Terrorism struck Sri Lanka over the weekend, as muslim extremists bombed churches and hotels, targeting Christians celebrating the Resurrection. For Easter? They really shouldn’t have. At least now we know what to get them for Ramadan this year.
While the attacks, which killed hundreds and injured hundreds more, were roundly condemned across the globe, the Democrat/media complex worked hard to obscure key facts about both the perpetrators and the victims. Observers couldn’t help but notice news reports mentioned neither the Islamic religion of the bombers, nor the Christian identities of their targets. It’s the Ilhan Omar style of reporting: “some people did something in Sri Lanka.”
Outrage from all sides as Broward County, FL Sheriff’s deputies were caught on video brutally subduing a young black man who had apparently done nothing wrong. Remember when the same guys hid in the bushes while the Parkland massacre went down? Hey liberals: hate to say we told you so, but..
Senator Elizabeth Warren tried dealing her fading campaign back into the 2020 game, announcing a plan to use the taxpayer’s credit card to pay off nearly 95% of all Americans’ student loan debt, make college “universal” and “free,” and pay for it with tax increases on the American people. Gonna charge snowflakes’ “gender studies” degrees to John Q. Public’s American Express Card. There’s a winning plan.
The “Green New Deal” may be dead, but New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio is trying to reanimate its corpse in the Big Apple. DeBlasio told the MSNBC morning gabfest Morning Joe “We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient.” DeBlasio also promised million dollar fines for building owners who drag their feet rebuilding their structures. I know he’s the mayor of New York City, but has this guy ever seen New York City?
Media outlets have begun casting Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of some nebulous conspiracy to shield President Donald Trump, even harassing Mueller and his wife as they tried to leave Easter Sunday service at their church. Guess the left’s love affair with Mueller is over. And I thought those kids had a real chance.
Coming soon to Netflix: Knock Down the House, a documentary about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other feminists’ 2016 House campaigns. Just a small fee, and you can enjoy a few hours of Chiquita Khrushchev and the junior Politburo talking about themselves. Or you could scoop out your own appendix with a melon baller. You still have freedom of choice – for now.
And, just because the Mueller Report didn’t deliver them Trump’s head on a platter doesn’t mean the Democrats can’t still dream. The New York Times ran an op-ed this morning, calling for Trump’s impeachment. You can beat that horse all you want, libs. Hell, you can even saddle it up. It’s still dead.
Despite earning near-universal condemnation from actual experts, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is sticking with her “Green New Deal.” Ocasio-Cortez promises it will make the world a just and fair place, in which the poor are enriched, the weak empowered, the sick well, the fat thin, and the dumb smart; never mind that the colossal word salad reads like a middle-schooler’s book report on the Communist Manifesto. With the stated goal of eliminating so-called “climate change,” the “Green New Deal” isn’t just bananas, it’s the whole damned jungle.
In addition to the usual liberal heavy breathing about universal access to “high quality healthcare,” “high-quality education,” “healthy food,” and “retirement security,” the Green New Deal will require – not ask, require – the federal government to transform into an all-consuming entity that would have given Pol Pot a case of the willies. More to the point, it is so, so, dumb.
1 It will turn out the lights. The Green New Deal demands abandonment of fossil fuel and nuclear energy production in favor of “renewable energy.” Given the relative efficiency of renewable sources, I’m wondering where we would fit the windmills and soybean fields after we pave the country in solar panels. As for the nuclear and fossil fuel industry workers and their families, they’ll be treated to a “just transition.” It doesn’t explain what a “just transition” entails, but I bet it involves being assigned a new gig in the solar panel, windmill or soybean farming industries; or, as the last guys who tried something this called it, “the gulag.”
2 It will empty the fridge. Since the internal combustion engine is one of the principal offenders in the “climate crisis,” the Green New Deal will purge it from existence, or “build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transportation..with goal (sic) to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.” In case walking to the store doesn’t sound like enough fun, with no more machines to help with growing, harvesting, and hauling stuff, there won’t be anything on the shelves. From Twinkies to tomatoes, if it involves mass production or preservation, it’s verboten. And what food there is will get less plentiful, and less fun to produce. Check the history books for an idea of what farming was like before – say – the cotton gin.
