So Much for Brady’s Amputated Hand or Whatever

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Patriots win another AFC Championship.

So much for the “end of the Patriots era” jive, etc. …

Go Pats!

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The Lack of a Budget

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In the days of old Congress used to pass annual budgets. This process generally started with a recommendation from the President. Next the proposed budget passed through the House, then the Senate. Finally, if he agreed with it, the President signed off on it.

That was then. Today, for more than a few years now, different appropriations have been cobbled together for this and that, rather than passed as a whole. Technically, this is permissible under Article I, Section 7 of the old Constitution. It’s my quibble that the old way was better, smoother. At any rate, at least it’s done. Until it’s not.

Last Friday/Saturday at midnight the Congress failed to agree on the latest stopgap spending bill. As such, “your” government has no budget for the coming fiscal year – running on empty.

A House-passed stopgap bill that would avoid a government shutdown fizzled out in the Senate late Friday night, leaving Congress negotiating frantically as the midnight deadline to fund the government passed.

The measure failed in a procedural vote by a 50 to 49 margin. Five Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama and Claire McCaskill of Missouri — had backed it. Four Republicans — Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah — opposed it. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for procedural reasons.

As nearly all Democrats and some Republicans opposed the measure that failed to work its way through Congress on Friday, lawmakers saw government funding lapse, at least temporarily. The proposal that failed in the Senate would have funded the government through Feb. 16 and reauthorized the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years.

As far as I’m concerned, they could permanently shutter the whole operation forever. Fear not, they won’t. In fact, much (most?) of the government will operate pretty much as “normal” for the duration. Most people will notice no difference. I’m releasing a video for FP tomorrow about this and a few related matters. Watch it.

This last happened in 2013. Before that, it was a more pronounced shortage in 1995. We somehow survived those episodes. The sky will not fall. For now, just know that “your” elected representatives are a band of utterly incompetent fools. You should remember this come the next election. You probably won’t though I’ll drop a reminder.

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I’m running behind

Running on Empty, Jackson Browne, 1977.

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Videos: Prepper News and Music

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So, here’s today’s Prepper News Weekly for FP:

Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.

And, since you’re here, and this tunes in my head, here’s a couple of takes on John Prine’s Paradise.

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Johnny Cash (my favorite because he inverted the timber and land parts)

 

Buffett (live)

There are quiet a few more: Tom T. Hall (whom I used to speak to from time to time); Denver; etc.

Why? Just because. Now it’s in your heads too.

Happy Friday.

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Prosecuting Real Criminals?

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It’s a thing almost unheard of today or, at least, it’s largely forgotten. The same government that spies on you and railroads prosecutions in cases that shouldn’t exist also assists some foreigners with breaking some laws. Justice, it is not. Rather, as John Whitehead explains, it resembles a police state, a place by and for the government and its owners.

But now a crazy idea is floating around; it apparently might even become actionable. The DOJ (yeah, that DOJ) is seriously considering charging “sanctuary” politicians with felonies.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Her confirmation came after California’s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer.

Though not mentioned in the above-linked article, the legal avenue is 18 USC 1324, which I’ve been talking about (at least thrice) for the past two years.

Once again:

Any person who …


knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation …

[Or who] aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
shall be punished…

in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both…

In some cases it’s up to 20 years in the clink. At least one California pol, San Fran Mayor Libby Schaaf, says she’s ready to go to jail so as to fully support the polyglot. That’s good; I think we’re ready for that too.

This possible development does little to reverse the decades of legal decline, but it is a refreshing potential start.

The heavens falling may well encompass a few elected rodents falling too.

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Illegal alien sanctuary only. They don’t care about you, your money, your guns, your freedom, etc. 

Trillion Dollar SJW Doubles Down

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Get with the social justice, or else, says Larry “John Stewart Mill” Fink:

“Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose,” Fink wrote. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

Fink said BlackRock would ramp up its investor-stewardship initiative, started in 2011 to favor engaging with companies and their management over proxy voting. The stewardship team will double in size over the next three years under the new leadership of Barbara Novick, a vice chairman who helped found BlackRock, Fink said.

