August 9, 2020

This monsoon season is starting to look like a “non” soon season. We’ve had a little more than 1/10 inch of rain in one minor event, and now the weather folks are saying the likelihood of no monsoon activity is pretty good through the end of the month. Which leaves us with only September to try and make up for rain we should have had by now. It’s just dry dry dry.

Here are a couple of predictions for you:

(1) I don’t see “Slo’ Joe” Biden picking Barack Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice as his VP choice. Not only (In my view) would that make him look weak (after all, Biden is supposed to be a foreign policy “expert” with all his years in the Washington swamp), but it would also send the signal that Biden isn’t his own man and that, if elected, his presidency will be executed in the shadow of Barack Obama’s legacy. Personally, I think Biden is too proud for that to be allowed to happen. Which is why I think he’s ultimately going to go with California senator Kamala Harris.

(2) Mark it down that sometime around the end of September Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg announces her retirement. She’s already been having well-publicized health issues with the return of her cancer, but the Biden campaign is going to need a jolt delivered to its base to turn out for the November 3 election. Think about it: what else does Biden have to run on? Sure, he’s been wooing progressives by surrounding himself with the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and “Beto” O’Rourke as his advisors on climate and guns, respectively, but he knows he’s going to need more than that to energize the Democratic base to come out. What better way than to focus the election on the Supreme Court and the issue of abortion rights for women? Ginsberg knows that. Biden knows that. So mark it down as a Great White Shank prediction you can take to the bank.

…one thing’s for certain: Biden’s campaign is going to need a jolt of something, especially after the week he’s had. He’s always been an empty suit, but the clearly racist comments he made (and still hasn’t really explained) has made him look like a senile old coot. I thought “creepy old geezer” wasn’t a good look for him, but “racist senile old coot” is going to be a harder image to dodge.

It’s good to see President Trump back on the offensive against Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. While like (I’m guessing) most conservatives we’d rather not see the President have to resort to executive actions that invoke measures traditionally reserved for Congress, the fact is that: (1) the Democrats have shown little desire to work with the President on anything that doesn’t serve their own political needs, and (2) the Democrats have only Chief Justice John Roberts to blame for upholding Barack Obama’s EO on the DACA issues as law.

…I’m not exactly sure what Roberts was thinking about when he made that decision, but there’s little doubt that in doing so the Court opened wide the door for further EOs – good or bad – by presidents who, for whatever reason, didn’t want to work with Congress on certain issues. It was a lousy Supreme Court decision, but Trump is using both that and Democrat insistance on expanding COVID-19 taxpayer relief to include for such non-starters as universal mail-in voting and “blue state” bail outs as a way to get what he wants.

…and if the Democrats want to sue to have the President’s EOs on payroll tax, eviction, and student loan debt payment relief overturned, more power to them. Not that they care about anything except maintaining their own power – after all, Pelosi’s Congressional district is a shithole and she could care less.

Had to laugh at Senator Chuck Schumer’s pathetic call for schools to reopen. All I could think is that Chuckles (1) has looked at the polls and is seeing just how devastating the polling is for the Democrats, or (2) he wants the schools to open hoping that the COVID-19 virus emerges big-time just in time for the November 3rd election to make President Trump look bad. You know damned well he’s not doing it out of some noble sense of wanting what’s best for thie country. He’s a joke, and ought to be treated as such.

And speaking of clueless Democrats, you’ve got to hand it to Democrat governors like Minnesota’s Tim Walz for sheer chutzpah: he allowed the Minneapolis riots to get out of hand as a result of his own incompetence, now he wants the federal government (a.k.a. U.S. taxpayers) to foot the bill for fixing the destruction wrought that that incompetence. Hey, Governor Walz, I’ve got two words for you, and they ain’t “Mickey Mouse”.

…and speaking of shitholes, how pathetic is it to see New York Governor Andrew “COVID-19 Killer” Cuomo begging people to come back to his state so they can be taxed relentlessly and beaten down relentlessly by Cuomo’s corrupt and incompetent government. No one in their right mind would hang around New York (and most especially New York City) the way Cuomo and “Comrade” Bill deBlasio are running things. Those who want to live in these “blue” states also have to take responsibility for how they are run. You want to live in places like New York, Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon? Fine. But don’t expect me to help bail you out because smart folks are realizing they’re no longer desirable places to live and raise families.

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August 4, 2020

This is a quickie post – too much “pool boy” work this week. But everyone’s talking about that incredible explosion in Beirut, Lebanon today so I thought I’d let y’all in on which I have been following as to what really happened there. Powerline blog has the conventional view with contribution from as supplied by The Times of Israel.

