It is a Wednesday in the Realm, and I am at home in my Hunker-Bunker at 0800 trying to ‘vacation’ for a week before we start on the next major renovation project.

You may have been redirected to the back-up server yesterday.  This will happen when the main Rott server is under too much load and/or is refusing its connection.   It will redirect to, and should stop redirecting once it settles down.  It’s really the last resort here.


Headlines That Caught My Eye This Morning

It’s really slim pickin’s in the news this morning.  Maybe I will come back later and add some more.

Item 1:  ‘None of these candidates’ received the most votes Tuesday in Nevada’s GOP primary.

“None of the above” should be a standard option in all primary races of both parties.  If “NOTA” gets more votes than any of the other candidates on the ballot, then the party needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan.

We need to frame this differently.  Four years ago, record numbers of people turned out on both sides to choose their candidate.  The frame was that the electorate was “excited”.  This year the frame is focused on both candidates winning by “high margins”, not any kind of record turnout.  The fact is, while both candidates are dominating their respective parties, the actual turnout of voters so far has been a fraction of what it was in both 2016 and 2020.  “None of the Above” getting the most votes in a lower-than-normal turnout should REALLY be a red flag to both parties.

Item 2:  House GOP erupts in fury over “embarrassing” and “shameful” defeats

A functional House leadership would have known the outcome before bringing it to a vote on the floor.  This is what made Nancy Pelosi the most successful Speaker in a generation — she knew where all the votes were at all times.  She even kept track of Republican votes.  The absolute LAST thing you want to do is put something out on the floor and have it go down in defeat.  A defeat like that points to incompetence and lack of basic control of the agenda.  After all, it’s all about the optics and public opinion.  If the base sees your failures up front like this, they start to question why they supported these people.

They don’t care that the margin in the House is so close at the moment that if just one Republican woke up tomorrow and decided to become a Democrat, the entire power structure would immediately shift to the Democrats.  It’s happened before, and it is liable to happen again.

If it wasn’t for the small, noisy section of the House Republican caucus, Republicans could have passed an immigration bill that would have given them a LOT of the provisions they’ve been demanding, while the Democrats really got none of the immigration wish list they’ve been pushing for.

Was it perfect?  No, of course not.  There is no such thing as perfect legislation.  Did it give you everything you wanted?  Nope, and you will never get everything you want — ever.  It just doesn’t work that way.

But more importantly, will is stop all of this out-of-control madness we have right now?  Yes, it will put some form of “control” on this current out-of-control mess we have right now.  It will not stop illegal immigration altogether, but it will place limits on what we can handle/tolerate at any given moment.

I’ve said it before, and I will continue to say it:  Until we deal with the cause of all this migration, it’s not going to stop.  You have to first understand that these people aren’t running towards the United States, they are running away from their own countries.  There is a huge difference.  Opportunity is a factor for sure, but comes in a distant second when it comes to the need to get the fuck away from a dangerous situation.

We could spend a few bucks in some of these countries and take away their ‘need’ to leave their homes.  We could either just pay them off outright to stay put, or we could invest in the infrastructure to put them to work to fend for themselves.  If we have to get past a bad government, either pay them off or just invade their asses and set up a new government.

It would still be a LOT cheaper than the allowing the status quo…

Item 3:  Ancient viruses locked away in ice for 15,000 years are melting as scientists warn of ‘release’ into world

While everybody has been wringing their hands over a change in climate, I’ve always been worried about what is buried in the ice and permafrost.  For all we know, COVID wasn’t really so much a ‘novel’ virus as it was maybe an ‘ancient’ virus that had been buried in the ice for a hundred thousand years only to be exposed again once the ice melted.

Item 4:  Project Veritas admits there was no evidence of election fraud at Pennsylvania post office in 2020

Anything and everything ever connected with “Project Veritas” and James O’Keefe is and always has been bullshit.

Item 5:  Cruz says it’s time for McConnell to step down as GOP leader

What, does Ted Cruz think he can get the job?

Item 6:  For First Time in Two Decades, U.S. Buys More From Mexico Than China

I seem to recall this was the number one reason why people in the mid-west voted for Trump in 2016 — China was selling us more than they were buying from us.  Now, I guess, it’s Mexico, and it’s probably a good thing.  Maybe the migrants will stay in Mexico…

Item 7:  US Trade Deficit Narrowed Last Year by the Most Since 2009

Well, you’d think someone would be happy…

Item 8:  Jury finds Jennifer Crumbley, the Michigan school shooter’s mother, guilty of manslaughter

This was another ‘no-brainer’.  You are responsible for what your child does.  If there the parent knew the kid probably should not have access to a firearm, and deliberately gives  them one anyways, then they are just as culpable.




What In The Hell Did I Just Watch?

The Irrational – Peacock

The show centers on Alec Mercer, a world-renowned professor of behavioral psychology with a unique insight into human nature. Mercer lends his expertise to an array of high-stakes cases involving governments, corporations, and law enforcement. However, he meets his match in a female domestic terror suspect who turns his world upside down.


Memes From the Meme Box

I receive dozens of memes in my Meme Box on a daily basis from people all over the landscape.  Some are political, some topical, but most are just everyday events with a little fun inserted.  My absolute favorite are just photos that will speak those thousand words clearly.





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