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RIP Chuck Yeager

December 9, 2020

It’s hard to imagine being shocked at news that someone had died at the age of 97. But if there were ever a man whom you could imagine being tough enough to take Death’s scythe away from him and chase him off with it, it’s retired Brigadier General Chuck Yaeger, whose wife Victoria announced on Twitter that he had passed away Monday night. We offer our sympathy and prayers for his family.

The legendary test pilot was the personification of the term “The Right Stuff,” the title of the Tom Wolfe book and movie about the NASA space program that appropriately began its story back on October 14, 1947. That’s when Yaeger strapped in behind the controls of the rocket-propelled Bell X-1 plane nicknamed the “Glamorous Glennis” and launched the space age, becoming the first man to break the sound barrier at 700 mph. Just six years later, he was setting new records by flying at 1600 mph.

His daring test pilot accomplishments were only a part of his amazing life story, which included 64 combat missions in World War II (he was shot down once, evaded capture, and made it back safely) and returning to combat flights decades later during the Vietnam War. He was a true American hero, recipient of the highest honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an inspiration to soldiers, pilots, astronauts and every American.

You can read more about his remarkable life at the link above. And here’s a clip from “The Right Stuff,” dramatizing the moment when Chuck Yaeger piloted America into the space age by breaking the sound barrier. I hope this will make you want to watch the entire film, because it’s a humdinger of a movie.

What's Next, A Rain of Frogs?: I have immense sympathy for the suffering of the people of Los Angeles under the thumbs of their autocratic and incompetent leaders. So I hate to inform them that it’s about to get exponentially worse.

Like too many cities around the US, they foolishly elected a George Soros-backed district attorney, George Gascon, whose idea of “criminal justice reform” is to make crime legal. Gascon was sworn in Monday, and he announced what he immediately plans to do, as recounted at the link above: “his office won’t seek the death penalty ever, no more juveniles being charged as adults, no more use of gang or gun enhancements to put violent criminals away for a longer time, no more bail, resentencing of up to 20,000 convicted offenders (with hundreds possibly being released as soon as tomorrow), and more…”

A former Deputy DA from another county commented to RedState.com, “This is going to increase violent crime in a way people in Los Angeles can’t even imagine. Full stop.”

The big question is, will the Democrat-imposed unemployment, depression, poverty and crime wave be enough to make the people finally stop voting for the idiots who are creating it? Or will they just move away to red states and vote for the same idiocy there?

Election updates

December 9, 2020

In a surprise move late Monday night, the state of Texas filed a direct lawsuit with the Supreme Court, arguing that the election procedures in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin violated the Constitution and the Court must order those states to let their legislatures appoint their electors. The full text of the lawsuit is here.

Why would Texas have standing to intervene? Think of it this way: unconstitutional voting procedures can allow an illegal vote to disenfranchise a legal voter within a state. But if those procedures determine the winner of a Presidential election, then wouldn’t they also be disenfranchising the voters of other states who voted for the candidate they believe legally won the race?

Meanwhile, judges in Georgia and Michigan dismissed Sidney Powell’s cases seeking to overturn the certifications of those elections due to vote fraud. The reasons were mostly unrelated to the evidence, such as lack of standing to file the suit, filing too late or that it should have been filed in state rather than federal court. The Michigan judge did claim that Powell presented theories and conjecture of what could have happened, but not evidence that it did. Powell claims that today’s “safe harbor” deadline doesn’t apply in fraud cases and that she has until at least December 14th and will appeal.

If Biden becomes President, this may be the last bit of sanity you hear out of Washington for quite a while, so savor it: the Department of Transportation announced that airlines are not required to treat “emotional support animals” as service animals and may treat them as pets and require them to travel in carriers in the cargo section.

This follows a rash of stories about people bringing wildly inappropriate animals onto airlines, claiming they needed them to stay calm, while the passengers around them were expected to stay calm while seated next to a frightened or agitated horse, pig, kangaroo or, famously, an emotional support peacock.

