s own incompetence.”

The issue is NET costs, that is, the relative size of the return as against the costs of doing whatever is being done. Seems basic, but there is not a socialist government in the world that gets it right, with almost as many non-socialists as clueless as the socialists.

Toxic treatment of women by Labor and the left

SA Liberal MP Nicolle Flint.

In its ongoing series of attacks on the Federal Coalition, today The Australian comes up with this: Toxic Canberra too much for MP Nicolle Flint. Here is the gist of it in their own words:

Ms Flint — who was hounded, stalked, and labelled a slut and a prostitute in the vicious 2019 campaign in the South Australian seat of Boothby — has decided she can no longer tolerate the pressures of political life as a female MP….

“I did not put up my hand so I could be the sole candidate ­heckled, mocked and shouted down by GetUp, Labor and union members at community meetings,” Ms Flint told parliament. “I did not put up my hand so my election posters could be defaced with the words ‘skank’ and ‘blow and go’, suggesting I was a prostitute charging $60 an hour.”

Of course, given the nature of The Australian and its entirely anti-government left agenda, these two statements are 16 paragraphs apart. Go to the link and count them for yourself.

What if Daniel Andrews is literally insane

Are these the actions of someone with all his wits about him:

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has hit back at lockdown critics’ claims he has been motivated by political popularity, as the state recorded one new case of locally acquired COVID overnight. It comes as he deferred all questions about a man’s controversial use of a nebuliser in hotel quarantine for his asthma to Victoria’s quarantine boss Emma Cassar. The man has been blamed for Victoria’s Holiday Inn outbreak and has claimed he has been made to “feel like a criminal”…. Victoria entered its first of a five-day lockdown ordered by Mr Andrews in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, linked to an outbreak at the Holiday Inn.

We are locking down the state economy because of one new case! And he thinks Victoria is “the gold standard”!

Trump impeachment trial ends as it was always going to

TRUMP 2, IMPEACHMENT 0. The Democrats have converted impeachment from a measure of “high crimes and misdemeanors” to simply an indicator that the House of Representatives is controlled by the opposition party. Once again, people claiming to stand up in favor of institutions and traditions against Donald Trump have actually wrecked those institutions and traditions out of pique. This has done lasting damage to the Republic, and they don’t care. They never care.

As I told my twentysomething Con Law students, they have now lived through 75% of America’s presidential impeachments. Of course, if they were one year old, they would still have lived through 50%.

That’s not normal, and the source of the abnormality isn’t Trump.

That’s from Instapundit where the best of the comments thread leads with this:

Since he wasn’t removed, Trump should show up for work tomorrow

I will say this again. I have lived through three almost Identikit presidents: JFK, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. They were free market, anti-racist and anti-communist, as well as funny and personally humane in all their dealings. What has changed is the nature of the left which has become totalitarian in its aims and ambitions.

CDC inflated Covid deaths during the election

Who’s surprised by this: CDC Exposed: Inflated Covid Deaths By 1600% Throughout The Election, “Violated Multiple Federal Laws” Peer-Reviewed Study Finds.

A new peer reviewed study has been released that finds the CDC numbers to be so wildly unsupported as to be pure propaganda that is based on wholly unscientific practices that were needlessly created on-the-spot.

Fraud compounded by more fraud layered over by additional fraud. Standard Operating Procedure on the left. I particularly liked this comment from Lucianne.com:

There doesn’t seem to be any government nor public agency that isn’t corrupted or weaponized. I’m surprised, at this stage that lucianne.com and other conservative sites are still running. How much longer? Who knows? There is now nothing in government that can be trusted: The executive branch – now rogue The legislative branch – long gone The judicial branch – prostituted The federal bureaucracy – irremovably entrenched.

Along with this comment as well.

How do you continue to function when the American people know its government, administrative agencies and media is inherently dishonest? We find out on a daily basis just how corrupt and deceitful they are. Democrats have stolen a Presidential election, used a pandemic to benefit them politically, and now have embraced censorship in various forms. You can’t fix this kind of corruption when there is no stomach for exposing and eradicating it. Are we honestly going to live in a country that has abandoned its founding principles, integrity, and common sense? We are rapidly approaching the edge of this abyss with no desire to step on the brakes. To what kind of existence are we sentencing ourselves when lies, corruption and lust for power are the motivating force? This is the nightmare that comes with living in a world ruled by evil individuals. What we never could have imagined happening in this country is now our reality.

Not to mention the media from which no true word can ever be expected that harms the narrative of the left.