For a less-conventional view, the great Carlos Osweda is absolutely the go-to Twitter account for stuff like this. If you don’t believe me just have a look. There’s at least circumstantial evidence that this explosion was caused by a DEW (direct energy weapon) employed to destroy Iranian missile capabilities as employed by the likes of Hezbollah against Israel. Now, there is no way the Israelis would ever explicitly acknowledge an attack like this; it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the Saudis were involved with the help of Israeli intelligence.

The cool thing about DEWs is that the energy from the weapons (at least as I understand Osweda’s thread) is that the energy is deployed within, as opposed to without. Therefore, while the blast you are seeing reminds one of atomic tests performed in the Nevada desert and the South Pacific in the ’50s and ’60s, those blasts sent the energy outward while the Beirut blast was primarily upward, reducing the number of deaths and impact on the surrounding neighborhoods. When all is said and done, what looks like the kind of explosion that would (at least theoretically) kill thousands of people will probably only result in a lot of property damage and a death count far less.

These are very strange and interesting times we live in. I highly recommend following Osweda’s Twitter account – you may not agree with everything you find there, but I guarantee you’ll find it interesting.

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June 30, 2020

Unvarnished. And from the Washington Post, no less. But what do I know?

Look, I’m just communicating facts here. It’s not my fault others don’t want to face reality. You want reality? Here it is:

Do you want to feel safe?
Do you want a safe place to start and grow a business?
Do you want a safe place to start and raise a family?
Do you want to be surrounded by people who will treat you with respect and as an equal, regardless of your race, creed, color, gender, and religion?
Do you want to live a life where you won’t be punished for who you are and what you believe?
Do you believe in individual freedom and everything this country has fought, bled, and died for?
Move to a “red” state.

…speaking of which, how’s that “Summer of Love” thing workin’ out fer ya, Mayor Durkan? Not so funny when the mob comes after you, is it?

How can this be? Or this? Aren’t we all supposed to be dead by now, aren’t we? You can bet the “blue state” lock-down governors are the very ones who have been fearing this. And dollars to doughnuts it is the “red states” that are the ones getting most of the action. Sure, it’s only anecdotal, but every day at the pool supply store we have at least one, perhaps two folks coming in who have just moved to Arizona with their very first swimming pools. Coronavirus “surge” be damned, (and, BTW, there is no “surge” in hospitalizations or deaths, only cases), the housing market around here is as hot as blazes.

…which is why our pussy governor’s decision to re-close all bars, theaters, gyms, and water works is so stupid.

The announcement comes on the same day the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 625 new cases in the state Monday morning with no new deaths. However, AZDHS said one of their lab partners did not report their numbers to the department on time, but that the numbers would be reflected in Tuesday’s update.

Look, I might expect some caution if our death rates and hospitalizations were skyrocketing but they’re not. Ducey has become quite the pussy, revealing himself to be just another milquetoast McCain-style publicity seeker seeking to cull favor with the local media and the Never Trumpers. I should have figured that out when he picked Martha McSally – perhaps the least effective and productive U.S. Senator to replace John McCain. She’s going to get slaughtered by Democrat Mark Kelly in November, and, to be honest, she should – I can’t think of a less charismatic personality and elected official.

…it’s just a total sham. The fact is, the COVID-19 virus isn’t going anywhere soon, and I doubt that any effective vaccine is anywhere on the horizon. Think about it: we never closed our economies up during the Spanish Influenza and Hong Kong Flu epidemics, so why are we doing this now? Maybe it’s because we as a country have grown so snowflake soft and risk-averse that many are afraid to leave their houses during the day and sleep with their lights on at night. It’s that bad.

This whole mail-in voting push by Democrats is such bullcrap, designed to foster more vote fraud. If you can wear a mask and stand six feet apart like you do at a WalMart, Lowe’s or your local supermarket you can vote in person. The city simply hires temps to quickly wipe down the booth for the next voter and people will move in and out just fine. But that’s just more common sense that is seriously uncommon these days.

Don’t take a knee for anyone except the Lord Jesus Christ.

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June 28, 2020

Given the sentiments of the times, I just thought I’d post this quick link to (in my view) the greatest rock video of all time. (And, I would argue, along with “Hey Jude”, the greatest 45 RPM single of all time.)

Sure, they’re playing to a backing track – that’s fairly obvious – but I especially like when George tells Paul early on that “John’s microphone sounds like shit!” And I find the playful interplay of John’s and Paul’s expressions kind of interesting.

