Bonkers, Blather, & Blunders #2

Bonkers, Blather & Blunders # 2

We’ll lead off this edition with a Triple-B, achieving a perfect political trifecta in that, what’s stated, has absolutely no relationship to the actual facts or truth.  Last week, Democrat Speaker of the House, Mrs. Pelosi reportedly actually said the following: “The fact is that we’re on a good path at the border under the leadership of President Biden….we were in a very bad situation under the Trump administration.”  Oh, my.  That “good path” she refers to, may well be the one that the present flood of migrants are using so successfully to enter the U.S. illegally.  Border Patrol agents are said to have stopped 171,000 migrants at the border in March alone!  No word on how many got into the country without being apprehended, but that unfortunately is definitely happening.  And, obviously, no covid testing, no subsequent tracking possible for the ones slipping through. With recent staggering migrant figures in mind, it’s disingenuous, at best, to suggest that America is “on a good (illegal migrant) path” under Mr. Biden’s ‘leadership.’ Clearly, and to the administration’s shame, we are not. And beyond foolish to suggest that the situation at the border was ‘very bad” under President Trump who, in reality, as we all know, had forcefully kept the now-explosive illegal entry issue very well under control, with actual strict policies that worked.

Sticking with elected officials, Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) made an interesting dramatic events comparison last week during a CNN interview.  Referring to the January protest and incursion at the U.S. Capitol, Mr. Cohen reportedly said: “January 6th is a day that should be remembered in America because our democracy was at stake.  It was under attack as much as Pearl Harbor was an attack on our country.”  Perhaps an unbelievable exaggeration!   Pearl Harbor, for those who actually were taught U.S. history in school, was a vicious, unrelenting surprise bombing and weapons-fire attack from the air that destroyed or severely damaged several of our Naval ships in the harbor, many Army aircraft on the ground, and the attack resulted in the sudden death of well over 2,000 military members and civilians, both aboard ships and on shore. By comparison, the Capitol protest and surge resulted in the unfortunate deaths of one female civilian and one male Capitol Police Officer. And we know now, from subsequent investigations that law enforcement authorities had advance knowledge that the crowd would be assembling with the ever-present chance that it could get out of control.  No genuine, unanticipated surprise at the Capitol, then, as we’ve since learned.  Oh, and subsequent federal investigation reported, also, that there were no traditional weapons found among those who rushed the building.  Simply an invalid comparison between an over-zealous, charged-up civilian mob at the Capitol, that did not threaten our democracy vs. a death-dealing surprise attack from the air at Pearl Harbor intended to totally cripple America’s naval power in the Pacific, and which came frightening close to that goal (you’ll recall that, thankfully, our few Pacific aircraft carriers were out at sea that day).

Keeping with political blather, back in 2009, while still in the Senate, current Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry reportedly revealed in a Senate floor speech that: “You have sea ice which is melting at a rate (such that) the Arctic Ocean is now increasingly exposed. In five-years, scientists predict we will have the first ice-free Arctic summer.”  That prediction would have put the Artic ice apocalypse hitting at 2014.  It’s now 2021.  And despite Americans staying indoors for much of 2020, and largely avoiding further ruining the environment, as we humans are said to be intent on doing, amazingly, we still have summer arctic ice upcoming, and plenty of it.  Yet another over-zealous climate change prediction added to the significant number over the years that have not come true.

Reacting to the claim that our interstate network of highways was “built on a racist system,” the current administration’s Secretary of Transportation, Democrat Pete Buttigieg reportedly responded: “Yeah, often this wasn’t just an act of neglect.  Often this was a conscious choice. There is racism physically built into some of our highways.” So now, decades later, there is alleged racism attributed to the location of the various highways, much of them built as a part of the interstate highway system.  The project actually began in earnest, post-World War II (1947), and then took off under the guidance and legislative funding via President Eisenhower.  The objective was to move “people, freight, and military” through the country more efficiently.  Recall that following the war, and continuing throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, the United States (and allies) were drawn into a tense Cold War with the Soviet Union.  That in mind, one of the added spoken benefits provided by the highway system was improving the ability of residents to get away from major metropolitan areas in the even of an atomic bomb attack, a continuing underlying threat during the Cold War. If certain housing areas were skirted by the major highways due to racial considerations, that’s hard to determine now with validity, but, again, that was over 70-years ago, and cities, towns, and neighborhoods, and their demographic composition, have quite likely changed dramatically through those years.   “Racism built into our highways” is a bizarre, yet possibly purposeful, thing to bring to up right now.

