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Biden Goes Full Schizophrenic

Our Crazy Relatives & "Uncle Joe" Biden | The Chazin Group

I have referenced the bizarre fantasy of Alice In Wonderland in previous posts about Crazy Joe Biden and his precipitous fall into the depths of dementia, but today took the cake. We have entered a lunatic asylum not envisioned by Lewis Carroll. For starters, Joe Biden wants to re-impose a mask mandate on vaccinated Americans in order to protect them from Covid while flinging open the border with Mexico and allowing hundreds of thousands of Covid infected, non-vaccinated illegals to enter the United States and then be shipped to states other than Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Got it? Biden claims he’s scared to death of the spread of the Delta variant of Covid and wants to limit the freedom of American citizens who are vaccinated and, according to science, are protected against that virus while giving the greenlight to infected foreigners to flood states, especially states governed by Republican. Joe Biden is attacking America in the name of what?

There is no humor in this act of depravity. It is deadly seriuos. It is one more reminder that Joe Biden does not care about the safety and security of the American people. He now is nothing more than a bumbling puppet being used to implement an agenda that is designed to destroy this Republic.

This does not even constitute the most egregious double standard celebrated by Biden and his henchmen. His criminal son, Hunter, has the green-light to consort with people working for the benefit of the Chinese. Hunter gets to sell his mediocre artwork for astronomical prices that is brokered by his “agent”, Georges Bergès, who proclaimed publicly that he wants to be ‘the lead guy in China‘ on finding and collecting Chinese art.

None of the Trump progeny attempted any business deal like this. If they had is there any one with a functioning brain who believes they would be allowed to do so without widespread condemnation? Hell no.

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Propertius Elegy I.18: Grief in Woods from Cynthia’s Arrogance

Propertius Elegy I. 18

Translated by Steven J. Willett

This is surely a deserted place and taciturn of grief,

and Zephyr’s breeze retains an empty grove.

Here it’s allowed to open covered pains with impunity

if only desolate rocks can master trust.

Where might I first seek again, my Cynthia, your arrogance?

What start of weeping, Cynthia, give you me?

Who once was counted among the auspicious lovers

now in your love I’m shrunk to own a scrap.

Why’d I deserve such? What poem of mine alters you?

Is a new girl the cause of your dejection?

If so, scurry back, nimble, since no other girl across my

threshold has roved with any lovely feet.

This grief of mine owes so very much bitterness to you,

yet not so long my savage rage will come,

that (despite your merit) I’m always furious, your wailing

sullied with foul light in all the tears.

Or is it because I give such little sign of altered color,

and in my voice no shouting any trust?

You will be honest witnesses, if a tree has any loves,

a beech and pine dear to Arcadian god.

How often resound my words under mellow shadows,

and Cynthia engraved across your bark!

Or because your injury has sprouted cares on us?

I trained myself, faint-hearted, to endure your insolent

commands and not with proven grief complain.

For which are divine fountain streams and frigid grottoes,

but get just callous peace on overgrown paths.

Whatever my complaints are strong enough to narrate,

I’m forced, alone, to tell the shrilling birds.

But however you may be, let woods resound ‘Cynthia’ to me,

and lonely rocks not vacant of your name.

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A recipe for civil war

New York Times reporter Katie Benner suggested on Tuesday that in order to tackle America’s current national security “dilemma,” Trump supporters should be considered “enemies of the state.”

As the first hearing of the Jan. 6 committee was underway on Capitol Hill, Benner took to Twitter to stress that it “underscores” what she indicated was the ongoing threat within the U.S. 

“Today’s #January6thSelectCommittee underscores the America’s current, essential natsec dilemma: Work to combat legitimate national security threats now entails calling a politician’s supporters enemies of the state,” Benner wrote. 


Benner explained, “As Americans, we believe that state power should not be used to work against a political figure or a political party. But what happens if a politician seems to threaten the state? If the politician continues to do so out of office and his entire party supports that threat?”

The Times’ DOJ reporter cast doubt that the Pelosi-appointed committee would resolve the “dilemma” since it remained “unresolved” following the Russia investigation and both impeachments of President Trump. ” foxnews

Comment: It will be interesting to see what the NYT does about this.

The Left’s open grab for absolute power acting behind their puppets and figureheads (Biden and Harris) is now quite open.

The political theater of the Jan 6 “insurrection” is now revealed in Pelosi’s stage management of the hearing. She found rabidly ant-Republican capital policemen to put up as martyr figures in what is going to be a simulacrum of the Moscow Show Trials of the ’30s in which the Old Bolsheviks were condemned as a group along with the Trots and either shot in the Cheka’s basements or hunted down like Trotsky himself.

Benner wants us all silenced and “carcelated” as in AOC’s dream of a new prison system re-designed for America’s “real needs.”

If this continues and is generally accepted by the left as their view of reality, then us “enemies of the state” will have no choice but to decide if we want to live on our knees or die on our feet. pl

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OK, explain it to me.

An Old Irish Saying?

