Saturday, March 27, 2021

UPDATED: The Question: Can This Go On Indefinitely?

Last night on Tucker Carlson, speaking of the Zhou Baiden March 25 Event, Mark Steyn made an assertion that deserves to be taken seriously--I quote from memory:

"I don't know who's in charge in the White House. If the Deep State can get away with this"--he was specifically citing the March 25 Flummery, but was generally referencing the entire Zhou Baiden regime--"they can get away with anything. They don't need anyone in the White House."

It seems incredible, but it's one of those things that, as long as it lasts, gives the appearance of being able to go on indefinitely. A new normal that by any rational standards is utterly abnormal. 

The flip side of that coin, of course, is the old saw that if something can't go on forever it won't. Reality can't be defied forever--although that's definitely not a guarantee of a happy ending. The piper will have to be paid for all the deceptions and hoaxes, all the way from Russia did it, and Covid, and Zhou, and boys will be girls and girls will be boys, to open borders and Marines and the rest of the military as Social Justice Warriors. This craziness--and so much more--can't be finessed in the long run. Reality will have its say, and it will be decisive--for good or ill. My guess is that most people paid little attention Zhou's March 25 Event. Are most people paying attention to much of anything? They are, although it may not be evident on the surface because the media is covering for the regime madly.

Are there any signs of reality impinging upon the ongoing charade in the Imperial City--still under military occupation?

Well, there are the public opinion polls. They tend to confirm the election results--a vast swath of the country just isn't buying into this stuff. The numbers don't really lie, although they don't suggest any particular breaking point. 

Somewhat more pointed, sundance this morning cites more reality, this time from the election results:

Many people are unaware the essential framework for the 2020 election fraud took place in only seven counties which were each heavily controlled by Democrat operatives. Clark County (NV), Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (PA), Wayne County (MI), Maricopa County (AZ), Madison (WI) and Fulton County, Georgia. These populous counties were all that was needed in states were the election was tightly manipulated by political operatives.

In Georgia’s Fulton County the chain of custody documents from “Drop Box” locations still have not been produced despite the Governor signing new legislation to combat voter fraud. In total there are over 404,000 ballots that were counted in the election without chain-of-custody certifications. The margin in GA was only 12,000 votes.

One can quibble a bit with the assertion about "seven counties". In Wisconsin, for example, Dane County (that's Madison) wasn't the only county that was massively involved. I believe other states were also involved. But his point, IMO, holds. The election fraud that stole the election--the fraud that tipped the scales in a handful of close states--took place in few enough counties that they could be counted on your digits. Probably your fingers, but sundance's basic point still holds even if you have to toss in your toes. Further, as I've mentioned several times, the investigation of election fraud is slowly moving forward in all of these states, and is making what appears to be real progress.

And sundance's real point, if I may extrapolate, is that the rest of the people in those states are quite aware of what happened, and will inevitably resent it. It's hardly far fetched to anticipate a backlash in 2022. The massive fraud was enabled in those few counties because they were tightly controlled by Dem operatives and represented a concentrated pool of votes. In House races--spread out across districts that are drawn up by heavily GOP legislatures--those factors will not be in play and the scenario that worked in a presidential election will not work the same way. 

More generally--to return to the theme of reality having its say in the end game--Conrad Black has an article this morning that touches on many of the themes that I've been trying to cobble together. Like Mark Steyn and myself, Black touches on the complicity of the media in the flummery we've been witnessing. However, his main point is that the Dems cannot rely on hoax after hoax--sooner rather than later they're going to have to try to govern, because events are spinning out of their control. To take one example, no Asians who aren't paid Dem/Prog operatives believe or are fooled by the White Supremacy narrative. Nor, for that matter, do legal Hispanic Americans believe an open border to Mexico works to their benefit. Even residents of Portland and Seattle and San Francisco are beginning to question the rising tide of violence, and they know they can't blame GOPers for it. If they don't change their behavior--which includes voting patterns--they will find their lives swirling downward. 

Here's a graphic example of what's going on in Chicago. City residents rely heavily on the subway and elevated 'L' trains. The various lines are color coded, and the Red Line is the busiest of all, running north-south through Chicago's Loop:

The Red Line, sometimes known as the Howard–Dan Ryan Line or the North–South Line, is a rapid transit line in Chicago, run by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as part of the Chicago "L" system. It is the busiest line on the "L" system, with an average of 251,813 passengers boarding each weekday in 2012.

