or Reality is just another choice.

There’s been a standoff between New York City and utility company National Grid going on since May of this year. As you may recall, plans for a new natural gas pipeline from New Jersey were killed off by the state government under pressure from environmental activists. As a result, National Grid wound up imposing a moratorium on new gas hookups because the current supply was insufficient to serve additional customers. This has resulted in more than a thousand potential customers being unable to be hooked up.

Now the Governor has come up with a unique plan to end the stalemate. Using an obscure state law regulating utility companies through the power of the Public Service Commission, Andrew Cuomo (who helped kill the pipeline project) is simply ordering the utility to hook up the gas lines anyway.

It’s like Idiocracy was a documentary.

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These people are nuts.

And yes, it appears that the Menstrual Equity Act is a real thing. H.R. 1882, otherwise known as the Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2019. Apparently Beto thinks women across America have never heard of a pharmacy. Oh but wait, this absurd legislation isn’t just for women! According to GovTrack, this legislation will “increase the availability and affordability of menstrual hygiene products for individuals with limited access, and for other purposes.”


Pads, tampons and cups should be available tax-free, across the nation.

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The Truth Finally Wakes Up

This commentary from the NY Post, while a bit confused and wandering, indicates that the truth is starting to come out: Trump didn’t sell out the Kurds by pulling out of Syria. A few quotes.

But let’s be clear about US goals, too. Our advisors were not in northern Syria to defend a Kurdish government but to fight ISIS. The fight to smash the ISIS caliphate is over, and we won.


I have met with Kurdish political and military leaders in the region, including the PYD, the political arm of the Kurdish YPG militia. And while they were thrilled to have US backing in the fight against ISIS, none of them had any illusions about the US coming to their aid should Turkey attack.

Did the president’s critics really believe he should have considered those 50 US soldiers as a “tripwire” that would trigger a massive US military invasion of Syria to fight against Turkey — our NATO ally?

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This Seems Important

Merkel says German multiculturalism has failed.

Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has “utterly failed,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday [October 12? ...]

Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims.

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Profile In Courage

Schlichter nails it

FACT: @realDonaldTrump taking on the entire DC/NY political-media establishment to keep his promise to get us out of endless wars is a true profile in courage.

He could have easily gone along. To get along.

He choose to keep his word instead at great political cost.

More here as well as this one from a few days after.

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And Still More

And as a spin-off from the previous spin-off

It’s not that unusual as a perspective (the bolded part below), but I like the way it is phrased. Andy Ngo responds to a tweet (The thread comments mention that someone on video looks like Ilhan’s married boyfriend – perhaps she was there too?):

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar expresses support for a thread where Republican Minnesotans are called “fascists [who] came into our city yesterday to terrorize us.”

The mainstreaming of antifa extremism is what empowers its militants to launch violent attacks on the public.

My point, echoing Schlichter, is to wonder why those who are mainstreaming Antifa extremism would not think there would be a response? Regardless of whether the response is a tit for a tat or just another step in a whole series of tits and tats.

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What They Really Want

And as a spin-off from the previous post, let’s head off to Beto-land.

A few weeks ago, Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said a mandatory government buyback program for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles is needed because other gun control measures don’t do enough to remove weapons already on the streets.

Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.

Didn’t that become a new craze in t-shirts?

And then, at some sort of CNN Townhall among Democratic candidates last night, focusing on LGBT issues, Beto declared:

[...] churches, colleges and universities should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage

Evangelicals as mentioned in the previous post understand this and its ramifications. Most do anyway. Rod Dreher comments:

Liberals will say, “Don’t worry about it. Beto is scraping the bottom of the polls. What he says doesn’t really matter.” Huh. Don’t you believe it. If this belief isn’t already held by all the Democratic candidates now, it will be. As Brandon McGinley says, there really is no principled reason to resist it, given what the Democrats already believe about the sanctity of homosexuality and transgenderism. Haven’t we all lived long enough now to recognize that the Law of Merited Impossibility — “It will never happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it” — is as irrefutable as the Second Law of Thermodynamics?

Or more succintly, as per David Harsanyi:

Every position Beto takes is a position most other Dems want to work towards. Beto just ignored the incrementalism. You don’t think Dems want to overturn 2A? You don’t think they want to force cultural norms on orthodox Christians?

This article from PJ Media probably does a better job doing what my post above tried to do.

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Two Perspectives

This comes on the heels of three things. The first is, as alluded to in the text, some sort of Democrat get-together; an LGBT town hall, which was filled with vows to shred the Constitution and use raw State power to socially engineer the American people. Second, an acquaintance declared himself to be a paleo-conservative (Infogalactic version) and third, another just decided to not be afraid to declare for Trump and, indeed, even vote for him.

And the one hand, a nice discussion explaining (yet again) why Trump is popular with evangelicals. The unrolled version.

From the text:

This is the core reason for “conserving” anything. Conservatism is not thoughtless, stubborn resistance to new ideas. It is determined resistance against the use of force to make people kneel to ideas they disagree with. It is respect for the sovereign individual.

Conservatism is about understanding why long-cherished ideals are held and respecting those who embrace them; knowing why the fence is there before you tear it down. Change should come through PERSUASION, not compulsion, and the answer might be “no.”

If you’re not ready to do whatever it takes to protect the Bill of Rights, the 1st and 2nd Amendments – and that VERY CLEARLY requires defeating the Democrat candidate in 2020 by all means necessary – then in what sense are you an American “conservative?”

If you’re willing to put the totalitarian social engineers on the Democrat stage last night in power, then at BEST you’re a progressive with a few qualms about their uglier methods and most extreme goals. You’ve conceded defeat to them and just want to negotiate a few details.

On the other hand, fighting, clawing, scratching, grabbing at things to prevent being dragged into the vortex, Mitch comes to grips with The Irreducible Logic Of An Illogical Choice.

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The Bloomberg Syndrome

An oldy, back from when National Review pretended to be conservative, a nice observation by Victor Davis Hanson:

It is a human trait to focus on cheap and lofty rhetoric rather than costly, earthy reality. It is a bureaucratic characteristic to rail against the trifling misdemeanor rather than address the often-dangerous felony. And it is political habit to mask one’s own failures by lecturing others on their supposed shortcomings. Ambitious elected officials often manage to do all three.

The result in these hard times is that our elected sheriffs, mayors, and governors are loudly weighing in on national and global challenges that are quite often out of their own jurisdiction, while ignoring or failing to solve the very problems that they were elected to address.

Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.

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Journalists and Adderall

From a comment here – note, these blog comment links never seem to work – a reference to an Althouse blog post, Are Almost All Journalists on Adderall?. The post is built around a few minutes from a Joe Rogan podcast (which is included there).

Rogan says he watched a lot of YouTube videos of Adderall users, “who thought the whole world was against them, that they were super-competent, capable of anything. They had unstoppable confidence. They wouldn’t shut the fuck up. But everyone was against them.”

Then, Rogan says: “A lot of people are on it…. It’s a spooky drug… First of all, journalists. I have a buddy of mine who’s a writer who said almost all journalists are on it.” One of the other guys says, “You get stuff done.” And Rogan muses, “But it changes who you are as a person. It fucks with your head.”

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