Can Biden’s Disaster Get Any Worse?

It’s a remarkable situation to realize that Biden’s presidency encompasses catastrophes in literally every dimension of American life.  Anywhere you look bad news is on display.  And furthermore, in most cases things haven’t even come close to hitting bottom yet.  Take the economy for instance.  Rampant inflation is being driven by petroleum prices.  But petroleum prices will continue to rise as the Ukraine crisis worsens.

And the Fed’s attempts to put the breaks on inflation by raising interest rates has already convinced businesses that a recession is guaranteed so they are putting the brakes on hiring and in fact many large employers are already beginning to lay off employees.  This is the classic scenario that was named “stagflation” back in the 1970’s when Jimmy Carter was its hapless victim.

On the cultural front places like Florida and Texas are revolting against leftist practices like CRT and LGBTQ indoctrination in the schools.  They’re passing laws and electing conservatives to counter these trends and actions.  But now Biden is writing executive actions to attempt to interfere with the states protecting their citizens.  This will further alienate the voters in these states and ensure that Democrats get hammered in the November midterms.

On the crime front even urban Democrats are revolting against the refusal of mayors and prosecutors to protect the citizens from the marauding bands of muggers, thieves, gangbangers and psychotic homeless that infest their neighborhoods.  And instead of owning up to the failure and promising to correct the problem they now employ denial and quibble about whether there were even worse problems back in the 1970’s or 1990’s.  These failures are disillusioning a whole generation of urban dwellers and threatens to undermine the whole coalition of minority groups who are losing faith in the sanity of the Left’s leaders.

The January 6th hearings have become a running joke.  The selective enforcement of laws by agencies like the FBI around such things as the Supreme Court protests and the January 6th protests have proven to large segments of the American people that the Deep State is a partisan entity that helps its friends on the Left and hurts those on the Right.

Even the Roe v. Wade ruling doesn’t seem to be something that unifies the country behind Biden.  It appears that all it will do is polarize the country along the already clear Red/Blue divide.  And that ruling will do precisely nothing to abortion availability in Democrat strongholds like California and New York.  What it will do is restore faith in the ability of the Right to influence the federal government in their own strongholds.  And it will give hope that other long standing unconstitutional laws will be overturned, like the gay marriage decision and affirmative action.

On the personal front, Joe Biden and his minions have had nothing but terrible optics for over a year.  Biden’s endless gaffes and the embarrassed attempts by his staff to explain them is undermining whatever remaining credibility he might have.  And when it comes to his handling of the Ukraine, I think he’s starting to scare the whole world.  Many of his statements of fact are delusional and the provocations come dangerously close to what might trigger military responses from the Russians.  Biden is under the spell of the Neocons in his administration and it’s beginning to look like they want a shooting war with the Russians.  And that is close to true madness.

And on and on and on.  So, to answer the question that is the title to this post, yes it certainly will continue to get worse for Biden (and the country) for some time to come.  We’re not even close to hitting bottom yet.  Inflation won’t subside for at least a year and by then the recession will be in full bloom.  The social problems will continue to fester under Biden’s presidency with only some relief in the areas of the country run by responsible Republican leaders.

And even after Biden leaves office in January 2025 it will take time and smart policy decisions to fix all the damage that’s been done.  A big part of it will be straightening out the energy policy so that we have enough oil and gas to run our businesses and homes economically.  But as soon as Dementia Joe has been carted off to the booby hatch it will feel like Morning in America again.

Even Progressives Admit that Blue Cities Are Awash in Crime

The writer is an avowed liberal and he puts in all the qualifiers to show his bona fides as a bleeding heart liberal.  But after all the hemming and hawing he has to admit that the blue cities are experiencing enormous spikes of murders, assaults and theft.  The old saying was that a conservative is liberal who’s been mugged.  Maybe this guy got mugged.

Or maybe he’s trying to wake up the Dems before the Red Wave sweeps them away in November.