For many people there's no real alternative for getting around the city, but the Red Line (and other lines) has become a conduit for crime. Here's a list of current stories that mention the Red Line:

CTA crime spike has led to increased patrols on Red Line: police

Serious CTA crime is on the rise. How can we fight it beyond using ...

Violent Crime Consistent On CTA Compared With Before Stay-At ...

Want to avoid crime on Metro? Stay off the Red Line - Crosstown

Metro ridership is in free fall. Why won't the Metro board act ...

Chicago's Most Dangerous 'L' Stops - Michael J. Petro

Even with ridership down, violent crime has doubled on CTA lines ...

You get the picture. Ridership--which is obviously where the City gets the money to support the Metro system--is in freefall, while crime is exploding even as riders flee. That can't continue indefinitely. Sooner or later the rest of the state will seriously rebel at subsidizing Chicago, and Red America generally will in the end balk at subsidizing Blue City crime. Dems will end up having to govern--if reality at the ballot box doesn't intrude before they come to that realization on their own.

These observations should not be misconstrued for wild eyed optimism. I'm simply saying that change will come--the current drift can't last forever. Change may lead to opportunity for those we seek and offer alternative, more human, ways of life. We'll wind up with some excerpts from Conrad Black's article, who is making similar points. Black focuses on two issues: The border crisis and the Covid Hoax. These are the issues that are uppermost in American minds, although not exclusively. Crime, too, will play an increasing role:

Administration’s Flotsam and Jetsam Won’t Pass for Policy

There is no reason to believe that this drifting flotsam of a government has any other idea of what to do with the responsibility it must soon start to discharge.

After 60 days of the new administration, American government has descended into surrealism. ... 

This ludicrous and tragic charade on the southern border is half of the current administration’s vast and pointless game of pretense, in which it denies the existence of one immense crisis, while grimly and tediously proclaiming the iron duration of another crisis that has in fact, largely passed. ... 

... its spokespeople, day after day, unctuously repeat pious lies about this unfolding outrage to the press corps that conducted the campaign for the almost comatose candidate who is now the president.

At the same time, ... It is now obvious that the entire Democratic media terror campaign last year to demand slavish obedience to the most alarmist scientists and shut down as much of the economy and normal life of the country as possible, ... was ... tactical. 


Comment: "Tactical", meaning, transparently political--imposed on a gullibly neurotic but now long suffering public that is finally waking up to what happened. Black offers an extended and excellent description of the Covid Hoax at this point.

It is not clear what the administration imagines it is doing by trying to mislead the country as it does. ... 

The Biden Administration cannot possibly have more than a few more weeks ... 

The long-suffering public will not stand for continued shutdowns and the blackmail of the teachers’ unions much longer, either, so the administration will have to proceed rapidly to the front of cresting opinion. Laws of nature and of politics will sort out some of these issues, but the fact that the administration attempted to prolong both positive and negative fairy tales for no evident reason invites curiosity about who really is driving the government train, and in response to what motives. 

My impression is that the attempt to gin up a new wave of hysteria over The Variants is falling flat. There are ever increasing signs that the more-or-less informed demographic is fed up with the shutdowns, and especially the school shutdowns. Bill Gates' assurances that we'll return to normal "by the end of 2022"--is that coincidence, or is there something else happening in 2022?--is unlikely to gain much traction either, except for the vanishingly small percentage of the public that regards this college dropout as a public health prophet.


This is a phantom administration: a laid-back and thoroughly unprepossessing president, a sharply divided governing party, a completely unfeasible legislative program, and still no organizing principle ... There is no reason to believe that this drifting flotsam of a government has any other idea of what to do with the responsibility it must soon start to discharge.

Again, this isn't so much Pollyannish optimism as a warning that the future is far more uncertain than many on both sides of the partisan divide may imagine. I also remind one and all that foreign policy is no more likely to remain stable than domestic policy. Brace yourselves. And bone up on perennial principles--you'll need some guiding lights.

