Howdy, everybody! I trust you all had a better week than Amber Heard, right?
To those of you who didn’t, it was at least better than Karine Jean-Pierre’s week, right?
On to the 5QT:
Remember Brother Fredo? He seems strangely relevant this week:
This came to mind with the news that the current occupant of the White House is perplexed and frustrated by the lack of deference shown him by his handlers:
President Joe Biden is reportedly frustrated with his staff in the White House and their efforts to “rush to explain” something the president has said.
“The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command,” NBC News reported Tuesday.
The White House has walked back several of the president’s statements, including when Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.”
The president was angry that his comments were being interpreted as unpredictable, according to the NBC report. White House spokesperson Andrew Bates pushed back on the NBC report.
Of course, it’s happened more than once that giving Joe “Fredo” Biden an opportunity to speak freely and uncensored results in statements that, left unexpurgated, could lead to open hostilities with nuclear-armed nations. One is tempted to side with the handlers here, despite the evidence of their manifest contempt for the American people.
And perhaps their manifest contempt for Joe Biden. There was a POLITICO story this week that discussed the “Blaxit” phenomenon, by which the Biden administration seems to be shedding inordinate numbers of African American White House staffers. We are to believe that Cedric Richmond’s departure for DNC headquarters, where he’s supposedly in charge of staving off a GOP rout in the midterms, was a grievous blow to morale among the departing.
Of course, this is an exercise in cherry-picking. Staffers of all colors are jumping ship on this embarrassing administration. Nobody wants to stick around long enough to get blamed for the disastrous performance of this regime.
As for President Fredo, if he doesn’t want to be handled by his handlers, maybe he should stop doing things like this:
President Biden told graduating midshipmen at the Naval Academy Friday that he applied to the school in 1965 — but a quick check of his biography shows problems with the story.
Biden said he applied to Annapolis with a letter from then-Delaware Sen. J. Caleb Boggs, but the year he cited — 1965 — is the same year he graduated from the University of Delaware. The academy doesn’t offer graduate degrees.
“I was told the Class of ’72 is here. I was appointed to the academy in 1965 by a senator who I was running against in 1972 — never planned it that way. I wasn’t old enough to be sworn in. I was only 29 years old when I was running,” Biden said.
“He was a fine man. His name is J. Caleb Boggs,” the president went on. “I didn’t come to the academy because I wanted to be a football star. And you had a guy named [Roger] Staubach and [Joe] Bellino here. So I went to Delaware.”
June is rapidly becoming the month normal Americans (and particularly those of us who try to live at least a little bit according to Christian principles) dread, when we are deluged with arrogant, hostile messaging demanding we bend the knee to the Alphabet People.
There are few institutions left in this country that offer a respite from the endless gay/trans advocacy we’re subjected to now. This year, a notably butch branch of our military jumped on board:
Throughout June, the USMC takes #Pride in recognizing and honoring the contributions of our LGBTQ service members. We remain committed to fostering an environment free from discrimination, and defend the values of treating all equally, with dignity and respect.#PrideMonth #USMC pic.twitter.com/MOyvFmyJiB
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) June 1, 2022
And then there was the State Department and its annual efforts at offending much of the world with gay/trans/queer advocacy:
June is #Pride Month! For over 50 years, people around the world have come together to celebrate, promote, and fight for the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons. The Department proudly supports LGBTQI+ persons around the world. #Pride2022 🌈 https://t.co/8VIMW7pwCY pic.twitter.com/AN2iBUmla6
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 1, 2022
We probably shouldn’t forget that State’s decision to fly a rainbow flag over our embassy in Kabul could well have been a proximate cause of the then-friendly government’s collapse in the face of a Taliban offensive. No one seems to want to credit that, but all the best intel in May of last year had that government lasting beyond an American exit, and by mid-July it was a lost cause.
But your author is a bigot for making that connection, and so are you for considering it seriously.
It’s amazing how we’ve allowed the clownish narrative to take hold that people choosing to celebrate private personal behavior as a cultural and political identity — particularly when that behavior, writ large, would lead in the direction of the extinction of the human race — cannot be opposed without its being evidence of bigotry.
You are not allowed to hurt the feelings of the Alphabet People. Particularly during Pride Month.
You are especially not allowed to point out that pride is one of the seven deadly sins, because morality is bigotry.
Nor are you allowed to note that pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Because the practitioners of this Alphabet Supremacy are nothing if not haughty.
Here might be a good place to slip in this clip from Matt Walsh’s What Is A Woman? documentary, so you can see just how devoid of intelligence and reason the haughty crowd truly is. The word “truth” is offensive and transphobic, dontchaknow:
This is brilliant. With simple, dispassionate questions, @MattWalshBlog reveals that mere curiosity about the truth is enough to offend people who've built their careers and lifestyles on the back of its suppression.
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 2, 2022
Celebrate this? What you’re really celebrating is atrociously low standards.
People deserving of respect don’t demand to be treated as a protective class based on their erotic self-definition. That includes most gay people, who just want to be left alone and are various degrees of embarrassed by Haughty, er, Pride Month.
You heard about this, right?
The U.S. Department of Education canceled about $5.8 billion in outstanding student loans for more than 560,000 borrowers in the largest single loan forgiveness action taken by the government to date, the department announced Wednesday.
The cancellation applies to all those who attended schools operated by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest for-profit education companies that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015.
Corinthian Colleges has faced several lawsuits since its founding in 1995 — but perhaps the most notable is from 2013, when Vice President Kamala Harris sued Corinthian while she was attorney general of California for “deceptive and false advertising and recruiting” among other allegations, according to the department.
“As of today, every student deceived, defrauded, and driven into debt by Corinthian Colleges can rest assured that the Biden-Harris administration has their back and will discharge their federal student loans,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement.
Qualifying borrowers won’t need to fill out the application to receive the relief, either: it will be automatic, and they are expected to be notified within weeks, the department said.
Next up, supposedly, is $25 billion in freebies to more than a million people.
Where’s all this money coming from? Thin air. So people who didn’t go to college, or who went and paid off their loans, will be paying the not-so-invisible tax that runaway inflation levies in order to subsidize the worst excesses of the higher-education bubble.
Earlier this week I wrote that the GOP is attempting to destroy its big midterm win by caving to the Democrats on guns. But there is no way to win this race to the political bottom against Team Biden. These guys yield to nobody in their skill deficiency. At this point it’s just a full-on panderfest without any political calculus at all.
I don’t … I don’t know what I can say to this:
We’ll finish with something entirely different and not depressing at all. I can’t call myself much of a fisherman, though I keep threatening to take it up more regularly, but I do on occasion partake of vicarious angling through YouTube. A friend of mine, Todd Masson, is a legitimate practitioner of the sport; check out his adventures in the South Louisiana marshes here.
But this video, shot a month ago, has something few can match. This guy is from Texas, but he’s been taking trips down to Guyana to fish the tropical rivers there. And while you can find the occasional behemoth (an alligator gar, for example) in North America, the arapaima in the jungle waters of that country are truly something to behold:
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