Failure is an orphan, after all. Says so right on its birth certificate.
Success, of course is on the other side: Always at least two smiling parents. Oftentimes, though, half a dozen – even more.
I would like to be upbeat, but reality stomped out that mood within 3-minutes of touching the keys. This is scapegoat Monday.
The failure circle? That’s where everyone gets around in a circle and starts firing. In the end, everyone’s dead, except the last shot fired.
Life’s got the potential to mosey that-a-way; sooner than not. While they’re still standing, time to check up on the circle jerks. But first:
Three Economic Notes:
- The stock market is set to drop today at the open.
- Bitcoin was $47,510 early but Lumber was down to $492 – which means we’re not out of the woods, yet?
- And just out: the NY Fed Empire State Manufacturing data:
“The headline general business conditions index fell twenty-five points to 18.3. New orders increased modestly, and shipments grew slightly. Delivery times continued to lengthen substantially, and inventories were somewhat higher. Employment and the average workweek increased modestly. Input prices continued to rise sharply, and the pace of selling price increases set another record. Looking ahead, firms remained optimistic that conditions would improve over the next six months, with substantial increases in employment and prices expected.”
Those who are optimistic apparently don’t understand that the border is leaking Covid (and tons of military aged men), we lost Afghanistan, and spending 3 1/2-trillion dollars does not an economy make if lockdown 2.0 looms along with interstate border checks. These would be the last straw.
“Papers Please?” is already being test-bedded in Oddstralia: Covid border restrictions across Australia: where you can and can’t travel between states – and to New Zealand | The Guardian. Power-mad bureaucracies are contagious.
Biden blew it. President Harry Truman as much as told us so. See, he had a sign on his desk during his time in the White House: “The Buck Stops Here.”
Today, Joe Biden is desperate. While idiotic press sloshes cover-up stories like “Defiant and defensive, a president known for empathy takes a cold-eyed approach to Afghanistan debacle (chron.com)” which was a syndicated piece from the Washington Post. The Post should know better than lie to a pissed-off country led by losers who collective own this outcome.
Biden owns this, lock, stock, and Kabul. Yet – in the Blame Circle – we see other hyperbole and BS. Like this other Washington Post courtesy spin: “Military and Washington’s policymakers reflect on the Afghan collapse.” No, ‘fraid not. The military follows orders. It’s all owned by the political hacks and the State Dept. – just like it was in Vietnam.
When arguably the smartest leader in recent U.S. military history said back in 2001 “SCHWARZKOPF BELIEVES U.S. CAN WIN WAR IN AFGHANISTAN in the buffalonews.com” we absolutely believed him. In fact, he could still win. But not with the clown posse in the ring. Schwarzkopf was the “real deal.” Which means who got in the way?
The pros, progressives, pervs, and pitiful’s suckling at the public orifice.
Stand in line to blame the father of the art-pass-through bidding: World leaders blame Biden, express disappointment with Afghanistan. Take a number.
Not too surprisingly, Trump calls on Biden to ‘resign in disgrace’ over crisis in Afghanistan (nypost.com).
Things won’t change, though, since the “yes men” are still in charge: Joint Chiefs Inform Senators Terror Threat From Afghanistan “Moved Up” | ZeroHedge. God help us. Yah think?
Just like Biden keeps double-talking on the bioweapon (see where the World Health Organisation cleared Wuhan lab of Covid leak after just TWO HOURS (the-sun.com)? We expect the same lack of candor and honesty that is quickly sinking these remnants of a once Titanic country.
Can We Get Real for a Sec?
When Obama gutted the military and drove out our greatest commanders (who might have saved Kabul) the shame-sucker press failed to summon the honesty and courage to call it what it was: Hollowing out of American might. Obama, like Biden, was an appeaser who talked a good story.
Iran’s been listening – and when Obama sent cash to Iran (which was flipped into war making goods) the press forgot the legitimacy of “spoils of war” in order for Obama to reprise Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement.
Meantime, Biden’s second epic fail shapes up 400-miles down the road from us: Politicians Who Claim To Be Serious About Stopping Covid Better Get Serious About The Border.
Joe blow, indeed.
Hitler’s Second Book
Which few have read, lays out an interesting case against the feminization of nations. When a nation loses its male mojo, the will to fight leaves. Making a politically correct country politically weak. Playing right now.