3 It will require the demolition or reconstruction of virtually every standing structure in the United States. One of the Green New Deal’s “14 infrastructure and industrial projects” would require Americans to “upgrade or replace every building in the US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.” According to the US Census Bureau, there are approximately 138,000,000 housing units in the United States. The US Department of Energy estimates around 6 million commercial buildings. That’s a lot of upgrading or replacing. The Green New Deal commands construction of “green” buildings at a pace of around 400,000 per day. Thanks to the ban on internal combustion engines, those structures will all have to be constructed with hand tools. At least the full employment promises are for real.
4 It’s a giveaway to Big Labor. I hope the facts about what the Green New Deal will do to farming and construction don’t scare you too much, because you may well up farming or building. And it looks like you would have to pay for the privilege. The resolution requires “all GND jobs to be union jobs.” If you want to pick cotton, you’re going to have to join the International Brotherhood of Cotton-Pickers, or whomever. I don’t know what they give you when you retire, but since life expectancy for cotton-pickers has been traditionally low, I wouldn’t sweat it.
5 It will bankrupt the Nation, and its authors know it. They even admit it. “Even if every billionaire and company came together and were willing to pour all the resources at their disposal into this investment, the aggregate value of the investments they would make would not be sufficient.” As Ocasio-Cortez herself is fond of pointing out, billionaires and corporations have either direct or indirect control of an enormous percentage of the Nation’s wealth. As she’s less fond of pointing out, they also happen to pay an enormous percentage of the taxes. If your plan acknowledges they don’t have enough, combined, to foot the bill, then your plan has a bigger gap in it than the one in AOC’s education. The Green New Deal promises to cover the shortfall with “quantitative easing” and “credit.” Printing more money and creating more public debt won’t make America “green;” it will make America Venezuela.
6 It compares itself to the moon landing. “When JFK said we’d go to (the moon) by the end of the decade, people said it was impossible.” Right, getting a couple of guys to jam into a rickety tin can atop an ICBM in a gamble - one that produced malfunctions and dead bodies at only a slightly lower rate than small steps for mankind - is just like sending the US back to the 1820s because the global warmists are getting nervous.
7 It mentions cow farts. In the push for “eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy,” the fact sheet laments the inability to “fully get rid of farting cows.” Bad news for the people building those 400,000 “green” buildings every day, they just lost their team animals. They also just lost steak dinners, hamburgers, and baseball gloves. We’re not talking about some wingnut pamphlet from some eco-lobbyist, we’re talking about an official legislative proposal put forth to United States Congress. Just how the Founding Fathers imagined it: “Verily, I say unto thee, thine bovine flatulence is an affront to liberty!”
8 It can’t work. It can’t even be implemented. In fact, it obviates itself. The entire Green New Deal rests on the development of new technology, some of which it admits doesn’t exist yet. It bans fossil fuels and internal-combustion engines but requires massive tech advances. Massive tech advances can't happen without plastics and miniaturization. And plastics and miniaturization can't happen without fossil fuels and internal-combustion engines. It’s a communist cul-de-sac, and it should stay there.
When it runs up against scientific issues, the Green New Deal offers “plant lots of trees.” When it stumbles over logistical obstacles, it promises to “build charging stations everywhere.” Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called it a “dream.” It’s a socialist’s term paper, not a serious piece of legislation.
I don’t want to say the Democrats bet their farm on the Mueller Report, but following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s admission that 2 years and $35 million didn’t knock President Donald Trump out of the Oval Office, the loyal opposition bumbled into this week like a teenager who just found out her prom date left with the homecoming queen. Considering their current circumstances, it’s fairly clear that the Democrats failed to come up with a “plan b.”
The party is wracked with infighting, with the old guard grappling for control with young upstarts like the seemingly ubiquitous Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). That infighting was on full display Wednesday morning, when AOC visibly skipped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s photo-op to announce the introduction of House Resolution 9, a watered-down version of AOC’s “green new deal.” Not long after Pelosi’s presser, AOC threw a shrieking tantrum over the elitist nature of her legislation, which Pelosi had already dismissed as a “dream.”
In the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the formation of a “Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.” While the existence of a “climate crisis” is dubious, the existence of a Senate minority which is so terrified of global warming that they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for anti-global warming legislation – the “green new deal” lost 57-0 in the Senate, after 43 Democrats voted “present,” and 4 voted “hell no” – is painfully obvious. Even more obvious is the fact that the Democrats’ heavyweights, who have certainly made plenty of noise over what they call a “climate crisis,” aren’t concerned enough about it to do more than form yet another committee to “study” it.
