My Very Simple Brian Sicknick Question

Who is more likely to invent a false narrative and spend weeks selling it to the public: A group of people who won an election fair and square who are not afraid of scrutiny of their honest election victory OR a group of people who stole an election from the voters of a nation who are desperate to keep scrutiny away from what has been done and discredit those who call them out?

or as I’ve been saying for a while

I’ll believe those who say that claim that election 2020 was stolen are simply a conspiracy theory when those who loudly claim that such claims are a conspiracy theory stop acting like conspirators with something to hide.

Report from Louisiana: Dogs

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I have two rescue dogs; one is a black lab who my son found near death abandoned by a dumpster when the pup was about six weeks old. We named him Jazz and he is now twelve years old. We have another rescue, Kipper, who turns four this week. Kipper’s mother was a Boston Terrier and nobody knows what dad was, but everyone that sees Kipper thinks he looks like an American Pitbull. I do not. Kipper is not that big, not that chunky, not that muscular. But he sure is cute.

I have a real soft spot for dogs and I know the names of more dogs in my neighborhood than I do people. There is Toby who walks by everyday with his person. Toby has some sheepdog in him; he is also a rescue. Toby is one of those dogs that is just goofy and has such a happy look on his face. We always go outside and visit with Toby and his person when they come by. In fact, Toby will stop on the sidewalk in front of our house and wait for us to come outside. As soon as we open the door he will bound across the yard to say hello. He makes me smile.

Buddy is a black lab mix that lives around the corner and I see Buddy whenever I walk the block. Buddy lives on a corner lot and so there is a lot of traffic by his fence; his people have used brackets to put a wire basket filled with tennis balls on the outside of the wrought iron fence so people can say hi to Buddy and throw a ball for him. Buddy has more friends than most people I know.

Rico and Colt live next door to me. Colt is an Australian Shepherd and never ever sits still. He is the very definition of a live-wire. Rico is a Chow and he has some kind of lupus that causes sores on his nose. His nose is always raw and it is aggravated by the sun. His people have installed a series of large umbrellas across their patio to protect Rico from too much direct sunlight when he is outside. Rico seems totally unbothered by his condition, however, and is as happy and loving as he can be. He is a stunningly beautiful dog.

Demi lives across the street. Demi’s mother used to have the most beautiful, manicured yard that she worked in all of the time, but dogs have a way of changing the way you live, and Demi digs holes. There is an iron fence around their front yard and I can see Demi digging holes from my front window. Some of the holes are probably close to the water table; sometimes I look over there and can see nothing  but Demi’s tail and dirt flying.

There is something about a dog that makes me happy and calms me down. There’s that whole unconditional love thing, but it’s more than that. They are always glad to see you; they never question you and they don’t care about your politics. I can not imagine a home without a pup, and when we lose them it is like losing a family member. It hurts just as badly. I have a friend who is a chemist, and she lost her dog of twelve years about three years ago. She and her son still drive out to his grave, in a local Pet Cemetery, two or three times a month to place flowers.

I’ve always believed rescue dogs are more grateful, but that probably is not true. It’s just that I’ve always had rescue dogs. Even as I type this, Kipper is asleep next to me on the couch and Jazz is asleep on the floor at my feet. Just another lazy afternoon. And the older I get, and the crazier the world gets, I find that I more often prefer the company of dogs than to people.

Any dog lovers out there? Tell me about your dog!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport, at Medium, and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.

Still Fake, It’s getting Drafty, Victoria’s Mask, NBA Crash and Ugly Uniforms Under the Fedora.

I still can’t get over people on the right being surprised over “Joe Biden flip flops” or “Joe Biden doing ‘x'”, “Joe Biden saying ‘Y'” or “Joe Biden claiming ‘z'”. Please stop pretending that what he “says” matters because:

  1. All these things “he” has “done” all pale before stealing the election.
  2. Joe Biden is no more in charge of this government than I am.

This needs to be mentioned in every piece, in every write up and in every statement concerning the Biden administration. Don’t conceede their fantisy.