Here’s my favorite quote,

“The aforementioned Times article on Boudin’s tenure as San Francisco’s chief prosecutor states that “there is no compelling evidence that Mr. Boudin’s policies have made crime significantly worse in San Francisco. Overall crime in San Francisco has changed little since Mr. Boudin took office in early 2020.” Yet, just a few paragraphs later, the same article says that “burglaries, especially in wealthier neighborhoods, have soared during the pandemic. The city recorded 7,575 burglaries in 2020 and 7,217 last year, a sharp increase of more than 45 percent from 2019.”

If an increase of more than 45 percent in burglaries does not qualify as significant, then what would be?”

So the New York Times thinks a 45% increase in burglaries is a minor increase.

And how about this article in the Guardian about murder in Philadelphia,

“In the same article, the Guardian writers did acknowledge that in 2020 Philadelphia “returned close to [its] historic highs for the number of people killed in a single year.” (It surpassed that high the following year.) Yet the article seemed to suggest that alarming figures shouldn’t worry us too much—after all, “even after an estimated 25% single-year increase in homicides, Americans overall are much less likely to be killed today than they were in the 1990s.””

So even though murders were up by 25% people should be comforted because thirty years ago it was even worse.  It’s easy to see why even progressives are realizing that the media is making believe that crime, even murder isn’t a problem.  Now let’s hope it becomes a big problems for the Dems from now on.

Supreme Court Rules Religious Schools Have the Same Right to State Money as Any Other Private School

The Supreme Court Rulings are starting to roll out now.  And this is a big one.  Maine has a law that allows for districts that do not provide a high school for their children to use state money to reimburse parents for sending their children to private schools.  But it excluded religious schools.  The Supreme Court found that rule unconstitutional.  This is a very big deal.  This will open the floodgates for any anti-religious school laws to be thrown out.  And this is the foot in the door to allow parents to get their kids out of the public schools.  This isn’t the end of the fight but it’s the first shot being fired.  Good.

 

 

 

Summer Solstice 2022

Well, here we are.  The longest day of the year.  And every minute of daylight is already spoken for.  We’ve got a party coming up on Saturday to celebrate my grandson’s high school graduation.  And Camera Girl has a list of chores as long as my arm!

Cut the lawn, install air conditioners, clean the barbecue grill, buy some gasoline, weed the garden, and on and on and on.  Normally I like to set aside the solstice to quiet contemplation of our small place in the limitless grandeur of the cosmos.  But I guess instead I’ll be scraping grease off of a barbecue rack.  I don’t suppose Aristotle had to put up with this kind of stuff.

But that’s alright.  The party isn’t the only thing on the list.  I have to get some supplies for the Yellowstone trip and this is the week when I have to figure out what lenses to pack.  And that means I have to do some testing of lens quality.  I have to decide whether I can just bring the manual 10mm Voigtlander lens or do I have to take the 12-24mm Sigma too.  Autofocus is not very important for landscape lenses but having the long side of the 12-24 might be useful under some circumstances.  I’ll have the 35mm 1.4 along but there’s a big difference between 24mm and 35mm.  I’ve decided to leave the 200mm macro and the 135mm 1.8 at home.  The 90mm macro is much faster and brighter than the 200mm and the 200-600 lens will cover all the telephoto requirements.  If I’m being honest there’s a good case for taking the 10mm, 35mm, 90mm macro and the 200-600mm lenses and nothing else.  But something tells me I’ll drag the 12-24mm along just for the sake of completeness.

Camera Girl has been kind of upset over a hawk that’s been killing the birds that come to her feeders.  So far, it’s done in two mourning doves and a chipmunk.  And insult to injury, it plucks the feathers off its victims before taking them away.  I’m sympathetic to her feelings for the birds.  She really enjoys watching the various species that are attracted to the feeders.  But my sympathy doesn’t extend to chipmunks.  They’re just striped rats in my book.  They’ve dug a couple of tunnels on this hill on one side of the house and have had a population explosion.  I’ll gladly pay that hawk a buck apiece for every chipmunk head it delivers.

