Ignore the willfully ignorant ingrates

Giving thanks to readers of this blog with this worthwhile read:
A Modern-Day Pilgrim From the ‘Land of No’

And check out some of the links at the end. A sample:

Since 1961, the WSJ editorial board has printed two editorials on Thanksgiving. One is a 1620 account of the first Thanksgiving. The second is called “And the Fair Land.” This remains true decades after its first printing:

But we can all remind ourselves that the richness of this country was not born in the resources of the earth, though they be plentiful, but in the men that took its measure. For that reminder is everywhere—in the cities, towns, farms, roads, factories, homes, hospitals, schools that spread everywhere over that wilderness.

We can remind ourselves that for all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators. Being so, we are the marvel and the mystery of the world, for that enduring liberty is no less a blessing than the abundance of the earth.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mean Mad Man. Wicked Wrathful Woman.

Joy Reid is an angry, homophobic, MSNBC Progressive propagandist with a laser focus on race… whose show I’ve never seen. I’m aware of her from references I’ve read, though.

Before today’s topic, the latest mention to come to my attention involved her attack on Niki Minaj. Minaj is a popular rapper with 200 million Twitter followers. I looked it up.

Reid attacked Minaj over the latter’s objection to CCP virus vaccination. Plausibly, Reid did this to boost her ratings.
1. Attack someone with 170 times more Twitter followers than your anemic TV audience.
2. Get moar viewers?
3. Profit.

Reid, to Minaj, on The ReidOut (her TV show). Emphasis mine.:

“”For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives … my God sister, you could do better than that.

… For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don’t have to die from, oh my God,” Reid continued. “As a fan, as a hip-hop fan and as somebody who is your fan, I am so sad that you did that, sister. Oh my God.”

“Our community” is code. Right?
For: “POC take the vaccination advice of black, female rappers far too seriously for their own good.“?

Minaj tweeted at Reid:

“This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets. “My God SISTER do better” imagine getting ur dumb ass on tv a min after a tweet to spread a false narrative about a black woman https://t.co/4UviONyTHy” [can’t guarantee that Twitter link works, Twitter is blocked on my computer.]

Ah, the joys of internecine political warfare. Reid seems to have a propensity for attacking black people who stray off the plantation.

When I saw that Reid was attacking Winsome Sears – a black, legal immigrant, female, and first in all those categories to win office in a state-wide Virginia election – I initially wrote it off to standard operating procedure. But, it wasn’t Reid who drew my attention. That was her guest Michael Eric Dyson: Invited on Reid’s show to call Winsome Sears names, I thought.

I first ran into Dyson when he and Michelle Goldberg debated Jordan Peterson and Steven Fry in the May 2018 Munk Debate. These semi-annual debates are, according to PBS, “Canada’s preeminent forum to discuss the pressing issues of our time.” The debate topic: Be it resolved, what you call political correctness, I call progress… They should have capitalized Progress.

The whole debate is on C-SPAN, and is just short of 2 hours. It is worth watching the whole thing, but… For those unwilling to devote that much time, here’s a 12 minute clip wherein Dyson’s garrulous pretension is on full display. It’s worth a watch just to see how JBP handles being called a “mean, mad, white man”:

Dyson’s MSNBC performance was similar. To spare you watching the whole snake dance, here’s a representative snippet that’s only a 1 minute and 9 seconds:

If you are a follower of Joy Reid, or a masochist – a distinction without a difference AFAICT – the whole 8 minute race bashing festival is here:
Michael Eric Dyson: Winsome Sears Is “White Supremacy By Ventriloquist,” A Black Mouth With White Ideas

In case you’ve interest in others’ opinions of this spiteful man, here are short reviews of each performance from two different black men no longer on Michael Eric Dyson’s Christmas card list. Some interesting insights.

My Reaction: Jordan B Peterson Vs. Michael Eric Dyson MUNK Debate – 8 minutes.

Joy Reid Brings On WOKE Academic To Say Winsome Sears Has ‘Black Face With White Supremacist Tongue’ – 15 minutes

Update 11:58AM, Nov 7, Accidentally published a draft of this. Edited for clarity and flow.

Codetta

…Is an existing word I’m taking as a portmanteau of code and vendetta, for reasons which will become evident.

Codetta: A short version of a coda indicating the end of a section of a musical composition, not the end of the composition.
Coda: The closing section of a musical composition.
Also: In seismography, the gradual return to baseline after an earthquake. Its duration helps estimate the magnitude of the quake. The seismograph curve may reveal details of subsurface structures.

This ties into yesterday’s post about the ‘code’ Democrats see in “Let’s go Brandon!”