I have to laugh at all the talk about women in the draft heading to SCOTUS for two reasons.

  1. If you have a volunteer army and you create a disincentive for people to join then naturally you need to find them elsewhere so of course you need women in the draft and an active draft to boot.
  2. I suspect none of the people involved in the discussion are willing to define “woman” in public.

Speaking of laughing outloud today as I was heading back from lunch I saw a woman wearing a branded Victoria’s Secret mask as I passed and literally could not contain myself and broke out in laugher.

As she was in a large group nobody knew why I was cackling seriously Victoria Secret masks? Is she really going to wear it in an intimate moment and if you’re at work and your attire is not shall we say, in the style of Victoria’s Secret (as it would not be at work) what’s the point?

P. T. Barnum would be proud.

I see the NBA viewing number are setting a new “not watching” record to beat last year’s “not watching” record set in a year when people were stuck at home with nothing better to do.

It’s a variant on Field of Dreams instead of: “If you build it they will come” we’ve gotten “If you insult them they will leave.”

The same thing is happening with baseball except they didn’t have anything near the NBA to start with.

Finally while as I said I’ve not watched an inning of baseball last year and thanks to the Atlanta BS I’ve not done the same this year because I went out to eat this Saturday I did notice the Red Sox playing.

Of course I wasn’t sure it was them as they were wearing a God Awful looking uniform that resembled the 74 A’s.

I understand it was supposed to be some kind of commemoration of the Marathon Bombing but I don’t think wearing something that looks like someone throwing up is quite what fits the bill.

Yet another reason to be glad I’m not watching or listening or reading updates online.

My “Defund the Police” Compromise

It is in the best traditions of the American Experiment that two sides holding opposing views that can’t be easily reconciled find a compromise that will accommodate them both. I believe I have found one on the whole: “Defund the police” thing.

An apparently large amount of the activist left community continues to demand that the police be defund while a large amount of the population seem to think that doing so leaves them vunerable to violent crime so in an age where cell phones are ubiquitous and data is easily gathered those who wish to defund the police be allowed to one they sign the following pledge:

I, the undersigned no longer wish the police to be funded nor wish my tax dollars to be spent in said funding. In return for this I on behalf of me and my family formally renounce police protection and any call for assistance to protect me, my family or my property shall be ignored by police in this or any other jurisdiction and said police and/or jurisdiction that they represent shall not be held liable for any inaction on their part in any emergency involving myself, my family or property. This pledge does not preclude police from responding to any call where they have cause to believe me or mine are suspected of criminal behavior.

In most ages this would be impractical but in an age where people have cell phones that track them and police have access to data bases of data it would take seconds to determine if a call for help comes from a person who has signed such a pledge it can be safely ignored. This will allow a shrinkage of the police force which will please those who sign and submit their information and I suspect will please both those who oppose this position who don’t want their resources spent on them and the police who would be loath to protect such people.

In fact as part of the deal their houses and cars should have signs and stickers upon them advertising:

This property is a police free zone

It’ would be the ultimate in virtue signaling and I’m sure there will be many people who will see such a sign with approval, particuarly those who don’t like the police to begin with.

It will be especially fun to see woke corporations agonize over signing on or not.

The Saddest Words (and least Surprising) words I’ve read all year

“When pressed, none of the bishops I queried could report a single diocesan seminarian inspired to pursue priestly life by the current Pope. None took any pleasure in acknowledging this.”

Francis X. Maier in a research study done on

The 2nd quote from Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas who links Maier commenting on this quote isn’t much happier.

Again, this parallels my own experience from lectures and retreats I have given to numerous seminarians. In fact, in my spiritual direction of seminarians, I have also had the unenviable task of trying to convince them (and young priests as well) not to give up on the priesthood, so dispirited are many by Francis.

As Usual Fr. Z puts this is perspective:

Popes come and go.  There have been good Popes and bad Popes, important Popes and forgettable Popes.  Men pick them, not the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit’s role in their election is to make sure that the Pope isn’t a total disaster for the Church.  Some disaster, maybe.  Total disaster, never.  Moreover, generations of faithful Catholics lived and died without even knowing the Pope’s name.   In a lot of ways, in daily life, they just aren’t that important.

