Pelosi’s Pitfall, AKA Dems will never learn

Frankly, I don’t care so much what Pelosi did to her copy of the SOTU as why and when she did it.

Because I don’t care who you are, that was Grade A immature pre-school shit right there. And it speaks volumes about why the Democrats can’t stop throwing tantrums about Trump.

Dems, you want to know why Trump keeps beating you like a rented mule?

Look in the mirror. Read what you write. Pay attention to what you do. And all will be revealed unto you.

The longer you continue to venerate the Big Book of Alinsky, the longer your opponent is going to keep throwing what you said (or wrote, or did) back into your face. Because he LOVES to fight. And you’re not used to that. You’re used to Republicans backing down and compromising. This guy is not built that way. He is literally goading you into fighting him. And as soon as you try something you’re sure is going to work this time, he pulls some Trumpian jiu-jitsu move in return and you end up on the mat, flat on your back, going, “Wha’hoppen?”

As the great philosopher Rocket J. Squirrel often noted, “Aw, Bullwinkle, that trick never works.” The Democrats could learn a lot from that.

But they won’t. And a rabbit will never actually come out of that hat. It’ll be more like a spring-loaded boxing glove filled with bricks.

“Wha’hoppen?”

Donald John Trump. That’s what happened. And eventually you’ll give in and accept it.

Nah.  Maybe you just need to get another hat.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Thoughts and prayers

I have not listened to Rush Limbaugh for literally years, ever since I got tired of the constant “inline” ad breaks and frankly what I considered to be an alarming trend in his love of his own voice resulting in fewer and fewer minutes of caller input.  And in general, three hours of political yak yak in the middle of the day during the Obama misAdministration didn’t sit well on my stomach, most days.  Bottom line, the signal to noise ratio had dropped considerably, and I had better things to do.  (Maybe this has changed but it’s too late for me to go back to find out.)

So despite the fact that I know he’s long been a connoisseur of fine cigars, it nevertheless came as a shock to hear that he had announced his diagnosis of advanced lung cancer.

Naturally, this announcement brought out the usual gleeful left-wing suspects talking about, for instance, what a great world it would be without Rush Limbaugh in it, and so forth.  But at least one person on the left took the high road, instead:

Now, I don’t care for her politics, but damn, the lady is a class act. If the rest of the Democrats had half her grace and honesty, this primary season might be bearable. They could (and will) do a lot worse than nominate Ms. Gabbard.

All the best to Rush. Cancer is apolitical and indiscriminate. We should support its sufferers ditto.

Hawkeye Cauci bite the big one.

“Inconsistencies in the reporting” == “OMFG WTF Bernie won now what do we do?”

Shut up, they explained.

The hell, Schiffless?

Schiff: Trump Will Sell Alaska To Russia If We Don’t Impeach Him

(H/T: Instapundit.)

“Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election, or decide to move to Mar-A-Lago permanently and leave Jared Kushner to run the country, delegating to him the decision whether they go to war.”

Under what possible legal theory would any of that pass muster in the Senate? Remember the Senate? If this is even possible, they’d have to approve it.  Supreme Court would probably get involved, too, and I’m pretty sure they’d be a big fat no on this one.  Constitution is pretty clear on the fact that the Senate, not the President, declares war (although there’s that pesky War Powers Resolution that lets him punch troops for 60 days and ask forgiveness later, of course).  Plus, we fought a big war back between 1861-1865 — maybe you’ve heard of it — that pretty much put paid to the idea that we’d let states get away from the Union.  The latter, of course, may no longer be taught in California schools, so you may have an excuse, there.

Even so, Schiffy, you’ve been lying, er, making stuff up all along, of course, but my goodness, this right here takes the proverbial cake. Keep troweling on the pancake, buddy, you’ll make senior clown yet.

The bottom line is you’re a fucking moron. You should be ejected from the House so hard, the splashdown would be in the Chesapeake.

And your little dog Nadler, too.