I saw that DeSantis had a press conference where he countered the White House’s complaints about his administration not ordering vaccine for the 6 month – 5-year-old Floridians.  DeSantis very reasonably stated that the evidence that the regulators were pointing to for approving the vaccines for such young children was extremely unconvincing and so just as with the 6 to 11-year-olds, Florida wasn’t recommending people vaccinate their children.  He also wasn’t preventing it.  It would be a private decision between parents and their physicians.  Once again DeSantis comes away looking like the only grown-up in the room.

I guess we’ll have to wait a while longer for the Supreme Court to spill the beans on their decisions.  It will be interesting to see if Roberts manages to frighten any of the conservative justices away from overturning Roe v. Wade.  I’m also interested in how the Second Amendment case turns out.  These are very important cases.  A lot depends on their outcome especially with the mid-terms coming up.

Well off to the salt mines.

ZMan Has a Very Interesting Essay on the Past and Future of Russia

Over at Taki’s Magazine the ZMan opines on the past, present and future of Russia as a society on the fringes of Europe.  He looks at the historical pattern whereby Russia attempted to adopt western culture and ways to advance into the modern world.  But he shows that this has always been at odds with Russians’ own nature.

Now he brings us to Russia’s recent conference in St. Petersburg where Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is going its own way and no longer needs the West as its tutor or leader.

If you’re interested in the changing world around us this might be a good read.

Joe Biden Tells America Just Wait for 2025 and Things Will Be Great

Dementia Joe says everything will be great soon.  People have let this whole stagflation thing bum them out unnecessarily.

The exact quotes were:

Biden on Thursday blamed gas prices for the nation’s economic pessimism, saying before prices started rising, “Things were much more, they were much more optimistic.”

After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden said the American people are “really, really down.” He emphasized that the need for mental health in America “has skyrocketed because people have seen everything upset.”

“Be confident, because I am confident we’re better positioned than any country in the world to own the second quarter of the 21st century,” Biden said. “That’s not hyperbole, that’s a fact.”

So, there you have it.  All we have to do is wait two and a half years and everything will be alright.  It’s our own damn fault if we let little things like not being able to afford rent, gas or food interfere with the glorious splendor of the Bidencrash.

But interestingly, I think he’s gotten the chronology right.  In 2025 Biden will be carted off to the funny farm and hopefully the new Republican president can start repairing the wreckage that will be what’s left of America by then.  It raises interesting questions.  Will the renewal be like past occasions where presidents like Reagan or Trump came in and through laws and executive orders push the country back on the right track?  Or will things be so bad by then that some kind of Marshall Plan will be needed just to keep us from starving to death?

One thing that I think will make sense is to make a push for something like a constitutional amendment to give the president unchallenged authority to rein in the executive branch agencies that have usurped the rights of not only the President but also the People.  We need the president to be able to fire anyone and everyone who exceeds the authority they have and that needs to be categorically under the president’s purview.  The Congress has the responsibility to monitor the President through its impeachment function.  The FBI and the Justice Department aren’t the Praetorian Guard selling the emperor’s throne to the highest bidder.

Anyway, that’s my rant for this post.  But let’s get back to Joe’s new sunny, optimistic take on America’s meltdown under his policies.  We’re to blame for letting little problems like runaway inflation and the breakdown of the consumer products supply chain upset us.  After all, if we don’t like it here, we could go to Russia or China where prosperity has dried up and repressive governments monitor everything you say and do and will take away your job and throw you in prison and then put you in front of a kangaroo court for a show trial.

Hmmm!  Gee, that sounds vaguely familiar.  Well, anyway, I feel much better knowing Joe is battling to assure that we “own the second quarter of the 21st century.”  Let’s all just do the best we can to survive until then.