I hope you had a merry Christmas. Let’s get started.
Following up on his contemptible attack on Israel at the UN last week, President Obama sent Secretary Kerry out to blame the Israelis for ongoing Middle East discord. Best Secretary Kerry quote: “If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won’t ever really be at peace.” The Secretary claimed that Israel has abandoned the two-state solution, neglecting to mention that everything Israel has tried to gain peace has resulted in ever more numerous attacks. The idea that it is Israel stymieing a peace deal is ridiculous on its face, but anti-semites are gonna hate.
President Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats expelled and leveled sanctions against several others in response to RIS cyber intrusions during the election. Then, on Friday, a Russian cyber penetration of laptop belonging to a Vermont power company, Burlington Electric was discovered (albeit, the laptop was not connected to the grid). Hm. Looks like Russia might be our biggest geopolitical foe after all.
Meanwhile, Russia closed the Anglo-American school and brokered a cease-fire in Syria. But Mr. Putin seems to be waiting for the succession on January 20th. I honestly don’t know who I am more aghast at, President Obama for engaging in so much lame duck action without consulting with his successor (after years of inaction), or PEON* Trump, for signaling—repeatedly signaling—that he is fine with RIS cyber attacks on our political system (and I say that last while fully aware that if not for DNC malfeasance, there could have been no scandal).
Quite the tempest brewed up on Christmas day over the RNC’s annual Christmas message. Personally, I would have never gotten the subtext that the Republicans were calling PEON Trump a “King” if the twitter outrage mob hadn’t told me. Of course, I’m hobbled by not being not much good at faking outrage.
In other PEON news, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned rather than perform at the inauguration. And some leftists are pushing a boycott of the Rockettes because they have enough volunteers to perform at the same event. The young singer, Jackie Evancho, who will be performing at the inaugural has been relentlessly targeted by leftists for supporting the “racist, homophobic” PEON—only Miss Evancho isn’t backing down. She says she’s used to being a target, as her sister is transgender. Oh yeah—her music sales are booming, too.
As 2016 draws to a close, a fair number of celebrities have passed away. George Michael died on Christmas day. Carrie Fisher followed on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier. Like many men my age (and likely a few women as well), I had a tremendous crush on her back in the early 80s. Rumor has it she drowned in moonlight and was strangled by her own bra. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, followed her on Wednesday. Robert Hulseman, inventor of the Red Solo cup, died on the 21st. I’ll stop there, but enough famous(ish) people died this week to fill a post of their own.
I read the posts by associate professor of politics and global studies George Ciccariello-Maher expressing a desire for white genocide. He’s an idiot—but he absolutely has the right to be. See my post on “Hate Speech.”
President Obama expressed confidence that he would have won had he been allowed to run for a third term. (Of course, that suggests he knows that Mrs. Clinton was a bad candidate, doesn’t it?) He may well be right. Since he won reelection in 2012—following four years of demonstrated incompetence—my faith in the American electorate is…well, let’s say “sketchy.” That the two primary choices this last election were Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump hasn’t exactly repaired that opinion.
The great Dr. Thomas Sowell posted his final article this week. At 86, he’s certainly entitled to enjoy his retirement, but I will miss his wisdom dearly. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you read his books. Basic Economics is an excellent primer for the layman. The Housing Boom and Bust does a first rate job of explaining how everything went so wrong with the housing market and the economy in 2008. Really, check out his work.
A Darwin Award winner and runner up tried to rob a gun store. Yes, you read that right.
Last night, Talking Points Memo founder Joshua Marshal accidentally tweeted porn. Hilarity ensued.
Here in LasVegas, the Rio experienced a fire and and major power loss. I suspect Russian hackers. And a major piece of gun control legislation that would have regulated private sales in Nevada will not go into effect, as it turns out to be unenforceable.
Also in Vegas, Amanda Nunes defeated Ronda Rousey by TKO 48 seconds into the first round.
In Sacramento, an Uber driver figured out a young girl was being prostituted and alerted police. She was a 16 year old victim of sex trafficking.
This bodes well. Future murderbot under development.
It is New Year’s Eve. Remember to drink heavily and take foolish chances. Just get someone to hold your beer first.
*As always, a tip of the hat to Kevin Reynolds for inventing the acronym PEON as as an alternative to POETUS.