Meandering

Welcome back to the Scuttlebutt. 


The word “meandering” the title of this piece, means: To follow a winding and turning course.


To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction: synonym: wander.


To speak or write in sustained fashion on a number of loosely connected topics.


That sort of describes the trip I just got back from, looking at definition #1 because we didn’t go straight to TX and back, but instead went there by way of Yellowstone N.P. and back by way of the Grand Canyon N.P. (which itself is a meandering course for the Colorado River.)  It also describes, with definition #3 what this post is going to be, as I have a lot of different things to comment on, in no particular order.  So, let’s begin!


I had the infinite displeasure of watching MSNBC for a while last night… Not because I wanted to, but because the restaurant where my NGO holds its executive board meeting had it on, on the TV right in front of me.  Fortunately for me, they had the sound turned off, or I would have probably lost my lunch a couple times. 


Look, this particular part of the internet is biased.  I readily cop to that charge.  But it’s an OPINION PAGE.  This isn’t a place that proclaims to be a “news show.”  What I watched last night was the most opinionated piece of garbage falsely identifying itself as news, that it’s ever been my personal doom to watch.  The entire hour had a banner across the bottom with the caption “Republicans Against Democracy” and “GOP bid to undermine Democracy” while various left-wingers came on and sounded off about how denying that everything in the 2020 election was perfect is an attempt to turn us into a Nazi dictatorship.  Oh, and talking about how really, everything any left-winger states is OBVIOUSLY the REAL opinion of the majority of the electorate, and anything else is a blatant lie.  


When Beto O’Rourke gets fifteen minutes on how “Texans when polled, demand more and stronger gun laws…” WOW. And this was passed as gospel by the reporters without so much as a blush.  Then Hillary comes on and talks about how anyone who has the audacity to question anything about the 2020 election is an obvious Nazi and needs to be disenfranchised.  Funny thing, the same person that’s saying this, also has claimed repeatedly that Trump didn’t actually beat her, that that election was fraud… Further, she released a video Friday claiming that “right-wing extremists already have a plan to steal the next presidential election” through Republican-controlled state legislatures rather than the popular vote or the “anachronistic Electoral College.” She’s also claiming that the entire midterm election is going to be stolen… Watch it if you have the stomach, but do yourself a favor, don’t watch it just after eating.


I guess it’s only undermining Democracy when Democrats don’t win.  See if “the party” wins, the election can’t be questioned.  If “the party” loses, well obviously there was cheating, voter suppression, and all other sorts of shenanigans.  Comrade Lenin, red courtesy phone, comrade Lenin, red courtesy phone, please!   


Of course, Killary isn’t the only one chirping this nonsense, so is whoever has their hand up President (?) Biden’s ass, and using him as a ventriloquist’s dummy, so are the talking heads on such paragons of reporting integrity as “The View,” the NYT, and the Washington Post, that never to be sufficiently loathed perpetual candidate Stacey Abrams, and many others.  


I suspect the only reason that John Fetterman isn’t claiming it is that, as was made obvious in the debate on Tuesday, he’s too brain-damaged from the stroke to string together enough words to make it.  Seriously, why in the hell is the DNC so hell-bent on putting obviously mental incompetents on the ballot?  It’s almost like an intentional message: “we can put a horse in the senate, or a dead man on the throne, and you can’t do shit about it! So just bend the knee already!” (three points if you recognize the historic references in that sentence) 


That NGO I was at the board meeting for, lobbies our elected officials in the interest of the people we represent. One of the things in the discussion was inviting our congressmen and senators to come and speak.  This would be a speech in the spring, and I was advocating for “uh, don’t you think we should wait until after the election, so we know who to invite?”  Seriously, I was laughed at.  In a state where the senate seat is polling at a dead heat, the rest of my officers seemed positive that the fix was in, and the Democrats were going to keep every one of their seats.  It’s getting “Twilight Zone” out, and I’m starting to feel like Shatner, staring out the wing.


More on that subject, this time from Georgia, in spite of having the largest mid-term early voting turnout ever in that state (Up 159% from day six in 2020) Uncle Joe and his mouthpiece Jean-Pierre, as well as Stacey Abrams and the ever more irrelevant old queen George Takai are claiming “Voter Suppression.” With quotes like: 


“High turnout and voter suppression can take place at the same time.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre


“Two things can be true: 1) GA GOP tried to suppress Black votes by new ID requirements and changes to laws, and 2) GA voters, especially Black voters, rallied despite these efforts to turn out in droves. Don’t get it twisted. It’s still voter suppression, even when it fails.” —actor George Takei


Speaking of the minority thing, let’s talk for just a second about the Department of Energy.  You know them as the people who actually own all the US’s nuclear weapons, regulate their nuclear and other power plants, and do things like High Energy Particle Research.  They have posted a new requirement that in order to request research grant money, you must submit your DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) plan, and you will be evaluated to ensure that you have “Enhanced recruitment of individuals from diverse backgrounds and groups historically underrepresented in the research community.”  In other words, if you want our money you better be more interested in who your employees sleep with, and how much melanin is in their skin, than their curriculum vitae.