UPDATE: An indication that Conrad Black is right--Kama Sutra, through her top adviser--is stating in no uncertain terms that NO she is NOT DOING THE BORDER. Period. She's going to do "diplomacy" with Central American governments, which Steve Sailer interprets to mean paying "billions" to "mini-caudillos". I don't know the price of a "mini-caudillo"--is it more or less than the price of an Appalachian senator?--but "billions" is probably right there in the neighborhood. The point is, even a "chucklehead" (h/t shipwreckedcrew) like Kama Sutra recognizes that "doing the border" in the Zhou Baiden regime is like firmly grasping the third rail on the Red Line in Chicago. So, in a regime by committee we're already seeing committee chairs running away from governing. A recipe for major disasters to come, and we're only two months into the regime.


  1. Appreciate very much your optimism, however did you see where Zhao Biden appointed Manchin’s wife to a cabinet position? Securing his vote to eliminate the filibuster?

    They ram that & HR1 thru this country is over; it will install permanent one-party rule. And - ICYMI - here’s Tucker last nite on what the Biden junta is doing to the military:

    To call this a disaster unparalleled would make even an Englishman blush @ the insane level of understatement.

    Color me scared.


    1. Not only did I see it--I wrote about it. Briefly. Until someone can persuade me otherwise, however, I don't believe HR1 gives Dems control of the House, and possibly not the Senate, either. It's greatest utility is in presidential elections. Yes, I'm scared, too. But the country isn't "over". Yet.

    2. It makes it illegal to imposes a penalty on illegal aliens who vote. So while it may be technically against the law for them to vote, with no penalty allow they can get another 14 millions votes potentially, which would effect the house and senate.

    3. That strikes me as doubtfully constitutional.

    4. "doubtfully constitutional"

      Have you checked the propensity of the SCOTUS to weigh in on anything of consequence lately?

    5. They'll have to do so if there's a conflict of circuits, which is quite likely.

    6. @ mark

      What makes you think SCOTUS has to do anything now? We simply do not live under the old paradigms. Even rules we thought were unbreakable are ignored or bypassed. Roberts has shown that he will dodge cases of paramount importance.

    7. "rules we thought were unbreakable are ignored or bypassed"

      Do you have expert knowledge of the rules by which the SCOTUS operates? I suspect not. Roberts has abdicated responsibilities, but he does so according to at least the form of rules.

      BTW, the SCOTUS has accepted an important election law case that I discussed some weeks ago.


  2. Well, Mark, you’ve done it again! Another long article I’ve struggled to peruse, not because it was not well written, but because the subject material was so damn depressing, sigh

    That being said, I think every day that goes by without a total meltdown may prove disastrous down the road for Biden because every time he "pulls it off", he gains confidence in his ability to actually govern...which may eventually lead to his own "knockout", per se. The same applies to his whole staff IMHO. I’m reminded of the moment in “Play it again, Sam” where Woody Allen’s character is told by Bogart to mouth some inane bit of romantic twaddle to Diane Keaton (which she completely swoons over) and Woody turns to Bogart and marvels: “She bought it!” I wonder how long America will continue to “buy it”? I am further reminded of a scene in “The Office” when Vikram is told by Pam that Michael is a very confident person and Vikram muses about “confidence” thusly: ”It's the food of the wise man, but the liquor of the fool.”

    Along those lines, I can think of 3 historical incidents in which overconfidence led to overreach, the most famous of which was Billy Conn thinking after 12 rounds of holding his own with the great Joe Louis that he could actually knock him out rather than simply outbox and outpoint the Brown Bomber for the last 9 minutes of the match. We all know how that turned out...just another hard headed Irishman (of which I am one, I must confess...proudly) who said afterwards: “what’s the use of being Irish if you can’t be thick?” Methinks the Irishman currently squatting in the Oval Office may soon find that out…

    Another similar anecdote played out in 1976 where the legendary Teofilo Stevenson mauled his way to the heavyweight finals by destroying every boxer in his path. Standing in the way of the gold medal was a hapless Romanian who was obviously terrified of Stevenson’s reputation and basically ran away from him for the first round. In the second round, the Romanian slowed down and began trading shots with the Cuban...and lived to tell about it. So, by the third round, with his confidence up, the Romanian started to really mix it up before one crashing overhand blow sent him to the canvas. End of story, though he did receive a silver medal.

