The world has ended officially and thoroughly.
This week I went to my local McDonald's to partake in one of my few guilty pleasures, a large Diet Coke. I have enjoyed this beverage for years, paying one dollar plus tax. No more. I got hit in one McDonalds with $1.20, and when I went to another in a different town, assuming there was a mistake at the first, I got hit for $1.30. I am not a genius with math, but that, my friends, is a 20-30% jump in price. Thank God, Biden's inflation reduction bill got passed by the Congress.
Oh, my other guilty pleasure? Dirty Harry--the original, the sequels, well, meh. I suppose the cancel wokesters will eventually ban that film or re-edit it to remove "offensive stereotypes."
Can things get worse? Yes, they can. Biden's ill-thought-out adventure in Ukraine brings us ever closer either to nuclear war or, at "best," to a rebalancing of global power much to the detriment of the West. To point this out, as I have on Twitter, gets one accused of being a "Putin clown."
Our woke/prog masters want no dissent, no reflexion on the wisdom of the path taken. We get almost no independent news out of Ukraine--no intrepid journalists reporting from the front lines, for example--and must do with the "news" as approved by Kyiv, Washington, and London, e.g., staged photo ops, and billions of dollars, pounds, euros on the way to Kyiv--well, we think, to Kyiv. We have few real journalists willing to ask real questions of the powerful.
Meanwhile, of course, the US and the West continue under assault from a ceaseless wave of "refugees" fleeing from . . . well, we are not allowed to ask. They arrive, with assistance from so-called NGOs--many of them getting public funds--and powerful Mexican drug cartels, full of demands which our struggling cities struggle to meet. Our own infrastructure goes to ruin, e.g., disaster in E. Palestine, Ohio, and our own citizens get taxed and "inflated" out of their earnings, and their jobs go overseas or to the newcomers. We continue to refuse to adopt successful policies of the recent past to control these "migrants," criminal aliens, really.
We also refuse to adopt recent policies which produced US energy independence, and had freed us from the Middle East, Venezuela, and the kleptocrats of Russia. None of this makes sense except that we are governed by people who hate us, want us poor, subservient, hungry, or dead.
Tomorrow, I go on another of my periodic visits to Spain for a couple of weeks. I will try to disconnect, but that is not really possible. I will see if I have the mood to write. I do write a lot on Twitter, whenever I want to get insulted.
I don't know if you ever watch the Economic Ninja. He commented on the fact that he couldn't get his large coffee for under a dollar anymore as well. He had a reaction similar to yours.ReplyDelete
Happily for about $2 I can buy four bottles, each of 2 US quarts, of "sparkling water" at the supermarket. These I can turn into sugar water of many different flavours just by adding a little cordial. I particularly enjoy Elderflower, and also Dandelion & Burdock. I commend this frugal habit to you.ReplyDelete
Ha! Great idea.Delete
The Woke crowd can't "modify" Dirty Harry for racism. Harry Callahan hates everyone regardless of race, religion or national origin.ReplyDelete
As for Diet Coke? Bleargghhh...yuch!
Guess I'm not sufficiently woke/progressive because I disagree with some of your points but am not going to invoke any clown or other metaphors.ReplyDelete
Putin's been in power for 25 years, and for about the first 5-10 of those, he was providing valuable leadership. His continued reign has degraded regional security over time. My main citation isn't Biden or Sholz, but rather that the Finns and Swedes see fit to request an alliance with the US. Those guys aren't sissies, and they've held their own against Russia before. But now they're seeing something they're very uncomfortable with on their southern and eastern border. (Much as the US should be uncomfortable with what's on *it's* southern border as well.)
Why did the turkey cross the road? Because it realized it had been on the side of NATO!
- reader #1482
And this false dichotomy that oversight of spending necessarily undermines support for Ukraine is quite obviously wrong. SIGAR agrees. If we want to support Ukraine more fully, the way to do that is with *strong* spending oversight. That provides the US population with the assurance that we're not going to regret those dollars, making it easier to invest further.Delete
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I suspect money buys a lot of requests for an alliance.Delete
I think the Left has decided to make anyone who disagrees with the Biden regime sound like a Putin-loving commie. They are doing that to stop any criticism of the Demo rat's warmongering ways.ReplyDelete
The Biden Economy is taking away even simple pleasures, like a cheap Coke.ReplyDelete
Biden, desperate for his last chance at the presidency, sold his soul to the hard left nihilists who will happily destroy the country. I saw a pretty good analysis today on nihilism. Can't find it now.ReplyDelete
...saw a pretty good analysis todayDelete
on nihilism. Can't find it now. -MK
Thanks a lot Doc,~~~
I'd been searching too,
seems like everywhere!
It got so bad 'I was shakin
like a bug on a fuzzy tree'...
I was 'All Shook Up'~~~
But, I found a remedy
from the Golden days,
The fix, was in hand:
"Navigating Past Nihilism",
Just a Whaler's trick'.
Read on if you care?
I Did! Tks for the
good read.. accurately points out how unable to understand faith our modern philosophers are...Delete
- reader #1482
"...how unable to understand faithDelete
our modern philosophers are..."
