Observations Before Thanksgiving

Several things have occurred that have struck me as strange or funny. Some commentators have called attention to Kyle Rittenhouse’s possession of an AR-15 rifle. They claim a seventeen-year-old should never have such a lethal weapon—way too much gun for someone so young. When one joins the U.S. Army, they’re assigned an AR-16, the automatic version of the semi-automatic AR-15. Of course, you can join up at seventeen. Isn’t Rittenhouse the type of young person rushing to sign up at the recruiting station in a crisis?

Listening to the repeated background gunshots on the videos of the night in question, it’s obvious Rittenhouse wasn’t the only one bringing and firing a firearm. 

Many qualified people have commented on the legal aspects of the case, and most concluded it was a fair trial with a just verdict. The only thing I’d like to add is that it creates a vacuum when you restrain law enforcement from protecting people and property. This situation draws in vigilantes to stem the chaos. Don’t want people taking the law into their own hands; let the people you hired to protect the community do their job. If the police had prevented the mass destruction of property, would any of this happen?

Is it me, or do the Administrations’s medical spokespeople sound panicked over an uptick in Covid cases? Has no one noticed hospitalizations have hardly moved, and deaths are flat? Remember, government intervention initially was to keep our medical facilities from being overwhelmed. We don’t panic over the common cold or the flu. Yet, they tell us unless we vaccinate everyone multiple times, we’re all doomed. 

Do moderate Democrats in the House and Senate think the Infrastructure Bill will save their jobs in the ’22 election? If they vote for the “Build Back Better” bill, they must think inflation is going away soon. With rents, wages, fuel, and housing costs still rising, the upward spiral is more likely to continue well into the new year and beyond. Voters will remember who threw another big log on the fire. Don’t these legislators know the generous unemployment benefits have ended?

The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell writes about legal residents in the U.S. failing to receive timely renewals of their legal status. Crazy as it sounds, we’re losing the services of solid workers simply because of bureaucratic inefficiency. This floundering is at a time of severe labor shortage.

The Wall Street Journal’s Capital Journal Column points to “Three I’s that could Doninate the 2022,” inflation, immigration, and identity politics. I would add a fourth I, incompetence. Early in this administration, I pointed out that the Biden Bunch wasn’t up to the task. It seems every day brings more proof of this observation. Can anyone point to anything this administration has handled with competence? Whether it’s getting our legal residents their paperwork on time or getting lifesaving Covid pills out to the public, our leaders can’t be bothered to do things in a timely fashion.

I just became aware, Dr. Scott Atlas has a new book out, “A Plague Upon our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop Covid from Destroying America.” Already a bestseller on Amazon, it promises much-needed insight. The news brought back how unfairly the media treated the doctor. Remember much of the Media characterizing the Hoover Institute Medical Policy expert as a radiologist who had no business advising anyone on Covid. Even Fox News’s Chris Wallace repeated this falsehood. 

In an interview, Kyle Rittenhouse’s use of “with mallce” refers to how some in politics and media treated him. The use of legal terms sounds as if he plans to follow Nick Sandeman and file lawsuits. Good for him. If it makes people get their facts straight before they spout off, I’m all in favor. Too many people have suffered unsupported smearing. The likes of Rittenhouse and Dr. Atlas deserve better. Everyone does.

President Biden has ordered 50 million barrels from the petroleum reserve put on the market. If he instead encouraged U.S.producers to return to pre-covid production, we’d have had that amount in less than 25 days. This action is laughable in the face of the rapidly growing inflation problem.

Now that I’ve got some things off my mind, it’s time to concentrate on Thanksgiving. I hope we all have a good one. 

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