Pray for him.

Democrats warn the Court

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey and three House Democrats announced their plan to expand the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 Justices this week. They were careful to couch their bald power grab in media-friendly terms, sputtering their concern for the “Court’s legitimacy” and insisting they were not packing the Court, they were “unpacking” it. Orwell had today’s Democrats in mind when he wrote “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Hardly a day goes by where they aren’t caught trying to change the very definition of words to suit their political needs.

The plan, notwithstanding media hype, is DOA. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had “no plans” to bring it to a vote. Associate Justice Breyer, one of the stalwart liberals on the Court, warned against expanding the Court as well. And with the late revered-by-progressives Justice Ruth Ginsberg – whose opinion, you might think, would matter to leftists on Court matters, of all things – on the record as against the idea, there’s little pressure on Senators Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema to fall in line. The Democrats don’t have the votes.

Which isn’t the point anyway. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer didn’t expect to win votes with the charisma-deficient Markey leading the charge. Instead, the whole announcement was about something else entirely.

Like everything else the Democrats do with respect to the Court, this was all about abortion.

The Democrats are terrified that Republicans might actually have the votes to seriously curtail, if not outright overturn, Planned Parenthood v. Casey (and Roe v. Wade by extension). Which would throw the issue of abortion back to the state legislatures.

So the Democrats are simply attempting to warn the Court what might happen if they do.

Did I mention Markey’s announcement came two weeks after the Supreme Court agreed to hear their first abortion case since Associate Justice Amy Barrett gave conservatives a 6-3 seeming majority?

There was similar noise back in 2012, prior to the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare. And with his decision to uphold President Obamas signature law, Chief Justice Roberts proved to the Left he could be intimidated.

Can Kavanaugh? Gorsuch? Barrett?

We may soon find out.

Leftist Lies, Projection, More Lies, Fighting Back and the Writing on the Wall Under the Fedora

So now that the election is safely won stolen the media thinks it’s safe to say that the Trump Russia bounty story is BS. At least this time Mitt Romney can take solace in the ends justifying the means in a Democrat big lie.

The same day that the we discovered that this story was bunk Joy Reid started hinting that Ron DeSantis was involved in Sex Trafficing. Commenting on the story Sarah Hoyt who has really earned her reputation as required reading over the last three month asked these questions:

Do you ever wonder at the stories the left thinks plausible? Pee gate. Sex trafficking.

Do you ever wonder why?

I don’t wonder. I just presume the left’s skill at projection is why they’re so entrenched in the movie business.

Speaking of projection and falsehood two years after he was driven out of his own company we now know that ‘Papa John’ Schnatter was driven out of the company he founded over a lie.

Again this was one of the previews of coming attractions of the punishment that companies might face for defying the left, which is likely why so many were willing to fund.

Speaking of defying the left Mike Lindell continues to do so and has now started a site called My Store.

He hopes to compete with Amazon on it. I’m thinking of listing my book there and perhaps the next one (if we ever finish the proofreading that is) to get it some exposure although it will likely put a target on my back.

Lindell has a deep faith in God which provides him with courage and to those who say it’s impossible to compete with Amazon I have three letters and two words for you:

AOL & Internet Explorer

Finally I notice that Coke & Delta were notably absent from the latest round of meeting of company to unite behind the woke flag deciding at this point to shut up and brew and fly.

Apparently Kurt Schlichter is right about the backlash the dam is breaking and when it does, it will be fast and furious.

Joe Biden made a very dangerous and foolish statement about Constitutional Amendments

When I saw articles such as this my blood began to boil Biden on the Second Amendment: ‘No amendment is absolute’.  The level of constitutional ignorance demonstrated by Joe Biden when he made this statement is quite staggering.  The fact that he is currently inhabiting the Oval Office and intends to govern by executive order made this statement exceedingly dangerous.

No amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” he said. “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater — recall a freedom of speech. From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.”

That statement is made up of several complete mistruths and a couple of half truths about the Second Amendment in particular and constitutional amendments in general.  A careful examination of the transcripts from the drafting of the Bill of  Rights in House of Representatives will prove just how wrong he is.. 

This  quote from June 8 of 1789 explains the general purpose of the Bill of Rights.  As you can see the Bill of Rights was specifically drafted to protect the most important rights of the people by denying the federal government the power and authority to regulate them in any way at all.  That prohibition on the federal government was in fact absolute.

But whatever may be the form which the several States have adopted in making declarations in favor of particular rights, the great object in view is to limit and qualify the powers of Government, by excepting out of the grant of power those cases in which the Government ought not to act, or to act only in a particular mode. 

This quote from the drafting of the Bill of Rights in the Congress of the United States which was begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday, the 4th of March, 1789 explains that several states demand that the Bill of Rights be added to the US Constitution to protect our most important rights by chaining the hands of the federal government

The conventions of a number of the states having, at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added; and as extending the ground of public confidence in the government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;–

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the legislatures of the several states, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said legislatures, to be valid, to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution, namely,–

Articles in Addition to, and Amendment of, the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the Fifth Article of the original Constitution.

This quote from the House of Representatives, Amendments to the Constitution August 17, 1789 by Elbridge Gerry informs us that the Second Amendment was added specifically so the people could deal with the federal government if it became abusive to the rights of the people of the United States.   A standing Army was believed by the drafters of the Constitution to be very much a threat to the liberty of the people.  Defense of the United States and the individual states was to be maintained by unorganized state militias made up of the people of the states. That can only be achieved if we the people have military weapons.  When the Bill of Rights was written and ratified all weapons held by the people were military weapons.

The House again resolved itself into a committee, Mr. Boudinot in the chair, on the proposed amendments to the constitution. The third clause of the fourth proposition in the report was taken into consideration, being as follows: “A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; but no person religiously scrupulous shall be compelled to bear arms.”

Mr. Gerry.–This declaration of rights, I take it, is intended to secure the people against the mal-administration of the Government; if we could suppose that, in all cases, the rights of the people would be attended to, the occasion for guards of this kind would be removed. Now, I am apprehensive, sir, that this clause would give an opportunity to the people in power to destroy the constitution itself. They can declare who are those religiously scrupulous, and prevent them from bearing arms.

What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Now, it must be evident, that, under this provision, together with their other powers, Congress could take such measures with respect to a militia, as to make a standing army necessary. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins. This was actually done by Great Britain at the commencement of the late revolution. They used every means in their power to prevent the establishment of an effective militia to the eastward.

It has been maintained by many revisionist historians, college professors, and liberal politicians that the militia mentioned in the Second Amendment was a formal military unit, the same as the modern National Guard.  George Mason put the kibosh to that mistruth during the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1787

I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.

Richard Henry Lee echoes this in Federal Farmer 18. The National Guard would be considered by Mr. Lee and the rest of the founding fathers to be a select militia rather than one made up of all of the people.

To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it. As a farther check, it may be proper to add, that the militia of any state shall not remain in the service of the union, beyond a given period, without the express consent of the state legislature,

The creation of the modern National Guard did not begin until the passing of the Militia Act of 1903.  At that time the National Gard was created as a select militia.  That is completely different from the unorganized militia that existed here well before the formal beginning of the United States.  The modern National Guard is the exact type of select militia that was warned against by Richard Henry Lee and the rest of the founding fathers.

No article or Amendment of the US Constitution prevents the states from regulating or interfering with our rights. Every state does however have a Bill of Rights to protect the rights of the people living in the state,  I believe every state’s Bill of Rights protects the right to bear arms.  Here are the two articles of the Massachusetts Constitution that protect the right to bear arms of the inhabitants of this state.

Article I. All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.

Article XVII.  The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

If no amendment to the Constitution is absolutely then the clause protecting us from double jeopardy can be taken away from us at the whim of the federal government along with trial by jury, and due process.  Slavery could be reinstated if the Thirteenth Amendment is not absolute.  That is extremely scary.