Note to Dems: You lose.

It’s all over but the shouting:  There aren’t going to be enough votes to call more witnesses.  Thank you, Sen. Murkowski, you have somewhat more integrity than I gave you credit for.

“DEMS SIGNAL THEY WON’T ACCEPT TRUMP ACQUITTAL” blares a headline, inline in that article.  I won’t link it.

But who cares? You had a lousy case from the start, you defenestrated due process, you tried to manage the whole House side of the case in a star chamber and without a single GOP member in favor, you managed to piss off every GOP senator once the trial started, you’ve turned the American public off to the whole thing (and non-voters and Democrats are showing up at Trump rallies — cats and dogs are sleeping together, apparently), and finally, you’ve just plain blown your play. You screwed it up every single step of the way, and you’ve squandered almost every bit of political capital you had. Oh, and it looks like your leading presidential candidate is crooked as a dog’s hind leg, and his son is equally crooked and a total waste of oxygen to boot.

Sucks to be you. Live with it.

Maybe next time don’t be so quick to let the media prod you into doing something you really don’t want to do, Nancy.

This debacle will be taught for decades (or would be, if history and political science departments weren’t overrun with progressives who will now scurry to cover it up) as an example of how not to run an American political impeachment. By any means of comparison, the Clinton and Johnson impeachments and subsequent trials were fair, cool, calm, deliberate, and a credit to the Constitution. (And I’m actually not saying that was true, because they weren’t, but they were a hell of a lot closer to it than this clown-car fiasco.)

This group of Dems wouldn’t even have been able to convict Nixon. And that’s sad, because Nixon was probably convictable.

Give it up, already.  The American people are sick to death of your squabbling.  It’s going to be a fucking landslide in November for Trump, the House, and the Senate, the way things are going.  Shit, the GOP will probably even pick up some governors’ mansions.

Somebody please move to take a vote tonight, and get this waste of taxpayer dollars over with.

Early retirement would make sense

if the idiot Congress would repeal the double-taxation they imposed on Social Security benefits back in 1984.  There’s a bill in the House with bipartisan support to do exactly that, but I doubt it has much traction in the Pelosi House.  Might do better after the Pubs win the House back in November.

Looking at this article, it appears the total payout converges at around 80, regardless of when you decide to take benefits after reaching 62. If you take them early, and live past 80, obviously the total drops off, but I haven’t any illusions that I’ll live to 100. I’ll probably be lucky to live to 80.  (Although my mother is nearly 92, so apparently she got a much better set of longevity genes than her parents or her sister, and maybe that will pass through to me.  Don’t know if I want to live that long or not.  On the other hand, never really thought about living past 40, which happened at the turn of the century; that I’ve now entered my seventh decade is somewhat of a shock whenever I think about it.)

If the double-taxation went away, it would probably pay to take benefits early, since one could still work without fear of having one’s benefits taxed away at some arbitrary income level. Social Security admits that it only replaces about 40% of your pre-retirement income, so given the choice between making it up out of your 401(k) or other pension instrument, or continuing to work (and probably still pay FICA) at a level that makes up the difference, I honestly think I’d prefer the latter.  I don’t think I’d have any trouble finding a job that paid 60% of what I make now, and if such a job had reasonable insurance benefits, it might make sense to pull the plug at 62 even though I don’t qualify for Medicare until 65.

Of course, I also have the thought that the sooner I take it, the more likely I will be to collect anything at all from our great national Ponzi scheme.

