January 20th, 2021

#7500: Well, that's it, then.

This will be the last free post. The rules are different now.

I'm not sure what to do yet.

According to the users' ratings page, this is number 277 in all-time ratings for blogs on LiveJournal. There are seven thousand pages of user ratings there.

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Nothing happened. Biden was sworn in.

The last, slim hope I had that the massive fraud perpetrated on America would be undone has been dashed, and we now have a president who is illegitimately installed in the so-called "highest office in the land". I wish president Biden well, because his term is not going to last very long. The democrats had previously started floating 25th amendment noises, after the election, and sooner or later we'll get president Harris. Probably "sooner".

The various places I've been looking for information are saying "wait 48 hours!" but I've been waiting 48 hours since November 3.

It just doesn't make sense to me, though. All those troops, all the posturing, all the eleventh-hour changes to the Trump administration--what was all that for? Was something set to happen, only it didn't because someone lost his nerve? Did someone choke at the last second? Was a last-minute deal struck? Or was there never a plan, and it was just the random, incompetent flailing of a falling nation?

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And so, the deconstruction of Joe Biden has begun. Reportedly, Politico has the first mainstream media article discussing Biden's mental decline. On the day of his inauguration. This is the beginning; the democrats will suddenly discover, to their dismay, that--well, gosh!--Joe Biden's just not competent to hold office, and we're going to have to install Harris.

Also, now that the narrative is no longer necessary, the Washington Post has run a story way down in the paper about how the Capitol stampede was not incited by Trump. To me this smells a lot like a paper trying to recover some credibility.

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It's difficult not to wax apocalyptic. With the thing accomplished, there's some clarity I didn't have beforehand; the anxiety and anticipation tend to amplify my expectations. The ever-looming specter of leftist totalitarianism is a frightening one, and the way the democrats have been talking in the runup to the inauguration only feed that anxiety.

But Washington DC is a thousand miles away from the bunker. I'm nobody. If I have any following at all, it's miniscule, and I've done my best to anonymize this thing so that casual visitors can't identify me unless they already know who I am.

So what I'm going to do now is simple, and is a considerable step back from my stated intentions prior to all this.

The extant posts will, for the time being, remain available for public viewing. I'm not going to delete the blog, nor will I take it private. I'm not sure how long this condition will last, or can last, but for the moment we're not going off-line.

However--

There will be a lot less political commentary here, and it will not be what it once was. Today I am repudiating the republican party in its entirety; I will no longer support them. This is my formal announcement that I am now considering myself to be an independent, and will register myself as one as soon as is feasible.

And I know I am not alone in that.

The next step is to post this, run the usual print job (I archive everything as PDF) and then--tomorrow--post twenty "spacer" posts to take this one off the front page. After that, we're going to the new posting rules and will resume posts at #7521.

If I do take this private, in order to view the Fungus you'll have to be registered with LiveJournal so that I can "friend" you. I'm also considering a migration to a different service; if I do that, I will make the PDF archive available, somehow.

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Now that Biden is president, COVID-19 is suddenly a lot less worrisome than it was yesterday. Now we're working on reopening the economy.

Just as was predicted, Biden's inauguration is the miracle cure for COVID-19 that we've all been waiting for. Who needs hydroxychloroquine, anyway?

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Anyway, that's all I've got right now. Good luck to us all; we're going to need it.

#7501: If so, why wait now?

Biden, they say, has to be president for the military to act. I said that a few days ago. Biden is president now. What use is further waiting?

Sorry, guys. You had me, but then you lost me. The theory fit the facts that we had, and it was a lovely thing to imagine, but...well, nothing happened. And I doubt anything is going to happen, other than the seizure of total power by totalitarianists.

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Speaking of totalitarians, having taken their dogs off the leash, the Democrats are finding that getting them to heel has become rather difficult.

Ramsay Bolton, talking about his dogs: They're loyal!
Sansa Stark: They were loyal. Now they're starving.