Back when we started the Manhattan project, no one gave a FUCK about any of that, because we realized that we might just lose a war.  We’re about a week to a year from being at war with what is frankly the axis of Evil, I mean China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, and these fools want to make sure that people who are getting research money are: “creating and sustaining a positive, inclusive, safe, and professional research and training environment that fosters a sense of belonging among all research personnel,” and providing “training, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.”  Seriously, sometimes I don’t think we deserve to win.  Now the president or congress has the power to tell DOE “Are you out of your mind? Reverse that or we’ll replace you with someone who will.” But what do you think the odds of the current residents of those offices doing so?


Bright side news, The NYSC just bitch-slapped NYC, and New York’s government in general, for firing people for refusing to get the Covid Vaccine, stating in the decision (written by Justice Ralph Porzio)  “There is nothing in the record to support the rationality of keeping a vaccination mandate for public employees while vacating the mandate for private sector employees or creating a carveout for certain professions, like artists, athletes or performers,” Porzio wrote. Mayor Eric Adams announced last month that he would lift the private-sector mandate and grant certain carveouts. As Porzio explained, “This is clearly an arbitrary and capricious action because we are dealing with identical unvaccinated people being treated differently by the same administrative agency.”


Moreover, the vaccine is “not absolute,” Porzio said. “Being vaccinated does not prevent an individual from contracting or transmitting Covid-19.” He cited the CDC, though such a statement has been censored as “misinformation” by some Big Tech companies. He also pointed out, “The state of New York ended the Covid-19 state of emergency over a month ago.”


The fun part? The real “in-your-face!” part? All 1,400 plus employees not only must be rehired at their old job and seniority BUT, wait for it… Backpay from the date of termination!


Now if you’re paying taxes in NY, that’s going to straight up SUCK, but you get the government you voted for, good and hard.


More fun, if you missed it: That complete MORON Pramila Jayapal wrote a letter, signed by the 30 liberals in the “Progressive Caucus” including the following quotes: “Given the destruction created by this war for Ukraine and the world, as well as the risk of catastrophic escalation, we also believe it is in the interests of Ukraine, the United States, and the world to avoid a prolonged conflict,” “For this reason, we urge you to pair the military and economic support the United States has provided to Ukraine with a proactive diplomatic push, redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire.”


Needless to say, this is leaving a lot of egg on a lot of faces, not because they didn’t like what the letter said (they do) but because admitting it, two weeks before the election, is “bad optics,” making it plain that they want the US government to force Ukraine to bargain with what is becoming ever more obviously “war criminals.”  


This at the same time that the rest of the Democrats are telling everyone “You have to vote for us because the Republicans will leave Ukraine hanging, and quit supporting them against Russia.”  


Jayapal issued a statement saying she was “withdrawing the letter” and claiming it was released by “staffers” without vetting.  How it got signed by 30 of these wanna-be Nevil Chamberlains “Without vetting” remains a mystery, especially since a source inside Jayapal’s office told Politico that she had personally approved the letter’s release!  It sounds to this commentator as if, in a moment of weakness, she let her true colors show because she knows that she will never not get reelected.  (her seat is more of a guarantee than even Nancy P.)  


When she’s even lost that commie rag “The Seattle Times” well, I think her future promotion opportunities just went down in flames. A really fun part of this is that Nancy P is a HUGE proponent of Ukraine, and a Ukraine victory, so this is sort of a slap in her face, and proof that she’s losing control of her party.


Russia is continuing to claim that Ukraine is planning on using a “dirty bomb” (a high explosive bomb with a casing of radioactive material, designed to kill by radiation poisoning,  and poison an area via high levels of radioactivity) against Russian Forces.  This is a recurring theme for Russia that has been played out dozens of times since the start of this war.  “Claim your enemy is about to do something, then do it yourself, and use the action as an excuse for escalation.” It’s a trick that was also highly thought of by Nazi Germany, just ask Poland. 


It’s worth noting that Ukraine reports Russian forces have been carrying out secret construction work in the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear power plant over the last week, and have been systematically taking down all of the Electrical Transfer stations that they can reach with artillery… Put all of it together, and draw your conclusions. 