Statists gonna act statist

There’s been a lot of hooroar about Indiana’s SB203, the summary of which is:

Firearms. Prohibits the: (1) sale; (2) trade; or (3) transfer; of a regulated weapon to a person less than 21 years of age. Provides that a dealer or person who knowingly or intentionally: (1) sells; (2) trades; or (3) transfers; a regulated weapon to a person less than 21 years of age commits a Level 6 felony. Provides certain defenses. Prohibits a person from possessing, selling, or offering for sale a magazine or similar device for a firearm with a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Provides that a person who: (1) knowingly; or (2) intentionally; openly carries a prohibited weapon in a public place commits carrying a prohibited firearm, a Class A misdemeanor. Creates the crime of “unlawful possession of a multiburst trigger activator”. Provides that the possession or sale of a multiburst trigger activator is a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that the crime of unlawful possession of a multiburst trigger activator is a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior, unrelated conviction for the offense.

Filed by a jackhole Democrap senator from Indianapolis, of course.  And he can kiss the rest of the legislators’ asses if he thinks this is going to go anywhere this session with a majority GOP in both houses.  Unless of course the GOP falls on their own asses and lets this get passed.  But the word is it’s DOA in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But this other bill, SB219, is insidious, was filed by a fuckwad GOP senator, and may end up passed if people don’t wake up:

School bus stop arm. Permits the civil forfeiture of a vehicle if the vehicle is used to recklessly pass a school bus with an extended stop arm.

Now, wait a minute.  Didn’t the Supreme Court (the federal one, not the state one) recently have some unkind words to say about civil forfeiture in a case from Indiana?

Well, sort of.  The Supreme Court said that the Excessive Fines clause of the 8th Amendment was binding on the states (the legal term is “incorporation”), but rather than vacating the forfeiture as an Excessive Fine, they sent Timbs v. Indiana back to the appellate level to determine whether or not Timbs’ forfeiture of his expensive SUV (because it was allegedly purchased with money Timbs made from selling illegal drugs) was, in fact, an Excessive Fine as defined by the Eighth Amendment.  (For what it’s worth, don’t think for a moment that Timbs is a good guy who got screwed by the state — he’s not.  But he makes a good case that seizure of the SUV was excessive.)

Given that the appellate courts have not yet ruled on whether or not civil forefeiture is an Excessive Fine, you’d think a state legislator — especially a GOP state legislator — would hold fire on attempting to add to the Indiana Code a really fucking stupid civil forfeiture penalty for what is effectively a reckless driving offense that is already punishable by a fine.  Because if the Timbs forfeiture ends up being vacated because it’s determined to be an Excessive Fine, this piece of legislation if passed will be null and void.

Moreover, the specific code to which this penalty is intended to be added, IC 34-24-1-1, doesn’t actually say a word about school buses and whether or not disregarding an extended school bus stop arm is any sort of a crime.  (It is, it’s just not covered in this statute, and I don’t have time to go look it up.)  IC 34-24-1-1 discusses the specific criminal acts such as dealing in or transporting illegal narcotics, transporting bombs, driving recklessly while drunk, and suchlike, for which a vehicle is fair game to be seized.

Note that all of the offenses listed in IC 34-24-1-1 are criminal offenses, rather than civil.  I would argue that since reckless driving is already covered, there is no need to add the specific instance of disregarding an extended stop arm, other than to say, “Look, I DID SOMETHING ABOUT SOMETHING, so RE-ELECT ME.”  What this is normally called is “larding the bill of indictment with stuff that ought to be fucking obvious.”

So for the exceedingly subjective offense of passing a school bus while its stop arm is extended, any offender could be slapped with a reckless driving charge and potentially forfeit their vehicle.  The reason I call this “exceedingly subjective” is that school bus drivers often extend the stop arm before they come to a full stop.  If I am already in the act of passing the bus when the stop arm comes out, an innocent act at this time in history, I could be charged with an offense that actually makes zero sense to prosecute.  It’s “subjective” because it’s entirely up to how the cop sees the incident, which could be dependent on his viewing angle, but could also be dependent on how much coffee and how many doughnuts he’s had to eat today, or whether or not he was really paying attention or checking out the cute mom waiting for her kid at the bus stop.