Comment: I am at a loss over this. pl

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“SUNRISE, SUNSET >> Sometimes the show is behind you” – TTG

“Anne Hupka of Stafford County recently captured this photo of anti crepuscular rays from her family’s home on the Potomac Creek. Similar to the shafts of light we see shining from the sun, anticrepuscular rays appear in the sky opposite the sun’s location. They are typically fainter than crepuscular rays or sunbeams, and most frequently visible at sunrise or sunset.” (Free Lance-Star)

Comment: Ahh, again the joys of my local paper. This photo spanned the full width of the page. I just sat there admiring its magnificence as I sipped my tea. It shows the mouth of Potomac Creek as it empties into the Potomac River. The land in the distance is either the Maryland shore or the Fairview Beach/Caledon Park area on the Virginia shore. It’s hard to be sure since the Potomac River takes a ninety degree bend just south of Potomac Creek. In either case the far shore is at least two miles in the distance.

I know the area fairly well from walking in the nearby Crows Nest Natural Area Preserve and kayaking the tidal waterways in my retirement. Before this I enjoyed similar magnificent views taking the commuter train from Quantico to DC for quite a few years. When the sunrise over the Potomac coincided with the commute, the beauty of the moment quenched my soul.

I also learned something from this photo in yesterday’s paper. I knew about crepuscular rays and occasionally enjoy using the term, but I was totally unaware of anti crepuscular rays. Now I’ll be on the lookout for them.

BTW, the new wood stairs are in and I finished the floor in the upstairs hallway. As soon as I finish with the thresholds and trim, I’ll put something together about Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ. I know I promised something a few days ago.


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Political prosecutions continue as Thomas Barrack is indicted for not registering as a lobbyist for a foreign country and for false statements

By Robert Willmann

It is deja vu all over again. Around 1692-1693, in Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, numerous people were charged with witchcraft, an accusation that was an abstraction. The situation produced the term “witch-hunt”, which remains in our vocabulary today. The term aptly describes the attempt to remove president Donald Trump by more than one means, including an effort by the appointed Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, which effort was disguised as an investigation of “interference” by the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election. In that investigation, Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), who had briefly been Trump’s national security advisor, was threatened with a criminal charge of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), if he did not plead guilty to making false statements during an unrecorded interview with agents of a federal organization called the FBI.

And now, Thomas Joseph Barrack, Jr. — a self-made, accomplished man and friend of Donald Trump — is charged with crimes including violating FARA and making false statements to the FBI [1]. As a result of his arrest, he has resigned from the Board of Regents (Board of Trustees) of the well-known University of Southern California (USC), where he has been on the board since 6 June 2012, and where he went to school, graduating in 1969. He has resigned from the real estate oriented company he founded in 1991, Colony Capital, Inc., which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (CLNY) and became DigitalBridge Group, Inc. on 22 June 2021 with NYSE ticker DBRG. From August 1994 to September 2007, he served on the board of Continental Airlines, Inc., one of the largest passenger airlines in the United States, including as a member of its Corporate Governance Committee, Executive Committee and HR Committee. Starting in January 2014, he was on the board of Carrefour S.A., a French retailer which is one of the largest in the world. From June 2001 until 2019, he was on the board of directors of First Republic Bank, which he also helped stabilize in 2010, and which by the end of 2019 was the 17th largest bank by deposits in the U.S. He has been on the board of directors of one of the largest property companies in Hong Kong called Kerry Properties; and on the board of Korea First Bank; and Aozora Bank in Japan. And there have been others.

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“… so why was he treated like a ‘demented old man’?”

” … she claims her research shows that rather than dementia, Lord Douglas was in fact suffering from post traumatic stress disorder – a term only officially coined in 1980. Of course the terms “shell-shock” and “war neurosis” had been around since the First World War, but as Katherine points out they were associated with front-line soldiers who had endured the appalling conditions of the trenches, and not “a sick old man” reliving the awful experiences of signing people’s lives away in post-war Germany.

The mental and physical effects of PTSD were particularly misunderstood with regard to military leaders. 

“There is a great reluctance to show weakness”, Campbell says, one which she fears persists today.

Her new book, Behold the Dark Grey Man, is being supported by Dr Walter Busuttil, the medical director of the charity Combat Stress, as well as retired and serving military commanders. But Campbell fears that many other dwindling members of the Second World War generation will, like her father, be misdiagnosed with dementia as they reach the end of their lives.

As she writes of her father’s undiagnosed trauma: “It’s like a wound that keeps being reopened, becoming increasingly sore with each insult. Eventually, the person’s whole being is affected by the trauma, not just the brain and nervous system, with increasing physical as well as psychological morbidity.””

Comment: A very sweet and loving book. The Israelis really invented the term. That is kind of funny in a country where they never fight very long and always against second or third rate enemies. Some people are destroyed by this kind of stress and others “suck it up” and integrate it into their personalities. I have seen all varieties of this. pl

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” … ex-White House doc, predicts Biden will be forced to resign.”