The Virginia elections are a codetta. The political and cultural story plays on, and the magnitude of the quake is TBD. We need a long series of aftershocks, but it seems there’s a good chance we’ll get them. The Dems reaction to Virginia so far is to triple down on characterizing dissent from Progtopian lies as terrorism, racism, and transphobia.

One result is a new political personality. Winsome Sears to be Virginia’s first woman of color to serve as Lt Gov

The ‘code’ vendetta continues, though.

Former President Bill Clinton’s press secretary and current CNN analyst, Joe Lockhart, was slammed Monday when he made a tweet comparing the “Let’s Go Brandon” chant to coded language used by the KKK.

“You know who also had coded statements like Brandon? ISIS, the Klan, Nazi’s… beginning to get the point?” Lockhart said on Twitter.

There’s also a vendetta by exclusion.
USA Today snubs Winsome Sears, Jason Miyares from report on ‘candidates of color’ who won historic elections

They ignored her. What is the USA Today ‘code’ for disappearing this woman?
She’s not really black?” “She only won because of a white male?

Learn to code

The Virginia election results are ‘code’ for “Good thing for you lying scumbags there’s a tar and feathers supply chain disruption.

Virginia’s outcome will only heighten the angst of Progs already clutching at their pearls while falling onto fainting couches – over a euphemism. The euphemism in question invokes a vulgar chant shouted by tens of thousands of spectators on television at dozens of events over several weeks. It’s not a dog whistle (hard to hear), should you wish to distinguish ‘dog whistle’ from ‘code.’

Progs are upset that the euphemism has been appropriated by people who… well, people who shouted, or just agree with, the unbowdlerized version. On the off chance you are unaware, that was “F**k Joe Biden!”

Fair enough. Like me, the Woke probably don’t watch NASCAR (where a quick thinking reporter invented “Let’s go! Brandon!” as cover for the network).

Unlike me, they probably do watch TV: Where the talking heads have been wringing hands over the euphemism for awhile now. The TV reporter should be getting royalties.

Matt Taibbi notes Progressives’ panic: The “Let’s Go, Brandon!” Freakout Goes Next-Level. Worth a read.

For some history, see also Mark Steyn: Racist dog whistles and the men who hear them.

Soon, we’ll have the DOJ issuing memoranda urging FBI surveillance of any gathering involving two or more people named Brandon. Unless one-and-a-half of them used to be known as Brandy.

The pearl clutchers insist that “Let’s Go, Brandon!” is GOP ‘code’ for “F**k Joe Biden!”. No. It isn’t. It’s open and honest. Everybody Knows.

‘Code’ is Prog shorthand for a nefarious potential mind-worm. Possibly, GASP, a viral internet meme on Facebook Meta. Worse than mere vulgarity, or even mean Tweets.

‘Code’ is Prog-speak for a vile whispering campaign to secretly undermine motherhood and apple pie their suzerainty. As noted, FJB is regularly shouted by tens of thousands at televised sporting events. Lots of people are happy to shout the original, so it’s hard to see where LGB ups the destruction-of-the-Republic ante. There’s the fact that it mocks Progs, but is objecting to authoritarian overreach passé in the country that twice invented the tea party?

If you use this well understood euphemism, however, it’s a Republicans pounce level threat (ProgCon 5) to “Our Democracy.”

“Our Democracy” is Democrat code for “Anyone who disagrees with us is a white supremacist, transphobic, climate-denier.” Charles Krauthammer’s favorite verbal punching bag, Juan Williams, demonstrates: “‘Parents’ rights’ is code for white race politics“. Well, sure, isn’t everything?

‘Code’ is a slightly less conspiratorial subset of ‘dog whistle,’ but still not obvious enough for the average NYT reader to be exempt from editorial Progsplaining.

During Obama’s Presidential tenure “Chicago” and “golf” were racist ‘codes.’

For the record, the Prog code for “F**k Trump!” is “F**k Trump!” Vulgarity in defense of collectivism is no vice.

Robert De Niro, for example, uttered it twice while introducing Bruce Springsteen at some Hollywood awards ceremony. He got a standing ovation.

Kathy Griffin reinforced the point when she held up a bloody replica of Trump’s severed head. This passes for humor among people who are trying to cancel Dave Chappelle for making actual jokes involving transgender people.

Stephen Colbert’s assertion on national TV that Trump’s mouth was “Putin’s cock-holster” was code only to the exceptionally naive. Progs thought THAT was funny. Maybe Colbert was just playing one-up on Anderson Cooper’s joke, “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.” THAT was code for “testicle suckers.” The funny part, presumably unintentional, is that it’s likely Cooper knows whereof he spoke.