Now, if I’m drunk, and the cop is chasing me, and I happen to whiz past a parked school bus with the stop arm extended, hell’s fire, he’s already got me for DUI and reckless driving, and possibly reckless endangerment of the kids getting on or off the bus.  IC 34-24-1-1 already says my vehicle is subject to seizure for those offenses (which is questionable pending the outcome of Tibbs v. Indiana).  Why do we need to lard on ANOTHER forfeiture clause that by the way is PROBABLY an Eighth Amendment Excessive Fine?

Because it’s really all about the plea bargain.  The prosecutor doesn’t want to waste his time on this, so he’s going to walk in and say, “Hmm, first offense, DUI, reckless driving, passing a bus with stop arm extended, so you’re going to lose your car to civil foreiture.  We’ve got you on camera.  Do you want to plead out now, or fight us on this?  Our deal is, you lose your car but we get you probation as a first-time offender, and you lose your license for 90 days and have to attend a diversion program.”

For which the prosecutor ought to be hanged, but that’s another story.

The point is, when you already have half a dozen ways from Sunday to prosecute the sort of offense that is envisioned by Sen. Ronnie Alting (R-Lafayette), a state senator of 22 years’ tenure who probably should have been primaried or term-limited years ago, you have to wonder when this cake of laws we’re baking is going to be done.  We are thus left wondering, as P.J. O’Rourke so trenchantly did:

Otherwise, only one important question is raised by the Constitution, a question implicit in its Preamble:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity . . .

The question being, “Are we done yet?”

— Parliament of Whores, p. 14

As P.J. noted in answer to his own question, “The mystery of government is not how Washington works, but how to make it stop.”  I’d suggest you could say the same about the Indiana General Assembly.

Of course it’s Trump’s fault…in the minds of Democrats.

Saw this tweet posted on Facebook:

My response:

  • War started under Carter
  • War escalated under Obama
  • Trump makes it clear we’re not screwing around anymore
  • QED (quod erat democratum), the whole thing is Trump’s fault.

It’s not fair, but nobody ever said the Democrats were fair.  Except Democrats, and they lie about everything.

Time for the real Persians to step up

The Iranian-American War started on 4 November 1979.

This is a reminder for the benefit of Congressional Democrats, whose memories apparently don’t go back that far. I know Ilhan Omar’s don’t; she hasn’t been an American that long (and still isn’t, regardless of being given citizenship that ought to be revoked).

The IA war has never ended, and continues 40 years later, mostly because the Iranian leadership can’t back down from their “US == Satan” rhetoric. Well, that plus the mullahs are a bunch of fascist dictators. I keep wondering when the real Persians are going to step up, the Transfenestration of Qom will happen, and the Radical Islamics who’ve ruined Persia will be tossed out on their asses in favor of the Zoroastrians.

I hear a lot of sass from Persian protesters talking about how they don’t want any help from the US, but I sure don’t see any mullahs being cut down in the street like the dogs they are. So that’s something they might want to either get on with, or ask for help with. Their call, but I’m thinking it won’t be long until we take care of that for them, whether they like it or not.

Bottom line, you want this shit to end? Kill the got-damn mullahs who own you in fee simple. You have nothing to lose but your chains, your chadors, and your hijabs.

Celebrities have no special insight and should be laughed at

“Shut up and sing.” Ah, if only our “celebrities” would follow that simple dictum and stick to what they know…which isn’t much.

So, just to set the record straight, Bette Midler thinks our servicemen and diplomatic personnel are expendable, and they should have been left to die like her goddess Hillary did the Benghazi crew, just to splash mud on the current president’s face. Good to know.

Hey, Bette, exit question: Should your hero Hillary and her ex-boss Barry face an inquiry and jail time for leaving US officials and Marines to die at the hands of barbarians? Same thing, amirite?

Also good to know that most of the early commenters on this twit, er tweet of hers were slapping her around exactly as she deserved.

Sad for Ms. Bette that we have a real President who dropped a rapid reaction force into Baghdad and took care of the problem.

Stupid cow bitch commie traitor.

 

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