Whether you’re talking shame-training, sensitivity, or open borders, it’s all been nearly arranged by the Marxists in education to leave themselves – not America – the last ones standing.
Side bet says people leading in the Middle East have.
Perps At Home
The shackles of political correctness are still firmly in place. Whether you’re talking the razor wire of the Pelosi Weimar, or the the FBI’s pollicization, the “soft perps” at home have a key role in Kabul.
“FBI dodged Ilhan Omar-‘bro’ wed probe: Devine (nypost.com)” If the truth might leak, time to get the leaker off the playing field.
Before I Forget
Just gotta hand out our “failed journalism award” to Yahoo for running “Tucker Carlson hatefully mocks AOC’s Capitol riot rape fears in on-air rant: ‘Get a therapist, honey’ (yahoo.com).
In a courtroom – of something other than public opinion – hatefully goes to Carlson’s state of mind. Which – sorry – is at best an inference and at worst a lie. Near as I can figure, this is the worst of “judgy journalism.” Plain bullshit. Bent broadcasters and tilted television are part of the PPP – perverted progressive press.
In fact, so bad is media coverage of commercialized socialists like AOC that the People’s World called out the media for botched work: “No socialism, please! CNN gives AOC the corporate media treatment – People’s World.” While we’re not fans of many left-wing views, the People’s World piece by Ed Rampell nailed it with this quote:
“The August 9 hour-long CNN program Being… AOC about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a case study in how corporate media covers—or, rather, covers up—socialism. The reddest or pinkest thing about this debut of CNN’s new Being… series were AOC’s lips. More time was spent bantering about the 31-year-old’s lipstick, fashion sense, and being a magazine cover girl than her left-wing politics.”
When even liberals see through the personality monetizations, it’s a shame the rest of corporate media can’t stick to the story. Hatefully? Yes, ‘fraid so.
I’ll take an honest socialist over whatever this mess is, any day.
Still, the right screws the pooch, too: Harvard professor says flag waving Kristi Noem ‘unserious,’ Kabul crisis is ‘what happens’ when US not serious | Fox News. Around here, we don’t wave flags for retreat.
Still, comes back to QOJ – quality of journalism, so our next data blooper is Daily Beast reporter calls Israeli soldiers ‘genocidal’ in ‘Jeopardy’ host hit piece. Side of bias, anyone?
At the Beachhead in Higher Ed
None of this would be particularly worrisome if higher education had maintained its role as thought arbiters. Problem is the systematic silencing of anything other than hard left views is yet-another reason why Buyed’em botched Afghanistan.
The new Cambridge University Course titled “Marxist perspectives archaeology | Archaeological theory and methods | Cambridge University Press” is symptomatic of higher ed empire-building.
Once – long ago – archeology was a set of facts. But, in today’s headlong rush of the left to force its Marxist, climate, race, gender (yada, yada) views on the world, politics is injected at every turn.
We can hardly wait for the offering of Gender Perspectives in Inorganic Chemistry. Or even more gleefully, Racism in Long-Tail Financial Analysis. Coming sooner than you’d think.
Back to Actual News
Blow? A Fred check:
Blow 2: Grace check:
Media are reporting nearly 1,300 dead from the Haiti quake this weekend – and now Grace is on ’em. Ye gads.
Still Waiting for Starlink: We’ve had our reservation since February and no sign of service (or even direct customer service contact) yet. Still, hope springs eternal as SpaceX’s First Orbital Stack Flight, Coming Within Weeks.
The “Do as we Say, not as we Do” Party: (*Joe’s mob) Lieu’s Largess: Democratic Assistant Whip Accused of Giving Campaign Funds to Stanford Before the Admission of his Son – Jonathan Turley.
Covid crim charges? (Otherwise he runs again…sheesh!) We wonder as Cuomo successor Kathy Hochul vows to ‘fully cooperate’ with COVID nursing home probe. We’ll believe it when…
White shame du jour: Minnesota principals sign ‘de-centering Whiteness’ pledge, suggest unions, PTAs help White supremacy. Keep the cops, defund the schools.
Making our case: (that famous people should stay in their lanes of expertise) “George Takei: Deny COVID unvaxxed priority care -(nydailynews.com). Also on the Trekkie circuit: ‘Malignant’ Star Annabelle Wallis Is Dating This ‘Star Trek’ Actor (cheatsheet.com).
Time to beam up some chow.
Write when you get rich,