Elder Abuse

Rep. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician-turned-congressman, says he’s “terrified for our country” in the wake of President Joe Biden’s televised town hall this week — and doubts whether the commander in chief has the cognitive ability to make it through a full term.

“He’s completely LOST it!” Jackson, R-Texas, tweeted Saturday, along with a video clip in which Biden answers a reporter’s question about defunding the police by claiming that Republicans accuse him of “sucking the blood out of kids.”

“Needs a cognitive exam NOW!” Jackson posted.

In Biden’s performance on CNN Wednesday night, widely mocked by conservatives on social media, he made false assertions about the efficacy of COVID vaccines, talked about helping children “find out whether there’s a man on the moon or whether those aliens are here or not” and confused some in the audience with references to obscure conspiracy theories.

“I mean, Qanon, the idea that the Democrats or that Biden is hiding people and sucking the blood of children and — no, I’m serious,” he said.” ” foxnews

Comment: I am older than Biden. I know what old age feels like. There are people close to me suffering Joe’s symptoms. It is extremely dangerous to have someone in his constantly declining condition holding the reins of the Executive Branch. The only good argument for not removing Joe is that Harris would then be president. pl

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IMO Trump should NOT run again.

The once and future …

“Trump’s endorsement may be one of the most valuable things in Republican politics, but Ellzey has been able to outspend Wright in the race, bringing in over $1.2 million to Wright’s $454,000 as of July 7. And while Wright has led Ellzey in several internal polls released by her campaign, uncertainty over exactly who will vote in a summer special election featuring two Republicans with similar ideological leanings means Ellzey can still hope for an upset come Tuesday.

“We are very similar,” Ellzey said on the Dallas-based Mark Davis radio show in early May. “I think the voters recognized, irrespective of some mailers that aren’t true, we are very close, hand-in-hand so to speak, philosophically.”

The Texas race kicks off several weeks of special elections highlighting the dynamics shaping both political parties. While the Texas campaign and another outside Columbus, Ohio, have tested how impactful Trump’s backing remains for Republican candidates, another primary centered in Cleveland is an opportunity for progressives to notch a big primary win, as former Bernie Sanders campaign chair Nina Turner faces off against the more moderate Shontel Brown.” politico

Comment: “Impactful.” Funny word.

I like Trump’s policies except for his slavish groveling at Israel’s feet, but, he IS a New Yorker. Other than that …

Well, his inability to understood the difference between entrepreneurial business dealings and government was absurd.

His NY City brutish business personality is repulsive but the thought that his boorishness caused soccer moms to reject him is so awful as to be a cosmic level bad joke. “I grab’em by the p—y and if you have power they just follow along …” That kind of thing gave us the dementing Joe? My god!

People at his rallies chanted “we love you” right to the very end. Leaders are seldom loved. They still love him, however many millions there are.

QAnon? This is an asinine DemoMarxist IO ploy but the soccer moms and dads and the gullible may believe it and that could be the deciding nonsense in ’24.

We can’t afford that possibility. The Republicans have a deep bench of possibilities; DeSantis, Abbott, Noem, etc.

What Trump should do is accept the role of kingmaker, bring his followers with him and put them solidly behind someone like DeSantis.

That is what a statesman would do. Sigh. pl

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A neo-Maoist party? VDH

“Suddenly, the once-revered Supreme Court, now with a majority of conservative justices, became an obstacle to democracy and had to be packed or restructured. 

The First Amendment was redefined as a bothersome speed bump that slowed progress. It needlessly protected noisy conservatives and their backward values. 

The CIA, FBI and Pentagon were suddenly OK — if staffed with the right people. Their clandestine power, their chain-of-command exemption from messy legislative give-and-take and their reliance on surveillance were now pluses in the correct hands. These institutions became allies, not enemies, and so their powers were augmented and unchecked.” VDH

“Sports were cool, given that they offered a huge platform for the social-justice warriors among the athletes to damn the very system that had enriched them. 

The higher the gas and electricity prices, the better to shock the clueless bourgeoisie that their SUVs and home air conditioners were anti-green and on the way out. 

The union shop was written off as a has-been enclave of old, white dinosaurs — an ossified, shrinking base of the Democratic Party. 

The media glitterati were no longer to be mocked as empty suits and pompadour fools, but rather treated as useful foot soldiers in the revolution. 

So what happened to turn the party of Harry Truman, JFK and even Bill Clinton into a woke neo-Maoist movement? 

Globalization created a new multibillion-dollar consumer market for American media, universities, law firms, insurance groups, investment houses, sports leagues and entertainment outlets, not to mention the internet and social media. 

In contrast, work with hands was passé, the supposed stuff of deplorables and clingers — and so better outsourced and offshored. ” VDH

Comment: I used to know a lot of real Maoists and other assorted Marxists. They were made of impressive stuff. “foemen worthy of our steel.” The present collection of Wannabe types would run if the first shot was distantly fired and then claim loudly that a QAnon insurrection had occurred. AOC is in therapy at public expense because of the thought, just the thought, that someone might kick her shapely ass. Say boo, America! pl

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