With Oscar insanity now past, we can get back to the real job of wrecking America.
I don’t say this lightly. But, in our unflinching view, the Oscars have become a Woke-Racist marketing platform. Mainly, it has become more about race and gender anymore’ not the craft of acting. It has been years since anyone gave a key insight into a role. Shout-outs and nods – worth no one’s time.
Were someone to check with grownups around Tinsel Town, there might be consensus. Is uselessivity a word yet? The Oscars are the use-case.
The media, however, won’t mess with that. Especially with headlines like
The Ures spent last night in a dandy family conversation – one of the forward-looking what’s next? – discussions. The Hollywood Reporter‘s view probably sums it up well in: 94th Academy Awards Show Review. But a pull quote from Daniel Fienberg’s review will definitely give you the flavor: “The 94th Academy Awards Were Already Bad, But Then They Got Worse.“
The U.S. – for those unfamiliar with history – seems to be replaying 1970’s China. Except instead of a Red Guards, we have woke idiots, intent on restoring racism, and installing their own “quota systems” for everything from skin color to carbon footprint. Reprobates like me will just grow trees in the woods, harvest solar power, and grow a little of our own food.
Meanwhile, though, Oscars are a security concern:.
Pretty clear: We don’t need a Nanny State, pass-through president, or racism reborn to figure out where the right future is. We already know it’s not in the city; not among the woke idiot/children.
But ya’ll keep flying over; please.
Some International Trade numbers in a sec. But let’s high-level the week:
Tomorrow, the Case-Shiller (S&P, CoreLogic, and whoever else wanders by) Housing numbers roll. At some point, the Fed’s recent lightening up on the money printing will begin to drive up rates (it has) which will change the dynamic of house-buying a bit. Prices won’t change – at first – but the “cash to seller” will begin to decline. The Money-Changers will make a little more.
After that sinks in, we’ll be on to the ADP Jobs number Wednesday. Don’t look now, but any weakness there could worry markets – a lot. Thursday the Challenger Job Cuts report will be along. Followed by the Official employment numbers Friday.
So much for the high-level.
On the Ground Today?
After the data, markets were about flat. On the commodities side, the energy complex was weak, down in some cases around 5% for a while.
Eventually, the overspending of our government of largess – which doesn’t have the sense to have secure borders, yet to the Babbler-in-Chief, somehow borders matter in Ukraine – WILL result in the end of U.S. Dollar hegemony.
No one likes to talk about it – and a number of key players (China with what were once American factories, and the Saudis with their oil, are all trying to figure out which International Currency makes the most sense. It isn’t BTC – though it continues to hold in the mid $47,000s range.
Yet, given that it once traded almost $20,000 higher a while back, this is sure looking to us like an extended sideways rally before it will eventually collapse. We’ve been wrong before, but it’s axiomatic “Government Hates Competition” and someone else’s currency is not pleasing to the 30-hours a month political megalomaniac class.
Gaping Mouth Idiot
Open Mouth – Insert Foot. The Slo on the Go makes Woe. Calling for the replacement of a foreign head-of-state (Biden on Putin) is not only poor form (dems own that already); it’s also nearly a declaration of War.
Which is why headlines assaulting us include Secretary of State Blinken walks back Biden remarks on Putin ouster.
But yes, he said it. Yes, he’s an idiot. When the NSNWs launch, we’ll remind you who got us into this war while leaving security of our border with Mexico nearly non-existent.
The Russians – so far, anyway – have been measured in their response to our Big Mouth Bully. Fighting back in media with stories like The number of biolabs financed by Americans around the world is revealed. 30-biolabs funded in Ukraine, for instance.
On the other hand, more along the lines of agitprop, The West Miscalculated: Six Reasons for Vladimir Putin’s Stability in Power.
Fact is – near as we can figure – we don’t need Russia – or China, for that matter – to destroy America. We’re doing fine on our own.
Ukraine media is a mixed bag. While claiming 17,000 casualties on the Russian side – and saying victory will be along any minute – there are admissions like Zelensky to Russian media: Volnovakha, Mariupol and small towns near Kyiv no longer exist.
Nothing else new, really. War is always about killing people, breaking things, and destroying savings.
Our military affairs contributor warhammer is properly worried about how this is laying out:
“I literally got a chill down my spine when I first heard Biden proclaim to the world (RE: Putin): “for God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
First thing I thought was “Vlad’s going to put a hit out on Old Joe.” But it’s far more likely Putin will use the gaffe to patriotically motivate a demoralized military and rally the Russian masses behind him.
