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What now ?

By Patrick Van Roy On February 3rd, 2020 at 10:48 pm

I read a great article by Jed Babbin in the American Spectator. A sad but honest view of where we stand politically at the moment.

Friday’s Senate vote rejecting Democrats’ demands to call witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial makes the president’s acquittal inevitable. But for the Senate bloviators’ desire to make more pointless speeches, the acquittal — which is scheduled for Wednesday — would have already happened.

A great first paragraph to set the tone, but the one that really sank home was the one with the quote from Adam Schiff.

The “investigations” of Trump by Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler will continue. As Schiff said, “the president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.” Heaven knows, you can’t trust an election to the voters because they may decide to reelect Donald Trump.

Such a beautiful sentiment from an elected leader of the Peoples House. The bobblehead from Burbank is going to decide for us….. aren’t we blessed.

The article also discusses some of the consequences of the Democrats behavior that won’t effect just us.

The House Dems will continue to hogtie the president and prevent him from getting any legislation that will benefit his agenda regardless of the nation’s interests. That means any new trade deal with the United Kingdom — which should be accomplished quickly now that Brexit has become a reality — will languish in the House without approval at least until after the election.

 

WISDOM

By Pete Moore On February 3rd, 2020 at 7:44 pm

On this day in 1830 Lord Salisbury, Robert Cecil, was born. He was three times a Conservative Prime Minister and said the wisest thing to ever come from a politician. It’s certainly my favourite.

“Whatever happens will be for the worse, and therefore it is in our interest that as little should happen as possible.”

JEEZ

By Pete Moore On February 3rd, 2020 at 4:49 pm

I bow to no-one in demanding that bad people be hanged and flogged before we chuck away the key. But we must demand mercy where it’s due also.

As lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, John Fetterman is a very busy man. But he was prepared to drop everything on Friday and drive to a Weis Markets in Lebanon, Pa., to hand deliver a personal check for $109.63, the exact sum of groceries that a woman with advanced cancer was recently convicted of stealing.

Last week, a judge sentenced the woman, Ashley Menser, to at least 10 months in prison — a punishment that Mr. Fetterman called overly harsh and emblematic of a flawed criminal justice system.

“In what universe do you deserve to be sent to prison for 10 months for stealing $110 worth of groceries?” he said in an interview on Friday.

It’s worse than this intro reveals. She has a prior record, but also a drug habit, PTSD and a desperate need for immediate cancer treatment or she will die.

So for stealing 109 bucks worth of stuff a judge closes his ears to calls for mercy and sense and bangs her up for 10 months instead.

BORIS RETURNS SERVE

By Pete Moore On February 3rd, 2020 at 4:32 pm

“We are not a global trading power by virtue of a European Treaty, but by the inalienable facts of history, geography, and right.”

– Boris, today

EU gauleiters have been talking a lot recently about what the UK will have to accept in a trade deal. As if a trade deal is theirs to bestow, as a favour. It appears that simply due to proximity (the Continent is just 22 miles off the coast of England) we will have to directly align with all EU rules on everything and accept ECJ jurisdiction. They clearly haven’t been listening.

The Prime Minister gave a speech today which was really rather good. In fact it was the most economically sensible thing a Prime Minister has said since Margaret Thatcher’s time. It sets out his idea of a trade deal, which accords must more closely to a .. well, to a trade deal.

My eyebrows shot up when he cited Adam Smith and David Ricardo, two giants of (classically) liberal economics. I knew he meant business then. By the end of it he had wholly rejected the EU’s backward, protectionist model on ideological grounds and signaled the historic return of Britain as the global beacon of free trade – separate and apart from protectionist blocs . In those few minutes he had also rejected thirty years of backward Treasury thinking.

THE JAPS AREN’T STUPID

By Pete Moore On February 3rd, 2020 at 4:07 pm

And just like that, Project Fear becomes to Project Cheer –

Nissan officially denies the FT’s claim, but we can draw our own conclusions from the FT’s confidence in splashing the story. Nissan has drawn up plans to get out of Europe in the event of high tariffs on cars and concentrate its activities in the UK. They’re right to do so. The future is leaving the old, sclerotic continent. The future is elsewhere. That’s where we’re going.

Yet again, reality directly contradicts to Project Fear.

Finnegan’s Vote

By Mahons On February 3rd, 2020 at 12:58 pm

The Irish will go to the polls by the end of the week and we’ll see if they elect a new government. Leo Varadakar is having the problem that most politicians have after a while, his lot has been in charge for a ling time and the mixture of blame and fatigue over issues has set in. Leo’s actually done a pretty good job on the economy, Brexit and trade, but as the wonderful nun said of her student Margaret on the show Derry Girls: “you’ll go far…but you wont be liked.” His main rival, Mr. Martin, a Cork man boy, has the benefit of promising change. It remains to be seen if Martin’s party’s prior flirtation with the rotten banking elements will present a rocky road to Dublin. The third party Sinn Fein is running on its usual platform of aggrievement and lets spend your money. Housing, healthcare and homelessness are three big issues. Everyone supports more of the first two and less of the third in differing degrees only perceptible to the Irish ear. It appears that no one will get a majority which will result in some compromise, though neither of the two main parties will partner up with Sinn Fein, whose motto Ourselves Alone takes on a meaning not originally intended. By this time next week they’ll be done.

HEADS UP, IT IS PALINDROME DAY

By David Vance On February 2nd, 2020 at 8:00 pm

OK, in case you missed it, today’s date is a rare 8-digit palindrome  – 02/02/2020 – the only one this century.

The last one: 11/11/1111 . . . 909 years ago. 

The next one: 12/12/2121 . . . 101 years from now.

I fear we may not see the one to come but at least we can enjoy this one!

WHO WILL BE DIGGING DEEPER?

By Pete Moore On February 2nd, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Nineteen countries have just walked out on the European Union – in a way. The UK economy is the same size as the smallest nineteen economies in the EU. So when they say it’s just one of us and 27 of them, it’s not a small one of us.

Some tax victims across the EU will be told to stump up more. Our rather large net contributions will have to be made up elsewhere. This is an intriguing chart, below. I doubt that the Germans will want to pay in even more. The French and Italians won’t stand for putting in more. So that leaves a few economies which are nowhere near large enough to carry that weight. I see that while the ROI has become a net contributor the Spanish have remained on the take. Where’s Poland? Have they been left off- oh hello Poland, right down there. It’s safe to say that Poland won’t be voting to leave the EU soon, but Poles might well be getting less out of it.

ALL PART AND PARCEL

By Pete Moore On February 2nd, 2020 at 4:36 pm

UPDATE:

THEY’RE STILL AT IT

By Pete Moore On February 2nd, 2020 at 4:33 pm

What a disaster it was when Macron was chosen ahead of Marine Le Pen.

For the 64th week in a row nationwide protests against Macron fill French streets. I’m so old I remember when he was the sensible, moderate choice. One reason for the almost total MSM blackout is that he was the globalist choice and they’re protecting their placeman.

It’s so bad that – yet again – policemen and firemen are rucking in the streets. I suspect that for some time to come, whenever a police station goes up in flames, the firemen might not have anyone to take the call.