...so we can expect antifa to be classified as "domestic terrorists". These antifa nitwits are thinking they still have a say in things, and don't realize that as of noon today their anti-government antics have become obsolete. Even now I'd wager there are antifa goons sitting in jails in Portland wondering why they're not being bailed out, or released on their own recognizance, as they were last summer. I don't know it, but that's what I expect.

Or, it's just camouflage: "Have the blackshirts stir up some trouble somewhere, usual rules, and then have 'em quiet down after a week or so."

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Biden may not have cured COVID-19 after all. I mean, all the blue cities and states are liberalizing their precautions now, but who knows how long that lasts?

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The mainstream media will happily continue their role of being the useful idiots communism needs. Can you believe a world in which the American mainstream media call for censorship? Of course they think that it won't be they who are censored, oh, no! Just those grimy conservative outlets on the Internet.

None of them sees how this can be turned on them? None of them understands what the endgame of all this is?

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They are coming for anyone to the right of Mitt Romney. How does this guy define his list of deplorables, against whom the entire intelligence and law enforcement apparatus of the federal government should be employed? "...[R]eligious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians...."

"Religious extremists" is code for Christians. "Fascists" is code for "republicans". "Bigots" and "racists"--well, the democrat party has been calling all that oppose it "racist" and "bigot" and "fascist" since 1965 at least, and their definition of "racism" is so broad that anyone in the country could end up on that list.

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The destruction of landlords is one of the left's first steps, always. I feel sorry for anyone that owned rental property going into 2020.

The sad thing is that some people--if told their landlord can't evict them--will simply stop paying rent, even if they can still comfortably pay it, because there's no downside for them. They suddenly find themselves with an extra thousand bucks per month (or whatever stratospheric average rent is in NYC) and can live it up like there's no tomorrow, secure in the knowledge that even so, they'll have a roof over their heads.

The landlord, he can't pay for repairs or property taxes (and notice that the government still expects to be paid on time; the landlord isn't immune from paying his government rent!) and eventually he's broke.

So what happens next? The government seizes the rental properties for unpaid taxes. Or because the places are unlivable. Or both. And then, the people who caused all this by not paying rent when they could have end up on the street. But don't you worry! There are all kinds of lawyers out there eager to sue former landlords because their clients were evicted due to the landlord's "negligence".

The really nice thing for the government and its cronies is that living space increases in cost in NYC. So the ultra rich can charge more for people to live in their hovels, and the government can charge more property tax since the rental properties that are still livable are worth more.

I guess it's one way to make up for the fact that people are abandoning NYC in droves.

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This business of ceasing political commentary may be a bit more difficult than I thought.

#7502: For the record

Taken from a comment from a prior post:
As for "third parties" you can kiss the gop goodbye. They rendered themselves irrelevant on the sixth of January; like a nuclear bomb detonating, all the action happens in the first thirty nanoseconds, and after that it's just the redistribution of energy. Come the next election, gop is going to find that it lost some large percentage of seventy-four million votes, and those people will not go back to them no matter how much they plead.

Their job was to oppose the democrats, and they revealed that when push comes to shove they won't. If nothing else good comes out of all this, at least we know now just how useless the republican party is.
I suppose I should be careful, bandying around talk like that. I might get labeled a "libertarian" and I sure as hell don't want that.

I'm not a libertarian, anyway. I only voted libertarian once in my life, and that was because I did not care to vote for Mitt Romney; I didn't even know who the libertarian candidate was, not then, and not in the most recent election.

The only reason we have the republican party now stems from how useless the Whig party was, which was the last party that opposed the democrat party; only sometime in the middle of the 19th century their policies relegated them to irrelevance. But I don't see a third party getting any real traction so long as the government can define their activities as "domestic terrorism" according to its whims.

I am extraordinarily pessimistic when it comes to the idea of government being self-limiting. That pessimism is not alleviated by the talk coming out of DC over the past couple of weeks.

The only prediction I can make now is that the left will overreach, and bite off more than it can chew, or spit out. The question is, "how soon?" Will it be soon enough that the American people can do anything about it?

And so we'll just have to hunker down and go with the flow, I guess.