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Many years ago, and for many years, I would travel to Morocco to visit uncles, cousins, and my paternal grandmother. Some lived in Tangiers;...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Shut Down Madness! BREXIT! Pompeo! The End of the World is Nigh!

Sorry for the long break in posting. I have been deterred from posting by (1) the Diplowife going to Spain on a family visit leaving household chores exclusively to this elderly Toxic Male; (2) her report that her wallet, with all her cash, credit and debit cards, id, etc., went missing in Spain (since found at an honest local bakery); and (3) my having to remove hundreds, nay, thousands of dead bodies from the streets and fields in my neighborhood as a consequence of the US government shutdown.

Let's skip the two most important reasons and focus on the third, the government shutdown. Global climate change is now going through the roof as a result of this event; hundreds of thousands of children and women now go without food and shelter; our food and water have become poisoned; the supermarkets have no food, anyhow; filling stations no fuel; and hundreds of heavily armed men prowl the streets looking for sustenance for their beleaguered families. We, ladies and gentlemen, have entered the Apocalypse! I know this is true, otherwise, why would the Democrat Congressional contingent have fled to safety in Puerto Rico? No fools they.

OK. Look, as a federal employee for 34 years, I went through a couple of these shutdowns and survived quite nicely. I used to tell my crying associates that, "In the private sector when you get laid off, you get laid off. They don't come pay you back wages if you sat at home." Perspective, please.

Clearly the Democrats care more about pandering to illegal aliens than they do about federal workers and the "vital" tasks they perform. They care more about pandering to illegal aliens than about national security or even neighborhood security. They are the party of MS-13. Period.

Now, despite the shutdown (because of it?), Secretary of State Pompeo gave a terrific speech (here) in Cairo. This Secretary is an interesting person. He doesn't get or apparently seek a lot of publicity, and seems somewhat aloof (James Baker style) from the State Department machinery. He does some excellent work. He is low-key, clear and tough. Anyhow, read the speech. It is the undoing of the disastrous Obama Mideast policy. Long may it wave!

New topic: Can we blame Theresa May's disastrous handling of BREXIT on "Trump's government shutdown"? Well . . . uh . . . probably not. PM May must be considered the most clueless and hapless major politician on the world stage. Yes, she has usurped the crown from PM Trudeau! Another first for women! Sorry Merkel, you end up only number two . . .

The whole BREXIT strategy of the May government has made no sense . . . . unless, of course, it was meant to sabotage the whole thing.

Britain held all the cards in the poker game with the EU. In fact, Britain didn't even need to show up, and it would have won the pot! Instead, May's folks got themselves into some needless negotiations with the reptilian EU and came out, of course, second best. The absurd "Deal" they brought back violated the very spirit of the 2016 BREXIT vote and mandate from the British people. The "Deal" was the EU permission slip, to wit, you can leave but only under these conditions . . . No wonder that parliament shot this thing to pieces, and handed May the worst parliamentary defeat of any British government.

What's next? Nobody really knows, but I assume--and I am no expert on British politics and don't pretend to be--May will try to extend the March 29 exit deadline and squeeze a few silly concessions out of the EU in the hopes of making the "Deal" more palatable. I doubt that will happen as the EU is playing chicken. I heard Nigel Farage predict a better than 50/50 chance of a second referendum. That's too bad, because it reaffirms the long held prog tactic of voting and voting until the right result gets produced. I genuinely hope that come the March deadline, the Brits just walk out the door, giving the EU the "up your bum" V symbol as they go.

If Britain walks, none of the predictions of disaster will come about. That's just global elite fear mongering. Remember Y2K? Remember swine and bird flu? How AIDS would turn the world into a howling wilderness by 1995? The end of snow and ice? How the end of net neutrality would kill the internet? Yeah, yeah. It's all of the same piece.

In the end, as I wrote here, some two months before the vote,
I won't go into the economic arguments over whether it's better or not for Britain to remain in the EU. You can go here for a pretty good and somewhat balanced explanation of the two sides' arguments. Let's put all that aside, however, and generously agree both sides have some valid economic and financial points. . . 
At the risk of being reprimanded and corrected by this blog's one or two British readers, I offer that the force driving the pro-BREXIT movement is not solely or even mostly about economics, or finance, or currency exchange rates. It is about something much, much more important. It is about reclaiming the soul of Britain; preserving and restoring that which made Britain, notably England, one of the world's greatest countries, a nation of stunning consequence. It is about deciding whether the great British traditions and innovations that have made our modern world are worth saving or should be discarded.
Once again, BREXIT wasn't primarily about money, but about saving Britain, England especially. It sought to make the UK an independent state, again. Where Marxists and Libertarians both fail is by seeing people as just cogs in a material-producing machine. Other issues matter, to wit, the intangible qualities of life, e.g., safe neighborhoods, remaining in touch with your traditions and unique ways of doing things, reaffirming your bond to the people with whom you live, your sense of pride in nation.

Even the material issues don't need the UK as a prisoner to the EU. The Irish border matter, for example, can be dealt with after BREXIT by a sovereign UK dealing with a sovereign Ireland. They can reach any deal they want . . . well, that is, if Brussels allows the Irish to do so. Maybe Dublin should take a look at EIREXIT? Just saying . .  .