While I’m happy to hear that I’ll no longer have to worry about someone’s emotional support ostrich snatching my airline meal, there are a couple of issues that do need to be ironed out. Trained service dogs for the disabled will still be allowed, but with no national licensing or registration system to identify them, that loophole may still be open to abuse.

And mark your calendars for a momentous day because I’m actually about to agree with PETA on something. In opposing the new restrictions, PETA protested that it’s cruel to put animals into airline cargo holds, where they have died due to shifting loads falling on them, unpressurized cabins, long delays and freezing temperatures. That’s definitely something that needs to be addressed.

But it should be solved by the airlines creating safe conditions for traveling pets, not by letting live sheep travel in Business Class.

Poll results

December 8, 2020

Should the President concede the election to Joe Biden?

My newsletter readers, Facebook and Parler followers have voted.  The results are:

57,826 votes for NO

779 votes for UNDECIDED

1,064 votes for YES

Georgia debates

December 8, 2020

The two Georgia Senate runoffs have been dubbed “national elections” because the winners will determine whether the Republicans keep the Senate or there’s nobody to hit the brakes if the Democrats take over the steering wheel and veer hard left toward a steep cliff. So every American – and certainly every Georgian - should be interested in this past weekend’s debates. Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media did a good job of recapping the most important points.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler did a great job of highlighting the radicalism of her opponent, Raphael Warnock, while Sen. David Perdue refused to show up to debate Democratic rival Jon Ossoff. Ossoff called Perdue a “coward,” but Perdue’s campaign said there was no point in a debate since the runoff is an extension of a general election where 52% of Georgians already voted against Ossoff. Perdue had 85,000 more votes, and under most other states' laws, he would’ve already won.

Still, it’s usually not a good idea to decline to debate, although in this case, it did give Ossoff the floor to promote his agenda, such as blanket amnesty and a national virus lockdown, which might have hurt him more with viewers than Perdue could have. Perdue’s campaign manager told The Hill newspaper, “Tonight we witnessed something we didn’t know was possible: a candidate lost a debate against himself. An epic failure.”

Déjà vu

December 8, 2020

Why is it that every time Joe Biden announces another pick for his (potential) Administration, I get a tingle of déjà vu, and think, “Why do I remember that name from the past and associate it with either rabid partisanship or outright incompetence?” Well, I guess you know why.

Latest example: Biden reportedly plans to tap California Attorney General (Kamala Harris’ successor) Xavier Becerra as his Health and Human Services Secretary.

Republicans immediately began voicing strong opposition, calling Becerra an unqualified pro-abortion radical who prioritizes partisan politics over the law and people’s civil rights. Oh right, that’s why his name should be familiar to longtime readers of my newsletter!

Many of Becerra’s more shameful moments in office have involved abuses of power to promote abortion advocates and persecute pro-life activists. His name is enshrined in the title of a losing SCOTUS case, NIFLA (National Institute for Life Advocates) v. Becerra, in which the Court struck down California’s law that attempted to regulate free speech as professional conduct and force pro-life pregnancy centers to refer women to abortion clinics. Conservative legal experts hailed the decision against him as having “saved the First Amendment.”

Becerra also took over from Harris in the shameful pressing of multiple felony charges against undercover reporters who exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices. Planned Parenthood being a major supporter of California Democrats, he’s made no secret of how deep in their back pocket he is.

Deep enough, in fact, that it even sparked a lawsuit against him, PP and Harris.

And abortion isn’t the only topic upon which Becerra is known to place partisan politics above the law or his sworn duties.

HHS is the department in charge of protecting all Americans’ health and providing essential services. Becerra has a demonstrated history of protecting the right of a political donor to continue slaughtering babies in the womb while prosecuting critics for exercising their essential First Amendment rights. Is that who you want in charge of America’s health? Especially when Planned Parenthood is already planning what it will demand of a Biden Administration as payback for its support.

You’d think that if the media were ever going to stop acting like tranquilized lapdogs toward Biden, it would be over the elevation to such a high level of a man who tried to railroad reporters into prison for doing the same kind of undercover video expose that every major media outlet has been doing for years. That's the kind of dictator-like behavior they falsely accuse Trump of. But so far, not a yap…