Boiled down to basics, Putin is an egocentric psychopathic despot. Image and perceived power are everything to him, at home and abroad. Make no mistake, Vlad is steaming mad. He will definitely take this as a personal diss by Biden on the world stage. As a result, I anticipate Joe’s impromptu diplomatic diatribe will soon be amplified by orders of magnitude as it churns thru Russia’s propaganda machine.
BOTTOM LINE: This conflict just got personal. Biden literally poured fuel onto the fire raging in the Ukraine. Way to go, Joe!”
Today, the Bidenista’s will try to walk-back, un-say, pretend-it-didn’t happen – and continue their insulting lies to American voters. Tigers and bullies, stripes, kinda thing.
In the meantime, you know things are bound to get worse on reading Heineken exits Russia in wake of Ukraine war.
Study of the day: Just ONE serving of vegetables a day enough to boost mental health! – Study Finds. Whenever we need vegetables, we turn on CNN which parades them throughout the day – non-stop.
Bugging out to El Salvador is off the table: El Salvador: State of emergency declared after 76 gang-related killings in just two days -Sky News.
Not that Mexico is any better: 19 killed in shooting in central Mexico – Raw Story. Thanks, we’ll just do the bunker-hunker here…
Australia is in China’s sights: Solomon Islands security deal with China prompts Australia to lobby Fiji, PNg to oppose it (smh.com.au). Sure, sure, reunification with Taiwan (neutering the US manufacturing capability even more) is a given. But this story emphasizes our long-term view that China WILL eventually take over Australia. It’ll be their Lebensraum.
Don’t know why these jumped out at me: 520 People Killed In Road Accidents In Iran Since March 17. Along with Kuwait: 29,378 Traffic Violations Issued Last Week. Driving, Middle East? A meme hidden in this? Time will tell.
And does the world really need ANOTHER social platform? Elon Musk is serious to build a new social media networking platform.
ATR: Major Adventure, More
Been keeping you posted on my buddy The Major and his doctor-wife who had a burst appendix in Mexico (PV),
They were planning to come home Friday, but when they got to the airport, the plane took a mechanical, So an A-3-something worth of people stayed another night. Finally got in Saturday night just before 11 PM.
But his adventures aren’t over yet: You see, she was in terrible pain, so Sunday morning, it was off to the hospital (again) and another CAT scan, and last I heard, she was doing OK, but had some lung signs that might be a lead-in to pneumonia. Overnight, I think.
The Major meantime is still in good spirits, but he’s been really focused on the accounting end of all this. Turns out the cost of an exploded appendix in Mexico was around 135,000 pesos. That $6,742.18.
Which isn’t too bad – if it had healed right. But, from what I hear-tell, the PV airport was like 65F and you know how going hot and cold, dry and humid can light up lung issues.
Our prayers continue. But the takeaway from all this is?
If you’re a doctor, work a 24-hour shift, fall off a ladder passing out from fatigue, then fly to Mexico, blow out your appendix, and then hang around frozen airports and tons of people, don’t plan on jumping right back into more 24-hour work shifts right away. Take care of getting out of the hospital and winding the body up a bit, first.
George II was down in Elkhart, Texas 3-days this weekend (with about 50 other firefighters from around the region) for Advanced Vehicle Extrication training. This isn’t simply your Jaws-of-Life basics. No; this was fine surgical points of where to cut the dash, deactivating airbags, rolling vehicles back upright and a ton more.
Actually, sounded pretty damn cool. Set a car on fire and rescue the dummy. N100 when smashing out windshields and all that.
Worst Plumbing Job – Ever
Was working in the veggie grow room when I noticed a single drip from the swamp cooler water supply input line. “Shoot, I’ll just give that an eighth of a turn and that’ll fix that…”
Well, uh, NO. The rate went from a drip every 30-seconds to a drip every 5-seconds. “More Armstrong!” Except the further turning (yes, it was the right way) made it still worse.
What followed was 2-hours in a 90F grow room down on hands and knees replacing everything.
Eventually, the problem was solved with a) new copper fitting (female 1/2″ NPT to female 3/4′ GHT), b) several slatherings of pipe dope, c) cut off the end of the hose and put on my own replacement male hose end…
I have had some miserable plumbing projects over 73-years, but this one about took the cake. God-awful only begins to describe it.
I’m over it this morning. I bought myself a present to reward my tenacity and eventual success. So, we’ll see a new HF DC TIG welder show up shortly. Good topic for ShopTalk Sunday…
Off to introduce myself to the riding mower, which like a horse, is mounted from the left-hand side…
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