The newest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was released, and the Secretary of Education, as well as the NYT, would really like you to look somewhere else, anywhere else.  Inflation-adjusted K-12 Education Spending per Student has increased by 280% since 1960. 26% of eighth graders are proficient in math, down from 34% three years ago.  According to the USDE, there are 3748K eighth graders enrolled in public school, so, just in case you’re one of the vast majority of students that are not proficient in math, I’ve done it for you.  We have 299 thousand fewer kids in eighth grade that can do math at an eighth-grade level than we did three years ago. Fourth graders also fell back, as did reading scores in both fourth and eighth grade.  


The NYT is desperately afraid that the Democrats will be blamed for this. Personally, I can’t imagine WHY they would be worried… Just because the NEA (the teachers union) is violently Democratic, the school systems were shut down for far longer in Democratic-controlled areas, and even when they were opened up, Democratic activists and the NEA fought against it tooth and nail, just because Democrat-controlled states and cities faired far worse in testing than Republican-controlled areas, why ever would we blame the Democrats???  This just provides more evidence for my suggestion that we abolish the Department of Education.


Yeah, you in the back, with the Che T-shirt, and the purple hair, what did you say?  “What would we replace it with?” you ask…


When a house is burning, what do we replace the fire with?  NOT fire.  The federal government has no business, according to the constitution, in Edu.  That’s reserved for the states.  If the states want to get together and form some sort of “state compact” involving some or all of the states in a given region, that’s their call, but the Feds need to butt out.  The Department of Education is a fairly new one. It was started during Jimmy Carter’s administration, which was, until now, the worst presidential administration in our history.  Like most of his other ideas, this one is a rotten fish, and the sooner we throw it away, the better it will smell around here.


Speaking of EDU, if you missed it, the eighth Federal Court of Appeals granted a stay based on lawsuits from several states and some other people with standing against Biden’s “we’ll pay off your college debt, on the back of the taxpayer” plan.  The administration of course appealed, and this will no doubt wind its way through to SCOTUS.  If it does, I expect Biden to get it broken off in his ass, SCOTUS has been making it really clear that “Original Intent” is real.


Well, there are a few hundred other things I could comment on, but this is going long, so I’ll leave you with just two last things.


In what will probably NOT be the last notes of the Waukesha Wis. drama, Darrell Brooks, the asshat that intentionally ran down a bunch of folks in a Christmas parade for the sin of being the same color as the Kenosha kid, killing 6 and injuring 61, was found guilty on all charges. 


I say this probably won’t be the end of it because the judge let him act as his own attorney.  His defense started as a “reduced capacity” defense, then he withdrew that and went with a “sovereign citizen” claim that the court didn’t have jurisdiction to try him.  I’ll place large amounts of money that the NAACP, the ACLU, or some other leftist group appeals for him, claiming “inadequate defense, and unfair trial” because the court allowed him to act on his own behalf.  By the way, it’s worth noting that the judge is a black woman, so claims of racism need not be brought.


On our way back home, we stayed overnight at a lovely little winery just inside OR. In the town of Echo. The Sno Road Winery (snoroadwinery.com) is a member of a group called Harvest Host that will let you park your RV in their place for free, with the agreement that you’ll buy something from the host. (It’s really a pretty good deal.) They had a wine called Carmenere (we bought the ’14 vintage) made with a grape that had been believed to be lost after the great French grape blight.  Well, it seems the grape was found again in Chile.  (Nazi brought it along when he fled at the end of WWII? Who knows?)  Anyway, they didn’t rediscover it until 1994.  It’s a fantastic wine, tasting slightly of peppercorns, and makes a wonderful wine with a good steak.  If you get a chance, you should try it, even if you don’t normally like reds.  I give it two thumbs way up.


This is the last post I will be doing before the election, so one last reminder, vote as if the survival of our nation depends on it.  It does.  And if you find my scribblings amusing, I will point out that I also occasionally post on Quora because they were silly enough to offer to monetize me, and I take the opportunity from time to time to slap some fool into the middle of next week or provide information to honest seekers after same. I think I get a couple of pennies a reader.


Take care, watch your six, 
Until next time I remain,
Yours in service.
William Lehman.

1 Comment

  1. El Gato Negro, which makes/sells wines that are both inexpensive and good, imports a Carmenere from Chile. I like it. $4.99 a bottle for all their wines at the store I frequent.

    Recently tried a red blend of theirs called Red Velvet. Went back and bought a case bring the price to $4.50 a bottle. better then a lot of far more expensive blends I’ve been trying.

    If I ever get to Oregon, I’ll stop by the Sno Road winery per your recommendation.

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