Blame it on Trump and move on . . .


  1. Looking at the effect that Trump has had by reducing regulations, one must conclude that the UK would be better off, and see higher GDP growth, without Brussels' reflexive regulatory overreach. Yes, the same action that would preserve (or revive) the spirit of the UK has some non-economic factors, but only if one takes a very narrow view of what is economic.

    Now, as to the partial shutdown: have you noticed that the daylight hours have increased since the Government partially closed? And with increased sunlight, the temperatures will inevitably rise? So it is clear that the shutdown will cause environmental warming!!!

    Green Bear

  2. As or Teresa May, she deklivered the deal she was expected to deliver -- complete garbage, unworkable, unacceptable to everyone. As such, she survived a no-confidence vote despite the deal going down to crushing and humiliating defeat.

    Go find the episode of "Yes, Minister" entitled "A Bed of Nails," and Sir Humphrey will explain it to you...

    1. I have all the Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister series- and they're hilariously depressing, as they are just too accurate!

      Sadly for us all, the unelected bureaucrats are winning: Brexit would require more bureaucrats, but non-Brexit also requires more bureaucrats. It's heads they win, tails we lose!

  3. If I happen to be within earshot while my wife is watching the news as purveyed by the networks I find that the main reason I must be concerned about the shutdown is the terrible effects it is having on government employees. I hear little to nothing about some need of mine that is not being met.

    Something is wrong here.

  4. There is a common thread to the partial not-quite shut-down of our Federal Government and the endless soap opera of UK separation from the EU -- both are essentially irrelevant to the real problems.

    Whether or not the Wall gets built or the shut-down ends, we citizens will still be stuck with a Federal government which (despite the best efforts of our President) spends money it does not have doing things it should not do, and doing them badly.

    However the Brexit separation saga ends, the Little Englanders' dream of running their own affairs will remain just that -- a dream. Reality is that the same incompetent politicians who have made such a mess of Brexit will still be running things after separation, and the same bureaucrats will be running those good old English Red Tape machines. The Brits will ruefully learn that much of what they blamed on remote functionaries in Brussels should actually have been blamed on remote functionaries in London.

    1. I am not an American but this guy is suggesting if the shut down is long enough you will be able to cleans the public service of those who are undermining the president's initiatives:

  5. I am an Englishman living in Cornwall. Our problem(s) are down to the Ruling Classes refusal to listen. They don't, won't or possibly can't, listen to us.

    1. If the people become too unruly and hard to control, governments have found a way to get around them: waves of 'migrants'.

    2. Until the people have enough. Then the pitchforks will come out.

    3. bah.. they'll just be placed on the netflix diet and will be sucked into zombietude.

      - reader #1482

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    1. uhh... yeah.. it's in the quran... in muslim lands, dhimmi only live at the leisure of the ummah... keep their heads down and build no churches and pay the gizya... no problem.
      honestly, this is where San Francisco is going for Christians too.

      - reader #1482


  7. You've been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately. You call the city and 4 different exterminators, but nobody can handle the job. But there is this one guy and he guarantees to get rid of them, so you hire him. You don't care if the guy smells, you don't care if the guy swears, you don't care if he's an alcoholic, you don't care how many times he's been married, you don't care if he has a plumber's crack, you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He's the guy. He's the best!
    Here's why we want Trump. Yes he's a bit of a jerk; yes he's an egomaniac; but we don't care. The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republicans and Democrats can be two-faced and gutless, and illegals are everywhere. We want it all fixed! We don't care that Trump is crude, we don't care that he insults people, we don't care that he has changed positions, we don't care that he's been married 3 times, we don't care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell, we don't care that he doesn't know the name of some Muslim terrorist.
    This country became weak and bankrupt, our enemies were making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo, and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don't even recognize the country we were born and raised in; " AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED ". And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.
    We're sick of politicians, sick of the Democrat Party, the Republican Party, and sick of illegals. We just want this thing fixed . Trump may not be a saint, but we didn’t vote for a Pope. We voted for a man who doesn't have lobbyist money holding him back, a man who doesn't have political correctness restraining him. We all know that he has been very successful, he’s a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he's also not a politician, not a cowardly politician. And he says he'll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar. Also, we don't care if the guy has bad hair. We just want those raccoons gone, out of our house, NOW .
    You are welcome to pass this on. Thousands of people who haven't voted in 25 years seem to be getting involved. And the more people get this email the more that will understand why Trump was elected. The raccoons have got to go!"

    I didn't create this post, but I did copy and paste it because it is on point.


  8. Great Ramirez cartoon on Theresa and Brexit: ""

  9. Hey Lewis,

    You'll find this one funny.
    True also.


    1. Pretty sure it is. Someone did some leaking!
      Could anyone tell me why she did the two finger thing with both hands before the F you one finger salute?
      What is the two finger thing?
      I'm Sure she didn't mean V for victory or peace.
      What was going through her benighted head?

  10. Methinks May is done. That gutless snipe.
    Next time I hope a reporter calls out, "Have you got your passive aggressive out yet Miss Prime Ministah! Have you lost anyone in your cabinet today?"

  11. So what do government workers do when they're not spending their days screwing the little people?

    That's right - research newer novel ways to screw us when they get back.

  12. THIS is absolutely outstanding.