More than anything else, however, I think Lennon’s lyrics are just as poignant today as they were then: basically, he’s asking protesters and revolutionaries this: you want to change the current system? OK, what do you want to change it with? As we’ve seen with the CHAZ (or CHOP?) in Seattle, they haven’t got a clue beyond mindless Marxism bullshit, of which they haven’t a clue as to what they are talking about. You don’t believe me? Watch this pitiful display of ignorance between a shrieking, obviously disturbed BLM protester and someone who actually knows something about this nation’s history. She’s not just frightening, she’s an embarrassment to whatever cause she thinks she believes in. If the likes of her ever get into power, God help us all.

Seriously, never before in world history has a country ever had such an ignorant, uneducated so-called “elite” propped up by an equally ignorant and uneducated media. But this is what happens when leftism takes over your colleges and universities, I guess.

Anyways, it’s still a great video, illustrating just how talented and charismatic The Beatles were. There was never anything like them in rock music history, and the likes of them will never be seen again.

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June 22, 2020

Something just didn’t seem right.

I mean, here I am, The Great White Shank, in the Valley of the Sun – the East Valley, to be specific – deep in what northwest the mainstream and local media have been calling a “massive surge in Coronavirus cases” (some use “surge”, others say “spike”, others calling it the second wave, all pronounced with grave eyes and tone from masked faces). I’m driving on the 60 back to my house and pass a large billboard advertising the services of a large local medical center with a digital ER wait time prominently displayed.

The wait time displayed is 0. As in zero minutes. Z-E-R-O.

“Hey”, I says to myself, “that can’t be right. I mean, I’ve just heard an hour of the “Good Morning, Arizona” show chock-full of COVID-19 alarming reports and features about the “surge” (or was it “spike”?) in new cases. Heck, I’ll admit I ended up having to turn it off because even I was starting to feel a little spooked. I mean, I half expected to hear an announcement of the various locations around the Valley where folks could bring their dead to be stacked like cord wood for ritual burning:

“If your loved one is between the ages of 25-40, East Valley residents are encouraged to bring the corpses of loved ones to our new COVID-19 Death Reception Area (DRA) located at northwest corner of Pecos Road and the Loop 202 next to the Applebees. DRA hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. The DRA will be closed on Sunday. Don’t forget to wear mask and gloves and follow safe distancing guidelines. Remember, we are all in this together.”

(After all, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do in a massive, world-wide pandemic where the death rate is skyrocketing?)

So why, on this gorgeous Friday morning in June is there no wait time at the ER? I would expect it to be at least 20-25 minutes, right? After all, Arizona is inundated with new COVID-19 cases, right?

The next day I was visiting a local liquor store for a bottle of Mount Gay Eclipse (my go-to rum for mojitos, as it should be yours) and they had the television on to the local FOX station. It’s around 4:30 PM and the programming was all COVID, all the time. I mean, no wonder why folks are freaking out.

I refuse to freak out. I also refuse to wear a mask in public. The whole thing is a joke.

You know how I know? Because the media is only just now back to the breathless COVID-19 coverage – at least, of course, until some white cop kills another unarmed black male, thereby setting all the usual Democratic-run inner cities back to looting and burning. Then COVID-19 coverage will then take its rightful place on the “Media Fear Scale”.

Because that’s what this country has become in this year of abject lunacy. We are being driven like pinballs from one fear to another: fear of the virus, fear of being caught in a protest, fear of being looted, fear of cops, fear of statues, fear of offending the mob, fear that our elected and public health officials will resume putting COVID-19 cases back into our nursing homes and long-term care facilities, fear that Democratic mayors and governors will keep them locked down until the end of time or the November elections (whichever comes first).

It’s a joke, right? But it’s not. The media have done their absolute best to create the environment we now find ourselves in. And (at least in the case of Arizona and I’m guessing everywhere else), the hysteria being whipped up – both nationally and locally – is simply unjustified. In fact, were the media were actually doing their jobs they would actually be trying to tamper down the hysteria, since, as Peter Heck writes in The Resurgent, What’s Happening in Arizona and the Southwest is Actually Really Good COVID News. He writes in part:

Shameless is the only word I can think of to describe it, though I know there have to be better ones out there. After months of scaring the American public with a constant drumbeat of fear porn regarding COVID-19, the media found in the economic re-openings of various states a new boogeyman to focus on.

With a few exceptions, which were unsurprisingly ignored, the states most aggressive in loosening lockdown restrictions were Republican led. It was the perfect situation for a mainstream media desperate to renew the Republicans-bad, Democrats-good template before the November elections.

