Why Pelosi Is Stonewalling

27 03 2020

Washington, D.C.

Why is Nancy Pelosi gumming up the works to get the Covid-19 stimulus bill passed?

There’s the obvious reason:  Whenever there’s a big important bill that is going to be signed, everyone and their brother and sister who happened to win one of 535 certain elections is going to load it down with their pet rhinestones.

But there’s another reason, which points to political psychology and positioning, in light of what will theoretically happen in November.

The moment Trump inks the bill, he will have instantly moved to the left of Joe Biden, and as left wing as Bernie Sanders, on economic issues and other adjacent issue bases.  Which means that, no matter where you look on the political spectrum, with the exceptions of the most extremes of the right and left, Trump will at least partially fill the atmosphere.

Pelosi knows that her letting go of the bill will mean that whatever tiny chances her party’s nominee to had to win in November, (if November happens in the way it normally should), are kaput.  So, she’s going to use the opportunity to get as much as possible for her individual caucus members, and the House Democrats’ collective interests.





Christmas Cheer.

22 03 2020

Guest post by Puggg

That 102.5 station is spending this weekend raising our spirits here in the coronavirus times by running the same 20 Christmas songs into the ground that they normally do every November and December.

But, since there were snow flurries this morning, it seemed like good timing.





Census 2020 in 13 Languages.

13 03 2020

Guest post by Puggg

I got my Census fill out form in the mail today.  But it was just two sheets, because it’s an online form.  The first sheet has the web address and the unique pin or security code.

The second sheet has brief instructions on the front side, then the help phone number on the back side.  It has those things in 13 languages:  English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese.

I’m sure all of you will have lots of fun with that in the comment section below.  If nothing else, it’ll take our minds off the grind of the non stop corona virus news.





Timing Is Everything

12 03 2020

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

It’s a damned good thing we got married when we did, this past Saturday.

If we would have waited as much as one week, then none of the six people from back in St. Louis who came, including my quasi-uncle slash best man, would have wanted to come, out of fears that they wouldn’t have been able to go home, or that they would have had to have gone under mandatory quarantine once they got back.

I’ll go into more detail later, but, while I was anticipating my quasi-uncle slash best man as the only one of my people there, he wound up surprising me by bringing along five other people:  His wife, his older sister slash my aunt by way of being the ex-wife of my youngest and as of June late blood uncle, their daughter who is a first cousin of mine, the only actual blood relative of the bunch, the retired pastor of my boyhood Lutheran church whose daughter is a high school classmate of mine, and our very own Puggg.  After being so surprised, I soon got to work, working in the second-to-last into the ceremony, and making the last my second best man, and of course, he fully anticipated being asked to do that.

Considering that I had tempered and realistic expectations based on how short order was this ceremony, and that it wasn’t an insignificant trip from Cologne, things turned out even better than my most optimistic expectations.  Again, I’ll elaborate later.

But, back to the matter at hand, all six of them are going to get tested for COVID-19.  The first four are all at least 69 years old, my cousin and Puggg were both born in the first half of the 1970s.

Note:  While COVID-19 hysteria hasn’t affected my job, as of this morning, Frau. Blogmeister’s workplace has been shut down for the rest of this week and at least all of next, in one of the two ways she does it.  In the other way she does it, she can and is still doing that.

 





On Hazony

9 02 2020

Rome;  London

Yes, I made it to Hamburg in one piece, and in fact, survived the first weekend, here in the open air insane asylum.

A recent HW post over at OD made me think of another city where I was recently, and it also gives me the opportunity officially to register my assessment of the political question at hand.

Even if you don’t want to think that Hazony’s outfit is nothing more than a mass effort of political co-option, the main problem with it is that Hazony is trying to create a political sector and space, that is trying to split the uprights between three forces that want nothing to do with one or both of the others for varying reasons, if they’re all honest: Organized activist Jewish interests, proper nationalists, and official lamestream conservatives. People invested in one of them will bash and trash Hazony, his sector and anyone who associates with it, because it contains enough elements with at least one if not both of the others.

Consider:

(1)  Organized activist Jewish interests are doing well enough on their own.  They certainly hate proper nationalists, and, while there are plenty of Jewish lamestream conservatives, OAJI really have no need for official lamestream conservatism.  To put it another way, if OLC, Republican Party-ism in the United States, Toryism in Britain, Liberalism in Australia, Christian Democracy in Germany, etc., and their underpinning ideologies, totally disappeared at this moment, it wouldn’t matter to OAJI, and it wouldn’t affect them one bit.  So why would OAJI have any truck or need for a movement which is close enough to a sector they hate and another they don’t need?  There’s nothing in it for them.

(2)  Official lamestream conservatism doesn’t do nationalism, and, in their opinion, they’re doing well enough without it, even though they’re doing “well” in a pride-cometh-before-the-fall sense of speaking.  OLC obviously slobbers over OAJI, even though, like I wrote above, OAJI don’t need OLC, so the antipathy that OLC has toward Hazonyism has far more to do with it being “too close” to proper nationalism.  Of course, that was the point of the OD article I linked to at the beginning, the Tories thumping one of their own for going to Rome.

(3)  A majority of proper nationalists think that Hazony is nothing more than a deliberate con artist, trying to co-opt the growing popnat sector in order to keep it from hurting OAJI and/or OLC.  My assessment (a mere two paragraphs away) is not quite as uncharitable, and it’s probably the least mean and cynical you’ll find in our sector.  But still nowhere near laudatory or positive.  No matter what, proper nationalists maintain somewhere between bearish (at “best”) and not wanting to touch it with a ten billion foot pole (at “worst”) posture toward Hazonyism.

