Archive for the ‘under the fedora’ Category

I’m old enough that I still listen to the radio when I drive and suddenly there are ads playing regularly warning of the signs of clots that can become aneurisms that I had never heard before.

All this ads are brought to you by Pfizer.

A coincidence I’m sure.


I was on my lunch break during the 4th quarter of gave five of the Bucks and Celtics game where the Bucks after being down as much as 12 in the 4th came back to tie it with under a minute to go and then win it when they got a rebound off a missed free throw and put it in and then stole the ball from the Celtics.

Over the last 3+ Minutes there was one name I didn’t hear during those last three minutes: Jason Tatum.

We’ve been hearing for weeks that he should be considered a superstar yet for some reason he didn’t touch the ball.

Just a coincidence I’m sure.


With a week to go before the Pennsylvania primary a GOP candidate who is surging to the point that she might pass the Trump endorsed Doctor Oz suddenly had her Wikipedia page taken down.

Wikipedia claims that she is not notable enough. Commenting on the matter she said:

Barnette posted a photo of her deleted page on Twitter with the caption, “When they cancel me, they’re cancelling you. Wikipedia just pulled my page down with a week left to go in the election.”

You would think they would promote a candidate different from whoever Trump endorsed however it seems that she would not only be the first black woman to serve in the senate from Pennsylvania but a big part of her story is that she was conceived in rape and her mother choose not to abort.

Yet apparently that’s not good enough to be noted. You would think cancelling a black woman would be consider beyond the pale these days but it’s apparently not.

Again another coincidence.


Speaking on something you don’t see every day a politics site in Florida broke the story of a sexual harassments scandal of a rising political star accused of sexual harassment, and then encouraged people not to report on it or bother the candidate about it. As Don Surber put it:

While it broke the story, Florida Politics asked others to go easy on Alexander. A confederacy of dunces followed and the rest of the media in Florida largely ignored the story.

The Tallahassee Democrat, the only newspaper to report on it, hid its story behind its subscribers only paywall. 

For the record the “rising star” Ramon Alexander a married father of two, is both a Democrat and is being accused of harassments by a man who Alexander claims he had a “consensual sexual relationship” with.

Boy the coincidences are just pouring down today aren’t they?


Finally yet another associate of Bill Clinton, Mark Meadows has died at the relatively young age of 59.

Given the spate of sudden deaths since the vaccine one might say “coincidence” here but for this paragraph in the Daily Mail story:

One of Bill Clinton’s former special advisors who helped cement his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein has died at the age of 59, becoming the latest associate of the former President to die young. Mark Middleton’s family said that he passed away on Saturday in a statement which did not reveal the cause of death. (snip) During that time Middleton admitted Epstein to the Clinton White House on seven of the at least 17 times the late pedophile visited. Middleton also flew on Epstein’s plane and appears to have acted as a conduit between the two men.

I’d close with a sly line about coincidence but I don’t think there is anybody left who would by it in this case.

It took tens days for the NBA Conventional Wisdom to go from: The Celtics are fools to take the 2nd seed and face the Brooklyn Nets in the 1st round, to The Unstoppable Celtics defensive machine is going to beat Milwaukee in the 2nd.


Between the Push for Abortion, the push for Gay Marriage and one million genders and the push to surgically or chemically make as many children unable to reproduce by the time they reach twenty is it any wonder that stealing elections is and will only grow a a vital cog in the left’s electoral plans?


No matter how familiar one is with history and the rise and fall of cultures, civilizations and empires as a normal event, seeing said fall happen to your own is disconcerting.


As the NY grand jury that was empowered to investigate Trump prepares to disband It still amazes me that there are people who think that even though the Obama Administration, the Deep state and the Biden administration have been going over Donald Trump’s life with a fine tooth comb for the last 6 years that there is still some kind of crime he will be caught with that none of these entities were able yet to discover.


It’s rather amusing to note that the left in power in government, education and media is currently using every single tactic that they spent the last 50 in books, film and plays warning the public to keep an eye out for and beware.

There are wastes of space and articles like this:

What doomed CNN+? How rival strategies and executive intrigue fueled the streaming service’s rapid demise

Seriously, it’s because of rival strategies and executive intrigue that CNN+ failed. How about the idea that it was trying to get a population to pay for a product that they haven’t been able to give away free.

God how stupid do they think we are?


Nothing illustrates how deadly the idea of people being able to make their case to the general public without leftist censorship to the electoral prospects of Democrats as the complete and utter meltdown of the left over the Elon Musk purchase of Twitter.

