I think this malfeasance started in earnest back in the Clinton administration:
The rare earths dependency on China stems in part from the fact that extracting rare earth minerals is an extremely polluting process that China has been willing to undertake, while most other countries have not, including the US, which ironically prides itself on having extremely strict environmental regulations in place.
The US, according to Reuters, has only one rare earths mine and no capability to process rare earth minerals. If China were to stop exporting them to the US, the country would fast run out of the basic building blocks required to produce the military hardware that the US needs, not to mention all the other items where rare earth minerals are needed.
And the article supplies a little extra perspective on China’s Belt And Road initiative.
Read it and weep. (Or go to the range.)
Here’s FuturePOTUS Ron DeSantis, talking about how conservative states rule, and the best way to bear the Internationalists.
I think the difference between then and now is, government is bigger and more powerful. But these agencies, particularly in law enforcement and national security, have been weaponized, so that they really represent the enforcement arm of one particular faction of society against the rest of us. And you do not have equal zeal with which they wield their power. People talk about the deep state like it’s some conspiracy. It’s not a conspiracy. What we have right now is the logical result of having an absence of constitutional accountability in the administrative state. And basically what human nature will do, of course, power is going to accumulate there. The founding fathers would have told us this if we had told them what was going on. So that’s the logical outgrowth of Congress abdicating its responsibility to hold the bureaucracy accountable for decades. It’s a logical result of Congress empowering the bureaucracy and letting them do a lot of the heavy legislating. And so that’s what we have. It’s not anything that really should surprise anybody.
All good stuff, and more besides.
As the Italian general elections of earlier this week gave rise to victory of a coalition of “right-wing” and “neo-fascist” parties, the headlines were predictable:
CNN: Oh Noes, Faaaaascists!
The Irish Times: Just like Mussoliiiini!
BBC: Europe Trembles!
…and so on. (I may have jazzed up the headlines a little, but mine actually reflect the tone of the articles better than their own headlines do.)
Likewise, the pics in said outlets of future DagoPM Giorgia Meloni make her look like Chelsea Clinton’s uglier secret sister, but I am here to tell you that she’s not all bad:
But of course, none of that is important. Her government’s future policies are, though, and I’m predicting that the EU “government” is going to assume the full hair-on-fire position when the Italian Navy starts blockading the north coast of Africa to prevent more boatloads of “refugees” from reaching Italy.
One of Meloni’s biggest fans, incidentally, is HungoPM Viktor Orban, and given how much the Eurocrats hate him, that should be good enough for any of us.
In which we see the goals of the Left:
Irene Montero, a Communist who is the Minister of Equality in the left-wing Podemos government in Spain, says the quiet part out loud: that equality means children have the right to have sex if they want to.
This is it. This is the end game of these queer theorists and gender ideologues: the sexualization of children. It was always going to end up here. This is what all these drag queen story hours mean, and these “family-friendly drag shows”. It’s all about sexualizing children and grooming them to become prey for pedophiles — sorry, “Minor-Attracted Persons.”
Did they even go this far in Weimar Germany?
Fuck me, not even the Soviet Union dared to go this far. I think we need to go Full Hungarian (see article). Otherwise:
Walls. Machine guns. Child mutilators. Queer theorists and gender ideologues.
Some assembly required.
Or: the new Republican House and Senate can grow some balls and start making Hungarian-style federal laws next year, instead of wasting their time in pointless impeachments of President Braindead.
Don’t hold your breath.
Several of you sent me this lovely little bit of governmental stupidity:
More than 140 people experiencing homelessness in Denver will each be provided up to $1,000 in cash a month for up to one year as part of a basic income program designed to help “lift individuals out of homelessness,” the city announced last week.
The $2 million contract with the Denver Basic Income Project was approved by the City Council and will provide direct cash assistance to more than 140 women, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and families in shelters.
Civic altruism and wokism, all subsidized by taxpayer dollars. And I hate to break it to these Colorado morons, but “up to” a grand is going to lift precisely nobody out of poverty. It will, however, encourage more people in similar circumstances to come to Denver…
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of socialists.
I wandered into the gun shop on the public square in town yesterday afternoon about 1 PM to buy a brick of 22LR and when I went to pay for it with cash, Brett started laughing at me with, “I guess you’ve heard about that credit card bullshit too, huh?”
He told me his credit and debit card sales are down 90% lately and every single one of his sales so far that day were cash transactions.
I’m going to head over to our local merchant of death later to see if he says the same.