Impeachment Mark II

They can’t get Trump out of their heads, these nasty, stupid, ignorant Democrats. The greatest president of our lifetime. So even though he has left office, their bad conscience over the fraudulent election of Joe Biden makes them continue their gang tactics which will once again run into a wall. Impeachment is a means of removing someone from office, which is kind of difficult to do with someone who has already left office. Fantastically vile and inane, these Pelosi-led Democrats. They really are mentally ill, worm-eaten and bitter. Leftism is a psychosis. Socialism is far far different from a welfare state. Socialists want to manage every aspect of your life. Their aim is control, not freedom and individual rights. The Democrats were the party of slavery. They have remained psychologically unchanged since the days of the American Civil War.

For up-to-the-minute idiocy, there is no one better than our own ABC: Trump impeachment trial as it happened: US Senate votes trial is constitutional after chilling video of Capitol riot shown on first day. They really are the most vacuous people ever to present the news anywhere.

If you want to follow along, you can first read this: Senators Debate the Constitutionality of Trump’s Impeachment Trial. It begins:

Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial begins on Tuesday. The trial is expected to gavel in at 1 p.m. Eastern (In Washington which is 5:00 am Wednesday in Melbourne), beginning with four hours of opening statements and debate between House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense lawyers.

We live in the politically most stupid era possibly in history. This is Rand Paul: Trump impeachment trial – here’s my challenge to Democrats and Republicans.

This week, I will sit on a panel of jurors in the U.S. Senate in a most unusual trial. The trial is of dubious merit and even more dubious constitutionality. It will stop both sides of the political aisle from pursuing solutions and goals for policy, from presidential appointments to COVID relief bills. All of this could be stopped if the leaders of the House and Senate were not still locked in last year’s partisan struggle with Donald Trump. It also could have been stopped with a small gesture of bipartisan healing from President Biden, if he had told congressional leaders he didn’t want them proceeding. But none of that happened, so here we are…. But where is the other side? Where were they all last year when political violence ravaged our cities, when people could barely dine or walk the streets in many places? When businesses burned and people were injured or killed by mobs? They were silent. Where was the outrage from the left when their politicians, from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asked people to “get up in the faces” of people they disagreed with politically? When they said to not let Trump officials have a moments peace, even if you see them out in public, dining in restaurants? Where were they when it was shown the political rhetoric of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the rest of the socialist left inspired the shooter who fired at Republicans at our baseball practice, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.? And where were they when Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in front of the Supreme Court last year, when he called out Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh by name saying, “You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions”? This earned Schumer a rare direct rebuke from the chief justice, and scathing rebukes from senators and others in the GOP, but not a word from the Democrats. Their outrage is one sided and that’s not how this works. You either go after the Democrats who “incited violence” or you say that political speech always inspires great passion, and the speaker is not responsible for the actions of the listener unless clearly calling for violence.

We really do live in the stupidest times. There is no greater proof than all those people still walking down the street wearing masks.

Australia is now an example for all the world to see

This was just put up at Instapundit. THIS IS WHAT THE LEFT ENVISIONS FOR US:  Every nation should learn Australia’s lessons.5

This is the larger question asked at the link: “What happens when a country divests itself of anything that can assure its self-sufficiency? Australia provides an answer to that question.”

The central element of pre-Keynesian economics was value added. Unfortunately we are all Keynesians now. Read it all.

The average American π-Q is pretty dismal

I’m designing a test to measure someone’s πQ, their Political Quotient. So far as I can see, near on half the American population is at the sub-normal level.  If there is not by now major levels of buyer remorse following the “election” of Joe Biden, there may be little help for many of them. Quite a shame, however, for those who must share the same political space, and who knows how all of this will affect the rest of us in the rest of the world. The following posts have all just been taken from lucianne.com.

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Biden’s Worst Executive Order Went Almost Entirely Unnoticed Issues & Insights, by The Editorial Board Original Article In the flurry of President Joe Biden’s executive orders was one that was almost entirely overlooked but could easily end up having the biggest impact. The order also seems harmless enough, going by the seemingly innocent title “Modernizing Regulatory Review.” Except this order isn’t about modernizing regulations. It’s about unleashing the regulatory state with a ferocity never before seen in this country. Biden’s order – which didn’t get released to the press until late in the evening of his first day – aims to effectively toss the cost-benefit analysis that for many decades has served as at least a modest brake on

DC Officials Announce Plans to Erect Permanent Security Fence Around US Capitol – In Same Week Democrats Ended Construction of Border Security Fence Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft Original Article Joe Biden signed an executive order to stop the building of the border wall immediately after his virtual unattended inauguration.Walls don’t work. They’re immoral. And racist. But Washington DC officials announced this week they will erect a permanent security fence around the US Capitol because walls work in DC! This is People’s Pelosi’s House. Where corrupt and tone-deaf lawmakers hide from the people in fear.Unreal. PERMANENT SECURITY FENCING coming to US Capitol. New statement from acting US Capitol Police chief: “Vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing”