    Finally, this story happened many years ago (and I could kick myself for not hanging onto to it since I’ve never seen it since, but I digress) - there was an, ahem, “underperforming” middle school somewhere in the U.S. who held a spelling bee in which the students were not asked to spell difficult words in order to make them (and the parents and staff) feel better about themselves. When it was all over, they crowned a champion who immediately said that he looked forward to going to the state regionals...whereupon a horrified school staff had to let him down easy in order to avoid embarrassment in front of a wider audience. The emperor’s new clothes comes to mind for some reason.

    I know I’ve rambled on far too long, so I’ll understand if you file my musings in the trash file, but I just needed to vent a bit. I’m grasping at straws, but at least they’re not plastic. If you’ll keep on writing, I’ll keep on reading

  3. I have essentially lost hope the the current executive administration will be changed until 2024, and then only if a true and audited election happens. That being said, I found this link via an article in American Thinker. Makes me wonder if all is not lost on the Legislative side of our government.

    1. All is not lost--not when Trump got 74 million votes.

  4. I continue to be amazed that no reporter has asked Circle Back Psaki some very basic questions: Has the president been diagnosed with any form of dementia? If so, when? What is the specific diagnosis? What medications if any has he been prescribed? Has he undergone any tests for dementia in the past year? What were the results of the test(s)?

    She would dodge the questions, but her dodging would be telling.

  5. Has the president been diagnosed with any form of dementia?

    Answer: No. If we look for it, we'll find it. Therefore, we will NOT look.

    1. We have no idea whether Biden has or has not been diagnosed. Surely his doctor(s) must be aware of his cognitive difficulties. A relatively simple test provides indication of memory loss which is a precursor to dementia.

  6. Those voting machines and propaganda media are enough to make the fraud perpetual. It will be one distraction after another relentlessly. The society has become so fragmented, there will be no opportunity to for it to change direction.

    If there will be any corrections, it will be generations down the road. And even then, there will be no justice for what transpired.

    Organized crime is really powerful. At this scale, it is impervious to civilized mechanisms.

  7. It would help if there was a real "opposition party" willing to push back against this.

  8. "Organized crime is really powerful"

    On that note, in NY, there is a new NYC Council decision which exposes cops to personal civil liability. Qualified immunity is gone, which makes every cop a target.

    I suppose there'll be a few more early retirements.


  9. The Democrats have been riding a tiger. When your agenda is advanced by a parade of lies, hoaxes and myths, you have to keep it up to stay on the tiger. They have been able to do so with amazing skill for some time, but change is a-coming. If Pelosi's "Forever Fraud" bill is enacted, change will not come from the ballot box but from protests in the street.

    1. "Change will not come from the ballot box but from protests in the street", until those clogging the streets are liquidated, likely by high-tech/ stealth means.

  10. All is not lost, but Trump’s loss was an inflection point that makes the trend steeply downward.

  11. I'll bet "There are, although it may not be evident" was meant to be
    "*They* are, although it may not be evident"

    1. And, I'll bet "most people paid little attention Zhou's" was meant to be "most people paid little attention *to* Zhou's".

  12. I'm afraid the degradation of America can and WILL go on indefinitely. Salena Zito's latest piece is an interview including 2 Pennsylvania Democrat union bosses whose factory just got shut-down with 293 jobs lost ($67,000 average annual pay). They admit Biden's "green" policies are responsible for the factory being shut down, but they don't care - they still support Biden.

    Politics/Religion are impervious to reason/persuasion. Just as Democrat cities almost always disintegrate into Mad Max factional warfare, and the residents continue to vote Democrat, the USA is following. Why would the disintegration stop? It's only accelerating now.

    Wishful thinking (I've been guilty of that my entire life until recently) doesn't work.

    1. I agree that things will likely get worse--even much worse. Most Americans have been insulated from how bad things have been getting. In the aftermath of Covid and the enabling of Leftist violence and hamstringing of police, people in what used to be "safe" cities will experience a bit of how bad things are and will learn to fear the downward spiral.

    2. "people... will learn to fear the downward spiral", likely far too late, long after the means to obtain redress have been destroyed.