The fact that there would be a spike in new infections was a given. No one with a brain ever thought that “flattening the curve” would prevent future infections – the medical strategy was to prevent hospital resources from being overrun, which would have turned a bad situation into a medical catastrophe. But the media was geared up and more than ready to crank the panic-generator up to full strength, eagerly anticipating a spiked graph they could plaster on the evening newscasts.

“Arizona’s COVID-19 spread is ‘alarming’ and action is needed, experts warn,” read the title of an Arizona Republic article on Wednesday. Yahoo News breathlessly warned about a “spike” in all the southwestern states.

Headline-only readers, who represent the vast majority of those who consume media (and share it on social media), began feverishly sharing the news. Even some more conservative voices, trained to be skeptical of media narratives, fell for it. But the truth is available for those who dig even just a little bit below the surface.

* Due to the COVID pandemic in the spring, there is now a back-log of so-called “elective surgeries. Those people are now coming to hospitals, thus taking up many beds. Not COVID related.

* All patients who come to the hospital for any reason are tested for COVID. It is logical that some, or even many, may test positive for the virus even without symptoms. They automatically then get labeled a hospitalized COVID case even if that’s not what they are there for.

Last Wednesday, in the middle of the dangerous “spike” the media was frantic about, there was one new COVID hospitalization in Arizona. One. The media patently refuses to focus on COVID deaths – a number that would actually reveal if some dangerous “second wave” was coming to America. Instead they focus on a number they know will never go down – total cases reported – and a number they see as exploitable – total hospitalization.

The truth is that what is happening in Arizona and the Southwest is actually good news for us all. People who are coming to the hospital FOR coronavirus is drastically low, but the number of coronavirus-positive patients in the hospital is high. That means the virus is far more widespread, but is largely asymptomatic and less deadly than believed.

This tweet by my U.S. House rep Andy Biggs (one of the truly good ones!) illustrates the kind of work the mainstream media SHOULD be reporting, but won’t. He doesn’t downplay the existence nor progression of COVID-19 in the US, but he doesn’t breathlessly promote the kind of fear and hysteria the mainstream media is simply because some well-known actor or actress or professional athlete is tested positive (as if their testing positive warrants more hype than the fact that literally tens of thousands of elderly people were systematically condemned to death by New York governor Andrew Cuomo by forcing nursing homes and LTC facilities to accept COVID-19 patients). Wouldn’t you think that would, oh, I don’t know, provide some much-needed perspective on the nature of things?

But as Heck writes in closing, “Just don’t expect that truth to be gracing the evening newscast any time soon.”

…most especially since hyping the Coronavirus will help hide the fact that Democratic-led cities hell-bent on defunding the police are now seeing a spike (my terms) in black-on-black violence.

Who woulda thunk it?

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June 19, 2020

Per Cassandra:

Highest Crime Cities in America, Party of Mayor:

1. St. Louis, Democrat
2. Detroit, Democrat
3. Baltimore, Democrat
4. Memphis, Democrat
5. Kansas City, Democrat
6. Little Rock, Democrat
7. Milwaukee, Democrat
8. Rockford, Democrat
9. Cleveland, Democrat
10. Stockton, Democrat

…and Seattle is hardly a utopian oasis. I mean, when you’ve lost Portland

As Dave Rubin tweets, “What if, and hear me out on this one, it’s actually the progressives who are the racists, the homophobes, and the bigots, and they just use those labels on the rest of us because all they really want to do is control us?

Isn’t the very definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result? All of these inner cities, with the most vulnerable of our population, electing Democrats for decades. Democrats promising that – I promise – things will be different this time around.

They’re full of shit. Always have been. Always will be.

Nothing changes. Because nothing ever changes.

Everything stays the same. Because if you buck the system you you lose your job or get doxxed or stalked. Can you imagine conservatives doing something like this and getting away with it?

That ain’t gonna happen to me. I have my voice and I’m gonna use it.

Look, I’m not trying to cause a fight or a fuss. Believe it or not, I’m a lover, not a fighter. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that saying something as obvious as “all lives matter” would be controversial. But that’s the times we find ourselves in, folks. I know I’m a dinosaur: I believe in treating people equally. I don’t care who you are, what you are, or where you came from. I could give a shit. You’re no better than me and I’m no better than you (except when it come to golf!). I don’t judge you for who or what or who you are, and I expect the same accordingly.

If y’all can’t handle that – well that’s your problem, not mine.

The bottom line is that liberalism is a poison, and Democrats are the syringe administering it.

Just don’t blame me when the mob comes after you.

