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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 KJV
The November Jobs Report
This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job growth in November greatly exceeded expectations. Economists expected 200,000 new jobs, but the figure came in at 263,000.
However, as we’ve come to expect lately, every silver lining has a dark cloud around it. The hope was that a drop in job creation would show that the labor market was cooling, which would convince the Fed to stop its aggressive hiking of interest rates to reduce inflation. The news sent stock markets reeling.
So if Americans are taking two or three jobs to keep up with rising interest rates, the Fed will take that as a sign that they need to raise interest rates more? I guess that kind of makes sense when you realize that the people in charge of major economic decisions, like our current Treasury Secretary, believe that inflation is your fault. Yes, it wasn’t all those trillions of dollars in government spending flooding into the system. It’s you, the average, hard-working American, who are responsible for high inflation because after being locked down for so long, you “splurged” on things like “grills and office furniture.”
Well, I hope that barbecue grill was worth it! Just look at what you did to Joe Biden’s great economy, you selfish spendthrifts!
By the way, as Spencer Brown writes at Townhall.com, despite the strong job numbers, the economy is still struggling.
Brown writes, “There are still 6 million unemployed, and another 127,000 Americans became ‘permanent job losers’ in November to bring that number to 1.4 million. Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate for November was 62.1 percent, still 1.3 percent lower than in February 2020 before COVID-19 hit, proving yet again that President Biden and his administration have not, despite their claims, ‘built’ America ‘back’ or ‘better.’"
I’ve always hated the ridiculous term “election denier.” Like “climate denier,” it’s just a stupid pejorative invented by the left to smear the motives of anyone who questions their policies and practices, whether they be ill-founded or outright shady. They trivialize the original, truly reprehensible charge of “Holocaust denier” by stealing its gravity and applying it to their personal issues. Besides, I don’t know anyone who denies that we have elections or a climate, they just disagree with the left’s policies on dealing with both.
So I’m glad to see that this week might spell the beginning of the end of the use of “election denier” as an effective smear tactic. First, House Democrats let a lot of air out of it by electing an open “election denier” as their Minority Leader. Now, a new Rasmussen Survey finds that so-called “election deniers” (really, just people who suspect our elections are not being conducted fairly and it’s affecting the outcomes of races) make up a majority of Americans, and even a large majority of Democrats.
In Arizona, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (herself constantly attacked by the media as an “election denier” for questioning how the 2020 election was run) was ahead in the polls by an average of 3.5 points, yet somehow lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs by just 17,000 votes. This followed mysterious “tech glitches” in heavily Republican districts of Maricopa County, where voters were forced to stand in line for hours and many had to leave without voting.
Rasmussen found that 69% of likely voters believe people were denied “the sacred right to vote” by polling problems in Arizona, and 71% believe those problems likely affected the outcome. And prepare for a shock: 72% of voters and even 69% of Democrats agreed with this statement: “This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. This is about our sacred right to vote, a right that many voters were, sadly, deprived of on November 8th.”
And here’s shock #2: That’s a quote from Kari Lake, explaining why she’s taking legal action to block the certification of that vote. Again, 69% of Democrats agreed with it, and that includes 35% who strongly agreed with it.
Maybe the Democrats thought that branding someone an “election denier” makes them so toxic that nobody would dare protest blatant election shenanigans, but when the problems are so obvious, all their use of it has done is render the term meaningless. Arizona’s elections were so screwed up that questioning them doesn’t make you an “election denier.” But accepting them without question implies you just might be an idiot.
The good side of Hitler and the Nazis?!?
As much of a defender of free speech as I am, even I can’t bring myself to defend Alex Jones. So you can imagine how insane and offensive rapper/entrepreneur Kanye West’s (or “Ye” as he now calls himself) interview with Jones was that Jones seemed the more reasonable participant. There should be a rule taught to all celebrities that if you find yourself feeling the urge to point out the good side of Hitler and the Nazis, it’s time to claim you have a headache and leave the microphone.