Literally doubling.

He posed some questions; so I, as CEO of perrinlovett.me (one of them there private companies), answer with:

What role do we play in the community?

My blog (mine, not BlackRock’s) is a town crier for the West and for cigar awareness.

How are we managing our impact on the environment?

In general, I’m not. However, as a digital service, I try to harm no trees. And I have that offer to adopt or foster the first polar bear I meet as it flees the global warming climate change new ice age…

Are we working to create a diverse workforce?

No. Just trying to save some corner of civilization from it.

Are we adapting to technological change?

Actually thinking of reverting to a manual typewriter. Might need the polar bear’s input first. Can they talk?

Are we providing the retraining and opportunities that our employees and our business will need to adjust to an increasingly automated world?

I see your man-hating, child-maiming robots and AI. Bring ’em.

Are we using behavioral finance and other tools to prepare workers for retirement, so that they invest in a way that that will help them achieve their goals?

What, in the Name of God, is “behavioral finance?” Sounds like command and control communism to me. The bear will hate it.

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I doubt these guys can even read, let alone type.

Mind your own business, Bub.

Numerical Lay of America

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One of those days, friends, one of those days. After some six months of success in self-medicating a minor mechanical problem, I wisely decided to check the old covert bug out vehicle into automotive convalescence. Prayers if you will, donations should you have them (only $500 will feed a starving Jeep…).

Anyway, I was all set to shoot a Hawaiian preppers video for FP. Tomorrow! And more collected and so forth – will post here.

I leave you with fond thoughts of the US Debt Clock.

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I consult these numbers from time to time. They sing a song, tell a story, for those willing to listen. Give them a try tonight.

Dobry vecer, priatelia.

Paul Craig Roberts on the Assange “Case”

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Please read THIS, should you care and in between divisional games, of course. Excellent review of the non-case.

In the US and probably throughout Europe, politicians and feminists, with the exception of Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff, used the presstitute media to paint Assange as a rapist and as a spy. The feminists cared nothing about any truth; they just wanted a man to demonize. Truth was the last thing on politicians’ minds. They just wanted to divert attention from Washington’s crimes and betrayals of allies by portraying Assange as a threat and traitor to America. They were unconcerned that Assange could not be a traitor to America as he is not an American citizen. In actual fact, there is no basis in law for any US claim against Assange. Yet because of Washington and its servile British puppet state, Assange remains interred in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Clearly, honor and respect for law reside in Ecuador, not in the US, UK, or Sweden.

But facts, along with law and civil liberty, have ceased to mean anything in the Western world. The corrupt US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the arrest of Assange is a “priority.” The British police, mere lackeys of Washington, said that they would still arrest Assange, despite the case being dropped, if he left the embassy.

For the British, serving Washington is a higher calling than the honor of their country.

The interesting fact is not that Assange has committed no crime (anywhere) but is held nonetheless hostage by real criminals; the crazy thing here is how little the people know or care. And, sadly, none of this is surprising.

Happy Sunday!

Bolt Out of the Blue

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This progresses faster than expected. GM begins canning the controls, not next decade, but next year.

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine.

When GM starts testing its autonomous electric sedan in San Francisco ride-sharing fleets, it’ll likely be the first production-ready car on the roads without the tools to let a human assume control. The announcement Friday is the first sign from a major carmaker that engineers have enough confidence in self-driving cars to let them truly go it alone.

“What’s really special about this is if you look back 20 years from now, it’s the first car without a steering wheel and pedals,” said Kyle Vogt, chief executive officer of Cruise Automation, the San Francisco-based unit developing the software for GM’s self-driving cars.

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I’ll take Level 0. Bloomberg.

From observing the way American’s absentmindedly enter freeways, one would already suspect the cars lack pedals and steering wheels. For many the robot driver will be a probable improvement.

Y’all have fun with that…