To decipher LGB, however, you need neither a secret decoder ring nor an eruption of whiny, civility bullshit Progsplaining angst. A lot of people are upset over mask and vaccine mandates, an ignominious withdrawal from Afghanistan, proposals to spend $5 trillion for dubious wealth-redistribution programs, energy shortages, Federal obstruction of the energy extraction industry, high inflation, a non-existent southern border, intimidation of parents by the DOJ at the behest of powerful left-wing agents of the K-12 education conglomerate, state sanctioned racism, cities on fire in “protest” when City officials tell the police to stand down, skyrocketing crime, supply chain chaos, half a million dollar individual “reparations” for illegal immigrants, forced denial of fundamental biology… and minimization or suppression of all those stories by defenders of a President whose approval ratings are in the tank.

There is, shall we say, unprecedented dissatisfaction (63% say the country is going in the ‘wrong direction‘, and just 42% think the President is compos mentis) with the performance of an octogenarian whose gaffe permit ran out when he became President. Who recently used the phrase “make the trains run on time,” in a speech in Italy.

“Let’s go, Brandon!,” is a polite criticism of abysmal job performance by the puppeteers. Perhaps the chant can be criticized as elder abuse. For that, though, the chanters are way down the responsibility list from his party and his wife.

But it’s not like it’s a criticism of the Office. Joe Biden doesn’t occupy that office.

Whither weather

Temporary Relief? Mild November Weather Could Alleviate EU Gas Crisis

It used to be that human welfare depended heavily on good weather. Which way the wind blew, and how much the sun shone were existential conditions.

Now that the EU is dependent on wind and solar energy, they’re back to hoping for mild winters so they don’t freeze in the dark.

You might say they are dependent on global warming. And Russia, of course.

A note to feminists on de-platforming

Perhaps you’ve spent your career arguing for the protection of women from rape, domestic assault, and female genital mutilation. Perhaps you’ve fought to make women’s shelters safe, sex-segregated spaces. I salute you.

Perhaps you were even a speaker at the conference discussing single-sex spaces put on by Woman’s Place UK in Portsmouth, where trans activist protestors waved signs ranging from the benign (“Trans Lives Matter!”), to the acidulous (“Suck My D*ck, You Transphobic C*nts!”). That is, ranging from an attempt to hijack mundane BLM sentiment to a rapist’s summary of why trans activism is not merely incoherent, but deeply misogynist. They want to cancel your entire sex.

This de-platforming ritual was conducted by men pretending to be women for… well, probably for reasons in addition to being able to parade around naked in women’s shower rooms – but that is one of the main outcomes of their passion.

I am all-in on your side in this particular struggle. There are two sexes. Go TERFS!

However.

Perhaps you have uncritically reinforced the hoax of increased violence against women during the Superbowl, perhaps you have recited the utter fallacy that the “rule of thumb” referred to English law allowing men to beat their wives with a stick no greater in diameter than the thumb, perhaps you refuse to acknowledge the gaping holes in the claim that women are paid 73% (or whatever it is today) of what men are paid, perhaps you say “Hands up! Don’t shoot!,” in response to anyone questioning BLM/CRT. That means you celebrate ‘misinformation’, practice fake historical revisionism, push equality of outcome, and then combine all of those things to score political points and quash anyone who disgarees. These ideas come from somewhere close to home for you. The trannies are just taking the next logically absurd step.

Perhaps you now have more insight into where promoting such unexamined tribalism leads. And it isn’t protection of women.

Spaceballs is so 2015

Until it’s not.

Not Starliner.

Humidity caused corrosion of Starliner capsule valves, Boeing, NASA say

“”It was a humid time of year, in August,” Parker said. “We had looked at the humidity, and we’ve physically seen some evidence of condensation within the service module.”“

August, it was. In Florida. I bet it was hot, too. They looked at humidity. Surprising no one, they found some. After it caused the Starliner launch to be scrubbed.

If only it had been July or September. And also not Florida, because it’s still pretty humid there in those months. Then this ‘military grade’ equipment might have functioned. Good thing it didn’t. I’m reminded of the O-rings on Challenger.

At first they thought it was a software problem,

“Shortly after the launch was canceled, NASA reported that valves for the propulsion system delivered incorrect readings. The expectation was that it was just a computer glitch, but upon further investigation, it appears there was a problem with the actual hardware…

That’s a lot different than a glitch with Starliner’s computers. If the launch had been attempted with malfunctioning valves, that could have resulted in serious damage to the Starliner spacecraft.”

Given the computer clock settings fail on a previous botched Starliner launch, or the secret 737 MAX automated pitch stability control. I’m not so sure corroded valves are a lot different. So far, it’s materials engineers -1, software engineers -2.

The Chicoms are flying hypersonic nuclear delivery systems while our engineers don’t consider the typical launch site conditions. Humidity isn’t an engineering problem… until it is.

James Taggart has got to be the guy running Boeing, when he isn’t taking a stint in a job at the FAA or NASA.