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June 17, 2020

Stuff that validates everything The Great White Shank has been saying and linking to for months:

Headline: The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots. This is the article that triggered NBC News to try and get The Federalist website banned and de-platformed. You know what those B-17 bomber pilots used to say during World War II: you know by the amount of flak you’re taking when you’re over the target. One of the best articles I’ve ever read. Expect it to go viral over the next two days.

Headline: Nursing Homes Account For Over 40% Of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths. Had Mario Cuomo and the NY state Department of Health not sentenced thousands of people’s mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, loved ones, and friends to death by sending known COVID-19 patients to nursing home facilities, how different might the death total – and the mainstream media’s headlines – be different?

Headline: Pro-Black Lives Matter mayor calls attack on her house “domestic terrorism”. Because it’s only terrorism when it happens to you, not someone else. Didn’t I write the other day warning libs and Democrats that your support for what’s going on out there will never be enough for the mob? History tells us that sooner or later, those who are supporting the eating will get eaten themselves.

Headline: Patients with underlying conditions were 12 times as likely to die of covid-19 as otherwise healthy people, CDC finds.

In many metropolitan areas, majority-black areas have high rates of chronic health conditions including diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Those conditions compound a lack of access to medical care and the legacy of racism and its effect on health. In the District, neighborhoods that flank the eastern edge of the city are predominantly African American and have rates of these diseases above national levels. Those same neighborhoods have some of the highest incidence of coronavirus cases in the District, according to city health data.

Not that I trust anything the CDC says, but as I mentioned some time ago we’re going to find that COVID-19 is pretty damned particular about whom it infects at a deadly rate. As I’ve written before, at some point this country is going to have to have a serious discussion about public health and how we can encourage folks to take better care of themselves. Believe me, I’m no proponent of expanding the federal government, but at some point you have to find a way to help people help themselves early on to avoid much larger health problems in the future. I don’t have the answer, but I’m willing to listen to ideas. As I say (to evidently some controversy), ALL LIVES MATTER.

Headline: Fauci: I Haven’t Spoken to Trump ‘in Weeks’. This is a good thing. He’s an academic elitist who had no idea – zero idea – what he was talking about from the very beginning. Look, I’m a supporter of the President, but I don’t think he did himself any favors trusting Fauci and anything he said. Of course, no one had any reliable data to work with at the outset of the pandemic, so I’m not even sure Fauci is a bad guy. I just wish everyone involved at the start had the stones to admit they were only speculating because of their trust in the suspect models which turned out to be noting but kitty litter (but catnip for the mainstream media).

…think about it: how much easier (not to mention less detrimental to this country’s economy) would it have been for Fauci and “The Scarf Queen” to simply say “based on the little we know here are our recommendations: (1) quarantine all senior communities, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities; (2) anyone entering or living in those facilities must have their temperatures checked on a daily basis and wear masks. (2) And that’s it. (3) PERIOD.” I wonder exactly what the resulting death toll might have been.

Headline: The Monument-Destroying Mobs Don’t Hate The Confederacy, They Hate America. I think this is right. I see moron Boston mayor “Mahtee” Walsh is OK with the mob tearing down an Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincon – statue, for gawdsakes. These people are out of their fuckin’ minds. Here’s an idea: why don’t we just replace all these statues with monuments to Oprah Winfrey. She’s as much of a part of all this as anyone else. But what do I know? I guess I’m not one so much interested as others in getting in touch with my true feeeeeelings.

Headline: Democrat Senator Tim Kaine: “The US Didn’t Inherit Slavery From Anybody. We Created it”. Honest to God, you have to wonder how in hell these people get into elected office. These people are as dumb as rocks. It doesn’t take more than a look at, oh, say, Wikipedia (a left-leaning enclopedia if there ever was one) to know how ignorant this guy is and how stupid this sounds. And to think, this doofus might have actually been elected VP along with Hillary Clinton. All I can say is, thank God for the Electoral College.

Headline: Planned Parenthood Kills 247 Black Babies Every Day, But the Media Calls White Pro-Lifers Racist. I guess to most liberals, Democrats, progressives, and the mainstream media only some black lives matter. What a bunch of hypocrites. I’ve been preaching this line of thought ever since this blog was born and have been absolutely run over the coals for it: Democrats only care about the African-American vote when it is breathing come Election Day. Other than that they could give a shit.

Headline: 24 Hour Fitness files for bankruptcy, closes 134 locations. Was talking to one such owner at the pool store today. As I’ve mentioned before here the impact of the COVID-19 shutdowns on America’s retail landscape won’t truly be known for another year. Unless you’re being backed by serious dough-re-mi- or a large, well-financed chain, you’re going to see then (if not hundreds) of thousands of small retail restaurants and outlets just like fitness centers and salons all closing shop. As a result, you’ll see large numbers of strip malls being closed and put out of business. There is a huge day or reckoning coming for small entrepreneurs who haven’t suitable financed their operations for hard times.