    3. If you're old like me, pick a rural area in a red state, pack up, move and dig deep. Considering what's been going on lately it should be over, one way or another, fairly soon. After the smoke clears take a peek and see what's left. If not good, then, energy dependent, go through the process again. Repeat until've had enough.


    4. 0311, I would not call my self OLD old, whatever that is, heh... but I've been going through a similar exercise of picking my defensive positions. My options are limited, but perhaps better than average, which I am thankful for.

      That said, I disagree it will be over "fairly soon." Although the frog in a pot is probably overused lately, it seems pretty apt, but just at a very slow rate of increase. I think the slow drip of our freedom can go on a lot longer, because we have allowed the "too much to lose" goalpost to be moved every time the temp ticks up another notch. That and we allow it to be replaced with stuff, which in many ways we have more than ever before. But its replacing the more important things that ensure a real life and a future.

      I'm just not seeing who/what is going to be the catalyst that forces us all to have that come to jesus moment. Nothing but cowards as far as the eye can see (and frankly, I don't exclude myself), and every crisis benefits the side who puts their body and soul on the line instead of the ones who want to get out of the way, which creates a catch 22 for those who just want to be left alone.

      Cheap iPhones and a meager return on that 401k have got the better of us. we're willing to put up with a lot more than I ever thought we would, to keep it going.

    5. Fairly soon? Don't count on that. People consistently underestimate how far down our downside is.

    6. one other note to aNany... at the risk of sounding like a kook or an anarchist... one of those means to redress or defend whats left will be 2A. Forget about taking on government - I just don't think we have it in us anymore.

      But if you'd like to have a chance against the chaos and anarchy when LEO becomes powerless, gives up, or joins the bad guys, I would suggest acting soon. That one is going to disappear a lot faster than we may have thought possible. And once again, I have very little faith in any backstop like SCOTUS or state and regional "sanctuaries" doing anything other than pay some lip service. All of them have rendered themselves irrelevant by their cowardice.

      Things are gonna happen fast.

    7. I’m interested in when the moderate Democrats begin to push back. While Joebama is being lead by various versions of AOC, some of those who only voted for him because he had a D after his name have to be beginning to see where he is taking everyone - not just the Republicans. Have they no interest in self-preservation?

    8. For me time passes so rapidly that even 5 years is "fairly soon". 8^)


    9. I would expect that that factor could be an influence especially with senators, since they have to run on a statewide basis, rather than in a 'safe' gerrymandered House district. Even in GOP run states, the D districts tend to be safe because the GOP draws them that way--fewer, but safer.

    10. @ Anonymous

      Taking a stand is a worthwhile exercise as long as you have a plan for escape, a bolthole, anything, so you can live to fight another day and don't just become another useless martyr. My $0.02 worth.


  13. Y'all too optimistic!!!

    I would guess the down slide goes much much lower than we could currently picture. It would take a serious commodity or economic crisis to really set things off here.

    I've no faith in conscious, human factored change taking hold. We're too comfy, lazy, distracted, scared... Take you pick.

    White knight syndrome... "One day my prince charming will save me" - Snow White

  14. "It's hardly far fetched to anticipate a backlash in 2022. The massive fraud was enabled in those few counties because they were tightly controlled by Dem operatives and represented a concentrated pool of votes. In House races--spread out across districts that are drawn up by heavily GOP legislatures--those factors will not be in play and the scenario that worked in a presidential election will not work the same way."

    First, great post, Mark. No idea how you find time to crank out so much quality work.

    As to tbe quote, I realize you are more sanguine about 2022 and the prospect that elections still matter, particularly in House races, BUT. Though it's true that the Fraud-a-palooza of 2020 was accomplished *primarily* in those handful of states, we can't ignore that the fraud was enabled, defended, insulated, and upheld ultimately by an utterly incredible array of people and institutions, namely: state legislatures (including Republican controlled legislatures in almost every one of those states), governors (including at least two GOP governors), state trial and appellate courts, local police, secretaries of states, local and national media, federal appellate courts, the *Supreme Court * (on multiple occasions!), the FBI, the DOJ, and finally Congress and even Trump's own VP.

    When you consider the sheer number of people and institutions that had to combine in the coup, there is little if any reason to think that the Crime Syndicate aka the Uniparty will allow any, serious challenge to their rule. HR 1 is just insurance to what is already a deeply entrenched machine.

