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I’m curious if Pelosi spends any real time there. From the photos, it looks very exposed and hard to defend. Effectively impossible to maintain any sort of perimeter, which is why the Antifa (?) types were able to walk right up to the garage door.
Presumably she at least has good security cameras, so I assume there is video of this from when it happened.
I have a friend who lives in the house next door to McMorris Rodgers local place. She says that Rep M R is almost never there. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pelosi is seldom on the property.
Interesting to note the anarchy/antifa signs on either side of the message. They got Mitch McConnell’s place too. People are dreaming if they think there is a “side” to current events. Sides are old-school; now it’s just intersecting facets.
At any rate, what I’ve said before: you can create Frankenstein’s monster, you can shelter Frankenstein’s monster, but you can’t control Frankenstein’s monster.
Next up: this cools down, and the mob returns in a while to take some of Pelosi and McConnell’s shit when they aren’t looking. It’ll go on from there; spirals are almost never static. JMO.
“Sides are old school”
Brings to mind this recent piece from Kevin Williamson
Its paywalled, but the part that stood out to me is:
“The New Year is traditionally a time for taking a personal inventory. We should be taking a national inventory this year, instead, asking: What works, and why does it work? And then we might wonder a little whether we wish to live in a world characterized by the thinking of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk or one characterized by the thinking — if it can really be called that — of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Donald Trump. Because the real divide in American life is not between Ocasio-Cortez and Trump but between those who look to such figures for insight and leadership and those who know better.”
I suppose I should clarify the last remark.
I really don’t know much about Jeff Bezos (although I’m guessing he’s similarly part of the organized crime syndicate that’s legally built on taking advantage of the largess of our Federal system that is now out of control) but I do know the Elon Musk game being in the auto industry for as long as I have been.
Tesla and it’s technology isn’t new (Ford was offering to lease us employees electric Rangers when I worked there in ’95 or thereabouts). It isn’t a breakout technology. There’s entirely reasonable doubt that the inherent limits of batteries have made further progress impossible in the race against good old fossil fuels. There’s no visionary revolution (hell, it’s taken them 15 years or so to reach maybe a 1% market share) in electric cars.
What there is are bags of Federal money for the taking to subsidize “the next great thing” that never seems to come to fruition. And Musk has mastered that game. Face it, on no practical level is a Tesla competitive with my V8 F150. And as long as gas stays around $2, there won’t be. Yeah, “but Norway!”. Great. A gallon of gas there is mandated by government at something like $8 a gallon. If that’s your idea of cutting edge technology development, knock yourself out. But not me. I’m quite familiar with the Trabant. And you can keep it.
So I reject any thinking coming from the self preservation instincts of our Federal government and its lackey’s.
We’re at about $20 trillion in GDP. In March our national debt was 85% of that. Clearly in PIIGS territory. Trump’s a politician so admittedly he hasn’t been great with staunching the bleeding. But so far he’s the only guy who’s even thought about breaking the syndicate’s hold on America.
I’ll take his vision any day of the week.
That’s an interesting take, and more or less I agree.
(Probably an old story coming…) Years ago, I worked for a guy who was the quintessential wheeler-dealer type. Brilliant guy. Natural deal maker. Started out making a fortune in natural gas, then went on from there.
He was truly amazing. Just had a nose for opportunity. Money flowed his way like you wouldn’t believe.
At some point in the mid-90’s, he read the tea leaves and decided that ethanol was the business to be in. So he started working on building an ethanol business. He had enough juice so that the next thing I know, I’m in meetings with him with some of the industry’s biggest hitters…like the chairman of ADM, the son of the (at the time) second richest man in America, etc.
Very heady stuff.
And almost 100% bullshit. The intrinsic economics of ethanol were horrible. There was no real money to be made there. The whole thing was a play for artificial subsidies put in place by governments at multiple levels.
The moment I fully realized what game we were playing was the moment I decided to quit.
My idea of “business” is fundamentally different. I have a reflexive bristle when you realize that someone’s business model is all about “chase subsidies” and not about “serve the public”.
In that way, the name “Elon Musk” gives me a bit of a bristle.
At the same time, I have a lot of respect for what he’s accomplished. Even as I continue to believe that electric cars are ultimately going to prove to be a technological dead end.
So it all comes down to a multi-level analysis. Do I wish that the subsidies that Elon Musk chased didn’t exist? Yes. Do I respect Elon Musk for his achievements? Yes. Do I think Elon Musk would have done well even in a subsidy-free environment? Yes.
I’ve got nothing against Musk either. Kind of a character and I thought the SpaceEx stuff was great.
I just think we’ve gotten very used to looking to government to make everything better. A function which they are completely incompetent in. The current (as of last week) kerfuffle over stimulus checks is just a complete laugher. “Oh, we want to be more targeted.” Like you folks have ever had the capability to do that. I don’t particularly need the check, for which I’m thankful, but since you have no real choice to make it any more targeted than sending everyone a check, I’ll be happy to take mine to.
As for leadership, I’d much rather look to Jeff. Or Sidhe. Or John. Put yourself on the line. Stand and be counted knowing someone out there might be shooting at your head when you do stand.