Headline: Years of Rage: The intense cycle of protest is driving America to nervous collapse. You didn’t see anything close to this from whites and conservatives after Barack Obama was elected president. But that’s what the party of tolerance, acceptance, and diversity is all about. As I’ve written before – don’t blame Donald John Trump for this, blame Hillary Clinton.

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June 14, 2020

See what happens when I don’t feed the blog for two weeks? The country goes to hell in a hand basket, social distancing went out the window with all the riots and looting, the Democratic mayor of Seattle is allowing her city to be taken over by anarchists, the cancel culture is removing statues, corporate CEOs, movies, and TV shows they don’t deem acceptable, you have another Democratic-run city police force kill another unarmed black man, and everyone (of course) is going to blame President Trump for it. It’s too much for just one blog post.

So I won’t bother.

Instead, let’s keep this weekend’s post simple. Lemme ask y’all a question: what do the following cities have in common?

Atlanta
Baltimore
Chicago
Milwaukee
Minneapolis
New York City
Philadelphia
Portland
San Francisco
Seattle
St. Louis

All are Democratic-run cities with a questionable record of care and support for the primarily African-American populations that reside in them. For the past two weeks, all you have heard is the outcry over police tactics and brutality on the cable news and mainstream news outlets, but nary a peep about the political affiliations of those who overseer these cities. My question is: when will Democrats be held accountable for the mayhem and chaos within these cities? Forget, for a moment, about poor George Lloyd and Rayshard Brooks: how many young blacks are going to be killed by black-on-black violence this weekend in the above-mentioned cities? I guarantee none of their names will make it to the NBC Nightly News or any other prime-time news programs.

See? My problem is, and always will be, the blatant hypocrisy you find in spades (am I allowed to use that word?) in the current media coverage of everything that’s going on. As I’ve written about in this place numerous times over the years, the Democratic Party and liberals in both government and the media have done African-Americans no favors in the past sixty-odd years. Between the Great Society programs implemented by Lyndon Johnson (and yes, Richard Nixon), the overwhelmingly-disproportionate number of black babies aborted by Planned Parenthood, Democratic governors and mayors who are only concerned about rounding up black votes come election time, and the Democratic politicians in Washington who have no problem paying lip service to African-Americans with dopey political stunts but do diddly-squat in terms of real legislation. They’d much rather not let good crises go to waste by pushing agendas like open borders, unfettered illegal immigration, the “Green New Deal” and “defunding the police” that will end up doing both inner cities and the livelihoods of the unemployed and the working poor who live in them far more harm than good.

As I see it, the only way we’re going to get out of this mess is for meaningful police reform that can only come by turning out these crappy Democratic mayors concerned only with exploiting their populations and increasing their power. Preferably, you would replace them with Republicans running on a law and order agenda who won’t kow-tow to the mob and who will ensure all of their citizens – both black and non-black – are all treated with the same amount of respect and dignity.

You see, here at Goodboys Nation weblog, ALL LIVES MATTER. I don’t buy the dumb slogans of the ignorant and pampered snowflakes who haven’t got a clue about what true injustice means. If America is such a bad place full of racism and injustice, why are we having to build a wall on our southern border to keep those who want to come here out? Believe me, I’d be more than happy to pick out, say, 1,000 lily-white Antifa bullies from, say, Seattle and Portland and put them outside of the southern border and replace them with 1,00 men, women, and children from Central and South America willing to work hard and build new lives for themselves in the USA. I guarantee you those Antifa pussies will be crying for their mommies and longing for their basement bedrooms with the big-screen TV and gaming computers bought for them by their loser parents as quick as you can say, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”.

As far as Antifa is concerned, I think this is a good start. Follow the money and the financiers of the movement and it will dry up quickly.

One final question: how many of those social justice warriors destroying and removing Christopher Columbus statues will order chicken parm at the nearest Italian restaurant that is open and serving. Talk about your cultural appropriation!

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June 13, 2020

This is one of the saddest Twitter threads I’ve ever read, and it goes to something that has been bothering me through both the COVID-19 virus fiasco and everything that is going on at the present time. It’s the fact that everyone – and I mean everyone in the media has politicized everything and dehumanized everything, as if their viewpoint and agenda – to get rid of Donald Trump – has (no pun intended) trumped everything else. I think of all those who have had loved ones – fathers, sisters, brothers, mothers, dearest friends – lose their lives to COVID-19 but no one seems to care beyond hyping the numbers as if it were some kind of a horse race.