A few months ago, when West was making some fairly conservative comments and some conservatives were eager to embrace him since he was so big a part of the pop culture world that normally demonizes us, I tried to subtly warn them that he could occasionally express some exciting and thoughtful ideas, but he was also capable of some weirdness we don’t want to be associated with. Maybe it’s the very costly backlash for his anti-Semitic comments or his poor choice of associates, but lately, the weirdness seems to have ramped up considerably.
President Trump was obviously surprised by how far he’s spiraled when he showed up for dinner unexpectedly accompanied by a prominent white supremacist, and now Trump is paying a big price for letting him in. But even fans who follow West closely may be shocked by how far around the bend he’s gone. Brandon Morse at Redstate.com thinks we should pity rather than condemn him because he’s entered the Vincent Van Gogh stage, where you’re still capable of creating great art but you’re also crazy enough to cut off your own ear, or in Ye’s case, to take a cleaver to his own career.
And in what I suspect is a very related story, the deal for West to buy the social media platform Parler has been called off “by mutual decision.”
It might be hard to buy Parler when he can’t even keep his free account on Twitter.
In a study that will shock green activists but come as old news to anyone who reads this newsletter, researchers found that off-shore wind farms have substantial negative “physical, biological and chemical impacts” on marine ecosystems.
The good news is that we could stop destroying the oceans and killing millions of birds, and actually meet our energy needs without releasing CO2, by just building more modern nuclear plants. But national leaders who take their advice about science from teenage eco-warriors won’t do that. Like the politicians in the Netherlands who plan to forcibly shut down 3,000 farms to comply with a mandate from EU bureaucrats to reduce emissions.
Without all those farms, what will people eat? I guess they figure that won’t matter, since they’ll have so little energy for heat, maybe they’ll freeze to death before they run out of food. It’s the emissions from EU bureaucrats that they should be reducing.
Rail strike update
The Senate voted 80-15 to approve the House bill President Biden requested, forcing railroad workers to accept a contract to avert a devastating rail strike. It was sent to Biden for his signature. The Senate did not adopt measures pushed by pro-union members like Bernie Sanders to include sick leave. Opponents claimed those benefits were already mostly provided by smaller unions under local agreements.
But while this might prevent the immediate emergency of a strike, it could have long-term consequences politically, since railroad unions feel betrayed by Biden, who has long been a big ally of unions and vice versa. And for those who think the railroad workers are just being unreasonable, read this article from HotAir.com.
It details how working conditions for railroad workers have deteriorated in recent years, to the point that there might now be only two engineers on a three-mile-long freight train. And as the author writes, the president of one of the four largest railroads wants to cut even that and is “advocating for ONE (!) PERSON to be at the helm of, and the only living soul ON, a three-mile-long freight train. Who might have been called in at the last minute. What could possibly go wrong?”
Trudeau the hypocrite
When truckers in Canada formed a convoy to protest draconian COVID policies and vaccine mandates, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in history. He used it to surveil the peaceful protesters, arrest them, freeze their bank accounts and destroy their family businesses.
Now, China is brutally cracking down on protesters of draconian COVID policies, and what was Trudeau’s response? Well, at least he didn’t perform a cheerleader routine for the CCP. Instead, he went the blatant hypocrite route, declaring, "Obviously everyone in China should be allowed to express themselves, should be allowed to, you know, share their — their perspectives, and indeed protest. We’re going to continue to ensure that China knows we’ll stand up for human rights, we’ll stand with people who are expressing themselves."
Funny, when Canadians protested to demand their basic human rights, he stood on their necks with his boots on. This did not go unnoticed, and you can read some of the reactions at the link. They include words like “hypocrite” and “gaslighting abuser.” Not surprisingly, the most eloquent response came from Dr. Jordan Peterson, who tweeted on Twitter:
"The Chinese can protest COVID authoritarianism but supporters of Canadian truckers need to have their bank accounts frozen (the most totalitarian move made by a Western leader perhaps ever). I really don't understand how he can stand listening to himself talk."
But perhaps the most succinct tweet was by Avi Yemini, a correspondent for Rebel News: “LOOK IN THE MIRROR, TYRANT.”
And that’s why leftists like Trudeau really want to bar conservatives from Twitter. It’s not the disinformation that scares them, it’s the information.