So, that’s why Hazonyism is unsustainable, because it’s trying to broker a compromise between three much more powerful sectors that don’t want or need the other two, and don’t like or need his OAJI-OLC-PN mashup ideology.

My take on Hazony, like I wrote above, is the least uncharitable you’ll probably find from our sector, the proper nationalist one.  He does not strike me as a deliberate con artist.  I think he’s just plain ole naive.  I think he happens to like some of the ground-level features and agenda of proper nationalism while not liking the gestalt (which literally translates to “shape” or “form”) of it.  To put it another way, he likes the lyrics, but not the melody.  So he’s trying to work the same lyrics around a different melody, but he won’t exactly wind up with a hit record.

If you think this assessment sounds a little familiar, then it should — This was similar to what I thought of Rand Paul.  I figured way back when, circa 2013, that his attempt to triangulate between his father’s right-libertarian “Dr. No” purism and invade-the-world invite-the-world neoconservatism was untenable, because both bookends hated the other, and weren’t interested in any compromise halfway house ideology between them.  Turns out that was spot on, if you want to use Rand Paul’s 2016 Presidential candidacy as proof.  Even though Trump getting in changed everything.  But, even if Trump didn’t, I still don’t think Rand Paul would have done much better than he did in the real world with Trump in.  In retrospect, the biggest problem with Rand Paul’s compromise ideology was that it was trying to triangulate between one bookend which was already a political cuss word (“neocon”) and another which could never punch through in a major political sense these days.  It would have been like trying to tie a rope between the Titanic and the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Note:  I could have gone to this shindig in Rome if I wanted.  It’s just that I’ve already been to Rome, so I feel no need to go back there this soon after having already been.  Hazony’s conference in Rome came too close to me getting ready to come here to Hamburg, and also happened at the same time when the soon-to-be Mrs. Blogmeister and I still have a lot of work to to to get ready for the wedding, in spite of just about all the important features being a done deal since just about the end of last month.  If I would have been able to go, I would have met Mr. Hazony, and therefore, would at this moment have an accurate direct personal first hand reading of him.  When I say that he doesn’t strike me as a deliberate con artist, it’s not because I have yet actually met him;  Meeting him might have changed my mind.





All Hype

6 02 2020

Erfurt

The hype of what happened yesterday in Thuringia, both on the part of our sector’s jubilation, and the media/left/Antifa hate-filled rage, was way disproportionate to the reality.

With the way AlexG, AliceW, JorgM, TinoC, celebrated yesterday, you would have thought that we just won a national absolute majority in the Bundestag.  With the way the media, left and Antifa went bonkers, you would have thought that YKW was successful in his Munich putsch and marched into Berlin.

For one, the FDP state PM, Thomas Kemmerich, was from the party that barely crossed the 5% threshold back in October’s elections, so you had to figure that his executive leadership was going to be the least legitimate.

For two, the football spiking on the part of AfD big wheels, mirrored by the media, left and Antifa hysteria, was unfounded, (even though getting Bozo out of power was worthy enough, I suppose), because Kemmerich was promising to assemble a minority legislative coalition behind him that did not include either the AfD or Die Linke.  The only hand the AfD played into making Kemmerich the PM (very temporarily, as it turned out) was that, after the AfD’s candidate was eliminated after the first round of voting, AfD legislators went for him in the subsequent rounds, entirely to stick to Bozo.  (Works like IOC members choosing an Olympics host city, with each round, the last place finisher is eliminated, which frees its supporters to go behind other cities, until you’re down to two cities, and then it’s just a matter of which one gets more votes than the other.)  But, like I said, they were backing someone who wasn’t going to include them in a numerically minority governing coalition.

For three, I thought this whole hobcobble was unsustainable, and just an interesting one-day sideshow to what I and everyone else knew was the inevitability of new snap elections, but I just thought that it would last for more than 24 hours.

And now that it has already fallen apart, the media, left and Antifa are going to get their wish of new elections, and they’re going to get it good and hard.  Be careful what you wish for, like they say.  Because the end result is that Die Linke will be weaker, the AfD stronger, and therefore, even more gridlock and an even smaller chance of forming a stable government.

Then there was the rose throwing incident, which came mere hours after Nancy Pelosi ripped up the papers.  Must be something in the air.  Symbolically, a bouquet of red roses was supposed to be transferred from the outgoing PM, Bozo Ramelow, to the newly enshrined one, the aforementioned Thomas Kemmerich.  But the young woman who had that duty threw the bouquet on the floor at Kemmerich’s feet.

Speaking of elections, I head to Hamburg tomorrow.  Which was going to be something enough by itself, but now that it comes on the heels of this clusterfuck, and will be in an actual Antifa stew pot, it’ll be all the more interesting, and maybe even risky.





Needs Work

5 02 2020

Dresden;  Mainz

First article.  Today. This from the Dresden-based Morgenpost Sachsen (“Saxony Morning Post”).

From the first paragraph:  “…der Stadt im zentralen Bundesstaat Missouri…”

Literally:  “The city in (the) center (of the) Federal state of Missouri”

Contextually:  “The central Missouri city”

Except…Kansas City isn’t in central Missouri.

Second article, from two days ago, also from the same source, but about ZDF, in Mainz, which I’ve referenced in this space before.  With it, all you need is the pic.

Yep, Germans need some work on their American geography.

Then again, so do Americans.