How crazy has it gotten? You have a media who has zero issue with rioters and looters raising hell all over the place, but if a barber shop, gym, or hair salon wants to open it’s a threat to the community. Honestly, you can’t make this shit up.

I think of all the governors, mayors, and public health officials (primarily in Democratic, “blue” states) who have used the COVID-19 virus as a means and an excuse to forward their own agendas for power and control, as if the lives of all the people who have lost fathers, sisters, mothers, brothers, and the dearest of friends means nothing to them. To these public officials, the people and the lives behind the numbers mean nothing – they’re just collateral damage in a much larger war. And if five, ten, fifteen, or twenty thousand elderly people die because COVID-19 patients were put into their nursing homes? Well, that’s just an ill-advised public policy gone wrong.

I think for many – if not most – of the Democrats and liberals out there the hatred of Trump is everything to them. They eat, sleep, work, and spend their idle time not just hating the President, but convinced that anyone who supports him is racist, sexist, homophobe, or a xenophobe. They surround themselves in their own happy elitist echo chambers with like-minded people who simply nod and repeat back the same dull and ignorant bile they get from CNN, NPR, and MSNBC every day. They’ve been brainwashed into dehumanizing conservatives and supporters of President Trump because they can’t begin to imagine how anyone could (at least in their minds) be that stupid and ignorant to think that anything the President says or does could be supported and/or acceptable in any way. Don’t believe me? Check out the absolute lunacy on social media to any conservative poster. It’s frightening. Which is why I write the following.

So where do we go from here? Frankly, I don’t think there is any way forward, to tell you the truth. When you have families and friendships being shattered simply because of Donald Trump – think about it, Donald Trump – you have to ask yourself if anything involving these people is worth it going forward. In my view, if there is anything we as a people may have learned as a result of what is going on around us right now – whether it be the virus, the cancel culture, the shootings and/or the lootings – it’s that getting it’s now every man for himself. You can’t rely on government to keep you safe. You can’t rely on friends or friendships. You can’t even rely on family, for that matter.

There is a civil war coming, and I’m afraid it’s not going to be a cold one. It’s already hot and it’s only going to get hotter. The war is going to be between the civilized, rational folk who happen to think this country is a pretty damned good place to live, and that those who forget the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them again. Our history is the story of our nation and how we got here. We’ve made our share of mistakes and have paid for them with our very own blood. That ought to mean something. Without the kind of depressions or world wars my parents and grandparents lived through – experiences that made them appreciate all the good things life here in the USA gave them – we have become a country without any sense of perspective. You want to call them millennials or Gen-Xers, or whatever – they’ve been pampered and spoiled beyond all rationale; they’ve been fed and indoctrinated by liberalism into believing the greatest country on earth is evil and racist, and its institutions unjust.

And the media feeds it, as if the ones doing the looting and anarchy are the victims. They are not.

This is pure evil, and we’re seeing the fruits of this evil unfold before us.

My mom always taught us growing up to treat people as we would want to be treated; she always looked for the good in everyone. But I look at the barbarity, hated, violence, and vulgarity these so-called “peaceful protests” have descended into and it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the time for compromise and civil discourse is over; the other side has no interest in compromise or civil discourse – that has become abundantly clear. And I’m no longer interested in trying to appeal to the supposed “better angels of our nature”, because it doesn’t exist – they’re not interested. As an unabashed Trump supporter I am their enemy; therefore, I will treat my adversaries in kind.

There was a time when all this civil unrest would have me call for something like the National Guard or something to go in and protect the cities and innocents being victimized by the mob after their mayors and governors refused to act on behalf of all their citizens, not just the loudest and those closest to their own political leanings. But you know what? I think the time has to for the country to see what happens to those “blue” states and their inner cities when the mob is left to do their will and law enforcement is defunded and/or called to stand down. Let these states and cities – and the rest of the country and the world – see just what happens when law and order is allowed to disintegrate in the face of the mob. Let them burn until there is nothing left that can be burned.

Liberals and liberalism destroy everything they touch. This is a battle between good and evil. Which side are you on?

I only ask because if history tells us anything, it will result in the mob coming after the very people who unleashed them in the first place. And when that happens, I’ll say “screw them”. They deserve everything they get.

And then the mob will come after you. Count on it.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 21:07 | Comments Off on Civil War
May 31, 2020

A few thoughts and doo-dats while wondering when the mainstream media will finally start confronting New York governor Andrew Cuomo about those nursing home deaths he is directly responsible for.