In the 3 days since word leaked that Mueller was going to clear the President of collusion with the Russians – simultaneously axe-murdering the left’s primary talking point – the port side politicos have managed to do absolutely nothing which even approaches proactive policy. They’re too busy arguing over what to do about a crisis which people either don’t believe in, or don’t care all that much about, and who should lead whatever effort they finally decide upon.
Looking beyond their global warmist fantasies, the Democrats can fall back to their previous policy tentpole: anti-Semitism; a direction which has caused no shortage of intramural drama as Pelosi has tried to walk a high-wire between the rank-and-file, and the new stars like AOC and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib, all of whom have made hating Jews a matter of record.
I doubt victory on the global warming front would have saved the Democrats. I can almost promise anti-Semitism isn’t the savior some of them think it might be. Their party is splintering between left, and far left, and their best hope for unity died when Mueller reduced the impeachment of President Trump from “Democratic Senate majority-unlikely” to “green new deal-level pipe dream.”
From Trump out loud to farting cows, and most points in between, it’s time for a look back at the week that was. The Last Stop on the Right™ presents your Week In Review! It’s time to check the WIRE!
Whether you like him or loathe him, you have to admit President Donald Trump flat killed it at the State of the Union address. Especially the moment when he had the House Democratic women standing up on cue, “don’t sit yet, you’re going to like this.”
The House Democrat women wore white to show solidarity with strong and independent women of the past. Because nothing says “strong and independent” like dressing up in the same outfits and applauding on cue.
State of the Union points the “Women in White” did NOT applaud:
- ending sex trafficking
- ending narcoterrorist exploitation of unsecured borders
- ending infanticide
- ending a 19-year old war
State of the Union points they did applaud:
- themselves (at Trump's urging)
The speech was generally regarded as a hit for Trump, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was criticized for her bizarrely distracting behavior, including apparently working her dentures like a moose with a mouthful of molasses, and randomly shuffling what appeared to be blank sheets of paper.
The Democrats’ official response to the State of the Union was delivered by failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who eschewed Trump’s message of optimism to instead blast Trump, whine about past electoral defeats and tell weird stories about her father’s commute.
That feeling when both your House and Senate bosses are giving a standing “o” to “America will never be a socialist country.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t taking the repudiation of communism lying down, though. She introduced a resolution this week for her “Green New Deal,” a call for the government to take over an even bigger percentage of the economy, crush the energy industry, and even dictate what jobs people can have.
The “Green New Deal” bans fossil fuels, but requires massive new tech advances. Those can't happen without plastics and miniaturization. And plastics and miniaturization can't happen without fossil fuels. Leave it to the communists to make themselves obsolete. It’s really the only thing they’ve ever been good at.
It also bans internal combustion engines and “farting cows,” while demanding major increases in farming output. Check out the Green New Deal farming equipment.
All three of the top elected officials in Virginia are facing allegations of racist and rape, all within a few days. Last time Virginia Democrats took a beating like this, Robert E. Lee had to make an unscheduled stop in Appomattox.
From our “Karma is a mother” files: Just days after he endorsed and defended infanticide, including promising newborn infants would be “kept comfortable” while mom and Dr. Mengele decide whether to let it live, or sell it for scrap, Governor Ralph Northam finds himself struggling to carry his Governorship to full term.
With Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring facing charges of racism for wearing blackface, and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax embroiled in a sexual assault scandal, the Virginia Democrats may be looking at losing all 3 of the top positions in VA’s state government.
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s run for the roses went awry this week when a newly-discovered copy of her registration for the Texas bar was unearthed, on which the embattled Senator filled the “race” section with “American Indian.” Looks her campaign is scalped.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The past winner of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award explained the need for the group, declaring “We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come..”
Meet Connecticut State Representative Jillian Gilchrest. She thinks the best way to prevent so-called “gun violence” is to impose a 50% tax on ammunition sales. Charging a user fee for the Bill of Rights? That’s an interesting take.
Failed Texas Senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has plans for the future, he just isn’t sure what they are yet. The former Congressman from the Lone Star State told interviewer Oprah Winfrey this week “I'm increasingly excited about doing something.." Like what – lose another election? Flee the scene of another DUI accident?
And that’s your week in review! For the Last Stop on the Right, I’m Ben Crystal saying “always check The WIRE!”