Category Archives: Bureaucracy

Resign, Milley, resign

Imagine it. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army four-star Mark Milley, whacks President Trump in the NYSlimes. Officially interfering in the 2020 election.

You sorry, insubordinate paper soldier and swamp creature, you should resign immediately if not sooner. G-d help us if you’t.

UPDATE: PJMedia’s Joel Pollack: “For months, retired senior military leaders have made public comments suggesting that Trump ought to be removed from office, “the sooner, the better.” Last week, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis joined the others.

“With violent protesters surrounding the White House, these statements were ill-timed, at best. But the question remained how deeply the effort to delegitimize Trump pervaded the military leadership. [Milley’s] apology suggests a troubling answer…As a result of his needless apology, no matter what happens in November, the losing side will blame the military.”

1968 deja vu

Pentagon officials, the Secdef and even some retired generals are fussing about using active-duty troops to put down rioting, burnings and looting.

Back in 1968, when the race riots after Dr. King’s murder were much worse than what the George Floyd protests have spawned, we in the active-duty Sixth Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Meade, Maryland, were training to put down riots in Baltimore and DC. We were never called.

In early 1969, we spent all day at the DC Guard armory, with rifles, pistols and bayonets, waiting to be called to protect President Nixon’s inauguration. No retired generals were fussing about it then that we ever heard. It turned out we were not needed. But we were ready to go if we were.

Of course, in those days, the National Guard was full of insubordinate draft-dodgers and pretty useless. Today’s Guard is full of combat veterans. And, in 1968, the press wasn’t as adversarial as it has been since President Trump was elected and retired generals weren’t as outspoken against the commander-in-chief. It’s unlikely the 1968 press would have given them much publicity if they were. Today, every anti-Trumper is a hero to the Leftist news media. And the Pentagon knows it has a competent Guard.

Via Breaking Defense

Vote Dim Get China

The House’s $3 trillion stimulus bill contains a nasty twisty surprise.

“Chapter 83 of Title 41, United States Code is none other than the Buy American Act. That 1933 law prioritizes American manufacturers over others when the government makes purchases. The Trump administration strengthened the Buy American act last year. The Democrats’ bill would waive it permanently, allowing the government to purchase more goods from overseas, unrestricted.

“Advantage: China, the world’s manufacturing hub. Disadvantage: Americans who want to work making things.”

Somebody on the take much? You betcha.

Via PJMedia

Let them eat cake

“The much-awaited Inspector General’s report on the FBI [was] a white wash, because in Cloud People land, the only real punishment is a few negative sentences in a report no one will read. Dirt People go to jail, face real hardships and have to answer for their actions. That sort of stuff is for the peasants, not the beautiful people who are defending democracy. That’s just not how things are done in Washington. If the Dirt People don’t like that, well, ‘qu’ils mangent de la brioche.'”

AG Barr certainly is undermining the white wash. But his is a lonely voice.

Via The Z Man

Ignoring public opinion

I can’t get too riled up about the Austin Independent School District’s new sex education curriculum, not even the replacing of the terms mom and dad with “parents” since there will inevitably be a few kids who have two gay parents, male or female.

So what’s the problem? The real issue for me is the way the school board ignored 7,000 signatures on a petition to quash the new curriculum. They didn’t modify it at all and they voted for it unanimously. Screw you, voters. We’re in charge here.

Via PJMedia

Giants they were

Watching a Bob Hope-James Cagney dance routine (yes, Hope could dance) I was reminded of this recent essay by historian Victor Davis Hanson:

“Our ancestors were builders and pioneers and mostly fearless. We are regulators, auditors, bureaucrats, adjudicators, censors, critics, plaintiffs, defendants, social media junkies and thin-skinned scolds. A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle and gripe.”

Via PJMedia

The scorpion

When it appeared in the ceiling light fixture, after I’d switched a dead 40w bulb to a 14watt LED, my first thought was Bar’s bad reactions to hornet/wasp stings and such. Very bad reactions. Show-stopping reactions.

So Bugmaster is on the case and can’t come too soon. They advertise as scorpion exterminators. Then I’ll tell her, so her nightmares are fewer. And then I need to replace the LED with a CFL or incandescent.

LED’s won’t survive enclosed space. The things you learn when our thieving pols of both parties are paid off to put sales restrictions on Mr. Edison’s invention, the incandescent.

UPDATE:  Bugmaster can’t come until tomorrow, from 4 to 6.