Twitter Imitates Yes Minister on Fraud.

Yesterday I wrote about the new law in NH and quoted the governor’s office’s tweet on the subject:

But the real story was how Twitter treated this tweet from the governor’s office I screen captured it just in case:

No replies are automatically show and Twitter automatically is hiding the replies given.

So what kind of offensive replies are there. Do we haven nudity?, profanity? Racism?

Yup that’s it.

Twitter’s reluctance to allow replies to this and thus risk the spreading of this story bring to mind this exchange from the Yes Minister Christmas special when the Head of the foreign office who is looking to be Prime Minister is asked about financial issues that he’s been made aware of:

Duncan: Where did you get all this?

Minster James Hacker: I’m sorry Duncan but if you’re in the run for PM I’ll should feel obliged to share what I know with senior party members. You see if it should all come out in the open there would would have to be a full inquiry from inland revenue, the fraud squad. Of course none of this need matter if it’s all above board as you say it is. And I’m sure it is if you say so.

Duncan: [pauses looking worried]: There was nothing improper!

Minster James Hacker: Oh good so that means I can feel free to talk about it all, bring it all out in the open.

Duncan: Hold on! Financial matters can be misinterpreted people get hold of the wrong end of the stick.

Minster James Hacker: Naturally.

Duncan: Look Jim I’m not sure that I want number ten. The foreign office is a better job in many ways.

Yes Minister: Party Games 1984

The good folks at twitter, CNN, facebook et/all all insist that the last presidential election is completely above board and that anyone who suggests otherwise is some sort of conspiracy theorist. Yet when the governor of a state won by Democrats in 2016 and 2020 signs a law allowed a full audit of ballots in a single county that show irregularities and said governor’s office tweets it out, they do all they can to retard the ability of people to see replies to said tweet.

If things are all above board wouldn’t all these folks trying to stop or suppress various audits welcome them to demonstrate once and for all how honest the election actual was?

Or as I’ve put it many times before:

I’ll believe that all the talk about Election 2020 being stolen is just a conspiracy theory when the pols, companies and tech giants who keep insisting that any such suggestion is just a conspiracy theory stop acting like members of a conspiracy to keep evidence that the last election was stolen a secret

Activists Win Democrat Cities Lose Under the Fedora

The more I see of what is happening to Democrat run cities in terms of crime the more I’m convinced that the left has been fighting a culture war against Black Americans…and won.

Of course there are some winners of color in the left culture war against black Americans, such as the Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Khan-Cullors, a self proclaimed “Marxist” who now owns multiple million dollar properties under her corporations name far away from the people she supposedly is serving.

As always Marxist leaders end up in luxury while the people they are supposedly defending end up poor.

In fairness this activist is not alone, folks like Rebekah Jones have learned the ancient lesion that it’s a lot easier to convince people to give you money as pretending to leading a cause rather than actually doing or creating something. It’s all playacting & Illusion which likely explains why Hollywood where people play make believe for a living so loves such folk.

PT Barnum would be proud.

Of course some people are young and naïve enough to think that being an “activist” makes them smart enough to actually run a company that creates things, like David Hogg. He thought he could make pillows and discovered that activism does not translate well into real world practical knowledge about making things. Or to put it another way because Mike Lindell makes it look easy doesn’t mean it is.

I’ve found that to most people the easiest job in the world is one somebody else is doing.

Finally 33 years ago today my new wife and I were in Vancouver Washington (right next to Portland OR) for our honeymoon as Citi-travel messed up our London Trip and DaWife’s aunt who came to the wedding graciously offered the use of her guest house as her son was in Australia for several months along with the use of a car.

The two weeks we spent in the area were wonderful. Her father family were there and we traveled as far north as Victoria Canada, down the Oregon coast, west up the Columbia river and got lost in Seattle while driving.

We seriously considered moving there at the time. Recent events have shown that not doing so is likely remains the single best decision that we ever made as a couple.