I’ve gotten some pretty vile comments that I refuse to post regarding my position on wearing masks. Yep, I’m being called a “grandma killer” and a “menace to society”, but you know what, I don’t give a shit. I wear gloves at the pool supply retail place when I’m out on the sales floor because that’s required, especially when we’re handling chemicals and stuff. Neither of my bosses wear masks, so I don’t wear a mask. If they asked me to, I would while attending on customers (even with our protective plastic and our marked floors), but I’d quit if I were told I had to wear a mask throughout my entire shift. I hold nothing against folks that choose to wear masks, although I think it’s dumb, and, like “Dr. Doom” now says, primarily symbolic. I’ll wear a mask whenever I go to the Banner MD Anderson place for my occasional iron treatments because there are cancer patients there with immune system issues.

Which brings me to the touchy issue regarding air travel – touchy because of the upcoming 30th anniversary Goodboys Invitational weekend and my ability and willingness to attend. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is requiring folks to wear masks at all times, no matter where you are:

Effective June 1, 2020 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will require all employees and members of the public entering public airport facilities, including the terminals, the Rental Car Center, the PHX Sky Train®, and Airport buses to wear a face covering. In concert with major airlines, the TSA, airports across the country including Seattle, Denver, LAX, New York’s JFK, Boston Logan, Miami, and even companies such as Uber, everyone in public airport facilities will be required to cover their noses and mouths.

In addition, you have the airlines (most especially Jet Blue, the one I use the most for traveling back to Massachusetts) also requiring the use of face masks during flights:

All customers are now required to wear a face covering over their nose & mouth throughout their journey, including during check-in, boarding, while in flight and deplaning. CDC guidance defines a suitable face covering as an item of cloth that fits snugly against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric and allow for unrestricted breathing. Young children who are not able to maintain a face covering are exempt from this requirement.

So let’s say I’m grabbing a red eye back to Boston that leaves at, say, 11:30 PM and arrives in Boston at, say, 6:15 AM. I like to get to the airport a couple of hours early to relax and have something to eat and drink in order to make the air travel experience somewhat tolerable. Whether I take the Logan Express (something I do whenever I bring golf clubs back with me) or rent a car, I’m looking at a best-case scenario of having to wear a mask for a minimum of ten hours while I’m in commute. And that’s just when I’m traveling east, which 1-2 hours faster than traveling west. I’m just not willing to put up with that, and I don’t think most other folks are going to be of the same mind.

The air travel experience sucks to begin with, and now I’m going to have to augment that experience by being forced to wear a mask throughout it?
I don’t think so.

Look, we already have a good idea how the virus is spread and who the most vulnerable are when it comes to getting the virus. The fact is, folks who spend time with the elderly in closed spaces, folks with pre-existing health issues, and folks with compromised immune systems of any kind have no business traveling in an airplane for any reason. It sucks to have to write this, but people have to be responsible for exercising reasonable caution as far as their own health is concerned. I’m no prude here: I’d be more than happy to have my temperature taken prior to entering airport security, or a rental car location, or a commuter bus (just like I have to before I enter Banner MD Anderson); I believe that to be a prudent measure. But to wear a mask throughout the air travel experience is total overkill and unnecessary, and I won’t do it.

Of course, I’m not unaware of what this means as far as my appearance at this year’s 30th Goodboys Invitational goes. It means I’m going to have to politely decline, the same being true for wanting to visit my Dad – that will have to wait until at least the fall. (Of course, by that time everyone will likely be freaking out about the possibility of a “second Coronavirus wave”, so that likely won’t happen either. Maybe I’ll just rent a car and drive to see him!)

I refuse to live my life in fear. People were dying before the Coronavirus hit, people will die after the Coronavirus is condemned to the dustbin of history. Lots of folks died because of the Coronavirus, but it will come out that the majority of the deaths were entirely preventable, and no more than the normal flu season. Those are the facts. Period. So excuse me for not being willing to immerse myself in other folks’ hysteria and completely irrational guidelines when it comes to air travel. These people and their “one size fits all”, zero common sense, “preventative measures” are entirely responsible for the economic destruction, devastation, and deprivation they are causing others. I don’t feel sorry for the airlines: they’ve been pushing a shitty product for a long time now; I feel sorry for all the poor service industry workers whose businesses and lives depend on the the airline industry for their livelihoods and survival.

It’s a sad thing, but as the ultimate consumer in all of this – just like I did yesterday with my choice for where I got my haircut – I have the right to vote with my wallet. And I refuse to buy into the Coronavirus hysteria and insanity.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 02:35 | Comments Off on Weekending (“During These Uncertain Times” Edition) – II

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