    Finally, the only reason that Republicans did as well as they did in House races in 2020 is the massive wave of new voters that Trump brought in--that he somehow convinced to believe that their votes mattered and the GOP cared about them. Most of those people (and more than a few of us who have been lifelong Republican voters) are now completely disillusioned by 2020 and the Fraudapalooza (and GOP complicity/betrayal) and will not vote GOP again, or at all in 2022. Without this massive new voter pool, the Crime Syndicate cheating in every, single House race will prevail.(Yes, they cheated everywhere but the turnout for Trump was so massive that it overcame the cheat except where they intervened in those handful of states). As evidence for this consider 2018. Do you really think there was a "blue wave" in 2018? Hardly. The Crime Syndicate cheated their way to a majority in 2018, enabled by average GOP turnout and often mediocre Republican candidates.

    As the sign read in Dante's Inferno: abandon hope, all ye who enter. As Schlicter wrote a few weeks back, we are no longer a Constitutional republic. The solution will have to be found beyond elections.

    1. The fact that we may no longer be a constitutional republic--certainly not in the originalist sense--doesn't mean that all hope is gone. Perhaps the original constitution was a failure and needs replacement or serious revision. I'm not going to try to foretell the future, but neither am I blind about the reality of the American past.

    2. Correct. I do not say all hope is gone but only that hope in elections is gone. Redress must come from some other corner.

  15. The Overplayed Hand

    In over 40 years practicing law in and among today's so-called Elites, one thing I learned, painfully, and accept as true, is that in a tough fight they rarely know when to quit, and will often throw away a modest victory, or a decent standoff, to go for the crushing victory they believe they deserve. Sometimes this works. Often it doesn't, with devastating consequences.

    I'm not sure whether this qualifies as optimism, but I can't rule out the possibility that today's ruling party eschews a few modest victories that are easily within its grasp and instead goes full enchilada with devastating (for it) results.

    1. My cautious hope, too, Cassander. Conrad Black--a guy with good sources--argues that Dems are deeply divided. I quote Paul Mirengoff in my new post to the same effect--and Mirengoff is quoting CNN, to whom Dems presumably talk. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get a post together about what continues to look like the Dems overplaying their January 6 Event hand. We're not out of the woods by a long shot, but there remains hope.

    2. When I state my belief that moderate Dems may become a problem for Biden Inc., it has to do with human nature rather than sources. The heavy hand that the current “administration” is wielding is hitting and will continue to increasingly hit all of us - Republicans and Democrats and all the rest. And all of those Democrats are not AOC-Bernie Sanders Democrats. Increased U. S. giveaways to everyone but Americans, increased programs to benefit illegal aliens and only a relative few Americans, infrastructure spending that has been said to be superfluous, political pork, the list goes on and on. And American taxpayers will pay for it - in many diverse ways. The craziness that they are advocating in the education of our children. The list goes on and on. I believe that their own programs will enhance and exacerbate any divisions that exist. I see voters as human beings who are primarily interested in what they believe is good for them. No one could agree that what the Dems are proposing is appealing to all Democrats...

    3. As I try to point out in a comment on the other thread, self interest plays a definite role. The interests of small/Red state Dems are not always aligned with the Big Coastal State Dems, CA and NY. What gets you elected in CA/NY could well get your ass booted in NH, WV, MT, etc.

  16. A Reagan Democrat is a traditionally Democratic voter in the United States, referring initially to white working class Rust Belt and California residents, and later solely to white working-class Rust Belt, who left their party to support Republican presidents Ronald Reagan during either or both of the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections, George H. W. Bush during the 1988 presidential election, and George W. Bush during either or both of the 2000 and 2004 elections.

    The term still carries relevance, since part of this group also defected to Donald Trump, in the 2016 presidential election, who won every swing state in the rust belt and became the first Republican candidate to win Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin since 1988. All of these states voted for Reagan in 1980 and 1984, but voted for Democratic president Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.[1][2]

    That this is from Wikipedia does not diminish its accuracy. I believe the Reagan Democrats voted for what Reagan was advocating - and the Bushes and Trump - rather than simply the person himself.

    With Biden Inc seriously overstepping, I believe it could happen again...