Off to a Bad START: Putin Schools Biden with One Phone CallAmerican Thinker, by Lynn Corum Original Article According to Russian news service Ria Novosti, on Tuesday, the presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, held a telephone conversation. During the conversation, Biden and Putin agreed to a five-year extension of START-3, until 2026, “100% on Russian terms, without additions, in the form in which it was originally signed.” As a result of the call, the authorized Duma committees were ordered to urgently take the necessary steps to extend START-3. On that same day, Putin submitted to the State Duma a bill on the ratification of START-3 through 2026; it immediately passed. Putin’s Deputy Foreign Minister

Democrat Lawmakers Introduce Bill for Nationwide Mail-in Voting: Necessary to ‘Make Real Progress’ Breitbart Politics, by Hannah Bleau Original Article Two Democrat lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday, dubbed the “Vote at Home Act,” to expand “Oregon-style” mail-in voting nationwide, contending that the move is necessary to “make real progress” in the country.The bill, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), is designed to “fight voter suppression” as detailed by Wyden’s press release. The measure would “massively expand vote-at-home ballot access, provide voters with pre-paid ballot envelopes and enact automatic voter registration.”The lawmakers point to the unprecedented number of Americans who voted by mail in the 2020 presidential election — a move Democrats vehemently pushed.

How and Why Joe Biden Opposes Patriotic Education American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky Original Article Of all the executive orders that newly elected Joe Biden swiftly enacted, nothing is more indicative of his anti-American animus and radical left-wing influence than his revoking Trump’s “1776 Commission” to promote “patriotic education.” The 1776 Commission to Create a Patriotic History Curriculum is in direct contrast to the “1619 Project,” which reflects a decidedly anti-American, factually incorrect, and blatantly biased program currently being pushed through the U.S. education system.The mission of the 1776 Commission is “to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character.” But the left continues the mendacious onslaught of falsehoods about America.

Biden, Teachers’ Unions, and the $630 Billion Shakedown American Greatness, by Julie Kelly Original Article For all their devastating, long-term side effects, the various failed remedies to COVID-19 have been clarifying. The “expert” class, in case it was still unclear to anyone, is overrun not with critical thinkers devoted to scientific inquiry but hyperpartisan hacks with a hive mind no better than that of a typical seventh-grade cheer squad. The scientific method is dead; in its place is a multitiered campaign to bully, silence, and cancel anyone who dares to challenge their unchallengeable expertise. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle are as clueless as they are callous. Little daylight exists between Democratic Governor

Rand Paul’s Great Speech on the Unconstitutional Impeachment Shamrushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Original Article RUSH: Now, folks, Rand Paul has been on fire this week, the senator from Kentucky, and Tuesday in Washington on the Senate floor, he made a really great speech on the unconstitutional sham second impeachment of Donald Trump.(Snip)PAUL: If we are about to try to impeach a president, where is the chief justice? If the accused is no longer president, where is the constitutional power to impeach him? Private citizens don’t get impeached. Impeachment is for removal from office, and the accused here has already left office. Hyperpartisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol

Biden administration reestablishes diplomatic ties with Palestinian Authority Post Millenial [Canada], by Noah David Alter Original Article The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that they would be restoring diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority, Times of Israel reports. (Snip) the United States will be restoring diplomatic aid to the Palestinian authority, a move which has been heavily criticized by pro-Israel groups. Critics of the decision warn that US diplomatic aid may go towards the Palestinian policy of “pay-for-slay,” whereby the Palestinian Authority pays the families of terrorists who murder Israeli civilians. The Trump administration had previously cut off significant amounts of diplomatic aid to the Palestinian Authority due to this pay-for-slay policy, saying that the aid would be restored when the Palestinians abandon that practice.

Biden Signs Executive Order Allowing the U.S. to Fund Global Abortions National Review, by Alexandra DeSanctis Original Article President Biden signed an executive order Thursday afternoon reversing the Mexico City policy, permitting U.S. aid money once again to fund groups that provide or promote abortion around the globe. The policy was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in an effort to ensure that taxpayers were not required to indirectly fund abortion procedures performed in other countries. The policy has been undone via executive order by every subsequent Democratic administration and reinstated by each Republican one. The Trump administration expanded the policy to include not only family planning funds distributed by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development but also

Biden’s normal is abnormal Donsurber.com, by Don Surber Original Article 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.