Aye Dear Reader... Affirm
and do believe, it's easier
than baking a Cherry Pie,
I see Janey Yellen was in Kiev today to give Zelenskyy another check for $1.5 billion. I guess we aren't concerned about the debt ceiling that was such a crisis last month? Or did I miss something?ReplyDelete
Anna Martin makes so much money on line ... by blabbing herself (himself?, itself?) all over the place. 6-8 hours per day for only $100/hour? Why waste my time?ReplyDelete
Hunter makes that much an hour for picking his nose.Delete
The McDonalds App regularly runs a coupon for $1 any size soft drink, limit 4 per day. On the other hand, I've seen lots of people struggle to get that app to work, and I've heard that the contractor that runs it for McDonalds has poor data security.ReplyDelete
Be careful with sugar free drinks. They quite often contain acesulfame potassium (Ace K). Ace K is approved in most countries including the US and is used by Coca Cola.ReplyDelete
It can cause depression, as if we need another thing causing depression.
If I buy a soft drink these days, it’s full sugar. At least I know what that is.
Yeah. about the coke thing. Mexican produced Coke Cola cost ~ $ 20.00/ case of 24(or about $3.50/4 pack) about two years back. Today's price is $6.99/4 pack and cases don't exist anymore. A two piece combo at Popeye's runs ~$11.00 where it used to be ~ $7.00 and so it goes. But this ain't no inflation; it's just the "new normal".ReplyDelete
I gave up on McDonald's hash browns after they went over $1.30 apiece. That was my guilty pleasure. Regards, Kepha.ReplyDelete
While you are doing God’s work over at Twitter, I do miss the incredibly snarky and funny commentary you did on Quora for those few months. More like that please.ReplyDelete
It amazing how little a fountain soft drink actually costs to make. My memory from working at a little lunch joint was that a 20oz cola (Not Coke or Pepsi we used a local vendor Foxxon Park) all totaled was about $ 0.15 (this C. 1981). The most expensive singular ingredient was the cup at like $,07 each (a stack of 200 paper cups was ~$13.50) The CO2 was next with water, syrup and Ice fighting for last place . This was aside from labor of course although I was making a lordly $3.25/hr (being an experienced deli guy and short order cook). Excluding Labor I bet it doesn't cost McD's more that $.25 to generate a 20oz diet coke. The rub there is excluding labor, I also wonder if the syrup has gotten pricey due to the aspartame and availability of that ( and other ingredients)ReplyDelete
Yeah, the Millennial labor tax brings it to $15. Getting out of the parents' basement on a daily basis ain't cheap.Delete
- reader #1482
Tis even worse for
oui, defenders of
the faith, hope, &
for our dear
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and the other Eye, clearly focused, on
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That does it! East more Greens (caps intentional)! Would Froeken Greta make good kottbullar?ReplyDelete
Well Now! Hear tis again, Lads Lass'sReplyDelete
and as the Boyos in their cups would
exclaim or more'n likely SHOUT out
at 'Rose's Irish Tavern' in Brooklyn
USA , Pogue mahone, followed
sometimes by a cheer~~~
and a clank,
Weigh Hay &
up she rises~~~
Plus. mud in your eye~~~
and a wee bit o' history:
PS. 3 cheers to Dip,
and wee Dipstirs~~~
ICC sez they're gonna arrest Vlad. Of course, neither Russia nor Ukraine have ratified the ICC or Rome. Next up they're going to threaten that unless Putin turns himself over, the whole UN staff will launch a hashtag war against him. Such a joke, just not funny.ReplyDelete
- reader #1482
"ICC sez they're gonna arrest Vlad..."Delete
Yeah, so I saw, #1482~~~Meanwhile the~~~
DCC (DemoCrapCronies) Plot to arrest Trump...
"Rumors have been swirling all day that President Trump’s arrest was on the horizon...Trump is under criminal investig
ation by the politicized Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
...Many believe Trump’s arrest is imminent, and some familiar with the case tell Revolver it could come as early as Monday. This outrageous possibility reflects the latest desperate attempt from the establishment to stop the Trump train in its tracks.
The illegitimate ruling class is using its influence to try to takedown a powerful advisory before a presidential election.
Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz calls this move, “targeted injustice.”
So where the
hell are we
That is the absolute worst thing that could be done to this country right now. I'm hoping this is just boxing at shadows.Delete
I'm not a big fan of Trump. I disagree with the Doha disaster and everything involved both administrations (nobody gets off the hook, imo). But arresting Trump is a move that only benefits America's enemies, both foreign and domestic.
- reader #1482
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With, poetic licence:
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Who touches a hair of yon
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March On!" he said.~~~
& to all the
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"Popular right-wing Twitter accounts banned… massive wave of censorship unleashed to protect radical trans activists…"Revolver News"
There is a Beijing-run private high school for pretty much only international (PRC) students, coordinated with Beijing's top propaganda university.. right here in the US, just miles from Princeton. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princeton_International_School_of_Mathematics_and_ScienceReplyDelete
Sounds about Right, Anon!Delete
Expect that's why the China
-men in Chief XIz (CCP) last
week announced he'll send
his female daughter to the
USA to attend College~~~
So Dip, feel free to edit. or
correct me if i'm wrong~~~
But hope they don't try to
steal our POTUS from WE
The People, ever again or a
"Space Force" may need to
Vaporize the Enemy as
necessary with the aid of
The "US 'by God' Navy"~~~
OW, via the patriotic heart & words
of a U.S. Submarine Master Chief,
through the 'Best and worst' of
times during the so named,
"Cuban Crisis" when the
Soviets had the same
notions the ChiComs