An Asian-American professor of “practical theology,” teaching with the University of Colorado system, reportedly has stated that “anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism: white supremacy.  So, when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy.  White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it.”  With incredible exaggeration, once again, white supremacy, white Americans, are the root of all evil, all crime, all problems, and all racism, no matter who is involved.  Only white people are at fault, regardless. Does this give you a comfortable feeling about who may be teaching your sons and daughters on a university campus, and the insistent, but non-factual indoctrination they may well be receiving.  So, then, summing up, dear students: Whites are the oppressors.  All other individuals in America are perpetual ‘victims.’  Non-whites: You are summarily freed from any and all responsibility.  Class dismissed.  Tuition refunds not available.

West Coast personality Alyssa Milano, adding voice to her apparent white guilt, is reported to have recently tweeted the following: “Police exist to uphold white supremacy and have been empowered by laws and the courts to inject themselves into black life for any reason, no matter how minor.”  With the finesse of an artist, Miss Milano has managed, within just one sentence, to disparage both her own white race, which she apparently longs to apologize for, as well as America’s law enforcement officers, who happen to be of many different shapes, sizes, genders, and races, to include, amazingly, both white and black.  Sadly, her inference regarding police actions in support of the repeatedly erroneous assertion of white supremacy is false.  In 2020, police reportedly shot and killed 1,021 people.  Of those killed, 23% were black.  44% were white, “more than any other racial group.”  Facts do matter.  But rarely so, it seems, on the West Coast.

And speaking of the Left Coast, the inevitable Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) stepped into it over the weekend, when she chose to offer her ever helpful thoughts and advice to the protesters in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, who were on-duty there throughout the Derek Chauvin (re: George Floyd) trial, with a verdict expected yet this week.  With the fervor of a cheerleading coach at squad state finals, Ms. Waters exhorted the protesters assembled, as follows.  In the event that former police officer Chauvin is found not guilty, urged she: “We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational.  We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”  Is there a chance that her encouragement could be “inciting” those listening to more aggressive actions, to include, oh, I don’t know, violence?  One might think so. Them was fightin’ words, not those of a peacemaker.  By the way, Ms. Waters was among those in the House who voted to impeach, again, President Trump, this time for “inciting” protesters at the Capitol on January 6th.  Were she not a member of the political and privileged elite, but rather just some lowly white supremacist, “incitement” might possibly have been a criminal charge leveled in this situation.  Regardless, for Brooklyn Center, MN, and for our nation, we’ll hope for the best “on the street,” once the Chauvin trial judicial decision is reached.

Well, there’s much more in the Triple B stack, but we’ll save all except this last one for the next edition. Said Mr. Biden recently: “I want to change the paradigm(?).  I would like elected Republican support, but what I know now is that I have electoral support from Republican voters.  Republican voters agree with what I’m doing.”  Well, according to a March Gallop poll, not so much. Mr. Biden’s “approval rating among Republicans is at 8%, down from 12% in February.” His statement was accurate, however.  He does have support from Republican voters.  Just not enough to be truly honest about it.


Pelosi quote and stats via, Jordan Lancaster, 4-7-21; Cohen quote via, 4-7-21; Kerry quote via, Jordan Lancaster, 4-8-21; Buttigieg quotes via, Jon Brown, 4-10-21; Colorado professor quotes via, Mike LaChance, 4-9-21; Milano quote & stats via, David Ng, 4-15-21; Waters quote via, Brie Stimson, 4-18-21; Biden quote and stats via, Daniel Greenfield, 4-14-21).