Again when your opponents have bad arguments it’s not hard to dispute them, when they have better arguments that’s the time to rethink your positions or panic. The left has chosen the later

As Ann Althouse put it: “It’s interesting how much free speech the opponents of free of speech already have.”


Anyone surprised by Russia’s move to cut of Gas to Poland and Bulgaria has no sense of history or of how Russia thinks.

In terms of how they think, anyone who has followed this history of the last 200 years knows that once Russians decide someone is their enemy no amount of local hardship is unendurable if it causing said enemies to suffer. That’s how Putin will sell it to his people and they’ll buy it.

Secondly all of the history of the last forty years of the USSR & Russia funding groups in the west to decrease energy self sufficiency was precisely for this eventually where Russia would force their potential foes into tough choices.

Not sure how this ends.


Speaking of Russia and the war while I distrust all the various sources all we have seen thus far shows the weakness of the crony system of procurement.

When you’re busy stealing and skimming it can be a problem when suddenly the equipment you have turns out to be substandard. Furthermore in a Kleptocrocary which in many ways Russia is the idea that you would use state funds to enrich yourself rather than solve a problem is considered the norm.

It’s very possible that the Russia’s performance in the war in Ukraine is the natural end result and this time around there won’t be the US sending convoys of arms and equipment to save them.


Finally I got an oil bill earlier this month that perfectly illustrates the cost of a stolen election.

It was a split bill for the 180 gallons of oil I got. Half of it was priced at the pre-pay price that I paid under Trump before the election. The other half showed the current price under Biden.

You can talk about the costs of a stolen election in terms of what it’s done to our country, our foreign policy and our freedoms but I have a concrete figure of how much this stolen election is costing me in cash. And that cost is a full week’s take home pay every time oil is delivered.

Multiply that times every voter who sees snow and cold in the winter and that tells me that they’ll have be even more blatant next time to push that walking corpse in the White House over the line.

If you are a shareholder of Twitter this is your: “I’m going to make them an offer they can’t refuse” moment. Elon Musk’s offer is your best chance to make the best possible profit on your investment. You don’t have to deal with any of the drama that’s been going on, you don’t have to take sides, you can just cash out and leave it to someone else to deal with. On the minus side if you choose not to take this price, twitter shares will tank faster than CNN+ Unless of course another billionaire decided he’s willing to offer 60+ Billion instead in order to keep those who support free speech silenced then you can sell to either and then watch it tank

Over to you George Soros.


What’s really funny about this is that even if people who hold a solid third of Twitter decide not to sell because they want twitter to remain a gatekeeper against “hate speech” (which they define as: “Any speech I hate”) Musk can still end up with 51% of Twitter and once he does he will have the controlling interest which will give him the power to make changes without taking the company private.

It’s really a lose/lose situation for these folks.


According to some estimates the offer that Musk as made for twitter represent between 1/6 & 1/8 of his estimated net worth. That’s a ton of money to spend on something like this but it reminds me of what a friend of mine Author Tim Imholt (who used to blog here as DaScienceGuy many years ago has told me about rich people from experience. They tend to have much more money then they know what to do with so it’s no big deal.

If Musk loses his entire investment or even half his net worth on this venture he’ll be reduced to living a life more comfortable than nearly every human that has ever existed since the dawn of time. Their only troubles are the ones they make for themselves

Two comments on that fact

  1. Pretty much all of the rich in this period of history are in the same boat in terms of comfort
  2. This is why Christ warns about how hard it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. When you can have all you want at any time and are used to getting it it’s hard to remember the wages of sin when there is absolutely no resistance if you want something sinful

While it’s been a lot of fun watching the left fall apart over this we who are enjoying it should remember something.

None of this means that Elon Musk is a conservative, who recognizes conservative values, supports conservative causes or share our political, religious or cultural views.

It only means that he agrees with us on free speech.

There is also no guarantee that a Musk controlled Twitter will not decide to go off on a nasty direction in the future.

It will be what it will be but it’s worth remembering Musk isn’t the Messiah, it remains to be seen if he’s a just a very naughty boy.


Finally The left’s unhinged reaction to this shows how weak their arguments are as they have no confidence that they can survive in a game that isn’t fixed. However let me note a bright side to this for them.

If Musk is successful in his takeover Trump’s “Truth” shares will tank faster than twitter share will if the takeover fails. Also other platforms like Gab will also be severely impacted by a Twitter that isn’t driven by ideology.

I suspect we will see a lot of stories on how this screws Trump if it happens because the left will need a narrative to keep them from jumping.

Cue Eric Idle in an iconic and ironic video for Good Friday